Saturday, August 31, 2013

Review: Benecos Lipsticks in Marry Me and Purple

Happy Saturday, everyone!

Let me tell you about this wonderful brand called Benecos which is brought in by Canary Cosmetics, a local retailer for clean cosmetics. The duo behind the brand specializes in bringing in some of my personal favorites such as the hard to find such as BLeaf and 100% Pure. Benecos is their flagship brand. Canary supports skincare and makeup products that are healthier and gentler than their chemical-laden, synthetic counterparts.

Benecos is a German brand that was started in 2008 with the main goal of creating high quality natural cosmetics at affordable prices. All of their products are certified free from petroleum-based ingredients, do not contain synthetic & genetically modified ingredients, synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrances, ethoxylated raw materials, silicon, paraffin, or mineral oil derivatives. Additionally, the brand is also cruelty-free. 

I was sent two Benecos lipstick shades: Marry Me and Purple.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Poll: Is your skin spoiled?

"You've always had sensitive skin," says my Dermatologist of 10+ years, after consulting with her on my recent breakout from this known clinical brand that I had high hopes for. I've always known this to be true, but in recent months I've noticed that my skin has gone on overdrive and has become hyper-sensitive.

I'd get dermatitis on my forehead and around the nose area within 24 hours if I used something that my skin didn't agree with. Some milder products (like natural toners) would take longer, my skin would react in a week or two with red itchy bumps or dry patches. Why, even my lips would get annoyingly scaly after 3 days of using a certain brand of lipstick, my scalp would even itch within 24 hours if I used shampoo with SLS. And this is across the board, folks -- drugstore or high-end.
I wondered: Are the newer products stronger in formulation, or is my skin just really spoiled? 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The School of Satchel: New styles are out!

*Lifted from press release

Known for its handcrafted leather satchels made from genuine Philippine cowhide, School of Satchel or S.O.S., released two new striking styles this season: the Sam All­‐Leather Backpack and a reissue of the bestselling Pablo Messenger bag in two new colors.

The Sam All-Leather Backpack is unisex and measures 18" x 10.5" x 3". It is ideal for students and professionals who want to upgrade their casual wardrobe with a classic and sophisticated statement piece. It has a compartment for laptops and is fully-lined with suede.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Too Cool for School Dinoplatz Lost Identity Lip Color in Lost in You

I stumbled upon the newly opened Too Cool for School boutique in SM North Edsa and was immediately drawn to their cute [and slightly disturbing] artwork. Their product line is limited to a few skin care and makeup products, plus some travel organizers so I just decided to pick up two items that appealed to me at the moment.

I purchased the obvious: Dinoplatz Lost Identity Lip Color in Lost in You (Php 605) and the Play Cheek Angel Blusher in Lavender (Php 665).

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Yabu Opens at The Block, SM City North Edsa

Yabu is finally opening in the north! And I was one of the few of katsu fanatics invited to dine at the private food tasting event earlier today.

The back story....

Last week, they sent a newsletter to their subscribers announcing a contest wherein the first 20 who respond via email will win a FREE dinner at their newest branch in SM North. I was giddy and immediately sent in the requirements and crossed my fingers. That was on a Thursday evening. Five days later (by this time I have resigned to the fact that I might have lost), I got an email informing me that I was the 20th subscriber (lucky!) and my dinner is on the house! I can bring a plus one, too! Yay!

Here's sneak peek of the restaurant. These are all iPhone photos by the way:

We were told that we can order *anything* on the menu except for Kurubota which was not yet available. Oh well. I settled for my usual Rosu Katsu, Potato Salad, Houseblend Iced tea and the Oyster Set. Yup, that was all for me! :D

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Got dry, digipermed hair? Resuscitate it with 100% pure Argan Oil!

I purchased a bottle of 100% pure Argan Oil on a whim last year, and didn't really know what to do with it until Alex mentioned that it does wonders for dry hair (though it has numerous uses as well). Well, I wasn't too keen on applying anything oily to my already sensitive and combination skin, so using it on my dry ends sounded interesting.

Argan Oil as a hair nourisher & styling product

Argan oil is rich in vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids which effectively hydrates and nourishes hair. It has the capacity to penetrate the hair fiber and nourish it from within. As always, I didn't really expect too much from an oil. I had images of limp, greasy hair but continued to apply it to my strands at night before going to bed. After several weeks I noticed that not only was my hair a lot less dry, the curls were more defined.

