In honor of World AIDS Day, "It's Not Over", a feature length documentary film by award-winning film maker Andrew Jenks and is made possible by the MAC Aids Fund, the charitable arm of MAC Cosmetics, offers the global audience an inspiring look at how young people today are facing the challenges of HIV. I have seen a few films - local and international -  that showcase lives of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, but rarely it is in popular culture especially in the contemporary times that there is a personal or inspiring story (see how the the docu is even titled) that humanizes this issue. I saw one quote recently that says " HIV/AIDS has no boundaries" and while still, a lot of people see this disease as only from the eighties or a "gay disease", there is a need to solve these misconceptions, single-faced representations and the fact that there is lack of talk or words about this to end this epidemic. Knowing is winning. But also, communicating this, especially to the youth, which is over 30% of all new infections, according to research, can eventually lead to an AIDS-free generation. And the film targets that by illustrating a deeply personal and uplifting story of three young people from different parts of the world who are living with or affected by HIV in vastly different, yet astonishingly inter-connected ways.

Source and Photos: MAC AIDS FUND


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One of the events I look forward to every year, before the year ends: Bloggers United! Aside from my workshops, it's a time where I can interact more with you and fellow bloggers in a shopping bazaar. Despite the storm warnings, the event pushed through without heavy rain (thankfully) . Heard from the organizers that it was really difficult to move a super pre-planned event in another date but despite this, it was still very successful with impressive attendance.

Thanks to you and to all who joined us in this event! Hope that you are all safe and dry after the storm. More photos below ;)
P.S. There is a partnership between Bloggers United and Red Cross (event happening this 14th) that you might wanna check out!


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Being the Hunger Games fan that I am (And still in a Mocking Jay hangover), and given that my friend who works here has been insisting to let me try this Archery range, and that life has been becoming quite boring and inactive (read: non-sporty!), it's time to try new things!

Not a lot of my friends know, but in my younger years, I've been really active with a lot of sports like volleyball, fencing (Yes, I took this as well!!), golf, tennis, and badminton. I really like activities that train my coordination and balance (and sometimes those that let me release my anger and stress haha). And archery reminded so much of playing golf when I was younger. It's all about the stance, coordination, balance  and a lot of things that involve focus.

I think I found a new sport. You too can try this for as low as PHP 980/hour (with trainor) at Gandiva Archery Range located at Once Corporate Center, Ortigas. The Archery range has a cafe as well with great healthy food for optimum fitness. See you here soon?


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For this month (and I know it is just one week left =( , I'll be giving away new products from a brand that's one of my favorites and which I'll be collaborating with for my holiday makeup party!

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I heard a feedback from one of those who attended that she's been participating in a lot of beauty workshops but she never experienced it to be very hands-on, fun and communicative.

I was really happy to hear this, and knowing that a lot of you had fun based on your posts! I really like teaching makeup by practice because that's how I learned. Hope we can have more of this and remember the key learnings: balance and color! Special thanks to the MAKE UP FOR EVER team for giving me the opportunity. Love love you all! More photos below! Key lessons from workshop here.

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When MAKE UP FOR EVER asked me to hold a workshop (which they did for the first time!), I immediately said YES, because I like brands that share the same passion as I have - ART and makeup. Timely, the new site is up and I wanted to meet you all!

During the workshop (and I know I have already talked about a lot of things from the past 6), I discussed some holiday looks and inspirations that I've researched and felt sharing. The last makeup party I hosted, I talked about night makeup - and how one can be very creative because of the dimension of lights, shadows, etc - and holiday is quite similar which makes me love it really. I like being expressive (and sometimes festive) with my makeup.

So I shared two looks which you can explore this season:
1. Layering / Placing shimmers/pigments - which is really based on the basics of eye contouring (highlighting the eyes) but making it more dimensional. With the use of the new Artist Shadows especially the diamond variant as base, and placing extra dimensional pigment/shimmer on areas such as the upper and lower inner corner of the eyes, and the brow bone. Mixing colors/shimmer products can also enhance the effects wanted.
2. Lower Liner - Which really fascinates me especially nowadays. I demonstrated how that can be done, using colors that are nice for the season - lime green, cobalt blue, military green, and how that can be worn as well.


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Last Saturday, I went to Unleashed 3 at the SM MOA Concert Grounds. I really enjoyed the last installment which was a Wet Party, and while I also did this time as I heard Zombettes and NixDamnP, it was really wild with 18K+ people and the just heavy rain. The energy is so high and I bet that a lot of people enjoyed as I looked at all the IG posts (congratulations, Weedoo!) but I left early because I was really unprepared and I had to rush to another party. Thanks Ayos Dito and SM Youth for letting me stay in your booth! ;)

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This is a really long overdue review but I just want to share more of Eye of Horus' winning product, but also more of what it can do, especially because it's really good and good in the sense of helping out others. 

