Sunday, September 30, 2012




Just a quick post to invite you all to join my month-long Hello October (my birthmonth) giveaway. Head on over to my Facebook page to join! This giveaway is open internationally. Good luck!

By the way, it's a back to back giveaway. Besides my Facebook Like&Share treat, you might want to win high-end lipsticks here. You may also simply click on the giveaway ad below.

Good luck! Have a great weekend!

Calvin Klein Eternity Summer Fragrance Giveaway

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After reading Bobbi Brown's Beauty Evolution book (Available in Amazon, BookDepository), I realized how I'm not living up to my age. The way she described it, the woman who doesn't have time for herself is the woman in her thirties (because of work, family, kids). Heck, I don't even have kids! I shouldn't be excused for not having "me-time".

In that spirit I whipped out a few of my recent pampering favorites. It was then that I noticed how my product preference has a very "natural" inclination! I just love products that are made with natural ingredients. I find that they are the kindest to the body.

1. Funori Japanese Seaweed powder for the hair
2. Human Heart Nature Bamboo body Scrub
3. EOS shaving cream
4. Pevonia Botanicals Dry Oil

I find it oddly peculiar how it's a habit of mine to care for my hair while I remove unwanted hair! Even under me-time minute I try to do so much in one go! I figured, since I'd be taking a while shaving my legs (yes, I'm a monkey); the best way to make the most of the time is to also have my now longer than ever hair deep intensive moisture. That way, I step out of the shower with smoother legs and silkier hair.

Speaking of Me-Time, I've been enjoying my tea-escapes at my favorite Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf branch the past few weeks. For that, let me dedicated this week's Bright Beauty post to CBTL.

I'm a veryvery happy customer. :p Oh, and yes. I'm buying the tea cans not solely for the tea... but also for the canisters itself! So cute!
Follow me on Instagram, @kumikomae :) Follow @cbtlph too! :)

Oh by the way, when you're at CBTL, don't forget to try the Chilled Spicy Chicken Pasta Salad (did I get the name right?). Anyway, it's SO YUMMY!

By the way, the lovely baristas from EDSA Shang branch told me they're opening a number of branches and one of those just opened at Davao! Okay, this is not a sponsored post OK? I just love CBTL so much and I want you to know that they're expanding! yey! Do like their Facebook page.

How about you? How do you enjoy your me-time?

BrightBeauty is a Sunday special beauty-zine project for LovingSunshine.com It's a weekly special feature on all things beauty with a bright attitude because it's always best to start the week bright!

BrightBeauty is a blogging project meant to challenge my wits and ignite my growing passion towards making beauty more accessible and fun! If you have a BrightBeauty feature request, don't forget to comment or tweet me with hashtag #brightbeautyThank you for supporting this project!

Don't forget, October is my birthmonth so I will be giving away two prized Guerlain lipsticks to one lucky reader! :) I invite you all to join! This giveaway is open internationally.
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Friday, September 28, 2012






While I was doing my article for Northern&Southern Living, September, I had to feature online stores related to beauty. This venture brought me to FrenchMacaroons store. I really enjoyed their interface (oh we both are turquoised all over) and they had commendable customer service. I think, among many things, the most important aspect of an online shop that you should be watching out for is their capacity to serve customer inquiries and concerns through quality customer service. Online stores, because of their lack of a physical interaction with customers would always compensate with efficient customer service.

Here are some items Kriss sent my way! She overwhelmed me with her generosity--so unexpected! I will be posting separate reviews throughout October (my birthmonth) because I have already road tested these items for more than 4 weeks and I have enough comments about them to produce individual reviews. :) So yes, please stay tuned!

HAUL: FrenchMacaroons Treats

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Thursday, September 27, 2012






I live in a beautiful country of rain and sun. I commute a lot so I really make it a point that I'm wearing comfortable footwear. Almost always, you'd find me in my flats or slippers! When it's raining, I also always hide my leathers (and other materials) and just choose puddle-friendly footwear like the queen of all durable and stylish rain-or-shine footwear, Crocs.
Right: Croc Band 2.5 Flat Navy Raspberry P2,150 Left: CapToe Flat Espresso P2,500

EVENT: NCNY Fall 2012

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012






I pile on a LOT of stuff on my face. I think, on an average day, I use four products on my face--and that's just skincare. I use a toner, a serum, a correcting fluid, an eye cream and a moisturizer. On special occasions I use an SPF (on top of my moisturizer even if the moisturizer I use also has SPF hehe). Then I apply makeup.

That's for the day. My night routine is a whole different thing. Like this post if you want me to post about my skincare routine

SKINCARE: LadyButterfly Beauty Secret

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012






 I follow a common belief that writers are brooding. As dark as it may sound, I think it's part of a writer's inevitable personality to dwell, savor and brood a little over a few things. As friends of the pen and paper, we should always be a little bit more observant and responsive to what's going on around us. In general, I also think that writers are sentimental people--to which I have no problems or whatsoever.
I'm wearing the red star sweater with a green sparkly scarf! :D

In my effort to retrieve my Multiply photos back in college, I stumbled upon one of our writing workshop photos. When you're part of a writing workshop, basically what you do is have other people read what you've written and these people will be commenting about your work--every little thing about your work. Comments may range from questions to even attacks on your plot, storyline, characters, and even your character's motivations. Writing workshops are a bit terrifying to join especially if you have no confidence over what you written; but writing workshops are such a fond memory of my "writing career" because it taught me lessons that I would never really learn on my own.

