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My Hair's Daily Defense

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, September 7, 2017, In : Reviews 
Despite being challenging and difficult, there's a few things I liked about my pregnancy and wish I have kept. For one, my skin was luminous and blemish-free! I also had luscious shiny hair that I barely needed to manage. That was, until last month when my hair began falling. It's not as bad as some women, but still!

So I've contacted my resident hairstylist to give my hair the much needed treatment it needs and she suggested that I get myself hairstyling products that are sulfate-free. I'm no...
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Review: BeauuGreen Eye Patch

Posted by Dior Co on Friday, July 7, 2017, In : Reviews 
Oh, sleep, how I missed you! And what I miss equally is my bright eyes sans eyebags and undereye circles! Thanks to BeauuGreen Hydrogel Eye Patch, I have a shot to getting rid of these bags and circles.

BeauuGreen is a Korean brand specializing in skincare masks and eye patches. They are known for their Hydrogel Eye Patches that are enriched with essences that penetrate deep inside the skin to supply nutrients to the sensitive eye rims. It's said to restore hydration and elasticity.



 I've ...

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Dove's Most Skin-caring Formula

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, May 29, 2017, In : Reviews 
When I was a teen, I think I've tried a couple of deodorants, local and imported, just because that was the thing teens try out a lot at a certain phase. And man, have my underarm suffered! The fragrances in those formulas were harsh that my underarm skin got really irritated to the point that I swore off deos. Fast-forward ten years and Dove came along. I was hesitant to try first because of my past experiences with deos but after one try of the Original Dove deodorant, I never looked back. ...
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Strip Mama

Posted by Dior Co on Saturday, February 18, 2017, In : Reviews 
I can't believe we've entered our ninth month into this pregnancy! And that means preparations, preparations, preparations for the coming of our baby AND the dreaded labor! I honestly don't know what to expect when I deliver, but I sure am going to prepare for it. One of the priorities I've listed is an appointment with Strip Manila to clean me up 'down there' in preparation for labor.

I've been drying to try Strip's limited edition Mulled Wine Wax since it debuted last year December. Followin...
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Girlstuff Holiday 2016 Collection

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, In : Reviews 
To start feeling festive for the holidays, start with thy tips! For high-quality, trendy and safe nail polish at prices we all can afford, Girlstuff is top of mind. 

Girlstuff puts me in that mood with their Holiday 2016 collection consisting of three shades I cannot resist: You Had Me at Merlot is a opulent wine shade; Crème de la Crème is a brilliant pearl tone and Death by Chocolate is an indulgent Grown (grey-brown) color. Get these three in a kit with Girlstuff long-lasting top coat and...
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Céleteque’s Matte Lipsticks

Posted by Dior Co on Friday, November 4, 2016, In : Reviews 
The drier months have arrived and it's becoming more and more difficult to pull off the matte lips look. Good thing Céleteque has a new offering of matte lipsticks that still can deliver vivid colors and keep our lips soft. Co-created with dermatologists, these lippies are infused with dermo-grade ingredients that keep sensitive lip skin healthy this season.



Céleteque Matte Lipsticks lends lips a matte color finish while still being long-wearing. It contains Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) in...

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Cure Dull Parched Skin

Posted by Dior Co on Friday, October 28, 2016, In : Reviews 
Lackluster skin? Only two things might be happening -- either your skin needs exfoliation due to build-up of old skin cells or you need extra moisture. 

Cure gives us the basic solutions for these concerns: a facial in a bottle and a skin cream in a tube. 



I've written a review on the sought-after Cure Natural Aqua Gel three years ago. And since then, it still has been one of the products I routinely use with my other exfoliants. It's one of those products that you just need in your life!

Now le...

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How To Make Wedding Pics Look Like a Fashion Ed

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, October 20, 2016, In : Reviews 
Before our wedding, my husband and I had an entire day of "practice" during our pre-wedding shoot and boy, it takes a fearless pump of vision and confidence to nail those fierce poses. My advice? Get a really really really good photographer who has a team who can teach you to pose and cheer for you while you're doing those poses.






I remember, aside from the retouch kits and clothes in the van where we change in between layouts, were Swish sprays to help us have fresh breath all day long. To...
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Clarins Skin Spa

Posted by Dior Co on Friday, October 14, 2016, In : Reviews 
Back ache is one of the foremost complaints of expecting women. That extra weight, both on our bellies and our busts, just really puts a toll on our backs. Even in my first trimester, I suffered body aches and craved for a good massage. But almost all women I know advised me against it. And even if they didn't, it was very hard to look for spas or therapists who would touch me early on in the pregnancy. Thank goodness for my sister who not only encouraged me to answer to my body's aching need...
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Fend Off Pimples for Good

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, October 6, 2016, In : Reviews 
I've been suffering from the occasional (hormonal) breakouts since I entered my 20's. Back then, I've been relying on spot treatments that dries out the pesky bump as a quick fix. Come next month and I'm faced with the same problem. It was experience and maturity that I've learned to be patient with my skin and stick to a regimen that works if I really wanted to stave off pimples for good.

A line that I found effective was Céleteque Dermoscience™ Acne Solutions line. This is a line of highl...
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Safe 'N Beautiful Nails

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, In : Reviews 
Pregnancy is a difficult phase in a woman's life. So from the time we learned we were expecting, I made it a priority that this pregnancy would be a happy one. Meaning, I don't deprive myself of foods I crave for, I let myself enjoy being pampered and I didn't skip my beauty routines.But the only thing I'm quite uptight about is getting toxic chemicals into my system. So the search for beauty products that are pregnant-friendly has been the goal every time I shop.

My nails have been neglect...
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K-Palette 3-Way Eyebrow Pencil

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, In : Reviews 
I've probably written too many reviews on K-Palette. Why? Because every single year, the brand just keeps on innovating their beauty products again and again to make our lives easier. Whether it be in formula or function. This time, they've launched their improved version of their smooth eyebrow pencil that comes with a strong hold powder and firm brow comb.


The formulation of strong hold oil and film ingredient is included in both the pencil and powder to help create perfect brows without pil...
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Wonder Jelly

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, In : Reviews 
What's the number one staple in your beauty shelf? Mine's definitely a multi-purpose product. And when I say multiple, I mean over a hundred ways of use -- literally! Would you believe that there's over 100 things that you can do with Vaseline petroleum jelly?



From soothing dry skin to serving as a shoe (and bag) shine, no wonder Vaseline is known as the Wonder Jelly for its versatility. Here, I've listed ten surprising ways I like to use my own tub of Vaseline:

1. Maintain your perfume scent ...

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International Press Shopping Day

Posted by Dior Co on Saturday, September 17, 2016, In : Reviews 
Why would you choose a similar shade of lipstick worth thousands over a tube of the same shade that's just a hundred bucks? I understand the lure of just getting a “dupe” instead of a more expensive brand, but if you’re anything like me who finds joy in all things pretty, splurging makes sense. Not only does the chic packaging gets me sold, but the peace of mind that comes with having the best ingredients and pigments be applied on my face is worth the extra cash out.

A few weeks ago, L...
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Preggy Partners In Crime

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, August 15, 2016, In : Reviews 
A day after we felt overflowing joy and excitement from the news that we are pregnant, the typical me felt panic. Not just panic on how I'm supposed to raise a child (more about that panic here), but also the panic on how my body will change in the weeks to come. I immediately went to see myself in a full-length mirror. The horror of seeing my current stretch marks and sagging skin left me speechless. I will have more of these once I get bigger! As if I need more of those!

So the first thing ...
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Sleek Enough To Fit My Kit

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, August 15, 2016, In : Reviews 
Sleek makeup has been one of the most promising cosmetic brands that recently arrived in Manila. Not only do they have a line-up that can complete your entire makeup kit, they're also surprisingly affordable. Almost all, if not all their products are highly pigmented, making them favorites of makeup artists like me.

Last month, Sleek gathered bloggers and makeup artists to reintroduce the brand and new makeup in their line-up, most appropriate for the cooler months ahead.


Here are my top three ...
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A Great Hair Day with Himawari

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, June 16, 2016, In : Reviews 
It's been more than half a year now since I chopped off my long locks. And contrary to popular belief, short hair is so much harder to maintain. You got to visit the salon for a snip every six to eight weeks to keep the right shape of your short 'do. With long hair before, I can just pony up or put it in a bun if I'm lazy to style it up. But with short hair, I gotta blowdry, use the iron, and apply God knows how many products to style it right. Yes, it's been an awful whole lot of deal to be ...
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Microdermabrasion on Our Fingertips

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, In : Reviews 
Okay, to be honest, it takes a whole lot to make me excited about beauty products nowadays. Being in the beauty industry for almost a decade now, I think I've seen it all. Until yesterday, when Aesthetique Solutions launched their handy exfoliation device that can totally change my beauty regimen.

Behold, Revitalize Mircodermabrasion Device  – a personal, dermatologist grade beauty tool that will give us all the exfoliation we need to help us achieve beautifully smooth and youthful skin. 



So ...

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Q&A: The right amount of volume on thick hair

Posted by Dior Co on Saturday, June 4, 2016, In : Reviews 
I received a message last week in my Facebook page on how to add the right amount of volume on a head that's already blessed with thick tresses.

Q: Hi Dior I have thick hair, that goes for both my strands and the texture of my hair. I still like my hair to have volume especially my crown which is always limp. But I don't know how to achieve this. What is the right amount of volume on thick hair? Help!

A: I, too, have the same dilemma! If your hair is anything close to mine, you probably are ge...
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Poise Makeup

Posted by Dior Co on Friday, June 3, 2016, In : Reviews 
One reason why I've always been drawn into makeup is because it's the easiest way to change one's look. It's not permanent and that makes it fun to experiment and play with. Want to look sweet? Go for soft shades of pink. Want to look fierce? There's always contouring techniques. Want to look poised? Go for classics and neutrals. The latter is actually a personal favorite. No one can go wrong with that one.

So with all the brands launching pop and trendy colors, it's a breathe of fresh air t...
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Rise Without the Shine with Porefessional Line

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, In : Reviews 
Despite the scorching heat, I still love summer. But if there's one thing I can do without these sunny days, it would be the appearance of my pores. So for humid days likes the ones we're experiencing nowadays, I make sure I have just the right cosmetics to combat my POREblems. 

Benefit Cosmetics share our woes, as they launch two more products in the Porefessional Line -- The Instant Wipeout Masks and Matte Rescue Gel.

 

Instant Wipeout Masks

This dual-sided face mask cleans out and smooths out...
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CK2: The Thrill of The 2 of Us

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, April 4, 2016, In : Reviews 
Calvin Klein made a hit with its unisex fragrance CK One from 1994, which marked the urban youth of the nineties. 2 decades after the iconic launch of CK One, the house of CK comes back with the anthem for millennials that celebrates the life of today’s youth: bold, free, diverse, thrilling experiences are amplified by the connections between two people. Calvin Klein returns to its tradition and presents a new scent that is gender free called CK2, intended for the generation known as the Mi...
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La Petite Robe Noire Lipsticks

Posted by Dior Co on Friday, April 1, 2016, In : Reviews 
A few weeks ago, I received an invite from Guerlain to celebrate the expansion of its iconic La Petite Robe Noire fragrance collection into a world of colour. After last year's successful launch of their KissKiss lipsticks, I was pretty curious what their new lipstick would be.



