Saturday, January 27, 2018

My Experience at the First Ever Glamcon MNL 2018!!!

Hello po! Last January 21, 2018, I went to Glamcon MNL's first ever convention! Although usually I do not prefer attending blog events on a Sunday (seeing it is sorta like 'work' on Church day), I couldn't say no coz it's about BEAUTY!!!

January 21, 2017, I went to Glamcon MNL smx aura

No worries, I was able to join Mass at a chapel in a nearby Mall. Oh, here was the INVITE I posted a few days earlier if you wanna check it out!

My Experience at the First Ever Glamcon MNL 2018

So I arrived at SMX Aura Taguig pretty early. Since I was among the first 100, my ticket, which was Glamderella, got upgraded to Glitterati (worth Php 2,500). The perks include-

  • priority lane access to all meet and greets
  • priority lane b access to a free basic makeover
  • 2 portfolio worthy photos of the new look
  • Glamcon MNL tote bag and shirt

The first thing I did was line up for a makeover, haha! Here I am with makeup artist/trainee, Dho from Paintbox Artistry! She's really polite and nice, complimenting me on my lippie and naturally long lashes.

She asked me what makeup look I want- natural, drunk blush, sophisticated,etc. I chose the latter.

paintbox artistry, mua, dolled by dho

There were simultaneous talks going on. One (Glam Gala) in the stage up front, and the other (Glam School) in a more private room for the Queen/Diva attendees. There was also live music later in the afternoon.

The PlumpPH sistahas as they assume the role of moderator at the no filter panel talk: beauty on our terms. With DJ/host/racer/ singer Joyce Pring, beauty queen/host Venus Raj, and singer-songwriters Julianne Tarroja and Abby Asistio.
The PlumpPH sistahs as they assume the role of moderator at the no filter panel talk: beauty on our terms. With DJ/host/racer/ singer Joyce Pring, beauty queen/host Venus Raj, singer/songwriter/designer Julianne Tarroja and singer/composer/advocate Abby Asistio.


I went around the booths and they were selling at discounted prices. Milcu and Naruko stall were giving samplers.

One (Glam Gala) in the stage up front, and the other (Glam School) in a more private room for the Queen/Diva attendees. There was also live music later in the afternoon.

Of course, opportunity to get up close and personal with today's top Youtubers!

Mamshies Anne Clutz and Raiza Contawi! There were many other popular vloggers
Say hello to your Mamshies Anne Clutz and Raiza Contawi! There were many other popular vloggers di lang ako nakapag-papicture, toinkz!

Yey! Thanks Glamcon and partners/sponsors!

ticket entitles me to a tshirt and a lootbag or tote bag, rather, which includes Sip purified water, and sachets of Milcu and iWhite. Availed the Pictoglam photobooth too, but of course, souvenir, hehe!  (Ang galing nito, just touch the screen and its timer will go then your shot is captured!)    The Jergens sachet was given after the makeover. Then I was lucky to win in the online contest for Biore, then Naruko and Milcu

My ticket entitles me to a tshirt and lootbag or tote bag, rather, which includes Sip purified water, and sachets of Milcu and iWhite. Availed the Pictoglam photobooth too, but of course, souvenir, hehe!  (Ang galing nito, just touch the screen and its timer will go then your shot is captured!)

The Jergens sachet was given after the makeover. I was lucky to win in the online contest for Biore, then Naruko and Milcu for the bring me game during the break! :)

Friday, January 19, 2018

Why You Need to Attend Glamcon MNL 2018!

Hello po! We all know the saying that true beauty is found within, but a little lipstick and a swipe of mascara never hurt anyone!

Introducing y'all to what has got beauty enthusiasts this side of the Philippines all excited- Glamcon MNL 2018!

glam con mnl tickets



#ExploretheWorldofMakeup


Despite the many advances of society, wearing makeup remain as something a person turns to when trying to hide their imperfections. Though this is a big part of the reason why people wear makeup, we must also remember that makeup is used to bring out our best assets!

