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Look Recap.

Posted by Aura Charisse on December 13, 2017 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)
There’s no denying I go MIA every now and then from blogging, and it’s no secret that it’s because of medicine. Outside the blog, my life complelely revolves around medicine, as I pursue my dreams of someday attaining that MD. In life, there are always trade costs. To exhaust all my efforts and energy into med school means sacrificing some wee time away from the blog. Most times it’s frustrating ---- imagine stepping away from your craft that you’ve nurtured for almost 4 years (!!!) ----- but at the end of the day, I know my priorities and I believe it will all be worth it, truly and entirely.

In light of such truths and happenings, I’ve come up with this series, ‘Look Recap’. It’s simply a recap on all the looks I’ve shot and failed to upload on the blog. Better late than never, alright! Despite your girl hustling to get that degree, style will always be relevant. Here’s the first set of looks and I hope you like it!

This black and white ensemble was one of my outfits from my quick trip to Australia. I went to Gold Coast and Brisbane around May, so it was roughly winter there that time. It wasn’t drastically freezing as you’d expect though, so I’d say the weather felt more like spring with a little bit more breeze. I’m wearing this ribbed pseudo-turtleneck top with mildly ripped jeans and an oversized bomber jacket. I’ve written in my Instagram how I got my hands on this unique jacket, if you wanna find out, you can go check that out here. I’m also wearing my super comfortable, triple white Nike roshes, which was perfect for a lot of walking and traveling. As per usual, I topped off the look with a pair of retro sunnies.

Vintage oversized jacket from my Momma | Top from Ses Fashions | Jeans from Just Jeans | Roshe from Nike | Shades from Fly Shades

Another black and white ensemble, I’m wearing this other pseudo-turtleneck top that I have. This time it’s cropped and paired with high-waisted flare pants. It’s true when they say style repeats itself and lately, I’ve been seeing those bell flares quite often. Wearing bell pants used to be my favorite as a preteen, so it didn’t take long for me to try out the style again myself. I’m actually wearing my previous jazz pants that I used to wear for dance training back in the day. Weird? I don’t think so. It provides the same look anyways --- and with a great deal of comfort! Resourceful? I’d like to think so. To tell you the truth, no one would have noticed hadn’t I mentioned it. Style should never be limiting, my dear readers!

Crop top from Zara | Jazz pants from Yvonne’s | Sunnies from Metro Sunnies | Sling purse form Guess

This was one of those casual outfits I wore during days of errands. This is a tank, bandana-type top with a lovely blue pattern, which I wore over my white jeans. Pretty simple! It’s something to feel comfortable in whilst going around and about. I’m also wearing a pair of typical white sneaks, a white watch and also a basic white cap.

Top from Something Borrowed | Jeans from Just Jeans | Watch from Bulova

I really don't have much to say about this outfit other than it's an easy look for when I'm lazy! On days when I'm exhausted, I find myself settling with something simple. I like to keep it chic though by wearing an all black outfit. I find that there's nothing as bold as all black; just throw in different textures and your outfiit will slay! I'm keeping it interesting with my ribbed top, skinny bottoms, suede flats and patent leather sling. I also like to add accents of color and material in my outfit, such as this scarf that I wore around my head as a headband. 

Top from Ses Fashions | Skinnies and an old scarf | Sling from Guess | Flats from Rubi

If there’s a color I low-key love, it has to be coral! It’s the kind of shade that I love for lipsticks, blushes and specific pieces of clothing, like this top I’m wearing. Despite it being simple, I find that the coral shade makes it much more pleasant and stylish. It also complements the soft, flowy material quite perfectly. This is pretty old already, to be honest --- if you remember my very first post when I launched this blog, I wore this very same top in one of my first looks --- but I kid you not, the color of this top has stayed the same from the time I bought it years back; still that lovely coral shade. I partnered it with the same pair of white jeans, a pair of nude heels and the mandatory sunnies.

Top from Forever 21 | Jeans from Just Jeans | Heels from Hue Manila | Sling bag from Coach

I’ve always loved white and rocking an all-white outfit is something I really look forward to. I feel like it’s such an effortless way to look classy, as long as you’ve got all the right elements. Detail is everything! I’m wearing this origami skort, which I decided to pair with something more soft and subtle, such as this simple flowy top. I finished the look with a pair of casual nude heels and a nice pair of sunnies. To keep things interesting, I’m wearing a bright classy red lip!

