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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 ūüėõ

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


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!



See you guys there!


My Give Away Winner is…

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! ūüėÄ

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”


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 ūüôā
  • 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 ūüėČ
  • napzter87 – Chinky! Hope to see a video from you soon!
  • illmakeUpretty – thanks for giving me tutorial ideas with your requests dear ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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.


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



Much Love,

Janz ‚̧




My First Ever Give Away Contest!

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 ūüôā
  2. You can only send me one message containing complete information required. If you have double entries, they won’t be valid ūüôā
  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! ♥

A Blog Collaboration! A Come-back Entry?

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! ūüôā

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter‚ĄĘ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 35 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 114 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 15mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was August 10th with 47 views. The most popular post that day was YouTube ‚Äď Charice acapella cover: All that I need to¬†Survive.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, youtube.com, twitter.com, en.wordpress.com, and formspring.me.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for boxxy, shift dress, cropped jacket, dakota fanning eclipse, and boxxy without makeup.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


YouTube ‚Äď Charice acapella cover: All that I need to¬†Survive August 2010


Fashion Basics: A Checklist To Create a Timeless And Versatile Wardrobe May 2010


Truth About Internet: The Boxxy Story August 2010


Where to Eat: Simply J’s Cafe October 2010


About me May 2010

The Trends of 2011

I think that saying goodbye to 2011 does not only mean reflection, creating New Year’s resolutions that we most likely fail to keep up with; reminiscing the good and bad times that passed; new and forgotten friends throughout the year, or being excited about what the new year brings.

For me, it is also about keeping up-to-date about Trends. What’s in, What’s Hot, What is in Fashion! So I have decided that instead of coming up with a make-up look like everyone else; I will make a 2011 Trends 101. I figured it would save most girls from doing their own research and going through endless links and tabs.

If you’re the kind of girl who knows her stuff when it comes to Beauty and Fashion, then first and foremost, you need Basics. What do I mean by Basics? Well, Color of the year of course! And what better way to find out than to refer to Pantone.

If this is the first time you heard of this Brand name, well then let me educate you.

Pantone is a company best known for its Pantone Matching System (PMS), a proprietary color space used in a variety of industries; primarily printing, though sometimes in the manufacture of colored paint, fabric, and plastics. The Pantone Color Matching System is largely a standardized color reproduction system. By standardizing the colors, different manufacturers in different locations can all refer to the Pantone system to make sure colors match without direct contact with one another.

In 1999, the company announced The¬†Millennium¬†color. In 2005,¬†they partnered with¬†Michele Bernhardt of Colorstrology and announced violet tulip as the Colorstrology Color of the Year. Afther 2007 they began to continuously come up with a “Color of the Year”

For 2011, they have chosen Honeysuckle Pink, a version of Hot Pink as the Color of the Year.

The following are a few items in this color:

How do we apply this knowledge? It boils down to a few different categories such as Fashion and Styling, Make-up, Interior design, motifs for events and the like.

In Fashion, runways have been showing off a variety of things using the color. It could be the clothes themselves or the make-up of the models. These are only a few of the pictures of what I’m talking about.

Cynthia Steffe Spring 2011

Nina Ricci Spring 2011

Nanette Lepore Spring 2011

Lanvin 2011

If you are not bold enough to walk the streets in a pink ensemble then you can go for pink accessories and accents like these:

You have to make sure that you pair it with complementary colors. Here are some examples of colors that you can pair with pink without looking like a toddler or a preppy High School girl.

In make-up, runways have been showing off 4 different trends. These are:

  1. Bold Lips
  2. Natural make-up
  3. Bright Eyes
  4. Smokey eyes

The most common look would be the classic smokey eye. Recently, the bold lips and natural look have been constantly used on the runways. Models are cat-walking with less make-up and more attitude.

For Interior design, I have found so many divine pictures of living rooms, bedrooms, study-rooms, and more. I am absolutely in-love with them!

For hairstyles these are the following that have been seen quite rampantly on the runway, photo-shoots, and celebrities:

French braids

Messy/Modern Updo

Bangs and Bobs

Side-swept bangs

Short Bob

Natural-looking Waves

So those are some of the things that you need to take note of for 2011. It is going to be a bright, pink 2011. ¬†Just the way I like it ūüôā

Check out my YouTube Video about this post here!

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Handpicked news just for you!

