Behold, Haus of Gloi’s Butterbombs, Wish they were Better | Valentine Stuff 2013 Still Up!

I’ve really got some sort of online hangover, it’s not that I don’t enjoy the net anymore, please, don’t think that AT ALL…I sooo love doing this.  I actually love that I’m typing this now because no sense in pretending I’m a product post factory, right?  Honesty is good stuff and deserves posting when appropriate.  I just noticed that I’ve been get sleepy earlier ever since my best friend cousin’s wedding last February.  I think it’s really the massive “sigh” after something major more than anything else.  I put in a lot emotionally on that one because it really meant so much to me…and now..we’re back.  In the bath and body department, Haus of Gloi power couple Matt and Briton have “dunnit” again in their secret vegan lab of delight.  My friends, you are not looking at dessert.  Behold their new babies (please note: not for eating) their dinky, scent filled, glam-ly gourmande scented Butterbombs.

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“Toss these little scoops in hot bath water for a fizzy, slightly foamy and decadently moisturizing bath. Crumble under running bath water for best results! Please be cautious when moving around or standing in the tub, these little bombs can make things slippery!” – Haus of Gloi

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From Top:

  1. TOASTED – “Reminiscent of warm milk, aromatic rice and burnt sugar. “
  2. A SIMPLE ROSE – “Bulgarian rose absolute supported by Egyptian geranium in a base of amyris wood.”
  3. WHITE BLUEBERRY – “Blueberries awash with white vanilla sugar, cream and a sprig of white thyme.”
  4. SEA SALT BROWNIES – “Dark chocolate brownie accord with supporting notes of cocoa c02, a gentle touch of coffee co2 and speckled with sea salt.”

 

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To be honest, this first time I am mildly disappointed with these Butterbombs because I was so excited about them  and I’ve never experienced anything lacking from a Haus of Gloi purchase.  I have no complaints about the scent experience or the aromatherapy end on these butterbombs, in the smell department these guys at HOG do no wrong practically ever.  Read more to know about my experience and why I prefer HOG’s bubbling scrubs over these.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Conclusive Post After 17 Days | Shiseido White Lucent Serum & Brightening Mask

I know that the Shiseido White Lucent Challenge, which began with this post here,  was supposed to be a 7-Day one, but I really personally wanted to see what the dynamic duo could do over a longer period.  I used the White Lucent Spot Targeting Serum with the aid of the Brightening Mask for a more realistic 2 weeks ++, a time period in which for me promising skincare products truly begin to kick in. In case you didn’t read my previous post, the serum is meant to “crush” the unwanted melanin beneath the skin surface and the mask is meant to “eject” it.

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I used up both brightening masks in the first week and then continued with the serum once to twice daily (more often twice).  Here are the results, see for yourself.  Sorry about the slight difference in angle and lighting (there were a few more clouds on Feb 10).  I made sure both shots were taken between 8 and 9am in the morning with the same camera shutter speed and I did my best to color balance just so the lighting was even and results are as close to reality as possible.

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First off, I have to point out that the top little dark spot and the ones near my nose and jaw are moles, not freckles or blemish marks so the serum would certainly not fade them out.  What is completely obvious when you first view these images is the overall improvement of my skin’s health seen in the supple skin surface and less oiliness along the T-zone.  You will also see a slight  increase in fairness that isn’t unnatural, less patchiness and redness over my sensitive areas, and my pores have diminished not just in appearance but in actual physical size.  I actually don’t feel my pores on my nose now.  If you look closer the pigmentation marks between the moles I mentioned may not have disappeared completely but they’ve faded noticeably.  I’m actually excited to see what happens after 4 weeks, a whole month.

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What I love about the serum is it didn’t have any side effects and didn’t irritate my skin at all.  No sting, just whopping good skincare that sinks in so quickly.  The serum at this 30ml size costs about Php5650 from your local Shiseido counter.  It’s available from local counters here.  So what do you think, having seen the results for yourselves do you want to try this and see for yourselves?  Like Shiseido PH on Facebook to get more updates and information regarding the launch of Shiseido White Lucent skincare!  By the way if you haven’t joined my special Shiseido giveaway that ends tomorrow, go to this link here!

