Superb by SuperSale

I love going to bazaars. You can score a lot of rare finds there, and they come in friendly price tags too! I actually think it’s better to search for upcoming bazaars than scheduled mall sales. I mean, it’s the least thing you can do for your pockets, without sacrificing style. :P

SuperSale Bazaar has been organizing the best bazaars lately and just recently, they launched Superb at the SMX Convention Center. Look at the participating brands!

Went inside the hall and told myself.. WOW I’M SEEING A LOT OF COLORS HERE!

Let the hunting begin!

Gotta love corset dresses!

Tarp wallets! I bet you can create this on your own, and it’s so fab too! Syempre I got one. Hehe

Make up! A girl’s guilty obsession.

It doesn’t hurt to have a cup of gelato after spending the whole afternoon walking. (Or not?)

Mint chips and salted caramel!

We’re on the second half of the year and I’ve been eyeing on a few bazaars already since I’ve been constantly receiving invites on Facebook. Also, what makes attending bazaars more fun is bringing your girl friends to shop with you! You know it doesn’t get more awesome than that.

Happy hunting!

Let’s talk about beauty! Clinique, Kiehl’s, The Body Shop

My job entails having client meetings e-v-e-r-y-d-a-y plus a lot of walking. You can even hire me as a Greenhills tour guide should you need one. When I was younger, I didn’t know what kind of life existed along Annapolis Street. In fact, I didn’t even know it exists, ever. Hahaha. Okay my point is, hindi ba sobrang dyahe humarap sa kliyente pag pawis pawis ka na? Tapos yung face mo, makakaubos ng isang roll ng tissue pag nag-blot ka ng oil. I’ve always had a very oily and blemish-prone skin. I would’ve not splurge on good quality makeup if not for my bad skin. Also, the problem with me is that I’m very low maintenance. Just like going on a diet, I always tell myself to be more conscious and have a habit for taking care of my skin, and it doesn’t really happen. So I thought I would need something dependable.. a quality product that I could trust to give me excellent results.. WITHOUT requiring extra effort.

A couple of months ago, I went to Rustan’s Shang and got myself a Clinique toner.

If you are a fashion/wellness geek, you would know that Clinique products don’t come cheap. Thankfully, the sales rep gave me a couple of freebies (a cleanser and moisturizer) to try. Currently, I haven’t really consumed everything yet. I bought a tea tree oil cleanser from The Body Shop which I thought I could use more frequently. Initially, it was doing fine. I loved the cool feeling after washing but eventually, I started breaking out and decided to stop using it. Sorry Body Shop fans, but I think they have the worst products ever. I have such high expectations on them since they use organic and earth friendly materials, but I was disappointed. It did not do wonders for me, and I am not amazed at all so.. there. Even some of the Body Shop cosmetics I’ve tried are failures. Okay maybe “failure” is a harsh word. “Unsatisfactory”, maybe. I’m not saying that this goes the same for everyone, but atleast for the quality-vs.-quantity shopper me.

About three weeks ago, I was in Trinoma and I dropped by at the Kiehl’s kiosk. I’ve been wanting to try Kiehl’s for a long time now but I didn’t see the need then, until now that I got really serious about investing on a healthy skin. Somebody introduced Celeteque (their anti-acne line) to me so I bought (just two weeks ago), a skin clearing moisturizer. I’m liking it so far. It comes with an unscented, gel-type formula which I use before applying makeup and it gives me a matte finish! I love it that it doesn’t cause breakouts on my skin. I think I’m pretty happy with it so when I went to Kiehl’s, I just looked for something that would treat my pores. Oo na kung ano ano na pinagbibili ko. Hahahaha

Henry, the sales rep, recommended Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Minimizing Lotion to me, which is also a bestseller according to him. I’ve heard a lot of good reviews about Kiehl’s so I thought, why not give it a chance like everybody did? Although, let’s not forget about the price. Hehe. Henry assured me of the results so to keep me from doubting further, he gave me A LOT of freebies! Yay! By “A LOT”, I mean 4. :)

I’ve tried the lotion and I’m happy with the instant results! It’s very lightweight, and it dries quickly. Also, my skin felt so soft! I haven’t seen any dramatic pore-minimizing action yet, and I’m not expecting any in the next couple of days since I just started using it. Hopefully, there would be gradual improvements. I’m excited to try the freebies!

