Rooting for Manny Pacquiao! #SugodManny

How's your weekend so far? I'm spending it by bringing my dog to the day care, having lunch with my family, and possibly sketching in the park after. Maybe Fully Booked has new titles on painting too so that's exciting. It's a lovely day. ^_^ Hope you have  good one too!

Anyway, not sure if you saw this on my Instagram but I made a video of Snaps doing his knockout move. He loves wrestling with his toys, and his favorite opponent is none other than the mean Mr Ratty. Snaps enjoys pouncing on him but his ultimate knockout move is a neck bite - it ends the fight! Haha. Watch it to see wha

A video posted by Liz Lanuzo (@lizlanuzo) on

I nominated friends to show their knock out moves as well. This is to support Manny' Pacquiao's much awaited fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. this May 3! If you want to help make noise for Manny too, there are several ways you can go about it using the #SugodManny hashtag:

  • Make a video on Instagram showing your knock out move.
  • Tweet out words of encouragement!
  • Get Manny Pacquiao stickers for free to use on Viber, Line, WeChat, and more! Text MANNY to 2600.
  • Use Pacquiao-themed templates on the Camera 360 app.

Are you excited for the superfight now? If you don't have cable or access to streaming on TV, you can actually watch on your smart phone. Smart is offering a livestream of the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight through the Viewstream app on your mobile device LIVE and commercial-free for just P499 (the early bird rate). You don't even need a credit card; the fee will be deducted from your load or added to your postpaid bill Super cool right? 

Tell your family, hubby, and friends. ;) Do visit http://smart.com.ph/pages/sugodmanny for more information and live updates on the battle of the year.

This post is brought to you by Smart.

A 148-peso shot of awesome for your face

You know how some days you just feel off and blah? You don't know why, you haven't really done anything to merit such unpleasantness, but there it is. What do you do about it? How do you fix your mood and make everything right again?

The problem is often very complex and sometimes even paralyzing, but you can start with something as mundane yet skin-changing like the Leaders Coconut Bio Mask (P148). Leaders is a Korean cosmeceutical brand developed by dermatologists from Seoul National University. This mask line prides itself by being free of common irritants and using only natural preservatives. They also use non-luxurious packaging to keep their prices down.

I recently received their Coconut Bio Masks and oh my gosh, I swear, this is the real deal - and I didn't even like facial masks to begin with. I always thought masks were unnecessary. After trying Leaders though, I've done a complete 180!

There are different variants for lifting, moisturising, soothing, and "shining" the skin. I've used the ones for lifting (the Red Energy Tomato mask) and the shining/brightening (Yellow Energy Orange mask). Love the experience so far! My skin has been behaving in the last two weeks plus it's just a lot clearer and brighter compared to before. I keep on touching it! 

The actual mask comes in between two paper masks. It is so that you can put the mask on neatly. Remove the first paper layer first, stick the exposed mask on your skin, then peel off the other layer. The mask feels like gelatin; it adheres to my face perfectly and comfortably.

After 20-25 minutes, I remove the mask and pat the remaining liquid onto my skin. No need to wash it off! I then take the used mask and wipe it on my legs and arms. Hey, why waste the good stuff? Now my legs and arms feel nice to the touch too. ^_^

The catch is that Leaders is not yet widely available in stores. Currently you can only find it Festival Mall and soon in Lucky Chinatown Mall. In the meantime, buy it online at Beauty MNL. I swear you won't regret it! I am definitely getting more of this! 

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Moisture and color in one: Etude House Sugar Tint Balm

I was talking to a fellow beauty blogger the other day about how some of us treat PR contacts. I admit, I can be a little bit difficult to talk to when it comes to publishing press releases, attending events, or even just writing about a product sent to me. I try to be better but I only have a limited time to accommodate everything here. Modesty aside, I always make it a point to create excellently photographed and written content. Frankly unless the brand is willing to hire me, then I'm afraid they have to wait for me to get to them.

I know that makes me sound like such a horrible person, but consider this: I've worked on this website for seven years. I've invested (and I continue to invest) so much time and money on it, and for someone to expect me to jump whenever they say "go here!", "try this!", "write about this!" is too much. I would like to keep the right to do what I think is right for my blog. If your brand or product excites me then I guarantee you a fabulous write-up - no need to pay me a single cent! If it doesn't, and we have no relationship prior, and you're not interested in building one with me, then forgive me if I pass on it. We all have to focus on more fulfilling work.

