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.
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.
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.
Getting started is always I believe nearly half the battle in trying to set a good habit in place. Physical fitness is the subject I’ve been most avoiding on the blog simply because I could never get started properly and be a sweating good example to you all. I’m a bit tight financially at the moment so a paid workout program in a swanky all setup gym is just not yet in the budget range. There was a time when I was more mobile physically, especially when I went on Living Asia Channel tours throughout the country as a writer, you can see how confident I was once upon a time in this photo taken by a fellow writer four years ago when I used to jump and flip all over the place especially at the beach. Hello, thunder thighs. I know for a fact that no matter how much I workout my thighs will always have some level of heft, I’m special that way.
If I could afford it, I’d go and do Barre (check out Rockwell and inside the Spa at BGC Fort) which is a stretching combination of ballet and pilates. Pole dancing looked physically promising and it actually excited me (the actual workout) but honestly speaking straight from the heart my moral compass will never point me in that direction because of what the workout implicates too openly (no offense meant to those who pole dance, I’m a Christian, it’s really what I stand for personally). Well, I’ve found a home video workout that isn’t new, it’s from 2008, but it works great for me and my mother so far and we happen to be a pair of NEARLY the worst couch potatoes around. Now, we’re mashed couch potatoes.
HOW I FEEL 5 DAYS INTO IT: What I can say is the first two days made my body hurt but the tormenting strenuous parts of the routine were quite bearable. I just finished the 5th day today early this morning and my muscles no longer hurt and my unused joints (shoulders/hips/knees) have ceased with the infrequent “snapping”, “cracking”, or “popping” sounds they were making before due to proper stretching and rotation, I’m quite excited to head towards the finish line of Level 1 and want to push myself further.
If she looks very familiar that’s because Jillian Michaels is THE original Biggest Loser coach for the acclaimed reality show. My ultimate goal for myself was not to lose weight, in fact I believe “30 DAY SHRED” is actually a hardsell title for what is actually an awesome combo cardio-strength workout that’s been reduced to a window of a 20-minute everyday session at a new difficulty level every 10 days. This is how simple it is and I love that you don’t need A TON OF PROPS to get rolling with this workout. All you need are a pair of light dumbells 1-3 lbs (mine are 3 pounds each) a workout mat, thick rug, or any mat you’re comfy lying down on, and 20 minutes a day for 30 days STRAIGHT. A laptop would be handy to play the workout DVD anywhere in the house where you feel comfortable to workout. Anyone can make 20 minutes for a bit of exercise, you don’t find it, you make it. The workout is simple, it consists of 3 videos of 3 intensity levels. You do the first video workout for 10 days, on the eleventh day you begin the Level 2 video, and on the 21st day you begin the Level 3 video. It’s that simple, then I believe you can continue with the Level 3 video as a regular workout routine once you complete the cycle. For your benefit, I discovered the Level 1 Video was made available on YouTube, I don’t know how much longer it will be on there so best to check this out now while you’re interested, watch this, give it a go and show yourself how easy this 30-Day Shred workout really is…at the start.
Warning, you will sweat a lot and then be surprised at how quick it is, the only catch is you have to do it everyday, it is a 20-minute commitment ANYBODY can make. Mom is on her fourth day of the Level 1 workout now, and I’m on my fifth, she joined me on the 2nd day. I sourced the two other videos but am truly planning to buy this DVD online and it’s available here from Amazon if you’d like to try another of Jillian’s 3-2-1 level method workouts you can try the more advanced and recent Ripped in 30 DVD , you can ask HouseofFlair to order it for you from the U.S. !
I’ve reviewed this lipstick range before, but the Make Up For Ever PH team invited me to check out the new family members of the Rouge Artist lipstick clan, the Rouge Artist Natural range. Er…it’s kinda “palpak” (or fail) in a sense because…I didn’t come away from the event with one of the Rouge Artist Naturals because I swapped my peachy Rouge Artist Natural from my press kit (I really didn’t prefer the shade) with another blogger who had a Rouge Artist Intense lipstick. Before I continue the tale, here are a few photos from the event.
My friend happened to have a plum purple Rouge Artist Intense lipstick (opaque pigment), which was still quite lovely, but not a Rouge Artist Natural (I liked the color so much I didn’t care), so how can I show you guys the new Natural finish? LOL! Anyway, the gist there was I swapped because we were not allowed to choose our shade and I absolutely didn’t prefer the shade I got in my kit (due to limited stock on some colors I guess). We discussed the varying finishes as part of the Rouge Artist range and tested out some colors on models who were present.
For your information, Rouge Artist Naturals are the MUFE lipsticks with the high-shine sheer finish of a glorified Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter, perfect for midsummer days and nights. MUFE Rouge Artist Natural lipsticks are everything I hoped the Revlon Lip Butters would be, but you’ll have to be patient before I can purchase one of the RA Naturals to show off. Anyway onto the new Rouge Artist Intense lipsticks I have. Read more for the full post.