Sunday, October 28, 2012

Rocking Lash Extensions


Hiya!

How’s your long weekend?  Mine was uneventful.  I just stayed home, cleaned up the house, and relaxed all weekend.  It was great, to say the least.  Probably because I needed that.  Oh, and I also started on my new job.  I love my new office building, but the area is so congested.  No more free parking. 

Well, tomorrow will be the beginning of another work week.  But before we do the drill, let me go through my experience in having another set of lash extensions.  I said “another”, because I already had this procedure before.  However, this time around, I had my sister do it for me.  And since we were just at home, I took the privilege of taking photos of her tools and kit.  I also took advantage of customizing the look I wanted.

First off, let me show you her kit. It’s filled with brushes, tweezers, lash glue and the different sizes of lashes available. 






The lash extensions' sizes range from 8mm, 10mm, to 12mm.  I had the 10mm placed on me.  There’s also different colors available, like blue, purple and brown, all in 10mm sizes. 

purple and blue

brown

All the lash extensions are synthetic.  Being so, they’re a little stiff and crispy on the lashes.  So it’s very important to have them attached correctly, otherwise, they have the tendency to poke the eyes.  Ouch!

Here are my photos.

before

after

Notice the difference?  I already have long lashes to begin with, but they're thin and sparse and straight.  So when I had the extensions in 10mm, it actually made them thicker and curlier.  

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Payday Treats: Great Finds for Shoes and Makeup


It’s the middle of the week, and I’m back to regular programming (Translation: back to work!). 

So yeah, I’m back to the usual grind of waking up early and going home late.  I’m in a new corporate setting, so it means new job, new people and new location.  So far, I think I’m enjoying it despite having to do a lot of work already on my first day.  I guess I can say that I do love my job for now.

Anyway, last weekend I saved up half of my pay from my previous employer to be able to buy a few stuffs. 

First stop was to buy new work shoes.  I only have a few staple ones, but if you’re a corporate chic, you gotta have the basics all the time.  I realized that my old black wedges is now useless, but it did served me well.  And I only have one pair of black pumps.  I knew I had to buy some new pairs to have some spares. 

both are wedges that fit really well


However, I wanted to stick to my budget so I went shopping at SM Department Store instead.  Luckily, I found two pairs which costs only 599.75PHP each! If I bought at the usual boutique stores, I would probably spend more than that for just a pair, so doing the math, I bought them without second thoughts at all.  From a trusted local brand called Rusty Lopez, I know I am getting a bargain for shoes with great qualities.


I got a black pair

and a nude pair in the perfect shade


And then, just this Sunday, I scored some new makeup! This is probably the highlight of this post and the reason why I had to save up.  I know you’ve been waiting for this.  I now own two items from the MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection.  I got the Beauty Powder in Forever Marilyn and a lipstick in the shade Scarlet Ibis.  And of course, I will review them both soon, because I can’t wait to try them out over the long weekend.





Finally, I was in need of a makeup brush for contouring.  I still wanted to be cheap, so I just grabbed something from ELF.  Having owned a few of their brushes from the Studio Line, I think I got a good one.





I know what you’re thinking right now.

Yeah, I know. I did a great haul. Haha! Cheers to that!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Something Cute!


Heya! How's Sunday biting you up?

Today is the launching of the MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection in the Philippines.  So despite being a Sunday, and as much as I still wanted to sleep some more, I dragged my ass off to the nearest MAC store, because I didn't wanna miss out on anything.  I had my eyes set on it so early on, so yeah, I had a little haul awhile ago.  Will be posting about that soon.

For now, I'm just hanging out at a coffee shop somewhere taking advantage of the fast and free Wifi connection. I'm doing several things at the same time, which includes blogging, uploading some photos on Facebook, and watching some makeup videos on Youtube,

I actually just wanted to share these videos I've been addicted to lately.  It's a video of a very young and cute makeup guru named Maddie.  Have you seen her videos yet?  I think she started doing makeup videos when she was still 5 years old. Very young, right?  But it's really nothing serious, it's like she's just playing.  But she certainly knows a lot about makeup than some of my friends do! I would like to credit that talent to her mom, who's probably a makeup addict herself, haha!  Here 's  one of her videos for your own viewing pleasure.  Enjoy!


