Monday, April 30, 2012


I've been doing a lot of wishing lately. It seems like I am in an insatiable unrest. I feel like I need to buy so many things lately and it's quite frustrating cause everything I've been lemming for the past few days are expensive!

Let's begin with this 150W Camera Ring Light which is $89.95.

WISHLIST: External Flash Problems

I've been doing a lot of wishing lately. It seems like I am in an insatiable unrest. I feel like I need to buy so many things latel...

I love it when I'm introduced to new songs. Earlier today, I was browsing the web, doing my usual blog visits when I stumbled upon this lovely page which featured the lovely song below. The title of the song is Sunshine Girl... so apt.

CONTEST: Summer Girl

I love it when I'm introduced to new songs. Earlier today, I was browsing the web, doing my usual blog visits when I stumbled upon t...

Sunday, April 29, 2012




Last night, I was watching a Glee re-run. It's their Valentine's episode where Santana and Brittany would share a (lesbian) kiss on screen. Personally, I would just say they shared a kiss but just to sensationalize it, I'd call it "lesbian" kiss. Don't take anything personal though, I have no judgments over the kiss. A kiss is a kiss is a kiss, just like love. Love is love.
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Last night, I was watching a Glee re-run. It's their Valentine's episode where Santana and Brittany would share a (lesbian) kiss...

Friday, April 27, 2012



Someday, I will look at today with a smile and tell myself, Damn, that started it all. Let me share with you my first Michael Kors bag. I've always wanted to have a Michael Kors anything because the brand name features my initials (and because I like their designs)! And now I actually own one. I'm still getting around using it because it's too expensive I feel eternally afraid I would stain or break it; but I think it's part of the experience. 

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Thursday, April 26, 2012



Few days ago I received the most amazing gift box from FemmexFatale Singapore! I encourage you to visit their website if you want to find classy beauty products straight from one of Asia's most visited country. If you want to have a taste of Asian skin care, their site is totally worth a visit because their products are fairly priced and most of their products have a unique feature... just like this eye care set I was sent for review. 

By the way, they're generously awarding ten lucky international readers a surprise gift set so please visit this link and RETWEET! That's all you have to do! But of course would appreciate if you follow me on twitter too! Don't forget to follow FemmexFatale too!

FEATURE: FemmexFatale Eyes with No Lines

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Before I talk about my musical frustration, just want to share this super huge deal you shouldn't ignore. I'm using this very camera model for photos and everything and it's damn fiiinnneee :D Huge savings for this offer! If I have the money, I'd buy a back up camera! Save almost $500!


 Two nights ago I asked my lil sis to teach me how to play the guitar. My history of guitar frustrations dates itself back in high school. I even enrolled in a Yamaha music school to learn, but learn I didn't. Blame it on poor motivation and weak spirit, I succumbed to frustration and (finger) pain.
Photo by Miggy Mondragon. Playing the guitar... obviously not me! :p

NAILS: Bright Future

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012


If you want something, fight for it! I've long wanted to learn how to play the guitar. I bought a guitar YEARS back but never really learned because I always ended up frustrated. Recently, my lil sis started her summer guitar lessons and it gave me a refreshed excitement over my dream.

Anyway, sharing with you the baby steps. :) No hating please. I don't play nor sing well in either videos LOL



LIFE: Playing the Guitar...or playing with it

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Living in Asia, you have to understand that I live and breathe the BB cream craze. Unlike my friends from other parts of the world, I've witnessed BB cream in its many forms (cream, liquid, powder, balm). However, great as BB creams may be, there's something phenomenal about an amazing liquid foundation. Liquid foundations are essential to any vanity desk. If you ask me, I like liquid foundations more than BB creams. Liquid foundations are lighter and are less oily at the end of the day. On top of that, liquid foundations offer a more natural finish (while BB cream usually results to super perfect porcelain skin which isn't as suitable to my natural skin-tone).

With that, let me give a shout out to my favorite liquid foundation, Shiseido's Perfect Refining Foundation

REVIEW: Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012


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LIFE: With Bubbly T's

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Monday, April 23, 2012


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I can't remember the last time I posted something entirely personal on this page. For those who don't know, I started this blog as a new year's resolution, to keep me writing. At the time, I was leaving my writing job, for uhm well a non-writing job, and all I really know about myself was I like to write, so I thought, why not keep a blog to keep me typing. 


