Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My Caricature via the Galaxy Note

Last Saturday, my boyfriend, sister and I spotted the Galaxy caravan in Eastwood mall. The boyfriend, if you must know, is a very satisfied customer of the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

the Tab and I
His Tab is 2 years old and he loves it to bits...except that it's a tad bulky to bring along with him to meetings, dates and events. He's been thinking of getting a Galaxy Note which is a smaller and more powerful smartphone, the sheer size is a far cry from the bulky and heavy Tab. Bottomline, he took advantage of the current promo and bought one on the spot (Php 29,000 instead of the regular price of Php 34,000).

We, on the other hand, decided to have our caricatures drawn by their artist of the day, James. The Galaxy Note, as you might have guessed, is also popular for jotting down ideas and unleashing the artist in you.

Monday, February 27, 2012

My Gastronomic Experience at the Aria Cucina Italiana Press Launch

Everyone's favorite Italian restaurant in Boracay has finally opened its doors in Manila! Thank you to ARC PR for inviting us to this special event.

I love how casual yet fancy the place feels, and how it makes us miss Boracay so much! Check out our 9-course desgustation courtesy of Chef Marino (please note that these are all sampler sizes). 

I don't claim to be a food expert nor a food writer, but I sure enjoyed tasting all of Aria Cucina Italiana's popular dishes. And I kept thinking to myself, "Wow, I'd sure love to do this on a regular basis," haha.

Gran Misto Aria P435 - a vegetarian mix of tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, grilled bell pepper salad, eggplant mash and deep fried zucchini, served with focaccia bread

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Discover your signature scent at FReSH Fragrance Bar

The weather recently has been ultra-hot and simmering. I mean, I was walking in Ayala Triangle at 8 AM last week and I couldn't even bear the heat. Is summer finally rearing its ugly head?

With the onset of this unwelcome temperature (unwelcome for me because the unbearable heat gives me severe headaches), I've decided to give my usual fragrances a rest, you could say that my favorite Aura by Swarovski has to temporarily retire for night escapades. For day, I am in dire need for a lively, less heady fragrance.

So off I was to FReSH Fragrance Bar in Eastwood City Mall for a whiff of possible summer scents.

FReSH Fragrance Bar is the trendy and youthful sister of Art of Scent. It is basically a one stop shop/boutique for perfumes which makes shopping for your favorite scents a convenient and pleasant experience. And, the staff is super friendly and helpful without hovering.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Does your Doctor have blue hair?

When was the last time you had a facial? I think mine was 2 years ago. Crazy right? I just didn't have the time to go visit my Dermatologist as such there has been some blemishes manifesting on my face for the past couple of weeks. My skin is not perfect folks! That is why every once in a while I have a facial plus a relaxing diamond peel.

But before I head off to the Doctor's, I wanna say HI to everyone:

Quick question: Am I wearing the Neutrogena Fine Fairness BB Cream here? Guess, guess! Correct answers will be raffled and two winners will be chosen next Friday. I swear, I should make these guessing games harder. Watch out for next week!

That's me! My Dermatologist is Dra. Evylina Guzman of Capitol Medical Hospital, she was Mom's classmate way back in high school. The diamond peel exfoliates the skin and helps ease out fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation. She also generously applied a Vitamin C serum to also help heal spots and blemishes and for anti-aging purposes as well, hee-hee.

One more thing -- does your Doctor have blue highlights? My Derma is so hip and awesome :)

Contact Dra. Evylina Guzman at 372-3825 loc 3519, her clinic is at Capitol Medical Center.

*Sorry for the blurry photos, used a camera phone on the last two shots
Disclosure: Product given by Neutrogena Philippines. 

Exclusively available at Watsons
For more information on this product visit https://www.facebook.com/neutrogenaphilippines
* Contest is for Metro Manila residents only.
* Deadline for entries is March 2 at 10pm.
* Prizes will be claimed at the Neutrogena head office

Friday, February 24, 2012

Neutrogena Fine Fairness BB Cream Winners - Week 03

Neutrogena BB Cream Giveaway Winners:


The correct answer is --- I am wearing the Neutrogena Fine Fairness BB Cream in my post! Yaaaay! :) Congratulations guys! Kindly shoot me an email at hello[at]kira-ramirez.com. 

