Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sigma delivers for the 2nd time ;-D

It's such a great day today! :-D But this post is not about that just yet, I'll just quickly rave about Sigma. It's not a product review per se, but I'm grateful for their consideration. Remember few months back, September 1st week, I run a Sigma Buffer F45 giveaway. It's suppose to be a review and a giveaway thereafter, but the shipping was taking longer than expected, although international standard shipping is said to take up to 8 weeks . I knew that there was a delivery mishap when I received couple of items from the US-based company (for review), which were sent even at later dates. I knew that it was a parcel lost in oblivion. I brought it up to Sigma, you know, just in case, but they told me to weather the 8 weeks delivery threshold. This is also in a way to appease me that my future purchases from them will actually reach me. Soon after, I informed them. I'm sure they have a monitoring of some sort on the delivery receipts, anyhow. So they just told me that they'll send a replacement. Bless them. ;-D

Tada! ;-D 11 days after the shipment notification, it finally reached me! ;-D The running rate of shipping days from the US to Angeles City, Philippines with standard USPS is about 2 weeks max, while FedEx shipment took less than a week with a tracking number even. I love my city post office, Mr. Postman just happily delivers EMS/USPS parcels to my home address, and I just pay the Php 40 fee.  ;-D
Sigma Buffer F45 brush ;-D
I'm off to trying this out. And then, I might get one of these new Sigma lovelies too. ;-D

Sigma Beauty "The Cities" Limited Edition Travel Collection
Glamorous and fashionable, this collection features seven travel-size brushes from our best-selling Essential and Premium Kits (E05 Eyeliner, E35 Tapered Blending, E45 Small Tapered Blending, E60 Large Shader, F05 Small Contour, F15 Duo Fibre, and F30 Large Powder). The brushes come in an innovative and functional travel-size container that turns into two brush holders to keep you stylish and organized on the go. Each kit was designed to represent the beauty and excitement of the city it is named after.
New York features classic and always stylish silver ferrules and black handles, representing this sleek fashion-forward city ($59). Please click on the image for more details.
 London features 18K gold-plated ferrules and chestnut handles, representing London's poise and elegance ($89).
Tokyo features electrifying pink ferrules and handles, representing this metropolis and its trend setting culture ($59).
Paris features red ferrules and handles, representing the romance capital of the world ($59).
I honesty can't decide! I'm torn between Tokyo and Paris...Hmmm, Pink or Red? Or Black? I'm not sure. How about you? What's your pick? Please do share. ;-D

Shop Now! :-D


Monday, November 28, 2011

Event: Pantene Conditioner for World-Class Hair *Picture Heavy ;-D

As people around the globe celebrated Thanksgiving last November 24, I was fortunately doing my share of celebrating. It's a very eventful night. I could only gush! :-D Held at the Loft Manansala in Rockwell, Makati, The World Class Hair Event was and exclusive hair show and workshop with international celebrity stylist and Pantene Ambassador Barney Martin. He's best known as the internationally-acclaimed hair master, the globe-trotting stylist who has been at the forefront of styling for international titles such as Vogue Australia, British Vogue, etc., and as the celebrity stylist for the likes of Kate Moss and Drew Barrymore. He's indeed synonymous to World Class, and so is the whole fanfare! :-D

Pantene Conditioner, The World's No. 1 Conditioner, literally brought to life an event filled with beautiful people... Participated by the most stylish fashion and beauty bloggers/ Hosted by VJ Sarah Meier/ Exclusive Hair Workshop by Internationally Renowned Celebrity Stylist, Barney Martin/ with local celebrity Pantene Ambassador, Gretchen Barretto. 
Host VJ Sarah Meier shares the stage with Pantene Brand Manager Tristan Patricio
The event is to launch the latest offering from Pantene Intensive Conditioner, which has 80% more conditioning ingredients to keep hair soft and smooth akin to world-class celebrities on the runway and red carpet.

