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My name is Liz and I blog as a hobby. I like all things bright and beautiful!

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Beauty bits at Bellarocca

It's quite silly to wear makeup during a vacation, unless it's the type where you're going to meet a lot of new people you expect to see more of in the future. Why wear makeup when you should be spending time exploring the place right? I brought a bunch of makeup but I only used the concealer, powder, and eyeliner during my trip to Bellarocca. The goal is to just chill.

I used a nifty pouch from Estee Lauder. It can house my stuff securely without having them bump around too much. 

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My trip to Bellarocca (March 11-13)

I was thinking of putting this off since I have a few looong overdue beauty posts, but I figured, if I don't write this down now, I'll never get around to it. It will probably suffer the same fate as my Boracay trip last year - I have dozens of photos, even a video of us helmet diving, but I never blogged about it. And now I just have a hazy memory of a vacation to show for it since I left all the photos in my old Macbook.

So! Last weekend, Marco, Luis, Vanessa, and I went to Marinduque to visit Elefante Island. The solitary island houses a beautiful, Satorini-inspired resort called Bellarocca. To say that I enjoyed my stay there is an understatement! The place was breathtaking, private, warm (in terms of service), and just perfect. I am obviously running out of adjectives so it's time for a photo dump.

The only airline service that flies to Marinduque is Zest Air. It's a 40-50 minute flight from Manila.

We're here!

Bellarocca provides a 40-minute van transfer to their jetty

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MAC Soba eyeshadow

If you follow Hollywood red carpet affairs, you'll notice that a lot of celebs prefer what looks like minimal makeup. They usually wear flawless foundation, a bit of contour, lined eyes, lashes heavy with mascara and falsies, and an MLBB lipstick or, depending on the look they're going for, something loud yet classy like red. You'll rarely see Hollywood celebs wear heavy, colorful eyeshadow!

Mila Kunis at the 2011 Oscars: the quintessential Hollywood look

The eyeshadows they choose to wear are kind of sneaky. Like a good contouring powder for our face, their eye color of choice (like what Mila Kunis is wearing) serves more to contour the eyes rather than to make them pop. The color is subtle, barely there, yet it does a great job of prettifying the peepers without a lot of hassle and drama.

MAC Soba seems to do just that for me.

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What's new at Clinique

Ola! Haven't updated you guys about Clinique in a while. Well, I'm just in time! They're holding their bi-annual Bonus time right now, so there's no better time to check out a Clinique counter near you. If you buy P3,900 worth of products, you'll get generous samples of some of Clinique's best sellers for free.

There are a couple of new things to try at Clinique too, like the Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm (P920). They look yummy no? There's also the Clarifying Lotion Twice A Day Exfoliator (P1,300/200ml) in four formulas of varying strengths.

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Guerlain Orchidée Impériale Cream

Haven't you always wondered how orchids can live so long while looking as fresh as the day they first bloomed? Guerlain did. They gathered 30,000 species of orchids to discover their secrets until they found "the one". It's called the Vanda Coerulea, a blue orchid found in China that could live more than 80 years in extreme weather conditions. After ten years of research in three different parts of the world, Guerlain has finally managed to distill the molecular extract of Vanda Coerulea with two other orchids into the Orchidee Imperiale Cream.

The Orchidee Imperiale is Guerlain's flagship anti-aging product which they released just last year. It promises to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and restore the skin's strength and luminosity. Now, I put this to the test for more than two weeks, so I can confidently say this: it's awesome. If you can afford it, go run out and get it. This is the best moisturizer I've tried to date although I will admit that I didn't like it at first.

We were off to a rocky start.

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I'm on BLUSH magazine

I finally got a copy of this! I heard from a friend two weeks ago that she saw me on BLUSH magazine. I was thrilled, of course!

Kim Chiu on the cover of BLUSH mag's Jan-Feb issue

BLUSH magazine is perhaps the only local magazine that's exclusively focused on beauty. If you love reading beauty blogs and discovering the latest makeup, skincare, or haircare gems, this is the magazine to read. It's only P140 at Fully Booked and National Bookstore (do let me know where else this is available).

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Contest: Three Inches Off Instant Body Shapers up for grabs!

Want to get your very own slimming underthings for free? I liked Inches Off so I want to share it to three lucky Project Vanity readers. Here's how to win! Read after the cut to see the full mechanics.


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Review: Inches Off Instant Body Shaper

It's not a secret that I am extremely conscious about my weight. I exercise and I try so hard to eat right, but it's an uphill challenge. It's always easier to lie to myself that I won't get fat if I miss one exercise or eat one bag of chips - I keep doing it until suddenly, my waistline is an inch fatter.

While there is no, and I repeat, no better way to lose weight than to eat right and exercise, a girl can always use the help of waist-shapers like girdles and corsets. I am not advocating them as a permanent way of life, but they are pretty useful while you're trying to get a slammin' body (and hopefully a healthy one as well)! One product that I've recently tried is the Inches Off Instant Body Shaper.

I got the High Waist Tummy Flattener Firm Control Panty. I wore it the other day under a thin, jersey dress and I can really see and feel the difference.

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Video: Bobbi Brown 10-Step Beauty (Part 1)

Two things that sets Bobbi Brown apart from other brands: it has a consistent, unique philosophy on how to apply makeup, and it believes that all women should be able to beautify themselves with a few simple steps. Thus, the famous Bobbi Brown 10-Step Beauty was born! It's a routine that everyone can easily follow using a basic set of makeup.

A lot of girls ask me about foundation and how to achieve great skin with makeup so I requested for the help of Bobbi Brown to demonstrate it.  It covers the first three steps of the 10-Step Beauty routine which focuses on perfecting the skin. 

What you will learn in this video:

  • What is a color corrector, and how it differs from concealer
  • How to choose and apply foundation
  • How to set makeup with loose powder

I shot this video with Bobbi Brown Makeup Artist Bea Marcelo doing the makeup and Marketing Executive Ina Casas clearly explaining the procedure. The pretty Kira Ramirez is our model for the day. Watch it, and let me know what you think ok!

PS Wait for the next installments, where we will be discussing how to apply blush, eyeshadow, and eyeliner. :)


Pond's Gold Radiance Boosting Cleansing Mousse

I was intrigued by the Pond's Gold Radiance Boosting Cleansing Mousse because it promises to remove makeup while also serving as a facial wash. Who doesn't want to save one step in their routine, right? Also, when Gold Radiance first landed on Philippine shores, this particular product wasn't available because it sold out in other Asian countries. Now if that's not enough to make you curious I don't know what is!

As promised, the product is a foamy mousse that becomes a rich, thick lather when you lightly rub it on your skin. It feels quite soft on my face which makes it enjoyable to use! It does melt off makeup in one wash, but it doesn't remove all kinds of makeup. The mousse removes foundation, blush, concealer, and unprimed eyeshadow, but it does a poor job taking off primed eyeshadow, mascara, and eyeliner (or most eye makeup).

Let's get on the nitty gritty, shall we?

What I love about the product

  • Literally melts off powder makeup. Once you get it to a lather, all the junk just comes off.
  • A little goes a long way, surprisingly. I use half a pump of the product for each side of my face. The trick is to massage it in small circles.

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