Oh Nine.

>> Thursday, December 31, 2009

It was definitely a tumultuous year --- a year of losses, cutbacks, roller-coaster rides and it was a year that changes had to be made. Just like wine, diamonds, or steel, one has to undergo certain hardships, fires and trials. In more ways than one, this year has made me and my country emerge stronger than ever.


So before the year ends (or it may have ended by the time you read this), let me share (and be thankful) for the milestones and mishaps, lessons learned of my 2009.

  • Plenty of firsts for me and my girlfriends. If there’s anything I do less when I’m with my girls, it would be partying and drinking and night outs. This year sure has improved our nocturnal skills as we’ve been able to go out more, get crazier and bond more as the sun rises and our alcohol tolerance gets lower and lower until I barely remember how the hell I got home. True story.


  • Bohol with Girlfriends – It was a first as well, for me and my girlfriends to ride a plane together and it was super fun! It was a memorable trip to Bohol last February and I’m looking forward to us going somewhere using our passports this 2010.


  • Learned a New Sport (Bowling) Can I tell you how much I hate sports? I hate wearing rubber shoes or any sport shoe for that matter because I don’t like looking pandak and I hate getting sweaty. In 2009, I took my first bowling ball and the rest was history. And it wasn’t bad, too cos we got to take home the championship trophy!

  • Do not worry about the things you can’t control. If it will bomb, it will bomb. I’ve yet to master this but I’m really glad to have had my headstart.
  • Causes. 2009 for me was a year of The Cause. I see causes/advocacies being started every day in 2009 (Ako Mismo, Ako ang Simula, etc.) In July, our team at work launched an advocacy campaign, It’s Time!,  educating Filipinos on financial matters and I’m very glad to be very involved in it! Then there was the run, which doesn’t make me a runner nor an environmentalist but it was a chance for us to be a part of something very big and beneficial for the country. Which reminds me, don't forget to join my contest!
  • Daily Blogging and Great Friends. I’ve definitely improved on my blogging this year, as last year, I promised I’d write more. It wasn’t that I had nothing to write about. It was because I didn’t think the topics I wanted to write about before were very read-worthy. I guess, it was only a matter of looking at things from different angles and that made all the difference. It was also in this year that I’ve gained more blogger friends and strengthened the ones I already have, and for that, I’m really very, very thankful.
  • Met new friends from other countries. When the BFF and I went to KK in September, we met up with Chris, who introduced us to a whole bunch of cool people who took us around and gave us a tour of KK.


  • Bonding with people from work. Our department is kind of secluded in the building, with our office at the 5th Floor while the rest of the company is at 10F and up. When our big boss announced that we should win the Team Performance contest, we were amazed how practice (and a common goal, BTW) can bring three departments together for one AMAZING WIN.
  • TV’s glorious year. At least for me. 2009 was the year I got into watching all these fab series (and man, I just started watching Glee last night and I’m hooked!). My favorite TV series is now The Big Bang Theory, outshining How I Met Your Mother this year. Frankly, while I love both Barney and Robin, the two of them together makes a very boring episode season.

 How come nobody told me this man is in Glee?
Hotness!

Oh and Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper on TBBT) and Lea Michelle (Glee's Rachel Berry) in one video!




Happy New Year, my dear bloggers! It’s been another year and I would like to thank you all for inspiring me to write, for writing all these fabulous blogs I read everyday and for being a source of my happiness this 2009. Cheers to more friendship, more happy posts and a fruitful 2010!


Kisses!

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Review: Venus and Mars Antibacterial Brush Soak

>> Tuesday, December 29, 2009

With the holidays giving each and every corporate lass time to bond with family, friends, (boyfriend/s, if you must), including myself, I took the opportunity to clean my brushes really well and give them the TLC they deserve. After all, Christmas is all about giving and give I shall.

I never made a review about this wonderful product -- and truth be told, I've always kinda took brush cleaners for granted. It was only this weekend when I realized their importance and I vow to never underestimate brush cleaners ever again.

I was fortunate to have made it early to Dang's prebuy for the Venus and Mars' Antibacterial Brush Set cos it came with a free soak (yay!). It's been nearly six months since I've had it and I'm nowhere near half of the bottle and I've been using it every two weeks (on alternate with my other brush cleaner from Elianto).




What Venus and Mars says:

This Antibacterial Brush Soak is designed to prolong the beauty of your makeup brushes, preserve the antibacterial factor of the V&M brushes and keep bacteria from harboring in the bristles.