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Shiseido Naturgo Japan | White Clay Men’s Mild Facial Cleanser

There’s something truly different about Shiseido products from Japan’s drugstore level selection.  For one they’re really made in Japan (lol) and more often than not, they work wonderfully. 

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I scored this Shiseido Naturgo Men’s White Clay Facial cleanser from Hatchin Japanese Grocery for Php275 in Makati (across BDO near vito cruz). Smells pleasant but not overpowering, doesnt make me itch but deep cleanses and foams gently. For oily skin this is good, for dry skin you may need to follow with moisturizer. I personally sense that it doesnt strip my face with harsh chemicals and I’m a normal to sensitive combination type. LOVE.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Bring On that 90s Brick Red | T. LeClerc Matte Lipstick, Non-Drying Loveliness

A non-drying matte lipstick is a prize find but for me there’s also a balance to be had when it comes to matte lipstick.  To me, matte lipsticks needn’t be completely FLAT looking, you’re allowed to disagree with me.  That’s just a personal preference because I don’t want high shine because of my massive lips but at the same time I don’t want my lips to look like a flat vector graphic pasted on my face.  I’ve found my dream matte lipstick formula by T. LeClerc, available at Rustan’s for Php795…complete value for money but I’m really sad there are only 4 or 5 shades available locally, they remind me of the IZGO lipstick I blogged about ages ago (as in like 2 years ago).   It’s great that they’ve got this sort of red, 03 Rouge Secret, a beautiful brick red that has a very slight, almost unnoticeable pink undertone.  It’s very wearable, I wore it at a friend’s wedding and because I loved the color so much I made sure I retouched at the reception (even though I was recovering from a small gaping lip wound), though I didn’t have to pack on a lot to retouch.  You better believe it, red lips have not vanished from the trend reports and hello, love month isn’t over yet.

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The texture of this T.Le Clerc lipstick is like that of a MAC lipstick like Ruby Woo but creamier and more velvety, easier to bring across the lips.  Also in comparison to a NARS Pure Matte lipstick I own this is way more comfortable to wear.  You can also safely eat with this lipstick without it going everywhere…a light retouch may be required if the food is a bit greasy.  French brand T.Le Clerc has a strong following and one of my former bosses, Tinette O. Puyat, salon owner and hairdresser is extremely fond of their powder bases, too.  One of my wedding clients, Maita, wore this brand of lipstick as maid of honor at another wedding I did, but her shade was like a slightly brighter cherry red and seeing how it lasted on her is what made me go on the hunt for it.  A lovely matching lipliner for the T.LeClerc lipstick shade 03 Rouge Secret, and I mean a real exact match, is NICHIDO’s lip pencil in Coral Rust which is what I used to line and color my lips in midway first to help with longevity.  The NICHIDO lipliners have the same texture as NYX slim lipliners which are also a favorite of mine but these local ones only cost between Php100-Php200.Tleclerc_rougeAlevres_mattelipstick_05

There’s a 90s revival ongoing and it’s bleeding through almost every style magazine feature I’ve noticed so far.  Every so often people will reminisce about what was nearly 2 decades ago and crave a reinterpreted throwback.  In my teens bell bottoms and elephant pants plus everything 70s when it came to music was the “in” thing in high-school.  Mod beauty for the 90s was earthy, brick red lips which were big on TV stars (remember Monica and Rachel in FRIENDS?), movies like Reality Bites, Empire Records, Pulp Fiction (more ox blood red than brick though), and even Clueless (check Brittany Murphy’s lips).   Here’s an inspiration photo from Reality Bites which also shows a similar sort of red on the lovely Winona Ryder.

