Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hosting the Karimadon and Eric Delos Santos Bridal Collection

Karimadon launched the newest gowns from Karimadon Brides and the Eric Delos Santos Bridal Collection on August 7 at The Lounge Bar, Raffles Hotel. The event (hosted by yours truly) showcased the beautifully crafted gowns for brides and entourage members. I sat with Karen Go, one of the owners of Karimadon and designer Eric Delos Santos, who told me that this is just the beginning of their wonderful partnership.


I'm not tying the knot anytime soon, but as soon as the models walked down, I was already picking out a dress for my wedding! The gowns from Karimadon Brides and the Eric Delos Santos collection range from P18,000-70,000. If you're worried that your gown may have a "twin," Karimadon can let you choose your fabric and color and have it altered for a better fit.

Clear the Stage

Haven't updated in a while! Just thought I'd share with you this song my singing group 6:33 sang last July for the English worship services of Greenhills Christian Fellowship.




The song is called "Clear the Stage" by Jimmy Needham. It was written by Ross King, who also recorded it for his album And All the Decorations, Too back in 2002. The song is such a great reminder of how we tend to focus on the ceremonies, the embellishments, the rules and perfecting the processes, yet forgetting the proper attitude when it comes to worshipping God. 

CLEAR THE STAGE
Clear the stage and set the sound and lights ablaze

If that's the measure you must take to crush the idols

Jerk the pews & all the decorations, too 

Until the congregations few, then have revival

Tell your friends that this is where the party ends 

Until you're broken for your sins, you can't be social

Then seek the Lord & wait for what He has in store 

And know that great is your reward so just be hopeful



'Cause you can sing all you want to

Yes, you can sing all you want to

You can sing all you want to

And still get it wrong; 
worship is more than a song



Take a break from all the plans that you have made 

And sit at home alone and wait for God to whisper

Beg Him please to open up His mouth and speak 

And pray for real upon your knees until they blister

Shine the light on every corner of your life 

Until the pride and lust and lies are in the open

Then read the Word and put to test the things you've heard 

Until your heart and soul are stirred and rocked and broken


'Cause you can sing all you want to

Yes, you can sing all you want to

You can sing all you want to

And still get it wrong; worship is more than a song

We must not worship something that's not even worth it

Clear the stage, make some space for the One who deserves it


Any thing I put, before my God, is an idol
Any thing I want, with all my heart, is an idol
Any thing I can't, stop thinking of, is an idol
Any thing that I, give all my love, is an idol

Cause I can sing all I want to
Yes I can, sing all I want to
And we can, sing all we want to
We can, sing all we want to
We can sing all we want to
And still get it wrong
Worship is more than a song

Clear the stage and set the sound and lights ablaze
If that's the measure you must take to crush the idols


*Special thanks to Tatay Levi for the video

Monday, July 28, 2014

Beauty Blog: H2O Overnight Eye Complex

One of the tell-tale signs of aging is getting crow's feet in the eye area. It's also one of the toughest to disguise or cover-up because the more you put make up on it, the product just seeps into the creases, making it more obvious. I'm the type who doesn't want to wait for that to happen so I am doing all that I can to eat and live healthy and take good care of my skin.

Do you find yourself crinkling your eyes a lot? Are you the type who doesn't like to wear shades even if the sunlight gets so blinding? If you don't moisturize your eye area, you risk getting those fine lines around your eyes sooner. 


I've been using the Overnight Eye Complex from H2O for about a week now. Nothing too stellar yet. It's goes on as a light, almost clear gel that has a cooling effect on your peepers. Think of it as a gel version of Eye Mo, except that you apply it on the skin around your eyes. 


H2O Eye Oasis Overnight Eye Complex 4ML trial size
(Full size: 15ML, Price: 1,750)
THE VERDICT:
I got this tube from Sample Room and I'm honestly having second thoughts on whether I'd buy the full size or not. It didn't really do much for my early-morning puffy eyes. :-( I feel that I'm looking for something that packs in more moisture. Since the product sources it's ingredients from the sea, a heavier, creamier consistency might be out of the question. 

PACKAGING:
The 4ML trial tube can fit into the tiniest make-up bag. 

WHO WOULD BENEFIT A LOT FROM THIS PRODUCT?
Teens to women in their early 20s. Use this if you want an early start to combat aging around the eyes. Still, you have to give your eyes proper rest! No matter how good an eye product is, if you're always puyat, then you might not achieve the desired results. Also, those with very oily skin who don't like to apply anything too heavy on their face would appreciate the light gel formulation of H2O Eye Oasis.

OTHER NOTES:
-I think it would be a good daytime product that you can use beneath your under-eye concealer since it's very light. 
-If you need something to refresh your tired eyes, it would be good to have this in your make-up kit.

Monday, July 21, 2014

VLOG: DENTAL CARE + A CHAT W/ A DENTIST!

Here's the 2nd part of my trip to Metro Dental. I sat with Dra. Mica Manalo, Head Dentist of the Galleria branch. She shared with me her journey to becoming a dentist, her aspirations and of course, more facts about proper dental care. Watch and learn from her! 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Can you #WhipIt? Coz I did!

