While I haven’t officially put myself on a spending ban for early 2018, it seems to have crept up and come into effect anyway. Aside from paying only for shipping on some free samples, I’ve actually been spending money on books instead. But this is an excellent opportunity to reassess my collection and work on the review backlog. I’ve had the Zoeva Spring Strobe Spectrum Palette (PHP1,500) for months now, and it’s time to give it the spotlight.
Zoeva Spring Strobe Spectrum Palette
Quick Specs: 4 x 3.8 g / 4x 0.13 oz ; made in Italy
Over the holiday break, I did a lot of Netflix bingeing that somehow led me to Hurricane Bianca, Cherry Pop, and RuPaul’s Drag Race. Naturally, a drag-inspired look followed!
Now, this is actually my second attempt at drag makeup, with the first being Dr. Frank n Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. (Sweet transvestite, I know, but definitely seeing drag elements as well.) For this round, I opted for something playful and glam, as opposed to the more gothic version I did before. Focus was on contouring my nose and cheeks, but I kept my eye makeup more subtle, color-wise, but glittery AF. Products used can be found below!
I suppose in the past year my beauty preferences have graduated into the “distinct product” category. I’m trying to avoid hoarding, but I still want to try new things. Perhaps it’s a passable compromise that I only purchase beauty products that truly excite me. Once I saw Instagram photos of the Pyunkang Yul Balancing Gel (P1,400), it was hard to look away from the unique texture.
Pyunkang Yul Balancing Gel
Quick Specs: 100 ml / 3.3 fl oz ; made in Korea
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.*