Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Pre-Birthday Meet & Greet | Limited Seats!!!

Hi everyone!

My birthday is coming up on June 6 and I would like to invite 20 of my viewers to come celebrate it with me on June 4th at Greenbelt, Makati!

Bea Barretto, a really good friend of mine, and daughter of the owner of the famous restaurant Via Mare (where they serve the best bibingka!) will be sponsoring this event! Free food and drinks for all my 20 guests!

cafe via

Place: 2nd floor Via Mare Greenbelt 3

Time: 5:00-7:00PM

Date: June 4, 2013 (Tuesday)

Limited seats available! All you have to do is fill out this form to be able to get a slot! You will receive an email notification if you make it to the 20 slots available. :)

(Click this link for the form  - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18jJdTVLODT2-QwtNl06WxZVbZQ2UkJwqmYV4GVpRB7g/viewform )

Hope you can join me as I celebrate my 22nd birthday! We’ll take lots of photos, vlog together and just chit chat while enjoying Via Mare’s yummy food!

I’m excited to meet my 20 guests!

Hurry and fill out the form to reserve your slot now!!!

Special thanks to Via Mare for sponsoring this event | http://www.viamare.com.ph

Monday, May 27, 2013

My Youtube SECRETS!

yt

Since I get so many questions about being a Youtuber, I asked my viewers what they wanted to know about it through Facebook and here are some questions I picked out…with answers you’ve been meaning to find out!

“How do you earn from it? Tips on getting views and subbies?”

I’ve been invited to join Stylehaul in July 27, 2011. Read my first post about it here. I was basically told that my channel was a great fit to their network. Joining the Stylehaul network meant being able to enjoy partnership with Youtube! Partnership with Youtube meant getting paid for doing videos! Let’s not get into the nitty gritty of details as some parts of my contract with Stylehaul needs to be kept confidential. It differs from one Youtuber to another.

Tips on getting views and subscribers? Well, for one, be true to yourself. Show the real you. I started doing Michelle Phan remakes, but I am over that stage. I started doing my own tutorials, hauls, and then ventured into the world of vlogging. In between all those transitions, people learn to love you. And hate you. I’ve grown so much throughout these years being in Youtube, and people have witnessed it. It warms my heart deeply to see subscribers I’ve had before, still present up to this time. You need to build a foundation, establish your image, and let the whole thing develop.

Collaborating with huge Youtube stars also helps…A LOT! I will forever be humbled when Judy of Itsjudytime and Benji asked me if I wanted to collaborate when they were here in the Philippines! I will forever be thankful to Judy and Benji! The story of how I met them? You can watch this video:

On the business side of this all, I use specific strategies to maintain, and of course increase my view count up to a certain amount. You have to know who your audience are. Your niche market. For example, vlogs are like teleseryes in the Philippines. I’ve been told so many times how they [viewers] watch out for my vlogs everyday. It’s like reality TV! I guess when you want to maintain and of course increase your subscribers, you have to make them keep coming back for more and interest new ones to subscribe, too!

“How do you handle negative comments on your vlogs? And do you even feel nervous every time you film them? Or do you get conscious?”

There are different ways of handling negative comments. First you have to analyze in which category this particular negative comment falls under. Here are my categories:

1. constructive criticism – comments which really, honestly aim for the betterment of the subject being criticized *sentence construction and choice of words are still considered*

2. downright rude and mean – comments which come from trolls, bad choice of words, straight up insulting and mean

3. contradicting – comments containing an insult AND a compliment in one

Considering all these, it’s either I let the comment slide,  or worst case scenario, block the commenter. 

I used to feel nervous and conscious while vlogging but I am over that stage. I am now completely comfortable vlogging in public with or without companions. I guess the camera just became my best friend! In Tagalog, sanayan lang.

Do you have any plans of pursuing a different career knowing that Youtube isn`t something for good/permanent?

