Unboxing the (2015) April BDJ Box: Spring Into Beauty*

Another reason why I was looking forward to the weekend was because BDJ Box was on its way to my doorstep.  Tried to wait for it but we had to leave so I wasn't able to unbox until Sunday.

All the more that I got excited!

April is Spring time and BDJ was very on point with their theme.  First thing that came to my mind though was a box full of makeup (with pinks and yellows, you know, Spring colors). What greeted me when I opened the box though was a handful of skincare products! Okay na din cos it's so humid cos it's summer and I need all the shower comfort I can get!

I don't remember the last time I got so many products in a BDJ Box!

Asian Secrets Lulur Whitening Facial Scrub (100g, PhP120) - this Javanese Princesses inspired scrub delicately removes your dead skin cells, leaving your skin supple and smooth. The lulu beads gently exfoliates and removes dead skin cells and black heads to smoothen and give skin a fairer, white and radiant glow.

Asian Secrets Lulur Whitening Body Scrub (20ml, PhP15) - feel refreshed and revitalised this summer! Include on your shower ritual for a more relaxing and rectifying bath time. Gently exfoliate two to three times a week to wash away dead skin cells and reveal a fairer skin.

I never knew that Asian Secrets has a facial scrub! I liked this product because Solenn is their endorser. Haha!  I've emptied several tubs of their body scrub and quite honestly, I no longer know how it feels like. So, I used this yesterday when I took a shower! Love its refreshing feel that it gives to my skin!

MyChoice Hand and Body Lotion (100ml, PhP70) - it's the fruit lotion fryer skin that's friendly for your pocket. It soothes skin from all over allowing it to breathe new life and rejuvenate like never before. Safe for your skin as it come from natural ingredients and fruity flavours which you'll surely like.

MyChoice Bubble Shower Salt 2-in-1 (225g, PhP100) - Pamper your skin with this newly improved 2-in-1 bath salt with soap that is made from natural ingredients which is perfect for all skin types. It comes with five variants leaving you options fitted for your skin needs. May it be moisturizing, rejuvenating, lightening, anti-agin and refreshing need that you are wanting to solve, make it easy solved with MyChoice Bubble Scrub Shower Salt 2-in-1. Use this as everyday soap when having your bath and have that overall skin glowing you always wanted.

I need clarification. Is MyChoice a new brand? I'm totally clueless but I do hope that their products will not disappoint.

MyChoice Anti Acne Cream (20g, PhP350) - formulated with multi-functional anti acne ingredients that strengthens its ability to help you be acne free. It also contains AHA and BHA that desquamate acnes gentle without causing skin irritation. Daily use allows complete healing but visible result can be seen in just 3 days after application.

MyChoice Pure Herbal Soap (100g, PhP55) - contains natural ingredients that will help your skin in preparing damage, solving wrinkles and acnes, moisturising from deep within, refreshing naturally, protecting against damage and a whole lot more. Use all over the body day and night for better results.

Mustela 2 in 1 Hair and Body Wash (200ml, PhP520) - this tear-free cleanser for both hair and body is soap-free and specially formulated for the delicate skin of babies and children.

Mustela Stretch Marks Double Action (150ml, PhP1750) -  this product reinforces skin's elasticity and suppleness and stimulates cell renewal to prevent stretch marks while also moisturizing your skin.

Mustela Hydra Bebe Body Lotion (300ml, PhP790) -  this body lotion is designed for the daily care of your baby's skin. Containing vegetable oils and vitamins E and F.

I've heard good things about Mustela from mothers. But I don't have a baby yet.  Will give this to my preggy friend as these products will be of use to her. Then I'll just ask her how she likes it.

Tony Moly Intense Care Snail Foot Mask (18ml, PhP198) - its's a special foot mask to supply full of moisture and nutrition to dry skin. It contains snail slime extract which is known for stimulating collagen formation and moisturizing properties. Its unique formula speeds up the skin renewal process allowing the outer skin to mature and peel away - painlessly - giving way to new skin. You can keep fresh feeling with it for a long time without stickiness with moist and refresh use.

BONUS: Tony Moly Luminous Glow Aura CC Cream (30ml, PhP1098) -  it's an all-in-one product that whitens skin, acts as a sunscreen lotion, moisturises the face and can be used as a makeup primer. 

FS Cosmetics Lash Extravagance Mascara (9g, PhP625) - get big, bold and flirty lashes this summer by sweeping on Lash Extravagance Mascara. The tiny bristles make application easy for both top and bottom part and gives you beautiful lashes to bat. Apply one coat to achieve a defined look. Show luscious, curled and dramatic eyes by applying two coats. Apply a third coat to give intense yet extravagant lashes.

Revlon Highlighting Palette (7.5g, price unconfirmed) - the highlighting palette gives you an all over sun kissed glow for day to night. It has complimentary shimmer shades which are easy to blend and enhance the complexion for a radiant sun kissed look. It works well as highlighter, eyeshadow and blush giving you a multi-dimensional sculpted look all rolled in to a single useful palette.

I was hoping for this box to have more makeup since last month's box was full of skincare already.  But hey, I like this box just the same cos it rekindles my affair with Asian Secrets and I got to know a new brand which is MyChoice.  Another thing I like about this box is that it includes products that I can use daily (in the shower).  L and I once talked about the products being sent to me and we agreed that we can both enjoy the bath products (except those that smells too girly).