Use your brushes merrily with this brush shampoo, without the fear of getting bacteria on your face

Tip: Clean your makeup brushes with this antibacterial soak every week.

I'm damn scared of getting bacteria on my face but darn too lazy wash them brushes, too. Thank goodness for cleaners that make the process extra special.

Sidestory: You know, when I was younger, I despised cleaning my brushes and even if I wanted to, I had no idea how to do it, hence buying really cheapskate brushes and throwing them when they were dirty. Of course, I didn't throw them every week so you can just imagine how dirty they were. I shiver at the thought.

Up until now, I still have no idea how to clean them right despite reading a lot from beauty blogs here and there. Do I soak them and watch color mud the water? Do I scrub them? Do I put drops of this into a pail of water and let it do its work?

I did come up of my own method (I'm questioning its originality though). Because of this cleaner's consistency, which is shampoo-like to an extent, I wash the bristles of my brushes like I would do real hair. I rinse the brushes with tap water first then apply 'shampoo', rinse and when the water's clear, I 'towel' it off with a handtowel.

What I Like about this product:
  • Brushes are squeaky clean and soft after cleaning. It does the job after all. 
  • I can feel that it's not harsh to my brushes at all. Whenever I use Elianto's Brush Cleaner, I kinda wince every time cos it emits a stingy smell (kind of like bleach but softer).
  • I can use my hands while shampooing my brushes and not be afraid that it's going to dry my skin. Again, the only other experience I have with cleaners is with Elianto. And if compared with that, Venus and Mars is definitely the winner.
  • It's organic. What else can you say about that? :D
  • It's reasonably priced at Php 149.00 ($3) per 50 mL. And like I said I'm not even halfway done. Yay!
  • Locally available here or here.
What I don't like about it:
  • Geez. The packaging. 
Will I buy this again? Yes!

Venus and Mars Botanicals
http://venusandmars08.multiply.com

House of Organics
http://houseoforganics.multiply.com/

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Liquid Wisdom*

>> Monday, December 28, 2009

*as opposed to Liquid Courage that one gets from beer, this piece of wisdom I got from someone while we were having bottles of beer (or was it Malibu?) somewhere in Makati.




Don’t be in rush moving from the not so serious to the serious. Everything has its seasons, everything has its time.

I’m not sure I ever worried about a pair of shoes I wanted to buy, didn’t and lost sleep out of it. But being caught between hurting and being honest; been there, done that. Seeing flaws in others so bad I must lose them; that, too. Thinking my concerns are petty; yes. Drinking for courage, yep. Having to leave carelessness and needing to grow up, yes, but only reluctantly.

And after everything that’s happened to me so far, I look forward to tomorrow up to 60. Life is designed for living after all it’s a miracle how we can get caught in one moment after another of it.

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Looklet Chronicles 03: Dreaming of Dressing Up

>> Sunday, December 27, 2009

My girlfriends can attest to it: I wish to dress up all the time. I bug them many, many times just so we'd go out and I could put on my highest heels. To where? It never really mattered. With a life mostly revolving around work and zero social life, my dresses have remained where they were since they were first acquired: at the back of my closet. With the holidays making me a recluse, and while my activity has been limited to binge eating, there is no way that these dresses will see the light of day anytime soon.

With that, I'm turning in to Looklet to do the job for me, at least for the mean time. Enjoy!

















How's your Sunday? Mine is sooooo lazy!
I've been in my room for two days and didn't really come out unless
nature called!


Kisses!

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Reasons to be Excited for 2010

A new year approaching means lots of exciting movies ahead! I, for one, am very excited to watch these! Enjoy!

When in Rome [Kirsten Bell, Josh Duhamel] Finally, Kirsten Bell does a rom-com with her in the lead. I totally loved her in Forgetting Sarah Marshall but of course, she was the villain in there. And besides, Josh Duhamel, Dax Shepard [who's so funny here, BTW] and Jon Heder and an awesome soundtrack, I can't wait!


Alice in Wonderland [Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter] I've been waiting for so long! I know I've seen this trailer at the beginning of this year and it's just awesome that of course, Mr. Depp will be playing the role of the Mad Hatter. Oh and Anne Hathaway's in it, too, as the White Queen!




Shrek Forever After, Who doesn't love Shrek, right?

 

Grown Ups [Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Chris Rock] As always, Sandler's films will make you laugh hysterically for the first 1.5 hours, and have you sobbing before you know it.

