Iggy Azalea: The New Classic?

Australian rapper and model Iggy Azalea is no doubt beautiful

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But I thought her song Fancy was so annoying. Until I saw the music video just now. It’s a tribute to my favorite movie Clueless!!

One of the best concepts for a music video ever. The girl singing the chorus (the part I find annoying in the song cos it tries real hard to sound like my love Gwen Stefani LOL) is Charlie XCX whose music video for SuperLove was filmed in Japan!

Anyway, the song is growing on me and I just downloaded her album — cheekily called The New Classic.

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I hope it sounds as good as she looks!

IGGY AZALEA Performs at Radio 1's Big Weekend Festival

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Behind The Scenes With Maxene

Before I forget, I worked pretty hard making Maxx’s blog so I hope you guys can visit and encourage her to regularly update para naman hindi masayang lahat ng oras sa pag gawa ko nyan diba?! Hahaha!

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It’s quite difficult teaching Maxx about techie stuff (hehe) but in all fairness, she’s been an eager student. I think her blog looks so pretty if I do say so myself! Maxx and I agree that she super looks like me on the right-most photo! Meow! That’s the head dress Rihanna wears on A$AP Rocky’s music video for Fashion Killa.

Visit her blog at www.maxene.ph

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Life in Plastic

Here’s a little bit of trivia for ya: I never owned a Barbie growing up! My ate Unna had a huge collection of Barbie dolls which I was allowed to play with sometimes but they weren’t mine. Maxx also had Barbie dolls given by her ninongs but I never cared that much for the girl with long plastic legs.

What I got for Christmas was Ken’s beach buggy and I loved it!

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I think having a vehicle and not a doll contributed to my being not quite a girly girl. I’m not saying girly girls aren’t cool – I actually wish I liked some girly girl things. I wouldn’t have such a hard time planning my wedding if I did. I see all these pegs online and have to stop myself from gagging at most of the cheesy things. Hahaha. I’ll work on it!!

Anyway, when I went to Singapore 2 weekends ago, mom and I tripped out at the wonderful Changi airport and found all these cute Barbie dolls. Haha. I just want to share some of them with you guys and how I personally relate to each one.

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Tokyo Diary Part 5

Day 5 in Tokyo was for the magnificent Meguro river. Look at all the cherry blossoms huhuhu

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This is Maxx taking a photo of me while I get distracted by a cute dog (not seen in photo)

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Cute cocker spaniel was tripping out I guess because the man hole was warm hehe cute

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Jim & I <3

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A sign I should start my diet in time for my wedding LOL

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So many beautiful flowers all around!!

DSC02949 DSC02950We found a yummy-looking yakiniku place to have lunch and once we were seated we realized it was a Korean place!!! Okay lang, it was sooo yummy!

DSC02953Sorry that’s the only food shot I took! But the beef was sooo good. They used Japanese wagyu. KAGULO.

We headed back near our hotel area and went to Round 1 where we played air hockey and other arcade games. Sorry I didn’t take photos!! Huhuhu. We went home and slept early to prepare for our last day in Tokyo!

Day 6 we had to leave our hotel at 1:20PM to get to the airport in time for our flight to Manila so we squeezed in a few things in the morning.

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We went to Tsukiji Fish Market where people bid for the freshest catch of the day! I heard a Filipino bid 15-million pesos once!! I think it’s usually store owners who buy it to sell in their restaurants. But of course we didn’t get up early enough for that and hello.. Hindi naman kami magbibid for fish.DSC03021

And siyempre we got lost. We went to the ACTUAL palengke hehe.DSC03028 DSC03029 DSC03031 DSC03037

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We all got pretty cranky because we were so hungry already hahaha. We finally found where we could eat. Sorry, don’t ask me. Nawala talaga ako so I don’t remember where we were.DSC03044

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The girls passed by Ginza after and I bought a bag as a little celebration for my engagement HAHAHA <3 It was a little cheaper in Japan than in the Philippines according to Maxx. I wouldn’t know cos kebs naman ako sa designer bags. But I really liked this one. Imagine niyo nalang kung ano itsura kasi I haven’t taken a photo of it haha!

DSC03053By the way, Harry Potter world in Japan is opening in July 2014. There are also talks of trashing the VISA requirement from Manila to Japan so start planning your trip!:D Don’t forget to behave while you’re there so they don’t regret it if ever they decide on the no-VISA rule!!

