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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.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Vitress Hair Freshener Is Here!



Finallyyyy!!! A brand in the Philippines made this! I have long been buying Japanese hair fragrances from abroad because there are times wherein when I cook, the odors of the foods I cook stick to my hair. There are also times wherein I've been out and about all day, with my hair smelling like smoke and sweat. And simply, there are days wherein I just wanna feel extra special with better smelling hair, even if I'm not fresh out of the shower. I'm so excited that Vitress launched its Hair Freshener! 

According to them: "Confidently flaunt and flip your tresses anytime, anywhere with these refreshing hair care essentials from Vitress! Since our hair is more exposed to heat and smoke, it is best to take a spritz of Vitress Hair Freshener as its InstaFresh Technology instantly eliminates unwanted hair odor, leaving your locks with a refreshing, long-lasting fragrance and shine. Definitely perfect for your daily commute or just when you want to feel fresh for a dinner or girl's night out!" 

To add, for the ladies who smoke, you should definitely try this as well!!! In Japanese society, as far as I know, lots of girls use this to mask the odors of a cigarette break that have stuck onto the hair. In Japanese society, just like in many other societies still, there is a taboo on smoking. That's why products like this do very well in Japan. 
Be sure to pick up your sample from Sample Room!

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Life News: Ballet Manila's Swan Lake Premieres This Weekend!

  
It was the ballet that started it all. At 14, Ballet Manila CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde saw Swan Lake with Prima Ballerina Yoko Morishita as the Swan Queen in all her tiny might. The encounter ignited a spark in Lisa, inspiring her to become the dancer and icon that she is today.

Coming from the unprecedented success of Gerardo Francisco’s Ibong Adarna, Ballet Manila’s 22nd Performance Season “Flights of Fantasy” soars yet again with the re-staging of Swan Lake, the timeless ballet classic. Ballet Manila’s production is not only part of the company’s commitment to have at least one classical ballet in every season’s repertoire, but also a promise of brilliance and grandeur. As Lisa would say so herself, “We have the numbers and the history which no other ballet company in the Philippines does. Our Vaganova training has made us into the perfect company to perform a truly world-class rendition of Swan Lake.”

The Filipina Prima Ballerina, now training a younger generation of swans, believes that there’s only one way to perform Swan Lake—and that is with the original Lev Ivanov choreography for the “white acts” or the first act. Acts 2-4 will be featuring choreography by Russia People’s Artist Sergey Vikulov and Tatiana Udalenkova, whom Lisa regards as her second family.

Tatiana also played quite a role in Lisa’s special relationship with Swan Lake. Lisa shares, “With my best interest at heart, Tatiana warned me never to dance it, because in her expert opinion, I could never be a Swan Queen given my short stature, my particular strengths in dancing, specific style, and stage presence. When she watched my Swan Lake many years later after graduation, she cried and declared that never has she been so happy to be proven wrong.”

Ballet Manila’s re-staging of Swan Lake will feature a new generation of ballerinas and danseurs. Katherine Barkman, Abigail Oliveiro, and Joan Sia, who makes her debut as the black swan, will be alternating the dual role of Odette/Odile, while resident guest artist Joseph Phillips, Elpidio Magat, Romeo Peralta, Rudy de Dios, and Mark Sumaylo will be alternating the role of Prince Siegfried.

The dual role of Odette/Odile is probably one of the most difficult, if not the most difficult role a ballerina to play. Lisa explains, “It not only calls for a chameleon-like change in character – but also for extraordinary technical requirements. For Odette, you need to be soft, pliant, and lyrical with an almost painful vulnerability. For Odile, you need legs and arms of steel, a fiery technique, speed, and the ability to transform into evil personified.” This demanding portrayal of the role is definitely one to look out for by the audience.

To add to the magic, the production will also feature the original score by Peter Tchaikovsky, which will be played live by the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Russian conductor, Maestro Alexander Vikulov of the Mariinsky Theater. The haunting melodies alongside new sets and costumes will definitely make for a magnificent evening.

Swan Lake’s story is one that connects with the heartstrings of the family, as it revolves around the universal theme of good triumphing over evil. From romance to the sheer beauty of ballet, it is all here.

Through Ballet Manila’s rendition of Swan Lake, Lisa hopes that the company can inspire young children to work on their dreams too—just like how she did when she first saw the ballet.

