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Ask Saab 15

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Q: Hi saab! Do you want to be thin or okay kna sa body mo? :)
A: I don’t want to be thin, I just would like to be toned because I am very blessed to have an hourglass body. Seryoso, hourglass ang shape ng body ko talaga, natatakpan lang ng fat from all the pizza and beer I eat. Haha. So I’ve been laying off the bad stuff so I don’t waste the great bod~ hiding underneath hehehe.

Q: What’s your favorite handmade christmas gifts? :-)
A: Probably home made food

Q: Hi Saab! Can you make a music corner where we can find your taste of music?
A: Sure, let me fix that up right now. I’ll upload a daily song :*

Q: tinder
A: Nope

Q: Are you sometimes Boyish type?
A: Sometimes to a fault – my boy friends forget I’m a girl and joke about inappropriate stuff haha but sometimes lang naman. Most of the time they are absolute gentlemen who refuse to let me carry heavy things.

Q: where’s your eyebrow tutorial? :)
A: Ugh I still don’t have one D:

Q: Hi Saab! How old are you when you got your first tattoo? :)
A: 20

Q: How did you meet Candy? And how is she as a friend?
A: Our exes were friends and I just really liked her energy haha she’s an amazing friend except she unapologetically burps and farts all the time!!!

Q: Hi Saab, I was wondering if you could help me choose between a KoboGlo and KindlePaperwhite. Which one is better? Thanks in advance! :)
A: Oh no I have never owned a Kobo! But it looks nice naman! I lost my original Kindle so I got the newer model. I absolutely love my Kindle. Easy on the eyes :)

Q: Hi Saab, what is the meaning of your tattoo on your left wrist?:))
A: It reminds me of my childhood, particularly back when I first learned how to write. I think words are extremely powerful and I like being reminded to choose them carefully.

Q: Hi saab! How tall are you? :)
A: You mean how short am I? Hehe. I am only 5’3″ :p

Q: What’s your favorite MAC lipstick rn?
A: I’m assuming “rn” means right now? Hmm still MAC Chili right now :)

Q: paano magagamit ang confidence at confident?
A: Confidence is a noun while confident is an adjective. A confident person has a lot of confidence.

Q: hi saab? any advices about a fat girl na walang confidence sa kanyang sarili and by means of fat yung obese talaga? :(
A: When you say obese that means it is a health risk so my advice is to see a doctor/nutritionist to see what you can change about your eating habits! Sometimes it’s not just the lack of confidence that brings you down but I’ve experienced feeling really sad especially when I put a lot of unhealthy food in my body. Binge eating and depression are closely related and when I exercise and eat right I feel a million times better about myself! The confidence comes back not because I look amazing (still working on that) but because there is no guilt and I know I am taking care of myself a.k.a. I am loved by me! Aside from weight loss, find something you love to do and focus on that and you will also feel good about being productive. Happy people have an easier time making friends and when you’ve got good friends you will definitely have more confidence in yourself. Good luck with your journey to a better you <3

Q: Where did you buy your shoes in this photo? :)
A: Topshop but that was a long time ago I doubt they still have it!

Q: do you support sex before marriage?
A: I don’t blatantly support it but I’m definitely not against it either.

Q: frank magalona
A: I think you’ve mistaken this for a search box hehe

Q: whats your favorite book?
A: The first novel I finished was The Big Friendly Giant by Roald Dahl and it was such a milestone for me, I absolutely love that book.

Q: can you give me a singapore tour closet? please? :)
A: What does that meeeeean?

Q: Ano height ni Arkin?
A: He got tall overnight I think he is 5’3″ or 5’4″ basta he’s a little bit taller than me D:D:D:

(You can find my question box on the home page)

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Your Birth Year, Your Room Rate at Privato Hotel!

Plan your staycation now, kids!

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Privato Hotel is located at 706 Shaw blvd., Pasig City, right by Capitol Commons! They’re having a really awesome promo for all weekends of November where you use your year of birth as your room rate.

