Thursday, March 26, 2015

Venus & Mars Naturals Tsubaki Luxe Beauty Oil

I've long been preaching about the benefits of Argan Oil on dry, curly (natural or digipermed) hair. Now if you find Argan Oil too expensive, then a good alternative is the V&M Tsubaki Oil (also known as Camellia Japonica Oil). It's already a popular ingredient in hair care products in Japan, it's even in my favorite Innisfree Camellia Conditioner and Pure Beauty Treatment Conditioner from Watsons. I can attest to its hair-softening benefits as I've been using both conditioners for years. 

So naturally, it would make sense to use Tsubaki Oil in its pure form. 

Experience the luxury of true Japanese Tsubaki Bauty Oil. Native to Southern Japan, Tsubaki Oil comes from the famous cold-pressed anti-aging Camellia japonica seeds. It is an antioxidant-rich skin moisturizer. Also known as Rose of Winter, this beauty oil contains 85% Omega 9 Oleic acid which makes it a potent wrinkle corrector and can greatly diminish minor scars.
Price: Php 425/30ml

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Surfing in La Union: Yes, I went back!

When you’re on a wave, time ceases to exist, and you’re in a such an intense combined state of euphoria, peace, presence and excitement that it’s something you have to return to over and over again. Once you realize that, to live any other way would seem completely insane. (source)
Ever since my first visit to La Union, I couldn't get surfing out of my mind. I got so emo on the way back to Manila that in my head I was counting the days til my next surfing session. I was missing the sea so much that a few weeks ago, I organized a trip to San Juan with my friends Alex, Anne, and Krissy. I was so eager to be in the water again and get up on the board.

As usual we chose Circle Hostel (Php 550 per day) and planned to stay for 3 days and 2 nights. That was definitely more than enough time to get baked and escape from the big, bad city.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Celebrating 100 Years of Iconic Beauty with Maybelline

Maybelline's humble history

It was ten decades ago when Maybel Williams sparked a fire and changed the history of beauty as she attempted to enhance her very own lashes that were accidentally burnt. Her astonishing solution? A mixture of Vaseline with coal dust to make them look darker and fuller. Fueled by this inspiring act, Tom Williams, Maybel’s entrepreneurial brother, adapted the formula to what later became the very first Maybelline mascara called Lash-Brow-Iine.

To celebrate their 100th year, Maybelline sent me a cute #EyeLoveMNY luggage filled with their best-selling makeup products.   

Friday, March 13, 2015

Rave: Kate Eyebrow Pencil in BR-2

This is such a great discovery that I had second thoughts about posting this because sometimes, I can be selfish too y'know :P. Anyway, I was looking for a good replacement for my Eye of Horus Brow Define which I found to be too expensive for daily use -- I used up the whole thing in just 2 months!.

I went to SM Department store and started a swatchfest of all brow products (pencil preferably) a couple of weeks ago. Several brands later, I chanced upon the Kate Eyebrow Pencil which seemed very similar to EOH and (here's the clincher) was even selling at half the price. 

An eyebrow pencil with a superfine 1.5mm core to draw fine lines to the outer end of the eyebrows
Price: Php 420/.07g

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The newest beauty secret: L'Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur

L'Oreal is once again addressing our greatest skin concerns with their newest release, the L'Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur (Php 899). It boasts of Opti-Blur technology that softens lines and wrinkles, and it's also infused with Retinol (a powerful anti-aging ingredient that helps re-texturize skin) to combat and correct existing signs of damage.


It's recommended for day use and is touted to have a non-greasy, non-sticky formula. While I am inclined to agree on the non-greasy/non-sticky part, I find that if you have combi-dry skin you will get oily in a couple of hours. The key is to apply just a very thin layer before makeup in order to magically blur pores and other imperfections. You can easily top this with your favorite mineral makeup after for a smoother canvas. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Summer Must-Have: Nivea Sun Protect & Bronze Sun Spray SPF 20

Never in my entire life have I ever thought I would enjoy being tan. I've always preached the use of sunscreens (and I still think it's majorly important, FYI), and old friends would know me as the fair girl back in college. But my trip to Balesin last January opened the floodgates and now I can't stop thinking about how to become more tan and which beaches to visit. Seriously, I am willing forego my usual solo sojourns to Singapore and just head to La Union or Baler (or any local beach for that matter). I think it's time to shake things up a bit, wouldn't you agree?

Anyway, one product that's been a mainstay of my luggage is the Nivea Sun Protect & Bronze SPF 20. It's not necessarily a new product (I Googled and it was launched January 2014) but I only found out about it at the recent Nivea Come Closer launch.

Nivea Protect & Bronze sun spray combines immediate protection with a natural looking tan. *The formula contains a natural plant extract which helps support skin's own melanin production (in-vitro). Use regularly for an even and natural looking tan. Contains no self tan.
Price: Php 599/200ml