CLOSED: My Body Shop Banana-Split Beauty Nationwide Giveaway – The Blog’s “Yummiest” Treats yet! ‘Til June 25

I haven’t seen a giveaway as “yummy” as this just yet.  I thought up a concept for a NATIONWIDE giveaway to make it more fun to present visually (I like doing that) and I have been craving and missing something I tasted when I was in elementary, when the Baskin Robbins Ice Cream parlor was still at Alabang Town Center, their classic, never underwhelming Banana Split.  Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry ice cream flanked by bananas.  I thought a Banana Split would be a great concept for a giveaway considering I had these Body Shop goodies on hand, they complete the dish sans the cherry on top.  This giveaway will close on the evening of June 25th and the mechanics are at the end of this post.

From Left: The Body Shop Banana Conditioner, Strawberry Body Butter, Chocomania Body Scrub, and coming soon to stores in other scents as well, their Vanilla Body Mist. 

Sorry, can’t get that dessert out of my head, but I’m telling you all these Body Shop products are really lovely.  Read more for the giveaway mechanics and my thoughts on the prizes.… To full post & COMMENTS...

The Body Shop marks down my Wonder Years item, their Lip & Cheek Stain

I think I went through 3 or 4 tubes of these between high-school and college, they were the one thing besides Clinique Almost Lipstick that Mom allowed me to wear.  Heads up!  These Body Shop babies are a local favorite and have high-dived into the SALE pool from Php795-Php395!

Back then it was like having a vial of blood rouge on hand and you knew the color would match any skintone light or dark and make you look naturally flushed.  On the lips using the magic wand you could be Snow White versus the Queen for a day (movie plug) with a defiant red tinged pout, plus, if on the surface things are getting a bit dry and chapped before Happily Ever After…

…you may just want to whack some Strawberry Born Lippy on, they’re on sale at the moment at Php195 but they may only have the old designed ones on sale, same pot different label design from this updated one above (from the regular price of Php250).  I’m not 100% sure if it’s an ALL BRANCHES thing with the Born Lippy promo, but for sure at The Body Shop Glorietta 3 the mark down is definitely on your Donkey Kong.  I have a more in-depth Body Shop event post coming up so keep hovering and read!!  For more information check out and Like The Body Shop Philippines FB Page.

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Oilatum Natural Repair Face Cream – Great for Rebalancing and Soothing Irritated Skin

This Oilatum Natural Repair Face Cream is actually Nicola Chapman’s (Pixiwoo) drugstore moisturizer of choice and that’s how I first heard about it.  I tend to have sensitive, reactive skin because of past hit-and-miss ordeals with skincare, weather changes, exposure, and certain allergens around the house.  I also have a patch of mild eczema that resurfaces once in awhile on my inner arm crook.  When I heard Nic rave about this cream for the first time over a year ago on their Pixiwoo YouTube channel it sounded like the kind of cream I needed to have on hand for reactive flare-ups.  The brand, Oilatum by Stiefel, does not go unrecognized in my book since a cousin of mine who dealt with skin asthma always had the other regular local Oilatum cream and soap in his bathroom years ago.  Nic almost never fails to use this as her moisturizing primer before her makeup tutorials on their makeup channel.  As with most brands today, Oilatum put out this variant with more natural ingredients to appease sensitive consumers who are trying more and more to veer away from products with harsh chemical formulations.

“Oilatum Natural Repair Face Cream is an annivative new therapy specially formulated to intensively nourish and help repair your skin’s natural barrier.  It penetrates deeply to rehydrate facial skin relieving tightnesss and irritation and leaving it feeling smooth.  Suitable for dry and sensitive skin.  Free from fragrances, preservatives, and emulsifiers.  Light enough to be used under makeup. Ideal for everyday use.

Sorry to those interested in getting this it isn’t available locally, it’s sold in Boots in the UK, I put out a search on Ebay for it last year and was blessed to have found a reliable seller at the time plus the expiration date was nearly 2 years away so it was certainly new stock.  Truth is, because I do have random bouts with my skin I am sort of a face cream junkie (bitter memory of a thrown out unfinished tub of MooGoo floats by, it turned out to be too rich for a tropical zone) and at first when I got this Oilatum one I didn’t like it the first time around, because at first I thought it was also just a bit too rich, though not as rich as Embryolisse which I like.  I thought it was making my skin react at first but I was not sure because I was switching products around  at the time.  Now I’ve rediscovered it and found out its use for other skin conditions, and am so glad I got it.  Read more for the full post with ingredients and what got this back in my bag.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Super Koi and the Pilipinas Cup rumble at Nuvali – A short visual analogy

I’m out for the weekend because of my brother’s 3-day football tournament at Nuvali, today’s the last day.  I had a bit of an encounter with the famous hungry koi at Nuvali who feed and multiply like crazy.  When you stand over the deck they have eyes for you already in anticipation of a generous sprinkle.  I’m proud of these smartphone photos, I did boost the brightness a bit in post processing but that’s ’bout it.  This pretty much visualizes what took place after the games yesterday.  The Under-16 division of Kaya Elite drew in a game vs. Loyola MSA, so nobody won, nobody lost.  The mood was pretty somber for both.

