Twenty Four.

>> Sunday, November 29, 2009

It's been a week since I really updated my blog. I've recently moved back to our home in QC and it was only till now that I'd been able to clear things (thank goodness for help) and it was just this moment that I've figured out how to make Sun Broadband work in this laptop.

I do have a couple of things lined up, reviews and other matters but I don't have the energy to write and discuss these things just yet. Work has been very demanding, in fact, my personal life has taken a backseat to my career. But don't worry, since this month is my favorite month of all (my birthday month, yay!), I'm sharing with you some photos of my weeklong celebration plus snaps from the Ad Congress.

Hetty welcomes us from the Tipo Exit

The Fernando Zobel de Ayala giving his keynote address

 Vishnu Mohan of Havas Digital, my second favorite speaker

Greeting twenty four years. Myself at White Rock on the
eve of my birthday

And for those of you who are wondering who killed the girl:

With my girls just last night, at LAX VIP

And of course, my OOTN:

Tank top: Forever 21
Skirt: Poisonberry
Shoes: Pill Footwear
Purse: Thrifted 
Accessories: Bought at Urban Posh

I'm crossing my fingers that I'll be able to blog more this coming days. I hope you missed me
because I definitely missed all of you! =)

Happy long weekend, Philippine readers!



>> Saturday, November 28, 2009

All for the virtue of election, and the victims of Maguindanao gets the most inhumane death of all.
The massacre has left me quiet, and scared until now.

But I pray for justice, that the mastermind be treated the way he instructed the people
to be killed.


Things I Love Sunday

>> Sunday, November 22, 2009

I really gotta stop changing the days on my 'Things I Love' post, don't you think? I just came back from Subic and I'm still groggy from lack of sleep, testing websites in between and packing stuff. But I'd like to take time to relish the good feeling of thinking about the good things I had this week, and of course to thank Him for all of these.

Celebrating my 24th at a beach. Dancing and more dancing. Free-flowing drinks.James Jean.
 The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Lorenzo von Matterhorn. Nikuman Chinese Buns.
Dancing Heads. Early morning greets. Blowing candles out at 24. Boxes and boxes of
clothes. Bajillion shoes I never thought I had. Love. Lootbags as big as me.

Happy week ahead!
Here's to a kinder and wiser year.


Another reason to love my job

>> Wednesday, November 18, 2009

As a college student, some X years back, I always had this dream of going to the ad congress. Blame it on the witty ads. Who could forget Kuya Manong's 'Donut Buy' line? Or Joey Mead's alluring version of such common line, "Kuya, patikim naman ng balls mo." The Ad Congress simply, is a gathering of the country's best, brightest, most creative people (McCann's Emily Abrera, BBDO's David Guerrero and the Fernando Zobel de Ayala are a few). For people in the creative industry, the AdCon is the king of congresses in the country.

I can't NOT attend at least once.

I had not been as lucky to have been part of an ad agency earlier in my career life. When I joined my current company, I never thought I'd be part of the select delegates our company would send to this year's ad congress. Though the congress is pretty much local, the fees for it can be really expensive, probably as expensive as my dream couch.

The passport to fun

Can you already tell how excited I am? I am now packing my stuff for tomorrow's trip to Subic, (very very clueless on what to wear, though) where the Ad Congress will be held. It was originally planned to be done in Baguio, however, typhoon Pepeng happened. Let me say though that the PANA folks have done a great job in disseminating info! After all, we were all settled with our booking at the hotel and arrangements have been made. As if that was not enough, they are dedicating this year's congress to all the flood victims, even donating portions of the payments to the unfortunate.

Oh. And a party plus Ad Con on my birthday? Not bad at all.
Till next week, ladies!


Skirting the Issue

>> Tuesday, November 17, 2009

My love affair with skirts have started since I was a kid. While I'd be wearing shorts during coffee sessions, or Bacardi-chugging ones, skirts have and will always the ones I'd save for special occasions, dancing nights or to-die-for events in my life. For someone who's been branded a 'girly girl' a whole lot of times, it is only apt to see various renditions of the wonderful creation called 'the skirt' in my closet.

