Monday, September 30, 2013

BDJ Box Beauty Social: Primp and Prettify

Hey hey hey! I wanna highlight the good parts of my September because I ended it with concoctions of dark grief and small smiles. The lastest hype after Google Nexus 7 and newKube Mp3 was this...

This marks the first 6 successful months of the BDJ Box and the second BDJ Box Beauty Social event! Read about the first BDJ Box Beauty Social event here.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Prize from Animetric's World: newKube MP3 Player

I open September with a bang and I never knew it would become a roller coaster ride. We definitely hit the bottom. Won a Google Nexus 7 on the first week. Then, the whole family got sick for a week, then the next week, my grandma died, then this...


I originally joined the giveaway because I want to download old songs and make my grandma listen to it as she is staying in the hospital for almost two months with her first month on the ICU. I received the package the day we buried her. I know it won't compensate our battered souls and broken hearts. But it did put a smile on my face. Thank you so much Ms. R of and to the newKube family!

Check out Animetric's World review of newKube Mp3 Player here!

Physiogel Cleanser

Hello Physiogirls, err... Physiogel girls!
So, I decided to make this
month week a Physiogel special!
Moving on, this is what a full size Physiogel Cleanser look like...

Phsyiogel Cleanser - Php325.00

Packed in a simple box, plain print design and minimal color - this product means business and it is more than you think it is. :) It comes with a separate pump - so even if its huge, it won't spill in the luggage if you decided to go (carry) for it. :) The body shape is perfect for hand grasp too.

It does the job - simply, easily and chemical-free.
It's hypoallergenic - (if you haven't noticed yet) all Physiogel products are actually hypoallergenic, the same reason why its safe for baby's sensitive skin. :)
I carry this on JC's baby bag, so when he cooks down there and water is nowhere in sight - Hello Physiogel Cleanser!

Balanced pH

Just what sensitive skin and baby needs in a cleanser that cleanses well without drying the skin or greasy oil film feel (does that makes sense?). It leaves baby a moisturized and clean bum and consecutive uses proved that it doesn't cause rashes as well.
Use as a
- Regular facial wash
-Makeup remover
-Baby wash on the go on his face
-and genitals after diaper change and poop
This is somewhat a refreshing product to use, simply because its chemical-free.
We (baby and I) are so gonna keep this on our separate stash (makeup kit and baby bag)! This is a multipurpose cleanser without the harmful agents.

Stay tuned for Physiogel Lotion! :)

Physiogel Intensive Cream

Hi everyone! I will introduce Physiogel Intensive Cream with my blog partner  in this post, Gift Factory's Sponge Bob Squarepants in his cowboy attire!
After washing the plates or doing the laundry, my skin feels very rough - and if you are like me, then this my friend is the thing you need. Easily absorbed by skin, making it smoother and moisturized as well.


If your skin is snake-skin-like dry, this will be your bff, holy grail everyday cream until it repairs your skin and turn it to normal that will take 7 days more or else depending on how often and how religious you use it.
But if you are an oil factory, then you might want to keep your face a distance with this just to avoid that tiny little zit breaking out plus a chance to land a humongous volcano of acne somewhere on your t-zone area and just focus on the other "drier" parts of your body like your knuckles, elbows, outer ankle bones, heels and the "four tires of the feet"(don't know? Google it!).

physiogel intensive cream

Did I mention I'm oily? OK, I'm oily, normal and dry all at the same time! My upper forehead is usually snake-like dry (ugly truth), t-zone is t-zone you know the drill (OK, if you don't, its oily), lids are oily too (hello eye primers!) and the rest was a thumbs up (normal!) so once a week a dot size on my forehead is a good go after shower! ;)

Howdy Spongebob!
Physiogel Intensive Cream - Php574.50

The packaging is simple and the orifice is just enough to squeeze a pea size without wasting any and is hygienic to use as well.

Good to know about Physiogel Intensive Cream is that it is-
*Hypoallergenic and emollient
*Has Derma Membrane Structure (DMS)- a high Lipid Moisturizing Cream providing natural lipids
*No colourants, perfume and preservatives
*No pungent smell, unscented
*Soothes very dry, irritated skin
*Safe for babies' sensitive skin
*Affordable for Php 574.50/50ml

Two powerful words: Potent and hydrating.

It doesn't go a around the bush, its straight to the point, to its job - to moisturize. Its plain, safe and effective.

