Wednesday, August 31, 2011

AMW Bulletin: Ferretti Goes Online!

Are you a shoe lover?  Do you hate to brave the traffic and rain?

One of my favorite shoe brand Ferretti is finally opening the Ferretti Online Store tomorrow!  *yay*  After my first 2 very comfortable pairs (read my store visit here), I vouched to repurchase as I do not want to sacrifice comfort for beauty!

Best news?  The Ferretti Online Store offers absolutely FREE SHIPPING NATIONWIDE!!!

The Ferretti Online Store carries all the latest designs and has a wide selection of shoes!  Whether you like to look preppy, cute, hip or simple, you will definitely enjoy at least one of their pieces!  (I doubt it!  I ended up with 2 at first visit and I still want more!)
 

Are you ready?  Set???
*wait*!
Are you closing my blog to go to the Ferretti Online Store???? *pouts*
That hurts! 
Oh well, the shoes are definitely prettier than me! :P

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!





(Author is not affiliated with the company, this post is for information purpose only.)

Readers' Corner: "What Brand of Lashes Do You Use for Your Clients?"

I have tried so many "inexpensive" brands of false lashes and I think it's high time I share to the readers what I use for my clients!

There are definitely a lot of brand choices out there --- from Ardell to Shu Uemura and MAC, I've used them just a number of times but I can't seem to purchase them for all clients due to budget constraint!  Some lashes costs even more expensive than a make-up service!

So on to the search for inexpensive false lashes that look and feel like the high end ones!


Before I continue, yes, KKCenterHK did send me these lashes for review but I am a long time customer way before they asked me to review their products, I will still repurchase from the company using my own money even after the review, I'm a hoarder remember? :P

When it comes to make-up for photography (photoshoots, weddings etc...), I strongly suggest my clients to use falsies no matter how "unnatural" or "uncomfortable" they think it would be!  Photos register false lashes well and it can make your eyes look bigger and brighter!  

I'm glad I don't need to tell them this line: "You have to suffer a bit to be beautiful!" 

Recently, I've discovered 2 of my favorite falsies design from ES Brand.  I find myself using them the most especially for newbies and brides.

ES A66
Shortest hair located at the inner corner 
goes longer on the outer corner.
Creates a very natural "wispy" look

Close up on ES A66

ES A111
The lash hairs are just a tad bit longer than A66 
The longest hairs are located at the center making your eyes look huge!
A closer look on A111

Pros
  • Does not feel heavy at all.
  • First time lash users gave me feedback telling me the lashes feels super comfortable!
  • Looks very natural and if applied correctly, stays the whole day or until removal.
  • The band is thin and flexible so its easy to use for any eye shapes.
  • Reusable, I've tried reusing a couple of the lashes, just make sure you store them well and remove the glue after every use.
  • Inexpensive!  A box of ES A66 and ES A111 costs only $8.00 (approx Php336.00)  plus approx $5.00 (approx Php210.00) for shipping.  Each box includes 10pairs.
Cons
  • Not readily available locally, I need to order online and wait for shipping.
  • Need to pick up the package at the postal office and pay additional Php35.00. 

Recently, I had a photoshoot with some of my Blogger friends (will report about this next time), I brought along with me ES A66 lashes and here's the outcome... very natural!


A closer look
Thanks to the angel who took  my camera and got this shot of me in this angle! :)
I was in a hurry that I forgot to take a shot of my eyes! 
(blame the hunger) :P

What's your favorite inexpensive falsies to date?
Keep smilin'
Stay happy!


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Eureka Moment: Nail Polish that's Safe and Inexpensive!

Nail polish enthusiast like myself would love to use nail polish for the rest of our lives! I cannot even imagine myself wearing open toed sandals without polish on!  But there's always a huge question at the back of my head that's bugging me... THE BIG 3 --- Formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate.

Base on research, formaldehyde is carcinogenic while toluene and dibutyl phthalate are toxins that can affect one's central nervous and reproductive systems.

UH OH....

So we're on to search for safe polish to use right?  I can hear literally hear you complaining..."Say what?... Expensive?" 

