HAPPY BUCKET 1.4

It’s 2018 so new year, new me? LOL XD A lot of things happened and I must admit that I wasn’t that ready to welcome 2018 yet but still, of course, celebrated the year with open arms! Beyond blessed that my family is always there and supportive of everything I do.

Here’s some bucket full of sunshine..

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  • Welcomed the Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve with my family complete. Papa’s vacation this year was very timely because it falls on the month of December ––holiday season.
  • Finished reading Rainbow Rowell’s “Midnights” for a Christmas storytime. I loved ittt! 😀
  • Had a family picture taken at the studio and had it framed in our family hall. It was a memorable experience because the photographer instructed us to do various fun poses and we absolutely enjoyed XD.
  • Papa finally tried the  Nuclear 2x Spicy Noodles/Samyang/Korean Spicy Noodles whatever you call it haha 🙂
  • I cooked our Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner! Plus, my sister made desserts. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing your family enjoying the food you prepared.
  • I received my Christmas gifts one week earlier before 25th of December so I don’t have any gifts to open for the Christmas Eve. :3
  • Before 2017 ended, I made new friends. Bianca from Romania and Fiona from Belgium! If you two are reading this, thank you for being kind and friendly to me! ❤
  • Posting some of my travel photos from last year to declutter my album and maximize my phone storage and give space for new memories.
  • My aunt and cousin Donmar visited us and I enjoyed playing with him lol miss that cutie.
  • In love with Elizabeth Arden: 5th Avenue scent!
  • I treated myself at a nail salon and had it painted with OPI’s holiday colours screaming with elegance.

I’ve been so busy this past few week and I had a lot of reviews and requirements going on. Thinking of a new content to post but I need some free time to do it. I’ll check my planner if I can insert it into my schedule.

Have a great day ahead!

Much Love,

Merzl 💘✨

 

 

 

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1.9 Sunsets and Dreams

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I thought everything was real until 2:38 A.M. that’s the time I woke up last night from a deep sleep. It was you and me together on a road trip. You were driving and I’m staring at you from the passenger seat. Remembering every trace of your face. We were sharing laughs and never-ending stories. The contentment that I felt that time was unexplainable. As I was staring at you, every lyric from the song playing from the radio matches my thoughts about who you are and how special you are for me. Then we stopped at the nearest beach to watch the beautiful sunset. Sitting on the shore, it was the perfect spot to witness the mesmerizing sunset. You intertwined your fingers with mine. You told me things my mind can’t fathom but surprisingly my heart did. As I stare straight at the sun to set, I can see in my peripheral view that you were staring at me smiling. Then I whispered quietly: Maybe, after all, my heart still beats for you.

 

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CLUE: “Susan shines shoes and socks” If you can’t pronounce this properly then yes, this post is for you. 

Much Love,

Merz Elle 💝

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ELIZABETH ARDEN: 5TH AVENUE

Inspired by the classic architecture and distinctive Manhattan skyline, Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue captures the alluring style of the most famous street in the world. The fragrance exudes the energy and excitement of New York while maintaining classic femininity and luxury. –Elizabeth Arden

As I’m getting older, I noticed to myself that I am fond of collecting various perfumes and scents. And of course, perfumed lotions also. Knowing the art of fragrance will lead you to the steps of being attractive. Having a good smell affects the overall impression of people to you plus it gives them an idea of what kind of person you are.

I surprisingly received this from my papa this month because I know he does not have any idea of scents that I like and what I hate.

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The box comes with an aromatic hand lotion and perfume. And the packaging screams elegance and finesse.

The scent of this perfume is more of vanilla infused with nutmeg, peach, and fresh flowers.

It feels like you’re strolling around the busy rustic streets of New York City!

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I would be glad to receive new fragrances and sweetie, I will love you forever. LOL kidding aside, what’s your favorite perfume?

Much Love, 

Merzl 💖

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BANANA WALNUT CREAM CHEESE

I was thinking of what to do yesterday night, so I thought of why not baking some banana cupcakes? We still have ripe bananas and cream cheese in the fridge so I’m going to transform them into something beautiful and delectable.

Also, it’s my parent’s wedding anniversary perfect delights for two lovebirds!

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I run out of piping bags so instead, I used Ziploc. The cream cheese frosting didn’t turn out pretty smooth so I just slathered the frosting and topped it with chopped walnuts. See the photo below.

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But I’m really glad that my cupcake turned out moist and not dry as what I’m expecting. The cream cheese that I made, perfectly complemented the cupcake – not too sweet but you can really taste the banana and walnuts.

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Look at those lovely cupcakes! You can also make these for New Year’s Eve just give it a twist. It’s up to you whether you’ll make it pop with glitters or just like the ones below.

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INGREDIENTS: 

CUPCAKES

  •  cups All purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cups walnuts, chopped
  •  cups brown sugar
  • ½ cup room temperature butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

INSTRUCTIONS: 

  1. Preheat oven to 150°C. ( I’m using Halogen Oven)
CUPCAKES
  1. In a mixing bowl, beat sugar and butter together in a medium speed, then beat in eggs one at a time.
  2. Combine buttermilk, bananas, and vanilla into sugar mixture and beat on medium speed until well blended.
  3. In another medium mixing bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together.
  4. Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix well slowly adding walnuts.
  5. Pour mixture ¾ full into cupcake liners.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Insert a toothpick to check if it’s ready.
FROSTING
  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and cream cheese together.
  2. Add vanilla and mix.
  3. Slowly add powdered sugar and beat until creamy.
  4. Wait for the cupcakes to cool then it’s ready for frosting.

