Pevonia Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser – Can’t do without it now

In the last two weeks I have kept a certain product close by as part of my every 2nd day cleanse and I like it very, very much.  When I can’t find it I’m completely not at ease and bothered until I recall where I put it, in fact it came with me to the hospital a few days back when I was confined for dengue fever.  When I sat on this tube on the bed last week by accident I nearly let out a cuss word, just nearly, because some product had gotten squeezed out but I had enough self-control to rein in my tongue.  This Pevonia Botanica Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser has basically replaced my former favorite nutty exfoliating scrub by Jurlique which I didn’t hesitate to call a miracle skin product when it was still available at Greenbelt.  To put it simply, if I liked that Jurlique exfoliating product that much to go through 3 tubes in 3 years, I’m not going to pretend to deny that I’m liking this even more.  This one by Pevonia Botanica is a milky cleanser with some abrasive granules that polish the skin, kind of like the St. Ives Apricot Scrub but not as thick and pasty, more runny like a cleansing milk with a scrub effect and…I just don’t know how to properly describe it.  I already have very clear good skin and just when I thought it couldn’t feel any better or get any softer this came along and changed the game completely.  I use it every other day alternately between my St. Ives Olive Cleanser which I use when I don’t need to exfoliate.

KEY INGREDIENTS: Jojoba, Safflower, Chamomile, Horse Chestnut and French Rose.

Some people might find the granules a bit rough, they’re like sea salt but I don’t mind, I just go about scrubbing my face gently and try to use this only every other day.  It’s one of those few exfoliating cleansers where even the fluid part is convincing, not just the scrub part.  It just leaves my skin immaculately soft and clean.  It’s got a mild, fresh, low sillage but clean, beach-y vacation scent (don’t know if that helped any).  Basically it’s like you spent the whole day at the beach then took a clean soapy shower after…that combined freshness of having been outside and cleansing yourself is what the fragrance brings to mind…it transports me to Mediterranean terraces or seaside roofdecks.  If you haven’t heard about Pevonia Botanica it’s understandable.  They’re a luxury Swiss brand range of products locally curated, directly sold, and used on customers by The Spa chain of wellness spas.  You can inquire about these products at The Spa in either Alabang, Makati, or BGC Fort, Taguig.  Pevonia Botanica can be compared alongside prestigious, botanical, mildness approved skincare brands like Jurlique, Clarins, and even Aesop and when my mom sniffed the sunscreen included in the little skincare pack the Pevonia brand manager sent me Mom quickly said “It smells so nice, it smells like they gave it a lot of thought and research…”  What I have is a 1.7oz travel size tube that came with a summer skincare set.  The full size of this tube on the website is about 5 oz and costs around Php1350.00 I’m not exactly sure of the price difference between online and at The Spa.  I certainly want to ask if I can avail of the full size since I like it a lot.  Follow Pevonia Botanica Philippines’ Facebook fanpage and the Pevonia Twitter Account @pevoniaph for more information.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Looks by LUSH – Fresh Handmade Colours & the skinny on my hiatus

Yawwwwwn…oh…there you are.  Where on earth have you been??!   Flat entrance I know, I’m still getting back into the swing of things after an awful, and I say yucky bout with dengue fever…nothing new to me because it was my 2nd time to get it, the last time was 10 years ago when I was doing my thesis in college.  To others who don’t get what that is it’s a hemorrhagic fever brought about by mosquito bites, kinda like the less intense Asia-pacific version of Malaria or West Nile Virus.  I nearly put this LUSH post up last Monday but by the time I had the photos color balanced I was feeling too sick to type any words, the fever hit hard within minutes and by Wednesday I was confined, I was healed of fever by Friday night, and yesterday I was released.  Next page…December!  Don’t these Fresh Handmade cosmetics by LUSH  stand apart from everything else you’ve ever seen?  What you’re looking at now are technically a lipstick and a lovey warm gold cream eyeshadow…and you just shot me the “what” look, yes, these are makeup items.   I am absolutely loving how the shade names are in handwritten typefaces on old school tags and how the whole appearance just throws you off entirely.  It’s the type of makeup that helps you stock up on talking points when people see it in your purse.

