Chronicles of Eyes: VMV Re-Everything Eye Serum Review

>> Thursday, April 10, 2014

I have to thank the subject of eye creams for creeping themselves into my life and for being the subject of my fun conversations with my colleagues. I guess the age bracket of 26-30 is panic inducing for us who's almost about to cross that border where we cannot anymore feign youth.


Over and over, people I meet in the beauty industry would be telling me to take care of my eyes. I guess that's the reason why I've started way earlier than most people I know when it comes to the subject of eye creams {22 years old, if you wanna know}. My very first eye cream was from shu uemura but they phased it out. Today, I'm on probably my nth bottle of eye creams since. Today's eye cream feature is VMV Re-Everything Eye Serum. 






Instant, temporary tightening plus longer-term cellular renewal, anti-aging + antioxidant therapy.
Firmer, less puffy, rejuvenated skin around/under eyes.
Also for problem areas like the nasolabial area + skin around the lips.
Refirm: a soy-protein-derived polymer provides a mild, immediate, temporary tightening that subtly mimics the effects of some clinical injectables.
Revive: a powerful vasoactive, helps diminish under-eye puffiness + dark circles.
Renew: A gentle dose of unbuffered glycolic acid
provides mild microdermabrasion appropriate for the thin-skinned area surrounding the eyes.
Regenerate: Kinetin growth factor promotes cell rejuvenation, causing skin cells to act younger. Proven to stimulate fibroblasts to produce more collagen + elastin. Kinetin is also a potent antioxidant.
Revitalize: with two more antioxidants - green tea + rice phytic acid (also an exfoliant).
Minimizes the appearance / severity of fine lines, wrinkles + other signs of (photo) aging.
Helps rejuvenate, retexturize + refirm skin, making it notably tauter, softer, smoother + more youthful in appearance + behavior.


I'm not a complete eye cream geek but from experience, the thicker, the better. Not necessarily effective but I find the serum types easily osmosizes into the eye skin area {say what?}. Anyway, here are my thoughts on my favorite eye cream so far:


  • VMV Re-Everything Eye Serum is a bit unconventional -- looks in between cream and green and brown. I normally apply this at night so I don't notice the color.
  • This eye serum is missing the normal skincare smell --- smells like some grain mixed with bamboo. 
  • It's pretty viscous --- which is a big plus in my book. Spreads quite easily though and I feel that it gets absorbed easily.
  • I can't tell the difference but what I do know is that I did not develop lines and wrinkles in the eye area.
  • Eye area doesn't feel dry nor heavy. YAY!
  • No dark eye bags. YAY!
  • No need to pack on the concealer. YAY!
  • Not bad at PHP 1,975.00
  • How I do it: I apply eye cream/serum twice a day, once in the morning and another at night. I just pat a pea size of it onto the eye area with my ring finger. For mornings, I dab powder on top of it, too.
Using eye cream definitely does not make me look younger but I do hope to retain my eye area elasticity for a long, long time :)

Overall: I've always had the same philosophy for eye creams as I do with insurance --- gotta do it before you need it. No one will ever know the effects until we're old enough and eyes are super saggy. If you're age 25 and up, I'd recommend to start using one, if you have the resources and time to apply it every night. 


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MAC A Fantasy of Flowers

>> Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To be in a field of flowers all day, daydreaming. That would be the dream, eh?

But reality is what we have and it can be quite the black and white show. At least we do have fantasies to turn to when we need to escape and let the freak flags fly proudly.


That said, here are some of my picks from the recently launched MAC Fantasy of Flowers Collection, now available at all MAC counters.


 Mineralize Skin Finish in Copper

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Marble

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Azalea in the Afternoon

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Petal Power

MAC Lipstick in Snapdragon

MAC Lipstick in Rose Lily

MAC Lipstick in Heavenly Hybrid

MAC Lipstick in Fleur D'Coral

MAC Lipstick in Dreaming Dahlia

MAC Nail Lacquer in Pep Pep Pep

MAC Eyeshadow in In the Meadow

MAC Cremesheen Glass in Galaxy Rose

MAC Cremesheen Glass in Flare for Fantasy

MAC Cremesheen Glass in Star Quality

MAC Cremesheen Glass in Pagoda

MAC Cremesheen Glass in Playful Petal


Whew! That was a long one {and to think it's not even complete}. Watch out for a review soon. As for now, keep on fantasizing and daydreaming. I just realized I haven't daydreamed in a long time. Must go back there. Stat.

