My Avon Panty Store Picks

25 July 2017

I love shopping for new underwear. At the risk of being TMI, I prefer matching my undies. There are several other factors to consider, like the material of my outerwear (gotta make sure there are no visible panty lines), occasion (cotton undies for casual days and long haul travels, dainty lace or microfiber for special events), and fit (because who likes wearing ill-fitted underwear, right?)

Underwear shopping can be a very daunting task for some, especially for girls who juggle multiple activities on a day-to-day basis. Going from one shop to another in a frenzy in search of panties for that body fitting dress I'm wearing to a special event happening in less than a week can get crazy, and spending hours looking for panties that I can wear all day long during the summer months or during workout sessions (not that they happen frequently, heh) can get daunting. So I'm thrilled to receive this gift from the Avon Panty Store!

As the no. 1 Intimate Apparel brand, Avon Fashions offers the widest variety of panty collections through the Avon Panty Store. From classic silhouettes made of 100% cotton to nude semi-seamless pieces and fun printed panties, Avon Fashions is making it easier for Filipinas to find all the intimate pieces they need in one place.

Looove these yummy prints and colors! ♥

The Penshoppe DNMLab DIY Bar is back!

24 July 2017

One of my favorite events last year was the Penshoppe Denimlab DIY Bar where we had the chance to customize our Penshoppe Denims with paints and patches. This year, Penshoppe brought it back on a much BIGGER scale --- by adding more styling stations where you can have your Penshoppe Denims customized!

Dressed in a Penshoppe Denim Jumper and top for #PenshoppeDNMLabDIYBar!
From today until Wednesday, July 26, you can go to Glorietta Activity Center Palm Drive and purchase the freshest Penshoppe Denim drops and have them customized however which way you want!


You can start with a clean slate...

(Photo from Penshoppe)
and let your imagination roam free while going through the different styling stations available!

You can distress your denims, or customize them with paint splatters, hand-drawn paintings by Archie Geotina, Mara Reyes, and KITA, silkscreen prints, studs, patches, or pins!

Althea Korea turns 2!

09 July 2017

Guess who's turning two.



There are a lot of online shops distributing Korean beauty and skincare products locally but I find myself browsing Althea Korea more often because it's more updated and the expansive range and variety plus huge discounts can't be beat! Since they ship from Korea straight to your delivery address, it's like bringing home a piece of Korea each time, heh. These, as well as the cool deals they regularly offer, are why I've remained a loyal and happy customer since I first ordered two years ago.

Now to celebrate their birthday this month, they're shipping awesome limited edition birthday boxes with every order, until supplies last!

Here's a closer look at how I decorated my Althea Korea cake box with the birthday DIY kit!


How do you like it? I am positively giddy because teal-pink is my favorite color combination! ♥

Now let's take a peek at what's inside!

My Canon PIXMA E470

03 July 2017

Electricity courses through my fingers as I type this because I'm so excited about my new art companion: the Canon PIXMA E470! I had some free time last week that afforded me to check out the Canon PIXMA event and I'm so glad I did because I took a new printer home. ♥

Ladies and gents, I'd like you to meet my new art companion:


Canon recently announced the PIXMA Ink Efficient E410 and E470 as the newest additions to their line of Ink Efficient All-In-One printers. These are the latest printers equipped with low-cost, high yield ink cartridges to ensure affordable cost of operation. It has a scanner and copier too so you don't have to purchase those separately!

Here are some out-of-the-box photos as well as samples of my first print jobs.

What a beaut.
I was very intimidated at first because I didn't have the slightest idea on how to set up a printer (or any hardware, for that matter). It made me miss my Kuya even more because he used to do it for me. I was ready to just give up and wait for my boyfriend to help me, but I rolled up my sleeves and turned to the manual.

Halfway through 2017

30 June 2017

Huh. I feel like we just welcomed the new year and now we're already halfway through. 


Inconceivable.

What a packed month, this month, and I missed writing so I thought I'd do a month in review, especially since aside from celebrating our second anniversaryone of my biggest childhood dreams came true this June.

We started the month with a BANG through Oxygen X Bieber. 