Glamcon MNL believes that there is no shame in putting makeup on. It is an art and a form of expression of one’s creativity. Anyone rocking a sharp wing liner or a natural looking drunk blush is just as beautiful as their barefaced self.

Moreover, Glamcon MNL wants to remind every Filipina (and Filipino), that there are no rules in wearing makeup, so feel free to explore and experiment with colors, shapes, and contour shades.

It does not matter whether you prefer a no-makeup makeup look or a full-on glam - wear your look loud and proud!

The Makeup Lounge


Styluxe Salon and Paintbox Artistry have partnered with Glamcon MNL 2018 to give premium ticket holders a real treat: FREE hair and makeup makeover! Their premium makeup lounge is a haven of transformation for Queen and Diva ticket holders, Glamcon goers who want to look their best at Manila’s biggest beauty party!

The #GlamGala Stage


Aside from the opportunity to interact with the biggest and brightest stars of the beauty industry, Glamcon goers are in for a treat all thanks to the MAKEUP GURUS who'll strut their stuff on the Glam Gala stage!


  • Ana Victorino talks about building your very own makeup kit in her Makeup 101 talk.
  • Jessica Godinez, together with Ciracle will be making sure that Glamcon goers know how to take good care of their skin during the Daily Skincare Routine segment. 
  • Raiza Contawi will be combining fashion and makeup as she teaches us how to use makeup to complement our clothes in the Color Wheel segment. 
  • Micah Munoz, Ronan Domingo, James Burn and a few more of our favorite boy friends, together with Cosrx, are going to lead the Men’s Skincare segment.
  • Stacy and Danah Gutierrez of PlumpPH will show us that beauty knows no shape or size during their panel talk, Beauty on Our Terms. 
  • Ning Tadena will be teaching Glamcon goers life hacks into becoming the best they can be in Mindset Makeover: Unlock the Diva. 
  • Isha Borromeo, Joyce Sola, Bing Castro, Kristine Roces, Kris Lumagui, and Nina Rayos will be leading the Power of Makeup panel talk.
  • Host Say Tioco will make sure that the fun never stops through games in between each segment. 
  • Riot Logic, Bea Lorenzo, Leanne and Naara, Coeli, Haru and Ysanygo will also be present to serenade Glamcon goers.



#GlamSchool


Glamcon goers are set to learn from the best as the Glam Gurus teach them some of their very own tips and tricks in glamming it up with makeup. The #GlamSchool is specially created to serve as a one-day makeup boot camp for everyone who wants to amp up their makeup game.


  • Ning Tadena will be showing everyone how to achieve that natural looking no-makeup look every girl needs to learn in the Bare Necessities segment.
  • Experience the magic of contour and highlight with Paintbox Artistry at the Makeup Plus segment. 
  • Show off your proud morena skin in the Bronzed Babe tutorial with Paprika Cosmetics. 
  • Learn all the eye makeup essentials from brows, to eyeliner, to blending your eyeshadow in the All About Eyes segment with Michelle Dy.
  • Stand out from the crowd with Hollywood Starlet makeup tutorial again with Paintbox Artistry. 
  • Show of your sexy side with the Valentine Vixen tutorial and strut your glam self with the Boss Lady tutorial to be led by Anne Clutz.


Did anyone say makeup and beauty goodies?


Glamcon MNL 2018 goers won’t be leaving the gathering empty handed as leading makeup, skin, hair, and nail care brands join Manila’s biggest beauty party.


