I think Bali is everyone’s creative place – whether just for the feed, for your style photos or just to spark something inside your right brain. Here are my recommendations aside from the island tours and what I wore in these places.
There are so many trendy cafe’s and restaurants in Bali, especially in Seminyak area, where you can see it left and right. My top pick and prolly the most Instagrammed one is Motel Mexicola, which made me feel like I’m in the tropical oasis of Mexico! There are visuals of art, religion and women lighted by neons. Don’t forget to visit the second floor and to visit int he afternoon. 😉
What to wear: casual. it is kinda hot in this place so while you can wear sparkly ones like below, make sure it is still comfortable!
Address: Motel Mexicola, Jalan Kayu Jati No. 9X, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Other places: Nalu Bowls, Cafe Organic, The Bistrot, Sea Circus, Ling Ling’s, Sushimi,
Very popular whether in Kuta or Seminyak, Bali has pretty beach clubs! My top pick is Potato Head Beach Club, which has very modern interiors and just the perfect spot for that sunset viewing.
What to wear: bikini or your coolest summer outfit
Address: Potato Head Beach Club, alan Petitenget No.51B, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Other places: La Favela, La Plancha
Ubud, Kuta and Tabanan are great places for traditional Balinese food and restaurant interiors. Our Uber-turned-tour guide @Enno3170 whom we got the chance to talk and interview when were on our second day recommended these places which his tourists loved. The menu here are traditional, affordable yet of quality. Plus the interiors and traditional Balinese music, especially in Warung Dedari where we had lunch before going to Ubud. I highly recommend these places which are not yet so popular in social media but deserves the attention!
What to wear: Balinese inspired florals.
Merta Harum Agroo Luwak Coffee, Jl. Raya Mawang No.98, Lodtunduh, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Warung Dedari, Jl. Raya Denpasar, Perean Tengah, Baturiti, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82181, Indonesia
Warung Sunset, Jl. Sunset Road, Legian, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
I told myself that whenever I would go to Bali, I would visit these temples, not just for Instagram but for spiritual purposes as well. Uluwatu was one of the main recommendations but Enno could only take us to these two which we can reach in a day: Ulun Danu and Tanah Lot. Pura Ulun Danu is a beautiful complex
I dedicated a day of my Bali trip to explore three islands outside Denpasar. I told myself that I need to see these highly-instagrammed crystal clear waters and limestone cliffs when I get to this dreamy place. While I only spent a few days because of work, I needed to maximize my experience, see an overview, then prolly come back if I want more.
I booked this full-day island tour via KKDAY, which has been reliable to me. They gave me a sponsored pass for this one since I’ve written about my Taiwan trip. I didn’t have a very long stay at Bali so I wanted to maximize my travel so decided to just do it in a day. Through this approx USD 90 KKday item, the tour is via High Speed Ocean Rafting Cruise courtesy of their supplier, Bali Hai, which has cruises of different kinds (big ferry ones as seen below) but also rafts designed with the highest safety standards and equipped with 750hp. NusaPenida.com says that “If you want to go to Nusa Penida Island from Bali, the easiest and cheapest way, if you go from the capital, Denpasar is by getting to the Sanur beach and using some traditional public boat called ‘jukung’. Jukung take around 90 minutes to reach Nusa Penida.” We only spent around less than 30 minutes but it was really fast! I have motion sickness but I think that doesnt happen on islands as for me. Plus, there are seatbelts! hehe
Processed with VSCO with c9 presetIn terms of cost, according to NUSA P website, you will spend around 43 USD to get to NUSA P and back which is already half of the cost of this tour, which already included 3 islands, transpo back and forth to your hotel, food and snorkelling. I think it’s worth it.
We were fetched at around 9AM by an air-conditioned van in our hotel in Kuta to the port. Pick-up and drop-off areas includeLegian / Kuta / Tuban / Sanur / North Sanur/ South Nusa Dua / Uluwatu / Jimbaran / Ubud/ Tanah Lot, and selected Hotels in Ubud.
In the port, they will provide you with snorkelling equipments and towels. The vessel can only accomodate a few around (8-10) with some sense of privacy that I like.
In terms of expectations, you can see that my gadgets above show a Drone which I just purchased few hours before I departed Manila. I was kinda expecting that instagrammable cliff view.
But it didn’t happen. While there was snorkelling as you can see below, It was not a literal “island hopping”. We didn’t get off the boat to experience or stay for minutes. We were just on the boat taking photos. It was just cruising past these beutiful towering limestone cliffs and inviting islands.
Nonetheless, I got messages from friends that it was better that way if you’re not spending nights and days in this island (recommended: 2-4 as per my friends) because there’s just so much to do. As for them, the a 1-day hike was very painful for the legs, hard on the skin and that requires so much training and time as well.
But it was indeed a beautiful sight. Prolly not as pretty as the one here in our country but it invited me for another one try in the next trip for the experience. They say there’s so much to do and see like beaches, falls, and unique viewpoints, like the Kelingking T-Rex. I will plan it very soon!
