Thursday, January 31, 2013

AMW Reviews: Yves Rocher Eye Make-up Remover with Camomile

I use makeup remover on a daily basis like I would do for my regular skincare regimen!  Even with various Cleansing Oils on hand, I prefer to wipe my eye makeup first with a separate eye makeup remover before moving forward to cleansing oils then facial cleanser!  

No wonder I finish these products so fast I couldn't keep track on the different brands I've tried!  (I probably need to browse through my own reviews!  lol).

After I "hit the pan" with my Benefit Remove It Makeup Remover, I'm left with one "opened" makeup remover from Face of Australia so I told myself it's time to try another one! I do have this sickness of opening 2 similar products for comparison.

I got the Yves Rocher Eye Make-up Remover during my visit at their Trinoma branch.  I was told by SA that this is very gentle and works for sensitive eyes!

Yves Rocher says ---
Yves Rocher Eye Make Up Remover with Chamomile is specially formulated for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.  Gently eliminates all traces of eye makeup.  Soothes and leaves behind a feeling of freshness. No rinsing necessary. Formula tested under ophtalmological supervision.  Paraben free formula. 

Size: 118 ml
Ingredients:








AMW says ---
Pros
  • Simple packaging, easy to control the amount or product needed.
  • Removes all traces of eye makeup, brow products and non-waterproof mascara and liners.
  • Faint floral smell.
  • Doesn't sting or irritate my eyes.
  • Doesn't feel heavy or oily.
  • Has Camomile which may help relax your eye area.
Cons
  • Does not completely remove waterproof liner and mascara.
Overall
A good eye makeup remover for very sensitive eyes plus the added camomile which is a huge plus to help soothe and relax tired eyes.  The product can remove most eye shadows but leaves a tiny amount of waterproof liner and mascaras.

Tips
  • For this product to be effective, apply a good amount of Yves Rocher Eye Make-up remover with camomile in a clean cotton pad, leave the pad directly on your closed lids and gently massage the product outwards.  This method makes it easier for me to "melt off" makeup.
  • For liners and mascara, take extra time to remove with a cotton bud.
  • Extra tip: Apply a good amount of product and leave it with your eyes closed.  The camomile will help relax and soothe tired eyes.
  • Leave the product inside the fridge for an extra cooling effect as you remove your eye makeup.
  • Though this is a no-rinse formula, I prefer to wash off everything with your choice of facial cleanser before going to bed.
Will I repurchase?
Yes.

To whom do I recommend this to?
People with very gentle and sensitive eyes.

Where to purchase and how much?
Locally for Php380.00 (approx $9.50) at Yves Rocher  TriNoma Mall, SM North Edsa The Block, SM South Mall, SM Fairview and Ayala Center Cebu.

Photos


A closer look on the packaging.  
You can easily control the amount of "drops" you need.


For complete eye makeup remover, I prefer using a cotton pad, apply a good amount of Yves Rocher Eye Make-up Remover with Camomile and leave it for a couple of seconds as shown on photo below.  This does not only melt makeup but soothes my tired eyes at the end of the day.

Without much rubbing, this is the amount of product that was removed after leaving the make-up remover for around 20-30 seconds.  Extra step may be needed (like cleaning mascara and liner with cotton bud) if you use waterproof eye products.

Have you tried Yves Rocher Eye Make-up Remover with Camomile?
If not, have you tried any eye make-up remover that works for your eyes?

I have tried quite a number of eye makeup removers and I'm glad to say goodbye to eye makeup removers that put me to tears!  Companies are coming up with more lightweight make-up removers that works even for the most sensitive eyes!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

AMW Reviews: Majolica Majorca Cream de Cheek in Custard Cream and Coral Cream

Majolica Majorca came out with their newest cheek products end of last year and I got it early this year to give this a try myself!  After testing this out, I have to say, I have to keep one for myself and put the other one inside my makeup train case as I would definitely use this for my bridal clients! 