Swan Lake goes on stage on the following dates: October 7 and October 14 at 6:00 PM and October 8 and October 15 at 3:00 PM.

For more information about the shows, including ticket prices and schedules, you may visit http://www.balletmanila.com.ph or follow Ballet Manila on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Tickets are also available through all TicketWorld outlets. Please call 891-9999 or visit http://www.ticketworld.com.ph for more information. In addition, those who are planning to watch all the shows may take advantage of the company’s Season Subscription Programs, which offer up to 50% discount on ticket prices. For more information, you may visit http://www.ticketworld.com.ph/balletmanila/Online/ and click on ‘View Details’ under ‘Season Subscription Program’.

About Ballet Manila
Founded in 1995 by Prima Ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and Osias Barroso, Ballet Manila is the country’s premier classical dance company. Connecting both ballet and the people, the company is well-known as the only Philippine dance company to strictly adhere to the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet style of dancing, which is well-regarded the world over as the most disciplined and technically-superior style. The company currently has 65 artists under its wing, all of whom have been trained in the Vaganova Academy style of dancing. The company boasts of a solid repertoire that consists of some of the most technically challenging and timeless ballet favorites.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Beauty News: Maybelline Inti-Matte Nudes Lipstick Is Here!!!

Maybelline Inti-Mattes Philippines
Manila 2017 – It’s time to ditch those white washed out nude lippie looks, and replace them with the complexion-flattering nude shades that flawlessly hug your lips. Say hello to the next staple in every girl’s lipstick kit – Maybelline’s Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes. Definitely, it’s just like your lips… but better! Now, there’s a perfect #MLBB shade that perfectly flatters every Filipina complexion. 
Maybelline Inti-Mattes Philippines Swatches

Infused with warm and golden undertones, the Inti-Matte Nudes will surely feel like your second skin. Its matte pigments and moisturizing formula gives lips effortless matte sophistication. With shades specifically created for Filipina skin tones, every Filipina can now achieve the most flattering nude shade that brightens their natural lip color. Choose among ten shades from two of Maybelline’s best lipstick collections, the Creamy Mattes and the Powder Mattes.

Upgrade your lipstick stash and flaunt the perfect MLBB look with the latest from Maybelline New York, the Inti-Matte Nudes. Products are available at Lazada
 and at Maybelline counters nationwide for only P299. Here are the photos and swatches! 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Beauty News: Jacqe Gutierrez, Beauty Mogul, Shares What It's Like To Work With Anne Curtis

1.  What segment of the market is BLK targeting? What opportunity did you see in that particular market? 
BLK caters to the practical, everyday woman who’s on the lookout for a fuss-free makeup line to help her do more and be more—by making her life easier. We want to help women simplify their makeup routines by giving them no-frills, high-quality cosmetics that promise an enjoyable, long-wearing experience, as well as value for money. I feel that there is a scarcity of high-quality brands in that price segment so there is clearly an opportunity to introduce a brand like BLK. We’re out to prove that luxe-looking, premium makeup doesn’t have to be a splurge. Our lipsticks, for example, are up to par with higher-end brands in terms of quality, but at a fraction of the cost.

2. Where will the products be sold and why did you choose these platforms? Have they been proven effective from your experience? 
BLK will be exclusively sold in top Watsons stores nationwide and through our own online store (www.blkcosmetics.com.ph). Watsons is the No.1 beauty store in the Philippines so it is the best way for us to reach as many consumers as we can. They’re also very aggressive in marketing their retail stores so it’s beneficial for a brand like BLK to partner with them. I’ve been working with Watsons for over a decade now—ever since my corporate days—and their priority is to ensure that they that they continually cater to the expanding beauty needs of women today. Since we’re also in the digital age, we’ve decided to have our own website to make it easier for anyone to purchase a BLK product anytime, anywhere! We’re also in talks with other online stores so hopefully other partnerships will play out soon. We want to reach as many women as possible, so they can all try and enjoy BLK products.
3.What was the process you and Anne went through to build this brand and actualize your vision?
Anne is super hands-on and passionate when it comes to BLK. In spite of her busy schedule, she finds time to really test and review all the products and shades, research new product ideas and creative pegs, and even shoot for all of the videos that we’ve created for the brand. She’s always messaging me her ideas—even during the wee hours of the morning—especially when she comes across an interesting innovation or beauty trend that she wants to explore. I am simply amazed at how she manages to do everything, including work on BLK, with the same level of professionalism that she has for all her other many endeavors: her showbiz career, her other businesses, and even her charity works. She’s a superwoman!  The concept of uncomplicated beauty in a makeup brand is something that I’ve always wanted to explore because I feel that the cosmetics industry is currently built on unrealistic expectations, with super made-up models and too-complicated routines. Coincidentally, Anne feels the same way. So when I proposed this concept to her, she was 100% on board! It’s exactly her beauty philosophy as well—that less is more, and that beauty should be made easy. It’s been smooth-sailing since the beginning since we really share the same vision for the brand and we both just want to give quality products to all her fans.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Beauty News: Anne Curtis Shares Her BLK Cosmetics Journey



