Jonathan Adler Scented Candles | Flame Fancy

My Top 10 Makeup bits for 2014 was supposed to go up today.  I shot it already but the flu that I’ve had incubating just got me really down now and so I’m not in the best condition for writing a long detailed post at the moment with many photos.  My head hurts and my throat is itchy so I’ve postponed that to tomorrow night hopefully and have decided to go with a simpler post for now with stuff that I didn’t buy or receive but discovered earlier at Dimensione.  If you’ve never had a whiff of these luxe candles by Jonathan Adler you certainly need to experience their scents even if just in store.  The scents are not executed super literally according to title (e.g. their “sea salt” candle brings to mind a delightfully clean, brute dude) but are thoughtfully put in fragrant context.  They are a whole ‘nother level of awesome.  If money were no object I would have taken the Earl Grey one home with me in a heartbeat but I’m using up other candles at the moment.  The good people of Dimensione Alabang gave me permission to take photos since I couldn’t afford one for now.  Even unlit these send pleasure up your nose as soon as you open the box.

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They are pricey, but for obvious reasons.  The line certainly makes it to the candle league of Diptyque and Malin + Goetz, but I think you get substantially a bit more candle for the price.  The 8 oz. J. Adler Earl Grey one (hear me swoon) is in the Php2500 range, while Diptyque’s standard 6 oz. one is close to Php3000 locally from Rustan’s.  These are great (the Fig one is also wonderfully forest-y) but the piece de resistance is this huge one also by Jonathan Adler, Muse Blanc, a very pretty feminine scent which reminds me of Acca Kappa Muschio Bianco but in a slightly more floral way.  Some might get creeped out by the faces, but I don’t…I think it’s pretty and it reminds me of some of the characters in The Neverending Story film.  The candle pot is a grainy matte ceramic finish.  This one is huge compared to the first ones above and is in the Php4k range.

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My Selfie Secret is Out (Plus A Contest) | Freshlook Colorblend Lenses in PURE HAZEL

I’ve been asked a number of times now about what colored contact lenses I use when I’m out and about.  In fact the first person who ever specifically noticed my contact lenses when I first began wearing them was my first cousin, Gab V., two years ago at his older brother’s wedding.  I first asked him if I looked okay or if I overdid my makeup as a bridesmaid.  He said “You look nice, your eyes…wait, are you wearing contacts?” I confessed LOL and he smiled and said back to me ” ‘Coz if you are they’re nice, it’s not like whoa those other scary contacts…it makes a  difference but it looks like your eyes pa rin, enhanced lang.”  I really strained my brain for the exact words he said without imagining or exaggerating and that’s as close as I remember.  I’m so glad I can finally get the word out on what colored lenses I use, sorry it took so long, I know so many of you have been asking.  I constantly repurchase Freshlook’s Colorblend enhancers in PURE HAZEL which is like a blond brown that merges with my eye color for a believable wearable effect.  I simply must not wear glasses at events and I attend quite a handful so I wear contacts (because my grade is high and different for left and right.  The effect of these made me bother to once again wear a pair frequently.

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Freshlook PH have an ongoing contest until January 15, 2015 where you can win a 3-month supply of Freshlook color contact lenses and an Instax Mini 8 camera!  To join and get a chance to win you must upload a selfie on Facebook, Twitter, OR Instagram (any of the 3 platforms) and mention in the caption why Freshlook is your “selfie secret”.  Don’t forget to tag the coordinators @FreshlookPh and @TeamInstaxPh and use the hashtags #FreshlookSelfie #FreshlookPh

You may recall this overly used “no makeup” makeup selfie of mine (yes it is a DSLR selfie, with both arms) which turned out quite successful as a profile image.  I snapped myself before running out the door to leave the house, not realizing I had taken a very good photo with natural light, LOL, and it is an actual selfie.  For an instant “Fresh Look” I just pop in my colorblends, curl my lashes like a pro and load them up with a non-clumping, waterproof mascara (both top and bottom)…BAM…eyes to mesmerize.

Processed with VSCOcam with c2 presetWhat’s nice about the Colorblend range is it doesn’t completely cover your natural eye color, it just enhances or tints them with a translucent wash of your chosen hue.  So people still see your real eye color behind the lenses.  It’s kind of like that instant contrast button on Instagram haha.  To be honest Colorblends are not initially the MOST comfortable range of Freshlook (the illuminate line is, I forget I’m wearing contacts with those) but for the visual effect what I do to boost comfort is soak and rinse my Colorblend lenses overnight daily in RENU which is an all-in-one solution, also before first use I soak them overnight.