Then a prickly player from Loyola decided to randomly and ever so crudely spit on one of our players, who was quietly changing and arranging his clothes WITH HIS MOM BESIDE HIM.  Our team captain saw it, and our team captain is said player’s cousin.  Seventeen year-old kapitan pushes the offensive Loyola player, and a brawl ensues which includes coaches, players, and parents.

My brother and his friends who were safely out of the mess watched nearby in near disbelief.  The Nuvali police came and had to break it up.  My opinion?  Spitting on an opposing player is petty, cheap, and a waste of good saliva and it’s even dumber when you do it with the player’s parents and complete team right there.  As for the rest…although anger is valid self-control never hurt anyone.  Anyone up for a football game?… To full post & COMMENTS...

OLAY Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Cream – Mom gives it a go for 4 days

I never planned to road test any anti-aging products on myself.  Essentially I still haven’t at all except for the eye cream I use, but I had a willing candidate for this Olay review, my mother who used Olay nourishing face lotions for many years in the past.  Olay kindly sent me a bottle of their Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing cream, a breakthrough anti-aging moisturizer which is supposed to hydrate, nourish, soothe the skin and reduce the blatant appearance of lines and wrinkles and show results within a window of 10 minutes from the first application, I’ve got you now, huh?

“Regenerist’s revolutionary wrinkle fighter combines Olay moisture with advanced micro fillers to smooth skin’s surface, relaxing the appearance of wrinkles while the formula with biopeptides + a B3 complex hydrates to reduce the appearance of even deep lines in 14 days **, *vs other Olay Anti-aging products  **with continuous use “

I made my mom try this from the morning of April 16.  We began by taking a photo of her without the product at all and with the product applied after 5-10mins.  Read more to get the full post and review.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Short and Sweet – Two Tots on a Train

I pulled out one of the photo files I took when I was in Singapore last year, almost forgetting I wanted to share it with you guys, well, almost.  I spotted a delightful pair of tiny tots on board the train, I think I was bound for Orchard from Pasir Ris at the time.  Their mothers were bonding heavily and they, well at least one of the two, wanted to as well.  You’ll notice the girl on the right obviously has an epic tale on the table or something to say in the works and the other just gazes on wide-eyed.  At one point the one on the right more dominantly reached over, but the other was not as willing to get too much into it, got shy and backed away.

I’m like the girl on the right who was pretty loud, if I meet you and begin reciting my life’s details as I would Psalm 119 it’s hard to get me to stop, I’m not rude, just in your face sooner than later, but things weren’t always like this.  When I was the same age as these girls, I was quiet more often and got “invisibly” bullied a bit in school and at home (not by my folks, troubled nannies) and even had to overcome an eating disorder after being force fed and poked with a fork in the mouth.  One time when I was about 3 that made me vomit and my nanny would feed me back my own vomit in anger and tears would stream down my face with all the food stuffed in my mouth.  Our loving cook, who is still with us today did not like seeing me tortured during mealtimes this way and reported it to mom who just happened to be working at the time.  My cousin’s nanny who loved me like her own also reported the abuse to my godmother, mom’s sister.  It often took me 2 hrs to eat until I was about 7 years old and I was too kind and forgiving too tell on them people tell me now.  I remember what my grandmother, Dad’s mom who lived with us, was saying over and over to me while I was crying when they evicted the last nanny (who was also abusive but close to me) “All you should think about sweetheart is it should be just you, your mommy, and your daddy now, nobody else na”.  I learned to eat properly, speak up a bit more, and talk back to tyrants in highschool and college and from the time I was 10 my parents made sure I didn’t have a nanny anymore and it was such a huge load off my chest.  I’m glad I was able to take this photo discreetly with my Samsung Galaxy Smartphone.  In spite of it bringing back some heavy memories this was just too sweet not to capture, besides most of my life at this age was quite wonderful as well and not completely like a telenovela.… To full post & COMMENTS...

