May 29, 2016

Proud Mary Touch and Beauty BB Cream & Tulip Blending Sponge*

If you've read my post where I create three, different Valentine's date looks then you'll know I've officially partnered up with About Face PH (formerly known as Purple Tags). Aside from the products used in that post, I got more to try out for myself! A couple of those are the Proud Mary Touch and Beauty BB Cream and About Face's very own Tulip Blending Sponge.

Since I tend to use both products together, I thought that instead of reviewing each one individually, I'd review them together and tell you how I personally use them!

May 27, 2016

Irresistible Me Diamond Hair Styler*

When it comes to styling my hair, I like to keep things pretty low key. I either straighten my hair or curl it. That's the extent of my styling, aside from choosing whether to keep it down or settle for some form of an up-do. If it isn't styled, then it's in a no-fuss ponytail.

Choosing hair styling tools can be a bit of a chore though. Since my hair is really thick, I need tools that can heat up to at least 180 degrees or more. Any lower and it won't do much to my hair nor will the curls or straightened locks last long enough, especially in this country's humidity, before my hair reverts back to its natural state. Aside from all that, it shouldn't also damage my already quite dry and frizzy hair.

I'm happy to say that after some years, and many tools (and $$$) later, I've finally found my favorite hair straightener in the form of Irresistible Me's Diamond Hair Styler!

I actually stumbled upon both Irresistible Me and their products while I was browsing YouTube for hair tool reviews. Curiosity piqued, I checked out their website and found myself particularly interested in this so called Diamond Hair Styler they had. Long story short, I got in contact with the company and they generously sent me my very own one to try out!

May 17, 2016

Abracada-brow!: Benefit Cosmetics launches its new brow collection (Pt. 2)

As promised, here's part two of my Benefit brow collection post! This time, I'm revealing the FULL line up of products that are set to be released in all Benefit boutiques in Southeast Asia this July 1. 

There are ten products total that make up the collection and they all aim to give you one thing: amazing, but still natural-looking brows that'll simply make you go 'Wow!'. Benefit emphasizes 'natural' a lot for this particular collection, and that's how brows should look after all.

If you want fuller-looking brows, more defined brows, or to even add highlights to your brows then this amazing collection has got you covered!

May 16, 2016

Abracada-brow!: Benefit Cosmetics launches its new brow collection (Pt. 1)

Whenever I get an invitation to attend a Benefit Cosmetics event, I do a little happy dance in my head. And why not? Every event I've been to has been crazy fun! Like I said before, Benefit is a brand that knows how to celebrate. Now though, there's an added reason to celebrate with their new and complete brow collection that was officially released only a couple of days ago. A bunch of us got a sneak peek at the collection beforehand though during their global media launch at Revel at The Palace on May 2.

Since there's so much to write about and show, this one's going to have to be a two parter! For this post, enjoy my write-up / photo diary of what was in and what went down at the launch...

The theme for the launch was magic, but of course since Benefit loves to party it up, it was magic done Vegas style!

May 13, 2016

Queen Odelia: Skin care fit for a queen?*

I noticed that if you go back a few pages on my blog, I've mostly been writing about skin care. That's probably because I've been taking my skin care even more seriously than I have been for the past few years. It's at the point where actual science plays a big part in what I choose to regularly put on my face on a daily basis and I've made a mental note to talk more about that in a future blog post!

For now, and still on the same topic, I'm going to talk about a skin care brand I was recently introduced to called Queen Odelia that hails all the way from Israel!

Long story short, while I was still in Tokyo, I was contacted and asked if I wanted to try some products from a leading Israeli skin care brand. I've never tried any product from there before and I was intrigued, so of course I said yes! Some weeks later, my Queen Odelia package arrived containing three products: an Eye Cream, Facial Serum, and Hand Cream.

The story behind the brand is fascinating! Apparently the founders were inspired by a flower referred to as 'Queen of the Night'. For an entire year it lays dormant in the desert and looks very much like a dead, cactus plant. But for only one night during the summer solstice, the fragrant flower blooms beautifully then disappears again by morning. According to their website, the founders "...set out to create a brand that replicates the hopeful spark that the desert flower and other fruits like it give.