Pantene Conditioner Smooth & Silky, Total Damage Care, and Hair Fall Control..."Pantene Conditioner has a powerful combination of Pro-V science, which is exclusive to Pantent, and enhanced conditioning ingredients, which create a protective layer for your hair. The result is soft and smooth hair that's truly world-class," says Pantene Brand Manager Tristan Patricio
Celebrity Stylist Barney Martin shows off his iconic hairstyle creations to top fashion and beauty bloggers... Camille Co of Camille Tries to Blog, Kryz Uy of Thirstythought, Patricia Prieto of Paradigma, and Laureen Uy of Break My Style...These ladies are superbly fabulous! ;-D 
Camille dons a classic "smooth and sleek" look/ Kryz shows off smooth locks amidst the braiding/ Patricia's is a peek at an upcoming Spring Summer 2012 hair trend called "Modern Nostalgia"/ Laureen's is a "60s inspired look" with the hair partially up but ending in shiny slightly-curled waves. All these styles are possible given the superior conditioning by Pantene Intensive Conditioners.
The ever glamorous Gretchen Barreto sashays her way to the center stage as the  show  comes to a close... World-class hair has to be "my kind of hair", says La Greta. Love it!  Gretchen, a Pantene Ambassador, is a Pantene user for quite some time (yearssss even!) :-D
Photo Opportunities... ;-D


Me.Myself.I with Barney Martin! I'm speechless! ;-D haha! Now, I'm feeling world-class!! ;-D
...with Mommy Jo of Cogito Ergo Sum. ;-D
...with Patricia and Camille. ;-D This time, I'm feeling old  young at heart! ;-D
More Event Details... ;-D

Food by Albergus Catering. Superb! I ate almost everything with much gusto. ;-D
Get World-Class hair with Pantene Intensive Conditioner...

I can only dream and hope of being as fabulous as Gretchen for the years to come, but I'm delighted to share a common brand with her...Pantene Conditioner. ;-D

Pantene (and H&S) are Procter & Gamble brands...you ought to know by now, that I have a special tendre for the company. I sold cases of Pantene back in my corporate years.;-D But having access to imported goods, we use US variants, Pantene's Beautiful Lengths Conditioner (a la Hair Fall Control + Smooth & Silky).
I'm now switching to their recent local lines. The latest offering from Pantene Conditioner is sold exclusively in the Philippines, accounting for Filipina hair types amidst the local factors (weather, humidity, etc.). Just like top style bloggers and Gretchen, world-class hair, and iconic hairstyles are possible for every Filipina with Pantene Conditioner.
Filipinas need a conditioner that won't give up on them by the middle of the day. Start and end your day with soft, smooth hair. Get 24-hour smooth, world-class hair from the World's No. 1 Conditioner, Pantene Conditioner. 
Pantene Intensive Conditioner sells for Php 119 SRP. Available in all groceries and  supermarkets nationwide. For more updates, and seasonal promotions, visit the Pantene Official Website at  or like them in Facebook.

Farmer Chase ;-D

I relish the fact that my 6 year old son, Chase, is taking a special tendre in growing plants. And I have his school to thank for that. :-D In my heart, I know that he's a bit bothered with all the calamities such as the the earthquake and the tsunami in Japan. He's also well aware of that Mt. Pinatubo is something close at home. And experiencing a volcanic eruption is a reality for most of us. He actually asked me few days ago if trees can prevent lava flow. I told him, with much optimism, that in some way they can. So he really wanted to do his share of planting. He's even asking for his own set of garden tools. ;-D But since we don't really have our own garden per se, we told him that he can plant all he likes in his grandparents' farm lots in the province, so his namesake Farmer Chase came about. ;-D

Chase marveling at the sights off a magnifying glass. ;-D Photo Credit: Preschoolville Official Photos
Chase goes to Preshoolville as a Prep (Kinder2) student. Last year, for the culminating activity of "Growing Plants"  month, they went to Kapu Garden. And this was a photo taken of him holding a bromeliad. Haha. ;-D Caught in the act. Photo Credit: Teacher Rej
This time, they were asked to bring a plant for their "Green Day" celebration. We didn't have a small potted plant, so we had to buy on our way to the school.