I’m not exactly what people would call a “LUSHIE”, aka an all-out LUSH lover.  The UK brand LUSH isn’t as popular in the Philippines as it is in the West only because, I THINK, aside from the price hike for one, bathtubs aren’t a default thing in every house here and the thought of dunking a LUSH Bath bomb in my “tabo” (dipper) or the toilet (kerPLOP)  just to see it fizz and not get to dive in just wouldn’t cut it for me.  Plus all those deep, rich moisturizers, bath melts, body bars (solid moisturizer) they’ve got stacked in cake rations might have a tendency to sit on top of skin in our humid weather rather than sink in leaving you feeling slightly basted and hot even (I’m willing to give their product “King of Skin” a try, though).  What I love about LUSH however is their handmade vegan cosmetics mission and how clear and light your conscience is when you use their cruelty-free, often delightfully gourmande organic products which are great for kids and people with sensitive skin.  From above there’s that personal touch where you can obviously see the name of who processed the product I have on hand and the date of when it was packaged.    If you’re just about to break the bank on MAC’s ever popular red lipstick shade, Ruby Woo, hold your horse’s nose, I have something to show you.  Read more to get the full scoop on the two items that I chose.… To full post & COMMENTS...

My StrawberryNET Buys | 5% + 8% OFF + FREE Shipping + Gift = Happy Camper

Like a cool cobra in the shadows I was waiting for just the right moment to strike and restock on my Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer.  That moment came around when a StrawberryNET  “We Miss You” Discount email alert came in (it comes when you’ve taken awhile to purchase again with them), promising an additional 8% on top of an exising 5% loyalty discount I already have plus a 1% discount if I chose 2 products.  So given that 14% discount plus the lowered Php value of the US$ in the past weeks (41 to 1) I knew today was the day!  I also remembered that this is the last day (you’ve got time) to avail of a special Korres gift with purchase.  In my life I’ve consumed 2 full tubes of LM Tinted Moisturizer, it’s been the go-to item I throw in my bag for outings where I don’t want people visually nitpicking at what I have on.  It evens out my complexion, knocks out the need to “prep”, I can put it on with hands, and it makes me look fresh without shouting “makeup”.  I ran out of it at the beginning of this year and this time I chose the oil-free formula because reportedly, Kate, aka the Duchess of Cambridge, was spotted buying a tube of it shortly before the Royal Wedding Day (in which she did her own makeup).

I also had been planning to put money down for a very long time on my first ever NARS blush via StrawberryNET HK.  I actually wanted NARS Madly, but it was gone when I checked this time and I thought MAC’s Trace Gold which I own is already quite like that so it was fine that I couldn’t have that.   So I decided on NARS Zen which is the MAC Harmony of the NARS world or quite like NARS Laguna without the golden shimmer.  Don’t get me wrong I don’t have anything against pink or peach I’m just on a neutral kick right now.  So all in all this was a strategic maneuver to avoid the overhead markup of local cosmetic counters.  Because the items I chose were not ON-sale items on StrawberryNET they still had on-hand markup, like LM Tinted Moisturizer is US$42 (Php1720) on the LM website but without discounts on Strawberry NET it’s $54 and the NARS blush on the NARS site is US$28 but here it was listed for $32.  Directly from the brand sites both items in total would cost $70 but that’s not inclusive of the steep shipping fees.  Wait, I know what you’re thinking “then WTH did you save if StrawberryNET had markup?”, I’m almost there…LOL, before you think I’m a twit let me finish.  So basically what my 14% discount did was knock out the StrawberryNET on-hand markup and bring the $86 StrawberryNET total of both items down to a grand total of $74.  It’s as if I was able to buy both items directly from BOTH brand websites without any shipping fees or overhead mark-up PLUS I got a KORRES compact powder of $44 value for free.  For the Korres compact I deliberately picked a darker shade because I was running out of pressed powder for dark skin in my professional kit.  So to wrap up, I paid under Php3100 for both an LM Tinted Moisturizer and a NARS blush plus I got a Korres gift with purchase!  What I absolutely love about StrawberryNET is discounts can be compounded, so these discounts apply even on top of already discounted Christmas specials available right now on the site.  It just turns out what I wanted weren’t on sale in the end.  Today’s the last day for the gift with purchase offer and if you’re a StrawberryNET shopper you may have overlooked the “We Miss You” discount if you haven’t shopped for awhile, so better check your inboxes!… To full post & COMMENTS...

OOYD – Outfit Of YesterDay, Because I Can, & Someone’s HBD

Today only has yesterday in it because I’ve got no time for a very good reason.  First, here is my Outfit Of YesterDay.

