18 April 2015

Movie Review: Paper Heart

18 April 2015
"Has anyone been in love?"
"Have you ever been in love?"
Associate Biology Professor Matthew Craig said, "I'd also want to be careful not to get so scientific about it that we forget about just the pure joy of the mystical aspects of love. There's something there that may be evolutionary mechanisms, and there's certainly about chemical mechanisms, but somehow, there's a little bit of magic to it, too."

Books and movies are two of my most favorite things in the world but I've been having a problem consuming them lately because I end up being consumed by them. I've always found myself empathizing with the fictional characters a lot but this started to prove to be a problem for me because I end up investing too many feelings. This also happens when I talk to friends about their personal issues. Wanting to be a sounding board, I become a sponge and absorb everything, resulting to myself getting emotionally (and sometimes even physically) drained easily. It's good for the story I'm writing, but I'm not sure if it's good for my general well-being. These days, the only things I can manage are bite-sized chunks of fiction, like the Kikomachine Komix and episodes of Will & Grace and Survivor. Actually, scratch Survivor off the equation because my favorite Joe has already been voted out and there is no else left to root for. 

Anyway, as per my friend Ed's recommendation, I watched Paper Heart today because I needed to put my mind off some things, and I loved it.

Okay, I didn't love love it, but I was charmed by it.

Paper Heart follows Charlyne (Charlyne Yi) as she embarks on a quest across America to make a documentary about a subject she does not understand: love. She and her good friend (and director) Nick (Jake Johnson) search for answers and advice about love by talking to friends, strangers, married couples, chemists, romance novelists, divorce attorneys, and even children. They each offer diverse views on modern romance, as well as various answers to the age-old question: does true love really exist? While filming, Charlyne meets Michael (Michael Cera), an awkward boy who may well be the answer to Charlyne's question. It's a quirky film with quirky characters, matched with quirky puppets and animations that match the tone of the movie.

Michael Cera and Charlyne Yi are sooo adorable that it's easy to believe this is not a movie but a real documentary. I am a fan of movies that don't need fizz, bang, and pop to make an impact, and simple in its premise as it is, Paper Heart charmed me right out of my socks. It's forgettable, yes, but it's fluffy and sweet and was exactly the antidote I needed.

I also liked the title. I actually considered it as a possible name for my future stationery brand but Ed said it's the title of a movie, leading to him telling me to see it.

"Has anyone been in love?"
"Have you ever been in love?"
As one of the old married couples in the movie said, "Wait for the lightning bolt."

13 April 2015

Currently Vol. 15

13 April 2015
Today my emotions ranged from being spontaneously happy to sad to WTF? to excited to furious to elated to every little feeling in between - not necessarily in that order. Unlike Ron Weasley, I do not have the emotional range of a mere teaspoon. It was a wild ride, and it's only Monday.


Kikomachine Komix Blg. 11: Mga Kirot ng Kapalaran by Manix Abrera that I got last Easter Komiket. I am taking my sweet time, because after this I would have to wait for another year or so again before a new book comes out. I have all volumes of this comic book series and I'm very happy with how the characters and Manix's style have developed over the years.

Act One of my Spark NA novella. For the uninitiated, Spark Books is an imprint of Anvil. They sponsored a class under Mina Esguerra where everyone who can finish a contemporary New Adult novella by June 6 will be eligible for a possible book deal. The requirements are sent via email. For those who were able to go, we had our first face-to-face class last Saturday in National Bookstore Cubao. Images of having a book under my name out there consumed my brain that I was so inspired to work on my story!

Part of my outline, if you can see it after I intentionally made my penmanship incomprehensible blurred the image
I just hope I really get to finish it.

Mostly songs by Yellowcard.

My heart on my sleeve.

Of how I shouldn't let my heart override my thoughts and my emotions dictate my actions.

All sorts of emotions, as stated above.

That we now have new interns in the office, because I like it when there are new people around; That our event slated for this Friday has been moved to a later date, giving us more time to prepare for it; That I have friends I can talk to anytime I feel like I'm going crazy.

Wednesday to come around soon because I'm excited to shop at the first ever SM Woman Ladies' Night!

For 6PM to 9PM only, EVERYTHING from SM Woman and GTW by SM will be available for 50% off! This is happening for four Wednesdays at different SM Malls, and their first stop is in SM Makati on April 15. I've been looking to update my wardrobe with more age-appropriate clothing so this couldn't have come at a better time! I hope to see you there! (I also have an Instagram contest where one of my followers can get P3,000 worth of SM Woman GCs! Please check the hashtag #GTWByKrissyfied to see how you can join!)