Physiogel Cream

I'm not used on slapping sticky lotion and viscous sunscreen, what more of moisturizers and creams? The result? Obviously, dry, irritated and snake-like skin - not a pretty sight nor a good feel to touch. Growing up makes you self-conscious... cutting my introduction short (lol) I embrace everything skincare related and I'm now open about new or not familiar skin friendly product just like Physiogel. First bump to it on a mom-baby event, so yeah that means its good for sensitive skin like baby's bum!
What I do depends on where I am going to stay. I freelance so no morning routine and night ritual - it really depends on what, when, and where. When it comes to Physiogel Cream, I put a thin-film of this on my face by gently tapping my skin yoga-face-style and the rest of it will land on my knuckles, elbows, knees and ankles.
I have a lot of these samples from various events and I'm planning to buy a full size after consuming everything on my stash!

Physiogel Cream is available for Php549.50

This cream is made for red, dehydrated and sensitive skin. No colorants, fragrances and preservatives, just natural lipids and DMS that repairs skin while moisturizing and hydrating it! It even promises to repair and moisturize skin up to 3 days! Really a must try! ;)
If you are into makeup like me, you could you this as a moisturizer and face primer in one as it gives a smooth canvass especially if you are going to stay on an air-conditioned room or in a cool weather, so I keep a sachet on my travel kit (inside a ziplock to avoid spillage). This is also safe for baby's sensitive skin. I use this for my baby's knees and elbows just after taking a bath!
Take a chance with Physiogel Cream, especially if you are stress, a smoker, loves soaps! Have a happy skin everyone!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Food Trip: Nescafe Frappe

Hot weather won't stop coffee lovers from drinking their favourite, right? What more when if it is served cold with a twist? Aside from freshly brewed, coffee with ice is le bomb!
Nescafe launch another variant of their coffee goodness – the Nestle Frappe! It comes in two different flavours:
Cookies ‘n Cream
imageChoco ‘n Mallows!
I’m addicted to Nescafe Frappe Choco ‘n Mallows, while Beth pegs the Cookies ‘n Cream! How did we end up to this new addiction?
Once upon a gloomy afternoon, (it was rather raining cows and goats outside – yeah extreme weather), the family decided to take a hike inside the (metaphoric mountain) mall of course and my sister and I stumble upon this...
A smiling maiden awaiting our arrival politely asks us if we would like to try her frappe on whichever of the two ... And we said “Both”.
The lady asked us if we want to try the new Nescafe Frappe and we said yes! -maybe because the lady is too enthusiastic (caffeine overload?) or because the coffee lover in me can't turn down that nostalgic aroma
 or was is because of my love for mallows and maybe because the cups are attention seeker?
So there, each of us got two cups of ice coffee with cookies on one and mallows on the other.
The cookie crumbles on top melts in my mouth while adding flavour to the drink whiles the “tough” little mallows (do not belittle those white pillow glucose) are somewhat resistant to the bite giving texture to this cold concoction of caffeine and everything nice - great difference and good choices of flavours indeed. Nescafe’s Frappes would surely beat the heat! For only Php10 per pack, you’ll get to enjoy a next-to-the level iced coffee drink!
Have you tried the Nescafe Frappe? Are you team cookies or team mallows? Fire away!

Monday, September 16, 2013

BDJ Box Beauty Social: Primp and Prettify on September 29, 2013!

I’m counting down the days to the BDJ Box Beauty Social at Skydome SM City North EDSA on September 29, 2013.
BDJ Box is a beauty product discovery subscription service for women. Brought to you by the makers of the Belle de Jour Power Planner, BDJ Box aims to help every Filipina unbox her own beauty. For Php580 a month, subscribers receive a mass-customized box with at least 5-6 of the best beauty products delivered to their doorstep.

For the second time this year, they’re holding another Beauty-Filled event, delivering the best skincare, makeup and haircare brands under one roof for you to enjoy the whole day.  Their lineup of beauty brands --  Shiseido, Too Cool for School, Lucido-L, Bifesta, Celeteque, Yves Rocher, L’Oreal Paris, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, Revlon, Max Factor, Maybelline, Covergirl and Garnier – will definitely excite everyone who goes to the BDJ Box Beauty Social!

