Monday, April 30, 2012

Gloww: A month after

We all want healthier skin from within, hence the barrage of ingestives out in the market today. It's been said that pollutants, stress, an imbalanced diet, and the damages of sun exposure all hinder hinder us from getting healthy, glowing skin.

My skin care regimen consists of taking multivitamins everyday plus topical moisturizers/creams for maintenance. So when I was contacted by Gloww to testdrive their Gloww capsules, I was hesitant for a bit because I haven't really tried skin enhancing supplements. Would this actually work better than my tried and tested multivitamin capsules?

What is Gloww? 

Gloww capsules promise to nourish, lighten, smoothen and give a pinkish tinge to skin. A licensed formula of MEGA Lifesciences Pty. Ltd., Gloww contains balance, optimal, and all-natural ingredients that will give your skin the nutrients it needs. Here are some more info lifted from the website:

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it

Can you tell in this photo that it was scorching hot that day? And yet, we had so much fun shooting! I really love the blue, cottony clouds in my photos!

My little nephew doesn't mind the heat though, lucky kid.

Friday, April 27, 2012

I am excited about...

...Innisfree Eco Natural BB Cream with SPF 25 from Vanilla Lush. Innisfree is known for creating natural, eco-friendly products that are affordable and skin-friendly. Check it out: their boxes are printed using soy-based inks and some labels use recycled tangerine skin. I am impressed!

...the new VMV Hypoallergenics skin care sets! "Red Better" is perfect for rosacea, redness flare-ups and even acne and atopic dermatitis! I always get dermatitis so this is really something I am excited to try :)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Chilling at the Mabuhay Lounge

I'd travel every other month or so if I could. The only thing I don't like is the anxiety when I think of what to pack. I am quite anal and although I know what to pack by heart, I still get that nagging feeling that somehow I've missed out on something or left something at home. I like to be prepared clothes-wise and toiletries-wise -- just take a peek into my bag and you'll understand how much of a girl scout I am.

Also (and I'm sure most of you can relate), I don't like mixing business with pleasure. But with my line of work and with WIFI everywhere (not to mention smart phones), it's a challenge to zone out and NOT work even when on vacation.

One of the things I do look forward to everytime I travel is chilling at the Philippine Airlines Mabuhay Lounge. Have you tried their Arroz Caldo? It's pretty damn good!

These are shots from my trip last week:

It's oh-so-quiet! I love it when I have an early start. The Mabuhay Lounge has separate areas for those who would like to sit back and relax, for those who want to have breakfast, and private cubicles for those who need to get some work done. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

OOTD: Confetti Dreams

So how's everyone coping with the summer heat so far? I just got back from a vacation-slash-family reunion which explains my lack of updates. But I'm now back and I hope I find time to catch up with all my blog backlogs. 


We celebrated my Dad's 62nd birthday last month. Can you believe it --- my Dad does not look like he's 60 at all! (PS: We look alike, no? LOL) He flew in from Mindanao, we had dinner at Racks and we treated him to the Olivia Newton-John concert. It was one of the most memorable birthdays ever, especially since he has a HUGE crush on Olivia since the Xanadu days, haha.

For this event I wore my favorite peplum top from Chocolate Clothing Co. I must say, Chocolate is easily becoming one of my favorite stores as their girly selections are really right up my alley.

The top itself is pretty sheer, so I conveniently wore my Wacoal Bandeau top. Allow me to show you photos of how the bandeau blends well with the fabric:

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Join the Ensembles "Wear My Design Contest"

How would you to like see a dress you designed being featured in Ensembles stores with your name credited as its designer and worn by Carmina Villarroel in her next photoshoot?

Ensembles is giving you the chance to break into the world of fashion through its first-ever WEAR MY DESIGN Contest where winning pieces will be produced for the Spring Dresses 2013 Collection. Wear My Design Competition is looking for original yet smartly flattering creations! No experience necessary, just a love for Ensembles’ style.  

To join the Wear My Design Contest:

Step 1: Visit the Contest Mechanics page at for the complete set of rules. 

Step 2: Get a “Wear My Design” application form any Ensembles store or can be downloaded from

Step 3: Applicant should submit a minimum of 1 originally designed prototype dress suited to Ensembles’ style and market for the SPRING DRESSES 2013 Collection together with the application form (Sketch of the item is optional).  Applicant may opt to have prototype sewn by a seamstress. It should be in Size Ladies Small or Medium. Dress prototype can be sent to Elite Garments International Inc  at 996 Pablo Ocampo St., Malate, Manila or to any Ensembles branch on or before June 30, 2012. The collection piece should adhere to the image of the Ensembles brand. There are no maximum submissions, but each garment dress would need its individual application form.

Step 4: Wait for Ensembles to upload your collection on facebook. Once uploaded, invite your friends to vote for your entry. Voting is 10% of the criteria. Be creative and have fun! You may have your designed item produced with your name credited as its designer!

For more information, follow Ensembles on Facebook (, Twitter ( and Pinterest ( 

Experience the Dream at SoFA

We’ve read your tweets and saw your comments and now it’s time to give back! SoFA is making it happen for two individuals to experience the DREAM.

THE DREAM: Become a SoFA student for ONE WEEK and TAKE as many classes as you can.


1. Like the SoFA fanpage.
2. Go to our Make it Happen album in the SoFA fanpage:
3. Tag yourself in the PROGRAM POSTER of CHOICE.
4. Comment the battle cry, “SoFA, make it happen!” in the comment box and let us know why you deserve to be a SoFA student for a week.

The top two winners will experience the DREAM for ONE WEEK and take as MANY CLASSES as they can under their tagged PROGRAM POSTER of CHOICE.

Goodluck to everyone! :)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Ombre Hair Makeover Winners!

