While shopping online is insanely convenient, there are still some people who are extra cautious when it comes to typing out their credit card information on the Internet. There are also a lot of high school and college kids who aren’t allowed by their parents to own credit cards until they’re older, so online shopping won’t be possible until then.
My first credit card back in college was only an extension of my parents’, and I never wanted to use it because 1) I always felt guilty since I wasn’t using my own money 2) My purchases will be reflected on their billing statements so I always had to use it wisely and not excessively. Even if I had enough cash to buy a product online, I would always have to ask permission to use their cards and card information for purchases. (Although I admit it was good training on my parents’ part because I learned to be responsible for my expenses.)
Now that I’m older, with my own bank account and credit card for personal use, the possibilities of online shopping are suddenly endless. It’s both good and bad that I now shop online more often than I do actual shopping in malls.
Listing the perks of online shopping will probably take me forever, but what I love most about it is that I can buy products that can’t be found here in the Philippines! On the other hand, the thing I hate about it most is that it’s so easy to buy things. It will really force you to practice self-discipline when it comes to spending. More often than not, I lose to self-discipline.
This is why prepaid cards are needed to monitor expenses! The Metrobank prepaid card has all the advantages of a debit card and the perks of a credit card, but with safer features. It is not connected to a bank account, so you won’t have to worry about anyone accessing your information through hacking, etc.
I got my own card a few weeks ago, and I’m so happy as it was so easy to use! No maintaining balance and initial deposit required. I just had to visit a Metrobank branch, fill out the prepaid card application form, present a valid ID, and pay P100 for the card.
I tested it out on Yesstyle because they always ship straight to my doorstep (no need for customs / post office shenanigans) and they sell a lot of items that aren’t available in the country. Crissey got her own card and used it on Yesstyle too!
Recently, Korean fashion and beauty have been growing on me, and Yesstyle offers a lot of Korean brands that fit the particular look that I like.
There’s going to be a huge retro style and gingham print boom in the next couple of months, so I bought this dress in preparation. The fact that it also resembles my high school uniform also made me want to buy it asap!
Yesstyle also sells 3CE / 3 CONCEPT EYES which is quite hard to find in the Philippines. And legitimate GEO contact lenses for those who are afraid of buying contact lenses from random Facebook stores.
I used 3CE Gimme More jumbo lip crayon and GEO 3 tone brown for this look! My nail polish is also 3CE!
A little OT, but I missed wearing socks in my OOTDs! Thanks Emilio Cavallini for rekindling my love for socks with this pair that you sent straight from Italy!
Time to live without regrets with the Metrobank prepaid card. Here’s your worry-free access to that lifestyle upgrade you’ve always wanted! Other than access to online shopping, the prepaid card can also be used for normal dining and shopping transactions. Some partner establishments that give you extra perks when you use your Metrobank prepaid card include Chelsea, Cole Haan, Hyve, Kabila, M Cafe, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, Momo, Mr Jones, Perry Ellis, Rocketroom, Sip & Gogh, Skye, Stella, Terraz and Vyne (with many more to come).
I can’t remember the last time I had zero CANMAKE in my make-up kit. For years, I’ve been hoarding CANMAKE in other countries, and now I’m so happy that they’ve finally arrived in Manila.
They had a press event last February 13th at Makati Shangri-la, and a store launch/party at their new space in Somera Boutique, Glorietta 2.
Darenogare Akemi is CANMAKE’s current model! I adored CANMAKE’s old Fuji Lena advertisements, but I think the new model fits the whole “kawaii” look too.
I thought she was just a generic model until I saw her in VS Arashi!
New CANMAKE lashes! Light, feathery lashes are the current trend in Japan, compared to the bold ones that were in fashion 5 years ago.
So many changes happening with gyaru make-up now! I know it’s quite controversial, especially for those who’ve been living the lifestyle for a decade now, but I personally think it’s exciting that the gyaru aesthetic is evolving. Who knows what it’s going to look like in the next 5-10 years?
Of course, the Candy magazine girls were present at the event. Erin, Stephie, Macy, Marla and I shared a table together.
Stephie’s cute phone accessory! Now that I switched to a 5s where the earphone jack was moved to the bottom, I can’t use mine anymore. ;_;
The event started with a quick guide to a Japanese girl’s kawaii-style make-up. This has been my peg ever since! It’s nice to see them push this style compared to the more popular Western-style bold brows + bold lips style.
