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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Ever Bilena New Matte Liquid Lipsticks Swatches and First Impressions

Yesterday, Ever Bilena unveiled their new products to us bloggers and to the press and media, of course. As such, I am excited to be showing swatches and sneak peeks of their newest product offerings! 

This is their Matte Liquid Lipstick. And by matte, this really does not budge. The moment you put it on, you will not be able to wipe it off easily unless you use baby oil. The formula is thin, wispy, and doesn't crack on the lips. I find it uncomfortable when a liquid lipstick feels so heavy and cement like that it feels a bit hot on me already. That's why I feel that this will be a big hit amongst liquid lipstick lovers once this comes out in the market. I have no idea about pricing yet, but as EB has always upheld all these years, it will surely be within reach for most beauty aficionados out there. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Beauty News: Gelish Dip Is Here!


Girls, listen. The world’s leading gel polish brand, Gelish® Soak-Off Gel Polish, just recently launched a new nail system in the country and it is guaranteed to be your new favorite salon service—Gelish Dip.

Gelish Dip is a revolutionary acrylic powder nail system that allows you to get gel-like nails without the need for a UV or LED lamp. The service is also a whole lot simpler compared to traditional gel manicure and takes only about 20-30 minutes to finish both hands.

“What we’ve done here is make things a whole lot simpler for everyone,” shares Vu Nguyen of Nail Harmony, the company that founded Gelish and sister brand, Morgan Taylor. “We know for a fact that things can get really hectic for women, especially those who juggle multiple things on a day to day basis. That’s why we looked—and continue to look—for ways to allow you to have beautiful-looking nails faster and easier. What we have here is a fool-proof system that allows nail technicians to deliver consistent quality service each time, every time.”

Gelish Dip promises 14 days of chip and peel-free nails. It comes in 120 colors, including cremes, glitters, shimmers, metallics and five French shades.

“Gelish Dip carries the same safety profile that Gelish® Soak-Off Gel Polish is known for. It’s safe for use even by pregnant women and won’t stain your nails. Removal is also quick and easy and won’t strip your nails of its natural protection,” adds Nguyen who has been working in the nail industry for about 15 years. This multi-award winning international nail care professional flew in all the way from the U.S. just to personally launch the service.

Gelish Dip is currently available at all Beauty & Butter Nail Lounge for only PhP450. Other nail salons are expected to start offering the service starting end of June. For more information about Gelish Dip and other Gelish® products, you may follow @gelishph on Instagram and Gelish Philippines on Facebook.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Gelish Dip Event (June 15, 2017)




Finally! Gelish Dip is here! 

I know, I know, it doesn't sound interesting. But it only sounds uninteresting at first. 

To say it in a language that consumers would like to hear, this is a revolutionary treatment from Gelish that gives acrylic like nails within 5 minutes or less! I know you've all seen the crazy acrylic tutorials on YouTube and I know y'all are dreaming of having nails that are fiber-glass like in sheen and sparkle. But of course, you were either scared away by the high prices of acrylic extensions or the loooong hours needed to do most acrylic jobs. As such, Gelish developed a way to create nails as if it were sculpted like acrylic but in just as short as 30 minutes for the whooole session for the client. 30 minutes will already have included cleaning, massaging, and the actual application of Gelish Dip. And in humane pricing, too! 


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Foundation Review and Swatches


Now this is the review you've all been waiting for!!! 2017 has been a favorable year for the foundation landscape in the Philippines with the arrival of L'OrĂ©al Infallible Pro Matte and now Maybelline FitMe! Matte+Poreless foundation. I know, I know, all of our dreams are coming true one by one!!! 

This, to give a general landscape, is perhaps the most "balanced" foundation for the Philippines. I thought of many words to sum up this product, and I think that balanced is the best way to describe it. I'll of course elaborate further, but I think to give a "teaser", this is ideal for most people because while this may not get 100/100 from everyone, this will make it to at least 85/100 on most people's lists because it's the perfect balance of everything that people in the Philippines are looking for in a foundation. 

This is the exact same thing as what they have in the US, so if you've been slaving over buying this product online, your dreadful days are over! 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Maybelline FitMe! Launch (June 7, 2017)


FINALLY!!! FIT ME IS HERE!!! 

And FitMe! is actually one thing I'm super happy about, because according to murmurs another one of my suuuper awaited Maybelline collections is coming later this year! 

That's why I'm so excited today to be talking about what went down in the launch! 

Friday, June 09, 2017

What I Got From Row 101 Summer Popup


Sooo the last time around, I gave y'all a teaser on what's gonna happen at Row 101 Summer Popup. Now that the bazaar is done, I thought I'd do a post to slowly recount all the stuff I received so that y'all have a good idea of what to expect the next time around that they do something like this. 

I also felt that I received a lot of very interesting items that people might actually be looking for or needing, so I thought I'd slowly talk about them today. 

