My UK Spring Beauty Giveaway! | Nationwide ‘Til May 31, 2013

What rocks this nationwide (Philippines only) UK beauty giveaway is it is a leap forward into spring (globally niweiz), it will blind you with coral pink, and frankly these bits of beauty aren’t readily available in retail here. I still haven’t made up my mind on whether I should sneak in past all of you and join in myself under an alias LOL (I kid alright).

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LOVELY LOOT:

  • Soap & Glory Pulp Friction Body Scrub 250ml £8.00
  • L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray (Extra Strength) travel size 75ml £2.39
  • Jo Malone Travel Candle(Lime Basil & Mandarin) 60g £22.00
  • Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Lacquer (Stellar) 5.5ml £5.99
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, (Medium3 /MAC NC30) £4.19
  • Maybelline SuperStay 14-hr Lipstick (Stay With Me Coral)
  • L’Oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara WP (Black) £10.99
  • Givenchy Bloom Compact Mirror, w/ red velvet sleeve (gift w/ purchase)

All this stuff is seriously soooo hard to give away. To join simply follow the instructions given by the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this post, there are 3 required actions and 1 bonus action for more entry points. In the meantime click Read More to jump to close-up photos of the prizes and what I know about the praises sung of them. The trivia about a couple of these is quite compelling. The Rafflecopter mechanics follow immediately after.… Read the rest

My Most Pricy UK Buy | Back From Europe!

With the obvious fact that I am jetlagging out of the way I just wanted to rub this in…I’m back. I also wanted to share that I was in Urban Outfitters for the first time. I actually felt really “poor” inside surrounded by too many “my type” items. Since it was my maiden visit to UO I decided to make it memorable and with my 30th birthday for razor sharp reason I exactly got away with my most memorable, most pricy single non-beauty purchase. This gorgeously spring-y MADE brand for Urban Outfitters pullover.

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It was £75 so yes it is expensive and I had a long think for it in-store while my cousin fit her stuff. That’s about Php4k++ with the current exhange rate of Php64 to a £, but as a result I didn’t buy anything else in the shop. It’s gorgeously artsy with sort of smeared not too light pastel colors all over, so at least it wasn’t like Care Bear crack lol. It stood out in a Unicorn-ish way on the rack and ad a more classy tie-dye-but-not-tie-dye feel to it. It is comfy and not too warm to wear here…it isn’t heavy at all.

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I felt for once that I didn’t want to get something off the sale rack on a maiden visit to a good brand. My cousin Kiana tried hilariously spewing criticism at it to see how I’d defend it LOL after 2 attempts she said “OK you have to get it, I just did that to see how much you wanted it.” What a girl. She was right and so I made it mine. By the way be on the alert, in the next day or two I shall be putting up a UK Beauty giveaway with stuff that to my knowledge you can’t really get here locally, before that a review might go up first. :)Read the rest

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub | Hello Yum Hello Smooth

One of the brands I was way too excited to get my hands on in London was Soap & Glory a beauty range that actually looks like a bath & body first cousin of Benefit Cosmetics…they’re not related though. These guys do bath and body like nobody’s business.  They do an excellent blend of clean and gourmande scents with a balance that’s uniquely hard to come by.  This Sugar Crush Body Scrub seriously does not smell sickeningly sweet to me…it’s a yummy, tart sort of sweet.  It makes me think of those sweet cola jelly bottles with a zesty dash of tart lime.

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I made a mad dash for this at the Soap & Glory shelf and contemplated getting this or the body wash.  I thought having the scrub which is more “touchworthy” in experience would set me off better the first time around. It’s got moisturizing and smoothing almond oil which I fully believe in aside from the scrubby bits of brown sugar and macadamia grains. The better way to use this so you get a thorough scrub and don’t waste product is to not have the shower running while applying this. Slather it on and rub generously…it isn’t painfully abrasive but it’s abrasive enough to be your smooth operator. As you will see in a bit I soooo needed this scrub right now as I delightfully thumb-type this from Norway. For a moment for truth’s sake, let me show you the semi-disgusting reason why I’m ever so glad I bought this when I did (believe me this was the compromise…showing my leggings instead of my scaly legs).

