Do you ever feel like everything is just too much to handle?
I’m sure we’ve all come to a point where it feels like you’ve been stretched to breaking point. However, the past 2 months have been really trying for me. I consider myself pretty adaptable, but I constantly found myself fighting the urge to just shut down and leave everything behind.
Every day became a struggle with a myriad of feelings and events that threatens to overwhelm me at any second. It took everything I had to just go on and move forward. It was really hard when everything seems to be going wrong all at the same time.
Today, it culminates into a crescendo (I cannot elaborate on what is happening) and there is nothing I can do but wait and hope for the best.
So here I am. Exactly 2 months since I last posted anything and I feel and know that I’m no longer the same person who logged in here 2 months ago. In essence, sure, we constantly change, but not as drastic as I how I feel right now. I won’t go into details, but it’s just so difficult when you’re going through a lot. Our whole family is going through a tough moment right now. We’re all in it and holding on together and I know we will pull through however it turns out, and yet that doesn’t make it any easier.
When some one’s life is hanging in a precarious balance, the fact that you know there is nothing you can do at all is enough to undo you. Especially when that life is hanging on to the hands of someone you don’t even know or trust.
Personally, I’m going through a lot. I’ve been so caught up in my life and I can’t help it when tendrils of doubt begin niggling at me. What am I doing with my life? Where am I going? Such questions never fail to put me in a heavy mood. That’s not the only thing going through my mind, but it is a great chunk of what makes me feel like going crazy lately.
Being in the corporate world means work demands most of your time. This has been bothering me a lot because there are so many things going on and I feel like I’m up to my eyeballs with the work load. There are just so many other things I’d like to do and I cannot do it because work seems to be taking everything I have. There were times when I felt like giving up and turning my back on everything. But I had too much pride and self-respect for that. Despite that, I allowed myself to grieve and be sad about what I was going through. I accepted that I have to fall down if I want to rise back up.
It took a lot of time and thought, and I overanalyzed everything until I was emotionally and mentally exhausted. Most weekends, I just sleep off the exhaustion until past noon. As much as I want to work on blog posts or edit the videos I’ve been filming, I just felt like I needed a break from obligations.
There are so many thoughts whirling in my head and I admit that at times, I get sucked into the vortex of negativity.
This is why I haven’t posted anything despite my promises to post reviews. I really tried to work on them, but I just couldn’t. Honestly, I’d rather not post anything than to publish something that I am not completely happy with.
For the entire month of September, I stuck to a routine because it was taking everything I have to just keep going. I tried to push myself to at least use blogging as an outlet, but I wasn’t happy with what I came up with so I decided to just take a step back from it. I took a step back from everything in my life except work. I poured everything and focused everything in my work. I also spent more time talking and being with my friends.
Last Friday, I went on a spontaneous trip to try something new. I was hesitant at first, but I was glad I went for it because it made me happy. Happier than I have been in the past months.
For the first time in what seems like forever, I was able to breathe freely. It was liberating to just let go of all my worries and have fun again.
To my friends who have been there for me the past few weeks, I can’t thank you enough. If you’re reading this, then you know who you are.
I’m starting to heal now. It’s a slow and painful process when you’re healing emotional wounds, but I know I’ll be fine.
You might ask, ‘so why are you writing this’? I’m writing this to remind myself of what I went through and all that I still have to go through. I’m writing this to remind myself that I am strong enough to pull through. Most of all, I’m writing this to remind myself that I have to go back to this point and pick up where I left off.
There’s enough time for that.
Now, I just have to focus stand with my family, now that they need me.
Wish me luck.
Okay, before I start, I just want to clarify that these items were bought sporadically in a period of 3 months.
Needless to say, I only realized that I totally bombed my shopping budget when I finally got around to shooting a collective haul. -__- But at that point, what else can I do but use and enjoy them?
I totally went overboard. Even I have to admit that. -_- The thing is… I wasn’t planning on purchasing Real Techniques brushes. Or the Beauty Blender. Even the Con Air heat waves, but they sort of snuck up on me and I just wasn’t able to resist.
