Sunday, March 31, 2013

BB Cream Swap in Kiehl's

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I went to Kiehl's earlier today and had my BB Cream swapped. They are having this swap as long as supplies last, I guess. The poster below doesn't tell the time frame. Take note that the value of your BB Cream should be PhP500 and up to qualify.

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Well, I have a lot of BB Creams because I experiment on the best one for my skin type. So I picked one from my collection. In exchange for it, I got a 5mL sample of Kiehl's Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream. The sales assistant gave me the light shade. I was surprised since she didn't ask about my skin color. But after swatching some on my skin, the color blended well.  

Here is my picture of it. Sorry for the artsy photo. I got overly excited since I joined Instagram (follow me: myangelmariel). LOL! I will post a clean photo free of effects on my review post about this product soon. 

My 5mL sample of Kiehl's BB Cream.

Here is a photo of the full bottle from the Kiehl's FB Page. 
Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream. The name is long isn't it? And will it stay true to its promise? Let's see how my skin will react with this. I'm so excited to begin! Start date: tomorrow! 


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Celebrate Easter at the Sky Dome

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SM City North EDSA invites all of you to come and celebrate Easter at the Sky Dome! Kids and kids-at-heart are all welcome to join. All you need to do is purchase at least PhP500 in any SM North EDSA stores. See poster below (click to enlarge).


Here are some activities that the kids and family will surely enjoy: Live Bunny Meet and Greet, Hop Meet and Greet, Bunny Hop Race, Easter Costume Contest, Easter Egg Hunt, and Easter Mascot Parade. Aside from these, there will also be fun booths which include Face Paint, Photobooth, Cake and Easter Egg Decoration. 

I'm so excited that I can't wait for Easter! I love mascots, food, and photos! Hmmm... and I think I'm young enough to join in the games too! LOL!

For more information, visit the SM North EDSA official Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/smnedsa

...or follow them on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/smnorthedsa

...or Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/smnorthedsa



Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The First Ever BDJ Box Beauty Social

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The BDJ Box Beauty Social was held on March 24, 2013 at SM Mall of Asia Atrium.  It was an event filled with fun and about being truly beautiful inside and out. There were lots of activity booths which catered to makeup and skin care. As I mentioned in my previous post, there were also various talks to attend. 


The cute and creative event passport!

Lots of participant headed on to the SM MoA Atrium
With my growing interest in makeup, I saw to it that I would get an invite to the talks! I was very happy that I got to attend two topics! 

The first one was Bond with the BDJ Box Beauty Ministry. It was a Q and A portion with Ms. Tara Cabullo, Ms. Kate Alvarez, and Ms. Nicole Romero. They answered to our questions about skin care, makeup and lipsticks, and maintaining hair color. We had a very informative chit chat with beauty experts! 

I learned a lot from them, especially when it comes to hair. With Ms. Kate's advice, I will also try out different products and techniques until I get the perfect routine for my type of hair. 


The Beauty Ministers answering the BDJ girl's inquiry.

Beautiful smiles by our Beauty Ministers.
Since the next talk was at 4:00 PM, I decided to stroll around the venue and explore the various booths! 

The first one that I visited was the Selena Gomez Fragrance! I tried on a spritz and the scent was sweet and has a strong hint of blueberry. I love berry scents. It came in a cute packaging too! 
Selena Gomez Fragrance.
There were makeup lessons going on at the Revlon corner. I listened at the sides as the makeup artist shared his knowledge on the basic application of makeup.


The Revlon booth.
Other kiosks had free makeovers, too! Let me mention MaxFactor, Cover Girl, and Shiseido. Gosh! If I would have known , I shouldn't have worn makeup that day. 


The Shiseido Makeup Booth.
Here are the other booths that caught my attention:


The Defuzzing Booth of Browhaus and Strip.

The L'occitane Kiosk

I love the color of Snoe. So pink! 

Nail Art from Yuka!
By 4:00 PM, I lined up once more at the talk area for the next topic which was All Dolled Up with Archie Tolentino. He is a makeup artist of Maybelline. I am very privileged to have learned from an expert!



Mr. Archie Tolentino teaching us about makeup application.
Archie taught us how to do the summer look. It is about wearing minimal makeup and using products that offer sun protection. What I found most inspiring was when he said that it's time that we should embrace our skin color! So for Filipinos, orange tints for lipstick and blush looks best. 

All pre-registered girls got a loot bag. There was a gorgeous Revlon mascara, Women's Health  magazine, Pantene Color Care Shampoo, L'oreal Anti-hair fall shampoo and conditioner, samples from Physiogel and a whole lot more! 


My loot of the day.

Custom Eyes mascara from Revlon was included in the loot bag.

And oh! I won this clamp from the games earlier! Yay!

Other than these lovely booths and informative talks, I'm very glad to have seen my BDJ friends again! Until next time, dear sisters! Here is a collage of me with my friends, Darlyn of BDJ, and the speakers. 





