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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Watsons Happy New You Event (January 17, 2018)

At least!!! 2018 kahit papaano! One step closer to ending Mari's extreme backlog 2018! It's already eligible to be a hashtag of its own, I just don't want it to be a hashtag wahahaha. 

But the more important thing is that I went to Watsons' event for the new year! (Kaloka new year pa yun Mari ano na). I thought that nonetheless, a lot of the things they recommended in this event are applicable for a Cinderella transformation all year round. Honestly, I myself stopped doing New Year's resolutions ages ago because I didn't want to hinge change in just the new year. I've always thought that if there was something I wished to change about my life, or a new journey to embark on, I shouldn't waste any time getting down to it. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Gigi Hadid X Maybelline Launch (December 13, 2017)

Soooo this is an event post for Gigi Hadid X Maybelline's launch last December... 

Again. I am SO SORRY. I've been in backlog mode since August last year!!! 

To those who have seen me IRL, y'all know I am employed full time right now. Like my job is home based, but the nature takes up all my time in general. So that's why I haven't been active as of late. I feel so bad that the last review I did was waaaay back in January! 

However, still, better late than never, right? I usually will still want to blog about something, even after a long time has passed, simply because I want to be able to have something "concrete" to look back to sometime later. Like versus the photos lying around, having a legit entry is better.  

Off the bat, there are two key things I love about this collection: One, is that Gigi released enough items for most people to be able to complete a whole look. Two, is that she obviously took skintones and undertones into consideration and came up with a collection that is useful universally.

Although I won't lie that the vastness of the collection overwhelms me at times. Most celebs come up with a few distinct makeup items that are close to their hearts, but with Gigi, she has a whole collection going on for her. And unlike the usual celebs who will probably only release a few shades or variants per item, she really had the whole package going. 5 eyeshadow palettes for a single celeb collaboration says a lot...

Monday, March 26, 2018

Belo SunExpert Mist Restocked On Sample Room!!!

Yaaaaaas!!! Get your sample before it runs out (again)!

Belo's Sunexpert SPF50 Transparent Mist is back! And last summer, the samples on Sample Room literally flew off the shelves. This is a popular product as it's very unique in formulation and format. There have long been sunscreens in spray format, but usually the actual product is still a lotion. Usually it's just thinner or runnier to be able to be sprayed. This one is a dry oil kind of spray. 

For those who do not like the sticky feel associated with lotions, this is for you. The dry oil format, for me, is good in the sense that this stays put quite well during water sports. I find it to be quickly absorbed by skin, too, so there's no required lag time between application and sun exposure. Personally, I find this to actually be less lightweight in feel compared to the lotions of Belo Sun (although the whole range is lightweight), which is why I prefer to use this for water sports. I prefer to use the creams for everyday. 

Nicole Hernandez shared that this is her favorite because it sprays at any angle. What this just means is that when she's on an outing with her kids, before they can even whine, she has already successfully applied sunscreen on them! She shared at an event that when her kids would try to run, she can easily spray the product onto them as they are running. Unlike competitor sunscreen sprays that can only be administered when the bottle is in a certain angle, this is the ultimate weapon against child sunburns. We all know how fussy kids can get when it comes to sunscreen, so this is a great help. To add, since there's no required waiting time, kids will not bore to death as they can immediately enjoy the outdoors right after application! 

Be sure to try this today! This retails for Php479.75 for a 100mL bottle, available in leading department stores nationwide. I personally am so enamored with Belo Sun as the whole range is so lightweight. The whole brand is perfect for everyday, and perfect for the Philippine climate. They really put the hot weather into consideration with their product line, which is why the products do not feel uncomfortable to use, especially during the summer. 

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Beauty News: Althea Bare Essentials Collection Is Here!

Althea has finally launched its very own skincare line! “As one of the biggest digital beauty brands in Asia, Althea aims to continuously introduce intriguing new products this year to really show what we can bring to the market,” Frank Kang, C.E.O. of Althea discloses.

The latest release from the Althea label is one that addresses a common problem faced by millions of Althea's fans. “They don't know what the specific steps and procedures are to complete the Korean skincare routine. Many are fazed by the number of steps but when in reality, it shouldn't be a difficult process at all," Hyeyoung Park, Head of Brand, shares.

Enter Althea’s Bare Essentials - your skin’s simply perfect savior. Althea strips down to the bare essentials with this new skincare line. Riding on today’s current minimalism movement, Althea’s Bare Essentials focuses on skincare fundamentals and drops all the non-essentials. These thoughtfully crafted products give the benefits of the infamous 10-step Korean skincare routine, rolled into 3 quick and easy steps. "We wanted to go back to the basics and really strip it all down to give the customers the most fundamental steps. From billions of data we've collected over 3 years, the most prominent fact is that a solid routine starts from 3 essential steps - cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. All the other additional steps added to your routine are just that – additional.”

