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#RIXMUKAPat1 GIVEAWAY! (1 year after the “Power of Makeup” video!)

This time last year, I finally took courage to embrace my love for makeup by creating a separate account dedicated only to beauty.

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Not only that, I posted my first ever makeup video on YouTube.

For years, I had restricted myself from trying to look good. I was one of those mothers who DGAF about how they looked, as long as their kids were properly clothed. Not only that, I was in that crazy time in my life when grooming was considered flirting or prettying for another person. That was also the time I’d hardly buy anything for myself. I had no balls to even stand for myself. Not that I wanted one. Haha!

But then tables were turned and my pain led me to a blessing. I got to be ME again. Then again, who WAS I? Little by little, I took my baby steps to knowing myself deeply and to savoring my freedom to embrace my individuality.

Fast forward to 2010 or 2011, I discovered my first makeup heroine – MICHELLE PHAN. I can still remember the first video I clicked. It was her Lady Gaga’s Poker Face makeup tutorial. I was so amazed by the magic of makeup!

Few more months passed, and I began playing with makeup. I started with brands I could easily get. I even used the so-called ‘SG Authentic’ eyeshadows.

And the rest is history. 🙂

Fast forward to NOW. I’ve posted 590 photos on my beauty IG account, as of the moment, and a number of makeup videos on YouTube. I’ve done a few mini giveaways, too!

Now I’d like to give back some more love through my #RIXMUKAPat1 Giveaway! Here are the items the winner will get:

Continue reading “#RIXMUKAPat1 GIVEAWAY! (1 year after the “Power of Makeup” video!)”

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I have my very own YouTube PLAY button for hitting 1k!

Sorry if I’ve been out of synch these past few days, but this just can’t wait ’till tomorrow!

I HAVE HIT 1K SUBBIES ON YOUTUBE AND I GOT MY VERY OWN YOUTUBE PLAY BUTTON!
WOOT! WOOT!

This journey has been pretty long and tough and I even came to the point when I got so disappointed with myself. I felt like I wasn’t good enough. But as I meet new people and gain new friends; and with the support of my already very close friends who have been with me all these years (you know who you are), and my family who constantly encourage me to keep going, I formed a ball of confidence and completely changed my attitude towards this whole YouTube “career” if I may call it that.

All I know is I’m enjoying what I do, whether or not I get something from it, I want to keep doing it because this is one of the things that keep me sane despite the many stressful moments.

Today (I wish I knew what time it was), while I was tuning Yuki, my ukelele, Guil started singing 🎶 CONGRATULATIONS! CONGRATULATIONS! 🎶 as he was going down the stairs. I wasn’t looking at him when he put a red rectangular thing on my lap. (Oh my gosh! I can’t even remember if he did put it on my lap or if he held it out for me to see.)

I couldn’t stop laughing, but my eyes welled with tears. He and the boys had been keeping it a secret for a while now. He said he made it when I only had around 600 subbies. Tim, on the other hand, had almost spilled the beans as he kept giving tiny hints. Still, I had NO idea it was a MOSAIC PLAY BUTTON. 😂

My heart is still racing up to this moment. I’m happy I finally reached a thousand subbies, but I am even happier to know that I have a very, very supportive family. I have the sweetest partner and I won’t trade him and the boys for anything.

And to you, yes, YOU 👇 who have become a part of this journey…

Thank You!

From the bottom of my heart…

Thank you~

And because of that I’m finally announcing the winner to our #RIXMUKAPat1 #Raceto1K Giveaway!

Wait for my updated giveaway video!

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1K may not be 1M, but still…

1K is 1K. 😉

By the way, Guil is 1/3 of The Mighty Bhutens. They are a group of artists who specialize on turning broken things into a beautiful work of art! Check their works on their Facebook page!


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Spread happiness!
-rix★ϟ

Posted in Acne, Empties, hair care, Mascara and Falsies, Pinoy Brand, Powder, Rix Reviews, Skin Care, Uncategorized

BOTTOMS UP! Product Empties #1

I have been collecting empty boxes, jars, and bottles for months, because I’ve planned on posting my “product empties”. My mom was already eyeing on them and was itching to throw them away. So I just kept them all in a shoe box.

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Actually not all. 😪 I got rid of some because I kept forgetting that I’d be posting my empties!

I have been meaning to post this, but see, it took me ages before I actually did! Thanks to Dee! I am finally doing it.

So yeah, I’m doing this in collaboration with Dee, and you can check out her blog here.

Dee and I collaborated last December 2017 on YouTube, and we both did a Holiday Glam makeup look.

This time we’re doing a collab on our respective blogs. I’m so excited to know what products she’s used up, and whether or not she’s going to get them again.

Mine consists of products that I used up from way, way back. Everything is listed in random order.

By the way, isn’t it satisfying to see ourselves actually finishing up items we spent our money on whether or not we like them? Continue reading “BOTTOMS UP! Product Empties #1”

Posted in Althea Korea, Blush, Bronzer, Contour, & Highlight, concealer, Eyeshadow, favorites, Korean Brand, Makeup Tool, Pinoy Brand, RixFaves, Skin Care, Uncategorized

First Quarter Faves 2018

“And I have no concept of time other than it is flying…”
– Alanis Morrisette, All I Really Want

I can’t believe the first quarter of 2018 is already ending. I always feel like time passes by too quickly I can hardly keep up!

Anyway, I have been meaning to post my favorite makeup and skin care items, but I don’t know why I haven’t done so. 😅 Since it’s already the end of March, I guess it’s just fitting that I post my first quarter faves!

99.9% of the products in my possession are all close to my heart, but these quarterly favorites that I’ll be posting are the ones that I’ve been using repeatedly from the time this year started.

I listed everything down in my notebook first, so that I won’t miss a thing. However, I still made quite a long list and I can’t get myself to remove a thing. 😅 Continue reading “First Quarter Faves 2018”

Posted in Althea Korea, Beauty Box, Korean Brand, Rix Reviews, RixFez, Skin Care, Uncategorized

10 Steps OUT! 3 Steps IN! Skin Care Made Easy with ALTHEA BARE ESSENTIALS!

Yes, my dear friends. The 10-step skin care is now history. It turns out that long and complicated skin care can tire our skin, too! What better way to do our skin care routine than cutting it short with less products?

That’s why Althea Korea has come out with revolutionary new products that will completely change our lives!

Eversince the Korean wave reached the Philippine shores, Filipino men and women alike have adapted Korean style not only their fashion but also the way they want their skin to look like.

Koreans like the “chok-chok” effect – the dewy, bouncy glowing skin effect. In order to achieve that, they apply layer upon layer of moisturizing products, such as toner, serum, emulsion, mask, mist, and any cream that screams moisture.

Filipinos never liked this effect before, since it makes us look greasy. Any shine on our skin was a major no-no. Most of us have oily skin, so we’ve all aimed for a super matte finish.

Fast forward to now, we’ve started to appreciate the youthful glow on our skin, even without putting on makeup. And if we DO apply makeup, we’d like a smooth and healthy canvas for a more flawless looking finish.

However, with our busy schedule, I doubt that 100% of the people who do the 7-step or the 10-step Korean skin care routine have done it religiously. There will always be one person who has skipped a day or two (or even three!) because of exhaustion.

So it’s amazing that after the success of their Petal Velvet Powder (which by the way, is now available in Warm Beige 😉), Althea has finally released their latest products that focus on the basics. They are just what we all need to achieve that chok-chok skin! Continue reading “10 Steps OUT! 3 Steps IN! Skin Care Made Easy with ALTHEA BARE ESSENTIALS!”

Posted in Blush, Bronzer, Contour, & Highlight, Brows, concealer, Eyeshadow, Foundation, Lipstick, Mascara and Falsies, Pinoy Brand, Powder, Rix Reviews, RixFez, RixMukap, Uncategorized

#RIXMUKAP: Affordable and Easy Graduation Look: MOMS EDITION!

About a month ago, my friend Mayeth (who’s also a YouTuber) and I decided to make a collaboration video and she came up with the idea of creating a graduation look. It’s not for graduates, though! It’s for the graduates’ moms (or guardians)! 😃

Being mudras ourselves, we both agreed on using affordable products that are locally available. I initially thought on doing a full-face of Ever Bilena products, but with all the messy things in my work area, I couldn’t find my brow pencil anywhere. 😅

Though most of the makeup items that I used were from Ever Bilena, there were a couple of items that were from a different brand.

This look is so simple but it also screams strength, because mothers are vicious strong human beings. It only took me 32 minutes and 14 seconds to be exact to finish the entire look. Continue reading “#RIXMUKAP: Affordable and Easy Graduation Look: MOMS EDITION!”

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#RIKANOBELA: “Sexy knows no age!” CENTURY TUNA Superbods Ageless 2018 Presents the 40 Finalists

Inspired, if not motivated. That was me the entire time seeing the gorgeous and healthy bodies of men and women between the ages of 20 and 50 during the press launch of Century Tuna Superbods Ageless 2018.

