5 Reasons Thrift Shopping Is Awesome

Every year, we generate more than 70 billion pounds of textile waste. Since many of these textiles are made from synthetic materials, they stay in landfills for more than 200 years – that and other billions of clothing from previous years. When I stumbled upon this information, I could not help but feel partly responsible for this problem.

When I was younger, I thought following trends and having the latest in fashion are “cool”. But when I realized it’s not helping the planet at all, I made it my mission to help reduce waste by shopping at thrift stores as much as I can. And it’s the best decision I’ve made so far.

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Trend Clothes Co: Tampa’s Newest Fashion Boutique

Moving to Tampa, I knew I had to work double-time to establish my name as a life + style blogger. Unlike Manila where partnering with bloggers has become the norm, companies in Tampa lay their money down more on traditional advertising like television and print. So when I received an invitation from Trend Clothes Co — an up-and-coming fashion boutique in Tampa, I was really excited. The launch featured a runway show of this month’s current line and pop-up shop which also included a showcase from Chloe and Isabel, a lifestyle and jewelry brand.

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Louis Vuitton Launches First Perfume Collection

A couple of weeks ago, I finally reached the peak of cabin fever. When I was living in Manila I was always out and about so I’m not used to being stuck at home 7 days a week. Fortunately while lurking the interwebs, I met Cristina, a fellow Filipina whose parents are coincidentally from Bicol–my hometown. Because of that and our mutual admiration for a Filipina celebrity, we clicked right away and she invited me to Louis Vuitton’s perfume collection launch.

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Earn & Travel with OLX Summer #Naksperience Promo

As a lifestyle blogger, I receive quite a number of gifts from PR companies, shops, and what not. But trends  come and go, and sometimes I don’t get to use those gifts anymore. I’m not the type of person who throws away things easily so they usually just rack up more space in my closet. I’m the most disorganized person on the planet and it could get quite frustrating sometimes combing through piles and piles of unused clothes just to find that one shirt I wanted to wear. So what’s a person like me to do? I sell these clothes online.

Recently I sold half of my used and unused tops, skirts, and dresses through various online platforms. Aside from Facebook and Instagram, I use websites like OLX to sell my stuff. They’re easy to use and less chances of being duped by bogus buyers and sellers because the staff verifies each account/item being sold. If you are not registered with OLX yet, you’re in luck because you might be one of the people who could win a shopping spree or a trip to Philippines’ top tourist destinations through OLX’s the ultimate #NAKSPERIENCE summer promo. Old users can join, too!

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To join, all you have to do is to post an ad through the OLX app. Each ad equals to one valid entry, so the more ads you post, the more chances of winning.

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There will be weekly draws until April 12 and one grand draw on the same date:

Weekly Draw: Two (2) winners of a Php 50,000.00 buying spree on OLX Philippines each
Grand Draw: One (1) winner of a Php 100,000.00 buying spree on OLX Philippines and a trip for 4 to places like Boracay, Cebu, Palawan, and Batanes

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If you’re to ask me though, I would love to check out Batanes because it’s less crowded. I like my alone time and Batanes is the perfect place to do some soul-searching. Naks! Just look at these beauties!

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The contest is open until April 8, 2016, so please visit Naksperience.com to learn more about the campaign. Download the app through the AppStore or Google Play and sellebrate summer with OLX! 🙂

Sponsored post; Batanes photos from Untouristing

Lost at the Mall? The SM Mobile App Is Here!

SM Megamall, North EDSA, and Mall of Asia are currently the top 3 largest shopping destinations in the Philippines. So naturally, one can easily get lost when you’re inside these malls. While I was doing some last-minute shopping last week for my friend’s wedding, I saw an ad at the SM North EDSA entrance saying the company has released a mobile app. Curious how it works, I downloaded it and was immediately impressed.

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I cannot easily identify my left from my right, that’s how bad my sense of direction is. So whenever I go to places as big as a stadium, I always rely on maps. I frequently use the Location Guide malls have by the entrance doors but more often than not they’re inoperable. As a result, I end up looking for the store myself and getting lost in the process. Luckily, the new SM Mobile App has a built-in store finder which allows you to find your favorite stores in each branch. To use the app, however, it is important that you register first.

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#LoveLocal: Budget-Friendly Local Brands Where You Can Get Great Gifts

It’s officially the start of the holiday season, which means it’s time to start shopping for gifts! That also means braving heavy traffic and overcrowded malls. Fortunately, many of our favourite brands are now available online, so you can shop for gifts at the comfort of your own home—even in the office! To help you out, I have compiled a short list of local brands where you can find amazing deals and unique gift ideas.

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If you have a friend who has sensitive skin but is a beauty addict, get her items from One Earth Organics. This is a skincare company that sells beauty products made from organic ingredients. I am currently in love with their undereye serum infused with argan oil.

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No Pinoy is not familiar with Bench. I still remember seeing their old commercials on TV as well as their eye-catching ads. Aside from that, they offer high-quality apparel and body care products at affordable prices. Your stylish pamangkins will love you even more if you surprise them with Bench’s figure-flattering jeans and shirts. Bench is now available at Zalora Philippines.

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Is your inaanak into arts and literature? Check out Sune and you will find a wide selection of hard-to-find books about the arts. They also sell prints as well as basic swimwear that flatters any body type.

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Get your boyfriend or girlfriend a magnetic poetry kit and they will love you forever! This is a perfect gift for voracious readers and poetry lovers who love playing with words. My fiancé and I bought ourselves kits from Magnetic Poetry MNL and share our creations on our joint Instagram account Tin Can Beatnik. It is a great bonding tool, especially for couples who are in a long-distance relationship.

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Electromagnetic Tentacle is the perfect spot for individuals looking to buy their geek friends and officemates cool merchandise this Christmas. They offer parody shirts that combine pop culture and Pinoy humor.

Where do you usually shop for Christmas gifts? Share them in the comments section below!

Stylish Blue Dresses for Prom and Cocktail Parties

What’s a cocktail party without an elegant cocktail dress? Make your special night even more special by wearing chiffon and lace dresses. Dress.ph offers trendy, elegant, and most of all, reasonably priced dresses adorned with sequins, lace, and cutout designs. At their store you can find the latest and classiest assortment of cocktail dresses. Subtle styles with a hint of sizzle are exactly what you need to stand out from the crowd. Visit www.dress.ph to view their collection!

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Sizes available are S, M, L, XL, and XXL. For voluptuous women who wish to add a touch of glamour to their look, Dress.ph offers plus sizes. Below is the most popular dress in their inventory:

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Go to this link to view more colors of this dress. It comes in one style, which is lace, and is made of the finest chiffon. Unlike other clothing stores that offer expensive dresses, Dress.ph offers the same quality without the hefty price tag. All the details and designs are carefully made to create the perfect balance. Great for all shapes and sizes, the dresses are cut in a way that highlights your assets, such as your collarbone, waist, and silhouette. If you want to feel beautiful all day, this blue chiffon dress is your best choice.

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Save as much as PHP 3099 on this item by only paying PHP 499 (86% Off)! This dress is originally sold at PHP 3598. The items in their inventory are shipped directly from manufacturer, allowing them to provide their clients low-cost dresses without the hidden tax prices. Whether you’re wearing your hair long or in a bun, you will look outstanding in this dress!

Payments are accepted through PayPal Verified Business for a hundred percent risk-free transaction. Orders are processed and shipped within 3 to 7 business days via Express Shipping! They also provide huge discounts for those with coupons. To avail the discount, all you have to do is subscribe to their website.

Whether you are going to a gathering or a date, their dresses will surely fit your needs. To learn more about this chic chiffon dress from Dress.ph click here.

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Prom Perfect

I had my first prom in 2004. Like any other girl, I was excited to prepare for the event. Unfortunately it wasn’t the best experience. My dress was bland and my gay neighbor took it upon himself to shave my thick eyebrows until there was almost nothing left. Oh the horror! However, because of that awful experience I learned a few things and tricks. The next year I made sure I planned everything—from the dress to makeup. When the day of my senior prom arrived, I looked okay but it was a vast improvement from the previous year. I enjoyed the prom so much—partly because it was my last year and I was with friends, and I was comfortable with my look that night.

If I had a choice though, I would have had a dress made specifically for that occasion. Alas, I only came from a humble family and all we can afford is a rented gown. Butttt.. if you have money to spend, I do not see any reason why you should not plan on looking prom perfect. Since I’ve been there, below are some tips I can share on how to have the best prom evahhh!

1. Pick a dress that YOU LIKE. You cannot go to a party wearing your pajamas, so make sure to pick or design a dress that best suits your personality. There are a lot stores online that offer affordable and trendy dresses, like JenJenHouse and DressFirst to name a few. If I were to go to prom today, the following are the dresses I would likely chose:

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A pearl pink dress, because pink is a pretty, feminine color. Case closed. Just look at the details at the bust part. Gorgeous, aren’t they?

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A gold dress with a beautiful cut at the back. Gold, when paired with minimal accessories, can make anyone look like a queen.

2. Do not sacrifice comfort for style. Prom means a lot of dancing and “chasing” your crushes, so a dress that will let you move freely can help you in enjoying the occasion at the highest level. An empire-cut dress is not very restricting because it doesn’t hug the pelvis and thighs, enabling the wearer to move about. The empire cut is also my absolute favorite.

