Gifting and freebies



Thank you to so many of you who send samples and presents. I don’t really do product reviews except those coursed through a marketing agreement; and when it happens, it’s clearly identified. I respect my site partners and sponsors. It is a responsibility I have towards my readers. But I really do appreciate the kind generosity you show me and I try to support small creative entrepreneurs. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

(I wrote a long “editorial” about gifting and freebies, but it mysteriously didn’t get saved. Maybe it’s a sign. No need to get into detail. Hot topic today. You know the gist. It takes me money and time to run this site. Freebies are not new to me as a TV host and former editor of a wedding magazine. It is not something I encourage or ask for. Also, I was a product endorser even before I had this blog. Yes some of my endorsements spill over to this website. This is the way the world is going now. Bottom line, sponsored posts are identified. Endorsements are obvious and identified, ie. some of my own ads are on the sidebar. Companies and entrepreneurs who want to be featured can contact me directly at I am not represented by any talent agency or digital marketing agency. I manage myself – in all aspects as a tv host, host of events, endorser, creative collaborator, publisher of this site. So just talk to me.)

Here are a few items I’ve received recently, some from sponsors and some from random kind strangers. You might find some great ideas for gifting here.


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Sheaffer VFM Jeepney, P499, comes in neon blue with a nickel plated trim and a push-button mechanism. Available at National Book Store SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM North Edsa, TriNoma, Shangri-La, Greenbelt 1, Glorietta 1, Robinsons Ermita, Quezon Avenue, Alabang Town Center, Market! Market!, Power Plant Mall-Rockwell and NAIA Terminals I and II, and online at National Book Store has been a longtime supporter of this blog.


Pois Belly and Kids sent my kids a summer wardrobe and they love it so much. Comfy, sensible and not too expensive. Available at most major malls.


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Personalized stationery from Post Script Designs.


All sorts of bronzers from The Body Shop, available in most malls.


Thank you @inkcreationsdesign for these bag tags! They're so important for school-age kids.
Personalized bag tags from Ink Creations.


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Table linens from Poivre Maison at Crossings Dept Store.


A new brand called Manyika sent my girls some cotton knit cardigans. These are sold at SM Makati, Megamall, Marikina and North Edsa.


Naturelle d’Argan Pure Argan Elixir, P1400 at Beauty Bar Trinoma, Greenbelt 5, Rockwell, Shangri-la, Eastwood, Bonifacio High Street, Podium, Gateway, MOA, ATC, Cebu and Paseo de Santa Rosa.



Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful



Thanks for the signed book @BobbiBrown and @nbsalerts. National Book Store will be giving away 3 signed books with 3 lip palettes from Bobbi Brown thru soon! Stay tuned.
Bobbi Brown: Pretty Powerful is available in National Book Store and Powerbooks. Click here to shop online. Follow National Book Store on Facebook and Twitter.


I was thrilled to receive an autographed copy of Bobbi Brown’s new book Pretty Powerful. My friends in National Book Store love to surprise me with pretty little gifts. This book is all that – plus it’s packed with stories of powerful, empowered women!

“Over the years I’ve worked with countless women who have inspired me with their stories. Beyond makeup, we’ve talked about life-altering events. Everything from the joy of being a new mom to dealing with homelessness and divorce. With each conversation, these women have shown that when you have the will and the heart, almost anything is possible—and that’s what Pretty Powerful is all about.” – Bobbi Brown

There are some inspiring videos of the women featured in Bobbi Brown’s website. Here are my faves:


“Just start. Put one foot in front of the other.” — Lauren Bush


“All I ever wanted was real estate and lipstick.” — Blythe Danner


Watch this very easy and informative makeup tutorial by Bobbi. I love how natural and pretty her makeup style is.


And as a treat for DAPHNE® readers, we have an awesome giveaway now!!


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From National Book Store, three Bobbi Brown: Pretty Powerful signed books.


Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is giving away three special limited edition (not for sale) Pretty Powerful To Go lip palettes with mascara worth P3,000. Bobbi Brown is sold in Rustan’s Makati (8122507), Rustan’s Shangri-La (6334636) and Essenses Rockwell (8229400).


