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The Demure Allure of Elie Saab Le Parfum | A Gift From Beauty Scents PH

I finished my Miss Dior Eau de Toilette a couple of weeks before I left for the US last April.  It hadn’t occurred to me while I was there to shop for a new signature fragrance that wasn’t too far off from the properly done floral elegance of Miss Dior.  I like floral fragrances but only if they are formulated in an especially unique way that doesn’t smell annoying and invites people to hang around you :).  Up ’til the launch of Beauty Scents PH outlet store in Paseo Center, Laguna I had not smelt the simple joy that is Elie Saab’s Le Parfum scent.  As proven to me while at a private bloggers’ dinner last night there is something warmly well-received about this fragrance.  A handful of them who weren’t aware asked me what I was wearing and so did the event guest of honor, was flattered.  The brand owner even mentioned she’s not a perfume person but she wanted to know what I was wearing.  It’s one of those woodsy florals that’s done right, and the subtle inclusion of honey in the fragrance I think helps round off the scent tagging it as Mediterranean inspired.  To me, mentally it smells like the memory of a beautifully calm person with infectious joy.  I owe my prized scent selection to a tip-off.

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FULL SIZE FRAGRANCE 3.0 oz, REG. PRICE Php 5800+, BEAUTY SCENTS PRICE Php 3800+

A harmony of white flowers, cedar woods and a drop of honey creates an encounter as feminine as the trail of an evening gown. An addictive, refined fragrance with a Mediterranean spirit. The exceptional in the everyday.

Notes: orange blossom, jasmine, patchouli, rose, cedarwood.

 

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THE PURSE SPRAY 60ml (+ 2x 20 ml refills eau de parfum, comes also in eau de toilette), REG. PRICE Php 3600+, BEAUTY SCENTS PRICE Php 3100+

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Before I spied Elie Saab at the Beauty Scents PH (Paseo Center, Sta. Rosa, Laguna) launch last week after a tip-off.  At Beauty Scents they sell select fragrance brands individually and by gift sets at nearly half-price, they also sell some cosmetics.  I was admiring another beautiful scent across the room (Dior’s J’ adore) but the bottle’s appearance wasn’t my type.  Then a kind person pointed me in the direction of Elie Saab which according to her was sort of in the same fragrance vein as J’adore, but younger smelling and packaged better.  She claimed that she smelt it already and while nice it wasn’t quite for her.  When she saw me on the hunt her memory of the fragrance matched my appearance she said.  One spritz from the test atomizer and I was convinced.

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This is the original Elie Saab Eau de Parfum debut release which launched in 2011.  As bloggers we were allowed to choose a full-size fragrance to review, this is what I chose.  When I wore this last night at that blogger event I mentioned it was the first time more than 3 or 4 people asked what fragrance I had on in one night, which was a good sign. They all affirmed it hung around nicely and wasn’t the nauseating sort of perfume.  I managed to get the travel spray version of the same fragrance as well for easy application from my handbag while on the go.  If you’re one of those girls who leans towards the woodsy, warm, floral category of scents and at your age (late 20s-mid 30s I’d say) now sort of have the feeling you’re past “eau de toilette” mildness this beautiful, appealing fragrance by Elie Saab in Eau de Parfum form is an excellent one to try.  Kind of midway in similarity between Miss Dior and J’adore.  It’s a keeper.

Celebrity MUA Gregory Arlt’s Desert Isle MAC Palette Picks

Hot off Instagram 2 hours ago Celebrity MUA Gregory Arlt posted the complete list of his custom to-go MAC palette contents, his desert island picks for blush and eyeshadow.  If you haven’t heard of the name Gregory Arlt, you should know him whether you are a budding makeup artist, beauty blogger, or makeup enthusiast.  He does professional makeup for the likes of Gwen Stefani and burlesque artist Dita Von Teese, those are only two names among many well-known people he does work for but those two say more than enough right?  He’s traveled the world giving beautifully done makeup demonstrations on behalf of MAC cosmetics.  “Like American Express, I don’t leave home without it!” he says.  For those among you looking to build a very wearable collection with MAC only products let his selection lead the way.  :)  It was BIG of him to share and I thought lots of you would want to know :).  You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter via @gregoryarlt

 

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Blushes: Well Dressed, Pinch O Peach, Margin, Style, Fleur Power, & Pink Swoon. Shadows: Dazzlelight, Shroom, Rice Paper, Phfloof!, All That Glitters, Naked Lunch, Kid, Omega, Coquette, Malt, Cork, Motif, Espresso, Embark, Shadowy Lady

 

My Macadamia Hair Treatment & A Giftpack Giveaway ‘Til July 31!

Ola, Ladies! Last June I was able to experience some of the new and lush Macadamia Natural Oil hair products offered in special service treatments via Piandre Salon. I attended the launch at the BGC High Street Branch.  By the way, at the end of this article join the Macadamia Muse Natural Oil giftpack giveaway, open ’til July 31 (mechanics below)!

