Yves Rocher Bronzing Powder Duo in Dark Veil, In Memoriam | My Best Compact Bronzer…broke

A moment of silence for pieces that have shattered.  My purse dropped during my cousin’s wedding and to my dismay, my favorite makeup item inside broke (of course it had to be my favorite).  I don’t have a photo of the demise of my Yves Rocher Bronzing Powder duo, that’s too depressing to show, and no…it doesn’t work the same way across the skin with the pieces broken and the powder loose, it just doesn’t.  This is still my favorite matte compact bronzer and I’m all too game to repurchase it as soon as possible (just please be kind and leave one for me in stock lol).  It’s special ‘coz I’m hooked on the mild Yves Rocher skincare scent this matte bronzer has, it doesn’t have fallout and isn’t at all dusty so it applies like the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes which aren’t at all dusty, and it warms up the skin in the same way as Chanel’s Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Base (formerly known as Bronze Universelle) but in dry format.  Sigh.   Here’s to looking back and I’m also going to mention a few more Yves Rocher makeup bits.  It’s a very good mid-range price cosmetic brand.

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PRICE ESTIMATE: Php850-950 (based on conversion from $19 on US site) at Yves Rocher, SM Aura

“Enriched with smoothing Tiare flower extract, the ultra-soft texture of this Axe Solaire Bronzing Powder Duo comfortably adorns your complexion without ever drying out your skin. You can pick up, apply and blend it easily using a powder brush.

Unique features: this duo is comprised of two complementary shades that allow you to create a custom tan, perfect for your skin tone and the evolution of your tanning for a natural, sunkissed look. Your complexion is beautified, mattified and sculpted for the most natural tanned effect.”

The Plus: its economical and generous 20g size

Tested under dermatological supervision.  0.7 oz. Compact / 20 g

You won’t get sudden patchiness with this bronzer, it’s not chalky and has no fallout, as in zero fallout, it’s that sort of texture, unless you scratch it or tap it on top vigorously with a stippling brush…that is the only time it will it yield powder deposit that falls away.  It really is like a dry compact version of the Soleil Tan de Chanel one.  The shade I have is a perfect warm Terracotta-ish earthy tint that isn’t too orange for me…there are two colorways, this one, Dark Veil is the darker compact of the two or medium to deep skin, the lighter compact is Light Veil, a cooler bronze for fairer above medium skin.  The texture is like a pressed powder infused with skincare so it isn’t chalky or dry, the surface of the product begins to look a little strange once you begin using it a lot (like the powder begins to clot over on top, but that doesn’t mean it’s ruined, it just does that) but it doesn’t stop giving or depositing that sunkissed hue you need, it’s also great for daytime contouring.   Click to continue to the full post and see a few more Yves Rocher makeup bits.… To full post & COMMENTS...

My Earl Grey Tea Milkshake | Cool Your Jets the Creamy Way

Hello, still know me?  I apologize, last week’s schedule was off the charts, been very busy with social events for another upcoming cousin’s wedding, a shoot for an upcoming Resurrection Sunday special, and working during tapings for a new ABS-CBN show, Your Face Sounds Familiar.  Kind of lost my momentum back there ‘coz I’d come home just wanting my makeup to remove itself, sleep and wake up just wanting to sleep in (like today because have another taping tomorrow).  In between though I did shoot some stuff I wanted to share which I’d been meaning to put up a few days back, like one of the frequent blender sessions I’ve been having.

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INGREDIENTS (serves 2):

1/2 cup Fresh whole milk (you can use cold carabao’s milk if you want a Pinoy twist, if you want your milkshake like roadside heavy go full cream milk)

2 or 3 full packed scoops  of Merry Moo Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream (depends on how thick you want your shake, for thicker add more ice cream.  Pint size available at SM Aura Cinema Food Court, Echostore in Market Market, weekend Sunday Legaspi Market in Makati, Glorietta food court and other places, check Merry Moo’s Facebook page.)  This is my ultimate favorite ice cream.

8-10 oz. of ice cubes (a cup or more than a cup, more ice cubes means more water, which makes it easier to sip, less ice cubes makes it richer and thicker).

1/2 cup steeped Earl Grey tea (I use 1 Twinings tea bag to brew a full cup and just drink the excess, haha) 

1 tbsp. of sugar (optional, I don’t put sugar because the ice cream is sweet enough for me and I try to keep excess sugar out of what I eat.)

 

EQUIPMENT: Kitchen blender that can blend solid ice, measuring cups, ice cream scoop, milkshake glasses or mason jar mugs, straws optional (paper straws won’t work well with milkshakes, spoon for tasting (no double dipping!)