So we are looking for three winners, each will get a signed book and beauty palette. You can sign up for the raffle now until Sunday, November 25. Winners will be announced Monday November 26, 12. This is open to anyone with a Philippine address. I will send the prizes by courier (or you can arrange pick up within Metro Manila).

Join via Rafflecopter Bobbi Brown giveaway.

This is the perfect gift (or gift to self) for Christmas. Good luck!!



MAC Glamour Daze





I attended the launch of MAC Glamour Daze at Whitespace in Makati last week. It was, as the invitation said, very vintage glamour. The models were all dressed in identical 1950’s petticoat dresses with fancy helmet hair. It was lovely. This launch happened world-wide with each country having the exact same look. Not only was the event a huge success but also the new collection is something lust-worthy.


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It was the first time I’d seen Whitespace covered in wall to wall white carpet. The room felt like a vintage boudoir for dolls.


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Jay R and the Hotlegs performed.


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There were four major events happening that same night. And MAC was packed!


MAC Cosmetics Senior Stylist Cher Webb did a live demo on model Vanessa Matsunaga.


Lots of live demos in the many makeup stations.


I’m in love with the packaging. I wish I could use it as a clutch. All for Glamour Face Kit in Gorgeous Bronze, P3,800 and All for Glamour Touch up Kit in Medium P3,050


Holiday 2012 Glamour Daze collection


Faboulousness Neutral Eyes, P3,050


Daphne Osena-Paez, Mel Lerma (Business Devt Manager) of ELC Beauty Inc
With Mel Lerma, Business Development Manager of Estee Lauder Beauty Inc.


Kirsten Brito (PR & AR Executive) of MAC, Tessa Prieto and Gay Lao (Brand Manager) of MAC
Kirsten Brito PR & AR Executive of MAC, Tessa Prieto and Gay Lao Brand Manager of MAC


Click “More…” to see who was at the MAC Glamour Daze event



Fairy Drops



I’ve been quietly using Fairydrops mascaras for a month now since the distributors sent me a set to sample. I couldn’t blog about them yet because the items were not yet in stores. In fact, when I showed it in Instagram, a few readers went to Beauty Bar and looked for Fairydrops… but they weren’t there yet. Well, now the full range is in Beauty Bar. But like many Japanese cult beauty products these may sell out really fast.


Wow Fairy Drops are finally at Beauty Bar. Amazing mascara! Must blog soon before these sell out... #japanese #makeup #mascara #fairydrops
Here is the display at Beauty Bar. Currently, all items are still in stock.


Here’s my loot at home. Yowza! I’ve had time to road test all the mascaras. Fairydrops also has BB Creams, Loose Mineral Powders and Lip Glosses. I will focus this review on the mascaras.


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Either of these two Fairydrops mascaras is the Holy Grail of mascaras according to many beauty bloggers. And with good reason.


If I were to choose only one, this would be it!! Fairydrops Platinum Mascara (Film Type) in silver packaging. This is so good! No mess or smudge and the lashes remain soft to touch, no brittle feeling at all. It is water resistant, contains a volumizing powder, wax and fibre. It contains 5 kids of treatment essence that prettifies and repairs lashes (hydrolyzed collagen, squalene, sodium hyaluronate, jojoba seed oil and panthenol). It has a curved 3 teardrop shaped mascara wand which catches and lifts the shortest eyelashes. Water resistant but easily removable with warm water. P1195.00


There is another Platinum Mascara in pink metallic packaging, also P1195.00  This one is totally waterproof. But you have to use oil-based makeup remover to clean it off. This waterproof version is also sweat and tear proof, good for marine sports. I’m not a big fan of oil-based makeup removers and I’m not so exposed to sweat nor tears, I go with the Film Type (in silver metallic packaging). Both silver and pink give the same doll-like lashes. Oh have I mentioned that Fairy Drops formulation and want are patented in Japan and the US?


