A Surviving Young Adult's Rants and Raves.

MY OWN DOMAIN SITE!

I’M MOVING OUT!

That’s right people. I have (actually, my awesome boyfriend has) successfully imported this blog to my own domain site! Isn’t that great? I am so excited about it. I have been, for the last few weeks. I basically did…NOTHING 😛

I chose to announce this today because it’s my birthday tomorrow and it’s somewhat appropriate. I know, I know, CORNY!

BUT

I will be doing a new post in my new site and it will be exciting. New site, New stuff to feature right?

So I hope you’ll join me there!

You can subscribe through Feedburner. So, even if you are from Blogspot OR WordPress you don’t need to worry because you will receive updates straight from your email. So…

To my existing followers, please do follow my new site!

To Simply J’s Cafe & KoldKiss Milkshake Factory; your posts are in my new site as well and I have to say they are one of my best sellers per se!

HERE IS THE LINK

http://www.maricarljanah.com/

See you guys there!

Mwah!

First of all, I just want to say “Thank You” to everyone who joined my give away. It really means a lot to me. I received so many entries and as I read each and every one, I felt the urge to give all of the senders prizes!

If only it was possible, I would do it in a heartbeat! 😀

I also want everyone to know that your messages, greetings, and words of encouragement have touched my heart. I never knew that being a part of the YouTube community would allow me to meet so many different people, most of which are so amazing and friendly!

It was so difficult for me to choose the winner. As I’ve mentioned earlier…all the entries were filled with so much energy! Although some did not get all the right answers to my question; the important thing is that they tried their best, rather than living with a “what if”

SO…YOU GO GIRL!

Upon making the decision, I didn’t use random.org because it was such a common thing when it comes to give-aways and it makes me feel unattached to the whole process. Plus, it doesn’t support the purpose of my give away; which is to reward one subscriber who has been there since my early days of filming, and has constantly watched my videos and interacted with me.

I would like to give some shout outs to:

  • MissCoryPotts – Sab!
  • msmatched – Mich!
  • xLambGirlx – Patricia!
  • COLORismyweapon – Noe!
  • alluringchiq – I loved the energy of your entry dear!
  • annpotpot1 – thank you for that wonderful message 🙂
  • timmytuliao – omg, you’re so pretty! And you’re a make-up artist ❤
  • ALMat101 – Hey girl! Hope you get your products soon! Can’t wait for a new vid!
  • allaine1992 – You’re the sweetest ever!
  • girlpuyat07 – Tweet you later 😉
  • napzter87 – Chinky! Hope to see a video from you soon!
  • illmakeUpretty – thanks for giving me tutorial ideas with your requests dear 🙂

After pondering, thinking, analyzing, reviewing, scanning, and rating the entries and the sender I have finally chosen the winner…

CONGRATULATIONS TO… nighttenjo12, Maly Naine!

Maly Naine, If you are reading this…please send me your info ASAP! I will be messaging you via YouTube about the details 🙂

Thank you again and don’t worry, I will have a better give away contest hopefully when I get to a thousand subscribers! I hope you guys will still be there to join! Hugs and kisses! ❤

Stylish Blogger Award!

 

I am so late, but better late than never!

Thank you Alice aka photoescape on YouTube for awarding me! I seriously feel HONORED!

*cough cough*

So, since this award is so legit and all, it comes with responsibilities! Here we go…

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award!

2. Share 8 things about yourself.

3. Award 8 recently discovered great bloggers.

4. And lastly, contact these bloggers and tell them about the award.

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1. Thank you once again Alice!

Blog: http://photoescape06.blogspot.com/

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/photoescape

 

2. 8 things about myself

I just discovered I’m actually 5’3 and a half, NOT 5’4, but I am still in a state of denial.

I used to rap back in High School. Fo shizzle.

I used to do splits. I could lay on my belly & touch my head w/ my toes…to make it short, I USED TO BE very flexible.

When I was in Kindergarten, I shoplifted crayons just to see if I can get away with it!