 

Iron Man 2 [Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle]


It's Complicated [Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin] This was released on Christmas Day in the US, and of course, I'm pretty sure this will be released here in the Philippines by 2010 so technically.. You know the drill.

When social networking gurus coined the term "It's Complicated," they probably had in mind one of the most fitting relationship statuses ever thought of. In the movie [and as told to me by my mother who's excited to watch this], Streep's character is dating his ex-husband, Baldwin, while being married to Martin. Complicated, right?


Dear John [Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried] A Nicholas Sparks book is always an awesome movie. Add to that some Channing and you're good to go!



Leap Year [Amy Adams]


Youth in Revolt [Michael Cera] Michael Cera is just too adorable, yes? I think this is probably the third movie [first and second being Juno and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist] he's played a goody-two shoes who doesn't know a thing about sex and yet turns out to be a bad boy! and besides, he's soooo funny, I can't wait to watch this with my brother!





What are you excited for in 2010?
Kisses!

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Things I Love Thursdays

>> Saturday, December 26, 2009

The annual Christmas party with my girls.
It's been a yearly thing for the past 11 years but I never get tired of it. In fact, each year keeps getting better and better. I remember that from last year, C came home from Oz! This year, C didn't come home but we all know we're going to see her soon!

 Goofin' around with Karen with our wigs

Besides the friendship, my girls know where to find the perfect gifts, too. 
Exchange gifts are good but knowing you're bound to get something you really like and  you actually get it is the best thing in the history of exchange gifts, ever.

 Opening the gift from the BFF

 The gifts from my girls. I love Christmas!


Family.
Last Christmas, I spent only a fraction of my Christmas Day with my family. This year is better because my brother is in the country for once and as I type this, I can smell the delicious aroma of Christmas food that I will devour later.

The Sex and the City Sequel
I will never get over Carrie, her posse and her neverending questions in life. Regardless of how the trailer doesn't seem to show any great-storyline potential, I'm still excited to watch this movie.

 

Starbucks Red Cups and the Christmas Beverages
I know this is kinda late but I'd just like to profess my love to the Toffee Nut Latte. May it never be phased out by Starbucks.

 via

Freedom. Love. Hope. Happiness. 
I'm quite certain that 2010 will be a better year for me and I hope yours, too. Cheers and Merry Christmas, everyone.

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Chronicles of Christmas 01: Discovolution

>> Thursday, December 24, 2009

Where I came from, the parties were always big, fun and amazing. Two years ago, as I joined my then-new company, I was a little bit worried that my expectation when it comes to parties are quite high. I was not let down, though.

Here are some snaps from the our company's Christmas Party held last week at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City. I normally act like Grinch during Christmas parties cos I never liked participating but I learned it could be fun especially if your team mates are the most FUN of all. Truth be told, the only bait to me the previous years were the endless drnks and the extravagant raffles. It doesn't hurt to win the grand prize for the Best Team Performance, too! The theme for our department was 1970s so we spiced everything with songs from the Hotdogs, VST and Co., Rico J. Puno and Hagibis! Oh and we have bell-bottoms and Toyota/Crispa uniforms for costumes, too!

So here are some snaps from last week's party:


 Hosts Pokwang and Energy FM's Mr. Fu


OOTN #1: Vintage 70's dress from Ukay Ukay






 Dancing to Hotdogs' Manila


 After 'Bongga Ka 'Day!' [OOTN #2]. Can you spot me?


 Ever seen a human mirror ball?


 OOTN #3:
Silver dress with sequins: Thrifted
Black stockings: Betty, SM Department Store
Pink flats: Celine 
Belt: Random 
Bangle: SM Department Store 





 Did you attend your company Christmas party?
How was it?

Merry Christmas, everyone!
Kisses!



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On Piolo Pascual and Charity

>> Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I was never a fan.

I was never one of the many millions of girls who scream 'I Love You, Pioloooooo!' each time they see him. In fact, way before this project landed on my hands, I had no idea how far the extent of his yumminess popularity was to girls, women and cougars alike. The one time our team hung out at his unit, I actually did not ask for a photo with him but his assistant Moi (also known as Elena from the movie Kimmy Dora.) I was that clueless.


 Like I can't believe, I had no photo for that night except these two
as I was part of the event organizers and didn't really have time to pose, yikes.


