Why I Am Afraid to Use Makeup

And yes, the title is an exaggeration. 

Before college, I don’t see any need for me to put on makeup. Not that I’m saying I have a flawless face (well if you love me you can say that, haha) – in fact, my face excretes oil more than it should; unwanted whiteheads keep on making its flamboyant appearance around my nose; having unconventional, and apparently ungroomed eyebrows (imagine the noseline part thinner than the arch area); and dark lips that seriously calls for a slide of a nude lipstick. And hell yes, I don’t bloody care!!! 

But that was then.

Reaching college, meeting different people, exposing myself to more events, I am becoming more aware of what’s there to conceal (my face) and what’s there to expose (my face). Gosh, see the irony? Hahaha! 

Right now, I’m on the verge of getting myself a BB/CC cream. Lately, I realized the perpetual necessity of having this. Following the mantra ‘To look good is to feel good’, of course one can keep up to this habit of putting makeup everyday. Pero hindi ako ‘yan. 

MAYBE at first I’d bear this supposed everyday routine. Then people will get used to how I look. Then I’ll get used to it, too. Everyone will. But what if one day I decide to take a break, ditch the makeup, and look entirely different from what I used to?

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I experienced that myself – to be in awe of the wonders of what makeup can do to people after I saw a classmate looking dreadful without it. And it’s just from there that I realized that I’ve been fooled by the layers of colorete.

And I don’t want to be called dreadful.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is why I don’t religiously feed my face with makeup. That is why I don’t commit myself to something uncertain and inconsistent. I am terribly afraid of what’s there to come after this shortcoming– after breaking the streak of continuous bliss. 

All risk-requiring things must involve persistence.  Panindigan mo kung anong pinasok mo. Tanggapin mo lahat ng pwedeng ibato sa’yo kahit masakit. #abamayhugotsamakeup 

I HAVE NOTHING AGAINST those who live and breathe and can’t leave the house without the makeup. I mean, these are forms of innovations that have greatly helped the women of the past generations and even us, the generation Y, to satisfy physiological and psychological needs. It’s great to see how this industry has flourished over the years. So, go on and utilize what this world has got to give, for as long as being tact and mindful goes along. 

I don’t know why I am even making a commotion about makeup at this hour.

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Have you ever been in the most random place at a random time, pondering things? Things that, well, about life and all its pretty little shit in between. If you throw that question back at me, YUP. Sometimes on a tricycle ride going my way home, or when washing the dishes (choz). And today marks the most ridiculous setting yet to have muni-muni sessions At a debut.

CAUTION: So okay, just a little warning to y’all cuz I think this will turn out to be a sort of  diary entry. Don’t continue if you must. :))

I have attended 4 debuts (debut – traditional Filipino custom to celebrate a girl’s 18th birthday) by far in my whole life. The latest, which happened hours ago, was the best I’ve ever witnessed. There were no pretensions or anything. Everything was so natural and light and not too formal/ mandatory. The debutante was dashing, confident, and you know just cool. She remained being her natural self. <3 Everybody has made their wishes, and nao time to parteyyyy.

The after-party took place, and me, not being a party person, waited for my friend’s sundo. By the balcony. Standing. Looking afar. Looking at the peeps binging on booze. Looking at the skyline and its lights. Focusing my sight on the laughter by the pool. Staring at the stars peeping through thick puffs of clouds. There were fucking smoke everywhere and lights which totally made me dizzy and suffocated. Gah, I need air. I need some good company. I need my friends.

At eto na… :)))) Eto na yung sinasabi kong ‘pondering’ chu chu. 

That made me thought that people who surrounds you AFFECT you. Whether you like it or not, they will. You just have to find that one or two who can keep a good company. The ones you can’t be tired of talking to, just because everything’s light and calm and swak na swak! It’s like the clique you’ve just formed with them will stay as awesome as long as forever.Then you’ll be perfectly fine. :)

AND THEN… it’s just exactly the same thing with your lifetime partners. 

