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My Bath, Body, & Skincare Picks 2014

For a whole chunk of last year after Dad recovered from his stroke and when I got sick for a bit I sort of went on a beauty hiatus.  Then of course the holidays came and for most of the first 2 weeks of January I’ve been sick again with the flu that half the Philippines has right now  (tell me ’bout it, I called a friend and her officemate in the background was coughing).  It wasn’t a flat out choice that I made, beauty just wasn’t a main priority for a long while ’till just before Thanksgiving.  But we’re back and these were my bathroom and bedroom best from last year.

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So because I wasn’t so hyped up by beauty buzz for quite awhile I was reaching for things for my personal upkeep with less self-consciousness so to speak, but of course I still had my preferences and was happy to find my current signature fragrance in 2014.  The list is pretty pared down compared to like a year ago.  However I think you’ll like that most of them are readily available here in department stores or local groceries.  Click on to get the details.


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Jonathan Adler Scented Candles | Flame Fancy

My Top 10 Makeup bits for 2014 was supposed to go up today.  I shot it already but the flu that I’ve had incubating just got me really down now and so I’m not in the best condition for writing a long detailed post at the moment with many photos.  My head hurts and my throat is itchy so I’ve postponed that to tomorrow night hopefully and have decided to go with a simpler post for now with stuff that I didn’t buy or receive but discovered earlier at Dimensione.  If you’ve never had a whiff of these luxe candles by Jonathan Adler you certainly need to experience their scents even if just in store.  The scents are not executed super literally according to title (e.g. their “sea salt” candle brings to mind a delightfully clean, brute dude) but are thoughtfully put in fragrant context.  They are a whole ‘nother level of awesome.  If money were no object I would have taken the Earl Grey one home with me in a heartbeat but I’m using up other candles at the moment.  The good people of Dimensione Alabang gave me permission to take photos since I couldn’t afford one for now.  Even unlit these send pleasure up your nose as soon as you open the box.

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They are pricey, but for obvious reasons.  The line certainly makes it to the candle league of Diptyque and Malin + Goetz, but I think you get substantially a bit more candle for the price.  The 8 oz. J. Adler Earl Grey one (hear me swoon) is in the Php2500 range, while Diptyque’s standard 6 oz. one is close to Php3000 locally from Rustan’s.  These are great (the Fig one is also wonderfully forest-y) but the piece de resistance is this huge one also by Jonathan Adler, Muse Blanc, a very pretty feminine scent which reminds me of Acca Kappa Muschio Bianco but in a slightly more floral way.  Some might get creeped out by the faces, but I don’t…I think it’s pretty and it reminds me of some of the characters in The Neverending Story film.  The candle pot is a grainy matte ceramic finish.  This one is huge compared to the first ones above and is in the Php4k range.

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LUSH Laid Back Holidays | Smell And Tell

After all the Christmas commotion has passed I like to duly dub myself a LUSHie.  Lush handmade cosmetics are a must when the cooler breezes begin to blow.  They might inadvertently repel some of you with the blast of aroma by their boutique entrances but I myself am completely drawn in when their Christmas bath collections begin rolling in.  Who can resist the aromatic and animated visual display of a bath bomb in your tub or the bubbly delight of their bath bars through running water in a sink or tub?  If certain adults can’t appreciate the bath bliss that LUSH provides I know kids and teens certainly can.  Pardon the crushed/beheaded Dashing Santa bath bomb, that was an accident.  It does however make for a pretty cut-away display, click here for a video of the Dashing Santa Bath Bomb.  I am a bit sad I didn’t get to grab a Golden Wonder or Northern Lights bath bomb, but I’m glad the LUSH ph team gave me these (with the exception of the Holly Golightly Bubble Bar which I bought).  Now let me go into the smell descriptions.

LUSHie_03LUSHie_02The LUSH “Shoot for the Stars” bath bomb is one from last year, a lovely blue display in the tub with the same enchanting honey-toffee scent as their “Honey I Washed the Kids” soap…someone did a Shoot for the Stars video demo here at this link.  The “Cinders” bath bomb nourishes with hydrating almond oil and delights with a spicy snap-crackle-pop effect plus a cinnamon aroma, no fireplace?  Just drop one in.  Holly Golightly was a sold-out new holiday favorite these past few weeks (I got the last one at LUSH BGC) obviously because of the name which is Audrey Hepburn’s lead character from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  It’s dressed in silver vegan sparkle and gives off a spicy cinnamon and patchouli scent as you crumble it through running water.  Dashing Santa is satsuma scented, laced with mandarin and bergamot.  Sorry no prices yet, I will extract them if I can find them, Holly Golightly was about Php395 if I recall right.  If my undying appreciation for LUSH has not convinced you with words watch their 2015 holiday video feature below.  I just love ‘em.

