OMG, Suesh now has Liquid Foundation

Local brands are on a ROLL lately! I’ve been seeing so many exciting new releases, and it makes my Pinay beauty junkie heart so proud that home grown brands are becoming on-par with foreign brands.

Suesh is a name that most beauty enthusiasts in the Philippines would already know about. The brand has been around since 2006, making reasonably priced, quality brushes that are accessible for beginners and experts alike.

While I have several Suesh brushes in my modest arsenal, I’ve never had the chance to try out their makeup line. So, imagine my excitement when I was given the chance to try their latest products!

I’ve been using the Long Wearing Hydrating Foundation daily for over two weeks, so by now I have a pretty good idea of how it performs. I have a lot to say so here’s a hella long blog post!  Continue reading

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Sometimes, life can surprise you (with make up)

I’ve long admired bloggers who eventually rose up to influencer status. I admire their passion and dedication, and how they grew in their craft through talent, grit and hard work.

I love writing. And I love all things related to beauty, make up and skin care included. But I never actually considered myself much of a blogger, let alone an influencer. Much as I would want to, I haven’t been great at producing content regularly.

Imagine my surprise when I got a random message from Suesh, a well-known brand asking if I was open to becoming a brand influencer, and if I’d like to try out some of their new products. Ummm… HELLO?!

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My Business Travel Beauty Staples

I’m extremely fortunate to have a job that gives me travel opportunities. While yes I spend most of my time in the office or in conferences, having that chance to interact with people I only ever get to speak to over e-mail or chat is something that I truly value.

Given that these moments of interaction are quite rare, and that I’m the resident ‘branding’ person, it goes without saying that appearances matter.

Through the years, I’ve come to accumulate a surprising number of cosmetics. When I’m on business travel however, there are certain products that I find myself picking up every single time. What these products have in common are that they are:

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Happy 2nd Anniversary, Globe Telecom Complaint!

I swear, Globe is like that crazy ex-boyfriend that you want so badly to get rid of because he’s so toxic and bad for your overall health, but wouldn’t leave you alone and holds you hostage in some way.

I am writing this post about the wonderful journey of the prolonged resolution of my Globe complaint, mainly to document the experience in case I need a reference in the future. In my experience, you can never really tell with Globe if an issue is already resolved for real or if it will come back to haunt you when you least expect it.

Also, I wanted to rant. If you’d rather not read a whiny ass post, you might want to stop here (but I hope you come back later when I post more fun and/or useful things!). Continue reading

Back to Blogging and Hand Cream Capsule Reviews

It’s been years since I posted blogs in a consistent manner. Lately though, I’ve had a sudden urge to get back into it. Maybe it’s because my job involves a lot of digital communication so it makes me want to explore it further on a personal level. Maybe it’s because of all the advancement in mobile productivity that enables me to blog straight from my hand phone. Maybe I’m jelly of all the PR packages active bloggers get and I want in on the action.

(That last bit is a joke. Don’t blog for the sole purpose of getting freebies, kids. It’s tacky.)

Whatever the case may be, I’m glad this old space of mine in the blogosphere is still here.

But I digress. Today I want to talk about skin care.

Those who know me personally would know how passionate I am now on the subject of skin care and delaying the signs of physical aging. There’s a lot of talk everywhere about products for the face and neck but body care seems to be lagging a bit behind.

I’ve been super into hand moisturizers lately, since I feel my hands are feeling tighter and drier than usual. I searched in The Project Vanity Community, a fairly newly formed Facebook group of Philippine-based beauty enthusiasts, for recommendations but didn’t find any and I was too lazy to trawl through other forums lol. So, I thought I’d go ahead and try a few things and share my thoughts online instead.  Continue reading

So I Decided to Get an IUD

First off, let’s make this clear: I don’t want a debate over premarital sex, or natural vs other forms of birth control. This post is not about morality or religious views, nor is it about whether or not I should start having children because of my age. Second, I’m not a doctor so the rest of this post will be based heavily on personal experience.

With that out of the way, let’s talk about Intra-Uterine Devices or IUDs.

I am in my late 20’s, in a monogamous relationship with a wonderful person, but we both agreed that we have no immediate plans for marriage and children. Because priorities. With some research, a lot of questions answered by doctor friends and a bit of a medical background (I have a Nursing degree), I made the choice to get an IUD last April.

IUDs have been around for years and years, but in this very conservative country that I live in, it’s a little talked about birth control option. In my experience, it’s not something that you can ask from just any OB-GYN, especially in Pro-Life / anti-RH institutions. I could be wrong of course, but it took me a bit of research to find an OB GYN that offers IUDs without prejudice against my background of being unmarried and childless. Believe me when I say that I’ve had my fair share of judgy looks for actively and directly seeking birth control.

There is no scarcity of knowledge about this birth control option, since a lot of information is readily available on the internet, but there are just not a lot of personal experience from fellow Filipinas. I for one think real, personal experiences from peers is a huge help in deciding on major decisions such as this one. I actually got a gynecologist recommendation from a blogger too!

So here I am, writing about mine, just in case someone like me out there is considering getting one too.

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Carpooling with Wunder

I haven’t written anything on here in a REALLY long time, but now seems as good a time as any to go back to writing, at least for this subject.

People in my network would be familiar with my very colourful commuter stories. For those who aren’t, hello, I am Chenyl and I am your average commuter. My daily route to work involves a jeepney ride, and a transfer from the jeepney to a multi-cab (dem orange vans). The whole trip takes about an hour and a half, depending on traffic and weather conditions.

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Everyday is an adventure. (Image via Pacifiqa.com)

A lot of things can happen in a 1.5hour trip. You encounter many different kinds of people, drivers, fellow commuters and some hitchhikers, all with varying levels of agreeability. These kinds of people merit their own posts, but I’ll save that for another time.

Anyway.

I think many would agree that commuting in Metro Manila is still very far from Utopian levels, in terms of convenience and safety. In my quest for a better way of commuting to work, I stumbled upon Wunder.

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