DJ Snake in Manila

I’ve always wanted to watch him perform ever since Middle, Talk, and Sober, and finally, he came back to Manila again. This producer (of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way) and DJ is so talented and creative!

 

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Wild Pinks

Tonight’s editorial is for my apparent love of pinks lately, not just because it’s very trendy this 2016. It just makes everything soft & blooming but I wanted to make a strong statement. So I got my peachy-pink wig matched with a black swimsuit, an intense smokey rose-gold eyes, and pink heart & attitude (also because, trans awareness month!) that now require even more fighting in the US and all over the world. Enjoy and keep wild calm, and wear pink!

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True Brown Lippies Hit List

When it comes to colors, I think I’ve been keeping and buying more neutrals and nudes this year, credits to the retro trend! In the process, I have made a list of lippies that aren’t like the usual “browns” that some brands claim their lipsticks to be. These are not reddish or too pinkish ones and they have attracted me most!

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Below, I have 3 liquid lippies (one I have shared here before), 1 lip crayon, and 1 creamy lippy. I’m quite excited about this because it’s my first Colour Pop purchase (I’m so late but I will share more of this below), my first time to try the BYS Velvet matte lippies which are selling like pancakes!!, and of course, a product of a collab between Liz Lanuzo of Project Vanity and homegrown brand Pink Sugar.

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By just looking at the tubes, the browns look “true”, meaning they’re like the wood or chocolate colors, and not mixed with reds, orange or pink. What interested me about these choices is that (same as true nudes), I can mix these with other colors of lipsticks to make them warmer. Imagine it as a base  note of a perfume =)

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On arm, all of the shades seemed truly warm and brown (just differing in yellow undertone, and intensity) except for Love at First Swipe by Pink Sugar which is a peachy cocoa, sorta pinkish, but still not too much for me. Aside from colors, let me discuss some qualities one by one:

  • ColourPop Liquid in Limbo (liquid matte lipstick) [PHP 400+] – I bought this from Tupped Boutique as they said that this is the exact dupe of Kylie’s True Brown K. Indeed, everytime I wear this I always get the question “What’s your lippie?”. It’s a very unique and just-right intensity of a warm brown shade. While I’m OK with all the qualities that a Colour Pop liquid matte has except for its average longevity, obvious crinkling and flaking, this one is a color worth wearing!
  • BYS Velvet Liquid in Teddy Bare (liquid matte lipstick) {PHP 300+]* – BYS sent me this lippie for me try it and it’s one pretty brown shade! It’s less dark, yellow and intense than Colour Pop which can be worn at day. The formula is very good on my lips! It stays incredibly long, but it coats the lips which is both good and bad because 1. it gives a protective layer than which crinkles through time, and 2. it doesn’t stain the lips so it’s just sits on top, with the intense pigments not getting through the skin, thus less dry. But I’m definitely good with that!
  • LA Splash Lip Couture in Spellbound (liquid matte lipstick) [PHP 600] – I got this last year which I just reviewed now. Minding the qualities of LA Splash (still the most pigmented but hardest to remove!!), this one is a pretty dark brown shade. Imagine the true color of wood? This one is quite reddish than Colour Pop and all the others.
  • Pink Sugar x Project Vanity in Love At First Swipe (matte lip crayon) [PHP 399] – I wasn’t able to attend this launch so I bought from Project Vanity at #Passionflybazaar last September and
  • Shiseido Perfect Rouge in BR 757 (creamy lipstick) [PHP 1000+]* – I would never imagine this color for the brand but it’s a lustrous lighter version of Teddy Bare, quite yellow but definitely wearable at day and in combination with others. Shiseido lippies are quite understated because these are truly pigmented, creamy and non-drying!

With flash below, check out intensity and undertones of the hit list.

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Below, I just wanna share the applicators of the liquid lippies featured here. I don’t like Colour Pop’s and LA SPlash actually. The rightmost kind of wand works for me and that’s from BYS (similar with Sleek)

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So do you like brown lippies like me? Share the ones you have by commenting below!

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Trans Awareness Month w/ Cosmopolitan

It’s trans awareness month! The truth is, a lot of us transgender women are misgendered in media or boxed into stereotypes of being just about bodies or surgeries or comedy. I hope that this Cosmopolitan interview (that’s now featured in series!) about discrimination, bullying, identity, etc will enlighten that we’re just normal humans living our lives and creating our own stories.

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As my friend said, speak your truth even if you’re voice shakes. It was nerve-wracking speaking about this in front of the #funfearlessfemales, but I know that cisgender women could understand us easier than others. Thank you Ysa of Cosmopolitan for allowing us to articulate who we are! Personally, I appreciate how they have helping us spread gender sensitivity in this country.

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Watch the series of videos they’ve released, featuring 4 other transissies, Janlee and Lui (my talented Dollhouse sisters and former office mates), and 2 others that I’ve just met but used to idolize because of their smarts and bravery in spaces like the corporate and computing world where we wouldn’t usually see trans people, Heart Dino and Em Millan.  =)

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#NoelBazaar2016

Noel Bazaar, the country’s leading holiday shopping event opened last Nov. 18 and will continue until the 30th at the World Trade Center. I visited yesterday with my sister Mikka, to shop and beat the Christmas Rush and I got some pretty unique items for myself and for gifting that I was so happy about! I kinda got dizzy with the huge space and number of shops there but that’s good right? Lots of good options, indeed. And let me share that to you below.

