Wednesday, December 30, 2015

B is for Beauty and Brains

Dress: Dresslink | Hat: SM Dept. Store | Scarf: gifted | Belt: Jellybean
Watch: Swatch | Boots: from Korea | Socks: Forever 21 | Clutch: Nine West
Lips: 3CE Matte Lipstick

Ah, the long debated concept of beauty and brains. Can they really coexist? Can someone so beautiful be gifted with intelligence as well? Can someone so intelligent have the physical appearance that can "launch a thousand ships"? I guess it depends on how you interpret both concepts. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and intelligence can never be measured.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Travelogue: Kyoto, Japan (Kinkaku-ji Temple / Golden Pavilion)

Oh Japan, you didn't fail in capturing my heart! I was smitten even when I haven't set foot on your soil. And now that I have, I fell even more in-love with you. If only I can take you home I would so I could come visit you whenever I want. I wasn't able to fully see you so expect me there again soon.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Hallyu Corner: Banila Co.

It has been a while since I did a "Hallyu Corner" post. I rekindled my love for anime and everything related to Japan because of my trip to Osaka that everything related to South Korea was pushed and shoved. Sorry, South Korea. But one thing I will always remember about loving South Korea is their skincare and makeup items. I will always be a fan. And recently, as I was strolling around Glorietta mall, I stumbled upon one of my all-time favorite brands, Banila Co. I was stunned to see a pop-up store in the middle of the mall. Why did I not even hear the brand is coming to town? I was at a loss for words. Naturally, I spent a good amount of time trying things out and ended up getting 2 products. The Prime Primer Classic Matte in Green and Prime Primer Finish Powder are staples in my makeup collection and now I think I have added 2 more that I will keep on repurchasing. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Travelogue: Kyoto, Japan (Tenryu-ji Temple and Arashiyama Bamboo Grove)

When my mom asked me what my favourite part of our Japan trip was, I non-hesitantly answered Kyoto.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Happy Holidays

Top: Dresslink | Skirt: SM Dept. Store | Watch: Swatch

Christmas and New Year are my favorite holidays of the year. Our office is closed for a little over a week and everything just feels so festive. I love the colder weather that calls for sweaters and layering sometimes. I love the Christmas songs playing everywhere. I love the lights and decors displayed everywhere. I also love all the parties and reunions I get to attend to. Everything feels happy during these times of the year. If only we get to celebrate them all year round, I would be one happy human being. 

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Travelogue: Shitennoji Temple

When in Japan visiting any of their many temples is a must. There are so many different temples you can find all over Japan and each has its own God and purpose. In Osaka my mom and I decided to make a trip to Shitennoji Temple as it is one of the top ten places that many websites has recommended to visit. Like in the case of Osaka Castle, I had so many expectations for this temple. I also had so many images of it flashing in my head  as we were walking from the train station to the temple grounds. I was ecstatic when were walking on the side walk and looking for the entrance as from afar it looks majestic and grandiose inside. I was appalled when we entered. The entrance to the temple is a huge flea market and most of the structures inside the temple are under construction. It was not what I had in mind. It is still charming even with the few structures that I was allowed to see but the flea market was just out of place in my opinion. It could be just the time when we were there, I don't know. My mom liked it but I didn't. I feel like the flea market took the charm and authenticity of the temple away. Some people may like it just like my mom but my purpose for going there is to see the temple as it is - no markets and no obstructions to the beauty of the structure (one of the reasons why Kyoto was my favorite part of this trip). I don't recommend going to this temple if you aren't a fan of flea markets. There are so many other temples you can go to especially in Kyoto. But if you are, you will find treasures.

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Product Review: Touch in Sol Pang Pang Sun Cutting Powder SPF 45 PA++

One of the reasons why I like BB creams is because I don't have to put moisturizer and sunblock anymore. It has significantly reduced the amount of products I have to slather my face with and it decreased the amount of time I need every morning. I love multi-purpose products like BB creams because less amount of products to use means more savings and the less amount of time it takes for me to prep myself for work means more time for me to sleep. On days when I want to let my skin breathe and don't want to put makeup on I just use my day moisturizer and a powder that has SPF. I prefer using powders with SPF than using sunblock because I find the latter a bit heavy on my skin and most of the sunblock I've used before broke me out (except for the Biore sunblock which I have only recently started using - and love!). They also tend to make my skin super oily. So when I saw the Touch in Sol Pang Pang Sun Cutting powder I just had to get it.