Top from Bottomline Clothing Co. | Skort from Lazada | Heels from Hue Manila | Sunnies from Fly Shades

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Mini Benefit Haul

Posted by Aura Charisse on September 4, 2017 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (1)

Ola, dear readers!

It's been a while since my last makeup post, so I hope you'll enjoy this mini haul.

Let me share with you the new goodies I've purchased from Benefit. 

This mini haul includes three main products: the GALifornia blush, the 1st Prize Highlighters set & the Eye Got Brow set.

I prefer my daily makeup to be very light and doable. It’s highly incovenient to be wearing thick lathers for everyday, don’t you think? I like my makeup to feel very light, though still providing quality pigments. I find that Benefit products work quite well on my skin. Every now and then, I like to repurchase their products when I’ve hit pan or to try some of their newer ones.

Mandatory to my daily makeup is a coral blush with fine shimmer. My go-to blush product has been Benefit’s Coralista, but because I use it every single day, I’ve consumed nearly all of it. Originally I planned to repurchase Coralista, ‘til I saw they released a new coral blush, GALifornia. GALifornia is absolutely beautitul! It shares a similar shade of sunset orange hues with Coralista, but with MUCH MORE gold shimmer. Trust me when I say the amount of gold shimmer is very generous. You’ll be like a glowy California goddess wearing this blush! From the lovely sun pattern mold to the hipster packaging, I love everything about this blush. Absolutely gorgeous!

Next is the 1st Prize Highlighters set, which is a sampler entirely dedicated to strobing & highlighting. I’ve been experimenting with highlighting recently so I figured, what better way to test it out by getting a sample each? All three products come in mini sizes. Yes, the sizes are quite small and there isn’t a lot of product, but it’s just exactly what I needed. Would I recommend this purchase for replacing your staples? No. Would I encourage you to get this for product trial? Definitely.

The set comes with three products: Shy Beam, High Beam & Sun Beam. Shy Beam, from the name itself, is a very subtle strobe. It’s a very light nude, opaque shade. It’s very similar to that of a concealer actually, except for the light consistency, which a concealer would otherwise give a heavy one. My only problem with this product is that it’s very close to my natural skin color, so it doesn’t make much difference! If you have a darker skin palette and you’re not into shimmer, then Shy Beam will suit you more. I would much rather prefer to wear the other two of the set. High Beam is a pink, champagne shimmer that gives you a nice rosy glow. It’s subtle enough for an everyday look, but still giving you a classy shimmer. Contrastingly, Sun Beam is a warm shimmer that’s perfect for a golden look with a tad more glitter than High Beam. I think this highlighter is very suitable for a beachy, summer makeup look! Sun Beam has to be my favorite. I highly recommend it!

Lighting was not on my side when I shot the photos, thus my skin's yellow undertone was ever so prominent! Please excuse my Simpson skin. Here is a swatch of the highlighters. From left to right: High Beam, Shy Beam & Sun Beam.

 Last in the haul is the Eye Got Brow Set. Quick story about this purchase, I wanted to replace my Goof Proof brow pencil in 04 Medium to an 03 Medium, simply because I find it to be slightly too dark. Dad was traveling when I asked if he could kindly buy me the lighter shade, ONLY if it weren’t a hassle and if he would come across a Sephora store by chance, which didn’t happen, by the way! Instead, Dad literally made time for a trip to Sephora to purchase not just the brow pencil but the entire set! And my dad is truly not familiar at all with anything makeup, so imagine my surpise and kilig! Of course he could’ve gotten it by mistake… but I’d like to believe he merely had the best intentions to gift an entire set hehe. Nevertheless, thank you Poppa!

It really excited me that I get try the other two products as well. Along with the Goof Proof brow pencil, the set also includes the Roller Lash mascara in mini, & the Ready, Set, BROW! setting gel also in mini.

