My best friend’s secret: Shiso BB Cream

Hi everyone!

The Body Shop: Moisture White/ Shiso BB cream

I’ve been lusting for new liquid foundation even I am avoiding it due to oily, sensitive and acidic skin. (Boo!!!)

I tried several BB cream and the result is so-so.

Last year, I discovered Revlon’s color stay and used it for a year but only to cover my dark circles for every day use. If there’s a special occasion I opt for MUD’s (Make-up Designory) blue corrector (the best corrector for my dark circle and pimple scars, if there’s a break out *ganap)

I discovered blue corrector to my trusted make-up artist, Kris Bacani. Right after my wedding, I asked her what did she used to cover my impurities and she delightedly honored me with an answer and sold me the product. Guess what? I even woke her up and went to her place just to get the blue corrector. Le sigh* Make-up Designory was not yet here when I bought that hee hee ๐Ÿ™‚

Moving on, in the past few months every time my best friend (Mylene Sarah) and I have a girl bonding… I asked her all the timeย  and made kulet to the maxxxx!!! what is her beauty secret? I want that glow so badly… that even I am so happy with work+love life, I need more superficial enhancement! and the fact, I love make-up!

I thank my best friend so much that she spilled the secret! So, during my me time last Saturday, I went to Body Shop and tried the product. My usual technique is to try a tester first and wait for 3-6 hours while I am doing mall shopping.

I am so glad it went well!

Php 1,195.00 (30 ml)

Pros:

– It gives an instant glow and cover impurities (pimple scars, redness, pores and pimple) after estimated time of 30 minutes.

– It is compatible in fair/white skin

– No retouch needed

– Not thick coverage which I like

– Blends good with pressed/loose powder

– Since I am not yet a fan of SPF, it has SPF 25 that I think I should start using.

– Tinted BB cream (this is not a moisturizer)

– Also good without powder (just bring blot paper)

– Little amount of the product is needed which makes the tube lasts for long time.

– Ideal for everyday use (no to zombie make-up!)

Cons:

– It’s bit expensive for 30 ml tube and there’s no other available shade.

Overall:

Give me a week or two using this product before I swear on it ๐Ÿ™‚ but, it gave me the “glow” that I want for 6 hours long. My husband saw me after my me-time and he said that my skin healed so fast, but then I told him… I’m using a new product just to cover my impurities that was caused by my medication for a month *boo*

I saw it several times on my best friend’s skin and I am so jealous every time ๐Ÿ™‚ She has a dry skin but not prone to acne like me. With her skin type, it is indeed the best BB cream for her ๐Ÿ™‚

Swatch (eep my first time!)

Ackowledgement:

Thank you much Bes for sharing me your beauty weapon. I thought I can wait ’till payday! but heck, I braved the Body Shop store and bought it.

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If my husband loves it,he compliments me- That I know its working.

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Beauty Library

Hi everyone!

Added to my beauty library:

Celebrity Beauty Secrets

By: from the editors of Newbeauty

Experts Reveal the stars’ favorite products which is really a must have as I tried few feature products in this manual. The products featured here are high end brands but really works big time ๐Ÿ™‚ Allย  articles are written precisely and straight to the point plus loads of picture.

It also tackles celebrities anti-aging treatments, the diets that really work combined with discipline (that I want to have so badly). Tips for sexy hair and more…

Celebrities featured: Demi’s slimming diet, Jennifer’s New work out (after birth), Gwyneth’s must have makeup, Courtney’s anti aging facial, Katy Perry, Debra’s skin concerns, Nicole Kidman, Heidi Klum and a whole lot more.

Make the Connection

By: Bob Greene and Oprah Winfrey

I like Oprah Winfrey Show, her lifestyle plus her battle in weight loss program. I have also the same dilemma, yo-yo diet. My body is so confused! Now, that I experienced mega- ulcer plus a little pancreatic issues… My Doctor gave me medication for a month and I swear, the pain is crazy. After a month of medication and 2 months of strict diet, I already lose 10 pounds of water weight without exercising. I even had to take out the Soda and red meat in my regular meals. I tried to eat bawal once in a month and check if my stomach will go crazy and it really doe, sad but true. So I have a phobia now in eating beef, pork and drinking juice & soda. I can no longer experience being 100% full. My meals should be 4 hours apart. If I have my breakfast around 7 a.m. I have to wait for 4 hours to have lunch then for dinner. No snack, only water. Why? because our stomach needs to rest! di ko alam yun haha! During night time, I always drink yakult and fresh milk that made my stomach feels much better.

I am so glad that I no longer crave for red meat (thank you Lord!) but smelling the spirit of Coke sometimes drives me crazy.

Moving on with the book, it is about ten steps to a better body and a better life. It says: It’s not about dieting- it’s about changing your life. (sabeh)

In Make the Connection, Oprah Winfrey and Bob Greene show you exactly what to do every day, physically and mentally,to start looking and feeling fantastic. The exercise and fitness program they give you is simple to follow and you’re sure to be moved by Oprah’s personal stories about her own work to get into great shape, excerpts from her personal diaries and friendly advice on making and keeping your commitment to the program. Lavishly illustrated with gorgeous color photographs of Oprah and Bob, the book will show you how to work out, every step of the way. this inspiring guide will be sure to change your life.