I love Shawarma, Takoyaki, Shawarma, shawarma…sha-war-maa :/

I’ve always wanted to be a ballerina, gymnast, and ice skater.

I sometimes daydream about being a famous singer/actress. Don’t judge. LOL!

I’m a non-practicing bisexual. DOES THAT MAKE SENSE?!

 

3. I shall now award the following people with this super-awesome-award!

Michelle Tiu of Beautiful Loft!

Say of Makeup By Say Tioco Artillero!

Sweet of Pens and Lens!

Khymm of Shopcoholic for Make-up

Hollie of Random Beauty by Hollie

Sahbu of Damnvixen

Nowie of Her Name is Noelle

Kat of One Frozen Margarita

 

I TRULY LOVE YOUR BLOGS LADIES!

Much Love,

Janz ❤

 

 

 

Hey everyone! I’m a huge fan of Ever Bilena Cosmetics. Most of their products are affordable and trustworthy. A few of my favorites would have to be their foundations.

I’m a huge bargain freak and most of the time I look for items that are at the most reasonable price. But when it comes to foundations, I assumed I can only lean on internationally known products such as Revlon, L’oreal, Maybelline, etc. that are not-so-pocket-friendly.

I was very concerned about taking chances with local brands because, come on, this is our face! It’s a major major no-no to experiment on different products. I was afraid of having break-outs, or allergic reactions. However, a few years back, when I was in college, I had to be on a strict budget due to a sudden crisis caused by impulse shopping. I needed to think fast and prioritize! Was I willing to take a risk? Well, I really didn’t have a choice. So, I went on and purchased my first Ever Bilena Pro Flawless Finish Foundation.

I used Ever Bilena Pro Flawless Finish foundation in Natural blended with a darker color for contouring purposes. No editing done.

 

First of all, what attracted me was the packaging. It came in a sleek 30 mL glass container with a pumping system which, I thought, was very convenient and hygienic. Second of all, it only costs 165 pesos. Yes, ladies, 165 pesos! I couldn’t believe it either. Although, I was a bit worried at first; I used to have this weird assumption that if it’s cheap, it will probably suck. Apparently, that’s not always true.

If you look at the back of the box, you can see the ingredients of the product:

water, mineral oil, glycerin, micronized Titanium dioxide, Propylene glycol, PEG-100, PEG-30, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Octyl palmitate, Cetearyl alcohol, Polysorbate-60, Dimethicone, Dipolyhydroxystearate, Methyl Paraben, Propyl paraben, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Sodium EDTA, Tocopherly acetate,fragrance, may contain CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 7789

I don’t know about you, but I only recognize the first three. Since the product is water-based it provides light to medium coverage. After a second coat of the product, your scars, blemishes, and other imperfections are visibly reduced, so you don’t have to take a lot of time concealing. It is best for those with normal to dry skin since it has a dewy finish & may take a few minutes to dry. The oil part gives the foundation good movement, which allows blushes and eyeshadows to blend effortlessly and evenly over the face. Mistakes are easily buffed away with the sponge. If you don’t like any shiny areas upon application, you can dust a bit of loose or finishing powder on those areas and blend.

If you have oily or combination skin; this may not be the foundation type for you. Even the little amount of oil in a water-based foundation can show shine almost immediately. In my case, I usually use a primer or a make-up base before applying this product to prolong the amount of time it takes before oiliness begins. You can also bring Oil blotting sheets with you wherever you go to prevent packing on powder on your face.

As for the smell, it really isn’t unpleasant. In fact, it smells a little bit like Coco butter! For some reason it makes me crave for muffins or cupcakes (weird right?!)

It comes in four colors: Natural, Beige, Gold, and Oriental. Initially, I got the Natural one, but I just found it too ashy and it made my face so white that I had to take extra time to blend. So, I tested the other colors and found that Beige was the perfect color for me.

