February 2015's Commenter of the Month and What's in Store for March's Commenter of the Month!

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February went by so fast!  As usual, things got busy at work and my spare time was spent on resting. Hopefully this March I'll be able to post more entries.  I'm targeting at least 20! *crosses fingers*

I'm feeling generous tonight so I'm giving away 16 beauty products for March 2015's Commenter of the Month!  One of the reasons is that whoever the lucky winner is, she'll receive these items in April. That month happens to be my birthday month!  It's always nice to give back especially during my birth month.

The lucky March 2015 Commenter of the Month will receive the following:
Spongeables Foot Buffer
Godiva Licowhite Whitening Soap
Too Cool For School Pumpkin Sleeping Pack
Godiva Licowhite Whitening Facial Wash
Colour Collection Blush Duo
Max Factor Earth Spirit Eyeshadow
Godiva Licowhite Whitening Lotion
Godiva Licowhite Whitening Anti-Perspirant Deodorant
Excel Matte Lipstick in 508
Hortaleza Hair Cuticle Coat
SkinWhite Whitening Face Cream Powder
Pixy Waterproof Mascara in Black
Colour Collection Lipstick in Regal Red
Dentiste Toothpaste
Godiva Licowhite Whitening Facial Toner

There are just simple mechanics that you have to follow:
1.  Follow Rare Vanity on Facebook.  This is mandatory.
2.  Follow this blog on Bloglovin.  This is mandatory.
2.  Follow @raregem on Twitter. **
3.  Follow @raregem on Instagram. **
4.  Subscribe to @rarevanity on Youtube. **
5.  Subscribe to this blog via email.  Look on the right side of this blog. **
** optional

Those social media sites are almost always updated to inform you anything about beauty and everything in between.

But of course, you'd also have to comment on my posts.  It could be about anything. Although I'd appreciate those that engage conversations and give suggestions (on what post I should do next, etc).  The comments are based on quality over quantity.  As for now, Commenter of the Month is for Philippine Residents only.


Now, moving on to February 2015's Commenter of the month!  It's no other than...


I'm not sure what your real name is, MommyR!  But please send me your full name, mobile number, and shipping address to hello@rarevanity.net =)

Just to recap, here's your loot!

Kindly get in touch with my by March 5, 2015 (Thursday).  If I don't receive an e-mail from you, I will pick another winner!

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Product Empties Volume 6


An empty product will always be rewarding for me (for the most part).  I may have my favourite brands but it's mostly because of a matter of preference.  It doesn't necessarily mean that I never try other brands.  As I've said dozens of times before, I alternate the products I use bi-monthly.  Now, I'm trying to alternate on a monthly basis just to give enough time for me to really really like a product.

Sometimes it's a hit.  Sometimes it's a miss.

We did a little bit of spring cleaning yesterday.  It was something random, actually.  So, I "cleaned" my vanity and toiletries and saw a few products that I recently emptied!  Hurrah!

1. Urban Decay Potion Primer in Greed - I used to love this product and even considered this as G for the longest time until it just stopped working on me.  All of a sudden, my eyeshadows don't blend well anymore when I'm using this.  It's like the eyeshadows are just stuck on my lids LOL.  Although I really love the fact that this is gold based and has a bit of shimmer.  It makes my lids brighter than how usual eye primers brightens my lids (or emphasise the shades).

2. Dentiste Plus White Toothpaste - I love this toothpaste but dislike the fact that it's expensive compared to other toothpaste.  It has the right amount of mint that doesn't make you gawk when brushing your teeth.

3.  Snoe Wash Away Those Zits Cleansing Acne Wash - this is a total waste of money.  It doesn't work and it's freaking expensive.  Do not be fooled by the layout design.  This isn't the first time a product from Snoe didn't work on me but I keep on being victimized by the cute packaging.

4. Olay Body Wash* - I finished this in less than a month because it smells so good!  I swear I used too much of this!  Even L loves the smell of this!  It did moisturise my skin but I don't think it whitened.  Maybe I need another bottle of this?  LOL!  But yes, this beauty wash from Olay is awesome!

5. Purederm Make-up Cleansing Tissues - this is an effective makeup tissue remover.  I don't know how much I got it for or if I even bought it or was given to me.  But you can find this at any Watson's or SM department store. Lately, I find myself reaching out for cleansing tissues to remove my makeup at night instead of washing my face.  I have about 4 sets of skin care that are still untouched.  Que horror.

