How's the vacation so far, girls? Sharing a new OOTD I took during my Boracay trip last weekend. I decided to play with one of my favorite blue colors using my favorite CESA swimsuit design, the Anchorband Maillot . I paired it with a blue hat that I purchased just around the area (Boracay actually has a lot of nice small stores whenever you ran out of accessories or stylish pieces!), a ripped denim high-waisted shorts (but it loosened because, ugh, I ate everything I wanted in that trip), and a cover up I got from Bazaar For All Seasons that has a maroon color that compliments the dark blue hue.

Others: Shades: Ray-Ban Flash Lens; Slippers: Havaianas Rose Gold Sandals

Photography: Shari Macainag & Meloy Macainag


Here's one of the outfits I wore in my Coron trip. What I like about black or minimalist swimsuits is that you can pair it with cover up's or skirts and you can have a new set of beach outfit already. I paired a Cesa swimsuit (which is part of their new dramatic black collection this Summer 2015) with an H&M skirt. It saves up space in the luggage, and well, some sort of planning on how to mix and match things when the beach is all you need to think about. ;)

Photography: Oman Santos


Previously at the #MNLFashionfest, MAKE UP FOR EVER, the official makeup sponsor of the festival (see runway photos here), launched the Artist Plexi-Gloss and I got the chance to know more about it at the event. I'm pretty sure you know that I'm not really a lip gloss fan but I started loving it early this year (I have a pending series about this) with a lot of liquid lipstick launches, and various formulations of lip glosses.

But Plexi-Gloss is different. A true lip gloss with quality color, it delivers mirror-like shine and intense pigments. I've seen the models in the runway wear it over nude colors (smokey eyes, nude lips) and they appeared outstanding under and without intense light. Offhand, the feel is very smooth but quite rich. However, it doesn't feel sticky. It also has a very good lasting power (I had a makeover before and it stayed even hours after!). I'm excited to share more about this through a complete review but I really like it when I tried it on the event. The Artist Plexi-Gloss comes in 35 intense shades, from the niudest to the most show-stopping: nudes, corals, pinks, reds and artsy shades - you'll see a black-blue color that's just so lovely below!



It's been a while since I watched a fashion show or attended a fashion week but the Manila Fashion Festival was a different experience. I have a lot of friends who are studying or entering the fashion scene and I know the struggle of breaking into the industry. #MnlFashionFest by Art Personas have been addressing that and helping young and upcoming designers and seasoned ones as well to make their fashion stage their own. 

There were lots of talks (by Preview Magazine), shows including young designers and exhibits where creations can be bought. During the last day, I brought our balikbayan and my cousin, Ashley, from the US who's also studying fashion design there to see our works and she really liked the uniqueness, creativity and boldness of most of the collections. 


Day 2 of #MNLFashionFest featuring seasoned designers Anthony Ramirez, Charina Sarte, Michael Leyva, Chris Diaz and Veejay Floresca. My eyes are on Leyva's Dark Romance collection and Adelon Simpao's Armorie which seem powerful and bold for the upcoming season.

Day 4 here.


Last Sunday, I watched the second to the last show of the Fashion Festival featuring designers Banggo Niu, Bea Samson, Esme Palaganas and Tony Evan. Art Personas CEO Ronnie Cruz mentioned in the introduction that the showcase of these young and upcoming designers is what the festival is all about. 

I knew Banggo (from SLIMS common friends) and I liked his work ever since he released his first collection. I am really attracted to his fresh and playful designs. I also liked Tony Evan's collection which featured bold cut-outs and skin-tight designs. 


It's officially summer and I've been shopping for bikinis the last few bazaars - Super Sale and Manila Sundance. So excited to share more of my beach OOTD's but my eyes are clearly on Cesa!

What I like about CESA is that they're relatively more affordable, but the designs are really exquisite! Whenever I go to beach, I want a different look for every trip (maarte lang!) and I like that this brand helps me with that. I got the chance to interview the owner of CESA and she shared to me their 3 new capsule collections this summer which will be released monthly: 1. Flamingo Mango (fun prints and neon colorblocks); 2. Cesa Le prene (their take neoprene designs) and 3. Black nior (dramatic and detailed black and white pieces). I featured one of the pieces from the third one because well you know, drama!! ;)

Anyway, CESA is available online and you can also see them at the upcoming Row 101 Pop Up Store (this May 23 at Rockwell Tent) where I will be selling my stuff too (separate entry on this!). I still suggest that you fit the swimwear because Cesa's measures are not so uniform and if you like it already, buy it because most of the stocks run out fast!


