Bomb Cosmetics’ Little Hotties Scented Melters | On Vday Melt Hearts At Home

This is probably the last month that it is still cool enough to melt a scented candle in the evening.  While I highly encourage getting out and doing any of the activities I mentioned in my previous post I know that a small bunch of you will be choosing to stay in on Hearts’ Day to save and be with each other or yourself lol in the place that matters most.  Whether it’s ME time or WE time there’s no reason staying home should be bereft of a little love in the air especially if “some people are worth melting for”.  Twisting a cap off essential oils and tediously dripping them from a small bottle into your burner can get fiddly or messy.  Toss any of these solid melts in or get guests to pick or make their scent from a bowl of variety (F-U-N) and you’re beyond good.  Kids will also probably love to watch these melt.

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Example of what it looks like after it’s cooled off over a scent burner, just like melted candle wax. Php445 for minimum of 100g of your chosen melters (mixed scents allowed).

LH_01Bomb Cosmetics in the UK seems to be like a cheaper brand spinoff of Britain’s world-famous highstreet LUSH Cosmetics, they have bath bombs, bath melts and other bath stuff just like LUSH.  These fragrance-filled pieces are like candle biscuits, sort of.  These fragrant Little Hotties by Bomb Cosmetics UK (via Beauty Bar) are a big twist on the warmth that a standard scented candle provides and the fun in choosing and combining scents is what brings these little buggers home.  Click to read the full post and see which scents I chose from Bomb Cosmetics’ vast and their super fun fragrance combo menu.… To full post & COMMENTS...

5 Vday To-Dos That Aren’t About You

I decided to write this because to be honest there are a lot of compilations out there of stuff to do for single people or young couples but most are either about how to save on your own date, how to get noticed, tips on nabbing the one, and all that.  However, I believe much of the world is hungry for a different sort of love. While I won’t deny that there are some useful tips in there about presenting yourself, turning up the chemistry, and dining out I did pick up on the fact that many of the suggestions might not involve the sort of love that genuinely gives.  There are many ways to give to people around us on Valentine’s day, whether you are a single man or woman or a couple who together would like to do something for someone else for a change.

1. Offer to babysit the kids of a couple you love on Vday so they can date. (Taking them with you to the runway is optional… lol) P.S. It’s good practice for AFTER That Happily Ever After.

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2. Cook a meal together for other people (in case that couple you offered to babysit for would rather stay home.)

 

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3. Offer to babysit someone’s pet…same idea, to provide freedom and SANITY while losing yours LOL.

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4. Do the groceries for a working parent, unnoticed.

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5. Last but not the least, show up on a beloved’s doorstep uninvited, not because it’s their birthday or a relative passed away.  Do it just to see how they’re doing, because you never know, they might need you just as much as you need them.  You might just suddenly get this “arcane glimpse of the universe…”-TROY DYER

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Ja ja, I couldn’t help but release some butterflies in the post lol…and why not?  Valentine’s is just around the corner and remember…love is a much bigger thing than what we are to ourselves and we are invited into that much bigger space one step at a time or in some cases are thrust right into it.  Watch this video about unconditional love.

 

 

“And at once I knew I was not magnificent, high above the highway aisle…but I could see for miles, miles, miles…” -BON IVER, Holocene

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NEW Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser | SALE Php278 ‘Til Feb.14 Only

I’ve totally given up foaming facial washes for about nearly three years now, it has totally eliminated my frequent allergic facial reactions of the past.  I was  enjoying the fact that my G Stuff Moringa & Multi-Fruit Cream wash worked super-duper well with my Clarisonic Mia 2 when it came to facial cleansing.  I use the Clarisonic three times a week if I’ve been wearing more makeup and just twice if I haven’t .  The Clarisonic device beautifully stirs up and emulsifies the cream wash over my skin leaving it very silky.  What I’ve not super been enjoying is the fact that the scent of G Stuff’s wash (while fragrant, not stinky, you might like it) is just not my type, it’s quite a detergent sort of smell (but I can assure you it doesn’t contain any).  I will continue to hold my breath for the next few weeks while using that Good Stuff up(it really is), that’s just how it is when the smell gets to you.  Thankfully, just yesterday I spotted Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser which has clearly gone on a major mark down in Beauty Bar for their Valentine promos, major being down to Php278 from what used to be Php795.  Yea I know, what a huge price drop, making this promo price about half the price of any facial wash I’ve been using in the last couple of years like the Andalou one which also contains probiotics.  Let me tell you…this stuff is creamy and slippy, emulsifies, loves my face, and has a pleasant, mild scent.  My Clarisonic Mia 2 reciprocates fondly.  You don’t need a Clarisonic to enjoy this, it’s just as lovely between fingertips.