1.     What’s the philosophy behind BLK cosmetics and what was her inspiration behind it? The brand is called blk, which is short for black. Why we chose black is because it really represents for being timeless, uncomplicated. So that was really the inspiration behind it, that everyone can have an uncomplicated beauty regimen with the right products. We really wanted to come up with the idea to create quality products that make it uncomplicated to piece yourself together.   

2.     Describe the BLK girl
The blk girl is someone on the go, who is not afraid to experiment, and is a go-getter. She keeps it real, keeps it simple, and keeps it uncomplicated.

3.     Aside from Anne Curtis, who would a peg blk girl be?
Natalie Portman and Angelina Jolie. They always keep it simple and classy, but at the same time, they’re not afraid to add a dose of color, they’re not afraid to experiment.

4.     What is your signature look and which BLK products do you use to achieve that?
“My signature trademark lipstick color is red. I feel like it has become my lucky color. So whenever I use red lipstick, it’s a top choice between matte lipstick or a liquid lipstick. On regular days, It really depends on my mood, like a chameleon. I like to blend in with what the weather is, or how my day is going. I love trying many different looks, but I have that one trademark that I always go back to.”

Friday, September 29, 2017

Beauty News: Anne Curtis launches her own makeup line, and it’s all about Uncomplicated Beauty


Celebrated actress, TV host, recording artist, endorser, author, pursuer of dreams, and all-around media darling: Anne Curtis sure has a lot of feathers in her cap, and she recently added another one as she finally launched her very own makeup line, blk cosmetics.

As a beauty icon herself—and a self-confessed makeup lover—it is only fitting that Anne’s most recent venture is one that indulges her kikay side. “Makeup is something I’m very passionate about,” she says. “It’s part of who I am.” To bring this passion project to life, she partnered with businesswoman and beauty maven Jacqe Yuengtian Gutierrez to create a one-of-a kind makeup line that is all about uncomplicated beauty.

Why blk cometics? “It stands for the color black—something timeless, elegant, and uncomplicated, which is what we want the brand wants to be,” explains Anne. But unlike many other cosmetic products available in the market today, blk aims to stand out by going back to basics. Explains Jacqe, “We’re not trying to sell numerous complicated products to women. Our goal is to keep things simple.” She adds, “Plus, I’m also proud of the fact that we are one of the few local brands that has an official cruelty-free certification from PETA.”


Uncomplicated Beauty

The ultimate busybody, Anne knows how important it is to have a beauty routine that works and, more importantly, one that won’t take much time. “I’m someone who likes to keep things simple, clean, yet still have an impact,” she says. “And so [the idea that we came up with was to deliver] quality products that make it ‘uncomplicated’ to piece yourself together.”

This meant paring down all the possible makeup options to come up with a carefully curated line that carries onlly the absolute essentials—but versatile ones at that. The beauty aisles, after all, are already filled to the brim with a million intimidating choices. Anne didn’t want to add to the clutter.

Instead, blk cosmetics is out to give women what they really need—meaning, products that they’ll really use—while also leaving room for play. The items in the blk makeup line, particularly the lipsticks, come in a wide range of gorgeous, wearable shades that make it easy for you to change up your look from day to day. “I call myself a chameleon,” Anne says, explaining the need for versatility. “I like to create endless looks depending on my mood: a fresh look today, a bold red lip tomorrow.”

The best part? The price points. blk cosmetics items, in spite of their luxe look, range from just P299 to P499.  Jacqe says, “We felt that there is a scarcity of high-quality brands in this price segment, so there is clearly an opportunity to introduce a brand like blk. We’re out to prove that luxe-looking, premium makeup doesn’t have to be a splurge.”


