New Bloggles, the NEW Canon Nifty Fifty STM Lens | Their Revamped 50mm 1.8 Lens

If you’re into true glossy-worthy blogging nearly all of you know Canon’s old really affordable nifty fifty lens, the trusty 50mm 1.8 which usually goes for about $100 USD or nearly Php5k.  It gives you a crisp subject for medium to close-up shots and a nicely de-focused background if there’s enough distance between them.  I might be like super late to the party with this update, but I had no idea that Canon recently re-released that old fave lens of theirs at just about $50 more (roughly Php2k more) but with a way quieter, new auto-focus STM motor.  Our favorite affordable close-up lens seems to have gotten quite better.  I bought my lens for Php6798 from Camerahaus, Glorietta, they’ve got a 0% 6 month credit  installment plan so I’m paying over Php1000 per month for this.  They have 2 left in stock in Glorietta, but as for Camerahaus SM Aura, Canon SM Aura, and Canon Highstreet bgc they are all out of stock.  I was looking for the old nifty fifty, I only found out it had been “remade” because I asked why their lens was so expensive then they told me it was the newly released one and I was delighted.  Here are some test shots I took as soon as I got home, no editing done apart from re-sizing.








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“Unlike its predecessor , which is also referred to as the “Plastic Fantastic,” this new 50mm lens has a metal mount rather than a cheaper (and weaker) plastic one.”


Two more Canon 50mm 1.8 STM lenses are available for purchase from Camerahaus, Glorietta at Php6798, 6-month 0% credit installment plan available.  As far as I was told this is pretty much out of stock in many places .… To full post & COMMENTS...

Santèe Rouge Mousse Cream Blush | On Php69 Offer from the Dollar Store

You’re getting a second helping of beauty today because I’ll be up to my ears in theater work tomorrow for Joseph, the musical.  This has to be one of the cheapest makeup finds I’ve had in quite awhile, and I’m prepared to rave because these are good!  I needed to find some extra makeup bits for our work on Joseph  but they’d have to be cheap with good value.  I walked into the Dollar Store in Alabang Town Center not expecting to find these Santèe Rouge/mousses.  Affordable, highly pigmented,shimmer-free matte cream blush in compacts with covers you don’t have to twist off.  They’re currently on offer for Php69 (less than $2.00 USD) for a limited time.




FROM LEFT/CLOCKWISE: #01, #03 , #05, #02




I first bought two and left the store briefly, and I promptly tried #03 on in the ladies’ room.  Upon discovering that they were a shimmer-free cream to powder formula that were also good enough to pat onto well-exfoliated lips, I hurried back remembering they were on Php69 offer perhaps only for a limited time (the sales guy said they sell for over a hundred elsewhere) and I got two more shades.   I was on the hunt for some extra makeup bits for our work on Joseph the musical tomorrow…I needed the orange blush in particular for the concept of this look which we aren’t copying exactly but are drawing some inspiration from.


…and also realized I only had one cream blush in my professional kit.  Obviously I decided that problem had to be solved.  Reminder, be sure to swatch or patch test (apply on small facial area) affordable makeup from stores always before purchasing though.   Click through to see me wearing these shades.… To full post & COMMENTS...

This “Kawaii” Tube Squeezer | A Daiso Php88 Non-Beauty Favorite

It’s amazing how something as simple as a tube squeezer can sort of brighten up your day, because it does what it’s supposed to…while being cute.  It’s on a roll today, duly delivering kawaii satisfaction and being cheap at the same time.  It also does not fail to tickle my fancy while being crystal pink.





