I’m not over glitter polish. (Will I ever be over the shimmery, sparkly stuff?) And even though the holidays is the perfect time to bust out the highly reflective cosmetics, I’ll find an excuse any time of year to be sparkle-happy. I’ve got a special one today: Orly Nail Lacquer in Pixie Powder (USD 8.50 / PHP 385).
Orly Pixie Powder
Quick Specs: 0.6 oz ; made in the USA
One of the biggest things that initially confounded me about Korean skincare was the sheer variety of moisturizer types they have. I got free samples of essences, emulsions, lotions, and creams, but I had to figure out what each one was for and in what order they should be used. Coming from a Westernized beauty background where slathering one rich cream was enough, it made me curious to see if the standard face cream would still be recognized by the Koreans as effective. Well as it turns out, they do. For why else did they invent the luxurious Dr. Jart Ceramidin Derma Care Technology Cream (PHP 1,850 / 50 ml)?
Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream and Dr. Jart V7 Vitalaser 2.1
Quick Specs: available in 50 ml and 75 ml tubes ; made in Korea
Random Personal Update: I pledged 20 books on Good Reads, and I’ve still got 8 books to go before the end of the year. Still going through a lot of YA thrillers, because that’s often the way to get me to finish a book within 10 days. (Meaning, I elect to lose sleep to go through a page-turner.)
Also, re-watching the entire Harry Potter series in time for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It’s something of a personal tradition that started with every HP book release. Only then, I used to re-read the books. I don’t have the time to do that now, so the condensed 2-hour version should suffice. (BTW, have you guys seen the fanart of the HP-themed shadow palettes? Merlin’s beard, please let them become a reality!)
Buuut, going back to beauty, here are my latest empties. There’s quite a bit of them this time:
Clockwise from Top-Left: Nivea Extra White Firming Body Lotion, The Body Shop Shea Body Butter, Nivea Creme, Zenutrients Rich Cocoa Body Butter
I specifically remember the first time I heard the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (a.k.a. Peter Tchaikovsky). It was in the Diane Lane starrer, Under the Tuscan Sun, that was about a woman who goes to Italy for self-discovery. (It was kind of like Eat, Pray, Love before Eat, Pray, Love was a thing.) There was a scene where Diane Lane’s character was alone in her villa on a stormy night, and she started humming the 1812 Overture to calm herself down. It was an amusing scene that made me research into Tchaikovsky’s works, and it represented my high school foray into the realm of classical music.
Now Tchaikovsky is back in my life in the way that nature intended: Through ballet! It’s off to Aliw Theater to catch a performance of Ballet Manila’s second act for Revenge of the Classics, The Swan, The Fairy, and The Princess. On stage on October 14 (8pm), 15 (8pm), and 16 (3pm), the production features excerpts from three of the master composer’s most celebrated works, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty.
The Swan, The Fairy and The Princess
When you’re a fan of hair dye, your best friend becomes brow mascara. I know you can go somewhere to get professional tinting done, but I don’t mind the daily application of colored brow gel as I feel like it also helps make my brows look thicker. I stumbled upon the curious, shimmery Fashion 21 Eyebrow Gel in Light Brown (P 165).
Fashion21 Eyebrow Gel
Quick Specs: 8 g ; made in Taiwan