Coincidentally, he chose to get a baby bromeliad too, which sells for Php 100. ;-D
I grew up with my parents' constant reminders that the only treasure they can leave us is a quality education. I have cherished this greatest treasure ever since. We are also committed in nurturing education to my son. But today more than ever, a greater calling to us as educators is the need to teach our children to be steward of nature's gifts as well. A Greener Earth is our greatest legacy and inheritance to our children. It's what should compels us foremost to work together to save the environment.

 I'm thankful that he learns this earnestly in school too...and he's having a mighty great time in doing so! ;-D
Chase is showing off keen interest in taking care of this plant. He reminds me to water it. I read that Bromeliad can thrive under normal household conditions, even by once a week watering. Mostly, just to also avoid bacteria and fungus build up. Or better yet, just to mist it with water frequently. The flower bud can last for about 4 months. I hope under Chase's watchful eyes, it'll live up that long. ;-D
 It's such a pretty plant, so I decided to depot it and grace our side table with it. I think it compliments the whole Christmas-y theme of Red and Green. ;-D. 
I think it looks Christmasy. Instead of getting Poinsettia, I might get a few more of the Bromeliads. ;-D




Saturday, November 26, 2011

Review: Lashem Double Trouble Mascara

I dream of long, voluminous lashes. I'm so tempted to do extensions even, or just join the craze in d.i.y. lash kit application. But my hesitations remains, I love dramatic results, but not all the time, and I don't want it to shout "falsey", believe me, I'll just end up being too conscious, hence too obvious of the pretense of it all! ;-D And I have super sensitive eyes. It must be wish come true that LASHEM, a brand dedicated to eye/lash beauty care sent me two items, which I'm coveting much...Double Trouble Mascara and Lash Gel. I'll do the mascara review today.

LASHEM Double Trouble Mascara 6ml sells fro $19.99+ online.
Product features, ingredients, and usage are written on the box in English and in French. While the actual product comes in a silver tube packaging with one end Volumizing, and the other end for Lengthening. 
Product Description: Double Trouble Mascara adds definition and intense dimension for seductive sultry eyes. One end contains flexible fibers to give you luscious, voluptuous lashes. The other end gives you longer, fuller lashes. The Double Trouble Mascara creates the illusion of bigger, bolder, beautiful lashes that go the distance.

Recommended Usage: For best results, apply the volumizing black mascara first, and then finish with the lengthening fiber black mascara for those Double Trouble lashes.

Although, they can be used separately depending on your need. Based on mine, I would want to indulge in the promise of fuller and longer lashes, so I use one after the other. ;-D

Wands come in varying design based on the proposed benefits. Swatch. Remember my drawbacks on how runny the Majolica Majorca's formula could get, this one is the exact opposite. This dries faster. Downside, it takes several several series of swipe-then-dip from the tube to get a good pigment. 
There's a noticeable difference after applying the Volumizing. Albeit, very minimal with the Lengthening after. P.S. I don't use eye lash curlers, because I usually end up having red, puffy eyes. I'm expecting a lot from the mascara to do a bit of lifting and curling per se. 
Overall, it ends up not too dramatic because it lacks the intense black pigment, but it delivers a bit of lifting, curling, and volumizing. :-D
Loves:
  • It's not waterproof, but it's smudge proof!...formula doesn't transfer to my glasses, and can even withstand sweat and oil. It actually lasted me 2 events, about 6 hours, without running or smudging. 
  • Non-irritating.
  • It's easy to apply, it barely clumps too. 
  • It's a big plus too that despite of having a great staying power, it's so easy to remove. 
Drawbacks:
  • To get more pigments, and more dramatic lifts and expansions, you have to do several series of swiping-dipping. By that time, I can't help but get impatient, hence clumsily poking my eyes even. Ouch! 
  • It takes getting used to on which side to open and to hold, since the labels come in small notations.
  • It a bit pricey for $19.99 ++ shipping.
FOTD...BB Cream: Luview Crystal Cover;  Eyeliner: SkinFood Sweet Almond; Mascara: Lashem Double Trouble; Lips: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo.
Overall, I love the natural lash lift and definition. It's something I don't mind applying everyday since it's almost no frills, and it takes easier to remove...super friendly to my sensitive eyes. I have to say that it's a keeper. It will remain as my basic, everyday eye makeup. Will I repurchase?  Maybe, if they have a compelling promotional deal, like this. ;-D

