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Origins “A Perfect World” White Tea Skin Guardian – Quite Lovely, but what is it really?

There’s a category making its own small pocket in the world of skincare and I have to admit, it is quite a gray area.  I’m talking about those anti-oxidant packed “serum” SLASH silicone/water based primer products (that you can’t really call a moisturizer or a serum) which promise instant smoothness and improved skin appearance.  Today my aunt gave the Origins Perfect World White Tea Skin Guardian (mouthful)  to me simply because she’s got existing skincare and is afraid to try anything new because she has sensitive skin.

“Silver Tip White Tea helps banish youth offenders before they can cause oxidation, deterioration, and dehydration.  Smoothness is immediate.  Visible signs of aging are pre-empted.  Use AM and PM.  Smooth over clean skin before moisturizer. ” - back of bottle.

“Higher levels of pollution have substantially increased potential for skin damage and aging. No worries. Origins’ multi-action age defenders with rare silver tip white tea surround skin in a virtually impenetrable protective bubble that intercepts damage before it causes lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and loss of firmness.” – SEPHORA

Now the truth of the matter is this White Tea Skin Guardian DOES FEEL AND SMELL NICE when you apply it, and as they described, “Smoothness is immediate”…that’s the silicon working for you.  To be honest, products that contain silicon possess a form of trickery.  As a consumer when you feel that “instant glide” and silkiness from fingers to face you straightaway want to believe it’s the key botanicals mentioned in the product doing their job on the spot and I’m not here to say that they aren’t, they’re just not what you instantly feel.  Silicon tells your fingers “This my friends, is amazing…” and though silicon won’t kill you, it isn’t for everybody and for some who are allergic it may even cause breakouts.

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Seed, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Rosa Centifolia (Cabbage Rose) Flower Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Vetiveria Zizanoides (Vetiver) Root Oil, Plumeria Alba (Frangipani) Flower Extract, Magnolia Grandiflora Leaf Extract, Acacia Decurrens (Mimosa) Extract, Iris Germanica (Orris) Root, Geraniol, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Dimethicone, Potato Starch, Tocopheryl Linoleate/Oleate, Polyacrylamide, Laureth-7, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Chlorphenesin, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben

I’ve reviewed something similar to this before, the Body Shop Seaweed Pore Perfector which is more affordable, but there are also more expensive ones like the Becca Line and Pore Corrector, Benefit Porefessional (which more appropriately positions itself as a primer) and I’ve even sampled Estee Lauder Idealist which is a more glorified luxury option.  Some of these are the sorts of products that end up being increasingly difficult to blog about about simply because in the end you can’t say what they are essentially without REACHING for what to say and then you hit the backspace key realizing there don’t seem to be any significant, realistic long-term benefits for the skin.  These are incredibly difficult products to describe in a nutshell. The package has more recently changed abroad and now looks like this on the website anyway.  I honestly have fallen for the scent…it’s a creamier scent that that of the Body Shop’s Seaweed Pore Perfector (which I now feel is a bit too strongly scented) and I’m not allergic to this so far plus it feels milder than the Body Shop’s Seaweed one.  To me though it’s a pretty good primer with a healthy helping of botanicals as a bonus, but that’s pretty much it for me nothing more.  I refrain from actually calling products like this “serums” simply because there don’t seem to be any active and deeply penetrating ingredients that build and work with the skin to give compound results.  However, cons and non-dermatologist me aside, to be honest I can’t escape the glee that comes with reviewing a product by the brand Origins for the first time.  I’m only somewhat disappointed that it had to be this product from their Perfect World range which actually costs USD$38.00…and if it truly were a “Guardian” so to speak, shouldn’t it contain some form of SPF?  I saw you nodding while reading this and I thought so, too.  On a brighter note, I’ll be using this in my pro kit as a great smelling prepping primer for skin that needs it.

Grace Coddington’s Cats for Balenciaga – At 70 Her Cats Are Out ON the Bag!

I don’t furiously search for the latest it bags, and I have never STARED until NOW.  I have never dreamed of a luxury bag campaign that is so, so, so…me.  AMAZING GRACE.

Model Karen Elson epitomizes Vogue’s Finest Creative Director, Grace Coddington in an older editorial shoot. Chucks…check!

This is such a SUPER DUPER sweet concept.  I absolutely like it!  Kudos squared and Happy Birthday to Vogue’s finest creative director, Grace Coddington (it’s not her birthday today, in fact it was last April pa… so I missed it, yea whatevs. LOL)  who certainly celebrated her 70th birthday with a BANG er BAG.

Blog Breakaway – “Lunes” Ancient Poetry by Yours Truly

I surprised myself.  I rediscovered my personal online blogger journal, which of course I won’t be reviving or sharing the link of here.  I hadn’t realized I’d written so much between 2004 and 2007, the years when I first worked in post production and lived in a dinky apartment adjacent to the hum and buzz further in from the Makati B-side area.

