Merry Christmas!

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“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!” 
― Dr. SeussHow the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone. <3


MUA Smokin' Palette

I've decided to finally post on one of my favorite "sexy smokey eyes" palette. I remember lemming for the Urban Decay Smoked Palette after reading a review and seeing swatches of the shadows over at Temptalia last year but I couldn't justify purchasing it since I don't usually wear "smokey eyes" out often. So can you imagine my excitement when I found out about the MUA Smokin' Palette? I decided to get my hands on one immediately!
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What : MUA Smokin' Palette
Where : Kalakalan Online 
Price : P800 (exclusive of shipping)
Glory - Matte, cream shade, perfect as a highlight shade
Boudoir - Matte, warm soft brown shade
Ghost - Shimmer, silvery-taupe shade
Fantasy - Matte, taupe-charcoal shade
Mythical - Matte, black shade
Broken - Metallic, coppery bronze shade
Icon - Shimmer, deep purple with silver-blue reflex
Unleash - Metallic, royal blue shade
Chaos - Shimmer, forest green shade
Wicked - Mettalic, grey shade
Smokin' Eye Pencil - Creamy, Intense black kohl eye pencil



The Giveaway Team Grand Kickoff : TASK Facebook Like 4

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Below is a rafflecopter for the FACEBOOK LIKE #4 task. Please complete all the items then go back to the main rafflecopter and click enter. Should there be one item missed, all points gained through this task will be forfeited. All entries will be checked thoroughly. Main rafflecopter is found HERE.
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The Giveaway Team Grand Kickoff

In less than three weeks, we'll all be kissing 2013 goodbye and I for one am super relieved. 2013 was a roller coaster for me, tons of mixed emotions in 2013 but I'm still thankful for so many things. I'm thankful for the fact that I've learned so much about how real life works. I'm thankful for all the family & friends that stood by my side through all the sh*t I went through in 2013. I'm hoping 2014 will be a greater year for me & my lil ole blog.

To celebrate the coming of the New Year, I've collaborated with 19 other awesome bloggers to bring you dear readers a grand "kick off" giveaway! We've aptly called ourselves "THE GIVEAWAY TEAM" & our goal is to bring you awesome giveaways each month, starting with this awesome first one!

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This month's members are the following :
Janna "Jannie" Joshelle Parel (MYSELF!)
Angelique Misa
Check out the awesome prizes below!
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There will be FOUR winners.  One with most referred people will win the $50 ROMWE Gift Cert. Should there be no one who referred anybody, $50 ROMWE Gift Cert will be rewarded to one who completed ALL tasks. Winners shall be announced on January 18.

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FILED 2014 Doodle Planner

Remember my Christmas 2013 Wish List? Well I can officially cross off the FILED 2014 Doodle Planner from the list because I finally got my chubby hands on it & an "electric" blue Moodi plushie.
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What : FILED 2014 Doodle Planner
Where : FILED
Price : P545 (exclusive of shipping)
** Thank you A. for getting this for me! **

Planner Features
> 18cm x 13cm x 2cm
> available in black & white
> matte laminated cover & sewn binding
> cute "page muncher" + free template to make more!
> doodle pages per month to color & design
> spacious monthly & daily views with additional NOTES page
> expense tracker, life & 2014 plans, movies to see, books to read, places to visit, restos to try page
> sleeve/pocket at the back side
> date starts on Dec 09, 2013

So, how do you order your own? Go to the official FILED site and just follow the simple instructions that I've included below.
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Well that's it for now. *toodles*
I'm off to start jotting down on my awesome FILED 2014 Doodle Planner!


Christmas 2013 Wish List

Christmas is just round the corner and my parents have been bugging me for ages to finally put up my "wish list". Every year, near Christmas time, I set up a collage of stuff I'd like to receive, think of it as my grown up version of a "dear santa" letter from my childhood. (Whoever says that Santa doesn't exist will automatically get shot, okay?)
Anyway, I have a rather small list this year which I think is because I'm content with what I currently have and all I really want is great health and safety for my entire family. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to open up wrapped material gifts come Christmas morning, but my family being complete on Christmas would be even better. (Dad's coming home on Dec 27th since the office is a bit *insert bad word here* this year.) *le sigh*
Anyhoo, moving on... Here's my Christmas 2013 Wish List!
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* Jansport Superbreak Black/White/Pink Pansy Miss Zebra backpack
Since I'm going back to the Nurse's Life next year, I need a cute yet functional "duty" bag and I prefer using a backpack for even weight distribution on my back. This is the top "need" on my list.