La Petite Robe Noire Shiny Lip Colour comes in 20 shades and the Shiny Nail Colour in 8. The packaging of both the lipsticks and the nail lacquers, inspired by the bottle of the perfume, is to die for. I'm sure a suck...
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Colorful Glowing Nails

Posted by Dior Co on Friday, April 1, 2016, In : Reviews 
I've always loved summer. It's the only time of the year when you can go a bit playful and experimental and get away with almost anything, fashion-wise. And with the runway trends tilting towards more vibrant colors, why not head that way too in choosing the colors to put on our tips?

Girlstuff, one of the local brands I truly believe in, has recently launched their colorful summer collection and Solique UV-Glow Gel Top Coat, a revolutionary product that can make any nail color glow under UV l...
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Beauty Habits that Don't Involve Beauty Products

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, In : Reviews 
I received a message last week by one of my blog’s readers and it contained just one question. “What is your number one beauty secret and what is the one beauty product you can’t live without?” And it got me thinking. With tons of beauty products I’ve used, tried and tested, do I really know which one worked best on me and does it really take just one product to achieve beauty?

In this day and age when beauty products, both local and foreign, are just a click away to be added to o...
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Romantic Ritual with Priva

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, February 29, 2016, In : Reviews 
Being married is a huge adjustment on almost all aspects of my life. And yes, even on my hygiene regimen. What does one really need to prepare for those intimate moments? Freedom from dark secrets? A pump of multi-confidence?

When it comes to romatic rituals and meaningful intimate care needs like these, Priva promises to be on our side. In fact, Priva is for the woman who wants more—and gets it! It is the premium feminine wash today that's being used by countless women for everyday care ...
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Shade Adjusting Drops

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, In : Reviews 
I probably own a more than ten bottles of liquid foundation due to the fact that they come in different textures, coverages and shades. For someone whose skintone seems to change on a weekly basis, I have to own a lot to match my skin. It's pricey on the pockets and messy on the beauty shelf! But now, thanks to the revolutionary product of The Body Shop, we now can adjust the shade of our foundation with their Shade Adjusting Drops.

The only products every woman should own to get their perfect...

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New from Beautique

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, January 14, 2016, In : Reviews 
Last month, I had the pleasure of receiving a package from the new beauty online shop Beautique. Upon opening the package, I was delighted to see that their products are like no other. Beautique is your premiere web store for innovative skincare and anti-aging products, designed for women looking for beauty solutions at the convenience of their own home. I put off writing reviews on these as I know I'll be exposing myself to harsh elements for the duration of our holiday winter trip in Japan ...
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Your Perfect Makeup Match

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, In : Reviews 
What sets you off the most as to how people wear makeup? I think majority would say it's when somebody's base makeup doesn't match their skin. Nowadays, it's not just a matter of lighter facial skin tone that I normally see, it's even the facial temperature (warmer = yellow & colder = pink) that doesn't match the neck! Thank goodness for makeup brands that truly invest so much into their R&D to give us our perfect match. And I'm not just talking about a range of 20 skin tones, I'm talking abo...
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Back to Soft Baby Feet

Posted by Dior Co on Friday, November 27, 2015, In : Reviews 
A self-confessed shoe addict, I often feel guilty for what I've had my soles gone through. No matter how much I tell myself that it's okay to wear those six-inch heels since they're made with the highest quality of leather and cushioning anyway, it still take a toll on my feet. My chiropractor even told me I need to start considering wearing only up to 2 & a half inch at the most or I might end up hurting my spine! Anyways, point is... we ladies most likely have worse feet condition than men ...
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Feel So Good This Christmas

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, November 26, 2015, In : Reviews 
It's that time of the year again when we head over the malls to find that perfect gift for our loved ones. Every Christmas, I'm thankful for the many brands that offer us gift sets that make it easier for us to shop. And one of my favourite stores to visit is The Body Shop. Not only do they have tons of gift sets to offer, they're also value for money!

This year, The Body Shop welcomes us to Feel Good Wonderland where they invite us to embark on an journey to an enchanted world filled with se...
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Céleteque DermoCosmetics

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, In : Reviews 
As I age, I'm inclined to obsess more about skincare now than makeup. But a fusion of both at a reasonable price? Why not! Céleteque Dermo, the trusted brand for cutting-edge skincare technology, recently launched their first ever line of cosmetics for every sensible and hardworking Filipina.

After the brand has established itself as a skincare staple—in countless women’s beauty regimen, with its extensive, customized and expert line of dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic, and clinical...
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Review: The Body Shop Voyage Collection

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, October 5, 2015, In : Reviews 
Just in time for my honeymoon next week, I'm bringing with me one of The Body Shop's scents from their new Voyage Collection. Infused with authentic ingredients from the four corners of the globe, the new Voyage collection is inspired by four destinations -- Japan (Cherry Blossoms), India (Jasmine), Morocco (Mountain Roses) and Italy (Figs).


Since our first stop is Italy, it's only but appropriate to bring Italian Figs fragrance with me. Figs are emblematic of the Italian coast. This bitte...

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Review: Benefit Air Patrol

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, October 5, 2015, In : Reviews 
I'm often asked why I still stop by a beauty store despite thousands of makeup I have at home. Well, the beauty industry just keeps coming out with newer innovative products! Take Benefit Cosmetics' new Air Patrol BB cream eyelid primer for instance. I mean, who wouldn't buy an eyelid primer in BB cream texture with broad-spectrum SPF 20 that also contains EnviroDefend complex to help guard our delicate eyelids against sun, smoke and pollutants?


It also promises to extend the wear of eyesha...
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Bathe in LUXury

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, October 5, 2015, In : Reviews 
There is nothing more rewarding than having the luxury of time to take long baths after a long day. And while at it, why not bathe in a luxurious scent? I believe that the scent of a woman all starts in the shower.

We now can have the luxurious experience of bathing with perfume every day, as LUX finally sets the Philippines abloom. Masterfully designed and crafted by perfume experts from New York, Paris, and London, the new LUX Perfumed Bath Collection consists of lingering fragrances that ...
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Review: K-Palette Essence in Shadowliner

Posted by Dior Co on Friday, October 2, 2015, In : Reviews 
Just when you think you've got the right combo for your eyeliner and eyebrow liners, K-palette brings in another eye makeup pen for us to collect. Ladies, K-palette reveals to us its newest addition to the family, the Essence in Shadowliner! It's a duo of eyeliner on one end and an eyeshadow on the other. 

Four duo shades to choose from!

01: Black liquid eyeliner + Medium brown eyeshadow
Get this if you dare a smoky eye and want to achieve a really deep eye definition.

02: Natural brown black eye...

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Review: pH Care Naturals

Posted by Dior Co on Friday, October 2, 2015, In : Reviews 
Do you know that 1 out of 3 Filipinas have, at least once, used natural ingredients to wash their intimate area? This is why pH Care bottled up nature’s wonders through two popularly used ingredients, papaya and guava leaves, to come up with their all-new pH Care Naturals line in pH Care Naturals Papaya and pH Care Naturals Guava.



I've been a user of pH care since it first launched. I think I was just a tween back then. My favorite variant was Cool Wind and have been using it maybe for half...

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Review: NARCISO Fragrance

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, In : Reviews 
I remember it was just a decade ago when I couldn't care less about fragrances and scents. In my younger years, I just felt there was no need to veil yourself with too much scent (that costs too much too!) as long as you shower religiously. But as I grew older and maybe, just maybe wiser, I've come to appreciate fragrances. I even see it as a fashion accessory -- like a train of a gown that leaves the last impression to your audience.

I've been collecting numerous bottles for years now, but I...
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Review: Guerlain KissKiss Roselip

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, In : Reviews 
Last year, I had the pleasure and honour to be chosen as one of Guerlain's KissKiss Style Icons. It was a no brainer to say yes when asked as Guerlain has been one of the most trusted beauty brands I've loved. This Fall, Guerlain introduces Bloom of Rose, an unexpected, versatile, and ultra-feminine lip collection to follow suit their original KissKiss lipstick line.

Inspired by the natural beauty of the rose, the KissKiss Roselip offers the season’s must-have hues—from charming red to ro...
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My Top Four Moisturizers

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, September 17, 2015, In : Reviews 
Always complaining that I 'shine' easily midday, I notice that that rarely happens. I don't know if it's just because I'm months away from turning 30 and my skin is slowly in the ageing process of producing less oil, or that the rainy season just makes anyone's skin a bit drier than usual. 

Two months ago, I dug up my personal beauty shelf to see the moisturisers I have in hand and tried about ten of them and rank the top three. I couldn't decide on the third one so I decided to review the bes...
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Review: Solique Gel Polish

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, In : Reviews 
Since the first time I heard that studies show that women who have nail polishes on their fingertips are more productive at work than women who don’t, I always make it a point that I get weekly manicures. It sucks though how easily manis get ruined. Then comes gel polish to the rescue, but then the UV light that activates the gel formula is harmful to the skin. So I never really tried that. I went on with life with regular polish – that is until last week when Girl Stuff, the local nail p...
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The Body Shop X World

Posted by Dior Co on Saturday, August 29, 2015, In : Reviews 
Lately, I've noticed that my bathroom is slowly being filled with The Body Shop beauty products. And when I traced why this is, I realized that I am now living with my husband! He's always been a fan of The Body Shop even when I first met him. He appreciates the affordability and quality of products of the brand.

Just this week, The Body Shop has launched two product lines that has enticed me to fill my bathroom with just more of their products. The Oils of Life skincare line for the face feat...
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Review: Himawari Oil in Shampoo & Conditioner

Posted by Dior Co on Saturday, August 29, 2015, In : Reviews 
When I received a package from Kracie to try out their Himawari Oil in Shampoo and Conditioner, I immediately looked at the details at the back of the bottle to see if it's silicone- and sulfate-free. And thank God they are! You see, I have been regularly highlighting my hair every six months. Because of this, I need hair products that won't fade my hair color. Just in time, Himawari was sent to me just in time when my Kerastase Chroma shampoo and conditioner have a few drops left.


As with ...
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Review: Galvanic Spa System

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, August 13, 2015, In : Reviews 
Even when I was in my teens, I've always worried on how my skin will age. Thanks to a mom and a sister who are both very religious on their skincare regimens, I'm paranoid when it comes to my skin. And it doesn't help that I'm about to hit the big three-zero soon!

Aside from researching what's the best anti-aging product there is, I'm now on the search for the best technology that can help me "slow" time, skin-wise that is! Just recently, a friend introduced me to Nu Skin’s exclusive ageLO...
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Air Optix Colors

Posted by Dior Co on Friday, May 8, 2015, In : Reviews 
To be real honest, I can't remember the last time I wore contact lenses as they are more of an accessory to me rather than a necessity. I remember though that what made me stop wearing them is the discomfort of having to bear dry eyes and consistently putting on saline drops every hour.

Just last Wednesday, I attended the launch of AIR OPTIX® COLORS. It's the first I've heard of Air Optix and so I listened intently on the program hosted by Sam Oh and here's what you need to know:

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Pixi Beauty's Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

Posted by Dior Co on Friday, May 8, 2015, In : Reviews 
Spring into summer with Pixi's Spring/Summer 2015 collection, consisting of everything a girl needs for the season.