Oxygen continues to creatively evolve with the latest trends, especially given the worldwide resurgence of street style fashion, and I am SO PROUD to work with them. This time, the homegrown brand has done it by rolling out exclusive licensed merchandise featuring the international music icon that has taken both the music and fashion world by storm—Justin Bieber.

Models, celebrities, and Beliebers flocked to the launch of the coveted Oxygen X Bieber collection, which was unveiled in an exclusive shopping party at the SM Mega Fashion Hall. I witnessed a LOT of fans clamoring for the merchandise on the weeks leading up to the event, and it was amazing/ heartwarming to see them lining up outside hours before the mall opened even though the collection wouldn't have been available for them until 1 PM!

Released in partnership with Bravado and MCA Universal, the collection features street wear staples including pullovers, bomber jackets, coach jackets, caps, bags, and shirts that all draw inspiration from Bieber’s hit album, Purpose. I wore my Maybelline Loaded Bold Matte Lipstick in Pitch Black during the shopping party and it was a hit!


The first few days of June were also a hit for my artistic sensibilities. Featured above are mementos from a packed #BU13 and #BatCon and a Monday spent with talented artists Julienne, Mika, and Rian.


And HERE! The day I've been waiting for since I was 12 happened this month!




Not all heroes wear capes. Sometimes they sing and dance on stage and inspire you that if they can get through 2008 and look fabulous doing it, then you can get through anything. Britney Spears has been my personal hero since I was 12 years old and seeing her perform live last June 15 is definitely one of my life's highlights. The concert exceeded all my expectations and then some. I was SO HAPPY I cried on my way to work the next morning, you guys. I waited for this for so long, I'm still emotional even now.

24 months at the 12th day of the 6th month of the year

13 June 2017

Hello, world wide web! Jumping off from my last post, I would like to say I am alive and well. I started taking medication yesterday and I'm positive the steps I have been taking to make sure the myomas will shrink will work.

Thank you very much for your support and prayers.

Another big event happened, and I got a PANDORA charm to commemorate the occasion. It's doubly special, because it was a gift. Jeremiah and I celebrated our second anniversary yesterday, and he gifted me with a Vintage K Charm.


It's beautiful. ♥

More than the gift, I am so happy we got to spend the day doing things we love.

We had lunch at Café Lidia with his parents and his sister Chelsea, and then went to different places after. Our first stop was the Book Museum cum Ethnology Center.


Hello, I have myoma.

21 May 2017

What a roller-coaster ride this week has been.

It all started when my Mama said I should probably see an OB-Gyne for my tummy. She had myoma before and had her uterus removed along with it. I've actually noticed my stomach getting bigger but I was in denial, blaming my love for sugary treats and rice and telling myself I will just exercise more. Having my mom call me out on it was a wake-up call that I could not ignore it any longer, so I took half the day off work last Tuesday to go to my first OB-Gyne appointment since I turned 30. 

Hello, St. Luke's Medical Center. We meet again.

Side note: since I was there already, I figured I should also have my moles checked by a dermatologist. Because when a stranger at the mall tells you to have your moles checked if you don't want to suffer the same fate as his wife did, you go and have your moles checked. Good news: my mole at my right shoulder is completely harmless while my mole on my right leg turns out to be not a mole but a skin nodule that can be removed topically. 

Back to my OB-Gyne story. The doctor performed a Pap smear on me and also ordered me to have a trans-vaginal ultrasound. Yes, both procedures were as painful as they sounded. I was comforted by the fact that I didn't have to shell out more than P10,000 for the two lab tests and the doctor's consultation fee because they were covered by our company health card. Thank you, ARC PR.

One of my character flaws is that I think too much. As expected, I spent the next couple of days agonizing over the results and dreading the worst.

When Friday finally rolled around, I used my lunch-break to go back to St. Luke's for the results.

Good news, I don't have cancer. Bad news, I have myoma.

I have four of them.

Four nasty, needless, useless nuisances.

Two of them are quite large while the other two are smaller, but all of them are located inside the muscles of my uterus.

