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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.

NIVEA Baby Skincare Now Available @ Mercury Drug – Plus Spotting the Nutri-Sensitive Milk Wash

The NIVEA Baby Range, which my fave, phenomenal facial moisturizer Nivea Baby Smoothy Cream, is part of, is now available at Mercury Drug!  I’m also eyeing something new from the range because my skin has been quite reactive due to drastic changes in the weather.  I’ve been getting random flare ups on my face which does usually happen around this time of year.  I can’t tell you how much I absolutely love Nivea Baby Smoothy Cream which I’ve already reviewed.  It calms my flare ups and also performs well as a basic moisturizer, it also doesn’t leave a greasy feeling behind, it leaves it supple which is how I like it.

 Since I can’t afford anything from Aesop as of the moment I’ve spotted something new from the NIVEA baby range that may or may not work wonders for me as a facial cleanser once I’ve consumed my current facial wash.  I personally don’t mind using baby products as personal skincare, this Nivea Baby Range is made in Hamburg, Germany and uses only the purest ingredients suitable for babies.  I’m quite interested in this Nutri-Sensitive Milk Wash which is formulated for cleansing infants from birth.

 

So far that smoothy cream has worked wonders for me, I’m wondering if this will do the same and I’m so glad the NIVEA Baby range has now also been made available in select Mercury Drug stores locally.

 

Gilded Glamour – Vintage Cosmetic Compacts from My Grandmother

I spent 15 years of my life with my paternal grandmother at home and up to this day I miss her terribly.  She had designer bags and shoes and she even slept on Yves Saint Laurent bedsheets (that we still use today, talk about durable) and her 9 white dogs drank a teaspoon of Enervon-C Syrup daily and wore Johnson’s Baby Powder and cologne.  I’m not saying that’s the only way life should be lived, I am sharing that once upon a time she indeed lived it that way because she was well provided for.  She had some time in Europe when my grandfather was Philippine ambassador to the Vatican in Rome.  When it came to beauty she was simple.  She did her eyebrows, and carried pressed powder and lipstick.  More often than not,  nothing more.  Several months back my mom fished these “gems” out of one of our safe-boxes and told me that at some point in my life, Lola wanted me to have both, the other one especially because of its custom initials.  These are pressed powders if I’m not mistaken.

This Estee Lauder one looks more like a blush but I’m not sure if the color shifted because of age.  It opens stopwatch style and has a black tassel which adds a bit of vintage flair.  She most likely acquired this while living in Europe.

My first name, Julia, was a spin-off from my paternal grandmother’s name Julieta.  We shared the same initials, J.A., which delighted her and my being her youngest grandchild at the time led to some welcome spoiling in the best sense of the word.  If I’m not mistaken, everything about the initials on this custom gilded Moon Drops compact are genuine.  Moon Drops is I think was once a niche brand under Revlon…I’m not sure if it still exists today.

My grandmother, Julieta, was a very strong woman and to tell you the truth sometimes she could be scary (she’d rattle off in Spanish when she’d lose her temper), but she was also lovely, sweet, and affirming throughout most of my childhood. She also helped me to enjoy eating vegetables because she was an excellent cook and natural foodie.  Uh, that’s me on the left, I think I was two, I never knew how to look at a camera with flash when I was that age.  I was thinking maybe these heirloom compacts are my key to possibly meeting someone like Lisa Eldridge one day who collects vintage items like these.  Aren’t these veritable beauty blasts from the past?

Fully Booked Filler – Rainy Day Reads & a Gift

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.

Free Your Pores with The Body Shop’s Seaweed Pore Perfector – Also Works Great as a Natural Primer

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.

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