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Review: HHN's All Natural Spray Sanitizers


Icky, sweaty palms.  I always seem to have that.  Never mind that I’m inside an air conditioned room, or in a cool environment, my hands are always, always sweaty and moist.  Sticky even.

You know what I mean?  There are those moments when my hands are like that.  And it is during those times when I badly need my reliable hand sanitizer, either in my purse or in my office drawer.  And whatever brand or kind I’m fancying at the moment, I will always bring that with me.

Right now, I’m crazy ( or at least, my hands are ) for these nifty spray sanitizers from Human Nature.  With several scents or variants available, I like that I get to choose which one I want to tote next. 



These sanitizers come in simple, no-fuss spray bottles, and they are most handy in the 50 ml size.   Being very affordable, the scents available are Citrus Burst, Juicy Burst, Bubbly Gum and Candy Cane.  The sweet scents belong to Bubble Gum and Candy Cane, which are mostly catered to kids.  Meanwhile, Citrus Burst which smells of oranges and mandarins is a favorite – even amongst my officemates who always order from me.   Juicy Burst, in the mean time, smells of sweet and refreshing berries. 


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Review: Bench's Bratsplash in Kiwi Frost


It’s October, but it’s hot, humid and I feel sweaty all over.  Aren’t we supposed to have cold weather by this time of the year?

What’s up, Mother Nature?

Is it just me? Or does it really feel like it’s summer all over again?

As I was dressing up this morning, I was in need of something to perk up my mood amidst the foul hot weather.  You know, something refreshing, soothing and light – all at the same time.  So I turned to my vanity table, and reached for some cologne to spritz all over my sweaty neck.  And I happened to grab this funky cologne from Bench.




Having a whiff of it a few weeks back when I bought it brought me back to the hallways of my high school building.  After long years of neglect, I was reunited with my favorite Bratsplash.   It has been one of my trademark colognes back then, and it was a routine to spray some scent before meeting with a crush.  Yeah, I know, high school can really do that to you.






It smells sweet, young and fresh.  I remember trying out all the scents available when I was still a giddy teenager - like kiwi, strawberry and the one in the purple color.  My favorites were this Kiwi Frost and the Strawberry.  This one in Kiwi Frost smells fruity sweet and refreshing at the same time.  It has enough sweetness in it that isn’t too overwhelming.  When you spray onto your clothes, the scent lingers on for the rest of the day.  But I honestly don’t mind spraying again and again, because just the act of spritzing it on me is refreshing enough.




Needless to say, I stepped out of the house today and  I no longer feel sweaty or hot – because I actually felt fresh and fruity sweet.  I also felt young and carefree, remembering those sweet ol’ high school days. 



What a surefire way to jumpstart an otherwise humid and hot day in October.  Now I may not really know what Mother Nature is up to with our weather, but I found something to perk me up indeed.  If she wants to be sunny and shiny again, I have something to bring along with me to match her mood. 

It also comes with matching hand sanitizers, which are more popularly known as "Alcogels".  

Have you tried this from Bench?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Review: Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream No.7







How are you doing today, ladies?

For today, I just stayed home and played with my makeup.  Yeah, such a luxury that I rarely have nowadays.  That’s because for the past two weeks (and I’m now on my third week, by the way), I’ve been on a much needed break from work.  I just resigned from my previous employer and it was such a treat having to do that.  I mean, it was a relief from too much work!  I needed a break – literally and figuratively.

Next week, I’ll have a new job – well, being a corporate lawyer, it’s actually the same work, haha! Except that I’ll be joining a new company and hopefully, it’ll be more fun despite being extra busy. 
 
So while I have the free time, I’ve been updating and doing makeup reviews non-stop. It’s fun – and liberating, if I may say so.  I’ve been trying out different products in my stash, including some of the items that I didn’t have time to play with or do a thorough review.  One of them is this product from Make Up For Ever (MUFE) – the Aqua Cream No. 7.