Truth be told, I've been having serious attacks of lemmings, and this post is a poor excuse to satisfy them, in fact, I hardly make sense.

After a successful run of the Global Pinoy Bazaar, where me and my girlfriends supported my BFF with her booth,

 The Girls and I (in a ripped acidwash skirt, nonetheless)

I went around the Rockwell Tent and treated myself to a lovely, poufy dress from Poisonberry.

 The Fairytale Skirt (Php 1,400) by Poisonberry
as modeled by Tricia Gosingtian
(will post an OOTD once I wear mine)

As if the skirt purchase was not enough, my girl Mac released her new collection of skirts and I just died.  See for yourself below:

from the Maria Collection (Php 700)

I think I saw something like this at MNG the other day

And another one from Poisonberry, one I've been lusting over a lot:


 I don't think I made so much sense, eh? All I know is that I'm completely overwhelmed with the skirts and how good it will be to have them. Hope you all are having a fab week, though. BTW, I am quite giddy today, maybe because I'm turning 24, geez. But last night, C and I attended a marketing bash for one of the econ societies of UP last night, for work and being surrounded by these innocent faces made me feel so old! Ack.

Happy Tuesday, ladies!

*Poisonberry and City of Vintage photos are lifted from their official websites here and here.


Ask.. and maybe, just maybe, I'll receive

>> Sunday, November 15, 2009

When I think about it, I'm turning 24 in less than a week and I'm not the least bit excited, despite my subtle mentions. Or maybe, I was trying to convince myself that I really am not a kid fresh out of college anymore, despite feeling like one most of the time. To me, birthdays [at least, mine] have lost its meaning, there are no birthday candles to be blown out, I don't have to come home early anymore for a family dinner and there's no more dates [complete with candles and sparkling champagne] that awaits me.

I know, birthdays are supposed to be more than that. Quite frankly, I don't know what it should encompass, too. Maybe birthdays are supposed to remind you that you need some growing up to do and that decisions have to be made? Or not. You tell me.

Now on to not-so-emo things... They say that you only need to ask, in order to receive. I don't think I'll ever have these exact same items I'm listing but this is my way of sending signals to the karma gods and maybe, just maybe they'd be in front of my door soon, because I've been a really good and diligent girl this year.

A desk is a perennial fixture in my room and I'd die without one. This Ms. Cupcake Secretary Desk from Heima wins my heart! Unfortunately, I can't shell out Php 12,000 for it just right now.

Now, while on the subject of furniture [and moving, yet again], Heima has been giving me huge blows of temptation because I don't think I can resist this:

The Heima Happy Couch, Php 36,000

The Brooklyn Bridge

Meeting someone at the other side of the world has always been
a dream

Wanderlust. I've been bitten by the travel bug, despite me hating plane rides, being stuck inside vehicles and NOT driving [lest there's control of the iPod synced with the speakers]. NYC is my ultimate destination, followed by a Euro trip and then there's Santorini. Now, if only the stupid visas are that easy to get. Meantime, I'm content knowing I'm heading to Thailand in two months. Yay!

I've always wandered what's the career path of a librarian. I may be a walking disorder in terms of my things but I'm always always organized when it comes to books. My books at home in QC are lined up neatly, according to genre and arranged alphabetically, with a complementing Excel file containing their pertinent details. Books have always been my first love. When I read Mariel's post about finding your passion, I found myself reminiscing about my seven-year-old self reading books in the dark. Those times I started with Sweet Valley High books, moved on to Danielle Steel ones, Sidney Sheldon and now, Malcolm Gladwell and Al Ries. The point is, reading has always been my passion, but just reading won't take me anywhere, probably reason why I make a living out of my writing. However, if career growth was not an option, I'd gladly be a librarian so I can read all the books I want and not feel guilty.But because I'm not, I'd love to receive [and give] books on my birthday, especially ones by Jeffrey Eugenides, Haruki Murakami or Chuck Palahniuk. Just sayin'.

