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This blog is full of my face. You have been warned.

 

Kicking off the long weekend!
The Philippines takes Holy Week seriously, it seems. That means Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are official holidays, which equates to a long weekend. 
I kicked off my long weekend by doing a shoot with Mark. XD While everyone was struggling to get out of the metro to go to the provinces or to vacation spots and getting stuck in hours of traffic, I managed to get to the location encountering ZERO traffic. O u O We weren’t too serious about it because the cupcake place was full, and we were just letting out all the stress from the past week. More photos soonish! <3
Love,Vanessa
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Kicking off the long weekend!

The Philippines takes Holy Week seriously, it seems. That means Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are official holidays, which equates to a long weekend. 

I kicked off my long weekend by doing a shoot with Mark. XD While everyone was struggling to get out of the metro to go to the provinces or to vacation spots and getting stuck in hours of traffic, I managed to get to the location encountering ZERO traffic. O u O We weren’t too serious about it because the cupcake place was full, and we were just letting out all the stress from the past week. More photos soonish! <3

Love,
Vanessa

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Doing what I do best: DERP
I have this thing that I do when the photographers take a little longer to point the camera at me/us again. I make a stupid face up close. XD
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Photography by Niko Cruz
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Doing what I do best: DERP

I have this thing that I do when the photographers take a little longer to point the camera at me/us again. I make a stupid face up close. XD

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Photography by Niko Cruz

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Brunette Transformation!
When I look at my shots and see my black eyebrows under other natural-colored wigs (brown, blond, ginger), I get really annoyed. I know the cosplay-friendly method of coloring brows, but it ends up looking too fake on me. :( it doesn&#8217;t bother most people, I guess, but it bothered me.
I&#8217;ve been looking for eyebrow mascaras that would show up against black hair and provide good coverage. I&#8217;ve used eyelash mascaras on my eyebrows before, but none of the browns I&#8217;ve tried would work on me.
Mentioned in a previous post that transformation is my hobby, and I like doing new things, whether big or small, that work towards improving how I look for my cosplays or fashion shoots. I used the Dolly Wink eyebrow mascara for this look, but it came out lighter than I expected, so I layered it with regular brown to achieve a chocolate-y brown to go with my wig. I&#8217;ll do a review on it soonish, I guess. I just had to try this look to make sure it would work for this weekend&#8217;s shoot. :D
A simple transformation that does make a big difference.
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Brunette Transformation!

When I look at my shots and see my black eyebrows under other natural-colored wigs (brown, blond, ginger), I get really annoyed. I know the cosplay-friendly method of coloring brows, but it ends up looking too fake on me. :( it doesn’t bother most people, I guess, but it bothered me.

I’ve been looking for eyebrow mascaras that would show up against black hair and provide good coverage. I’ve used eyelash mascaras on my eyebrows before, but none of the browns I’ve tried would work on me.

Mentioned in a previous post that transformation is my hobby, and I like doing new things, whether big or small, that work towards improving how I look for my cosplays or fashion shoots. I used the Dolly Wink eyebrow mascara for this look, but it came out lighter than I expected, so I layered it with regular brown to achieve a chocolate-y brown to go with my wig. I’ll do a review on it soonish, I guess. I just had to try this look to make sure it would work for this weekend’s shoot. :D

A simple transformation that does make a big difference.

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BEAUTY HAUL YAY~ ♡

I took advantage of &#8220;YAY NO WORK TOMORROW!&#8221; by spending 3 hours shopping after last night&#8217;s work shift. These are for a special project which will happen soonish. :D

BEAUTY HAUL YAY~ ♡

I took advantage of “YAY NO WORK TOMORROW!” by spending 3 hours shopping after last night’s work shift. These are for a special project which will happen soonish. :D

I&#8217;m a happy kid today!
I&#8217;m doing a shoot this weekend, and I got new lenses for it! :D I&#8217;ve had these lenses before, feels nice to be reunited with this design again. I don&#8217;t find a lot of circle lenses that show up well against really dark-colored eyes, so these have been on my &#8220;would get again&#8221; list. I&#8217;ll review them later on when I get better pics XD
And ahuuu, I feel like such a kid with the Minnie Mouse ears. I love these! Even though I probably tower over the original target market of Disney merchandise. XD I want to run around another Disney park soon.
Love,Vanessa
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I’m a happy kid today!