The squeeze power on this is moderate, some people like the steel tube squeezers that would totally squeeze the life out of aluminum itself.  This would still do the job on aluminum tubes from brands like Antipodes and Aesop, though it won’t leave behind the flattened corrugation a steel squeezer would.  I prefer this and appreciate that this tube squeezer isn’t metal because the extremely high humidity here at home rusts and corrodes most metal objects over time even if they are stainless sometimes.  If I had the metal version, cool, but I’d have to keep it in a humidity-free box.  For the price, Php88 (or was it 66? either way happy pa din) at Daiso this tube squeezer is a good one.  It also comes in other colors, if I’m not mistaken I think I saw a crystal mint, and crystal lavender or apricot.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Alcon Air Optix Colored Lenses in “Brown” | Eyes Breathe for Longer Comfort, Longer Wear

Freshlook’s famous range of colored contact lenses got a revamp from global optical care brand, Alcon.  They’ve just released Air Optix locally which is an improved wear version of our favorite Freshlook Colorblend lenses which are now called Air Optix Colors.  The Air Optix technology has also been applied to regular, clear lenses in a range (Air Optix Aqua, Air Optix Night and Day Aqua, Astigmatism, and Multifocal).





In real life, Alcon Air Optix “brown” subtle enhancers look almost like my real eye color and the pixels aren’t noticeable.  The Air Optix colors compared to the previous Colorblends range have a slightly larger lens overall from my observation but with a shallower curve that fits my eye better. The colored diameter of the lens is smaller than before and fits the iris more, making them look less noticeable over eyes and more real.  I prefer “Pure Hazel” to “Brown” for more noticeable but subtle enhancement. “Brown” is too close to my actual eye color.

You can choose between subtle and vibrant shades: pure hazel, blue, green, grey, brown, brilliant blue, gemstone green, honey, and sterling grey

Air Optix has little information online regarding pricing of the Air Optix colors but I spotted pricing for their other lens variants at here

(for daily use, monthly disposables)

*Mascara used: Benefit Rollerlash

I was sent the subtle enhancing shade “Brown” with my exact myopic grade per eye applied (thanks, Freshlook team).  Like before, you still have two shade lines to choose from, the subtle enhancing hues (what were known as Colorblends: Pure Hazel, Brown Etc., original stock still available I think), and the vibrant transforming shades (Brilliant Blue, Sterling Grey, etc.).  Basically with Air Optix technology all that annoying blinking that begins toward the end of the day when contacts want to hit the eject button has practically been dealt with, not 100% of course, you will still need re-wetting drops in the longrun (especially at air-conditioned venues), but by and large you get significantly extended wear and eye comfort for sure.  Gotta love this new technology and Alcon’s Opti-Free Pure Moist multi-purpose solution as well (“Comfort and Moisture from insertion to removal”) which gives added comfort once the contacts have soaked in the solution overnight.


I have to say…the validated difference is I had moments this week when I almost forgot I had these contacts on.  They’re slightly trickier to remove because they’re so smooth and slippy when they’re new but for me that’s proof of how comfortable they are and how well they fit the eye.  I almost can’t wait to get Freshlook’s Air Optix version of my favorite always repurchased shade Pure Hazel.  Inquire at your local optical shop today to see if they already carry Air Optix Colors by Alcon.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in “Agogo” | Framed by Ever Bilena “Orange” Lipliner

There was an Instagram post of a Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid lipstick I had on that got a lot of attention over a month ago, sorry it’s taken this long to actually tell you about it.  A friend of mine from New York passed by Manila for awhile last month and she brought me goodies and was so sweet, she even added special stuff on top of the stuff I requested, and she wouldn’t let me pay her even though I was really going to.  Love you, woman, you know who you are, will certainly see you again in the Big Apple sometime in the not so near future LOL!  For now, though, I’m going to continue enjoying what is probably the brightest matte coral liquid lipstick I have ever owned.





KAT VON D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, $19 from Sephora “Drench lips in Kat’s extreme-pigment potion that redefines serious staying power. The full-coverage, long-lasting formula glides over lips like a gloss, but dries to a velvety, matte finish. Infused with nourishing vitamins A, C and E for added comfort, it won’t dry out or feather like other matte lipsticks. Go bold with daredevil brights, bare it all in neutral nudes or experiment with two-tone and ombré for undying expression.  You know the drill…Peruse. Create. Capture. Submit. Repeat.” Paraben-free

I blame Anna of Vivianna Does Makeup for “singing its praises” on YouTube.  I wasn’t too sure at first because I thought it might be redundant since I had MAC Lady Danger lipstick, slightly fearing it might be the same thing only in a different format.  No, Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid matte lipstick in “Agogo” is in a class of its own because it’s an eensy-weensy bit brighter than Lady Danger.  Continue to the full post to see more photos.… To full post & COMMENTS...

