Monday, January 26, 2015

bifesta cleansing lotion/makeup remover review and demo

Bifesta Cleansing Lotion is a Make-up Remover, Toner and Moisturizer in one that doesn't need to be rinsed.

Meaning, when you come home from the club at the wee hours of the morning with a full face of pancake thick make-up on, you can just wipe everything off with this and skip the rest of your beauty regimen without feeling guilty or suffering from it the next day! 

Awesome stuff is awesome.

Bifesta Cleansing lotion retails for about P400+ and is available in different variants for all skin types. There's one for oily skin, anti-aging etc.

This one I have is the "BRIGHT UP" variant which removes dead skin cells for brighter, even-toned skin.

bifesta cleansing lotion
PROS:

  • Effectively removes even the toughest waterproof make-up
  • Affordable
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Great for nights when you're too tired to remove make-up, cleanse, tone then moisturize
CONS:

  • Can't think of any right now...

bifesta makeup remover
To better see for yourself how this product works, check out this quick video demo I made for you! Hope you like and hope you can subscribe to my channel for updates on new videos. Thank you!!! :)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

white on white ensemble = top picks + topics

Happy Sunday folks! 
Here's a simple outfit that most body types can pull off. It's comfortable, affordable yet still chic and bang on trend.

Minimalism will always be one of my favorite looks. Pretty timeless since there's not much really to criticize?! Unless maybe you encounter a color fanatic? But ten years from now, when you look back at old photos, you're still most probably gonna look decent. 

Breaking down the outfit:

Not counting the bag, this entire head to toe ensemble cost me only 2k!
top - don't exactly remember how much cause I got it sometime ago at SM Dept Store but guaranteed not more than P500.
white boyfriend jeans - bought on sale at American Eagle for P1200
mandals - P500 at SM Parisian

Total cost of this look: Roughly around P2200/$50 or less.

And lastly, sorry if the photos are a bit pixelated today, had to crop crop crop! :P

white boyfriend jeans street style
hermes herbag street style
Oh and before I forget!!! Almost did! About my blog post title: Just wondering what you guys want me to write about? Is there anything particularly interesting to you that you might want me to tackle? Will really appreciate the input! Thank you :)

photos by Dennis Sy

sm dept store cami | american eagle white boyfriend jeans | sm parisian mandals | lacoste watch

Saturday, January 24, 2015

shopping the sm shoe city sale + haul

WARNING: PHOTO HEAVY SHOEPORN AHEAD!!! :P

If you wanna see the awesome finds that await you at SM Shoe City, read on...but grab some tissues first because it's beautifulllll....hahaha


SM Shoe City is located at the 4th floor of SM Makati and is home to over 25,000 styles of shoes! YES, 25,000!!!!!


It's enough to turn anyone ga-ga! 

Ready? Get Set, Shop!


Took photos of some of my favorite finds along with some shots of fellow blogger friends caught in the act of hoarding:


Jeffrey Campbell will always be a favorite but what immediately caught my eye were these black and white pumps from L.A.M.B. that I've been lusting over since last year (truth! see here). They were still a bit too expensive for me then (15k!) but it's on sale now for only 4k!!!! (J. Lo owns the same pair by the way.) Cannot let a deal like this slip away. Cannot.

Good things really come to those who wait.


Fellow bloggers Patricia Prieto, Angela Nepomuceno and Jackie Go with their choice picks from Jeffrey Campbell and Badgley Mischka:


This is the Jeffrey Campbell boot you see Patricia holding. Gorgeous, noh?


Also like this odd marriage between a sneaker and a brogue...

I think it's a perfect shoe for traveling:


TONS of pretty sandals in all the colors, textures, materials and styles you can imaging for the upcoming summer months!

tip: look for genuine leather pairs that are now on sale for only P1k+


Like these gorgeous beauties by Dolce Vita which I'm currently contemplating on wether or not I should make another visit to SM Shoe City to get them...


Lovebirds Seph Cham and Trice Nagusara:


Tita's of Manila style shopping with my very own "assistant". :P I kinda went over-budget again but I couldn't help it. The deals were too good to refuse. :((

I just had to close my eyes and hand over my card. No regrets though...:P


If you're on the lookout for a nice pair of comfy, plain pumps that you can actually walk in, Parisian has a lot of choices for under 1k!


