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Friday, April 20, 2018

Happy 5th Anniversary, Doll Up Mari!!!

Happy 5th Anniversary to me!!! Woohooo!!! This blog is officially 5 years old today!

It actually feels so surreal to be typing this down. When I started this blog in 2013, I didn't really have concrete expectations I'd do it until now. I had just come from makeup school and had wanted to offload AALLLLL the photos we took of our models somewhere. Just so the photos wouldn't be lying around in my computer. But well, there is a backstory to this backstory.

You see, I've been an avid reader of blogs since 2008, and somehow, at the back of my mind, I had always wanted to have my own blog. Back then, as you all are also aware of, it was sooo expensive to have equipment. Phone cameras were also still a source of fascination at that point. 10 years ago, I didn't really take the idea of becoming a blogger myself seriously because it just cost so much money back then. I took the makeup junkie part more seriously, as it was somehow more affordable as my sister used to work for a fashion magazine and got lots of free makeup as a result.

Truth be told, I was waaay wilder with makeup 10 years ago than now. I always had a full face of makeup on complete with false eyelashes. 2018 Mari is still fascinated with how 2008-2010 era Mari was able to pull off false lashes almost all the time.

Fast forward to 2013, that a brand that I really liked held a makeup tutorial contest. I was reaaaally so obsessed over it. I spent so much money to buy makeup of that brand, as the contest required you to use only that brand. I filmed for several hours using my brother's camera, then edited for days. At that point I had edited some school project videos and had some idea of video editing. I dreamt of winning the contest and winning free items from that brand for a year. I loved the brand so much that it really felt like the ultimate dream to be winning a whole year's worth of makeup from them. I thought that that would be THE great jumpstart to the top, to a successful blogging career, and then happily ever after. But then, you may wonder, now, how come there isn't any tutorial anywhere? That was because my tutorial didn't even make it past elimination. I was honestly so heartbroken, thinking that I had worked so hard and done a good job only for the video to not make it past elimination.

Remembering that video, I laugh so hard at how I thought that such a poorly produced video and such horrible makeup could pass an elimination for a makeup tutorial contest. But at the time, I took it in hard. As someone who was admired for makeup skills and knowhow in my circles, it was a real blow. I deleted the video out of being so upset, much to my regret now, but I can tell you that it just wasn't good. But from that defeat, I used the experience to realize that maybe I wasn't good with makeup and needed to improve. That's why I enrolled in makeup school. And then the rest is history (?)

From that point until now, there are many things that have changed. I learned and grew so much in photography and videography. I'm still not good at these things today, but compared to 2013, I made a big leap. Being a blogger is the ultimate entrepreneurial exercise, and from that point until now, I learned so much about how PR works and how this industry works. I used to be clueless over how press releases work, concepts of quid pro quo, and basically, everything. I didn't take up journalism in college, and I also didn't work for the press, which is why I slowly learned how press and media work in action by myself. 

Even though I didn't ask for it, I've witnessed a lot about the evils of people with the abuse I have gone through. A lot of things were eye opening to a naive me. Years ago, I used to be hungry for each and every opportunity. I wanted this, that, this, that, without really thinking about what the implications would be for me in the long run. I have experienced a fair share of abuse throughout the years from some unscrupulous brands, that I have learned to keep an eye on things more. Back then, I used to pray for each and every door to open. But now, when I pray, I always pray that if a door will lead to bad, then keep it shut forever. Although people expect me to have learned my worth from all the abuse and to value myself more, I don't really think that way. I learned the hard way from various work experiences that no matter how much worth you have, to the wrong or abusive people, it's still not enough. It's important to spend more time on the people who see your worth and to cease wasting time on the people who don't. That's something that really comes up to mind when people ask me what I've learned or how I've changed. 

But of course, some things don't change. It's been 5 years of having a rookie mindset and I intend to continue to do so. In my whole life, it was my grit and guts that got me to places, and will take me to more places in the future. 

Finally, to those who are wondering, I chose to take this kind of photo last night because it's what's real. In reality, to shoot that much beauty products and flatlays over the years, it's very messy. I mean I do tidy up and organize and then reorganize. But when I shoot things, it really gets messy. I work late nights, spend countless of hours editing things, and I often don't have a sense of time. The lights are hot, which is why I'm just in whatever clothes I have on, and usually without makeup, because I'll sweat and get dirty anyways. My legs and back always hurt because of all the bending and squatting I do when shooting things. It's the exact opposite of glamorous. 

The biggest irony perhaps is that it's actually really unglamorous to be a beauty blogger. No one really tells you that behind all the cutesy flatlays and makeup shots. But obviously, of course, I wouldn't have stayed around for this long if I don't love what I do. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Life News: Team C^3 is Brandstorm 2018's National Champion!

