Friday, December 19, 2014

pond's flawless white dewy rose gel review

Skincare is tricky business and one of my favorite topics. I've followed a strict morning/night regimen for about 15 years now to delay my aging process. :P

 I've tried many products, even before blogging. Most shocking revelation for me was realizing that price doesn't exactly equate to a product that works.

I've had drugstore brands perform better on my skin than expensive "designer creams". At the end of the day, it just really boils down to which one agrees best with your unique skin chemistry. The only way to find out is to keep researching and  trying.

A good product to start with for those in their 20s (and even those who are in their mid-30s like me) is Pond's new Flawless White Dewy Rose Whitening Gel:


It comes in 2 sizes with a price that won't hurt the pocket.
P439 for 50g and only P149 for 10g.

The beauty of it allis that it works for me and is really pleasant to use.

First of, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the gel-like consistency. It's non-sticky and comfortable to wear even in our humid weather. 

It's also immediately absorbed by the skin so you don't end up looking oily and yet it moisturizes just as much as heavier cream-based moisturizers.

My skin usually cracks around my lips during the ber months and I judge a good moisturizer by it's ability to perform under cold weather. I brought this with me to Taiwan where the weather was much colder and it managed to keep my skin soft, supple and moisturized throughout my entire trip.

Also, I didn't experience any irritation or breakouts.


With its affordable price tag and high performance formulation, I highly recommend Pond's new Flawless White Dewy Rose Gel to be the next moisturizer you should try. I hope it works for you cause it really is a dream to apply, smells good too. :)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

jane iredale starter kit - skin care makeup

I think this year is all about last minute Christmas Shopping. I still have a couple of gifts I need to buy! :P

If you haven't completed your list yet, here's something the women in your lives might appreciate: The Jane Iredale Starter Kit!


The Kit contains:

  1. PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation
  2. Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightener
  3. Pommist Hydration Spray
  4. Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder
  5. And a beautiful applicator brush!


Everything is contained in this pretty make-up bag


With a large high quality mirror and enough extra room to house all your other makeup essentials like eyeshadows, lipstick, eyeliner, etc.

It's the perfect compact container to take around when mobile.


And the best thing about the Jane Iredale line? It's good for your skin too!

According to Jane: “I’ve always said, makeup should be a part of the solution rather than a part of the problem. Effortless makeup that actually improves the condition of her skin will boost her confidence. She will be amazed by how beautiful her skin can be.”

Jane Iredale Amazing Base SPF 20 Loose Mineral Powder + Pressed Foundation
Amazing Base SPF 20 Loose Mineral Powder - foundation, powder, concealer and sunscreen in one. It provides exceptional coverage with a luminous finish, and is ideal for covering brown spots, redness, eczema, rosacea and acne. Bears The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation as an effective UV sunscreen.

Pressed Foundation - The first pressed mineral foundation, powder, concealer and sunscreen in one. Provides long-lasting, highly pigmented coverage with a semi-matte finish. Also bears The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation as an effective UV sunscreen. 
Jane Iredale Smooth Affair
Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightener - A luminizing, award-winning primer that nourishes and prepares the skin. It brightens, hydrates and helps makeup go on easily and last longer.

***when it comes to primer I'm all about brightness, somehow, when I use an illuminating base, my make-up seems to look fresher, longer. I also think it makes me look younger. It's very forgiving and camouflages age indicators quite efficiently. ;)

Jane Iredale Pommist Hydration Spray
Pommist Hydration Spray - A hydrating facial spritz with the added benefit of pomegranate extract. It conditions and protects the skin and may be used to set a mineral base and plump the skin. Natural and Organic Cosmetic certified by ECOCERT. 

jane iredale new starter kit
How To Use:
- Start with Smooth Affair to nourish and refine the skin.  
- Apply one of the skin-loving foundations with the Mini Powder Brush.
- Finish with a nourishing spritz of POMMISST.
- From there, all that’s needed is a swipe of mascara or a touch of bronzer to complete the look!

Discover the difference with Jane Iredale! Check out the new starter kit at Rustans The Beauty Source!

SRP: 2,950


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

taiwan travel diaries: hello kitty cafe + barbie cafe

Taiwan is the land of cuteness and Hello Kitty. 

Hello Kitty is everywhere, some places you'd think you're in Japan but no, you're right in the heart of Taipei. She is so popular here that they are the only country in the world with a license to brew "Hello Kitty Beer". Yes, beer! It's made by Taiwan Beer, tried looking for some but I guess I wasn't looking hard enough cause I didn't find any although I was able to visit this:

The Hello Kitty Cafe! This was at the top of my must see places during our trip.