Image courtesy of Clara

Thursday, February 23, 2012

VMV Ooh-La-Lash! Volumizing Mascara

Ask me straight out what my favorite VMV Hypoallergenics products are and I'd answer in a nanosecond --- Armada, Id Monolaurin Gel and Ooh-La-Lash Mascara. Srsly VMV Hypoallergenics may very well be the most hardworking cosmeceutical brand out there.

All VMV products are validated hypoallergenic, VH -76 (sans all 76 common allergens), 100% All-Types-Of-Fragrance-Free,100% Phthalate, Dye, Paraben + Preservative-Free, and Non-Comedogenic. And oh, VMV is an animal cruelty-free company, too! It's no wonder that this brand so dear to my heart.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I'm grumpy and you know it!

After fasting and abstaining from meat for almost 10 hours, I was ready to throw in the towel by 9:00 PM because I felt like I was going to faint!

So the next best thing? Eat chicken of course, since beef and pork are not allowed in our household during Ash Wednesday. We decided to order KFC which was the quickest and nearest fastfood chain, and then lo and behold, our food came in a little sumthin'-sumthin' to lift our spirits:

Okay wait, I haven't ordered from KFC in months and I just saw the PVZ designs tonight. How long has this been out in the market? I'm so over PVZ but my heart skipped a beat when I saw this Squash's grumpy ol' face :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Surprise, surprise!

This pretty little package greeted me when I got home today. Oh what could it be?

And it came with a nifty note from Phoebe :)

Before I get any wild ideas, I decided to open it and...

Awww....it's the prettiest Aztec-printed scarf ever! In my favorite colors, no less! I'm amazed Phoebe actually remembered my love for Aztec prints :)

Thank you so much, Phoebe! Can't wait to wear it to work! :D 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Bare Naturals Vitamin Stix Lip Butters

Tis the season for tinted lip balms and lip butters! For some reason, both indie shops and mall brands are now releasing tinted lip butters that can give traditional lipsticks a run for their money. These "tints" are way pigmented, come in vibrant colors and leave a pretty stain after eating or drinking --- perfect for summer, aren't they?

Feed your lips with nourishing stuff!
They're not lip balms, they're not lipsticks.. they are colored lipbutters! They unbelievably glide so easily ;) Better than lipsticks and lipbalms! With hint of peppermint and flavored in delectable vanilla. They smell so nice and they are good enough to be eaten because they are made with natural, food grade stuff!
No paraben. No petroleum jelly. No artificial colorants. Recommended even for sensitive lips.
Ingredients: Grapeseed oil, castor oil, shea butter, beeswax, candelilia wax, carnauba wax, ozokerite wax, titanium dioxide, mica mineral oxides as colorant, iron oxides, vanilla and peppermint flavor oils, jojoba oil, alpha-tocopherol, phenoxyethanol, nothing else.
Price: Php 148 each

A while back I posted a photo of my newly-purchased Bare Naturals goodies, but somebody swiped my Butterfly Kisses Vitamin Stix (with pink label) so I'm now only reviewing Sugar Lips (light blue label) and Definite-Lips (purple label).

Fresh As A Daisy (plus a giveaway!)

Happy chilly Monday!

I'm working from home today and trying to make up for all the backlogs that have accumulated over the last couple of weeks. How's everyone doing so far?

It's now time for the much-awaited Neutrogena Fine Fairness BB Cream giveaway. Here's a photo of me taken this morning

Do you think I'm wearing the new Neutrogena BB Cream? Guess correctly and win! I'll raffle the correct guesses and pick two winners on Saturday, deadline for entries is Friday at 10pm.

PS: To all those who won, I'll be sending you emails once I get wind that the items are available for pick up at the Neutrogena head office. So sorry for the delay.


Disclosure: Product given by Neutrogena Philippines. 

Exclusively available at Watsons
For more information on this product visit https://www.facebook.com/neutrogenaphilippines

* Contest is for Metro Manila residents only.
* Deadline for entries is Feb. 24 at 10pm.
* Prizes will be claimed at the Neutrogena head office

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Stock up at the Robinsons Beauty Fair!

One of my fave places to shop for essentials is Robinsons Dept. Store. If you are a huge drugstore shopper (like moi), then head on to Robinsons Galleria because there will be lots in store for you for the whole month of  February. 

