MAYBELLINE: The Perfect First Impression Mission

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Research shows that it only takes up to 8 seconds to make a first impression.

Believe me -- I know how nerve wracking it is on the first day. Be it for work, for class or just meeting someone new, first impressions aren't always spot on, but they matter. So to avoid those awkward misconceptions, it's always good to put your best foot forward.

There are a few simple things you can take into consideration to make sure you leave the best impression.

#1 The Look


Ada Agupitan MAYBELLINE: The Perfect First Impression Mission OOTD

They say that clothes make the person. The way you put yourself together and your entire demeanor is affected by the way you dress. So one simple rule to remember? Dress to impress. Be it for meeting new friends, the first day of school, the first date or your first day on the job -- the way you dress makes all the difference.

Another way to make an impression?

#2 The Eyes


Ada Agupitan MAYBELLINE: The Perfect First Impression Mission EYES

It's amazing what a difference the eyes can make. After all, they have been said to be the windows to our soul. So change your look up, not just with your eye makeup, but with your eyebrows as well. Go for the natural look, the polished look, or the more recently popular Korean eyebrow look to go from playful to sultry to a natural beauty.

Eye makeup also does half the work for you, whether you want to appear like a sweetheart girl next door or go the extra mile with those mile-high lashes, your eyes tend to tell a lot about you.

So if one half is the eyes, what's the other?

#3 Instant Skin Perfection

Some people are fortunate enough to have that natural flawless finish. Lowly humans like us, however, have Maybelline.
Ada Agupitan MAYBELLINE: The Perfect First Impression Mission Clear Smooth 8-in-1 BB Cream

Maybelline wants to help you make the perfect first impression with its new line of 8-in-1 BB Creams that are perfect for everybody.

Maybelline Clear Smooth Shine Free Clear Stick
The Maybelline Clear Smooth Shine Free Clear Stick the first BB Stick to offer 12 hour anti-shine matte finish perfect for people with oily skin. If you want that put-together matte look, this stick is perfect for you. Rest assured that your makeup will stay in place and shine free, and with SPF21 PA+++, this stick offers decent UV protection for hot days out.

Maybelline Clear Smooth Shine Free Clear Stick Matte finish contouring tips tutorial

Apply the stick in key areas of the face and blend outward, giving you a matte even finish. Top the look off with some modest matte contouring to achieve that put-together professional look.

Maybelline Clear Smooth 8-in-1 Skin Transformer BB Cream

If your skin lacks that radiant glow, Maybelline Clear Smooth 8-in-1 Skin Transformer BB Cream offers brightening, evening, smoothening, refining, clearing, concealing,and moistrurizing properties. So for that natural glow, and all-day wear, you don't need to look any further.
Maybelline Clear Smooth BB White
And for those of you recovering from that fresh summer tan, keep your skin in check from harmful UV rays with Maybelline Clear Smooth BB White with SPF50 PA+++ for ultimate sun protection.

Maybelline Clear Smooth 8-in-1 Skin Transformer BB Cream BB White Natural radiant glow contour highlight tips tutorial

Use both these products to achieve the perfect radiant glow. Choose a shade that matches your skin tone and apply in dots in key areas before blending outward for a smooth even finish. Highlight points of your face that catch light and blend liberally to achieve that radiant natural glow perfect for a day out or meeting your friends.

Change yourself up and make that perfect first impression.

Want to find out what first impression you make on others?

Take Maybelline's First Impressions Meter and find out. It is a fun, one-of-a-kind app that gives you 8 seconds to decide your first impression of other people, while they decide their first impression of you!

Because #firstimpressionsmatter

Wanna learn more? Visit Maybelline Phillippine's Facebook Page for more tips and tricks on how to make the perfect first impression.

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May Favorites 2014 + Life + Music

Tuesday, June 03, 2014



I've been really complacent with blog posts lately, huh? Hahaha I guess I just really got into the rhythm of making videos :P I'm honestly not going to  go into the details of all the stuff I showed you in this May Favorites video because I feel like I'm just ridiculously talkative most of the time in my videos :P

So if you guy have any questions with the items above, feel free to ask them below -- I'll definitely get back to you! :3 BTW, if you're looking for where to find those What's Your Flavor Shirts you can find more info here (http://goo.gl/eyjPDr)

Now that I have an outlet for creativity in the form of videos and getting back into my art, I can actually use my blog more for talking about life and you know, what's really been going on haha.

