Obagi Medical ELASTIderm Eye Treatment Cream – My Eye Cream Upgrade

I wasn’t very dedicated in using my last eye cream which was the L’oreal Youth Code Eye Cream.  I used it frequently but only for a few months and not as often as I should have.  However I did use it long enough to notice that I wasn’t feeling any specific benefits and that I needed more hydration around the eyes.  So, when a blogger friend asked me if I’d like to participate in a House of Obagi product trial I hopped right aboard and asked if I could try their eye cream.  Who wouldn’t want to try an eye cream from a brand as prestigious and trusted for Asian skin as Obagi?

“Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Cream is a one of a kind topical eye treatment that works to bring back lift, snap and resilience to the delicate skin around the eyes.  Using a proprietary Restorative Elasticity Complex , it’s clinically proven to help replenish elasticity and build the collagen necessary to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in as little as two weeks.  For normal to dry skin.Made in the U.S.

  • Bi-mineral complex: Includes zinc and copper to help restore elasticity and build collagen
  • Malonic acid: Patent-pending Obagi formulation that helps stimulate the production of skin cells
  • Blueberry extract: Provides antioxidants that help eliminate free radicals
  • Penetrating Therapeutics™: An Obagi technology that helps drive the ingredients deep into the skin

The plastic pot comes with 15 grams of product which is a mint-tinted, smooth and creamy souffle texture.  I partly wish the pot was a glass pot so it feels a little more weighty and expensive in hand, but then again it’s better that it’s light for travel purposes.  The pot itself is nothing fancy but I like how you know…MEDICAL… it looks if you know what I mean.  It reminds me of dermatologist packaging.  I’ve received pre-mixed creams from my dermatologist before and pots like this remind me of those, nothing fancy but you know for sure because of the source, Obagi Medical, that it’s gotta be good stuff that works well.  The formulation contains good ingredients like Vitamin E, Algae, Licorice, and Blueberry, note though it isn’t paraben-free.

Steps to Seeing Results

For best results, ELASTIderm should be applied twice daily, in the morning and at night. So you’re reducing visible fine lines and wrinkles throughout the day and throughout your beauty sleep.

How to Apply 

In order to achieve the best results in the reduction of visible fine lines and wrinkles, ELASTIderm should be applied to the entire periorbital area, including the eyelid, inside corner, and outer corner.
The order of application recommended when using ELASTIderm with your current skin care regimen is as follows:
STEP 1: Cleanse face
STEP 2: Apply toner
STEP 3: Apply prescription skin products (if applicable)
STEP 4: Apply ELASTIderm Eye Cream or Eye Gel
STEP 5: Apply face/eye moisturizer
STEP 6: Apply sunscreen

So far I really like the hydrated feel I get around the eyes.  What I didn’t like so much about the L’oreal Youth Code eye cream was I didn’t get a soft “comforting” feeling after application, not to say it was “discomforting” but on occasion I got the eye itch and found myself rubbing my eyes on days when I’d have eye cream on.  With this ELASTIderm Eye Cream, so far I don’t get that it leaves my eyes soft, supple, and hydrated and I initially am loving that very much so far.  It’s my 3rd or 4th day now using it and of course I will have to get back to you guys with a conclusive post when over a month has passed.  ELASTIderm Eye Cream 15mg costs Php5200.00 and is available with Obagi affiliated dermatologists and at all House of Obagi branches. For more information check out House of Obagi’s local Facebook Page.To full post & COMMENTS...