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Necklace: M|phosis, Earrings: MBMJ, Top: Cotton On, horse print, Feather Belt: CPS/Chaps, Pants: H&M Super Low Skinny, Snakeprint wash detail, Heels: Renegade Folk

In all honesty i was in Payless flats throughout the day and I slapped on heels for the purpose of Instagramming.  Here is my valid reason for today’s hasty, albeit thrown together post.

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It’s my mom’s birthday! Happy Birthday to my human earth shuttle (how I got here), my teacher, friend, sister, my confidant, my confident (LOL), my blog proofreader, typo sniper, meal maker and Spiritual model. 

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I know I’m driving you nuts, (and will soon literally “drive you” nuts) but don’t worry I’ll be sikat soon.  I’m working on it, love you, Mom ♥ Look! Malapit na me mag 1000 followered. Typos just for yours, Happy Birthed Day!… To full post & COMMENTS...

Reveling in Rollerball Fancy – The more affordable, portable, fragrance path

Now, this post isn’t going to be a review of the fragrances you see here which are Philosophy’s Amazing Grace, Stella by Stella McCartney, and mom’s Diptyque Eau Rose, I’ll do individual reviews later on.  This is to present to you my newfound delight in the convenience of rollerball fragrance vials.

Though the concept and working of this isn’t new, the rollerball device has been around for years (more for deodorants, treatment oils and eye cooling serums) but  in the realm of fragrance they just didn’t catch on as popularly as atomizers did for some reason, the lack of the “pfffft” sound off perhaps.  Although Travalo atomizers (which I like very much) are extremely convenient for decanting scents for transit,  in my opinion rollerballs just totally steal the show because they’re still more “legit” and prettier to carry around in your handbag, especially at more formal occasions, thanks to improved digital glass-printing technology today.

I think not everyone caught the concept of the marketability of roll-ons and their convenience early on but now they’re having a moment in the beauty sphere.  Many known brands offer rollerballs today either in-store like in Sephora, online, in multiples as gift sets, as a gift with purchase, or as samples to take away with you.  I think that these are, as the English say, bloody brilliant.  There are 3 insights I’ve hung onto for today that I’d like to share with you in 4 seconds explaining why these are so great.  First off, the discretion of application.  Let’s just say that if I were to assassinate myself with fragrance and I wouldn’t want my boyfriend/husband/people around me to hear and suffer from how much I’m putting on, I’d prefer a weapon with a silencer.  While some people might like the entire room plus the world to know they’re spraying on fragrance, I personally wouldn’t.  I’d prefer people to think that my fragrance is a part of me and that it came with me and the sounding off of a spray when topping up your scent just reminds me of moments when someone thought they smelt someone or something bad nearby or that they didn’t smell good enough or right suddenly…do you get what I mean?  I may sound fussy, please don’t think I get offended when people SPRAY on fragrance, that’s not the case.  I’m just saying I enjoy the silence of rollerballs for all these frilly reasons that make sense to me.  Caught that?  Hung it up?  Carry on.

Secondly,  I think rollerballs conserve  more fragrance even if you’re given a small amount which is great for if the rollerball contains a more concentrated eau de parfum or parfum.  I’m inclined to think that if you spray on something, no matter how close the proximity the majority rests on you but a good third of it probably vanishes into thin air…waste.  The only drawback when it isn’t a spray I think is you don’t experience the fragrance in the air surrounding you (which some experts say is the way to go). Rollerballs carefully pour fragrance directly onto wherever you choose, there’s no spillage and none of it goes anywhere else unless you rub and say so.  Nuff said…I like.  Lastly but most importantly, for someone like me, who likes trying and non-obsessively collecting new fragrances, roll-on scents are the more affordable route and if you love to travel and hit the Duty Free, like I do, it would be nice to have a collection of rollerball scents from different destinations.  One rollerball of original fragrance at Sephora, for example, is at the minimum cost of about US$18 (now under Php750) and who’s to say you’re going to repurchase when you get to the end of it?  Only you can decide once you’ve had it for awhile.  Anyway, relating this feature to the holiday season, original rollerball scents would make great stocking fillers (if you’re in a country that traditionally puts up Christmas stockings, invite me over).  They come boxed so don’t worry about them breaking or anything.  They shouldn’t just be available in Sephora, I’m sure abroad you can ask any fragrance counter if they offer the roll-on version of a certain fragrance.  Oh another thing I like ’bout these is that it’s less imposing to ask someone to bring a rollerball scent home from abroad for you.  So if you’re a fragrance bug Filipino (also translates as “If you’re Filipino”)  the next time someone generously asks “Anong pasalubong gusto mo?  (What take home gift would you like?) rollerballs are a great, less imposing, lightweight choice and, in most cases, it wouldn’t hurt to ask for more than one.  Thank you to Wella and her husband, Budjette Tan (the author of Trese comics who just got slapped with ANOTHER national book award) for making this post possible.

