AHAVA Moisturizer – Sample Room Review

ahava moisturizers

ahava moisturizers

Comes in a recycled paper bag, Sample Room offers different sample product exclusively for their followers.  Products ranges from skin care, hair , perfume and make-ups.  Founded by a beauty blogger, Sample room provides sample products (does the name itself) for consumer to try and review before buying the actual size. You can get sample by using your available points and that points will be returned to you plus additional point after you have made a review on that certain product.

I so love moisturizers, honestly I have several of them (others are still unused and still on their original packaging) that’s why I thought it would be nice to try this AHAVA Essential Day moisturizer for normal to dry skin. AHAVA is an Istraeli cosmetics company which products came from mud and mineral-based compounds from the Dead Sea. ( afterfurther research about this company, i have also learned that they  encountered several controversy in the past)

AHAVA day moiturizer (actual size) around Php. 1,100.00


This pampering face cream infuses the complexion with lasting hydration and protects against environmental damage, leaving skin feeling supple and soft gaining back its natural glow.

  • Protects against environmental damage with Vitamin E and soothes with Aloe Vera
  • Amino Acids are rich in humectants  (http://www.ahavaus.com/essential-day-moisturizer-normal-to-dry)

Sounds good, don’t you think. Indeed true, upon using the sample product, I instantly feel that my skin become more supple and soft and it has a light smell which means I don’t have to worry my nose.  I guess continuous usage of this moisturizer will give you more lasting benefits and a glow that I have always wanted to achieve.  Would I buy them?  Perhaps I might but the price is  beyond my means this time.

Back to Sample Room, I guess, I’ll look around again and see items I would like to try but just an advised , shipping fee will be charged so make your choice well and get two items or even three if your points can do so.

Fashion – Sexy Kate Upton for Vogue

If there is one Hollywood model that made the headline this year is none other than this pretty and sexy Kate Upton,  an equestrian on her younger years, Kate name made a bigger buzz when she became the cover model Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue this year but before that Kate video dancing “Teach me how to dougie secured her a spot and ranked #3 on the American publication of Askmen top 99 women and 5th sexiest model on MODELS.com’s Top Sexiest Models all for this year alone.

She mesmerized fans not just with her sexy body but with her charisma and beautiful face and bubbly attitude.

kate upton for vogue

She graced Vogue magazine and this picture definitely shows how endearing she is.  A modern girl living her dreams.  A beauty that is adored not just on her own country but in many parts of the world.


image : Vogue 

The Face Shop – SM Naga City Now Open

The Face Shop added a new branch on their lists of branches around the world.  SM Naga City Face Shop is now open for all customers and beauty lovers.  I would really love to take pictures of their new shop but I’m having problem with my camera cell (that’s another sad story).  Anyway,  i could not help myself to look at their beauty and skin care products and I have noticed that they do have nail polish too which I would really love to try.

the face shop

the face shop

 Kim Hyun Joong poster makes me smile and looking at their products reminds me that science and nature really bring happiness to people like me who wished to enhance their given beauty.  The Face Shop shares the same awareness to people to rediscover nature while protecting beauty and nature through their products.

I am definitely looking forward on reviewing their products.

Coachlicious Giveaway

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Coach Legacy Signature Duffle Handbag in Silver {RV$298}

The beloved 1973 Duffle Sac is updated with a slimmer profile, decorative tassels and an adjustable crossbody strap. Crafted in our iconic signature jacquard, and richly trimmed with glove-tanned leather, it has the look and feel of classic Coach.

  • Signature fabric with leather trim
  • Inside zip, cell phone and multifunction pockets
  • Outside zip pocket
  • Zip-top closure, fabric lining
  • Strap with 18 3/4″ drop for crossbody wear converts to double strap for shoulder wear
  • 9 3/4″ (L) x 13″ (H) x 5 1/2″ (W)

Coach Legacy Signature Zippy Wallet in Silver {RV$98}

Tonal and textured in iconic signature jacquard, our popular, soft-sided design is framed with hand-finished leather trim and updated with an elegant enameled Legacy plaque.

  • Signature fabric with leather trim
  • Credit card and multifunction pockets
  • Full-length billfold compartments
  • Zip-top closure
  • Wrist strap attached
  • 7 3/4″ (L) x 4 1/4″ (H) x 3/4″ (W)
  • A coach.com exclusive

Big thank you to Mom Powered Media partners: Mom to Bed by 8, Powered By Mom, Real Mom Reviews and Baby Costcutters for organizing this Coachlicious fashion event.