* Apple Earbuds/Earpods
My 2 year old buds are dying on me. Seriously.

* RN/Nurse Inspired Pandora Charm
Ever since my parents got me my first Pandora bracelet, they've been filling it up with charms little by little. I really love the concept of customization with Pandora and this year I'd love to receive a nurse inspired piece because I'm really proud of being a registered nurse.

* Longchamp Le Pliage in Noir/Black - Medium size - Long strap
My folks got my a chocolate brown version a few years back and it's served me so well. It's my travel companion because even the medium size expands so well without looking too bulky. It's simple & functional. Definitely a must have for a no-fuss kind of girl.
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FILED 2014 Doodle Planner in Black
Browsing through all the planners available online, this instantly caught my eye because of the doodles. Totally going to have a fun time coloring those in! This baby retails for P545 plus shipping!
It's quirky yet functional. I can actually write stuff on it, even jot down short "diary" type entries.
(EDIT : Thanks A. for getting me this!)
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* Hunger Game Trilogy Book Set - Hardbound
I've read the e-books & fell in love! I'd really like the hardbound book set of this particular trilogy. The concept & the way the story was written is intriguing & something about Katniss & Peeta's characters pull at my heartstrings. I can relate to them in a bizarre way. I've definitely grown up (book taste wise) from my #potterhead days.

* Disney Pixar's Brave & Pitch Perfect Original DVD
Let's just say I'm the type of girl that watches Disney movies & teen musicals! *lol*

I guess some of my regular readers are looking for the makeup portion of this wish list. Well guess what? There isn't going to be any! This year I've decided to not ask for anything makeup related. As you can see from my list, 90% of what I asked for are things a bit more practical that I can use on a daily basis especially when I'm going back to "work"...

So there you have it guys! Do you have your own wish lists? Comment down below what your top must haves are for this Christmas time!


Nothing Worth Having ...

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I know I've been awfully silent the past few weeks but so many things have happened and I'll admit that I set aside blogger duties to focus more on my personal life. I've had my fair share of ups & downs since September and everything culminated last October 21, 2013 when I ended a 2-year relationship. Yes, that's right. You guys read it right. I broke up with Cj last month and I've been keeping myself busy with a whole lot of other things. I won't delve into all the intimate details but I will say that the break up was initiated by me and that there isn't a third party involved on both our parts.

Setting that aside, I have several other announcements & updates to make.

Update #1 - I've been accepted into the CMZ nurse training program (again) and I'm excited to go back "home". Crossing my fingers that I get into the operating room. I've made this decision to go back because the institution made me feel safe & secure. I loved the people I worked with and I felt that we really were a family. I am looking forward to start working as a nurse again.

Update #2 - I'm concentrating more on my MAN classes this semester. I have only two classes but I'm kinda worried about them. Psychiatric Nursing & Statistics are proving to be challenging.

Update #3 - I'll be launching weekly mini giveaways this December. Mark your calendars for the following dates : December 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29. They will be week long giveaways for my readers as a form of celebrating the Yuletide season with me!

And to end this all, ANS. :)


Shop Alert : Stuff N' Shop

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Stuff N' Shop
Looking for authentic makeup products? Stuff N' Shop is another online shop that offers a variety of authentic products from different brands! Aside from makeup products, the shop also offers authentic US brand bags & watches. The coolest thing about the shop this Christmas season is their super fun Christmas themed packaging. Check the shop out for your early Christmas shopping!