 With my good friend Roda Magnaye from TV5's Celebrity Tenbits

Recently, our company (particularly, our team) had a collaboration with Mr. Pascual himself. Entitled "SunPIOLOgy 2010 Desktop Calendar," it showcases the photos taken by Mr. Pascual during his travels in the Philippines, Asia, parts of Europe and North America. "Because of my work, I travel a lot. Landscapes never fail to take my breath away, whether natural or man-made wonders like famous structures, " he says.




During the early stages of the calendar's development, I have to share that this was the time I have grown fond of his talents. Sure, he is a great actor and he's proven that many, many times already. But being someone who's worked with him a couple of times, I've seen the way he is very careful with the work he attaches his name to. I particularly was amazed that he was incredibly concerned with the autographed calendars and he wants each of it to be personalized with individual names.



More than that, before all of these, I only discovered that he founded a charitable organization along with his siblings Chiqui Gonzales and Pam Shoaf. "It is the single, most promising opportunity you can give to ensure a good future. We want to help those who help themselves, and we do that by sending them to school."




 Piolo explains why this photo, taken at Normandy, France, is his favorite of all.

Through SLFP's agents', employees', clients', friends and media's help, we have been able to raise Php 100,000 before the launch and thus was able to turn over to Hebreo 12:1 Foundation last December 8th. During the event, two framed and autographed photos from Mr. Pascual's collection were auctioned off, thus bringing in an additional Php 52, 000! You, too, can avail of this calendar and help a kid go to school by going to your nearest Fully Booked! branch or by visiting www.sunpiology.com.ph to bid on the framed and signed photos.

It's easy to say that a man (or a celebrity for that matter) has a good heart when you see his name attached to charities and such. In my case, I saw a celebrity with a good heart when there were no cameras around and even if there is no talent fee, whose temper never rose, no "I'm a celebrity complex" and who was very patient and was kind to his adoring and screaming fans. I've been asked many times on what's he's like in person and all I can say is that he is extremely nice to work with. If anyone will ever fish for negative comments from me, there is none that I can say.

So I guess you can now say I am now a fan who admires this actor/singer/producer/photographer/philanthropist.



*Photos by Allan Samantila and Rhedd Viray.

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Life Practical Tips for Productive Living

