04 May 2015

Currently Vol. 18

04 May 2015
How was your long weekend? I hope it had been as lazy and non-productive as possible. (^_-)  These were my goals:

... and I'm happy to report that aside from the writing part (I'm currently stuck, yikes), I was able to accomplish everything!

I'm specially happy with the artworks I created.

Newly sharpened watercolor pencils
Take a Peek
I was wondering why it was taking too long to dry, until I realized it was the Holbein Silver watercolor that gives it its sheen
So prettyyyy
Beautiful accident
This is a mix of Pebeo Aquarelles in Cobalt Blue and Alizarine Crimson and Holbein Artists' Water Color in Silver, the main colors I used for my Take a Peek painting
It looks like an artwork in itself, though. Like a pretty version of Pitch from Rise of the Guardians 

Here is this week's Currently!


Alternative Alamat. I can only read at least one story per day because I no longer have the luxury of time, and I am so sad I can't read as much as I want.

My Spark NA novella. Things are looking grim at the moment because I'm stuck at 1,303 words. The minimum is 20,000, and with the June 6 deadline getting closer and closer self-doubt has started creeping in. I'm scared I won't be able to finish it. Still, I'd like to believe I have enough faith and chutzpah that I can do this. I CAN DO THIS.

The Gambler and Light a Roman Candle with Me by Fun., because they sound like perfect songs for my characters Tanya and Nate.

... as per usual.

Excited and thrilled and panicked and anxious because the Sweet Complications bundle that contains Once Upon a Sticky Note is currently on a blog tour, so reviews have started coming in. THANK YOU! By the way, I have a giveaway for those who already have a copy of our ebook!

Life. No matter how crazy it gets. *wink*

For the next weekend to come soon! I'm going to Pahiyas with my dear friends!

To add more words to my Spark NA novella. To remember that [unlike what happened with Buqo YA] I cannot cram 20,000 words in four days. To finish Nate and Tanya's story.

... you all peace, love, and lip gloss!

Have a great week ahead, you! ♥

03 May 2015

Sweet Complications Giveaway: Tanya's Everyday Essentials

03 May 2015
Lost in Words/ Worlds
This is how I imagine my Main Character Tanya to be when she's not with Nate: sprawled in her room with only her books as company, dreaming of the day she'll have her own bookstore. (Or this could also be a visual representation of myself, except my room's messier and aside from the bookshelves, there'll also be book towers around me.) Also, this took me all afternoon and my right hand hurt.

In Once Upon a Sticky Note, Tanya and Nate are classmates and “talk all day, every day” best friends who encounter a sweet complication~ when Tanya realized she has fallen in love with him. In my character sketch, I imagine her to be a sweet and charming friend and a bright student who's helpful to her peers. If asked to take a peek at her bag, these are the things I imagine it must contain:

A spare notebook for spontaneous bursts of inspiration, a pressed powder, a pink-hued lipstick, a fun-colored eyeliner, a Uni Pin that Nate almost always borrows [and loses], a post card just in case, and packs of sticky notes (of course)
For those who've read the story, did it match how you visualized Tanya, too?

Anyway, the spotlight is on the BuqoYA 2: Sweet Complications [that contains my story Once Upon a Sticky Note] starting tomorrow, thanks to a blog tour organized by Dianne of Oops I Read a Book Again!

Would you do a set of dares to prove someone wrong? Would you risk your friendship so you can find love? Would you admit your real feelings? There are a lot of complications when it comes to finding love. Get the feels when you read these sweet stories.
The blog tour is passing by this site on May 6 (Wednesday), so check back because I will be posting excerpts from all the stories included in the bundle! To celebrate this occasion and thank everyone who have already bought a copy of our bundle [as well as those who are planning to], I put together a fun giveaway that's open worldwide!

One lucky winner will win everything in the photo below:

Tanya's Everyday Essentials
Prizes include a notebook, a L'Oreal Paris Mat Magique All-in-One Powder in Vanilla Ivory (reviewed here), a L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstick in Pop Up Pink (reviewed here), Browhaus Bi-Liner in Blush, a black Uni Pin Fineliner Pen 0.05mm, a print of The Art of Pixar featuring concept art for Up in gouache by Lou Romano (that photo is so Tanya and Nate I cannot not include it), and packs of sticky notes. I might also still  be able to add more prizes to this loot. We'll see.

