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Friday, November 28, 2014

FAN MAIL FRIDAYS: 5 Best Non-Drying Facial Cleansers

Oh hey, it's Friday once again and it's time for FMF! Our query for today is from Jessy. :)

Dear Ms. Martha,
Commuting is unavoidable for me (whether it's going to school or taking the Ikot and Toki jeeps around UP--hehe I know you can relate!), and every time I arrive in school, I immediately want to wash my face because ugh pollution is awful. But I have very dry skin and I can't seem to find a good, affordable, everyday facial cleanser for my skin type. If it's not too much trouble, I'd like to ask your recommendation for a good moisturizing facial cleanser.
Thank you for your time! 
Your avid follower,

Hey Jessy!

Yes! I do know you as I see your comments on my blog posts (thank you!).

I see you're an Iska too. I totally feel you on that Toki-Ikot part-I love UP, but all that commuting from one building to the other really made my face greasy and dirty as hell, just like you. :p

As for your question, always go for a facial cleanser with a creamy consistency or anything with oil extracts in it as long as you don't have sensitive or hyper reactive skin-these products will leave a moisturizing mantle on your skin after rinsing so it won't feel tight, dry, and irritated.

Now for my recommendations, here they are:

- Cooling and moisturizing, this favorite of mine acts as a makeup remover and facial cleanser. It's also low foam so no need to worry about excessive suds drying out your skin even further.

- Did you mention affordable? Look no further and grab Céleteque's Hydration Facial Wash. It's in a non-clogging gel form and it really leaves skin bouncy and fresh!

See the other three after the cut!

Nivea Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes and Exfoliating Wipes Review

Here's a review on Nivea Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes and Exfoliating Wipes.

Price: P140.00/each
 Bought From: Free
Available in: All leading department stores, drugstores, and supermarkets


I haven't had that much luck with facial cleansing wipes until Nivea came along. The previous brands I tried are either scratchy, dry up easily, sting my skin, and require me to use a lot of sheets to remove my makeup completely. There were good ones, but price was pretty steep! Thankfully, Nivea came up with these cleansing wipes that I can bring with me to my travels or use when I don't have the patience and energy to go through my normal cleansing routine!


These new products from Nivea promises to cut your cleansing routine by removing stubborn dirt and makeup in just a few swipes. Currently there are two variants: Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes for dry and sensitive skin types and Exfoliating Wipes for Oily skin types.

Exfoliating Wipes ingredients

Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes ingredients

Know more about this skin care staple after the break!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Pureology Precious Oil Shampoo and Conditioner Review

Here's a review on Pureology Precious Oil Shampoo and Conditioner.

Price: Around P1,000.00+ per product
Bought From: Free
Other Locations: Available in selected salons


My hair's gotten so used to oil- based hair care products that it reacts by drying out and becoming unruly when I skip a day of using such products. Wow, ha, Hair, you're so vain! Haha!

Anyway, I have a new favorite oil- based hair care find and it's Pureology Precious Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. This super concentrated duo softens my locks effectively, as if it's always touched by the hair fairy plus it gives my hair a lil' volume boost too!


This range contains a blend of plant- derived oils namely Coconut and Sunflower that softens dry, brittle hair and restores luster-it's also Sulfate, Paraben, and Silicone- free, and features the OleoAntiFade Complex that makes it suitable for color- treated hair.

 Conditioner ingredients

Shampoo ingredients

More about this favorite Pureology product of mine after the break!

OOTD: Errands Day

Here's my OOTD yesterday, a day filled with errands for my PR clients, Blog clients, family, and pets. :D

TOP: Sexy White Shirt
BOTTOM: Forever 21
SHOES Skechers

More about this look after the cut!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Philosophy: Capturing the scent of Christmas in their Holiday 2014 Collection

That nutty scent coming out of the oven, the smell of a burning Christmas candle, and the cool, minty fragrance of candy canes that fills your heart as they're being passed around--there's really something about the warm, soothing, inviting, and comforting fragrance of Christmas that fulfills you somehow.

Philosophy, once again, brings us these luscious memories of the most- awaited time of the year in bundles and bottles of bath products that will make gift giving even more cheerful and worthwhile. 

Philosophy's best- selling Shampoo, Shower Gel, and Bubble Bath finally comes in the much- awaited Christmas editions. I really look forward to this collection every year because I think it's when Philosophy goes all out with their amazing talent in the fragrance department and I love that every variant really reminds me of something special. For example, Christmas Cookie: this bath gel has this melt-in-your-nose buttery, cinnamon- spiked fragrance that brings to mind one of my annual Christmas luncheons with the relatives wherein we feasted on darn good cinnamon rolls and butter chiffon cakes. Peppermint Stick, on the other hand, reminds me of our cool Christmas decor idea last year wherein we hung real peppermint candy canes on the faux Pine lining by the kitchen door-God, that part of the house smelled really nice last year! Each Philosophy shower gel is a bottled up Christmas memory for me!

