Sunday, February 28, 2010

Don't end the love season just yet with Avon's Winscape scent

Now that the love month is about to end, we're tucking away the paper hearts, the cupid cutouts and the pink and red balloons. But let's not end it just there... Love is everywhere and its in every day that we wake up to....

I see this new collection of Avon scents as sort of melding of the love and summer. A whiff of this scent allows one to remind themselves that love is out there and yet enjoy first the beginning of summer.

Summer is one our most anticipated season in our tropical land, with beautiful beaches merely hours from the city. Steal a way a day to spend with your loved one... Spray on the glorious fresh and sparkling scent of Windscape that will surely entice the man in your life.


Windspace for him and her

Windscape For Her features sunny citrus and a hint of crisp apple sparkle through an airy blend of aquatic florals and white musk. Windscape For Him, meanwhile, has zesty citrus that gives lift to a whirl of dewy greens and fresh, invigorating spices.


Take on it the experts on love:
They share their stories that will inspire us to find our own true love.


SUZI ENTRATA-ABRERA & PAOLO ABRERA: Follow your bliss

Celebrity mom Suzi Entrata-Abrera and triathlete and TV host Paolo Abrera first met in 1997 on the sports-oriented show Gameplan, where they both worked as hosts. Together and on camera, Suzi and Paolo traveled to exciting places, jumped off cliffs, dove into the ocean depths, and took enormous risks to bring the rush of extreme sports to their viewers.
“We were always traveling together, trying out different sports, meeting new people. It was a constant learning experience. It was great to know that there is a huge world out there with so many different sorts of people,“ Suzi said.
“Suzi has a free-spirited and easy-going manner. She has the wonderful gift of always being able to make me smile,” Paolo said on what attracted him to Suzi. “It doesn’t hurt that she’s easy on the eyes too.”
“Paolo still takes my breath away,” Suzi shared. “He is sensitive, kind, funny and devoted.”
“We went on fun adventures in exotic places for Gameplan,” Paolo stated, then adding, “What did you think was gonna happen?”
On 2001, the couple took life's biggest plunge and got married.
Paolo said that they are lucky to work in a “non-traditional” way that has allowed them to be a little more free-wheeling.
“We both love to travel so we would ride on buses, get lost, and find our way again. We don’t mind getting lost because every place has something interesting to offer,” Suzi said. “My parents always encouraged me to follow my own road, and I hope our three kids will see how important it is to follow your heart and be the person you want to be by following your passions and living your dreams.”
“I like being outside and feeling the sun on my skin and the rush of the wind. My ideal day would be spent just sitting at the beach, with no particular plans, just taking things as they come. We go where the winds lead us,” Paolo added.
The couple love going to the movies, having coffee or having lunch together. On weekends, they go running, swimming, go on bike rides or visit the market with the kids. Sometimes, Suzi and Paolo hop on the motorcycle for a ride on weekend afternoons.
However, being in the TV business and not working in 9-to-5 office jobs also presents its own challenges.
“It’s particularly hard for Suzi who has to wake up at the crack of dawn, and sometimes gets home late from taping a second program,” Paolo shared. “It’s hard sometimes to find time for each other, and with three kids as well. But even on extra-busy days, those last two minutes right before you nod off –where you tell each other one last funny story and make each other smile—are golden,” he added.


RISSA MANANQUIL & PAOLO TRILLO: The ordinary can also be extraordinary

“I first met Paolo in a Christmas party for the fashion industry. I was then president of the Professional Models Association of the Philippines while Paolo was managing partner of Fiamma,” said Rissa Mananquil, a model, columnist, and modeling-school teacher.
“I eventually asked Rissa out on dinner dates. As we got to know each other better, I was smitten,“ said Paolo Trillo, Ateneo men's basketball team manager, restaurateur and sportscaster.
“I was impressed by how responsible, hands-on and attentive he was to his business. He always treated his staff well. He’s incredibly down-to-earth, intelligent and principled,” she said.
“I love how Rissa is so humble. She never expects special treatment. I’m so drawn to her because she’s very sweet, considerate and kind-hearted,” Paolo added.
“We love to eat! We enjoy trying different restaurants and cooking together at home. We also indulge in traveling. We like to explore, get lost, and discover new things,” Rissa enthused.
The multi-hyphenated couple always makes it a point to share time with each other, even in extremely bad weather.
Rissa tells how during the height of typhoon Milenyo, which brought Manila to a standstill, the couple just hung out and talked amid the power disruption and general uproar.
“When we’re together, the ordinary becomes extraordinary,” Rissa said.