The doctor's recommendation is for me to have a Laparoscopic myomectomy, a minimally invasive procedure where the surgeon accesses and removes fibroids through several small abdominal incisions. But that would cost me upwards of P300,000(!!!) so it's not an option I can just choose anytime soon, aside from the fact I wouldn't really want any apparatus messing with my reproductive system before I'm ready to get pregnant and give birth.

Her other solution is to have a Caesarean section but personally that would be even worse because aside from injecting anesthesia on my spinal cord and cutting my abdomen open to get to my uterus (I get weak in the knees just typing that down), it would take me about two months to recover from the operation. It would also take longer before my body can recover enough to be able to get pregnant and give birth.

I cried in front of the doctor, cried in my Uber on the way back to the office, cried to my officemates, cried on the way home, cried to my Mom, and cried while messaging my boyfriend and close friends.

I was so scared that I won't be able to have a baby.

I mean, I'm not ready to have a baby now but, you know, it's nice to know that I can when my partner and I decide we're ready.

I was so scared and worried and my tears wouldn't stop coming.

It was exhausting.

My boyfriend maintained a clear and rational head through all this and proposed that we see his aunt who's also an OB-Gyne for a second opinion.

Our Saturday, usually spent on a movie- or shopping-date, was spent falling in line at the hospital, waiting for our turn so her aunt doctor can see me.

After checking my lab results and asking me the necessary questions for her diagnosis, she asked that my boyfriend go in before she discuss my condition and her recommendations since she said he will just bug her about it. It was sweet. :)

Dr. Mangubat was able to clearly explain everything to us and patiently answered all our questions about my condition. She explained that a woman may develop myoma not necessarily because of her diet nor her lifestyle; it's just something that decides to pop up without any known specific causes. The good thing is I was able to have it detected early. The best part? She assured me I can still have a baby.

She enumerated all options available for me given my current state. It was a complete relief to hear her say I didn't need to have any apparatus anywhere near my uterus as she doesn't see the need to operate on me, seeing as how I don't suffer the other symptoms that require immediate surgery. What a complete joy to breathe a sigh of relief after holding my breath the rest of the week.

I'll start medication when my next cycle starts, and I'm crossing my fingers and praying to God that all goes well.

I need to stop eating a lot of my favorite foods (like ube, dried fruits, and soya, among others) but that's a minor inconvenience I'm willing to go through if it means it can help shrink these four nuisances.

My enemy now is the TRO against birth control in the Philippines, but I guess we'll cross the bridge when we get there.

Through all these, I am thankful for my family and friends and my boyfriend and his family. What are the odds that I would have this condition and then have a boyfriend whose aunt can help? We are connected by an invisible thread, and I am so thankful this intangible string of fate led us to where we were supposed to be.


I can enumerate the many instances that prove we were destined to meet, but that's another story for another day. In the meantime, I hope you can pray with me for my quick recovery. I also hope you can sign this petition to lift the TRO. I am looking forward to getting better and healthier and, God willing, being a great Mom to my future kid/s. Thank you for reading. ♥

Review: Panasonic Facial Ionic Steamer

29 April 2017

Whatever list you look at, Public Relations remains a constant placer in the Most Stressful Jobs in the World category. I stay because I thrive on stress - when my fingertips tingle and my heart beats loudly during stressful instances, that's when I feel most alive.

However, I still need to de-stress to keep myself sane and to not suffer untimely death due to stress-induced heart attack. Heh. I read, I go to the movies, I watch light TV shoes, I journal, I ask my mom or my boyfriend (whoever's available) for back rubs, and on extreme cases I go to a spa and get a massage. 

Panasonic recently gifted me with a Facial Ionic Steamer, and it's been a great addition to my home spa so far. ♥


The Panasonic Facial Ionic Steamer promises to not only cleanse your pores for dirt, it also leaves your skin feeling hydrated thanks to the nanoe™ particles it releases, penetrating the skin to make it feel refreshed and renewed.

Shopping for Real Techniques brushes from Sephora

28 April 2017

The first time I was able to use Real Techniques brushes was when my blogger friend Kim gifted with a Travel Essentials set that contained a foundation brush, a multitask brush, and a domed shadow brush. I fell in love with the brushes instantly and bring the set with me instead of lugging my entire brush set whenever I travel. 

