Happy 100th Birthday, Maybelline New York!

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Has it really been 10 decades since Maybel Williams sparked a fire and changed the history of beauty? Quite literally actually as she attempted to enhance her very own lashes that were accidentally burnt. Her instafix? She concocted a mixture of Vaseline with coal dust to make them look darker and fuller. Inspired by this ingenious idea, Tom Williams, Maybel’s entrepreneurial brother, cooked up the world’s first commercially available mascara called Lash-Brow-Ine. In 1916, a year after Maybel’s accident, Tom changed Lash-Brow-Ine’s name to Maybelline after Maybel (no less!) and Vaseline. Being the mascara pioneer of the world, Maybelline changed their mascara packaging to the iconic pink tube and green cap also known as the drugstore cult find, Great Lash.

This 2015, we’re in for a double treat! To celebrate 100 years of iconic beauty, for a limited time only, Maybelline Philippines is bringing back their most popular and well-loved mascaras by fanatics worldwide – the Great Lash mascara. From April 2015 until September 2015, or until supplies last, Great Lash will be available nationwide in all leading department stores, beauty stores, and selected supermarkets for only Php 350 a pop. For Sample Room members, you’re in for a real treat because you can grab a wand to try and love for FREE! :) :) :)

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MAC Toledo

Over high heels and FriYAY canapes, we said hello to the latest MAC collaboration to grace our shores, MAC Toledo. It wasn’t until early last year that I was acquainted with the romantic Cuban-American husband (artist) and wife (fashion designer) powerhouse. At 13, Ruben Toledo felt love at first sight towards Isabel. Isabel on the other hand, fell in love with Ruben’s work before falling in love with him.


Poetic colour ushers in a new vitality following winter’s deep chill, as uninhibited shades dance across the face in a free-spirited collection inspired by whimsical flights of fancy. Liberate yourself from darkened tones and explore the free-form movement of frosted lavender, pearlized champagne and pale mint green. Eyes and cheeks explore a new lightness of being in sheer pastels, a perfect complement to rosy lips. Nails leave you free to be, in hushed beige and lavender…expressive colour for the modern spirit.

As bright as their personalities and work outside of the makeup industry, the MAC Toledo collection is just as bold and vibrant as you would imagine it to be. The collection’s packaging is dominantly white with black scribbles and whispers of red letters. The actual products? They’re pops of colour summer’s summoned us to stock on.

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Review & Giveaway: Maybelline White Super Fresh The No-Touchup Foundation

Did we just wink past the ginaw-kilig season and got transported to wild summer? Super init! While I’m so stoked to go island hopping again, the beauty maven in me’s scared to go through the classic makeup meltdown outdoors. Our friends from the most loved color cosmetics brand in the world, Maybelline New York, saw this ahead of us and introduces its newest must-have foundation – White Super Fresh The No-Touchup Foundation.

White Super Fresh comes with a unique Clean Touch Powder System and an SPF 34 PA+++ that leaves behind an ultra-smooth surface on your skin. Available in four shades – 02 Nude Beige, 03 Natural, 04 Honey and 05 Sand Beige.

Why You’ll Love It:
– 5X the absorption of talc
– Clean touch technology for a fresh feel
– Long lasting UV protection
– Keeps you flawless and shine-free for 12 hours

They sent me a Fresh Test kit to simulate how White Super Fresh can wick away sweat and sebum. Let’s try it out! :)

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Roadie Training BFFs: Snow and Antistax

It’s been 14 months since I tore my ACL and I couldn’t be happier to report that my mobility’s restored to 85%! I can now run distances as vast as 15-21K (moderately fast pace) and can bike like cray without feeling odd-tension on my left knee. God is indeed great for giving my knee another chance to recover and take me to heights and places I’ve been dreaming to reach! :)

To reward myself, I finally took the plunge and got myself a new bike specific to road training.

New toys behind me!!! <333

I naturally assembled it as soon as I got home and clocked in 8kms. the following morning to break it in.

Say hello to Snow!

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Daily Luxe: L’Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur

I recently got to try the new L’Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur (and more!) through a capsule me-time at Neo Day Spa. As most cosmeceuticals work better with the rest of the skin care system, our friends from L’Oreal pampered me with a 30 minute facial massage using the rest of the Revitalift range beginning with one of my HG L’Oreal products, the Gentle Lip and Eye Make-up Remover.

It’s my first time to try the Revitalift Milky Cleansing Foam and Anti-Aging + Firming Aqua Milky Toner. I just came back from traveling the day prior and with my skin being parched, I was scared to try anything that had alcohol (as it might sting). The cleanser was mild and soothing, just perfect to calm my flaking skin. The toner, while it had alcohol, didn’t sting at all. It felt heavier than water but not in any way drying seconds after application. I’ve tried the Revitalift Day SPF 23 PA++ moisturizer in the past and it still feels as nourishing upon application.  A quick tip: apply with a very light hand as it might be too heavy for summer.

A critical step that follows regular cleansing, toning, and moisturizing, Magic Blur perfects every woman’s daily regimen for younger looking skin by instantly blurring away pores, dullness, and facial lines of early aging.

Magic Blur is the first revolutionary breakthrough in skin care that instantly blurs skin imperfections thanks to its Opti-blur Technology. With a unique non-greasy, non-sticky and weightless cushiony texture, Magic Blur works like magic on the skin reducing facial lines visibility, pore visibility, and skin roughness in just a matter of seconds.

The star of the show, the Revitalift Magic Blur, is meant to be applied between the moisturizer and your make-up (so yes, it’s only for daytime use). Is it a primer? I’d say almost but not quite. It’s still in that limbo to me, dancing between a skin care and make-up product. It’s already good as it is where it can be used with or without foundation. To use, blend half a pea size into the skin.

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