It’s been a while since I did a cosmetics/ product related post so here’s one i’ve been meaning to write about! I’ve acquired a few new products lately and I am loving all of them. It’s summer time here in Manila and it’s hellishly hot, so I’ve been keeping my regimen really simple. I can’t even imagine slathering on my usual thick creams on my face..I just know I will end up with clogged pores and breakouts.
* Avene Antibacterial Cream – The weather has been such a pain in my ass as well as my skin. I’ve been waking up with red, itchy and blotchy skin. But when I apply this the night before my skin is noticebly smoother and less angry.
* VOV Eye Makeup Remover- Seriously, if you can get your hands on this Korean Brand HOARD them now. This cheap bottle is as good as the Lancome Bi-Facil one, and at the fraction of the price. It’s not available here but the next time I go to Hong Kong I’m bring home 10 bottles!
* Shiseido Intense Spot targeting Serum- Gets rid of fine lines AND dark spots? GAME!! I love the promise of this product, the smell and the packaging. So sleek and posh! I haven’t seen significant changes and I promise to review when I start to. But so far no breakouts or bad reactions!
* Shiseido Bio-Performance Eye Cream- I’ve been using this cream for ages so this isn’t exactly new but I just really wanted to blog about this agin. This is sucha effective cream especially when I’m having sleepless nights, it seems to penetrate into my skin very well and I wake up with refreshed looking eyes. LOVE this!
* Mario Badescu Silver Powder- Such a unique product- it’s an oil absorbing powder that unclogs congested pores and minimizes build up. My T-Zone instantly feels cleaner and tighter kinda like the feeling I get when i use pore strips but it’s a totally painless experience! hehe One gripe that it’s a messy procedure and white powder seem to get everywhere! *ahem*
Just sharing some food pictures from dinner last week at Finestra ( Solaire Casino & Hotel) I though the restaurant’s interior was gorgeous probably one of the nicest in Manila but the food was just mediocre. Not bad but not spectacular either. Food serving was huge though which is plus for big eaters (like me!) hehe
Bread Basket that was just kept full by our server. Every single piece was sooo good.
Absolutely divine caprese salad.
Spicy Lobster Pasta
Baked Salmon with Lemon Risotto
Fried Veal Chop bigger than our heads.
I’ll admit, I haven’t opened a book since I got my kindle like 2 years ago. But for some reason I can’t stop buying real books because I honestly love the smell and feel of them. Feeling the pages between my fingers is probably one of the best feeling ever but since the Kindle is sucha a convenient and powerful gadget, it’s hard to wean myself off the amenity. But then again it’s hard to wean myself off from buying real books too….I’m hopeless :((
I have the Kindle Paperwhite. I had the previous design and while I loved it I always said it would have been perfect if it had a backlight ( because I love reading before bed and my room has bad lighting.) then after a year the paperwhite came out and I immediately had to order it! I’ve been enjoying it since. I love how it’s lighted yet there’s absolutely no glare ( unlike ipads or iphones) I don’t know how they do it! I love the sleek design, long battery life and huge storage. I can store over 1,100 books and it’s just light as air. LOVE it!
It’s the beginning of summer in Manila and the sun is seriously on steroids already. So friggin cray. 34C-36C on average every single day. It’s pretty much a miracle that we don’t combust in this heat. My skincare has always been really simple but i’ve broken it down even more because I can’t phantom slathering heavy creams on my skin in this hot spell. Just thinking about it is making me break out! haha
Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream- I’ve replaced my rich Shiseido Cream with this light and quick absorbing cream. I love how light it feels but does the job in keeping moisture in. Air conditioning is vital in Manila especially at night so even though the heat is sweltering outside It’s important that I moisturize.
Clarisonic- This tool has been in my skincare regimen for about a year now and I have to say I’ve never been more in love with a beauty item in my life. Such gentle and effective exfoliation and every time I use it, my skin feels baby soft! I’ve also noticed that my skin has gotten clear and my breakouts are more scarce now. Just one or two pms breakout but those go away after like a couple of days. Major holy grail item here.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
-This is my third bottle and let me tell you that is a big deal because I’ve never bought the same product for three conservative times. It’s just a really effective product for me gentle yet powerful! I use it every morning and my skin always looks and feels refreshed. Good Stuff!!
Bioderma- I try not to wear much makeup during the summer but when I do I make sure to completely remove it before I go to sleep. Sweat, makeup and oils will definitely make my skin breakout. So before any facial wash I always do a pre-cleanse and bioderma is KEY. It doesn’t leave any residue and every single trace of makeup gets wiped off. Another holy grail.
Eve Lom Cleanser - This has been a staple in my regimen for a while now, It’s been doing a terrific job in keeping my skin clear and clean. This is my second tub and I’m already itching to try something different. But if it ain’t broke, why fix it? I don’t know, we’ll see!! Any suggestions for a new cleaner? I like ones that emulsifies.
Nivea Lotion Light and keeps my skin feeling refreshed. I like how easily this gets absorbed into my skin and the scent is really subtle and nice. I also like the fact that this gives my skin a brightening effect! I’m preparing for a wedding so a little brightening wont hurt.
Cath Kidston Rose Hand Cream – My hands are always dry during summer, rainy season and when I’m abroad. So I’m constantly piling on the hand lotion. I bought this Cath kidston one because of the adorable packaging but I was surprised to see that it’s a really good quality hand cream. On days I remember I put on gloves for a little something extra.
Blistex Medicated Lip Ointment - I love the tingly feel of this balm and I always wake up with soft and smooth lips. It stays on for hours and it’s a great base before putting on gloss or lippie <3
Andrew and I sent out our Save The Date cards the other day! Actually I made an event page on facebook. haha Everyone I know is there so we got to save money and paper by not printing them out. I love it when I can save money :) One more off the wedding checklist..What’s next ?!
Spent 5 days in Hong Kong shopping, eating, shopping and eating in between! I should start a food blog. haha. I love Hong Kong. Been going there since I was a kid and it has a special place in my heart. The hotels, the streets, tiny alleys and restaurants are all so familiar. Got to try a few new restaurants and went back to some classic ones, you really can’t go wrong with Tsui Wah or Tai Hing. Yummy!! Shopping for my dowry was pretty successful too! I picked up 2 handbags and a a pair of yummy shoes. Will show them off on my next post :))
Tomorrow Andrew & I will finally be going to Hong Kong! It’s our first trip this year and I really couldn’t be more excited to eat, shop and eat some more for 5 days! Hoping for a successful shopping trip because I actually have a reason to splurge! I’m finally buying stuff for my dowry. Hoping for some great deals! Wish me luck <3
So I wanted to do a “what’s in my travel bag/ travel makeup bag” because it’s one of my favorite posts to read! I loooove them so much! It’s just really interesting what people like to lug around when they travel. Anyways, enough rambling and on to the pictures!