Brow Powder Palette

This palette of 6 brow powders + applicator makes it easy to perfectly shape brows. With six matte shades to mix and match, this palette lets you customize your perfect brow colour no matter what your hair colour or skin shade is. If you are a brunette, match your hair colour. If you have blonde hair for summer, go with the lightest brown shade in the palette....
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Go-to Beauty Remedies

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, April 23, 2015, In : Reviews 
Due to a lot of things going on left and right, my skin has been suffering for quite a time now. Dry patches and untimely breakouts happening all at once, I don't know what my skintype is anymore! So, I've found myself leaning towards skincare products that promise instant results. Not that they're just for quick fixes, but these babies have really been helpful during those times of stress and emergencies.



SHISEIDO Ibuki Multi Solution Gel

When I started to notice my skin's been drying out an...
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Summer Ready Skin

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, In : Reviews 
My favorite time of the year, summer is already here! I'm in the middle of whipping out my bikinis for my family summer getaway next week. But while I may feel a rush of confidence to flaunting some decent abs and semi-toned physique, summer can still throw a lot of obstacles your way to keep me from looking your best- the sweltering heat, scorching sun, skin-damaging UV rays, humidity, and salt water.

Thankfully, Unilever has everything you need to get that radiant summer glow without sacr...
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Bohk Toh False Lashes

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, In : Reviews 
95% of the time, my clients request for false lashes. In my experience, false lashes make such a huge difference in making eyes look more defined and "awake". It's tricky yet so significant, I never skip this step when doing makeup on clients, except when clients refuse to have them on.

One of my favourite false lashes brand from Thailand has finally arrived Manila! No need to hoard everytime I'm in Bangkok as it's now locally available online, thanks to Nippon Esthetics.



Why is it any differen...

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Review: K-Palette Long-Lasting 2-Way Eyebrow Pencil

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, In : Reviews 
I don’t know how many times I’ve written a review on K-Palette but it just seems like they keep on coming up with new products that sweep me off my feet!

I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from friends and readers that though they love the Eyebrow pen of K-Palette, they find it hard to control it. All I tell them is that it takes practice, but honestly admit to them too that pencils are easier to maneuver.

So good news to you my dear readers, K-Palette’s well-loved Long-lasting Eyebrow p...


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Trending: The Spoiled Groom

Posted by Dior Co on Friday, February 27, 2015, In : Reviews 
Year after year, the wedding industry evolves. Some decades ago, wedding SDEs, prenuptial shoots and more so post-nuptial shoots are something the past generation wedded without. I always notice parents of my brides complain why couples suddenly need these for just a wedding. Then last year, the trend towards wide panels LED screens emerged, making projectors a thing of the past.

This 2015, I’m noticing a new trend towards attention shifting more to the grooms than it ever did before. Som...
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Intoxication by The Scent of Desire

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, In : Reviews 
When asked if I like my scent floral or fruity, my answer is always "spicy." My friends find it really odd how I prefer my fragrance more masculine than feminine. Most women I know go for the just-out-of-the-shower fresh clean scent or something light or girly. Not me. 

So when The Body Shop sent me a package with a note that says "...its our most enticing scent to date." I quickly unwrapped it. And I wasn't disappointed, and quite surprised actually that finally, they came out with something ...
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POPs of Colour

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, February 16, 2015, In : Reviews 
Though a fan of natural makeup, I still have those days when I'm in the mood for a bit of unexpected pops of colour. My daily makeup kit has tons of neutral colours, but I do have a stash of neons and brights for editorials and high fashion shoots that require them. So when I received an invite from Glamourbox for the launching of yet another interesting makeup brand, Pop Cosmetics, I knew these would go directly to what I call my "fun makeup kit".


These customized sweet treats in the form of...

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3 Minute Miracle

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, In : Reviews 
I've just recently highlighted my already "dead" hair again a couple of weeks ago. Despite the bi-monthly treatments I give my rough locks to keep it healthy, it's almost impossible to give it back the shine of my once lustrous virgin strands due to regular colouring that has caused it to become unruly and brittle. But with the beauty industry spending big bucks on R&D, I know it was only a matter of time that someone would come up with a solution.

Oh how I wish I can achieve Bea's glossy and ...

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Puff Off Those Eyebags

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, In : Reviews 
As one nears 30, it's only but normal to get more and more concerned about skincare. That's what happened to me when the new year came in. Suddenly, a chunk of my beauty budget started to go to skincare instead of the usual makeup haul. One particular product I'm constantly experimenting with is eye cream.

Last week, Benefit cosmetics sent me one of their newest products, Puff Off! Instant Eye Gel, said to help smooth the look of undereye puffies


Applied to the under eye area using the custom...
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The Goodness of The Cream Factory's Goat's Milk

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, January 26, 2015, In : Reviews 
I'm always asked how to achieve healthy glowing skin. I always say that the formula to get this result is proper exfoliation and moisturizing. Exfoliate with a scrub at least twice a week and moisturize every after shower or use a moisturizing wash. It sounds simple and easy but what usually hinders the ritual is procrastination. I've had those days when it's just "nakakatamad" to put up the effort.

But with beauty afficionados like me, a new product always spark motivation to go back to the r...
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Review: Ultimate Brow Define

Posted by Dior Co on Saturday, December 13, 2014, In : Reviews 
I've recently written a blog post on Eye of Horus Metallic Icons and included in the article a sneak peek about their upcoming brow product. Well, it has made its way to us just in time for Christmas!



The slimline pointed tip is perfect for eyebrow definition while the mechanical twist up lead never needs sharpening. The Castor Oil in the formula also enhances brow condition and growth in the long run.

Available in three shades: Husk (Blonde), Dynasty (Medium Brown) and Nile (Medium/Dark)


Came...

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Review: Pantene Intensive Daily Conditioner

Posted by Dior Co on Saturday, November 1, 2014, In : Reviews 
With dozens of new innovative hair treatments that promises to transform our hair every year, who can blame a girl from trying at a couple of them out? From digi-perms to X-tenso rebonds to different hair colors, I’m sure anyone beyond the age of 18 has tried at least once. But with these new innovations come hair damage.

Since the time I started highlighting my hair regularly every four months, I’ve been obsessed with conditioners. Just one day of skipping conditioner and my hair insta...
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The Anti-aging Secret of Women in Their 40’s

Posted by Dior Co on Saturday, November 1, 2014, In : Reviews 
They say life starts at 40. I’ve always imagined what my life could be at 40. I’m just 28 and to be honest, I’m scared to even enter my 30’s. I felt some relief though after hearing Charlene Gonzales-Muhlach, the ambassador of the newest Pond’s Age Miracle Firm & Lift line, speak about her age at the recent Pond’s luncheon I attended last week at Chef Jessie.




“When a great experience happens to you at a young age, you don’t want it to become the defining moment of your life—o...

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Add Blink to Your Bling

Posted by Dior Co on Friday, October 24, 2014, In : Reviews 
Lately, I've been seeing a lot of jewellery tattoos in my Instagram feed. It seems like this trend that were first seen in the runways last year has finally catched up on us. I've seen them in person from other friends in the beauty industry and I drooled every single time. But when I asked around how much they were, they retail for P1,300 per sheet! And to think they'd only last for less than a week, I thought twice before buying one for myself.

Fortunately that same week, a beauty and fashio...
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Review: Makeup Eraser

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, In : Reviews 
I've first seen this magic cloth that removes makeup without cleanser, soap or makeup remover at a segment of the Today's Show. I was quite skeptical if it would work, so I didn't bother to order one for myself. But things that are meant to be for us have a way of reaching us. A friend from college contacted me and asked if she can send me a sample of a beauty product she's selling. Little did I know it's the controversial Makeup Eraser!
Inside the box is one Makeup Eraser cloth and instructio...

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Review: Ofra Lipsticks

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, October 2, 2014, In : Reviews 
Let me let you in a little secret -- I hate retouching! I would give ample time in the morning to do a decent face but I totally skip the entire retouching in the afternoon session. Given that, I'm always on the lookout for products that are long-lasting enough to last me through the day. But usually, the these long-lasting cosmetics contain lead that dries out our skin and lips and worse, can be toxic if used frequently.

Fortunately, there are brands out there that deal with this issue and o...
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Goodbye to Tired Eyes

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, September 29, 2014, In : Reviews 
For someone who has been an insomniac for about 10 years now, my eyes are seriously exhausted. I'm no skincare junkie but when it comes to the latest eye creams or products, I'm always first to queue for them! Just this week, I excitedly opened a package from The Body Shop that are all eye products aimed to restore tired eyes — from brightening the eye area to blurring fine eye lines to making them more awake.

Here's what I've got to say about them:

Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate


This unique ...
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BYS Pro Makeup Line

Posted by Dior Co on Friday, September 19, 2014, In : Reviews 
It's been quite a while since we last heard from BYS cosmetics. Now we know why — they've been cooking up something truly special for us! Introducing the BYS Pro Makeup line:



Among the new products recently rolled out to BYS’ 120 outlets throughout the Philippines in SM and Watson’s stores were foundation primers and other variants. These new and advanced items went through intensive R&D to ensure effectivity while purposively retailed at only at a fraction of the cost of better-known br...

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Olay’s Pore-Minimizing CC Cream

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, September 11, 2014, In : Reviews 
One of the things I love about being a makeup artist is meeting fresh faces and having small talks with them that lead to beauty discoveries. I’ve encountered a lot of moms of my brides, even grandmoms, who still have great skin at their age. Half of the time when I ask them what they skincare regimen is, I get a simple answer – “I just use Oil of Olay!”

Having heard this skincare secret, I myself have a bottle of Olay in my stash. It’s one of the drugstore brands I highly recomme...
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Celeteque 2014 Innovations

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, In : Reviews 
Just this week, Celeteque held a press launch for their 2014 innovations in time for their third anniversary. It's amazing how a local skincare brand like Celeteque has built multiple skincare lines that covers all the needs of Filipinas, whether it be anti-acne, anti-aging or whitening. Here are two more innovative products that they're adding into their wide roster of dermatologist-tested products:


Céleteque DermoScience Acne Solutions Acne-Clearing Concealer

When you wake up to find a big a...
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K-Palette 1 Day Magic Series

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, In : Reviews 
K-Palette has recently come out with something new -- the K-Palette 1 Day Magic series. I'm very grateful that even though I wasn't able to attend their press launch, I was sent a kit to try myself.


Basically, the 1 Day Magic Series is an all improved collection of K-Palette that consists of a liquid eyeliner, dual mascara, eyelid glue and Quad blush.


Here's what you need to know about each magical product from the series:

1DAY MAGIC LIQUID EYELINER


In case you're wondering, the difference betwee...
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Scent & Beaute Get-Together

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, August 18, 2014, In : Reviews 
Last week, Scent & Beaute invited beauty bloggers for a casual get-together to try out their newest launches. Newly launched brands such as Glamglow and h2o+, and soon-to-be launched brands such as Jack Black were just some of the products we beauty addicts tried that day.

With fellow beauty bloggers and the Scent & Beaute team

Let's start first with my favorite of them all, GLAMGLOW.