These new beauty hybrid products pack a double punch too; they’re products that nourish the skin while leaving it looking bright, glowing, and beautiful. With clean, minimal, yet effective formulas, these straightforward products epitomize simple perfection and deliver maximum results with minimum effort.

The Contour Cleanser 150g Php 300.00 
Packed with soothing Ice Plant and detoxifying Lemon Myrtle extracts, this cleanser is densely filled with micro capsules that burst upon contact with water to gently cleanse, exfoliate, and detoxify skin. The Contour Cleanser helps to promote blood circulation, and reduces bloating and swelling for a defined, enviably slim face shape.

The Primer Water 200ml Php 550.00
Both a hydrating toner and a primer in one, the Primer Water contains patented dewdrop technology (Macro Fluidic Dispersion technology) that gently fills the gaps between pores and allows hydration to penetrate deep within the layers of the skin. Made with Snow Lotus extracts, this skincare heavy hitter has an incredibly smooth and silky texture that enhances the skin’s natural glow, leaving you with the perfect canvas.

The Fixer Cream 50g Php 640.00
This non-oily, quick-absorbing formula harnesses the power of Trehalose, an ingredient found in the cactus plant that prevents its moisture loss, to provide the skin with 24-hour hydration. This ultra-nourishing wonder cream is also rich in antioxidants derived from Camellia Sinensis (green tea) seed oil, and helps to promote collagen regeneration using Baobab Tree extracts. Upon application, your skin is left looking great and feeling bouncy to the touch.

With all 3 products are available for purchase under Php 1500, and made with only the best ingredients, it’s no surprise that the Bare Essentials line caused quite the craze in the beauty world. Upon its announcement, there was a 10,000-person wait list for the products! But fret not - you can now get your hands on these highly coveted products; you’re just a click away from glowing, flawless, crystal clear skin. Plus, Althea is giving out an additional 10% off with a free special edition mirror if you purchase now so head on over to today!

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Beauty News: Cream Silk Fresh Hydration Is Here!

This March, Cream Silk, the country’s leading haircare brand, unveils every Modern Filipina’s fresh new pick for the summer, the NEW Limited Edition Cream Silk Fresh Hydration. Designed specifically to combat summer-dryness, Cream Silk Fresh Hydration is the Customized Solution to keep your hair fresh and hydrated without the greasy feel for up to 24 hours.

It's got a light fragrance, akin to how a tropical oasis might smell like. And of course, the lovely Elisse Joson is on the tubes and sachets, so this is definitely a collector's item for her fans! 
Get this now at leading retailers nationwide, and on Lazada as well! This retails at Php109 for a 170mL tube and Php197.50 for a 340mL tube. Get Hair Reborn in time for summer! If you want to try before buying, you may also get a 170mL tube for 50 points at Sample Room!

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Monday, March 26, 2018

BTS X Mediheal Collection Now Officially Here!!!

BTS: V, RM, JungKook, Suga, Jin, Jimin, J-Hope

BTS fans, rejoice!!! MEDIHEAL x BTS Boxed Set, which includes 10 mask packs and 14 photo cards, IS NOW available online at! You may also get these boxed sets at SM Makati Activity Center until supplies last.

BTS, the seven-member K-Pop group composed of RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, V, Jimin and Jungkook, was the most talked-about artist on Twitter in 2017. Their hectic schedules and frequent plane rides make for tired and dehydrated skin, which is why they turn to Mediheal for skincare solutions.
BTS X Mediheal Mask Sets

There are four boxed sets to choose from, with each box containing 2 mask variants. There are 10 sheets in each box, and a special 14-piece BTS photoset. The mask sachets are different from the usual packaging and have a special BTS design. These are the sets and the contents:

Soothing Care Set (Turquoise Box):
  • P.D.F. AC Dressing mask (5 sheets)
  • TeaTree Care Solution (5 sheets)
  • BTS Ver. 2 Photoset

Hydrating Set (Blue Box):
  • N.M.F. Aquaring (5 sheets)
  • TeaTree Care Solution (5 sheets)
  • BTS Ver. 1 Photoset

Brightening Special Care Set (Black Box):
  • W.H.P. White Hydrating Black Mask (5 sheets)
  • TeaTree Care Solution (5 sheets)
  • BTS Ver. 2 Photoset

Moisturizing Special Care Set (White Box):
  • D:NA Proatin Mask (5 Sheets)
  • TeaTree Care Solution (5 sheets)
  • BTS Ver. 1 Photoset
There are different types of mask packs addressing specific skin concerns and needs such as acne, brightening, soothing, moisture retention and uneven skin tone. Breaking it down, here are the benefits and fans of each variant in the special boxes:

N.M.F. Aquaring Mask EX

  • MEDIHEAL’s bestselling mask
  • Contains ingredients that help moisturize the skin and help improve its elasticity. 
  • BTS as a whole has a stockpile of this in their dorms for a quick fix whenever they need it! 

TeaTree Care Solution

  • Soothes sensitive skin and manages enlarged pores. 
  • This is JungKook and J-Hope's favorite. 

P.D.F. AC Dressing Mask 

  • Soothes and hydrates sensitive skin. 
  • This is Jimin and Jin's favorite.

W.H.P. White Hydrating Black Mask

  • Improves skin moisture retention as well as making it brighter. Makes dehydrated skin dewy.
  • This is Suga and V's pick.

D:NA Przoatin mask

  • Delivers hydration to tired skin to revitalize it.
  • This is RM's pick to prep it for makeup, especially during the winter. will have all four boxes of MEDIHEAL x BTS—Hydrating Care, Brightening Care, Moisturizing Care and Soothing Care. Each box will retail for Php 1,250, which is considered a steal considering that the mask sheets usually retail for Php149 each, and that this is a special box with a photoset included.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

What's New At Sample Room?

Take note of this link: 

Because this is usually how I use Sample Room!!! I always sort the samples by availability, and I view a lot at once already. I personally don't like relying on the front pages as these usually will focus on the newest entrants to the sample cabinet. Like the brands who just joined, or the new products that have just been added to the list.

 Just like all the other citizens of the Philippines, I have also experienced not getting hold of an especially popular sample, and sometimes, I may forget. I usually like to check the cabinet as a whole such that when there is a silent restock of a sample that I really want, I can find out about it. 

I also like checking the cabinet because there are times that there are too many new additions that not all the new additions get the airtime immediately all at the same time. I sometimes go to the site and see a dozen new available product types all of a sudden! If you're not that obsessed that you can rely on social media alone, then that's OK. But if you, like me, want the news straight from the source, look at the sample cabinet immediately! 

So here are the newly stocked samples, and I'll talk briefly about the samples I've tried: 
Belo Baby Talc Free Powder: It's not as fine milled as other powders, but what I like is that this smells reaaaally good, and serves a good job against sweat and oil. I personally use this as a face powder when it's the middle of the day and my face is already so oily. I personally am not particular about talc presence in my powders, but if you don't like talc, this is for you. 
Belo SunExpert Body Shield SPF60: Belo's body sunscreens are very lightweight in general, this being no exception. I find this to be less sticky than competitors, too. Although for water sports, this may not stay put as long as competitors. I primarily use Belo Sun as my everyday sunscreen. I love how this feels comfortable enough to use everyday. I actually also did hear Cristalle explain that her mom would chastise people for not using sunscreen, despite not religiously using it either. They saw that the gap in the market was that most sunscreens for sale are too heavy and sticky to be realistically used everyday in this weather. That's why they decided to create their own range of sunscreens that can be comfortably used everyday in this climate. 
Whisper Cottony X Long Overnight: I personally love Whisper. That's all. I've been on Whisper for at least a decade now. Get yourselves some Whisper. 
Johnson's Milk+Oats Baby Lotion: I love everything Johnson's, but for those who are looking for a variant that provides a high level of moisturization, this is the best variant. The Milk + Rice variant is also hydrating, but the Milk + Oats one reaally is just more hydrating for some reason. 
Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Face: For those who are looking for facial washes that are effective in oil control without making skin feel dehydrated (like squeaky clean but in a bad way), this is a good choice. Overall, Himalaya Herbals is a very good go-to brand for anybody living in tropical climates. 
Belo SunExpert Face Cover SPF40: I find myself using this almost everyday as well. This feels lightweight, and has a slightly powdery velvet finish. I still am looking for a foundation that is compatible with this though. A lot of the newer generation foundations have no SPF, so I find myself still needing to use sunscreen before foundation. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Beauty News: Find Your Summer Essentials At Watsons!!!

It's summer! It's probably the best time of the year to go on adventures, try new things, and create new memories. Needless to say, it's the perfect time to just go out there and literally do anything under the sun.

With all the promise of fun and good times, the one thing most of us consider as a drawback when summer comes is the sun and the potential harm that it can cause. We don't have to let this stop us though. Watsons has lined up a wide selection of featured products to allow you to just go out there and enjoy. No need to avoid the sun, because at Watsons, we "Love The Sun".

