Beauty videos, to say the least, are all very engaging but sometimes silence and a wash of beautiful photos over some prose is golden. It’s equally relaxing to have a read through some of the most prolific beauty blogs online. By the way this is part 2 of the Lil’ Black Book of Beauty Pt.1 post I began first containing the channels I watch. I sometimes don’t have the time to download or wait for a full video to stream, so reading these blogs is the quickest way to stay updated. To save even more time I don’t always cart around my 17″ ASUS laptop (which baffles everyone who sees it) to read these. I have most of the blogs booted via RSS on my Android Pulse Reader app (available for Apple, too) which allows me to view all the blogs I choose by row and I can immediately scroll to see if there’s a new post or not because of thumbnails then I can read them via Pulse, too. This way I don’t waste precious time loading up each website /channel only to find some may not have an update. Also once you’ve loaded them you can read the posts offline if you’re on the go, great for traffic on certain days.
I have a Pulse page for blogs, local blogs, and a pulse page for YouTube channels. Many of them are British and reading through a ton of British blogs has actually improved my writing because no one writes English like the English…ahem. I do have a certain bias towards European beauty blogs simply because it’s the dead smack center of carefully developed luxury beauty brands using the freshest and best ingredients and also because they’ve banned over a thousand questionable chemicals for use in cosmetics (the U.S. have reportedly only banned 9?). Okay, enough blabber, click read more to see what are more or less my daily beauty reads.
I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack from Hong Kong!! Did ya miss me? *Crickets* Anyway, I’ll be teasing you a bit with something that’s NOT from Hong Kong for now because this book I got off Ebay for about $US 16 (Php650+) is the first book I’ve ever bought online for myself (and obviously not the last) and it got me super duper excited when I saw it arrived for me in the mail before I got back. It’s only proper that this is the first actual book to be featured on the blog. Two lovely journalists based in New York decided that they had had enough of “ignorance is bliss” when it came to beauty. Siobhan O’ Connor and Alexandra Spunt decided to research and test the most common, within reach, frequently used beauty products on the market and put them under a simply worded microscope for us to really know the truth behind what we put on ourselves…almost everyday. The No More Dirty Looks book gives us a 1000x zoom in on the chemical “DNA” of our most favored beauty products. It’s a pretty paperback that’s about an inch thick and the conversation within (that’s how it feels, like a well-informed friend came over) is engaging as well as super informative. I’ve only skimmed over the first few chapters but I’m already excited to read it all the way to the end.
“You probably bathe daily. Every other day, sometimes? Fair enough; us, too. But every time we decide we want to wash, plump, moisturize, nourish, shine, buff, soften, bronze, and otherwise play around with how we look and feel, we are reaching for a bottle whose contents are largely a mystery. That’s not because we’re all idiots; that’s the way the cosmetics industry has set it up. They will boast about one or two ingredients in their ads –usually the natural ones– while obscuring the bulk of the ingredients in four-point font in a barely contrasting color on the edge of the bottle. And yet ingredients lists are the most transparent thing these companies provide us.” p. 4, No More Dirty Looks.
I know right? They sooooo understand beauty enthusiasts like you and me because they love beauty as well. You needn’t go and give yourself a ban on several beauty products afterwards, that’s everyone’s own personal choice to make but for make-up professionals like me it’s good to be informed. I’m so excited to read the entire book. I learned about the No More Dirty Looks book from an online video conversation I had last September with Soapwalla brand founder, Rachel Winard who likes calling herself a “chef” in a kitchen of organic beauty. She was in Manhattan and I was up late to join in the class conversation. I was issued an online VIP invitation for the fashion week project spun together by PowHow, Colette beauty boutique in Paris, and French VOGUE :).
“My name is Rachel and I’m a Brooklyn girl who is the creator and chef of Soapwalla. I started making luxury organic face and body products in my apartment kitchen to alleviate my painful sensitive skin rashes caused by lupus, a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune illness. Soapwalla products are comprised of the highest quality products available, made with organic, vegan, food-grade ingredients, and never harmful or synthetic additives such as petrochemicals, parabens, pthalates, or sodium lauryl sulfate.”
Rachel Winard’s skincare brand, Soapwalla, has reached European shores and is currently being “curated” in Paris by Colette and in the UK as well. I was invited to participate in a complimentary online class by PowHow and I met some indie beauty brand owners who were being streamed live from Manhattan New York. Rachel was one of the people I met, her organic skincare brand, SoapWalla has been recognized as one of the most admirable quality luxury organic brands in the indie beauty market. She recommended that I have a look at the No More Dirty Looks bookand I’m so glad I took her advice and made the purchase on Ebay. If you’re in the States you can try Amazon. I haven’t tried Fully Booked locally so I’m not sure if this is available in retail.… To full post & COMMENTS...