I’ll tell you all about it as I run through the items and give my mini reviews and first impression on these items.
Con Air Heat Waves with Jumbo and Super Jumbo rollers and clip
This was an impulse purchase. I have super straight and fine hair so I am obsessed with curlers and rollers. I’ve wanted to get one of these ever since I saw Judy of itsjudytime use this on her hair tutorial. Nobody sells Con Air styling products locally, except for the random curling irons here and there. So when I spotted this in an online shop, I just HAD TO get it! … This was P2000.00 including shipping. I think it’s a pretty fair price already because this is about 40.00 USD.
I’ve used this a couple of times already and I just love how easy it is to use! Totally worth the dent in my wallet! haha!
Double Drawer Acrylic Cosmetic Organizer
I got this from an online store for about P350.00 I think. It’s a really good price because other shops sells this for P550.00. I had to reorganize my dresser to accomodate this. In the end, I just switched the top part with the old one (place on top of the drawers) that I was using because the items I had just can’t fit in the other one. I’m setting it aside, in case I feel like re organizing again.
Nicole Powder Sifter
Got these for P40.00++ each at Watsons. I use this for my Ben Nye Banana powder. I’m thinking of getting the Cameo and Neutral set soon so I purchased a back up sifter. These are a bit hard to find because not all Watsons store stocks them. I bought the first one in Watsons Greenhills and the back up in Watsons SM North The Block.
Double Duo Beauty Blender Kit
Ah, the ubiquitous Beauty Blender. I refused to be sucked in by the hype when they started to appear in online stores last year. I was never a fan of sponges when it comes to makeup application so I wasn’t interested in this. I remember thinking that it’s a ridiculously overpriced sponge that will definitely suck all of your foundation into it’s greedy core.
I remained a skeptic until my cousin Giezelle of Third World Fashion insisted that it’s really good. Now, if you know my cousin, she loves looking for dupes of expensive products. The fact that she insisted for me to try this means it’s an exceptional product.
I got a great deal for this because I pre-ordered it from The Makeup Junkie Shop The lowest price I’ve seen for on-hand stock of this kit is P2100.00 and it can even go up to P2550.00. But I only got mine for P1900.00
I had to wait for about 3 weeks, but that’s completely fine since I didn’t need them urgently.
You know what? I TOTALLY ADORE this thing! It’s the most amazing beauty tool everrrrrrr! I have dry skin so using a beauty blender to apply my makeup base is a nice way to avoid build up on dry patches. Plus it makes any makeup base look fantastic on my skin!
Real Techniques Brushes
Duo Fiber Collection (LE), Powder Brush, Blush Brush, Stippling Brush, Expert Face Brush, Lash and Brow Groomer, Eye Starter Set
This is another line of product that I studiously ignored since last year. I just knew that if I bought any of it, I will end up buying more, so I convinced myself not to buy any of it
and that the brightly colored handles are rather tacky.
They just had to ruin my resolve by coming up with the Duo Fiber collection. I am a sucker for Duo Fiber brushes and white brush handles. And the Duo Fiber set was just really beautiful, so I bought it… Then Carefreeshopper started selling all of them at lower prices, and I was an absolute goner.
I don’t regret it though, because these brushes are comparable to high end brushes, and I am really happy I was sucked into the Real Techniques vortex.
Oh I have a review coming up for these! I’m probably the last person to jump into the RT bandwagon, but better late than never right?
Chic Cosmetics 5-piece Kabuki Brush Set
Where to start? I have a love-hate relationship with this brush set. These are supposed to be dupes for the Sigma Kabuki brushes and while these brushes work well, there are some nuances that makes these subpar copies of Sigma.
To be fair, the brushes are actually nice. They are nicely made, starting from the black wooden handles and the Sigma-ish font used for branding down to the soft bristles. The flat top one is excellent and I love using it to apply my makeup base.
So what’s the catch? Well there are several:
A) The brushes are not as densely packed as it looks.
