Friday, June 29, 2012

Midyear Sales Strike Again!

What a great way to end the busy week! 

I know I'm not a fashion blogger and I don't even post any fashion-related articles.  But I do love fashion and I try my best to dress up appropriately and nicely everyday.  After all, being dressed up nicely is part of the whole package of being beautiful inside and out. 

But enough blabbing, because I'm here to spread the news about a few sales going on in the metro for the payday weekend.  I, myself, need a few tweaking of my own workwear clothes.  When it comes to shopping for good quality clothes, I always wait for the Midyear Sales.  So here's a few I spotted from Click the City.

Check these out:











I especially love Zara.  I always buy trousers or skirts from the brand.  I can't wait for the weekend!

Time to spend those hard-earned money!

Have a fun shopping spree, too!


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Project 120 Updates and How to do a One-Minute Facial Massage



Taken while the "Super Moon" was out sometime May, remember that?  I had this amazing view while doing my jogging rounds at BHS, Fort, Taguig.

And we're down to one day, before the weekend bug bites again.  I can't wait for tomorrow night because I'm going out with my girlfriends! It's been awhile since I last hung out with them. I'm already planning my outfit and makeup, actually. 

However, since it's a Friday tomorrow, it also meant "jogging day" for me.  So I expect to be in quite a rush tomorrow evening, wanting to squeeze in all activities.  I missed jogging last week, because I had some tummy troubles.  I also ate a little bit more than I should, because I was trying to tame my bad tummy.  However, I still made sure I didn't go past way beyond my calorie-intake.

This week, hopefully, I'll be back on track.  I had my rounds last Tuesday and it felt good.  Today is my apples day, too, so I plan to stick with my diet plan.  So far, I already lost another 2 lbs. Ain't that great news or what?!  I'm only down to 10 more! (woot! woot!)

I'm losing weight and starting to fit in some of my regular pants - which is really great!  Still, there's quite a downside to all those physical activties I do every week. I get muscle pains and sometimes, cramps.  I know I badly need a body massage soon!

Speaking of massage, have you heard of facial massages?  They actually only take a minute tops, and you get a lot of benefits from it.  I remember my mom teaching me how to do it regularly.  It is said to promote blood circulation and prevent pre-mature wrinkles.  During the Laneige makeup workshop event, I also learned that it should be a regular part of skin care, while applying moisturizer.  They also taught a neat and easy way to do it.

I was browsing online, and I saw this cool illustration from The Face Shop website.  I hope you learn from it, too.  I do mine while cleansing my face, and while using a cleansing oil.  It's actually like hitting two birds in one stone - you get to remove all that makeup and you get to massage your face.  Regularly doing it will promote wonders on the skin's texture. 



from The Face Shop




I suggest doing this every night, either while putting your moisturizer on or while cleansing your face.  However, for busy girls who can't be bothered with a mere 1 minute beauty routine, twice or thrice a week would do.  For girls who're afraid of getting wrinkles like me, do it everyday! Oh, and make sure your hands a squeaky clean before doing a massage. 

Hope you like. 

Have a fun Thursday!


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Review: The Face Shop's Lovely Me:Ex BB Cream



So... what exactly is a BB cream?  Unless you’re living under a rock, this wonder makeup product has been invading the beauty world for the past few years.  Originally from Korean makeup brands, it is notable that other high-end and mainstream brands are following suit, and concocting their own versions of a BB Cream. Previously, it was a quest to find out which Korean/Japanese makeup brand offers the best BB Cream.  But now, you can find a BB Cream made by almost all your favorite international makeup brands.  Interesting, right?
As a BB Cream user, I am a bit wondering why I haven’t made a review yet of any of the products I’ve been using.  It is interesting to note that my first BB Cream isn’t even from a Korean brand, but from Elianto – which is a makeup brand based in Malaysia.  Ever since that moment, I got hooked and I used all of my tube until the last drop.  Sadly, Elianto left our shores, so I was faced with finding the next best bet.  Upon searching the internet, there were many brands I saw but they weren’t really available locally.  I have this pet peeve about ordering makeup online, because aside from I wanted to see and test the product myself, I have fears that the products may be either fake, expired or used.  So my best option was to explore the Korean makeup stores that have sprouted all over the metro.  Interestingly, one of my favorite Korean makeup brands – The Face Shop – happened to have different kinds of BB Cream, and it is from this brand that I discovered my true gems. 
But let me go back to my first question – what is a BB Cream?  For the benefit of makeup newbies out there, let me try to explain in as little words as possible.  BB Cream is a face product originally formulated or created in Germany and initially used to protect and soothe the skin after laser procedures and surgery.  Later on, the same formulation was introduced to Korea and Japan and it was there where it began its fame.  It became known as the “secret” of Korean and Japanese women in achieving clear, flawless and radiant white skin.  “BB” stands for “Blemish Balm”, and rightfully so, it indeed covers blemishes, pimple scars and other minor skin discolorations on the face, thereby creating a clear and brightened face.  However, it also has other skin-saving properties, such as moisturization, whitening, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory.    Today, it is a multi-tasking product as it works as a primer, moisturizer, sunblock and foundation.  For many women today - including myself - BB Creams are great alternatives to a regular foundation because of its other good skin benefits.  It also comes in different shades that work to match the skin tone in order to achieve a smooth, clear and even-toned canvass for makeup application.  I especially love that the SPFs in BB creams range from SPF 20 or higher.
Given that, let’s take a look in one of the BB Creams I regularly use.


