Friday, October 25, 2013

Beauty Barrage: The Little Makeup Remover That Could - Maybelline Eye & Lip

Remember that drugstore product haul I posted last August? If you've noticed, still haven't posted a single review yet! My bad. I don't have a good reason, but on the upside, it means I've been using the products for almost a couple of months now so I'll be able to review them thoroughly.

I'm starting today with the simplest product I got -- the Maybelline Eye & Lip Makeup Remover. I have been using this for years, and it was only part of the haul because I ran out and needed a new bottle. It has become a staple in my makeup bin.

I take my makeup off with cleansing wipes and facial cleanser, but sometimes eye makeup (especially eyeliner and mascara) as well as some lip colors can be hard to get off. That's when I resort to the Maybelline Eye & Lip Makeup Remover. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Clothes Spin: Blue Stripes [Throwback Thursday]

The husband celebrated his birthday last month, so I thought I'd post a look from his birthday from a couple of years back for this Throwback Thursday. This was from 2011, but I still have and wear this outfit. That night we had dinner at Borough and it was lovely.

Blue and white striped dress from Nectar at The Ramp, blue and brown striped wedges from Lela Rose for Payless

Makeup Madness: NYX Round Lipsticks - My Favorite Brights

To be honest, I haven't been wearing makeup much lately. I've been finding myself going barefaced a lot, even when I'm actually going somewhere nice. That's weird because my skin is better now but still isn't at its best, but for some reason I've been loving the fresh-faced look and don't feel like piling gunk on my face.

The one thing I still can't live without though is lipstick. Most days, I skip the eye makeup and blush but I do swipe on some color on my lips before stepping out. What can I say? It will always be my favorite beauty product!

I've been re-evaluating my stash lately because it's time to throw out expired tubes and those that have melted. I just realized that I need to get new tubes of my favorite bright NYX Round Lipsticks. I first tried them when I was a beauty/fashion editor and NYX sent me tubes for review. I have since repurchased the colors a bunch of times.

I love them, but unfortunately, they have the tendency to melt in extremely hot weather, which is almost always what we have here in this tropical country. I have three favorites -- Pink Lyric, Haute Melon, and Peach Bellini. All except Pink Lyric have melted. I should have known better and stored them in a cooler area, but the good thing about NYX Round Lipsticks is that they're super light on the pocket and I can easily get new ones. For now, here's my review and swatches of these pretty brights.

NYX Round Lipsticks

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Trippin': Tokyo, Japan - Day 4 [Travel Tuesday]

Note: It's Travel Tuesday! First, read Japan Day 1 and Japan Day 2. All Travel Tuesday posts are of course in the Travel Tuesday tag.

A late-night/early morning mini-adventure before saying goodbye

Start of Day 4

After my midnight soaking, I finished packing and then I dressed up, ready to go to the airport. I hate packing at the last minute, that's why. Then I went over to Lowenz's room to exchange pictures and stories, and wait for checkout time because we didn't plan on sleeping anymore. Here he is, transferring pics from my notebook to his. 

He showed me the CD of the band he watched in Shinjuku. We listened to it for a while. He got to chat with the vocalist (the only member who spoke English) after the show, and he asked the band members for their autographs as well. He was also able to get a signed sketch of a Japanese artist he recognized. Cool, huh? 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Purse Peek 101913

I spent last Saturday at our Cavite house, visiting my dad with my husband. My bag was filled to the brim because I made sure I brought a bunch of things for me to do while we were there, or in the car on the way to and from there. I figured it was a good time for me to do a Purse Peek.

What's in my blue Zara purse? 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Gizmo Fixation: Thor Mjolnir Hammer USB Key from Jollibee

A burger and a hammer!

The hubby brings me pasalubongs (homecoming gifts) all the time, but tonight's pasalubong was better than usual. He got me Thor's hammer, and it even came with a burger!

Hello, Thor

Jollibee is offering Thor's hammer for just 95 pesos alongside an order of their new Cheesy Bacon Mushroom Champ burger. You don't have to order a kiddie meal or any value meal. As long as you get the burger, you can get the hammer. 

Clothes Spin: Deep Pink and Blue Prints [Throwback Thursday]

It's kind of rainy today, all gloomy and a bit chilly. This weather reminded me of the time when I attended a resort wedding that was supposed have a beach vibe in the middle of December. Unfortunately, it rained a lot that day, but thankfully the dress code called for prints and somehow the cheery outfits some of the guests had on made up for the dismal weather.

Blue and pink printed maxi dress from The Ramp, silver necklace from SM

Fitness Agenda: The Juju Cleanse Immune Boost Solo Kit

Pretty, healthy juice bottles!

The hubby and I have been getting sick a lot lately. Fever, colds, cough -- you name it, we had it. He has been getting sick from this virus that has been going around since forever in his workplace, and last week I caught it after he did. Needless to say, last week was pretty horrible for us, so we started taking vitamins regularly again and eating more fruits and veggies. We were also thinking of other healthy things to do, and I considered getting Juju Cleanse solo kits for us, since I tried the full one-day cleanse already and have experienced the health benefits of fresh, raw juice.