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3. Dare to be different. 95% of girls who go to prom wear long dresses. Be more unique by wearing something short or any cut that will show your gorgeous legs. This silver beaded dress has a beautiful mullet cut, plus the color is something that you don’t normally see in occasions like prom. Aside from that, this kind of dress is perfect for petite girls like me.

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Silver can make anyone look like the Ice Queen ready to take her well-deserved crown.

So those are just a few tips I wanted to share. As for shoes, silver heels can be paired with just about any dress. Putting on some earrings, bracelet, perfume, and a simple makeup would be great too. Just remember not to wear too much. Minimalism is key.

And finally, the most important thing to remember is to be yourself. I know that sounds cliche, but if you keep on conforming to other people’s standard of beauty you will only end up unsatisfied and unhappy. Just enjoy the moment and let you inner prom queen shine! 🙂

8 Engagement Ring Shopping Rules

When buying an engagement ring for the one you love, it is both wise and correct for the groom-to-be to consult his future bride’s taste.

The engagement ring is generally not the biggest wedding expense – that’s typically reserved for the wedding reception – but for many women getting married is all about getting an awesome piece of jewelry.

But what if you are clueless as to what is the best approach to buying the perfect ring?

There is no need to panic. By following a few time-tested shopping rules, you can find a ring that is wow-worthy and a true token of your love.

  1. Become familiar with the 4c’s. A diamond ring’s value is determined by the 4 C’s: cut, clarity, color and carat weight. While clarity or flawlessness is an important factor when buying gemstones, color and carat are also important considerations. A reputable jeweler should provide verification that the stone is synthetic or natural and verify the stone’s color grade using the Gemological Institute of America’s grading system.
  2. Set a budget. While the jewelry industry recommends that you spend the equivalent of two month’s salary, you can figure out easily what is appropriate for the occasion and your paycheck. According to Modern Bride Magazine, couples typically spend around $2900 dollars on average for an engagement ring.
  3. Select the type of stone that she prefers. Some brides select a traditional diamond engagement ring with a round stone. While others prefer a setting featuring her birthstone. Many women skip the diamond and choose to wear larger semiprecious stones instead of a smaller and more expensive diamond rings. Aquamarines, sapphires, topazes and transparent tourmalines are lovely colorless diamond ring alternatives.
  4. Choose the proper setting for the stone. A ring’s setting frames the stone and sets the tone for the ring’s design. Modern designs like these Shaneco.com ring setting styles include: vintage, solitaire, yellow gold, rose gold, mounted bridal, and the option to completely design your own.
  5. Metals do matter. The metal of the ring should flatter the color of the stone and the bride’s skin tone or skin sensitivities. For example, 18-karat white gold is less likely to cause allergic reactions, but is more affordable than most 14-karat white settings.
  6. Consider her lifestyle. Think about the long-term ramifications of selecting the right ring for the wrong woman. For a woman who tears her pantyhose frequently, a heart or pear-shaped ring could prove to be disastrous. For a middle manager in a large corporate company a large 5-carat diamond may be perceived as gaudy and ostentatious by her coworkers or bosses.
  7. Don’t get ripped off by an unscrupulous jeweler. As with most expensive purchases in life, you should be careful of deals that look to good to be true. Although most jewelers are credible, diamond ring swindles still thrive. A legitimate jeweler should have no problem with you having a ring checked out by an appraiser before your final purchase.
  8. Take her to the store. Sure, it sounds un-romantic. But this is the best way to make sure you don’t buy a ring she hates. Make the first visit to the jeweler alone to discuss your budget and her stone and setting preferences. Then bring your fiancée to the store so she can choose the engagement ring she likes the best.

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Chinese New Year 2014 Outfit Ideas

The Chinese New Year is almost here and you can see it everywhere, which is no surprise since the Philippines is composed of approximately 1.5 million people with Chinese blood. In the world, China is considered the country with the largest population, so it’s just natural that the world celebrates with them in occasions like the Chinese New Year.

What’s more exciting about this event is the outfit that people wear. We often see people wearing different shades and styles of red, as it is considered to be the Chinese’s lucky color. They believe that it attracts favorable luck and fortune. However, this year’s feng shui (Chinese philosophical system) said that red is not the only lucky color this year. This is amazing news for those who are not fans of red.

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Linea Italia Alysi Halter Backless Top | Chictees Leggings

According to fengshui.about.com, green and brown are also some of the lucky colors. 2014 is the year of the Wood Horse, so green and brown are great complements. For illustration purposes, I went to Lazada Philippines shopping website. Girls are usually expected to wear dresses, but if you want to be more adventurous, try wearing some pants and matching it with a nice black dressy top. According to feng shui experts, black can still bring good luck in 2014 so yay for us!

The next thing to consider are the accessories. Believe it or not, but the color of the accessories you’re wearing can also affect your luck, that is if you believe in feng shui.

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CELINE Eleanor Stiletto Sandals in tan | Ted Lapidus Women’s Watch | David Jones Zeva Wristlet | Vince Camuto Gold-Tone and Black Stone Geometric Double Drop Earrings

Lazada is currently having a Chinese New Year sale, so I headed there to look for some affordable accessories. Crystals and stones like black onyx, pearls, moonstone, etc. are great for 2014. It’s best to avoid Metal elements like white and gray during the festivities.

So there you have it. If you feel like experimenting with your outfit this year, you can try out the suggestions above. If it doesn’t work for you, then you can always go back to red. Hope this post helped! 🙂

TMART Reviews: Ostrich Pattern Gold-Chain Handbag

I don’t have a lot of bags at home. I don’t have too many requirements when looking for a bag, either. It just has to be roomy and sturdy, because I’m not exactly a good owner lol. So when TMART.com told me they’re sending me a bag for review, I immediately said yes. We’ve already heard so many online shopping horror stories so I thought it would be a good opportunity to check out the quality of the stuff TMART is selling. Right then and there I logged in to their website and went to the Shoulder & Handbags section. I wanted a simple black handbag that I can use both for work, school, and travel. I ultimately chose this design:

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Upon claiming my package at the post office, the customs officer had to open the yellow bag to check what’s inside. I didn’t mind. I was too excited to see the bag so I hurried home afterwards. The bag was placed inside a fabric bag (?) and wrapped in plastic.

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And, tadaaaa! This is the actual item. It looks pretty good in my opinion and is very identical to the product photo posted on their website. Here’s the link: TMART Fashion Female New Special Light Bread The Mobile Chain Handbags Ostrich Pattern Black

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A closer look at the bag and seams would tell you that it is very well made. For Php 859.78 a piece, it’s a great buy. Anyway, below are the specs of the item as posted on the website:

Specifications

Material Leather, Metal
Style Handbags
Pocket Quantity 3
Bag Dimensions (13.38 x 3.74 x 8.66)” / (34 x 9.5 x 22) cm (L x W x H)
Leather Strap Length 110 cm / 43.3″
Color Black
Weight 690 g / 24.34 oz

Package Includes

  • 1 x  Fashion Female Bag
  • 1 x Metal Chain
  • 1 x Leather Strap

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Indeed, the package came with a leather strap and a legit metal chain. The chain is a bit heavy, which is a relief because that would only mean it won’t easily break. It’s an important factor for me because I’m quite clumsy and can be very careless at times.

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The bag has three pockets, like what is stated in the product description, an inside and outside gold zipper, and a gold metal handle. The zippers are working perfectly, by the way.

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Here is how the bag looks like when using the leather shoulder strap (L) and the gold metal chain (R). I think the leather strap would be great for school while the other is for work and meetings. What do you think? I honestly can’t wait to use it!

By the way I made an unpacking video in case you want to see more of the item. Please ignore the noise. My very nice neighbor decided it’s time to wash her dishes just as I was filming. Hehe

OVERALL PRODUCT RATING: 4.5 STARS
Shipping: 4 STARS
Packaging: 3.5 STARS
Truthfulness to the product description: 5 STARS
Product quality: 5 STARS

DISCLAIMER: This is not a paid post. I was not given any monetary compensation to do this review. The opinions published in this review are based solely on my experience. I and this blog are not responsible for any unfortunate incident you may encounter with the above-mentioned seller/merchant.

ZALORA to Launch Marketplace (Press Release)

The online fashion retailer to offer independent fashion designers and sellers access to their millions of customers

ZALORA, Asia’s leading online fashion destination, has announced it will be launching ZALORA Marketplace in the first half of this year. With over 15 million visits per month to ZALORA, Marketplace will give independent fashion designers and sellers the opportunity to instantly expand their business to ZALORA’s massive customer base and will greatly increase the product assortment available to customers.

ZALORA Marketplace will allow vendors from all over Southeast Asia and Hong Kong to create their own branded storefront within the ZALORA site, which will be run and maintained by the seller with support from a dedicated ZALORA account manager. They will also benefit from a huge increase in brand exposure through free online marketing and advertising that will be part of ZALORA’s overall marketing campaigns.

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Set to be one of the most beneficial fashion Marketplaces in Southeast Asia for independent fashion designers and sellers, customers across the region will also benefit from hundreds to potentially thousands of new products and brands available online without having to visit different shopping portals.

“The upcoming launch of ZALORA Marketplace is an exciting development for the fashion industry in Southeast Asia as whole,’ said Paulo Campos, Managing Director, ZALORA Philippines. “We are launching a platform where up and coming brands, boutiques or designers can sell their products alongside our internationally renowned brands, to an already highly established and loyal customer base. We have over 15 million visits to our ZALORA sites per month; for an independent fashion seller to have instant access to this kind of audience is a previously unheard of opportunity.”

