Friday, September 30, 2011

GSL Gives: Smooth Skin in Seconds --- Winners!

Thanks for joining the GSL Gives: Smooth Skin in Seconds contest!  Seem like a lot of you would want to have Smooth Skin in Seconds and its possible with the right product!

Congratulations to the winners ---
Angelie Oro
Rachael Uson

From the bottom of my heart, thank you GSL Philippines for choosing AMW as one of your means to share Good Skin Labs products!  

Feel free to add them up on FaceBook to be updated on their products and promos!

To the rest, keep smiling and always stay positive!  Your luck is just right around the corner and it won't go to you if you're frowning! :P

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!

AMW Reviews: Garnier Light Dark Spot Corrector Pen

There is something about Lemon that left me running to the opposite side.  Do not get me wrong, I do know the advantages of Lemon or shall I say, Vitamin C as part of any skincare product.  It helps lighten dark spots and brightens the area.  Why does it seem like I'm staying away from them?

Dryness!  I'm scared of putting any product with vitamin C as I've had my fair share of experiences trying them out then drying the hell out of my skin which led me to "hitting myself on the head" and went back to my old skin care regimen.

A couple of months ago, I have not been sleeping well and because of that, I ended up with pimples on random areas like the right side of my cheek, the forehead and a tiny bit on the chin area.  It was gone after 5-7 days but it left a mark that just can't get away.  

Then I saw the Garnier Light Dark Spot Corrector Pen sitting on top of my table which I put it for Mr. AMW to use!  I picked it up and ended up using this myself for weeks. 

Here's what I have to say....

Garnier Light Dark Spot Corrector Pen says ---
Garnier Light Dark Spot Corrector Pen's new formula works precisely to reduce the intensity, size and number of dark spots.  Thanks to its active natural ingredients, it targets them precisely, preventing their formation.  Instant whitening agent helps fade off dark spots and making them less visible.  In 28 days, dark spots and signs of skin darkening diminish visibly.  Skin is fairer and more even.

Size: 10ml

AMW says ---
  • Nice, yellow, squeeze-y tube, easy to use!
  • Consistency of the cream is just right.
  • Gets absorbed into the skin easily and has a matte finish, you can apply makeup without any problems.
  • Has a light lemon-y scent.
  • It DOES lighten up fresh dark spots but not the old ones.  Keep in mind the application HAS to be consistent.
  • For prolong use, lets say 2-3 tubes together with the other products from the Garnier Lightening Range, it does help speed up (a bit) the treatment.
  • You cannot see the result in an instant.
  • Need to do this religiously so lazy people out there? This is a CON for you.
  • Can dry out the skin if you over apply.
This product may or may not work so please purchase at your own discretion.  My mom-in-law has been a Garnier user for more than a year and she's been loving the results and I've seen her dark spots around the cheek area literally decreased after constant am/pm usage for (take note) a year, lets not forget that she's also using the Garnier Lightening Cream with the Garnier Light Dark Spot Corrector Pen to spot treat dark areas.

Mr. AMW on the other hand have tried to use on his old pimple marks and he did not see any "obvious results" so he gave up!  (probably too impatient lol)
Personally speaking, I have been using this product only on dark spot and the darkness has reduced significantly (not in an instant) not knowing if it's because of the product or because it has been healing on its own.  (You tell me!)

  • Best used consistently, morning and night.
  • Use together with other Garnier Light products to see better results.  I can attest to this as my mom-in-law has her spots lightened after more than a year of usage!  Including THIS product.
  • If you have sensitive skin, test product under the ear area for at least 12 hours and see if signs of itchiness or irritations occur.
  • Dab a bit of the product directly to the dark spot.
  • Feel free apply on larger areas if you want but you'll end up spending more!  I suggest you purchase the day and night cream.
Will I repurchase?
Not for myself, for my mom-in-law, yes!

To whom do I recommend this to?
Anyone with normal or oily skin who needs to lighten up dark areas around the face and can stick to the regimen for tubes and tubes.  Someone who is patient to see results in a month or even more!

Where to purchase and how much?
At Watsons or leading supermarkets for Php199.00 (approx $4.75).

