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Althea Philippines’ Grand Launch

Happy Chinese New Year and “대박나세요!” [dae bak na se yo!] which in Korean means wishing you all the success! How are you spending the day? I hope everyone’s just lounging around, tinkering on the internet, watching their favorite shows or spending time with their family. ^-^

Last time I posted about my package from Althea Philippines! Now I’m so glad to let you know that they are officially launching their site after Valentine’s Day on February 15, 2016!!!

The great thing about this is that they have so many promos! Check these out!

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Althea Ph also has an FB page. I would recommend you to stalk them to get fresh insights on their juicy grand opening launch. Soooo you’ll get free shipping in purchases Php1000.00 and up, up to 70% in savings, free credits, zero deals and buy 1 take 1 deals! What more could you wish for?! So let’s all wait for Feb 15! ^-^ 

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October BDJ Box : Skin Savers Unboxing

While I was in the shower earlier, our dogs suddenly went berserk and my day suddenly became more exciting when I heard my mom say “Mingming nandito na yung Belle de Jour mo!”. What excited me more was that the package is bigger than last month’s. Upon opening the bags I saw not 1 but 2 boxes!

BDJ Box October 2014 - More like BDJ Boxes 2014!
BDJ Box October 2014 – More like BDJ Boxes 2014!

Now on to the unboxing!!!

Dial Cleansing Pair Coconut Water Scent
Bar Soap Php 140.00 for 3 Bars
Body Wash Php 200.00 473ml
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The first of its kind to contain coconut water, this body wash delivers a fresh infusion of moisture, every time you shower. 

When I went to the BDJ Fair last Sunday, a Dial Soap was given away with the lootbags. And on my way home I kept smelling this scent that reminds me of pastry with a hint of coconut. Yes I have a strong sense of smell partially because I was asthmatic and because I love to cook. Now it smelled very delicate yet subtle and all I could find was a white box that says Dial. Now girls I know Dial sells soap but I just know their usual ones and this one is new to me. I nearly pinged the BDJ Team to ask what the scent was called. It was so frustrating to Google “Dial Blue” and all I could find was a man’s soap. So yes I’m so happy to see this in my BDJ Box today! I’ve also been using this soap since Monday and yes it is moisturizing! I love it a LOT!

Yves Rocher Zero Blemish Gel Cream 50ml Php 795.00

Yves Rocher Zero Blemish Gel Cream
Yves Rocher Zero Blemish Gel Cream

The secret to flawless and smooth skin, the Zero Blemish Gel Cream, absorbs excess sebum and minimizes pores. Enriched with Baikal Powder, recognized for its rebalancing virtues, this gel cream smoothes imperfections and hydrates for a full 24 hours so you don’t need to worry about overdying your skin.

Oh I’ll try this tomorrow and will keep you posted! I have combination skin and after a few hours my T-zone looks sooo shiny. I combat the oil with oil control film, paper towels and facial wash. So if this can make my overactive skin behave then good for me!

My Choice Smooth Skin Pack
My Choice Spa Salt 500g Php 100
My Choice Hand and Body Lotion 90ml Php 70.00

My Choice Goat's Bath Salt and Lotion in regular package and sachets
My Choice Goat’s Bath Salt and Lotion in regular package and sachets

Maintain your skin’s youthful glow with this scrub that’s packed with anti-oxidants and Vitamins. The lotion is concocted with natural ingredients as well as collagen to nourish and protect the skin from free radicals.

Goat’s Milk is a good ingredient that gives moisture and radiance to the skin. I look forward to using this product. Also it came with a very cute pink pouch complete with smaller versions in sachets. I’ll definitely use this the next time I get away.

Dove Hair Fall Rescue 7ml x 7 vials Php 470

Dove Hair Fall Rescue
Dove Hair Fall Rescue

My hair had been colored for 1 week now. And I feel like I need all the help I can get since the color changed it’s texture. I’ve also noticed an increase in hairfall, not that I would panic since I have a head full of very thick hair. I really hope this would help!

Loreal Paris Youth Duo 
Loreal Paris Revitalift Laser x3 Serum 30ml Php 1500.00
Loreal Paris Revitalift Laser x3 Anti-aging Day Cream Php 1500.00

Loreal Paris Revitalift Laser x3 Serum and Day Cream
Loreal Paris Revitalift Laser x3 Serum and Day Cream

Enriched with ceramide pro to stimulate the skin’s renewal process, reduce fine lines and refines the skin’s texture in weeks. The Day Cream has LHA to smoothen pores and replump skin.