Peace of mind, wisdom, and clarity.

To be more careful of what I wish for. For the past few weeks I have been feeling concerned because I was feeling nothing. Empty. Hollow. Nada. I wanted to feel. And now, this. A barrage of emotions I can't keep track of.

Have a pleasant week ahead, everyone! Take care of your hearts. ♥ 

12 April 2015

Krissy Makes

12 April 2015
#KrissyfiedMakes is the hashtag I use on Instagram for my watercolor paintings and various DIY projects. And because I'm all for saying your dreams out loud, here it is: someday I'd like to put up a stationery brand with this name and sell products that feature my art. I just need to improve my skills and paint more. (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)

Yesterday, this took on a different meaning.

O hai, Saturday! You look like a fresh set of possibilities!
Positively beaming with excitement
Wearing Browhaus Bi-Liner in Midnight Blue and L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstick in Lincoln Rose
Win one of five L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Electric Lips lipsticks here!
Krissy Makes. Literally.

Krissy Makes Art

I went to the Woman, Create event in Top Shelf, Fully Booked BHS yesterday to support Marika's passion project. Woman, Create is an art and fashion fundraising pop-up event that mainly aims to gather and empower women through art, creativity, and (fun) discourse. There were workshops, a bazaar featuring artsy stuff and fashionable pieces, and live music. It was fun! I got there a little before 12 and found the place buzzing with activity.

I participated in Mawee Borromeo's Basic Portrait Illustration Workshop and sucked. LOL.

Mawee was a great teacher. Her live tutorial was absolutely fascinating and I was mesmerized! It's just that I really don't know how to draw. I can paint and I can write but I can't draw, heh.

I TRIED, GUYS. I really tried. Feast your eyes at the hair peeking behind the portrait Mawee made. I won't show you what I drew anymore because it looks like a failed cartographic sketch. I'll stick to writing and watercolors.

Buuut, Meream, ever so sweet Meream, messaged me this:
"Don't give up drawing! It takes practice, trust me. It's a lot like writing, really. It's basically memorizing nose/ear sizes in reference to the face shape, or where the light/shading goes, the same way we "memorize" subject-verb agreement or proper sentence structure. Practice, draw every day." 
Thank you, Meream! I will!

Mawee and I
I had to leave early because I still needed to go to National Bookstore in Cubao for the first Spark NA face-to-face class. It doesn't seem obvious, but I learned so much! Thanks, Mawee! It was great meeting you! And congratulations, Marika! I feel bad we didn't get to take a photo together.

I didn't leave before getting a Mawee Borromeo print, though!
She accepts commissions. Check out her other works/ contact her via Instagram!
Krissy Makes Up a Story

I was stalled by a bit of EDSA traffic (even on a Saturday! Horrendous.) that the class has already started when I got there.

Mina addressing the class
We introduced ourselves and our Main Characters to our table-mates, and were given the chance to speak up one by one about what makes us buy books. When my turn came, I said I'm an impulse buyer and I have a loooooong list of books in my stash I need to start reading stat. What makes me notice a book are its blurb and reviews. I also like pop culture references, stories within stories, witty and sharp dialogue, passionate and headstrong characters, and lyrical writing. I could only hope to apply these to the story I'm currently writing.

This is my romance class/ buqo YA/ Spark NA notebook
I can have nice and neat handwriting, but, you know, my thoughts are faster than my hands. I can't let great ideas go just because I'm too concerned about my penmanship. The problem is, sometimes I can't even decipher my own notes. I'm sure The Next Great Novel is in there somewhere... In hieroglyphs or codex, probably.
Activity 3: Outline is due today. Wish me luck!

Krissy Makes Friends

I am terribly shy and it doesn't seem obvious (at least I don't think so) but speaking to new people takes much pep talk in my part. Still, I'm glad I made new friends at Spark NA class today!

With Amae
Her YA story One Lovely Summer Day and mine are bundled together!
See the blurbs and sign up for the blog tour here.
With Nina and Rei
With Chrissie
Author of All's Fair in Blog and War, which I loved!
Fun and inspiring day that boosted my creativity and confidence and reminded me why I love doing what I do. (Not that I need reminding, but still.) Now we're off to Malabon to celebrate April birthday celebrators (mine included, yay!) but I'll be bringing my writing notebook with me to continue working on my outline, heh. Hope you enjoy your day today!

