Thursday, April 29, 2010

Revisited: Elianto at SM The Block (a haul post)

It's been years last I visited Elianto at SM The Block. The last visit I made here was when mom was still with us. SM North EDSA holds a special place in my heart. My mom and I spent a better part of my youth in this mall. It was hard not to tear up when I drove there... I didn't help that I was wearing mom's perfume.

But enough with the reminiscing and let's get on to one of the best part of the evening....

Elianto invited beauty bloggers for dinner yesterday night to talk about beauty and makeup trend. Of course, my talkativeness (again!) overpowered a few conversation. Really I need to shut up most of the time. LOL.

After the talk, we were toured at the Elianto SM The Block. I was surprise with all the new products available. They now have a mineral makeup line and new skin care lines that are made with natural products. I still remember the last time I visited, I hoarded on Buy 1 Take 1 eyeshadows. Now, they have new packaging that is fit for the chic in all of us. I really love the newly revamped items.

It was really nice to get reaquainted once again with Elianto.



Haul Time!!


Elianto Miracle Multiplex BB Cream 02 Natural (Php799.00)

Best seller of Elianto to date. I was curious to try this BB Cream. I really am not much of a fan of BB Cream since I think it aggravates my oiliness. But a variant that provides oil control seem to be promising. So far, Elianto BB Cream has the closest matcch to my skintone. All their BB Creams actually have 3 skin tones available so its easy to find your match. Yey!


Swatch of #02 Natural.
See how it closely matched my skintone?
(color may appear lighter due to flash)


With external flash.
My hand though appeared a tad lighter didn't really give out that whitish cast I was expecting.


Elianto Firming and Revitalize Eye Zone Treatment Patch
and
Brigheting Eye Zone Treatment Patch
(Php169.00 for 12 pairs each pack)



Elianto Green Tea Lip & Eye Make-up Remover (Php399.00)
(For all skin types)

Tried it first night and works really well taking off my gel eyeliner and mascara.


Pearl Shine Eyeshadows (Php149.00 each)



Both are named 14 Light Salmon. I think they revamped both colors.
I chose to get these two for it looks good as a highlighter for the browbone, nose and upper planes of the cheekbone.
I bought both so I have a yellow and pink toned. :) The one on the left would definitely look look as cheek highlighter or to just dap on top of your blush.


swatches: no flash and with flash


Elianto Fiber Mascara in Brown (Php195.00)

Can you believe that this is only Php195?
If you want a more natural application when it comes to mascara and yet want that vavavoom lashes, this is the one for you. None will notice you even have mascara on. I wouldn't be surprise if people even ask if you had lash extensions on. Boy oh boy is this waterproof, too! :)


The consistency reminds me of Lancome's usually dry mascara formula.
But in Elianto, you can actually see the fiber attached to the wand.
Kinda reminds of that CSI gadget when they try to get fingerprints. LOL.

That's it. The reviewing part will still continue. But I can tell right now how promising all these stuff I got.

Thanks to Elianto for the wonderful night! :)
Do join their Facebook account. They have an ongoing Summer contest there!
Click here!

Til next post!

much love,
Shen

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Je Ne Sai Quoi - Style it for me by Promod

Have you ever wondered how come some girls, though they seem to be wearing such simple outfits, have a certain something about them that you can't put your finger on? That you literally say "I don't know what, but there is just something about her that says 'wow'!"

For centuries, French has been at the forefront of the fashion industry. They say what is in and what is out. Remember Chanel? Vogue? Paris is the capital of the fashion world. French seems to be the beginning of all fasyon... And don't you just love it when someone says that you got the french style?


Woe not for Manila has one of the best of French street fashion. Promod, a retail store of ready-to-wear clothes and original accessories, has been making the streets of Manila seems like the cobbled pavement of Paris! It boasts of runway looks that is wearable and easy to mix and match! Care to walk out in a style straight out of the magazine, Promod will surely have it for you.