Here are the 2 shades I get to test, thanks to Cathy of Majolica Majorca Philippines!


Custard Cream


Coral Cream


Majolica Majorca says ---

A cheek color that blends in effortlessly leaving a natural healthy glow. A gel cream type with gloss that spreads on smoothly. Its soft texture leaves no sticky feeling. Blends in perfectly to moisturize and maintain a long-lasting color. Treatment effect to keep dry-prone cheeks moisturized at all times. Macadamia nuts oil, Vitamin E derivatives. Use as a base and apply just before a cheek powder to enhance the powder’s color.

Available shades: Custard Cream (OR 313), Shell Pink Cream (PK312), Coral Cream (RD 310), Kiichigo/Raspberry Cream (RD411)

Ingredients:


















AMW says ---
Pros
  • Super cute, glass packaging.  As always, Majolica Majorca can never go wrong with their whimsical packaging!
  • No fragrance.
  • Pigmentation is good.  Build-able from sheer to heavy.
  • Staying power is good, stays until makeup removal.
  • Consistency of the product is good.  
  • A little goes a long way.
  • Powder finish.  Works for all skin types!
  • Non-greasy.  
  • Doesn't dry out my dry skin.
  • No allergic reactions.
  • Matte finish yet creates a good dimension on your skin.
Cons
  • Glass bottle is wonderful but not suitable for travel. 
Overall
A liquid to powder finish cheek product.  A little amount goes a long way, the product is easy to blend and never feel greasy on skin.  Works for all skin types and lasts the whole day!

Tips
from Majolica Majorca
  • Shake well before use.
  • Gently swirl brush around the inside rim of bottle to remove excess. Smile and apply an appropriate amount to the ‘apple’ of your cheek, then pat with fingers while blending in.
  • For a natural finish, dab as if drawing a circle, then gently pat while blending in.
from AMW 
  • The shade on swatch may look different upon application.  It depends on your body chemistry.
  • Thus, base on statement above, I highly recommend to test product before purchase.
  • Start by applying a small amount and build coverage if needed.
  • Applied too much?  Don't worry, tap with your choice of powder foundation on top to "lessen pigmentation".
  • Highly recommended to be used on brides!
  • For Custard Cream: Works really well for people with fair to medium skin tone.
  • For Coral Cream: Works well for people with fair to dark skin tone.  (Heavier application maybe needed for people with darker skin tone.)
Will I repurchase?
Yes!

To whom do I recommend this to?
Works for all skin types!  The shades Custard Cream and Coral cream works from dark to fair skin!

Where to purchase and how much?
At local Majolica Majorca counters for Php495.00 (approx $12.36)Like them on Facebook, Follow them on Twitter (@MajolicaPH)  and Instagram (@MajolicaPH).

Photos

Custard Cream on Bottle

Coral Cream on Bottle
Applied on hand without base

Lightly blended with fingers

Custard Cream Application

Custard Cream, matte,  is light yellow orange in shade. Once it sets on my (MAC's) NC20-25 skin, the effect turned out to be more orange as seen on photo below.

Custard Cream applied on both cheeks

Coral Cream Application

With the same type of application above, Coral Cream, also matte, looks a tad bit more peachy orange on my cheeks.  If I want the coral shade to appear heavier, I can apply a second layer of it as intensity can always be controlled with the creamy consistency of this cream blush!
Coral Cream applied on Both Cheeks

Have you tried Majolica Majorca's Cream de Cheeks?
Which shade would you pick based on my swatch and photos above?
I think both Custard Cream and Coral Cream looks good on any skin color and I tend to pick Custard Cream if I'm aiming for light blush and go for Coral Cream if I like more color on my cheeks!

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(Product received for review.  Opinions 100% mine.  Please purchase at your own discretion.)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

AMW Bulletin: Run to Save Lives

Dear AMW Readers:
Isn't it great to stay healthy as you save lives?
As they say: "Run for your life --- and that of others" (quoted from Red Cross Million Volunteer Run)


The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has announced the 2nd Red Cross Million Volunteer Run (MVR) this coming February 10, 2013 which will be held simultaneously in Metro Manila and other key Philippine cities.