From left to right: Tina Ampil, L’Oréal Philippines General Manager for Human Resources; Team C^3: Coleen Chua,  Caitlin Yu, and Clarice Tee; and Thibault de Saint Victor, L’Oréal Philippines Country Manager

12 April 2018-L’Oréal once again hosts Brandstorm – its signature global innovation competition for students. This year, in partnership with L’Oréal Professional Products, students from all over the Philippines were presented with the challenge of innovating the customer experience for the professional salon of the future. 

Started in 1992 and present in 60 countries, Brandstorm is one of the largest student competitions in the world. Locally, L’Oréal Philippines has mounted the annual business competition since 2009. In its 10th year in the Philippines, Brandstorm 2018 surpassed last year’s 1,500 sign-ups for its first nationwide run, and mounts the second highest Brandstorm application record in the world; this year’s competition boasts of more than 3,570 players from over 30 universities from all over the country!!!

“Since going nationwide in 2017, we are very happy to see growth in the number students joining the competition and are looking forward to sustain this in the coming years. L’Oréal’s goal has always been to encourage and hone such diversity of talent and reach as many students as possible,” shares Jake Bustos, L’Oréal Philippines Talent Acquisition Manager.

From more than 1,100 teams, only 24 moved forward to the semi-finals last March 1. The top 8 teams were then subsequently selected to battle it out in the National Finals held in Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas last April 12.

Out of the 8 National finalists, Team C^3 from UP Diliman successfully took home the championship with a ticket to Paris to represent the country in the L’Oréal international Finals as they compete with other students all over the world.

When asked about the whole experience, the team shares, “L’Oréal Brandstorm pushed the limits of innovation by encouraging us to think outside the box. It was a never-ending process of researching and revising our case, until we were completely satisfied with it. With winning this year's competition, we are excited to fulfill our dream to represent the country in the L’Oréal Brandstorm Worldwide Finals in Paris, France.”

Following suit are Team Bellus from University of the Philippines Visayas (1st runner up) and Team Tala from De La Salle University-Manila (2nd runner up). Both teams win cash prizes and products for their mentors.

The final list of the L’Oréal 2018 National Finalists were as follows: Team C^3 from University of the Philippines – Diliman (National Champions), Team Bellus from University of the Philippines – Visayas (1st Runner up), Team Tala from De La Salle University – Manila (2nd Runner up), Team L’Ocked In from De La Salle University - Manila, Team LoREALTalk from Ateneo de Manila University, Team RegSteffiJe from University of the Philippines – Diliman, Team Totally L’Oréal from University of the Philippines – Diliman, Team TS1 from University of the Philippines – Diliman

“L’Oréal Brandstorm has always stood as an innovation-incubator for some of the most promising talents in the industry. It is always inspiring to see what students come up with with their fresh perspectives and forward-looking insights” shares Tina Ampil, L’Oréal Philippines General Manager for Human Resources

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Beauty News: BLK Cosmetics' K-Beauty Collection Is Here!!!

Anne Curtis is probably the most popular fangirl of everything Korean, and arguably the prettiest. But it’s not just the Korean film and TV artistry that’s captured her heart. Like most beauty junkies, she’s long been captivated by the unique K-beauty sensibilities, which are very much aligned with Anne’s whole philosophy of uncomplicated beauty. Think: Fresh, dewy face, all-natural flush, dreamy eyes, and juicy lips. The signature Korean look is simple, beautiful, and effortless—synonymous with what blk stands for.

This is precisely why for the brand’s latest release, Anne has decided to combine two of her biggest passions to create a groundbreaking collection that’s sure fulfill the whims and fantasies of both beauty lovers and Korean fanatics, and even everyone in between. 

Introducing the blk cosmetics Limited Edition K-Beauty Collection! Meet your Anne-approved Korean cosmetics line: a collection of five makeup must-haves that’s guaranteed to let you nail that K-style look with ease. 

The exclusive collection includes: 
  1. blk BB + CC Cream Stick with Brush (Php449) 
  2. blk Intense Color Liquid Eye Shadow (Php299)
  3. blk All-Day Lip and Cheek Water Tint (P249)
  4. blk Creamy Sheek Paint (Php349)
  5. blk All-Day Intense Matte Lipstick (Php299)
Apart from the individual products, blk cosmetics is also releasing a K-Beauty Starter Kit containing the blk BB + CC Cream Stick with Brush, the blk Intense Color Liquid Eye Shadow, and the blk All-Day Lip and Cheek Water Tint. Get all of these for just Php997 when you shop at Lazada ASAP!!! You can also snag these K-beauty favorites at BLK Cosmetics' TriNoma boutique store, Zalora, BeeautyMNL, and at their Watsons and SM Beauty counters. 