One of the most important things I learned in makeup school is that it doesn't matter how high-end or expensive your makeup products are if you don't know how to apply them properly nor have the right tools to apply them with. My train case is filled with a wide variety of products that range from drugstore to high-end, but I get the most out of them because I know which tools to use for each. Makeup brushes can get expensive, yes, but it is essential that you invest on those that do the job AND are durable to last several years of use and washing. Real Techniques brushes are affordable enough and are excellent whether you're just starting to build your collection or you're already a pro and you're looking to purchase more brushes just because.

During a recent Sephora shopping session, I splurged on a few Real Techniques brushes.


Oops.

These arrived in less than a week. I actually wasn't aware that the Pixiwoo sisters have released this many types of brushes already! It was so exciting reading each one's descriptions and deciding which ones to put in my cart. In the end, these won and now I'm going to share the descriptions of each one.

Review: Maybelline Loaded Bolds by Color Sensational

26 April 2017

Are you ready for the MOST LOADED and BOLDEST lipstick collection to come from a drugstore brand yet? I SURE AM! Ohmygolly goodness, color me excited because I will be sharing swatches of the new Maybelline Loaded Bolds in this post!


I've never been one to shy away from bold lip colors, but I never thought I'd see the day I'd try on unconventional lipsticks. Well, spoiler alert! I TRIED BLACK LIPSTICK ON AND I LIKED IT. ♥

Maybelline recognizes that it takes guts to flaunt some of the boldest beauty looks that come out of the runway but with the launch of their latest lipstick collection, I'm positive every girl will surely go for the boldest shade. Think black and blue, the Loaded Bolds by Color Sensational truly boasts bold and edgy shades that we only see in the catwalk. Read more to see my swatches and quick thoughts on each of the 12(!!!) shades that will be released in our shores!

Second meetsary

25 April 2017

Two years ago today, I launched my short story Once Upon a Sticky Note, distributed as part of the Sweet Complications anthology thanks to Buqo and Mina's help. 

Two years ago today, I also met this guy.


We stayed up until 2AM the next day talking about Batman, books, TV shows, and toys.

My life hasn't been the same since.

Happythankyoumoreplease. ♥

Review: Maybelline Powder Mattes by Color Sensational

22 April 2017

Maybelline keeps on releasing awesome collections after another, I can barely keep up! No complaints, though, especially after they released my favorite lipstick formula yet. Hello, friends. I'm here to talk about the Powder Mattes by Color Sensational from Maybelline New York.


Matte lipsticks are huge right now and I'm one of those who have been taken in by this trend completely, but even I admit how some of my favorite mattes feel dry and heavy on my lips. Worse, they leave my lips looking really parched. Eep, not a good look. When I first heard of the Maybelline Powder Mattes during the launch of #MaybellineSquadPH, I couldn't wait to try it out. And now I have five of the top favorite shades on my hands!


Here's a closer look on all five colors and my quick thoughts on each.

The PANDORA's box has been opened

21 April 2017

Chandeliers, cheesecake, and charm bracelets make me happy, says my blog's sidebar. It's not just an alliteration thrown in mindlessly; it's a fact. Today, I made myself extra happy by getting my very first PANDORA jewelry - a PANDORA Charm Bracelet in Sterling Silver

I only went to SM Aura with my officemate/ friend Hannah to eat lunch and possibly get milk tea, but I walked back to the office with a full tummy, a Stromboli to-go, and a paper bag from PANDORA.

Blame Hannah for being an enabler.

It's one of those rare expensive buys where I didn't feel instant guilt and remorse after, though. Probably because I've been wanting to start building a legit charm bracelet made of my milestones and it's only today that the stars aligned for me to do so. 

Still, I've only just come from two trips out of the country and I should be replenishing my savings, so what was I thinking walking into a jewelry store, psyching myself up that I was simply there to "just look around"?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯


NO REGRETS. What, it's my birthday gift to myself, okay??