I’m giving myself 2 more years for Youtube. If things go well, or even better than today, I might not need to find any other job anymore and just keep on doing this. I am earning well enough for myself, combining Youtube and my other freelance jobs. We’ll see how this goes. So far, so good. I hate office jobs, so I don’t see myself in that situation. I like being my own boss. I like having a flexible schedule.

Why do people hate you ? Do you really know why???

Do I really know why people hate me??? No. Hahaha. I guess that comes with success (that sounds really cocky, but you get me). The more you go up, the more some people will try to pull you down. Or perhaps they’re confused admirers (as some of my viewers would tell me)

How did YouTube change your life?

I was able to afford my own stuff. Modesty aside, I was able to pay for my own braces, my very first DLSR, afford a vacation trip in Cebu, purchase studio lightings…and of course, more makeup, clothes, shoes…etc. Oh, and now, pay for electricity at home! I never thought I’d be able to at the age of 21.

How do you think we'll be able to get YouTube as a job?

Youtube being a JOB is not that simple. It took me about 3 years to get to where I am right now. Here are some of my tips:

  • Realize what you want to do. What type of videos are you going to put up?  Makeup videos? Parodies? Singing videos? Vlogs?
  • Widen your network. Establish your presence.  This has got to be one of the most essential tips! You need your audience. They’re the ones who’ll bring you to your success.
  • Have the proper equipment. I started with a non-HD digicam and worked my way up to a Nikon D5100. Invest on things that can make your videos better. Other than investing on things that can make your videos better, also invest on things that will make YOU better. Eat more healthily, go to the gym, get a new hairstyle…etc!
  • Just keep on doing this until you get noticed! (Well, that’s what I did) You can also apply for partnership in Youtube. Those are for approval, and I’m not totally sure how that works, since I’ve been working with Stylehaul ever since.

What can you say about money making (sponsor, selling products) instead of just plain old hobby vlogging? Whats your purpose of doing vlogs?

Youtube has become my job now. Meaning, I rely on it (among my other freelance jobs—being a makeup artist and hairstylist, blogging, and more) to earn money. In that sense, we move on to the business side of it all, as this question is focused on the business side.

When you get to a certain point of popularity, and gain credibility among the niche market that you cater to, companies will want to work with you. Hey, that’s what marketing is all about. It is up to myself whether to accept a project or not.

Here comes the “how unethical it is for you to feature this product merely because you’re promoting it” issue. First of all, I’m a Marketing Management graduate. So I’m basically “hired” to do what I’m good at. Second of all, the products I feature are products I have tried and tested. Meaning, I have personally experienced the product/s and am merely sharing my thoughts about it to the world.

Let me be clear to you that MAKING SPONSORED VIDEOS DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY MEAN I GET PAID FOR DOING THEM. You see, there’s a lot of sides about this matter that people need to understand and not just jump into conclusions. You can’t go around telling Youtubers to stop making sponsored videos. You can’t tell them what to do. It’s their life, their channel, their job, their videos, and they’re the sole decision maker!

I don’t sell products on Youtube. I market them—with credibility.

People often ask me why I don’t feature products I don’t like in my channel. That’s because I find it a waste of time. People ask me why I always seem to give good reviews. Well, perhaps I just really DO like the product I tested out. As simple as that. I wouldn’t even dare promote a product that DOESN’T WORK. I wouldn’t bet my credibility/name for that.

If, however, a product did not work on you, it just means that there is NO 100% GUARANTEE that the product/s would work on you just a great as it did on me  (Especially when it comes to cosmetics) given the many possible reasons. We may differ in skin type, allergies, etc. A lot of things can affect how a product works on people. And remember that no two people are exactly alike. I see to it that I include my skin type and all the other things that need to be considered when I do reviews just to give you, my viewers the best out of the video.

Vlogging as a plain old hobby eventually leads to something more… It just means you’re good at what you’re doing. And it’s up to you whether you’d remain making it a hobby, or move up another level and earn money from it—with credibility.

“What are the perks that come along in this kind of job?”