Oh and here's my gift for a dear friend --- because it's my birthday:

Haruki Murakami's Blind Willow, Weeping Woman
and a card from my Etsy haul

My own domain and a really nice layout. I've never gotten around to designing my own blog layout cos I love everything about my current one: the color, the spacing, the font --- everything. Truth be told, that's the reason why I haven't migrated to my new URL just yet, because it feels odd moving into it. Here I am again with my issues. But you get my point. Anyhoo, if I do ever win JaypeeOnline's $1,500 Thanksgiving Giveaway, complete with the domain, layout, Paypal cash, Licenses and all the shebang, then this won't be on my wishlist next year!

Holga 110

Lomo Love. Ever since my project with Team Manila and Lomo Embassy Manila in 2008, I've been meaning to get into the hobby cos IMO, it's perfect for me! First of all, while I feel like photography runs in my veins, I don't have the heart and energy to carry bulky SLRs in my purse all the time. All I ever felt like bringing is my trusty Sony Cybershot T70, and maybe a Holga or a Diana, whichever comes to me first. But more than it being un-bulky, the whole philosophy of Lomography has always captured my heart, and I shall act on it soon.

More than everything I've enumerated, here, really, all I want is just one day of peace of mind, de-stressing, and of blessedness. Maybe then those aren't too much to ask.

Photo credits: Heima Store, Gabrielle Loves, Before Sunset, Jennie Castillo and Lomo Embassy Manila


On Friday, the 20th

I turn 24 --- and I'll be partying like a wild child as Globe Tattoo brings Embassy back just for one night at Subic!

Groove to your favorite hiphop, house and mashup music by DJ Mars Miranda and Embassy Superclub Head DJ Martin Pulgar. Treats abound for partygoers, including free Bacardi cocktails, and the chance to win Nokia NSeries phones and even an overnight stay at Manila’s swanky Hotel Intercontinental.

Be at the Lighthouse Marina Resort in Subic at 9pm on November 20, 2009 for the party of the year. It doesn’t get any better than this.

Are you going to the Ad Congress, too? If yes, please say hi [or let me know so I'll say hi to you].



Beefing Up Your Emergency Fund

>> Saturday, November 14, 2009

Expect the unexpected.

- Anonymous

Storms happen every once in a while in life. It may come in the form of unfortunate, man-induced events such as robberies, job loss, significant medical expenses, or literally, a storm that can leave one without any possessions at all. The saying “Save for the rainy days,” is proving to be a gospel truth now, more than ever.

If you’re one of the significantly few people who’ve had the discipline to set aside money regularly for an emergency fund, please feel free to navigate away from this page. If not, do stay on. It may be good for you.

In life, exit signs are not always present for you.

Where do you put your emergency fund?

In order to serve its purpose of saving you in times of, uh, emergency, this fund should be placed in an investment that is liquid, safe and has no holding periods.

How Much Should an Emergency Fund Be?

Experts say that the advisable amount to build should be 3 to 6 months’ worth of your salary. If you’re the breadwinner, or have pending loans and payables, the amount may have to adjust. The rationale behind is that should you lose your job, or any other substantial source of income, you’ll be able to maintain your lifestyle and don’t go hungry while looking for a new one. One way to see it clearly is by listing all your monthly expenses for one month. This includes your household bills, grocery bills, rent or amortization.

A perennial problem in starting an emergency fund persists: How?

Start small

A three to six months’ worth of salary doesn’t need to appear in your bank account on the fly. Start by setting aside a small portion of your salary every month. I know a certain person who kept loose change, often 5 peso and 10 peso coins in his piggy bank. Originally, he only wanted to get rid of the coins in his pocket. But after a few months, he was surprised to find he had Php 10,000 in it. Can you imagine how much it would have been if it was Php 100 every time? As Bam constantly say, “Don’t forget about the beauty of the small.”

Keep Track of Your Expenses

Do you ever keep notice that as your salary goes up, so does your everyday expenses? Wants and needs come up more frequently than the urge to go to the washroom nowadays. With malls springing up everywhere, the expenses brought about by things you only want and not need, will balloon if you’re not careful. So start keeping notebook in your bag where you can jot down, even the littlest of your expenses and see where you’re going overboard. There you can see, too, where you can cut down. Do you gulp more than one cup of gourmet coffee everyday? Maybe you can limit it to one a day and allot the rest of the money to your emergency fund instead.