I’m doing a shoot this weekend, and I got new lenses for it! :D I’ve had these lenses before, feels nice to be reunited with this design again. I don’t find a lot of circle lenses that show up well against really dark-colored eyes, so these have been on my “would get again” list. I’ll review them later on when I get better pics XD

And ahuuu, I feel like such a kid with the Minnie Mouse ears. I love these! Even though I probably tower over the original target market of Disney merchandise. XD I want to run around another Disney park soon.

Love,
Vanessa

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Got ny new lenses from @dulltodoll! ♡ gonna be using these for a special (sweet!) shoot. I’ve had these lenses before, but I didn’t get to review them back then. I promise to do it this time. XD

Got ny new lenses from @dulltodoll! ♡ gonna be using these for a special (sweet!) shoot. I’ve had these lenses before, but I didn’t get to review them back then. I promise to do it this time. XD

Just had a little dollie farewell party! Guess who hoarded all the sweets. XD

#BJD #ABJD #dollstagram #Lati #Sunny #Soleil #blond #cute #miniatures

Just had a little dollie farewell party! Guess who hoarded all the sweets. XD

#BJD #ABJD #dollstagram #Lati #Sunny #Soleil #blond #cute #miniatures

On feeling different…

It’s easy to look different for a photo. What’s rarely captured in photos is how you feel about yourself.

Since June 2013, I gained weight. As someone who’s been physically fit for most of life, I was angry with myself for slipping that far. I had gained 30 pounds. Weight looks different on different people. Extra weight on me doesn’t look horribly bad, but I don’t like it because it makes my midsection even thicker, and I end up looking like a post. D:

It has occurred to me that yes, I could starve my way back to my former weight, but that wouldn’t be effective in terms of keeping the weight off. It was nearly two months ago that I first weighed in after the bout of dengue fever that landed me in the hospital and on bed rest for nearly a month, and I was disappointed at the number on the scale. I felt like absolute crap, but that didn’t show much in my shoots.

Keep in mind that I am not promoting unrealistic beauty ideals. I want to lose this weight because I know I can be lighter and be much healthier. I was becoming sluggish. I felt like all my training and exercise had gone to waste, but after a night (okay, SEVERAL nights) of hating myself, I decided to just get back up and start working on it again.

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As someone who is working on being physically fit, this is one of the best things I&#8217;ve seen in a while. For the first time since I started monitoring the number of steps I make in a day, I have reached my 10,000 steps goal.

The bad part is that only about 250 of those steps were done in flats/barefoot. I walked over 10k steps IN HEELS, and now I&#8217;m in pain. Aaaaaargh. OTL

#exercise #workout #pedometer #samsung #WalkingMate

As someone who is working on being physically fit, this is one of the best things I’ve seen in a while. For the first time since I started monitoring the number of steps I make in a day, I have reached my 10,000 steps goal.

The bad part is that only about 250 of those steps were done in flats/barefoot. I walked over 10k steps IN HEELS, and now I’m in pain. Aaaaaargh. OTL

#exercise #workout #pedometer #samsung #WalkingMate

I&#8230; don&#8217;t look like myself today, I think. XD It&#8217;s definitely the makeup.

Backseat selfie while I still can, because I&#8217;ll finally be driving myself again tonight! ♡♡♡

I… don’t look like myself today, I think. XD It’s definitely the makeup.

Backseat selfie while I still can, because I’ll finally be driving myself again tonight! ♡♡♡