Archive | May, 2012

Early Birthday Surprises

24 May

My birthday is really coming soon, YAY!

I received these special surprises this week. Being away from my family, I usually just hear Mass and have a simple lunch with my close friends here on the day of my birthday. Simple greetings and warm thoughts for my birthday are really enough for me; so birthday presents make my birthday extra special. I really appreciate it so much when family and friends go out of their way to send me something on this special day.

This post is a “thank you” post to show my appreciation and gratitude to these wonderful people who remembered my birthday.

I received a package from Rae. She is my first swap buddy and we have become good friends. You can check out her blog here. She is really nice and sweet, and has interesting entries in her blog. Here are the items she got me:

She got me a Nail Rock, LUSH Whoosh Shower Jelly, Aero Chocolates, and…

Original Source Mint & Tea Tree gel (which I reviewed here), LUSH glorious mud shower cubicle and sugar scrub

I really want to say thank you to Rae, who has been so thoughtful for indulging me with these products. She knows how much I like LUSH (and that there’s none here in Bangkok) and the Aero chocolates (which brings me good memories of when I was living in Sydney). I was also so thankful for the full-sized Original Source shower gel (she knows that I raved about this), as well as the nail rock (which I haven’t tried before and am excited to use) and the cute card with a sweet message. Thanks again, Rae 🙂

My mother also sent me a card…

with a really touching message.  Enclosed in a card is a cheque (that’s the green slip peeking from the card);) Thank you, Mum for the birthday wishes and suprise. You didn’t really have to give me anything…

I got another package and this time it was from my cousin who lives in America.

MAC Coppertone blush, Victoria’s Secret Strawberries & Champagne fragrance mist and another item from Victoria’s Secret  which will remain a secret 😉

My cousin never fails to also surprise me on special occasions  and for this, I am truly grateful. She also knows I love makeup and whatnot so I really appreciate her thoughtfulness. Thanks, cuz!

Like I said, presents are not the essence of my birthday but I appreciate the thoughts and the love that came with the lovely things they gave me. I may be away from my family and friends but I know they love me (with or without a gift, of course!)

How do you celebrate your birthdays? Care  to share?

The weekend is two days away so I hope you all have a good one!

Cheers 🙂

P.S. Let me know if you want me to review any of the products I mentioned above. Also, please don’t forget to follow or subscribe to my blog if you want to join my birthday giveaway which will end on May 26, 2012 11.:59pm GMT+7. Check out the giveaway here.

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Define Awesome…

24 May

Credit video to owner

Jessica Sanchez and Jennifer Holiday singing “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” Love this performance so much… goosebumps galore! 😉

Jessica Sanchez may have not won American Idol Season 11 but at 16 years old, she is undoubtedly one great singer! If given the right songs, she’ll surely have a successful career ahead of her.

Hope you enjoy watching!

Cheers 🙂

The Face Shop Mini Pet Floral

19 May

I always drop by The Face Shop shop whenever I see one. Declaring (repeatedly!) that The Face Shop is one of my favourite brands is an obvious understatement. Anyway, one lunchtime when I couldn’t resist going to the mall, I knew I had to check out The Face Shop even though I don’t need anything.

And then I saw this (I actually have three – one I gave away and the other one is still unopened)…

The Face Shop Mini Pet Floral

The Mini Pet Floral is an uber-cutely packaged hand cream which was launched here around 2-3 months ago. Aside from Floral, there are actually three more variants – Fruit, Baby and the newest one, Sweet.

First Impressions: The cute package with a kitty peeking out the pot is so adorable to ignore. Though it may look bulky, it is really small at around 2 inches in height and the base measures at 1 inch in diameter. It can easily be tucked into my big office purse so the mini pet comes with me to work. It is a little unhygienic though as I have to dip my fingers in the pot every time I apply the hand cream.

Scent: The Mini Pet series is a perfumed hand cream. According to The Face Shop Thailand Facebook, Floral is inspired by Dior’s “Addict to Life”. I haven’t really smelled that perfume but Mini Pet Floral does not contain that overpoweringly heady floral scent. I’m not really into floral scents (well, except for cherry blossoms!) but this one is very mild and with only little hints of flower scents (but I can’t figure out what flowers they actually are).

Hand Cream: It does not really moisturise or soften my hands that much but it can counter the effects of the drying hand wash we have in our office toilet, so it’s good and helpful enough for me.

