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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Canon @ 20 Event (January 19, 2017)

Happy 20 years in the Philippines, Canon!!! And happy 80th birthday this August!!! 

I only have a few photos for this post because I think this is gonna be a wordier and chismis-filled post. I don't know but I felt so emotional attending this event XDDD It was honestly just a very good lunch (and the best brewed coffee ever) with talks from Canon executives. But perhaps what makes it so special is that from birth, I've already been on Team Canon. 

My mom is an extreme photo enthusiast, and by enthusiast, I mean legit enthusiast, not the pouting selfie addict we all are today. My mom used to join photography clubs and contests, saved up for tons of SLR's and accessories, and made each photo count on film! In the 80's! I can never be the photographer my mother was because back in the day, my mom had to compute all the settings, list them down on notebooks, and plan before pressing the button because film is so costly. It's so important to get things right. Even contests were crazy! She told me that they'd take photos, submit the films, and then the organizer would develop then judge the film's photos. Nowadays everything can easily look good with filters, photoshop, and lightroom.  

Not to mention that when I take photos, I take at least 3 shots of the same item on the same layout to be sure. I don't think my mother would have been able to take 3 photos of a lipstick doing the same pose and repeat the process for 3-4 more layouts, and then do that for 100+ lipsticks in a year without drowning in debt. Team Doll Up Mari will edit heavily, rely on autofocus, and will die if the viewfinder isn't there. Team Mama Doll had to get things right in a 24-shot film, had to manual focus, and lived through the days when the viewfinder wasn't there. 

My mother's love for photography means that when I was born, I had a 1 minute old photo, a 5 minute old photo, and basically photos of every hour after I was born, and imagine this was the film era. Mama has also used competitor brands, but what made her stay with Canon through all these years is that it basically is the best. This is why when her kids (us) got interested in photography, it was Canon all the way. All the cameras we've consciously purchased in this house is Canon. We have other brands, but they were either gifts or sale purchases. The camera purchases that we reaally planned for and researched for, all of them were Canon.  All of the cameras in active use in our house now are Canon. 

In fact, 99.5% of the posts in this blog were taken with Canon cameras, with the 0.5% taken with phone cameras when cameras could not be used. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Maybelline HyperInk Launch (January 12, 2017)

Have you ever heard yourself praying for a cheaper alternative to Benefit's Push Up liner that works?

Weeell whether you were praying for that or not, Maybelline actually did go and make an eyeliner with the potential to save you tons of time (and money) this year. HyperInk is Maybelline's first launch this year, and I think it's not just a launch, but a statement that they are telling all of us "I gotchu fam" in 2017 with all their industry disrupting launches.

 I am among the guilty who will admit that it's just not getting as much love as it deserves yet because most of the press and media are still busy finishing off 2016 backlogs. I'm sure it's not just me (hahaha). But I think once most of the press is over with 2016 you're bound to hear about this more and more often this year.I've road tested this already, and I love how affordable it is yet it has all the features we're looking for in an eyeliner when we're rushing (which is all the time). 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

I'm Part of Maybelline's Squad! (January 12, 2017)

It's the days like these that make what I do worth it. 

I think you guys do know by now that it's not easy to be a blogger. Or to be more politically correct, a "commercial" or "industrial" blogger-- because there are plenty of bloggers who run personal blogs and only update when their schedule and motivation permit. 

So yeah, going back, it's not a walk in the park. Anyone who has tried to make a review, tutorial, or whatever beauty post will realize how many hours can go into a single blog/vlog post. Blogging about the products/events/activities of various brands all at the same time can be very exhausting. People often think that I sunbathe all day and "just" take pictures of makeup not realizing that it takes so many hours of work. The biggest opportunity cost for doing this is not being able to work a real job (most events are held at teatime on weekdays, and product shots really do take time, so you really just can't work a decent day job and have a decent blogging career at the same time and stay sane). And the other thing plenty of people don't realize is that when you are a blogger, you can't work on motivation or inspiration. There are deadlines that need to be observed, and I work regardless of whether I am energized/motivated/inspired or not.

