Are You Restless? | The Beauty Behind the Restless

There was an inspirational video last night that somewhat moved me to pieces called “Restless” a small group series based on the book by Christian author and inspirational speaker, Jennie Allen.  It was posted in December 2013, so it isn’t that ancient and I’m glad both the teaser and message are in HD video.  There was a sacred romance behind it, but it wasn’t about relationships, it was about something Greater.  Here I’m first posting the animated book teaser and at the end of this post is the actual 20 minute motivational message that I really recommend for ANY woman no matter who you are.

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How many of us women know that regardless of what age we’re at, whether married or not, whether we’re corporate career women, small time entrepreneurs, or bound to the home sometimes even in the midst of having everything we need or whether everything is in its place or misplaced we find ourselves restless?  Something kind of revealing occurred to me from last night to this morning.  If your childhood was laced with the fantasies of Disney’s now overtly commercialized princesses take heart…there was so much more meaning behind them than you realize, it wasn’t just about selling you Disneyland.  Notice.  We all want more, something deeper, and we shush ourselves when we feel that way.

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“Just around the riverbend…”

At the very, very peak of their questioning, despair, the burgeoning of these princesses’ hearts or whatever it was that set off their situations…something greater and bigger than they expected lay in store for them and if you look at the whole story it wasn’t just about their own happy ending, it was always about something GREATER for everyone’s good needing to be set right, too.  Sometimes it’s just about to happen and sometimes, or many times honestly, it takes time, trust, and patience for your adventure to arrive.  However you need to be seeking and posted in the right place, and trusting and believing in the right Person, and that is Jesus.  You’re allowed to disagree with me and I’m allowed to share what I believe in :).

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In Jennie Allen’s beautifully and simply edited  video message she mentions at one point she was newly married with a good, sweet husband and a baby and yet she was staring at the ceiling…restless.  I’m sure some of you who are new Moms have felt this way sometimes.  Sometimes the restlessness is not about our not being content enough, it just means your heartstrings are being pulled for God’s purpose.  He never wants to just stop and sit comfortably, of course He wants us to enjoy life, but there’s more to it than just being comfortable, there’s something greater, it involves stretching and that is more than okay, it’s amazing and we are loved by Someone everlasting who will make it happen, but we need to shed all fear, He can do that for you.  The part that moved me most in her video message was from YouTube clip time 19:03 til the end in case you don’t have time to watch the whole video. Before that she quotes from Hebrews which was a life changing passage for me this last season which I had to believe. Take a 20 min break and Watch this video.

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Human Nature Pure Rosehip Oil | Php695 Dupe for Pai Rosehip Facial Oil

Goodness in beauty just got exciting.  Do we ever find terrific budget dupes in the skincare department?  Dupes in skincare of course have nothing to do with “payoff” or “finish” and more to do with the overall effect on your skin whether instant or over time.  The question arises, is your skin left feeling the same wonderful way or in the same good condition as when you use the more expensive product you originally liked?  I’ve praised the Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate oil several times over the last year and a half.  That Pai oil was one of the skincare products I tried that delivered a difference OVERNIGHT when I mixed just a few drops with my moisturizer, relieving irritation and rebalancing my skin back to it’s supple self.  But gosh it’s pricy and hard to source from the UK or Singapore.  I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I prefer naturally sourced facial oils to serums for treating and nourishing my sensitive skin.  My mother came home with a treat from Human Nature last night and my eyes widened, and as far as I can tell it’s the newest birth from their product range.  Say hello to Human Nature’s Pure 100% Natural Rosehip Oil.  Say hello to it for Php695.00, for a high grade treatment oil that isn’t bad.  Human Nature claims it’s actually a multi-purpose treatment oil that can be used on any area of skin that needs healing or rebalancing.  I wouldn’t even hesitate to try it on chapped lips or for ultra specific cases like soothing the browbone or upper lip area after you’ve waxed, shaved, or tweezed even.  Mainly, however I prefer to use it to treat my whole face.  Yup, you bet this went straight onto my face last night, two drops with my moisturizer.

