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Diptyque Philosykos | My 2013 Summer Scent

I have this on now. I smell the supremely nostalgic salty and fruity warmth of the shore. I am transported.  Wish you were here.



In the heat of a Greek summer, “to get to the sea,” recalls Yves, “you had to walk through a natural orchard of wild fig trees.” Returning from Paris, Desmond brought back a few leaves of these trees in a little box. Years later, the leaves had lost none of their fragrance. Philosykos, which in Greek means “friend of the fig tree,” is an ode to the entire tree: the green, pungent freshness of the leaves, the wood warmed in the sun, the milky flavor of the fruit.

I first experienced the Diptyque Philosykos scent in a beauty boutique in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Caught up suddenly in a waft of throwbacks memories resurfaced (like the moment in Ratatouille where the food critic tastes it) of my childhood summers spent at my paternal grandmother’s Guimaras beach home. It recalls warm fruit (which would be the fig), hints of grass, rolling waves and the salty sweetness of a sea breeze blown through beach trees.




Although the perfume notes are Mediterranean the memories this cologne drew out were remotely Filipino. It was for me the very first time a scent got personal and Mom’s eyes widened with nostalgia, too, upon one whiff. Love at first sniff ♥ This is the 50ml Eau de Toilette bottle mom got for me in Hong Kong late last year at the boutique in IFC mall for about Php3800-Php4000 or about USD$88. Diptyque scents are also sold in Rustan’s locally I’m just not 100% sure if they stock Philosykos.

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My Lil’ Black Book of Beauty Pt. 2 | Foreign Blogs I Love Reading

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.… To full post & COMMENTS...

A Whiff of Summer | Old Spice’s “Fiji” Anti-Perspirant Deo & Shower Gel

I went out and essentially bought something I ran out of but I chose with a twist this time.  Men stuff for moi?  I picked this wonderfully warm, rich, and happy deo by Old Spice from the men’s aisle at S&R Pricemart.  It’s from their Fresh collection which I think was launched 2 summers ago or just last year.  I remember as a child in the shower I’d pick up my dad’s old Irish Spring soap and plant my nose on it because I liked the smell so much…which proves I was never really averse to masculine scents even at a young age.  One whiff of Old Spice Fiji launched me out, my arms pinwheeling through outdoor scenarios like the Old Spice dude and gently landing in a hammock beneath coconut trees by surf and salty-sweet sand.  I smell summer.

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How cute is that sailing ship imprint from the disposable insert cap?  Cue Pirates of the Caribbean theme.  Captain Jack Sparrow would approve wouldn’t he?  If he didn’t prefer to stink that is. It’s a kind of rich fresh scent with a hint of tropical sweetness or spice. I’d safely say that this scent because of its slight sweetness is acceptably unisex. There’s something in it that makes you think beach real quick…don’t know the actual notes but it’s like a soaped (yeh not souped) up drugstore macho version of Diptyque Philosykos, a warm fig scent with some “ocean breeze”-like notes (my current cologne) and this deo actually layers or partners with that quite well. I actually bought the wrong variant first a few days ago because there happens to be a “just deodorant” version (red cap) that will prevent you from stinking but won’t stop you sweating for those who have issues with anti-perspirants. Gave that to my bro and went back for the regular size Fiji deo + anti-perspirant for my dresser.


“…with a scent that reminds shower-ers of a beachside resort where the drinks are free and the sand helps fight dirt and odor.”

On the first grocery trip where I made the mistake I also partook of the holiday PRICE OFF deal on the shower gel & mini anti-perspirant duo (Php200).  I’ve only tried lathering the shower gel on my hands to see and hmm,  will have to see how I fare with it, I may have to dilute because I felt my hands itch for a little bit afterwards, leaning on the chemically charged side a bit, perhaps.  I now randomly dedicate split-second moments to smelling myself and underarms just ‘coz this Fiji scent from Old Spice’s Fresh Collection is that good on my person. No, I don’t think you’ll catch me.  For those who aren’t S&R members this may be available at Landmark in Makati, Rustan’s Fresh groceries. or Makati Supermart in Alabang…I’m guessing based on supermarkets that have a good haunch of imported stuff most of the time.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Reveling in Rollerball Fancy – The more affordable, portable, fragrance path

Now, this post isn’t going to be a review of the fragrances you see here which are Philosophy’s Amazing Grace, Stella by Stella McCartney, and mom’s Diptyque Eau Rose, I’ll do individual reviews later on.  This is to present to you my newfound delight in the convenience of rollerball fragrance vials.

