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beauty bagged by a cheeky Filipina

Body Wash Picks – Simply Ivory Original Scent & Johnson’s Baby Bath Milk

Throughout the last 4-5 years I’ve been alternating faithfully between only two body washes.  There was the occasional Cetaphil Antibacterial Bar soap thrown in for good measure but without a regular salary that simply costs too much.  These body washes are of a similar type of fragrance family, clean, bouncy, soapy, and fresh and with the aid of a scrubber puff both variants keep my skin supple without any irritation.  One is imported and one is local.

Simply Ivory Original Scent Body Wash – I’m happy I was able to find a smaller bottle of Simply Ivory for the photo.  Both of these come in jumbo sizes, too.  This is such a pretty scent, I just wish it were a bit more powerful but it breaks the day open for me with a whiff of clean freshness.  It’s not citrus-y which is great because I’m not extremely  fond of citrus scents in toiletries.  To me it’s soapy, bouncy, with a dash of floral baby cologne making its way through at some point…and I obviously suck at describing it LOL.  Basically if my bedsheets smelt like it I’d bury my nose in and nearly suffocate myself with glee.  I think of peppery soap shavings tossed in a bowl with a few gardenia and jasmine buds…I’m not 100% sure if those are the correct floral notes I smell, I’m going by memory.

Johnson’s Baby Milk Bath – A lot of Filipinas put on the lotion from the range, me included a few years back.  I know this because I was out once and counted smelling about 2 or 3 girls passing me with the same milky clean scent.  This for me is a bit more hydrating than the Simply Ivory One, it’s got a bit of a younger, creamier, soft soap scent and costs way less too (because it’s not imported from the U.S.) and can be found like almost everywhere from pharmacies, to groceries, to department stores.  A former, former, flame liked smelling my shoulder repeatedly whenever I paired this with the lotion.  When the Simply Ivory one is out of stock at S&R I never fail to grab a bottle of this to replace it.  It’s way more affordable and smells stronger, too.  I’m excited to see what the reformulation is like…if it’s more moisturizing or something.

 

Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow “Black Crystals” – Plus a Straightforward Smoky Eye

One of the first eyeshadow palettes I ever owned was by Estee Lauder.  I brought it everywhere with me when I wasn’t as product conscious then.  It was handed over to me by Mom who had an Estee Lauder box set.  What I primarily loved bout that palette was that it was a palm-size square compact that had a mirror, and it had about 5 or 6 Pure Color eye shade strips in them.  People always complimented me bout my eye  looks even though I was only using my ring, pinkie, and index finger to blend (I didn’t have eye brushes then).  Those eyeshadows delivered but weren’t overly soft, they were just pigmented enough and blended out beautifully even with fingers.  I wasn’t even a beauty blogger yet but I knew for sure that it was an excellent product because I hit pan on about 3 of the eyeshadows and cracked 1 or 2 more.  Two months ago I came away from an exclusive Estee Lauder event and received this beautiful single eyeshadow compact as one of my press samples.  Fall season in the western fashion world is just around the corner.  Even if you say we haven’t got fall or autumn locally I don’t think you’d deny that the recent weather has been looking a lot like this beautiful hue.  PAGASA would agree I think.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow in 58 Black Crystals isn’t black.  It’s a gorgeous, stormy, gunmetal grey embedded with an elegant amount of silver shimmer.  It could be immediately classified as a cool shade because of it being grey but there’s a hint of neutral warmth when you blend it out.  In a nutshell, the eyeshadow texture is a satin shade with shimmer.  Black Crystals would look lovely as a crease color if paired with a lighter base shade but also makes a beautiful shade choice for all over the lid.  Read more to see a swatch and how I made this shade work for me.

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“52 Little Life Changes for BIG Weight Loss” – A Super Good Health Feature

Yeah, I’ve been bit by the exercise bug.  Admittedly, it’s an itch I scratch almost everyday now.  However I know a lot of you out there are with me on the fact that physical exercise is one of the MAJOR life changes one must adopt in order to lose weight.  It is what it is, and nothing can change that whether we like exercise or not. For many it’s not something that’s easy to make a commitment to.

Photo: My friend’s LIFE book

 

Today while researching I came across a fantastic series of mini posts under the collective title “52 Little Changes for Big Weight Loss” from iVillage.  At first I muttered “One or two are redundant, why not 50 instead of 52…” then Mom was quick to point out “There are 52 weeks in a year…”.  Ahhh.  It all made perfect sense then.

