I’m beaming with delight and it’s all thanks to Shiseido Philippines and blogger friend, Sophie Uy. I’ve got something special that I’m about to sort of embark on as well as a makeup item to give you lovely readers today, but before we get to that nationwide giveaway prize, be still your beating heart…patience is a virtue, we’ve got to start at the beginning. I’ve got a full 7 days to take two wonderful skincare items out for a “road spin”. Something by Shiseido suddenly got us bloggers “arrested” just the other day at the Shiseido Pop-Up Beauty Lounge at SM Makati, which will by the way be there until March 31st for purchases, facials, and free consultations. It’s amazing how one mention of revered cosmetics brand, Shiseido, drew quite a huge bunch of us Filipina beauty bloggers together…and on a weekday, too. To be honest, my mother and I are quite a couple of Shiseido fan-girls I tell you. The first main product the bloggers were introduced to, The White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum, coupled with a brightening mask, is designed to nourish skin, help radiance resurface, and help lighten or eliminate unwanted spots brought about by small clusters of hardened melanin beneath the surface of the skin.
1. SHISEIDO White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum – crushes melanin,
2. SHISEIDO White Lucent Brightening Mask – ejects melanin
Getting ready here for my skincare treatment, this was shot in the middle of having my own makeup removed by a Shiseido lady. Here I am side by side with Sophie Uy of Beautynomics who has already been using the White Lucent serum several days ahead of me, she’s naturally a shade or two fairer than me.
On that day we were being presented with Shiseido’s White Lucent Intensive spot targeting serum and the partnering brightening mask. The serum is a targeted treatment containing their proprietary “Melano crush” to cause spots to, in theory break apart into finer particles or disintegrate. Our White Lucent 7-day skincare challenge involves the twice daily use of the White Lucent serum coupled with the intermittent use of the brightening mask on top of it every few days. Click “Read more” to continue to my experience at the Shiseido Pop-up lounge and get to the Rafflecopter widget at the end for my single Shiseido giveaway.
Just one photo because I was too busy making memories with family and friends to tune out and take lots. My BFF cousin Paolo Valenciano married his childhood sweetheart, Sam, and no words can define how happy I am for both of them.
We’ve known Sam since like forever. All us cousins (don’t ask how many) from all 4 sides of both parent sets, (Valenciano, Pangilinan, Godinez, Tabuena) have “hung out” with each other for years. Sam’s dad, Tito Jaime, being the sound and technical director for Tito (Uncle) Gary’s shows since the 80s, often had his family in tow backstage, on tour, and at family gatherings. Two families…were undoubtedly meant to become one and believe me it was one tearjerker and fun-filled blast of a wedding. My often shy, non-limelight cousin Paolo did not conceal or withhold any joy he felt yesterday as a new husband. Who ever really knows what God has planned for those who love Him and seek His approval? Oh, here’s a little secret the bride was keeping and I’m not sure everyone knew…
Instead of sky high stilettos or even other sorts of traditional bridal footwear Sam was wearing these sweetly glittery Toms underneath her bridal gown the whole time, a lovely laid back twist for a bigtime wedding.
Ok, a round of applause for my first heat styling tool for hair ever at a time when I’ve had the… least…amount…of hair…ever, in my grownup life. So, why now? I’m planning to grow out my hair once the monsoon months roll in mid-year, yes a time when people don’t visit or see each other. I saw just the exact thing I needed months back when one of my hairstylist partners, Tricia, was using what was simply a mini flat iron on a more mature client with curly cropped hair. It wasn’t this same one, but something like it. Both she and EddieMar, my other hairstylist partner (who has only done Leighton Meester, Zac Efron, and Ian Somerhalder when they were here) highly recommended purchasing Babyliss heat styling tools from Landmark. I was also recently sent Pro Style Fuwarie Straight styling mist, a product used on hair for heat styling.
This is such a bargain, to begin with it has the dual function of curling and straightening. The length of this mini Babyliss styling iron is about 6.5-7 inches, I don’t have huge hands. What’s great about this is apart from the size it’s voltage ready for either 110 or 220, so you needn’t worry about it short-circuiting on you. It works for both. The catch for a small tool is there’s only an on/off switch, in other words just 1 heat setting…but it heats up in 20 seconds and it’s very hot. I singed my finger when checking ‘coz i didnt believe it would be hot that quick (smart)! I needed a heat styling tool on hand but obviously not a huge one, something smaller that could style or tame hair that’s closer to the scalp, when the grown out hair begins looking horrendous with wispy flyaways etc, I wanted to be sure I was armed during that dreaded IN-BETWEEN stage of growth after summer before the holiday season. Read more to see me test this one out with Fuwarie Styling Mist.
I recently remembered this because “YouTuber” Emily Noel of Beauty Broadcast recently raved about all the different sorts of blush done by The Balm. I agree with her totally about the textures of the pressed powder products by The Balm (available at Beauty Bar) even their eyeshadows totally rock, they’re velvety but not too crumbly. I always held back on buying the world famous NARS Orgasm blush simply because of the name, call me a frumpy female if you like, it’s not that I hate it, but I’m sort of sensitive about names, even with cosmetics… because whatever you put on yourself, you irrevocably identify with whether you admit to or not, you don’t have to agree with me but that’s what I strongly believe. I actually own a Rock &Republic blush in the shade Foreplay but I feel different now bout stuff I buy. What made NARS Orgasm such a success what how flattering it was on different ethnicities and it wasn’t overtly pink. I’ll probably end up buying NARS Orgasm when I get married LOL but for now I’ve got a great dupe, not spot on, less intense for about half the price, and it’s locally available Meet Hot Mama!
