My Macadamia Hair Treatment & A Giftpack Giveaway ‘Til July 31!

Ola, Ladies! Last June I was able to experience some of the new and lush Macadamia Natural Oil hair products offered in special service treatments via Piandre Salon. I attended the launch at the BGC High Street Branch.  By the way, at the end of this article join the Macadamia Muse Natural Oil giftpack giveaway, open ’til July 31 (mechanics below)!

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I’ve long been wanting to try Macadamia’s hair stuff to say the least but I just never really got around to exploring further into this haircare brand, so I was quite excited when they invited me over for a special day of hair nourishing and pampering, even if I don’t have as much hair to treat lol.

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  • For more information on Macadamia Natural Oil in the Philippines, you can visit our website at macadamiahair.com, or follow us on Instagram (@macadamiaphilippines) and Facebook (/macadamiaph). For more information on Piandre Salon, please visit piandresalon.com. Piandre Salon BGC is in Two Parkade, 30th St. corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.

The treatment I decided to go for was the The Damaged No More Treatment was a combination of the Deep Repair and Healing Oil Treatment, a quick fix for hair that’s dry, damaged, and chemically processed since my hair does have hair color. The treatment includes a delightful head and upper back massage. It began with an invigorating cleanse using the Macadamia Natural Oil Rejuvenating Shampoo (Color-safe, Sulfate-free, Paraben-free) and I must admit, I love how it smells.

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After the shampoo, they did not use regular conditioner (in above photo I was given the Moisturizing Rinse to review which is pretty much like one) but towelled my head off and brought me back to my seat to revel in the next step which is the 30min scalp massage for the application of the Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque (it isn’t a very wet or oily sort of masque, it’s more like a quick absorbing conditioner that can be massaged in). After the massage they finished off my hair with a quick thin layer of Macadamia Healing Oil, just a few drops. While I had less hair than everyone with my pixie cut my hair and scalp still felt revived by the whole treatment and I was more than glad to have had it. My hair though short had a supple finish and more spring back in the roots following the treatment, my hair didn’t feel color treated and dry, it felt once again like my hair before it was ever color-treated. I’ve no doubt the nourishing properties in Macadamia products have helped boost this effect and I would love to go back to experience the treatment again whenever I have a free moment and find myself nearby a Piandre salon.  Now for the GIVEAWAY MECHANICS!

You guys can also experience the magic of Macadamia Natural Oil as I am giving away two (2) Macadamia gift packs. Just follow the mechanics below:

  • 1. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @blessmybag
  • 2. Comment on this post with your answer to this question: Why is Macadamia Natural Oil perfect for your hair? (Don’t forget to include your full name, email, and Instagram username as well)”
Please note that the gift packs contain 1 travel size Macadamia Rejuvenating Shampoo and 1 travel size Macadamia Moisturizing Rinse Conditioner. Deadline of the contest may be until July 31, 2014. (PLEASE NOTE OPEN TO PHILIPPINE RESIDENTS ONLY.)… To full post & COMMENTS...

Five to Feel Good | Beauty bits that make it better!

This is sort of a different mix, today is beauty blogging with a swirl of what’s personal in it.  Many of you know it’s been a rough couple of weeks for me since we got home from hospital with Dad.  While I haven’t been able to set my mind on certain things like makeup and cosmetics for anything other than work lately there are still a couple of beauty bits I won’t be without now simply because they’ve just basically been helping me feel better throughout all this.  This post has to be one for the books in the sense that at a time when the last thing I wanted to think about was “stuff” this stuff just had to be around because they just worked period.  Thankfully now we’ve hired a temporary nurse for Dad so that eases lots of the tension in the daily to-do area.  Today, I did want to share about the products that bring me temporal comfort right now and sort of…cushion the scenario if you will.  These are simple comforts that function as a sort of outer balm for my inner well-being.  That’s what a bit of beauty or wellness loot can sort of help to achieve, right?  Especially if they really excellently do what they’re supposed to.  So straightaway now, here are my current feel-good picks.

