Tuesday, April 7, 2015

6 YEARS!!! and revision to the blog :D

Hi guys! Christian here! It is my first time blogging and I hope this won't be the last.
 I am a first year Law student. I wanted to write because I wanted to challenge myself. I found it interesting to write, as it would be beneficial to me in the future. I thought to myself that instead of letting her (Karla) blog all by herself, I thought it would be great to give some advice/review based on my experience for a change and help Karla with the structure of the blog. I also love eating, so hope for more food review from both of us! I decided to join Karla in blogsphere as a gift for our 6th year anniversary. I feel that we have so much to share to the world but with so little time, blogging is one way of sharing it to you. We have so many plans for the future and we wanted to share our adventures together. Be it relationship advice, food reviews, movie reviews, book reviews, political views, and anything under the sun that is interesting and NEW!!! Look forward for further blogs to come and i'll blog soon!

- Christian

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

PONDS BEAUTY: An Exclusive from BDJBOX

[UPDATE: This was a back log post that I supposed to publish 2 weeks ago. But I had a little difficulty juggling my time with part time work and studying that I had forgotten to post this, hence, you may see the "March" side of me. Aside from that, supposedly, Christian is scheduled to make his first blog last month but we halted it due to various reasons. One is that he's in Law School and he had his "finals week" so he's almost untouchable throughout the whole month. Hence, he'll make his first blog next week, after he's done dealing with his case digest and whatever Law School needs him to do. I'm so sorry for the inconvenience... Enjoy this post and HELLO SUMMER!]

March, for me, is a month full of surprises. It seems like this Month is my lucky month. But, just like a roller coaster, there were moments when I effin feel sad.. or disappointed... sometime happy but disappointed. This is the feeling I got when I was told that my March BDJBox came a week ago. I'm sad because this is my last subscription to BDJ, I did not renew my subscription for I realize that I am FUNemployed. I cannot risk spending all of my "small and not daily" allowance for the subscription. But I do hope that this won't be the last time for this year, to have another subscription with BDJ. So much for being an online student who doesn't even go out that much nowadays. *Boo-hoo*
 I'm happy that it came on time and it contains full size products, but i'm slightly disappointed because we all knew that Ponds is very accessible. You can buy it everywhere (i.e. Dept Store, Watson, Mercury, Grocery etc etc.) Basically, you see it everyday. I was hoping for a summer exclusive because after all, it's almost summer. But anyway, there is nothing I could do, my opinion would not matter anyway. #dramaniate haha

Full-size products of Ponds

Ponds Pearl Cleansing Gel (50g free - 100g Php 155)

Let's start with the cleansing gel. During my teenage years, when pimples pops in my face like cray cray, I use Ponds and honestly, it did not help that much... more like 10% or something. But that was the old product. I was told that this newest product of Ponds is the real deal. I will definitely try it and I will give the other tube to my mom (who is btw, an obsessed fan of Ponds products)... or we can share. I don't know... let's see.

Ponds Flawless White BB+ Cream (25g - Php 299 ea)

I don't know if you know, but haven't had any experience of using BB creams. If life happens, this product could be the first one. I am just relieved that this comes with two tones so I can have a trial and error on both. *yes I know! I don't know my complexion! bury me nao! haha!*

Ponds Flawless White Re-Brightening Night Cream (50g - Php 340)

Now this is something that I can look forward to. I haven't been using night cream and I am itching to use one. As of writing, I haven't use it but I will... starting next week!

Ponds Flawless White Dewy Rose Gel (50g - Php 399)

I love this product! I have been using this since I got one two small samples from September's BDJ BOX. I also use it as a night cream in times of need. No words needed, I love this product... so much!

Ponds Flawless White Ultra Luminous Serum (30ml - Php 480)

Lastly, this! Okay, I am no familiar with this kind of product. I thought you use serum on hair, now you have one for face?! Uhh.. okay... cool. Help me out here girls! This look promising but I effin' don't know how to use it... properly!

At the end, I cannot fully say that I did not enjoy/feel grateful because I had these awesome products without me going out to a beauty store and what not. I am happy, and grateful for having subscribe to BDJ. This is not a goodbye, its more of a "see you later" "i'll be back bitches!" kind of a comeback.
Again, for me, I halfly (Half yet happily) enjoyed this box... but i'm pretty sure my mom would freak out of happiness when she see this. #PondsGirlForeverDawSiyaEh

Box Rating:
7 hearts out of 10

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K ♥ 

Thursday, February 5, 2015


Ohayo! Happy 2015 to you! How was the holidays? :)
I know I've been on hiatus since the November Box and yes I promised you that I'll post an outfit post but time would't allow me and I always forgot my camera at home. Boohoo.
Anyhow, I'm here now and that's what matters most.
This post will be a two part, first is me unboxing my January-February BDJ Box and the second will be me announcing a major change in this blog.

