Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Nail Art Attempts


While I'm contemplating about how to start writing today at work, let me just do a quick post about my lovely nails.  Lately, I've been trying my hand at doing some nail art.  However, these are nothing really complicated, as it only entails sticking some cute shapes onto my nails.

For my first attempt, I tried using the nail glitters I got from The Face Shop over a beige nail polish from Caronia.

Here's how it turned out:

Just subtle attempts and I wanted them to look dainty and neat.  I also like that they're not immediately noticeable so these are perfect at work. 

However, since it's summer, I also wanted to try out pastel colors which are a hit this season.  For this next attempt, I used the pastel purple nail polish from the The Face Shop as base and then used my nail art kit which I got at Watson's for the little stars.  Quite a little too loud for the office, but they're fun! Heehee.

Achieve ba ang nail art?

Hmm...maybe next time I'll do some serious drawing, too.  

Anyway, gotta go back to work now.  Hope you liked today's post.  Till my next!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Review: Etude House Orgel Light Eye Base

I have to admit, I’m not really a user of eye shadow primers or eye shadow bases.  You know, that little extra step in doing eye makeup in order to make eye shadows last longer on the lids?  The reason is that luckily for me, I don’t have oily eyelids.  And usually, only a pat of powder foundation on my lids is enough as base for my eye colors.   

But still, in my quest of discovering the wonders of makeup, I wanted to try one.  But being the practical chic that I am, I only wanted the affordable ones since I am just testing if it would work for me. Enter this little nifty compact of eye shadow base from Etude House.

Place Bought:  Etude House counter at the Beauty Section of SM Cubao’s department store
Price:  only 298 PHP.
Packaging:  Etude House makeup products are usually packaged in fancy, girly way.  Likewise, this little compact is a light shimmery pink one, and comes with a mirror. It’s so small, too.
Shade:  It’s a white cream, with subtle shimmers.

I only use my ring finger for dabbing the product into my eyelids and the result is a glimmer of cream on my eyelids.   There’s no scent detected, and for me, it’s an affordable alternative to other more expensive cream eye shadows that double as bases for eye color.  I also like the packaging - very small and handy.  When used alone without eye shadows on top, it works as a subtle shimmer on the lids, or as a highlighter on the brow bones.

Friday, April 20, 2012

LOD: Milea Passion Orange Sassy Lipcreme

I find myself having such dry lips lately. Maybe it's due to the weather, too. So instead of a lipstick, I'm relying on my lipbalms and lipcremes. They're no doubt more moisturizing and caring for the lips. I call them my lip therapies.

Here's what i've been wearing for this week- my Milea Lip creme in Passion Orange. Orange is a huge trend this summer. Do you see the orange tones on my lips?

Review: Majolica Majorca's Lash Expander Frame Plus in Blue Black Shade

What's up, ladies? It's almost the weekend and I can't wait to sleep in! It seems like I'm always sleepy for this whole week. 

By the way, Blogger has this new face and I think I like it better.  It makes it easier for blogging, visually.  

So anyway, let's move on to my review for today.  It's about my new mascara which I got for sale at SM Megamall Beauty Fair.  I got two for the price of one, ain't that cool?


Place bought: Majolica Majorca counter at SM Megamall department store
Price:  795 PHP for two!
Packaging:  Comes in a clear plastic box, but the product itself is in the usual girly packaging of MM, except that it comes in a navy blue shade.
Shade: It says Blue-Black. It does appear like a deep navy blue on the tube, but upon application, it's black.

Let's see more photos...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bright Pink Nails on the Beach

Heya! I'm sooo back to work right now. But I can't help posting a bit about my recent beach trip to Iba, Zambales. It was a fun and exhilarating experience to get away from the city during the weekend.  The place was nice, the snorkeling was fun and the friends were amazing! I will post an entry about that on my personal blog, which is linked here, for those interested.  But here's a peek though:

Oh, and I also wanna show you this nail polish I discovered when I got a mani and pedi last Friday.  I tried this new nail salon called "Silid ni Maria" which offers an organic and natural way in pampering our nails.  They also use organic nail polishes, like those from Zoya and Misa. Aside from the usual cost of the services, every client has to pay an extra 40 PHP, as one time payment for the personal materials to be used, like a personalized nail file, towel, and other organic stuff.  I actually like the place and the lazy boy seat that they have - very relaxing.  The whole organic concept was a nice touch. But I don't like the fact that they play loud music. It would be extra special if they played classical music or nature sounds instead. 

Anyway, let's move on to my nail polish for my beach trip.  It's a bright neon pink color from Misa, in the shade called "Hot People Like You". 

Shot under bright sunlight

Taken while in the kiddie pool

They shine even under water.

