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Julia’s Homemade Guacamole, My First Cooking Video Feature

This was not planned, but sometimes the best things result from impromptu inspiration.  I’ve decided to shoot a non-cooking cooking tutorial just to get my feet wet for food features.  I’m not really ready to worry about a live stove and a live camera being ON at the same time LOL.  Here in my new “How To Make Guacamole” video I share how I make my version of this Shrek-y sort of dip.  It’s a recipe that I personally expanded and changed using YouTuber Dan Phillippi’s version of guacamole as a base formula (but the video was on his wife Nikki’s channel).  Thanks Nikki and Dan for the inspiration and motivation from two years ago!  It’s totally not the same recipe and method anymore after I changed it up.

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JULIA’S GUAC The Recipe and the Video Feature (Click here to watch):
2-3 (3 if they’re small) avocados
1 red onion finely chopped/minced
50g cilantro/coriander, “wansoy” stems and leaves coarsely or finely chopped
2 medium green tomatoes chopped
2 finger chilis “siling panigang” seeds removed and chopped
1 small wild chili “siling labuyo” chopped
1 or 2 tbsp. (try 1 first) Calamansi juice/lime juice
1 tsp. ground cumin spice
1 tsp. sea salt to season (add as needed)

CHIPS: I used Tostitos Hint of Lime Tortillas

Blend everything in a mortar and pestle for chunky texture or in a food processor for smoother consistency.

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My ZARA Wardrobe Upgrade | Style Scenes After the Sale

I think in recent years I have underestimated the power of dressing the part.  My best friend Alma told me personally that in our little group I’ve always been the medyo mas “fashion forward” or more different when it comes to clothes because of my artistic side…ever since high-school.  However, I think I’ve lagged a bit when it comes to the age-appropriate aspect of dressing myself because I hang with so many younger people, my cousins in particular.  An aunt of mine mentioned a couple of months back that I might begin to consider NOT wearing extremely casual or trendy clothes as often, even if they are comfortable.  She recommended retiring T-shirts with Mickey Mouse on them or loud pop-art for public viewing LOL. 

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 Even if I bring on the professional charm and have great makeup on this mug of mine there is still that doubt that tends to hang mid-air betweenme and clients sometimes.  Of course, I deliver the work and they are surprised and happy (and relieved) but their initial lack of trust because of how young I look is unsettling sometimes and can interfere with the work.   So I concluded that a change in personal presentation across my wardrobe just might help as people close to me suggested.

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Black Suede Boots, SALE PRICE: PHP995.00, OLD PRICE : about Php2950 or 2995, (sorry, the old tag went missing) MADE IN VIETNAM

I first chose the black suede boots because for Php995 they looked exceedingly more expensive and when I wore them they felt much more than they actually cost when on my feet.  Then I chose a handful of top clothing pieces I needed, which you will see in the full post.  Two weeks ago, Filipino stylist, Michael Salientes, a good friend and former fashion director with Details magazine NYC (he was in the Big Apple for over 10 years and witnessed the Conde Nast publishing takeover when it acquired Details ), began egging me excitedly about the post-summer Zara sale, he said I have to go because of the major markdown on so many good classic pieces.  He said he was going that day during our shoot.  I said I’d go with him twice in a span of 8 minutes, and twice in that span I changed my mind after praying to calm my  excitement.  Because of the odd weather, terrible traffic, and other errands I decided to skip accompanying him on that exact day (others would tell me that was painfully unwise, to not accompany Michael Salientes on a shopping spree), but I said to him sincerely that I would try not to miss it.  When I have no peace I just won’t jump on it because I know there’s a reason why.  Long story short, the Zara sale left my mind for a whole week after Michael Salientes had told me that it was already the last weekend of the sale.  I figured I must have missed it.  Thinking the sale ship had sailed I silently beat myself up for not accompanying Michael.  However, on a very random day a week later, I found myself in Rockwell, lo and behold, the ZARA sale was still on, and many of the sale items had been marked down from the previous sale price AGAIN, bringing the prices even lower.  All photos in this fashion feature are shot by me using a Canon 600D with the new 50mm 1.8 STM lens and made possible with a tiny, hand-held Canon RC6 remote control which triggers 10 seconds of beeping before actually firing.  Click through to the full post to see the complete fashion feature on the clothes I chose from the ZARA sale.

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JULY FAVORITES 2015 Video Up!

This is a not so long list, but I quite enjoyed talking about these favorites, especially since it’s my first MONTHLY favorites video.

