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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Healing Herbs Lab Pure Chia Face Serum + a Giveaway!

If you recall, I received my Chia Oil from Healing Herbs Lab on Etsy last November. I've never been so excited to try a new skin care product! Chia oil is currently having a moment as it's touted as the [best] facial oil that can combat wrinkles and skin aging. Heralded as a "wonder" product, Chia oil contains omega-3 oils which boost skin hydration and also treat a number of skin disorders. Chia oil facial serums have been sprouting everywhere and have been costing a pretty penny, why even Gwyneth Paltrow and Miranda Kerr are fans!


My Chia Serum is from Healing Herbs Lab, it is 100% cold-pressed (the chia seeds themselves are from Mexico, non-GMO and organic) and processed in Croatia where the lab is based. I had to clarify exactly what cold-pressed meant so I asked the folks over at Healing Herbs Lab as I was curious about how they extract the oil. They shared:
Cold-pressed oils are derived from a mechanical process. You have to put enormous force and friction on seeds and the oil will steep out of them. The whole process is done at low temperatures and is more expensive, but this method produces higher quality oil with better color and flavors.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Exude Feminine Elegance with Avon Femme

With a slew of glamorous Christmas parties coming up, don't forget to spritz on an equally glam parfum that evokes pure femininity. The new Avon Femme (Php 1,500/50ml) is a scintillating fragrance that combines the freshness of handpicked florals peppered with luxurious woodsy tones for a signature scent that lasts for hours. 


The ingredients: 

  • Sparkling fruits: a delightful combination of pink grapefruit, luscious pear, and peach skin that adds invigorating brightness

  • Feminine flowers: a unique combination of blooming jasmine petals, gardenia blossoms, magnolia, and waterlily form a multifaceted floral olfactive 

  • Sensual aromatics: finishes with a rich amberwoods and sweet musk add a smooth, creamy tone to envelop the wearer in warmth


I head that this is so popular it sold out in a matter of weeks but just to be sure, contact your Avon Lady and see if you can still score one!

Available exclusively through www.avon.com.ph. Follow Avon Philippines on Facebook and Twitter (@AvonPH) for updates. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Rave: Burt's Bees Peppermint Foot Lotion

There's a reason the Burt's Bees Peppermint Foot Lotion is a a 2013 Total Beauty.com Reader's Choice Award Winner. The creamy formula effective moisturizes footsies and leaves a refreshing natural peppermint scent. But wait, I'm getting ahead of myself ;)

Cool your feet with this natural foot lotion. It’s lovingly made with Peppermint and Menthol to revive tired feet while Vegetable-based Glycerin and Coconut Oil help soften calluses. Leaving you with soft, smooth beautifully invigorated skin. What could be more refreshing? 100% natural.
Available at: https://www.burtsbees.com.ph
Price: Php 750/100ml 

Friday, December 12, 2014

What's New: CoverGirl Bombshell Collection

I know I'm lagging on my beauty reviews but I hope to be able to feature all my pending products this December. One of the products I received is the CoverGirl Bombshell Collection which is, suffice to say, will help you achieve that bombshell look. And don't we all want that for Christmas?


I sure agree with this very girly pouch! Now you can turn heads with these prettifiers:


Bombshell Intensity Liner in Pitch Black
A liquid liner that features a felt tip for precise application.

Bombshell Volume Mascara
A revolutionary mascara that features a 2-step Bombshell Boost System (don't you just love the name?) that promises to volumize, volumize, volumize lashes to perfection. One end contains the basecoat, while the other has the intensifying topcoat.

TruBlend Liquid Makeup
Not part of the Bombshell Collection but this particularly foundie features shades that seamlessly blend into skin tone, making each finish flawless and virtually undetectable.

Have you tried the CoverGirl Bombshell Collection? 
Share your bombshell looks with me :)


For more info, visit https://www.facebook.com/COVERGIRLPH

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

When in Singapore: IKEA Tampines

We travelled from Yishun to Tampines to visit the huge IKEA showroom. I can't quite remember how long the travel time was exactly (maybe an hour or so?) and we had several stops along the way. All I can say it that it was terribly far! This is my first visit to IKEA and I was overwhelmed, I wanted to buy so much stuff but of course, I realized I couldn't take them all with me on my trip back. I went with my college friend, Tin, who has been working in Singapore for the past 6 years.

Anyway, here are some snapshots of our "adventure":

someone is hoarding...
a pink workstation -- I want!

Monday, December 8, 2014

When in Singapore: Cozy Corner Coffee

It's easy to get bored and feel like you've seen everything in Singapore. I've been here a couple of times and my rose-colored tourist glasses came off on my 3rd visit. I now see Singapore as it is, crime, trash, traffic included, haha. But, it's still one of my favorite places and it's my top choice for impromptu trips abroad -- alone or with friends and family. 

Anyway, every time I visit I make sure to check out at least 1 new establishment, preferably from indie entrepreneurs. This time, we headed to Cantonment Road which was about 30 minutes or so from Yishun (our starting point). We had our friend, Gaurav, escort us along Everton Park which had a strip of small cafes, food places, and ice cream parlors. I was really drawn to Cozy Corner Coffee and so we settled here and had brunch.  

 

The quaint cafe can probably seat about 20+ people, it's very intimate and great for hanging out by yourself or with a few friends. I assume that it's managed by a Mom and Daughter tag team whom we met that day as they manned the cafe, prepared the food, and brewed their own coffee.. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Pharmacy Finds from Singapore

I always tell myself never to take the last flight out of a country because the aftermath is exhausting, but lookie here, I did it again! I left Singapore at 9:00PM, arrived in Manila 3 hours and 20 minutes later.I got home past 1:30AM and was up til around 2:30AM talking to my Mom and sister. You could say I was totally knocked out the next day catching up on sleep. I used to do this all the time but I guess with age (ha!), I feel like it's something I cannot sustain. I need my beauty sleep!

Anyway, I didn't go crazy shopping at Singapore this time around mainly because I am saving my money for my 2 upcoming trips, plus this Singapore visit was so impromptu (it took me only 2 days to decide that I needed to fly out to relax). Nevertheless, I visited several pharmacies and took a mental note of what to get next time. Some of them I posted on Instagram so do follow me (@kirasworld) for sneak peeks :)


First and foremost, I love drugstore shopping because they have an amazing assortment of ecocert brands. Like A'kin for example, I've always read about it from green beauty blogs but I've only seen it on the shelves now. They have Rosehip Oil (yay) plus I really like the illustrations on their packaging.