B) There are random prickly bristles in some of the brushes
C) The brushes bleed and they shed even after the first few times I spot cleaned them with Parian Spirit. I didn’t dare deep clean them because I was scared that the bristles will just fall off.
I guess I shouldn’t be so harsh, because this set is only P1100.00 (I got mine for 1000.00 bec. it was on sale) almost the same as the price of one Sigma F80 and barely 1/3 the price of the Sigma Kabuki set. I can forgive the fact that it’s not as dense as Sigma brushes. After all, they do function just as well.
But I just cannot get over the prickliness and shedding. -_- Even Landmark brushes do not do that! I read a lot of reviews about these and there wasn’t a single complaint about them, which is why I decided to get them. I was so sad that I got disappointed because I really really wanted to like them.
I sent a feedback to the seller, telling her about my concerns because I might have gotten a bad batch. She apologized about it and even sent me another set. No questions asked. I offered to return the first set but she insisted that there is no need. I am yet to use the second set (but i did poke around to see if they have prickly bristles. They didn’t!) so I can’t say for certain if my first set was a dud.
I already have a review for these brushes coming up so check back for that if you’re interested
ELF Stipple Brush, ELF Small Stipple Brush and Artist Studio Crease brush
ELF Stipple brush is available in all leading dept. stores for P249.75, but the small stipple brush is only available in online stores. I got both online for P200.00 each. These brushes are too flimsy to use for foundations but I find that it’s excellent to use with very pigmented blushes. The bristles are very bendy and do not pick up a lot of product so they’re perfect to use with my La Femme Blush palette.
Artist Studio brushes are inexpensive brushes from the Landmark. I love this brand! Their brushes are really soft and sturdy. All of their brushes are priced at P140.00 below. This crease brush is about 60 or 70 pesos. Can’t really remember. I really like this! It’s perfect for blending in eyeshadow shades. I always use this to apply my eyeshadow when I’m in a hurry and it’s works really well.
The best part? Their brushes do not look or feel cheap at all!
Purederm and Beauty Buffet Face Masks
I have been obsessed with face masks lately. I much prefer the “face pack” more the the sheet variant, and these are the ones that I’ve been using for the past months
You can get these at any Watsons store. The face packs are P39.75 each. They sometimes have a buy 2 take 1 sale on these so keep your eyes peeled for the tiny “sale” sign on the racks. The Collagen Eye Zone face masks are my absolute favorite! I apply them right before going to sleep. I wake up with dried up sheets on my face (or they sometimes peel off) and lighter looking under eyes! <3
I’ve tried a lot of face mask sheets, but so far, the Caviar and Biopeptide from Beauty Buffet (P44.00) is the one I always go back to. Unlike some sheet masks, this variant do not sting the eyes and it leaves my skin looking fresh and supple.
Garnier BB Cream
These much raved about BB creams are so hard to get!!! They aren’t available locally and no one stocks them so I had to pre order it. -_- The price was almost double the US price at P700.00 each, but still a good value for money since each tube has 75mL of product in it. I ordered 2 because I have a really good feeling this will work well for me.
I tried a Garnier BB cream from Thailand a few months ago and I really loved it! The formulation is a bit different though, so I’ll be creating a comparison post between the two. I promise that I will write it within the month.
ELF: Eyebrow Kit in Medium, Stencil and Lip Exfoliator - NYX Matte Lipstick in Tea Rose and Natural Look palette, BYS Eyebrow pencil, Makeup Academy Undress Me Too Palette, Wet’n'Wild Walking on Eggshells Eyeshadow Trio, Maybelline BB Stick in Fresh
These are a bunch of products that I’ve been meaning to get for some time. I managed to purchase them bit by bit the past months. All of these are nice except for the BB stick. It broke me out! Which NEVER EVER happens! UCK. and the BYS eyebrow pencil which is just too slick and soft to work nicely as an eyebrow pencil.