Old Post : The Zamboanga Crisis

Today is the 9th of October and I’ve been seated in front of my personal computer for a couple of minutes already. Staring blankly for the first few minutes, I encourage myself to start typing this reflection paper because I so desperately want to pass my Special Problems in Nursing class and because I just suffered through 33 hours of blackout since yesterday. I tell myself I better start typing before Zamcelco decides to switch the power off again. I hear my grandparents talking to my boyfriend outside my room and I feel a sense of reassurance he is with us & that taking a couple of minutes to type out this paper will not lead to me running around grabbing things to evacuate if necessary.
As I sit, type & remember everything that has happened, I can’t help but still feel a sense of loss, dread & sadness all at the same time. Looking out of my window, the sky is dark & it’s raining heavily. I take a look at the street and silently offer a prayer that the water levels won’t continue rising because I can’t afford any more emotional suffering. I already went through more thank 3 weeks of the “war”, now I have to deal with mother nature too? The war was bad enough…
I guess to start talking about the war, one must have a certain “prelude” about it. Most people don’t know how Zamboanga, both local & national government, Nur Misuari & the MNLF all come together in this Zamboanga siege.
Nur Misuari, the leader of the rebel group Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) signed a peace treaty back in 1996 that allowed the creation of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) & he then became its first governor. Fast forward to more recent events, I’ve read from different sources that Misuari proclaimed the independence of the Bangsamore Republik on August 12, 2013, a proclamation largely ignored by the government. He then “disappeared” from public view before the Zamboanga siege took place. Accordingly, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) received intelligence reports that the MNLF would launch a mass “operations” in Zamboanga City a couple of days prior to the actual undertaking. A certain commander Ustadz Habier Malik would lead the siege.
I didn’t know any of this till it actually happened. You see, my September started out quite happily. I had attended several parties & baptisms over the weekend prior to that fateful Monday morning where my life, and the lives of thousands of Zamboanguenos would change forever…
I will never forget the date, because it is exactly a month ago from today. The night before “Day 1”, I had a really good time with my family at home, just chilling and doing our thing. Little did I know that in a few hours past midnight, the terrors of the Zamboanga crisis would begin.
September 9, 2013, a little over 4 in the morning, a group of MNLF rebels invaded the city & killed several people. They started spreading havoc over the first couple of barangays they landed in. I on the other hand was still fast asleep in my warm bed, oblivious to it all till a few hours later when my grandmother (lola) barged into my room hastily waking me up. In my disoriented state, all I understood at that point was her saying “Wake up! Zamboanga is under attack by the moros!”. Everything was a bit fuzzy at that time and I remember thinking, “Again with the racism?!” I decided to check my phone first. More than 30 of missed calls from different people and several text messages. I began to feel this sense of dread. I don’t usually get that many calls or texts through the night…
The first person I called back was my boyfriend. After several rings, he finally picked up and the first thing he told me was “Don’t allow lola to go to work today, lock the gates and stay inside. The MNLF are in Zamboanga, they are planning to take down city hall. They have hostages!”… That’s when it finally sunk in. This was really happening… I immediately went online and see that it’s all over my Facebook newsfeed, Twitter timeline & on Ustream RMN. For the first time in my life, I listened to RMN, a local radio station to be updated. By noon all hell had broken loose!
The first 2 weeks of the war were the toughest. Being the only able bodied person in the house; I worried over all the decision-making and the availability of food stocks at home. At first I thought that this would be an extreme version of the Cabatangan siege that took place a few years ago. At this point I knew from the news that they (MNLF) wanted to take over city hall and hoist their official flag, the Bangsamoro Republik flag.
I thought that by the third day, the AFP would have it under control. I was wrong. I was very wrong indeed. The next couple of days would be full of sleepless nights, RMN radio streaming online, and waking up every to the sounds of bombings, fading gunshots and helicopters flying overhead. I’m lucky enough to have a boyfriend who willingly brought over food supplies so that I wouldn’t have to risk going out of the house. Also lucky that during the entire time, we suffered from zero blackouts or internet fluctuations.
The day the first fire broke out, my heart broke. I had relatives in the affected areas. I had friends in the affected areas. I’m glad all of them were able to evacuate since day 1 or 2 but I thought of their beloved homes and belongings. I also thought of all the other people who were now stranded as evacuees in the different evacuation centers. I know of several people who were forced to leave the comforts of their home and instead take cover at the evacuation centers where supplies were low and the spread of disease was rapidly happening due to the sheer mass of people occupying these spaces.
My heart went out to the hostages, who were still being controlled by the rebel group and were caught in the crossfire between the MNLF & AFP. My heart ached over all the photos on my Facebook account of the suffering the Zamboanguenos were going through and over the news that some of our soldiers have been killed. I felt so bad that a lot of our soldiers, men who were risking their lives to save ours, were going to the battlefields on empty stomachs because food rations were getting low. My heart just ached so much.
Even during the first few days of the war, the call for volunteers was already felt. I was so tempted to go out to volunteer, especially as a nurse because they needed nurses. My lola & lolo had to padlock the gate to keep me from going out to volunteer. It was too risky, they said. So I sat in the sidelines, hoping & praying that the war ends soon.
Those days were the longest and most horrible days of my life! I have experienced fear - all kinds of it.  School days when I fear for those graded recitations and exams when I’m not prepared for them! A childish fear of the school dentist when she comes to visit and declares that she has to pull one of my teeth!  Yet this indescribable fear that I felt all boiled down to fear of the unknown. It was scary to not know what was exactly going on. It was scary to receive so many different bits of information from all over Zamboanga about what was happening and about what was going to happen.
By the the 16th of September, the AFP started to really bombard and pound MNLF strongholds with mortars and the air strikes served as backup reinforcement. By this time, the number of rebels were dwindling and slowly the hostages started to get released but the war was far from over. It had only just begun.
Some friends and family asked why we did not evacuate. Some asked why I chose to stay in Zamboanga when I could have joined my parents & sister in Singapore since the airport had already resumed flight schedules…  Leaving the house was out of the question.  I have heard of plenty of vacated residences ransacked and looted.  Prizes of war, they say.  But I didn’t want to lose those priceless momentos of the past.  Then there were so many evacuees in the centers, by the hundred thousands, that the authorities had a hard time keeping things in order. And lastly, who would stay to take care of my 77 year old lolo who had suffered 3 strokes in the past and was still a hypertensive who took over 10 different medications a day? Who would take care of my 74 year old insulin dependent hypertensive lola who was already a nervous wreck by the 7th day of the war? Leaving was out of the question. I was scared, so scared actually, but I just had to suck it up. I had to be my grandparents stronghold…  So the three of us, me, my lolo & my lola chose to wait it out.
The war lasted till the end of the month when it was declared that it was over and the enemies subdued.  All that was left was the clearing operations, which will take some time to make sure that it was safe for the residents to return to their homes and try to live again. But is it really over? There are still bits of “chismis” going around that a second phase will be happening soon… All we could is hope and trust and pray that it does not…           

