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Friday, July 28, 2017

My #AltheaTurns2 Mega Haul


A happy, happy 2nd birthday to Althea!!! (click on that link for Php200 off your first purchase!)

Before Althea, buying K-Beauty items was such a risk. Remember those days when we'd have to order stuff online and it'd take soooo long to arrive only for us to be taxed all sorts of stuff at the post office? Or when we would be so nervous that the items might be fake? Remember all those fears? 

I am so happy that for most Southeast Asians, such thoughts already seem so far, far away, even if Althea has just been around for 2 years. It just goes to show that Althea really is a great place to shop at. I don't need to lie or whatever, because it really is just a great place to shop at. No customs duties, no overpricing, no fake items. Efficient delivery times. I have bought so many things from Althea simply because its operations management is so effective that I never have a headache when I shop with them. 

As such, I definitely had to join in their 2nd birthday party!!! I would say I got myself quite a haul as I have placed a lot of items on my Wishlist as of late hahaha. 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Ballet Manila 22nd Season preview (July 25, 2017)

Get ready!!! GEEET REAAADY!!! Ballet Manila is killin' it with their 22nd season!!! Anyone who doesn't live in a cave has prolly seen or heard somewhere as to how epic Ballet Manila's Cinderella was last year. Ballet Manila's goddess, Lisa Macuja, is actually feeling the pressure right now that she put on too much of a show last season that there is nowhere else to go but up when it comes to this season's offerings. 

The 22nd Season is entitled Flights of Fantasy, and mainly, that's because they'll be staging their first ever Ibong Adarna ballet (and possibly the first ever in Philippine history), as well as including a classic in Swan Lake. There will of course be elements from Snow White and their Ballet and Ballads production. They'll have 4 ballets this season, and I'm so excited to see each one!!!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Beauty News: Buildable VOLUME AND LENGTH with Maybelline Lash Sensational

The maker of the world’s most iconic mascaras now goes sensational. Get ready to discover lashes you never knew you had with Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Mascara. Layer it on to build as much length and volume as you want to create a lash look fit for any occasion. No need for multiple mascaras that can only deliver either length or volume because Lash Sensational has it all. And the best part? You can say goodbye to clumpy lashes- zero mess, zero clumps guaranteed!

Built with a unique fanning and separating brush, your lashes are opened up to reveal layers and layers of lashes. Each individual lash is defined with a low-wax liquid ink formula, creating extra-clean length and volume. Feel free to layer coat upon coat- lashes stay polished, never clumpy or messy.
On top of this, its superior formula is lightweight so each coat won’t weight down your lashes. Now, you can dress up your lashes, from natural volume for everyday wear to dramatic lashes for a perfect night out of town. 
  • Buildable volume and length with zero mess, zero clumps
  • Separating brush coats each lash and reveals layers and layers of lashes 
  • Lightweight formula won’t weigh down your lashes
  • Care serum formula that nourishes the lashes
  • Smudge Proof and Waterproof Formula

Now, you can be sensational with longer, fuller lashes that you can build to create any lash look without the mess. No need to have multiple mascaras with the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, now only P349.

Friday, July 28, 2017

My Beauty For A Better Life Experience (July 20, 2017)

This experience brought me back to 2004! My mom was tired of expensive salon treatments when most of the time, she just needed trims or retouches to her hair. That's why she explored studying beauty culture. She studied in Ricky Reyes, and in TESDA's beauty course. So of course, that meant I was her model for plenty of her class sessions, and for her practice sessions at home. This also meant that as a Grade 3 student, I went to school often with updo's, French twists, and all sorts of crazy chignons hahaha. Ahh, those days. 

Today, I relived similar experiences as a proud model for L'Oréal's first batch of graduates for their Beauty For A Better Life program!!! L'Oréal adopted Brgy Sto. Niño and transformed it into a beauty school. It is in this venue that they succeeded in training a landmark batch of 75 students for 3 months about hair color, hair cutting, and other hair procedures. L'Oréal is known for its educational arm in L'Oréal Professionel schools, but this time, they made the effort to bring L'Oréal Professionnel school to the community, so that residents need not travel to the L'Oréal Professionnel school in Ortigas. They also chose this community format, so that after the students graduate, should they need backup people for their gigs, they have their neighbors to rely on. To add, it's also safer for them to travel together in pairs or trios to their future workplaces. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Dermatix Now on Sample Room


Get rid of unwanted face and body scars with Dermatix Ultra's healing power! Its advanced scar formula that contains CPX technology and Vitamin C Ester has been clinically proven to effectively lighten, flatten, and soften scars*. You'll be amazed with its quick-drying, non-oily feature too! 