I’m so hooked on blended dairy drinks.  Fruit and veggie smoothies to follow.  We didn’t have a decent industrial strength blender before and I’ve been cooling the jets by making frappes and shakes.  Just wanted to share with you how I made my Earl Grey tea milkshake.  I’d been meaning to just do this and try it and after ages and ages finally got around to it.  Click through to see the full process and method of making this yummy drink.… To full post & COMMENTS...

NCLA Nailing Hollywood Nail Wraps | Late Night Filing

Why did I do this at half past one in the morning?  My thoughts exactly…but doing nail wraps when you’re supposed to be doing something else gets you…stuck, the ultimate fun being you get perfection without the mess.  I didn’t even plan on blogging, but they turned out nifty-looking.

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Pantene Advanced Keratin Conditioner & Marc Anthony Argan Oil Sulfate-Free Shampoo | Beef Up Those Strands Before Summer!

Here’s to stuff from the high-street grocery, S&R!  Before summer we like to start thinking in advance about how we’re going to stock up on skincare, moisturizers, sunscreen, gentle fake tan, tanning lotions and more.  A lot of the time we tend to lay aside the need to protect our hair, most especially if your strands are extra fragile due to color-treating.  Currently, yes, even with my short hair, I’ve been beefing my locks up with high-street grocery keratin infused haircare even before the main heat scorches the city this summer.  Keratin is the main  protein naturally found in human hair which is also the same strong protein that forms claws, feathers, hooves, and horns in animals as well.  So yes, it’s the tough stuff in your hair.

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Color treatments tend to strip the hair (I only have mine colored every 3 months) which is why hydrating and restorative aftercare while having color-treated hair is so important, especially when it comes to direct heat.  This is the dynamic haircare duo I’ve been looking to lately and they’re both from S&R Membership grocery…plus I can’t help but say even if they’re from different brands I love that they have a coordinating turquoise colorway, lol.  The Pantene Expert Collection Advanced Keratin Repair (whew) Conditioner (Made in the U.S.) and Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil (Keratin Infused) Sulfate-free (double whew) shampoo (Made in Canada).  What a mouthful between these two, I was just ’bout to pull my hair out while typing the post title.

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BLOB ON TOP : PANTENE Expert Collection Advanced+ Keratin Repair Conditioner (also has a shampoo, but not sulfate-free), Made in U.S., the Expert Collection range also has a purple variant in S&R which is the Age Defying Shampoo and Conditioner, whereas this one I’m featuring is a strengthening repair one the other variant is a more rejuvenating, nourishing one for dull hair.  This conditioner is thick and rich, almost like a paste which is indicative of the formula being so different from local conditioners, I coat my hair, massage it in and leave it for 3-4 minutes after my shampoo then rinse off.

Php550+ (currently -Php100+ on sale) 500ml jumbo size

 

BLOB BENEATH: MARC ANTHONY Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Sulfate-Free (Keratin Infused) Shampoo, Made in Canada, this also comes in a repairing Macadamia variant (sulfate-free also) in S&R.  Even if this is a sulfate-free shampoo this lathers up quite nicely but NOT at all like a high-powered detergent thankfully.

Php350+ , 250ml tube (more beach friendly)

Between the two, they’re not your bog-standard grocery shelf haircare products locally, I’m aware (don’t get me wrong I have a few bog standard grocery faves myself which work so well for the price) but you get a whole lot of product as you’ll see from the size comparison against my hand here, they’re huge, and considering their formulas are processed in better manufacturing locations (US and Canada) you know what you’re paying for.  They’re from S&R membership grocery which means they are more pricy than the items found in a regular supermarket BUT they’re both still way less expensive than if you chose to buy a salon-level Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner from a professional salon which would easily cost over Php1000 for each at sizes like this.  Both products leave my hair not limp with a bit more oomph and softness at the back and my head doesn’t get oily or flaky with these products.

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What I like about both is not only are they color-coordinated despite being different brands, but the scents blend beautifully together and they aren’t over-powering.  They’re the nicest fragrant high-street shampoo conditioner tandem I’ve come across.  The Pantene conditioner has a warm, super slightly sugary scent with a tart berry note but it’s done in a sophisticated way, not annoying…I could almost say the warmth in the Pantene conditioner scent is like fragrant treacle, the essence of something I’ve smelt from Haus of Gloi before…and don’t get me started on the shampoo, oh my.  The shampoo has a gentle…kind of super summery, non-annoying hint of sunblock with floral tones type of scent…it’s hard to describe, it’s like a coconut tinged scent with a sun-filled, sandy floral note….ugh I’m so not up to par on describing scents these days, help me Sali Hughes, LOL.  To round it all off I think if you’re not satisfied with what’s in your local supermarket but want to level up on haircare without burning holes in your wallet at the salon, try these from S&R membership shopping, if you’re not an S&R member it should be average-easy to find someone who might be.  S&R membership shopping is currently at BGCFort, another one near City of Dreams, Roxas Blvd., and in Alabang.… To full post & COMMENTS...

