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New York, New York, It’s Been Grand!

Hi y’all, I’ve decided to write again even if things haven’t exactly smoothed over yet in the personal situation department.   I’m slowly getting there.  I know for sure I owe you guys an NY post blast. And I’ve been fixing the photos :)  Then yes, the giveaway winner will be announced shortly.  I still don’t quite have it in me to be elaborate and blog to the utmost detail but the photos, ohhh these photos have so much to show and so much to say that I’m delighted to share them with you.


I stayed with my cousin KC who went out of her way to have me experience what I haven’t yet in this rich and robust city (a city truly charged by caffeine lol), she was so sweet and accommodating and I have so much to thank her for, thanks Cuzzo, truly, from the bottom of my heart.  I’ll try and put captions where possible :).  Click more to jump to the truckload of photos :).

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A-List Exfoliation With Glam Glow Youth Mud | Hollywood’s Acclaimed Facial Mask

Boo y’all! One of the first beauty related things I had time to do while I was abroad was try on what my niece sent me from the Sephora VIB sale, she got me the limited edition “Little Sexy” size pot of Glam Glow Youth Mud. She was so sweet, because she knew I wouldn’t arrive in time to avail of the sale she asked if I wanted a little somethin’ from it in advance. I chose this little .5 oz pot, it was about $20 from the sale and $24 originally from the Glam Glow site. If celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Nina Dobrev had only good stuff to say as well as Jennifer Aniston, Denzel Washington and Jay-Z before the packaging even had branding on it (source: Forbes) then you know somethin’ good and glam is going on!


Designed as a 10-minute professional ‘facial in a jar’ for behind-the-scenes use in Hollywood’s Entertainment, Music, Fashion & Award industries, for immediate camera- ready glowing skin. GLAMGLOW’s mud base is from the South of France Mediterranean Sea, home to glamorous Cannes, St. Tropez & Monaco. GLAMGLOW’s moisturizing collagen synthesis is for both men & women. Use a couple of times a week or simply when you need GLAM-tastic™ skin.


INGREDIENTS: Aqua (Water), Montmorillonite (Volcanic Minerals), Kaolin (French Sea Clay), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (Purified Clay), Polyethylene, Pumice (Micro Volcanic Rock), Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea Leaf), Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (Green Tea), Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract (Chamomile), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Marigold), Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract (Cucumber), Hedara Helix Extract (Ivy), Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract (Comfrey Herb), Lavandula Hybrida Oil

Groundbreaking patent pending TEAOXI™ is GLAMGLOW’s proprietary continuous time-release technology, delivering daily fresh Super-Squalene, EGCG Super-Antioxidants & Polyphenols direct into the mud from the real pieces of tea leaf contained in our mask. TEAOXI™ is the ‘magic’ behind our powerful anti-aging and anti wrinkle results.


I did a patch test along my jaw first before doing my whole face since I had never tried this before and it rendered no bad reaction. The mask once on feels exactly what I want a mud treatment mask to feel like. On a newly washed and tissue dabbed face I used about 2 index finger scoops to cover (with the exception of the eye area (remember this mask tingles) and then just waited. You’re supposed to have it on for about 10 minutes I pushed for 12 but made sure I didn’t reach 15 minutes. The mask tightens as it dries and contracts and at the same time delivers a cooling tingle underneath directly over the skin. So, yes, you feel the surface of your face go stiff. Many purists say cooling is not a “naturally sourced” sensation but I like it as part of the experience. Then after you rinse it off, warm water works.
This exfoliated my skin and left it feeling like it had just been through a sauna and massage…super duper smooth and supple and it killed off several subsurface whiteheads and stopped some oncoming zits from maturing. My face so needed this stuff at this point. Admittedly the full size pot is quite expensive which is why I chose the “little sexy” size also so that it would be easier for my niece to ship. The small pot should deliver about 3-4 generous uses or 5 scrimp-y uses. Really glad I tried this stuff. It’s actually one of those products that would be fun to try on with a BFF or hubby with selfies to follow. You guys should try this stuff at least once in your life.… To full post & COMMENTS...


