Family means everything to me. Perhaps, the greatest gift that the Lord has given me is this family that I have, as we’ve been through happy times, and bad times that made us stronger, and even closer together. I pride myself with having a tight-knit family, and not to mention cute siblings! Haha!
If you’d rummage the first days of my Beautynomics blog, you’d see how I prepared for my sister Suzzane’s prom last 2006. It’s been four years, and Suzzane’s graduated college already, and is working for our family business, as well as helping me out with Beauty & Minerals ( you might have seen her during one of my bazaars ). I fondly reminisce that wonderful memory of me preparing and guiding her for her prom, from going with her to the fashion house to have her dress made, to accompanying her to the salon to have her makeup done, and even stalking her to the hotel room to take photos of her and her friends! As the older sister, I just had this “mother hen” instinct that wanted her to look best, and be really happy for one of those memorable events a person could ever have. Awww, I am getting sentimental!
Now, fast forward to 2011, it’s my sister Sarabeth’s turn to have her prom, and Im just about as excited as ever! Sarabeth is one cute, and sweet bunny of a sister, with her fair skin and really pretty features. In school, she has a really charming and engaging personality, with her having lots of friends and being involved in various extra curricular activities ( such a social butterfly my sister is ). She’s also quite a nerd ( which is a good thing ) as she studies alot, and takes her academics seriously ( good thing! ) I think her greatest asset is her smile, as she beams every single time I see her! ( to the point that I tease her about it ). She’s also very sweet to us family members, and I distinctly remember her first kiss ( ever! ) at the Landmark foodcourt, when we were all seated, as she, as a cute baby suddenly kissed me and I shrieked, “Sugar ( her nickname ) knows how to kiss na, because she kissed me!” Hahaha! Such memory! To sum up on how I know Sarabeth – she’s cute, sweet, friendly, nice, and very very smart. I just can’t believe that this baby…..
is now becoming a lady!
Now, it’s just a month before her prom, and this Holiday break, we were able to do so much! I had Sarabeth measured for her prom dress ( school mandated just cocktail dresses and no formal gowns, oh well ) , assessed her skin and her concerns as it’s not going to be all about makeup for her big day – makeup will definitely be done to achieve a natural look, but the skin, and hair, must be in condition! Therefore, I have asked her to do the following for a month :
To Achieve Good Skin
People of Sarabeth’s age have either good skin, or raging hormones that cause their skin to break out or be oily. It’s the challenging phase that you start to see what your skin will be like for the next 5 or 10 years. Some have fairly good, poreless skin, and some see their pores slowly get enlarged, and get those whiteheads, and blackheads. It’s important for these kids to be guided to adapt a good skin care routine instead of leaving them in the dark, because once they do things of their own without any guidance, effects might be disastrous and become permanent – like scarring, or worsened skin conditions. One sentence : we need to guide them!
For Sarabeth, I’ve been seeing signs of comedones ( whiteheads and blackheads ) , but her skin is not so oily. She has these dry parts on her skin, perhaps from being exposed to chlorine during her swimming practice ( she’s on the swim team ) and her stress from not being able to go to sleep.
What I recommended for her to do :
To get rid of the rough, dry parts of her skin, I recommended her to use CURE twice a week to exfoliate her skin in the most gentle manner. For her facial wash, she alternates between Pond’s and The Body Shop, both working well with her skin. Her skin is still in pristine condition, so I thought it was still not yet time to introduce her to a strict tone and moisturize step. From time to time, she uses water-based toner ( The Body Shop ).
To further hydrate her face, I mandated ( yes, I can be strict ) her to drink 8 glasses of water a day. This keeps the skin hydrated and looking less tired. Lacking water in one’s body can cause skin to dry up, and look really dull. Plus, it’s a good detoxifier!
Another thing – she’s supposed to eat as much fruits and vegetables to make her skin glow! I’m making her stay away from fried and salty foods for the meanwhile!
To Achieve Good Hair
Sarabeth and I agreed that she would only have monthly trims for her hair to grow longer so that she can have a variety of hair styles to choose from for her prom. The longer the hair, the more styles!
She was also very cute as she told me that she had her weekly “hair masque nights” wherein she grabs some L’Oreal Elseve Total Repair 5 Masque and let the rich conditioner sit on her hair for that good ‘ol moisture and soft-looking locks. I let her step up for this month and lent her my Kerastase Nutri Thermique, as it does wonders on my hair, hoping that it would give her hair good shape by February, too!
Another reminder that I told her was to apply lip balm, as much as she can, and before bedtime. It’s to condition her lips, and make lipstick glide in easier and more effortlessly on her lips during her prom night. I’m up for makeup perfection for her prom ( *crosses fingers, oh please! this will go down to family history! )
Well, that was quite a list! I remember during my highschool days when I’d eat ampalaya ( bittermelon ) for a month just to get rid of my acne! Yes, I managed to do that, all in the sake of vanity! Hahaha! Well, I shall be back to update you about Sarabeth’s progress in her prom preparations, hoping that she’ll be at her best during the day itself, and most of all, enjoy it!