Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Origins PH x Project Vanity Mask Party Event #MaskMadness | Lights & Latte Live

I was lucky to be picked and invited by Project Vanity to attend their Origins Mask Party at SM Makati branch and experience some of brand's bestsellers. Here’s a short clip I made from the event. This is also my second YouTube video. Okay, I’ll stop counting once I reach five! Lol Anyways, enjoy the video!

Thank you for having us Origins PH and Project Vanity! :)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

What's Inside My Universally Chic Kit by Project Vanity + my YouTube Channel

Project Vanity Kit Contents

Last May 15, 2016, the kikay kit curated by Project Vanity was launched and I was among the lucky ones who were able to grab it. It's called the Universally Chic Kit. It's practically a starter kikay kit with everything a beauty junkie needs. This is perfect for those who are just starting with makeup and also a nice addition to those who are already into cosmetics. I got mine at Beauty MNL but upon checking, it's already sold out. You may also check Project Vanity's website on how to get yours.

So the whole kit retails at P1250 and the contents amount to almost P4000. What a big big steal!

Here are what you'll get in the kit:

Monday, May 16, 2016

Aqua Mineral's Breathing Your Way to Beauty | Blogger Event

Aqua Mineral is a luxurious brand of skin care products based on Dead Sea salts, mud, minerals, and waters, along with other premium ingredients which are all organic. The Dead Sea is considered the deepest and most saline lake on earth. As early as biblical times, it has been popular for its healing properties. It relieves stress and muscle tension, and it improves the appearance of our skin. It is beneficial not only to improve our skin aesthetically but to provide relief as an alternative therapy to skin conditions such as psoriasis, chronic atopic dermatitis, and eczema.

Aqua Mineral

Aqua Mineral Launches First Ever Salt Room in the Philippines | PR

The first and the most trusted skin care brand when it comes to Dead Sea Mineral based skin care products brings us another innovative and unique concept this quarter.

Aqua Mineral has brought us a wide array of cosmetics ranging from the basic skin care to anti aging products to men’s care sets and the most amazing and awesome products when it comes to effectiveness

And when we thought that they could not surprise us any longer, they come up with the first salt room in the country! Salt room? –you say, yes SALT.

This concept was conceived and inspired by the hundreds of years old Natural Salt Caves of Europe which have been a buzz since researches show that salt miners are rarely, if never sick. With this new found elixir of health the whole world clamored and salt rooms or halo-therapy centers have popped out and are enjoyed by many western countries, as Salt Therapy is recommended for various ailments and illnesses.

Aqua Mineral’s salt rooms are virtually all surface covered with three different kinds of salt – Sea Salt, Dead Sea Salt and Himalayan Salt. All of which have their own unique health benefits to boast and has so many write ups and review about  them.

Aqua Mineral embraces and celebrates the power of nature’s oldest crystal. The Salt rooms provide you a dry, sterile and pollutant-free environment. Salt therapy is safe non-invasive and is naturally anti-inflammatory and enriched with negative ions. The more negative ions you are exposed to, the better and more energized you feel! Salt therapy is recommended as a positive addition to regular medical care and is offered as an alternative and complimentary healing method, thus expanding treatment options.

With this launching of the salt room, the Philippines can now enjoy the privileges of having salt caves like Europe.

Visit them at Robinson’s Malate, Gateway Mall and Century City Mall.

Beauty Directory:

Aqua Mineral

Friday, May 13, 2016

New Hair Color by Schwarzkopf Professional: Igora Royal Fashion Lights in L-57

I finally got my hair colored! It was done at Fringe Personal Care Studios at Robinson's Galleria using the German brand Schwarzkopf Professional. The line is called Igora Royal Fashion Lights. The shade is in L-57, Gold Copper. I tend to gravitate toward hair color with gold undertones. It makes my skin tone lighter as opposed to those with only copper undertones. This is my first time to document my salon experience to bear with the awkward selfie faces. I am not used to taking public selfies you see.