I was drawn like lightning just a few moments ago to Michelle Phan’s FB plug on her post about the Golden Ratio of Beauty, not because I was desperate to find out what the Golden Ratio was (we’re deeper than that, right, Marianas Trench) but because for history’s sake and human reasoning I wanted to hear her thoughts on the matter. The “Golden Ratio” she mentions refers to beauty being measured mathematically in reference to Phi, in this reference she posted it is visually shown using a geometric mask patented by Dr. Stephen R. Marquardt in 2001. Dr. Marquardt, a retired surgeon who was also once Chief of Facial Imaging in UCLA, now focuses on research in human attractiveness in California and remains an active member of the Societies of Maxillofacial Surgeons. Here is what Marquardt’s patented mathematical mask looks like applied to a photo of Angelina Jolie’s face.
Michelle Phan blogs according to research as defined by the Marquardt mask:
“In terms of facial beauty, here are the ratios that define “perfect beauty”:
The ratio of the length of the face to its width is approximately 1.6. That means that the face is about 1.5 times longer than it is wide.
The face is then divided into three sections: hairline to right in between the eyes, from between the eyes to the bottom of the nose, and from the bottom of the nose to the very bottom of the chin. The lengths of each of these segments should be about equal.
In the corner of my heart I am originally a Michelle “PhanGirl” in spite of everything she isn’t or what people point her out to be, she got me started on beauty even before Lisa Eldridge even came into the picture for me. In my opinion physical beauty, while being a great gift, is secondary to who you really are and how you help shape your world in the fullness of your purpose for the Lord. Check out Michelle’s thoughts on the Golden Ratio here at her blog post. Hold on a minute…whatcha doing with that ruler? LOL…
They’ve arrived! Beauty sample box subscriptions have arrived on Philippine shores and the first to arrive at my blog’s doorstep is the 4-piece offering of SaladBox. I actually received mine about 4-5 days ago, was just really busy over the weekend.
1.) Hot Shop Pour Femme – Happy/FULL SIZE– “Happy is a fragrance of joy, the essence of sunny, happy mornings.”
2.) NaturaCosmetics Gorgeous Argan Lip & Cheek Tint– “This dual-purpose wax-based stick gives an instant, lasting burst of color to your cheeks and lips. Perfect for girls on the go.”
3.) Camaru Naturals Bamboo Charcoal Clarifying Soap/FULL SIZE – “Known to effectively clear out skin impurities, this popular VEGAN bamboo charcoal soap also whitens and moisturizes skin.”
4.) BC Fragrance Pillow Mist in Relaxing Mint – “Infuse your pillow with this relaxing mint scent and feel refreshed as you head off to dreamland.”
Now many of you might be expecting these new local subscription boxes to hold lots of famous brands, they may not have a lot at first but they will eventually and I’m glad that a lot of them, in spite of the lack of popular demand, are partnering with lesser-known local and regional (Asia) brands that are bringing forward lots of high quality products many of which are organic or vegan. Once I’ve tried all these I’ll do a stand-alone review on the product here that impresses me the most.
“For PhP500.00 per month, a subscriber will receive a box filled with four or more beauty and lifestyle product samples. The SaladBox team greatly values the money their subscribers spend so these products will have a value of more than PhP700.00. SaladBox is currently in partnership with a lot of beauty and lifestyle brands, both local and international, up-and-coming and timeless classics.”
To subscribe go to the SaladBox Website here. Did you know that if you subscribe for a Saladbox and review any of the products you receive and submit your links/reviews to SaladBox you can earn SaladLeaves which are coupons you can use on the SaladBox site? Right now what’s made the strongest first impression on me from this lot that’s arrived is the look of that Bamboo Charcoal Clarifying soap. Bathtime will tell.
Hey, Ladies I’ve got some exciting news for you. SaladBox subscription boxes have arrived in the Philippines! If you’re interested in trying various lifestyle and beauty brands without leaving home here’s how! You all know how many of us LOVE having travel-size bits of beauty on hand? Well in this case there are chances where you may even get the full size depending on what is handpicked for you 🙂 When you click on any image below it will take you to the newly launched Saladbox Website! The site will fully unveil ALL ITS PAGES at 8pm tonight, right now the site is up but the links on the site are not yet fully active except for BOX and HOW IT WORKS. Check back on their site at 8pm for the grand revelation of international beauty brands included! Here’s more information on what SaladBox is about and some details on subscribing.