Saturday, March 23, 2013

So Undercover Movie Screening

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I watched the movie So Undercover last Thursday with my fellow bloggers, courtesy of adidas NEO and Nuffnang Philippines. I saw a lot of fashionable people there. Oh, I forgot that the concept of this movie is about style. Me? I came from work so whatever I was wearing was all I got. Ha! I told you I am the utilitarian type

I won two tickets but I went alone and kept the other one. The screening was held at Shang Cineplex One. 


My tickets! :)

The view from my seat. 
So Undercover is a movie that I never thought I would like. The main character is Molly Morris (played by Miley Cyrus). She is a smart and tomboyish girl who does not care about makeup and fashion. That is, until the FBI hires her to go undercover in a sorority full of girly girls. 



At the beginning of the movie, watching Molly made me think that this girl is like me. I am without a care for style and move with boyish stance. I can definitely relate with her! However, despite me being not so feminine, I am beginning to like makeup ever since I started cosplaying. So I was laughing my heart out because as the movie progressed, I get the feeling of, "Oh! That is so like me!"


This is an example of my outfit almost everyday.
So Molly works as a private investigator with her retired dad. They spy on cheating husbands and take photos as evidence. 


Molly taking photos.
Then, Molly meets an FBI agent and convinced her to go undercover. But before she starts her mission, she needs some.... training.


A warehouse full of all the great stuff!
And yeah.... there is another line where I can feel that it's also directed at me. On this scene the hair stylist said,"It's like a sad animal attempted suicide on her head!". Uh... was he talking about my hair too?


"It's like a sad animal attempted suicide on her head!", the stylish said.
So our heroine goes to college and joins the girly sorority called KKZ. They have a lot of pink stuff in there! Hey, I like pink, too! 



What I love about this movie are Molly's stylish clothes and how she transformed into a fashionable girl!





Of course, I couldn't help but notice her beautiful makeup too! Love those smokey eyes! 






Overall, So Undercover is hilarious! The story and the twist was okay. However, I noticed the makeup, the pinks, the clothes, and that cute guy much more than the plot. But I like the movie very much! 

Once again, thanks to Nuffnang Philippines and adidas NEO for this special movie screening. All of us took home a free photo souvenir from the event.


My photo souvenir. :)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Rain Cloud Pilipinas Is Now Live!

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As inspiration flows like a river, I have made another blog especially dedicated to Rain. This will contain related articles about him. Other than that, I will also post some Rain-inspired art, photos, videos, and write ups by his fans. 

Visit my new blog at: http://rain-cloudpilipinas.blogspot.com/



The name is such because I wanted to show how Rain is loved by his fans, officially called The Cloud. So, I put the two together in one title. Pilipinas is included to indicate that this site is based here in the Philippines. 

I'm really scared at how this page will be accepted by people. I am reminded at how I started this myangelmariel blog. It's always like this at the start, there is fear and doubt. I hope that this will eventually gain a strong following as much as my personal blog! 

This new blog is my gift to Rain, who inspired me to be a better person, both in heart and soul. Feel fee to visit Rain Cloud Pilipinas and tell me how I can further improve it! 


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Excited for So Undercover

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I won another round of tickets to the movie screening of So Undercover courtesy of Nuffnang Philippines and adidas NEO. I joined their contest on how I express my personality through style. Actually, I didn't expect to win because I only sport utilitarian clothes. This is a surprise to me and I am very happy for this! 


The invitation I got from Nuffnang PH

I have not read the synopsis of this movie. I think I will like this movie because it will be full of pink! Hmmm... It's time for me to pick up some girly styles, too!



Monday, March 18, 2013

Mentholatum Lip Ice Sheer Lip Balm

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When I passed by the cosmetics section of a department store last week, I came upon Lip Ice. I know this lip balm from my friend Helen's Lucky Citrine blog. She likes this product very much. So, I paused for a minute to take a good look. And OMG! When I saw the logo of Mentholatum on it, I knew I was going to buy it! I didn't know that Lip Ice is a product of this brand. 


Lip Ice sheer color lip balm. PhP145

This Mentholatum logo! 
I bought it without second thoughts. Why? 




(Photo credits to the owner. Please see watermarks)

Yes, Rain endorses MENtholatum in China! He promotes the whole men's skin care line and exclusively for Mentholatum China. Too bad it's not available here in our country. 

I know this Lip Ice lip balm is for girls. But what the heck! It is still the same Mentholatum brand! Hihihihi So back to the topic... I took a minute to read everything about it. It suddenly became interesting to me. 


Some information at the back of the package.

The pink tube.
The content was white with glitters all over it. It is simple in the sense that it doesn't have a scent or flavor. But I find it cute by just looking at it! 


The glittery content of this lip balm.
This is a color changing lip balm so it will change into pink once applied. According to the label, this produces a shade of sheer pink that is solely unique to you.  So here is my shade:


The unique shade of pink on my lips.
I like the color on my lips. It is almost red and very noticeable. I might just skip lipstick on this one. No wonder Helen raves to much about Lip Ice. I am starting to love it too, and it's not because of Rain... really. 



