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Front Row, XFactor Philippines Grand Finals Day 1 – Pilita Corales & “ShowBees” Hard at Work

My eyes are drooping as I write this, so I’d best get on with it…I know I owe you posts.  I’m much too sleepy and useless right now to be able to submit a flowery report regarding my front row experience during Day 1 of Xfactor Philippines’ grand finals.  Whether or not pictures are truly worth a thousand words they’ll have to do.  I’m beat but I have one thought to squeeze out.  Majority of safe cosmetic advice for older women is to avoid anything heavy or intense when it comes to makeup and hair.  Pilita Corales on the other hand believes more is more.  I can’t exactly pinpoint how she does it, but laying it on heavy doesn’t make her lose her joie de vivre.  She’s like the coolest, made up gran ever.  Red nails plus bling?  It’s time to sing!

and the winner is…

… told you I was sleepy, but they did say if there was anyone in the Rock scene with the “Xfactor” it was this well-known dude.  You’d better watch the grand finals tomorrow just to be sure, even I can’t can’t trust me right now.

Blog Breakaway 10/04/2012 – Diliman at Dawn

You don’t have to be in U.P. Diliman to get this, but that’s where I was earlier this morning, and being back in my university for a shoot made it taste even better.

Half the university knew (I’m kidding, not that many) I was not as addicted to taho as I was addicted to the isaw stands (grilled/barbecued offal) that are now alongside the vacant lot which is a hop, skip, and a jump from the University Arcade, but those super savory isaw stands only open in the afternoon.  However taho for me (steamed bean curd with sweet syrup and pearl)  is still such a comforting sweet treat in the morning, especially a morning like this.  Today my University of the Philippines smelt of trees with sun rays peeking, there were people  running, fallen leaves gripped the moist ground, and a soft, nippy October breeze was blowing…what respite from the smoky chaos that is the city.

THE Elizabeth Arden Speaks on Proper Posture – 1932 Pathe Archived Video

Most of you know of her and you know the cosmetic range that bears her name.

Watch and hear this ancient video of Elizabeth Arden herself speaking on the eradication of old 1890’s Victorian style posture and the renaissance of posture in the new century with the support of proper exercise.  What a gem of a video and I couldn’t help but giggle at the way these women were exercising on the beach, but in fairness I do want to get my splits and handstands back eventually.  Temptation Island, anyone?

 *video from British Pathe Archives on YouTube channel vintagefashions

Beauty Bits for the ‘Ber Season – A Non-Holiday Wishlist

There’s nothing like laying down a good wishlist while sitting back and relaxing, it’s like having a guilt-free virtual shopping spree without really…shopping.  I’m sorry but my wishlist consists mostly of stuff you can’t get here…that’s why I wish, right.  This isn’t my holiday wishlist, it’s just…random.  With this though I’ve been a bit of a cheat in making it for today because one or two of the items are on their way to me from weeks ago already.  A friend of mine is bringing back a facial oil from SG and the rollerballs might arrive with some friends from the U.S., just might, and the book I bought from ebay just hasn’t arrived yet.  However, since those items are nowhere in sight yet at present I decided there was no need to exclude them from the list because I’m still excited for when they do arrive.  I’ve noticed at my age, right before hitting the big THREE-OH next year, I’ve become more interested in the skincare, wellness, and fragrance realms in beauty.  There’s generally less makeup on board and I’ve obviously got that bath and body buzz going for me right now.  I know you’re curious about what I mentioned in the previous post so let’s go with that first.  This organic beauty wonder arrives for me in November thanks to a friend.

1.) PAI Rosehip Bioregenerate Fruit & Seed Blend facial oil – “High levels of Trans-Retinoic Acid are delivered directly to the epidermis, which converts to Vitamin A to boost the skin’s natural healing process. Clinical studies show Rosehip is effective at improving the appearance of scars, stretch marks, sun damage and fine lines.Rosehip BioRegenerate™ is unique in containing concentrated fruit hip oil, with double the regenerative sterols and five times the carotenoids of seed oil.  Premium CO2 supercritical extraction delivers the complete and concentrated properties of the plant.  This makes Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate™ far more powerful than simple cold pressed Rosehip seed oils.”Price: Converted about Php1450, not bad at all for well-processed organics.