6. Too Cool For School Quick Tip Liner in Carbon Black* - I love how this eyeliner is intensely black.  One line is enough to line your eyes as it is really opaque.  However, this one smears on me and transfers to my lids if I don't apply an eye primer prior to eyeliner application.  That's a total bummer for me.  Don't even dare us this during summer as you can feel your lids being sticky when you blink because the eyeliner already transferred to your lids.  I never experienced an eyeliner this bad.  I tried to stick with this eyeliner because it almost has all the qualities I was looking for in a liquid eyeliner (pen type, felt tip, intense black, and dries fast).  But yeh, the fact that this ain't waterproof (or should I say oil proof) defeats all the reason why I like it in the first place.  Anoher thing to set you back is that this retails for PhP795 of PhP895.  I bet Tony Moly and Etude House has a similar eyeliner that's half the price.

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Tangle Teezer Compact Styler

I had a hard time thinking what to buy when I was in Tokyo late last year.  I wanted to purchase makeup from a brand that isn't available in Manila yet.  But since there was no English translation, I kind of decided to just let it go.  After all, I have enough makeup to last me a lifetime. LOL.

I checked out this Cosmetics shop in Odaiba while my parents were in this other shop that I wasn't interested about.  I saw Ettusais so I purchased something from the brand.  Then I came across the hair section and saw dozens of Tangle Teezer.

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler in Gold Rush

Pantene's New 3-Minute Miracle Conditioner*


Get the beautiful hair you’ve always wanted with your next must-have. Introducing your secret weapon against damage and the key to beautiful hair – all in just 3 minutes. Be the first to try this beauty miracle. Here’s all you need to know about the new Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner:

Smoothen 3 Months of Damage
Damaged hair is one that has lost its protective layer and thus feels rough. Damaged hair is also more negatively charged than healthy hair, causing frizz. To achieve smooth, silky and detangled hair, Pantene’s new formula has an improved conditioning agent or cationic polymer. This cationic polymer is positively charged to neutralize damaged portions of hair, and forms a shield to protect hair from future damage. This protective layer reduces the friction between individual hair fibers, resulting in easier rinsing and reduced tangling.

Get Touchable Smoother Hair
With up to 80% more key conditioning ingredient vs. Pantene’s regular conditioner, Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner contains the highest ever level of advanced Terminal Amino-Silicones (TAS), which flatten and smoothen the outer layer or the cuticle cells on the hair surface. This helps protect the hair’s inner structure or cortex, preventing future damage and moisture loss from styling. By protecting the moisture balance of hair, Pantene 3 Minute Miracle transforms brittle, rigid and damaged hair to touchable, soft and beautiful hair.

See the improvement from the first time you try it: Stronger, shinier hair inside out in just 3 minutes.

Filipinas Choose New Pantene Conditioner
Women have seen and felt the difference of Pantene’s miraculous beauty must-have. In a recent survey among Filipinas, more women rated the new Pantene 3 Minute Miracle as very good and excellent compared to a regular conditioner. 8 out of 10 women gave 3 Minute Miracle top marks, making it superior in:

1. Improving hair health
2. Helping repair damage
3. Leaving hair smooth
4. Strengthening each strand of hair
5. Preventing split ends
6. Providing immediate results

Experience the #PanteneMiracle for Yourself
Pantene’s New 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner will redefine your expectations of conditioner. Smoothen 3 months of damage in just 3 minutes. Be the first to try the miracle everyone will be talking about!

Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner in Total Damage Care and Hair Fall Control variants will be available in February 2015 for Php159.00 (180ml) and Php259.00 (340ml).

Food Escapade at Kettle

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Here's a quick food escapade for you.  When I saw the Top 10 best restaurants for 2013, I told myself that I have to try all the restaurants in the list.

Of course, Kettle was part of the list.  Actually, there were a lot of restaurants included on the list that is located in the East Wing of Shangri-la Plaza.

Kettle is always full during lunch and dinner.  So, we had to try dining during off-peak hours.  Early dinner at 5pm.  Why not.

Food Escapade at Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen

Ramen is in.  As if you don't know that by now.  It's fascinating how ramen houses pop out left and right here in Metro Manila.

L and I decided to try one of the famous ramen houses in Manila to see what the fuss is all about.  We tried it on one of those unexpected nights, too.  We were in Rockwell for an errand or something and when we checked the time, it was already dinner time.  Not knowing where to eat, we passed by Ikkoryu Kukuoka Ramen and said, "why not?"

Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen's best seller

Happy Skin's Forbidden Fruit

If there's a local brand of makeup that I can't get enough of, it's definitely Happy Skin.  What really catches my attention is their packaging and the names of their products.  Really catchy. Oh, and their Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturising Lipsticks?  Worth every penny!

That was why it was a no brainer to purchase their limited edition of moisturizing lipsticks for the 2014 Christmas holiday.  What caught my attention even more is the tin can that came with it.  Something totally reusable, finally!

Happy Skin's Forbidden Fruit.
Take a bite of the juices lip colors!