Summer Daily Base (Light, Protective, and Easy!)

The sun has actually been making an appearance in London over the past few weeks (the British do have a summer – hooray!) and so my daily base routine has changed to adjust to that. If the sun is out, I am out and facing it. You can count on that. DSC08487.jpgThe very base of my base is the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid (approx. £17 but always on some kind of offer). It has an SPF of 50+ and protects against UVA and UVB rays. This “ultra-light” variant works fine on my combination skin while I’m here in the UK, but the Dry Touch Gel Cream would probably be better for me back home in the Philippines. It’s important to use sunscreen throughout the year, but when summer comes around I really bring out the big guns.

Everything else that goes into my base for the summer revolves around the good old less is more philosophy.
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At The Beach With Bobbi Brown Beach (EDP Review)

I come from a country with some kick-ass, world class beaches. It’s only to be expected, really; the Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands (yes, there are three zeros following that seven), and while I myself grew up in the painfully urban capital city, a good beach is as little as a couple of hours away by car.Needless to say, my entire life is filled with memories of the beach: of sun and sand and salty sea air and sunblock slathered all over my body. It isn’t just a childhood or summer memory to me — it’s part of my life as a happy inhabitant of the tropics.

And so when a fragrance not only purports to capture the essence of the beach but is also named precisely that — “Beach” —  I am more than interested in being the judge of that.DSC08318Bobbi Brown’s Beach eau de parfum (£50 for 50ml) caught my attention during its most recent re-promote for summer 2016 (originally launched in 2009). The 50ml bottle is very simple, which I love, and there is also a 6ml rollerball version avialable. The fragrance itself is permanent, but for summer there are a limited edition body oil, shower gel, and lotion on offer as well.

The scent is described as a “blend of sand jasmine, sea spray, and mandarin.”

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Fight Of The Century FOTD

I woke up this morning with the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight on mind.

I don’t normally watch boxing — but I’m Filipino, which is an explanation for my excitement and anxiety in itself. I remember being in New York a few years ago and whenever a taxi driver and I got to talking and they found out I was Filipino, they would nearly always scream out “PACMAAAN! I love that guy!” and of course I would beam from ear to ear and agree: everyone loves Manny; he’s an incredible athlete with a tear-jerking rags to riches story behind him and he’s a fun-loving guy to boot.

Now I wouldn’t be keeping true to myself if I didn’t mention that I don’t admire Manny in all aspects. I don’t think he’s a good public servant and the company he keeps is often questionable. As an athlete, it’s undeniable that he’s brilliant. I just wish he had stuck to being a boxer and kept his hands out of politics, but not much to be done about that anymore. There were even rumours flying around that if he had won today’s fight, he would have run in the 2016 elections. Uh… if my choice is between Binay and Pacquiao in 2016, I honestly have no clue what I will do. Bury my head in the sand, perhaps.

ANYWAY. Manny lost today. And really, I was rooting for him as an athlete. Mayweather fought dirty and brought all sorts of BV to the fight, while Manny put up a good fight but fell short in terms of adapting to the situation and being aggressive. I couldn’t help but feel down after the decision was announced. Still, the whole thing was quite the spectacle and I enjoyed watching it on PPV with my family. We had white sangrias and some pica-pica during the fight, and a full lunch of paella, prawns, and grilled chicken afterwards.

I’m getting to the makeup part of this post now, don’t worry. Haha. I did try to match my look for today with the occasion, but after sitting at my vanity for a few minutes I knew I didn’t want to go too literal by wearing blue, red, and yellow (our flag colours) on my face. So I threw on a blue top instead and decided to go for a very golden look on my face (never mind the red lol) … because Manny is the golden boy of boxing and I wanted him to go for gold (even though there technically is no gold medal up for grabs–gold belt, pwede?)! Get it? Bit of a stretch? Haha! I do what I can. P1190071Keeping with my golden theme, I used my L’Oreal Lucent Magique Foundation in G7 (my summer shade) mixed with my Myra VitaGlow BB Cream* in Ivory to get a very glowy base. 

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Precious Presents From The Bobbi Brown Scotch On The Rocks Collection

bobbibrown-aw14-scotchsoda_sfeerbeeld3-e1417178358958There was really only one Holiday 2014 makeup collection that stood out to me this past Christmas. Bobbi Brown’s Scotch On The Rocks Collection took my breath away; every piece in the collection is a thing of beauty and it all just seems perfectly put together. The stunning combination of warm amber browns, faux croc leather, tortoise shell casing, and gold accents totally distracted from the fact that the collection featured the less-than-sophisticated model, Kate Upton — but who am I kidding, even she looked the very definition of class in the promo pics!