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Le Petit Soufflé Introduces All Day Breakfast (September 6, 2017)

Le Petit Soufflé is already a magical name in itself. All day breakfast at Le Petit Soufflé probably sounds more magical, and indeed, it really is more magical! 

Le Petit Soufflé recently launched their all day breakfast in the form of their spinoff Eggs Benedict dishes. Le Petit Soufflé is famous for its French-Japanese fusion fare, but to me, it is the place I most closely associate with perfectly poached eggs. Jiggly eggs with fully runny yolks? Only Le Petit Soufflé can do that. They know their eggs very well. I come to this place to jiggle all the egg dishes, and sing Jigglypuff's theme song while doing so. 

To those who are wondering, this is the branch at 2/F, SM Mega Fashion Hall. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Neutrogena Fine Fairness Light Mask Is Here!!! + Review

"Hey! It's that thingy they used on AsNTM!"

That was my first thought upon opening a giaaant box and discovering that there was a Neutrogena Fine Fairness Mask inside. If you were also watching AsNTM season 5, you may recall this alien mask like thingy that the girls were treated to, somewhere nearing the finale. I watched each episode as it aired so I can't really remember which episode hahahaha. 

And finally, it's safe to say that the Fine Fairness range in the Philippines is complete! In the collection, you can now find cleanser, toner, serum, gel cream, overnight cream, and of course, the light mask. The light mask is meant to help make skin more firm and radiant, through infrared light and red light. Yes, apparently, it's possible! I will explain further down the post! 

Fow now, I want to show how interesting the seeding kit was! 

All the items came in this huge box. In the age of packages being sent through courier, it is very very rare to still see a package this size. I think this was like 1ft X 1ft X 2ft! 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Beauty News: What Went Down at #MaybellineFashionWeek2017


Manila, 2017 – New York Fashion Week may be over, but beauty and fashion makeup mavens are more creatively inspired than ever as the up and coming makeup and fashion trends dropped down the runways, setting a stylish pace for Spring/Summer 2018. This year’s show took a different turn as a ‘makeup-first’ creative approach was front and center in every show. From subtle yet fierce makeup looks to the boldest and quirkiest outfits, you can discover everything in NYFW. Here, we sum up what went down at #MaybellineFashionweek2017:

Monday, September 11, 2017

Sooper Beaute New So Matte Lip and Cheek Therapy Swatches

The liquid lipstick of our dreams is now back with more shades! To those who saw it, I did a review of the old edition of Sooper Beaute's So Matte Lip and Cheek Therapy last year. The older edition has a different formulation, as it was creamier, thicker, and had a distinct grapeseed oil smell. This formulation is less of a lip cream and more of a liquid lipstick, and this smells strongly of watermelon. 

I'm not going to do a review on these yet as I still have some clarifications with the brand team. I don't want to speak until I have more information. However, for now, I would like to share how lovely the shades are!!! Hence this swatch post. 

Sooper Beaute reaaaaally outdid itself this time with the shades, churning out 9 Sooper beaute-ful (see what I did there?) shades perfect for Pinay skintones. If there's any brand that gets what kind of shades go well on Pinay skintones, it just has to be Sooper Beaute. Across all their products and their product lines, the Filipina skintone is always the priority, and it shows. So here we go!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

AVON True Color Perfectly Matte Lipstick First Look

Gahhhh I'm still in shock till now. I came home one day seeing a long boxed package for me. I wasn't expecting anything, so when I opened it, it was definitely the surprise of my life to be receiving the entire line of AVON's new Perfectly Matte lipsticks! The shades are sooo pretty and sooo sophisticated that I really wanted to get down to showing them to you guys. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Beauty News: AVON Perfectly Matte Lipstick is Here!


A woman shines bright when she feels comfortable and ready to face her day without any worries. But sometimes, all it takes is a little snag to dull her shine. As the no. 1 makeup brand in the country, Avon hopes to empower women with products that provide beauty without compromises—and their Perfectly Matte Lipstick line is the latest in a list of beautiful promises kept by the brand. 

Avon believes that feeling and looking beautiful must come without compromises, and that it’s just a shade away. That’s why they created the Perfectly Matte Lipstick line with 100% matte finish and lasting comfort. You don’t have to worry about dryness and flaking, as each shade wears comfortably and can be rocked with ease.