EUREKA MOMENT!!!!
I finally found a polish that's affordable and does not contain the BIG 3!!! 

GIRLSTUFF NAIL POLISH
You wouldn't believe how I got to know about this brand!  When I attended Studio SnR x Bobbi's Mastering the Basics workshop, I met my seatmate Janina (who also signed up for the workshop) and she saw my nail art and told me about the Girlstuff polish!  Now, I tell you why I love going out on events,  I meet a lot of cool people!!!

GirlStuff nail polish is made in France and repackaged in the Philippines.  They are free from chemicals so I was told the polishes are safe to use for all ages!  Even pregnant women, teens or young girls who like to be just like their moms can use this!

Here's the best part!  Each bottle costs Php99.75/Approx $2.00!  

The product states to be vibrant in color and shine, durable, streak-free in application and dries quickly!  I'll confirm after a couple of usage so do check back for more in-depth reviews!

I currently own these 3 shades...

Machiatto

 Electric Blue

Olive



To those who can't wait....
GirlStuff is available in SM Children's Accessories Department in Mall of Asia, North, Ortigas, Makati, Dasmarinas, Las Pinas, Clark and Fairview.  Rustans Childrens' Accessories Section.


Here are the shades available for us to drool on!

Are you as excited as I am to try more shades?
Keep smilin'
Stay happy!

Monday, August 29, 2011

AskMeWhats Featured on Fledgeling Magazine August-September Issue


Fledgeling is an online magazine that aims to showcase original talent by amazing people.  Art, design, music, film and literature take center stage that's released every two months.
For their second issue (August-September 2011), I was contacted to be part of "The Bloggers" section.  It was an honor to be featured together with other wonderful bloggers!

**my photo taken by Mika Artienda of Manila Street Style

Here's a snapshot of my feature!  Well... my age was proudly printed there!  Not my idea ok??? *laughs*  Just sayin.... *hihihi*

I am impressed with the layout and the articles!  The people behind this wonderful idea are way younger than I am (for sure!) and they're ideas are so refreshing!

Feel free to checkout Fledgeling Magazine by smiling and clicking HERE.

Thanks Fledgeling team and congratulations!
Keep smilin'
Stay happy!


Spanaticz Gives: Montagne Jeunesse Bouquet --- EXTENDED! --- CLOSED!!!

Dear Metro Manila Readers:
I seldom go to facial centers because of my busy schedule but I do take time for my weekly at-home treatment!  I've enjoyed a couple of face masks in the past (from different brands) and Montagne Jeunesse masks are no exception!

You can read my past reviews HERE.

Now, one lucky reader within Metro Manila may get the chance to get hold on to a lovely Montagne Jeunesse Bouquet!  Of course its filled with different products by the brand!  Ahhhh, a Spa Party can be held at home for the lucky winner!

This is how to you can join....
Mechanics:
  1. Like the Montagne Jeunesse page on Facebook.
  2. Tag the Montagne Jeunesse page in a Facebook status "I just joined the Montagne Jeunesse blog giveaway!  Hope I win!" including the link of THIS blog post.
  3. Do not forget to comment in THIS blog post your name and email address once you've done steps 1 and 2.
  4. There will be one winner via electronic raffle.  Winner will be emailed.
  5. Contest ends September 10,2011 (I know, short time frame so join now!)
  6. Prize will be sent by RCKA PR.  
  7. Contest is valid for participants within Metro Manila only.

Goodluck!
Keep smilin'
Stay happy




AMW Reviews: Charm Travel Pro v3

Call me a brush-whore if you want!  I agree --- I really am!  I can say no to new make-up collections but when it comes to brushes, there's something about their lifespan that makes me want to own more!  I call them my investment!  I have a feeling my grandchildren can even use these maybe play "mini salon games"?  Gosh, I hope not my grandson!!!  *lol*

Even before the brush was launched, I got a sneak peek from my dearest friend Sophie!  Sophie, as I fondly call her the "OC Brush Maker" came up with version 3 of the well-loved Charm Travel Pro!  I own all 3 versions and each version brings me a lovely surprise! 

