Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Join the healthy pet food revolution now!

Okay, everyone knows how much I love Pnut (who sadly passed away last year) and of course, my dearest Epsilon. Dogs are my life! I love them to bits and will gladly sacrifice beauty-related expenses just to make sure Epsilon and Komiki are healthy and well-fed. Remember that time when I brought Komiki to the vet and spent almost a small fortune on blood work and meds?! Prevention is always better than cure, so I really advocate choosing the right vet, the right dog food, treats, and supplements.

Epsilon says hi!
In 2010, I wrote about Bow & Wow (it was a new store then) and the thought of having a healthy store for pets was unheard of -- but I was seriously ecstatic! If we spend so much time preening ourselves and being careful of what we consume, shouldn't it be the same for our pets since they are considered as family members as well?

Bow & Wow is the first all-natural pet food store in the Philippines. I like visiting because they take all questions seriously and they have an assortment of premium, additive-free, and preservative-free pet food from the USA. Plus, they also have a great selection of quality grooming products, toys, and accessories for happy and healthy pets. Pet Care Advisors here are either a diploma-holder of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or a licensed veterinarian.

Now, Bow & Wow is urging everyone to join the pet revolution and be aware of what you feed your pets! As not all pet food brands are created equal, pet parents need to be more selective and aware of what they feed their precious four-legged babies. This really fun video (with a catchy 90s song to boot!) stars Bow the Dog and Wow the Cat and educates us on the importance of choosing the proper diet -- go for organic, natural, and nutritious alternatives rather than over-processed food with by-products and low nutritional value.

Want to star your little one in the next Bow & Wow music video? 
The Promo: Sing and Rap Like Bow and Wow

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Absolute fave: Kiele Baby Cologne

Previously featured in my "Robbing the cradle: My fave baby products" entry, Kiele has been a mainstay in my bag, room, and gift list. I've been giving them out to friends and relatives (and yes, even to my AXA clients) because everyone needs to arm themselves with an anti-mosquito product that smells great. 

Kiele offers a refreshing scent for all ages that is as safe as it is pleasant. Infused with all natural Citronella and Neem Oils and crafted using carefully selected ingredients from France, it serves as both a great everyday cologne and mosquito-repellent in one. 
Price: Php 199/100ml

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Review: Oseque High-End Touch Makeup

Hi, Ae here again from An Artechoke guest-blogging for Kira! I hope you’re not tired of my mug yet, as I’ll be reviewing a face product for Elegantly Wasted today (of course, we'll never get tired of your guest blogs, Ae! :) - Kira)

Kira sent me this beautifully packaged product to try and share my thoughts on. I have been a fan and long time user of Korean cosmetics and although it’s my first time to encounter the brand, I couldn't be more excited! Oseque is a brand of nature-friendly skincare and cosmetics from Korean company Songhak, and the High End Touch is one of their newer makeup products.

High End Touch 21 features a new concept roller applicator that provides hands-free application for fresh coverage. Simply press the applicator for the amount needed. The formula contains extracts from plants and fermented nutrients to keep skin moist and hydrated from within. Depending on the angle of the light, High End Touch also highlights the contour of the face for a 3D reflection effect to make the face look smaller and blemish-free. The soft illumination prevents skin looking from shallow and maintains natural skin tone during the long wear. High End Touch is more than a foundation. It's a multi skin care product that reduces wrinkles, brightens skin, and blocks UV rays. It also restores elasticity and glowing health to skin.
Price: Php 2,995/30ml (inclusive of 3 Oseque High-End Touch, 3 puff refills, and free Victoria Sunglasses)
Availability: http://oshopping.com.ph/

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Review: Recipe Crystal Sun Spray SPF 50 PA+++

This is my second post on the products I received from O Shopping, the newest lifestyle shopping show which is aired 24/7 via Channel 11 of SkyCable and Global Destiny. It also airs late nights at ABS-CBN. You can read my first review on the O' Care Dry Shampoo here

We all know that sunscreens are a non-negotiable part of our skin care routine. Proper application not only help block harmful UVA and UVB rays, but also effectively prevents premature aging, fine lines, and wrinkles. I also know that a lot of people still prefer to skip this step as typical sunscreens do feel icky and heavy, to mention really thick and pasty. 