ISSA LITTON-GARRIDO & TIGER GARRIDO: Open yourself up to everything life has to offer

Issa Litton-Garrido and Tiger Garrido met in a blind date and tied the knot in a Stars Wars-themed wedding ceremony.
“Tiger asked me if I could become his girlfriend by making me check a series of boxes in a placard,” Issa recalled fondly. ”The series of placards began with questions like if I’m happy with him or if he makes me smile, which eventually led to the final question of wanting to be together exclusively.”
“Laughter is definitely a big part of our life,” said Tiger, who is an orthopedic surgeon at De La Salle Medical Center.
“We both don’t take life too seriously, and simply take whatever comes our way,” added Issa, a culinary enthusiast and TV host for a morning show that tackles a grab-bag of topics and a cooking show that features top chefs and their recipes.
“My husband likes to chill and I like fast-paced things yet we manage to make things work between us. Life is definitely not boring having each other and our two daughters,” Issa added.
“I am a surgeon and nobody in the world could imagine me being free spirited, but there are two sides to me: the serious side and the idiot side. God forbid that they overlap!“ he said.
“I love his sense of humor and athleticism. Plus, he’s a really good dancer,” Issa said of her husband, who answered that he loves her competitiveness, resolve, and passion for life.
Tiger proudly stated that free-spirited Issa loves to race on the track, has no problem bungee-jumping off a crane and sky-diving out a plane.
The couple enjoys going to the beach, dancing, watching movies and getting massages together. Given Tiger’s hectic work schedule, they try to enjoy the simple moments of walking together after dinner, or sharing the day’s events with each other, or playing with their girls in their bedroom.
“Life is short. Open yourself up to everything life has to offer. Live with passion. If not, life will just pass you by,” Issa said.

There is no right way to fall in love. There is no manual that we can all read to lead us to that person that will give our happy ending... but stories like theirs gives us that glimmer of sunshine like a summer morning that it exist and it could happen... you'll just have to learn to recognize it before it drifts away like a summer breeze.

But until then, let us indulge ourselves first with Avon's newest fragrance Windscape. After all, all men are attracted to girls who smells like the first of summer. In a relationship, grab one as well for the love of your life.

much love,
Shen

Windscape is now available in our Avon outlets for only Php800.00. Why go there? Just call your Avon lady! Don't have one yet? Call 8642899 or log on to www.avon.com.ph to find out how you can meet your very own Avon Lady.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

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Hair Care Products Shen Shower With

Along with the new hair cut, I know that some of you are curious with what I do with it in the shower. No naughty thoughts there. Since I got all these chemical treatments for my hair, there is no choice but to give it appropriate and necessary care it needs. I don't think no hair like mine can simply get away with a simple shampoo. And if you're doing just that, you better start rethinking your hair care maintenance.



Shampoos:

Head and Shoulders Anti-Dandruff Shampoo Dry and Itchy Scalp Care
4 out 5 points
Ever since, I have this in my bathroom cabinet. I have very thick hair and I do get dandruff on certain months. Its an uncomfortable feeling and Head and Shoulder is the only shampoo the relieves me from it. As soon as I use it at the first signs of dandruff, I immediately see results the next day. Cleaner and fresher feeling on my scalp.

Pureology Serious Colour Care Antifade Complex PureVolume Shampoo (Php 900++)
4.5 out 5 points
Organic is good and there's a reason for it. Any of you who suffers from diseases that is aggravated by certain chemicals, then Pureology is right for you. But this shampoo is a breath of fresh air from the traditional shampoo that I've tried. I love how it maintains the color of my hair. Until now, people notice my hair color and I believe that Pureology helped maintain bigtime for its the only coloring shampoo I use. Antifade Complex is definitely working here.



