Tuesday, September 23, 2014

nars fall 2014 color collection: night caller

The holiday season is all about bold and luxurious colors. Be the party vixen this Fall 2014 with Nars' new color collection: "Night Caller".

It's a sexy smattering of intense colors accentuated with glamorous flecks of gold and rich metallics.

Also worth mentioning are the new matte metal magnetic cases which are not only the ultimate in minimalistic chic but they also allow you to stack your eyeshadows in a neat pile.

So anyway, without further adieu, the Fall 2014 collection:


These new eyeshadows can be applied dry for a sheer. airbrush-like finish or with a dampened brush for an intense, opaque color.

Available in 12 different shades: 
Andromeda (alabaster), Europa (Gossamer pink peach), Dione (Metallic champagne beige), Cassiopeia (Iridescent electric pink), Callisto (Icy pink silver), Desdemona (Rich shimmering burgundy), Himalia (shimmering topaz), Lysithea (shark grey), Sycorax (black), Phoebe (Deep shimmering amethyst), Giove (navy), Subra (Black orchid)

Enough choices to cater to whatever look you might be feeling that day wether its more on the romantic pinks or fierce blacks.

SRP: 1550

nars double or nothing

A subtle version of the longtime cult classic "Orgasm" blush, Unlawful Blush is not so much a bright pink but more of an amber pink with silver pearls. It’s a muted, rosy-brown with warm undertones and silver shimmer and a slight silver sparkle.

Long-lasting with a good color pay-off, this shade goes well with all the bold eye colors this season!

nars unlawful blush

Lasts up to 8 hours, these have a buttery texture which makes it easy to apply and blend. Pigmentation is excellent.

nars dolomites duo eyeshadow swatch
Dolomites is a shiny rose quartz and chocolate while Jardin Perdu is a metallic dove gray and amethyst. When translated to the skin, the look is soft, frosted and metallic:

nars jardin perdu duo eyeshadow swatch
Comes in 4 colors:
  • Night Flight - black with cobalt blue pearl
  • Night Bird - black with purple pearl 
  • Night Clubbing - black with gold pear
  • Night Porter - black with green pearl
nars night caller eyeliner
Long-wearing for up to 10 hours, these new eyeliners are rich and opaque.

All 4 start with a black base but translate to beautiful metallic jewel tones with gold specks once applied:

nars night caller eyeliner swatch
And finally, I saved the best for last...

NARS 20th ANNIVERSARY LIPSTICKS: The Audacious Lipstick Collection which comes in 40 new SKUs which are all named after inspiring women like Audrey, Marlene and Rita.

nars 20th anniversary lipsticks
These lipsticks are to die for, richest pigment I've ever encountered and the new formulation is a dream to apply on the lips!

You a pink person? There's more than enough variants to choose from! Red? Same. Brown? Same.
Endless choices with slightly distinct differences. The question is, how will you narrow down your choice to just one or two?

nars audacious lipstick collection
Just judging by these swatches, you can already tell its rich and luxurious consistency.

nars audacious lipstick  collection swatches
NARS FALL 2014 COLOR COLLECTION is now available at all NARS Boutiques and at The Beauty Source of all Rustans Department Stores nationwide.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

top 5 easy read novels

There's nothing I enjoy more than a hot cup of coffee and a good book on a Sunday afternoon. In honor of this decades-old tradition, here's a list of my top 5 favorite easy reads this year.

In no particular order:

1. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell - a love story that evolves through numerous exchanges of work emails. 

2. Dash and Lily's Book of Dares - from the same authors who brought you Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, this is equally cute and entertaining.

It starts with Lily leaving a Book of Dares on the shelf of  her favorite bookstore...
“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

The challenges take them both all across New York until they finally meet and...read the book ;P
It will make you want to begin your own book of dares.

3. Will Grayson, Will Grayson - another collab effort by authors David Levithan and John Green, Will Grayson, Will Grayson tells the story of 2 boys with the same name but who lead totally different lives. 

The first Will Grayson is a boy with low self-esteem who dedicates his life to an online relationship, the other is an average, normal boy who prefers to live his life on the down-low. Somewhere in the book, their lives interconnect and the result of this meeting is a heartwarming, tear-jerking exchange that will get you thinking about life. Also a funny read at times.