For every purchase of Myra products worth P199.00 entitles customer to one Myra promo pack (VitaWhite + Lotion) and participation in the Myra Mirror Dare
Free wallet for every P240 purchase of Pond's White Beauty day creams or Clear Balance facial foams
Free Tweety necklace for every P1,000 purchase of Pond's Gold Radiance
Free Pond's Gold Radiance serum sampler for every purchase of Pond's Gold Radiance day cream 50g
Buy 1 Get 1 Free on Pond's Flawless White UV cream 30ml

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Giveaway Winners!

MAKE UP FOR EVER 2012 Diary Winners:

Joanna Olaes
Jannine Bensi
Charina Espinosa
Crystal Lagman

Ferretti Giveaway Winner:

I could totally relate to the winner's story about her classmates and teachers giving her a hard time because she has small feet. I remember my classmates calling me "liit-kamay" and "liit-paa" and I kinda felt at times that small feet were the bane of my existence. I envied the shoes selections of other people with "regular-sized" feet and I almost thought that I would be confined to boring, en masse styles...that is until Ferretti came along!

So congratulations to Kate Sinaon for sharing her story and embracing her small feet!

Neutrogena BB Cream Giveaway Winners:

Janine M.

The correct answer is --- I am wearing the Neutrogena Fine Fairness BB Cream in my post :)

Congratulations to everyone! Kindly shoot me an email at hello[at]kira-ramirez.com. Thank you so much for joining my giveaways, stay tuned for March :)

Image courtesy of Clara

Friday, February 17, 2012

News flash: The Pure Beauty Treatment Conditioner is back!

I have a confession to make.

I have been secretly keeping 1 bottle of the Pure Beauty Treatment Conditioner ever since it sold out in all Watsons outlets. Yes folks, this product is so popular for its hair-softening qualities that it sold out soon after its release. I searched high and low (i.e. all Watsons outlets I could find) with the hopes of scoring at least 2 more bottles. Why, I even pestered all of the other bloggers to sell me theirs, haha. Srsly I was that obsessed.

Last week I decided that well, I might as well use my last bottle before it expires. It seems like Watsons wasn't going to restock this precious conditioner and I should enjoy it to the last drop.

And then  --- let me stop hyperventilating first --- while dilly-dallying in Watsons MOA yesterday and waiting for my sister, I spotted a familiar copper-colored bottle. I rushed to the stand to get a better look and I discovered that the Pure Beauty Treatment Conditioners have been restocked!!! Woopeedoo! I grabbed 3 500ml bottles right away and skipped to the cash register. OHMY GAAAAD. If you could only see my face, it was like I was just got the most awesomest news of my life!

In case you haven't heard, the Pure Beauty Treatment Conditioner is a dupe of Shiseido's Tsubaki Conditioner and leaves chemically-treated hair soft, hydrated and manageable. Plus, it's only Php 199/500ml (sale price), you really can't beat that low, low price!

Pour conclure, the Pure Beauty Treatment Conditioner is hands-down one of the best softening conditioners I've tried so far and I can't stop singing its praises! It keeps my curls soft, manageable frizz-free from morning til night. I'm parking my Re-5 Keratin Conditioner and using the Pure Beauty Treatment Conditioner from hereon end. Thank you Watsons for bringing this gem of a product back! My 8-month wait was worth it! <3

A day without laughter is a day wasted

Guys, Aria Cucina Italiana is now open in Bonifacio High Street! Photos below are from the Press Luncheon today where we enjoyed 8 courses of delish Italian cuisine :)

What I wore today: a simple button-down shirt, jeans and classic ballet flats. The invite said to wear beach colors, and what could be more beach-y than a crisp white shirt reminiscent of fluffy white clouds on a hot summer day? Pina coladas, anyone?

Shirt: Next | Jeans: Penshoppe | Animal print belt: Divisoria |  Ballet flats: Ferreti
accessories from Parfois
Good news! Aria Cucina Italiana now accepts reservations! Call them at at 623-0119 and 404-7524 and follow Aria Cucina Italiana on Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Kite Flying at Clark

Last weekend we brought our Uncle Jim from Houston to Clark for the Hot Air Balloon Festival. Here are some snapshots of that memorable day:

Uncle Jim eating corn in a cob! One of the Pinoy things he really misses!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Hearts Day!

