NextUp Manila 2017 Winners Announcement

by 12:29 PM
"In July, we shared with you that we’re launching the NextUp contest in Manila as part of our commitment to help up-and- coming creators in their careers. We received a huge number of entries from channels across different verticals – from fashion to education, sports to lifestyle and everything in between." said YouTube NextUp.

"Today, we want to announce the 12 winners that will be awarded with mentorship programs, skill workshops and a ₱100,000 voucher for production equipment. The channels were selected on the basis of their potential for improvement, capacity for attracting audiences, and alignment with YouTube’s core values." said YouTube NextUp.

Here they are:
  1. Raiza Contawi
  2. BoogieBoy36
  3. Reneé Dominique
  4. Hype Streetball
  5. Karl Zarate
  6. Nate Punzalan
  7. Team Lyqa
  8. Lou Sanchez
  9. About RAF
  10. Mae Layug
  11. Mozekyto
  12. HelenOnFleek

As part of their prize, NextUp creators will also be part of the weeklong creator camp held at the YouTube Pop-up Space Manila in October. At the creator camp, creators will team up with production experts to learn new techniques in camera, lighting, and sound, and receive coaching from the YouTube Partnerships team on how to grow their audience like a pro. They’ll also get advice from previous YouTube NextUp grads and the opportunity to meet and work with other fast-rising creators in the program.

Since the program’s launch in 2011, YouTube NextUp has helped over 300 YouTube creators from 15 countries to turbocharge their YouTube channels. Manila’s winners are joining the ranks of past NextUp classes from New York, London, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Berlin, Paris, Toronto, and Mumbai.

If you’d like to stay notified about when the next round of NextUp will be, check out or follow the latest news on and @ytcreators.

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Clear Proof Acne System by Mary Kay Review

by 1:00 PM
I have been battling a serious pimple problem for a long time now, I found some amazing products that helped me control my acne breakout if not totally removed them all. The saddest part of being a beauty blogger is embracing the fact that I am a human guinea pig. I cannot stick to one product as much as I want to because I wanna cater all of your requests to try this, try that, etc. I am not complaining, in fact, I am really enjoying it because it's my passion to create, share and inspire!

So today, allow me to share you my honest feedback about:

Clear Proof Acne System by Mary Kay

According to their website, with the Clear Proof Acne System, you get an effective regimen clinically shown to provide clearer skin in just 7 days.

Key Ingredients:

  • Salicylic acid acts like an exfoliant to promote the easy removal of dead skin cells. As such, it helps keep pores unclogged and reduce the buildup of acne causing bacteria.
  • Benzoyl peroxide (BPO), on the other hand, is an oxygen-releasing ingredient that kills bacteria.
The combination of these ingredients attacks acne in multiple ways to not only help clear up existing acne but also help keep future acne from forming in the first place.

Where to buy?

Mary Kay Website

How much?
P4,839 per set

Clear Proof Clarifying Cleanser

The cleanser is very straightforward like the entire Clear Proof line. It's like a gel cleanser that gently cleanses my skin without leaving my skin dry and feeling stretched. I like the smoothness it gives right after every wash. I only need a dime-sized amount of the product to cleanse my entire face and neck.

I also appreciate the generous amount of product they put inside the tube so you really get what you pay for. I just hope it produces a generous amount of lather because I enjoy cleansers that bubbles a lot hehe.

Clear Proof Blemish Control Toner

This is a salicylic based toner so it stings when you apply it on the open wounded pimples. Just like the cleanser, the bottle contains a generous amount of the product (5 fluid once).

It gives a cooling effect on my skin whenever I'm using this product and it makes my skin smoother to touch. My active pimple feels itchy after applying this toner so it's a good sign that the product is working its way to fight the acne causing bacteria.

Clear Proof Oil-Free Moisturizer

Can I just emphasize how I LOVE this moisturizer? Holy Sshh.. This moisturizer is a bomb! It feels really lightweight while giving my face enough moisture. It has a very mild scent that makes me feel refreshed right after applying the product. I like using this product before applying my foundation because it makes my face look healthy and hydrated.

