SaladBox June-July 2014 Korean Beauty : A Missha Exclusive

11:44:00 AM
When Saladbox announced that the supposedly June box will become June-July box and will be shipped in July, I was like, "ok, whatever". I was really disappointed with the Runway Ready May 2014 SaladBox so I am not expecting anything anymore and I was just waiting for my three-month subscription to end. 

But then, as with life, miracles can really  happen. :D
I received my SaladBox June-July 2014 Missha-exclusive Korean Beauty box today and I was pleasantly surprised! 


Below is the curation card  for the Missha products included in the box:


Syn-Ake Cotton Sheet Mask (Full Size - Php150) I love all beauty products that have snail components in them so the Syn-Ake Cotton Sheet Mask is on the top of my list. Syn-Ake Cotton Sheet Mask is infused with syn-ake peptide, an anti-wrinkle formula patterned after snake venom that enhances and revitalizes skin. This is very suitable for mature skin. I can't wait to try this! I promise to do a separate post about this mask.
#misshasaladbox

Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Skin Treatment (Sample Size only) 

Product Description from Missha website: 
The Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Skin Treatment is a skin awakening booster + toner to firm skin foundation and maximize the benefits of the products in this series. The soothing gel-type formula contains 30% Snail Slime Extract for glowing skin.


Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Essential Moisturizer (Sample Size only) 
Product Description from Missha website:
The Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Essential Moisturizer contains 40% Snail Slime Extract. It is a skin repairing lotion + essence in 1. This nourishing moisturizer regenerates damaged skin cells and strengthens them.
Dong Baek Gold Shampoo (Sample Size only) is a premium hair care system with highly pure natural Camellia Oil suitable for severly damaged hair. Dong Baek Gold Shampoo's main ingredientss are Camellia oil and Camellia Water.

L'eau De Missha Eau de Parfum "Stay Beside Me" (Sample Size only) 
Light and flirty Floral Muguet (Fruity) fragrance.
Top Notes- Orange, Lemon, Muguet
Middle Notes- Rose, Sambac, Magnolia, Peach
Base Notes- Cedar, Amber, Musk

The Style Lucid Berry Lips Lip Gloss (Full Size - Php599) I got the BE01 shade in light coral, it's a fruity jelly-textured gloss accentuated with pearl powders that add extra shine.

The Style Silky Soft Base in Violet (Full Size - Php770) Purple/violet make up base and concealers covers yellow in the skin. I think there is a green variant,too. I have to use this, I'll let you know soon :)

Delivers natural color for natural makeup
Evens skin tone with a silky and soft finish
Controls oily glossiness and maintains clean and fresh makeup all day long
Fresher finish that leaves skin lustrous and radiant
Strongly controls and absorbs sebum
Fresh touch and natural coverage that leaves the skin lustrous and radiant



That's all, folks. I really enjoyed my SaladBox this time. The box is valued at Php1500 excluding the sample items. I guess my love-hate relationship with SaladBox will continue for the time being.

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Sample Room: Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer

2:26:00 AM
Hi, beautifuls!

I know I've been lazy with my blogging duties lately. You wouldn't believe the reason : I've been temporarily addicted to watching Korean dramas online to the point that my internet data cap suffered for two months (like, I can finish 16 episodes in two days)! It' a good thing my boss has only light online tasks for me (noVOIP duties or heavy research, otherwise I'm dead!)

I think, though, that my brain works like a switch so I woke up one morning and realized I don't want to watch any more dramas online. So here I am! Forgive me?

One thing though that I can't switch off is my love for Sample Room :) Its the first ever sampling site in the Philippines where you can get samples of products that you would like try before you buy. Even more so now that I was able to get my hands on Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer for free, in three fabulous shades at that : Raisin, Fig, and Watermelon.

Full size: 2.6g
Price: PHP 395
Sample Size: 1pc 2.6g (full-sized)


WHAT IT IS:
Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer is a 100% natural lip shimmer in various shades.

WHAT IT DOES:
It highly nourishes and moisturizes lips with Vitamin E and Beeswax.