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DKNY MYNY, The Scent About a City | My New York Eau de Parfum

Spiked by a slightly icy spring breeze when I walked those perfectly imperfect streets with cop car sirens blaring in the distance there was a sense of the Big Apple being mine for the moment for some reason (duh, Julia it was your birthday week lol) and I can’t quite put my finger on why but it’s an amazing gutsy feeling…it’s like something about New York hits you without warning just as soon as you get there.  So does this sweet, musky, and spicy scent inspired by the city that never sleeps. DKNY have since my return released a fragrance entitled My New York or MYNY.  I think any person who enjoys NY in general will agree that to name a perfume this way fits the experience for one in the city.  New York in itself is without a doubt tailor-fit and not to mention zoned for the inspired  individual, and it isn’t a city for the faint of heart.  The bottle is heart-shaped glass topped by a lid meant to resemble a cityscape.  By the way, shooting the perfume in the daytime didn’t seem to fit my memory of New York because truth be told I really hardly slept, haha.  MYNY by DKNY is a warm, sweet, faintly fruity and musky scent that isn’t subtle but I can already tell it’s the sort of intense scent that can certainly grow on you as it lingers softly towards the end of the day.  Expect to glow with a sensual sort of sweetness as time passes.

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“The new fragrance DKNY MY NY was developed by Trudi Loren in collaboration with IFF. Top notes of the composition provide a blend of raspberry, pink pepper and galbanum, followed by Egyptian jasmine, freesia and orris in the heart. The base encompasses patchouli Heart LMR, vanilla absolute, musk and ambergris.”

MAIN ACCORDS: sweet, patchouli, musky, fruity, soft spicy

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  • DKNY MYNY 50ml (P3,650)
  • DKNY MYNY 100ml (P4,650)

Available at Rustans Makati and Rustans Shangrila.

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It feels like I blinked and just like that half a year has passed since I landed in New York City for the first time last spring in April.  Eleven days there slipped like sand through a sieve  and then suddenly the credits rolled like the back end of an indie film.  That’s as close as I can get to describing my stay in NYC it was just too brief for words but every moment remains joyfully vivid.  My wonderful trip to NYC wasn’t without its share of unplanned stuff at the front when I arrived and a bit of misadventure (I didn’t get to mark off half of my sights-to-see checklist, boo) but God was faithful to round off the whole rollercoaster-ish trip with cherry blossoms and special bonding moments with my cousin and friends that I never would have had otherwise.  Suffice it to say He’s like totally mysterious like that in the way He allows things to come together.

 

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Every moment high or low colored the trip as a memorable adventure for me and I still want to go back primarily for work in the future.  I wouldn’t be completely honest if I didn’t say that I now understand why people go on and on about New York even if they haven’t returned in years.  Just 3 days in when I arrived and though jet-lagged I was already smitten by my surroundings, Duane Reade (duh lol), and the thrill of possibility that hung at every street corner regardless of my sleeplessness.  After returning home I totally understood why seasoned British thespians like Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart keep on spouting about how they  “Simply love the place…”.  The city is unforgettable and makes you almost feel like you’ll never take in enough unless you stay for a couple of months…but then again after that you may want to stay for awhile longer.  That’s the truth about NYC, something about it gets to you.

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By the way DKNY have a special promo on so you can get a chance to win your very own MYNY scent, create your own holographic MYNY heart here at this link and get a chance to win a DKNY MYNY Fragrance Gift Bag.  Go to MYNY’s website at this link MYNY.DKNY.com to create and generate your holographic MYNY heart image using your photos, save that image and post it to Instagram and tag @SampleroomPH with the hashtags #sampleroomph #DKNY #MYNY.  To qualify for the prize, you must also be a fan of the DKNY Facebook page: facebook.com/DKNYFragrances.

 

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The Demure Allure of Elie Saab Le Parfum | A Gift From Beauty Scents PH

I finished my Miss Dior Eau de Toilette a couple of weeks before I left for the US last April.  It hadn’t occurred to me while I was there to shop for a new signature fragrance that wasn’t too far off from the properly done floral elegance of Miss Dior.  I like floral fragrances but only if they are formulated in an especially unique way that doesn’t smell annoying and invites people to hang around you :).  Up ’til the launch of Beauty Scents PH outlet store in Paseo Center, Laguna I had not smelt the simple joy that is Elie Saab’s Le Parfum scent.  As proven to me while at a private bloggers’ dinner last night there is something warmly well-received about this fragrance.  A handful of them who weren’t aware asked me what I was wearing and so did the event guest of honor, was flattered.  The brand owner even mentioned she’s not a perfume person but she wanted to know what I was wearing.  It’s one of those woodsy florals that’s done right, and the subtle inclusion of honey in the fragrance I think helps round off the scent tagging it as Mediterranean inspired.  To me, mentally it smells like the memory of a beautifully calm person with infectious joy.  I owe my prized scent selection to a tip-off.