That's the fist thing I saw when the delivery man gave me the box (at almost 8pm I might add)
I was excited because I knew it will be one heck of cute things! It's kawaii for goodness sake!
I feel like this is a sublime sign for me saying I should visit Japan soon! Will I? Let's see! :)


They must've know that I wanted to go to Japan! Lord, you sneaky! :)

Products inside the box:

Sunkiller Perfect Strong A Sunblock (P495)
I already have the Beach Hut sunblock spray from the September box and now this one. But I feel like i'm gonna try both of them because I haven't used these two brands before and I'm a sucker for sunblock! :)

Bifesta Cleansing Lotion Bright Up (P419)
The first time I saw this, I said to myself, "Holy Macaroons, it's all and Japanese!", then I read the curator card and everything is okay! I haven't have any water based make-up remover. Usually I use wet tissues, wet wipes and sometimes I do it the hard way by washing my whole face with water ans soap so I am pretty sure I will use this product more often!

[Left] Lucido-L Styling Milk Straight (P295) | [Right] Lucido-L Treatment Oil Straight (P295)
More hair treatments for me! It's quite funny that almost every box that I own must have at least one or two hair treatment product/s inside! My mom was annoyed on how our bathroom cupboard is full of hair "eklavoo" and is somehow pissed because of that. Sorry mom! I'll use it I promise!
PS: There's no expiration date on that products right?! #Dilemma

Pixy Eye Shadow (P315) | Pixy Blush On (P345)
Last time, I gave the Revlon Eye Shadow to my dear friend but now I am keeping this! I'm lucky enough to receive the colors that I usually use! As per the blush on, i'm naturally blushing all the time so I don't think I need such help from it but there would be times when I will definitely use it! Definitely!

Pixy Coverlast (P325) | Pixy Two Way Cake Fit (P275)
I feel like this is a heavy duty make-up tools that I would be needing when I have events to go to like Friday nights, birthday parties etc etc. It says on the cover that it has a long lasting base and it also controls oil and shine to keep me looking fresh throughout the day. Let's see how that goes. :)

I feel like receiving full size product is quite enough. I'm not really using much because i'm always at home but it's cool to have something new for myself every now and then right?

Box Rating:
8 hearts out of 10

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Okay, so... I have been meaning to tell you a change with regards to the blogging system here in this blog.
For starter... No, I will not create a new blog and leave Charmed Haute, instead...
I will be expanding my blog!
The old "Charmed Haute" full on fashion, majorly focusing on beauty and girly things will turn into a "somehow" lifestyle blog.
Meaning I will incorporate other things to blog about. Things that I have been loving recently like places that I did went to, food that I craved the most. Basically, I want to share to you everything I wanted you to try!
So expect blogs about things like foods, travel, photography, events, and/or probably life advice.
Not only that! ☺
Since I feel like it's too much to handle for me since I am a busy gal, I invited my boyfriend, Christian to blog with me!

We will be both handling this blog and I'm excited!
Some of you might be saying, "Charmed Haute... but there's a guy in this blog? WTF?"
Well, hate to burst your bubble but he's "charming" too! As I would like to say it, he's "FAH-BUU-LOOSH"! He will be posting fashion blog too you know! I think he'll be more exquisitely fashionable than me! Afterall, he's got a good bod *winks*.

So basically, expect more content now that Christian will be joining this blog-sphere! We were thinking of starting this project on our 6th year anniversary (Hint: It's March...).
I'm excited for this change and i'm glad to share my passion for fashion and writing with my man! ♥

What are your thoughts? Any ideas for a blog entry? Write it below! :)

There you go! Until the next post!

K ♥

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Unboxing November Box: an exclusive from Benefit!

For something that was delivered on time, I find myself slacking to post this blog. But now, after almost 2 weeks, I bring to you, my BDJ November Box! This month, they gave us an exclusive box from Benefit!

To be honest, I knew this line way before, I used pore-fessional last year but most of the products are new to me, and I think this is the perfect time to have a trial an error on the products since the package contains sample sizes which is perfect for a trial and error. Also these minis are perfect for your to-go kits! Less hassle on your make-up kit! 