Though the concept and working of this isn’t new, the rollerball device has been around for years (more for deodorants, treatment oils and eye cooling serums) but  in the realm of fragrance they just didn’t catch on as popularly as atomizers did for some reason, the lack of the “pfffft” sound off perhaps.  Although Travalo atomizers (which I like very much) are extremely convenient for decanting scents for transit,  in my opinion rollerballs just totally steal the show because they’re still more “legit” and prettier to carry around in your handbag, especially at more formal occasions, thanks to improved digital glass-printing technology today.

I think not everyone caught the concept of the marketability of roll-ons and their convenience early on but now they’re having a moment in the beauty sphere.  Many known brands offer rollerballs today either in-store like in Sephora, online, in multiples as gift sets, as a gift with purchase, or as samples to take away with you.  I think that these are, as the English say, bloody brilliant.  There are 3 insights I’ve hung onto for today that I’d like to share with you in 4 seconds explaining why these are so great.  First off, the discretion of application.  Let’s just say that if I were to assassinate myself with fragrance and I wouldn’t want my boyfriend/husband/people around me to hear and suffer from how much I’m putting on, I’d prefer a weapon with a silencer.  While some people might like the entire room plus the world to know they’re spraying on fragrance, I personally wouldn’t.  I’d prefer people to think that my fragrance is a part of me and that it came with me and the sounding off of a spray when topping up your scent just reminds me of moments when someone thought they smelt someone or something bad nearby or that they didn’t smell good enough or right suddenly…do you get what I mean?  I may sound fussy, please don’t think I get offended when people SPRAY on fragrance, that’s not the case.  I’m just saying I enjoy the silence of rollerballs for all these frilly reasons that make sense to me.  Caught that?  Hung it up?  Carry on.

Secondly,  I think rollerballs conserve  more fragrance even if you’re given a small amount which is great for if the rollerball contains a more concentrated eau de parfum or parfum.  I’m inclined to think that if you spray on something, no matter how close the proximity the majority rests on you but a good third of it probably vanishes into thin air…waste.  The only drawback when it isn’t a spray I think is you don’t experience the fragrance in the air surrounding you (which some experts say is the way to go). Rollerballs carefully pour fragrance directly onto wherever you choose, there’s no spillage and none of it goes anywhere else unless you rub and say so.  Nuff said…I like.  Lastly but most importantly, for someone like me, who likes trying and non-obsessively collecting new fragrances, roll-on scents are the more affordable route and if you love to travel and hit the Duty Free, like I do, it would be nice to have a collection of rollerball scents from different destinations.  One rollerball of original fragrance at Sephora, for example, is at the minimum cost of about US$18 (now under Php750) and who’s to say you’re going to repurchase when you get to the end of it?  Only you can decide once you’ve had it for awhile.  Anyway, relating this feature to the holiday season, original rollerball scents would make great stocking fillers (if you’re in a country that traditionally puts up Christmas stockings, invite me over).  They come boxed so don’t worry about them breaking or anything.  They shouldn’t just be available in Sephora, I’m sure abroad you can ask any fragrance counter if they offer the roll-on version of a certain fragrance.  Oh another thing I like ’bout these is that it’s less imposing to ask someone to bring a rollerball scent home from abroad for you.  So if you’re a fragrance bug Filipino (also translates as “If you’re Filipino”)  the next time someone generously asks “Anong pasalubong gusto mo?  (What take home gift would you like?) rollerballs are a great, less imposing, lightweight choice and, in most cases, it wouldn’t hurt to ask for more than one.  Thank you to Wella and her husband, Budjette Tan (the author of Trese comics who just got slapped with ANOTHER national book award) for making this post possible.