Last Saturday, thanks to Charisse Vilchez of Stratworks, we were given a chance to play stylist and a chance to run around Promod for a day. We were tasked to come up with ensembles that will scream, Je ne sai quoi. Something that will push many Filipinas to step out of their boxes. High time, I say.

What a better way to begin stepping out of that box than with French fashion.

Fashion for me is just like combining different colors of eye shadows... you won't know what looks good together unless you try it on. You can't imagine my excitement when I got invited to play dress-up for Promod with fellow fashion enthusiast/blogger, Tara. We got giddy at the prospect of dressing up mannequins with different looks we could come up with. We felt like we were in a fashion reality show, french style.

Inspired with the movers and shakers in fashion (whose style are motivated by French fashion), Tara and I came up with five outfits that we feel many Filipinas would love to wear.

Here they are!

Icon: Gwen Stefani


For the past few years, Gwen Stefani has wowed us with her ever changing style but really who can't get over her tank top and baggy pants days. Here though, we followed the changes she had but still maintain the Gwen we love, funky and chic.

Shopping would be a favorite past time for a girl who can rock this outfit. She would think of style and comfort all at the same time. Think of Saturday afternoon with the girls inside the mall (because who would want to stay out in this weather?). Either watch a movie or have coffee and chitchats, this 3 piece ensemble can take you anywhere casual.

The hot pink tank top balance the khaki casual slacks beautifully while the vest ties up the whole look. The faux snake skin belt, espadrille shoes and colorful statement bag adds a bit of charm. Bohemian look is such a popular style to go with the weather we are having. Be it at the beach, summer classes, OJT's and what nots, this look will never fail you.

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Icon: Madonna




Tara and I were a bit hung over over the latest episode of Glee that featured popular chart-busting songs of Madonna. The sweater with model face print screams Lucky Star. Since the 80's are coming back (slowly but surely), the gradient skirt paired well with the sneakers with paisley print. And yes, the polka dots bag was just a sweet icing to the whole look.

And did you notice the bracelet? That's actually a necklace with net bows we tied around wrist to set the tone for more Madonna look.

We really had a lot of fun with this outfit. I was belting out Borderline and Like A Virgin the whole time. :)
-o-

Icon: Blake Lively as Serena Vanderwoodsen in Gossip Girl




Inspired by Blake Lively's outfit after she got back from her Boarding School.

When we saw the red leather jacket, Tara and I simply can't do away without using it! The material is so soft and feminine, it was just screaming "Wear me!" Then, I saw the embellished halter top and we knew we had the perfect pair. Inspired by Serena Van der woodsen, We gave this ensemble soft yet edgy look. We chose the light colored jeans to go along with it to give accent to the red leather jacket. Paired with a gold-rimmed rayban glasses, gold bangles and soft leather shoulder bag, the sream colored gladiator shoes just tied up the whole look.

Date night, a motorcycle ride, party with girls and even on casual Friday, anyone can find a place to go to with this outfit. Take off the jacket for softer feminine look but ward off the cold draft at night with the red leather jacket. The jacket in itself is a statement piece that all girls must have in their closet.

-o-

Icon: Audrey Hepburn




LBD never goes out of style and there's a reason for that. But we don't have to confine ourselves with the same color family for everything else. Tara chose this LBD with cap-sleeves as it says French unlike any other. Then, Tara and I saw this wonderful floral scarf. Imagine if Audrey Hepburn was wearing it around her neck while she ate her breakfast at Tiffany's? Sorry, Audrey, for the fabulous Pinays will be the one doning this instead. We loved how the pop of color came together with the Red rayban-inspired glasses. Ohhh! It was a sight to behold.

Cinching the waist adds illusion of slimness (for us who lack it. lol.), so we paired the LBD with a leather belt with a smooth buckle. The clean lines of the hardware gives the whole look a little edge. The closed black shoes we chose hugs the ankles softly to give comfort to the wearer. At the last minute, we decided to drape the fabulous LBD with a nautical inspired blazer, a must-have for the season. It's just so Reese Witherspoon at Sweet Home Alabama, right?

