12 December 2014

LAZADA 12.12 Online Revolution

12 December 2014
Can you guys believe how horrendous traffic has been lately? Going to and from work used to take me just a little over an hour, but now we have to waste at least two hours on the road - and that's not counting the time we have to allocate for the traffic going home! Crazy. This poses a problem for Christmas crammers like me, since the traffic turns us off leaving the house. I just want to stay home and hibernate and not see people. -_- The solution? Online shopping!

We're in luck because Lazada launched an Online Revolution happening just today, until 11:59 PM only!

This is perfect for getting gifts for everyone on your list, but your beauty addict friends have many reasons to rejoice as the sale will feature huge discounts from beauty brands including Suesh Cosmetics.. ;)

Established in 2006, Suesh cosmetics started as a hobby for three sisters with a passion for makeup. The company eventually evolved to produce international products including the Suesh Personal Funky Black Makeup Brush Set and the Suesh Red Cosmetic Vanity Case, among others. 
The brush set includes brushes made of naturally-made materials from goat, squirrel, pony and raccon hair. The Cosmetic Vanity case, meanwhile, has of three layers of compartments with brush holder stand and is made-up of high quality strong board material with aluminum and metal revits. 
These products will be available during the country’s biggest online shopping site in marked-down prices through its killer deals flashing from 12:00 am to 11:59 p.m.

Lazada is Southeast Asia’s largest online shopping mall with operations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, SingaporeThailand, and Vietnam, with a sourcing center in Hong Kong that drives cross-border marketplace activities.

Lazada, a part of the Lazada Group which includes the C2C platform, Lamido, is pioneering eCommerce in the region by providing customers with an effortless shopping experience with multiple secure payment methods including cash on delivery, extensive customer care and free returns. It features an extensive product offering in categories ranging from consumer electronics to household goods, toys, fashion, beauty and sports equipment. I trust Lazada because I've personally purchased a lot of items from there already including a Cherry Mobile Flare, my Canon Powershot A3300 IS, a fondue maker, and a waffle maker. I especially love that they offer the COD option because I no longer have to enter my credit card information nor fall in line at the bank to deposit my payment. I can also do all my shopping while sitting down in front of my computer. So convenient!

So, what are you eyeing from the Online Revolution? I think I want the Suesh Flat Foundation Brush as gift for a friend and Suesh Brush Guards for personal use. Happy shopping!

09 December 2014

Krissyfied Holiday Gift Guide: Sisters and Girl Friends

09 December 2014
Hello, you beautiful thing.

Yesterday I gave you some suggestions for gifts for your younger siblings, nieces and nephews, and godchildren. Today, I'll give you recommendations for things that I think will make great gifts for your sisters and girl friends.


Books are my go-to gift suggestion for any occasion not only because I would personally love receiving them myself, but also because they are, really, gifts that keep on giving. All books are special, but I admit that I treat books given to me as gifts with more care. You can give a book that has personal meaning for you (I've lost track of  the number of times I have given copies of Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist and Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love to friends) or you can even give holiday-themed books like Let It Snow or

My True Love Gave to Me
Neil Gaiman shared this video of Bloomsbury Publishing, go and watch! You'll love it. (I think.)

Body Care and Beauty Products

The Body Shop is one of my favorite places to go to especially when the holidays roll around because their gift sets are just too hard to resist, They also release special holiday-themed collections every year — for this year they have Glazed Apple, Vanilla Brulee, and Frosted Cranberry. Seriously you have to visit the nearest The Body Shop branch and sniff these! I'm loving Glazed Apple.

The Body Shop Glazed Apple Bath Jelly (P995) and The Body Shop Glazed Apple Lip Tin (P495)
For when you want to add more shine to your sparkle:
The Body Shop Glitter Eyeliner (P795) and The Body Shop Glazed Apple Sparkler (P1,495)
Meanwhile, one of my favorite local beauty brands Ellana Minerals are already pocket-friendly enough as it is, but now they released Super Deals to make their products even more affordable for us! Perfect for when you have a lot of girl friends as buying in bulk gives you more discount.

