All posts tagged: philippines

5 Things Friday: Natural Skin Care

This week’s 5 Things Friday features some skin care items on the more natural side of things. By ‘natural,’ I just mean that they are made from relatively a few ingredients that are easily derived from nature. Kinda like a DIY, except someone else did it for me and repackaged them in a convenient(ish) manner. I know there isn’t a lot of variety here, but I think it’s a good place to start!

Join the Search for Maybelline’s New 8 BB Top Models!

Hello everyone! I came home from my holiday to an interesting box left for me by the Maybelline team. I thought it was just a typical subscription box, but I remembered that I was told there was a “challenge” aspect to it. Naturally, I was intrigued. Upon ripping open the box, I was met with three new base products from Maybelline, as well as a chance for you, yes, you to model for Maybelline New York’s 8-in-1 Clear Smooth BB. Curious? Let me show you how! ABOUT THE COMPETITION Because MAYBELLINE Clear Smooth 8-in-1 BB gives you perfect skin with its 8 healthy benefits, we’re looking for all aspiring models who believe they have what it takes to be one of 8 MAYBELLINE NEW YORK BB Top Models who will represent Clear Smooth 8-in-1 BB in a photoshoot and win a P100,000 modeling contract with Ideal People Models. Among the 8 BB Top Models for 2013 are Jessica Yang, Princess Snell, and Bia Corniero. Get a chance to join their ranks! 🙂 HOW TO JOIN …

Quickie: Beach Hut Clear Spray Sunblock (SPF 75)*

One of the things I was most excited about from the BDJ Box last month was the Beach Hut Clear Spray Sunblock* which is an aerosol sunscreen with SPF 75++. A lot of people were disappointed about getting this, since we are easing our way into the rainy season, but I am a firm believer in slathering one’s self in sunblock anyway. The clouds can’t be your sole protector, you know! Anyway, this is great for a number of reasons. One, it doesn’t smell like coconut. Two, it doesn’t leave you feeling lotion-greasy. There is a slight “oiliness” upon application, but that fades away after a while. Three, it’s waterproof and sweat-proof, and four, it has UVA/UVB protection so all the bases are covered by a generous SPF of 75. There is no white cast either and the spray applies and dries down translucent. You can tote this around for easy reapplication because the spray has a top that locks it shut to prevent messes in your bag. Beach Hut is cruelty-free and made in …

Quickie: Snoe Beauty Hair Heroes Super Fresh Texturizing Beach Waves

I am a sucker for beachy, wavy hair worthy of a spot on Blue Crush. (Do you like my dated reference?) The problem is that I have pin straight, very thick hair that gives a whole new meaning to “pony tail.” Alas, I didn’t inherit my mom’s naturally wavy hair, and nothing ever really worked out for me and my hair. I remember a photoshoot for a magazine where I got my hairz did, and while waiting for everyone else, my curls unraveled so the hair stylist just gathered my messy waves into a side ponytail. So, the Snoe Beauty Hair Heroes Texturizing Beach Waves (Php 299) was something I was eager to try. Product Description: ” Summer hair all year round! Embrace imperfection! Tousled , messy sexy beach hair is this seasons latest hair trend! 🙂 Hair Heroes Super Fresh Sage Tea Tree & Peppermint Texturizing Beach Waves Sea salt. Moringa. Softly separates for shiny, sexy, mussed waves. Heat Safe.” I should have known better, because it did not work for me at all. …

Unboxing: BDJ Box Elite* (May 2013)

Hello! It’s time once again for a BDJ Box post. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a subscription service in the Philippines. This month, they sent out limited edition “BDJ Box Elite” boxes, which I am verver excited about. This box contains a lot of full-size products, as well as generous samples. None of that sachet nonsense! (JK I am mean, but really, small tubes rock.) The theme is “Summer Indulgence,” and for once I do think it fits the products inside. Instead of the folded-up card that usually comes with the box, the BDJ Elite Box has a collection of small cards that highlight a certain offering they have that month. They’re kind of like playing cards. 🙂 The nifty thing about these new cards is that they show you the original size and price, and the sample size they give and the calculated cost. That way, I don’t have to do any math! Ahava Essential Day Moisturizer — This is supposed to kind of bring out the skin’s natural moisture, and allow …

A Cult(ure) of White

This weekend, I received BDJ’s April Box, and was disheartened to see that most of the items were aimed at skin whitening. It’s probably harsh and callous to say, but it felt like a KKK theme instead of an “Oh, So Fresh!” box. It’s not that it’s really a surprise at this point. I’m aware that a large part of the Philippine population want to be whiter. It doesn’t mean that it frustrates me any less. I understand it from the business point of view… People want to be whiter, so companies want to sell them something they will buy. Already frustrated with the box chock-full of whitening products, I was further saddened by a trip to the mall the next day. I had to pick up a few things (i.e. a hairdryer, cotton buds, wipes, sun block) and was constantly peddled whitening lotions and creams. Every corner I turned, I was offered some kind of whitening product. I had just come back after one day at the beach and am sporting a slight tan …