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Beauty News: L'Oréal Philippines Celebrates A Year of Changing Lives

L'Oréal's Beauty For A Better Life Graduates

L’Oréal’s Beauty For a Better Life has since completed one full year of training of three batches of beneficiaries. Placing beauty at the heart of re-building identities and lives, and created to ignite long-term social impact, many of those who benefit from L’Oréal’s Beauty For a Better Life are women in vulnerable social or economic situations. Since its launch, beneficiaries from the Philippines has been given an opportunity to go into jobs and even own businesses in the field of hairdressing.

Led by the L’Oréal Foundation and implemented in 27 different countries across the world, Beauty For a Better Life is one of the Foundation’s key programs to help women (and in some cases, men) in vulnerable situations regain a renewed sense of dignity and allow them better chances for livelihood opportunities.The program was first brought to Brgy. Sto. Niño in Marikina as one of the priority areas for unemployment.

To date, 62 individuals have completed the program, 22 of which come from the third batch that graduated this April 2018. Each batch of beneficiaries underwent daily classroom sessions in the Barangay Hall for three months wherein they were taught different hairdressing skills such as customer service, blowdrying, haircoloring, haircutting, rebonding, and application of hair treatments – under the tutelage of L’Oréal Philippines hair professionals. They were also exposed to a one-week internship in L’Oréal’s partner salons across Metro Manila to expose them to actual hairdressing jobs and potentially further their career options.
L’Oréal Philippines Corporate Communication Manager, Carmel Valencia awarding the
Plaque of Appreciation and a class photo of all 62 graduates for Barangay Sto. Niño to Barangay Captain, Rizaldy Josef. 

"We believe in the power of beauty to change lives, and Beauty For a Better Life expands the definition of beauty by using it a way to provide skills and livelihood opportunities to those most in need. A renewed sense of self-confidence, diginity and motivation are fundamental changes that we see in our graduates and it is our hope and vision that Beauty For a Better Life empowers these women to gain a better of life through livelihood opportunities,” shares Carmel Valencia, L’Oréal Philippines Corporate Communication Manager.

April 3 signaled a new chapter for the program as it celebrated all the beneficiaries from Brgy. Sto. Niño including the latest set of graduates and also give way for the turning over of the program to a new barangay in Marikina.“It is truly heartwarming to see the hope that the program has brought about to the lives of the women (and men) of Brgy. Sto. Niño. For the next cycle of Beauty For a Better Life, we are hoping that we will also open opportunities to individuals from Brgy. Jesus Dela Peña and continue our advocacy of changing lives through beauty,” concludes Ms. Valencia.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Maybelline's Sun Proof Summer Sale is Here!!!

OMG! This is it! The crazy summer sale we've all been waiting for! Run to your nearest Maybelline counter to enjoy up to 35% off on all your Maybelline favorites! 

Snag your favorite lipstick lines at discounted rates! Maybelline's Color Jolt Matte, Creamy Mattes, Lasting Lipsticks,  Lip Flush Bitten Lip, Loaded Bolds, Powder Mattes Rebel Bouquet,  Rosy Mattes, Vivid Mattes (and so much ore) can be snagged at just Php199 a pop this summer. Lip Gradation is also on sale. Superstay Matte Ink will also have flash sales in selected weekends of April, so be sure to keep your eyes glued to Maybelline's social media pages to make sure you don't miss it. 

Monday, April 09, 2018

Beauty News: Our It Girls Met Gigi Hadid!

ICYMI! Maybelline New York dropped its collaboration collection with none other than its very own global IT girl, Gigi Hadid. Since then, it has disrupted the global and local makeup industry with millions of girls obsessed over every product in the collection. Our own it girls Alexa Ilacad and Gabbi Garcia went to see the Gigi Hadid in Japan awhile back! Here's what they had to share:

Alexa: I was so excited when I got my very own Gigi collection from Maybelline last year—I swatched EVERYTHING immediately! I got hooked. And now to actually meet the Maybelline girl behind this amazing collection in Tokyo? My 2018’s already made!

Gabbi: I’m still not over it! Getting to know Gigi plus the whole team behind the makeup collection and learning from the best in the industry really made this trip one of the most unforgettable opportunities I’ve had.
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Monday, April 02, 2018

Watsons Love The Sun Event (March 8, 2018)

At leassttt upgrade na ho tayo!!! Within the month na ang backlog charrrr! 

