Introducing the New Beauty Trend: The #MakeITHappen Attitude and the ‘Maker’ Mindset*

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Maybelline New York partners with 10 inspiring Filipinas as they share their #makeithappen stories

Manila, 2017- Today’s young Filipinas are more empowered than ever. They express themselves stronger than ever – whether in beauty, in fashion, even in their thoughts. They know what they want and how to be in control, and sometimes, the only thing that they need is a dose of inspiration to push them forward to make their dreams happen – and Maybelline New York, the world’s no. 1 makeup brand, perfectly knows that.

Apart from believing in the transformative power of beauty and using the energy of New York to make dreams happen, Maybelline knows that being a venue to share the stories of young successful women is what every Filipina needs to carve out a name for themselves and make IT happen. That is why this year, Maybelline New York takes it a notch higher and brings forth its ‘make IT happen’ movement as it partners with 10 young Filipina ‘Makers’ by giving them a venue to share their inspirational stories. 

“Maybelline has always believed in the power of beauty to make things happen. We want our message on empowerment and possibilities to be a part of every young Filipina’s narrative,” shared Cary Co, Marketing Director for Maybelline Philippines. “Our partnership with these 10 girls signals our commitments to bring forth what we truly mean by ‘Make IT Happen.’ We hope that by giving these girls a venue to share their stories, we are able to inspire other girls to make their own stories of success happen.”

Maybelline has partnered with these 10 young Filipina Makers to share their own make it happen stories:

Photographer Sara Black on her “Make Imagination Happen” story
Celebrity Stylist Kimi Yap on her “Make Confidence Happen” story
Fashion Designer Rosenthal Tee on her “Make Fashion Happen” story
Model Maureen Wroblewitz on her “Make Bold Happen” story
Calligrapher Alexis Ventura on her “Make Creativity Happen” story
Athlete Denisse Lazaro on her “Make Strength Happen” story
Education Advocate Arizza Nocum on her “Make Change Happen” story
Blogger Lissa Kahayon on her “Make Ambitious Happen” story
Fitness Guru Ida Paras on her “Make Determination Happen” story
Filmmaker Janina Manipol on her “Make Dedication Happen” story


“Being a fashion designer and blogger gives me an opportunity to express myself and share bits of my life to my readers. Being recognized and appreciated for what I do also drives me to succeed and to strive to be better in what I do. I’ve allowed myself to take risks, accept challenges, and dream big,” shared Lissa Kahayon.

Drawing inspiration from within, Sara Black professional photographer shares that she makes imagination happen, through visualizing the image in her mind and translating it into reality through a photograph. “What drives me is the need to stay current and putting my best work forward. Never be complacent,” shared Black. 

As an artist and entrepreneur, Alexis Ventura transformed her hobby into a business, but not without the challenges that this brings. She shares that “though turning a hobby into a business is a blessing, finding the right opportunities to develop myself and my team was not easy. Working to reach big dreams with limited resources allows us to be even more creative with our solutions”. 

These are only but a glimpse of the many Make It Happen stories that Maybelline is set to share to young Filipinas through its ‘Maker’ campaign. To know more about the Maybelline Maker campaign visit www.maybelline.com.ph and watch the latest Maybelline global anthem here: http://bit.ly/2szdmGS.

It’s time to unleash the Maker in you and #makeithappen! Keep visiting www.facebook.com/MaybellinePhilippines.

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US Bestseller Fit Me Franchise is finally here in the Philippines!*

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The most awaited and highly-anticipated foundation from Maybelline New York finally arrives in the Philippines – and you better head to the Maybelline counter nearest you!

You asked for it and now you can have it! Starting June 2017, Filipinas can now place their hands on the most asked-for foundation from Maybelline New York as FitMe! FINALLY arrives in the Philippines. 

