Saturday, July 23, 2016

Singaporean Tries Filipino Street Food!

A year ago, I went to the Cetaphil Experience at The Farm at San Benito here in the Philippines. It was a weekend trip sponsored by Cetaphil. It was a memorable trip because it was my first-time ever to go vegan all the way, I got to go on a sponsored trip for the first time and I got to spend the weekend with beautiful bloggers from different countries in Asia! 



After almost a year, one of the bloggers went here to the Philippines again for another event! I was so excited to see her so I asked her if she'd want to film a collab video together. And so, here I am posting about that collaboration video. 

That blogger is Roseanne Tang from Singapore! She was here for the Stylecon Asia last June! When we were at the Cetaphil Trip, we couldn't eat meat and junk food. I remember we were talking about all sorts of food and they mentioned they wanted to try some of our Filipino food but they couldn't because we couldn't go out of The Farm. For our video, I thought it would be fun to see her try some of the Filipino street food for the first time!


Some of the food we tried were Chicken Feet, Chicken Intestine, Penoy and Sour Green Mango with Salty Shrimp Paste!! Yum! Haha It may sound nasty for some but those are actually my favorite street food!



Here is the video! I hope you enjoy watching! 



I adore Roseanne! She's such a sweetheart! She was also up for anything! She didn't know what I was going to bring to her but she didn't complain once she saw what she was about to eat. She also tried everything without hesitation! 


She was so cute eating the green mango and shrimp paste, too! Eating sour mango with the pungent smelling shrimp paste is famous here in the Philippines. For foreigners, however, it could be awful. I remember before, I asked my Korean friend to try it and he said it was unbearable. It's not that bad, really. If you come to the Philippines, I suggest trying it so you could see for yourself if it's worth liking or hating!


This is a 2-Part Collaboration, by the way! What I posted on my channel was Part 2. Part 1 is on Roseanne's channel where she tried MORE Filipino food like Balut, Chicharon and more! Watch her video HERE!!

I hope you guys watched the 2 videos. I also love how Roseanne edited her video! I admire people that are good when it comes to video editing! One of my goals is to improve the quality of my videos through better lighting and better editing! 

Thank you for reading, loves! Are you following me on Instagram yet? It's @RealAsianBeauty
Also, hello to 2 of my most loyal blog readers : Nheng and Kay(Pinkidentity)! 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

ASAP Chillout Guesting on ABS-CBN!

Last year, 2015, my life was in repose. I didn't have lot of events or shining moments. When I went back and realized what I left hanging, I made a list. One of the things on that list was to be featured on a local TV show again. When 2016 entered, I thought I was not going to be able reclaim my spot on the blogging world as I left it hanging for almost a year. I gave myself an ultimatum. I told myself I was going to go back to regular office job if I don't do well again until July 2016. But God is just amazing! He gave me enough reasons not to adjure my internet life. One of that reasons is this short appearance on ASAP!!

Sometime last week, I got an email from ASAP Chillout's researcher, Ms. Irene. I was told the show wanted me over for a quick interview/demo regarding makeup and my internet life. Of course, I was more than excited to say YES! Here is what happened to that ASAP guesting!

I was part of the roster for ASAP Chillout's July 17, 2016 episode. ASAP Chillout is ABS-CBN's online streaming show that airs at the same time as ASAP. 


I was lucky enough that I got to witness a live celebrity birthday celebration! I always see scenarios like this on TV where a celebrity would get lots of cakes and cute cupcakes on his/her birthday! Aww!

I thought I was going to do a quick, live makeup demonstration so I went to ABS-CBN with light makeup on. Good thing, the writer told me I was just going to talk about few makeup tips and must-haves. I brought about half of my makeup to the set so I was able to do my full-face makeup.  