LIFE: To be touched

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There's something quite rewarding about finding and sharing about a great dupe discover... all the more if what you've duped is none other than a Christian Dior product. J'dore Dior but no J'dore Dior's price tag so here's a quick post on a lip gloss which I found to wonderfully mimic my Dior lip gloss.

This is my Dior Addict. Below it is the eco-friendly, totally chemical-free and affordable (Proudly Pinoy too!) Human Heart Nature lip gloss that delivers a, yes, notice the close resemblance in color!

FEATURE: Dior Dupe

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Sunday, April 22, 2012


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Good day. Today, let me take you to one of the most beautiful churches I've seen in Ilo-Ilo, a humble province from the Panay islands in the Visayas region: the Miagao Church.

The Simbahan ng Miagao is very popular because of its exquisite stone/marble wall carvings. As you can see in the photo below, the very facade of the church features details beyond my imagination. The design, which emphasizes the coconut tree is a topic of lore. Check out this Wikipedia info.


The Miag-ao Church was built in 1786 by Spanish Augustinian missionaries and was declared as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Baroque Churches of the Philippines" in 1993. On the front facade, which is flanked by two watchtower belfries, one can see the unique blending of Spanish and native influences.

The central feature of the bas-relief facade is a large coconut tree which reaches almost to the apex. While an integral part of the Philippine landscape, the coconut tree is also the subject of lore. According to an old Philippine legend, the coconut tree was the only bequest from a loving mother to her two children, a tree which sustained them for life. On the church's facade the coconut tree appears as the "tree of life" to which St. Christopher carrying the Child Jesus on his shoulder is clinging to. The lesser facades feature the daily life of Miagaowanons during the time. Also depicted are other native flora and fauna, as well as native dress.

The church and its watchtowers were also built to defend the town and its people against raids by the Moros. It therefore has thick walls and, reportedly, secret passages. Indeed stretching along the Iloilo coast are defensive towers, but none that equal the size of the Miag-ao. It is because of this defensive purpose that it is sometimes referred to as the Miag-ao Fortress Church.

TRAVEL: Miagao Church Ilo Ilo Philippines

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Saturday, April 21, 2012



When I got my prosumer (a term I learned from my best friend) camera, I have to admit, I ended up neglecting some shots taken by my trusted point and shoot. Prosumer cameras basically refer to a type of camera that is a hybrid of professional and consumer camera features. I'm using an "old school" Olympus Pen E-P1 and I know so many other Pens came after it but 1) I'm not rich to collect all Pens and 2) I'm not really a big photography enthusiast person. As long as a camera can capture well, I'm good.

Anyway, as I was spring-cleaning my external hard disk, I saw photos I took back when a friend of mine from Milan sent me a boxful of pleasantries=cosmetics. Among the loot she gave, I found myself religiously using this Bottega Verde lip balm. It's my favorite among the lippies she got for me because it's a lip treatment with propolis (propoli in Italian? hehe) which we all should know as a great moisturizer. I use this lip balm every night, before I sleep. I love that it's an antiossidante (antioxidant in Italian?) which means it can be very helpful in also preventing further darkening of the lips.

Aw, man. I can remember how I cried when my friend surprised me! I'm a sucker for sweet gestures! It was a super unexpected surprise and now she's back in Italy and a pang of guilt for the fact that we didn't get to hang out as much is biting me! Anyway... just to emphasize the goodness of this memory, let me just share how much I enjoyed reading the boxes and labels of the products she sent me... because they came with Italian info! 

Italian words I learned from a lip balm
Labbra (I think this is very close to the Spanish word for lips); Stick Labbra = lipstick?
Antiossidante = antioxidant
Miele = honey?
Obviously, protettivo emolliente per labbra means protective emolient for the lips. 
Man, I wanna learn a foreign language so much! Disclaimer, I'm not sure if the words are in Italian or what haha I just assumed the labels are in Italian because they're from Milan!