 

HAPPY BAKING! 🍰👅💖

 

MUCH LOVE,

MERZL 💖😋

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A.KOPKYHOB (Korkunov)

Calling all sweet tooth babies! My papa gave me this box of gems just this morning. I was surprised because I never expected this goodie because to be honest, I’m not a big fan of chocolates. XD I would prefer flowers over sweets in case someone plans to throw a surprise at me at least you have an idea LOL.

What I love about this product, is that the packaging. This one is elegantly packaged and has the aura of a royal chocolate. I think this is a limited Christmas edition because of  Santa Claus’ image with choco balls in his sleigh.

By the way, this chocolate is a product of Russia so as you can see, I cannot really tell you guys what is printed at the back of the box and also I barely understand the words.

You know there are times I wish I was multilingual hahaha I kid you not.

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Look at how classy these gems are. If only I could keep this forever in my drawer.

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Truly a Russian glorified chocolate. Gentle nut praline, shredded almonds, whole and shredded hazelnut meticulously added in each chocolate. The one with brown wrapper tastes like dark chocolate and the two in silver and gold is milk chocolate.

These pieces remind me of the Ferrero Rocher chocolate because it melts in my mouth so heavenly. And undeniably my tongue screams for more.

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All I can say is that this is a perfect delight for Christmas and for giving this as a gift. I would seriously recommend this to you sweeties!

P.S. If you know what’s the right pronunciation and some details about this chocolate let me know by commenting below.

Have you tried this gem already? How was it? 😋

MERRY CHRISTMAS! 🎄🎅🏻☃️

Much Love,

Merzl 💖

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NUDE by Nature: Lip Gloss

Growing up, lip gloss was a popular trend for every girl way back. Before matte lippies took over the limelight, lip glosses and shimmers were such a craze. My cousins would visit beauty stores before with me to buy lip gloss with fruit scents and that made me want to eat it hahaha. So when I received the box, I was so giddy to give my lips a glide of shine.

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I am happy to say NUDE by Nature is 100% cruelty-free and is PETA certified.

What I love about this is how chic and minimalist the packaging is. I’m obsessed with good packaging. :3 Plus the rose gold color makes the product look posh.

Now, let me introduce you…

FLIRTY

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A mix of apricot and blush pink shade. I first apply lipstick or lip tint one shade darker because if I only apply this alone, the result makes my lips look pale. I instead use this to coat my lips after swiping the lipstick on.

SULTRY

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To be honest, I don’t like using this shade because it doesn’t suit my complexion plus, it’s not shimmery and it’s dull in color. Maybe I’ll use this during night outs or just a casual day when I don’t feel the need to look kikay. 

KISS THE SKY

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For the last shade of gloss, I always wear this when going out in the daytime — not to mention this is my favorite among the three. XD It creates a glowing aura on your face that you don’t need to put any lipstick on to emphasize the shine and color of this gloss.

The box of glosses comes with this chic compact mirror that I am now using wherever I go because it’s so pocket-friendly.

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I don’t think I’ll purchase this again because I don’t really use lipgloss now. I’m more into tints because it’s long lasting and doesn’t smear.

Have you tried this product already? If you do, comment down below and share your thoughts!

Thanks for reading sweeties!

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Much Love,

Merzl ❤️

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SULTRY SCENTS – VS

I will forever be a big fan of fragrant mists! I never imagined myself not spritzing any perfume before heading out to the place I am going. I always make sure that I would smell good wherever I go. I am a big believer that having a good smell equates to cleanliness. Well, maybe it does not apply to everybody but what is cleanliness if you smell awful ugh it sucks you know. Also, I learned the art of layering scents from the moment I enter the shower room I make sure that the bath gels and soaps I’m using would give me good smell that would last the entire day. Don’t worry ’cause I will teach you how I do the layering every day soon.
I wanna share my top five favorite scents that I’ve already tried and I hope you can try them too!

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  • Fragrance Type: Fresh and Cool
  • Style: Sparkling and green
  • Notes: Rain-kissed freesia and daisy

The first time I tried this was, I did not like the smell. I didn’t like the very light scent it gives because I thought before that it would not last the entire day. But I was so wrong because as the time passes, it creates a very unique scent that makes you feel like you are near the beach and enjoying the fresh sea breeze.

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  • Fragrance type: Fresh
  • Notes: Grapefruit blossom and magnolia

A fresh scent that makes you daydream that you are in a garden full of blooming flowers. This scent is very light and perfect for morning walks or appointments.

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  • Fragrance type: Fruity
  • Notes: Wild berries & bird of paradise

This scent is a limited edition of Victoria’s Secret. It is launched only this 2016 and I was very ecstatic because I had the chance to grab this scent. This smells like strawberry mixed with blueberry and grapes. It is so sweet and makes me want to taste it!

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  • Fragrance type: Fresh
  • Notes: Cherry blossom and peach

Even before my elementary days, this smell is very catchy to me because it is very dreamy and makes me imagine that I’m in a Barbie world. It is very memorable to me also because someone gave me this kind of perfume before.

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  • Fragrance type: Warm
  • Style: Tropical and addictive
  • Notes: Vanilla and coconut

This is one of my favorite scents so far! I really love how it gives me a very seductive or sultry smell throughout the day. It is perfect for morning and night and makes you wanna spray for more!

“People who smell good are automatically more attractive”

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