Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wonderful Discovery: Celeteque DermoScience Acne Spot Corrector Gel

I've been very kind to myself and refused to lift a finger during the 4-day weekend here in the Philippines. Of course 4 days to camp on bed is too long for me, so I still went out and did groceries, nail treatments, attended my uncle's birthday party and tried my luck in Resorts World Casino with my Friday Night Club (though we did it on a Monday), but I made sure that all activities were done without stress and in my own sweet time. Long weekends are never long enough - agree? But I'm happy, well-rested and all set to go back to work again. :)

On to this wonderful discovery I'm talking about. Since it's been a crazy and busy and wonderfully productive week, all I wanted to do come the long weekend was to get a massage and sleep. That's exactly what I did after the very early TV guesting last Saturday, not knowing that two giant zits will greet me upon waking up.

It's good that I just attended the Celeteque DermoScience event in SM Makati, and it's fortunate that they included a Celeteque Dermo Science Acne Solutions Spot Corrector Gel (among others, thank you!) in the press kit. I immediately applied the gel, took a photo and slept some more. It promises to lessen the swelling and apperance of pimples in 24 hours, and to my surprise, it significantly healed my zits in less than a day! I decided to take more photos to document the progress but please be warned, as it looks a bit off.

Celeteque DermoScience Acne Solutions Spot Corrector Gel with Hydroxy Acid. 

Upon application

After 24 hours

After 36 hours

Did you see how plump and swelly the pimples were on the first photo? I applied it again this morning (fourth day), and my zits are flat and gone just in time for the first day of work. What's left though are dark marks, which is where the Celeteque DermoScience Lightening line will be put to test. I'm optimistic their dark spot corrector will also work! :)

BTW, here are some photos of the event.

Bloggers and beauty enthusiasts are present to know more about the DermoScience line.
Every product is science-based, backed up by research and lab tests, which is very comforting to know.

Friendly and knowledgeable assitants are there to answer our questions regarding their products on display.
They also have free derma consultation in the venue. :)

Trial counter where guests can get a feel of the DermoScience line 

PS: This is an unpaid post. The product was given for free as part of the press kit, but all comments are solely based from personal experience of the author - me. :)

Welcome back to work, loves! Enjoy the rest of the week!

From the Nook,

Friday, August 19, 2011

Making Big Waves

As much as I want to sound all geeky and serious, I was actually just talking about my hair. :)

I have this illusion of waking up with long, wavy, full bodied hair where owning a comb is just an option and no longer necessary. But with super straight hair, curling iron ignorance (and I'm not a fan of heat near my face) and some really big fear of committing to permanent curls - not to mention how hard it is to achieve big, natural curls compared to small, frizzy ones - I resorted to setting instead.

But in a busy day week, all I can do really is to put my hair in a high bun. I twist my towel dried, hip long hair in the morning, and let it down at the end of the day. Alas, I get my dream hair! I tried applying some curling mousse from V05 and the waves and curls improved to its bouncy glory.

Do you like big waves, too? Share me your secrets to achieving the perfect curls please. Beauty is always a good topic. All girls have their own exciting stories!

Happy weekend, loves! I'm starting my weekend with a business seminar by John Calub. The bronze goddess Martha invited me to attend, and I can't resist her sexy energy (hello, sis!). Well, I want to be rich, both with experience and moolah of course. :p

Much Love,

Sale Alert: FOREVER 21 SM Makati!

Calling fashion lovers, here's another reason to look forward to the most awaited weekend! :) I can't wait to log out of my PC and see if I can still make it, because sale begins today!  

Forever21 philippines AUG2011 SALE Forever 21 SM Makati Sale

Aug 19-21: 10% off on regular priced items when you use your F21 Mastercard, with min purchase of P5K net of discounts
 Aug 19-21: 5% rebate when you use any BDO credit card, with min purchase of P5K net of discounts

Forever 21 Mastercard holders can get in as early as 8:30am. Just present 1 valid I.D. to enter. One entry per card.

Happy shopping, loves!

BTW, check out Trixie's 1.5k challenge, she got pretty amazing stuff from the sale!

Much Love,

Friday, August 12, 2011

EOTD: Salmon Eyes by Dollface

Good morning fellows! An unusual early morning post from me before I get drowned in my work schedule today. I'm set to attend a whole day strategy workshop so I decided to skip dining out last night and went straight home instead to sleep, though it didn't actually happen that way. I tried to pin myself down to bed hoping to be asleep before twelve midnight, but my dollface palette was there, sitting on the same spot for a while now, and it called me. So, time to play and do a little EOTD that I can imitate one of these days.

