Saturday, June 24, 2017

My Graduation OOTD: Supporting Local From Top to Toe!

Sa dinami-daming beses kong sumablay sa buhay, eto na ata ang pinaka-matamis! :)

Like any Isko and Iska, it took me sleepless nights, a few shower-free mornings (no judgment, may Math DepEx kami nun OK!), over 150 blue books, around 300 cups of coffee, and 587 hours of ugly crying in bed in fetal position, 'til I finally reached the end of my undergrad journey.


Kidding aside, I'm just really ecstatic we all made it out alive (congrats to us, Class 2017!!), and I'm still so grateful for all the lessons our alma mater taught us—nakaka-inlove ka talaga, UP!

Graduating as an Isko or an Iska also means you finally get to wear the university's official academic costume—the Sablay. The beautiful, heart-stopping, I'm-getting-butterflies-in-my-stomach-just-by-looking-at-it Sablay.




Translated literally, 'to sablay' means 'to fail'— but in UP, it means 'to succeed'. As opposed to wearing togas and caps in graduation ceremonies, Iskos and Iskas wear the Sablay—a symbol of Philippine nationalism and the importance we put upon our indigenous culture.



To keep the spirit of nationalism alive, I wore local brands from top to bottom during both my college and university graduation. This was the outfit I wore during our college recognition day.

Skirt: Apartment 8 Clothing
Earrings: Pearls from Palawan
Lipstick: Kiss and Tell PH
Shoes: Parisian











Congratulations to us, mga kapwa Isko at Iska ng Bayan! Serve the people, always and in all ways.



All photos taken by Pauline Disuanco





"An Oblation of Sunflowers"

 (c) Pauline Disuanco 


"And when the sunflowers bloomed, 
No one asked, 'Which is the smartest sunflower of all?'
''Which sunflower took more time to bloom than it should have?'
'Which sunflower experienced the most failure?['
 For all blossomed equally exquisitely eventually 
Instead, there was a man, naked arms outstretched, hands open head tilted, eyes closed lips parted in half-spoken offering 
An oblation of sunflowers"

- a poem by Marianne Adrielle Tiongson

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Padayon sa lahat ng Isko't Iskang sumablay ngayong taon! Paglingkuran ang sambayanan!


Friday, June 23, 2017

My Sablay Story: A Victor, Not a Victim


April 26 last year, when I found out that I wouldn’t be able to march together with my batchmates, I was devastated. It had been a long, terrible week—just days before, I was rushed out of a room in a squeaky wheelchair after fainting during a hearing in Manila City Hall; I broke down during our 8:30AM Speech class when my professor and classmates asked me how my case was doing; I had also just lost my 11-year-old terrier Yuki (who took her last breath on a Monday, which proves that Mondays suck and always will).

I literally had to step back and ask myself if all of this was real-life or some episode from that Saturday night show Ate Charo hosted. There was just too much drama. And when I thought that I couldn’t handle any more of this, I picked my phone up at a very ungodly hour to dial my friend Jana on FaceTime—who, prior to this, agreed to direct our cameras to the ceiling so she wouldn’t have to witness my ugly crying (nor see my post-sobbing “tomato face”). 

I told her how frustrated I was—how much I wanted to leave the university just so I can finally take an exit from everything that reminded me of the past. I felt stuck. Disheartened. Angry. I wanted to go far, far away and start anew. Fast. But she reminded me of this: “You weren’t meant to leave UP this way. Not like this.” 

She was right. UP was so much more than a place that reminded me of hurt. It was where I formed my principles. Met my friends. And eventually, learned to soar. It was home. And nobody should choose to leave home like that. Especially not like that.

“I’m looking forward to FaceTimes that aren’t directed towards our bedroom ceilings, crying tears of joy, and the morning after all of this,” Jana told me.

True enough, tomorrow came, and days have become better.

The journey hasn’t been smooth-sailing all throughout, and though I may still be in the process of healing—days have indeed become better.



