12 September 2014

Review: The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream

I am aware of how The Body Shop's Tea Tree line has a cult following already because of its skin-clearing properties. I myself can attest to how effective it is as I LOVE using my The Body Shop Tea Tree Squeaky-Clean Scrub, but now I have a new favorite from this range: The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream!

From The Body Shop's website:
Prone to blemishes, blackheads, and oily skin? Tea tree is nature's alternative to harsh ingredients, with community fair trade organic tea tree oil, clinically proven to give clearer skin from week one. The range also uses tamanu oil extract which is reputed to help generate new tissue and improve the healing process for skin. Say goodbye to shine and hello to clear skin!
The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream aims to perfect your complexion and fight the look of blemishes. Blemishes and imperfections are instantly covered and the lightweight formula gives shine-free complexion.

You can really say that it's makeup and skincare in one as it not only conceals, it also heals.

Except for when I have to go to events, I skip on the full makeup look (primer + foundation + setting powder) and just use this instead. I have used solely this together with the Burt's Bees Daisy White line and sunscreen for the past month and I swear my skin has never looked better!

Well, aside from my monthly zit-visitor of course, who appears at least a week before Aunt Flo comes. I also love the smell! It's therapeutic for me and reminds me of spas, in a good way.

It's very easy to use, too! After I put my Burt's Bees Daisy White Serum and sunscreen on my face, I just put a little of this BB Cream on my ring finger and spread it evenly. Voila, instant freshness that lasts the whole day!

Two Saturdays ago, this was my "no makeup but BB Creamed-face" before I went to my orthodontist to have a prodigal bracket glued on again:

Around five hours later on an especially hot and humid day, here is what I looked like:

Look Ma, my hair has gone from wet and manageable to big and poufy, but my face remained fresh-looking and shine-free!

Each 40mL tube costs P795 at The Body Shop branches nationwide. I will gladly repurchase when mine runs out! I suggest that you do, too. There are three shades available (mine is 02 - Medium) so just make sure to choose what's right for your skintone.

Have you tried using anything from The Body Shop Tea Tree range? What is your favorite?

Disclosure: This product was sent to me as a gift by The Body Shop team but I was not required nor compensated for this post. All opinions and photos (except for the promotional poster for the BB Cream) are my own. Please see my blog's full Disclosure Policy here).

08 September 2014

Glamourbox September 2014: Flawless Beauty

Every month Glamourbox releases a new box is a fun guessing game for subscribers. They tease us with the box's theme at least two weeks early and then we figure out if we will buy before its release or not. Those of us who have above average EQ wait until the boxes are sent out and the contents revealed before deciding whether to get one.

For this month, the theme is Flawless Beauty. I guessed it will probably come with skincare items and foundation or concealers, and it turns out I was only partially right.

... because it also contained cosmetics and hair care products! As you can see, it's a balanced mix. Here's a more detailed look on the products inside. 

Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Laguna Beach
Creamy and soft in texture, this liquid lipstick moisturizes the lips with antioxidants and Vitamin E. With five hours of staying power, it gives a matte finish that does not feather!
Full size 8g/ P950

I have three OFRA lipsticks in my stash (see reviews of #205 and Fuchsia) and I love using them, but it's my first time to try the Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick. I am not a fan of liquid formulations when it comes to lipsticks but Laguna Beach is such a pretty nude pink that I don't mind using it as an everyday lip-color. I'm not really sure about its claim to be long lasting as the color faded after more than two hours, or maybe it's just me because I'm always eating. I wish it came in a better and classier-looking packaging to match its price tag, though.


You guys know how big a fan of Ellana Minerals I already am. A quick search of this blog will reveal many things I have written about them over the years, and I am even an affiliate blogger! Meaning, if you purchase from Ellana Minerals using the banners I put on this blog, I earn a minimal amount. I even joined a campaign of theirs a couple of months ago. Having said that, I wish Glamourbox included a less known brand in the box. Perhaps something I haven't tried yet? But that's just me. If it's your first time to try Ellana Minerals and you got this box, then great! You'll get a wonderful intro to one of my favorite local brands. (ღ˘⌣˘ღ) 

Multi-purpose Mineral Powder in Halo
Enhance your look with this high intensity mineral pigment. Use it as an eyeshadow, eyeliner, blush, lip color, bronzer, and body shimmer... your pick!
Full size 1g/ P160

Too bad my camera wasn't able to capture Halo in all its iridescent glory as it's very pretty in person. I'm glad I didn't get Brilliance in my box as I already have that shade! I'm sure I am going to get lots of use out of this.

