Things I Love Sundays: What Really Matters

I'm sipping red curry soup as I'm typing this in the outdoor area of Dean & Deluca. I'm hanging out with Butters and having orange juice while Mike catches up with his pals. We just came from celebrating my best friend's daughter's birthday and life is all good and well. Do you ever sometimes pause to think, "What's the meaning of life again?" I do. In fact, I think I thought about that a lot today and the last few days. I sometimes wonder how much F*** I give to the seemingly inconspicuous, immaterial things that come about in the everyday 

I practiced yin yoga today. How awesome had it been to be free and restful. When I realized everything I got to enjoy this weekend, I just sat in quiet gratitude. I also realized how much happier people seem on social media during weekends. Maybe people become better people when they get to do what they want. Since when was it normal to not want what they do? Hmm.

As for me, I'm turning in, in a bit. I'm happy and thankful for this weekend, just so so glad I get to be where I am.

Wishing you love :)

Dolling Up Again with Cathy Doll

I can't stress enough that for maybe for the most of Q2, I didn't do much in the makeup department. Just enough to make me look presentable -- because I've been so immersed in work and working out that it kinda fell off the priorities' list. BUT, one day, I woke up and I got my makeup mojo back. I'm thankful for the brands who still invite me to their events despite being not as active I've been before. It was a simple gathering featuring their collection of nudes and pinks and light browns. For a moment in there, I felt like I was my old self and I missed it so much.

What I Think of the Cathy Doll Nude Me Collection: Surprisingly, the liquid lip mattes are long lasting, pigmented and not at all drying. My favorite shade for now is the Moss Rose one so I did a bit of an FOTD {who does FOTDs these days, IDK} below. 

I used the Moss Rose Nude Me Liquid Lip Matte, the Pink Champagne palette and the Sculpting Cushion compact. I feel so glam!

I used the Moss Rose Nude Me Liquid Lip Matte, the Pink Champagne palette and the Sculpting Cushion compact. I feel so glam!

Do you love Cathy Doll, too? Cathy Doll is available at all leading shopping centers in Metro Manila.

Benefit's Boi-ing Party

I remember back when Benefit had different concealers, when I was a mere budding beauty blogger trying to save up for the new releases of different brands. Thinking about Erase Paste and Lemon Aid reminds me of those times I had to order online and send it to my mom or whomever is coming home to Manila from the US. Some years ago, they came out with Fake Up. Oh those were the days of non globalization. How far have we come, indeed.

Some weeks ago, I was only happy to attend Benefit's launch of the entire Boi-ing line, which puts together all the Benefit concealers in one line, one concealer for every need. 

Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer PHP 1,200.  It is lightweight texture and buildable sheer-to-medium coverage is perfect for creating a “no makeup” look. It’s especially great for fine lines around the eyes because it doesn’t crease, cake or crack.

Boi-ing Brightening Concealer, PHP 1,200. For dark undereyes, full coverage. I think this used to be Lemon Aid!

Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer, PHP 1,200. For dry undereyes, used to be Fake Up. I love how it's moisturizing, all you need is some setting powder!

Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer, PHP 1,200. Full coverage, for all the possible imperfections in our faces.

All Benefit Boi-ing Concealers are available now at all Benefit Cosmetics stores nationwide.

Taking a Break to Self Care

Hello from me and a body fatigue and flu-ed body I can't get out of! :D It's actually not out of a noble cause cos I got this from drinking last night when Mike and I hosted Whiskey Wednesdays at home and I didn't eat enough to cushion and absorb the alcohol so here I am, one woman down.

Anyway, since I'm in the mood for caring for myself {and thank goodness for Mike} who takes care of me, below are some snaps of things that are making me feel better now <3
 

Leaders' Aquaringer Masks make my skin super chok chok as K Drama fans would call it. Working out at F45. Mike's ribs are the best. My best girl, Jheng is in town and hooray for impromptu nail spa dates. Butters' squishy face. Nicely made up nails, thanks to Gelish Dip and Beauty & Butter and Mike's coconut which he got me for my hangover.

Have I told you I've been loving my bathroom time even more lately? I've taken my bath time to be one of the best parts of the day, savoring the fun bath products and some old and new favorites, too! For this post, a special shoutout goes to PH Care for being an awesome go to product for feminine cleansing. And they have such special scents, too!

pH Care is available in all leading supermarkets, department stores, and convenience stores nationwide. Prices range of the 50ml pH Care bottle is PHP 48.00 to PHP 51.00, the price range of the 150ml pH Care bottle is PHP 107.00 to PHP 113.00 and the price range of the 250ml pH Care bottle is PHP 135.00 to PHP 142.00.

pH Care is available in all leading supermarkets, department stores, and convenience stores nationwide. Prices range of the 50ml pH Care bottle is PHP 48.00 to PHP 51.00, the price range of the 150ml pH Care bottle is PHP 107.00 to PHP 113.00 and the price range of the 250ml pH Care bottle is PHP 135.00 to PHP 142.00.

In Her Element Spot Control Facial Oil

If you can only see me now, you will see my unkempt {SHOCKER} eyebrows, unglamorous hair, and same makeup everyday. Lately, I've changed into a simplified version of me, I've completely embraced other parts of my life, such as gardening and fitness, completing Rustans' Schott Zwiesel stickers LOL, my healthy eating regimen and a bursting spice shelf. Life has been very different, but nonetheless fun.

That's what my day looks like many a day, but for some people, like my friend Liz, she pores over oils and their effects on the skin, and tests and learns to no end. One of the products she recently finished and released for her skincare line In Her Element, is her spot facial oil.

The Spot Control Facial Oil (15ml) is a blend of premium, high-grade oils that work together to bring back balance to troubled skin. Sunflower oil is an excellent skin brightener and blemish remover due to its high fatty acid and Vitamin E content; both work to fade marks over time. Our Facial Oil also features Tea Tree and Green Tea, for fighting stubborn acne. Finally, it is infused with Jojoba Oil to re-balance skin.

In Her Element is a new botanical skincare brand that uses premium, plant-derived ingredients in clean formulations that are safe for skin. We believe that less IS more, but this doesn’t mean that efficacy has to be compromised in pursuit of simplicity. Everything we make is cruelty-free and proudly whipped up right here in the Philippines.

USAGE: Apply two to three drops on skin and pat all over the surface gently. Massage it to heal and correct your skin at night, right before you sleep. 

INGREDIENTS: Sunflower Oil, Virgin Coconut Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Green Tea, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E 

STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a cool, dry place away from sunlight.

WHAT I THINK:  I had my hands on IHE's Spot Control Facial Oil on a day I had a pimple on my left cheek. Stress had been making it to my skin but I was not ready to change up my skincare routine cos everything else was great. I decided to give the oil a spin. I used the dropper that night and applied on the area of my big-ass pimple. You can see below that my pimple immensely decreased in size the next day with only one try. 

I ended up using it a couple more days until the pimple was gone. I also applied it within the rest of my face, together my eye cream {at that moment, VMV Re-Everything Eye Serum}. It's surprisingly moisturized enough to last through the night and could be light enough for the day, too, if you have light hands. I love how it's minty and gives a nice clean and moisturized feeling to the skin. Pleased to think that it's below PHP500, too! 

It's so pretty, is mostly what I think. Order yours today via the In Her Element website.