I'm a fan!!! To those who may have seen my IG stories, you may have seen me post about this gash last June 1. I went to my brother's room to get something, and on my way out, I got scraped quite badly by a protruding piece of metal from a basket. The wound was prolly 2mm deep, so it was quite deep. It wasn't a simple scratch or gash. I religiously applied Betadine everyday while it was healing because it was quite deep. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Beauty News: L'Oréal Philippines Empowers Underprivileged Women with Hairdressing Skills Training



Metro Manila, March 2017Seventy-five women from Barangay Sto. Nino in Marikina City will receive skills training in hairdressing from L’Oreal’s team of hair professionals this year as part of L’Oreal Philippines’ “Beauty for a Better Life” program developed to gift underprivileged communities with a free, international and high-quality training. The program will take trainees through three months of classes capped by an internship at a Metro Manila salon.
Led by the L’Oréal Foundation and implemented in different countries, “Beauty for a Better Life” is one of the Foundation’s key programs to help women in difficult situations regain their dignity, humanity, and femininity and help them reintegrate into society. Philippines becomes the 26th country in the worldwide line-up of L’Oréal subsidiaries who implement the global program.
 “Fulfilling our role as a great citizen, we at L’Oréal Philippines believe that beauty has the power to change lives. Beauty contributes to feeling better and living better, and gives women that extra boost of confidence they need to truly feel their best.  But in a deeper way, beauty can positively impact and improve lives through programs like “Beauty for a Better Life” which, beyond uplifting spirits, accompanies women on the path to employment,” explains Carmel Valencia, L’Oréal Philippines Corporate Communication Manager. 

Confidence can be like a “light at the end of the tunnel” for women who have encountered difficult situations in their lives. We believe that education provides the freedom to choose and build one’s future. Conscious that a large segment of the local population in the Philippines live below the poverty level, the L’Oréal Foundation and L’Oréal Philippines have made it our mission to redefine how ‘Beauty’ can impact the quality of life in these areas, not just through the brands that we carry but also through new avenues that offer a better tomorrow.” 
Training and Employability through Beauty: 

To develop the local version of the program, L’Oréal Philippines worked with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) to nurture the ambition of offering new prospects for women in situations of social and economic instability by training them for careers in the beauty sector.  These jobs will promote social and interpersonal skills, as well as individual creativity and artistic ambition.  To ensure Government recognition of the skill set that trainees receive, graduates of ‘Beauty for a Better Life’ will be accredited by certified trainers after the training program.
The decision was made by L’Oréal Philippines and PBSP to bring the program to barangays most in need.  L’Oréal chose Barangay Sto. Nino in Marikina to implement the first batch of the program. Marikina City is included in the Office of the Vice President of the Philippines’ (OVP’s) Angat Buhay Program which works with the poorest areas to rehabilitate. Bgy. Sto Nino is home to about 41,000 inhabitants, 2,500 of whom are unemployed women of working age.  It is from this segment that 75 women will be chosen and segregated into three batches of 25 to be trained for three-months under the tutelage of L’Oréal Philippines hair professionals.  They will finish with an internship in salons that will expose them to career options. After the three-month training, PBSP and L’Oréal will work to place them for employment with micro entrepreneurs and salons in Marikina malls.
The program officially launched on April 19.

L’Oréal Philippines in Sharing Beauty: 
Committed to share beauty with all, L’Oréal Philippines’ “Beauty for a Better Life” program is just one of many efforts the Company is undertaking to redefine beauty and allow it to positively impact lives.  To know more about L’Oréal Philippines, its thrusts, and for company updates, please visit www.loreal.com.ph.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Life News: Pia Wurtzbach Takes On Huawei's Phonetography Challenge


“We are using this phone… THIS PHONE… for the cover shoot,” Pia shares in disbelief during the behind-the-scenes shot of her cover shoot for METRO magazine’s July 2017 issue. 

Expecting to see a full camera setup for a cover shoot, Pia arrives surprised at the sight of seeing well-known fashion photographer, Dookie Ducay, only bringing the Huawei P10 Plus in his hands. “I was so surprised that upon stepping on to the set when we were doing the shoot for this cover, I find out that we’re actually using the P10 as the camera. And I thought they were kidding. But they were serious… No cheating, guys, as in no cheating,” Pia relates.

“I have never done any cover shoot using only a mobile phone so having done this for the first time really excited me,” shared Ducay. “While I may have initial doubts in my head if a phone can deliver stunning photos, I had to correct myself and prove my doubts wrong when I’ve seen how powerful the Leica dual lens camera of the P10 was. For me, it has the best camera for portraiture.”

Watch Pia’s reaction here and see what happened behind the scenes in this video:

This is not the first time that the superb Huawei P-series’ camera technology has been showcased in a professional magazine cover shoot. Fashion mavens globally have taken notice of its powerful camera. The first was taken by Egyptian photographer Khaled Fadda using a Huawei P8, and featured actress and model Tara Emad for Insight Magazine. This was followed most recently in Italian magazine Grazia’s cover and editorials that were also shot entirely with the Huawei P10 Plus. 