Schwarzkopf Professional's heritage color brand IGORA ROYAL brings you true color in High Definition with uncompromising coverage and unbeatable retention.

Developed with colorists, for colorists IGORA ROYAL lets your creativity run free providing you with the tools to transform imagination into reality, with true-to-tuft color results for ultimate reliability – even under the most challenging conditions.

Explore our portfolio of permanent color, developed to provide a solution to your everyday salon requirements from specific client needs such as total coverage and increased scalp comfort to satisfying the most creative colorist with over 120 beautiful, intermixable shades to choose from.

The Product Benefits:
Maximum performance
Up to 100% white hair coverage
Ultimate color retention
Intense color vibrancy
Perfect color equalization – even on porous hair
Clearest* lifting shades with advanced care**
Absolute true-to-tuft results

The line also received an award from Salon Magazine in Canada as #1 permanent color for 2012, 2013, and 2014. 

Schwarzkopf Professional Igora Royal Fashion Lights in L-57

Sunday, May 8, 2016

L&L Random: The Pink Army | The Evolution of My Love for Pink

Pink Flatlay

I just love pink and every shade of it. Everything about pink is a contradiction - it's calming yet exciting, innocent yet seductive, modest yet bold!

I used to be indifferent with this color during my high school and college days. I should blame it to my love for hard rock back then. I just resisted anything pink to the point of being averse to people who likes pink. I just couldn't get why the color gets that much love from everyone. The joke is on me now lol.

Then things changed bit by bit unknowingly. When I was in medical school, at my mid-20s, I started purchasing pink items little by little without noticing it. I starting to have the tendency to lean toward the pink version of an item. Yet when everyone asks me if my favorite color was pink, I still say hell to the no. See throwback photos below. During this time, I still deny that pink is my favorite color.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

My Pixi by Petra Haul from Glamourbox PH

Pixi by Petra, Pixi Beauty, Pixi Haul

Earlier today, my orders from Glamourbox arrived after just ONE day of ordering. I ordered around noon time yesterday, and it arrived around 9:30am today. Call me impressed.

I purchased some products from Pixi because of the good reviews about it. I am particularly excited to try the Glow Tonic which is an all-time favorite. I has 5% glycolic acid which is good news. 

Here's the short list of products I got:

Pixi Bright and Beautiful Set (P1,670) - I got this one on sale at P999 so it was a great deal! It contains the Eye Bright Kit, a concealer/corrector palette, which originally retails for P1,190 and the Shea Butter Lip balm which retails for P420. I chose the shade comfort clear with is colorless because I am planning to use this as my overnight lip treatment. So these two products plus the very bold pouch on sale for only P999.
Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensify Duo in Blue Intensity (P890) I also got this on sale for only P445. I have been looking for a light colored eyeliner for that instant awake look on my eyes and this is perfect for it. 
Pixi Glow Tonic 15ml (P390) I only ordered the mini one because I still need to finish my Mario Badescu toner and Burt's Bees one yet I needed to purchase this one before it runs out. Believe me, this mini will be sold out in an instant.

Glamourbox also sent me a bonus item, the POP Beauty Aqua Laquer in Dewy Petal.  Product reviews of this haul will be posted soon! Watch out for it.

Meanwhile, you can follow me on Snapchat at @jabsmd for haul updates and lots of random snaps. Also on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for more Lights & Latte scoop.

Friday, May 6, 2016

SALE SCOOP | Sephora Private Sale: 15% OFF EVERYTHING

Sephora is holding a private sale with 15% off everything, no brand exceptions, from May 5 - May 8, 2016.

Go to Sephora.ph now and sign up to avail this limited offer. Shop away your beauty needs before the products run out! I already ordered mine last night and I will update you with a Sephora haul very soon. 

