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The Sick Pick | 100% Pure Eucalyptus (& Sake) Cold & Flu Vapor Bath

Sick edits are having a bit of a moment worldwide I noticed, was surprised that shortly after Charlotte (Lipglossiping.com) put up a sick note to suddenly see Anna of Vivianna Does Makeup putting up a cold edit and I’m not intentionally jumping on the bandwagon either, I’ve just been really sick.  I’m not surprised the western hemisphere are having their turn with the sniffles, imagine the temperature jump from summer to fall?  That’s just crazy.  This post deserves the biggest laugh ever, simply because Mom spotted the vegan brand “100% Pure” on her layover at the San Francisco Airport and did her motherly thing to ask me “Would you like anything from here? Look at their website 100percentpure.com“.  I spotted the Eucalyptus (& Sake) Cold&Flu Vapor Bath, was intrigued by it and I wasn’t even sick when I asked for this.  This request was made while she was away, and shortly after I was beset with the worst viral flu I have ever had, as in EVER remember experiencing and hope to never have again.  What made it so terrible was the raging sore throat (which hurt all the way up to my ears), the high fever, and throbbing headaches which made me wake up 3-5 times a night.  I was medicated and it was still almost unbearable.  Mom arrives from her trip with this magic bottle in tow on the day before my fever breaks (hear Alanis singing?) and so I don’t get to use it while I’m fully sick, but I am still coughing and recovering so now will have to do.  Let me tell you, I haven’t fully submerged in this stuff yet but I just sink tested this baby in our guest bathroom to check its vapor potency (sink half full + 1 teaspoon of this) and whoa…let me say that again WHOA…

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100% Pure Eucalyptus Cold & Flu Vapor Bath (USD) $26.00/Php1100++,  118ml

3 INGREDIENTS: Rice Ferment Filtrate (Sake), Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, and Limonene

APPLICATION: Shake and add 1 TABLESPOON in a tub of warm to hand hot water, whichever suits you. Stir in with your hand.

(My hot lips mueller compress bag is by Ice It Up at True Value)

Three ingredients!  That makes for a possible future DIY project I’m certainly keen to try.  What you’re seeing is a bi-phase Eucalyptus Oil and Sake formulation, you shake it up and just one  tablespoon added to hand hot bath water is enough to set up those crotchety lungs for some much needed purging.  I love that Sake is one of the base components of this, not everyone knows but premier skincare brand SK-II is formulated from sake derived extracts.  They developed SK-II after some people noticed the youthful hands of the old women working at a sake brewery.  Sake or Rice Wine has some anti-aging and of course cleansing properties.  Of course do NOT get this into your eyes while in the bath, whatever you do don’t put your whole head under once this is in your bath, just keep your head above the surface and allow the vapor to float up.    Putting just under 1 teaspoon into water in our guest bathroom sink has now made it smell like a hotel spa and you don’t just get a pleasant smell.  That nippy eucalyptus vapor zips right up your nostrils and it feels like it opens up your lungs.  It is overwhelmingly therapeutic for such a small amount.  What we’ve also now done to keep the aroma going in the restroom is we hid a mug of boiled hot water in the corner and put half a teaspoon of this stuff  into that, but even before we did, after I had sent the water down the drain in the sink the smell strongly lingered.  I put my arm into the sink to test how this would smell on the skin after.  The aroma in the vapor is different than the aroma left on the skin and that makes this product a winner for me, there’s a very, very light fresh scent left on the skin that isn’t Eucalyptus, partly sake and partly the limonene component I think.  A sensitivity note for some perhaps, not everyone reacts well to essential oils so better if you test a product like this on your hands and arms first in the sink like I did.  What I love about Eucalyptus is you get a more refreshing similar sort of medicinal aromatherapy to camphor oil without smelling too ancient?  Haha, how do I say that without offending mature readers…hey I’ll admit I still love my Efficascent Oil, I still apply that on myself during my lola moments when I’m tired or feel nauseous.  Eucalyptus as a room scent is fresher and more uplifting than camphor in my opinion.  100% Pure isn’t a brand that’s available locally but I do know a lot of you have relatives in California or the Bay Area.  This is so worth the money, unless maybe you’d like to try making your own DIY Eucalyptus bath :).  This is such a comforting product!  I can’t wait to take a full dip in it tonight, thanks, Mom!  This is actually a more affordable version of something like Aromatherapy Associates Support Peppermint & Lavender Bath Oil…if you haven’t checked out the brand 100% Pure in SFO Dutyfree or direct from their website you certainly should.

