Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Estee Lauder Makeup Artist's Portfolio: Swatches + Initial Thoughts...

One thing I love about Christmas is that some people would actually ask you what you want to get as a gift.  And at times like this, you better say what you really want!  Forget about being shy and voice out your heart's desires.  

Actually, those who really know me don't really have to ask me what I want. They should know already. It's makeup and it doesn't really have to be a high-end brand. Like, seriously!  I started my collection with local brands, even those being sold at bangketas!  (laughs) Well, any gift would do.  As they say, it's the thought that counts!

For today, let me show you one of the gifts I got from my Mom who actually didn't get surprised at all when I told her what I want...

Estee Lauder Makeup Artists' Portfolio Palette
(Holiday 2013 Collection)

I can say that this is the most bonggacious palette I ever got as a gift.  I originally asked for the set that includes a gold clutch but according to Mom, it's already sold out.  She didn't say she got me this instead so when she showed me what she'd be sending me when we Skype'd, I shrieked and literally jumped for joy!  

And I mean, who wouldn't be so happy!?  I guess for somebody who loves makeup so much, this is something worth jumping for. Geesh, I'll even do somersaults if I could! 

I tried searching for swatches of what's inside this gorgeous palette, but I wasn't able to find any.  So I figured, I'll show you instead.  

Monday, December 30, 2013

Holiday Makeup Look: Icy Silver...

Hi, loves!  I'm back with another makeup look that you can wear for parties you might be attending this New Year's Eve.  And obviously I have no idea what to call this look, but I sure hope you like it!  The makeup, I mean..not the title!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Ultraflesh Shinebox Highlight and Shimmer Collection...

I remember going gaga over shopping at Strawberrynet some years ago.  I think that's where I got my first NYX products.  Aside from they offer an extensive selection of beauty products, they also offer amazing deals and discounts that I don't think nobody in their right mind would be able to resist.  Or maybe, it's just me.  Bleh!

Anyways, when I got an opportunity to try out a product from one of the brands they offer, I immediately said yes.  Besides, that's what my blog is for: trying out new stuff and sharing it with my dear readers (that's YOU!), with a promise that the reviews are mine and would remain unbiased, despite the product being sponsored.  

Ultraflesh Shinebox Highlight and Shimmer Collection, $39 (now on sale at $32)

Honestly, it's my first time to encounter this brand.  Maybe it's more known in the US or somewhere else.   

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Dining at P.F. Chang's….

One thing that I look forward to weekends is dining out.  I've been doing a lot of cooking lately and like my Mama Wheng, there are days when I could no longer think of what to cook.  If there's something like a writer's block, then I guess there's also such thing as a cook's block!?

Ugh, I'm sure you get my point.

Anyways, even back in Manila, I just love checking out new restaurants.  I've always been adventurous when it comes to food, so I don't really mind doing some sort of trial and error when it comes to my food.  Heck, the same thing happens to most of my cooking. (laughs)  

Not unless of course when I'm really starving, stressed and in a bad need of some comfort food.  In such cases, I make sure I go to a restaurant where I had a good experience dining in previously…or to put it simply, where I left with a bulging tummy and a wide grin plastered on my face.

So one weekend while at the mall with Mr. X, and when asked where I want to have dinner, I immediately said "PF Chang's!"

I've been strolling around the Mall of the Emirates for a lot of times already so I know there's a PF Chang's in there. I actually saw it the first time when I was looking for Sister's Beauty Lounge a few months back.  I had a great dining experience at PF Chang's back in Manila and I would not think twice of checking what they have to offer here.  

Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lipstick in True Pink….

Ask me what's the best lipstick out there for me and I'll say MAC Peachstock without batting an eyelash.  I know it's peachy nude in shade, but what can I do…I just love it to bits.  I can't remember how many tubes I've finished already.  I just love how it looks when worn alone or even when topped with a lipgloss.  It remains to be a universal shade…at least for me! 

Last year, I was introduced to MAC Please Me and so my Peachstock had to take the backseat.  I'm on my second tube and I'm 100% sure I'll be getting another tube even before this second one runs out.  

As one of my New Year (beauty) Resolutions, I will try to be more adventurous when it comes to lipsticks.  Or at least try to sneak out of my comfort zone once in a while. I know, I know I've said this already before but wag nyo muna akong kontrahin, okay?  I'll try my best this time. (laughs)  So expect to see some lipstick lovin' on this blog as I will feature some of the lipsticks I have or will have in the future (uh-oh!)

For today, we'll have the Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte lipstick in True Pink:

Friday, December 27, 2013

Bobbi Brown Sequin Shimmer Brick Eye Palette...

If you follow me on Instagram, you'd know that I got a lot of Bobbi Brown makeup as gifts.  The most recent is the Twilight Pink Lip and Eye palette from my Mom which I'll be showing you soon. But for today, let me tell you about this amazing and probably the most portable 10-eyeshadow palette I have to date…the Bobbi Brown Sequin Shimmer Eye Palette.

Bobbi Brown Sequin Shimmer Brick Eye Palette

If you love the brand's shimmer brick compact for the face, I'm sure you'll love this shimmer brick created especially for the eyes, which is also a part of their Gift Giving Collection for 2013.  It has a spectrum of 10 shimmering shades  that impart a soft wash of pearlescent colours packaged in a slender, mirrored compact which is only a little over 4-inches long and probably an inch-wide. It's so compact, it won't take too much space in your makeup kit!

My December box from GlamBox...