If you are always trying to find the perfect fit but end up settling for the closest shade to ‘match’ your skin tone, settle no more! Find the perfect one for you as Maybelline brings in here FitMe! Matte + Poreless line which offers a wide range of shades that goes beyond matching skin tone but also fits skin’s texture: your skin the way it is meant to be- fresh, breathing, and flawless. 

 “Most of the time, Filipinas are offered only about four foundation shades to choose from, which makes it a real challenge to find their perfect shade. As Fit Me comes in 10 shades to choose from, Filipinas can finally easily find their FIT. What is even more exciting is that the Fit Me line that we’re bringing in here offers a MATTE + PORELESS finish, which is suitable for the Filipina skin.” says Bianca Sing, Jr. Product Manager for Maybelline.

Fit Me is available in 4 different formats - the FitMe! Matte+Poreless Liquid Foundation, the FitMe! Foundation Stick, the FitMe! Pressed Powder, and the FitMe! Concealer. All of them are perfect for oily skin.

The FitMe! Matte+Poreless Liquid Foundation fits skin tone and texture. Leaving a natural and seamless finish, this certified US Bestseller is definitely a must have.
o Matte + Poreless 
o Blurs pores and Controls Shine
o Easily Blendable  
o Comes in 10 shades
o Ideal for normal to oily skin
o SRP- P399

The FitMe! Stick Foundation is Maybelline’s 1st powder foundation in a stick. This oil absorbing stick goes on creamy and blends into a natural matte looking finish. It has an exclusive anti-shine powder core that instantly dissolves excess oil.
o Mattifying powder in a Stick
o Easy to use, 2 Step: Swipe and Blend
o Prefect for On-The-Go
o Comes in 8 shades 
o Ideal for normal to oily skin
o SRP- P399

The FitMe! Pressed Powder is the brand’s first-ever mattifying powder that fits the skin tone and texture. Perfect for touch-ups, it offers a  poreless looking finish with shine control
o Matte + Poreless
o Contains blurring micro-powders that blur pores
o Controls shine
o Comes in 8 shades 
o Ideal for normal to oily skin
o SRP- P399

Say goodbye to dark circles, pimples, and dark spots in an instant! Fit Me Concealer gives you that natural coverage for zero flaws and blemishes.
Natural coverage
o Fits Filipina Skin
o Easily Blendable 
o Comes in 4 shades
o SRP- P199
  
With all these four FitMe! formats targeting concerns from tone to texture, while leaving you with a natural finish, there’s no need to settle anymore. Find the perfect fit for you only with FitMe! by Maybelline New York. Indeed, you can tell the world, “Don’t judge me. Don’t hide me. Don’t change me. FIT ME!”

Products are available in Maybelline counters nationwide and online over at Lazada:(http://www.lazada.com.ph/maybellineonline). For more information about Maybelline, please visit www.facebook.com/MaybellinePhilippines.

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Mommy Diaries: SunMum Breastmilk Storage Bag

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I'm back with a new mommy blog post.

Before going back to work, I began building my milk stash because I didn't want to worry about not having enough milk for my baby while I'm away. I initially bought storage cups until I realised they take so much space in the freezer and my 10 cups were not enough.

The first breastmilk storage bag I bought was SunMum. It was the cheapest box I saw at Baby Mama  (PhP165 per box) and since I was still at a trial phase, what did I have to lose right?


The SunMum breastmilk storage bag is longer than the usual breastmilk bag. You can fill it up with 9oz or 250ml of milk. It has 3 zips for leaking security and the plastic is perforated without the need of using scissors. Just tear the perforated part and it's good for use!

The only thing I don't like about this breastmilk bag though is that I find the plastic rather thin. I always got nervous that it might leak or have a tear once frozen. Luckily, I didn't not encounter any leak at all!


This is how it looks like with 9oz worth of breastmilk! a few things I've learned with this breastfeeding journey is that you should not go beyond the indicated measurement of the breastmilk bag. Milk expands when it is frozen. You don't want it to explode or leak because it is liquid gold! If you are a bit OC about storing your breastmilk in the freezer, be consistent with the measurement per bag. I notice with SunMum that if you fill it with 3-4oz only, it can really lay flat. Thefore, they are easier to stack. More oz makes it bulkier and longer to thaw.