The event is open to everyone but only pre-registered girls will be allowed to participate in the talks, get a loot bag, and have their picture taken at the photobooth.  Slots will be given on a first come, first served basis.
To pre-register for any of the talks, simply email the following:

Subject: BDJ Box Beauty Social Registration
Mobile Number:
Your answer to the question: “How do you prettify before an event?”
Top 3 choices for talks

For more details check our Facebook Page:
To get your very own BDJ Box, visit our website:
Happy girls are always the prettiest! See you at the BDJ Box Beauty Social!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

FOOD TRIP: Gonuts Donuts

Fun cross between Krispy Kreme and Mister Donut - that is how I would personally describe Gonuts. Look at his excited face! The red box and that crazy gonut donut-face really catches his attention!
Close up of his jaw dropping!
The good inside the box!

What I did was I cut the donuts into six bite sizes and let him taste a bit of everything (because he wants to have all of them)! :P He especially love the cherry syrup on top and the bits of choco twirls.
I make him gulped gallons of water afterwards - and brush his teeth too! :)image
It's sweet and sugary in a very delicious confectionary good way. Perfect with brewed coffee and a good book! Just the kind of sugar-rush I need in the late rainy afternoon! <3

Google Nexus 7 - 16GB Tablet

One of the reasons this blog exist is because I love joining giveaways!!! Come on! Its fun, exciting and sometimes you actually end up having the prize! That said, plus the title of this post --- yes, I won myself a Google Nexus 7!!!


Since I still got my good old tablet and I just recently bought my|phone a919i duo, I decided to just get the equivalent amount in PayPal valuing to $229.00!

Eyeing to buy the Google Nexus 7? Click here for specifications.
If you're tech-savvy, or just want to join online giveaways go like Justin Germino's Facebook page and subscribe to!

Have a happy day! xx

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Jockey Shapewears

After pregnancy, binders and high waist briefs are your new best friends! I was in denial and I can't bear the heat, until my personal critic (which I always face in front of the mirror) slapped me, and slapped me hard!
So... after several breathing in and out, I decided to look around - found out that Watson's Belly Binder worth around Php200 is worthless! It slides off when you sit - don't buy it unless you intend to use it while standing and walking around only. Yup, no bending, reaching around and sitting or it will slowly slide off... it will piss you more than you could ever imagine!

The blue Avon waist binder that we had like forever, (Got this from my mom - and I remember her having this when I was still a grade schooler!) however, is the bomb! You can dance in it without sliding! With that, I give Avon four thumbs up, two on my hands and the rest on my feet!

Since I can't walk around the public with my binder on looking like a humongous roll of human sushi, I had to look for a shapewear! And, mind you they were pretty expensive! So when I ask the lady what's on sale, she happily announce that when you buy 3 pieces of Jockey Shapewear High Waist Mini Briefs in any color, you'll get another, free of charge! My jaw dropped! That's a steal! A good delicious steal! With a wink of an eye, I swipe my credit card away! Goodbye Php3.6k and hello sexy! I wish the sexy part was that simple!!!

For Php1199.75 apiece, these shapewears comes in two colors, skintone and black. I'm going for all black but the lady suggest I grab one skintone color, quoting "you'll never know..." and so I said "OK, sure whatever!"
Since I don't have "it" yet, here's a photo of what it would look like...



Photos via Jockey Official Website
According to them, it is ---
• Beautifully sleek, comfortably slimming shapewear - instant slimmer tucker tummy
• High waist brief shaper flatters your natural curves - putting the curves where it should be
• Breathable fabric acts as gentle, second skin - light and breathable indeed
• Provides a smooth and comfortable silhouette - skin tone for light color dresses and black for dark, perfect!
• Laser cut edges eliminate lines underneath clothing - one of the reasons I love this! It's like its not there but it is! Those that makes sense?
• Fused panel for targeted mid-section control

Here is my actual photo of the items...
Tip: Having a hard time, squeezing in? Roll down the brief just like you would on you stocking before wearing, you won't have to jump around, all you have to do is roll it out!

Surprise surprise, I was happy to know I'm still in the medium size! #whew I used to be petite and although I can never fit with my 23inch waist jeans that I had when I was in college ever again, but I'm still hoping baby bump will go away! And yes, wearing shapewears and binders is not enough!

