My Everyday Makeup

Here’s how I do my makeup routine…

I start it by cleansing my face with Neutrogena Deep Clean facial cleanser. I like this facial cleanser because I can really feel that it cleanses deep down my face, removing dirt and oil. And yes, I have an oily face. Then, I rinse and wipe it off.

Afterwards, I use Fresh Skinlab’s Jeju Aloe Ice wipes. This is actually a makeup remover. However, I like wiping my face with this before applying makeup because it has a cooling effect on the skin. Aside from that, I feel like it cleanses my face more and hydrates my skin too!

Next, I apply makeup base by Jazzy Collection. I only put small amount on my palm (about 3 drops) and it can already cover my entire face. Sometimes, I use Myra’s Vitaglow BB cream as base.

Then, I apply Ever Bilena’s Pro Flawless Finish Foundation (liquid) and blend it well with blending brush. For the dark circles in my eyes, I use Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind which is a treatment concealer for dark circles. I like this product because it does its job well and it’s easy to apply. You just need to twist it until the product reaches the brush portion and then you apply it directly. Then, I use Ever Bilena’s Concealer stick (medium shade), to cover scars, pimples (if there’s any), as well as the deep lines at the side of my nose (in between nose and corner of lips) on my face. Then, I cover everything with EB Advance Compact Powder, in the shade of natural white.

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Villa Del Conte Introduces New Delicious Flavors

Chocoholics have more reasons to indulge. Villa Del Conte has launched a new set of mouthwatering dark chocolate flavors.

The best selling chocolate Pralines are now available in White Cream Cheese Cake flavor with Amaretto Grains filling. Get the praline ball covered in thick dark chocolate and soft cream cheese made from the highest quality of milk and cheese or the luscious combo of chewy amaretto grains. There are also two new Dragees flavors: Extra Dark Chocolate covered Pearls Bretzel, which perfectly blends sweet and salty to liven up the senses, and Extra Dark Chocolate covered roasted coffee bean that is not only aromatically pleasing but also deliciously addictive!

These new decadent treats are available at all Villa Del Conte stores in Greenbelt 5, SM Megamall and Robinsons Magnolia.

For bulk orders and to know more about Villa Del Conte’s indulgent creations, contact 893-2575, visit http://www.villadelcontecioccolato.com, or follow them on Facebook and Instagram: @VillaDelContePh and on Twitter: @villadelconte. 

Akari – Stream Music through your LED Ceiling Lamp

Nowadays, multi-functional items that offer advanced technology and convenience are often found in modern homes. Make sure yours does not get left behind. Upgrade your home with high-quality, innovative products from Nxled, the next generation in lighting.

NXLED'S SMART CEILING LAMP
NXLED’S SMART CEILING LAMP

Install the Nxled Smart Ceiling Lamp, which, aside from lighting up the room, can stream music wirelessly via bluetooth through its built-in speaker—perfect for winding down after a long day’s work. You can even adjust its color temperature, from daylight to  warm white or cool white, depending on your mood. This multipurpose, decorative ceiling lamp with glittery effect boasts of a lifespan of up to 25,000 hours.

NXLED'S SMART STRIP LIGHT HANDWAVE SENSOR
NXLED’S SMART STRIP LIGHT HANDWAVE SENSOR

Want lighting that turns on and off with just a wave of a hand? There’s Nxled’s LED Smart Striplight Handwave Sensor which enables you to turn it on/off or dim and brighten it with simple hand movements. Use it on your kitchen cabinet, closet, cupboard  or other hard-to-reach areas where you need lighting. It is splash-proof and has a lifespan of up to 30,000 hours.

Light up the room with the Nxled LED Solar Emergency Bulb. No need to fumble in the dark as it automatically switches on in the event of power outage and can be used as a handy source of light. Nxled can also help you conserve energy with its Photosensor Bulb that automatically lights up at night and turns off during daytime.

To know more and to purchase these innovative lighting products online, visit http://nxled.com.ph/.

Minsan

Minsan, naaalala ko pa rin ang noon. Noong tayo pa. Naalala hindi dahil gusto ko pang ibalik kung ano ang meron tayo noon. Naalala, kasi isa iyong malaking parte ng buhay ko.

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Minsan, naaalala ko noong ang saya-saya pa natin. Noong parang napakagaan lang ng lahat kapag kasama kita. Namamasyal. Naglalaro. Nagkukwentuhan. Nagkukulitan.

Minsan, naalala ko pa noong naging ikaw lang ang mundo ko. Sa bawat araw, sa’yo umikot ang buhay ko. Noong mga panahong parang di kumpleto ang araw ko kapag di kita kasama.

Minsan, naaalala ko noong nagdesisyon tayong maging tatlo, at nasundan pa agad ng isa. Mga panahong lalong ibinigay ko ang buong puso ko para sa inyong tatlo. Ngunit…

Minsan, naaalala ko kung paanong unti-unti kang lumalayo. Makalwang-araw… Isang linggo… Makalwang linggo… Buwan… Mga buwan… Hanggang naging taon… Ika’y naglaho. Naglaho mula sa aming tabi.

Minsan, may kirot pa rin.

Minsan, masakit pa rin.

Minsan, naiisip ko, saan nga ba ako nagkulang? Nagkulang ba ako sa pag-aalaga? Nagkulang ba ako sa pang-unawa? Nagkulang ba ako sa panahon?