Ever heard of perceived obsolescence?

Recently, a telecoms company launched a rebate program wherein you can avail of a brand new mobile phone or a two-year well, rebate. In a heartbeat, a normal Filipino would choose the phone, right? But in two years, does the phone’s value account for how much you could save if you chose the bill rebate? By then, how many other cellphone models have Nokia, Sony Ericsson or Samsung would have released to make the offered phone obsolete? Think about where you can benefit more. Especially if your current phone is perfectly working, the money you save on the rebates can go directly to your emergency fund.

Automate it.

If you’re decidedly aware that you’re capable of setting aside X amount of money, then by all means, automate it. A number of banks are now offering saving programs where money can be automatically deducted from your salary every payday. Not only it becomes less accessible, it becomes okay if you forget to save because the bank does it for you, yay!

These are not the only ways to be able to save for an emergency fund. For all we know, the most effective way for you is to use a piggy bank, or hide the money in your safety deposit box. As long as you are making a conscious effort in beefing your EF up, then you’re on your way in covering a financial requirement.

* Image from
**Originally written for It's Time!


What's My Age Again?

One of my biggest frustrations in belonging to the corporate world was succumbing to the nagging fact that we will always be limited to suits, tailored dress shirts, even more tailored dresses, a-line skirts and pumps. While my style for almost four years now has always been this, there were days when I absolutely felt the need to wear a hat, boots and some feathers to work.

As if it wasn't hard enough, I work for one of the most conservative industries in the world: insurance. Mind you, not every insurance company have a conservative culture in terms of fashion. I've seen the Hong Kong counterpart of our company and let's just say that, well, they seem to have loosened up a bit with their fashion requirements. Surely, it was perfectly radical when one time, I came to work in my knee-high boots and a hat, really simple jeans and an old, huge shirt with a blazer and I tell you, the stares I had that day was enough for me to make me rich, only had they been money.

It is during these times I wished I worked for a creative ad agency. We hang out with people from a few floors up ours as their office is in the same tower and I'm always envious of how they could move about in their multi-colored Chucks, the outrageous jackets and the statement shirts.

So anyway, in an attempt to mix my age, my personality and the industry, into one outfit, and not be really boring, these were what I came up to wear yesterday:

 Top: Forever 21
Blazer: Details
Jeans: Levi's

City of Vintage
Chick Flick 

What about you? How do you mix age and rules?
Hope you're all having a fab weekend.



Things I Love Friday


"You are much more of a coward than me, you know." Amaretto --- only my most favorite drink ever.
Drinking and singing cheesy songs till the wee hours of midnight. Alfie.  Ruffled dresses. Feeling the fresh new start looming in. MGLs. Friends from the other side of the world who come to visit. Hurling a beer bottle into the air at 2 am. Intellectual convos from 6 PM to 2 AM. Pearls and vintage stuff. "How come you didn't tell me?" The Balenciaga City Motorcycle Bag. Haruki Mahalsila Murakami. Forever 21. Crinkling eyes. Murphy's. In My Dreams by REO Speedwagon. Cage shoes.Falling in love. Then out. Then in again.


On the Bedside Table: Alfie by Bill Naughton

>> Friday, November 13, 2009

One of the best things I love seeing inside a box my mother send me every now and then is something she knows I'll love: a book. Aside of course, make up, seeing a lovely book tucked inside a large mountain of Andes mint chocolate sends me into a whirlwind of excitement. I remember smiling all day when I received my copy of Nick Bantock's Griffin and Sabine, Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen, Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder (among many other books and about a bajillion issues of W Magazine) and this recently, Alfie by Bill Naughton.

