Wednesday, August 20, 2014

MAC Nail Transformations Collection...

If you love collecting nail polishes then this collection from MAC will definitely make your heart skip a beat.  Well, mine did! (Though I don't really collect nail polishes...yet!)

MAC teamed up with Marian Newman, a former forensic scientist, to come up with a collection of nail lacquers and topcoats designed to give your nails a stylist twist. Choose any base color then use any of the top coats and have fun in coming up with endless possibilities of colors and effects.

To give you an idea, here are some photos from Janine of Imabeautygeek (check her blog post here) showing how amazing these top coats are:

She used this Revlon black polish as base

And look how the color transformed with each of the top coats from the collection:

 Now, isn't that amaze-balls!?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Hairstyling Product I Don't Think I Can Live Without…

Do you have fine, limp hair like I do?   If you do, what hair styling products do you use to give it some volume? I've tried wax, gels, mousse and hair sprays but most of them just makes my hair looking greasy at the end of the day. Also if I used too much (which happens a lot), I just end up getting the opposite of what I'm trying to attain. And some can be such a pain to wash off your hair.  So yes, I came to a point that I had enough of these hair styling products.  But with my hair this short, I don't think I can just give up that easily.

When I had my last haircut last July, the hairstylist recommended a product which according to her is so good, she has no doubt  that I'd like it. I was skeptic at first, thinking that she's just trying to sell me some products, but she said she'll try it on me after the haircut so I can see it for myself.  And so after trimming my hair and giving life back to it after a not-so-good styling from another salon, she used the product on my hair while it's wet and blow dried it a bit. My hair really got volumized which is usual after a blow dry.  But what really had me sold was when I was able to style it by just running my fingers starting from my nape going up. Tumayo ang hair ko! It was like I've used hair wax.  I then gave it a few scrunching and some twirling and whoa, my hair was actually keeping up. I can feel some texture on my hair but it's not something heavy or greasy.  It just makes styling it a lot easier!

So what product is it? It's the:

 Davines Sea Salt Primer For Wizards
(AED 70)
Gives texture and lots of volume to hair, as well as some control: for that casual uncombed look with the dry and full body effect typical of beach hair.

Now I'm not sure why it says For Wizards but I guess it really has some sorcery in it, as it truly does magic on my hair. Hehehe!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Product Review: Dermalogica After Sun Repair..

Do you like basking out in the sun to get a nice tan but hate ending up feeling toasted and red all over?  I once experienced getting sunburnt and it was really not a good thing at all.  My skin felt so irritated and sore.  It's so painful, and the peeling after? Ugh, terrible!  From then on, I try to stay away from too much sun if possible.  

During my vacation in the Philippines last April, me and my family went to the beach.  My sister who is so fair wanted to get a tan so she decided to get overdosed under the sun.  She did get a tan but it was mostly on her bottom, LOL!  Her ass (at least the part not covered with her bikini) went from being too red to looking like it has been toasted.  She was complaining the next day because her skin feels so sore, sensitive and burning. We didn't have any aloe gel to relieve the discomfort at that time so we just made her apply some lotion.  It did help a bit, but only for a short time.  We were laughing so hard because she said she can't even sit properly because her ass feels so irritated.  

When I went back to Dubai and got a few gifts from our friends from PR, I wished I have gotten it sooner.  Why? Because it includes this:

Dermalogica After Sun Repair
(AED 175)
A cooling treatment balm to remedy damage from exposure to UV sunlight. This lightweight gel helps calm skin and reduce irritation induced by sunburn.

It contains Chamomile, Clove, Cucumber, Szechwan Pepper, Lavander and Yuca. It also contains extract of Japanese Alder which scavenges free radical and accelerates the repair of UV-induced damage after sun exposure.

When I got back to Dubai and summer started kicking in, I told my husband not to ask me to go to the beach as I would say NO right to his face. Hahaha!  So I thought, I won't be able to use this at all.  But I was wrong.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

How To Cook: Pork Kinamatisan...

I know it's been a while since I last posted my cooking here but if you're following me on IG and FB, you'll see that I still cook (a lot!) during weekends.  I usually cook 4-5 dishes because I have to make sure that the husband has something decent to eat even when I'm away.  If not, he'll resort to canned tuna everyday.  Ah men, they can be really lazy no?

Anyway, here's a dish that I got from Girltalk. Apparently this dish is famous with my fellow girltalkers. And after trying it for ourselves, I know why.

This is called Pork Kinamatisan.  It's kinda similar to Pork Sinigang, but this one's a lot easier to prepare.

The ingredients are:


For this, I used 6 big tomatoes. More tomatoes, much better!

1 Kg Pork Ribs

I opted for ribs because the bones help to make the dish tastier.  If you want, you can also use pork belly.

5 large Green Chilis, chopped.  It's the same chilis you use in Sinigang

You can put the chilis whole but I prefer them sliced to get that extra spice.

 Fish Sauce

This dish is by far the easiest one I cooked.  It is so easy to prepare. 
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Charm Double Duty Makeup Brush Set...

When I was still doing makeup for clients, I buy makeup brushes often.  I hate having to clean my brushes right in the middle of a makeup session so I make sure I have a lot of extra brushes with me each time.  Now that I've stopped having makeup gigs, I can say that buying makeup brushes became the least priority when it comes to my "kikay" shopping.

But I guess I am just one lucky/blessed girl, because I still get to have a new set of makeup brushes without me buying.  I am one spoiled girl to have my Sample Room family and Sophie of BeautyandMinerals because they sent me my newest makeup brush set, the Charm Double Duty Makeup Brush Set.  And mind you, this is just one of the stuff they have in that huge SampleRoom Summer Loot bag!  If you are following me on Instagram, you'll know what I'm talking about. (wink)

Anyhoo, let me start bragging (tee-hee!) about my new baby..

It comes in this cute pink brush roll which is made of the same material that they use in their makeup brush belt. It doesn't look cheap and it can be cleaned easily so you don't have to worry about stains.

Inside, you'll get 4 dual-ended brushes and a lip brush with cap, so you get a total of 9 full-sized brushes.

It has flaps on all the sides so you can also put other brushes and they will all be tucked in safely inside the roll. Instead of a velcro strap to close, this one you just have to tie and for me, it makes it more dainty and cute.  

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