What's in My LV Cosmetic Pouch?

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I recently changed my makeup kit and most of the items in it cos I have been putting minimal makeup in the past years. I ditched the brow powder as I had my brows done for that literal "woke u like this" brows/look.

Feel Like Meghan Markle with the Strathberry Midi Tote

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Strathberry Midi Tote #strathberry


After what feels like a lifetime, I’m trying to blog again. Let’s see if I can fully commit myself to being a blogger again. But trust me, I have been itching to write. For years.

For a change, let me write about a purse - one of 2018’s hyped bag/brand because of Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex.i have known of the brand’s existence since I saw it from The Bag Hag’s IG (maybe 2016 or 2017). But it only really caught my attention when I saw Meghan carrying this wearing her emerald green dress. That’s my color palette.

And because I felt like I did not have a designer bag in tan on rotation, I decided to get this bag instead. It wasn’t easy. It was sold out for months because like I said, it was really hyped up. I think any brand seen on Royals automatically shoots up. When I was notified that it was back in stock at Strathberry’s US website, I almost checked out. But then I suddenly remembered that there is Strathberry at Lane Crawford in Hong Kong. So, I got in touch with Lane Crawford HK and told them to hold the bag for me. I’m so thankful cos they do not usually allow this given it’s the last stock and the most saleable color! After a few days, I finally got the bag! So, a big thank you to Lane Crawford HK!

Okay now, on to the bag.  If you are working in a corporate world, this is a great bag because it’s structured and it means business. Yes, you can still use this even when you are dressed down but it just looks way better when you are a bit dressed up. It has a detachable strap that you can use when you want to wear this as a crossbody but I do not recommend you do that as they have not perfected the hook part of the straps. I feel like it deforms the bag eventually.

The size. I got the midi tote which is medium I suppose. But since it has a bar closure for the handles, you won’t be able to maximise the usual tote space. You can fit the essentials and that’s about it. But then I may have one too many essentials though! Other times, I think I should have gotten the bigger one. But since it’s really aethetically pleasing to the eyes, fine. Midi tote it is. Maganda talga when worn, promise.

Now the leather texture. For a bag that costs HKD5,400, I was not expecting the leather to feel cheap. Yes, I said it. Cheap. It feels like one scratch and the leather will break apart. The softness of the leather makes it feel cheap rather than expensive. I mean, the Gucci’s matelasse is soft but does not feel cheap. When I was rummaging my closet decluttering, I saw an old bag I bought from Zara. And wow, same leather with my Strathberry. But for a fraction of a price. My overexcitement got the best of me that I only noticed the leather when I started using it.

So, there. If you still want the Tote series from Strathberry, consider the leather. Tan comes in two types of leather - the normal one and the bridled leather. The latter is more expensive. Have not seen it in person but I hope the price tag can justify the type of leather. If you will use this as an office bag, go for the bigger one. If you will use this as a casual bag, go for the nano. It’s trendier with its chain strap.

Strathberry is not available in the Philippines but you can purchase it from neighoring Asian countries like Singapore, Hong Kong, and Thailand.


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Mother-K Breastmilk Storage Bags

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The second brand of breastmilk bag that I have tried is from Mother-K. I noticed that this breastmilk  bag is usually on the Top 3 of breastfeeding mothers' favourite breastmilk bags here in the Philippines. It's a Korean brand and I have been obsessed with baby stuff from Korea. I just think they're well-thought of.

Mother-K can store up to 7oz of breastmilk. It has double zips to ensure no leaking. And it also has a color indicator to determine whether the milk is too cold or too warm.



Quite honestly, I never got around finding if the color changes because I used them mainly to store my breastmilk and kept them in the deep freezer. We thaw the breastmilk overnight for tomorrow's use and my husband transfers the milk from the bag to the bottle.

We never experience any leaks with this breastmilk bag which makes it my husband's favourite but if you're storing more than 3oz in a bag, it's quite impossible to freeze it flat. It tends to be bulky. Also, since it has a capacity of 7oz, you must only put 2/3 of 7oz in the bag if you will be freezing it as it will expand. Not filling it up to them brink gives space for the milk to expand when it freezes.

The material is thick but thaws quite fast. It's also quite affordable at PhP379 per box for 30 pieces of breastmilk bags.

Mother-K breastmilk storage bag can be purchased at Baby Company and Mothercare.


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Skincare During Pregnancy

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There were a lot of stuff I couldn't use when I was pregnant. First off, I basically couldn't use 99% of my skin care because they all had whitening properties which is a no-no for pregnant women. I also had to make sure the ingredients didn't have paraben etc etc. Good thing, I didn't really break out during my pregnancy so I didn't use much. I just mainly washed my face with water regularly.

But on day when I had to put makeup, I used Bioderma micellar water toremove my makeup and Bioré's foam facial wash.


The two products above are safe for pregnant women and they have kept my face clean! Of course, I still used them in moderation and I hardly wore makeup when I was pregnant except for filing in my brows.

You're growing a human being inside of you so you better make sure of the products that you use because they are being absorbed by the unborn baby.


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Mommy Diaries: Baby Shusher - The Sleep Miracle

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One of the difficulties of taking care of a baby is pacifying them or stopping them from crying. Since they still can't talk, it's pretty much a trial and error scenario on what to do with your baby to calm them down. Add the fact that they sometimes cry non-stop because they are unable to catch their sleep.

When my baby had her newborn shoot (at 2 weeks old), we were wondering how the photographers would make them sleep. They had different sounds all over the place and we kept no hearing this loud human shush from nowhere. It wasn't the photographer shushing my baby to sleep. Then we saw this rocket-shaped like thing on the floor.

The next thing I knew, I was searching where to purchase one.


Baby Shusher - The Sleep Miracle makes a human shush sound that calms your crying baby and puts them to sleep. It might sound too good to be true but it actually works. Newborn photographers use this to help them keep the baby asleep while shooting.


It has two cycles: 15minutes and 30 minutes. Twist to turn on the Baby Shusher and twist the bottom to adjust the volume. Mak sure that the shutter is placed near the baby or that it's a sound going to your baby's ear instead of a sound far away from your baby. Your baby might think of it as a sound part of the surrounding.


That's my baby sound asleep because of Baby Shusher. She was 1 and a half month old at that time. We still use the Baby Shusher until now and we even bring it along with us when we go out. There's just less crying with Baby Shusher.

Baby Shusher is available at facebook.com/MilkinMommiesPH or on Instagram (@MilkinMommies).


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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.

* PR article


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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.

* PR article


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