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INGREDIENT: 100% Natura Pure Rosehip Oil

“Step into the light with a new chapter of healing with Human Nature’s 100% natural, pure, premium grade Rosehip Oil. Cold-processed from top-quality rosehip fruit hand-picked and ripened to perfection, each potent drop is rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids that help improve skin elasticity, assist in skin regeneration, and reduce uneven pigmentation.

- Vitamin A and Beta Carotene help improve the turnover of skin cells
- 80% Fatty Acids (Omega 3, 6, 9) assists in regenerating and rebuilding the skin
- Vitamin C helps brighten the appearance of skin

Bridge skin recovery to radiant rebirth and let clearer, younger-looking skin spring forth.”

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Pure is potent, that’s for certain.  First, let me say, hats off to the gorgeous packaging, hello?!  It’s a dainty glass bottle which suggests that Tarte’s Maracuja Oil (same push dropper) and Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair eloped and had a beautiful budget baby…no, really LOOK!  Even the box looks nice in photos.  Did I mention the Heaven-sent fact that the product is fragrance free?  I love how like a handful of us who have our ears to the ground are really starting to GET IT, what we actually need to be better in the local beauty industry.  Look at me being all Michael Bay-ish with my flares.  You’d think next up some Human Nature products were going to walk out hero style in slow motion to save the world.

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The consistency of the oil is less dense that that of the Pai Rosehip Oil and more like Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate in liquid form.  I put two drops into my moisturizer and slept overnight with it and woke up to rebalanced better skin.  There was a small skin issue that felt instantly relieved by my use of this. … Read the rest

Hey Hey, Everything Earl Grey

And so it happened that somehow I managed to find myself with a couple of comforting delights flavored with my favorite full-leaf tea which had to mean it was worthy of a post centered on everything Earl Grey.  A couple of lovely brands over at the Legazpi Sunday market sweetly indulged me with Earl Grey flavored treats and helped make this post possible.  Mom got me the ice cream elsewhere.  You can’t imagine how pleased I looked smiling upon all of them together (actually, only 4 things on top of my requisite grey sweater)…I almost clapped LOL.

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CLOCKWISE: Merry Moo Earl Grey Ice Cream (local artisanal ice cream, made with milk from free range cows), Fat Fingers PH Earl Grey Macarons (filled with Earl Grey tea infused dark & milk chocolate ganache), HURRAW Cold-Pressed Vegan Earl Grey Lip Balm from Cutieverse, Twinings Earl Grey Tea Bags.

I’ll now have to admit that I haven’t blogged about Merry Moo Earl Grey Ice cream ever since I first discovered it…kind of on purpose because I wanted to keep it a secret (it’s always in limited stock…*hits the backspace key…sighs and moves on* lol).  Merry Moo is a wonderful local ice cream brand that does uniquely marvelous ice cream in artistanal flavors like Candied Bacon (tried it, it isn’t weird at all), Strawberry Basil, Honey Comb, Salted Dark Chocolate, a couple of others and THANKFULLY Earl Grey Tea as well.  You can see some of the tea leaf flecks in the ice cream below.

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Merry Moo’s  Earl Grey offering is creamy, sophisticated and significantly yummy, if you like milk tea, I guarantee you’ll like this ice cream.

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Merry Moo have a lot of kiosks in the Metro and sell ice cream to eat or in Php300.00  pints to take home, they’re also at the Legazpi Sunday Market but don’t always have lots of pints on hand there, the ice cream is mostly scoops to go at the market.  The main kiosks I’m aware of are 4th flr foodcourt in SM Aura, EchoStore Market Market, Taguig, Glorietta 4 foodcourt (flr. before cinemas).  There are more kiosk branches though, check out their Facebook page for the full list.  In case your sweet tooth ain’t sore enough yet, the friendly people of Fat Fingers PH and Cutieverse.com put together a joint gift just for meeeee :D.  A combined present encasing my favorite Hurraw Earl Grey Lip Balm AND…OMY  WAIT FOR IT… Earl Grey Tea flavored macarons filled with dark chocolate Earl Grey infused ganache

*T-H-U-D*.