LIFE: Sweet Friends

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Thursday, April 19, 2012



As I've shared beforehand, we spent the holy week (springbreak to some) in Antique, a province included among the Panay Islands of Visayas. The Philippines, which is an archipelago composed of 7,101 islands is basically divided into three major group of provinces: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The capital of our country is found in Luzon. If our archipelago were a man, Luzon's the head and Visayas is the mid-section. Visayas is a cluster of islands so there's a lot of beaches and bodies of water on that region--but beyond these grand gestures of nature, Visayas is actually composed of very old provinces... so old that they have most of our Spanish Colonial treasures. 

The Philippines, which became a colony of Spain for about 300 years, has a vast number of old basilicas or churches! Here's one of the few old churches I got to photograph while I was in Antique and Ilo-Ilo. Below are pictures of the Anini-y Church. By the way, you read Anini-y as a-knee-knee-eee :)

TRAVEL: Anini-y Church Antique Philippines

As I've shared beforehand, we spent the holy week (springbreak to some) in Antique, a province included among the Panay Island...


With all the Earth Day hype I've been seeing, I just figured it's time to share with you a bath soap that I got last February. It's from Beyond Bath Organics and it is an all natural, alcohol-free and paraben-free bath soap. I'm not quite sure how many variants there are, but I got the Sunflower Gentle Bar Soap and the Grapefruit type.

RISINGSTAR#1 Beyond Bath Organics Sunflower and Grapefruit Cleansing Bar Soaps

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Like this post if you love reading books

I think it's safe to say that like any other book lover out there, I am slightly indifferent when it comes to books turned into movies. To begin with, I try to avoid book editions of movie adaptations--which becomes unexpectedly inevitable if you find out of a book too late cause normally, if a book scores a movie, almost all the books sold becomes its "movie edition" (ie. Eat Pray Love, wouldn't you just love to have the book edition that doesn't feature Julie Roberts on the cover? I mean, she's beautiful and great and all, but the original cover with the rope and pasta pieces would be great! Same with any Nicholas Sparks book. I'd be more than pleased to own a Nicholas Sparks book with the "nature" shot instead of the lovebirds actor and actress hugging or whatever photo.)

I also uncontrollably lower my standards and expectations when seeing movie adaptations of novels. I share sentiments of "the movie's not as great as the book" but also want to give movies a chance. Since I know they are a different medium anyway and targeted at a slightly different audience too! So as if by instinct, I require myself to first read a book before seeing its movie version. Often I get to comply to these self-regulations; sure sometimes I fail (ie. the movie is too intriguing and the book counterpart is sold out--it happens) and I found that it's always best that way. With that let me share with you a few reasons why upon reading Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close novel, I just can't wait to watch the movie! I reviewed a Foer edited anthology here, kindly check it out.

BOOKREVIEW#49 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Like this post if you love nail polish!
Apologies for my index finger polish mishap. I'm using a rather old and now thick Etude House silver polish for this post and I must say, despite its now thick consistency, I still love the outcome and how it delivered.

Every time I wear this polish I feel street-ready. It makes me think of cement almost always! I love its metallic finish and I fancy how it's not extremely glossy. I think it gravitates to being edgy? What do you think?

NAILS: Silver Surfer

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Monday, April 16, 2012



Before anything, check out my hair for the day! Please like the photo post here.

NAILS: Ultimate PinkTana

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Sunday, April 15, 2012




I am over the moon with this product. It's named magically; the packaging's very classy; the product works and offers multiple skin care benefits; and last but not the least, it's a premium Pinoy-made product. I'm talking about Snoe's Emu.thology. It's among Snoe's top quality products... and if you've been living under a rock, you might want to read about Who Snoe is here. They're quite popular because of their wide range of beauty soaps, but little should you know, they have more than soaps to offer.

REVIEW: Snoe EMU.thology

I am over the moon with this product. It's named magically; the packaging's very classy; the product works and of...

Like this post if you find yourself rushing ever so often!
Don't you just love it when a nail polish captures your outfit's colors? 
Apologies because this photo was taken months back and I knew flat zero about polish so my application then was thick and weird. haha

FEATURE: Beauty On the Go (polish and brushes)

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Like this post if you love Etude House!
If you love shopping at Etude House because of their amazing freebies, then all the more that you should shop at EH anytime now because each single receipt purchase would qualify you to join the PINKest event of the year, so far. Click the photo below to enlarge!

Shopping suggestion (to reach 1k): 
haul Etude House polishes, my favorite of which would be the Lucid Darling line
Etude House Acne Foam Cleanser (TOTALLY amazing product! Read about it here.)
haul Etude House face masks (you can never go wrong with any of their masks!)