PS MECHANICS: Freshlook PH have an ongoing contest until January 15, 2015 where you can win a 3-month supply of Freshlook color contact lenses and an Instax Mini 8 camera!  To join and get a chance to win you must upload a selfie on Facebook, Twitter, OR Instagram (any of the 3 platforms) and say why Freshlook is your “selfie secret”.  Don’t forget to tag the coordinators @FreshlookPh and @TeamInstaxPh and use the hashtags #FreshlookSelfie #FreshlookPhTo full post & COMMENTS...

Movie Minute | Still Alice trailer stokes gratitude…

I’ve been sleeping a lot, recuperating a lot since Christmas passed.  I haven’t allowed my consciousness to slip away like this in years come to think of it.  I’ve never been fond of naps.  I always thought naps were a waste of time and daylight, that is ’til I realized naps provide a comforting albeit temporary escape from a constantly haphazard world.  So slowly I am picking up the pieces before 2015 rolls in and have been screening film trailers online for the sake of it, something I used to do a lot but put away for awhile.  This isn’t a movie review because I haven’t seen this movie yet.  According to a very particular writer friend Still Alice is excellent and for being in a drama genre he claims it’s done tastefully and that acting isn’t overtly melodramatic (he mentioned “no slapping….”).  It is based on the book by NY Times bestselling author Lisa Genova.  The trailer moved me so much I just had to say something about it before we try to watch later on.  It made me realize there is just so much to be thankful for.  After getting that preview I went down to hug my mother.

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“I’m not suffering, I’m struggling…”

 

Another good friend said the book was great, too.  The film’s lead cast includes the incomparable Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, and Kate Bosworth all given roles that seem to fit like gloves.  At least that’s what I can pick up from the trailer alone.  Very simply put it’s a movie about an intelligent woman with the onset symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, the feared degenerative illness where you slowly and literally lose your mind.  It supposedly isn’t a light movie, but I don’t mind heavy screen plots as long as what is meaningful is placed at the heart of the story.  I guess I was also looking to be stoked for gratefulness, something that’s really important to me towards the end of the year.  Looking forward to watching this one, it comes highly recommended so I’m told, here’s the trailer.

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LUSH Laid Back Holidays | Smell And Tell

After all the Christmas commotion has passed I like to duly dub myself a LUSHie.  Lush handmade cosmetics are a must when the cooler breezes begin to blow.  They might inadvertently repel some of you with the blast of aroma by their boutique entrances but I myself am completely drawn in when their Christmas bath collections begin rolling in.  Who can resist the aromatic and animated visual display of a bath bomb in your tub or the bubbly delight of their bath bars through running water in a sink or tub?  If certain adults can’t appreciate the bath bliss that LUSH provides I know kids and teens certainly can.  Pardon the crushed/beheaded Dashing Santa bath bomb, that was an accident.  It does however make for a pretty cut-away display, click here for a video of the Dashing Santa Bath Bomb.  I am a bit sad I didn’t get to grab a Golden Wonder or Northern Lights bath bomb, but I’m glad the LUSH ph team gave me these (with the exception of the Holly Golightly Bubble Bar which I bought).  Now let me go into the smell descriptions.

LUSHie_03LUSHie_02The LUSH “Shoot for the Stars” bath bomb is one from last year, a lovely blue display in the tub with the same enchanting honey-toffee scent as their “Honey I Washed the Kids” soap…someone did a Shoot for the Stars video demo here at this link.  The “Cinders” bath bomb nourishes with hydrating almond oil and delights with a spicy snap-crackle-pop effect plus a cinnamon aroma, no fireplace?  Just drop one in.  Holly Golightly was a sold-out new holiday favorite these past few weeks (I got the last one at LUSH BGC) obviously because of the name which is Audrey Hepburn’s lead character from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  It’s dressed in silver vegan sparkle and gives off a spicy cinnamon and patchouli scent as you crumble it through running water.  Dashing Santa is satsuma scented, laced with mandarin and bergamot.  Sorry no prices yet, I will extract them if I can find them, Holly Golightly was about Php395 if I recall right.  If my undying appreciation for LUSH has not convinced you with words watch their 2015 holiday video feature below.  I just love ‘em.