Regular conditioners:

L'oreal Elseve Damage Care Repairing Conditioner for Damged Brittle Hair (Php165)
5 out 5 points
This is one of the best conditioner. It can't be helped that with my rebonding and hair coloring, my hair gets the beating and it turns weaker. I need a good conditioner that will help me reduce that occurence. This conditioner has earned raves from glossies and my friends. I love that the scent is not too strong. This year I want to see that

L'oreal Professional Force Vector with Glycocell Conditioner for Brittle Hair
4 out 5 points
Honestly, I was only forced to buy this conditioner by a very snotty person. But one thing I can say is that she knows hair care real well. But since L'oreal is famous for hair care I'm all surpirsed to see this work on me immediately. I saw grea results in one week. Less hair fall, my hair so much smoother and it has become a lot more manageable. This is definitely going on my next wishlist.



Intensive Conditioners:

Intensive conditioners are highly important. Not only for me who has completely chemically-treated hair but for everyone else. Our hair gets damaged by the sun big time, not just our skin. And it will do our hair some good to get a little bit of home treatment. No need a weekly visit at the salon if you frequently get some dose of deeo conditioning at the comfort of your own bathroom.

Tip: Go all the way as wrapping your head with saran wrap/cellophane and live it for mroe than the directed time on the tub. Instead of 20, go for more than a hour. Catch up on our favorite TV shows as you lounge on your couch while the treatment seeps in to your locks.

Kerastase Oleo-Relax Masque for Dry Brittle Hair
5 out 5 points
There is something to be said for a hair masque that cost almost Php3000.00. It's because it works! Plain and simple. This has not left my bathroom vanity for years now. Now that it has a new look and more things to look forward, too. I'll stay a fan. My mom clearly knows her products wel because she was the one who introduced me to this brand. She made sure that my rebond would go a long way with this weekly treatment.



L'oreal Elseve Anti-Breakage Nutri-Repair Mask (Php375.00)
4 out 5 points
For Php375.00, this is a mask than I use every other day with my L'oreal Elseve Damage Care Repairing Conditioner for Damaged Brittle Hair and L'oreal Professional Force Vector with Glycocell Conditioner for Brittle Hair. This ensures that I fool people on how chemically-treated my hair really is because this mask literally masks my hair and makes it sturdy yet soft and flowy. A certain stylist even said that my hair looks healthy at face value.



Cream Silk Precision Repair Treatment (375.00++)
4 out of 5 stars
Consider me indulgent but I use this every other day. Yes, I'm that anal when it comes to my hair. Cream Silk has been taking care of my ahir for the past years I was in high school and college. For them to come up with a hair mask that actually helps my hair get back its lustre from all the ironing, blow drying and treatments, is such a great relief. If the Philippine Fashion Runway models depend on this product to keep their hair soft, why won't I right?



There you have it, the products that I shower with. Wink! Wink!

I hope that you were able to find something here to try that is within your budget range. I like these products because they are accessible to allof us. Visit any popular Salon and you'll find Pureology and Kerastase products. While the rest of the hair care products I've mentioned are available at your favorite drugstore. Personally, I prefer getting at Watson's and Beauty by SM in Makati. They have discounts and promos that helps my budget big time.

Til next pool reviews!

much love,
Shen

Sujiivana Salon Haircut Review

I finally did it. I finally chopped off my locks. I simply couldn't pass up an opportunity when presented by the chance to have it styled by a trained-stylist of KNE, an acclaimed international hair stylist who made it his personal mission to give the Philippines a different lasting taste in hair styling. I couldn't be more impressed with his principles. He will definitely bust the Filipino myths when it comes to hair styling.

Sujiivana, a beautiful life in Sanskrit, is a word that rings true in this salon. They have made it their dedication to make this salon a lifestyle destination. The place upon entering will definitely give you that relaz feeling. The team of Sujiivana are attentive and welcoming. Not all too intidimating like other salons I've been to in x number of years of salon tripping.

My hair cutting session started off with the attendant giving me a client card to fill out. I'm always impressed with salon who takes time to get to know their clients by these cards. Not everyone has this nor takes it seriously. Clearly, Sujiivana does. When I was directed to my seat, I was given a drink and the magazine I want to read. Just exactly what I wrote on the card.

