Archives for March 2011

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser Review

I thank my parents for blessing me with not-so-sensitive facial skin. When I was growing up, I never had problems with pimples. Yeah, I do get a pimple when my period’s coming, but that’s it. I was never and still am not afraid to try every facial cleanser available in the market because I know I’m not allergic (or sensitive) to any. The worst thing a facial cleanser could do to me is give me dry skin, which I already hate.

I’ve been using Pond’s since college and it has never failed me, except for the dryness it occasionally leaves my skin. I use it night and day, so I figured that maybe I should use a milder facial cleanser to remove dirt and makeup.

I have known Cetaphil way back, but I never considered using it, thinking that it should only be used by people with grave skin problems. There’s something about the brand name and logo that’s so clinic-ky, so I never bothered. Blame it on my judgmental nature. Chos.

If not for the makeup artists I’ve met, I would have not gotten acquainted with Cetaphil’s uses. They use Cetaphil as makeup remover, using a wet tissue and spreading it all over my face. I really liked how it makes my skin feel, so I decided to get one for myself:

It’s quite expensive for a 60 mL, priced at a little less than Php 200.

CLAIMS:

Cetaphil® Gentle Skin Cleanser is great for daily makeup removal. Originally formulated for dermatologists, this cleanser is gentle on your skin and sensitive to your skin’s needs. Cetaphil® Gentle Skin Cleanser will not strip the skin of natural protective oils or emollients, or disturb the skin’s natural pH balance. Recommended for years by dermatologists, it is fragrance-free and non-comedogenic. Cetaphil® Gentle Skin Cleanser is gentle enough for children, teens and adults.

Non-comedogenic means it does not clog pores, which somehow puzzles me because it doesn’t have scrubs or something, not that I’m saying cleansers should always have scrubs to unclog pores.

The best thing about this cleanser is that you can use it without water.

Hello, dry skin. I decided to use my unmoisturized hand to give you guys a preview of how Cetaphil would look like when used.

Just apply it on your skin and rub gently to remove dirt. You’ll need a wet tissue or a soft cloth to remove the excess cleanser.

Let the thin film dry up after rubbing and removing excess cleanser.

 

Look at the difference. Please don't mind the change in tone, I dunno how it happened. Hehe 🙂

I was pretty amazed myself after using it. My skin became smooth and soft, I need not apply moisturizer after!

True to its claims, Cetaphil is soothing, mild and fragrance-free, unlike other facial cleansers smothered with perfume (which, I believe, makes cleansers harsh to the skin).

I give the product a good ten. 🙂

Visit their site for more information about their products.

It’s finally out: Ann Ward for Vogue Italia!

Ann Ward, the extremely thin-waisted gal of ANTM Cycle 15’s controversial promo video, can be finally brought home! This stunner who stands 6 feet and 2 inches is currently gracing Beauty in Vogue’s March cover photographed by Ellen von Unwerth, the fashion photographer well known for her playful and high contrast style [source].

Having won five consecutive best photo during the cycle, it is a no-brainer that she totally deserved to be declared as America’s next top model.  She may be very shy, yes, but that trait could be mended. And by being on Vogue’s cover and pages, who wouldn’t gain confidence right? I’m pretty sure Ann’s timidness has diminished.

Styled by Shiela Single, Ann has definitely transformed from an awkward girl to a high-fashion model. Check out the behind-the-scenes video:

 

Photo credits go to Vogue.it.

How to Add Excitement to Your Otherwise Drab and Dull Outfit

The most redundant color you can find in my “closet” is nude, brown, black, and gray. Those are the colors which I find easy to match with, so don’t stab me. Hoho. Having them is very convenient, especially when you’re too lazy to dress up. Sometimes though, those colors do not look entrancing when the heat is on or colors start to pop in your neighbor’s garden. You could be mistaken for an old hag (gee, that’s creepy).

This past weekend, most of my clothes were still in the laundry. I’m such a slacker during weekends (eww me), I had no choice but to wear my grays and blacks. But I didn’t want to look like it’s the end of the world, so I wore my red suede heels to add a punch of color to my dull Saturday clothes choice.

I think RED is the perfect party-starter. The contrast of colors is very noticeable, and I just love it.

Flats are okay, too; however, if you want to add more attitude, I say wear heels. Heeled shoes make you look confident and TALL. I’m only five feet, but heels can elongate the legs thus making the wearer look taller. Couple them with mini-skirts or shorts, and you’ll look more statuesque. Skirts and shorts that are below the knees can make height-deficient people look shorter. 🙂

Hype the look on lookbook and chictopia.