The shade is a blue-based bright pink and I think it's so hot for the summer.  I am still actually sporting it right now, while typing. It hasn't chipped so much yet, except for that one bit on my finger due to our cooking session.  I soo love the shade, I actually plan on buying one myself or something similar to it. 

Don't you just love neons when it's summer?

Friday, April 13, 2012

Beach Beauty & Makeup Must-Haves

photo taken in Boracay last 2011

When it comes to wearing makeup on the beach, I've learned to bring only the must-haves.  Being a beach lover and a sun-worshipper ever since, I know that staying pretty on the beach takes only a bit of genius and practicality.

1.   First on the list is to have a reliable sunblock with an SPF of 30 or higher.

from: http://www.hawaiiantropic.com/SunProtection/GeneralSunProtection.aspx#8760
 Given the going heat rates that Philippine summers usually have, this is already a requisite skin care product - if not for the whole summer but at least during beach trips.  Lately, we've seen a tremendous increase in the popularity of tinted moisturizers packed with tons of SPF.  If you hate having white casts on photos, then a tinted moisturizer with a high SPF is always a good option.  However, as for being water-proof, I still recommend a good old traditional sunblock to ensure utmost sun protection.  Remember, turning bright red in the middle of a white sand beach is not a pretty sight.  Personally, I prefer those from Hawaiian Tropic because aside from being affordable and easily available in any beauty sections, one variant also smells of coconut, which is a scent I always crave for during beach trips.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

On Sleeping Packs

Have you heard of Sleeping Packs? It’s this moisturizer or serum that’s supposedly packed with lots of good ingredients to improve and repair the skin while we sleep.  It adds more moisture to the skin compared to a regular moisturizer.  I first encountered this facial wonder when I attended the Laneige makeup workshop and they gave us samples of such.  Apparently, this Laneige Water Sleeping Pack is one of their best sellers.

Here’s how my sample looked like:

When I tried it out, I thought it would just work like an ordinary moisturizer. I followed the instructions thoroughly.  

Upon waking up, my skin was soft, radiant and super-moisturized.  I loved the effect on me, but since I only got samples, I only used them sparingly.  You know, only on those days when I pulled an all-nighter and my trusty concealer needed an extra help.  It had the effect of preventing my skin from looking dry, patchy and dull the next day, as if I had a full 8-hour sleep. So even if it was a bit on the pricey side (a little over a thousand pesos), I already contemplated on buying the full size.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

New Curls for 2012

Hiya, girls!

I had digital perm done at the Azta Urban Salon, Eastwood branch.  I've been itching to do something about my boring hair since the year started. But I knew that if I wanted long curls, I had to grow out my hair long enough.  At least, it also gave me enough time to save up for the treatment. As you may have read here before, I had curls before, but it was a regular perm.  It dried out my strands, so I had to cut it out and grow it out.  But now that my hair is up to my bra size, and seeing that I've saved up enough, it's time to embark onto my first digital perm experience.

Let's see, at first I looked like this at the salon...

The chemical for digital perming was from L'Oreal.  It was applied to my strands first until it soaked for about 15 minutes.  

And then, the metal curls were attached on each section of my hair.  Each curls were then attached to a machine,  I looked like I have a web of electric wires on the back of my head.  The machine warmed up my hair for about 15 minutes, I think, until my hair curled.  

And finally, to keep my strands from drying out, I had a deep intensive treatment for another 20 minutes.  All in all, the session lasted for 3 hours.  Good thing that Azta had free Wifi, so I was constantly entertained.

Are you ready for the results?

Review: The Face Shop Blusher in PP401

What’s up, Ladies?

When I woke up late today, I was so relieved to remember that it’s the beginning of a long weekend.  I think this is the longest we ever had so far, right? So yay for that!

So for today, it’s time to catch up with my blogging.  I have lots of pending entries, even for my personal blog. For My Purple Points, let me start with this pretty blusher, or more appropriately, highlighter from The Face Shop.

Place bought:  The Face Shop store in SM Megamall (also, my favorite branch so far.)
Price:  325 PHP
Packaging:  Small white plastic compact in an oval shape. It has a small hole on it, so one can easily see the shade of blush underneath.
Shade:  The shade is named PP401. Not much creativity there, right? It’s part of the blushes of the Lovely Me:ex Collection, but this one is more of a highlighter in the shade of a pastel purple.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Review: MAC Blush in Dame

Hey, hey, ladies!

I've got another blush review for you today.  This time, it's more of a neutral shade. Presenting - 
MAC blush in Dame.


Place bought:  MAC store in Rustan's, Makati
Price:  1,350 PHP ($20)
Packaging: black round compact, with a box.
Shade:  Dame is described in the website as a satin blush in a sophisticated blue-pink shade.  For me, it's a matte dusty pink.