Back First With Some L’Oreal Ever Pure Haircare | Need a Moment to Breathe

The absentee beauty blogger is back! I’ve got lots coming up for you it’s just that it’s quite disorienting to be back and I’ve had to do a corporate makeup job the very next day with an early call time. I’m quite stretched to be honest and still reeling from jet lag and the whole trip, but guess what I’ve got a couple of goodies for you guys. I will mention one thing lightly, lots of the cosmetic drugstore stuff in the US can already be found here, not all but a lot, but their drugstores still rock the boat when it comes to haircare. Only one variant of Sulfate Free L’Oreal Ever Pure haircare is available locally (the one for straight hair) but naturally in the States they’ve got all variants. What’s lovely about the moisturizing type I got is it’s like a milder drugstore version of my favorite Pureology hydration range also under L’Oreal. Plus who can refuse being lathered in a Rosemary and Mint scent? It makes me feel like a lush lamb LOL. It lathers well despite being sulfate-free and is safe for colored hair. The shampoo and conditioning system together leaves my hair feeling fresh at the scalp and feeling like that smooth type of healthy. How my hair moves does not apply in this case, haha. Got this at Duane Reade, the 24-hr pharmacy chain by Walgreens available at almost every other block in the city I was at.


I haven’t forgotten about the giveaway plus I have lots of great features in store for you to make up for this long hiatus. I did have my iPad with me on the trip but the situation was quite tight and packed full to the brim so I hardly had a moment to sit down and think. If you followed me on Instagram you must’ve kept up with me to some degree. Thanks for being understanding. I’ll catch up and make it up to you as soon as I can. Just know that tomorrow I’m flying out to Boracay for a wedding job naman, but will cart my technology along with me to try and keep you posted!… To full post & COMMENTS...


The Guess Where I’m Going Giveaway | Win Beauty from My Destination!

Yes, I’m still here…this blog is still alive. It’s been a whirlwind of days suddenly preparing for this journey abroad. I’ll be away almost 2weeks, of course will inject blogging whenever I can :D. With lots of love from family I’m about to be whisked away to a certain place. I thought I’d have some fun this time. This giveaway is open to the rest of you, I mean that I’m not allowing friends who are a part of my personal private Facebook account to join (blog FB fans and other readers you guys are ok). Sorry, guys, my private FB friends, you already know too much so I’ll have to exempt you. This will be simple, no Rafflecopter needed either. Choose from these 4 cities and Tell me in the comments below where you think I’m headed. (Copy paste or type from the Multiple choice answers beneath the photo) From the batch of those who answered correctly I shall select a random winner to give a beauty “pasalubong” to :). I shall select a winner roughly after 1 week.



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Belo Sun Expert SPF50 Transparent Mist | Invisible High Protection

I’ve mentioned Belo Sun Expert sunscreens in the past and I love how their sunscreen lotions feel “better” over the skin compared to some regular sunblock formulas that can feel super pasty and sticky.  I’ve tried their standard SPF60 sun expert body lotion and the SPF40 sun expert facial lotion.  Both kept me protected from the slightest burn during a whole day football tournament my brother had over a year ago, I think I only reapplied once on my shoulders in the afternoon and the formula didn’t give me difficulty when soaping in the shower afterwards.  I didn’t think they could do better but when team Belo sent me a Sun Expert package this new product caught my eye.  Sunblock with high protection that you’re not supposed to see!




