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My New Flototto PRO Chair in Snow White | The Glass Desk Workspace Sequel

Back on the home front, I anticipated the arrival of a thing of beauty, that was actually already mine for months but was in storage.  So, sorry if this non-beauty post is slightly redundant, but it just had to be written.  Without a decent and equally classy desk before I just didn’t have the heart to pick up my beautiful chair from my aunt who along with her German husband are the local distributors for Flototto products through BOOGI, their premium modern furniture store at LRI Design Plaza in Makati.  I’ll put it plain, these aren’t cheap chairs, but they are ergonomic, flame-resistant, and thanks to German durability will last a lifetime or more.  A lot of love, thought, and care went into the design of the entire Flototto furniture range.

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Meet the enchanting Flototto PRO Wood Tetrapod Chair which I photographed today, and only now I discover that the shade name is Snow White, obviously destined to be paired with my glass table (her glass coffin remember? I’ve got my tales sorted).

 

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Its ergonomic design encourages good posture and comfort, even when carrying the chair to transfer it to another location you will sense that the design works with you, and not against you.  I experienced this ease of mobility while carrying the chair downstairs to take a photo of it.  I figured I’d do a workspace post sequel since many of you have not seen the very final outcome of my workspace overhaul now that it is complete with my Flototto chair.  By the way, I do not own a Macbook Pro, my current laptop is practically dying. This one is my mother’s…I borrowed it to edit another video that I have actually just uploaded today.  This is how my workspace finally looks.   Click through to see the full post and more photos.


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The All-Natural Sea Sponge | Fanny Serrano’s Choice “Beauty Blender”

Ayaw ko ng plastic…for the skin” said the make-up master as he began priming the model’s face with clean water using this beauty blender-sized Spongebob.  Don’t we all agree with that line on another level?  Ayaw natin ng plastic.  Apparently natural sea sponges are Fanny’s true way to go when it comes to using clean water as a mixing and buffing medium with his makeup products.  He claims his makeup withstands the utmost heat and humidity (sometimes longer than airbrush makeup) when he literally waterproofs the face with his specifically applied layers.  I’m sorry to say though in respect for now I am withholding specific source details on how I purchased these (he has a special source somewhere in the country) to protect Fanny’s peace, resources, and privacy.

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They wash well and as long as most water is squeezed off they air-dry beautifully.  To return them to their most natural, soft state before use and also to naturally disinfect I might try steeping them in cold water with a dash of sea salt, this is not yet tried and tested but I plan to experiment.

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Since I was invited to learn from him he warmly said I could purchase them directly from him and no, they weren’t expensive.  He uses this as a tool to bring out the best in his wet application of his FS Cake Foundation powder (the rectangle compact).  I love the look of these sea sponges because they’re such a lovely naturally dim yellow shade and none of them have the same shape.  Fanny specifically sources them in these beauty blender sizes.  They remind me of that scene where the birds help Cinderella bathe in the original Disney animated feature, you can watch that scene here at 2:25.  When I was a child I was always fascinated by the sponge in that scene, how one large sponge managed to give Cinderella a full bath LOL, and sometimes I recall rewinding that part.  Apparently that dream was a wish my heart made.… To full post & COMMENTS...

New Bloggles, the NEW Canon Nifty Fifty STM Lens | Their Revamped 50mm 1.8 Lens

If you’re into true glossy-worthy blogging nearly all of you know Canon’s old really affordable nifty fifty lens, the trusty 50mm 1.8 which usually goes for about $100 USD or nearly Php5k.  It gives you a crisp subject for medium to close-up shots and a nicely de-focused background if there’s enough distance between them.  I might be like super late to the party with this update, but I had no idea that Canon recently re-released that old fave lens of theirs at just about $50 more (roughly Php2k more) but with a way quieter, new auto-focus STM motor.  Our favorite affordable close-up lens seems to have gotten quite better.  I bought my lens for Php6798 from Camerahaus, Glorietta, they’ve got a 0% 6 month credit  installment plan so I’m paying over Php1000 per month for this.  They have 2 left in stock in Glorietta, but as for Camerahaus SM Aura, Canon SM Aura, and Canon Highstreet bgc they are all out of stock.  I was looking for the old nifty fifty, I only found out it had been “remade” because I asked why their lens was so expensive then they told me it was the newly released one and I was delighted.  Here are some test shots I took as soon as I got home, no editing done apart from re-sizing.

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“Unlike its predecessor , which is also referred to as the “Plastic Fantastic,” this new 50mm lens has a metal mount rather than a cheaper (and weaker) plastic one.”

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Two more Canon 50mm 1.8 STM lenses are available for purchase from Camerahaus, Glorietta at Php6798, 6-month 0% credit installment plan available.  As far as I was told this is pretty much out of stock in many places .… To full post & COMMENTS...

This “Kawaii” Tube Squeezer | A Daiso Php88 Non-Beauty Favorite

It’s amazing how something as simple as a tube squeezer can sort of brighten up your day, because it does what it’s supposed to…while being cute.  It’s on a roll today, duly delivering kawaii satisfaction and being cheap at the same time.  It also does not fail to tickle my fancy while being crystal pink.