Wow their samples are small! I think I’ll give it to my mom and let her decide if it works.

Revlon Colorstay 16-Hour Eye Shadow Quad Php 795.00

Revlon Colorstay 16-Hour Eye Shadow Quad
Revlon Colorstay 16-Hour Eye Shadow Quad

Rich, velvety shadows blend smoothly for beautiful, luxurious color that wears for up to 16 hours. Won’t crease, fade or smudge. Available in a variety of expertly color-coordinated palettes for your most gorgeous eyes yet.

My mom was with me while I was unboxing and according to her “Wow anak dyan pa lang bawi na ang binayad mo!” Hahaha I like this a lot specially because I’m experimenting with eyeshadows and have you noticed it has everything you need for a great smoky eye look? Also it’s guaranteed not to crease,fade or smudge. A great addition to anyone’s makeup kit. Specially under this country’s tropical sun!

Strip RPT Kit
Strip Ice Cream 50ml Php 1750.00 
Relieves inflamed skin.
Malin + Goetz Peppermint Body Scrub 220ml Php 1650.00
Prevents ingrown hair by shedding dead skin.
Malin + Goetz Ingrown Hair Cream Php 1750.00
Treats ingrown hair and repairs skin.

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Strip RPT Kit to Relieve skin, Prevent ingrown hair and Treat and eliminate Ingrown hair.
Strip RPT Kit to Relieve skin, Prevent ingrown hair and Treat and eliminate Ingrown hair.

This sampler pack comes with a cute packaging! Once you’ve tried waxing or even shaving, you can’t help but get inflamed skin or worse ingrown hair. This sounds like a great cure but you’ll hesitate once you see the price. So this sampler pack is a good solution. That way a bella can try before she buys.

Overall Verdict: This month’s BDJ Box is worth the wait. With six full-sized products with at least Php1700.00 in value, paying Php 580.00 is justified. I will be adding these very usable and nice products to my artillery. Thank you BDJ team for once again surprising us! Until next month! ^-^

BDJ BOX AND SHU UEMURA’S “ART OF BEAUTY” BEAUTY SOIREE: The Art of Dramatic Eyes

After playing around with Shu Uemura makeup and accessories, we had to freshen-up then go back to Shu Uemura since there’s still another workshop! The Art of Dramatic eyes by Ms. Claire Diokno. 

Shu Uemura's Ms. Dyan Warren-Geiger Brand Manager introduced Ms.Claire Diokno who is the Senior Make up associate of Shu Uemura Philippines. She'll be giving us 3 looks!
Shu Uemura’s Ms. Dyan Warren-Geiger Brand Manager introduced Ms.Claire Diokno who is the Senior Make up associate of Shu Uemura Philippines. She’ll be giving us 3 looks!

While this was all happening I can’t help but notice the arrival of BDJ’s Beauty Ministers. They’re pretty! And since Claire is also a fan she said hi to them.

BDJ Beauty Ministers with Dyan and Claire.
BDJ Beauty Ministers with Dyan and Claire.

Even if she’s seven months along we can’t help but admire Ms.Claires happy personality which makes her very likable.

Ms. Claire and our model again.
Ms. Claire and our model for the second time who is also a hair and makeup expert.

Claire gave us a great tip. Don’t you have it when you put on your eyeshadow and when you’re done the pigments are all there under your eyes and on your cheeks? You can prevent this by setting up a trap. This trap can be done by using loose powder, you just have to sponge a thick layer under your eyes on on your cheeks.

The eyeshadow trap that Claire Made. Lol sounds like a movie title,
The eyeshadow trap that Claire Made. Lol sounds like a movie title.

For this look we will be using Shu Uemura’s Drawing Pencil Liner. It has a wide variety or colors and textures. It is also long-lasting and smudge-proof so you can wear it throughout the day and not worry that you would look like a panda.

Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil Liner
Shu Uemura’s Drawing Pencil Liner in sooo many colors.

For the first look it is a classic look that can be worn everyday like in the office going out with the family or even weddings! We will be using the White and Silver Drawing Pencils and the Pret-a Palette. The great thing about this brand is their make-up is so light that you can put a layer on top of the other without the fear of making it crack from thickness.