There's some printed ones too!

Get these to spruce up a plain ensemble.


Also spotted pretty mom-to-be Kelly Misa getting her shoe-fix on...doesn't look pregnant at all, right?

The minimalist pair of sandals she's trying on are from Jeffrey Campbell. Can't go wrong with a nude sandal like that. It'll go with everything! :)


There you go! There's LOTS more to choose from.

You've got to make a special trip to SM Makati and head over to the 4th floor soon to get your dream pair at unbeatable sale prices while they might still have your size.

Run, run, run I tell ya!!!


Throughout all the pandemonium, I still managed to haphazardly make up my mind and pick these 3:


What you think? Did I make the right choices? :) 
(I still want so much more. :(( hahahaha)

For first dibs, connect with SM Shoes and Bags on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Friday, January 23, 2015

where to buy cheap designer handbags

Designer Bags are a girls best friend next to diamonds. Even if I am a self-confessed "shoeholic", I would still rather invest more money on a bag rather than a pair of shoes for the simple reason that they last longer and if I tire of them, I can still pretty much sell them for a premium as long as they're still in good condition.

I'm not even going to try and justify the reasons behind spending several month's salaries worth on something that just functions as a hold-all and arm candy. If you're not into it, you just wouldn't understand. Men especially. It's just a secret among like-minded women. :P

If it's your first time to purchase and you're trying to justify it as an investment, sorry to burst your bubble but no, that ship has gone and sailed unless you have a trained eye to spot the "next big thing". Case in point: the Celine luggage series which has almost doubled in price since its first release.

But investing in designer bags as something to re-sell takes all the fun out of owning one unless you do it "professionally". If you're looking to fetch a premium price later on, you need to be extra careful of scratches, discolorations and the like.

I can't imagine going out daily and having to worry about where I set my bag.

They're pricey but they're there to use, abuse and love which is why it it most important to be 100% in love with it before you make your big purchase,

Having said all that, here's how you can score a good deal on a designer bag.


For US brands like Coach and Kate Spade, you can get them at 70% off or more at outlets or online.

When buying European brands such as Prada, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, etc, it's cheaper to purchase in Europe: Rome, Paris, etc.

Or you can catch a sale in Hong Kong if you want the entire "boutique experience".


If you don't really care about getting it in a store, your best bet would be to buy online. That's my favorite method. Instagram to be specific. There are certain legit accounts that buy abroad and sell them really cheap. Think P10,000-P20,000 off the store price, sometimes, even more.

Just be careful as there are many who try to pass of Class A replicas as legit and these are really, really difficult to tell apart from the authentic.

To look for sellers in Instagram: 

Try searching for these hashtags: #givenchyph (or add the code for your country) #onlinebagseller #designerbagsph #celinebagph etc. You get the drift...
Also, you can search for usernames with these words: (most of them have names that contain luxe, bag, designer bag, posh, chic, etc)

BEFORE YOU MAKE YOUR PURCHASE: RESEARCH! Check the sellers account, check other accounts, how many followers, feedback if any. Try to schedule a meet-up rather than have your bag shipped to you as a precaution to avoid getting ripped off. If meeting up is not an option, ask for detailed photos of the bag to make sure that what you plan to buy is on-hand and ready to ship. Lastly, a lot of these online sellers have small, physical boutiques where you can check the bags before buying them.


If you don't mind a little wear and tear, why not consider buying 2nd hand? With less than P20k, you'll be able to purchase a monogram Louis Vuitton in good condition.

Where to buy 2nd hand? There's lots of options nowadays. You can try foreign sites such as Yoogi's Closet or Shop Hers. Locally, there's BagAHolic (which I find overpriced but they carry a lot of options), there's also Michka (fewer options but better quality and price points. They also sell brand new). Or you can try visiting those designer bag cleaners/restoration services like Doctor Leather. They usually sell some 2nd hand and brand new bags. And of course, my favorite: Instagram, just search the same hashtags I mentioned above. A lot of the sellers have brand new and 2nd hand bags in stock. Or you can also try searching for #preloveddesignerbagsph :))

Just always remember, if it's too cheap and sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Check current market prices of your desired bag as well so you have a rough bench-point mark to compare.