It also comes in a 40 mL plastic container. I think it costs around 125-145 pesos. I’m not very sure, but it is definitely cheaper than the glass one. It weighs more and is travel-friendly but the down side is that the opening is a simple hole that’s very inconvenient to use. You actually have to tilt the container at an angle and let the product drip slowly, or you’ll end up squirting it everywhere! For me, it’s not such a huge problem, but for those who are very particular with their foundations, you might as well go for the glass one with the pump.

After finding Ever Bilena Pro Flawless Finish Foundation very satisfactory, I decided to check out their other face products and picked up their Studio Finish Stick Foundation. I was at the counter, trying out a few products on my hand when I found the consistency and coverage of the cream to powder foundation very promising. I immediately purchased it for 165 pesos. You might think it’s too much for a relatively small stick, but Lo’ and behold! I was in awe! The coverage was perfect for me. It was not too heavy, but it covered my moles, dark circles, redness, and freckles so well that I barely needed to conceal anything and my pictures didn’t need any editing or enhancing. It automatically earned a spot in my favies list. Here are the ingredients:

Mica, Mineral Oil, Caprylic, Polybutene, Squalane, Ceresin wax, Euphorbia Cerifera wax, Copernicia Cerifera wax, Talc, Tocopheryl acetate,  Methy Paraben, Fragrance, may contain CI 77891, CI77491, CI77492, CI15850


Ever Bilena Studio Finish Stick Foundation

 

I used Ever Bilena Studio Finish Stick Foundation in Creme. No editing done!

Studio finish Stick foundation used on a client for Miss UP 2011

Stick foundations are essentially cream-to-powder foundations in stick form. It has a very creamy, almost greasy, appearance. When you blend it, the creamy aspect disappears and you are left with a slightly matte, powdery finish. They work well for someone with normal to slightly dry or slightly combination skin. This type of foundation doesn’t require powdering after you apply it. If you want to apply powder, make sure you apply it as lightly as possible to avoid a caked, heavy look.

It comes in 5 colors: Creme, Bare, Beige, Meil, Soleil. I got the Creme one since it suits my warm skin tone with a bit of yellow undertone. Beige would most probably suit morenas. Meil would be good for those darker than common morenas. Bare would most likely fit cool skin tones that have a peachy,pinkish undertone. I find Soleil to be the darkest color.

After getting satisfied yet again, I was pretty much “foundation hopping” from one product to the next. I figured I can check out their foundation line that has UV protection, since Summer is fast approaching, and we all know what that means. I tried their Shine Free Foundation with UVA/UVB Protection for only 100 pesos and wanted to know if it really WAS Shine free.

 

I used Ever Bilena Shine Free foundation with UVA/UVB Protection in Soft Bisque. No editing done!

 

I have to say that this product is quite promising. It has light coverage. It doesn’t really cover blemishes well, so you need to conceal. But it gives you a very sheer, natural finish so you won’t look overdone. It’s great for everyday wear, since it gives you a very fresh finish! It works better with powder blush and highlighters. It easily dries up on your face and looks matte.

It has 4 colors: Natural, Soft Bisque, Oriental, Almond. I got the one in soft bisque because it’s a light color with a pinkish tone to it that gives my skin that healthy glow. There’s barely any difference between Natural and Almond, but Oriental has a yellow undertone.

Just like the Pro flawless finish foundation, it’s water-based so it’s suitable for normal to dry skin.

The last foundation I tried from ever Bilena is their Advance Two-way Cake foundation. I got it for 200 pesos. I seriously don’t understand why it’s more expensive than all the other foundations I’ve tried. I was never a fan of powder foundations because it usually made me break out. It’s actually very ironic since powder foundations would be perfect for oily skin. I wanted to try this out because I was experimenting. I guess the whole “foundation hopping” extravaganza got me carried away. I found it very challenging to use this product due to the sponge applicator. I also found that using a powder brush was not effective. I tried using a pressed powder puff and it did the job. I guess that means I have to go hunt for another puff just for this product!