To me, Scotch On The Rocks was all sorts of awesome and the only thing standing between me and a massive hoarding spree of every single item was the price tag stuck to each and every piece. Luckily enough, I have a crazy-generous family (Titas and cousins) who take wish lists seriously. That meant that I got to open this on Christmas Eve:
P1170104Holy. Mother. Of. Bobbi Brown. You can imagine how I squealed with delight! Even the box packaging is gorgeous with those red stripes running across the corners plus the gold embossed Bobbi Brown logo. 
P1170110I present to you the Warm Glow Eye Palette and the High Light Powder in Bronze Glow. These are the two items I wanted the most from the collection, so I was ecstatic to see both in the box. So grateful for generous family members. I later also received one of the four lipsticks from the collection, Malt Shimmer, which you’ll see that later in the post because my cousin very sweetly sent it over to me after Christmas. 

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My 5 Favourite Lip Glosses!

Hi guys! HAPPY HALLOWEEN! :) I don’t really get into it as a holiday, but if you’re Trick or Treat-ing, good for you! Candy was always the best part of Halloween for me. Then you get too old for it and you only use it as an excuse to dress all slutty (Mean Girls!) — we all had that phase… right? Lol, I was once a slutty soldier. I cringe! Anyway, I don’t have a Halloween-themed post for today or anything, but I’m working on uploading my October favourites video at the moment. It’s taking much longer than expected, so I decided to go ahead and let this post loose first. :) MFLG1Meet my five favourite lip glosses! :) I discovered the wonders of a good gloss late in my “makeup life” because I thought that all glosses were glassy, tacky, hair traps. They were just messy things I couldn’t be bothered with. Then I had the chance to try a mini lip gloss from Urban Decay (the one that comes with the NAKED 2 palette) and my mind was blown! It was the perfect texture, comfortable on the lips, manageable when it came to trapping hair, and it smelled of mint (love!). That gloss would undoubtedly be a part of my favourites now if I still had it. Sucks that UD is not available here, but I will definitely buy a full size one day! For now though, these lippies are keeping me quite happy:

1. VMV Hypoallergenics Lip Gloss in Coquette Rosette (1,000 Php) – This lip gloss is more like a liquid lipstick. It’s completely opaque. I use it alone most of the time because it makes little difference if I wear it over a lipstick. You do have to be careful about rubbing your lips when this is on because it kind of balls up when you do that, but if you don’t have that habit, this will wear for ages!

2. MAC Cremesheen Glass in Colour Saturation (2, 450.00 Php for a set of 4) – I only have three MAC glosses and they’re all from the set I got last Christmas (gave one away). This cremesheen glass is my favourite because the colour is a beautiful purple/plum with a hint of pink in it. The name Colour Saturation is apt. You do get a punch of purple from this and you can wear it both alone or layered over a lipstick to alter the shade. On its own it’s not quite opaque but it’s definitely not sheer either. Your lips will show through the veil of shiny purpleness in the prettiest way! This spreads evenly and wears for around 3 hours without eating or drinking. Smells of vanilla just like MAC lipsticks, but it has faded over time.

3. Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Rose Sugar 3 (approx. 1,300.00 Php) – This is the lip gloss that I can wear over top of my MLBB lipsticks without altering the colour too much. It just adds a shine that really lasts. This is the only gloss that has lasted on my lips for an entire day out (approx. 6 hours?), keeping its shine and just resting really comfortably on my lips. Smells of cookies!

4. Stila Lip Glaze in Sugar Plum (approx. 1,300 for Christmas set of 8 / 800Php individually) – The only one in the bunch with a brush applicator! This one works like a click pen. You twist the end opposite the brush to dispense product and then just swish it on with the brush. You don’t get too much product, but the way it’s pushed out means there isn’t any going to waste, whereas when you have gloss in a tube, you can’t always get everything. Still, 0.05 oz is very little product. Buy these in Christmas sets and save yourself from spending the full price!

5. Mini Shu Uemura Gloss Unlimited in PK 70 C (700.00Php for a set of 2 travel sized minis) – Got this one off Taste Central thinking it was a set of two big ones. Oops! Oh well, it’s a cute size and it was my own fault for not checking. I love the formula of this though! Very smooth and not tacky at all. Because of the milky pink colour, I use this when I want to lighten a lip stick or make it more like a pastel.

To see swatches and close-ups of the applicators, click on through! :) 

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