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SALE Php278.00 Until February 14 (Reg.price Php795) at Beauty Bar

Intensely hydrates, removes, dirt, oil, and makeup, and with Probiotic technology (lactobacillus…yakult?! lol)

“Our cream cleanser proves nature can create the most remarkable of things. Inspired by the Clary Sage plant’s ability to trap and retain moisture in its harsh environment, our natural cleanser hydrates your skin while leaving it super soft and oh-so supple.”

INGREDIENTS: aqua (water, eau), stearic acid, glycerin, sodium lauroyl glutamate, zea mays (corn) starch, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, parfum (fragrance)*, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) oil, salvia sclarea (clary) extract, lactobacillustheobroma grandiflorum seed butter, cera alba (beeswax, cire d’abeille), cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, jojoba esters,hydrolyzed jojoba esters, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) peel, polymnia sonchifolia root juice, zinc oxide, alpha-glucan oligosaccharide, propanediol, maltodextrin, tocopherol, xanthan gum, glycine soja (soybean) oil, arginine sodium lauroyl lactylate, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, phenoxyethanol, amyl cinnamal, citral, eugenol, hydroxycitronellal, limonene, linalool. _x000D_*natural fragrance

 

I didn’t like their other one, the Deep Cleansing Cream which had like a menthol effect that irritated my skin.  I had a hunch that this Intense Hydration one would be good and I love it when something totally exceeds my expectations.  It’s always a plus for me if a cream cleanser works well with a Clarisonic and rinses off easily without making your skin feel stripped.

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It contains 5 types of nourishing natural oils (no mineral oil) which you can feel within the cleanser glide over your skin under your fingertips, helping move makeup but not feeling greasy at the same time.  The formula emusifies beautifully when water comes into play.  Which is why I need to tell all of you because all those tubes of undiscovered intensely hydrating facial bliss are sitting on the Burt’s Bees counters with a fabulous formula that also sings with your Clarisonic (if you have one) at a super happy price until February 14.  Grab some skin love if you need a new 99% natural gently hydrating cleanser before the Burt’s Bees Vday promo ends in Beauty Bar.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Happy Skin Lippies Go StyLIZed by Liz Uy | Limited Edition Collab…

I think makeup collaborations are fun, they’re quite historical and quite often happen only once, which makes the collections born from their brain spawning even more special.  I’m happy to present this year’s first Happy Skin cosmetics collab for their famous lippies with celebrity stylist Liz Uy which brings forth the StyLIZed lippie trio.  The StyLIZed lippies are available in two premium sets and to buy at php599 individually via Happy Skin counters or here online (local and global shipping available).

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HAPPY SKIN Shut Up & Kiss Me StyLIZed! Acrylic Clutch Set Php1799

Shades below from left: 24 Karats, Style Icon, and Red Carpet

 

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For every StyLIZed lippie sold a sales portion will go to Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation.  “If I could add one more chapter to my book it would be all about lipstick…” says Liz.  The truth on top is plain as day: Change your lippie, change the game.  Jump to the full post to see swatches and me wearing these lovely lippies up close with 3 different looks.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Wet N Wild Megaplump Waterproof Mascara | My Lashes But Better at Php399

I need another waterproof mascara like I need a hole in my head, unless the 4-month turnover period comes around when it’s time to ditch one you’ve got for hygiene’s sake.  Is it just me or is it getting really depressing that local drugstore mascaras have exceeded the Php499 mark more often than not?  I probably wouldn’t mind if we had the variety of delivering mascara ranges that the US and UK are getting, not to mention the obvious quality.  What’s tricky to find is a waterproof one that holds curl at a lower price mark.  Well I found a better priced one at Php399 while at METRO department store the other day and it meets the criteria of what I was looking for and what some asked me to find and share.  They hoped this existed, an affordable non-clumpy mascara that does the job, holds curl, but looks less like…well, mascara when you put it on.  Seriously, the missions people give me in life…LOL.  And so they cried “Kill crispy and turn on wispy…”.

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The wand sports a standard mascara brush which I prefer for separating and defining my lashes.  The effect though is pretty close to L’Oreal’s Telescopic mascara range, just with less volume. In my opinion, Wet N Wild’s Megaplump Waterproof Mascara is misnamed…because Megaplumping isn’t what it does really.  The pack it came in claims “3x Volume”.  Nope, sorry.  It’s not a volumizing mascara as much as it is a lengthening curl mascara that gives you big defined lashes. What you have is sort of a “my-lashes-but-better” waterproof mascara that majorly holds a curl, gives moderate boldness and a more feathery looking awning for your eyes.  Layer it on and you get defining impact.  I layered the mascara a meticulous 2x because I like to do that.  Tip for defining using drugstore mascara is to turn the wand vertical and comb through any segments that need more separation from the roots up.  I might be kinda surprised if this before-and-after comparison doesn’t impress you, even a little bit.

