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Unboxing My First BDJ (Belle De Jour) Box!

I’m thankful and glad the Belle de Jour team sent an invite my way for a big peek at their own range of beauty sample boxes.  Let’s have a closer look, shall we?

1.) L’oreal Paris Total Repair 5, Daily Repairing Treatment 50ml, 2.) Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Active Multi-action scrub 50ml, 3.) L’oreal Revitalift Night Repair Essence 5ml, 4.) L’oreal Lucent Magique Skin Illuminating BB Cream SPF20 5ml, 5.) Calvin Klein Eternity Aqua 1.2ml sample vial, 6.) SYOSS (by Schwarzkopf) Anti-Dandruff Shampoo & Conditioner (both 100ml), 7.) Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal Hydrating Toner 50ml, 8.) BONUS: Garnier Skin Naturals LightSPF17 facial cream sachets. CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE to see first few brands involved at

I’m actually genuinely delighted at how jam-packed my BDJ blogger sample box is and they’ve managed to even fit in 2 or more full-sized products in there!  I’m particularly curious about that tiny sample of BB Cream.  The BDJ Box is brought to us beauty lovers by the same editorial team that brought us the Belle de Jour planner which was spearheaded by Kat Dy.  Belle de Jour is a well-thought-out planner for women that includes tips on beauty and self confidence plus shop and dine coupons to help and encourage you to live more fully throughout the year. 


We also have Barbi Chan the makeup artist and our very own blogger friend Tara on board as part of the beauty ministry team for the BDJ Box subscription service.  Tara is the cheerful face behind the blog Chronicles of Vanity(dot)com.  Read more to get the full post inclusive of subscription details, payment plans, contact details, perks, and photos from the BDJbox launch!


Kerastase Elixir Ultime Grands Crus – One Knockout Hair Oil Now in Varied Scents

If a specific hair oil sells 1 bottle every 2 minutes worldwide you ought to be paying attention.  Since the original Kerastase Elixir Ultime was released that’s approximately the rate it’s been selling at.  Elixir Ultime has been hanging 10, surfing the huge  hair oil swell the beauty world is having at the moment.  It’s true, have you seen the arsenal of hair oils now being marketed everywhere?  Women the world over love Kerastase, so you know that when a brand like this does a hair oil, they’re making it their own way and they do it real good.  The Elixir Ultime family has expanded with 3 newly scented variants with specific benefits for different hair types.

LEFT TO RIGHT: 1.) Grand Cru, ROSE MILLENAIRE – for fine, sensitive hair, 2.) Grand Cru, MORINGA IMMORTEL – for damaged hair, 3.) Elixir Ultime, OLEO COMPLEXE – original base formula, ALL HAIR TYPES, 4.) Grand Cru, THE IMPERIAL – for color-treated hair


The original base formula of Kerastase Elixir Ultime (which is part of all variants)  is a power-packed combination of 4 treatment oils.  Please do not confuse these 4 ingredients with the 4 Elixir Ultime variants, this is what the Oleo-Complexe contained in all variants consists of.

1. PRACAXI OIL – Originating from the Amazonian regions contains active anti-oxidants.

2. ARGAN OIL – One of the rarest oils in the world from Morocco known for its reparative and regenerative properties.

3. MAIZE OIL – The star ingredient in Kerastase’s first ever hair mask, “Masque Mais” Rich in vitamins A, E, and Omega 6.

4. CAMELLIA OIL – Extracted from Camellia flowers in Asia, this oil is a source of Vitamin F and fatty acids, and Omegas 3 & 6

Exactly one month ago I attended the exclusive Kerastase Grands Crus launch and I came home with these two variants.  We who were invited were all given two random variants each.  Oddly enough, I ever so randomly ended up with the exact pair I would have chosen, who knew right…the gold Original Oleo-Complex (not especially scented) and the pretty in pink “The Imperial” Grands Cru, the one specifically formulated for protecting and defining color-treated hair, which I absolutely like the scent of, and so does my mother.

THE IMPERIAL FORMULA (pink): Oleo Complexe + Imperial Tea, with the highest concentrations of antioxidants and white tea extract, Imperial Tea enhances the true depth of color.

INGREDIENTS: Cyclopentasiloxane, dimethiconol, zea mays/corn germ oil, argania spinosa oil/argana spinosa kernel oil, camellia oleiferas, pentaclethra macroloba oil, butylphenyl methylpropional, benzyl salicylate, hexyl cinnamal, benzyl alcohol, linalool, limonene, citronellol, geraniol, coumarin, camellia sinensi extract/leaf extract, parfum/fragrance, C52498/1 (indicated on the bottom, behind the box)

Here’s a tip to get you a bit more expertise when reading ingredients.  When reading ingredients know that predominance by weight means the ingredient which weighs the most is listed first (*FDA).  An ingredient that comes first, in a proper, official list generally means that is what it contains most of.  I’m not surprised a silicone ingredient came first, most of these highly commercial hair products that promise “instant” effects usually contain a combination of silicones in them, no biggie.  What’s great to note though in this product is that the “magical” 4-oil combination, aka the “Oleo-Complexe”, already comes into play beginning with the third listed ingredient, maize oil (“zea mays/corn germ oil).  I’ve read up on some hair oils where the prized oils in the formula were only read out from the 5th, 6th, or even 7th ingredient counted.  So you can be assured in this Elixir Ultime product that you’re getting a good amount of what you expected.