This is Watsons Love The Sun event held at SM MOA last March 8, or Women's Day. I find the date of the event to be very apt, because when it comes to self care, we have this whole list of processed. From whitening treatments, spa sessions, facials, and all that, every woman has her own concept of self care. But realistically, sun care is such an integral part of self care. AFAIK, our ozone layer has only started to stabilize a bit as of late, but still, it doesn't dismiss the existing damage it has suffered. There's still a big ozone layer hole, and we really need to be on the defensive and to take sun care very seriously. 

Honestly, one misconception that we usually have is that we only need sunscreen during the summer or during outings. But I've learned that every body part that gets exposed to the sun even for a short period of time needs sunscreen every single day. This year, even though I technically have shunned the concept of new year's resolutions, I vowed to pay more attention to sun care. I placed all the sunscreens I have in my dresser, such that when I get ready each day, it'll be automatic to me to pick up the sunscreen and to apply liberally on my face and all body parts that will not be covered by clothes. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Watsons Happy New You Event (January 17, 2018)

At least!!! 2018 kahit papaano! One step closer to ending Mari's extreme backlog 2018! It's already eligible to be a hashtag of its own, I just don't want it to be a hashtag wahahaha. 

But the more important thing is that I went to Watsons' event for the new year! (Kaloka new year pa yun Mari ano na). I thought that nonetheless, a lot of the things they recommended in this event are applicable for a Cinderella transformation all year round. Honestly, I myself stopped doing New Year's resolutions ages ago because I didn't want to hinge change in just the new year. I've always thought that if there was something I wished to change about my life, or a new journey to embark on, I shouldn't waste any time getting down to it. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Gigi Hadid X Maybelline Launch (December 13, 2017)

Soooo this is an event post for Gigi Hadid X Maybelline's launch last December... 

Again. I am SO SORRY. I've been in backlog mode since August last year!!! 

To those who have seen me IRL, y'all know I am employed full time right now. Like my job is home based, but the nature takes up all my time in general. So that's why I haven't been active as of late. I feel so bad that the last review I did was waaaay back in January! 

However, still, better late than never, right? I usually will still want to blog about something, even after a long time has passed, simply because I want to be able to have something "concrete" to look back to sometime later. Like versus the photos lying around, having a legit entry is better.  

Off the bat, there are two key things I love about this collection: One, is that Gigi released enough items for most people to be able to complete a whole look. Two, is that she obviously took skintones and undertones into consideration and came up with a collection that is useful universally.

Although I won't lie that the vastness of the collection overwhelms me at times. Most celebs come up with a few distinct makeup items that are close to their hearts, but with Gigi, she has a whole collection going on for her. And unlike the usual celebs who will probably only release a few shades or variants per item, she really had the whole package going. 5 eyeshadow palettes for a single celeb collaboration says a lot...

Monday, March 26, 2018

Belo SunExpert Mist Restocked On Sample Room!!!

Yaaaaaas!!! Get your sample before it runs out (again)!

Belo's Sunexpert SPF50 Transparent Mist is back! And last summer, the samples on Sample Room literally flew off the shelves. This is a popular product as it's very unique in formulation and format. There have long been sunscreens in spray format, but usually the actual product is still a lotion. Usually it's just thinner or runnier to be able to be sprayed. This one is a dry oil kind of spray. 

For those who do not like the sticky feel associated with lotions, this is for you. The dry oil format, for me, is good in the sense that this stays put quite well during water sports. I find it to be quickly absorbed by skin, too, so there's no required lag time between application and sun exposure. Personally, I find this to actually be less lightweight in feel compared to the lotions of Belo Sun (although the whole range is lightweight), which is why I prefer to use this for water sports. I prefer to use the creams for everyday. 

Nicole Hernandez shared that this is her favorite because it sprays at any angle. What this just means is that when she's on an outing with her kids, before they can even whine, she has already successfully applied sunscreen on them! She shared at an event that when her kids would try to run, she can easily spray the product onto them as they are running. Unlike competitor sunscreen sprays that can only be administered when the bottle is in a certain angle, this is the ultimate weapon against child sunburns. We all know how fussy kids can get when it comes to sunscreen, so this is a great help. To add, since there's no required waiting time, kids will not bore to death as they can immediately enjoy the outdoors right after application! 

Be sure to try this today! This retails for Php479.75 for a 100mL bottle, available in leading department stores nationwide. I personally am so enamored with Belo Sun as the whole range is so lightweight. The whole brand is perfect for everyday, and perfect for the Philippine climate. They really put the hot weather into consideration with their product line, which is why the products do not feel uncomfortable to use, especially during the summer. 

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Beauty News: Althea Bare Essentials Collection Is Here!

Althea has finally launched its very own skincare line! “As one of the biggest digital beauty brands in Asia, Althea aims to continuously introduce intriguing new products this year to really show what we can bring to the market,” Frank Kang, C.E.O. of Althea discloses.

