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July & August 2015 Favorites!

It's that time of the month again... I can't believe that August is over! And boy, I sure have a lot to share because I missed putting out my favorites for the month of July also! Anyways, here's what I've been loving lately:

1. The Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette by Morphe Brushes
     My first try on the growing Youtube-popular makeup brand! I bought it because I fell in love with Youtuber, Jaclyn Hill, and I couldn't pass out on the chance to buy it when they re-stocked. I could have brought this with me to the Philippines, but I didn't want to risk getting this messed up. I love the warm colors and the product is wonderful. Plus, it's Jaclyn Hill's favorites! I did bring this with me to Anime Expo and have been using it ever since.

2. FS Cosmetics' Two Way Cake in Rajah
A powder I picked up from the Philippines that I've been loving to use to slightly contour my puffy face. Smooth & smells really good.

3. Sassy Cosmetics' Trio Sparkling Eyeshadow in Pink Sparkle
The only other eyeshadows I've touched and liked the past two months. I like that it can do fresh look to a smoky look.

4. Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
     My most recent fave. I've only used it a couple of times the past weeks and I found that it actually holds up a curl! My eyelashes does not curl for anything and this seems to be doing the trick... I shall use it more.

5. Maxasorb Melatonin Cream
My go-to when I was uber jet lagged from my vacation in the Philippines and when I get hit with insomnia (which happens more than I'd like to).

6. The Face Shop Professional Foundation in 23
     I returned to this for performing in Anime Expo & J-Pop Summit... and then I realized that this is still the best foundation EVER. No matter where I am... the Philippines, North California or South California (all have different climates/temperatures)... I always feel & look good with this. I love this stuff!!!

7. Contour Palette
     This is from my Ebay Haul! I could have brought this with me to the Philippines, but again, I didn't want to risk breaking it. I used this for all  my travels and performances the past months. It is slightly powdery, but it does the job. It is also affordable and comes with a lot of product (the palette slightly feels heavy). If you're a performer like me or you really get that de-puffed look for your face, you need one in your life.

8. OxyRub Pain Relief Cream
     I am to blame for not stretching before running and dancing... which is ridiculous because stretching is important. And the fact that I push myself to dance harder and run farther while I am heavier has put a toll on my body. Not only do I have chronic pain on my ankles (from Taekwondo), I am always sore on my calves and knees nowadays. I use this to soothe my pain once I get to bed at night. Yes, it helps me a bunch!

9. NYC Smooth Skin Loose Face Powder
     This is everything when you want your makeup to last longer and look natural! It's definitely a must-have for me because I contour really harshly. I got from winning a contest years ago and I'm only realizing it's amazing powers now!

10. Sassy Color's Moisturizing Lipstick in Coral Craze
One loud lipstick that is great for the summer! I like how it wasn't drying on the lips.

11. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
     Like my Too Faced Shadow Insurance, I got this as a freebie from  a paletter (TF = Sexy Palette, UD = Naked 3) . I've used the Too Faced one with me in the Philippines and I felt like my eyeshadow wasn't as amazing as before. I've always used the UD one for years and now I returned to it, it only confirmed that it is better in giving my eye makeup pigmentation, better blending abilities, a smoother look and longevity. 

12. MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation in C6
     I knew that when I told the guy from the MAC counter years ago that this color will be fine when I get darker, even if he discouraged me. Because now it seems to be the right color for me! I went from C4 when I got to the Philippines and came home to start using C6! Hello tan face!

13. Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil in Soft Brown
     Now that I haven't colored my hair and the my roots are darker, my ABH Brow Pomade in Blonde is too light. I picked this up and started using it all the time. I don't like having to sharpen it, but the color suits me... I probably want a pomade in this color soon.

14. E.L.F. Under Eye Concealer in Highlighter in Medium Glow
Not very high coverage but it provides a brighter under eye look. The highlighter is also subtle, but I like to use this because of the ease it brings.

15. YSL Rouge Volupte' Shine in Orange Impertinent
My go-to when I want something moisturizing and not too loud. Great for everyday.

16. Etude House Surprise All Proof SPF 50+ PA+++
     One of the thing I hauled from Korea, this sunscreen smells really good and seems to have a velvety-matte finish. Usually the extra step adding a sunscreen into my routine is annoying, especially if the product itself is sticky. But this does none of that and is actually enjoyable to wear because it smells soooooo good!

What are your favorites lately???
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Koffee Klatch de Legazpi Co.

Koffee Klatch de Legazpi Co.