I just love how this LBD can go from office to date night to events. Change accessories and you get a different look. And believe me, none will be the wiser you had the same dress on.

-o-

Icon: Sarah Jessica-Parker as Carrie Bradshaw in the Sex and City 2





Who can't wait for the next installment of Sex and The City Movie and who didn't love her at the last season where she spent it in Paris? Promod had a lot of ready-to-wear that says Carrie Brandshaw. This is but one item we thought that is so, well, Carrie!

Gone are the days that women needed chaperon where ever they go. Now, all women aspire to go where ever they please, travel the globe with friends to see the sights that awaits them. Tara, having traveled to many places while I dream of doing so, created an outfit that will suit the travel-savvy in all of us.

The jumpsuit made soft denim fabric is lightweight that allows for a comfortable journey. White tank top to give that sense of calm for a weary voyage ahead. Multi-colored gladiator sandals to keep up from all the walking one does when seeing another place. We thought Carrie wouldn't be caught dead in flats but we Pinay still yearns for comfort when traveling.

With scarf for a belt that could be converted into a shawl for cold summer nights. Who would forget the oversize glasses to protect our eyes from the harsh rays of the sun. Nobody wants a squinter in the photos, do we? The necklaces completes this emsembles, both seemingly inspired by my African precious stones and Indian feathers. A great accent when traveling.

Oh! Let us not forget the gray oversize body bag for all the things one wishes to collect when travelling. We not only reduce the need for plastic bag but it can accomodate all the travel essential one needs.

We were hoping the mannequins have heads for the outfit would surely go the next level when a soft white and gold scarf we saw at Promod would look so good as a head-wrap, Carrie Bradhaw style.

Did you find your own style amidst our collection? We certainly hope so because as much as the mentioned Hollywood Icons were our inspiration, we thought of women like us when we came up with these outfits.

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Tara, hard at work styling our mannequin.
This girl really has style! Just look at her outfit.

Je ne sai quoi is something unknown yet so noticeable in your style and personality that people can't explain. In our part of the world, its also called the X Factor. And though it may seem intimidating, it's very achievable. With confidence and a little French fashion, you'll see you do have Je ne sai quoi.

French high street fashion is like a runway show happening on the streets. No harsh lights, made up hair do's and makeup. The clothes you're wearing will say it all. It need not be daring but has a certain style that is up-to-date or inspired. It is being who you are but stepping outside the box. Take a leap and walk with confidence. Do it the French way.

The Surreal thing is, one of this outfits will be on display at the Second Level of Megamall Atrium. Tara and I could hardly believe we are given this chance to not only have fun but inspire others with the ensembles we came up with.




We do hope, you'll get chance to see our works of art.
Nikki, Lauren, Lace, Bambi and Bianca's chosen pieces are also on display!

See you there!

much love,
Shen

Promod is located at the Second Level of Megamall Atrium, beside Blenz coffee.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I got to start losing weight!

It's high time, I say!

Remember when you were a kid and you have a favorite outfit you simply won't take off? Well, mine came too late... It came in the form of Nike Zoom Trainer Essentials II. Having been a devoted Reebok fan for years now, I thought of Nike less and less over the years. However, it was a fateful day I passed by Nike Women at Greenbelt 5 and saw this sleek, white, hot pink pair of a rubbershoes and I just knew I got to have it.



I've actually been on a look out for an all-around rubber shoes for quite sometime now. I wanted to run again but at the same time take up boxing. I need a rubber shoes that would take me from one sport to another to the gym and even take me home. I was a eyeing a pair already at Reebok when this caught my eyes... Oh boy! I was done for.

I road tested my brand-spanking-new Nike Zoom the day after I bought it. Before the sun got too harsh early in the morning, I jogged around our compound to my heart's content (3 rounds.. hahahaha!).