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Aside from shopping, there are lots of activities as well to make our shopping festive! Make sure to catch the exciting line-up of activities from makeup (see my schedule below) and blogging/photography workshops (featuring my co-bloggers), demos, fashion shows to games, raffles and variety shows featuring your favorite GMA Kapuso celebrities and more! Event highlights include the GMA Celebrity Ukay-Ukay and Auction featuring GMA Kapuso artists – Ruru Madrid and Gabbi Garcia, Miguel Tanfelix and Bianca Umali, and with special participation of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza.

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What’s also good is that Noel aims to benefit the GMA Kapuso Foundation, Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation and Associate Missionaries of Assumption, along with the Noel P. Gozon Medical Clinic and the Sts. Peter and John Parish. My blog is sponsoring this bazaar, let’s support entrepreneurs and these organizations this Christmas, yes?

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You can win tickets to this bazaar on my IG, and don’t forget to visit Mikka’s Closet booth too, our baby brand in bazaars =)

 

BEAUTY FINDS

Mary Kay (one of the most improved makeup brands I’ve seen – I’m posting reviews soon) and I are having series of makeup workshops. I have one this coming Tuesday, 5pm and hope to see you there!

Below are cosmetic items I found interesting in the bazaar! Check them out.

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Mary Kay demo’s at their booth

 

CURATED STYLE & HOME FINDS

Below is a pretty long list because this is really what I search for when I go to bazaar’s.

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Shopping at The Manila Shopper booth featuring these cute items

From curated and creative watches, cases, wallets, pouches, bags and apparel, these are perfect for gifting or amping up your IG!

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new Craft Central items which I blogged here

FOOOOOOOD!

This is my next favorite in bazaar’s and let’s start with Fronen sausages priced at P150 in Noel Bazaar. I really love how premium the sausages and deli meats are, you can really taste it. My favorite is the hungarian variant which is made with select fine ground beef and pork mixed with their blend of paprika, black pepper and other spices.

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Fronen sausages and charcoal black bun WHOA, looks amazing!!

There are two more legs (Dec. 15-18 at SMX Convention Center and Dec 2-4 at Filinvest Tent, Alabang) this holiday so save these dates too and see you there!
The Noel Bazaar Series 2016 is organized in partnership with Smart Communications, Inc. and Petron Corporation and in cooperation with the GMA Network and the Philippine Daily Inquirer. This event is supported by their Official Ride Partner– Grab, Media Partners–GMA Network, GMA News TV, Philippine Daily Inquirer, INQUIRER.net, Super Radyo DZBB 594khz, BARANGAY LS 97.1FM, The Foreign Post, Summit Media, Preview Magazine, YES! Magazine, Female Network, pep.ph, When In Manila.com, Clickthecity, Manila Shopper and What’s to Love PH.

For more information, email at noelbazaarseries@gmail.com or call 3727023 / 3727024 / 3727025.

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MG x Benefit Travel & Holiday Glam Workshop

Finally, a collab with Benefit Cosmetics! I’ve always wanted do something fun, perky and creative with this brand and I decided to share how to do my holiday glam and how to take and prep up for those travel photos!

Final Details:

  • Date: December 11, 2016, time 3-5pm
  • Venue: SM Megamall Benefit Boutique
  • Free travel-sized Benefit products to be given away YAY
  • List of Participants:
    • Ria Lumandog
    • Ericka Sallador
    • Loren Gill
    • Joanne Carino
    • Bettina Bacani
    • Trisha Lopez
    • Roxanne Chua
    • Rhen Estillero
    • Crissy Rillo
    • Roxanne Atienza
    • Ella Nievas
    • Aaliyah Centeno
    • Phantasm Darkstar
    • Abegaill Villacruz
    • Maria Rita Sebastian
    • Bianca Padilla
    • Mikaela Salamante
    • Sophia Llegado
    • Riza Relleve
    • Aivana Elma
    • @pranseng
    • 5-7 more girls from Benefit

Excited to end the year and 5th blog anniv with this announcement and I hope to see you there!

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REVIEW: Viva Glam Arianna Grande 2

I thought I’d never wear a cool-toned pink until this Arianna Grande 2 came out. It is so beautiful.

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When I first saw the second Viva Glam in collaboration with Arianna Grande for F/W this year, I thought that it was not the kind of hue that I would wear because I always believe that warm colors suited me more but wearing this for photos below (and in La Union), it was a pretty and wearable pink for me.

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Swatches of MAC Viva Glam 2 Arianna Grande and Lip Glass with flash

Definitely, this is a charming and fresh/cheeky shade that is the complete opposite of the first one, reflecting Ari’s aesthetics.

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Under warm sunlight, you can see below that the shade is kinda warm which is prolly why this also suited me, aside from realizing also that my bases and hues are usually warm so this is a good kind of contrast.