Photo by Pauline Disuanco



I had recently switched my sablay to the left, which means that (hurrah!), I’ve officially graduated! My family’s become closer than we were before. I just started my second job in publishing—as a kid, it has always been my dream to become a writer, and it still feels surreal living it. I met true friends who continue to shower me with so much understanding and support, and finally got to let go of toxic people in my life. I also met someone who showed me that love is patient and never self-seeking. And most of all, I learned to love and accept myself—without having to apologize, without having to feel ashamed.

To all the Janas in this world: Thank you. Not all heroes wear capes—sometimes, they just say the right words at the right time. As cliche as it is, love, patience, and selflessness do save lives.

And of course, to every woman who has ever been emotionally or physically harassed: You are not alone. You are braver and stronger, and heck, even smarter than you think. 

Your harasser may have hurt you. He/she may have even wounded you with words, saying that you’re stupid, or that you’re a slut, or that you’re some-other-hurtful-thing-you-know- you’re not. Remember: You’re not. 

This is not the end. You will break free. And you will also heal.

You may be shaped by your past, but you will NEVER be defined by it. 

And finally, remember that you don’t have to fight your battle all by yourself—after all, Jesus already won your battle for you. Don’t be afraid to talk to your parents, a counselor, a psych, and of course, to your Jana.

Photo by Pauline Disuanco



This story isn’t about my past anymore, but of my redemption. Through Jesus, I am free.

Now on to better things. Here’s to having hope in every tomorrow!

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A year and 2 months later—

"The morning after all of this."
June 22, 2017






Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Beauty Junkies, You CAN'T Miss Out on the Lazada Birthday Sale


Hi, yes, I'm still alive. How have you guys been?


I cannot believe that IT'S. BEEN. MONTHS. since I last wrote a blog entry. It bothers me that it always seems like my list of to-dos never ends, but I really wish that soon enough, I'd find the perfect balance in juggling both my #BuhayAhensya and #TeamRaket lifestyle. 

So with that, I've decided to create some changes in my schedule just so I can squeeze in some blogging time every week (Hey, you can't ever let go of your first love, now can you?).






Now on to some (really exciting) announcements.

Lazada's Birthday Sale is happening now, and beauty junkies will definitely have a feast with amazing offers from L'Oreal, Procter & Gamble, and Unilever. With discounts of up to 70%, everyone is sure to haul amazing products from these brands during the 3-day sale!



Here are some Lazada beauty news you absolutely CAN'T MISS:

1. L'Oreal will exclusively launch the L'oreal Paris Color Riche Rouge Magique with Lazada  with an introductory price of P280, 30% off of its retail price of P400 once it hits offline shelves in April. 

2. L'Oreal Paris Excellence Fashion Hair Color will be priced 50% less at P199!

3. L'Oreal Micellar Water Refreshing is now at P157, 30% off of its retail price.

4. Maybelline will have all 15 shades of its Maybelline Powder Matte Lipstick at P149 from its original price of P299.

5. Olay will also be offering up to 41% discount during the 3-day sale. 

6. Olay Eyes Pro-Retinol Eye Treatment 15ml will go on sale for only P999, a 41% discount from its original price of P1,699.

7. The price of its bestselling Olay Night Ritual will also be reduced by 33% and will go on sale for only P999.

8. Unilever's Pond's, Dove, and Simple will cut its prices by up to 30%. 

9. The 200ml Simple Micellar Water which originally costs P499 will be priced down to P349.

10. Dove Hair Treatment Vitamin Capsules Intense Repair will also go on sale for only P56 from its retail price of P75.

11. For those who want to get rid of their wrinkles, Pond's Age Miracle Day Cream is the perfect companion and they'd be more delighted to know that it will be priced at only P604 during the 3-day sale instead of it's SRP of P725.

