Giveaway Alert: Outdoor #HuntTheNext

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars. 

I live by that Les Brown quote since sophomore days. From then on, I never settled for less. When I do something, I make sure to give my all no matter what it takes. Odd, but I feel a sense of fulfilment, even if at times, I don’t land where I wish to be. That’s life - and you must live against negativity and dismay, or adversity will eat you alive.

On me: white denim jacket courtesy of Penshoppe | white turtle neck top from Forever 21 | skirt from Cotton On | bag courtesy of Outdoor Products | Adidas triple white Superstars

You’ll never witness your full potential unless you push yourself further. It will be tragic if you refuse to fly even if the universe will allow you to go as high as you can.

Now while we’re at it, dreamers seem to always fantasize about things, but really, we don't end there. We're unstoppable. We repel getting caged. We’re always bound to the outdoors, believing that there’s more to life than where we are right now.

Aligned with that is my recent trip to Pampanga with the TLC Network and Sky Cable, which I’ll blog about separately. :) Since it’s my first time there and we were off to check out renowned restaurants and spots in the province, I made sure to bring my Outdoor backpack to house the “Dreamer Essentials” - camera to take photos that I can look back to and dream of, laptop for blogging while on the road, kikay kit so I’m always prepared, pen and paper to jot down my learnings, and earphones to listen to my favorite jams while thinking about our exciting stops.

Are you a dreamer, too? Do you love discovering new things? If yes, high five! You might be the one Outdoor’s looking for! :)

Theme: MUSIC

Want to win your own Outdoor Bag?
To join, simply do the following:

1. Follow me (@arnievillanueva_) and Outdoor (@outdoorproductsph) on Instagram.
2. From September 30 - October 14, 2016, on Instagram, post an album cover, clip of a music video, typography of lyrics from a new song that you find interesting, or anything that can be resonated with MUSIC.
3. Tell us how you stumbled upon this music or why it’s a good find on the caption area. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #HuntTheNext, tag me @arnievillanueva_ and @outdoorproductsph so we can track your entries!
4. Comment "JOINED" on my Instagram post.

I’ll announce the winners on October 17, 2016 so make sure to populate your Instagram feed with MUSIC-related posts that you were able to “hunt”. :)

Photos by Deo Montuerto

Best of luck, dreamers! ☆☆☆

Php1,000 Challenge with Beauty MNL

Makeup shopping is therapeutic. Before, I’d spend more than an hour at the mall checking out makeup counters, doing lipstick swatches on my wrist, trying to figure out the next best shade to pick even if I just bought a new one days prior. For powder and foundation, I already have my staple picks from MAC (Pro Longwear Pressed Powder) and Revlon (Photo Ready Foundation) so that’s a bit easier. However, I feel a bit iffy with salesladies, especially at department stores, following you with every move and forcing you to buy stuff just because.

Thank heavens there’s Beauty MNL, my new go-to beauty destination, where my favorite brands are housed and you’ll get them right at your doorstep without having to wait long.

Beauty MNL is ready to cater to all the needs of every Filipina. From your most-liked drugstore brands to high end ones, they’ve got you covered! You can browse through their website to see their wide selection of skincare, makeup, and hair care products. I literally spent 3 hours scrolling through their albums for a Php1,000.00 challenge!

So how far can your Php1,000.00 go at Beauty MNL? Here’s my loot!

Shade: Natural Beige 
Price: Php199.00

Maybelline’s one of my favorite makeup brands since college! Their products are so affordable but you’ll get the nicest quality! Since I ran out of MAC Pro Longwear Pressed Powder, I decided to try this one out first to set my Ponds Flawless White BB Cream and Dream Velvet Foundation. Yup, I just unveiled my daily makeup routine! ;)

Shade: Nude Nuance 
Price: Php299.00

My usual lipstick shades are nudes and bold reds, you know that! But currently, I’m searching for the best brown lippies and I came across this one from Maybelline. Let’s see how it goes!

Shade: 03 Light Brown 
Price: Php235.00

Korean skincare and makeup products won’t fail you! I’m excited to try out this eyebrow pencil from Holika Holika. Arnie’s always going to be an advocate of pretty eyebrows! :p

Detail Oval Brush for Foundation 
Price: Php199.00

Queen Pia Wurtzbach released a makeup video and she shared that she applies her foundation with an oval brush. I immediately wrote that down on my notes because I knew I needed that! This one from Detail’s cheaper than other brands but I’m quite positive that this won’t fail me.

Price: Php70.00

I love nose strips, that’s it! Hahaha! My stay-in nights usually involve this, blogging, Spotify and a cup of tea. #trufax

Total: Php1,002.00! I only exceeded by two pesos, lol!

The best part? Beauty MNL is generous enough to give its shoppers a lot of freebies!

I got samples of TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner, and a full-sized St. Ives Facial Scrub. My heart is so happy!

Make sure to visit their website now and fulfill your beauty needs! And probably, their free gifts page would also entice you to purchase more!

Thank you for making me (and other Filipinas) so kilig, Beauty MNL! ♥

BLK 513 at SM City North EDSA

Even from years back, I’d pick frozen yogurt over ice cream all the time. In case you didn’t know, I’m not big on sweets. I can’t finish a bar of chocolate (except when it’s as small as a Kitkat or when I badly crave for it during PMS). I’d go for an original glazed doughnut instead of one filled with sweet toppings. I love plain hot Pandesal, no spreads needed. I hope you’re not weirded out. Lol!

But again, I’m all praises for fro-yo. I love its distinct sour taste that blends well with my choice of fruits, syrup and toppings. My love for it went up to the next level when I finally got to try out BLK 513! I’m so happy we have it in the North now!