Join here:

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This giveaway is open to everyone worldwide so long as you have a copy of the Sweet Complications bundle, either purchased from Buqo or as an ARC for participating in the blog tour. Disqus allows images with the comments so just kindly put a watermark on your screenshot OR the link to your review of the bundle/ Once Upon a Sticky Note and you're in. (^_−)☆ You must be wondering why I have all those questions. Well, I'm currently writing the continuation to their story and I would like to know, since you read it, what you would like to see next. Is there a specific scene you liked best? A scene you would've liked to have been explored more? A scene you can foresee happening between adult Tanya and Nate?

This giveaway will run until the end of the month so for those who don't have a copy yet, you're free to visit Buqo and buy our bundle! It's on a special price of only $0.99 (P45) again this week! The best thing about it is that you're getting five more stories in the bundle. That alone is a huge deal already!

Aaand that's it! For questions, reactions, or just about anything, leave a comment, email, or tweet me! Thank you and good luck!

01 May 2015

Mayday! Mayday!

01 May 2015
... my wallet screamed amidst the chaos.

Hello, my friends. It's SALE season once again. Are you ready for it?


Here are some of my favorite L'Oreal Paris products, and you'll be glad to know that you can enjoy up to 45% off on them from today until the end of May! Here are some of the special deals on offer:

TRUE MATCH FOUNDATIONS – from P899 to only P600
COLOR RICHE LIPSTICKS – from P625 to only P400
ALL MASCARAS – now only P500
ALL EYELINERS – now only P400
EXCELLENCE CRÈME HAIR COLOR – from P495 to only P400

If I were you, I'd hoard the L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipsticks because they're AWESOME! My favorite shades are Blaze of Red, Fairy Touch, Barely Moka, and all the shades from the Electric Lips Collection.

Wearing L'Oreal Paris La Creme True Match BB and Color Riche Lipstick in Blaze of Red
Wearing L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstick in Barely Moka, from the Collection Star
I already have a LOT but I can't get enough. ( ˘ ³˘)❤

Now we move on to another madness.


Another drugstore brand dear to my heart because we've already been through a lot (this brand saw me through my first attempts to try makeup on) is Maybelline. For the whole month of May, they're slashing P100 off on all their bestsellers and 50% off the Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse! I have tried this foundation before and it blends like a dream. You should definitely try it.

And YAY, A GIVEAWAY! I am giving away all the Maybelline favorites in the photo above on Instagram, just check this post for mechanics. Good luck!

Now, while I already have enough makeup to last me until next year (except for lipsticks. I can NEVER get enough lipsticks.), I can surely use more clothes and accessories for my wardrobe. You see, I've been trying to get rid of the clothes I've been wearing since I was in college, but for me to do that I need more clothes to use. LOL. I've been updating my wardrobe with clothes from SM Woman and Zalora and I want more. My wish list is populated with these pieces at the moment:

Pretty, breezy dresses perfect for these hot and humid days
I also need more clutches and purses I can use so I can have somewhere to stash my phones, powerbank, powder, and lipstick in and still keep my hands free during work events!

Aren't they pretty???
Check the rest of the selections here!
Aaaah my wallet is begging for mercy! I mean, I could give up shopping, but I'm not a quitter.

What did you spend on lately? What are you planning to spend on soon? I'm still eyeing the Batman Visual Dictionary and those darn Batman Moleskines, huhu.

29 April 2015

{Blog Tour} Buqo YA Bundle 1: Taking Chances

29 April 2015
Hello, how's your hump day coming along? Are you excited for the long weekend? I'm looking forward to resting, painting, watching movies, and writing.

If you're a first time visitor of this site, thank you and welcome! Early this year, a group of new authors and I wrote a Thing each, and now these Things have been published as ebook bundles. I participated on the Buqo YA blog tour organized by Dianne and will be featuring excerpts from all the bundles on this site for five Wednesdays, and we're starting today.

Whether looking for closure, proving their worth, or wondering what happens after a moonlit night, the characters from these stories will invite you to take a chance for love. Will they find what they’re looking for? Or will their hearts get broken? Step into their shoes and find out.

A Portrait of Jade by Justine Camacho-Tajonera
Jade Alverio is dying to get to summer art camp in Baguio, far away from her demanding parents and her ultra-perfect sister, Ruby. She thinks it will be a haven of likeminded spirits until she gets her first critique from Alexander Santamaria III, who seems to have converted all female camp members into his groupies. 
Things get worse when she's paired up with him on a major project. Will she survive dream-turned-nightmare art camp, or will she go running back home, the very place she wanted to escape in the first place?
Justine Camacho-Tajonera was born and grew up in Cebu City, Philippines. Despite starting a corporate career in telecommunications, she pursued an M.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies to keep her close to her first loves: reading and writing.

