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!