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  • This sale consists of ten tops I haven’t been using in awhile but are still eye candy and in good condition…INCLUDING what I believe to be the main event of this sale: a TOPSHOP real knit wool sweater that I spotted to be similar or exact to what Emilia Clark wore in the Me Before You upcoming film trailer. This particular piece I’m convinced is the main event of my blog sale.

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HOT VALENTINE Beauty Giveaway 2016 | CLOSED FEB.10

We had the Thanksgiving giveaway last year and I had the pleasure of personally delivering the loot to the winner Rafflecopter chose for the first time.  She was really happy and I was pleasantly surprised because she was pregnant!  I know I’ve said this more than once but this Hot Valentine Giveaway is by far one of my most exciting giveaways yet.  A couple of the prizes are items that are so good they’ll make you wonder why I’m giving them away.  Just to be clear, the contents of these pouches are not just Sleek and Happy Skin products.  I always first take my share of the products to review or use to honor the brands.  Both pouches are jam-packed with so many different brands for this giveaway.  I mainly chose these pouches because they’re so well made.  Both these pouches of skincare and makeup will go to one winner.  To join the giveaway you can enlist in the Rafflecopter widget at the end, but first…see an overview of the goodies!

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BRANDS INCLUDED: Benefit Cosmetics, Sleek Cosmetics, Maybelline, Nuxe, Shiseido, Mario Badescu, K-Palette, Leaders Skincare, LUSH, Belo, Pond’s L’Occitane, L’Oreal, Tony Moly, Happy Skin Cosmetics, Santee, Pixi by Petra, L’Oreal, Revlon.

The contents of these pouches are divided into skincare and makeup items.  Read on to get a closer look at the complete list of loot and proceed to the Rafflecopter widget.

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THE POWER OF POWDER REVIEW & VIDEO DEMO

Powder is a local cosmetic favorite here in the Philippines.  It is by far the base of choice for many women on the go in humid, tropical countries especially for some with little or no makeup skills.  Some are just in for the bare minimum and don’t want a shiny T-zone while others choose to cover a multitude of sins.

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To some of you, and I do understand, liquid seems lethal and powder is just…easy.  However, it’s just as easy to get powder wrong especially in the shade department.  Pick a powder in the wrong shade and you’ve done yourself in.  Choosing your spot on shade is the first step in the right direction with powder bases.  Today, I want to share three of my favorite locally available powder products.  Read on to see how these powder products look when worn and watch the video demo I made to show how I apply them.

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NIVEA’s SUN DOLL & THE OFFICIAL VIDEO

One of the 2016 NIVEA Summer Outing’s highlights which certainly delivered on “Aww” points when it was presented to us was the reveal of the NIVEA Sun Doll, a toy developed to teach children the value of applying sun protection.  Imagine our juvenile squeals of delight when we were told after being shown this official Nivea Sun Doll video that we were each about to be given our very own Nivea doll.  Yes, girl and boy dolls are available.NIVEA_baby_doll_02

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Nivea Philippines has not yet confirmed their entry into local retail, but they’d most certainly be very, very welcome here, especially before summer.  Read on to see how UV affects the doll to raise kids’ awareness and watch the official video.

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THE SHAPE SHOP x ELLA ACTIVEWEAR

Last year my cousin Donny Pangilinan picked me as his Secret Santa baby (funny because the year prior he was mine) and as a gift for Christmas 2015 from him I received this activewear top designed by his sister, my other lovely cousin, Ella Pangilinan (@ellapangilinanx).  She collaborated with The Shape Shop at first of which she is now a partner (@the.shape.shop on Instagram) on a limited collection of activewear which involved active tops and leggings with a twist last quarter.  Ella is a working student who handles the branding and marketing for the Shape Shop while at the same time purveying pretty activewear through her personal line.  Her aim is to develop minimally styled activewear you can freely combine together with other casual pieces you have in your closet meaning they are in contemporary neutral hues and simple styles.  Soon her permanent line under The Shape Shop will be christened Sola.

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The Shape Shop x ELLA Bralette

I’ve always felt somewhat detached from swimwear and activewear for the same reasons a ton of you out there do, for all things shapely and the lack of assets where assets ought to be (lol) and excess where you’d rather not have it, plus the style selection.  This ELLA Bralette top in particular immediately received a couple of inquiries from famous bloggers and vloggers I was with when I wore it on my first day at our NIVEA gathering a couple of days ago in Bohol.  Read on.

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YVES ROCHER SINGLE EYESHADOW “Brun Cuivré”

In the midst of a Nivea dinner crowd overwhelmed with the Bohol seaside gusty breeze in January I talked above the wind insisting I share my favorite rich, brown eyeshadow with shivering seatmates.  With people lining up for food around us I fished out that nugget from my handbag.  You see how relentless and annoying I can be whether people are interested or not in if I really like something.  Right now it’s this single brown eyeshadow #14 Brun Cuivré (Brown Copper) by French mid-range brand Yves Rocher. 

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Without hesitation I said that if MAC “Teddy” eyeliner were an eyeshadow, it would most certainly be close to or if not exactly like this.  Ears perked,  Bloggers Kira a.k.a. Elegantly Wasted / Kira-Ramirez.com and Shari a.k.a. The Misty Mom hovered in, hook, line, and sinker.  They quite agreed.  “Julia, here you are again enabling us…” Shari said while quickly inspecting to see. Read on.

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