The pink wand is the Volumizing Burst Macara. This does everything the silver wand does minus the added treatment of the metallic wands. This variant is pretty awesome. It goes on thick and leaves a film-like coverage but it doesn’t smudge at all. And lashes also remain soft to touch. Easily removable with warm water, which I really like. Retail P950.00


This is the purple Volumizing Burst Mascara in a waterproof formulation. Also P950.00. Does everything the pink wand does except that you have to use an oil-based eye makeup remover. The pink and purple wands have a straight teardrop wand, also patented.


Creamy Treatment Base Mascara, P795. This does what the Platinum Mascaras do, except this is just a base. It contains the same 5 treatment ingredients as in the Platinum Mascaras, claiming to retain moisture, soften, hydrate and add volume to lashes. Use this as a base before using the Volume Burst.


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Before and after


The fascination with doll-like eyes is big in Japan. We see it in their art (anime) and everyday (many cosmetics). It took a Japanese TV personality to create Fairydrops. Aya Yasuda, the CEO and Founder of Fairydrops, was an anchorwoman in a local TV station in Los Angeles. She longed to have the same big, photogenic eyes her Caucasian co-workers had. She figured out that it was the long, upward sloping eyelashes that made newscasters have these beautiful eyes. So she experimented on mascara wands, cutting and reshaping them to see which brush could make her eyes look the biggest on TV. She eventually went back to Japan and started her own beauty company, Aya Inc. And now Fairy Drops is patented in the US and in Japan.

The Fairydrops creation story is a bit funny to me because I can sort of relate. I was once a newscaster and eyes were always my issue. My problem was the opposite — too sharp. Now I’ve figured out how to work with my features. It takes a lot of experimenting and trying of different products until you find the right one. For TV I prefer to wear false lashes. For events and amped up “daily” life, I am currently using Fairydrops (the one in the silver packaging specifically).


Fairydrops is exclusively distributed by Beauty Box Corp. and is sold in all Beauty Bar stores – Trinoma, Rockwell, Greenbelt, Shangri-la, Eastwood, Galleria, Gateway, ATC, Podium, MOA, Midtown, Cebu and soon Bonifacio High Street. For promos and updates, check out their Facebook page.





This is Part 2 of my Pantene Nature Care video collaboration.

I invited my good friend Katherine Cheng to join me and Isabel Gatuslao during the shoot. Katherine and I have more than K&Company in common – she being its owner and designer and I being their image model (I’ve been with them for so long, the term was still “image model” then. Haha.) We also both worked with Isabel Gatuslao – she for packaging and I for branding and graphic design. Plus we both go religiously to Alex Carbonell of Studio Fix for our hair needs. I have ran into her at the salon coincidentally many times.

For these shoots, all three of us wore K&Company clothing. I don’t think I have to explain or describe K&Company. You all know by now. But if you want to see what’s in my closet, check out their Facebook page here.


Meet the lovely Katherine.


Isabel took all these photos. I wan’t able to take behind the scenes shots as I was wearing too many hats that day. I love shoe shots. My black pumps were on sale in Massimo Dutti last season. Katherine’s were from Zara.


Here’s Alex tossing my hair. He’s such a great creative partner. Every visit to him is like a free therapy session. He analyzes my hair and walks me through every step of what we’re trying to do. Because I don’t have him daily, I rely on Pantene Nature Care at home to get my hair to either bounce or sway.


Katherine and her awesome mannequin while being interviewed.


Pantene Nature Care Fullness and Life Shampoo gently cleanses hair while delivering conditioning benefits to each strand. In addition to the Cassia Complex, it contains avocado oil, grapeseed extract and bamboo help moisturize and revitalize hair. The shampoo works in harmony with the Pantene Nature Care Conditioner which helps to keep hair manageable, prevent frizz and maintain hair fullness. The Nature Care Conditioner comes with a new dual-surfactant technology, which creates a unique ‘airfilm’ that separates the hair strands for effective and even deposition of conditioning ingredients.



Check out Isabel‘s and my video project.