Happy Skin Beauty in Bloom S/S 2015 Collection | Lip & Cheek Mousse Duo, Blush Duo, and a Mascara!

Though we’ve got a summer that blazes like no other we still like to vicariously live through the west’s celebration of the arrival of spring.  The welcoming of spring awakens all things dead, like my feed for example, which has been for nearly two weeks thanks to BIR duties, LOL.  I can hardly believe it’s been exactly a year since I landed in the US last year *stare-into-space-moment* and we’re back.

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Happy Skin never ceases to delight by gathering the girls together once again for the launch of a new collection, their second summer yet first spring season inclusive Collection which has 2 crayon lippies (we weren’t given the crayons at the launch), 2 lip & cheek mousses, and a new blush duo sure to perk up those cheeks.  With this limited Beauty in Bloom edition collection they have also released a new mascara!

 

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Beauty in Bloom is a bright spring/summer collection that does also include two very wearable Shut Up and Kiss Me Lippie crayons (which at the moment I don’t have, here I’m wearing a lip mousse) in the new lippie shades Hold My Hand and Bride-to-Be viewable and available for purchase here.  Click through to the full post to get my thoughts on the products and see more photos of me wearing this collection.… To full post & COMMENTS...

The Requisite Mint Nail Polish | The FACE Shop’s GR501

Here we have no sweet name, no hype, no promise-laden formula, no fancy brush.  You just get the delight of that bright but non-neon and still pastel sort of mint that high dives off your fingertips EVEN WHEN backlit (you need that this summer).  This is FACE shop’s regular polish in GR501.  This is actually an eensy-bit more green in person, just a very tiny bit.  I’ve already stopped fussing trying to get the real live shade right in the photo with color balancing, and I’ve checked on 3 different screens, my laptop, my Samsung android, and my Apple ipad.  In general I’ll just tell you it’s a pop bit more green in person.  There was only so much I could do to try to get the shade right across all 3 platforms.  With the different warmth and calibration on various mobile screens and desktop monitors it’s quite a tricky and slightly elusive shade to photograph.  You’d have to offer buy me dessert to really see what I mean LOL.

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There are a gazillion brands that do this sort of on-everyone’s-market mint shade but sometimes the hue doesn’t have that spot on x-factor like this one does, sometimes they’re either too muted or too neon, this for me is spot on.  Here’s what I mean by it still being a standout shade against the light.  When you were young did you ever hold your hands and fingers up against the sun to space out on the red glow between your fingers?  That’s how I believed I was a bloody human being LOL, I was not really convinced whenever I got wounded or scratched.

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Here’s where this happens to be an absolute gem, I bought this polish over two years ago after seeing it on Sam’s (aka @yosameti) toes, she only had praise for the FACE Shop’s polishes then as did I since they were one of the first brands of polish I bought when I first began the blog.  She said this one was really nice and she consecutively repainted her toes with this two years ago.  Against darker skin this is even more of a popping hue and it’s gorgeous.  The last time I opened this bottle was a year ago, you’d think I’d have to bin it by this time, but no it is still so good.  I gave this a shake, after two years it is neither watery nor gloopy nor forming any ugly yellow oil.  It’s still uneven on the first coat like it always was anyway, but always perfect on the generously brushed on second layer.  Price point?  About Php200+ at the most if I recall correctly.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Gabriel Valenciano Weds Tricia Centenera | Another Cousin’s WeddingS and What I Wore

March whizzed by like a freight train, I had tapings, shoots and another cousin’s wedding for which I was invited as a family guest…so technically I could have relaxed more, and could have taken more photos (I planned to, I even brought my DSLR).  However it turned out to be one of those moments wherein when I got there I didn’t want to experience my cousin’s wedding through a lens the entire time and wanted to mingle more not fuss about what I could possibly feature.

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That shot is from the Boracay ceremony, but I’m including reposted photos from both.  I wanted to actually behold the moments happening right before me and just be happy for them.  I have a few shots though from when before we left to show you and will include a couple of (pun unintended) grabbed shots from Gab and Tricia Valenciano’s Instagram accounts because I wasn’t able to fly in for their second beach ceremony in Boracay.  First thing’s first, though, this shot of what I wore by Dad for the Tagaytay Ceremony.