The first MVR was held in year 2011 and after almost 2 years, I'm glad the second one is here to celebrate Volunteerism.  

Seeing our nation in disasters and danger for the past years and watching volunteers who readily give their time and effort to help people in need, I can't help but salute them, so does the MVR 2 does, to salute the heroes for the past years! According to PRC Charmin Richard Gordon: "We will yet forge an aspect of our national identity as that of belonging to the foremost volunteer country in the world!"

Interested to join?  Here are the mechanics:
  • Participants 17 years old and below must have secure signed Parental Consent Waiver Form must be signed to qualify for registration.  You may bring your Multiply Original Invoice which is also considered as Official Receipt as Waiver.
  • All volunteer participants must complete the MVR Registration Form honestly and accurately.
  • Run date is on Sunday, February 10, 2013.  For Metro Manila, starting point for 3k will be at CCP (in front of Aliw Theater), 5K will be at Global Gutz (Jose Diokno St. Near World Trade Center).  Finishing points for both categories will be at the QuirinoGrandstand.  Race points for provincial runners will be announced later.
  • Assembly time will at at 5:00am.
  • Gun start will promptly be 5:30am for 3K and 6:00am for 5K.
  • All participants must wear RED shirt.
  • Participants may run, walk or rest upon their discretion.

For more details on the run please visit, add and like the ff. social media platforms ---


PHILIPPINE RED CROSS
Facebook: http://facebook.com/philredcross                                                   
Twitter: @philredcross

RED CROSS MILLION VOLUNTEER RUN
Twitter: @MVRph


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(Author is not affiliated with the company.  This post is just a support to help save lives.)

AMW Reviews: Maybelline Eye Studio Lumineyes Illuminating Eyeshadow in WN-1

As a makeup artist, I have invested on single eyeshadow from various brands and never really take my time to play on quads or palettes!  Though I'm a fan of "anything pink", I've never thought of wearing pink shadows as I find them too "young" and "girly" for me!  

Last year, I got the Maybelline Eye Studio Lumineyes Illuminating Eyeshadow in pink and I stored this inside my makeup kit for my super young clients (ex. Flower girls, etc...)  After receiving various requests from my younger readers on an affordable, good quality eyeshadow for them to use, I picked this particular palette and gave this a try! 


The palette comes in various shades of pinks!

Maybelline says ---
Comes with the first-ever illuminating color-control primer now introduces 4 brand new palettes into the family
The result?  Dazzling party-perfect shades that last longer, appear more even, and illuminate the eyes.

AMW says ---
Pros
  • The quality of the packaging is good.
  • Has direction at the back on how to apply the shadows.
  • Most palettes come with 4 eyeshadow shades, this one, you get 5!
  • The sponge applicator can be used multiple times and quality is also good.
  • Decent pigmentation without primer on. 
  • All the shades match no matter how you use it.  (Whether 2 shades, 3 shades or even 5 shades!)
  • Blends easily.
  • Thankfully, there's none of the glittery shades included in this palette.
Cons
  • Some of the shadows do not appear much on lid without primer underneath.
  • Color may wear off especially if you have oily lids.
  • No matte shade available in this palette.
Overall
Pigmentation is okay, not so good but not bad either.  The colors are blend-able and easy to use with other eyeshadow shades.  The palette comes with a nice highlighting shade too!

Tips
  • Best used with primer underneath for colors to pop and eyeshadow to last longer.
  • Use the sponge tip applicator for more pigmented application.
  • Do not forget to blend well with a fluffy eyeshadow brush to blur out harsh lines.
  • If you use all the shades in this palette, stay away from using pink blush and pink lipstick, the overall effect maybe too much too handle! 
  • Line your eyes with a dark black gel liner to give a nice contrast between girly and drama!
Will I repurchase?
Yes, in other shades.

