Interrupting the usual beauty broadcasts for a little tech talk! During my last trip, a work-related tour to a foreign land that required quite a lot of photographic evidence, silly me forgot to bring a power bank. And while the pocket wifi I was loaned had power bank capabilities and a capacity that was enough to partially charge my phone or camera, it was already fading by nighttime. So naturally, the first thing I did when I got back was to equip myself with a heavy duty power bank in the form of a Romoss Sense 6P 20000mAh Power Bank (PHP 1,299 from PCWORX, Megamall).
Romoss Sense 6P
Quick Specs: 445g / 15.7ozs ; made in China ; package contains the power bank unit, USB to micro USB wire, user manual, and a leaflet on authenticity
Slightly bigger than my Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus
Story Time: As I was preparing to leave the house on November 25 to catch the world premiere of Lisa Macuja Elizalde’s Snow White, my mom couldn’t help but ask, “How do you understand what’s going on in the show?” As someone who has never seen a Ballet Manila production—or any ballet production, for that matter—she could not reconcile the image of pointe-ed toes and tutus from the storytelling aspect of the show. And I found myself struggling to explain. My response was something like, “It’s in the way they dance that they somehow manage to convey the emotion.”
After watching this particular rendition, I think I have a more concrete answer: Lisa’s version is truly the whole package. She has managed to take the classic fairytale and fashion it into something new and exciting. The set design has a cartoonish quality that appeals to the young and the young at heart. The costumes are a mix of medieval modesty and modern day glam (read: sparkle!) And of course, there is the dancing. Snow White charmed the audience with her carefree frolicking on the stage, all innocent and sweet. Prince Charming’s bold moves and leaps portrayed strength and bravery. The Evil Queen looked completely shady, boasting equal parts arrogance and cunning. And the dwarfs brought comic relief with their impishness.
Featuring a mirror dance by the Evil Queen
But it wasn’t just the character portrayals that were spot on. The chemistry and choreography between Snow White and Prince Charming was kilig-worthy, for lack of a better term. As I was watching the courtship scene unfold, I couldn’t help but marvel at how the two leads managed to convey the combination of shyness and attraction of meeting for the first time and eventually falling in love.
If you’re familiar with Snow White, then I’m sure you know how the story goes. Ballet Manila’s take is one that doesn’t disappoint, and the quality of the production is consistent with all of the Ballet Manila shows I’ve seen in the past. Wonder what fairy tale they’ll dream up next…
*Photos by M.
**I was invited to watch the show, free-of-charge. I was not otherwise paid or compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are my own.*
Do you have a default skincare brand? With such a varied selection out there, I think a lot of us tend to mix and match brands depending on which particular products catch our fancy. So a company should be pretty darn special and manage to churn out consistently high-quality releases to be able to establish a long term relationship with clients.
For my mom, that brand is Clinique. And while I don’t know her whole story behind it, I know that she loves their toner, fragrance, facial wash, and powder foundation. She even introduced me to the Clarifying Toner. And while I have yet to declare a default brand, I do share the belief that they’ve got a solid lineup of skincare products. Most recently, I did manage to pick up a bottle of Clinique Moisture Surge Supercharged Concentrate (PHP 2,850; USD 39) to try out.
Clinique Moisture Surge Supercharged Concentrate
Quick Specs: 48 ml / 1.6 fl oz ; made in UK
While I still purchase eyeshadow palettes from time to time, depending on the curating of pretty shades, I have stuck steadfastly with shadow sticks more recently. I’ve been having less time to prep before leaving the house, and the unintentional solution is to spend less time blending shadows together and more time trying to perfect my brows. (Can you relate?) So I don’t see my eyeshadow pens getting retired anytime soon. In fact, I’ve nearly finished up my beloved Laura Mercier Amethyst Caviar Stick, so I went ahead and bought a Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Stick Eyeshadow in Leila (PHP 654 at Sephora.ph)
Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop in Leila
Quick Specs: 1.6 g / 0.05 oz ; made in Italy
I was re-organizing my beauty storage space (a.k.a. plastic drawers in a corner of my room) when I started to take stock of the skincare products I have in my stash. It is an assortment of products from Korea, the USA, and Japan. Notably almost-absent in my collection are Philippine-made products.
Why is that? I guess it’s because I see these imported products that are either attractively presented or aggressively marketed that it’s easy to get caught up in the hype of wanting to purchase those ASAP. But luckily, there are local brands that get with the millennial program by presenting stylishly marketed skincare with impressive formulations. (After fiddling with the testers, you’ll sit up and take notice!) One such product is the In Her Element Rose Gel Serum Moisturizer (PHP 895).
In Her Element Rose Gel Serum Moisturizer
Quick Specs: 30 g ; made in the Philippines