I actually purchased this in the middle of summer of this year, before I headed to the beach with some friends.  It was an apt time to test it out, so I brought it along with me at that time.  But before I went to the beach, I also played with it a bit and tried to see how I can make it work. 

But first, let’s go through the specs..


FACTS:

Place Bought:  MUFE boutique store at Bonifacio High Street, Taguig

Price:  1450PHP

Packaging:  It’s a cream in a plastic jar, which you have to store upside down to keep it from drying.  I don’t know how that works, but I fear of it drying out, so I just follow what the SAs said.




Shade:  No.7 – which is a bright cool pink with tiny gold glitters.  It’s a bit scary for some, because it’s like a neon pink shade.  But it’s actually wearable.

Review: Shu Uemura Hard Formula Brow Pencil in No.6




I’m hooked on a new eyebrow makeup.  In fact, I can almost see myself finishing it all up because it’s what I use everyday lately.  Have you tried this brow pencil from Shu Uemura?

The first time I tried the Hard Formula Brow Pencil, I didn’t want to let it go - literally.  When I attended the One-day Makeup Class of Shu Uemura, my classmates were all busy doing their eye makeup and playing with the other kinds of products from Shu, but I was kept entertained by this amazing brow pencil the whole time.  Our instructor tried it on me first, and then I went on to do my other brow all the while checking out the full aesthetic of this brow pencil.

Needless to say, it was love at first SWIPE. 

I knew I had to get one right then and there, but unfortunately, they didn’t have one for sale.  So I waited until I had the time to go to a Shu Uemura store and get one for myself.  Of course, I made sure that it got sharpened in the Niigata (sword) style, because that’s where the magic of this pencil all begins.

By the way, here are the usuals, before we move on..

FACTS:

Place Bought:  Shu Uemura boutique store at The Power Plant Mall, Rockwell

Price:  1450PHP (but I used my voucher for a 10% discount)

Packaging:  It’s a loooong one! LOL.  Actually, it’s the longest eye pencil I’ve ever seen, with a plastic cap on the other end to keep the pencil clean.

Shade:  I got the shade no.6, which is a gray color.  It’s the perfect shade for me, because it looks so natural without being too dark or scary.



Friday, October 12, 2012

Review: NYX Matte Lipsticks in Merlot and Tea Rose





Aloha, ladies!

I’ve got another lipstick review for yah, also from NYX.

Have you ever tried a matte lipstick that applies wet at first, and then dries on to a matte finish?  Well, that was exactly what it felt like on my lips.

But first, let’s scope the basics…


FACTS:

Place Bought:  Pretty Goddess stall at the Eastwood tiangge

Price:  350PHP each

Packaging:  In a “mattified” tube, where there’s a plastic see-through part where you can see the actual lipstick.  I actually like this packaging better than those round lipsticks.

Shades:  I’ve got two!

                Merlot – a dark fuschia color, but it could also appear plummish on me.

                Tea Rose – a light pink with warm undertones.



top: Tea Rose
bottom: Merlot


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Review: NYX Round Lipsticks




Everybody in the beauty blogosphere is probably in the know by now of the popularity of these lipsticks from NYX.  Albeit cheap and affordable, most of them perform well in terms of pigment and opacity.

I’ve been featuring some of my Round Lipsticks in here, but I just thought to show off all the shades I have in one post and do an overall review. I know, I’m so late in doing this post, but who cares?  I know some makeup newbies will still find my review interesting. Hehe.

But first, let’s do the basics.

FACTS:

Place bought:  Pretty Goddess Stall at the Eastwood tiangge (where I get my NYX fix)

Price:  150PHP each

Packaging:  In a plastic tube, with the color showing off on the other end.  They aren’t the best packaging for a lipstick, but for the affordable price, I guess it would do.

Shade:  Just check out the rest of the photos and review.  Right now, I have 7 shades.



Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Cheap Thrill: My Customized Loose Powder


I had a dilemma.  I already finished my loose powder from The Face Shop - the Dewy Flower Moist Loose Powder (review here), and I initially thought that I need a new one.  