I've written a review on GLAMGLOW Youthmud recently this year when it was just launched. Turns out I'm not the o...
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Wink 's Revlite

Posted by Dior Co on Friday, August 15, 2014, In : Reviews 
Last April, I attended the launch of Wink's newest Revlite Laser Treatment but it only took me last week to try it out for myself at Wink Laser & Wax Studio in BGC. The treatment is also available in their newly opened Trinoma branch, by the way.



Holly Chang explains what Revlite is: "Revlite is a new and revolutionary laser treatment designed to help you achieve smoother skin texture and more even skin tone by treating skin pigmentation, enlarged pores, wrinkles and fine lines, aging skin, a...
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Keeping it Real

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, July 21, 2014, In : Reviews 
It's no secret that They're Real Mascara has been one my favourite go-to mascara for everyday use as it has a way of enhancing my eyes and lashes without looking overdone. So imagine my excitement when I discovered that they have now extended the "They're Real" line to a gel eyeliner and eye makeup remover.



Let me focus for now on They're Real Push-Up Liner, an innovative and waterproof lash-hugging gel liner pen. It's the first fool-proof and budge-proof gel liner in a pen with a matte blac...
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Myra VitaGlow BB Cream

Posted by Dior Co on Friday, June 20, 2014, In : Reviews 
In a tropical country like ours, majority opt for a matte skin finish. I've always wondered why when in fact, it tends to make skin dry, taut and can even make one look older than they are. I've always preferred a more radiant and dewy finish for a more youthful glow. And the first thing I grab for that would be a BB Cream.

Last week, I was sent Myra VitaGlow BB Cream to try. And just like what BB creams are for, it is the perfect product for modern girls on the go who need to look gorgeous i...
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Posh Nails Perea

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, In : Reviews 
Posh Nails, one of the frontrunners in the nail spa industry with over 30 branches nationwide, has opened its newest branch in Perea Makati near Greenbelt 5. Being close to several malls like Greenbelt and Glorietta, this branch is perfect for wives, moms and kids while husbands and dads go shopping nearby.


And not only that, this branch's interior was specifically designed to accommodate 10-15 people for parties like bridal and baby showers.





Just this week, we were invited to this branch and ...

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The Newest in Philosophy

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, In : Reviews 
I’ve been an avid fan of Philosophy since I was in college. Hope in a Jar, one of its most famous products, was my go-to moisturizer at 18. My friends used to question why I need ‘hope in a jar’ at such a young age. All I can remember was that I was freaking out when I reached 18 and thought my skin would benefit all the needed help it can get to maintain what it once was then. Prevention is better than cure!

Recently, Philosophy opened its first boutique in SM Megamall Fashion Hall, a...
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The Scent of CK

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, In : Reviews 
One of the most sought-after American brand, Calvin Klein launched his first perfume bottle in 1981. Since then, CK has launched a series of successful perfumes that, for many, capture the spirit of the decades in which they were introduced, including Obsession (1985 for Women, 1986 for Men), CK One (one of the first fragrances marketed as unisex, in 1994), and Euphoria (2005 for women, 2006 for Men).

And for 2014, they are coming up with exciting limited edition ones whether you're a teen ...
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That Hollywood Glow

Posted by Dior Co on Friday, February 28, 2014, In : Reviews 
Having a profession in the beauty industry, it is expected that I have a shelf-full of beauty products. You name it, from bottles on skincare to makeup palettes to boxes of haircoloring kits. But one thing you can't find would be facial masks. I just think that the results aren't worth their price tags and I always prefer having facials professionally done at my brother's derma clinic. However, I was introduced to a certain mask that might just have changed my mind.

Late last year, a very dear...

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My 1st Subscription Glamourbox!

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, In : Reviews 
I admit, for someone who works in the beauty industry, it's a shame I've never held any subscription beauty box in my life -- until last month when Glamourbox sent me their Special Edition Snoe Products box. 

I only know one thing about subscription boxes, they promise to send you beauty products that are at least thrice the subscription fee you pay every month. To my excitement, of course I opened the box at once and immediately I was in what I call my "beauty heaven." No wonder almost every ...
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Arty Blossom for Spring 2014

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, February 6, 2014, In : Reviews 
Make Up Forever’s Spring 2014 collection reveals romantic and feminine tones in its newly released limited edition Arty Blossom. Included is a must-have eye shadow palette offering 8 fresh and trendy eye shadows in a variety of soft, iridescent and satiny textures suited to the Spring Season. This limited edition has a new formula of luminous eye shadows that ensures buildable coverage and perfect blendability for a sophisticated bright make up result.


I'm particularly drawn to limited edit...

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My Top 5 Picks: Timeproof Makeup

Posted by Dior Co on Friday, January 31, 2014, In : Reviews 
Hello ladies! First and foremost, happy new year! Sorry for the late greeting and for the lack of blog entries as my December and January had been fully-booked with weddings and other makeup jobs. But I'm back and I'm introducing a new segment "My Top 5 Picks." Every month, I will be posting my favorite five items on a certain category. Today, it's going to be all about the best long-lasting makeup in the market today. All tried and tested by me.

1. Guerlain Tenue de Perfection Foundation (P3...

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Foot Massage Lounge

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, December 26, 2013, In : Reviews 
Everytime I spontaneously want a foot massage, I can't seem to get a slot. Reservations are usually necessary to book an appointment as almost all foot massage salons are fully-booked early on. This isn't surprising as our feet carry our weight from one place to another. No wonder our sore soles need quality pampering!

The new concept Foot Massage Lounge, which is located in the Bonifacio Global City offer services that give your feet their much needed treat.


The experience starts with the rel...
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Relaunch of Ellana Minerals

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, November 25, 2013, In : Reviews 
Do you remember the advent of mineral makeup about 8 years ago? When almost everyone shifted to using mineral formulation? I was one of those girls who dove into the fad and one of the first mineral makeup I've tried was Ellana Minerals. However, I stopped seeing it in stores and was forced to find my needs in Philosophy cosmetics. I've always wondered what happened to Ellana, until I got an invite to their relaunch last week. And I couldn't be more excited that the local Proudly Pinoy brand ...
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Brow Date at Wink Studio

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, In : Reviews 
This post is all about hair. And it’s not about our crowning glory. I’m talking about those that sprout out from our bodies and needed to be tamed every now and then.

A few weeks ago, we beauty bloggers were invited to Wink Studio, a waxing and laser hair removal salon. Let me show you a few photos of their studio interiors that are inspired by their brand's asterisk.


Spacious suites ensure privacy and are designed to soothe the senses. 

The colorful, gender-neutral interiors serve as a vi...

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Asian Secrets Whitening Spa

Posted by Dior Co on Friday, October 18, 2013, In : Reviews 
Asian Secrets Whitening Spa, a first of its kind, is now open to de-stress us at The Block SM City North EDSA. Let me reiterate that -- it's a whitening spa. In a country like ours where everyone would just do anything to get fairer skin, I'm almost sure Asian Secrets will be fully-booked from here on now.

Asian Secrets has been known of its Lulur Whitening Ritual, a 300-year-old royal purifying ritual that was once exclusively used by brides-to-be from the Javanese royalty, 40 days before th...
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Louis Phillip Kee Opens in Acropolis

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, In : Reviews 
"Stylist to the stars" Louis Phillip Kee opened his third branch in C5 Acropolis to serve the Libis community with his expert skills and know-how. It was an honor and a pleasure to meet the man and have his highly-trained staff not only work on my mane last week, but also have them pamper me for half a day.

Upon stepping into the beautifully designed space of the salon, the first thing I did was look into the menu to see the complete range of hair styling and beauty services they offer for wom...

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All About Eyes

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, September 16, 2013, In : Reviews 
Since the K-Palette brand arrived in Manila two years ago, I lost count on how many times I've featured it here in my blog. My makeup kits aren't complete without their line of eyeliners. So it's always with excitement to receive an invitation for another K-Palette product launch. 

Last weekend, fashion and beauty bloggers alike attended K-Palette's D.Eye.Y Event at Geisha BHS Fort.


The Furoshiki wrapping technique is a very smart and eco way to wrap gifts using garments instead of paper.


Cherry...

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Mascaras, mascaras, mascaras!

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, September 9, 2013, In : Reviews 
Volumizing, lengthening, curling, and even vibrating! You name it. We girls just need our mascaras. I've probably tried more than fifty kinds in this lifetime in search for the perfect tube that will give me the lushest lashes. Don't judge me just yet. Take into account that one tube can only be used for three short months and needs to be replaced or else you'd be risking yourself with an eye infection. So if you compute, I bought just the right amount! 

It will take me forever if I'd write a ...

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Pretty in Pinkbox

Posted by Dior Co on Sunday, July 28, 2013, In : Reviews 
Last week, Pinkbox invited the media and a pool of bloggers at Zarzuela Shangri-La Plaza Mall to announce the new exciting things coming in for this top accessories brand this 2013.

Pinkbox CEO and founder Nelly See with host Karotitay

Media & bloggers enjoying Filipino cuisine by Zarzuela

With the woman behind Pinkbox' events, Liz Lanuzo of Project Vanity

Pinkbox brand manager and blogger Liz Lanuzo

First off, they announced the new face and brand ambassador of Pinkbox, blogger Verniece Enciso w...
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Be Unstoppable With ZA

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, In : Reviews 
ZA, as the brand name implies, offers a-to-z products to draw about any metropolitan woman's potential to achieve beauty. Simple yet elaborately designed, ZA promises to draw out radiance with straight-forward products that can be understood and used by any.

Straight from the Shisiedo laboratories, ZA cosmetics was developed with over 50 years of research of Asian Skin. And with a price range that's easy on our wallets, my excitement is beyond words when it was announced early March that i...

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Luxe Pampering at Lulu Nails Salon

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, June 20, 2013, In : Reviews 
One of the few luxuries I allow myself to splurge on is what I call "beauty pampering". Whether it be on a facial, a massage or a haircut -- I just think that we all deserve a treat after days of working hard. However, everywhere's congested nowadays that it's difficult to find a quiet spot in the metro. I'm in a phase in my life that I'd rather go a place where I won't be seen, even when just dining out. 

Lulu Nails Salon and Dry Bar is one of the few spaces I can consider a haven. Unlike oth...

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The Miracle of Bird's Nest

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, June 17, 2013, In : Reviews 
When it comes to skincare, I always advise my clients to invest in a serum with a strong active ingredient instead of just going for the typical moisturizer we're told to use. It's the 21st century and our environment isn't the same as what is used to be decades ago. Our skin can really benefit from potent ingredients to fight pollutants and prevent damage.

But I always get a negative response, "But Dior, they're very expensive!" I cannot deny this. Most serums, because of the technology and t...

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Illuminate with FreshLook Contact Lens

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, In : Reviews 
I have been blessed in so many ways I cannot even dare ask God for more. And this includes my 20/20 vision. Well, maybe not exactly 20/20 as I was already advised to start wearing a 50/25 pair of reading glasses for days when I have a pile of documents to scan through or when I plan to face my laptop monitor for hours. But still, I'm still very thankful I don't need to wear glasses or endure putting on contact lenses everyday.

I've had my share of contact lenses in the past for the sheer sake ...