The Roller Lash mascara comes with an interesting convex brush designed to really curl the lashes, which I very much like. One swipe really elongates and curls and definitely adds the much coveted length and volume. Although, I did notice that when the heat gets super intense, it has a tendency to melt and smudge a tad bit under my eyes. Just a little heads up if you stay in a tropical country like me! Nevertheless, it’s still a really good product I would repurchase as it applies evenly and smoothly. Its black pigment is also really good without being too over the top.

Ready, Set, BROW! gel came in really handy. It’s the holy grail product I never realized I needed! You see I have naturally thick, uneven, bushy brows, which without the aid of a tweezer would look absolutely horrendous, and the setting gel conveniently keeps every strand in place. It’s perfect for keeping my brows neat the entire day, whether I’m wearing a full glam look or I simply just want my brows to look extra on a “no-makeup” makeup day.

The Goof Proof brown pencil is perfect for my fellow brow enthusiasts who are just getting into the art of drawing your brows in. Goof Proof is very forgiving as it allows easy application, with the strategic shape of the pencil tip to the ergonomic handle of the product . It glides on very easily without the mess. Also the pigment is really good, not too much to give you Sharpie brows and just right to offer a natural finish. I absolutely love using this product everyday for my brows! 

And that wraps it all up, I hope you enjoyed this mini haul.

Let me know if you'd like more posts like this. I'd be happy to create for you!

Have a great week ahead, dear readers!

*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post- though it would be lovely if it were, wink wink!

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My Top Three Travel Rules.

Posted by Aura Charisse on August 2, 2017 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Traveling has always been a sacred routine for me, just as it’s a time of pleasure and wanderlust. Truly, it’s a grand time to be unwinding from life’s pressures and to be seeking out your soul, but respecting it is equally important. Here are my top three travel rules which I personally abide by and why:

1. Represent your home

Look, it’s a no-brainer that the passport you’re holding represents where you’re from ---- if not your country, then your race. The moment you step out of your country is the actual event of you being an ambassador because anywhere you go, you are branded. You are branded by where you’re from and ultimately, it becomes your very identity. I mean, realistically, in a travellers’ domain, may it be the airport or a famous tourist attraction, with a melting pot of cultures, how else are you to be identified?

I hope we take it upon ourselves to behave appropriately and to honor our country and race as a noble duty. It seems this is something we take for granted. When we leave the comforts of our homes, not only do we take with us the manners, morals and beliefs of our families, but as well as those of our heritage. How you are outside of your country will significantly impact how foreigners see you and associate you with the rest of your nation. A little mistake from behaving inappropriately while traveling can greatly inflict or magnify the negativity imposed on your country. Is this really how you want to bring honor to your heritage? It may not be that big of an issue for those countries with already established notions, those of which are predominantly positive, but not for those who have a derogative identity to redeem as good. As for me, I believe in bringing honor to my country even in the little acts of putting my best behavior when I travel.

2. Respect the culture

Just because it isn’t valuable to you doesn’t mean it’s the same for their culture. Each culture has been constructed, refined and established from generation to generation, based on a set of principles and beliefs that are in sync with their heritage. There is historical significance and value in that, whether you choose to see it or not. The whole point of traveling, after all, is to inculcate yourself in a culture different from yours. The least you could do, as a tourist, is to respect that.

Disrespect of culture often roots from a lack of understanding. Be responsible enough to get yourself informed and to not be ignorant. If you’re staying in a relatively laidback country, you’re still considered lucky if all you get are weird stares and rude smirks, but if you’re actually in a rigid country with high regard to tradition and values, know that there are consequences of your actions. Please don’t be reckless. Again, this goes back to my first point of representing where you’re from. If your goal is to seek thrill or to capture the "perfect gram", do you really think that culture inappropriation is the way to go?

3. Dress approriately

The reason why I make the extra effort to dress up when I travel is simply because I believe that dressing well is truly a form of manners, as is when I’m at home in my Motherland. I prefer to be dressed best when I mingle with various races, when I go on tours to see great locations, when I meet family from different parts of world, and when I indulge in authentic cuisines. Dressing well is a way of extending myself to the different people I meet, the different localities I visit and the different cultures I’m exposed to. I dress properly and descently because I have regard for the country I’m traveling in as well as the country I'm representing. It’s a simple way of enmeshing good representation and cultural respect to a personal level.