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Paul Smith sapphire trench, Rajo Laurel gown, Nine West clutch, photo credit: Dad

We were warned by the groom’s father that the weather in Tagaytay might be nippy because Tricia’s Australian guests were feeling the chill the evening before the big day, so I brought my trench which was the envy of many who opted for shawls…I was also surprised by how cold it got that day just before sunset.  Click through to see the full post and what products I used for my makeup look, also just a few more photos from both their ceremonies.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Yves Rocher Bronzing Powder Duo in Dark Veil, In Memoriam | My Best Compact Bronzer…broke

A moment of silence for pieces that have shattered.  My purse dropped during my cousin’s wedding and to my dismay, my favorite makeup item inside broke (of course it had to be my favorite).  I don’t have a photo of the demise of my Yves Rocher Bronzing Powder duo, that’s too depressing to show, and no…it doesn’t work the same way across the skin with the pieces broken and the powder loose, it just doesn’t.  This is still my favorite matte compact bronzer and I’m all too game to repurchase it as soon as possible (just please be kind and leave one for me in stock lol).  It’s special ‘coz I’m hooked on the mild Yves Rocher skincare scent this matte bronzer has, it doesn’t have fallout and isn’t at all dusty so it applies like the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes which aren’t at all dusty, and it warms up the skin in the same way as Chanel’s Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Base (formerly known as Bronze Universelle) but in dry format.  Sigh.   Here’s to looking back and I’m also going to mention a few more Yves Rocher makeup bits.  It’s a very good mid-range price cosmetic brand.

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PRICE ESTIMATE: Php850-950 (based on conversion from $19 on US site) at Yves Rocher, SM Aura

“Enriched with smoothing Tiare flower extract, the ultra-soft texture of this Axe Solaire Bronzing Powder Duo comfortably adorns your complexion without ever drying out your skin. You can pick up, apply and blend it easily using a powder brush.

Unique features: this duo is comprised of two complementary shades that allow you to create a custom tan, perfect for your skin tone and the evolution of your tanning for a natural, sunkissed look. Your complexion is beautified, mattified and sculpted for the most natural tanned effect.”

The Plus: its economical and generous 20g size

Tested under dermatological supervision.  0.7 oz. Compact / 20 g

You won’t get sudden patchiness with this bronzer, it’s not chalky and has no fallout, as in zero fallout, it’s that sort of texture, unless you scratch it or tap it on top vigorously with a stippling brush…that is the only time it will it yield powder deposit that falls away.  It really is like a dry compact version of the Soleil Tan de Chanel one.  The shade I have is a perfect warm Terracotta-ish earthy tint that isn’t too orange for me…there are two colorways, this one, Dark Veil is the darker compact of the two or medium to deep skin, the lighter compact is Light Veil, a cooler bronze for fairer above medium skin.  The texture is like a pressed powder infused with skincare so it isn’t chalky or dry, the surface of the product begins to look a little strange once you begin using it a lot (like the powder begins to clot over on top, but that doesn’t mean it’s ruined, it just does that) but it doesn’t stop giving or depositing that sunkissed hue you need, it’s also great for daytime contouring.   Click to continue to the full post and see a few more Yves Rocher makeup bits.… To full post & COMMENTS...

My Earl Grey Tea Milkshake | Cool Your Jets the Creamy Way

Hello, still know me?  I apologize, last week’s schedule was off the charts, been very busy with social events for another upcoming cousin’s wedding, a shoot for an upcoming Resurrection Sunday special, and working during tapings for a new ABS-CBN show, Your Face Sounds Familiar.  Kind of lost my momentum back there ‘coz I’d come home just wanting my makeup to remove itself, sleep and wake up just wanting to sleep in (like today because have another taping tomorrow).  In between though I did shoot some stuff I wanted to share which I’d been meaning to put up a few days back, like one of the frequent blender sessions I’ve been having.

