The weather has just been pretty gloomy lately, hasn’t it? I’ll admit I’ve been a bit lazy on my beauty posts in the last few days and even skipped 1 or 2 days of pilates (that otherwise would have been daily) not just because of the moody weather but also because I’ve been spending a bit more quiet time with my family. I’ll catch up soon. It’s just that all those true but horrid stories on the news about people dying, drowning, or being crushed just made me want to silently be with my own pack. My mom, who has been working ever since before I was born, has also chosen to retire…from advertising, but not from work in its entirety. She’s still got something new up her sleeve in another field. At the moment she’s in transition and she’s been home a lot which is quite comforting to say the least. To pounce on today’s topic: I refrain from buying magazines. I do miss physically pouring over them, though. They’re easier on the eyes than blogs and sites online when I just don’t want to be glued to my laptop and they’re great references to show clients when they’re unsure of what they want makeup-wise. In addition to food, Mom likes treating me to magazines every now and then, today was one of those days. I have also been reading books again in bed which is something I super duper miss, will mention which books in another post after I get a few beauty and giveaway posts up.
NYLON Singapore Aug 2012/British VOGUE Sept 2012/ELLE UK Sept 2012 travel size/Star Wars Moleskine Notebook
I do usually prefer a British Vogue issue over the U.S. Issue. The features of the latter are often so smothered by an avalanche of advertisements. British Vogue is just a delight to read, there’s just something in the way they sequence the ads and features together in a harmonious way. It’s not often as thick as their U.S. sister but in their case less is more. Don’t get me wrong, Vogue U.S. is still splendid, it’s just that for me there’s a quality I look for in that magazine that is missing, I can’t quite put my finger on it. I’m not an EDITORIAL EXPERT, but for my personal taste the content of British Vogue more often than not is rich, exceptionally well-written and of course it only boosts my love and fascination of all things British even more (maybe that’s it…really). The only items I bought with my own money was the NYLON Singapore AUG issue which I didn’t intend to buy (I grabbed it & thought ’twas a SEPT issue. Obviously Lost in TRANSACTION) and the limited edition Star Wars Moleskin notebook which I’m planning to gift to someone dear to me on that person’s birthday. Price? Php999=Php1k, yipe, but that person is worth it and I’m going to pen, pimp, and personalize its intro pages.
Relatives, if you are reading this and know who I am referring to, do not share because I know he doesn’t read my blog. There were two kinds of Star Wars Moleskine LTD Edition notebooks. I saw the Silver Light Speed design but I preferred this bronze embossed one with the nostalgic scrolling text supers. This design felt more epic and the ascending synopsis always lends itself to the act of chronicling one’s own EPISODE in life.
I’ve had this with me for awhile because I wanted to see how my skin would react with it. I’m personally not one for makeup primers and this Seaweed Pore Perfector isn’t actually a primer but it’s actually quite good underneath makeup. It’s supposed to be a soothing, mattifying gel treatment for pores that contains ginger essential oils, wild-harvested seaweed from the French coast and is generally hailed as a natural skin care item because it contains botanical astringents that help naturally unclog pores (you still need to wash your face wise-ass, ayt?). I tried it off the testing shelf at The Body Shop in Glorietta and asked them to put it on the counter for me right away, twas about Php800 but you only use like a tear drop size on each side of the face.
“Refine your skin with a targeted gel treatment designed to unblock pores and control excess shine.”
Community Trade bladderwack seaweed and seaweed harvested from the French Coast work together to balance skin tone and clarify the complexion.
Natural plant astringents including extracts of cinnamon, burnet and ginger help to visibly reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and blemish-damaged skin.
Now I believe this is somewhat similar to but not as silky and silicone-y as Estee Lauder Idealist. If you’re wincing at the price of the latter this is a great mid-range dupe for it. It’s more evident as a skin finishing product or skin primer to me. The only cons for some of you beauty enthusiasts or purists out there is that it isn’t entirely alcohol-free and it’s scented but in a lovely way. It didn’t break me out and I’ve got sensitive skin. It does a good job of giving some added moisture but eliminating excess shine which in my book is great for makeup prep. I love how soothing it is on the skin and it absorbs quite quickly. It’s actually also got some mild pimple-fighting ingredients like cinnamon in the mix for those who have low-level breakouts. I tested it out because I had a team of whiteheads threatening to turn themselves into zits. I applied this Seaweed Pore Perfector one night after bathing but before sleeping and woke up the next day to see that they had subsided. Well at least I know for that time it worked.
The Body Shop’s Seaweed for oil control family is a great facial care range. Currently it’s the natural but not fully organic range I’m most interested in whenever I pass any Body Shop boutique. What natural skincare items have been impressing you lately? Let me know and share them in the comments below, I’m really curious.
Okay, it’s taken me a LOOOOOOONG while to get this up and although my excuses are valid I’d still like to apologize. Four months ago I placed my teenage brother on a Help: Clear Skin 1-Month trial, which is a soluble fiber product by Works With Water UK containing lactoferrin, a milk protein that inhibits the population growth of zit-causing bacteria.
