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

Everyday with Kipling

Since I'm always out for Shibusa 渋さ, meetings, and blog events, I need a bag that can fit all my necessities through out the day. All my backpacks are usually too huge and bulky, so I tend to feel a bit uncomfortable wearing them. Kipling's latest collection came in perfect timing because I badly need to replace my overused totes! The best part? My new Kipling bag is lightweight and spacious enough for my everyday essentials! :)

On me: dress courtesy of Zalora | bag courtesy of Kipling Philippines

This season, Kipling offers a brand new colorful collection where you can select what you need for different occasions in a day - whether it be for work, leisure, travel, or school needs.

Mine, which is from the Dream Garden collection, is perfect from day to night. I love how it goes well with my girly ensembles and gives life to my gloomy OOTDs!

Check out the rest of Kipling's new releases here:

So which Kipling bag are you planning to get? :)

Oh, and by the way, it ain't Kipling without these monkeys! Say hi to Andrea (blue) and Michele (pink, 30th anniversary special) ❤️ Cutest bag chains ever!

Make sure to hit your nearest Kipling store to check out their latest collection! I'm sure you'll find a design fit for your personality and lifestyle! ;)

7 Intimate Benefits from pH Care

How do you take care of your feminine area? Do you wash with just water and soap? That's not good enough. Most soaps are formulated with chemicals that cleanse the body, but may be too harsh for the delicate nature of your intimates. Soaps often have high pH levels ranging from 9-10, a pH level that can disrupt the natural state of the area and cause bacteria growth, thus leading to odor, itching and infection.

 As the country's leading brand of feminine wash, pH Care is clinically formulated with a pH level of 5 - matching the natural pH level of a woman's intimate area. pH Care is proven to be safe for daily use, formulated to be gentle for the sensitive intimate area skin, effectively keeping the intimate area fresh, clean, and odor-free everyday.

 Here are 7 intimate benefits that you can get from each bottle of pH Care:

✓ Antibacterial
✓ Cools and refreshes
✓ Deodorizes
✓ OB-gyne tested
✓ Contains silky softeners
✓ Hypo allergenic
✓ Has the right pH level of 5 - perfectly matching that of the intimate area

With all these benefits, women can turn to no other than that one feminine wash that understands, giving the special kind of care that every woman deserves.

At the recent event of pH Care

pH Care Girls Leila Alcasid and Maxene Magalona, with the people who understands them most - Mica Adriano and Pia Magalona respectively. Though at different stages of their lives, what Leila and Maxene have in common - or what most women have in common for that matter - is that innate need to be cared for by someone who understands their needs. ❤

pH Care is available in all leading supermarkets, department stores, and convenience stores nationwide.