The Great BDO Travel Sale: What’s Your Travel Personality?

#TheGreatBDOTravelSale

Just in time for my US trip next month, I got invited to shoot a social media campaign for The Great BDO Travel Sale. The video features a Travel Personality Quiz, and a walk-through of its opening in Manila on January 12. The event wrapped up last weekend, but you can still avail of big discounts and promos online or during the Davao, Cebu, and Iloilo events. Watch the video for all the details!

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2018 Planners Review + Giveaway

Hey, everyone! I haven’t written for my own website in ages! So much has been happening offline and I can’t wait to tell you those stories, but let’s restart the blogging groove with something fun and perfect for the start of the year: a 2018 planners review! Read on and you might just win your favorite organizer from this bunch.

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L’Oreal Infallible Pro-matte Liquid Lipsticks: Review + Swatches

If you’re subscribed to my YouTube videos or follow my Instagram, you’re probably familiar with my preference for glossy or velvety lippies over matte. It’s partly because I’m a K-beauty fan, and partly because my experience with matte lipstick is that it can make lips look dry and crusty up close. That is, until I tried the first whipped matte liquid lipstick of L’Oreal Paris.

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Avon Philippines Builds Avon City, Bestsellers Take Spotlight

Avon welcomed select beauty influencers to an exclusive tour of Avon City, an experiential expo during the annual Sales Leaders Congress and National Sales Convention. Held last May 18 at SMX Convention Center, Avon City showcased the brand’s bestselling products, highlighting fragrance, makeup, personal care, intimate apparel, jewelry and watches, and home and kids essentials. I’ve been to a lot of expos, and Avon City definitely had some awesome booths. Check them out!

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Celebrity Coachella fashion: crochet + denim shorts

The past few years have seen a new genre of summer style: music festival fashion. While the California desert may be 12,000 kilometers away, we’ve got the perfect weather for it. Here are 10 ways to take celebrity Coachella style and make it your own. (Part 1 of 10) celebrity coachella fashion 

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Tourist at Home: Travel More With Less

The Philippines is at the top of any decent must-visit list, its tourist destinations teeming with culture. I grew up in two of them: my mom is Kapampangan and my dad is Ilonggo. parts of the year were spent admiring the Giant Lanterns, watching Hot Air Balloons, and feasting on Pampanga’s famous cuisine. Others were spent were spent celebrating the Masskara Festival, enjoying the scenery at The Ruins, and reveling in music and organic eats at Negros Weekend Market. So I couldn’t share the sense of wonder felt by friends and family from out of town. To me, it’s just home, familiar, comfortable.

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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 or graduation makeup essentials

High school is a tricky time, especially around prom and graduation season. Personally, shopping for makeup was a trial-and-error process. I knew next to nothing about getting the right products for the look I want, let alone for my features. Now that I’ve got some makeup tricks up my sleeve, here are my prom makeup essentials to start you with.

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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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Comeback Kid

On November 3, the Chicago Cubs became World Series champions and earlier today, 3rd baseman and legitimate hottie Kris Bryant was named the National League’s MVP with 29 out of 30 first-place votes. If you don’t know enough baseball, that’s okay. This isn’t a baseball story. It’s a comeback story.

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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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