The Perfectly Matte line comes in 20 gorgeous shades including 8 new Perfectly Nude shades, and the brand’s top endorsers Marian Rivera and Angel Locsin have found their perfect shade that they can wear with confidence every day. Angel loves Red Supreme, an empowering, true red shade. Marian adores Rose Awakening, a vibrant rose nude color.

With the wide selection of colors and the addition of the eight new nude shades that are extremely flattering for any Filipina, we’re certain that you’ll find your perfect matte, too. There’s always a color that you can go to everyday, whatever kind of day it may be.

Marian and Angel star in the all-new TVC for Avon Perfectly Matte Lipsticks. Watch as they share their new makeup discovery to more Filipinas out there.


The Avon True Perfectly Matte Lipstick line retails at PHP 399.00 each and is available through any Avon representative or online at AvonShop.ph

Don’t have an Avon Representative?
Visit www.avon.ph or like Avon Philippines on Facebook to find out how you can get in touch with a Representative. Want to order Avon on-the-go? Download the Avon Brochure application from the Google Play or Apple Store to start browsing our latest brochure today! The Avon Brochure app will connect you to a nearby Representative, so you can enjoy personalized service.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Skin White Glutathione+Vitamin C Now on Sample Room


With double power of glutathione vitamin C, experience twice the whitening with SkinWhite Glutathione + Vitamin C Soap! Powered by an exclusive Advanced Tripower Technology and Vitanourish Formula, it safely combats and suppresses melanin production, prevents skin darkening, and helps block nasty UV rays as it gives your skin a full-on moisturization for that beautiful blush, white skin ever!

Get your samples at Sample Room now!!!

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Beauty News: L'Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Collection Is Here


BREAK OUTS? DARK CIRCLES? REDNESS? L'Oréal Paris has #GOTITCOVERED!

Check out this video I did1!!!

Manila 2017 – The Infallible collection has won the hearts of many Filipinas with its range of long-wearing makeup that allow them to achieve a #NeverFail look all day. This September, the franchise is making a major comeback with a huge portfolio expansion that is sure to excite even more Filipinas. Launched in the US in early 2017, it received massive buzz and high talkability online among makeup junkies and ordinary makeup users alike with its supreme power to instantly cover imperfections. And now it’s finally here in the Philippines, launching first exclusively on Lazada!

Introducing the new Infallible Total Cover – a full-coverage face makeup range that will revolutionize the Filipina’s understanding of how makeup can help them achieve a perfectly flawless complexion that lasts up to 24 hours. This new range includes the INFALLIBLETOTAL COVER 24H Foundation, INFALLIBLE TOTAL COVER Color Correcting Kit, and INFALLIBLE TOTAL COVER Concealing and Contour Kit.



INFALLIBLE TOTAL COVER 24HR FOUNDATION is L'Oréal's 1st 24HR weightless full coverage foundation that covers dark circles, redness, and blemishes to let you achieve perfect skin all day. Gone are the days when full coverage meant heavy and unnatural foundation. This revolutionary product allows you to have a perfected look while maintaining a weightless feel. It’s loaded with pigments to give that total coverage, and it’s enriched with Alliagel, which allows it to glide smoothly on the skin making it feel lightweight and look natural when applied. Infallible Total Cover 24H Foundation will be available in 10 shades that matchevery Filipina’s skin tone exclusively on Lazada atPhP 700 SRP. 


INFALLIBLE TOTAL COVER COLOR CORRECTING KIT is our all-in-1 color correcting palette that neutralizes any kind of discoloration across all skin tones and types. The powerful cream corrector helps in balancing, correcting, and perfecting imperfections on the skin. Don’t be intimidated with this multi-colored palette as each hue was made to effectively answer a specific skin need. Peach is meant to disguise dark circles, yellow to combat dark spots, green to neutralize redness, and purple to brighten dullness. Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit will be available exclusively on Lazada at PhP 600 SRP.

INFALLIBLE TOTAL COVER CONCEALING & CONTOUR KIT is our 3-in-1 palette that corrects dark circles, conceals imperfections, and contours the face to add depth and dimension. This pro-inspired kit provides the sophistication and completeness of a pro-palette – making you feel like an expert with your everyday look. It contains 4 highly pigmented and creamy shades that can be used individually or together for a wide array of shades and uses to fit your needs. Infallible Total Cover Concealing & Contour Kit will be available exclusively on Lazada at PhP 600 SRP.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Beauty News: #MaybellineFashionWeek2017 Is On!