Lashem's November 28, 2011 Holiday Gift Set Sale...Buy 1 Lash Gel + 1 Mascare  + Free Shipping for only $25 dollars. :-D Not to preempt, but the Lash Gel is something I want to stock on. ;-D
About LASHEM...
The LASHEM brand was developed to help the everyday woman keep her youthful glow; it is a reflection of a healthy and natural lifestyle to accommodate everyone from the working woman to the stay at home mother. Our brand combines natural ingredients for the highest quality made possible. We are dedicated to promoting natural beauty in a world full of unrealistic expectations in our current society. We offer anti-aging products that are natural and made in the United States. The LASHEM product line consists of mascara, anti aging creams, and eyelash booster.
Fore more details, visit LASHEM today:

Email: info@lashem.com
Phone: 1-800-710-0915
Website: http://www.lashem.com 
LASHEM Official Facebook Page

Leyende's Real Benefits Campaign

I think I was in Grade 2 that I bought my first material gifts to my parents. It was a 4-pc drinking glass set, which was about Php 50. Ever since then, modesty aside, I love giving gifts. Through time, I try not to falter, although it varies depending on my monetary state.;-D But I truly save for the occasions of gift givings. It must be that higher reason, I dare not boast. Or it must be that I truly love shopping... be it for me, or others. ✌ But since we're on that festive season, as we prepare to buy gifts for our family and friends, as individuals, we're also invited to do our share of social responsibilities. It is said that the greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because you can only do little, instead do what you can. As foremost a consumer in the commercial structure, we can do our share by supporting and patronizing companies and brands hinge on good causes. It's on those immeasurable and random acts of kindness that we reap far better rewarding experience, IMHO. ;-D

I'm truly privileged to know another Proudly Filipino Made Brand in the name of Leyende on their recent Real Benefits Campaign Launch, which is geared toward Holiday Shopping Holiday on a new, socially-relevant dimension.
I'm a bit embarrassed to say that I'm not yet fully on board on "Buy Filipino Products" when it comes to my skin and beauty care regimen. So I will not pretend that I'm a reliable person to speak of Leyende brand just yet, although hopefully not for long. ;-D

From the Spanish word leyenda, meaning “legend” or “story,” Leyende is an emerging Filipino brand of handmade, natural and organic bath and body products following eco-friendly, artisanal principles.
As aforesaid, the event last Thursday, was to kickoff the Real Benefits Campaign.