It doesn’t make much sense to show how this enhances my hair since I’ve got a pixie do but I’ll tell you what I like about it is it’s a thin oil, it’s not gloopy.  Since I’m not aiming for volume with this hair oil its smoothing and soft shine effect is exactly what I need when frizz and too much lift come into play.  It’s not unattractively greasy as long as you only put 1 pump on, or 2 pumps for longer hair and rub the oil briskly between your hands before applying.  I would strongly advise against applying this directly from the bottle onto your hair, put it on the hands to warm up the product prior to application and avoid the roots at all costs if you don’t want to kill volume on long hair after blowouts.  It’s absolutely marvelous for the ends if you’ve got dry, damaged hair and is more often used as a finishing product or different sort of leave-in conditioner.  I have to say this again, the Pink variant smells super lovely, even if it’s specifically for color treated hair you can still use it even if your hair isn’t colored.

A bottle of Kerastase Elixir Ultime costs Php2,280.00.  To avail of Elixir Ultime, visit your nearest salon that carries Kérastase products.  For more information, visit the official Kérastase website at or call the local Kérastase RP hotline, (02) 672-7200.

*product provided by brand for review


Reblogged – Beauty, the Golden Ratio, & the Marquardt Mask

I was drawn like lightning just a few moments ago to Michelle Phan’s FB plug on her post about the Golden Ratio of Beauty, not because I was desperate to find out what the Golden Ratio was (we’re deeper than that, right, Marianas Trench) but because for history’s sake and human reasoning I wanted to hear her thoughts on the matter.  The “Golden Ratio” she mentions refers to beauty being measured mathematically in reference to Phi, in this reference she posted it is visually shown using a geometric mask patented by Dr. Stephen R. Marquardt in 2001.  Dr. Marquardt, a retired surgeon who was also once Chief of Facial Imaging in UCLA, now focuses on research in human attractiveness in California and remains an active member of the Societies of Maxillofacial Surgeons.  Here is what Marquardt’s  patented mathematical mask looks like applied to a photo of Angelina Jolie’s face.

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Michelle Phan blogs according to research as defined by the Marquardt mask:

“In terms of facial beauty, here are the ratios that define “perfect beauty”:

  • The ratio of the length of the face to its width is approximately 1.6. That means that the face is about 1.5 times longer than it is wide. 
  • The face is then divided into three sections: hairline to right in between the eyes, from between the eyes to the bottom of the nose, and from the bottom of the nose to the very bottom of the chin. The lengths of each of these segments should be about equal.
  • Ear length should be equal to nose length, and the width of an eye should be equal to the distance between the eyes.” source link:

In the corner of my heart I am originally a Michelle “PhanGirl” in spite of everything she isn’t or what people point her out to be, she got me started on beauty even before Lisa Eldridge even came into the picture for me.  In my opinion physical beauty, while being a great gift, is secondary to who you really are and how you help shape your world in the fullness of your purpose for the Lord.  Check out Michelle’s thoughts on the Golden Ratio here at her blog post.  Hold on a minute…whatcha doing with that ruler? LOL…


Benefit Cosmetics 1-Day Flash Sale! Oct.25, 11am-9pm

If this doesn’t get you into that holiday “rush” I don’t know what will.  Benefit Cosmetics is having a 1-day flash sale at Greenbelt this Thursday, October 25, 2012.  Sorry to be redundant but I must, seeing that some of you have upset the area around you in excitement, please note that the discounts (up to 50% on selected items) on that day will only be valid at the Greenbelt 5 Benefit Boutique and the sale opens at 11am and closes at 9pm.  Holiday kits will be exclusively be made available 8 days before official on-counter sales.  No faking sick leave okay…(seriously, I hate lying, all sorts).  Just consider that office lunchbreak forfeited, looks like you might be having Benefit Cosmetics for takeout…

See you there, Teddy Bear!  Remember to flash that winning smile at the person next to you at work before breaking the sound barrier on  the way to Greenbelt 5.

MAC “Club” Eyeshadow Makes the Military Smoky Eye, F/W 2012

Muddied fatigue and khaki shades are in at the moment, the warm complementary browns enhance that craved shade of moss tinted army “greige”.  That being said, if you feel young enough to get trendy I believe you’ll survive and thrive with one, yes, just one eyeshadow this nippy season, that has dual personality under its lid.  I only own 2 MAC eyeshadows which I bought in Singapore last year, and MAC Club is one of them…an eternally useful satin duochrome with schizophrenic skills, part of MAC’s permanent range (Thank God).  If you stare at this shade for the first time I guarantee you’ll take at least 10 seconds to dig up words to describe MAC Club to the person in front of you.  It’s positively special.

The duochrome effect does the work for people who are lazy when it comes to eyeshadow. 

It takes care of making one shade look like two, initially bearing a military khaki shade while when tilted to another angle reflecting a warm coffee taupe that appears to be darker in the crease of the eye when applied.  This eyeshadow has saved me more than once on photo shoots when the brief requires a deep smoky eye on many models and I’ve got no time to fiddle with more than one eyeshadow.  Read more to see the military eye look I created using  two eye products (not including mascara and concealer for the face).


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