Have you tried the Garnier Light Dark Spot Corrector Pen?
Share to me and the readers your experience using this!


Keep smilin'
Stay happy!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Revlon PhotoReady Concealer Review

Happy Thursday dear friends!  How's the week treating you aside from the scary typhoon we encountered?  I hope everyone's safe!

Today, I will be reviewing a product I haven't been reviewing much.  Not that I'm perfect, but you all  know how much I love to double up the use of my foundation as concealer to save time (and energy)!  

When my favorite line from Revlon, the PhotoReady line, came up with a stick concealer, it's a must try!

a photo of REvlon PHotoReady Concealer Review in shade Light Medium

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Something New + Nivea Gives: Nivea Visage White Acne Oil Control and Nivea Refreshing Range --- CLOSED!

Our friends from Nivea Philippines sent me their 2 newest product ranges.  Please read until the end as you may get the chance to try either of the 2 ranges!  

Nivea Visage Refreshing Range
For Normal to Combination Skin
  •  The range thoroughly cleanses the skin without drying it out.
  • Has active ingredients: Lotus Extracts that provides pureness and refreshes with moisturizing properties.  Vitamins that protects the skin from environmental influences and free radicals.
  • Foam is available in 100g for Php115.00 (approx $2.74) and 50g for Php69.00 (approx $1.64).
  • Toner is available in one size 125ml for Php105.00 (approx $2.50).
Nivea Visage Sparkling White Range
For beauty seekers and modern women of today, who would like to have fair and glowing skin but feels that plain white is not enough as they also experience other problems such as excessive oiliness, acne, spots and marks and large pores. (according to Nivea).

Nivea Visage Sparkling White Acne Oil Control contains 2x small molecule of Acne Reduction technology that cleans deeper into pores by effectively lifting dirt and oil which is the cause of acne.  It also has Skin Nutrient Formula that helps lighten acne marks and dark spots.
  • The Nivea Visage Sparkling White Acne Oil Control Foam is available in 100g for Php125.00 (approx $3.00) and 50g for Php75.00 (approx $1.78) in Watsons this September and more stores for the next months.
  • The Nivea Sparkling White Oil Control Day Cream is available in 50ml for Php315.00 (approx $7.50) and 30ml for Php195.00 (approx $4.64) available nationwide.
Okay, here's the fun part!  As you all know, I am thanking my readers for always putting AMW as part of their daily reads!  I'm closed to 3 million page views soon and I have more than 2,000 subscribers which made me feel so honored to have loyal readers like you! 
Aside from that, I have read most of your emails, your requests and concerns on not wanting to spend a lot on skincare products you are unsure if it works for you!

So, to my local readers (so sorry international readers as the local post office gives me the headache), I am giving away the 2 ranges mentioned above! 

Here's how to join ---
  • Comment in this blog post telling me which range you would like to win and why!  (Ex.: "I would love to win the Nivea Visage Refreshing Range because I want to cleanse my skin at the same time keeping the natural moisture of my face.")
  • Include your name and email address.
  • PLEASE, ONE comment per reader. 
  • Contest starts today and ends October 8, 2011.
  • 2 winners will be picked via Fruit Machine (1 for Nivea Visage Refreshing Range and 1 for Nivea Visage Sparkling White Range).  Products will be sent via courier.
Keep smilin'
Stay happy!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

AMW Version: Enchanted Eyes

Happy Tuesday friends!  Everyone, all together... "OH EM GEE"!!!
Yes!  It's AMW Version! I actually did this makeup last week but I just remember posting about this today!  The reason why I got inspired to create an eye makeup is because I recently got a new eyeshadow palette from Human Nature called the Mineral Eyeshadow Enchanted Evening palette.

Here's the outcome and of course, I did use a different palette which I will show you as you scroll down! 

 AMW Diagram

Step 1:
Prior to eyeshadow application, you can use an eyelid primer to make the eyeshadow more vibrant and stay longer.  In this tutorial I did not use any base.