Lip Scrub in Strawberry Vanilla
A perfectly polished pout is a must for a flawless face. Slough off dry and flaking lips with this fruity and delectable lip scub!
Full size 10g/ P165

I already have this and I love using it whenever my lips get extra dry, usually after a swimming trip. It is extremely helpful for dry lips. I love its scent, too, as it smells almost good enough to eat! Always good to have in my stash.

AcnePro Pimple-Fighting Gel Face Wash
With purified bee venom as its main ingredient, this cleanser thoroughly washes away acne-causing bacteria and excess oil to prevent future breakouts.
Full size 50mL/ P99.75

AcnePro Pimple-Fighting Treatment Toner
Oil-free and hypoallergenic, this toner unclogs congested pores and dries up and reduces reddening from unwanted pimples.
Full size 60mL/ P79.75

AcnePro Pimple-Fighting Pimple Gel
Zap away zits for a flawless face with this healing pimple gel. With purified bee venom, it clears out and lightens dark spots that it leaves behind.
Full size 10g/ P149.75

I've been hearing a lot of good things about this line so even though I don't exactly have problem skin, I appreciated having this set (of full-sized products!) in the box. I will give the facial wash and toner to my sister while I will keep the Pimple-Fighting Pimple Gel for when I get my monthly zit, heh.


Smooth and Shine Shampoo
Soft, smooth, and shiny hair is now at hand with this shampoo that calms frizz and tames flyaways. Infused with vitamin H and silk proteins, it quenches hair's thirst - the keep for keeping hair frizz-free.
Full size 440mL/ P275

Smooth and Shine Conditioner
Tame your mane with this conditioner that boosts hair with intense moisture. Vitamin H and silk proteins leave it smooth and silky, like you just stepped out of a salon.
Full size 440mL/ P275

I've already tried this line before and although it did not wow me as much as the Vidal Sassoon Color Care line did, it still did its job of cleaning and conditioning my hair. I am the worst in packing before a trip so this shampoo and conditioner set should come in handy.

Original Dramatic BB Tinted Cream
Skincare and makeup, together at last. Even out skin tone with the special color micro-capsules of this BB Cream. It blends well with individual skin tones, perfect for those with acidic skin!
Full size 30mL/ P695

Dramatic Green Touch BB Tinted Cream
Got skin redness all over? Balance and neutralize oily, blemish-prone skin with this neutralizing BB Cream with green tea base. Infused with antioxidants, it protects skin from premature aging.
Full size 30mL/ P695

I already have a BB Cream I rely on every day (review coming soon!) but these BB Cream blister packs are just too cute! I also read a lot of good things about this so I'm looking forward to trying it. I just wish they included at least three packs per box as I don't think you can form a solid opinion about a product if you'll use it only once.

Did you like this box? If you want one, I suggest going to Glamourbox's website and subscribing right away as boxes are limited. If you want to try the OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick badly, then I suggest you get this box as you only have to pay P595 for a product originally priced at P950, among other things! A lot of products are also on sale so go on, check this link to see the amazing discounts you can get! Enjoy shopping!

Disclosure: This month's box was given to me as a gift. Thanks again, Glamourbox team! All opinions are my own. Click here to read this blog's disclosure policy.

07 September 2014

The road to nostalgia is dotted with songs by the Eraserheads.

When I first got wind of news that the September issue of Esquire Philippines will feature the greatest band in the history of OPM on the cover and will include two new tracks especially commissioned for the 'zine, only one thought registered clearly and loudly in my mind: I MUST HAVE A COPY.

Esquire's Facebook page said the issue won't be out in newsstands and bookstores until September 4, but I still wanted to take my chances. Good thing I am lazy believe in the power of asking, as I called bookstores in Makati first to ask if they already have copies and promptly found out they don't have them yet. The nice saleslady in National Bookstore - Greenbelt 1 asked if I would like to have a copy reserved, and of course I said yes.