>> Monday, December 21, 2009




  1. What did I learn last week? – If you have trouble answering this question, it’s time for a change.  It doesn’t matter how old you are, you should learn something new every week.
  2. What was my greatest accomplishment over the past week? – Reflecting on your accomplishments is a healthy way to raise self confidence and contentment.  It’s also an effective way to track your progress.
  3. Which moment from last week was the most memorable and why? – It may open up your mind to new passions and goals, or simple pastimes worth revisiting.
  4. What’s the #1 thing I need to accomplish this week? – Everything else is secondary, and should be treated as such.  Nevertheless, this question will also shine light on other noteworthy tasks.
  5. What can I do right now to make the week less stressful? – Set reminders in your calendar, get your laundry done, fill the car with gas… organize yourself.
  6. What have I struggled with in the past that might also affect the upcoming week? – The idea here is to learn from your struggles and better equip yourself for future encounters.
  7. What was last week’s biggest time sink? – Steer clear of this in the future.  Setup physical barriers against distractions if you have to.
  8. Am I carrying any excess baggage into the week that can be dropped? – Physical clutter, mental clutter… eliminate the unnecessary so the necessary may shine bright.
  9. What have I been avoiding that needs to get done? – Pencil in a time to get these things done.  For any 2-minute or less tasks, consider scheduling them first thing Monday morning.
  10. What opportunities are still on the table? – If it’s still available and you want it, make a concrete plan to go after it this week.
  11. Is there anyone I’ve been meaning to talk to? – Regular communication can solve problems before they fester.  Always keep an open line of communication to those around you.
  12. Is there anyone that deserves a big ‘Thank You’? – Take time each week to thank the people who have helped you.  Your kind gesture will not go unnoticed.
  13. How can I help someone else this coming week? – The easiest way to get what you want is to help others get what they want.  If you help them, they will remember you when you need help.
  14. What are my top 3 goals for the next 3 years? – You’ll never make any progress in life if you don’t setup realistic goals for yourself.
  15. Have any of my recent actions moved me closer to my goals? – If the answer is no, something needs to change.
  16. What’s the next step for each goal? – Knowing the next step is the key to accomplishing the whole.
  17. What am I looking forward to during the upcoming week? – The answer can act as a great source of motivation.  If nothing exists, schedule something to look forward to.
  18. What are my fears? – Consciously address your fears each week and slowly work on resolving them.  It’s all about taking baby steps.
  19. What am I most grateful for? – It’s a smart way to keep things in perspective, and something you should never lose sight of.
  20. If I knew I only had one week to live, who would I spend my time with? – Another helpful reminder… Life is short.  Spend more time with the people you care about.
  21. What did I learn last week? – If you have trouble answering this question, it’s time for a change.  It doesn’t matter how old you are, you should learn something new every week.
  22. What was my greatest accomplishment over the past week? – Reflecting on your accomplishments is a healthy way to raise self confidence and contentment.  It’s also an effective way to track your progress.
  23. Which moment from last week was the most memorable and why? – It may open up your mind to new passions and goals, or simple pastimes worth revisiting.
  24. What’s the #1 thing I need to accomplish this week? – Everything else is secondary, and should be treated as such.  Nevertheless, this question will also shine light on other noteworthy tasks.
  25. What can I do right now to make the week less stressful? – Set reminders in your calendar, get your laundry done, fill the car with gas… organize yourself.
  26. What have I struggled with in the past that might also affect the upcoming week? – The idea here is to learn from your struggles and better equip yourself for future encounters.
  27. What was last week’s biggest time sink? – Steer clear of this in the future.  Setup physical barriers against distractions if you have to.
  28. Am I carrying any excess baggage into the week that can be dropped? – Physical clutter, mental clutter… eliminate the unnecessary so the necessary may shine bright.
  29. What have I been avoiding that needs to get done? – Pencil in a time to get these things done.  For any 2-minute or less tasks, consider scheduling them first thing Monday morning.
  30. What opportunities are still on the table? – If it’s still available and you want it, make a concrete plan to go after it this week.
  31. Is there anyone I’ve been meaning to talk to? – Regular communication can solve problems before they fester.  Always keep an open line of communication to those around you.
  32. Is there anyone that deserves a big ‘Thank You’? – Take time each week to thank the people who have helped you.  Your kind gesture will not go unnoticed.
  33. How can I help someone else this coming week? – The easiest way to get what you want is to help others get what they want.  If you help them, they will remember you when you need help.
  34. What are my top 3 goals for the next 3 years? – You’ll never make any progress in life if you don’t setup realistic goals for yourself.
  35. Have any of my recent actions moved me closer to my goals? – If the answer is no, something needs to change.
  36. What’s the next step for each goal? – Knowing the next step is the key to accomplishing the whole.
  37. What am I looking forward to during the upcoming week? – The answer can act as a great source of motivation.  If nothing exists, schedule something to look forward to.
  38. What are my fears? – Consciously address your fears each week and slowly work on resolving them.  It’s all about taking baby steps.
  39. What am I most grateful for? – It’s a smart way to keep things in perspective, and something you should never lose sight of.
  40. If I knew I only had one week to live, who would I spend my time with? – Another helpful reminder… Life is short.  Spend more time with the people you care about.

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Review: Maybelline Clear Smooth Minerals Healthy Natural Liquid Foundation

>> Sunday, December 20, 2009



Well, that was long.

I did mention that my favorite makeup purchase last weekend was this. I was walking at the new and improved Beauty by SM on my way to buy knee-high socks and some scarves when I saw that the Maybelline stall had an ongoing sale. Originally priced at Php 299, the sale bumped down the post at Php 209 which is very, very good in my book. The SA recommended that I get the one in Rose White.

Maybelline says:

Clear Smooth Minerals Liquid Foundation is breathable yet full coverage that gives a healthy luminosity.
Clinically proven: No oil. No fragrance SPF 18/PA+++
Directions: Apply prior to sun exposure. Dot on forehead, cheeks, chin and neck. Smooth with downward strokes until well blended

Net: 18ml, Made in China
Shades available: C02 Rose White, N02 Shell Beige, W02 Natural Buff, W03 Apricot Sand

A little background: I used to pretty much skip on liquid foundations, except when I need to pile on foundation during weddings and photo shoots at work. Never have I really included liquid foundation to my daily regimen cos 1) It's just an extra step. 2) Methinks it'll just make me oily with me being in in a tropical country and all.

I've read about Shen's Glowing Shen post months back and I did promise I will try the product out because I was completely amazed how the foundation made Shen look simply  divine.