Introducing Leyende's Limited Edition Inspired Gifts for the Holidays...The Mother Butter Moisturizing Cocoa Butter Cream, The Beach Bomb Cologne, and The Clean Slate Multi-tasking Face Cleanser.
  • Mother Butter Cocoa Butter Body Moisturizer in Limited Edition Packaging with Crocheted Sleeve made from Recycled Plastic Bags 100mL sells for P450.00
    • Save a Mother, Save the Future! For every purchase of limited edition Mother Butter, you stave off stretchmarks and dry skin, and contribute P100 to help UNICEF's Maternal and Neonatal Healthcare Program reach more expectant women in need from remote areas.
  • Beach Bomb Cologne in Limited Edition Packaging with Crocheted Wings Lariat 50mL sells for P450.00
    • The Sweet Scent of Freedom! For every purchase of limited-edition Beach Bomb cologne, the refreshing blend of aloe, vetiver and coconut essences lifts the spirits, knowing that P100 of it goes directly to the daily needs and rehabilitation costs of the residents of Marillac Shelter for Women.
  • Clean Slate Multi-tasking Face Cleanser in Limited Edition Packaging with Crocheted Waterdrop Phone Charm 100mL sells for P450.00 
    • Wash away ignorance! For every purchase of limited edition Clean Slate Multi-tasking Face Cleanser that cleanses skin without overdrying or stripping off natural oils, you donate P100 to the Project H.OU.S.E. College Fund, which is going to sponsor the education of at-risk, out-of-school youth who undergo work-study program with Messy Bessy worry-free, ecofriendly household cleaners.
I'm using the Mother Butter Cocoa Butter Cream, and I love it. It reminds me a bit of Palmer's, which I was an avid user during my pre/post pregnancy days. Only, this one is way better in terms of lingering scent, minus the grease. Plus, it's organic, and all natural. Seriously, Mother Butter is love...so lightweight! ;-D So for the past days and nights, I'm lavishly applying it all over, hoping for some kind of miracle that it's not too late, and I can still do something on my unsightly stretch marks. Or just indulge in sweet scented and moisturized state all throughout. ;-D
So I'm compelled to try more. Trivial, but I love the black and white artwork theme too. Of course, I'm for one in supporting this campaign, so expect my gifts to be something of this kind. ;-D 



About Leyende...
The company's integrity and dedication to high quality resulted in using only premium, certified natural and organic components for Leyende products. Leyende's key ingredients are certified and/or approved by ECOCERT, an internationally-recognized, impartial certifying authority based in France with headquarters in over 80 countries worldwide.  
In 2008, Leyende was included in the book 50 Must-Buys in Manila edited by Michael Salientes (top stylist and former art director of Details magazine) and Janina Dizon Hoschka (jewelry designer).  
Our products are especially favored among young professionals, the artistic community, eco-conscious homemakers and international community. Through our quality natural and organic products, we strive to represent the Philippines (and Filipino companies in general)  positively and professionally in the global scene. 
Layenda is the brainchild of awarded poet and freelance writer, Ms. Neva Kares Talladen (on the leftmost in gray/black top). Together with other Leyende's ambassadors, they talk on the rewarding experience of Layenda.
Thank you so much for Leyende's Team for having me. It's a pleasure meeting you all. ;-D
For more details...visit Leyende on their official website and/or FB page. ;-D

Thursday, November 24, 2011

More Nature Republic Finds

Before I head out adding more beauty care products in my to review list, I'll do a run through of some of the Nature Republic lovelies that I've been using for the past several days. Included in my media kit are Morning Fruits Green Grape Body Lotion and Peach Shower Gel. Also, included in my haul is the Microfiber Cleansing Glove.

Nature Republic Morning Fruits Body Lotion and Shower Gel Collection

  • Nature Republic Morning Fruits Green Grape Body Lotion

Morning Fruits Green Grape Body Lotion 150ml 
Product Description: Intensive Moisturizing Body Lotion for mild peeling. 
Swatch. I love the lingering scent and moisturizing it provides, minus the heavy and greasy feel. Although, I personally like to apply lotions/body creams on damp skin to better lock in the moisture. On the mild peeling part, I've been using it for quite some time, but I haven't really noticed any peeling per se. Except if it's suppose to clear away dry flaky skins, which is fortunately not applicable to me. Overall, I'm going for the scent and the moisturizing benefits.
I'm not sure how much it sells for in the store, I will update this asap, but I just have a drawback on the packaging. The snap-on flip top cap doesn't really close. It's best sitting on a vanity, than risk leaks. 
Overall, it's a more affordable alternate to US Brands (Bath & Body Works and Victoria's Secret) lotions, while reaping both lingering scents and moisturizing benefits. It's a plus that it's made of natural fresh fruit extracts. ;-D And you know me, #I-love-everything-Korean! Will I repurchase? Since I have another scent to compare it with (Peach), I'm keener to go for the latter.
  • Nature Republic Morning Fruits Peach Shower Gel
Nature Republic Morning Fruits Peach Shower Gel 150 ml...The rush to do this post is because I'm almost out of it.
Peach is for brightening the skin...Although, it's usually more of dramatics, I just wish they can be more specifics on the product features. 
Swatch...luxurious Peach scented lustrous pearl formula. This must be the brightening/luminous effect rooted on. :-D
I'm not really a fan of Peach-scented products, because I find that the scent of the Peach variants of most of the products I tried, a bit overwhelming, even dizzying at times. But I find out later, that others if they don't come out too strong, Peach is just love! ;-D Although, the scent doesn't linger long on my body, hence I wanted to compliment and to reinforce it by getting a matching lotion. But the scent does linger longer at the bathroom, as in. It's like having an air freshener too. ;-D 

