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Cardinal Scene Grad Squad - A Joint Project of Photographers and Student Leaders

CARDINAL SCENE, a commercial and event photography studio in Angeles City established in 2009 by Mr. Cardinal Delos Reyes recently achieved another milestone in their company - the addition of their Grad Squad. 

The company has three main areas which are the Cardinal Scene (for Studio Coverage) , CSP by Cardinal Scene (for Events Coverage, Standard Packages) and of course, the Grad Squad by Cardinal Scene (focuses mainly on graduation coverage). 

Grad Squad is a joint project of photographers and student leaders.They had their soft launch months ago doing the coverage of the graduating students. 

Last October 29, 2018 was their formal launch where they presented their newest ambassadors and ambassadress at the Lewis Grand Hotel in Angeles City. Together in the event were their former partners, the entire Cardinal Scene team and their friends and families. 

Before Grad Squad, Mr. Cardinal was used to the commercial photography setup with all the lighting and everything. Then he came to realize that graduating students also need to look good and feel good so why not offer the same quality to them in a very affordable package. 

So on the next graduation of one of your family members, or friends, recommend Grad Squad to them. Surely they would love to treasure one of the most memorable moments in their life. 

For more details, visit Cardinal Scene on their social media platforms. 

Website: http://www.cardinalscene.com/

Gorda Redefines Fil-Mex Cuisine

This family-owned Fil-Mex restaurant in BGC beautifully marries Filipino and Mexican food. Its hip, plays a great selection of music and is all about serving fusion cuisine that was inspired by their mother’s homey recipes and exotic cocktails. 

As soon as you walk into Gorda, you’ll notice the exposed brick and contemporary design with high ceilings, a cantina, and the eye-catching wall art. The name literally translates to Fat Lady, which we’ll take as an indication that this is the perfect place to get stuffed. And trust me, it’s hard not to when everything from the appetizers to the desserts are loaded with flavors that are worth trying. 

The Mama’s Nachos is a popular starter that’s loaded and comes in two serving sizes. This Spiced Beef Estofado, Trio Local Keso Sauce, Ensalada, and Jalapeno Atchara combined creates a balance between the different textures that will keep you occupied as you wait for the main course. You could also opt for the Breakfast Taquito Sampler that gives your typical taquitos a Pinoy twist with Beef Tapa, Pork Tocino, and Vigan Longanisa used as fillings. 

Gorda also offers Tacos, Quesadillas, Burritos, and Fajitas, but we understand if you’re eager to get straight to the mains. If there’s anything you should order first, it should be the Pollo Inasal Skillet, a Mexican-spiced Marinated Chicken Inasal that comes with Cilantro Sinangag, Roasted Pimiento and Onion, and Homemade Crema. Another unique dish is the Pork a La Parilla that features Grilled Tender Pork Chops, Pineapple Que, and Homemade Refried Beans, with a Kapeng Barako Demi-glace. 

A definite must-visit within BGC, Gorda is located at the 2/F of Uptown Parade. 

For more info visit their website: https://megaworld-lifestylemalls.com/

Review: Maybelline Creamy Matte

I know these lippies were already released a long time ago but I only had the time to review them now. I had so many lippies and I don't want to just open new ones when I have so many pending to review. That's what happened to me, so for the longest time, I really hold back in using these. I only opened them this year and only had the time to review them now because you know, mom duty calls, as always. 

I got myself 6 of Maybelline's Creamy Matte. I originally wanted to have all nudes but I don't have much pink on my lipstick stash so I got one. 

I noticed that their nudes are the nudes I don't normally use. It looks good when swatched but some looked so different on my lips.

I randomly selected these shades from the counters because I wanted to try and review them but I didn't expected that it would take my review this long. Anyway, here are the swatches I got from that purchase. 

Daringly Nude
This shade is a mid tone taupe which has pink tones. It is patchy on my lips so I suggest you exfoliate before use or better put lip balm before.

Nude Nuance
This shade is a muted dark medium brown with slightly warm undertones. It's rich and creamy and glides easily on the lips. It has a soft velvety finish. 

Divine Wine
This is a bold and deep burgundy red which is great for parties. This can be classy but knowing my personality, I can't really pull it off. I only use this whenever I want to look strict in front of my students and to establish more of the angry-look feel.

Mesmerizing Magenta
This is a velvety pretty floral pink shade. Easy on the lips and is very pigmented. 

Nude Embrace
This one is caramel beige in color. It has the same formula with Daringly Nude which is kinda patchy for me but still blendable. Same thing. Need to put balm underneath. 

I have the clay crush which is a muted dusty peach brown  before but I gave it to my sister because she liked the shade and since I have a lot of lippies, I gave it away. 

Yay for me! (。◕‿  ◕。) 
  • Bought it on sale for P199.00.
  • Available in different shades.
  • Some shades glides easily on the lips. 
  • Maybelline lipsticks can be use for a long period of time. 

Nay! (。◕︵◕。)
  • There are shades that are patchy.
  • This is personal but I look pale on some.
Price: P199.00
Bought from: SM Department Store
Size: 4.2 g.

Overall, I like the Creamy Matte line of this brand. I also loved the Powder Matte line and will be posting a review also on that. Others may be patchy but it is still blendable and you can still work on it. I love the buttery-soft formula this line has. Above it all, I like that it's comfortable to wear. 

Have you tried this line? Any thoughts?