I wasn't confident I would be able to come up with a decent makeup look in just limited time. I kept telling my boyfriend that I was nervous and I'm not good enough. (Of course, he tried to calm me and assured me that I'm good and that there's nothing to be worried about. Aww, how sweet??^^) So, I was so relieved when they told me I don't need to do a live demo! Hehe



I shared the dressing room with a lot of celebrities and people that were going to be on ASAP Chillout as well. Inigo Pascual, Bailey May, Robi Domingo were in the room as well but I wasn't able to vlog with any of them because I was nervous and tried to calm myself by blending my eyeshadow and contour! Hehehe


Here I am waiting for my turn to be interviewed! Enrique Gil was there but wasn't able to vlog with him either. I'm such a bad vlogger, I know. :(




Here is the vlog!!! I hope you guys enjoy it. It's in Filipino, by the way. I thought this would only concern my Filipino fans since it's just a local program. If my international viewers would be interested, I would add English subtitle to the video then! :)




Rated PG! Pak! Ganern! Hehehe 


It's always amazing to see fans of celebrities. Those that would wait in line just to see their favorite or create banners and fan arts and shout his/her name while performing or talking on stage. It could be too much to dream and I do admit I do not have the typical face of a celebrity but I wish someday, I'd have loyal fans like them, too.


Okaaaaay, finally it's my turn! Welcome to ASAP Chillout Real Asian Beauty, Ms. Kristine Roces!


So, what I did there was talk about makeup and life of a YouTube Guru. They asked me questions about how I started, what inspired me to make YouTube videos, how I learned to apply makeup. We also talked about my viral Fake Divisoria Makeup. After that, I showed a quick demo on how to achieve the flawless and natural Korean makeup.


My model is Twinx. I checked her Instagram and saw that she is a loyal fan of Alex Gonzaga. Thank you for being my model, Twinx! You are so pretty! :)



The interview lasted for 15 minutes. I'm so thankful my boyfriend was able to record the whole interview since it's a live internet show and I know I won't able to watch myself after it airs. I'm going to be objective and give myself constructive criticism. I think I need to slow down when talking, especially on interviews. My voice was too loud during the interview. I also need to talk a little softer when I want to sound lively. I notice that, too, whenever I would do my YouTube videos. My speaking pace are either soft and boring, or lively, loud and fast! Hehe 

This photo was taken right after my segment. I am thankful that my boyfriend was there with me. He never fails to give me support and encouragement, especially on my career. Even when he was just courting me, he would watch my videos and read my blog posts and tell me what he thought about it. He is currently studying Adobe Premier so he could help me edit my videos. He also comes me with to blog events and YouTube gatherings. He also gives me video ideas and he always makes me feel better whenever I would get bashers or rude comments on my videos!



Hahaha Am I getting cheesy now? Oh well! Now you know why I look blooming in my videos and photos the past few months. 

Oh, after the segment, I called my model so I could go over her eyeliner. I was nervous while doing her quick live makeup that I wasn't able to perfect the line. She's so young and pretty! Oh, just imagine if you were this young pretty! Imagine all the possibilities! Haha I sound so Tita now!


What do you think of my simple outfit? Yes, that's the skirt I got from Divisoria for Php 400!



Can we talk about Robi Domingo now? Okay, lets! I have followed Robi Domingo since he entered Pinoy Big Brother. Since then, I've always thought he's cute. But meeting him in person is another thing. I was impressed what I saw in him that day. Robi doesn't exude the usual "arrogant celebrity complex". Rather, he seemed very intelligent and has that well-bred, well-mannered vibe. He's like that good-looking, smart, rich and nice-to-everyone college blockmate or schoolmate that girls go crazy over. On top of that, he is such a witty host and asks the perfect questions and is always able to carry an interview/conversation! Robi is such a fine man! I hope he does even better in the show business! Thumbs up, Robi!


Celebrity cakes and cupcakes!! Those pink and blue dots on the letters are cupcakes, too. Sue took her cupcakes and cakes home. While I didn't see Rayver go back to get his. Hmm...


The once chaotic dressing room is now quiet and empty! Time to snap some photos!



I felt so good after the ASAP Chillout guesting. I felt so motivated and wanted to go straight home and edit more videos for my YouTube channel!!! Hehe Kidding aside, it was one of my happiest days. My boyfriend and I were so happy, too. After that, we went to the mall with my parents and had dinner together. It was my first-time ever to have dinner with my family and with my boyfriend! 


