June 22, 2016

Zen Zest celebrates 15 years

Some of you may not know this, but aside from hoarding collecting makeup and skin care goodies of all kinds, I'm a bit of a sucker for fragrances too. Perfume, linen sprays, scented oils...you name it!

As you'd expect, when my good friend and fellow blogger Liz from Project Vanity invited me to celebrate Zen Zest's 15th anniversary, there was definitely more than a whiff of excitement and anticipation in the air.

The Zen Zest story: "Fifteen years ago, Michelle Asence-Fontelera noticed how expensive imported bath and body products were and how no local brands provided the same good quality at affordable prices. Hence in 2001, Zen Zest was born. It was Michelle’s answer to the need of every Filipina to elevate her beauty, style, and home without breaking the bank."

June 13, 2016

City Color CC Color Corrector Sticks

Colored correctors. A lot of people feel they're best saved for special occasions that involve getting all glammed up, or only if you're truly going for that fully made up face. While that depends on the the user, I think including even a couple of correctors into one's everyday (or almost everyday) makeup routine can really impact the overall look. For the better, of course!

I'll admit, I didn't fuss over colored correctors that often before. Rarely, in fact! Oh, trust me. I knew there were areas on my face that desperately needed it, but I figured for my daily routine it wasn't that big of a deal. That is until I started using them myself on a regular basis and now they're a must for my dark, tired-looking eyes and perpetually red cheeks.

I first discovered City Color while I was still living in Tokyo and intrigued by their affordability and quality, I purchased a whole slew of products. Thanks to my already well-established obsession need to find a range of good correctors, I almost instantly grabbed these CC Color Corrector Sticks as soon as I saw them. 

If I'm not mistaken, these are actually quite new to the Japan market and I only saw them on my temporary, return trip last April.

June 03, 2016

Unboxing: SaladBox for April, 2016

The last time I posted about SaladBox was years ago, so writing this is almost like taking a step back in time again. It's also been too long since I reviewed a subscription box of any kind.

I have good reason now to though because SaladBox and I have officially partnered up and every month, I'll be reviewing one of their boxes. This is a little overdue, but I'll be talking about what's in their April box. To be fair, I did receive the box mid-May. Haha.

Like many other subscription boxes, SaladBox often collaborates with different beauty brands. For this month, they teamed up with VMV Hypoallergenics - the top makeup brand for sensitive skin! 

I've heard a lot about VMV and some even swear by their products, but I never got the chance to try them out for myself. Since I've become more open about testing 'gentler', more natural products I was very much keen to see what this box had in store. Are you as well?

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!