Ngayon ko lang napagtanto, shucks. HAHA. I mean, true right? Lifetime companionship, by its mere and obvious meaning, is spending the rest of your life with someone who is: 1) Again, the one you can’t be tired of talking to; 2) The one you can’t be tired of being with; 3) and here comes the big word: the one you can’t be tired of LOVING.

This is why I finally have the conclusion that romantic relationships are best started with friendship. :) Because in the thought of friendship, you are being your true, pure self to the other. Opkors pipili ka na rin lang ng friend syempre dapat you make him/her accept you wholly. Not like you pretend to be something else you’re not/ concealing stuff about yourself that you think is not good. And ayun. Dun pala nagsstart ‘yun ‘no! Ang galing, nakaka-igno.

‘Yun lang. Kthanksbye

#phenomenologyofDebut #choz #philosophyofromanticrelationshipsfromafeelingguru #nakakahiyana

Arabian Lass

ImageIf you’re a follower of mine on Instagram (or even a Facebook friend), I’m sure you’ve seen this outfit. I wore this about a month ago, for a mock photo shoot of Thea and Ivy, the supposed characters for our film. *Side story: I got the lead role (Thea), after a couple of auditions and series of iyakan and sampalan. Hahaha! Unfortunately, we didn’t push through with that original plot, due to time constraints and all. But on the brighter side, I got the excuse to pull off such an odd and daring (when I say daring, I mean it’s out of the box, and not the connotation of being sexy lol) outfit! I’m very much satisfied on how the look turned out. :)

I’ve been wanting to own a turban for the longest time (since I saw Camille Co donning one), and tada! Finally, I scored this pretty headpiece at Girlshoppe for only 100 pesos. I guess I’ll have to wait ’til the weather gets cooler cuz duh, ang init kaya niyan! 

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This was my first ootd that got featured on a Philippine OOTD-celebrating IG account! #ootdPinoy

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If I wasn’t wearing the turban, the look would be too bland. I mean, look at my bolero. I wouldn’t even wear that on casual go-to days. I find it so manang (no offense. that’s just a personal opinion). But the turban saved it! I had all the reasons like “cuz my peg is some type of a gypsy (or even an Arabian lass) vibe!” Hehe

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K bye

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photo credits: Christine Loise Junio Deala

Flannel, Feline, Flannel

Oh, to goof around is like half of my everyday self. But to be with someone as frolicsome as me? CRAZIER!!! Hahahaha

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 I wore this to the Bauble Lab Headquarters while having the luxury of time to brainstorm projects for the shop with Kaila. Woah, to be handling one ain’t easy. Pero sabi nga nila, walang job na madali. All it really takes is an ample time and effort. So K and I will quit school and just focus on this. LOL!

Kidding aside, this tank top-shorts-cover up combo is a fail-proof, comfort-securing outfit. That flannel I’m wearing is actually not mine. It’s my Kuya’s. Hehe. Even the knapsack is his. Hehehehe. :))

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I paired this laid back look with a very classy royal blue bracelet with that Tory Burch logo I received for Christmas. Lakas maka-sosyal! Thanks Loise! You really know my style! Aaand see that wire ring? That’s is from Camille Co’s booth. HAHAHA hi Kaila HAHAHHAHA.

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Say hi to our feline friend studded on my ear! I received this as a Christmas gift as well! Thanks again, K. Forever hugs and kisses!! :*

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IMG_5575I hope you enjoyed! Next time I’ll try having my poses more fashion bloger-esque. Hihi. Till my next post!IMG_5579xx, Kath

P.S. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

 

Puss in Boots

It was a risk for me to actually don such an outfit. To be on this ensemble on a scorching hot weather (kahit December na T_T)? I didn’t mind at all! This is something I’d definitely wear on a music fest. Channeling coachella feel!

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Hype this on look on Lookbook here.