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1.) Burt’s Bees Fabulously Fresh Peppermint & Rosemary Body Wash (available at Beauty Bar)

I was having one of those teary-eyed low moments in the shower from stress (we girls get that when things are tough, right, no shame in it at all) and decided to try something different to change it up.  I pulled this from my new Burt’s Bees arrivals and brought it with me to my Tita’s house when I slept over and to my surprise when I lathered it up in the shower the minty aromatherapy-ish scent filled the bathroom and GET THIS, GIRLS,  I actually SMILED, I kid you not, the freakin’ bath gel made me smile  upon catching the first whiff.  Then I caught myself and stopped and looked at the bottle for details coz I thought it was like a Twilight Zone moment, you know, being in tears but then suddenly smiling by yourself in the shower LOL.  Good job, Burt’s Bees, you can be sure I’m getting the full size of this, I hadn’t had a moment with a bath gel like that ever.

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Yesterday’s morning walk…

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2.)  G Stuff “Touch of Awakening” Eucalyptus Rosemary and Thyme Massage Oil (Php500+ for 250ml)

Next to prayer there’s nothing that relieves anything faster than touch therapy.  Seriously speaking, I don’t know how many bottles of this G stuff we’ve already consumed as a family for massages.  The smell of Eucalyptus and Rosemary transports you from the bad to the good in just a few minutes.  This is hands down (literally) my favorite massage oil because it doesn’t sit on top of the skin and after you actually feel soft instead of greasy!  Like you know how sometimes after a massage you want to take a shower because of the oily feeling?  It’s the opposite situation with this, I actually have a complete shower and scrub prior to the massage and after the massage I just go over myself with a dry towel and I feel super baby soft and put my clothes back on.  One cousin of mine when she was abroad consumed a whole bottle which we gave her like super quick because it kept dry skin away better than any other cream or lotion she had with her.  According to her it was working so well that when she ran out she fell into a bad mood lol!  She kept asking where we got this. The products of the brand G Stuff are Virgin Coconut Oil based and the brand provides livelihood opportunities for local communities since profits go back to them.  The G Stuff boutique we go to is at Rockwell but will try to edit in other locations where you can get them.

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Prayers on paper… :)

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3.) HURRAW Earl Grey Lip Balm (Vegan/ Cold pressed)

I’ve mentioned this way too many times, but yes it is a source of comfort to me.  HURRAW, my favorite lip balm brand on the planet did the world a good thing when they thought up their Earl Grey Lip Balm.  It’s my favorite tea flavor in a vegan cold-pressed oil lip balm, need I ask for more? Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks said “Tea is balm for the soul.” Inquire via Cutieverse.com or @cutieverse on Instagram for where to get Hurraw locally :)

4.) Diptyque’s VIOLETTE (violet floral) scented candle 6oz $60,  NYC

This Violette candle was a birthday gift from my cousin in NYC.  We were happily exploring along Bleecker Street last April and we walked into Diptyque and as a sweet birthday gesture she told me she’d get this for me when she saw me smelling it.  We have Diptyque locally but last I checked Rustan’s doesn’t stock this particular scent which is special.  The smell of violets is unique because it’s a sweet floral…so there’s a tartness that isn’t fruity, I know it’s hard to imagine, you can only know what I mean if you smell this candle.  To be clear, I haven’t lit this yet, but I will most likely tomorrow evening since the weather has cooled down already.  What I have been doing recently is I have been taking it to my nose and sniffing it because it just smells sooo pretty.

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5.) Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment Cream (with Avocado)

The normal thing would be to leave your eye cream at home, but as of a few weeks ago this made its home in my handbag for quite awhile, nestled anything but neatly in the side-pocket of my bag along with the ugliness of receipts, earrings, and my Earl Grey Lip Balm.  Since the upset of our peaceful routine at home I hadn’t been putting much  makeup on with the exception of mascara, brows, and concealer. … To full post & COMMENTS...

