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Never judge a name of a place not until you experience the things that it will offer. Have you ever heard of Tipsy Beans? Sound interesting right? It surely is!

Tipsy Beans Coffee Shop is a new coffee place at the heart of Mandaluyong City.

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View from below!

Luckily, the store is just a block away from my cousin’s home. We decided to drop-off so we can celebrate my post-birthday treat to her.

Just by looking through the glass wall from the outside of the café, I fell in love with the place immediately. There are several ‘coffee statements’ and catchy frames on the wall that caught my attention.

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I super love these! 🙂

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My favorite corner! 🙂

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Are there coffee beans inside the sacks?

The attentive server gave us the menu as soon as we sat on their cute chairs. While browsing the menu, I could not help but smile with the affordable prices of unfamiliar set of coffee flavors.

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Don’t concentrate too much cousin! 🙂

My cousin could not resist taking the Voot Beer Float (75 php).

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Cheers! 🙂

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It has a pint of vodka, root beer, ice cream on the top and a can of root beer in case you want to add more taste.

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My favorite drink so far! 🙂

The best seller Irish Cream on Coffee Rocks (80 php) looks like an ordinary coffee at first glance but wait till you sip it!

The coffee is sweet and very inviting to the taste buds!

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Bacon in a milkshake? Now that is something worth to try! The Bacon Milkshake is consists of bits of bacon in the top of a milk frosting.

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Not like your usual milkshake that is sweet, Bacon Milkshake is purely milk heaven.

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For milkshake and bacon lover!

We certainly agreed to take pasta as our dinner. The Drunken Hungarian Sausage and Mushroom (128 php) was a nice treat.

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I liked the bit of alcohol content on my pasta which I tasted. My cousin was hands down with your Grandma’s Baked Macaroni (php 118) which is truly delectable best seller pasta!

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The potato nuggets were highly addictive and recommended appetizer. Just a little warning: Once you bite it, you cannot stop and you will even ask for more!

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Our Tipsy Beans food-gasmic experience completed with the healthy sandwiches! Yahoo!

The Cheese Steakbomb can be compare to your ‘daily baon’ but wait until you taste it!

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Are you on a diet? Don’t forget to grab the Toasted Tuna Melt (80 php) for your own indulgence.

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Tuna overload! 🙂

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This cute sticker can be seen on their comfort room! Cool! 🙂

We will see you again Tipsy Beans for your new sets of drinks and desserts!

 

Tipsy Beans Coffeeshop

#50 Doming M. Guevara, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong, Philippines
Contact numbers: 0917-4188747 / 0922-8200082 / 621-3660

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I am proud to be a Bella, a user of Belle De Jour planner. This 2013, BDJ planner have been a big part of my every day life. From simple tasks that I need to remember to the biggest blessings that I received this year, Belle De Jour Planner never forgets to remind me of those important things and happenings.

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Belle De Jour is not just your typical planner; the creative people behind it organize wonderful events for their subscribers and everyone who wants to join.  Luckily, I attended four Belle De Jour rendezvous this year and the most recent was the BDJ Fair. It was my first time to go to the fair. It was held at SM Mall of Asia, Concert Hall last October 13 from 10 in the morning till 10 in the evening.

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I was fortunate to be chosen to be part of the Scavenger Hunt. It was an activity for Bellas before the participating talks where everyone had a chance to meet the other girls, had fun with the different tasks like in Amazing Race and won awesome prizes. There are 10 groups and I was happy to be teamed up with the last group, Team J.

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My Scavenger Hunt Id! 🙂 Go Team J!

We made jingles, do it yourself bracelets, had lots of laugh while doing the limbo rock and hula hoops. Our team did not get the covenant first place yet we enjoyed the activities so much.

With empty stomach and a bit tired body, I headed with the first talk I signed to.

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The Host: Miss Jasmine Mendoza

It started one in the afternoon and the speaker was Myrza Sison, the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan Philippines.

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She shared 10 steps of Being Fun and Fearless. I had a great time listening with her experiences and her helpful tips.

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The Serenity Prayer

Starting today, FEAR and EPAL are no longer negative words. They are empowering words to live by according to Miss Myrza.

FEAR means
F alse
E vidence
A ppearing
R eal

EPAL stands for
E nable the
P ursuit of
A n Exciting
L ife

And the Fearless tip that I was grateful to hear was ‘join lang ng join’ because for Myrza, the braver you are, the more expanse your dream will be.

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Like a true Bella, I will not stop until I make my dreams happen.

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The talk with Jill Ngo, the Belly Dancing Goddess was truly entertaining and enjoying.