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Saladbox April 2016 Unboxing: A Fresh Start with VMV Hypoallergenics | #VMVxSaladbox

Saladbox April 2016 Unboxing: VMV Hypoallergenics #VMVxSaladboxSaladbox April 2016 Unboxing: VMV Hypoallergenics #VMVxSaladbox

It's time for a Saladbox unboxing once again! This time it's their April box in collaboration with VMV Hypoallergenics. The box "Fresh Start" contains skincare and makeup items which will definitely take you out of that beauty rut and introduce your skin to a fresh start. It was Benefit Cosmetics last month and now it's VMV Hypoallergenics.

VMV Hypoallergenics is a company founded by a Filipino Dermatologist-Dermapathologist, Dr. Vermen M. Verallo-Rowell in 1979. She is a board-certified member of the American Boards of Dermatology and Dermatopathology.

What I like about VMV:
Validated hypoallergenic
100% Dye-Free.
100% Free of Irritating Waxes (including Beeswax and its cross-reactors), Phthalates, Parabens + Preservatives.
100% Free of All-Types-Of-Fragrance.
Non-Comedogenic, Non-Drying. Non-Darkening. Usage + Patch-Tested

Saladbox April 2016 Unboxing: VMV Hypoallergenics #VMVxSaladbox

Saladbox April 2016 Unboxing: VMV Hypoallergenics #VMVxSaladbox


VMV Hypoallergenics Superskin Starts Here Set (P1245) The set contains a cleanser, toner, and a moisturizer. This one is Regimen C which I am assuming stands for Combination Skin Type for my skin. The Hydra Balance Gentle Cream Cleanser has 30ml product and  is formulated with monolaurin, virgin coconut oil, and antioxidants. The Superskin 2 Primer Toner has 30ml product. It has Mandelic Acid which is an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid like lactic acid and glycolic acid) derived from bitter almonds. This toner promises deep-cleaning. acne-managing, firming, mattifying, and brightening therapy. The third product is the Hydra Balance Smart Moisturizer which hydrates the drier areas of my face without clogging the oily T-zone area. It has 30ml of the product and it's perfect for moisturization on the go.

VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Sport Sunscreen SPF 70 (P515) This is a holy grail sunscreen for many. This has water-resistant formula making it useful even when swimming or doing water sports. I included this on my recent article Sunblock 101. I used it this morning to work. It's non-sticky and it absorbs quickly. I layered my foundation over it and it went on smoothly.

VMV Hypoallergenics Velvet Matte Lipstick in Saloon (P1075) I chose the shade "Babe" since I already have this shade but I am glad they sent this one so I have another for back up. I love this lip color! I categorize it under nude/MLBB lippie. The matte finish is surprisingly moisturizing. It's lightweight but not to the extent that you forget you're wearing a lipstick. The longevity is quite questionable since after 4 hours there is only a subtle hint left. The good thing is that it has minimal transfer.

VMV Hypoallergenics Gift Certificate for Skin-a-Jiffy Free Facial (P750) No expiration on this one! I'm excited to try it! According to their website, it includes the following treatments:
1) Skin Picker-Upper  - This dual-action clarifying-hydrating facial perks up tired-looking skin.
2) Waltzing Matte-ilda - Instant ""mattification"" that gets oily skin cool, clean, and refreshed in smooth, simple steps.
3) With All ""Dew"" Respect - Dry skin gets its ""dew"" with softening, moisturizing quickie.
Saladbox April 2016 Unboxing: VMV Hypoallergenics #VMVxSaladbox

Saladbox April 2016 Unboxing: VMV Hypoallergenics #VMVxSaladbox

About Saladbox
A saladbox is a skincare, makeup, and services box subscription for P500/month. Each box will be curated by favorite beauty brands every month. Last March it was Benefit Cosmetics and this month it's VMV Hypoallergenics. The value of each box is approximately P3000-P3500. They also hold events such as beauty soirees and workshops featuring the brands.

Visit http://www.saladbox.com.ph/ for more details on how to subscribe to their plan.

Here are the popular hashtags on Instagram to search for Saladbox features:
#saladboxph #VMVxSaladbox #BenefitxSaladbox

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