That’s it for my Tokyo Diaries!! I hope you enjoyed <3

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Tokyo Diary Part 4

Our first agenda for our 4th day in Japan was to hear mass at a catholic church. It was a really nice experience since there were a LOT of Pinoys there and they were very friendly. They were so helpful in helping us locate yet another ramen place that was highly recommended by the guys we met up with on our second night in Tokyo.

Ichiran is located in the Roppongi district and has a classroom setting for a serious ramen experience.

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You customize your ramen according to your preference!

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It was a rainy afternoon but we braved it and walked to the The National Art Center also found in Roppongi.

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The National Art Center is so beautiful and we happened to be there when a really large exhibit for amateur artists was ongoing. They gave us stickers before entering to serve as our votes for the paintings we liked best!

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Art ba itey?

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We left the museum at sunset

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Roppongi was so pretty and clean!!!

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There are so many restaurants in Japan with fake food displays. So cute!

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Geisha taking a train

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We went to Shibuya to check out one of the busiest intersections in the world!

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And of course we visited the shrine of the most loyal dog ever, Hachiko!!!

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We ended the night with a fabulous Tempura dinner – Jim’s treat – to celebrate our engagement!:)

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I had the worst scare in my life after stepping out of the restaurant. It was really cold so I put on my jacket and shook my arms. Believe it or not, my ring flew off my finger!!!!!!!! GRABE!!!! It was 1.5 sizes too big for my finger (uyyy, feeling payat) and we all panicked for a good 1 minute until somebody (I don’t even remember which one of us) found it really close to a sewer!! Hahahaha bwisit!!! So I started wearing it on my middle finger so it would be tighter. Now, it’s been resized to a perfect fit and I’m so so so happy – I’m never taking this off <3

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Tokyo Diary Part 3

Moving on with Day 3! We were in kind of a rush so we just passed by Family Mart to eat! I got a tuna roll.

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The ever-fashionable Frank

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Maxx’s new watch from Gift Gate

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Buying tickets for the train

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Walking to Akihabara where all the toys and gadgets are!

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Jim, Arkin and I went to a huge 6-floor toy store and it was amazing. Snuck in a few photos heehee

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Ang dami ring inappropriate toys lol

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Started heading to Ueno park where, little did I know, I was going to get engaged ♥

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Saw this super cute Marlboro dog!!

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He’s an old corgi!

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We ate at a place that served all raw fish on rice. Sarap! Mine was tuna fat.DSC00577

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Strange sign in the store that we couldn’t understand haha DSC00583We finally got to Ueno park after lunch <3

DSC00594There were a LOT of people enjoying food and alcohol under the cherry blossom trees!

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DSC00612I was just hanging out with Jim and since he was apparently stressing out about the perfect time to ask me to marry him, he wasn’t talking to me at all!! Hahahahaha!

DSC00619 DSC00620The park was very beautiful <3

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Best photo I took <3DSC00644There were also a lot of dogs at the park that made me miss Joey so much :(:(:( Here are some Maxx captured with her camera

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And this is it!!!

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Read about my engagement story here.

One of my favorite photos is this one of us being all ecstatic about our engagement and Clara’s in the background totally clueless!!

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And when she finally realized what was happening she cried and hugged me!! What a sweetheart <3

DSC00715DSC00716We headed back to the hotel, freshened up and got some Japanese curry at Go Go Curry!

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Sobraaaaang sarap! :) DSC02688That’s it for day 3!:) Wait, I’m helping Maxx set up her own blog!! Hahaha! Will resume with day 4 probably tomorrow!:)

 

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Tokyo Diary Part 2

FINALLY!!! I got more photos from Maxx’s camera that I wanted to use for the next blog posts. I super apologize for the delay. And the lie when I said I’d post part 2 in “a couple of hours” SORRY <3

These are some photos from day 1 that I want to share. Here we are at NAIA waiting to board!

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And here we are in Tokyo!:)

DSC02259 DSC02346DSC02365Anyway! Here we go with Day 2!!

DSC02369 DSC02370We walked all the way to Rikugien Garden from our hotel. What was supposed to be a 20-minute walk (according to Google maps) turned into 2 hours because of all the slowing down, chikahan, picture-taking, Instagramming, etc. Haha!

