Showing posts with label Reviews. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Reviews. Show all posts

Friday, December 6, 2013

Skin Care Products Review

i am the type of person who gets loyal to a brand. that's why, when i found the perfect moisturizer for my skin type, i never tried any other moisturizer again until today...

i started using moisturizer on my face since i've arrived in Singapore. in the Philippines, my face would always get sweaty sticky oily all throughout the day, so i never really developed the habit of moisturizing my face on a daily basis.

Crabtree and Evelyn, my all-time favorite brand of body lotion

but in Singapore, for some reason, i found it less humid and more drying not just on my face, but on the rest of my body. this is why is started using Kiehl's facial moisturizer. it was one of the brands recommended by a friend for the best lip balm ever. it's a good thing i didn't stop at buying a simple lip balm and extended my curiosity with the moisturizer because it turned out to be just perfect for my skin. i even bought a facial wash to go along with it. and it was also perfect. Kiehl's is absolutely one of my favorite brands.

Kiehl's ultra facial cream for combination skin type

 when i started using it though, i really had very dry skin. and i continued using Kiehl's products even after moving to France, where it was even less humid. it was also a great product to use during the winter. although, i needed to use their Argan Oil too for extreme moisturizing during the winter months.

some of the products that i bought at the Kiehl's Store in New York -- sunblock and a set of cleanser, moisturizer and toner

now, back again in Singapore, i found that my face no longer gets dry the same way as before moving the France. i don't know if it's due to hormonal changes or weather changes, but i do know that the old moisturizer just doesn't cut it anymore because my face now gets especially icky shiny oily especially on the T-zone.

Clinique's pore refining and mattifying facial moisturizer

and so, yesterday, i experimented on this moisturizer by Clinique. it claims to moisturize while leaving a mattifying effect, meaning, less shine as possible. what's more, it has pore-refining ingredients too. tried it today and it worked wonders. does not feel heavy on the skin and my face feels less oily.

i've also chanced upon this famous Rosebud Salve since i've already ran out of Kiehl's lip balms... it was nice. does the work. but it feels kinda hot and heavy on the lips. i still prefer Kiehl's.


trying on some new lip balm (Smith's Rosebud Salve)... not quite as good as Kiehl's

next on the list is this facial wash by Aesop. i chanced upon it while i was browsing the shops in Sydney, Australia. i wasn't really convinced when i tested it on my hand because it was leaving a bit of stinging sensation. but hubby convinced me to get it. and so i did. didn't like it. but i guess he did, because he's now the one who's using it. maybe it's more suitable to oilier skin types like hubby's than mine, which is combination type.


Aesop's Amazing Face Cleanser -- not suitable for sensitive semi-dry skin like mine... leaves a nasty stinging sensation after use... and it was even more expensive than Kiehl's!

 and so, for now, it's still Kiehl's ultra-sensitive, non-drying facial wash that does the trick for me.


best facial cleanser for combination (bordering on dry) skin type

having fun inside the picture booth at Kiehl's NYC shop

have a great weekend, everyone! :)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Top Chef

it's the season for Top Chef again. and so also starts the highest high of all drama on French reality TV.

the host and chef judges of the show

everybody knows that France is best known for having the best food in the world. when you say best, first of all, it means the food is fresh, well-grown, and healthy. then, it should also be beautifully presented. lastly, and of course, most importantly, it should taste great.

but to be able to really comprehend the french standard for the "best" food, you have to actually live for a while in France to absorb the culture and the ways of the people here.  and if you have lived here long enough, you will understand that the best food is a product of art, science, mathematics, sweat and blood, and all that drama... and you get to see all of this if you watch Top Chef.

you would actually think that being a woman, and coming from a country with all the sappiest, cheesiest, corniest soap opera in the world, i would be able to completely relate when i watch this TV show with my husband. but to be honest, i have never really been the cheesy type. and on the contrary, the overabundance of maudlin entertainment in the Philippines is one of the reasons that drove me out of the country.

plenty of times in the show, they go on and on about a particular dish as if it's some type of hallucinogenic drug. that's when it gets a bit too much for me. and it doesn't really help that i have never tried any sort of hallucinogenic drug before. the closest would be the anesthesia that i got when i had my c-section. and that was not really a pleasant, albeit, awe-inspiring experience at all.


Papaye-chocolat-orange en trompe l'oeil de carottes rapées (this dish is called a trompe l'oeil, which means to fool the eye. it may seem like grated carrots to you, but it's really grated papaya with chocolate and orange inside.







i must admit though, i get awe-struck despite myself, when i see how much dedication, enthusiasm, hard work and all the effort in the world they muster to be able to achieve perfection in each dish. ça c'est vraiment impressionant. and it definitely makes all the unnecessary drama a lot more bearable and even forgivable.



Monday, September 24, 2012

Captive

Captive's poster on the door of a very inconspicuous
art cinema called, Utopia right next to Galeries Lafayette

i hate to admit it but the first time i've seen a Brillante Mendoza movie, called Serbis, i just didn't like it.  perhaps it's because lately i've come to prefer watching stupid comedy movies.  i had enough of the serious ones that usually lure you into believing there is something more to it than what it is.  only to find out in the end that it's just another piece of pretentious bullshit.

as for his Cannes film festival winner, Kinatay (Butchered), i seem to feel a kind of aversion towards the title.  it calls to mind traumatic scenes from my childhood like seeing our neighbor bash a dog on the head to kill it and to later eat it.  they even gave some of the cooked dog meat to me without me knowing at first that it was a dog.  so that i had already eaten some of it beforehand.  it also calls to mind that not-so-favorite scene in the Lord of the Flies with a pig's head at the end of a spear with flies hovering.  and of course, my Lola, mercilessly slitting the throats of a hundred live chickens per hour, the day before a town feast.  so i doubt if i will ever get myself to see this movie.

it's not that i never watch violent movies.  i mean i totally loved Kill Bill, and Taxi Driver is one of my favorite movies of all time.  but somehow, when the words are in Filipino, like kinatay, it just sounds a thousand times more bloody and gory to me.

anyways, about Captive, i managed to promote the movie to the Filipino Community (AFPMP) here in Toulouse.  and one of the french members managed to actually find a cinema (Utopia) that would show the movie here.  the cinema only featured art films.  and i was relieved that they do not dub the movies in french, like most theaters here usually do.  although, i had to resort to reading the french subtitles from time to time when the characters were speaking in Visayan dialect.

first of all, i loved the theater.  it was really old of course.  and it seats only a few people.  i was quite surprised to see a lot of people actually watching it.  and the night before, i even saw one TV show (Le Grand Journal sur Canal plus) doing a short movie review about it.  and they actually raved about it! :)

like all the reviews say, it was quite repetitive. and some say they feel as if there's no message or there's something lacking.

as for me, i liked it.  not raving about it.  but i just liked it.  it's kinda ironic that the movie title is Captive.  as for me, i found it quite a liberating experience to watch this movie.  very few movies actually let you think for yourself what to make of what you watch or experience.  this one does.  and it's total freedom from the usual boring captivity of a dull and predictable movie that already tells you everything you would see, or want to know about just from the title itself.