Enter Crystal Sun Spray, a Korean product that makes the application of sunscreen super easy and fun! 

Transparent Spray Sun Block (SPF 50+, PA+++); No stains and lumps; Convenient to use sun spray – use before/after makeup, anytime and anywhere, and can be applied to a wet skin; Refreshing Feeling – Soft skin without the feeling of stickiness; Continuous moisture and cooling effect; Softer skin without the stickiness of the regular sun spray; Can be used as facial mist and makeup fixer
Price: Php1,995 (inclusive of 4 x 150ml products) 
Availability: http://www.oshopping.com.ph/

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Review: Decadent Coffee & Dead Sea Salt Scrub by Jarful of Goodness

Can you survive without a good ol' cup of joe in the morning? The aroma of coffee just instantly perks anyone up! Now imagine the same inviting warm smell in a body scrub -- yes? YES, please!

Jarful of Goodness came up with another fabulous body scrub (thanks for sending a jar over, girls!) that not only awakens your senses but also provides anti-aging, skin exfoliating, and moisturizing benefits. 

This uber yummy-smelling salt scrub has all the goodness of coffee, coconut oil and dead sea salt, making it antioxidant-rich. The combination of freshly ground coffee and dead sea salt results to moisturized, young-looking and glowing skin. This wonderful scrub can: effectively exfoliate, moisturize dry skin making it silky smooth, slow down skin aging, repair damaged tissues, boost up the energy, replenish the skin with minerals that help restart the signalling process that slow down with age, plus minimize the appearance of cellulite TEMPORARILY.
Price: Php 310/200ml 
Availability: http://www.jarfulofgoodness.com/

Friday, September 19, 2014

First impressions: Eden's Paradise Whitening Blue Salve

I woke up at 6:00 AM today excited for my training at AXA Philippines (I'm on my last leg of training) when our manager texted that today's session is cancelled because of the strong rains. While I would normally enjoy this particular respite from work (I can catch up on sleep and relax, what joy!) my brain, however, is up and about and now I can't sleep! Does anyone else have this problem? My brain is on hyper-drive right now. Epsilon and Komiki are asleep beside me though.

Anyway, I have so many Glamourboxes on my counter! What do you do with yours? I've used some as storage containers for lipsticks, accessories, and other knick knacks. Any other more creative ways to re-use them?

Speaking of Glamourboxes, the Beauties and Babies release is probably one of my favorite boxes aesthetics-wise. I love the design of the postcard, how the pinks and blue labels and packaging of the samples mesh well together, and of course I love the contents -- it's really a great selection of hypoallergenic brands that I am so excited to try! So, here are my first impressions of the Whitening Blue Salve from Eden's Paradise, a relatively new brand that I had the pleasure of meeting when I was scouting for brands to join the box (FYI, I handle BizDev at Glamourbox).

This is technically not a new innovation as it reminds of the Bikini Bomb of another brand which I haven't tried but my sister is a fan of. It's orange in color and the function is very, very similar to this.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Rave: Belo SunExpert Sunscreens

You know how sometimes you tend to forget/neglect those products that you use on a daily basis? Sometimes I get so focused on reviewing the "new arrivals" and "new releases" that I forget practical ones that have taken permanent residence in my skin care routine. 

One such product is the Belo SunExpert which I got from my Special Edition Belo Glamourbox. Granting, I'm a drugstore shopper through and through but I've never even tried these nor even thought of purchasing them even when I've been seeing them on the shelves for years (and they were in the hard plastic cases back then). I just though that they weren't compelling enough to buy, but now I'm so glad that I finally got to test them!