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The Purity of H2O

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, In : Reviews 
Drink water. Lots of it. It's always been one of the top advices of people with beautiful skin. Turned out they weren't lying. Just last week, H2O Plus was made available to the Philippine market upon the opening of the newest mall in town, SM Aura Premier.



Headquartered in the USA, H2O Plus, develops and manufactures marine-based skin care products for the face and body. The brand has evolved their deep-sea discovery into an innovative skincare range by carefully combining select marine botan...

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Pure 'N Fresh

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, In : Reviews 
Do you still remember your teenage years? I remember mine quite clearly. I was my most energetic self in those years filled with fun activities and adventures that bring back many of the best memories. Some of the most exciting experiences in your life happens in your teen years. It’s when you take spontaneous trips with your bestfriends, when you try out new sports and discover what you're really good at, and it’s also a time when meeting boys can be awkward. Staying confident and fresh ...
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K-Palette Now in Pencils

Posted by Dior Co on Saturday, April 13, 2013, In : Reviews 
I always get asked, "so what's the best makeup brand for you?" As a makeup artist and beauty blogger, you can't just stick to one cosmetic brand. However, we can play favorites! And one of my favorite brands would be K-Palette. Imagine my excitement when they launched their eye liners in pencils that promises the same 24-hour wear as their cult-favorite liquid liners.

Smudge and water-proof, the newly launched 1-Day Tattoo Eyeliner Pencil from K-Palette is formulated to repel water, oil and se...

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Facial in a Bottle

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, In : Reviews 
Despite being a fan of once-in-awhile pampering, I must admit I hate facials. I hate having to lie down for half an hour or more just to have someone massage my face. But it's something I do as I believe in its benefits of improving circulation and promoting rejuvenation. Don't you just wish this is something we can do at home, all by ourselves in just one minute or two? Who has the time for weekly facials anyway?

God must have heard my plea, as Japan's no. 1 exfoliator is now available in the...
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DermoScience Within Our Reach

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, In : Reviews 
Good morning ladies! My apologies for not posting anything for the longest time. The past few weeks have been very busy. Anyways, I was reintroduced to one of Unilab's brands, Celeteque, at a lunch gathering two weeks ago. I'm familiar with the brand and have been seeing it in dermatologist clinics and recently in department stores but never really used anything in its line except for its Matte Moisturizer, which is the only moisturizer that offers sun protection and finishes off matte. Now w...
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Q&A: Are Eye Creams Necessary?

Posted by Dior Co on Saturday, March 2, 2013, In : Reviews 
Q: I'm 26 and I'm starting to see fine lines on my eyes. Do I need an eye cream this early? Skincare products are so expensive and I noticed that eye cream costs so much too! Can you recommend a good affordable one that works?

A: This has been an issue with a lot of my clients in their 20's (and mine as well). Some people assume that a facial moisturizer is already enough and may be used on the skin around their eyes. This was even suggested by Linda Wells in Allure Beauty's Confessions of a B...

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Ready for S/S 2013 with BYS

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, February 7, 2013, In : Reviews 
Just this week, BYS cosmetics invited the press for their Spring/Summer Forecast for 2013. For those of you not familiar with the brand, BYS was developed in Melbourne, Australia and was recently launched in Manila last October 2012. It aims to provide consumers with practical and trendy cosmetics without exorbitant price tags.

Of course, I arrived wearing some BYS cosmetics on my face for the same reason that you wouldn't dare not wear Armani on an Armani Prive fashion show, or at least one o...

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Floral, Fruity or Exotic?

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, January 28, 2013, In : Reviews 
When it comes to fragrances, do you prefer floral, fruity or exotic scents? Whatever it is you like, Benetton Fragrances surely has it in it's newest Body Mist collection. 
 

 
Known as a brand that expresses individuality and personality, Benetton chose the most inspiring and energizing ingredients around the world to create this collection.





I usually like notes with mandarin and musk. It wasn't a surprise I preferred the exotic ones from the collection. There's something about spritzing somethi...

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Protecting & Prolonging Hairstyles

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, January 28, 2013, In : Reviews 
Lately, I've been obsessed on styling my hair on my own. Since I and my partner hairstylists have been styling our clients coifs and locks for a living, I've grown interest on actually doing these styles on my own hair. I've posted reviewed some of the products I've tried several times on my blog but most of them are only available overseas. I've gotten a lot of questions as to where to get the heat protectant I reviewed here as well as the revolutionary hair primer I wrote about here. Sad to...
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Chanel N°5 Soap: Luxury at $1.25 per Shower

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, January 24, 2013, In : Reviews 

Chanel couldn’t send me better news on this grey, cold and rainy day. After the classic and insurmountable Chanel N°5 perfume, now comes its soap counterpart, refining the art of luxurious pampering. $75 might be a lot to pay for a bar of soap but this is Chanel N°5 combined with ultra-moisturizing glycerin and transformed into an 11-ounce promise of luxurious bath experience.
 


It’s soft, creamy, luxurious, gentle and lathers like a dream. It smells like N°5 but in a softer, subtler way...

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The Rise of Japanese Cosmetics

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, In : Reviews 
I've just heard news this week that many Western women have recently started seeking out Japanese cosmetics for the products' superior quality to that of American and European brands — even when it comes to the cheapest drugstore finds. 
 
“It’s a bit of a stereotype that Japanese makeup is all about the white face and over-the-top mascara,” said Rowena Fan, 28, an England-based online marketer who also blogs at cosmetic-candy.com. “If anything it’s about healthy flawless skin, glo...

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Suspension x Circuit Training

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, November 12, 2012, In : Reviews 
Another workout I've tried recently is Suspension Training, TRX being the most popular one around. Suspension training refers to an approach to fitness training that uses a system of ropes and webbing called a "suspension trainer" to allow the user to work against their own body weight.

So there I was looking up at the ropes hanging from horizontal ceiling poles in the studio, both excited and nervous, as I always am every time I try a new workout. I've already tried circuit training, but susp...

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Completing the Circuit

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, In : Reviews 
When I got an invite from my friend, who almost all her life was sedentary, to try circuit training, how can I say no? Aside from the fact that it's the one exercise that made her want to exercise, I've been wanting to change up my fitness routine for days now.

Circuit training is a great way to combine cardio and strength if you're short on time. The workout usually consists of simultaneous strength and cardio exercises that are completed one right after the other, with little or no rest in b...
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Pinkbox: No more Bad Hair Days!

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, November 5, 2012, In : Reviews 
Studies show that next to our faces, women are most concerned on their hair. We spend thousands of cash on hair treatments, maintain good relations with our hairstylists and don't mind spending our petty cash on hair accessories. No wonder Pinkbox, after ten good years of business, has grown to be one of our country's largest accessory chain store.

To celebrate Pinkbox' success, press and bloggers were invited to the launch of its newest hair enhancers the donut bun and hair puff. Here are som...

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Pretty Powerful Book Launch

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, In : Reviews 
In this day and age, women have taken their share in the world almost as equally as men. There are still some gender discrimination and stereotypes, but we've gone a long, long way. To celebrate this new-found freedom and independence, Bobbi Brown released her seventh beauty book entitled Pretty Powerful: Beauty Stories to Inspire Confidence - a makeup manual that does not just inspire to achieve 'pretty', but 'powerful' as well. 

Last week, the book was finally launched at Edsa Shangri La Hot...

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Imperative Nails

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, October 29, 2012, In : Reviews 
When the nail art craze arrived in Manila early 2008, I wasn't one of those who immediately ran to nail salons to have tiny bits of accessories attached to my tips. It wasn't practical for someone who uses her hands daily for her craft to attach so many foreign objects on her nails. Maybe the prints were too much for me to handle, or it was just too high maintenance. I just want my nails in one color or in classic french tips. No way will I attach an acrylic or have gel glued on my nails with...
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Looking Fresh

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, In : Reviews 
For three straight days now, I've been getting lots of compliments on my skin. At first, I thought it may just have been a good skin day for me, but when day 3 came and kind compliments still kept on coming in, I realized it may be because of the makeup I've been using. 

My brother just came home from the States and took home with him my orders from Sephora and Amazon. Two of the ones I immediately used from the basket are Diorskin Forever Compact Powder Foundation and YSL Rouge Volupte in N...

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Studio 116 Dance School

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, In : Reviews 
I HATE CARDIO. For someone who's trying to be as fit as she can be, it might come as a surprise that I HATE CARDIO. I can't emphasize that more. Studies say that women are more inclined to enjoy cardiovascular exercises more than strength training, but not me. I like the feeling that I can lift weights and increase intensity rather than sweat all my fat out in a workout. However, after two years of body conditioning and doing purely strength training and meditation, I knew it was about time I...
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Davidoff Sensual Essence

Posted by Dior Co on Saturday, October 13, 2012, In : Reviews 
It's been two years now since I 'skipped' summer and the beach, as my pale complexion gives away. But just today, I got booked for Boracay mid November! It's exactly what I needed, a post-summer beach getaway and escape! Oh I miss the feeling of basking under the sun and the smell of saltwater breeze. Just in time for my trip is Davidoff's newest fragrance Sensual Essence.

 
Sensual Essence is inspired by the ocean like a siren song, revealing a warm and glamorous facet, as a remembrance of ...

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Let's Move, Let's Love!

Posted by Dior Co on Friday, September 28, 2012, In : Reviews 
Who wouldn’t be excited to an invite to join a Zumba party? Let alone another Benetton fragrance launch?

Last week, the press and bloggers had a privilege to workout for a good half hour c/o Studio 116 in partnership with Benetton Philippines. Not only did we dance “Gangnam style” for Zumba, we were also able to try out Swing, Salsa and the newest fitness dance craze Shiba! (More on these this month after I pay a visit to their studio and try out more of their fitness and social dance ...

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Q&A: More on Dark Circles

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, In : Reviews 
Q: Hi Dior! I really have bad "panda" dark circles around my eyes. Even if I pile on concealer, it still shows! I can't cover them completely. None of the concealers I tried work. Help!

A: I've already wrote past entries here and here on this but wow, this seems to be the biggest problem of most of my readers! First, don't despair. I've worked with clients who also have "panda" circles around their eyes and it is possible to conceal them. It may be that you're using the wrong type of concealer...

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Elie Saab: From Couture to Perfume

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, September 10, 2012, In : Reviews 
Do you remember those moments in your life when you fell in love at first sight? One of those moments I could vividly remember was when I was 17, watching FTV for the first time. I wasn't really into fashion. The only personality that time whose fashion I adored was Carrie Bradshaw's -- until that time when Elie Saab's haute couture line was showed in FTV. That was his first year of fashion week (he was just new in the industry then), and amongst all the designers that came out in that segmen...
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On-the-Go Kits c/o Benefit

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, September 5, 2012, In : Reviews 
Do you just hate it when you try to really pack your toilettries light and you end up getting every bottle from your bathroom shelf? Women usually have separation anxiety when it comes to their beauty stuff. (I swear, I can always tell if there's something missing from my shelf and makeup kit!) The simplest thing to do would be to gather up sample and travel-size versions of your must-haves. Most cosmetic companies are generous on giving out skincare samples especially if you buy a heavy loot...
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Combating Pimples

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, July 30, 2012, In : Reviews 
Lately, I've been getting pimples more often. It's quite confusing and disturbing how my skin's getting oilier now that I'm in my mid-twenties. Pimples and blackheads weren't my problem back in my adolescent days. Now they're popping every so often, I've began to change my entire skincare routine to combat them!