The latest release from the Althea label is one that addresses a common problem faced by millions of Althea's fans. “They don't know what the specific steps and procedures are to complete the Korean skincare routine. Many are fazed by the number of steps but when in reality, it shouldn't be a difficult process at all," Hyeyoung Park, Head of Brand, shares.

Enter Althea’s Bare Essentials - your skin’s simply perfect savior. Althea strips down to the bare essentials with this new skincare line. Riding on today’s current minimalism movement, Althea’s Bare Essentials focuses on skincare fundamentals and drops all the non-essentials. These thoughtfully crafted products give the benefits of the infamous 10-step Korean skincare routine, rolled into 3 quick and easy steps. "We wanted to go back to the basics and really strip it all down to give the customers the most fundamental steps. From billions of data we've collected over 3 years, the most prominent fact is that a solid routine starts from 3 essential steps - cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. All the other additional steps added to your routine are just that – additional.”

These new beauty hybrid products pack a double punch too; they’re products that nourish the skin while leaving it looking bright, glowing, and beautiful. With clean, minimal, yet effective formulas, these straightforward products epitomize simple perfection and deliver maximum results with minimum effort.

The Contour Cleanser 150g Php 300.00 
Packed with soothing Ice Plant and detoxifying Lemon Myrtle extracts, this cleanser is densely filled with micro capsules that burst upon contact with water to gently cleanse, exfoliate, and detoxify skin. The Contour Cleanser helps to promote blood circulation, and reduces bloating and swelling for a defined, enviably slim face shape.

The Primer Water 200ml Php 550.00
Both a hydrating toner and a primer in one, the Primer Water contains patented dewdrop technology (Macro Fluidic Dispersion technology) that gently fills the gaps between pores and allows hydration to penetrate deep within the layers of the skin. Made with Snow Lotus extracts, this skincare heavy hitter has an incredibly smooth and silky texture that enhances the skin’s natural glow, leaving you with the perfect canvas.

The Fixer Cream 50g Php 640.00
This non-oily, quick-absorbing formula harnesses the power of Trehalose, an ingredient found in the cactus plant that prevents its moisture loss, to provide the skin with 24-hour hydration. This ultra-nourishing wonder cream is also rich in antioxidants derived from Camellia Sinensis (green tea) seed oil, and helps to promote collagen regeneration using Baobab Tree extracts. Upon application, your skin is left looking great and feeling bouncy to the touch.

With all 3 products are available for purchase under Php 1500, and made with only the best ingredients, it’s no surprise that the Bare Essentials line caused quite the craze in the beauty world. Upon its announcement, there was a 10,000-person wait list for the products! But fret not - you can now get your hands on these highly coveted products; you’re just a click away from glowing, flawless, crystal clear skin. Plus, Althea is giving out an additional 10% off with a free special edition mirror if you purchase now so head on over to today!

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Beauty News: Cream Silk Fresh Hydration Is Here!

This March, Cream Silk, the country’s leading haircare brand, unveils every Modern Filipina’s fresh new pick for the summer, the NEW Limited Edition Cream Silk Fresh Hydration. Designed specifically to combat summer-dryness, Cream Silk Fresh Hydration is the Customized Solution to keep your hair fresh and hydrated without the greasy feel for up to 24 hours.

It's got a light fragrance, akin to how a tropical oasis might smell like. And of course, the lovely Elisse Joson is on the tubes and sachets, so this is definitely a collector's item for her fans! 
Get this now at leading retailers nationwide, and on Lazada as well! This retails at Php109 for a 170mL tube and Php197.50 for a 340mL tube. Get Hair Reborn in time for summer! If you want to try before buying, you may also get a 170mL tube for 50 points at Sample Room!

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Monday, March 26, 2018

BTS X Mediheal Collection Now Officially Here!!!

BTS: V, RM, JungKook, Suga, Jin, Jimin, J-Hope

BTS fans, rejoice!!! MEDIHEAL x BTS Boxed Set, which includes 10 mask packs and 14 photo cards, IS NOW available online at! You may also get these boxed sets at SM Makati Activity Center until supplies last.