Clear Proof Deep-Cleansing Charcoal Mask

The mask has a nice runny texture, which made it really easy to apply and spread on the skin. Three minutes after applying, it started to dry in a non-tightening kinda way so it feels really good on skin. The product is also easy to rinse so you don't have to harm your face when removing this mask.

I noticed that I get less oily using this product specially on my noise area which I usually get oil a lot.

Clear Proof Spot Solution

This is has a creamy texture which makes it perfect to apply on spot that I wish to heal faster. True enough, this treatment can heal pimple overnight. This product works amazingly on my skin and I always bring this on my bag wherever I go because it's not my go-to pimple buster hehe.

All in all, I can confidently say that this Clear Proof Acne System by Mary Kay helped me control my acne and makes my skin pimple-free for couple of weeks. Sadly, during my trip to Malaysia, I forgot to bring this kit so I used a regular soap on my face out of no choice so I got acne breakout again huhu. But if you can see my recent photos before my trip, you'll see how clear my face was because of Clear Proof! This system is true to its promise and I highly recommend it to you!

I made a video version of this review. You can watch it here and ohh! Don't forget to subscribe to YouTube Channel hehe:

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Everybody Wins with Royce’s Vacation Deals

by 8:38 PM
It’s never too early to plan for the perfect vacation at Royce Hotel and Casino. During the 28th Philippine Travel Mart last September 1 to 3 2017 at the SMX Mall of Asia Convention Center, Royce unveiled three new promos to help you with your advanced travel planning. At Royce, you always have a fantastic reason to book winning and unforgettable vacations for you and your loved ones.

The Halloween season doesn’t have to be scary! It can be beautiful, with just a touch of fantasy. To celebrate the holiday, Royce has a special Halloween event for you and your family on October 29 – the Wicked Wonderland. When you book a stay at Royce for Halloween, up to four guests will get FREE tickets to this festive celebration full of delightful and spooky surprises for everyone. Deluxe Rooms are at just PHP 8,280 per night. As an added bonus, you’ll also get pastry treats and complimentary breakfasts for four guests.

If you want to experience simply luxe vacations earlier in October, Royce has a great deal for you. Junior Suites are at just PHP 9,380.00 per night and come with four tickets to the Sandbox – giving your loved ones an exciting place to have fun in Pampanga. The package comes with FREE lattes upon check-in and complimentary breakfasts for four.

While 2017 is far from over, you can now plan for your perfect summer vacation at Pampanga! Book a Deluxe Room for just PHP 9,880.00 per night and get four tickets to the Sandbox. At the Sandbox, you and your loved ones can simply enjoy the summer sun while taking part in exhilarating activities. It comes with PHP 2,000 Dining Credits which you can use at The Lounge, Café Majestic, and The Empire Bar and Lounge. To help you cool-off from the heat, you get free Frappes upon check-in. You can also get Free Halo-Halo at The Lounge. Up to four guests will also enjoy complimentary breakfasts.

Those who visited the Royce booth during the Philippine Travel Mart were able to get discounts of up to 20% off their booking. Visitors who participated in the Win with Your Selfie Contest also got a chance to win a FREE overnight stay for two at Royce.

Royce Hotel and Casino bagged the first runner-up slot in the Philippine Travel Mart Best Booth Competition – Corporate Category. Royce wowed guests and judges alike with a booth that perfectly showcases the simply luxe, golden elegance of the property.

All wins at Royce Hotel and Casino – the premier vacation destination at the Clark Freeport Zone! Book your stay at Royce today and start enjoying winning experiences. To learn more about Royce, its promos and other great offerings, simply visit or subscribe to their Facebook page here.

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PayMaya and Facebook Launch Payment Tools in Messenger

by 1:16 PM
I am one of the first users of PayMaya (an amazing virtual wallet) in the Philippines. They're taking the competition to the next level as they partnering with the biggest Mobile App in the world.

PayMaya, a pioneer and leader in mobile money and digital financial services in the country, in partnership with Facebook, is excited to announce a safe and effective new way for people in the Philippines to send money to friends, pay bills, and buy mobile load and data using Messenger.