As well as our fantastic co-hosting blogs Mom Knows It All, What’s Up Giveaways, Monica’s Rants, Raves & Reviews, Keeping Your Cents, Mommy and Me Giveaways and Just Me and Davey.

Ever since i saw this beautiful bags, i have been wanting to have one but I guess it doesn’t fit my budget for now but who knows on the near future or better yet, i would definitely join this giveaway.

One lucky winner will receive the Coachlicious Prize Package including Legacy Signature Duffle and Zippy Wallet.

Giveaway ends January 3rd, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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For the Love of Skin II – Fabulous Cetaphil Freebies

UPDATED:  CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER!  PLEASE SEND ME A PRIVATE MESSAGE FOR YOUR COMPLETE MAILING DETAILS.  Thank you once again for joining this giveaway.  Keep posted on our new freebies and giveaway.

I love my skin!  That’s one thing i would love to say each day and even though I don’t have a rosy white skin , i’m happy that my skin has changed from once dull and scaly to fair and smooth.  Thanks to Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion with just a month of regular use, my skin becomes more soft and smooth.

Cetaphil products

Cetaphil is celebrating their 65th anniversary and aside from their Hongkong and Ipad giveaway, they connected with bloggers to be their Online Brand Ambassador and being one of their blogger partner,  I am very proud to announce another freebies for my readers.  First, I would like to thank those who participated on my first For the Love of Skin giveaway and I hope you can join again this time.  The mechanics are basically the same but the prize is definitely more enticing.  So, what are you waiting for?

Join now via the rafflecopter and let’s spread the goodness of beautiful skin.
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Remember, you can earn more points by spreading the giveaway on your facebook and twitter daily. Good Luck!

Disclaimer: “All statements and opinion contained herein are from the  author and independent of the sponsors.”

Fabulously Red Fashion

Red defines warm, bold and powerful.  It is the color which extrovert people usually chooses.  Some will view it as love since it’s the color of blood ,  passionate and determined.  But on the negative side, many sees red as anger and destruction since the color is too powerful to ignore.

Red fashion has dominated the scene for many years.  Many Hollywood fashion icons has dressed in full red ensembles that showcase not just their beauty but there overall style and yes there are people that goes red from head to toe.

Red hair – flame haired vixen are so in this days but make sure that you would not over do it, deciding to get a red dye should also compliment your skin color.

Red lips –  the red lipsticks compliments every skin tone and many woman especially those who have full lips wear red lipstick to show a classic and sexy look.

Little Red Dress – never goes out of style, whether enjoying a  simple day or a night hang out with your friends,  this is a dress every woman closet must have.

Red bags – Red bags never goes out of style. Stunning and captivating, red bags are definitely a must have for every fashionista.

miu miu red hand bag via pursepage.com

Red Shoes  –  Red shoes defines beauty and style.  I have always wanted to have one and I’m thinking of buying for myself this Christmas.  Whether it’s stilettos , plumps or ballet, red shoes are definitely  sleek and sexy.

Alexander Mc Queen , sexy red shoes

 image via net

HBC- Giving everyone the right to be beautiful

HBC advocacy campaign aims to give every filipino the true beauty while helping our environment and social development.  I have known about HBC since i was a child where my grand mother would often bring me to buy her personal cosmetic needs.

HBC – tatak exclusibo

The company has established its name and we can see the growth over the years. But the same old advocacy of helping filipino women to be beautiful still remains.  Now, the company carries different beauty lines and brands especially created for the Filipina beauty because they believe that life is beautiful.   No wonder, after all this year, HBC keeps it’s pride and shining glory.

HBC offers different beauty products from your hair to your toes and you can choose from a wide variety of affordable but high quality products.  This October, follow my journey to beautiful life with HBC.  Each week, i will feature a new product from their store and at the end of October, each product will be a part of a beautiful loot giveaway I will be giving in November.

Isn’t that awesome?  So, don’t forget to come back and be a part of this health and wellness treat for everyone.

Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion

cetaphil daily advance ultra hydrating lotion

Equipped with ERC5 (epidermal replenishing complex) unique combination of five ingredients to help maintain healthy skin.  Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating lotion is specifically created for those people who had dry to very dry skin.