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Don’t.judge.me…lol, and I have been bathing don’t you dare suggest that I wasn’t! What you’re seeing right there are my leggings having been pulled inside out so you can probably guess in what sort of state my lower legs were…it was not a pretty sight. I’d been faithful in moisturizing my face and hands here in Europe but I’m afraid I can’t say the same for my body. I used the scrub 2 nights ago and it set me straight for a day and a half but coming to Norway really dried up my legs again so it was time to convene with this star find once more.

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“Use in the shower once, twice, or three times weekly, depending on the level of scaliness you struggle with. (Four times-even-if you’ve ever been labelled ‘old lizard legs’.)”

Two hours ago I used the Sugar Crush Body Scrub on damp legs with my feet in warm water sitting on the side of a hotel tub. It’s best on legs that aren’t too wet so the dense thick pasty consistency with the grains can exfoliate to the fullest. Whats lovely is you don’t just get the physical exfoliation…the almond and lime oil just makes the job a smooth, moisturizing, and nourishing experience and once you rinse your legs off you get a soft supple feeling that suggests no lotion required…but because we’re in a really dry country I still finished off my legs with my fave Nivea Baby Smoothy Cream which you can get in Manila. However you could walk out the door without doing so…because this is just a really fantastic scrub that moisturizes and doesn’t just exfoliate. Love this stuff.… Read the rest

Drugstore Delights | Boots Pharmacy, Covent Garden

Top o’ the morning to ye!  Hello from London…well just outside London somewhere in Richmond. We’d decided to spend the night with my aunt’s friend to extend our blissful London encounter by just a wee bit more.  Yesterday we were at Covent Garden…a lovely place with a collection of boutiques and things to look at. Of course no one could restrain me from a second visit to UK’s famed Boots pharmacy which is their equivalent of Watsons back home.

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CLOCKWISE: Rimmel ApocaLips in “Nude Eclipse” (I already have “Celestial”, “Galaxy”, and “Stellar” & want to find “Apocaliptic”), Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (MED 3 is a good shade for you MAC NC30 girls), and Lisa Eldridge’s fave Maybelline 14hr Lipsticks in “Stay With Me Coral” and “Beige For Good”

My first rush Boots visit was in Dublin, Ireland where I picked up 3 Rimmel ApocaLips shades and the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer.  Because of the spontaneous sleepover I don’t have those first purchases with me to show but this second time around these are what I got. I’m impressed with all of them. The Maybelline 14-hr lipsticks (which were on “Get 50% off on the 2nd” offer) have that MAC lipstick texture without the dryness and extremely long wear (and that coral shade is PERFECT on me not pasty at all…review soon) and the Sugar Crush Body Scrub smells like limed Coca Cola or those sweetly tart cola bottle jellies. The Lasting Perfection concealer is the transfer resistant dream I hoped it would be and I’ll refrain from saying more for now ‘coz you bet these finds each deserve an individual post with prices included.

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Just thought I’d share a few beauty related purchases before I hit London again today :) London is exactly what I dreamed it would be and more.… Read the rest

This Happy Hiatus | My Big Three Ohhh!!

The silence around here is deafening isn’t it? Blame it on Europe. I’ll promise you loads of yummy posts in the next few days (not to mention truckloads of pictures) but right now I’m in the UK somewhere in Wales with the Valencianos, my cousins, and it’s my birthday :) I am now thirty, people here could hardly believe it, and our Swiss host in Zurich said it was impossible…but here I am.

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I get quite shy when people pull for me or go out of their way to make things happen for me. It’s always so much easier to say “I’m okay, you don’t have to…” but I’m realizing now that it’s sometimes even better to just say “Thank you…I’m so glad you did…” from the bottom of my heart. I feel very spoiled for my age in fact and I think I have God to “blame” for all this.

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My lovely beauty inspired Marks & Spencer birthday card given by the Vees…

There are many things I can’t explain, like why I look so young, or know too little, why too many wonderful people love me or why I haven’t reached certain places…but then I hear a still small voice begin to say “You are here and you are Mine because I love you.” and all doubt walks out the back door. My life is awesome thanks to Him and I only hope I can find lots of ways to spread the love. Thank you all for being there for me…what a truly remarkable life this has been so far. We head out to London tomorrow and I can’t wait to be up and about.… Read the rest

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