BELO SPF50 TRANSPARENT MIST, Php449.75 100ml (Non-sticky, quick-drying, cell protection, hypoallergenic) suitable for face and body
DO NOT SPRAY DIRECTLY ON FACE, spray on hands first then apply to face.
• Provides broad-spectrum protection against UV rays
• With Cell Protect® Technology that strengthens the skin’s defense system, maintaining healthy skin while preventing accelerated premature skin aging
• Anti-aging • Sprays at any angle • Quick absorbing with even coverage • Non-sticky •Water resistant •Immediate effectivity (no waiting time) •Mild cooling effect •Paraben-free
• Hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested (precaution: flammable prior to drying)
What I like about this product is that you can’t see it, it’s practically invisible…though I would like to fully understand better how it provides high SPF50 protection information is somewhat limited.  It’s great applied under makeup and I’ve tried it under Benefit Cosmetics’ BIG Easy cream and once this transparent mist has set (after about 5-8 minutes) it didn’t mess with that makeup base which I applied on top which is a wonderful thing for a sunscreen for makeup lovers in the summer.  If I’m not mistaken it’s a rare, invisible high protection formula that shouldn’t flash back on cam (but don’t take my word for it, test it yourself, on that point I am assuming).  I patted and spread it across my clean face after spraying it onto my palms first.  Read more to get the full review.

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Happy Skin Domination! | Ltd. Edition Summer 2014 & New Stuff

When I arrived at the Happy Skin Cosmetics summer launch yesterday high above the city at 71 Gramercy I could hardly believe that practically everything I saw there excited me to pieces.


Happy Skin makes this your happiest and hottest summer! The Happy Skin limited edition Turn Up The Heat Summer 2014 Collection features three (3) new sizzling shades of their bestselling lippie and two (2) new summer hues of blushes that deliver the same promise of a natural flush as their original blushes.


It’s pretty much like Happy Skin has expanded to become for us what Bourjois is for the UK beauty lovers, a solid, mid-range beauty range with products that delight as well as deliver.  The news is that with the moisturizing lippies alone in terms of volume sales they are selling at a rate of 100 lippies a day!  Happy Skin has launched their 2014 limited edition summer makeup collection which includes 3 lippie shades (that you can buy individually or as a better value box set) and 2 blush shades.  Read more to see the rest of the post, Happy Skin’s local answer to Bioderma, and more new stuff now available in stores by the brand!

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Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Powder Foundation | Great, But We Have Something Similar

When I saw that the raves and positive reviews about Tarte’s Airbrush Full Coverage powder foundation had actually crossed the Atlantic via Estee of Essie Button I was quite curious.  Western beauty bloggers and vlogging gurus in the western hemisphere can go on and on day or night about mounds of newly launched liquid bases, luxury or drugstore, but it’s unusual to hear western girls rave about a powder foundation.  This one certainly got them talking and now I sort of see why but later on in this post I’ll tell you why I was amused, it’s because we have something similar to this locally, not 100% as good but pretty darn close in my opinion.  Let’s focus first on this one by Tarte.



Introducing the latest addition to the Amazonian clay foundation line for total complexion perfection! Amazonian clay full coverage airbrush foundation delivers flawless, natural-looking coverage that lasts, while the skintuitive™ formula invigorates skin tone and texture for a youthful complexion. Powered by Amazonian clay enriched with the Earth’s natural, light-reflecting gemstones, this moisture-rich powder buffs on smoothly for waterproof, 12-hour coverage that won’t settle into fine lines and wrinkles. Available in 11 shades to perfectly complement a wide range of skin tones and undertones, this innovative foundation also employs a custom mesh delivery system for a fool-proof, mess-free application every time. ($36.00 Sephora)

The range comes with 11 shades which is a pleasing, reassuring thought for all who might be interested.  I have the shade “light-medium neutral (‘light to medium skin with yellow and pink undertones’)” which is a spot on match for someone in between MAC NC30 and NC35 coloring.  I decided not to get the Tarte airbuki brush for application since I already have something that works just as well by Ecotools, it’s larger, covers in half the time and has a handle (the Ecotools bronzing/buffing brush).  Powder foundations that are mineral or clay based like this are great for those with sensitive, oily, or even acne-prone skin who need a break from the onslaught of chemically enhanced liquid foundations.  This powder foundation doesn’t cake or apply unevenly.  Read more to get the full post with photos after application.

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