Fast forward to 9 months later (June 2013), I ran out of this wonder product l and was too cheap to repurchase. I sort of forgot about it and only recently noticed that about a third of my hair (4 inches from the bottom) has become -- you guessed it -- majorly dry and frizzy! I've had my hair colored last June so that would explain the added stress to my tresses and scalp dryness.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Fruitful on the Youth Front: The new Pure Beauty Pomegranate Antioxidant Range

Following the steps of their previous releases: the Pure Beauty Super Brightening RangePure Beauty Youth Restore Black Pearl Range, and my forever HG conditioner the Pure Beauty Treatment Conditioner, Watsons recently launched its newest range of beauty products inspired by the healing and regenerative properties of plant extracts.

Night Cream, Serum, Toner, 2-in-1 Cleanser and Exfoliating Gel
The aptly named Pure Beauty Pomegranate Antioxidant line contains antioxidising Swiss Radicare, plus active natural and EcoCert ingredients and impressively does not contain parabens, lanolin or alcohol. The new Pure Beauty line promises to improve skin and give it a vibrant, healthy look, even halting the aging process in its tracks.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Ultimate Diamond Facial Giveaway Winner

Happy Sunday, dear readers!

It took me a while to finish checking all the entries to my Ultimate Diamond Facial giveaway (some didn't activate their email subscriptions to Feedburner, some didn't tweet, etc.), but finally I am announcing the winner. Sorry for the delay :)

The giveaway question:

How do you keep your skin in tip-top shape? Share your tried and tested facial exfoliating tips with us!

The winning answer (followed all the mechanics properly):

Jawaher Banico

I shall be emailing you this week with instructions on how to claim your FREE Ultimate Diamond Peel session. Keep your eyes peeled :)

Image courtesy of Clara

Friday, August 16, 2013

Avon Ultra Color Lipsticks: Lava Love, Knockout Pink, Hibiscus, Carnation

I'm giddy over these releases from Avon, their new reformulated Ultra Color Lipsticks come in gorgeous colors and leave lips smooth and moisturized. Here are a few of my favorites from the line: 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Solo x Manix Abrera’s Kikomachine for Pinoy Cartoonist Memorabilia Series

The first time I heard about Kikomachine was from Krissy late last year. Apparently she is a huge fan and even lent me one of her comics. Just a few pages and I was laughing hysterically, I can't believe I just discovered him recently. For the uninitiated, here's a quick background on Kikomachine:  
Kikomachine is a comic strip showcasing the everyday life of your typical Pinoy featuring themes that are very common and relatable such as commuting, dating, college life and more. What makes them hilarious is that they are presented in an exaggerated manner, highlighting Pinoy trademark qualities as it goes along. 
As for the 8 main characters, they are a set of odd, lovable characters who are nameless but each with distinctive qualities such as the guy with the spiky hair, the girl with the shaved head, the guy with the glasses and goatee, and so on. Wondering how they refer to one another in the comic strip? They just simply call each other “pare”, “tsong” or “ano”. When asked why the characters he created are nameless, Manix said that he couldn’t think up of names, so he just left it as it is. 
Today, Kikomachine is compiled into 9 books and also appears daily in the comics section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. With his growing fanbase and continuous support from his fans, Manix continues to strive making Filipinos laugh everyday with his talent through Kikomachine.
Good news for all Kikomachine fans out there, Solo has collaborated with Manix Abrera to bring you their newest Pinoy Cartoonist Memorabilia collection. Check out the designs below:

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Glamourbox Flash Sale: 25% off ALL products

The first Glamourbox flash sale is happening on August 15-16! It's two whole days of shopping at 25% discount! If I were you, I'd grab the Empro Triangular Brow Pencil (review soon!), FACE Atelier Ultra Foundation, and the Models Own Nail Polishes.

So just visit tonight at 12mn and use the code 


at checkout. Happy shopping! :)

Important: The flash sale is not valid with the ongoing POP Beauty Cabaret promo

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Red Carpet Beauty Fair at Robinsons Dept. Store

Stock up on your favorite products at this month's "Red Carpet Beauty Fair" at Robinsons Department Store. The products below are just some of the products you can get at special prices, plus expect freebies and other perks as well!

