Friday, May 22, 2009

BEAUTÉ POUR LA NATURE | ecotools brush set arrives in the philippines

The popular eco-friendly and vegan makeup brushes by Paris Present arrives on the shores of the Philippines. That's right! Ecotools which is widely raved about in the US for its environment-focused principle in creating beauty products is now available to Pinays!

Now, they're not on retail at your local drug store or PCX branches yet. It can be pre-ordered and purchased at Pepper Code Manila courtesy of Ms. Maria Ivy Carla Paraiso. She offers great service and speedy shipping! My item was delivered the day after I deposited the last leg of my downpayment! For someone like me who's been waiting for Ecotools for a year now, having it sold via a local seller is heavensent.

On to the brushes! Being in a great mood with the "First Lady of Song" Ella Fitzgerald crooning from my laptop made me all the happier to review this baby.

My camera ran out of batteries, and this blurry one just came from my webcam! XD Anyway, I opened the package and was so happy with the brushes! They're so soft on the skin, and they don't have an impact on the environment! The hairs are made of synthetic taklon (so animals were not harmed in making these), the ferrule of recycled aluminum cans, and the handles are bamboo. How eco-friendly can you get?

This set includes blush, eye shadow, eyeliner, concealer, and brow brushes plus a cute ass hemp case! (I'll tell my dad to stay away from it lest he smokes it! Haha!)

I loved the blush brush the most because it was like my The Body Shop synthetic blusher, if not better! I tried it out and it gave more diffused coverage rather than TBS that concentrated the color on just one part of my cheek (and it looked like my face was scratched by my neighbor's cat!).

The eye shadow brush is less fluffy than the one from my Smashbox Rapture Holiday set, and it's a bit stiff. But the hairs are springy and retain their shape even after constant pressing and contact. The eyeliner has just the right stiffness, and will give my liquid and gel liners justice. The concealer brush is bigger that from my Suesh 5-piece set, and I guess it's for the instantaneous coverage of those humongous blemishes. The Suesh one had to take a couple of streaks and applications to cover a fairly big imperfection. And...I especially adore that they put a brow brush!! I inherited my dad's dark bushy eyebrows, so I have to keep them groomed or else they go this way and that.

Another thing to love about this product is that it doesn't shed! It withstood my "Spring and Pull" test, and it passed with flying colors! :) Plus, it's cheaper than most brands that can't even compare to the quality and earth-saving character of these brushes! A worthy investment!

Ms. Carla sells the 6-piece set for P1,200 exclusive of shipping fees to your location in the Philippines.

Overall, I'm super please with them! Now I'm thinking of ordering one for my mom's birthday in November (as hers have been around since I was in elementary school!).

THE NATURAL GEEK rates this: 4.5/5

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Bella Swan's Moonstone Necklace by ArsenicCandyDesigns

At last! The custom made Bella Swan's Moonstone Necklace that I had made by Rebekka of ArsenicCandyDesigns at Etsy is done! Yay! Rebekka sent in these pictures to let me know what they look like. It's so pretty! :)

More will be added once I receive it in the mail! Thank you, Rebekka! :D

Mad about Etsy -- Twilight

Three posts in a day! I'm on a roll! :D While browsing Etsy last week, I came across some Twilight finds there both originally from the movie and replicas. So here are a couple of what I found:

Original Bella's Leather Peacock Feather Tote by stitchandswash ($175)

Bella's Turquoise Cuff Replica by bitzyitz ($25.99)

Bella's Moonstone Ring Replica by CommonScents1 ($36)

Bella's Moonstone Necklace Replica by ArsenicCandyDesigns ($9)

*NOTE: The stone for this one is made of glass stone. I had mine custom made by Rebekka of Arsenic CandyDesigns for $30. Although she has a Bella's Moonstone Necklace (that's actually made of moonstone), I opted for this design of mounting and just have the stone changed because it's simpler and resembles Bella's actual one more.

Bella's St. Jude Bracelet Replica by ArsenicCandyDesigns ($12)

Questions? Go and comment! :D

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Mad about Etsy -- Ceramic Rings

I've officially made a romance with the website Etsy for its handmade merchandise by different artisans. May it be bags, clothes, makeup, soap, jewelry, etc. They have such a wide range of products that it will make a vintage/nature junkie like me hold my breath while browsing. I was even surprised that they have some items from the Twilight movies that are either replicas or the genuine article! Then again, the focus of my insanity started from my crazy love for items that have a touch of nature.

Green Vintage Garden Ring by Lily Pottery ($49)

In Purple

Little Blossom Ring by leslee6 ($5)

Fire Garden Ring by Lily Pottery ($49)

I am definitely getting the Green Vintage Garden Ring...haha.

natural obsession

I believe I have this penchant for all things nature and has a touch of vintage. Cracked and aged walls, white washed cabinets and doors, stone and copper fixtures. Ceramic vials and tea cups, canvas bags, potted flowers, and handmade soaps. Those are just some of the things that appeal to me and hope to see once I am able to move to my own apartment in a few years time. So in this blog, I'll be posting natural and vintage finds and buys via the Internet or shops that I visit during my free time. :)

I'll update as often as I can. So, happy viewing to you, and happy blogging to me! :D