Monday, April 8, 2013

I'm moving...

And these are the color palettes to my new pad! :) Thoughts?

Brow perfect

It's been quite awhile since I post anything on this blog. I've been so busy with work, school and keeping up with the independent life. However, found the iPhone app for blogspot and I had an idea to do micro-blogging. Hope this will help me update this thing.

So, let's do this!

I have found a perfect brow pencil and that is Maybelline's Crayonbrow in gray. I rarely see a brow pencil in this shade and this is just perfect for someone who has a lighter black eyebrows, very Pinay. Snaps for Maybelline!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Suggestions: For the sensitives.

Filipinas' skin have diverse reactions to different products and majority of us have sensitive skin (no thanks to the unbearable heat of the sun) hence, it is always a safe choice to use something light and gentle products.

I will suggest a couple of drugstore products that never failed me.

Celeteque DermoScience Hydration (facial moisturizer with triple moisturizing system)
Nivea Visage Sparkling White (whitening toner - clarifying)

I am a big Celeteque fan. I've been using this product since high school; being young and breakout-prone, Celeteque facial moisturizer did helped me. I love the new formula and the packaging. I recommended this to many friends and they've shared the rave with me. The misconception about this product is it looks more of a treatment than an actual everyday-use product. That is just the packaging but this is 100% safe for everyday use. Here's a tip: if you have a fresh pimple/acne, don't apply moisturizer on it or it will spread along the face.

Nivea Visage had one of those trusty, to-go drugstore products and many people raved about it. As much as I want to, this doesn't score that high on my list. However, I won't deny the fact that this had helped me in so many ways especially with the problems of uneven skintone but I am not willing to pay a price of having breakouts once in a while.

Celeteque Dermoscience, Hydration with Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF)
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Let's go to cleansers. I remembered someone telling me that the clearer the cleanser the best it is for sensitive skin. I speak from years of experience and tons of empty Celeteque and Cetaphil bottles, these are the most effective drugstore cleansers there is. This the Johnson's & Johnson's No Tear Formula of face cleansers. I can't say anymore but these are really effective. It cleanses well without the harsh formulas. Women, especially in the Philippines, does not go with products like this due to the lack of whitening capacity. However, if you love your skintone just the way it is and you just want a clearer and fresher skin -- this is for you!

So, those are the standard face products that me and my family used in time of facial distress. Thank you for reading and I hope you find this helpful.

Love,
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Rediscovering Manila.

UST

There's nothing to it, really -- the traffic of people going in and out of Manila is insane and everybody knew where to go, what to do and stuff. But every time I barged in Manila to visit my friends, especially my bestfriend Janine, there's something new to it. Always.

That was my first time to visit UST which is sick. I am crazy for old buildings and antiques. Hence, my love for this building was permanently placed.

My soon-to-be lawyer and UST alumna, Janine. The background has a Barcelona feel to it. :)

Then, we head to MOA for shopping, that is one thing that I would love to do in Manila. The road to MOA is not that easy, we decided to take the LRT after our FX failed to move an inch due to traffic, literally. However, heaven met me upon arrival and, well... pictures do paint a thousand words!

Well, thank you Janine for this awkward photo (Me rummaging at F21)

I look cray!

And my college friends Sheena and Gynen join the fun. Looking lovely, as always.

And at the end of the day, I ended up with these. I'm planning a haul soon. :) Watch out for that!

Now, food time! The boys Jules, JP and Pao took us to Mercato for a little food trip. I can't believe I forgot to shoot the food, well, I was having so much fun chatting and catching up with friends.

With Pao, JP and Jules at Mercato. Wore the shirt-dress I got from Cotton-On. :)

And we head out to Chili's Greenbelt 5 for a drink

And on my last night in Manila, we get to stroll around Glorietta, Greenbelt and stuff.
(Pale pink shirt from Forever21)

I always enjoy my time with the people I care and miss the most! Can't wait for next time...

Love and memories,

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Boracay adventures and more...

This is the last stream of my Boracay blogs! I previous talked about the hotel we stayed in and the epic nighout that we had. Now, I will talk about how we spend our long days in the island. Well, here we go.

Technically, all you have to do in Boracay is relax, however, the activities lured us in hence, we tried a couple of things. We tried the all-terrain vehicle (or ATV). We drove uphill to reach the viewing deck to see the lovely vista that is Boracay. It is a joy to behold.