How my dog, Jack,  feels about Mondays, or days that end in Y.

Back then when I used to write a lot more about more meaningful things (LOL) I even did some poetry to put my mind at ease.  Here’s one to reassure you that Monday does come to an end.  Haha.


kapag sumilip ang liwanag
sa pagtulog na ni buwan
ako’y pakipot pang dumilat
bespren ko pa si unan

kamot kamot sa mata
konting hikab pang bitin
yoko pang malaman
kung wala na’ng bawat bituin

pag abot sa telepono
may konti pang dasal
na sana maaga aking bangon
kalayo pa ng almusal

ngunit sa sigaw na ng mga bata
na patakbo takbo doon
alam kong gising na ang linggo
Inaantay na ako ni sabon

Natapos din ang signal #2
sa loob ng banyong kyut
wag limutin ang mga kalat
dapat sa basura syut na syut

sa isang kwarto sa ciudad
na sa totoo’y napakaliit
ang simula ng bawat araw
nitong babaeng makulit

parang simple lang ang buhay
pero minsan sobrang hindi
alam naman natin kung bakit
lagi sa trabahong nagmamadali

kaya eto nalang ako bigla
nakaupo at napapaisip
marami palang masasabi
tungkol sa “kondo” kong masikip

Dating dati ang huling pagtula
mukhang naubusan na ng Ingles
Sa pagsusulat wala akong sawa
patapos na rin ang aking Lunes

SaladBox Philippines Launches Tonight! – Boxes of Beauty Knock on Your Door

Hey, Ladies I’ve got some exciting news for you.  SaladBox  subscription boxes have arrived in the Philippines!  If you’re interested in trying various lifestyle and beauty brands without leaving home here’s how!  You all know how many of us LOVE having travel-size bits of beauty on hand?  Well in this case there are chances where you may even get the full size depending on what is handpicked for you :) When you click on any image below it will take you to the newly launched Saladbox Website!   The site will fully unveil ALL ITS PAGES at 8pm tonight, right now the site is up but the links on the site are not yet fully active except for BOX and HOW IT WORKS.  Check back on their site at 8pm for the grand revelation of international beauty brands included!  Here’s more information on what SaladBox is about and some details on subscribing.

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“For PhP500.00 per month, a subscriber will receive a box filled with four or more beauty and lifestyle product samples. The SaladBox team greatly values the money their subscribers spend so these products will have a value of more than PhP700.00. SaladBox is currently in partnership with a lot of beauty and lifestyle brands, both local and international, up-and-coming and timeless classics.

And since subscriptions come in first-come, first-served basis, SaladBox will start accepting reservations for subscription slots starting September 8, 2012, 8:00PM Manila Time. They will send you a link to their subscription application form once it’s your turn to subscribe.”

Subscription beauty sample boxes have been big hit in the U.S., Europe, and even Singapore.  You subscribe monthly, fill up a subscription profile and Saladbox will handpick 4 or more products to put in your box and send to you.  What’s even more exciting is accumulating SaladLeaves which are like vouchers you can use to purchase the full sizes of products that satisfy you from the online shop!  So be on the alert for later tonight, I personally am sooo excited to see what’s on the site’s BRANDS page.  You can follow SaladBox for now via  Twitter (, Facebook (, and Pinterest (


NOTD Max Factor Glossfinity in 025 Desert Sand

I attended Max Factor’s relaunch of their nail polish range and was blessed with a free mani-pedi service @ Beauty & Butter, Megamall, where it was held. I chose to test the longevity of the Max Factor Glossfinity formula which claims to retain the newly applied “gloss” effect for up to 7 days.


I chose the no-brainer medium warm nude shade 025 Desert Sand which is a head on match for a medium fair girl like me.  This shade is great for brides or girls who prefer to keep it clean. I’m still missing my milky bit of Funny Bunny though (last NOTD). The reason why I chose a simple shade to test is I really wanted to be able to observe the longevity of the gloss and with a more neutral shade it’s easier to stay eagle-eyed. NOTE: I forgot to tell the B&B lady not to apply Glossfinity top coat on Desert Sand.

I’ll do another review with no top coat using 140 Cobalt blue which was given to me as a press sample. I was also given 26 Cappuccino from the Mini Nails range which looks like a milky mushroom taupe with a hint of lavender. Glossfinity polishes retail for Php245 each and the Max Effect Mini Nail polishes retail for Php175 at leading department stores that carry Max Factor nationwide. There’s an ongoing promo for the Glossfinity range, get 2 for only Php450 for the whole month of September or at least while stocks last.

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