"Love The Sun" is Watsons' Summer Campaign that puts out the message that one shouldn't be afraid of the sun. With products that protect your skin and hair, Watsons definitely has got you covered!

Is it a beach trip that's on the menu? What about an epic road trip with friends to explore new getaways? Maybe you're out to get your game on and play some outdoor sports? Or just kick it back on a staycation weekend? Whatever it is, you know you've got to have the right sun protection products in tow. Then after that long day under the sun, give your skin a recovery treat with soothing after-sun products. Of course, skin isn't the only thing that gets those rays and is prone to damage. That's why Watsons also has a range of hair care products available. Plus, vitamins and other health supplements are also on the shelves to help get you that "summer-ready" body.

Get everything you need to Love The Sun with participating brands like Nivea, Belo, Banana Boat, Sunplay, Biore, Dermplus, Kojie San, Neutrogena, Solstice, Beach Hut, Hawaiian Tropic, Cetaphil, Olay, Pond’s, Snow, Celeteque, Thiocell, Shiro, Gluta-C, L’oreal,  Vaseline, Creamsilk, Pantene, Vitress, Veet, Lactacyd, Dentiste, Chic, Bobbie and Body Fantasies.

Plus, here's something that will turn up the heat more. All SMAC members can get a chance to win a trip for 4 to any of the following destinations: Japan, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Every P500 single-receipt purchase of participating products is equivalent to 1 e-raffle entry to join the promo.

And if you’re not yet a SMAC member, now’s a great time to join. The new SMAC Program “MEMBERS GET MORE” entitles you to earn more than ever before. Time to get MORE POINTS, MORE SAVINGS, and MORE VALUE!

See you out there this summer! Make it count, make it perfect and Love The Sun!

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Thursday, March 01, 2018

Beauty News: Maybelline Matte Metallics Now In The Philippines!

Maybelline Philippines Matte Metallics

Manila, 2018– When you thought that the ‘holy grail’ of accessible matte lipsticks can’t get any better, Maybelline New York surprises us with a new line-up of lipstick shades that are meant to be in the spotlight. This year, Maybelline introduces Matte Metallics from the brand’s power lip franchise, Color Sensational Creamy Mattes, offering the most flattering metallic shades in the creamiest matte texture.

Maybelline Philippines Matte Metallics Lip Swatches

Thursday, March 01, 2018

BTS's Favorite Mask Brand Mediheal is Here!

Gasp! Mediheal is in the Philippines!!! RM's favorite mask brand is here, and the best part? Same pricing as Korea! AND! Y'all can get it at Watsons and SM The Store. ARMY's may recall this Allure interview wherein RM shared that his skin is often dry, and that he occasionally suffers from acne. When asked about his favorite skincare brand, he quipped: "My favorite brand is Mediheal, and it has a variety of sheet masks you can choose from after a long day of work." So THANK GOD the brand is now here, and we can get creamy skin like RM! He may just be feeling insecure and all coz of being an idol, but honestly, I find his skin to be so creamy and velvety. I am totally sold on anything he prescribes because the results show, especially in this age of HD videos that we can zoom on our smart TV's and big screens. 

The collaboration boxes they have in Korea are sooo pretty!!! Gah! 

For those who are already excited that an RM-endorsed brand is here, rejoice further! They are already hinting at the arrival of the BTS collaboration collection! Be sure to like and follow their Facebook and Instagram pages!!!

Okay, so getting down to it, this is their brochure. I'll also share their product and price list. 

Their products and SRP's:
  1. N. M. F. Aquaring Moisturizing Ampoule Mask EX 27mL (Php149)
  2. I.P.I. Lightmax Brightening Ampoule Mask EX 27mL (Php149)
  3. Collagen Impact Anti Aging Essential Mask EX 24mL (Php99)
  4. Teatree Care Anti Acne Solution Essentia Mask EX 24mL (Php99)
  5. H.D.P. Pore Stamping Tightening Charcoal Mask EX 25mL (Php149) 
  6. W.H.P. White Hydrating Charcoal Mask EX 25mL (Php149)
  7. D:NA Proatin Hydrating Mask Aquaring 25mL (Php149)
  8. R:NA Proatin Mask Whitening 25mL (Ph[149)
  9. N.M.F. Midnight Moisturizing Capping Pack 15mL (Php149)
  10. W.H.P. Shower Brightening Capping Pack 15mL (Php149)
  11. Piggymom Soak Soak Blackheads Remover Nose Pack 6g (Php129)
  12. Aloe Vera Soothing Hydrogel 300mL (Php245)

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