Bloggys 2015 - Philippine Blogging Awards Night

Bloggys 2015 - Philippine Blogging Awards
Bloggys 2015 - Philippine Blogging Awards

Heya, it's been almost 2 months since I last updated this blog because I have been busy with work and personal stuff. But here I am now, with a newly reformatted laptop, so I've finally no excuse now to skip updating this blog (sorry, self!). So yeap, what better way to resurface online than to write about tomorrow's prestigious event for Bloggers: Bloggys 2015!

Beauty: Belo Beauty Deo (Roll on and Aerosol spray variants) review


Brand: Belo Essentials 
Product: Whitening Anti-Perspirant Deodorant 
(140 mL Aerosol Spray and 40 mL Roll-on)
Price: Php N/A (Aerosol Spray) / Php 50 (Roll-on)

Beauty: MAC Cosmetics Giambattista Valli lipsticks in Eugenie, Margherita and Charlotte review and swatches

MAC Cosmetics Giambattista Valli Collection - lipsticks in
Charlotte, Margherita and Eugenie (matte finish)


Brand: MAC Cosmetics
Product: Giambattista Valli Collection Lipsticks
Price: Php 1,100 (approx)
Release Date: September 2015 (Philippines)

As mentioned in my previous post, "A look at the MAC Cosmetics Giambattista Valli lipsticks in Eugenie, Margherita and Charlotte (Swatches to follow)", here it is, the swatches for the MAC Cosmetics Giambattista Valli collection lipsticks in Eugenie, Margherita and Charlotte.

TackThis Philippines' Grand Launch at Marriot Hotel, Newport City

TackThis Grand Launch August 13, 2015 Ballrooms A & B, Marriot Grand Ballroom Newport City Complex, Pasay City
TackThis Grand Launch
August 13, 2015
Ballrooms A & B, Marriot Grand Ballroom
Newport City Complex, Pasay City

What: TackThis Grand and Official Launch
When: August 13, 2015
Where: Ballrooms A & B, Marriot Grand Ballroom
Newport City Complex, Pasay City

Last August 13, TackThis was officially launched to Filipinos in Ballrooms A and B at the Marriot Grand Ballroom in Newport City Complex, Pasay City, and hosted by Issa Litton and Paolo Abrera. TackThis Philippines is an E-Commerce Platform and Online Store Builder--now, what does this mean? To make things simple, TackThis enables budding and established entrepreneurs to create their own online stores equipped with features necessary for online stores BUT with less hassle and for a very affordable price. Their mission is to make your selling experience hassle-free and to give you the ability to reach a large audience.

How To Find Out Who's Sending You Scams Via Text and What To Do

Globe Telecom releases advisory on text scams #StopSCAM
Photo from Globe Telecom

We are living in a digital age wherein it is almost impossible to not have access to gadgets like mobile phones and computers, to name a few. Ever since the use for technology became rampant--mostly to our advantage, one cannot deny that technology also has a relatively negative affect to users. Like for instance, scamming. Although scamming has been present for the past years (decades even), scammers are becoming more aggressive and witty when it comes to creating these scams. One very good example is through text (text scams/text scamming, etc.).

Beauty: Belo Underarm Whitening Cream review

  

Brand: Belo
Product: Underarm Whitening Cream
Price: Php 799.00

Event: Chris Brown Live in Manila 2015

Chris Brown Live in Manila - July 21, 2015 at the Mall of Asia Arena
Chris Brown Live in Manila - July 21, 2015 at the Mall of Asia Arena

What: Chris Brown Live in Manila
When: July 21, 2015
Where: Mall of Asia Arena, MOA Complex, Pasay City

For today's Throwback Thursday post, it's none other than Breezy live in Manila! It's been more than a month since Chris "Breezy" Brown visited the Philippines for the second time. He's been here years ago with Rihanna for their concert. This year was Breezy's first solo concert here in the country--and it's very controversial because he ditched the original schedule for his New Year's Eve concert that was produced by the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC)--causing him to get stuck in the country a few days after his concert.

Subway celebrates their 50th anniversary with a Buy One, Get One promo!

Subway celebrates 50th Anniversary with a Buy One Get One promo
Photo from Subway Philippines' Facebook page

Sandwich lovers, hurray! In honor of Subway's 50th Anniversary, Subway Philippines is having a Buy One Get One promo today starting at 10 in the morning until 12 midnight at all their branches!

"Good shoes take you to good places."

