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Dash Japan 2014, a Mid-Air Update

I interrupt my regular programming with a few short posts on travel essentials (not this one). As the week leading to our departure for Japan progressed, I had wanted to do at least one of the following:

1. Finish my Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipsticks’ Second Batch of FOTDs
2. Upload my Divergent-inspired looks that I shot a couple of weeks back. I loved the books (except maybe for the third one just a teeny bit because I love me some Avril Lavigne ending) and adored the movie even more. I can’t wait for the next installment! Theo James is beyond words as Four (yeah I know I’m fangirling) and Shailene is divine as Tris. A tad too tall for my imagined character when reading the books but their pairing and chemistry I absolutely commend. I say this with a bit of a bitter taste after my Rose and Dimitri characters were diminished by the movie adaptation. (Okay now I’m just digressing.)
3. Finish the words and format of even more Avon 36 for 36 posts, the photos of which I have already done before.
4. Basically just catch up with all my pending posts (of which I have plenty) and schedule for upload while I am away.

But if you know me and my daily schedule combined with being a bit sick and packing for the trip, well let’s just say all those didn’t happen so I’m now posting on the go. I write this narrative mid-air as I have missed writing freeform wherein I’m not so much concerned with editing or sticking to a particular tone.


I don’t even know when I’ll have wifi access to actually post this but hey, all I really want right now is some semblance of movement and yes, I want to post about my in-flight and travel essentials. A last minute edit of my makeup kit left me with practically no eyeshadows to play with as I refused to believe that I don’t travel light. Oh well, we do the best we can with we have or else, we go shopping!

Got this free notebook from Cebu Pac's in-flight games because my hand sanitizer was out on my tray due to my impromptu photo shoot.

Cheers everyone from above the horizon!


2/36 | FOTDs: Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipsticks Part 1

As promised, here’s the first batch of looks I tried out using the 10 shades of Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipsticks. I made these looks based on my everyday life, whether I’m going to meetings, sites, errands, or events. The photos I chose were the ones that looked the closest to the colors I see in person as I sometimes have a hard time describing these gorgeous shades.

fotd pink renewal

PINK RENEWAL | BASE: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Protect SPF 30, Tinted Moisturizer Compact in Natural/ BROWS: Avon Brow Definer in Soft Brown/ LIPS: Avon Ultra Color Absolute in Pink Renewal

About the Look. I was going to visit a site and I needed a simple and fresh look for the day so I just did a fast base and my brows plus the UCA in Pink Renewal. I’m still on the fence though if the light pink shade works well with my skintone as it seems a tad too pale. I think this would look better on mestizas or maybe I’d try this again with a smokey eye.

fotd lovely fuschia

LOVELY FUSCHIA | BASE: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Protect SPF 30, Tinted Moisturizer Compact in Natural, Translucent Loose Setting Powder/ EYES: Avon Always On Point Eyeliner in Molten Plum/ LIPS: Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Lovely Fuschia

About the Look. I had to look presentable really fast and actually did my makeup in the car. I tagged along to Fort on a last minute whim and I only managed to grab the UCA in Lovely Fuschia and the Molten Plum eyeliner which thankfully worked well for me as their shades complement each other. I think I pulled off looking put together enough for an entire day of going around. An eyebrow pencil and blush would have worked wonders for this look though.

fotd warm berry

WARM BERRY | BASE: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Protect SPF 30, Translucent Loose Setting Powder/ MAC Studio Fix Liquid Foundation NC40, Studio Fix Concealer NW25/ BROWS: Avon Brow Definer in Soft Brown/ EYES: Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Epatant, Estee Lauder Artist’s Eye Pencil in Softsmudge Black, Avon Super Shock Max and Super Drama Mascara/ CHEEKS: Estee Lauder Bronzer in Warm/ LIPS: Avon Ultra Glimmerstick Lip Liner in Red Brick, Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Warm Berry

About the Look. This FOTD took me a while and I even contemplated a redo as I wasn’t really sure if I was right in choosing Epatant for my eye color. That particular shade of Ilusion D’Ombre veered green and I didn’t want to come across as holiday-ish. I wore this to an Asus launch event at 71 Gramercy minus the lip though as I wanted to eat. Teehee.

fotd pure orchid

PURE ORCHID | BASE: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Protect SPF 30, Tinted Moisturizer Compact in Natural/ BROWS: Avon Brow Definer in Soft Brown/ EYES: Mally Evercolor Ultimate Waterproof Eyeliner in Navy/ CHEEKS: MAC Blush in Pinkerpeach and Trustfund/ LIPS: Avon Glimmersticks Lip Liner in Pink Bouquet, Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Pure Orchid

About the Look. Wore this out to BDJ Box Tres Chic Beauty Social. I really just wanted to focus on my lips but added the Navy eyeliner when I felt that my eyes looked tired that day as I was horribly sick the day before. I don’t know if I’m 100% pleased with this look but maybe it’s the after effect of being sick that made me look a bit unwell still.

fotd smooth plum

SMOOTH PLUM | BASE: The Body Shop Vitamin C Moisturizer with SPF/ EYES: Avon Always On Point Eyeliner in Molten Gunmetal/ CHEEKS: Nars One Night Stand Palette (Mistinguette)/ LIPS: Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Smooth Plum

About the Look. I honestly can’t remember where I wore this look so I’m guessing that since I cant remember, I probably must have not gone anywhere really so errands maybe? This was the last of the 10 that I used and I was hesitant at first because the shade looked a frightening shade of violet in the tube but turned to this lovely color once applied.

Here are close-up shots of the 5 shades featured in this post:


L-R: Pink Renewal, Lovely Fuschia, Warm Berry


L-R: Warm Berry, Pure Orchid, Smooth Plum

Stay tuned for the next batch of FOTDs featuring Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipsticks! Smile


1/36 | 36 Cheers for 36 Years of Avon Philippines


This post officially kicks off my 36 cheers (posts) for 36 years of Avon Philippines. Every week, I’ll be posting an article (or two) featuring an Avon product or story to celebrate the 36 Years that Avon has been the Company for Women in the Philippines. I decided to do this series when I realized from my long list of posts to do that I had plenty of Avon reviews and stories to share as I am part of the Avon Makeup Council and an Avon Representative as well. I also tend to buy a lot of their products especially when I go to the branch to get the orders of my clients or when there’s a new brochure released.


To start, let me feature Avon’s latest lipstick line, the Ultra Color Absolute lipsticks. This will be a 4-part post series as I actually did 10 FOTDs to try out all the lipstick shades that PR gave me. I wanted to know which of the 10 fit my skintone best – morena, MAC NC40, yellow undertones. At the end of doing my FOTDs, I actually had around 7 of the shades marked as must-haves but let’s see if I can cut that list shorter still or if it will get longer as I do these comparison posts.

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