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FULL SIZE FRAGRANCE 3.0 oz, REG. PRICE Php 5800+, BEAUTY SCENTS PRICE Php 3800+

A harmony of white flowers, cedar woods and a drop of honey creates an encounter as feminine as the trail of an evening gown. An addictive, refined fragrance with a Mediterranean spirit. The exceptional in the everyday.

Notes: orange blossom, jasmine, patchouli, rose, cedarwood.

 

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THE PURSE SPRAY 60ml (+ 2x 20 ml refills eau de parfum, comes also in eau de toilette), REG. PRICE Php 3600+, BEAUTY SCENTS PRICE Php 3100+

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Before I spied Elie Saab at the Beauty Scents PH (Paseo Center, Sta. Rosa, Laguna) launch last week after a tip-off.  At Beauty Scents they sell select fragrance brands individually and by gift sets at nearly half-price, they also sell some cosmetics.  I was admiring another beautiful scent across the room (Dior’s J’ adore) but the bottle’s appearance wasn’t my type.  Then a kind person pointed me in the direction of Elie Saab which according to her was sort of in the same fragrance vein as J’adore, but younger smelling and packaged better.  She claimed that she smelt it already and while nice it wasn’t quite for her.  When she saw me on the hunt her memory of the fragrance matched my appearance she said.  One spritz from the test atomizer and I was convinced.

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This is the original Elie Saab Eau de Parfum debut release which launched in 2011.  As bloggers we were allowed to choose a full-size fragrance to review, this is what I chose.  When I wore this last night at that blogger event I mentioned it was the first time more than 3 or 4 people asked what fragrance I had on in one night, which was a good sign. They all affirmed it hung around nicely and wasn’t the nauseating sort of perfume.  I managed to get the travel spray version of the same fragrance as well for easy application from my handbag while on the go.  If you’re one of those girls who leans towards the woodsy, warm, floral category of scents and at your age (late 20s-mid 30s I’d say) now sort of have the feeling you’re past “eau de toilette” mildness this beautiful, appealing fragrance by Elie Saab in Eau de Parfum form is an excellent one to try.  Kind of midway in similarity between Miss Dior and J’adore.  It’s a keeper.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Five to Feel Good | Beauty bits that make it better!

This is sort of a different mix, today is beauty blogging with a swirl of what’s personal in it.  Many of you know it’s been a rough couple of weeks for me since we got home from hospital with Dad.  While I haven’t been able to set my mind on certain things like makeup and cosmetics for anything other than work lately there are still a couple of beauty bits I won’t be without now simply because they’ve just basically been helping me feel better throughout all this.  This post has to be one for the books in the sense that at a time when the last thing I wanted to think about was “stuff” this stuff just had to be around because they just worked period.  Thankfully now we’ve hired a temporary nurse for Dad so that eases lots of the tension in the daily to-do area.  Today, I did want to share about the products that bring me temporal comfort right now and sort of…cushion the scenario if you will.  These are simple comforts that function as a sort of outer balm for my inner well-being.  That’s what a bit of beauty or wellness loot can sort of help to achieve, right?  Especially if they really excellently do what they’re supposed to.  So straightaway now, here are my current feel-good picks.

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1.) Burt’s Bees Fabulously Fresh Peppermint & Rosemary Body Wash (available at Beauty Bar)

I was having one of those teary-eyed low moments in the shower from stress (we girls get that when things are tough, right, no shame in it at all) and decided to try something different to change it up.  I pulled this from my new Burt’s Bees arrivals and brought it with me to my Tita’s house when I slept over and to my surprise when I lathered it up in the shower the minty aromatherapy-ish scent filled the bathroom and GET THIS, GIRLS,  I actually SMILED, I kid you not, the freakin’ bath gel made me smile  upon catching the first whiff.  Then I caught myself and stopped and looked at the bottle for details coz I thought it was like a Twilight Zone moment, you know, being in tears but then suddenly smiling by yourself in the shower LOL.  Good job, Burt’s Bees, you can be sure I’m getting the full size of this, I hadn’t had a moment with a bath gel like that ever.