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Beauty News: Maybelline Unveils 10 Filipina 'Makers'


Manila, 2017- Today’s young Filipinas are more empowered than ever. They express themselves stronger than ever – whether in beauty, in fashion, even in their thoughts. They know what they want and how to be in control, and sometimes, the only thing that they need is a dose of inspiration to push them forward to make their dreams happen – and Maybelline New York, the world’s no. 1 makeup brand, perfectly knows that.

Apart from believing in the transformative power of beauty and using the energy of New York to make dreams happen, Maybelline knows that being a venue to share the stories of young successful women is what every Filipina needs to carve out a name for themselves and make IT happen. That is why this year, Maybelline New York takes it a notch higher and brings forth its ‘make IT happen’ movement as it partners with 10 young Filipina ‘Makers’ by giving them a venue to share their inspirational stories.

“Maybelline has always believed in the power of beauty to make things happen. We want our message on empowerment and possibilities to be a part of every young Filipina’s narrative,” shared Cary Co, Marketing Director for Maybelline Philippines. “Our partnership with these 10 girls signals our commitments to bring forth what we truly mean by ‘Make IT Happen.’ We hope that by giving these girls a venue to share their stories, we are able to inspire other girls to make their own stories of success happen.”

Maybelline has partnered with these 10 young Filipina Makers to share their own make it happen stories:

  1. Photographer Sara Black on her “Make Imagination Happen” story
  2. Celebrity Stylist Kimi Yap on her “Make Confidence Happen” story
  3. Fashion Designer Rosenthal Tee on her “Make Fashion Happen” story
  4. Model Maureen Wroblewitz on her “Make Bold Happen” story
  5. Calligrapher Alexis Ventura on her “Make Creativity Happen” story
  6. Athlete Denisse Lazaro on her “Make Strength Happen” story
  7. Education Advocate Arizza Nocum on her “Make Change Happen” story
  8. Blogger Lissa Kahayon on her “Make Ambitious Happen” story
  9. Fitness Guru Ida Paras on her “Make Determination Happen” story
  10. Filmmaker Janina Manipol on her “Make Dedication Happen” story

“Being a fashion designer and blogger gives me an opportunity to express myself and share bits of my life to my readers. Being recognized and appreciated for what I do also drives me to succeed and to strive to be better in what I do. I’ve allowed myself to take risks, accept challenges, and dream big,” shared Lissa Kahayon.

Drawing inspiration from within, Sara Black professional photographer shares that she makes imagination happen, through visualizing the image in her mind and translating it into reality through a photograph. “What drives me is the need to stay current and putting my best work forward. Never be complacent,” shared Black.

As an artist and entrepreneur, Alexis Ventura transformed her hobby into a business, but not without the challenges that this brings. She shares that “though turning a hobby into a business is a blessing, finding the right opportunities to develop myself and my team was not easy. Working to reach big dreams with limited resources allows us to be even more creative with our solutions”.

These are only but a glimpse of the many Make It Happen stories that Maybelline is set to share to young Filipinas through its ‘Maker’ campaign. To know more about the Maybelline Maker campaign visit www.maybelline.com.ph and watch the latest Maybelline global anthem here: http://bit.ly/2szdmGS.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Beauty News: Maybelline FitMe! Is FINALLY Here!!!


Manila 2017 – You asked for it and now you can have it! Starting June 2017, Filipinas can now place their hands on the most asked-for foundation from Maybelline New York as FitMe! FINALLY arrives in the Philippines.

If you are always trying to find the perfect fit but end up settling for the closest shade to ‘match’ your skin tone, settle no more! Find the perfect one for you as Maybelline brings in here FitMe! Matte + Poreless line which offers a wide range of shades that goes beyond matching skin tone but also fits skin’s texture: your skin the way it is meant to be- fresh, breathing, and flawless.

 “Most of the time, Filipinas are offered only about four foundation shades to choose from, which makes it a real challenge to find their perfect shade. As Fit Me comes in 10 shades to choose from, Filipinas can finally easily find their FIT. What is even more exciting is that the Fit Me line that we’re bringing in here offers a MATTE + PORELESS finish, which is suitable for the Filipina skin.” says Bianca Sing, Jr. Product Manager for Maybelline.

Fit Me is available in 4 different formats - the FitMe! Matte+Poreless Liquid Foundation, the FitMe! Foundation Stick, the FitMe! Pressed Powder, and the FitMe! Concealer. All of them are perfect for oily skin.





With all these four FitMe! formats targeting concerns from tone to texture, while leaving you with a natural finish, there’s no need to settle anymore. Find the perfect fit for you only with FitMe! by Maybelline New York. Indeed, you can tell the world, “Don’t judge me. Don’t hide me. Don’t change me. FIT ME!”

Products are available in Maybelline counters nationwide and online over at Lazada:(http://ho.lazada.com.ph/SHQCaa). For more information about Maybelline, please visit www.facebook.com/MaybellinePhilippines.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Plana Forma Il Terrazzo Inauguration (June 1, 2017)

Finally!!! I didn't know much about Plana Forma before attending this event, but during this event, I understood well why this is a perfect addition to QC. The other Plana Forma branch is in Makati, so I'm glad that this one is finally here. Plana Forma is based on Physique 57, a company in the US that does barre exercises. 

