In make-up, I believe you should start with a good base. That is why I try it so hard to do my skin care even if it means taking extra five minutes of my night routine. Having a good base also means investing in good make-up base, like primer, moisturizer and foundation. A decent make-up always starts with those. The reason also why I have so much foundations other than any other products in my make-up stash.


This time, I tried the latest cult favorite which is the Maybeliine 24 hours Superstay Foundation. The way they named their product is quite tricky because who wants to wear make-up with them for 24 hours? Anyway, let us see if it is true to their name.

I got this foundation even before it was officially released here in the Philippines because it was already a hype in the international youtube community. They released 16 shades and if I am not mistaken they only have 6 shades here in the Philippines. I got mine in the shade 220-Natural Beige.

Make-up at 8:00am

Okay on to the product.

Side by side bottle comparison with Maybelline's Fit Me Foundation
Packaging. I like how they make it very simple, just white cap with the name printed on it. The glass bottle is also transparent because you can easily see the shade from it. It may be a downside for others who loves to travel as it comes in a glass bottle. Otherwise, it still is fine with me. It also comes with a pump which is always a plus.


Formula. The product is not too runny and sticky. It is on the normal side once you pump a pea sized product at the back of your hand. The product dries into a Matte finish and perfect for oily skin.

Coverage. When I started dabbing the foundation on my skin, the first thing that came in my mind was that of Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able foundation. However, the only difference is the consistency of the product. Maybelling Superstay is slighty thicker than of Marc Jacobs but has almost the exact same coverage it gives my face. It finishes into medium to full coverage. Just be careful in building it as it might tend to get cakey at the end of the day.

Blended on my skin, as you can see there is no visible veins on my hand. 

Price. This retails for Php499 in Watsons so it is really a good value for your buck considering that it is a full coverage foundation which lasts for more than 12 hours on my face. So far, it is the best drugstore foundation there is if you are looking for full coverage and most especially if you have oily skin.

Longevity. Matte foundations lasts for 4-6 hours on me without retouching. This foundation lasted for 6 hours or more without retouching. It still looked great even though I had too much activities for the day when I tried it on. It will make your face look dewy but still presentable. After blotting at the six hour mark, it still looks good on my face. It is not blotchy also which is a plus for me especially if you plan to wear this one on special occassions.

My face after 8 hours 
Final Verdict. I will highly recommend this foundation to those who have oily to combination skin like mine. For the price point, you can never have any drugstore foundation this good. It did not however oxidize on my face. If you are quite acidic, you should make a swatch of this foundation first before buying. If you also have dry skin and still wants full coverage, you need to prep your skin with mositurizers and use a good primer.
How about you? Have you tried this one? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.



Did you know that growing up I used to dream of having my own store selling fashionable clothes or grocery goods? What inspired me back then was when we were pretend playing and the the paper dolls we used to play when I was a kid. We usually put the clothing paper pieces together and design it to out liking. If you are an 80’s baby, you probably know this. But since I grew up in a family of professionals, they push us to become a doctor, nurse, pilot, lawyer, architect and engineer someday, they would gear us only towards it. 

I did become a nurse but there are times when you have to set your dreams aside because you need to prioritize things and in my case is my family. It is only now that I felt the need of having my own business because I can get to be with the kids while taking care of them and earn at the same time. That is when Sophistique Collection was born. It was a store mainly for mother and daughter/son outfits and later on sells whatever is “in” the market. It is how my kids know how I earn money—that is to sell something. My eldest even told me to do a garage sale (which I keep failing to do because it takes a lot of time and effort) to earn his money and put it in his savings. He also wants to have a mall someday and petshop. But since I am no business person, I want to boost his interest by attending workshops appropriate to their age. 