KEY INGREDIENTS:
The main ingredients are Shea butter, combination of seed oils (apricot, strawberry seed, sunflower, black currant), and beeswax.

HOW IT FEELS/SMELLS/LOOKS:
It has the feel of lip balm because of its peppermint flavor but with a burst of color! It is also in a very slim tube. With a few swipes, it is very pigmented.

MY EXPERIENCE:

I like Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer because it has no parabens. It also comes in a very slim tube that easily fits in any tight purse. I also love its minty smell and flavor that is very cool and refreshing. It doesn't feel thick or heavy on the lips, which I really like. Being a homebased online freelancer, I don't go out much so this is perfect for me -- I can wear this and have a pop of  sheer luscious color every day at home.

I know Php395 (around $9) for a 2.6g lip shimmer is a bit too pricey for some, but considering it is 100% natural, I would say it's worth it :)


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Let the Beauty Begin! June 2014 BDJ Box Unboxing

2:18:00 PM
After my big disappointment over my May 2014 Saladbox, I'm glad I received my an exclusive Benefit box from BDJ.

Yey!



  1. Lollitint, 2.5ml/ 0.8 US fl oz (1700php for Full Size)
  2. Benetint, 2.5 ml/ 0.08 US fl.oz (1700php for Full Size)
  3. They`re Real Mascara, 30g Net wt. 01 oz (1300php for Full Size)
  4. Porefessional PRO Balm, 3.0ml/0.1 US fl.oz (1,600php for Full Size) 
  5. Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow, 3.0ml/0.1 US fl.oz (1,900php for Full Size)
  6. Big Easy, 3.0ml/01 US Fl.oz (2,000php for Full Size)
  7. Fake Up Concealer, 0.5 g Net wt./ 0.01 oz (1600php for Full Size)


Even though these are just sample sizes, I am very happy with what I got. Benefit Cosmetics is not something you get to buy from drugstores so these are very special to me. (Okay, don't get me started with that other box!).

Lollitint (candy-orchid tint) and Benetint (rose tint) are both lip-and-cheek tints. You can wear them under your favorite lipstick and blush and really lasts a long time.

They`re Real Mascara promises to curl, lengthen, volumes, lift and separates the lashes so this will surely go into my "kikay" kit!

I also got the mini Porefessional PRO Balm is an oil-free primer for translucent pore coverage. I have to try Fake Up Concealer, too, because I always have dark circles :( Big Easy is Benefit's version of BB (Blemish Balm) cream. The last but not the least, the Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow  is an oil-free brightening liquid foundation .

I am so happy with this exclusive Benefit BDJ box:)

Saladbox Runway Ready May 2014 : My sorriest box yet

12:14:00 AM
Saladbox is late again!

I just received my May 2014 box today, June 14th. June 14th! Two weeks after the month of May!

And then...Here's what I got:

Uhh...

It's like adding salt to the wound :( :( :(

Unlike Dragon Chatter who got the Regatta Fresh Sunshine Body Spray, I think Saladbox forgot to put mine IN. THE. BOX.

Because all I got are these:

Smooth & Shine Shampoo & Conditioner Trial Pack by TRESemmé (Travel Pack, 90ml) - The curation card says full-sized bottle (600ml, I think)  costs Php365 so a 90ml bottle is around Php54.75.

Oh, well...

Yuka Acetone-Free Nail Polish Remover Wipes in Grapes - Php65 for 35, I guess the price makes up for it being acetone-free and scented.

As I've said, I didn't get the box with the  Regatta Fresh Sunshine Body Spray. It would have been fine if I had that.

And oh, I forgot. There's Dentiste Plus White Nighttime Herbapeutic Toothpaste. It's a sample tube too small to mention. It would take only a day to use this up.


And 3 pieces of Stationerly Just Because Cards. WHAT!

This is a 3boxes-forPhp1000 box that I subscribed to until July 2014. For a Php333 box, all I got only amounts to Php174.50.

