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beauty bagged by a cheeky Filipina

British Boys in Beards | No Blush Required

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“Beard-ly” beloved we are gathered “hair” today…

CLOCKWISE: Henry Cavill (Man of Steel), Prince William, Tom Hardy (Bane, The Dark Knight Rises, Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC Sherlock)

This isn’t to say I only like guys with facial fuzz, it’s just to show that in spite of the guaranteed cheek-to-cheek itch it is quite a dashing, rustic change for some of them. Like, I happen to think that that is the most handsome photo of Benedict Cumberbatch I have ever seen but he must’ve been only 28-30ish in that photo. He’s 37 now and busy being big since his Hollywood debut as a villain in Star Trek following the sharp success of the BBC series, Sherlock. BC should give this look another go soon. Henry Cavill knocked out Prince Harry’s spot simply because he’s faster than a speeding bullet. It slipped my mind that Henry was British, thanks to Bea of the Dalaga Project for reminding me. Which male celebrities or famous personalities do you prefer with facial hair on?

My New Moisturizer | 100 Percent Pure, Tomato Lycopene Face Cream

You may or may not have heard about the US vegan brand100 Percent Pure. The brand 100 Percent Pure uses the best processed natural ingredients and proudly offers the world a safer, gentler, more nourishing, alternatively vegan skincare range. No nasties, no added artificial fragrance…just stuff to cleanse, hydrate, protect or treat your skin. Mom was the one who spotted this brand for me in transit while in SFO airport and apart from the Eucalyptus Cold & Flu bath soak I also asked for this moisturizer. I think C. Hirons would approve :). The mother company, Purity cosmetics, has an office in the U.S. and one in France. It’s not the cheapest moisturizer at $35.00 but when I look at the ingredients list and note how my skin feels, I know exactly what I’m paying for.

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PRICE: $35.00, Ph Balanced, 100% Natural, 100% Vegan, Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice*, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water (Organic Rose Hydrosol)*, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Juice, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/ Stem Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Lycopersicon Esculentum (Tomato Lycopene) Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Butter, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Extracts of Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/ Leaf, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem, Lonicera Caprifolium (Japanese Honeysuckle), Euphorbia Cerifera Cera (CandelillaWax) and Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower, Citric Acid, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel)Water * certified organic

What I like about this moisturizer is it doesn’t contain essential fragrance oils because even while those can be certified as natural…essential scent oils like lavender or peppermint for example are actually facial skin irritants. The fragrance that essential oils give off is calming but applying the aromatherapy oils topically on the face (unless they’ve been re-formulated for the face) is actually a no-no, massage oils are fine when they’re restricted to the body.

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This moisturizer is packed with good stuff, it’s got a good rich, non-greasy texture and leaves your skin fresh and matte without any feeling of a layer over it. There’s a slight after scent of tomatoes but it won’t make you gag…it’s very subtle and goes away seconds after application. On certain nights I use this in conjunction with my Pai Organics rosehip bio regenerate facial oil for overnight treatments and wake up with happy soft, nourished skin.

Jan.’s the Time to Plan | Little Prince Moleskine & “Pag-Ibig Lang Yan…” 2014 Planners

It’s only the 3rd day of January, if you didn’t get a 2014 planner last year then for the whole of January it isn’t too late to hunt for a decent planner (that I should actually stick to writing in even after 6 months LOL, you get what I mean).

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Little Prince White & Navy Moleskin 2014 12M Pocket Planner Php 800/900 (National Bookstore and The “Relaks Pag-Ibig Lang Yan Parang Kagat lang ng Langgam” Planner (Php 490.00 available at Bratpack and online via QuirksPH.com )2014 by Witty Will Save the World, Co. (@titawitty on Instagram and Twitter)

Here are the ones I found that appealed to me instantly and they’re both “hand-size” and hardbound.  One is  a limited edition Moleskin and the other is Witty Will Save the World’s most recent Pinoy humorous offering, in the past I blogged about their Tanso Edition Slumbook and someone pretty “sikat” wrote in it.  Click “more” to get a closer look at these planners and jump to the full post.

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2013 Was Ever so Reluctantly Cloud’s Year | Thanks to Fancy Feast & Royal Canin!

Most of you know about my darling cat, Cloud since I randomly post pictures of her, but what you may not know is that last year she got a chunk of brand recognition as well from the country’s top feline food brands.  While she may not seem at all camera or people-shy when I’m shooting lovely  photos of her at home the case is quite the opposite when she’s out in public.  When it comes to the limelight away from home…she’d much rather kiss a dog.

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Undoubtedly an introvert at the Fancy Feast Catcrafternoon event last November.

There’s one thing I’m sure of about Cloud no matter where though, she’s a picky eater and she has tender constitution (a sensitive digestive system).  The first year we had her we fed her the usual cheaper dry kibble (won’t mention the brand) that we feed our fat tabby cats.  Our other cats didn’t have problems with this brand of food.  Cloud, a Himalayan-Persian, after several months ended up with either kidney or liver infections and she puked way too often indicating that the food made her acidic and that it was too high in sodium.  So for awhile I shifted her to soft food, and I fed her Fancy Feast (even before we were recognized by them, which is why I know God cares) in conjunction with other soft food for about 6 months so that her system could recover.  As soon as Cloud sees me holding a Fancy Feast can  she follows me intently, a testament to how much the flavor excites her.  She recovered from an enlarged kidney after eating Fancy Feast for over a month.  Here she’s enjoying her take home gift from the brand after her appearance at their Catcrafternoon event.

cloudfancy_02Fancy Feast is wonderful but once Cloud was well, dry kibble still had to be her staple for easier feeding.  I didn’t want to shift her back to the regular brand of kibble we gave her which was what made her sick.  So without delay I started feeding her Royal Canin Persian30 dry food while still feeding Fancy Feast once in awhile.  Royal Canin Persian30 dry food made her hair grow surprisingly thick and beautiful within a few months, got rid of some balding areas she had on her back and increased her overall health and happiness.  By the way, can you tell?  She loves the taste, too.  She left a heart in her bowl once.

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However, I worried that feeding her Royal Canin for a long time might strain the family budget a little because it’s one of the best pet foods in the country and while it totally improved her it’s pretty pricy.  I asked God for a way so that we could keep feeding her Royal Canin for longer.  Then out of the blue a Royal Canin representative emailed me saying he represented the brand and would like to invite Cloud to their Day of the Cat event at Resorts World.  He had heard about Cloud from his wife who follows me via Instagram or the blog.  He also had no idea if we fed Cloud Royal Canin and was delighted when I said it was one of the food brands that made her well and improved her overall heath.  He said that if we made an appearance with Cloud we’d be going home with 10kg bags of Royal Canin kibble of our choice.  Due to a sudden work commitment on my part for the day my Dad had to bring reluctant Cloud to the Royal Canin event (where she also didn’t want to show her face), he presented her on stage, socialized with other cats (or tried to) and they came home with not one, not two, but…

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…three!  Three free 10kg bags of Royal Canin, each bag about half as tall as me!  Due to tight planning for the event we were given the variant Fit32, we didn’t get Persian30 but we were told we could consume one bag of Fit32 for now, and they’d replace the other two later on with Royal Canin Persian30, her favorite.  Just so you know, this was taken in our living room and I didn’t set it up at all.  This was the next morning, the day after the event.  I found her like this in front of all three bags and I just decided to run and grab my camera to take a shot of an obviously very proud kitty.  Thanks to both Fancy Feast and Royal Canin for showering Cloud with much needed love.  Her tummy thanks you.

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