My Smoky Eyeshadow x NEW Stuff Video

I did it!  I posted another video!  This is a Smoky Eyeshadow x NEW Stuff video.  This one I’m quite proud of because I’m finally getting to a place where i’m pretty pleased with my lighting setup.  Now I just have to get a proper 40mm or 50mm lens to work with and I’m pretty good.



Click here to watch the video on Youtube

INTRO MUSIC: In a Manger, by @Silverfilter ig






NARS PRO-PRIME SMUDGEPROOF EYESHADOW BASE… (Available at NARS Central Square and Rustan’s)


(Worn in advance) Maybelline Fashion Brow 24h Coloring Mascara (dark brown)

(Worn in advance) Maybelline Full & Soft Waterproof mascara

PONDS Flawless White BB Cream (Light and Beige)

Pixi UK Summer Bronzer in Subtly Suntouched…

ZOEVA Rose Golden Palette…

ZOEVA Cocoa Blend Palette…

BOBBI BROWN Pot Rouge in “Powder Pink”…

SOFFIA Powder brush
MAC 217 blending brush
Marionnaud #37 Eye Crease brush (Watsons)
ZOEVA 228 Crease


In this video I do a very much missed brown smoky eye using eyeshadow which feels like  a throwback because I haven’t touched eyeshadow in so long.  ZOEVA’s amazing new makeup palettes made me do it!  I’ll have a separate blog post for those right after this.… To full post & COMMENTS...

A MidSummer Night’s Gleam | So True Naturals’ CATERINA Candle

This candle named after super-mama blogger, Cat Juan-Ledesma of CatJuan.comwas created by Mia Rocha-Lauchengco’s locally loved brand So True naturals in limited edition jars last May.  You may recall they had a Sampleroom run over a year ago.  Toss the tomatoes at me for being late to the party in sharing, but this candle scent is still carried and sold by So True naturals and is highly requested.  It is just produced in limited amounts every so often (I’m not sure for how much longer) and in different jars. Through the warm atmosphere, Caterina brings whiffs of elegant verbena and greenery to the scene.





Caterina – “A gentle and quiet spirit who has the rare gift of seeing beauty in the mundane. The Caterina Candle is a calming and soothing scent of verbena and fresh-cut grass.”  There were 2 other scents but this was my favorite.

These were limited edition mini candles, 2 oz each sold as a set of 3 for a special price that day from the popupkids x CatJL event.  Now they will sell as large candles in approximately 12 ounces (double the heft of a tabletop diptyque 6oz) or 340 grams, for a longer burn time of 60-80 hours. is updating their site this week where the large versions of this trio of candles will sell for Php1795, Caterina is available in new blue or red jars





“How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.” WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

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Feedly App for Android and iOS | Fix Your News Fix

So I sort of got happily stuck for awhile over the Feedly feed app this morning and I’m so glad that by using one Google ID my Feedly news has united  my favorite blog and youtube updates across both my iPad mini and my Samsung S5 phone.  There is also the option of signing up with your Facebook account.  I needed something newer and quicker than Pulse reader, which seems to have changed and not for the better once LinkedIn took over.  I noticed that some RSS string feeds from sites I had saved weren’t updating and if they did they wouldn’t deliver thumbnails of the posts (that’s the cover photo of the article, in case you don’t know what a thumbnail is)!  That just wouldn’t do for me, so for now I’ve moved over to Feedly.


IMG_9123_1024x768What’s also nice about Feedly is once you’ve viewed an update or read the post it will disappear from the list and move to the Recently Read category.  There is also the lovely option to automate opening the actual blog post links in browser or YouTube if you’re traditional and don’t want to read the articles within Feedly.  You can still be redirected from the app to your favorite sites, but at least all of your updates are sorted in one place.  Feedly largely reduces wasted time of typing in website URLs and app hopping and if you see the feed has no update then you needn’t go to it.  Click through to see how I’ve fixed my news using Feedly and how different pages look.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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