Now there are a few tips that I would like to impart to the girls out there who are daredevil shoppers like me. First, try searching for reviews about the product you’re eyeing on before actually making a purchase. Also, Quality vs. Quantity! If you think it would really work for you but the price is a little too off your budget, then don’t hold back yourself: It’s going to be worth it! But if the reviews tell you otherwise or if the price doesn’t give the product a justification, then scratch it off your list. Just because it’s expensive and all the celebrities use it, doesn’t mean it will do wonders for your skin too. Know your skin type, and read the labels!

-Love,

Joanna

I Know What You Did On Mother’s Day

I missed my family. I missed taking them out and having lunch with them. The day’s lunch after the MYOH event was very fulfilling, both on the tummy and the heart :) *NAKS*

Sisterette! Hehe.

The uncomfortable look. Haha

Cool Banana Leaf ceiling!

Good for 3! Missin dad!

Their ‘iced milk tea Hong Kong style’ is da best! I might actually buy one for take-out one of these days :))

Mrs. Fields’ cookie nibblers fan

Healthy choices! I wish I could find something like this in Greenhills.

From the looks of it, this might just be better than Subway! Well, tastewise siguro. And presentation. Hehe

Colorful fruits!

Paparazzi-ed shopping lipstick by Mean.

Happy Mother’s Day, mom! I know I am not a perfect daughter, but I look up to you for your tireless efforts on always looking out on Mean and I despite the physical absence of our father. Pasaway ako but I love you, that’s for sure, and I will (as always) strive hard to make you guys proud.

Make Your Own Havaianas 2012

I took my mom and sister out for a whole day treat at Rockwell, and the Make Your Own Havaianas event was in perfect timing just when I ran out of ideas for Mothers’ Day. It was my first time to attend the event since I remember last year, I was on a vacation somewhere.

The event was already on its 4th (out of 5) day when we got ourselves there so some stocks were already sold out, including the ocean blue sandal straps and aviator pins! Huhu. So I just paired my burnt orange Havaianas-fit soles with sheer violet straps and a bowtie pin, a crown, and JOANNA alphabet pins! Yay!

Thanks, Kenwyn!

I was so excited to wear them so I ditched my Toms espadrilles for my newly customized and colorful havs, right after this pic was taken by a kameraman! So cool!

It was so much fun! I actually planned on getting another pair but for practicality’s sake, I didn’t. I can’t always wear them anyway. Hehe. But atleast you are a hundred percent sure that you own a unique pair that no one else has! I am looking forward to next year’s event. I hope they’d include Havaianas-high on the list of the “customizables”.

Happy 50 Years, Havaianas!

Sometimes I wish I was a boy.

I love my workplace (Greenhills). It’s got almost everything so getting what I need is convenient and almost hassle-free. Plus, my job description entails getting out of the office so I skip eating and go for a little stroll/shop when I get bored, during lunch break.

Today, I decided to get a brow fix so I went to Lay Bare Waxing Salon for a very painful eyebrow threading. I don’t have a high tolerance for pain so this what-you-call a beautifier always gets me teary eyed.

You can see by the reddish skin on my eyebrow area how much threading hurts. Hahaha.

My brows look  so neat now, thanks Beng!

One grassy afternoon. ❤

So I decided to blog about this really fun (and wala lang) shoot my friend and I did last year. The original plan was to have the shoot with Mr. Sun working on the background, but he seemed to be on a siesta break at that, and didn’t bother showing himself. BUUUUUUT, Victrixia was pretty good at it, and with some few adjustments, *VOILA*, instant lumiwanag ng konti effect! -Which, she promised to teach me. Yay :3 I intentionally did not post this on Facebook sooo, whatever it is that I cannot (and don’t want to) put there, I’d just post in here. Hahaha. Outdoor shoots are always a gazillion times more fun than studios’ because you get to do it in some kind of freestyle way. We really had fun, then hung out at Katips after the shoot.. And did some reminiscing from the good ol’ elementary and high school days, over pizza and pasta. Also, we plan to have another shoot and I caaaan’t wait! Props to Victrixia Montes for the awesome pics! Color grading by yours truly. Some fail shots are in it too.

I sat, and leaned, and rolled, and ran, and blew bubbles, and popped ’em bubbles then blew sammore, and ate some yummy and nutritious grass. I loved nature more. Although she’s itchy and full of insects.. and dirt… I still love her, with all my heart.

Alright, GET READY TO BE BOMBARDED BY GRASS PICTURES!

The ‘ano na?’ look slash pose.

Pulling off a semi-farm girl look and..

..Success, woohooo!