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Monday
Sep202010

Top 7 best finds in Watsons

Watsons is a paradise for the makeup and skincare junkie. They carry dirt cheap to high end products that address specific needs - and actually do a good job of it! I heard from a person who markets a brand exclusive to Watsons that its difficult to get the personal care store to carry your product. Their staff tests it rigorously, and it may take months before it gets approved, if at all!

This is not to say that every single thing in Watsons is gold. It's just that I've observed that this year, the store has brought out a lot of new, unique products for every budget - quite uncommon for competitors and even some department store beauty aisles.

I've reviewed a lot of Watsons products in the past so I thought to compile my best finds from the personal care store. It's this thread in GirlTalk that inspired me to write this post! Take note, most of the products featured here are exclusive to Watsons.

 

Himalaya Herbals Protein Shampoo with Conditioner

This is my Holy Grail shampoo/conditioner. I am already on my second bottle of this! I love how it makes my hair feel soft and moisturized while minimizing hair fall. 

 

Finally, my review of Eyliplex-2

Eyliplex-2 claims to lessen your eyebags and wrinkles. Does it work? YEAH! Check out my before and after photos in my review. You have to regularly use it though, like everyday. My bags are bothering me again so I'm using it again. Recently discovered trivia: the day gel is amazing as an eyeshadow primer! It really makes the eyeshadows pop and blend better! However it's too expensive to use as just a primer. ;)

IMG_9669 by project_vanity.

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Monday
Sep202010

Dollface Makeup Seminar

Hi all. I am up early today, as usual. I hit the ground running as I started the day's work. Whoever said working from home is easy obviously has never done it! Anyway, I'd just like to share with you this makeup seminar by two friends, Pearl and Nikki. Please do join! I'm sure you'll learn a lot from these makeup mavens.

Saturday
Sep182010

Paul & Joe haul at the private sale

I was in the high heavens during the Paul & Joe private sale. Everything was less than P1,000! Unbelieveable! For an upscale brand like Paul & Joe that is a major, major deal. This is what I got from the sale:

Lovely packaging. I adore seeing them all together!

Would you believe that I only spent P2,600+ on everything you see here? How crazy is that? These are my first ever Paul & Joe purchases. I scored the well-reviewed cream foundation, cream blush, face colors/eyeshadows, eye crayon, and lip crayon. I'm liking everything so far - give me a couple of weeks and I'll post reviews.

The big blue floral box was actually given to me as a press kit by Prestige Brands (thanks Maan!) which housed their latest fragrance and a Paul & Joe makeup pouch from their Sahara collection. Here's what the gorgeous pouch looks like:

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Saturday
Sep182010

Weekly winners of Asian Secrets

As promised, here is the list of randomly picked commenters who will receive two jars of Asian Secrets. I will be emailing the winners as to where they can pick up their jars of lulur.

From the post The Great Asian Secrets Giveaway

Joni

Ria

From the post Asian Secrets in Cosmo and Yes!

Maja

Mary Joyce

Congratulations! Wait for my next post on Asian Secrets and leave a comment to get a chance to win next time. ;) And of course, don't forget to join The Great Asian Secrets Giveaway! P40,000 worth of prizes are up for grabs. You don't need a blog to join - all you need is write a note in your Facebook account. Click the link for the full mechanics. Only two weeks left so send your entries now!

Thursday
Sep162010

Charm Travel Pro Brush Set v2 review

The 12-piece Charm Travel Pro Brush Set was designed by Sophie to be compact, lightweight, and to accomplish simple looks to more complex ones. It's got all you need for a full face of makeup and includes well thought of and well-shaped tools for efficient application. I'd say that this brush set is for an advanced makeup user who needs a smaller brush kit to take outside.

Dark pink faux croc skin case - too luxe!

Charm logo printed on wooden handles

Let's do a quick rundown on the pros and cons of this brush set and then I'll give a short explanation of what each brush is for.