I've watched the movie version back in 2004, during a date and I ended up crying so much, my mascara was smudged when I went out of the moviehouse. Alfie was the story of an "everyman," a womanizer who's front was convincing everyone that he was a happy guy, always at the winning end of every deal who was sad in reality. And as the book blurb says:

"I ve got this dark little lump of cold grief or something over my heart. It could, of course, be wind." And thats Alfie really. Never one to take himself, or anything else for that matter, too seriously. He'll never say no to a woman and he'll even let them stay the night, as long as they cook breakfast of course and as long as they never, ever, ask when he'll be back. But these things are never that simple, even if Alfie likes to pretend they are. There's meek little Annie, who's almost got him "poncified"; Ruby, a bit old but in fabulous condition and then the less said about Lily the better. But Alfie doesn't do complicated. He loves, he leaves and when he occasionally wrestles with his conscience, he always wins. Well, almost always. . . With sales of over a million copies since its first publication in 1966, Alfie is a controversial modern classic. The inspiration for the cult film starring Michael Caine and the smash-hit remake with Jude Law as the eponymous anti-hero, Alfie feels as fresh and relevant today as when it was first published.
Alfie was one of the few movies that showed me men's ruthlessness. I distinctly remember loving the Sienna Miller bit, it seemed like they were in love. They were the picture of a glamorous couple --- but Alfie could never really be serious about anything, or anyone.

 I have an Alfie in my life. Do you?

One of my girl crushes, Sienna Miller as the crazy, fun-loving Nikki

Ahh. I can't wait to start reading the book! I normally read books first before seeing the movies but I never knew there was a book and an original movie starring Michael Caine. Alfie reminds me so much of my other favorite fictional character, Barney Stinson!

I hope you're all doing well this week.
I've been in a daze and my head's buried in work but so far, I'm surviving!
TGIF, ladies!

*Alfie photos via


Sort of Review: Physician's Formula Mosaic Cream Eyeshadow in Nutmeg

>> Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I've always had a love-hate affair with cream eyeshadows. Day in and day out, as a relative who comes home for a visit arrives, I always have a cream eyeshadow or two included in the pasalubong. I am not sure if it was the closest they were able to grab at a mall or if I had a sticker in my forehead that says "Give me more cream eyeshadows." The thing with this kind of e/s is that they can be tricky to apply, at least for a makeup novice like me.

When I Googled cream eyeshadows, Answerbag came up with this:

Cream eyeshadows are the newest kids on the block. Avoid formulations that crease upon application. These cream eyeshadows can be coordinated with your powder shadows. A cream eyeshadow can be used as an under base with a matching powder shadow as a sealant. The best applicators for any cream eye shadow are your fingertips.

My mother sent me another Physician's Formula eyeshadow, among many other stuff she packed for me when my brother came home from the US. This time, it's a Mosaic palette in Nutmeg. I already have a PF palette from last year, albeit matte and no shimmers at all. I use them solely as base due to the very neutral colors.


Physician's Formula says:

New Mosaic Cream Eye Shadow Advanced liquid powder technology for long-lasting, high impact color! Ultra-lightweight, ultra-silky, ultra-smooth, non-creasing formula. Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. Hypoallergenic, Fragrance free, Dermatologist approved. Advanced liquid powder technology offers the ultimate, silky-smooth, cream-to-powder eye shadow formula. Smooth onto eyes as a cream and it instantly transforms to a super-soft powder feel for lightweight comfort all day long. No need to compromise any longer, you can have great color, comfort and wear! Five complementary shades are combined to color, define and accent the eyes for a sexy, sophisticated look. Ultra-silky, waterproof formula glides on easily and lasts all day or night. This easy-to-use eye shadow formula can be used on all skin types. For information in the USA 1-800-227-0333
I had no idea how to blend them but I didn't know how to use my fingers either so whatever goes, here's my FOTD and a few comments upon usage:


Eyes [all from the palette]
Base: Bottom right
Crease: Center
Outer V: Upper Right

MAC Brow Set in Show Off [not yet blended in this photo]
Revlon Liquid Eye Pen
The Face Shop Freshian Volumizing Mascara

Ellana Premium Blend Foundation in
French Vanilla Latte
Artdeco Camouflage Cream in 02
L'oreal Blush Delice in Rosy Cheeks