CANMAKE Chief Make-up Artist Bea Almeda also did a live demonstration of the current S/S14 make-up trends in Japan. One of the points she emphasized was namida bukuro or “tear bag”. Not to be confused with eye bags.
If you follow Korean-style make-up, it’s very similar to the aegyo-sal.
Eri-san, Sachie-san, Bea and Kaori-san! They all wore matchy clothes!
I was able to practice my noob!Nihongo when I met Kaori-san, assistant manager for CANMAKE overseas sales. YAY! Mata aimashou!
I also made an effort to dress in CANMAKE-style and to use all CANMAKE products for the launch.
That morning, I freaked myself out a bit when I realized that my CANMAKE collection is massive enough for me to use on its own without any help of other brands. Even my eyelid primer is CANMAKE!
After the make-up demonstration, we had time to test their new products, and this included trying out the new skincare line!
I’m so excited for this because they have a variant for normal-dry skin (huhu why are there so many products for oily skin in the market), and because it smells so good (in Stephie’s words, “amoy pang-mayaman!”, lol)
With the beautiful beauty bloggers.
Tracy and Chai.
Was welcomed by this wonderful roll platter when we transferred to Glorietta for the store launch. Thanks to Takashi-san from Hanaichi Restaurant! He never fails to make awesome food!
How can you resist this window display? Totemo kawaii desu yo!
The foundation that I’m currently is on that bowl on the lower left. One of the best ones I’ve ever tried.
Filipinos can now enjoy their best-selling cream cheek blush! Crissey has almost all colors as it is truly a great product.
All of CANMAKE’s products are very affordable so collecting different colors will not cause a massive hole in your wallet. These cream blushes are only P385 and the powder blushes are only P390. Most of their products cost less than P500/600.
The prices are also not significantly higher than the prices in Japan, so you can’t use “it’s cheaper in other countries” as an excuse not to buy all the cuteness!
My favorite Creamy Touch Rouge. I featured Sweet Cherry in my #TriciaGosingtianStyleBook because it is such a glorious red. I’ve also sported Marshmallow Pink and Misty Orange in a lot of my Instagram selfies.
Speaking of my book, you can now find a digital copy on the new Buqo app on iOS for only $3.99. And I’ll see you guys at my next book signing on March 8th, 2-6PM at SM MoA, yes?
CANMAKE shop staff = the friendliest and prettiest!
Thank you Sachie for bringing Japan’s #1 kawaii make-up brand to the Philippines! I’m so excited because Japanese products are slowly penetrating the beauty scene and I hope the fashion comes next too!
Visit CANMAKE Philippines on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for news and updates! They are available at the Somera Boutique Glorietta 2, BIG in JAPAN 3/F Rockwell, Digital Traincase Ortigas, and online via BDJ BOX and GlamourboxPH.
Here’s a simple outfit inspired by Frozen and the Winter Olympics. Too bad my hair is still too short for Elsa braids, but a side ponytail will do in this case! Just imagine that the transparent part on my shoes is made of ice.
I’ve never tried ice skating before. I never even learned how to ride a bike! As a kid and teenager, I’ve always had a fear of falling down. This hindered me from trying out many things. I’ve always been vocal about hating sports and any sort of physical activity (shopping and traveling not included), but at the end of the day, I think I just never gave them a real chance. I know we all have our first few failed attempts, but I sucked at PE so much that I grew up conditioning myself that anything related to it is not worth my time and effort. All this, when I should’ve put in at least the slightest bit of effort to practice and improve.
The irony comes in when you realize everything, but you’ve already developed a stubborn (and very bad) habit of shutting something out completely every time an initial attempt fails.
For the past year or so, I’ve been learning to laugh at myself more. So far, defrosting the habit has been successful.
Told you I’d get this skirt in all colors! I’ve worn the blue and purple versions before, and I recently got the red and green ones to complete my collection. If it works, don’t let go. I held on to it so strongly, I had to keep myself from wearing these skirts everyday like some sort of uniform.
Way to go, Sailor Moon dreams.
Continuing from where we left off with the last of my New York travel diaries. Until now, it still pains me to think of how short the duration of my stay in the Big Apple was! There are way too many things to do and people to meet. 3 days is definitely not enough!
I’ll just have to go again soon!