On my journey to healthier lifestyle - this gave me a lift everytime...
If the person you love supports you, the hard part is already done. #justlove -Michelle Phan

Have a fabulous shapely day! xx

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

BDJ Rendezvous: From Fears to Fierce

photo grabbed from Belle de Jour Powerplanner FB page

We got an invite from Ms. Hazel and Ms. Rissa of the BDJ Team for the exclusive BDJ Rendezvous: From Fears to Fierce Event held at  2nd floor Veranda, Eastwood Mall last August 17, hosted by Ms. Tricia Abad.
The talks are very informative and fun. We learned a lot from a being wardrobe experimental with confidence with Ms. Alex of The I love her blue glitery cap and her contagious smile. Mind you, she is approachable and humble in person.

with my sister Beth!

A Guide to Fashion Experimentation

To being able to travel solo
A Guide to Travel Alone as a Woman

BENEFIT'S Fusing Tints and Shades

Fire Up For Fitness
 living fierce with healthy lifestyle with Ms. Erika Paredes.

Inbetween talks are raffle prizes and games...
Spot Me! I joined a body twist game and
won myself an Italianni's Gift Certificate along with these four "flexible" girls! woot woot!


On queue to food heaven! lolimage

our winning moments

Serenitea Gift Certificate

Sassa loot bag
FreeFish Voucher - Choose Your Own FreeFish Free

This is also where I got my BDJ Coupon Raffle Promo Prize - Roxy loot and below my chair awaits a Montagne Jeunesse surprise!
loot bags and raffle prizes

Happy Bellas! :)
Can't wait for the next BDJ BOX Beauty Social at SM North Edsa and Belle de Jour Power Planner Launch/ BDJ Fair at SM Mall of Asia Music Hall

See you there Bellas!

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Empties August 2013

Gahhh! i fully wrote this post for three times now and I always accidentally delete everything for some reason and it all went gone! I wanna punch a Janet Napoles and skin her bebe gerr alive anytime today! Now, if only she wasn't that sick?! Again, for the fourth time (Good thing this "Empties" is somewhat a let-go unwind post therapy...) here are my empties for the month of August 2013!

This month's empties was humongous! I'm so proud of myself I need to pat myself on the back and say "two thumbs up for good riddance! Great hobby it should be a habit!" - I was thinking of doing my empties on a monthly basis as I initially attached the month and year on my previous empties... to (1) encourage myself to consume everything I have on my vanity - so I (2) could finally say something about that something since I could have said something about it when it was still quite new - say half of it was still full but due to a hundred reasons and excuses, last drops was consumed and am still mum about it... until now! :) - hence (3) will be aware that I don't need to buy "that thing that will go perfectly with ..." "that new brand of .../line of... "and "this thing that will match, complete, complement, blah blah blah yadah yadah yadah..." since I still have some things (similar) to finish up first and lastly, I believe having my monthly "empties" is a way to personally somehow (4) cure impulse shopping and hoarding (5) avoid "things i regret buying" and (6) future resentments like credit card limit charges! #ehem All this (7) while creating a list of "holy grail products" in my head. :)

So anyways, empties included here are a mixture of our family's recent favorite products and new random finds... Starting from upper left clockwise...

Avon Naturals Whitening Face Lotion -  in rose and rose-hips. I had nothing much to say to this product except that I'd used this as my makeup remover and moisturizer wrapped in one bottle on times when I'm too lazy to clean my face out of makeup especially when it's on the wee hours of the night. As a daily moisturizer, a pea and a half-size is enough for my entire face and neck to avoid excessive oil due to hot weather just like what I would normally do in any other moisturizer out there, but when I know I'll stay on an a/c room, I slap this on whenever I remember to do so. Hint: I put this on an arm's length away. ;)

Etude House Oh M Liquid Eye Liner - that I bought using my BDJ discount coupon last year. and a random black bear eyeliner that I got from Bonchic. Now I'm stuck with an ELF Gel Liner for smokey eyes and a Maybelline Masterliner in Brown for neutral looks that I won here. :)

United Homes Calactate & Fersulfate Iron and Anlene Total - my two over-the-counter everyday maintenance. For hair loss, sleepless nights and nursing a year old infant. :) Totally, love the taste of Anlene and I'm currently trying the chocolate flavor and will go back to vanilla because I decided I'll alternately the flavors. I wish they had it in Hazel flavor as well though just like Anmum! :)

Vitress Hair Polish in Strengthening - I'm ready to try another variant from this Vitress hair polish line anytime soon! :)