FACTS:
Place Bought:  The Face Shop store, SM Megamall branch
Price:  495 PHP (I’m not really sure, but I know it’s not over 500 PHP, let me update this soon.)
Packaging:  As with most BB creams, this one is in a squeezable plastic tube.
Shade:  There appears to be one shade only for this line.  However, it does match my skin tone.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Review: Make Up For Ever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector




Today, I began my day kinda frazzled.

I woke up earlier than my alarm clock, and by the time I actually got out of bed, I was already 15 minutes late.  My showers in the mornings are my versions of a "quick dip".  I barely have enough time, so the best I could do was wash my hair and my face.  It's quite a good habit that I always plan my outfit the night before, so I have no problems in that department.  But here comes the clincher - WHAT TO DO WITH MY FACE?!

Should I just put sunblock or a BB cream and head off to the parking lot?  Or can I still spare an extra 10 minutes to groom and fix my eyebrows and swipe a mascara?  But you know how it ends up? No matter how late I am, I always manage to put some eyebrow makeup on at least.  I have really thin and sparse eyebrows, so doing this step makes me look a bit decent.  And as for the rest of my face, I deal with that by the time I get to the office parking lot.  My emergency makeup kit in the car usually comes in handy at those times.

For the past few weeks, whenever I got an extra 15 minutes to spare, I bring out this gem of an eyebrow makeup from Make Up For Ever.  I say EXTRA minutes, because really, this product can't be applied if you only got a minute to spare.  It actually takes more effort than an eyebrow pencil.



Let's see the scoop:

FACTS: 

Place bought:  Make Up For Ever store, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig
Price:  1,250PHP (ouch!)
Packaging:  The product is actually a gel-like substance, encased in a tiny air-tight plastic tube, with a small nozzle for opening.  You get the product by squeezing it out.
Shade:  I got shade no.2, as recommended by the SA.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

My Purple Points Turns One!


My beauty blog turns one year old today – officially!  I’m really proud of myself for sticking it out until today.   This hobby and passion for beauty truly pays off, because not only is it my way of releasing my everyday stress at my day job, it’s also my way of sharing my thoughts about all things beauty.

For a span of one year, I made a total of 148 posts.  Most of them leaning towards reviewing products that I loved, liked, or hated.  I also had the chance to be invited in an event- the Laneige makeup workshop, where I had the chance to mingle with fellow beauty bloggers.  I also had the opportunity to review a pampering place called the Yakson House.  I know it isn’t much, but it’s part of what my blog has become now.  I remember advocating natural and organic beauty products, and I’m glad more and more girls are trying them out.  I also share my love for our homegrown cosmetics, which are not only affordable, but which also deliver really well.

And all thanks to my readers and followers, although not much, but who take time to read and view my blog posts every week.  What a fabulous year it was.  I never knew beauty blogging would be this educational and inspiring.

So for today, let's go back to the year it was and let me share 10 of my favorite posts…(click the links to read them again!)




























































Looking back, I can't believe the many posts and topics I have posted.  And as for many things in my life, I have many more plans for My Purple Points.  And I hope that the second year will bring more inspiration and happiness – not just to me, but to everyone who will drop by and read my posts.

Here’s to another year!! Thank you to everyone! 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Nailbits: Yellow Glittery Tips

Another post for the day!

Actually, I'm just really making up for the lack of posts lately.  Also, I'd like to keep it up a notch when it comes to my blogging hobby, because I just realized that my beauty blog is turning a year old soon! Wow, how time flies. Yet I still have tons of my makeup stash up for review. 

