Tuesday, August 4, 2015

New Flight Destinations from Philippine Airlines

"You're not going to believe this, but flying used to be quite romantic. To fly -- people couldn't believe it. You only get that in little kids now. But back at the start, there was this sense of the future about flying. You were buying a ticket to this experience, this wonderful thing. There was this expectation that something thrilling would happen, that being off the ground could take you out of your world for a few hours. I felt that way the first times I flew. [With] every liftoff -- for 50 years -- we would hold hands when we took to the air. Not out of fear. Out of wonder." 
- The Number of People Who Meet on Airplanes
For someone who's been flying since birth because our family situation is not of the cookie-cutter type (i.e. my Dad is not based in Manila), I have learned to appreciate the thrill and privilege of flying. You fly because you want to be transported to a different world, you want to escape your predictable city life, to meet new people, explore new places. Flying also meant you only had to wait a mere couple of hours to cross continents, it is the bridge that connects you to your loved ones; no matter how far, flying always got you there in the shortest time possible.

New Delhi, India in 2012 via Philippine Airlines
Call me an idealist but I've always believed flying to be topnotch and special. Sometimes it's not just about the destination but it's also the experience of the plane ride itself. And of course, Philippine Airlines has always been my choice. This is not a sponsored post, mind you, because whether I am a paying or a non-revenue customer (on account of my sister), I do choose to travel via PAL.

Headed to Korea and watching "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"
If you're a fellow globetrotter/jet-setter and in the midst of planning your 2015-2016 itinerary, then you'd be happy to know that Philippine Airlines is expanding its reach and will be opening new exciting destinations both local and abroad.

On its 74th year, our country’s flag carrier is set to launch flights from Manila to the following destinations: 

  • Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) this October 2015 
  • Auckland (New Zealand) via Cairns (Australia) on December 2015

Additionally, PAL has also launched its services earlier this year to New York (USA), Guangzhou (China), Tablas (Romblon) and opened new inter-island flights in Visayas and Mindanao. PAL also reintroduced its Business class service to Cebu and Davao.

Monday, August 3, 2015

PSA: I am an Introvert

Most people think that because I work in sales and I attend blog events regularly, I like going out and socializing. While it's true that my work requires me to meet people on a regular basis and I do enjoy going to beauty events, I really am an introvert in real life and need to exert a huge amount of effort just to be pleasant, gregarious, and mentally present.

The old school definition of introversion was believed to be someone who does not want to socialize (and this is how my Mom initially understood it) but so many articles now prove otherwise. We introverts do have a social life (though with a handpicked set of really close and relevant friends), and we are okay with staying home on most days (yes, really). But we are not to be mistaken as shy as when the situation calls for it, we can be in our element and work it like nobody's business.

So while eating salad yesterday I had an epiphany: maybe I should write a light-hearted post about me being an introvert so people know what to expect. Because as friendly as I think I am, some still get this mataray and unfriendly vibe from me. I made a mental note to start writing as soon as I got home. Oh why do these brain-farts happen when I'm far away from my laptop?

Here goes:

1. My brain goes into hyper-drive when I meet a new person. 

I like meeting new people and expanding my social circle, but only in small doses please. Mingling at a mixer or any social event, for example, is exhausting especially since talking to several people drains my energy. I also try to make the other person comfortable even when I'm already wracking my brains out trying to think of things to talk about, funny anecdotes, or a common ground. Even with a drink in hand, I'd feel extremely tired and ready to bail by 10pm (especially if I've had a full day at work already).

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Cheapo find: Watsons Gentle Eye & Lip Makeup Remover

On account of being cheap frugal, I'd go drugstore skin care/makeup all the way. Even when abroad you'd see me scamper to the nearest drugstore (Guardian, John Little, Target, etc.) just to check out the lot. Drugstore finds give me a little bit of a high, because you never know what goldmine might be lurking behind aisle number 6. 

So understandably, I get all anxious and excited whenever I pass by a local Watsons. The allure of finding something at dirt cheap prices, wow exciting. My last Watsons "discovery" (if you will) is this Eye & Lip Makeup Remover which I got on the fly last year while traversing the aisles (before that it was the Pure Beauty Treatment Conditioner which I fervently love to this day). I posted it on Twitter and a few said I should go ahead and review it. I may be 6 months late but I hope this is still relevant to you guys. 