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Since we walked for about 2 hours, we got very very hungry and decided to eat at another Ramen place just across the garden! It’s called Yotteko-Ya Ramen and it’s also very good!

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DSC02447 DSC02461 DSC02472DSC00433 DSC00434 DSC00435 DSC00436 DSC02484DSC02494 DSC02503 DSC02506DSC00439 DSC00444So beautiful <3 We decided to go to another park that was famous for its cherry blossoms as well – Shinjuku Garden! But no, we got there and it was already closed. Huhuhu! Enjoy these photos of us in transit instead

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Chino looks like a local haha

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Me, Clara, and our friend heheDSC00475Like in Hong Kong and Singapore, there are special tiles to help the blind get around!

DSC00476My hair was absolute crap in Japan. Hahaha. I should have used conditioner :p

DSC00478So we decided to go to Odaiba to check out giant Gundam!

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We had some katsu at River City mall

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Yummerzzz… *sobrang tamad ko ba magsulat?* Anyway, so we went back home and after cleaning up a bit, Maxx, Chino, Jim, Frank and I went to an awesome yakitori place to meet up with Chino’s friends, JC and Aki! Sarap ng sake!!

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Korean pancake sarap

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DSC00517I am so sorry but I don’t remember what the place is called. But everything is 280 yen each.

Then we had ramen AGAIN!!

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That’s it for day 2!! Tokyo diary part 3 coming up in a couple of hours FOR REAL NA TALAGA hahaha

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Tokyo Diary Part 1

I have got a LOT of photos to share so let’s break them up into different parts! This post is all about our first night there.

We arrived at Narita Airport around 2PM on a Thursday, March 27. Japan is 1 hour advanced compared to the Philippines so it’s like we lost a full hour. Then it took us another hour and a half to get to our hotel because of traffic and also because Narita Airport is pretty far. I guess it’s like driving to Clark airport if, like me, you’re from Quezon City. We got to explore Sunshine City around dinner time already.

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Our hotel was right beside a police station. There was this bulletin board with what I assume are wanted signs. Actually, according to a Google search I made just now, the crime rate in Japan is lower than all other industrialized countries. It’s so orderly there. People are all so polite.

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We checked out the strip a block away from our hotel. It was a very lively place on a Thursday night!

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It had very familiar stores

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Lovers in Japan: Maxx ♥ Chino

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We were all very hungry so I downloaded the TripAdvisor app on my phone and searched for the best ramen restaurant nearest us. Hot ramen on such a cold night after a long and tiring trip — perfect! Medyo mahirap lang pag yung reviews all written in Japanese haha.

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We ended up at a place called Tonchin, a ramen restaurant that takes your order via a vending machine. Very much like Sango, my favorite Japanese burger place here in Manila. I was very sad about the Shangri-la and Rockwell branches closing. The only Sango that’s still open (I hope) is in Mile Long in Makati, and that’s very far from me :s ANYWAY, going back to Tonchin.

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Obligatory photos while waiting! Side note: If you are a couple taking a selfie (assuming a selfie is a photo of yourSELF taken by yourSELF) then is it called a couplie? Because it’s a photo of a couple taken by the couple? Or is it still a selfie because only one person has his/her hand on the trigger? ‘Groupies’ just sound wrong because the word means a totally different thing.

Our first night in Japan

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It’s hard to find an authentic Japanese restaurant that seats a large group unless you’re at a mall or you shell out and go for a tatami dining room! No big tables, most restaurants we went to had customers sitting right at the bar watching the cooks prepare meals. There was also a little bit of pressure to eat fast because right when our food came, people were standing right behind us, waiting for us to finish and vacate the few seats. Maybe that’s why they don’t have big tables, so they can discourage “hanging out” or as we Filipinos call it, “TAMBAY.”

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The ramen at Tonchin was really good! I can’t exactly remember the name of what I ordered. It’s pretty hard without an English menu. Next time, I’ll make sure to take note so that I can be more useful :p Basta I got a soy-based bowl and the second ramen above is Chino’s miso-based one with extra egg. I’ve never been a big ramen fan. Unlike my sister Maxx who is a huge ramen lover, I don’t crave for ramen. But, you know what they say: When in Rome… In this case, When in Japan! The hot soup in my belly was so perfect – ready to be walked off in the cold, cold night going back to our hotel.