4. Mr. Monster by Dan Wells

A thriller about a boy obsessed with serial killers and murder mysteries who constantly finds himself struggling with his "demons". This story has a great twist which will keep you turning page after page long past your bedtime.

5. The Boy With The Cuckoo Clock Heart by Matthias Malzieu

To be released soon as an animated movie: "Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart", this book tells the story of a boy who was born with a frozen heart on the coldest day of winter. After being abandoned by his mom, he was saved by Dr. Madeleine who puts a cuckoo clock in his chest and warns him of the fragile state of his heart and how he should never fall in love...but he does and this is the story of that.

Starts of a bit slow but gets really engaging towards the middle til the end.

All of these books are pretty much targeted towards the "Young Adults" but they don't lack in essence. 

When I was in my 20s, I used to enjoy dark, depressing novels that would have me thinking for days and sometimes even have the power to change the way I see things. Eversince I got older, I decided to take things a notch lighter and not add any more stress to an already stressful adult life :P. I have put those books on the backburner in exchange of these engaging light reads that admittedly may not change my outlook on life but have genuinely provided me with hours of light, easy entertainment that's a nice and welcome break from the heavy stresses of everyday living.

Hope you like my list, will collate another 5 next Sunday. 

ps. I am always on the lookout for new books to read and would love to hear from you guys what your favorites are too. Please feel free to leave the titles in the comments section so I can check them out. Thank you and Happy Sunday!!!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

ootd: hipster boys

I love the confident practicality of menswear on a rainy day. 

It's utilitarian and really comfortable which as you all know is a number 1 key factor for me when I dress up daily.

For this ootd, I got my inspiration from the hipster boys whose quirky, unorthodox style is something I am really beginning to appreciate. 

Also a shout out to my male fashion blogger friends, Paul Chuapoco, David Guison and Robbie Becroft for being an inspiration despite coming from the opposite gender. :)

studded doc martens street style
studded doc martens fashion
studded doc martens
hipster boy ootd
androgynous fashion
monogram necklace
Before I go, I'd just like to mention how impressed I am with the quality of my bespoke "soulchild" necklace (see here) and monogram oNecklace (see here). Despite months of abuse, sweat, perfume and no special treatment, they have both still managed to retain their gold color without a hint of tarnish. (thumbs up!)

suiteblanco denim jacket | jj lifestyle cami | warehouse trousers | romwe shoes (see here) | ray-ban clubmasters from glasses online (link in banner above)

photos by PaulthePRGuy.blogspot.com

Friday, September 19, 2014

juro salon exclusif's hair couture (review)

If you want "Hollywood Hair" tailor-made to suit your unique face shape AND lifestyle, JURO is the only salon you need to visit in Manila. Their "Hair Couture" service is unlike any other in the Philippines.

If you are new to my blog, that might sound a bit bias, but no. Juro has proved to me over and over again (see HERE and HERE) that they are indeed THE BEST SALON in the Philippines. Not only that, Jude is also the only hairstylist in Manila who has trained and worked under Vidal Sassoon for 20 years and has cut the hair of actual hollywood celebrities like Portia De Rossi and several others.

On the other hand, Ms. Rose is like the Guy Tang of the Philippines. Her years of training and experience as both a hair colorist and teacher combined with her innate talent and keen eye for color and precision allow her to create showstopping looks in all colors imaginable...mermaid hair, turquoise hair, pastel purple hair, soft ombre, balayage, fire engine red, my little pony hair, you name it, she can do it. Best yet, even after all that lifting, when she's done, your hair will look its most healthy and vibrant in years. 

Unlike my previous two visits where I opted for wilder looks, this time around, I wanted something a little more subtle, mature and easy to maintain.

These were the pegs I showed them:

nicole richie bob
Since I've been growing my hair out for over a year, I didn't want them to chop it short. I wanted an updated look with all the soft, wispy layers (that are sooo 5 years ago :P) gone! In it's place, I wanted a choppy long bob like Nicole Richie's (peg for life! haha).

BUT unlike Nicole who can afford to have a stylist come in and fix her hair everyday, I can't. 
AND, I also have different concerns...