SunMum breastmilk storage bag retails for PhP165 and is available at Baby Mama stores.


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Cop Today’s Top Model-Worthy looks with Maybelline New York*

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Bringing trendy looks from catwalk to sidewalk drives the innovation for Maybelline New York. As a beauty brand that brings its expertise to a whole new level with its amazing line of products, young girls are seriously on the watch for the latest beauty trends that the No. 1 makeup brand from New York brings in. And now as the official makeup partner for Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 5, Maybelline New York has a lot of makeup tips and tricks in store for girls who want to make it happen.

As long as you have the right stash of beauty products, nailing runway beauty looks isn’t too hard as it may seem. Here are three (3) trendy looks that girls can easily cop and flaunt:

Uptown Princess
Be the New York princess you want to be! Start off your look with Dream Velvet Foundation (P499) for a buildable coverage that gives a hydrated matte finish and V-Face Contour Blush (P399) for perfectly defined features with a rosy touch. Achieve sculpted and tamed brows in an instant with the all-new Fashion Brow Pomade Crayon (P399). Lastly, finish off the look with Creamy Mattes in Touch of Spice (P299) for gorgeous statement-making lips. 

Midtown Girl
Strut down the sidewalk in perfect street style with V-Face Duo Contour Stick (P499) that contours and highlights to instantly give you a natural slimmer look. Create graphic eye looks with the ultra-precise tip of Eye Studio Hypersharp Laser Liner (P299) that is both smudge-proof and water resistant. Top off the look with Powder Mattes in Make Me Blush (P299) for a lightweight feel to the lips but with an intense color payoff and smooth matte finish.

DownTown Edge
Take edgy to a whole new level with Super BB Fresh Matte Cushion (P749) for a fresh matte poreless perfection look. Nothing completes an edgy look without Hyperink Liquid Liner (P199) that gives intense black ink pigmentation and Falsies Push Up Drama (P459) for intense volumized lashes. Finish off your edgy look with a pop of color. Up your lipstick game with Loaded Bolds in Fearless Purple (P299) with just a single stroke! 

Complete these #MOTDs with your very own runway-worthy #OOTDs with great fashion choices from www.zalora.com.ph. Make heads turn with stylish pieces that will definitely make heads turn as you sashay into the urban streets of Manila! 

Upgrade your makeup stash with products that can make you look bold and edgy like a top model. Products are exclusively imported and distributed by Maybelline and are available in Maybelline counters nationwide and on www.lazada.ph. For more information about Maybelline, please visit www.facebook.com/MaybellinePhilippines.

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Keep your brow game strong with Maybelline New York*

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Sometimes, your brows can speak louder than words.  Always make a statement with perfectly shaped brows!From light brows to sparse brows, Maybelline New York, the world’s no. 1 makeup brand, offers eye brow products that are on point in addressing your brow concerns through the Fashion Brow Collection!

Each product from the Maybelline Brow Studio collection is specially formed to help you fill in your brows whether they be thin, unruly, thick, shapeless, or sparse. Get the brow look you want in 3 easy steps or less with the wide variety that Maybelline is bringing you which includes: Fashion Brow Duo Shaper, Fashion Brow 3D Cream Pen, Brow Precise Fiber Filler, Fashion Brow Palette, and Fashion Brow Pomade Crayon

The Fashion Brow Duo Shaper is Maybelline’s first 2-in-1 brow shaper creates natural-looking brows in just 2 easy steps: define with the precise pencil and fill with the powder end
Two-in-one brow product
Dual tip with retractable pen tip 
Easy glide on and control 
Lasts up to 12 hours
Comes in 4 shades 