The non-greasy, fragrance free and non-comodogenic lotion is best suit for people like me who suffers flaking and skin dryness.  I don’t need to worry about blocking my pores or harsh ingredients.  When use liberally all day, you can feel the softness and smoothness it brings.

skin without cetaphil ultra hydrating lotion (pardon for my big hands)

As we grow older, our once smooth skin can become dry because of different factors that we encountered each day.  That’s why we need the help of lotions to bring the softness our skin lost.  Although, the smoothness could not be achieved over night with the frequent use of Cetaphil Ultra Hydrating Lotion, i know and believe that my skin will be back to it’s glorious time.

Skin with cetaphil ultra hydrating lotion

Now, you can see the shiny effect it gives on my hand.  It’s shiny and not greasy and the fact that it is more smooth, now my husband would probably hold my hand more.

Sophia Loren – A Tribute to a Fashion Icon

Sophia Loren

I  remember during my teen years, a lot of older woman (mostly grand mother) would often comment that I do look like Sophia Loren because of my high raising brows, pointed nose and big pouted lips and maybe for the same reason because i rarely smile at that time, i always have that serious look and a gloomy eyes.  Honestly, i have no idea who is Sophia Loren at that time, so i don’t have any clue if i should be happy or embarrassed.  The first time, i have heard that remarks, i asked my grandmother who is she and answered me that she’s a famous Italian actress which is more commonly known as sex goddess in their time.

So, from that time, next to Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren becomes my favorite actress, it is because i have learned that aside from being a talented and versatile actress (she starred in 93 movies from 1950’s to 2011) and despite her sexy image, she remains true to her husband until his death(She married at the early age of 15 with an age gap as double to his husband).

Sophia Loren celebrated her 78th birthday last September 20 and i guess it’s just fit to relive the story of her life and the fashion she showcased through the years.

Here’s a recreation of one of her looks.

Sophia Loren look

Look of the Day – Beauty of Fall

Fall Fashion

Summer may be over but since it’s the time of beautiful leaves, dresses, greens and browns are totally in. Wear them during daytime or change to a darker shade of make-up for a night time event.  Pair them with accessories that define nature and your sure to go.


Mommy Bear Media $100 Gift Certificiate Giveaway

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Enter to win a $100 Mommy Bear Media Gift Certificate.

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Ends at 11:59pm EST on September 23rd, 2012.

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Fashion and Glamour at Star magic ball 2012

With the recent ABS-CBN Star Magic Ball 2012 held at Makati Shangri-la Hotel, stars lavishly parades showing their different style in their black and white motif.

I also noticed that there is a pattern of designs among the ladies , i don’t know who created their gowns but you can see that most of them are wearing feathered gowns.

shaina magdayao on her ravishing gown

Shaina Magdayao looks ravishing on her white gown.  Bare backed and low neckline, she just proved that she can be as sexy and daring but still looking elegant. I can even sense her saying, who care’s if your not mine, (John Llyod) i can find a more better man than you!

kim chiu at her best

Kim Chiu She’s sexy, there’s no denying that.  From her PBB teen days to her sweet image on screen, she’s growing to be a mature woman showing her other side.

Yeng Constantino and Maja Salvador -wise choice

Although Yeng Constantino’s music style is hard and rock, on this day, she shows her soft side, wearing beautiful see- through white gown while Maja Salvador wears a top fitting gown that definitely suits her body.  There is no doubt if she won the star of that night because she really looks gorgeous.

Even though some would deny that there is competition between Princess and I star, Kathryn Bernardo and Walang Hanggan star Julia Montes, there would always be comparison on their acting and on how they carry their self.

Although, i love her at Princess and I , Kathryn’s look here,  like she’s going to attend a wedding and her make up and hair is not as good because she looks more thin and ages a bit.  I guess, if they have done it with a small bun or perhaps just let it loose with some big curls, it would create a different impact and not too formal.

julia montes

Julia’s look is much better, her hair complements her face and her white gown looks good on her what i don’t like here is the extra trail.

handsome hunks of star cinema

 Gone are the days of John Llyod and Piolo Pascual, even though they are star cinema’s bankable actors, these hunks (actors) are Star Cinema and ABS-CBN trending actors this days. There is no doubt that Coco Martin and Jake Cuenca is one of the leading prime time actors in ABS-CBN now and with their growing fans, this two actors will take even more heights on their career.

