Wednesday, June 30, 2010

AMW Reads: For the Month of June

I haven't had the chance to blog about my "AMW Reads: For the Month of May" as it was a super busy month for me.  But that does not mean that I don't read blogs!  Of course I do!  I consider blog reading my "recreational activity".  It makes me happy because I read about what's happening with my dearest friends!

For this month of June, there were so many beauty articles well written but I've chose a couple that got stuck in my head.  *singing Kylie Minogue's* "Can't get you outta my head..."

I love seeing repurchases because that meant the product works for that certain blogger.  When Beetrice of Beetrice's Review wrote about her Repurchase: Clinique Vitamin C Lip Smoothie and after seeing her lip swatch, I told myself I have to check our local Clinique counter and see if we have it!

My so-called sister from afar Xin of Prettybeautiful blogged about her From Long to Short hair which reminded me, I have to have my hair cut!  It has been 6 full months I haven't trimmed my hair!  She looks gorgeous both long and short hair though!

I've been lazy with makeup application lately and I've always been doing my morning makeup in 5 minutes or less!  But sad to say, it has always been the same look over and over again!  When Jenn of Lipglosseater posted her FOTD: Yet Another 5-minute look, I am inspired to bring out that colored liner to vamp up my boring look!

I haven't tried a lot of Revlon products until recently and I must say, the brand did not disappoint me.  When I read ParisB's post on My Women Stuff about Revlon Age Defying Concealer: Works A Treat, I visited Revlon store at once, sad to say I can't seem to find it locally!  It works for her, I'm seriously intrigued.

I've always love to use The Body Shop's Tea Tree Oil for spot treatment because other spot treatments gave me the allergies.  When Kahani of So Loverly blogged about Benzac AC5 - Acne killerrr!  I have to agree with them that the product works because Mr. Askmewhats uses it for spot treatment.  It may not work for me but it seriously does for most people!

Last but not the least, our dear Red Luscious Lips' Yani posted about how she loves Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Fuchsia, now I feel bad I did not pick up this color as I thought it's too bright and bold!  But after seeing her gorgeous lips! I am wanting that shade!

What's your beauty reads?
Keep smilin'
Stay happy!

Nail Art Tutorial: "Hawaiian Grimace" Nails

Good morning everyone!  It's Humpy Wednesday and I need all the boost of positivity today as everyone's on "no work" day and I have work today!  It's the inauguration of our new president and I do apologize that I forgot to paint my nails Yellow (the color of our new president).  But to make it up, I will show you my inspiration for this week!  I know, the title is the funniest ever, but what can I do?  Grimace is my favorite McDonalds character ever!  I remember seeing this cute li'l Grimaceat McDonald's in Macau and I wasn't able to purchase this because of long lines!  I  took a shot of this instead.  Adding a touch of Nikki = craziness, I put a cute flower on Grimace's cute face just like how I did on my banner photo! 

And here's my nails inspired by Grimace

Step 1:
Prior to polish application, apply a base coat to protect your nails.  Apply 2 coats of ELF polish in Royal Purple (thanks Toma) and let dry.

Step 2:
Apply a clear coat on top of the polish color, while dry...

Step 3:
Create flowers by dropping 5 dots of white Prettynails' 2 Way Nail Art Pen.  Adding tiny dots for design.  Just like photo below

Step 4:
Use needle to create a petal 

Step 5:
Since I wanted two-toned florals.  I dropped a pink dot on top of the white dots using Pink Prettynails 2 Way Nail Art Pen.

Step 6:
Similar to step 4, use a needle to create a more believable flower petal!  Make sure to do this while the dots are still wet!

Step 7:
You can use rhinestones as flower bud, but I prefer using my Prettynails 2 Way Nail Art Pen in silver glitter and drop it in the middle of 5 petals.  I tried to steer away from rhinestones this time!

Step 8:
Protect your nail art with your favorite top coat.  And voila!  Instant Hawaiian Grimace Nails! 

