Making It Happen + Maybelline Hyperink Liquid Liner

AHHHH Finally found time to blog! If you’re following me on my social media accounts, you might know the reason for my short hiatus. Together with Deo and Kuya Monty (Deo’s brother, our chef), we finally took a leap of faith to chase our dreams. I’ll write about that separately, but we do hope you can visit Little Bistro’s soft opening/pop up at Merkanto in Quezon City for your dose of Japanese and Italian cuisines! It’ll be until January 26 (Thursday), 5:00PM-12:00MN. Can’t wait to see you and serve you our dishes! ♥

Already have a lot of reasons to be grateful for this 2017, and aside from Little Bistro, I’m very happy to announce that I got chosen as one of Maybelline’s ambassadors in the Philippines. *happy dance* I really feel honored to represent my favorite go-to cosmetic brand since college. Thank you, Maybelline! :)

It's really time to make things happen!

Our squad had our first ever meeting at Solstice, Rockwell two weeks back. The team presented the exciting releases of the brand this year, starting off with Maybelline’s fiercest, easy to use eyeliner yet - the Hyperink Liquid Liner!

Sought-after celebrity makeup artist, Jigs Mayuga, was also present during the event to show natural, winged, and graphic eyeliner styles. Learned a lot from his demo!

You better have Maybelline’s Hyperink Liquid Liner in your own cosmetic pouches. It can be your confidence buddy throughout the day! You may opt to fierce it up at work with a simple and sophisticated look, or party hard at night with a bold and sexy winged liner.

Long-lasting. Smudge-proof. Easy-to-use. Blackest of black eyeliners. 
No need to stress about your liner fading or making a mess with Hyperink’s superior formula.

The best part? You can achieve that powerful look with only SRP Php199.00! Hurry and purchase from your nearest Maybelline counters soon!

Again, thank you for the love and opportunity, Maybelline! Amazing times ahead!

Just Happy Things

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope the first week of 2017’s treating you well. We all deserve happiness, peace, and a fresh start!

Anyway, I decided to write about my current favorites as my first blog post for the year. Nothing too deep, but a reminder to think of the small things that make you happy and be grateful for them. My work senior always reminds me to list those down everyday to stay positive despite the difficult times. I hope it helps you, too! ❀

On me: Forever 21 bomber jacket | sleeveless top courtesy of Shop 3 Fifty (available at Poshmark Studio, Maginhawa) | denim skirt courtesy of Mossimo | bag from Mango (available at Lazada) | flats courtesy of Parisian Shoes & Bags

Happy List
as of January 7, 2017

Writing on my planner
Ahhhh, the joy of finally using the 2017 planner you’ve kept for weeks! I find fulfilment in writing down my to-do’s everyday, and ticking them off after accomplishing each item.

Korean Series 
My blog sisters influenced me with Kdrama and now I can’t stop watching! Hello, Ana, Christine, Pax and Ashley! :p I’m almost done with Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, and Goblin’s next on my list. Any other recommendations? :)

Productive Days
Non-stop hustle and chasing “the dream” since the first of 2017. The excitement, challenges, thrill and rush. Nothing is impossible! 

Jollibee Chicken Joy
Deo, Kuya Monty and I had a bucket of Chicken Joy last night. The best!!!

Daily good coffee made by Mom
I look forward to this every morning before leaving the house! I think I can’t last a day without Mom’s coffee.

8th with Deo
Feels like a lifetime! ☆☆☆

Photos by Ira Gatmaitan

I can list a thousand more but my Kdrama’s waiting for me… hahaha! How about you? What's in your Happy List this week? :)

2017, Let's Do This!

I can go on and on dwelling about how 2016 slammed my life with mishaps, but I would rather think about all the great things that happened this year. The girl who you thought was beaming with sunshine actually suffered from anxiety and depression, and almost took her life to end the pain. The journey wasn’t easy. But while medicines can heal the body, genuine love can heal the soul.

Miracles exist.

On me: makeup by Sasa of MAC Cosmetics | hair by Vivere Salon | dove gray lace cropped top and midi skirt from Karimadon (gift from Deo) | white heels from Stradivarius

Side note: Probably one of my favorite looks to date! Months back, I’ve been eyeing on this full dove gray Karimadon set, which I promised to buy before our Christmas party at Marco Polo. But Deo and his ninja skills are on point, he handed this to me as his birthday surprise. :)

Anyway, my faith was tested in so many levels this year. On the verge of giving up, however, God sent an instrument for His love, an aide to lift me up. Deo is my miracle. And along with my parents and his family, I found more reasons to live. Now, I have a million things to be grateful for.

I’m sure there will still be rocky roads and misfortunes, but I will fully welcome 2017 with love and strength, ready to widely embrace change. I will fly with optimism. I will guard my heart. I will continue to push myself with GUTS! I will stay grounded and grateful.

Empowered to continue living. 

To those who’ve been through a lot of struggles, too - keep fighting, little angel. You are not alone. Take one step at a time to get back up. WE CAN DO IT.

Photos by Deo Montuerto

Cheers to an amazing year ahead! Happy 2017, everyone!
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Things You Can Control

The holiday spirit remains! For me, it's still the most wonderful time of the year! ♥

I’m not sure if I’d like December to slow down a bit because it’s my favorite month, or fast-forward to end 2016 since it brought too much negativity in our lives. However, we do not have control over time, so we just have to make every minute worthwhile.

This year, I had to gather as much strength as I could to surpass all the hardships - from the people that I’m with and the things that I absorb. I started reading bible quotes, self-help books, and motivational websites to get by. I came across Tiny Buddha, and their website helped so much in my road to recovery. There, they taught readers how to focus on things that we can control, to live a happier life.

On me: jumper dress courtesy of Fashon 4 Grabs (available at Poshmark Studio, Maginhawa) | rainbow patch cropped top from Forever 21 | bag courtesy of Mango and Lazada | shoes courtesy of Native (available at Res Toe Run)

Sharing some of my favorites from Tiny Buddha’s list! 

Right now, you can control: 

☆ How many times you smile today 
☆ How often you say “thank you” 
☆ How often you notice and appreciate small acts of kindness 
☆ Whether you think positive or negative thoughts 
☆ The attention you give to your loved ones when you see them 
☆ How much you enjoy the things you have right now 
☆ How many risks you take 
☆ Whether or not you judge other people 
☆ How quickly you try again after you fall 
☆ How many times you say “I love you” 

These and more! :)

Oh, and can I just add - you certainly have control over what you wear for the day. It might help to pick items that make you feel good! My choice of clothes and shoes have a huge impact on my mood and confidence. Holla if you feel the same!

Quick segue but did you know that this is actually my first ever Native pair? These babies are too comfortable and fashionable, they fit well in pretty much anything I wear!

Photos by Deo Montuerto 

Hoping we all end the year on a good note. Virtual hugs for everyone!
*and back to binge-watching kdrama, lol