Review: Bobbi Brown Remedies

This is not your average skincare. If it's not yet obvious, I am a marketer in real life --- in my daily life, and I think I've been quite experienced in identifying which products should go where, marketed to whom and how. To this I say that Bobbi Brown Remedies, a hyper targeted skincare solution is for the women out there who know what their skin problem is.

  • Pores & Blemishes - Skin Clarifier No. 75
  • Dull & Tired Skin - Skin Reviver No. 91
  • Dry Parched Skin - Skin Moisture Solution No. 86
  • Loss of Elasticity - Skin Fortifier No. 93
  • Redness & Irritation - Skin Relief No. 80
  • Chapped, Cracked Skin - Skin Salve No. 57

Skin Reviver No. 91: I first read this from a Refinery29 article which called it Brussels sprouts for the face. I was extra excited to use it especially I've been on a healthy kick lately. I've been cooking healthy stuff at home, making fruit juices and smoothies and going on detoxes so this was just right up my alley.

The Verdict: It may take some time before one gets / feels some form of effect, especially if one needs exfoliation, like me on some days. I felt like my skin was so dull so I complimented this with some essences {CosRX AHA!}, and I've seen  how it just amplifies the effects of the other skincare I'm using. I'm happy to note that Skin Reviver 91 is just what I've always been looking for: the right essence I want to pat on my face in the middle of the day when my skin has been parched by the office airconditioning and the sun, when I go on my trips outside during lunch time.

Skin Moisture Solution No. 86: This was something I switched up with my current nighttime skincare and it was something different, first time I've ever experienced. It has that oily feel when you drop it into your fingers and applied but once it dries up in the morning, it's rather matte {a little sticky} but nonetheless dry. 

The Verdict: This may very well replace my current nighttime oils {currently using Bio Oil from Mercury Drug} and alternately, Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Oil. This is not too heavy for summertime which is right now and just right!

Both Bobbi Brown Skin Remedies are available at Bobbi Brown Boutiques, my favorite one at SM Megamall.

Things I Love Sundays: Proximity

We've all heard about the saying, "You are the average of the people you spend time with." I used to worry sometimes that I either spend most times alone, I also tend to spend long hours with people I didn't care about. I didn't realize it has improved since and that I'm actually happier now with the company I keep both in personal and my professional life. Perhaps it's also because I was offered much more choices and I grew up to finally use that choice wisely and proactively.

I'm happy to be surrounded by people who are idealistic, those who burn through a million of wonderful possibilities, pore through details to solve a problem, analytical but intellectually humble. I may not be in the best shape of all my life {currently worrying myself to sleep because I've grown to a size 4 and some clothes don't fit} but this is the most glorious of times: I get to learn everyday like crazy. And I mean that even at home, learning is inevitable.

Above is the current spread of products I'm using --- amazeballs that they all rounded up to be that perfect shade of pink, too. L-R: Dove Powder Soft, The Body Shop Vitamin E Emulsion, Origins Renewal Serum with Willowherb {most loved serum of late!}, Catrice Prime & Fine Primer, Biore Perfect Bright Milk SPF 50, and Jordana Sweet Cream Matte in Creme Brulee.

You May Want to Marry My Husband. *sob*

"The more anxious and neurotic the owner, the researchers discovered, the more likely the dog was to share those same traits. On the flip side, chiller dogs were more likely to belong to more relaxed owners." I love this article on how dog owners and their dogs are very similar. Yup. That's me and half of Butters. I think half of his psychosis come from his dad :P

Instagram, RedesignedAlso, I've been learning User Experience Design and it's awesome!

I've also been trying to learn SQL because I discovered that I actually like data. *surprise*

But I'm happy, I'm glad to be in a very good place, to be in very good company. I'm grateful. I'm about to bake cupcakes in a bit, just waiting for Mike to come back with my unsalted butter and yogurt. For now, leaving you with these photos from my week:

Have an amazing week, you guys.

Tara Reviews: Jordana Sweet Cream Matte in Creme Brulee

When I was invited to the Beauty Backstage Event hosted by Bhagis International and the Project Vanity Team, I had zero expectation on what brands I'd possibly be interacting with. When I arrived, I happily got into it, discovered drugstore brands I'd never know since I'm rarely out perusing beauty shelves of late.

Give your lips some sugar, sweetie! Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lip Color starts off as a liquid and melts into a velvety matte finish. Indulge in a light, creamy-whipped feel and dessert-rich shades like Cherry Cobbler and Red Velvet Cake. Infused with a drop of vitamin A—Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lip Color keeps lips comfortable and never dry. Each tempting shade stays fresh on your lips for up to 16 hours. You just got one step closer to yum!

Jordana's Sweet Cream Matte Lip in Creme Brulee, PHP 499, is a pretty light peachy pink shade that's just surprisingly right for the Filipina skintone. It didn't come as a surprise that it worked well with me, since when I came to the Jordana booth, it was the last tube of Creme Brulee! 