  • Get top-notch makeovers from Styluxe Salon & Makeup Studio. 
  • Add more colors to your look with Paprika Cosmetics’ beautiful eye shadows. 
  • Salon Vitales hair and makeup experts are going to make sure everyone is looking glam. 
  • While local skin care brand iWhite is sure to bring the best skincare products for the beautiful Filipina skin.  
  • EssLiv will make sure that Glamcon MNL goers get only the best skincare products by bringing one of Korea’s top skin care brand, Ciracle. 
  • Makeup Revolution will also make sure that our makeup looks are a hundred percent on point.
  • VMV Hypoallergenics is going to bring high-quality skincare products for all skin types.
  •  Meanwhile, the Skincare Curator will be bringing Cosrx and Neogen to the (makeup) table.
  • Colourette Cosmetics will be showering participants with their fabulous lipstick shades. 
  • Inglot will also be making sure that attendees go home with something that would make them look on point on other special days after Glamcon.


The Glamcon MNL community celebrates beauty made even better through the power of makeup. Makeup and beauty enthusiasts are all invited to attend the biggest beauty party of 2018, Glamcon MNL 2018, to be held at the SMX Convention Center Aura on January 21, 2018! Event happens from  10 AM to 10 PM!

Queen, Diva, Glitterati, Glamderella or Glampass, get your tix here- glamconmnl.com/tickets/ Thanks for reading friends! :)

UPDATE: HERE is my experience at the GlamconMNL 2018!

Monday, January 15, 2018

A Trip to Fall In Love with Batangas!

Hello po! When I say getaway, what's the first thing that comes to your mind? For me, it would be the beach- oh how I love the sun, sand and sea! But recently, I have learned that a quick trip to Batangas is so refreshing as well!

It's easy to fall in love with Batangas- scenic place, nice, friendly people, superb food and more! As a Manileña, this short travel to this nearby province- with the more refreshing air and natural surroundings- had helped me forget the city grind and relax for a while.

Last December 15-16, 2017, us Manila bloggers had joined the Barako PH team in Batangas for a wonderful tour.

get there. From Buendia, we rode a bus (it was Ceres, I think) going to Batangas City Grand Terminal. Ticket costs only around Php 125.

It's so easy to get there. From Buendia, we rode a bus (it was Ceres, I think) going to Batangas City Grand Terminal. Ticket costs only around Php 125. The trip was quick, there was no heavy traffic that time.

A few steps from the terminal  is Ciudad Food Avenue situated in Diversion Road already! (You would be walking back as we already saw it from inside the bus while heading for the terminal.)

Ciudad Food Avenue


food trip batangas
The view in the AM. Watch as it changes in the PM.

Ciudad Food Avenue was our first stop for our 2 day/1 night trip. We also went to 8th Street Restobar, then to Residencia de Riego as you would see later on.

ciudad food avenue
That Friday and Saturday was Globe sponsored movie night! The vicinity would also be a FREE Wi-Fi area soon.

The first time I saw it, I was like, wow, this place is HUGE!!! I 've never seen any food park like this in the city before! Having big restaurants with different bongga themes, it's like an amusement park already!

At present, CFA is home to:

11 large restaurants- 12x8 Pipe Bar and Restaurant, Cafe de Alps, Hotspot KTV, Twins Wild Wings, Bulls and Booze, Big Boned Restobar, Casa del Rey, TJ Sizzle Restobar, Arcat Kitchen, Frozen Hub and Pier 151,

and 17 food carts- Chiko's Fruit Shake, Lemon Drops, Mac's Pizza, Jobelle Ice Cream (their strawberry chili is a must try!!!), Asian Dimsum, Krispy Kap, Mexicantina, Pitalicious Shawarma, Hotdog Overload, Botog's Food House, Eat's Soya, Nacholicious, Señor Churros, Aling Luisa, I Lab Yo, Wrap and Rolls, and Pan Pressed Cafe.