“For PhP500.00 per month, a subscriber will receive a box filled with four or more beauty and lifestyle product samples. The SaladBox team greatly values the money their subscribers spend so these products will have a value of more than PhP700.00. SaladBox is currently in partnership with a lot of beauty and lifestyle brands, both local and international, up-and-coming and timeless classics.
And since subscriptions come in first-come, first-served basis, SaladBox will start accepting reservations for subscription slots starting September 8, 2012, 8:00PM Manila Time. They will send you a link to their subscription application form once it’s your turn to subscribe.”
Subscription beauty sample boxes have been big hit in the U.S., Europe, and even Singapore. You subscribe monthly, fill up a subscription profile and Saladbox will handpick 4 or more products to put in your box and send to you. What’s even more exciting is accumulating SaladLeaves which are like vouchers you can use to purchase the full sizes of products that satisfy you from the online shop! So be on the alert for later tonight, I personally am sooo excited to see what’s on the site’s BRANDS page. You can follow SaladBox for now via Twitter (twitter.com/shopsaladbox), Facebook (facebook.com/shopsaladbox), and Pinterest (pinterest.com/saladbox).
Now, let’s see if I can get a trend going. Quite a few have failed in the past and others are just disgustingly delayed (like the In Her Bag interviews, trying to secure another one after Donita). Weekly or perhaps monthly I shall try to post lovely photos sans the makeup of different faces in different places, young or old doesn’t matter. First for this one is a photo that’s a decade old, I was 19 and with my aunts, Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan and Sharon Cuneta-Pangilinan, whose husbands are mom’s brothers. Here is a photo my mom pulled out of a box today unretouched and very precious.
Whenever they’re with us they don’t wear makeup, most of the time not even cologne or fragrance, at the most maybe they’ve got moisturizer, mascara (hardly ever), and lip balm on. They really only wear makeup when they’re working and up to this day, their faces are still flawless. I’m even more “vanedosa” than they are and find myself having to tone my random fussy self down around them because of their up front simplicity. These two lovelies, in spite of what people preconceive about them from time to time, are not fussy bout skincare and makeup and not even beauty obsessed. They’re more into God, the Bible, worship music, their husbands, lulling their children to sleep, books, the kitchen, and gadgets that help them through the day. Like everyone under the sun, they’re not perfect and will never admit to being so and I love and am truly inspired by both of them. May God’s love, protection, and grace shine upon them always.… To full post & COMMENTS...
I’ve read ASOS being frequently mentioned by European beauty bloggers, including the Pixiwoo sisters, dear Charlotte (Lipglossiping) and my fave style blogger slash designer slash budding model, Anni Jurgenson aka Style Hurricane. ASOS is reportedly the UK’s largest online-only style and beauty retail store which hosts a vast list of brands inclusive of its own range of items. If I’ve got my research right ASOS stands for “As Seen On Screen”.
“ASOS.com is a global online fashion and beauty retailer and offers over 50,000 branded and own label product lines across womenswear, menswear, footwear, accessories, jewelry andbeauty. ASOS has websites targeting the UK, USA, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Australia and also ships to over 190 other countries from its central distribution centre in the UK. Aimed at fashion forward 16-34 year olds, ASOS attracts over 13.6 million unique visitors a month and as at 30 September 2011 had 6.3 million registered users and 3.7 million active customers from 160 countries (defined as having shopped in the last 12 months).”
With the enormity of their online success ASOS has already gone and been global for quite a while now. The “candy” that calls out to the “children” is not just the fashion forward finds with complete size ranges but free membership and also their free standard shipping both ways policy (yes, Philippines included). For an additional cost, your purchase can arrive more speedily within as little as 4 days. So ASOS, in comparison to StrawberryNET is super similar, it’s just that StrawberryNET is a purely beauty discount store.
If for example you don’t like what you get or receive the wrong thing the item is returnable and refundable within a minimum time period. Sale periods also are not scarce on the website which makes them highly popular even among those who prefer their frequent dose of thrift. In fact now they have an ongoing SALE on the site with lots of select items generously marked down.
If you scan thru ASOS’ fashion section, oh especially the yummy Petite category, you’re bound to “ooh” and “ahh” like I did over several pieces that hands down look like must-haves (with the ongoing sale some have been marked down as low as 8-10 GBP). Read more to get to the full post and my personal picks under ASOS Beauty.… To full post & COMMENTS...