My Makeup Role Model and Dream School – Helene Quille, Artistic Director of Make-Up Atelier Paris and Ecole de Maquillage

If I had more than enough financially at this very moment, right here, right now there is only one place in the world I would want to go to advance myself.  Commercially in the mass market the brand Make-Up Atelier in Paris keeps it low key leaning more towards the immediate needs of artistic professionals, they’re kind of like the French version of Kryolan also hosting a vast inventory of cosmetic products and artistic tools. It’s one of those places that I’ve felt so far exhibit the essence of TRUE makeup artistry where it’s less about the brands, the biz, and more about flawless artistic technique, creativity, and products that simply deliver and support what you need to achieve.

You Tube Pro Makeup Artist Wayne Goss praises Make-Up Atelier products in almost every favorites video he does and when I watched the videos on the Make-Up Atelier YouTube channel not expecting to find anything extremely mind blowing I was mistaken and totally caught off guard, I got stuck on video after video. Here’s one that demonstrates artistic smoky eyes and below it is a look that’s more avant garde.

ARTISTIC SMOKY EYES

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One thing that had me hooked on each video was the movement of the demonstrating make-up artists’ hands… I just really kept staring, they were more mature and so exceptionally sure with each stroke .  When I watched the introductory video to the school, the Ecole de Maquillage, I realized the beautifully talented hands surely belong to none other than Make-Up Atelier’s lovely Artistic Director, Helene Quille, who is not just a senior professional makeup artist but also a trusted cosmetic product developer. Read more for the full post and more information on the school (Ecole de Maquillage).… To full post & COMMENTS...

Ecotools Bamboo Bronzer Brush – Eco-friendly, cruelty-free, and great for foundation

Since quite a handful of you asked regarding the brush I used in my last video post, voila, here it is :).  I first spotted this brush via Charlotte’s post on her blog Lipglossiping (one of the UK’s top beauty blogs) and when she used the word “mahoosive” to describe it I couldn’t help but laugh.  The timing of her post was perfect because I was looking for a more affordable alternative to the only buffing brush I already own which almost EVERY model/TVC talent I worked on (guys included) asked about…both guys and girls would come to me for retouches sometimes only because they liked the soothing feel of that Ellana brush on their face!  This Ecotools one though not as dense, performs just as softly on the skin for a better price.

“Create a natural-looking, sun-kissed glow with this beauty editor favorite! Our widely-acclaimed bronzer brush features soft, cruelty-free taklon bristles, a recycled aluminum ferrule and heavy bamboo handle. This brush is packaged in our zip-top, reusable pouch.

The lovely thing about buffing brushes, which is a popular method now, is that you conserve more foundation because it diffuses and buffs out minimal product evenly all over the face, you get the most out of a tiny bit of product and the brush doesn’t drink it up.  The Ecotools bronzer brush is absolutely massive I agree which makes it so ideal for buffing in a base, just like my reviewed Ellana XL Buffing brush (local, Php800 with shipping) which is slightly smaller but the bristles are more densely packed (which I like).  That Ellana one is almost exact super more affordable dupe of the NARS #19 bronzer brush which costs about $50.  I was hoping this Ecotools one would be as dense as my Ellana one but I’m not irritated that it isn’t only by a fraction.  This glides smoothly and softly all over the face, they’d be better kept though if you used brush guards which I believe are sold locally by Suesh Makeup Tools in Greenhills.  Note though, this would also be FAN-TAS-TIK as a mineral powder brush or general setting powder brush and what it was originally named for of course, all over bronzing.

Anyway, I got this at almost a third of the price of the Ellana one at about Php300.00 ($7 US) EACH, free shipping off Ebay from this link.  I found the pricing so worth it and since I believe in Ecotools (their retractable kabuki is in my personal kit) I decided to buy 3 in one go to take advantage of the free shipping offered by the Hong Kong ebay seller I found online, can you imagine…Php900+ for THREE of these?  That’s practically the price of only one Ellana XL Buffing brush (but I think that Ellana one is a step up in density and quality).  I needed more of these because on shoots when there are so many models I’d like to have a brush to use for light, medium, and dark shades of foundation that I can rotate, also so they don’t get disappointed by the fact that I’m only using one brush I repeatedly clean on the spot for all of them.  I suddenly remembered what my Yaya (nanny) used to tell me which I found ridiculous when I was young “1,2,3 means I love you” LOL.   To see how I use this brush go to my last blog post here and watch my video day makeup tutorial.

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