On Friday, September 5, as my officemates and I were in the van on our way back to the office after a client meeting, I received a text message from the nice saleslady saying my copy is ready for pickup and if I can please get it the same day as copies are limited and a lot of people have been asking for it. I wanted to fly to Greenbelt 1! When I got there, there was a long line in the Customer Service counter with people either asking for their reserved copies or asking to be put on the reservations list. My heart swelled and sang and I felt a different kind of kinship with these strangers. ˳/(˘ε ˘)♬♪♫

I could swear my fingers tingled and my heart skipped a beat when I touched my copy for the first time.

I just love the smell of new magazines. It's something I have forgotten as I stopped buying Candy and Cosmopolitan over the years, but I was reminded when I unsealed my new Esquire from its plastic packaging.

I wasn't able to leaf through its pages as I was busy the whole day  and I wanted to prolong the thrill and excitement for a little bit longer so I delayed reading the magazine until today.

It's easy to get lost in nostalgia and just lap up anything about the Eraserheads because why the hell not? They're the Eraserheads, dammit! but Esquire's EIC Erwin Romulo's companion piece together with Jake Verzosa's photos from the Eheads' London tour was a great read. It chronicled the band's growth and how they have matured through the years not only in their music but also in their roles as doting fathers to their kids. I know a bit about the UK having worked for British customers for more than five years and being inherently interested about the British culture, but Romulo's article made me feel like I was also there, touring with the band and walking the streets of London with them.

The Eraserheads, standing there like they don't even realize their impact on our lives.
It was also not all about the band. Romulo's article also talked about his friends, his failed marriage, and his own memories of London, both happy and heartbreaking. It's a very personal take on something as big as the four members of the Eraserheads coming together for a tour, which I appreciated.

And while we're at it, Sabado, 1995 which is a short story by Luis Katigbak is also worth a mention. Beautiful, poignant, and eloquent, it accurately describes what every Eraserheads fan who grew up with their music can relate to.

Music is so powerful in that it has the power to transport us through time. I've been listening to Sabado and 1995 all weekend and it feels like the '90s came and claimed me back.

Oh how I loved those years. I mean, I wish I knew how to groom my brows, I wish I chose better frames for my glasses, and I wish I knew better than to like this guy in high school BUT MAN DID I LOVE THOSE YEARS.

I was in Grade 1 when the Eraserheads released Ultraelectromagneticpop! I grew up with their music and their songs easily comprised the perfect soundtrack to whatever phase I was going through. At that time, for me at least, a mixtape is not complete unless there's at least one Eheads song in it. Even now, roadtrips aren't complete without Pare Ko, Toyang, Ligaya, Alapaap, Spoliarium, With a Smile, Ang Huling El Bimbo, TorpedoOverdrive, Huwag Mo Nang Itanong, and Para sa Masa. Meanwhile, my favorite Eheads song remain to be Kailan. I am not a masochist, but there's just something about that song that breaks my heart a little bit every time I hear it.

Marcus, Buddy, Raimund, and Ely may not be best friends with one another, but they do make magic together. I mean, I love Parokya ni Edgar and I know there's no need to compare, but I can't deny that the Eraserheads could very well be the best OPM band of all time. I still remember The Eraserheads Live! The Final Set like it happened yesterday; I've been to a lot of concerts, but hearing them play live is one of the most unforgettable moments of my life.

Thank you for being a part of my personal history, Eraserheads.

06 September 2014

A wholesome day at The Wholesome Table

It has been a long and tiring workweek that when Friday came, I was so ready to curl up under the covers and never emerge again until Monday morning. But as I already made plans to meet up with Ana, I forced myself to get ready and face the long commute from Navotas to Fort Bonifacio. I hate it when people cancel on me so why should I do the same to others?

She has been wanting to try The Wholesome Table in Bonifacio High Street (where Aria Cucina Italiana used to be) so that's where we went. Ana is a vegetarian and tries to maintain an active lifestyle so I was sure she will enjoy its all-organic offerings.