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I tested Wet N Wild Megaplump Waterproof overnight as well.  For the love of discovery I slept in it and I woke up and it still looked like this.  There was no smudging, just a few stray black particles at the corner of my eye and the curl was still intact. 

My brother gave the look a thumbs up when I asked.  It doesn’t look unbelievably black but you still get that impact somehow (especially if you’ve curled your lashes well).  It’s also great on the lower lashes.  In this Wet N Wild Megaplump mascara I found the full tube I was hoping to find of a formula that matched the #2 end of Cover Girl’s Bombshell Mascara Duo.  Not a bad find I think.  If I feel like wearing something less BOLD but lifts my look regardless, I’ll certainly reach for this again, soon.… To full post & COMMENTS...

PANTENE’s 3-Minute Miracle Loves My Hair | FREE Shipping via SampleroomPH Til Feb.4!

It takes a minimum of 3 minutes to completely tell your hair 3 words with one product, “I love you…”.  With the arrival of PANTENE’S NEW 3-Minute Miracle Total Damage Care treatment conditioner we’ve pretty much got our hair covered with love ’til summer hits!  I’ve tried this lovely stuff, it kinda smells of parma violets and mixed berries to me (a bit too sweet but fresh enough with that tart note).  While I have no tales to tell you about miraculous cascading hair flips I will say that I did get undeniably smoother softer hair on the first use with some surprising spring and lift at the roots of my pixie cut.    Short cuts gleam and get healthy and springy while long waves and curls will stun in the sun after being treated with this conditioner for sure.

 

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Awhile back, about 3 years ago, I remember reading my British friend Charlotte’s rave reaction post about a UK Pantene product called Colour Protect Colour Seal Concentrate (a treatment conditioner she put on and rinsed out after the standard shampoo/condie combo in the bath).  She said this in her blog post here  “I worked a blob of the new Pantene Colour Seal Concentrate through my hair last night after doing the usual shampoo/conditioner routine, left it on for 2/3 minutes and rinsed it out.  I went to bed with wet hair, fully expecting to regret my laziness the next morning and instead woke up to the softest, smoothest hair I can remember having.”  Since then I was hunting and waiting and waiting for a product like that to enter OUR local market.  I recall searching on ebay for the exact one she mentioned from the UK but it wasn’t available that time.  I highly believe Pantene’s 3MM conditioner may be the closest thing I can get to what she tried because results were evident overnight.

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Another way to use this stuff at the beach this coming summer is to slather it into your hair and scalp as a protectant while tanning, leave it in and head out!  Lie in the sun and have a sort of hot-oil treatment using this while you’re at the shore or in the pool before rinsing it off (back in your shower).  I’ve actually seriously rekindled an appreciation for Pantene haircare since late last year when I discovered that even if they were scented I didn’t itch.  I haven’t been allergic to the range they sent me before Christmas which is a wonderful thing. So first I got into their silicon-free and paraben-free Aqua Pure shampoo and conditioner which hello…got rid of my dandruff, and it isn’t even a dandruff shampoo.  The flakes probably meant I was dealing with sensitivity on the scalp because after I started using Pantene Aqua Pure that scalp problem almost completely disappeared.  At the same time I realized that Pantene’s Color and Perm conditioner which they also gave me was also great and also made my hair so silky after one use (probably also a close relative of the one Charlotte met).  Then in S&R Membership grocery weeks later after all that complimentary shampoo for review (seriously consider this girl with next to no hair feeling a major difference) I personally spotted another Pantene treasure, the shampoo/conditioner tandem called their Expert Collection Advanced Keratin+ range (formulated in Switzerland, made in the US) and yes finally purchased that for real because it was an ultimate find, even amidst all the free haircare…and that’s going to be a different post, folks.  Obviously, without a doubt I’ve currently switched over to Pantene haircare coz I’ve literally stopped scratching my head about the whole thing and am sincerely into their Pro-V power for my little locks right now.

 

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What’s in Her Bag?| TRICIA CENTENERA Wears Beauty

Behold, Tricia Centenera cometh.  Soon to be crowned queen to YouTube’s Super Selfie King, Gabriel Valenciano, this Downunder-grown Filipina babe walks her line and evokes her own strain of effortless glamour.