12. Lastly, Nivea will be offering a crazy discount of 70% on its shower gels. Originally priced at 224, Nivea Bath's 6 variants will be available through flash sale for only P68 scheduled on Thursday, March 23, 6AM.


Sounds CRAZY! What are you waiting for? Mark your calendars because Lazada's Birthday Sale is only 'til the 23rd! Lazada offers CASH ON DELIVERY and FREE DELIVERY so getting these beauty must-haves to your doorsteps is as effortless as possible! Hurry!!

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XX,
Hershey

Friday, December 9, 2016

Why I love Simple Skin Care's Micellar Water!


Here's great news for Filipina makeup enthusiasts. SIMPLE Skincare, UK's #1 face care brand, is finally in the Philippines. Yahuuu!



While SIMPLE is famous for their gentle, skin-loving yet highly-effective micellar water, the brand also offers a range of products made specifically for women with sensitive skin (hola, ladies!). Their products gently hydrate skin while providing superior makeup removal and cleansing.


The best part about this skin care line is that SIMPLE uses only skin-loving ingredients that are kind to the planet! Sourced sustainably, it is free from color, fragrance, and other harsh ingredients that might upset our skin. It also delivers its promise of leaving skin thoroughly-cleansed without that icky dry feeling.



I had so much fun at the media launch last October 27 at Le Jardin BGC. Here are some of the photos of the event.


Makeup artist Cristine Duque showed us how effective the micellar water is in removing makeup.


We were given notepads and a pen to write down notes on love and kindness! How cuuute! :)



In a world where you can be anything, be kind! :)


There was a room full of ring lights (OMG) for taking perfect selfies. Hihi.


And of course, a table full of macarons. YOU GUYS. MACARONS.


Anyhoo, enough of the blahs and let's start talking about Simple Skin Care's five amazing skin-loving products!

Each product works in harmony with the skin for a calming and hydrating effect. At the end of the day, face care should always be fuss-free, gentle, and as effective as that. After all, #KindnessIsSimple!



5. The Simple Micellar Cleansing Water (PHP 499/ 200 mL, PHP 799/ 400 mL)

I have super duper sensitive skin, so I was really glad when I heard the news that the famous Simple Micellar Water was coming to the Philippines.

Simple Micellar Water is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. It contains micelles (clever cleansing bubbles) that work to lift away makeup and impurities. It unclogs pores and instantly boosts skin hydration by 90%. It is also non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, and dermatologically tested and appproved.

I wear makeup everyday, and I've always been on the search for the perfect makeup remover. I'm really glad I discovered this micellar water cause my skin always feels light, healthy, and refreshed after using this :)



4. Simple Micellar Cleansing Facial Wipes (PHP 299)

This is perfect for girls who are on the go. I use this when I have to freshen up in the car, or when I'm at the office and I need to re-do my makeup cause I'm heading out to a girl's night out right after work. Haha!!


3. Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash (PHP 299 /150 mL).

This, I haven't tried yet. But I heard it's 100% soap-free, so even the most sensitive skin can use this.



2. Simple Dual-Effect Eye Makeup Remover (PHP 499 / 125mL).

I wear waterproof mascara almost everyday, and trying to get rid of my eye makeup before going to bed can be quite a hassle. I really love Simple's eye makeup remover cause it effectively dissolves even the toughest eye makeup without irritating my eyes.

It has a two-part formula that consists of oil and purified water for maximum effect, which means you don't need to harshly rub your eyes when using this. I also wear contact lenses sometimes, and found that I don't even need to worry about my eyes turning red when I use this! :)

The best part about this product? It also cares for the eyelashes and leaves then hydrated and nourished! Win-win!



1. Simple Hydrating Light Moisturizer (PHP 499/ 125 mL)

I haven't gotten my hands on this one yet, but I've been hearing a lot about it from beauty bloggers. It claims to keep the skin hydrated for up to 12 hours, as it instantly doubles the skin's hydration levels.



Here's a quick video on trying out the Simple makeup remover and micellar wipes on my eyes and lips! 