  • wash and wear is ALWAYS my number 1 priority because I am in a perpetual rush daily
  • I wanted it to appear lighter but still long enough that I can tie it in a ponytail when I workout
  • it HAD to be stylish, versatile and modern given my line of work and the events I go to 
  • low maintenance - I don't have the time and money to color it every month + I don't like exposing myself to those kinds of chemicals too often
  • a dye job that could camouflage the persistent white hairs that have begun to sprout shamelessly around the crown of my head every 2 weeks (I want to stop using old mascara to hide it. LOL)

After discussing all these issues over hot cups of coffee prepared by Mr. Jude at their "secret salon" reserved only for loyal clients and VVIP guests, it was time to get started.

Here's my before photo:
(notice the wispy ends and lackluster color: looks like a cheap haircut :(( ) 

juro salon exclusif review
As is the norm at JURO, each styling session begins with a collagen hair prep that gets rid of previous product build-up:

best salon in manila
Once that's done, it's time to get started! 

I was sooo excited because this was the first time Jude was ever gonna cut my hair with me standing up! 

vidal sassoon trained hairstylist in philippines
He does this with longer hair lengths to ensure a perfectly even and symmetrical cut.
(posture alters when we're seated which might affect the way the hair falls)

2014 hair trends for women
Once he's satisfied with the length, it's time to get back in the seat so he can begin "sculpting your hair". Unlike most hairstylists who rely solely on technique, Mr. Jude uses his intuition along with his skill in precision cutting, (which both he and Ms. Rose improve on every year by travelling abroad for fresh training in the latest hair trends), to create a haircut that is not generic looking and is guaranteed to grow out gracefully by respecting the behavior of your natural hair

The result? Less visits to the salon and zero bad hair days!

choppy bob cut
For color, Ms. Rose decided to incorporate Majirel's new Cool Cover dye because of its soft attributes and purple/gray base that prevents a brassy look even months after fading.

majirel cool cover review
She combined this base along with 4 other shades to create a textured look that would blend in well with my old color thus allowing me to get away with fewer retouches in the future.

juro salon review
Also, those bold, blonde streaks (that at first got me a little freaked out :P) are there for a reason. After listening to my dilemma about white hair popping out every two weeks, Ms Rose put those blonde streaks in to make them less noticeable. They also do a great job of framing my face and adding a certain "glow" to my complexion.

Besides, they weren't even at all that visible once the "blending" and "sealing" of color was done (another procedure unique to JURO in the Philippines). That was a big relief for me! :P

Lastly, I just feel the need to mention that no bleach was used and the dye applied on my hair had a very mild odor and was very gentle on the skin.

diy bleached hair
After about 4 hours, here's the result - So much body and shine even without a single drop of product! It also gives the illusion of movement and although still at a longi-ish length, it still manages to look playful and interesting:

long bob
To address the modern choppy look that I wanted, Mr. Jude applied the "gradual concave layer technique" on my hair:

best salon in the philippines
This type of cut combined with Ms. Rose's unique, and stringent method of ouido coloring allows my hair to adapt and appear as if I got a new 'do each time I style my hair a different way.

When it's blow-dried/blast-dried, the look is sleek and conservative: great for work/meetings/more formal events:

2014 bob cut
The blonde streaks actually add loads of character to a basic ponytail:

2014 hair color trends
 And my favorite of all, (although I don't have a photo yet  :( to follow soon, promise!) layered and beautifully textured like Nicole Richie's when it's wavy!!! woot!

juro salon exclusif contact number
So again, thank you, thank you Ms. Rose and Mr. Jude for always addressing my hair issues precisely and for being more than just hairstylists but confidants as well. I ALWAYS leave your salon with an extra dose of confidence afterwards.

'Til the next makeover session! xoxo

If you're looking for the best hairstylists in the Philippines, I highly suggest booking a free consultation at JURO.

Their salon is located at:
Kensington Place, Unit #2D, 1st Avenue corner 29th Street (near Burgos Circle), Crescent Park West, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City 
tel. no: +632822-5673/09199915027(Fel)

*****for more on JURO, check out my previous reviews HERE and HERE
also visit: http://jurosalon.com/ and connect with them socially on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@JuroSalonExclusif)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

wrangler timber creek launch + get a free pair

When it comes to fashion, comfort is the number 1 priority for the majority of Filipino men. After that comes durability and style which is probably why you will find most of them in jeans 99% of the time.

But what about when the weather gets humid or when the occasion calls for something slightly a little more special?

Timber Creek by Wrangler solves this dilemma with a non-denim line that gives men more sartorial choices while at the same time allowing them to enjoy all the things they love about their trusty jeans.