What I love about this

  • Soft animal and synthetic hair was used
  • Each brush has the right amount of density, firmness, and fluffiness, depending on the purpose
  • Doesn't eat the powder/ liquid/ cream makeup
  • Applies makeup evenly and precisely. I love the bent eyeliner brush, concealer brush, and angled eyeshadow brush most of all!
  • Aced the packaging and appearance category! I love pink and black together, is it obvious?
  • It's P1,800 a pop. That may sound a lot, but really the price is very nice for the quality and functionality you get. These will last for more than a couple of years.

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Thursday
Sep162010

Fashion must-have: A black clutch

If you're going to a party, especially to formal ones, it's not quite chic to sling a tote, shoulder, or hand bag with your cocktail dress. It destroys the mood of your outfit as well as the occasion. It's recommended to bring a clutch bag instead since it's compact, streamlined, and formal.

But of course, clutch bags don't necessarily have to be used only during evening events! You can wear them with casual clothes too, if they're big and roomy enough to function. You may as well have the clutch in black to max out the versatility.

I picked up this gift from Dorothy Perkins yesterday (thanks Michelle!). It's exactly what I need!

The clutch is plain, sleek, and most importantly, roomy! It can easily fit my phone, foundation, and lipstick with lots of room to spare for a wallet and camera. I promptly wore it last night to a dinner date with Marco at 101 in Enderun.

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Wednesday
Sep152010

Wet n' Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette in Vanity

A great neutral, travel-friendly palette is a makeup must-have. Plus points if the palette can be used for day to night! Perhaps the best neutral palette that has come out this year in terms of value and quality is the Urban Decay Naked Palette. However, if you're not willing to shell out P2,000+, pine in the endless waiting list, or stress about payment and shipping form the US, then this palette from Wet n' Wild is a pretty nice n' cheap alternative.

The Wet n' Wild Color Icon Palette in Vanity is love at first swatch for me. The colors were pigmented, creamy, and flattered my skin tone (yes, not all neutrals look good on all skin!). It's not perfect of course, but overall this is a solid product that is well worth the P500 you'll be shelling for it.

What I love about this product

  • Pigmented
  • Creamy, especially the matte chocolate brown and tan colors
  • Long lasting. I'd even go so far as to say that these are a bit waterproof. I don't even use a base to make this last all day! I like using the chocolate brown as eyeliner, especially on the waterline since it sticks very well there.

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Wednesday
Sep152010

Clinique Bonus Time!

I visited Rustan's yesterday and the first thing I saw were green balloons! In a stiff, upscale place like Rustan's, there's no better sight than cheery balloons livening up the place. So what were they for? I sneaked a couple of photos:

It's Clinique Bonus Time again!  For every purchase of Clinique products worth P3,900 you get a six-piece gift. Click here for the poster and details. Here's what you'll be getting:

There you go. Hi May! Sorry I didn't make paalam lol. I was on another counter visit, hee. 

Tuesday
Sep142010

Sneak peek: Charm Travel Pro Brush Set v2

This is just a super quick post as I am rushing out to the Paul & Joe private sale. I will also be visiting the Makati Wellness Studio for some treatments and the Estee Lauder counter in Rustan's in the afternoon! Whew! Super busy day. I haven't had time to reply to comments yet, but will do when I get back.

In the meantime, here are some photos of the new Charm Travel Pro Brush Set. I've been using this exclusively for a couple of weeks now. One word: love.

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Tuesday
Sep142010

Asian Secrets in Yes! and Cosmo magazines

I don't buy magazines. Well, with one exception! I love Yummy because that's where I get ideas for cooking. I mean sure, I can probably find those recipes in the internet, but I buy Yummy because I can tear the pages and bring them to the supermarket. The pictures help me visualize what I'll be making!

As for other magazines like Cosmo, Mega, Preview, I prefer to read them online. It's an entirely different format and there are no editorials but I'm content since I can find those in other sources.

The only time I ever get to leaf through magazines is when I visit my mom's house. She has stacks of the stuff! She loves showbiz so she follows Yes! She gets Cosmo from one of my Titas who lends it to her. Last weekend, I set down my usual routine and started reading some old magazines. Guess what I saw!

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