“8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” JOSHUA 1:8 (NLT)
I’m not surprised that for many of us the idea of Bible-reading is automatically slapped with the hashtag #boring or brushed off with the neutral “Whatever, I’m livin. He’s with me'” shrug. I named this post Between My Highlights, because He made those areas between my USUAL verses our special meeting place. In a way in my life He’s met me most deeply in between my triumphs and victories, not just amidst celebration. I wanted my experience to touch on a gaping hole in modern Christianity, which is we don’t actively pursue what’s for us in the Bible. We want someone to tell us what’s in it, but we often don’t want to look ourselves. We have one so we say we have one, or sometimes two even, or perhaps just the app for Sundays and connect group days. The revelation for me was if you don’t read your Bible to know Him, or just reading through the verse then closing it without meditating, I don’t feel it can be quite called praying as a WHOLE, because prayer is supposed to be a conversation, not a one-way street with a shopping list in hand, and sometimes what He has to say won’t fall on your head from your ceiling or appear on a billboard or jeep, it may already be lying in wait within the pages of His Book in addition to that still, small voice. We commune with Him in prayer and a massive part of communicating with Him is reading His Word, because unlike the still small voice that we sometimes “think” we hear you can return to the verses He reveals to you over and over.
“Humor aside, I think the reason we sometimes have the false sense that God is so far away is because that is where we have put Him. We have kept Him at a distance, and then when we are in need and call on Him in prayer, we wonder where He is. He is exactly where we left Him.” – RAVI ZACHARIAS
The truth, folks, is just before this year I was a serial non-Bible reader. Yep, my YouVersion Bible app kept sending me that “would you like to take at least 5 minutes to read…” alert over and over for two years and I’d feel so nagged by it before. I preferred my real Bible but I wouldn’t really meditate. I used to pay attention to it just on Sundays but now…recently, I’ve been completing the app plans like wildfire. I look forward to them. I don’t expect a badge or a trophy or a “good for you” slap on the back, there just really happened to be a turning point sometime around Feb to March early this year, and I’m just thankful that God changed something in me, I pray for good. In the past I agreed with that Joshua 1:8 verse above because I knew I ought to, hellooo, I’m a believer I should, but I didn’t do it, meaning it didn’t really reach me deep down. I would peak in reading and dip quite quickly when life was going well. I quipped certain verses to encourage friends and write in my journal (so easily because my parents were Navigator affiliated family evangelists from when I was 2). We can sort of thank the media for all the pop-ups, IG accounts, Tweets, sites and feeds with inspirational quotes and Scripture which we don’t seek out but encounter ‘coz otherwise we starve unconsciously. “Newsflash” as Judah Smith says, that’s not really knowing God. You don’t really nurture a friendship with your best friend by hoping you see their status in your feed today. We reason out “Oh, I saw two verses in my feed today, that’s already seed that’s going to grow in me…” true, yes I agree, but what delights the Lord is when we love Him with all our mind, heart, and soul…and love isn’t passive, love is active, a commitment to love is a priority. Read more to get the full post and of course I’ll include an embedded video.
Whoever thought a NEW Filipina cosmetic brand like Happy Skin could make the world-class waves that they have in just one year? I never would have guessed that Happy Skin would be able to penetrate the market this relentlessly and in the most positive way. A year has gone by and we celebrated at Vanilla Cupcake Bakery yesterday, we who have stood by them, offered support, and watched them grow are prouder than ever. Congratulations, Jacqe Yuengtian-Gutierrez and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, we continue to stand by you! Happy Skin’s online store at HappySkinCosmetics.com by the way is now officially operational WORLDWIDE. Mabuhay ang mga Pinay!
Here’s a sneak peek at some of their new stuff with full reviews to follow
Many I’m sure did not have the slightest suspicion early on that a Pinay beauty brand would ever so suddenly and FINALLY give Filipino women what they deserve, a range of better cosmetics manufactured with close supervision that give payoff and safer formulas. I’m already making the positive comparison between them and Bourjois, the well-loved French drugstore brand, we’ve got our own brand that stands at par and it is Happy Skin! Congratulations, girls. Can’t wait to take pictures and show my readers your new items!!
So if you weren’t able to catch my last Ellana Minerals Makeup Workshop, HEADS UP! We are officially having a REPEAT of the Poreless Perfection workshop that I will be teaching this Saturday, October 18th from 1-4PM at Ellana Minerals Headquarters, La Fuerza Compound (side entrance), Pasong Tamo, Makati. Total workshop fee is Php2500.00 inclusive of reservation fee and Php2000 consumable on Ellana products after the workshop! Register and reserve here at this link for your slot
Ever wonder how to get a pore-minimized, flawless complexion that stays with you all day? Want to know how to do the perfect look for the office and transform that into a smashin’ party evening look?