PAYOFF 4.5/5
EFFECTS 5/5
LASTING 4.5/5
APPLICATION 5/5
OVERALL 4.5/5

Earlier, I attended the second installment of the MAC Instant Artistry, the goal of which is to teach makeup in minutes. Last time, I learned a lot about Sculpted lips (that I even applied it to my own tutorial!) and this time, since I've been tired of doing smokey eyes, I wanted to be more creative AND faster than I already am (something I can do in the cab or the car as I always do!) when amping up my eyes ;)

What I really like about this activation (which will happen until tomorrow at SM Mega Fashion Hall) is how it further explains and lets you practise the videos that MAC promotes in its social media channels.  After all, artistry is skill, and to be able to do it quickly and still professionally takes time and repetition to be able to combine both. Below are my specific learnings from the event, focusing on easy day-night eyes!


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I love wood. Whether the base note of my perfumes, or as background of my IG post (haha) and this is what i wore when I went to Baguio! Oh, and I loved the weather and the relaxing vibe, hoped everyday could be like this!

Top: Super Sale Bazaar; Skirt: H&M; Shoes & Shoes: Forever 21

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"Relax. You will become an adult. You will figure out your career. You will find someone who loves you. You have a whole lifetime; time takes time. The only way to fail at life is to abstain.” — Johanna de Silentio


Ever since I was a kid, every summer, we would always go to Baguio. It was really like the summer destination of my family and relatives until recently, Boracay! Anyway, my recent trip was definitely one for the books. While every single visit is different (or it is just me and my dramatic self in a cold weather haha), we went out of the box this time and went to the new, iconic and picture-worthy places like the former Ayuyang Bar, Oh My Gulay, Spade Club (which replaced Purple Bar that we visited 2 years ago), Cafe by the ruins (ugh, best coffee ever!!), Choco-late de Batirol, and this really nice drinking place called "Sala" (literally). Of course, old places spark new experiences and felt like #throwbackthursday every time: Camp John Hay, Manor, Mines View Park, Green Valley and a lot more.

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It's been a year since Typhoon Yolanda struck the country and we all know there are still a number of people out there who are in dire need of our help and we must maximize everything that we have. I just read this and I just would like to help even in my simplest ways and I hope that you do as well. Now, beauty is as beauty does. Glamourbox and Eye of Horus Australia have joined together to support an Australian non-profit org It-Aint-Nothing. Their goal is to build 50 homes for 50 Filipino Families from Malapascua Island who have been affected by the typhoon. Today, their sites will be selling special Eye of Horus Gift Packs to raise money for this cause. All proceeds go to ItAintnothing.org and as of today 28 homes have been built, 22 more to go!

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I've been spending late nights for the past months due to a lot of projects and work and I couldn't really catch a good sunrise or sunset, the yellow and warm kind that is not too much. So when I went to Green Valley, which was the highest part of cold Baguio, last weekend, I was dying to just hangout there and take beautiful photos. It was golden and I feel balanced once again.

Jacket and shorts: Forever 21; Top: H&M; Bonnet from Baguio, Mines View Park, which has a lot of amazing finds!



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Hey girls! It's been a while since I interacted with you and in line as well with this new blog, and the upcoming favorite season (the holiday!!), I am planning a creative and insightful workshop/party again this month. It's going to be a free costume/makeup party + holiday workshop with MAKE UP FOR EVER PHILIPPINES!

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Last week, I attended Bobbi's Party and you know how I love Bobbi Brown and her philosophy. It's been a while since my last immersion to the brand and I wanted to see new things from one of my favorite makeup brands! But also, it was a day before my birthday so I wanted to say hi to my fellow beauty bloggers and we just had fun exploring the beautiful counter at SM Megamall, painting our nails with Bobbi's lacquers and doing our eye makeup with the help of the great counter artists (who are all very talented and creative men)! With this, Bobbi's new book was launched, alongside two new products, the Sheer Brights and Skin Weightless Powder Foundation.

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Renowned makeup artist Bobbi Brown—famous for her signature black frames—is often asked how to wear makeup with glasses. In line with her philosophy of Pretty Powerful, Bobbi teaches women how to define eyes and make them seen behind lenses. I can definitely relate to this ( I even made an LOTD years before) as a frames user and I agree that makeup should complement and not compete with glasses. It should be a harmonious mix of colors and shapes and styles. These are the key theses of the book: for statement frames, go for bolder colors and for delicate frames, choose a softer look. No matter the preferred shape of and style of frames—round or square, bold or classic—Bobbi makes it easy to create standout eye looks. And this is made possible by knowing the makeup that suits your eye, face shape, etc that Bobbi Brown navigates through her book (and through a counter service and new line of glasses soon!)