This is definitely not something I expected Maybelline to do but something that has deeply touched me and reminded me why I do what I do. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Beauty News: #FierceItUp With The Easiest To Use Eyeliner From Maybelline

Manila, 2017 – Get that instantly fierce eye makeup look with just one stroke! Long-lasting, smudgeproof, easy-to-use and the blackest of black eyeliners is now available to Filipinas, thanks to our most-loved makeup brand, Maybelline New York. Introducing the new Maybelline Hyperink Liquid Liner.
Step up your game and fierce it up with your eyes- nothing says bold and confident like a good eyeliner. Easily fierce it up at work during the day by lining your eyes with a simple and sophisticated eyeliner look. Then party hard at night with a bold and sexy winged liner.
Hyperink’s superior formula guarantees all-day, smudgeproof wear – no need to stress about your liner fading or making a mess. It stays on perfectly all day and all night.

Its uniquely structured flexi-cushion tip gives you extreme control, while its ink finishes in film-like format making it easy to remove and the perfect eyeliner for all the busy girls out there: easy to apply, long-wearing yet easy to use and remove.

Showcasing the infinite eye makeup looks that can be achieved using Hyperink, sought-after celebrity makeup artist, Jigs Mayuga demonstrated natural, winged and graphic eyeliner styles. “I love the fact that Hyperink has an intense black color payoff and is extremely long-wearing. Perfect to make sure you look fierce throughout the day and all night long,” shared Mayuga.
So girls, it’s time to say goodbye to your pencil eyeliners and get inked with Maybelline Hyperink Liquid Liner. It’s definitely the newest holy grail for all eyeliner fanatics. Get that fierce eye makeup look that you want for only P199 SRP. 

Products are exclusively imported and distributed by Maybelline New York and will be available nationwide in all Maybelline counters. For more information about Maybelline, please visit

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Beauty News: Mary Kay X Saladbox

2017 promises a “Super Fresh” start for beauty lovers as Saladbox offers an exclusive box in partnership with Mary Kay this January. Themed “Super Fresh”, the January 2017 Saladbox introduces Mary Kay’s newest skincare product line: Botanical Effects Evolution.

“We want to give our subscribers a fresh start this 2017, and Mary Kay Botanical Effects Evolution is perfect for this campaign. The products guarantee a fresh effect on the skin and come in very nice packaging. The all-new Botanical Effects Evolution features simple products with simple ingredients, for beautiful and healthy looking skin. All products from the line are infused with Dragon Fruit and Aloe extracts which are great antioxidants. These are refreshingly simple, uncomplicated, and easy-to-use skin care products,” says Paul Dimafelix, Founder and Managing Director of Saladbox.

The January box of Saladbox has 2 full size products of Mary Kay Botanical Effects Evolution: Cleansing Gel and Moisturizing Gel. And also, every subscriber will receive a full size product of Mary Kay Brow Definer Pencil, a total box value of approximately PhP1,500.

To add, Dimafelix says, “It is really important to take good care of your skin and have the best skin care regimen that’s why we are offering these products that will deeply clean and thoroughly moisturize your facial skin for up to 12 hours.”

It is a great deal for Saladbox to offer their customers products they can use in their busy lifestyles, a perfect way to start their day off right with skincare products that keep things simple.

Not a Saladbox subscriber yet? For more details, please visit and join now to receive best beauty and lifestyle products in town!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Althea Year-End Party Box Unboxing!

Y'all know it's party time with this year end party box from Althea! 2016 has been a slay year for Althea (and for us Philippine people who have been saved by the heavens since they started ops here in Q1 2016). They started off with a stellar launch, followed by their birthday celebration in July, and of course, the introduction of their curated boxes from Korea. Althea is a network of multi-country teams, and they have a Korean team curating what's hot in the K-Beauty scene for these boxes. It takes time to be able to forge long term brand deals, so these boxes are a good way to introduce people from all over SEA in a short span of time. And I think it's also a good way for them to be able to gauge which brands actually are receiving warm reception in each Althea territory... 

