daphne benosa

Good Friday

I know, I haven’t posted anything for almost a week and for that I apologize. The past week was so stressful I decided to take a small break, but that doesn’t matter anymore because I’m back. And I’m back with a bang!

I’ve always believed that there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve been through many hardships and emotional blows, but they’ve never tainted my outlook on life and discouraged me in pursuing my goals. They’re like accessoriesthey give more flavor to an outfit, and in this case, life. As Leslie Caron said, In order to have great happiness you have to have great pain and unhappiness—otherwise how would you know when you’re happy?

And speaking of happiness, yesterday was a very good day for me. I received two great newsthey’re not that huge, but again for a small town girl like me, they’re a great feat already.

1. Candy Magazine’s It Girl on the Web Style Feature

I was talking to someone online when that person told me she saw me on candymag.com’s Style Files. I was so surprised because I never thought I would get chosen for a number of reasons. One, Candy Magazine is a pre-teen/teen magazine and I’m already way beyond my teenage years. Two, I am not as adventurous as other fashion bloggers. I’m a dress/t-shirt and jeans (or shorts) kind of girl and I find it impractical wearing clothes I am not comfortable in. But hey, I got picked and I couldn’t be happier. Yeahboy, that’s one tick off my checklistEarlier this year I saw myself on Chalk Magazine and on a Dove billboard.

Oh hello there, Harry Styles! 😛

I see syntax errors. Lol, sorry about that. I was in a hurry answering the questions.

Click HERE to read the whole feature. Below are some lovely comments I’ve received from people. I’m so touched. Thanks, guys! 🙂

2. New Glorietta Vibe Modelling Opportunity

I only stand 5 feet but I never saw it as a hindrance to modelling, but I also do not deny the fact that tall girls look great, if not better, on the runway. I’ve always believed, however, that there’s room for everyone in the fashion industry. Case in point, Glorietta, one of the country’s premier shopping destination, in cooperation with AVA Philippines, is currently looking for models of all shapes and sizes who will walk the runway in an attempt to break the current Guinness record for most people on the runway, which is held by New York EXPRESS I think.

Seeing this as a great opportunity, I joined yesterday.

And before the day ended, I bagged the 3rd spot! Yay!

Thanks to everyone who supported and voted for me. I really appreciate it a lot. I couldn’t have made it without all your help yesterday.

See me walk the runway on November 29, 2012 via live-stream! Tweet me @dafnyduck with the hashtag #NewGloriettaVibe as well!

Again, thanks to everyone, especially to those who shared and retweeted the link to my photo. I love you all! xx

 

NIVEA Face Affair (Words & Photos)

You must have read in my previous post that I won NIVEA Philippines’ Face Affair contest last year. Thousands of girls submitted their entries online to NIVEA, with the hopes of becoming the Nivea girl. Who would have known that a small town girl like me would be picked? Bicolanas represent! 😛

My housemate and I took this photo in our room using my GE digital camera. I didn’t go for the usual posy photo. I thought, since NIVEA carries skin care products, the photo should show the product. I’m a big fan of beauty shots, so I opted for a tube top and a barely-there make up. I’m only wearing baby powder in this photo, some lip gloss, and eyeliner. The important thing is I’m able to present the product well.

As part of becoming the Nivea girl, I won over 14k worth of NIVEA products. If I have kept these for myself, I would have had a year’s supply of skin care products. But I didn’t. As long as I have a facial wash, toner, moisturizer, and hydrating lotion, I’m good. So where did the rest go? To my loved ones, where they should rightfully be.

I also got 15k worth of Forever 21 gift certificates and 6k worth of Majolica Majorca make up. I’m a happy girl indeed.

Part of my prize is a makeover and a photo shoot. Dominique Tiu styled me; Marj Sia did the make up; Val Chua fixed my hair; Crissey Si provided skin care tips; and Shai Lagarde gave points on confidence and personal development.

Pioneer Studio, the location, has lots of interesting decorations. I was particularly interested with these B/W photographs of what look like women from tribes.

Photograb: With Marj Sia, the makeup artist. She has amazing hands, I tell you!

Took a photo after wearing the items that Dominique Tiu personally hand-picked for me.

With my favorite blogger/graphic designer, Crissey. I only became fully acquainted with fashion blogging around 2010, I kid you not. And her blog and Tricia Gosingtian’s were the first ones I discovered. I followed them since then, and their blogs became my daily newspaper. So you could imagine my excitement when I found out I won and that I’ll be meeting her. <3 Thank you, Miro for the photo. I owe you big time.

And so the finished product has arrived. The Face Affair was just recently published in Chalk Magazine June 2012 issue, with the pogi Zac Efron on the cover:

And on the Chalk Bulletin’s bottom half, you’ll find my big face, with the wonderful bloggers who helped me look good that day.  I’m forever grateful to them. They, as well as the people from NIVEA (esp. Mikki Galang), have made my year unforgettable.