Sunday, March 17, 2013

Explore Philippine Culture in Mabuhay Restop Cafe

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Mabuhay Restop is a restaurant located near Rizal Park and Manila Ocean Park. I found this cafe very unique as it lets you explore the culture, places, and food in the Philippines! 

Mabuhay Restop Cafe.
Being Filipino, I am already familiar with our culture. However, the overall concept of this cafe made me appreciate it more. The moment you enter the door, you will see Filipino inspired decorations and furniture. This cafe is all about being Filipino! 

The cafe is Filipino inspired.
I first approached the souvenir shop (shopping as always!). They sold products made by local manufacturers and from Gawad Kalinga. What caught my attention were the artisan chocolates by Theo&Philo. I never thought I would see Dark Chocolate with Siling Labuyo (Dark Chocolate with Red Hot Chili Peppers.... hehehe). I wonder what it would taste like. 

The souvenir shop in Mabuhay Restop Cafe. 

The Theo and Philo artisan chocolates.

Dark Chocolate with Siling Labuyo. 
There was more upstairs! The museum featured Filipino art in various forms of media.
The art museum in Mabuhay Restop.

That sungka brings a lot of nostalgia.

The I Am Filipino art exhiibit. 
At around 7PM, we were treated to a heart-filled buffet of Filipino food! There were even some dishes that I didn't know, like Bangus with Tamarind. The buffet included  Adobong Kangkong (I don't usually eat veggies but this one is awesome!), Beef Caldereta, Sotanghon Guisado, Shrimp with Alavar Sauce, and of course it won't be complete without Plain Rice. 

The buffet is served with a beautiful stained glass art background!





I want to show you my favorite seafood. Shrimp with Alavar Sauce.

That big black pot housed the yummy Chicken Binakol! You need to put it in those coconut shells! Creativity!

Tetchie's Pinoy Salad was delicious, too, especially the sauce!
What I liked more were the desserts! The Mango Sago was creatively placed at the center of a mango! I love the Halo-halo station because you will be given the chance to put in your desired toppings! 

The Mango Sago.

The great and awesome Halo-halo station! 
The taste of each of these Filipino dishes were top notch! I absolutely loved it. Each dish was cooked to perfection. The vermicelli of Sotanghon Guisado was soft yet firm. I have never eaten  sotanghon with that kind of consistency. The Beef Caldereta was very flavorful. The most impressive dish for me was Chicken Binakol! Its warmth and flavor...yummy yummy! 

My own serving of Chicken Binakol.
For the first time, I was able to appreciate Filipino food and be proud of it! It was an unforgettable gastronomic experience! Allow me to say this in Filipino: Patok na patok sa panlasa!

By 8PM, the owner Ms. Rose Cabrera welcomed us. She told us about her passion to help people through Gawad Kalinga. Ms Cabrera came from the U.S. but she chose to move here in our country. I admire her mission to promote the Filipino culture not just to foreigners but to fellow Filipinos, as well. 

Ms Rose Cabrera giving a welcome speech.
Then, we were treated to the musical-comedy cultural show entitled Manila Vanilla. Oh! I just love the the theater! I was laughing from beginning till end, appreciating Filipino folk dances in between.

The artists greeting the audience at the start. 'Credit is good but we need cash'.  

Manila Vanilla is inspired by the local ice cream called sorbetes. 'What is sorbetero in English?... An ice cream ENTREPRENUER'.

You get to know Philippine history too! 

My favorite segment: The Waiter from Hell! I couldn't stop laughing at this!

LOL! The wind beneath my wings...
The Filipino folk dance, Tinikling. 
The food and the cultural show was a whole load of fun! The buffet dinner plus Manila Vanilla show is scheduled on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 7PM-9PM (See the complete schedule here). The overall price is PhP695. 

The price is not bad. Other restaurants serving buffet is priced more or less the same and it doesn't include a cultural show. 


Aside from these, Mabuhay Restop also offer travel packages. They have the Kalinga Tour which will take you to a Gawad Kalinga Village and Philippine Tourist Spots. They have tours in the provinces, too!  They also have the Bayan Tour which is a three-hour educational tour in Rizal Park. Visit their website http://www.mabuhayrestops.com for more details.

With every purchase, you will be able to help others as 30% of the profit goes to Gawad Kalinga.  That alone is enough motivation for me to come back. :)


I say that you should drop by Mabuhay Restop! Trust me, you won't forget that Chicken Binakol and those funny lines from Manila Vanilla! In going to Mabuhay Restop, tell the driver to drop you off when you see the Manila Ocean Park signage in the entrance to Quirino Grandstand. You can't miss it! 

I plan to visit again, too. Maybe I should go there by day so that I could see the beautiful stained glass art as projected by sunlight:

A breathtaking sight! Photo by Mabuhay Restop

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