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I wore this last Thursday to an event at my alma mater. The first comment I’ve received about my outfit was, “Wow, ang exotic ng outfit mo, Kath!” At least, I stood out! :P

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I’ve been itching to wear that beautiful poncho ever since I got it at Bestie Konisis‘ booth at the Blogger’s United 6 (stay tuned for the part two of my adventure). The moment I laid my eyes on this in between the racks, I just knew I had to get it! Look how pretty the fringes are. I also loved how the cream color contrasts my olive skin. And since I’m a sucker for loose clothes (so as to conceal my love handles), the fabric gets an A+ from me! It’s so light, it doesn’t really give that warmth a real poncho should have. I got it for only 150 php, can you believe that?! Yes, it’s such a steal. <3

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I wore a bandeau underneath so I can optimize not only its style but its function as well! I can easily move around and be my frolicsome self without the unwanted peek-a-boos.  

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I was so curious how Bestie styled the top.. and I literally googled keywords like “bestie” “konisis” “poncho.” Well, the stars aligned. I was able to find it! Next time, I would wear it that way. :) But this time, I decided to wear it with a black bondage skirt. I must say, it is a staple for any girl’s closet. Pair it with a muscle tee, you’re rocking a street style kind of vibe; peplum top and structured blazer, then you’re good for going corporate-ish. LESSON: All you need are the basics and you’re free to mix and match things! It’s your style, after all!IMG_5685

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And that Via Spiga boots you see there are from my beyond infinity, di-makabasag-pinggan sa pagka-good friend, Maine and Tita Precy! I was really in search of black boots, and lo and behold, they are now right in front of my very eyes. TuT Thank you so much, Tita and Maine!! I swear I’m giving this pair justice every single time I wear them. :)

What do you think of my look? Will Tita Precy like this kaya? Haha!

Until next time, lovies!! :*

K

P.S. I have new sounds on Soundcloud!! Full of Ariana Grande’s. Hihi. Speaking of A, I’ll be doing a tutorial of her half-up, half-down hairstyle, so watch out for it! :D

Heard my purr at BU 6 | Pt. 1 (The Journey)

Flower wreathed heads, feet raised by thick soled patent oxfords and lace-up booties, twirling girls in skater skirts, ensemble of sweatshirt-tartan polo-chambray; every street style you can imagine are all present at the Bloggers United 6. I swear, everyone whom I’ve laid my eyes on really are certified fashion-savvy! The juxtaposition of nervousness and excitement on me was, I guess, if you’ve read my face closely, seen while in line. I was constantly glancing at my reflection to cross-examine, for the nth time, my look. An hour or so have passed, and voila –  “Welcome to the WORLD BAZAAR FESTIVAL, featuring the BLOGGERS UNITED 6. Meet your favorite style bloggers. Shop their closet. Hoard since you’re an early bird because ‘an early bird catches the worm.’ Go gaga over the fact that you will now breathe the kind-of-the-same air as your fashion epitome does. Start your fabulous interactive shopping affair, NOW.”

The long wait was finally over.

Rewind. Rewind. Rewind.

8:45-ish AM, LRT-1 Doroteo Jose Station – OH MY GEE!! We’re a few steps away from the much awaited Bloggers United!! Okay so my good friend (Kaila) who willingly joined me through my quest we’re waiting for the train to arrive. It was my first time to ride LRT-1, so I didn’t know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised that the men and women are separated on the trip. Phew, no more possible-pervs around. But to my horrible surprise, ah grabe parang sardinas sa lata yung mga tao sa train. Dios mio por santo.

Nakakaloka talaga. There was actually a lady who really was the brink of the doorstep, like parang malalaglag na siya and the door closed habang naiipit yung arms niya!!! ‘Di ko alam if I was able to make a sound like, “OMG” or “Shit” or gasping sound. If so, di ko rin alam kung gaano kalakas. Basta ang alam ko lang, sobrang nakakaawa, kitang-kita sa mukha niya na na-hurt siya and medyo embarassed. Gusto ko nang tumawa but I can’t. And I pictured myself in her situation. And I saw myself bursting into a river of tears. :))