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The six mantras are made to empower girls to be fit and healthy.

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My favorite mantra! 🙂

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Of course, Miss Jill did not allow us to just to leave carrying the six mantras only. After the amazing talk, she taught us some simple exercises, zumba and belly dancing moves! All sweat ladies!

Aside from the talks, Bellas enjoyed the booths of participating brands where there were lots of games and freebies.

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I was not able to avail the free drink from Coffee Bean or experience the rock climbing and the bungee jumping yet I made sure that I got to sit down with the ‘tarot card readers’.

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Tarot Card Reading is one of the free perks during the BDJ Fair when you paid 100 php and all cash donations will proceed to the chosen charity of Belle De Jour.

It was my first time as well to participate with a tarot card reading. The verdict: The tarot card reader was serious when he gave me the ‘messages’ from the cards. He reminded me that all of the answers were just guide.  It is up to me if I would believe it or not.
Belle De Jour Fair was one of the happiest events I went so far. I had met and gained new friends, learned how to empower myself more and just enjoyed my whole Sunday. Thank you so much to BDJ for continuing to help make our dreams come true with their awesome planner and superb events.

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Surprise! I’m giving out some of the freebies that I got from the event to a LUCKY READER!

Just click the rafflecopter!

Up for grabs:  500 DC Cash Voucher, 15 % off Overnight Room Accomodation Subic Grand Seas (Valid till November 30, 2013)

Havaianas P200 Off (Valid till December 31, 2013)

Ace Water Spa Privilege Card and Print Social 1 Hour Free Extension Instagram Printer Package (Valid till 2014)

 

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Note: This is not sponsored by Belle De Jour and the participating brands.
I’ll be posting the winner on October 31! Good luck!


I am a huge fan of yogurt. Whenever I craved for it whether it’s frozen or the one that I usually bought from the supermarket, I always see to it that I have it after my meal.

Last Friday, my high school friends and I ate in a fine Japanese restaurant at SM North Edsa. I was not hungry because I just ate pizza and pasta from a send-off celebration. Yet I ordered some appetizer which I enjoyed despite that it’s been a bit expensive. While eating the appetizer, I’ve been thinking of yogurt and immediately after I’m done eating, I remembered the newly opened yogurt kiosk at the 3rd floor of The Block.

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Welcome!

 

The robot is going to serve me the yogurt! I looked like a kid when I stared at the robot machine in front of me. The polite store assistant of Reis and Irvy’s Frozen Yogurt just smiled at amused face. I might look crazy but who won’t be with this cute little thing.

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The robot that you can’t resist!

Like an excited child, I paid 125 php for the two yogurts and two toppings. When Reis and Irvy’s Forzen Yogurt opened last September 28 they sold the yogurt for 175 php and only one size is available.

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Lovely cups!

 

Paula, the store assistant quickly gave me the coupon which you need for the cash slot.

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Reis and Irvy’s first coupon!

 

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After inserting the coupon to the cash slot, you have to choose your first yogurt. They once had chocolate flavor but now you can only have vanilla, melon or melon and vanilla for your first yogurt. After you pick your first yogurt flavor, it’s time to add your first toppings. You can choose from peanuts, sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles, muesli, chopped cashews and chocolate toppings. You just have to repeat the process for your second yogurt and toppings. The server recommended muesli and melon so I chosen it for my first yogurt and toppings.

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Follow the easy peasy direction! 🙂

 

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And for the last step, all you need to do is choose the robot that will serve you. Meet  the four cool robots!
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Of course, I took the only rose among the thorns!

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She’s getting the souvenir cup!

 

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Yogurt!

 

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While I was waiting for my frozen yogurt, I got the chance to know more about the Reis and Irvy with their friendly shop assistant. Reis and Irvy is an American company and their store at North Edsa is their first branch here in the Philippines.

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Where to find Reis and Irvy’s Frozen Yogurt!

 

They are planning to have at Ortigas though which hopefully will push through. They might also have a little treat with their customers this Halloween! Cool!

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My yogurt is ready to serve. Yahoo! 🙂

 

The long wait is over… Here comes my frozen yogurt! Yay!

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This is it!

 

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Thank you for the cute little pin Paula and Mark, I definitely come back again.

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Check out Reis and Irvy’s Frozen Yogurt at 3rd floor The Block, SM North Edsa, Quezon City.

Serving you delicious frozen yogurt from 10 am to 9 pm and visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ReisIrvysPh


Did you ever wished to be someone else just for a day? Wallace Avery not only wished to be someone but he faked his death so that he would be a new person.

