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A NAMELESS FEAR AND CAMPAIGNING FOR HOPE

From a very young age I was often taught to learn to lead and get involved and not just sit back and watch the show.  I ran for student government (positions in the wings mostly) both in my tiny high-school and in my large university, or if I happened to not be officer in grade-school or high-school I was writing essays, little school skits, or once editing our little school newsletter (it was a small school but still, got it done).  Politics, wherever it turned up in my life, wasn’t some toxic blowfish word mentioned in our family that carried a foul stench, unlike for some.  It was highlighted in our family for my generation as an avenue or space for possible improvement, anything was possible if worked for with zeal and integrity. Beginning Saturday I shall be duly serving in the ranks of my uncle Kiko Pangilinan (IG: @kiko.pangilinan, #40PANGILINANsaSenado) who is campaigning for the senate once more.  I will be shooting behind the scenes material on the campaign trail in 7 destinations in a span of 5 days, whew.  I see no reason why I shouldn’t involve you in this, I’d like to take you along somehow, if I can manage it.  It matters to me and I see that my beloved country is limping.  I crave protection of whatever beauty we find in the freedom we have today.

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Nearly a decade ago now in Tito Kiko Pangilinan’s 2007 campaign I conceptualized and spearheaded a web series project called KTubed which you can watch in glorious low resolution here and here, an online portal to see him as a normal person as well as a celebrated leader.  Passionately, I used OPM music from people I knew to generously season the videos with young flavor.  The project was of enough significance that the search for the mere Multiply website I was embedding the KTubed YouTube videos on in 2007 was being slapped by hackers, search engines were often being masked from searching for the site.  Following the release of that web series campaign I was interviewed for my small role and the use of YouTube on ANC.  That was a little project I was quite proud of which I produced, shot, and edited personally on a well-loved Toshiba laptop.  By the way, of course I will be mentioning my presidentiable but I choose to do so on my social media platforms instead.   Read on to the end of the post.

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MY CUSTOM FAKE TAN, PROFESSIONALLY TESTED

There was something I whipped up slash concocted during my shoot for KC’s Closet (blogged about that here) that was highly effective.  It wasn’t particularly mentioned to me in advance but KC required a subtle more summery complexion which would also include tanning her arms.  These are things you learn on the job, that there will be random requests you didn’t foresee and you will have to make adjustments accordingly or be innovative.  I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I was extremely innovative, I just did what I could to meet the demand for lack of a specific product.  Having bronzing and tanning products for body as well is a default requirement for any makeup artist, that had slipped my mind for that day.  Had I not run out of my Chanel Soleil de Tan/Bronze Universelle bronzing balm I would have used that without question, but I used all of that up.  So, I improvised and this combo served me well.

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MAC Cosmetics Face & Body Foundation in C7, This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up Moisturizer/Primer Php1977 Sephora PH

An equal dollop of each mixed on the back of my hand saved the day, it did occur to me that I was speedily using up the only tiny bottle of my favorite This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up moisturizer lol, but KC’s neck, arms, and back were worth it.  It is after all, Victoria Beckham’s favorite priming moisturizer in recent years, information relayed by the one and only Val Garland.  Someone like Victoria tweeting about one specific product usually kind of breaks the internet temporarily.  MAC Face and Body foundation  is a thinner, runnier foundation also sold in jumbo bottles (Jigs Mayuga stocked up loads for the last Bench Naked Truth lingerie show).  It is hailed as one of the most flexible on-set liquid foundations that doesn’t contain SPF and looks like actual skin.  It is a modeling and fashion industry standard known for its thin, runny consistency, transfer-proof formula (best for changing clothes) and its juicy but not excessively dewy finish.  It carries nearly invisible but buildable coverage and also works if set with powder.  Makeup artists also love the fact that MAC Face & Body foundation comes in options of Jumbo wholesale and/or travel-friendly size bottles. Read on to see the results of the combo I used.

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MY KOREAN FACIAL VLOG AT ORACLE AESTHETIC CLINIC

It took awhile but my vlog on my Korean Facial experience at Oracle Aesthetic Clinic, the world’s leading Korean dermatological and surgical beauty clinic finally uploaded without errors or freeze-frames.  You can read all about them here.  As I write this part of the paragraph, the internet, it seems, at the moment has taken the quickest route to sabotage my smooth upload moment.  The upload has stopped twice and been reset twice on YouTube.  It’s moving slowly now and finally progressing.  Oracle Skin Clinic is a Korean chain of dermatological clinics acclaimed by their  use of advanced technology, their trust in medical expertise, and their application of gentle skincare products in their treatments.

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The Pomegranate mask, a finishing touch on one of the most gentle, yet effective clinic facials available locally today, the Oracle Korean facial (FULL FACIAL Php3500.00, 50% off for first timers).

ORACLE AESTHETIC CLINIC  2/F Republic Glass Bldg., #196 Salcedo St. corner Soria St., Legazpi Village, Makati, Metro Manila

When my aunts had a sister sweep of the facials halfway in they were already thanking my mother for recommending the clinic because they were raving that it was the best facial experience they’d ever had.  One of those aunts of mine has even more sensitive skin than mine and is married to a German so her standards are wayy up there, but she was the first one to say it was the best.  I got my slot a few days later on Black Saturday and I opted for the Korean Facial treatment with no extractions.  Read on to see a few more shots of my aunts during their facial experiences at Oracle Skin Clinic before watching my vlog video at the end of this post.

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TIMELESS PICK-ME-UP VIDEOS BY MODERN WOMEN

One of the things a hairstylist friend of mine observed really settled in my heart days after my shoot last week.  “Alam mo, Julia, magaling ka…pero yung problem mo lang is…madali ka madisappoint.”  He noticed how all it took was for one of my misplaced expectations let’s say in my career or line of work to stray off course and it would sometimes bring me to a dark place.  Sometimes closest friends would have to talk me out of a doom spiral where everything just kinda spins.  Because sometimes your thoughts are wrong you actually believe it’s getting worse and worse, to the point where you almost don’t recognize yourself in a vicious cycle, almost like losing several rounds of the Heads Up game to ALL THE GUYS and a couple of drinks, ’til just before sun up LOL.  Find me if you can.

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Everything is sometimes not at all what is happening to you, but a mere, seemingly endless whirlwind of thoughts and feelings…thoughts and feelings, feelings and thoughts which Henri Nouwen had something to say about.

“Then it is important to realise that most of these feelings and thoughts are just feelings and thoughts, and that the Spirit of God dwells beyond our feelings and thoughts. It is a great grace to be able to experience God’s presence in our feelings and thoughts, but when we don’t, it does not mean that God is absent. It often means that God is calling us to a greater faithfulness.” – HENRI NOUWEN, Dutch-born Catholic priest and writer who authored 40 books on the spiritual life. Nouwen’s books are widely read today by Protestants and Catholics alike

Today I wanted to share with you four or five women whose words have affected me in the most otherworldly way over the last 3-4 years.  They’ve provided the most true pick me up videos ever.  I’ll mention them according to “theme”.  Read on to “meet” these women.  Fyi, they’re certainly not the sore losers above, haha.

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