The Charm Travel Pro v3 is no exception...take a look at the packaging!

The front of the cute box
It is obvious that the owner loves to travel!  
There's an airplane and different tourist spots
So chic!

The back portion of the box

And there's this cute Leaning Tower of Pisa 
on the side of the box!
Okay!  Reviews over!!!  *laughs* The box took my breathe away and I can continue to blab more about it!  Now it's time to unbox the Charm Travel Pro v3....

I took the brush set with me to test during my trip to Shanghai.  I like the fact that my brushes are neatly stored inside a pouch for protection.

v2 was housed in a pink faux croc pouch, the v3 pouch goes with the new brush colors!  Black faux croc pouch against a hot pink colored zipper!  Perfect contrast for those who aren't into "full pink"!
The handle is matte black and the ferrule is made of metallic pink shade.  The combination looks "classy" and unique.


Charm Travel Pro v3 uses combination of synthetic and animal hairs.
Keep in mind that natural animal hairs are best used on powder products
while synthetic hairs are best used for cream/liquid based products.

Charm Travel Pro v3 says ---
Achieve professional-looking makeup looks with the Charm Travel Pro 14-pc. Brush Set!

Featuring 14 outstanding travel-sized brushes made from the softest blend of animal and synthetic hair, guaranteed to help you achieve beautiful looks, wherever you may be!

Get spoiled with our luxurious Charm Travel Pro, as your take-me-with-you-anywhere brush set promising professional results! Featuring an impressive lineup of 14 makeup brushes, you will never have to scrimp on your makeup tools!

AMW says ---

Stippling Brush
Pros
  • The brush length is the same as MAC's 186 brush.
  • With a stippling motion, the brush bounces against your skin which can easily create an "airbrush" look.
  • Sheds only 1-2 hairs on first wash only.
  • Even after several wash, the brush maintains its softness
Cons
  • Takes longer time to remove make-up on this brush.
Perfect for
  • Liquid, cream foundation application.
  • Cream blushes application.
  • Highlighting whether with a cream or powder based highlighter.

Powder Brush


Pros
  • Though made with animal hair, this brush is surprisingly smooth!
  • Dense enough so you have full control on powder application.
  • No shedding nor bleeding.
Cons
  • If you're used to using Kabuki brush for powder foundation application, you may find coverage is light for you.
Perfect for
  • Powder/powder foundation application.
  • Blush application - apply blush on the "flat portion" of the brush then gently swipe on the apples of your cheeks going upwards then blend using the "fluffy portion" of the brush.
  • Removing eyeshadow that falls under the eye area. (Make sure the brush is clean).
Foundation Brush

Pros
  • The irregular length of each brush hair makes it easy to apply foundation minus the streaks.
  • The brush is not flimsy so you get perfect control.
  • Though this foundation brush is not as dense as my favorite Essense of Beauty Foundation brush, both are similar in terms of control.
Cons
  • This is one of the "very difficult" to wash!  Read on tips further below on how to remove oil-based make-up.
Perfect for
  • Primer, liquid and cream foundation application.
  • Moisturizer application.
  • Concealing larger areas like the under eye circles.
Angled Blush Brush
Pros
  • No bleeding nor shedding.
  • Very soft, no harsh edges.
  • Since the brush hairs aren't as long as other angled blush brush, this doesn't fluff up after several uses or washings.
Cons
  • Since the brush hairs are shorter as compared to other brands, the product grabbed from this brush will be very concentrated so you may end up with a "blob" of product on your face if not blended well.
Perfect for
  • Blush Application.
  • Contouring.
  • Highlighting the under eye area plus the area above the cheekbones.
Concealer Brush

Pros
  • The brush length and width is perfect! 
  • Dense enough for that perfect control.
  • No shedding nor bleeding.
  • Consistently feels soft and smooth against the skin.  Doesn't tug my eye area as much.
Cons
  • None
Perfect for
  • Eye primer application.
  • Cream based eye products (paint pots, etc...)
  • Concealing and correcting.
  • Lipstick application, this covers a huge area at once so prevent lips from flaking.
Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Brush
 
