Mt. Fuji and Missed Chances

>> Monday, April 27, 2015

When I was in Japan 2.5 years ago, the one thing I missed doing was coming to Mt. Fuji and taking a side trip to the designer outlets in Gotemba. When you're traveling alone, it's easy to slink back into sleep and miss your bus.

When I hear Fuji, all I think of is how I kind of slink back on all the many chances I've intentionally missed. Not just that trip to Gotemba, but all of the times I did not stand up and grab life by the horns. I wouldn't really go on into detail: there has been a lot. This thought has been reminding me not to waste precious days giving in to my {extended} sleep, to negative feelings creeping up or the what ifs in my head.

Anyway. This reminder now comes in the form of The Body Shop's Fuji Green Tea Line. I recently received and spent time with friends from The Body Shop {who's now with SM group of companies} their new line:

Fuji Green Tea Body Scrub
Used to detox and cleanse with a refreshing scent

Fuji Green Tea Body Wash
Also available in Body Soap.  Choose any of the 2 variants as these 2 products will help cleanse and revitalize our skin after exfoliation

Fuji Green Tea Body Butter
Based from our favorite The Body Shop Body Butters, they have the same texture yet the scent is amazingly refreshing!  

Fuji Green Tea Body Lotion

Fuji Green Tea Body Sorbet

Fuji Green Tea Eau De Cologne

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea line is available at all Body Shop stores nationwide.


Locycare: Moisture for your Nails

>> Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ever wondered what could revive the healthy, polish-less glow to your nails? Me, too!

I remember my BFF swore by putting her nails on garlic to make her nails stronger. However, I never tried this, too afraid of the smell sticking into my hands! After several years, I've finally discovered the equivalent of keratin for the hair and collagen for the skin: Locycare.

Locycare is a nail gel in a tube that's formulated to restore the health of dry and damaged yellowing nails. Locycare deeply hydrates and goes beyond the nail bed, keeping it from turning dull, dry and opaque. It restores the natural water content of your nails and promotes healthy nail regrowth. Apply small drops of Locycare to your nail everyday to get healthy looking nails in just two weeks!

Locycare is available at all Mercury Drug Stores for PHP 600; Brand Manager Jon Lee recommends applying twice a day for two weeks for most noticeable results.

Look how shiny my natural nails are :)

My {fat} healthy toe nails

Guess who's very happy with her healthy, bare nails, taken at Maison at Edades Tower

Happy Thursday!


Chronicles of Organic Finds: Organic Alley Argan Oil

>> Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Happy Wednesday, my dear lovely readers!

Today, I would like to focus on skincare, and on organic skincare, at that. The movement towards natural and organic has been strengthening more and more of late. I am not one to be not part of it. I especially love the idea of women becoming SME businesswomen, pursuing their passions. I dream of becoming such woman but for now, I would like to be a supporter to this movement first.

Organic Alley is the brainchild of Aliw del Rosario, who's based in Baguio. Aliw is a strong advocate for beauty as a necessary pillar to a woman’s confidence, self-esteem, strength and personality. Beauty as a complement to one’s intelligence. Beauty as a gift that is our responsibility to protect and nurture. Beauty that goes beyond looks, emanates from the heart, and grows from good food, laughter with great friends and dare-devilish biking!

I'm especially a fan of their Argan Oil --- who isn't? Argan oil is just the best organic beauty treat that's also incredibly multi purpose. These days, I've taken a break from my usual moisturizer and skincare, and have relied on Argan Oil solely. Aside from facial moisturization, here are other argan oil purposes:
  • Minimizes wrinkles, clears out blemishes, relieves patchy skin and revitalizes lackluster hair.
  • Prevents and/or removes stretch marks from pregnancy or weight loss
  • Regulates secretion of sebum/oil on skin
  • Treats skin inflamatory diseases
  • Repairs damaged hair and conditions dry scalp
  • Repairs and calms overly treated or sensitive skin
  • Heals sunburn and protects from salt and chlorine
What I Love about Organic Alley's Argan Oil:

  • Not too expensive at PHP 499/30ml. I think 30ml is a great size to start with if it's your first time trying out Argan Oil
  • Gave my skin serious softness, without the added hassle brought about by humidity. I do use this though indoors and before going to sleep.
  • A little goes a long way.
  • On top of using it as my moisturizer, I get to use a few drops on my hair as well, before swimming and before sleeping.
  • Which makes it perfect for travel: It's a multipurpose product!
  • No breakouts so far for two weeks now.
  • It's organic!
  • And available online -- perfect for lazy girls like me who'd rather order things online. xx

Organic Alley products are available online through Organic Alley's website.


Happy Skin Launches Beauty in Bloom

>> Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Our favorite local cosmetics brand just came out with another astounding collection: Beauty in Bloom! 

Before I continue on, I'd really like to rave first about flowers. I used to be able to pick up flowers from Market, Market every Sunday before or after church and for a while, I kind of placed that little ritual into the backburner. Now that I've sufficiently recovered from sickness bouts, a relaxed schedule and I have a hand again at my schedule, I am back to having a clean apartment with pretty flowers!

Anyway, here's the new collection from our favorite brand, Happy Skin Beauty in Bloom!

The collection contains the prettiest pinks, a bold shade of magenta in its visuals and hey, The Morning After is back in mousse form!

Love, love that we got to select our own floral arrangements, too!

L-R: Happy Skin Eye Am the One {PHP 899}, Get Cheeky With Me 2 in 1 Blush {PHP 799},S hut Up & Kiss Me Lip & Cheek Mousse Beauty in Bloom Duo {PHP 1,199} in Summer Crush and Morning After. Not in photo, new lipstick shades in Hold My Hand and Bride to Be

So beautiful, yes?

This collection's blush comes in a duo pan. Yum!

As always, it's nice bumping into my gorgeous friend, Sophie at all Happy Skin events!

Are you super thrilled with this collection as I am? Grab a piece of this blooming collection at all Plains & Prints stores, Beauty Bar branches or via the Happy Skin website!



Summer Around the World

>> Monday, April 20, 2015

My family and I have always had this thing - of spending summers somewhere on the other side of the world. It's not because we just want to be away, it's a matter of spending time together and making it more fun than just them spending it here, or I spending it there {in the East Coast} where they live. One of my favorite summers would have to be the one in Cancun.

A close second would have to be spending coastal summers in Nova Scotia:

This {Philippine} summer, I'm going to be spending it a little closer to home as I just recently found out we're heading to Sagada in a month's time. I've never been, and I've been raring to go spelunking so I'm quite excited for that. 

If like me, you make it a point to spend summers somewhere, local or international and allocate time and resourced to preparing essentials, scroll down for some of my amazing beauty finds at the newest Beauty Bar concept store at High Street Central:

My favorite find at the Beauty Bar summer around the world event: Bomb Cosmetics tub of goodness. I especially love Tippy Toes {foot moisturizers}! 

Hairstylist Vien curled my hair using this specially printed Eva NYC hair curler. Hmm. I should go back to curly hair, yes?

My friend Angela and I at the Beauty Bar concept store, we traded summer stories, I heard about her Nepal adventure!

 These Pei Pa Koa-ish coconut oil Hei Poa smell absolutely divine :P

And if you're traveling, never ever forget your beauty rituals!

The best thing about less clothing? We can wear gold and silver tattoos! So glad LuluDK is now available through Beauty Bar :)

And since it's summer and I like putting songs to things:

Free | Summer Siren Theme | Kidwolf x BV

Happy summer, my dear readers!

Beauty Bar is located at 3rd floor, Bonifacio High Street {same building as Rustan's Marketplace and TWG}



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