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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Virginia Olsen HD Mineral Mattifying Base

Yes, you guessed it right, I still haven't given birth yet. Haha! Well I'm already very anxious but there's really no other choice but to wait. I've been advised by too many people to keep walking to help naturally induce labor. So that's what I've been doing. I've been out of the house every single day since last week. I'm also taking this time to try out several beauty products to share with you guys.

One of the products that I tested to review was Virginia Olsen's HD Mineral Mattifying Base. I was given a small sample to try out. I remember they said that this is actually even better than other "branded" ones. Plus it really is organic.

The texture is very smooth; it's very finely milled which is great because I feel like this helps in making it look more flawless on the skin. Also a small amount is necessary to cover the entire face. I used this after applying my sunblock and before applying anything else. This served as a primer.

I wanted to test how effective it is in keeping oiliness in check so I decided to take before and after photos. These are photos I took before leaving the house at 11am. Like what I mentioned, I only used a small amount after my sunblock and decided to use Virginia Olsen Foundation in Shady Lady after applying the mineral mattifying base.

As you can probably tell, my skin really looked matte. No oiliness and even dewiness.

I went to do a couple of errands, went to four different branches, went grocery shopping and perspired quite a lot too. I decided not to retouch anything just to see the result of my little experiment.

I got home at around 7:30pm, so after more than 8 hours with no retouching whatsoever; here's how my fae looked like.

I gotta say I still look okay even though I already looked tired and haggard. Haha! I find that my face is still quite matte which really surprised me to think that my face has become oilier ever since getting pregnant! (Blame it on the hormones, I guess.)

 Here's a side by side comparison:

Aside from my face getting darker (I have acidic skin so my makeup normally oxidizes and becomes darker), I would have to say, it stayed pretty matte. So far this is the only product that has done that- to think that it's in powder form! Wow.

I also feel like it's photo friendly too. It didn't give me any white cast and because of the smooth texture of the powder, it made my skin look quite nice too. I'm very impressed and really contented with this product. I  plan to purchase a whole jar after I run out. Yup I highly recommend it to girls with oily and combination skin. So far, it has never disappointed me. :)


3 out of 3 Schnauzers

Disclaimer: Product is given by the company. All information written are based on my experience and are my 100% honest opinion.

Robinsons Beauty Fair 2013: Pretty in Pink

Yes it's that time of the year again! Robinsons Department Store together with Cosmopolitan Magazine bring you Pretty in Pink Beauty Fair 2013.

What's in store for you? Let me break it down. :)

For Makeup:
P200 off on Lucent Magique and any L'Oreal Paris Makeup
Duration: Feb 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24

20% off on all items P 250 and above
Duration: Feb 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24

Buy 2 lipsticks for P600
Duration: Feb 1-28

Blue Light Sale: 30% off on all items
Duration: Feb 1, 2, 15, 16, 22 and 23

Double points on Empire Cards for every purchase on any liner except crayon liner and brow

Cover Girl
Up to 40% off on selected items
Duration: Feb 1-28

Buy P 1,500 worth of IN2IT products and receive an “Elegant piece of jewelry for FREE”
20% to 50% off on selected items
Duration: Feb 1-28

25% off on selected items
Buy 1 Take 1 on lipgloss
Duration: Feb 1 to April 30

For a minimum single purchase receipt of P 599, customers get a free concealer
(dark all mineral blush, all nail polish, tone concealer spice)   
Duration: Feb 1 until supplies last

Nail Enamel at 50% off for every purchase of the new ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick

Get any of the following 2Way Compact Foundation at P 200 off for every purchase of the new ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick

25% off on selected face products
20% off on selected products
Duration: Feb 1 to 28

Ever Bilena
Free Ever Bilena heart pillow for every minimum purchase of P 350 worth of Ever Bilena, Careline, Pink Water, Black Water, Baby Cussons item
Duration: Feb 1-28

Buy any of the 3 featured Ever Bilena Lipsticks (Matte, Extreme & Prolongwear) for a minimum purchase of P 200 and get a free DEA compact powder (Chestnut shade only)
Duration: Feb 1 to April 30

For Perfumes:
Escada (Duration: Feb 1 – 28)
25% off on selected items

Charriol (Duration: Feb 1 – 28)
30% off on selected items

Kenzo and Givenchy (Duration: Feb 1 – 28)
20% to 25% off on selected items

Kenneth Cole (Duration: Feb 1 to March 21)
Buy 1 Take 1 on selected fragrance

BLVGARI, Ferragamo, Issey Miyake, Jean Paul Gaultier, Narciso Rodriguez, Elie Saab
Buy 2 bottles for a special promo price
30% discount on selected items
Duration: Feb 1 - 28

Burberry, Lanvin, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift
Bundling on selected items
Duration: Feb 1 - 28