A dedicated and localized ZALORA Fashion Scout force is currently searching for and recruiting potential brands and designers to come on board for launch.

“We have found some incredible and exciting designers and sellers so far,” said Campos. “We are really looking forward to working with them, nurturing them at this stage of the journey and seeing how far their business can expand through Marketplace.

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There has never been a better time than now to bring fashion retail businesses online, especially throughout Asia Pacific where the internet population is already over 200 million people and growing steadily. According to research* around 11%-15% of total global retail sales will be conducted through online channels by 2020, with Asia Pacific accounting for a very large portion of that. For fashion designers and sellers looking to expand their sales and reach, online is the only place to be.”

ZALORA Marketplace is currently open to applications from potential sellers and details can be found here.

*Source: Goldman Sachs Chain reaction: Online disruption gains traction March 2013

 

About ZALORA

ZALORA, Asia’s leading online fashion destination, was founded in early 2012. With presence in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Brunei, ZALORA’s localized sites offer an extensive collection of over 500 top international and local brands and over 15,000 products across apparel, shoes, accessories, and beauty categories for men and women. Offering a thirty-day free returns policy, speedy deliveries within 2-3 working days, free delivery over a certain spend, and multiple payment methods including cash-on-delivery, ZALORA is the online shopping destination with endless fashion possibilities. For more information, please visit www.zalora.com.ph.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Edryan Lorenzo

PR Marketing Manager

edryan.lorenzo@zalora.com.ph

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Sole Street Shoe Giveaway

Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world. – Marilyn Monroe

We all love shoes. Ask any person and no one would ever tell you they don’t want shoes. It’s practically a basic human need, otherwise shoe stores won’t be popping just about anywhere. But even though there is an abundance of shoes in the world, you don’t always encounter a store that carries your style. Usually when I shop, I’ve already gone to four or five stores before finding the perfect pair. I’m picky like that. Recently though I checked out this one store named Sole Street on Facebook. I’m amazed at the wide selection of shoes they have in their shop. There’s something for every one. Below are my favorites: solestreet I like casual, comfortable shoes and it made me all giggly upon seeing that Sole Street has designs that are perfect for my style. If you’re the girly type, they also have flats and heels that will tickle your fancy. The shoes are handpicked by the Sole Street owners according to the current trends and design quality. Furthermore, their payment procedure is flexible and very customer-friendly. You can give a minimal downpayment and worry about the remaining balance after two weeks. Discounts are also given to those who pay in full! If that’s not enough, Sole Street also loves treating their customers with giveaways. Today, Sole Street is giving away Php500 gift certificates to THREE lucky ladies! Sounds good? Sounds good? All you have to do is do the ALL the requirements below—that’s 9 entries all in all. a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway will end on January 27, 2013. Good luck, ladies! 🙂

Shopping Online for the First Time? Tips and Strategies for Finding the Best Deals

If you haven’t done any online shopping before, but have started to think about it, rest assured that it is a good idea. Not only are you going to save valuable time, but you are also going to have more chances of scoring a deal than you would with traditional shopping. The reason is simple: when you are shopping online, you can compare products and prices at the simple click of a button, as opposed to going from store to store. However, it can be easy to get lost among the immense number of options that the online world opens up. This article will give you some strategies to keep your mind focused so you can find the best deals out there.

Begin by Looking on Customer Review Sites

These types of sites are a life-saver because they allow you to search the product you would like to purchase, and then they give you a list of a few options for that product, with the price included. These sites also typically offer you the chance to read through comments and reviews by people who have bought the product you’re interested in from a certain online vendor. This is a great way to get acquainted with the different policies sites might have, and also to find out whether they charge an enormous amount for shipping. This is something important to look out for, because even if the product you’re getting is relatively cheap, if it’s coupled with a high shipping fee you’re not really saving anything.

Use Coupon-Finding Sites

Coupons are a great way to save, both online and offline. The only difference is that when you are making your purchases online, there’s no need for you to cut out coupons and carry them with you. Instead, you should look for them through coupon sites (which can be found by searching with Google). Then, when you’re at the checkout stage, you will be asked if you have a coupon code. Fill the box out, and there you have it! You’ve just saved some money!

Sign Up for Sites that Offer Merchandise You’re Interested In

Though signing up for sites often results in a lot of emails being sent to your inbox (and, in all honesty, nobody is ever attracted to that), there are some benefits. Often, online retailers will send you coupons and let you know about any promotions they may have going on through emails. You should sign up for these emails only if you are interested in the type of products the vendor is offering, since otherwise the only thing you’re accomplishing is spamming your inbox with unnecessary clutter. However, if you already like a certain retailer, then getting coupons from them delivered straight into your inbox is quite convenient.

Become a Member to Save More

Signing up for a site is one of the ways in which you could become a member, but there are other ways. For example, some sites ask you to fill out a survey for them, or they may have a buyer’s club available. If you see yourself purchasing products from a certain online retailer, then becoming a member is a great idea, as it will offer you exclusive perks. Aside from being among the first to know about any promotions, you might also gain access to items that are limited inventory.

If you are thinking of starting to do some online shopping, keep these things in mind to make sure you’re saving money. Though at first it may seem time consuming, after some practice you’ll get better at going through the first two tips, which will result in you saving both time and money. The last two strategies are great if you are interested in a particular online vendor, and are great ways of keeping yourself informed of available or upcoming sales.

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A Store for Every Girl

When people ask me what my style is, I usually don’t know how to answer. I dress depending on my mood so I cannot exactly identify my personal style. What I do know is I’m an avid fan of comfortable fashion. I commute everyday so I make sure that the pieces I wear do not restrict movement, thus I would usually go for soft, loose tops and pants; sometimes girly dresses and skirts when I’m feeling sad and happy–like this floral skirt from Fashion Diaries PH.

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The store also has varied affordable pieces for different girls. Sophisticated party girls will look dazzling in these metallic tops and dresses.

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Kid-at-heart girls who are attracted to cute, cartoon-inspired sweaters may like Fashion Diaries PH’s collection of pullovers:

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Strong, independent girls will definitely like this edgy but classy look from one of the store’s catalogs:

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These are just few of the many styles you can find at Fashion Diaries PH. I am encouraging you to check them out on Facebook and Instagram and I’m 100% sure you won’t regret it.

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Don’t forget to join our Holiday 2013 giveaway! 🙂

Prom Dress Shopping Tips for Petite Girls

A petite short girl will want to stick with a short dress for her prom. Wearing a long dress will make it hard to dance and will hide the girl’s legs. Ideally the skirt of the dress should fall either just above a girl’s knee or just below it.

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The shape most girls choose for their prom dress flatters their figure. Short girls like to wear empire waist dresses. Full skirts should be avoided by short girls. But if a girl chooses a full skirt the top of the dress should be tight. Backless dresses with spaghetti straps are a great choice for girls with a petite frame. Bateau short dresses are also a good choice for prom night.

Empire  and Tight and Long Dresses

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Backless and Spaghetti Straps and Bateau Dresses

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The ideal way to look taller on prom night is to wear a dress with matching shoes. If they want a patterned dress it should be small. Many short girls choose to wear booties with their prom dress.

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Dangly Earrings and Heels

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Short dresses that show off a girl’s shoes should never be worn with an ankle strap shoe. Many petite girls choose to wear high heeled shoes to their prom. The accessories a girl chooses with her prom dress can make or break the whole dress. It is very important that any accessories worn with a prom dress do not detract from the dress itself. Accessories such as dangly earrings should be used to add a subtle touch to a prom outfit. Earrings should complement the dress.

Hair and Makeup

Finally, hair and makeup are important also. Many girls pile their hair on top of their head or simply have it curled. Makeup should match the dress and not be overwhelming. All of these elements come together nicely to make the perfect prom style.

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Shop Branded Apparel for Less

Who doesn’t love branded clothes? They are chic and trendy, but unfortunately come with a high price tag. Brands like Forever 21, Zara, Topshop, and Mango are just some of the many in demand high-street brands in the country. However, most of their items cost a thousand pesos and above, an amount that only the upper middle class and rich people can afford. Fortunately for people like me who are always on a tight budget, there are online stores that offer authentic apparel for half the original price or less—one of them is The Overruns Store.430012_278286178910886_2105158440_n

I found out about The Overruns Store four months ago on Facebook. I’ve always wondered before where all the unsold items from boutiques go. Forever 21, Zara, and the likes may be big brands but I know not all manufactured items get sold out. Through research, I discovered that these unsold items, called excess overruns or stock lots, go to warehouses and are being sold at a very low price, sometimes at 90% less than the original price. Resellers would then buy these excess overruns and export them to interested buyers in other countries. People would often call them as export overruns as well. The Overruns Store is one of the most trusted sellers of export overruns in the Philippines, with more than 20 thousand followers on Facebook and almost 50 thousand followers on Instagram. It’s where I also got most of the high-street clothes I wore on some of my previous blog posts.

