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DKNY MYNY, The Scent About a City | My New York Eau de Parfum

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.

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“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

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  • DKNY MYNY 50ml (P3,650)
  • DKNY MYNY 100ml (P4,650)

Available at Rustans Makati and Rustans Shangrila.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

 

Bioderma Cicabio Soothing Repair Cream | Bioderma Skincare Soon via Watsons

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…

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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.

Ingredients
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.

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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.

 

Join My SEPT. 27 Ellana Makeup Workshop!

A huge, huge hug to the team of Ellana Minerals!  This coming September 27 , Sat, from 1-4 PM I’ll be teaching a workshop at their La Fuerza Makati showroom (near Don Bosco on the outside of San Lorenzo Village, Makati.)  Hoping to see you there :)  To find out how to join the details are here beneath the poster or go directly to this Ellana link here to reserve your slot. :)  Downpayment for the reservation by the way is Php1000.00 (not sure why the workshop link says Php500 at the moment..maybe they updated the downpayment amount), don’t worry just add the reservation fee option to your cart at that link and you’ve reserved a slot.

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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 includes 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. We only have 10 slots so hurry before they get filled up!

We hope to see you there!

If you’ve fretted and fussed over mineral makeup and powder products and also products like eyshadow, contour, and blush then this is the workshop for you.  Learn how much powder to put on where to apply and other tips, shortcuts, and tricks I like to use as a professional.  Hope to see you there!  Don’t hesitate to leave any questions in the comments or email me at probinsiyana@gmail.com.

 

 

Flower Tips, Literally | Blossoms bright, bring me light…

A little quiet over here yes, been a bit more busy as a bee would be, so it’s no wonder I’ve been hovering over these and pruning them to my heart’s delight.  A tip for keeping flowers perky is to not just immediately dunk them in a vase of water as is but to do so after first cutting the bottom tips of each stem at a diagonal angle so they don’t clog up when touching the bottom of the vase.  Also trim any leaves near the bottom of the stems so they don’t drown and rot in the water making the water bad for the flowers to take in.  Once you do this and leave them for a few hours so they can drink, come back later and touch the petals you’ll notice if some of them were wilting when you first bought them they’ll suddenly feel perked up.  To keep flowers alive longer do the same diagonal trimming of stem tips every few days (daily if you’re OC) and change the water everyday to every other day.

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“Delight yourselves in God, yes, find your joy in him at all times. Have a reputation for gentleness, and never forget the nearness of your Lord. Philippians 4:4 JB PHILLIPS version”

I inserted a blossom as a garnish into my Sola iced tea this morning to cheer myself up (for mum flowers make sure it’s only the blossom, no stems or leaves).  I popped the airtight cap on the bottle first for safety, drank a bit to make space, closed it and shook up a storm to get foam and poured it into a glass, tada, al fresco worthy iced tea.  I’ve been a bit under the weather deep inside, so apologies for the sudden calm over here.  God is faithful and He’s been bringing me closer to Him in ways I never thought possible.  As it turns out I needed a bit of diagonal trimming myself.  On the brighter side, there’s something real exciting by the way I have to show once I receive the photos, can’t wait to share that with you.

Color Bucket Cosmetics from Luxola | Pop Color at Happy Prices + 20% Storewide Discount Code!

I actually don’t immediately go for brights when it comes to cosmetics, but I couldn’t resist playing with the formulas by Korean brand Color Bucket when Luxola gave me a few items to try last week.  I was particularly blown away by the bright blue Flash Pop Up Geller automatic eyeliner.  Teens should go straight for the excellent bright eyeliners, they do not disappoint at all.  Thank you LUXOLA.com for the opportunity to try these.  The bright blue eyeliner is going straight into my pro-kit for a test shoot with models this Wednesday!  I seriously plan to get the other shades in the bright range since the prices are quite affordable.  I was also sent an emerald green glittery version of the pop-up geller pencils, which might be put to good use this coming holiday season.  By the way the Luxola team were kind enough to provide me with a special STOREWIDE discount code for my readers to avail of! Enter discount/promotion code LX-JULIAA at the Luxola.com online checkout so you can enjoy 20% off your LUXOLA storewide purchase (not just for Colorbucket). This code is valid till September 30, 2014!  If I were you I’d start Christmas shoppin’ for the gals using that code!

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Flash Pop Up Geller eye pencil 0.5g (₱ 587.50), Lip Flash Jam 9g (₱ 587.50) from LUXOLA SG

“Color Bucket brings to you the most amazing collection of beauty and skin care products around the globe. The vast product line by Color Bucket includes lip flash jams, hair crayons, eye sebums, lip sticks and much more. These wonderful and quirky products help you in easily pulling off the trendiest and bold looks you always wanted. With these top quality products made available to you by Color Bucket in Philippines you can now try all the new, cool looks with a perfect, profess.”

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The Flash Pop-up eyeliners aren’t just eye candy, the formula applies brightly and lasts the whole day, if you try soaping it off you’ll have a bit of work cut out for you…it’s super long lasting, you’ll need a bi-phase or oil-based makeup remover to get it off.  It also makes an excellent eye base for pastel blue eyeshadow if you’re planning to test out a Twiggy 60s look like I did for a retro party.

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Honestly, I wouldn’t exactly wear all these shades together but for the case of happily showing you what they look like on I’m flying 80s today.  Their Lip Flash Jam (I was sent Electric jam) is somewhat like a less long-lasting OCC lip tar fit for teens.

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The lip flash jam still packs a punch of pigment compared to regular lip gloss but I think in terms of longevity you would have to reapply after a meal or two.  A great thing I discovered about it is it’s great to use as a cheek tint, too!  Color Bucket cosmetics also do Hair Chalk (Hair Crayon Stylist) for the adventurous among you, my hair was a bit too short for me to effectively test the product, but if you do try the hair chalks out I suggest applying them on damp to dry hair so the pigment shows up faster.  Enter discount/promotion code LX-JULIAA at the Luxola online checkout so you can enjoy 20% off your LUXOLA storewide purchase (not just for Colorbucket). Code valid till September 30, 2014! 

Color bucket cosmetics are available online from LUXOLA.com here. They ship really quickly to the Philippines, you should expect an order to arrive within 3-4 working days at most.

 

 

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