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    What I’m Currently Loving


    Hello my dear readers!

    Here’s a list of beauty products, trends, and random stuff that I’m currently loving this month!

    1. Cetaphil Face Wash

    I’ve been using my Shisheido facial wash until got curious and purchased this! I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about it and I wanted to try it out for myself. I think it’s a really nice facial wash especially for those with sensitive skin because it’s unscented and it does feel mild on my skin! I use day in the morning and at night. :)

     2. Lancome Bifacil Makeup Remover

    I’ve always loved this because it takes off even the most stubborn of mascaras! I use my Nivea Makeup wipes on a daily basis while I use this when my face is fully made up.  I previously reviewed this is my tumblr blog. I might transfer my previews posts when I’m not so busy!

    3. Shu Ueura Concealer

    In the past, I have been using my Skin Food salmon concealer. When I ran out, I went back to using this Shu Uemura concealer. I’ve forgotten how nice it is! I love concealers in general and during days when I don’t feel like wearing makeup, I just conceal my eyebags, do my brows, and apply lip balm! :)

    4. Black Beauty Fix!

    I always apply this after I flat iron my hair! I love how I only need to use a REALLLYYY small amount of product to make my hair look shiny! TIP: Do not apply this from the roots of your hair to keep your hair feeling light. Pump the bottle once and spread the product on your palms. Start at the middle portion of your hair strands and comb through them.

    5. Insect Repellant Band

    I’m super paranoid about getting dengue! My dad got this cute insect repellant band for me and forces me to wear it everyday. I asked him to get the other colors for me so that I can match it with my outfits. ha ha ha. I wear it almost everyday on my own will just because I don’t ever want to experience getting dengue!

    6. RED album

    I LOVE THIS ALBUM!!!! :) Among my faves from the album are: Stay Stay Stay, Holy Ground, Red, I Almost Do, and I Knew You  Were Trouble. Hahaha! I like almost all of the songs I had to stop enumerating! It’s such a nice album I’ve been listening the the album non-stop. :)


    MY ultimate fave song of the album of the moment is Everything Has ChangedMy friend Kally to listen to it and couldn’t stop listening to it ever since. :) heehee.


    I’ve been craving for anything that’s salted caramel! Salted caramel cupcakes, macarons and ice cream! AAAAHHH LOVE LOVE LOVE. I used to love anything red velvet but salted caramel is quickly catching up with my red velvet obsession. <3

     8. BAZAARS!!!!

    I JUST LOOOOOOVE BAZAARS! I love bazaars because most of the items in bazaars and Filipino made! I recently went to the Global Pinoy Bazaar in the Rockwell tent and I was so impressed with all the Filipino brands! A lot of items are not only cheap but are also of superb quality. Would you believe that I spent less than PHP2500 for all the items in the photo above?! I especially love the corset because of the super pretty back!! I didn’t take a photo of the back just in case I take an outfit photo wearing it in the near future. ;) I think we should shop at bazaars more and patronize our own products!

    What have you guys been loving? :)

    Food, Lifestyle, Travel

    Baguio: My Happy Place


    When I was younger, I spent almost all of my summers in the country’s summer capital, Baguio. My childhood best friend’s parents are super close to my parents and our families used to spend countless summer, Christmas  and semestral breaks in their lovely home. I remember going around the huge village discovering secret shortcuts, hiding around in vacant parking spaces of empty houses, and picking sunflowers (they were so abundant then!). I haven’t been back to Baguio in the longest time so when my parents asked me if I wanted to go, I agreed right away! When I arrived at the once vacant and peaceful village, I was faced with newly built apartment complexes and houses everywhere. :( Anyway, I didn’t take photos of the village anymore because it didn’t look like the way it used to. :(  Good thing I got to do something I used to LOVE doing when I was younger: Horseback riding! My dad always made sure to accompany me and my lil brother to go horseback riding on our Baguio trips. :)

    Here’s my first day in Baguio in photos….

    Me wearing the my newest fave red lippie from the MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection! <3

    My best gay friend in the whole of Ateneo, Martin Tuanquin with his super gay horse!! Martin is a Baguio Native (he’s secretly an igorot! chos) and he was my prettyful tour guide (more of like food trip tour guide) during my entire stay in Baguio!

