Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Roses in my beauty products (plus, a giveaway!)

All the flowers last Mother's Day reminded me that I have a giveaway for my blog's 13th anniversary! If you follow @topazhorizonblog on Instagram, you'd know I was giving this bottle of Jo Malone Red Roses cologne. I'm moved by all the entries and I can't wait to see your story there.


I also wanted to share that my skincare products since summer of last year have a theme: roses. I sometimes stray from these and try out new beauty goodies (because who can resist?), but I find myself going back to these rose-filled beauty products because my skin looks and feels amazing when I use them.


This is my super favorite: Pure Beauté Facial Wash in Rose. I use this every single day (except for those times I sampled new facial washes sent to me). My face is so fabulous whenever I use this!!! I also use a tiny amount of the Pure Beauté Body Scrub on my face. Yes! It's so gentle on my skin anyway so I don't mind using the exfoliant once every 2 weeks.

The packaging looks so worn out na! That's proof that I really use them! You can buy these from the Simple Mama online store. I love Simple Mama's products. They're clean, pure, fresh, practically homemade. Every product feels like love in a container.

Okay, here's the link to the Pure Beauté page but the Rose Collection is a limited edition. That stresses me out because when my facial wash is running out, I go on panic mode. I don't think I can live without Pure Beauté Facial Wash in Rose! I won't guarantee this but maybe if you ask nicely, Simple Mama will make a batch for you. Tell me so we can order together!


Next favorite: In Her Element Petal Skin Rose Toning Essence. It's beauty water. It sounds unnecessary but it does what it says it will: Its water will beautify you. You know that part in the title that says petal skin? Yes, that will happen. Your skin will feel like rose petals. So soft and velvety smooth. So perfect!

It's P875 and the bottle is small. It feels like a lot of money for what is essentially water but get it!!! You don't need a lot anyway. I just pump the dispenser once and apply the toning essence all over my face. Pat, pat, pat. I don't use a cotton ball because I want ALL the drops on my now smooth and petal-soft face. So worth it!


So now you know my cleanser, exfoliant, and toner. Now check out my moisturizer: The Ordinary Rose Hip Seed Oil. This oil is pressed from the seeds of a rose plant. Oil is great for trapping moisture in skin but rosehip oil is also amazing for its anti-aging benefits. I added it to my skincare routine when I found out that Miranda Kerr, Rose Byrne, Cara Delavigne, Victoria Beckham and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, use it.

It's P900 from Calyxta and though it's a tiny bottle, you only need 2 drops for your entire face. You just warm up the oil in your palms then press, press, press. it's one of the best things I ever got for my skin. It smells like cooking oil, though, but the smell goes away soon enough. I love that the oil is quickly absorbed and so my mug doesn't look like a greasy frying pan.


My last rose-infused product is this super sulit Heritage Store Rose Petals Rosewater Mist. I use it for a ton of things! I got it from Calyxta for just P600 and I'll copy-paste na lang my review below.



So there you have it! My complete skincare products that all happen to have roses as its main ingredient! Have you tried roses in your skincare?

Now remember: I have a giveaway!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Maya Kitchen opens its doors to aspiring young chefs this June


PRESS RELEASE - The Maya Kitchen is once again holding a variety of culinary workshops for children this June. Encourage your little ones to learn how to be confident in the kitchen and enroll them in the Kids’ Culinary Bootcamps, where they’ll learn age-appropriate basic cooking and baking skills and recipes.

Classes for kids aged 6 to 12 will be held from June 4 to 5, from 9 AM to 1 PM. The 4-day culinary camp in May costs P6,000, while the 2-day culinary camp in June costs P3,000. 

For teens aged 13 to 18, The Maya Kitchen offers the Young Adults Culinary Classes, where they can discover the art of uncomplicated cooking from experienced chefs. The 2-day cooking camp will be from June 13 to 14, from 9 AM to 1 PM. The fee is just P3,500. 

The Maya Kitchen has been offering cooking and baking classes for children and young adults to give them a taste of different cuisines and teach them cooking essentials— from slicing, mincing to boiling, and so much more. Aside from cooking skills, the annual summer workshops aim to introduce the participants to healthy eating, home responsibilities, and to develop a better appreciation of what they eat. 