CFA is home to:    11 large restaurants- 12x8 Pipe Bar and Restaurant, Cafe de Alps, Hotspot KTV, Twins Wild Wings, Bulls and Booze, Big Boned Restobar, Casa del Rey, TJ Sizzle Restobar, Arcat Kitchen, Frozen Hub and Pier 151,    and 17 food carts- Chiko's Fruit Shake, Lemon Drops, Mac's Pizza, Jobelle Ice Cream (their strawberry chili is a must try!!!), Asian Dimsum, Krispy Kap, Mexicantina, Pitalicious Shawarma, Hotdog Overload, Botog's Food House, Eat's Soya, Nacholicious, Señor Churros, Aling Luisa, I Lab Yo, Wrap and Rolls, and Pan Pressed Cafe.
Aside from the eye-catching bus cafe, there is also a ship-type, and a cutesy gelato resto. Plus more for you to discover! So as to protect each owner, a condition in this park is NO REPLICATION of specialty.

At the side, Ciudad also houses some tiangge type stores that sells clothes, fragrances, toys, and others! You'd surely be delighted in some good finds there! They are also planning to construct some offices and wellness area at the adjacent lot.

Ciudad Food Avenue is a brainchild of two Batanguenyo business partners who dreamt of building a legacy in Batangas. The team broke ground on October 2016 and CFA held its Grand Opening last September 23, 2017.

12x8 PIPE Bar and Restaurant


Inside Ciudad Food Avenue is 12"x8m Pipe Bar and Restaurant  where we had a satisfying dinner.

This structure got its name from its foundation- 12 pcs. steel pipe thats's 12 inches in diameter and 8 meters in length. The design of this food court is like a module-type industrial food plant hence the names of the eateries. The materials, tables and seats, are upcycled!

Inasal Combustion.
Chicken Pecho Inasal with soup, crackers, rice and pancit.

Inasal Combustion.  Chicken Pecho Inasal with soup, crackers, rice and pancit.

Chicken Pork Pyrolysis. Uses the traditional brick oven for that distinct roasted taste.
Roasted (5)- Chicken, Tuna Veggie, Macaroni Salad, Dessert (macaroon?).

Chicken Pork Pyrolysis. Uses the traditional brick oven for that distinct roasted taste.  Roasted (5) Chicken, Tuna Veggie, Macaroni Salad, Dessert.

Burger Compression. Papa's Special Big Burger. The burger patty and bread is thickkk. They also have the burger challenge where you can eat this for FREE if you win.

Burger Compression. Papa's Special Big Burger. The burger patty and bread is thickkk. They also have the burger challenge where you can eat this for FREE if you win.

Rice Bowl Reaction. When flavored sauce reacts with fried rice then the topping of choice is added. In this case, it's Sisig Rice.

 Rice Bowl Reaction. When flavored sauce reacts with fried rice then the topping of choice is added. In this case, it's Sisig Rice.

Ramen Dilution. Tonkatsu Ramen. I adore Japanese food. This flavorful concoction is no exception!

Ramen Dilution. Tonkatsu Ramen.

Kambingan Express. Kalderetang kambing. This is soooo good! Sauce pa lang, pamatay na! Meat is tender and no langsa.

 Kambingan Express. Kalderetang kambing.

Boodle Bonding. Boodlefight! No utensils needed, eat with your hands! (Don't worry, they provide plastic gloves.)

This is Set C- Grilled liempo, tilapia, chicken adobo, fried biya, lumpia, pinakbet, pancit, egg, tomatoes, 10 cups of rice.  Pwede ng handa sa bertday!!!

Boodle Bonding. Boodlefight!
Yey! I tremendously enjoyed the biya- crispy, salty and delicious! Of course, everything else was good but dried fish is really one of my top favorite food ever. 

You can eat and sing videoke downstairs, or go upstairs to listen to a live band and guzzle some alcoholic beverages!

12x8 PIPE Bar and Restaurant

If I remember correctly, the stores in Ciudad Food Avenue would be open from 12 noon/3 PM up to 12 MN/2AM. It will depend per merchant and day.

8th Street Restobar


Next, we rode a van going to 8th Street Restobar for some winding down. They have 2 performers- one outside (al fresco), and another inside the air-conditioned lounge.

8th Street Restobar
8th Street claims to be the ULTIMATE party hub!

