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A Little Bit of Light | Steady Warm White LED Fairy Lights

I postponed this because I was hesitant to put it up due to everything that was happening in this country, but as time passed I realized that showing a little bit of light is alright.  A little bit of light dispels the darkness and lifts sadness.  Dad bought me one long string (I think it’s about 10-15 feet) of LED Warm White fairy lights for my room the other day and with some invisible magic scotch tape I put the lights up loosely around my bleached/refinished antique dresser and with the excess taped a heart shape around my light switches.  He got me the type with clear wiring so that the string is more or less invisible at night against light colored furniture, they also come with forest green wiring for Christmas trees but I requested clear.  I purposely did not tape the lights in a taut/tight boring edge-to-edge outline and art directed them loosely for a vine effect.

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This is how it looks in the daytime.  Of course I don’t have the lights on during the day, just for show and tell.

My Dad bought the single string of  steady warm white LED Lights for Php499 from ACE Hardware he said.  I mentioned on Instagram a few weeks ago that I totally detested this antique vanity dresser when it was in dark cherry wood varnish.  Before in a dark finish it looked like something out of a provincial Filipino horror movie, I’d freak myself out seeing my reflection walk past in the mirror.  However, when Mom finally had the dresser bleached and refinished it totally changed how I saw it and adding the string of LED fairy lights instantly brought a sacred sort of ambience  into the room.  The lights provide a dim but warm glow which is also perfect for when Mom has our dear massage lady over once in awhile and since the lights are LED they’re safe to use as night lights (which I don’t really need but like) when I sleep through the night, it’s easier to make my way to the restroom in the middle of the night when it’s not completely dark.  I also have more mental clarity now when I think or pray in the evening.  It makes a really nice background for videos don’t you think? *Hint hint*

 

Speechless Sunday | Yolanda

JEREMIAH 23: 1-4 “Doom to the shepherd-leaders who butcher and scatter my sheep!” God’s Decree. “So here is what I, God, Israel’s God, say to the shepherd-leaders who misled my people: ‘You’ve scattered my sheep. You’ve driven them off. You haven’t kept your eye on them. Well, let me tell you, I’m keeping my eye on you, keeping track of your criminal behavior. I’ll take over and gather what’s left of my sheep, gather them in from all the lands where I’ve driven them. I’ll bring them back where they belong, and they’ll recover and flourish. I’ll set shepherd-leaders over them who will take good care of them. They won’t live in fear or panic anymore. All the lost sheep rounded up!’ God’s Decree.”

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Japan’s Cure Natural Aqua Gel | That Uber Gentle Oscar Swag Exfoliant

There’s a reason why a bottle of this sells every 12 seconds in Japan, gee, it was even handpicked to be Oscar Swag!  I’ve had this for months and haven’t opened it because seriously, when it comes to skincare I really TRY (note TRY) to go through current products before opening something new…with as much self-control as I can muster that’s what I do.   Unknown to some people Toyo Life’s Cure Natural Aqua Gel was actually included in the Oscar Swag Bag (the loot bag they give to Academy Awards attendees) a few years back (2009-ish? 2010-ish?) and that gave this a little more popularity in the Western Hemisphere.  Why exactly is this gommage-y gel sooo popular?  Think of something that appears and feels as gentle as Cetaphil, is fragrance-free, is made of more than 90% water, but removes dead skin (without acidic or grainy sting) before your very eyes.  Yup that’s exactly what this pure baby does.  If you’re picky about exfoliants and don’t want scrubs and ALSO are hesitant to try AHA or BHA acidic liquid exfoliants because of sensitive skin this one is perfect for you and there’s more to it than meets the eye.

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  • Best selling exfoliator in Japan
  • Free from preservatives, fragrance, artificial coloring or alcohol
  • Contains 90% revitalized hydrogen water
  • Contains natural plant extracts from aloe vera, gingko, and rosemary
  • Was reportedly included in the famous OSCAR Swag Bag a few years back
  • SIZE: large 250 ml bottle (lasts 4 mos. if used 2x a week), PRICE: Php1500.00 from Beauty Bar PH

 

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INGREDIENTS: water (activated hydrogen water, non-acidic and purified), glycerin (a moisturiser), acrylates/C10-30, alkyl acrylate crosspolymer (a thickener), dicocodimonium (a conditioner), chloride, steartrimonium bromide, aloe barbadensis leaf extract (moisturises, protects rough skin), gingko biloba extract (moisturises, prevents skin-mottling and freckles), rosmarinus officinalis/rosemary leaf extract (possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties), butylene glycol.

This works and is very gentle, you only need about half a pump or a peso sized dollop.  The Cure product IS AN EXFOLIANT, NOT A CLEANSER, AND NOT MEANT TO BE USED DAILY, ONLY TWICE A WEEK.  The key ingredient I believe is the gentle thickening agent which causes dry skin to plump up, then the hydrating gel makes it easier to remove gently when you massage your face in circular motions (don’t apply this near the eyes to be safe).  To prove a point you can see the eyeliner on my hand, this exfoliates but does not remove makeup so you must remove makeup before using this.  Watch this Japanese advertisement for CURE that’s been subtitled in English.

I’ve tried something similar before, that Hello Kitty Rosette gommage one which was also from Japan, but I found out that the bits I was seeing from that one was partly just the product itself just bundling up into bits and eventually I didn’t like the fragrance.  THIS ONE, however, is fragrance-free and I can really feel my dead skin gently being sloughed off the surface and I know it’s really happening because of how baby smooth my face feels after (treatments like this in my opinion are best used at night and best if followed by a gentle facial oil or hydrating serum). Read more to find out about my second use for this product and learn about the three main types of exfoliants available in the market.

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Happy Skin Cosmetics :) at Beauty Bar Starting Nov. 9!

Thank you to those who have made Happy Skin’s launch via Plains & Prints outlets a continuing success!  If you haven’t heard about this fab homegrown makeup brand read my post from the launch here (with a review of their super cute pigmented lip crayons).  We bloggers totally love the brand you love!  We’ve got even more good news for you, Happy Skin Cosmetics will now be available in Beauty Bar outlets throughout the Metro :) starting this Saturday, November 9! And soon after, Ayala Cebu as well :)

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It’s possibly going to be a pretty stormy weekend, but if the storm hasn’t hit Manila by Saturday and you haven’t tried Happy Skin cosmetics I highly suggest making a sneaky trip over to your nearest Beauty Bar outlet over the weekend, only if it’s super near you :).  Otherwise, if the storm actually hits please stay indoors once those Typhoon Signal alerts start going up!  Be safe everyone!  You can follow Happy Skin PH on Facebook here and check out my introduction and review of the brand Happy Skin over here.

Announcing Urban Decay NAKED 3 | TRUE via British Beauty Blogger

Reblogged, yes, not mine…and we can lay the rumors to rest because Jane Cunningham of British Beauty Blogger has placed her very blessed hands on an Urban Decay NAKED 3 preview palette already.

Photo credit: BritishBeautyBlogger.com

Photo Credit: BritishBeautyBlogger.com

The two photos are direct image links, meaning directly linking FROM and TO Jane’s site, so if Jane takes down the photos from her site these will disappear as well.  You can read all about the blushing NAKED 3 palette on Jane’s own blog BritishBeautyBlogger.com here.  This launches this December.  Personally speaking, the shades look gorgeous but I’m not completely loving the cover of the palette so much…how do you guys feel about the NAKED palettes becoming a trilogy?

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