Commercenter Alabang recently held a Kidspreneur Workshop for kids aged 5-12 years old it supports the kids to turn their ideas into business venture. There was an expo right after the workshop wherein the kids persuaded people to buy their merchandise. I tell you, the kids were really good! I never imagined myself from them but I admired their attitude. In this modern age, entrepreneurs get younger by the day because of support system like this. I do hope that they would do it again and I will really make sure that my kids will be able to attend the workshop so they could learn and benefit from it. The kids’ business ideas were fitting in these modern times and I admire how creative they were able to came up and set-up their booths too. Please scroll down below to see the photos. 










Here are the list of winners from the Biz KidsExpo:


Most Innovative Biz: KiddiEssentials
Sales Genius: Handicrafts Category: KiddiEssentials


Crowd Favorite: Sweet Stop
Sales Genius: Food Category: Sweet Stop



Most Creative Marketer: Little Ladies VCK







La Vie Institute winners:

Most Persuasive: Little Chef Nuggets

Most Energetic: Crafty Chicks



Best Booth Design: Help Me Grow



Do you have business-minded kids too? How do you support them? Share your thoughts below in the comment section.

Global smartphone brand Vivo has made a good impression on tech enthusiasts at the SM Cyberzone’s Mobile Fest 2018. 

To explain all the goods on Vivo’s latest flagship smartphone—the X21, the brand tapped respected tech experts Mark Macanas of TechPinas and Alora Uy Guerrero of Revu. 

The experts discussed Vivo X21’s unlocking technologies, dual rear camera, AI Selfie Camera, AI Game Mode, Hi-Fi, performance, and design. 

 
Alora Uy Guerrero of Revu and Mark Macanas of TechPinas had nothing but praises for Vivo X21

Macanas and Guerrero mentioned that there are two ways to unlock the Vivo X21, through the Face ID Access with Infrared that accurately identifies a user’s facial features even in nighttime and the In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology that replaces the rear fingerprint sensor. Vivo is the industry pioneer of In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology. 


Aside from pioneering features, the pair also talked about Vivo X21’s photography-related specs. The 12 megapixel+5MP dual rear camera and the 12MP front camera with Dual Pixel Sensor. These impressive hardware specs are even boosted by the X21’s AI features like the AI Face Beauty and AI HDR. 

In terms of performance, the Vivo X21 proved to be a hard worker, said Macanas and Guerrero. After all, the X21 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660AIE chip that can process complex AI and neural computing. It has a 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM to improve the speed of launching, loading, and switching including large and complex mobile games. 

To complement all these, Vivo X21 has a 6.28-inch 19:9 FHD+ FullView™ Display with a 90.3% screen-to-body ratio for every user’s viewing pleasure. 

Moreover, Guerrero, a music-lover, even praised Vivo for continuing its Hi-Fi legacy in the X21. The smartphone is equipped with Deep Field technology, which was developed by Vivo to provide panoramic surround, mega bass, clear voice effects and various environmental audio effects, allowing users to customize their audio experience.

The Vivo booth at the Mobile Fest 2018. 

Vivo is one of the key brands that participated in the Mobile Fest 2018.

The Vivo booth will be at the Mobile Fest until July 29 in SM City North EDSA. 

About Vivo
A global smartphone brand focused on introducing perfect sound quality and ultimate photography with cutting-edge technology, Vivo develops innovative and stylish products for young people. We now have over two hundred million users and are one of the preferred brands of young people around the world. As an Official Sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™, Vivo believes in the importance of encouraging young people to embrace self-expression and an energetic lifestyle.  In the Philippines, Vivo is the top 3 smartphone brand in terms of market share with 1.5 million users nationwide.   

For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at vivoglobal.ph or check out their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/vivophil), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vivo_philippines/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/vivo_phil) accounts.

I know this topic often gets debated over mommy groups and a lot of mommies have different views about this. Much like Scary Mommy, we stand naked in front our our children. 



