Happy 100th Birthday, Maybelline New York!

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Has it really been 10 decades since Maybel Williams sparked a fire and changed the history of beauty? Quite literally actually as she attempted to enhance her very own lashes that were accidentally burnt. Her instafix? She concocted a mixture of Vaseline with coal dust to make them look darker and fuller. Inspired by this ingenious idea, Tom Williams, Maybel’s entrepreneurial brother, cooked up the world’s first commercially available mascara called Lash-Brow-Ine. In 1916, a year after Maybel’s accident, Tom changed Lash-Brow-Ine’s name to Maybelline after Maybel (no less!) and Vaseline. Being the mascara pioneer of the world, Maybelline changed their mascara packaging to the iconic pink tube and green cap also known as the drugstore cult find, Great Lash.

This 2015, we’re in for a double treat! To celebrate 100 years of iconic beauty, for a limited time only, Maybelline Philippines is bringing back their most popular and well-loved mascaras by fanatics worldwide – the Great Lash mascara. From April 2015 until September 2015, or until supplies last, Great Lash will be available nationwide in all leading department stores, beauty stores, and selected supermarkets for only Php 350 a pop. For Sample Room members, you’re in for a real treat because you can grab a wand to try and love for FREE! :) :) :)

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MAC Toledo

Over high heels and FriYAY canapes, we said hello to the latest MAC collaboration to grace our shores, MAC Toledo. It wasn’t until early last year that I was acquainted with the romantic Cuban-American husband (artist) and wife (fashion designer) powerhouse. At 13, Ruben Toledo felt love at first sight towards Isabel. Isabel on the other hand, fell in love with Ruben’s work before falling in love with him.


Poetic colour ushers in a new vitality following winter’s deep chill, as uninhibited shades dance across the face in a free-spirited collection inspired by whimsical flights of fancy. Liberate yourself from darkened tones and explore the free-form movement of frosted lavender, pearlized champagne and pale mint green. Eyes and cheeks explore a new lightness of being in sheer pastels, a perfect complement to rosy lips. Nails leave you free to be, in hushed beige and lavender…expressive colour for the modern spirit.

As bright as their personalities and work outside of the makeup industry, the MAC Toledo collection is just as bold and vibrant as you would imagine it to be. The collection’s packaging is dominantly white with black scribbles and whispers of red letters. The actual products? They’re pops of colour summer’s summoned us to stock on.

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Rustan’s Welcomes Baby Henri!

When my good friend Sabs announced that she’s expecting a baby boy, our beauty blogger barkada was over the moon for her and her hubby. She’s at the top of her #bblogger game, got another baby in tow (Nekkid Beauty!), and really — a healthy baby’s just the icing on the cake. In the day and age where everything’s fast and rather furious, any help would be much appreciated. In Sabs’ case, she hollered on Rustan’s Weddings & Beyond to whip up a baby shower registry for her.

Just some of Sabs and Henri’s wishlist displayed at Rustan’s Weddings & Beyond Makati

I’ve been to numerous occasions where the celebrants were registered in Rustan’s. Haven’t we all? :) Whenever I ask them why they chose Rustan’s, their number 1 answer is “why not?”. Dubbed as the best “one-stop-luxury gift shop” for all occasions, Rustan’s Weddings and Beyond has proven time and time again to be the top choice when it comes to luxe bridal, children’s, and gift registry choice in the country with its personalized customer service as its signature edge. When one’s registered with Rustan’s Weddings and Beyond, they also provide free of charge announcement cards for registrants and even a sweet offer of 10% Discount Card for registrants and their guests. For brides, there’s an even sweeter deal — upon registration, you also get a free Rustan’s Frequent Shopper Plus (FSP) card. My favourite treat? Each present is handled with TLC where it’s wrapped to perfection and delivered for free within Metro Manila and Cebu. Return and exchange of gifts are also accommodated within 30 days after the registrant’s event date.

How pretty! <3

 In Sabs‘ case, she had her presents delivered to Raffles Makati where we had a noisy & shala afternoon tea party. These cuties greeted me as I walked in:

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Review & Giveaway: Maybelline White Super Fresh The No-Touchup Foundation

Did we just wink past the ginaw-kilig season and got transported to wild summer? Super init! While I’m so stoked to go island hopping again, the beauty maven in me’s scared to go through the classic makeup meltdown outdoors. Our friends from the most loved color cosmetics brand in the world, Maybelline New York, saw this ahead of us and introduces its newest must-have foundation – White Super Fresh The No-Touchup Foundation.

White Super Fresh comes with a unique Clean Touch Powder System and an SPF 34 PA+++ that leaves behind an ultra-smooth surface on your skin. Available in four shades – 02 Nude Beige, 03 Natural, 04 Honey and 05 Sand Beige.

Why You’ll Love It:
– 5X the absorption of talc
– Clean touch technology for a fresh feel
– Long lasting UV protection
– Keeps you flawless and shine-free for 12 hours

They sent me a Fresh Test kit to simulate how White Super Fresh can wick away sweat and sebum. Let’s try it out! :)

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Roadie Training BFFs: Snow and Antistax

It’s been 14 months since I tore my ACL and I couldn’t be happier to report that my mobility’s restored to 85%! I can now run distances as vast as 15-21K (moderately fast pace) and can bike like cray without feeling odd-tension on my left knee. God is indeed great for giving my knee another chance to recover and take me to heights and places I’ve been dreaming to reach! :)

To reward myself, I finally took the plunge and got myself a new bike specific to road training.

New toys behind me!!! <333

I naturally assembled it as soon as I got home and clocked in 8kms. the following morning to break it in.

Say hello to Snow!

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