Alden just having come off from the massive success that is his latest hit Hello, Love Goodbye gives some casual lewks with his latest collaboration with world renowned designer Avel Bacudio. The collaboration is a capsule collection of athleisure wear that is affordable but limited edition.

Who is Zilingo

Zilingo is the newest e-commerce platform in the country, with a massive range of products from beauty products to lifestyle gadgets as well as a wide range of brands from indie labels to designer goods.



The collection recently launched at an exclusive fashion show on Thursday, August 22 at Xylo Club in Bonifacio Global City.


Avel Bacudio a native of Camarines Sur, was named Asia’s Most Influential Designer of 2014 and is one of the Philippines pride in the design world.



The collection's design

The collection will feature jackets, tracksuits, pullovers and joggers in shades of black, maroon, navy blue, off-white and gray. These colours were specially chosen as they were the first colors Avel Bacudio could see after being afflicted with temporary blindness for a period of time.



For a good cause

Apart from the AvelXAlden collection bringing to Zilingo’s customers an affordable line of clothing that combines comfort and functionality, suitable for different occasions, part of the sale proceeds will benefit children from the Northern Luzon Association for the Blind in La Trinidad Benguet, Philippines.

“With this collaboration, we go beyond providing affordable fashion options to our customers - we share the opportunity to contribute to the social fabric with the Northern Luzon Association for the Blind on-board as our beneficiary, a cause close to me heart,” Avel Bacudio said.


“I’ve always been a fan of Avel Bacudio’s designs. He’s been a good friend of mine for the longest time. As such, I am really psyched to have my very first fashion collaboration with Avel Bacudio,” Alden Richards shared.
Sold out after 10 minutes of going online

Some products from the collaboration collection went and sold out during its first 10 minutes on the Zilingo website but don't fret Zilingo will restock asap and offer free shipping as well as COD payments.


Affordable athletic fashion for a good cause, not bad right?

Have you tried Zilingo yet?


xx,
CJ

PS. This is a press release.


While there's a certain nostalgia to creating and receiving physical letters and notes, technology upgraded our standard of living by making sure what we need to say can be stored safely and sent out to numerous people simultaneously without breaking a sweat. Not to mention the good it does to our environment when we don't have to cut-down, process and recycle unnecessary paper products when it can be easily done virtually.

Paperless posts do just that.

From the standard birthday, wedding and christening invites...

To the fun flyers for gigs, events, block parties and what have you complete with cute GIFs and
stickers.



There's a little something for every occasion.

And the designs are very pretty and print-ready!
Create your free account today!


xx,
CJ


PS. Any parties or events coming up soon? Why not go virtual and send everyone an invite all at the same time?



Get your goggles and don your lab coats because this ig-worthy chemistry-lab-inspired milktea shop is both unique and delicious...or rather, as their tagline goes, scientifically delicious.

This is my second time visiting this unique milktea shop. I've previously mentioned them here purely because of the concept and cute interiors (there's not a space in here that's not picture-ready).

The industrial/utalitarian-esque design with lab and science inspired food presentation is a welcome change from the usual coffee shops I frequent.


Lab Cuterie - P270

Labwiches
Classic labdog - P140
Chicken Slaw Croissant- P160
Ham and Cheese Croissant- P150


The ham and cheese croissant was tasty as well as the sausage/franks on the charcuterie plate aptly named 'lab cuterie'.



Lab Treats (P75/ea)
Mango Muffin
Chocolate Muffin
Red Velvet Muffin
Choc Chip Muffin

Chocolate chip cookies - P35/ea

As far as chocolate chip cookies go, I'm the hard + chewy cookie combo type and their cookie hits the spot especially since it's not overtly sweet. The Red velvet and Choc chip muffins are soft, moist and as with the cookie, just the right amount of sweetness.

Creme Brulee Series
110 Medium
120 Large

Creme Brûlée Frost (Cbx)
Mango Brûlée Frost (Mbx)


Labtizers
Super Nova - P260
Tic-Tac-Tots - P230
Tri Potato Medley








Tea
Original Earl Grey
Mango and Strawberry
Tea and Infusions
Green Tea
Rose Tea

As always I'm a sucker for brewed leaf teas so I quite enjoyed this as well as the teapot and tiny tea cups it came in.



Their milk teas and hot teas are delicious by the way. I vividly remember their Assam and Earl Grey that I tried during my first visit. They also adjust the ice and sugar to your liking which is a big plus for me.


A Lab Minute
Belgian grid cake - P145


Not to be confused with the usual light and fluffy waffles, this grid cake is a little more dense and tightly packed. It was cold when I got to try this unfortunately so I don't have the most glowing review of it. Hope to try this again but fresh off the grill with the butter sliding off because of its warmth.





The usual patrons are of the younger 'school'-age crowd so there are lots of people studying, reading, researching on their laptops. But in my experience, the sounds are still quite muted as there's a general respect to everyone's space.


The owner Carl giving us a little history quiz on Bubba Lab's beginnings as well as what's in store for the near future.


The nice attendants of Bubba Lab : Lamp Quarters. Thanks for lending us your lab coats for our impromptu photo op. Haha


Had fun with the rest of my blogger I mean lab mates. 'Til next time!



