Starbucks Ltd. Edition Holiday 2013 | Stainless Steel Cold Cup (Rose Gold)

I’ve never found a Starbucks drinkware piece that I wanted to purchase for myself ’til I saw their Stainless Steel Rose Gold “Cold Cup”(Php1195) for cold drinks the other day from Starbucks Promenade, Greenhills (comes with a gold glittered plastic straw). I’m a cold drink girl. What a beauty, I love how computer design today makes faceted shapes like this using stainless steel possible. It’s just really one of a kind, the rose gold finish isn’t too pink or too warm so most guys can get away with owning one, too. The shade is almost like a cool copper and the texture is a mildly matte brushed metal. Really, really nice for when I want a large-ish drink with me in my room.

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A stainless steel faceted cold cup with double wall, reusable straw & rose-gold finish (not 100% leakproof, protects from most sudden spills). Php1195.00, Photo Credit: Starbucks

The iconic Starbucks Cold Cup in a beautiful stainless steel version that looks like it’s been carved from ice. Very cool indeed. The 16 fl.oz double wall construction helps keep your iced tea & coffee beverages cold while helping eliminate condensation. Starbucks name (small) on the side in white. Dishwasher safe. Do not microwave.

Yup you guessed it, I got it the hot minute I saw it and the reality being that I’m away from home right now with no time to properly shoot mine, the official Starbucks’ photo of it for you guys should do for now.  If you fancy this you’d better get it soon, it’s not coming back next year, so say the Starbucks elves!… Read the rest

Hada Labo Hyaluronic Moisturizing Lotion LIGHT | Japan’s Own “Hydraluron”

Okay, here we go, a review of something Mom brought home.  I chose to talk about this for now because there’s not too much global hype or flamboyance attached to this, it’s one of those emo-less, no-frill products that just works and supplies helpful hydration with hyaluronic acid, the now famous acid known for holding 10,000 times its weight in water.  Hydrating my face keeps my allergies away, even in a humid country that does the job for me.  You can tell just by looking at this that you have to try it to know what it’s about. It’s the sort of brand you perceive might have been around for ages, but Japanese brand Hada Labo (check out the SG website here which I feel is the best one) was only launched in 2004 and since then has become one of Japan’s drugstore skincare market leaders with effective, fragrance-free products that fly off the shelves every few seconds.  Hada Labo began as a joint venture between US research company Mentholatum and Rohto, the brand may be relatively young but both those companies have been around for over 100 years.  Mom brought their Hyaluronic Gokujyun Lotion (LIGHT version) home for me a few days ago from the Japan drugstore giant Matsumoto Kiyoshi.  I asked for the LIGHT version because of my sensitive skin and it being the less heavy, less tacky/dewy take on the original formula.  I’ve also embedded the TV commercial of the MOIST original formula below, some of the digital effects are quite exaggerated (the TVC made me giggle because I used to work in digital effects for TVCs) but it gets the message across in a playful way and the product does work.  The mood of the brand speaks of simple, minimal, affordable yet effective ph-balanced skincare.

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“While it looks clear like a toner or makeup remover, it’s actually a moisturizer that helps prepare your skin for better absorption of other HADA LABO products. The HADA LABO Goku-jyun Lotion Light can also be used as a standalone moisturizer with a lighter texture than HADA LABO Goku-jyun Lotion. You can choose HADA LABO Goku-jyun Lotion or Light Lotion, depending on your preference. (5.7 fl oz/170 mL)”- HADA LABO USA

JAPANESE SRP: ¥1,260 (reference online but from 2009) /under Php600- Php700 for 170ml bottle

The reason why I requested this in particular is because my online “skin twin” (same skin type and same skin tone), as I’d like to say it, is London-based Japanese blogger Yasumi aka “Fushigi Lady/Worship Blues” and she likes and trusts this Hada Labo Gokujyun hydration lotion (she uses MOIST, not LIGHT) over any other, even Hydraluron which she’s tried.   Yasumi, the blogger behind Worshipblues.com, blogs about simple but pretty lifestyle delights from homecooked meals, noodle soup finds, the whispers of run-down buildings, and even stuff from fashion to random beauty raves.  It was she who recommended the Pai Rosehip Facial Oil that works for me.  That is the only facial oil I use 2x a week to calm down my skin overnight, the effect on me by that was exactly how she described the effect on her to be, so I trust her.  Read more to read my thoughts on this and see the instructional video.… Read the rest

A Few Words About the Now | The Debris in my Heart

Leyte and Samar are in a State of Calamity* (edited, thanks Dar*), social feeds are abuzz with frustration, anger, and sadness after the strongest recorded typhoon in history hit the central area of our beloved country.  The truth is I’m full of mixed emotions as a bystander and resident of the unaffected areas, and this Saturday I even have two upcoming makeup workshops with 2 different brands that I wish I could postpone but one was a pre-commitment with MUFE over a month ago that of course I have to stick to, and the other, well, you’ll hear about it soon.  Many, many aspects of life now seem frivolous, even posting pictures of food or products seems downright inappropriate.

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Photo credit: http://ibtimes.com

“An ounce of help is more than a pound of pity, a grain of volunteerism is more than mountains of cynicism.”

You may have noticed in the last couple of days I put up 1-image posts of upcoming promos and launches plus a small home feature instead of product reviews.  It’s partly because I just simply have run out of the regular stream of beauty blogger words for the moment.  Truthfully, I can’t completely go on a self-imposed blogging ban this month because I do have a few commitments to some brands from way before the storm hit to feature the seasonal stuff they sent me.  But yes for most other than workshops and brand new products I’m putting my foot down and I’ll just have to apologize nalang because they’ll have to wait, I just can’t right now.  Forgive me if any reviews (if they do show up later on) end up somewhat lackluster or somber, they will always be honest and detailed but reviews are about temporary things that will never compare to the value of people’s lives trying to hang on and in need of our help.  I hope you understand, whether or not a post shows up.  If one does then please also don’t judge, this has become part of my work as well, but please know that I will of course be sensitive because I am, like many of you, quite affected by all that’s happening out there.

There’s the harsh reality that life goes on in the unaffected cities and sadly we all must comply responsibly with ongoing schedules if we’re not sitting shotgun with military dudes en route to Tacloban, Capiz, Bohol or any of these devastated places.  My brother and I set aside our share for Yolanda relief and will still be trying to volunteer in the next few days at our church.  If you can do the same, please do, too, otherwise prayer and donations are always welcome (check out the legit organizations you can donate to here on the blog’s sidebar).  There are ways to help, and as my German uncle shared “An ounce of help is more than a pound of pity, a grain of volunteerism is more than mountains of cynicism.”  Let’s also be balanced in our dealings at this time with other people in everyday life and try also to not step on their toes if they’re celebrating a personal happy moment, finding joy in something, or embracing recent victories, after all happiness…as well as sadness is a part of life.

“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” ROMANS 12:15

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