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I’ve long been wanting to try Macadamia’s hair stuff to say the least but I just never really got around to exploring further into this haircare brand, so I was quite excited when they invited me over for a special day of hair nourishing and pampering, even if I don’t have as much hair to treat lol.

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  • For more information on Macadamia Natural Oil in the Philippines, you can visit our website at macadamiahair.com, or follow us on Instagram (@macadamiaphilippines) and Facebook (/macadamiaph). For more information on Piandre Salon, please visit piandresalon.com. Piandre Salon BGC is in Two Parkade, 30th St. corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.

The treatment I decided to go for was the The Damaged No More Treatment was a combination of the Deep Repair and Healing Oil Treatment, a quick fix for hair that’s dry, damaged, and chemically processed since my hair does have hair color. The treatment includes a delightful head and upper back massage. It began with an invigorating cleanse using the Macadamia Natural Oil Rejuvenating Shampoo (Color-safe, Sulfate-free, Paraben-free) and I must admit, I love how it smells.

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After the shampoo, they did not use regular conditioner (in above photo I was given the Moisturizing Rinse to review which is pretty much like one) but towelled my head off and brought me back to my seat to revel in the next step which is the 30min scalp massage for the application of the Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque (it isn’t a very wet or oily sort of masque, it’s more like a quick absorbing conditioner that can be massaged in). After the massage they finished off my hair with a quick thin layer of Macadamia Healing Oil, just a few drops. While I had less hair than everyone with my pixie cut my hair and scalp still felt revived by the whole treatment and I was more than glad to have had it. My hair though short had a supple finish and more spring back in the roots following the treatment, my hair didn’t feel color treated and dry, it felt once again like my hair before it was ever color-treated. I’ve no doubt the nourishing properties in Macadamia products have helped boost this effect and I would love to go back to experience the treatment again whenever I have a free moment and find myself nearby a Piandre salon.  Now for the GIVEAWAY MECHANICS!

You guys can also experience the magic of Macadamia Natural Oil as I am giving away two (2) Macadamia gift packs. Just follow the mechanics below:

  • 1. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @blessmybag
  • 2. Comment on this post with your answer to this question: Why is Macadamia Natural Oil perfect for your hair? (Don’t forget to include your full name, email, and Instagram username as well)”
Please note that the gift packs contain 1 travel size Macadamia Rejuvenating Shampoo and 1 travel size Macadamia Moisturizing Rinse Conditioner. Deadline of the contest may be until July 31, 2014. (PLEASE NOTE OPEN TO PHILIPPINE RESIDENTS ONLY.)

Five to Feel Good | Beauty bits that make it better!

This is sort of a different mix, today is beauty blogging with a swirl of what’s personal in it.  Many of you know it’s been a rough couple of weeks for me since we got home from hospital with Dad.  While I haven’t been able to set my mind on certain things like makeup and cosmetics for anything other than work lately there are still a couple of beauty bits I won’t be without now simply because they’ve just basically been helping me feel better throughout all this.  This post has to be one for the books in the sense that at a time when the last thing I wanted to think about was “stuff” this stuff just had to be around because they just worked period.  Thankfully now we’ve hired a temporary nurse for Dad so that eases lots of the tension in the daily to-do area.  Today, I did want to share about the products that bring me temporal comfort right now and sort of…cushion the scenario if you will.  These are simple comforts that function as a sort of outer balm for my inner well-being.  That’s what a bit of beauty or wellness loot can sort of help to achieve, right?  Especially if they really excellently do what they’re supposed to.  So straightaway now, here are my current feel-good picks.

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1.) Burt’s Bees Fabulously Fresh Peppermint & Rosemary Body Wash (available at Beauty Bar)

I was having one of those teary-eyed low moments in the shower from stress (we girls get that when things are tough, right, no shame in it at all) and decided to try something different to change it up.  I pulled this from my new Burt’s Bees arrivals and brought it with me to my Tita’s house when I slept over and to my surprise when I lathered it up in the shower the minty aromatherapy-ish scent filled the bathroom and GET THIS, GIRLS,  I actually SMILED, I kid you not, the freakin’ bath gel made me smile  upon catching the first whiff.  Then I caught myself and stopped and looked at the bottle for details coz I thought it was like a Twilight Zone moment, you know, being in tears but then suddenly smiling by yourself in the shower LOL.  Good job, Burt’s Bees, you can be sure I’m getting the full size of this, I hadn’t had a moment with a bath gel like that ever.