Bathina Scented Body Mist
When I opened the box, the first thing I have to pick was the curation card. The card says that I should be having a Hydrating Oil Mist, but I received the Body Mist instead
[Update: Our lovely BDJ Team emailed a letter of apology regarding this case. It's done, it's a win anyway!]

Big Easy Complexion Perfector (2 sample size)
Perfect timing for this perfector because I have been on search for a perfect perfector! I just wish that this would do justice on my face because I would gladly spend $$$ for this thing. 

High Beam Complexion Enhancer
This highlighter gives me the perfect shine on my face, it has a luminous glow which give the perfect highlight on my face. Downside for me was at first, it was a bit watery but then when it settles on your skin, it blends and it dries quickly.

POREfessional pro Balm
Yes, I've been using this pore minimizer for a year and I stopped because I find it pricey for a college student (at that time, I was a college student who struggles on a 300Php/day). Now this product is back in my life and I wanted to see if this still works for me.

They're Real! Push-Up Liner
I have to be honest with you, I have no reasons whatsoever to use this liner right now because I am loving the FS Gel Liner from September BDJ Box! It's going to be a hectic December so let's see if I can squeeze a day-off to my gel liner and use this instead, I will let you know on my IG!

They're Real Mascara
Finally! My Maybelline Mascara is sooo graduating and I finally have the means to say goodbye to it! I think the liner plus this mascara would be a good combination for a dramatic eyes.

Posiebalm Hydrating Lip Balm
It's true when they say it is hydrating because I saw a perspiration kind of thing happening on the balm right after I tried this product. Will definitely use this in times of when I wanted to achieve that "No Make-Up" Make-Up look.

It's Potent! Eye Cream
Instant Comeback Facial Serum
I'm a sucker for eye cream! At nights when I can't force myself to sleep, I find myself fidgeting on my face then sooner or later, I have eye cream or face cream on me! This one is a perfect timing for me too since I can see my dark eyebags are saying hello to me since I've been awake for most of the nights due to my online classes. Phew! What a life saver! On the other hand, I am not quite sure of the Facial Serum though. Me and serums aren't quite compatible yet at the moment but i'm working on it.

Hello Gorgeous! Voucher
Yaay for free makeupper and brow consultation! BROW CONSULTATION! Brow is my life, ICYMI.

In a nutshell, I appreciate that this is an exclusive box, perfect timing for me and my needs, and I love the fact that it's in small size. It's light, easy to use, and cute! It brings out the girly girl in me, honestly!

Box Rating:
8 hearts out of 10

Next week, i'll have an announcement to make. This is important so you better stay tuned for updates okay?
Until the next post!
K ♥

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Birthday Package: Unboxing October BDJ Box

October is a special month for me, not only because it's my birthday but also... IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!
What?! It's worth repeating. ☺
Anyway, I know i'm posting this late and I can tell you the reason why...
+ the box was delivered (dramatically) last week only.
I was actually a bit worried because the way going to my place (Litex area) is cramped with bumper to bumper traffic with mostly trash trucks and delivery trucks.
So, kudos to Kuya Delivery for doing the heroic thing and for doing his job even if it means delivering this heavy package at night!

This month, I was a bit shocked to see two boxes. Two. Heavy. Boxes. At first I actually thought, "Hala ano to, baka may libre akong box kasi birthday ko! haha!" but then soon after I opened it, I got the real answer why:
either way it's a win win situation! :)

The first box contained these two products from Dial. To be honest with you, this is my first time I've heard/seen that the line also have body wash, I really thought that they only have a soap. 

The other products of the other box:
Promo from Strip (Ministry of waxing) which i'm doubting to use because I haven't been there yet. (In the group picture above)

I like the packaging of this dove product. Let me tell you something, last month's dove product which is the hair vitamin is a total fail. It's quite a bit messy to use because "oil" everywhere! I was excited to see a different dove product because I've been thinking about using dove as my major brand of "everything". I cannot wait to use this and i'll let you know soonest as possible.

This L'oreal serum and cream is the smallest among the pack. I mean, I understand that this is just the sample size and the original is quite expensive but nevertheless, this will have a good place in my suesh make up box for future use!

Next product, the ever trusted "emergency oh no i forgot my eye shadow pallete" revlon eyeshadow.

For those of you who are not fond of using smoky/blending sort of kind of eyes, this is your product to use, it has instructions on the bottom as to where you should put eye shadow correctly.