 

Sleek Matte Me Ultra Smooth Lip Creams | New Sleek Arrivals at the Ramp

The lady from the Ramp said these Sleek Matte Me Lip Creams arrived just last week.  For your information in case you’ve been living under a rock (as I possibly have been from time to time) UK’s popular Sleek and Collection cosmetics are now available at the Ramp boutiques for about several months now, I’ve spotted them at Glorietta and Trinoma. I’ve blogged about the NYX (Now at SM Aura department store)  Soft Matte Lip Creams a couple of years back…those are really popular and are really convenient strongly pigmented matte lip products.  Recently Lime Crime’s Velvetine lip products have also been enjoying the limelight.  Sleek have taken their own version of this sort of product another level up…with bang on pigment as well as unrivaled longevity and a thinner consistency.  I’m actually still sick at the moment (fever, runny nose, sore throat, headache…)  but I am doing my best to recover, blogging is right along the road to recovery.

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 SLEEK Matte Me Ultra Smooth Matte Lip Creams (Php450 each)

TOP TO BOTTOM – Party Pink (Coral), Petal (Pastel Nude Pink), Fandango Purple (Berry Fuschia), Rioja Red (Cool Red, comparable to MAC Ruby Woo)

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My personal favorite of the moment is Fandango Purple, my runner up fave is the Party Pink which is a pink-y coral, and my least favorite is Petal which I knew might be too light for me but it would totally suit someone “tisay” or caucasian.  Petal would work better for me if I applied concealer over my lips.

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Now the thing with these that’s a little tricky is they set quite strong and quickly.  I found myself making mistakes lining the lip edge with this and had to correct with a cotton bud and makeup remover (also because I’m still besieged by the flu and my hands are shaky…) so ideally you should have a lip liner pencil that suits the shade and line your lips with that first then fill in with this.  A softer lip edge is more appealing to me than a sharp lip edge, they look less like stick-on lips.  Less chances of edge mistakes happening that way if you use a lip liner.  These last very well through a meal but like Charlotte’s (Lipglossiping.com) case with the Lime Crime Velvetines, you’ll have to simply retouch the inside of your lower lip because these leave a hard edge and the pigment fades on the inside of the lip after a few meals.  You can see a little of what I mean happening in the photo above, check the inner part of my lower lip.

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The reason why I wore only one of the shades to show you is this lip product is VERY, VERY difficult to remove completely from the lips.  My lips would have gone on strike  if I had shot myself wearing all the shades.  If I was going to wear a bang on red lip this would be my weapon of choice, less chance of a mess happening.    To remove this properly you can use olive oil, a cleansing oil, vaseline petroleum jelly, or a bi-phase make up remover, using any of those will ensure no stain is left behind.  You can also opt to wear a thin layer of lip balm underneath (I recommend Hurraw) if you want less of a hassle upon removal.

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Someone wasn’t supposed to be part of the photo but my cat sat right there when I was about to take this shot, and once she sits, there’s no moving her anytime soon.  Once again, these cost Php450 each from the Ramp.  You can check out other Sleek cosmetic products at the Ramp boutiques in both Glorietta and Trinoma.