Get instant definition with the Fashion Brow 3DCream Pencil, Maybelline’s first angle tip brow pencil to precisely frame and fill the brows. Just shape the brow with the tip, fill with the angled side and brush with the spoolie to get perfectly shaped brows! 
Edge side and angle side tip to precisely frame and naturally fill the brows
Spoolie to groom the brows
Soft creamy formula
Waterproof

The Brow Precise Fiber Filler will give brows instant three-dimensional action! This is Maybelline’s first ever fiber infused filling mascara that delivers full and colored brows in a few easy strokes.
Adds volume and color 
Tapered spoon brush
Provides an instant brow boost
Lasts up to 12 hours
Comes in 3 shades 

The Fashion Brow 3D Contouring Palette is Maybelline’s first ever contouring palette for both brows and nose. With the use of the palette, shape and contour to perfection to change an entire look! 
3 Step process
o Shape brows with wax
o Fill them with 
o Contour with nose powder 
Gives 25% instant lifting effect
Comes in 2 shades 

The Fashion Brow Pomade Crayon is perfect for achieving bold brows in one easy sweeping move. Perfect for unruly brows, this pomade crayon sculpts and tames as it colors. 
Creamy formula
Easily blendable 
Highly pigmented 
Comes in 4 shades 
With all these to choose from, for sure you will be brow game strong! Get your brows on fleek with the new Fashion Brow Collection, only from Maybelline New York!

For more information about Maybelline, please visit www.facebook.com/MaybellinePhilippines. Follow us on Instagram via @welovemaybelline.

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Every Nursing Mom's Best Friend: A Recliner Chair

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Happy Labor Day! This is our day, people! A day to rest. That's why today I'm sharing how I'm able to rest while nursing my newborn at the same time.

When I was pregnant, I came across several mommy blogs gushing about the importance of a LA-Z Boy recliner. The even said it's one of their best investment ever when it comes to nursing their newborn.

I never quite understood the hype though. We had a LA-Z boy recliner in our flat in Hong Kong and we all loved it especially when we were watching TV. See, it was for a different purpose. When I gave birth and started breastfeeding, the first struggle is always feeling and being comfortable on the chair or on the bed. I tell you it is difficult to find the best position where you and baby are both comfortable. It gets tiring carrying a baby, you know.

My dad must have seen my struggle so he got me a recliner chair 2 weeks after giving birth!


The first time I sat on it, I already knew I was going to love it. I no longer need to pile up several pillows for back support. I can recline it at my own phase whichever angle I'm comfortable. Me and my newborn can even sleep on it. It's just simply the best nursing item ever!

Another thing I use when I'm on the recliner seat is a lap pillow. It's the normal lap pillow. I have a maternity/nursing pillow but I decided to sell it when I remember that we have a lap pillow in our car. This was previously used as an oversized neck pillow for kicks. LOL.


I use this nap pillow when I am sitting 90 degrees on the recliner seat. I lay my baby on top of this lap pillow when I am breastfeeding. When she's almost asleep from feeding, that's the time I recline the seat cos that is more or less the time that I feel tired already - that or my back is starting to hurt. But my back pain lessened tremendously when I started nursing on the recliner chair.

It's too bad that this recliner chair is not portable so I can't bring this with me when I'm out with the little one. LOL. But yes guys, I tell you it's the best investment ever. If you're done with your breastfeeding journey, this recliner seat can still be used by the whole family.


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MARCH-APRIL 2017'S COMMENTER OF THE MONTH AND WHAT'S IN STORE FOR MAY-JUNE 2017'S COMMENTER OF THE MONTH!

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It's gonna be May! (cue N'Sync's song)

My months have been hectic and tiring because I'm taking care of my little one all day, everyday! But I'm not complaining. I actually love it! If you would also notice, I have injected mommy blog posts lately and expect more to come!

Also, please let me know if you want me to review specific products that you see on my Instagram account.

Alright, so for May-June's Commenter of the Month, she will be getting the following: