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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Listerine Healthy White (Natural Lemon + Salt) Review


I have been using Listerine for years. I admit, though, I'm not an original Listerine fan. I was obsessed with the competitor until they phased out my favorite formulation. I had to look elsewhere for a formulation that packed a deep clean, and once you've been religiously using mouthwash everyday for years, your standards of what a deep clean feels like will reaaally go up. I wasn't 100% satisfied with the strong sting that came with using Listerine, but it was the lesser evil compared to using non-alcoholic formulations that didn't really do any help. 

This is why I was so happy with the release of Listerine Zero, which is a milder, no sting version. The Zero bottle I have there, though, is filled with the basic Cool Mint variant because it's the only variant sold in 1.5L bottles. I use up a 1.5L every 2 months or so, which is why I typically don't bother with the smaller bottles anymore hahaha. But weeelll, they created a new variant called Healthy White. The folks from Listerine sort of knew I was obsessed with oral hygiene, so they got me to be among the first people to try it! 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Fashion News: Maybelline New York Official Makeup Partner of Asia’s Next Top Model AGAIN!


Manila, March 2017 – Asia’s Next Top Model comes back bigger and bolder this 2017! Following last year’s successful partnership, Asia’s Next Top Model continues to Make It Happen with Maybelline New York, now on its 5th cycle. On this new season, viewers are primed to expect the unexpected especially with the regional partnership with Maybelline New York that ought to make this year’s contenders bolder, edgier, and fiercer in every photo shoot.

“As the brand that empowers girls to make their dreams happen, we are happy to partner once again with Asia’s Next Top Model for its fifth cycle, as we bring today’s runway looks to the streets,” said Cary Co, Marketing Director for Maybelline Philippines. “We are excited to see a bolder, edgier, and fiercer competition this year, hoping that the new season brings in more opportunities for our contenders as well as viewers to be encouraged to make their dreams happen.”

Filipinos can start tuning in starting April 5 for AsNTM’s pilot episode to be aired via Star World. All makeup and Maybelline aficionados shall watch out for episode 5 as Maybelline’s global creative director, Nigel Stanislaus, sits in as guest judge.

Viewers can expect a tougher AsNTM this season as it puts together an ensemble of top-caliber mentors and judges: from host Cindy Bishop, beauty and fashion photographer Yu Tsai, model Cara G McIlroy, to the former Miss Universe and our very own, Pia Wurtzbach. Furthermore, Filipino pride once again shines as three contenders vying to be the next top model hail from the Philippines: Anjelica Santillan, Jennica Sanchez, and Maureen Wroblewitz.




For more information about Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 5, please visit http://asntm.com/.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Beauty News: Sigma's Bunny Eye Brush Set is Here!!! Hop On It!!!

Bunny lovers, rejoice! Sigma's Bunny Eye Brush Set is here and it's just $57 (a $111 value!!!)!!! Hop on it before it's sold out! 

About the product: 
The Bunny Eye Brush Set features seven classic eye brushes in super-soft, durable Sigmax® fibers with soft blue handles. The set covers every need from eye liner, shadow application, shading, blending and brows. PRO Tip: Use the E60 Large Shader for concealer to keep your look perfected after fall-out and the E65 Small Angle to edge your lip look. Limited edition, plus a free two-year warranty.

Sigmax® Fibers - Sigma Beauty's exclusive thermoplastic engineering polymer developed to evenly apply cream and powder products onto the skin for a high definition effect. Features premium filaments engineered for outstanding softness, heat and chemical resistance, mechanical strength and high durability. Sigmax® fibers are antibacterial and hypoallergenic. 

Ferrules - The patented 3-ring brush ferrule is made with high performance SigmaAlloy™ for durability and strength. Patent No. D718060. 

Handles - Each brush handle is made from a lightweight, sustainable source of wood which receives 8 coats of paint, making them scratch resistant and guaranteed to last.

Brushes Included: 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Life News: Be part of the solution. Join the 2nd BDJ Women’s Summit

Samsung Hall, SM Aura Premier | March 25, 2017 (8am-9pm) 
After the success of the first-ever Belle de Jour (BDJ) Women’s Summit in 2016, and to celebrate their 11th year as an all-female community, BDJ presents the 2 nd BDJ Women’s Summit. 

On March 25th 2017, join them and esteemed changemakers in the 2nd BDJ Women’s Summit, “Women Can. Women Will.”, at Samsung Hall, SM Aura Premier as they aim to inspire and empower more women to become catalysts for change. 

This Women’s Summit will be highly interactive with engaging and thought-provoking discussions with an inspiring line-up of speakers. They will share their respective stories, advice, and insights on various topics and advocacies that will hopefully open your hearts and eyes, broaden your knowledge, and strengthen your can-do attitude with action-oriented goals. 

Take part in BDJ’s pursuit for action and create positive contributions to women’s lives with the help of these important topics for women, by women: 

(10:00 - 11:35) > Unleashing the Power Within
 w/ ABBYGALE ARENAS (Former Model and Professional Image Consultant), JODI STA MARIA (International Emmy Nominee, Actress) HIDILYN DIAZ (Olympic Silver Medalist, Professional Weightlifter) 
(11:40 – 1:50) > Make it Big by Starting Small
 w/ REBECCA BUSTAMANTE (Founder, Chalre Associates) PIA GLADYS PEREY (International Filipina Fashion Designer) 
(2:00 – 3:05) > Be the Driving Force to Positive Change
 w/ DANAH AND STACY GUTIERREZ (Editors-In-Chief, Plump Pinay) JAYMIE PIZARRRO (Founder, The Bull Runner) 
(3:10 – 4:00) > Keynote Speech: Women Can. Women Will 
w/ VICE PRESIDENT LENI ROBREDO (Vice President, Republic of the Philippines) 

Proceeds of the event will go to Ahon Sa Hirap. Ahon sa Hirap, Inc. is an institution that provides microfinance and other services to female entrepreneurs who live in poor urban and rural areas. Buy your tickets now at https://ilovebdj.com/shop/bdj-women-summit-tickets/ 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

My Schwarzkopf Fibreplex Experience


Finally got down to trying a Bond Multiplier!!! So I know the concept is so new that it reckons the question: What exactly is this? 

Weeell, Bond Multiplier ranges are designed to multiply bonds. Yeah that's basically it. But the underlying reason why this needs to exist is because hair coloring and bleaching break the hair's bonds by nature. Adding a bond multiplier to the hair dye/hair bleach to be used means that hair doesn't even get damaged anymore in the first place. This is preventive, not reactive, in that sense. We have seen all possible formats of hair treatments (oil, cream, spray, you name it) and all sorts of names (insert words like "miracle" and "mythical"), but basically, all of these are "reactive." These products basically help you repair or respond to the damage that your coloring or hair chemical treatments have caused. Bond multipliers, on the other hand, prevent damage from ever happening at all. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Morgan Taylor x Nail Cocktales x Beauty and the Beast (March 15, 2017)


Be Our Guest at Nail Cocktales for they are now proud to be equipped with Morgan Taylor and Gelish's Beauty and the Beast collection! 

Sooo for those living in caves, Morgan Taylor (regular polish) and Gelish (gel polish) have matching Beauty and the Beast polish collections inspired by the whimsical colors from the movie. It may have been the usual nail spa visit, but it was definitely more magical, enchanted, and whimsical because of the theme of this collection. 

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Beauty News: Morgan Taylor Philippines Brings Beauty and the Beast Collection to Salons Near You


Ever as the saaaaaame. Ever a surpriiiiiiiiiiseeeee!!!

Soooo I know y'all are dead excited for Emma Watson's remake of Beauty and the Beast. We have seen all sorts of merchandise spring up, and to add to everyone's Disney nostalgia, Morgan Taylor made a stellar 7 shade collaboration collection. The best part? Morgan Taylor Philippines is bringing it to nail salons near you! Ask your salon if the collection is coming your way!

These are the six solid shades that they have: The Last Petal, Be Our Guest, Plumette with Excitement, Gaston and on and on, Days In The Sun, and Potts of Tea. Sooo in love with Be Our Guest and Plumette with Excitement!!! I hope I see them in salons near me.


I am sooo excited because the holosexual in me be woke at this hour!!! They created a special hologram shade with an antique touch to balance our obsession with holo but still stick to the movie's themes. They have this magical topcoat called Enchanted Patina. I can see myself using this on every surface imaginable hahahaha 

Be updated by checking facebook.com/MorganTaylorPhilippines and sending them your questions should you have any inquiries. 

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Beauty News: Céleteque Unveils Suncare Products

Be ready to bask in the summer sun! Whether you’re hitting sizzlin’ spots or sashaying in the city this summer, we’ve got you covered.

You’ve planned and booked, rounded up your besties and filed your leaves. And while you’re saddened that the cool-clime weeks couldn’t last longer, you’re also so psyched to welcome the summer season in style. On your bucket list are new summer spots, and you’re so thrilled to fill the season with exciting new memories.

Equally as important as your summer spot or wardrobe is your summer stash. You want nothing short of the right tricks and tools to ensure that you enjoy your vacay to the max without having to worry about sore summer burns. With these highly specialized summer goodies only from Céleteque Dermoscience Sun Care, you’ve got the sun products for skin-caring sun protection that meet your tough wanderlust criteria: When you want light, breezy but potent sun protection

Say goodbye to sticky, icky afterfeel. Céleteque Dermoscience™ Sun Care Face and Body Sun Defense Spray with SPF50 (P449 for 100mL) is a non-sticky water-proof double sun defense against UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays that can be used in dry and wet conditions. Leaving no visible white marks, it looks flawless when applied. Also, its Vitamin E and sunflower oil content mattifies when rubbed unto skin all while keeping the skin moisturized even when under the sun.
This nifty product will soon be a summer staple, because it’s so easy to use. Simply, shake well, hold the can 6-8 inches away from the body while spraying generously and evenly on skin before sun exposure. For face application, spray onto hands and apply to the face. Re-apply after swimming, perspiring, or whenever needed to maintain best protection. 

With Céleteque Dermoscience™ Sun Care Matte Moisturizer with SPF30 (P299 for 50mL), you get mattified double sunscreen protection against UVA/UVB rays during prolonged sun exposure. It hydrates the skin and lends the skin an oil-free and smooth matte finish. Hypoallergenic and safe for everyday use, it is also non-comedogenic and tested for efficacy and moisturization. Apply evenly on cleansed face and neck for daily sunscreen protection. Both shore- and city-ready, this’ll be your best friend in the coming scorching months.

When you want to soothe the after-effects of the scorching sun Nothing saps a bright summer mood than a painful burn. Céleteque Dermoscience™ Sun Care Skin Relief After-Sun Gel (P290 for 200mL) provides immediate moisturizing and cooling relief to sunburnt skin. Its Anti-inflammatory Soothing Extracts reduce the skin’s possible inflammation after prolonged sun exposure. Plus, it also has Wheat and Aloe Vera Skin Conditioners that soothe and lessen flaking of overly dry skin. Hypoallergenic and safe for everyday use, it’s the sun remedy you need for those beach visits. Apply generously on dry and reddened skin immediately after long sun exposure for immediate soothing relief and moisture replenishment. You’ll feel insta-relieved as the cool gel glides over your skin. Re-apply as often as possible until the sensation of intense dryness and heat subsides. To supplement the healing process, it is still best to re-apply sunscreen with higher SPF level for intense sun exposure.
Get yourself geared up and ready for the summer season.

Stash up on these sun goodies to ensure that you have spectacular time under the summer sun. Happy summer, sun siren!

Céleteque Dermoscience Sun Care products are available in Watsons stores and leading grocery and beauty stores nationwide.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Beauty News: Kelsey Merritt Is The New Maybelline Girl


Just as Maybelline empowers women to explore new looks and flaunt their own creativity and individuality, Kelsey is the brand’s perfect endorser. One of the country’s up and coming models signed on to Wilhelmina Models, one of the biggest global modeling agencies, Kelsey is today booked with casting calls from all over the globe.She has worked hard to pursue her modeling dreams and make it in the business.

“We’re really excited to work with Kelsey Merritt this year as our newest Maybelline girl especially because she truly exhibits what a Maybelline girl is – someone who makes it happen,” says Cary Co, Marketing Manager for Maybelline New York. “With Liza Soberano who endorses our Face and Eyes products, Kelsey will be our lead endorser for Lips.”

This will not be the first time that Kelsey works with Maybelline New York. A year ago, she was given the opportunity to shoot a Maybelline commercial alongside the ultimate Maybelline girl, Gigi Hadid, in New York City. Given the fact that they shot it in the middle of winter wearing thin clothing, the young model chose to see the experience as a blessing.The life of a model, after all, is a challenging one.She tells of calls received in the wee hours of the morning to notify her that her flight to her next shoot location leaves in a few hours; the relentless demands of the modeling industry; and the constant struggle to balance her schedule between University studies and work. By staying true to herself, she has managed to embrace the life she has chosen.

“The industry I’m in brings me challenging surprises. I find myself writing my school paper on the plane, and packing my stuff at a moment’s notice to jump on a plane. It can really be unpredictable but that’s what makes it exciting,” she says. “Though I’ve worked with Gigi Hadid on a commercial for Maybelline, it never crossed my mind that I might one day actually become a Maybelline girl. So I’m thrilled and looking forward to what’s in store for me this year. To be part of the Maybelline family and to help inspire young girls to follow their dreams no matter what is a great honor! Let’s make it happen!”

With its recently unveiled Powder Mattes collection and newest endorser, Maybelline New York has launched the perfect combination to inspire girls to make it happen in 2017.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Panasonic Nanoe Hair Straightener (EH-HS95-K) Review


Soooo it's only now I realize that this blog has been in existence for so long but I have never made a styling appliance review yet! So yaaay, this is my review of Panasonic's Nanoe Hair Straightener. 

I am still coming to terms with the brandless scientific explanation behind Nanoe (pronounce as Nano-E) technology. You see, there are plenty of scientific phenomena that brands explain using proprietary terms and mechanisms. I would personally like to see the patent documents of this product if they exist so I can get the explanation without the proprietary terms hahaha. 

But basically, Nanoe is their proprietary technology of the product being able to suck ions in the air, make them even smaller, infuse them with water, and then put them back into the hair. The claim is hair becomes shiny and strong when using this product. 

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Beauty News: Maybelline Brings You The Powder Mattes

Manila, 2017 – While many makeup junkies are still head over heels for matte lipsticks, they are more than familiar with how their favorite mattes may feel dry and heavy on their lips. Girl, fret no more! Gone are the days of dry and heavy matte lipsticks as we welcome Maybelline New York’s first ever lightweight mattes, The Powder Mattes by Color Sensational from Maybelline New York.

“The Powder Mattes collection is really the first-of-its-kind! It is infused with twice the saturated powder pigments and honey nectar that gives you that lightweight feel on the lips so that dry and heavy matte feel can all be gone,” says Kat Diaz, Senior Product Manager for the Maybelline Philippines Lips category. “And that’s not all! We know every girl is head over heels for various lipstick shades and well, I’m happy to say that Powder Mattes has got all shades covered --15 shades from nudes to pinks to reds.”



Make a beeline *wink wink* for your own Powder Matte lipsticks from Maybelline counters nationwide for just Php299!!!



Photos of all the shades after the jump!

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Beauty News: Go For 24 Karat Gold with L'Oréal Color Riche Gold Obsession

Manila,2017 – Get on the metallic lip trend with the collection that has everyone obsessed. Straight from the runways of Paris Fashion Week, L’Oréal Makeup Designer/Paris brings an opulent collection of lipsticks infused with real 24-karat gold – COLOR RICHE GOLD OBSESSION. Put a bold twist on your night-out look with this collection of wearable metallics that will make you feel instantly sophisticated and confident.