As aforesaid, the packaging is also a drawback. It's that snap-on flip top cap again. But this comes out more bothersome, unlike the lotion, which has a thicker formula, the shower gel tends to leak if you keep it sitting by its cap. So I ended up letting it stand top down. And after a while, the whole tube packaging tends to lose its shape...it gets crimped overtime. 
Overall, I love the scent it leaves me (or more of the bathroom's ;-D). There's not noticeable irritations too. I also enjoy the rich lathers since I used it with a bath mesh pouf. Will I repurchase? Albeit the packaging mishaps, I love the scent and the nourishing effects, so yes. ;-D My workaround is to just let it stand by its top. 
  • Nature Republic Microfiber Cleansing Gloves (Face Mitt)
Sells for less than Php 150+
New/Unused.Front. Can fit four fingers. 
Used several times. I'm a fan of everything micro-fiberish. ;-D This one doesn't disappoint. 
I love to exfoliate. This one does it softly and gently. Although, some innovations tells of a microfiber that can use to cleanse the face soapless, I'm not sure that this is on of them. But what I do, is apply my facial wash, then just reinforce the cleaning, exfoliating, even massaging effect with a damp microfiber face mitt. The best news ever, I use it to remove my usual troublesome heavy eye makeup. I soak it with my cleansing oil, much like using cotton pads, then use it to swipe to the eyes. I get that cleaner, but rubbing/tagging less feel and effect afterwards. Of course, it gets out black and dirty. I then just wash it with my facial wash a la laundering it. Tada! Back to its pristine condition. So yes, I'm in love with this. 

Posted this on my FB page...my cosmetic-free, freshly cleansed look. ;-D
This time, I'm feeling festive, so I applied it over red nail color. ;-D
My detailed post of NR Color Waltz including base, main, and top coat can be found here.

I have more Nature Republic items left untried. ;-D I'll be back for more. 

If you missed my earlier post on NR, Nature Republic is now available in the Philippines. Visit three of their existing stores in Festival Mall, SM North Edsa, and the newly inaugurated, SM Fairview. For more updates, and seasonal promotions, please follow them on their FB Page. :-D In fact, they have their first ongoing online contest. Please do check it out. ;-D






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Wifey to JB and Mommy to Chasey :) It's said that one's eyes are windows to one's soul. True! My eyes twinkle when I'm happy, they light up with my smile. I’m no frills! I'm easy to read (except during Poker). I easily get teary eyed on practically both happy and sad things. I'm overly emotional! UP,Toy Story 3, and Glee made me cry with delight.My hubby is my source of strength. He balances that side of my personality. He made me a more self-reliant person.I love being a mom. But be it known that I tend to be OC, paranoid, and definitely see my self as a stage mom.I can't help but throw him parties every year.I love to read. If there is a lifetime membership to Book Lover's Club, I've probably signed in as early as Grade 1. I'm blessed to have a special relationship with God. He is my confidante. I practically talked to him anywhere and anytime about anything. I'm a Kapampangan and supposedly known for having culinary skills.This still needs to be found perfected, but for sure, I can say I'm a gourmand!I love to eat and it shows!Oh well!Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder and Happiness is only a state of mind. From today onwards, I intend to live in a Happy Mode!Cheers!