Teddy, the stylist assigned to me was attentive when I tried to explain how I want my hair to look like. I was intentionally making an effort in giving him a hard time as I explained. Yes, I'm bad like that. But I wanted test his patience and knowledge as well. I told him I wanted a cut that is not too short nor too long... but I don't mind layers, something good for my rebonded hair but also for the top part which isn't rebonded anymore. I would also want bangs but my hair would not cooperate. Could he make it possible?





End results?

Yes, he did it! I love my new hair!! I have bangs!! The last time I had bangs, I wanted to chop the stylist's hands because she committed horrible crime on my hair! But Teddy definitely got my style (no matter how confusing my explanation was). I'm so impressed!










I know those are a lot of photos of me with my new haircut but I just want to show you how pleased I am with KNE's training. Teddy took his sweet time in cutting my hair. He also patiently answered my inquiries on his techniques. He gave me easy-enough to understand process on how they were trained. It shouldn't be rushed, he said. "You paid for a good price for your hair cut, you must get you're money's worth.", he added.

After my cut, my hair was masked by a treatment that will reduce the damage that has been done to my hair due to the coloring and rebonding. It will also give my hair the shine it lacks. This treatment starts at about Php700 and up, depending on the length of your hair.

Another thing that I asked is if I could maintain this look everyday. This time, Teddy's assistant, Kirby, took his time on explaining me on how I could achieve the same look with a flat iron. Even demonstrating on how to hold the flat iron. For nearly a week now, I've been achieving almost the same results with my handy-dandy hair ironing tool.

I asked this because we all know that a blow dry could only go so far but once we wash our hair, the magic is gone and we are left with a bad haircut. With the Sujiivana way, I get to take home my hairstyle and not worry that I won't look the same the next day, or the next and the next after that.

The BF didn't like the idea of cutting a lot inches from my hair. The only thing he asked of me was to never cut my hair short. You see, he likes my hair long and straight. But when I came home, he couldn't help but be wowed with the transformation. He said I look younger. He even asked if I had coloring done. I said no. I told him the hair cut brought my highlights to life compared to my previous haircut. "I like it." he said approvingly.

Even the BF (picky picky BF) adores it. :D

Sujiivana scores:
Ambiance: 5 out 5
Service: 5 out of 5
Price (Php500.00): 5 out of 5
Location: 3 out of 5
(If I live in the South area, I'd give this 5 as well.)

There you have it. Sujiivana Salon has one happy client in me.

Here are some photos of the Sujiivana Salon for your perusal.
(photos provided by management of Sujiivana Salon. Credits to its photographer.)










Isn't is just breathtakingly beautiful??
I wouldn't mind spending my weekends here (that is if my wage would allow it).

much love,
Shen


Sujiivana Salon is located at
The Serenity Place
Westgate Center, Filinvest Corporate City
Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Philippines
Tel no. 02-7712385 to 87 and 89
info@theserenityplace.net
www.theserenityplace.net


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Monday, February 22, 2010

on love and almost-fairy-tales

Inspired by Frances of Topaz Horizon, let me share how i found my real love.

I'm not yet married, so I don't have anything to say on that regard. Like Frances, my family is not rich but we weren't poor either. But there was a time when I had to go to school with my shoes gaping open and all of my school things were second hand. There was also a time when my mom would even borrow my allowance just so we can have something to eat. Yes, it was that worst. My mom was in debt, big time. While my cousins had the latest things, I had their hand-me-downs. I even experienced not getting a haircut for more than a year. Whenever I remember those days, I can't help but cry... but these tears are of happiness because despite all those things, my mom and I was able to rise above it all.

Through all those, my mom made sure that I finish my education. She encouraged me despite my laziness to get better (if not the best) grades. It's the only thing that I can leave you with, she said. We don't have hectares of lands or multi-million businesses. She also said (this is her opinion and now my own), that with a good education (not exactly schools), I would also be exposed to people who also has the same ambition as I do....

She was right.

I was in law school when I met R. We became friends through our classmates and we clicked. We understood each other because we had the same goal, we wanted to help our family by becoming a lawyer. I wanted to take care of my mom while Ron wanted his parents to come home from working abroad. It wasn't about the same songs or books we like. Although, Frances, Ron loves to read. :) It wasn't also about the physical attractiveness (although there was that). It wasn't also about our friends' coaxing that "we look good together." We both have grand dreams, we wanted to live a life that our parents wasn't able to live. We want our kids to have the best, much like what our parents strives for us to have. We love each others' company because we can talk about anything and not feel the least bored. Yes, I can stand him talking about basketball and he can stand me talking incessantly about my makeups.

