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weekend recap

This is how we spent valentines season. Because 1 day ain’t enough, and because we celebrate the day later longer than most people do. 

our valentines 2017 in a photo

our valentines 2017 in a photo

I started by being a bit early (Feb 8) and delivered chocolates and a single rose (made of soap) to surprise my best friend Jo, that ended with a fast food dinner.

On the day itself (Feb 14) Kei surprised me by giving me a small strawberry cake from the Breadery -I have no photo of the cake as I ate it all. Plus a dress from Zalora. In turn I gave Kei a cute Altec Lansing speaker to replace his old mini speaker that lost its cable.

Saturday (Feb 18) I took Kei out to go see John Wick 2, since he mentioned it too many times. But before going back home Kei gave me 3 sampaguita plants to add to my potted plant collection. -I will have flowers all year round, he says. I am looking forward to the day the buds bloom. Hopefully I can keep them alive. Ended the day with a dimsum dinner at a place near home and called it a day. 

Sunday is for both our families, we dropped by their place to give them cakes. Then capped off the weekend with a hearty dinner at Torch.

So that was our valentine 2017. How did you spend yours?

 

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Catching me (behind the scenes)

Surely you have seen the prenup shots. I also wrote about the HMUA for prenup day one and my wedding. Now, I am going to write about the prenup day two HMUA. And right now I am apologizing for the lack of photos.

Since my prenup consists of two days of different shoots, I have to look for a hair and makeup artist to be with us on day two of the shoot that is at UST – University of Santo Tomas. I asked my friends for recommendations and Katchie’s name popped up on the list of recommended artists.

I called to inquire and book. Judging from the conversation we had, I am going to hit it off with her. So I booked the date. And just my luck… the shoot date happened to coincide with the yearly USTET (that we were caught by surprise), plus the normal ROTC sunday (this was expected).

*UST – easily agrees to shoots on Sundays, because there are no classes on Sundays. It is where we graduated college and it is one of the most photogenic universities in Asia. – You can also see the photo below on my prenup post. 

UST shot1

Katchie Mejias has a very catchy name (easy recall) and I am very grateful to her not only because she did my hair and makeup in the hot and humid UST grandstand cr (fellow Thomasians would know that cr is like a huge sauna) with a bunch of female ROTC cadets and only one electric outlet that was mounted in the ceiling. Kind of mission impossible/against all odds but Katchie pulled it off. Flawlessly.

photo from Katchie's instagram

Katchie – photo from Katchie’s instagram

Well, it doesn’t come as a surprise because Katchie is Mega’s Top Fashion Crew winner (MFC1 season 1 winner-hairstyling category), and if that is not impressive enough She also Mastered with Val Garland, handles a ton of magazine shoots and also does Special fx& Prosthetics. *She is also makeup artist of brands like mac and loreal…etc.  and she also does Yeng Constantino’s hair & Makeup! –  because we love Yeng Constantino.

I haven’t been able to talk to her that much and due to the heat and time constraints. We got her lunch and I left her at the Alfredo M. Velayo Building (in the middle) of UST and went on to Beato Angelico (the Architecture/Fine Arts bldg. corner of P.Noval and Espana), Run off to the fountains and back to main bldg, where I found her patiently waiting for me. Then hurriedly creating another look and then wait again. I really felt bad for her, ang init ng araw nun (it was really hot and humid that day!). She is also carrying her traincase of makeup and stuff.

the traincase of purple brushes - photo from Katchie's instagram

the traincase of purple brushes – photo from Katchie’s instagram

And because everything is always hurried, she dropped her phone! (the screen cracked) I could see the shock in her face.  Honestly, If I were in her shoes that day, I would have thrown a fit and hurriedly go away. But even so, she soldiered on with me.

After the intense heat, it rained. She was still waiting for me, this time at the pavilion near UST gym. As she created my last look and took pictures of me. I really felt sad and kept on saying sorry over and over again. She even gave me a can of hairspray to help me get though the shoot.

