Friday, April 18, 2014

Revlite Laser Therapy Treatment at Wink Laser & Wax Studio

We just got back from Walkway at High Street, one of the activities I look forward to on Holy Week. This year, Church Simplified really made us reflect on our shortcomings and the meaning of Holy Week by encouraging having a stronger internal dialogue and understanding how each Station of the Cross relates to our personal life. Towards the 9th station, I was teary eyed (honestly, I did cry in broad daylight and I saw some folks stare at me). There are times that I still question my purpose in life and I'm still in the process of discovering it, but Walkway made me realize that I am indeed blessed with a lot of supportive friends amidst all the challenges I encounter. I am especially thankful for my family and my best friend. 

In other news, there was also a bunny at Walkway! Moccasin was a pet bunny who made an appearance and the owner was nice enough to let us hold him and take photos. Isn't he the cutest?

Anyway, the other thing I like about long weekends is finally I can catch up on sleep and blogging! Writing (about products that I love) is therapeutic, I look forward to it every weekend as my crazy schedule only allows me to sit down peacefully and write towards the end of the week.

Last month, I was invited to try the new Revlite Laser Treatment at Wink Laser & Wax Studio. Finally their Trinoma branch is open and I can get my wax and laser fix anytime. As usual Wink's interiors are a huge pick-me-upper, from the very bright and happy colors to their signature asterisk decor.

Revlite is a new and revolutionary laser treatment designed to help you achieve smoother skin texture and more even skin tone by treating skin pigmentation, enlarged pores, wrinkles and fine lines, aging skin, and sun damage.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Rose Hip Oil: Kosmea vs RoseHip Plus

It seems like Australians really do take skin care seriously! Over the last 2 years I've encountered so many organic Australian brands (family-owned at that), most of which I picked up from Vivi of Eco Beauty Secrets. There's Sukin, Mukti Botanicals, and La Mav, all of which I hope to try out in the next few months. 

For now, I've been reading on Rose Hip Oils (yep, still obsessed), studying blog reviews, and comparing the two Australian brands I have at the moment: Kosmea and Rosehip Plus. If you're new to RHO please be advised that it's not for everyone. Vivi says that I'm lucky the high vitamin C content in RHO worked for me as it made her break out. I was surprised myself, I never thought that facial oils would become an integral part of my [anti-aging] skin care routine.

Okay, here's a quick comparison.

Brand story / Place of origin

Kosmea, as you've read in my previous review, is from Glamourbox but currently sold out. Started in 1993 by Kosmea founder Olivia Jenkins, Kosmea is the first and now one of the more popular skin care brands in Australia. Kosmea sources their 100% certified organic and wild grown rose hip oil from Lesotho, South Africa, and makes use of the fruit, skin and seed of the rose hip to extract rose hip oil.

Rosehip Plus is another family-owned Australian brand that started in 2003 and was the first to combine their rose hip oil with GOPO, a natural anti-inflammatory antioxidant that aids in arthritis and joint pain. Previously named Rosehip Vital, Rosehip Plus now offers certified organic rose hip oil sourced from the Andes Mountain Range in Chile, South America.

Method of extraction

Both Kosmea and Rosehip Plus extract the oils using a heat-free and solvent-free process that maintains the integrity of the potent antioxidants and fatty acids in the oil. Cold-processed rose hip oils have a beautiful deep amber color and a natural toasty fragrance.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ellana Minerals updates: Get 15% discount + FREE foundation returns

Buying makeup online can be tricky. Call me old-fashioned but I prefer traipsing into an actual store, swatching the products, and even taking my sweet time reading the labels. Oh yes, I am a very touchy-feely customer. But I also understand that things can get so busy sometimes that shopping online is the most convenient and efficient way of getting things done. Confession: I've been so busy even on weekends that I've been to the mall only twice in the past 2 months. I declare, being busy can also serve as an opportunity to save. My bank account is leaping with joy :P

Anyway, I wanted to share with you that Ellana Minerals is now offering such a great deal: if you purchase a foundation or powder online or in stores and discover that it doesn't truly match your skin tone (believe me, mall lights can be deceiving), you can exchange it for the correct shade FREE of charge. This offer is only until May 11.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Celebrate the Woman of Today with Untold by Elizabeth Arden

*lifted from press release

There is an untold story behind every modern woman who is thriving in her life’s journey. She owns every experience she’s had, every decision she’s made and is blossoming into a woman of many facets. 

