Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Poll: Do you use pure Vitamin C in your skin care regimen?


In effort to kick-start my anti-aging regimen, I recently adopted the use of Ciracle Vitamin Souce C-20 which contains the active ingredient L-ascorbic acid, an active and high quality Vitamin C derivative. Vitamin C is said to help in the regeneration of cells, lightens spots, brightens overall skintone, and also firms up skin. I have been using this on and off for a few weeks. I noticed some dryness in my cheek area, but I'll test this further before I post a review.

Do you use pure vitamin C in your skin care regimen? Which products/brands do you use? Did you notice any changes to your skin's overall health?

Please share your experiences with me in the comments! :)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Clinique Makati is Even Better!

Clinique Makati recently got a major face lift! I was invited to check out the new counter and I must say, it looks so much better and more inviting. Here's a quick tour:

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Happy Halloween from Komiki!

Last Friday, I found Komiki sitting upright in the sala where Pnut's cage used to be. She looked as if she was waiting for something. When I greeted her, she looked at me intently and then continued waiting. I told her, "Baby, Pnut's gone na. Come sleep na lang with Mommy." Then I carried her to my room. Aww...Komiki misses Pnut. All she does now is follow me (and my sister) everywhere, sleep, and keep to herself. She doesn't even play with the puppies. It's heartbreaking how dogs miss their own friends, too. :( 

Pnut and Komiki made a great team, they were always together and had a different dyamic -- sort of like a "you and me against the world" thing. Both of them did not get along with the other dogs in the house and preferred just hanging out together. Pnut and Komiki are both my own dogs and live in a separate part of the house. 

Anyway, I'm keeping up with tradition and still dressing my pets for Halloween. I'm not attending any dog parties though, I'll save it for next year. It's sad that I already bought Pnut's costume a few days before he passed away.

Can you guess who Komiki is dressing up as this year?

"Where is Pnut? I'm not too thrilled about these costumes..."

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Letting Go

As you all know, I've been worried about Pnut for the past 3 weeks. He just turned 10 this year, which is quite a feat actually, but that also means he'd be more prone to sickness and joint problems.

A few days after my birthday, Pnut started getting sick. Initially with fever, then his temperature dropped. He was confined and later diagnosed with liver disease. I knew from experience that liver disease is fatal, but I was hoping against hope that Pnut will get well and go back to his normal, energetic self.

I was so happy he was discharged from the clinic shortly after my birthday,
it was the best post-birthday gift EVER!
The last 3 days (October 21-23) days were critical: Pnut still had an appetite but the fluids were bloating his belly. According to the vet, his creatinine and SGPT levels are high and they have to lower significantly for his kidney to function well. Additionally, the bloating was also affecting and pressing unto the other organs. Pnut never complained nor cried out in pain, he would still greet me every morning and evening, running around even when his burgeoning tummy proved to be too heavy. He would lie down every once in a while and rest.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Mustela's Rebirth: The newly reformulated Mustela Bebe line

Though initially thought of as brand focused on baby care, I've recently discovered that Mustela is also great for sensitive and intolerant skin. Thanks to their sampling via Glamourbox, I was able to try the Physiobebe as a skin cleanser and makeup remover. Almost instantly, I became a huge fan. 

With the reformulation of their Bebe range and Sun Protection products, there is much to celebrate! Both now contains Avocado Perseose, an unprecedented new active ingredient discovered by the Mustela researchers at Expanscience Laboratories which acts as a shield against external stresses, thus protecting the skin's cellular reserve.

AVOCADO PERSEOSE - the new active ingredient of MustelaBebe and Mustela Sun Protection products. To make baby’s skin less vulnerable while protecting this unsuspected wealth of stem cells, the Mustela scientific team at Expanscience Laboratories found that this active ingredient is capable of both supporting the development of the barrier function and, even more importantly, protecting the reserve of cells against day-to-day stresses. Safely preserved, this cellular resource can continue to play its role of restoring and maintaining the overall balance in the skin throughout life.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Musings: Of dinners with friends and turning 32

I turned 32 last week. And every birthday I always have this joke about being an old, frumpy dinosaur:


I love this photo from Hongkong Disneyland last year, because really now, who doesn't love Rex from Toy Story? Plus I can re-use this several times until I actually become a dinosaur *wink*

In lieu of a big dinner or birthday celebration this year, I decided to have pocket dinners with friends several weeks before my actual birthday. I was on a budget, saving up for Korea and all, so having dinners with a max of 5 friends at a time actually made a lot of sense. Plus, I thought it was a great way to nourish and cultivate friendships, plus catch up with people whom I haven't seen in months.

