Monday, May 20, 2013
Happy weekend, ladies! It's Saturday and I'm on my way to Tagaytay at this point.. or probably running late for my niece's birthday party. But either way, weekend is for chilling and relaxing. Time to put those heels away... hand me my flip-flops please!
I'm more content with plain shirt and shorts and a pair of flipflops. Although I do try to dress up once in awhile, I don't always feel so comfortable in them. I always look forward to wearing my slippers the moment I step back into my car or the minute I get home.
But flip-flops has gone a long way since my childhood days. Now it has become a statement, a fashion piece that everyone now makes a reason to wear instead of hiding them from prying eyes. And though we always want the more expensive ones, as Pinoys, we go and look for something a bit similar but nothing that would break the bank. After all, most of us will still reason... "Tsinelas lang yan, hindi kailangang mahal." (It's just slippers. It shouldn't be so expensive.)
That's where Banana Peel came in. Which I first noticed back in 2005. When everyone was clamoring for the more expensive flipflops, They came in to cater to those who want vibrant slippers without breaking the bank. It came in wide array of designs for both men and women, child and adult alike. I remember getting a white and pink design in Robinson's Metroeast in my early 20's.
Now though, Banana Peel has upped it's ante. With endorsers like John Lloyd Cruz and Maja Salvador, their designs have taken a stylish turn. Updated with the trends, Banana Peel has recently launched their Hiccups, Marigold and Status Quo Duo designs that translates today's fashion. From the unabashed neons, to csophisticated sunny shades and bright hues.
Banana Peel certainly has come a long way... leaving behind a lot of Banana Peel tracks. :)
Take a look at some of their new flip-flops designs :)
Hiccups are inspired by the neon fluo trend. What better way to dress up this already too loud shade that with neon colors as well from the new Neon collection from BYS Cosmetics, a neon wayfarer-inspired sunglasses, neon arm candies (GWP from BYS and gift from a brand). Play with your pet with a cute neon chew toy. Most of all, don't forget sunblock. Some extremely effective similar to Heliocare.
I knew immediately how to style Marigold flipflops. It did look so right for partying in Wave Bar at Boracay Regency Resort, don't you think so? Great for evening parties, pair this flip flops with gold accessories from SM Accessories. For your makeup, keep is even and smooth with the new Clinique CC Cream. Make your lips pop amidst the midas touch with Estee Lauder PureColor Fuchsia Fever, contour those sunkissed cheeks with The Body Shop's Baked Bronzer, Keep your hair soft and shiny with L'oreal Mytic Oil.. and if the bling isn't enough, paint on some BYS Glitter For Nails Bling It On!
I think men could benefit from all these brights, too. So for the Status Quo Duo design, I decided to style it with men in mind. If some men are brave enough to wear pink, orange is no different. And so does the neon green wayfarer inspired glasses (GWP from BYS). But that's it! I wouldn't imagine any man wearing more! But even men needs to hence the Nivea Lip Balm and the Artic Freeze Shave Gel for the cool feel. Men do care how they look and of course the way they smell, my reco is the Zenzest Body Spray in Rush. It has a fresh masculine musky scent that reminds me of active sports like surfing and wakeboarding.
I had fun beauty styling these flip flops. :) After all, we fun loving island people have all the excuse in the world to wear comfy flops all-year round! :)
You can find your Banana Peel at your favorite department store nationwide!
Sunday, May 19, 2013
When Smart invited me to Boracay to "Live All Out" I was scared that it will be about activities and sports. And so I warned Kim and Abbie ala Fat Amy, "Don't put me in for cardio." Besides, it was labor day weekend and I just wanted to have fun under the sun. Can you blame me? :)
But I was so relieved that the invitation was MY version of Live All Out.
Lounging in the beach, playing in the sand, drinking mojitos, pigging out on seafood and steak. But as expected, Smart had tons of activities for all people lucky enough to be there that weekend. Seeing as how people were these doing such daring things, I thought why not do one as well!
Like make sand angels! Bloggers were dared by Smart twitter followers to do some pretty awesome stuff and we all got to participate. At first, I wasn't keen on doing it but after seeing how much fun my fellow bloggers had, I got excited. And so instead of making sand angels... I became a bee!! :) I was so game to win, I flapped my arms like crazy ! So if you were watching the livestream, I'm sure you got to see how much I was making a fool of myself. LOL!
So to whoever tweeted that dare,
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Like a kid in a candy store, my jaw dropped when I saw the classic interior of SM Aura Department Store at Bonifacio Global City. You see counters made up gold and depp mahony shades, modern counters and products that have their own devoted spaces and still the familiar looks that we have all come to love.
Consider me a happy girl because despite the fact I love practically all the malls in Manila, SM has it all. Fendi Eau Fraiche is one of those, whom invited me in the press launch of SM Aura Premier and of course, the unveiling of this new fresh scent from this global brand.
But I will talk about the lovely scent of Fendi Eau Fraiche in a separate blog post. Right now, let me show you the brands that I saw inside the new SM Aura Department Store, focuisng of course on beauty and cosmetics. :)
For a week, you'll see Fendi in front of the entrance to celebrate the new scent they have.. a girlier more feminine and light scent, Eau Fraiche.
The return of H2O, the science of marine skincare, which I was told was here in the Philippines in the 90's. Not surprised they didn't last that long considering that 90's wasn't really the best time to launch a products as innovative as this.
Classic brands such as Elizabeth Arden who has launch it's Visible Whitening Line. I love how the packaging contrasts with the deep chocolate brown counter. It made the products stand out and the luxury seems more apparent.
Germany-based brand, The Makeup Factory si also in SM Department Store. Their main branch in BHS now has a little sister! Better check out their liquid liner and brow mascara. They are amazing.
Mainstay Maybelline Cosmetics will always be present whenever a new beauty department store will arise. And I like the counter at SM Aura a lot more posh. It didn't look too crowded either, something I appreciate a lot.
BYS Cosmetics, an Australian-based cosmetic brand, also made SM Aura it's home. And looking at how nicely positioned their products are, SM made it a priority for it's customers to have better counter-experience.
Za Cosmetics is also back! Seeing as how numerous cosmetics are making it's way back to our counters show that we are indeed more open to enhancing our outer beauty and the brands are taking another chance. I love the new Za packaging and I can't wait to try more products from their line!
This one precisely. Their True White. I've tested it and it seems promising. The light texture and scent got me!
Men gets a chance to look and feel good, too. Products for men are also available in the beauty department of SM Aura Premier. LAB Series is one of them, a range of skin care devoted for our better halves. It's as good as our top of the line skin care!
I spotted Deborah Milano, an Italian-based cosmetic brand. I haven't tried any from their brand so I can't say much about it yet. :)
Like I said there are the familiar ones you'll see and that includes the shiny counter of Shiseido with their brand associates always looking so polished and almost like a flight attendant.
Other brands such as Revlon, Max Factor, Cover Girl, Etude House, Tony Moly etc. and of course more skincare and scents. :)
Friday, May 17, 2013
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