Like Frances' Vince, R is as generous with his gifts. He showered me with lavish things through out our relationship. He spoils me rotten that people started to take notice. One of his friends even warned him that I was high-maintenance. But all those things I know comes from his heart and not just something he think he needs to do. In return when I earned my own money, I also lavished him with the things. If he can do those, why can't I right? That is just one way to show how much we love each other.

Now, we do everything together. We invest for our future, we bought a place that we now call our home. Slowly, we are building a future that will be a fulfillment of both our dreams...

Love is not a knight sweeping you off your feet and taking you to his castle of gold. It's when he was there and helped you up after you made a blunder of yourself. Love is when you're crying and you won't talk to anyone but he still stayed. Love is when he won't rush you when you're doing you're makeup. Love is when you can't stand basketball and yet you shout when his team wins. Love is when you sleep mad at each other but wake up holding each other. Love is when the most important person in your life died and he was there to help you pick up the pieces and slowly put them back together.

I thank my mother for providing me the best she could. She was the instrument of God so that I could meet R. I know that there will always be a guy who'll be richer or better looking but none of them will ever have what R has, an unexplainable devotion to a girl who has nothing to share but her love for him and the rest of her life.

Yes, I think my story is like a fairy tale as well.. simply because, like those story books we read, I know I found my happily ever after.

I'm not a perfect person (many are often annoyed with me), but if I could find my God's Best, I'm sure you will as well.


Ron and I at The White Hat Valentine's Day Movie event.
Aren't we so malusog?
Yes, we are hiyang with each other...
lol!



much love and happiness,
Shen

P.S. Thanks Frances for your post, you made me realize how blessed I am that I have R in my life.

Friday, February 19, 2010

For the love of blogging and beauty

There is a certain article in the cyberworld that is causing an outrage to many beauty bloggers. The primary question in that post is whether blogging is the new media. Media, is the plural of medium (thank you dictionary.com). This word is commonly used in tv, radio, newspaper and magazine that reach a great number of people.

If one would apply that to a blog, what do great number of people mean? I suspect it's more than a thousand, a certain number of population or a general number of cities. This also depends on the demographic that media is targeting so it could lessen that great number as well. So let's get back to just thousands of people. Does this mean that for a blog to became a part of the media, he or she must have a good number of followers or hits?

There is the content issue that these people are ranting about. Have you seen tabloids? Don't you think they are a bunch of crap writing articles about people that aren't true? But why do an insane number of people buy them? And some even die because of it? Because its entertaining. Period.

The things is, blogging is seen as a new form of media. Information are disseminated faster to a large quantity of readers and there is little to no amount of financing needed. Also, communications are faster when it comes to blogging. Answering inquiries in speed of light compared to dialing a number that is always busy or an email to be answered in the next issue. Blogging provides a close connection with its followers and I believe that this will only grow stronger in the coming years. Don't be surprise to see a set of tables and chairs devoted to bloggers only during events. But I don't think it will dominate the media we were accustomed to. There is still much to be said about holding a good copy of Cosmopolitan, watching TMZ and reading Manila Bulletin.

A blog is a tiny tiny space in the cyber world where one can write ANYTHING about ANYTHING. There is little set rules in this world and you can't expect everyone to regulate what they write. Just be thankful that some does. And the fact that that blog became popular because of how they diss other brands and rave overly too much on the perks they get isn't your problem. They can't help it if they get invited to events, earn money and get perks from it or just hates a certain brand or service. People don't need to be a professional on anything to start their own blog. It's their "log of the day" and you really can't do anything about it. But you are free to feel mad or disgusted by it if you think them unworthy of being beside you in an event. It's a good thing that many don't think the same way as you do.

People will read what they want and even if you start writing articles to have these people regulate what they write, people will still look for that interesting (and honest) article that will get you really riled up. You can't expect them to have the same standards as you. And probably because they think your standards are wrong or even low for them. That isn't your problem either.