Her poetry has been published in several anthologies and local publications and she has published two books: Artemis Lets Go, a novella, and Gift, her first collection of poetry. She maintains a poetry blog, Claiming Alexandria.

She works full time at a corporate job promoting e-reading in the Philippines, is married, and has two children.

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Loving You All My Life by Rafael P. Pascual
Isang ulirang estudyante, kaibigan at anak si Danielle Natasha Lastimosa. Ang kanyang pagsisikap, talino at kabutihan ang nagdala sa kanya sa Philippine Institute of Arts, Entertainment & Culture (PHINAREC), ang pinaka-una at natatanging paaralan para sa mga nagnanais makapasok sa larangan ng sining, kultura at libangan. Maayos na sana ang kanyang buhay-estudyante nang isang Jairus Roman Vera-Perez ang biglang nagpagulo rito. Ang lalaking iyon ang anak ng may-ari ng PHINAREC, pero ito rin ang pinakalider pagdating sa katamaran, kayabangan at kakulangan ng disiplina. Pagtatagpuin sila ng isang kakaibang proyekto para sa kursong kanilang pinag-aaralan. Maging mitsa kaya ito ng lalong paglala ng kanilang bangayan, o ito na kaya ang magsilbing daan para sila ay maging magkaibigan – at magkatuluyan? Masabi kaya nila sa isa’t isa ang katagang “I’LL KEEP ON LOVING YOU ALL MY LIFE”?
Rafael P. Pascual is a 20-year old Mass Communication student at Universidad de Manila. He is a reader of romance, teen fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery and history. He is currently writing under the username raffythequizzard on Wattpad.com.

He also loves to read Wattpad books, particularly those published by Summit Media's Pop Fiction imprint. He has attended the Wattpad seminar at the 35th Manila International Book Fair, the Pop Fiction Academy at the 1st Philippine Literary Festival, and the 3rd Pop Fiction Festival.

He currently lives in Navotas City with his mother and six other siblings.

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Never Too Late by Jen C. Suguitan
When Cass goes to a trip to Corregidor, she thinks that it’s the key to finding closure over her sister's death. But things change when she gets mixed up with the wrong tour group where she meets Noah, a budding filmmaker and photographer who wants to relive his grandfather’s war stories through the tour. 
As they explore the historic island together, will Cass and Noah find what they are looking for? Or will they find something more, like a chance to fall in love, too?
Jen C. Suguitan is a PR practitioner by day and a storyteller by night. Her love affair with words and letters led to a Journalism degree and stories cramped in her hard drive that the world has yet to see. She started writing professionally for a local broadsheet when she was seventeen, and she doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon. When she's not writing, she's probably thinking of what to write about next.

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Second Sight to Forever by Racquel Sarah A. Castro
At the first week of January, the Salazar family went back from Hong Kong. While unpacking, Daniel took a deep breath before uttering a word to Martha. He admitted who the spy was.
“What?” Martha displayed dismay on her husband. “What are you thinking? Is that why you are so generous to Sasha? You have done something so bad, honey. She will feel betrayed.”
“I know, I know . . .” Daniel sighed while Martha walked out on him. 
RTM – First Day of School after the Christmas vacation
“I heard that mom already know who Dad’s spy is.” Sasha talked to Joshua.
“I have something to tell you . . .” Joshua got so neurotic that she assumed he was the spy.
“You are the spy!” She slapped him and walked away.
Joshua whispered, “I just want to say I love you.” He wept and thought he wouldn’t have a chance to say what he felt for her.
From that day, he spent RTM alone. Being without the other half of the SJ Duo was the hardest thing for him. He tried to focus on his studies so that he could have a chance to be the class valedictorian.
Joshua tried to reach out to Sasha but she ignored his text messages. Week 2, Ryan invited Joshua to join them for the quarterly study group session but he refused.
Sasha talked to him to return the toy ring and the bracelet. She focused her time studying at the rooftop away from Joshua. Joshua was on the other side and just loved in a distance.
Racquel Sarah A. Castro is living with Cerebral Palsy. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology in AMA Computer College-Binan Campus. She always wanted to inspire people in all ways. She also desires to prove the goodness of God through her life.