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Yesterday’s morning walk…

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2.)  G Stuff “Touch of Awakening” Eucalyptus Rosemary and Thyme Massage Oil (Php500+ for 250ml)

Next to prayer there’s nothing that relieves anything faster than touch therapy.  Seriously speaking, I don’t know how many bottles of this G stuff we’ve already consumed as a family for massages.  The smell of Eucalyptus and Rosemary transports you from the bad to the good in just a few minutes.  This is hands down (literally) my favorite massage oil because it doesn’t sit on top of the skin and after you actually feel soft instead of greasy!  Like you know how sometimes after a massage you want to take a shower because of the oily feeling?  It’s the opposite situation with this, I actually have a complete shower and scrub prior to the massage and after the massage I just go over myself with a dry towel and I feel super baby soft and put my clothes back on.  One cousin of mine when she was abroad consumed a whole bottle which we gave her like super quick because it kept dry skin away better than any other cream or lotion she had with her.  According to her it was working so well that when she ran out she fell into a bad mood lol!  She kept asking where we got this. The products of the brand G Stuff are Virgin Coconut Oil based and the brand provides livelihood opportunities for local communities since profits go back to them.  The G Stuff boutique we go to is at Rockwell but will try to edit in other locations where you can get them.

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Prayers on paper… :)

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3.) HURRAW Earl Grey Lip Balm (Vegan/ Cold pressed)

I’ve mentioned this way too many times, but yes it is a source of comfort to me.  HURRAW, my favorite lip balm brand on the planet did the world a good thing when they thought up their Earl Grey Lip Balm.  It’s my favorite tea flavor in a vegan cold-pressed oil lip balm, need I ask for more? Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks said “Tea is balm for the soul.” Inquire via Cutieverse.com or @cutieverse on Instagram for where to get Hurraw locally :)

4.) Diptyque’s VIOLETTE (violet floral) scented candle 6oz $60,  NYC

This Violette candle was a birthday gift from my cousin in NYC.  We were happily exploring along Bleecker Street last April and we walked into Diptyque and as a sweet birthday gesture she told me she’d get this for me when she saw me smelling it.  We have Diptyque locally but last I checked Rustan’s doesn’t stock this particular scent which is special.  The smell of violets is unique because it’s a sweet floral…so there’s a tartness that isn’t fruity, I know it’s hard to imagine, you can only know what I mean if you smell this candle.  To be clear, I haven’t lit this yet, but I will most likely tomorrow evening since the weather has cooled down already.  What I have been doing recently is I have been taking it to my nose and sniffing it because it just smells sooo pretty.

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5.) Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment Cream (with Avocado)

The normal thing would be to leave your eye cream at home, but as of a few weeks ago this made its home in my handbag for quite awhile, nestled anything but neatly in the side-pocket of my bag along with the ugliness of receipts, earrings, and my Earl Grey Lip Balm.  Since the upset of our peaceful routine at home I hadn’t been putting much  makeup on with the exception of mascara, brows, and concealer. … To full post & COMMENTS...

Scentsation, Better Together | Clinique Calyx Over Benefit Bathina Oil

A late posted revelation but I did realize this a couple of weeks back.  You know how lots of us have been wishing Benefit Bathina’s sultry yet demure, fragrantly pheromone-ish fragrance could be bottled as an actual fragrance?  Benefit came close with the body oil but what’s funny is…I’m hoping my nose is as sharp as I think it is coz it seems Clinique with their modern scent Calyx has done just that.  I sprayed Calyx on my left wrist and Benefit’s Bathina oil on my wrist and the Calyx didn’t smell all too different to me. If ever there is a subtle difference it would be that Calyx has a slightly (and I say slightly) sharper and significantly more floral note and Bathina has a milder, milkier floral note.

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Given the very subtle difference it makes a lot of sense if you decide to lightly layer Calyx over Benefit’s Bathina Body Oil. The combination results in an irresistibly alluring modern day scent for the slow transition from summer to the ‘Ber months. Try and test my thoughts and tell me if you agree :).… To full post & COMMENTS...

My Nationwide Valentine Giveaway 2014 | Until Feb. 6, Mga SAD Diyan Sumali Na

This Valentine’s I want you to smell great, look great, and plan a lifetime of love everyday you wake up alive.  To SAD (Single Awareness Day) Club members don’t be moping about waiting for the sun to rise, this giveaway ESPECIALLY goes out to you guys.  Remember the “Relaks Pag-Ibig Lang Yan…” planner I blogged about here a few weeks ago?  It’s here in all its swoon-y looney delight!

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I personally think that this giveaway is the most quirky love shove yet.   One mushy winner takes all after this NATIONWIDE giveaway closes on Feb. 6. <3  Click “more” to jump to the full post with close-up photos of the prizes and to join via Rafflecopter.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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