I've been having this problem for about two months now and I turned to my dermatologist brother for help. Unlike most dermatologists, he's a minimalist -- he won't prescribe dozens of ...

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Boi-ing: Industrial-Strength Concealer

Posted by Dior Co on Sunday, July 8, 2012, In : Reviews 
For some apparent reason, I'm getting pimples here and there. I blame my poor sleeping habits for these hormonal breakouts! A lot has been in my head lately and work schedules have been erratic.

Thanks for my dermatologist brother, I was prescribed with a good acne treatment to combat these blemishes. More on that in a few weeks when I get to see results. I just got it this week and there's no telling if it's effective. (Always give your skincare products at least two weeks to take effect befo...

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Beauty Buys from Grocery Shopping

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, In : Reviews 
Last week, I gladly joined my Dad to go grocery shopping. I think it's been a year since I last visited a supermarket and really scan each aisle section. As always, I went through the beauty section first. And my, my, was I surprised when I saw the shelves with a lot of new brands and products. I felt like a little girl who's just discovered new flavors in a candy store! I was tempted to hoard but knew better that beauty products have shelf lives. 

I grabbed about six new beauty products to tr...

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Beauty Loot In My Purse

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, In : Reviews 
As promised in my previous post, I'm finally revealing what beauty products are in my purse. Unlike my last post which is more about my personal makeup kit, this is about what I bring with me around -- for retouch, quick fix, etc.

You'd be surprised there are almost no makeup in my gold makeup kit (Thanks Majolica Majorca, I've been on the lookout for a gold purse where I can put my travel makeup stash!) but two. I really do believe that cleanliness is next to godliness. So what you'd find her...

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What's In My Personal Makeup Kit?

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, In : Reviews 
Every girl has more than one make-up kit. Three seems to be the average for us ladies. Last week, a friend was going through my purse insisting that she wants to see what beauty loot I have in there (more on this in my next blog entry). And since it seems to be the number question “What make-up do you use, Dior?” of my clients and readers alike, I'm finally posting an entry on it. 

As I said, no woman is satisfied with just one kikay kit. Today, let me show you what’s in my personal mak...

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Hot & Cold: Reinterpreted

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, In : Reviews 
If you're about the same age as me, you'd remember Benetton's Hot & Cold franchise in their witty faucet-shaped bottles. Created in 1997, the Hot & Cold franchise is the best-selling line in the Benetton fragrances. Now, reinterpreted in a more contemporary gold and silver versions, I personally think the fragrances grew up same time as I did!

The first version of the ever popular Hot & Cold
 
Hot & Cold reinterpreted as molten metals
 
Hot Gold for Women
This light and elegant fruity floral fragra...

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ArtDeco in Beauty Bar

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, May 7, 2012, In : Reviews 
Germany's number one cosmetic brand is back in Manila! Operated for a few years and gone for about two years, ArtDeco is available to us again, but this time, in a more posh home in Beauty Bar. I wasn't really that familiar with the brand; I've just been seeing its ads in our top local glossies for the past few months and I've been curious ever since. So when I got an invite from Beauty Bar to attend their workshop and learn more about the brand, I immediately said yes.





Makeup artist Carmen Re...

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Laneige Perfect Renew Skincare Kit

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, In : Reviews 
I always believe that skincare comes first more than make-up, even if I'm a make-up artist. Nothing is more beautiful than a clean, flawless canvass to start make-up on. To really witness the effectivity of a product, one must wait at lest 4 weeks to see noticeable results. However, skin experts say we should consider changing our skin care regimen every 6 months as our skin gets too accustomed to the active ingredients in cosmetics and somehow gets "immune". Thus, making these products less ...
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Benefit Launches Its Liquid Foundation

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, February 16, 2012, In : Reviews 
It may have been bothering you the same way it bothered me: Why does such a good make-up brand like Benefit not carry a liquid foundation? Well, the answer just came in. Benefit has recently launched its newest addition to their super fun make-up line Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow! Out in the public just last week in the US, Benefit's first ever liquid foundation is going to be available to us in Manila in April. I was lucky to have been invited to attend Benefit's Grand Launch last week as Maggi...
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Plana Forma: Muscle Over Momentum

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, February 16, 2012, In : Reviews 
So there I was about to get up from bed on New Year's morning, thinking of my resolutions for 2012. I really can't think of any as 2011 has been very very good to me and I feel I've been very very good that year too. However, I looked in the mirror and realized that I might have gained a few inches here and there. My first plan was to continue doing Barre3. It has helped me tone my body, increased my stamina, made me more flexible than ever and strengthened me overall. But it's a new year, an...
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The Lash King’s Royal Chamber

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, In : Reviews 
When Majolica Majorca came to our shores last year, I wasn't as excited. With so many cosmetic brands around, it seems like nothing can ever surprise a make-up artist anymore. But as I've gradually gotten to know the brand, its story chapters and the products they carry, I became a believer. I usually don't mind what's inside my personal make-up kit that I carry around in my purse, but with MJ's chic regal packaging, I can't help but fill in my bag with those golden intricate cases! Very clas...
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Tous For Spring

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, In : Reviews 
In tropical country like ours, the cool breeze of the holidays is definitely a breather. But I can never contest the happiness I feel when the temperature starts to rise up again. This only means one thing: sunny days are back! So what better way to celebrate the beginning of spring than to actually wear it? 
 


Inspired by the spring and the delight and vivacious spirit it brings, Tous launches three fragrances that radiate purity, serenity and innocent charm. 

 

Upon smelling these three scents,...

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Estee Lauder Make-over

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, January 9, 2012, In : Reviews 
As a child, I've always been fascinated with my mom's make-up kit, figuring out what the weird looking eyelash curler is for and which color to put on what area on my face. One of the brands she always keep is Estee Lauder. I guess because of this, I've always labeled Estee Lauder as a beauty brand for the "mature" and the "old". Subconsciously, I've never really considered adding any Estee Lauder product both in my personal and professional kit, until I was asked to do a stint for them last ...
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Estee Lauder Holiday Gift Sets

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, December 19, 2011, In : Reviews 
How difficult can Christmas shopping be? Well, if you're like me who hates traffic and crowded malls, super! Good thing some stores offer Christmas gift sets that can make Christmas shopping a little bit easier! One of the great deals I scored this season was from Estee Lauder. Don't you just love their annual holiday sets? Super worth the buck!

EL Pure Gloss To Go
₱1,600 (worth over ₱4,500)


 

Estee Lauder x Michael Kors
For every ₱2,800 worth of purchase, you can this kit for only ₱2,500 ...

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24-Hour Tattoo Eye Liners

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, December 12, 2011, In : Reviews 
Lately, I've noticed to have increasing number of young clients who are having their eyebrows and lash lines tattooed. By young I mean those in their late 20's and early 30's. Good thing there are already beauty salons offering good shades of brown that would look natural and won't turn green or gray as years pass. Unfortunately, there's still the pain factor that most women cannot tolerate and the healing time that they can't wait out.

Good news! K-Palette, the Japanese brand that specializes...

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It's a Holiday of Benefits!

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, In : Reviews 
Three months ago, I got one of the best news a make-up addict can ever receive -- Benefit Cosmetics is finally opening in Manila! It took so much patience and willpower to not let the news out in my blog (until everyone blogged about it about a month ago!), but I finally decided that 2 weeks before its opening would be the perfect timing to write about it. And as if my timing wasn't perfect enough, I got an invite to the sneak peak of the brand before it opens!

Why do I personally love Benefit...

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Halloween Fever

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, November 3, 2011, In : Reviews 
Who doesn’t love Halloween? Well, uhm, I don’t. Not that I’m kill-joy or anything, but I just don’t find Halloween a holiday worthy of celebration. I find the quest for the best outrageous costume too time-consuming and exhausting, not to mention having fake scars and blood all over. And for someone who’s last scary movie was “What Lies Beneath,” skipping Halloween altogether was next to logical.

Every eve of November 1, I find myself lavishly spending my night at home with a h...

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Spell-bound Once Again: Fake Sleeping

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, June 9, 2011, In : Reviews 
As promised in my previous blog post, here's a review of Majolica Majorca's Summer 2011 collection "Fake Sleeping". Like any other collection they released, there's a story behind it:

"After a hundred years of peaceful slumber and dreaming, a Princess finally awakens to the gentle kiss of a Prince. Her big and round eyes fluttered open revealing long, rich lashes. Her eyes, which were full of sparkles were like nothing anybody has ever seen.

They were truly, a breathtaking and enchanting sigh...

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Raising the Barre

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, May 2, 2011, In : Reviews 
It’s been almost 6 months now since I was first invited to attend a Barre3 session. At that time, I was focusing on my yoga routines and didn’t really think of shifting to Barre3 but tried it anyhow. After an hour of self-inflicted pain, I shrugged it off my shoulders and continued focusing on yoga alone until last month, when I got another invite for another Barre3 session. To be honest, I really didn’t know if it’s wise to permit myself to another struggle, but I just went for it, ...
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The Perfect Tinted Sunblock

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Reviews 
“If there’s one beauty product you can’t live without, what would it be?” This seems to be the worst question any beauty junkie can ever be asked of, but to me it isn’t. My clients always ask what skincare routine they should follow to achieve good skin. Once I start with my speech, they stop me right there and then to say, “but I’m too tamad for all that.” So I tell them, “skip all of that if you must, but never ever ditch your sunblock.”

So for someone who cannot live wi...

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Majolica Majorca!

Posted by Dior Co on Friday, March 25, 2011, In : Reviews 
The more affordable subsidiary brand of Shiseido Japan is now in Manila! Majolica Majorca opened last March 13 in SM Makati where it joined most of the coveted make-up brands we have in the country today. It was real excitement when I first heard from a colleague, who now is handling the make-up brand, that Luxasia finally decided to bring in one of the cutest make-up brands I adored since I was a teenager! 

So I went over to SM Makati cosmetics department as usual to window shop; This time ar...

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Christian Dior at Taipei 101

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, In : Reviews 
The Christian Dior boutique at Taipei 101 by far has the best make-up studio station I've seen from a cosmetic brand. Or maybe it's just because my name is imprinted on the back of the chairs and on the well-lit mirrors! This is definitely my peg for my future make-up studio.


I need to get myself those chairs! And those "Dior Addict Be Iconic" mirror stickers!


Complete with all the make-up a lady needs!


Drawer-like shelves for ease.
 

Private make-up studio for VIP clients.
 

Customized brush handle...

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H&M Cosmetics

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, In : Reviews 
During my short trip to Hong Kong last week, I finally had the chance to check out H&M's cosmetic line. I wasn't really excited to see it. I mean, I'd probably be better off buying from a brand that makes cosmetics, not clothes. And it's a good thing I didn't expect so much because really, there was a lot of cosmetics but I hardly had the desire to buy any of it. Here's why:


Presentation looks cheap, so as the plastics they're enclosed in.


Eyeshadow palette offers only metallic finishes. I'm n...

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Lush Lashes

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, January 12, 2011, In : Reviews 
Brush your teeth, apply your eyelash grower, and jump into bed. There's apparently a new nightly method to getting those fluttery, Bambi-like lashes: Rapidlash.

