NUXE Skincare is Here! Touchdown MNL

A truly touch-y, feel-y event it was…after having the arrival of skincare brand NUXE Paris sneak up on us out of nowhere.  The air at the Peninsula conservatory was positively laced by the aroma of candles carrying the unmistakable scent of their star product, the Huile Prodigieuse dry oil…which I did mental somersaults over following the event because I had discovered it for the first time.  Could something quite reasonably priced really smell this good and feel that way over the skin?  Oui, apparently.    

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil:  

Face, Body and Hair

“Huile Prodigieuse is France’s leading beauty oil*.  This multi-usage dry oil, made using six Precious Plant Oils (Macadamia, Hazelnut, Borage, Sweet Almond, Camellia and St. John’s Wort), nourishes, repairs and softens skin and hair.  It is a unique dry oil texture and has a captivating fragrance.”

 Php1700+ for 100ml, Php900+ for 50ml (spray pump only on 100ml). 
NOW AVAILABLE at Rustan’s and Beauty Bar outlets.

I remember first learning about NUXE from YouTuber Ruth Crilly and Makeup Pro Lisa Eldridge.  Albeit a reasonably priced French pharmacy staple it was still often described as something many European models had on hand and could whip out for quick fixes, an overnight pamper,and a nourishing glow whether on face, hair, or body.  There is a shimmery golden version for summer shoulders and legs with a bit of sheen.  Oh, and by the way…NUXE kind of do a lot of good with varying products for different skin needs and what I love about Rustan’s is…they practically brought nearly everything in.  The topmost thing about this oil for me…even above how it softens skin is the warm but not at all sickening romantic scent.  Think in the same vein as Benefit Bathina oil but less pink and flirty, this is more sophisticated, grown-up but not old, alluring warm notes without the muskiness.  The scent makes me think of lightly toasted blossoms (that’s us right, lol) by the beach.  It should layer well as a base under scents I love like Elie Saab Le Parfum and Miss Dior.  I can sense that many husbands would probably love this simple yet deep scent on their lady beside them in bed (it’s the type you’d love to have left lingering on your pillow).  I typed back to Cat Juan Ledesma when she asked me about the scent out of curiosity…it’s subtle but there, warm but not sickening.  I actually feel this could be my “autumn” scent even if we don’t have autumn…or used as a fragrance booster to warm up Elie Saab once I have it again.


The nourishing hydration this provides leaves no greasy finish and leaves you feeling sublimely royal especially after using it overnight.  I’ve even used it on the face and it’s so gentle that I got no bad reaction…only softly nourished skin that didn’t feel heavy the next day.  You can do the pre-blow dry spritz, rub this into your arms and legs, or even combine the NUXE Reve de Miel lip balm with the Prodigieuse oil to create an overnight lip mask that really resurrects those chapped pouts, I tried the oil solo on my lips and am so excited to do it every night before bed for as long as I can. 

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse is available in a 50ml splash bottle for Php900+ or a 100ml spray bottle for Php1700+ from Rustan’s or Beauty Bar.To full post & COMMENTS...

The Quick Nail “File” | Barry M Speedy Nail Paint in EAT MY DUST

There was one very dainty and small British item that was top of mind even way before my UK holiday over a week ago.  When my aunt brought my cousin there to enroll her over a month ago I asked if she could bring this back for me but being pressed for time she was unable to.  Of course at the time before I was able to finally pick up my own Barry M polish in the popping pastel “EAT MY DUST” I had NO IDEA I would suddenly be whisked off to London.  With this baby bit I was only set back a couple of sterling £3-4 GBP to be exact.  I’ve been thinking about this polish ever since Anna of Vivianna Does Makeup waved those polished fingers in YouTube.

3 coats of Barry M Speedy Nail Paint in EAT MY DUST, no top coat

The formula at first doesn’t seem to impress immediately however, it has a trick.  First coat will be ugly, next two coats slightly streaky but once it begins to dry, a multitude of sins like nicks you made during application, streaks, ridges even disappear once it’s completely dry.  The shade is not just any baby blue…it has an extremely subtle fluorescent periwinkle undertone more evident in the bottle and under certain light.  It’s a light and happy shade, I’m glad I picked it up.  It’s available from Boots pharmacy and Superdrug plus, I suspect, local Instagram stockists online.… To full post & COMMENTS...

My Fair London

*brushes WordPress cobwebs away…* So I just got back from London a couple of hours ago and obviously can’t sleep, that’s pretty much self-explanatory.  I did bring my tripod, my DSLR, and my old but still trusty Canon S90 for easy shots…however, it was overall harder than I expected to thoughtfully capture London in what is essentially under 5 glorious days with 2 of those days tied to a separate itinerary which was also fun.  In essence, Mom and I were suddenly treated to this trip (which slightly explains my Houdini on the blog as I rushed to get Visa requirements together at the last minute), but she was also there for work.  We didn’t have an unlimited wifi connection at our disposal and given that every time our keycards let us in we were always tempted to just untidily pass out on our beds I decided to forego the plan of blogging daily while I was there and just collect photos and videos and give you my best glimpses in one go.