Anyway! Today I'd like to introduce one of the latest lip products to hit the stores: the Etude House Sugar Tint Balm (P498). This is a balm-type color that is surprisingly not slinky, overly wet, or glossy. It feels thin and light on lips. It hydrates. The colors stick. Did I say it's moisturizing? It's especially useful for those with chappy lips.

The plastic packaging is pretty simple and straightforward, the only difference being the screw cap. This seals moisture in so that the balm doesn't dry out prematurely. 

I've got PK003 (Grapefruit Tea) and RD301 (Cranberry Pie) with me. Here are the swatches!

PK003 Grapefruit Tea is a light pink shade with a tendency to streak even after several layers. I would've found it pretty on me if I had hair that's less red, but currently pale pink shades like this isn't working out for my colouring. It's cute as is though.

RD301 Cranberry Pie is more my thing! It's a bright berry red shade with a suede finish. It's very chic at the moment. I'm quite surprised that such a sophisticated color came from a girly brand. ^_^

Overall, I recommend the Etude House Sugar Tint Balm to those who like hydrating rich colors with good wear time (around 4-5 hours). Just remember to avoid the streaky shades and you'll be alright. ^_^ Let me know what you think!

A cute phone case to remind me of spring

Summer is in full swing and it's hot as hell here, but my mind is still on spring. The cool weather, the random riot of flowers in even the most mundane places, just the general lightness of being in the air - that's what I love most about that season. I wanted something to remember it by so during my trip I picked up this cute printed phone case!

Yes apparently I am a person who likes blogging about phone cases now. :P I got this from Loft in Yurakucho for around 2,300 yen. It's a folio-type case for my iPhone 6 with a magnetic snap and space for two cards. At first I wasn't digging the extra bulk, but I realized that because of it there will be no mo' drama if I accidentally leave my wallet home (again). Which I did the other day like a total dork.

Bottomline: when in Tokyo, get a cute phone case! There are oodles of unique ones + you get to reminisce about your trip literally all the time if you're as attached to you phone as I am. ^_^

My Tokyo Spring 2015 beauty haul

It's easy to get overwhelmed when shopping for beauty products in Tokyo - there are tons of options, and you can easily get lost in a store for hours just looking at everything! So what if you can barely understand what's written on the label? Just seeing the brands and awkward illustrations of how to use them is enough to get the blood pumping haha. I'll blog about where to get your fix next time. For now, here's my modest haul from my last trip to Japan!

You'll notice that there are no cosmetics. I still have a bunch waiting to be used so it's not wise to add to that; skincare and hair care products, particularly Japanese ones, are always nice to have though. They're so cheap too!

I got the new Tsubaki Volume Touch products since I need something to fluff up my hair. I'm kinda annoyed that I mistakenly got the conditioner in the big bottle but fortunately I got the shampoo in the big sachet. The bottled product is about 750 yen, while the one in the sachet (not in photo) is 550 yen both for the shampoo and conditioner.

I also grabbed the famous Shiseido Speedy Perfect Whip facial wash (around 300 or 500 yen I think) and the Shiseido Baby Powder (280 yen). These are drugstore Shiseido products that have quite the reputation in the beauty circle. The Baby Powder in particular is said to be good for oil control and soothing acne-prone skin.

 

The Skilabo Cleansing Water (around 500 yen) also went into the basket. It's a way cheaper micellar water compared to Bifesta so I'm interested in trying it out! The tiny Tsururi pore brush is 820 yen. It's supposed to be used around the nose with your facial wash to remove black heads and white heads. It was very prominently displayed in all the stores I visited so it must be popular! Can't wait to see if it really works as I would love a quick fix on my yucky blackheads.

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So that's what I got. ^_^ I'll let you know if anything is truly worth hunting down soon! What are you interested in the most?

Love: Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Radiant Primer

I've always thought of primers as non-essential products. If I have A Really Good (And Perhaps, Expensive) Foundation on, I expect it to stay put and look good all day! Why do I have to bother with primer? It's an extra expense and step I've mostly lived without.

Now that my skin has been better though I've found that I wear thinner and thinner makeup. Sheer makeup though has a catch - it's not known for having the best staying power since there's so little of it. It looks spectacularly natural, but it fades away easily. 

The solution? Barely-there primers! If they have brightening and color correcting powers then that's even better. That's precisely why I love the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer (P2,350), a base that makes skin look imperceptibly good while keeping your makeup in place - in only one step!