Scentsation, Better Together | Clinique Calyx Over Benefit Bathina Oil

A late posted revelation but I did realize this a couple of weeks back.  You know how lots of us have been wishing Benefit Bathina’s sultry yet demure, fragrantly pheromone-ish fragrance could be bottled as an actual fragrance?  Benefit came close with the body oil but what’s funny is…I’m hoping my nose is as sharp as I think it is coz it seems Clinique with their modern scent Calyx has done just that.  I sprayed Calyx on my left wrist and Benefit’s Bathina oil on my wrist and the Calyx didn’t smell all too different to me. If ever there is a subtle difference it would be that Calyx has a slightly (and I say slightly) sharper and significantly more floral note and Bathina has a milder, milkier floral note.

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Given the very subtle difference it makes a lot of sense if you decide to lightly layer Calyx over Benefit’s Bathina Body Oil. The combination results in an irresistibly alluring modern day scent for the slow transition from summer to the ‘Ber months. Try and test my thoughts and tell me if you agree :).… To full post & COMMENTS...

Life, Makeup With Music, and Me :)

Hi, yes I know a bit of a huge setback there huh, but yes I am still here.  For those of you who haven’t been following my social media updates on the FB page and Instagram my father had his third hospital confinement since I arrived from New York in April.  He was confined in April, in May overnight for something different, and this June for another stroke.  While I was in New York he had already suffered from a handful of minor acute strokes and my mother was updating me via mobile while I was abroad.  When I came back I found that my father had quite significantly changed from how I remember him before I left for New York City, he was kind of  mentally grasping sometimes to complete statements he wanted to make, or he wanted to make a joke but would lose the thought and become sad, and my heart would melt with empathy.  God has been faithful because Dad is still well enough to walk around and play golf with assistance, but sadly his memory has been somewhat affected.  Right now he has a bunch of medications, follow-up checkups, and a restricted diet we all have to be hawks about since he has no caregiver so I’ve been having to adjust and I’ll admit I haven’t been 100% a saint about it half the time.  I’ve been having to deal.  Thank you for being understanding in this time of the blog being somewhat blank momentarily but please believe me when I say I really do not intend for it to stay this way for much longer, I want to be back AS IN BACK and with a bang.  In fact, I wanted to share something today.  While I was looking for some other older music by Regina Spektor I came upon one of her music videos, and while I might be the last person on the planet to see the art direction of her 2012 video release “How” (which is like a modern female rendition of Unchained Melody in my head lol)    I was absolutely delighted by the art direction and how beautifully styled Regina was that it has inspired me to blog again and create future features for the blog despite the circumstances.

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I like how porcelain skin was made the brief but done in a way that was somewhat vintage but not too dated.  I like that the makeup is present, noticeable, but applied in a restrained manner so that it doesn’t clash with the quirky yet effective art direction.

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There’s something muted yet simultaneously vibrant at the same time about this video.  I love how they made her coral lips the key vibrance in the art direction.  A current lipstick favorite right now in the blog community that people are raving about and that I’ve seen look similar online is Clinique’s Matte Mandarin from their new generation Long Last Soft Matte range (which isn’t a dead matte) lipstick and it is not yet available here on counters, I inquired at the Clinique Boutique (don’t you love how that rhymes) at SM Aura.  MAC Lady Danger would probably be close but a little more intense orange-y red, but Clinique Matte Mandarin which I saw Ruth of AModelRecommends wear and apply over here on YouTube looks to be somewhat of  a better softer match.  Embedded below is Regina Spektor’s quirky yet wistful music video for her song “How”.

