Sunday, October 11, 2015

Just Launched: Celeteque DermoCosmetics

Being a fan of Celeteque's water-based moisturizer since its launch many years ago, I have long waited for them to release their own cosmetics line. Celeteque is probably the only drugstore skin care brand that truly delivers with formulations and finishes that settle well in our tropical environment, and work well with Filipina skin. And oh, did I mention the prices? Absolutely affordable!

So when they launched their new cosmetics line last Friday, I was all ears.

Now I haven't fully tested all of the makeup products in the line, but here's a quick look at what I got after the event.

Cheek Color Stick (Peach) - Php 645
This Color Stick adds a beautiful glow to your eyes, lips, or face! Get gorgeous color that illuminates and insantly conditions skin for fresh and natural color all day long. Blend anywhere you would like to highlight and brighten, like your cheeks and brow bones.

Monday, October 5, 2015

New LUX Perfumed Bath Collection in Magical Spell

I love bath time. It's the only opportunity I get to zone out, plus I love experimenting with new body washes. Yes dear readers, I used to be a bar soap kind of girl but I have now ventured into shower creams and gels in order to preserve my tan. I have this strange notion that soaps are harsh and may strip off my color faster than the usual (let's reserve that debate for another blog post). 

For me, bath time has always been a sensory experience. The warm droplets of water, the cool floor tiles, and the cushy feel of lather as I suds up with a fragrant body wash. My recent discovery is the new Lux Fine Fragrances in Magical Spell, a deeply fragrant body wash and soap combo with a sensual and sophisticated floral scent. 

I received my samples over the weekend, the plastic courier packaging smelled heavenly as I tore it open with excitement. What greeted me was the strong perfume-y scent of Black Orchids and Juniper Oil, and I will be honest -- I was put off at first. The scent was too strong for me and admittedly, I have been used to fragrance-free or mild scents.

Masterfully designed and crafted by perfume experts from New York, Paris, and London, the new LUX Perfumed Bath Collection is now in the Philippines to enable Filipinas to feel fabulously feminine, as they leave a lasting and unforgettable impression wherever they go. LUX Magical Spell infuses skin with up to 8 hours of lasting perfume.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

A Crafter's Paradise: Common Room PH

We were finally able to visit Common Room in Katipunan to support our crafter friend, Cat of Bedazzle Accessories. It was a very busy (and crazy!) Saturday and the place was crowded, so I'll just cut to the chase and share photos of interesting stuff that I saw on sale.

The place is filled to the brim with locally made accessories, notebooks, plushies, leather goods, etc. It houses local talents and holds workshops regularly so check the calendar on the wall for schedules of Bento Box-making, Calligraphy, Watercolor workshops, etc.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Artist Feature: Joanne Angelique Rebustillo and her Wahine Coloring Sheets

I'm always excited to feature and discover local talents and the first in this series is my high school classmate, Joanne Angelique Papa-Rebustillo. Last week, I had the opportunity to visit her art studio in Manila.

Fondly called Honey by her peers, she has been practicing the art of free flow design since high school and has since created artworks for establishments (she painted the walls of Majestic Puraran), participated in pop-up art fairs and exhibits, and recently just came up with a set of adult coloring sheets. She has perfected the art of free flow design wherein you start from just one area and let your creative juices flow from there.

She is also an accessory and wire designer, that's one of her best-selling pieces above. 

Mother & Child artwork
While conversing with Honey as I haven't seen her since high school graduation, she was also busy completing her latest commissioned artwork. Her weapons of choice: [glitter] pens, markers, and colored pencils. I told her free flow design looks very labor-intensive and what seemed to be a jimble-jumble of doodles at first, she was able to transform into an amazing illustration.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Biore Aqua UV Rich Watery Essence SPF 50 PA++++

Biore makes it easy to stick to the habit of applying sunscreen every day with their water-based sunscreen product called Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence (whew, what a mouthful). I had my doubts at first because my benchmark has always been the sunscreen gel I buy at the Dermatologist's office -- clear and lightweight, with no trace of the heaviness that silicons bring. And usually when commercial brands say "gel", there's still a cream part of it thus making me feel coated. 

Thankfully, Biore's version (though not an exact dupe of my Derma's creation) is close enough. Kao Biore and I have gone a long way as I first discovered the brand in grade school and have been a staunch user of their facial scrub. I was sad when they left and now I'm wondering why it took so long for them to stage a comeback. 

Contains unique Aqua Micro Capsules with UV block ingredient to provide superior SPF 50+/PA++++ protection while keeping skin cool and refreshed. It is enriched with Hyaluronic Acid & Citrus essence to hydrate and soften skin. Its water-based texture spreads easily and get absorbed easily without a white cast. Suitable to be used on face.  
Price: Php 500~/50g
Where to buy: Watsons and other beauty stores 

Friday, September 25, 2015

New pH Care Naturals Intimate Wash Papaya & Guava

Feminine hygiene is something we shouldn't take lightly, we should always check the labels if the products we use are gentle for every day use. I don't think it's necessary to use those medicated ones on a daily basis, unless it's prescribed by a doctor or Aunt Flow is visiting and you need extra protection. 

One of the brands I remember using early on was pH care, and for a while I "hoarded" their cooling variant. Now, pH Care hops on the "all-natural" bandwagon and released two new feminine washes that are worth trying out. Not to be confused with all-natural products, these have natural additives namely papaya and guava extracts. 

The brand kindly sent me samples to try, check them out below: