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Looking Forward To The Markdowns After Christmas

27 Dec

At SM The Block, Nature Republic got me excited about their 50% discount on some major face creams

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Everything in this section of the store (shown below) are 50% off (until supplies last). Everything else is 10%-20% off.

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They heralded their natural ingredients

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And so then I was so going to get this (this will only be php500 – or just over 10 bucks – after discount)

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But stopped when I read the ingredients Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Propylene Glycol… Ummm..no thanks.  I am limiting my toxic or highly-probable-toxic compound intake, and I refuse to be sucked into the fancy advertising campaigns. No matter how pretty. I am sticking to my locally-produced, very reasonably priced, healthy skincare:

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Human Heart Nature boasts of using over 90% natural ingredients in their products, and that they eliminate the downright bad chemical ingredients out of them (SLES, parabens, mineral oils, phtalates, etc.–really scary stuff).

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Some of their other items:

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I’m not a dealer, I’m just a big fan of non-toxic products. Check out their website.

Bye, Nature Republic. Thanks, Miss Salesperson, you’ve been nice and helpful anyway

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Hello, Mango sale

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and the store beside you is on sale, too

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And a host of other stores are on sale as well. That is why I held off going on a shopping spree before the holidays. Hope I still have money.

Eastwood City Bazaar – Mall and Plaza

17 Dec

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Seems so nice to live in a community like Eastwood City if you work there, too, because everything is pretty close to each other. You would be within walking distance of shopping, entertainment, work and leisure activities. It’s a good-sized community, not like BGC/The Fort, where you will need a vehicle to, say, go from Market Market to the UCC Coffee Shop (UCC Cafe Terrace) at the Forbes Town Center.

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And unlike Rockwell where the environment is kinda limited to the  snooty uppercrust side.

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rockwell land

🙂

So in Eastwood City, for shopping, you have the mall for the pricey stores and the City Walk and Cybermall for cheaper, but not necessarily all cheap and tacky, alternatives. Eastwood City is, in and around, peppered with highend stores at the ground level of the condominiums, and they often hold bazaars (and shows) at the City Walk Central Plaza under the tent like this one they were holding when I was there last week.

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where I got these:

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from this seller who had these as well:

90 pesos a necklace

90 pesos a necklace

php90 hanging above, php200 chokers displayed below

php90 hanging above, php200 chokers displayed below

php50 a pair of earrings

php50 a pair of earrings

Gee, if they sell these earrings at 5o a pair, how much did they get them from their suppliers? 20-30 pesos? And those local suppliers probably got those from China at what, 100 pesos for a dozen pairs?? Anyway, I’m still stoked that I got these, still considerably cheaper than if I traipsed to Divisoria in December.

Then in Eastwood Mall, they were having a bazaar of accessories as well:

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Eastwood Mall bazaar

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(Sigh) Some people can’t look away when they see a camera that’s not really aimed at them. Clearly, my telepathic powers didn’t work that time (Gee, lady, get out of the way, I am not taking your picture!)

Anyway, so happy I got these as my daughter’s gifts for some of her friends

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I also got something else at the mall which I ate up a lot of my time before deciding to buy. But I’m saving that for another post. Hint: They just wouldn’t let you go!

Aha!

14 Dec

I knew my foray into the Accessorize sale isn’t done yet, but I hadn’t realized it was going to be so soon after the first. So with another trip to that store, this time in Greenbelt (it was accidental–I swear!), I think I got what I missed in the Trinoma store.

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Accessorize, you are such a pretty store. I just love  cute, pretty and colorful stuff, and glittery and shiny stuff. Just like almost any normal girl. Now I told myself I’m finally satisfied–until the next accidental trip, say, just before the sale ends in January?:D

Got a couple to give as gifts and a couple for myself. Racked up less than a thousand pesos for this loot. Not bad at all.

World Bazaar Festival Cardio Workout

12 Dec

If you’ve been to this bazaar anytime since last Friday, Dec. 7, or the past few years for that matter, you probably haven’t seen the facade so deserted. Unless you got there an hour before it opened.

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That’s the way to do bazaars in December: you go there at least an hour early so you get first dibs on parking and merchandise.

But if you’re like me who like to scout around the WHOLE selling area — all 11,300 sqm (and then some)–before committing to the first purchase, then you’re going to lose out on that blouse you’ve been heehawing for half an hour–and trying the tindera’s patience–before you pass on, thinking you just need to think on it  and just come back for it later.

Needless to say, I left with not a lot of purchases (because I also hated to part with my money on impulse buys), next to no photos taken, and aching feet and back.

The only other photo I took is of a top I bought from my friend who regularly gets her stuff in Bangkok herself.

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Got this for only 380, I like it and I’m going to wear it soon.

So if you’re trekking to one of the bazaars anytime soon, keep some things in mind, like

  1. DON’T take very young children with you, coz I got 3 words for you: CROWDS, TRAMPLE, LOST. The poor kids do not deserve to be dragged around in this circus. If you can’t leave the kids at home, do.not.shop.
  2. DO wear comfy shoes. Bazaars are hunting grounds, not a mall-strolling experience. You don’t want your photo taken in one of these for-everyall bazaars, in all your glam fashionista glory. Er..do you?
  3. DO bring cash. Rarely do stalls have their own credit card facilities so you will have to jostle your way out to the event organizer’s section to have your card swiped. That is, if the vendor agrees to a credit purchase. They rarely do because for one, the organizers take a percentage off of the sale amount for what, I do not know. What I do know is applying surcharges on purchases are prohibited by DTI. And then second, the vendor’s take home profit is lessened because he/she has to wait for the organizer to reimburse the purchase.
  4. DON’T bring sick people, or your sick self. 3 words: CROWDS, PROXIMITY, CONTAGIOUS.
  5. DON’T forget the reusable bags, and the indays, yayas and boys who will carry the laden ones for you. Teeheee 🙂
  6. DO make the yayas stand in line for you if you get there before doors open. Kasi naman, pagod na ko hindi pa ko nakakapasok. Kaya lang wala nga pala akong yaya.
  7. DO wear comfy clothing. Easy to take off in case you need to fit garments in teeny tiney makeshift changing spaces — or semi fitted garments to make it easy to just pull on a try-on outfit. So no fastenings as much as possible, and has a bit of a stretch, too. And also for the reason given in item #2.

Accessorize is on SALE!

8 Dec

0712201291950% off on EVERYTHING in the store! (This is their Trinoma branch, stolen shot. Siyempre no pic-taking allowed na naman. Haay, I’m so pathetic. I ask permission kasi coz I want to take good photos.)

Heniway, the sale is the genuine article because:

  1. They don’t look like they put out a whole new inventory to mark down. Things on sale are actually what were already being sold at regular price before.
  2. They don’t hold markdowns often so they are able to bring everything down to half-price at once.
  3. Every. single. item. is. half-price.
  4. Month-long sale, started yesterday, ends January

Even though I am so excited, I only ended up buying two things. I’m practicing practicality and frugality. Really.

photo(13) Nice, ain’t it? I like the pretty, delicate ones. Not so much the big, garish, chunky ones. Even nicer: they were php300 each, now php150 each na lang.

DSCN0956 The one at the top is the evil eye amulet, said to ward off glances with bad intentions, and the one at the bottom is a short chain link with black cord attached.

DSCN0953Arm candy! I’m going to wear them both at the same time.

I like this as arm candy, too.

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If you want to ogle more of their items in their UK website (not everything is available here, though), click on the photo below:

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I still have a few other items I have been eyeing for sometime now. I may visit other branches :

Festival Supermall Alabang
Alabang Town Centre
SM Southmall
SM Mall of Asia
SM Manila North
Greenbelt 5
Glorietta 3
Edsa Shangri-La
Robinson’s Place Ermita
Robinson’s Galleria
Trinoma
Marquee Mall Pamapanga
SM Pampanga
SM Davao
SM Cebu
Ayala Cebu
Abreeza Mall

Well, probably not Cebu.

It’s just a few other items. Promise. Oh maybe a gift for my sister. Talaga.

🙂

Alba Botanica Green Tea Eye Gel

7 Dec

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An eye cream is a must-have skincare item for me. And nowadays I am very picky about how possibly toxic food and skincare could be for me and my family. So my top two choice stores are Healthy Options and Human Heart Nature. No manufactured product is possibly, totally free of any artificial or chemical-based ingredient. So it just boils down to which has the least potentially harmful ingredients 😦

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So I got this Alba Eye Gel and I like it! Plus for the price point — it’s only around 400 pesos, compared lang kasi with others. Pero grabe, Healthy Options, nagtaas pa kayo presyo ha. When I was just scouting for a new eye cream, parang this one cost less than a hundred bucks in your store. Then when your tv ads came out, ayun na. Kaya scary when a company starts beefing up their advertising efforts.

Pero bumili pa rin ako. Haynako.

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Product is in clear gel form that comes out through the pump dispenser bottle. Very mild, almost undetectable, sweetly citrus scent.

One drop/pump is all you need to spread product around eye area (matipid!). Remember to apply by smoothing product along the skin surface and briskly tapping with fingers–I believe that this drumming technique aids blood circulation as well. Avoid using motions that pull the skin. Use religiously twice a day–in the morning after bath, before makeup, and before (preferable early) bedtime, after washing your face.

Alas, I like to sleep around midnight, so I think this product works because ordinarily, when I keep staying up this late, Iwill look like death warmed over the next morning. Somehow this product keeps the dark circles and wrinkles at bay by keeping the skin supple. I like it and will repurchase. Might try other brands in that store but this is the cheapest among them. So until that other store comes up with an eye cream, I will stick with this one.

🙂

New Anime store

28 Nov

Was on my way to get a haircut when I was waylaid by a new store in the building.

I am not an anime collector nor avid audience of anime shows, but I love Japan, Japanese stuff, kawaii,

and I appreciate this store — maybe more for the fact that they set up shop in this building.

I am betting they will not renew their contract here. Malakas ang turnover ng tenants dito 😦

So I made the most of their albeit temporary stay here.

i looked my fill

There’s Rilakkuma, Hello Kitty, One-Piece, HatsuneMiku, etc.

And their staff are dressed like Japanese schoolgirls. The outfit may already be cosplay here but in Japan that’s just ordinary school uniform. so cool Japan.

this is their website http://www.groomyinc.com (didn’t seem to be working as of this time)

But you can visit them at Victoria Tower, Timog Ave. cor. Panay Ave., Quezon City

or call them 384-8704

P.S. Forgive me if I don’t seem to be a very efficient blogger, i’m still a virgin at this. But I am going to try to keep up this blogging effort and eventually i will get the hang of it 🙂

Oh and this is where I got my haircut, just up the next  floor (picture taken a year ago, after they renovated)

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