Before I get back to makeup, can we just get this out…the mere and obvious fact that NIVEA’S Waterlily & Oil Shower gel is the most visibly on-point grocery offer yet for 2016.
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Before I get back to makeup, can we just get this out…the mere and obvious fact that NIVEA’S Waterlily & Oil Shower gel is the most visibly on-point grocery offer yet for 2016.
Okay who ISN’T still hooked on all of Caroline Hirons’ recommendations and notes on proper skincare? No show of hands? I sound like a broken record. I thought so, she’s won us over…we’ve been bit real good by her skin scolding so half the planet has been having a look through their skincare wardrobe and doing a rehash. Caroline mentions what she knows and believes our skin needs and doesn’t need quite often in this video with Pixiwoo. She may not agree with me because in this post I am talking about SOAP, but I’ll explain first. I think proudly Pinoy brand Snoe Beauty’s cold-pressed soaps have something good ongoing because they’re not just soaps, they’re soaps with better ingredients. The advanced facialist and brand consultant, Caroline Hirons is herself a soap-free advocate but from what I gather is she stresses her soap-free mandate exceedingly more for the face, so I’m recommending these primarily for the body. All this frilly (but facially relevant) fuss about soap-free though does have a limit and boundary I think, like for example if and when one day we’re not all comfortably sitting in clean houses with the world constantly turning day by day. I won’t lie, I’d make a mad dash for a bar of good ol’ soap should World War Z happen (God forbid)…wouldn’t you? All of you who just said “No” get a slow butt slap from me.
“Snoe Beauty Bars are made from fresh high grade ingredients to provide superior results. Our soaps are made with dermatologist-approved formulas to ensure that our beauty bars are hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and safe for everyday use. Proudly Philippine Made” PHP199.00 (purchased from the kiosk in Cinderella g/f, Glorietta)
I’m not completely ANTI-SOAP when it comes to body cleansing and once-in-a-while facial cleansing (if I’m completely grimy). I mean check it out, I just asked Gary Valenciano’s beautiful, Puerto Rican mother, Grimi (Mamita to me), last January what her beauty secret was and it baffled me and her that she said “You know Hija, this is funny and they told me it’s bad, but I just wash with soap, and before…not now, oil of Olay cream at night…but my goodness cream, not all the time even. They kept telling me I should not wash with soap…but that’s what I did ever since, and I didn’t have a problem hahaha.” So I think, unless we’re talking about babies, for me washing with soap sometimes is permissible as long as I don’t break out and I just remember to moisturize after. For me what matters is that the soap contains a ton more of good stuff to rave about. So heads up, these soaps ARE soaps and contain some probably diluted lye solution, if that bothers you don’t get these, but I like them very much for body cleansing. I’ve also tested these soaps on an area of my face and speaking for myself (not for all of you), they’re mildy scented with natural ingredients and I didn’t itch or break out. Read more to learn more about each soap and find out which one I sort of like the most for now.… To full post & COMMENTS...
One of the brands I was way too excited to get my hands on in London was Soap & Glory a beauty range that actually looks like a bath & body first cousin of Benefit Cosmetics…they’re not related though. These guys do bath and body like nobody’s business. They do an excellent blend of clean and gourmande scents with a balance that’s uniquely hard to come by. This Sugar Crush Body Scrub seriously does not smell sickeningly sweet to me…it’s a yummy, tart sort of sweet. It makes me think of those sweet cola jelly bottles with a zesty dash of tart lime.
I made a mad dash for this at the Soap & Glory shelf and contemplated getting this or the body wash. I thought having the scrub which is more “touchworthy” in experience would set me off better the first time around. It’s got moisturizing and smoothing almond oil which I fully believe in aside from the scrubby bits of brown sugar and macadamia grains. The better way to use this so you get a thorough scrub and don’t waste product is to not have the shower running while applying this. Slather it on and rub generously…it isn’t painfully abrasive but it’s abrasive enough to be your smooth operator. As you will see in a bit I soooo needed this scrub right now as I delightfully thumb-type this from Norway. For a moment for truth’s sake, let me show you the semi-disgusting reason why I’m ever so glad I bought this when I did (believe me this was the compromise…showing my leggings instead of my scaly legs).
Don’t.judge.me…lol, and I have been bathing don’t you dare suggest that I wasn’t! What you’re seeing right there are my leggings having been pulled inside out so you can probably guess in what sort of state my lower legs were…it was not a pretty sight. I’d been faithful in moisturizing my face and hands here in Europe but I’m afraid I can’t say the same for my body. I used the scrub 2 nights ago and it set me straight for a day and a half but coming to Norway really dried up my legs again so it was time to convene with this star find once more.
“Use in the shower once, twice, or three times weekly, depending on the level of scaliness you struggle with. (Four times-even-if you’ve ever been labelled ‘old lizard legs’.)”