What it does according to Rapidlash:
In just 4-6 weeks, this innovative, safe and high-performance formula is clinically proven to promote healthy, natural lashes and brows. RapidLash is infused with vital proteins, potent polypeptides, vitamins, minerals and botanicals that nourish and strengthen your lashes and brows to fight the e...

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Supernatural Make-up

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, January 12, 2011, In : Reviews 
I have been wanting to jump on the mineral make-up bandwagon for years but I just had too many make-up in my arsenal, I needed to fight the temptation for another make-up spree. However, while "researching" on new beauty products at Beauty Bar last month, I happen to try The Supernatural Airbrushed Canvas. It promised airbrush finish and that got me interested. The temptation was too strong, I needed to get myself one!


 
What it is according to Philosophy: A sheer, multi-tasking 4-in-1 high-pi...

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The Ohm in Yoga

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, December 16, 2010, In : Reviews 
Never athletic, sporty or fit, I've gone through life neglecting the health and fitness aspect of it because I was to lazy to lift a finger. I attempted to improve my body a couple of times in the last few years. I tried a membership to the top gym in the metro in college, badminton after graduation, and swimming after I realized I don't have the patience to gather everybody everytime for a badminton session or inflict myself with pain at the gym. Swimming is the only one I stuck to but I ca...
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Hair Extensions: The Long and Short of It

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, November 25, 2010, In : Reviews 
We all need a change every now and then. From our clothes to the music we listen to, a little bit of variety is essential to keep a dynamic life. So, why should we have the same hairstyle day in and day out? Wigs were once the rave years ago but then the heat one endures underneath just isn't worth it. Thank God for beauty scientists who created hair extensions, now we can look and feel like a different person any time we want to.

Kinds of Hair Extension

Permanent hair extensions must be we...

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Eye Love Contact Lens

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, November 11, 2010, In : Reviews 
I only had the nerve to try on contact lenses exactly a year ago when I met with a friend at her optical shop. I've always wanted to for the sake of having a different eye color (I have 20/20 vision, thanks Ma and Pa!) but never had the guts to touch my eye... it's way too freaky! Thanks to my friend's staff who helped me go through the process. It took us 15 minutes before I actually got it right. Back then, I got a pair of Freshlook green, blue and true sapphire. A total of 3 pairs (a bit t...
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Solutions to Blackheads

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, November 9, 2010, In : Reviews 
In my previous post just a few weeks ago, I tackled one of women's (as well as men's) biggest skin problems -- blackheads. I lined out tips on how to get rid of them and also gave out some advices on how to prevent getting them again. From that day on when I wrote the article, I was in a perpetual hunt for products to fight those pesky pepper-like dots. I found 3 of the best products that you may want to include in your skincare regimen to help you banish those blackheads.

Cleanser: Boske Clea...

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Overeat at Beauty Buffet

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, November 8, 2010, In : Reviews 

Bangkok is a shopping paradise for clothes, but can the same be said about their makeup and beauty products? Absolutely! Bangkok’s glitzy department stores carry the same high-end American and European cosmetics available in the Philippines, plus a delightful assortment of locally-made personal care products. My favorite one being Beauty Buffet, a local Thailand cosmetics brand offering a wide-range of make-up, skincare and bodycare products.


Beauty Buffet outlet at the BTS station of The Em...

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Rejuvenate Thai-style

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, November 8, 2010, In : Reviews 
My apologies for the lack of posts for the past week as I've been out on a trip in Bangkok for both business and pleasure. In my next posts, I'll be sharing with you blog-worthy Thai beauty finds. For now, I'd like to share one of the things you shouldn't miss out on if you're planning to a book a ticket to Bangkok -- the thai massage. 

What is a Thai massage?
It is a type of massage that involves stretching and deep-tissue pressing. This form of bodywork is usually performed on the floor, wi...

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Essie Pretty Edgy

Posted by Dior Co on Friday, October 29, 2010, In : Reviews 
I was so out of my element today. Bad timing to run around the metro for errands before my flight to Bangkok tonight. Thank God for Piandre Greenbelt where I found an hour of solace before going back to tying loose ends. Quickfix of the day: Mani and pedi.

   
Essie in Pretty Edgy

I chose Essie in Pretty Edgy, one of the three shades of Essie Summer Collection 2010. Lately it's all purples and taupes here and there because well, it's already fall! For a change I wanted something lively and war...

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Beauty Diet: What Supplements to Take

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, October 26, 2010, In : Reviews 
There are loads of oral beauty supplements (dermaceuticals/nutraceuticals) out there that promise to make you healthier and more beautiful. I dove into research and even talked to top dermatologists to find the few worth popping. Here are the top five beauty supplements I highly recommend in conjunction with the beauty diet:

1. Sun Protection 
Aside from daily use of a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen, boost your UV protection all year by taking an antioxidant supplement such as Heliocare. New r...

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Chanel Hydrabase Lipstick

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, October 25, 2010, In : Reviews 
Another Chanel lip make-up I'm addicted to since this year's fall season started!

What it is according to Chanel: A lipstick with a moisturizing cream formula with a long-lasting satiny finish that provides medium-to-full coverage that won't fade, smudge or feather. 


Chanel Hydrabase in Sirene

I say...
 
Mositurizing benefit: The product description of Chanel is pretty accurate on how moisturizing this lipstick is. I'm almost halfway done with my first tube and I'm in love! One of the main reasons...

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Chanel Glossimer

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, October 25, 2010, In : Reviews 
There's no such thing that speaks of classic and timeless beauty other than Chanel, from their limited edition palettes patterned from their timeless fashion pieces to their rich luxurious products. Chanel Glossimer is one of the mainstays I have in my beauty arsenal since time immemorial. I like to change my lipcolor a lot, play with different textures, experiment with matte and satin finishes, but I never seem to leave the house without this ultra-lipgloss. As a beauty blogger, I cannot aff...
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Kleenex Oil Blotter

Posted by Dior Co on Friday, October 15, 2010, In : Reviews 
Remember when you were still in highschool and make-up seemed to be the last thing in your head? When your kikay kit consisted only of a comb, toothbrush & toothpaste and an oil blotter? The most popular vanity product back in the early 2000 (when tweens still didn't find the need to save up for make-up unlike kids nowadays) was the oil blotter. Most of my classmates passed on a packet, sharing one film after another to their entire barkada. The only manufacturer of oil blotters was Clean & C...
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You: Being Beautiful

Posted by Dior Co on Friday, October 8, 2010, In : Reviews 
YOU: Being Beautiful: The Owner's Manual to Inner and Outer Beauty is the follow-up book to Roizen and Oz's current bestseller YOU: Staying Young. The book gives a holistic approach to beauty as it targets three dimensions of beauty: looking beautiful, feeling beautiful and being beautiful. I've got this for myself in 2008 but didn't really have the chance to open it until yesterday when I was looking for a book to start after finishing my last fiction.

As described by Amazon:

"In this book, Dr...

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Affordable Bright Lipsticks

Posted by Dior Co on Sunday, October 3, 2010, In : Reviews 
When the year started, all beauty junkies were off to the counters for the search for the best bright lipstick there is. The hunt went on as the trend dominated not only the catwalks, but the red carpet as well. Up until now, I still get a lot of queries as to where to find the best bright lippies even if 2011 is about to close in. Today, I'm not only giving you the scoop on what brands carry the best bright shades, but also which brands have the most affordable ones! I wouldn't want you ladi...
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Tattooed

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, September 27, 2010, In : Reviews 
Though still a taboo to most today, tattoo has gotten its way into mainstream as celebrities and models are getting inked. I had my first one during my stint in LA where almost everyone I met was sporting one. It didn’t take long before I convinced myself to join the club since my classmate works at a tattoo place as a piercer. I wanted a text that would remind me of a certain significant time in my life and since I was taking up Masters program in make-up artistry that time, I decided that...
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Are You Photo-ready?

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, September 23, 2010, In : Reviews 
As promised in my last blog post on HD make-up, I'll be recommending an HD make-up worth investing in. The only HD make-up I ever trusted was Makeup For Ever for its Invisible Cover Foundation and Microfinishing Powder. However lately, I've been hearing a lot of good word about Revlon's PhotoReady Make-up, particularly its liquid foundation. The said product promises to give a poreless, airbrushed skin with its photochromatic pigments that bend and reflect light to erase every flaw. While at ...
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Baby Boom

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, September 21, 2010, In : Reviews 
This year has been such a blessing for my growing family as we were gifted two more additions. Topping off the joy that my first niece Erin has given us, Inigo Gabriel and Ava Simone joined the Co family this 2010. I never looked into babycare products until I realized I needed to shop for them. What better gift a beauty blogger aunt can give, but beauty products right?

In the long search for the best baby care brand, the winner was just under my nose the entire time. I used to work for Tupper...

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Who Goes With You In The Shower?

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, September 7, 2010, In : Reviews 
I've never been one who's a loyal on a certain brand when it comes to beauty products. As a beauty blogger, it is my job to try out new (and even strange) products on the shelves, may it be a drugstore find or one exclusively sold at Nordstrom. However, for three months now, I can't seem to shift away from my bathroom body goodies, dare I say staples (a non-existent word in my vocabulary).  When Olay introduced its Age Defying bar claiming that we all can look and feel young in just 7 showers...
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Charcoal on Your Face

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, September 2, 2010, In : Reviews 
I'm not one who's picky on cleansers as I feel they all just do one thing: to cleanse. I feel that cleansers have no other benefits but to cleanse and the ingredients aren't so important as you wash them away anyways as compared to lotions or serums that is left on your skin. But upon seeing Pond's Pure White Deep Cleansing Facial Foam with Activated Charcoal, I knew I needed to get myself one. Activated carbon, also called activated charcoal, is a form of carbon that has been processed to ma...
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The Magic Brush

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, August 31, 2010, In : Reviews 

As a make-up artist, it is a must that I offer airbrush make-up to my clients. But if you only use make-up for personal use, it might not be practical to get yourself an airbrush gun and kit. So how do you get that airbrush finish without spending tens of thousands? The answer: the stippling brush. Much like a high quality photo, the more dots per-inch (dpi), the better the pictures look. This is the basic fundamental concept of airbrushing, and also applies to stippling. 

Popularized by MAC c...

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Prevent Dengue, Be Secured

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, August 31, 2010, In : Reviews 
One of the major health problems during rainy season is the incidence of dengue. The Department of Health (DOH) fears that there could be 80,000 dengue cases by the end of 2010, as the number of patients continues to go up. As of August 14 this year, 54,659 dengue cases have been recorded nationwide. From this figure, 2,966 cases were recorded in the first two weeks of August alone and forecasted to exceed July cases of 17,000.

Good thing there are insect repellants available in the market tod...

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Perfect Arch Eyebrow Kit

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, August 18, 2010, In : Reviews 

Most people I know rely on pencils when defining their brows as it's the easiest way to "draw". However, it gives out that "drawn on" look with those, making brows look harsh and unnatural. As for powders, I feel that the loose pigments make the brows look bland and inexact. Personally, I prefer shading my arches with cake or wax product as the moist texture makes brows look more groomed afterwards, and it leaves a nice tint that makes your brows look more distinct. The pigments are not as vi...