Begin with 1 little life change in the first week  and add one every week as you go.  It’s full of clever truths and factoids that sum up to meet  my  “I-didn’t-know-that” quota for the day.  It’s really very insightful and I think all these little tips together combined with a moderate, weekly exercise routine will significantly impact someone with a weight loss goal, that someone isn’t me though…I’m more about “tone, sculpt, and strengthen”.  Like for instance, did it ever occur to you that eating off blue plates might psychologically curb your appetite and that McDonalds wave red & yellow which mentally increases appetite?  Did you know that eating away from the TV can dramatically reduce your food intake by up to 40%?  Or that chocolate milk (skim milk) is one of the best natural recovery drinks out there?  There’s a wealth of health and weight loss knowledge in this online series of mini articles, 52 Little Changes for Big Weight Loss” from iVillage, just keep clicking next to go through all.  Awesome post, I’m glad it’s out there.

Caronia Nail Polish Remover 250ml – Takes it Off Fast, Doesn’t Dry Up On You

I know many of you have noticed there haven’t been nail-of-the-day posts in months.  I’ve been giving my nails a sabbatical from polish.  It’s also because as a makeup artist on the job I keep my nails clean and short the way Bobbi Brown likes to.  That’s not to say I’ll never ever wear nail polish again, these digits have just been vacationing.  I’ll have nail posts up again in about a week since it has been awhile.  One of my pet peeves with polished nails is what a pain it can be to clear polish off sometimes (especially glitter polishes, they’re the worst…).  In the past,  I’ve had my share of purchasing horribly diluted, cheap nail removers.  They come in small bottles and often take 1/3 a bottle and half a dozen cotton balls to clear off two fingers while a third of the liquid will evaporate into thin air when you’re not looking.  I want my polish remover to work but I don’t want to drop over Php100 for a remover.  Caronia Nail Polish Remover is affordable at Php65.00, a small amount on a q-tip is strong enough to edit your polish edges, and it works even faster than the Sally Hansen one I tried.  I like this also because prepping models nails for a shoot if they came with cracked polish simply should not take forever to do.

As long as you keep the bottle cap on tight this will last you months without evaporating on you.  This bottle of Caronia Polish Remover has had this amount in it since the last time I used it about 5 months ago and it hasn’t dried up on me.  Plus I’ve once had this bottle in a bag sideways on a trip and it didn’t spill.  I’m not an anti-acetone girl but I won’t use PURE acetone to remove polish on my nails.  This contains some acetone but isn’t PURE acetone and it has ingredients that will keep your nails from drying.  I still use hand creme or lotion afterwards especially around my cuticles.  If you are someone who likes changing nail polish more than 3x a week I suggest that it’s better to use a milder remover formula out on the market.  When I do use polish I only change polish 2 or 3 times a month so this is fine for me.  This costs Php65-70 and should be available at most local department stores and drugstores nationwide.

Payless City Sneaks Slip-On Sneakers – Lighter & More Affordable

Not on the market for a hip pair of Vans or Toms shoes?  They’re both awesome brands but the prices tend to skyrocket don’t they?  You might want to try a pair of these City Sneaks Slip-Ons which are available at Payless.  They’re Php645.00 a pair and they have them in wides and half-sizes.   I got these at the shiny new Lucky Chinatown Mall branch in Binondo but there are so many Payless shoe outlets with common stock on hand.  If you’re on call in the medical or physical therapy fields these could prove to be happy working shoes.  My size is a 6W (wide).  Please excuse the cat hairs in the next few photos.

Shoe sizes that suit are relative to your foot shape.  I’d say these shoes are great for feet of medium heft (not so slender) that are slightly wide, but I think they also carry non-wide sizes.  I love that they make your feet look slim even if they’re not.  There’s some wonderful trickery intertwined in the shape even for people with “kankles” like mine (large ankles).  I got both pairs, in black and white because they’re just sooo wearable.   If you’re an artist they’re also great for customizing with paints and pens (gives oneself an idea).

These are not as heavy and chunky as Vans awesome slip-ons but the soles are much thicker than Toms.  The rubber soles are also non-marking if I’m not mistaken so you shouldn’t easily scuff floors with these and you’ll still be walking sturdy in them.  These City Sneaks have got good density somewhere in the way between Vans and Toms and the quality kind of reminds me of Keds.  A good dupe for pricy Toms slip-ons are also in Payless and what I’m talking about are the Airwalk slip-ons which bear a striking similarity to Toms it’s just that they don’t carry a charitable cause.  I nearly walked away with those Airwalk ones but I needed shoes with thicker soles for wet days.  Again, these were Php645.00 per pair from Payless Shoe Source PH.

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