Two hours ago I used the Sugar Crush Body Scrub on damp legs with my feet in warm water sitting on the side of a hotel tub. It’s best on legs that aren’t too wet so the dense thick pasty consistency with the grains can exfoliate to the fullest. Whats lovely is you don’t just get the physical exfoliation…the almond and lime oil just makes the job a smooth, moisturizing, and nourishing experience and once you rinse your legs off you get a soft supple feeling that suggests no lotion required…but because we’re in a really dry country I still finished off my legs with my fave Nivea Baby Smoothy Cream which you can get in Manila. However you could walk out the door without doing so…because this is just a really fantastic scrub that moisturizes and doesn’t just exfoliate. Love this stuff.… To full post & COMMENTS...
I’ve really got some sort of online hangover, it’s not that I don’t enjoy the net anymore, please, don’t think that AT ALL…I sooo love doing this. I actually love that I’m typing this now because no sense in pretending I’m a product post factory, right? Honesty is good stuff and deserves posting when appropriate. I just noticed that I’ve been get sleepy earlier ever since my best friend cousin’s wedding last February. I think it’s really the massive “sigh” after something major more than anything else. I put in a lot emotionally on that one because it really meant so much to me…and now..we’re back. In the bath and body department, Haus of Gloi power couple Matt and Briton have “dunnit” again in their secret vegan lab of delight. My friends, you are not looking at dessert. Behold their new babies (please note: not for eating) their dinky, scent filled, glam-ly gourmande scented Butterbombs.
“Toss these little scoops in hot bath water for a fizzy, slightly foamy and decadently moisturizing bath. Crumble under running bath water for best results! Please be cautious when moving around or standing in the tub, these little bombs can make things slippery!” – Haus of Gloi
- TOASTED – “Reminiscent of warm milk, aromatic rice and burnt sugar. “
- A SIMPLE ROSE – “Bulgarian rose absolute supported by Egyptian geranium in a base of amyris wood.”
- WHITE BLUEBERRY – “Blueberries awash with white vanilla sugar, cream and a sprig of white thyme.”
- SEA SALT BROWNIES – “Dark chocolate brownie accord with supporting notes of cocoa c02, a gentle touch of coffee co2 and speckled with sea salt.”
To be honest, this first time I am mildly disappointed with these Butterbombs because I was so excited about them and I’ve never experienced anything lacking from a Haus of Gloi purchase. I have no complaints about the scent experience or the aromatherapy end on these butterbombs, in the smell department these guys at HOG do no wrong practically ever. Read more to know about my experience and why I prefer HOG’s bubbling scrubs over these.… To full post & COMMENTS...
Look out LUSH! Although the oh-so-cool couple behind Haus of Gloi, “purveyors of fine vegan bathing goods”, aren’t looking into world domination just yet…they’re about to launch some yummy-looking bathtub “fings” (looking being the operative word) out of their home. If you’ve tried LUSH bath bombs/ bath ballistics which are fizzy things you drop in the tub (watch my LUSH Golden Wonder demo here to sort of give you an idea), Butterbombs will be HOG’s version of those mixed with butter for softness and a little bit of a bubble bar effect. HOG butterbombs won’t just fizz, there’ll be some yummy gourmande aromatherapy (which they do ohhh so well) and hydrating benefits, too as for soap I don’t know how much soap will be in it. The butterbombs are going to be the first new HOG attraction launching together with the Valentines collection this Jan.27 Noon PST time. Stop drooling, these are bathing goods not bathing foods, they’re vegan hence complete free of “nasties”.
“Toss these little scoops in hot bath water for a fizzy, slightly foamy and decadently moisturizing bath. Crumble under running bath water for best results!” -HOG
Butterbomb Scents being launched on Jan. 27:
TOASTED / “Reminiscent of warm milk, aromatic rice and burnt sugar.”
WHITE BLUEBERRY / “Blueberries awash with white vanilla sugar, cream and a sprig of white thyme.”
TONIC #3 / “A clean and green blend of: parsley, peppermint, howood, petitgrain, kaffir leaf, bergamot and dry gingergrass.”
BITTER CHOCOLATE / “An accord with supporting notes of cocoa c02 and a gentle touch of coffee co2.”
A SIMPLE ROSE / “Bulgarian rose absolute supported by Egyptian geranium in a base of amyris wood.”
I’ve raved about Haus of Gloi before and have purchased bubbling scrubs from them 4 times over the last 3 years. I pay with credit card and wait for my order to arrive in 3 weeks from the U.S. via standard parcels at the Makati post office, I pay Php40 tax. These butterbombs will come wrapped in foil to protect them in transit from humidity. I suggest if you’re going to get these, get them now while the local weather is surprisingly still chilly, to avoid melting issues in the summer. What’s making me want my own set of butterbombs so bad is they’re looking like scoops of very well-chilled ice cream, that don’t melt in your hand of course.
Haus of Gloi is a small Etsy-ish sort of bathing goods business run by vegans, Matt and Briton. Their Etsy shop is just a supporting outlet for the online store when they go on vacay, their Etsy shop is not the main operating Haus of Gloi site. Briton is still trying her hand and experimenting with these “bath cookies”.