And finally, it's here...

My December box which I got exactly on Christmas Day, yey! 

For this month, Glambox brings us this season's skincare must-haves from Eucerin and Nivea, the newest scent from Lolita Lempicka Parfums and an item from a rising makeup brand, Inglot!

Eucerin Aquaporin Eye Cream (full size) - Eucerin Lip Aktiv Lip Balm (full size) - Nivea Smooth Sensation Body Lotion (sample size) - Lolita Lempika Elle L'aime Eau de Parfum (sample size) - Inglot lipstick (full size)

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Holiday Makeup Look: Mrs. Santa...

Going to a party this Christmas Day?  
Why not wear that Santa hat and be Mrs. Santa, the flirty version?

Rimmel eyebrow pencil
MAC brow set in Girl Boy
3s False Lashes
K-Palette Long Lasting Eyeliner Micro
Rimmel eyeliner in Nude

MAC Studio Fix powder in NC30
MAC blush in Tippy
MAC Pearlmatte face powder in Veronica's blush
Sleek Face Contour kit

Shiseido lipgloss

..played a bit with our christmas decors!

Merry Christmas, everyone and I hope you like this look!

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Wishing you all a very, Merry Christmas!!!

Despite all the hardships and trials that come our way, let's all find time to say a little prayer and say Thank You to our Heavenly Father for sending us his only son, Jesus Christ, on this day.

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Purity Med Spa Grand Opening...

Everybody needs a time to rejuvenate and be pampered once in a while to break away from all the crazy things at work,  or even at home.  When I was still working, I remember looking forward to one full day when I can finally get a facial, a hair treatment or colour, mani-pedi and even squeeze in a body scrub/massage.  Too bad, such days didn't come often.  But whenever it does, expect not to be able to get any replies from me should you try to reach me.  It's a day I call, my "Me Day."  

I love going to Spas.  Well, who doesn't?  So when I got an invite for the grand opening of Purity Med Spa at Al Wasl Road a few weeks back, I just couldn't say No.  I'm not really stressed since I'm still not working, but it would  be nice to know some good places I could run to once stress starts kicking in again.

Purity Medi Spa offers an extensive selection of elite treatments to their women-only clientele. Every element of the Purity experience has been handpicked with eminent care, which includes the rigorous training of their therapists, dedication to a high measure of hygiene, as well as the selection of top of the range beauty products.

Some of the products they use and offer:


Nimue is a global dermacosmeceutical brand and have a loyal following of doctors, plastic surgeons, salons, spas and skin therapists. We usually know that skin types are classified into: Dry, Normal, Oily and Combination. Inn Nimue, they follow a modern skin classification concept: Environmentally Damaged Skin, Hyperpigmented Skin, Problematic Skin and Interactive. 

Colway Natural Collagen

A product line consists of skincare and supplements that naturally stimulates Collagen production in the body. Collagen as we all know, helps us keep looking and feeling young! 

Joico Haircare

Purity Med Spa is a two-storey villa. The hair and nail services are done at the first floor while the skin/body treatments are done at the second floor.

Clean and well-lit hair salon area

Woohoo, I spy the L'oreal Mythic Oil line!

friendly Kabayans at your service!

They also have a wide selection of nail products to choose from! 

During the event, there was a complimentary skin analysis session with one of their skin therapists and as soon as I saw the apparatus, I was like.."Oh no!"

This baby will put all your skin's secrets out in the open! (Laughs) 

Sharon, one of Purity's skin therapists


As I've predicted, my poor skin has so much problems going on: pores clogged, pigmentation and scarring, super-oily t-zone and to my surprise, dehydrated cheeks and forehead!  Well, it's because I've been using Tretinoin for a few days prior to my visit.  Yes, I was trying to self-medicate again!  I usually run to using Tretinoin whenever I feel my skin's going crazy because I thought that peeling would help.  And as per Sharon, I was so wrong.  What my skin needs are products that would first take my skin back to its healthy, normal state before trying to incorporate products with harsh ingredients.  She said peeling at this time would only make my skin more vulnerable to damage.  She recommended basic products from Nimue for the first month and then go back for another set of products that will then target my problem areas.

Rima, Brand Manager of Nimue

Rima giving us a few pointers on how to use Nimue products

Rima, Sharon, Chandi and Rosel

Rosel, Katarzyna (Colway's Sales Manager), Chandi and Lady Anne

Katarzyna's brief overview to some of Colway's products made me want to get some of their products, most especially those that can be used for the whole body and the supplements.  I'm turning 35 soon and I feel like I really need to focus more on my skin. I'd like to look young like my mom when I get to her age!

At 4pm, we all went out for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebrated over mocktails and good food.

With Rosel, and new friends Lady and Chandi…'twas nice meeting you ladies!  Let's schedule our coffee and chikahan soon, please!?
(puppy eyes)

There were also talks from the brand managers of some of the products that Purity offers and a mini-contest where guests can win product samples. 

Aside from goodie bags, all guests were also given a complimentary service that they can avail on their next visit!  I myself got a  mini-facial that I am so excited about. And maybe, if my budget permits, I can also have my hair colour retouched and a mani-pedi too!  

If you're looking for a place where you can have all your beauty treatments done, check out Purity Med Spa. Aside from top of the line product and service offerings, they also have a warm and friendly staff who would surely make you feel welcome and relaxed in no time.  

Thanks so much, Purity Med Spa for inviting yours truly.  I am looking forward to visiting you again soon!

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