But also, Everything Eyes teaches and redefines a lot of makeup techniques that are unique to Bobbi and her philosophy of makeup as style to each individual, but this time, more instructional and step-by-step versus her last book. I will apply learnings in my next LOTD's and this book is definitely one that you would go back to and read again to remind you of style and the right cosmetics for your eyes.

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Described as the scent of London garden after the rain, “My Burberry is the true embodiment of our brand, in scent, in design and in attitude. A fragrance that takes its lead from the iconic Burberry trench has to be outstanding in every way.” Christopher Bailey, Chief Creative and Chief Executive Officer, Burberry
Source: LuxAsia, Burberry




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Nowadays, "nail art" is becoming more accessible to a lot of us with various templates, stickers/wraps and other forms which for me makes it less of an art. While the concept of instant nails that a lot of the brands offer give us convenience and comfort, there are just times when you need a drawing or painting on the nails that reflects how you feel!

So last week, I got the chance to meet a fabulous artist, Mimi Qui, who's also now the creative ambassador of the No. 1 nail brand in Korea called Bandi. She has 1 main shop in Malate which I've heard of before through my tita who would go to there for special designs and add-ons. And I really like how she worked on my nails. Despite the 1 hour I had, which is very short for her (plus she really hated how I rush the process haha), she took so much effort on how executing the design that I had pegged and chosen with Bandi. And she's super nice too! 

Mimi's passion for nail art started at a young age as she believes that the design of the nail speaks to the wearer's character, mood and likes. She enjoys using Bandi because of the color selection for Asians.

But also, versus acrylic which dries faster, gel nail polishes allow more time for her to blend, create and draw. I like how Bandi takes the gel to another level. And oh, it really stays so long - the art and the crystals are still on my nails even after 1 week!

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Note to self: Accept the labels and realities. There are spells. Deal with the insecurities. To get to a more beautiful place. Do what you love, be who you are and speak louder. There is a beautiful space for everyone. 

NO SPELL


Fall/Winter, or simply Holiday, is when I could wear the shades I truly love. Brands will promote and others would wear the darkest plums, blacks or fuchsia but I love sticking to the colors that fit me, and only slightly adjusting the intensity. Now with lips where I would place color emphasis next to my eyes, I have my reds, oranges and metallics lippies in my bag!

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The long overdue blog is now up with a new layout/design c/o Sherica Ocbania and logo by Vince Canlapan! Now I do hope that you can share the site to other people who also love what I'm interested in and passionate about. There will be more as I'll be also celebrating my Blog birthday event soon ;)




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Small, dry, uneven lips - I have them all. And while I focus too much on my eyes every single time, sometimes, I just do want to give attention to my lips despite all these. And when I do, this is how put volume to it. And I will speak. =)

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That day was the first time I participated in a photo shoot. Not as a makeup artist or part of the planning team as I always am behind the scenes, but as MYSELF!! I am also used to taking photos of myself for this blog and I was really nervous (I had to drink!! haha) but I just thought of things that inspire and move me, the reasons why, and my friends who supported me in this.

And because I had real fun, I am thinking of doing more creative shoots like this for my OOTD's or LOTD's. Soon!

Again thank you Drake, Terence of MAC and Bon for helping out!

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My theory is that the more pigment there is in the lipstick and it doesn't dry the lips too much, then the price goes up. Unfortunately, based on experience, even in the premium department stores, there are limited options when you're searching for both true comfort and color payoff.

However, there are some affordable brands which have a pretty good level of pigment already, with nice selection of colors, AND with great comfort / wearability which is clear with semi-matte and glossy lipsticks that are available in the nearest department stores or beauty distributor.

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I always want to think ahead. The future for me is always bright no matter how past and present may seem like. For my LOTD, I am inspired by the future and will always be.

Photography: Drake Dustin Ibay 

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The third installment of the Hunger Games will be out soon. I got so excited and inspired to create my own Capitol looks since last year after Catching Fire (see my Instagram posts!!!) and will be finally sharing these with another one! While the movie (and a new website) places emphasis on entertainment and fashion which is what's being used as escapism for the wrongdoings of Panem in the literal sense, we must not forget the Mocking Jay.


THE GAMES BEGIN!


A few weeks ago, MAC launched their PRO lipsticks (click for reviews) but alongside that, I had a one-on-one with a MAC artist with regard to lipstick application. Now, if you can see the swatches, you'll know how intense the color payoff of the lipsticks and if you ask me, I won't really care about application (you just know when the product can take care of that). But then during the event, with the use of extra products like a lip primer, lip pencil, etc - I realized that I need volume for my lips. I am impressed with they can do this in minutes. Thanks, MAC!



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