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Christmas Cheer | Upcycling the News

While I wouldn’t go with just any old newspaper for giftwrapping the Financial Times makes the cut because it’s cheerfully peach tinted.  Plus the paper and print quality makes for a presentable parcel.  These pretty papers have been just stacked around here after Mom reads them (she buys her FT issues from Fully Booked).  I decided I could dress them up by making folded bows and origami accents, I’m not wrapping as many gifts this year.  However it’s much harder to do origami with newspaper, it’s not as stiff in weight so it doesn’t hold creases as well, it still works with effort put in.

Processed with VSCOcam with k2 presetPardon the lack of festivity in this post, we are not as prepared as last year, but we do plan to have a happy Christmas.  I pray yours is every bit as meaningful…parties or not, gifts or not, feasts or not because the reason for Christmas is infinitely more important than what the season brings into our lives.  I hope we all remember that for whatever we receive or don’t receive we still ought to pursue giving.  Jesus loves you and knowing that is all you need to be able to touch someone else He loves.  Maligayang Pasko :)To full post & COMMENTS...

This Red Lipstick, Too | NARS Audacious “Annabella”

The dilemma that lies behind a friend asking you to personally buy her a NARS Audacious lipstick like one you already own is certain…especially when you find at the counter they’re out of stock of the exact shade she wants.  It is here you’re most likely to get waylaid yourself.  Here follows that moment when you need to swatch the remaining shades of that wonderfully formulated NARS Audacious line (a seriously often sold out permanent range) to find a shade close to “RITA” (in Rustans Alabang they had like 6 shades left).  So you buy your friend the shade  “MARLENE” (subtle difference…a touch more brick) but in the process discover the amazing something-special red that is “ANNABELLA”.  You look up in a blur and helplessly glance at the saleslady speaking to you in warped, slow-mo speech “Last…one…na…po…yan”.

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(PHOTO CREDIT: MakeupAndBeautyBlog.com) I wasn’t able to take a bright day shot of the lipstick itself so I’m linking to Karen’s existing photo online. The photo of swatches below is my own.

NARS “Annabella is in the realm of MAC Lady Danger but it isn’t as packed with orange.  It is, to me anyway, a near perfect example of a balanced classic red for my complexion.  NARS “Rita” (which I blogged about first here) is the deeper less shouty red I prefer to wear if I want something less game and more elegant.  When you see “Annabella”, it’s somewhat bright but not garish at all on medium to fair skin.

Processed with VSCOcam with s1 presetYou also can’t immediately say whether it’s more of blue red or a coral red.  It’s caught almost in the center but not quite.  In my eyes it is the Janeane-Garofalo-in-Reality-Bites red lipstick that I’ve been waiting to find after all this time.  The NARS Audacious lipstick regular retail price is Php1650 at Rustan’s NARS counters.  Hefty, yes, but for a lipstick that is this exact hue and still looks the way it does in my first photo above after having greasy beef sinigang soup, green mango and bagoong, and a glass of water (with no lipcolor transfer) you can’t go wrong.  The key technique which works for me is apply-blot-apply-blot then press your lips together.   Hands down so far the NARS Audacious red lipsticks guarantee the most beautiful, low maintenance, comfortably worn red lips.  I rest my case, someone switch on “My Sharona”, if you don’t know what that is just click.To full post & COMMENTS...

Paul Smith and Pyjamas

I received a lovely hand-me-down recently that is still nearly new.  I was escorted out of bed this morning and into the light by this deep sapphire Paul Smith trench coat.  Who said a trench couldn’t be a robe when it felt like it?  Sapphire in my book would be midway between the brightness of royal blue and the depth of navy blue.  It’s vivid enough so you recognize the hue but deep enough to go with these darker December days.  Blimey, but I feel extra British, today!  In case you wonder, my photographer today was my brother.

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Flashback Friday | Cozy Hits

Sitting back before I try and do some more blog polishing.  I’m still hitting some programming roadblocks regarding certain areas of the layout but I’m getting there.  I’m really feeling the freedom right now of having so much more room for high-resolution imagery.

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Processed with VSCOcam with j3 presetSince we’ve been bundled up at home I’ve kind of been feeling like I have the hollowed out voice of beloved faithful Ann Voskamp narrating life right now, lol.  All shots except for the last were taken with my Samsung Galaxy S5 mobile phone and exported with theVSCOCam app.

 

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