Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Not So Surprising Birthday Surprise... Wh-what?! LOL!

Yesterday, 29th of October was my husband’s birthday and with the help of our friends from different parts of the world, I prepared a “supposedly” surprised video for him. Yes, supposedly! He has this inexplicable way of always ruining my surprises for him. Argh! Hahaha.


Anyway, before I show you the surprised video I did for him, I want to mention first that we went to Bali Indonesia on Saturday, 26th October and had our 3D2N stay at Serene Villas as his birthday celebration. I’ve vlogged while we were there, so I’ll be posting about our stay there in the coming days.





I know I still owe you for my trip to Korea but I’d be making it up to you pretty soon, so please be patient with me. Alrightie! So without further ado, let’s get on with the video:


The song I sang in the video is entitled Araw Mo by the Philippines Soul Siren, Nina. Here are the lyrics and chords to the song:



ARAW MO by Nina
Capo: 2nd Fret

Intro: D - C#m - Bm - E


A                      A7
Ang araw na ‘to, ay araw mo
D                     C#m         Bm - E
Pagdating mo sa ating mundo
A                    A7
Natatandaan, di malilimutan
D                     C#m         Bm - E
Kailanman, kailanman
A                     A7
Lahat nagbago sa araw na ‘to
D                     C#m         Bm - E
Pagdating mo sa buhay ko
A                     A7
Lahat sumaya, buhay ko’y nag-iba
D                     C#m         Bm – E
Happy Birthday

            A          G           F#m                 F
Ang saya ng mundo ngayong ikaw ay narito (oh)
D                     C#m         Bm - E
I wish you a happy birthday

A                      A7
Ang araw na ‘to, ay araw mo
D                     C#m         Bm - E
Pagdating mo sa ating mundo
A                    A7
Natatandaan, di malilimutan
D                     C#m         Bm - E
I wish you a happy birthday
E                      A
Happy birthday

Solo: A – A7 - D - C#m - Bm - E

A                       A7
Ang araw na ‘to, ay araw mo
D                     C#m         Bm - E
Pagdating mo sa ating mundo
A                    A7
Natatandaan, di malilimutan
D                     C#m         Bm - E
I wish you a happy birthday
E                      A
Happy birthday



So that’s what’s been keeping me really busy the past weeks of October, that’s why I wasn’t able to blog here and film videos more often. The bad thing is, it’s supposed to be a surprise but he really has a way of always finding out about it. Hahaha. But what the heck! We’re still able to make him happy and that's what matters.


And just when he thinks all the surprises are finished, here comes my very own treat for him.




He admitted he was surprised to see this cake on our bed when he entered the room. It feels nice to finally feel accomplished! Hahaha.

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How about you, my dear readers? Have you tried to surprise your loved ones on their birthdays? Share with me the experience and let me know if it went according to your plans. Until my next post! <3



Friday, October 25, 2013

GLAMABOX SINGAPORE: OCTOBER 2013 BOX

Hi everyone!

Before jumping to the unboxing part of this entry, I wanna mention first that my hubby and I will be going to Bali this coming weekend and that means, I’m gonna be bringing sample products with me again. And that being said, I’m glad that Glamabox sent me another box of wonderful skincare samples. 



Please note that I haven’t tried any of the items that I’d be showing you in this post today. The thoughts/opinions I’ll express here will be based merely on my first impression of the products presented. So without delay, let’s head on now to my unboxing!



MÍOGGÍ White Genion Total Radiance Serum 8ml + White Genion Cell Nutrient Enhancer 8g + Hex Perfector Illuminating Magic BB 1g + Hex Magic Foremilk Cleansing Powder 1g + Definite Renewal Overnight Program 3ml

White Genion Total Radiance Serum is a ground-breaking concentrate to rediscover skin brightness, help prevent and fade existing age spots, lift sagging contour and smooth wrinkles.

My Thoughts: First thing that caught my attention was its very perfume-ish scent. When I smelled it, my head was aching a bit so it kind of worsened it a little. It’s not the scent’s fault entirely, but again that’s the first thing I noticed. With that said, I’m still sure to use this. Why? I don’t own a lot of serums and with the description given; I’m interested to see if it really can help fade age spots. It’s not a secret anymore that I’m already in my late twenties and aging signs are inevitable. Serums are indeed becoming a necessity for me.