But I already have two separate loose powders in my stash which I use occasionally.  Well, the truth is I only use my loose powders during weekends or at times when I don’t need to be fully made up. Hence, I really don’t have the heart to purchase a new one, given that I have these two that are still about 80-90% full:  my Lewis & Pearl Body & Face Powder, and my Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder.  And I really don't have the luxury of buying any more makeups for now.




Performance wise, they both do pretty well in terms of a finishing powder.  They both control the oilies, whenever I use them separately to set either my BB cream or my sunblock.  However, the problem lies in their shade, such that the Lewis & Pearl powder appears too white on me, while the Ben Nye powder appears a bit dark or too yellow on me.

But then, an idea hit me!

mixing the white powder from Lewis & Pearl with the yellow Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder


A little creativity here, a bit of mixing and swirling there…  

I used my container of loose powder from The Face Shop and my Ecotools kabuki brush

Monday, October 8, 2012

Shen's Addiction 4th Year Anniversary Blog Giveaway


Hey, girls and guys! 

Shen's Addiction 4th Year Anniversary Blog Giveaway is extended up to the end of October!

So if you haven't joined yet, this is your chance to win big.  Go and visit her blog right now, to check out how to join.  Here's the link for your quick access.

I've always been a fan of her blog and her beauty expert skills.  Among my inspirations in blogging, Shen has been always on top of my viewing list.  I like how she's brave enough to try out everything related to makeup and she always encourages fellow Filipinas to be brave as well when it came to makeup colors.  

On a personal note, I've always been afraid to try out liquid foundations.  But her reviews on different brands of liquid foundations made me try a few ones.  Now I know which ones will work better on my skin, if ever I decide to explore more of this makeup product.  Her reviews are always quick and concise, but without compromising the more important details, like the consistency, the coverage and the lasting effects of each liquid foundation she reviews.

Her blog photos are also always so clear and bright, and you can see how much hard work and effort she gives on each of her blog posts.  She was one of the few bloggers who inspired me to come up with great photos of every product I review.  

Have you visited her blog yet?  See and check it out for yourself.

And while you're at it, join her giveaway too.  With her many sponsors, lots of makeup and beauty products are at stake!




Review: Monea Curl Defining Milk




Heya, friends in the blogosphere!

Just a quick review about this product I found from Watson's.  I waited a while before doing an actual review, because I really wanted to test out the product well first.

So anyway, as every girl obsessed with beauty knows, the hair is the "crowning glory" of everybody.  In fact, I think that the status of your hair pretty much defines how well you take care of yourself.  Be it straight, curly, permed or re-bonded, the way it is styled everyday will give the impression of how much you take grooming seriously.

As for digitally-permed hair like myself, there is just so much styling involved everyday and having the right products on hand will surely make the rest easier.

But first, let's scope the details....

FACTS:

Place bought:  Watson's drugstore

Price:  99PHP

Packaging:  It's in a plastic bottle, with a twist-off cap.  You can see the actual hair cream right away.

Shade:  It's simply a hair cream, so there are no shades for this one.




MY CONCURRENCES:

I like the very cheap price.  Very easily accessible, too.  And for a bottle, it could last me for 3 months, so doing the math, it's actually really cheap.  

As for its performance, it's amazing.  Before using this one, I was using a mousse styling cream from Suave.  But as light as it may be, it actually kinda weighs my hair down.  But this curling milk from Monea does a lot of wonders compared to that mousse.  It feels lightweight, no waxy feeling on the hair strands, and my guy can run his hands through my hair without the tangly and crispy feeling that are common when one uses a mousse styling cream.  As for the scent, it has a clean shampoo scent that doesn't overwhelm the smell of my conditioner, so it's great on that end.

And finally, it lasts the whole day on me! So my curls pretty much stays in tact all throughout the day.  


MY DISSENT:  

The only thing I don't dig is the packaging.  I wish it was in a plastic squeezable tube instead, because it could get difficult to control the product just by pouring it on my palm.


Here are photos of me to show its effect:

no hair product



with the hair product


Did you notice how my curls are well-defined compared to when I didn't use the product?



