Saturday, November 28, 2009

NARS Semi Matte Lipstick in Schiap

Still part of my Hollywood look, I passed by Lara’s counter yesterday and was originally planning to get NARS Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. But since it is out of stock, the ever chikadora Lara recommended NARS Schiap instead. It was so scary when you see it on display because this is a very hot pink lipstick, just like Barbie’s lips. But when Lara taught me how to make it more sophisticated when applied, i did not pass the chance to grab one. Lara dabbed NARS Schiap on my lips and smudge it using Turkish Delight lip gloss. He then showed me the resemblance of Schiap + Turkish Delight combo and Roman Holiday as he put Roman Holiday on my bottom lips. And believe me, they really look the same! Plus, since it is semi-matte, the staying power is better than Roman Holiday which has a sheer formula. Lara, dear, you are an angel that brings color to our lips and cheeks!!!

Of course, he gave me a cream eyeshadow in Nomad and 2 tunes of the firming foundation in Santa Fe. I also road tested NARS Gilda blush and will sure get this one before the end of this year. Next lippie project: Jungle Red or Cruella? Lara, help!

Charles & Keith Pink Sexy Shoes

There are only three things I really splurge on. I really don’t mind spending for sumptuous food. I also have weird cravings most of the time and when cravings hit me, I really go out of my way to satisfy it.

Second, I really invest on good makeup and skin care. Makeup is one thing that can really make my day no matter how down am I. For me, I can skip on expensive clothes but I cannot pass on a really nice blush or lippie. Skin care and makeup touches and penetrate my skin, the clothes will just linger and go out of style in time. But don’t get me wrong. I just do not prioritize clothes; or rather I just won’t choose clothes over makeup. I have nothing against the clothes/wardrobe enthusiasts. I also like clothes, but just the classic pieces. Like LBD’s, unique cuts, polo shirts, denim pants. I am not into prints by the way. I love solid colors. It is so ironic that aside from black, all the rest of the colors inside my closet are vavavooom loud colors like fuschia, canary yellow and purple.

The reason why I like LBD’s or classic ensembles is because of my third fetish- Shoes. If makeup makes my day, a nice pair of shoes put me into cloud nine. And now meet my new baby:

Yesterday, I was looking for a nice pair of shoes to match my new asymmetric dress from Ilaya. I will be wearing these on our Hollywood Glitz & Glamour Party on Dec. 19. Yes, you guess it right. The dress I was referring to is an LBD again. Just so I can really play with shoes and makeup and pull off that red carpet look.
I love love love the color of my new sexy sandals from Charles & Keith! And I got it for only Php 1,799! I was originally thinking of getting a nice gladiator pair from Renegade folk or Possibility at The Ramp but when I saw these, OMG! Can’t help but get it.
Plus, these pair is so comfy that I do not feel I am wearing 3-inch heels at all!
Next target: A chic bootie and a nice embellished flats.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Medi-Facial and Diamond Peel at Contours Advanced Face and Body Sculpting Institute

I got two Contours Privilege Cards when I attended the Anniversary of Business Mirror in Fiamma, Bel Air, Makati. The card entitles the cardholders to various discounts on Contours services and products and part of the perks of this card is a free Medi-Facial and Diamond Peel. Since hubby and I have nothing to do last Saturday, we decided to drop by Contours Advanced Face and Body Sculpting Institute at Paseo de Magallanes, Makati City.

Their Medi-Facial like any other facial starts with cleansing and exfoliation, followed by steam and extraction. Nothing special. But wait until I tell you about their diamond peel. I must say that their diamond peel is one of the nicest DP’s I’ve experienced. It really made my skin super smooth after the treatment. Even hubby who has large pores noticed that his pores were minimized and his oiliness subsided. Their diamond peel really delivers results. Plus, the extraction the attendant did was not harsh at all. They are so careful and sensitive about what their clients feel. The Medi-Facial costs Php 800 and Php 3,000 if with diamond peel.

Me, after the treatment

Definitely I am coming back to Contours for another Medi-Facial and diamond peel. Luckily, the privilege card also has 50% discount on facial services, so that slashes Php 3,000 to a whopping Php 1,500 per session! The only disadvantage I see with Contours is its accessibility since it is in Paseo de Magallanes. But if you are from the South, I don’t think that would be a problem.