Summer Musings on Singleness and a Song

Let’s shake it up a bit and get a teensy weensy bit personal.  Oh, how we women love to be like this, spilling the A-Zs on how we are in life etc., hence the blog.  No tsismis though (gossip), go to Jamba if you want something juicy.  Becoming 29 has significantly bumped up my looking-young-for-my-age points, although aspects of that do irritate me sometimes, like physically I truly wish I was taller and proportioned.  I often tend to wonder why it wasn’t enough that I was stamped with “babyface” features, why it is that I have to be kiddish short, flat where I shouldn’t be (you get it, ladies), quite skinny waist-up but with chunky legs and feet that won’t slide into skinny fit jeans or slender shoes like hands into a glove ever.  I’ve had even the most tactful people tell me when we dress up for events together “ahh, malaki pala legs mo noh?” in the kindest tone and it’s not even because they’re HUGE, they’re I’d say of medium heft, it’s just they don’t match the waif build of my upper half.  O,h note to those reading, this might be a bit long.  It’s kinda like an open diary entry made appropriate for public reading.

Anyway, body grievances aside (don’t blame me, we all have them, don’t tell me you don’t) I believe I’m still a pretty perky person especially for someone who’s 29 and still single and I am learning to appreciate how young I look, but I have come to the point where I prefer not to be mistaken for a high-school student. I’m 29, honesty really, I’d rather be thought of as a BABE than a BABY.  Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t write this post to PLUG that I’m single, I wrote it to share that I’m still happy that I am.  This whole mode of self-exploration helps me come to terms with it.  Think of it as a random ramble that I like to do about myself once in awhile just to tie in all the inspired blabbing I do about beauty and cosmetics.  Recently I’ve had a couple of odd days where I’ve met single women a few years younger than me more desperate to be with a guy than I am, I’ve met a few on shoots and they begin interrogating me, presuming I’m in college or just graduated.  They get the shock of their lives that I’m 29 and begin “adjusting” their conversation approach and add more respect because only a few moments earlier they thought they were trying to talk to an “18-yr old” LOL.  It’s not their fault of course that they thought I was a teen.  It’s just the way things are.

A lot of the time these lovely women (usually heaps taller than me) look at me in curiosity immediately assume since I’m 29 that I’m either in a relationship, engaged, newly married, plain married, or dating when it’s really, at this point in time, none of the above for no particular reason except God hasn’t revealed the One and I haven’t found myself “at home” with someone, and it can tend to perplex people to no end.  So they then assume I’m not interested in getting married.  Geez,phooey, I’ve only just come out of a 3-year relationship last year but of course I am interested in settling down.  I’m a hopeful romantic, not hopeless, remember don’t doom yourself by using that word (I revoke the times that I have).  Many still single women repeatedly label themselves as “hopeless romantics” and deep inside they’re like “Oh God I hope I find someone like tomorrow” but hope drains away like water through a sieve.  I got engaged the first time when I was 5 yrs old in elementary, to a Jewish classmate, he was also my first kiss (sorry Mom, not recommended) because he did a Dance Instructor dip while we were lined up after lunch and planted a wet one.  Before that we pranced around school arm in arm announcing to everyone we were engaged, with gusto, and that they were invited to our wedding.  I remember him with his cherub features (blonde curls, blue eyes, freckles, missing teeth, all you could ask for really) yelling “This is Julia, we’re going to get married everyone!”  Good times, I think later on though it had a lot to do with my being transferred.  A few weeks later, my Italian classmate made me his girlfriend for a little under a week, then after that my Australian classmate did.  It was an international school, not I.S. though so “relationships” were fleeting really.  I have had and do have a couple of crushes on hand of course, gosh what am I, numb?  Of course not, and when people invite you to go out, GO OUT, if you don’t invite friends out and be seen, don’t sit pretty and wait aimlessly.  Which leads me to the song by Brooke Fraser called Arithmetic.  A fan of the movie Tarzan had used the song thinking it was a love song for a guy and edited it to fit scenes of Disneys Jane and Tarzan.  However it’s a song primarily for the Lord, and I think it’s a great single girl’s song, because before any guy this is how you should feel about your Maker, excited to spend time with Him.  The lyrics aren’t the USUAL and it’s truly intimate and captivating.  I love it.