Tapos ayan, dumating na ‘yung second train. Well obviously pinalampas namin ‘yung first train (we dont wanna be the second batch of humiliated girls, duh) tapos eto na naman. :)) Looking at the stressful view, there was no way we can go through. At eto pa. HAHAHAHAHA. May babae na naman. Nung tumigil yung train sa station, she was leaning forward as pinto na mismo. So nung bumukas yung door, she kept her balance naman. What was funny was nung papasara na yung door, kitang-kita dun sa window yung ipit niyang sarili. As in she was just pushed insude by the door. Grabe. LRT- 1 you da bomb. =))

Then the third one came. Ayun, nag lessen naman to 2/3 (two-thirds) yung laman ng train. So kapit bisig talaga kami ni Kaila makapasok lang. And score!!! Nakasakay kami huuhuhuhuhu. :( Tapos nagkatinginan na lang kami: “Ano, magbbloggger’s united ka pa?,” she asked. Well.. oo naman!

So that’s the first part! The Journey. Literal na journey. Wait until the next part (the real BU part haha). Hope you enjoyed. :p

P.S. My mom told me we should’ve taken the insanely convenient 2-vehicle trip route. (Isang fx papuntang makati then bus to world trade center). But we took Antipolo Jeep, Santolan, Doroteo, some long walks in between, and a jeepney ride. HAHAHAHAHHA

The Way

Finally, an outfit post!!! *insert choir heavenly singing ‘tadaaaa~!’* LOL to that, too corny. Hehe.

Just last week, our school’s annual acquaintance party took place at St. Benilde Gymnasium of LSCA. Frosh Berde parties usually mean to strut your BEST self (without wearing sleeveless tops, dresses/skirts with beyond 3-inches-above-the-knee length, tops with spaghetti straps, short shorts and the list goes on *corny dress code**hey im not a school activist*) with accords to the theme. Derived from the traffic lights’ hue, this year’s theme is “Crossroads,” where party-goers are only allowed to wear clothes in green (for single), yellow (for it’s-complicated kind of a shiznit), and red (for those who are in a relationship). Well can you guess which color I belong? :P Of course, it’s red.

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And of course, I am joking.

My peg for this outfit is Ariana Grande in her single, The Way. I super luuuuuuurv Ari I fangirl-ed so much that I even googled “ariana grande style,” “ariana grande hair,” “ariana grande nails,” “ariana grande full name,” “ariana grande boyfriend,” “ariana grande young,” “ariana grande outfit the way.” Oh my gosh I sounded like a psychotic stalker. HAHAHA

While most of you would’ve known her on Victorious, I discovered Ariana Grande-Butera on Soundcloud, when I was just hopping over sound recordings from one person to another. Click click click. Play play play. I stumbled upon her cover of Mariah Carey’s Emotions and my mind was blown. Her whistle register is just A+mazing!!! It’s something I can’t do when it comes to singing (and it frustrates me) so I looked up to her so much from then on. Whooopsies, this became a how-i-discovered-and-adored-ariana-grande-so-much blog post already hahaha!

What made me like her so much more is her exceptional style! She has this trademark for her sweetheart dresses, midriff tops matched with high-waist bottoms, florals, minimalist yet classy jewelry, and of course, her hair ribbon/bow. So I opted to get inspiration from her The Way outfit!

I had my nails in white, too.

I thought she was in an LBD but no! She was in separates: black sweetheart neckline top and a pair of shorts (yes i am also fooled). And just when I thought that she was wearing socks, it’s a Louboutin boots.

To follow the dress code (yung kulay lang, wala ng paki sa no-sleeveless rule haha!), I decided to go for a mint green skater skirt and a black corset. BTW, id like to thank Janna Sta. Ana for saving my feet and myself also. Alam niya na yun hihi! :*Image© Jonathan Juan

Originally, I had the signature hairstyle of Ari (high ponytail with loose few sections of hair at the bottom topped with a white lace bow). But I had so much fun partying I just had my hair create a drama/real party goer effect (charaughtera). LOL Below is a photo of the La Psalle Chorale about to perform. And my hair’s kinda fresh pa. HAHA

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And that ends this blog post! I hope you guys enjoyed! Thank you for reading!! ;)

xx, Kath

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