December 20, 2015

What's Inside My Bag and Make-up Kit 2015

First, I'd like to point out that I'm wearing the same sweater from my What's Inside My Bag 2014 in Sydney. Haha! Second, I'd like to thank my bestfriend, Gail for this wonderful gift! I cannot express how much I appreciate this bag, which will now be my staple office bag since I carry a lot in the office like extra jacket, scarf or shoes.

Gail's Christmas gift-Longchamp LM Metal Medium Top Handle Tote Bag- Black
 Inside my bag (L-R): 
metallic burgundy make-up kit
 floral medicine pouch from Krissy
Alcohol
Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Cherry Blossom
Tory Burch wallet
Moleskine planner
Youtube ballpen from Google
toxidoki x LeSportsac pouch
Ray-Ban wayfarer
Asian Hospital medical documents
Condo keys with a keychain from Venice
hair tie
 Inside tokidoki x LeSportsac- iPod-yes, I'm still an iPod girl
Inside my floral pouch- lots of meds and Asus powerbank
 Inside my make-up kit:
MAC Studio Fix NC30
pretty compact mirror from my late aunt
Tony Moly eyebrow pencil
MAC liquid eyeliner
MAC concealer NW25
MAC lipliner in Spice
MAC Rebel lipstick
Wet n Wild In the Flesh lipstick
Maybelline Baby lip balm


If you've been following my blog for a while, you'd notice that I tend to stick to make-up that suits my skin, hence, a lot of MAC products. I also tend to use the same things and I rarely buy anything new unless I really need to or if something's broken.  I have new wallets, make-up purses or sunglasses but it wouldn't be truthful if I feature them here and pretend I've been using them. I'm "low maintenance" like that. Char. But seriously, a lot of people ask me how I could afford some of the trips I went to but the truth is, I just really save A LOT. My dad, who's a fantastic businessman told us,  it's not what you earn, it's what you save.

Speaking of savings, if you want the same nice Longchamp bag, contact my bff Gail at 0917 565 66 31. She'll be able to get you a good deal.

Check out my previous hauls:

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Listening to: Run by BTS
Loving: BTS!!!
Watching: Star Wars 

December 07, 2015

Biore Cleansing Oil Review

What it claims: Biore Cleansing Oil effectively dissolves and removes stubborn makeup, including waterproof mascara, while lifting away dirt and impurities. Unlike other cleansing oils, it leaves no greasy film on your face and maintains the skin's natural moisture balance. It does not emulsify upon contact with water, thus maintaining its optimal cleansing performance at all times. Just apply with dry or wet hands and rinse off with water for that clean and fresh feeling!

 Pics below: 1st frame-full make-up with foundation
2nd frame-half of my face with no make-up thanks to Biore, while half still has make-up on.
You can see my shiny half face because of the oil 
-Three pumps of the product were too much for a very thin cotton pad but I needed 4 pumps when I used a  cotton ball. 
-Thoroughly cleanses, one pad was enough to remove layers of foundation, concealer, contour, highlight, eye-make up, eyebrow pencil and eyeliner

Item: Biore Cleansing Oil 150ml (make-up remover)
Price: P299 from PCX Alabang Town Center
Pros:
-Smells fruity
-Packaging is ok, having a pump is a plus
-Value for money compared to Face Shop's Rice Water make-up remover

-Removes water proof make-up
-Works better on flat cotton pads
-Lives up to its promise
-Gentle on the eyes
-Easy to use


Cons:
-Can be a bit greasy to some
-My fingers get really oily
-Sometimes I'm not into the smell
-Can be a bit cheaper because this feels like baby oil

Verdict: I'm still not used to it. To be frank, it just feels like a more expensive fruity baby oil. It does its job well and I could say that this is a good staple if it works for you. Let me finish a whole bottle and if you see this in another haul of mine, then, I did like it. Try it, you might love it more.
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Listening to: Too Future. Guest Mix 050: Manila Killa
Loving: One Punch Man
Watching: One Punch Man