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Saizen Daiso Crystal Cream Eyecolor – Smooth and Water Resistant at Php88!

I was in Ayala FGU Center earlier today (along Ayala avenue by GT Tower) after making bank deposit and I checked out the inconspicuous shopping space for Christmas sales on the ground floor, a sadly lit area which often holds random bulk sales.  There was a Toys R’ Us (up to 70% off) and a Saizen Daiso “everything Php88″ supply in there today.  I walked in but didn’t expect to find these Crystal Cream Eyecolors and even more so did not completely expect that they’d actually be really good…but I had a feeling…woohooo because a less shimmery equivalent of these in the UK would be those MeMeMe Dewpots the Pixiwoo sisters have been using fairly often.  These Crystal Creams are  dinky and cute, good alone on the eyes or as eye bases, and will appeal to those in the market for “kawaii” trinkets.

I like that there was some thought put into the packaging in the same way that Cover Girl Lash Blast mascaras are packaged with the tube covered with a temporary cap so that the wand is visible.  The cream eyeshadows are packed inverted just so you can see the shades at the bottom and these are first covered with plain brown twist-on caps that you can dispose of (or keep) so you can slap on the “bejeweled” caps and knock your kawaii selves out.  I got the shades Rose, a warm rosy champagne (comparable to Stila “Kitten” or Benefit Creaseless Cream in “RSVP”) and Cocoa, a cool taupe (comparable to Benefit Creaseless Cream in “Birthday Suit”).  They’re shimmery but in that really good way.  For some reason the Rose shade was melting mousse soft in comparison to the Cocoa one which was significantly more thick and solid.  Some storage or transit condition may have caused the Rose one to melt a bit, but both go on really pretty.  They’re easy to smudge and blend around in the first 5 minutes but they set speedily after that and become extremely water resistant, so much so you can’t even scratch them off.  Rose on the right, Cocoa on the left.

The shimmer tends to transfer a fair bit in the first few seconds upon application, but after it shouldn’t transfer too much as long as you don’t rub or scratch aggressively.  When you buy stuff from Saizen Daiso “Japan” don’t be expecting all items to be Made in Japan, not everything is.  These Php88 cream eyeshadows are Made in Taiwan aka produced FOR Saizen Daiso, although they’re not in any way made of natural ingredients I appreciate that the ingredients list is short so expect the usual budget cocktail of silicon, mica, and oxides.  At Php88 these were a really, really cute find for me today…well, I blogged about them right away, didn’t I?  Here are some of the Saizen Daiso outlets around locally:

  • Saizen Ali Mall, Lower Ground Floor, Ali Mall, Araneta Center, Quezon City
  • Saizen Galleria, 3rd Level, East Wing, Robinsons Galleria, Quezon City
  • Saizen Trinoma, Level 1 (Inside True Value), TriNoma Mall, Quezon City
  • Saizen Pavilion Mall, Ground Level, Biñan, Laguna
  • Saizen Robinsons Abreeza Mall, 3rd Level, Inside Robinsons Department Store
  • Robinsons Abreeza Mall, Davao City
  • NEW! SAIZEN ROBINSONS PLACE MANILA, L1 Padre Faura Wing
  • Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila
  • NEW! SAIZEN MARKET! MARKET!, Level 2, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
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Ellis Faas Luxury Make-Up | Now Available on StrawberryNet HK

Who is Ellis Faas?  She’s a Dutch make-up artist whose professional expertise, ingenuity, technical skill, and keen creative craft eventually spawned her self-named makeup range which is nothing short of chic, high-end, and futuristic all at once.  The Ellis Faas makeup range starting from November is now available here from StrawberryNET HK, which means…hello…we have access to it!  Hers was one of those product launches that hit the news near the end of 2009 before it was officially released in February of 2010 and when I caught wind of it it felt like the sort of brand I’d never ever get to touch because it’s just so…far up there.  It’s even way more up there and exclusive than the luxury brands at boutique counters you can waltz over to in high street department stores.  Ellis Faas only happens to be one of the best and most gifted makeup artists in the world.