Have a wonderful day everyone!
I hope this nail art inspires you to prettify your nails!  Even once!
Keep smilin'
Stay happy!

Vaseline Road Trip of a Lifetime TV Commercials and Print Ad

Dear Philippine Readers:

If you're 18 years old, Female, resident of the Philippines and has been a reader of my blog. You've probably read so much about my wonderful Road Trip experience last month for 6 days with fellow bloggers Ada and Hannah. Words cannot express my gratitude to the people from Vaseline and people from agency for choosing me to be part of the Vaseline Bloggers. It was the best decision I've made to take a leave from work and accept this challenge! Thanks to my dear friends who gave me the push (guys and girls, you know who you are!)

The experience has been the best so far and words can't express my amazement and awe in each places I've been to. Laoag, Pagudpod, Vigan and Baguio --- all 4 places has its own uniqueness and taste and each location left a wonderful memory inside my heart! Here are 3 TV commercials shown on cable channels to inspire the others to join this Road Trip of a Lifetime I experienced!

Agency: Media Contacts, Inc.
Director: Gerald Santos (Orange House)

TVC #1 Laoag

TVC #2 Pagudpod

TVC #3 Vigan

Print ad shown on Yes! Magazine July 2010 issue. Photos by: Mr. Jeck Simbulan for Vaseline.
(click photo to enlarge and read article)

Visit and choose your own unique photo to show how excited you are to join this road trip. You have until tomorrow to send in those entries! Who knows? You may be the lucky winner for this Once In A Lifetime Road Trip!

Have I told you "It's Worth It?"
I guess I did, gazillion times!
And it's worth saying it again and again!

Keep smilin'

Stay happy!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

AMW is Excited for: Forever 21 Philippines

I dress comfortably.  I want to look good at all times but I'm not a fan of spending much on clothing!  I go for quantity PLUS quality rather than just quality!  My aunt from the US visited us a couple of years ago and gave me a couple of gorgeous tops.  I thanked her profusely and told her not to spend so much on gifts, she went: "Oh no, I did not spend a lot!  I bought these at Forever 21!" 

After years of online shopping, I've finally figured out what the girls are going crazy about. and what Forever 21 is really about!  Check out their site, who wouldn't?  Forever 21 has quickly become the source of fashion for people on the budget and those who are not even budget conscious!  Their latest styles from casual to trendy, chic to glamorous from head to toe are always updated and always in style!  Whoever you are and whatever you do, you'll definitely find pieces that suit your taste and style!

The first Forever 21 store in the Philippines is 2,700 square meters of space with 34 fitting rooms, 60 sales assistants and 11 cashiers.  With one brow raised, I am a bit hesitant as no clothing line could go that far in opening up such a huge store with a massive number of staffs!  That's why I am so glad when Jane Kingsu-Cheng, Marketing Manager of Forever 21 (also a schoolmate of mind) invited me for a preview of the store.  It was right after a whole day of Dollface Personal Makeup Workshop.  Though my legs are tired, I couldn't pass up the chance!  I have to see it to believe.  

I walked from area to area, as I ooooh-ed and aaahh-ed over accessories, shoes, bags and of course, dresses, tops and bottoms!  Most of them are wrapped in a plastic and I can't help but want to try as many outfit as I can!  I can totally foresee stampede!  *knocks on wood*  Please girls, do not go insane on its opening day! 

As I walked from area to area, mentally took down notes on key pieces to purchase, I was ready to leave when Jane asked me to checkout the area for someone like me, a working girl! Love 21 is a classic, contemporary line for the working woman.  That definitely points to me!  I took a closer look inside this area and found a "pot of gold, silver and bronze"! 


Smart casual clothing with prices that fit the budget.  Most of the tops and bottoms do not exceed Php1,000 and dresses ranges from Php1,200 to Php2,000!  Not bad considering the designs are unique and the quality's good!  I checked!  Take a closer look at the details of some tops!  Very intricate and sewn really well, passed AMW's quality check!


