Preview x Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Matte Lippies

There are 2 hard bounds in town that’s on everyone’s lips (pun intended).

It has the same content but comes in two snazzy covers, in nude (Too Cool) and maroon. I was gifted by Happy Skin the maroon “book” aptly called Hot Stuff.

Hot Stuff and Too Cool are the season collab offerings of two local powerhouses: Preview Magazine and Happy Skin. These “books” house the limited edition Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Matte Lippies that were just released to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the former, recognizing the Preview girl in all of us.

Cult-favorite makeup brand Happy Skin has an all-new pout product, and the finish is totally distinct from its current lineup of best-selling lippies! In a first, the skin-caring makeup brand collaborates with a print glossy in the creation of a beauty goodie that fans have been clamoring for since Happy Skin set up shop nearly two years ago: the Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Matte Lippie.

Because of its rich, velvety texture and striking pigment, the matte lippie is often viewed as the trendier counterpart of the lustrous lippie. When Pauline Juan, editor-in- chief of the Philippines’ style bible review, thought of the magazine’s first-ever lipstick collaboration to celebrate its 20 th anniversary this June, she knew that she wanted to work with Happy Skin’s best-selling lippies—and she definitely had her heart set on creating one in an edgier matte formula.

The packaging nut in me’s all over these handy books — they’re perfect fittings to my fresh shelves concealing trinkets and whatnot. The illustrations are too shala while the gold trims just brought house down with its sliver of luxury.

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Daily Luxe: Excellence Fashion by L’Oréal Paris

It’s been a hundred forevers ago when I last saw my natural hair colour. For the most part, I consider my hair colour to be part of my overall look and personality. Because of my back to back trips under the sun, I realized that my deep auburn hair has gone really light and farrrr from its supposed colour. Case point:


Hello from me and Dragon! <3

Thanks to L’Oreal, I got a sample from their latest care and colour range, Excellence Fashion by L’Oréal Paris. There are 6 vibrant yet flattering auburns, nude browns, and intense brown shades available — Intense Violet Brown, Ashy Nude Brown, Intense Copper Brown, Golden Nude Brown, Intense Lustrous Auburn, and Intense Golden Auburn. I thought it’ a stroke of luck for me to get a colour so “me”: Intense Violet Brown. I thought going dark for a little while will help me conceal frizz and dryness before my next major colour.

“We, at L’Oréal Paris, look up to women who embrace constant change to shine bright, head up high,” shared Kayne Litonjua, Product Manager of L’Oréal Hair Color Experts/Paris. “These L’Oréal women recognize that their hair is their most prominent feature and wearing vibrant, natural colors whenever they feel like it sends a strong message, a strong story of who they are. Finding the right hair color that perfectly matches the Filipina skin tone has never been this easy with the newest shades of Excellence Fashion. More and more women now have access to optimum care, color, and back to care to create, keep, and share their own stories of confidence.” For that stunning hair color, the transformation begins with Excellence Fashion’s superior Triple Care System, Hi-Lift, and Hi-Shine Complex. “With the right amount of intensive care to fight dryness, frequent hair coloring can now be fun and easy thanks to its handy hair coloring applicator and protective pre-color serum to give your hair excellent care and color it deserves,” adds Litonjua.

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Veloci White Summer 2015 Wrist Candies

Remember my daily luxe finds from Veloci not too long ago? :)

I just had my collection updated at the recently concluded Veloci White Party at The Palace Pool Club with their latest models and I’m super stoked! *hearts all over*


Veloci Cruise in White <3
starts at Php 2250, this model costs Php 2650

For fans of laid-back and low-key statement pieces, the latest Cruise collection comes in different punches of color, with integrated silicone straps. The minimalist designs of case and matching colors for the dials and strap exude effortless style and substance. Colors available for the collection are red, blue, black, and pink for stainless steel case version; black for gold PVD version; and black and blue for rose gold PVD version. For a journey with no itinerary, these pieces are sure to let you Cruise through life and take you wherever you please.


Nikki, Angela, and I showcasing the latest models from the Pulse, Cruise, and Voyager ranges

Nikki’s wearing the gray and black Pulse model that’s perfect for active individuals who are passionate and big on self-expression. This range is proven to be one tough cookie! I broke mine into various oceans and even gone caving in Sagada and it’s in pristine condition since November 2014 when I first got it. The new models have dual time display, stopwatch and alarm, equipped with an illuminator and a fuss-free rubber strap. Comparing to my bright teal blue Pulse watch, the new models come in combinations of black and blue, black and red, all black, and white and gray. It’s truly a travel must have for me as it allows me to be on the fly without worrying about my timepiece.

After scouring over countless models, the usual suspects zeroed on the range best fit for the travelers in all of us:


Voyager starts at Php 2750, we’re wearing the two toned models priced at Php 3250
photo by Ramon Tan Mangila (pixrepublik)

Widely popular with seafarers and other marine enthusiasts, Voyager watches show the exquisite taste of their wearers through their unidirectional rotating bezel and lavish dials with day-date display. In sizes of 40 and 44mm, six new color configurations with matching silicone colored straps are out: black and grey for stainless steel; black and white for gold PVD version; and black and blue for rose gold PVD version. For those who love to go deep, sail the world and quench their thirst for adventure and knowledge.


A closer look at my Voyager (white) and Nikki’s

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Issey Miyake L’eau D’Issey City Blossom

Over luxe lunch and origami, I had a mini reunion not too long ago with a fragrance staple at home, Issey Miyake. My earliest memory of the brand’s from the mid-90s when I’d chance on my mom misting on her L’Eau d’Issey before going to work. I thought she smelled very nice and sophisticated. Like most girls, I couldn’t wait to grow up so that I can also smell and look like my mom.

Fast forward to 2015, I’m all grown up, a carbon copy of my mom, and mildly begging to go back to the 90s. While I’m wayyyy far from my mom’s rather poised nature, I’m very glad that I can now wear right about any perfume I want. 😉 L’Eau d’Issey has recently made it to my boudoir in the form of their latest and limited edition scent, City Blossom. Still guided by the new vision of femininity, Issey Miyake collaborated with Spanish master perfumer (nose, to fragrance snobs) Alberto Morillas and visual street artist Mademoiselle Maurice and to come up with this season’s offering.

In dewy surroundings, the freshness is accentuated with middle notes that resonate beneath delicately honey-like osmanthus flowers, an invitation to travel – to the other side of the city – offered by freesia and magnolia: reserved and measured, the flower chose to retain its mystery by only opening halfway. Then with the bottom notes made up of natural Virginia white cedar dominated by powerful notes of ambrox and white musk, this imaginary bouquet takes shape and draws its energy, “texturising” itself like the petals of a flower which finally touch the skin…the flower opens out completely, serenely, in a subtle mingling of charm and boldness.

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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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