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The Requisite Mint Nail Polish | The FACE Shop’s GR501

Here we have no sweet name, no hype, no promise-laden formula, no fancy brush.  You just get the delight of that bright but non-neon and still pastel sort of mint that high dives off your fingertips EVEN WHEN backlit (you need that this summer).  This is FACE shop’s regular polish in GR501.  This is actually an eensy-bit more green in person, just a very tiny bit.  I’ve already stopped fussing trying to get the real live shade right in the photo with color balancing, and I’ve checked on 3 different screens, my laptop, my Samsung android, and my Apple ipad.  In general I’ll just tell you it’s a pop bit more green in person.  There was only so much I could do to try to get the shade right across all 3 platforms.  With the different warmth and calibration on various mobile screens and desktop monitors it’s quite a tricky and slightly elusive shade to photograph.  You’d have to offer buy me dessert to really see what I mean LOL.

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There are a gazillion brands that do this sort of on-everyone’s-market mint shade but sometimes the hue doesn’t have that spot on x-factor like this one does, sometimes they’re either too muted or too neon, this for me is spot on.  Here’s what I mean by it still being a standout shade against the light.  When you were young did you ever hold your hands and fingers up against the sun to space out on the red glow between your fingers?  That’s how I believed I was a bloody human being LOL, I was not really convinced whenever I got wounded or scratched.

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Here’s where this happens to be an absolute gem, I bought this polish over two years ago after seeing it on Sam’s (aka @yosameti) toes, she only had praise for the FACE Shop’s polishes then as did I since they were one of the first brands of polish I bought when I first began the blog.  She said this one was really nice and she consecutively repainted her toes with this two years ago.  Against darker skin this is even more of a popping hue and it’s gorgeous.  The last time I opened this bottle was a year ago, you’d think I’d have to bin it by this time, but no it is still so good.  I gave this a shake, after two years it is neither watery nor gloopy nor forming any ugly yellow oil.  It’s still uneven on the first coat like it always was anyway, but always perfect on the generously brushed on second layer.  Price point?  About Php200+ at the most if I recall correctly.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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Gabriel Valenciano Weds Tricia Centenera | Another Cousin’s WeddingS and What I Wore

March whizzed by like a freight train, I had tapings, shoots and another cousin’s wedding for which I was invited as a family guest…so technically I could have relaxed more, and could have taken more photos (I planned to, I even brought my DSLR).  However it turned out to be one of those moments wherein when I got there I didn’t want to experience my cousin’s wedding through a lens the entire time and wanted to mingle more not fuss about what I could possibly feature.


That shot is from the Boracay ceremony, but I’m including reposted photos from both.  I wanted to actually behold the moments happening right before me and just be happy for them.  I have a few shots though from when before we left to show you and will include a couple of (pun unintended) grabbed shots from Gab and Tricia Valenciano’s Instagram accounts because I wasn’t able to fly in for their second beach ceremony in Boracay.  First thing’s first, though, this shot of what I wore by Dad for the Tagaytay Ceremony.



Paul Smith sapphire trench, Rajo Laurel gown, Nine West clutch, photo credit: Dad

We were warned by the groom’s father that the weather in Tagaytay might be nippy because Tricia’s Australian guests were feeling the chill the evening before the big day, so I brought my trench which was the envy of many who opted for shawls…I was also surprised by how cold it got that day just before sunset.  Click through to see the full post and what products I used for my makeup look, also just a few more photos from both their ceremonies.

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Yves Rocher Bronzing Powder Duo in Dark Veil, In Memoriam | My Best Compact Bronzer…broke

A moment of silence for pieces that have shattered.  My purse dropped during my cousin’s wedding and to my dismay, my favorite makeup item inside broke (of course it had to be my favorite).  I don’t have a photo of the demise of my Yves Rocher Bronzing Powder duo, that’s too depressing to show, and no…it doesn’t work the same way across the skin with the pieces broken and the powder loose, it just doesn’t.  This is still my favorite matte compact bronzer and I’m all too game to repurchase it as soon as possible (just please be kind and leave one for me in stock lol).  It’s special ‘coz I’m hooked on the mild Yves Rocher skincare scent this matte bronzer has, it doesn’t have fallout and isn’t at all dusty so it applies like the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes which aren’t at all dusty, and it warms up the skin in the same way as Chanel’s Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Base (formerly known as Bronze Universelle) but in dry format.  Sigh.   Here’s to looking back and I’m also going to mention a few more Yves Rocher makeup bits.  It’s a very good mid-range price cosmetic brand.