I'm hoping to join the fun (working on clearing my schedule). With that, I hope to see familiar faces!

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Like this post if you've used (and loved) and Essence product!
It is no secret that Green and Pink is my favorite color combo! Because I'm all for bright and bold this season, let me just share with you the two teeny-tiny polish bottles that completely my being--or should I say essence?


FEATURE: Green & Pink Nail Colour... & Go!

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Like this post if you once kept a diary--or are still keeping one.
I am hardly an angsty person. Even as a teenager, I think I lacked in that department; but because I've been reading voraciously (much of which are deep or sad stories), and because I have three classic titles in line, I decided to give my brain cells a break and read something like Dear Dumb Diary. I got this book (the Dear Dumb Diary three-books-in-one edition) months ago for my little sister but apparently she doesn't like reading. I read it instead.

BOOKREVIEW#48 Dear Dumb Diary

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Friday, April 13, 2012


Like this post if you're concerned for the environment.
Summer is a season best experienced outdoors so I'm quite psyched to share this bag collection by The one and only Rajo Laurel. I know the satchel craze bit you one way or the other, and if you would ask me, my favorite from the collection is of course the green one.

Rags2Riches is a for-profit organization that features eco-ethical fashion and home accessories using scrap cloth, organic materials and indigenous fabrics. The products, including the bags from the new Atheletenique collection are made by community-based artisans across the country. This is fashion by the community for the eco-centric stylish individual.

FASHION: Rags2Riches Athletenique

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Like this post if you've been/are in love.
I don't claim mastery of love as an emotion, a place and a gift. I think love and life is equally as complicated and ironically, the two are beautiful and more enigmatic with their complexities--so imagine my surprise to be floored by it in its most innocent form: young love.
A beach book and a plane book

It's different to feel, fight, savor and explore love with an "adult" mind. It's different to hear about it when it's fresh, it's crater still warm and untouched. That's what The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is all about.   I never learn, I always judge a book by its cover (and title); but the reason behind my being stubborn is the likes of The Fault in Our Stars. I picked out the book while walking around SM Ilo-Ilo in search for a "beach book". Completely estranged with the author's identity and the book's popularity, I dove in and drowned magnificently with words so simple yet so sufficient in describing what it means to have a hand to hold right before oblivion comes right through the door. 

I don't know cancer like some people know. I know people who has it, some of which are family which statistics would suggest to be sound reason to treat me as a candidate for a certain cancer flavor, but I don't know the disease despite my proximity to it. 

But I know love. I know what it's like to be in love: puppy, young, flirty, lustful, demanding, determined, etc. This book, The Fault in our Stars is a revelation. It provides any brave reader witness what love is like against the beauty of life amidst the shadow of death--which healthy or not, we would all have to face. The book was angsty, feisty, innocent, flirtatious and deep. I fell for it hard. Each turn of a page, I sank deeper. It was like I was diving for a hard to find ship of dreams... without knowing if it were even true.

Oh, but it was. It is true. I've never dreamed I would read a book like The Fault in Our Stars. It made me shake and ignited me to the core. It made more conscious of the circus I share the room with. I wasn't able to stop reading it. I bought it, I read it while eating. I read it while walking. I read it in the darkness. I read it and conquered it until the wee hours of night cause I was unable to put it down. It was so entertaining and inspiring to be embraced by a story like that of The Fault in Our Stars. Truth is, I'm thankful I read the book. It's not that the world would not be perfect if people won't read it. What I realized after reading The Fault in the Stars is I would be crippled to see and marvel at the perfections hidden between the faults of this world, if I didn't read John Green's epic story of young love.

As usual, when I read a good book I prophetize about it... and I'm so excited because in the two occasions that I read the book from beginning to end, as if dictated by fate, every time I am on chapter eight, I would text a very lucky friend, divulge the title of this new discovery and offer to even lend my book just to ensure that my chosen friends would know what I'm talking about.  

Below are teaser shots of a few of my favorite sections of the book. If your name is Abigail Juaner, I suggest you don't zoom into the pictures... although I would understand if you surrender for obviously, these photos are temptations of strong magnitude. But if you really can, DON'T READ THE PHOTOS.

Have you ever been in love?

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