I guess I still have hope?! 😅

The 40 gorgeous, fit, and sexy finalists were presented to the media during the VIP Night at the Maybank Performing Arts Theatre in Taguig City. Continue reading “#RIKANOBELA: “Sexy knows no age!” CENTURY TUNA Superbods Ageless 2018 Presents the 40 Finalists”

Posted in Acne, Rix Reviews, RixFez, RixFirsts, Skin Care, Uncategorized

The BEST Healing Clay on the Planet?! | #RIXREVIEWS: NAVAJO Indian Healing Clay Bentonite Clay Mask

These past few weeks, my Facebook feed had been bombarded with posts about people in queues just for a tub of a particular Indian Healing Clay. Some of them had known it and loved it, while others were probably just jumping on the bandwagon. Some of them didn’t even know what they were for, but there they were, stuck in No. 69, 78, or 100. Some even posted in groups asking how the product was used, right AFTER making a purchase.

I mean, shouldn’t we know first what we are lining up for? That before spending money on a product, I believe we must give it some thought beforehand.

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But I cannot deny that I got curious myself. Why would it be hyped if it weren’t good, right? Lucky me, I was given the opportunity to try out something from a different brand that promises the same effect. (Thanks, Ms. Cha!) Since it contains 100% Natural Calcium Bentonite and Green Clay, it claims to effectively cleanse and detoxify, while healing the skin.

Since it was my first time to try an Indian Healing Clay mask, I had to educate myself and make a lot of research.

DO note, though, that this product was sent to me for testing and reviewing purposes. Rest assured, you can expect that what’s written here is purely my honest opinion, based on my personal experience. Continue reading “The BEST Healing Clay on the Planet?! | #RIXREVIEWS: NAVAJO Indian Healing Clay Bentonite Clay Mask”

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Brighten face in 7 days?! | #RIXREVIEWS: OPULENCE Time to Glow Face Brightening Set

First of all, I’d like to thank Ms. Trish of Opulence for sending over their Time to Glow Face Brightening Set. Rest assured, everything I’m writing here is purely my honest opinion. Everything is going to be based on my personal experience.

Prior to this I had a different routine, which consisted of some other local products, Korean brands, and Opulence White + Renew. I stopped using the other products for a good seven days, and used only the products from Opulence. I wanted to be sure that any changes that would occur were solely because of these products.

What is Opulence Skin?

Opulence Skin offers skin care products that are all made in the Philippines. According to their website, they use “the best local and important active ingredients.

What’s included in the kit?

Continue reading “Brighten face in 7 days?! | #RIXREVIEWS: OPULENCE Time to Glow Face Brightening Set”

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Mabuhay ang OPM! The Official Nominees for the MYX Music Awards 2018

 

Among my many interests, I gotta say that music is my first love. Our family loved singing (most especially my father) so we always had to have a microphone or two, and  multiplex – if not minus one – tapes.

Since I grew up at the time when the only “threats” to studies were Nintendo Family Computer, Brick Games (Tetris), teksjolen, and sipa, my favorite past time was singing. Music has been a huge part of my life, but do not expect me to belt like Regine! (WHOOH!)

I have a confession to make: I’m a frustrated singer!

I haven’t listened to many new songs these days, both local and foreign, so it was truly refreshing to have heard new breeds of singers and musicians and their music (and they’re mostly indie) during the media launch of MYX Music Awards 2018.

There, I was able to see local artists such as TJ Monterde, Sassa Dagdag, Glaiza de Castro (whom I shared alone time in the powder room 🤭),  Jona, Shehyee, IV of SPADES, Keiko Necesario, Kaye Cal, Brisom, and Mr. Bones and the Boneyard.

Sassa, Jona, Glaiza de Castro, and TJ Monterde each performed one song. Sassa was the first performer and she sang Itatago na Lang, her second single from her debut album “Sassy Sassa”. Glaiza de Castro performed a Cinderella original, Bato sa Buhangin. TJ Monterde, who has been nominated for the category Male Artist of the Year, performed his single Kahit Kunwari. Finally, Jona (formerly known as Jonalyn Viray) sang Pusong Ligaw, which has been nominated for Media Soundtrack of the Year.

Her voice gave me goosebumps! Continue reading “Mabuhay ang OPM! The Official Nominees for the MYX Music Awards 2018”

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#RIXREVIEWS: OPULENCE Time to Glow White + Renew

Back in October of last year, I was lucky to be a part of the first Meet & Greet and the third blog-versarry of MJ Perez of Vanity Room Philippines! The event was fun-filled and was truly inspiring. I loved that he wanted to share his blessings, not only to us – his friends/followers, but also to the less privileged children.

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After the charity event, we had a sumptuous dinner at Dong Juan where we also played fun games and received loot bags filled (literally) with skin care products!

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MJ and his sponsors have super big hearts! Many, many thanks!

Anyways, one of the products I received was the Opulence Time to Glow White + Renew.

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The product is housed in a round transparent acrylic pot with white screw cap. The label has all the basic information that you’ll need to know – what it is for, the amount of product in the container, what it is made of, where and when it was made, how to use it, and when the expiration date is. Continue reading “#RIXREVIEWS: OPULENCE Time to Glow White + Renew”