Project Vanity 9th Anniversary: Guts, Glam, & Glory Forum

Project Vanity, The PH’s Top Beauty Resource, had a two day event celebrating their 9th anniversary. On the 1st of April, the Guts, Glam, & Glory Forum was held at The Podium Mall. Four powerful and inspiring female entrepreneurs, Angela Reyes Dinglasan (General Manager of Zenutrients), Darlyn Ty (founder of Belle de Jour), Rosario Juan (founder of Commune Cafe+Bar), and of course, Liz Lanuzo (founder and Editor in Chief of Project Vanity) answered questions and shared their stories as to how they built their brands and names in the business industry. Also present at the forum were two lovely ladies from Cosmopolitan Magazine PH, Gaby Ignacio and Chandra Pepino. They discussed the issue of makeup shaming and why we should break the habit. Ms. Liz herself also told us three stories: one wherein she had to have bravery and guts to take a leap of faith, on where she explained what it means to find the definition of beauty and glam, and one story wherein she basked in the glory of her success — hence, the forum’s name “Guts, Glam, & Glory”.

This has been my second year attending Project Vanity’s anniversary celebration. I was present at their 8th anniversary wherein they held a Basic Makeup Workshop and a Blogging Workshop (I attended the Blogging Workshop). I wasn’t able to blog about that one because at that time, was still in the works. Anyway, this time, I made sure to write about it. Besides, I probably wouldn’t be writing this entry if it weren’t for Ms. Liz Lanuzo.

I first met Ms. Liz when I was just 16 years old (at a Basic Watercolour Workshop she held, actually). At that time, I was already a regular reader of her blog, Project Vanity, which she used to run on her own. I was still in high school then and I looked up to Ms. Liz as an inspiration. I was really drawn to her professional writing style. Even just through her written words (or typed, rather), I could already tell that the face behind PV was a strong, independent, and confident woman. I wanted to be just like her. Fast forward to present times, I already have a website of my own, I get sent products from beauty brands to review and feature their products, and I have a big project coming up for (It’s a surprise! Ms. Liz knows about it, haha.) She, along with other influential Filipina beauty bloggers, greatly contributed to who I am today.

Anyway, back to the story about the actual event, the panel of speakers gave helpful insights about starting a business, creating a brand, and taking risks. It’s inspiring to know that even successful business women have had their low points and failures. It goes to show that everybody starts from somewhere, and success will come as effort is exerted.

“We all have the same amount of time everyday — 24 hours; but, with bravery, mentorship, and inspiration, we can become more than what we thought is possible.” – Liz Lanuzo 

It was truly an honour to be at the presence of such inspiring women.

Now, part of the Project Vanity 9th celebration was the Project Vanity Guts, Glam, and Glory Kit sponsored by Pink Sugar, Zenutrients, Happy Skin, Inglot, Ellana Minerals, Jordana, Christian Faye, Essence, Catrice, K-Palette, Flormar, My Amazing Hair Secret, Browhaus, and Strip Ministry of Waxing. The kit itself cost PHP 995, but the goodies inside were worth a whopping Php 8,000! Super sulit, ‘di ba? Also included was the Belle de Jour 2017 Planner, Perks of a Bella coupons, and BDJ Lifestyle Card 2017. There were also many exciting makeup booths that offered generous discounts!

The Pink Sugar booth was my favourite. They had so many new products! On a side not, what’s a Project Vanity without a swatchfest?

Here’s what we got in the Project Vanity Kit:

Sulit! (Note: I purchased the Browhaus Bi-Liner separately at 40% off and I received the Zenutrients Coco Honey Mask as a prize for participating in the Q&A segment.)
We were given coupons to receive a free foundation from Ellana Minerals! There was also a shade matching booth for ladies who didn’t know their shades yet. (Please don’t judge my nail. It’s discoloured from using nail polish, lol.)
Coupons and discounts from Strip Ministry of Waxing and Browhaus!
Belle de Jour 2017 Planner. Ah, I can finally look like I have my life together. Haha.

The Project Vanity 9th was a complete success for Ms. Liz and the entire PV team. Congratulations to them! I’m sure that next year will be even bigger and better. See you then! Cheers!



Pink Sugar Eye Candy Eye Shadow Palettes || Product Review + Swatches

Drugstore makeup has leveled up significantly in the past few years. Gone are the days when cheap products equated to cheap quality. Eyeshadows are particularly difficult to perfect in terms of formulation – even high-end brands have hits and misses. Luckily for us, a local drugstore brand has pretty much nailed it with these sweet palettes.

The Pink Sugar Eye Candy Eye Shadow Palettes made it into my 2016 Favourites list – and how could they not? For only PHP 699, you get a well curated selection of smooth, blendable, and richly pigmented eyeshadows to suit your colourful needs. With 10 shades per palette, you can take your makeup looks from day to night.

The eyeshadows come in two colour palettes: EC-01 and EC-02.


Eye Candy 1 Eye Shadow Palette is inspired by the romantic colors of spring, this palette is ideal for fresh and refined smoky looks. Perfect for a day to night look. – product description from Pink Sugar’s website

EC-01 is a blend of cool toned hues that are mainly from the pink and green colour family. The shimmery mint green shade is my absolute favourite because it’s very difficult to find a shadow in this colour that is actually pigmented. The lighter matte shades don’t show up too well on my skin, though.

This palette is perfect for those who want to experiment with some bold colours.

Eye Candy 2 Eye Shadow Palette is inspired by the exciting city lights, add some glam to your life with this neutral chic and elegant palette. Perfect for a day to night look. – product description from Pink Sugar’s website

EC-02 is my favourite palette. The shades here are foolproof. It is a blend of warm and neutral shades that are very versatile for daily use. My favourite colour out of the bunch is the deep plum shade – again, this shade is very hard to produce. A lot of eyeshadows don’t delivery this colour in full pigment.

This palette is reminiscent of a warm sunset. I used this in my GRWM: Smokey Sunset Eyes video! This is a great palette for anyone. The colour selection is simply perfect. On a side note, it sort of reminds me of the Viseart Minx Theory palette.

Photo credits: The Beauty Look Book (


Overall, I highly recommend these palettes to makeup lovers of any skill level. For less than a thousand bucks, you get a drugstore brand eyeshadow palette with a very high-end feel and quality. Also, these palettes are sold at a sale price every now and then; so, keep an eye out for them during sales and grab the opportunity!