Thanks for having me Bubba Lab! And to fellow blogger Aileen of Aileen Loves to Eat who extended the invite to try Bubba Lab!

xx,
CJ

PS. Have you tried this place yet? What do you look for in a milktea/coffee shop?

Location : Lamp Quarters, Gil Fernando Avenue, Santo Niño / C&B Circle Mall Marikina Heights / Graceland Plaza JP Rizal
https://bubbalab.com/
https://www.facebook.com/BubbaLabCafe



1. Never ever go when it's a public holiday, the weekend...
...and PEAK SEASON at well known places

The number one rule I follow when going on any type of outing is that it should not be on a public/regular holiday and NEVER the peak season (unless you don't want to relax and just want to party). We did that on a trip to a beach camping site at Nagsasa, Zambalez and the cherry on top? The following day was also a weekend. So it was close to a 12-13 hr drive from Manila just to the docks excluding the boat trip to the actual campsite.


2. Pick a good spot
Ideally somewhere with good ventilation, where the surrounding perimeter of your tent has moving air/breeze. Usually that's the spot right near the entrance of the camp site, sometimes it's at the very end.

x We were placed on the inner parts of the camp spot (where it was cramped and near the bathrooms and wash area) and were surrounded by breeze deterrents like tents, shacks and kubos. Needless to say we woke up drenched in sweat on top of already existing sweat dripping down our sticky bodies.

3. Find the beauty and enjoy yourself
Despite things not going to plan and wishing things differently, my last and most important rule to live by is still have fun. Let go of the things that already happened and find ways to actually turn things around to your pleasure.

Long ass drive because of unimaginable bumper to bumper snail's pace traffic? - Take pictures. Have conversations about anything. Take naps. Literally anything to take your mind off the traffic because there's no use getting mad.
Cramped area? -You'll be forced to walk around and explore the place.
Sweating profusely?- You'll get the toxins out of your body (just make sure to hydrate and drink a lot of water)


While this wasn't the ideal first-time beach camping I've envisioned I quite enjoyed myself because first of all, it was a place I haven't been before. Secondly, this trip was arranged together by a loved one as a late birthday gift to me and thirdly I knew for a fact that the 'negative' aspects of the outing wasn't the end all be all of the whole experience. The trip was so much more than bad locations, small tents and sweaty clothes. In the end I'm honest-to-goodness glad I experienced it because it made the trip that much more memorable. (yeah bold, italicized and underlined for extra emphasis)




That isn't to say I will go out and willingly book escapades during peak season, weekends and/or public holidays at well-known tourist spots but if I do for god knows whatever reason, I'd just have to be smarter about it. :)

Have you experienced hiccups during your trip/s?

xx,
CJ


The search can never really be over for that perfect nude with that perfect finish. Hopefully in a perfect price point. Careline's uber pocket-friendly (size and price) Kiss Sticks might just be the answer to that.

The whole line is geared towards teens to young adults so the packaging is a little less sophisticated and the vibe is very young, fun and juvenile. But definitely not the cutesy 'play' makeup packaging that makes you feel like you're 9. Been there, done that. So over it.


The twist pen type of product delivery is reminiscent of those crayola twist-up crayons and Colourpop's lippie stix. They also have a sharpener at the end that I haven't used yet, but will definitely come in handy.

I find this type of layout easier to apply and get cleaner lines. They also take up less space in your makeup bag. I got the 3 colours that are 'safer' to use everyday in terms of outfit and makeup coordination.


Consistency | Finish

These kiss sticks are marketed as having great pigment and matte finish. And I agree. The consistency is creamy but not overly soft like it's just going to melt and slip on your lips. Compared to the VICE lipticks I reviewed, those were a little waxy, these are on the creamier side.

As someone with dry lips this is actually very comfortable to wear despite the 'matte' finish and doesn't make my lips any drier throughout the day. A little exfoliation before lippie application would benefit most lipsticks that I have, but truth be told that's an extra step I don't really find necessary for everyday. Lol.

Just better is a pale nude baby pink, while Lucid is a little deeper and has a little more brown to it. Pinch is more 'rusty' and appears more 'red' on my swatch but on my lips it appears more like a dusty deep rose.

These I find really nice for everyday and at P180 a piece this is pretty solid lip option. Plus they don't destroy your budget when you buy 2 at a time. Try to buy them on sale! I got two of the colours for P99/each.

Note : I used lipbalm so the inner lips aren't coloured. The lippie is a little sheerer if you have something on your lips so put lipbalm on then wipe it all off when it's been hydrated properly before putting on any kind if lipstick.



Longevity | Pigmentation

The matte lip trend is not a trend anymore and a beauty staple to this hot and humid country of ours. While I do appreciate a matte lip look, I don't necessarily like the way it feels. Some I've tried are super drying and make your lips look like crust city. Others are cute but once you drink a little and/or eat they fade from existence. This on the other hand while it does transfer yes, it's really comfortable to wear and doesn't suck the life out of my lips. I'll take that any day over something that feels like wall paint.