Whether it’s dreams she has yet to share, secrets she has yet to reveal, or ambitions she has yet to declare, there are countless facets to every woman. While some of these facets are apparent on the surface, others remain hidden, only to be discovered over time.

The world never sees all of her, but can only steal a glimpse at a time. In those few fleeting moments you see her genuine smile, vibrant energy and effortless grace, but her story remains unrevealed..untold. Celebrating the sophistication and intrigue of the modern woman, Elizabeth Arden announces the launch of its new fragrance UNTOLD.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Beautifully Healthy Skin with Neutrogena

I've heard the term tiis ganda far too many times. Often related to fashion pagtitiis like wearing sky high heels that hurt, sucking your gut in while wearing a skintight dress, and wearing that fashionable jacket when the temperature calls for sleeveless tops and lighter fabric. In beauty, tiis ganda is often used as well. It could perhaps refer to enduring painful treatments just to maintain one's youthful looks, or even something as simple as layering on too much makeup in order to look "perfect."

Neutrogena® recognizes these tiis ganda episodes that all women go through, and they've set out to banish these popular skin myths and set the record straight. Ella David-Reyes, Neutrogena's Senior Brand Manager, shares, "Many Filipino women believe in tiis ganda, making it acceptable for them to go through skin irritation and discomfort in the name of beauty. Our main goal is to spread the message that healthy is the new beauty."

And indeed, a lot of women are switching to gentler (and more effective) formulations in lieu of harsh products that strip away moisture and do more damage than good. "Neutrogena®’s products combine scientifically proven formulas with skin-friendly ingredients.” David-Reyes added, “This combination allows Neutrogena® to effectively address skin problems in a healthy and pleasant way."

For someone like me who didn't have perfect skin growing up (I battled oilies and pimples, too) and who thought that washing with a good bar of soap would "get rid of all the bacteria", I've learned to slowly transition to gentler cleansers that don't foam as much yet keeps the pH balance of my skin intact. You'd be surprised how just switching to the right cleanser or moisturizer can do wonders for your skin, and keep wrinkles and dryness at bay.

with Director Joel Salindong
When Neutrogena contacted me last February about shooting a video and help banish some popular skin care myths, I felt honored. I've always looked up to Neutrogena as a brand that took skin care seriously. I've always been a fan of their products and secretly wished that they'd bring their makeup line to the Philippines. On the other hand, I was also terrified about video shoots because I'm shy and I get self-conscious easily. So please, when you watch the video below please be kind :D

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Five beauty brands I wish were in the Philippines

Inspired by Alex's blog post, I decided to list down the brands that I've been dying to try out ever since I heard about them a couple of years ago. I'm sharing them here in case a kindred soul decides to bring them to the Philippines.

1. Korres Natural Products

I've been wanting to try Korres since forever. This Greek brand has been around since 1992 and is known for their homeopathic philosophy and using only natural formulations in all their products.

I would love to try their best-selling Guava Lipstick, Raspberry Twist Lipstick, and Pomegranate Moisturizing Cream-Gel.

A skin-friendly makeup line that is free from parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, SLS, and gluten? I'm in! I've always been intrigued with Tarte's Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush, Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation, Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Rave: Don The Grill Korean Bistro

While driving along Scout Rallos one night, we decided to stop at this new building called F7 Rallos and try a seafood restaurant. Unfortunately we were not satisfied with that restaurant and decided to venture elsewhere, and that's when we spotted Don The Grill on the second floor. It was fairly new and empty but we saw the flashing "Samgyeopsal" sign and we were reeled right in.

Just a quick background, Korea ultimately has delicious food, and that was one of the things that haunt us until now. We've been trying to look for a good dupe in Manila but have been disappointed so far. So since we were still searching, we might as well try this new unassuming Korean bistro.

In case you're wondering, "Don" in Korean means pork. Don The Grill offers 6 different kinds of samgyeopsal: fresh (plain), spicy go chu jang, garlic, parsley, miso, and black pepper. We're purists so we always order the plain one. Each order of samgyeopsal is only Php 280 which is good for 1 person.