So it's finally June and everybody's on their way back to school. It got me wondering whether or not I should try doing a Back to School Video. Although that'll probably come out pretty late considering I have yet to film it ahaha.

On the same note, I'm also on the way back to work. After a month or two-month-long break from labwork I feel rusty so I need get back into the rhythm. In case you guys I wondering, yes I've graduated, but I still have some labwork and research that I need to tie the ends on. Hopefully if I try hard enough all that research might actually pay off ;)

Meanwhile, this blog will finally become what it's supposed to be -- a stress reliever instead of a stress additive. I hope you guys don't mind me talking much about this stuff :P If not, you can always just skip these introspective and life-themed posts in favor of the ones you like.

ALSO! I've really been getting back into making playlists lately. Granted, they may not be as organized and themed as my previous Mixtape Mondays, but I'll definitely be sharing more with you guys soon so look forward to that!

And if you haven't already seen, I recently did an unboxing video of my recent Etude House package, so if you're interested go check that out!


I'll definitely have more cohesive and planned out blogposts soon guys, so look forward to that!

Ada, signing out!

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VACATION LOG: Ada goes to Bataan - Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Saturday, May 24, 2014

AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWYEAH. I'm on a roll! 3 videos in a row. Granted, this video wasn't too hard to edit. It was basically just stitching and picking from a ridiculous amount if clips I took from my vacation LOL.

So as I promised, I'm diversifying my posts. It's no fun for anyone if all my posts are just about beauty and fashion, so for my oldie readers out there, here's a little travel blog.



So my labmates and I had the amazing opportunity to visit Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar which is a heritage resort created by Gerry Acuzar, an art collector with a passion for traditional Filipino architectue. He's made a hobby of collecting and restoring old, neglected, ancestral houses to their former glory, and to support and bring awareness to such pursuits, he opened up this wonderful resort.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines by Brandon Sy

This was the first stop on our 2-day lab strategy planning ;) I'm no stranger to Bataan. My family owns some property in Morong and I probably visit almost once a month. But I'd never really explored Bagac long enough to get to know this place.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines by Brandon Sy

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines by Brandon Sy

This place is breathtaking - a far cry from the state of a few of the old houses in Manila. We were fortunate enough to experience a tour of the 34 renovated houses which were transferred from their original homes to this complex. The resort isn't too far off from its goal of 50 fully-restored Filipino houses :)

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines by Brandon Sy

Some houses have been restored and renovated as lodging for resort guests and some are owned by the creator's friends and family.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines by Brandon Sy

There are even entire houses that are for rent if you want to experience immersion into the 15- and 1600s. I didn't bother asking for the price. It's almost definitely out of my price range.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines by Brandon Sy

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines by Brandon Sy

We ended up renting out two rooms at Paseo de Escolta (pictured above and below), built based on a strip of commercial structures replicating the Escolta buildings in Manila, dating early 1900s. The first floor is all shops, services and tourist information while the 2nd and 3rd floors are some pretty legit rooms. Our room had a loft, two queen-sized beds, a bathtub, shower, and cable TV. It's not exactly roughing it when the room is fully air-conditioned but hey -- it makes for a great stay ;)

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines by Brandon Sy

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines by Brandon Sy

Each house has its own history, secrets and mystery. Most houses were transferred from their original foundations in different parts of the Philippines - Binondo, Quiapo, Cagayan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, La Union, Quezon and a lot more. Each house has part of its original structure incorporated (mostly the preserved wooden workings and grand staircases) while the rest of the unsalvagable portions are recreated.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines by Brandon Sy

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines by Brandon Sy

 The house we're standing in front of below is their First Class accommodation. It's ridiculously posh with murals and ceiling mosaics, fancy tiles, chandeliers and table settings. If I'm not mistaken it has five bedrooms that are all fully air-conditioned and all its toiletries and amenities are reportedly Hermes.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines by Brandon Sy

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines by Brandon Sy

Sounds like a dream come true right? Well for 150,000 PHP a night, you can make you dream come true and rent out the entire house ahahaha. That's just way out of my budget.

Even their Reception Area is a spectacle. There was very little of the original structure left and they only had one front-facing picture of it to go on while creating it. The rest was left to the architects' imaginations.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines by Brandon Sy

We even got to see Casa Hidalgo, designed and built by the first Filipino to practice architecture in the Philippines during the Spanish Era. It was originally used as the first campus of the University of the Philippines School of Fine Arts.

After which its less remarkable history took over and it was utizlied as a boling alley, boys and girls dormitory, sex live show house (wth? :o) and an abortion clinic. It stands here fully rebuilt and reconstructed according to its former glory.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines by Brandon Sy

The rest of the resort is just as beautiful and rich with history. Even the house of Teodora Alonzo (Jose Rizal's Mother) has some of its juicy secrets and stories. I'll leave that for you guys to find out yourselves when you get there. (You guys should definitely go!)

Overall, the ambiance of the entire resort is absolutely surreal. The statues, the roads, the lights and the architecture all contribute to its overall appeal.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines by Brandon Sy

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines by Brandon Sy

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines by Brandon Sy

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines by Brandon Sy

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines by Brandon Sy

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines by Brandon Sy

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines by Brandon Sy

And if you're not much of the scenery type, you can always enjoy their wonderful beach front and pool. Even their pool blends perfectly into the atmosphere of the resort, being modeled after a natural batis or pond similar to those used in early times.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines by Brandon Sy

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines by Brandon Sy

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines by Brandon Sy

Overall, this has been one of the most informative and enjoyable trips that I've had in a while; not only because of the resort, experience and scenery, but also because of the wonderful people I got to enjoy them with.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines by Brandon Sy

Thank you Disease Molecular Biology and Epigenetics Laboratory for this wonderful strategic planning trip! It's one I'll never forget! :3

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines by Brandon Sy
 All pictures courtesy of my good friend and lab mate, Brandon Sy

So tell me, did you like this post? Should I do more like them? I really hope you enjoyed this because I really do plan on bringing more to the table than I did before :3

But that's it for now! Tell me what you guys think!

Ada, signing out!
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Summer Foundation Routine!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Whoo! It's finally here! This is some pretty awkward timing -- one, because it's probably not even summer where most of my readers are and two, it's just about time for rainy season to start settling in here in the Philippines. But it's still going to be pretty hot, and the sun's not really going away so I thought I'd just go ahead and get this over with LOL. Here's  my looooong overdue summer foundation routine.


So here's a detailed overview of all the products I mentioned and used in the video! Feel free to ask me more about the products and how I use them. Then again, we all have different skin hahaha. But here's my experience and thoughts on the products mentioned :P

Celeteque's Alcohol-Free TonerSkinWhite Advanced Whitening Lotion and Etude House Flower Moistfull Cream

Foundation usually starts off with face prep. Before actually putting anything on, after I wash my face, I make sure to tone my face. My face feels fresher and more revitalized after :P I used to love using Etude's toner from their aloe line, but I ran out and they haven't restocked in ages so  had to go looking for a new non-drying toner. Celeteque's Alcohol-Free Toner was practically a god-send. It's a pretty simple formulation but it works wonders on my skin and doesn't dry it out. If you're looking for something that isn't too irritating, I recommend this.

The Philippine sun is notorious for being ridiculously hot from 9-3, the hours that I'm probably out most. I've been such a sunblock freak lately and I find that normal facial moisturizers with SPF don't really do so much for me. So I tried mixing some of this SkinWhite stuff with my daily moisturizer (Etude House Flower Moistfull Cream) for a DIY moisturizer and I must say, it works pretty well.

Carmex Protecting Lip Balm EOS in Strawberry Sorbet

This isn't really face related, but lip-care is on the top of my list this summer. It's really easy to get dehydrated and even though the rest of your face is probably dripping in oil (eww), your lips might end up chapped. Not to mention, your lips aren't exactly immune to UV rays either. My usual pick is Carmex Protecting Lip Balm, but I've been loving EOS in Strawberry Sorbet lately as well. I can't really recommend one or the other because I've read a lot of people having allergic reactions to both these lip balms. I guess it's different for every person because I've been loving these to bits.