What do you think? Have you tried these Kiss Sticks before?


xx,
CJ




Who is NEWLIFE?

NEWLIFE or NEWLIFE Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Clinic specializes in offering safe and advanced surgical and non-surgical procedures for everyone.

Become a model for NEWLIFE

NEWLIFE is in search for two new Angels, one female and on male to receive free cosmetic procedures specially catered to their needs and become the new addition to their growing NEWLIFE Angel family.

How do I apply to be a NEWLIFE Angel?

Stage 1 : Wait for the official announcement on how to apply.
The announcement will be made their website social media pages here:
https://newlife.com.ph/
https://www.facebook.com/NewlifeAestheticPlasticSurgery/
https://www.instagram.com/newlifeaestheticsph/
https://twitter.com/NewlifePH

So make sure you're following their socials!
The application process will run from July 8-15, 2019.

UPDATED : Application on their site here : https://newlife.com.ph/search-for-newlife-angels/

Stage 2 : The Selection Process
After submitting your application, create a post on your Facebook account using the hashtags: #NewlifeAngel and #NewlifeAngelMovement. Don’t forget to add this link on your post: https://newlife.com.ph/search-for-newlife-angels/
Sample Post: I joined the Search for #NewlifeAngels because I believe and support the advocacies of the #NewlifeAngelMovement. Visit this link to find out more about the contest: https://newlife.com.ph/search-for-newlife-angels/

STAGE 3 : The Battle Round
The second round officially begins on August 15, 2019. In this stage, the photos of the TOP 40 contenders will be published on our official Facebook Page. The next round is a popularity contest where the TOP 40 go head-to-head against each other for likes, comments and shares on their respective photos.

The candidate gets 10 votes for every share made on their photo and 7 votes for every comment posted. Emoji reactions will be valued as follows: heart (6 votes), like (5 votes), wow (4 votes), laugh (3 votes), sad (2 votes), and angry (1 vote).

The result of the votes shall form 50% of the total score. The remaining 50% will come from the panel of judges – the #PremierNewlifeAngels.

The Battle Round will run from August 15-30, 2019.

STAGE 4: The BIG Reveal
The winners of the Search for NEWLIFE Angels will be announced on August 31, 2019. The announcement will be made on our social media accounts.

Are you joining?

xx,
CJ

NEWLIFE
7th Floor Centuria Medical Makati Century City Kalayaan Ave. cor. Salamanca St. Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City, Philippines
+62.918.911.5155
info@newlife.com.ph








cover colourette review
Lip tints are the ultimate versatile beauty product. Most tints in the market today can be used on the eyes, lips and even cheeks. They're also decidedly more welcoming to makeup newbies than the standard bullet lipstick and liquid lip.

Enter Colourette Cosmetics. Ever since their conception they've continuously produced products that are not only affordable to beauty enthusiasts but are at par with other local and even international contenders.

Housed in this quirky nail polish-like tube the Colourtint's ...well tint is suspended in oil that has to be shaken vigorously prior to use.

 
The shades in my vanity : (left to right) Lola, Kira, Thalia (and Old Thalia) and Liv.



One thing unique for me about this tint is the brush applicator and the nail polish-like tube. It's different and kitschy especially the fun stares you get when they think you're putting on nail polish on your lips.



Sadly, it's not as travel-friendly as one would like. There have been issues with the tint spilling due to screwing it too tight or not enough. So the best way is to just keep it always upright and don't screw on the lid tightly.



Consistency | Finish

As I've mentioned, you have to shake this vigoruously before using to mix the powder pigment and oil togethe or else they'll be just chunks of powder patchily on your lips.

The Colourtint line has two finishes, fresh and matte. The original line only had matte finishes, following its success Colurette released a new 'lighter' 'mlbb-finish' under the Fresh line.

Liv, is the only one I have in the Matte line.


Both variants of our Colourtints include beeswax and argan oil.

The finish for both Fresh and Matte though, on my lips tend to be the same as I have perpetually dry lips. So always exfoliate and moisturize before using regardless of the finish you purchase.



Longevity | Pigmentation

Despite being suspended in oil, it doesn't give you that 'lechon-lips' or lip gloss poppin look. These hug the lips more (if lips are properly prepped and hydrated). As advertised, the colours are vibrant and true-to-color on the tube.

These are definitely blendable and extremely pigmented so a little does go a very long way. Be careful when applying to areas other than your lips, as one tiny drop tends to be more than enough for the cheeks and even less for the eyes.



As for longevity, yes it does last long. 100% but there will be bleeding and transfer when you eat something, oily or not. That being said, the pigment is strong enough to stain your lips barely taking pigment off, unless you really try.



Do I Recommend?

As a convert from most drying Korean lip tints (I SEE YOU TONY MOLY and ETUDE), these are better in terms of texture and finish. Supporting a local Philippine made brand by a very young entrepreneur is always a plus. Their whole branding of conventional and unconventional Filipina beauty, breaking the 'beauty standards' and their staunch support of makeup being for literally everyone - what isn't to love?

Yes, traveling will always be daunting because of potential spillage BUT the pros outweigh the cons in my book.


Have you tried this brand or their tints? Let me know!


xx,
CJ