The truth is I'm a big sentimental cheese-ball. I'm a magpie pack-rat and I keep a lot of stuff for its sentimental value, not acknowledging the fact that I can barely sleep in my room anymore because of all the stuff lying around.

I actually wanted to get a charm bracelet at the Universal Studios in Singapore. There was a really pretty Swarovski bracelet I wanted to get and there was even a promo wherein you could get a tennis bracelet for free for an initial purchase of just 50SGD! I stopped myself though because I've already purchased a lot of books and I still needed to mind my budget for the next coming days. I regretted not getting it, but I'm much happier with my PANDORA now!

FaceBookIt: Better At Weddings Than You by Mina V. Esguerra

20 April 2017

Sometimes, a romance book hits all the right spots, and you are left thinking about it even days after you finish reading it. Sometimes, you even make a makeup look dedicated to it.

Hello, friends, this FaceBookIt entry is inspired by Mina V. Esguerra’s new book, Better At Weddings Than You.


In this story, there’s a wedding to plan. The bride-to-be is in love with the wedding planner who coincidentally is a friend from way back. The groom-to-be fires aforementioned wedding planner and hires our main character to take over a month before the wedding. Instant attraction. Clothes are shed. What now?

Happy 3, FAVORI!

19 April 2017

It was a productive first day back in the office for me today after almost two weeks of one quarter work trip and three quarters vacation. Public Relations is an industry that never sleeps so in that short span of time I feel like I already missed a lot. I spent most of the day catching up and reading my 112 unread emails and the latter part eating my heart out at a food tasting for our newest client. All was well.

Our vacation felt too short and I really wanted to stay some more, but a little part of me also looked forward to being in my work desk again. We transferred to a new office unit (in the same building) and I have a new work desk that I organized in my own way - serenity in chaos-style.


Aside from my toys and the creative mess I've made, one of my favorite work desk buddies is my FAVORI Egg Aerator. I've collected quite a few oils that I rotate according to my mood. I can say it has helped me tremendously by perking up my spirits even when I'm already stressed. I really love it and you should get one for your work desk, too!

In case you're interested, FAVORI is having a special Buy One, Get One Promo for all their mall customers tomorrow, April 20, in celebration of their 3rd Anniversary!

Wherever I'm going, I'm already home.

18 April 2017




I just came back from spending an entire week in Singapore with my boyfriend and friends. (Huge thanks to my sunshine and serenade-in-a-box Ed for hosting our stay!) It was such a fun trip and I would love to post more photos and share more stories about the places we visited as soon as I get more time, but right now I just couldn't let this day pass without writing a quick post. It's my first time to travel out of the country with Jeremiah so yay for another milestone!

31

10 April 2017

So... I turned 31 and didn't even think of blogging about it until four days after.

I guess that's how it is when you get older? You feel... less. I definitely feel more low-key these days. My boyfriend says I'm still a huge dramatic showcase, though.


I spent the weekend in Malaysia but it was for work so I didn't really get the chance to go around and explore Kuala Lumpur. That's fine. I'll have plenty of exploring to do this week. Tomorrow I'm flying again, this time to Singapore with my boyfriend and friends to visit my sunshine and serenade-in-a-box Ed. It'll be my third time in the Lion City but I don't mind because there's always something new to see.

Can't wait. ♥

This is a story about a girl named Bryttel

05 April 2017

Hello, I am Krissy, and today's my last day as a 30 year old lady.

When I was in sixth grade and was no longer a girl but not yet a woman, I saw a girl in pigtails singing ...Baby One More Time! on MTV and my life was never the same. 

I got the casette tapes and CDs of her albums, I memorized her songs, I watched every hit chart closely, I bought all sorts of song hits and magazines with her on the cover, I hung up posters in my room, I collected stickers, books, and other merch, I watched her movie Crossroads on the opening day, I did everything short of going to another continent to watch her perform live. Aside from my studies and books, Britney Spears consumed all my waking days. I even forced my classmates to start calling me Bryttel, my amalgamation of our names. 

I can't tell you how many times I watched my DVDs of Britney: Live in Hawaii and Dream Within a Dream. I was and am such a HUGE fan.