Ellana Minerals Christmas Bundle
P899 for P1,500 worth of beauty products
Contains Make It Last Makeup Primer, Oil Absorbing Pumpkin Pie Latte Powder, Lip & Cheek Gel in Ruby, Multi-purpose Powders in Halo and Brilliance, and Crease Eyeshadow Brush
Ellana Minerals Loosse Powder Blush Bundle
P450 for P900 worth of products
Contains five 2g pots of Obsession, City Roast, Harmony, Doll, and Lust
3S Pre-glued Lashes and Adhesive Strand Refill
Available from Beauty and Minerals for P250 each
Perfect for your girl friends who want longer and thicker lashes but can't be bothered with eyelash extensions! These define and make eyes look more wide-opened. Very easy to remove, too, and can last for a long time!

Charm Pocket 5-pc Brush Set
Available from Beauty and Minerals for P500 each
Perfect for your younger sister or cousin who is just starting to build her makeup collection. This set of tools contain all the goodness of being from the Charm brand (which is truly one of the best makeup brush brands I've tried) without the bulk of a full pro set of makeup brushes. Much recommended!


Scheduling stuff with a digital calendar and taking note of things using your phone is cool and all, but (for me, at least) nothing beats pen and paper. I'm using The Daykeeper for next year and I am so looking forward to writing down on it!

Craft Kits

For your friends who, like me, love DIY-ing stuff. Shown in photo is one of my stamp sets and inks from my growing collection of rubber stamps. They instantly add an ounce of charm to everything!

Something handmade

I appreciate when the gifts I get are handmade because you know a lot of thought, effort, and love went into them. If you're good at something, use it. You're even assured that the recipients of your gifts are receiving something one-of-a-kind and truly unique.

Here is something I painted earlier today, because I was inspired by the new Le Petit Prnce trailer
The Little Prince is one of my favorite books of all time ♥ 
Meanwhile, here is something Meream made and sent to me - a papercut bookshelf with a sweet card ♥
I was having a shitty day when it arrived, and it instantly improved my mood
Now who could ever say no to these? Not me. Good luck with the holi-daze and if you're a Christmas crammer (like me), I hope I was able to help and that you'll be able to accomplish at least half of your list already!

08 December 2014

Krissyfied Holiday Gift Guide: Babies and Kids

08 December 2014
Year after year, I always say I'm going to make my list and shop for Christmas presents in advance to avoid the holiday rush but I never learn. In this mini blog series I'm aiming to finish this week, I'm sharing gift guides for the special people in your life. I made sure that the items on the list are well-thought-out, practical, and won't make the recipients feel like their gifts were rushed.

Maybe it has something to do with age, but I recently started preferring practical gifts to cutesy presents. I mean, sure, dolls are sweet and all, but I would like it more if you get me something I can use. Go here to see my Christmas wish list, ho ho ho! Anyway, I'm starting this mini series with Gifts for Babies and Kids, and like I mentioned, these are all practical gifts that I'm sure kids (and their moms) will appreciate.

Kiele Anti-Mosquito Baby Cologne and Cibelli Skin Freshener
Follow them on Instagram and text them at 0917-8362175 for orders

Mosquitoes love me, so I make sure that I always have my bottle of Kiele Anti-Mosquito Baby Cologne for when these nasty insects attack. Plus points for its fresh scent! I love it so much that it's one of my everyday can't-leave-home-withouts. On the other hand, I spray the Cibelli Skin Freshener on whenever  I need something to boost my mood because it's such a happy and breezy scent. Both are made with skin-friendly ingredients safe for even the most sensitive skin so they're perfect for babies, kids, and their moms.

Mustela is one of the best baby skincare brands in the world, and it's because for more than 60 years, Mustela has successfully developed products to nourish and protect both babies and mothers. With exceptional formulation for comfort and protection, their products have been proudly handed down from mothers to their children for more than three generations. I recommend getting products from the Mustela Bebe line for daily baby care of babies and children with normal skin. I've only heard great things about the Vitamin Barrier Cream and its power for soothing and preventing diaper rash as its barrier effect protects and insulates the fragile skin of infants. The vitamins that the Vitamin Barrier Cream contain also provide instant relief, reduce development of bacteria, and leave the skin smooth and soft. Meanwhile, the Sun Protection Line provides protection against the dangerous UVA and UVB rays and is sweat-proof and waterproof. Kids can enjoy more time being active outside! I have the Very High Protection Sun Lotion and I alternate it with my SPF day cream and so far it hasn't acted on my skin yet unlike some other SPF products I have tried.