Despite the sweltering heat and the unfavorable/unfair condition, Katchie managed to create these looks for me.

Making me look fresh inspite of the weather is not an easy feat.

Making me look fresh inspite of the weather is not an easy feat.

After 3 looks, and I did not keep count of the retouch… she left. I looked good but I felt awful. Again I am sorry Katchie.

Summing it all up, I have witnessed professionalism at its finest. The amount of skill and heart in doing makeup is no joke. Katchie, we are forever grateful. Thank you.

 

5outof5

I give Katchie 5 out of 5! Professional, patient and kind with the skills to match, she is also very helpful and friendly. She is good at delivering clear skin with a youthful vibe kind of look that feels lightweight.

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are our own and based on our own experience. This is not a sponsored post, we paid for the make up services from our own pocket.

**No. not giving her the 5 out of 5 just because I felt sorry for her. Katchie really have the skills to boot. See her works here


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meet my fairy godmother, Krist!

*So, since I will be catching up on all wedding related posts. Expect the next ten posts (or more) to be about the wedding. 

I’m going to talk about the quest for my HMUA- Hair and make up artist. Warning: text heavy with a lot of pictures at the end ok?! 

Being the obsessive compulsive girl that I am, I pored over thick stacks of wedding magazines (namely Wedding Essentials, I have been reading since 2013) and appreciated the works of this one HMUA (that is Krist Bansuelo). But I believed that it would be out of my budget to get Krist, beacuse for one, I am not a celebrity (most of his clients are), Krist is one of the most sought after makeup artists in the Philippines (top notch) and I don’t have the funds (or so I thought).

this was taken from Krist's instagram. I wasnt kidding when I tell you that Krist does celebrities

 I wasn’t kidding when I tell you that Krist does celebrities. That is Toni Gonzaga (on her wedding day) in the top left! and the bottom right with the heart icon would be yours truly. (taken from Krist’s instagram account.) 

Again, I scoured the internet to look for a HMUA that I think is within my budget and does the look I want. *I wanted bigger dramatic eyes as I am Chinese, and that natural glowing skin. I preferred someone who understands small eyes, and what better than to find a HMUA with eyes like mine too?! So I looked for a Chinese HMUA and promptly found one that I will hide (in an initial) Miss C. So, I asked for her rates and contact details via facebook (where I found her along with photos of her dramatic before and after transform-ative magic). I thought her rates is quite steep but if she delivers why not?! I wanted to book her asap.

Miss C. Doesn’t want to accept my reservation saying that I was too early. (It was mid 2014, I was booking for 2015) She had a point. And told me that I get back at her again by early January 2015 as she was busy with a beauty pageant that time. So, January 2015 rolled around… Again I messaged her (this was as early as January 2) to save my date and asked for her bank details so I can make a reservation. I got a curt reply from Miss C saying she was already booked and  if I still wanted to avail of her services, she would double book me with the other bride but I cannot pick my schedule, I will be made up by 5am so that she can still go to the other bride’s preps. My wedding is 3pm if I did get my makeup done by 5am, most of the makeup would have faded off by 3pm. That leaves me with no choice but to decline. I told all my friends about what happened and we sort of had a theory that she was picking clients based on financial ability. (pera, pera lang ang labanan.) It is the moneyed one that she will cater to. *want to know who this Miss C. is?! leave me a private message.*

Feeling thrown off from the planning and hopelessly lost, as most of the top wedding HMUAs are booked a year in advance! Then I cried (buckets at that) and humbly asked for help from my friends. They told me to go for my top pick (which is Krist) who knows maybe it is the one for me. That was the time I had the guts to actually message Krist and ask for the wedding rates offered.

I got a reply within minutes and also a condition. Krist will only agree to be my makeup artist if and only if I go for a (paid) trial makeup session. To which I agreed immediately! Because it is only logical and practical to see and experience the HMUA’s work before committing to a agreement. I also thank God that Krist has no commitments on my wedding day as schedule can be quite a difficult problem to solve.