Note: I wore light pink lipstick in this video, but as you've noticed, after removing it using the Micellar Cleansing Wipes, my lips turned into a shade of red. It's because of the semi-permanent lip tint I had earlier this year at Browhaus Manila. Please stay tuned for my review on that! :)






SIMPLE SKINCARE is available at Watsons and select supermakets. Follow @simpleskincareph on Instagram or like Simple Skincare PH on Facebook for more! :)

XX,
Hershey

Monday, November 7, 2016

The Launch of the Burger King Chicken Fries (Aka The Day I Danced to PPAP In Public)

Have you ever noticed those big yellow chick ads at the back of some EDSA buses these days? 

Well, I don't know about you, but I definitely have (H E L L O, I face EDSA traffic everyday WEW!! hahaha ok ang daming sinabi!).

Anyway, that little chick has been all over the metro the past weeks becausesurprise, surprise it's the face of Burger King's newest product, the Burger King Chicken Fries! 

What is it, you ask? Well, it's basic math, really. It's simply the meat and flavor of chicken  + the form of fries put together, and voila! Chicken Fries!


The launch was held at the Burger King Greenhills Connecticut branch last October 21.



The event was really cute!!! Each of us was given a box of chicken fries, a certificate of adoption, a few markers, and a bunch of stickers. We were given time to decorate our "chicks" and name them! 

Monday, October 3, 2016

PRO Beauty Contour & Wet N Wild Blush: Makeup Review and Swatches on Tan / Morena Skin

The search is over, you guys. I found my new staple blush! I've been using Bare Minerals' Golden Gate (apricot) blush since forever, and in the spirit of always trying something new, I finally got my hands on a pink blush that's really nice on tan (morena) skin! That, and I also bought a contour and highlight set.

So excited to share with you guys these goodies I discovered this month! I bought them from BEAUTY MNL, an online magazine and shop that just gets Filipinas. I'll create a separate post for my amazing, hassle-free makeup shopping experience. But in the meantime, here's a quick review on Pro Studio Beauty Exclusives' Two Color Contour, and Wet N Wild's Color Icon Blusher. (I linked the page where I saw them online so you can get it from Beauty MNL too, if ya finds yourself liking 'em).


PRO STUDIO BEAUTY EXCLUSIVES 
PHP 550

Description (source: www.beautymnl.com): 

CLAIM TO FAME: A sleek two-color compact that adds natural depth and dimension to the skin

FAST FACTS: Features two natural and nude powder-based shades; creates subtle contours and definition; colors, defines, and illuminates your cheeks and cheekbones

PERFECT FOR: Nabbing an ultra-healthy, natural glow







SWATCH!

I got the shade "Natural", which was recommended for tan / morena skin. 

The highlighter powder is white and matte, while the contour powder is REALLY pigmented (so you gotta be careful applying it)! A little really goes a long way. It stays on for hours and I love the natural, sun-kissed glow I get with it! Love, love, love!!




NO CONTOUR + HIGHLIGHT



WITH CONTOUR + HIGHLIGHT


PROS

Amazing pigmentation
Stays on for hours
Gives a natural glow
Lightweight so it's easy to carry around


CONS
It's really hard to get your hands on Pro Beauty products! They only have one branch in the Philippines (Salcedo, Makati). Good thing they're available on Beauty MNL!


Would I recommend this?
YES! YES! YES!


 WET N WILD 
PHP 299

Ah, here it is. My favorite blush at the moment! I really have a thing for (sometimes, exaggerated) pink cheeks these days, idk why, and I'm just so happy I found the perfect pink for my skin tone!!

Description (source: www.beautymnl.com):

CLAIM TO FAME: Blendable, buildable blush

FAST FACTS: Delivers blendable sheen and a radiant pop of color; treated nylon powders provide long-lasting tint; non-cakey formula applies smoothly on skin; dermatologist-tested

PERFECT FOR: A healthy and natural-looking glow



Wet N Wild's Color Icon in Berry Shimmer is a warm pink shade with red undertones and gold shimmer.



