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Swipe on Summer With Hurraw! | Lips Need Fair Trade, Vegan Love

Say hello again to fab flavored Hurraw! cold-pressed vegan lip balms praised by the likes of Oprah, Nylon, InStyle, and teenVogue magazine!  It’s summer time, the heat is almost on, and luscious lip treatment is on your mental to-do stack.  I’ve handpicked some Hurraw! summery flavors (Kapha is kinda new) that I think would be cool to have handy this summer.  Available locally from Cutieverse.com for Php280 or inquire via rebecca@cutieverse.com to ask where they’re available in public retail :) one place I know is Beyond Yoga in Fort, BGC.  My handpicked summer flavors featured are listed below.

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…When it comes to lip balm, most people fall into one of two categories: those who believe the organic, all natural versions are worth $15+ price tags and those who still swear by their Bonnie Bell obsession from middle school. Hurraw! make it their mission to merge these two extremes. Their line of handmade lip balms has everything we love about the expensive brands -fair trade, raw and organic ingredients – along with the cheap price and awesome scents of our drugstore favorites…at $3.79 each it’s never been easier or cheaper to get the best of both worlds. – NYLON Magazine

Super smooth, not draggy, not sticky, not sweet, not too glossy, not too smelly, never grainy, long lasting;
plus, it had to hold up to being in a back jeans pocket all day without melting!  It took us several obsessed years to formulate Hurraw! Balm and put it through all the rigors.We source honest, fair trade, organic, vegan and raw ingredients from reputable suppliers and are thrilled to share the labors with other balm lovin’ individuals. Your purchase supports legit fair trade, organic farmers and suppliers here in the States and around the World. – HURRAW! Balm

KAPHA BALM- “An infusion of tulsi leaf.  Invigorating and zesty grapefruit subtly melds with stimulating eucalyptus while fresh Malagasy ginger gives a bit of warmth.  Energizing.”

SUN BALM SPF 15 - “It glides on silky smooth *(and virtually clear) like our regular balms but we formulated it to be extra thick and creamy for longer staying power  while out in those shining rays! Juicy Tangerine, Roman Chamomile and a hint of Vanilla make it nourishing and calming for your lips. Packed full of amazing cold pressed oils to moisturize, protect and heal.

COCONUT BALM – “Fresh, creamy, coconuts… there is nothing better. The coconut gives us so much, we just had to have a super smooth coconut balm! The rich, raw coconut oil in our balm enriches the fabulous flavor. Our all natural organic coconut flavor is the truest we’ve found and continues to put this balm at the top of our best seller list.”

GRAPEFRUIT BALM – “Fresh cold pressed organic oil from the grapefruit peel makes our creamy and smooth grapefruit lip balm out of this world zesty!  An infusion of wildcrafted alkanet root gives our balm a gorgeous light pink color that leaves a sheer clear gloss on the lips! ”

ROOT BEER BALM- “People love our root beer balm as it takes them “back to their childhood.” We think root beer is great for all-ages, all-the-time!  Cool, creamy, rooty and fabulous. Here’s to a frosty one clipped on the window at the drive-in.”

MOON BALM, Night Treatment – “Extra thick, creamy and rich; our Moon balm has some serious staying power. The Vanilla and Peru Balsam scent will lull you to sleep.  Azulene packed Blue Chamomile lends a gorgeous green-blue color and soothes your lips for some true beauty z’s! Check out what it’s packin’: Avocado Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, and Argan oil”

Ellana Minerals’ Flash FB Giveaway! | Win Your Fave Ellana Product

Ellana Minerals posted this approximately 20 hours ago on their Facebook page, leave a comment at this link and mention what your favorite Ellana Minerals product is which you would like to win and be one of 5 winners of the giveaway.   My favorite products are Ellana’s loose or pressed mineral powder foundation and their blush duo in Kitten/Peach passion.  The giveaway ends one week from today.  Like Ellana Minerals FB and join the giveaway here or click on the image below.

