How I Manage to Look Human

Note: The title of this post holds the assumption that most of the people I come in contact with do somehow think I look human.

I don’t know about other people but I have a love-hate relationship with my daily rituals of “beauty” and hygiene. On one hand, I do like getting ready in the morning and doing all these little steps before I leave for the day’s activities.  However, there are a couple of things  things that make these little joys of mine a bit more difficult to pursue.

Time. I hate getting up early. Even if I plan to wake up two hours before a class so that I have enough time to get ready, I end up waking an hour later. Thi results in me scrambling all over the place and not being able to do what I originally planned.

Allergies. In my 21 years of existence, I have had so many allergic reactions to so many things, hygiene products and cosmetics included. In addition, I have skin asthma which practically makes me itch on a daily basis.

Needless to say, these make it really hard for me to trust products in the market. There have been countless incidents of breakouts, dryness and occasional bleeding, all in the hopes that I may somehow find stuff that work for me. I also need stuff that I could use quickly and without much trouble.

Thankfully, I’m sort of getting there. Here are some of the things that I have stuck by with for quite a while and have so far never failed me.

Product: Dove Beauty Bar

Using Since: Elementary days


My skin basically dries up if I use anything else for a period of time, so even though I’ve occasionally bought a bar of Block and White or two  (for whitening purposes after summer), I always go back to buying Dove, because it knows what real beauty is. (CHOS)

Product: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Using Since: 1st Year High School

cetaphil I am thankful enough to have non-oily skin (bordering on dry sometimes) which never had any major breakouts throughout my years of puberty. This was prescribed to me by our dermatologist when my face got intensely dry and peeling when I tried using Neutrogena. I’ve been a loyal user ever since.

Product: Nivea Deodorant in Energy Fresh

Using Since: 2nd Year College


I’ve always hated the powdery scent of most women’s deodorants, and never liked the feeling of sticks and roll-ons, which was why it was a dream come true when Nivea released their spray line for women. Granted,  people sometimes mistake it for a men’s deodorant due to its manly color scheme, but I love its smell and how it lasts until the end of the day. (BTW, it has newer, girlier packaging! I just couldn’t find a photo of it.)

Product: Mary Kay Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 in Ivory 2

Using Since: 4th Year High School


Putting powder on my face has never really boded well for my skin and has caused quite a few breakouts over the years. My mom bought one of these when I was in high school, and because of my-semi dry skin, I tried it out. Countless tubes later, I’m still happy with it. It provides just enough moisture for my face while still giving the finish a powder does due to its tint.

Product: Mary Kay Signature Concealer in Beige

Using Since: 4th Year High School

mk For the occasional pimple or blemish that I need to hide, this does the trick quite well. It is of especially great use during days of plate submissions when I want to hide the bags under my eyes!

Product: Fanny Serrano Moisturiffic Lipstick in Pink Chic

Using Since: 5th Year College


I have pale lips that looks dull both in photos and in real life. I can’t really afford to buy everyday makeup from MaxFactor or Maybelline yet, who offer most of the “hey-i-look-like-i–have-really-great-natural-lips-but-i’m-really-wearing-lipstick” lipstick, but this actually works pretty well and stays within budget.

And there you have it! I still have a long way to go. I haven’t quite figured out what shampoos are good for me yet, or what heavier makeup I can use when the need arises. But for now, these do the job well enough for me to be able to stand going out everyday.

How about you? What do you guys use ? Leave me a message at the comments section! :D

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4 Responses to “How I Manage to Look Human”

  1. 1 Faye September 18, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    pwede ka na allie magsulat sa beauty section ng cosmo haha

    basta ako bawal ng papaya soap, naaallergy ako haha

    • 2 alliekabok September 18, 2010 at 1:07 pm

      Not really! I don’t know much aside from sa mga ginagamit ko wahaha.

      Ako okay lang pero nagddry man giraray ako! Kung gusto mong pampaputi na bakong papaya soap, try Godiva Licorice Soap! :D

  2. 3 sashalimuy September 20, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Allie! Hahahaha Dove is annoying! I hate the oiliness, makes it sooo hard for me to remove all the soap! hahaha… Confession, once i even used dog soap accidentally.

    • 4 alliekabok September 20, 2010 at 7:12 pm

      Wahaha! Well, yes, it is a bit more time consuming to rinse off Dove, but I dry up with any other soap so… D:

      OKAY ANG FUNNY NG DOG SOAP! Although actually, they smell pretty good!

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Allie has seen many a dust bunny in her lifetime, most of them in her dorm room. She is often mistaken as a 13-year old, further intensified by her weird fashion choices that mostly involve cutesy patootsie rings, colorful knee high socks, and ribbons and bows in her hair. She dreams of waking up one day and finding herself as a character in Star Wars. Preferably a jedi. With a purple lightsaber.

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