I love Forever 21 and The Overruns Store provides the prettiest Forever 21 pieces, even though they were originally released two or three seasons ago. I haven’t met the seller personally yet, but I think she’s young and knows what teens and young adults want. I mean, there are literally millions of excess overruns and those include items for mature women. If the seller doesn’t have a vision of what her customers need, chances are she’ll just sell whatever’s available. But the TOS owner is not like that. 🙂

TOS stocks run out quickly because thousands of girls eagerly await for every post of new items from the store. You will have to be very patient when waiting for confirmation of your order. Other than that, you don’t have to worry about anything else. The items are in very good condition, usually priced beginning Php 250 and above. That’s a great steal! For a thousand bucks, you can get at least four branded apparels. Not bad right?

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I promised last week that I will be showing you how my DIY faux leather crop top looks when worn, so here are some pictures.

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This whole look reminded me of the movie The Matrix, what with the leather and the shades I’m sporting. I had to tuck the top in though because the skater skirt is too high-waisted, but I think it worked well.

IMG_3091The back is my favorite part of the design because it’s sexy without being overboard. I intentionally made the front part look modest to offer balance, and to provide a bit of mystery *wink*.

Is it obvious that I’m having too much fun creating my own clothes? I don’t think I’d be stopping soon, so you’ll definitely see lots of DIYs in the coming months.

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I know I’ve shown you how I make my skater skirts, but I have a soft spot for polka dots; I had to buy this skirt immediately when I saw it online. It’s very affordable too and very well-made. It makes me glad knowing that there are still online shops that offer great stuff at a very affordable price.

Take for example these pair of high-heeled shoes I bought last year from Zalora. Normally shoes don’t last me a year but these babies are still good as new, which is amazing because I’ve used them countless times already. Woot! I was actually quite hesitant to purchase from them at first because I’ve had horrible experiences with several OL shops in the past; however, Zalora proved to be different. I remember receiving my order the next day in a carefully wrapped box and having no trouble with my credit card payment.

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Christmas is just around the corner and I usually make a mental list of trustworthy stores where I can shop for presents. Christmas… How time flies! Last year I was spending every waking moment with my significant other and now we’re spending the holidays apart again. I feel more secured now with our relationship though, we’ve been through tough times and those only made our relationship stronger than ever.

A lot of people do not believe in long-distance relationships. It’s difficult, I agree–but with the right mindset coupled with commitment and communication, it won’t be as hard.

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Faux leather racerback top made by me| Skater skirt from Charm’s Corner| Scarlet heels from Zalora

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Cheerleader

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This outfit that I’m wearing today gave me so much high school feels. I loved dancing when I was a kid—I still do today but, well, my time has passed. I loved it so much that when I got into high school I decided to come out of my shell every night after class to join our batch’s cheering squad. It was the only place where I felt I was accepted and needed. My then-scrawny, tiny figure was perfect for lifting and throwing stunts, and I remember not feeling any ounce of fear whenever I stand on my teammates’ palms and shoulders or whenever they throw me in the air.

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I loved it, or should I say, I lived for it—I felt like I was on top of the world every single time. The high I felt during practices and competitions were magnified whenever we take home the champion’s trophy. We were fearless, from our stunts down to our costumes. Despite my dark complexion, I didn’t mind wearing mini skirts and midriff-baring halter tops. IDGAF, AMBIDEX won twice in a row; we were a force to be reckoned with.

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Indeed we are. Until today, students from younger batches would tweet me and tell me they know who the AMBIDEX are, that we are legends in the school—not just in sports but also in academic competitions. It feels great when they say that because that means we left an indelible mark at Naga City Science High School. Afterall, nobody wants to be forgotten by their own alma mater.

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Years later I coached my own team of cheerleaders in the school where I first worked, Ateneo de Naga University High School. I still remember how ruthless our trainer was, I was too but a little lenient. My girls and I would make routines, invent cheers, and decide on their uniforms together—and this teamwork eventually led us to bagging the first place. The girls (+ 1 boy) were so happy, and I can only imagine how much that win boosted their self-confidence.

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Cheer and dance did wonders for my self-esteem; I will always be a supporter of the sport.

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Runway Dreams dress | Forever 21 purse | Faridez shoes | Persunmall bangle | Ring from bazaar

Taken in timer mode using a Canon AE-1 film camera with Kodak Pro Image film

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Project: Headshot

Months ago, Chad taught me how to use his film camera. I thought of putting my recent ‘learning’ to good use, so I decided to make this project. I used our Canon AE-1 camera and Solid Gold ISO 200 film in natural light. I don’t have much equipment with me except the camera and tripod. Someday, I’ll have lights and what not, you can bet on that.

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Tiana, as you all know, modeled my first ever collection. I really love the contours of her face so I decided to photograph her again. Unfortunately, by the time I finished fixing Tiana up (I did her make-up as well), it began to rain. I got really scared we won’t be able to take single shot, but thank heavens our location had a roof. I’m really happy with how the photos came out.

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Zel and I knew each other from Meg Magazine Face Search. She’s done a lot of commercials so you’ve probably seen her on TV. It was really hot when we shot these and we were in quite a hurry so I wasn’t able to fix my camera settings (let’s just pretend I know how to set my camera :P). I need to learn how to do that.

So that’s my first legit photography project. More photos to come, I hope. I’m constantly looking for fresh faces for this project, message me if you want to work together! 

Looking Good, Heading Out!

When you are ready to look your best, you likely have that perfect outfit in the closet. However, no matter how much you love your sparkly sequined dress, it is simply not going to fly in some situations. The truth of the matter is that looking your best at various events means dressing to suit. Fortunately for you, this does not mean that you need to build an outfit from the ground up every time or that you need to spend hundreds of dollars on your wardrobe! Take a moment to consider what your options are, and what you can add to every outfit to set it apart from the rest. As always, eyeglasses and sunglasses are a must when it comes to completing your look. Here are some perfect clothing and glasses pairings for any occasion!

Gone Shopping

Okay, you’re heading out shopping; you don’t necessarily need to look your best, do you? The truth is that even when you are shopping for more clothes, it is worth your time to look your best. It keeps things bright and cheerful and it gives you a sense of occasion. Remember that if you are going clothes shopping, you need things that are easy to take on and off. Start with a stretchy top that you can easily pull over your head and match it with a pair of your favorite jeans. Don’t choose anything that is too tight or restrictive, and make sure that you pick a nice pair of slip on shoes, and a pair of Pierce frames in oakwood brown to complete the look.

Going Shopping

Family Get Together

There’s always a little bit of stress when you are getting together with your family. You might be remembering teenage fights about clothes that were too revealing or even too dowdy, and across the board, you’ll find that it is far better to err on the side of conservative. Choose a longer skirt that falls beneath the knee, and top it off with a tank top and cardigan set. If you want to punch it up a little, consider stockings in bright color, mary jane’s with clunky heels, and some vintage inspired frames such as the blonde tortoise Fitz.

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Concert Fun

Whether you love pop or rock, you’ll find that a concert is a fantastic place to cut loose. If you are dead set on wearing your band t-shirt, there is no reason that you can’t brush on the eighties glam. Match your band shirt with a short skirt, black stockings and high boots if you know you don’t need to be walking much. Sunglasses are a must at any concert, indoors or out. Everett frames in gimlet tortoise are perfect for any stage-diving shenanigans.

Concert Mania

 

Guest post by Kaki Read – Fashion Coordinator at Warby Parker

Outfit sets created by yours truly

Online Shopping Choices

Like shopping? Who doesn’t? Shopping is just one of best pleasures in life, especially when we have the spending power. But what if we don’t? Most working women tend to be skeptical about shopping, I know because I experience it myself. It’s difficult to buy stuff when you know you’ve worked hard to earn that money. But I have to satisfy my craving so to speak,  so I always search for shops that do not price too much but sell trendy items at the same time. Aside from that, time is also a factor. Busy women who work 8 to 12 hours a day find it difficult going to malls, so our usual go-to place is the internet. It’s convenient and cheap, we don’t have to worry about bracing the traffic just to get to that sale, right? 🙂

Below are four of my favorite online shops. Their items can be compared to those you see in malls, with prices that won’t certainly break the bank.

Dresses

I like dresses. If you scan my lookbook, you’ll see me wearing a dress in almost every photo. I just feel more feminine in them. Koreana and Gelibean Couture provide the prettiest items at a really affordable price.

Koreana is owned and managed by Pearl Avenilla (pictured above), who is often mistaken as a Korean, which would probably explain why she christened her online shop with such name. I call her secretly a superwoman, as she also works as a full-time bank manager while managing and modelling for her shop. Koreana’s price range begins at Php 300 to Php 600—very affordable if you ask me, not to mention you’ll instantly get a preview of the actual items as they are modelled by ‘real’ girls from my hometown, Naga City. Like Koreana’s Facebook page HERE and be delighted by Asian-inspired goodies. 🙂 I have worn two items from this shop in June and October.

Gelibean Couture is owned and managed by another superwoman, Angelina Go. A jack-of-all-trades, Angelina does the photography, make-up, and styling of her catalog, a testament to how incredible and stylish this woman is. Gelibean Couture (and its owner) has been featured in several media outlets, most notable of which is the Wall Street Asia Journal. Cool huh? What’s way cooler is you can imitate her style in just Php 300 to 900 tops. Like Gelibean Couture HERE or add the Multiply account for easier transaction 🙂

Bags

A look cannot be complete without accessories, and one of the most important and ergonomic piece of accessory is a bag. My favorites are Tsoknat Bags and Satchella.