As for me, I have been there a couple of times already since I work in PR and they're one of our clients, but even without that little tidbit of information I can really say that my visits have always been more than satisfactory.

I just love going here because this is by far the prettiest restaurant I have ever stepped into. Just look at these photos.

It's amazing how much work and attention to detail its owner Bianca Elizalde put into it. She said she wants something that evokes a homey and cozy feeling, and she succeeded big time. No matter where you look, every little corner is Instagram-worthy. The Wholesome Table is an excellent treat for all the senses.

"In this lifetime you will only have one body; and if you are what you eat, then eat right and eat well." Thus says The Wholesome Table's manifesto. An organic restaurant through and through, TWT serves farm-to-table dishes that are as delicious as they are healthy.

Complimentary bread and butter
My Salmon in Basil Cream Sauce Pasta
Ana's Pineapple Mint Yogurt Shake and my Pineapple Mint Soda
Not shown in the photos is Ana's huge Vegan Burger.

When it comes to organic food, it's not so much as the meals themselves as the ingredients used and the methods in which they were prepared. One misconception about it is that the flavors are bland because of the absence of sodium and artificial sweeteners, but I am happy to report that I have never experienced such in The Wholesome Table. Everything I have tried here, I loved.

More than the food and ambiance, I also cherished Ana's company. She is my soul sister in that we both have this incessant and insatiable need to learn, experience, and get the most we can out of life. I have lost count of how many years we've been friends (and how many concerts and movies we've seen together), and it's great that even though we don't see each other as much and it seems like so many things have changed, everything still remains the same. We laughed, we swapped stories, we exchanged little gifts, we updated each other on what's going on with our respective careers and dreams, and we commiserated over the lack of [romantic] love in our lives.

And then, when the bill comes you least expect it, it arrives.

Going to posh restaurants to dine and swap stories is now a regular fixture in our friendship. The Wholesome Table gets our approval and I'm looking forward to going back and trying the other dishes!

05 September 2014

Pugad Baboy for Solo's Pinoy Cartoonist Memorabilia Series

One of my favorite memories from Elementary are those that involve my friend Jellarmine bringing her older brother's Pugad Baboy comic books by Pol Medina Jr. and then letting me borrow them so we can snicker at our favorite jokes come recess or dismissal. Those were the days.

Guess what, after the success of other comics-inspired collections, local brand Solo is bringing all those glory days back by coming up with the Pugad Baboy collection for Solo's Pinoy Cartoonist Memorabilia Series!

Solo’s back with another exciting collection for its 5th year of Pinoy Cartoonist Memorabilia! This time, we are joined by the talented cartoonist Pol Medina Jr. as we continue to pay homage to Solo’s comic based collection! 
Following the success of the first four highly praised collections comes Pol Medina Jr.’s legendary comic strip Pugad Baboy - a funny, tongue-in-cheek, and sometimes controversial comic strip depicting the general sentiment of Filipinos on relevant topics.
If you’re already an avid reader, congratulations! You got yourself a treat! But if you’re just starting to get familiar with it, it does not matter! The Pugad Baboy collection is eye-catching and fun, definitely something that everyone can enjoy!
Think comical, artistic, and subtly patriotic! The colorful collection is composed of collared tees decked in all over Polgas prints, one of the cartoon strip's prominent characters. Solo also offers urban-classic dresses, tops in vibrant color combinations, quirky and sleek sporty graphic tees, eccentric comic strip scenes, and statement shirts inspired by the witty comebacks of Mr. Pol Medina Jr.! Lots of gift items too like bags and accessories! Keep exchanges going with these conversation pieces and gift items. 
Gracing the campaign are the Solo Online Model Search 2013 winners Renee Soraya Hassani and John Edward Custodio who stood out among almost a hundred hopeful ladies and gents! The pair got to do a photo shoot with fashion photographer Doc Marlon.
In line with the collection launch, Solo will be having a book signing tour with Pol Medina Jr. himself(!!!) on the following dates and branches:

September 13 - The Row, Glorietta 1 at 12:30-2:30pm
September 20 - Solo, Festival Mall at 12:30-2:30pm
September 27 - Solo, TriNoma at 12:30-2:30pm

Connect with Solo on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more details!

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