The verdict:
The lightweight rubber shoes that Nike Zoom made me feel as if I was walking on air. I love that its sleek design doesn't make my small ankles and legs look awkward. I'm not really a sport buff that I could explain in details how the shoes worked. Basing on my experience, there wasn't that much different with a lot of the other shoes I've worn except that the design is truly comfortable, suitable for any kind of sports and may be partnered with a lot of my sports attire. Jumping and landing on my feet (going up and down the stairs) didn't feel I was putting too much effort on my feet.




Jumping and landing (going up and down the stairs) didn't feel I was putting too much effort on my feet.

The price: Php3,750.00

Surprisingly, the price was within my budget range. My mom, being a both Reebok and Nike Fan, considers both high end sports brand. This is one reason, one hardly sees me inside a sports store. But this rubbershoes surprised me being at less than four thousand worth. I was truly in luck.

Hopefully with this newly acquired gear, I will be able to shed off the many pounds I've packed over the past year. Having nice stuff to work out in when one ends up sweaty and out of breath definitely helps in upping the confidence. Who would wanna work out in ugly garbs anyway when one is already fighting off the flabs?

Okay, got to put on my Nike Zoom now!!

See yah soon!!

much love,
Shen

Monday, April 26, 2010

Event: Shiseido White Lucent Skin Care Launch

Dear beauties,

Are you tired of using concealers to cover those dark spots? How about piling on the foundation because of uneven skintone? Finally after years of research, Shisheido has come up with a skin care that promise to diminish those spots and give you a skin so bright, you glow.

Luxasia deemed me worthy to be among the guests for the launch of Shiseido's White Lucent Skin Care Line, its latest offering to the beauty-addicts like me. White Lucent, with its Melano SensorSystem and Shiseido's whitening ingredients immediately target age spots, darkened pores and pimple marks. In just two weeks, you'll see visible results.




Uber eye cadies introduced the White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum to all the guests.
(we were hoping these men came with our press kits.. just kidding!)

We got to try the product on the spot and I immediately loved the scent. Oh how I wish mom was here to enjoy these products!


The whole line of White Lucent.

I definitely would purchase the immediate products like cleanser, toner and serum. But as with a lot of skin care line, it would be great if we are devoted to one skincare line. So if you still have lots of acne to deal with or thinking of going to the beach anytime soon, better put off using any whitening treatments. Often, my dermatologists would say that we have to deal with the immediate problems before we move on to the next.

My advise, start using skin care lines like White Lucent when vacationing is done or at the beginning of a colder season. Around May and June in the Philippines, I start to deal with the hyper-pigmentation and dark spots on my skin. There is less sun exposure that would ensure my whitening treatments would work without any distraction.


Ms. Momo Nagai, Shiseido's Area Sale Manager for Philippines and Thailand



Me and Nikki were a bit of early birds. :)


Frances of OK! Magazine and Topaz Horizon arrived shortly.
She always gives a refreshing feeling when she's at an event. The place seem less intimidating with her friendly smiles.


Nikki and Frances, two bloggers who dominate the beauty cyberworld!


Beautiful women of Cosmopolitan Philippines.


Jane, Frances and Nikki.


Me, Jane, Frances and Nikki.
I still get starstruck whenever I'm with these ladies, I can't believe I can call them by their first names.. Lol.


You know Nikki and I won't leave without a pose at the photo wall. :)


close up, please!!

Thank to Keith for the photos I was in. :)

So, what are you waiting for? Deal with those dark spots and saves tons of time and money in covering them up. I'm saying this because now I already have reduced my usage of concealer. I can't believe how fast Shiseido White Lucent works! If only there's something for redness then I could go out without a stitch of makeup on! Imagine?

I know I wasn't able to talk so much of the benefit of this products except its immediate effect. Please visit Shiseido Asia website to more in depth information about the White Lucent Line. Everything there would definitely convince you to shell out extra few bucks for this product. For a product that works, nothing is too expensive.


much love,
Shen

Shiseido White Lucent is available at all Beauty by SM and leading department store nationwide. Find them all at your favorite malss, too, like Shangri-la (my favorite mall).
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