::sigh::

'nuff said

PRODUCT REVIEW: Bifesta Cleansing Lotion in MOIST

6:43:00 PM
I normally don't put the whole make-up shebang every day since I work at home. Though I'm quite content with a good moisturizer and baby powder, I go out with sunscreen and BB cream on, touch of mascara, and my favorite matte lipstick. So when I got a P100 coupon from my May BDJ box, I decided to try and buy Bifesta Cleansing Lotion from Watsons at SM-Calamba to see if it's better than my 3-step regimen.

My skin leans more on normal-to-dry combination so I chose  Bifesta Cleansing Lotion in Moist (300ml) variant. For oily skin, I saw Bifesta Cleansing Lotion in Sebum variant at Watsons.

Ta-daaa!


Bifesta is one of the Japanese  leading brands by Mandom Corp, which caters to skin care for women with busy social and work schedules. This 300ml bottle is good for 1 to 1.5 months, even if you use it everyday.

Its cleansing agent effectively absorbs impurities allowing the easy removal of dead skin cells. Its moisturizing & toning properties make skin soft and smooth. 
For cleansing and toning, on bottle is all you need. Wipe off with cotton pads. No need to rinse.

Bifesta Cleansing Lotion in MOIST without the plastic seal (with the English description).



Directions for Use:

  1. Pump 2-3 times on cotton pads and wipe gently on face.
  2. For eye make-up,wipe downward carefully to avoid contact with eyes.
  3. For heavy make-up, use repeatedly until there is no trace of  dirt and oil.
  4. No need to rinse.

It certainly worked for me, as you can see in the picture.

What I like about Bifesta Cleansing Lotion:


  1. It's a big plus that it is  hypoallergenic and hypocomedogenic (gentle to the skin and won't clog pores).
  2. It feels like water on skin, no sting at all.
  3. My skin really felt hydrated after use.
  4. It easily removed my matte lipstick and my waterproof mascara.
  5. No rinse required.
  6. Easy to find since it is available at Watsons and SM Department stores.

What I don't like about Bifesta Cleansing Lotion:

  1. The English translation is on the plastic wrap which I have no choice but to remove it entirely.
  2. I bought the 300ml bottle for Php419.00 (without the Php100 coupon) and I think it is a bit expensive for me.

Recommendation:

This is my first make-up remover and without considering the price, I could say I had a good experience. It really saves time since it is a no-rinse solution which is very appropriate for working women. The price though is expensive for my lifestyle. I would still recommend this to those who are looking for good make-up remover. It is still better to look for quality before price. No reason to be lazy and sleep with make-up on, is there?

GK Enchanted Farm Blogger Weekend Event Series 2 : Plush And Play - A Social Enterprise Offering Quality Stuff Toys and Felt Items

12:03:00 AM
One of the social enterprise demos that we attended during the Blogger Weekend Event at GK Enchanted Farm is the Plush And Play.

Plush and Play is a social enterprise partner of Gawad Kalinga that produces quality stuff toys and felt items. Plush And Play stuff toys are hand-sewed by the women living in Gawad Kalinga communities. Every one attending the demo got to try making a toy from cutting the pattern to sewing it. It's a stuffed heart, as you can see in the picture. I don't have the picture of the finished product because I lost it. Sad, huh?


Instead of teddy bears, Plush And Play stuff toys are modeled from local fruits and vegetables like watermelon (Manny Pakwan), tomato (Anne Kamatis) and apple (Apple D' Ap) which is, for me, a fresh and exciting concept. Yes, I know, apple is not endemic here but to associate it with apl.de.ap who is a international pinoy singer, I think it will encourage kids to think local is still the best.

Participating in the Plush And Play demo made me understand a little bit more about social enterprise. A social enterprise is a business model that tackles social problems and improve communities.

From left to right: Manny Pakwan, Maria Mangga, Anne Kamatis, Jessica Saging, Buko Martin, Pan Talong, Antonio Repolyo, DalanDaniel, Sili Crawford, Karla Mansi, and Fili Pinya
photo from Plush And Play Facebook Page
photo from Plush And Play Facebook Page

Know more about Plush And Play and Gawad Kalinga:

Website | Facebook Page

Purederm Snail Cell Illuminating Multi-Step Treatment

9:19:00 PM
I was doing my groceries at SM-Calamba when I came across Purederm Snail Cel Illuminating Multi-Step Treatment in one of their racks. I've been into facial mask sheets these days because the hot weather makes my skin dry.