PayMaya is a leader in transforming the mobile phone into a virtual wallet and is continually looking for ways to expand its services. PayMaya recognizes that Facebook Messenger's community offers a unique opportunity to make PayMaya services available and accessible to even more users.

“This integration with Messenger represents an exciting new way to reach the unserved and underserved people and communities in the country by making payments available via social,” said Paolo Azzola, Chief Operating Officer of PayMaya Philippines. “Our mission is to make cashless payments available for all and this new channel via Messenger will help us enable more people.”

“We’re excited to work with PayMaya to give people in the Philippines new tools to access their money using Messenger,” said Facebook Product Manager Ginger Baker. “Our goal is to amplify the reach and impact of providers like PayMaya by enabling tools that allow them to connect people with the services and friends they care about.”

Consumers in the Philippines regularly connect with friends and family to send money and pay bills. However, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, 86% of Filipino households don't have a deposit account. As one of the most popular messaging apps in the Philippines, Messenger offers a much easier way for people to create a new account for daily financial transactions.

Through PayMaya's partnership with Facebook, Filipinos will have an easier option for sending money and paying bills on Messenger, whether they have a bank or a mobile money mobile account or not.

Using PayMaya in Messenger is simple. A customer just needs to search for @PayMayaOfficial on Messenger on an Android device to start a transaction. The chatbot will guide the user on the available menu options. New PayMaya users can create their account using Messenger while those who already have the PayMaya app installed on their Android phones can link their wallet to Messenger.

Once in Messenger, they can inquire about their PayMaya wallet balance, pay bills and send money to other Messenger users, regardless if they are already on PayMaya or not. People can also buy mobile load on their phone with a substantial discount anytime, anywhere, directly in Messenger.

Aside from accessing PayMaya in Messenger, PayMaya also comes with a physical card that can be linked to the mobile wallet.  This physical card can be ordered through free of delivery charges and can be used at any Bancnet ATM nationwide, and anywhere VISA and Mastercard are accepted. PayMaya users can link up to three PayMaya physical cards to their app.

Excited to know how you can connect your PayMaya on Messenger? Visit : PayMaya Blog

PayMaya holds the largest network of reloading touchpoints with over 15,000 top up stations nationwide, which include SM Business Centers, Robinsons Department Stores, 7-Eleven with Cliqq Kiosks, Petron stations along NLEX and Ministop outlets with Touchpay Kiosks, Shopwise, Wellcome, 2Go outlets, Smart Padala centers, Palawan Pawnshop branches, UnionBank ATMs, Gaisano Malls, and online banking via BDO and UnionBank.

PayMaya is both an app-first and a card-first prepaid payment service. Users can opt to have the card first and connect it to their app later on for a shared wallet experience, and vice versa. PayMaya is telco-agnostic which makes it easy for anyone to create an account regardless of the network provider.

PayMaya is a regulated e-Money Issuer by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

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REVIEW: SCT Gluta Kojic Ultra Soap and Amortentia Whitening Soap

by 8:33 PM
I just want to write a short review about the soaps that I recently tried since a lot of you are asking me to update you about my skincare routines and all that so here it is. Please note that these products were sent to me by the brands but I am not paid to create this review. I just wanna share you my honest feedback about them (as usual). Also, I wanna reiterate that I only used these soaps on my body since I am under acne treatment right now.

SCT Gluta Kojic Ultra Soap

SCT Gluta Kojic Ultra Soap is a handcrafted herbal soap which ingredients are imported from Japan.

Active Ingredients:
Virgin Coconut Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Glutathione, Water Caustic Soda, Kojic Acid, Soap Parfum and Tea Tree Oil.

Where to buy?
Lazada (click here)

How much?
P149.00 (135g)

The packaging is very detailed and straightforward—all you need to know about the product is clearly printed on the simple box which I super love. When you opened the product, you'll see a leaflet embracing the soap which you can read to have thorough understanding about the brand and the soap.

