Sunday, September 30, 2012

GlamourBox: Unveiling the best in beauty!

Ever wanted to try out some products but you held back just because 1) you're not too sure if they would work with you and 2) you don't want your hard-earned moolah to go down the drain just like that if in case it turned out to be a boo-boo?

I must admit I've spent a huge amount of money from trying out a lot of products in the past, buying them in full sizes only to end up giving them away, or worse, throwing them out.  Before I even became a blogger, I've been experimenting on stuff (makeup and skincare) to find those that will work for me.  It's basically some sort of trial and error as we don't have blog reviews in the past, the way and as much as we have them now.  Not all brands offer samples, and if they do, it's only when you've already bought from them first. 

I've read about subscription sampling boxes that are becoming "in" abroad.  And good news, we now have one here in the Philippines...called Glamourbox.

So what is Glamourbox? 
Glamourbox is the first premium online beauty subscription in the country, providing Filipinas with the best way to discover the latest beauty trends from across the globe. 

How it works?

1.  Become a member by visiting and choose your subscription plan
2.  Every month you've subscribed, you'll receive a carefully curated box with 5 de luxe samples delivered right to your doorstep. No additional shipping and/or handling fees!
3.  Experience and share your beauty finds to the rest of the Glamourbox community
4.  If you love the item/s you got, you can purchase the full-size product at the Glamourbox online boutique

Sounds fun?

Well, here's what's more fun and exciting:  the samples will be a surprise!  You won't know what you'll be receiving, so it's like getting a birthday present each month that you have subscribed!  For only Php595/month, you'll get a well curated box of 5 deluxe samples from premium and niche brands that are up to 3x than what you've paid for.

But take note, the number of boxes are limited.  So make sure you've signed up for their first round which is their November box starting October 3, 2012 by going to

So yes, for as little as Php595 a month, you'll get the best of beauty trends from around the globe. No need to commit to buying the full sizes first.

Join the Glamourbox community by liking their Facebook page at and you can also follow them on Twitter (@GlamourboxPH)!

Remember to sign-up for their first box (for November) starting October 3! 
I'm excited myself. Let's share our beauty finds, shall we?


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NOTD: Dripping paint...

The first time I saw samples of this nail art design, I've wanted to make one for myself.  But honestly, I had no idea how to do it.  I first thought I just need to leave a huge blob of polish and let it drip by itself.  But I didn't know it's a lot easier than I thought.

Here's how:

First, I applied by base coat.  I find this a very important step, as it really helps prevent my nails from turning yellowish.   Next, I applied 2 coats of the pink polish (Max Factor Glossfinity).  Let it dry.  Then I apply a thicker coat on the tips of my nails (Max Factor mini nails in purplish blue), no need to make sure you apply it evenly.  Now for the dripping effect, drag the polish from the tip going to the base using a dotting tool. 

Again, let it dry and then apply top coat.

I swear, this is easy.  So far, this is the easiest among all the nail art designs I've tried.

I hope you like it!

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Friday, September 28, 2012

What's new at Shu Uemura...

First off, is the most uh-mazing matte lippies to date:

Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte
Beloved rouge unlimited in extremely matte yet creamy texture with comfortable moisture feel on lips that achieves intense color payoff.


guess what I got for myself?

These babies got to be the most amazing matte lippies I've ever tried!
Matte, but moisturizing!  One reason I'm not fond of lipsticks is they tend to make my lips dry.  But these ones don't!  

and also, the cutest bag ever is here:

Shu Bag
(with the equally cute, Karen of Shu Uemura)

You can get this uber-cute Shu bag for free for every minimum purchase of Php8000. Stocks are limited so get yours now. 

with Sophie and Shen at Shu Uemura counter at Rockwell

so what shade did I get?

Pink, of course!

Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte in PK931

I know I have too many pink lipsticks already. But I just love how creamy this one is!  Easy to apply, color stays true (despite me being acidic) and it's stays on!  It's a nice bubblegum pink, and it does remind me of my favorite Bazooka bubblegum!

and here's my cutest eco-bag, which of course, is not really an eco-bag!

so shala, no!?

it does have a button so your stuff are still safe

It also has a button outside so you can fold it when not in use

Again, this cute bag is limited and you can get one for every Php8000 minimum purchase.  I'm pretty sure you won't have a hard time reaching that amount because Shu Uemura has a lot of great products.  Try out their newest skincare, the Tsuya Skin and of course, grab their rouge mattes.  I'm sure you won't regret it!

And the Karl Lagerfield for Shu Uemura is coming out soon!  
Will surely keep you posted.  

Thanks Shu Uemura Philippines for these fab gifts!

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Avon Tweet Treats Promo!


How are you my dearies?  I bet everybody's excited for the weekend, I am!  I am going home to my family in the province so it will be another weekend of endless eating and bumming.  (laughs) 

Here's some good news from our favorite household name when it comes to beauty:

AVON is having an exclusive Twitter promo until tomorrow, September 29. Be one of the first to try out their newest Ultra Color Brilliance lipstick at a very special discount, and get a makeup or fragrance product worth Php199 for free!

Here's how:

1.  Follow Avon Philippines' official Twitter account (@AvonPH) and Avon’s Beauty Ambassadors – Anne Curtis (@annecurtissmith), Shamcey Supsup (@supsup_shamcey), Jasmine Curtis (@jascurtissmith),Angel Locsin (@143redangel), and Sarah Lahbati (@SarahLahbati).  
2. Watch out for the official “Tweet Treat” tweets from Avon and its endorsers inviting readers to get the Ultra Color Brilliance lipstick for only Php199 (Regular Price Php375), and get a freebie worth Php199 by showing their tweet to any Avon branch nationwide.

3. Print out a screen-cap of the tweet you’ve spotted (one will do!) or use your mobile phone to take a screen-cap and show the tweet to staff at any of the Avon Branches nationwide, OR you may ask your Avon Lady to present it for you.

Avon’s newest lipstick simply explodes with brilliant, multi-dimensional color for the most exquisite lips! Your pout will be so unbelievably dazzling from every angle, everyone will want to take one more look.
Rich color is blended with Avon’s new color reflect technology –Prismatic Pearls that reflect light in many different ways to deliver 125% more scintillating sparkle, and work to compliment your skin’s undertones. Get that shimmering pearl finish for lip color that looks like it was made just for you.
Price: Php 375.00
Available Shades: Crimson Twilight, Berry Glitz, Pink Paparazzi, Rouge Luxury, Brillant Ruby, Sumptuous Cerise, Sienna Sparkle, Vermillion

Take note that there's no limit! Just bring your print out or the screenshot of the tweet and purchase until the promo's over.  Remember, you have until tomorrow!

Make sure you follow @AvonPH on Twitter to instantly get the latest updates on Avon products, causes, events, and endorsers! There will be more tweet treats to come, and you don’t miss them. You can also like them on Facebook and  watch their videos online.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Family dinner at Kitsho Japanese Restaurant and Sake Bar...

If you're following me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, you might have seen my posts about our family's stay-cation last weekend.  My mom's based in the province while me and my sister are living  (separately) here in Manila.  Me and my sis don't get to go home that often, so Mom tries to make sure that we still get to spend some time together by coming over here in Manila. Usually, we meet for lunch then some shopping (if budget permits, LOL) and then dinner, before she goes home.  If mom misses us too much (laughs), we'd spend the entire weekend in a hotel for a whole lot of eating, goofing around and more eating!

Last weekend, we stayed at one of our fave hotels here in Manila, the Traders Hotel.  We just so love it there because we feel so much at home.  The staff, from the guards, to the people at the reception, up to the waiters and even the managers are so polite and accommodating.  It's as if we're just in our own home back in the province.