    We went around Wright Park and I saw this super pretty church so I asked the guide to take out photo! Too bad the whole church wasn’t able to fit the frame. :(


    I LOVE korean pop culture (i know, shocking! I try not to show it much. ha ha ha). Ove the years, I’ve grown to love even Korean food! For dinner, Martin recommended Korean Palace also known as Kung Jeon. The place is a house converted into a restaurant! What I love about the restaurant is that all their side dishes are refillable so I got to eat as much odeng as I wanted! :)

    Korean Fried Chicken! 

    I really liked their korean fried chicken! The chicken had the right amount of crispiness, was perfectly coated with a well seasoned sauce and the serving was really huge! We ordered a lot more food but I was so hungry that I forgot to take photos of the other food we ate. And this is why I fail as a food blogger! ha di ha! Good thing I’m not really a food blogger! :)

    I was detached from the world for less than a day and I already needed to find a place with internet connection to do my org work and other personal work so I asked Martin to bring me to a coffee shop! After dinner, my parents dropped us off at a super cute and cozy Korean owned coffee shop! I forgot the name of the coffee shop but I’ll ask Martin when I get the chance to!

    They had reaaally yummy coffee! I ordered the normal brewed coffee but the coffee had a hint of cinnamon which was lovely! Martin and I kinda overstayed and were asked to leave by the Korean owner. My dad was a bit late when he picked us up so we had to wait in the nearest sari-sari store outside the coffee shop. It was around 10pm already and I was a bit scared then Martin started telling ghost stories! Thank God I arrived home safely! hehehe

    This was my first time to actually explore and see Baguio as an adult! It’s so nice to be able to go to places that you feel like you already know and still discover new things about the place!


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    Food, Lifestyle, Random

    The Sembreak That Was


    Hello everyone!

    I’d just like to share some photos that I’ve accumulated in my camera over the break! This was one of the most memorable semestral breaks I’ve had! I met new people, caught up with friends, worked on my bag biz, bonded with friends from my org and shot a gun for the first time!!!!! :)

    Here’s my sembreak in photos…

    I was a facilitator in my org’s team building and one of the highlights of my break was being able to facilitate the team, Ninjajma Turtles, that won 2nd place overall! My co-facilitator and I got awarded the “stage-parents award” too! *kilig*

    My breaks aren’t  complete without a visit to Taft to visit my high school friends! We never called each other best friends but I feel like we don’t need that label anymore because they’re all likes sisters I never had! I wouldn’t have gotten through high school and the first few years of college without these girls!!! <3 Three of the people in my group go to La Salle so my other friend and I usually get forced to go to La Salle! :)

    Can you see how happy and kilig I am to see my girlies?! :)

    Mini outfit post: Top from Hong Kong, skirt from F21, shoes from Payless, bracelets from Mia Casa, Watch from Michael Kors, Necklace from Robinsons Department Store.

    My travel buddy!

    My handsome lil brother all dressed up for a school dance! He finally cut his hair cuz i told him he looked like some guy from eraserheads! ha ha ha. Every time he goes to a school dance, my girlfriends and I have dinner somewhere near the location of the dance because 3 of the people in the group have siblings from the same batch! :)

    Me wearing one of my favorite bags from Curated Manila, the Rowling Satchel in leopard and studs! Dress from f21, shoes from payless, watch from Casio.

    Had dinner at cafe Juanita then Mad Marks for dessert!

    I forgot the flavor but it contains candied pecans! YUMMMM. <3 I like artisan ice creams/gelatos. heehee.

    my sunny sunshine, teddy bear, driver, cheerleader, and friend, Nikki. <3

    My future accountant/economics expert friend, jemmy! <3

     That was my sembreak in photos!  I didn’t add photos from my Baguio trip because I’ll be doing another post for that. ;) My sem break was nothing short of amazing and it’s something I’ll definitely not forget! <3

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    Lifestyle, Random

    Curated Manila: Never Before Seen Photos


    Hi everyone!