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L’Oreal Double Extension CURL Waterproof Mascara | Optional Showstopping Lashes

I have snubbed this sort of mascara for years, and it’s always been there, sitting on local shelves.  Before however the waterproof variant wasn’t available, only the red and white tube which I loathed.  I detested the idea of 2 steps in a mascara, then an eye opener (literally speaking) was when recently a couple of UK bloggers were sent a non-Loreal mascara with 2 steps and because of the awesome results they put up with it.  After that, in my mind I began to think more loosely about the 2-step idea.  Also there at the back of my mind vlogger and pro-artist Kandee Johnson stood smiling with her pom-poms for this mascara, she absolutely loves it and has said so repeatedly.  So with one of my older mascaras approaching the 4-5month mark I decided to try this.  I just have to say the curl staying power and humidity resistance on this is too awesome not to mention and that’s not even mentioning the optional gear on volume and length.

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L’Oreal Double Extension CURL Waterproof is in a Purple and Silver tube here and blue and white one in the US.  It’s not cheap at Php900+ locally but in my opinion you’re paying for a more customized mascara experience.  L’Oreal Telescopic False Mascaras abroad are about Php700-800

As it turns out this just happens to be sort of a deconstructed dupe for L’Oreal’s acclaimed Telescopic  Shocking Extensions (US)/False Lash Telescopic (UK) waterproof mascara.    The foreign Telescopic mascaras achieve the same showstopping look as this with just 1 step, which is why I prefer those IF I can get them, but precisely, we don’t have those here.  This one’s great  because, you know us women, we like options, what if we don’t want BIG lashes all the time, just when we need them?  The key is this, the Step 2 black waterproof mascara on this also looks good and holds curl even WITHOUT the lengthening primer which gives us the power to choose.  If you don’t want to do two steps you don’t have to, but if you want extra oomph and length for those lashes it’s yours with an extra step!  Read more to see application and get the full review.

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The Dior Gardens | Skincare is Coming Up Roses

Late last year a video was posted on the Dior YouTube channel but I doubt all of you have seen it.  I thought given that spring has begun in the western world there is no better time to share it with you than now.  Last weekend this short feature caught my attention and held me in from start to finish.  Designer Christian Dior was known to have been deeply inspired by the beauty of resilient wild cliff roses in his childhood place, Granville which faced the sea.  His home there has now come to be known as the Dior Gardens.  Christian’s mother, Madeleine Dior, before passing away tragically had previously installed a rose garden in their home which is what fueled his admiration for the flower.  In the Loire Valley, also in Normandy, a team of horticulturists, experts in ethnobotany, have innovated by taking that cliff rose and purposefully crossbreeding it manually with other roses to produce a new kind of rose to be used as a sustainable cosmetic resource.

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Petals being stripped from the bud of a different rose in the process of crossbreeding to create the Rose of Granville. (Photos are stills from the video feature)

The Dior horticultural team have tenderly named the new rose “La Rose de Granville” or the Rose of Granville.  From it they take extracts used for improving skin vitality and also incorporate the flower’s anti-inflammatory properties into their Prestige skincare range.  The crossbred Rose de Granville is just as beautiful to behold as it is essential.  Watch this Dior film feature on the Rose de Granville and be inspired.

The Oscars 2014 Red Carpet Raves | Five Beautiful Faces and Proper Makeup

Lots of people just got their Oscars tube fix in the last couple of hours.  Ellen was funny, JLaw fell again, before getting to the red carpet, the stars took an epic selfie, and I knew Matthew McConaughey would bring home Best Actor.

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photo credit: Bradley Cooper, seriously..

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Lupita Nyong’o in Prada (All photo sources: Just Jared, The Guardian, and Oscars.com)

Along with that, we beauty bugs always only pretty much await a certain segment of the whole event that isn’t even part of the main program, of course, the red carpet arrivals.  It’s where we finally get to see our beloved stars in an open space from top to toe in full swag.  It’s also where these actors get their faces mercilessly peppered with flash photography while the sun is setting.  Red carpet makeup is a professional makeup artist’s ultimate challenge because today with social media and smartphones, not one mistake stands a chance.    Read more to see the photos and find out who were the 5 actresses I thought had the best overall hair and makeup.

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