Monday, January 15, 2018

My CNS Design Your Life Planner 2018 | What's Inside

Part of my New Year plan is starting with a clean slate - purging all the negative thoughts, bad memories, and toxic life elements - making room for inspiration, second chances, memories, and positivity. Okay that was deep! Haha but don’t we all need a reset button this coming 2018? We all start with writing big goals and breaking it down into little goals. Personally, it is important for me to write it down - my goals, thoughts, finances, declarations, and so on. While others find digital planning and organizing more compatible with their lifestyle, I’m big on writing on actual journals and planners. Although I’m guilty of being one of them who doesn’t finish a planner, this year I COMMIT to finally pushing through a planner to the very last day of 2018. There are endless options but this certain planner caught my eyes when it was introduced to me by my friend Ceejay. This is the CNS Design Your Life planner and I got mine for Php620.00. Here are the reasons why I’m over the moon about it.    

The design of this planner is SO ME. The color palette? very Lights and Latte.      

 Every month is a unique theme. May is my favorite.

Surprise! Lots of stickers! 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Skincare Haul | Innisfree, Neogen, COSRX from BeautyMNL and Skincare Curator


So I'm back from a long hiatus! 2017 has been a busy and challenging year but reviving this blog is one of my goals this 2018. To start the year right, I'm all for stepping up my game when it comes to my skincare routine. I'm not getting any younger and efforts must be exerted towards delaying the appearance of those wrinkles!

So here are the items I purchased. I decided to try these Korean products because every beauty junkie is raving about them. Between you and me, I would admit I sort of semi-splurged on this haul but honestly, if it's for my skin then I don't mind spending. I hope the products work well with my skin! This will be my first time to try all of these brands.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Happy New Year! Changes + A Quick Life Update

Happy New Year!

So I have been gone for a year! I've been into myriad of things like streetdance classes, meal subscriptions, TV series (loooots of it), and some local travels --- nothing spectacular really, just life as per usual :) But now Lights and Latte is back and live! I'm happy to announce that there will be some changes around here. The topics I'll cover will be expanding and the blog will not only be a beauty blog but a beauty x lifestyle blog. So once in a while I'll throw in some food post, books I'm reading, the arts, health, films and TV series, and a smorgasbord of things I derive inspiration from. I know this goes against niche blogging but I want to try this out --- to write about things I feel strongly about. Wish me all the best!  

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

My January Beauty Haul from Beauty MNL

Hassle-free, fast, and convenient - those are the three words to describe my Beauty MNL online shopping experience. Earlier this month, I was lucky to be handpicked by the Beauty MNL team to give their site a test run. The site carries a smorgasbord of brands to satisfy your beauty cravings. It is definitely a one-stop online shop for all your vanity needs.  I am warning you, if you are a beauty junkie, you will lose track of time window shopping and checking out their items. 

Here are the items I got to refill my makeup and skincare stash:

From left to right:
1. Maybelline Micellar Water 4-in-1 Makeup Remover
2. Lóreal Mat Magique Liquid Foundation in N5 Nude Cream
3. Skin Genie Lip and Cheek Stain Alive in Cherry Pink and Burgundy
4. Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Brown Nude Lipstick in Nude Nuance

1. Easy to navigate and user-friendly site
The products are categorized into skincare, makeup, hair care, and so on which makes it easier for you to browse the item you need. The categories I frequent the most are makeup and skincare. I also find it helpful to go directly to 'Our Best Sellers' section since it includes holy grail and must-have items. You can also browse by brand. As for me, I have already bookmarked my fave brands so I am updated with their latest products.

2. Super fast delivery
I ordered and checked out on a Sunday night and got the package on Monday noon. So it arrived in less than 24 hours. Impressive right?? I even got an SMS update from Beauty MNL right before the package arrived. Double thumbs up from me!

3. Earning beauty credits by writing reviews
Aside from helping fellow beauty mavens by writing product reviews, you can also earn PHP300 worth of beauty credits for every 30 reviews completed. Beauty credits can be used to purchase in conjunction with the other modes of payment.

4. Bloom Magazine and Beauty by You product reviews
The other sections of BeautyMNL apart from its online shop is its own online magazine called Bloom and its beauty review section known as Beauty by You. 

Inside Beauty MNL's site is an online magazine to keep you updated on the latest beauty trends and fresh beauty products in the market. The articles in Bloom are categorized into Beauty 101, Makeup, Skincare, Top Reviews, Budget Buys, Celebs, and Experts. All articles are tastefully written by the Beauty MNL team. They also invite and collaborate with beauty gurus, bloggers, and vloggers to contribute as well.

Below is one of the recent articles I have enjoyed reading and found extra helpful from the site.

If you are still confused on what to purchase or if you are still mulling over a particular item, then you will find these reviews useful. All reviews are written by real-life customers so they are all honest and unbiased. These reviews helped me in picking which products are worth spending money for.