If you’re too lazy to do anything other than sit in front of your laptop or desktop all day and search the web for things to take up your time; wouldn’t it be nice to have something apart from Google, Wikipedia, and YouTube to fall back on?

Well, lo and behold!

I’m working on this E-zine¬†that features posts about entertainment, lifestyle, technology and gaming, and other interesting information that will definitely save you from boredom. It caters to a variety of categories, so, you are free to choose.

It is the shiznit; not just because I post stuff on it, but also because it’s very informative and — I feel like a commercial ad.

Anyway, just check it out! It won’t hurt. I’m asking you nicely. Pahahaha. You might be surprised at what you’ll find there *wink wink* No, seriously.

Camotes Island Trip

Last May 15-17, 2010 my mom, sister, and I went to Camotes for a Summer trip. She planned everything. All I had to do was split the expenses with her. But I decided to know more about the details in case I have friends who would like to go there as well. And so, I came up with this blog so I can help other people plan a trip there too. In this post you will find information about the islands and the itinerary of our trip.

The Camotes islands are situated in the Northeast Visayas. The islands are divided into 4 municipalities: Poro, Tudela, San Francisco, and Pilar. The main language is Cebuano except in Poro where the people pronounce the “y” sound with a “z” sound. For example, instead of saying “Maayong buntag” they say “Maazong buntag.” The people are very friendly and trust-worthy. Unlike most tourist spots where they rip you off as much as they can, they are very honest and reliable. So if you would like a fresh destination for your next vacation that is very¬†affordable¬†then Camotes should be one of the top 3 on your list.

These are some of the pictures I took when we went there:

How to get there:

There are no direct flights to Camotes; however, I heard that that will be happening soon. Anyway, you need to go to Cebu via boat or plane.

  1. Danao port, Cebu – You can go straight to Danao if you are not from Cebu but if you are, there is a V-hire terminal at SM City that will take you to Danao port for 40 pesos/pax. The drivers usually wait for the van to be filled before leaving. So that could be a problem if there are only two or three of you.
  2. Boat ride to Camotes – This is the list of Shipping companies, schedule of trips, and the fare prices: Link We availed of the Jomalia Shipping line and it took exactly 2 hours to get to Consuelo, San Francisco which is only 15 minutes away from Santiago Bay Garden and Resort where we stayed at.
  3. We took a multi-cab ride from Consuelo to Santiago which cost 50 pesos/pax. motorcycles or habal-habals are also available for the same price.
  4. Santiago¬†Bay Garden and Resort – Santiago Bay Garden and Resort is very affordable. The¬†ambiance¬†is nice and the best part is that it’s the partner resort of Mangodlong Rock Resort so you don’t need to pay an entrance fee when you stay there. All you have to do is get a motorcycle ride for 30 pesos/pax. These are the positive and negative feedbacks of Santiago Bay:


  • There is a swimming pool that is situated by the edge of the resort overlooking the beach

    This is the picture of their swimming pool.

  • The rooms are simple but comfortable. They also have villas available.
  • They have a restaurant, bar, 2 pool tables, and they offer diving courses, banana and jet ski rides.
  • Their food prices range from 100-200 per order
  • The use of the pool table is 50 pesos/hr which is quite cheap considering they play music and the tables are good.


  • During our last day there, they ran out of water!
  • during the middle of the day there is no beach shore. That’s where Mangodlong Rock Resort comes in.
  • They don’t have internet and cable.

Camotes Island Tour

If you want to tour the island, the resort offers packages but there are also freelance habal-habal drivers that offer tours for 500 pesos/motorcycle and the fuel refill is on you. There are also multicabs available for hire. We took the motorcycles and we went to the following places:

  1. Bukilat Cave
  2. Buho Rock
  3. Timubo cave
  4. Green lake Park
  5. Lake Danao Park
  6. Mangodlong Rock Resort

To be honest, it was well worth our money. We got to take beautiful pictures, swim in the calm, cold waters of Timubo Cave and sun bathe on the beautiful shores of Mangodlong Rock Resort.

If there is one regret I have is that I wasn’t able to try their delicacy which is the fried dry tilapia I heard it’s really good and I wish i knew this before I went there. At least I have the chance to let other people know about it and so they won’t miss this!

I made a video of our trip and it includes some of the pictures we took while we were there: Camotes Trip

So, when you go back to Cebu you have to be at the port early so that you can get a ticket. They usually ask you to form a line and discard the list that you need to write your names on for documentation purposes.

So I hope this helped. Feel free to comment for any questions and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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