Shop Alert : Kering Keri Store

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Kering Keri Store
Contact # 09178556990
Kering Keri Store is an online beauty shop owned & managed by the lovely Eunice Hirakawa. I've been shopping at this particular store since last year because the service is great and the prices are affordable. Kering Keri Store offers a wide array of makeup products & makeup tools that are sure to fit your budget. Miss Eunice also holds little "games" on her Facebook page where you get the chance to win goodies from her shop! Right now I'm really loving the fact she offers samplers on the Ben Nye luxury powders so I can test out which one's suited for me! What are you guys waiting for? Visit Kering Keri Store for items that are definitely "kering-keri"!


Michi Strengtholic 2800mAh Powerbank

Let's face it. These days, almost everyone is stuck to there smart phones. Take a look around you, 8 out of 10 people would be typing or swiping away at some kind of tech device. I for one am guilty too! The first thing I do each morning, aside from thanking God I'm still breathing, is actually check messages or emails on my iPhone. I use my phone for almost everything, from sending texts to making calls to computing med dosages to jotting down reminders, I can say that I'm phone dependent. With that dependency comes the irritation I get when I get a draining or drained battery at the worst possible time. Yes, I do carry my charger with me but what if I didn't have any electric outlets to plug into?
Well folks, my prayers have been answered.
I recently purchased my first ever powerbank. To be perfectly honest, the reason I chose this was because it reminded me of a cutesy tube of lipstick or lipgloss. Read on for more details!
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What : Michi Strengtholic 2800mAh Powerbank
Where : Christian Paulo Go's Facebook Account
(Zamboanga City based)
Price : P1050
Features :
Built-in environment friendly Samsung lithium-ion battery with 2800mAh capacity
7 vibrant colors to choose from
Compact & lightweight
Specs :
Input - 5V-1A
Outpu - 5V-1A (max)
Capacity - 2800 mAh
Self charging time - 3 hours
Battery life - 6000 hours
Product size - 93x25x25mm
Weight - 76g
Package Contents :
1 USB output li-ion battery
1 micro usb cable
Reusable pouch
Instruction manual
Colors :
Magenta / Orange / Cyan/ Light Purple / Lime / Black / White
Thoughts :