POND’s Flawless White BB Cream SPF 30 | Photogenic Dupe for my Shiseido Hydrating BB Cream

This is practically the first POND’s review I have ever done, because this product gets a huge thumbs up from normal-to-sensitive-combo-skin me.  I put this review up quickly because it looks so good in photos, and I keep checking myself in the mirror ‘coz I’m pretty impressed I’m totally ignoring the fact that it’s a whitening product.  It just looks exceptionally good and photogenic on the face for a grocery and department store brand base.  It not sticky, not greasy and lifts the complexion when you put it on and I’m surprised the Light shade which looks a wrong sort of grey tone before application actually helps counteract sallow tones on my face (if we’re talking perfect shade I’m a blend of both shades but I like how Light lifts my face in appearance, but I mix a little bit of Beige in).  For normal skin gals, you won’t even need to set it with powder, maybe at the very least just have blot sheets handy this summer if you use this.

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“Looking for the best BB Cream*? The Pond’s Institute developed Pond’s Flawless White BB+ Cream (Php299.00)—a whitening cream and lightweight foundation in one—giving both skin care and makeup benefits. Use Pond’s BB+ Cream to achieve a flawless, no-makeup look.

Special Ingredient

GenActiv™

Two potent ingredients, Niacinamide and 12HSA, regulate the genes that control melanin production.

 

  • Compared to other BB Creams, it is less likely to cause pimples because it’s less sticky and helps control oil the whole day. No need to apply powder afterwards.
  • Compared to a CC Cream, it gives better coverage without the sticky feeling, aside from Pond’s expert skin care formula.

 

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I like Pond’s as a brand and all their efforts to bring new affordable products out, it’s just that my mareklamo face usually doesn’t do too well with a few of the other products they have that are scented, but like for example who doesn’t love their classic Cold Cream?  This BB Cream base is scented, but not heavily, I had to swatch, smell, and repeat to really spot how much fragrance was in there, not that much, thankfully.  Click to continue reading the full post and see high-definition photos of me wearing this product.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Top Shelf Talk | Updated Skincare February 2015

Since I saw one of my followers and online IG inspiration, Sarah Loves Makeup, suddenly get featured on IntoTheGloss.com for her ITG Top Shelfie I figured I’d join in.  Who knows, right?  You simply shoot your current products on your bathroom shelf or wherever shelf you keep them and use the hashtag #ITGtopshelfie in your post.  If it snaps up the Glossy gang’s interest they’ll contact you and request to feature you and give you what basically is a global introduction at the top of the beautysphere.  So whether or not this makes it up there here it is.  My current skincare picks (which I update on the blog every 6 months anyway).  I’ve linked the individual reviews to the products listed below.

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NEKKID Beauty Cleansing Cream, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair II serum, L’Occitane Fresh Gentle toner, 100 Percent Pure Tomato Lycopene Face Cream moisturizer, Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser with Clary Sage, Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting  8% Glycolic Acid AHA Gel, and unseen in photo is the Yves Rocher Micellar Water with tea in it which I used to remove any remaining makeup.

The serum mentioned which is Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair can be used day or night contrary to popular opinion, it was Guardian beauty journalist and Pretty Honest book author Sali Hughes who cleared that up.  Estee Lauder’s ANR, quite a gentle serum, is actually quite a stable,healing formula and is even safe to use on children NOT as a facial treatment but more of like a healing formula over arms or legs, over itchy, irritated skin patches like at the beach for example if something external sets off a reaction.  It was one of their global makeup artists who told me in person that while on holiday he takes this away with him and has used it now and then on his nieces or nephews if ever they got a reactive skin itch, he would smooth it over that area to soothe them.  My favorite item in this post is actually my delicate glass tasseled sparrow jar for cotton pads (I ran out hence the balls), which is a gift from Mom.

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It’s so delicately fashioned and light I thought it was plastic when she first gave it to me, it isn’t, it’s real glass, it actually looks like it was glass blown, maybe not but maybe yes.  This is my favorite top shelf thing of the moment.  What’s yours?