Claire applied a layer or white Drawing Pencil liner
Claire applied a layer or white Drawing Pencil liner
Claire then applies white eyshadow from Shu Uemura's Pret-A Palette.
Claire then applies white eyshadow from Shu Uemura’s Pret-A Palette.
Claire then put the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler in action. This is the brand's best selling product. It has a slot in its rubber that traps the hair in while you squeeze it, thus creating a more defined curl.
Claire then put the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler in action. This is the brand’s best selling product. It has a slot in its rubber that traps the hair in while you squeeze it, thus creating a more defined curl.

She then thought us how to put on falsies or false eye lashes. I myself have a pair but it is unused since I have this fear or poking my eye and messing it up. Some pointers will be:

  • Measure it to your eye and cut off the excess strands.
  • Cut them together to get an even pair.
  • Use good glue so the falsies wont fall after some amount of activity.
  • Put it from the outside of your eyelid in.
  • Just put the right amount of glue.

Shu Uemura False Eyelashes
Shu Uemura False Eyelashes
Let's quicken up the drying process shall we?
Let’s quicken up the drying process shall we?
Putting on the falsies should be from the outside of your eyelid in. So from the farthest side to near your tear ducts
Putting on the falsies should be from the outside of your eyelid in. So from the farthest side to near your tear ducts
The first look is now complete.
The first look is now complete.

The first look is great and very simple. The long lashes gives an element of sexiness to it, and the white eyeshadow can only be seen whenever the model closes her eyelids. 

On to the next look! As I’ve said earlier Shu Uemura’s makeup can be layered without the feeling of heaviness to the user and without the fear of it cracking. So for the next two looks we will just be adding more!

The second look was an inspiration from the 60s. So for this look Claire just added more brown eyeshadow on the lid near the occular cavity and silver for the middle lids. Felt tipped Shu Uemura eyeliner was also used. Like what Ms. Claire had said the tip of this eye liner is like a Chinese pencil it allows you to draw thin to thick lines, its intense black ensures great impact to your creations, and its long-lastingness will guarantee an unforgettable impression.

Applying the Shu Uemura Calligraph Ink felt tipped eyeliner
Applying the Shu Uemura Calligraph Ink felt tipped eyeliner
Shu Uemura Art Of Dramatic Eyes Look number 2!
Shu Uemura Art Of Dramatic Eyes Look number 2!

The third and the last one has a smokey eye look to it. So for this we will bw removing the winged eyeliner and actually it was also added to the look. Here’s how.

The Calligraph:Ink was recycled to be part of the third look by blending it with the eyeshadow!
The Calligraph:Ink was recycled to be part of the third look by blending it with the eyeshadow!
The Calligraph:Ink blended with the eyeshadow. Looks great already huh?
The Calligraph:Ink blended with the eyeshadow. Looks great already huh?

Claire then proceeded to teach us the Shu Uemura way of making Smoky Eyes. Which was moistening the eyeshadow brush, then adding color using the Pret-a Palette, then making a small cicle in the middle of the eye and blending both ends together.

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Smoky Eyes the done the Shu Uemura way!
Smoky Eyes by Shu Uemura
Smoky Eyes by Shu Uemura: Purple Eye Drawing Pencil was then added under the eyes.

After everything is done the “traps” that were set earlier were just brushed off, then contour was added to highlight her cheekbones.So here’s the final look! The model looks ready to party!

Shu Uemura Art of Dramatic Eyes: Look Number 3 the Smoky Eye Look.
Shu Uemura Art of Dramatic Eyes: Look Number 3 the Smoky Eye Look.
Look at those Dramatic Eyes!
Look at those Dramatic Eyes!

After the three looks Ms. Claire worked on four lucky bellas. She also thought us the following:

  • Choose between the eyes or the lips. If your eye makeup is strong don’t pair it with a dark lipstick. And if you have dark lipstick, go easy on your eye makeup.
  • Simplicity is beauty. If you don’t need too  much of it then don’t

One of my friends Nicole Paler got to have a primping session with Ms. Claire!
One of my friends Nicole Paler got to have a primping session with Ms. Claire!
One of my friends Beatrix Sy got to have her eyes done by Ms. Claire too!
One of my friends Beatrix Sy got to have her eyes done by Ms. Claire too!
This pretty bella got prettier with her Green Pencil Liner
This pretty bella got prettier with her Green Pencil Liner
I didn't get her name. But how can you not have a smile like this after getting made-up by Ms. Claire?
I didn’t get her name. But how can you not have a smile like this after getting made-up by Ms. Claire?

And ofcourse an event is not complete without pictures with the friends!

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The Fat Cat and Edleen of the BDJ Team. I’d also like to thank her for informing me of the available slots for the Art of Contouring me and my friends got to join!

If you’ve read my review for Benefit’s Mascara, you will remember this lady. She’s a wonderful make-up artist and honestly I’m really waiting for her to create her blog as she knows many tips, tricks and makeup substitutes. I also like how she doesn’t procrastinate.

My friend Mitch. She's our office's resident makeup artist.
My friend Mitch. She’s our office’s resident makeup artist.
Our picture with Ms.Claire Diokno.
Our picture with Ms.Claire Diokno.
The two pregnant and lovely ladies with Nicole Paler. We kept joking about how their babies were kicking because they want to play together,
The two pregnant and lovely ladies with Nicole Paler. We kept joking about how their babies were kicking because they want to play together,

During the workshop Ms.Claire kept on describing how the Drawing Pencil Liners were very hard to remove, how you can use it for swimming and not mind if it will later come off or worse blot all over your eyes. So It made me curious… and I tried applying it on my skin.

The Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil Liners.
The Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil Liners.

And here is how Shu Uemura describes the Product:

  • creamy soft texture allows gentle & smooth application.
  • long-lasting and smudge-proof, keep your look fresh through the day.
  • wide range of shades and textures to create any eye look. beautiful balance 10 dark defining colors and 11 bright shades from all hues.
Here are the Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil Liners I got to try.
Here are the Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil Liners I got to try.

I applied it on the back of my hand and after a few minutes I tried removing it with my thumb. IT WONT COME OFF! Hahahah. I had to walk from Shang-ri La Plaza to Megamall and my hand got rubbed and rained on. It is still there! Before going home I noticed my umbrella went missing and I got rained on again. Then I tried rubbing it off, still the same results. 

So when I got off I washed my face with Etude’s Foam Cleanser the took a shower. The Silver one is almost gone but the rest are still there though they are not as bright as before. 

My Verdict: Considering that this is for the eyes which are not meant to be rubbed, rained at and washed off twice, these pencils are what was described and is truly what Shu Uemura says to be. A great product! I would recommend it!

Thank you BDJ Box and Shu Uemura and Edleen for an afternoon of learning and fun! Unfortunately the next event will be held on my birthday week so I’m not sure if I can attend. But till the next one! For now I’ll be waiting for the delayed July BDJ Box!

BDJ BOX AND SHU UEMURA’S “ART OF BEAUTY” BEAUTY SOIREE: The Art of Contouring

Hello there! A little over a week ago I posted the event notice to BDJ Box’s and Shu Uemura’s Beauty Soiree entitled “Art of Beauty”. This was held on Shu Uemura in Shangri La Plaza last Saturday, July 26,2014. As posted the bellas have two things that we may learn, the Art of Contouring or Dramatic Eye Makeup Application. And being the adventurous cat that I am I would like to attend both! Hahaha. So I was so glad to get Edleen’s reply and was bouncing for joy when she told me that I COULD ATTEND BOTH! WOOOT! After sending back my confirmation, she replied with the names and numbers of my friends who would like to join the Art of Contouring and I instantly thought of 4 bellas all of whom attended both events! ^-^ Anyway I arrived 20 minutes before the 1PM call time for the first workshop that would start by 1:30 PM but that’s fine with me since it gives me enough time to catch my breath, chose the best seats to take my pictures on and take pictures! So here’s the place before the event. There’s just many colors everywhere I look which in turn makes me feel happy!

Shu Uemura's Lipsticks which are arranged by shade. Cool huh?
Shu Uemura’s Lipsticks which are arranged by shade. Cool huh?
Shu Uemura's gigantic eyeshadow palette with a wide variein?ty to chose from, could you even image having something like this in your room
Shu Uemura’s gigantic eyeshadow palette with a wide variety to chose from, could you even image having something like this in your room?
Seeing lots of colors sure does make this cat happy!
Seeing lots of colors sure does make this cat happy!
Shu Uemura's Tokyo Lash Bar and the many things I would've like to play with.
Shu Uemura’s Tokyo Lash Bar and the many things I would’ve like to play with.
Ms. Joyce Platon Shu Uemura’s  Junior Make-up associate and the model! I forgot her name sorry. She does look a lot like Andrea Del Rosario.
Ms. Joyce Platon Shu Uemura’s Junior Make-up associate and the model! I forgot her name sorry. She does look a lot like Andrea Del Rosario.

Joyce then used Shu Uemura’s Depsea which is actually a moisturizer sourced originally from volcanic hot springs 2,000m below the sea surface to offer the ultimate purity. It not only cleanses the skin but also moisturizes it while getting it ready for makeup.