When 2008 happened, I was really scared she wouldn't be able to pull through. I dreaded seeing news about her downward spiral because I was expecting the worst. But look at her now.

It's Britney, b*tch.

AND I'M GOING TO SEE HER PERFORM LIVE ON JUNE 15!!!

SHE'S GOING TO MANILA AND I'M GOING TO SEE HER LIVE!


MY CHILDHOOD DREAM IS GOING TO COME TRUE AND IT WILL BE FANTASTAMAZING!!!

Booking Ace Hotel and Suites via Traveloka App

04 April 2017


I love going out of town with family and friends. However, with the hassle of braving traffic jams, getting out of Manila and back, most of the time it doesn't feel like it's worth it anymore. Thankfully, staycations have become more popular now; a sweet escape without having to go very far. All you need are discerning eyes, patience, and time to sift through a lot of choices and find the one staycation spot that best fit your preferences depending on location, amenities, and price.

But it's 2017 and well-meaning people have thought of ways to make our lives better, thus the Traveloka App. What a time to be alive.


I booked a one bedroom suite in Ace Hotel and Suites using Traveloka
For the uninitiated, the Traveloka App is one of the leading flight and hotel booking platforms in Southeast Asia, serving more than 100,000+ flight routes and 100,000+ hotels worldwide. As a one-stop traveling solution, it's very convenient to use Traveloka App since you can book your flights and hotels in one place. There are no hidden charges, too, so no fear of being shocked when you get your bill! What you see is what you pay. Aside from that, they offer a simple and complete payment method even if you don't have a credit card. The app is free to download on iOS or Android! My favorite part? Traveloka Member-Only Deal!

Traveloka homepage
Traveloka has a neat interface that only displays the information you need. Without unnecessary bells and whistles, it's very easy to navigate.

Happy almost birthday!

03 April 2017

As far as first workdays of the month go, today was pretty eventful.


I'm celebrating my birthday on Thursday and my officemates surprised us celebrators with a delectable chocolate cake and a pizza party!

Ten years later

31 March 2017

I've received a number of invites to give talks in different schools and universities but I've always had to say no because I'm terribly shy and awkward. What if I mispronounce some words? What if I say the wrong things? What if I blank out and forget what I am supposed to say? What if no one laughs at my jokes?? But when an invite from Mass Communication students from my very own Alma mater came, I couldn't find it in my heart to say no. I cannot stress how HUGE a deal this is for me.

Last Saturday found me back in the grounds of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, a place where I spent four years in in anticipation of the "real world".

Our college occupied the fifth level of Gusaling Lacson. Every day we had to go up and down the stairs because we didn't have an elevator. I literally worked my butt off.
After ten long years, I went back for Gear Up, a talk for incoming third year students about what it's like to work in Public Relations. My hope was to inspire some of them enough to want to belong in this industry someday. Crazy and stressful as it may admittedly be, there's no industry I would rather be in.

Sample Room presents: Pond's White Beauty Day Cream

19 March 2017

"My goal is not to wake up at 40 with the bitter realization that I've wasted my life on a job I hate because I was forced to decide on a career in my teens."
- Daria Morgendorffer

Same.

An additional goal is to wake up at 40 with the same skin I had in my late 20s.

For reference, I am 30 years old (going on 31 on April 6) and this is what my bare face looks like*:


*Photo taken using the front cam of a Huawei P9. No filters used but the photo's brightness was adjusted using A Color Story.

Whilst my skincare routine may still be considered "simple" and by some, I'd have to agree that it has become more complicated as compared to the simple facial wash-and-go routine I was used to. Nowadays, aside from my trusted facial wash, it involves exfoliation two to three times a week, facial masks at least once a week, toner, moisturizer, serum, facial oil, makeup remover, and SPF.

If you think about your skincare rituals from five to ten years ago, the basics were able to keep your skin clear and well-hydrated BUT if you take a closer look at our environment now and analyze what our skin faces each day — like pollution, harsher UV rays, and stress — you’ll realize that these basics are no longer enough. Today’s Filipina is in need of modern-day skincare solutions that can keep up with her ever-evolving skin needs and on-the-go lifestyle.

