Wednesday, September 13, 2017

LOOK: There's a New Cream Silk Conditioner That's Customized for Us Red Heads!

Sulfate-free conditioner is every redhead’s best friend! And it’s not just for redheads, but for anyone with colored hair! 
That's why I'm really happy there's Color Protect, one of the seven conditioners released by Cream Silk to cater to every Modern Filipina's needs. With more than 30 years of hair care expertise, Cream Silk has developed its Advanced Hair Reborn Technology that is designed to address any hair problem!
Along with Color Protect, the new Cream Silk range also has Standout Straight, Hair Fall Defense, Damage Control, Stunning Shine, Dry Rescue, and Dandruff-free. Really now, there's a customized solution just for you! Take this hair profiler test to find out which one.
I'm also happy about Cream Silk's fabulous new look, where they feature Cream Silk ambassadors who embody who the Modern Filipina is. My Cream Silk conditioner of choice, Color Protect, features Rachelle Ann Go, a Broadway star I look up to very much.
Speaking in behalf of every red head, I am just very happy there's finally a mainstream sulfate-free conditioner we can easily get our hands on. Yay! Way to go, Cream Silk! #PowerToTransform

*This is a sponsored post for Cream Silk. I received compensation in exchange for writing this review.  Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.


Friday, July 28, 2017

Public Journal: "I Haven't Been Saying 'No' More Often"

Have you ever been overwhelmed with so much workload, that all you can do is stare into nothingness and feel paralyzed? No, it's not an exaggeration. Work paralysis is a real thing, you guys, and it can get pretty depressing.

I've been sleeping no earlier than 4:00 AM the past few nights, trying my best to juggle 4 jobs. As I write this, I still have 7 pending articles due for submission before sunrise. I have around 10 more packages to shoot for the blog, around 30+ e-mails to read (and unfortunately, *actually* have to reply to), and a dozen more people to meet up with for work. My list of things to do can go on and on, and while I'm incredibly grateful for work, I can't help but feel exhausted.


Worn out.


I've been feeling unhappy—not just about work, but about myself. Multi-tasking has its own disadvantages, and it has greatly affected my performance. I've been feeling frustrated because I haven't been happy with my outputs the past few weeks. There's nothing more I hate than sending in half-baked work and knowing I can do better. Three days ago, I finally opened up on Instagram about struggling with perfectionism, and God knows how this week has taken a toll on me.

But after hours of reflecting, trying to find out why I've been feeling so sad and tired, I finally got to pinpoint the root cause of all this sobbing in bed, and it's as simple as this—

I haven't been saying 'no' more often.

I grew up being a 'yes' girl. A people-pleaser. A person you can always count on, even at the last minute (or at least I try to be one).

"Hey Hersh, can you go to this event?"

"Can you work on this for me?"

"Are you up for this?"
"Why not?"

While that's not necessarily a bad thing, saying 'yes' to every. single. opportunity. that knocks on your door still isn't healthy.

Because sometimes, a 'yes' to something can also mean a 'no' to more important things in life. 

Case in point—I said yes to a lot of work due this week (#RaketIsLife pa more!!), so I eventually ended up saying no to taking care of myself (I haven't been eating right and sleeping right), and even to making time for the people I love (I had to turn down dinner dates with friends and family just so I can finish all the freelance work I had already signed up for).

And because I've already made a commitment before even weighing things out, I don't have time for the things that really matter to me. Instead of consistently writing for my blog (something I've always wanted to do but don't have time for), or researching on which grad school to go to next year (whatever happened to, "I'll do this tonight when I get home, promise!"?), or Googling opportunities I can possibly grab to spend a year or two in my ultimate dream city, New York (this has been on my to-do list for two years now), or even resting, all I do in my free time is work, work, work (and occasionally go on bathroom breaks in between).

So yes, there we have it—The Curious Case on Why I've Been Feeling Shitty All Week Long has been S-O-L-V-E-D!

But we all know that identifying the problem is one thing, but actually working on it is another.

Next month, I'll start with a blank slate and vow to get my priorities straight. More importantly, I promise to finally have the courage to say 'no' to certain opportunities, so that I can say 'yes' to far greater things, to things that really matter.


I woke up this rainy morning to a WhatsApp message that said, "Walang pasok!". I didn't know work suspensions were a thing, but nonetheless, I was incredibly grateful. I went to bed at 5AM the last night, and was already feeling terrible the moment I woke up. I eventually devoted the whole day to resting and to catching up with my backlogs!

Thank you, universe, for this unexpected gift. Rest was what I really needed.

Naligo ako today, promise.

PS. Stay safe and dry, everyone!


Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Kikay Officemate: My Office Supply Haul From The Paperstone PH!

I like being a girly girl. No wait, scratch that—I adore being a girly-girl.

I love wearing flowy dresses and killer lipstick and sky-high heels. If I could, I would bask in the glory of pastels and glitters and fur. All day. Which is probably why my colleagues have already labelled me as "that kikay officemate", which I've eventually learned to embrace.

Making sure I don't go "off brand",  I carefully curate my everyday weapons of choice (or you know, at least try to): my phone is pink, my bag organizer is purple, and I even gave myself a pat on the back when I realized I went a little extra after buying a pink, sparkly glitter case for my laptop. 

Point is, I'm addicted to all things cute, which is why my heart jumped for joy after stepping in The Paperstone Philippines' doors for the first time.

The Paperstone Philippines might as well be paradise for the stationery-obsessed. If you're a fan of all things cute, this shop is totally for you.

Everything inside the store's carefully designed with love, all the way from Korea and Singapore. The best part? There's always something to look forward to, because new products are released there every month! Each design is produced in limited quantities too, so once it's so old, a reprint of that particular design is highly unlikely—which means there's a huge chance you won't find someone else walking around with the same notebook/tumbler/pen/whatever as you do!

My boyfriend Josh and I gave the place a visit last week, after deciding I wanted to give my new office desk a makeover (just in case I haven't told y'all, I left my job in digital advertising two months ago, and started out in the publishing industry just recently!). 

We spent a good 40 minutes walking around and pointing at cute stuff I can use for work (the requirements were: 1) it must be cute, and 2) it must be pink). 

But of course, before we guys share what we got from our shopping haul, take a look at some other adorable stuff we spotted at The Paperstone!

This journal is perfect for #hustlers!

OMG. These princess pens are too cute!

Josh bought this notebook for his mom, whose name is Joy. Awwww! <3

And finally, aren't these greeting cards adorbs??

Now on to our top picks!

There's no denying that I left the store with a huge grin on my face! We ended up getting these:
  • A polka dot pink magazine holder (PHP 545)
  • Printed pink scissors (PHP 185)
  • A cute doodling notebook
  • A #GoalDigger notebook (PHP 80)
  • A millennial pink pen

Finally, I found a cute notebook where I can write down random ideas and things to do!

I love how it's fun-sized, too. I can carry it around anywhere I go (to the meeting room, while running errands, etc) to jot down important things!

My current obsession: all things millennial pink!

This gel pen is soooo precious! The Paperstone also sells refills for these pens, so you won't have to worry about its ink running out.

Quirky scissors, anyone?


I can't believe this cute notebook sells at only 80 bucks!

I even bought an underwater-themed notebook for Josh, since he was such a patient #InstagramBoyfriend that day. Lol!

He loves the sea!

I can't wait to go back to the office next week so I can finally personalize my desk and give it a makeover! Stay tuned for that, yes? :)

Talk to you soon, guys! :)

The Paperstone Philippines
Instagram: @thepaperstoneph


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


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!

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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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! :)