Pros
  • Brush hairs are soft and smooth, doesn't drag the sensitive area of the lids.
  • Can be used to apply both dry and wet eye shadow products.
  • Perfect for foiling your eye shadows.
  • The size of the brush works even for small eyes.
Cons
  • Does not grab as much eyeshadow during dry application.
Perfect for
  • Wet eye shadow application.
  • Light eyeshadow application (day time looks, natural make-up).
 Blending Brush
Pros
  • Close to MAC's 222 tapered blending brush.
  • With its natural hair, it can grab good amount of eye shadow.
  • Can be used on powder or cream based products.
  • Does not feel harsh on the lids even if you blend hard.
Cons
  • Stain is difficult to remove (no matter what brush brand).
Perfect for
  • Blending eyeshadow for big lid space.
  • Eye shadow application all over the lid area.
  • Concealer application (with cream based product).
  • Powder application on the under eye area.

 Pencil Point Brush

Pros
  • No shedding nor bleeding.
  • Perfect for small eyes as it gives a good control.
  • Can be used on both powder and cream based eye products.
  • Can grab a good amount of product easily.
  • Perfect tool to blend cream based eyeliner for a "smoked out" effect.
Cons
  • Difficult to wash off makeup.
  • The tip is a bit fluffy so applying eyeshadow on the lower lash line may be a bit too thick.
Perfect For
  • Smoking out eyeshadow or cream liner.
  • Eyeshadow application for small eyes.
  • Spot concealing.
Angled Eyeshadow Brush
 
Pros
  • No bleeding nor shedding.
  • Feels smooth against the lids, no tugging nor scratchy feel.
  • Can grab a good amount of eye shadow products.
  • Can also be used as a blending brush.
Cons
  • None
Perfect for
  • Eye shadow application on the outer-v.
  • Blending eye shadows.
 Flat Liner Brush
Pros
  • No bleeding nor shedding.
  • Feels soft against the skin.
  • Can be used on powder and cream based products.
Cons
  • The tip is not as fine so I don't like using this for gel liner application.
Perfect For
  • Creating eyeliner using eye shadows.
  • Applying eyeshadow on the lower lash line.
  • Best brush to use for false lashes application, use the brush to press the glue against the skin without much tugging or excess pressure.
Bent Eyeliner Brush
Pros
  • The length and angle is perfect to apply gel liner with good precision.
  • The brush is easy to control so you can use this to create designs on faces for "Avant Garde" looks.
Cons
  • Difficult to wash off gel liners.
Perfect for
  • If you're not a gel liner user, you can make this brush useful as a "spot concealing" brush.  There are really small spots that needed to be conceal and this brush can do the job!
  • Gel liner application.
Eyebrow Shading Brush

Pros
  • No bleeding nor shedding.
  • Made of natural hair so it can grab good amount of brow powder.
  • Has a nice control so you can easily fill in your brows with little check marks. 
Cons
  • None!
Perfect for
  • Brow powder application.
  • Eyeliner application (medium to thick line).
  • Eyeliner application using dark eye shadows on both upper and lower lash line.
 Brow Spoolie
Pros
  • Does not feel harsh against the skin.
  • Multi functional.
Cons
  • None
Perfect for
  • Mascara application on other people (no sharing of mascara wands please)
  • Brow gel application.
  • Grooming brows for both men and women.
Lip Brush
Pros
  • Works just like any other lip brush, can grab good amount of lipstick to be transferred on lips.
  • No bleeding nor shedding.
Cons
  • Difficult to remove lipstick or oil based products (kindly read tips below).
  • May lose cap easily.
Perfect for
  • Lipstick, lip balm application.
  • Spot concealing on small areas.
Overall Tips
From Charm
  • Run the bristles of the makeup brush under warm running water.
  • Apply a small amount of shampoo/baby wash to bristles and work into a light lather.
  • Rinse bristles thoroughly under running water until water becomes clear.
  • Squeeze off excess water then lay the brushes flat to dry (not standing up).
  • Leave in a well-ventilated place to dry.
From AMW
  • It helps to use a brush guard for face brushes.
  • For hard-to-remove oil based makeup, use an Extra Virgin Olive Oil and run the brush gently and the oil-based makeup will be easily removed.  Then proceed with regular washing.
  • Make sure the brushes are COMPLETELY dry before you store them inside the pouch to prevent molds.
  • Spritz natural brush hairs with a light leave-on conditioners to keep the brush hair soft and smooth to touch.
  • Feel free to mark your brushes with a nail polish or sticker so you won't lose them.
  • If you find the pouch to be too bulky for your taste, you can house your brushes in smaller "pencil case" pouch.
Will I repurchase?
All Charm Travel Pro brush sets I own are still working really well so I don't feel the need to repurchase.  Best to repurchase as gifts though!