White Genion Cell Nutrient Enhancer is a wakeup call for flawless skin. This super-hydrating and anti-aging cream can uplift and revitalize skin, whilst effectively repairing of damaged skin cells.

My Thoughts: It has the same scent as the serum mentioned above. I just finished my monthly visit (oops TMI) and as a result, my skin is at its worst again. So, if this is really “a wakeup call for flawless skin,” we’ll see. I can’t wait to see my skin being repaired and revitalized!



Hex Perfector Illuminating Magic BB provides radiant and transparent skin as well as improves skin problems such as laxity and fine lines.

My Thoughts: I usually get too excited whenever I see a BB and/or CC cream in my loot but since I now have a bunch of unopened BB and CC creams, I have nothing to say with this one. I don’t even know when will I have the time to try this one out. Hmmm…

Hex Magic Foremilk Cleansing Powder helps skin to regain perfection by effectively strengthening the skin immune system, removing impurities, excess sebum and dead skin cells.

My Thoughts: I have just recently watched on YouTube how a cleansing powder works, then I got this and I thought, “wow! just in time!” I surely will try this out and will give you an update coz I’m very curious to know if it will work on my very acne-prone and sensitive skin.

Definite Renewal Overnight Program provides the supplements to strengthen skin structural components, promotes cellular repair, boosts skin metabolism, and quenches skin with moisture and nutrients while asleep.

My Thoughts: An overnight mask. Hmmm. This is a must-try for me because I haven’t tried any overnight mask and whenever I want to (try to) purchase one (from Origins in particular) just to try, I always end up changing my mind because of the price (what’s new, becca?). I probably will treat myself to an overnight mask tonight.



Morii Platinum Essence Facial Mask 1pc + Morii Lifting Crystal Eye Patches For Dark Pouches 1 pair

Morii Platinum Essence Facial Mask is most concentrated on whitening and hydrates to lift, firm and micro-sculpt your look for younger-looking skin.

My Thoughts: I already have a box full of masks, hahaha. What’s new? I mean, don’t all masks promise to hydrate, lift and give the skin all the benefits that it deserves? The question is – is it true? Do masks really work? And because I’m receiving different kind of masks almost every month, I’m thinking of writing an article about it. Hmmm… another thought to ponder on.



Morii Lifting Crystal Eye Patches For Dark Pouches can boost skin’s natural powers of regeneration so it regains the qualities of young skin. The skin looks rested, smoother and youthfully luminous. It also brightens up dark pouches.

My Thoughts: I should try this really soon because I’ve been staying up late the past nights (for weeks) so my eye areas need a little pick me up.



Annie's Wa Q10 Anti-Aging Jelly Mask 25ml
It is designed for aged and wrinkled skin and can whiten, moisturize and minimizes fine lines.

My Thoughts: Another mask but what’s interesting here is the fact that it’s a “jelly” mask. I was like, “jelly? really?” There are no instructions on how to use it or maybe there are but because everything is in Chinese, I wouldn’t know how to read it. I guess, I’d know how when I’m about to use it.


EGO SunSense Ultra SPF 50+ 10ml + QV Face Purifying Mask 10g

SunSense Ultra is light, smooth, easy-to-apply milk that provides very high sun protection factor SPF50+ and has four hours of water resistance.

My Thoughts: I’m defo gonna bring this to Bali even though I’m not a fan of the scent. I don’t know why. I guess my nose and its smelling ability are just weird. One thing I really like about it is how it’s quickly absorbed by my skin, coz I tried a bit on the back of my hand and in an instant my skin drunk it all up. It’s as it claims – smooth, light and easy-to-apply.


QV Face Purifying Mask removes dirt and excess oil, leaving skin smooth and soft to touch. It not only cleans the skin, but also adds moisture with the help of safflower oil and Vitamin E.

My Thoughts: Hmmm… a clay mask. I’m now wondering why I get so many masks in one box. It’s not a bad thing, though. I’m just a little nosy, I guess, haha.


La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo 3ml×2pcs + Effaclar Gel Moussant 15ml

Effaclar Duo can gently purify the skin. It eliminates impurities and excess sebum while leaving the skin clean and fresh with soothing, anti-irritant La Roche-Posay thermal spring water.

Effaclar Gel Moussant combines 4 active ingredients to fight against bacterial proliferation and eliminate imperfections. The soothing La Roche-Posay thermal spring water can reduce redness.