Sunburned, for sure.

Riding buddy. :)

The lovely Janine behind the equally lovely view.

We also did sunset Paraw Sailing and swimming and other things but failed to take photos because I was in the mood of filming our trip -- yes, on video. It is more fun!

And to keep up with the lack of visual impact of this blog. Here's the lovely Boracay view, just ya! hahaha

Love and sunkisses,
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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Restaurant Review: Aria Boracay

Aria is one of the best restaurants in Boracay. This is not a new information anymore but since I haven't posted anything about it on my blog, I think this is the right time to do so.

According to their website (please do visit) -- ARIA, arguably the most popular and sought-after restaurant in Boracay since it’s inception in 2003. Located on the beachfront of D’Mall, the epicenter of commercial activity on the island, ARIA is a restaurant that delivers quality beyond “the Traditional Italian Cuisine,” elevating the standard of excellence by combining spot-on authenticity mixed with a contemporary flair and mouthwatering goodness with every dish that makes its way to the table.
 The ARIA dining experience is one that can’t be beat. It’s a gastronomic feast of culinary sophistication and innovation that retains a chilled and laid-back ambiance that’s comfortable for the whole family. The food is spectacularly delicious made with the freshest ingredients that burst with flavors inspired by the cuisine of the Italian Mediterranean coast. With its breathtaking panoramic views of the turquoise Sulu Sea, this modern space boasts an indoor and outdoor dining area, a cocktail bar with an extensive wine list, and an authentic wood-fire oven for the best pizzas you’ll find on the world’s best beach--Boracay. 

I believe that this is one of the most visited place by celebs, high-profile people and food enthusiasts in Boracay. From my experience, they do have a lovely selection of food items that allows you to beat the heat under the lovely Boracay sun.

Janine, Nadine and I got appetizers, a basket of Fritto di calamari con maionese elle erbe with is pretty much a deep fried calamares served with an herbed mayonnaise dip for Php 360.00. It is very delicious; really juicy and fresh (if you squirt lemons on it, which I recommend). Perfect for a nice, hot afternoon in the Boracay.


Next, we ordered one of their famous stone-baked pizza and for the benefit of our curious palate - we got Quattro Stagioni that is a selection of four different toppings (Aria, boscaiola, napoli, and frutti di mare) for Php 540.00.  Aria is topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella and parma han; Boscaiola is with tomato sauce, han, mushroom and mozzarella; Napoli is tomato sauce, anchovies and mozzarella; and Frutti di mare is with tomato sauce, garlic, seafood and mozzarella. A lovely fireworks of flavors on the palate!


And, of course! My favorite, cocktails. We feel a little bit LA-ish having cocktails in the middle of the day. But these are lady drinks that you just can't pass out. We got the cocktails for a range of Php 100.00 - Php 200.00 per glass depending on the class of alcohol.

Janine and Nadine had the sexy Shirley Temple while I got myself a refreshing Mojito!

Well, excuse me as I enjoy my lovely boracay afternoon. :)

Love and sunkisses,

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Friday, December 7, 2012

The EPIC Boracay.

What is your Boracay experience without a nightlife? So, we headed out to the crowded shores of Boracay for some fun under the static lights! One of the most epic clubs in Boracay is EPIC - hence the name. Epic is created by the people behind Manor, Republiq and Encore who are probably the party authorities of the Philippines. I got to say the place is pretty epic (no puns) and the drinks are just amazing. I am a cocktail kinda girl and rarely drink beer and in my opinion, their Mojitos is the best in the island (probably one of the best Mojitos I ever tried). I had the most incredible time in Epic, chatting with friends, sipping some fine, fine drinks and enjoying good music. Those three are the perfect trifecta for me to enjoy a party and clearly, Epic outdone itself with those!

I love beach clubs that are located right out front (because the wind and the vibe is cool) and are in Station 2 - so Epic had impressed me and my fancy. Hands-down, EPIC is EPIC.

A stream of photos...

The Epic experience
The girls and I. I think I am the only one who didn't sport a wing liquid-liner :)
The company. Awesome, awesome. (See the lovely Epic place?)
Fancy drinks...
We prefer these cute party cups over the fancy glasses.
EPIC is now one of my favorite Boracay places! Come and visit, I had such a lovely time.