I started 2 weeks before my birthday, some were lucky enough (*ehem*) to have one-on-one dinners with me (parang interview lang, haha). I'm still not done though, if only work wasn't eating up my time, I'd have dinners with friends everyday :D

So it started with Tony and Paola. As you all know, Tony has been my closest guy friend since time immemorial. He's my shrink, my financial adviser, almost a best friend actually. He's awesome and he's seen me through two boyfriends and even crying fits, we've been friends for a decade! It's embarrassing how he knows me so well! 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Kate Moss Fragrance Giveaway! - CLOSED

Good news, folks! Pnut is back and is recuperating at home. He did lose some weight but he's in better condition now. I'll write a more detailed post on this soon. To kickstart my blogging routine again (I have so much backlog and am still hungover from yesterday's wedding celebration), let's have another giveaway!

Kate Moss for Rag & Bone
Kate Moss has always been one of the style icons I've been following ever since her Calvin Klein days. Since being the poster child for size 0 (waifish) fashion, she has popularized the "boho-chic" look, has designed collections for Topshop, graced the covers of numerous glossies, released her own fragrance, and now she joins Vogue UK as fashion editor.

Thanks to Glamourbox, I am giving away a full-sized (50ml) bottle of Kate's first fragrance release aptly named, Kate.

Monday, October 14, 2013

I miss Pnut :(

After my birthday week, things started to get a little crazy. Work was overwhelmingly piling up, my cousin is getting married the week after and I was hard-pressed at finding a dress and complementing shoes, I haven't watched a movie since God knows when, I haven't read a book either in the past 2 weeks, and to top everything, Pnut got sick.


Pnut, my dedicated Chi of 10 yrs, was confined last Friday. He was previously sick with fever, then after 2 days of drinking Calpol, his fever subsided but his temperature dropped. He eventually stopped eating. We had our vet check him out at home and she said a confinement was necessary. I also asked the vet to administer a blood test to rule out heartworm. Thankfully, the results were negative but it seems like Pnut has a liver infection. He's now in Bulacan (my vet's clinic) recuperating and on antibiotics and IV.

I miss him dearly. This is the first time Pnut has been hospitalized, let alone been sick in 10 yrs. He's a tough cookie, so it was really a surprise to everyone that he got sick. Pnut always ate on cue, drank a lot of water, took monthly baths without fail and did no. 1 and no. 2 outside. He also works out a lot, too, and regularly runs around the garden chasing Komiki (the shih tzu) or just runs around to survey the area. He is the ideal chihuahua, if I may say so myself. Very obedient and independent.

So apologies to my dear readers, I don't feel like writing or reviewing products until Pnut comes home which is likely in the next week or so. I miss my little man, and I hope he gets well soon. If you love dogs as much as I do, please say a little prayer for Pnut tonight.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Shop "Pink" at VMV Hypoallergenics

One of the skin care brands I swear by has a great promo for October. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and for every purchase of VMV's "pink" products, a portion is donated to the ICanServe Foundation, Inc. Plus, you even get a pretty pink pouch for every Php2,500 purchase inclusive of any "pink" products. You can check out their "pink" selections here


Psst....if you're eyeing the pink suede pouch, you can even purchase it separately here. Yay!

For more information, visit http://www.vmvhypoallergenics.ph

Friday, October 11, 2013

Love's first bloom: Creed Fleurs de Gardenia

The House of Creed is a Paris-based perfume house established in 1760 and is one of the oldest family owned businesses in the world. A little research and I discovered that Creed has commissioned fragrances for royalty, celebrities, even political leaders and legendary businessmen. For example, Spring Flower was made as a signature scent for Audrey Hepburn, Prince Rainier of Monaco commissioned Fleurissimo (a classic floral bouquet) for Princess Grace Kelly on their wedding day, while Tabarome was favored by Sir Winston Churchill and President John F. Kennedy wore Creed's Vetiver (source). Some of  these commissioned fragrances are still sold today. 

The latest offering from this prestigious perfume house is Fleurs de Gardenia, which was created by sixth-generation master perfumer, Olivier Creed, alongside his son, Erwin Creed. 