Luckily, it's also located in Daan District near our hotel so we decided to just walk. On the way, we also came across the Barbie Cafe:


Pink Galoreeee! It's located at the 2nd floor of a corner building about a block or two away from Hello Kitty Cafe, we didn't bother to go up cause I think two of these cutesy places might be too much for Dennis :P


Food seems to be a bit cheaper here than at the Hello Kitty Cafe where each guest is required to spend at least 500 NTD - Php714


Anyway, here you go, Hello Kitty Cafe:


Kinda looks like a life-size Sanrio toy...remember those hard plastic bags that you can open up into a cafe/house with Sanrio figurines? Like that :P


As we were waiting to get seated, I saw Dennis begin shuffling his feet uneasily. I think the all the pink and kawaii-ness of it got to him and started to make him feel a bit emasculated. :P


We visited a couple of hours after a heavy lunch, was planning on getting dessert but I wasn't that desperate to try it and I was beginning to pity my companion so I decided to take some quick pics and go somewhere else that's a little more gender neutral :P


Besides, I already read several reviews saying that the food is here is so-so, nothing great. You really visit more for the "cuteness" and experience, not so much the flavor.


Still, looking back, it might have been nice. Maybe during our next visit, this time with Nikola so there's more reason to drop by.


For your reference, pics of the menu:


Choice of dishes is similar to that of UCC:


Average price for  meal is about 500 NTD, that's a bit expensive for a cafe. And for Taiwan in general where good food is everywhere and super affordable.


Still, I think it's worth a visit just for the experience and the sake of nostalgic "cuteness". Hahaha


Read more about my trip to Taipei, Taiwan here:

Monday, December 15, 2014

taiwan travel diaries: ootd around daan

Back to my Taiwan posts with another travel ootd. Sporting my trusty over the knee socks again but this time with chucks.

These photos were taken in the back streets of my most favorite area in Taipei: Daan District! Specifically the back roads around Zhongxiao/Zhongshan. 

The vibe here is so awesome. It kinda looks like Japan. It's super artsy. Almost each block has a small coffee shop and there are roads and roads of indie boutiques selling everything from clothes, specialty motorcycle shops with tons of cafe racer paraphernalia, music shops, skate shops, sneaker stores, pubs, bars and more. I could spend all-day day roaming around aimlessly here. 

Will talk more about the shops here in a later post. I still have tons of photos that need to be edited. Thanks for your patience. :)

Meanwhile, here's what I wore for another full day of shopping and exploring the city:

chuck taylors street style
rebecca minkoff mini mac bag
over the knee socks street style
 zara sweater | uniqlo shirt | romwe skirt | converse chuck taylors

photos by Dennis Sy

Read more about my trip to Taipei, Taiwan here:

affordability - key deterrent from buying property?



The lifestyles we lead today is very different from that of our grandparents. Back then, amassing property was a top priority for them. It's quite astounding and slightly jarring to know that nowadays, most Filipinos choose not to buy their own home.

According to a survey, the key reason is affordability.
Is it really that expensive to invest in property nowadays that most people prefer to rent?
In my humble opinion, I think the problem lies mostly in long-term commitments rather than affordability.
Nowadays, Filipinos prefer to throw their money away in rent. From what I gather, monthly rent isn't that much more than what you might have to shell out monthly as payment for a house or condominium unit. I think the main difference is that if you rent, you can easily and conveniently cancel the contract should you fid yourself needing extra money somewhere along the way. When buying property, your money is pretty much stuck until the full amount has been paid.

I can only deduce that this is mainly due to our country's mall culture and how a lot of people these days choose to live beyond their means.
This is scary business. As a 30-something mom, I find our home to be my biggest source of security. No matter what happens, (knock on wood), we will always have a place to seek shelter in.
More than a car, a nice wardrobe or a designer bag, I think investing in a home should be everyone's top priority even if it might mean a huge  shift in your lifestyle. A home is your legacy and according to an extensive study done by Lamudi, now is the best time to invest.
The report, Real Estate in the Emerging Markets, provides a comprehensive overview of the property sector in 16 emerging countries, including the Philippines.
(The 16 countries covered in the report are: Indonesiathe PhilippinesMyanmar,Bangladesh
 

It also states that more than 90% of real estate agents and brokers are overwhelmingly optimistic about the future of the Philippine market. 


I think it's time we start being positive too!

For an easy-to-read online format of the full report, Visit www.lamudi.com.ph/research.

Launched in 2013, Lamudi is a global property portal focusing exclusively on emerging markets. The fast-growing platform is currently available in 28 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, with more than 700,000 real estate listings across its global network. The leading real estate marketplace offers sellers, buyers, landlords and renters a secure and easy-to-use platform to find or list properties online.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

ootd: lacoste 1212 watch launch

Last December 12, I attended the launch of Lacoste's new 1212 watch.

The new watches were inspired by their iconic pique shirts. The straps feature the same pique mesh found on all Lacoste polo shirts. At the 3 o'clock dial rests the Crocodile logo.

The watches are unisex, large-faced and come in 6 colors: grey, red, blue, white, green and black:

lacoste 1212 watch
Something I didn't know before attending this event was that Lacoste was created by a popular tennis player in the 1920's named René Lacoste who was nicknamed "the crocodile" for his tenacity on the court!