Yes, you heard that right! Instead of just one winner, Robina chose 6 winners! Click to check if you won!

Friday, April 13, 2012

The La Feria de Abril bazaar with Bedazzle

I visited my friend, Cat, at the La Feria de Abril bazaar at Filipinas Heritage Library in Ayala Triangle today. Here are some snaps from that event, I haven't seen her in months and I miss her handmade stuff!

I got a tasseled necklace and a black braided bracelet! :)
with Cat 
Follow my exploits on Twitter (@kirasworld) because I've become such a photo-addict ever since I got an Android phone, tee-hee.

Purchase Bedazzle Accessories here :)

Your Crew of Dew: The VMV Skin Soiree

A lot of people are starting to break out because of the extreme summer heat, myself included. So for all those in dire need of some serious skin cleaning and rejuvenation, head on to the VMV Skin Soiree on April 19 and receive discounts on VMV's most prized facials!

For more information on VMV Hypoallergenics visit

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Speak Out Against Domestic Violence with Avon

Everyone has experienced domestic violence one way or another, whether it's a harsh comment or an actual physical torment. Domestic violence is something that shouldn't be ignored and yet most of us would choose to turn the other cheek than help out or speak out against it.

Avon, the company for Women, makes it a bit easier for us to speak out against domestic violence. Recently, they released the Empowerment Circle of Support Necklace which is features a string of infinity symbols connected to each other. Each symbol represents a woman’s potential to live a full and decent life because she is free from the chains of domestic violence. The necklace also represents a promise of love and support, symbolizing a commitment to one’s self and to loved ones to help end domestic violence now.

Am wearing the Avon Empowerment Circle of Support necklace over my EarthlyDelights hand painted necklace :)
For every purchase of the necklace worth P199, P20 will go to Avon’s Speak Out Fund. This fund is used to support partner non-government organizations (NGOs)—Women’s Crisis Center in Manila, Gender Watch Against Domestic Violence (G-Wave) in Dumaguete, IMA Foundation in Pampanga, and Legal Center for Women and Children (LUNA) in Davao—as they maintain hotline numbers that victims and other concerned individuals can reach out to.

Aside from the necklace, the public is also encouraged to join the cause by purchasing Avon’s Moisture Blend Giftable Hand & Body Lotion, from which P5 will be earmarked for the same partner NGOs and initiatives.

Remember, abuse only stops when the public gathers the courage to Speak Out — and with Avon, everyone is empowered to make their voices count and be part of the change that can help save lives and families. This year’s Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence campaign aims to involve the youth as they share their creative ideas in coming up with public service ads that will help encourage more people to take on the cause.

Get your own Empowerment Circle of Support Necklace at

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Get Movie Star Brows with NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder

Picked this up from a stall in Trinoma last weekend (forgot the name, it's near Pop Culture). Since last year we've been using the IN2IT Waterproof Eyebrow Color but eventually we realized that we weren't too happy with the shade selection --- most had a reddish undertone that didn't work well with our skin and hair color.

Then we discovered the NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder:
Our recipe for cooking up exquisite eyebrows includes wax, tools and a pair of complementary powders, which can be customized to create the ideal shade. Each Eyebrow Cake Powder kit includes a slanted brush and a round wand to shape, style and tame eyebrows. Available in 6 different shades.  
Mall price: Php 350

Monday, April 9, 2012

Goodies from JTomas Collection

These are some of the stuff the nice people of JTomas Collection sent over (special thanks to Ms. Chi and Joy Laureola). JTomas is the distributor of the Swallow Hair Collection, a premium mass brand that offers hair treatment solutions such as shampoos, conditioners, treatments, etc. Ask your Mom and I'm very sure she'd remember Swallow back in the 80s and 90s.

If you recall, I posted a review of the popular Monea Curling Defining Milk and Mangosteen Wax. The Mangosteen Wax does remove hair pretty darn well, and has been a staple in my bathroom since last year.

Miracle Cream, No Sweat, Power Dose, Curl Defining Milk, Super Shine
No Hair Removal Cream, No Hair Wax Kit
I'm pretty excited to try No Sweat since I am a Driclor fan, so hopefully I can write a proper blog review on both.

Have you tried any of these JTomas products? 

For more information visit

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Be Body Beautiful at Any Age with Wacoal

This is a sponsored post. 

I attended the Wacoal talk on body aging and choosing the right undergarments last month.  I’m pretty familiar with how women age (I just look at my Lola and my Mom and I get a good idea of how I’m going to end up looking later in life), but when these facts were discussed from a scientific point of view, it just made me feel, well….very concerned.

Okay, this infograph clearly depicts how our bodies will look like over time. Even with the right diet and exercise, our breasts will sag, our shoulders will droop and we will become 2-3 inches shorter by the time we are 60 years old. Blame it all on hormonal changes, the environment, stress, diet, our skin’s loss of elasticity ad the major culprit – gravity.

Friday, April 6, 2012

The Angry Bird

We all went to Tanay, Rizal this afternoon to get away from the big, bad city. There's nothing like lush greenery and fresh air to get you into vacation mode. I can't wait to fly out to our province next week!

Anyway, while resting from our nature trail, my Mom spotted a hen with her chicks and shouted, "Look at those chicks, Kira!" Of course, I turned around and true enough, saw a mother hen with about 10 chicks.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

OOTD: The long weekend is here to stay

Sorry for the lack of posts, I'm trying to savor each and every moment of this long weekend-slash-vacation. I'm sharing with you all what I wore to my last day of work this week, you can tell that I am totally chilling in this outfit, yes?

White shirt: Terranova | Faded denim skirt: Espada 
Feather necklace: Promod
Brown sandals: Ferretti
So that's it! We're heading to Walkway tomorrow, if you're in the area say hi! Happy weekend guys!