Today's OOTD featuring items I got from the recent bazaar I attended. Thanks to everyone who visited my booth!
Top: Bazaar For All Season; Shoes: Hue Manila; Earrings: Aldo


The Shiseido International Beauty Fair, which was established last year (see my learnings here), is an institutionalized event that revolves around the theme of “empowering women through beauty”. Together with Sample Room, which will sample some of the new Shiseido Spring-Summer products this year, there were lots of activities that were introduced to us during the event which you can also experience at SM Mega Fashion Hall Activity Center (Megamall) - March 13-19, Podium Activity Center - March 23-28, and SM Mall of Asia Atrium - March 29-31:

1. A masterclass makeup and skincare workshop conducted by highly-trained beauty consultant that flew straight from Shiseido Japan and chief makeup artist Carmel Villongco where you can learn the secrets in achieving flawless, healthy and glowing skin. She will also discussed advanced, yet wearable, make-up techniques to enhance natural beauty. As a bonus, Shiseido will also give personalized course certificates to attendees. 

2. Skincare analysis and consultation using Shiseido’s state-of-the-art skin diagnostic tools like Skin Visiom and Skin Sensor which instantly measures skin’s actual age (versus your real age), moisture level, melanin concentration, immunity of the skin and facial skin’s turn-over rate.

3. Beauty Simulator that mirrors the state of skin once you’ve started on the right skin care regimen plus it simulates a chosen makeup look using Shiseido’s newly-launched makeup collection without having to take out your makeup .

4. Complete Shiseido Makeover that includes eyebrow reshaping and personalized makeup tutorial that touches on balancing techniques specific to your face proportions. 

5. Pampering activities like quick facial that relaxes, tones and lifts facial muscles and hand massage.


Celebrating 25 Years of pioneering the latest innovations in dermatological and cosmetic surgery, Belo Medical Group (BMG) continues to open its doors to the growing number of clients and demands for world-class quality service. I have been a Belo client before and I have always liked their acne surgeries (chemical peels) which i always avail at their Timog branch. There were lots of Belo clients and celebrities there before and I think that more clients will like the new one at the North EDSA The Block. 

Now, proud of its elegantly crafted lush interiors in gold motif, the North EDSA clinic (located at the 5th Level, The Block SM North EDSA)  displays sophistication and luxury that a true VIP deserves. It offers top-of-the-line treatments like Exilis, Laser Hair Removal, Belo Fat Freeze and many others . As the first and only Philippine medical-aesthetic clinic with a National Accreditation Board of Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) International accreditation, Belo guarantees to provide an outstanding experience that clients can find “Only in Belo”. In the opening, the launch of the new Belo Nutraceutical Collagen Drink was done featuring the glowing Marian Rivera as their celebrity ambassador.


Since 2013, I have been attracted to online shopping. I've been buying cute Mac Book cases, non-PH available MAC lipsticks, cosmetics holders, and some clothes that I find nice on Instagram. Online shopping for cosmetics is tricky (you have to see a review, swatch and try it on your face). The same goes for apparel, based on experience. I like fitting the items first, especially because my body shape is different.

So when Show Room Co invited me to check out their store, I got interested because I prefer buying at bazaars than online shopping now, and the small but homy store houses a lot of my favorite and top-selling stores online.  Also, it's nearer to my home than going to World Trade Center (where the bazaars usually are) - it's just located in QC (to be exact: Unit 9&10 Ushio Plaza I, Timog Ave. cor. Sct. Torillo, Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City, Philippines)

Overall, my experience was really good. It was not the typical tiangge kind. I like seeing a lot of choices (their displays are small, but showcasing top and popular items) but what's different is that the items are also unique (there are only a few shops which offer the same kind of item) and the place is really homy. The sales ladies are also nice, they make you feel that you're just at the house (which the interior was like) and they help select items that fit your style. And most importantly, for busy people like me, they close at 12 midnight (I just wish malls could be like this as well - #midnightshoppingPlease! haha). Anyway below is a tour of the store. For QC people out there, this is one shop worth the visit!


Beauty boxes are one of my favorites. In the beauty industry, with the volume and growing sophistication of a lot of new products, categories and brands, I personally believe that trying and influencing other people is very important. In the Philippines, this has been becoming more prominent and I believe that consumers are becoming more educated.

Recently, Beauty Book, a website for the modern Filipina, now offering beauty boxes as well, and BDJ Box (for March) released boxes that houses top and new Unilever products, including the new Pond's innovations. Let's open them and quickly swatch my potential favorites!


