Sunday, October 20, 2013

Haul and Preview: Shu Uemura Lightbulb Foundation and Lasting Gel Pencil Eyeliner

Sharing some happy thoughts...here's a shopping and beauty post to sweeten the weekend (is it the sembreak yet?) Shu Uemura wise, I'm better late than sorry. My first Shu purchase was the iconic eye lash curler, then the mini Lip Duo Sets from Taste Central,  and a very pretty pink lipstick. Oh well, I'm liking my Shu Uemura stash, and knowing my tendencies, I can't wait to build it up. So one stormy Sunday, I was invited to attend a non-blogger event in Shu Uemura Shangri-la Plaza Mall. It's for the launch of the new Lightbulb Foundation. It's a happy day to shop.

A lot of freebies. #Love
Gifts with Purchase. No purchase needed when you attend the workshop.  Participants get 2 Mini Duo Lip Sets. For buying the Lightbulb Foundation, and an eyeliner, I get the rest (Eye Shadow Refills, Tsuya Skin, and Tsuya Base). I'm a happy girl! 
The Shu Uemura Lighbulb Sponge comes with the Foundation for Php 2350.
I'm happy to oblige...here's my skin care and makeup regimen, based on Shu Uemura's recommendation (less the powder but might get it soon!) 1st: Tsuya Skin Youthful Radiance Generator | 2nd: Tsuya Skin UV Underbase | 3rd: Shu Uemura Lightbulb Foundation. 
Shu Uemura Lasting Gel Pencil Eyeliner. This is very similar to Kate Pencil Eyeliner, but more expensive. Sells for Php 1350 (but comes with a 10% off discount for that day) 
Swatch Shu Uemura M Black 01.
Product Description: Easy application like a pencil & soft texture and long lasting like a gel. With just clicks, draw a precise eyeline softly and easily at the very point you want to rim, and clearly define your eyes. The innovation of a mechanical pencil enables the hold of s uper soft gel formula inside. waterproof. tear-proof. does not smudge for 12 hours.
Yay!The eyeliner delivers. It allows precise application, be it the thin lines, or smokey. True, it has lasting power but not too difficult to remove if intended. Note that, it's a mechanical pencil type, not retractable type. So once you turn it (click, click), you can't pull it back down. A click or two will do the trick. 

Swatch. #FOTD Left Photo: Shu Uemura Lightbulb Foundation Shade 764 Medium Light Beige, over Tsuya Skin Base |  Eye: Shu Uemura Lasting Gel Pencil Liner, Laura Mercier Pink Spark Caviar Stick Eye Colour, Pink Mosaic Shimmer Bloc. Right Photo: Awww...swatch of the Shu Uemura Eye Liner taken with the beauty mode of my new precious #SamsungGalaxyNote3. So flawless, indeed! Loveet! But I'm also wearing the whole Shu Radiance Gang minus the powder (Tsuya Skin, Tsuya Skin Base, Lightbulb Foundation). #FTW
Overall, I mentioned that it basically reminds me of Kate, as in the same feel, almost the same look. Kanebo Kate is also a Japanese Brand. #Quality Without the discount, Shu is definitely more expensive. But with so much more to buy in Shu Uemura, at least now that I'm compelled to collect almost everything Shu Uemura-ish, ;-D, the gifts with purchase will make buying at Shu an absolutely smarter choice. Again, that is if you intend to upsize your shopping basket. If not, the Kate Pencil delivers, although good luck in finding a store with stock availability. 

I will be back for the review of the Shu Uemura the lightbulb foundation, and more of Tsuya Skin care line, which I'm so compelled to get the full sizes. So yes, I'm almost there...Shu-fanatic in the making! Cheers! ^_^

Saturday, October 19, 2013

October is SIDS Awareness Month + Discount Code on HALO Sleepsack

This October is SIDS Awareness Month. Halo Philippines (http://www.halophilippines.com), the local distributor of the Halo SleepSack wearable blanket, amplifies its campaign to spread the word about safe sleep. Along with my fellow safe sleep advocates, we hope to start a yearly tradition of promoting safe sleep for the continuous education of parents.