To whom do I recommend this to?

Where to purchase and how much?
At local Maybelline counters for Php599.00 (approx $14.96). Like Maybelline Philippines on Facebook.

Photos

Shade: WN-1

Diagram on How to Apply at the back of the palette

Maybelline Studio Lumineyes Illuminating Eyeshadow in WN-1 
AMW Way
Step 1: Picking the shade shown on photo above, I applied this shade all over my lid.
Step 2: Using the 2nd to the darkest shade, I applied this to contour my eyes.
 
Step 3: Using the darkest shade and with the sharp tip of the sponge application, I applied it on the outer-V.
Step 4: With the lightest pink shade, I tapped a bit of the product at the center of my eyelid.


Step 5: With my favorite white illuminating powder, I applied this at the inner corners of my eyes.


Eye makeup done without primer on

The effect may be too pink for you, don't forget to apply your choice of liner and feel free to wing it for more drama!

Have you tried any of the Maybelline Eyeshadow Palettes?
How was the experience?

Out of all the eyeshadow palettes that I have tried from the said brand, this is definitely a huge improvement in terms of pigmentation and the way it is easier to blend as compared to the older version.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

I Wonder: What Will You Include in Your SOS Kit?

Before the year 2012 ended, I got an invite from Bridges PR for a nice lunch and unveiling of a "Beauty Secret".  I have to admit, I was very intrigued, but because morning sickness got the best of me, I had to decline and prayed I get to know what these "Beauty secrets" are!  

Thanks Franco, for sending me the SOS kit that's perfect not only for the holidays but wonderful as these are instant beauty fixes I need since I don't feel and look good at this time of my life!  Come on, hormones!  Who can control them?

SOS Beauty Kit


Included inside the kit are wonderful must-have products to make any girl survive a day looking like a diva.  Okay, not really a diva but at least, well made up to face anyone!  

Do you spot familiar brands and products?


Some Instant Fixes ---
  1. Pouch - any cute pouch you own that would fit all your essentials.
  2. CloseUp White Now - I have used this product for a year and used this daily after lunch!  This product does help whiten your teeth instantly because of its Blue Foam Technology.  (Think why red lipstick with blue base can make anyone's teeth whiter?  Same concept!)
  3. Acca Kappa Travel Toothbrush - or any brush that you can bring at work!
  4. Maybelline Falsies Mascara - this mascara is great for volumizing your lashes.  As for me, I still love my Maybelline Volum' Express mascara!
  5. Nars Orgasm - true to the name of the product, it gives a nice euphoric vibe to anyone who wears this.  This blush I have one in my makeup train case and I have another one for personal use!  This works for most skin tones! 
  6. The Balm Kabuki Brush - the K-brush is the easiest brush to tote during travel due to its size and various functions!  This works not only as a blush brush but also a powder retouch brush!
  7. Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick in Gabrielle - Red lipstick will always be an instant fixer to any girls!  Though it is a bit scary to wear red mid-day, a deep warm red shade as the Gabrielle from Chanel works so well anytime of the day!  I can get away with no eye makeup on wearing just this lip shade! 
Check out the gorgeous shade!  This is my current favorite red lippie as of the moment!  Even Mr. AMW (who's not used to seeing me wear bright red lipsticks) approved this!


A girl, of course can bring much more makeup as long as she has the space for it!  Given the chance to add my SOS kit, I would add my favorite setting powder and my recent favorite face illuminizer as of the moment!  Benefit's Girl Meets Pearl!  Can't blame me, I'm a "glowy skin" type of girl!