In the tour, there are 2 snorkelling spots and my favorite was the Crystal Bay at Nusa P. Truly crystal clear and beautiful! It was prolly the only time we got off from the boat before lunch and it was such a nice site. Tour guides are also there to support you if you have fear of the water.
I think that having a high-speed cruise almost like to yourself with very good English-speaking tour guide was worth the money and time. There’s high-quality speakers, neat comfort room, free towels and drinks. Maybe there’s more looking than experiencing but I had a time for myself and the nature versus the kinda busy life and parties at the main island Bali.
And we should talk about the healthy unli buffet that they cooked for us: fresh and deli! I even tried Indonesia fruits that I have never tasted in my life despite living in Southeast Asia LOL
We also got to have a private time at Bali Hai’s private resort where you can swim, parasail (USD 25) and take a banana boat (free). As for me, I just roamed and communicated with Mother nature. 😉
The last destination was prolly my favorite. Ceningan island is the smallest of the 3 sister islands, with a yellow bridge that connects to a bigger one Lembongan. There are only 2000 people inhabiting this place and can be accessible via motorcycles too if you’re in the this island outside Bali. There are no abundance of fresh water, not much of a night life but I saw tourists living and visiting this place with small hotels offering nature tours as well. Our tour guide took us to for a 30-min walk to see the village happenings. I think I would like to stay here for a day then 2-4 on Nusa P the next time I visit Bali.
Overall, i thought that this tour was worth the time and money given that I only allocated one-day for these islands. I recommend these to travellers who dont have much time outside Bali, those who want a private Balinese nature experience and want to see a glimpse of these 3 islands.I have been to Coron and El Nido but there is something about the serenity and simplicity of these islands that got my attention and definitely will be back.
For me, a great artist is also a great collaborator. It’s also those who can write that really thrives and survives in a very competitive music industry. So for me to see “Sia Face” as a top google keyword when I was searching for her works is such a disappointment because, even without seeing her face – which is by the way, beautiful – I see so much beauty in her work of art.
Ever since, Pretty Hurts by Beyonce which she wrote, I have been interested in her musical style, voice and lyrical content. She has written songs for Britney, Maroon 5, Kylie Minogue, David Guetta (Bang My Head is my fav!) and a lot more. Of course, who wouldn’t be captured by her hits Chandelier and Dusk ‘Til Dawn?
So when I heard that MAC is collaborating with SIA through a limited ed lippie, I immediately bought one. It’s also really great that it’s also a Viva Glam lippie as EVERY SINGLE PESO from the selling price of Viva Glam Lipsticks and Lipglass goes toward helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Now the box looks really nice as Sia has a nice signature and few letters for ther “logo”. The red color of the font leads us to the color inside. On the tube, you can also see the logo/signature on a classic Viva Glam tube that’s colored red as well.
Swatching the lippie, it is indeed a warm vivid red as the MAC website puts it. It has a matte finish that’s not too much to dry the lips. Of course, pigmentation and consistency is always on point by Viva Glam.
Comparing it to the classic Ruby Woo red of MAC, it is indeed a warmer red but not so far in that spectrum as you can see in comparison with a classic blue-toned red. This is definitely a lipstick that i can alternate with the my fave Ruby Woo.
Overall, I really love this lipstick for all of the qualities I’ve mentioned. I look forward to a part 2 of this collab, maybe an avante-garde shade? 😉
When I saw Nikkietutorials (the queen of high-coverage funda) review Dermacol (alongside other Yt and Ig videos where the pigment erased the existence of tattoos, marks etc), I got really interested in this product. It’s not that I have a lot to hide haha but I have those shaving marks, lines and scars in my legs that I sometimes have to think of.
So Dermacol arrived in PH through this site P850, and they sent me a tube in the shade 207, which is the closest to the NC25 reference (208 is cooler though). The packaging is not at all luxurious though it’s in gold, but the text says how it’s a studio makeup that covers (so I think this is not just a foundation). It also has SPF 30, it is hypoallergenic and made in Europe.
Because also, upon swatching, it felt like a concealer that instantly covered everything initially, from lines, to pores. I used my Fujifilm f2 lens to focus on its texture and SHOOKT as I was, pigment did come through.
On its wet stage, the only problem I saw was the fine line under my eyes but it did really erase the black cover and flattened the surface under light.
It’s heavy but it doesn’t feel that much and application might be a little hard because it looks and feels a concealer. A pea-sized amount is so creamy and heavy and loaded with pigment but when you use a beauty blender, it applies on smoothly and evenly (little dabbing). But since the texture is very much like a concealer, you need a hydrating base under it to do it even more easily. A silicone primer wouldn’t work in this formula as it will just make it too heavy.
It is also not adviseable to use a thick powder to set it. I use a finishing/blotting/transparent powder to make it dry and see that above, under day light, even the pores in the nose looked flawless.
Above full length images show under day light and rigng light (right, full-faced makeup), without flash and it looked really perfect. Nonetheless, when used with flash, it has a slight white cast.
The gallery above further proves the pigmentation and coverage given the small amount of product, on the temp tattoo I placed on my legs days before. So amazing!!!