    Recently, we’ve been launching different collections for my bag line with my friend Daryl, Curated Manila. For those who haven’t heard of Curated Manila, it’s a proudly pinoy made bag line. My partner and diva in crime Daryl and I picked out the designs and swatches ourselves!! :)

    For the first shoot of our collection, I was the producer, stylist, “alalay” for the day! It was a bit tiring but fun and the feeling was undescribable when the photos were released. It wasn’t a vogue-esque shoot or anything like that but it was something that I could be proud of. Hee Heee!

    Here are the photos that weren’t used in our online look book! I proudly present beauty blogger and singer, Ericka Villongco as our first ever model! Doesn’t she look like a doll? :) As a fellow beauty blogger, she did her own makeup!

    L’engle Clutch

    L’engle Clutch

    L’engle Clutch

    L’engle Clutch

    L’engle Clutch

    Rowling Satchel

    Rowling Satchel

    Dahl satchel

    Dahl satchel

    This shoot was so much fun especially because Erick, our model, a dragged our friend Kally to Co-style! Thanks so much to Jonas Tamayo for the gorgeous photos and fabulous art direction! <3

    Grab your own Curated bag now!

    Events, Lifestyle, Random, Tips

    MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection


    Hi everyone!

    The MAC Cosmetics store in Moa launched the limited edition Marilyn Monroe Collection collection yesterday and I only found out about the launch when I chanced upon the Marilyn Monroe Collection in Rockwell the other day.The MAC cosmetics store in SM Mall of Asia was the last MAC store in the Philippines to launch the Marilyn Monroe Collection. I was able to read about the launch online but I didn’t know when the Philippine launch was. :)

    I decided to purchase an item which is a MAC limited edition blush called legendary in the MAC Rockwell branch just in case I wasn’t going to make it to the SM Moa launch just because I really wanted to get something form the collection! I was told that I should be at the MOA branch at 11am because people really line up for launches of new collections! I arrived around 12 and was secretly happy because there was no line in sight! Apparently, people went earlier and some products got sold out as early as 11-ish yesterday! I really wanted the limited editon lipstick in Deeply Adored but it was already out of stock when I reached the MAC counter so I reached for the next best shade in my opinion which is called Charmed I’m sure. 

    We weren’t allowed to purchase the items yet and I was told that the actual selling period begins at 2pm, after the mini makeup demo. I was with my brother and dad whom I dragged along to pay for my purchases so they both got annoyed at me because they had til around 3:30 until I actually got to pay! ha ha! The whole process was very organized; we were each given a number and we had to pay according to our number!

    my brother says she looks like Taylor Swift! haha cutie.

    The whole collection is just lovely!!!! The fact that theme of the whole collection is all about one of the most iconic people in history combined with all the items being limited edition pushed me to make an effort to go all the way to SM Moa just to be able to snag some items from the collection. I absolutely love the packaging of the collection! The packaging of the products is shiny and different from the packaging of regular items. :)

    I wish I could buy everything!!!!

    What made me buy the products was really the packaging! The packaging was so unique and pretty!!! AAAAH <333

    The hardship I went through just to be able to purchase my items make me value my limited edition pieces so much more!! :) If you haven’t checked the collection out, you must! If you wanna purchase items, your best bet would be in SM Moa since they’re the last and latest branch that launched the collection. :)

    i LOOOOVE the red kiss marks!! They make me wanna keep the boxes! haha

    That’s all for now! Reviews to follow. ;)

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    Lifestyle, Random, Uncategorized, Works

    CURATED MANILA: Behind The Scenes


    Hello there!!


    I’m back! Before I left, I had to go stylist mode even if I’m not really a stylist or a fashion blogger! I took up the challenge for my baby, Curated Manila! My other half is no other than DARYL MIKO CHAN, whom I first met when we played badminton! I saw her again in school, our chika powers proved us to be a match made in heaven! <3  We wanted to promote Filipino pride in our own way and decided to design and create bags that are 100% made in the Philippines!


    Anyway, back to my post! :)) The shoot was super last minute and Daryl and I are so happy to be able to get makeup blogger and singer, Ericka Villongco to be our very first model! I was able to get a super talented student photographer, Jonas Tamayo of 11:11 Productions. Ericka and I were able to drag fashion blogger Kally Araneta last minute to co-style as well! The night before the shoot, our photographer told me he wanted to shoot at Ayala Hillside so I stressed my dad out and got him to find someone to let us in! teehee!


