#SummerBlast at Puerto Princesa, Palawan

One of my goals this 2013 is to travel, and to refresh (because honestly, my busy life is not so “fresh” – haha – with all toxins in Manila, literally and figuratively). And honestly, I haven’t been in Palawan, and of course, any Filipino or tourist would say that I’m missing a lot.

True enough, my #NIVEASummerBlast experience in Puerto Princessa Palawan was the first and a very refreshing way to welcome Summer, my 2nd top favorite time of the year, when the only requirement is to soak yourself in the waters and have fun under the sun. So let me share with you my cool adventure through this photo diary!

So the event was held in Sheridan Resort near the Sabang Beach in Puerto Princessa Palawan for 3 days and 2 nights for games, tours, parties,cultural performances, rockeoke and of course the experience of the new refreshing aerosol spray details of which I posted here.

I really love how it reached most parts of my skin without exerting much effort, and the refreshing feel, and of course, the way it protected me under the sun (see how my skin stayed the same!

So above is a video of everything cool that transpired. Below are more photos!

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A #HairRevolution

I am definitely part of the #hairrevolution – my first event of the year!! Last week, L’Oreal Professionnel launched Steampod, first straightening / smoothing iron using steam! Parisian house brand did not only launch a revolutionary tool made by Rowenta but also a strong partnership with Bench Fix Salon, one of the biggest and highly creative salons in the Philippines where steampod services are exclusively offered at first!

It was a very fun! And magical powerful event with all the technology, science, expertise and art brought by 3 great brands combining all its powers!Steampod specialists were also introduced during the event. They were trained by Alex Carbonell for years in hair dressing and are regular stylists/educators in Bench Fix Salon Branches. Now, they specialized in using the new revolutionary tool. So if you go to your nearest Bench Fix Salon, you can look for them and ask what steampod can do to your hair!

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The Fashion Authority

Accessories! Albeit I would not usually wear a lot because I’m soooo lazy and I would usually focus on color cosmetics, I know for a fact that these things add so much to what one’s wearing so I thought, why not check out SM’s latest offer on affordable yet trendy, sophisticated and glamorous items and how to achieve its take on Holiday?

SM Accessories’ big reveal happened last November in Republiq Club for a night of fashion and sophistication on! Aside from the big 4 ambassadors (XIAAAAAANN looooooove!!!) and my potential love for accessories, I was just so excited to see and meet a lot of people in this event!

 

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Lancome Paris in Love

When I entered the Lancome store at Greenbelt, I was really amazed by how gold, glittery and luxe it is. Before, it would usually be just in white and black but Lancome has really changed over the years!

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For the holiday, their look is Fascinated by the magnificence ofthe city of lights, and by its sumptuous receptions, Ernest Hemingway paidhomage to Paris by writing “Paris est une fête” (The Moveable Feast). Asparkling and ultra chic feast in the most majestic locations.

Indeed a jewel-collection for precious moments! Mostly gold for eye shadow, lippies and nail polishes (see review here) and lines but my favorite is the OmbreHypnose Mono limited edition adorned with golden glitters especially for thisholiday collection. Wovenlike a mesh fabric, the fine texture offer a very sparkling formula to createthe most dynamic and scintillating eye effects. Will post the review soon as I got one!!

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Moreover, the holiday sets were revealed! Hypnose, Miracle and Tresor Midnight sets containing different products like lipsticks, mascara, perfumes in one! These are packed sets of your Lancome range and if they still have it now, i suggest you get one as these are super discounted.Then they showed this! It’s the Lancome beauty box containing a mix of samples and regular-sized products that I love. I will share this soon as I got one last Christmas. If ever you’re planning on buying Lancome products worth P4000, I suggest you but this at P4800 which is valued at P20,000 (if there’s still stocks!!) My tita bought 20 pieces of this box and gave it to us last Christmas! wow!! my mom and my tita’s were very happy with the gift of their favorite brand, Lancome!

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Italian Moviemov

December is a film month. And I love cinema! Back in college, I took 3 film classes – European mostly French and Italian, Filipino and Japanese – as electives (I A’s in all three haha) and I would usually spend 12 hours a week to watch local and international movies at home or at the big screen. That’s how I love film. I even repeat some because every time I watch, I get a different message. Same as with the new ones that give me a different perspective on things.

Few weeks ago, Ray-Ban (the eye-conic brand that has roots from Italy) and Italian Moviemov invite me to the red carpet of the festival and I was so lucky to be part of this. There was a part of me that wanted to go back into directing, acting, staging that I really miss! Theatre life a few years agp taught me a lot of things (especially in makeup 😉
At any rate, among the movies included in the film festival are Cesare deve morire, Diaz, L’industriale, L’intervallo (from Italy) and The Mistress & Dekada ’70 (from the Philippines).

Not only that. The winners of Film Development Council of the Philippines’ (FDCP) National Film Festival: Ikalawang Yugto! will complete the roster. These are Ang Pagbabalik ng Bituin (The Return of the Star) and Anac Ti Pating. Read more: Moviemov: Italian Cinema 2012 ~ Philippine Freebies, Promos, Contests and MORE! http://www.boy-kuripot.com/2012/12/moviemov-italian-cinema-2012.html#ixzz2GRS63EPa. I wanna share insights of the movies but will do it in Twitter! So excited for the Moviemov in the next year!

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Hands in Manila

2012 was a really good year for me. So I decided to give back with one of things that I can share – beauty. Orly invited me to join their workshop to women of Kaisang Buhay Foundation, which helps pregnant women who don’t have yet the means of taking care of their child – who then will eventually be considered for adoption.