Anyhoo, just wanted to show my pretty nails for this week. It's yellow, with tiny glitters.  This was an old polish from Elianto, which I found in our (mine & my sister's) stash while cleaning up our nail polish collection. 








I kinda nicked the polish on my thumb, but it's still pretty good.  The glitters make the color look subtle enough for office wear.  It doesn't seem to look as bright as a yellow opaque nail polish would look like.  It's pretty enough on its own, so I didn't bother experimenting with nail art.  So sorry for the dry cuticles, let me just get my hand cream. Teehee.

Have a nice day!

LOD: Etude House My Dear My Blooming Lips in OR202

Am I too late to jump into the bandwagon of orange lipsticks?





In the beauty world, the summer season was invaded with too much Tangerine Tango, the predicted Pantone's color of the year. Unfortunately and sadly, summer is definitely over in the Philippines but a bright pop of color won't really hurt to cheer up a gloomy day.  Besides, in other parts of the world, the summer season has only begun today, so I think my fascination for orange lips still hold good. I don't really have a lot of orange lipsticks, so I'm happy to find one that's affordable enough just for the heck of trying it.

For today, let me show you what I found while browsing around an Etude House store one day.  I saw a bunch of orange lipsticks in different shades - from muted brown orange to almost neon orange.  I tested out each of them, until I found what best looks good on me.  If I were still younger, I would have grabbed the bright neon orange color but I had to remember how wearing makeup should also be age-appropriate.  So I settled with OR202.



For almost 400PHP a pop, I found this one a decent lipstick.  It's my first lipstick from Etude House.  What's really fascinating aside from the shade is the packaging.  In a light pink tube in a unique girly shape complete with that tiny ribbon, it was really adorable.


Friday, June 15, 2012

Fairy Hair Trend

So sorry for the lack of posts lately.  I always forget my camera at home, so I don't have decent photos to show you for some of my new product reviews.  But I do promise to be back on track next week!

Anyhoo, this post is all about hair. Specifically, this on-going trend of pastel hair colors.  I personally would like to call it "fairy hair", because they really do remind me of fairies.  Think "Tinkerbell" and her golden hair.  Or think about the "Rainbow Brites" - do you remember this animated television series from the 80's?  (Ok, so I just kinda revealed my age there..LOL!)  The cute characters are named after their hair colors and my favorite obviously is Shy Violet, with her lavender hair.





When I was in school, I used to have a streak of red and then, pink, on my hair before.  I kinda miss that now, and I still remember how I created it.  Heehee.  But since I'm more on the professional side of things lately, I think it's best to just keep it all plain ash brown, which is my natural hair color.  But...

Plain is kinda boring, right? So I'm contemplating about getting a few pastel-colored streaks.  And I'm also doing research about how to create that look.  In the meantime, let me show you what colors I would love to sport someday.  (photo credits not mine, got them from Google)


The pink streaks look really cute over short blonde hair.


The dip-dyed hair trend, but still using pastel pink. I think this looks great!




OK, this is kinda extreme for me.  But I still admire how Katy can rock it so well.




Mint green, pastel blue and blonde.  Good combination, and the red lips is quite a contrast.



This is the right shade of pastel pink that I want.




Ooh, lavender hair with streaks of gray.  Very "fairy-like".



So... fairy hair. I don't really intend to dye my whole head, but I definitely would love to add some highlights of lavender and pink.

Do you like this hair trend? Think you can rock it, too?



Friday, June 8, 2012

News: The Kardashians' Makeup Line


Do you love the Kardashians' sisters?  I don't know about you, but I do! Aside from their fun family bonding, I like their style and glamour.  I also like that they're always made up and I kinda dig the smoky eyes and nude lips look. It's actually their signature makeup look, right?  My favorite is Kourtney.  I think she's the practical and smart one, which may be because she's the eldest.  I also find her the prettiest.

Anyway, I was browsing through fashionista.com today, and I found out that they're launching their own makeup line! Isn't that fab?  It's called "Khroma", and I think the name is soo Kardashian.   I think it's great makeup-worthy news for makeup lovers like me, so I'm sharing it here.

I'm especially interested in their mascaras, because they seem to always have those fabulous lashes and I wonder if the mascaras would give that same effect. They're also introducing a facial mask made of real 24k gold.  Another neat invention is the lip gloss belt/holder that one wears over the legs. I think that's pure genius!  All in all, I think the collection (which is to be available in the US soon - hopefully it also reaches our shores!) rocks!

Here's a quick scoop, credit goes to fashionista.com.


Is this the one mascara that will give me full-on lashes just like Kim?