We were kind of on a down-to-the-wire budget because this God-given trip came at the end of the month so though I got a couple beauty bits for you to see most are drugstore…none are, I have to say, terribly exciting, and no, I didn’t come home with any Charlotte Tilbury (boo).  We were fortunate enough though to be staying at Kensington in a hotel just beside Kensington Palace a.k.a. the younger royals’ London home.  Stay alert for my youtube vid…I’ll move quick on recording that video for you, expect it this weekend.  London weather was way more than fine when we were there, it even got extremely sunny on our last two days, locals agreed with us, quite a contrast to the week prior.  I told a British friend of mine whom we intended to visit but didn’t get to see “Oh, we’ll bring the sunshine!” and voila, the weather cooperated with my cheeky claim.  If you see any photos with me in them it’s thanks to Mom who’s actually very good at taking pictures.  England, you have my heart, and I must say without exaggeration, more than any foreign city I’ve been to so far…I’ve got plans for you.  Click through to see the full photo stream. … To full post & COMMENTS...

When a Favorite Fragrance Brings Back a Sad Season

Fragrance can be a notorious fiend for memories.  I’m highly against being a pessimist if I can help it, but there are few honest moments I can share.  I doubt it’s happened to many of you but has it ever happened that upon finding what you believe is your signature scent a series of sad incidents suddenly snowballed following its entry in your life?  That was my story.  To put it plain, I love Elie Saab Le Parfum.  It’s grown up but not old…and feminine but not flirty.  To this day no other scent compares to how it suits this old soul.  I ran out several months back and haven’t topped up just yet because of budget cuts but I keenly intended to…that is until I caught a whiff, and suddenly some memories that had cleared the runway for ages came rushing back.  So I thought…I’m certainly not going to replace my signature scent with something new (this really smells that good) but buying a new bottle of this can wait I feel…some things just still pinch a bit too much for comfort.   

It fills my head and takes me back.  Some things don’t need to change…but things can wait.  Perfume is a thing…perfume can wait.  Hearts require all the time they need.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Laura Mercier Watercolour Mist Palette, Raindrops on Roses and Whispers of Color

It’s time to inject a bit of color into this rainy season.  It’s a rare thing for a palette’s packaging to match this bleak time of year in such a straightforward, sleek, and pretty way.  Laura Mercier have done it with their Watercolour Mist Palette which is quite frankly one of the prettiest palettes to hand I’ve seen in years.  Faux water droplets across the chrome-y case are done so well, anyone could mistake them for the real thing.





SHADES from left: MIST, FOG, STORM, SUNSET (cheek color, like Benefit Dandelion), EARTH (cheek color, like a warmer MAC Harmony), WIND, PURPLE RAIN, and CLOUD (P.S. I do not self-mutilate, I have a cat.)

I would have loved to wear these colors for you and given you a look but I just got well from some sort of glandular fever, explaining my absence, so my eyes are still kind of puffy and haven’t completely contracted back to their normal shape.  The texture of the eyeshadow shades is silky with minimal fallout, they adhere nicely to eyelids with diligent blending, primed or not (but better primed of course).  I like that the shades are soft puffs of color that you can try out if you’re willing to take a step outside of your usual neutral box.  My favorite shades are FOG, a soft khaki, and WIND…a noticeable but still muted lavender.




Sorry I’ll have to have a hunt in my room for the price (will edit it in right here) but this is available at Rustan’s the Beauty Source, this is part of a seasonal collection so I can imagine it won’t be around forever.  In dreary weather like this, we all need a dose of prettiness to cheer us up.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi Electric Foot File | Going Barefoot Has Never Been Better!

Sometimes the foot filing part of my pedicure sessions is what excites me, because I know that right after I’ll have velvety smooth feet.  I always thought it would be good to own a personal foot file…and I have been sent a couple, but it can be an inconvenience to feel the need to soak your feet first before general exfoliation and then there are lazy days when you just don’t feel like asserting those guns just to use a foot file.  Fancy foot brand SCHOLL have come out with a personal device that takes the sweat out of filing your feet and you don’t need to use it with damp feet either.  It’s also really convenient that it’s available at Watsons.