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For example, I was born in 1988 so I will only pay PhP1,988 for a night! But if I am staying with Maxx, we’ll follow her birth year of 1986 because it’s cheaper by 2 bucks ;)

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Visit www.privatohotel.com for more info!

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#SpellSaabBookClub: Gone Girl

After watching the blockbuster hit Gone Girl starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, my brother Frank messaged me and asked if he could borrow the book from me. My ate Unna told me she’s been looking for the novel as well but it’s been out of stock in some book stores (Frank graciously let ate Unna borrow my copy of Gone Girl first). So I figured, since there’s been a clamor for it, why not give it away for Spell Saab Book Club before the month ends?

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On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media–as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents–the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter–but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

If you thought the movie was good, you’re going to LOVE the book. It’s so much better (as most books turned into movies are) and I finished it so fast because I needed to know what the heck was going on! Follow the instructions on the widget below and get a chance to win one of five copies I’m giving away!

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Good luck, bookworms! Will pick 5 winners next week. Winners must claim their copy at Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street within 30 days of notification. :) Let me know what book I should give away for next month as well in the comments below!

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Our Pre-Nuptial Video Teaser

Here’s some footage taken behind-the-scenes of our pre-nuptial photo shoot with Mango Red and some footage taken at one of our gigs with Cheats. This video was made by our official wedding videographer, Notion in Motion. You can check out more of their work over at www.thenotioninmotion.com xx

I don’t know about you but this video’s got me smiling so much hehehe <3 I didn’t realize I’m practically always laughing when I’m with Jim. Kaya pala I always end up so gassy. HAHA. #romance

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Disney’s Tomorrowland Trailer

I didn’t even know Disney was making a movie about Tomorrowland based on the section of the same name found in Disney theme parks.

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Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) directs the film and it will star George Clooney and Britt Robertson. The trailer is really cool I just had to post it here.

A lot of critics are quite excited to see something fresh from Disney!

Tomorrowland not only looks like an exciting endeavor but it is also an original and fresh live-action film from Disney and that’s cause of celebration because it may be the only one for a while. Unfortunately, Disney’s live-action division is now hell-bent in only producing “safe” projects and that’s why we have fairy tales re-imaginings for years to come. This year’s Maleficent just cemented that notion by becoming a box office success, even if the film was of very low quality. Sadly, Disney sustained heavy losses with original projects like Prince of PersiaJohn Carter and The Lone Ranger so it’s not hard to see why they just want to play it safe. Still, just recycling fairy tales (which already have perfectly fine animated adaptations) is hardly an exciting prospect. (Moviepilot.com)

Tomorrowland is set to be released in May 2015.

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Giveaway: Tickets to Whiplash

Jim invited me to a special advanced screening his company, JB Music, was sponsoring. In classic Jim fashion, he just said it was a movie about music starring the guy from Spectacular Now and “nandun yung galing sa Juno.” I said yes because I really like Miles Teller (a.k.a. the guy from Spectacular Now) and because I’m such an awesome supportive girlfriend LOL.

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While we were having dinner, he told me that J.K. Rowling was part of the film. I’m not sure if I’ve told you about Jim’s crazy side but he tends to make things up just for fun – he would be a very good actor if he wasn’t so camera-shy. Of course I said “weh” and he said she was a teacher or something in the movie. I got excited but felt like he was pulling my leg so I asked him to swear J.K. Rowling was in the film and as he bit into his burger he swore Rowling was in the film. Eventually he gave it up and said he was just teasing me but technically he didn’t lie naman daw because a guy named Rowling was actually part of it. CUT TO: Pag tingin ko sa poster J.K. SIMMONS pala ang nasa movie!!! Hahaha. Napaka-flop ni Jim!!

ANYWAY, we saw the movie and OMG IT WAS SO BRILLIANT!!! Like I said on my Instagram post last night, it probably is the best movie I’ve seen all year!