There you go, hope you find this helpful. Enjoy!!! :)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

dapoxetine - happy wife, happy life

Remember Jim and Nadia's scene in American Pie? Hilarious on film but not so much in real life especially when you're directly affected by it.

Men who suffer from premature ejaculation usually end up the "butt of jokes" among their peers: "It is so not macho to not be able to satisfy your woman!" And I'm pretty sure it can be quite frustrating for their partners as well.

These factors often result in low self-esteem, anxiety, a decrease in sexual appetite combined with feelings of shame for the "premature ejaculator". It can also sometimes mean the end of a relationship.

Thankfully, recent studies have discovered that Premature Ejaculation is biological and not psychological therefore making it a treatable problem.

Dapoxetine, a new drug developed by the Menarini group is a pill that increases Seratonin levels to make men last longer in bed.

But why all the fuss?


Despite age and maturity, sex is still most often seen as a taboo subject in our country and a lot of people refuse to discuss their intimacy issues even with their partners - this needs to change. 

Sex shouldn't be seen solely as a lust-filled exchange. It should also be recognized as a bonding experience between partners. It keeps the fire burning and can take the monotony out of a relationship.

It's very important, especially as women, that we learn how to discuss our issues with our partner. Let them know what you like and don't like to make the experience pleasurable for both of you. No more pretending to be asleep or too tired excuses. When you refuse sex all the time, your husband might get tired of asking.

He might think that: a. you're getting it elsewhere OR b. there's something wrong or lacking in him.

Both bad and both could result in irreparable damage to your relationship.


If your partner isn't satisfying you in bed, let him know (nicely and gently :P). 

Consult a doctor to check if Dapoxetine is the solution to your intimate problems.

for more info, visit: http://www.menariniapac.com/

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

how to wear a coat in the tropics

Coats are a wonderful thing. They slim you down and make you feel all snuggly and secure. The only thing about coats is that they weren't exactly created for tropical weather.

I wouldn't suggest doing this in the heat of the summer unless you switch things around with a long, flimsy kimono but right now, with the cold winds of Siberia still coming in, you can actually get away with the look without sweating buckets. 

The key is to finding a cut you like in a lightweight material with no lining. 

Truth is, it's just like an elongated blazer. Everyone wears blazers right? So don't be afraid to try this longer version. 

To further keep yourself cool, wear something breezy inside like a sleeveless cami (those with back slits are a plus! :P) and pair with shorts, skorts or a mini skirt.

I get cold easily so I can even wear mine with pants when I go to the mall, especially the chillier ones like the new wing of Shangrila.

gray coat street style
And if you're wondering why I choose the "doctor's coat/ lab coat" silhouette, aside from really liking it, a friend who works in a local fashion magazine told me that it's the new cut du joúr for the Koreans as she witnessed while spending Fashion Week there. In Korea and other places abroad, they really go crazy with it, some even go so far as to buying a real lab coat and painting it with all sorts of graphics and graffiti. She showed me a few and it looked pretty cool. :)

gray nike roshe street style
stradivarius coat | romwe skorts | nike roshe run

photos by Dennis

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

my papal visit experience (the good and bad)

I am not the most religious person you will ever meet. I grew up in an all-girls Catholic school and went to mass every Sunday with my family but it always felt like a chore. It was so rigid and rule-oriented. Don't do this, don't do that. Strict teachings and a strict upbringing. I found mass boring and the homilies 98% of the time, uninspiring. It felt and sounded to me like a routine with the priests merely going through the motions. We were asked to live our lives as saints and yet I would hear all these stories about priests abusing children left and right. I also met a lot of "devout fanatics" who spent most of their time praying but were the quickest to judge, chastise, condemn and discriminate. It was enough to turn me off Catholicism entirely and I stopped going to Church as soon as I was old enough to live on my own.

From what I learned in school, I knew Jesus was more flexible and forgiving. He was all about love and sharing but I hardly witnessed this in "Church". For me, it was mostly about teaching, preaching and forcing beliefs onto people. All talk, not so much action.