Love and epic cocktails,

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Le Bora at The Tides

Thank heavens that the typhoon didn't struck hard during our trip. I am with my girls Nadine, Janine and Cham to devour on the beautiful Boracay last October. I promised that I will blog about the trip and here I am -- doing as promised. (Sorry, I haven't blogged anything for awhile because my files were not with me yet and I have been swamped with work travel and work per se - also, this is going to be a quick blog).

Let us start with practically the best part of the trip, (aside from it is an all expense paid trip) is we get a swanky hotel. The Tides Boracay is one of the best and most exclusive hotels in the island. I love it because it is strategically located inside D* Mall which is the center of Boracay. It is close to practically everywhere around the island, including just a few steps away from the beach. And according to their website:
The Tides Hotel Boracay is a uniquely themed designer hotel that offers exceptional & personalized service and lies in the midst of paradise. After opening its doors in 2007, the hotel has garnered several distinctions including the 2009 Consumers Choice Awards for Most Outstanding Luxury Destination Hotel and being cited as one of the 44 Places To Go in 2009 by the prestigious New York Times.
Funky, right? I did enjoyed the trip and it was an amazing experience! I get to rediscover Boracay in such a very, very exquisite way with my best girlfriends. Thank you, Bacchus!

Here are some pictures from the trip!

Our blood red room (mess not included hahahaha)
The Tides' signature lobby
The view from the balcony






















Rooftop pool with a mirror that states the purpose. Quirky.
(L-R) Joesyl, Janine, Cham and Nadine during our lovely four-course meal at The Tides Ka-on Restaurant
Yummy green salad with light dressing
Chicken strips
Tasty pink salmon with veggies (a special on our last night)
Island desserts are always yummy and refreshing

Overall, The Tides is one of the best hotels in the island and is worth visiting! You should experience Boracay with the a palace away from home. :)

Love and sunkisses,
Joesyl ♥

Saturday, November 17, 2012

From Closets to Streets: Coming soon

My friend, Russ Mendez (designer, stylist, fabulous) started his fashion blog. Not just, another style blog that features everyday style but a fashion blog incorporated with journalism and criticizing. The blog was originally  made in Wordpress but will soon be available here on Blogger. I helped in designing the site and I feel that it will be fabulous.


Please, do follow him. He made the clothes I used for one of my photoshoots (the photo above). What's exciting about this new venture is that, he will be featuring local designers specifically in Iloilo City which has a vibrant talents - from modeling & photography to make-up & design. Russ can give more exposure and justified write-ups for these talented fashion people.

Here is the start of something new. Please do support him @ http://fromclosetstostreets.blogspot.com/

Love & keep your fash on,
Joesyl

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Review: Mary Kay Botanical Effects Cleanse and Hydrate

I have been raving about Mary Kay since last week [here] and yes, the rave continues. As I've promised, I will write a review on the sample I got from that event. If you have breakout and pimple problems, you should really read this.

After the consultation with the Mary Kay Beauty consultant, I rant about my recent breakouts from stress and lack of sleep in addition to the monthly problem us girls have to deal with (and its annoying side-effects). I have a pretty much dry-normal skin combination on a typical day but when I stress I usually produce more oil that usual. So, she gave me Mary Kay's Botanical Effects Skin Care Formula 3 (for Oily Skin) cleanser and moisturizer.



We all know that pimples and breakouts happens when our sebaceous glands (located underneath the skin, at the base of the hair follicles) overactivates. The Botanical Effects Cleanse helps clean the pores, purify the skin and help control oil. It removes the dirt and protect the skin from future damage. The Hydrate, however, provides enough hydration by controlling the production of excess oil and leaves a smooth, soft, matte effect. (Here's a tip, never apply moisturizer on a fresh pimple/acne it may spread around the face). 

I love this set! I used this for a week and my breakouts deflated and my skin became more supple. I felt it became healthier! This, in my opinion, is one of the best pimple solutions out there. It is mild and light -- perfect for those with highly-sensitive skin. Though it Php 1,800.00/set, it is worth it because with proper use, it can last up until 8 mos to a year and the effect is stunning! As for me, I might actually buy both soon.

Mary Kay® Botanical Effects Skin Care (Botanical Set F3)

I highly recommend this product! As for those who have dry to normal skin, they also have a formula suited for you -- just consult you nearest Mary Kay beauty consultant!

Love,
Joesyl
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