First of all, powder foundations are just like pressed powder, except they have heavier coverage. It stays on for the most part of the day without fading, caking, or disappearing. It should be easy to use, but for some reason, it’s not so effective on me. Maybe I’m meant to get the Advance Powder foundation. The only reason I didn’t get it was because it was a bit more expensive than the two-way cake one and the SA explained that the only difference was that it had sunscreen and the container was “prettier” bad decision! Now I am planning to get the other one. Boo.

Let’s hope that this product will redeem itself. I just wanted to mention this product since it’s still relevant to the topic on hand.

Picture c/o Magic Potions Online Beauty Shop

 

So those are the Ever Bilena foundations I have tried. I hope I have helped somehow. I know how difficult it can be to choose the perfect foundation. It’s very crucial to achieving the perfect look. Just take note that before you begin your search; you need to identify your skin type.

These products may have been satisfactory for me, but they may not be for you. We all have different preferences, but one thing I can say is that they did not make me break out, which is definitely a good thing. A minor downside to them may be their shine-free abilities. Maybe it’s my skin, maybe it’s the weather, but I am still on the hunt for the perfect, perfect foundation for me! I know it’s out there. But meanwhile, it wouldn’t hurt to play around with these awesome products 🙂

As you all know, I love making videos on YouTube. It’s definitely become one of my passions. My main purpose for making videos is to share what I know about Fashion and Beauty, especially make-up, to everyone! Since I initially learned what I know by watching tutorials by gurus like Makeupgeek, Kandeejohnson, and Pixiwoo; I felt that I wanted to inspire other girls to indulge in all things beneficial to our health and beauty as well, using products that are available & convenient.

I want to disseminate that beauty is attainable despite imperfections and limitations.

I wanna tell every girl out there that “You are beautiful in your own way.”

My tutorials are also my outlet. Whenever I feel down or I’m simply bored to my guts, I just get the camera & film about anything. It not only makes me feel better, but it also allows me to reach out to amazing people inside or outside the country. It opens up a gateway to getting know other women out there who can relate to me, or who simply enjoy watching my videos.

Every time I make my videos, I  stay true to myself. I don’t use a script, I don’t plan on what to say, and I don’t edit them in a way that would project me in a different light; and knowing that I gained subscribers despite being a crazy-ass, hyperactive woman who enjoys ranting and waving her hands everywhere is such a motivation for me! I seriously never thought I would reach 500. To some, it may not be much, but to me…it’s everything awesome and more! So I want to give back by doing this give away contest!

Here is how it works:

  1. You have to be Subscribed to my channel
  2. Like my Facebook page!
  3. Send me a message here on YT with the following
  • your YT username
  • your FB name
  • your answers to the following questions:

a. What The face Shop product did I rave about in my First Ever Review video?

b. What Watsons Lotion did I rave about in my February wins video?

c. What did I get for purchasing a gazillion Watsons products in my Guilt Trip Haul?

d. What is your favorite make-up tutorial from my channel and why?

Important Reminders:

  1. You have to be allowed to join these kind of contests that require you to  give out personal information like your shipping address. I will need it to send out your prizes, unless the winner will be from Cebu 🙂
  2. You can only send me one message containing complete information required. If you have double entries, they won’t be valid 🙂
  3. This is open INTERNATIONALLY!
  4. This contest is open for two weeks starting today March 5, 2011 – March 19, 2011

Here are the prizes:

The Give Aways!

Here are individual pictures of the prizes:

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It is super easy to join and I hope you will go for it! I will be choosing the winner based on the answers and the validity of the information provided. Everyone has a chance to win! So I really hope that I will hear from you guys! I love you all and thank you once again for the support you have given me.

Check out my YouTube video about this Give Away! ♥

If you’re a subscriber, or if you have read a few entries from my blog that include videos, then you must be familiar with my YouTube Channel maricarljanah I have a decent amount of subscribers and they are all amazing! So I received an email about two days ago from Ms. Michelle Tiu aka msmatched asking me if I wanted to be a guest blogger on her site. I felt so flattered having been asked to do something so awesome! Plus, I have never done anything like it. So, of course I agreed and we both metaphorically sat down and talked about how we’d go about it.