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Just watched a special advanced screening of Whiplash! WOW I think this is the best movie I've seen all year!!! All drummers and musicians should see it. Kinikilig parin ako!! Thanks so much to @jbmusicphilippines for the invite. It will be in cinemas nationwide this Wed!:) MUST SEE!

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I’m glad I didn’t watch the trailer or Google anything about the movie because I wasn’t expecting anything yet I was completely blown away. I will do you a favor by not posting any more details about the movie and I suggest you don’t research about it either. All you need to know is that it won both the Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic) and the Dramatic Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and it will probably win one or two awards at the Oscars. Both Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons were absolutely amazing. I don’t know if it’s because I am a musician and I can relate to the character’s love for drum-playing but I doubt it. UGH I should stop talking about it na, sorry. whiplash_tarp(OCT15) ANYWAY, I REALLY WANT YOU GUYS TO WATCH THIS SO I’M GIVING AWAY 10 TICKETS TODAY!!! Each ticket is good for 2 persons and valid in any screening cinema. The movie comes out tomorrow! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest ends tonight at 11:59PM. Winners will be announced tomorrow and contacted via e-mail (the one associated with your Facebook account). Winners must claim tickets in Makati.

P.S. If you suddenly decide you want to be a drummer after watching Whiplash, take note that JB Music has an ongoing sale for their 40th anniversary until October 31. A seriously crazy sale as in you can get a Gretsch drum kit for 40% off. Check out their Facebook page for more details!

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My Kiehl’s Collection

I‘m a certified Kiehl’s girl and I want to share my collection with you since you guys have been so nice telling me I have such good skin! YAY! A lot of the credit goes to my parents for having wonderful skin themselves but as I’m aging (I’m turning 26 this year. Que horror!!!) I figured I have to take care of my skin while I’m young! I’m lucky enough to be blemish-free but after all the late-night gigs and exposure to the sun, I was noticing my skin had been looking more tired than fresh.

Since I’ve started a skin care regimen and a lifestyle check (a.k.a. less alcohol, more sleep), my skin now wants to kiss me for finally moisturizing and more!!

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Wala lang gusto lang sumali ni Khaleesi and ng dragon niya, bakit? Haha. It was never natural for me to wash my face and I took pride in the fact na water lang ang ginagamit ko sa skin ko. I even used to always sleep with makeup on. But I am conceding – nasa Diyos ang awa nasa tao ang gawa. In this case, God-given ang beauty ko pero kailangan ako ang mag-alaga nito! HAHAHAHA.

So I went to Kiehl’s branch in Shangri-la East Wing months ago where got a free assessment on what skin care products were best for my skin type.

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They had these special strips to put on your forehead and cheek to check your skin type

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My test said normal to oily.

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I also told the skin care expert (thank you, Michelle!) that I don’t regularly moisturize because my face gets so sweaty when I do. So she introduced me to this amazing product called ULTRA FACIAL OIL-FREE GEL CREAM. Michelle looked really proud too when I told her about my predicament. Her face was like, “no sweat, we have it!” (hehe get it?) I also told her that I want to get rid of the dark circles under my eyes and she handed me this CREAMY EYE TREATMENT to use every night. Para kasing ganda ng mata ni Khaleesi.

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In the morning I wash my face with CALENDULA DEEP CLEANSING FOAMING FACE WASH and tone with CALENDULA HERBAL-EXTRACT TONER, moisturize with ULTRA FACIAL OIL-FREE GEL CREAM and use Kiehl’s BB Cream (not pictured). At night, I use the RARE EARTH DEEP PORE DAILY CLEANSER, tone with my Calendula Toner, moisturize with the MIDNIGHT RECOVERY CONCENTRATE (avoid eye area), and use the CREAMY EYE TREATMENT.