Totally regretting that I purchased those. As for the others, you will be seeing some of them in my upcoming Favorites post
Bioderma Sensibio Solution Micelle
*excuse the crappy foggy looking photo*
This is probably the most raved about makeup remover ever. I’ve been curious about this but I never got around to buying one because most online stores sell this for P1350.00 or P1400.00. C-R-A-Z-Y. I know the shipping could be expensive, but really?! I’ve seen these in French pharmacies when I was in Paris over 2 years ago and you can get two 500mL bottle for only 15 Euros. That is about 900 bucks for two bottles.
Now you know why I refuse to pay more than triple the price for this thing.
Until I spotted this in Watsons SM Aura. I remembered that the BYS counter there had one bottle of Bioderma and they even encourage customers to use it when removing product swatches. I only wanted to check out if it was still there when I saw they are now selling this particular Bioderma product… PLUS it was only P799.00. That’s probably the best price I could get here in Manila so I immediately purchased it and tried it when I got home.
I have to give it Bioderma, because this product is really worth the hype! It’s really mild but it effectively removes makeup and does not sting.
I found a cheaper alternative to this just a few weeks ago and I’m currently testing them for a comparison post.
Let me know if you’re interested to see that.
99% Alcohol by Nigel FX Beauty Emporium
I am an avid follower of Wayne Goss of Gossmakeupartist on Youtube. I just love love LOVE his makeup ideas and techniques. Ironically enough, the first time I heard about him was in a hate post about his brush cleaning method.
He uses 99% percent alcohol to clean his brushes. And his brushs are no ordinary brushes. He uses mostly Tom Ford, Rae Morries, Hakuhodo, Make Up For Ever, and Nars. Yes. You read that right. I was a bit skeptical at first, but you know, if it’s good enough for his brushes then they sure as well worth trying!
I used to deep clean my brushes every 2-3 weeks and it takes me HOURS to do it. It was a relief when I started using Parian Spirit, which works well. But Wayne’s method really piqued my curiosity, so when I saw that Purebeauty Trinoma sells 99% alcohol, I purchased one right away.
And you know what? I loved it! It’s so inexpensive and it really works! Nevermind what people say about making your brushes brittle. It is not true. All those overpriced brush cleaners from other brands have loads of 99% alcohol in them. The only difference is they have “oils” and perfume that makes your brushes smell nice. But overtime, those emollient oils actually cause residue build up on your brushes.
Right now I alternate this with Parian Spirit and deep clean when necessary.
Graftobian 99% alcohol in 150mL spray bottle – P250.00
Nigel FX Beauty Emporium 16 oz. 99% alcohol – P585.00
Brush Guards from Beauty Bar (P249.00) and Chic Cosmetics (P285.00)
I like to use these after cleaning and air drying my brushes to keep my them in tip top shape. Each pack comes with 15 brush guards in varying sizes.
Vintage Louis Vuitton bag, Charlie Sunglasses, Staccato Captoe pumps, Stradivarius Strappy flat sandals, Alexander McQueen Paddington Boots in Blood Red
I didn’t have a lot of fashion purchases the past few months, because obviously, I spent most of my money on beauty products. However these are some of the items I just couldn’t pass up buying!
I got the LV bag for a really good deal from a friend and the McQueen boots from Unisex Rewind. These have to be the best designer finds I’ve ever had as of late.
I know captoe pumps are so last year, but I never stopped wanting these Staccato pumps so I bought them when CMG had a 50% off sale. As for the sandals, well, I really love Stradivarius and they caught me at a weak moment because I was looking for a pair of flats the day I spotted these… Well, you know what happened next.
That was everything I bought the past three months! Well at least the beauty and fashion related ones. Whew! I feel like I’ve been typing and typing and typing endlessly! I hope I didn’t bore you with all of my ramblings. I was torn between keeping it short or being detailed. So I tried doing both…. What do you think?
Let me know if there are products your are interested in so I can create a more in-depth review. Simply leave me a comment if you have questions or suggestions!
Thank you so much for bearing with me and reading this post up to here.
P.S. Posting my August beauty favorites in the next few days!
