Tourist at Home: Travel More With Less

The Philippines is at the top of any decent must-visit list, with its tourist destinations teeming with culture. I grew up in two of them. Parts of the year were spent celebrating the Masskara Festival, enjoying the scenery at The Ruins, and reveling in music and organic eats at Negros Weekend Market. Others were spent admiring the Giant Lanterns, watching Hot Air Balloons, and of course, feasting on authentic Pampanga cuisine. But I couldn’t share the sense of wonder felt by friends and family visiting from out of town. To me, it’s home—familiar, comfortable, and admittedly, not that special.

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Lily Collins makeup tutorial: 9 easy steps

I’ve been thinking of doing a Lily Collins makeup tutorial for a while, and it couldn’t have come at a better time—her birthday is March 17th while mine’s March 20! Belle De Jour Beauty Editors were asked to recreate a celebrity look, and I of course chose Lily. She instantly became my #girlcrush when I saw her on Mirror, Mirror as the fairest of them all. Porcelain skin, red lips, and those gorgeous brows? She’s a real-life Snow White! The tutorial I created is very easy to follow, with only nine steps to help you recreate Lily Collins’ classic old-Hollywood beauty.

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Prom makeup tutorial: Sweet and sultry

I had a pro do my prom makeup. The handful of magazines available at the time had prom beauty editorials that didn’t really teach 15-year-olds much. Now though, you can find any makeup tutorial on YouTube and Pinterest. DIY makeup for prom or graduation isn’t just doable, it’s actually preferable if,  like me, you don’t like it too heavy! Here are two easy-peasy looks you can do for your prom or graduation: romantic and smoky makeup.

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Vibe Superfood Café: healthy food you’ll actually crave for

Having an Ilonggo dad and Kapampangan mom means growing up around topnotch food. More so if your parents are civic-minded, farm-loving, health-conscious folks who enjoy going to the palengke and preparing dishes bursting with color and flavor. The downside, of course, is when you have to live away from home and in a city where the commute alone eats up a good part of your day. Unless you have a full arsenal of kitchen supplies plus spare hours for groceries and meal prep, your choices for a tasty meal are down to either healthy but expensive, or cheap but oh so bad for you. LiFE Yoga, my happy place, has come to the rescue with their in-house café, Vibe Superfood.

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Rock N’ Flow: LiFE Yoga Pool Party Part 3

It’s my third #yogapoolparty at LiFE! You’d think by now things would be more of the same, but far from it. Save for the venue—The Palace Pool Club because where else—LiFE Yoga introduces fun new activities each time. The February yoga pool party had Vinyasa and NIA. The May pool party had Paddleboard Yoga, Kundalini, and Poi Dancing. This September, it’s Rock N’ Flow and Acroyoga with some live art and drum music.

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Liza Soberano is the new Maybelline Girl (and some ’90s references)

Not since Marvin Agustin and Jolina Magdangal have I really been a fan of any other local loveteam until LizQuen. The few times I’ve caught Enrique Gil and/or Liza Soberano, on screen or in person, have convinced me that these two belong to an increasingly rare breed of Filipino celebrity: that which genuinely has what it takes. The most recent movie I watched with my family was their romantic dramedy Every Day I Love You. It was cute, and additionally cool because it’s set near our house in Negros and the cast spoke some Hiligaynon. Liza, especially, just lights up the screen with her childlike charm and radiant beauty. No surprise then, that Liza Soberano has just been chosen as the newest Filipina endorser of global makeup brand, Maybelline New York.

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#DefyDamage: L’Oréal x Watsons Hair Color Party

L’Oréal Paris and Watsons organized an exclusive and luxurious hair date with a select group of Filipina influencers. The invite couldn’t have come at a better time. From age 22 on, the only time my hair wasn’t some shade of red was in 2014 when I gave it a year’s rest. Just check out some of my hair color “adventures,” and imagine all the damage it had to withstand… – L’Oréal x Watsons Hair Color Party

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