Happy Skin Holiday Treats

>> Friday, October 31, 2014

It's almost November and after December, it's Christmas! That's my birthday and then Jesus' birthday so the last two months of the year is always the funnest! It's much fun too since makeup brands come out with their holiday collections and my favorite local brand just did!

If you're thinking of getting me a birthday present or for Christmas, these babies are perfect =P

Happy Skin Forbidden Fruit set of lippies: Naughty & Nice,  Mistletoe Kiss and Under the Sheets
PHP 1,399

Eye Candy Limited Edition 24H Gel Pencil Eyeliners (Set Of 4). Move over basic black. Here come the new eyeliner staples! This season, Happy Skin celebrates statement eyes in the sweetest hues! Each Happy Skin Eye Am Here To Stay 24h Gel Auto Eyeliner is a budge-proof intensely pigmented eyeliner that glides on smoothly, allowing you to make a big bold statement in a wink.
PHP 1,299

Served On A Silver Platter Limited Edition, PHP 1,999

You can finally meet her – the woman who does the no-makeup makeup look perfectly. She will have the glow of a bride (even if she isn't the bride-to-be!) and possess lips that are begging to be kissed. Despite having no mascara on, her lashes flutter with fullness. And her cheeks? They beam with the color of youth. Happy Skin presents to you Served On A Silver Platter: your go-to kit with everything you need to look good! Look naturally beautiful in five minutes with just five products. Beauty now comes easy with Happy Skin!

Includes the following items:
10 ml Second Skin Cream Non-Silicone Foundation (Shade 02)
1 g Eye Am Here to Stay 24H Gel Eyeliner (Watermelon)
5 g Get Cheeky With Me Hydrating Blush (First Kiss)
2.7 g Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippie (Honeymoon Glow)
Liquid Foundation Brush

Eye Need A Miracle Corrector, PHP 799

Fatigue under the eyes, scars, age spots, freckles, varicose & spider veins, bruises, and birthmarks. There are some blemishes you can conceal, but some imperfections are for life... Unless you hide them with a corrector, the secret tool that neutralizes bluish undertones and makes our little flaws disappear! This hydrating corrective make-up provides ultimate covering power but gives the finish and feel of lightweight make-up. It has a rich, buildable formula that miraculously melts into the skin. Its salmon hue corrects and covers all types of skin imperfections from minor flaws to major discolorations.

All Eyes On Hue Eyeshadow Palette, PHP 1,299

They say the eyes are the windows to the soul? Well, speak without batting an eyelash and seduce with eyes that smoulder! The Happy Skin All Eyes On Hue Eyeshadow Palette gives you the most wearable shades that allow you to be in the spotlight! The palette includes four must-have hues that give you the best make-up mileage: Biscuit, Oatmeal, Hazelnut, and Espresso. It's a delicious marriage of micro-fine shimmer hues and demi-matte finish shades. Easy to blend and long-lasting, these eyeshadow colors take you from day to night and are perfect for a quick subtle but sexy look.

This eyeshadow palette features Argan Oil which helps color glide on smoothly, effortlessly, and evenly. Touted as "liquid gold," Argan Oil superbly nourishes the delicate eye area, too. Fade-resistant and crease-resistant, color doesn't settle into fine lines helping make mature or tired eyes look younger & brighter than they really are. Eyeshadows are so wonderfully pigmented, a little goes a long way and you achieve expert looking eyes in just one sweep.

Shut Up and Kiss Me Lip Mousse in My Guilty Pleasure, Swept Off My Feet and Warm & Toasty, PHP 699/each

Pucker up with a power product that gives you double-duty beauty! The Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Lip & Cheek Mousse is a lightweight product that can be worn both as a lippie AND as a blush! Wear it on your lips, or dot it onto the apples of your cheeks and blend for the ultimate flirty finish! Long-lasting and easy to blend, this 2-in-1 makeup must-have gives firmer, smoother, and better defined lips & cheeks to kiss!
Happy Skin is available online, at Plains & Prints stores and Beauty Bars.
Happy Friday!


Rock the No Makeup Look

>> Wednesday, October 29, 2014

If there's one thing I learned from forgetting my makeup bag home when I went on vacation, is that the best way to deal about it is practice not using too many makeup. I once heard this quote, that the more times we wore less makeup, the more we look better without it. I thought that being in a faraway place was no place to be experimenting with new makeup, possible breakouts, not to mention, it was autumn, and the weather was taking a nosedive at 6C.

It was amazing grace that I did not forget my skincare bag because otherwise, it would have been a different story and I would have been forced to look for things that will work on my skin in London.

While I eventually got a few items from Rimmel and borrowed my friend's Happy Skin stash, I mostly relied on my skincare to tide me over and make me look decent in European autumn.

Here are the skincare stuff that've helped me survive cold weather:

  1. Kiehl's Hydro Plumping Re-texturizing Serum Concentrate. I especially love applying this serum because it has that non oily texture but still so moisturizing. I dab it on areas that become rather patchy through the night and I really like how I'm glowing in the morning :D

  2. Kiehl's Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum. First, the skin around the eyes is the thinnest on the body --- so it's important to treat this area with utmost care. I remember the days I was super tired to function -- but I would always have energy to apply eye serum. The eyes are always the window to how the soul is functioning and I'd like mine to look really youthful and vibrant.