COLOR RICHE GOLD OBSESSION offers four sophisticated shades with real 24-karat gold that gives a metallic sheen and subtle dimension on the lips. Pulling off metallic lipsticks has definitely become more effortless with this collection’s wearable shade selection: pure gold, mocha brown, rose pink, and classic red that complements Filipina skin tones.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Beauty News: Karmarts Releases Pokemon x Cathy Doll Collection


So there's good news and bad news. Good news is that for those who were not able to catch (no pun intended) Tony Moly's Pokémon collection, don't fret as Cathy Doll now has a collaboration with them, too! Bad news though is that this will NOT be available here in the Philippines. Now is a good time to beg all your Thai friends or anybody whom you know is going to Thailand anytime soon.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Life News: Ballet Manila's Don Quixote


Opening the year in true Ballet Manila fashion, the country’s premier classical dance company is staging one of the world’s most colorful and enduring ballet pieces—Don Quixote.

Happening on February 24 and 25, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. and on February 26, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Aliw Theater, Don Quixote is known in the ballet world as one of the most technically challenging pieces ever created, with some of the choreography raising the already high international standards when it first premiered in 1869 at the Tsar's Imperial Ballet of St.Petersburg. It is especially known for its compulsory quick and strong movements, high vertical takeoffs, one arm lifts, quick fouettes, quadruple pirouettes, and Kitri’s signature move, the Plisetskaya head-kick.

Don Quixote is the closing act for Ballet Manila’s 21st performance season. Set in Spain, the story tells the tale of Don Quixote, who decides to become a knight and embark on a journey to find Lady Dulcinea, a lover that he has only made up in his head.The ballet places special focus on the love story between Kitri and Basilio, a pair he encounters during his adventures. The production combines great acrobatic feats, lively music, colorful sets and costumes, and a lot of comedic elements. Specially for this run, Ballet Manila will bring in Kremlin Ballet Theater star and principal danseur, Mikhail Martynyuk, to play Basilio.

“Our 21st performance season, Revenge of the Classics, has allowed us to mark so many milestones not just for Ballet Manila, but for the country as well,” says Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, Ballet Manila’s CEO and Artistic Director. “Therefore, we only find it fitting to close it with a true classic—one that’s opulent, captivatingly elaborate, and serves as a true testament to the strength, passion, and skills of our dancers, who are all trained in the Vaganova Academy Style of dancing.”

She continues, “Don Quixote is kind of like my signature ballet. It’s the ballet that really brought me to the spotlight, and Kitri is my most performed role. I’m so excited for this production because I feel like this is me handing down the role to Ballet Manila’s next generation of principal dancers.” Alternating for the role of Kitri are Katherine Barkman, Pia Dames, and Dawna Mangahas, who will be partnered by Martynyuk.

Lisa adds that the public should also watch out for the ballet’s production elements. “We are revamping some elements of our staging from previous ones. We are going all out with stage designs, props, and costumes. We’re not holding back for Don Quixote. Everyone should really watch out for it.”
Don Quixote is co-presented by the Manila Broadcasting Company, Star City, and Aliw Theater. Other sponsors include ACS Manufacturing Corporation, First United Corporation, Papa John’s Pizza, Hot Star Chicken, Oasis Paco Park Hotel, Microtel Wyndham Hotels, Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas, City Garden Suites Malate,Island Rose, and Philcom. Official ride partner is Grab Philippines. To learn more about it, visit www.balletmanila.com.ph or follow Ballet Manila on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Tickets are also available through all Ticketworld outlets. Please call 8919999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph, for more information. 


About Ballet Manila 
Founded in 1995 by Prima Ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and Osias Barroso, Ballet Manila is the country’s premier classical dance company. With the mission of connecting both ballet and the people, the company, which puts education at the forefront of its priorities, is well-known as the only Philippine dance company to adopt and strictly adhere to the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet style of dancing, which is well-regarded the world over as the most disciplined and technically-superior style. The company currently has 65 artists under its wing, all of whom have been trained in the Vaganova Academy style of dancing. The company boasts of a solid repertoire that consists of some of the most technically challenging and timeless ballet favorites.