I’ve begun to realize I’m a bit of a scent whiz or have developed a nose. I don’t mean that I’ve memorized the identities of tons of fragrance notes or anything like that but when it comes to matching up fragrances or identifying that something smells a WHOLE LOT like something else, I’m your gal. Not sure how long this “skill” is going to hang around but I’m positively sure I’ve still got it coz I just discovered something wonderful. I’ve sniffed and found out that locally crafted Filipino soy candle brand Alice Blue (around since 2005, I was on Venus or perhaps Pluto…) have a candle that smells way too much like the Marc Jacobs’ Daisy fragrance, 2011′s summer sellout version Eau So Fresh to be exact. I proudly got it, it’s called “Palawan Mystique”.
Palawan Mystique Deluxe Candle| Php529.00 for 5 oz. hand-poured soy candle, candle holder Php199 | Proudly Philippine-Made
Scents of the Underground River and ‘Last Frontier’ island. Fresh marine accord and rainforest with bergamot, orris, musk, boise de rose and amber.
Can I just say this, this is the most quickly fragrant candle I have at the moment, the others I own get fragrant as well (I still love the complexity and build of imported scents) but it takes a good 15-20 minutes before they do fill the room completely with fragrance. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s a soy candle base but this candle makes the room smell good faster, the catch from what I’ve observed is it burns down slightly faster too, but just slightly. Read more to get the full review, pricing, and tips on usage.
This is going to be my first multi-brand makeup and skincare giveaway that involves the use of Instagram! Check out that “Bless This Bag” travel tag, who would’ve thought I’d spot something like that at True Value? LOL
This toiletry bag splits open with 2 compartments for makeup and skincare. It’s jam-packed with lots of great travel-size & full size products that make getting away without looking astray much, much simpler. I don’t know bout you guys but for me the Pièce de résistance of this whole giveaway is the “Belle” hand mirror I picked out from Singapore (of course I have one of my own, I bought 2).
It feels weight-y though the balance is a little bit off center (more on top less on the handle) but who cares, it’s heavy enough to not feel like a prop, small enough to slip into a handbag and it’s so elaborately made, I love it.
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So I fussed and hissed trying to Google for what to call that old school technology we 80s kids know oh, so very well. You know, plasticized sheets that toggle only 2 images delivering simple animation…enough to lure out a smile. They happen to be lenticular plastic sheets and they’ve been around for what seems like forever. I happened to be strolling around Metro Gaisano department store in Market Market yesterday and found these super cool double mirror compacts (1 regular side, 1 magnifying) for Php69 each with anime-ish lenticular veneers on them (I picked several out for friends, too). The compacts have a firm stub of a button to push the compact open, they’re lightly heavy-ish in weight and not loosely constructed…w-i-n.
Of course this one is my favorite one so I show her off first. I love how she gently pouts a lightly glossed mouth when she closes her eyes. There were probably about 10 to 15 different girl designs to choose from. These weren’t love at first sight because honestly some of the dolly-ish faces (the toddler ones especially which I DID NOT get) were kinda scary but I fished through all the racks to find the cool-ish ones which I felt would not freak me out nor send me fleeing in fear if I caught them blinking back at me in the evening LOL. I just find these actually useful compact mirrors trippy, artsy, and chic. They remind me of some of the concept artwork found on sites like Ballistic Publishing by digital artists like Melanie Delon. Read more to see a few more photos and the inside of the compact.
You know how cats love to mark…whatever…whoever? It’s high time they marked something sacred. I got these in January. I love that they’re not as thick as regular paper clips so they won’t damage delicate pages and they’re tightly shaped.
MUJI Cat Paperclips about Php250++?? Sorry, give or take…approximately, could be less. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and the “rest” of your Sunday, hehe.
Could not resist posting this. I gifted the girl cousins who come after me with the Love wire bracelet I blogged about a few posts back…and behind my back with love they volted in on Instagram.
Cousin blogs – Clockwise starting from lower left (red sleeve):“Kiana Vee Almost Daily”kianavalenciano.blogspot.com, “Under My UmbrElla” ella-pangilinan.blogspot.com, “Ordinarily Special (Tahnee)” ordinarilyspecial.wordpress.com, “Livin’ the Life (Gabriela)” gabpangilinan.tumblr.com , “Strange I am (Kara)“ strangeiam.wordpress.com , not in photo ->”Tease Your Toes (Stella)” teaseyourtoes.blogspot.com
Gab, Tahn, Kara, Kiana (Ella & Stella not here)
Note this, practically all of these girls blog so I’m linking to them for your reading pleasure and simply because as the eldest ate of 29 cousins I’m super proud and love them to bits. One of the cousins who I also gave a Love wire bracelet to who is not in the photo is Stella, a budding young lady whose hand is not here but I’ll include a link to her blog as well ‘coz quite frankly…practically everything in it is amazing, and I can guarantee, considering she’s only almost 14, that you will be floored. All these young women will make you sick with smiles and positivity with their musings, joy, and faithful insights and they’ll practically drag the happy out of you so I encourage you guys to give their pages a visit. Merry Christmas!! I pray most of you spent Christmas with your families as I did. Today was such an awesome Christmas…I’ll be coming up with something special using the footage I took today. Hopefully I can squeeze it in before New Year.