MAC Lipstick in Giddy

My thoughts:
  • Since the colors tend to mix together due to the consistency and all that and coming from the same family, they'd tend to get lost in each other. To create more depth, I added more of the darkest color.
  • I love the subtle shimmer it creates. With normal powder eyeshadows, the shimmers can be kinda obvious --- something I hate. With this palette, the shimmers are very subtle and my eyes don't look like a flash of blinding light in photos.
  • The palette's neutralness is a breath of fresh air --- I like how it's subtle but not overly beige or overly brown if you know what I mean.
  • Perfect for my I'm-a-nice-office-girl days. Do you have one of those?
  • Very inexpensive at $7.95. Not available locally though. 
  • Transparent casing makes it easy to see depth of each pot. 
  • I wore this eye makeup for more than 12 hours and it only creased by the 10th hour. Not bad.
  • Incredibly natural-looking.
  • I don't like the lightest color at all.

Those are my thoughts right now and I'll be glad to make a full blown review in the future, when I've used and abused the palette. Hope that helps if you've got a PF palette!

Happy Wednesday!


Missing my School Days

>> Tuesday, November 10, 2009

School days meant less worries. Back in the days, I only thought of passing [not really gunning for honors, bleh], having fun, my crushes, and looking good. I've been known to don a lipstick since junior kinder [tender age of 4], moved on to lipgloss in high school. Yes I'm not kidding. I've got a photo to prove it.

Little Me [circa 1990] wearing a red lipstick from Clinique, a nixed tube from my mother
And yes, it was me who applied it that's why it's lagpas.
This photo is 20 years old already, unfortunately, it wasn't preserved well :(

My college-graduate version. It's kinda weird looking at my jet-black-haired
self. It seems ages ago!
During this time, I was clueless with eye makeup and proper makeup
application. I was a powder and lipgloss girl, then.

Ahh. Good old days of worry-less existence. I can't believe it's just 10 more days before I hit my 24th year. Because my birthday is coming up, and in an attempt to channel my inner school girl, I decided to wear my plaid skirt and a turtleneck --- which reminds me of US private schools rather than the ones we have here. I remember seeing this ensemble on my stepsister who was then a student at one of the schools in Boston.

Excuse the dirty mirror + body fat.

Turtleneck: Promod, Greenbelt 5
Plaid Skirt: Marks and Spencer, Greenbelt 3
Heels: Charles and Keith, Greenbelt 5

I would have worn some opaque stockings and boots if it weren't too hot in this country. :(

The accessories:

Necklace and brass bracelet (not worn): City of Vintage
Rose Earrings and bangles (not worn): Chick Flick, BF Ruins, Paranaque

I hope you all are having a worry-less day today.
I am coping well with my body aches through Alaxan, my cure-all.

Happy Tuesday, ladies!


Pseudo Fitness Chronicles: Run For Pasig River

>> Monday, November 9, 2009

As I type this, my body aches so much I don't know what am I doing up when I should be lying down instead. I was awake at 3:30 am this morning, went stat to Quirino Grandstand and attended my godchild Sophie's baptism [that of course, is another story.]

Like I've said, I'm not big on fitness regimens, and I didn't think I ever had to because of my body frame. But man, was I wrong! Fitness doesn't necessarily translate to having normal body fat, weight or size. Nowadays, lots of illnesses stem from not having a proper diet and from living a sedentary lifestyle --- something I both lack in.

In my attempt to inject a little activity to my unbelievably sedentary lifestyle, me and my friends joined a run for a cause, the Run for Pasig River Event.

Runners get ready at the Starting Line

A very happy me, oblivious to my very obvious bra strap. Ew.

You see, I'm no running expert but let me just share with you some important lessons I learned from the event.