With my Charm Blending Brush, I applied the purplish brown eyeshadow shade on the hallow of my eyes.  You can find this by tilting your head backwards and you will see the natural "depth" of your eyes.  Apply it there and blend with wiper motion.

 Step 2:
With a pencil brush, I've used the Charm Pencil Point Brush in applying the Silvery Gray eyeshadow from the same Human Nature Love Minerals palette on the outer-v.  Add as desired and do not forget to blend with a big fluffy blending brush.

With the same brush and same eyeshadow shade, apply this on the outer thirds of the lower lash line.

 Step 3:
I took out my first Lunasol pallette called EX02 Nature Summer Beige and applied a peachy eyeshadow with hint of gold shimmer on the inner third of the lid with a wet/dry eyeshadow brush.  (Tip: if you prefer this color to pop, apply this wet.)

Apply this similar shade with a clean pencil brush on the inner corner of the eyes including the inner lash line.

Step 4:
Lined my upper lash line with a liquid eyeliner.  I used Avon Extra Lasting Liquid Eyeliner in Glittery Black.

Filled my brows with MAC Coquette Eyeshadow, curled with Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
and applied coats of Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara in Black.

Enchanted Eyes --- done!

What's on the rest of my face?

For the face:

 For the Cheeks:
NYX Blush in Pinky
applied with Charm blush brush

Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Sandwashed Pink (photo is a sample size)
My bad, since I haven't been doing a lot of AMW versions lately, I forgot to take a full shot of my face!  *eeekk* Okay, blame my memory, its always filled with so many things ...darn! I know I'm too defensive!

*zips mouth* :x

Have a great day everyone! I hope Tuesday is better than Monday to all of you!
Keep smilin'
Stay happy!

Monday, September 26, 2011

AMW Reviews: Benefit's "That Gal" Brightening Face Primer

"That Gal" Brightening Face Primer sample by Benefit is part of the Benefit To Go Beauty Bestseller.  It has been lying around my "makeup storage" box as I was enjoying the "spot" highlighting I've been doing for months or a year.  Thanks to wonderful readers who always remind me to review this product.  As of this moment, it has been a month that I've used "that gal".  Even if I'm at home and not going out, crazy!  I know!  But that's how much I love you guys!

Smile and read on for further information --- that sounds like an instruction from a box! *lol*

**photo taken from Benefit site

Benefit "that gal" Brightening Face Primer says ---

Brightening complexion primer from benefit will turn dull to dazzle.... Can be used on its own or under make-up. Either way your complexion will have never looked as glowing.

Contains soothing raspberry & chamomile, combined with sweet almond & algae extracts to help skin retain natural moisture, for a soft & silky finish.

Light-reflecting pigments brighten the complexion.

Size: 11 ml 0.37 US fl. oz.

AMW says ---
  • Even with the tiny squeeze-tube type tester, both the original packaging and sample packaging is very convenient to use.  
  • Scent is okay, a bit fruity but not too overpowering.
  • Product is easy to apply and gets absorbed into the skin quickly.
  • Does not feel heavy on skin.
  • Moisturizes my skin a bit.
  • Does give a tiny bit of brightened look ONCE you look closely.
  • Works great as highlighter.
  • Not available locally.
  • I don't know if its just me but I prefer the "sample" packaging better, I like the "toothpaste" tip rather then the full sized version (as shown on photo below).  

**photo taken from Benefit site
  • The brightening effect is not as obvious when used as primer.
  • Oily-skinned individuals will not appreciate this as much as it does not have oil-controlling properties.
  • No additional properties like anti-aging or SPF which makes the product a bit pricey.
Don't shoot me when I say this, if you own Estee Lauder's Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator, the texture and effect is a tiny bit similar!  I do not have the Estee Lauder product but I was able to swatch it on hand when I was at Jheng's place.  I was amazed when I saw the similarity (note: Only on texture not on function).
The product is best added to your makeup regimen as it does give a very subtle, healthy look. Keep in mind that it does not give a drastic effect so do not set your standards too hgih.