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Yesterday’s morning walk…

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2.)  G Stuff “Touch of Awakening” Eucalyptus Rosemary and Thyme Massage Oil (Php500+ for 250ml)

Next to prayer there’s nothing that relieves anything faster than touch therapy.  Seriously speaking, I don’t know how many bottles of this G stuff we’ve already consumed as a family for massages.  The smell of Eucalyptus and Rosemary transports you from the bad to the good in just a few minutes.  This is hands down (literally) my favorite massage oil because it doesn’t sit on top of the skin and after you actually feel soft instead of greasy!  Like you know how sometimes after a massage you want to take a shower because of the oily feeling?  It’s the opposite situation with this, I actually have a complete shower and scrub prior to the massage and after the massage I just go over myself with a dry towel and I feel super baby soft and put my clothes back on.  One cousin of mine when she was abroad consumed a whole bottle which we gave her like super quick because it kept dry skin away better than any other cream or lotion she had with her.  According to her it was working so well that when she ran out she fell into a bad mood lol!  She kept asking where we got this. The products of the brand G Stuff are Virgin Coconut Oil based and the brand provides livelihood opportunities for local communities since profits go back to them.  The G Stuff boutique we go to is at Rockwell but will try to edit in other locations where you can get them.

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Prayers on paper… :)

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3.) HURRAW Earl Grey Lip Balm (Vegan/ Cold pressed)

I’ve mentioned this way too many times, but yes it is a source of comfort to me.  HURRAW, my favorite lip balm brand on the planet did the world a good thing when they thought up their Earl Grey Lip Balm.  It’s my favorite tea flavor in a vegan cold-pressed oil lip balm, need I ask for more? Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks said “Tea is balm for the soul.” Inquire via Cutieverse.com or @cutieverse on Instagram for where to get Hurraw locally :)

4.) Diptyque’s VIOLETTE (violet floral) scented candle 6oz $60,  NYC

This Violette candle was a birthday gift from my cousin in NYC.  We were happily exploring along Bleecker Street last April and we walked into Diptyque and as a sweet birthday gesture she told me she’d get this for me when she saw me smelling it.  We have Diptyque locally but last I checked Rustan’s doesn’t stock this particular scent which is special.  The smell of violets is unique because it’s a sweet floral…so there’s a tartness that isn’t fruity, I know it’s hard to imagine, you can only know what I mean if you smell this candle.  To be clear, I haven’t lit this yet, but I will most likely tomorrow evening since the weather has cooled down already.  What I have been doing recently is I have been taking it to my nose and sniffing it because it just smells sooo pretty.

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5.) Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment Cream (with Avocado)

The normal thing would be to leave your eye cream at home, but as of a few weeks ago this made its home in my handbag for quite awhile, nestled anything but neatly in the side-pocket of my bag along with the ugliness of receipts, earrings, and my Earl Grey Lip Balm.  Since the upset of our peaceful routine at home I hadn’t been putting much  makeup on with the exception of mascara, brows, and concealer.  I’d also been getting dryness around the eye area so seeing this in my hand bag it’s easy to remember to swipe some on my lids and under my eyes before or after I apply my mascara. It hydrates and absorbs quickly and does have that nourishing quality about it since it contains avocado.  I needn’t mention to you anymore that this is Lisa Eldridge’s eye cream of choice at the moment, really not the least bit necessary to mention that, right? LOL.  What also sold me on this was YouTuber Zoella’s testimonial of what it did for her eyes which were having a massive seasonal allergic reaction and dryness reaction(she said the skin under her eyes cracked) at the same time to something else.  She couldn’t put anything else on with the exception of this eye cream by Kiehl’s which made it all better according to her.

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“And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in Thee…”  Psalm 39:7

We all go through some tough times and while I know for now this is but a season for me and my family it’s always a comfort to know there are simple steps we can take to being better and becoming better in general.  I’m also grateful for the people who have sincerely cared about us and helped us whether through prayer or encouraging words.  While personally and spiritually tried in these moments I’m deeply joyful, thankful, and excited for what God has in store for the next season in my life.  I’m learning how to trust without the need for the “Why”, because that’s what true trust is all about, believing what He says and that He loves and cares for each one of us as we need Him to.  The Father really knows what He’s doing all the time, even if we can’t see the sunlight which is actually always, always above and beyond the rain, but it’s never gone, just out of sight sometimes.  I take comfort in knowing that His plan for each one of us is custom made and nothing at all is by accident.  He will complete His work in us when He chooses to and to see it unfold will bring unspeakable joy.

 

 

Scentsation, Better Together | Clinique Calyx Over Benefit Bathina Oil

A late posted revelation but I did realize this a couple of weeks back.  You know how lots of us have been wishing Benefit Bathina’s sultry yet demure, fragrantly pheromone-ish fragrance could be bottled as an actual fragrance?  Benefit came close with the body oil but what’s funny is…I’m hoping my nose is as sharp as I think it is coz it seems Clinique with their modern scent Calyx has done just that.  I sprayed Calyx on my left wrist and Benefit’s Bathina oil on my wrist and the Calyx didn’t smell all too different to me. If ever there is a subtle difference it would be that Calyx has a slightly (and I say slightly) sharper and significantly more floral note and Bathina has a milder, milkier floral note.

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Given the very subtle difference it makes a lot of sense if you decide to lightly layer Calyx over Benefit’s Bathina Body Oil. The combination results in an irresistibly alluring modern day scent for the slow transition from summer to the ‘Ber months. Try and test my thoughts and tell me if you agree :).

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