A tres cute video that plainly defines the meaning of love :)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Rainy days and Mondays...

The only way to ward off BV and laziness on a cold and dreary Monday is to inject pops of color.... in everything! Haha. My grey workspace (it's a work in progress) gets some help from my cerulean blue laptop and hot pink laptop bag. And of course, the PAL Aeromouse adds a touch of whimsy, too!

Cardigan: Mental | Cerulean blue top: Solo | Feather necklace: Divisoria | 
Jeans: Penshoppe | Ballet flats: Ferretti | Drawstring bag: Parisian
And oh, the color translated to my wardrobe as well! This is me, cool and casual on a rainy Monday afternoon. We were checking out Le Senza and whaddyaknow, they're still on sale! So we grabbed a couple of stuff and happily trooped home :)

I wore my favorite black ballet flats from Ferretti! I declare, everyone needs a classic shoe like this in their closet! Plus factor? It's so, so, so comfy! Great for commuting and walking around Makati :)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Peachy Keen at the 2012 Dagkot Festival (plus a giveaway!)

I just came from an out of town trip and let me tell you it was awesome! It's really nice to take a break once in a while and spend some time with my Dad and the extended family. I was in Agusan del Norte for 3 days for the  yearly Dagkot Festival which involved a lot of street dancing, carnivals and non-stop eating (lechon FTW)!

This group from Northern Mindanao Colleges won first place (and a whopping P200,000!) and also joined Showtime a few weeks prior. Congratulations guys!

Neutrogena Fine Fairness BB Cream Winners - Week 01

The correct answer is: 

I'm NOT wearing the Neutrogena Fine Fairness BB Cream 
in my first entry!

I've raffled all the correct entries and here are the winners:

Mommy Lexi
Jakie and the Beanstalk

Congratulations! Please shoot me an email at hello [at] kira-ramirez.com and I'll send you instructions on how to claim your gift!

Keep following Elegantly Wasted, we have more giveaways in store for you in 2012!

Image courtesy of Clara

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Bare Naturals Goodies

I met up with one of my fave resellers today, Dulce Consebido, whom I regularly pester whenever I run out of my favorite Bare Naturals products. Anytime I need to restock, I just text her, hee-hee. Sure beats having to wait 2 days for my orders to arrive via courier. Plus she's crazy nice, too!

I've raved about the No Breakout to Makeup soap last year, and yup-yup, am still using it today. I don't know why I didn't include it in my "Best Beauty Picks of 2011" post, I guess I forgot. But let it be known that it does deserve a spot there, it's really great at keeping blemishes at bay.

Below the soaps are Bare Naturals' newest tinted Lip Butter Vitamin Stix, which could very well be cousins of the Venus & Mars Lip Butter Tints, haha.

I'll review the Lip Butter Vitamin Stix soon, but off the bat lemme tell you that their colors are gorgey, too :)

If you live in the Quezon City/Manila area, you can order Bare Naturals and Venus & Mars products from Dulce by texting her at 0917-3227235.

Review: Eyliplex-2: Eye Lift + Circle Reducer

I was given a sample of the famous GSL Eyliplex-2, a lot of bloggers swear by this and even call this HG material. So you can tell that I was pretty psyched to try it.
Eyliplex-2 is a convenient little thing that contains 2 products:  
Fast-Acting Day Gel (10ml)
1. Suberlift™ visibly lifts and tightens the eye area nearly erasing the look of wrinkles on contact by filling them in on the surface of the skin.
2. Advanced Rho-Cite™ Complex is a cocktail of antioxidants and minerals that fortifies the skin's structural system and helps defend it against daily environmental stressors.
Long-Lasting Night Balm (10ml)
1. Haloxyl PFE™ is a new powerful extract to help reduce the appearance of dark circles and restore firmness while sleeping.
2. Mala-Plump™ Complex, another unique cocktail of minerals and antioxidants, helps combat free radicals and environmental aggressors while also boosting skin's natural collagen production. 
Price: Php 2,600 

Having 2 products in 1 pot is smart, if not convenient. Eyliplex-2 has a lightweight formula that promises to reduce the appearance of dark circles and lift the skin around the eyes. Off the bat, I noticed that it gave my eyes a less puffy look. I was able to use it for a few days before I started getting an adverse reaction from the product -- the skin around my eyes were developing bumps and were getting itchy that I was rubbing my eyes constantly.