I won’t be a hypocrite about this, so here goes… a lot of sponsorship, money, being your own boss, flexible time schedule, prestige, recognition, honor, empowerment, tie-ups with huge companies, paid projects, stints…etc.

“Does being affiliated with a group/community (like Stylehaul) really boosts your viewership?”

Yes. Stylehaul helped me get my name out there! They featured me in a couple of videos which helped me gain a lot of subscribers. Sample video here: http://youtu.be/acNOMnLge3A

“How did you come up with vlogging? Who or what inspires you to do it?”

Judy and Benji. The thought of documenting your life and being able to look back is just a great thing.

I hope you enjoyed reading this! And I hope I inspired you to start your own Youtube channel!

Good luck.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Beauty Book Launch

When I first got the invitation, I actually thought Beauty Book was a book containing beauty tips and such. I didn’t have the time to research about the brand given the many many things I was doing. The venue of the launch was held at Sala Bistro at Greenbelt.

IMG_0080

Oh, the food they served were scrumptious! Watch the event live in this vlog:

Tiger Prawn Cocktail

DSC_0010DSC_0011

Beef Bourgignon with creamy potato mash and fine beans

DSC_0015

White chocolate and strawberry trifle

DSC_0023

What is Beauty Book?

DSC_0019

Beauty Book is the modern Filipina’s beauty bible. It is an online beauty portal that covers the A-Z of beauty, from beauty essentials to edgy high fashion trends for the modern Filipina woman. It serves as a comprehensive guide that allows Filipinas to navigate through what the current beauty industry has to offer, helping Filipinas of all ages discover beauty regimens and secrets to make their own.

Beauty Book is divided according to 4 beauty matters of every Filipina:

HAIR STORY: All About Hair is where one can get tips on hair care, hairstyle guides and the latest hair trends.

SKIN EVER AFTER: All About Skin will give one insight on proper skincare, skin solutions to maintain healthy looking skin all year round.

MAGIC GLAM: Fashion & Make Up is one’s source for fashion and makeup trends, including step by step guides to achieve the latest looks.

Lastly, THE ROYAL TREATMENT: Beauty Deals lists beauty bargains within every woman’s reach/

Every month, Beauty Book invites a variety of online experts to impart fashion forward style insights and beauty wisdom in every article.

Every Filipina will benefit from Beauty Book’s growing list of must-try key looks and must-have products. Its makeup and style guides illustrate how effortless being beautiful can be for every Filipina’s face shape and body type. Its wide variety of beauty brands, from affordable to high end, can fit any Filipina’s budget.

DSC_0021

Spent the event with 2 of my fellow bloggers, Carrizza of http://www.carizzachua.com/ and Helga! (Carizza, you can grab our photo here!!)

Helga is one of the contributors of Beauty Book, well known for her online posts about hair & beauty at http://ditz-revolution.net/ I personally LOVE Helga. Her hair color is ALWAYS awesome. <3 Check out her Instagram too! “helgatheweber”

DSC_0001

Makeup demonstration

DSC_0041

Beauty Book gave us beauty bags to take home containing all the products that the makeup artists used on the model. I see new products that are worth reviewing! Everything can be found at Watsons. I actually reviewed the Pond’s BB Cream already.

You can watch it here:

Visit HTTP://WWW.BEAUTYBOOK.PH for more info.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

HBC My Beauty Haul | Featured In 200 Stores Nationwide

Hi everyone!

Remember this vlog that I posted months back? (“Secret Photoshoot”)

Well it’s no longer a secret! I have received a lot of messages from my sweet subscribers and viewers saying they’ve already seen the posters in different branches of HBC and I am truly happy about it!

The HBC My Beauty Haul campaign started on May 1, 2013 and will last all throughout the month! Visit your nearest HBC outlet (there are 200 branches nationwide!) and get discounts and score awesome finds from their product selections!