Just live and let live. There may be things we don't agree on but if there is one thing all of us are passionate about, it's the love for beauty.

Isn't that enough to acquire an amount of peace in this small world of beauty?

much love,
Shen

Thursday, February 18, 2010

How do you fake well-rested look? Grab a copy of ZenHealth!

When I was first contacted by ZenHealth, I felt somewhat intimidated to answer proposition. I kept asking myself if I was worthy enough to give advise on such things on a magazine. Really, me! Shen??? Expert enough? I know a lot would say I'm not. But my mom always told me never to question the blessings that comes your way, what you do is try to pay it forward.

I answered a few questions on how to fake a well-rested look. I've been faking that rested look since I started college, so I hope that you'll learn something from the advises I shared in this article, beautifully written by Jenny Lynn Aguilar.




here's the article
still kinikilig! (giddy)


I still can't believe that my name is written on a magazine. :)
This is the second time, actually, but I'm still quite shy to share you the other magazine.
hehehe...

Even as a kid I always dreamed of writing for magazine (I even made a magazine made from a sketchpad in highschool). But there is more to magazine than just the colorful glossy pages. A lot of work, blood and tears go into it. When I worked for a magazine, I never took a page for granted anymore. But honestly, I don't know how I got here. Never did I thought (just dreamed) that I will be in a position worthy of a page.

Thank you to Chuchie who introduced me to the magazine and Jenny for this wonderful article. This issue find its way to New Jersey. Hehehe!

Thank you so much, ZenHealth!!

much love,
Shen

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Please follow me on all three. :)

Hello everybody!!

How's post valentine for you? I've been updating a lot of things lately and a few of them are these... :) Please do follow me on the following social network sites. :)


http://twitter.com/leeshengee


http://formspring.me/shensaddiction


http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shens-Addiction/336497489187?ref=mf&v=wall
if the link doesn't work, there's a badge on th right side of my website.

Thank you so much!! :)

much love,
Shen

Monday, February 15, 2010

My Simple Valentine Look using UD Book of Shadows Volume II

For me and R, it's always Valentine's day everyday. At least we want to think so. But this day is extra special to me because we did something that relates to my other side of the world. R is not much in the participation department when it comes to my blogging but it doesn't mean his support is unwavering. He knows what blogging and attending events means to me. For him to share it with me truly made my Valentine's.

I wore a dress I bought at Apt. 8 at the Intercon Bazaar last year. It was a very simple dress so I decided to make my FOTD simple as well.


face:
Shu Uemura UV base
Shu Uemura Nobara Cream Stick Foundation
Mineraux Mineral Foundation
Mineraux Mineral Blush
Mineraux Premium Veil in Neutral Veil
Mineraux Premium Blush in Plum Blush
Mineraux Premium Bronzer in Beach Tan Bronzer
Ellana Bronzer in Light Roast

Lips:
MAC Surprise Me
The Body Shop Love Gloss


Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin
Urban Decay Book of Shadows Volume II
Sphynx
Half Baked
Nylon
Ydk
Gunmental
Maybelline Impact Express Smooth Felt Liner
L'oreal Telescopic Clean Mascara
Urban Decay Liner in Bourbon (Shimmery brown)
MAC Eye Khol in Fascinating (Matte White)


a closer look

My eyebrows and lining technique needs one major overhaul. :) It's been a while since my last visit to the Browhaus and from the looks of it, I need one so badly. And I can't find my tweezer! Bugger! I really wish I had more time to blog and visit places I could blog about more. But so far, I'm enjoying my time with my relatives, friends and simply just spending more time in the real world. It's tough at the same time, but with days like this... well, why complain right?

Even if Valentine's Day is just a fake holiday, it definitely gives us a way to appreciate the smaller things in life that work and stress takes away from us. And though we would want it be Valentine's Day, our Birthday or to be Christmas everyday, it simply can't happen. All we have to do is to be thankful that we still get to spend a simple day with our loved ones.

