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It was a picture perfect day, that Sunday two weekends ago. I didn’t know what to expect as I entered the renowned French restaurant, Le Jardin, atop the W Building in Bonifacio Global City. But as soon as I set foot inside, I was totally smitten by what had been prepared. Sure, it was a pretty picture of a gathering (as you’ll soon see in these photos below!). Everything was a feast for the eyes, but what captured my heart the most was the effort and passion poured into this intimate Sunday brunch gathering.

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You see, last November 22 (the day after the Blissmakerie), the current batch of Make it Blissful contributors got together for a private event, planned by one of our own blissmakers, Audrey Angcos, and her friend Doctor Kaycee Reyes, founder of the skincare center, Luminisce. Kaycee (as we all now call her) wanted to treat the blissmakers to a day of bliss and pampering, and planned the entire event with Audrey as the event planner and coordinator. Aptly called “Blissful with Luminisce,” it was set to be a morning-to-afternoon event where we could all relax, bond and share a meal, have a photo session (!), and then wind up with some shopping and pampering. And yes, like any Blissmakerie, Audrey and Kaycee planned a beautifully presented Blissful Box, too!!

Allow the photos to tell most of the story. I’m sure you will enjoy them!

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Here’s Audrey welcoming us to the Blissful with Luminisce gathering! She had a vision early this year to create a beautiful event that would realize her passion for events, while at the same time helping others. Out of her own generous heart, Audrey decided to create this event for Doctor Kaycee’s skincare clinic, Luminisce, as a way to authentically present the brand and its services to real women (and that’s us, the Blissmakers! We’re so lucky!)

Audrey planned the entire event with Kaycee, and took charge of finding a venue and crafting a program. Everything was designed to bring a sense of light, clarity and beauty, all of which are qualities of Luminisce as a business.

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For starters, Audrey found the perfect stylist to execute the vision for the event, our good friends from Boqueria Lifestyle Market, Steph & Lady BadoyThey transformed a naturally-lit portion of Le Jardin into a French-infused modern setup, complete with the prettiest details:

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make it blissful with Luminisce

make it blissful with Luminisce

We each introduced ourselves and our blogs, since most of us (except for Audrey, of course) were meeting Kaycee for the first time. It was all so prim & proper, and yet, it wasn’t, haha! I suppose this gorgeous table had us feeling like we were playing “tea party” or something! But the intros were warm and full of laughter, except when I turned on the waterworks, LOL.

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The lady of the hour, Dr. Kaycee Reyes of Luminisce

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Ginger Arboleda of Mommy Ginger

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Toni Tiu of Wifely Steps, and Maricel Mendoza of A Sweet Cottage

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My good friend mama Tina Rodriguez of Truly Rich & Blessed

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make it blissful with Luminisce

Me and my forever sidekick, haha! Oh, Krista.

Le Jardin prepared a special menu just for our party, but sorry, I don’t have photos of everything, hahaha! Everything was super good, though, trust me!! I want to go back to try everything on the menu, so…. Ton! Hello! Hahahaha!

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After our extended brunch, we were treated to mini makeovers and a portrait session! These were real treats for us, so thank you Kaycee, Audrey, and Sir Celwyn our photographer, for making us all look beautiful. (I’ll post photos of our portraits on the complete event album on Facebook, just gimme time to do that.)

After lunch, each of us were given our Blissful Boxes. “This is the first time Martine doesn’t know what’s in the Blissful Box!” Audrey quipped, and I was SO.HAPPY. Hahaha! I’ve worked on the past three Blissmakeries and their respective boxes, so this was such a treat for me, because I was simply attending and not working on the gathering at all, haha! (Thanks, Audrey! Please produce nalang all the other Blissmakeries, LOL)

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make it blissful with Luminisce

make it blissful with Luminisce

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Our Blissful Box sponsors were lovingly curated by Audrey and Kaycee, and we were in love with all of them! The photo above shows us with our handpicked Humabi Bags (@humabibags), a social enterprise whose “bags for a cause” help women in need & kids who can’t afford to attend school. Here’s what was inside each Blissmaker’s box: Blissful Box, LuminiscePro Studio Exclusives makeup sponge (@prostudiobeauty); Zin Sciracha Salt (@zinmanila); Whisk roasted garlic & rosemary jam (@ilovewhisk); Lulu Swing taco organizer (luluswinghttp://instagram.com/luluswing); Airees Creates handmade notebook (@aireescreates); Atsui striped athletic top (@atsuiPH); Hey Jow “Follow Your Heart” necklace (@heyjowPH); Notepad, Calendar Pad and greeting card by For the Love of Prints (@fortheloveofprint); Noteworthy clay tags (@noteworthy_ph); A Vanilla Story hand sanitizer (@avanillastory); Bits & Pieces teaspoon set (@bitstopieces);  Anma luggage tag (@anmalifestyle); Luminisce brightening cream and SPF 50 sunblock (@luminisce_official); Olive & Diego bracelet (@oliveanddiego); Birthday Calendar by I Am Artisan (@iam_artisan); Blessings by Fad canvas tote (@blessingsbyfad); Curves Gift Certificates (@curvesphilippines). (Not shown here are healthy vegetable chips by The Honest Crop (@thehonestcrop), wrapping supplies & craft sets from Hallmark (@hallmark_ph).

The afternoon was spent in the pretty office and clinic of Doc Kaycee, which was a two-minute stroll from Le Jardin. We walked on over there right after our individual portrait sessions, and enjoyed a relaxing, post-lunch treatment. The office, too, was styled by Boqueria Lifestyle Market, and made ready for tea-time and snacks.

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Luminisce BGCHere’s me with Van and Toni, after we all enjoyed our luxurious facials and individualized treatments. Sweet! Thank you, Kaycee and Luminisce, for taking care of the Blissmakers! We were truly refreshed. As for me, I was able to consult Kaycee about my recent flare-up with atopic dermatitis of the hands. It was due to stress and my asthma tendencies, and it’s really been bothering me! Thanks to the treatment that afternoon (along with Kaycee’s specific prescriptions for topical meds and emollients), I’m happy to report that my hands are 90% fully recovered! I feel soooo much better! Kaycee also taught me a few lifestyle changes I had to make, so that I wouldn’t flare up so easily again.

What a blessed afternoon. It was the perfect year-ender for us as a team of collaborators, and the perfect pre-birthday treat that I needed. Audrey, you are a magician, and I am soooooo happy at how you pulled off this “private Blissmakerie” — bravo! I can’t wait to work with you next time, again! To Kaycee: Thank you for your generous heart and your genuine concern for each of us. We are truly blessed because of Luminisce and this blissful business you have begun. May God reward you! You can count on us for support!

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To see more photos of this special Blissmakerie by Luminisce, please visit our Facebook page. Make sure to also add Luminisce on Instagram (@luminisce_official), and visit their website at www.luminisce.com