I highly recommend you to try out their Hair Protein Treatment (PHP400+) which I personally love to use on my hair. It keeps my hair healthy and smooth! Makeup wise, I love SanSan’s eyeliner pen, the bb cream, blushes, eyelash curler, mascara, concealer, and lipsticks!

The shoot I had with HBC for this campaign was really fun. It was held at Starmall, HBC branch. The HBC team was so warm and nice to me!

h2

Here I am prepping up for the video shooting! It took me about 5 takes! Thanks to vlogging, I am very comfortable in front of the camera. :)

h3h4

Thank you HBC for giving me this opportunity! I never imagined I would be featured in 200 stores nationwide!

h6

My poster up in the ceiling!

h5

Featured with two other bloggers, Kumi of lovingsunshine and Aya of codenameaya

h1

Here’s the campaign video!

Check out my ongoing giveaways featuring San San products:

Friday, May 17, 2013

Pinay Beauty On A Budget (Makeup for School & Work)

Hi everyone! Welcome to another makeup tutorial. This one’s perfect for all the highschool/college students + working ladies out there! A clean, classic everyday makeup look. Mark (my boyfriend) prefers this look [on me] more than anything else. Fuss-free. Simple. Oh, and not to mention—AFFORDABLE!

BEFORE AND AFTER | Visible redness & blemishes on the left photo showing my bare face ; skin tone evened out, redness and spots diminished, features enhanced on the right photo

simple

Simple beauty at 10 easy steps!

1

1. 4U2 Face Value BB Cream PHP294.00—medium coverage, lightweight, perfect for everyday use

2. Shawill You’re Bluffing Magic Concealer PHP125.00—conceals amazingly under the eye area, coverage is awesome, perfect for blemishes as well

3. 4U2 Lovelight BB Powder PHP194.00—perfect coverage bb powder, matte finish

*all three products found at Watsons/SM Department Stores

2

4. Careline Oil Control Blush On (Charming Pink) PHP80.00+—beautiful shade to add color to the cheeks

5. Elf Healthy Glow Bronzer PHP129.75—acts more like a highlighter instead of a “bronzer”, gives beautiful, radiant glow to the apples of the cheeks/top part of the cheeks

6. Essence Sun Club Matte Bronzing Powder PHP259.00—sculpts face and gives it dimension/slims down the face all in all *found at SM Megamall Department Store

Flat Top Kabuki Brush PHP149.75 found at Landmark, Makati—perfect to apply all three products with. (Blush, Highlighter and Bronzer)

3

7. Fashion 21 Brow Duo PHP80+—good enough brow powder to fill in the brows with

8. San San Lash Curler PHP90+—curls lashes well *found at all HBC outlets

9. Ever Bilena HD Mascara PHP200+—my favorite local mascara, gives lashes volume and length

4

10. Italia Deluxe 24 HRS Longwear Lip Color in Peach PHP199.00—beautiful shade for everyday use, matte finish, reapplication is needed all throughout the day *found in all leading department stores nationwide

Here’s the tutorial! Enjoy!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Real Beauty Needs No Filter (Weekly Giveaway Promo)

By a show of hands, who, here loves taking “selfies”/self-shots using Instagram? (raises hand behind laptop) I know, I know. There’s a bunch of us! Instagram is really addicting. In addition to that, its filters are amazing! They make our photos look instantly better! 

How would you describe real beauty, though?

For Absynthe Bath & Beauty, real beauty doesn’t need any filter. That is why they are opening a mini promo with WEEKLY winners who’ll get the chance to take home good stuff from their line skincare line!

“Absynthe "Honest to Goodness" Beauty Skincare products are formulated with natural and organic certified ingredients with 100% natural essential oils and active plant extracts.”

One of the best products I’ve tried from Absynthe is their Pure Intention Serum! It revives my dull skin from staying up all night working, making it look radiant when I wake up each morning!

Here’s how to join!

nofilter

Weekly winners will be posted on Absynthe’s Facebook Page, so make sure to like https://www.facebook.com/AbsyntheBathandBeauty!

Good luck, beauties!