  3. The Body Shop Instablur Eye {PHP 895}. Remember this amazing innovation from The Body Shop? They also came up with an eye version, which has yellow tone, enhances eyeshadow vibrancy and blurring eye imperfections. LOVE!

Here's a little headshot from Laduree in Champs Elysees where I look semi-decent. I had broke out a bit but nothing too serious.

Got any tips for rocking a no make up look?


The Parisienne

>> Sunday, October 26, 2014

I've packed my stuff into my luggage, and as I stuffed all the autumn clothes in, I come to think about the ten days I spent in Paris. My friend and travel buddy C and I just discussed which city was out favorite and undoubtedly, Paris comes first.

There's just something about it that is so mysterious, so unpredictable and curious. Like its streets, you never really know where it ends and where it begins.

Paris is a woman, that we all know for sure. The Parisienne will seem snobbish at first, and quiet but always confident. Her hair is never perfectly brushed but her lipstick is perfectly lined. She smells faintly of Chanel and her bag is amazing but never with a blatant logo. Parisiennes aren't big on logos on themselves. She doesn't mind making out with her husband or her lover under the bistro's yellow lights.

She takes the metro despite hating it --- puffing a smoke in between rides and walks. She does her nails sometimes in the train, her petite bag resting on her lap containing some fruit she picked up from the marche.

There's not a Parisienne who looks the look of self loathing, that I'm sure of. I've never seen female populace who has the male population around her fingers as the Parisiennes do. Everywhere they go, it's the men who are entranced more and never the other way around.

The Parisienne never goes losyang. Even the elderly Parisiennes have that air of elegance and confidence that seem to garner the respect of the younger ones. They're not just respectable, they even seem sexier.

And, yes, no one is fat. I stand corrected.


This is Ridiculous, This is Versailles

>> Saturday, October 25, 2014

Do you ever feel like you see a movie, get transfixed on the sets, the story and the setting of where it happened and you just want to be there to take it all in?

It happened to me when I saw Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette starring Kirsten Dunst. I'm not really a fan of classical history especially when they're all about speeches, old English and boring story lines. Put in a funky Sofia Coppola, funky soundtrack and a different approach to Marie Antoinette's caprices, then you've got my attention.

Queen Marie Antoinette of France, was the Princess of Austria who then got betrothed to King Louie XVI of France. They lived in Versailles and were therefore the last royals of Bourbon, triggering the French Revolution in the 19th century.

They were married at 14 and by 19, Marie Antoinette was Queen. Can you just imagine?
Anyway, I was really lucky to have been able to book a daytrip to Versailles, the palace of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette when I came to France. It's one of the highlights of my trip and to this day, I can still imagine the grandiose of it all.

The palace of Versailles is decorated with golden, intricate gates.

I can't remember the exact size of Versailles but it was definitely a lot like Disneyworld.

This is Marie Antoinette's bedchamber, where every morning, the highest member of the royals would be undressing her and putting on her robes. This is where I got this entry's title, if you've seen the Coppola movie.

The Hall of Mirrors

In the 19th century, kings and queens ate in public.

Maybe a quarter of the Gardens of Versailles, where the ticket to enter is different from the entrance to the chateau.

The Gardens of Petit Trianon, Marie Antoinette's recreation home, aka where she fooled around with Count Axel Von Fersan.

And this was her room in the Petit Trianon, a gift from Louis XVI, former room of Madame Du Barry, special friend of Louis XV.

This is a special hall of battles, where paintings of all the battles that happened then were displayed. It was one of the biggest rooms I've been to in Versailles.

Overall: Versailles is in the running of my favorite things I did in France --- it was just a bit annoying how there were so many tourists, especially ones who kept bumping us because everybody's taking pictures. Nonetheless, I'm glad I made the trip to see the location of one of my favorite movies and a character I'm fascinated with.

If your coming to France, take a day trip in one of those local agencies {Big Red Bus was mine}. It's less than €100 an lasts about 10 hours all in all.



The Making of Harry Potter

>> Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I have to admit I'm not the most prolific Potterhead in the world. In fact, I only read the first book because my brother was reading it (it was a borrowed copy even) because who knew whether it was going to be bad or good? I certainly was not a fan of wizardry. Back then, my only gateway to wizardry was The Craft and it wasn't very pretty nor amusing, too.

One of the things I absolutely recommend doing when in London is visiting the Warner Brothers' Studios in Leavesden, north of London. This is where most of the eight movies were shot. Most of the sets, the props, costumes were preserved well. Also, you can have butterbeer, my absolute favorite part of the trip.

My photos don't do justice to the whole experience at all but until now, I feel shivers and lots of kilig when I think about the day I spent inside the Harry Potter studios. Enjoy!

Remember the scenes above? If you ever find yourself in London, book (way ahead) tickets via the Warner Brothers' website, take the orange line of London Underground to Watford Junction where there's a WB shuttle. Each ticket is £31 {roughly PHP 2,248}. I wasn't the biggest Potterhead in the group and anywhere at all but I enjoyed this trip immensely. I plan to watch all the movies again when I get back home :)

Bisous from Paris!



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