And then Pope Francis comes along.

It wasn't a big deal to me at first because prior popes never really had a significant impact on my life but when I stumbled upon this article on Distractify, I knew he was special. Finally, someone who teaches by example, someone who listens and doesn't judge, someone who understands where I come from and accepts it, someone who acknowledges the shortcomings of the Church and actually has the gall to call on it and seek change. His "normalcy" inspired me. I especially love the story about how he "breaks the rules" and sneaks out of the Vatican at night to feed the poor, how he sold his Harley to fund a soup kitchen and hostel in Rome. What?! A pope with a Harley who sneaks out at night? Now, that's my kinda pope. Medyo "Bad Boy". :P Kidding aside though, I am immensely impressed at how Pope Francis was able to shift the focus back to what being a true Catholic is all about in such a short span of time. He is my first Catholic hero and I wasn't about to miss the chance to meet him.

We woke up at 2am on January 18 to avoid the massive crowds that were expected to attend the concluding mass later in the day. By the time we got to Roxas Blvd., Quirino Highway was already closed so we had to walk the rest of the way. We entered via Maria Orosa just a few minutes short of the stampede. The crowds were already getting thick by then and there was some pushing and shoving involved so I was afraid for the safety of my family. Thank God we made it safely.

When we got inside, the quadrants behind us were still empty:


Because Dennis had work there, we were able to stay in a private tent behind the media bleachers. It was cramped but at least we had a roof over our heads:


But still, we were grossly unprepared. Because of the many do's and don'ts, we didn't pack enough food or water in the fear that they might just be confiscated. This is also why I didn't have my camera with me, just my phone. Also, the clothes we were wearing were better suited for humid weather.

We ended up sharing a small bottle and a half of mineral water between the 4 of us for the entire duration of the day: 5:00am-6:00pm (which was okay since going to the portalet to relieve ourselves was a nightmare.)

(As was expected, there weren't enough portalets, the lines were extremely long, the stench was horrendous. There were no concession stands, I only saw one Manila Water/Maynilad tent where you could get a refill. The event was extremely lacking in coordination and a lot of the policemen stationed there were rude and on some warped and twisted power trip. Totally unprofessional and I heard through the grapevine that this was actually the cause of the stampede: miscommunication and a cocky attitude.)


Still, despite all these, our sprits remained high and we were extremely grateful about not having to be crushed in between millions of bodies at the quadrants. It was no joke. The entire day was extremely cold and wet.


Most of the morning was spent just waiting around and killing time. The emcee that day has been the subject of criticism by many but honestly, I think he did a good job. I'm sure it wasn't easy for him. He was there since the wee hours of the morning in less than stellar conditions but his enthusiasm never wavered and he was able to maintain a light atmosphere for everyone with his cheerful and festive demeanor.

A lot of online bashers say that he turned a supposedly solemn event into an episode of "Showtime". So what? There was certainly much to celebrate and be joyful for. It wasn't like we weren't able to reflect during the actual mass (which I must say was beautiful with the choir and full orchestra.) Bottom line: I think he made the long wait slightly more bearable for the majority.


Things began to pick up when it was time for "Pit Señor!". Dancers were flew in from Cebu and it was just a light and happy time.


From then on, we spent most of the rest of the day in the rain, waiting for the arrival of Pope Francis.


I was not prepared for the surge of emotions I felt while being in his presence.

You know the feeling of how most of us cry during one on one confessions held during religious retreats? It sort of feels the same way...

Except he didn't even have to utter a single word.  

His aura is so peaceful, gentle and forgiving.

I felt an overwhelming sense of release, peace and love wash over me. It was truly an unforgettable, spiritual experience that I'm sure will never happen again. It was worth every single sacrifice we had to make that day and more.


Spot Nikola :)


We love you Pope Francis! 

Thank you for reminding us of the true meaning of being Catholic. Thank you for leading by example and for being an inspiration to all of us. Thank you for being the open-minded and accepting person that you are. Thank you for opening your heart and your church with welcoming arms. Thank you for accepting prodigal children like me and making us know that it's okay. Thank you for helping us find our way back and believe once again.



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