A few weeks back, Deo and I headed to SM City North EDSA for the exclusive soft opening of BLK 513. My taste buds were ready to devour on the country's first activated-charcoal enhanced frozen yogurt. That day, I couldn’t contain my excitement! :p

Aside from our friends from the blogging community, what welcomed us at BLK 513 were their range of premium toppings, fruits and crunches. You'll surely get overwhelmed!

If it's going to be your first time to try, you might want to get a Dark Skim Cup (with 1 crunch + 2 fruits + 1 sauce). My picks were Caramelised Cookies (crunch), Mango and Dragonfruit (fruits), and Faux Ferrero (sauce). I’m actually on cloud nine just thinking about these yummy treats… oh god.

To be honest, I finished 2 dark skim cups during the event and Deo had 3. Hahahaha what even! The cups aren’t even small, mind you!

BLK 513’s indeed a guilt-free dessert shop! You get to satisfy your sweet cravings in a healthy manner. Why? Did you know that Activated Charcoal is a Globaly Remedy for Anti-aging, Bloating and Heart Health? Your dark skim cup can help eliminate toxins from processed food and environmental pollution. It's also lower in calories, fat and sugar, than other desserts.

Aside from Dark Skim Cups, BLK 513 also has Super Skim Cups. These taste like your favorite ice cream, topped and blended with your choice of crunches and fruits, too!

More healthy options! They offer Skimmed Milk as well! :) We had the Matcha Skim - green-tea, cold skimmed milk, has non-dairy creamer and unrefined brown sugar. They also have this drink in Raw Cacao, which I’ve yet to try!

Since they opened at SM City North EDSA, I’ve been getting my dose of Dark Skim Cup every week. So addicting!

Oh, and to make the South kids happy, they’re opening at the SM Mall of Asia this October! Stay tuned on their social media accounts for updates.

Thanks, BLK 513, for having us! We'll always love you at your darkest! ♥

Wingstop Flavor Invasion

All I do is wing wing wing no matter what!

Did you sing? No? Okay, I tried. DJ Khaled will still be proud. I love wings and I can’t stress this enough. I don’t know why but I always crave for either Japanese food or wings. The chicken gods figured what my tastebuds love and brought Wingstop’s 14 unique flavors! They definitely knew yours, too, that’s why Wingstop is ready to serve wings with spicy heat, extra zing, or all that’s rich and smoky! You have a lot to choose from!

Here’s your Flavor Invasion guide:

Hot Buffalo - Classic blend of heat and tang (sauce that made Wingstop famous)
Hickory Smoked Barbecue - Smoky, bold, rich flavor 
Louisiana Rub - Crispy dry rub with garlic and cajun spices 
Cajun - Southern flavor that’s full of zest and bold spices 
Atomic - Boldest and hottest sauce 
Mango Habanero - Sweet meets heat 
Lemon Pepper - Bright and bold flavor known for its hearty pepper punch and zesty lemon surprise 
Garlic Parmesan - Savory blend of buttery parmesan cheese and garlic (one of my favorites!) 
Mild - Has the heat of classic buffalo sauce without the burn 
Teriyaki - Has Japanese spices 
Korean Soy and Spicy Soy - Seasoned with heated sesame, garlic, and spice 
Honey Garlic and Honey Barbecue - Sweet side with combinations of honey, garlic or smoked barbecue

These unique flavors demand to be known, tasted, and experienced. Make sure to try them out soon!

Anyway, we finally got to catch up with our dearest Lui! Deo and I met up with her a few nights ago for a much-needed, long overdue hangout. Our top of mind pick for this date was Wingstop, of course! ;) Good times and great wings are even better with friends, indeed!

We had the Louisiana Rub and Garlic Parmesan for wings, Boneless Bites, and Chipotle Rice to perfectly complement the yummy flavors.

Also got Onion Rings and Fries for sides! Staple orders! YUUUM

Excited to try out the rest of the flavors! Hope to see you guys at Wingstop soon and let’s savor each bite together.

For more information, like Wingstop on Facebook and follow them on Instagram.

Century City Mall: A Century of Philippine Art Exhibit

Whenever I stare at a masterpiece, I dive into the artist’s soul. This goes the same for all types of art - like how designers do intricate elements in gowns, songwriters reveal emotions through lyrics, painters show whatever’s on their mind in a canvas, and dancers convey their messages with every beat and step. These people are amazing.

That’s why I enjoy going to concerts, watching Deo’s dance competitions (and cheer for him even from here to San Diego), and going to galleries and museums. I rarely have time for those now because of our busy schedule, so good thing Century City Mall held an exhibit featuring world-renowned Filipino artists who have painted and sculpted their names into our history.

Imagine looking at 100 art pieces and cultures in a single space. One night’s not enough to appreciate all those. Fortunately, they’ll have The Century of Philippine Art exhibit at the 4th level of Century City Mall until October 6, 2016! You should definitely catch this event!

By the way, these were curated over 100 years by Galeria de las Islas (Gallery of the Islands) at the Silahis Center in Intramuros - which is actually one of the oldest art galleries in Manila!

While we enjoyed the masterpieces, a fashion show of Filipina Gowns was also showcased. Take a look at these beautiful creations!

These were designed by Audrey Rose Albason, Jackie Bautista, Con Cordeta, Chino del Pilar, Erika Gana, Patrick Lazol, Me-an Marqueda, Edel Santiago, Kim Tiu Laurel and Miel Velayme.

My favorites ♥

Thank you, Century City Mall, for having us at the exhibit! We really enjoyed! :)

Guys, don't forget to drop by The Century of Philippine Art exhibit! This is located at the 4th level of Century City Mall until October 6, 2016.