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The T.LeClerc lipstick, I reiterate, is Php795 from Rustan’s (got mine at Rustan’s Grand Mall) and for the lovely slim size and packaging I have to say it’s a real find, a similar one by MAC would be Russian Red but that isn’t as matte.  T.LeClerc also has a bright coral pink that’s kind of like Chanel’s Rouge Allure velvet Exuberante and also a slightly more beige pink is also available.  Have you also been bit by the 90s revival you see everywhere and if so have you been incorporating it into your wardrobe or makeup looks?

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Just dropping in to say…I was tired…

Hi,

I’m gonna pull an “honesty is the best policy” fast one on you guys.  Sorry it got a bit quiet around here…in just the last week I suddenly felt a lot of the adrenalin, energy, and excitement I had from my cousin’s wedding suddenly retreat from me when real life kicked in.  I had lots of stuff to feature for the blog but while sitting in front of WordPress, I had nothing to say, nothing would come out.  I was left a bit worse for wear in terms of online presence having been on a roll checking every social media account I had plus suddenly discovering all these Instagram and photo-editing apps that made it quite addictive to post stuff like almost every half hour or so.  I got net burnout and to be honest I was feeling it already in early January then right after the wedding it slowly came crashing down on me.  I just realized I was having lots of fun with new friends but eventually pixel-weary and tired of looking, posting, and checking feeds, and even just for a few days, blogging.  However I have 2 or 3 nice features and photos coming up for you guys next, hopefully tomorrow.  To be just a bit more relevant here’s a nice photo of makeup stuff that I have nothing to say about except that it was all for a celebrity makeup job hehe.

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Pardon the silence, please just a bit more patience, like just until tomorrow.  I just needed a timeout.  I’ll be back on with a post by tomorrow after lunch hopefully.  I have all these nice photos here just waiting to be blogged.  Thanks to those of you who totally understand.  It really means a lot.  By the way this message here by Joshua Harris is a video I discovered 2 years ago that totally explains why I’m currently fasting from social media, just click here to go to his YouTube video about having Self-Control in a Wired World it’s actually quite funny.

With the exception of blog & work stuff I’m only allowing myself email, PMs from FB, and DMs from Twitter.  I’ll be back on track, soon.

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The Official Onsite Wedding Video | Paolo & Sam’s Wedding by Bob Nicolas

I absolutely waited for this.  I nagged Pao and Sam Valenciano, ever so dear to me, about when it was coming out, it was shown at the wedding but it wasn’t as complete then as it is now, now it’s perfect.  At the time I asked, Paolo said they were still fine tuning it before sharing online.

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There are some wedding videos that make an impact even on people who don’t know the couple personally and even make strangers cry, and I’m sure this one is exactly that.  It captures the exact mood and embodies the everlasting love, childlike humor, and solid friendship we all experienced during their union last February 7, 2013.

The cinematography just grabs you and pulls you into the wedding with the magic of Bob Nicolas and his onsite team.  Of course the direction and comments on the edit by Pao, the groom (who is also an editor) make all the difference.  Watching this video FULLSCREEN is the closest experience to being at their wedding if you weren’t there. If you can’t view the embedded video click on this link to watch Pao and Sam’s Wedding on YouTube.

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Pro Tips for Light Photogenic Makeup | Bless My Bag @ Sample Room!

Today’s post is over at the Sample Room Blog!    There I lightly discuss tips on being believably fresh and photogenic during the daytime without overdoing it.  It’s a great stream of tips for people who want to practice looking fresh during the day without putting on too much.

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I also make mention of the actual products I used for the look done on myself there (not this one on the model because this is a studio look).  Click on this image or here to proceed to the article :).… To full post & COMMENTS...

Speechless Sunday…sort of | MUJI Cat Paperclips

You know how cats love to mark…whatever…whoever?  It’s high time they marked something sacred. I got these in January. I love that they’re not as thick as regular paper clips so they won’t damage delicate pages and they’re tightly shaped.

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MUJI Cat Paperclips about Php250++?? Sorry, give or take…approximately, could be less. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and the “rest” of your Sunday, hehe.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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