As a face primer, I find this just ok, doesn't make a world of difference.  Used as highlighter, it actually works!

from Benefit

  • Twist the base until the primer is distributed on the top. 
  • Apply with fingertips onto the face. 
  • Blend this silky pink primer in an even, upward motion. 
  • Wear alone, or under makeup for smoother makeup application. 
  • Gently pat on during the day to re-brighten your complexion. To help re-brighten your complexion throughout the day, gently pat on.
from AMW
  • If you like the effect to be really subtle, use this prior to foundation application or mix this with your favorite foundation.
  • If you want a bit more "oomph", use the same product and highlight areas like your cheekbones, the nose bridge and sides of the mouth with the use of a blending brush.
  • Try not to use your fingers once you plan to apply this "after" makeup as you may end up rubbing off your face makeup.  (Note: Finger application for pre-makeup application, brush application for post-makeup application.)
  • Though the product is moisturizing, dry skinned individuals will need to moisturize well prior to primer application as this is not enough.
  • Oily skinned readers may still need to use oil control primer then mix this with your favorite foundation to achieve the bright look they want.
  • Test how much product you need to put to get the "achieved glow" you want.  Practice makes perfect. 
  • Once irritations occur, STOP product usage.
Will I repurchase?
Not for myself but for clients.  I'll probably mix this with foundation.

To whom do I recommend this to?
Normal or dry skinned readers.
Darker skinned individuals may find the effect more obvious as opposed to fairer skin!

Where to purchase and how much?

Can be purchased at Benefit online site for $29.00 (approx $1,247.00).

That Gal Brightening Face Primer by Benefit
on hand 
Texture is creamy, color has a slight pink tint.

Pinkish tint will slowly disappear and 
pearly pigment is starting to show

Once the pink tint disappears, a super light sheen can be seen
if you take a look at it or zoom it just as shown on photo below

A before and after shot of me 
(L) bare faced and (R) with "that gal" primer
The effect isn't as obvious but I would like to point out that the dryness near the sides of my lips was significantly reduced!  The "brightened" skin may disappear once you apply foundation on top.  So I suggest mixing the product with your favorite foundation instead.  Just my 2 cents :)

Have you tried a brightening face primer yourself?
Which brand and does it work for you?
I'd love to hear from you! 

Like Benefit Philippines on Facebook to get updated on events, contests and promos.

Enjoy your Monday!
Keep smilin'
Stay happy!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Weekend Food Tripping at: FlapJacks + Php1,000 GC for 1 AMW Reader! --- Closed!

When I was invited to dine at FlapJacks because of the FlapJacks' Back...Better...Best! menu, I immediately said "yes"!  What's not to like?  I looked back on my first FlapJacks experience which was 3 years ago!  Imagine, 3 long years!  Thanks to my "Food and Drinks" tag I was able to look back on the restaurants I've tried. 

By smiling and clicking HERE, you'll see that I had a grand time at the FlapJacks Restaurant several years ago with my family.  If you wonder why I haven't been back to this restaurant even when I sing nothing but praises for them?  I try to dine as much restaurants I can because I want to try new dishes!  

And the new menu of FlapJacks definitely makes it worth re-visiting!

Clam Chowder
Php145.00 (approx $3.40)
Creamy clam and vegetable soup

It is very difficult to appreciate creamy based soup as it usually tastes overwhelming when you're not even halfway there!  With the FlapJacks' version of clam chowder, I had to say, this is the BEST Clam Chowder soup I've tried.  They obviously used fresh clams that are chopped in medium size, not too big and not too small!  The texture is just right mixed with various vegetables.  I consider this a very healthy meal!

Awesome Trio
Php395.00 (approx $9.20)
A platter of traditional Buffalo Wings, Fried Calamari and Zesty Nachos
The Buffalo Wings are spicy and I can taste Tabasco sauce? (not sure if I'm right).  I think my tongue is used to the taste of Chicken Charlie, Bon Chon etc... that's why I don't crave for this as much.  
The calamari is perfectly cooked! Crunchy on the outside and it was soft and chewy inside.  
The nachos?  The name says zesty but the chips itself is light to taste, best partnered with sour cream and salsa!