How about some nude pouty lips that the sisters always rock?



This is the gold mask I was telling you about - the Million Dollar Mask. The packaging is so classy!



And finally, the lip gloss holder/belt.  If your handbag can't fit any more item, then just slip this one on, so you still got your handy lipgloss for your night outs. 




Anything you fancy?  See more of them here.

Have a happy weekend!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Project 120: My Weight Loss Plan

my old Nike running shoes
If you’ve been reading my previous posts, I’ve mentioned about this weight loss plan that I’m doing since the beginning of April.  The reason is that, although I’m not really fat fat, I just have some issues with my belly and my bloated feeling all the time.  I also came to realize that since I stopped law school, my weight began increasing tremendously.  The most significant change was when I stayed at the US for four months after graduating from law school.  It was a vacation -  and I had access to all the glorious foods I could think of, be it sweets, chips, lobsters, steaks, etc.  The fact that the relatives I stayed in with always cooked delicious food added more spice to my weight gain.  To make the story short, I came home gaining 10 lbs.  I even wore a gartered sweat pants during the long flight home, because my trusty skinny jeans just didn’t fit anymore.  Well, as months went on, my usual 120 lbs. weight soared even higher, and now, I am 138 lbs. heavier.  Grabe noh?
Now that I can afford it, I can eat whatever I want.  The luxurious foods that I can’t buy before because of my meager allowance, I can now eat at will.  I was happy for awhile.  Chocolates, cakes and any sweets were my weaknesses


Chocolate = Endorphins!


But it also meant not being able to wear my usual clothes anymore.  And I felt bloated every time. The fact is,  I am scared to be fat! So I had to make a drastic plan.  Or make it a project even.  So I came up with Project 120.  It’s my fitness plan to get back to my 120 lbs. size.  I don’t know if I can achieve it back, but I’m staying positive.  I don’t have a trainer, and I don’t have plans of enrolling to a gym.  I just figured I can do this without having to spend too much.  So, how did it go?

Friday, June 1, 2012

Review: Human Nature's Hand and Foot Salve in Eucalyptus



As we grow older, the first few signs of aging are shown on the skin of our hands.  It's more prone to wrinkles, drying and skin-damage.  Makes sense, because it's the part of our body that we use extensively.  Hence, the birth of hand creams.  Hand creams are meant to target the hands and are more potent in terms of moisturizing properties.

Since I began switching to natural and organic products when it came to my skin care, it's no surprise that Human Nature's Hand and Foot Salve will make it to my vanity.  But first, here are the quick specs:

FACTS:

Place bought:  Human Nature Head Office/Branch in Commonwealth, Quezon City

Price:  109 PHP at the time I bought it.  For 50g of product, I think it's affordable.

Packaging:  It's in a white tub which is quite bulky to be lugged around in a purse.  So I'd rather keep one near my bed, and one in the office drawer.  For travelling, I think I might transfer some into a small tub.

Shade:  This is a skin care product, so the only shade you'll see is white.  It's a creamy white, light in texture and smells like eucalyptus.





MY CONCURRENCES:

First off, when I tried this at the store, I immediately liked the refreshing eucalyptus scent. It's minty and cool and refreshing.  I also like the creamy texture of the product and the fact that it doesn't leave an oily residue on the skin, unlike how some lotions do.  It's easily absorbed by the skin every time you put some on.  I also use this on my feet, before I go to sleep.  Before, I use pertroleum jelly on my feet, on my cracked heels, and on my cuticles.  But when I got this, I prefer it because of the refreshing scent.  It delivers the same moisturizing effect, too.  And since it's made of all natural ingredients aside from being locally-made, it's a great product for me.




MY DISSENT:

What I don't like about it is the packaging.  In a tub, it could be a bit unhygienic to use every time.  It's also not advisable to keep it in your purse, so I suggest transferring some into a smaller pot if you plan to tote it around.  Other than that, the product itself is love!





OVERALL VERDICT:

I love great smelling products, especially if used on the skin.  The smell of eucalyptus brings about summer memories of my mom.  She loves the smell of eucalyptus, too and I remember her massaging eucalyptus oil on me whenever I was sick.  Yes, I know it could remind one of Vicks, you know, the vapor rub. But I love that scent, so I'm raving this. 

The other variant is Banana, but I dig this more.  They also have a new scent which is Strawberry, and I have yet to find out how that smells, too.

Well, that's about it for my Friday post.  It's the first of June, and that means that summer is over! Bummer for me, because I hate it when it rains too much. Oh well. Enjoy your weekend, folks!