This month's box is worth around PhP1,500-2,000 if you add everything up.  I only gave a ball figure because I don't know the exact price of Revlon Highlighting Palette.  Not bad for getting this box for only PhP580, right?  There are frequent questions how to get a BDJ Box.  All you have to do is go to www.BDJBox.com and create an account and subscribe.  A subscription box costs PhP580 only and you are sure to get your money's worth because the products inside are always worth above PhP1,000.  If you want to save some more, you can choose the 3-month plan for PhP1,700 or the 6-month plan for PhP3,300 only.

Thank you BDJ Box for yet another great box!

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My Singapore Haul


I went to Singapore during Holy Week to celebrate my 30th birthday. A part of me was excited because there is Sephora in Singapore and there's so much makeup that I want to buy!  But I was also contemplating whether I should buy more makeup because I just have so much and adding to that means more backlogs. LOL.

Okay, I wasn't really planning on getting Tartelette at all because it didn't appeal to me that much.  But when I saw it in Sephora and swatched the eyeshadows, I was sold!  Considering the price wasn't too jacked up (got it for SGD69), I decided to get it.  On my way to the counter, I saw this Tarte oil and eye treatment.  Decided to give it a try because I wasn't to add eye cream to my night regimen.

L and I visited drugstores to look for something I  no longer remember.  I saw Avène's kiosk and found out that their Thermal Spring Water is on sale!  It was buy 1 take 1, too!  Here's the catch though, I can't see the expiration date on the bottle.  I'm not sure if it doesn't expire or what so I only got myself one (plus one).  Looking around for other products, I saw Oxy.  This reminded me of my middle school days and when my brother was still a teenager.  My brother used Oxy to get rid of his acne/pimples.  But it was only available in the states then so he usually hoarded.  I though of buying one pimple medication and acne wash to use it for my back.  I hope it's still as effective as it was 15 years ago!

So, that's it!  I'm proud of myself for not buying too much!

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Food Escapade at Your Local

The first time I've been to Yardstick, we saw this huge door inside that seems to be the door to a restaurant.  When we were on our way out, we asked the guard, and we were told that the door, indeed, connects to a restaurant.

We came back a few days after to try out this restaurant.  Without knowing what restaurant it is.

Okay, so they're open.
But what's the name of the restaurant?

Summer with Girlstuff Bloggers' Elite Summer Collection

At 30, I still enjoy painting or having my nails painted with
gorgeous shades of nail polish. Girlstuff has tons of shades to go gaga about!

Overview of Royale Beauty Products*

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Lots of beauty products to choose from!
How do you know which one is for you?

Recent Makeup Haul


It's been awhile since I've done a haul post.  In all honesty, I've been holding back on hoarding and hauling on makeup because I ran out of space to store my makeup.  But one day, after attending the Shiseido International Beauty Fair, I had a few hours to spare and ended up lurking at the department store.

This is why I should never stay long and alone at the beauty section.

I've been looking for NYX Siren for quite a while and even though I know it's cheaper if I buy online, I decided to buy at the department store because I wanted to swatch it and see how I will like it.  The SA said it's similar to NYX Butter lipstick in Licorice so I got that, too.  Each lipstick costs me Php390.  Will do a comparison soon.

Makeup brands have been coming up with makeup HD-fied.  I no longer get the hype of HD foundation.  Non-HD makeup was used on my on my wedding day and when I saw the photos, I still looked flawless.  But an HD lipstick by Revlon?  This might be the first time I've heard of an HD lipstick.  Swatched all the colors (it comes in 20 shades) and I had to end up with the most boring shade of them all - NUDE shade.  They have a wide range of pinks, red, orange, and one nude shade. Well, I was just curious about this HD lipstick and I prefer to get a nude shade because I just got those vampy shades from NYX.  The shade I got is Camilla.  I hope it's as good as its swatch.

Then I came across Essence Cosmetics' kiosk.  I like this brand because it reminds me of my teen years.  I always check out their kiosk but always end up with nothing because I was resisting.  Not this time though.  I was immediately sold when I saw the shimmer pearls.  I instantly reminded me of Guerlain Meteorites!  It probably won't compare to Meteorites but I wanna know if it works well, too.  Review soon!

One of my most favourite products from Essence Cosmetics would have to be their All About Matt powder.  It used to be a loose powder but they change it into a compact one.  Since I can't find my Essence loose powder at the moment, I got myself this compact powder to see if it's as good as the loose one.

Revlon nail polish (the scented ones) was on sale for only Php150! I couldn't pass on that. I wanted to buy more but you can only avail it for the sale price if you buy their HD lipstick and I didn't fancy any other shade apart from Camilla.  I got the shade Fresh Laundry and it does smell like it. I love it!

The rest are Shiseido products that I got from the International Beauty Fair.  But if you can see in the middle, I was able to score the last piece of the Snow Beauty powder!  I got it in their Rockwell branch.  This powder is probably the most expensive product I have bought in my entire life.  It retails for PhP3,998.  It's a setting powder and skin care powder in one.  I'll see how it will make my skin better.  Hopefully it works cos it's freaking expensive.

Not in photo: Shiseido UV Protective Liquid Foundation in Light Beige. Got it with a 10% discount in Rockwell!

That's it!  Here's to hoping I won't have more haul posts soon. Teehee!

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Food Escapade at Dean & Deluca (Manila branch)

I've been waiting for Dean & Deluca to open a branch here in Manila.  For awhile, I thought it's hopeless.  But then a very good friend of mine told me last year that Dean & Deluca was branching out in Manila (finally) and the first branch would be in Rockwell!  I swear it's meant to be.  How awesome is it that my favourite cafe & bakery has chosen a place that is just walking distance from my place?1 So awesome!

I love Dean & Deluca so much that I even wanted to work at Dean & Deluca in their New York branch LOL.

Macadamia Nut Latte and Americano.
Coffee is our always.