How to Reduce the Risk of SIDS.
What is SIDS? 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines the dangers that may steal the lives of our precious little ones. 
Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID): The death of an infant that occurs suddenly and unexpectedly. After a case investigation, these deaths may be diagnosed as suffocation, asphyxia, entrapment, infection, ingestions, metabolic diseases, cardiac arrhythmias, trauma (accidental or non-accidental), or SIDS. 
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): The sudden death of an infant that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted, including a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and a review of the clinical history. SIDS is a type of SUID.  
Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed (ASSB) also is a type of sleep-related SUID. This includes infant deaths related to airway obstruction (asphyxia) in a sleeping environment caused by—  
1. Suffocation by soft bedding—such as a pillow or waterbed mattress.
2. Overlay—another person overlaying or rolling on top of or against the infant.
3. Wedging or entrapment—wedging between two objects such as a mattress and wall, bed frame, or furniture.
 4. Strangulation—such as when an infant’s head and neck become caught between crib railings.
How You Can Help 
Together with Halo Philippines, we ask our readers and community to help us raise awareness for SIDS and safe sleep.
We ask that you share this post with your family, friends and your community. Here are some ways you can help: 
• Click the “Facebook” Share button at the bottom of this post.
• Share this post on Twitter and tag with #safesleepph
• Like Halo Philippines’ Facebook page (www.facebook.com/halophilippines). 
Together, we can do our part to help promote safe sleep for all babies!
I am an advocate of Safe Sleep. Share these helpful Safe Sleep Guidelines. Please click on my badge, or Halo SleepSack Ph Official Site for more details. 

As a special treat for my blog readers, Halo Philippines is giving 15% discount on all Halo SleepSacks for the entire month of October! Just key in my blog name (chicsassymom) under “customer instructions” when you check out your order at www.halophilippines.com

HALO is dedicated to creating a healthier and safer sleeping environment for adults and children. Founder William Schmid began researching sleeping environments after he lost a daughter to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Since 1994, he and his company have worked to develop products such as the HALO® SleepSack® wearable blanket that encourage safe sleeping as well as bring peace of mind to parents. Today, the HALO SleepSack is the #1 trusted choice of hospitals in the U.S.A. and Canada. A percentage of sales are donated to First Candle/SIDS Alliance and the Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths to fund ongoing SIDS research, education and family support.

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Essentials for Glam Grunge Dressing

The 90s are definitely back. That’s great news for those old enough to have lived through that exciting decade and had never gotten over Doc Martens, plaid shirts and Kurt Cobain. For the tweens and teens who are new to this glam grunge scene, here are some 90’s-inspired glam grunge fashion pieces and beauty products definitely worth buying.

Smells Like Teen Spirit. Cardigans, Gel Eyeliner, Doc Martens, Floral and Plaids. 

  1. I found this super easy smokey eye tutorial to help you achieve that strategically smudged black eyeliner is a trademark glam grunge beauty look. This high-impact look is crazy easy to do. Go for a waterproof pencil liner so it’s easy to smudge but won’t run and turn your face into a giant inkblot even in hot and humid weather.   
  2. The brown-based matte lips were big in the 90’s, but for a modern take on 90’s-inspired beauty looks, swipe a sweet shade of bubblegum pink on your puckers instead. It’s youthful and clean, a great contrast to your dramatic eyes.   
  3. Sweaters and oversized cardigans are chic, cozy and great for channeling the too-cool-to-care insouciance mastered and made popular by 90s rock icons.  
  4. Whether worn over a tank top or knotted on the waist, the plaid shirt is a signature 90’s look favored by just about everyone in that era.   
  5. Kill two birds with one stone and take on two smoking hot 90s trends—florals and over-alls, with floral jumper dresses.   
  6. Channel a young Kate Moss, rock goddess Courtney Love or Claire Danes circa My So Called Life with 90s-inspired dresses like slinky slips, floral maxis and short and sweet babydolls.  
  7. Give your classic black leggings a rest and try the more on-trend printed leggings and sheer tights.  For ultra-cute tights in a variety of textures and prints, you can check out the brand Leg Love available at Zalora.  
  8. Stockpile on shorts and cut-offs—from distressed denims to dainty florals. You’ll get a lot of mileage from these versatile pieces this season.  
  9. You can’t have enough plaid and checks this season. Take this trend all the way to your intimates and go for cool bra and panties sets with touches of plaid.  
  10. Keep your overall look chic and cool rather than childish and pair your florals, tights and babydoll dresses with flat utilitarian-inspired boots in soft leather or suede. 


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Tous les Jours Birthday Cakes

Oh yay! Finally, Tous les Jours cakes for Chase's birthday!

Comes with a nice, sturdy box, cake slicer, and birthday candles. Told Hubby and Chase to gift me one! ^_^
After sampling the Kiss Strawberry from the opening of the first-ever branch in the Philippines, I'm a fan! But I can use a more accessible branch (can't wait for the opening of Megamall).