In my family, my mom and her 8 siblings found the loves of their lives and though none of the marriages are problem-free, everyone can “relax” with each other and make each other laugh simply because all partners can be themselves with each other.  That’s like 9 out of 9 out of the ball park.  It’s a feat that only God has made possible and He still continues to work with each couple and their victories and struggles.  What was the secret?  Well, most if not all of them were very, VERY, VERY alert and VERY, VERY picky when choosing. … To full post & COMMENTS...

Charriol Paris Parfums Show-Off Eau de Toilette – Similar to My Bath & Body Works Night Time Tea Lotion

I was unable to attend the event, but the team behind the launch of Charriol Paris’ latest young lady fragrance, Show-Off, were kind enough to send me my press package.  I’m honestly not particularly fond of the name and the hyphen in the middle is peeving me to pieces, but the fragrance is not at all what I expected and it’s way better than I thought it would be.  If you lean towards clean, non-complex scents like Cool Water Woman or Victoria’s Secret Bombshell (like me for instance) this scent isn’t far away from the youthful, clean, kissable scent stories those fragrances tell.  What struck me about this is that Show-Off reminds me in a really good way of something I already own.

CHARRIOL Paris Show-Off, Fragrance Creators: Michel Almairac & Sidonie Lancesseur

TOP: The fragrance opens with fresh blackcurrant and bergamot enveloped in the delicate and elegant caress of peach. MIDDLE:  At its core are elegant floral essences of Violet absolute and lotus blossom with the subtle blush of rose petals.  BASE: Amber, musk and cedar leave a deeper sensual note at the end.

The scent has the soft creamy warmth of musk but is fragrant with blackcurrants.  The woodsy notes from the cedar I discovered are what Show-Off and my body lotion have in common, and the light peach notes from Show-off give a bit of brightness to its sophistication.  Read more to get the full post and see what lotion it is I’m comparing Charriol Show-off to.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Beauty Blast! – Win a 3-Month Internship with Benefit Cosmetics & Fashion Intern PH

A big announcement is here to be made! Like, right now!  Were any of you seeking a chance to break into the beauty biz?  One of these next few days might be your big day!  Between May 14-20, follow the mechanics of the contest ASAP and get the chance to win a 3-month beauty internship courtesy of Benefit Cosmetics PH and Fashion Intern PH!  It started 2 days ago, hence this early post so if you want it get your big beauty butt moving over to Benefit Cosmetics at Greenbelt 5…but sit and read this contest primer with all the deets just for 5 minutes before doing so.


  1. Like  Fashion Intern PH and Benefit on Facebook.
  2. Follow Fashion Intern PH and Benefit on Twitter.
  3. Visit Benefit Cosmetics in Greenbelt 5 to create your instructional make-up video using Benefit products. (Recording and make-up on us!)
  4. Book your store visit to record your entry here. If you’re in the area, walk-ins are allowed too!
  5. Submission of entries is from May 14-20, 2012, 1-3pm at Benefit in Greenbelt 5.
  6. Video should not be more than 3 minutes.

It all sounds very exciting especially for fresh grads still enjoying the summer heat!  If I didn’t have my own makeup career going and weren’t such an old lady already I’d actually grab the opportunity and join this contest!  Here are the terms and conditions and the prizes at stake.


  • 6 interns will be selected for pre-finals to:
  1. Spend a 3-week immersion at Benefit (includes make-up training, sales and marketing, event planning).
  2. To walk the runway in the launch of the new lip gloss collection, Box ‘O Powder (see photo above) on June.
  • 2 interns will be selected and get a 3-month internship and freebies from Benefit.