  • Get enough sleep the day before the event. 5K, as short as it sounds is a mean feat! And this is coming from someone who hasn't run in since last year.
  • If you can, try to run a few laps weeks before the event. Exercise will always be good for the body and it's a way to stretch those muscles, too.
  • Wear proper footwear. I used to not know the difference between a badminton shoe and a running one, reason why I'm wearing the wrong pair for this event. I initially thought all them rubber shoes were the same [I don't care, really, I'm a heels girl] but if not careful, the wrong shoe could hurt your feet. Thank God, I'm okay, and didn't feel anything, but maybe that's because I did not run as strenuously as hard core runners did.
  • Keep yourself hydrated. Bring your tumbler while running or make sure you take a sip at the water stations.
  • Eat something before running. If you don't want to eat a full breakfast, grab a banana and you'll be fine.
  • Don't drink any coffee or tea before the run as this will make you pee. There's a reason for Gatorade
  • Bring your iPod if you're running alone. I never do this, as I'm always just chatting or joking with friends [see, I never take this seriously!] but if you'd want to concentrate or focus, bring your upbeat tunes.
  • If you're a smoker, wait till you've rested after your run before lighting that cig. Running 'opens' up your lungs and the smoke you inhale will be twice as hazardous [as if it not yet bad, no?]. 

The list is probably longer than it should be but that's the reason there are running blogs and what have you. Good luck if you're into running, too and do let me know how it goes.

Happy Monday!

*Photos by my colleague L. Lateo 


Review: Venus and Mars' Bare it All Cream

>> Sunday, November 8, 2009

How are you ladies?

I haven't been blogging as much as I'd love to this week because we've been very busy at work :x Thankfully, the project's done now. Oh and I've partied commiserated with friends and colleagues during a despedida party, downing beer and Bacardi here and there. Now, I think my body's complaining --- I feel very sore and I have fever. I'm hoping I can still wake up early on Sunday for the Pasig River Run.

Anyhoo, before I doze off, I'd like to share with you a review of Venus and Mars' Bare it All Cream in Lavender, as I seriously recommend this especially if you have dry skin or skin problems.

Venus and Mars says:

Bare It All Emu Body Cream is specially formulated to smoothen and whiten the roughest and darkest skin areas. Shea butter, jojoba oil and mango butter are known to be the best moisturizing elements from nature. Just imagine how good these can be when mixed with EMU OIL, the ONLY natural oil that is closest to the human oil components. It also penetrates 5x faster than any other natural oil! This could be the holy grail of body creams! This product also has papain, a powerful whitening extract. The peppermint content is sure to give you a relaxed mood that’s enough to ditch all day’s (or even the brewing!) stress.
Ingredients: Emu Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Mango, Papain, Peppermint
BARE IT ALL CREAM is now available in:
1. Mentholated Mango Mandarin Dash (for the adventurous minty lovers)
2. Pure Mango Mandarin Dash (for those who love it simple)
I bought my 100g tub when I visited BFF's bazaar at AAV and what can I say? I'm loving it like mad!

What I love about it:

  • The scent! Before I figured out that it really works, I noticed the scent and it was soooo nice smelling! I haven't smelled the mango one but the lavender smells like lavender and citrus, I feel relaxed and energized all at once. I thought that even if the product won't work, I'd still be buying this even just for the smell.
  • It works! The thing with my skin is that even if my facial skin can be annoyingly oily, my body skin is annoyingly dry. I've been using this product for almost a month now and I can see the rough areas I had [you know the ones, elbows, ankles] are thankfully softer now. I didn't exactly see that they're whiter and truth be told, I couldn't care less if it was because I'm all for the moisturizing properties of the cream.
  • Locally available --- but of course it's a local product. Supporting the country's entrepreneurs while getting softer skin is a good thing to do. 
  •  Organic. Really, who doesn't like organic stuff?
  •  Reasonably-priced. The 100g tub is priced at Php 225 and I'm now approaching my second month of usage and I'm only halfway into it.
  • Minty. The cool feeling on the skin that the cream leaves is a plus. 

What I did not like about it:

  • The downside of organic products is that since there are no chemicals and preservatives, it may have to be consumed faster as they may spoil faster. Have read a lot of comments that some organic lip balms smells rancid after 6 months of usage. I don't think I'll have a problem with BIA though, as I'm sure I'll be done with it by  next month.
  • The tub. It can be quite a turn off dipping my fingers into it every now and then.
  • Nothing else, really.