The Help: Clear Skin trial consisted of a daily dosage for one month, ergo 4 boxes of it (press sample). My “before” photo of my brother wasn’t too clear because I was too near and wasn’t using my HD mobile phone cam. It also wasn’t one of his worse zit days (believe me, I’ve seen worse with more enlarged cystic ones). To be discreet for my brother I’ve saved his before and after photos for after the excerpt jump. Please click on Read More to see the results.
Do any of you remember the local TV show Batibot? If you were born in the late 70s to mid-80s you probably do. Aside from watching Sesame Street I also watched Batibot whenever I caught it on TV. Yes, at the time I lived in Dasmariñas in a big house with my Lola and I was a teeny-weeny bit spoiled as an only kid, but shows like Batibot in addition to Betamax tapes of Sesame Street and Saturday Morning Cartoons from the U.S. kept me company and expanded my world with slice-of-life narratives. I wish more shows like this still existed today. One of those narratives was a video segment called “Bangkang Papel” which in Filipino means “paper boat”. A lot of children in the Philippines don’t have expensive toys to play with so they often make their own and folded paper boats were (before mobile phone games) just as popular here as paper planes are in the US. Today’s beauty post is a bit different in light of what’s happened because of the rain. The flooding here in the Philippines has caused a lot of people to lose their homes and relatives. Some have been relocated temporarily to cramped relief centers. I’ve decided to keep it simple today and just share a few current favorites brought to you in a “bangkang papel”. Two of these I’ve fully reviewed, the rest I’ve only just mentioned.
1. K-Palette 1-Day Tattoo Eyeliner - I’ll keep all these mentions short and simple because I don’t have it in me 100% to fully expound on cosmetics today because of the storm calamity. This is a great, easy-to-use liquid eyeliner that’ll help you get a nice sharp cat’s eye. K-Palette products are available in Beauty Bar. (upcoming full review)
2. K-Palette Kuma Concealer - - This concealer performs similarly to the peach color correctors of MAC and Bobbi Brown, it instantly lifts and corrects dark circles, comes in 3 shades with skin benefits, and is a smooth but concentrated consistency like Michelle Phan’s favorite Amazing Concealer. (upcoming full review.)
4. Clinique Shimmer Stripes Powder blush in 01 Peony (free travel sample size, a gift) -This was simply given to me by my Ninang, it’s a free sample size of Clinique Shimmer Stripes Powder blush. These aren’t glittery or even “shimmery” in a pixie dust way don’t worry, they’re a pearl-to-satin finish and the Peony shade gives cheeks that mild hint of rosy.
Right now many districts and provinces in Luzon are in a state of calamity due to the heavy rains these last few days. I may or may not be as active on the blog this week and some personal posts might go up. Let’s offer up prayers of thanksgiving for ourselves who are healthy, clean, and dry and prayers of compassion and mercy for people who have lost their loved ones, homes, hope, and joy. God, please be merciful and show us what more we can do to help people in need not just at this time but from now on everyday that we have life in us. Amen. To give us hope that majority of the Philippines can find joy again in simple things here is that video of Bangkang Papel from Batibot that has been on my mind for the past few days amidst all the chaotic reports from the news. Somewhere, somehow, families and children will find peace and joy again which is what this video brings home very well. Once upon a time, rain wasn’t always such a burden. This is a reminder of a time when we once actually even looked forward to the rain which could bring joy when it wouldn’t overwhelm us.
RT @RESCUE5PH: For Quezon City Rescue hotline: 928-4396 / 927-5914 / 924-2027
RELIEF CENTERS ETC. (Go and help personally or donate)
LBC branches will serve as drop-off centers for Phil. Red Cross. You may take your donations for flood victims to the nearest LBC branch starting tom Aug 8. Most needed are blankets, water, milk, easy-to-eat foods like biscuits, rice, baby diapers, mats/banigs, toiletries. Pls make sure these are properly labled as donations and we will make sure these are sent immediately to the Red Cross and to their evacuation centers. PLEASE don’t use plastic bags, instead use a blanket, towel or old shirt to tie-up and carry your donations. Thank you.
DAR (Department of Agrarian Reform) **”We are in need of volunteers for repacking of relief goods in Gate 1, Quezon City Circle. For more information, please contact us at 0916.320.0809.”
**Sagip Kapamilya ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. Building Mother Ignacia Ave., corner Eugenio Lopez St., Quezon City –Warehouse: ABS-CBN Foundation Sagip Kapamilya Warehouse(Edongs) #137 Mother Ignacia Ave., Quezon City
**Akbayanihan Relief Center Akbayanihan Relief Center now accepting donations. Food, water, clothes, and the like being accepted at the Akbayan headquarters in 36B Madasalin Street, Sikatuna Village. You may contact (02)4336933 / 09175381816 / 09064304315 if you want to volunteer.
Command Center for relief ops North NCR @hrd. Training Ctr, DAR Compound QC. #09991889683 / 09064192016 / 09228483806