The soap smells good for my liking (it's not too strong nor overpowering). I used this soap for one whole week and I noticed that it gives me that glowing and youthful skin. I experience micro peeling which means the soap is working. It has a bit of itchiness because it's drying but the itchiness is tolerable and can be solved by a moisturizer. I also tried the other variants of SCT soap and I super love them as well. My personal favorite? It's the SCT Glutathione Tea Tree soap. For me, it is mild and strong enough to make me fairer. I mean, it's not too strong and not too mild so it's perfect for sensitive skin like mine.

Amortentia Whitening Soap

A Harry Potter inspired organic soap that claims to whiten and improve the overall condition of our skin. It's a powerful love potion that attracts beauty and glow. Premium natural and organic ingredients deeply penetrate the skin to activate healing and protective charms!

Active ingedients: Bearberry, Arbutin, Rosehip, Vit C, Vit E, VCO, Placentol, Papaya Extract, Placenta, Collagen, Tea Tree, Aloe Vera, Glycerine, Licorice Extract and Perfume Oil. 

Where to buy?

How much?


You can sense that the owner of this promising whitening soap is a Harry Potter fan like me because of its fantastic packaging. I mean who wouldn't believe that it's magical and can turn our skin fairer? Look at that packaging dude!

It's effective in terms of whitening and the good thing about the Amortentia Soap is it's not painful even if you're soaking the product on your skin for few minutes. Thanks to VCO, tea tree, and Aloe Vera because it makes this product not itchy and not irritating. I noticed that my skin is micro peeling after every use of this amazing soap. It's a good sign that my skin is on its way to a lighter complexion. Even if it has micro peeling effect, it's not that drying and itchy like mentioned above.

I made a video review about these promising products on my YouTube channel. If you have time to watch, feel free to do so because I explained there further why I love these two amazing soaps. Watch the video here:

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10 WAYS TO USE ALOE VERA GEL ft. Esfolio Moisture Soothing Aloe Gel

by 6:49 PM

Aloe Vera gel is super trendy nowadays and I must admit that I am one of those who are addicted to it. Why not? It has a lot of skin benefits without those harmful chemicals. I personally love the Esfolio Moisture Soothing Aloe Vera Gel because it's enriched with 100% Aloe Vera. Here are the Top 10 ways you can use this amazing product:

1. Sunburn: It's really painful if you have sunburns and the stinging sensation penetrates deep down the skin. Try putting on Aloe Vera Gel on the affected areas for an instant relief.

2. Burn: Ouch! It hurts when you accidentally touch something hot or your coffee spilled on your legs and other parts. Just put on Aloe Vera Gel to sooth the burned area of your skin.

3. Moisturizer: Looking for a nice and chemical-free moisturizer? Go grab your tub of Aloe Vera Gel and put on a thin layer on your face.

4. Dry Scalp: Uhhhh it's itchy! Worry no more because Aloe Vera Gel will take the itch away!

5. Facial Mask: Ins't it relaxing to have a facial mask at least twice a week? Having a hard time to choose what type of facial mask suites your skin? Apply a thick layer of Aloe Vera Gel on your face because it's perfect for all skin types. :)

6. Dry Skin: Having a dry skin does not only make you look like a chalkboard, it also makes you scratch your skin every now and then. Use Aloe Vera Gel as your lotion and see the miracle!

7. Pimple treatment: Waking up with a big zit or small bumps of pimples on your face is the worst morning ever. Apply Aloe Vera Gel on the affected area and you'll wake up the next morning with a less problematic face.

8. Primer: Now this one is jaw dropping! Yes! You can use aloe vera gel as a primer as it makes your skin a perfect canvas before putting on makeup.

9. Irritations and Allergies: You have skin irritations and allergies but can't find an immediate remedy? Try putting on Aloe Vera Gel to sooth the redness and itchiness.

10. Hair treatment: Want a thicker, shinny, and silky hair? Apply Aloe Vera Gel on your hair 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing. You can do this 2 to 3 times a week as a hair treatment.

Now that you know some other uses of Aloe Vera Gel, try it at home and see the results for yourself. If you know any other benefits and uses of Aloe Vera in general, please leave a comment below because I'd like to know and it will also help others. Thanks and have an awesome day! ^_^

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