Tsoknat Bags manufactures handmade bags for customers who appreciate modern, playful, and quirky designs. It is owned by Toni Rose Palma, who hails from Naga City, my hometown. The shop has been around for quite a long time, and thanks to Ms. Toni’s unwavering creativity, her shop offers new and unique designs. And have I told you the bags are made from scraps and used textiles? Tsoknat Bags is also 2007’s No. 1 online shop in the country. Ms. Toni only has one stock per design, so you’ll never worry of seeing someone else carrying your bag. Visit Tsoknat’s Multiply online shop or like the Facebook page to know more about their products and sales.

If you are into satchels like me, Satchella is the shop to visit. Satchels can be quite expensive, but Satchella offers the same design but with a cheaper price tag. The shop is owned by Fay Barroga and Kaycee Umali, a young entrepreneur studying at DLSU.  Their bags are worn by top bloggers Tricia Gosingtian and Dani Barretto. The bags are very roomy, I can even fit my laptop and notebooks in them. I purchased one in June and it’s still good as new. Durability? Check. Price? Check. Like their Facebook page HERE.

As a special, Christmas treat to my readers and blog followers, these shops (plus others which will also be announced soon) will be doing a blog giveaway here on Metamorphosis beginning December 1 until the end of the month. So make sure to drop by one week from now and get a chance to win items (yes, ITEMS) from each of these shopping havens!

 

Wrangler Fall/Winter Collection Launch

Wrangler is one of the biggest denim brands with hundred years of denim heritage. Founded in 1904, Wrangler was originally named Blue Bell, and rooted as a work wear company specializing in Overalls. In 1947, the name Wrangler was born, which means “working cowboy”. Since then, Wrangler has delivered denim innovation and authentic craftsmanship, and stayed true to its devotion to denim history.

Wrangler is known for its trademark design called the 7 Icons, which speaks of impeccable form and function. I’m not really particular with pants, most especially the designs, but looking at Wrangler’s presentation below, you would actually see how much thought was poured in creating a pair of jeans that are both stylish and functional.

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to be invited to Wrangler’s Fall/Winter Collection Launch at Robinsons Manila. The event was hosted by the bubbly Kim Jones (below). I love her shoes.

The fall/winter collection is a story of two people who travel and explore places, inspired by the thrill of discovery. Every destination is represented in Wrangler clothing pieces–colorful tops are inspired by the sunrise, which signals the beginning of the journey.



The above photos are just a few of the pieces you’ll be seeing in Wrangler stores, but let me show you more through this short clip I made. The video contains some footage and photos from the fashion show.

I also managed to take some photos of the denim bar:

But what I loved the most are the displays! I’m in love with photos like the ones below. I love traveling as well, it does good things to the soul.

I wish Wrangler would also sell these luggages! Haha. I wanted to nick them and take them home. Thank god I was able to restrain myself. Haha.



And those are just some of the good things you can expect from your favorite Wrangler branch. But of course, I need to thank Melai of Style and Soul for inviting me. It’s been a while since my last fashion show so I’m extremely grateful. I had a great time. Thanks, Melai!

Meet Jay and Sophia. Yay for new friends!

I’m leaving you with this awesome ad by Wrangler. It makes me want to hop on a car (though I can’t drive haha) and go somewhere.  It’s nice to be spontaneous sometimes.


Summer Love Giveaway (CLOSED)

It feels like it’s been ages since my last giveaway so I decided to post one today. Apart from that, I’d like to announce that I’ll be including brand new, authentic designer and American items in Zeros and Fives online shop‘s next collection. I personally feel that there is a lack of shops in the Philippines that carry varied American products. Mine will sell perfume, bags, footwear, and jewelry that are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC, shipped directly from Florida, USA.

Now to launch that collection, dubbed Like a Lady, as most of them would certainly make anyone very lady-like, I am giving away these three items to one lucky reader:

Polka dots pants personally bought by me some months ago, brand new and unused.

Lace collar blouse from my June Days Collection (more cute items for sale!)

And these gorgeous 24KT gold over sterling silver earrings from Macy’s, one item from my new Like a Lady collection.

HOW TO JOIN:

1. Like Zeros and Fives’ Facebook page.

2. Post this on your Facebook wall (make sure it’s public). Tag Zeros and Fives Facebook page:

“Win a pair of pants and gold earrings, and cute top from Zeros and Fives! Go to http://daphneverzosa.com/?p=2416 for the mechanics.”

3. Follow Zeros and Fives on Twitter.

4. Tweet this (make sure it’s public, no need to tag me):

“Win a pair of pants and gold earrings, and cute top from Zeros and Fives! Go to http://daphneverzosa.com/?p=2416 for the mechanics. #summerlovegiveaway”

OPTIONAL: Double your chance of winning by adding Zeros and Fives on Multiply as contact. 🙂

5. Comment on this entry with your full name and Twitter name (and Multiply name if you did the “optional”).

NOTE: If your Facebook and Twitter are on private mode, please make sure to include the link to your Facebook and Twitter status. For Facebook, all you have to do is to click the time below your name (e.g., 8 hours ago) and copy the link/URL. For Twitter, click Expand then Details, then copy the link/URL. You don’t have to do this if your accounts are public. Or better yet, you may want to change your account settings to public until the promo is over. *wink*

It’s that easy! Strictly no double entries and please follow mechanics religiously. You have to make sure that Zeros and  Fives can find your Facebook and Twitter posts,  otherwise your entry will be forfeited. Promo ends on June 30, 2012. This is open to Philippine residents only. Good luck! <3

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P.S. Blog giveaway winner will be announced via Twitter OR Facebook, like what I did last time. So make sure you’re INDEED following me on both accounts. I just have to say this to prevent people from accusing bloggers of picking ghost winners. I read it somewhere and that is just rubbish, although the post was not targeted towards me (hopefully). As for me, I am not using my computer all the time and I do have a life aside from maintaining the site, which my phone cannot handle. Okie?

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Congratulations to MARIE CASTRO!!! You’re the winner of this giveaway. Thank you everyone for joining! ‘Til the next one!

 

Have a TOMATO Summer!

Now who is in summer mode? Tomato is!

One thing I love about this year’s trend is the comeback of the  1960s fashion–polka dots and vibrant colors ahoy.

Now Tomato has infused all those in their summer collection! Just look at these pieces!

What I love about them is that the pieces, the top especially, just show the right amount of skin–not too itsy bitsy *cue Itsy Bitsy Yellow Polka Dot Bikini song*–but still great for a beach trip. I’m definitely gonna grab one. Hee~

Tomato says:

CLASSIC CAN BE SEXY IN TOMATO’S 2012 SUMMER COLLECTION

Tomato Summer has the vibe of retro 60’s goldern age with a modern sexy twist of the 2000!  The country’s premier stylists Pam Quinones and Rey Ilagan teamed up with in demand Make-up and Hair stylists Robi Pinera and Raymond Santiago in this Modern Classic Marc Nicdao photoshoot that gives you the Elegance and sexy vibe of the 60’s with a very fresh, young and modern twist. 

Tomato channeled the legendary sex appeal of  Brigitte Bardo with a hint of that Cindy Crawford style.  It’s Hollywood royalty meets Fashion Icon!  Big hair and pop of colors in swimsuits and summer wear in muted and high contrast shades of green, tangerine, earth tone shades of browns and blues dominate the 2012 Tomato’s Summer Collection .  High waist cut swimsuits with sexy peek a boo details will make every woman feel like a siren while leaving the men gasping for more.  Summer beads in various colorful shades of yellow, orange, teal, green etc. are perfect accessories for the day on the beach.

For Tomato Green, it’s the 60’s clean sexy and mysterious look that’s rendered in fresh youthful contemporary style.  Brooding bad boy-good boy vibe will tingle your summer senses with Tomato Green’s 2012 Summer Collection.  It’s all about bringing out that sexy in you in comfortable clothes that are made to fit any type of body while enhancing your best features.  Above the knee thin shorts that fit close to the body with solid contrast color details are simply scene stealers, cuff shorts are most comfortable and stylish while colored chinos in green, blue, rust and red will definitely give you a fashion statement that spells confidence and style!

So hit your summer destination in Tomato’s 2012 Summer Collection!  Complete you stylish looks by wearing Tomato’s over sized summer eyewear and you are ready to go!

So if that isn’t enough to convince you to hit TOMATO stores right now, maybe this would:

HOTTT.

MANGO x RCBC Bankard VIP Sale

Fashionistas are in for some shopping excitement with their Mango-RCBC Bankard credit card this Holiday season!

Members-Only SALE

The much anticipated Mango exclusive members-only sale will be held this December 13 exclusively for Mango-RCBC Bankard cardholders in Mango stores at Glorietta 3, Trinoma, Eastwood Mall,AlabangTownCenter and Ayala Center-Cebu from 12 noon to 10 p.m.  Discounts of as much as 50% can be enjoyed.

Mango cardholders will also enjoy these exclusive benefits during the VIP sale:  zero percent installment at 3 and 6 months, and 5X rewards for a minimum spend of Php5,000 (single-receipt) during the sale.  Shoppers will get to bring home freebies and gift packs from Nivea and Skinfood.  And while shopping, they get to savor the mouth-watering baked goods from Sugarhouse with coffee or tea from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.