Marc Jacobs, Madonna, Taylor Swift, JLo
Bundling and GWPs on selected items
Duration: Feb 1 to March 21

David Beckham, NAUTICA + Kate Moss, Kylie Minogue, Esprit, Iceberg, Ferrari
Bundling on selected items

Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani, Guy Laroche
20% off on selected items
Duration: Feb 15 - 17

For Skin Care:
P 100 off on all special care
P 150 off on White Perfect Laser
Duration: All weekends of February
Buy 1 Take 1 on discontinued items
Duration: Feb 1 - 28

Free Total Repair 5 Daily Rinse Treatment 50mL for every purchase
Duration: Feb 1 - 28

Free Light Complete 20mL for every purchase
Duration: Feb 1 - 28

15% off on Care, 10% off on Cleanser and Toners
Duration: All weekends of February
Free Hydraenergetic Multi-Action 8 5mL for every purchase of 100mL cleanser
Buy 1 Take 1 on discontinued items
Duration: Feb 1 - 28

Buy 1 Take 1 on shampoo and conditioner 80mL
Duration: Feb 1 - 28

Buy Light Night Cream 50mL, get Light Day Cream 50mL at 50% off
Duration: Feb 1 - 28
10% off on Body Naturals
Duration: All weekends of February
Buy 1 Take 1 on selected items
Duration: Feb 1 - 28

Complete 6 stickers and get a free couple watch

Buy P 200 worth of products and get a free vanity pouch
Buy P 100 worth of Dove Bath soap or Dove Bodywash and get a free Dove bath gloves
Duration: Feb 1 - 28

Buy P 250 worth of Cream Silk rinse off products and get a free satchel bag

Buy P 200 worth of Sunsilk products and get a free tumbler
Duration: Feb 1 - 28

SENSODYNE Repair and Protect
10% off on Sensodyne Repair and Protect
ASTRING o SOL Freshmint
10% off on Astring o Sol mouthwash
P 37 off on selected Listerine 250mL 
Duration: Feb 1- 28

Buy P 300 worth of Ponds products and get a free make-up brush set and a chance to win a romantic dinner date with Daniel Matsunaga
Duration: Feb 8 to March 8

Get a free Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleanser for every purchase of Hydro Boost Water Gel
Duration: Feb 1- 28

Buy any Safeguard or Olay Body Wash and get a free bath puff

OLAY Total Effects and OLAY Regenerist
Get a free Camay bar when you buy any Olay Total Effects or Olay Regenerist cream
Duration: Feb 1- 28

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Special Moments with SM Babies

Recently, I was invited to a different kind of event. I'm usually invited to beauty events because I'm a beauty blogger and a makeup artist. I was surprised to receive a wonderful invitation to a baby event. Obviously, my top priority now is my baby and making sure that we have everything we need for her. It's very overwhelming for a first time mom like myself, but thank goodness SM really got it all for us. Even before the event, I have already purchased quite a lot of stuff from SM because of the price and the variety they offer.

SM Babies formally launched SM Babies and the event was held at the Peninsula Manila. Since I was already about to give birth, I asked my husband to accompany me "just in case."

The entire room looked so dainty. I loved the design and decor that they put in the room. Did I mention there were lots of cupcakes too? With my sweet tooth, you could just imagine how excited I was to munch on a cupcake.

The event was hosted by Issa Litton. She looked stunning and was quite entertaining. She's a mom herself so I did feel her sincerity when she talked about moms taking care of their kids and wanting to spend almost every moment with them.

The three endorsers of SM Babies were called to share their baby stories with us. Lexi Schulze, Amanda Griffin-Jacob and Andi Eigenmann were interviewed and were kind enough to share their favorite times with their kids.

They 4 categories of SM Babies: Special Moments were also discussed. They talked about bedtime, playtime, baptismal and party time. SM indeed has everything for all these occasions. And you know what's perfect? They're so easy to find and so affordable too! That's why these moms love SM.

SM Babies put together a photo exhibit called Special MomentsPilar Tuason, one of the country's most sought-after photographers, shot 14 of Metro Manila's loveliest moms and their little bundles of joy.

Marta Araneta and Tristan

 Juana Manahan-Yupang and Rosanna

 Tin Dychiao and Xavi

 Isabel Olondriz-Murd and Brooke

 Maia Martinez-Hing and Matt

 Andi Eigenmann and Elle

 Rosanna Ocampo-Rodriguez and Alejandro

 Delamar Arias and Cooper

 Angela Yeo and Helena

 Rose and Manu

Nicole Hernandez-de los Angeles and Jaime

 Georgia Schulze-del Rosario and Katia

 Grace Barbers-Baja and Alessi

Emillie Yupangco and Emilia

Here's my only photo from the event. Haha! I was too busy looking at the gorgeous people around me and checking out some of the items of SM Babies.

