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


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. ♥