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Andalou Naturals Age Defying Starter Kit | Try 5 Deluxe Samples for Less

My appreciation for Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk goes without saying, it works well with or without my Clarisonic Mia2 and I have been wanting to try out their Super Goji Peptide Perfecting Cream and the Bio8 Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask from the same range.  But I have  a couple of full sized moisturizers and a serum on hand that I’ve currently been going through and you know how it is, that wouldn’t make sense to buy 2 full sized products both for full price.  I did note however that I’d used up most of my travel size mini skincare items which I take along with me on trips out of town or on overnight events, which led me to get the Andalou Naturals Age Defying Range starter kit which includes the cleansing milk I use as well as the two other items I wanted to try, the Perfecting Cream and Fruit Enzyme Mask.

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FRUIT STEM CELLS – Renews dormant Cells, awakens cells to behave younger, repairs damaged cells, increases cell longevity and vitality, regenerates healthy cells, stimulates healthy cell production.

for dry, very dry, and sensitive skin types. Php995 starter kit at Healthy Options

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It also comes with a toner and Night Cream.  At Healthy Options, you get all 5 Deluxe Travel sized samples for Php995, if you’ve got a rebate voucher on you as a frequent Healthy Options shopper then even better.  If you have sensitive to dry skin I highly recommend getting this to try out the range I like.  I also like how the back of the box is very clear about what each product does and there are Directions for Use at the back of each tube.  I highly appreciate brands that package their products in a way so that they try not leave out anything in terms of product info and application, plus this range does the job well without irritating my skin.  To be safe, if you want to try the starter kit for the first time do a small patch test first of any product along your jaw or neck before trying any on your entire face.

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Dr. Woods Solid Castile Soap Bars | Simplify Makeup Brush Deep Cleansing

I’ve reviewed the multi-purpose Dr. Woods Liquid Castile Soap range before here in this post which is practically the local dupe for the acclaimed Dr. Bronner’s castile soap range abroad.  I’ve been using Dr. Woods to shampoo or deep clean my makeup brushes.  Hundreds (possibly perhaps thousands by now) of beauty enthusiasts, makeup artists, and bloggers have taken to using gentler product alternatives to shampoo their makeup brushes so that facial skin is less likely to negatively react upon their use.  Just when I thought my brush cleansing options couldn’t get any better, they did.  I’m not saying I’ve got the scoop on these being new out, they’re probably not new, but I’m glad I spotted them.  The solid bar soap versions of my favorite Dr. Woods Liquid Soaps.  I purchased these for under Php250.00 each at Healthy Options.

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My favorite variants are the unscented Baby Castile Soap for Sensitive Skin and the Peppermint Invigorating variants.  – Php250.00 at Healthy Options

What makes it so much simpler to use is that now, unlike before, I don’t need to go through the whole process of diluting the liquid soap with water.  I can just have my soap in a tray nearby, soak my brush, do several brush strokes over the soap bar, and begin lathering in my hand, then rinse.  It’s that simple, no more mixing, measuring or diluting.

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Here is a brush I just shampooed and dried after with a kitchen towel.  A good thing to note is for some reason the soap potency in the bar seems stronger than the liquid range, just a few strokes with a wet brush over the cake and it lathers up manually on the brush very generously.  It’s also a better alternative for makeup artists who travel a lot, just find a sturdy soap case to keep it in.  Head on over to Healthy Options if you’d like to try out this range of castile soaps.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Updated Skincare June 2014 | My Fab Four Picks to Flawless

My skin had an urge for a skincare purge.  The current skincare arsenal for this update has turned out to be quite minimal!  Though they be few though they are potent and with just these four products my skin has been feeling calm, clean, and supple.  Not every item is used daily but I haven’t been reaching for anything more than beyond these four…for now.  What a drastic dial down, no?  On the contrary, my skin has never felt more on the way up.  I just realized in the last week that I had practically no whiteheads this month when I cut down to these four, nearly next to none.

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THE CREAMY CLEANSER – Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing milk (Php500+ @ Healthy Options)

While I went on and on genuinely last year about Les Couvent Des Minimes’ Beneficial Rose Cleansing Milk the truth is that one is over Php200 more expensive than this one by Andalou Naturals, their Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk which I have reviewed individually here.  There is something just organically spot on with how this cleanser makes my skin feel after, it doesn’t feel stripped I also like that this creamy cleanser works quite well with this next gadget.

