Sunday, November 30, 2014

First Look: Eye of Horus Brow Define Pencils

Eye of Horus, known for their vibrant Goddess Pencils that are virtually smudge-proof and waterproof, has now released another eye-catching product -- their Brow Define. For brow-sessed (thanks, Ae, for this word!) ladies, this is something you gotta get your hands on.

These retractable pencils are as slim as they can get, and of course come in the typical Eye of Horus goddess colors of gold and black. 

Brow Define slimline pointed tip contours and fills in color with controlled artistry for perfect arches. Add shape, colour, and definition in one streamlined tool. Use brush on reversal tip to shape for perfect Goddess brows. 
Size: 0.08g 
Price: Php 950

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Rave: Browhaus HD Mascara

Have you ever curled your lashes to perfection, only for them to flop down once you've applied mascara? This has happened to me so many times I've almost lost all hope that I would find a mascara that would last all day, maintain the curl, and not give me panda eyes after a long day at work. I've tried drugstore brands as well as niche brands abroad, but as they say, "Close, but no cigar". 

And then Tab Abad (Managing Director of Browhaus) handed me their new HD Mascara which I've heard so many good things about. Could this be HG material? Read on below to find out!

First things first, the Browhaus HD Mascara (Php 998/8ml) comes in its own fun, scribbled packaging. It promises long-lasting curl, smooth clump-free application, and boasts of a long-wearing waterproof formula. It contains clay minerals and waxes that is said to resist tears and sebum, ensuring that lashes stay lovely and curled for hours. It's also safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hello, Barre3!

I've been thinking about working out for many years. Notice that the operative word is "thinking" because although there are so many options available now in my area, I would always blame my work schedule and lack of time just to push back exercising. The idea of exercising --- ooh, chiseled abs, a well-toned back -- was enticing but the thought of actually heading to a gym? I was too lazy for that.

Anyway, now that I am switching careers and at the tail-end of my current job, all of a sudden I had the luxury of managing my own schedule and allot time for working out. So last Monday, I decided that I would troop to Barre3 at The Fort before my evening meeting.

Why Barre3?

Barre3 is a combination of yoga, pilates, and ballet. When I first visited their studio two years ago at the Fort, I met Des (one of the yoga teachers) and I remember her inviting (nay, challenging) me to try Barre3, however at that time I wasn't interested. But as I am a very emotional being, I remembered her kindness and her warm welcome. I also took up ballet when I was younger and so anything with ballet thrown in has a special place in my heart, so I immediately booked 3 classes for only Php 1,500.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

No foaming net? Use the Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Foaming Face Wash

There's been a foaming face wash takeover at home. Though I do love my cream cleansers, sometimes when my skin is oilier than usual I reach for a proper foaming facial wash. For the last 2 weeks I've been reaching out for my Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Foaming Face Wash which was sent as part of a PR gift pack.

Specially formulated to give you clear, problem-free skin, a soap-free, daily use foaming face wash that spreads smoothly over your face and removes excess oil and impurities without over-drying. Neem, well-known for its purifying and antibacterial properties, kills problem-causing bacteria. Combines with Turmeric, it helps control acne and pimples, leaving your skin, soft clear, refreshed and problem-free.
Price: Php 189/150ml

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Rediscovering Venus & Mars Naturals

The blog has been sort of on remission for the past 4 months as you'd notice the posts have been more sporadic and reviews have been farther and farther apart. I've been in training with AXA Philippines since August and it's been quite a fun and interesting ride, but the juggling of 2 jobs has proved to be more exhausting than I initially imagined. It's doable but exhausting, and so I have decided to just focus on one for now. The thing is, the transition is also taking longer than expected and is somewhat dampening my spirits. 

Anyway, the first order of business is to get back to blogging and catch up on backlog. So this is one of the posts that's been lingering in my hard drive for quite some time. Though it's short and not a full-on review, featuring natural indie brands has always been quite a pleasure for me and this time around I'm going back to my old fave -- Venus & Mars Naturals

Thursday, November 13, 2014

My 4th IPL + V-Blush Treatment at Strip Manila

Just a quick update on my ongoing IPL Ace treatments with Strip Manila. I'm now on my 4th session and I'm very happy to report that hair is now finer and sparse in some places. Skin has also improved, it's now lighter and smoother. To be quite honest, I always look forward to having my monthly sesh since being hair-free in itself for a good 4-5 weeks is such a great deal already (the length of time will depend on your hair growth).

And if you find yourself at the Strip Manila Greenbelt branch, do request for Jasmine as she has the lightest hands ever. She'll thoroughly take care of you during the treatment and she's such a joy to talk to also. 

Anyway, if you're looking at spoiling yourself this Christmas, I would highly recommend availing of the ongoing promo of Php 20,000 for 6 IPL Ace sessions (that's 6 each sessions of IPL and V-Blush). Pretty good deal, yes?

Strip Serendra
2nd Floor Serendra Bonifacio High St.
Bonifacio Global City Taguig 1634
T 632 901 0892

Strip Greenbelt 5
4th Floor Greenbelt 5 Ayala Center
Makati City 1200
T 632 501 3997

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Wake up to younger-looking skin with L'Oreal Revitalift

There is an ongoing joke at home that I might never age because of the creams, oils, and other anti-aging concoctions I try (and let my sister and Mom try as well -- I have yet to convince my Dad to hop on the anti-aging bandwagon). But really, I believe that it's always better prevent the signs of aging by employing an effective skin care regimen and applying sunscreen at all times. My Mom made me start in grade school by virtue of using a water-based gel moisturizer and sunscreen every day. So thanks, Mom! :)

But for those who are just starting their skin care regimen now or are already looking at addressing the signs of aging, you're in luck! We have so many products now with advanced ingredients that can easily deter aging and improve skin tone. It's a far cry from the [limited] selections I grew up with. Read on and learn more about the new additions to L'Oreal's popular Revitalift line. 

Firm, tighten, and achieve that youthful V-shaped face with this ingenious product. This all-over face serum contains caffeine to reduce puffiness and best applied after toning your skin. It's recommended to apply this in an upward motion starting from your neck, jaw, or cheeks in order to help tone and "lift" your features. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Finally! My Chia Seed Oil Arrives!

In my last post, I blogged about the ongoing fascination with facial oils specifically Chia Oil. I really, really was hellbent on purchasing the famous Supercritical Chia Oil from One Love Organics but I found it to be too expensive for my budget at the moment. Add the fact that I had 2 bottles of Kosmea Rose Hip Oil still waiting in the wing, it didn't seem wise to spend/experiment on another facial oil product. 

Side note: At this rate, is there any chance I will still age with all the facial oils I've been using? Kidding.