Thursday, June 05, 2014

"What just happened?!"

It's Thursday so I am hoping every Game of Thrones fan has seen the mind-blowing episode that was the "Red Viper vs The Mountain." At our home, our reaction was similar to this:

I'm still in shock.

Someone on Facebook shrieked on her status, "Will there be more shocking deaths this season?! I can't take it anymore!" Well, I'll say this: Tywin and Cersei made a huge mistake going against Tyrion.

As Jesus said in Matthew 12:25, "Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, and no town or house divided against itself will stand."

House Lannister has always stood proud and powerful but now that it has gone against itself, it's only a matter of time. Only a matter of time. Can't wait for the next episode!!!
*image from The Atlantic

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Topaz Beauty: My makeup removers

Believe it or not, I only learned to apply makeup a few years ago. Well, I needed to put something on my face because of my previous job as a magazine editor. I used to go barefaced to events and the brand managers just never recognized me because in the magazine, my photo showed a gorgeous girl. In real life, with no makeup, I'm, well, I'm not ugly, but let's just say the girl in the photos did not look anything like the girl at the events trying to convince the brand people that I'm kinda somebody hahaha.

Solution: Put on makeup!

I knew that cleansing the skin of all traces of makeup was essential so that skin won't get damaged. However, since I wore makeup maybe once or twice a week, I never invested in makeup removers. I figured a good scrubbing with facial cleanser was enough. I guess that's why I was still so pimply. I also read in InStyle that if you wear sunscreen, which I do, you'll still need makeup remover. So for today's Topaz Beauty, I'm going to talk about my makeup removers!

I had used Shu Uemura's cleansing oils before. They do an excellent job but I really didn't like massaging oil into my face. So I did a lot of research on makeup removers. I wanted the best!

Beauty review site Makeup Alley gave Lancôme's Eau Micellaire Douceur Express Cleansing Water for Face, Eyes and Lips 4.3 stars. The only reason why it's not 5 stars is because it's so expensive. It was only when I read an interview with Emma Watson that I was convinced. She said that Lancôme's makeup removers are the very best and that they remove every bit of makeup that's applied on her during movie shoots and photo shoots. Since I adore Emma, I got myself Lancôme's Eau Micellaire Douceur!
You know what? This Micellaire water really works. My skin is really clean. Not squeaky dry clean, but nice and soft and fresh clean. And I don't have pimples anymore!

That up there is my current bottle. There's just an inch of it left. I kinda don't want to buy a new bottle because it's not cheap (it's P1,795) and I'm a freelance writer now and my clients haven't paid me yet (hello, magbayad na kayo!). At the same time, because it works naman talaga, the cost isn't really that much. I guess I'm just being a cheapskate now because I'm about to give birth haha.

So thank goodness for Happy Skin!!!
Happy Skin Make A Clean Sweep Revitalizing Micellar Makeup Cleanser (Php 599) has the exact same powerful ingredient as Lancome's—the Micellar water! Plus, it has anti-inflammatory Japanese tea extract and anti-oxidant Lotus Seed extract. The cleanser really does remove every bit of makeup but it's so nice on the skin. You just swipe here and there and makeup melts away. No need for tugging or pressure. It smells nice, too, not overpowering or strong. You also just need one pump (well, I do since I don't apply a lot of makeup) so this will last a long time. Super sulit at just P599!

My only con with the Make A Clean Sweep cleanser is it stung my eyes. I know it's supposed to be a gentle cleanser that you can use even for eye makeup but when I pressed the soaked cotton pads onto my eyes, it stung. Hindi naman namula or na-irritate ang mata ko, nasaktan lang. When I read other reviews online, the bloggers didn't have the same reaction naman so maybe ako lang ito.

Anyway, to remove my eye makeup, I went back to Lancôme. I'm using the Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Makeup Remover now. I found it in my beauty products drawer. It's a freebie. Again, I did some research and this is a winner of many beauty awards. You have to shake the bottle to mix the two phases—the lipid phase removes makeup while the water phase refreshes and conditions skin. There's no stinging and no oily residue. It's opthalmologist-tested so it's safe for the sensitive skin around the eyes. Also safe for contact lens wearers like me. Best of all, it really does remove every bit of eye makeup, even liquid liners and waterproof mascara, in one swipe. I love it!

The only con with Bi-Facil? It's also pricey. I don't know how much it costs here in Manila, but according to the US website, it's $28. That's P1,141. So if I use this and Happy Skin, that's a total of P1,740. So it's basically the same price as the Lancôme Eau Micellaire Douceur!

Lancôme is available at Greenbelt 5, Essences Power Plant, and at Rustan's Dept. Stores in Makati, Shangri-la Plaza and Alabang.

Happy Skin is available at Rustan's Makati, Rustan's Shangri-la, Beauty Bar and select Plains & Prints boutiques. Visit to check out their other fun and skin-caring products.

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Monday, June 02, 2014

Inside my kikay kit

No one can quite believe me when I said my favorite bag these days is a clutch. "How do you fit all your kikay stuff in a clutch?!" Well, I don't really need a lot of kikay stuff kasi. It's not because I'm so gorgeous, okay, it's really because I never stay out for long, just four hours max, so I don't need to bring a ton of stuff to retouch my makeup.

So here's what's inside my kikay kit:

1. Shiseido pressed powder. I've been using Shiseido compact foundations for a few years now.

2. Hygienix anti-bacterial hand spray. Because now that I'm a mom, I need to clean everything!

3. Watsons wet tissue. Inexpensive, no-nonsense, and wet. Some wet wipes aren't wet enough!

4. Bobbi Brown lipstick in Sandwash Pink. My everyday lipstick. It's the exact color of my natural lips!

5. Estée Lauder lipstick in Forbidden Apple. My go-to red. It's more cranberry than apple, though.

6. Pilot pen. Because a writer always needs a pen! Besides, I don't like using the pens provided in banks, etc, because they're a breeding ground for germs and bacteria.

7. Lotte Xylitol dental gum. Dual purpose gum: It freshens breath and kills cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth.

8. Ventolin inhaler. For my asthma. I don't get asthma attacks anymore actually but I seriously can't go anywhere without my inhaler. Kahit sa labas lang ng house, to the convenience store or to the playground, dala ko 'to. Maiwan na lahat actually, just not this!

9. Tod's key ring with my intial F and the house key. The only Tod's I own. In pink, of course.

10. (not seen) Goody Ouchless hair elastics. For hot days, magulo-hair days, mahangin days, and when I need a rubber band.

Yeah, it's not much of a kikay kit. More of an essentials bag. My absolute cannot-leave-home-without-these-things bag! And yes, my hand sanitizer is in my kikay kit, not hanging from my bag strap. Seriously, ladies, that just really ruins your whole look. Do not clip your hand sanitizers onto your bags! Put it away!