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NEW Happy Skin InstaBeauty Blur Cream | Primer Foundation With Benefits

It’s a little funny, in a positive way, that booming local beauty brand Happy Skin first came out with their Silicone-Free foundation over a year ago and now they’re presenting one that offers the benefits of a silicone primer base and more.  It just proves they’re out to help everyone.  It’s true some people would rather live with less or no silicone in facial products but others who don’t react can benefit from it’s filling and smoothing properties.  This new product can be worn alone or under your makeup to help mattify and extend its staying power (sort of like what the brand Living Proof does for hair-styling) and also boasts some stable yet active age-defying ingredients to help keep the years at bay.  Presenting Happy Skin’s new Insta Beauty blur cream primer foundation which is basically a smoothing, mattifying silicone-based primer with a generous amount of tint.  This is waterproof-ish primer I was talking about that wouldn’t come off in my previous review of NEKKID Cleansing cream, all my makeup came off with the cleanse but the layer of this was left behind underneath and I had to use a makeup remover to finish the job.

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HAPPY SKIN InstaBeauty BLUR CREAM PRIMER FOUNDATION Php1299.00 click here to purchase (domestic & global shipping available)

“This unique primer foundation provides a light tint veil that corrects and blurs away skin imperfections. It refines large pores, fills in lines and wrinkles, and instantly mattifies, too! It contains the tried and tested anti-aging ingredients Retinol and Peptides to make skin plump and smooth. High penetrating Vitamin C helps boost the production of collagen. Super Vitamin E moisturizes & protects while this pre-makeup primer keeps makeup in place all day.” Happy Skin Cosmetics are also available at Plains & Prints outlets, Beauty Bar, and Rustan’s

An aunt of mine in her 40s (but looks like shes in her early 30s) a couple of months back was constantly getting fresh compliments about her makeup.  I love custom creation stories like hers.  She told me that based on the tips I gave her and videos I’d been sending she had personally created her own base routine which delivers a difference that works for her and she would diligently do it just with fingers.  She had begun blending Porefessional silicone primer together with another base or BB Cream she was using to create a blurred tinted base which looked like she had a fresh, shine-free yet radiant complexion with less visible wrinkles and pores.  She had steps when she told me this tale, how some areas of the face only received the primer and other areas the blend of her base with the primer.  Now this product here by Happy Skin could have technically been the birth-child of my Tita’s experiment, in reality it isn’t, but it is a very closely related makeup concept.  I believe if she knew this product existed (I haven’t told her yet) she’d be onto this item in a millisecond.  Click through to get the full post and see how it looks on my skin.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Becoming a Grit and Grace Woman | Women on a Mission

It isn’t fresh news and all that big, but nearly two weeks ago on Instagram I was chosen to be a Grit and Grace woman to follow by GritAndGrace.co (@gritandgracewomen), an inspirational group based in San Francisco with the aim to connect, encourage, and promote women who share and live Spiritual lives to inspire others in their niche calling.  The feature itself is nothing huge in earthly terms really, just a Follow Friday blast if you think about it, but this meant a lot to me personally because I was inserted alongside all these amazing, beautiful women of varying ethnicity (but mostly American I think) who all love the Lord.

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FOLLOW US! @blessmybag, @jokotadeshow, @jessigreenny, @styleskinny, @thecreativeporcupine, @jilliandolberry

 

The G&G gals just went out, pulled my photo, and did it.  If you think about it, pretty daring, they just grabbed one of my photos from my blog and stuck it in there, lol, but I’m totally game like that and I’m glad it was one of the good ones.  The way I discovered this happened was a notification on Instagram popped up while I was backstage doing makeup work during The Ultimate Valentine Concert (Gary V, Regine, Lani , and Martin Nievera), and I was like on IG and saying “…wait a minute, that’s me…in a poster…with who?!  Who are these women, oh, oh my how cool is this?!!!” and I was like prancing here and there backstage being a shameless show-off to the road manager, my partner hairstylist, and everyone else who couldn’t care less in the middle of an ongoing pop concert really, LOL.  I was just sooo flattered and chuffed to the bones.  I followed them all and a few days later was totally inspired and moved by this post of Amanda @thecreativeporcupine.  I’ll be posting a post from each of their accounts here so you get a glimpse of their uniqueness.

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We’re not all beauty bloggers, some are crafty, some are fashionistas, some are homemakers, but Jessi and I are in the style and beauty department I believe and someone has designed a dayplanner with an inspirational format.  It’s inspiring how God has broken the mold of each one of us.  I noticed right away that the Grit & Grace team in graphics and layout really know what they’re doing (notice all our faces are practically the same size from different photos).  What was cool was I think I was already following @jessigreenny if I’m not mistaken or vice versa before we were both chosen to be part of the same Follow Friday set.  Feel free to correct me, Jessi, if you’re reading this but you were already a familiar face!  Follow all of us if you haven’t on Instagam and don’t be shy to comment or say hello!… To full post & COMMENTS...

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