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Update starts with skincare (night time) routine

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Hi Everyone,
After much struggle with my camera lens issue (had some fungus crap growing in it and had to get it serviced..), I'm back, meekly waving a flag of hello with an embarrassed grin to my face.

This is a quick update on my skincare routine.  As someone pointed out, 2009 was the last time I updated anything related to a full routine of doing my skin, so I thought I'd update you guys.

A couple of things have changed since my last skincare video.
- the frequency of washing the face.
- Products I use
- Other factors (mainly birth control pills)
- Living environment

Things that haven't changed much..
- My diet (although I do eat out more often than I did in New York)
- My workout (on and off, but I manage to do some cardio here and there, pretty much the same as my NY days)
- My sleeping cycle
- Caffeine intake
- When I shower (I shower daily, at night)

I hope this video helps out anyone curious about what I do to my skin.  Also, a lot of people have asked about my acne scars.  I still have my acne scars, but I think mine fade away easily.  I don't pop my pimples or irritate any break outs.  I just leave them and even if I accidentally scratch them, I let them be and wait for time to heal the scars.  As you can see through out the video my bare skin is actually red and spotty.  The redness is a result of a lot of acne scars overlapping each other.  I don't do anything extraordinary - I'm too lazy to do sheet masks, intensive treatments, anti-aging or whitening stuff (although I think I should be doing these religiously since my skin often looks dull and tired, LOL), so this video really is what I do everyday.

In the near future I do plan to get my freckles and sun spots removed, but I don't think I'll mess around with the acne scars since they cover such a vast surface area.
I'll update you guys when I get my sun spots / freckles removed! :)

Also, I understand that there's always a heated debate of the pros and cons regarding birth control pills - I don't recommend BC pills for everyone, I'm only sharing what worked for me.  Always consult your doctor before trying out birth control pills.  It's definitely not for everyone.  My mom, for instance, took birth control pills when she was young and she had major side effects and health problems (hence her opposition to my usage of the pills), so research and figure things out before jumping on the pills!


Above is pretty much the same info as in the video description.

And below is just a small diary section. hehe.

I was feeling crappy today because I felt like I failed at something at work.  I'm really harsh on myself and I can't really lift my spirits after what happened today.  Usually small things like that lead to a bigger picture of how I fail to do so many things in life, even simple stuff like consistently putting up videos on my channels or regularly posting posts on my blog.  I don't know why things have to be the way they are with me, but my heart is still here with you guys and that's why I keep making videos and posting posts even if I'm in question of whether or not I'm relevant anymore.

I never started youtubing and blogging to get "big" or to make a living off of it.  It's not a business to me, it's a hobby and it will remain as a fun hobby I really enjoy doing.  I'm still opposed to the idea of throwing everything I've got to make youtubing and blogging a career.  I value my audience and people who care to read or watch my content, but sometimes I get caught up with life outside of the youtubing and blogging sphere and time zips by without much update online.  I know there's a lot of people who manage to juggle multiple things simultaneously, but I'm almost thinking that I'm incapable of multitasking.  Nonetheless, I'm not about to quit here.  I may limp and struggle to even get one video or post out, but as long as I'm enjoying it - I'll be around. :) I can't really promise or guarantee anything, except for the fact that as long as it's fun and someone finds my content helpful, I'll be doing my online gig and enjoy every bit of it.

Anyway, let's all wake up to a better tomorrow! :D

Much love,


** I'm wearing Vassen Rainbow Eyes in Brownish Hazel in this video, which were received for free from

They have a code for me (cl2425), but no need to use it if you don't want to- I already told them I don't want any monetary compensation on referrals.. so it doesn't really benefit anyone, unless you want free cases and stuff ^__^)b

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  1. It's so lovely to see you back Catalina <3<3 I feel a little lonely not seeing your videos ><
    It's hard balancing hobby and life so please update when you can <3 Until those times we'll just have to look forward to them more ^^

  2. I really like your videos, you're the first makeup guru I saw and makes me very happy to see a new video.

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  3. Good to see you are back! I'm kind of glad to hear that you are not throwing everything away for "you tubing"... I've noticed some YouTube gurus making it big, sponsored, and making a living off of it which is totally awesome but you can tell they change and it shows. Glad to see that you are grounded and have good things going for you. Keep doing it as a hobby! I enjoy your videos!

  4. i love your videos! so pretty <3 :)

    ~followed your blog too

  5. omg catalina finally you're back i have missed you. :(

    its so great to hear from you. n___n

  6. I always love watching your videos and reading your entries! I think it's really easily to get into the mindset of losing control of time... Because it really is hard to manage after you start working! I always think that I regret not spending time doing the things I want to do because I get so wrapped up in either going out or fulfilling my adult responsibilities. I think after a while when you find something that inspires you, you'll be able to go back to what you enjoy and everything will seem a little bit better! Good luck and I hope you continue to blog and post videos and record all the little joys of life :D

  7. Absolutely love your blog .. always one of my daily reads and I can only hope to be as great of a blogger as you one day !

  8. the video is amazing ! keep it up love! ^-^


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