For a girl like me who grew up in Naga, a small city in the Camarines Sur province, seeing one’s own face in a national magazine is priceless. I was only a collector of teen magazines before, and everytime I buy an issue, I always wished to be in its pages. So I included it in my life goals, and now it’s here. It’s always great to dream and create goals–they motivate you, and drive you to achieve things you’re not even aware you can achieve.

Lastly, thanks to those who have supported and congratulated me. It’s not really a big ad, but your support definitely made me feel like I’m a supermodel. Haha. Thanks, guys! <3

Videos will be released online soon. Like NIVEA Philippines’ Facebook page and click the Face Affair tab to know and see more about the event.

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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!

 

NIVEA Visage: Face Affair

I have been a NIVEA user since college. I admit though that I had used other brands to check out if it has the same effects as NIVEA. Unfortunately, they don’t.

L-R: NIVEA Visage Sparkling White Acne Oil Control Facial Foam, NIVEA Extra Whitening Deo, NIVEA Express Hydration Body Lotion, NIVEA Visage Refreshing Toner

Day and night I use NIVEA Visage Sparkling White Acne Oil Control Facial Foam. It has 2x smaller molecules which clean deeper into pores, thus preventing acne and revealing fairer skin.  Living in a polluted area, e.g. Manila, can be quite harmful to the skin, so this facial foam is my best friend. After cleansing, I would use NIVEA Visage Refreshing Toner to further cleanse my skin. This toner helps make skin look invigorated and refreshed. Unlike other products, NIVEA’s toner is very gentle. In fact, I sometimes do not use a moisturizer after because my skin does not look and feel dry after application, which is at times the effect of toners on some skin.

NIVEA Extra Whitening Deo has been my buddy for ages! I just realized that. Hihi~ I’ve tested quite a number of deos and nothing gave me the result that I wanted, only NIVEA. Lastly, I also use NIVEA Express Hydration Body Lotion which absorbs in seconds and moisturizes the skin for hours. It is great for people with dry, red, rough, tight, flaky, dull, itchy, and peeling skin. Cool, huh?

Last October, NIVEA Philippines started this online contest called Face Affair, where loyal NIVEA users can submit a photo of themselves with the new Sparkling White Acne Oil Control. Coincidentally, I just bought the same product. My housemate and I didn’t know what to do on a lazy weekend so we thought of joining. I had lots of troubles submitting my entry as the application on NIVEA’s Facebook page cannot seem to accept my photo. In the end, I gave up.

Until four days ago, I received an e-mail from NIVEA stating that I have won the contest! Turns out they received my entry. Yipee! 🙂

Now,  everyone calls me NIVEA girl. HAHA. I don’t mind. Hey, it’s NIVEA no! Might as well own it. HAHA. Apart from the 35k worth of NIVEA, Forever 21, and Majolica Majorca products that I will be receiving, I am also very eager to meet the country’s top bloggers, namely Crissey, Dominique, Shai, Marj, and Valerie. I have been following their blogs for quite a while now. They have inspired me to start a blog of my own since I like sharing bits of my life to people (yes even to ones I barely know). Ah, I can’t wait for my makeover! 😛

Make sure to stay tuned for the biggest affair in January. Photoshoot with NIVEA and my fave bloggers soooooon! Like NIVEA Philippines’ Facebook page if you haven’t!

P.S. Thank you, guys, for the overwhelming support! I seldom get that number of likes in my posts. Hahaha. Big thanks also goes to my housemate, Dodon, who took my photo entry for the Face Affair contest!

Leighton Meester meets Solenn Heussaff

Yesterday was a crazzzy day. I “modeled” and styled for my photographer friend, Sam Lim at Hinge Inquirer Publications office. Plus, I got to see what an actual magazine publication office looks like. I scanned the whole office and I thought, “this is my dream job, my dream workplace.” We’ll see. Maybe next year? 🙂

Going back, I styled for an Esquire-inspired shoot yesterday. It’s actually quite sexy for my taste, but heck, sexy can still look classy when styled the right way. I considered it a challenge. And I do hope the photos will come out looking classy. HAHA. Sam, the pressure is on you, mate!

The peg for Princesz, the model, was Solenn Heussaff’s photos found on Esquire:

I wanted to tone down the sexiness a bit so I chose a nude oversized sweater instead and made the model wear accessories to add some style. Elaine Silva did a great imitation of the make up. Below is a behind-the-scene photo I was able to take while Sam was doing his thing. 😀

After Princesz’s shoot was done, it was my turn. Dun dun dun. I chose a more daring make up, which was inspired by Leighton Meester’s beauty shoot for Marie Claire:

Leighton, why so gorgeoussss!

Below is an outtake of what the make-up artist, Ms. Wilma Esturco, came up with:


I can’t wait to show you, guys, the actual photos! Come back soon . 🙂

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