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Having worked for many years in her career with top designers and brands like L’Oreal Paris Ellis is most famous for her own range of products which exactly presents itself as the world’s ultimate makeup arsenal like no other.  Read more to see what the products look like and what I mean when I say that.  I’ve also included a video review by Lisa Eldridge on this product range at the end of the post.… To full post & COMMENTS...

My Nationwide Thanksgiving Treat Beauty Giveaway! – Open ’til Nov. 25, 2012

I would personally like to thank you for the support of all my readers, half of which I know are family and friends whom I hold dear.  The blog would not be where it is right now without your enjoyment, support, encouragement, and comments and so I’m very very thankful to you guys for being able to enjoy OR withstand my beauty musings and kikay outbursts LOL.  To the rest of you who I may or may not have responded to via your comments on my posts I pray you have a marvelous Thanksgiving.  Just the other day at a wedding I did makeup for one of the entourage guests I worked on turned out to be a reader who wasn’t referred to the blog by anybody I knew…which is a total first.  I was put in a surreal spot when I began doing her makeup, I was like “Really? You’ve actually been reading my blog for a year already?  This is too surreal…”.

I know that Thanksgiving is already this Thursday but so that more people can join this lovely giveaway (my biggest ever I think) I’m keeping this nationwide giveaway open until November 25th, this Sunday.  What you have here are a mix of beauty goodies and/or samples I got from the U.S., Hong Kong, and some excess items some lovely brands have been sending me throughout the year.  Only 1 or 2 things are items I fished out of sample boxes I was given only because I believed you guys would really like to check them out.  Some of the brands included are Estee Lauder, Clinique, Diptyque, Cetaphil, L’oreal, Human Nature, NYX, and quite a few more :).

1 Clinique Turn Around Concentrate 15ml, 1 Clinique Liquid Facial Soap 30ml, 1 Clinique All About Eyes Cream 5 ml, 1 Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion 15ml,

1 NYX Luscious Lipgloss Palette 02 The Naturals, 1 Maldita clothing Member’s Discount Card, 1 Benefit Cosmetics Posie Tint Sample 2.5ml,

1 Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Mascara, 2.8ml Deluxe Travel tube, 1 Estee Lauder Hydrationist Moisture Serum 7ml, 1 Fresh Brown Sugar Eau de Parfum Rollerball,

1 Diptyque Philosykos Eau de Toilette Sample 1.5ml, 1 Diptyque Huile Precieuses, Precious Oils sample 10ml, 1 Diptyque Lait Frais, Fresh Body Lotion 10ml,

1 Max Factor Glossfinity Polish, 140 Cobalt Blue 11ml, 5 L’oreal UV Perfect BB Max 5ml samples, 5 L’oreal Youth Code Pre-Essence Serum, 5ml samples, 5 L’oreal RevitaLift Night Serum, 5ml samples,

1 Kai Beauty-M Brow Razor, 1 Human Nature Bamboo Body Scrub, Vanilla Paradise, 1 Davi Napa Lip Balm, 1 Sariayu Martha Tilaar, Indonesian Lipstick, “Kelimutu” (berry shade), 1 Comodynes Make-Up Remover Wipes, Combo Oily Skin,

1 Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion, w/ Macadamia Nut Oil & Shea Butter, 1 Cetaphil Daily Moisturizer SPF 15, 1 L’Occitane Rose Petals Hand Cream sachet, 1 Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream Sachet #23, 1 ZEN ZEST Cocktail Collection Body Spray, “Cosmopolitan”

Told you it was a hefty one!  Click Read more to get to close up photos of the prizes and use the Rafflecopter Mechanics widget at the very bottom which has the complete list of prize.  Use the embedded widget’s instructions in order to enter and join, there are 3 mandatory steps and 1 optional action for extra points.  IMPORTANT:  Remember, you must follow the instructions in the widget exactly, and REALLY leave a blog post comment before you click “I COMMENTED” on Rafflecopter because I will still check the blog post comments because that is mandatory for the giveaway.  This giveaway is open only to Philippine residents.  Read more to continue to Rafflecopter.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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