Nearest us is Eastwood Branch. 
I love the Asian Buns, and now also a fan of its Macarons. Tous les Jours Macarons sell Php 28/piece. Not bad. 
Hmmm...for that day, no chocolate cakes. I was hoping to get him a Bear Cake.


Tous les Jours Mocha Crunch Cakes (Php 748).  The white round-thingy is a macaron! Except for the mix up of the inscriptions, would have wanted an 8th in between the Happy Birthday Candles (sold separately) and just big CHASE at the bottom. Oh well, but it's all good! Still... Loveet! 
Happy Birthday Song and Blowing of Candles at Akira, The Art of Sushi and Teppanyaki Restaurant in Shangri-la Plaza Mall. 
At home.  Look at the nice candles...so Korean Drama-esque effect! Did I mention that the TLJ Strawberry Kiss Cake is the yummiest strawberry cake ever? It is! 
My kind of strawberry cake, and complementary birthday candles. #TouslesJoursCakeLove
So...Chase, Happy 8th Birthday! We love you to infinity and beyond! Cheers! ^_^

Be a fan of Tous les Jours on Facebook!

Tous les Jours branches are: SM North Edsa - The Block, SM Southmall - Food Strip, SM Mall of Asia, Ayala Alabang Town Center, Ayala Greenbelt 5, Eastwood, SM Fairview, Ayala Glorietta 4, Festival Mall, SM North Edsa Annex, Araneta Gateway Mall, Makati Jazz Residence, and  SM Megamall Bldg. A - Soon to Open

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Birthday Dinner | Akira, The Art of Sushi and Teppanyaki

Oh my, time flies, our love of our life is now a happy eight-year old little man! We're all in for a treat...it's Teppanyaki birthday dinner at Akira, The Art of Sushi and Teppanyaki.

Our Birthday Boy
One of the Three Teppanyaki Table  in the Dining Area.
We ordered one Set A 4 Japanese Wagyu, and two orders of Set B US Rib-Eye Prime. Oh Kobe, maybe next time! ^_^
My photos would not do justice of the goodness of the Wagyu, and of the whole meal. My son calls it as the best fried rice ever. I say the Wagyu, you get what you pay for, Php 2178++ for 100g of it! Yum! I wish I can have more! In fact, we're all far too busy and too eager to dig in. My hubby was even bringing his DLSR but stopped taking photos once we started eating. Haha!
 All orders are served with Chicken, Shrimp, Beef, Vegetables, Miso Soup and Fried Rice. It's more or less similar to Rocky's Choice of Benihana minus salad and ice cream.  Anyhow, we shared the three sets, 3 Adults (us and my brother in law), and Chase. We did not order any additional from the a la carte menu, what's in the set is actually a handful already. Dividing the 3 set menus among us is fairly reasonable. The Chef actually does a very good job of dividing it among us. Hmmm...but with the goodness of Wagyu and the Rib-Eye Steak, a serving can actually be good for one hungry Juan or Juana, like yours truly! ^_^
And let the show begins... it starts with the fire trick. 
It's a first for us in Manila, so we couldn't help but compare it with our Benihana experience.  It's a pleasant surprise that our Chef for the night was a former Benihana chef. So he's fairly familiar with the entertainment part of Teppanyaki. He did the egg trick, and a couple more. But still, Benihana is Benihana, it's entertainment at its finest! But the food is as amazing, in fact even better ( Wagyu FTW! ;-D)! Plus you get good service, the place is nice, and you don't actually end up smelling food...so Akira, we'll be sure to be back for more! 
The Birthday Family! 
We had fondest memories of our Benihana Teppanyaki experience last time, we're all looking forward to try the experience in Manila, and we're glad that Akira did not disappoint! Happy Birthday Chasey! Cheers!

Akira, The Art of Sushi and Teppanyaki is located at the 5th Floor Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Shaw Blvd cor EDSA Wack Wack, Mandaluyong. 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

#TheBrowStudio Giveaway | Get a Free Brow Design or Brow Clean Ups

Hello awesome-ness! Your next wow-brows are on us. I'm sure everyone likes their brows nice and pretty. Be it the Korean Candy actress inspired straight/flat brows for that young, sweet, innocent look, or the rounded, soft angled (mine), or s-shaped, or hard angled (ang taray!) brows, The Brow Studio easy does it for you. A trip to The Brow Studio gives me that instant oomph, I feel pretty. So if you have a Brow Studio branch that's accessible to you, join this giveaway.