Fan me, say my name, help me stand.

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I won’t even begin to talk about my repeatedly mentioned ALL-TIME favorite lip balm past this next sentence.  This balm is nothing but good,  HURRAW was praised by NYLON magazine for merging the convenience of the pocket-able chap balm with the good of better ingredients, it tastes like Earl Grey, in the most comforting way plus the balm is cold-pressed and vegan.  That was a really long run-on next sentence.  As for these macarons, to be fair to you readers I will have to admit for your sake they are on the pricy side per piece (around Php45 each) but honestly these ARE YUMMY (just wish they were bigger for the price).  Hint-hint @fatfingersPH I love your macarons but I must be honest.  The macarons I tried abroad in Williamsburg, NYC were 75 UScents each (about Php33) they had drawings on them and they were about 25% bigger (not sure if I’m making a fair economic comparison but thought I’d mention for honesty’s sake).  God must’ve worked to make the team behind Fat Fingers bring two of my favorite dessert flavors together in these macarons…Earl Grey Tea and Dark Chocolate filling  to set me free…so, so yummy. … Read the rest

Pixi UK Endless Silky Eyeliner |Do “Tilbury-Taught” Smoky Eyes

Okay, seriously, I have not been THIS excited about eye makeup in AGES.  My go-to eye look since NYC has basically been just curl and mascara on repeat.  Weeks and weeks ago I did try and swatch this Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen on my hand (called that but it’s a pencil) which they probably call a pen because of how smooth it glides on but I hadn’t had the chance to shoot or say anything after all the hospital commotion we had after I got back from abroad.  What seems like “just an eyeliner” does so much more.  I fell for it again when I recently used it on some bridesmaids I made up at a wedding.  It’s soft when it glides on but sets and becomes waterproof after a few minutes.  I also discovered what a wonderfully dual purpose product it actually is.  It helps me create Charlotte Tilbury inspired smoky eyes.

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“Waterproof, super-long-wear, no-smudge, no-budge eye liners. They glide on like seamless silk, and in a single sweep motion create a flawless, solid jewel-toned line. No retouching required all day – or night! Gentle on eyes, yet intensely coloured and super-silky. Waterproof. Paraben-free. Mineral oil-free. Preservative-free. Hypoallergenic. (Formulated with Vitamin E to nourish the eye area).” Php740.00 from GlamourBox here  PIXI UK is also available at Ava.ph, seektheuniq.com, Pure Beauty boutiques (Serendra & Alabang Town Center), Commonthread Rockwell & Greenbelt 5, Plana Forma and select Snoe outlets.

This eye pencil (notice they didn’t just label it “eyeliner’) is awesome because it glides on silky but gives you a super reasonable amount of time to blend it over the lid if you’re using it as an eyeshadow, about a good 4-5minutes.  It really is the eyeliner range of Pixi cosmetics because the brand really has its own collection of LidLast Shadow pens, but these eyeliners also work miraculously well as eyeshadow as you can see and on my for the last 5 hours so far it hasn’t creased and I was sweating today.

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I’m not pulling your leg when I say on my eyes I’m only wearing this Pixi Silky Eye pencil in Bronzebeam and mascara.  I applied the pencil all over the lid up to the crease, used a small crease eyeshadow brush to blend it out quickly in the crease before it set.  I lined the upper lashline again after blending over the lid to bring back intensity then  I lined underneath the eyes, curled lashes and applied mascara.  That’s it.  Two products = smudgeproof smoky eyes, pencil then mascara.  No faffing around with eyeshadow if you’re not up to it, but you can also add some on top if you like.