I played with silver, salmon, shades of brown and black. It's office safe and very wearable during daytime.

ES are all from Dollface Palette
Base and under the brows: Silver
Crease: Salmon
Outer V: Brown and Black
Inner corner: White and Silver

Liner: Black (Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner)
Mascara: Dark Brown (Avon Super Shock Mascara)

I took photos from different camera settings to better appreciate it. Just remember to blend like there's no tomorrow to avoid harsh lines, okiedoks?

I better run now, and grab some free coffee from one of our favorite clients - McDonald's! Today is the last day! :)

 Happy Friday, loves!

From the Nook,

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Product Review: Reb'l Fleur by Rihanna

Aren't we always falling for classy, beautiful things? Oftentimes, fatal attraction starts with the packaging.

When my friend Andrea from Prestige (hello, Andi!) asked me to try out Reb'l Fleur (Rebel Flower) by Rihanna, my first thought was "They (celebrities) launch prefumes left and right." But upon receiving the testers, I was magically drawn to its unique, fierce design which was inspired by the shape of a stiletto heel. If you haven't noticed, I'm a shoe gaga that I'll go naked so long as I have nice shoes and that yes, it's not good to picture it. LOL. Though I have to admit that the bottle, no matter how pretty, is a bit unfriendly with my clumsy hands.

From the makers of Reb'l Fleur:

"Daring, sexy and truly memorable, Reb’l Fleur is as much in tune with Barbados-born Rihanna’s roots as it is with the glamour of her present life in New York City. Created by internationally renowned perfumers, Caroline Sabas and Marypierre Julien, this fruity chypre is joyous yet intense, sophisticated yet marvelously surprising. Plump, delicious fruits, red berries, purple plums and juicy, ripe peaches, make a delicious first impression. Then the heart opens into a lush hybrid hinting at Island life, subtle yet intoxicating, blossoming with sumptuous florals, a passionate melody of Hawaiian Hibiscus flower, violet, tuberose and coconut water. Defiantly sexy, the base notes linger, a beguiling, sensual mélange. Vanilla, patchouli, amber and musk become a sultry chorus striking an unforgettable, emotional chord."

Before I go on with my review, let me just give you a bit of a backgroud about perfumes. It is important to remember that there are 3 'notes' or 'tones' that work together to make a lasting, good fragrance: the TOP, MIDDLE and BASE tones. Top tones include light fragrances like lemon, lemongrass, orange, fir and eucalyptus. Middle notes include aromas like lavender, chamomile, basil and geranium. Base notes include deeper aromas like clove, jasmine and patchouli. Top tone is usually evident on your first sniff, then the middle tone becomes apparent through the day while the base tone is the final stage of the fragrance. Therefore, to fully appreciate a perfume, it is a must to wear it all day and observe it in all stages. It's best to apply it on skin where there's good blood circulation such as wrist and neck. Also, remember that a perfume may smell differently on two individuals since it will mix on a person's natural scent; so what works for your friend may not work for you. It can go as bad as smelling like piss on you, no kidding! It takes time and patience to find one that works with your body chemistry, but it's sure worth it if you'll smell like love the whole day! :)

Here are the tones used to create Reb'l Fleur.

On to my thoughts:
  • - Packaging is unique and well thought of
  • - Name Reb'l Fleur is appealing, and suited Rihanna like no other. She has surprised the world with her music, her fashion taste, her outrageous hair and of course, even with her lovelife. Rebellious but no less vulnerable.
  • - At first whiff, it's sweet, fruity and woody, which tells me it means  no nonsense!
  • - The warm, deep, musky tone became apparent after a couple of hours. I'm not a very big fan of warm, musky tones, especially on a hot, humid day, but I must say Reb'l Fleur smells better after couple of hours on my skin. This will be perfect for summer nights along with flowy dress and tanned skin. :)
  • - Since it's fruity, sweet but warm, I think it's best suited for young adults and not for teenagers
  • - I can smell a hint of coconut, which is not bad at all
  • - Lasting power is good, I applied it in the morning and it stayed with me until late afternoon

Reb'l Fleur may not be my usual choice since I always go for fresh, light tones (given that I live in a very humid city!), but for something that's not on my staple choice, Rihanna's first perfume is worth trying. If you're into warm, woody, sweet tones, and wants to graduate from the teenage, overly fruit scented colognes that you'll find anywhere, then this one is truly for you.

Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna is now available in selected department stores.

3.4 oz. / 100 ml EDP Spray – PhP 2,900 (USD 67)
1.7 oz. / 50 ml EDP Spray -- PhP 2,400 (USD 55)
1.0 oz. / 30ml EDP Spray – PhP 1,700 (USD 39)

Have you tried Reb'l Fleur? Did you like it? Yes or no, we can't deny the TVC is really nice! So click click below! :)

PS: This is an unpaid/non-sponsored post.

From the Nook,

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Gratitude List: Of Simple Things and Staying Still

I'd like to believe that my recent calmness and silence are brought about by age growth. What used to be weekend drink fest and 'til dawn dancing in my calendar are now marked with leisure activities, errands and lounging at my cousins' house for late night DVDs, card games, potato balls, crab nuggets and chitchats. Last weekend, I slept 10 hours for two consecutive days and it was painful to part from my bed, not until the last full show of Captain America.

And just like the beautiful sermon by Father Miguel last Sunday, I believe this tranquility I'm feeling is brought about by my decision to stop, slow down, and just stay still. For it is in silence than we begin to listen, to understand. Ever wonder why LISTEN and SILENT have the same letters?

Don't be fooled, my schedule is still filled to the rim, I still have a stressful job, but silence can be achieved without having to camp and shutdown from the world. Just stay still, 10, 15, 30 minutes a day. Whatever is comfortable for you. Meditate if you may. Just stay still, and you'll hear what's there to learn.

So today, I thank the universe for the gift of silence and for simple, happy things. :)

For a nice gift from a very lovely girl. <3
Charm Travel Pro Makeup Brush Set V3. Thank you so much, Sophie! *HUGS*

For denims and suits that I really miss, and a fulfilling job ribboned with it.

For a mug of pure indulgence and comfort
Dark Chocolate with Marshmallow melt, Max Brenner Greenbelt 5

Imagine how happy it is to create a 'chocolate culture'!

Warmth and protection
My new favorite buddy kept my footsies dry and warm during the last 2 typhoons.

Denims, ribbons, and a lot of character
Denim pumps from Shubizz
My 30-day No Red Meat Challenge is not only a test of will and discipline for my meat addict self, but also a chance for me to explore, indulge, and enjoy healthier (and even yummier) alternatives. It's DAY 23! 
Adobong Squid Rice Ring from Bob's Makati
Try to write down all the things you're grateful for each day and you'll be amazed how fast you can fill your journals. Count your blessings big or small, be it a multi-million done deal, or just perfectly painted nails. Remember, take time to stay silent and just listen! 

Happy Tuesday, guys and girls!

From the Nook,

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Glambox Airbrush Makeup Workshop is a Yay!

One of the many things that a bride gets so stressed and anxious about is how to get the best makeup for her big day. After all, what's more horrific than washed out makeup that will forever be documented in reel and prints? Thanks to airbrush makeup, women, bride to be or not, can now be sure that her makeup will stay in tact and beautiful until dawn.

I was lucky enough to be invited last Saturday to Glambox's Airbrush Makeup WorkshopNikki Tiu and Sophia Uy in Bulbs Studio, Makati. It was a rainy afternoon full of skin care and of course, everything there is to know about airbrush makeup! It was also a chance for makeup enthusiasts, artists and bloggers to meet each other. I for one, was so happy to see Dea Guwapa again after our last year's Bangkok escapade. 

Here we are in lights, camera, action! :)

Thanks to Glambox girl, Valerie :)

The Glambox Airbrush Makeup kit looks so nice and girly in black and pink! :)

It's nice to see lots of beauty/makeup enthusiasts in one venue!
                                                      The makeup and blogging gurus
The very cute Nikki Tiu of Askmewhats showed us how to apply corrector, concealer and foundation

While sexy Sophie Uy of Beautynomics showed us how to contour and apply blush
What's a workshop without actual trial? I was stoked to try airbrush for the first time with my seatmates Tara and Rowena.

Foundations, blushes, luminizers and adjusters (for yellow or pink undertones) in cute bottles

Right side has foundation, can you see it looks like porcelain?

With my lovely girls Tara of Chronicles of Vanity and Jheng of IamBrigitte

I'm the oiliest girl I know, but with the birth of airbrush makeup like Glambox, I don't have to dread as much. Yey! :) 

On another note, I'm on my 20th day of my 30-day no red meat diet, and I'm feeling so great, it's amazing! I'll tell you more about it next! Happy Saturday, loves!

From the Nook,