Saturday Morning Sing-Along – I Enjoy Being a Girl, Nancy Kwan

I thought up something that I could do every Saturday morning (in addition to other posts) which is randomly choose a song to share that relates a lot to women, self-esteem, and beauty.  I’ll try and be consistent with this.  Saturday Morning Sing-Along’s first number is by the lovely Nancy Kwan from the movie, Flower Drum Song.

I was happy to find a widescreen video of I Enjoy Being a Girl on YouTube with clear audio.  Enjoy!  Try prancing around your room after a while getting ready like she does, gets the blood going.  Lyrics beneath.  I love the melody and happy vibe.  Makes you want to spin around and flip your hair.  If you’re feeling down about yourself listen to this pick yourself up and don’t let whatever it is get you down!



Rogers and Hammerstein’s movie Flower Drum Song

I’m a girl, and by me that’s only great!
I am proud that my silhouette is curvy,
That I walk with a sweet and girlish gait
With my hips kind of swivelly and swervy.I adore being dressed in something frilly
When my date comes to get me at my place.
Out I go with my Joe or John or Billy,
Like a filly who is ready for the race!

When I have a brand new hairdo
With my eyelashes all in curl,
I float as the clouds on air do,
I enjoy being a girl!

When men say I’m cute and funny
And my teeth aren’t teeth, but pearl,
I just lap it up like honey
I enjoy being a girl!

I flip when a fellow sends me flowers,
I drool over dresses made of lace,
I talk on the telephone for hours
With a pound and a half of cream upon my face!

I’m strictly a female female
And my future I hope will be
In the home of a brave and free male
Who’ll enjoy being a guy having a girl… like… me.

When men say I’m sweet as candy
As around in a dance we whirl,
It goes to my head like brandy,
I enjoy being a girl!

When someone with eyes that smoulder
Says he loves ev’ry silken curl
That falls on my iv’ry shoulder,
I enjoy being a girl!

When I hear the compliment’ry whistle
That greets my bikini by the sea,
I turn and I glower and I bristle,
But I happy to know the whistle’s meant for me!

I’m strictly a female female
And my future I hope will be
In the home of a brave and free male
Who’ll enjoy being a guy having a girl… like… me.

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Prestige My BIGGEST Lashes Mascara – Believable length and volume w/o clumps

My regular non-lengthening mascaras are beginning to age and dry out.  So I decided to get an new mascara tube from a brand I’ve never tried, Prestige.  For Php450.00 from Beauty Bar, which is comparable to Maybelline’s pricing, you get water resistant mascara in a huge non-tapered tube which I believe is bang for your buck considering the amount of product you get.

I first heard about this range of mascaras from Lisa Eldridge who over a year ago praised the Prestige My BLACKEST Lashes mascara and said she put it in her personal kit because she liked it so much.

For me a brush like this is quite fine and I get my lashes coated faster.  With a huge tube you also get a huge brush, which may or may not appeal to some of you.  It’s identical to the brush of the L’oreal Voluminous Carbon Black one I reviewed some time last year.  I do not recommend this mascara wand for girls with oriental eyelids whose lashes tend to sit more on the inner part of their eyelids.  Read more to see me put My BIGGEST Lashes on.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Revlon Lip Butters in Manila, Full Review – Swatching and Smiling

Nope you haven’t seen the last of these cute lipsticks on this site, even after yesterday.  If Revlon comes out with any more flattering shades of their Colorburst Lip Butters in the future, I’ll be on the alert for them. I promised I’d give the four shades I picked up a proper review after yesterday’s quick peek and so here it is.

FROM LEFT: Creme Brulee | Pink Truffle | Sugar Plum  | Peach Parfait

The brilliant packaging of the Lip Butter tube inherits the form of the existing Colorburst lipstick packaging except instead of a fully opaque cap you get transparent eye-catching  caps colored according to whichever shade, and so you get an appropriate veil of identical color with a tiny skylight on top for a visible lip bullet.  The tube itself is like a more affordable version of the Dior Addict lipstics and the shape of the lipstick bullet (see yesterday’s post here) is a lovely, large, slanted top just like Dior’s lipsticks from before.

SWATCHES FROM LEFT:  Sugar Plum | Creme Brulee | Peach Parfait | Pink Truffle

It took like about 3+ swipes each on these to get them visible enough for a photo.  There is a very mild scent present, unnoticeable unless you stick your nose into the swatch or the tube up your nose.  It’s a mild sweet scent which reminded me of toffee caramel or Tootsie Roll candies, it’s there but anyone’s bound to almost miss it if you don’t look for it.  Note to the moms, these sheer lipsticks are actually very good “practice lipsticks” for eager young ladies in their early teens who aren’t quite ready yet for a full on pout.  Read more to see these lipsticks worn and find out which are my favorites!… To full post & COMMENTS...

Dermablend Professional Coverage – Best Concealer Brand Ever?

Dermablend, the professional full coverage cosmetic brand formulated by dermatologists put out a video last October that now has over 7.7 million views on YouTube.  I mean hey, is your concealer this good?

What I tell ‘ya? Can you beat that? I made a purchase for Dermablend two weeks ago online but Paypal was acting up so my purchase didn’t go through. One day, I must have that brand in my kit. One day.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters – Manila, they’ve arrived!!

These high-shine sheer lipsticks have taken the U.S. by storm, I can’t wait for Revlon to add more shades to the range as seasons pass.  I wholeheartedly confess, I took the very last one of the most popular shade, Peach Parfait, from Watson’s in Megamall Building A, the salesgirl said they’re selling out like crazy.  I got four of these, one is for Mom and three are for me.  Hi, Mama.  When I say first look, I mean first look on this blog.  Next post coming with swatches and me wearing these!