  1. Applicants should be at least 18 years old and above
  2. Fashion Intern PH and Benefit have the right to use and publish all submitted materials (sample, texts and photographs) under the companies’ discretion to promote the program, publicize the activities of Fashion Intern PH and Benefit, and etc.
  3. Contest is from May 14, 2012- May 20, 2012.
  4. Pre-finalists will be selected on May 21, 2012.
Do you have what it takes? Enter the contest now!
For inquiries, email info(at)fashionintern(dot)ph
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ArtDeco 12-Pan Magnum custom palette & Single Eyeshadows – Quality and a system that blew me away…

The western beauty blogosphere has gone ballistic over the recent news of the Urban Decay Build Your Own Palette which I mentioned awhile back.  This took hold especially since a select handful of bloggers including Refinery29‘s articulate chief beauty editor, Megan, raved and swooned over the system and newly refined UD eyeshadow shades with their beautiful, dainty hands.  The way Megan introduced the palette with refined, relaxed flair kind of made me revisit my strange fascination with composed stewardesses demonstrating the use of the on-board life jacket…I always have to watch and I don’t know why, LOL!  The customize your own palette concept is practical, sensible, not unheard of (with MAC depotting etc) and the fact that you can build a transient collection of eyeshadow shades without having them all on hand all the time is quite appealing.  The fact that you can switch up the contents of your palette with ease is the ultimate thrill because of the freedom to chase down shades you want to slide into the system as your preference evolves.  Three days ago now I came across a product by a different brand, ArtDeco, that not only made me shriek on the spot while scaring the saleslady at Beauty Bar but it also made me discover a collection of some of the best single eyeshadows I’ve ever tried or touched…in my entire life.

The shades I chose for my ArtDeco Magnum palette are obviously very inspired by the first and second UD Naked palettes and by Megan’s UD build your own palette, but I made sure that these colors looked great on my skin first.

The local buzz is out that ArtDeco, the internationally beloved mid-range German cosmetics brand, has arrived in Manila and made its home in Beauty Bar.  I was not at the ArtDeco launch, but in a way was glad that it left me the freedom to choose what I wanted when I went over to Beauty Bar to check out what was available.  ArtDeco ALMOST made me wish I hadn’t asked my aunt to get the Naked2 palette, just almost.  The Beauty Box Magnum system is that impressive.  Like the Urban Decay Build Your Own palette you choose the eyeshadow shades you want and put it into a travel-happy system.  What’s so wonderful with ArtDeco though is their BeautyBox Magnum system comes in mirrored 2-pan (Php295), 4-pan (Php500+), and 12-pan (Php650) magnetic empty  palette options.  I chose the latter to see if I could pitch it for comparison vs. both Naked palettes and the Build Your Own system by Urban Decay.  Read more to see swatches and the full post.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Watsons Pure Beauty Perfect Cleansing Water – Kinda like Bioderma H2O but a bit different

So I’ve run out of my lovely Bioderma Micellar H20 Cleansing solution, and am now onto consuming something also nice in its own way that works similarly, but this is available locally, is made of mostly natural ingredients and is much more affordable.  This is Watsons Pure Beauty Perfect Cleansing Water.  There’s not much to demonstrate but I’ve got pops of praise for this product.  It takes makeup off really quickly, cleanses my face thoroughly and gently before rinsing, and I get no allergic reaction from it.  I tried the tester of the actual Pure Beauty Cleansing Oil but couldn’t stand it for some reason…I didn’t like the scent combined with the greasiness, to me this cleansing water is better.

It is alcohol-free and contains extracts of common lavender, bergamot, peppermint, German chamomile, and rosemary, plus has a mild, tender scent.  I like the small detail of the pump locking clasp they included, it’s very helpful for preventing a mess if the bottle is in transit.