 On my index finger

What I loved about it:

  • Consistency. It was neither thick nor runny so for me, it was perfect. I find that thick foundations usually are hard to blend and liquid ones usually provide little to no coverage. This baby was just in between.
  • Just like it claimed, it was clear and smooth. The coverage made my minor blemishes disappear and it evened out my skintone. I used to not like Maybelline foundations (the powder ones, at least) cos they never seem to have a light shade perfect for me. This liquid foundie's shade is perfect, too! 
  • Non-sticky. Maybe it was just the weather but who cares? This foundation didn't make me feel the least bit sticky, and it dries up (to powder finish) pretty fast!
  • No smell. I really am not a fan of make up with strong fragrances and this one is a winner with no smell at all.
  • SPF! It has SPF 18 which is an is just a bonus, really, cos I never really rely on makeup to do something else's job.
  • The price and the packaging. Some might say that it is incredibly small that's why it's inexpensive but to me this is a pro. Liquid foundations are one of the cosmetic products with a short shelf life and unless you're a celebrity who goes under the lights every day, a few pea-sized dollops are all you need because..
  • A little goes a long way.
  •  No touch ups. I've used this for a whole week under my HG mineral foundation and I'm very happy to report that my oil-blotting film usage did not go up nor did I had to retouch during the day.
  • Fusion. Mineral makeup in a traditional medium? I'm sure MMU enthusiasts are rejoicing cos it's definitely not messy! 
  • Locally available. I got mine at Beauty by SM so that means this is available at all SM beauty sections!
  • Easy to apply. I tried using my Venus and Mars Foundation brush and some wedges and even a sponge but it all boiled down to my fingers. If you're using your fingers though, don't forget to make sure they're clean. 
  • I DID NOT break out with this. Yay! 
What I did not like about it:
  • The need for concealer. Maybe I'm just expecting too much from this product when in fact it never promised to hide every flaw in my face, ha! 
  • Just four shades? I don't know why Maybelline has always been sticking with just 4 shades, all of which seems to have been from the same color family.
  • Nothing else, really. This a great drugstore brand makeup and I'm glad that Maybelline has been doing much efforts to bring quality into drugstore buys. 
Is it HG material? Oh yes! And I will most definitely buy again when I run out.

Here's my face with the Maybelline Mineral Liquid Foundation:





How's your weekend so far?
Mine is great, great, great!

Kisses!

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Things I Love Thursdays

>> Friday, December 18, 2009

The sweet feeling of winning. Dancing like there was no tomorrow.
The 70s (I'm seriously LSSing on VST and Co.'s Swing Rico J. Puno's Macho Gwapito.
My silver dress (I gotta show you in a separate entry, though). Falsies and the way
they make your eyes much, much bigger.

Sandra Bullock and her funny clip from The Proposal.


 Clever ads:




Camaraderie. Themed-parties. Downing a couple of Cuervos and not getting hung over.
 Tons of parties and coming to work with a mountain of gifts waiting for you. Having drinks with
an old lover friend. Words of wisdom from an index card.



Ooh, I love Christmas, despite the heavy traffic and the rush.
Happy Friday!


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Be beautiful with Airbrush Makeup any day!

>> Thursday, December 17, 2009

Ever since T's wedding, I've been curious with all things airbrushed. I, for one, was incredibly impressed on the airbrush techniques that her makeup artist Madge Lejano applied. Prior to that, I've only heard of airbrush makeup through models who appear in magazines. Truth be told, I've never thought of it as something I'd be able to try on a normal setup.

However, the other day, I received an email from Valerie of Glambox, inviting me and my readers a chance to try out, FOR FREE!

But first, what exactly is Airbrush Makeup?

Airbrush makeup is the next generation of makeup. Once developed solely for the TV and film industry to hide skin flaws under dramatic lighting or new technologies like HDTV (High Definition TV), airbrush is ahead of traditional makeup in terms of both effective coverage and feel.
Since airbrush makeup is sprayed on as fine mist over the skin, it produces a natural flawless complexion. It doesn’t rub into the skin or emphasize pores and it allows the skin to breathe through its light texture.

 Kinda scary, yes?




I normally get intimated by simple things turned complicated like this. But because I'd been able to see the difference between regular, traditional makeup, the curiosity has been plaguing me so I'm deciding to give it a try (unless, of course something comes up). Glambox is hosting a free trial on Saturday, December 19, from 1-5pm at the Suesh Showroom and Studio in 34 Wilson Street, San Juan City. If you girls are interested, all you need to do is hop on over to their website www.glamboxairbrush.com and register. I might be able to drop by so if we do happen to be there at the same time, please say hi! :)



I hope your week going great cos mine definitely is.
Kisses!