Oh and before the event ended, Christian Bautista serenaded us. And I have to agree with what he said, "Moms are the most beautiful women in the world."

Here's a little preview of what SM Babies have in store:

I plan to go shopping some more after I give birth. I'm so excited! Honestly, shopping for babies is so fun! Just look at all the cute clothes and little mittens and boots. I swear, it's so so much fun that I have to really control myself from buying too much. I promised myself to go shopping once Robyn is already here. So I'm looking forward to that! :) Wee! Thank you SM and ARC PR for the invite to this fancy event!

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Simple Valentine's Day Look

Hi everyone! Was finally able to film another tutorial. I've been quite preoccupied and I've been out of the house all the time. I've been trying to walk and walk and walk to help induce labor. We're so excited to hold our baby but she hasn't come out you see.

Anyways, I was able to film a simple Valentine's Day look in preparation for the upcoming Love Day. My hubby and I actually don't have any plans that day. Our main goal is my delivery so we haven't really thought of Valentine's. Well if I were going out, this is a makeup look I'd go for. I usually prefer a day to night date look because we usually go out and spend the entire day together.

Products Mentioned:
LuLu Makeup Beverly Hills Palette
Victoria's Secret Mega Makeup Kit
K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner in Super Black
Fairydrops Volume Burst Mascara
Virginia Olsen Light Matte Bronzer
Mememe Boho Balm in Pink Rouge
Etude House Secret Beam Highlighter
NYX Round Lipstick in Tea Rose

Other Products Used:
Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer
NYX HD Photogenic Primer
Snoe Hyperfunction FOnd de Teint + Serum in Ivory Beige
Avon Glimmerstick Eyebrow Definer in Dark Brown
K-Palette Zero Kuma COncealer #01
Flawless Sheer Powder
Maybelline Pur Minerals Compact Powder in B01

Tools Used: Available at
Charm Vegan Crease Blending Brush
Megaga Eyeshadow Brush from Megaga 10 Preimere Set
Suesh Blending Brush
Charm Blending Brush from Charm Travel Pro Set
Charm Crease Blending Brush
Suesh Flat Eyeshadow Brush
Sephora Professional Heated Lash Curler (bought abroad)
Virginia Olsen Blush Brush
Charm Angeled Eyeshadow Brush from Charm Travel Pro Set
Charm Stippling Brush from Charm Travel Pro Set
Suesh Retractable Lip Brush

Take note that even though I said that it's a Valentine's Look, it doesn't mean you can't wear this look any day. ;) Do share a photo if you decide to rock this, ok? Happy Valentine's everyone! May your whole year be filled with love and happiness! :D

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Sephora Heated Lash Curler

Hi everyone! First of all, Happy Chinese Year to all my fellow Chinese! :D I'm actually spending it with my family. I was hoping I would have already given birth by this time but I guess the little one doesn't want yet so yes we're still waiting.

So anyways, I wanted to talk about one of the things that I talked about in my 4th Quarter Favorites video- Sephora Heated Lash Curler. I got this last December when my husband went to Shanghai for business. My sweet hubby decided to visit Sephora and picked up this handy tool!

When he gave this to me, he told me that he heard me mention that I wanted a Heated Lash Curler. Well actually I did mention this before but I didn't really feel like I needed it. But anyways, H gave it to me as pasalubong. :)

The kit include the heated lash curler and a brush/comb to clean it. I'll tell you why in a bit. :)

Unlike the usual lash curler, you don't need to "pinch" your lashes anymore to curl it. Think of it as a flat iron or curling iron for your lashes. It's heated so it should actually keep the lashes curled longer. What I do is I start from the base, I hold the curler there for a few seconds around 10 seconds and then hold it onto the mid-section of my lashes for around 5 seconds and finally the tip for around 8 more seconds. This makes sure that each part of my lashes are held up.

Like what I said earlier, it comes with a brush to clean the curler. This is important and I clean it everytime I use it because it says that you have to apply your mascara first before curling the lashes. I don't quite understand the concept why but after applying my mascara, I give it a few seconds before curling- just to give the mascara time to dry.

By the way, the heated lash curler only needs 1 AA battery and it's pretty easy to assemble. You also need to turn it on and wait for a minute or two for it to be warm. So what I do is I turn it on before applying my mascara. Then after which, it's ready to use!

Here's how my lashes look like. Yes I have very sparse and short lashes. :/ Wasn't able to take a "side" photo though. 

And when I got back home, I asked my husband to take a photo. Take note that this was after 12 hours upon application.

Look how curled my lashes are! It's still sky high! I love it! :D

I'm extremely satisfied with this lash curler. I use it all the time! Even though it takes a little bit longer than just curling with an ordinary lash curler, the result is still worth it! I highly recommend this. I can't compare it with other heated lash curlers though because this is the only one I've tried. I would love to test another brand but I now understand what the hype is all about! :)

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