It would be best to watch this first to be able to appreciate my version of #WhipIt


And then you can go and view mine...
How did this all come about? My friend Badet and I were just randomly talking about commercials and of course my appreciation of the single life and then BAM! we decided to parody Denise Laurel's #WhipIt "Sayang" commercial. I didn't change the word SAYANG but showed how it's being used to describe happily single people who are not in a hurry to tie the knot. Like I said in my previous VLOGs on the Single Life (visit www.happysingles.net), I'm not entirely closing my doors on marriage. It's just that I don't want to get myself so consumed with it, that it distracts me from what God wants me to do at the moment. 
I've spoken to a lot of singles who feel the same way. How they face so much pressure from family, relatives and friends who push them to go and tie the knot already. I've always treated marriage as SACRED. It's not something you get into just because all your friends are getting married. It's not something you get into just to make nagging people shut up. It's a decision between two people who love each other and would want to commit their whole lives to be together, living as one unit and raising a family on their own. It's a grown-up decision that will change your life forever. 
And for the singles? If you're not married that does not mean that God cannot use you to fulfill His purposes! All of us are called to do things for Him. He has gifted us with talents, skills, education--even our experiences are important as we do what we can for His glory. Your life is not SAYANG if you decide to enjoy being single for the mean time. If the Lord calls you to marry, nothing wrong with that too. He can still use you and your partner to bring glory to His name. :-)
Bottom line is, whether God calls you to be single or married, you can give glory to His Name through the life you live. Can you #WhipIt? Coz I did! :-p

Monday, June 30, 2014

VLOG: A TRIP TO METRODENTAL

This is me checking out MetroDental at Robinsons Galleria! Thanks Ms Rozel for giving me the tour and patiently answering my questions. I also had oral prophylaxis and dental filling done on the same day by their head dentist Dra. Mica Manalo. She thoroughly cleaned my teeth, explaining the step by step process while I contentedly sat there with my mouth open. :-p

My teeth were also air-polished for the first time; it's a painless procedure that uses air and a salt water solution to effectively remove unsightly stains and plaque. It can be very drying for the lips though, so Dra. Mica smothered an ample amount of petroleum jelly on my lips before blasting away. 


You can visit them at the 3rd Level, East Expansion Lane, Robinson's Galleria. Their other branches are listed on their site: metrodental.com.ph

Part 2 will be up in a few days! Thanks for viewing! 


Lovingly yours,


To those who are confused about my identities...

I have a lot of identities. I play a lot of roles. So for those who are confused, just watch the videos and click on the photos below.

 "SENADORA"

I've been "Senadora" since 2008. I took inspiration from the behavior of politicians and candidates (both legit and nuisance) and decided to depict them in a series of photo stories and news satire published in my Multiply account from back in the day.


Of course, heroic acts such as this need to be published (with photo op) haha

"Yan ba yung La Fifa? Yung kumanta sa World Cup?"

When talks about the Anti-Epal Bill came out, I just had to make sure "naki-epal" si Senadora.  





My officemates thankfully played along, eventually my boss, friends and some churchmates caught on and then they began calling me "Senadora" in public. I mean, I totally have what it takes to be a senator right???

You don't agree? Well... markado ka! Wala kang bigas when I become Senator!!!

"DOCTORA NIETO"

When I was little (around 5 or 6), I thought I'd be a doctor. That dream was short-lived because the call to performing arts and was stronger. Whenever I'd wear my white blazer to work, my Mellow officemates would address me as "Doctora" Syempre feel na feel ko diba.


That video above is just one of the random ideas I knew I had to shoot. Buti na lang Marco and Mr Tzing were game. We had no script. Everything was just improv! :-p

THE SELF-PROCLAIMED OPRAH OF PHILIPPINE RADIO
Do I need to remind you who I took inspiration from?

Okay, fine. She owned "Oprah of the Philippines"
So I can still be "Oprah of Philippine radio" since I work in radio, RIGHT?



PRINCESS/DIWATA/A MYTHICAL CREATURE EXCEPT A UNICORN
A lot of times, I'm just naturally a princess. Because I am the "Crown Princess of Makati" the Binays pay their taxes to me. :-p
Post by Mellow947.


I'm also a Doll Mama to my princess dolls. 

Post by DJ Ingrid on Mellow947's The Afternoon Cruise.




Hope that explains everything. Be confused no more!

P.S. I'm also a POWER RANGER

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

VLOG: Hanging out at Family Mart

Hanging out at Family Mart with my friends after church!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Clinique Even Better review

A woman who abhors the thought of seeing premature fine lines on her face and neck must make sure that she wears sunblock daily and applies moisturizer in the morning and before going to bed. When I was a young girl, I'd often see my Lola perform her evening skin care ritual as I was tasked to massage her to sleep. She still hasn't let go of that habit and would ask me at times what good products I've tried and would recommend to her. 

I finally finished my bottle of Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion and began using my Even Better Brightening Moisture Cream Plus five days ago. 

Clinique Even Better Brightening Moisture Cream Plus [Full size: 50ML]


Clinique Even Better Brightening Moisture Cream Plus [Price: P1,700]

PACKAGING:
The pot can fit into the palm of your hand. It carries the clean, simple and elegant packaging Clinique is known for. It may be a little bulky if you take it with you when traveling.

THE VERDICT:
I love that it's formulated for Asian skins, is allergy tested and easily-absorbed by the skin. The white cream plumps the skin with an appropriate amount of hydration that doesn't feel too heavy or sticky (perfect for our bipolar weather--sometimes you wake up and feel like it's still summer, and then it gets all gloomy and rainy towards the afternoon. Seriously weather, make up your mind!).



It claims to brighten and release luminosity from within, as it helps retain the skin's moisture. I just started using this 5 days ago and I've already seen an improvement on my skin's condition and brightness especially in the morning. It goes on well under sunblock or BB cream and a light dusting of mineral powder foundation. 

WHO WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS TO?
-Those who have combination to dry skin. This might be a little too much for teenage skin but I'd definitely recommend this to those in their 20s to early 30s.

Thank you Sample Room for sending this product over! I have yet to determine how long this 50ML pot will last but I'd definitely buy this for myself! Get more details about this and read the Editor's Review on the Sample Room website. :-)

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