Anyway, I've been using these especially the body variant since I got the box and even brought it with me to Singapore last August. To cut the long story short, the Belo SunExpert Face Cover SPF 40 (Php 329.75) and Body Shield SFP 60 (Php 459.75) broad spectrum sunscreens are winners in my book! They're both positively non-sticky, and are absorbed really well by the skin. You know how other sunscreens (even though they're called sheer and non-greasy) still leave a little bit of sheen after application? If you have oily skin like mine, this supposed sheen is a dealbreaker because it makes me feel icky and still contributes to shine later on. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Philippine Airlines: Your Home in the Sky

I've been flying PAL since birth, and I thought it would be nice to share their new #FeelAtHome campaign. Growing up, my Dad used to tell us to become Flight Attendants (obviously I didn't heed his advice) but my sister ended up working for PAL and has been there for the past 8 years (!). So technically, PAL has been with me through my travels to Mindanao (where my Dad is based), to my memorable trip to India, and to the winter wonderland called Korea.

I am so excited to travel to more countries with Philippine Airlines!

Experience true Filipino hospitality with our flag carrier, Philippine Airlines - your home in the sky.

Visit the Philippine Airlines Facebook page for more info. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fall in love all over again with Avon's Sweet Honesty

I've always known scents to be such a strong memory stimuli. A whiff of certain perfumes transports me back to memorable points in my life: from my cavalier college days, to my first job, to animated summers in the province, each scent I've favored reminded me of important facets in my life. It is why I think it's important to grow and discover your own signature scent. As we mature, our tastes change, and so does our fragrance choices.

Avon, the company for women and leading fragrance provider, has partnered with the world’s leading fragrance makers and celebrities for its wide range of signature scents. Avon joins us in another life journey as they release 2 new Sweet Honesty variants to accompany the iconic Sweet Honesty Classic.

Probably the most longstanding Avon fragrance I could remember, Sweet Honesty has always been present during my childhood. Though I wasn't a fan of the warm musky scent, I'd remember my older cousins spritzing Sweet Honesty while getting ready for school (or a night out with the girls, or for a date!) and I'd sit on the edge of the bed and watch them as they twirled and giggled.

Loved primarily for its playful, flirty, and timeless scent, the Sweet Honesty Classic takes women back to that exciting feeling of attraction, when they first met and fell in love. It offers the warm musky scent that's been popular for decades.

Sweet Honesty Moments rekindles the fondest memory of love with the juicy scent of pomegranate, blended with lavish lilac, rose, and jasmine.

Sweet Honesty Forever is a unique scent that brings back that unexplainable feeling of optimism and excitement, while waiting for your one true love. It delivers the feminine scent of everlasting florals and scintillating fruits, with just a hint of warm musk. This is a modern and more playful scent. Love this!

To order your own Sweet Honesty fragrance, head over to www.avon.com.ph.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

My Sunday Ritual: Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

Clay masks are one of my favorite beauty products and I've been using them since college. Being a drugstore shopper first and foremost, I've been a loyal user of the St. Ives Mineral Clay Firming Mask, and only recently I tried to switch it up by using the Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

Ask anyone about their fave Innisfree products and they'll either name the Green Tea Seed Serum or Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask. These are cult-favorites the world over and it's no wonder that people were literally scooping them up at my last Innisfree visit in Singapore

In general, clay masks are used to purify and detoxify pores, get rid of sebum, exfoliate, tighten, and clarify skin. These clay masks from Innisfree are popular because it contains volcanic ash clusters which are the purest form of clay. Jeju volcanic pore clay is a rare material that's only available in Jeju Island, it was created by the lava that was hardened when the volcano erupted 5,000 years agoVolcanic ash contains active minerals such as sulphur that helps the body resist bacteria, remove sebum inside pores and impurities that can cause skin trouble.