10 April 2015

Review and Giveaway: L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Electric Lip Collection

10 April 2015
Heads up: the new L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Electric Lip Collection is not for the faint of heart.

Leave your nude, MLBB, and vampy lipsticks at home in the meantime because this summer, BOLD is in.

Orange Power, Glamour Fuchsia, Lincoln Rose, Touch of Amaranth, Pop Up Pink
These lipsticks are so pigmented that two swipes yield this much color
Glamour Fuchsia, Lincoln Rose, Orange Power, Pop Up Pink, Touch of Amaranth
I will be posting individual swatches of the lipsticks on me but first, I'd like to talk about the formula. I love L'Oreal Color Riche lipsticks because even though L'Oreal is a drugstore brand, its lipsticks never felt cheap. I own and have reviewed several L'Oreal Color Riche lipsticks already (Fairy Touch and Barely Moka are two of my favorites) and I love them because they are non-drying, the colors complement my skin tone, and they feel luxurious to the lips. As for the shades in the Color Riche Electric collection, I'd have to say I got a bit scared when I first saw them in person. The press release wasn't lying when it described the shades as electrifying! My lips can also get a bit dry sometimes so I was worried that the matte shades will look horrible on me. Buuut as the swatches below will prove, I didn't have anything to worry about. The three matte lipsticks (Glamour Fuchsia, Lincoln Rose, Orange Power) are true mattes that are flat but never boring, while the satiny lipsticks (Pop Up PinkTouch of Amaranth) are more wet and creamy. They are very easy to apply, matte lipsticks included, and do not tug on the lips. The matte lipsticks also tended to stay on a bit longer than the other two.

I tried to take individual photos of the lipsticks but my iPhone couldn't seem to capture the raspberry redness of Lincoln Rose (it looks too orange in the photos) nor the exquisite milky-pink beauty of Pop Up Pink so I decided to forego them and just post my lip swatches. Aside from the L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Electric lipsticks, I wasn't wearing anything else on my face in the photos below so you can see how the lipsticks instantly brightened up my face. But then again, with shades as bold as these, you wouldn't really need to pile on too much. A clean canvas, a Color Riche Electric lipstick, and a simple cat eye and the glam factor would already skyrocket!

Glamour Fuchsia
Won't you look at that and tell me how gorgeous the color is! This was the color I wore on my birthday. Doesn't it look like the kind of lipstick Barbie would wear? This is my second favorite from the bunch.

Lincoln Rose
I was reminded of raspberries and candy apples when I was testing this out. I had a hard time choosing, but this is my favorite because I have a lot of red lipsticks but I don't have anything like this in my collection. I wore this at the Easter Komiket.

Orange Power
I already have an orange lipstick but it was my first time to try a matte orange lipstick. It's such a unique and fun color that I see myself wearing with my teal eyeliner.

Pop Up Pink
It's a creamy milky pink that may look mild and sweet in this photo but looks more neon in person. This reminded me of OFRA 205 but I liked the formula of this one better. It also looked like a prettier version of MAC Pink Nouveau (that no matter what I did, I couldn't get to work for me so I just gave it away to Kira).

Touch of Amaranth
This one reminded me of my favorite MAC Girl About Town. Aside from Glamour Fuchsia, this is another lipstick shade I could imagine Barbie wearing.

You know how some makeup products can "Insta-boost" your mood? These shades are so vibrant they could easily chase all your woes away! When I have any of these shades on, I feel like I want to bust my heels out and take over the world!

These colors last on me for at least five hours. Aside from the highly-pigmented and creamy formula and the outlandishness of these shades, my favorite thing about these Color Riche Electric lipsticks are the fact that they don't settle on my lip lines. Any bold color would look ridiculous if that happens, but you're safe with L'Oreal Paris.

I also liked its elegant rose gold (for the matte shades) and gold (for the satin shades) packaging that doesn't feel flimsy at all. It's also classy enough that you wouldn't feel embarrassed to whip it out for a quick touch-up anywhere you are.

