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O Come Oil Ye Faithful… | The Return and Rise of Beauty Oils

The use of oil in the realm of beautifying dates back to ancient times.  The first perfumes and fragrances did not contain alcohol but were pure pressed essential oils and before there were souffle creams you could massage into your skin there were balms and ointments.

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L-R: Moringa O2 Malunggay Therapy Oil, Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate facial oil,Benefit Bathina Body Oil, Delon Coconut Oil Hair Treatment, Aromatherapy Associates Support Breathe Essence,

Oil is the purest concentrated essence that comes from certain natural origin.  Oil products are more highly appreciated in cold, dry countries for their ability to lock in moisture and retain softness in both hair and body.  What I’ve also discovered is the right facial oil also has the ability to calm down irritation and rebalance skin.  These are five of my favorite oils of the moment that each cater in a different way.  Read more to get my quick reviews on these 5 and prices, plus a quick Bible fact about oils and beauty!

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Books for Bed | December 2013

That sort of weather is upon us and as I recently typed into my Facebook status “Books are boarding passes…” I’ve decided to recommend a couple that I like which have a way of transporting you and making you forget you’re within the 4 walls of a room.  One is a themed biography, one is Japanese (translated) fiction, and the last is a children’s sci-fi-but-not-really fantasy book that’s deep enough to hit a chord with adults which is part of a 4-book series so you can get excited for the next and it isn’t a pain to read.  I’ve completely read two out of the three and am still finishing Julia’s Cats, I’m more than halfway.  I’ve also read Banana Yoshimoto’s more recent book Goodbye Tsugumi but Kitchen is still my favorite.

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JULIA’S CATS – Julia Child’s Life in the Company of Cats | Patricia Barey and Therese Burson (Read about Julia Child’s life within the context of her love for cats and cooking, and okay, her enviable husband, Paul, too.)  This book will make you go “Aww” with almost every other turn of the page whether it’s coz of her, her cats, or Paul, her devoted BFF husband.

KITCHEN | Banana Yoshimoto (“An enchantingly original and deeply affecting book about mothers, love, tragedy…” actually it is not that sad naman, has parts lang  “…and the power of the kitchen and home in the lives of free-spirited young women in contemporary Japan”)  This book will make you think, empathize with the characters, and want to eat or start cooking if you have never tried.

A WRINKLE IN TIME | Madeleine L’ Engle (A story about Meg Murry and her brother Charles whose father was experimenting with the 5th dimension of time travel and suddenly disappeared.  They are determined to rescue him and find themselves in another dimension that feels like a dream)

BYS Guilty Pleasures Eyeshadow Palette | Like Chanel’s Holiday Nuit Infinie Palette?

I actually picked this BYS Cosmetics Guilty Pleasures palette up a month ago without any notion that it might be similar to a luxury palette.  While it wouldn’t be 100% similar in perhaps finish, the tones of 5 shades in this palette made me take notice.  The 5 shades quite nearly match that Chanel Holiday 2013 Nuit Infinie “Charming” palette that scores of women are going kinda cray-cray for abroad.

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BYS 01 Guilty Pleasures 10-pc Eyeshadow palette (matte & satin textures) Php499

With the exception of the finish of Chanel’s glittery bronze (the BYS shades are satin) the palette nearly nails it in a slightly warmer, very slightly less neutral way plus the texture is just in my opinion perfect, pigmented and smooth but not crumbly, I even think these textures are better than the Wild & Wild ones that crumble so easily.  Let’s have a look at the similarity of the 5 shades I spotted in my BYS palette versus the palette of the Nuit Inifinie de Chanel collection.  Read and click “more” to make the jump to the full post and see the similarities…with Lisa!

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Bobbi Brown Gift of Glam 12-Day FB Giveaway | Accepting Daily Entries December 5-16

In case you didn’t notice or hear about it, Bobbi Brown PH’s team have lovingly created the Bobbi Brown Gift of Glam Giveaway App via Facebook at this link here.  The app is simple and well designed, just go to the link, make your wishlist, fill in your details and enter daily to check if you’ve won something (my friend, Shen, won something today), I didn’t win today, but I’ll sure be checking in tomorrow :).  It started yesterday (where was I, Alderaan? I must’ve been tired) and they’re accepting daily entries until December 16.  Plus at the end of all that, there’s an even bigger prize for everyone who signed up.

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image003Every signed in account is automatically listed for the raffle to win a final grand prize of Php10,000 worth of makeup separate from the daily prizes.  Happy Holidays!  Click here http://bbrwn.co/GiftofGlamPH to go to the Facebook app.

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