To make shopping to be truly an enjoyable experience, cardholders can also invite their non-RCBC Bankard friends and relatives to the sale.  They just need to fill-out a Mango-RCBC Bankard card application form before entry.  An exclusive Mango cell phone charm will be given as a Welcome Gift for approved cardholders.

Mango-RCBC Bankard: A Must-Have Accessory

For fashionistas loyal to the clothing brand Mango, a must-have accessory is the Mango-RCBC Bankard which gives cardholders priority access to next season’s catalog offers, year-round 0% installment deals, invites to members-only sales, and first-hand advice on the brand’s latest collections.

 

Save the date!  This is one sale you don’t want to miss.  With Mango – RCBC Bankard, life gets better when two great brands get together for you!

First Anniversary Blog Giveaway: Win a Dress, Bag, and Accessories!~ CLOSED

I made a promise that my blog’s first anniversary treat will be biggg. And now here they are, the prizes I and the sponsors came up with for you, guys.

Since the sponsors were so generous, I was able to divide the prizes into three–one intended for the winner and two consolation prizes! YAY!

GRAND PRIZE

Tsoknat embellished bag from their vintage collection | Semi-sheer backless dress from The Closet Goddess

Zeros and Fives rings (2) | Tsoknat flirty purse

Antler fringe necklace | Decathea earrings

 Asianvogue Shop  gift certificate

CONSOLATION PRIZES

Prize A

Tsoknat bag | Antler earrings | Decathea necklace

Prize B

Tsoknat hobo bag | Antler necklace | Decathea bracelet

To qualify, below are the mechanics:

1. Like the sponsors’ Facebook pages:

a. Tsoknat

b. The Closet Goddess (the one with the red profile photo)

c. Asianvogue Shop (the one with the pink profile photo)

d. Antler

e. Decadence Theater [DecaThea]

f. Zeros and Fives

2.  Post this on your Facebook wall. NOTE: The sponsors’ Facebook pages should be properly TAGGED.

“Join @Zeros and Fives first anniversary giveaway and get a chance to win a @tsoknat bag, @The Closet goddess dress, @Asianvogue Shop GC, and @Antler and @Decadence Theater [DecaThea] accessories. Click here:  http://daphneverzosa.com/?p=1848 “

 3. Follow us on Twitter.

a. Zeros and Fives/Daphne

b. Asianvogue Shop

c. The Closet Goddess/Rowena Jane Cruz

4. Tweet this and make sure to tag us:

“Join @dafnyduck’s first anniv blog giveaway at http://daphneverzosa.com/?p=1848 and win @asianvogueshop GC, TCG @rowenajanecruz dress, and many more!”

5. Comment on this post with your real name, Facebook and Twitter name, and e-mail address so I can easily contact you if you win. Include also your Multiply and/or Tumblr name, plus the link to your reblog if you have done the optional thingies below. 🙂

OPTIONAL: You can increase your chances of winning the prizes above by doing the following:

1. Add Asianvogue Shop on Multiply. (+1 pt.)

2. Add Tsoknat on Multiply. (+1 pt.)

3. Follow Asianvogue Shop on Tumblr. (+1 pt.)

4. Follow Zeros and Fives (daffadoodledos) on Tumblr. (+1 pt.)

5. Reblog this giveaway on Tumblr or your personal blog. (+2 pts.)

6. Like The Closet Goddess Rowena Cruz’s make-up page on Facebook. (1 pt.)

Promo is open to Philippine residents only and will end on December 5 at 11:59 pm. The winners will be chosen via random.org and will be officially announced on December 6, 2011. Only participants who have religiously followed the mechanics can qualify. However, those who do not have Twitter accounts can still have a chance to win one of the consolation prizes. So what are you waiting for? 🙂

P.S. Add me on Facebook so I can check your walls. Or I’ll add you. HAHA.

Suprises and Giveaways

I’m supposed to reveal my First Anniversary Blog Giveaway on November 6, but I couldn’t resist not telling you a bit about it. Well, at least you know now what to expect on the sixth. HAHA.

So below are some clues:

 

 

1. TSOKNAT

Tsoknat manufactures handmade bags for customers who appreciate modern, playful, and quirky designs. It is owned by Toni Rose Palma, who hails from Naga City, the hometown that I sorely miss. Visit Tsoknat’s online shop or like the facebook page to know more about their products and sales.

 

 

 

 

 

 2. ASIANVOGUE SHOP

Asianvogue Shop, an online fashion boutique from the Philippines, was established on May 2009 by Guia del Rosario. The shop’s products cater to “every fashionista’s ever-changing style. The shop provides shoppers with an extensive selection of fashion forward footwears and bags.” Visit/Like  their multiply and facebook site to get updates on products and sales.

 

 

3. ANTLER

“Antler is an online store/contemporary business that provides fashion alternatives for and caters to bold fashionistas, tastemakers, artists, and just everyone.

Each material in the Antler collections are produced with the highest attention to detail. ”

Like Antler’s facebook page to view on sale items. Their items are so gorgeous that I decided to buy one for myself, which I blabbed about here.

4. The Closet Goddess

The Closet Goddess is owned by Rowena Cruz, also a talented make-up artist. Her shop boasts of trendy and imported pieces that will not hurt your budget. Si Kim Chiu lang naman ang regular customer niya. 

Like TCG’s facebook page here.

 

5. Decadence Theater (Decathea)

Decathea sells handmade and customized accessories. It is owned by Eloisa Molina, who happens to be my officemate (HAHA). Her shop makes accessories based on customer preferences (e.g., color, material, design). Like Decathea’s facebook page to view products.

6. Zeros and Fives

 And of course, my little online shop/website fanpage. I gotta make some contribution to this giveaway of course. Initially, my plan was to sell good finds from bazaars and thrift stores, but I couldn’t attend to it yet. Zeros and Fives already has some items on hand, which include rings and earrings. Like the facebook page to see what I have in store for you, guys. 🙂

ARE YOU EXCITED? Well I am! Do not forget to come back on November 6 to know how to join in my blog giveaway and see the exciting prizes that await the winner!

Meanwhile, I will leave you these shots of the stuff I wore to the VANS fashion show yesterday:

Fedora hat | Tube top from Divisoria | Vest with scarf from Shopaholic| Denim shorts from Bench | Rings from Zeros and Fives | Wedges from Luzzi (Thanks, Nez!)

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I apologize for the photo quality. There is something wrong with the uploading/internet I think. Ugh.

Anyway, follow me on Twitter for updates on the giveaway!

Goodies for the Mind x The 32nd Manila International Book Fair

One of the perks of working in a publishing company is you get to attend book fairs. Yay! I’ve always loved books since grade school (thanks to my father) to the point that I plan to build a library in my own house someday. Don’t you just love the smell and feel of book leaves–some are worn out due to over-browsing, while some are crisp and clean. And there’s nothing more beautiful than organized shelves. Oh I sound so geeky.

Anyhoo, yesterday I went to The 32nd Manila International Book Fair held at the SMX, Mall of Asia in Pasay. All the country’s publishing companies participated and you can just imagine my excitement at the sight of on-sale books and magazines! The following are the stuff I got and bought. Just sharing:

I got Discovery Channel Magazine, Newsweek, and Reader’s Digest for free yo! And yes, that is The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I have this affinity to classics so I figured it was high time to buy and catch up on my lit. And hey, I’m studying Anglo-American Literature so it’s pretty much justifiable. I don’t mind being nerdy at all though. 😛

One of the publishing companies I went straight to during the fair is dun dun dun — SUMMIT! There’s gotta be Preview magazines on sale. And lo and behold, meron! 😀 Right then and there, I grabbed three recent issues I missed buying at a very, very low price! *wide grin*~~

 Nope, that is not a book or book case (if there is such a thing :P). Sorry, I couldn’t resist this adorable floral pouch/purse from EGG (Exciting Gifts + Goodies) when I passed by their store at the main mall. I think I’m gonna go back, they have the cutest design. Some are quite pricey but we’ll see. I’ll let you guys know. 🙂

Well that’s it for tonight. Happy fiesta to Naga! Viva la Virgen!

Metamorphosis

Hello. First of all, I would like to apologize for being MIA. I had lots of things going on in my life (and in my head) in the past month and I didn’t know how to deal with them. I started to question my love for fashion and if I could maintain and sustain this site with interesting posts. I had doubts and initially thought of shutting this down, but of course I couldn’t. For one, I still have loyal visitors and I can’t thank you enough guys for all the support. Two, I have this bad habit of not finishing what I started. I hated it, so I decided to fight it by keeping this site running. Change starts with this post.

Photo by Sam Lim

Make up by Ana Patricia

Before I started this blog, I had a vision of helping regular girls who have limited means like me to look decent and in style without shelling out lots of money. It saddens me a bit that I somehow forgot that vision and for that I am deeply sorry. Today though, I will begin working on that vision, hence the new tagline right above your screen: “when fashion meets the thrifty gal.”