In conclusion, L'Oreal Color Riche Electric lipsticks are lip colors that are ultra-bold, ultra-trendy, yet easily wearable and can instantly brighten up any look. If you're feeling down, all you need is a swipe or two of any of these colors and I SWEAR you will instantly feel better. If you feel intimidated, DON'T! After all, it's just lipstick. ^_~

Here's a side-by-side comparison of all five shades
Now here's the fun part. L'Oreal Paris was so generous to give away Color Riche Electric lipsticks to five of my readers! Check out the widget below.

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Note: This giveaway is open to those residing in the Philippines only. The five winners will be announced on the first week of May. Good luck!

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche lipsticks are now at a special price of only P499 for a limited time only so check out its 30 matte and satin shades in L’Oréal Makeup Designer/Paris counters nationwide.

Disclosure: The products have been sent to me for review but I was not required nor compensated to write this post. Giveaway prizes will be coming from L'Oreal Paris via Pulse Communications - Ogilvy Public Relations. Read my blog's complete Disclosure Policy here.

07 April 2015


07 April 2015
When I was very young, I didn't have many friends because I always kept to my books and my toys. I didn't like going outside to play and my strict grandpa didn't want too many noisy and rowdy kids in the house so I wasn't allowed to have over more than three playmates at a time. I didn't mind because I preferred reading and playing by myself anyway, constructing elaborate story lines for my Barbie dolls and cooking up a storm at my play kitchen. I was happier that way so I never felt like I missed out on anything.

I had friends in grade school but I didn't really "connect" with them. I shuttled back and forth between different cliques and never felt like I belonged anywhere, resulting to a few misunderstandings and elementary-level rifts. I actually became best friends with Jerome during this time! (The full story of how this came to be actually inspired Nate and Tanya's story.)

I only started to feel like I really belonged in a barkada when I was in high school already. Now I don't know what exactly I did right, but from that moment it suddenly felt like I was the Queen of Making Friends.

Life is but a series of hellos and goodbyes, and along the way I have been blessed with a lot of friends from different aspects of my life. I have friends from school, from my old and new job, from the blogging community, from different places I've been to, online-turned-IRL friends I wouldn't have crossed paths with otherwise, and friends of friends I became good friends with also. Different circumstances, different sets of friends, but everyone's special to me nonetheless.

Heh, such a long introduction for a post where I just meant to show you how my friends made me feel special on my 29th birthday. (ღ˘⌣˘ღ) 

My best friend Jerome, after learning that I intend to just stay at home the whole day, asked me out for dinner. We - together with his girlfriend Dale, twin brother Jonas and girlfriend Trisha, and friends Raymond and Gino - went to a Chinese restaurant in Malabon and ate until we felt our stomachs would burst.

Suddenly, I felt a tap on my shoulder. When I turned around, it was my Breakfast Clubmates, there to surprise me!

What a wonderful feeling, being surrounded by friends who love you. (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)

I also wanted to post here Ed's photo-collage that shows the evolution of our hairstyles, weight, and my eye shadow-blending skills.

I'm a terrible friend I almost forgot. And you're just amazing instead of being mad, you simply reminded me. Hehe. Nasabi ko na ata lahat sa'yo. Bata pa lang tayo sa ampunan di na tayo mapaghiwalay. Nabaliw na? Lol. Browsing through our photos through the years brought back so many beautiful memories. Hindi ako sure pero parang may pagluhang naganap. Haha. We've always found a way to stay connected. And in my often boring, lifeless days, when feeling alone is default, it's a relief to know I have you. Ever constant. Ever there. Happy birthday dearest Krissy! Love you always.
Heartfelt messages are the best.

And today, when I walked into my office cubicle, I saw this:

A Batman birthday banner prepared by my friend/ Breakfast Clubmate Chum. I am so touched!

I seriously don't know what I did to deserve such great friends, but I no longer want to question the Universe!

And just because there's a How I Met Your Mother quote suitable for all kinds of sitch:
And that's how it goes, kids. The friends, neighbors, drinking buddies, and partners-in-crime you loved so much when you're young - as the years go by, you just lose touch. You will be shocked, kids, when you discover how easy it is to part ways with people forever. That's why when you find someone you want to keep around, you do something about it.
I have lost a few friends along the way but I'd like to think it's all for the better, because now I am secure in the knowledge that everyone who have stayed are true. I no longer have the energy for fake and forced friendships, for I'd rather put in more effort in showing my true friends how much I cherish and love each one of them. To friendship, to love, to conversations, to memories, to laughter, to tears, to surprises, to dreams, to more stories, to POSSIBILITIES. Cheers to 29!

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