My Thoughts: If you’ve read my September Glamabox unboxing post, you’d know that I received these same samples there as well, which is actually good because I really like the Effaclar Gel Moussant and now that I got another set, I have more to use in the coming days. As for the Effaclar Duo, I’d start using it once my skin is back to its normal state, as I don't want to aggravate its present condition.

That’s it! Those are all the items that Glamabox sent me. By the way, Glamabox is now presenting to us “The Mask Box” in preparation for Early Autumn! With this box you’ll get 10 different masks for only S$21. Hmmm, so that’s why I got so many masks this month! Haha.

For more information about Glamabox, please check their website at www.glamabox.com.


Disclaimer: I was sent this box for free but I don’t get paid to review it nor have obligations to give positive feedback.  All my opinions in this article are based on my personal experiences and honest judgment of the product/s tested and reviewed.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Bellabox Singapore: We’re 2 (October 2013)

Hi everyone!


I just wanna say that I still can’t get over with all the wonder-products I got from Bellabox last month and today I’m in total bliss as I present to you my October Bella…pouch? Wh-what?! Haha. Yes! There’s no box this time. What I got is this beautiful and stylish pouch.



Last Friday, 18th October, when I was about to leave the house for FIDE Fashion Week (I was invited to attend Moiselle & Germain Shows), I received this paper bag which housed my bellapouch and two other surprises.  


Let’s cut to the chase and talk about the items inside my very elegant bellapouch.




Elizabeth Arden Untold Eau De Parfum Spray
30 ML (S$69) / 50ML (S$95) / 100 ML (S$119) 
Spritz on an express your womanly nature with this sensual floral scent. Fit for the modern woman, it is designed with a subtle curvature that personifies the all-round nature of a refined and sophisticated woman.
My Initial Reaction:  I spritzed a little bit just to know the scent and omigosh! This is the kind of scent I want for myself. Sweet but very womanly. It smells sexy. I love it! I’m seriously considering purchasing at least the 30 ML one.



Jacqueline Burchell
15 ML (S$16)
Researched & developed in Singapore, we cannot agree more with Jacqueline Burchell’s motto – that life should be more colorful. This quick-dry formula is free from toluene, formaldehyde & DMP.
My Initial Reaction:  Its color is wonderful. Bright and very lively indeed. The quick-dry formula is also commendable but the claim that it’s free from toluene is questionable for me, because this strongly smells of paint thinner in my opinion.


Goodskin Labs Exten-10
50 ML (S$66)
There’s a reason this daily moisturizer is called “Exten-10.” Using the most effective ingredients known to beauty skincare science, Goodskin has created a formula that promises to erase 10 years off your face in a matter of weeks. Their extensive pre-market trials prove it. Simply good ingredients add up to simply good skin!
My Initial Reaction:  This is highly intriguing! I haven’t tested it out yet. I also didn’t try to get a little bit from the tube just to see the texture. Why? Because if it’s true that its formula promises to erase 10 years off my face in a matter of weeks, I’d like to put it to the test. I just hope this little tube will last me for at least a good two weeks. I want to write a separate entry for this.



Collection Cosmetics Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner (full size!)
S$16.90
Trod through the day confidently without worrying about smudgy panda eyes. This felt tip liner ensures that it does not fan out and makes for easy application. Shine with a lustrous finish in this quick-dry liner! Use with care and do not stain contact lens with liner. Available in 4 colors.
My Initial Reaction:  This is one of the reasons why I’m super happy with this month’s items. This is a full-sized product and it’s a felt tip liner. I’m addicted to felt tip liners because they’re so much easier to line the eyes. Another good thing about this item is that it’s in the color TEAL. I’m glad they sent me this instead of black because I know I wouldn’t buy this color on my own, which means I wouldn’t know how it’ll work. I’m already excited to try this because then I’d know if I should try to purchase different colors for my liners next time.  


Collection Cosmetics Color Pout Lip Stain (full size!)
S$12.90
Hate smudgy lip colors? Try our Color Pout to satin lips for a long lasting pout! This user-friendly marker style nib makes application so quick & easy. Available in 6 lovely wearable shades for a just-kissed pouty look or a healthy tinge! 
My Initial Reaction:  I’m a lippie person which makes this item a perfect addition to my growing lip products collection. I’m not sure I like the color though, but what the heck! It’s a full-sized product and I’m just so jolly!