I got the privileged to watch the premiere night of Arthur Newman last October 8, 2013 at Glorietta 4, Cinema 5 Makati City. The movie showing started at exactly eight in the evening with free popcorn and a C2 bottle.

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Thank you Clickthecity.com for the free movie pass!

Here is my review about the film that was made last 2012 but it was only released in the theaters last April of this year.

 

Colin Firth as Wallace Avery/Arthur Newman

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Photo from writinglikeastoner.wordpress.com

I’ve been hearing about how great Colin Firth as an actor yet it was my first time to watch his movie. I’m totally impressed! I loved how he portrayed the two different characters effortlessly. If I were also in his shoe as Wallace Avery, a guy who was bored with his life, faked his death, left by his ex-wife and estranged to his son. I would definitely want to have a new start and life as a different individual. Arthur Newman opened diverse adventures to Wallace which I found awesome. He was able to trespassed other houses and just simply have fun.

 

Emily Blunt as Charlotte/ Mike Fitzgerald

She is gorgeous and I truly adored her in Devil Wears Prada. I was glad to see Emily Blunt in the big screen playing as kleptomaniac who pretend to be her schizophrenic sister and who liked Wallace, wanted to just leave her past behind. Thumbs up for her acting!

 

Chemistry is freaking hot!

The gentleness and sincerity of Arthur towards Charlotte is very sweet. I could feel the love and care through out the whole movie. They are crazy lovers that you would cherish from the beginning until the end.

The audience laughed when Arthur seriously asked Charlotte, “So what should I call you, Girlfriend? Fiancé?” And the charming Charlotte answered, “Whore”. Sad to say, the sweetest couple had bid farewell to one another.

 

Storyline is good.

Arthur Newman shown various personalities of people that we could relate to. We all do have secrets, we all have past experiences that we do not want to go back to and we all longed for a better life. The story might be simple and shallow yet I learned a lot of lessons that I do hope to apply with my own life.

 

The ending… I hate it.

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Photo from arthur-newman.com

When I watched the trailer of the film a few months ago, I was excited to know the ending. Will Arthur goes back to his past life? What would happen to Charlotte?  I was disappointed with the open ended finale of the movie. Charlotte went back to take care of her sister who was in the hospital and Wallace planned to reconnects with his son, drove his car to his ex-wife’s house and they saw him alive and that’s it. What? That was the ending I’ve been waiting for?  I believed most of the movie goers had the same reaction with mine. I was just wondering if there is going to be a part two of it but I guessed it won’t have.

 

Catch Arthur Newman in your favorite cinema houses, it opened yesterday, October 9.

 

Perksbewithyou rating: 9/10


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I probably the most unplanned and disorganized person you ever know. :/

But thank God I met Belle De Jour Planner! 🙂

Belle De Jour Planner is the best planner/journal I ever have so far. It keeps me track with my daily and upcoming activities. It reminds me of the special events that I need to remember and attend to. And most especially, it helps me organize my goals and dreams.

2013 so far is a great year to me and I wish that 2014 will be a much better year. If there is ONE thing that I want to #makeithappen this 2014, I hope that I will be able to visit and see my father who have been working and living at United States for nine years now.

And as soon as I hold my Belle De Jour Planner 2014, the one that I want to make it happen is the first thing that I will write on the 2014 Goals.

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If you are like me who aspires and dreams a lot, be a certified Bella!

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This is Belle De Jour’s message to you:

“Inviting you the BDJ Fair 2013 : #MakeitHappen on Oct 13 (Sunday) at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall
Entrance is free, walk-ins welcome. But pre-registered girls have special perks! Visit fb.com/belledejourplanner and ilovebdj.com “

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Together with Belle De Jour, let’s #makeithappen! 🙂


It all started here:

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I never expected to be part of the 16 lucky girls that would have a chance with the free make-up workshop courtesy of Max Factor Philippines and BDJ Box.

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I was even more elated when the friendly marketing staff informed us that it would be the first time that Max Factor Philippines held a free make-up workshop! Wow that was wonderful!

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Photo from Max Factor Philippines Facebook page

I was part of the second batch of the ladies who were invited for a workshop. I was thrilled and nervous at the same time when I sat on the chair. Cosmetic products, big mirror and different kinds of brush were in front of me.

Miss Kate, the make-up artist was very knowledgeable and patient while she instructed us the proper way in applying make-up.

According to Miss Kate, our hand is the best applicator of any make-up products. When you use your hands, make sure you clean it properly. As you put a foundation, it should be in your forehead first then you should spread it sideways.