Monday, September 8, 2014

My 2nd IPL + V-Blush Treatment at Strip Manila

Last July I was able to try Strip's IPL and V-Blush for the first time (collectively called IPL Ace) and instantly became a fan. With only 1 session, I was hairless for more than 3 weeks -- imagine what several continued sessions can do! Being hair-free certainly couldn't have happened at a better time as I traveled to and from Singapore last August and I didn't have time to fuss about what to wear. The freedom of wearing anything you want at any given time is just priceless, wouldn't you agree?

Needless to say, I was very excited to have my 2nd treatment. It's advised to have the IPL + V-Blush done every 5-6 weeks for optimum results, and as per usual an average of 6 sessions is recommended. This time, Striperalla Jasmine attended to me who is well-trained and has been with Strip for 3 years. I do have my favorites -- Narlie, April, and Cristy, for example, has been waxing me for the last 3 years -- but I'm confident that each Striperalla is well-trained so I didn't really mind.

As mentioned in my previous blog post, while undergoing the IPL session you'll experience a little bit of heat and there may be very slight stinging with every pass. I think the sting depends on how coarse and dark your hair is, but it definitely wasn't as sting-y as let's say Revlite (if you've tried this you'll know that it feels like a rubber band is being snapped onto your skin several times).

In this post, I want to concentrate on the V-Blush treatment which aims to tighten, lighten, and rejuvenate the skin, even reducing fine hair. Though I mentioned before that I didn't notice any immediate difference after V-Blush, turns out the smoothening and lightening effect kicked in a week later.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

New discovery: O' Care Dry Shampoo

Has this ever happened to you: you take your sweet time dining with friends during lunch hour at your favorite restaurant then as you start prepping for that important meeting afterwards, you notice that your hair smells like food! Worse, the smell lingers even after you've retouched your makeup. How embarrassing right?

Sometimes as the day goes on, we also end up with smelly hair caused by smoke, pollution, and perspiration (especially when you commute); for some (like my sister), hair becomes oily by late afternoon. And if you've got that important date after work, well, you can't just sprint home and wash your hair again now, can you? Thank god for dry shampoos! 

I've tried dry shampoos in powdered form (non-aerosol) which I found to be more affordable but the powder grains are too large and they turn my scalp too white; I've tried a high-end salon aerosol dry shampoo brand but the scent was too flowery for me, it gave me a headache! My most recent discovery is O' Care Dry Shampoo from Korea which is exclusively distributed by OShopping, a new lifestyle shopping show which is aired 24/7 via Channel 11 of SkyCable and Global Destiny. It also airs late nights at ABS-CBN. They kindly sent me a few pieces which shall be up for grabs soon (giveaway alert!). 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Join the LuLu Makeup Workshop

Need to know the basics of skin care and makeup application? Join the LuLu Makeup Workshop on Sept. 20 which will be facilitated by dear friend Donna of My Lucid Intervals

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To join: 

1. To enjoy the affordable workshop fee of only Php 600, you just have to purchase at least Php 700 worth of makeup products (palettes included) at http://shopsui.weebly.com/lulu-makeup.html

2. You have the option to add another Php 700 to avail of the popular Charm Holiday Brush Set

Topics that will covered at the workshop: 

  • Proper skin care
  • Skin types discussion
  • Finding the correct foundation shade
  • Daytime/natural look
  • Evening/smokey look
  • False lashes application

For inquiries and reservations, contact lulu.makeup@yahoo.com or 0922-8242758.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Wonder Paws: 100% All Natural Handmade Dog Shampoo Bars

When you're a paw-rent, you only want the best and the safest for your little fur-babies. So when Wonder Paws sent me a couple of bars for Epsilon and Komiki, I was ecstatic! I love it when brands actually do their research and send products that are relevant to me, my family, and my doggies.

Wonder Paws currently offer 3 soap variants that are all made with natural ingredients and infused with natural oils that not only clean and detangle doggie fur, but also helps alleviate certain conditions.