BTS, the seven-member K-Pop group composed of RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, V, Jimin and Jungkook, was the most talked-about artist on Twitter in 2017. Their hectic schedules and frequent plane rides make for tired and dehydrated skin, which is why they turn to Mediheal for skincare solutions.
BTS X Mediheal Mask Sets

There are four boxed sets to choose from, with each box containing 2 mask variants. There are 10 sheets in each box, and a special 14-piece BTS photoset. The mask sachets are different from the usual packaging and have a special BTS design. These are the sets and the contents:

Soothing Care Set (Turquoise Box):
  • P.D.F. AC Dressing mask (5 sheets)
  • TeaTree Care Solution (5 sheets)
  • BTS Ver. 2 Photoset

Hydrating Set (Blue Box):
  • N.M.F. Aquaring (5 sheets)
  • TeaTree Care Solution (5 sheets)
  • BTS Ver. 1 Photoset

Brightening Special Care Set (Black Box):
  • W.H.P. White Hydrating Black Mask (5 sheets)
  • TeaTree Care Solution (5 sheets)
  • BTS Ver. 2 Photoset

Moisturizing Special Care Set (White Box):
  • D:NA Proatin Mask (5 Sheets)
  • TeaTree Care Solution (5 sheets)
  • BTS Ver. 1 Photoset
There are different types of mask packs addressing specific skin concerns and needs such as acne, brightening, soothing, moisture retention and uneven skin tone. Breaking it down, here are the benefits and fans of each variant in the special boxes:

N.M.F. Aquaring Mask EX

  • MEDIHEAL’s bestselling mask
  • Contains ingredients that help moisturize the skin and help improve its elasticity. 
  • BTS as a whole has a stockpile of this in their dorms for a quick fix whenever they need it! 

TeaTree Care Solution

  • Soothes sensitive skin and manages enlarged pores. 
  • This is JungKook and J-Hope's favorite. 

P.D.F. AC Dressing Mask 

  • Soothes and hydrates sensitive skin. 
  • This is Jimin and Jin's favorite.

W.H.P. White Hydrating Black Mask

  • Improves skin moisture retention as well as making it brighter. Makes dehydrated skin dewy.
  • This is Suga and V's pick.

D:NA Przoatin mask

  • Delivers hydration to tired skin to revitalize it.
  • This is RM's pick to prep it for makeup, especially during the winter. will have all four boxes of MEDIHEAL x BTS—Hydrating Care, Brightening Care, Moisturizing Care and Soothing Care. Each box will retail for Php 1,250, which is considered a steal considering that the mask sheets usually retail for Php149 each, and that this is a special box with a photoset included.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

What's New At Sample Room?

Take note of this link: 

Because this is usually how I use Sample Room!!! I always sort the samples by availability, and I view a lot at once already. I personally don't like relying on the front pages as these usually will focus on the newest entrants to the sample cabinet. Like the brands who just joined, or the new products that have just been added to the list.

 Just like all the other citizens of the Philippines, I have also experienced not getting hold of an especially popular sample, and sometimes, I may forget. I usually like to check the cabinet as a whole such that when there is a silent restock of a sample that I really want, I can find out about it. 

I also like checking the cabinet because there are times that there are too many new additions that not all the new additions get the airtime immediately all at the same time. I sometimes go to the site and see a dozen new available product types all of a sudden! If you're not that obsessed that you can rely on social media alone, then that's OK. But if you, like me, want the news straight from the source, look at the sample cabinet immediately! 

So here are the newly stocked samples, and I'll talk briefly about the samples I've tried: 
Belo Baby Talc Free Powder: It's not as fine milled as other powders, but what I like is that this smells reaaaally good, and serves a good job against sweat and oil. I personally use this as a face powder when it's the middle of the day and my face is already so oily. I personally am not particular about talc presence in my powders, but if you don't like talc, this is for you. 
Belo SunExpert Body Shield SPF60: Belo's body sunscreens are very lightweight in general, this being no exception. I find this to be less sticky than competitors, too. Although for water sports, this may not stay put as long as competitors. I primarily use Belo Sun as my everyday sunscreen. I love how this feels comfortable enough to use everyday. I actually also did hear Cristalle explain that her mom would chastise people for not using sunscreen, despite not religiously using it either. They saw that the gap in the market was that most sunscreens for sale are too heavy and sticky to be realistically used everyday in this weather. That's why they decided to create their own range of sunscreens that can be comfortably used everyday in this climate. 
Whisper Cottony X Long Overnight: I personally love Whisper. That's all. I've been on Whisper for at least a decade now. Get yourselves some Whisper. 
Johnson's Milk+Oats Baby Lotion: I love everything Johnson's, but for those who are looking for a variant that provides a high level of moisturization, this is the best variant. The Milk + Rice variant is also hydrating, but the Milk + Oats one reaally is just more hydrating for some reason. 
Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Face: For those who are looking for facial washes that are effective in oil control without making skin feel dehydrated (like squeaky clean but in a bad way), this is a good choice. Overall, Himalaya Herbals is a very good go-to brand for anybody living in tropical climates. 
Belo SunExpert Face Cover SPF40: I find myself using this almost everyday as well. This feels lightweight, and has a slightly powdery velvet finish. I still am looking for a foundation that is compatible with this though. A lot of the newer generation foundations have no SPF, so I find myself still needing to use sunscreen before foundation. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Beauty News: Find Your Summer Essentials At Watsons!!!