Writing workshops taught me to accept criticism and my mistakes. It taught me to seek other people's perspectives and to consider these little worlds of thoughts into my own personal jumble jungle. In the photo above, you can see stacks of papers because those our copies of our works as we read them through and comment away. It's always scary to be the topic but it's always a fruitful two-way beneficial street to be commented on and to comment on other people's art. You not only learn from your mistakes, you also learn from your colleagues mistakes--and vise versa in terms of successes.

I miss being part of a writing workshop and among many things, it's what I know I will be seeking as I continue to grow alongside words. Very special thanks to my MP 110 professor, Sir Jimmuel Naval for all the insights and the friendship (he's the one in the middle). He's an award-winning novelist, mind you. He lives in a lovelyyyy house, with a loving wife (who also became my Philosophy professor!) and really fun children. He gave me inspiration when I knew my spirit needed it. 

Have you been part of a writing workshop?

TURNBACK TUESDAY#4 When do you write

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Monday, September 24, 2012





When I bought a copy of Room by Emma Donoghue , I was expecting my usual guilty pleasure dose of shallow light young adult reading. Little did I know, Room would be exceptional. Room is a wallflower amongst the many grander Young Adult covers but it is the type of copy that will draw you closer to the shelf--and closer to what really matters, as I found out sooner than later.
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BOOKREVIEW#61 Room by Emma Donoghue

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Sunday, September 23, 2012






I scrub my face everyday... ah yes, the occasional disbelief. Uhm, let me first explain how I do it. If you love that smooth perfect flawless feeling after a scrub--and you're interested to also scrub away dull skin everyday, listen read closely.

This cleansing pad is ideally used with gel type washes like Human Heart Nature's Tomato Facial Wash for Sensitive Skin. Tomatoes, as you should know by now, are very potent sources of vitamin C and has a range of skincare benefits people with 1. large pores, 2. acne, and even 3. fine lines. 

If you have large pores, surely you would want to minimize its visibility--and move mountains to prevent it from being larger! Well, a thorough cleanse can help prevent the stretching of pores! Our pores, when clogged and uncleaned thoroughly, traps dirt and through time, that's a reason why it becomes more and more visible. Having large pores also makes you prone to acne because it makes your skin more "accessible" for dirt, oil and worse, infection. Good thing beyond prevention, the high kick of vitamin C in tomatoes help clearing out any breakout.

Rubber cleansing pads as shown in photo are usually available from your trusted Japanese supplies store! I got mine for just P88 (approx $2) and I've had it for four months already--still good as new! As I wear makeup everyday, I really am thankful I found this tool because I really wouldn't want to use harsh chemicals to lift dirt of my skin. With my cleansing pad, I can feel at ease that my all-natural facial wash received that extra boost needed to remove stubborn cosmetic and dirt pile up on my face!

How do you thoroughly clean your face?

If you don't have Human Heart Nature in your area, please let me know! Because of this blog, I've been able to share Human Nature products to friends from all over the world (all over US and SG). I'd love to know how I can help you try this brand out. It's really an outstanding all-natural personal care brand. Read more about them here.

BrightBeauty is a Sunday special beauty-zine project for LovingSunshine.com It's a weekly special feature on all things beauty with a bright attitude because it's always best to start the week bright!

BrightBeauty is a blogging project meant to challenge my wits and ignite my growing passion towards making beauty more accessible and fun! If you have a BrightBeauty feature request, don't forget to comment or tweet me with hashtag #brightbeautyThank you for supporting this project!

BRIGHTBEAUTY#4 My Daily Scrub

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Saturday, September 22, 2012





Earlier in the beginnings of nail polish, most lacquers were simply reds because polishes were essentially made to match women's lipsticks, which were also mostly reds back then. In fact, polishes was allegedly derived from the concept of car paint! Personally, I'm happy that brighter and more fun colors were developed for nail polish enthusiasts because after trying on a red polish look today, I realized I'm not meant to wear red nails!

NAILS: Vampy and Sexy

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Friday, September 21, 2012





Before I share with you a makeup find, please do visit www.hp.com/projectrunway and vote for the most stylish bag design among their top selected entries of their hip online bag-design contest. The prizes are magna-mazing so you surely shouldn't miss out!

Now... back to makeup.

When the Maybelline Color Tattoo range was released earlier this year, all I could wish for was PLEASE BE IN THE PHILIPPINES! However, like many other Maybelline products, it didn't see the light of our tropical day. Good thing I have friends in the US who were able to swap with me for it!

MAKEUP: Tattoed on my Eye

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Thursday, September 20, 2012





So this is a case of lost and then found. See, for months we believed that Jenni's first package for me got lost. She said, according to her post office, the package is in Chicago? Or definitely not outside US--and it was weird why the package would be rerouted to a different location--but fortunate that it found its way to me! Why? Well, because everything inside it was love--that's why I put up those yellow hearts where I put up one word to describe the set of products photographed within the frame. 


Jenni has always been one of those bloggers with the most insightful comments and frankly, Jenni's comments makes a day filled with spammers worth it. One comment from her is equivalent to hundreds of spam. Jenni's such a quality reader and if you read on her blog at IRelishNailPolish.blogspot.com, you will also witness her quality nail posts! So without further delay, read on after the jump to see what Jenni got for me!

SWAP: Royal Kindness

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