Anello in Manila

Saying this for the nth time... but anything Japanese is Japa-nice!

The much-raved about Japanese-Italian bag brand is finally in Manila! We won't need to wait long for overseas shipping nor end up with fake ones (never an option to begin with!) because
Anello is now starting to be accessible in malls nationwide! *happy dance*

Anello, which means "annual ring" in Italian, is known for creating chic, functional and quality bags. Their signature wired wide opening backpacks might have tickled your curiosity before. ;) The Japanese's keen attention to details and forward-thinking fashion sense is very evident with Anello's structured silhouettes and added functions of the bags.

On me: dress courtesy of Oeuvre Clothing | bomber jacket from Forever 21 | backpack courtesy of Anello | slides courtesy of Penshoppe | gold slim necklaces courtesy of Unarosa

Got really overwhelmed with all the choices at Anello, but ended up getting this classic leather backpack which I can wear with pretty much everything. :p I haven't changed my bag since the event. Totally love it!

Anello offers bags that come in all forms, sizes, colors, and materials. Aside from backpacks, they also have flaps, sling bags, duffels, and other styles. Indeed, their bags are manufactured without any limit of fad, gender, and age.

For the gents: keep refreshing Deo's blog as he will show his Anello bag and other styles for y'all very soon!

Teaser: Deo's bag has its own laptop compartment! ;)

Photos by Deo Montuerto
Bags at the event + store photo by Ramon Mangila

Get your hands on your own Anello bag at SM Megamall Mega Fashion Hall, UP Town Center, and their flagship store at Estancia Mall! I heard they're also planning to open at Uptown BGC, Alabang Town Center and Robinsons Magnolia. Wilddd!

My heart's too happy with Anello, I might buy another one, this time in pastel and a different material. What do you think? :)

Bioré: Japan's #1 Makeup Remover Brand

I get asked a lot about my skin care routine and I've yet to dedicate a vlog episode for that. But to give you a gist, I religiously follow these steps twice daily: Cleanse, Tone, and Moisturize. I make sure to never skip a part no matter how hectic my day is or how tired I am from a long day.

I apply makeup almost everyday so cleansing is a vital part of my regimen. Soap and water aren't enough to remove all the cosmetics, dirt, and oil. So there goes pre-cleansing, an important step to ensure that the face is thoroughly clean and allows the skin to breathe.

Bioré has been in the market for several years already, but I only got to try the brand out recently. Bioré is actually Japan's #1 Makeup Remover brand, and what's impressive about them is that they have all sorts of removers for sheer, light, heavy, or waterproof makeup users.

Let's explore them one by one!

Bioré Cleansing Oil
• For those who want to remove their makeup as gently as possible
• Wash-off makeup remover that dissolves and removes heavy makeup, even waterproof mascara
• Lifts away dirt and impurities

Bioré Cleansing Oil Cotton Facial Sheets
• For those on-the-go and are looking for a quick and easy way to remove heavy makeup
• Thoroughly removes all traces of makeup, even waterproof mascara
• Infused with hydrating beauty essence that leaves skin moist and smooth

Bioré Micellar Water
• For those who wear medium and heavy coverage makeup
• Blue is for those with oily skin, pink is for those with dry and sensitive skin
• Gentle cleansing product that won't irritate the skin
• Can take most of what you need to take off in just one swipe

Bioré Uru Uru 2-in-1 Instant Foaming Wash
• For those who want to cut down the double cleansing step
• Its ultra-fine foam, two-in-one wash can remove light makeup and sunscreen from the skin surface and penetrates deep into pores to remove all dirt, impurities, and makeup residue

Among all these products, I'm currently using the Bioré Micellar Water in pink (to remove my makeup and prep my face for the actual cleansing part) and the Bioré Cleansing Oil (to remove my waterproof mascara). I love how these products give my skin smooth and bright results, aside from totally removing makeup and all its residue! By far, these are the best makeup removers I've ever tried!

Remember, cleansing is the first step in skincare. Leaving all the makeup on your skin should never be an option. ;)

For Journaling and Organizing | The Paper Stone

In case you didn't know, I'm obsessed with organizing. Some may consider this as a tedious hobby, but this has helped me a lot in achieving my goals since high school.