We listened to good music. How lucky that my fave kind was playing- 80's! Also had some drinks and chow.

ultimate party hub in batangas

Yummy! We were served beer, nachos, cocktails and crunchy, sinful bagnet.

 Nachos, cocktails and crunchy, sinful bagnet.

Formerly Jemaena's Cuisine (which used to serve fresh seafood and other ala carte dishes), 8th Street Restobar is located in M. Pastor Ave., Pallocan West, Batangas City.

Residencia de Riego Pool Resort


Finally, we headed to Residencia de Riego Pool Resort to call it a night! This place transforms due to the magnificent lights! The view is definitely different in the morning and at evening!

Residencia de Riego Pool Resort

Check out their three pools! Night swimming is definitely recommended! Well I would have, but my companions were already pagoda by then!

From this...

pool resort batangas
Jet streams for added fun! Depth in 4.5, 5 and 2.7 ft. 

...to this!
night swimming
Romantic and fabulous.

The cottage we slept in was air-conditioned and had twin beds. With its ol' style, it is really cozy and homey. Native rules!

cottage batangas, getaway batangas,
Nature paradise!

Residencia de Riego Pool Resort address is in Sitio Libis Muzon II, Alitagtag, Batangas.

For more details, you may check their Social Media, Instagram and Facebook-  facebook.com/ciudadfoodave/
facebook.com/12x8-Pipe-Bar-and-Restaurant-505974779787016/
facebook.com/8SRestobar/
facebook.com/Residencia-de-Riego-Resort-915055185231324/

Walking tour of the establishments above in this YT Video-


Prior to this journey, I recall Batangas for its balisong, Barako coffee, lomi, Taal volcano, excellent dive sites, Vilma Santos, etc., but  Ciudad Food Avenue, 8x12 PIPE Bar, 8th Street Restobar and Residencia de Riego are also worth being a part of your itinerary in CALABARZON.

So friends, the next time you and your loved ones / barkada / family  is thinking of a vacation or food trip (or even solo for soul searching and unwinding!), consider Batangas as your next destination. You'll definitely have a good time with its rich culture and gems. Thanks for reading! :)

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Top 8 Reasons Novelina Cosmetics Might Be Your Skin's New BFF!

Hello po! Frens, for those in the lookout for exciting yet budget-friendly whitening products, please allow me to introduce to you Novelina. They have a skin care line, and also a hair care line- Zeelke.

Top 8  Reasons Novelina Cosmetics  Might Be Your Skin's New BFF!

Novelina Ultra Lightening Soap and Pollution Shield-


The packaging is thoroughly sealed for consumers' protection. Carton opening is glued. Plastic wraps around the bar.

Novelina Ultra Lightening Soap and Pollution Shield-

135 grams is priced at Php 79. I remember that their marketing told me that this is made in our country. Check out the list of ingredients below:

novelina price, where to buy

Review:
Novelina Soap is like the bomb in whitening! It has all these ingredients - master antioxidant Glutathione, Tres Blanche (expertly blended skin whitener which is 10x more effective than kojic acid), snail serum (anti-aging and healing) and natural bioactives as pollution shield- aloe, broccoli and citrus.

Using it felt comfy, no sting or irritation. Has a clean scent. Very bubbly yet rinses easily.

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Pag beauty blogger dapat ginagamit mo talaga bago mo reviewhin di ba!!!

Novelina Clarity Skin Whitening Face Mask- 


Promises to Clarify, Detoxify, Exfoliate. Affordable price at only Php 65. This mask is actually made in PRC but with technology by Novelina Cosmetics Co., Osaka, Japan. Has arbutin, kojic, algae, vitamin C, bamboo charcoal. Check out the list of ingredients:

Novelina Clarity Skin Whitening Face Mask

Review:
I have been using masks on and off since I was 16 (or was it 12?!) so I am no newcomer. My recent masks are all made in Korea. What's good with this cloth mask is that it is submerged into liquid hence fully wet. I have tried a hydrogel mask before and when I placed that on my face it felt dry (as in not wet).

