Muy Bien Bonita : Your Next Shoe Addiction

I usually hesitate when buying expensive shoes even though they look drool-worthy because of fear that durable. For most of us, quality is very important.  We would be able to use our shoes to our daily walks to and from work. Now, a new filipino-made shoe brand that is being talked about not only because of it's quality, but also because of its classy styles and comfortability -- Muy Bien Bonita. According to their website, MBB believes journeys are best taken in style and comfort. Their founder personally fits and test drives each finished pair prior to mass production to ensure that your soles are...

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You Can Now Avail of Salon Services While Your Car is Being Fixed

Who run the world? GIRLS! Founded by engineer and mechanic Patrice Banks, Girls Auto Clinic doesn't only offer to fix your car but also salon services that we girls understandably need at the end of a long, tiring day. According to Patrice, the shop resulted from the frustration and mistreatment of female customers when dealing with mechanics. With this venture, she wants to empower women to become #sheCANics, a hashtag Patrice even uses to describe herself. The shop has been open from 2013 and now, they thought of a genius new addition -- Clutch Beauty Bar. Clutch offers customers salon services such as manicures,...

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Simple Dos and Don’ts of DIY Beauty Skin Care

  If you’re into concocting skin care products out of your own kitchen pantry for reasons like you’re on a budget or you heard that it’s a ‘safer’ alternative to commercial products, then these tips may be of use to you. Creating your own beauty products may be fun and cheap, but you may need to take note of things like its shelf life or if it’s actually beneficial to you. After doing a little research, and learning a bit from trial and error myself, here are the top dos and don’ts of DIYing beauty products. DO research what you’re...

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#HaircutStory – My Sister and I Let Our Hair Go for a Cause

One Sunday afternoon, while I was reading on my study table, Daphne, my sister, approached me out of the blue. “Let’s get a haircut,” she said nonchalantly. My sister and I both have long hair – more, or less 12 inches in length each. “Now?” I asked her. “Yeah, I was thinking of donating my hair,” she explained. Little did my sister know that I had been growing my hair since 2014 so that I could donate it for wigs for cancer patients. I have been planning to get a haircut since 2015, but my hair length needed to be...

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DIY (mis)Adventures: Crayon Lipstick

This has got to be one of the more popular DIYs out there. Crayon lipstick. Yes, you read that right. If you don’t have enough money to buy your own makeup (like I do), and have enough time on your hands (like…I do) then this is the sort of DIY that is perfect for you. I did a little bit of searching on the internet, and have had a few failures with makeup DIYs before, so I pretty much understood what I was in for. Since my mom has this hobby of making her own soaps, balms, and potions and...

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Why Switch to All-Natural Bath Products? Here’s The Reason Why

Have you ever thought about the harms that chemical based bath products pose on you, your loved ones and the planet? Do you know what’s in your everyday bath products? Even if you look at the label, you probably won’t recognize the ingredients. Truth is, if you use commercial bath products and even baby bath products, you’re lathering your body with harmful chemicals with every bath. Soap, shampoo and conditioner commonly contain endocrine disruptors that may cause neurological and immune system effects. This is only one of the long list of harmful chemicals in your bath products. While all-natural products...

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Halloween DIY Challenge: Tarantula Spider Look with Drugstore Makeup

Halloween is next month, and every year I go over several makeup tutorials on Youtube to see which one I want to try. I’ve tried Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ makeup, and the walking migraine look in the past, and wondered if I should do one of those for this DIY. Since the skull makeup tutorial has been done AGAIN AND AGAIN, and the seeing-double look has become popular as well, I decided to make something new. Since I am a struggling artist on a budget, I couldn’t really afford to use expensive materials. I opted instead to go for the...

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4 Local Makeup Brands For Filipinas To Try

Cosmetics is a necessity for almost every woman, and it has always been a challenge for Filipinas to find suitable makeup for our morena skin. We don’t have porcelain skin like our other Asian neighbors, but we’re not purely dark-toned either. Plus, with all the humidity of a tropical country, it’s another challenge to find makeup that can endure all that sweltering heat. Here's an idea. Maybe we should stop looking at foreign brands, which are not specifically tailored for our needs. Why not try local cosmetics brands that are developed, manufactured and made locally? Not only are they made...

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Body Positivity: Kutis Mahirap, Eczema, and Being Too Skinny

In the sea of Glutathione adverts, and Belo treatments, together with previous generations’ beauty ideals as well as our own, body positivity has been an ongoing battle for women like me. As a Former athlete with morena skin, a “fat-skinny” body type, eczema, and acne scars, looking for acceptance in both myself and society has been a struggle. Reading articles about how Filipina women who are trying to embrace their natural complexion, be it dark or mestiza, has given me hope in terms of accepting my skin as it is. At the same time, trends that mark people as kutis...

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Philippine Ink: Meet the Mark of the Four Waves Group

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnUD3UL2l2w] You may have heard of the highly sensationalized Kalinga traditional tattoo artist, Whang-Od. Several flock to Buscalan to get ink done by the last true mambabatok of the Kalinga tribe. However, you may not know that there is a group of Filipino-American immigrants who are looking to preserve and revive the art of traditional Filipino tattoo design. They call themselves Tatak ng Apat Na Alon which translates to ‘Mark of the Four Waves’. They started with the desire to reconnect with their Filipino roots, pursuing both traditional and modern ways to complete tattoo designs. Traditional tattooing is more...

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6 Ridiculously Easy Make Up Tips That You Might Actually Need To Try

You don't need to be a professional to look good all the time. Sometimes all it need is a creative mind to save you from spending too much time and money to look gorgeous. Look around your house because you know, most of them are very useful to make yourself attractive. Once you have the know-how you'll figure out just how much make up can accentuate those best features and hide those aren't favorable. So here are a six ridiculously easy make up trick that you wish you knew a long time ago. 1. Instead of paying for a brush-cleaning...

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10 Weird Contouring Hacks That Is Practically A Life Save From Spending Too Much

"If you're not that great at contouring and always end up getting muddy results, use a spoon, place it as close to the top of your ear as possible , turn it sideways and start applying your bronzer or contouring stick" I know that sounds odd but that's just one of the many weird contouring hacks i heard from my sister. Face contouring is the most difficult part of every makeup. Exactly face contouring can help you to perform your face shape, turn potato-nose into a doll's nose, make chin narrower etc. Not only that it can turn your not...

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