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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Ballet Manila's Swan Lake (October 7, 2017)



If you still don't have plans for the weekend, come on down to Aliw Theater to witness this weekend's shows for Ballet Manila's Swan Lake! 

It. Was. Just. Too. Good. 

And hell naw! I'm not saying this coz i'm a blogger and I got free seats. The whooole theater was in standing ovation, with deafening screams of "BRAVO!" from everywhere. This is really a show you shouldn't miss. There is still a 6PM show on Oct. 14 and a 3PM show on Oct 15, and you can get tickets from Ticket World

To those who don't know yet, Ballet Manila is the top ballet company in the country, founded by Prima Bellerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and Osias Barroso in 1995. From 1995 to today, the two have not only starred in so many ballet productions, but they have also nurtured the next generation of Prima ballerinas through Lisa Macuja's School of Ballet, Project Ballet Futures, and other ventures. 

Swan Lake is of course a classic, and it's an honor to be selected for the dual role of Odette and Odile. For this showing, Katherine Barkman was the super mega awesome swan. I was just speechless with her performance. The technical aspects of turning from white swan to black swan, as well as the change in aura and attitude, really can only come to life through such an experienced and prolific dancer. 

So yeah, let me show you some wonderful stills from the show! 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

BLK Cosmetics Velvet Lip Cream Swatches and First Impressions


And the third (and last for now!) installment in BLK Cosmetics' lip products! Anne did hint that there are a lot of releases set for 2018, although she didn't say as to what kind of releases they were. So for now, this is the third collection from the brand that I am featuring. 

To recap, Anne Curtis has a brand called BLK Cosmetics now, and they launched just last month. She currently has 3 lip lines in her brand, namely the All Day Intense Matte Lipstick, which is a matte lipstick through and through. She also has a Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick line, for those who are looking for something unapologetically matte. 

This is her Velvet Lip Cream, which is a lipstick (like her all day intense matte lipstick), but differs in the sense that it's a lot like intensely pigmented lip balm instead of a lipstick per se. It's very emollient, and provides a soothing effect on cracked lips. 

I am guessing that since this line has a soothing effect, and consumers will tend to swipe on a lot, Anne chose shades that lean towards natural everyday looks. Her whole lip collection is all about bringing in the pigment, and this is super super pigmented as well, that I think she made up for it by creating lighter and less intense shades. I can see myself swiping this like crazy everyday without fear of looking overtly done or trying hard. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

BLK Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Matte Lipstick Swatches and First Impressions

BLK Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Matte Lipstick Swatches

In yet another swatch post, this is BLK Cosmetics' Long Lasting Liquid Matte Lipstick

And before that, I thought I'd just share my photo with their pouch. You can find this in stores! Although I have yet to see this sold online. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

BLK Cosmetics All Day Intense Matte Lipstick Swatches and First Impressions

BLK Cosmetics All Day Intense Matte Lipstick Swatches

And in more BLK cosmetics posts, this post is all about their All Day Intense Matte Lipsticks (Php299)! This series is the definition of matte lipstick, with a powdery formula that stays put and doesn't move a lot when applied. This is a stiffer formula compared to their Velvet Lip Cream Lipsticks, but it's still a very soft formulation as it's enriched with Vit. E and Camelia Oil. This does not set on the lips as what a liquid lipstick would do per se, but it adheres to the lips well and doesn't get off easily. 

There are 6 shades available: Bubbly, Brave, Charming, Chic, Elegant, and Fearless. What I like about this collection, as well as all other BLK lip releases so far, is that the shades are deep and intense, and are very very Pinay friendly. There are none of the awkward pinks and corals that look good on only a select group of people. I see these shades looking great on all skintones. 

So yaaay, let's get to it!  

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

BLK Cosmetics Launch (September 20, 2017)


Finally!!! 6 years coming and it's here now!!! Anne Curtis' passion project, her makeup brand, BLK Cosmetics, is about to make waves in the beauty industry! 

Why 6 years? Well, Anne has long been known as an avid makeup lover, and she has a penchant for lipsticks. Plenty of people would often ask her what products she uses, and that's how she got the idea of influencing other people with her beauty philosophy. However, it took 6 years because there were many setbacks. There were also many established brands who wanted to do spinoff limited edition products with her, but she felt that really just wanted to have her own product line. She wanted to create a brand that she could really be the pilot of the creative direction. A brand with products that come in colors and textures she could be proud of using. 

I guess it made no sense to her to make a lipstick collab with a company but the other products of the brand do not match her vision. Or the quality was not the quality she had been envisioning. 

We were whisked away to Manila House Private Club the other day to be able to learn more about the brand and its products.