Should you wish to develop this habit, you can start by acquiring some materials that are artsy, functional, and close to your personality. The Paper Stone can be your haven!

Products at The Paper Stone are made by Singaporean and Korean designers. They have new designs every month, in limited quantities. Once a piece gets sold out, a reprint of that design is highly unlikely. Exclusivity is such a huge factor!

I love journaling! I keep one major planner for my daily to-do's and important reminders, a separate notebook for Shibusa's records, and another one as my blog tracker for schedules and deadlines. I carry all those in my bag everyday that's why you rarely see me leaving with just a small purse.

Even with the presence of mobile apps for this purpose, I still choose to write the "traditional" way. For some reason, this practice makes me feel more accomplished and fulfilled. Holla if you get what I mean! ;)

The Paper Stone has a lot of beautiful and practical designs for journals, exercise books, doodle pads, and notebooks which start at Php80.00!

Pens, of course! How do we even start with journaling without one? :p I prefer gel-type pens and I'm so glad I scored some artsy ones at The Paper Stone!

We keep digital and printed documents for our business. Recipes, accounting, contracts, permits, and all other important records are kept in separate clear books. I haven't found any cute clear book covers yet so I think they look a bit boring (lol). Really happy I spotted pretty ring files at The Paper Stone!

The Paper Stone also offers sticker sets, stamps, tumblers, inspirational frames, and bags. I got a wooden frame with the quote "Live life with passion" which I will surely hang at my room. ❤

Catch the liveliest and cheeriest designs of stationery and gift items from your nearest The Paper Stone branch! :)

3 Pampering Treats to Try

Stressed from school, work, or life in general? Spare some time to pamper your well-being no matter how busy you are. If you haven't thought of what to do with your break yet, here are some treats to try out!

Hair makeover from Vivere Salon

You might've been neglecting it, but your crowning glory needs its treatment day, too! For any hair makeover needs, Deo and I usually go to Vivere Salon. A few weeks back, we had our treatment, color (for me), and hair cut.

We trust Vivere Salon for our tresses because of their Educated Hair Styling - their core philosophy. Behind every precision cut we get are internationally-trained hair stylists who possess an eye for style and are experts of their craft.

They undergo regular trainings in the Vidal Sassoon Academy - tagged as the "Harvard" of hair education and stylists all over the world.

Now you know why we keep on coming back! ;)

Waxing and threading at the most trusted organic and all-natural waxing salon in the Philippines - Hey Sugar!

As you know, before, I only go to one waxing salon consistently because I've already built my trust in that brand. My experiences there were pretty good and I never had any "horror" stories, so I didn't bother trying out other salons.

When I got invited to visit Hey Sugar, I was honestly hesitant and anxious at first. But after carefully reading reviews, I bravely went to my nearest branch (UP Town Center). After all, Hey Sugar claims that they're the most trusted organic and all-natural waxing salon, so I thought it was worth trying.

I was greeted by the cute interiors of Hey Sugar which helped ease my worries away. Their highly trained and caring aestheticians made me feel so comfortable, too.

I went through eyebrow threading which took only 5 minutes to finish. I'm also used to having my brows threaded by various (trusted) salons, so it was a breeze for me.

The main root of my hesitation was for the brazilian wax session. But to my surprise, it was at Hey Sugar that I felt minimal to no pain versus my previous salon. Note that even if I've been having regular brazilian sessions, I still have low pain tolerance for it. So my brazilian waxing experience there was really very pleasant; I'm going to be a regular customer at Hey Sugar for sure.

As I've mentioned earlier, Hey Sugar is an organic and all-natural waxing salon. With this, you'll rid yourself of toxins that can cause bitter side effects.

Instead of powder, they apply cornstarch first to get rid of excess oil and give the skin extra protection. The wax they use is made of sugar and calamansi, and they never double dip. Each service is finished off with virgin coconut oil to help soothe the skin. No chemicals from start to end!

Relaxation packages by Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa

This quaint Hampton-inspired themed nail salon can pamper you like a queen with their selection of massages and services for nails. I recently had foot massage, foot spa, and pedicure at Nailaholics. Chose a pretty pastel pink polish which I'll show you in my next outfit post! :)

Aside from their vibrant interiors, I love Nailaholics because of their well-trained technicians.

Hope this quick list can help make you feel good about yourselves! Kisses! xx