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Thursday Three: Xiah’s Tarantallegra, The Body Shop Tea Tree Line & Rings from Elan

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Hello! : D I have challenged myself into posting an entry at least once a day! I’m hoping to get back to blogging regularly^^’

Beginning this week, I will be having “Thursday Three”, where I’ll be blogging about three (any)things that interest me^^  For my first Thursday Three post , I’ll be writing about three sets of things that I have purchased recently ^^

01 The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Care Line

“Tea Tree” from The Body Shop USA Website

  • Lemon tea tree and Community Trade tea tree oil from Kenya contain properties that help fight blemishes and prevent new ones from forming.
  • Tamanu oil from Madagascar has a soothing effect and helps to calm irritation and redness.
  • Corn starch powder mattifies the skin.

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This past year, I have been hearing a lot of good feedback about The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil from my friends. So far majority of them found that it dries pimples fast, and also gets rid of the blemishes easily.

To be honest this wasn’t much of a need for me, because although I have oily skin, I do not get pimples often. (Got a bit lucky I guess^^’) My younger sisters, however, do. Pimples and blemishes have become a major problem for them since they hit puberty, and so far, none of the stuff they have used worked.

And so with the reviews I got from friends, I finally got to persuade Mom to buy this for us : ) There is actually a complete Tea Tree line at The Body Shop, but we opted to get the Tea Tree Skin Cleaning Toner, Tea Tree Oil and  Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion :3

Can’t wait to try these out and see the results! : )

Rings from Elan

Elan – bijoux & accessories is a shop owned by my awesome friend, Reese Lansangan. :D

“ELAN is a lifestyle brand and a wonderful treasure trove of sugary sweet nostalgic fashion. We offer a wide range of vintage-inspired jewelry, cute-as-hell headpieces, dreamy fabric tote bags and other bits & bobs inspired by classic memorabilia.”

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Last weekend, our family dropped by Northeast Square in Greenhills to have our macbooks checked the the Power Mac Center branch located there. I remembered the place is also home to Elan, so Katie and I paid the lovely store a visit! ^^

We didn’t have much time to look around — but we ended up buying these two rings and a necklace (which I didn’t get to take a photo of. Katie loves Fanta, so she got that for herself. I couldn’t really choose among the many designs, but I opted to buy the leopard-print ring :D

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Love, love the colors and how the base is in gold! ^^

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Adjustable ring ^^

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Super prettyyy! :3 The rings are priced at PHP 50! ^^ There are a lot of really beautiful pieces apart from these. If you’re into pretty ribbons, floral prints, tons of accessories, funky satchel bags and basically vintage/classic, girly stuff, you better head over to Elan! Either check out their store, or order from them online! : D

XIA – TARANTALLEGRA ALBUM

Yes. I was finally able to get my hands on Xiah Kim JunSu’s first solo album, TARANTALLEGRAAAA! Thanks to Vanjie unnie, who kindly purchased it for me during her latest trip to SG : D

Tarantallegra is the first Korean solo studio album by JYJ member Kim Junsu or Xia Junsu. It was released digitally and physically on May 14, 2012. The album marks Kim Junsu’s debut as a solo artist under the stage name Xia and went on to become the highest selling solo album ever on Gaon chart, one of the top album selling charts in South Korea.

Taken from the Tarantallegra Wiki Page

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The prized album :3 At first I wondered if the lace was real fabric, but lol it was a print on pvc.

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To be honest. The packaging looks really good! Nothing that would easily break. Only that you have to be careful with the film covering, and make sure you don’t lose it! Haha^^

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XIA. Can I just say XIA without the H looks weird? And trying to say it without the “UH” that XIAH has… it feels foreign on my tongue. XIA. XIYA. LOL. I don’t mean to make a huge fuss about this, as it had passed months ago :3 I guess I’ll be sticking to XIAH. But of course I know that beyond names and spellings, what matters most is the individual the name embodies : 3 So whatever name JunsNu decides to use, he’s still the same artist that I look up to : D

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HALO THERE! This is how it looks without the film. I LOVE THE ALBUM; I have a thing for textured hardcovers *_*

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I never imagined JunSu would ever adapt such a concept. Or think about even doing this. It’s so different from his previous concepts, and so it came to me as a surprise. At first it scared me, because this isn’t really an easy one to pull off for guys. But true to his strengths, JunSu executed well. Perfectly, flawlessly ;_;

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Looking inside, you’ve got the photobooklet, and the album. :3 Okay wait, I think it would have been better if the booklet was attached to the album. Having it loose like this will make it more prone to getting creased / dropped / damaged.

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Succeeding comments = spazzing.

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Can I just say, for every flip of the booklet my jaw dropped lower?

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I didn’t really look at scans online, so majority of the photos, I saw for the first time when I browsed through the booklet. My thoughts were: DAMN KIM JUNSU YOU GORGEOUS BISH!!! YOU PUT YOUR FANGIRLS TO SHAME BY BEING PRETTIER THAN EVERYONE ELSEEE

(The one above is my favorite photo from the lot)

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Mixed feelings. Upper part looks so soft and pretty. :3 BUT THE LOWER PART I SEE SOMETHING BYUNTAE FANS WOULD SEE

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I am not a fan of feathers.

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Please, teach me how to do his eye make-up.

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Pretty? Check. Perfect? Check.

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Left shot scared me. LIKE WTFBBQ. = |

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With this concept, he is a brotha to the fine ladies of Brown Eyed Girls :D

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DIVA!SU!!!! A beauty shot like this, I think a lot of girls dream to have one of themselves. LOL

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Weirdest hair-do ever. He can compete with GD for the weirdest hairstyles!

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The credits ~

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I spot JaeJoong hyung ^^

This first album is nothing short of what I expected Kim JunSu to come out with. He gave me more. The tracks were well written and produced, and JunSu’s vocals = superb. Like Xiahpwas and JunSu always say — HE WAS BORN TO SING. ;___; Good lord. When JunSu sings, his voice just goes right through you; Penetrating your heart, stirring up emotions. This is the gift JunSu has, really. :3

All the tracks are wonderful and worth an infinite amount of plays! So far my favorites are No Gain, Tarantallegra, Lullaby and Fever ^^

Pleaseu make sure to purchase a copy and support JunSu’s first solo album!

And that’s it for my first Thursday Three! ^^ Til next week!

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