     Today's post will be the first "Travel Tuesday" that will be featuring parts of my vacation/return to my home country last June! Yup, I was in the Philippines for three weeks! And this is one of the many places I've been to, particularly in my hometown, in Legazpi! As soon as I arrived, talks with friends came about where we should reunite and, hands down, Koffee Klatch was the number one spot all my friends suggested we meet at. They kept saying it was the newest and hottest spot in to chill at in Legazpi. My friend, Jam, said they had also the best options that came in an affordable price. So here's a description of the place from their Facebook page:
Koffee Klatch café is a great place to hang out with barkada. Its easy to find without getting lost. From Legazpi downtown ride a jeepney to Washington Drive(Rawis A or Altrnate Rd.) and if you are from Daraga downtown take the Rawis B or Alternate Rd going to Washington Drive. The Cafe is located across Pares King restaurant and Mercury Drugstore and close to Aquainas Hospital. And don't forget to try our best seller Kiwi Mango coolers. Stay cool in summer Koffeirs!!!
Read on to see what went down on our first visit!
Koffee Klatch de Legazpi Co.
This particular visit was to meet the sister of Gabby's (my sister) bff. This was also our first destination as soon as we landed Legazpi!

Koffee Klatch de Legazpi Co.
The size of the place is fair and had a lot of chairs and tables set up. It also has an outdoor area.

Koffee Klatch de Legazpi Co.
As for the menu, they have a lot to offer! It goes from everything coffee-based to a lot of fruity options! The best part? The prices are definitely not bad at all!

As for our order? Watch out for the food porn down below!
Koffee Klatch de Legazpi Co.
Koffee Klatch de Legazpi Co.
Koffee Klatch de Legazpi Co.
Koffee Klatch de Legazpi Co.
Koffee Klatch de Legazpi Co.
Koffee Klatch de Legazpi Co.
Koffee Klatch de Legazpi Co.
     We had the Mango Shake, Strawberry Shake, Oreo Cheesecake, Strawberry Butter Cake and the divine looking Mango Tango with that Strawberry pretzel on top! It may have taken awhile for our orders to come out, but they all were very delicious. The presentation came in tall glasses which was a plus. Extra class is a yes.

Koffee Klatch de Legazpi Co.
     This coffee shop provides wifi, but on that particular day the people working there didn't give us the right my sis & friend moved to La Mia Tazza that day. But yes, they do provide a wifi connection which I learned in my next visit. They also have a good selection of books that you can choose from when you just really want to sit back and relax somewhere asides from your home. Their description says, this place is located right by Aquinas Hospital (where I used to go have my clinicals at during Nursing school). It is also within walking distance from Divine High School... My point is, this place gets really packed when the late after all the way to closing time! If you want to be seen, this place is popping and you might want to be there. Seriously, the evenings I find myself there, both the indoor and outdoor seating is packed. The combination of the ambiance, food & drink selection & prices, and location does makes this one of the popular places to hang out in Legazpi, as I have concluded in my short visit back home. If you didn't want to read my narrative about this place, let me break it down for you here:

food & drink selections
number of seating (when not packed)
located along the main road
wifi connection
a spot to relax in the morning
a spot to catch up with friends 
friendly staff
air conditioning
cool books for your entertainment

no parking space
no outlets for your laptop
slightly slow service
crowded during late afternoon/evenings
doesn't stay open till or past midnight

The place where I stayed at was walking distance and so I was able to meet my friend, Jam, here another time, late one evening:
Koffee Klatch de Legazpi Co.
All in all, go to this place if you want to catch up with friends and chill like we did!

Before I forget something...
Shout out to the reader I met during my first visit! I wish I had a picture with you, I honestly blanked out because no one has ever approached to ask if I was "BEEKYOOTE" and tell me they read my blog! It felt like I was starstruck at the moment! HAHA! Silly me, but that how I felt! If you're reading this, leave your social media details and blog details (if you have one)! That moment really made me happy! Thank you! 

It's been 13 weeks since this particular visit! Woot!
@beekyoote | Koffee Klatch de Legazpi Co.
If you're dropping by Legazpi, try Koffee Klatch!
Visit their page here.