More of Philosophy's Christmas gifts after the jump!

Prostudio Pro 15 Color Corrector Palette Review + Swatches

Here's a review on Prostudio Pro 15 Color Corrector Palette.

Price: P700.00
Bought From: Free
Available in: Glambox Studio Makati (227 Salcedo st. cor. Gamboa st. Value Point Bldg., Legaspi Village, Makati);;


Prostudio is a newcomer in the beauty field, but this Color Corrector shows that they've got mighty potential. I'm really picky when it comes to correctors, but this palette passed my standards! I'm using this palette almost everyday and already used up three colors, and right now, I'm mixing and matching colors to come up with my preferred shade-that shows how much I'm using this palette!


Prostudio Beauty is a local PRO makeup and makeup tools brand that's based online. This palette contains 15 correcting shades to conceal facial discolorations, highlight, and contour the skin.

To be honest, it looks like a generic palette, very reminiscent of brands such as Lulu, Dollface Cosmetics, and Coastal Scents, and it's decent and PRO-looking enough. The concealers come in a slim, unbranded plastic palette that feels quite sturdy to me.

More about this budget- friendly PRO palette after the cut, plus swatches too!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Putting Skechers GOwalk to the test at the GO: Snap 'N Bounce Challenge

Last week, our skills, wits, and feet were put to the test at the Skechers GOwalk GO: Snap 'N Bounce challenge. Basically, it's a The Amazing Race- type of challenge wherein the teams had to accomplish certain missions to win a prize. But beyond all that adrenaline- boosting, heart- pounding, and mega fun game, the point of the challenge was for us to experience Skechers GOwalk, Skechers' best- selling walking shoe that's made to provide comfort in motion-now that's a cool way to launch a shoe!

So what's the low-down on this shoe? Skechers GOwalk is an advanced walking shoe that's made with innovative technologies such as the V-Stride, which allows the shoe to follow our natural walking gait, Resalyte Midsole, a proprietary base that absorbs impact from walking, Four- Way Engineered Stability Stretch Mesh for superior flexibility, Integrated Ortholite (exclusive) and anti-microbial sock liner that lets you go sockless without worrying about foot odor, Quick Fit Portal for easy on easy off convenience, and GO Impulse Sensors that optimize every stride. Whew! That's a lot of technologies, but bottomline, it's ultra comfy and light! 

GOwalk has tons of color combinations and comes in slip-on, rubber shoes, and boat shoes designs. I've always thought that comfy shoes equals 'meh' shoes or comfy shoes equals rubber shoes, but GOwalk offers quite a number of options! Here are some of the styles for Women.

Here's some more:

My review on the shoes after the break!

Estēe Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum 2 Review

Here's a review on Estēe Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum.

Price: P5,300.00
Bought From: Free
Available in: Estēe Lauder Rustan's Makati, Shangri-La Mall, Essences Powerplant Mall, Alabang Town Center


What is/are my barometer/s when it comes to determining effective serums? Simple: 1. I empty the whole bottle 2. I open up a fresh one and repeat step 1. I'm very adventurous when it comes to skin care and I'm not the type who'll stick to one product or line for a long time, unless it's really, really good and I see that it's continuously improving my skin or maintaining whatever progress I had with it, at the very least. So if I repurchase or reuse a certain serum, that means it works (at least for me)!

There are only two serums that I keep on reusing and repurchasing: One is Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate, which I use when I need deep moisture and nourishment, and the last one is this: Estēe Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum, which I use when I need to rejuvenate and repair my skin-I cycle both products, depending on the season: Kiehl's is for the rainy months and Estēe Lauder, for the summer months and stressful holidays. I'm now moving onto my 3rd ANR bottle! Let me share how much I love this product. :)


This new and improved ANR 2 formula promises to repair and restore skin with Catabolysis Technology, a purifying compound made with Algae extract that aids cells in every renewal process, while Chronolux Technology is a clock gene technology that supports the skin's natural synchronization process during night time. Aside from these innovative skin care technologies, ANR 2 also features Hyaluronic Acid for all- day hydration, Anti-Pollution Technology that prevents skin from turning dull and lifeless, and Antioxidants to protect the skin by neutralizing at least 90% of Free Radicals-the result is even, supple, youthful, wrinkle- free, smooth, and bouncy skin.

Bottle is reminiscent of apothecary- style bottles and the dropper completes its vintage look. The overall appeal of the bottle makes it seem as if it's a product for older women, but I believe-and this is backed up by 5 months of consistent usage-that its formula is well- suited even to those who are in their mid- 20's.

Your journey to glowing, fresh skin begins when you click READ MORE!
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