Things to look forward to this holiday season + gift suggestions!♥

by - November 16, 2018

The holiday season is going by really quick! I feel like if I blink, it'll be December tomorrow! >_< But thankfully, we still have 39 days till Christmas and we have plenty of time to find our loved ones gifts and here i'll be suggesting some + things you can look forward to starting this month till the next!


Being someone who is so dependent on her glasses, I find that it sometimes can get in the way of the things that I want to achieve. Especially when it comes to looks that I need to put makeup on. I've worn my glasses for so long that I actually developed marks on my nose bridge. :( But lately, I've been wanting to go back to my old love of contact lenses cos I used to wear them everyday back in high school, and what better brand to choose than known and trusted, Air Optix. :) 

Hershey trying out the colored contact lenses. :)

Dr. Jeanette Romualdez-Oo, Raiza Contawi and Janeena Chan talk about why they love Air Optix. :)

Air Optix COLORS contact lenses are innovative monthly replacement contact lenses available in 9 beautiful colors: pure hazel, blue, green, grey, brown, brilliant blue, gemstone green, honey and sterling grey - ranging from subtle to vibrant. This technology allows up to six times more oxygen through the lens compared to the other leading color contact lens for healthy-looking eyes.  

This particular line of Air Optix is really nice cos it can last 12 hours or more on your eyes! The 3-in-1 FreshLook® COLORBLENDS technology gently blends with your own eye color and makes it look natural. So, you don't have to hesitate any longer if you want to try out green or blue lenses in fear that they might look weird. :)

So, if you want to add more confidence to your look and to be more experimental, go for Air Optix. You have a wide variety to choose from when it comes to colors and you are sure of the quality - breathable and safe for daily use. :) We only have one pair of eyes, so we should always take care of it!


This Christmas, they have an ongoing promo! Whenever you get three (3) packs of Air Optix Clear Contact lens, you get one pair of Air Optix Colors for FREE! You can get it for yourself or as a gift to someone. You can also avail of 15 minute brow consultation in Benefit Cosmetics when you buy a pair of Air Optix Colors in selected optical clinics! 

Promo period is from November 1 - December 31, 2018!

For more information, visit:♥


A few months back, I attended the launch of Vice x Bang collection and remember Vice Ganda saying that she will be having more than just lippies to her makeup line. Fast forward to November, they now have the AURA COLLECTION - a collection of soft, buildable powders that effortlessly blend into the skin.

In total, there are 13 powders in this collection and divided into 3 categories:  AURA BLUSH, AURA GLOW and AURA CONTOUR.♥


Comes in 8 universally flattering shades: Sweet Lang, Winner, Shalah, Applauded, Maynika, Byucon, Talyada and Title - that gives a head-turning aura no matter the occasion. 

We were able to swatch these and the formula is really nice! You can already see the vibrant color in one swatch. :)


Gives a natural glow or a blinding aura! ;) Comes in 3 flattering shades: Shining, Shimmering, and Splendid!

These shades are so gorgeous! Ready for some major highlights with these!


Gives off a beautifully chiseled aura. Comes in 2 shades: Confeeerm and Porsyur.

Can I just say that Vice Ganda always comes up with the most funniest and wittiest shade names?? ♥ ^_^

Best part? the Aura Collection is just Php 145 each! Loooove et! If you have someone in your life that is into makeup, this would make a lovely gift! Amazing quality and it won't hurt your pocket! 

With Kenny, Ruth, Kaye, Marj, Michelle and Rochelle :)

Ready to aura with these girls! :) 

For more information, visit♥


If you still don't have a gift for your special someone, I think nothing beats a personalized touch. :) Recently, I have come to discover Scent Smith - a perfumery store that formulates affordable skin, hair,  body care and home products from natural ingredients. Not only that, they also create bespoke fragrances here! ^_^

Situated at the 2nd floor of Greenbelt 5 and with their minimalist and classy looking packaging made from amber glass, they gave me the vibe of an international brand. But they're actually locally made! Impressive, right? 

They have a wide variety of scents for men, women and unisex. When I was in their store, the only hard part for me was what scent I wanted to pick out. >_<

They have shampoo, conditioner, perfumes, lotions and more!

The store is a thing of beauty and I can just look at it all day!♥ They even have an area where you can sit down, watch the store staff create/bottle-up your chosen fragrance and you can even personalize it by having a name typed on it.

Their staff is also very knowledgable, so you can ask them about anything regarding the scents at Scentsmith. For sure, they'll be able to help you even if you're confused with what scent you want to get. :)

For more information, visit♥


Growing up, I wasn't really into candy or any sweets for that matter. But when I did indulge in them, I always went for my favorite Cola-flavored Chupa Chups lollipop! Even my children now are die-hard fans. We often struggle on who gets to have the last one in our house. >_< Haha!

Recently, this childhood favorite has turned 60 and as a homage to the roots of the brand, a 1950s themed party was done in BHS last Nov.9!

To celebrate this milestone, they unveiled their Super Mega Lolly display at Bonifacio High Street! But that's not all! They also have the Super Mega Lolly product to offer to everyone! It's the biggest offering of theirs to date and inside are 40 assorted-flavored lollipops. :) 

The Chupa Chups Super Mega Lolly is exclusively available on Shopee for Php 500 :)

Definitely a cute gift for inaanaks or your lolly-obsessed friend! ;)


If you guys have been following me on my Instagram or Facebook for a while now. You would have somehow come across my post last year of Estancia's Vast Imaginarium installation. It was a favorite installation of mine cos it was inspired by Yayoi Kusama's Infinity rooms. :)

This year, Estancia Mall is back at it again but with a different theme - Sweet Illusion!

The Sweet Illusion Chambers has four rooms in total and all candy-themed! Delectable rooms + light installations equals to Instagram-worthy! Our favorite room was Sugar Rush that had lasers bouncing everywhere and the Dark Light Room that had cool neon displays!

This is absolutely FREE! You can enjoy this during mall hours and will run until January 9, 2019!

Share your experience by using the hashtags: #2018OrtigasMallsChristmas and #EstanciaSweetIllusions. :) 

Can't wait to see your photos on Instagram!♥


It's that time of the year again to MAKE YOUR OWN HAVAIANAS! ^_^

Unlike before when it usually happens during the summer, MYOH is this November and with an amazing cause! :)

Aside from getting excited to design your pair, this year, you also get to help! For every purchase of the 2018 Commemorative Rainbow Pin, Php 50 will be donated to Project Nurture by Save The Children Philippines. :) 

Since Christmas is approaching, wouldn't it be nice to also give some love to those in need? ^_^

Yuki's made a pair for her husband! Sweet! | Showing our MYOH pair - with Pax and Pauly! :)
I love going to MYOH. It feels like a tradition that I do with friends already cos I've been doing it for years! :) As usual, I sticked with a light colored theme! I think this is my favorite by far! :)

Make Your Own Havaianas is happening at the following:

November 17-18 ~ Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater, BGC
November 17-20 ~ Shangr-La Plaza Mall \ Selected All Flip-Flops stores ( ATC, Glorietta, Robinsons Ermita, SM Baguio, SM Fairview, SM MoA, SM Manila, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA ANNEX, SM Pampanga and TriNoma. \ Common Thread -Greenbelt 5 and Powerplant mall.

Visit or follow for the complete list of dates + venues!

That's for now! Hope you guys are having a great November so far!!♥♥♥

Artsy Ava

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