Sunblock is definitely one that I wouldn't miss in a trip and not because I don't want to get dark, but because I really want to take care of my skin nowadays. I went to a dermatologist 3 weeks prior to my Palawan trip (will share more about my laser treatment and new skin care regimen - hello tretinoin forever) and she advised me to search for the best sunblock that would protect the sensitive skin in my face. (will share more of this in the city as well)

But more than that, I knew that the harsh sun can really weaken the largest organ in the body which is skin. I needed protection in my Coron trip and I got the chance to review the sunblock I've been wanting to test since last year, Daylong ,from the makers of Cetaphil, which is the new clinically proven suncare range that is meant to protect your skin daily to prevent damage even at the cellular level.


Black and true blue, a dramatic contrast like no other.  Taken at Malcapuya Island
Swimsuit: Cesa; Necklace and Cover Up bought at Super Sale Bazaar
Photography: Oman Santos

True to its free and daring spirit that thrives on adventures, iconic American denim brand Wrangler takes its signature denim wear to the Philippines’ wide, open roads as it launches the digital competition True Wanderer. An Asia-Pacific-wide competition, True Wanderer aims to create a community of adventurers by engaging Filipino riders and empowering them in their journeys. It celebrates the bold souls who always seek unlimited possibilities through new places and experiences. Wrangler has always been about going off the beaten paths and conquering new grounds. True Wanderer is our way of communicating our brand’s core as we inspire riders to get out there and discover their free spirits on the open road,” says Wrangler Philippines President Daisy Go.

Source: Press Release


Whenever I pass by EDSA, I am always attracted to the Wrangler ads that are changed almost every quarter because they are always full and spirit and adventure. They just easily transport me to my wanderlust dreams. After all, I am also a denim lover!

Yesterday, I attended Wrangler's showcase of their new collections for 2015, and local announcement of a global digital competition called True Wanderer.


Summer has finally started. I've been wanting to see blue and I was able to kickstart it with my personal trip in Coron, Palawan, which I'll be sharing in detail soon (that will be a long post for sure haha)

Anyway, I wanna share one of my OOTD's in the trip featuring items I bought from a recent bazaar. I love buying affordable yet unique clothes and I often find them in these places. Most of the shops (plus more!) will also be present in this weekend's bazaar at Elements Centris - Bazaar For All Season 9 and I can't wait to shop for more for my other summer trips. But also, I am so happy to let you know that I'll be selling my stuff there as well and I hope to see you!


Last February, together with Inglot Philippines, I organized my nth makeup workshop. I was so grateful that the event was attended very well (the most so far, I think), and despite the fact that I wasn't able to do one-on-one's because of the limited time, I was even happier to know that you learned a lot seeing from your posts. Normally, I would detail/summarize the lessons that I tackled in the workshop, but the blog posts below just made my job easier and I felt so happy that you got a lot re the color wheel, harmonizing, balancing and mixing colors and just being not afraid of colors.
Thanks Marielle and Maiko Kimberly!

Anyway, I just wanna thank you all for always supporting me and my craft. Thank you to those who would attend my workshop over and over again (believing that I can share even more every workshop). Thank you to  the Inglot team, Pauline, Sara, Mark, Lester etc for helping me with the videos, teasers, the actual workshop, and for making me look pretty that day!

I love doing all these events and I will never be tired (and selfish) when it comes to sharing to other people things that i know ;)


Last weekend, I watched Adore Delano, one of the top contestants in the previous season of RuPaul's Drag Race, perform for the first time in Manila. I really adored the past season and it made me really appreciate the show (and encouraged me to watch the rest of the series and the newest one which was just launched yesterday!), and the reality and fantasies behind every drag queen's act which I'd come to realize as art. Combine beauty, talent, character and statement.

Ever since the first episode, I really liked how charming, confident, fierce and ambitious (in a good way) Adore was as person, and how she built her drag character based on this. As a previous contestant as well of American Idol, she fought hard in the contest to become a drag super star (and not that she's not already a star in her own way) ;)

In the concert organized by the Dark Room Asia and held at O-Bar Ortigas which was just relaunched with a grander and theatrical feel, Adore showed how talented and unique she was, singing her own songs from her album, lip-syncing a bit with her iconic trashy-yet-glamorous look, and just partying (or puhhrr-eh as Adore would say).

I really enjoyed Adore and the O-Bar queens/girls (I loved Captivating KitKat!) who performed a mix of pop and Rnb songs. Thanks to Jon and Ley for making this experience extra awesome too, and I wanna watch more! I heard more queens from the series will be coming to Manila soon!


Last week, I attended my first Pond's event and timely, it was a trend forecasting and the launch of the newest innovation from the brand. I was very excited to hear more about this especially when I knew that it's a gel kind of product which has become one famous type of format in the beauty industry. Gels are truly one of the my favorites, despite my oily-sensitive skin. For gel cleansers (and foams sometimes), it has actually become one shortcut for me whenever I'm tired of removing my makeup because it cleanses deeply (depends on the foaming ability as well per product) and leaves skin moisturized and not too dry. And I found great deal from the new Pond's because it cleanses, softens and brightens skin. At the event, Pond's also compared its power versus a harsh whitening soap in the market through a demonstration which you can see below.