I love you all so very much, the overwhelming support and for the constant comments and questions. I truly adore you, guys. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

And to my loving BF, thanks for putting up with my quirks and drama. I love you... :)


much love,
Shen

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Movie Review: Valentine's Day + meet & greet



This star-studded movie reminded me of Drew Barrymore's He's Just Not Into You and the local movie Star Circle cast J.O.L.O.G.S. but a little more up beat and truly in tune with LOVE. Hence, the title. The cinematography was amazing. Although my dad is from LA, it is not on top of the list of my USA fantasy trip. Right now, it is!!! Well, second to New York. :)

The movie like many love-themed movie is very much relate-able. It inspired not only of Love but what truly is behind it.... forgiveness, acceptance, courage, commitment, fidelity, honesty and unconditional. I shed a few tears but mostly there were laughs. The audience were taken away by the made comedy scene and believe me when I say that the audience didn't hold back their reactions. :)

The movie happened during one Valentine's Day and it revolved around a lot of people who are somewhat connected to each other in some ways. Ashton Kutcher's role was so adorable that I saw him in a different light. Anne Hathaway's acting was just the best! One of the comedic highlight of the movie. Jessica Biel reminded me of a friend but in a more exaggerated way. Her i-hate-vday-but-hopes-to-share-with-someone is just too darn cute. You won't hate her, I swear. Jaimie Foxx and Eric Dane was just dripping with sexy! You have to watch out for the out of the shower towel-clad Eric Dane, McSteamy indeed. Patrick Dempsey didn't have an admirable character. His action were worthy of Gabriella action. I didn't like all the hoochy acting Taylor-Taylor tandem showed since I think of her as an innocent teenager. Emma Roberts owned her acting. I like her nonchalant script. There's more but I'd let you be the judge on those.

I was first hesitant to bring the BF since he's not into romantic movies like this one. But boy oh boy, my man was laughing his heart out with a few scenes with me. So yes, this is Boyfriend safe movie. Especially those BF who tends to lean on gory zombie movies like mine. I'm sure they will have a great time with this one.

Most of all, this movie made me miss my mom a lot. I know the love that she has put in to raising me and me making it difficult along the way didn't help. So, for those who thinks that love don't exist, just look at the person who raised you... you'll know that you had it all along. And that Valentine's Day is not the only day you can show you love them, too.

So, what are you waiting for? Don't miss this great romantic-comedy film made for the Happy Heart's day.


after the movie, I met Justine who reads beauty blogs and about to start her own.
With her is her bf, Jarek. :) Glad to have met you both!

much love,
Shen

I would like to thank the people of The White Hat Italian Frozen Yogurt for holding such a wonderful promo that allowed me and the BF to watch this movie on the eve Valentine's Day. The 10 cups really made me lose almost 10 lbs. :)

Here Comes Alice on Happy Heart's Day

I was just browsing through multiply for the Alice in Wonderland + Urban Decay Book of Shadows collabo, when i chanced upon Greenboxunlimited. I quickly messaged them if its still available. A day later i think, I received a text asking if I was still interested. I asked the BF if he could purchase the palette for me on Valentine's and forgo the usual bouquet surprise. He said, yes. As if he'd say otherwise, right? It's Valentine's.

If there was something I learned in my 26 years, it's that guys don't get how I think. I don't know about you but I gave up on "expecting" and "assuming" that the guy i'm dating or in a relationship with can read my mind. Really, they can't and most often they don't even make an effort. Not to burst anyone's fantasy/romantic bubble but it's nice to give our man a break and say out loud what you want and want to happen.

When the BF paid for the Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Palette, it didn't lessen the essence of gift-giving. Waiting for courier to deliver the package made me and BF anticipate on what it would look like in person. When the courier got here, let's just say we were both excited to open the package. He even said, "Buksan mo na. Gusto ko makita kung gano siya kaganda." I know it was tough for him to buy something he hasn't seen in person but I'm glad he changed this tradition for this one Valentine.

Remember Pretty Woman where Richard Gere and Julia Roberts were shopping inside the store and he just nodded and smiled whenever he liked something on Julia? Ron is that kind of guy. He's really that manly man and I just love that about him. He knows how to take charge of things but knows also when to back off. I really love that about him. Some girls may get tired of that and I admit sometimes I do as well, but I wouldn't want him to change. After all, it's a two-way street for us. Me being able to tell him anything lets him loosen up and do the same. Now I know what to get him for our anniversary. (how much does a treadmill cost?)