A pair of shoes from Something Borrowed
A pair of shoes from Something Borrowed

You know the saying, "Good shoes take you to good places". I don't fully believe in that because most of the time, "good shoes" have "good prices" too, and by "good prices", I mean expensive. I'm more of a practical shopper--I may be impulsive at times, but I never buy something that's beyond my budget if I know that I can find the same item but with a cheaper price--that's my mentality. I love shopping branded items, yes--but I only shop when it's on sale for at least 40%. I also love shopping in tiangges because that's the best place to find good and unique items at a lower price and you can even haggle!

Beauty: A look at the MAC Cosmetics Giambattista Valli lipsticks in Eugenie, Margherita and Charlotte

Unboxed MAC Giambattista Valli 2015 Collection lipsticks from left to right: Charlotte (Blue toned Red), Margherita (Orange) and Eugenie (Plum).
MAC Giambattista Valli 2015 Collection lipsticks (with MAC False Lashes sample)

Unboxed MAC Giambattista Valli 2015 Collection lipsticks from left to right: Charlotte (Blue toned Red), Margherita (Orange) and Eugenie (Plum).
Unboxed MAC Giambattista Valli 2015 Collection lipsticks from left to right:
Charlotte (Blue toned Red), Margherita (Orange) and Eugenie (Plum).

Brand: MAC Cosmetics
Product: Giambattista Valli Collection Lipsticks
Price: Php 1,100 (approx)
Release Date: September 2015 (Philippines)

In November 20, 2014, in a post published by Vogue, it was announced that Italian fashion designer who's based in Paris, Giambattista Valli was collaborating with Canadian cosmetics brand MAC Cosmetics for a makeup collection to celebrate the designer's ten-year anniversary of his self-titled fashion house. A lip collection that consists of five blooming, freshly cut garden shades and a gloss. The collection was released this summer, July 2015 in US, Canada and Europe and was sold out immediately online in MAC Cosmetics, Nordstrom and Macy's websites after its launch! I know, because I was one of the few fortunate ones to have it before it was gone. ;)

Edited 09/06/2015: Swatches here!

The story behind the song "Cheerleader" by OMI

The Story Behind The Hit Song "Cheerleader"
I don't usually share these kinds of things, but the story behind the hit song "Cheerleader" is amazing :)
Posted by Mitchell Wiggs on Monday, 3 August 2015

You probably have heard of the song "Cheerleader" by Jamaican singer, OMI and got hooked with the catchy and feel good tune to it. But apparently, there's more to this song than it may seem. I came across this video from Facebook and found it interesting. It even reminded me of the quote, "Behind every great man is a great woman". This song truly shows how true the quote is. Watch the video and find out. :)

OOTD: The New 'Black'

Black and White outfit and Suede Boots both from H&M - OOTD
Top and boots from H&M Philippines

I have always been into the color black, ever since maybe high school (90's kids who grew up with punk/rock/emo music can relate. Lol). However, it was just lately when I finally admitted to myself that yes, black is definitely my favorite color. The reason why I have always suppressed my love for black is because it has always been related to evil--being the darkest color. People tend to have a connotation that black is associated to anything that's bad, dirty, emo, and pretty much anything negative! Well, I beg to differ. Now, I'm proud to say that yes, black (and white, actually) is my favorite color. In fact, it was just a few days ago, that I was able to finally say it out loud, when a colleague asked me why I have a lot of black-colored things. LOL.

Indie Electronica band Passion Pit cancels Manila (and all upcoming international) show, leaving fans upset. Here are top 10 Passion Pit songs to cheer you up

Photo from @passionpit on Twitter

It's been exactly 2 months now, since I last posted in this now-updated blog. So for my "comeback" post (LOL), let's talk about the band Passion Pit.

I don't know about you,  if you haven't even heard of the song "Carried Away" or "Take A Walk" in your entire life. But for the past weeks, it's been part of my playlist in preparation for the band's first ever concert here in the Philippines, that was supposed to happen on August 13, 2015 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.



Staycation: Pura Vida Resort - Tagaytay City


What: Pura Vida Resort
Where: 5795 Sampaguita St. , Lakeview Subdivision Crossing, Mendez, Tagaytay City
(Just beside Mer-Ben's Tapsilogan, which is a few minutes away from Magallanes)
Rate: Php 1,750 to 3,000 for 2 adults (Plus Php 500 for another adult)

For this year's holy week, my family and I thought about going somewhere to reflect and unwind--to get away from the stress at work and get our much needed breather.

