Friday, April 27, 2012

DiorSnow Skincare

"How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways."
-Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I don't know what's up with Asians and skin whitening.  I'm Asian but I did not get it until yesterday.  Maybe it was because Dior called it skin brightening and it sounds pleasing to the ears (less weird more beautiful).

Yesterday Dior held a workshop entitled, "Immaculate Transparency" to promote their DiorSnow skincare.  I find the title a bit tacky for my taste but their skincare range is glorious!  It boasts of their Transparency Enhancing Complex (T.E.C.), which is the latest advancement in skin brightening, that includes Icelandic Glacial Water as the highlight ingredient.  It promises to erase dark spots and improve complexion giving you even skin tone, luminosity, a moisturized skin, plumpness, and a fine texture to your skin.

I did not take any photos of the event as I went alone and was too shy to pop out my camera, which I have already recharged the battery the day before specifically for this use.  Oh shyness, please go away!  Anyway, I was given a sample kit which includes DiorSnow white reveal wipe-off gel, moisturizing lotion, ultra purifying liquid (also known as anti-imperfections), D-NA control day essence, and a Dior Addict ultra-gloss in Pink Flirt.

I was excited to try these when I got home but photographs will first be taken.

I was expecting it to be really cool since that is what is being said because of the Icelandic water.  But I didn't feel much of that effect.  Perhaps the hot weather here is so intense against the subtle coolness of DiorSnow.  But what I surely felt after application was softer, cleaner and fresher skin.  And that spells love!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Cruel Gardenia, Spring 2012

I've read a lot of blog posts about Guerlain's Cruel Gardenia last January but it wasn't available here until two months later.  And because there are already so many blog posts about how amazing this powder/highlighter is I will just post a picture.  As the saying goes a picture can paint a thousand words.

Have a happy day!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

So Long Paul and Joe

Paul and Joe Beaute counter
Rustan's Makati
I haven't finished saying hello, I have to say goodbye.  April 15, 2012 is Paul and Joe Beaute's last day here in Makati, Philippines.  Sad.  According to the SA the whole of Paul and Joe Beaute will be pulled out from South East Asia.  It is a decision made by the distributor.  Sad.  Their last collection available here was their Manhattan collection which was released for fall 2011.  I was waiting for their spring 2012 which I find really cute, but, I will never have a chance to hold those in my hands.  Sad.

I've never tired any of their products but I will miss seeing their charming counter which adds an extra something special to a department store's beauty section.  I do hope that someday Paul and Joe will come back to South East Asia.  You will certainly be missed.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Love and Sensibility

In everything in life there should be balance.  Having just recently discovered love for make up and excessively, even obsessively, reading a ton of blogs about every old, new, soon-to-be-released, extra gorgeous (I'm talking about you lovely Guerlain) products and how to use them, it gets so easy to give in to temptation and shop until you can literally drill holes in your wallet/bank account.

I was tempted.

I shopped and shopped some more.

I was conquered by consumerism.

Sad to say, I have lost footing for a couple of months, five to be exact, regarding spending.  Currently, I am re-learning how to gain back self-control before I get to the point of losing financial freedom.  With this I have to start being responsible and sensible about what I take in.  One cannot just keep on breathing in temptation without being tempted.  It is true what is said in Galatians 6:7 that a man reaps what he sows.


Don't get me wrong.  Blogging is good and so is make up.  But as a consumer I have to find a healthy balance.  I have made it a resolution to lay down boundaries as to how much information I can take, and how much virtually persuasive photographs I can look at so that I will not set myself up for spending like an insane woman.  I have to take responsibility now.  Because if I don't, in the end too much of these pretty things will cause me to regret it.  Plus, being sensible will give long term satisfaction in life's big picture.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Power of God's Love

"He is not here; for He has risen, as He said.  Come see the place where the Lord lay."
Matthew 28:6

"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 8:38-39 

May you experience the power of God's love not only this Easter but for everyday of your life.
Jesus loves you! 

Happy Easter! :)

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