As the official makeup sponsor for New York Fashion Week (NYFW) since 2009, Maybelline continues to inspire Filipinas by making catwalk to sidewalk makeup looks happen. For the NYFW Spring/Summer 2018 show, the creative inspiration takes a different turn with a ‘makeup-first’ approach gracing the runways. Commencing in just a few days, there’s a lot to be excited about on the latest runway-inspired makeup trends brought to Filipinas by Maybelline New York.
“We are excited as Maybelline Philippines participates in this global partnership bringing the hottest makeup trends from New York accessible to every Filipina. This yet signals our commitment to empower and inspire Filipina beauty and fashion mavens to make it happen,” said Cary Co, Marketing Director for Maybelline Philippines.

The Maybelline Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 shows will begin on September 7. It will exhibit the amazing works of famous designers such as Jason Wu, Rochambeau, and Bibhu Mohapatra, among others. With inspiring personalities showcasing their work, many women (and men) will be all eyes and ears to the makeup and fashion trends NYFW has in store for them.

Get the latest makeup trends and hottest updates LIVE and straight from the runway by tuning into Maybelline’s Youtube channel at Youtube.com/MaybellinePH, Facebook at Facebook.com/MaybellinePhilippines, and Instagram @welovemaybelline. Filipinas can look forward to an exciting and fun-filled NYFW experience as Maybelline Philippines sends its very own NYFW correspondents to give us backstage access to the biggest makeup and fashion event this season.  Watch their video here: http://bit.ly/2vGWALo

 Make sure to follow #MaybellineFashionWeek2017 for real-time updates straight and fresh from New York! Stay tuned, get ready for more, and #makeithappen!

Friday, September 01, 2017

Say Hello To Cream Silk Customized Solutions

It's been a loooong time coming, but it's finally here now!!! 

Okaaay, here I am again getting senti over when I was an intern for Cream Silk. Even waaay back then, it was already the dream to have the endorsers on the tubes. Unlike plenty of the top competitors of Cream Silk which are foreign franchises, Cream Silk is a purely Filipino brand. It was created here for Filipina hair. For a brand whose equity almost always equates to the word Filipina, it really is just about time to showcase the best of Filipina beauty on the tubes themselves. 

Of course, given the high number of commercials played everyday and all the fandoms going wild, I'm sure y'all know about this already by now. However, I would like to slow things down, because as far back as I can remember, this is the first time we're seeing Filipinas on conditioner tubes. Since a lot of other brands do not have people on the tubes, they're automatically out. For the brands that do have faces on the tube, usually, it's a computer generated graphic, or a stock model. It has never gone to a point, if I may say, that a conditioner brand has gone on to put very recognizably Filipina faces on a tube. Given that almost all the fast moving consumer goods in the market are imported, or the concepts for packaging and formulation are imported, you can then imagine how significant this is of a move. What this just tells me is that Filipinas are worthy enough for big companies to spend money on to put onto the tubes. The Filipina is world class enough, beautiful enough, and important enough for this. Packaging changes are reaaaally reaaaally expensive, which is why this is how I am viewing things. 

But wait, it's not only the packaging that changed! Cream Silk has been around for 33+ years, so it just means that they know Filipina hair so well. As such, they used that expertise to create an even more powerful formulation. Hence the #PowerToTransform campaign. Cream Silk made all their variants even more powerful than ever, so that consumers now have the power to transform their hair the way they envision it. Today I'll be showing you guys the different variants! 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Althea Petal Velvet Powder Review


Althea has come so far in just 2 years! Craaaazyyy!!! In the span of 2 years they have revolutionized and streamlined and improved forever and ever and ever the way Southeast Asians shop for K-Beauty products. Remember when we used to suffer with all our K-Beauty purchases in the customs office? Those days are long gone. And going beyond that, they went from just Southeast Asia to delivering products worldwide in less than 2 years! And then remember when they did the app? Who would've thought they'd be able to make shopping even more irresistible? Althea really always is looking for new mountains to climb.