Take My Advice

Edited by: James L. Harmon

Aside from Beauty and Body, I also feed my brain with biographies, novels, short stories, fiction, comics, and other literary works.

Take my advice is a fascinating meeting of the highbrow and lowbrow, the contributors offer advice on topics ranging from love and sex to fame and drugs (not that I am taking drugs!) and from living responsibly to living wild from the virtues of independence to the virtues of superficiality.

The contributors words’ to the wise are exciting and shocking, inspiring and challenging.

xxx

Happy week end!

Rio

When thereโ€™s a smile in your heart, thereโ€™s no better time to start. โ€“Peter Pan

Hi everyone!

His name is Rio… My husband and I fell in love with him. We’ve been pet lovers ever since, but when our pets died it was always been pang-Famas moment to me. The last time I had a pet was in year 2005 and God knows I cried a bucket so I stopped from adopting pets.

I guess, 6-7 years is not bad at all to star over again ๐Ÿ™‚ I love animals. I treat them as my own and now Rio in part of our life we will cherish him forever and rest assured that he will be a spoiled birdie!

Personal Favourites

Hi everyone!

I would love to share my current favourites in shower caddy for 2012 ๐Ÿ™‚ As you all know, I am one of the girls that couldn’t sleep without my beauty rituals. It became a habit, a way of de-stressing. Aside from that, I love trying new products and few stays which is the one that really works fine with me. I think I will never get tired of it ๐Ÿ™‚

Hair

One of my staple hair shampoo and conditioner is schwarzkopf it’s really good for hair care and treatments. All you need is just a pea size! But if I feel my hair wants to try something different, I love Vaseline Thick and Shiny 2-in-1 shampoo in econo pack.

I love huge bottles and I truly believe it really saves! The smell of it is refreshing and adds up volume to my hair just like Schwarzkopf.

Hair Styling Products

I know blow drying is bad for hair, but I can’t leave the house with wet strands! It really make me feel dizzy. For everyday use and to keep my hair moisturize, I use Snoe’s Hair Heroes it makes my hair more silky, soft and smell so good and my husband loves it whenever he smells my hair!

 

When it comes to styling, I trust Schwarzkopf and L’oreal Elnett. I swear on it!

My number one choice for rampa moments!

I highly recommend Schwarzkopf and L’oreal Elnett for hair spray. You can never go wrong ๐Ÿ™‚ I just finished a bottle of Elnett and I only consume 1 to 2 bottle a year for special occasion use only.

Body/Hygeine

I love body scrub, if I have time to spare I go to spa but since I have a busy schedule right now… I use Asian secret once a week. For cleansing my face in the end of the day, I use Derm Aesthetique Teaย  tree facial wash (good for oily/acne prone skin) and VMV pumice scrub once a week.

 

I ran out of Obagi facial wash and I’m totally broke right now to support that haha ๐Ÿ™‚ As for my body soap (not in the picture, nasa bathroom eh di presentable haha!) I use Vaseline Healthy white liquid soap with loofah from Sephora during day time…

For night time, I make babad for 2-3 minutes’ Bioessence’s Papaya soap. It really works in just 5 days! You will notice that your skin will peel (micro) For my lips, I use Lush lip scrub twice a month for more kissable lips lol. PH care? do I need to say more ๐Ÿ™‚

Body

I am so into moisturizer! For day time, I use Aveeno because it is light formulated lotion and at night, I alternately use Snoe’s Body Softener (anti-aging, whitening and collagen lotion) and Nivea Almond oil lotion. Both are heavy duty moisturizer!

Since I am using M.A.C bullets and can be drying at times, I apply Aquaphor original ointment for my lips and it is also good after lip exfoliation using Lush.

I swear on that product! I also use it if I have “paltos” caused by new shoes and minor scratches for being clumsy. It easily dries up minor wounds and lightens skin mark (parang may sebo de macho effect)

Under Arms

Okay, usapang super personal na talaga hehe… I love to have more beautiful under arms because my husband loves touching it (anuveh) Sometimes, waxing and shaving (pag walang oras) can cause dead skin. So, to maintain a good underarms skin, I seldom use deodorant (Dove) only when I have activities such as working out or mega-walkathon in traveling.

 

I also use skin lightening powder from HBC once a weekย  in 2 months now and so far, my ua skin is lightening and much smoother (be warned in using skin lightening products! it might be good for my skin but not yours… its a risk talaga) then I apply Mosbeau whitening cream every night as my maintenance. It also eliminates bad odor that’s why I am not using deodorant as often as I used to be.