I like the scientific approach that Pond's did  and I was impressed with how they have tackled and considered healthy whitening for the skin especially for Filipinas. Moreover, they have partnered with Sample Room which offers free sampling of this range and FREE SHIPPING to everyone  until March 6.


I have been waiting for March to happen (because, beach!), but also, Happy Skin! I've been really busy with work - I think have 20 pending blog posts but let me start with a giveaway c/o a brand that I've been loving ever since I first used their Shut Up & Kiss Me lippies. But also, I wanna thank you for making my last workshop really successful which I'll blog about soon!


Summer is fast approaching and I can't wait to see Mr. Sun and to travel again this 2015. I've been wanting to toss my cozy clothes and to take out the bright and breezy outfits for this summer I've been planning for months!

Anyway, this OOTD is inspired by denim and flowers. Ready to give up on the former this summer!
Photography: Sharmaine Galang


This month marks my 2nd year anniversary as a Sample Room partner blogger. I've been very blessed to be part of this community which believes that trying or sampling a product is a first before buying a beauty product. With the help of fellow beauty bloggers and a community of educated consumers, opinions

I haven't posted a lot when it comes to skin and body care which comprise most of the samples in the website, but I have tried some of the below top products in my opinion and will be sharing these in this post.


When Inglot Cosmetics asked me to do a workshop for them, it was easy because I just love colors. It was also quite challenging because the brand has countless hues of eye shadows, blushes and lipsticks but I didn't really mind for an extra challenge. ;) Truth is, mastering colors (combining, contrasting, etc) takes time and to be able to do that easily takes even more time (and practice). But there are certain theories and hacks to be able to do those and I'm glad to get the opportunity to share those in a live demo (and to be able to do that in a makeup play ground that I only imagine in my dreams) this FEBRUARY 21 at SM Megamall. I hope to see you in this event!

WIN an Inglot Freedom System Palette worth PHP 5k here.


If you've been reading my social posts, you already know that I will have a makeup workshop with Inglot Cosmetics! Yay! First for the year and with a makeup brand that is known for its variety of colors! Lots of makeup prizes, games and activities in store for you this February 21, 2015, 3PM-5PM at Inglot Store, SM Megamall! You don't need to bring anything, and it's a FREE workshop! Let's color and play, and bring your friends!

To register,
1. Comment below with your name and IG account.
2. Email and you will get a reply with the official invite

Also, join a giveaway after registering to get the chance to WIN a freedom palette worth 5k!


This month is all about my collaboration with Inglot Cosmetics and a workshop that I will be doing for them. It will be all about colors and what better way to share it with you by giving away a Freedom System Palette that will let you love and play with colors! Workshop Details here. Mechanics below.


Last week, Maybelline introduced a new line of powder foundation that promises to keep Filipinas super fresh this 2015. We got to really know what's behind this innovation in the event through a test that you will see below.  Compared to other two-way cake foundations which traps in sweat and sebum, leaving the skin oily, plus the troublesome cakes and cracks that makes the skin look darker, White Super Fresh's Clean-touch Technology promises to battles all these, enabling its absorption power five times better than regular talc. Comparing it to one of the best-selling affordable powder in the market, it was indeed a different kind of powder that Filipinas can rely to.

“Women feel best about themselves right after they’ve had a morning shower and freshly-applied makeup. However, as the day goes, their skin is under attack by heat, humidity, and pollution that leads to sweat build-up which eventually pounds down their confidence!” shared Cary Noreen Co, Maybelline New York Product Manager. “This is where Maybelline New York comes in by offering the must-have powder foundation to make sure she always has that fresh feel confidence with White Super Fresh,” added Co.


I will be starting a new series where I share more about ingredients in products that I like, or that's new or that seem interesting to me ;) Sometimes I just wanna bring out the chemist in me (and I just miss! haha) so let's with Baobab, a common name of a genus of trees (Adansonia)!


"Love is friendship that caught fire."

I am still on a high from the feeling of love which I witnessed last weekend during the wedding of Saab Magalona and Jim Bacarro. Everything was just beautiful, passionate and full of fire. 

Anyway, thanks to my friend, Kylie Marco for the dress that you made and for helping me select the other components like the coat that i wanted to insist on wearing because the color is so pretty! I haven't worn a formal attire for such a long time and I didn't know what to wear but orange and gold were just so bright and full energy. I needed those! ;)

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