Sunday, May 26, 2013

Beauty: MAC Candy Yum Yum, Bold Pink Lipstick

MAC Candy Yum Yum, caught my eyes when I visited the MAC Counter in Glorietta. The color was so intense that it initially led me to shock (shocking pink it is). The Makeup Artist was wearing this actually and I can't wait to know what's the lip shade and all I had in mind was I have to have it!

Enough of all my emotions then! Hahaha. Well, this particular shade was part of the MAC Requested since this is limited edition before. But thanks to those who voted online for this shade to have its comeback and became part of the permanent line.

 If you've been reading my blog, you will know that I am a lip junkie. I love keeping lipsticks on my vanity kit, since I think your lipstick shade should compliment what you're wearing. Haha. So I have corals, peach, loud pink and muted pink on my kit. Though I'm still thinking of getting a red one since my BF would want me to wear one. So can you give idea which good red lipsticks should I get?

I wear Mac Candy Yum Yum,with neutral eyeshadow, a simple eye liner, 2 coats of mascara, and a pink blush on. And I'm good to go!

                                                        Here's the swatch on my hand.
  •  Bold lipstick
  • The color stays long
  • Pigmented
  • A little swipe goes a long way
  • Eye-catchy due to its intense color (for parties)

  • Pricey for a tube of lipstick
  • May tend to emphasize the dryness of the lips since this is of matte formula
  • As for me, this is more of a fuschia shade which tends to become violet in some pigmented lips

                     And here's the swatch on my my lips as what I posted on my Instagram @vain_van

For all the kikay girls out there, come and grab this cute lippy on your nearest MAC Stores. Very nice if you want to pull off that No Makeup Makeup with just a swipe of this bright bold lipstick.

Till the next beauty post ladies and international readers! Feel free to comment on my blog :-)


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Beauty: Forever 21 | SM Aura Taguig

Hi Ladies! Another beauty post on fashion. Well a newly opened Forever 21 branch was on our first list to visit at the new SM Aura. The plan first was to take a stroll around the mall. However, forever 21 caught our eyes since it is located upon the entrance of the mall. So we gave in and shop!


Forever21 at SM Aura has 2 floors, the second floor is where all the accessories, for plus size clothes, for men clothes, bags, shoes and belts are located while the first floor has lingerie, dresses, for kids etc.

With no plans of shopping, I admittedly can't enough of must haves so I bought some clothes! The clothes were so trendy that's why some of the Philippine local celebrities had already shopped in here. When Kris Aquino (for foreign readers: she's like Oprah of the Philippines and sister of our President) was asked what's the cheapest brand of clothing is in her closet? She answered, "Forever 21". Well she's rich and for me, Forever 21 is pricey in some ways. This Forever 21 branch was only opened days ago, May 17 I suppose and so the clothes are all new and candy to the eyes!

Come and visit Forever21 SM Aura!

How to get here?

Coming from Ayala Station MRT or ayala, find the Fort Bus Station (now temporarily located at shell station near forbes park). You can ride fort bus going to the East Route with a fare of 12 pesos. Get off at the the terminal of the east route (near market market Taguig). From there, you can see SM Aura and all you need is to walk across the street!

Enjoy shopping Ladies!



Saturday, May 18, 2013

TRAVELS: Surfing in Bagasbas Beach

Bagasbas Beach located at Daet, Camarines Norte is one of the top surfing destination in the Philippines. The Long Stretch of waves makes it more ideal for surfing especially for beginners. The sand is gray and powdery. La Union and Baler are also the top spots for surfers. Bagasbas Beach waves is like automatic as if there's a machine underneath that creates waves every second.

Surfing is part of our tour package in Calaguas Island. A10 minute-15 minute drive from the port is what you need to reach this place. For the beginners, there are trainors who are ready to assist you and orient you on the basics of surfing. Don't know how to swim? Well this beach is not that deep, it might be just below your waist. So if you're frightened that you might get drown, well think again! Yours truly is not a swimmer, but I tried surfing!

It will you cost you Php400 for an hour of surfing with one-on-one trainor plus free use of the surf board. This is affordable especially for beginners like me!

Nothing to worry because before surfing, you will have a one-on-one briefing with the trainor on the basics of surfing. In this picture, I was getting my one-on-one session with my trainor.

The beach waves might be overwhelming at first, but when you started to finally stand up on the board and feel the adrenaline rush, it was really fun! That's me! Although my stand was improper. One foot should be facing the front of the board while the other foot is perpendicular.