 There’s a subtle oily slip from the Xylitol (also contained in Bioderma) and Betaine which are added moisturizers.  The extracts present in the solution I think kind of help remove makeup faster and hydrate the skin but what’s very amazing is the fluid really behaves like water in the bottle, just like Bioderma.  It doesn’t make my face feel heavy and greasy like a cleansing oil and I just rinse once with water afterwards.  I noticed a few common ingredients on both Bioderma and this which physically confirms their similar properties.  The only BIG catch (hence the BIG price gap)  is it’s not eye-safe like Bioderma because it’s scented, so you can’t bring it directly into your eyes to remove mascara and eyeliner from the waterline, but there’s no need to fear about super-duper extreme eye irritation if you get a bit of it in accidentally because this is an alcohol-free formula.  I do use it as far as around and on my eyelids and underneath the eyes just short of both the upper and lower lashline.   It takes makeup bases and thick eyeshadow off sooo easily even if you’re using waterproof foundation topped with powder, setting spray and all that jazz.  I think that based on the way this behaves this best explains it.  If a cleansing oil and cleansing water had a baby this would be it.  Watsons Perfect Cleansing Water is available at select Watsons’ beauty halls in local department stores for the SRP of Php119.00.… To full post & COMMENTS...

P&G Thank You Mom FB Promo – A Tribute For Mom Might Send You to the London Olympics

It’s actually funny because it was mom who emailed me the details about this campaign.  Say a few loving thank you words to your mom via this promo and get a chance to win a trip to the London Olympics this year!  I saw the global TVC but I hadn’t heard about the P&G London Olympic promo till she did.  Basically all you have to do is go to Facebook.com/thankyoumomPH    and allow the app to get your FB info then give a short message to your mom (up to 200 characters) and upload a photo or video.  Once you do, it will look like this.

I can’t find the exact page right now with the terms and conditions but I remember correctly while reading through it it said that of course it is encouraged that you already have a “Shengen” Visa in the event of winning this London Olympic promo, but if you don’t P&G grants that they will try their best (but don’t promise in case there are difficulties or delays) to acquire one for you in the event that you win and don’t have one.

Later on your entry will join the many entries that scroll on the Thank You Mom PH App page like so.

I think it’s a wonderful gesture to get all this love and gratitude on one page for all the moms who’ve been such bastions of love, strength, and hope in our lives.  Even just the fact that you were brought into this world or raised up by them is something to warmly and generously thank your mother for.  Go to this link to get started Facebook.com/thankyoumomPH If you haven’t watched the P&G Thank You Mom spot watch this video.

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Rediscovering Revlon ColorStay Foundation – Beautiful Low SPF Dupe for Shiseido SunPro Foundation

This product surprised me because I changed the way I applied it on myself (the shade in this first photo, “Buff”, isn’t my shade, it’s the extra fairer color I bought).  I’ve had a bottle of this lovely shimmer-free, demi-matte Revlon ColorStay foundation for a long time already in my Pro kit.  I had Sand Beige (my shade) standing as the fairest shade in my stash before and have used it for a print ad and wedding already and on both occasions got asked by clients what foundation I was using.  I am absolutely LIKING THIS A LOT right now, I keep touching my face.  It’s a long-wearing, touchable, foundation with the same demi-matte finish as my favorite Shiseido Sun Protection Foundation.  Its consistency is also similar to L’oreal True Match Foundation but without the luminous particles.

Left: Old Bottle Right: New Bottle


Yesterday I picked up two bottles since I saw they’d “renewed” the formula to 24-hr longevity, impressive but remains to be seen, and I needed a fairer shade like “Buff” in my kit.  The only major letdown locally with this range is the feeble number of shades, I think there are 6 and they’re all from medium (my shade) to fair skin shades only, plus only 2 or 3 out of those 6 are yellow toned, the rest are beige or pinkish, I’m sure the complete range abroad has way more shades.  I purchased Buff (an oriental appropriate alabaster shade) and Sand Beige (a yellow medium-fair shade) in the new formula.  I raved a whole lot just awhile back about my carry on Shiseido Sun Protection Foundation which is PERFECT for summer because of its high SPF30 mark it looks wonderful for photos with no flash and just short of satisfactory for evening shots with flash.  By the way, on the Revlon ColorStay Foundation, Pro Makeup Artist, Pixiwoo sister Nicola, declared this as her favorite non-dewy, long-wearing drugstore foundation and so did Nikkie of nikkietutorials on YouTube.  Read more to get the full post with the application.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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