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L’occitane Almond Shower Oil | My First HK Purchase

I first learned about this emulsifying product from the serene yet bubbly Brit beauty vlogger Vivianna and I first saw a bottle in this size in Rockwell about 5 months ago, but I hesitated because of the marked up price in Manila at about Php1200/1300 at that time.  I zeroed in on this here in Hong Kong at L’occitane’s IFC mall boutique and with my Mastercard got it for Php1024.


This is a dreamy bath product just based on the fact that it emulsifies in the exact way I had hoped a shower oil would, this being my first one.


You don’t need to worry about the idea that you might step out of the shower feeling greasy instead of clean, it’s not like that at all. Once you’ve showered on some water, make sure your body is wet and pour about a teaspoon of this into your palm to start with, then begin massaging this on and watch it melt into your skin feeling like an oil then generously and almost instantly emulsifying into a luxurious, creamy foam that acts like a body cleanser or moisturizing bath gel. I hate cleansing oil products that fail to emulsify and end up becoming white and watery. This Almond Shower Oil does not disappoint, if I did have any cons on board about it it would just be that the scent doesn’t come across as completely natural but it does contain real almond oil.


I wish L’occitane would do more of these Shower Oils in different scented oil varieties like Olive, Lemon, or Lavender, all united by the winning emulsifying formula. That would be great wouldn’t it?

Beansprout Illustrated Canvas Pouches | Travel Make-Up Picks, Hong Kong OCT.2012

In just a few hours I’ll be boarding a plane to Hong Kong and about 2 months ago I discovered some really helpful illustrated organizing pouches at Aura Athletica in Rockwell (of all places).  The standout of the set of 6 pouches I got was of course this cosmetic candidate, the “Prettify” pouch which had me going “Aww” to myself like a nut in the store. 

The drawings are done cutely with nice strokes on canvas textile and are obviously well rendered, the pouch also has a brown leatherette zipper strap.  I like having pouches like these in my bag better than “bag organizers because even if you can’t see everything your bag looks so neat and unlike the bag organizer when these come out of the bag they still help you out by being indicative and are easier to transfer to different bags.  A good bonus is these are washable, just don’t bleach them (if you do the illustrations will fade and so will the nice natural canvas shade).  I have just used this to keep together the main cosmetic items I’ve chosen to bring with me on my trip.

TRAVEL PICKS – BASE: IN2IT Oil-Free 2-Way Powder foundation, K-Palette Okuma Concealer, Urban Decay synthetic brush, CHEEKS: Ecotools Retractable Brush, MAC Harmony, MAC Trace Gold, EYES: K-Palette 1Day Tattoo Black Eyeliner, Maybelline Full & Soft Mascara Waterproof, BROWS: K-Palette Lasting 2-Way Eyebrow pen, Kai Beauty-M Brow Razor, tweezers, LIPS: Elizabeth Arden 8Hr Cream Stick, NARS Pure Matte “Bangkok”, Jordana “Beige Glow”, SCENTS: Travalo atomizer with VS “Bombshell”, Stella by Stella McCartney Rollerball, NAILS: Bobbie Premium Nail Creme in “Mudslide”

I did mention that I got a set of 6 pouches and they’re all…what’s that non-word “Adorbs” *narrows eyes, flares nostrils*.  What I didn’t mention yet was that all 6 of these together only cost Php450.  Yes, Php450 for all 6: Go Places, Prettify, My Gadgets, Survival Kit, Forget Me Nots, and My Tools.  What do you think?  I know see-through plastic functionality usually is King but I can’t help but like the look of these.  They also give me fond memories of the drawings of one of my best friends  in college, Marielle, aka “Yelle” who until now can’t help but keep her hands busy with crafty illustrative projects.

Blog Breakaway | Strawberry Muffins Forever

I was hanging onto  Charlotte’s strawberry muffins recipe for ages with the intent of trying it but just didn’t get around to it until today.  With the holidays drawing near and my cousins energetically requesting I make my most wanted Apple Pie again (which one of them just called GLORIOUS *takes a bow) I suddenly remembered my very strawberry intentions.  I perused down’s Food Friday aisle to read about her mouthwatering execution of a friend’s Christmas Chutney recipe (totally separate drool cup required) and scrolled down further to get the recipe for these yummy strawberry muffins.  I know there’s a group of you that don’t like strawberries.  I even have a friend who says he doesn’t like them coz they’re the berries that look like they’re going to explode (deep much), but what’s great about this recipe is you can substitute the “strawbeez” for an equal amount of fruit that you prefer.

You begin with strawberries.

Strawberry Muffins – makes 12 (via Lipglossiping)

375g plain flour
2tsp baking powder
150g caster sugar
170g chopped strawberries (washed, stems removed, and quartered)
2 medium eggs
150ml milk
150ml oil (vegetable or corn maybe)/I used clarified butter (Two 8 0z.  Anchor butter bars) but didn’t follow Charlotte’s reco.  If you want sweeter pastry follow her lead. (Charlotte: “I usually substitute half  for apple sauce”)


What’s to love as well about this recipe?  These take about 15 mins+ to assemble once you have everything you need on the table and about 20-25 minutes in the oven.  Read More to see all behind-the-scenes photos I took while  making these pretty, yummy muffins, things I did differently, and read a few observations I made about the process.


Neutrogena Deep Clean Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes – Better Than The Blue One

I’ve heard one or two people praise the bulk of blue Neutrogena wipes available at S&R, those seem to be the only legit makeup removing wipes there last I checked.  However my cousin and the same people who said they were good complained that those more or less sting the eyes when you use them around that area.  These don’t have too mild a scent, but they don’t hurt my eyes and I’ve come to the end of the pack.

I got these at Watsons in Singapore for about SGD$11/12 but I’m going to scout around locally again to see if these are already available.  They’re great and they do get waterproof makeup almost completely off.  Here’s a tip.  Most wipes, even great ones can’t completely get waterproof mascara, pencil, and eye makeup completely off your lashes.  Wrap your index finger with a wipe like this and lightly dip in a little lite baby mineral oil (try not to gasp, mineral oil isn’t evil or fatal in small amounts) or if you prefer, extra virgin olive oil or sunflower oil (Human Nature Sunflower Oil Cleanser *non emulsifying* is The Bomb) and rub gently across the lashline and carefully work the roots of the lashes till it all comes off.  I personally recommend and use bottled makeup remover and cotton pads to remove makeup but because I ran out I was just using the last few wipes I had left in this pack.  I like that it contains 25 towelettes, a lot but not too much so the pack isn’t too bulky to bring along.  I carried these in my professional kit because male talents/models in shoots prefer to use wipes to remove their makeup.  I now officially need to restock.  I’ll be going to Hong Kong in 3 days to escape Halloween (which I am sooo not fond of) so I’ll check if these are available there or if there any other types of wipes that impress me.

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