Weeelll those are just my management thoughts lah so let's get onto the box! 

Friday, January 06, 2017

Beauty News: L'Oréal Debuts Infallible Long-Wear Makeup

Manila, 2017 – Tired of makeup products that fail and melt down at the end of a long, busy day? The world leader in beauty, L'Oréal Makeup Designer/Paris, invites you to finally say goodbye to makeup meltdown with the much-anticipated, globally acclaimed long-wearing makeup line that’s finally in the Philippines.

Introducing INFALLIBLE – a full range #NEVERFAIL makeup from L'Oréal Makeup Designer/Paris.  INFALLIBLE answers every modern Filipina’s battle cry to fight makeup meltdown with a complete line of long-wearing makeup: INFALLIBLE 24HR Foundation, INFALLIBLE 10HR Lipstick, INFALLIBLE PRO-MATTE 16HR Powder, and INFALLIBLE PRO-SPRAY & SET Makeup Extender & Setting Spray.

Friday, January 06, 2017

My Céleteque x BDJ MEGA Unboxing

This is craaaaaaay. Craaaaaaaay. Serious kind of craaaaaay!!! 

It pays to be a BDJ Bella because you really just don't know when treasures like this will pop up! I am sure everyone in the BDJ system got the heart attack of their lives last year (yeah December is soooo last year like ugh don't me) because for Php1480, they got ALL these Céleteque items you see in this flatlay PLUS OTHER ITEMS which could no longer fit the flatlay visually coz it'd already look toooooo crowded by then. I have personally bought BDJ Elite boxes before so I had an idea that this box was gonna be the slay my queen level it is. 

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

I Tried Althea's App!

Hear ye, hear ye! Althea has finally launched its app! 

I know traffic is deadly and much of our lives are spent on the road on our mobile devices, and Althea must know about that, too. The Korean beauty conglomerate has recently launched its app to make shopping easier and more accessible for mobile users. Whether you need to window shop while on the road, browse what's new in Althea, or need some retail therapy to heal your frustrations from traffic, this app is for you. 

Sunday, January 01, 2017

What's Inside The Maybelline 2017 Planner? (My 100th Maybelline Post!!!)

Happy New Year!!!! Happy 100th Maybelline blog post to meeee!!! This is a special post as this is my 100th Maybelline post in a mix of press releases, reviews, tutorials, and events for the past 4 years! Whew!!!! If my tally is right this is the first brand wherein I've reached the 100 mark. The brands I especially like are mostly at the 50 something post mark, so that's why this truly is a milestone. 

I personally see it as a milestone because reviews aren't easy to do. Swatches aren't easy to produce. It also takes a certain level of maturity to be able to give cohesive reviews. In the span of 2016, with all (as in ALLLLLL) the products that Maybelline sent, I really feel that the brand has been instrumental in helping me hone my swatching, reviewing and flatlaying skills.  

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Maybelline's Christmas Gift To Me

Happy New Year everyone! I thought I'd do this as my first post for this year as Maybelline is one of the brands that I really love. Brand love aside, I think it's more of a great love for the people who work on the brand, that's why this brand is so close to my heart.   

Sooooo for Christmas, they got me and four of my loved ones theeeese SUUUUUUPER. CUUUUUUUTE. MINIATUUUUUURE. PERSONALIIIIZED. HOLIDAAAAY SOCKS!!!! They asked me like waaaay back to name 4 loved ones I'd like to give a small token to for the holidays, and I didn't really think much of it until the package actually came. Mama was squealing with delight when this came. I thought that it must just be so cute that she was squealing with delight. And yeah it is thaaaat cute.