Briton’s actually injured her hand for now with too much butterbomb molding, so we may have to wait awhile for the next batch to come around. On the other hand, (literally) these bath cookies for later on are still being developed and fine tuned. Follow Haus of Gloi via their blog, HOG’s Facebook page, and Twitter @hausofgloi. Once again, to reiterate, the Haus of Gloi Valentines Collection and their new Butterbombs will go live for ordering on the Haus of Gloi main site on January 27, 2013 NOON PST time.… To full post & COMMENTS...
I remember a time when I was little and my parents used to give me magic capsules to play with from the US. They were little pills that you threw into warm water and they’d pop in the water and grow into animal-shaped sponges. I recall being beside my 4 yr-old self with glee and I was quite excited to identify as fast as I could what animal each pill turned into. This fragrant gift-shaped holiday bath bomb by LUSH called Golden Wonder reminded me of that time and has just rekindled the delight I once had for bathtime magic in an actual bathtub. Golden Wonder also has a cute holiday feature, try shaking it to hear small bits knocking about inside that are part of the bath surprise (if you don’t hear anything don’t fret, it just means it got stuck), an action plainly in tribute of how curious kids shake their gifts under the tree.
LUSH Golden Wonder holiday bath bomb Php275.00, KEY INGREDIENTS: Sweet orange oil, cognac oil, and lime oil. Contains edible gold lustre and soluble gold paper stars.
“This isn’t a bath – this is an event ! We loved this ballistic so much, we decided to put one of our most popular perfumes in it, so that lots of people will enjoy bathing in it. Long standing customers will recognise the smell of Snowshowers shower jelly. “
Please note that it was not this sunny in the bathroom today in fact it was quite overcast outside. I had to color balance this just to brighten it up, and the video demo at the end of this had to be shot on vivid setting otherwise you would have hardly seen the colors because it was such a grey day. It’s important to note that in my experience I realized a LUSH bath bomb will not completely cleanse you because they’re different from the LUSH Bubble bars which are actually soaps you crumble and run in the bath. fOR bath bombs, you fill your tub, drop these in and WATCH, you can choose to watch it happen around you in the bath or wait for it to finish before stepping in. Bath ballistics by LUSH aka bath bombs provide a visual aromatherapy experience for tub time, kinda like tub fireworks…visual splendor, no deafening bang.
It’s supposed to be covered in soluble gold lustre but the one I got lost most of the sheen probably from sitting in the boutique for too long. Now, if you’ve got a Golden Wonder bath bomb of your own and still want to be surprised by what it does READ NO FURTHER and leave the blog now LOL. Because next up is what happens once you drop it into the tub. Read more to see find out what this Golden Wonder bath bomb does and watch the demo video after.… To full post & COMMENTS...
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.… To full post & COMMENTS...
Throughout the last 4-5 years I’ve been alternating faithfully between only two body washes. There was the occasional Cetaphil Antibacterial Bar soap thrown in for good measure but without a regular salary that simply costs too much. These body washes are of a similar type of fragrance family, clean, bouncy, soapy, and fresh and with the aid of a scrubber puff both variants keep my skin supple without any irritation. One is imported and one is local.
Simply Ivory Original Scent Body Wash – I’m happy I was able to find a smaller bottle of Simply Ivory for the photo. Both of these come in jumbo sizes, too. This is such a pretty scent, I just wish it were a bit more powerful but it breaks the day open for me with a whiff of clean freshness. It’s not citrus-y which is great because I’m not extremely fond of citrus scents in toiletries. To me it’s soapy, bouncy, with a dash of floral baby cologne making its way through at some point…and I obviously suck at describing it LOL. Basically if my bedsheets smelt like it I’d bury my nose in and nearly suffocate myself with glee. I think of peppery soap shavings tossed in a bowl with a few gardenia and jasmine buds…I’m not 100% sure if those are the correct floral notes I smell, I’m going by memory.
Johnson’s Baby Milk Bath – A lot of Filipinas put on the lotion from the range, me included a few years back. I know this because I was out once and counted smelling about 2 or 3 girls passing me with the same milky clean scent. This for me is a bit more hydrating than the Simply Ivory One, it’s got a bit of a younger, creamier, soft soap scent and costs way less too (because it’s not imported from the U.S.) and can be found like almost everywhere from pharmacies, to groceries, to department stores. A former, former, flame liked smelling my shoulder repeatedly whenever I paired this with the lotion. When the Simply Ivory one is out of stock at S&R I never fail to grab a bottle of this to replace it. It’s way more affordable and smells stronger, too. I’m excited to see what the reformulation is like…if it’s more moisturizing or something.
CONGRATULATIONS, Alexis Araneta! You won these “yummy” The Body Shop goodies from this Banana Split giveaway on my blog. Please email me your shipping details ASAP at probinsiyana(at)gmail(dot)com so I can have your giveaway prizes shipped out tomorrow before I leave for Singapore this Thursday (I won’t be back ’til July 8).
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