Let Singapore-trained makeup artist Julia Arenas show you how with Ellana Mineral makeup! This 3-hour workshop includes in-depth, hands-on demonstrations on techniques that you can apply to your everyday routine. The fee is only P2,500 (downpayment for reservation here at this link) and inclusive of reservation fee and a P2,000 gift certificate to Ellana Minerals and snacks during the event.
To sign up, head on over to this Ellana link here to get your slot.
Hope to see you there, this Saturday! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. There’ll be yummy food and drinks, too! Reserve your workshop slot now at this link!
Spiked by a slightly icy spring breeze when I walked those perfectly imperfect streets with cop car sirens blaring in the distance there was a sense of the Big Apple being mine for the moment for some reason (duh, Julia it was your birthday week lol) and I can’t quite put my finger on why but it’s an amazing gutsy feeling…it’s like something about New York hits you without warning just as soon as you get there. So does this sweet, musky, and spicy scent inspired by the city that never sleeps. DKNY have since my return released a fragrance entitled My New York or MYNY. I think any person who enjoys NY in general will agree that to name a perfume this way fits the experience for one in the city. New York in itself is without a doubt tailor-fit and not to mention zoned for the inspired individual, and it isn’t a city for the faint of heart. The bottle is heart-shaped glass topped by a lid meant to resemble a cityscape. By the way, shooting the perfume in the daytime didn’t seem to fit my memory of New York because truth be told I really hardly slept, haha. MYNY by DKNY is a warm, sweet, faintly fruity and musky scent that isn’t subtle but I can already tell it’s the sort of intense scent that can certainly grow on you as it lingers softly towards the end of the day. Expect to glow with a sensual sort of sweetness as time passes.
“The new fragrance DKNY MY NY was developed by Trudi Loren in collaboration with IFF. Top notes of the composition provide a blend of raspberry, pink pepper and galbanum, followed by Egyptian jasmine, freesia and orris in the heart. The base encompasses patchouli Heart LMR, vanilla absolute, musk and ambergris.”
MAIN ACCORDS: sweet, patchouli, musky, fruity, soft spicy
- DKNY MYNY 50ml (P3,650)
- DKNY MYNY 100ml (P4,650)
Available at Rustans Makati and Rustans Shangrila.
It feels like I blinked and just like that half a year has passed since I landed in New York City for the first time last spring in April. Eleven days there slipped like sand through a sieve and then suddenly the credits rolled like the back end of an indie film. That’s as close as I can get to describing my stay in NYC it was just too brief for words but every moment remains joyfully vivid. My wonderful trip to NYC wasn’t without its share of unplanned stuff at the front when I arrived and a bit of misadventure (I didn’t get to mark off half of my sights-to-see checklist, boo) but God was faithful to round off the whole rollercoaster-ish trip with cherry blossoms and special bonding moments with my cousin and friends that I never would have had otherwise. Suffice it to say He’s like totally mysterious like that in the way He allows things to come together.
Every moment high or low colored the trip as a memorable adventure for me and I still want to go back primarily for work in the future. I wouldn’t be completely honest if I didn’t say that I now understand why people go on and on about New York even if they haven’t returned in years. Just 3 days in when I arrived and though jet-lagged I was already smitten by my surroundings, Duane Reade (duh lol), and the thrill of possibility that hung at every street corner regardless of my sleeplessness. After returning home I totally understood why seasoned British thespians like Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart keep on spouting about how they “Simply love the place…”. The city is unforgettable and makes you almost feel like you’ll never take in enough unless you stay for a couple of months…but then again after that you may want to stay for awhile longer. That’s the truth about NYC, something about it gets to you.
By the way DKNY have a special promo on so you can get a chance to win your very own MYNY scent, create your own holographic MYNY heart here at this link and get a chance to win a DKNY MYNY Fragrance Gift Bag. Go to MYNY’s website at this link MYNY.DKNY.com to create and generate your holographic MYNY heart image using your photos, save that image and post it to Instagram and tag @SampleroomPH with the hashtags #sampleroomph #DKNY #MYNY. To qualify for the prize, you must also be a fan of the DKNY Facebook page: facebook.com/DKNYFragrances.