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In the shower, I use Kiehl’s products too! I told Michelle I hated using conditioners because they make my hair so limp. I like volume so this has always been a problem for me. Again, she had a solution for me!! The RICE & WHEAR VOLUMIZING CONDITOINING RINSE gives my hair moisture without making it flat! Perfect!! I apply it to my hair (skip the roots) after using the SUNFLOWER COLOR PRESERVING SHAMPOO. For my body wash, I use BASHI BLOSSOM & PINK GRAPEFRUIT SKIN SOFTENING BODY CLEANSER and when I have time to spare, I use the SOY MILK & HONEY BODY POLISH to exfoliate my body (especially elbows and knees!). It’s gentle enough for daily use!

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I’m so glad I’ve finally decided to take care of my skin!! I bet my skin is even happier than I am :) Which Kiehl’s product is your favorite? Might just hold a giveaway soon ;)

For more info on products and promos:
Facebook – KiehlsPhilippines
Instagram – @KiehlsPhilippines

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A Visit To The H&M Showroom

Whenever my sister and I go to Hong Kong or Singapore, we always bring home some items from H&M. Now it’s going to be much easier to go shopping for their cute designs when it opens in SM Mega Fashion Hall this October 17th at 9AM. I had the opportunity to check out some of their designs before they’re available to the public when I went to their showroom yesterday.

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How adorable are the clothes and shoes for kids???

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So cute the one on the right!

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Papa Smurf vibes

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Winter is coming

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Save The Arctic!

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Obsessed with this pink leather jacket

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Maxx with Katarina Rodriguez, top 3 finalist of Asia’s Next Top Model, who was also there to pick out some stuff!

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I fell shortly after taking this photo

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Ibang iba sa poise ni Maxx haha

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Mom played dress up as a crazy posh lady haha

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Fierce ear piece!!

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The men’s section is so cuuute tooooo

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Thanks so much to Nikki Verzo of H&M for taking good care of us!!!:D

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Line up early for the opening of H&M on October 17th because the first 200 in line will receive vouchers valued as much as P6,000 each and opening offers that are up to 50%. Doors will open at 9AM and will close at midnight on October 17, Friday.

Visit www.hm.com/ph for more details.

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The Imaginarium: A Multi-Arts Festival of The Absurd

Running from October 28 to 31, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center, The Imaginarium will feature performances, presentations, and collaborations of various media, including film, fashion, dance, visual arts, improv, spoken word, music, food and beverage, and theater.

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With the global movement shifting towards artistic expression and experimentation, “The Imaginarium” comes at an opportune time. Across cultures, there is a growing interest in the unconventional and oftentimes bizarre. In recent years, crowds have flocked towards mercatos, trade fairs, music festivals, specialty stores, and fringe movements – looking for vitality and renewed authenticity of their own lifestyle and experiences.

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“We believe the game is changing,” shares The Sandbox Collective’s managing artistic director Toff de Venecia. “There’s a new generation of cultural connoisseur and practitioner who isn’t afraid of stepping outside of the box anymore and being unconventional or different. They’re about celebrating and championing what’s new and creative.” He shares that The Sandbox Collective’s market, composed of mostly students and young professionals, a.k.a. millennials, are exposed to what’s happening in other parts of the world, primarily because of travel, word-of-mouth, the Internet, and social media. “It’s no longer about being particularistic to the genre,” shares Toff, “but creating an overall experience, a meaningful experience.”

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With that, The Sandbox Collective assembled a young team of curators and influencers who, for the past months, have been brimming with energy and excitement in reaching out to their respective markets and solidifying The Imaginarium’s multi-faceted programming. For dance and physical theater, the group tapped Daloy Dance Company’s PJ Rebullida; for music, critic and music aficionado Ren Aguila; for film, magazine editor Don Jaucian; for visual arts, media practitioner and editor Raymond Ang; and for food and beverage, EDSA Beverage Design Group’s David Ong. “We’re honored to have them join us for the festival,” shares Toff, adding, “They add energy and insight to both the product and the process that help facilitate wonderful experiences for our audience.”