Sixth-generation master perfumer Olivier CREED looks beyond our times to revive innocence and the first bloom of love with new Fleurs de Gardenia fragrance for women. In the French country workshop where his son, Erwin, works alongside him, Mr. CREED blends First Love gardenias, which grow only in pairs, to rewrite romance the way we first felt it: a pure, gentle, dreamlike reality of fluttering hearts and soaring spirits. Double Blush roses, lavender peonies and other gems chosen by the young generation of the House of CREED become the master perfumer’s portrait of how love was…and can be again.
Top notes: galbanum, blackcurrant buds and pink pepper 
Heart notes: gardenia, oriental peony, rose and lily of the valley
 
Base notes: cedar and patchouli
Encased in the signature hand-blown Creed decanter, Fleurs de Gardenia features a blushing light purple bottle that is distinctly feminine and romantic. There have been many interpretations of gardenia as a perfume (it's a scent that's pretty difficult to render), but the most fragrant and refined, I would have to say, is Creed's version. It's soft, beautiful, never heady. I spritzed this on my arm and immediately got hints of peony, patchouli, lily of the valley, even musk, but all are perfectly well-balanced. It's the perfect fragrance for those special moments with your significant other. I would't mind receiving this on Valentine's day :)

What's the most luxurious perfume you've ever tried? 
Share them with me in the comments!


Creed is exclusively available at Rustan's Department Stores. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Review: CYNOS Argan Oil THairapy

I've had my hair digipermed several times over the course of 3 years, and people comment that my hair is still very healthy. Needless to say, I take hair care very seriously. I am the type who doesn't scrimp on conditioner (I apply a whole LOT every time) and even apply pure argan oil to my hair to set them. 

A few months ago, I was sent a set of the new CYNOS Argan Thairapy comprised of a shampoo, conditioner, curl cream and a full-sized bottle of the Moroccan Argan Oil. 


For the uninitiated, argan oil is considered as liquid gold. It's a prized ingredient that contains chock-full of essential fatty acids, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals that promote healthy skin, hair, and nails. If you want to simplify or boost the efficacy of your current products, you can spike it with argan oil. Or you can even use it as is as a facial moisturizer, hair de-frizzer, or skin nourisher. 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sneak Peek: UNICEF Auction for Action 2013

In celebration of National Children's Month, UNICEF Philippines presents this year's Auction for Action showcasing 90 artists in art, design, furniture and jewelry, all to benefit the Supervised Neighborhood Play Program (SNP). 


Headed by Philippine UNICEF Special Advocate for Children Daphne Osena-Paez, the Supervised Neighborhood Play Program is a simple, low-cost and easy to organize home-based learning program where trained parent volunteers or day care workers gather young children in a house, a shaded play area or under a tree for two to three hours, every day for at least ten months to help children learn through organized play. UNICEF supports the SNP program in remote, conflict or disaster-affected communities and in informal settlements located in urban and rural areas.

“I have personally seen how play makes learning more fun and engaging through my own children and the children I’ve met during my trips with UNICEF. Play makes children happy and children who feel secure and loved usually do better in school, are more self-confident, have good self-esteem and are able to cope more easily with life’s challenges,” said Daphne Oseña Paez. 

“Children learn best through play so making learning fun encourages a child’s eagerness to learn. Children who have access to early learning are more prepared for regular school and are less likely to drop out,” said Tomoo Hozumi, UNICEF Country Representative.

We were invited to a the media preview early this week, and here's some of the amazing pieces that will up for auction on October 21-27 at www.ebay.ph/UNICEF:

Friday, October 4, 2013

Unboxing: Beauty SOS Glamourbox

This month's theme is all about providing quick fixes as well as lasting solutions to our common beauty woes: acne, aging, sparse lashes, thin lips, you name it and our Beauty SOS box will try to remedy it! 

In my unboxing below, you'll see some of my tried and tested brands which we're so excited to finally share with all of you. So let the unboxing begin:


Saforelle Gentle Cleansing Care P159.75/100ml (full-sized)
This gentle product from France is enriched with the calming properties of burdock that cleans and soothes irritations. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Vintage shopping at Le Caprice


One of my favorite people, Bestie, just launched her online store Le Caprice. Known for her quirky sense of style, Bestie offers quite a selection of vintage and cute dresses, tops, and bottoms.