To know more about the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus, and Huawei Philippines’ updates, visit www.facebook.com/HuaweiMobilePH. 

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Beauty News: AirOptix Colors Play Day is Coming!!!

OMG!!! OMG!!! May paandar ang AirOptix this July 15. AirOptix at Php500?! CRAAAAAY!!!

For ONE DAY ONLY, Air Optix Colors will be P500.00 instead of P1,500.00 and it comes with a FREE P500 Air Optix GC, activities at the event and a lens starter kit. This will be at July 15, 2017 (Saturday11am to 7pm at Eastwood Mall Atrium.

The event will be featuring a photo gallery of influencers representing each Air Optix Colors shade. 
Beginners or those who have never worn lenses can learn from experts and doctors present at the event, and of course current eyeglass wearers can switch to Air Optix Colors and experience breathable color contact lenses as a fashion alternative.

Patients  with no Rx (eye grade) can enhance their natural eye color or explore a wide range of transformative color options. AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses are a natural add-on for patients currently wearing AIR OPTIX® AQUA clear contact lenses. Both products provide the same comfort and breathability. It also adds beauty and excitement of color on an easy-to-remember monthly replacement schedule. (every 30 days) 

AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses offer a more comfortable alternative,3 which gives current wearers of FreshLook® color contact lenses an upgrade in breathability with the same beautiful 3-in-1 color technology.

Mechanics:
1.) Limited to one (1) pair per person.
2.) Product will be taken out of the box.
3.) Buyer must know his/her correct eye prescription prior to purchasing and will be REQUIRED to wear the product for the headshot. Photos will be uploaded on Facebook.
4.) A P500 Air Optix voucher will be given once the passport stamps are completed.
*All colors and grade (eye prescription) are available but stocks are very limited so be sure to come in at 10am to make sure you get your desired pair!

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

EB Advance Glow Out Highlighter Swatches and First Impression


Now this is a release that has gotten me soooo excited!!! I am sooo excited for when EB Advance's Glow Out Highlighters will hit stores!!! I feel that they're comparable to Anastasia with the high level of glow, the drama, and the intensity. This seems to be baked, which probably explains why it's pigmented and easy to blend. Another thing I'd like to note is that the two colors they have are distinct upon swatching. Sometimes, highlighters have different colors on the pan, but the moment they're swatched, they just fade off into a generic pearl shade. I am impressed that you can distinctly see which highlighter shade is which. 

I was told that this will retail for not more than Php200 each, so for those who are looking for affordable options, here you go! 

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

New Ever Bilena Liquid Lipstick Swatches

Are you ready?!!! More liquid lipstick releases are coming from EB!!! They say that they will be releasing this 6 shade stunner in August, or later this year. I reaaally love that they're expanding the range of colors for Pinays to explore. Unlike other drugstore and mass brands, EB explores a lot of the trends and makes really sophisticated shades. And they of course know Pinay skintones very well, so there's that, too. 

This collection is a little bit more matte than their LTD collection, but more moist and easier to remove than their new Matte Liquid Lipsticks. I think the reason for doing this collection is for them to explore more high fashion shades that aren't commonly done by most brands. These colors are very runway-ish, and perhaps it's also another bid to show that for whatever makeup look you want to do, there's EB for that. And I think the other possible reason is that this collection explores shades with a grayish tone to them. The more I look at these, the more I feel like all of them are greyish in nature. 

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Ever Bilena LTD Liquid Lipstick Swatches and First Impressions


And we're back with more EB related posts!!! I often prefer to browse EB in drugstores where I won't be pestered by the sales force. I know it's their job to be present and I know how hard it is to be a sales associate, but I just prefer browsing quietly on my own most of the time. I can do that at drugstores. But drugstore shelves mean that there are often no testers. That's why during the EB Bold Beauty event the other week, I wasted no time swatching away. 

I am smitten by LTD!!! I understand why a lot of you love it so much. The shades are just soooo sophisticated and I love how there is no shortage of nude pinks and mauves. It's always so nice when there are big brands like EB that can bring high end trends to the mass consumer. The shades are so pretty no one will ever guess how little you spent on these babies! 

The texture is also so opulent and rich. It's a mildly sweet scented soft matte lip cream. This is perfect for people who cannot stand the dryness of the usual liquid lipstick. 