We dillied and we dallied on the way home. Though we wanted to sleep early to prepare for a long day ahead of us, we couldn’t help but enjoy the far cry from our hot nights in Manila.

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Photo ops were fun because even the alleys were so clean.

Look at this cute izakaya (Japanese bar).

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For the duration of our Japan trip we had quite a lot of stops at different branches of Family Mart, it’s become somewhat an inside joke.

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By the way, I have an announcement to make… Because of all the fun and chic get ups I saw in Tokyo, I’ve decided to become a fashion blogger

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CHOS. Wala akong patience. Haha.

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Passed by the SEGA building basement. Puno ng claw cranes/merchandiser! Morbid – the stuffed toy will fall on spikes if not played correctly LOL

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Kawaii!!

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And then there are creepy men. I wish I could see where his hands are D: wahaahhaa!

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An example of how nice the Japanese are: while Elmo, Arkin, Clara, and Frank were posing for a group photo 2 guys stopped in their tracks so they wouldn’t ruin the shot. After the photo was taken, one of the guys said (in cute broken English) that the picture would look cooler if they used his bike as a prop. We were pleasantly surprised at how friendly they were that we told them to join the photo as well! Tourist mode! (^_^)Y

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That’s when we realized all of the bikes along the street right beside us. They were all parked in a neat line and didn’t even need locks! How I wish people were as honest in our country!

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We did a little more walking.

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This was when we decided to make insta-shortfilms! Click here to watch Jim, Chino, Maxx and I do a silly short about donuts. Click here to watch Arkin call up his future.

Hey, mister, that’s a donut!

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The Bro-Friends

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And that ends part 1 of my Tokyo diary!:) Check back in a couple of hours for part 2!

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Sepunks!!!

We call our little group Sepunks. It’s derived from SepAnx, the short term used for Separation Anxiety. It’s that anxious feeling you get when you are separated from something or someone. K, that was pretty self-explanatory.

Some of us got together last Thursday to celebrate Jim and my engagement! We brought out the sake and Japanese whisky!

DSC00746Pretty frickin’ bad ass samurai!! Wait.. Is that a samurai? It is, right?

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Had so much fun just hanging out and talking about future plans

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Then the sake and whisky kicked in.

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DSC00760 DSC00761 DSC00763 DSC00766Ang daya ni Jim, wala sa pictures. Pero thank you for taking these photos. That was a fun night! I’m so happy I’m best friends with my band members!!

~*SEGUE*~

Watch Cheats tomorrow with Pedicab, Flying Ipis and Vokadin at Saguijo, Makati for GRRRL SCOUT Productions and LockedDown Entertainment!

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Tara na, wala namang pasok eh!!

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Basic Makeup Tutorial (again)

I’m not sure if I should be calling this a tutorial because I am definitely no expert but I got the idea of making an updated makeup video when my good friend Megan Young gave me some pointers. She took a makeup class because, as Miss World 2013, she needs to travel the world to do charity work while still looking gorgeous so had to learn how to do it herself (side note: I said ‘makeup class’ hehehe get it?)!

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Her makeup’s always on point so I asked her to teach me one night, and she helped me create this look! I apologize for the quality – it was taken with my phone indoors and at night!! Nakakahiyang itabi kay Megan wahahaha!

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Fake lashes, when applied correctly, will always make you look like you have somewhere important to go to. Haha. That’s one thing I need to practice more!

So here you go – a no frills video on applying what I learned when applying makeup ;)

Products I used in order: Smashbox camera ready BB cream (light), Motives Hypoallergenic Concealer (amber),  MAC Studio Fix (NC35), The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer, Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliner (Deepest Black), Sleek Makeup Brow Kit, Fairydrops Platinum Waterproof Mascara, L’Oreal Colour Riche Caresse (Cherie)

Megan also encouraged me to buy appropriate brushes because I only had 2 and I was using an eyebrow brush for my eyeshadow. Haha. I agree it’s best to invest. I love my new brush for my face powder. I’ve never had one before. Thanks again, Megan!!:*

P.S. You can apply OFF Clean Feel (no smell, no colorants and no preservatives) on your face before doing anything to keep mosquito bites away!! I’ve had 4 lamok bites on my face in the last 2 weeks. Just make sure to keep the OFF lotion away from your eyes and mouth :)

P.P.S. Watch my first tutorial here

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