I actually had a hard time with applying the eye shadow. Miss Kate kept on telling us about blending the three colors yet my eye shadow looked disastrous at the end. It was quite thick and I think I over applied the last color too much. 😦

Yet it did not impede me to listen and follow attentively with our very bubbly make-up ‘teacher’ who reminded us that blush on should be spread side ways and loose powder is use only for re-touch. For eye lashes, always begin to stroke the mascara with your base. When you put your mascara brush, no need to dip it, you can just roll it in the side of the bottle.

The most interesting part for me with the workshop was when Miss Kate started to demonstrate on how to apply eye brow color. According to her when you choose the color for your eye brows, make sure that it is near with your hair color. You can apply it directly or use a brush. Start with a soft shade near your nose then shade it darker from half till the end of your eye brow. I did not attempt to put color on my eye brow because I was scared but I tried it as I soon get home. I was happy with the result!

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Taking a picture with Miss Tracy Abad after the work shop!

Aside from the work shop, I was able to listen to Mr. Bobby Carlos during his talk. I was sitting on the bleachers yet I was hearing Mr. Bobby about the difference of BB and CC cream.

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I was confused with the two creams and I was glad to finally know the correct cream on enhancing and making your skin glowing and more beautiful. Of course it is Max Factor Colour Correcting Cream!

Thank you BDJ Box for making the work shop possible and Max Factor Philippines for this once in a life time experience. Thank you for the opportunity to use your wonderful line of cosmetic products!

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Thank you for the freebie: key chain! 🙂

I learned a lot from putting the right kind of make-up to the use of the different brushes. I am more confident now in using make-up for my every day teaching job.


I always look forward with Belle De Jour events. Whenever BDJ post their upcoming rendezvous in their face book or twitter account, I always cross my fingers that hopefully the event will happen on Sunday so that I can attend it. I’m so thrilled that the second BDJ Beauty Social happened last September 29 (Sunday) and it was near at my place! Blessing in disguise!

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Photo from BDJ Box Facebook page

It was the third event that I joined for BDJ this year. I was fortunate to attend the first BDJ Beauty Social last March 24 at SM Mall of Asia. The BDJ Beauty Social Event this time took place at Sky Dome in SM North Edsa from 10 in the morning until eight in the evening.

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I went to the Sky Dome during lunch time and I was early for the talks. I was a lucky girl indeed because I was one of the first Bellas who was able to participate with their three chosen talks. Yay! My first chosen talk would start by three in the afternoon which means I still have ample time to see the lovely booths from awesome brand partners of BDJ!

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Belle De Jour Box Beauty Social Event Talks

Too Cool for School brought their super addicted Yutnori. It is a traditional Korean board game that all you need to do is to throw sticks and you can win an instant prize based on the number of sticks without crosses.

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Cool game! 🙂

On my first attempt, I only got two and the approachable staff of Too Cool for School gave me two of their wonderful products. The Bellas were only allowed to come back twice.

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Looks ordinary? Wait until you play these sticks!

So for my revenge, I got four sticks and a bonus throw! Yipee!

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The staff from Cure is one of the friendliest persons I met during the event!

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She sampled their best selling Natural Aqua Gel on my right hand. I found it very effective in removing dead cells because I saw how dirty my skin was! Yikes! It moisturized my skin after and my skin felt smooth! Wow! I probably buy the item soon. It costs php 1000 and it only comes in one size. So glad that they gave a sample pack!

Say good bye to your eyebrow clump! Cover Girl introduced their new Clump Crusher Mascara and I got to try it for free. I accepted their Clump Crushing Machine Challenge by using the crusher for 30 strokes with my eye brows.

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Bring on the challenge! I’m up for it!

The result: Perfect long lashes! And I received 95 php off if I’m going to purchase the item! Nice bargain!

I am really convinced that I have a combination to oily skin. Thank you to Yves Rocher that also gave away sample packs that truly fit for my skin.

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Tried and tested Bifesta Make-up Remover is really effective.

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I was able to use it to wipe away the make-up and my face felt clean and soft. I even did not need to wash my face with water. Highly recommended!

Other awesome participating brands that you can check out!

Ralph Lauren let me experience their newest woman perfume scents. I love the blue and violet one!

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Lucido introduced hair supplements that go from straight to curl hair. Whatever your preferred hairstyle, you are assured that Lucido will help to rock your crowning glory in an instant.

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Celeteque booth totally grabbed the attention of every Bellas because from morning until the end of the program, girls were falling in line just to check their skin. Too bad I was not able to ask about my skin.

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After I had fun visiting the booths, I prepared myself for the talks. The first talk began by 3:30 and it was entitled Parisian Pretty with Loreal Paris. The gorgeous Miss Tracy Abad was the host of the event and she introduced the two pretty speakers from Loreal Paris Philippines, Miss Muas Verna and Gex Garcia before giving them the floor.