Happy Wednesday!
xx


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Today on BDJBox.com

>> Tuesday, April 8, 2014

If you're wondering why the posts on this blog are becoming more and more personal, it's because a lot of my beauty-related posts are published on another website, BDJBox.com :D Come and get your dose of beauty inspiration by clicking the links below:








Stay happy, stay pretty!
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Chronicles of Lipsticks: Happy Skin's Shut Up and Kiss Me in The Morning After

>> Monday, April 7, 2014

I know I am not the only one in this city who is raving about the much hyped {and hype, it so deserves} Shut Up and Kiss Me Lipsticks. For one, Happy Skin lipsticks come in fabulous shades, are long lasting and because of the pencil format, can double as lip liners. When the ladies of Happy Skin sent out an invite for their summer collection, I happily sent my RSVP and looked forward to what they are launching.

With the ladies of Happy Skin {Jacqe Yuengtian and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo} at 71 Gramercy and I'm feeling short. LOL

A limited edition box of 3 costs PHP 1,249 and one stick retails for PHP 549

L-R: Summer Crush, The Morning After and Sunset Kiss


On a hot April day, I reached for a Happy Skin lippy and roadtested it, as I have with HS' permanent colors {First Kiss review here}. This April, I used The Morning After, a subtle mauve stick.




FOTD:
Ellana Minerals Foundation in French Vanilla Latte
K Palette Eyebrow Liners {mixed two shades}
Fairydrops Platinum Mascara
Bobbi Brown's Brightening Brick in Pink
Majolica Majorca Sparkling White Pencil



Thoughts on Happy Skin's The Morning After:
  • While the idea was the lipstick to give a nude glow, I find that The Morning After appears darker on me, more of a MLBB kind of impression. 
  • Subtlety is always appreciated.
  • Like its Happy Skin sisters, The Morning After follows the same moisturizing formula and is in fact, very creamy despite having matte finish.
  • Long lasting --- no need to retouch that often.
  • Economical at PHP 549 per stick. My other Shut Up and Kiss Mes are still long ways to go. 
Where to Buy: Plains & Prints, Beauty Bar and Rustan's Beauty Source. You can buy online, too!


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What I Know For Sure: Choose

>> Sunday, April 6, 2014

I had an interesting conversation with someone I've been friends with for more than a decade. It was about how I want my future kids to call me {doesn't really matter among Mama, Mommy and Mom}. He said it was still better than choosing not to have kids at all like Shiela Sazs of Suits, a definitive twist in the episode as Louis Litt breaks up with her because she didn't want to have kids.

I felt bad for Shiela. Unlike her, I plan to have a family in the future but like her, there are far too many choices I've made and will make in this lifetime that doesn't fall under the mainstream column of choices.

That said, why does everyone insist on making the popular choice? Popular doesn't mean quality. In the Philippines, popular culture would mean noontime shows, badly-made telenovelas and fans clubs fighting teenagers over fictional love stories. These are bad examples but you do get what I mean.

For some reason, my love for having a choice grows stronger every week. Maybe it's all those news that highlight the importance of having one and being able to stick to it. Maybe because you want a different story and you just want a different kind of adventure.

Is that so bad?

I digress. In light of choosing adventures and left field choices, here was what went down in my week and my not so obscure choices:

This was how my Friday night looked like. Know more about Urban Ashram's Project Y and how you can make use of your summer vacation to get to know yourself better.

Third week of consistent swim training. YAY!
It used to be all about baking under the sun and looking good in a bikini. Now, it's so much more, I don't even have time to just lie under the sun anymore!

Happy Girls for Happy Skin! Friends Jacqe and Rissa launched Happy Skin's summer collection last Wednesday and I couldn't be any happier for this homegrown Filipina brand. Stay tuned to this blog for the reviews! Also, see who's back?

Somebody is writing again about money matters. Read about my piece on independence here.

Still not over the HIMYM Finale. I am on the side who's very happy with the {bittersweet} ending. If there's anything to be learned, all things legendary are worth waiting for.

I was never one for following dress codes but this one had enough leeway to express one's self. :D

What choices did you make this week?
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