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There’s a sensitive difference between countless fashion wannabes who throw on every “it” piece together and others who make limited style declarations and let their appearance speak for itself.  Tricia is of the regal latter, she’s a beautiful creature who knows what she likes, seals her lips with a smile, and wears it all well.  Since she has a knack for fashion and wardrobe pieces that stand out her makeup is more often than not very wearable and she has her own menu of what works for her.  Click through to the full post to find out what’s in her beauty bag.… To full post & COMMENTS...

TRAVEL TRILOGY Trip 1 | BOHOL and tag-along beauty…

Like I said in one of my Instagram captions.  The whole world has a major crush on Philippine shores.

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The first beach trip of the year was fine because Bohol remains pristine no matter what seems to happen.  I say fine because we had two days of rain which took the middle chunk of our stay but I shot the only two days of sun we had, the day we arrived and the day we left LOL.  What a tease of a trip weather-wise, my brother’s flight was cancelled, but the days with sun were gorgeous.  I just want to take you guys to places with me through a handful of posts…in some way, not challenging Lonely Planet’s info powers to any degree, mind you, promise.  As many of my Instagram followers already know, I was in Bohol for my Dad’s 70th.  It isn’t our home province but my parents have a couple of friends who own a resort, and so do I but note please, no one asked me to write this.  I just wanted to.

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BEAUTY NOTE: The subtle-but-makes-a-diff highlight across my cheekbone is thanks to a tiny tube sample of LAURA MERCIER Radiance primer, a new fave.  Swimwear provided by @roxyPH

To side-step for a moment, Boracay, another beach which is a well-known Philippine resort hub, is fun and scenic in strategic areas, with incomparable silky white sand shorelines and aquamarine water, but to be honest…and everyone can be honest about it, I get the feeling it hasn’t been maintained and preserved well enough.  I hope somehow we can find a balance between commerce and eco-tourism for that well-loved place which brings so many people together.  Bohol, on the other hand, while it may not be the spot-on place for young people thirsty for a bar-hopping or isle-clubbing rendezvous or endless aqua sports, it is still today home to quite clean shores (they get more debris and the odd piece of trash after storms) and crystal-clear sea water with lots of marine life…which is a sign.

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BOHOL BEACH CLUB, Panglao

Foreigners and locals alike will always find respite here and breathtaking surroundings exist for divers as well, especially in Panglao.  Despite the recent earthquake Bohol has pulled itself together quite well.  By the way, I’ve included the toiletries I chose to pack and makeup as well but chose to lay off the in-depth description and just listed the products :).

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THE SKINCARE, clockwise (sort of lol) : Yves Rocher Micellar Cleansing Water (Toning Makeup remover),Terramycin Triple antibiotic ointment, VICKS Vaporub (coz I was still raspy), Glamglow mask sachet (didn’t get to use it but saving it for the next trip), Daylong (by Cetaphil) After Sun Repair Lotion, Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Defense SPF45, Bioderma Cicabio Creme (every morning before SPF), Daylong (by Cetaphil) Kids SPF50 Face and Body sunscreen lotion (fragrance-free, very water resistant), Hygienix alcohol hand spray, Le Labo Rose 31 Shower Gel and Shampoo (from Fairmont Hotel, the conditioner is gone because it was awesome the moment I tried it at the hotel), Kiehl’s Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment, Avene Gentle Milk Cleanser (according to Mom it’s sold out in many places but a kind saleslady gave her deluxe samples.)

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 THE MAKEUP, clockwise: Pixi Bronzer in Subtly Suntouched, Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pencil in “BronzeBeam”, K-Palette Real Lasting Eyebrow Mascara, Physician’s Formula Black Waterproof Eyeliner, REVLON Colorstay Automatic Lipliner in “Mauve” (best drugstore brand lipliner for me), Marionnaud #37 Eyes crease brush (currently my best Php78 eye brush for blending my Pixi pencils and Laura Mercier caviar sticks over my lids as eyeshadows, great for hooded eyes), NARS #3 blending brush travel size (came w/ NARS And God Created the Woman Eyeshadow kit), Soffia flat top angled kabuki, Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Edge Meister Waterproof mascara (pink butterflies), Tarte Maracuja Oil deluxe sample (my only hair product and helps with stubborn mascara), Maybelline Instant Age Rewind the Eraser undereye concealer (from Duane Reade, NYC), Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free SPF 20, MAC Face and Body foundation (C2 for NC30), MAC All That Glitters eyeshadow, Benefit BeneBalm, Laneige Waterdrop TintKevyn Aucoin Lash Curler, Tweezers, Happy Skin PH Eye Love View EyeBrow Duo (Pen and Pencil), Laura Mercier Radiance Primer, Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Cocoa, Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Heftiest Hibiscus, Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Caramel, and HURRAW! Earl Grey Vegan Lip Balm

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“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
C.S. Lewis

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