Overall, I am really impressed by this product and the hype is real, especially for the price and the amount of pigment in just a small amount (which means it will last you for long). If there is just also one concern: Staying power. It lasts for around 4-5 hours but retouching it becomes so difficult because it cakes when you use a high coverage powder and when using a blotting or setting powder, you have to use a fix+ first to perfect the base. It slightly moves and becomes oily.
I will repurchase this and use these during shoots and special events but might not be advisable for everyday wear. The coverage and finish though? Just stunning.
2 years ago, when matte liquid lippies were really getting famous, I got amazed by a version that one lipstick that was glittery yet turns matte. I realized that this kind of finish just plumps and gives my small lips a dimension with a much comfortable wear than lip glosses that just transfers everywhere. This year, I saw a lot of brands, especially department store ones that released their metallic liquid lipsticks and everything just got more exciting!
In this post, I’ll be reviewing different metallic lippie lines from 7 brands that caught my attention. Let’s start first with the one of the pioneers, LA SPLASH. They called theirs the Lip Lustre [PHP 600 approx] which had the same formula (yes, drying yet super pigmented!) as the Lip Couture but with glitters that dry matte. I like how dimensional the finish and luxurious the glitter look like especially when matte. I also saw a similar product from COLOURPOP [PHP 600 approx] but with a more true metal (non-glittery) finish.
Months after, KYLIE releases KyMajesty [PHP1300 approx] which the first ever metallic lippie from the brand, which shookt the market with intense pigment and glitter.
This 2017, I first saw SLEEK launch their Metallic line* [PHP 450] following their famous Matte Me lippies. By definition, metallic lippies shouldn’t be so glittery and Sleek achieved that perfectly with their formula, and with an affordable price. I especially like how lightweight it is on the lip despite the heavy metals.
BYS also launched their Metal Lips Creme Lipstick [PHP 400] with colors and pigmentation that are just beyond expectations esp for the price! The level of opacity and vibrancy is just 100%, perfect for editorial and trendy looks.
With a different formula, NYX released Cosmic Metals [PHP 450 approx]* with a variety of nude shades. These are not matte, and for me, the feel and finish is similar to a lip gloss (or glass) that has loads of glitter. While kind of heavy on the lip, these give a more metallic finish than a glittered lip gloss.
MAKEUP FACTORY also released a different version that’s called Pearly Mat* [PHP 800 ] , as part of their tribe collection. It has a finish thats in between metallic-glittery-pearl,varying on the shades as you can see below. I like how this one dries quickly with an airy and creamy feel and lasts long too!
I sorted the swatches according to the colors as you can see below for better comparison and appreciation and let’s start with the copper and golden tones that look especially good on morena skin tones.
The above shades and swatches are actually my top favorites amongst all the featured products in this blog. They just gave intense pigment and brilliance (esp for BYS) with a true metallic finish.
Now with rosy warm tones, the shades below are less metallic and opaque but more matte and glittery (esp for BYS and NYX) than the above colors. I am not a fan of these hues alone, as I would like to wear them as topper.
And lastly, the cool-toned and, dark shades! I am really impressed by how intense and unique the color of BYS Metal Lips are. As you can see, the Kylie lippie is so glittery than metallic, Makeup Factory’s other shades are more pearly and creamy , and that LA SPLASH just has hints of glitter on their matte formula.
Have you tried any metals lips this year? What are your faves?
Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation is definitely one of my beauty favorites this 2017. (see how used and abused the liquid and powders are below haha!) When it was launched early this year, I got so excited because I only knew this line through that lip duo 6-7 years ago which I think was one of the most long-wearing lippies I’ve tried ever. Now, the brand has a “Total Cover” variant that has a liquid foundation, concealer & corrector palettes.
Total Cover promises a 24-hr wear with lightweight feel and natural finish. It covers dark spots, blemishes, scars, and hyperpigmentation for a flawless coverage. Formulated with high loads of pigment, it glides on easily and feels fresh all day. (Source: lorealparisusa.com)
In this post, I will be focusing on the liquid foundation more because this is my favorite from the line. There are 6 shades sent to me but there 10 available – which is kind of similar to the Pro-Matte. I actually never got to select the right shade for me but I loved it so much that I kept all and just mixed some shades to find my true match.
I found my shade in 305 Natural Beige which is the closest to my skin tone. I swatched the foundation without anything under and you can see below how it made my skin flawless in an instant. While application is not easier compared to Pro-Matte because this has a kind of creamy/mousse formula, this lasts even longer which is just superb for the price of PHP 700.
While there is a tendency to cake because the foundation is already high coverage in just one layer, it truly covered everything that I didn’t need a concealer anymore.
With powder, there’s is just a slight tendency to cake as well because of the creamy formula so while I used the Infallible Pro-Matte here, I use this product with a transparent loose powder only to make sure it’s really flawless.
On the nose, it doesn’t look so flawless in application so I suggest to put a minimal amount, and to use a moisturizer under to make sure that it will glide easily.
Overall though, I would repurchase and recommend this foundation. They have the same qualities as Pro-Matte except for the ones above, but I would use this during the non-summer days more.
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