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INGREDIENTS (serves 2):

1/2 cup Fresh whole milk (you can use cold carabao’s milk if you want a Pinoy twist, if you want your milkshake like roadside heavy go full cream milk)

2 or 3 full packed scoops  of Merry Moo Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream (depends on how thick you want your shake, for thicker add more ice cream.  Pint size available at SM Aura Cinema Food Court, Echostore in Market Market, weekend Sunday Legaspi Market in Makati, Glorietta food court and other places, check Merry Moo’s Facebook page.)  This is my ultimate favorite ice cream.

8-10 oz. of ice cubes (a cup or more than a cup, more ice cubes means more water, which makes it easier to sip, less ice cubes makes it richer and thicker).

1/2 cup steeped Earl Grey tea (I use 1 Twinings tea bag to brew a full cup and just drink the excess, haha) 

1 tbsp. of sugar (optional, I don’t put sugar because the ice cream is sweet enough for me and I try to keep excess sugar out of what I eat.)

 

EQUIPMENT: Kitchen blender that can blend solid ice, measuring cups, ice cream scoop, milkshake glasses or mason jar mugs, straws optional (paper straws won’t work well with milkshakes, spoon for tasting (no double dipping!)

I’m so hooked on blended dairy drinks.  Fruit and veggie smoothies to follow.  We didn’t have a decent industrial strength blender before and I’ve been cooling the jets by making frappes and shakes.  Just wanted to share with you how I made my Earl Grey tea milkshake.  I’d been meaning to just do this and try it and after ages and ages finally got around to it.  Click through to see the full process and method of making this yummy drink.… To full post & COMMENTS...

NCLA Nailing Hollywood Nail Wraps | Late Night Filing

Why did I do this at half past one in the morning?  My thoughts exactly…but doing nail wraps when you’re supposed to be doing something else gets you…stuck, the ultimate fun being you get perfection without the mess.  I didn’t even plan on blogging, but they turned out nifty-looking.

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Pantene Advanced Keratin Conditioner & Marc Anthony Argan Oil Sulfate-Free Shampoo | Beef Up Those Strands Before Summer!

Here’s to stuff from the high-street grocery, S&R!  Before summer we like to start thinking in advance about how we’re going to stock up on skincare, moisturizers, sunscreen, gentle fake tan, tanning lotions and more.  A lot of the time we tend to lay aside the need to protect our hair, most especially if your strands are extra fragile due to color-treating.  Currently, yes, even with my short hair, I’ve been beefing my locks up with high-street grocery keratin infused haircare even before the main heat scorches the city this summer.  Keratin is the main  protein naturally found in human hair which is also the same strong protein that forms claws, feathers, hooves, and horns in animals as well.  So yes, it’s the tough stuff in your hair.

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Color treatments tend to strip the hair (I only have mine colored every 3 months) which is why hydrating and restorative aftercare while having color-treated hair is so important, especially when it comes to direct heat.  This is the dynamic haircare duo I’ve been looking to lately and they’re both from S&R Membership grocery…plus I can’t help but say even if they’re from different brands I love that they have a coordinating turquoise colorway, lol.  The Pantene Expert Collection Advanced Keratin Repair (whew) Conditioner (Made in the U.S.) and Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil (Keratin Infused) Sulfate-free (double whew) shampoo (Made in Canada).  What a mouthful between these two, I was just ’bout to pull my hair out while typing the post title.

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BLOB ON TOP : PANTENE Expert Collection Advanced+ Keratin Repair Conditioner (also has a shampoo, but not sulfate-free), Made in U.S., the Expert Collection range also has a purple variant in S&R which is the Age Defying Shampoo and Conditioner, whereas this one I’m featuring is a strengthening repair one the other variant is a more rejuvenating, nourishing one for dull hair.  This conditioner is thick and rich, almost like a paste which is indicative of the formula being so different from local conditioners, I coat my hair, massage it in and leave it for 3-4 minutes after my shampoo then rinse off.

Php550+ (currently -Php100+ on sale) 500ml jumbo size

 

BLOB BENEATH: MARC ANTHONY Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Sulfate-Free (Keratin Infused) Shampoo, Made in Canada, this also comes in a repairing Macadamia variant (sulfate-free also) in S&R.  Even if this is a sulfate-free shampoo this lathers up quite nicely but NOT at all like a high-powered detergent thankfully.