PRICE ESTIMATE: Php850-950 (based on conversion from $19 on US site) at Yves Rocher, SM Aura

“Enriched with smoothing Tiare flower extract, the ultra-soft texture of this Axe Solaire Bronzing Powder Duo comfortably adorns your complexion without ever drying out your skin. You can pick up, apply and blend it easily using a powder brush.

Unique features: this duo is comprised of two complementary shades that allow you to create a custom tan, perfect for your skin tone and the evolution of your tanning for a natural, sunkissed look. Your complexion is beautified, mattified and sculpted for the most natural tanned effect.”

The Plus: its economical and generous 20g size

Tested under dermatological supervision.  0.7 oz. Compact / 20 g

You won’t get sudden patchiness with this bronzer, it’s not chalky and has no fallout, as in zero fallout, it’s that sort of texture, unless you scratch it or tap it on top vigorously with a stippling brush…that is the only time it will it yield powder deposit that falls away.  It really is like a dry compact version of the Soleil Tan de Chanel one.  The shade I have is a perfect warm Terracotta-ish earthy tint that isn’t too orange for me…there are two colorways, this one, Dark Veil is the darker compact of the two or medium to deep skin, the lighter compact is Light Veil, a cooler bronze for fairer above medium skin.  The texture is like a pressed powder infused with skincare so it isn’t chalky or dry, the surface of the product begins to look a little strange once you begin using it a lot (like the powder begins to clot over on top, but that doesn’t mean it’s ruined, it just does that) but it doesn’t stop giving or depositing that sunkissed hue you need, it’s also great for daytime contouring.   Click to continue to the full post and see a few more Yves Rocher makeup bits.

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My Earl Grey Tea Milkshake | Cool Your Jets the Creamy Way

Hello, still know me?  I apologize, last week’s schedule was off the charts, been very busy with social events for another upcoming cousin’s wedding, a shoot for an upcoming Resurrection Sunday special, and working during tapings for a new ABS-CBN show, Your Face Sounds Familiar.  Kind of lost my momentum back there ‘coz I’d come home just wanting my makeup to remove itself, sleep and wake up just wanting to sleep in (like today because have another taping tomorrow).  In between though I did shoot some stuff I wanted to share which I’d been meaning to put up a few days back, like one of the frequent blender sessions I’ve been having.





INGREDIENTS (serves 2):

1/2 cup Fresh whole milk (you can use cold carabao’s milk if you want a Pinoy twist, if you want your milkshake like roadside heavy go full cream milk)

2 or 3 full packed scoops  of Merry Moo Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream (depends on how thick you want your shake, for thicker add more ice cream.  Pint size available at SM Aura Cinema Food Court, Echostore in Market Market, weekend Sunday Legaspi Market in Makati, Glorietta food court and other places, check Merry Moo’s Facebook page.)  This is my ultimate favorite ice cream.

8-10 oz. of ice cubes (a cup or more than a cup, more ice cubes means more water, which makes it easier to sip, less ice cubes makes it richer and thicker).

1/2 cup steeped Earl Grey tea (I use 1 Twinings tea bag to brew a full cup and just drink the excess, haha) 

1 tbsp. of sugar (optional, I don’t put sugar because the ice cream is sweet enough for me and I try to keep excess sugar out of what I eat.)


EQUIPMENT: Kitchen blender that can blend solid ice, measuring cups, ice cream scoop, milkshake glasses or mason jar mugs, straws optional (paper straws won’t work well with milkshakes, spoon for tasting (no double dipping!)

I’m so hooked on blended dairy drinks.  Fruit and veggie smoothies to follow.  We didn’t have a decent industrial strength blender before and I’ve been cooling the jets by making frappes and shakes.  Just wanted to share with you how I made my Earl Grey tea milkshake.  I’d been meaning to just do this and try it and after ages and ages finally got around to it.  Click through to see the full process and method of making this yummy drink.

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NCLA Nailing Hollywood Nail Wraps | Late Night Filing

Why did I do this at half past one in the morning?  My thoughts exactly…but doing nail wraps when you’re supposed to be doing something else gets you…stuck, the ultimate fun being you get perfection without the mess.  I didn’t even plan on blogging, but they turned out nifty-looking.

Processed with VSCOcam with a2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c3 presetI’m not feeling very wordy at the moment but all I’ll say is they were easier to apply than I thought.  Take the appropriately sized nail wrap as you would a sticker (they advise base coat first but, nah I didn’t) and align the rounded top to your cuticle and nail edges, stretch the excess over the nail edge then slowly file the extra off.  You can choose to apply a glossy top coat to give the effect of it being perfectly polished instead of wrapped.  You can find the details of where I got this in my introductory NCLA nails post linked here from last year.  Told you I was lazy, goodnight.  These nails are perfect for a personal event tomorrow.

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