Minsan, naiisip ko rin, baka naman sumobra ako? Pero saang banda? Ang mahalin ka ng sobra?

Minsan, sinisisi ko ang sarili ko. Sinisisi na hindi ko nabigyan ng buong pamilya hanggang sa huli ang dalwang munti. Isang buong pamilya na hinahangad at pinagdarasal ng lahat.

Minsan, nalulungkot pa rin ako. Nalulungkot, nag-iisip kung bakit humantong sa ganito.

Gano’n pa man… Nagpapasalamat ako sa mga alaala ng nakaraan. Marami akong natutunan. Mas naging matatag ako. Mas tumibay ang paniniwala ko sa nasa Itaas.

Salamat…sa minsang ikaw.

Residential Real Estate Prices Up by as much as 33% from Q1 2017 to Q3 2018

People planning to purchase a new home have a lot to consider, as prices of residential real estate properties have increased by as much as 33% from January 2017 to October 2018. This is according to data from the country’s leading property portal, Property24.

“Because of the numerous residential listings that we have on OLX and Property24, we have access to data that can help consumers make an informed decision if and when they decide to purchase and sell real estate properties,” says Property24 head of real estate Tina Bautista.

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Humanities Strand as an Employable Field

by: Adrian Laserna

The advent of K-12 not only gave rise to the synchronization of the Philippine educational system to the international academic standards, thereby paving the way to achieve the program’s pursuit of global competitiveness but also brought forth an unexpected yet not surprising development: a brewing rivalry– nay competition amongst the students taking up the different Strands –namely ABM (Accountancy and Business Management), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), GAS (General Academic Strand), and HUMMS (Humanities and Social Sciences).

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Maybe it is endemic, sociologically, in our culture as Filipinos tend to have a skewed sense of competitiveness. Look no further for a practical basis of this observation, the endless pissing contest among the alumni of the so-called Big Four of the country’s premier institutions of higher learning, the highly yet overrated publicized results of professional licensure exams, among other things.

It’s literally a number’s game. Traditional computation-heavy subjects earned the notoriety of being a nerd’s realm.  Analyzing balance sheets is way too brain cell-consuming compared to interpreting a classic Elizabethan-era prose, or so they claimed.

Statistically speaking, there is a dearth of schools offering HUMMS courses compared to the close to saturated ABM and STEM classes to satisfy the demand.  This is an apparent manifestation of the traditional mindset of setting up a career geared towards affluence… a game plan promoted by parents driven by economic situations.

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The aforementioned competition amongst the strands has elevated to social media level debate about the “eliteness” status of each area of discipline: the more difficult the course of study, the higher the level of “respect” the strand gains. What is non-debatable is the fact that each of one of them has its own merits.  The sad reality, though, is that liberal arts courses suffer at the opposite end of the respect spectrum. Yet in a practical sense, graduates of Liberal arts, Social sciences and Humanities are equipped with skills (analytical and communication) honed by rigorous reading, writing  and recitation, versatility due to exposure to various academic demands and intellectual capabilities to be employable members of the country’s workforce.

But beyond the pragmatic reasons, what drives these young men and ladies to pursue a road traditionally less travelled by, to quote Robert Frost, in making this choice?

Being a product of Humanities and Social Science education myself, I can only hazard a guess – a speculation that hopefully rings true for the disciples of Humanities:

The field of liberal arts education is a path in pursuit of perfection of passion, a zeal so profound in commitment and too captivating in its vibrancy.  History is not just a recollection of significant past events, but a recreation of meaningful memories. Philosophy is not just a simplistic love of wisdom, but an inquiry to our very own existence. More than being a mirror of society, Literature is a mode of consumption… to satisfy the hunger of our brains, to quench the thirst of our souls.

We, the offspring of this discipline, had an upbringing that belies the financially-motivated reasons used as a marketing tool by the other academic strands.

These, among other things, are reasons to take this road usually not taken. Financial success, material things and physical comfort are not the only demands of the flesh. There are other things in life worth pursuing. These young men and women are ennobled by the virtues instilled in them, attributes that give soul to a materialistic, money-driven society that seems to have forgotten what makes life worth living, the core precept that gives real meaning to our own…….Humanity.


Adrian M. Laserna is a corporate slave by profession and teacher by vocation. He earned a degree in Political Science, succumbed to the demands of Capitalism, got disillusioned, went back to his alma mater and taught History, Social Science and Politics and Governance subjects. 

Level Up Your Makeup Game for 2019

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This 2019, dare to be different by experimenting with new makeup routines and looks for an upgraded version of you. Let EB Advance, the premier line of Ever Bilena Cosmetics, help you with these simple makeup tips:

Highlight over foundation for skin that glows from within.

The usual step that most follow is to apply primer then foundation. But if you want to achieve natural-looking glowy skin, switch up your makeup routine a bit and brush on EB Advance Glow Out Highlighter (P299) on the high points of your cheeks, bridge of your nose, temples, Cupid’s bow, and chin right after priming. Dab on your favorite foundation then proceed with the rest of your routine. You can opt to intensify your highlighter by adding another layer after finishing your makeup. You can also use highlighter on your body such as your collarbones, shoulders, and legs for that sun-kissed glow.

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