 I love dresses that looks good anytime of the day!  I chose a couple that I would definitely go back and purchase! 

Comfortable Office Girl

Sexy after-office party dresses
So Nikki!

Tops that screams from "I am comfortable and casual today" 
to "I am so comfortable to show some skin"!

And I couldn't pass up the chance to mix and match some key pieces!!!  Oh, more outfits from Mondays to Fridays, or shall I add up Saturdays and Sundays!  That led me singing Black Eyed Peas' "I've got a feeling ooohhh.."

Smart Casual for office also for night out with the girls

Casual Sunday doing simple chores
or spending time with the boyfriend/hubby

Don't forget the gorgeous gray bag that fits the essentials! 
I love medium-sized bags with a lot of pockets!
More space to put my lip balm, keys, mobile phone, etc..!

And shall I add key pieces to vamp up the "casual" look?

Join Forever 21 on Facebook and Twitter (Forever21ph) to be in the know of the latest fashion and store information!  Ladies and gentlemen, be ready for the store's opening on July 2, 2010 at SM Megamall!  Please wear comfortable clothing and no pushing okay? 

Huge hugs to all of you from this gorgeous Panda t-shirt that the hubby found for me!  He's purchasing this for me! 

Aaaahh, So excited to shop!  And it's payday!!!
Keep smilin'
Stay Happy!

Monday, June 28, 2010

AMW Reviews: Loew Cornell 3/8 Maxine's Mop

Have you heard about Loew Cornell brushes?   If you're a makeup addict and loves to watch YouTube videos about beauty and loves to read blogs both locally and internationally, you definitely heard about this wonderful art brushes that has been causing a stir because of it's good quality brushes comparable to the famous MAC brushes!  Would you believe the brush whore in me just got this recently?  It's better late than never I tell you!

Loew Cornell 3/8 Maxine's Mop

Loew Cornell 3/8 Maxine's Mop says ---
Flat oval white hair mops with short purple handles. All natural hair brushes in timeless, popular shapes with incredibly soft bristles. Affordably priced. These brushes hold lots of color for artists and can also be easily used as substitutes for MAC makeup brushes! These brushes apply makeup evenly and are great for blending harsh lines.

AMW says ---
  • non-scratchy, very soft bristles
  • no flyaways
  • no bleeding when washed even for the first time
  • no shedding
  • very inexpensive
  • perfect dupe for MAC's 239, actually rephrase, this is the best dupe of MAC 239 I have ever seen and touched
  • the bristles are not super soft and just right to pick up colors

  • very dense
  • can pick up eyeshadows really well
  • available locally! 
  • the only downside is the handle's color, purple which other professionals wouldn't want (in my case, with the price? I don't mind at all!)
  • not all Loew Cornell brushes are sold locally
With my watchful 5 senses, I've tested this and compared this to MAC 239 that I own for more than a year.  This is the exact dupe of MACs 239.  The bristles of Loew Cornell is just a tiny bit longer compared to MACs but it doesn't make a difference on application.  The performance of Loew Cornell brush is great!  No need to even compare this to MAC as it works!  It really does work in packing colors and it's a breeze in application!  No scratchy feel and best of all!  The inexpensive price!!!
  • wash this before you start using
  • put on sticker or paint it with a nail polish color so you'll know its yours
  • share shipping with a friend
Will I repurchase?

Where to purchase and how much?
Locally at Digital Traincase website for only Php300.00 (approx $6.50) + Shipping
For international readers, either ebay or ask your friends in the USA to help you purchase at Michaels Craft store.

A closer look at Loew Cornell 3/8 Maxine's Mop
Well printed brand and brush size on handle

Made of Natural hair
Sri Lanka (wow!)

A closer look on the bristles
Flat dome-shaped bristles
white in color

Side view, no flyaways
even after washing

Now, everyone would definitely want to see this brush compared to the famous MAC239.  Thank goodness I own MAC 239 to be able to show you how both looks like side by side.