BONUS: Goodskin Labs Circelplex-2
20ML (S$72)
Protect and repair the sensitive area around your eyes while getting rid of dark circles 24/7 with this day and night cream. Its color correcting lightweight day cream moisturizes and creates a protective layer against sun exposure. Its night cream offers deep and soothing hydrating.
My Initial Reaction:  I’m happy I got a bonus item but it confused me. I mean, when I touched it, it doesn’t seem like it has any product inside. The sachet looked and felt flat. Hmmm… I haven’t tried opening it so we’ll see.



BONUS: Whisper Cosmo Heavy Day
10pcs (S$6.50)
Make your monthly grief a woe-free with Whisper’s first-ever sanitary product with Lactoflex, an innovative liquid-based material developed by women for women. It targets at three key concerns for ultimate comfort and freedom – a fabric that is gentle on the skin, and an enhanced fit that boots flexibility, and it provides 3x more absorbance.
My Initial Reaction:  I tried it already and man! It’s unbelievable! It didn’t feel like I had a pad. Ultimate comfort and freedom? Absolutely! It’s totally gentle on the skin and you gotta hear this, ladies – it doesn’t budge. It’s that great! Reaaaaaaallllyyyy!!!!


GIFT: Cosmopolitan Magazine October Issue
S$5
Hey bella, here’s your much-needed monthly magazine dose for all your shop-tacular needs in Cosmopolitan’s October Issue!
My Initial Reaction:  Selena Gomez on cover photo? Hell yeah! Another addition to my heaps of magazines. Lurveee it!

Bellabox totally went beyond my expectation. Two full-sized products, a very chic-looking pouch, 2 bonus items and a cosmo magazine?! You’re the bomb-dot-com!!!

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Are you subscribed to Bellabox, too? What did you get this month?


EVENT: FIDE Fashion Week 2013 in Singapore | 10th DAY: Moiselle and Germain Shows

Hi everyone!

I once again had the privilege of going to the Fashion Week here in Singapore held at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Center. It’s an 11-day event and I was blessed to get invited by Moiselle and Germain to attend the 10th day of the Fashion Week. 


Last year, I went with my girl-friend, Abbey (click here to see my post last year) but this year, due to an unexpected turn of events, I wasn’t able to tag her along, but I was able to bring Chona with me. If you can’t remember who she is, check my Make Up For Ever Workshop.

photo grabbed from Chona's Facebook photos. ^_^


The tickets I was given were for two shows only, Moiselle and Germain, and the show was supposed to start at 6PM but like usual, it started an hour later. I like the venue and setup compared to last year’s which was set up outside The Shoppes.





Last year, we were seated at the second row due to lack of audience but this year’s show was different. It’s jam-packed, which is a good thing because that means that tickets were all sold-out! Kudos to Moiselle and Germain!





Too bad, I didn’t bring my wide-angled lens, tsk tsk. I could have captured better photos. We were seated too close to the runway which made it so difficult for me to get a good shot. Oh c’mon, Becca! Just accept the fact that you’re not a photo genius and get over it, #LOL. Sigh.









If you haven’t been to MOISELLE and GERMAIN shops here in Singapore, here are their addresses and contact info:

MOISELLE
B2-26, Canal Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Telephone: +65 6688 7768
Opening Hours: Sunday-Thursday (10am-11pm)
Friday & Saturday (10am-Midnight)

GERMAIN
L1-26, Bay Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Telephone: +65 6688 7547
Opening Hours: Sunday - Thursday (10am - 11pm)
Friday, Saturday & eve of Public Holidays (10am - Midnight)
Unless Otherwise Stated

Here’s a little outfit of the night. I didn’t prepare too much for the event. I just wore what I felt comfy to wear because lately I’ve been thinking a lot about stuff like, “am I going to change who I really am just because I get invited to events?” That is why, on that particular night, I just went with what I feel will show who I really am - just an ordinary girl who got invited to an event.




I bought the top from Pixiedust Glam while the mini skirt is from Op. My wedges are from Natasha, my bag is from Coach and that’s it!




As for my makeup: I used The Face Shop Power Perfection BB Cream (light beige) for my face, The Face Shop Design My Eyebrow (dark gray) for my brows, Revlon Photoready in 501 - Metropolitan, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink and Too Faced LashGASM Mascara for my eye makeup and a combo of Etude House purplish nude lipstick and Bobbi Brownlip gloss in Spun Gold 15. I'm sorry for the horrible quality - photo taken with the front camera of my iPhone.