 Lemon Pepper Pan Seared White Fish
Php295.00 (approx $6.85)
Mildly seasoned white fish with fresh squeezed lemon and pepper, 
pan fried in olive oil. Served with herb rice and chef's veggies.
I feel the dish is good but it lacks something, probably sauce?  I'm a sauce eater!  *lol* Fret no more, remember the Clam Chowder that I ordered?  It actually works pairing it with this fish!!!! It actually tastes perfect!

Mexi-Burrito Wrap
Php265.00 (approx $6.16)
Grilled chicken strips, vegetables and 
Mexican rice in soft tortilla wrap
I'm not a fan of anything with beans except, maybe..pork n' beans in can?  *laughs* Good thing I raised my concern to the order taker and I was told I can request to remove the beans, which they did and I LOVE this Mexi-Burrita Wrap sans beans!  The tortilla wrap is soft and easy to chew at the same time, the chicken strips are flavorful.

Closer look on the flavorful rice, chicken strips and vegetables

The Original Hashbrown Burger
Php350.00 (approx $8.30)
Mouthwatering pan seared all beef patty with fresh tomatoes and lettuce.
Topped with golden fried hashbrown & American cheese
Hashbrown, oh how I love thee!  It actually tastes good to have a piece of hashbrown in between the melted cheese and beef pattie.  I was told by the server that this was requested by a lot of customers when they took this out on the menu.  So now, they put it back due to customers demand!

For the drinks, I've decided to be adventurous and tried the unthinkable (in my dictionary).  I'm a fan of vegetables but there are certain vegetables I just can't put near my mouth!  Celery!  I hope you guys are proud of me!  I mustered the courage to try....

Jack and the Beanstalk
Php125.00 (approx $3.00)
Combination of celery, apple and pineapple
Surpisingly, the tiny hint of taste of the celery complemented the taste of apples and pineapples!  I even challenged the server that I'll give this back if I don't like it!  Of course, they won!!!  This drink is surprisingly good!  With everything that I tasted above?  Adding a bit of celery will burn "a tiny bit" of calories!  (wishful thinking) :P

Of course, Mr. AMW had his favorite Coca cola!

I am very happy that after years, the restaurant still has one of the best service I've tried!  Smiling servers, a manager that goes up to you and ask how you liked your meal (they did that even years ago).  The restaurant was packed and ambiance was definitely a great place to hang out not only with friends, but with the family!

Visit Flapjacks restaurants in Greenbelt 2, Ayala Center; Theater Mall, Greenhills; Al Fresco, Midtown; and UP Ayala Technohub. 
Restaurant accepts cash and credit card, service charge will be added to your total bill.

To receive special news and deals from Flapjacks, feel free to sign up at or visit their website

Here's a great news for dear AMW readers who got hungry after reading THIS post, they are giving away 2 x Php500.00 worth GC which I will be giving away to ONE lucky AMW reader!
Reader must be from Metro Manila to be able to enjoy this deal!

How to join:
  • Comment "I'm Joining!" in this blog post together with your name and email address.
  • Let me know which among the dishes I tried you think you would want to try yourself and why.
  • SMILE because all you need is positivity and luck! :D  A big one ok? 
  • Contest starts today until October 8, 2011.  
  • One winner will be picked via Fruit Machine.
Thank you for more than 2,000 readers and almost 3million page views.  I will cook up with more contests to show my appreciation to YOU, YOU and YES... YOU!

Keep smilin'
Stay "burp"-y

Saturday, September 24, 2011

AMW Reviews: Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara

Good morning! By the time you're reading this, I'm off to Tagaytay with girl friends because we want to unwind, binge eat and hike to Taal Volcano naked!  *laughs*

Can you just forget the first paragraph and remember the "Off to Tagaytay" part?  

I'm not leaving you without a review though.  Who says Saturdays are for lazy people?  Not to me...well Sundays are!  *winks*

It is a bit funny how I threw most of my mascaras away by bulk as I tend to open them all at the same time!  Well by 3s to be exact!  After the Revlon CustomEyes Waterproof mascara review, I also reached out to a cute-boxed Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara which I got together with my Mary Kay's Creme Lipstick in Coral Pink which I have inside my bag for months! 