Statistics says that approximately 80% of the Philippine population is categorized as low class (est. 2006), 27% of which lives below poverty line. Fashion-wise,  this means millions of Filipinos cannot afford to purchase designer items or spend thousands for a pair of chic shoes. I frequently encounter people saying they cannot afford to look trendy because it’s expensive. But I disagree. Since college, I’ve always believed that fashion is for everyone–that you need not break your piggy bank just to have that pretty lace top or those five-inch heeled pumps. Below are quick tips:

  1. Bazaars, tiangges, and ukay-ukays are everywhere; there are always good finds in those stores if you know how to look and if you have the patience. We have Divisoria and Greenhills that offer trendy and quality pieces that cost below a hundred. If you’ve been following my blog, then you know what I’m talking about. 😀
  2. Furthermore, malls go on sale almost every pay day. My advice though is to not be swooned by the word “SALE!” I personally don’t think that a 10 to 20% sale will make much of a difference in your receipts. I only go to mall sales when the prices are 50% off or higher.
  3. The last but not the least happy shopping tip I can give is to not spend more than what you can afford, unless you want your face plastered on the store manager’s office wall or chased by your credit card agent. Using cc’s for shopping is not advisable either. The trick is do not pass by malls and shops if you do not plan to buy anything, so you won’t get tempted. That is a tried and tested trick. 😀

So there. Hoped I helped. 🙂

I would love to know what you think about the new layout of the site and what are the things I can do to improve it. You can also send me topic suggestions. I sometimes run out of ideas. HAHA. Either comment on this post or e-mail me at dafnyduck@gmail.com. Again, to my frequent and loyal visitors, thank you! 🙂

Ring Around the Rosy

I’m not the usual fashion blogger who has a room full of shoes, accessories, and designer dresses. In fact, and I think I have mentioned this before, I do not buy any top and accessories that are above Php 700 (or 500) and shoes above Php 2000. I believe that there are brands out there, although not as popular and publicized as the designers, that still provide quality items.

So yesterday, I and my friends took a trip to Manila to shop. I know, Trinoma and SM North were having these big sales yesterday but I know that their prices fail in comparison to Divisoria’s. So check out what I bought yesterday:

Bejeweled frog ring

 I’ve been obsessing about rings lately so I decided to buy LOTS.

Fishy fishy 😛

Winged heart

Weird-looking but that's how I like it 🙂

I call this the Slytherin ring, inspired by the recently concluded Harry Potter T.T

The Grim, inspired by Harry Potter again. I just can't believe the series is over!

This one's gold, not authentic of course. 🙂

Going oriental

Bejeweled crocodile :">

I bought all these items under Php 1000. How’s that! 😛 I thinking of putting these up for sale. Do you like and want them? If you do, I just finished putting up a Facebook page, Zeros and Fives, where I can post photos of saleable items. Please do visit and like the page HERE (even if you don’t wanna buy, that’s totally fine) 😀

The next photos are my first set of babies (rings, I mean). They’re really special so, uhm, they won’t be part of the items on sale. 🙂

From Quirky Finds

From Quirky Finds

TADAH! 😀

 I hope you loved my first-ever accessories post!

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The Devil’s Shopping Advocate: A 6th Month Anniversary Giveaway!

June 6 marks the 6th month of my blog’s existence (6-6-6, hah!). Not to worry though, today I will be spreading just love! Ah, I can’t believe I’ve been actively blogging for six months already! This is the second thing (next to shooting) that I’ve started doing without actually getting bored. If not for my then new officemate Helen and her good friend Jehzeel, you would not be reading this entry nor would you know the URL http://daphnebenosa.com. Thank you, guys!

I’m also very grateful to those who stumble upon my blog and those who make it their daily reading habit. My ears flutter when people tell me they follow this site. It is such a humbling experience.

A lot has happened during the past six months. Through this blog, I got invited to events, such as Havaianas’ (I’m terribly sorry if I didn’t make it to the event), and met my wonderful sponsors, Cocco and Quirky Finds.

With all these wonderful blessings, I think it’s only fitting that I give back to the readers. So here goes:

Maxi dress from Cocco

Moustache necklace + bowtie headband from Quirky Finds

Now you can win the gorgeous maxi dress from Cocco and the adorable accessories from Quirky Finds! Yay!

How to join:

  1. Add/Likme, Cocco, and Quirky Finds on Facebook.
  2. Share this blog giveaway article by posting the link (or using the Shareaholic buttons below this entry) on your Facebook account (tag @Daphne Benosa, @Cocco Cocco Cocco, @Quirky Finds).

For additional points!

  • Follow me on Twitter, Tumblr and/or Bloglovin’. (1 pt. each)
  • Repost on Twitter (tag me @dafnyduck) and/or your blog.  (1 pt. each)

Lastly,

  • Comment on this page with your namelocatione-mail address, and Facebook name.
  • Include your Twitter username and blog link if you reblogged.

SAMPLE CONTEST ENTRY:

Name: Daphne Benosa

Location: Quezon City

E-mail ad: dafnyduck@gmail.com

Facebook: Daphne Benosa

1. Added you, Cocco, and Quirky Finds on Facebook.

2. Shared this blog giveaway on my Facebook.

  • Additional points:
    • Twitter username: @dafnyduck
    • Reposted on Twitter
    • Followed on Tumblr
    • Blogged about this: http://daphneverzosa.com/addfhdhfgdfjgjhhlkhlhg

 

There! Ain’t that easy? This contest is open to Philippine residents only. Contest closes on June 20, 2011. The lucky winner will be chosen via random.org and will be announced on June 21, 2011. Good luck everyone! 🙂

 

Rainbow Fun

The rainy month has arrived but it doesn’t mean we won’t have any more sunny days and beach adventures. And what could be the most perfect outfit for those but a colorful maxi dress!

Since I discovered here that maxi dresses are not just for the statuesque ones, I began to confidently pull them off (or I’d like to think so).

Hype this look on lookbook and chictopia.

Photo taken by Don Victorio using my not-so-trusty GE digital camera. Hehe.

Dress and boater hat from Cocco

Win this very pretty maxi dress and a couple of accessories from Quirky Finds by joining my 6th month anniversary blog giveaway! Check it out! 🙂

Tough Chic

I had a really difficult weekend. My right foot was swollen due to a punctured wound caused by–wait for it–a barbecue stick. It was hilarious at the same time, my sister and friends could not stop laughing at my fate. Imagine yourself walking on a busy street in Quezon City with a barbecue stick spiked in your foot. Promise, I really wasn’t aware I’m wounded already until I looked down. Nevertheless, I remained calm and headed straight to work. I didn’t wanna freak out my co-passengers, s0 I hid my wound. There was already a gush of blood by the way (err, sorry to gross you out. Ehe. ).

To make the long story short, I received a couple of injections on my arms. I was really scared, I have fear of injections kasi. Good thing Ms. Lovelle was there to help me through it. 🙂 I had a swollen foot the whole weekend, but it didn’t stop me from shooting for this blog. 🙂

Don’t you just love parks? When I was a kid I never got to visit zoos and parks like this.

I am crazy about this dress from House of Cocco. I like how it complements to the carefreeness of the atmosphere. Ah, it’s always good doing shoots outdoor. Pardon me for the heavy eyes, guys. 😛

Denim + soft tulle dress from House of Cocco| Nude heels from Mario D’Boro| Bangles from Landmark

Hype this look on Lookbook and Chictopia!

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter! 🙂

Photography by RC Lizan. Like his photography and studio page on Facebook!

Hair and make up by Rowena Cruz. Add her make-up page and online shop, The Closet Goddess, on Facebook!

Visit House of Cocco‘s website to know where you can find their shops! Find them on Facebook: Cocco Cocco Cocco

 

 

NU Skin Exfoliant Scrub and Toner Review

I live in a city where pollution is extremely high and the only way to battle it is proper cleansing. However, not all cleansers available in the market can assure a satisfying result.

We all know that our skin has pores that can be clogged by dirt, causing blackheads and pimples. Unclogging pores requires no ordinary cleansers, like the ones that have scrubs. Many people are skeptical with facial scrubs for fear of scratches on the face or any other skin damages. That’s understandable because facial skin is very sensitive and scrubs can indeed harm our skin, depending on their kind.

More than a couple of weeks ago, my friend asked me to try his company’s cleanser products, NU Skin. Without hesitation, I agreed since my skin is not as sensitive as others; besides, it says EXTRA GENTLE.

NU Skin Facial Scrub

Instructions and information

It says on the label that the product should be used twice a week, but according to my friend, three times a week during your first two weeks of use is recommended.

The cleanser contains barely visible, minuscule beads, called marine diatoms, which are proven safe for the skin unlike other cleansers that have pollen-like ones. After washing, you’ll feel more refreshed mainly because of the menthol-ly stuff infused in it.

AFTER IMAGE

The skin will feel slightly tight because of the removal of the dead skin cells.

NU Skin Mattefying Toner

It is essential to use a toner right after washing. It helps remove excess dirt.

One thing that scares me about toners is that some are really harsh to the skin. If you’re not careful when choosing and using a toner, it can leave burning sensations and red patches, BUT not this one. It’s very mild and it can thoroughly remove traces of dirt.

AFTER TONING

Toner chemicals often leave the skin very dry, probably due to its intensive cleansing and skin refinement properties, so moisturizing is necessary after. NU Skin’s toner, however, will leave your skin moisturized and damage-free. Credit that to its pH-balancing and mattefying capabilities.

NU Skin is a foreign product, so it’s not yet available in Philippine stores. But if you’d like to try it and enjoy beautiful skin, you may order from Resty thru restynuegas@gmail.com or contact him at these numbers:

09238407186

09152596998

 

Toodles! 🙂

Wear Red, Wear Hope

More than a month ago, tragedy struck Japan. Millions of properties and thousands of lives were lost, and a multitude of people went and are still missing.

