Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Beauty Bare Minimum + The Beauty Drive

. I'm feeling better lately. Seeing volunteerism and bayanihan spirit of people from all walks of life, in every corner of the country, makes me so proud that I'm a Filipino. The Oplan Hatid in particular, just proves the power of civilian, and how coming together can make a great impact, bigger than any storm surge or politicking. There's still much left to do but we will get there. Manny also gave us a much-needed boost. It's not to say let's just focus on his win and all things sunshine-y, but c'mon, we needed some jolt! :)

Now, speaking along the lines of positivity, it's high time I post about beauty again. I rarely do full makeup these days, but I can't steer away from vanity altogether. I need to be at least presentable all the time. That means I have my BB cream, powder foundation, lipbalm + lipstick, mascara, eyebrow pencil and cheek blush all the time. But when push comes to shove, and you ask me to bring only three items in my purse, then it's most likely be the following:

1. Oil absorbing film. I can't remember going out without this miracle since the day I discovered them in early college. No fuss, and solves my shine problems when powder room break is not possible. It's fair to say that this has saved my face and helped me shine numerous times. No pun intended. My favorite brand is Gatsby, choose the black film over paper. 

2. Tinted lipbalm. Dryness and peeling is the name of the game, and my lips know that too well. What started as an affinity with Chapstick, grew into a flirtatious love affair with organic lipbalms (Ilog Maria, V&M), colorful lipgloss and HG liptints. Baby Lips by Maybelline is not bad at all, I think all my teenage nieces will get one this Christmas.

3. Cheek blush. I have a thousand boo boos with cheek blush when I was still a makeup noob. From using the wrong shade, applying too much and highlighting all the wrong places. But a perfect blush makes you look womanly, shapes and sculpts your face and makes your skin look radiantly healthy with a few swirl and swipe. What else can you ask for? My current love is LA Colors' Mineral Blush in Tenderling. If you're unsure if you're putting blush on correctly, here's a good guide from Barbi Chan of BDJ.

Again, these are bare minimum, if you have room for two more beauty products (you should!), then eyebrow pencil and face powder should be first to dive in your bag. Even skin tone and nicely filled brows will make the perfect canvass for the rest of your makeup.

And oh, please support the Beauty Drive by Larissa Joson of Women's Health PH and Nicole Romero (hello, Nicole!) of Beauty and Sparkle. You still have until tomorrow to donate beauty products to uplift the teachers who are still holding classes in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda.

They are looking for the following:
  • Makeup (particularly lipstick, blush, powder)
  • Skincare (facial washes, moisturizers)
  • Haircare (shampoo, combs, clips, headbands)
  • Toiletries (soap, lotion, body washes)

If you've got new or barely used and sanitized makeup and other beauty products to give, you may contact:

Larissa Joson ( or
Nicole Romero ( 

They have dropoff points at Eastwood in Libis, The Fort in Taguig City, Bicutan in ParaƱaque City, Pioneer in Mandaluyong City, and Ayala Alabang in Muntinlupa City.

Happy Wednesday, dear readers! I miss doing beauty posts, so expect to hear a little more in the following days. 

Much Love, 

Thursday, November 21, 2013


There's nothing really different about this one particular Sunday. I went out to pay my bills, roamed aimlessly around the mall, and attended the 7pm mass as usual. Nothing extra ordinary except that the priest's homily hit too close to home. He talked about the sins that we commit unknowingly, or barely avoid simply because these sins seem passive and weren't included in the regular teachings of our bible schools, nor my grandma's books

The priest talked about two things that many of us are guilty of: One is worrying, and the other, which I'm keen to talk about, is OMISSION.

As kids, we're taught to avoid wrongdoings - stealing, lying, saying evil things about our neighbor. Crystal clear. But there's this gray area of not committing sins, but also omitting what's good and pleasing to God. We walk away from the dark, but neither reach for the light. We do not commit evil, but we also omit doing good. A man who sends away the poor and minority and a man who stood by and did nothing are both guilty. It might be of different levels, but same in every aspect. 

The same is happening in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan, the strongest typhoon to ever hit my beloved country. The depressing state of Visayas and the plight of the typhoon victims are well-documented by media globally. It brought thousands, possibly millions of people into tears. It's sad, but what's worse is to see pity, hatred, rants and politics that starts and ends with nothing but that. Let's not be comforted by throwing pity glances and calling out faults of other individuals. Thousands of Filipinos are on the verge of desperation and every little ACT of kindness counts.

Sympathy is good, but we also need arms and legs to get things done. We can do amazing things in rebuilding our country and helping our people, but it only begins where passiveness ends.

To donate or volunteer, see below:

Philippine National Red Cross
McDonald's Bigay Tulong