What's exciting about Purederm Snail Cel Illuminating Multi-Step Treatment is that it comes with Cell Illuminating Ampoule and Snail 3D Mask.


How to use Purederm Snail Cell Illuminating Multi-Step Treatment :

Step 1 - Clean and tone face. Cut the pouch along the dotted line and use your fingers to evenly apply the Cell Illuminating Ampoule to your face. Make sure your hands are clean.

Step 2 - Apply the Snail 3D Mask in the following order : chin, forehead, nose and then mouth, Smooth out any air bubbles with fingers. Wear the mask 15-20 minutes and peel off slowly from the edges. Gently massage remaining essence into the skin

That's me. Awoooo!

My Experience:

The ampoule is a great way to prep the skin before the mask. It applies evenly and is very cool to the skin. This is my first 3D mask and I love it! It is specially designed to fit the face, especially the on the nose and chin area.  It is not drippy at all. The mask remained moist and adhered to my face the whole 20 minutes it was put on. The 3D mask has a delicate smell. I also love the texture of the mask. What I am hesitant about is the price. It cost me P97.00 (around US$2.25) which is the most expensive mask I have ever bought yet.

After using it, my face felt supple and smooth. My pores looked smaller ,too. There is a soothing effect on my skin, especially in this crazy hot weather.

Would I recommend it? Yes, definitely.

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GK Enchanted Farm Blogger Weekend Event Series : A Glimpse of Paradise

8:58:00 PM
I posted a blogger event at the GK Enchanted Farm in Angat, Bulacan a month ago and nearly forgot about it. Then I got an invitation to spend a weekend last May 24 to 25. At first, I thought it would be just like any other outing so I came with a shallow heart. But what I saw and experienced were far more than I expected. There are too many places, too many gastronomic experiences, too many lessons learned that I decided to make this a series of sorts.

So for the first in the series, let me introduce the GK Enchanted Farm. It is located in Brgy. (Village) Encanto, Angat, Bulacan. As the place suggests, it is indeed an "enchanted" or a very special place. The  GK Enchanted Farm comprised of an integrated community and a farm university, set in the heart of a highly sustainable environment.

The GK Enchanted Farm is Gawad Kalinga’s platform to raise social entrepreneurs, help our local farmers and create wealth in the countryside. As we learned that the road out of poverty is a continuing journey and therefore, providing homes is merely the beginning, we also realized that our country is abundant with resources (land included) that we can harness for every Filipino to continuously lead a life with dignity.


 The GK Enchanted Farm Blogger Weekend composed of a tour of the farm, a visit to different social enterprises, wonderful food and company, and an informal talk with Mr. Tony Meloto himself.

This is the walkway leading to the guest dormitory at the far end and the GK Village on the right. I forgot to take pictures of the houses as I am busy looking and experiencing the sights :)

Walkway in Tita Cory's Garden 
ARCH ANGEL-GK CENTER FOR ARTS AND CULTURE
Interior of Arch Angel Multipurpose Hall

HYUNDAI CENTER FOR GREEN INNOVATION - A state of the art green center where the ethnicity of bamboo and modern glass and concrete are fused together.

Chandelier made of recycled plastic cups.

LIFEBANK CENTER FOR BAYANIHAN ECONOMICS - Still in construction stage. According to GK website,
The LifeBank Center for Bayanihan Economics will serve as the innovation, development and commercialization hub of LBF and GK's combined effort to advance social enterprises and 'bayanihan economics' as a key strategy in breaking the chains of poverty.
What caught my eye was how the roof was made. I imagine it would look like an umbrella above. With the GK's vision of sustainable environment, the roof is specially designed to catch rainwater into a reservoir. See that tube ("alulod") connecting the roof panel to the next? 

BAMBOO PALACE CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENT DESIGN

Grass Roots Kitchen







Lunch (organic vegetables and meat from the farm)

Roasted Chicken (Free Range)

Fabien Courtelle, our tour guide, is also a  Plush & Play social entrepreneur. He is one of the European (he's French) interns of the Farm.