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My Nationwide Thanksgiving Treat Beauty Giveaway! – Open ’til Nov. 25, 2012

I would personally like to thank you for the support of all my readers, half of which I know are family and friends whom I hold dear.  The blog would not be where it is right now without your enjoyment, support, encouragement, and comments and so I’m very very thankful to you guys for being able to enjoy OR withstand my beauty musings and kikay outbursts LOL.  To the rest of you who I may or may not have responded to via your comments on my posts I pray you have a marvelous Thanksgiving.  Just the other day at a wedding I did makeup for one of the entourage guests I worked on turned out to be a reader who wasn’t referred to the blog by anybody I knew…which is a total first.  I was put in a surreal spot when I began doing her makeup, I was like “Really? You’ve actually been reading my blog for a year already?  This is too surreal…”.

I know that Thanksgiving is already this Thursday but so that more people can join this lovely giveaway (my biggest ever I think) I’m keeping this nationwide giveaway open until November 25th, this Sunday.  What you have here are a mix of beauty goodies and/or samples I got from the U.S., Hong Kong, and some excess items some lovely brands have been sending me throughout the year.  Only 1 or 2 things are items I fished out of sample boxes I was given only because I believed you guys would really like to check them out.  Some of the brands included are Estee Lauder, Clinique, Diptyque, Cetaphil, L’oreal, Human Nature, NYX, and quite a few more :).

1 Clinique Turn Around Concentrate 15ml, 1 Clinique Liquid Facial Soap 30ml, 1 Clinique All About Eyes Cream 5 ml, 1 Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion 15ml,

1 NYX Luscious Lipgloss Palette 02 The Naturals, 1 Maldita clothing Member’s Discount Card, 1 Benefit Cosmetics Posie Tint Sample 2.5ml,

1 Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Mascara, 2.8ml Deluxe Travel tube, 1 Estee Lauder Hydrationist Moisture Serum 7ml, 1 Fresh Brown Sugar Eau de Parfum Rollerball,

1 Diptyque Philosykos Eau de Toilette Sample 1.5ml, 1 Diptyque Huile Precieuses, Precious Oils sample 10ml, 1 Diptyque Lait Frais, Fresh Body Lotion 10ml,

1 Max Factor Glossfinity Polish, 140 Cobalt Blue 11ml, 5 L’oreal UV Perfect BB Max 5ml samples, 5 L’oreal Youth Code Pre-Essence Serum, 5ml samples, 5 L’oreal RevitaLift Night Serum, 5ml samples,

1 Kai Beauty-M Brow Razor, 1 Human Nature Bamboo Body Scrub, Vanilla Paradise, 1 Davi Napa Lip Balm, 1 Sariayu Martha Tilaar, Indonesian Lipstick, “Kelimutu” (berry shade), 1 Comodynes Make-Up Remover Wipes, Combo Oily Skin,

1 Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion, w/ Macadamia Nut Oil & Shea Butter, 1 Cetaphil Daily Moisturizer SPF 15, 1 L’Occitane Rose Petals Hand Cream sachet, 1 Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream Sachet #23, 1 ZEN ZEST Cocktail Collection Body Spray, “Cosmopolitan”

Told you it was a hefty one!  Click Read more to get to close up photos of the prizes and use the Rafflecopter Mechanics widget at the very bottom which has the complete list of prize.  Use the embedded widget’s instructions in order to enter and join, there are 3 mandatory steps and 1 optional action for extra points.  IMPORTANT:  Remember, you must follow the instructions in the widget exactly, and REALLY leave a blog post comment before you click “I COMMENTED” on Rafflecopter because I will still check the blog post comments because that is mandatory for the giveaway.  This giveaway is open only to Philippine residents.  Read more to continue to Rafflecopter.… To full post & COMMENTS...

I’M LOVING Loving by Sharon, Eau de Toilette for ZEN ZEST – Tenderly clean, light, and lovely…

I spotted this at a ZEN ZEST kiosk after an event in Megamall and had no idea beforehand that it existed and it just so happened that it wasn’t part of the Zen Zest launch I had previously attended.  I spritzed the tester out of curiosity and fell head first in love with this eau de toilette fragrance personalized for the local brand Zen Zest by our one and only Megastar, and my affectionate aunt, Sharon Cuneta.