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Click below to watch the embedded video:

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:

Maxipeel Skin Purifier (Glycolic, AHA toner, 2-3x a WEEK at night)http://blessmybag.com/2015/07/21/maxi…
(PRESS SAMPLE)

This Works In Transit Moisturizer/Primer
http://blessmybag.com/2015/05/14/this… (Luxola)

Mark Anthony Macadamia Oil Sulfate-free Conditioner (S&R membership grocery)

NARS Fall Collection 2015: Dual Intensity Eyeshadow “Pasiphae”, Velvet Shadow Sticks: “Flibuste”, “Sukothai”, Lipstick: VIP Red (Rustan’s the Beauty Source, NARS Central Square BGC)

Browhaus HD Mascara Waterproof (Browhaus)

Voluspa Black Figue and Chypre Candle
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(Dimensione)

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The NARS FALL Collection 2015 |That Deep Retro Plume

Make way for the first official seasonal NARS collection feature ever to grace the blog (when I mean official I mean the brand had me to tea, and gave me the scoop) .  It’s an elegant collection and they spared me more than a few pieces to write about.  To be quick on it this is probably the NARS makeup collection that Jared Leto’s forthcoming Joker would go for.  While the collection will be available at Rustan’s the beauty source NARS have also just opened their first ever fully fitted out boutique at Central Square Mall, BGC Taguig.

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All together I have: NARS VIP Red lipstick Php1450, Velvet Shadow Stick in Sukothai (duochrome peacock) and Flibuste (black) Php1550, Dual Intensity eyeshadow in Pasiphae Php1550, and lipgloss in Chelsea Girls Php1450) In the complete collection there are 7 Velvet Shadow stick shades in total, two lipglosses, a blush (Tribulante), two single eyeshadow shades, and the red lipstick.

“The look begins with natural sculpting of the face. Eyes dramatize in smoky shimmering brown and golden ombré. Lips captivate in tones of iconic red.  Making its official launch is the Velvet Shadow Stick, a silky, velvety shadow in a range of sumptuous shades for layering under and over, blending and setting, creating looks that are modern, sophisticated and always tempting.”

I decided to wear the dual intensity eyeshadow Pasiphae over Sukothai velvet shadow stick for the eyes.  I am also wearing NARS Pro Prime eyelid primer underneath both.  Instead of the VIP Red lipstick I thought the Chelsea Girls lipgloss they sent me was a better match for dark eyes.

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I decided to try shooting at night to capture the glamour of the collection which evokes the richly colored nightlife of the seventies era, and also to try and capture murky teal shadows in the dark.  I think however I might find the other shade of dual intensity eyeshadow, Telesto, much more wearable than Pasiphae.  I do not own Telesto. I like that these dual intensity eyeshadows, while still powder, were created to be used wet or dry.  Despite shimmer you don’t get a ton of heavy fallout, there is a bit of dust, but not at a level that’s a pain to deal with.  The velvet shadow sticks are awesome in pay-off, but kind of so-so when it comes to the finish after blending or some playtime.  Still, at least once used as a base they grab onto powder eyeshadow and make them stay and obey, great for all night partying.

 

*This is not a paid advertorial, all NARS products were provided as official press samples free of charge for proper review.  The author has abided by the strictly provided embargo date by Rustan’s the Beauty Source together with NARS Philippines for this feature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Browhaus HD Waterproof Mascara | Real-looking Boosted Lashes

There are mascaras and then there are MASCARAS, if you know what I mean.  This is the first time that I’ve tried a proprietary product of a brand service.  Without a doubt, here in the Philippines, Browhaus is your trusted brow authority.  The U.S. has Anastasia and we’ve got Browhaus.  Before brides get hitched and if they happen to be particular about their brows they schedule an appointment with Browhaus.  They offer various services from brow reconstruction which involves grooming, definition with makeup application, and other special professional methods to achieve beautifully amplified but natural looking brows.  Their HD waterproof mascara product is not new, in fact, shame on me, I was tapped like around 2 years ago as a blogger to pick this up to try and review…but at that time I was so busy with other things that I didn’t get around to passing by Serendra.  I remember texting apology upon apology about not being able to pass by.  Then I forgot about it. Well, while on a stroll in Serendra I picked their lovely mascara up (properly so, at my expense) I also wanted to pick up one of their brow pencils but they were out of stock.  

  
   

It’s not a cheap mascara, understandably so being a specially formulated as a hands-on proprietary product. It’s about mid-range to high-end at Php998. However, it performs like crazy and holds curl up.  Read more and continue to the full post to see before and after shots.  

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