GOODSKINLAB Intense Clarity + Smoothing Peptide Serum - I bid my bittersweet goodbye before chopping off its tail while repeating "Off with its head!" with the Queen of Heart's baritone. Dramatic. But seriously, scooping the last cream out of its tube? It means quality at its best! This could have been my holy grail - replacing primer and moisturizer when I'm on the go since this really holds my makeup together and silky smooth face canvass just right after application! It glides on seriously! I'm so happy I get the chance to try this product by winning it on a GSK giveaway held by The Beautinomics way way back... My hopes are still up though, that this brand will find its way back here in the Philippines just like the ZA Cosmetics everyone is talking about! :) #staypositive

Maybelline Shine Free Cake Powder - in 04 Honey with SPF25 and PA++ stays true to its promises of
  • All day Shine COntrol
  • UV protection
  • Fairer Skin
  • Conceals
  • Long wear
  • Smoothes
  • Evens
  • Non Comedogenic
The only turn off? Its formula is too brittle, it cracks and breaks easily. Guess what? I'm one of the few that got a broken cake! Just my luck! That leads me to give in and spill the beans - I really didn't used this up, it just dust my makeup kit and anything it got in-touch with it until its gone. So hey Maybelline New York, I need a refund refill! Yes a refill would suffice! ;)

ELF Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder -  in warm tan. Nostalgic. This is my first ELF makeup product after I've been swept away for face paint passion! And Michelle Phan's tutorial using shimmer bronzer as contour and eyeshadow makes me love this more. Another must-have when you're on the go and ready to run! :)

Cortizan - be it pimple, rashes, inflamation, fungi whatsoever, my family would just dab a cortizan! Its our ointment holy grail if that makes sense. Less than Php200.00 a tube.

4Life Transfer Factor Riovida Bursts - that I talked about in my last month's empties.

4Life Transfer Factor Glutamine Prime - for less than Php3300.00, you'll get 180 capsules of building blocks that'll
  • help you fight stress and avoid depression
  • mood stabilizer - bipolar bears are out!
  • more energy reserves - if you're a mom, nursing a year old, working and at home you need to reserve all the energy you could surely use for extra extra :)
  • encourages your body to produce glutathione - whitening was not my priority (although I have several whitening products) but this will make you fairer while
  • protecting your liver - love your liver not your liquor
  • glutathione as body's antioxidant to fight free radicals
What are you waiting for, grab a Glutamine Prime now! You need it!

Sesou Haul Empties - including Giga Baby Insect Repellent Spray, Milea Baby Baby Cleaner and Human Heart Nature Spray Sanitizer. That is actually our 2nd Milea Baby Cleaner - my best friend when water is no where!

Sunsilk Smooth and Manageable Shampoo and Conditioner - is my every month favorites, can you tell? Can't believe we used up 3 refill sachets of Sunsilk pink, I guess Sarah G.'s irresistible commercial holds true to the family. I however find that the conditioner didn't really conditioned my hair so...

Dove Hair Fall Rescue Conditioner - is my perfect match! Sunsilk pink shampoo + this Dove conditioner = good smelling tangle free hair! It's love! I skip the Dove shampoo partner 'cause it tends to make my hair oily!

Black Beauty Shampoo in Crystal - yup, I ate up my words. This is my 3rd bottle and still counting!

Avon Skin So Soft Silky Moisture replenishing lotion with argan oil -  this sounds weird but at first, the scent of this lotion reminds me of coffins and burials, of small violet flowers used to that sad occasions... but as my nose adjusted (can't resist the organ oil goodness) and so, I'm done with the first bottle and since I bought two of these, I'm down to use the next last bottle. I'm not so sure if I would go buy this SSS lotion again, I might try another brand. But the argan oil - so we never know! Argan oil is good!

Johnsons Baby Powder - in pink included in my Johnson Baby Haul

Johnsons Baby Cooling Bath and Milk Bath - Last summer, I gave my babe a treat by switching to Johnsons Baby Cooling Bath, its like minty cool and he loves it too! And, later on we return to our love at first smell - the milk bath! It reminds me of my newborn baby Clyde! P.S. our first love was the orangey no tears formula!

That's it! Hello September! I'm so happy! If you're following me on my social media then you know why! Hint: Google Nexus 7! Ow Em Ji!


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