I confess: Before my beauty writing colleagues mentioned their desire to try products of Indie brand, Deciem, I never even knew about The Ordinary. But the thrill was palpable as they discussed shipping the stuff to Manila and, yes, there was a little bit of FOMO on my part. When I heard that they were stocking up from a local reseller, I was in! I got only 2 products to start with, the first being The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (USD 9.8).
Quick Specs: 30 ml ; made in Canada
While I was in high school and only starting to learn about makeup, one of the first few luxury brands that I started seeing virtually everywhere was Shu Uemura. I was all about wishlisting their iconic cleansing oils and lash curlers, and I was so stoked to finally get their classic curler some years later. Fast forward to 2017 when the brand has unfortunately left the Philippines, leaving brokenhearted fans in its wake. But before the last of their boutiques closed its doors, I was able to grab the Shu Uemura Stage Performer Glow Creator in Warm Glow (SRP = SGD 62).
Shu Uemura Stage Performer Glow Creator
Quick Specs: 30 ml / 1 fl oz ; made in Japan
Fun fact: I’m something of a frustrated dancer. It’s water under the bridge now, but I wanted to join dance programs as early as in grade school. Unfortunately, the schedules never lined up with my academics as I had to study with a tutor back then. Except for a brief stint in the first grade as a cheer team member in an intra-school competition, said “dance career” never really took off.
That being said, the experience made me appreciate professional dancers all the more. The dedication to their craft is no walk in the park, and I’m sure that a fair share of them have faced adversities in the name of pursuing that passion. (Injuries, never-ending practice sessions, and going to far-flung places, to name a few.) And so it is important to honor the folks who’ve shared the art of dance with us.
For International Dance Day 2017, Ballet Manila’s Lisa Macuja-Elizalde brought together Gary and Gab Valenciano, The Maneuvers’ Jason and Joshua Zamora, pole dance advocate Ciara Sotto, and celebrity choreographer Nesh Janiola to create a collab video that helps us understand what dance means and why they keep pushing forward. See the video below:
This initiative is spearheaded by Ballet Manila, the country’s premiere classical dance company.
Quite unintentional, but it seems like my eye cream choices are taking on the botanical trend. After finishing up a bottle of Nuxe, I’ve embraced the rosy side of things with Organic Doctor Rose Otto Eye Serum (USD 23.99; not available in the Philippines; bought from Vitamin World).
Organic Doctor Organic Rose Otto Eye Serum
Quick Specs: 15 ml / 0.5 fl oz ; made in the UK
Is there such a thing as a “hot spot” in someone’s home? I didn’t used to believe it, but the last three summers have forced me to reconsider. I swear, there’s this corner in the room where I usually do my writing that also happens to have this insanely humid air. Even if I have a fan aimed directly at me, it feels like steam is coming off that area. And there are no other rooms like it! Sadly, staying in that place for a prolonged period of time is causing heat rashes, so I’ve had to treat the area with a little help from a tin of medicated talcum powder and a bottle of In Her Element Spot Control Facial Oil (PHP 475).
In Her Element Spot Control Facial Oil
Quick Specs: 15 ml ; made in the Philippines