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Sandara Park x Penshoppe [Urban Rebels 2015]

Sandara Park x Penshoppe [Urban Rebels 2015]
     Sandara Park aka 2NE1's "Fake Maknae" aka "Ang Pambansang Krung-Krung ng Pilipinas" aka Dara return to her Filipino roots by being the newest ambassador of one of the biggest clothing brands in the Philippines, Penshoppe! She is joining big names such as Sean O'Pry (the highest paid male model in the world), Cara Delevigne, Kendall Jenner and, fellow Asian heartthrob, Mario Maurer in Penshoppe's latest camapign, Urban Rebels

Dara's campaign pictures are actually hard to find at the moment (if there is, it's low quality) and it isn't available on the Penshoppe website yet... but I managed! Check out some of Dara's campaign pictures!
Sandara Park x Penshoppe [Urban Rebels 2015]
An edgy dress for an effortless look.

Sandara Park x Penshoppe [Urban Rebels 2015]
She looks like she's about to break into the dance floor with serious crumping dance moves!

Sandara Park x Penshoppe [Urban Rebels 2015]
Dara can really work the rugged look!

Sandara Park x Penshoppe [Urban Rebels 2015]
We got some smoky eyes and nude lips with a resting bitch face. Yasss!
     Thanks to the team who handled her makeup, it didn't turn out bad at all. I was afraid they would incorporate the usual Filipina's style of makeup (sorry, I'm not a fan). This edgy look makes Dara look so swag, it's so nice to see this side of her!

     As for the clothes, itself, I like it! It is edgy and not for the faint of heart. If you wear it, you better have the attitude that goes with it! At the same time, it doesn't take much effort to put an outfit together with the clothes. I remember wanting to wear the clothes when I was way young living in the Philippines... just one piece of their clothing can make you look different. Good job, Penshoppe. The clothes you put on these big time stars was pretty cool. You can view the rest of the Urban Rebels campaign here.

The Inquirer conducted an interview with Dara about her latest venture, but was cut up into 5 parts. I found a video that was complete! If you want to know what's up with Dara lately, go on and watch:

For more info on this read the rest of the Inquirer's article here.
Seriously, so swag!
What did you think of Dara's campaign with Penshoppe?
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The h.NAOTO Booth @ AX2015

H.NAOTO Booth @ Anime Expo 2015
     On the last day of Anime Expo 2015, I was supposed to attend another press con featuring Shinya of Dir En Grey and designer, h.NAOTO. Unfortunately, it was cancelled. My sister and I were disappointed because usually on the last day, we take our time enjoying our beautiful hotel and taking our time packing up. We actually took the time to wake up early, swim for a bit, eat breakfast, get ready to go while packing to get to the convention for Day 4. Since we took that effort, we decided to go around the Exhibition Hall and visit the h.NAOTO booth, which is a good thing because I was so busy working that I never took the time to look around and enjoy the convention for what it is.

H.NAOTO Booth @ Anime Expo 2015
Blood-tinged design...
H.NAOTO Booth @ Anime Expo 2015
So much thick frilly skirts!
H.NAOTO Booth @ Anime Expo 2015
Lace on more frills.
H.NAOTO Booth @ Anime Expo 2015
The accessories are so cute, too!
H.NAOTO Booth @ Anime Expo 2015
H.NAOTO Booth @ Anime Expo 2015
The attention to detail is amazing. Check out the leather harness!

H.NAOTO Booth @ Anime Expo 2015
H.NAOTO Booth @ Anime Expo 2015
This is a gothic lolita fan's dream like my sister! Even if none of the clothes fit us (as the girl led us to the accessories), you don't want to miss out on the bling they got! My sis ended up buying those pretty hair scrunchies she's holding. Btw, isn't it so cool that even the booth attendants manifests the brand themselves? Cooooool.

H.NAOTO Booth @ Anime Expo 2015
     I was also able to capture the designer, Hirooka Naoto, himself at work! We also approached him for a quick pic (as seen below) and had a little chit-chat. He said that the press con was cancelled because Shinya had to fly back to Japan. But it's totally fine, we both (especially me) had a pretty good view of the rock star drummer this 4th of July weekend and we were able to take a better look at the line which was the highlight of the Fashion Show (my official report on this will be up soon along with a personal blog post on it!). The quality of the items are very high and you can tell why it's also priced equally high. Also, compared to the other lines that appeared in the Fashion Show, this booth was the biggest and had the most items... they definitely came to AX2015 well stocked! If you love the punk & gothic lolita look, h.NAOTO is one of the brands you should look at!

You can follow h.NAOTO on twitter: @hirookanaoto 
Or visit the official website:
@hirookanaoto x @beekyoote
Read my official report on h.NAOTO via VKH-Press here:

Here's my personal post on interviewing h.NAOTO here:

Check out my post on Anime Expo 2015 here:

  Thanks for reading!

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