Krist gave out a reasonable quote. (I was shocked to know that I can actually get Krist to be my HMUA!) And there was no air of haughtiness or pretensions just a simple, professional and honest response when we got to talk to Krist on the phone. So, I explained to Krist that I will be using the trial session for my prenup or pre-wedding photoshoot. To which Krist agreed and we set the date for the trial and a pencil booking of my wedding date.

So my prenup date came and off I went to see Krist. In my excitement I came quite early and Krist had just woken up, but still friendly and professional. I calmed down and all the unease left me in an instant with his jokes and encouraging words. I was even given lemonade! 

here I am in Krist's make up chair!

here I am in Krist’s make up chair! I have butterflies in my tummy so pardon the face. 

After a few strokes of the brush and some curling iron magic later…

feeling gorgeous all thanks to my glam team!

sitting still while feeling gorgeous is hard work! I want to flash a huge smile! 

et viola! Just the look that I was going for!

pretty? achieved! All thanks to my glam team!

pretty? achieved! All thanks to my glam team!

Surely you also have to see the some of the close up shots from our prenup/prewedding photos to better appreciate Krist’s work.

The make up made my skin look real smooth.

The make up made my skin look real smooth.  (One of the shots taken indoor) – Credits to Reality Box

Outdoor shot

Still looking good! (one of the outdoor shot) – Credits to Reality Box

Safe to say our prenup/prewedding shoot went really well. (See the pictures in this post.) Thanks to Krist for the brilliant makeup!

It is a sealed deal, Krist will be doing my wedding makeup and I felt glad. I have one awesome HMUA! A kind one at that.

On the day of the wedding, it was pouring. I was very much nervous and also a bit sad. There would be no outdoor photos, what if the streets are flooded?, maybe my suppliers will be late, my guests would have probably stayed at home… and all those negative thoughts associated with the “close to stormy” weather.

*I was told that rain in wedding is a blessing, over and over by a lot of different people. Not really sure if they just say that as mock consolation offered as a temporary relief, or there is such a thing. Any thoughts on this? 

and the magic begins!

and the magic begins! – credits to RealityBox

But Krist arrived early! We chatted for a bit (they calmed me down by getting me to laugh) and got down to business. Krist gave me the dramatic eyes I requested and the glam team thought it was best to make my hair in a side-swept bun (due to the weather *sighs*) insted of our original idea of a side-swept ponytail (the damp weather would make the hair limp).

a close look at my make-up! (I am wearing my alternative to the bath robe here!)

a close look at my make-up! (I am wearing my teal alternative to the bath robe here!)

so here is the result of Krist’s transformative magic! A better look at my hair. Hair by Rikka Villarey.

Look at my hair!

Look at my hair!

There are stubborn locks of hair that kept peeking out from the pins, and the glam team patiently kept on tucking the strands again and again to create a neat bun. Krist and the team assisted me all throughout! -from the getting ready pictures up until I am ready to leave the hotel. I am grateful for the time they gave me, they stayed way past the time I paid for. Stellar service. 

Here is how I look like all made up!

Yes Krist posted a photo of me on instagram. I feel like a celebrity! squeals!

Yes, Krist posted a photo of me on instagram. I feel like a celebrity! squeals!

And here is another photo from Krist that shows my hair bun!

the look from the back

neatly tucked hair and the look from the back (photo from Krist’s instagram)

And up until the time I am to leave the hotel to go to church, Krist was there by my side.

"the make up can withstand crying"- Krist says.

the final touch and off I go. 

My make up can withstand crying. Krist said as I prepare to leave.

I told Krist: “Ganda ng makeup ko, hindi ako iiyak, sayang ang ganda ko!” My makeup is gorgeous, I will not cry lest it be ruined, I will not waste it.Strong statement, but that was before I left.

*I did cry. And yes, my makeup stayed put. 