THE GLAM GADGET – The Clarisonic Mia 2 ($149.00 @ Macy’s NYC)

Yes, when I was in New York City, US I went for it and got myself a Clarisonic Mia 2 for my birthday (using a Macy’s gift card thanks, Tita Marisu) which now boasts 2 speeds.  I got the limited edition polka dot one (though I’m kind of wishing I got the plain baby pink one).  My mistake was in assuming this whole time that the Clarisonic brush-heads spin when they actually just make gentle sonic vibrations that cause the bristles to gently cleanse and exfoliate the skin’s surface without causing irritation, they also sell different brush heads separately.  The Clarisonic Mia 2 also pulses in the midst of cleansing when it’s time to move to another area of the face.  I use this about every other day, something like a Mon, Wed or Fri.  It nicely preps the skin surface to receive serums, facial oils, or moisturizers.

THE SERUM YOU SHOULDN’T BE SCARED OF – Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair (New Improved, Synchronized Recovery Complex II)

As stated by lovely skincare expert, Caroline Hirons’ via her blog here, the improved version of Estee Lauder’s NEW Advanced Night Repair is apparently a much better offering than its predecessor, right off the bat it contains way less silicone. “It is oil and fragrance-free and non-comedogenic, thus suitable for sensitive and acnaic skins…” and now it also contains a lot of good hyaluronic acid to plump up that pretty fez.  I put 2 drops of it on at night after cleansing before my moisturizer (up next) and I don’t get any sting or itch with this and I wake up to a visibly “corrected” skin surface.  I use it like twice or thrice a week.

THE MILKY MOISTURIZER – Kate Somerville Goat’s Milk Cream (for sensitive skin) $50+

When I first got this I thought this highly acclaimed moisturizer would be too rich for me, but when I started using less skincare in conjunction with it this product had room to shine (I don’t mean visually) on its own and it works beautifully applied minutes  after my gentle Estee Lauder NEW Advanced Night Repair Serum before bed.  It’s got a neutral milky scent and sinks in well overnight and I don’t wake up sticky.  It does the job of coating your skin treatment really well.

The result of when I’ve just used all 4 of these products in sequence, which was last night, is today’s skin…what a joy.  My face feels clean, hydrated, not sticky, and properly reset for the rest of the week, and for some reason I can’t feel a single whitehead or congested pore, even now that it’s 950PM, a long time already from last night my face still feels this way now, baby butt-ness.

 

 

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Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Skin Perfecting Base | No Wonder They Love It

This has been around for a couple of years now.  It’s been generally labeled by the brand as an ultra light foundation and it’s been hailed by a healthy number of bloggers as the sheer, tinted moistie-ish (serious vocab butchery right here) luxury base that many of them return to when in doubt.  It’s even been used a number of times for red carpet looks.  Behold the unrivaled Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua.

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“The tiniest drop of this new hybrid fluid creates a fresh, natural complexion. Skin looks refined and feels refreshed, creating an exquisite makeup experience. The fluid formula has a soft, water-light texture, and comes in 10 shades that match perfectly to skin’s undertones, whether pink or beige. Dermatologist-tested. Noncomedogenic. Oil- free.

Winner of Allure magazine’s ‘Best of Beauty’ award for Best Light Coverage Foundation, 2013.” – source: Nordstrom 

The premium brand name apparently lays only partial claim on why it is well-loved.  I see and know why now.   I’ve been reaching for it constantly ever since I bought it in Duty Free HK for about $USD 51 on the way to New York last April.  I totally get it now.  CHANEL Vitalumiere Aqua truly has a special quality of its very own.  It’s been reviewed nearly countless times online but who cares  it certainly deserves a spot on my blog because of how much I use it, I think I’m going to run out soon.  Read more for the full post.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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