The Only Two Things You Need To Capture The Best Wedding Pics*

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No, it doesn’t include wedding filters. But, these two requisites pump up those pics to perfection.

There are a lot of elements that come into play when it comes to executing wedding shoots, from finding the right location for the prenup shoot, to making sure you look radiant (note: not stressed!) in your wedding pictures. Swish always wants to pump up your confidence for life-defining moments like your big day, so they talked to top wedding photographer Oly Ruiz to know what he does to get the best out of the couples he’s shot.

One look at Oly Ruiz’s work, and you know that it’s a major production. There’s a lot of drama and art that goes into what he does. Oly shares, “I’ve always wanted to be different. Throughout the years, my photos have become more refined, but still different. I fused elegance and uniqueness together.”

When couples approach him, it’s a common story that they say that they love his photos, but they don’t know if they can do it. “That’s understandable,” Oly says, “But all I’m asking for is their willingness. And the fact that I was approached by the couple, that shows that they’re willing.”

Being willing to do the shoot is different from having the confidence to go all out on it, though. It’s a good thing Oly has become a master in getting some of his couples to do what they thought they couldn’t do. Capturing a perfect photo largely depends the couple having these two crucial things: 

Comfort. Oly says that even if they have the best location and all the elements click together, if the couple doesn’t look comfortable in the photos, it will ruin the shoot. The couple has to be prepped and ready, feeling and looking their best so that their comfort levels can aid in eliciting the best shots. Their breath should be fresh (a spritz of SWISH Breath Spray in between shots will work wonders!) for those extreme close ups, their stance comfortable, and their minds free of worry. When the couple feels comfortable, they’ll open up and be more willing to pose for the camera.  “It’s about easing them into the shoot, and gauging the extent of the couple’s willingness. Like if I ask them to do something and they don’t want to, I ask them to do another thing until they look like they want to. The poses then progress to become harder and harder, but they didn’t notice because I eased them into it as slow as possible.” Taking it one step a time seems to be the secret to feeling comfortable in front of the camera. 

Confidence. Through the years, Oly has learned what poses make the couple look good on camera, and when he shows the shots to the couples, it pumps up their confidence. It helps to get the bases covered, of course. Make sure hair and makeup are on point with a proper style team, get a stylist you trust, and have a shoot plan ready. Super pump up that confidence with readiness, so that when the camera is clicking, you’re only thinking about your partner and the emotions that should cut across to photographs. Oly adds, “The photos are proof that they look amazing, so I keep on encouraging that until it warms them up and make them want to do more.” There hasn’t been a couple that Oly has shot that didn’t come out looking like they were made to be in front of the camera, perhaps it also because Oly takes extra effort to ensuring the couples are comfy, and every couple knows that they’re getting a completely unique shoot from Oly. “Every couple has a signature shot where they can say, ‘That’s us, and we did that.’ It’s a challenge all the time, but it builds their confidence knowing that each shoot I do for them is different from the rest. It’s a win-win situation.”

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Commenter of the Month Winners Plus an Update!

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Hi, everyone! I've been on hiatus for more than one month. I thought I would get back to shape by September but as it turns out, I need more time. Hopefully, I'll be back by October.

I'll make this short and sweet! I'm announcing the 2 COM winners today! Winners are:


Please send me your full name, mobile number, and shipping address to so I could send your prices! You have until October 31, 2016!

See you all in October!

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L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

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I have found my HG foundation from a drugstore brand!

When I heard about L'Oreal's Infallible line last year, the first thing that got my attention was the foundation. This foundation is very gutsy because of their claim. Since the price was around USD12, I decided to buy one!

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

Unboxing Glamourbox's Special Edition Box - Perfectly Pixi

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Decided to get my hands on this curated box from Glamourbox when I saw this online! I've always wanted to try Pixi by Petra but it's quite expensive. This box retails for PhP1,290 with 4 full-sized products and 1 deluxe size. I was ha;f expecting they'd give a full size of Glow Tonic! LOL. I bought this box mainly cos of the toner.

The box comes with:
Book of Beauty Minimal Makeup - PhP1,290
Lash Boosted Mascara - PhP840
Shea butter Lip Balm - PhP420
Makeup Melting Cleansing Cloths - PhP499
Glow Tonic - PhP390

If you want to try this brand, it's nice if you purchase this box instead so you can save some money.

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Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream

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The rave about liquid lipstick has not died down until now. 2015 was definitely liquid lipstick's year. And it continues in 2016.

While on the search of looking for other liquid lipsticks, I got a notification from Beauty MNL last year that they have liquid lipsticks from Sleek MakeUP. The brand used to be available in Manils thru online sellers until it died down. So, I decided to try it.

Sleek Matte Me in Petal and Birthday Suit

Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion*

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Today, I'm showing you my current bathroom staple. Kasi, wala lang!

I received my Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion* early this year or probably late last year from Sample Room. Lucky that I was sent a sample because I've been meaning to try this and I was just waiting for Nivea's annual 50% sale.

I mean, come on. How often can you see a lotion that's meant to be used while showering?

I admit that I don't get to use this daily even if I wanted to because I'm always in a hurry in the morning. This is an extra step to your usual routine. You apply this after you wash off the body wash from your skin. Leave it on your skin for about 2 mins then rinse off. You will immediately feel your skin to be smoother. If you're not used to this, you'd feel sticky.

I ove the smell of this - it's the usual Nivea scent which smells refreshing. The sticky/slippery feeling goes away once you dry your skin with towel. Only a bit of smoother feeling stays making your skin moisturised like how a normal lotion would.

I like the concept of this in-shower lotion but honestly, it's not for me. I don't have the luxury of spending too much time on the shower on weekdays. I only get to maximise this lotion on weekends or when I wake up extra early (which is rare).

Nivea is available at all leading department stores nationwide. You can also try this for free at Sample Room!

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ColourPop Lippie Stix in Polite Society

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ColourPop broke the internet and makeup industry when they launched in 2014! Their price range is so affordable and their collaborations with bloggers, Youtubers, and celebrities are always a hit.

When I found out they collaborated with Jaime King, I made sure I would be able to get the entire collection. Until I decided not to get the entire collection. I decided to get all the eyeshadows, blush and bronzer, lipstick, and their latest product which is a contour stick.

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Polite Society

I adore Jaime King. She is very beautiful! I got one of the lipsticks with hopes I'll look like her! Charot!