My cousin Gabriel showing some love for Mustela Bebe

Clothes from SM Kids' Fashion's Holiday 2014 collection

SM Kids' Fashion's Holiday 2014 collection showcases a wide variety of styles — from plains to prints, from laid-back casual to prim and proper looks, and from dresses to tops and bottoms — all ideal for one’s mix-and-match technique. I'm not going to lie, I do my own clothes shopping from SM Kids' Fashion myself if I can get away with it and if they have sizes available, heh. The clothes are all very affordable also that your P1,000 can already get you a lot!

Just look at Jillian Ward's and Andrea Brillantes's clothes ♥
Whatever you decide to get for your children, godchildren, nieces and nephews, and younger siblings this Christmas, just make sure it's wrapped nicely.

My gifts for Hailey involved several sheets from a gift wrapping paper book and washi tapes
Ending this post with a photo of myself with my goddaughter Hailey at her baptism yesterday ♥ 
There you go. I hope I was able to help fellow Christmas rushers like me with this post. Whatever you do, don't panic! Or, you know, panic properly. Good luck! ☆

07 December 2014

Happy 2nd Birthday, Sample Room!

07 December 2014
Shipping out more than 20,000 samples in a span of just two years is no mean feat, but Sample Room was able to achieve it! And I am so excited because not only are they coming up with more varied beauty and wellness samples, I am also now part of the family!

On the first half of the year I joined a contest to be part of the Sample Room Bloggers Circle. I eagerly awaited the results but after a couple of months passed and they didn't announce anything, I figured they probably changed their minds about including more bloggers, or maybe they didn't think any of the entries qualified. You can just imagine how I got the shock of my life when I received the email congratulating me about three weekends ago! I was so excited and couldn't wait to tell everyone, but figured Sample Room should be the one to announce it first. I was beaming the whole day after they uploaded the poster above on Instagram

On December 3, I went to the team's 2nd Anniversary/ Christmas dinner held at Maria Luisa's Garden Room at The Makati Garden Club.

I blogged about this restaurant before because going there felt like literally stepping into my dreams, and I looked forward to seeing if it looked as magical at night as I imagined it would. I wasn't able to take photos but it was indeed magical. I also wasn't able to take photos of the food but everything tasted divine. Here's a snapshot of the dessert.

More than the food and the venue though, I was excited for this dinner because I am so happy and honored to have been chosen to be part of the circle. It was thrilling to share a room with women whose beauty, work ethics, and aptitude about life in general are qualities I admire and am inspired by.

With beauty expert/ savvy entrepreneur/ pioneer Sophie of Sample Room and Beauty and Minerals
With one of my favorite local beauty bloggers, Julia of Bless My Bag
Sorry for my stupid smirk, I was conscious that there's food between my braces LOL.
Also, I couldn't stop complimenting Julia's lipstick that night!
The culprit: Julia's NARS Audacious in Rita
With my seatmate and fringe-sister Earth
If asked, I think beauty bloggers are my favorite niche bloggers because they're so warm and charming and easy to talk to. Really smart and discerning, too! I wish I could've stayed longer and chatted with old friends and new acquaintances more, but since I live too far away I needed to bolt out early. No worries though as I'm sure there'll be a lot more beauty soirées and get-togethers like this!

Sample Room celebrated its birthday but it is us who got gifts. ♥

Christmas-themed sweet treats
3S Pre-glued Lashes, the new Charm Pocket 5-pc Brush Set, and the new Suzie Edition Travel Pro 14-pc Makeup Brush Set (there's a peek at the delicious rose gold case)!
More details about these soon, but you may also check them out at Beauty and Minerals 
And now, here's a sweet treat for fans of Sample Room! In celebration of its 2nd Anniversary, Sample Room is giving away a special Hello Kitty Instax package! See the poster below.

Now if you've never visited the site before and you need a primer on how it works, just visit my post here. You may also visit Sample Room's official website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Thank you so much, Sample Room! I feel so welcomed! I can't wait to go on more beauty adventures with you! 