The face of a happy and in love woman is the most beautiful face in the world. Nothing beats that sparkle in her eyes and no beauty filter can outshine that glow! Yeeeeeee! So cheesy!!!


Thank you so much for reading this blog post. Thanks to ABS-CBN ASAP Chillout for having me to guest your show. And thank YOU, my loyal reader, for always reading my blog and for watching my YouTube videos. I made it 5 years on the internet because of your continued support. I will never have gotten this far without your help! You brought me to where I am now. For that, I will be forever thankful! Thank you so much!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

#AltheaTurns1 Birthday Celebration! ♥

My favorite celebrations are Christmas and Birthdays! It doesn't matter if it's my birthday or someone else's birthday, I just really love it! I love the vibe, the food and most of the time, the decoration! I'm an aficionado of anything cute and pink, in case you haven't noticed yet.

You can only imagine my excited when I found out Althea is turning 1 and they want me to be a part of their 1st Birthday Celebration! But since I couldn't physically be in Korea to celebrate with them, they sent me this pink Althea DIY Party Kit so I could join the fun!


OH MY GOODNESS! Althea didn't think their original pink was was sufficient. They even decided to produce special Pink Birthday Box just for this celebration! How can you not love Althea, really? 

Althea Korea is currently South East Asia's largest online Korean beauty store with the lowest prices shipped directly from South Korea! Althea is turning 1 today, July 20, 2016!


I wanted to do a video haul showing what's inside the Althea Birthday Box. But I thought pictures would be better so I am blogging this instead. I know you are curious what's inside the Althea Birthday Box so let's take a look! 


A few days before I got this box, I shopped at Althea. Because it was their birthday treat to me, I was given rebate on the items I bought and it was credited back into my Althea account. After 2-3 days of waiting, I finally got the box! I knew it was the birthday box when I got it but I had no clue what else was inside it aside from the products that I have ordered. 

Look closely, I know you notice it, too! Yes, I ordered ALL PINK items! 

What I got :

  • The Face Shop Rice Water Makeup Remover (Php300)
  • Missha Bb Boomer Primer (Php450)
  • It's My Cushion DIY Set (Php235)
  • Yogurt Peeling Cream (Php300)
  • Water Lip Tattoo (Php410)



Then, I went to see the cute DIY Party Kit that came in the Birthday Box! I'm dying because of the cuteness! Korea never fails when it comes to cute things! I mean, how do they ever come up with these cute concepts? 

DIY Party Kit contains:

  • DIY Party Hat
  • Cute Party Hat Stickers
  • Birthday Card
  • Pink Balloon


So, the idea here is to celebrate Althea's 1st Birthday by making your own party hat using the stuff from the Box. You can be as creative as you want! I wanted to put all the stickers but I had to tame myself as I was reminded I'm old and will be leaving the "calendar" age soon!! Hehe


Okay, that's the simplest I could get! I chose to put the 1, Althea Logo, #AltheaTurns1 and 2 Heart Stickers on my hat.

After that hat, I decided to blow the pink balloon! I wish when I'm old, people would be more open-minded and won't care for grandmothers that still love sunset, balloons, bubbles, unicorns and anything pink and sparkly! Because I just love those so much I don't think I would ever outgrow them.



You will never guess the effort I gave just for this photo! Hehe I practically had a party inside my bedroom just for this. I LOVE IT!!! I want my bedroom to look like this everyday! 

Anyway, here's my bedroom birthday party "picnic" setup for Althea's 1st Birthday Party! Yay! Happy Birthday, Althea! I am so glad I was one one of the first-ever Filipino Bloggers that worked with you in 2015! I am honestly so happy to see how much Althea has grown in just a year. I'm looking forward to more friendship and collaborations with you, Althea! :)


I know you also want to be a part of this fun birthday celebration! Here's how!