Thank you Katt Maxwell for taking my photos. 🙂

Boardwalk’s 100 Models Search

Boardwalk, one of the country’s most successful direct-selling companies, has recently announced their 100 Models Search:

 

All experienced and amateur models are welcome to join as long as they fit the following requirements:

1. 16 – 24 years old

2. Must be physically fit, tall, long-legged and lean. At least 5’8 height for females, 5’11 for males

3. Must have no existing contract in conflict with the rules of the contest/employment with any direct selling company

4. Must be available anytime for go-sees, rehearsals and show dates.

There will be thousands of applicants for sure, so Boardwalk came up with a criteria for them to choose the best 100:

1. 30%Je ne sais quoi. The intangible quality that makes a person distinctive or attractive.

2. 30% – Personality, Uniqueness, Style

3. 30% – Physical appearance. Skin, hair, eyes, body shape, extremities, overall look.

4. 10% – Ability to comprehend and follow instructions.

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

1. If you (or someone you know), dear reader, fits the above requirements and criteria, get Boardwalk 100 Models Search Application Form from any Boardwalk branch/head office OR download the application form HERE.

2. Send filled-up 100 Models Search Form with 1 close up, 1 half body and 1 full body shot color photos 4R(4”x6”) in a short manila envelope not later than March 31, 2011 to:

ONE BIG SHOW MODEL SEARCH SECRETARIAT

1508, 15th Floor, West Tower PSE Center, Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

 

or email to modelsearch@boardwalk.com.ph

For those submitting application via email, photos should not exceed 1MB each.

 

3. Wait for a Go See invitation through email.

4. Attend Go See on dates and venues specified on your Go See email invite.

Go See to choose 100 qualifiers:

 

APRIL 6 & 8, 2011 at Unit 512, 5th Flr. West Tower, PSE Center, Exchange Road,

Ortigas Center, Pasig City


5. Wait for Go See results through email. 50 Male and 50 Female Models will be chosen to join the show.

6. If you are among the 100 who qualified, you will be required to attend the Final Call and Judging for TOP MODELS on April 16, 2011. Venue to be announced.

7. While 50 Male and 50 Female Models will be chosen to do the show, only ONE MALE and ONE FEMALE will be declared TOP MODELS. They will get P250,000 worth of modeling contract each.

8. Employees of Boardwalk and its sister companies including their relatives up to second degree of consanguinity or affinity are disqualified from joining this contest.

For more information, visit http://boardwalk.com.ph/

 

Shopping for Branded Clothes Has Never Been This Easy and CHEAP!

Ever since I got my Paypal account, I developed the habit of shopping online. I was in college that time and didn’t know how to spend the money I got for writing articles online (my bank back then didn’t know what the heck Paypal is so I had no choice but to use it for online shopping.). Anyhoo, last month, I received an e-mail from Brandsfever.

Brandsfever is an invite-only online shopping club in the Philippines and Singapore that offers international fashion and lifestyle brands (e.g., Nike, PinkSoda, A-MOD) at up to 70% discount! Holy guacamole! That’s quite a big discount, right? So, being a sucker for fashion, I accepted their invite. I am yet to make my first purchase, I’ll let you know if I have.

Upon signing up, I was immediately awarded Php 500 which I can already use for purchasing. Aside from that, I was also given the privilege to invite as many people as I want. So, as a gift of gratitude for reading this post and for (hopefully) commenting, I am posting an invite so you could also enjoy being in an exclusive shopping club and marveling at the items they have on sale. Just click the link below:

Sign up for Brandsfever here.

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You can also try signing up for AVA. Like Brandsfever, it’s also an invite-only shopping club that offers up 70% off on designer goods such as Prada, Armani, Aranaz, among others.

And since I’m already a member, I can invite other people to join. I provided an invite link below if you want to get your hands on those lovely designer items at less than half of their original price. Quality is guaranteed so no need to worry of knock-offs. Their items are 100% authentic! 🙂

Sign up for AVA here.

Make sure not to remove my name as the referrer or your registration will not be processed. Remember, it’s invite only.  🙂

Thank you! Enjoy shopping!

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CREDITS:

http://www.youngupstarts.com/2010/07/26/private-invite-only-online-shopping-with-brandsfever/

http://welovejenni.blogspot.com/2011/01/online-shop-ava-is-here.html

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