There's over 60 styles to choose from with designs ranging from tailored pants and shorts in all the colors you can imagine + more,
plus a wide variety of tops that can take you anywhere from an intimate date with your beau to a day of errands at the mall.

Better yet? They're super affordable with prices ranging from only P1500-P2600!

But wait, get this. If you're one of the first 30 buyers  (with a minimum purchase of P2000 on any Wrangler products) to visit the Timber Creek by Wrangler launch this October 13-19 at the Atrium of Robinsons Place Manila, you get a FREE pair of Timber Creek pants!!!

Aside from that, also get special privileges when you present your Wrangler VIP card or Robinson's Rewards Card!

Timber Creek by Wrangles is now available at Wrangler Stores located in: Trinoma, Gateway, Ayala Fairview Terraces, Market Market!, Glorietta 2, Harbor Point, Abreeza Mall, Gaisano Mall, Centrio Mall in Cagayan De Oro, Mindoro and Zamboanga as well as in all other leading department stores nationwide.

Wrangler is also available online at http://www.lazada.com.ph/

For more info, visit www,wrangler-ap.com or connect with Wrangler Philippines socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@WranglerPH) for first dibs on sales and promos.

victorinox inox: launch of the toughest watch in the world

Who doesn't know what a Swiss Army Knife is? 
It's as iconic as a can of Campbell's soup. Almost everyone I know owns one and can't leave the house without it (myself included). It's like a security blanket given how dependable, versatile and durable it is...(from opening wine bottles to minor repairs and taking stray food out from in between your teeth, the little gizmo is capable of doing almost anything :P). It's no wonder Victorinox is considered a national treasure in Switzerland.

A few days ago at WhiteSpace, Victorinox did it again with the release of a watch that is tough as nails and designed to be your daily companion in life wether you are a deep sea diver, bomb specialist (and I wouldn't be surprised if it couldn't even withstand the conditions in outer space) :P.

Presenting the I.N.O.X. watch by Victorinox!

Being known for producing the best watches in the world, all Swiss watches undergo 80 standard certification tests but 80 wasn't enough for the I.N.O.X. team who wanted to translate the Swiss Army Knife into a Swiss Army Watch that can boast the same steadfastness and resilience. 

The result was putting this new watch under 130 strength tests. Way beyond the required 80 so naturally, some were just plain insane!

  • being run over by a military tank 
  • subjecting it to temperature shocks ranging from -57°- +71°(which is the standard set by the US Army for the manufacture of missiles)
  • salt spray corrosion and other chemical attacks by all sorts of fuels (gasoline, insecticides, solvents, sulfuric and nitric acid solution, cleaning products, etc.
  • exposure to flame at a distance of 5mm for more than a minute
And many many more equally crazy and challenging scenarios.

I mean seriously, who encounters those conditions in everyday life. I can only think of James Bond!

But seriously, the INOX had to go through all these to deserve the title of being the toughest watch in the world.

So it was only natural that they also employ equally tough and versatile men to represent their new product:

After all, the INOX is not just tough, it's pretty as well and will go with most of your outfits wether you're a boy or a girl, going to the office or engaging in a sport of your choice.

Currently available in 3 colors: Black, Khaki Green and Navy Blue, each watch comes with a stylish bumper that you can attach as added protection for more rugged activities. 

(Not that it needs it. The INOX performed all of the strength tests WITHOUT this bumper).

And finally, the specs:

  • Swiss made
  • reinforced stainless steel (43mm)
  • scratch resistant sapphire crystal with triple anti-reflection treatment
  • water resistant to 200 meters
  • screwed on stainless steel caseback
  • movement: Swiss-made Ronda 715

The Victorinox INOX watch is now available for only P26,000*.

Start saving! I'm sure your dad/hubby will love one for himself this Christmas...You know how guys have a soft-spot for everything tough and machismo. ;P

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

watson's bath to basics giveaway winners

Sorry it took awhile. :P

You guys are amazing though, 99% of you got the answer correct but I had to randomly draw only 2 winners from the list.

Here they are:

  1. Mark Laurence Perez
    Php 139.00
  2. I love Watsons!
    Ohms Emocling
Congratulations guys! Your prizes are now ready for claiming. Please wait for an email with instructions on how you guys can get them. Thank you! :)
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