What made NARS Orgasm such a sellout blush was the way it flattered so many skintones. This Hot Mama blush isn’t an exact dead ringer for Orgasm but it has the same flattering peachy pink shade and an earthy kick with a gold sheen that isn’t annoying. The NARS Orgasm blush is deeper and a little more pink but I don’t mind because Hot Mama flatters me pretty well.
I thought I had totally lost my love for blushes with shimmer until I met Trace Gold by MAC and now this Hot Mama blush by The Balm. Both my parents complimented me when I first applied it and said it was sooo nice…which is probably a biased opinion full of love lol, but they’re pretty honest, my Dad doesn’t usually say anything about makeup I put on. This costs Php776.00 from Beauty Bar, I got mine at the Rockwell boutique.
So I’ve run out of whatever haircare I’ve mentioned in the past and have moved on to new stuff, and they’re all locally available and all under Php200 each. What you’re looking at is not Moroccan Oil haircare. To END the confusion Moroccan Oil (brand name) is the top selling A-list brand of Argan oil infused beauty products. This Argan oil infused hair pair is by Delon, a cruelty-free Canadian brand manufactured in Canada. You can’t go wrong with something manufactured in Canada, that was the birthplace of MAC Cosmetics and you know how high 1st world Canadian standards are. I know the amber + aquamarine colorway of these ring a bell, yes they contain Argan oil but not by Moroccan Oil. This rich duo of bargain haircare impressed me for the price at S&R Pricemart grocery. The scent of these products is great for upcoming summertime as well, it’s a bright and fresh but not annoyingly zesty Mandarin orange sort of scent with a bit of honey…I think, that’s what comes to mind, anyway. I can’t confirm if the notes are true orange notes, but they’re certainly citrus.
Key Ingredients: SHAMPOO – Argan Oil & Shea Butter, CONDITIONER – Argan Oil & Jojoba Extract
“Salon quality intensive hair treatment for extreme conditioning requirements. Our extra rich formula is enriched with argan oil (Argania Spinosa), which comes from the argan tree found in Morocco. The oil derived from the nut of this tree is extremely nutritious and ideal for strengthening and enhancing dry hair.”
Both the shampoo and conditioner cost Php129.00 each for a full 354ml each and I like that the bottle is clear enough so you can see how full it is…or eventually how much is left. I actually think these are sale prices because off Amazon these By Delon products cost $8 USD each which is about Php320.00, so just be aware of the full price. The shampoo foams up nicely but not OVERLY so so you know that it’s a milder brand with less chemicals. I checked and there are no parabens either. The WINNER for me however is the conditioner, when you apply it you can absolutely feel that it’s a rich, nourishing conditioner that contains natural oil because of the more organic slip when you massage your hair through with fingers. My pixie hair, short as it is, displays the effects of the conditioner which are added shine and softly hydrated locks. If you view the ingredients list the Delon conditioner contains more Argan oil (Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil) than the shampoo because Argan oil comes in 4th on the list (which means the conditioner contains a very good amount) while in the shampoo it is 9th on the list. What’s great for the price as well is indicated by the “from opening” symbol (beside the bunny) which indicates “36M” meaning it will be good for 36 months or 3 years from opening (and to think it’s paraben-free). For those with color treated hair, unfortunately the shampoo isn’t SLS free. I’m using it because I’m quite due for color retouch in a week anyway. This next shampoo which I use to cleanse is also from the grocery (Makati Supermart Alabang) and this is what I use if I’m maintaining color (when newly retouched) giving my hair and scalp a mild reset.
“Non-irritating, free of allergens, dyes, sulfates, dermatologist tested.”
I was so glad to find this Php188.00 SLS-free shampoo by Finesse at a regular grocery (Makati Supermart), you can also try Rustan’s Fresh or Landmark which may carry this. The Clean + Simple Hypoallergenic range also has a conditioner, I have it also but it’s not something to rave about, unlike this shampoo. It’s lightly scented. It smells clean, like super duper clean (with signature Finesse notes) and just refreshes hair that’s been weighed down by lots of product or other haircare items. so about once a week I use this to give my hair a reset. I find the Neutrogena cleansing shampoo that everyone knows about quite expensive even though I like it (its great especially if you have a bad case of pool hair) and I just ran out of my color-preserving sulfate-free shampoos which were sent to me in the past by both Pureology and Kerastase. While I loved those premium quality SLS free shampoos they’re sadly too steep in price and I don’t want to spend BIG money on SLS free shampoos to preserve color when I have pixie hair this short. It’s just not cost efficient. This does the job of cleansing and at the same time it’s safe for color treated hair. So that’s my haircare crew at the moment. I’ve stepped away from pampering hair masques and expensive OTT treatments just because I haven’t got a whole lot of hair yet. These do the job for now.