Before getting obsessed with fashion and makeup, I was in love with nail polish. Ever since I was a child, I’ve been fascinated with nail lacquers. I blame my mom who gets her nails done on a weekly basis. I remember her manicurista would even apply nail polish on my toes before she leaves because I always lurk around while she packs her things. (hehe)
There was a time when I hoard every new nail polish shade I could get my hands on. It was CRAZY. I would change my nail polish shade every few days and I even learned to apply nail art with my left hand (I’m right handed). Yes, I was THAT obsessed.
I’ve slowed down on the nail polish purchases, because I moved to a new apartment. My new room happens to be a lot smaller than my old one so my storage space is now limited.
So why the tirade about nail polish? Well, as much as I love doing my nails, once in a while, I like to treat myself to a pampering mani-pedi session and have my nails done in a salon.
It was great timing when an acquaintance asked me if I can visit her friend’s nail salon to try out the services. I said yes right away! It was the perfect way to de-stress after a hectic week at work.
So I trekked all the way to Makati last Saturday afternoon to visit St. Nails Nail Spa.
L-O-V-E the purple color scheme! <3
This is what greeted me when I went inside:
I really like how they’re consistent with their branding! Or maybe I’m biased because I love their colors. haha! The interior has a very zen feel and it’s so quiet that you could actually fall asleep while getting a treatment.
I arrived a bit late
because I got lost -_- so some of the seats were already occupied.
Isn’t this purple sofa seat beautiful? I seriously want one!
I just had to take photos of the mini food spread! It’s like a cutesy version of English afternoon tea.
Aren’t these tea cups the cutest?
I looked around for a bit and took photos (obviously) before I settled into my own cushy purple seat.
St. Nails offers the following bundle treatments. They have other services but I wasn’t able to browse anymore because they took the tab after I picked the service I want.
I was tempted to try the Gel Polish Top to Toe, but I’ve seen videos on how they remove gel polish… and well, I have really thin nails and I didn’t think they can handle being soaked in nail polish remover before being filed to submission, so I opted for the Spoil Me Now bundle instead.
I took more photos and got comfortable while Annaliza, the nail technician assigned to me, prepared the things she needs for my treatment.
The printed tiles really caught my eye. So pretty!
St. Nails is tucked into a corner in a Petron gas station in Edsa, cor. Arnaiz ave. It’s fairly accessible, and they’re open until 11:00PM.
This is me dipping my hand into the paraffin wax. Sorry for the blurry photo! My hands were all waxed up and I had to ask ate to take my photo. Unfortunately, I forgot to switch my camera to Automatic shooting. Hence the blur. But, it’s not so bad right? haha!
Oh, if you’re wondering what’s slung over my shoulders, that’s a heat pad that comes with all of the bundles. I love how it practically melted my stress away! (Any idea where I can get one of those?)
Colors and nail art galore! I ended up picking a premium nail art style There will be additional charges depending on the nail art and how many nails you want to have it applied on.
My pick? I opted for Sally Hansen’s Slick Slate for my toes, and used it as a base shade on my nail art. The nail technician mixed the Cuccio gold nail polish with OPI Fresh Fog of Bel Air for the gradient.
This is what my nails looked after it was buffed and puffed. Aminin nyo my nails looks so healthy! :))
Here’s what it looked like after:
I know it’s a bit messy but I took a photo before she cleaned up the cuticle areas
Overall, I was really happy with the service and paraffin treatment. The wax softened my hands and feet, plus it’s also moisturizing! Their nail technicians are really nice and well trained. Plus, the tools they used were sterilized and sealed! They open them in front of you so you’re sure that they are using well sanitized equipment.
Will I be back? Most definitely! St. Nails will be my first choice whenever I want to treat myself to a relaxing mani-pedi session.
St. Nails Nail Spa is located at the Petron station on Arnaiz Ave. Cor EDSA avenue, Makati City.
P.S. I had my nails done in other salons before. Most of them were okay but there was one that was a complete fiasco. The technicians were so unpleasant and she even complained that my glitter nail polish was hard to remove. Oh and I had a serious conniption when I saw how that she’s re-using tools without cleaning them first. -_- That was the first and last time I ever visited that nail salon.