Price: THB245 (at 30 grams) =approximately US$8.50 It is probably reasonable if for the novelty of the packaging but there should be similarly-priced hand creams with better moisturising effects.

Availability: The Mini Pet hand creams are available at The Face Shop. There are several The Face Shop shops that can be found in Bangkok and other areas.

Do I recommend/ buy again? Yes, if you like cutely-packaged products but if you are looking for a moisturising hand cream, the mini pet may not be the one for you. And will I buy again? I have an unused one, remember? 😉

*** I realised that it will be such a waste to just chuck it in the recycling bin when I finish so I’ll recycle it myself and make it as a paper weight. Do you think it’s a good idea? 🙂

What’s your favourite hand cream? Care to share?

Hope you’re all enjoying your Saturday!

Cheers 🙂

P.S. If you haven’t entered my Thank You and Birthday Giveaway, please don’t forget to join and check it out here.

Peripera Rose Nail Polish PK019

14 May

Hi everyone! I’m back 🙂 I’m sorry for being MIA (again!) for a little over a week as I have been caught up with a lot of deadlines at work as well as other issues on the side. As I haven’t been able to fix some of the pictures for my blog entries yet, I’m doing another nail polish swatch again. I was planning to try playing with my new dotting tool but I still haven’t gotten the hang of using it, meaning, I still can’t create perfect dots, tsk.

Anyway, after wearing layers of glitter nail polish for the past week, I decided to just wear a simple (almost neutral) pink nail polish from Peripera with the shade PK019 (Peripera is a South Korean cosmetics brand). I reckon that a plain nail polish is easier on the eyes plus I really have no inspiration for a nail art these days.

Pretty Packaging

I love how they paid attention to the details of the brush handle and the packaging as a whole. It made the product look chic and special.

Product

Rose Nail Polish PK019 is a limited edition 2011 F/W collection. I also got PP109, which is a purple colour and you can see the swatch here. I got both colours from Gmarket. Unfortunately, Peripera is not available here in Thailand.

Claim

In Peripera’s page in Gmarket, it claimed that the Rose Nail Polish can be applied with only one layer, will dry after one minute and can last up to one week.

Result/s

I can really attest to all of their claims – a thick stroke of the nail polish is really enough for one layer; it dried in around 1-2 minutes and it did not chip  for days. Although it comprises of a creamy and thick consistency,  it was easy to apply especially with the help of its flat, wide brush.

Peripera’s flat, wide brush vs. Revlon’s rounded, narrow brush

Here are some swatches…

with top coat  and flash

no flash

and I tried to put one coat of Revlon Whimsical on my ring finger

(I had to redo my ring finger because when I applied two layers of Whimsical, it got messy and was quite odd-looking. I should have just used one coat.)

Will I recommend/ buy again?

I got the Peripera Rose Nail Polish PP019 since November 2011 and it’s still in good condition consistency-wise. I do recommend this nail polish especially to those who are looking for a good quality product at a reasonable price (At Gmarket, three bottles are sold for KRW9,000 ~ approx US$8.14 + shipping, of course). I’m planning to buy more colours the next time I order from Gmarket.

Have your tried any of  Peripera nail polishes before? Care to share your experience?

Hope you all have a fun and stress-free week ahead!

Cheers 🙂

essence Glisten Up

5 May

Hi everyone! I would like to show you a swatch of essence Glisten Up. Glisten Up is a sheer aqua green nail polish with green/ neon-ish green with holographic microglitters. I used Caronia Blue Chill as my base colour and I was glad to choose a complementary colour.

Caronia Blue Chill 1 and 2 coats (nos. 1 & 2) – essence Glisten Up 1 and 2 coats (nos. 3 & 4)

(I’m sorry for the picture quality…)

Caronia Blue Chill swatch (in first picture)

Products Used: Revlon Top Coat – essence Glisten Up – Caronia Blue Chill – Skinfood Nail Vita Base Coat

Like I have mentioned in my earlier posts, I am not really a “green” person but trying this nail polish combination definitely made me a convert. The green is actually a “feel good” colour that is easy and pleasant to the eyes.

What I especially like about using Glisten Up and Blue Chill is that a duochrome effect was created as a result of the combination.

The mixed colour is very pleasing to the eyes. Looking at my nails gave me a cooler disposition in this very hot Bangkok weather. My nails even remind me of the ocean and mermaids. I really can’t help but look at my nails all the time. What do you think?

And now, I want to go to the beach! 🙂

Hope you all have a happy weekend!

Cheers 🙂