The beautysphere is buzzing with the arrival of Bioderma in Manila soon at Watsons. Makeup artists hoard their famous Sensibio Crealine micellar water for makup removal but the French Pharmacy range actually has an entire range of skincare for varying skin types. You know, a huge makeup post was supposed to go up, and it will perhaps tonight, but I decided to put this in the lead for today due to a lasting, immediate first impression I got from something I received…given the weather change and my skin kind of being here and there in terms of condition. I just received my Bioderma French skincare items yesterday from their launch and I used this Cicabio Cream of theirs (suitable for adults, children, and babies) which is sort of supposed to be a targeted repair treatment for tender, irritated skin. I went beyond the suggested use and decided to apply it before bed like a light moisturizer to see what it would do. Amazingly enough, without the aid of a serum or treatment oil, this did nothing short of help fix and rebalance my entire face in just one night! And yes, it is fragrance-free…
Properties: Fragrance-free formula. Colorant-free. The beige colouring is natural and comes from the active ingredients. Prevents the bacterial proliferation, hypoallergenic. The first repair care for damaged, irritated, non-oozing skin that accompanies every stage of epidermal reconstruction.
• Cicabio Crème targets every stage of skin reconstruction to promote perfectly restored skin.
• The synergetic combination of Resveratrol and Copper promotes high-quality skin regeneration.
• The Copper-Zinc complex prevents bacterial proliferation.
• Hyaluronic acid, a major skin component recognised for its regenerating capacity, provides optimal moisturising.
• Cicabio Crème’s Antalgicine® Complex, a BIODERMA innovation, rapidly relieves the sensation of discomfort and reduces the urge to scratch.
• The patented natural D.A.F. complex (Dermatological Advanced Formulation) increases the skin’s tolerance threshold.
WATER (AQUA), GLYCERIN, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, FRUCTOOLIGOSACCHARIDES, ZINC OXIDE, OCTYLDECANOL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, POLYACRYLAMIDE, MANNITOL, XYLITOL, RHAMNOSE, LAMINARIA OCHROLEUCA EXTRACT, COPPER SULFATE, ZINC SULFATE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) VINE EXTRACT, ASIATICO-SIDE, ASIATIC ACID, MADECASSIC ACID, C13-14 ISOPARAFFIN, OCTYLDODECYL XYLOSIDE, PEG-30 DIPOLYHYDROXYSTEARATE, CAPRYLIC / CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, LAURETH-7, LAURETH-3, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE,ACETYL DIPEPTIDE-1 CETYL ESTER.
40 ml tube PRICE: PHP915.20 (from select dermatological clinics and soon (within this month probably) from major Metro Manila SM Watsons retail outlets (SM Megamall, SM Southmall, SM North Edsa, SM Aura, SM Makati, SM Mall of Asia). Price abroad is about $16.95 USD.
Bioderma Cicabiois really a NEW repairing range. The Cicabio Cream contains hyaluronic acid, grapevine extract, and the active ingredient Antalgicine® which helps soothe any itch or irritation. It was originally purposed for minor skin damage (after sunburn or a skincare reaction), irritation/inflammatory breakouts, or as skin aftercare following intense dermatological or laser treatments. While I wouldn’t specifically recommend it for daily use like a regular moisturizer on your entire face (though it is gentle enough because it was also developed for babies) I would if your skin happens to be having a bad spell and needs a reboot. I recommend applying this before bed and if you’re sensitive only apply to affected irritated areas (best to show it first to your derma if you are unsure)…usage 2-3x a week maybe.
If some of you have been itching (pun unintended) to try skincare like Hada Labo, Embryolisse, or Oilatum Natural Repair (made popular by Pixiwoo’s Nic Chapman) I’ll tell you now that with Bioderma Cicabio cream it’s like someone took all 3 of those products, took the best parts about them, and made them work together in one gentle product with its own highly researched and tested formula. If you’ve been wanting to try a moisturizer or cream that compares with Embryolisse (but is fragrance-free) try this, it’s less rich on the skin and doesn’t leave a greasy finish. The price is quite reasonable for a 40ml tube as long as you use it only twice to thrice a week before bed. I really wouldn’t use it everyday because of a couple of active ingredients. It’s a bit too rich to slap on in the morning as a day cream but leaves my skin feeling awesome the next morning when used overnight. I’d also be inclined to use this in the crook of my arm and behind my knees where my eczema patches tend to flare up once in awhile. Watch out for this at the Watsons stores I mentioned above, it should be available I’m guessing mid or late October and retails at Php915.20.