It's summer! It's probably the best time of the year to go on adventures, try new things, and create new memories. Needless to say, it's the perfect time to just go out there and literally do anything under the sun.

With all the promise of fun and good times, the one thing most of us consider as a drawback when summer comes is the sun and the potential harm that it can cause. We don't have to let this stop us though. Watsons has lined up a wide selection of featured products to allow you to just go out there and enjoy. No need to avoid the sun, because at Watsons, we "Love The Sun".

"Love The Sun" is Watsons' Summer Campaign that puts out the message that one shouldn't be afraid of the sun. With products that protect your skin and hair, Watsons definitely has got you covered!

Is it a beach trip that's on the menu? What about an epic road trip with friends to explore new getaways? Maybe you're out to get your game on and play some outdoor sports? Or just kick it back on a staycation weekend? Whatever it is, you know you've got to have the right sun protection products in tow. Then after that long day under the sun, give your skin a recovery treat with soothing after-sun products. Of course, skin isn't the only thing that gets those rays and is prone to damage. That's why Watsons also has a range of hair care products available. Plus, vitamins and other health supplements are also on the shelves to help get you that "summer-ready" body.

Get everything you need to Love The Sun with participating brands like Nivea, Belo, Banana Boat, Sunplay, Biore, Dermplus, Kojie San, Neutrogena, Solstice, Beach Hut, Hawaiian Tropic, Cetaphil, Olay, Pond’s, Snow, Celeteque, Thiocell, Shiro, Gluta-C, L’oreal,  Vaseline, Creamsilk, Pantene, Vitress, Veet, Lactacyd, Dentiste, Chic, Bobbie and Body Fantasies.

Plus, here's something that will turn up the heat more. All SMAC members can get a chance to win a trip for 4 to any of the following destinations: Japan, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Every P500 single-receipt purchase of participating products is equivalent to 1 e-raffle entry to join the promo.

And if you’re not yet a SMAC member, now’s a great time to join. The new SMAC Program “MEMBERS GET MORE” entitles you to earn more than ever before. Time to get MORE POINTS, MORE SAVINGS, and MORE VALUE!

See you out there this summer! Make it count, make it perfect and Love The Sun!

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Thursday, March 01, 2018

Beauty News: Maybelline Matte Metallics Now In The Philippines!

Maybelline Philippines Matte Metallics

Manila, 2018– When you thought that the ‘holy grail’ of accessible matte lipsticks can’t get any better, Maybelline New York surprises us with a new line-up of lipstick shades that are meant to be in the spotlight. This year, Maybelline introduces Matte Metallics from the brand’s power lip franchise, Color Sensational Creamy Mattes, offering the most flattering metallic shades in the creamiest matte texture.

Maybelline Philippines Matte Metallics Lip Swatches

Thursday, March 01, 2018

BTS's Favorite Mask Brand Mediheal is Here!

Gasp! Mediheal is in the Philippines!!! RM's favorite mask brand is here, and the best part? Same pricing as Korea! AND! Y'all can get it at Watsons and SM The Store. ARMY's may recall this Allure interview wherein RM shared that his skin is often dry, and that he occasionally suffers from acne. When asked about his favorite skincare brand, he quipped: "My favorite brand is Mediheal, and it has a variety of sheet masks you can choose from after a long day of work." So THANK GOD the brand is now here, and we can get creamy skin like RM! He may just be feeling insecure and all coz of being an idol, but honestly, I find his skin to be so creamy and velvety. I am totally sold on anything he prescribes because the results show, especially in this age of HD videos that we can zoom on our smart TV's and big screens. 

The collaboration boxes they have in Korea are sooo pretty!!! Gah! 

For those who are already excited that an RM-endorsed brand is here, rejoice further! They are already hinting at the arrival of the BTS collaboration collection! Be sure to like and follow their Facebook and Instagram pages!!!

Okay, so getting down to it, this is their brochure. I'll also share their product and price list. 

Their products and SRP's:
  1. N. M. F. Aquaring Moisturizing Ampoule Mask EX 27mL (Php149)
  2. I.P.I. Lightmax Brightening Ampoule Mask EX 27mL (Php149)
  3. Collagen Impact Anti Aging Essential Mask EX 24mL (Php99)
  4. Teatree Care Anti Acne Solution Essentia Mask EX 24mL (Php99)
  5. H.D.P. Pore Stamping Tightening Charcoal Mask EX 25mL (Php149) 
  6. W.H.P. White Hydrating Charcoal Mask EX 25mL (Php149)
  7. D:NA Proatin Hydrating Mask Aquaring 25mL (Php149)
  8. R:NA Proatin Mask Whitening 25mL (Ph[149)
  9. N.M.F. Midnight Moisturizing Capping Pack 15mL (Php149)
  10. W.H.P. Shower Brightening Capping Pack 15mL (Php149)
  11. Piggymom Soak Soak Blackheads Remover Nose Pack 6g (Php129)
  12. Aloe Vera Soothing Hydrogel 300mL (Php245)

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Nivea Soft Hailed Better Than Expensive Competitors By BBC!