It was definitely such great timing that Kat Rempe Azanza of Juju Cleanse got in touch with me last week and sent over two Immune Boost Solo Kits for me and the hubby! A and I were feeling so under the weather, and we really needed an instant vitamin and nutrient boost. The juice kits were delivered to our place last Thursday and we made sure to drink it all as quickly as possible because they're fresh and raw, which means that they only last for about 1-2 days.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Trippin': Tokyo, Japan - Day 3 [Travel Tuesday]

Note: It's Travel Tuesday! First, read Japan Day 1 and Japan Day 2. All Travel Tuesday posts are of course in the Travel Tuesday tag.

I love Tokyo!

It's hard to say goodbye.
Mar. 29th, 2007 at 12:11 AM

Last night in Japan.
Tokyo time: 1:10am.

Today was a totally different experience.
I went to Disneyland, felt like a kid again for a while, but immediately started feeling like an adult again when I saw the 3-hour wait lines.
I discovered that I don't really like any "classic" Disney character, save for the princesses.
I got myself lost on the way to the subway, but got to where I was supposed to go eventually.
I went with Rex to Ueno, where we looked through some interesting downtown shops, almost got flattened by a San-X bear, saw the beautiful cherry blossoms, had a street food dinner, and walked through a park with a pond.
I saw how one can never get bored in Japan when Rex took me to see the Tokyo Games Center.
I found out that I've gotten used to the cold, and my legs have gotten really strong.
I realized that there are just some people I can talk to for hours with, with comfortable silences in between, while there are some that I can never be that way with.
I fell in love with this country, and I'm so sad now that I'm leaving.

I gotta go.
We're going to go hang out in Lowenz's room to share pics and stories and wait for checkout time now.
Japan, mata aimashou!

Current Mood: sad sad
Current Music:Silence in my Tokyo Dome Hotel room

Start of Day 3

Ohayou! (Good morning!) I woke up early, said bye to Rex (whose talking Japanese cellphone woke us up), showered, toothbrushed, and dressed quickly, then had breakfast with Kaye, Edu, and Alex at Pier View, which had the international buffet. No more Yugyo-An Tankuma Kita-Mise (where the Japanese breakfast was). Bacon is heaven.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Clothes Spin: Navy Zara Trousers Love! [Throwback Thursday]

If you know me you would know that I love my Zara trousers. They're completely versatile and can be worn a lot of ways. I have a semi-androgynous style as well, and these pants, which are a bit baggy on top and tapered at the bottom really work for me. I have three colors -- khaki, gray, and navy.

For this Throwback Thursday, I'm taking a stroll back in time and going through the various ways I wore my pair of navy Zara trousers. It's one of the easiest pieces in my closet because I can just throw it on like jeans and go.

Casual Edge
Edgy peep-toe booties made a big difference in this outfit.

Silver circle earrings from Boracay's D'Mall, periwinkle top from Human, Longchamp LM Metal bag in Steel, navy Zara trousers, gray Aldo watch, silver and black knuckle ring from Forever 21, black peep-toe booties from SM Dept. Store   

White and Khaki
It can be worn with just a white t-shirt and brogues.

White t-shirt and beige brogues from Forever 21, black quilted Mango bag, silver Giordano watch

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Trippin': Tokyo, Japan - Day 2 [Travel Tuesday]

Note: It's Travel Tuesday! First, read Japan Day 1. All Travel Tuesday posts are of course in the Travel Tuesday tag.

Lost in translation in Shibuya

Everyday here is a freakin' adventure.
Mar. 28th, 2007 at 7:38 AM

Quick update.
Tokyo time: 8:45am.

Yesterday was just awesome.
I bonded with Kaye, my fellow journalist.
I ate ice cream outside, in freezing weather.
I got my picture taken with Hachiko the dog.
I had my Lost in Translation moment in Shibuya.
I ogled weird stuff in Don Quixote.
I went broke over a bunch of bento stuff.
I nearly died on a very Amazing Race-like adventure to get on the last train (my muscles are still aching).
I stayed up nearly all night talking with Rex, my childhood friend.

I'm exhausted, but smiling.
Leaving for Disneyland now. 

Current Mood: happy happy
Current Music:Silence in my Tokyo Dome Hotel room

Start of Day 2

Different country, same face in the morning. I don't look angry on purpose! My face just scrunches up when I wake up automatically. 

The time. Yep, it was pretty early.

I went to the window and realized that I was having a Lost in Translation moment right there.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Clothes Spin: What We Wore on that One Hot Summer Day - Our Prenup Session [Flashback Friday]

Hello, Flashback Friday! The hubby and I have finally posted our prenup pics --  One Hot Summer Day -- as well as the behind-the-scenes photos at our wedding blog, That Happy Day. It's only fitting then to document what we wore that day on this blog. 