What I Love About It:

  • OMG, it smells sweet! Like literal sweet cream! There's a certain joy that comes from using it because of that. 
  • Made in USA -- surprisingly, I don't see a lot of USA makeup anymore, as most are sourced from China, Taiwan or Japan lately. Nothing bad about that.
  • It does dry off to a velvety finish, as promised so since it's matte, I use my In Her Element balm prior to application.
  • Amazing coverage - I've been using this every day for the last three weeks and I'm not yet sawa at all.
  • Lasts long -- well into even after lunch!
  • Locally available at Watsons.

Overall: Maybe it's just me but the name Jordana is a bit of a hurdle to me before trying -- it's a little like 1990s sounding so I'd not have tried this all on my own. I'm glad I went beyond it and tried it and it helps to convince my stubborn head that there's more to makeup than their names.

The Scent of the Weekend: Zen Zest Home

I cannot tell you how important for me that the home I'm living in is a) clean -- by my standards and b) smells clean and homey. 

At Casa Champagnedreams, it's not populated by just the fairer sex -- life is also now about living with a boy. And when there's a boy (and a puppy), it's not always default smells like flowers and jellybeans. It can be the smell of steak poivre wafting from the kitchen, too, or Butters' puppy smell. Or the smell of workout -- both good and bad. 

One fun, fine afternoon, Live an Inspired Life was invited to sample some of the newest fragrances from a home grown brand, Zen Zest Home. Sharing with you some of my favorites.

Styled by: Beam Mariano

Grapefruit: This is my favorite scent among the ZZ home lineup because it just gives me a burst of energy when I smell it. On top of that, grapefruit is my favorite scent forever -- even in my blotting sheets. 

Iris Peony & Freesia Blossom: Zen Zest Founder Michelle Fontelera and I chatted a bit about this particular scent and how much it reminded her of those scented stationeries when we were kids. It's true -- and I experimented spraying this on our couch throw and cabinet and now, I look forward to smelling our cabinet whenever I get clothes in the morning.

Green Tea & Verbena: Neutral fresh and perfect for household with both men and women!

Forest Bamboo: This has been a classic and a staple at our home -- both Mike and me loves this for those days when you can't be distracted by scent but still want to smell something clean and relaxing.

Citronella: Perfect for moms with kids because this doubles as a mosquito repellant. Lovely, citrusy scent, too!

Overall: I'm quite happy with my scents at home right now {loving the Rose one} and I love, love that I look forward coming home even more now because of that. I'm still in the process of renovating and cleaning so that's a little more comforting to know we can always have Zen Zest to alleviate our moods at home.

Zen Zest Home is available at shops nationwide and online, their bottles of oils go for PHP 300/each and a scent diffuser is PHP 1,500.

Bath Luxury: Origins Ginger Bath Line

I didn't think I'd be back to this phase but I am: it's once again, a very busy season. On top of it all, I've just been thinking how does this all matter to mankind? I realize that much of my joy stems from dealing with numbers on a daily basis. I like them because they are black and white, or more importantly, red or green: above or below target. They are not subjective and there's no need to sugarcoat things. I like deriving stories out of the numbers I see. When I think about it, I'm not yet quite sure how it serves mankind but I do hope to get there soon.

Ginger root has been used medicinally in Asian, Indian and Arabic herbal traditions for thousands of years. It’s still used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as an aid to settle digestion and calm upset stomachs. Its warm, spicy aroma has been believed to awaken vitality, stimulate the body and inspire desire. And in many ancient cultures it was used as an aphrodisiac to “ginger up” romance.

I was not expecting to be awakened and stimulated when I tried the Origins Ginger Bath Line, PHP 1,650 for the travel set. I was looking forward to relaxing after a long day and I was happily surprised. For one, ginger as a scent is not very common, and when it's the scent, it doesn't always translate well. This Origins line however is such a yummy surprise. The scrub is my most favorite of the bunch: it's a sweet concoction of sugar and ginger, I almost feel like I'm bathing in ginger juice. The scrubs are grainy enough to slough off dead cells but not grating the skin. It's so good it's also a favorite of the boyfriend's!

As for the body wash, it lathers up well and has a creamy consistency that make my day awesome in the bath. Scent is still divine but bath scrub is truly the winner. 

And finally, for a more sealed in scent, lock in the moisture and fragrance with the ginger souffle body cream. First of all, don't you just love it's called souffle? It makes me hungry for some dessert, too! Second of all, it's best for mornings when I enjoy quiet time during baths and at night when I prepare to cuddle my sheets and my boys. It's becoming a favorite!

Overall: Oh how I wish I have the luxury of having Origins within reach always!

Origins Ginger Bath Line is available at all Origins outlets at Rustans and pop up stores such as in Megamall for PHP 1,650.