Many would say that my relationship with Ron is unsual, out of the norm. Others would say that its boring because we hardly have anything in common. But at the end of the day, no matter how much I can't stand basketball or his love for Chinese movies on cable, I still want to cuddle up to him and sleep while he watch. Every morning when he's busy watching an NBA game, his shout of excitement when his team wins makes my day. Then he would go back to bed when he sees i'm up and tells me those wonderful three words.... "Kain na tayo." (Let's eat). You see even if he wakes up early, he always wait up for me so we can have breakfast/brunch/lunch together. :) Kain na tayo is like him saying "Good morning. I love you." to me everyday.

There is nothing wrong with saying what you want . If you read FHM as much as I do, you'd know that guys love girls who has their own minds but maintain a certain finesse and decorum. You don't have to be a nagging GPS with him but if he asks you want you want, don't just say "Kaw? What do you want?" or "Kaw bahala." Instead, tell him you've been craving for Mang Jimmy's sisig or some coffee at Bo's. If he disagrees then suggest something else. As much as guys have a hard time figuring us out.... I've given up a long time figuring them out. :) LOL. After all, if they really want to surprise us, nothing can stop them dudes. :)

Enough about my relationship and my attempt at relationship advise. Here's Alice, currently residing at my place... :)



What a dream come true! When Disney called to ask if we would design a product for the launch of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, we were like, “Um…. Yes!” The result is this truly amazing (and seriously collectible) Book of Shadows.

Open the palette to reveal a pop-up scene of Alice in the mushroom forest. Her “drink me” bottle discarded, she staggers past towering mushrooms, only to cross paths with a very peculiar, hookah-smoking caterpillar. A large mirror rests behind the scene – you feel as if you are transported into the film itself.

Hidden inside a secret drawer are 16 best-selling Eyeshadows, given topsy-turvy names like White Rabbit, Jabberwocky and Oraculum. Alongside them lie travel sizes of Eyeshadow Primer Potion and two 24/7 Eye Pencils. From smoky neutral eyes to flashes of hallucinogenic green and purple, the looks you can create are as endless as the rabbit hole itself. Anyone who loves Urban Decay, Tim Burton, Disney, or Alice in Wonderland absolutely MUST have this palette. Even the Mad Hatter would say this Book of Shadows delivers it all.

Fill Weight: Eyeshadows: 16 x 0.8 g e 16 x 0.03 US oz; Eyeshadow Primer Potion: 3.7ml e 0.13 US fl oz; 24/7 Eye Pencils: 2 x 0.8g e 2 x 0.03 US oz

source: Urban Decay website


i love the details of the palette!


I made an attempt before of creating a pop-up back in elementary school but my bestfriend and I were distracted with pre-teen crushes to finish it. hehehehe.


oohhh! a potion! what does it do??


the journey to mushroom forest is such a curious concept that Urban Decay chose to take.
I wonder if they chose a different part inAlice in Wonderland? Like the ones with the flowers? Oooohh... I would want that palette i'm sure.




This set contains:
(16) Eyeshadows:
-Underland (Flash)
-Alice (Painkiller)
-Oraculum (Baked)
-Queen (Last Call)
-Chessur (Chopper)
-White Rabbit (Polyester Bride)
-Wonderland (Maui Wowie)
-Curiouser (Grifter)
-Muchness (X)
-Mushroom (Mushroom)
-Midnight Tea Party (Midnight Cowboy Rides Again)
-Vorpal (S&M)
-Absolem (Homegrown)
-Drink Me Eat Me (Sin)
-Mad Hatter (Twice Baked)
-Jabberwocky (Oil Slick)
-Travel-size 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero and Flipside
-Travel-size Eyeshadow Primer Potion

source: Sephora.com


I know I already have 75% of the colors in this palette but those that I don't made it all worth it to get this still. Besides it is such a great collector's item. :) And its Alice in Wonderland!!!


Urban Decay Collection
le sigh!


thank you Gracie, Cam and R!

I rate this item 100% great.
You'll really make someone extremely happy (ehem! even for yourself)
when you purchase this item.
This palette spells double L-O-V-E.

Happy Valentine's everyone!!!
Kung Hei Fat Choi!!

much love
Shen

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