Friday, August 15, 2014

Two looks using the new L'Oreal Collection Star Lipsticks

Hi, I’m Ae and I blog over at An Artechoke. When Kira sent me an SMS one late evening about guest-blogging on Elegantly Wasted -- for an FOTD at that, I was beyond thrilled. I’ve been a long-time reader of her blog (since I met her at a bloggers event two, three years ago?) and she’s one of the real/live/in-the-flesh friends I’ve made from blogging. So yeah, I really enjoy her company, online and off!

You must have read her L’Oreal Collection Star entry a couple of days back. She asked me to do FOTDs using two from the collection of celebirity-inspired lipsticks, the Barely Greige (Jennifer Lopez) and Barely Plum (Sonam Kapoor) lipsticks. I like these types of posts and challenges because it gives beauty blogging some new direction, and maybe, probably, because I’m task-driven. And those of the beauty-related ones are among my favorite things to tick off! For this post, I came up with a look particular for each lipstick, hopefully I gave them justice! So let’s get started!


I have to admit, I was a bit thrown when I swatched Barely Plum. What looks like an agreeable pink on the tube applies with very strong purple/blue undertones -- something my warm skin tone shies away from.

I’m hoping a semi-strong smoky eye can override (scare?) the transgressing undertone away so I just piled on the shadow and hoped for the best!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Happy Organics Double Detox Bar

I've since used up my Pink Himalayan Salt Goat's Milk Bar from The Happy Organics and I've now moved on the their Double Detox Bar. Filled with the key ingredients kaolin clay (to detoxify skin), activated bamboo charcoal (draws out filth from our pores), lavender and tea tree oil (to naturally treat acne), it's a gentle, low foaming soap that naturally exfoliates skin as well. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Play It Up: Robinsons Department Store August Beauty Fair

Time for another beauty fair at your favorite Robinsons Department Store. Stock up on your fave beauty products, enjoy discounts, and earn freebies. Here are just some of the brands participating this year:

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A Parisian Affair: The La Tentation de Nina Launch

Imagine biting into a delectable little macaron, savoring its crisp meringue shell and fresh, creamy center. Now, imagine spritzing a fragrance that embodies the sweetness of a macaron, tartness of grapefruit, and juiciness of raspberry. 

The limited edition La Tentation de Nina, a magical collaboration between Nina Ricci and the master of macarons Laduree, perfectly balances the playfulness of a now more lady-like and intriguing Nina scent. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Digiperm Partie Trois at Beauty Brick

Last month I had my hair colored a lovely bronde shade by the my fave hairstylists, Jude and Rose. Apart from the long overdue hair color, I also asked Jude to cut off the curled parts since my hair was too long already though I really haven't figured out what to do with it yet.

Having relatively straighter hair after being curly for 3 years was something very new to me. I had to learn how to comb my hair again (when you're curly you can only comb once when hair is wet), blowdry every morning, be wary of stray hairs, and straighten/prevent the annoying wave at the back from tying my hair up in a ponytail.

After a couple of weeks, I missed how low maintenance my life was when I had curly hair. So last week, at a moment's notice, I decided to book an appointment at Beauty Brick. This was to be my third as my last perm was in 2012. The staff didn't remember me this time (have I been gone too long?) but they were still as accommodating as ever. After a hair treatment, my hair was prepped with some sort of chemical that will make it more receptive to the perm. I will admit that I lied a bit and told them that my color was a month old (when in truth it was only about 3 weeks old), and I was scared all throughout the whole perming process.

Will my hair get so fried it will fall off? Will my hair color change due to the chemical? Will my hair be receptive to the perm at all?

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Discover your perfect nude with L'Oreal Collection Star by Colour Riche

Still in search of the perfect nude lip? L'Oreal Paris released Collection Star by Colour Riche taking inspiration from its stunning beauty ambassadors Doutzen Kroes, Jennifer Lopez, Fan Bingbing, Gong Li, and Sonam Kapoor. The collection consists of made to measure nude lip shades made specifically for Asian skin tones.

The collection features 5 delectable shades were co-designed by the most beautiful female icons of our time to ensure that Filipinas get only the most glamorous take on nude fashion. Check out the shades and swatches below: 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Unboxing: Beauties & Babies Glamourbox

We at Glamourbox have been contemplating on releasing a Mom & Baby-themed box since the beginning of this year, and we're thrilled to see it come into fruition. On a personal note, I was particularly fond of curating this box because who doesn't gush at sight of cute little babies, or anything baby-related for that matter? Also, I am quite the fan of baby products because they are gentle in nature and work well with my sensitive skin (read all about my fave baby products here).

Of course, even though the theme mostly denotes that the box is for Moms (with or without babies), the products are also selected in a way that will appeal to ladies who are into skin care. Here's a quick unboxing post of the "Beauties & Babies" Glamourbox.