And now, this August, they are proud to unveil their newest baby, their own brand! And the first release is their Petal Velvet Powder. I am looking forward to a future of Althea eyeshadows, lip tints, BB cushions and like everything else. But today, let's review the powder first! BTW, get Php200 off Althea if it's your first time by clicking on this link! And yes, if you were wondering, everything on the flatlay above can be purchased from Althea.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

What's New At Kushikatsu Daruma (August 24, 2017)

For those who are looking for a new light hearted place to relax at, come on down to Uptown Mall BGC to Kushikatsu Daruma! As for the very lengthy restaurant name that is already a tongue twister on its own, kushikatsu is actually a Japanese delicacy referring to deep-fried skewered meat and
vegetables. Kushikatsu Daruma is an iconic restaurant in the famous Dotonburi area of
Osaka that serves the best kushikatsu in Japan. 

The brand came to Manila in March this year, and since then, it's been a bastion of family fun and comfort after a long and tiring day. Kushikatsu Daruma carries a more pub/tavern equity in Japan, but here, it's more restaurant-ey to me. But regardless of whether people think it's a tavern with good food, or a restaurant with good drinks, it's a place full of hearty foods and great drinks, all to comfort tired and weary souls. 

The team was excited to invite members of the press and media on a laid back Thursday afternoon to highlight their rice bowls and reveal their Happy Hour promotions. From Mondays through Fridays at 4PM to 9PM, Kushikatsu Daruma is offering their San Miguel Light and San Miguel Pale Pilsen beers at just P50 (from P65), while their Chu Hais are Buy 1 Take 1, so two will only cost P280! Favorites include Lychee, Kiwi, and Mango Blackberry.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Canon's 80th Anniversary (August 22, 2017)



2017 is a reallyyyy, reaaaaallyyyy, reaaaaallyyyyyyy big year for Canon! This year marks 20 years in the Philippine market. And this year marks the 30th anniversary since the launch of their EOS lines. I'm already so sentimental and all because I'm an EOS girl through and through. Weeeelll the first Canon camera I got to access was an IXUS, then a G10, then an S95, but the EOS series is where I really learned photography, the series I shared the journey with. 

Aaand of course, Canon is celebrating 80 years!!! 80 years!!! 

As I've shared in many other posts, we are a Canon family. All the cameras my mom consciously bought were Canon cameras. My mom was a major Canon addict. She shares many fond memories of her Canon cameras as she competed in many competitions using Canon. The addiction simply just ran in the family, and I can never imagine myself using any brand that's not Canon. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

#LizQuen is #CloserThanEver With Closeup (August 22, 2017)

It's a different feeling in real life!!! Y'all know how long I've been worshipping Liza. I long know she looks like a doll. But today was the first time I ever saw Quen, and literally, he's like a Ken doll!!! The two of them doing kilig challenges together makes it soooo surreal because of the chemistry, and partly because they look like dolls in real life. 

Of course, getting this close as this photo (of which the circumstances on how it came to be I'll be explaining later in this post), is not possible without fresh breath. As Quen shared, it's sooooo embarrassing to go to taping and have the cameras rolling and all without being 10000% confident that you have fresh breath. CloseUp is all about giving fresher breath, so they need not worry about this! LizQuen can get as close as they (and all of us fans) want without any worries because they have fresh breath. 

Last August 22, at 20:20, CloseUp was not only proud to be unveiling LizQuen to the press and a select group of fans as the newest faces of the brand. They were also proud of the fact that the new CloseUp is fresher than ever, for fresh breath that can last up 12 hours thanks to antibacterial mouthwash. The great tasting CloseUp now tastes even better that LizQuen loves it so much. And the improved formula also means they can up the ante with the challenges! This is their shrinking room challenge where they got to a room of which the walls were closing in on them, making them get suuuper close. The results are delightfully cute, as what any obsessed fan (like me haha) would expect! 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Silka Papaya Deodorant Now on Sample Room!

No need to rush in achieving beautiful and whiter underarms if you can have it in a natural way with the new Silka Papaya Deodorant! Infused with Papaya Enzyme, Giga White, and Vitamin B3, it'll help prevent darkening of the underarms as well as protect your armpits from odor and sweat. Plus, it comes in a lotion form that leaves a non-greasy feel when applied to the skin! Get a 40mL full sized from Sample Room for 20 points (SRP 31.50/25mL and 41.75/40mL)!  