Face/Hands

Moving on, usapan pang face at kamay naman…

I seldom use moisturizer for face because I am too oily, but sometimes my T-zone dries up (confusing!) That’s why I use Clinque dramatically different moisturizing lotion. It’s a must in my make-up bag to avoid seeing white heads on the side of my nose eww. So glad that there’s a Clinique store in Trinoma near our place, no need to go to Shangrila mall to buy it hehe ๐Ÿ™‚

For my hands, I am an avid fan of Chanel Coco Mademoiselle been using it for 4 years now since I started working and can totally support my kikay products haha! I love how my hands smell when I use it. Just a pea size needed to keep your hands moisturize and smell good. Kahit wag ka na magpabango when you use this, keribells na. The scent is too strong and good for evening events or kahit saan rampa sa gabi.

I can’t simply wait for Chanel’s hair mist to be available in our country. Gusto ko kasi, mabango hair ko… ewan ko ba. Walang basagan ng trip! ๐Ÿ˜€ (nasingit- ang hair produtcs!)

Chanel No. 5 hair mist

I went to Shangrila mall yesterday and so excited to buy it, unfortunately not yet available pa raw. Will try again and again until I have it ๐Ÿ™‚ I even look for it at Green Hills hoping the popular scent shops has it. Failed ang lola mo!

Perfumes

When it comes to perfume, I love D&G light blue forever. It’s my signature scent but there are days I want to use another scent, trip trip ba? So in 2012, aside from using my signature scent, I also love using Bvlgari Omnia Amethyste for night rampa- pa mature-effect. But if I feel like flirty and playful I opt for GAP so pink (before, GAP White! the most sexiest scent ever! kaso phase out na) pag tamang relax lang: GAP dream My husband loves it! (together with D&G light blue, he goes crazy with it hehe)

After shower at night, I still use perfume (yehhsss!) and I love Bath and Body Work’s Cucumber Melon. And for the rest of my perfume collection, its on the back seat for a while.

I love perfumes, sometimes I just buy a perfume because of the bottle. Sarap lang tingnan sa vanity table! babaeng babae lang and I am happy that my husband is okay with it. Ang cute ko raw!

Just because I turned 27, it doesnโ€™t mean Iโ€™m less spoiled when it comes to vanity. Now, don’t ask me how long it takes me to take a bath/shower! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Chinese New Year!

QOTD: There is no price that anyone can pay for self-fulfillment and achievement.ย 

Shine: RC Cortes

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while since I wrote a shine entry ๐Ÿ™‚ Now, here it is!

*****

The Bruno Mars Addict!

RC Cortes (Ruby Claire) is one of my close friends since College. She’s currently staying and working in Qatar.

I don’t remember how exactly we met, but it was truly a god’s gift (our friendship). We also became neighbors and even we were no longer teens, we even do some pajama parties and late night movies with lots of food.

If there’s one thing I am looking for in my friend’s house it’s the: Bathroom. I love taking luxurious shower when I feel like it and RC’s bathroom won my heart not only once but twice since they bought their new house a year ago or two (bad memory!). Of course, the first bathroom that swept me off my feet was my bestfriend’s Mylene (next entry post).

We shared a lot of wonderful and funny moments plus drama during the unforgettable theater class.

Not to forget, she’s the most OC person I ever met and really magaling eating fish! as in- tinik na lang ๐Ÿ™‚

I am so happy and truly inspired as one of her dreams came true…

RC with her brother Karl (Dream house, now in reality)

600 sq meter lot and 3 story customized house with pool and a garden… what else can you ask for? taguan na ito!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ The house was built with full of love, hard earned money and so-into-details interior.

Charity Work

One thing that I love with my circle of friends, we love charity works. We have been blessed and eager to share it in our own little ways. This year, RC shared her blessings and time at Payatas. They also have foundation in Aklan ๐Ÿ™‚

Moving on… here’s her top picks for SHINE edition:

Face

She’s not into make-up at all because of her beautiful skin but can’t live without eyeliner. She has a beautiful eyes and lining them makes her more va-va-voom. Her favorites:

E.L.F concealer

Rimmel Lip Gloss

Lip Balm/ Eye liner/ Mascara

Kenneth Cole Perfume

Body/ Face

One of my favorites in her bathroom is the unlimited stock of Nivea lotion that I love to smother whenever I sleep in her house heehee ๐Ÿ™‚ It truly works! She loves Nivea lotion and her skin really shows the quality of Nivea. Lux hand soap, alcohol junkie, OFF for mosquitoes and Shiseidoย  skincare.

Perfect Smile

Way back in college our group has name: BAKAL girls. All of us have braces and retainers haha! anyway, now we are bakal-free… RC still loves to use Colgate and Dentiste Plus. (arte lang may, petals pa hehehe ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Led lights in Vanity counter

She uses led lights for her vanity counter ๐Ÿ™‚

Umuulan sa shower ๐Ÿ™‚

Hair

She’s also a fan of econo pack like me ๐Ÿ™‚ Lovet! RC loves Pantene and Head&Shoulder.

She’s also have an extensive watch collection and soon will feature it.

Happy week end everyone! Stay beautiful inside and out.