Paula’s Choice AHA Gel (8% Glycolic Acid) | First Impression: Gentle Overnight Renewal

“A whole new world, a dazzling face I never knew…”. Palm to cheek, I’m not exaggerating, Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting AHA Gel brought out the best in my skin after one night so far, a result even more obvious than the Clarins Gentle Exfoliating toner (in my case).  Paula’s Choice is a cosmetic range birthed by American skincare queen, Paula Begoun, who began in the skin biz as someone who suffered from acne then became a celebrated product blogger/reviewer and professional esthetician.  It would be nearly but not quite precise to describe her as America’s version of UK facialist & skin consultant Caroline Hirons (but add in 3 million copies of books sold and being dubbed Oprah’s Cosmetic Cop).  I’d still cautiously take the comparison to Caroline with a grain of salt.  Caroline is more low-key, less jazzed up, and focuses more on testing and helping a variety of brands improve whilst Paula is advocating her own brand now.  They’re both talented “skinspirations” who speak their mind about formulations and ingredients for everyone’s benefit and if a brand like Paula’s Choice has helped girls with troubled skin find a safe solution that’s a good thing.  Now, Paula’s Choice has landed in the Philippines and for now are available for purchase only online, but eventually will expand into retail.  If you’ve got normal to dry sensitive skin (do not use AHA  if you’ve got acne.  BHA is for you), are in your late twenties or beyond and have been unsure about which chemical exfoliant to try here’s where you can Begoun, er…begin that is.

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Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting AHA Gel (8% Glycolic Acid) PRICE: Php1120.00 for 100ml Alcohol-free, fragrance-free, no animal testing

INGREDIENTS: Water, Glycolic Acid (alpha hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (chamomile/soothing agent), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (water-binding agent), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Sodium PCA (water-binding agents), Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol (slip agents/penetration enhancers), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyquaternium-10 (thickeners), Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben (all preservatives).

The Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting AHA Gel has a higher percentage of glycolic acid (8%) than UK’s cult Alpha H Liquid Gold (which contains 5%) BUT the gentle difference is unlike Alpha H (or even the Clarins Gentle Exfoliant) this is alcohol-free, contains moisture grabbing hyaluronic acid, calming chamomile + aloe, and is also at the correct lower Ph level for overnight exfoliation, plus it’s way more affordable at Php1120 instead of Php1700++ for Alpha H.  Remember Johnson’s Ph 5.5?  That’s a higher Ph approved for gentle cleansing so you will not react, but for something to be able to actively exfoliate the skin the Ph has to drop temporarily triggering the skin to rebalance itself quickly, so this has the correct Ph level for exfoliation between 3.5-4.5.  Read on and click “more” to get the full review and watch pro makeup artist Wayne Goss’ concise video review on this product.

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Haus of Gloi “Something Hopeful” Bubbling Scrub | An Out of Season Asian Delight

It’s been awhile but the brand remains close to my heart.  When the ‘Ber months come rolling around, my early readers know I eventually muse about the small U.S. venture that is Haus of Gloi again since their Holiday ranges are among the most sought after in seasonal vegan bath & body concoctions.  The endearing revelation is that it’s a vegan couple behind all this, Briton designs the scents and makes everything…and Matt packs and ships everything.  What I’ve been drawn to is late and out of season, since “Something Hopeful” is from their Valentine collection, but in case you’re one of my new readers (and I’ve noticed there are several of you) you may have not heard me gush about this brand before.

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SOMETHING HOPEFUL

“Perhaps the first stirrings of the spring to come. Warm sakura blossom green tea with the tiniest droplet of plum juice, red mandarin and crystallized jasmine essence.”

Briton’s thoughtfully written scent descriptions help land purchases every time.

Something Hopeful Bubbling Scrub is a creamy, fruity, Asian floral.  The bubbling scrubs are exfoliating pasty wonders which lather up gently when you work it into wet skin and they undoubtedly transform bath or shower moments into a luxuriously fragrant event.   Read on and click “more” to get the full review.

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