Monday, August 28, 2017

Palmolive Favorites Restocked At Sample Room


Your Palmolive favorites are back in stock at Sample Room due to popular demand!!! I'm quite sure I've spoken about Palmolive before as it is among what can be touted as flagship brands of Sample Room. I got samples of the Intensive Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner set waaay back (I wasn't even an SR Insider yet), and I was able to discover for myself that it's soo good. The formula's strategy is to have a veeeery heavily nourishing conditioner and a light conditioner. Shampoo mostly gets washed off, while conditioner does coat your hair somehow. With this kind of combo, your hair gets nourished with the shampoo, but doesn't become oily because when you wash it off, it gets off. The light whipped conditioner just acts as a sealant to make sure the moisture stays in. The end result is hair that's bouncy, soft, but not heavy or gunky at any point throughout the day. Not to mention that Palmolive comes up with the best smelling shampoos among all the brands available in the Philippines! Palmolive is always the first choice if fragrant hair is your priority. 

Palmolive Naturals Intensive Moisture (Pink; 70 points for the shampoo and conditioner set) adds essential hydration to your hair for long-lasting softness with Coco Cream and Milk Protein extracts.

Palmolive Naturals Healthy & Smooth (Green; 70 points for the shampoo and conditioner set) has a nourishing formula with Aloe Vera and Vitamin Extracts, to instantly smoothen hair for effortless finger combing throughout the day.

Palmolive Naturals Shampoos and Conditioners are available at the following sizes and prices: 
Palmolive Naturals Shampoo 13.5ml (PHP 5.10) / 90ml (PHP 51.30) / 180ml (PHP 96.50) / 400ml (PHP 187.85)
Palmolive Naturals Cream Conditioner 12ml (Php 4.85) / 180ml (Php 92.50)

As for the body wash, gahhhhh, this is the best!!! Whenever I'm dead tired, not dead tired, happy, sad, scared, angry, or whatever, their White+Milk body wash gives me life! I'm an extreeeeme sucker for powdery and showery fresh fragrances, which is why this was such a godsend for me. I really look forward to using these everyday. To add, aside from the lovely fragrance, the body wash has a rich lather and leaves skin feeling moist and supple. I can especially tell as I recently switched from a non-hydrating brand. The difference is really apparent. 

Palmolive Naturals White + Milk Soap’s formula is infused with 100% natural milk protein to helps nourish and reveal whiter skin in just 1 week*. You can get the bar soap and body wash bundled together for 40 points. 
 
Palmolive Naturals White+Milk Products are available at the following sizes and prices: 
Palmolive Naturals White + Milk Soap 80g (Php 28.75) / 55g (Php 12.95)
Palmolive Naturals White + Milk Body Wash  200ml (Php 80.00)


Monday, August 28, 2017

Belo Intensive Whitening Extra Moisture Bar Now On Sample Room!



Achieve beautiful and whiter skin without the dry, itchy, and stinging sensation with the new Belo Intensive Whitening Extra Moisture Bar! Its glycerin content deeply moisturizes dry and dull skin, restoring skin's firmness and elasticity. It's dermatologist-tested and proven to moisturize 42% better than regular Kojic soaps! You can get this from Sample Room for 45 points (for a 65g bar worth 64.75). 

On this flatlay, I also included their leg BB Cream and their BB Cream. Y'all know from my Sample Room Dermatix post that I have quite a scar on my left knee, so the leg BB cream is highly appreciated! The Belo Body BB Cream can be availed for 100 points (SRP 399.75 for 100mL) and is already SPF 50. This is gonna be helpful for those outdoor engagements when you're in a short dress so you don't end up with unevenly colored legs after. The face BB Cream is not available at Sample Room for now. But for those who are fans of their Kojic Acid series, the Belo Intensive SPF30 Whitening  Body Cream is still available for 70 points (SRP 199.77 for 150mL tube). 

With Belo's Intensive Whitening Series and the new and improved Extra Moisture Bar, no more tiisGanda lang! ;) Ayieeeee!!! 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Anne Curtis for #ShiseidoTheCollagen (August 14, 2017)


Two very exciting updates for everyone! One, Shiseido The Collagen is officially here! Two, Anne Curtis is the face of Shiseido The Collagen! 

Anne Curtis was definitely the best choice of endorser for this because she radiates an unexplainable energy that just draws you to her. She's sooo pretty, but hey, all other celebs are. What really sets her apart is her infectious personality, this invisible glow emanating from her aura. 

Shiseido The Collagen is all about repairing broken tissues from within in order to fight acne and aging and pigmentation, to promote lightening and brightening of the skin, and to tighten and tone the pores. The end result is a holistic glow and aura.