I have two here, the Blue and the Peach, both brightening bases. The Blue helps to take down the yellow tones and sallowness of the complexion, while Peach makes skin look generally healthier and fresher. Both are completely sheer. They leave no visible tint, but you'll notice that your makeup is influenced by them as described above.

I like both colors but Peach is a no-brainer to reach out for. I reserve Blue for seriously dull skin days! 

These primers don't have the typical heavy silicone feel; they feel like a moisturizer that simply sets, actually. They feel smooth and a tad powdery to the touch once dry. They hold makeup down so well that even my wettest or thinnest foundations do not fade during the day. I get dewy after four or five hours, but it's the kind of dewy that looks quite pretty. I retouch only once if I'm, say, out for ten hours.

I use about two pea-sized amounts for my whole face as a little goes a long way. I wait for the primer to dry completely before putting my concealer and powder foundation on. 

Wearing Peach under my foundation here. See how my skin looks so smooth and full of light!

Wearing Peach under my foundation here. See how my skin looks so smooth and full of light!

The catch? The MUFE Step 1 primer performs excellently, I give you that, but it costs almost as much as a high end foundation.  If you still have not invested in one then do that first; if you have and need something else to improve your base routine, then get this. It'll truly make a difference in how your makeup looks and lasts during the day!

Overall, I highly recommend the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Primer to anyone who suffers from dull and oily skin, or just anyone who needs their makeup to stay on longer with less retouching. ^_^ Worth the splurge, IMHO! Your thoughts?

Giveaway alert! Win a Cure Natural Aqua Gel + Water Treatment Skin Cream set

I've been a Cure Natural Aqua Gel user for two years and I swear to you, it truly improved the texture of my skin. It's something that I use at least twice a week! It's especially helpful when my skin is feeling blah from recent break outs. It also helps to remove any residue or buildup I might have on my face during the week.

I was thrilled to hear about the Water Treatment Skin Cream, a milky gel moisturizer that's super lightweight. It makes my skin feel like it was just exfoliated with Cure after every use. It was supposedly created for Toyo Life employees who get dry hands from opening cardboard boxes delivered everyday. 

Yes, it's for hands! I initially thought it was for the face so I used it there a few times. The Skin Cream was pretty nice actually. My face felt hydrated and soft, and I didn't break out at all. Don't do as I did though, since it's really meant to be for your hands. You might end up reacting negatively.

This is not for sale anywhere in the world currently but you can get it as a GWP for every Cure Aqua Gel purchase this May. ^_^

Anyway, I've got a mini giveaway for you! Just follow the steps below to get a chance to win your own Cure Natural Aqua Gel + Water Treatment Skin Cream set. ^_^ Good luck1

A lightweight wonder: The Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick

Traveling is the ultimate test of any relationship. If you can't deal with each other for just a few days in an alien place, then how do you expect to go through a challenging situation that might change your life together? Traveling requires problem solving, time and budget management, priority setting, compromise, and a load of patience with each other. If you can your partner can agree on these things then you know you're on the right track.

Anyway, today I'd like to talk about the newest kid in the lipstick scene: the Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick (P575). This promises to be wax free while still providing rich color and a "high definition" finish. Until now I am not exactly sure what HD really means - I feel it's just a fancy term to sell you more makeup - but hey if it looks good, then it looks good. This lipstick definitely does!

The Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick has a satin finish that makes lips look smoother and fuller. It doesn't have wax but it has oils and butters - these moisturize and smoothen lips while ensuring that the product glides on easily. It has a thin, lightweight texture that wraps lips in a glove-like embrace.

The staying power is just average at three hours. It doesn't really set or dry overmuch, so if you eat it is very likely to come off. It tastes and smells sweet by the way! This lipstick line is pleasant to wear and something that I think finicky girls would like. 

As for the color payoff, it's opaque in two layers. It does get a bit streaky if you're not careful with application. This is most noticeable in the light colors. Here are my swatches of the shades I have!

Orchid is a cool violet shade that's quite pretty for spring. It surprisingly works with my reddish hair, huh. Tulip is a dainty peach, something that would normally look good on me, but I find that it's not as flattering in conjunction with my new do. (Yes hair color really influences how your makeup would look!)

Gladiolus is a bright tomato red while Snapdragon is a terracotta with hints of wine. My favorite out of this set has to be Snapdragon, since it's very edgy and on-trend. It also works well with my medium skin and hair. ^_^

Overall, I highly recommend the Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick if you like lightweight textures and a rich, hydrating color. Just be prepared to retouch every three hours - again, an average amount of time for lipstick wear, so it's not that much trouble. Check it out in Revlon counters soon!

