I love using mineral makeup because..

  1. Unlike traditional chemical-based makeup, majority of its ingredients are natural.
  2. Does not clog my pores, thus allowing my skin to "breathe".
  3. It feels lighter, like I'm wearing no makeup at all!
  4. Does not build up or cake!
  5. Without the harmful synthetic ingredients, it's gentler on my skin - suitable for women with sensitive skin.

And, as promised, here is my honest review of the freebies given to me by Mineraux. I've been using (and loving!) these mineral cosmetics for a month now.

Mineraux Pre
mium Foundation in Neutral Fair

This mineral foundation creates a super matte finish. The powder is very fine; not caky when applied. Most of the time I want a dewy effect so I apply first a bit of moisturizer or make-up base as a primer. My Mum loves this too.

Mineraux Premium Veil in Neutral Veil

This one acts as a finishing powder that seals the foundation in place. It's almost like a translucent powder with super micro shimmers and it easily melts in your skin you won't feel that it's there. Yet sometimes it needs a second application for the effect to be visible.

Mineraux Premium Highlighter in Natural Glow

An excellent highlighter for my cheekbones! I use it after I apply blush on my cheeks. I also use it to contour and highlight areas I want to accentuate.

It also works as a subtle bronzer so if you want a sun-kissed glow, this is the highlighter for you!

Other tips:
  • You will need excellent kabuki brushes for better coverage.
  • Choose the right shades for your skin tone.
  • When trying out cosmetics, allow a considerable time to let the make-up "sit" on your skin to see its real effect.
  • Clean and disinfect your make-up brushes regularly. You don't want bacteria to transfer on your skin.

Rating: 4 stars (Promising make-up line)

Check out their website at www.mineraux.com.ph

I would like to extend my gratitude to fashion designers Yako Reyes and Ciege Cagalawan and to everybody who've made it possible for me to receive two invitations for the Philippine Fashion Week Holiday '09 Collection.

Unfortunately, my OB recommended that I take my bed rest for weeks to avoid further pregnancy complications. I was kind of disappointed I let this opportunity pass.

Thanks to runway2reality.com I am able to check out some serious holiday fashion trends by our own talented kababayans. Here are my top 5 picks!

Black pleated mini dress by Jontie Martinez

An interesting piece by Mich Dulce.. Like diamonds in a funnel..

Beautifully embellished gown by Michael Cinco

I'm loving Mich Dulce's creations!

Chic cream dress by Angelo Estera

** Credits: Photos and links were all taken from runway2reality.com

Time to shop 'til you drop!

VNC celebrates its MID YEAR Sale!
Great shoe finds at half the price or even up to 70% off!
What are you waiting for? Hurry and satisfy your shoe
addiction at VNC outlets nationwide!

Visit VNC at:
Robinsons Galleria
Glorietta III
Robinsons Place Manila
SM Mall of Asia
SM Megamall
Alabang Town Center
Shangri-La Plaza Mall
SM North Edsa Annex

Sale period starts June 26, 2009!
(Philippines only)

Introducing my newest outdoor buddy!

Neutrogena ULTRA SHEER
Complete UV Waterlight Lotion
SPF 50+

Skin darkening.. premature aging.. uneven skin tone.. wrinkles - I'm sure you don't want any of these on your skin, especially on your face. The sun's harmful rays not only causes temporary but long-term or even permanent damage to your skin. So if you haven't tried using a facial sunscreen or sunblock before, now's the time to go shopping for one that suits your skin type.

Neutrogena's new addition to its skin care line boasts a superior ultra-lightweight protection against the damaging UV rays of the sun. It contains Helioplex™, a special formulation made of Avobenzone and Oxybenzone that effectively shields a broad spectrum of UVA/UVB rays and helps neutralize free radical damage.

Furthermore, aside from having a powerful SPF 50+ protection, its fluid texture makes it easier to apply. You won't experience an oily and sticky after feel - a Dry Touch Technology promise. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Complete UV Waterlight Lotion is also perfect as a makeup base.

Dermatologist tested, PABA-free, oil-free, does not clog pores.

* Personal Review:

I have a normal to oily skin type yet sometimes my face gets too dry because of the weather. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Facial Sunscreen with SPF 50+ works as a moisturizer, sunscreen and make-up base in one! I apply it after washing my face for faster absorption. It's a perfect make up base 'cause my mineral foundation lasts longer. It also creates a dewy effect after a few hours. If you have an oily skin, try applying the sunscreen after taking a bath and don't forget to bring oil blotting paper with you.

You think this is a boring mini dress?

Color: Gray
Fabric: Chambray (cotton)
Size: 2 (medium)
Length: 2 - 3 inches above the knees
Price: Php 899.75 (around USD 19.00)

I bought this piece for my pregnancy (see the middle pleats?). Aside from that I also adore classic pieces that can go with just anything inside my closet. And, I still can wear it even after I give birth to my baby this December or January next year.

In fact I've listed some style possibilities for this mini dress - you might want to check it out!

One dress, Tons of Different Looks!

  • Simple: Wear a pair of slippers or flat sandals and you're now ready to go for a stroll in the park or go bargain hunting in thrift shops.
  • Retro: Accessorize a bit with a headband, plastic bangles and ballet flats if you're in for a fun afternoon with your gal pals.
  • Chic: Wear it as a top! Skinny jeans or leggings underneath - choose a length that makes your legs look longer.
  • Glam: For special occasions, choose a high heeled sandals or pumps. You might also consider wearing stockings for a more elegant look.
  • Vintage: Ruffles and laces, cameo brooches, pearls, and antique jewelry will be perfect.
  • Preppy: Wear the dress with a baby tee with ruffled sleeves underneath for a preppy look.
  • Wrapped Up: Wear it with a bolero or a coat when the weather is cold. Anything that's shorter or longer than the dress is fine ('cause wearing a coat with the same length will only add extra bulge). Boots are a plus, but not really necessary.
  • Intensify: Make your ensemble noticeable by carrying with you some metallic pieces that are flaunt-worthy.
  • Colorize: If looking monotonous isn't your style, use pastel shades of blue, pink, purple, and green. Gray with hot pink is a little retro. But rich reds and golden yellows are my best bets when mixing with gray.

Mineraux Skin Perfecting Minerals
officially introduced its complete product line of skin perfecting mineral makeup last May 23, 2009.

Current available Mineraux makeup include mineral foundation, concealer, primer, highlighter, veil, blush, bronzer, eye shadow, eye liner, and eye brow powder. Also available are premium brushes for more precise mineral makeup application.

Mineraux was initially established in November of 2007. Its founders aim to empower Filipina women to develop a healthy self-image through looking and feeling beautiful all the time.

Moreover, for every Mineraux item sold a percentage of its profit goes to the Hands On Manila's Shine Program, a holistic enhancement program for girls and young women.

I received an invitation from Mineraux for their grand launch, unfortunately I couldn't attend the event due to my crucial pregnancy stage. But they were so generous and so kind to send me the freebies and the press kit!

So watch out for my next blog entry about my personal Mineraux products review.

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