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The event host, Miss Tracy Abad! 🙂

Miss Verna was the one explaining about the products of Loreal Paris while Miss Gex was doing the make-up for their model Miss Adie.

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The speakers from Loreal Paris! (Miss Gex and Miss Verna)

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Miss Verna, Miss Gex and Miss Adie!

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Miss Gex applying foundation.

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Miss Verna putting an eye shadow.

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Sample eye make-up!

I was very interested with the details of applying make-up and the colorful palette of eye shadow set that I would love to have on my kikay kit!

Make-up 101 from Miss Verna and Miss Gex:
1. Always clean your face before you apply the foundation.

2. Put a moisturizer under your eyes before applying a concealer so that it will look fresh.

3. Make sure to tap your eyelids so that it will be easy for you to put an eye shadow.

4. For your eyebrow, your eyebrow liner should start on the middle. One should never use black with their eyebrows because you may end up looking like a witch.

5. Peach is the safest color if you want to put blush on.

I felt that the talk was too fast but I learned new things in using make-up products.

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Question and answer after the end of the talk!

One simple advice from Miss Verna that I would not forget is you should not be afraid to experiment colors.

Most of the Bellas could not contain their excitement. I was one of the girls who see to it to seat on the front row because by 4:20 in the afternoon, the very elegant and jaw dropping beauty Miss Georgina Wilson will take the center stage for her Refreshingly Gorgeous talk.

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Miss Georgina is excited with the talk!

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Miss K.A Antonio was the interviewer for Miss Georgina who promoted the new Garnier Pure Active Fruit Energy Facial Foam.

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Among those talks that I attended, I find Miss Georgina as the most effective speaker. She talked fluently and answered questions based on her experiences. She was very composed and cool.

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She’s answering the questions with ease and class!

I liked when she said that to be beautiful it should come from within and you should feel it. I hoped BDJ would invite her again with their upcoming events!

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Meet and Greet with Miss Georgina! 🙂

Save the best for last! The Torch Calories without Looking like You Did was a great way to end my Beauty Social Events experience. Miss Anna Felipe and Miss Larissa Joson from Women’s Health took the platform with their informative talk about the Lean Body Law and After Work out Proper Body Care.

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Miss Anna and Miss Larissa before their talk!

According to Miss Anna our body is a highly technical machine and she shared principles on how to burn calories without putting too much effort.

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Miss Anna’s four principles:

a. Shake it UpLess space so that your body will work more.

*Things to do:*

•    Narrow your base– Ex: Feet closer together with squat

•    Remove a point of support

•    Replace a sturdy surface

b. Go against the flow

*Things to do: *

•    Run to the direction of the wind for 90 minutes.

•    Run up hills.

c. Leverage yourselfThe farther the object, the body will work harder.

*Thing to do: *

•    Lift your hands overhead.

d. Learn how to twistMore calories burned and develop a strong core.

*Things to do: *

•    Mountain climbing position

•    Lunge left and right

I never heard of Circuit Training and good thing Miss Anna explained that it is 10-20 exercises that you should do in just 30 minutes. It is very effective for heart rate to be on top and it level up your metabolism. You just have to do it three times a week and have a rest day in between. Wow! Sounds easy but I know my body would need a lot of effort to do it! Perhaps I should start pushing myself now!

Have you ever wonder what is the proper way to take of our self after work out? I was so glad that Miss Larissa gave helpful tips on proper body care after you work out.

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Miss Larissa!

+  It is advisable to apply anti-perspirant at night.

+ Upgrade your body wash to anti-bacterial. Try products made from tea tree oil.

Wear material that is sweating friendly.

+  Use sunscreen with SPF 30. Remember it is the vaccine to anti-aging.

+   Think twice about putting red lipstick after work-out.

The most important things that I learned from the fantastic speakers if you are going to eat before your work-out, take light snack an hour or two. It can be a whole wheat bread or just cracker with peanut butter. And after your work-out, take as much protein rich food as you can. A water with lemon or pint of salt is also good source to hydrate your body.

Belle De Jour you always surprised me! Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your Beauty Social Event.

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Bella’s ultimate passport!

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Freebies from your leading brand partners! I’m so excited to try it! 🙂

 

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Inside the fantastic loot bag! Yay!

I am overwhelmed with the new information about make-ups, beauty tips and how to take good care of myself more. The talks, participating brands and your friendly staffs are truly remarkable!

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A happy Bella indeed! Thank you BDJ! 🙂

Congratulations for another successful event, Belle De Jour! 🙂