Basically, I’ll be doing an article that’s Beauty or fashion related. I was planning on slacking and just do it next week, but I had a sudden wake-up call; thanks to Ms. Kristine Roa of InStyle Cebu who stumbled upon my humble site and was gracious enough to promote it on her Twitter. Not only did I freak out, but I also did MAJOR re-editing of a few entries. I know, I know, I should always proofread before publishing, but hey, I never thought someone would actually read the stuff I post (LOL!) Maybe it’s a higher being’s way of telling me to get my butt off my bed and do something productive! So here I am ranting about something barely relevant to you or your life or maybe even your interests; however, you can consider this as a comeback entry per se.  Are you excited? Probably not, but I’ll be excited for both of us, yeah?

So I will be coming up with something very soon and you can read it here and at Michelle’s site. Feel free to check out her blog at beautifulloft.blogspot.com

Have a great day and wish me luck! 🙂

KoldKiss Milkshake Factory

It has been such a long time since I made a blog post. I continuously say I would get on it, but I’m a professional procrastinator. A clear example is today. I’m supposed to be reading a few notes for a predictor exam, but here I am typing away. I just can’t seem to get my thoughts organized enough to focus on a certain task. So, I think happy thoughts, and it leads me to the cold, sweet, refreshing, addictive drink that KoldKiss Milkshake Factory gives me.

I’ve been craving their drinks like a pregnant woman for the past two days now; especially the Wild Strawberry and Heavenly Vanilla. I would gladly get one of course, if not for the fact that I live all the way South and I have to drive a full 20 minutes to get to SM, the only place I can get them from.

I came across their humble stall by accident. I just finished shopping for random things at SM and I decided to walk around. I passed by their stall near the front, right side of Ace Hardware and simply walked past it; however, for some reason, I took a few steps back and read their menu. The girl in the stall was very accommodating and friendly. She asked me what I wanted to order but I have never tried their drinks before. She was quite assertive so she offered their best seller: Wild Strawberry. I didn’t really think it would be anything special, but when I finally took a sip…OMG, it was so good. I think “so good” would be an understatement, but it really is good.

When I finished it all up, I was craving for another one! Unfortunately, I was already at home. The week after that I decided to meet my friend Kim at SM to have dinner and of course get my second dose of KMF. I made her try it and took pictures because I decided to blog about it. This was around December of last year. I know, I know…It took some time! Anyway, she got the Mocha Supremo and loved it. She’s usually very picky when it comes to food and drinks. Her liking the drink IS a big deal.

So, 2010 flew and it was January 2011. It was Sinulog Festival, my family and I opted to go to SM rather than to the streets to watch the parade because it was raining non-stop. I passed by their stall and automatically made my whole family get one. My dad had the Tropical Mango, I had Heavenly Vanilla, and my sister had Mocha Supremo. We even took pictures in front of the stall just for kicks.

Now, my sister is addicted to it as well. Just yesterday, she made my mom drive to SM just to get one. I was calling my mom on her mobile while driving from a make-up gig to see if they were still there because…YES, I was craving for it as well.

What is the point of this random blabber? KoldKiss Milkshake is the BOMB! If you’re still not convinced after reading this blog, it’s either you’re a hater, lactose-intolerant…or simply dense! Just kidding. Seriously though, you really should try them. They have a limited menu but you get hooked to each of them. It’s too bad they only have one stall and it has to be all the way at SM. But I did ask the sales lady about it and she mentioned that hopefully they would expand. I really think they should!

Although the prices might range from 50 to 99 pesos, they are all worth it. I mean come on… Starbucks Frapuccinos cost more than 120+ and Bo’s brewed tea is about 100+. Personally, I would prefer a KMF drink if I had to choose. I just wish they had a real place to chill at instead of a simple stall. But I guess everything has its humble beginnings.

If you haven’t tried a KMF drink, get your butt off that seat and get one! You will not regret it. Who knows, you might end up like me and tell everyone you know about it. I wish them all the best and I hope they would expand and improve very, very soon!

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