We dine and checked-in in this place,which is just facing the bagasbas beach. The food for me is not that great especially the laing that they served, because I have tasted the best laing in town "my nanay tita's laing" who is a True Blood Bicolana. But the people who serves are friendly and accomodating. We just stayed here for the purpose of having a place to take a shower, had our lunch/dinner and to have our things secured.

With my surf trainor

Goodbye for now Bagasbas!. Definitely another unforgettable experience I had after I have tried wakeboarding in Laguna. Surfing makes you feel like a champion, you can conquer the waves and the fear once you get the flow.

Come and visit Bagasbas Beach! It's really more fun in the Philippines!


Friday, May 17, 2013

TRAVELS: Calaguas Island, Camarines Norte

Calaguas Island, Camarines Norte

Calaguas Island located at Camarines Norte, which is at the Bicol region part of Luzon Philippines was our planned target destination this summer. This long beach, with its turquoise to clear blue water and fine white sands was said can rival the famous Boracay beach in Malay, Aklan. However, having been in Boracay twice, my first observation is that Calaguas island has its surreal feeling. The solemnity of the place made it uncomparable to the highly commercialized Boracay.

Our travel to Calaguas by land is 8 long hours of sitting on a bus. We did not book an air flight since we are on a budget trip so we decided to join a travel tour. A friend of mine suggested Kuya Melvic of who caters packaged travel tours inclusive of food and transportation. I will enumerate the details on this post later.

Well going back to the beauty of Calaguas Island, the water is serene and no large waves can be seen so you can enjoy just dipping into the sea and enjoy swimming. The sand is fine and white and you will be not worried of the rocks that might injure your feet. What will be shocking to most of the luxury-seekers vacationers in Calaguas is that, there is no hotel in the island which made it more like you were one of the castaways in a Survivor Reality TV Show.

For those who might want to go to this Happy beach here's the details of our Package tour:

Package tour: 

1. We availed the 2d/1n Tour which includes:
 1.1 Round Trip Bus Fare
 1.2 Free food (lunch+dinner on the 1st day, breakfast+lunch on the 2nd day)
 1.3 Free use of Frisbee, Skimboard, Volleyball
 1.4 Free boat Transfers
 1.5 Free Use of Tents
or you can visit this link:

How to Get there: 

Via Bus, We left DLTB Pasay going to Daet, Camarines Norte at 8pm and arrived at the port going to Calaguas at 6am inclusive of 20mins jeepney ride. Unfortunately, it's low-tide and boat might sink if we will still proceed to ride the boat, so we waited until lunch to finally go to Calaguas Island. A 2-3 hours boat ride is what awaits you before you can finally arrive to the beautiful Calaguas Island.

My friends cam-whoring at the port, the boats behind them are the actual boats we rode going to Calagauas

Finally we arrived! As soon as I stepped into the Island and dipped my foot on its clear water, all I said was "It is really worth it" with all the long travel hours, fatigue body, food deprivation(hahaha..well we had our lunch at 2pm!) and all the dizziness...The beauty of the island is breath-taking. Though I have read other blogs about Calaguas, to experience it first hand and be there is surreal.

 Our campsite. I have noticed that every Travel Tour have their own designated part in the Island.

 As soon as we finished our lunch, buffet lunch it is, we headed fast to play Frisbee!

See how long the shoreline is? Well even you are in Island, you will not feel that you were the only human being exists in this place. There were also locals who have resided on this place.

Well, since this is not yet commercially developed which I hope will not happen soon (for the sake of camping and solemnity of the place), there's no electricity. Glad that our package tour has their own generator who operates from 6pm-12midnight. So you can still charge your gadgets and the lights are still up till 12midnight!

Lucky us! Our Package Tour also includes unlimited drinks (mobile bar) which we enjoyed till 12 midnight. Who would have thought that there's a Boracay vibe in this Island via this mobile bar! But as soon as 12midnight strikes, all lights will be off so that we all could have a quiet sleep.

 My friends and I, drinking and stargazing all in one! Believe me, it was fun! Bonding while drinking, talking, sharing stories, are the best!

Oh, the morning has arrived and after breakfast, we enjoyed swimming and finally has to bid goodbye to this Happy Beach. We're going to Bagasbas, Daet to surf which I will post soon. I will forever cherish our experience this summer getaway. Our first time to join any package tour which is highly recommended by yours truly..

Well, another note, phone signals in the Island is not possible. Haha! So better text your loved ones or call them while you're still at the port, informing them that you can't response or receive their calls or texts while in this Island.

 For the list of Things to do in Calaguas Island.. Check-out this link: Things to do in Calaguas.

Come and Visit Calaguas! My Happy Beach! Its really MORE FUN in the Philippines!



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