Thursday, January 12, 2012


Lunch at Banapple

We're celebrating Chriza's Post-Birthday and our Post-Christmas party at Banapple Katipunan Branch.

Kilig! because we're complete. Since Chriza and Yca started studying in Baguio, we don't often have these kind of get together anymore. 

Chriza treated us lunch! Chriza and I both ordered Hickory Smoked Barbecued Country Ribs; Char had Pan-Fried Porkloin with Herb Mushroom Gravy; while Yca decided to had Chicken Breast Parmigiano.

Hickory Smoked Barbecued Country Ribs
Extra tender country ribs grilled in hickory smoke, glazed with their homemade hickory barbecue sauce, served with corn relish and seasoned garlic rice
Pan-Fried Porkloin with Herb Mushroom Gravy
Juicy pork loin steak seasoned with special herbs, pan-fried in olive oil, and smothered in a thick mushroom and herb gravy; served with glazed carrots
Chicken Breast Parmigiano
Tender fillets of chicken breast encrusted a Parmesan crumb mixture topped with a rich stewed tomato meat sauce and mozzarella cubes

EXCHANGE GIFTS! We do this every year, and hence this is also our Post-Christmas Party Celebration, it's time to give gifts!

For Chriza:
Char gave Chriza a lipstick from Etude
I gave Chriza peacock ring and origami like necklace.

Yca also gave Chriza a lipstick.
For Char:
Chriza gave Char a mascara from Maybelline and eyelash curler from Elf
Gyah~ she really need those for her chinita eyes!
Yca gave Char cologne and lip-gloss 
I already gave my Christmas gift to Char. I gave her Revlon Colorsilk Luminista in Medium Blonde and I'm also the one who helped her to apply the hair color, check on this post to read about that: "Almost Blonde -- or yet too far"

For Yca:
I gave her a mascara and some accessories.
Chriza and Char gave her concealer set and make-up.
For Nina:
Chriza and Char gave me a knitted cardigan from Tomato.
Our "so surprised" photo pretending that we didn't know what was there gift for me.

Yca gave me also cologne and lip-gloss.

For dessert Chriza had Banoffee Pie, Yca had Snicker Fudge Cheesecake, I had Santa's Chipper hocolate Cookie Cheesecake, and Char had the Potion Pie. 
Snicker Fudge Cheesecake
Banoffee Pie
Santa's Chipper Chocolate Cookie Cheesecake
Potion Pie
Char is about to eat the fly. EWW! haha. Just kidding.
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Monday, January 9, 2012


Almost Blonde -- Or yet too far

After weeks of thorough thinking regarding what color to apply. I, I mean we, have finally decided! Wohoo!
Here's my original hair color with a hint of my 1st color application of Revlon Medium Golden Brown last last October (2010) at the ends.
The Before Hair. lol.

Revlon Colorsilk Luminista in Medium Blonde #175!
I've always been an avid fan of Revlon. I never wanna use other hair coloring brands except for Schwarzkopf, of course, but I couldn't afford it, YET! Haha.

My first hair color (Revlon Medium Golden Brown), which was in October 2010, was applied at Landmark, Trinoma in Revlon's open booth free application. This time, I had my partner-in-crime (slash) bff, Nina, to apply my hair color DIY style.
Nina had a gig that day so I had to come at her house early. She still had her curlers on when I came. lol!

Let's get this started!
These shots were the 1st application. I went back to Nina after a week to have my 2nd application.
We forgot to take "After" shots so I just took some recent photos that I have.

Here it is.. 2 boxes of Revlon Medium Blonde overall. I still have dark hair but the color's more vivid when you use blonde than brown for darker hair of course. My advice, don't be scared to use blonde hair color if you have dark hair because what you see in the box isn't really what you'll get. Those are if you start off with no color at all -- like bleached. There are two kinds of Revlon color, the Colorsilk Luminista (the one I used) and the Colorsilk. The difference is that the Luminista is vibrant for dark hair as it saturates it allowing for the color to be enhanced. I also love the after-color conditioner because it really does leave the hair in better condition. My hair is super soft and smooth after I used the conditioner. Makes me feel good after putting lots of chemicals in my already damaged hair.
P.S. My mom got mad 'coz I keep on coloring my hair, but come on! I'm a teenager! I want changes. lol. :)

And this is what I really wanted to achieved.
We don't know what color this is so I really need your help. What do you think this color is?

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Monday, January 2, 2012


Char and Nina's Giveaway Part I: Asian Vogue (CLOSED)

The first-ever giveaway!!
In celebration of the holidays and our 1st blog anniversary, we're giving away free shoes from Asian Vogue!!


Asian Vogue offers everything from boots to heels to flats to designer replicas and more!
And we're giving away ONE (1) free pair of shoes of YOUR CHOICE to a lucky winner!!
The winner will get to pick one pair of any shoes she'd like to get from Asian Vogue's site

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