WHY? Okay first, before you raise your brows on me, I would like to cite our reasons. This was a mutual decision between me and baby daddy so…

Our body is a natural thing; it is something given to us by God that we have to cherish it. We want the kids to feel comfortable about themselves and about their body and the way to do it is how we normally do it at home. We go take a bath and dress up and also our kids and not minding we stand naked in front of them--think of Adam and Eve and the creation in the Bible. 

FEED THE CURIOUS MIND. When kids start to ask questions like why, how and what, that is the right time to educate them about the anatomy and physiology of our body. AGAIN, you have to explain it to them like how it was explained in our Science books, NO MALICE. The key in doing it is you have to engage them in conversation in order for you to know the extent of their knowledge about our body. My kids started to ask questions when they turned 4ish when they knew that their body parts are different from us. 

EDUCATE. This is where you tell them who are the only persons allowed to touch our body. You also have to tell them about the boundaries. My kids wear whatever they want here at home because that is how they are comfortable with. But if there are visitors, they immediately rush to their rooms and get their clothes changed. Teach them what is the appropriate outfit for every occasion. 

OPEN COMMUNICATION. As the grow older, they will throw more questions. Do not curtail their curiosity. Engage them in conversation so that they will feel confident to share sensitive issues regarding their body as soon as they age. Also, remind them that our body is not something to be shared to others. We also tell our children not to make fun or tell jokes about our body and don’t get that idea to shame others. 

Again, I am sharing with you our stand regarding this. I respect your family’s decision about this because to each his own. 


When I was a kid, I remember how we used to have these generic glasses and whenever we finish a spread, there will be an addition to the collection. Back then, we only have few selections of spread for our bread, and one of our staple was Lily’s peanut butter spread. It was our all time favorite. Now that I am a mom, it has also been a staple in my grocery list and we never leave the grocery store without it. Imagine our household can finish a jar in a week--that is how my kids loved Lily’s peanut butter spread, the same way we loved it when we were kids. 

INNOVATION



But through the years, it has already evolved into different variants and added more products to their line. I admire how they cope up with the changing time with their variants. They have our classic favorite which comes in different sizes. The coco jam which is a perfect for sticky rice. Chocolate peanut butter is my son’s favorite because anything chocolate is his thing. They also added texture to their spread and came up with Crunchy Peanut Butter. Of course they will not forget those who are weight conscious but still wants to enjoy peanut butter so they came up with Lite Peanut Butter Spread. 

ADDITION TO OUR RECIPE





As a millennial mom, I have come to explore options on how we can enjoy peanut butter in so many ways. With our access to the internet and a little imagination, we are able to come up with different recipes that can be made with peanut butter. It will not only be the same spread that we put on our bread but we can also use them as a flavoring to our cupcakes, pancakes, frostings and cookies! We can also make use of them for our everyday meals at home. Because with food, there is endless possibility. My kids and I can come up with new more recipes out of their products. 

MEALS AND MEMORIES





Lilly’s Peanut Butter Spread also knows that as a mom, we struggle with our daily lives. I myself tend to forget a lot of things because of the never ending responsibilities that we tend to attend to. They came up with this spreaduler that we can use in order for us to be a bit more organized at home. It is just like our ordinary planner but a bit more exciting because they incorporate the bonding memories we can do every week. Bonding is important in every family to be able to make memories just like out childhood. One of them is to bond over our comfort food while do our different roles in the house. 


DEBUNKING THE MYTH 

While many people tend to believe that peanuts are bad for health, it is the other way around. According to Harvard University’s research, including peanut in our diet can actually aid weight loss. Diet that is also high in monosaturated fat which are found in peanuts, peanut butter and peanut oils are superior to low-fat diets for heart and health. Peanut butter is also a good source of protein that kids can enjoy. Lily’s Peanut butter spread is also made with natural products that is shown by the oil that settles on top of each jar. It means no extenders or preservatives were added to it but only the natural ingredients. 


How about you? What is your fond memories with Lily’s Peanut butter spread? Share them away!

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