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Review: shu uemura Cleansing Oil

>> Monday, December 14, 2009

"Beautiful makeup starts with beautiful skin."

In 1967, Mr. Uemura made history by introducing the first oil-based cleanser to Japan. the cleansing oil's exceptional reputation and gentle effectiveness quickly convinced the public of its skincare benefits and is now an emblematic product of the shu uemura brand.
shu uemura website 

I've wanted to try the famed shu uemura cleansing oil ever since university days but the practical girl in me has been refusing to  spend thousands on a product that bears the possibility of wreaking havoc on my skin.  Even until now that I've been earning my own money and is free to splurge, I still haven't had the heart --- until I got to try it, courtesy of Shen, when I won her birthday giveaway [thanks, Shen!]










It was a stroke of luck that Shen's prizes included not one but two types of travel-sized shu uemura cleansing oils, which I've been using for more than a month now. The first one I've tried is the shu uemura cleansing oil premium a/o:

for aging concerns

Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/O is the #1 selling shu uemura Cleansing Oil in the world. A premium anti-oxidant skin purifier that thoroughly cleanses the skin while protecting it against the internal and external aggressions associated with skin aging.
With the cold weather here in the country, my skin has had a hard time adjusting and thus had been incredibly dry. Despite the moisturizers, the makeup removers I've been using [L'oreal's and The Face Shop] have been adding insult to injury. The cleansing oil from Shen definitely came when I desperately need it.

The cleansing oil works like your facial-wash-cum-makeup-remover. Because it is concentrated and oil-based, only a few drops are needed. I never believed this until I got to try and a drop does go a long way.

Ingredients: paraffinum liquidum / mineral oil , zea mays / corn germ oil , carthamus tinctorius / safflower seed oil , cetyl ethylhexanoate , peg-20 glyceryl triisostearate , simmondsia chinensis / jojoba seed oil , polysorbate 85 , sorbitan trioleate , sea water , squalane , macadamia ternifolia / macadamia ternifolia seed oil , tocopherol , isostearic acid , glycerin , c12-15 alkyl benzoate , dicaprylyl carbonate , ethyl oleate , isopropyl myristate , camellia sinensis / camellia sinensis leaf extract , capryl glycol / caprylyl glycol , methylparaben , limonene , hexyl cinnamal , benzyl salicylate , linalool , butylphenyl methylpropional , alpha-isomethyl ionone , parfum / fragrance

What I Loved About it:
  • The smell! Seriously. It reminds me of olive oil, which is also used by skincare enthusiasts [of the OCM fame] and it was lovely! The website says that the scent was based on watermelon, jasmine and sandalwood, though.
  • It can remove the most stubborn of mascaras. I use Covergirl's Lash Blast [Waterproof] everyday and the shu uemura cleansing oil has helped me strip off the day's makeup.
  • No stingy feel. I've used it in my eye area and I didn't feel any sting at all.
  • It has moisturizing properties. I still use my one of my HG products, L'oreal Dermo Genesis Facial Foam after I use the cleansing oil and I've noticed that my skin has this added softness, since I've used the oil. 

What I don't Like:
  • The price. At Php 2,500* for the 150 mL bottle, this baby can be called expensive. It does go a long, long way though so it might be years before you finish off that bottle. 
Will I buy this product?  If it goes on sale, which happens, yes!

Tips [from the shu uemura website]:
  1. Use 3-4 pumps of cleansing oil on dry hands. 
  2. Spread gently and thoroughly over dry face. 
  3. Add a few drops of lukewarm water to face to emulsify. 
  4. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. 


Hope this review helps! Happy Monday!

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Weekend Survey

>> Sunday, December 13, 2009

01 Mood: Bland. I've been resting well this weekend but I got pissed a while ago because I suddenly craved for jelly doughnuts [blame it on Cafe World!] and wasn't able to have some because it was during the wee hours of the morning.

02 Best thing about this weekend: Catching up on One Tree Hill episodes [can't get over how yummy Clay is], watching HIMYM and The Big Bang Theory with my brother, DIY pampering and painting my toes pearl pink using Sally Hansen nail polish --- the only nail polish that goes on neat on my toes.

03 Last movie I saw: Some Kind of Wonderful. :)

04 What I’m watching:

 

I'm happy to report that our event was a smashing success and that
it was included in the showbiz segment of TV Patrol (and SNN and E-Live)
this weekend!


