Mini Haul (Plus Discovery) From The Great L’Oreal Sale!

Unless you’ve turned your beauty radar off, you probably’ve heard from your favourite local beauty bloggers that L’Oreal Paris Philippines is having a month long sale! You don’t want to pass on the opportunity to get as much as 45% off on all of their products from makeup to hair colour to skin care. Here’s a snippet of their hot offerings:

  • True Match Foundations – from Php 899 to only Php 600
  • Color Riche Lipsticks – from Php 625 to only Php 400
  • ALL Mascaras (yes, Miss Manga included!) – Php 500 only
  • ALL Eyeliners – Php 400 only
  • Revitalift Laser Day/Night Cream – from Php 1499 to only Php 800
  • Excellence Cream Hair Color – from Php 495 to only Php 400

During the Miss Manga launch, I snagged on some must-haves that cost me only a total of Php 1500!

On the same day, I got to meet the new L’Oreal Mat Magique BB Veil. It’s their latest powder that promises a poreless, matte finish. I also got to take home one of the two shades locally available, N2.

Between the two shades, N2 is the lighter one. Since I’m currently wearing a tan, I found this to be too light for me. I liked it a lot when I tried it hence made a quick dash to Landmark Makati to get the darker shade. I’m very pleased to find out that it’s slashed from Php 399 to only Php 300!

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3 Course Degustation at Le Jardin Manila

I’ve been to Le Jardin Manila a good handful of times but it wasn’t until yesterday that I had the opportunity to sit down and savor a slow and self-paced lunch degustation. Muchos gracias to our friends from Luxasia and Paint It Red, I was able to play with my senses more ways than one! :)


The hustle & bustle a couple of weeks back at Le Jardin Manila

Like most degustations, yesterday’s lavish 3-course meal started with brioche and butter. We got our amuse bouche (ah-myuz boosh) shortly and it was a good prelude to the entree and main I chose prior to our luncheon.

Appetizer


Brouillade
Scrambled egg with truffles

A little background about me in case we just met. After graduating from college, I went to ISCAHM and took up Culinary Arts. Out of all the dishes imaginable, my favourite and forte’s got to be Swiss and French. I love working with cheese, cream, and wine. Hands down — my favourite garnish are truffles. While I wouldn’t consider myself a subject matter expert on cooking, I have to say that I can babble all day as an educated, massive consumer. ;)

Going back to the brouillade, purists would suggest calling this as “brouillade aux truffes” since really, it’s scrambled egg with truffle shavings. As decadent as its name, this should be devoured with caution. To make brouillade as velvety as what we had, it has to be loaded with the best eggs you could find coupled with extra fatty butter. #ohmyheart

Entrée


Coquille St. Jacques Poêlées, Purée de Pommes de Terre aux Truffes
Seared scallops with truffled mashed potatoes

Oui! Scallops and truffles! I can die happy now…or maybe not yet as there’s more to come in a few. But seriously, I was in heaven as I nommed on my entree of choice. Scallops when cooked (pan seared in this case) perfectly are a joy to savor. Coupled with truffled mashed potatoes, I could care less if I’m downing almost a thousand calories. If you’re a mermaid like me, you’ll very likely enjoy this dish.

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SM Ladies Night

Easily, this post can also be called “the sale you NEVER want to miss”. A day or two before the actual sale, I was wandering around SM Makati when I saw these signs:

Last April 15 (aptly, a Wednesday aka. ladies’ night), all lights turned up when SM Woman and GTW by SM announced the much awaited 50% off on ALL items. Yes, ALL! Naturally, the shoppers  (yours truly included) have gone cray. :) Case point:

I naturally zeroed on my dailies:

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Unsung Heroes: Vitress Hair Polish and Cuticle Coat

I’ve had this Vitress stash for a good while now and I feel like more than anything, it deserves a little limelight. :)

If you’re at least in your 30s, it’s very likely that you’ve survived bad hair days in high school with a little help from Splash Basix Control Hair Polish. Remember this posse?


photo credit: Splash website

I’d like to consider myself rather lucky because all my life, my problems are just limited to falling hair (hello stress!), frizz, and lack of luster. I’ve tried plenty of high end and inexpensive hair products and the Splash Basix Control Hair Polish has never failed me. Especially when I had really long hair, it’s really kept my hair tangle-free and manageable without tipping off my student allowance. ;)

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Miss Phoebe x L’Oreal Paris Miss Manga

I met L’Oreal Paris Miss Manga last December in LA and Houston and thought — how come we don’t have this in the Philippines when a LOT of the Filipinas could use instant doll lashes in a couple of swipes? I was mortified to try it in stores hence got a wand for myself (it was around $5.99 on sale). It was love at first swipe. It captured my uncurled lashes effortlessly and clumped my lash base exactly how the Kawaii girls would do it. I was on the fence on getting a backup that time because I bought 5 other mascaras and just crossed my fingers that this isn’t limited edition and I can just buy again on my forthcoming trips. :)

Fast forward to last Wednesday afternoon, this happened:


photo credit: @hannahtejuco

Manga is a widely popular Japanese art style featured in comic books and graphic novels, embodied by characters with wide, big eyes. Taking this as inspiration, L’Oréal Makeup Designer/Paris developed a mascara specifically made for Asian lashes.

“L’Oréal Makeup Designer/Paris recognizes the everyday struggle of Asian women in combating short, straight, downward-pointed lashes,” shares Trisha Chua, Group Product Manager of L’Oréal Makeup Designer/Paris. “That is why we are proud to introduce Miss Manga by False Lash, our newest mascara that is tailor-made to meet the needs of Asian lashes – delivering 10x more volume and 2x curl in just one application.”

Upon arrival at the launch, I was handed out a kit where the first order of business is choosing which doll look I’d like to don for the day. Together with my makeup artist Jo Chan, I went for the Flirty Doll Look with a classy twist.

Jo did not disappoint. In fact, she and her hairstylist blew me away.


I need to learn how to fix my hair like this!

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