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Gasp!!! I'm shookt!

Who knew? The very affordable Nivea Soft Cream was hailed to be even better than its expensive counterparts as a moisturizer! BBC's 'The Truth About Looking Good" did a test on which moisturizers worked best, by measuring which one actually lifted up the moisture levels the most of a test group. 

Nivea's Soft Cream was pitted against Clinique's Dramatically Different moisturizing lotion and Embryolisse's Lait-Crème Concentré. Participants were split into three groups and were asked to apply moisturizer on one half of their faces for three weeks. The participants were not told about the brands of moisturizers they used, and were just sent home with plain containers, with the creams concealed as cream A, B, and C. When they came back and had their moisturized sides measured, Nivea emerged as the true winner! In terms of injecting water to the skin, only Nivea and Clinique managed to do so. The two also managed to change how the skin felt like. To everyone's shock, the most expensive one, Embryolisse, came in last in this test!

Y'all can check out the findings in this video!

And now, what spelled the difference? Humectants. Humectants are the ingredients that hold onto water in our skin. One of the most common ones, of course, is glycerin. The more glycerin there is in a product, the more hydrating it will turn out to be. Instead of being distracted by price tags, consumers can get better value for money by seeing the rank of glycerin in the ingredients list.

Surprisingly, none of the three products tested improved skin health, or the overall barrier of the skin against dryness and irritation. This finding, to me, just shows that skincare should really be done on a daily basis because your skin only benefits when you constantly nourish it with the right ingredients. I like to personally tell people that skincare works a lot like how vitamin supplements do. The moment you stop taking vitamins, you stop benefiting from them. We all know that we cannot drink one whole bottle of vitamin capsules in one day because our body will end up expelling the excess within days (or a day), and that once we expel it, we need to take it again to be nourished again.

So to sum it all up, wow, just wow! Who knew the best moisturizer was this affordable? Nivea Soft Cream only costs Php251 for a generous 200mL tub that will last the consumer several months.

And, I also learned the difference between Nivea Creme and Nivea Soft Cream! Turns out, Nivea Creme, the one in the tin cans, is a water-in-oil emulsion. What this means is that they embedded water droplets in oil, such that your skin is nourished first by the oil, then hydrated by the water. Nivea Soft Cream, on the other hand, is an oil-in-water emulsion. What this means is that there are oil droplets in water, such that your skin immediately is able to absorb the product through the lightweight water phase, and gets nourished later on by the oil content. What a discovery for me!

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Monday, February 19, 2018


Manila, PhilippinesFor many couples, nothing can be more inspiring than to plan for that special day. Equally, nothing can be more heart-breaking than continuing to face challenges to keep those dreams beyond reach. In a heart-warming video released on February 14, HSBC makes a dream come true for an extraordinary couple who triumphed and overcame all odds to walk down the aisle.

Moises and Shara’s story is one of great perseverance and faith. The couple had been together for seven years, and as with any other, nothing could be more exciting than the prospect of finally being able to tie the knot. Throughout the years, the couple attempted to plan their wedding multiple times, but what with Shara’s growing financial responsibilities with her family and Moises needing to resign from his job due to an accident, the special day always remained elusive. 

Despite all this, the couple persevered and finally set their wedding to happen on December 2017. Before joy could fully settle in, the couple faced yet another set-back: Shara was diagnosed with a tumor in her neck. Most of the couple’s resources were pooled together to begin Shara’s treatment and yet again, their special day seemed beyond grasp.

Committed to helping people succeed and see their dreams come to life, HSBC made the dream wedding of Moises and Shara possible, and on February 3, the couple finally became Mr. and Mrs. Santos. “At HSBC, our ultimate goal is to empower people like Moises and Shara to realize their ambitions and dreams. We are driven by our long-term commitment to seeing people prosper despite any of life’s challenges and our promise is to always be there to help our customers succeed. It was our privilege to be able to help a couple that had such an inspiring story, and to continue building relationships with our customers and seeing them thrive,” shares Kris Werner, SVP and Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management for HSBC.

Watch how HSBC has turned this couple’s dream wedding into reality and empowers people to thrive above life’s challenges, visit:

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