When I was in college, I was the president of an organization called Ateneo Management of Applied Chemistry Association where MAC majors are tasked to bring their expertise in applied chemistry to teach a lot of things (yes, chemistry can do a lot) like soap/detergent-making, ice-cream-making, etc in less developed areas that can help them start their own business and potentially help them earn money and sustain life.

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Similarly (except that we didn’t create nail polish here), the techniques that Orly, one of the leaders in beauty and nail care (and Wet n’ Wild, L.A. colors), taught them were not just potential income or cash, it’s something that these women can hold on to in moving on with life, with a skill that they can use to start fresh and maybe consider having a family that they can own in the future…

In a salon, or through manicure-pedicure home service where they can earn a minimum of P800 a day, these mothers can truly earn a living. I asked our regular one (who already sent her children to school and bought a house and lot because of her job and hard work) and she said that if she works 8 hours a day, with one client in every 2 hours for full service nail care, she will earn P250-300×4. That totals P1200 a day which is not that bad.

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Aside from techniques, the mothers were given the kits as you can see below which contains everything they need – acetone, cotton, nail cutters, polishes, coats, filers, etc. I think that this makes them more ready than ever, with the right tools, to finally work (because most of them didn’t have stable jobs).

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And this workshop was not just a livelihood project for me. Going there made me realize the value of life, of family, of working hard to sustain a home, not just a house, because after all, these women also treat themselves like a part of one big family.

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Thanks Sprint Asia Beauty for having me. I will have more in 2013 (one is scheduled early January for the Department of Budget and Management) and I’m so excited to help and immerse myself in the lives of women with the spell of less opportunities than others.

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My 1st Bloggers United

Entering the world of blogging, is not an easy and mundane task. Albeit it may – and there’s nothing wrong – with posting mini-diaries of everything – from the food that you’ve loved, to the necklaces and lipglosses that made you stand out for a day, the moments where you felt powerful with that red lipstick – each blog is an assertion of one’s self in front of this huge world, amidst different issues, diverse brands, numerous trends. Each word saved in this cyber space represents the empowered YOU/I  because unlike Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, the public post is rationalized, personalized and asserted.

I’ve worked / been working with a lot of them for years and only until I had my own that I realized the complexity and responsibility that comes with it! They say what fuels a blogger is passion for your craft / niche. I remembered Back in Ateneo, Camille and I were Management students and on top of what we do in school, we pursued what we really loved! Below was a sample of my work as makeup artist back then! I got the chance to work with Camille who perfectly modeled for her successful clothing business, Co-exist. 😉 Similarly, I bet that aside from passion, there’s always the tedious work (from shoots, reviewing products and brands, etc) in blogging.

But what makes it really interesting for me as a fashion/beauty blogger (and a reader!!) is seeing and traveling to each of our own worlds; and discovering not just what’s exterior about a blog author’s style, look or make up, but also inside – what’s behind such style? what is the inspiration for the look which gives us a glimpse of her/his life? – which may contribute to better understanding of beauty (and fashion) in a universal way because we get to see within, and see a LOT.

So I attended the Bloggers United 3 and Beauty Junkie’s (beauty blogger’s) Meet & Greet to further enhance my traveling experience! Aside from shopping (and learning), it was the venue to meet and see personally the fashion and beauty bloggers of Manila, and witness their worlds!

and it was really more than just bazaar! There were around 40 blogger worlds! (talk about blog-world-hoppin’) I was super late though so I was only able to take few pictures. But so happy to meet one of my blogging idols, Anaztasia Siantar of Brown Platforms as you can see in the above photos!

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Miss Pussy 2012

It’s that time of the year again where Ateneo Dollhousers gather to celebrate the holidays through a fun pageant that started at a house and now expanded into a much bigger venue (Il Terrazzo FTW). I was so excited to join again after a hiatus and I really placed so much effort for the first ever Wedding Gown segment with a groom (I got two!!). Very exciting, funny and creative segment, indeed by all the contestants (see below video by Patch Buenaventura). Enjoy the photos and thanks so much to my cousins and sister for helping me with all the production and pasabog effects!

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Raw Empowerment Party

Let the pictures explain what happened in the Raw Empowerment Party by Petrol Philippines, a denim brand known for its utilitarian approach but withstanding its impressive and unpredictable fashion concepts that go hand-in-hand in fueling the high spirited, the fearless, the daring, and the rip-roaring 😉

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Mon Shu Girl x Karl Lagerfeld

Master of beauty collaborates with master of fashion converge, East meets West – clearly, Shu Uemura takes the next level in beauty, towards a universal one, combining different aspects of it, through the Karl Lagerfeld collection, an exclusive blogger launch of which, I attended few weeks ago to experience the newest breakthrough.

Mr. Shu Uemura has transformed image of women for years, making sure that beauty is truly a work of art. I have always been a fan of the brand that was crafted and inspired by the hands of a great make-up artist and cosmetics king. Moreover, it is very interesting that “Karl Lagerfeld has been using the Shu Uemura eye shadows to illustrate his fashion sketches. Now he merges his world with Shu Uemura’s to create an entire collection in homage to the brand – the color selection and packaging is entirely designed by Karl Lagerfeld who also photographed the visual campaign (which you can see above)” (source)

I already featured the entire collection in my latest entry, and now I would like to share how we experienced the very innovative collaboration of two masters, through the launch photos.

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