Etude House Goodbye Pore Ever Pore Primer Essence and Stick

I don't usually prime my face because I feel like it's just another heavy layer of makeup to add on, but done in the right way, it really does help your makeup's longevity. These two variations of Etude House's Goodbye Pore Ever Pore Primer (Stick/Essence) have been my staple favorites for a very very very long time, and I'm still using them. The stick's really helps with my oil control and the primer helps me achieve a more glow-y finish.

Maybelline's Clear Smooth Shine-Free BB Stick, The Face Shop's Aqua Tinted BB Cream and Tony Moly's Luminous Pure Aura CC Cream, ArtDeco Long-lasting oil-free foundation

Foundation-wise, I've pretty much been stick to BB Creams and CC Creams. Nothing really new in my arsenal since last time. I usually rotate between three products - Maybelline's Clear Smooth Shine-Free BB Stick, The Face Shop's Aqua Tinted BB Cream and Tony Moly's Luminous Pure Aura CC Cream - from most matte to most glowy. They all have decent SPF, but give different finishes. The amount I use of each one varies depending on my skin-tone for the day. I swear, my skin tone changes like, everyday.

For days when I want more coverage though, I stick with ArtDeco's Long-Lasting Oil-Free Foundation. It's a little dark on my skin so I mix it in with a little of the Aqua Tinted BB Cream.

Maybelline's Clear Smooth Shine-Free BB Stick, The Face Shop's Aqua Tinted BB Cream and Tony Moly's Luminous Pure Aura CC Cream, ArtDeco Long-lasting oil-free foundation
From left to right: ArtDeco Long-lasting oil-free foundation,  Tony Moly's Luminous Pure Aura CC Cream,  The Face Shop's Aqua Tinted BB Cream and Maybelline's Clear Smooth Shine-Free BB Stick
 Because most of the face makeup I used is pretty light coverage, concealer is a must, especially if you're like me have monster eyebags. *Insert girly screech here*

Flormar Perfect Coverage Liquid Concealer

I got Flormar Perfect Coverage Liquid Concealer on sale from Watson's a few months ago and I've been using it ever since. It was practically a steal, considering how much product comes in the package and how well it covers, even with just a little bit of product. This concealer has a yellow undertone, so it neutralizes the blue on my undereyes perfectly. It's also pretty good for minor blemishes and redness around the nose area, and still comes off pretty light-weight. I LOVE it!

On days when I don't really expect to stay out in the sun long, I can totally deal without setting my makeup for a nice translucent and natural glow. But on days when I need the extra hold, setting is a must!

Sometimes I just use a loose translucent powder, but for extra coverage, I like setting my makeup with a thin dusting of Maybelline's Clear Smooth Extra Shine-Free Powder Foundation. As long as you have a light hand, and apply with a fluffy brush, this doesn't really cake up, especially if you use a really light-weight BB or CC Cream as a base.

Maybelline's Clear Smooth Extra Shine-Free Powder Foundation

Because my skin is ridiculously fickle, I compensate for any tone-discrepancies with bronzer. A good matte bronzer like Essence Sun Club Matte Bronzing Powder is really easy to use. Sometimes I play the mix and match game and mix it in with some loose powder to come up with a lighter bronzer color on pale days LOL. I honestly have no idea how the heck I'm going to finish this entire tin because HELLO??? It's friggin' huge. Price-wise it's definitely a good deal.

Essence Sun Club Matte Bronzing Powder Etude House Cupcake All-Over Colors Physicians Formula's Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in Warm

I've been loving cream blushes and have been giving some new life to my Etude House Cupcake All-Over Colors (I know, I've had them for forever and haven't even made a dent in them!). But something new on my favorites list is Physicians Formula's Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in Warm. I was actually really surprised when I used this because in the packaging, the pinks look pretty cool-toned. But when applied it gives such a peachy sheen and is perfect for a nice highlight! The top half is really light  and the bottom half can be used for a deeper color, but when you swirl it all together, it gives a really subtle, natural glow :) Seriously, the pictures and video do not do it justice T_T.