Now, it's my turn to take a "virtual peek" on what's in your SOS Kit!  If you are given this size of a pouch, I WONDER --- "What Will You Include in Your SOS Kit?"
Aside from the products listed above, I want to add that SMILING is the best secret in making even a makeup-free face look gorgeous!  Try it!  It's free! :D

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Weekend Food Trip at: Modern Shanghai

Last weekend, I was invited by our family friend for a nice meal at the newly opened restaurant at SM Mall of Asia called Modern Shanghai.  Modern Shanghai, based on my research prior to visiting the restaurant is part of The Bistro Group.  I've always been a fan of restaurants from the said group and most of the time, I leave their restaurants with a silly smile on my face as I don't get out just being "plain full" but very contented!

Will Modern Shanghai be just like any other Chinese restaurants I've tried?  Well, you better stay focuse and scroll down while I reminisce these wonderful dishes!

Modern Shanghai on the outside reminded me so much of the posh restaurants I've dined in Shanghai.


As soon as I got in the restaurant, the wonderful ambiance and yellow lighting greeted me and immediately puts me at ease.  We had a nice table reserved for both Mr. AMW and I plus our friends.  As I looked around mentally wished for their signature Xiao Long Bao, well, wishes do come true!


Modern Shanghai's "Signature" Xiao Long Bao
Php198.00 (approx $4.95)
Both Mr. AMW and I have this strange "want" to try the best Xiao Long Bao in town.  We may not be expert foodies but we know what we want in our Xiao Long Bao and we definitely had it right here at Modern Shanghai!  Their signature Xiao Long Bao (steamed version) has a good amount of pork inside and the soup was just enough that bursts right inside your mouth bite after bite. 

If you have tried Din Tai Fung's version of Xiao Long Bao, well, these are close but meatier! 



Chef's Special "Pan Fried" Xiao Long Bao
Php228.00 (approx $5.70)
For every steamed version, there's always a pan fried version!  I've always been a fan of Suzhou Dumpling's Pan Fried Xiao Long Bao and we haven't found any that would match the wonderful taste of it.  Well, not until that fateful night!  Though pan fried, the Modern Shanghai's version is still as juicy as the steamed version with the added crispiness at the bottom of each piece.  I nearly forgot to dip them in sauce as they were very flavorful and tasty on its own.



Braised Pork Belly with Squid
Php588.00 (approx $14.70)
As the pot of braised pork belly with squid was served right in front of us, we immediately asked for rice as the succulent piece of each pork literally breaks down inside your mouth without much effort in chewing!  Let me repeat, a must try, with rice!

The taste of squid isn't as overwhelming as most squid dishes.  The flavors of pork and squid blended well together like a happy married couple.


Deep-fried Garoupa with Sweet and Sour Sauce
Php788.00 (approx $19.70)
I can usually say no to complicated dishes that requires some effort in eating!  A full fish, served in front of me is easy to say no to but not this one!  Though drizzled with sweet and sour sauce, the deep fried Garoupa was surprisingly crunchy even after several minutes of chit-chatting and picture-taking!  The sweet and sour sauce definitely did not overwhelm the fresh taste of the fish.  I do wish the fish was fatter as I would want more! :D


Sauteed Sliced Beef with Scallions
Php288.00 (approx $7.20)
Another MUST try!  In most Chinese restaurants, most sliced beef comes with either onions or broccoli, as for tonight's dish, the super tender sliced beef comes with scallions and it was very tasty and healthy at the same time! 


Modern Shanghai "Signature" Braised Lucky Pork Knuckle
Php888.00 (approx $22.20)
The Braised Lucky Pork Knuckle came out like the star of the night!  It wasn't enticing for me at first as I thought it would taste like regular "Hong Ba" (Braised Pork) and most of them tastes the same in most restaurants.  Modern Shanghai's version was indeed very juicy and the it was obviously marinated well!


Sauteed String Beans with Minced Pork & Chili
Php188.00 (approx $4.70)
I've never been a fan of string beans but this one is unique in its own way.  I prefer chewing this as an appetizer.  Thank goodness the dish didn't came out very spicy but to some who are probably expecting the "kick", well, it doesn't have the spicy kick so better request for your level of spiciness.