First off, I really like the design of this powerbank. I've seen rectangular & square shaped ones online but I don't come across cylindrical ones often. I chose this particular design & color because it reminded me so much of my tubes of lipstick & the color reminded me of bubble gum! It had a smooth almost velvet-like feel to it, though the outer covering is made up of some sort of rubbery material. I'd be careful with this kind of material though, in my experience it's the type of covering that attracts a lot of "dirt" marks. It's a good thing the powerbank comes with a pouch where I can store it when not in use. It's also very lightweight at only 76g, it weighs next to nothing so it isn't a pain to bring around even in a small sized purse.

After reading through the helpful instruction manual, I plugged in my powerbank to charge it. There is an indicator light. Red means it's still charging, while blue means it's ready to rumble. It took 3 hours to fully charge my powerbank. I drained my iPhone4 's battery to 10%, once it reached 10% I tested my powerbank out. It charged my iPhone4's battery to a full 100% in aprrox 2 hours. I tried it out again when my battery hit a 50% mark, it fully charged my phone in about 30 minutes. Of course charging time will depend if you continuously use your phone while charging or not. I got about 2 & a half full charges from my powerbank, which isn't that bad. Definitely relieved to finally have a powerbank especially with all the "happenings" in Zamboanga these days.

Go check out Kuya Christian's Facebook account to check out more of these babies!


Beauty Blogger's United 1st Anniversary Giveaway!

I'm over the moon that Beauty Bloggers United is finally a year old! Being its founder has proven to be a very fulfilling position to be in. I initially created BBU to serve as a group & page where everyone can share their beauty related posts. Now it has evolved into something much more than just that, now we are definitely a big happy family. To celebrate out first birthday, I decided to gather fellow Beauty Bloggers to host this blowout giveaway!
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The Beauty Bloggers :
FashionTravels / Yettezkiedoodle / Jannieology (That's ME!) / EyahnismTheBeautyGeek / Melleleee / SweetCandice16 / GenzelKisses / Lalalapatricia / TheImperishableBeauty

The Prizes :
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This giveaway is open to our PHILIPPINE based readers only. It starts today, October 15, 2013 & will end on October 31, 2013 @ 11:59pm Philippine standard time. We will choose ten (10) lucky winners via the rafflecopte app. Please don't forget to do all the MANDATORY mechanics to be eligible to win! Good luck & have fun!

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2nd Blogversary Giveaway ~ Part 1

2 years ago I created this blog then "left" I officially started posting here on January 2011 but technically October is my blog's birth month. It's come a long way and in celebration of its 2nd birthday, I'm here to share Part 1 of my series of giveaways.
Shout out to my lovely lovely sponsors :
The Vanity Zone
The Primp Pad
Sugar Rush
Stuff N' Shop
Kering Keri Store
Suzanne's Emporium
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ELF 32 piece Eyeshadow Palette - "Brights"
ELF Mascara set
ELF Eyebrow Stencil Kit
ELF Powder Blush
Maybelline Baby Lips Color
NYX Round Lipstick - "Spellbound"
KRAVE Lip Gloss
KRAVE Mineral Shadows - 3 tubs
Retractable Face Brush
Ben Nye Sampler - "Banana"
2 pairs Circle Lenses
Black Peplum Top
Several Bracelets
2-way Pink & Black Satchel
P300 Gift Certificate

One (1) lucky winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter.
Giveaway is open to only PHILIPPINE based readers/followers.
Must be at least 18 years old, for minors you must have parental consent.
Must comply with all the mandatory mechanics.
Giveaway starts today, October 14, 2013 & ends on October 31, 2013
All mechanics on the rafflecopter app below!

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