We wanted a casual prenup. We didn't want it to look like a movie or have magazine poses. We didn't want to act differently from how we would typically act. We also didn't want to have props or wear stuff that we wouldn't usually wear. We just wanted it to show us spending time with each other on a normal day at one of our favorite places, UST -- the place where we first met. 

Our only concept for the shoot was modern color-blocking, which was the overall theme of our wedding. We chose orange and blue outfits, our favorite colors. When he wore a blue top, I wore an orange top, and when I wore something blue, he wore orange. We really went orange and blue all the way, from the proposal day (when we didn't know we wanted blue and orange for our theme yet), to our wedding day.

On A: denim Cotton On shirt, orange jeans and brown sneakers from Forever 21 Men
On J: orange Bayo top, navy Zara trousers, blue and orange Punkberry ribbon flats

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Trippin': Tokyo, Japan - Day 1 [Travel Tuesday]

Note: My first Travel Tuesday post has to be about Japan. It's my favorite country aside from my own, the Philippines, and I can't wait to go back there. It's a hard country to travel to (visas, astronomical travel expenses, it goes on and on), and I feel very lucky to have been able to go there. It only seemed right to me to look back on that trip -- my favorite to date -- for my first travel entry. These are my thoughts from way back in 2007. Here we go.

Freezing in Tokyo

Greetings from Tokyo!
March 27, 2007 at 2:25am.

Tokyo time, 3:25am.

So far, I've:
Had Japanese talking to me like I was one of them only to say "ok" when they find out I'm a foreigner.
Eaten a meal where I had no idea what it was that I ate, but it was delicious.  
Giggled with Kaye and Erika over the tons of cute boys here.
Bought Pocky.
Warmed myself up with hot chocolate from McD's.
Gotten tricked by a vending machine.
Walked around for two hours, totally lost.
Stalked a cashier named Kobayashi at an AM/PM store.
Seen porn, like, everywhere.
Shivered uncontrollably in the super cold (for us Pinoys) weather.

I'm so tired, but it's been so fun.
Time for bed.


Current Mood: cold cold
Current Music:Sound from my Tokyo Dome Hotel room TV - CNN

March 26 to 29, 2007. Japan was every bit as amazing as I thought it would be. It was the first time I went to a country that I didn't want to leave, and actually felt homesick for. Now I need to take Japanese language lessons and think of a way to live there for a year at the most. 

Tokyo is so dynamic! It has character in every nook and cranny. It's rich with tradition, but at the same time, it's so modern, clean, and colorful. It felt like a pretty safe city, and we didn't feel wary venturing out by ourselves - even at night. I wasn't prepared for the very cold climate however. It was less than 10C there, and us Filipinos are used to 25 to 30C temperature, with our coldest being 15C! I brought jackets, sure, but they were flimsy ones that I had to layer to get warm. That was fine though, I was able to adjust to that. The major booboo I made was not bringing sneakers. I wore my peep-toe flats because it's such a hassle taking my shoes off at the airport for the security checks, and I brought heels because we were told to attend the conference in business attire. Because I already had two pairs of shoes, I decided to forego sneakers. I thought, hey, it's summer here and I'm not wearing any hot footwear for the airport, plus it's spring there, it'll be nippy, but doable. Hell no. I was so used to going around humid and balmy Southeast Asia that I forgot it was totally different in the Northeast. My toes got cold, and flats are not at all helpful in catching trains. I'll get to that later. 

The Japanese are so nice. They'll help you out when they can, they're very polite and really quiet, plus they're so cool-looking. The only problem is communicating with them - the language barrier can be a bit hard to hurdle at times. Still, I didn't feel as lost as when I was in Taiwan, and I didn't feel any attitude like in Singapore. They're just that approachable I guess.

The company also makes a trip memorable, and I was lucky that I went on the trip with my co-journalists Edu (Manila Bulletin), Lowenz (Inquirer Online), Kaye (Speed), and Armin (Gadgets) plus our hosts from Epson Philippines Alex and Erika. They're a pretty good set of people - nobody was difficult or anything, which was great. Lowenz is my friend and ex-officemate too, so we go way back, and Kaye and I have been travel buddies for several trips already. 

I have to stop myself now, because I can go on and on about Japan for days. It's no wonder that I'm only posting about the trip now, because I've really been overwhelmed by the pictures, the stories, and the whole experience. I'll have to post this entry in parts, because it's going to be extremely and insanely long. There, I gave you fair warning! This trip was my best one ever, and I hope I can go back to Japan some day soon. 

Alrighty, let's get to the kwento!

Start of Day 1

First time on Japan Airlines. I was so excited to be going to Japan that I didn't mind the lack of movies and in-flight entertainment. I just read the magazines and listened to my Walkman.

Spicy Japanese nuts and crackers were the snack! I love these things. I ordered the JAL signature drink, Sky Time Yuzu, which tasted like a weird citrusy soda. I liked it.