But just like any event, there are best dressed and worst dressed.  It’s not that i don’t like them, these two actress are indeed good on their different field but it doesn’t mean that your a good actress, you can always be a good dresser too.

dimples romana and pokwang

I just don’t like the dress of Dimples here,  her top looks good but it was not as good at the bottom while Pokwang (although) we know her wearing wild gowns and dresses, her gown this night is not so much appealing to me.

I love Erich looks.  She definitely look elegant and beautiful on this black see-through gown and her hair compliments her style. Elegant and stylish yet not too sweet.  She was also able to show her curves which gives her an extra factor.

erich gonzales

 I guess, just like them who enjoyed the night, their avid fans also enjoyed looking at their beautiful photographs . Another beautiful year had fast with star magic talent, they are now looking on a brand new year full of projects and surprises for each of them.

And yes, i could not end this post without saying how Dawn Zulueta looks great on her simple Givenchy gown and sparkling diamonds (i searched about it) .  She’s always my favorite since I was a teenager and even with that years passed, she’s still a beauty and glamorous as always.

Dawn Zulueta

Too bad, we were not able to see how Gretchen looked at that night, she’s always a stunner and where’s Anne, i believe she’s from Star Magic too and KC Concepcion, i thought she’s all over Piolo.

image source , Star Magic Ball FB,  Yahoo OMG.

Product Review-Kiehl’s Rare Earth Collection

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Collection

I got this product from the green giveaway of Kiehl’s Manila on facebook months ago and I’m so eager to try it as soon as I’ve got it.

The collection includes ,  Deep Pore Daily Cleanser, Refining Tonic, Pore Minimizing Lotion, and two other small tubes.

Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser: The description says it helps purify and cleanse skin. It contents Amazonian White Clay & finely crushed Diatomaceous Earth particles  (amazonian clay comes from the Marajó Island at the mouth of the Amazon River).  It eliminates surface residues, toxins & grease to prevent enlarged pores so your skin would appear more clarified & refined.  I used to have normal skin but since i gave birth, my skin becomes more oily so i am now more prone to acne and pimples.  So, i decided to make this my regular regimen and even it’s for the face, i also used it on my neck and my arms to even my skin tones.

Rare Earth Deep Refining Tonic:  Also known as toner.  It has amazonian clay particles that you can visibly see at the bottom.  So, you need to shake it first before using. I love looking at the clay and yes, i enjoyed shaking them.  Unlike from other toner that i have used before, this one doesn’t sting and it has no foul odor but you can smell the clay.  It is paraben- free and it controls shine and repine those big pores.

Rare Earth Pore Minimizing lotion:   This lotion minimize enlarged pores and refines your skin.  It is formulated for normal to oily skin.  It is an oil-free treatment that contains Amazonian white clay to help absorb excess sebum and refine the look of pores. No skin regimen is complete without using a moisturizer but considering the fact given, this lotion has no spf and because i am always prone to sunlight, i needed that extra spf for my face.

Additional Comment and Verdict:  After using it for sometime, i finally see that my face is more subtle and smooth although some of my pimples are still visible, i have to admit that it changes for good. My face feels refreshed after use and you can instantly feel that your pores are tightening because of that certain feeling.

You can buy them on your nearest Kiehl’s Store or you could buy them online via amazon.


Free Mimi Skin Care Sample

All natural skin care

Who doesn’t love freebies?  I so love them that even this website name is dedicated to freebie finds.  Another great freebie for every mom is this Mimi Skin care products which includes sample pack of their four skin care products.

Our sample pack is great way to try a range Ma Mi Skin Care products and take the first step to glowing skin! Packed in a little green sachel, it also makes for a great skin care travel pack! Each sample pack includes our Reawaken Cleanser, Glycolic Exfoliator, Nightshift Eye Serum and Satiated Moisturizer.

No Toxins
No Parabens
No Filters
No Petrolatums
No Sodium Laureth

Whenever, i heard the word, “natural”, it always caught my attention.  I wanted to try this one and see for myself the beauty it can offer.   It’s easy to get the sample, just click the picture to get on their facebook page.  (Remember, you need to be a fan to get one)  Don’t worry, this is not an affiliate link :0

Get rid of your old make-up – How to know if it’s time to throw away

If your a make-up addict like me, you might have your make-up filing like crazy and I bet, some of them are still in your closet, either wrapped in plastic or it’s original packaging waiting for you to use them.  It’s good to have a lot of choices but you might also consider the time frame of cosmetics of how long you can keep them on your shelf.