The scent is like an astringent and there is plenty of amber colored essence inside.

I am wondering why it is labeled as blackhead/whitehead minimizer since eliminating them is usually by peel-off mask types. Anyway, I did not notice any immediate blackhead or whitehead removal with this, maybe those will dissolve or clear up over time due to the activated charcoal, and  I'll need to use this many times.

Comment:
Be careful in using as the dripping can stain fabric.

novelina review
Mukha raw akong taong pugita (squid)?

Novelina High Potency Anti-Aging Cream and Skin Lightener-


Claims to address signs of aging, lighten and protect skin from pollution and sun damage.

The ingredients include collagen and snail serum for anti-aging, natural bioactives aloe, broccoli and citrus for pollution shield, and SPF 15 for UV protection. 100ml SRP is Php 399. I believe this is manufactured in the Philippines.

Review:
This cream is labeled for dry skin but since it was December-January while I am using it, my usually combination /oily skin is very dry due to cold weather. It feels light and absorbs easily. No white cast so I think this is okay under makeup. No greasy look, just a very subtle glow. Glides on skin. .

Novelina High Potency Anti-Aging Cream and Skin Lightener-
Half face test. Left with Novelina High Potency Anti-Aging Cream and Skin Lightener, Right without (bare skin). As you can see, it absorbs pretty well. Also did not cause me skin troubles.

The thing I would suggest, regarding the face cream, is I hope it came in a much smaller tube like 50ml. Because as soon as you open any product, the potency somehow diminishes over time. And when it is smaller I can finish one faster and replenish with a new tube for fresher product inside!

Novelina Instant Lightening Lotion and Pollution Shield-


Lightens, rejuvenates and repairs damaged tissues and protects skin from pollution and sun damage. With gluta, tres blanche, snail serum, natural bioactive ingredients aloe, broccoli and citrus, and SPF 25 for UVA and UVB protection.

I also believe this is made in the Philippines. 200ml costs Php 199.

Review:
Novelina lotion provides instant subtle lightening and you may apply two coats. (It's not an obvious 10 shades whiter ha!) There is a bit of  sheen when just applied. Glides on skin.

Novelina Instant Lightening Lotion and Pollution Shield-
R: Half arm test, marked by the flower line.

Ingredients and description list of Novelina High Potency Anti-Aging Cream and Skin Lightener and
Novelina Instant Lightening Lotion and Pollution Shield. Please click to enlarge.

Ingredients and description list of Novelina High Potency Anti-Aging Cream and Skin Lightener and   Novelina Instant Lightening Lotion and Pollution Shield.

The cream and lotion look similar in that both are white and thick, but there is a difference.
Face cream- thicker consistency and milder / more subtle scent.
Body lotion- less thick than the facial cream and stronger, floral scent.

for exciting yet budget-friendly whitening products, please allow me to introduce to you Novelina. They have a skin care line, and also a hair care line- Zeelke.
Top: Novelina Face Cream, Bottom: Novelina Body Lotion.

In conclusion, here are my thoughts on why I recommend Novelina:

1. Affordable.
2. Japanese technology (known for high quality).
3. Simple, fuss free packaging.
4. Cocktail of beneficial bioactive ingredients.
5. Fragrant.
6. No skin irritation or allergy observed.
7. Paraben free.
8. It works!

Shout out to Tritan Ventures (Distributor) for providing these products for review. Follow their Social Media on https://www.facebook.com/novelinacosmetics/

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Novelina is available in the following stores: Waltermart, Emmaflor, NCCC, Gaisano, Makati Supermarket, South Supermarket, Cash & Carry Supermarket and Dept. Store, LCC Department Store, AFP Commissary & Exchange Services, Cebu Demelle Enterprises, Citimart Supermarket, South Seas Mall, Unimart Supermarket, Mart one Supermarket and Unitop.

Check out Novelina Cosmetics for your beauty and skin care needs. Thanks for reading! :)