2013/09/28

MUA : Makeup Academy The Artiste Collection - Multi Use Palette

Hello my dearest readers!
It's been a while since I last posted. It's been a tough time in Zamboanga due to the ongoing crisis but I've decided it was time to start posting more "normal" stuff on my beauty blog... So after my short soap review & giveaway, I'm back for a palette review today! 
Last month I featured a new palette in my Kering Keri Store haul.
It's called the MUA (Make Up Academy) Professional The Artiste Collection palette.
It is made up of 6 marbled eyeshadows, 2 blushers, 1 bronzer & 1 highlight. Perfect for people who want more of a "all in one" kind of palette.
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What : MUA (Make Up Academy) Professional The Artiste Collection palette
Where : Kering Keri Store
Price : P400
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Love :

Sturdy yet lightweight packaging that looks very sleek and has a lovely transparent top case to make it easier to look at the shades inside the palette albeit it doesn't come with a mirror. The marbled effect of the eyeshadows is definitely something that catches the eye & draws you more into the palette. 
Versatility & multi-functional palette since it contains most of the things you'd need to come up with a complete look.
Application, texture & pigmentation on the eyeshadows were great. They were easy to pick up with both a brush & your fingers and even after thorough blending you can still see the distinct shade of each eyeshadow on your lids. Of course with the lighter shadows, there was a bit more fallout but that was expected. The face products (blushers, bronzer & highlight) have lovely pigmentation and were buildable.
Longevity wise, they last around 4 hours, or more, mostly depending on the weather.


Hate :

Not locally available. I had to purchase this palette online.

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2013/09/22

Teaser : Time Heals All Wounds

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Hair & Makeup by Janna Parel
Photography by Sefi Curada
Modeling by Danette Roc
"It has been said, time heals all wounds. I do not agree.
The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone." - Rose Kennedy

2013/09/15

Suzanne's Emporium Scrap Soaps & A Giveaway!

Before the #zamboangacrisis started, I received an awesome package from Miss Suzanne of Suzanne's Emporium. She had messaged me earlier on Facebook to tell me that she was sending over some scrap soaps for me to try out. I'm a bath product freak so naturally I got excited over the thought of being able to try out new products soon.
These babies arrived last September 02 tucked safely into layers of bubble wrap and plastic. Her scrap soaps arrived to me in three huge slabs and I decided to cut them up into smaller bar sizes so that they'll be easier to use. I gave away some to my family and friends, kept a couple of bars for myself and also a few more for the giveaway! (Details will be discussed later on.)
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White + Orange soap is actually the gluta-kojic variant. Double the whitening power with micro peeling that's barely noticeable! This variant is my favorite among the three that were sent to me. I've been using this for the past week and I am a tad bit lighter than I was before.
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This black soap is the bleaching variant. Another whitening product that I've yet to really test out. My close friend likes this because accordingly it works faster that the gluta-kojic one. Miss Suzanne also advised me to use this at night since it's better to avoid sun exposure after you've lathered this onto your skin.
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This lime green (stained with a bit of orange from my gluta-kojic soap!) soap is the guava variant. This gently exfoliates the skin and has antibacterial properties which made this an instant favorite of my auntie who has younger kid at home. According to her the soap helped quicken the healing process of several insect bites my niece and nephew suffered from recently. Miss Suzanne also told me this is good for acne. I'm planning to road test this soon!
Now onto the giveaway.
I will be giving away a container filled with several bars of scrap soap in different variants.
This giveaway is open to all my PHILIPPINE based readers and will end on September 30, 2013.
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2013/09/12

#PrayForZamboanga : MNLF Attacks!

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* photo credit *

Today is the 4th day of #zamboangacrisis and I've been sleep deprived more than ever.
I know this is a beauty blog but this blog is also my emotional outlet...

My dear readers, I am so tired. I am confused. I am saddened. I am frightened. Some of you may ask why, since some of you may think this is a normal happening in Zamboanga. Let me tell you that it is not. In my 22 years living in my little hometown, I can tell you this is not a normal happening. The MNLF rebel group has invaded my beloved city, and even if they are supposedly contained in only 5 barangays, there has been sporadic sightings of the rebels in other barangays as well.
There are hostages. There are casualties.

All I can do is #prayforzamboanga and I ask you to do the same.


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2013/09/08

MLOTI 4 : September's First Week

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Welcome to another post of the "My Life Outside The Internet" variety.
My September's first week has been eventful. I've started cooking again, and eating sweets to uplift my spirits. I had a really cool and savvy shoot the other day with lovely accounting students from my alma mater and the models were G-O-R-G-E! I also bust out the face paints that my good friend lent me. I've been practicing Halloween looks and I'm really happy with the outcome so far. I need more practice of course but it's all good. I've also been wearing a tad bit more makeup for everyday but still keep everything looking clean. I'm into wearing blush these days which is something I used to dislike. I'm still into the marine-sailor print. It's something innate, I guess. (Anak nag talaga ako ng seaman!)
The highlight of my week is actually the event I went to today.
For the 2nd & 3rd time, I'm a ninang!
My cousin Kat who gave birth 2 months ago to baby boy Kyle got me to be one of his godmothers. Kuya Webb, another cousin with a 6 month old baby girl, Cielo, also got me.
Luckily they both had their baptisms done at EABB Chapel! *winks*

That's it for now. More beauty posts soon!
For now, I'll leave you with this totally beautiful song I'm in love with.

2013/09/03

September's Here!

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It's finally September and I can totally feel the "fall-christmas" vibe already.
Nights are longer and the air is a lot cooler despite the fact there has been an increase in electrical blackouts in Zambooanga, there is little to really complain about.

Yesterday I tried curling my hair again and though I got a few "burns" from my curling iron, it turned out pretty enough. I'm so relieved my hair is starting to grow long enough to curl again. I've been going through a no-makeup phase the past few weeks and it's helped with my sad skin. Honestly, I blame the hormones.

Other things I'm looking forward to are my makeup bookings, my 23rd monthsary with boyf and my mum's 50th birthday. It's going to be a very busy month!

2013/09/01

In My Makeup Chair : Ezra "Basha" Solomon

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I can't believe it's the start of the "ber" months already!
Anyway, Basha is a college batch mate who contacted me last month to glam her up for her aunt's wedding. She was a secondary sponsor. She had medium length hair that I had to be careful not to over-curl too much so that she wouldn't be left looking like a poodle with too short curly hair!
I'm so glad she loved the outcome.


Zamboanga based clients can book me via email at parel.janna@gmail.com or via sms at 09177230118.
Allow me to bring out the best in you!

** Photos grabbed from Basha.