Physicians Formula's Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in Warm, Essence Sun Club Matte Bronzing Powder in Brunettes and Etude House Cupcake All-Over Color in Orange Choux Cake Swatches
From Left to Right: Physicians Formula's Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in Warm, Essence Sun Club Matte Bronzing Powder in Brunettes and Etude House Cupcake All-Over Color in Orange Choux Cake
And here's the finished product below. Disclaimer: I played with the levels because my lighting is still pretty crappy and I spot-healed the two zits on my forehead because they were ridiculously bulbous on still shots - more so than on my video. Everything else is still the same though. Please don't judge me for my insecurities. At least I'm decent enough to admit them, right? x_x


So that' pretty much it!

I really want to hear from you guys about the format of my videos. Did you like my old background setup on my update video or do you prefer the new one? I'm still trying to get my bearings so I can see which setup and lighting's better.

Also, would you guys prefer it if I talked directly at the camera or do you like the current format as it is with me voicing it over? I'll try playing with a few video formats in the future just to get a feel of what you guys prefer.

That's pretty much it! Let me know about your tips and tricks for staying fresh in the summer :) (or any other season) :) And if you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to drop me a line! That's it for now!

Ada signing out!

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UPDATES: Where have I been!?!?!?!?!?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Whooo~! Hey guys! It's been ages, hasn't it? Almost a year if I'm not mistaken. I'm not even sure if most of you still remember me.

If yes, then booyah! Thanks for staying tuned. If not, then I'm just gonna have to regain your readership.



So the big question -- where have I been, and what have I been doing??? Well, it's a pretty long story. You can choose to hear about it in my shrill annoying voice or read more about it below.

This past year has been a huge year for me. I was on my senior year of college for my Bachelor of Science degree on Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. I had to maintain my grades to keep up my standing to graduate Magna Cum Laude, not to mention there was just a butt-load of thesis work to do. At least all that work was worth it -- I won Best Thesis :))

Arjelle Ada Agupitan 2014 Graduate Magna Cum Laude BS Molecular Biology and Biotechnology University of the Philippines Diliman
Oh, over-photoshop GradPics -- We all have them LOL
Setting aside my hobbies and blogging for a while was part of the sacrifices I had to make to get where I am now. I'm happy to say that I am now a contributing factor to our county's unemployed population! HOORAH! All kidding, aside,I plan on applying for an instructor position at my home institute before pursuing my Master's Degree abroad. I'm pretty much PhD-bound, but hey, a lot can change :P

In addition to that, one of the reasons I've been gone is because of moving. I can't say this was a really recent change, but it just took a pretty long time for me to get settled into my new home. I have this pretty new pad -- is that what kids these days call it? A pad? A hood? Whatever. New room practically = new life and new habits and a lot of getting used to.

You've probably seen some of my room from my old instagram photos and backdrops of hauls and other product shots. But I've really only gotten around to decorating and setting things in order recently. You can see most of my room in the video above, but just to show you what I mean, here's my current study-table setup.

decoration office setup diy work in progress

decoration office setup diy work in progress

Ugh, I know -- it's a work in progress. I have a lot of DIY things planned for my room and hopefully I can transform it into my dream room by the end of the summer. I'll be taking you guys along for the ride during this transformation and hopefully I'll have some tips and updates to share with you guys soon.

Something else that's new? I got myself a new laptop! A faster processor and more RAM means I can finally do more videos for you guys! I've really been meaning to do more videos but it was just such a hassle when processing time took 2-4 hours. Now it only takes me 5-20 minutes depending on the length and editing.

On that note, I also have a NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL associated with my Google+ account. So if you can, please do SUBSCRIBE! I'll be posting a lot more often now that I'm able to ;)

I've also updated my twitter to @all_ada_love - just a heads up ;) go follow me if you wish. I don't post much, but I'll definitely try to :P

I'll also try to vary my posts more these days. I realized that I may have alienated a lot of my older audience because I wanted SEO or more views. I don't want to peg my blog as just a beauty blog so I'll try to bring back some of my old-school posts to regain my status as a blog that's about "ANYTHING UNDER THE SUN". Look forward to more music posts, ramblings, DIY, tutorials and personal posts.

That's pretty much it! I have a tutorial and review coming up, so keep tuned for that. I also have a giveaway planned so keep you ears peeled!

That's it for now!

Ada, signing out!

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