Ms.Joyce putting-on some  UV under base mousse on the model's face. It's a make-up base or primer which is also a mouse similar to the hair mouse but this one has UV protection and gives your skin this subtle glow.
Ms.Joyce putting-on some UV under base mousse on the model’s face. It’s a make-up base or primer which is also a mouse similar to the hair mouse but this one has UV protection and gives your skin this subtle glow.

With the contouring a brown eyeshadow was used.

  • You can use eyeshadow too provided that it is matte. You wouldn’t want to have glitters all over your contours right?
  • You can also use othe rmakeup like liquid or powder foundation provided that it is 2-3 shades darker. My friend recommends Max Factor’s Creme Puff for this.
Joyce contours the model's face and makes her cheekbones pop.
Joyce contours the model’s face and makes her cheekbones pop.

You can use the space in between your ears as a guide if you will be doing this to yourself.

Joyce contours the model's jawline.
Joyce contours the model’s jawline.
Joyce contours the model's chin. This is a good technique specially if you want to hide doublechins.
Joyce contours the model’s chin. This is a good technique specially if you want to hide doublechins.
The Model after the contouring and some lipstick finishes the look.
The Model after the contouring and some lipstick finishes the look.

Afterwards we played around! By play I meant tried on the many products Shu Uemura has to offer. I myself tried the UV Under Base and it was the first time for me to use a mousse type primer. It was really nice, easy to use and a small amount really goes a long way.

A snack of pastries, sausage bites and stringbeans covered in bacon was served. Thank you BDJ Box and Shu Uemura!
A snack of pastries, sausage bites and stringbeans covered in bacon was served. Thank you BDJ Box and Shu Uemura!

 

New Event Alert: BDJ Box and Shu Uemura’s “Art of Beauty” Beauty Soiree

Hello there again! The other day, BDJ Box announced the next beauty soiree and it would be sponsored by Shu Uemura! With it we have an option to learn the Art of Contouring or Dramatic Eye Makeup Application at the Beauty Soiree entitled Art of Beauty with Shu Uemura on July 26, 2014 at Shu Uemura Boutique, East Wing of Shangri-la Plaza Mall.

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There are a few options to attend the event and here they are! I hope that you guys will be able to attend to so we can meet and enjoy this together. The first one gives you an instant invite. This is also the one I chose.

This option gives you an instant invite.
This option gives you an instant invite.

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And here’s my entry to the event! I posted them both in Facebook and Instagram and sent the links to Edleen from the BDJ Team. So far there’s no reply yet, but considering the typhoon from earlier, I wasn’t really expecting any.

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My entry. I was able to apply some of the techniques I learned from the Pixy event last week. Honestly, I think my makeup looks better in person.

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So there you go, this is a free event to I recommend you to take advantage of this opportunity. I’ve also seen that some of the people I know have already sent-in their entries. So to you guys, see you soon!

Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara Review

They’re Real Mascara (Php 1300 for 8.5ml)

I received this mascara with my June BDJ Box and soooo here’s my review.

Now just a quick overview the They’re real Mascara is said to lengthen, curl, volumize, lift and separates lashes. The jet black, long-wearing formula is said not to smudge or dry out. A specially designed brush will reveal the lashes you never knew you had!

They're Real Mascara

I am a fan of great waterproof mascaras because I like washing my face mid-day to get rid of facial oil. And not having a smudgeproof mascara is a big mistake for people like me since it is very difficult to get rid of mascara stains without a make-up remover on hand. Also a waterproof mascara is a great tool to have with the tropical climate here in the Philippines. With the warm to scorching hot weather and the rains that we experience we really need a long-wearing make-up.

At first glance the product looks promising with the before and after pic and the test ratings at the side of the box.Now lets see how it fares.

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My eyes look happier!
My eyes look happier!

The Verdict: The wand is also awesome for getting into those tight spots at the ends of your lashes. It does make your eyelashes look really long! However, there has been some issues with clumping but a few more applications and it’s okay! Plus this mascara is difficult to get off! Just the way I like it! It lasts me the entire day and even with my afternoon facial washes it’s still there. That’s the beauty with a lasting mascara if you get your face wet you won’t look like a panda. So I’d definitely recommend this and actually I did so I gave it to my friend who is also a makeup artist Mitch. See, good things are meant to be shared? 

Mitch my makeup-loving friend and our office's resident makeup artist. See how happy she is?
Mitch my makeup-loving friend and our office’s resident makeup artist. See how happy she is?