I feel guilty for being quiet about it. Frankly, I was really at loss for words regarding what happened and couldn’t figure out a thing on how to help. I know the delay is inexcusable, but I’d rather be late than never present.

Chictopia, an online fashion community similar to Lookbook.nu, has recently started a fund-raising campaign to help the victims of Japan tragedy–the Wear Red Wear Hope campaign. The campaign encourages Chictopians like me to wear and upload a photo wearing any outfit with a hint of red.

According to Chictopia:

The red circle on the Japanese flag represents what many Japanese children perceive to be the sun.  For us at Chictopia and many others in the wake of the recent crisis, it represents hope.

Every outfit post of Chictopia members wearing red will raise $1.

But if you’re not a member, you can still extend aid by donating through Red Cross here.

OR you can spread the news by sharing this post on your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Plurk or whatnot (via the buttons below), so that all Chictopians or interested donors will be informed of this cause. Let us all join hands in helping Japan.

Arigato!

Photo by Mark Tiu| Make up and hair styling by Em Rejano

Sheer, printed top from JACOB| Nude tube top| Denim shorts from Bench| Gladiator heels from Parisian

Hype the look on chictopia and lookbook.

SUMMER STYLE TIP: Sheer + prints are a good combo for your daily walks or hangouts with friends. 🙂

 

Shopping for Branded Clothes Has Never Been This Easy and CHEAP!

Ever since I got my Paypal account, I developed the habit of shopping online. I was in college that time and didn’t know how to spend the money I got for writing articles online (my bank back then didn’t know what the heck Paypal is so I had no choice but to use it for online shopping.). Anyhoo, last month, I received an e-mail from Brandsfever.

Brandsfever is an invite-only online shopping club in the Philippines and Singapore that offers international fashion and lifestyle brands (e.g., Nike, PinkSoda, A-MOD) at up to 70% discount! Holy guacamole! That’s quite a big discount, right? So, being a sucker for fashion, I accepted their invite. I am yet to make my first purchase, I’ll let you know if I have.

Upon signing up, I was immediately awarded Php 500 which I can already use for purchasing. Aside from that, I was also given the privilege to invite as many people as I want. So, as a gift of gratitude for reading this post and for (hopefully) commenting, I am posting an invite so you could also enjoy being in an exclusive shopping club and marveling at the items they have on sale. Just click the link below:

Sign up for Brandsfever here.

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You can also try signing up for AVA. Like Brandsfever, it’s also an invite-only shopping club that offers up 70% off on designer goods such as Prada, Armani, Aranaz, among others.

And since I’m already a member, I can invite other people to join. I provided an invite link below if you want to get your hands on those lovely designer items at less than half of their original price. Quality is guaranteed so no need to worry of knock-offs. Their items are 100% authentic! 🙂

Sign up for AVA here.

Make sure not to remove my name as the referrer or your registration will not be processed. Remember, it’s invite only.  🙂

Thank you! Enjoy shopping!

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CREDITS:

http://www.youngupstarts.com/2010/07/26/private-invite-only-online-shopping-with-brandsfever/

http://welovejenni.blogspot.com/2011/01/online-shop-ava-is-here.html

Revlon PhotoReady Compact Makeup Review

As I have shared in my previous post, I always consider performance and cost in purchasing makeup. The case is different when I buy foundation, (although I never bought one in my life until this past Saturday) it’s the base for your makeup and it covers the entire face so you can’t risk buying a defective one.

I’m a compact/loose powder type of person and never liked wearing foundation (be it powder or liquid) in my ordinary everyday life. But since Saturday’s events required me to buy one, I headed over to Revlon. I have heard good reviews about it so I decided to go for it. With eyes shut, I pulled out Php1,000 and paid for Revlon PhotoReady Compact Makeup:

The Revlon PhotoReady Compact Makeup is different from the Revlon PhotoReady Makeup. The latter is only liquid, while the former is like a compact powder and liquid foundation in one.

What’s inside is a cream-like substance that turns to liquid when you push the screen. The compact comes with a sponge. Sorry if it looks used already. Couldn’t wait to try it:

CLAIMS:

-Perfected, poreless airbrushed skin in any light
-Liquefying screen turns cream to liquid, then dries to a soft powder finish
-Photochromatic pigments bend and reflect light to help erase every flaw
-SPF 20
-Oil free, fragrance free.
-Complete, yet virtually undetectable coverage.
-Soft luminous finish

(Source)

Below are a Before-and-After shots.

BEFORE: Bare-faced me

It’s not obvious here but I happened to have red spots on my cheek. I dunno how I got it, but I tried Revlon nonetheless.

AFTER: With Revlon PhotoReady Compact Makeup

I only applied a few strokes and the skin tone evened out. Unlike other foundations, Revlon PhotoReady gives very natural coverage, true to its claim above. It doesn’t clump either, even when you perspire. There are also some silverdust-like thingies when it’s applied. That’s probably what Revlon calls as photochromatic pigments which help give that flawless finish when photographed. I used it for an afternoon photo shoot here along with this one.

The best thing about it is that it has long staying power, that if you plan on wearing it until midnight, you need not worry about reapplying. Below is a photo of me after the photo shoot:

I'm the one at the middle. I still looked fresh (minus the eye bags. HAHA) even if it was already 11 in the evening. No re-application was done, honest. (Photo credit: Aiza Labios)

Revlon PhotoReady Compact Makeup comes in 7 different shades–ivory, vanilla, shell, natural beige, middle beige, cool beige, and rich ginger–so you can identify easily and correctly the most suitable shade for your skin. I used natural beige. 🙂

No wonder it costs so high. It delivers.

Have you tried it, too? What do you think of it? 🙂

Conceal That Spot: Basic Beauty Concealer Review

One thing I learned about shopping for make-up is to try the testers AND that you are never required to buy an item after testing it. The tester is there to give you an idea of how it looks and feels–if it’s what you need or if you’re not allergic to it. Another thing is to not buy at the same day of testing. You wouldn’t know if you’re allergic to that product if you buy it rightaway; the best thing to do is to let it stay on your skin for a few hours, or minutes.

With these learning in mind, I went to every make-up counter at Landmark and tried the stuff I needed for a photo shoot the next day (obviously, I was tasked to be the make-up artist). I started from Revlon, CoverGirl, Fanny Serrano, Nichido, Ever Bilena, Basic Beauty, to Ianti. I’ve been looking for the best concealer in malls, and by best I consider performance and cost. Yeah sure, Revlon, MAC, CoverGirl, and other make-up giants may be one of the best performing ones out there, but their cost are too hefty for students and even for average wage earners like me. Nichido was my best friend for years, but I constantly had trouble with it whenever the room temperature gets high. It sort of melts and looks eeky, it starts to stick on its cover and case. I never wanted that kind of trouble, very untidy.

So I headed to Basic Beauty. I was a little skeptical testing their items at first. Their packaging is not as impressive as the others, you know. It’s pretty obvious that it’s a new brand:

But since the sales person was very nice, I let her introduce to me the product. I asked questions after (if the brand is new, if it melts in high temperature, blah blah blah). It’s the brand’s best seller, she said, even if it was just recently launched. Below are the other claims:

  • It’s hypoallergenic.
  • It’s dermatologist-tested.
  • It’s fragrance-free.
  • It’s doesn’t clump nor chalk.

Sorry, I used it already after taking this shot that’s why it looks a little, uhh, used. 🙂

True enough, I didn’t get any uncomfortable feeling when I tested it. It blends really well on my skin, plus it’s a little dry so there was no sticky feel either. It’s like a compact powder with concealing abilities, you know what I mean? It looks very natural!

BEFORE

I don’t know if you can see them, but I have thin lines below and at the corner of my eyes. The color of my eye area is also uneven with the rest of my facial skin.

AFTER

Lines are gone. And the skin is toned and even. (The After photo’s brightness changed a bit, one light in our office got switched off while I and my friend was taking this. Sorry, but I assure you, there were no manipulations.)

The product has three variations–light, medium, and dark to suit every skin tone. I used light, I have a pale face. Anyhoo, this concealer costs a meager Php179.00. Slightly pricier than Nichido, but it’s worth the extra pesos. I found Basic Beauty in Landmark, Trinoma, so I believe it’s available in all Ayala Malls. Like their Facebook page to get updates on their products.

Check here for studio shots where I used the concealer.

On a totally unrelated note, I know this Before-and-After photo might freak you out a bit. I was. HAHA. Reminds me of The Ring. Creepy. Bye! 🙂

Getting Ready for Prom: The Vania Romoff Prom Collection

22 years old and I’m still obsessed about prom. It’s one of the most exciting events in high school, and when I was young I never got the chance to wear my dream prom dress. You are probably here to know the best style for your upcoming prom (or I indirectly forced you to read my entry for traffic’s sake. Lulz.).  Anyway, we are so used to seeing floor-length dresses and gowns during that special night, but many of us fail to consider other cuts and style that can also be fit for prom.

Vania Romoff

Young designer Vania Romoff, one of Preview’s Designers to Watch for 2010, has recently collaborated with The Ramp for the prom season. Her designs were all cut short into dresses, accentuated with huge details like gigantic bows, flow, and color play.
White and candy colors + ribbons = chic and youthful

If I were a high school student myself, I would prefer dresses rather than gowns. They are something you can definitely wear for the prom after-party!