A quirky Korean cafe near our hotel. I love Koreatown because it all feels very familiar!
On our first full day in New York, my mom, brother and I decided to head to Central Park! We couldn’t have picked a better time to go because the weather was very cooperative for once. The sun was out and it was glorious.
Luck, please stay with me forever!
Is this real life or is this just fantasy?
Chilling at Central Park! We went in the morning so there weren’t too many people yet.
The San Remo apartments. Lots of famous people live here, and I envy them for having such a wonderful view of Central Park.
I’ve only seen the park in winter before, and I must say that the best time to go is during autumn. Everything ends up looking like a painting.
That reflection tho.
Bethesda Terrace. Another famous landmark that we always see in movies.
Spot the couple. I always have photos of couples in my travel diaries, if you’ve noticed!
New York street style. <3
After Central Park, we had quick lunch somewhere and headed to The Frick Collection on Fifth Avenue, between 70th and 71st Street. They didn’t allow photography so I’ll just have to write about it.
PLEASE GO TO THE FRICK COLLECTION IF YOU’RE IN NEW YORK. It is one of the best museums I’ve ever been to. If Henry Clay Frick were still alive, I’d want to ask him, “Are you me?” I have a very similar taste in art as him.
So many favorites in the collection. Don’t know where to start. Besides Vermeer’s work (The Girl With The Pearl Earring was there for a limited time, and I’ll have to thank the universe for letting me see it!), there was a whole French-style room with Fragonard’s paintings. I love Fragonard’s work and I wish I could live in that Fragonard room.
Another favorite was the Boucher room. (Can you tell that I really like French artists?)
After The Frick Collection, we headed straight for all the other touristy places we haven’t been to.
This was shot from inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Too bad 90% of the place was under construction so I couldn’t take more photos! It was all scaffolding. /cry
Had cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery (Avenue of the Americas). Couldn’t get a proper photo because there were too many people wanting to get some yummy noms.
What people do for food!
SoHo. Lots of 2011 memories here! I didn’t do any shopping this time (I had to ask myself a number of times if I were sick, lol) but it was fun to show my mom and brother around.
One of the nicest places to shop for shoes!
Last stop was the Opening Ceremony store a.k.a. my dream walk-in closet.
On our last day, before heading to the airport for our Boston flight, we decided to go MoMA / Museum of Modern Art.
This was also one of the highlights of my trip because I got to see with my very own eyes a lot of the iconic work I used to just read/study/research about.
Hello there, Dali! The Persistence of Memory.
MONDRIAN! I’ve always been vocal about my fixation on squares, straight lines and anything boxy (which even translates to my everyday fashion)…
…and I have Piet Mondrian partly to blame for everything.
Last one. I promise.
Van Gogh’s The Starry Night.
Affogato at the museum cafe.
Warhol’s Soup Cans.
It’d hurt to read this.
The view outside. I wonder how it feels like to live right across MoMA.
Reminds of a driver we met in Rome a few years ago. He gets to pass by the Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica everyday like it’s nothing, lol.
I want a similar one in my future house.
That famous blank canvas that always gets people thinking.
Hauntingly beautiful. Now, imagine something creepy coming out of that small cabinet…
Commuting in New York like a boss. Once you get the hang of the Uptown and Downtown thing, it all becomes easier.
Walking back to our hotel at this point.
Checked this Alice and Olivia store out because I’m such a fan of the brand! Had a small conversation with the sales lady about her friends leaving her all alone in New York while they all enjoyed Halloween in Boston. Then she asked me where I was going that night… and I was like, uhh, Boston? D:
More noms. There is always time for New York bakeries.
Inside the Empire State Building. Didn’t have time to go up anymore. /bawls
The New York Marathon happened on this day, and we found a lot of these marathoners wrapped with orange all over the city.
Last bite before leaving the city.
Spectacular way to start November 2013. I’ve always had a soft spot for November because it’s my birth month, but awesome things ALWAYS happen before my birthday! This whole US trip was one of them.
Stay tuned for my Boston, LA and Taipei posts next!
Finally found the perfect crop top that has a high neck and long sleeves! Call me modest, but I generally prefer to keep skin-baring to a minimum. I’m usually already all legs so I always balance it out by wearing more conservative tops (i.e. my favorite button-downs and sweaters).
I count showing my face as skin-baring too, so…
Yes. I need more cloth on my body.