December 02, 2015

November Favourites: Single Haul


I was so tempted to call this "10 years Haul" or another "Tita Haul" but it seems that most of the items here are splurges single women make, hence the odd title. Name aside, I haven't blogged in a while and the thought of writing an entry came after my hospitalization; relaxing on my bed, I chanced upon my own blog and started backreading. I'm honestly elated I blogged a hell lot back then. It felt like I was reading another person's diary. Everything sounded so differently from where I am now. Well, the biggest distinction from before is that for the first time in a while, I'm actually single, hence these "single girl" goodies:

Some of my fave these weeks/months (L-R):
1. Etude House BB Cream 
2. Celeteque Eye cream
3. Elf contouring and blush cream - because I've noticed I'm losing cheekbones
4. Elf bronzer with highlighter
5. Concealers: MAC concealers for the dark circles because shit I'm so stressed and Maybelline Concealers in 01 for highlighting because I need to brighten up my day using beauty products, so sad.
6. Biore make-up remover- I've only used it a bit and I'm ok with it, it still doesn't remove my pained expression.
7. L'Oreal Revitalift night face cream- because we all need a little lifting at night
8. MAC pressed powder NW25- for contour 
9. MAC Studio Fix  NC30 powder foundation- to fix my dying heart 
10. Tony Moly eyebrow pencil is my only bestfriend
11. Wet n Wild lipstick in In The Flesh - this gorgeous color goes well with my MAC Spice lip pencil to give me that kissable lips, because my lips are so unused
12. Maybelline Baby lip balm - the only baby I call nowadays

Zoom in those used concealers
I kid you not, In The Flesh from Wet n Wild is almost the exact same color of my lips. Now imagine it.
Contour, highlight, repeat.

My morning creams actually work well at night.  Boy, Clarins really improved my skin as it should because it was one hell of an expensive pot, juicecolored. I'm also this close to throwing the Lucas' Papaw from OZ to get rid of any OZ product but it's so good eh so, meh.
Thanks to my ex' family for these last gifts. Too bad I won't see his sisters. They were genuinely sweet.

My blonde hair's bestfriend

Lots of trips to the nail salon

So many rings on me and my friends but no one has ACTUALLY 'PUT A RING ON US'

Mr. bean constantly gives me pleasure

This shit's so good. Buy it.

I love my officemate, Ara and this bacon-style tapa

My comfort food: BOX A-BON CHON HONEY CITRUS WITH SEOUL RICE!!!!!!!!!!!
This adorable note from Pam. She's really sweet!

You can't have too many red lippies: NYX, MAC Marilyn Monroe in Charmed, I'm Sure and Scarlet Ibis, MAC Maleficent, Revlon and Sephora

A dash of pink for love. NO.
Ombre roses on my feet from Vans.

It's 8:17PM and I'm still in the office listening to Paramore. That's it for my Haul. Don't mind my hugot ramblings. Just wanted to have some fun. Call me.
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Listening to: Fences by Paramore
Loving: One Punch Man
Watching: One Punch Man



August 30, 2015

Versailles Palace, Alabang

Versailles, the very name reminds me of the grandeur and folly of Marie Antoinette. To have a junior version of it on Daang Hari seemed peculiar, however, after visiting the palatial grounds, I found it a welcome addition to the spots we can just chill out. Very few places in Metro Manila achieve the kind of contemplative, quiet and idyllic garden party atmosphere that Versailles offers. I'm not a fan of imitation of famous places, but on its own, the clubhouse wasn't so bad, it was actually a nice way to end a long weekend.


 I was finally able to wear this gorgeous vintage silk and muslin summer dress Mark's mom gave me from the 60s. Thanks, Tita Milette



 I think this is my fave spot.


And oh, it was only 5 mins away from my house, so yeah, not bad at all.
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Listening to: Everything by Daniela Andrade (Alicia Keys Cover)
Loving: Hare Kon Manga
Watching: Hannibal S3

August 08, 2015

Rainy Day Mood Board

 Steady. 2 images, 2 people. Flowers. The lack of it. 