Overall, BeautyMNL is an impressive site built for every Filipina's beauty needs. Their online magazine publishes helpful articles on beauty tips and how-to's to keep us updated with the latest beauty trends. Their online shop complements these articles by providing the products recommended and curated by the beauty experts. BeautyMNL is definitely a great guide to every Filipina's beauty journey. 


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Top 5 Beauty YouTubers to Follow Now and Why | A Guest Post

I’d like thank Lights & Latte for publishing my article on their page. They’ve been one of my favorite blogs as of late and always have great beauty product reviews! When you’re done reading, be sure to check out these Rainy Day Beauty Do’s and Don’ts.

YouTube is the perfect website to check when you’re looking for some DIY makeup tips, general entertainment, or if you’re interested in seeing a product in action before you purchase it. There are tons of reviews on some of the top makeup brands, as well as step-by-step tutorials that serve as great inspiration to try something new.

Perhaps the greatest thing about YouTube is that you can access it from any internet-enabled device, and if you’re looking for some quick beauty tips, you won’t have to spend a lot of time to find what you’re looking for.

A quick word of advice before you head over to YouTube. Using the internet while connected to public WiFi can often be risky, so it's best to protect your devices with security software, such as the ones mentioned in this VPN review by Secure Thoughts, especially when using YouTube on the go.
With that in mind, here are the top five YouTubers you should follow right now.

1. Estee Lalonde
Her quirky personality makes Estee stand out among other beauty YouTubers. Her monthly favorites and random chit-chats are the kind of videos I obsess about on her channel. She is fond of everything cute, artsy, fuzzy, and warm. Be sure to watch her videos for a glimpse of her life with her boyfriend Aslan and gorgeous greyhound Reggie. There's a little bit of just about everything on her channel, including topics on food, fashion and, of course, makeup!

2. Vivianna Does Make up
Vivianna Does Make up is one of the best channels to follow for makeup tutorials. She’s easy to understand and lists the products she’s using in simple to read text on her videos. Other videos include fashion favorites, fitness and other lifestyle related tips, as well as weekly vlogs. A lot of her videos have some catchy tunes and clever editing, making them particularly enjoyable to watch just about anywhere.

3. Pixi Woo
Pixi Woo’s channel focuses entirely on makeup tutorials and is bound to become one of your “go to” YouTube pages. She has makeup tutorials on everything from costume to celebrity looks. Perhaps most helpful is that some of her videos also show makeup styles being applied on different people, which gives you a better idea of how something might look on your skin tone or face shape.

4. Lily Pebbles
If you're not only into makeup tutorials but also blogging tips, you should definitely follow Lily Pebbles. Her videos can help you start your own blog or vlog or even check out some awesome products (she has reviewed a lot!). She also teams up with Anna from Vivianna Does Make Up to bring you “Beauty Chat.”

5. Sophie Uliano
Sophie Uliano’s channel offers not only great beauty tips but also health and wellness advice. Her channel has a nice variety of videos on DIY beauty products, such as exfoliating face wash and anti-aging serum that you can make in your own kitchen. Some of her videos also focus on fitness and healthy recipes, but she does review some of her favorite beauty products as well!

Who are some of your favorite YouTubers and why? Please share them with us in the comments.

About the Author: Isa is an entertainment and internet security blogger. In her spare time, she enjoys watching YouTube videos on some of the hottest beauty products.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Getting Organized with LadyPlans App

As you may have read in my previous post, one of my goals includes finding balance and establishing it in daily practice. But once again, busy work and errands schedule sometimes makes it impossible and turns me into a ball of  a disorganized wreck. Up until recently, a certain app helped me get back on track and regain the sense of balance between work, personal life, and everything in between. 

LadyPlans App
image source: LadyPlans.com

The LadyPlans app is a personal organizer dedicated to women and helping them manage their daily lives easily. It is developed by Julie Dando, a working mom, and a mother of two toddlers. This app is helpful for women struggling with busy schedules and myriad of responsibilities not only for themselves but for their family and loved ones.


LadyPlans App
image source: LadyPlans.com
As you may notice, the homepage is very clean and is user-friendly. The event maker section is not only limited to you but to your kids, partner, home, and holidays.

Friday, July 1, 2016

My Top Fave Masks from Origins

Sundays are my ultimate pamper day. Most Sundays I usually just stay in, watch movies or series, drink tea, play with Akira, and catch up on my skincare routine. My Sunday will never be complete without facial masks. One brand that is a staple in my mask stash is Origins.

Since the masks will be on your face for a full 10-20 minutes, it is best if you choose that facial mask wisely and make sure it’s made from the finest ingredients. Personally, it is a major plus if the products are paraben-free, phthalate-free, sulfate-free, and does not test on animals. Considering all that I mentioned, Origins is one of the best when it comes to facial masks.

Origins make their masks and other products from the finest organic ingredients. 
- Why I love Origins:
- Paraben-free
- Pthalate-free
- Sulfate-free
- Does not test on animals