Loew Cornell brush is about half an inch longer and the handle is slimmer.  MAC's handle is in black while the LC one is in dark purple which obviously looks like a painter's brush!

MACs ferrule is half an inch longer.  I've used both many times and it doesn't make a huge difference in application.  Both bristles are glued pretty well on the ferrules and I tried to pull the ferrule away from the wood but failed.  Both are glued pretty well!  (thank goodness)

As seen on photo below, the shape of the bristles are almost the same!  The bristles of Loew Cornell is jut a tiny bit longer but the texture, the softness are exactly the same base on AMW touch test!

Side View of the bristles, MAC 239 bristles are a bit thicker, again, it doesn't make a huge difference during application!

A lot of readers would email me and ask for inexpensive brushes that does the job!  Well, I'm glad to share to you my good find!  Thanks to Sol for bringing in the Loew Cornell brush as I've been wanting to purchase this ever since I've seen them on reviews! 

Have a wonderful start of the week!  
Keep smilin'
Stay happy!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Weekend Food Tripping at: Metro Cuisine plus Mango Torte!

Good morning Sunday and good morning everyone!  By the time you're reading this, well, I'm still having my beauty sleep for sure!  I had a very tiring yet fulfilling Saturday!  My Dollface's 2nd Personal Makeup Workshop went well and I've gained extra students and friends!  Makeup is my passion, teaching is a calling I've fulfilled years ago...combined?  It's a perfect combination!  I will definitely report back about the workshop :)

For now, let's enjoy the relaxing weekend as it's food tripping once again!  I have to admit, I went for Pollo Loco Chicken as stated on Facebook with Keith and Shen, but I was so hungry and tired I literally sniffed the food down my throat so no photos!  I will then include my Friday food tripping on weekend food posts!  

A little bit of background on my way home, I usually visit my mom after office and Mr. AMW would pick me up from his work then we would pass by N.S. Amorante Sr. Ave. (Formerly Retira Street) most of the time.  *waves* Hi to the Beautynomist!  Restaurants that pop here and there will definitely not pass by my watchful eyes!  One restaurant I've always been intrigued to try... Metro Cuisine...

The restaurant is tiny but the ambiance is comfortable and very "homey".  The price range of the food are approximately Php150-Php300 (approx $3.00-6.50).

Pot Roast Beef
Php190.00 (approx $4.15)
Slowly roasted beef until tender with mushroom gravy sauce

The beef has been sliced with the right thickness and roasted perfectly that you can feel it literally melts in your mouth each bite!

Pasta Ale Vongole
Php185.00 (approx $4.00)
Noodles with Olive Oil saute with clams

Serving is good for one or to share for small time eater.  I like the fact that they showered the noodles with clams and mussels!  The olive oil blends in perfectly with the noodles!  I will definitely order this dish again!

Metro Ice Tea
Php85.00 (approx $2.00)

Tastes like regular iced tea you can find in any restaurant

Restaurant accepts cash and credit card payment, no service charge!  Has parking space right in front of the restaurant, not a lot of parking space!  The good thing about this restaurant is that they deliver for free within the area!  Just give them a call and ask!

Metro Cuisine
Unit 1-C RVR Paseo Lorenzo Building
410 N.S. Amoranto Sr. Ave. Sta. Mesa Heights, Quezon City
Tel. no: (632) 731-10-62

And before I end this post, I have to add that I'm not a dessert person.  If I do crave for one though, I have to give in because it's time I spoil myself!  I love mangoes and there's one Mango Dessert I'm crazy about recently!  Dulcelin Gourmet Mango Torte. 

Seriously, I literally get lost in space when I take a bite on this....crispy, chewy nougatine with mangoes and cream....

9" for Php600.00 (approx $13.00)
12" for Php900.00 (approx $20.00)

Worth the calories?  OF COURSE!  Check out their website for list of store addresses!

Go on, eat well and forget about diet.  After a long week of hard work and stress?  We all deserve it!  What's your weekend food tripping?

Keep smilin'

Stay happy!