Next is YR (Yves Rocher) creams that I cannot finish for sure because even though it is just a sample size, it's too many and too risky to use right away. I don't know if it is just the booze talking but i'll be having a hard time dealing with this. Haha! Plus it's gel cream... i'm not very fond of gel cream. 

Last but not the least, the Spa Salt in flavor of mango! TBH, I don't know how to use this so if anyone out there knows how to use this, please let me know! 

Overall, i'm impressed with the full sized products and I like it that you focused on body care. BUT I would like it even more if you focus on make up, perhaps? :)
There's only one downer to this gift though... 
There's no curation card in my box. :(

But that's okay, i'm still happy that I got the box and I cannot wait for the November box which is sadly my last box this year. I'm not entirely sure if I would continue subscribing for next year, until then i'll let you know! :)

Box Rating:
7 hearts out of 10

K ♥

Friday, October 3, 2014

Unboxing: September BDJ Box! "Beauty Innovations"

Hola! How are you all?
I know it is a bit late for me to post the September box in October but as they always say,
"It is better to be late than never!" ☺
I ended my first 3 month subscription I think 2 years or a year ago and now i'm back with the 3 month box!
At first, I was a bit disappointed because usually, BDJ normally delivers on the 15th of the month, I ended up having this delivered a week after that. Nevertheless, I'm a happy girl now and I cannot wait to see what's inside the box!

It's almost as big as the size of a shoe box! Look at my mouse for comparison.

Beauty Innovations. I think that they wanted to do what do give free samples of products that we can easily buy. Products that are new, or others that are improved, conveniently found in any beauty shops.

What's inside?

FS Gel Liner (5ml) [Php 299]
Am I the only one who is happy that I got brown instead of the usual black? :) I'm lucky to have brown because I usually have my make up on a brownish base because I look good with brown than black. It is my first time to have a gel liner too! This I cannot wait to use, for everyday look!

Creamsilk Daily Treatment Conditioner (180ml) [Php 134]
Yaaay for two months worth of conditioner! For this month, i've been using L'oreal and I think it's time to have a vlog comparison between the two. Whatcha think? :)

Beach Hut Clear Spray (180ml) [Php 390]
 I think it is a little off season to have a sunblock but then I realize... SEMBREAK! :)
Ofcourse, even if it is rainy season, there are days when the heat is unbearable and you just have to put sunblock to protect your skin from the sun, so let's see if this one is not "sticky" like the others I have. (Trust me, I have tons of sunblock I barely use because it is sticky and I don't like my sunblock to be sticky! 

Godiva Cleansing Kit - Facial Wash (Php 85) and Toner (Ph60)
I'm a doubting about this one because I haven't tried any Godiva products in my entire life. Well, it's a good thing that this comes in a sample size. I would definitely try this maybe on weekends just to see if it is good. I don't want to ruin my weekday facial ritual. ;)

Pond's Dewy Rose Gel - Php150
I loooooove the smell and the smoothing sensation of the dewy rose gel and I'm so happy that it is included in the box. Not just one but two! I gave one to my momma because she'd been a fan of ponds pretty much since the old days! Haha She's happy with the product too!

Jergens Moisture Pack - Ultra Healing Lotion (Php88) and Moisturizer (Php153)
Okay, during my puberty stages, I always use Jergens but when I discovered Victoria Secret Products, I changed sides right away. Now, they made a comeback in my life and I'm hoping that it will be better than before. Again, I gave the ultra healing lotion to my mom because I think she will love it and the moisturizer will be mine. I'm a sucker for moisturizer, heck I love it!

FS Single Eye Shadow (Php 150)
Is BDJ trying to challenge me with new eyeshadow look? Haha! I've never use yellow as a base but it wouldn't hurt if I try right? :)

Dove Intense Repair Daily Hair Vitamin Capsules (Php 75)
To be honest with you, this is the first time I've seen such thing. REALLY! I don't know how to use it, I don't know how it works but I wanted to know if it really works especially with my hair (half oily from root to the middle then dry from middle to tips)

I was dumbfounded at first because I was expecting some good names, you know, those first class products with sample sizes but i'm still happy with the products because after all, beauty innovation. ;)
Although I would want to have something for lips and blusher, that would be good. I'm still looking for a box with a product theme. Example the meme box full of korean cosmetics, or a box full of goody products. If you know a thing or two, let me know! :)

Box Rating:
7 hearts out of 10

Until the next unboxing!


K ♥