Racquel is living with her parents in Binan City, Laguna, Philippines. She is a geek, a math tutor, a food addict, a web designer, and a freelance programmer.

Her family is currently a ground volunteer of Basics Global, a non-profit organization based in Dubai, UAE. She also leads a music ministry branch in Jesus Christ Rules Bible Christian Church. She aspires to be an emissary of People with Disabilities. She started the campaign on Novel Cerebral Palsy Awareness Drive by featuring her disability on her works.

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After the Moment by Six de los Reyes
Under the most normal of circumstances, Aria de Luna could never imagine herself kissing the boy she has always considered to be miles and miles out of her league. She’s known as their year’s resident emo-girl and she plays the part flawlessly with her violet hair, scuffed boots, and her alleged angst from living under the shadow of her over-achieving, perfect, older sister. Meanwhile, Kristoffer Li is living the perfect life. He’s popular, next year’s captain of the basketball team, attractive, if maybe a little too frowny for people’s liking, but he looks very pretty on a chocolate-milk drink carton. 
So it is only under the most unusual circumstance that Kris shows up at the Arts and Culture Festival Aria has been looking forward to all year. But does a morning of awkward conversations, an afternoon of provoking discussions, and a moment under the moonlight really change three years of oblivious coexistence? Or will everything go back to the way it was after the moment?
Six de los Reyes has been reading and making up stories for as far as she can remember. In fifth grade, she learned to wield dragons and phoenixes through written word. Her day job has absolutely nothing to do with creative writing, and she wishes it did.


When a KISS Falls by Kaye Dee
Do you know someone tagged as a KISS? 
Nastasha and Stefano are both aware of the uncanny relationship they have as best friends. Nash has always been the KISS or knight-in-shining skirt - always so protective of Stef. In her, Stef found a personal on-call heroine. Stef, on the other hand, is often seen as vain, weak and feminine, making him the perfect bully target. Until one day, Stef realizes it should be the other way around. It is time to switch their roles and be his best friend’s protector and defender. But being the strong-willed girl that she is, Nash just cannot deal away with her tough nature. 
Will Stef prove his worth and fulfill the new role in their friendship? Will this be the bridge that can take their friendship into something more?
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And hey! A giveaway!

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Taking Chances is available on Buqo at a special price of only $0.99 so I really, really, really hope you guys can check it out and support new Filipino authors! I guarantee that these stories will give you kilig feels and make you remember being young and falling in [puppy] love. ♡

Until next Wednesday's blog tour stop! (That is particularly special to me because my story is included in that bundle.)

28 April 2015

Review: Shiseido Perfect UV Protector SPF 50 WetForce

28 April 2015
Another long weekend is coming up, and for those of you who are planning to go to the beach or hike up a mountain or basically do any outdoors-y stuff and get exposed to the sun a lot, here's a hardcore sunscreen I recommend.

Shiseido Perfect UV Protector SPF 50 WetForce
What a mouthful! For the purposes of this review, let's just call it Shiseido WetForce.

Typical sunscreens slowly lose effectiveness once you dive into water. However, Shiseido WetForce is made with new technology that actually works with H2O. How does it work? According to Cosmetics Design, it is the first ever sunscreen that "interacts with the minerals in water and perspiration, becoming more uniform, smoother, and stronger upon contact with water or perspiration, creating a more uniform UV shield with about 120% higher protection effect." Good job, Shiseido's research and development team!

The SPF rating is a measure of the fraction of sunburn-producing UV rays blocked, while the PA system was introduced by Japan Cosmetic Industry Association to measure UVA protection.

Shiseido WetForce is one of the many sunscreen bottles I brought to my most recent beach trip. I liked it because it's very light with a runny consistency that blends and get absorbed by the skin easily. It is also non-greasy.

Barely noticeable, yes?
It comes in a 50mL bottle that's so convenient to bring anywhere. I was confident to use it in the beach with minimal touch-ups and not worried about wrinkles because I knew all about the WetForce technology. I didn't burn at all and got an even tan instead.

My only qualm about the Shiseido WetForce is probably its price. At P2,100 per 50mL bottle, it is not that affordable. The girl who gets a free sample from Sample Room is very lucky!

If you have the money to burn, I recommend getting Shiseido WetForce because it really is a wonder product. If not, you don't have to fret because you can use other sunscreens just the same. Just be mindful to reapply constantly to keep the harmful sun's rays at bay. Enjoy your long weekend!

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