Beauty: Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Blooming Fit - Natural Beige


Brand: Etude House
Product: Precious Mineral BB Cream
Color: Natural Beige
Price: Php 848
Availability: Etude House

When my Uncle (who is based in Korea) told me that he's flying to Manila, I immediately fired up Google and searched for must-have Korean makeups--thus, the hoarding that costed me more than  Php 5,000--which is quite a bargain, because Korean makeups are waaaay cheaper when you buy it there, plus you even get tons of freebies!

Eat: Lucky's Burger and Bar, Tuscany

Lucky's Burger & Bar
Tuscany, McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio Taguig City

Ever since the restaurants opened in Tuscany, McKinley Hill, I've only been up to a handful of restaurants like Banapple, SF Bistro, Bag-O-Shrimps and my recent addition to this seemingly growing list, Lucky's Burger & Bar.

Beauty: L'oreal Paris Mat Magique All-In-One Matte Transformation Powder review


Brand: L'Oreal Paris
Product: Mat Magique All-In-One Matte Transforming Powder
Color: G2 Golden Ivory
Price: Php 499
Availability: All leading drug stores, beauty sections in department stores and supermarkets

Finding the "perfect" powder/foundation sure can get stressful and costly at times. Trust me--I've been to quite a lot, in the search for the foundation that suits me and my skin type. This however, finally solved the problem.

Staycation: Hotel Amapola review


What: Casa Amapola
Where: 257 Amapola St., Palm Village, Makati City
(Estrella, EDSA side--take note, because there's another Amapola St. near Buendia)

The boyfriend and I loves having staycations for every major occasion like birthdays and our anniversary. This year, I made it a point to make it simple yet unique and memorable. I've had lots of plans in mind, like booking at a hotel in Tagaytay City, or go somewhere north like in Antipolo. However, I came across this deal at MetroDeal. After thinking a lot of times, reading reviews online and failed payment transactions (Damn BPI for their on-and-off again online banking!), I finally booked it and guess what, no regrets.

Beauty: NYX Cosmetics Round Lipstick in Tea Rose review



 Brand: NYX Cosmetics
Product: Round lipstick in Tea Rose
Finish: Satin
Price: Php 185
(Note: Photos automatically have a filter, so it may differ from the actual color)

          I previously posted a review about my first NYX lipstick. Here's my second one. :)

Beauty: Schwarzkopf Professionnelle Laque Super Strong Hold hair spray review


 Brand: Schwarzkopf Professional
Product: Professionnelle Laque Super Strong Hold hair spray
Bought from: Vivere Salon - Megamall
Price: Php 560 (?)
Can be bought from David's Salon but it costs more than Php 600...

With regard to my previous blog post about my full hair and makeover at Vivere Salon - Megamall branch, I just like to share the product that was used on my hair, since I really loved the product on my hair. The boyfriend also loves using this product on his hair because it holds (and smells) better than most of his hair products like wax and clay. ;)

Movies of the week - January 1 to January 4


I have always been into movies especially when I was still a fresh grad and unemployed (bum). Blogging about all the movies I have watched (movie marathon) has been my hobby back then. But, ever since I got a job (and it's been more than 2 years now since I had it), I totally forgot about it. It's only late last year when I revamped my blog and decided to bring it to life that I got into blogging about the movies I watch again. However, since I have a job and I'm quite a hard time juggling everything in my life, I wasn't able to maintain this habit of mine.

Now, since I've been making it a point to watch a movie every week, I want to bring back that habit again. To make it simpler, I'm going to be blogging about the movies I watch every week. I'm doing this just for my purest intention of having fun and being able to look at all the things I've been doing and watching in the past, maybe someday.

Let's start with the week of January 1 to 4...

Beauty: Full Hair and Makeup at Vivere Salon, SM Megamall Branch




What: Full Hair and Makeup
Where: Vivere Salon, Megamall Branch
Price: Php 1,500

December was the month for all the annual reunions, Christmas and Year-End events. In my almost two years in my current company, it was my first time to experience the annual Year-End event, because as part of their drive to help the victims of Yolanda, the company decided cancel the event and instead, donate the event fund to them. It is the company's biggest, and most-awaited event every year, that's why I took it a little bit seriously and had my hair and make up done. ;)

Belle De Jour 2015 Power Planner review


Product: Belle de Jour Power Planner 2015
Price: Php 598 for the regular design (for more information, click here)

Today, we welcome the start of 2015, a new year--which means new chances, opportunities and goals. With all that in mind, it really helps to start your year with a planner to guide and remind you of all the things you want to achieve in all aspects of your life. That's why today, I will start using a planner again...