He created the Lacoste pique shirts for better sweat absorption + freedom of movement and named it L.12.12.

L for Lacoste
1 for it's one of a kind fabric
2 for its short sleeves
and 12 for the number of the final design version he selected for production!

lacoste watches
Who would've thought that a simple shirt would turn into an elegant classic staple for years to come??? 

And because of its minimalistic yet stylish design, I'm pretty sure that these new 1212 watches will be loved just as much as the pique shirts that inspired their creation.

At the end of the event, we were allowed to choose a gift from this Christmas tree:

lacoste 1212 watch launch manila
Each box, contained a designated watch color. I really wanted the green one at first but I ended up getting the black one instead. After wearing it for 2 days, I'm actually pretty happy with the color I got. I think it suits my style and my clothes better. What you think? :)

lacoste 1212 watch
I also like how it's mostly rubber with minimal hardware. It makes choosing my accessories for the day way easier. Don't need to worry about matching it to just silver or gold jewelry. :)

SRP: P7,550

In our invite, we were requested to wear a Lacoste shirt or something sporty. My inventory of Lacoste shirts solely consist of the baby tee versions that were so popular a few years back. I don't really care for tight tees anymore so I borrowed one of Dennis's shirts instead:

lacoste street style
Paired it with a midi skirt from Topshop for a (sort of) vintage Tennis player look:

leopard print slip ons street style
white balenciaga first street style

And this is what happens after I run out of ootd poses. I only have about 3: look straight, look to the side and look down. :P

So lacking in emote skillzzz.

balenciaga first street style
orange midi skirt street style
lacoste live shirt | topshop midi skirt | steve madden leopard print slip ons

photos by AnaGonzales.com

The new Lacoste watches are available at L Timestudio, Wristpod, select Chronos boutiques, SM, Landmark and Robinson's Dept. Stores

Saturday, December 13, 2014

laura mercier holiday 2014 collection

Make-up discussions over good food ALWAYS appeals to me so despite the heavy holiday traffic, I braved Makati and headed to Your Local to check out what's new from Laura Mercier!


And as is yearly tradition, the new shades and formulas never fail to impress.

There's lots of travel-sized products that are perfect to give as gifts this holiday season. This kit includes 4 wearable shades of eyeshadow that can be worn and combined for day to night looks. It also comes with a neutral pink gloss and 2 shades of blush. Best of all? It's sleek and handy. Perfect for the world traveller or women who are always on the go.


If you're looking for something a bit more budget friendly to gift your circle of girlfriends, this Lip Transformer Trio is perfect. It comes with a gloss, long-wearing lipstick an matching lip liner so you can all achieve  those highly covetable Kylie Jenner lipsssss!


Also new are these luxurious brushes...

This mini kabuki brush is the most stylish I've seen so far with a pseudo leopard print on it. The bristles are also super soft and able to pick up and apply powder evenly for hassle-free application.


There's also brush sets with a shorter handle that makes them more handy but gets rid of the "double-ended" storage problem that previous travel brushes had. I personally love Laura Mercier brushes, they make application really easy and simple even for beginners. Blending is always a cinch and application is consistently even. They also don't shed that easily. My 2 year-old brushes are just as fluffy and soft as the day I got them. Definitely worth the investment!


But I have to say, my favorite of all these new brushes is the angled eye-liner brush. That little change in design makes creating the perfect cat's eye, way, way easier!

 
Another new discovery is rose gold eyeshadow! Admittedly not entirely new but this (new) liquid formulation and this lunch meeting opened up my eyes and made me realize how truly flattering it is on Filipina skin. 

Favorite part of all? Super easy to apply, you can even use your pinky for beautiful eyes on the go.


You can wear it alone for a fabulous day look:


Or layer it with some deeper shades for a stunning night look that is perfect for any outfit/cocktail party you need to attend this holiday season.

And lastly, Laura Mercier's limited edition Holiday Bath and Body sets for 2014:


Choose between these 3 scents: Ambre Vanille, Almond Coconut Milk, and Tarte Au Citron.

Each scent variety comes in a honey body wash, scrub and lotion. There are different sized gift set variations that you can choose from for every budget.


What I love about Laura's Bath and Body products is how long-wearing and comfortable they are too wear. The scent stays on ALL-DAY! More so when you layer it + it's non-greasy so I can apply my lotion even on seriously hot and humid days.


Something we all must have this season? These new Shimmer Body Mists which moisturize like a lotion but at the same time, lend a gorgeous, natural-looking, youthful glow to the skin!

It's also made of an ultra-light formula that is immediately absorbed by the skin upon application.


To truly discover for yourself how wonderful these new products are, head on over to a Laura Mercier counter at all Rustans Departent Stores and ask one of their friendly, in-house make-up artists to do a free demo for you. :)


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