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SKIN BASE: Happy Skin Zz (ZitZapping) SPF20 Cream Foundation (review here) BROWS: K-palette 1 Day Tattoo Brow Pen, EYES: Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pencil “Bronzebeam”, LASHES: Revlon Lash Potion Waterproof mascara,

The shade I have also reminds me of a Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadow I admired on my friend Charlotte before called “Skylark”.  It’s this really warm bronze that’s almost copper, a hue that’s rich and gorgeous all the way.  It’s so pretty you’d think bronze or copper would look redundant against brown or hazel eyes, but it still looks chic.  That’s why it’s important that the mascara you use is very black for contrast.  I so like how without black eyeliner in the way the lashes just pop out against the bronze.  I find that this pencil is a great affordable dupe for Charlotte Tilbury’s highly acclaimed colour chameleon eyeshadow pencils.  These pencils come in about 14 shades on the UK site, I’m not quite sure how many shades are available locally, but I’m very happy I was sent this one.  … Read the rest

Happy Skin NEW Zz Zit Zapper Cream SPF20 | Oil-Free Grapefruit Goodness

If you liked Happy Skin cosmetics’ Ss Second Skin cream which boasted of its smoothly effective silicone-free formula as a wearable everyday base, then get ready for this!   Introducing their new Zz Zit Zapper Cream which is basically the Ss Cream but sheerer and with the power of Grapefruit antioxidants and skin brightening ingredients.  The Happy Skin team has never ceased to amaze me thus far with their awesome new products and they just keep rolling prettily with the punches.  Congrats Gals, you’ve come out with yet another good one!

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“This non-silicone foundation does not clog pores and is infused with Grapefruit Extract. Rich in antioxidants, grapefruit is touted as the new skin care secret. It effectively prevents skin acne and sebum oxidation, the trigger that starts pimples. It keeps troubled skin soft & supple, too. Wonder food Yoghurt Extract treats and minimizes the growth of acne bumps & plugs, and also serves as a skin brightener helping lighten scars & blemishes. Licorice Stem & Root Extracts act as anti-irritants that help reduce redness & irritation, thanks to their anti-inflammatory and skin soothing properties. Salicylic Acid helps exfoliate pores and eliminate the clogging residue that causes breakouts. This contains SPF 20 PA++ and is suitable for all skin types especially blemished skin.” Php1299 at Beauty Bar, Plains and Prints, and Rustan’sHappySkinCosmetics.com #happyskinbeauty

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One thing that came to mind when I saw this new Zz Cream release at a private bloggers’ launch last week was the ever popular Origins’ VitaZing, remember how popular that daytime base was about a year and a half ago?  It’s still an old favorite of many US and UK beauty enthusiasts till now.  It was the product to throw on when in doubt or on a lazy day.  Origins’ VitaZing was mainly a moisturizer with barely there coverage and it improved the complexion by depositing a complexion lifting radiant sheen while treating the skin as you can see in this photo example here. Well, Happy Skin’s Zz cream is similar.  It provides more coverage than VitaZing while also encouraging the development of brighter healthier skin, this formula is also better for oily skin since it’s oil-free and has some controlling properties.  While the Zz Cream claims to help treat and protect troubled oily skin it is still safe and suitable for all skin types, including sensitive types like mine.  Here’s a before and after shot.

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In these shots I’m wearing no base makeup at all and then in the after shot I applied the Zz cream evenly over my face and neck just with my hands and put on their classic lippie in “Crushing on You”.  I think the whole Origins VitaZing craze sort of explains to me why Happy Skin’s Zz cream has come out only in one shade.  It’s not mainly supposed to be a makeup base range as much as it is a complexion boosting treatment with coverage for skin that needs more fight to it against skin evil and pollutants.

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If you feel that the universal shade is still slightly too light for your own skintone even if it’s sheer my tip is to balance it out by setting it on top with your own shade of pressed powder to help balance the color and make it your own.  Happy Skin products are available at Beauty Bar, Rustan’s, and Plains and Prints outlets. Follow Happy Skin on Instagram @happyskin_PH and post your happy skin experiences using the hashtag #happyskinbeauty :)Read the rest

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