I first heard about Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate facial oil from the WorshipBlues blogof that Fushigi Shop lady and I’m hoping it’ll replace the current serum I’m using by Kiehl’s because I’m just sharing with Mom at the moment.  I heart her blog and frequent it almost without fail.  She’s not purely a beauty blogger is and is a married Japanese woman based in London.  She said this facial oil was wonderful for her reactive, sensitive skin *fist pump* and I’ve even heard it remedies contact dermatitis and rosacea or acts simply as an anti-oxidant cocktail for the skin.  I’m quite excited to try it and use it in the same way I’m currently using the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate serum (previous post).  Pai organics UK only ships as far as Singapore or HK in our region I think so if you have friends there they’re your best shot.

2.) FRESH Seaberry Exfoliating Soap – “The nourishing formula is fortified with omega-rich seaberry oil and is triple-milled to last longer. It produces a lush, non-drying lather for a luxurious cleansing experience.”Key Ingredients: Cranberry, Bitter Orange, and Rosemary

I did tell you I got the bath and body buzz…I’m still tipsy for bubbly, scrubby, and lovely smelling products.  This brand is known more for its fabulous sugar lip products but nobody really nails organic  fragrant scents like fresh.  They draw the line just where needed so that their products are not too “foodie” and are more fragrant.  I’m excited to see how this soap lathers up and what sort of scent it embraces me with this cozy season.

3.) FRAGRANCE ROLLERBALLS @ Sephora – Brown Sugar by Fresh, Stella by Stella McCartney, and Amazing Grace by Philosophy, $20 and below each

A couple I knew mentioned they were heading to the U.S. soon so they asked if I wanted them to bring home anything.  I thought of these 3 rollerball fragrances that are easy to bring back and are available at just 1 place, Sephora, which are just between sample size and the smallest full size available, of course you get more value for money with full sizes but it’s still MORE money in the end and at least you can try more than one.  They’re also prettier (but not more cost efficient) than Travalo refillable atomizers in the sense that they’re “officially dinky” and have got the fragrance branding on.  I’m not quite sure if rollerballs are refillable…if they were that would be wonderful especially if you decided on a full size afterwards. Click read more to get the full post.

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Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate – A New Nightly Regimen

I’ve only been doing this regimen for 2 nights so far, and it’s my mother’s bottle which was a gift, so I won’t be pretentious and say “You need this in your life…”, I’ll just say for now since I am able to share (1 drop a night), that I need it in mine.

I’ve kind of been the “iffy” bird about serums (I’ve never tried any because of my relatively OKAY skin), but if the formulation is composed of mildly processed botanicals and essential oils there’s less hesitation on my part and you have nothing to fear really when it comes to Kiehl’s.  One thing I kept my eye was my personal set of easily irritated whiteheads that would stay in place no matter what I did and would worsen if my skin reacted (they’re spread across my right cheek).  The way I’ve applied this is applying one drop each evening to a small dollop of my favorite moisturizer (currently Nivea Baby Smoothy cream), in my hand though…don’t mind the staged  tiny spatula I have set before you for blogging purposes LOL.  Then I simply massage evenly and gently all over my face.  My moisturizer is a great vehicle for delivering this serum to my face because it absorbs very quickly.  I did it this way so it could curb the potency or intensity of the concentrate for my sensitive skin while still allowing the formula to be absorbed.

“This lightweight, readily-absorbed elixir effectively restores skin’s healthy appearance overnight, resulting in smoother, more radiant complexion by morning. Enriched with Squalane, a botanical lipid similar in molecular structure to natural skin lipids, Evening Primrose Oil, rich in Omega-6 Fatty Acids and Essential moisture to depleted skin. These naturally derived oils instantly penetrate the skin surface to help replenish it. Our recovery concentrate works at night when skin is most receptive to repairing itself from daily aggressors. With skin hydrated, supple and soft, rest assured you can say goodnight to tired-looking skin.  Paraben Free, Fragrance Free, Mineral Oil Free”

What I’ve noticed is waking up to non greasy, supple skin each morning for the last two days.  The bumps, enlarged pores and whiteheads have receded and red patches on the usual reactive areas of my face have subsided.  This is my mom’s so I’ll only use this for a week or two (7-14 drops) and leave the rest for her.  I’ve actually just put in good money for a bioregenerate organic facial oil similar to this (but milder in formulation) and it’ll be on its way when my friend gets here from Singapore in November.  If you’re wondering what that in-transit facial oil is, keep reading the blog a few hours from now or tomorrow (sorry, it depends, I’ll tweet niweiz) because I’ll be posting my current mini wishlist for the ‘Ber season and it includes that.   Follow Kiehl’s Manila on FB for the latest local boutique updates on this brand.  This costs US $50 abroad, so I’m guessing locally this might cost Php2800-Php3000, so it’s lovely that mom got it as a gift from my Ninang, her sister.

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