    Photog Jonas Tamayo hard at work!

    Curated Manila’s first ever model, Ericka Villongco

    Some of my accessories! I think this speaks for my love for accessories. haha!

    Stylist and peg! I swear I neatly arranged everything before I left my house!

    meet my super supportive dad who accompanied us all day! <3 Love you, dad!

    Ericka’s equally talented and gorgeous sister Krissy helping Ericka pick out bags!

    Group photo!

    With Kally before she left. :)

    My LOTD:

    I just HAD to take advantage of having a photographer around since I ALWAYS struggle taking outfit photos! I know, I look summery. haha I just wanted to feel bright and happy and productive so I tried to incorporate neons into my look. :) Well,  kinda based my outfit on my shoes, which I LALALOVE!


    Top from Nava || pants from HNM || vest from taiwan 

    Spike bracelets from an online shop! I forgot wheree. || gold casio watch from Vintage Casio Watches || orange insect repellant from my dad || belt from Nava

                      Yes, kailangan tiptoe! Shoes from Chili Margarita Shoes.

    Didn’t put on too much makeup because i was on poser stylist mode and I wanted to focus on the shoot! :)

    That’s it for now! Like Curated Manila on facebook!

    Lifestyle, Random

    Debut Video


    Hi everyone!

    As promised, here’s my pre-debut teaser. It was beautifully shot by people from the same team who did my pre-debut photos!


    Max at 18 | Save the Date from Lyka Gonzalez on Vimeo.

    Here’s something different from our usual inviteasers. ;)

    (c) 11:11 Productions
    Direction and Cinematography by Miko Ancheta and Lyka Gonzalez
    Art Direction by Jonas Tamayo
    Editing by Lyka Gonzalez
    Styling, Hair and Make-Up by Pong and Bang Niu
    Music: Glorybox by Portishead
    Client: Maxine Marcelino


    Shot by Lyka Gonzalez and Miko Ancheta from 11:11 Productions

    Edited by Lyka Gonzalez

    Directed by Jonas Tamayo from 11:11 Productions

    HMUA and styling by Pong and Carlo Niu


    That’s it for now! <3


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    Pre-Debut Photos


    Hello everyone!

    In my last post, I’ve announced the addition of two new categories (events and lifestyle) in my blog in order to let you guys get to know me more. So this post is going to be my first personal non-beaty related post! This brings me to my super weird title: YODO. I was talking to a friend last night and he mentioned a term to me which I found super funny! YODO. It means “You’re only debuting once.” Ha Ha Ha! I found it so funny I just had to make it the title of this post. I think you already have an idea of what this post is about! ;)

    I recently turned 18 and being a girlie girl ever since I could talk, I just HAD to have a debut. I actually contemplated on being practical and just ask for money or something but I ended up choosing to have a debut because I think it’s also my mom’s secret fantasy to have one. haha. I wouldn’t have traded it for anything else! I did not have an event planner. I was the one who got the majority of the suppliers and my mom would accompany me to most of the meetings. The debut planning was such a perfect way for my mom and I to bond and I’m just so thankful that she was with me every step of the way. :)

    For this post, I’ll be releasing the pre-debut photos which were shot by my fellow school mates and their team is called 11:11 Productions! They’re all so talented and so much fun to work with!


    gorgeous gown by Veejay Floresca!

    This sexy red dress is by Carlo Niu, my amazeballs stylist!

    This black lace dress with lace appliques is a Carlo Niu creation as well.  <3

    That’s it! :) Most of these photos were taken by Kara Chung and Migs Santiago. Hair and Makeup by Ms Pong Niu. Styling by Carlo Niu.

    I also wanted to share what I’ve been up to lately! I’ve have been hailing accessories like a mad woman these past few days!

    So… I accumulated all of this in a span of two days. haha! Well to be fair, I couldn’t shop much during this past sem and I promised to reward myself with some retail therapy. :) I think it’s quite obvious from this photo how much i lalalaloove necklaces! :)

    That’s all for now! Watch out for my predebut teaser. :)

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