FaceBookIt: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

15 March 2017

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

... goes one of the most remarkable lines in literature.

“What is essential is invisible to the eye,” indeed, but makeup never really did hurt anyone. But we are not here to discuss the merits of applying makeup, are we? We’re here today because I’d like to share with you a makeup look I created as inspired by my favorite book of all time.


I am talking about The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. This book has influenced me a lot and is a big driving force in my life, and I’ve lost count of how many collectible items I have amassed of the Prince and his friends, so I guess it’s fitting that my first FaceBookIt entry is dedicated to him.

For the uninitiated, FaceBookIt is a section in BookBed where contributors come up with makeup looks based on their favorite book covers. I've been a member of BookBed for quite a while now (in my bid to put myself out there more) and this is my first contribution. I was wary at first because the possibility of reading harsh comments can be daunting, but what the heck, right? I've seen really nice FaceBookIt entries in the site and it's a big honor to be part of it!

From Avon Teen Colors to Avon True Color

09 March 2017

aff_i?offer_id=5048&aff_id=1418I was in Fifth Grade when I graduated from using baby powder on my face and blending it with my handkerchief to using my very first "makeup," an Avon Teen Colors (now known as Simply Pretty) Pressed Powder in White. Add to that my Avon Teen Colors Lip Balm and I felt so pretty and mature, like I could take over the world. If a compact and a lip balm had that effect on me, just imagine how I felt when I was in sophomore year and my Mom bought me another Pressed Powder from the same Avon Teen Colors line - this time in Pink! I was beside myself in excitement for my first "blush"!

Blame Avon for igniting the spark of my interest for beauty and personal care products. My love for makeup now can be traced to that rush I felt the first time I opened my first compact, swiped on my first lipstick, and applied my first clear mascara - all from the Avon Teen Colors line.

A truckload of makeup later, I still feel like the same wide-eyed girl who's amazed by the boost of confidence a perfect swipe of lipstick can bring. Even with my current makeup collection, Avon cosmetics have a special place in my heart because of my early memories with the brand, even more so because they are shared with my Mom, who used to be an Avon Lady.

Yes, my childhood memories are laced with whiffs of Imari, Sweet Honesty, and Forest Interlude. This love was strengthened further back in 2012 when I was invited to visit their plant in Laguna and I witnessed Avon's stringent quality control, the efficiency and precision of their machines, their discipline when it comes to hygiene and sanitation, and the way they put importance to their employees' well-being and recreation.

I recently got the opportunity to revisit Avon and its rebranded True Color line and suddenly I felt like I was that wide-eyed girl again, curious of all the wonderful colors in front of me! Avon True Color promises true colors that are easy to apply and last for hours, fuss-free, and affordable.


There's comfort in familiarity with a brand that has been around since I was a tween, yet it's also exciting because of the new promises it holds.

A love letter to every woman I'm thankful for

08 March 2017

When I was much younger, I liked a boy but he said he couldn't pursue me as he was intimidated because I was "too smart". I was stumped because it was the first time my brains worked against me. He broke my heart then but it was okay, I didn't think he was ready for this jelly anyway. 

Now, I'm happily involved with someone who's secure with himself and doesn't care about these things nor feel the need to downplay me and my abilities so he can appear superior. For what it's worth, he is smarter than me, so yay me! 

So, if there is anyone out there who may be going through the same situation and come across this post by chance, listen to queen Emma Watson and don't be afraid to be smart. In fact, don't be afraid to be whatever you want to be. ♥

In celebration of International Women's Day, I would like to take this opportunity to pause and thank God for peppering my life with strong, supportive, and inspiring women who give more spice to my life. 

I am thankful for my Lolas, my Mama, my Aunt Jean, and my aunts in the paternal side of the family for being my first role models growing up and for continuously guiding me until now, and my sister Kyla for inspiring me to become a better older sister so she can have someone to look up to.

I am thankful for Tita Judy, Chelsea, and Courtney for welcoming me in their family with open arms.