  • PRICE: Device w/ 1 fitted rollerhead Php1685 (4x AA batteries included, good deal), rollerhead refills 2x Php550
  • Specially-designed Micralumina roller head for effective yet gentle removal of hard skin
  • Ergonomically shaped soft-touch handle
  • At least 80% savings vs. going for foot spa sessions
  • Available at selected Watsons outlets

To turn it on twist the neck of the device to the left.  The spinning motor on the specially-designed Micralumina roller head for effective yet gentle removal of hard skin roller head is strong even if only powered by 4 AA batteries (included with device).   You’ll need a firm hand once working it against skin.  The high powered sound takes a bit of getting used to.  Click through to see the full post and more pictures of the results of  Scholl’s Velvet Smooth Express Pedi Device.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Kidzania Manila Through My Eyes, Now Open! | Gi-Normous Post Where Kiddies Overtake Selfies

Once upon a time, for kids excited to play, Kidzania Manila was now made to stay!  The Manila chapter of this educational theme park chain has risen in the heart of BGC, Taguig at Park Triangle  (where the new LEGO store is).  They officially opened last Friday, on August 7.  Kidzania is, in one sentence, a supervised theme-park for children in the form of an educational mini city run with kids and for kids.  Here, children get to play at being adults for the day in a pretend economy, with actual citizenship, jobs, money, and added skills.  Adults are not allowed to enter the work establishments with their child (unless under special circumstances, like a child with special needs) to encourage independence and focused learning but parents, guardians, and family are allowed to roam the park and observe their children from large windows.  As you can imagine, for many parents, letting go of control is a challenging thought (and in some cases even letting the kids to choose their first activity on their own), believe me, the struggle is REAL, I’ve seen it first hand…it can get colorful LOL and that’s putting it lightly.  In Kidzania parents and guardians are highly encouraged to allow of-age children (8 and above) to roam freely, to be, and to choose jobs (minimum working age 4) in this special environment so that their natural inclinations surface.  I think Filipino parents are in dire need of this new concept of giving their child enough space to develop independence.


Kai!  I do not work at Kidzania Manila, so for any FAQs (questions) regarding scheduling, pricing, and booking you may refer to their official site, .  I’ll include limited information at the bottom of the post as well, but please refer to their official website for other park-related questions.

After spotting the G.O.T. Ned Stark Meme on the looming swarm of Kidzania Manila pictures I’ve decided to personally help darken skies.  Kidzania Manila, now the 20th Kidzania facility in the world (HQ is Mexico), opened the other day.  I’m ever so proud to say that Kidzania Manila is captained by none other than my beloved former advertising head mother, Maricel Pangilinan-Arenas and an entire team badly in need of cucumbers and under-eye concealer at this very moment.  How kool is it that to some level I feel like a Kidzanian Royal?  Hee.  On August 7, a somewhat anti-climactic Friday, after weeks of very intense testing, validation, and inspection by Kidzania’s founding Mexican admin team, Kidzania Manila’s park doors opened to the public.


A Friday opening meant that yesterday’s flood of fun-size “adults” would ultimately pack the park for the weekend and the Saturday line, they say, actually stretched and left the building by afternoon.  Yesterday’s August 8 tickets sold out in just under a couple of hours. To be honest, even after being given special access to the park during the stretch of preview days, I myself didn’t plan a major blog feature at first.


I put this one up first simply because I love her outfit. Aww…just there thinking of where to go next.

PLEASE NOTE: I was not asked nor paid to write for Kidzania Manila, I chose to.  I initially planned to support the team only via simple sharing on social media, but what changed my mind completely was simple.  It was the kids on Day 1 who got me shooting…and the fact that for several hours I noticed that people, myself included, could not help but re-focus outwardly and shoot these munchkins on the move.  Let’s put it this way, at Kidzania Manila in the past couple of days, the word “selfie”, I imagine, was not top of mind.  Be warned, this is a photo-heavy post with information at the start and a couple of captions here and there.  I shot tons but I didn’t shoot ALL the establishments.  However, each photo matters and shares a moment, and several of them are discreet.  Many actually exclude focus on children’s faces with the exception of my knowing the kids and parents personally or if I was shooting openly in front of them and they didn’t mind.  I was also not inside the establishments when I shot these pictures, I was outside alongside onlooking parents.  My 50mm lens brought me closer to the scene without being invasive.  Click through to see the rest of Kidzania Manila through my eyes while I mention a couple of things here and there.  Practically 99% of the photos I shot are candid takeaways from live shifts of first time visitors to Kidzania Manila.… To full post & COMMENTS...

My Maybelline Dream Academy Meet-Up, AUG.15, SM Makati! | Link For Sign Up Here! No Purchase Required!

Come and meet me this coming August 15, SATURDAY, UPDATE: Now 2PM in SM Makati for my Maybelline Dream Academy workshop, partnering with Maybelline’s official lead MUA Chuchie Ledesma!  No purchase required at all to be part of this lovely event JUST SIGN UP FOR AUG.15 2PM AT THIS LINK HERE  The meetup-slash-workshop will be held at SM Makati, ground floor.



Come on over, chat with us, and learn techniques using the reformulated Maybelline Dream satin range (including the new 2-way cake powder) and the New NUDES palette.  Click on the image below or on the link above to sign up.  To my understanding we don’t exactly have limited slots (so all of you just try and sign up!) but for gift packs the first 30 to sign up AND attend will receive special Maybelline gifts, just know that Maybelline have special makeup treats in store!  Hope to see you there, comment  below and let me below if you signed up or plan to but have questions (commenting not required to get a slot…I just want to know who of you are going haha!).… To full post & COMMENTS...

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