Althea's Birthday Celebration from July 20 to July 31, 2016!
  • LIMITED Edition Birthday Box + DIY Party Kit
        (Buyers that would order on July 20 onward will get the box. However, it's only available while stocks last, so hurry and shop now! There is no minimum purchase for you to get the birthday box!)
  • FREE Goodies for first 1,500 shoppers
        (First 1,500 Shoppers will get full-size beauty products from Althea! However, only available while stocks last!)
  • Birthday GIVEAWAY. Buy 3 Top Sellers on Althea's site and get 100% rebate.
        (You can pick up to 3 items from a collection of 12 top-seller items. You will get 100% rebate off the 3 products. The rebate will be credited back to your account after your payment and can be used on your next shopping adventure! 
  • Instagram CONTEST
        (Post a selfie wearing the Althea Party Hat + Birthday Box with the tag #AltheaTurns1 and stand a chance to win amazing prizes such as Macbook Air, Ipad Air 2, iPhone 6S, Galaxy S6 Edge, Canon EOS M10 Selfie Camera, and Althea Credits! Contest starts July 20, 2016 until August 15, 2016)


Because I want to join the fun, here is my selfie using the Althea DIY Party Hat! 


Happy 1st Birthday, Althea! May you have more birthdays to come so us girls could continue to look beautiful using our favorite Korean beauty products while saving money, nonetheless! Congratulations on your first birthday! 생일 축하합니다! 



Kristine

Saturday, July 16, 2016

My Hair Story! (Nag-conditioner lang, Nagka-Lovelife na?!)

Hi, girls! I have been sharing with you my hair secret to silky, straight hair the past few weeks! I achieved my soft, silky straight hair, all thanks to my favorite, Palmolive Naturals Cream Conditioner! 


Some of my followers told me they didn't know Palmolive has conditioner because they only use the shampoo. Yes, girls! Palmolive also has Conditioner line and it has been around for quite some time now! In fact, I've been using this brand since college. Do you know that feeling when you smell something and you suddenly remember a moment in your life? That's how I feel whenever I use Palmolive Conditioner! I remember my college days with my BFF (Best Friend Forever), Mi-ann. We did a lot of fun things in college. She's in New Zealand now but I feel like she's just here in the Philippines whenever I smell my hair because it reminds me of our fun college friendship!

Anyway, there are many variants of Palmolive Naturals Cream Conditioner! Your favorite color, scent or chosen extract? Palmolive has got us covered! But, of course, my favorite is the purple one - the Silky, Straight variant!

But aside from my college hair story, I know that you are eager to hear about my LOVE (Hair) Story! After 7 years of being single... (7 years of waiting and praying) I am now officially taken! I now have a boyfriend, OMG!!! Let me tell you about my love hair story. My boyfriend knows I am a blogger and he is truly my #1 supporter. I love how he supports me and encourages me throughout this internet journey. Another thing I love about him is the fact that he loves me for being the true, kikay me. He just adores my hair! There are times when he would just touch my hair and run his fingers through my hair! I would have been conscious if my hair was dry, dull and do not smell girly enough. But because I use Palmolive Naturals Cream Conditioner, he can smoothly "Hagod" my hair without the tangle and frizz! Or course, he also loves the scent of my hair! It feels good to be a woman, really, especially when you have a man beside you that loves you, supports you and adores you.   



I hope my hair stories got you inspired and "Kilig". For girls that have been single for so long, like how I was before, never lose hope! You never know, he could be just around the corner waiting for the perfect time to approach you. I also believe that everything happens in God's perfect time. Pray and never stop having faith. And my last tip? Use Palmolive Cream Conditioner! Most men like women that have soft, mabango, Silky Straight hair, trust me!



So, that's my Hagod Hair Story, and now it's time to share yours, too! Share your own Hagod Stories on Instagram and tag @PalmolivePH and @RealAsianBeauty.

What are you waiting for? Get your own Palmolive Naturals Cream Conditioner, and experience a silky straight hair, na mabango na you can’t help but hagod!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

500 Pesos Makeup Challenge (Simple Makeup for Students)

Is it possible to look good and not spend a lot? I took the 500 Pesos Makeup Challenge to see if it's doable. I remember how I did not have a lot of money to spend when I was still a student. I had to resort to using local products and use them until I hit the pan just to succor my low-budget makeup need. 

I asked my cousin, Krystel, to model for me since she is still a student and also very pretty! 