Without full disclosure of the ingredients (partial list of ingredients here), I couldn't pinpoint what ingredient was exactly causing what so I had to stop. I was inclined to blame caffeine which triggered my Garnier Eye Roll-on allergy, but caffeine also happens to be a vital ingredient in my favorite Clinique's All About Eyes. So honestly, I can't say for sure.

I gave Eyliplex-2 to my sister who has more puffy Asian eyes (haha) and she is now on her 3rd week. True to my experience, it does dramatically lessen the puffiness around the eyes and my sister is now very happy that I am allergic and has bestowed this product to her. She hasn't experienced any allergic reactions so far and has been using Eyliplex-2 religiously (lucky girl).

I may be one of the few people allergic to Eyliplex-2 so I couldn't write a full-on review, so sorry dear readers. I'm pretty disappointed that this didn't work for me (I know for a fact that a lot of beauty bloggers can attest to its efficacy) because I really liked its effect on my skin.

If you're using this and are loving it to death or you think it's HG material, do share your comments below. I'd still love to read them :)

GoodSkin Labs products are available at Watsons
For more info visit https://www.facebook.com/GoodSkinLabs.ph

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Nanny Rose Giveaway Winner!

Almira de Villa

Congratulations! Please email your shipping address and contact deets to hello [at] kira-ramirez.com! Keep following Elegantly Wasted, we have more giveaways in store for you in 2012!

Image courtesy of Clara

Freeway x Lisa Macuja Collection

I totally had to share the news when I received this in my inbox. Just like every little girl, I wanted to become a ballerina, too! I took classes for several years, but wasn't able to pursue it full-time. But, admittedly, I still have a penchant for pink, tutus and ballerina-themed clothing. So, this new collection from Freeway is perfect! Am rushing to Freeway this weekend and am getting my grubby hands on this limited edition collection, and so should you! :)

Freeway loves Art. With its well-loved National Artist Collectors’ Series, the brand has already established its name in celebrating various forms of Art by bringing creative fusion of fashion and works of art of our National Artists—literature, visual art and fashion design.

And this time, Freeway embraces another form of art that brought pride to the country, Ballet.  Freeway pays tribute to Philippines’ prima ballerina, Lisa Macuja-Elizalde. Lisa is set to ease into retirement within the period of three years and will dance her last full-length “Swan Song Series” in a series of performances. The production kicked off last year with “Swan Lake” and “Romeo and Juliet”. The entire series will unfold in the next two to three years.

To support this significant event, Freeway created a special edition “Swan Song Series” sublimation tee- shirt that immortalizes the signature ballets of Lisa Macuja-Elizalde. This limited edition collection is now available in all Freeway stores nationwide.

Visit www.freeway.net.ph 
Connect with Freeway thru http://www.facebook.com/FreewayOnline Twitter @FreewayOnline
Also, check out www.balletmanila.com.ph.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Aha-mazing find: Neutrogena Fine Fairness BB Cream UV SPF 19+ PA+++

I've long sworn off BB creams because no matter what brand I use (imported or local, high end or drugstore brand), I always get pimples by the 3rd day. My skin is simply too sensitive and as such I've stayed loyal to my allergy-tested liquid foundation.

So when Neutrogena invited us to road test their newest skin care product aptly called Neutrogena Fine Fairness BB Cream UV, I was skeptical at first. My skin has just recovered from a major breakout caused by a product I tested back in December. But after careful consideration and seeing as this product was made by Neutrogena, a brand known for their skin-friendliness, I decided to just dive right in.

The new NEUTROGENA® FINE FAIRNESS® BB Cream UV provides instant fairness and blemish-free skin through special skintone-matching minerals. Because NEUTROGENA® is a strong advocate of healthy beauty, this BB Cream also contains the science of FINE FAIRNESS® to work within your skin and provide continuous whitening from the inside out.
Key ingredients: stabilized vitamin C, phyto-lily extract, vitamin B3 
Introductory price: Php 575 (regular price Php 720)