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The squeeze power on this is moderate, some people like the steel tube squeezers that would totally squeeze the life out of aluminum itself.  This would still do the job on aluminum tubes from brands like Antipodes and Aesop, though it won’t leave behind the flattened corrugation a steel squeezer would.  I prefer this and appreciate that this tube squeezer isn’t metal because the extremely high humidity here at home rusts and corrodes most metal objects over time even if they are stainless sometimes.  If I had the metal version, cool, but I’d have to keep it in a humidity-free box.  For the price, Php88 (or was it 66? either way happy pa din) at Daiso this tube squeezer is a good one.  It also comes in other colors, if I’m not mistaken I think I saw a crystal mint, and crystal lavender or apricot.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Feedly App for Android and iOS | Fix Your News Fix

So I sort of got happily stuck for awhile over the Feedly feed app this morning and I’m so glad that by using one Google ID my Feedly news has united  my favorite blog and youtube updates across both my iPad mini and my Samsung S5 phone.  There is also the option of signing up with your Facebook account.  I needed something newer and quicker than Pulse reader, which seems to have changed and not for the better once LinkedIn took over.  I noticed that some RSS string feeds from sites I had saved weren’t updating and if they did they wouldn’t deliver thumbnails of the posts (that’s the cover photo of the article, in case you don’t know what a thumbnail is)!  That just wouldn’t do for me, so for now I’ve moved over to Feedly.

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IMG_9123_1024x768What’s also nice about Feedly is once you’ve viewed an update or read the post it will disappear from the list and move to the Recently Read category.  There is also the lovely option to automate opening the actual blog post links in browser or YouTube if you’re traditional and don’t want to read the articles within Feedly.  You can still be redirected from the app to your favorite sites, but at least all of your updates are sorted in one place.  Feedly largely reduces wasted time of typing in website URLs and app hopping and if you see the feed has no update then you needn’t go to it.  Click through to see how I’ve fixed my news using Feedly and how different pages look.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Dr. Woods Solid Castile Soap Bars | Simplify Makeup Brush Deep Cleansing

I’ve reviewed the multi-purpose Dr. Woods Liquid Castile Soap range before here in this post which is practically the local dupe for the acclaimed Dr. Bronner’s castile soap range abroad.  I’ve been using Dr. Woods to shampoo or deep clean my makeup brushes.  Hundreds (possibly perhaps thousands by now) of beauty enthusiasts, makeup artists, and bloggers have taken to using gentler product alternatives to shampoo their makeup brushes so that facial skin is less likely to negatively react upon their use.  Just when I thought my brush cleansing options couldn’t get any better, they did.  I’m not saying I’ve got the scoop on these being new out, they’re probably not new, but I’m glad I spotted them.  The solid bar soap versions of my favorite Dr. Woods Liquid Soaps.  I purchased these for under Php250.00 each at Healthy Options.

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My favorite variants are the unscented Baby Castile Soap for Sensitive Skin and the Peppermint Invigorating variants.  – Php250.00 at Healthy Options

What makes it so much simpler to use is that now, unlike before, I don’t need to go through the whole process of diluting the liquid soap with water.  I can just have my soap in a tray nearby, soak my brush, do several brush strokes over the soap bar, and begin lathering in my hand, then rinse.  It’s that simple, no more mixing, measuring or diluting.

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Here is a brush I just shampooed and dried after with a kitchen towel.  A good thing to note is for some reason the soap potency in the bar seems stronger than the liquid range, just a few strokes with a wet brush over the cake and it lathers up manually on the brush very generously.  It’s also a better alternative for makeup artists who travel a lot, just find a sturdy soap case to keep it in.  Head on over to Healthy Options if you’d like to try out this range of castile soaps.… To full post & COMMENTS...

ZOEVA Makeup Brushes, That Is All | The Luxe Complete Set

Zoella raved about these, Lily Pebbles did the same, and NikkieTutorials, a PRO makeup artist and YouTuber didn’t hesitate to say that they were better overall in her opinion than Sigma brushes or MAC brushes (most likely in the context of value for money).  I was almost tempted to say they were like Europe’s answer to Sigma brushes, but when Zoeva Cosmetics sent me my own Luxe Complete Brush Set to review, I changed my mind.  They look and feel better and quality looks more consistent across.  With Zoeva $60-$80 USD goes a long way, you can get already get a budget set.  The set I was sent though is about EUR105 because it’s a larger range with 15 brushes.  Plus you know the well-known habit of German made things lasting longer than your lifetime?  Throw that knowledge together with the look of this professional brush range and you’ve certainly got yourself a major contender in terms of performance in application.  No I haven’t tried them with products just yet but already just by their appearance, feel, and my professional experience I already know they’ll do excellently on the job.

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An exquisite selection of 15 of our finest brushes, made from a custom blend of natural and synthetic bristles. EUR105

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As a blogger, a few months back I actually browsed through the Zoeva site since the brush sets were gaining sparkling reviews at an amazing rate following the brand’s debut across several YouTube channels.  It was there that I saw a “blogger” related tab and saw that you could actually propose that they send you stuff to review if they screen your blog, stats, and approve the quality of your site.  My site and traffic stats were screened and I was told that I qualified after a month and that they would send me the products of my choice after another month.  I may have a second post on this set feature a look where I actually use all the brushes.  Read more to have a closer look at my favorite brushes from the set and see one separate brush I also chose for them to send me because it was necessary.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Ever Played Around with Modiface Virtual Makeover? | Try out Looks Without the Mess

I noticed my friend backstage, Julianne, a singer/songwriter and Awit Awards winner has recently been loving playing around with this gussy up app called Modiface.  She uses it via her iPad and when you’ve got a bit of time and barefaced photos of yourself in your gallery there are thousands of possibilities when it comes to giving yourself a digital makeover.  Give it a lite go right here!  Or download it via Android’s Google play store or Apple’s app store.

 

Perhaps you’d rather not make a mess on your face but want to see possible looks you’d like to try for future occasions or events, Modiface is a great way to see how certain shades of makeup or even different colored contacts might look on you!  Check it out and save photos of yourself with different looks :).… To full post & COMMENTS...

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