Watching: Penny Dreadful, Hannibal S3, Ocean's trilogy, Orange is the New Black, Kare Kano, Junjou Romantica, Addams Family (again)
Reading: Shingeki No Kyojin and this odd masterpiece, Ten Count



Rainy Day Playlist:
1. Eternal Sunshine - Jhene Aiko
2. Miss Jackson - The Vines (Outkast cover)
3. Money Power Glory - Lana Del Rey
4. 9 Crimes - Damien Rice
5. No Ordinary Love - The Civil Wars (Sade cover)
6. Elastic Heart - Daniela Andrade x KRNFX (Sia cover)
7. Feel Good Inc. - Celia Pavey (Gorillaz cover)
8. I Need U - Thomas White & Gillepsy
9. Creep - Vintage Postmodern Jukebox (Radiohead cover)
10. Why'd you only call me when you're high - Arctic Monkeys
11. Gamble - Shiina Ringo (must hear with earphones)


"I'd rather be alone than acquiesce to the standards of the lonely and insecure. I stand on my own, proudly and without fear" 

Saw this in a friend's feed. This is so apt right now. 
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Listening to: Letters by Shiina Ringo (Utada hikaru cover)
Loving: my dogs
Watching: Mission Impossible movies

July 26, 2015

On People: Toto Madayag and his Libreng Komiks

The first graphic artist I worked with in the office was Toto Madayag, and I couldn't be happier. I never imagined that this low-key, quiet guy in the corner of our floor was an internet sensation in the world of Pinoy komiks. I also didn't expect his brand of humor to be unapologetic and politically en pointe. Armed with his cutting wit and keen eye for the obnoxious and ridiculous, he explores the minute truths in everyday life - a microcosm of Philippine society told in as few as 2-4 panels in his web page: LIBRENG KOMIKS.

 Haven't heard of him? He's been featured on plenty of websites, including FHM (with no frontal nudity, thankfully) and even on Sen. Miriam Santiago's book. I can't really capture everything he does in this intro - you have to see his work to get him. Interested? Why don't you start with this interview to know if he's going to be your next online feel-good fix?  Let's now meet the man behind Libreng Komiks.

 Tell us something about yourself.

I am a 30-year old husband to a very patient wife and daddy to the prettiest girl in the world—by day. By night, I do far less exciting things. It’s actually pretty boring but yes, I do a little comics on the side. :D

Tell us a weird quirk of yours. 
Whenever I’m writing and I’d get stuck, I would type two or three words, delete them, type them again, and repeat the process without realizing I’ve been doing the damn thing over and over for a minute. When I turn the television’s volume up or down, I always leave it at an even number. Those are about the oddest things about me that I can think of right now.

How did you start as an artist?
When I was in primary school, I’d join drawing contests. When I got older, I’d scribble a little, and I actually had wanted to take up Fine Arts but didn’t end up taking that. Yet here I am, dedicating a part of myself to getting better at being an artist, something I had always known I wanted to be for the rest of my life. 

Tell us something about your work. 
I am a team leader of two graphic artists in one of our country’s telcos.

Tell us about your typical day at work.
Designing stuff, mostly. Sorry, I can’t tell you much more. It’s pretty basic stuff. :D

Tell us about your typical day as Toto Madayag.
At around 9 or 10 pm, that’s when the *magic* begins. Haha! I’d grab my checklist of things I wrote down during the day and choose one that has the potential of being the next comic strip. I would plan a storyline I can include in my (future) comic book. I’d manage my page (oh god I love that page). That’d last for 3 to 5 hours, depending on how “in the zone” I am. I’m a night owl. Hoo, hoo.

Who or what inspires you and why?
I’m always inspired by my family, by my dreams of giving us a comfortable life. That paternal instinct, you know, it kind of kicked in by the time I turned 30. That’s why I’m always thankful for the extra money brought in by illustration jobs on the side.

What inspires your comic strips?
I’d see something on TV that might be funny if I twisted it a little. I’d overhear something somebody said and I’d let out a small laugh and make up a story in my mind about how things would go had that somebody said that certain something in a totally different situation. I’d observe all the political drama around me, and instead of being angry, I’d turn it into a comic strip. Anything and everything, really. I’m very, very observant. Always curious.