Deep-fried Pork Ribs with Spicy Salt and Pepper
Php288.00 (approx $7.20) 
As seen in most restaurants, these Spicy Salt and Pepper pork ribs usually comes with loads of chopped chili, peppers, salt and a whole lot of spices.  As for this, the spices are fewer and you can immediately see the pork ribs right away.  This dish works as an appetizer or as a main dish.  The Modern Shanghai version is a bit more subtle in terms of spiciness and the pork is super tender as each bite contains tender meat and a tiny portion of fat.


2 types of rice we tried for the night
I can't remember the exact name of both rice we tried both both were very tasty and they obviously used new rice!

Another version of fried rice with egg

Another unique factor that I see from Modern Shanghai is the availability of the unique flower tea that I've tried when I was working in Hangzhou, China years ago.  This was served to me by my VIP class (Chinese government officials) and I was told these are perfect for everyone to drink as it increases good blood flow plus it helps your skin looks better!  True or not, who cares?  This drink is definitely a wonderful conversation piece!  Scroll down and you'll understand why!


Several minutes after pouring hot water.  See how the flower bloomed?  Okay, guys, if you plan to propose to your girlfriend, you may use this idea!  (Promise, I won't tell!) *winks*


Mango Tea Sangria
A unique mix of fresh mango, strawberry, lemon, orange juice, Sprite and Mango Tea.
Passion Fruit Lemonade
Passion fruit doused in jasmine tea with pink guwava, lime juice, soda and pink lemonade
Php178.00 (approx $4.45)

As for the rest of the cold drinkers out there, we picked these two recommended drinks. My order was Passion Fruit Lemonade but I was able to take a sip on Mango Tea Sangria and both drinks are must try!  It immediately refreshes anyone after a heavy meal!


Crispy Pancakes with Red Bean Paste
Php118.00 (approx $2.95)
I'm not a fan of desserts in ALL Chinese restaurants but since these came out a bit unique, I courageously took a bite and said: "This tastes like Buchi!"  Buchi is made of rice cake while this version was made with crispy pancakes with sweet red bean paste inside.

If you worry about the sweetness, it is not too sweet, the level of sweetness was just right for any concerned citizens out there. :)


Deep-fried Souffle with Banana and Red Bean Paste
Php68.00 (approx $1.70)
Another unique dessert made by Modern Shanghai.  Again, not a fan of red bean paste but for the sake of trying, I took a huge bite and the banana and red bean paste were blended well together you can't pinpoint the distinct taste of each ingredients.  Very filling and unique.



Golden Pumpkin Cake
Php58.00 (approx $1.45)
And just when I thought I don't have enough space for anything, the Golden Pumpkin Cake called my name and I love anything with pumpkin!  After taking a huge bite, I prefer this to go a tiny bit sweeter or probably dusted with confectionery sugar!


Thanks to my uncle I was able to meet Bistro Group's Research and Development's Mr. Werlito Ragot!  He's the man behind all these wonderful dishes not only at Modern Shanghai but the rest of the Bistro Group restaurants.
Since we were enjoying our dinner until closing time, I was able to spot the rest of the Modern Shanghai Team.  I mustered my courage, went straight to them and asked for picturel.  Come on, who can say no to a full and pregnant girl?  

These guys came from Hong Kong by the way!  And with our very short talk, I was able to ask them if they enjoyed their stay in the Philippines and so far, I had a huge YES!


Modern interior meets oriental.  These round tables are perfect for family gatherings too!
 
Overall, the restaurant was on a dry run that night but I never see any glitches!  Everyone's very professional from the manager down to the servers.  I was having a wonderful time enjoying each unique dishes that was created specially for the restaurant.  Will I go back?  Definitely!  Especially now that I own a Bistro Group Premier card (costs Php2,500 available at all Bistro Group restaurants.

Modern Shanghai
2nd Floor Entertainment Mall
SM Mall of Asia, Metro Manila


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