Here in Plana Forma, they have Zumba, Yoga, and Piloxing classes as feature classes. And their flagship Forma classes have plenty of variations. Memberships and payments here are class based, and as you can see here on this photo, they have mats, weights, balls, and a bar as implements for the classes. No gym machines here.

I understand that some people want everything out of a fitness membership and would be sad that there are no gym equipment. But they have a different business model to suit different needs. I think I'm the target market because I'm the kind of person who cannot exercise alone. I easily get bored or lonely when not in a class because part of what keeps me motivated is when I can absorb the energy of my teachers and co-participants. I became a Zumba instructor 5 years ago (yeah crazy trivia right) because of this same sentiment. And I don't really see myself enjoying if I'm using a machine and just listening to music to block out everything that's going on. And I'm also clueless. I cannot magically research then implement a fitness plan for myself like what some people can do. I always need instructions. 

Add to that that I don't have time. I need to be able to get a reasonable amount of cardio and toning for a reasonable amount of time because my schedule is crazy hectic. I am already busy with and aside from that, I handle a lot of house matters and schooling matters. If I barely have any time to eat properly or go out to enjoy myself in malls, what more exercise? 

So if you have found yourself agreeing or being able to relate to everything I just narrated, then this place is for you.  

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Life News: Plana Forma Now In QC!


Have you noticed that in spite of the vast array of modern time-saving technologies we all have less and less free time?

Many people find themselves constantly torn between the pressures of work and personal life. It can often feel as though there aren't enough hours in the day or days in the week. We rush around trying to fit more and more activities into less and less time, forcing our fitness routine to the back seat.

Contrary to popular belief that workout takes a huge time out of your day, it notably takes 55 minutes to feel that intense heat in the muscles, strengthening every core of your being. This is the Plana FORMA experience – every workout feels like winning a battle.

Plana FORMA is a total-body workout that uses an exciting technique inspired by New York workouts, combining yoga, dance, pilates and barre. It involves target-specific exercises that work on the abdominals, thigh, hips and seat muscles while strengthening the back muscles and working the hamstrings.

A session usually starts with warm-up exercises using two sets of weights that work the upper body and the arms, a full body prep through push ups and a bit of core stability work and then moves on to barre exercises which works the thighs, calves, hips, abs and seat muscles. The class is finished-off with a cool down through dynamic stretching.

Unlike other workouts, you don’t take breaks in Plana FORMA; you move on to the next set of exercises quickly targeting all muscle groups in under an hour.

 “Our clients are go-getters, their time is precious and the best hour of their day usually starts or ends with us at the barre, so we want to make sure that we give you the very best in terms of workouts. Each 55- minute class is so rewarding, you’ll keep coming back for more!” said Plana FORMA head instructor Celine Encarnacion, who trained under the experts of Physique 57 in New York City.

Even individuals who avoid the gym or any kind of physical activity will find that they can actually go through one whole session without stopping to catch breathe.

"Our classes are designed to tone, lengthen and lean out the muscles because we focus on one muscle group at a time through small ranges of movement to the point of exhaustion and then we stretch it right after. There is no bulking up," said Encarnacion.

Empowering Community 
An intimate mix of people enjoy the 55-minute class together at the Plana FORMA studio at Il Terrazzo, Quezon City. Lady Bosses usually go in the mornings while their kids are in school. Corporate clients arrive in the evening after work and younger guests enjoy the work out in the weekends.

“What urges people to keep coming back is the supportive community that we work hard to create. We have clients who consider the studio their happy place because they come and leave feeling happier knowing they are getting stronger,” said Plana FORMA QC Branch President Monique Daez, who is also a mother of nine and has kept in shape with Plana FORMA.

Plana FORMA aims to be the super women’s partner in their journey to self-improvement while they continue to juggle their daily line up of responsibilities. After all, staying active and healthy makes it easier to feel good in the world.

“We want to show and inspire women that it is possible to embrace an active yet balanced lifestyle. It only takes a few minutes in their day to build a stronger and graceful version of themselves,” said Daez.

Plana Forma, in partnership with MFT Group of Companies Inc., is located at 3F Il Terrazzo Tomas Morato corner Scout Madriñan, Quezon City. For inquiries, you may call 0956-582-6858.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Shiseido International Beauty Fair (May 19, 2017)

A few weeks back, Sample Room invited us (us as in the Beauty Insiders) to attend Shiseido's International Beauty Fair. 

This is the first time mom has come with me to an event! Since this was a consumer event and since she had errands in Megamall, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to show her how events work. At the same time, this is a special Beauty Fair for mothers so it was in alignment with the event's objectives for her to be there. Normally, when we get invited to events, it means only the blogger is invited not unless it is clearly specified that the blogger can tag someone along. So this is why this is mom's first time to come with me. 

And while there's that, mama's also super busy about so many things all the time. The Shiseido campaign of paying homage to mothers with beauty products that can do everything (just like mothers) is apt, especially to her, and especially to most modern women in this epoch.