The look that I did on her is very simple, perfect for college/university students that are low on budget but still want to look fresh and presentable. This look is also perfect for working women that do not want to pile layers and layers of makeup on their skin. This is the perfect go-to everyday makeup. I must say!


Here are the 5 Filipino drugstore products that I used to do her face, eyes, lips and cheeks. Everything, markedly, come down to 500 PESOS!



Here is the quick video tutorial. I hope you enjoy watching it! 



Here are the prices of the items that I used in the video. 
Some products are amiable like the Liner and Mascara in 1, Eyelash Curler and Lip and Cheek Tint. Some items are prosaic like the Brow Liner, Eyeshadow/Shimmer and the Powder. But considering their low price, one can not really expect superb quality, right?

My model is my cousin, Krystel, who is a Mass Communication student at the Far Eastern University. Same major that I took and same university I went to when I was in college! Hehe She doesn't have any SNS that she'd like you guys to follow. But I guess she'd appreciate if you watched the video tutorial she stars in! hehe ^_^

I didn't know it was ever possible to do a full-face makeup with only 500 Pesos budget. When I was shopping for the makeup, I was actually nervous thinking I would never be able to pull it off. But I did! Yahoo! Please let me know what you think of this Makeup Challenge by commenting below.

Thank yo so much for reading today! 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

FAKE Divisoria Makeup Review (FAKE vs. ORIGINAL)

As a Beauty Blogger and YouTube Beauty Guru, I am exposed to a lot of makeup brands : high-end to drugstore. It's also safe to say that I can quickly distinguish original from fake as I have already tried a lot of products. But, some people surely won't be able to tell a rip-off item from an original as copycats of fake products work so hard to duplicate the original.

That is why, I decided to courageously review some FAKE makeup products I got from Divisoria!  



For my readers that are not from the Philippines, Divisoria is a popular shopping district here in Manila. It's a place where shoppers could bargain clothes, shoes, bags, home and office supplies, gift items, home and party decorations and sad but true, MAKEUP!

I decided to purchase and review these FAKE makeup on my YouTube channel because whenever I go to Divisoria, I see fake makeup like MAC, Benefit and even Urban Decay palettes that come in Naked 4, Naked 6 until Naked 9!! I just find it hilarious how they are so advanced, even more advanced than the original brand. I also decided to review these for people that are curious, people that want to buy or people that have purchased fake makeup- intentionally or not.


DISCLAIMER : I AM NOT promoting, endorsing nor encouraging my viewers and readers to go and buy fake makeup. Please know that these counterfeit products (may) contain toxic contents such as lead, mercury and even cat or dog poop or human urine! EEW!

OMG, now that I'm writing about the contents these makeup may contain, I actually want to throw up and feel quite worried about that day I filmed the makeup tutorial! Hehe

Modesty aside, I honestly think I did a good job on the makeup! Wow, who ever thought one could still come up with a nice look despite the fact that FAKE cosmetics were used. I just find it sad that no matter how good my makeup look is, I still won't look as pretty as other Makeup YouTubers because I have ugly skin underneath. For those that don't know me, I used to have BAD ACNE. (Read my ACNE posts HERE.)



Watch my Makeup Transformation using ALL-FAKE DIVISORIA MAKEUP:




If you noticed how marvelously edited the video is then allow me to thank you from the bottom of my heart! I spent almost an entire week preparing, filming, editing and uploading this one video. Huhuhu I'm not complaining, though! The hardest part of editing a video is the part where you start to import all the video clips. Then, you find out you have filmed more than an hour of total video when you only need 5 minutes. Then, you'd have to split and cut the videos to come up with the final 5 minute video. That is the most excruciating part! But all my effort becomes worth it when I finally upload the video and start to read the comments of the viewers! Ahhhhh. :)


Anyway, here are the FAKE makeup compared with it's ORIGINAL counterpart.
(Php 45 = USD 1 / $1)


FAKE MAC Studio Fix Powder - Php 100
(ORIGINAL MAC Studio Fix Powder - Php 2,400)
FAKE : The container looks a bit flat. The color is lighter and the container does not sparkle when moved under light. The font also appears bolder and thicker than the original. As for the product, the scent of the powder somehow made me feel dizzy. It's good that the powder does not cake BUT it darkens a few minutes after being applied on the face.