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No More Dirty Looks

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, August 11, 2010, In : Reviews 

With a trio of Democratic lawmakers introducing the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 before Congress last week, the green beauty movement has been gaining more speed recently. Just in time for No More Dirty Looks, a new eco-guide to finding safe and clean personal care products. Authors Siobhan O’Connor, an editor at Good magazine, and Alexandra Spunt, a journalist and marketing consultant, decided to pen the book after getting Brazilian blow-outs and wondering which ingredient in the formula sme...


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Get Your Skin that Summer Glow

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, March 25, 2010, In : Reviews 
It seems like the ongoing theme of my summer shopping spree has been all about exfoliation. Ever since I tried The Spa's Refining Body Wrap, I got so hooked on regularly having my skin exfoliated at least twice a week, which is by the way the recommended frequency to maintain a healthy skin cell turn-over (But then again, who has the time?). L'Oreal Paris Body Expertise Exfotonic does just that. 
 

It took me years to find the perfect exfoliator for my skin that I can depend on to remove my dea...

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La Prairie Opens Its Spa

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, In : Reviews 

Another reason why I would love to live in New York: The La Prairie Spa at the Ritz-Carlton. The Swiss skincare company has just devised a new Platinum Rare facial at its New York relaxation destination using its luxe Platinum line—an antiaging collection devoted to recharging the skin’s electrical balance using actual traces of one of the world’s rarest, most precious elements. The service’s real selling point, though, is that you are attended to by two aestheticians instead of one. ...


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The Perfect Lipstick Shade for Spring

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, In : Reviews 


I always find myself mixing two to three lipstick shades to achieve a perfect I'm in the mood for, despite having more than 50 lipsticks in my stack-pile in my make-up arsenal. It just seems to be impossible to find the perfect shade of lipstick I want in a tube! But, as my Spring make-up newest find would prove, it still is possible. Guerlain Galia (#3) Rouge G Lipstick is a pink-beige nude lipstick with a creamy, lightly glossy look. It has no real detectable shimmer, but it has this soft s...
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Refine Your Silhouette For Summer

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, March 2, 2010, In : Reviews 
In my calendar, March marks the beginning of summer. To welcome summer this year, I skipped splurging on new pairs of bikinis and indulged myself on a body treatment for a bikini-ready body instead. The Silhouette Refining Body Wrap is one of the two newest bodycare treatments of The Spa Wellness Center. This new addition to The Spa's range of services is a cutting edge slimming, anti-cellulite full body cocoon treatment, said to stimulate your body to break down fat and eliminate water reten...
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Who Touches Your Face?

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, March 1, 2010, In : Reviews 


With the surge of cosmetic clinics sprouting in every corner of the metro, we ladies are bombarded with too many options on how we can change and alter our face and body. Extreme measures as others would describe cosmetic surgery, most women (and an increasing number of men) are still tempted to go for it as it presents countless possibilities to achieve perfection. However, there are still some of us who would just like to enhance how we already look and try to optimize our features without ...

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Who Cuts Your Hair?

Posted by Dior Co on Sunday, February 28, 2010, In : Reviews 
To my friends who've asked who does my hair and to random acquaintances who've asked where I had my haircut done, this blog entry is for you:


January 2009 - February 2010
  

I've always had long black one-length hair when I was in kindergarten until my last year in grade school. No wonder after discovering hair dyes and different haircuts, I always grow tired of the look of my hair and maintain a style for only a month or two. Known to my friends as someone whose hair would look differently get-...
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Lipstain Marker Pen?

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, February 9, 2010, In : Reviews 
Everyone who has gotten close to my personal beauty kit knows that I'm not a lipstick girl. I'm one of people who just can't stand having color stains on her coffee cups. However, because of my naturally pale lips, I need to add a hint of color. It's been 8 years now since I started using cheek and lip stains on my pucker but it has always been an issue to me the delivery system of the product. I can't afford a change of clothes if ever the product drops on my top! Thank God Covergirl introdu...
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Say "Bees!"

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, February 8, 2010, In : Reviews 

Guess what my current beauty obsession is. Yes that's right, teeth! In my last few days in Los Angeles last year, I noticed my teeth yellowed from too much coffee and soda intake. I took a quick run to Target and decided to try Crest's Advance Whitening Strips. I was amazed how my teeth glowed in photos, in just 7 days! After then, I was hooked on teeth products. The newest one I want to try is Burt's Bees' 99.2 percent natural toothpaste. Available in Multicare and Whitening formulas with or...

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Stay... Don't Stray

Posted by Dior Co on Sunday, January 24, 2010, In : Reviews 

I’ve never been much of an eye shadow wearer, as I have a highly pigmented upper eye lid. This is both a good and bad thing; the medium color gives off the illusion of permanent makeup, which I don’t mind, but if I dabble in azure and emerald shadows, they never show up quite as true as I’d like. If you share my pain—or suffer from another common eye shadow affliction (e.g., its tendency to fade)—Benefit has a solution. Its new Stay Don't Stray primer uses sodium hyaluronate to hydr...


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All That Vibrates

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, January 21, 2010, In : Reviews 

Heard of vibrating mascara wands like that of Maybelline's Pulse Perfection and Estee Lauder's TurboLash? How about the vibrating Neutrogena Wave facial scrub? Yes?? Well here's the newest addition to your vibrating beauty tools: the vibrating powder foundation. 

Before 2009 ended, Lancôme added it's newest product to it's Ôscillation line -- the Ôscillation powder foundation. As the 1st micro-vibrating mineral foundation, this technology is said to give pixel-precise complexion result with...

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Guerlain’s New Météorites

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, In : Reviews 
When Guerlain launched its Météorites collection way back in 1987, it revolutionized the practice of applying powder. Run-of-the-mill pressed powders in a range of nude colors were replaced by colorful cardboard boxes filled with luminescent balls in skin-correcting shades, allegedly inspired by Marie Antoinette’s own makeup arsenal. For spring, the brand has reformulated the popular product and relaunched it in a newly designed, marbleized compact. You still get the subtle violet scent f...
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Opium, Highly Addictive In A Whole New Way

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, November 9, 2009, In : Reviews 
Thirty-two years ago, Yves Saint Laurent rocked the perfume world with the introduction of Opium. It was the exotic sexpot’s answer to Chanel No. 5’s timeless elegance, with suggestive naked advertising to boot. Starting next year, the mandarin, bergamot, jasmine, and sweet myrrh eau will be sporting a “modern” makeover courtesy of Stefano Pilati and Fabien Baron. The duo has designed both a new bottle and an advertising campaign for the fragrance starring Karen Elson. Junkies will be...
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Hair'em, Scare'em

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, November 3, 2009, In : Reviews 
Forget oil pastels and watercolors. Hair is emerging as both artistic medium and muse of late. Between architectural experiments on runway and recent films like Chris Rock’s Good Hair, shiny, frizzy, straight, and curly strands alike are taking center stage. Hair’em Scare’em (Gestalten, 2009) will be released stateside this month and aims to add to this increasingly popular discourse with 224 pages of artistic expression in graphic, interior, fashion, and jewelry design as well as photo...
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Dior Cases the Compact

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, October 28, 2009, In : Reviews 
Dior Holiday Collection Makeup PaletteWhether or not you’re ready to accept it, the holidays are quickly approaching. It’s unclear what actually demarcates the beginning of the season—whether it’s the first appearance of Christmas lights or the nascent pangs of stress that come with making your Thanksgiving travel plans—but in our world, the arrival of repackaged makeup sets means it has begun. Dior has proven particularly adept at luring consumers this time of year by miniaturizing its coveted Cannage tote and re-creat...
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The A-Z Guide on Perfumes

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, October 28, 2009, In : Reviews 

Fragrance can be a mystifying beast. With all the celebrity endorsements, eye-catching bottles, elaborate marketing campaigns, and expansive ingredients lists, it’s often hard to sort out the winners from the stinkers. Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez set out to do just that with their new book, Perfumes: The A-Z Guide (Penguin; 2009). A leading scholar in the field of olfactory science (and the subject of Chandler Burr’s tomeThe Emperor of Scent), Turin brings his renowned expertise to the t...

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Wear Those Shoes Comfortably

Posted by Dior Co on Sunday, August 9, 2009, In : Reviews 
Calluses, corns, cracked heels, ingrown toenails—the list of gross-outs went on and on in yesterday’s New York Times' article about widespread foot neglect (and the subsequent shame that goes along with it). But there was one common foot complaint it didn’t get into. We’re talking about blisters, which more often than not are caused by a very attractive, albeit uncomfortable, pair of shoes. When fashion trumps function—and it so often does— Band Aid Blister Block is a quick and ea...
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Bobbi Brown Gives Good Gloss

Posted by Dior Co on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, In : Reviews 

After they met on the slopes in Telluride (where all great ideas are hatched), Lauren Bush partnered with Bobbi Brown for the latest installment of her successful Feed bag line. The result of their collaboration, an organic makeup bag, will be filled with three of Brown’s best-selling lip glosses in Petal, Rose Sugar, and Aubergine when it goes on sale in October. It also does double duty as a clutch, and proceeds from its $50 price tag go to the United Nation's World Food Program's Food fo...


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Overnight Hair Repair

Posted by Dior Co on Thursday, July 30, 2009, In : Reviews 
I used to be scared to dye my hair with any colorant up until three years ago when I decided to chop my long locks. You see, with short hair, you can do pretty much whatever without feeling guilty that you're slowly killing your hair with chemicals. After all, all those "dead" and damaged part of your strands gets cut off anyway every trim time. However, when trying to grow out your short 'do to long 'do again, the effort doubles up as you need to make sure that your grown out hair isn't goin...
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Givenchy Phenom’ Eyes Mascara

Posted by Dior Co on Tuesday, July 28, 2009, In : Reviews 

90% of make-up artists I know in the industry share one distinct obsession: mascara. No matter how great your eyeshadow or blush or lipstick application you did, it wouldn't be complete without enhancing those lashes. Just see of how the eyelash perming and weaving business skyrocketed in the past year and you'd know how women adores long lush prettied up lashes.


I myself spend not so much on buying expensive mascaras as I always toss them once they're three months old. I find it impractical...
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Posie Tint

Posted by Dior Co on Monday, July 27, 2009, In : Reviews 

I think I've mentioned Benefit cosmetics approximately 1000 times on my multiply blog because I absolutely adore BeneTint to the point where it has established permanent residency in my makeup bag and I've repurchased it no less than 4 times despite its tendency to stain everything I own including my passport. After finishing my last broken bottle, I decided to try out its new twist on their cult-fave, the Posie Tint -- a lighter version of Benefit's cult-favorite BeneTint. This just-kissed t...


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Tarte Femme Fatale

Posted by Dior Co on Sunday, July 26, 2009, In : Reviews 

I was doing my last-minute shopping before leaving L.A. and as always, I needed to stop by Sephora. I burnt almost all my shopping money with glosses and mascaras last week so this week, I was looking for something worth my left-over buck. I'm not a huge fan of palettes as in my experience, I only get to use 2 colors in the set. But I just couldn't resist getting myself this Tarte Femme Fatale eye palette! I felt that all the colors were wearable and great for traveling. You can go au natural...


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