  • Smooth the cream onto the rough areas of your body such as elbows, ankles, knees etc day and night.For your feet, you can use this instead of petroleum jelly and wear socks to keep the moisture. 
  • Not to be used on the face.
  • According to the gorgeous Tish of Practical Vanity, Venus and Mars' Bare it All Cream can also be used on underarms --- makes them even smoother! I've read in GT too, that some girls used it in their UAs and found that it can make chicken skin disappear. Ain't that lovely? 
Would I buy this again? Oh yes. Most definitely.

That's it! I hope this review is helpful to you, especially if you're in search of a body cream that actually works.

Venus and Mars Botanicals

House of Organics


You know what cheered me up on Thursday when I was pulling an all-nighter at the office? Receiving the prizes from Shen's birthday giveaway. I can't believe that it's a LOT! Thanks again, Shen!


Oh and here's a shoutout to one of my most favorite bloggers, Frances. Happy birthday, and may you have blessings continue coming to you.

That's it! Hope you're having a happy weekend!


Review: L'oreal White Perfect Radiance Boosting Double Essence

>> Monday, November 2, 2009

Among the many products of L'oreal, this has got to be one of the least reviewed products. I'm not sure if it was the double-cylinders that made it scary or if it simply sounded too complicated. I would know --- because upon seeing the package that arrived from Shopaholic Universe, I was dumbfounded on what I was going to do with it.

When I did a little research, L'oreal says:

Intensive double whitening action for a double efficiency:

The double pump enables to associate in one gesture two complementary essences for a double efficiency: anti-dark zones and pro-rosy transparency!

Double Action
1. More Rosy glow:
Enriched in new Tourmaline gemstone, that helps stimulate skin microcirculation, this essence gives you intense radiance and rosy glow.

2. Less Yellowish complexion:
To visibly tone down darknened zones, the formula contains:
Advanced Melano-Block™, which acts to regulate the melanin production at the source, to help skin become fairer.
Pro-Radiance Complex, a powerful combination of Lactic Acid and Glycolic Acid, which helps exfoliate darkened surface dead cells charged with excess melanin, to boost skin transparency.

Immediately, skin is perfectly moisturized. Softer and smoother, it looks more transparent.
Day after day, skin is intensely fairer, more luminous and a rosy glow shines through!
With a very yellowish, ashy skin, I wouldn't mind being a little on the pink side. Is this finally the product I'm looking for?

Two dispensers with two different serums: The white one for anti-dark
zones and the pink one for rosy glow

After one month of religiously using this, together with the Day Cream from the same brand, here are my findings. Take note that I have combination to oily skin. This review was based on my experience.Should you use this product in the future, please do so with your own discretion.

What I loved about it:

  • Just like the Day Cream, I was glowing! Like, really, really glowing. I thought I had a bright skin before but I did notice the changes after two weeks of using it. I noticed that my skin was clearing and that there were no more dark spots here and there.
  •  Scent is okay. Not too strong and too light. However, if you're more of an 'unscented' person, this will be a con for you.
  • Two dispensers are fun. Seriously, I get a kick every time I pump the bottle because there comes two kinds.
  • The pump dispenser. Very hygienic and less chances of wastage.
  •  Longer Expiry Date. Unlike the normal 6M found in skin care bottles, this one has 12M, which means 12 months. Yay!
  •  Reasonably priced. At Php 845.00 for 30 mL combined, the product gives value for money.
  • Locally available. Again, L'oreal is a drugstore brand, available at almost every Watson's, PCX and SM Health and Beauty section nationwide. 

What I did not like about it:

  • It broke me out, which is just bad. Too bad. For the first two weeks, it wasn't doing anything to my skin and my skin was perfect. After that, I started breaking out in the chin area. To determine if it was the culprit, I stopped using it for two days and the rashes and zits were gone. Ack.
  • Aside from that, nothing really. Would have been a really great product if it didn't cause any breakout. And to think I rarely get violent skin reactions.

  • Press the pump equally to dispense both serums. 
  • Use on top of your daily moisturizing cream as this cannot substitute for your moisturizer or SPF.
  • May not be advisable for usage in the morning cos it can get a tad too oily. Perfect for night time, though. 

Have you used this product yet? How did it fare with you?
Hope the review helps.




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