OVERALL VERDICT:

Well, I'm almost done with my bottle and will probably purchase a new one.  Since I began having permed hair, I've been trying out all sorts of hair styling products, and I always found that a hair cream works better than the volumizing mousse that most salons recommend.  I don't really dig the crispy effect on my hair, even if the curls are well-defined.  So hair creams are the way to go for me to achieve that smooth, touchable hair strands. 

So for this Monea Curl Defining Milk, I am in awe and would always be a fan as long as I have permed hair.  Whoever invented this, I would like to meet you and give you a kiss for job well done!

TIP/ How I use it:  After washing your hair, squeeze out all water.  Then comb the strands with a wide-toothed comb until all the tangles are gone.  Then pour a peso-size amount on your palm of the Monea Curl Defining Milk.  Spread evenly on the hair strands, most especially on the permed part.  No need to blow dry, just leave it on. The effect will be seen once that hair dries naturally.

Have you ever tried a cheap hair product that brings amazing results? Tell me.


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Eek! Molds on my Gel Liner!



This morning, I wanted to do a winged liner look.  So I opened my Fanny Serrano Gel Liner in Black.  I did a double take upon seeing this!

Eew!!






For the record, I bought this gel liner only last year, some time November.  And I always remember to seal it tightly after each use.  I honestly don't know what happened! Compared to my MAC Fluidline, that one seems perfectly fine, and I had that for more than a year now.  But this one from FS, what the F!??

So yeah, as much as I didn't want to waste it, I also knew I had to throw it away.  Who knows how deep the molds went in that pot? And since it's an eye makeup product, better safe than sorry.

I guess it's time to try out a new black gel liner.

Any recommendations?


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection

photo credit here


Who doesn't love Marilyn Monroe? 

She's like the ultimate sex symbol during her time, but for me, she's also more than that.  

She represented a whole new generation of women during her time who exhibited courage and individuality  at the time when women were still expected and known to be conservative.  Her movies and photos displaying all the Hollywood glamour and drama she went through are proofs that she was one confident woman during her time.  Personally, along with other great women during her time like Grace Kelly and Zsa Zsa Gabor, I love her to bits.  Her style and beauty are timeless.

Having this all in mind, I guess it was apt for MAC to finally create a collection all devoted for her.  Upon seeing the collection from Karen's MBB, I am now more than excited to see the collection up close and personal.


Credit goes to MBB

 I love the packaging!  I can't wait for this collection to hit the Philippines.  I will get one item just for the packaging alone. 

Here are some items from the collection that I'm coveting and lusting for at this moment:


MAC Marilyn Monroe Beauty Powder in Forever Marilyn


Lipstick in Deeply Adored


Lipstick in Scarlet Ibis


Blush in The Perfect Cheek

MAC Marilyn Monroe Nail Lacquer in Stage Red

MAC Marilyn Monroe Nail Lacquer in Rich, Rich, Rich

*Makeup Photos grabbed from the MAC website and MBB.

Finally, I'm leaving you with some famous words from the diva herself.

photo credit here


Review: Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation in Sand Beige



 What's up, ladies and gents?

As my first post for October, I'm here to report about my fairly new (ok, it's been 3 months already) liquid foundation from my favorite drugstore brand, Revlon.    As an avid wearer of BB creams and powder foundations, I have a hard time choosing which liquid foundations to try.  I went to a department store once to check out what I can find, and it got a little bit overwhelming because there were lots of brands and types to choose from. (I know, "kikay" problems!)  

So anyway, I did a little research and I happened to checkout a lot of good raves from this particular liquid foundation from Revlon.  Judging from the price, I knew it had to work because it was pretty expensive for me, just for the heck of trying it out.  




Let me begin my full-blown report.

FACTS:

Place Bought:  Robinson's Manila, Department Store

Price:  825PHP for a bottle

Packaging:  In a glass bottle, with a twist up cap.  Pretty simple packaging, but which makes it hard to get the product.  No pump or dispenser whatsoever.

Shade:  Sand Beige - this shade is more on the yellowish side, which suited me fine, except that it's a shade lighter.