This entry was obviously written with an agenda and I do hope we see traveling from a different perspective than just fleeting enjoyment. Not that I’m saying traveling should be perceived as a set of strict guidelines, but I strongly do think that it is very important to keep a sense of duty and integrity when we travel. It’s not about being an elitist, but being a good ambassador and bringing honor to your country. I personally can vouch that you can have the time of your lives whilst you remain responsible in your travels.

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Four things.

Posted by Aura Charisse on July 4, 2017 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Four things: sun, skies, trees & water.

A combination of these guarantee me a happy soul. I believe in the beauty of nature and it’s always a pleasure to witness it, especially in the midst of the city’s hustle and bustle. Nature’s aesthetic is always therapeutic to the well being. I’ve had my fair share of life’s complexity, but these four never fail to humble me to the simplest, as I stand in awe of its charm.

Timing was perfect when we started shooting this outfit, as the sun slowly started to set. Orange hues gradually filled the surroundings of palm trees and bay waters. Manila bay sunsets will always be gorgeous and I wanted to get as much out of the beautiful scenery. I gladly soaked in the warm rays of the sunset and basked under the pink skies in my casual nautical outfit.

I’m wearing this blue and white striped top with my black high-waisted skinnies, and my classic white sneaks. As usual, I topped off the look with a large pair of sunnies.

Top from Zara | Watch from Bulova | Sneaks from Sheos Manila | Sunnies from Metro Sunnies

What are your four things?

I hope you like this look, dear readers!

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Braving the sun.

Posted by Aura Charisse on June 12, 2017 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (0)

I joined the off-shoulder bandwagon relatively late. It took a time of convincing whether I fancied the style or not. Eventually, upon trying the trend myself, I was hooked! I could finally relate to the style and comfort which the top bargained. It's an easy outfit especially fit for sultry days.

Heat and humidity have been as intense and erratic as possible. A couple of days ago, I headed down South for some sea and breeze. I braved the sun in this OOTD: a breezy off-shoulder top, a pair of loose string shorts, a pair of sunnies and a floppy hat.

The off-shoulder top was perfect for protecting most of my skin from the UV rays, whist allowing me some wee breathing space around the shoulder area. To balance the rather heavy look of the long sleeved top, I opted for a comfortable pair of bottoms that gave my legs absolute liberation; aka short-shorts. For the soles, I just wore my leather loafers as I typically would. The sunnies and the floppy hat are no-brainers to the outfit. As for the color palette, I was in the mood for neutrals accentuated by heavy blacks!

Top from Shop Copper | Shorts from Zalora PH | Floppy hat from H&M | Leather loafers from GIBI Shoes

I hope you enjoyed this look!
Brave the sun whilst you can, dear readers! 
(Cause rainy season be comin'!) 

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Posted by Aura Charisse on May 27, 2017 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Here's a confession, I find it rather difficult to relate to most people.

Usually I feel like I'm such an old soul to be relevant to people my age. Sometimes I feel like being a nerd weird others out. Often my emotions get too extreme only few would understand. On most days, I feel that my morals can seem too rigid. Or possibly, my thoughts frighten others, whether it be bizarre, witty, or grim.

Whatever the case, I find difficulty in expressing myself in reality. I have this tendency to enclose myself in a shell for fear of prejudice --- which really shouldn't be the case, though natural and understandable --- but gradually (and I absolutely mean gradually) I'm learning to step out of my comforts and crack that shell open.

It's in the pieces of clothing and the lather of makeup where I can find a common ground with my peers. Appeal steals the attention of bystanders. Difference initiates curiosity in acquaintances. Little compliments spark a conversation among friends. For me, dressing up can be as simple as wanting to look good and decent, yet as complicated as displaying a common interest with those sharing similar styles.

Other than passion, I continue to create content because maybe, I'm not as irrelevant as I think I am. I guess, you can say it's part of embracing ourselves in the best possible way, to present our identities, wholly and raw, as an essential substance of authentic living. To further elaborate, I end with this quote,

“You can either be judged because you created something or ignored because you left your greatness inside of you.”

Indigo lace romper form Zalora PH (Something Borrowed) | Sling from Coach | Amethyst set from Korea 

Happy weekend, dear readers!

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