FAKE Beauty Blender Sponge - Php 150
(ORIGINAL Beauty Blender - Php 995)
FAKE : Both the original and the fake has the same pink color. However, the fake sponge is bigger than the original. It is also much softer and less dense, especially when wet. It is hard to use and does not make blending easy, unlike the original sponge.


FAKE Urban Decay Naked Palette 3 - Php 200
(ORIGINAL Urban Decay Naked Palette 3 - Php 4,500)
FAKE : It is amazing how they were able to replicate the eyeshadow from the box, the container up to the brush. However, there are noticeable differences. The container of the original is a light metal while the container of the fake is a hard plastic. The brush of the original palette comes in flat and round, while the fake brush are both round brushes. 

The most distinct difference is the shade of the eyeshadows, of course!


FAKE Anastasia Liquid Lipstick - Php 80
(ORIGINAL Anastasia Liquid Lipstick  Php 2,000)
FAKE : If you are not familiar with real Anastasia products, you would think the two tubes are original. They are almost 96% identical! But if you look closely, the font of the fake is a bit bolder than the original liquid lipstick. The "Infinity" logo above the cap on the original tube is thinner while the "infinity" logo on the fake is rounder. But if there is something about the fake that is better than the original, the fake liquid lipstick smells better than the original. The fake also dries quicker and stays put while the original one smudges even after a few minutes of applying it.
  

Here are the prices of the other FAKE products :
"MAC" Liquid Foundation - Php 100
"Anastasia" Paddle Brush - Php 200
"Urban Decay Naked" Liner Set - Php 100
"NYX" Contour Duo - Php 150

If there is one reason buyers are lured into buying fake cosmetics is the high price of the original cosmetics! I know that Php 4,500 eyeshadow and Php 2,000 lip product seem intimidating for most of us. But we must also remember that we only have 1 skin. I get a lot of messages from readers telling me they wanted to try a skin treatment or a specific makeup brand but hesitated because of it's price tag. I always tell them that if we can splurge on expensive shoes and gadgets and some pricey vacation or food, then why do we always feel that we are wasting money on our skin products? We only have 1 skin so we should never feel guilty for spending money on our 1 skin. 

I really do not recommend buying these fake cosmetics. If buying the original would cost a fortune, then I suggest going for drugstore brands or local Filipino brands. You will be amazed and surprised what these inexpensive products can do!


I hope you enjoyed watching the video and enjoyed reading this blog. This is an eye-opener for people that buy FAKE Divisoria stuff. I also do not agree that these rip-off should be referred to as "SG AUTHENTIC". How can something that is fake be called as AUTHENTIC when it is clearly an imitation of an already existing product? 
Fake is fake, no if's and no but's.

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When I went to bed, my Fake Divisoria Makeup only had 17,000 views... When I woke up, I saw that it already has more than 40,000 views! WOW, I was blown away!

Later, I found out that I was featured on some famous pages and websites because of my FAKE Makeup Review!

Cosmopolitan Philippines feature HERE.


Teen Vogue feature HERE.


Pop Sugar Beauty feature HERE.


I just wanted to clear Pop Sugar Beauty's article where they said I actually preferred one of the fake products over the original. NOT! I guess I was misquoted. But I will never, ever prefer a fake product over an original one. 


I guess Pop Sugar Beauty was talking about the Anastasia Liquid Lipstick where I mentioned that I like how it is pigmented and matte and smells better and does not smudge as compared to the original one.
I also got a lot of questions about the shade of the FAKE Anastasia Liquid Lipstick. I am not promoting or encouraging you guys to buy it, but because I want to answer the question, here you go!


I hope you enjoyed the video. I feel happy that I am coming up with great video content these days! I was anxious the past few months because no matter what video I upload, the views would never get more than 5,000 views. I am more inspired and motivated to work harder and come up with great video content now! 
Thank you so much for clicking each video that I upload! 



Kristine
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