CONTOURS Advanced Face and Body Sculpting Institute

2nd floor, South Park Plaza, Paseo de Magallanes, Makati City, Philippines

Contact numbers: +632-5564878, +6324898526, +639189264468

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Shu Uemura Red:Juvenus Line Review

As promised, here is my review of Shu Uemura’s Red Juvenus Line.
Again, I was so lucky to get a travel set of this new age prevention line from Shu Uemura. Included in the travel set is the Red Juvenus Vitalizing Refining Lotion, Vitalizing Retexturizing Emulsion, Intense Vitalizing Concentrate and Vitalizing Retexturizing Cream. It comes in a simple black pouch bag that I know use as my kikay kit.

The Red Juvenus line contains 3 powerhouse red ingredients: Amalaki, Pomegranate and Lycopene Capsule 2x.
Amalaki is a fruit considered to have most rejuvenating power. it is also one of the richest natural sources of vitamin C while containing flavonoids, polyphenols and carotenoids.

Pomegranate is known as a vital fruit for youth & beauty, containing flavonoids and polyphenols.

Lycopene Capsule 2X is lycopene with a patented encapsulation technology to deliver nutrients 2 times deeper into skin.

I am using this product for more than 2 weeks now and so far I am loving the results. After washing my face with my Forever Flawless SAS soap (since I am having breakouts lately), I put the Red Juvenus Vitalizing Refining Lotion.

RED:JUVENUS VITALIZING REFINING LOTION is a light, refreshing gel-like lotion to replenish skin intensively for radiant skin that feels energized and revitalized. Immediately skin looks radiant and feels more elastic. Within one week skin looks younger & rejuvenated. (
At first, this refining lotion looks and feels oily but when applied and absorbed by the skin, it just makes your skin uber supple and feels totally rehydrated. I love the fact that I can even put it around the eye area. It replenishes lost moisture without the oily effects. I even tried to use this in the morning and it did not added shine especially to my oily T-zone.

RED:JUVENUS INTENSE VITALIZING CONCENTRATE is a lightweight, translucent gel fluid essence with highest amount of Phyto-Red Energy Complex for visible correction of fine lines and immediate radiance. (
After applying Vitalizing Refining Lotion, I put a pea-sized amount of Intense Vitalizing Concentrate, This one has a dropper so it is very easy to get the right amount of product you need. It is very concentrated, too! I like using this during those times that I feel my skin has been exposed to air pollution, sun, etc. It actually acts as my prevention for further damage cause by free radicals. Like when I am exposed to sun for a long period I see to it that I use this at night to replenish whatever nutrients were stripped off my skin. Though I do not recommend using this in daytime, especially if you are oily. This tends to make my T-zone oily. So I just use it at bedtime.

RED:JUVENUS VITALIZING RETEXTURING EMULSION is a gentle fluid moisturizer that enwraps skin with long-lasting moisture. Fine lines & first wrinkles are significantly reduced. Immediately skin feels plump, smoother and more refined. Within one week, skin looks healthy and feels more resistant. (

RED:JUVENUS VITALIZING RETEXTURING CREAM is a soothing gel-cream texture to seal skin with long-lasting moisture and nourishment. Fine lines & first wrinkles are significantly reduced. Immediately skin feels plump, smoother and more refined. Within four weeks, skin looks younger, healthy and feels more resistant. (
After putting the Intense Vitalizing Concentrate, I usually choose between the Retexturizing Cream and Retexturizing Emulsion. I personally prefer the cream version than the emulsion because it is lightweight and does not feel greasy. The emulsion is ideal for use at night, at least for me because it delivers ample moisture to the skin. The cream on the other hand is a gel-cream moisturizer that is lightweight and does not feel greasy on me. I also like its light scent than the emulsion because the emulsion smells “chemical-ish” for me.

The Red Juvenus Vitalizing Line Reducing Eye Essence is not included in the travel kit I got but the description appeals promosing to me. I hope I can try this one soon.

RED:JUVENUS VITALIZING LINE REDUCING EYE ESSENCE is a light fresh texture formulated to gently & actively target fine lines & dark circles for the delicate eye contours. Immediately skin feels more supple and total surface of fine lines are significantly diminished. Within four weeks dark circles are improved. (
Overall, I think Red Juvenus line will become a staple especially in my nighttime skin care routine. I would probably repurchase the Vitalizing Refining Lotion and the Vitalizing Retexturizing Cream. Though the Red Juvenus line is a bit pricey, I think it’s worth it. Because you can never buy back your natural youthful glow once ageing comes your way.