05 Fashion lust: I've long been looking for a pink and gray sweater and look what I found:


OOTD:

Pink and Gray Sweater: Thrifted
Beige tank: Bench
Semi Acid-wash jeans: MNG
Pink flats: Celine

06 Listening to: Honestly? I have LSS on the Hotdogs' Bongga Ka 'Day! We've been practicing like crazy for the office Christmas party and it's on my mind 24/7.

07 Favourite recent purchase: The Maybelline Mineral Foundation in Rose White. The chilly weather is the perfect excuse for longer and more complicated makeup routines, yes?

08 What I’m reading: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, Alfie by Bill Naughton and (again) Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella.

09 I want: To remember the feeling of helping and the House of Joys' kids' will to live. Makes me think I have so much to be thankful for.



10 Aim for this week: Dance properly, buy gifts (Ack, I've not started anything at all) and stay sane despite the parties happening left and right.


How's your weekend?
Kisses!

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Things I Love Thursday

>> Thursday, December 10, 2009

Finally! I made it to a Thursday!

Christmas chill. Neutrogena Body Oil = MY skin's lifesaver.Crisp white tees + jeans + pink flats = LOVE.
Jim Sturgess! Now I want to just lounge and watch Across the Universe. Glamour articles.



 Neatly hung clothes -- I recently reorganized my closet according to color and style, yay!
Witty diatribes. Sesame seed scent.



Clouds in my coffee. Snail mail from grandparents on vacation in Russia.
Jim Sturgess, please marry me. My website being the only one with very positive ratings
compared to its Asia and North America counterparts. Pink sheets.



Oh and I thought I'd just share:

You Know You’re Pretentious If You…

1. Claim that you like Bach, Vivaldi, Wagner, etc. when you’d really rather listen to Beyonce’s Single Ladies.

2. Claim to love The Godfather and Citizen Kane when you’d really rather be watching Zoolander.

3. Claim to understand Nietzsche, Marx and Hegel when you probably can’t even properly pronounce nor spell their names without Googling them.

4. Claim to have read Anna Karenina, The Tale of Genji, The Brothers Karamazov, etc. when you can barely get past the 5th chapter of Twilight.

5. Claim to be a Japanophile because you patronize Harajuku Lovers.

6. Call the Hermes Birkin an investment piece because you think you can sell it for a higher price than what you paid for. Goodluck on finding idiots who would plop 9 grand for a secondhand box-o’-germs.

7. Claim to love photography when you Photoshop your way to art.

8. Claim you’re one in a million. Wake up. You’re not.

9. Think you look cool and rich by posing in front of a car.

10. Keep saying “fail” every opportunity you get.

11. Claim to be a super geek by saying you enjoy The National Georgraphic channel when you’re actually tuned in to VH1 or MTV.

12. Point out a fashion faux pas when you don’t even know how to dress yourself.

13. Claim that you’re happy and successful. If you are, you won’t feel the need to talk about it.

14. Buy every garbage Louis Vuitton throws at you and call yourself fashionable.

15. Claim that you can eat anything you want and not gain weight when you actually sneak off into the ladies’ room after every meal.

16. Constantly inject an unfamiliar word into every statement so you would appear to be an intellectual.

17. Often find a way to talk about yourself and your life even though you’re not the one being discussed.

18. Name drop to flaunt how well-connected you are.

19. Claim to be cultured and well-traveled when you haven’t even left the continent.

20. Claim to be a citizen of the world when you’re a mere tourist.

21. Document every trip you make to Starbucks or The Coffee Bean or any other coffee shop for that matter.

22. Laugh at political satires when you don’t really know what they’re talking about.

23. Pout and pose with a bottle of liquor in pictures and upload these on Facebook.

24. Call San Francisco SanFo or San Fran; Manila , Manille; Boracay, Bora.

25. Call yourself an environmentalist just because, along with other idiots, once a year, you turn your lights off for an hour.

26. Call yourself “one of the boys” when you know you’re a big-time flirt.

27. Think you have a life just because you’re wasted every weekend.

28. Refer to yourself as a “bitch” or a “player.”

29. Post updates from the stock exchange on your blog. We know how to use the internet and read the paper, thankyouverymuch.

30. Constantly talk about how great your sex life is and how fantastic you are in bed. Who are you trying to fool?


How is Thursday treating you? I hope you're lovin'
the nippy weather cos I definitely am!
Kisses!



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