It was almost 9pm when I arrived at the hotel, so we decided to have our dinner at Kitsho Japanese Restaurant and Sake Bar.  It wasn't our first time, I guess it was only my 2nd...but whenever we are craving for good Japanese food and there's no time to go out of the hotel, we go to Kitsho.

they serve cold towels so you clean your hands/face, but you can also request for hot towels 

house tea

I am not fond of house teas, but theirs is an exemption! I usually ask for a soda but when in Kitsho, I can get away with just their house tea


I initially thought it's just Baguio Beans, LOL!  I tried it and loved it...I think I ate most of it.  I also thought it's for free.  

Uni sushi

This is a must-eat for mom and sis whenever we go to a Japanese resto.  But sorry, I don't eat it.  I've tried, but I didn't like it.  They say it's really good.  But no, I am not fond of anything slimy. And yes, I hate Okra too!

Fish Sashimi

I'm not sure if I tried this.  But mom likes it.

California Maki

I forgot what salad this is.  Mom usually asks the dressing to be separated. It's really good. We had to order another one.

Fried eel skin

Apparently, it's a pulutan.  This is also yummy!


It's obvious, we love raw food.  But no, I'm still not eating that Uni sushi.

Chicken Teriyaki, my must-have at Kitsho

Asparagus wrapped in bacon

I prefer the one in Teriyaki Boy, though.  This one's kinda dry but still good. 


My sister's a bit sick (good thing not in the head, LOL) that weekend so we made sure she gets a good noodle soup.  I prefer my soup to be a bit spicy so I added a lot of red pepper.

I think this is the chicken with salt and pepper.  A bit dry, but still okay. I just prefer food with sauces, that's all.

And of course, we had desserts:

Roasted Banana with Vanilla ice cream

I was only after the ice cream, though.

Green Tea Matcha ice cream

Again, here's what we had for dinner:

Yes, we love to eat A LOT!
But it's just so unfair that I'm the only one who gains weight.  WAAAH!
I kept on complaining that my clothes don't fit me anymore, or that when I smile, I can already see the moles on my face without having to look at the mirror..but I still eat like there's no tomorrow most especially when I'm with my family.  Actually, kahit kelan naman. (laughs)

My apologies for not being able to provide with you the actual name of the dish and its price.  I'm not really a food blogger, but probably I should try to be one since I'm fond of food.  So yes, I'll take note of those things next time. 

Kitsho Restaurant and Sake Bar 
Traders Hotel
3001 Roxas Boulevard
Pasay City 1305

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New Crocs, New You Phase II!

Last June, CROCS held a styling workshop with Laureen Uy and presented the winner for the New Crocs, New You contest.  Fast forward this month, CROCS launches the New Crocs, New You Phase 2 and added Camille Co and David Guison in its roster of  brand ambassadors.

David Guison and Camille Co

CROCS Brand Ambassadors: David Guison, Laureen Uy and Camille Co

New Crocs New You II (NCNY) being a digital-driven campaign, also has an interactive minisite that aims to find the fashion identity of the fans with the help of course, of Ms. Laureen Uy.  

The minisite also comes with perks and promos and a chance to win fabulous prizes such as a weekend getaway for two at Shangri-La Hotel, an iPad and discount vouchers.

Cool, huh!

Crocs is also launching its latest collection, the Fall Collection 2012 with more than 100 models and colors to satisfy the fashion cravings of men and women, even kids!

“Our fans and the soon-to-be Crocs converts will definitely like our latest collection. The world knows our brand as a go-to comfort footwear, but we want to tell everyone that Crocs are now designed with fashion in mind.  We’re ready to surprise everyone, and still want to hear more comments like - really, these are Crocs?” 
 - Franco Limjuco, Vice President of Six Degrees, Crocs local distributor.

Take a look at Crocs' Fall Collection:

for Women:















for Kids:


















for Men:








for Unisex:


So cuuteee, di ba?  I want those rainboots...for kids! 

So what are you waiting for, visit the minisite and join the contest.  Who knows, you might just be one of the lucky winners of their cool prizes. 

Visit and Crocs Philippines on Facebook and @CrocsPH on Twitter for additional information

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