I remember scrolling through articles on Beauty MNL and stumbled upon an article about recommended makeup for morenas, and this was on the list! I immediately bought it and didn't regret a thing.

 It gives an amazing, glowy effect and I honestly think it looks even prettier the longer it's on the face (it gives a natural-looking pink!). Again, a little goes a LOOONG way cause this is also really pigmented! It's my first Wet N Wild product, and I think it's really nice for a drugstore brand. (Not to mention really affordable).

It's amazing, period. 




PROS
Really pigmented
Beautiful, dark pink color
Amazing on darker skin tones
Gives a natural-looking glow
Stays on for hours

CONS
The applicator brush that comes with doesn't really does its job (so better use your own brush)!
The color might be too flashy for some people cause it's really PINK (all caps para intense!). So if you wear this you gotta be confident and slay the look! :D

Would I recommend this?
DUH. That is, if pink is your thing. 

More photos!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

My Lips But Better: Mehr By Mac (Swatches on Tan / Morena Skin)




I've finally found my MLBB (short for my lips but better). I usually wear dark lips to work, to the mall, to church, (and even to school before), cause it was difficult to find pink lipstick that would suit my morena (tan) skin tone.

If you would look at my lipstick collection, it would be full of reds, plums, purples, nudes—but forget about pinks, cause I usually shy away from them.

But one uneventful day at SM Megamall, I found myself swatching lipsticks at a MAC store, found the perfect pink shade for me, bought it without thinking twice, and the rest is history.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

My Kathryn Bernardo-Inspired Cut by Hair Philosophie by Jing Monis, Makati



"A haircut? Again??"— Hershey's sorority sister
"Hay ano na naman pinagdadaanan mo."— Hershey's college friend


Yes, I had my fourth haircut this year.

And I had three reasons why:

Reason #1. Heartache (Whut....................hello hi).

Reason #2. I had my hair chopped off super duper short 6 months back, and alas, it was already starting to grow out ~awkwardly~



Reason #3. I am a closet Kathryn Bernardo fan (I may or may not admit this in person), and I finally decided to listen to my closet-fan-girl-heart's desire to try to cop her look.

Out of impulse, I woke up one Saturday at 12PM (whut) and said, "Whatever, I'm going to Makati today."

And the next thing I knew, I was at Hair Philosophie by Jing Monis.

Monday, September 19, 2016

DEWmocracy: Be Heard and Make Your Stand!

Last August 12, we got to be part of something historicalMountain Dew launched the country's first ever DEWmocracy.

Yup, they just launched TWO new flavors, Blue Shock and Live Wire.

As exciting as this sounds, only ONE could remain, and it's up to YOU guys to decide on Mountain Dew's fate. ;)





Blue Shock is for the fresh and adventurous. It has a distinct raspberry flavor unique to Filipinos.



For the loud and electrifying, Live Wire is the choice for you. It is the classic orange flavor we Pinoys love.




Which flavor will remain?

Be heard and make your stand. Everyone has a voice. Are you #DewBlueShock or #DewLiveWire?

Vote now on Twitter and Instagram to make your votes count. Voting period ends  on October 31, 2016.

 Voters of the winning flavor will have a chance to win a brand new pickup truck!!!
WOOOT WOOT! Perfect for a road trip! ;)

Now enough of the intro and please allow me to share photos from the event that day!


The beautiful Joyce Pring hosted the showdown.


While Ramon Bautista and Sam YG headed the two competing teams, Livewire and Blue Shock, respectively.


It was really fun to watch personalities like Saab Magalona, Patty Tiu, etc. participate in flip top and bottle-flip battles. Hahaha.



Saab of Team Livewire successfully flipped the bottle! (Luckily, I caught the winning moment on cam! Watch the vid below!)