Granting I don't wear waterproof makeup on my entire face as it's just mostly waterproof mascara on most days, the Watsons Gentle Eye & Lip Makeup Remover works just as well as any makeup remover in the market. It's gently scented and removes eye and eyebrow makeup easily without having to tug your eye area. Less tugging = less wrinkles, yay.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Lip Balm with a Peppermint Kick: Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

Lip Balm (along with hand cream) is probably one of the most basic (and unsung) skin care essentials. I mean, I can't imagine going through a whole day without these in my bag. That said, I always have a tube of lip balm in the house especially the places I frequently visit: near my bedside, in the bathroom, in my Mom's room, etc. If I don't have any handy, I get all uneasy and keep licking/pursing my lips together which results to -- you guessed it -- dry and cracked lips. Yuck!

So understandably, I have my preferences when it comes to the "perfect" lip balm: non-sticky, gentle/hypoallergenic, peppermint-flavored, with SPF (I can let this slide depending on how much I love the formula), moisturizing, and must not take forever to settle.

I've been pretty happy with my Hurraw Lip Balm from Cutieverse and been loyal to it for over 2 years, but now that I'm running out I'm willing to try others that I have in my stash. I've accumulated quite a handful from brands and the one that piqued my interest this time is the Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

The original. The best. And still your favorite. Our must-have balms have been playing in purses and pockets since 1991. Beeswax conditions skin, while antioxidant Vitamin E moisturizes. A final hint of Peppermint Oil provides that one-of-a-kind refreshing tingle. The result? Smooth, supple lips everyone will be buzzing about. 
Price: Php 325/4.25g 
Where to buy: Beauty Bar

Monday, July 27, 2015

Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara in Black

During one of our beauty sessions, I ranted to Ae of An Artechoke that most mascaras really smudge on me and it's getting quite frustrating. Ae mentioned that it probably wasn't the fault of the mascaras I've tried; rather, have I ever considered that my eyes were the problem? Hmmm..that was a good argument, and I urged her to explain. She studied my eyes meticulously and scientifically for a minute, and deduced that the shape of my chinita eyes plus my numerous facial reactions cause my upper lids to touch the skin under my eyes constantly. Thus even if I apply waterproof mascara, the constant contact displaces the mascara and makes it smudge eventually. 

Now while this wasn't the first time someone looked into/at my eyes intently (hrhr), I am inclined to believe her because she is more the makeup aficionado than me plus she has one of the best eyebrows in the business. And ladies, here's some beauty wisdom: never trust anyone who has bad eyebrows. 

So that being said, I started to look at mascaras differently and (I dare say) have become somewhat a little forgiving of their shortcomings. Seeing as I am about to throw out my favorite HD Mascara as it's gone beyond the 6-month shelf life, I broke open the Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies one which I got as a press gift 2 months back just to see how a drugstore brand would fare. 

Lash glam, instantly!

  • Patented Spoon Brush fans out lashes from corner-to-corner, while our Pro-Keratin formula instantly builds volume without clumping 
  • Unique flexible wand helps to lift and separate lashes to provide the look of 300% more visible, fuller lashes, no gaps from any angle 
  • Contact lens safe and ophthalmologist-tested 
  • Waterproof, also available in Washable formula 

Price: Php 459
Where to buy: malls and drugstores

Friday, July 24, 2015

Koji Curving Eyelash Curler

This month started just a teeny bit crazy. People who work in sales will agree that our schedules tend to be erratic and at times, unbearable even. But I'm glad that I get to "chill" a bit this week and breathe a little, even squeeze in a couple of blog posts before the weekend.

Anyway, this is a quick review on my favorite eyelash curler which was sent by Koji last year when I was still working as BizDev Officer of Glamourbox. I had intended to review it sooner but forgot, although I have been using it religiously ever since I got it.

Like everyone else, I went through a Shu Uemura phase, then moved on to Fanny Serrano's version (which people say is an acceptable dupe), discovered the Koji Curving Eyelash Curler (Php 995~) and never looked back. Dramatic, no?