Hello from Tokyo Part 5

Konnichiwa! I am blogging from my hotel room here in Tokyo. I'll be leaving in a bit to meet a friend, but I just wanted to update you about what's been up so far. I have unlimited wifi which means that I'll have tons of posts over at @lizlanuzo on Instagram as the days go by! I'm using the #lizintokyo hashtag if you'd like to follow my adventures. ^_^ 

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I woke up very early this morning just before dawn. As I looked out the window and saw the pink sun rising up the city line, I realized that this is exactly why I work so hard. I want to be able to experience this as often as I can for as long as I live.  Tokyo is my favorite place in the world - all the stark beauty, the energy, the creativity, I want to breathe it. It inspires me more than any experience I've had so far in my life.

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Upon arriving at Narita via Japan Airlines, I immediately booked a bus going to my hotel. It was four degrees outside, so cold I could barely feel my face and hands! Good thing I brought lots of layers, a coat, and boots with me.

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Here's the lobby of the hotel where I'm staying. So happy to find out that it's nicer than I expected. 

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My room! As with all the hotels I've stayed here, it's small but efficiently arranged. Wish it has more power outlets though.  

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After fixing my things and changing into something warmer, I explored my hood. I'm staying in the Ikebukuro area - my first time to. I usually stay in the Yaesu/Ginza area. Here it's a lot more lively! I was out until 1230 am last night and there were still lots of young people in the streets.

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My dinner. It was so cold, only ramen could fix it! So that's it for now. ^_^ Hope you enjoyed my mini travelogue!  

The Body Shop Forbidden Flower Collection

One of my favorite Miranda Priestly lines from The Devil Wears Prada is, "Florals? For spring? Ground breaking." I found it funny and true, so since watching that movie in 2006 I mainly kept away from floral clothes.  I still love floral scents though, year-round. There's something about smelling like you just got out of a room of flowers as if it's no big deal.

In a world filled with all sorts of floral scents though, it is often hard to find something unique and nose-catching. That's why the new The Body Shop Forbidden Flower collection is so intriguing - it has this rich, intoxicating poppy-inspired scent that overflows the senses. This is definitely not for little girls! 

The seductive collection features a limited edition Forbidden Flower Shower Gel (P395) Body Butter (P695), Body Lotion (P750) and Eau De Toilette (P750). Layer the shower gel, lotion, and perfume together to get a lasting scent all day! Once the floral top notes wear off you're left with a woody, slightly oriental base that lingers on the skin.

The Body Shop also has a new collection called Red Musk that goes well with Forbidden Flower. I'd like to think of it as the manly version of FF, so if you and your guy like to match in an olfactory manner (haha slash aww) then you should have him try Red Musk too.

So that's what's up at The Body Shop. ^_^ Have you sniffed Forbidden Flower in store? How do you like it?

An awesome 350-peso find: The Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

You know how sometimes oodles of people rave about a product so much that you start to think, "Eh, it can't be that good!" That's what I thought about the famous Maybelline Great Lash Mascara (P350). I've noticed that it's one of Lisa Eldridge's favorites, but I was still unconvinced. As these things go I had to try it out for myself to discover exactly what all the fuss is about!

I have the waterproof variant, a long-wearing formula that doesn't smudge or flake on me all day. It's perfect for this humid weather! It's a bit hassle to remove since I first have to soak it with a makeup remover dedicated to taking off waterproof stuff; it's nothing Bifesta or Shiseido for lips/eyes can't solve though.

Very Black is indeed quite black. Just two coats of this stuff does the job in providing much-needed contrast for my lashes.

Here's what two coats look like. See how curled and fat my lashes are? They're also separated neatly, with zero clumps. The applicator is about 2/3rds of the length and fatness of a typical mascara wand so it's easy to maneuver around the eyes.

Here's what the mascara looks like without eyeliner. It curls lashes perfectly no? And it's natural-looking enough for everyday wear.

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Overall, I highly recommend the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara to anyone who needs something that's affordable, gorgeous on lashes, and totes reliable even in the oiliest of lids. It takes a bit of work to remove but it's worth it. I read that the Washable formula isn't so good since it smudges, so it's best to stick with the Waterproof IMO.

What do you think? Does this look like your next favorite mascara?