Unilever Philippines

  • Get a FREE Tresemme Hair Treatment at Creations Salon for every purchase of Tresemme Shampoo & Conditioner – Smooth & Silky, Thermal Recovery and Anti-Hairfall 600ml (available in RDS Galleria, RDS Festival Mall Alabang, RDS Ermita, RDS Metroeast and RDS Magnolia) Duration: August 1-31, 2013
  • Get a FREE Red Clutch and a chance to win P5,000 worth of shopping spree at Topshop when you buy Tresemme Keratin Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner. Duration: August 1-31, 2013
  • Get a FREE Red Glossy Bag and a chance to win P5,000 worth of shopping spree at Topshop when you buy P750 worth of Ponds Masstige. Duration: August 1-31, 2013
  • Get FREE Tote Bag when you buy P500 worth of Ponds White Beauty. Duration: August 1-31, 2013
  • Get FREE night shirt when you buy P500 worth of Dove products. Duration: August 1-31, 2013
  • Get FREE Tote Bag when you buy P300 worth of Creamsilk Conditioner. Duration: August 1-31, 2013
  • Get FREE 3 sachets of Sunsilk when you buy Sunsilk Shampoo. Duration: August 1-31, 2013
  • Get FREE Shades when you buy 2 Rexona Roll-on or 1 Rexona Aerosol. Duration: August 1-31, 2013
  • Get FREE Shoe Bag when you buy P250 worth of Unilever Philippines Men Products. Duration: August 1-31, 2013

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Holika Holika opens in Manila!

Holika Holika is finally in the Philippines! I was invited to the intimate blogger launch last week and spent a good 4 hours inside the store. The launch was hosted by Jon Uy of Blogger Circles, and I also met Mrs. Belinda Valentino, President of Anibela Corporation and master franchisor of Holika Holika in the Philippines.

The first Holika Holika store is located in SM Fairview and the team will open up more stores before the year ends. Here's hoping they open a store in the SM North and/or SM Megamall soon because SM Fairview is just too far for me :)

Here are photos of the store (I have a lot!), enjoy!

Monday, August 5, 2013

The CLEAN Perfume Launch

After being on hiatus for 2 years, CLEAN Perfume is now back in the Philippines! I was cordially invited to the intimate blogger launch last week, and I couldn't be more excited to know more about their new fragrances.

CLEAN was ahead of its time when we introduced our first fragrance in 2003. CLEAN dreamed of a different kind of perfume with a scent that was fresh and pure–inspired by a simple bar of soap. And ten years later, CLEAN’s innovative scents evoke a sense of the simplest pleasures in life: Warm Cotton, Fresh Laundry, Skin and others. 
CLEAN believes in keeping everything you need and nothing you don’t. CLEAN’s products offer high-performance ingredients, eco-conscious packaging and hypoallergenic formulas.
As you all know, I am quite picky with fragrances -- nothing too heady or cloying, please! I have always admired CLEAN's selection though, their perfumes are always crisp, sophisticated and unpretentious.

Friday, August 2, 2013

OOTD: Kittens and Polka Dots

I was really excited to attend the Holika Holika launch as I've always lurked around their stores in Singapore, mainly because their stuff is so innovative and well, cute! So, I felt inspired and whipped out a playful outfit for the launch today in SM Fairview.

I'll write a separate post on the store itself one of these days. I still can't get over it as of writing, there were so many products I wanted to take home and I promise to go back soon or order stuff online.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Physiogel Intensive Cream: Relief for very dry skin

I've always seen Physiogel products in the department store but never got around to actually purchasing one. Good thing one full-sized tube was included in my Bridal Bliss Glamourbox. I wasn't keen on using it on my face for fear of breaking out, so I decided to use it on other parts of my body.

PHYSIOGEL™ Intensive Cream is a hypoallergenic, high lipid moisturising cream that provides natural lipids in a unique Derma Membrane Structure (DMS) base. Perfect for long lasting hydration on very dry, irritated and sensitive skin.
Price: Php 574.50/50ml 
Key benefits: 

  • Contains high levels of natural lipids to hydrate very dry, irritated and sensitive skin.
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Contains no colourants, perfume and preservatives

There's really nothing much to say except that it works! Unscented and emollient, its concentrated formula effectively moisturizes my heels, elbows and hands. I now use this every night before going to bed. Nice to know that I "discovered" another product that is really useful (yet affordable!) in my Glamourbox. 

Have you tried the Physiogel Intensive Cream? 
What do you think of it?

Disclosure: I work as the Business Development Officer of Glamourbox. The Bridal Bliss Glamourbox was given to me for PR purposes, this is not a sponsored post.