And the veil was put on and off I go. Leaving you with the parting shot from the hotel.

ready for my closeup!

ready for my closeup!

Looking back I can say, the experience was magical.

Thanks Krist. You are a blessing to us. 

 

5outof5

I give Krist 5 out of 5! – I strongly recommend Krist to brides-to-be. Excellent service, experienced, friendly and professional. It is easy to see why Krist is one of the most sought after makeup artists in the Philippines.

*Oh a quick note: Krist only does traditional make-up.

I also asked about the why? Here is the answer: Airbrush makeup application (when gone wrong) leaves streaks and smears. It is also too thin (because it has air and water) to be used as a foundation for acne, scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, or dry skin. It is so fine, it only works best on almost perfect skin. Airbrush makeup is never to be applied heavily. On the other hand Traditional foundation is more opaque, and has a richer coverage. It is more precise and detailed because it gives the artist control over the final outcome. 

**All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are our own and based on our own experience. This is not a sponsored post, we paid for the make up services from our own pocket.


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long overdue post: the prenup pictures

So here is my long overdue post: the prenup pictures.

I will be honest here, we were actually hesitant to post the pictures before the wedding because we didn’t want to spoil the surprise.

So it is only now. For that I am sorry.

(Of course, I did not post all of them…I just pick out a few to share. * I wouldn’t want to bore you guys.)

All these were shot by the incredibly talented team of photographers and also our friends from RealityBox. They are responsible for all the wonderful photos, despite all the troubles we met (Traffic, rain, angry/really nosy guards, uncooperative mob of people…etc.) looking at the photos, you would never have thought we were faced with obstacles.

~want to know more about RealityBox? I will talk more about them in another post. I still have to let you see my wedding photos.  *Winks!

So here are our Prenup/Pre-wedding photos!

We used this photo for our save the date and also for the photobooth!

We used this photo for our save the date and also for the photobooth!

We veered away from the usual garden prenups, and went for something dark, dramatic and edgy but still romantic because we also got locations that have been a part of our story. Inspired by a mix of Gossip Girl, Wong Kar Wai’s – In the mood for love, and Mafia. Yes we are kind of eclectic. 

These were shot at Salon De Ning of Manila Peninsula.

salon main

salon2

salon3

Next are from Ayala Triangle Garden and Makati Stock Exchange. (The place where the proposal happened.)

see the fog effect on the left photo?! It is not photoshopped! The camera lens fogged up due to the changing temperatures, our photographer used the fog to create the ethereal shot!

see the fog effect on the left photo?! It is not photoshopped! The camera lens fogged up due to the changing temperatures, our photographer used the fog to create the ethereal shot!

recreating the proposal

recreating the proposal

Day one is done! Day two features the picturesque University of Santo Tomas – our Alma mater.

beato

*I am from CFAD, Kei is the one from Arki. – the day of the shoot, outside the beato angelico bldg was teeming with ROTC cadets. So we only have a photo of the Arki signage. 

UST shot1

UST2

it was drizzling when we shot these

**people could not let us be… besides the ROTC cadets the day of the shoot, we also have to be with all the many UST hopefuls – they came to take the entrance exam that day!!! We went to the Med Bldg area where there is less people to take some more pictures and it rained! So we just took cover and  waited till it turned dark. 

Straight out of a fairytale - UST at night

Straight out of a fairytale – UST at night

ust parting shot

Its a wrap! these are the last two shots at UST.

My Makeup artist is Krist Bansuelo for the Salon de Ning, Ayala Triangle and Makati Stock Exchange set of photos. The UST pictures were done by Katchie Mejias. *Yes, my make-up was done by two different makeup artists, because my shoot took two days to complete (due to the different location and concept).

Styling are all done by myself. As for my clothes, you probably know about all my dress adventures in this past post. Of course I had help from my mum, sister, best friend Joanna and my long lost but now found childhood friend Eds. I couldn’t have done it all without them.