For more information on this and on other course offerings, log on to www.themayakitchen.com, email contactus@themayakitchen.com, or visit The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center every Tuesday to Saturday at 8F Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City. You may also call us 8921185 or 892-5011 local 108 or +63929 679 6102.

Like and follow Maya Kitchen on Facebook and Instagram @TheMayaKitchen1 and follow us on Twitter @TheMayaKitchen.

*To be featured on Press Release Tuesdays, send it to frances@topazhorizon.com.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

This is how I multi-mask with L'Oréal Paris Pure Clay Masks (plus a giveaway!)

Okay, I'll talk about multi-masking with L'Oréal Pure Clay Masks in a bit but let me say this first: I totally forgot it's my blog's 13th anniversary this month! To celebrate, I'm doing a weekly giveaway over at my Instagram. Make sure you follow @topazhorizonblog to get a chance to win beauty products!

Now let's talk about multi-masking. From long-ago queen Cleopatra to today’s beauty vlogger royalty, clay masks have been used to detoxify and pamper skin. How does that work? The negative charge of clay attracts the positive charge of oil and dirt on your skin, sucks the yuckiness out of your pores, and leaves skin clean and balanced.

You can apply the clay on your face and let it work its magic, which usually takes 10-15 minutes. Of course it has to be the right kind of mud. You simply can’t go to your garden and put mulch on your face! The best clays are usually made of volcanic ash but there are also clays from the bottom of the sea. For different skin concerns, other ingredients are added like charcoal and essential oils. 

Women used to set aside a good part of their day to indulge in face masks, covering face and neck with their chosen mud. These days, however, women are enjoying the multi-masking trend, painting on several masks on the different parts of the face to target specific concerns. For example, I have combination skin, so I use a charcoal mask on the oily parts of my face, then a hydrating mask on the dry areas. Check it out:

My kids call this my Mama Panda look. The black is Detoxify, the white is Hydrating.
As the mask dries up, you can see the dots—those are all the gunk and oil from my pores! 

The clay masks I use are L’Oréal Paris Pure Clay Masks. I LOVE THEM! The beauty brand addressed the multi-masking trend by creating a line of clay masks that work so well together, beauty-obsessed girls have taken to their blogs and Instagram to share photos of their simultaneous masking treat:

I started multi-masking because of #clayyourway on Instagram

There are four variants available in the Philippines. Each jar is a powerful blend of Natural Mineral Clay + Botanical Extracts so that skin is not just purified, it’s also left aglow. All this in just 10 minutes! I can totally vouch for this because I multi-mask every weekend! My super oily skin has stopped being an oil spill and my pores seem to have shrunk. It's my favorite and super affordable pampering treat on Saturday afternoons!  

If you want to try multimasking, try the whole line of L’Oréal Paris Pure Clay:

L'Oréal Paris Pure Clay Mask Anti-Pores, P399 
This thick mint green mask is suited for oily skin because it controls oil production. It also unclogs and refines pores. The Moroccan Lava Clay leaves skin matte. The rosemary extract is antibacterial and antifungal so skin is further protected. 

L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Mask Illuminating, P399
This cream-colored clay is perfect for rough and dull skin. The silky texture of the British Kaolin Clay makes it easy to apply and its lemongrass extract brightens skin with its antioxidant properties.

L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Mask Hydrating, P399
This pot of light gray Atlantic Clay is infused with bergamot complex, which draws out dirt and oil. Skin feels clean and fresh but also incredibly moisturized so you don’t have a dry, tight feeling.

L'Oréal Paris Pure Clay Mask Detoxify, P399
This black clay mask has charcoal extract, which clarifies skin by lifting impurities. Extra sebum is also absorbed and leaves skin matte. You feel perfectly clean and clear, refreshed and flawless.

L'Oréal Paris Pure Clay Masks are available at Lazada, Shopee, and Calyxta. I wish I can say I get a commission from the products I feature on this post but no, I don't. I just wanted to share! But I kinda want to explore being an affiliate. Has anyone tried being a Lazada's affiliate program?


Anyway!!! I got distracted again. Because it's my blog anniversary, I'm giving away a pot of the Hydrating clay mask and throwing in a L'Oréal Paris x Balmain Lipstick in 647 Urban Safari and a L'Oréal Paris Brow Artist Xpert in 107 Cool Brunette. These are my favorite products and I'm sharing them with one lucky winner!

How to win? Check out this post