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Ever Bilena #EBBoldBeauty (June 21, 2017)

Following the extreme success of Ever Bilena's foray into EB Big Beauty Challenge comes this new step. If you will look back at their blogger competition, it truly was a testament of how the competition was such an effective way of marketing. All of a sudden, the very common, everyday items from EB suddenly became tools to equip the participants to create the craziest, most imaginative, and the grandest Avant Garde looks we've seen so far. We sort of always know in the back of our minds that Ever Bilena can be bought anywhere and everywhere and can be relied on for the staples we'd need for everyday looks. But lo and behold, their foray into blogger competitions proved that the brand can push the envelope.  

I'm not sure about since when did they start using the "Where Beauty Begins" slogan, but with that competition and this event, the slogan totally makes sense. For this event, they invited the press and media to play, experiment, and inadvertently, see for themselves how EB can be the brand to reach for when you want to up the ante. 

Monday, July 03, 2017

Life News: Maxene Magalona and Leila Alcasid on the best kind of care


“Adjusting to my new life in the Philippines has been exciting and scary at the same time,” says Leila Alcasid, daughter of iconic singer/songwriter Ogie Alcasid. Slowly gaining a spotlight of her own, Leila says being in the public eye at this point in her life can get a little difficult. “I’m at that stage where everything is changing, and I don’t always know what to do. That’s why for me, it’s very important to have that one person who understands you completely. It’s comforting and reassuring,” she says.

The newly engaged actress Maxene Magalona agrees. “I’m entering a new chapter in my life. Now that I’m in the midst of planning my wedding, everything can get very overwhelming. And it’s at these moments, that a bride-to-be like me needs that one person that can reassure you, and just be there to understand what you’re going through,” she says.

Though at different stages of their lives, what Leila and Maxene have in common—or what most women have in common for that matter—is that innate need to be cared for by somone who understands their needs. Women think, behave, and feel differently, and therefore caring for them is also different.  

This holds even more true when it comes to the most sensitive part of the woman’s body: the feminine area.  For a body part so sensitive, women need a feminine care partner that is specifically made for that purpose—and that is what ph Care is all about.

pH Care Brand Manager, Chrissie Cobarrubias says, “Some women believe that washing their feminine area with soap is good enough. But what they don’t know is that while most soaps are formulated with chemicals that cleanse the body, it may be too harsh for the delicate nature of the femine area.” Soaps often have high pH levels ranging from 9-10, a pH level that can disrupt the natural state of the femine area and cause bacteria growth, thus leading to odor, itching and infection.

As the country’s leading brand of feminine wash, pH Care is clinically formulated with a pH level of 5—matching the natural pH level of a woman’s intimate area. pH Care is proven to be safe for daily use, formulated to be gentle enough even for the sensitive intimate area skin, effectively keeping the intimate area fresh, clean, and odor-free everyday.

“The care that women need is deliberate, intentional, and intimate, and this goes most especially in the feminine area. We know that the feminine area is very sensitive and it takes a deeper understanding to formulate the right products that women can use everyday. pH Care spent years conducting study and research about the intricacy of the woman’s feminine area and every woman’s daily concerns.  We want to provide the care that they truly deserve.” says the pH Care Brand Manager.

The brand invited select media and influencers to an intimate gathering, where guests were encouraged to bring that one person who truly understands them. Just like pH Care, that one feminine wash that understands women, that’s why it can give care that woman deserve.  

“My best friend and I understand each other completely,” said Leila. “It’s great to have someone who truly gets me. We’re both thankful for pH Care because we know that pH Care has taken the needs and concerns of women at heart.”  

“I always turn to my mom,” shared Maxene. “Life can get pretty hectic, now more than ever since I’m about to get married, I know I can turn to her for absolutely anything, because she understands just what I need. Sometimes, I don’t even have to ask! In that same way, I feel that pH Care understands my needs as a woman, because it gives me the special kind of care.”

pH Care has 9 different variants; pH Care Cool Wind, pH Care Passionate Bloom, pH Care Naturals Guava, pH Care Naturals Papaya, pH Care Fresh Blossoms, pH Care Fragrance Free, pH Care Happy Daisies, pH Care Powder Fresh and pH Care Shower Splash. Each variant caters to different preferences of women – choices from floral scents or fresh out of the shower scents.

Each pH Care bottle contains 7 intimate benefits: it is antibacterial, it cools and refreshes, it deodorizes, it is OB-gyne tested, it contains silky softeners, it’s hypo allergenic, and most importantly it  has the right pH level of 5, perfectly matching that of the intimate area.

With all these benefits, women can turn to no other than that one feminine wash that understands, giving the special kind of care that every woman deserves.

pH Care is available in all leading supermarkets, department stores, and convenience stores nationwide. Prices range of the 50ml pH Care bottle is PHP 48.00 to PHP 51.00, the price range of the 150ml pH Care bottle is PHP 107.00 to PHP 113.00 and the price range of the 250ml pH Care bottle is PHP 135.00 to PHP 142.00.