Php350+ , 250ml tube (more beach friendly)

Between the two, they’re not your bog-standard grocery shelf haircare products locally, I’m aware (don’t get me wrong I have a few bog standard grocery faves myself which work so well for the price) but you get a whole lot of product as you’ll see from the size comparison against my hand here, they’re huge, and considering their formulas are processed in better manufacturing locations (US and Canada) you know what you’re paying for.  They’re from S&R membership grocery which means they are more pricy than the items found in a regular supermarket BUT they’re both still way less expensive than if you chose to buy a salon-level Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner from a professional salon which would easily cost over Php1000 for each at sizes like this.  Both products leave my hair not limp with a bit more oomph and softness at the back and my head doesn’t get oily or flaky with these products.

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What I like about both is not only are they color-coordinated despite being different brands, but the scents blend beautifully together and they aren’t over-powering.  They’re the nicest fragrant high-street shampoo conditioner tandem I’ve come across.  The Pantene conditioner has a warm, super slightly sugary scent with a tart berry note but it’s done in a sophisticated way, not annoying…I could almost say the warmth in the Pantene conditioner scent is like fragrant treacle, the essence of something I’ve smelt from Haus of Gloi before…and don’t get me started on the shampoo, oh my.  The shampoo has a gentle…kind of super summery, non-annoying hint of sunblock with floral tones type of scent…it’s hard to describe, it’s like a coconut tinged scent with a sun-filled, sandy floral note….ugh I’m so not up to par on describing scents these days, help me Sali Hughes, LOL.  To round it all off I think if you’re not satisfied with what’s in your local supermarket but want to level up on haircare without burning holes in your wallet at the salon, try these from S&R membership shopping, if you’re not an S&R member it should be average-easy to find someone who might be.  S&R membership shopping is currently at BGCFort, another one near City of Dreams, Roxas Blvd., and in Alabang.… To full post & COMMENTS...

POND’s Flawless White BB Cream SPF 30 | Photogenic Dupe for my Shiseido Hydrating BB Cream

This is practically the first POND’s review I have ever done, because this product gets a huge thumbs up from normal-to-sensitive-combo-skin me.  I put this review up quickly because it looks so good in photos, and I keep checking myself in the mirror ‘coz I’m pretty impressed I’m totally ignoring the fact that it’s a whitening product.  It just looks exceptionally good and photogenic on the face for a grocery and department store brand base.  It not sticky, not greasy and lifts the complexion when you put it on and I’m surprised the Light shade which looks a wrong sort of grey tone before application actually helps counteract sallow tones on my face (if we’re talking perfect shade I’m a blend of both shades but I like how Light lifts my face in appearance, but I mix a little bit of Beige in).  For normal skin gals, you won’t even need to set it with powder, maybe at the very least just have blot sheets handy this summer if you use this.

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“Looking for the best BB Cream*? The Pond’s Institute developed Pond’s Flawless White BB+ Cream (Php299.00)—a whitening cream and lightweight foundation in one—giving both skin care and makeup benefits. Use Pond’s BB+ Cream to achieve a flawless, no-makeup look.

Special Ingredient

GenActiv™

Two potent ingredients, Niacinamide and 12HSA, regulate the genes that control melanin production.

 

  • Compared to other BB Creams, it is less likely to cause pimples because it’s less sticky and helps control oil the whole day. No need to apply powder afterwards.
  • Compared to a CC Cream, it gives better coverage without the sticky feeling, aside from Pond’s expert skin care formula.

 

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I like Pond’s as a brand and all their efforts to bring new affordable products out, it’s just that my mareklamo face usually doesn’t do too well with a few of the other products they have that are scented, but like for example who doesn’t love their classic Cold Cream?  This BB Cream base is scented, but not heavily, I had to swatch, smell, and repeat to really spot how much fragrance was in there, not that much, thankfully.  Click to continue reading the full post and see high-definition photos of me wearing this product.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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