Upon discovering that I absolutely liked this scent I sent Tita Sharon a text message expressing how much I appreciated it and this was her reply: “Thank you sooooo much, Jules!  I really singled out that scent and it comes from Phillipe Collette (? spelling) perfumers in Grasse, France pa!  Lovely noh?!…and I wanted something light that you could make halos “paligo”  Not like a perfume na wrists and neck ok na…”

She answered the ultimate question I had: why was something that smelt so nice made light in fragrance intensity?  I must’ve sprayed the tester 3x and inhaled till the saleslady was “asar” just because I liked the smell so much.  So as it turns it out the mildness of the fragrance was a personal touch.  At first you may get the impression that it’s too much of a low sillage fragrance to appreciate but the scent, I’ve found, does linger and beautifully so.  I’m not an expert in identifying fragrance notes but to me it reminded me of an eau de toilette I once had which was Burberry BABY Touch which I think was a limited edition child’s fragrance.  It was absolutely beautiful to breathe in.  This ever so slightly reminds me of the goodness also of that blue Johnson’s baby cologne lots of us grew up with BUT taken a couple more levels up and given a creamy/powdery note that sighs “baby”.  I’m not sure if I can make out any floral notes but if you’re a sweet fruity scent sort of person this isn’t for you because it isn’t like that at all, it’s clean and huggable.

This is also a great product to start off young teens with when it comes to fragrances.  I know for a fact that it lingers in such a nice way because I sprayed it on myself and my T-shirt 3 days ago and instead of chucking that shirt into the laundry I hung up that shirt because it was still clean.  Two days later when I put on the shirt to wear it again it still had that lovely “hug” me aroma of Loving left on it.  Loving by Sharon for Zen Zest cost me Php250.00 from a Zen Zest kiosk in Megamall and should be available via all Zen Zest counters nationwide.  I currently gave this bottle to my cousin Hannah for her 13th birthday but will quickly repurchase one for myself as soon as I can.  :)

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Trippin’ on My Refillable Travalo – Bring Along Fragrance Without Bulk

What is a Travalo?   Quite a few people have asked me that when I bring it up.  I assumed a lot of people already knew what it was but apparently not everyone does.  It’s a travel atomizer for perfume or liquids you can spray.

It’s a little vial encased in an atomizer for bringing travel portions of perfume, but what makes this popular abroad (mom tried to buy from on-board duty free but these were sold out) is how dead EASY it is to get perfume into it…no pouring, no fiddling with funnels.  As long as your perfume comes with a standard spray dispenser cap, as almost all of them do, this will certainly work.  Just watch…er, I mean look.

1.  Remove the spray nozzle cap to reveal the pump nozzle.

2.  Locate the fragrance entrance (LOL) right on the bottom of the Travalo.

3.  Marry the Travalo with the nozzle and hold your perfume bottle with your other hand (to keep it stable) and pump vertically making sure the nozzle straw enters the Travalo as you pump.  You will see the perfume level rise in the view slot as you pump.  Fill it but not completely, leave a bit of air space so you can spray without difficulty.

See how wonderfully easy that is?  Replace the nozzle cap, removing it does not destroy it so you can still prettily store your fragrance at home in its own bottle and just remove the nozzle cap again when you refill the Travalo.  I think I scored the 4ml one, there’s one size bigger I believe and it comes in other colors like metallic silver, sandy gold, red, black, and a blue I think?  I got mine for about $14 SGD, thats about Php450 from Watsons in Singapore but FOR YOU GALS/GUYS I found a local supplier.  I met her at a bazaar in Ortigas 2 months ago and she was selling Travalo items at her booth there :)  Go to stylistaph.multiply.com or contact the lovely Nikki Tamula at stylista.ph@gmail.com or at her mobile # 09177162805.… To full post & COMMENTS...

The Body Shop Banana Split Bath & Body Giveaway Winner is…


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).

From Left: The Body Shop Banana Conditioner, Strawberry Body Butter, Chocomania Body Scrub, and their new Vanilla Body Mist.

THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS of this giveaway were:

  • Giveaway open NATIONWIDE.
  • One (1) winner will be picked randomly from the thread of comments beneath the post.
  • Blessmybag.com is the sole promoter of this competition
  • Competition closes on June 25, 2012 at 11pm
  • Winner will be notified within 1 day from closing
  • Prizes will be shipped to the winner by blessmybag.com
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