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PS. The neutral mauve lip glass is pretty!

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What’s good also is that every cent of the selling price of M·A·C VIVA GLAM Lipstick and Lipglass is donated to the M·A·C AIDS Fund. To date, the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund has raised $425 million. Locally, you can see the statistics shared the MAC Cosmetics Philippines when it comes to their genuine efforts to help those affected or living with HIV/AIDS.

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As usual, the consistency, texture and formulation of this product is the same with their other matte’s but this is just truly  opaque and matte.

 

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Overall, this Orchid pink shade truly makes my warm makeup look fresh (younger!!) and charming. I would definitely recommend and use these more often despite that the holiday season is calling for more dark vampy shades. I think I’m entering my pink phase 😉

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The Pink Parade

Benefit Cosmetics is spreading brow love around the metro and I was so happy to have the #benevan  as my transpo for the day! I always had the dream of having a hipster vehicle. See below more photos and the new launches of Benefit –  a new lipstick and Christmas pack, as well as an exciting collab announcement!

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You too can ride and enjoy this parade!The Benefit Pink Parade Bus will have a stop over at Greenbelt 5 Fashion Walk at November 14 Monday. Stop overs will have exciting lemonade stands with free goodies and brow make up tutorials from benefit! Also, ust snap a photo & upload it on Instagram using the hashtag #benefitbrowsph for a chance to WIN a travel-sized Benefit treat. Don’t forget to follow & tag @benefitph! You’ll receive a reply with details on how to claim your sample*😉  

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details on next post!

 

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with sissy Yam Hernandez!

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Used Gimme Brow here!

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Their holiday kit! Buy one for onlyP2400 & get products worth more than P4k! Spot also the new They’re Real lippies which are so innovative with its ombre stick!

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The Girl by Tommy Hilfiger

“The Girl’ means being true to yourself and having fun while you’re at it,” said Gigi Hadid. “For me, that’s appreciating every moment, laughing at myself, and surrounding myself with everything that makes me feel happy.”

When I first got this fragrance, I told myself, this is prolly the closest thing to being a Gigi Hadid, given her admirable attitude, confidence and effortlessly cool style. I got so excited to review and feature this scent which is probably one of my top EDT’s to date. I got so inspired that I shot my own OOTD in La Union, a place where happy is!!

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Dubbed a “social supermodel,” Hadid has been credited with reshaping the world of modeling in the 21st century, and reinventing the role of the supermodel in millennial culture. Through the incredible reach of her social media channels, she connects with fans around the world – over 15 million on Instagram alone – and offers them a unique, behind-the-scenes glimpse into her lifestyle as a trend-setting style icon. She has appeared on the covers of Vogue, W, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, TeenVogue, Numéro, Schön!, and CR Fashion Book, amongst others, and has also appeared in music videos and television programs around the world. Photo and words: Press Release

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Photo: Press Release

As part of her ambassadorship for Tommy Hilfiger the brand, Hadid has also teamed with the iconic American designer to create her first capsule collection, which further celebrates her modern take on style fused with Hilfiger’s signature “classic American cool” heritage. I can’t help but see this iconic look being consistent in all merchandise and accessories of the perfume just like the patches that came with it below.

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“It’s fun to be in a campaign that’s seductive yet lighthearted and playful,” says Gigi Hadid. “I can’t wait for everyone to see what we shot – there are a lot of surprises to come!”

The fragrance packaging boasts Tommy Hilfiger’s signature nautical theme, with a brightly-colored anchor and a golden cap inspired by the buttons on a sailor’s coat.

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I brought the bottle outdoors for my senses, which is what I do when it comes to reviewing fragrances. Truly, THE GIRL by Tommy Hilfiger is crisp and fresh. I used to wear this at day and even night before the trip and I always get comments that the scent is so fresh yet brightly magnetic. And really unique given that I have a lot of floral aquatic EDT’s.

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The secret is that the scent opens with a burst of green pear, violet leaf and green fig leaves before moving to the heart of velvety jasmine petals and silky muguet. Cedarwood and cashmeran envelop the fragrance for its signature finish.

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The scent for me is more Aquatic-white floral (in a green sense) that’s fresh yet woody. At first, it’s sweet and quite fruity but it becomes green and truly aquatic. It’s quite dynamic really but it happens quickly. The longevity is average but I wouldn’t mind being left with the uniquely sexy signature base of this fragrance which I rarely smell in others. it definitely can be used for fall/winter, but also during the summer (think cold summer nights!)

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Inspired by Hilfiger’s iconic East Coast aesthetic fused with Hadid’s relaxed Californian twist that’s laidback and cool, the campaign was shot by photographer Mikael Jansson in New York City. Words and Photo: Press Release

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Photo: Press Release

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Overall, I am fan of this unique fragrance and I think I’ve told a lot of people already about it hehe

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I suggest you try THE GIRL by Tommy Hilfiger Eau de Toilette which will be available at Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shang-ri La, Rustan’s Alabang, Rustan’s Gateway and Rustan’s Cebu on September 2016, and have a suggested retail price PHP3,900.00 per 100ml bottle.

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