The Brow Studio branches are Eastwood Citywalk, SM Megamall, SM City Manila, SM Lanang Davao, SM City Baguio, SM North Edsa, and Shopwise Araneta.
Join via the Rafflecopter. 
This giveaway is open to those who have access to any The Brow Studio Branches in the Philippines.
Entry submission will end October 30, 2013, Local Time (Philippines). 
Complete the requirements, and bonus entries if you like. Earn entries via the Rafflecopter. ;-D
Five (5) Winners of The Brow Studio CG (at Php 250 denomination x 2).
Terms & Conditions apply.
 Claiming will be at the branch of your choice.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


For perspective, The Brow Studio offers Brow Design, which is recommended to first timers at The Brow Studio, or you can just go for the Basic Clean Up. Personally, I also have upper and lower lip threading done. I know! Year of the monkey much! ;-D But I prefer threading, more than waxing. Threading is chemical-free, although it's more painful (tiis ganda talaga! ^_^) than waxing, at least for me. But it's very tolerable. Carry! Fighting! ^_^ Get those awesome brows now! Cheers! 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Instant Love: Top Torikatsu

Having to deal with very picky eaters for a hubby and a son is not an easy task. Grateful for the availability of ever-reliable instant, ready-to-cook meal options, or dine-outs, take outs or deliveries. I have to mention also that they are not very outgoing on trying out different cuisines, unlike yours truly. So I'm delighted of the new offering from Bounty Fresh, Top Torikatsu. Now, I made them try, like, and enjoy the ever-popular Japanese breaded chicken cutlet at home, quick and easy. It's effortless gourmet ulam (dish). Top Torikatsu is made from the choicest, 100% chicken breasts and is coated with crispy breadcrumbs for that extra crunch and texture.

Bounty Fresh brings Top Torikatsu. As the first Philippine company to win the Best Poultry and Livestock Company Award at the 2009 Asian Livestock Industry Awards, Bounty Fresh continues to provide delicious and top-quality chicken products, making it deserve its tag as being “Asia’s Best.”

Top Torikatsu comes in two flavors – Classic and Cheese & Chives.

The Classic variant is filled with delectable mayonnaise. Yes, mayonnaise! It's to our liking because we put mayonnaise even to our pizza. It makes it more tastier. 

The Cheese & Chives variant oozes with savory cream cheese and chives bits. This is my new favorite.

It’s easy to cook, our new Ate (helper) happily swears by it. Recommended is three minutes cooking time, but she says it's 3 minutes per side, to get that nice golden brown finish.

Best of all, my hubby and son, (the very picky eaters) give their seal of approval.

Chase:"Best meal ever! Do we have more? Please get more!"

I'm a happy mom! ^_^ Thank you Bounty Fresh and Harrison Communications.



Sam YG is joined by Slick Rick, and Tony Toni of Boys' Night Out in the series of online videos that will be uploaded on Top Torikatsu’s official YouTube channel (youtube.com/toptorikatsu). 

Watch Episode 1 below.


Start falling in love instantly with Top Torikatsu, like Top Torikatsu on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/toptorikatsu). 


Save the Date: Puregod Duty Free Clark October 2013 SALE

Hello October! Time flies when you're having fun. Oh look....another Sale, and it's from my fave imported shopping destination when in Pampanga (of course, it's S&R when in Manila). I missed last April's sale, so just maybe, I might go this time around. Although, our house is still full of goodies from my crazy addiction to S&R's recent Members' Treat, the more the merrier, right? ^_^ Anyhow, our weekend was spent in Pampanga, with more shopping and Dining...Korean for Lunch + Sisig for Dinner = Winner! I'm a happy girl!

More often, than not, I rationalize my shopping spree by saying it's mostly for Chase. *LoL After S&R Pampanga, we dropped by Puregold. Knowing that the Sale is coming, I just bought random stuff. More Serta Pillows, also on Sale from Php 488 to Php 288/a piece. I'm liking Serta, I mentioned it on my S&R post. Some scrubbies #SoCute, Kid's Floss and mine. We're turning Koreans, bought more ramens and condiments. Imported Biscuits and Cookies.
Puregold Duty Free Clark and Subic October 16-20, 2013 SALE
Puregold Duty Free stores offer more brands and varieties, plus it's relatively cheaper. So if you're up for a drive, check out Puregold Duty Free Sale! I like to think of it as an early Christmas Shopping (I thought I'm done last September, oh well!) Cheers! ^_^
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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!