I am thankful for my oldest friends Niel, Carmela, Jellarmine, Dianne, and Aiza for sticking with me through the years. Months could go by without us seeing one another but it's always like no time has passed when we do get together.

I am thankful for all my teachers and professors for imparting their knowledge in and out of the classroom, in the same way I am thankful for all the authors, movie makers, writers, musicians, and artists whose works I enjoyed.

I am thankful for my officemates from my previous company for showing me what it's like to work with the best people a girl fresh out of college could work with.I stepped into adulthood alongside you.

I am thankful for my bosses Jenny Yrasuegui and Celine Gabriel-Lim for opening doors for me and for showing me the ropes in the PR industry. I am proud to have learned from you and be learning and working alongside you in this stressful and challenging (yet fun!) role of being a PR girl.
I am thankful for my friend-turned-workmate Alexandra. Work became easier when we became partners because we get each other. I am thankful I gave you a chance to be my friend. WOW.
I am thankful for my beautiful ARC PR workmates for making work A LOT MORE FUN and manageable and for taking my OOTDs upon request.
I am thankful for all the beautiful women with beautiful spirits I met in my line of work. You inspire me every day.

I am thankful for Anne and her tough love. I am thankful for my Breakfast Clubmates Chum, Ate Sheila, Ate Ahyen, and Ate Nina for making the time to still catch up whenever possible.

I am thankful for my blog friends especially Ana, Ava, and Sarah for the continued support not only in terms of my career but also for my personal endeavors. Your vote of confidence means a lot.

I am thankful for Mina V. Esguerra and the #romanceclass community for satiating my need for beautiful stories and happily-ever-afters.

I am thankful for Britney Spears, the Spice Girls, the Mean Girls movie, and the Schuyler sisters.

I am thankful for every important woman in my life that I forgot to include here only for the reason that I am so sleepy and it's 11:13 PM and I still need to wake up at 5AM for work tomorrow.

Happy International Women's Day! May there come a time when we wouldn't need to have a designated women's day because equality has already become the norm and not a privilege granted to a select few. ♥

Review: L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Gold Obsession Lipsticks

27 February 2017

Lin-Manuel Miranda didn't win, they made a blunder in announcing the correct winner for Best Picture, and Christopher Nolan wasn't even nominated for his work in The Dark Knight. Nope, I'm still not over it.

Still, the 89th Academy Awards was as glitzy and glamorous as expected and I couldn't help but attempt to bring even a speck of it on my blog. What better (and easier) way to do just that than with lipsticks?


Today I'm sharing my thoughts on the new L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Gold Obsession Lipsticks.


I don't know until when the metallic lipstick trend will stay but color me obsessed. Straight from the runways of Paris Fashion Week, L'Oreal Makeup Designer/ Paris brings Color Riche Gold Obsession, an opulent collection of lipsticks infused with real 24-karat gold. Perfect for night-outs when you want to look extra bold or instantly sophisticated, or for days when you need to sparkle. Literally.


Color Riche Gold Obsession offers four sophisticated shades with real 24-karat gold that gives a metallic sheen and subtle dimension on the lips. Keep on reading for my swatches and review.

#SKYTriviaNight: Everything Oscars!

25 February 2017

La La Land would be tough to beat I guess, but I really really really hope Lin-Manuel Miranda wins an Oscar on Monday just so he can grace us with another beautiful acceptance speech.

I mean, just listen to this:


One more time for people at the back:


Whenever I feel sad, I just watch my favorite acceptance speeches, cry, and immediately feel better again. Lin-Manuel's speech for Best Score at last year's Tony Awards is one of my top favorites.

The 89th Academy Awards is happening this Monday and you can catch the HBO Live Coverage starting at 8AM! If you're looking forward to the glitzy and glamorous side of it though, you can watch the E! Red Carpet coverage with hosts Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic as early as 6:30AM!


As a prelude to the Oscars, I got invited by SKY Cable to the #SKYTriviaNight with the theme Everything Oscars. It was held in Ludo Boardgame Bar and Cafe in Makati last Thursday night, in partnership with HBO, E!, and Geek Fight.