There are is so much to see and to experience here that I forgot to take important pictures, only crappy ones:) What I want to convey is that the GK Enchanted Farm is not just a  place to build houses but to build lives.

Where the sky is vast and blue.

And everything is green and self-sustaining.

Where children who previously lived in the urban slums are happy and has a future. They are polite and well-mannered, who can converse well in English and French.

That's all for this post. I'll be posting about the social enterprises that we visited soon! Next in the series:

Demos:
Plush and Play
Golden Duck Egg
Gourmet Keso
Hamon
Organic Multicrop Farming

My Hauls:
Human Nature Haul
Bayani Brew
Theo Philo Artisan Chocolates
Herbs

To know more,  please visit:

Website: GK Enchanted Farm | Facebook Page

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Unboxing my Perfectly Pristine Glamourbox April 2014

8:32:00 PM
I am so late in my beauty box unboxing for April!  In fact, my Perfectly Pristine Glamourbox  for April arrived last week so I have to post this before the month ends.

Look! If not for the very sturdy Glamourbox  box, the contents would literally burst the seams! Yay! If I know how to tap dance, I would! Just looking at box got me excited, it is really heavy.

Okay, let's get to the unboxing part. 


My February 2014 Glamourbox has pink wrapper. This time, the inside wrapper is in apple green.


Oh My! The Perfectly Pristine Glamourbox is definitely jam-packed with full-sized goodies! At the backof the welcome card is the list of items of the Perfectly Pristine Glamourbox. It's a total of 8 items plus three add-ons!

Let's go through them one by one and let's start with my most favorite.

My first grab is the Barenaturals Sexy Back Scrub with Sacha Inchi Oil. As you know, I love scrubs! Barenaturals Sexy Back Scrub has Lulur beads for Bacne (or, back acne) and has Sacha Inchi Oil, a great antioxidant. The Sexy Back Scrub also has a spatula included, which I like because I don't have to scoop with my fingers. Hygenic, huh? It smells like candy, too.


The Barenaturals The Mane Event Nourishing Hair Mask does not contain silicone, paraben, phthalates, petrochemicals, and SLES (Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate). The label is a bit askew but i don't mind. In fact,it adds to the organic (or home-made) feel to the product. The main ingredients are plant-based combination of Oat Protein Oil, Macadamia Oil, Colza Oil (from the seeds of oilseed turnip).  It smells fruity,too.
Venus and Mars Naturals Smooch Lip Detox SPF15  is "petroleum-free and is only made out of the finest oils making lips younger-looking and healthy. It is known to relieve and highly moisturize chapped, even bleeding lips and protect it from sun damage".

Sebamed Olive Face and Body Wash is a new brand for me.

Aloe Derma Pure Aloe Vera Gel - 99% Organic and provides relief to dry skin and protects your skin gaints pollution and environmental hazards. This is also perfect for summer adventures where skin irritations like sunburn, burns, cuts and woulds.

Avon Skin So Soft Fast Hydration Body Gel Lotion - I'm not much of an Avon lotion user because I find most of this brand's lotion too thick for me. But this gel lotion surprised me. :) It feels very light on the skin. It also has a very refreshing smell.

Valda Pastilles - Glamourbox really puts me on my toes :) I was really surprised that Glamourbox included Valda Pastilles (which I love, by the way).


Belo Essentials Intensive Whitening Bar


Vanilla & Co. Blushing Foot Spray with Eucalyptus Oil

Zen Zest Anti-Mosquito Room Fragrance

Clean Shower Fresh Eau de Parfum and Gift Certificate

So,there. I will definitely use all the items that I got from my Perfectly Pristine Glamourbox! The purhase value of all the full-sized items is around Php1,200 not including the sample sizes. Wow, for Php580 this is certainly a great steal!

Have you subscribed to Glamourbox yet? You can check out the Glamourbox Website | Facebook Page for further details.

P.S.
I actually have three, as in three, Sample Room hauls that I haven't posted yet. Arrggh!
Until next post :)
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