04 December 2014

Well done, Internet.

04 December 2014
I love the Internet and the idea that it has made the world smaller and us closer, but sometimes there are things that make me want to turn my laptop off and not open it again anytime soon. Tumblr-speak like "feels", "childhood ruined" (is your childhood that inconsequential that a little piece of information is enough to ruin it for you?), "I can't even", and "faith in humanity restored" (I've always found this phrase odd − and not good odd) make me cringe. I get hyperbole, I'm the queen of hyperbole (see?) but I find nothing comforting in these clichés thrown offhandedly in every comment section you come across.

Still, I love the Internet for the aforementioned reason and I'm sure you do, too. And because sometimes, it astounds you.

If you need your "faith in humanity restored" or something, all you have to do is visit Amanda Palmer's Facebook page and feel the love emanating from your screen because of her and her fans' posts. For the uninitiated, Amanda is a singer, performer, and crowdfunding pioneer. She is also Neil Gaiman's wife, and that is how I first came across her page. Last month her book The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help based from her TED talk was released.
Even while Amanda is both celebrated and attacked for her fearlessness in asking for help, she finds that there are important things she cannot ask for-as a musician, as a friend, and as a wife. She learns that she isn't alone in this, that so many people are afraid to ask for help, and it paralyzes their lives and relationships. In this groundbreaking book, she explores these barriers in her own life and in the lives of those around her, and discovers the emotional, philosophical, and practical aspects of THE ART OF ASKING. 
Part manifesto, part revelation, this is the story of an artist struggling with the new rules of exchange in the twenty-first century, both on and off the Internet. THE ART OF ASKING will inspire readers to rethink their own ideas about asking, giving, art, and love.
I really wanted to pre-order an autographed copy from Book Depository but at the time I didn't have enough funds for everything I wanted to buy, and now they've already run out of these signed copies.

Recognizing the fact that not everyone who wants to read her book has the means to do so, she posted about Amazon's 30% discount and her fans responded by saying THEY WANT TO BUY BOOKS FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN'T. It got so crazy that a system had to be put in place, and someone forwarded the idea of using Mass Mosaic, a website where people can post what they want/ have and enable them to ask for it/ give it away/ trade it. AMAZING. In less than an hour, a mosaic group for Amanda's book was created.

Since I really wanted a copy and local bookstores hasn't stocked her book yet (and I'm not sure if they ever will, I hope they do), I decided to just go for it and ask. I didn't want to incur additional charges to whoever would be kind enough to give me a copy though, so I asked for a Kindle edition.

I didn't really know what to say so I just kept my message short
In less than three hours, I got this:

A kind soul gifted a Kindle edition of The Art of Asking to me!
Max the Kindle is very happy with this new addition
Meanwhile, so many people are buying the books to give as gifts that Amazon ran out of stocks!

And since I'm new to Mass Mosaic, I didn't realize I incorrectly put up two 'wants'. Silly me. So when another kind soul offered to send me the book...

We need more movements like this. The world is filled with wonderful people. Doesn't that "restore your faith in humanity" or sumthin'?

I guess this avalanche of kindness and generosity is to be expected from someone as awesome as Amanda Palmer, but to be a firsthand witness to that? It fills my heart with so much love and awe I feel like I can spontaneously combust.

This book is not about seeing people from safe distances − that seductive place where most of us live, hide, and run to for what we think is emotional safety. The Art of Asking is a book about cultivating trust and getting as close as possible to love, vulnerability, and connection. Uncomfortably close. Dangerously close. Beautifully close. And uncomfortably close is exactly where we need to be if we want to transform this culture of scarcity and fundamental distrust.
− Foreword by Brené Brown
Join the mass-asking and mass-gifting by going here and visit Amanda's Facebook page here. Unless you have a heart of stone, I'm sure the stories will touch you.

I really needed this. Thank you, Amanda. Thank you, Internet.


And since we're in the process of asking, I ask that you help us pray for the soul of my Uncle Karl.

Pain comes when you least expect it, like a thief in the night. It has been 40 days since he passed, but I still get a jolt of disbelief every time I think of him and remember that he's no longer here. The pain never really goes away. Acceptance will come soon. For now, we'll say we miss him and we love him very much.

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