(Note: this one is a sample size)
Mary Kay Lash Love says ---
  • Flexible, sculpted brush separates and coats even hard-to-reach
    lashes so volume looks instantly magnified with no clumps in sight.
  • Lashes appear fuller, lifted and multiplied, while looking
    naturally flawless, soft and healthy.
  • Exclusive Mary Kay Panthenol-Pro Complex™ and Vitamin E help moisturise, strengthen and condition lashes, defending them against breakage and brittleness.
  • Developed with strong pigments to provide deep color on lashes.
Because the brush is flexible and sculpted, it
  • Reaches even tiny, hard-to-reach lashes.
  • Separates lashes.
  • Is designed to eliminate clumping for cleaner and more precise application.
  • Delivers just the right amount of formula and deposits mascara evenly on lashes.
net wt.: 8g
Ingredients: listed on the box but it was too tiny for me to take a shot of.

AMW says ---
  • I actually like the simple, straightforward packaging, who would want curves around their mascaras packaging?  Imagine UDPP concept, the harder you can reach out for the product or maximize it.
  • Rubber brush makes it flexible and it easy to use for my short and sparse lashes.  
  • Does not transfer on my under eye area.
  • No flaking, no smearing.
  • No crunchy lashes.
  • Lashes appear very natural yet defined.
  • Does not weigh my lashes down.
  • Does not create clumps.
  • If you are looking for the SUPER vava-voom lashes, it won't go that direction as it'll always look natural no matter how many times you apply the mascara. 
Not bad!  I won't say this is a favorite of mine as I personally prefer vava-voom lashes, for someone with already good amount of eyelashes, this will give a super nice, natural volume and length!

  • Never share mascara with another person.
  • Do not pump the one in and out but roll the wand instead.  
  • Always start from the base of the lashes wiggling it upwards.
  • If it starts to clump your lashes, use a lash comb or spoolie in separating the lashes while "wet".
  • You can use a mascara protector in application or just the plain business card trick to prevent mascara from getting into the lids or lower lash line.
  • No sneezing immediately after application *lol* (I seriously need to add this tip on ALL mascara reviews.).
Will I repurchase?
Yes.  For clients that have short and sparse eyelashes like mine!

To whom do I recommend this to?
Anyone who hates the "big-wand" mascara. 

Where to purchase and how much?
Available at Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant by calling them at (632) 859-6211 or visit if you wish to know more details.  The Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara costs Php725.00 (approx $17.26)for full size 8g.

A closer look on the unique MK Lash Love Mascara Brush
If you've seen the Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara, they look quite similar.
The MK one is smaller.

Before and after shot of a super non-existent lashes
then applied with 2 coats of MK Lash Love Mascara

Two out of 3 mascaras opened....
What's the 3rd mascara brand?  You guess!

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!

Friday, September 23, 2011

AMW Bulletin: ELLE Eyewear, MAC Me Over and Le Perfumerie House of Scents

Weekend is half a day away!  It's time to share some news to my dear AMW readers!  Thank you for always visiting my site, I really appreciate it and I'm reaching 3million page views soon!  I don't know how to thank you but I hope you can feel my appreciation with this "CYBER POWER HUGS"!!!

ELLE Sunwear
ELLE Sunwear will be having a one-day sale at SM Mall of Asia Department Store and Atrium (During the So ELLE... SO ME Fashion Event) on September 25, 2011 as they release ELLE Eyewear's 2011 Holiday Collection.

Customers get 10% off the tag price as well as a limited edition ELLE Bowling Bag valued at Php2,990.  If you are looking to buy sunglasses, this is the RIGHT time!

Drooling over this particular one included in the 2011 Holiday Collection

Also this one!


Experience the art of transformation and get the chance to be "MAC ME OVER'ed".  Kindly read poster for more details!

Le Perfumerie House of Scents
A dear blogger friend Martha is the owner of Le Perfumerie site.  I am proud of her for serving more than 500 customers to date!  As a way of saying "thank you" to her supporters, she's offering FREE SHIPPING on all perfume orders!  

Le Perfumerie House of Affordable Scents
SMS: 0927.460.7763

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!