Woman applying cosmetics to her lips.

Woman applying cosmetics to her lips. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes, they could not stay for long as you want them or until you can finally consume it up to the last drop or until it was fully consumed. You will know if it’s time for you to throw away those precious cosmetics. As a general rule, when it is dry ,  the longer of its shelf life but in terms of lotion or creams and liquids , here is the average period you can keep them;

1/2 half year for Mascara and liquid eye liner. Creamy lipsticks, lip colors in pots, lip-gloss: 2 years.  For pencils (eyebrows, lips and eye, 3 years.

While the powder based products like pressed powder, blush on, eye shadow and loose powder, it’s only good for two years.  While liquid and cream products only last for one year.

Lotion Bars

Lotion Bars (Photo credit: dirtygirlsuds)

Good to hear though that your favorite body lotion and shower gel could last for 3 years. While anti-aging cream can last up to 3 months to 1 year but i doubt it can last that long considering that it is much needed product.  I regularly consume them for two months.

Here are some hints that you can throw them away;

Smell the product.  Our nose tells it all, if you think that you already smell a foul odor, there should no longer second thought about throwing it away.

Study the product – yes, you love your favorite blush on and you keep it only for special occasion but the longer it is in your shelf, it might developed some molds and it’s no longer good to use.  When you scrape it and you see that it is already drier, no doubt, you need to throw them away.

The longer you keep your cosmetics on your shelf, the more tendency for them to develop molds and bacteria and who wants bacteria on their precious skin? I bet, you won’t like to have acne or pimple problems.

The Pink Artiste Contest

Etude - the Pink Artiste Contest

– Participants who are at least 15 years old and above are entitled to join, except employees of Etude House Philippines and their relatives up to second degree of consanguinity or affinity.

– Duration of the Promo is from March 30 – April 20, 2012

Submission of entries is from March 20, 12PM – April 12, 11:59PM.

Voting Period will be from April 13, 6PM to April 20, 12PM.

– Participants have to submit to us a makeup tutorial using Etude House products.

– Participants will be given 4 makeup looks that they could base their look from. The looks are posted in the same album as the poster. They must only choose one.

Natural Makeup Look
Play Look
Romantic Look
Party Look

– The following will be the requirements for the makeup tutorial:

All Etude House products must be used in the tutorial. It must be shown and applied in the tutorial.

Participants must apply the makeup on themselves.

A complete makeup look must be created (just like the makeup look that the participant will choose).

The tutorial cannot exceed 12 minutes. Fastforwarding is allowed, but not recommended.

It must also be in HD resolution (1280 x 720).

Entries should be uploaded to a web host (mediafire, sendspace, etc). The link must then be sent to feedback@etudehouse.ph along with the following information:

Contact number
Products used

– Only one (1) entry per person will be acknowledged. Multiple entry submissions will be disqualified.

– Rosa Fiore House Corp. (Etude House) reserves the right to use the name and images of the winners for publicity and promotion purposes.

– Etude House will be shortlisting the participants. The following will be the criteria:

Content (25%) – Creativity, Coherence

Production Quality (25%) – Appearance, Quality of audio and video, Adherence to time limit

Makeup Skill (25%) – Knowledge and familiarity with the products that she will be using and their application.

Final Product (25%) – Cohesiveness, overall quality and creativity

– Shortlisted entries will be posted on Facebook on April 16 and will be voted upon. The following will be the criteria for the shortlisted applicants:

Content (20%) – Creativity, Coherence

Production Quality (20%) – Appearance, Quality of audio and video, Adherence to time limit

Makeup Skill (20%) – Knowledge and familiarity with the products that she will be using and their application.

Final Product (20%) – Cohesiveness, Overall quality and creativity

Voting (20%) – How much of a crowd favorite will it be

– The Top 3 winners will be chosen by the Etude House Team. They will be announced on April 22 during the Etude Playhouse event in SM City North Edsa The Block Atrium.

Prizes at Stake:

The Grand Prize:
• P20,000 cash prize
• P10,000 worth of Etude House products
• Etude House Products worth over P5,000 to be given monthly for one (1) year contract
• Be a part of the Etude House Team as the official online make-up artist (Pink Artiste) and will regularly do makeup tutorials for Etude House

The Second Prize:
• P5,000 worth of Etude House products

The Third Prize:
• P3,000 worth of Etude House products