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It is this cross-pollination of cultures that The Sandbox Collective, with its multi-disciplinary approach to the performing arts, hopes to foster through The Imaginarium – “that we find spaces in which we can work together, instead of separately or against each other, and raise a proverbial middle finger to the establishment.” Toff ends, “It is no longer about exclusivity, rather, inclusivity.

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The Imaginarium, a multi-arts festival of the absurd, will cap off The Sandbox Collective’s 2014 season before it returns in 2015. The festival will run for four consecutive days at the PETA Theater Center, No. 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila from October 28-31, 2014. There is a limited amount of tickets being sold for most stages and/or special events so advanced reservation and transaction is encouraged. As with most festivals, the schedule is a proposed estimation and is subject to change within a one to two-hour window.

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(I highly suggest you catch Dani Girl if you missed it the last time because it’s fucking brilliant. They’re also screening Gino Santos’ #Y so… #YNOT?!?! - Saab)

For ticket bundles and inquiries, please contact 585-6909 or 0917-8996680. You may also call Ticketworld at 891-9999. Follow The Sandbox Collective on FB: TheSandboxCollective | Twitter: @TheSandboxCo | Instagram: @TheSandboxCo. You may also visit www.thesandboxcollective.com to find out more about our shows and our festival programming, including talkbacks, packages, ticket bundles, special promos, and student and teacher discounts.

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The Imaginarium is co-presented by PETA Theater Center with official makeup sponsor MAC Cosmetics, and media partners: YStyle, Metro, Chalk, The Lifestyle Network, MYX, and Circuit Magazine.

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A Novel Romance

Last week I went to the launch of MAC Cosmetic’s collection called A Novel Romance

Fall in lust with A Novel Romance, a colour collection teeming with deep, luscious shades that will leave you feeling overwhelmed with desire. Passion mounts, and these hues fan the flames of your deepest emotions, as an amorous adventure begins. Seduced by a secret lover, eyes lock, shrouded in the lustful, metallic hues and cool blackened purples of our Eye Shadow quads. Get provocative in seductive plum and burgundy Lipstick. Then, play the temptress in come-hither shades of sweet lavender and soft rose gold. Finally, cheeks flush in shimmering Powder Blush, as you turn the page towards a powerful climax… leaving you utterly breathless.

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Here’s a little photo diary with photos by Mimi Morada

The event was held in the middle of SM Megamall Atrium and we were greeted by long-haired hunks reading excerpts from romance novels. Don’t you just love the wordplay?!

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We were served white wine and chocolates

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Lauren and I took photos with a pinoy Fabio

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I think we’d make a cute couple LOL

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Lipstick-off

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We bumped into Lauren’s cousin and actress Max Collins at the event

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There were makeup artists ready to help us try out the new collection

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Had to try it out myself!

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Here I am trying to figure out if I should eat some chocolate

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And here I am giving in

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The damsel-in-distress before getting a makeover

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Ooh la la, romantic eyes!

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As we were leaving the event to check out the actual MAC store, I saw Jigs Mayuga and Alyanna Martinez entering with their doggies!!! Could not help it!!

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Hahaha my face!!

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At the store, we had the products all to ourselves!:D Top row L-R: Myself, A Novel Romance, Hearts Aflame. Bottom: Lingering Kiss, Good Kisser

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I’m a good kisser (SABEH?) so I tried it on right away

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Lauren was in a very goth mood that afternoon so she tried on Lingering Kiss

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Me and mom both wearing Hearts Aflame

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In this photo, Lauren’s wearing tinted lip glass – I think it was Reckless Desire

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And we posed like a romance novel couple

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And then I tried to pose like a fashion blogger

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Pero hindi ko talaga achieve hahaha

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Learn more about MAC’s A Novel Romance collection here.