Sunday, April 28, 2013

How to replace your Majolica Majorca Pressed Pore Cover refill

My Majolica Majorca Pressed Pore Cover has hit pan. I was looking at it today and initially had no idea how to replace the powder. Usual compacts have a teeny tiny hole on the bottom where you can insert a pin to remove the pan. I started tinkering with it -- even tried using a knife to pry it open -- and I discovered how to remove it all by accident!

Let me share it with you below:

Friday, April 26, 2013

Ensembles’ Wear My Design Competition Year 2

*lifted from press release

Calling all aspiring designers! 

Have you ever dreamed of having your designs being sold in Ensembles stores nationwide? Following the success of the first WEAR MY DESIGN Competition last year where 5 winning dresses comprised Ensembles' Spring 2013 Collection, the innovative brand is ecstatic to announce the next installation of this much anticipated contest starting on May 1 to June 30, 2013! 

If you have an eye for fashion and a creative mind, then this is definitely for you! All you have to do is submit a dress prototype of your design together with an application form. All submitted entries will be uploaded to Ensembles’ Facebook page for voting. Winning entries will be featured in the Spring Dresses 2014 Collection. Five lucky ladies have already gotten their dreams come true with the last year’s contest. 

There will be 8 grand winners. Each winner will receive cash and gift certificates from Ensembles, plus Special Gift packs from our wonderful partners VMV Hypoallergenics and Piandre Salon. Each winner shall also be given one produced dress of his/her design (in his/her choice of color and size.) The winning pieces will be reproduced by Ensembles for the Wear My Design 2014 Spring Dresses Collection and the name of the grand winners will be featured on the Ensembles Wear My Design hangtag. 

Learn more about ‘Wear My Design’ Competition mechanics and rules at Like Ensembles Facebook page (  Follow Ensembles on Twitter and Instagram @EnsemblesOnline.

Monday, April 22, 2013

A dose of emerald green with ANNY

Summer calls for bright and flirty nail colors, and I'm glad that the folks over at ANNY sent me this gorgeous nail polish called "Crazy Shot." I used it this weekend at our Tagaytay getaway and was impressed with its long-wearing and quick-dry formula.

Crazy Shot is a very flattering emerald green color that would suit both fair and darker skin tones. It's exclusively available at Make Up Factory.

What's your nail color of choice this summer? 

Friday, April 19, 2013

India Travelogue: Jaipur (Day 1)

So now we are nearing the tail end of my India trip. After a quick breakfast at the hotel, we visit the Fatehpur Sikri Palace Complex which was enroute to Jaipur.

Built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. The complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style, includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

You're Invited: The Biggest VMV Skin Soirée of The Season!

Now's the time to hoard your favorite VMV products!

When: April 18, 2012 8am-9pm 
Where: VMV Skin Research Centre + Clinics 
117 C. Palanca St., Legaspi Vill. Makati. 
Contact: 811-2449 for details

See you there!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Still loving my ombre 'do + my hair care essentials

Is ombre hair still in style? I honestly haven't been to a salon since my digiperm back in November 2012 and I haven't had my hair color retouched since my JuRo visit last September. My hair is longer now (and the heat is getting to me), but my ombre color is still intact.

Just wanted to show you how my hair looks like now. Last September, I specifically told Rose (the other half of JuRo Salon) that I wanted a low maintenance ombre color that would grow out naturally. I wasn't a fan of the half dark and half blonde ombre styles (with the obvious demarcation line), I just wanted something low-key. So here it is, 7 months later:

Friday, April 12, 2013

Eye of Horus Mascara Giveaway Winners!


Michelle Magramo
Gizette Cao

Congratulations! Please email your shipping address and contact deets to hello [at]! Enjoy your new Eye of Horus Mascaras!

Image courtesy of Clara

Monday, April 8, 2013

Share: What's your take on the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate?

I got this little thing as a GWP freebie 2 weeks ago. I've heard so many good things about it and it has admirably earned the score of 4.0 from MakeupAlley. I still haven't opened mine as I'm a bit apprehensive about the purported oiliness but I'm curious to know if it worked for you guys.

So let me know in the comments below, okay? Yay or nay?

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Soothe & heal rashes with VMV's Red Better Flare Up Balm

If ever you're experiencing annoying rashes due to the 35 degree heat or because you love wearing jeans too much and are experiencing chafing, then I would highly recommend the VMV Red Better Flare Up Balm.

Two weeks ago I started getting these rashes on my posterior because I kept wearing jeans to work and I had to walk a good 20 minutes to get to the office. It was such a no-brainer, wearing pants to work and all, and my legs started to get these pesky rashes that were rather uncomfortable (I kept squirming in my seat :-/) from the denim rubbing against my thighs.

Red Better Flare-Up Balm contains:  
- Monolaurin, monocaprin + monocaprylate (coconut fatty-acid-derived anti-microbials): target demodex folluculorum, Helicobacter pyloris and other rosacea-triggering microbes. 
- Several anti-inflammatories: potassium azeloyl diglycinate (a gentler azelaic acid derivative which also reduces cathelicidins), monolaurin + antioxidants.- Sulfur: proven treatment for rosacea-related papules and pustules. 
All in a rich, deeply hydrating + soothing balm.  
Also ideal for irritations, inflammations, redness, bites, itching, rashes + microbial infections from allergic/irritant reactions; seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea, eczema, atopic/contact dermatitis + some other medically-managed conditions.
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate, Neopetyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Laurate, Steareth-2, Steareth-21, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Sodium Phytate.
Price: Php 1,890

Saturday, April 6, 2013

My summer picks: What are yours?

Is it really how nowadays or what?! I'm the type of person whose t-zone perspires all the time due to the heat or change in temperature. So every so often I have to tweak my makeup routine to match the weather and end up "rediscovering" my old favorites.

So here's a short list of products that I've been using as of late. Feel free to add your own in the comments section.

1.  Clinique Derma White Bright-C Liquid Makeup with SPF 38 PA+++

I still had a bit of this left which I purchased on Feb of 2011 (see how economical I am, haha). The texture is very watery and easier to spread (compared to Skin Savvy's which is thicker and more cream-like), plus it gives a brighter but translucent natural finish. It has SPF bragging rights, too! To all the oily-skinned girls reading this, I would really recommend this as the formula is not heavy plus it nixes sweat and oil.