What was the best thing that ever happened to you whilst creating your comics?
When I was able to share my comics to a large group of people, that’s when I thought, holy crap, they’re enjoying this stuff. MY stuff. Weird stuff that I thought only I will be able to appreciate. That was the point, I think, when I told myself I’d have to keep doing this for as long as I can.

Can you let us in on your projects or what you're working on now?
Right now, I’m still in the process of cracking a fun food-related poster for an equally fun restaurant. I am talking to a publisher about a possible book deal (exciting!). Also, maybe a website and some comics-related merch in the future? They’re in the works. Please watch out for them!


What can you say about the art scene/Filipino comics in the Philippines?
You know what, I get asked this question too often, and right now I think it’s best that I just shut up about it. I know nothing about the Filipino comics scene. What I know I get from watching pages, communities, crazy fanboys (crazy in a good way). But I do think it’s very much alive right now. People shouldn’t be shouting “Pinoy comics is dead” if they are not consuming any of these creators’ books and merch. I’m not sure, I dunno. I’ll stop there.

What is the most memorable moment you have had as an artist? 
Aside from having contributed a comic strip to Sen. Miriam Santiago’s book, I guess this experience right here is pretty memorable. I get comments and mentions and messages from people who are expressing their support for the comics. My work gets plagiarized and several people call out these plagiarists without me forcing them to do anything. That kind of thing is pretty big for me.

What message do you have for aspiring artists?
I have been asked that several times, and although I’m not the most qualified guy to give advice to aspiring artists, I always tell people to keep at it. Keep at what you’re doing right now, what you want to do ten, twenty years from now, keep at it until your fingers are sore and you’re about ready to give up. Then pick up your pencil, guitar, football, your worn-out ballet shoes, whatever, and do it again. No excuses about not having enough time and energy to do it after work—just power through the frustration of not being good enough in your own eyes or the eyes of others.

How do we contact you?
I have my page up at http://facebook.com/LibrengKomiks and soon at http://www.librengkomiks.com. Hang out with me online!



Love his works? Go visit Libreng Komiks now. Orayt. Rockenroooll to the world.

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Listening to: Tsumi to Batsu by Shiina Ringo
Loving: Libreng Komiks
Watching: Hannibal Season 3

July 12, 2015

Palawan, May 2015

 So I went to Palawan last May with my aunt, dad and uncles. We stayed in my uncle's house in Puerto Princesa this time. If you've followed my blog for some time, you'd know that I prefer Palawan and Davao as my summer getaways, rather than Boracay. I've been to both places many times and have revelled in their beauty and tranquility. I've been to Boracay as well when I was younger and never really found its appeal.  Again, it's a preference. 
Nostalgia: my uncle's house in Palawan looks exactly like his house in Manila.
 Cinematic
 Dalaga sa Barrio 
 Uncle E's beach
 Lovely, warm sea water!

 Bonded with my dad

 The next day, we went to Ugong Rock Adventures: Cave/rock hiking, zip line etc.

 Then off to the Underground River. This is my second time here.
 Entrance to the Underground River

 The water was so warm, clear and amazingly calm. I love it!
 Another day for island hopping!


 With my Tito Mervin
 That night, we went to Iwahig Penal Colony for Firefly watching.
 We went back the next day to visit their famous batis. This room was a burnt store showcasing the inmates' crafts. It was built decades ago. What's left of it evokes an eerie, sepia kind of light. It was beautiful.
 The first time I went to Palawan, I stayed in this huge wooden house. It felt like going back in time.
 The cold batis of Iwahig straight out of legends and fairy tales.




 Up the batis was a warm, deeper pool.

 Boodle fight for lunch. BBQ  with fresh seafoods and vegetables.
What a way to end our adventures.

Places we went to:

-Uncle Efren's house/beach
-Ugong Rock Adventures
-Underground River 
-Iwahig Firefly Watching
-Pandan Island 
-Starfish Island 
-Cowrie Island 
-Iwahig Batis

I know this is a late share, my god it's already rainy season. But still, it's nice to go back to those sunny days.
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Millie

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Listening to: 9 Crimes by Damien Rice
Loving: Eva Green
Watching: Penny Dreadful

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