FROM LEFT: Creme Brulee | Peach Parfait (back) | Sugar Plum | Pink Truffle

Cute aren’t they?  I got so excited I even showed our driver, Clyde, and said that they looked like candies, he laughed.  I didn’t get any of the brighter shades because I’ve got lots of bright colors already in my professional kit and brights don’t really always flatter my big lips.

FROM LEFT: Peach Parfait | Pink Truffle | Sugar Plum | Creme Brulee

These retail for *drumroll* *cymbals* Php525.00, yes, a bit hefty, but considering how far they’ve come, how they wear, and the numerous raves these have gotten from the beauty blogosphere I think they’re worth it.  I already know exactly what these remind me of but I’ll make that comparison in the next post.  They’re available at select beauty halls in SM Department stores and Watson’s outlets that carry Revlon products.  For now if you’d like to see my FAVORITE video review of these Revlon Lip butters, watch Jen of FrmHeadToToe say what she has to say.  Keep your eyes peeled for the next post!

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Dry, Dehydrated, Oily, and Sensitive Skin – My Insights About Four Dreaded Skin Types

I find that there are certain things us women need to know or remember about the dreaded skin types.  There are lots of misconceptions about the causes and solutions and having been educated a little bit more on the subject of skincare by my French makeup teacher in Singapore perhaps I can help settle the score once and for all.  I’m here to smash some myths about these skin types, so please take a comfy seat and pay attention!  This isn’t the usual I promise you.

Mind you, I am not a dermatologist but I have access to a good one, I think she’s one of the best in the country, but I’ve only gone to her because of chronic rashes once in awhile, and I also talked to my aunt a bit who is a non-practicing med school graduate.  Click Read More to see what I’ve learned and have to say about four dreaded skin types.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Marilyn Monroe’s Handwritten 1955 Resolutions List – A Worthwhile Repost

Thanks to Mom for pointing me in the direction of this.  Something as personal as this by the once ever glamorous and intriguing Marilyn Monroe is certainly something that pulls you in.  I sincerely think it’s no hoax.  Reposting from HERE.  Image of her handwritten resolutions below.

Although not quite neat they read as a very sincere sort of resolutions list with a few charming grammatical errors.  The handwriting strikes me as that of someone humble who’s aware of the big load she carries and plows through with lots of thought as to how she can improve herself.  I’m no penmanship expert, I simply speak as an artist and how I perceive the manuscript to be.  It’s hard to make out at first but when you look closer it’s still quite legible.


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Snoe Beauty No.9 Exfoliating Oatmeal bar – My Best Organic Soap for 2011

Today, I tried this soap and just had to put up a review right away, it was super that good.  It qualifies as my best organic soap for 2011 because it was given to me not this year but last December.  Snoe Beauty is a freshly launched  partly organic local beauty brand founded by two delightful ladies, Jen Gerodias-Diaz and her sister-in-law Gen Diaz.

I have a love-hate relationship with organic soap bars, they’ve kind of like been a hit or miss for me.  This one was a total hit and I am now ready to  gush about how good this No.9 Oatmeal Beauty bar by Snoe Beauty is.  What I love about it is the fact that it’s local (I’ll be listing store locations at the bottom) , I like its non-pretentious appearance, natural tender milky scent, and the wonderful, wonderful creamy way it glides onto skin and lathers up at the same time.  By the way, what you’re seeing is only half a soap bar, I cut it in half because I wanted to try it on my dogs who have sensitive skin, haha!  I also know it’s safe for them just as it is for me because of the ingredients.  I like this so much I can hardly wait for my next bath tomorrow.

Active Ingredients: Oatmeal, Goats milk, Jojoba Oil, Papain, High Grade Coconut Oil, Vitamin C and E

It bubbles up and the lather is creamy, kind of like the way a Dove bar lathers, but softer.  The lather literally caresses your skin in a non-synthetic way.  Skin feels soft and clean afterwards but not STRIPPED of moisture meaning not overly “squeaky”.The fact also that it is organic made today’s bathing experience feel politically correct, lol.  What I don’t like about other organic soaps is although they may be packed with true-blue good ingredients they fall flat for me when they don’t lather up even just a little bit.  I like my bubbles. Snoe has 12 beauty bar variants available, all one need do is take their pick.  I’m particularly interested in the No.5 Vitamin C enriched Calamansi one.  Here is a list of all 12 soap variants.

Snoe Beauty Bars Php139.00 SRP

1. Extra Strength Kojic
2. Extra Stength Glutathione
3. Special Kojic and Glutathione Combo
4. Lightening Licorice
5. Vitamin C Enriched Calamansi
6. Antibacterial Brightening Citronella
7. Organic Papaya
8. Organic Green Papaya
9. Exfoliating Oatmeal
10. The Special Black Bleaching Bar
11. Rejuvenating Collagen
12. Maximum Whitening Moringa

I was invited to the launch of Snoe Beauty last December.  The brand Snoe, Inc. was established in February 2010 and is named after Jen’s daughter, Noe, who upon being born was said to be “as white as snow” hence the affectionate brand title.

I like that the two women behind it are putting a lot of heart into the products their brand has released. I’d like to apologize actually to the founding Snoe princesses, Ms. Gen and Ms. Jen, for not putting up a review earlier, my December was quite hectic, had a friend’s beach wedding pa to go to on top of all our Christmas festivities. Snoe Beauty products are available at the following store locations:

  • G/F Cinderella, Glorietta, Makati
  • G/F Festival Mall, Alabang, Muntinlupa
  • 2/F Fashion Avenue, SM Muntinlupa
  • G/F SM Valenzuela

Contact Snoe Staff:

Customer Service Hotlines: 0999-888-SNOE(7663), 0917-558-SNOE(7663), 0922-8436567… To full post & COMMENTS...

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