To whom do I recommend this to?
Make-up enthusiasts whether you're a pro or non-pro!  The brushes are easy to carry whether you're on the go!  

Where to purchase and how much?
Php2,200 (approx $52.00) free shipping nationwide at Beauty & Minerals website.  If you want to see the brushes up close and personal, you can check them out at PurBeauty, Serendra and The Ramp, Crossings at Shangri-La Plaza Branch Ground Floor.

*Whew* that was long but I enjoyed reviewing these brushes!
I would strongly recommend this to anyone who likes a travel brush set!
I also use this on simple make-overs that does not require me to bring loads of stuff!

What's your favorite travel set?
Keep smilin'
Stay happy!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Weekend Food Tripping at: Mr. Kurosawa

This week, I've been around the Newport Mall a couple of times!  The past 2 weeks has been "oh so crazy" and the coughing and losing my voice does not help at all!  Can you imagine how difficult it is to lose your voice especially for someone as talkative as myself???

Channeling to Little Mermaid Ariel... "ahh ahhh ahhh..ahhhh aaahhh ahhh".  *laughs*
Seriously, the week was jam packed with food tripping as this was the birthday of both my dad and dad-in-law!  Let's start with Mr. Kurosawa, the restaurant chain similar to SumoSam and John and Yoko.  When I say similar, its because the interiors look the same also their food choices!  It's no surprise as these restaurants have the same owner, the actor Marvin Agustin.

For a weeknight, the restaurant was surprisingly packed and we have to wait a bit for our table!  Here's what we had for the birthday night....

Miso Soup
Php128.00 (approx $3.00)
Perfect to start any meal! 
Included in this soup are tiny squares of tofu and seaweed strips.
 Dynamite Roll
Php248.00 (approx $5.90)
Spicy salmon maki roll!  We liked this a lot we went for second order!


Japanese Fried Rice
Php228.00 (approx $5.43)
I like the Japanese Fried Rice from SumoSam better than this restaurant.  The order is good to share for 2-3 persons, if you are not allergic to seafood, I suggest you try their Scallop Fried Rice instead for the price of Php258.00 (approx $6.14).  We liked it better but I forgot to take a shot of it! *sorry* :P

Beef Asparagus
Php208.00 (approx $4.95)
Ahh, you just can't go wrong with thin slices of beef wrapped around fresh asparagus.
Love this, must try!  You can try the bacon version if you're a fan of bacon.

Beef Teppan 
Php358.00 (approx $8.50)
One of the must-try dish in this restaurant!  The beef was cooked well-done but it's juicy to taste and melts inside your mouth!  We enjoyed this dish so much we went for second order!
 Chicken Teppan
Php268.00 (approx $6.38)
I find this dish so-so.  You can give this a skip as I don't find much taste to this dish.
Go for Chicken Teriyaki instead.

Chicken Teriyaki
Php268.00 (approx $6.38)
Sweet tasting boneless chicken dish with vegetables on the side.

The restaurant is mostly full on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Weekends (according to the server).  Expect to pay service charge and the restaurant accepts cash and credit card payments.

If you're wondering why we ordered a lot, there's 6 of us dining here and the bill ranges Php4,000-Php4,500 in total.   That's approximately Php700 per head.

Mr. Kurosawa
2/F Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila
Pasay City, Metro Manila
(632) 973-6213

Enjoy your weekend food tripping!
Keep smilin'
Stay happy!
 

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