Hello to all SimplySxy readers out there! I am Sophia Buenaventura, Phia for short, a makeup and lifestyle content creator from the Philippines. I started creating content on Instagram (@phiabuena) around September 2020 when I was just 17. I used content creating as a way to audition for brands, explore my skills in photography, writing, makeup, and learn more about influencer marketing. I am now 18 years old, still with the same passion I had when I just started!
Creating content, for me, was just a quarantine hobby that turned out to be something I genuinely enjoy doing. I am very thankful for the people who have inspired me to keep going, and the brands that have trusted me. I am currently an incoming college freshman, about to take up a BA Communications in the University of Santo Tomas and I hope to get into the field of Public Relations upon graduating.
What is your fashion style like and where do you love to shop from?
My fashion style, I must say, is a flavorful mix of current trends. What I wear each day really depends on my mood, in which I also match my makeup with it as well. As for shopping for clothes, I also go with what’s “in” right now. The current pandemic led to the rise of online shopping and small businesses. Since I rarely go out, I usually just buy my clothes through Shopee (an online shopping site) or through Instagram businesses that sell reworked/thrifted clothing. Although, I’m trying to shop more through Instagram businesses/thrift shops because I’ve read that fast fashion can be harmful to the environment.
The bottom line is that I honestly don’t mind trying different styles and shopping options. What matters is that I look good and I feel good as well!
Do you have any fashion accessories that you cannot live without?
I definitely cannot live without makeup and minimal jewelry! For me, it’s the cherry on top! They just make my outfit look ten times better. I usually wear a necklace and some earrings (gold or silver) to spice up the outfit, and put on makeup that goes with the overall look!
Which 3 things do you enjoy doing most in the city you live in?
I’m not the kind of person who goes out a lot, but before the pandemic I really enjoyed exploring different food stalls around school with my friends. Shoutout to all of you, you guys made my wallet cry but my stomach and heart happy!
Other than that, I have learned to love commuting in the city. Although it can be quite stressful and crowded most times, just listening to music alone while on the train makes me forget about my problems for the time being, sort of like a therapeutic escape from reality. It is impossible for me to name just three favorite things I love to do where I’m from, because every day is a different adventure!
On a scale of 1-10, how much of an adventurer are you?
On a scale of 1-10, I would say 8. I love trying new things and I could say that I’m an experimental person, but I tend to analyze things first before I jump into them. Maybe it’s the Sagittarius and Capricorn in me battling for who’s right and who’s wrong, or maybe it was just the way I was raised.
If you could learn anything in this world, what will it be?
A little fun fact about me is that I shift from different hobbies as I get older. If I were to choose one thing to learn, it would probably be visual arts like sketching, painting, and even graphic design. My forte is more on performing arts, so growing up, visual arts hasn’t really been my field of interest. It has always occurred to me that to execute an art form well, it takes a great amount of passion and patience.
But because of the changing times, people are starting to appreciate different forms of visual arts, even the ones that are minimal and somewhat odd. Nonetheless, I would really love to learn different classic techniques and perhaps a little bit of its history as well.
Would you rather have super sensitive taste or super sensitive hearing?
Woah, this required a lot of thinking. I would go for the super sensitive hearing! Secret spy movies made my childhood, and most of them had a hearing device they could use against the enemies. I imagine myself as one of those spies, but without the fancy equipment, I guess?
What do you not get about guys?
Hmm, there’s a lot, if I’m being honest. They’re really hard to understand sometimes, but I’m aware that’s because the generations before us have set ideals for both men and women. Which is why we all have underlying qualities we’ll never understand about each other.
Here’s one: why is it that they think there’s only one shade of lipstick? When I try out some lipsticks in front of my brother or my dad, they always say that all of them look the same!
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