If you’re a follower of my blog, you would know that I worked for Mega magazine for about 8 months last year. Well, a few months back, I had a meeting with Ning of meg magazine (MEGA’s sister magazine) for a skin treatment article she wanted me to write for their August issue.
It was quite scary because Ning has very high standards when it comes to her sections and it was my first beauty article. Ever.
Now I don’t know if it passed muster because I’m not a skin treatment fanatic and writing for a magazine is very different from beauty blogging. But I guess I’ll just have to check the latest issue to find out. *crossing my fingers*
But going back to the point of this post, after the meeting, Ning handed me this bag full of beauty goodies to try. Yay! Thanks Ning!
Here’s a sneak peek of what’s inside:
There is nothing more exciting than being face to face with a bunch of new beauty products… that and traveling… or shopping. Ehhhh. You get the point.
See what I mean?
Garnier sheet mask - not a big fan of sheet masks or whitening products so I haven’t opened this yet.
Will review it when I’ve tried it. So far, I haven’t seen this in any Watsons or SM Department stores I’ve been to lately so I don’t know how much it is either.
Completely unhelpful. I know.
Davines Mellow Anti-breakage shampoo with Spinach extract - this shampoo is made for me! Long hair? CHECK! Damaged hair DOUBLE CHECK! Prone to breakage? CHECK CHECK CHECK!
I’ve been using sulfate free shampoos because I dyed my hair recently but I’m going to switch to this soon to see if it makes a difference. This is rather runny but has a pleasantly mild fragrance.
I couldn’t find any posts about this but I saw that it’s about USD 25.00 for a 250mL bottle.
Kiehl’s Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream with Vitamin C and SPF 50 PA+++
I am an avid BB cream user and I’ve wanted to try this since I saw Dawn of Peachy Pink Sisters review this. I’m currently using a gel moisturizer with no sunscreen so I prefer BB creams with high SPF.
I absolutely loved the consistency of this BB cream. It was really creamy but easy to blend. This is in the shade fair and it was a perfect match for my skin tone. I think Dawn didn’t like this because she has oily skin, but I have dry skin so I didn’t have any problems with the formulation. Despite the high SPF, this didn’t give me a white cast in photos. The only negative point is it has a rather funky smell that really put me off of it.
Available in all Kiehl’s stores at P1995.00 for a 30mL tube.
Maybelline Lumineyes quad in Gray
I have the purple version of this quad and I have to say both palettes are pretty impressive in terms of pigmentation and and staying power. I’ve worn the purple one without a primer and it lasted the whole day without creasing.
These are powder eyeshadows but the texture is very creamy and easy to blend.
This is available in all Maybelline counters nationwide at P499.00 each.
Revlon Nail Art
If you know me personally, then you would know that I love nail polish! My collection is close to 400 bottles now so I haven’t been buying any lately, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like getting them as gifts
This line of nail polish from Revlon prompted a lot of other brands to do the same dual ended bottle thing. I think this format for nail polish is great because you get 2 nail polish shades for the price of one.
Revlon came up with 3 types of nail art lacquer. Ning probably knows I’m a nail polish girl so she gave me one of each.
The Moon Candy (top) which is a duo consisting of a base shade and a top coat with iridescent flakey top coat. The one I have is Moonstone.
Expressionist is a combination of 2 bright contrasting colors. The combinations are rather random. I’ve been to a Revlon counter to check and they have creme/creme and creme/frost duos. The one I have is Pop Art and both are creme formulas.
Neon is composed of 2 colors, one is a base shade and the other a bright color that will transition to a neon color when worn on top of the opaque base.
Consistency of the nail polish is similar to regular Revlon nail polish, which I do love.
These are P299.00 each at Revlon counters.
That’s everything that was in the bag. I know I haven’t been updating much lately, so I also included mini reviews in this post (as always!) because as much as I want to make individual reviews, I can’t seem to find the time to do so. But if you have any questions about the products that I haven’t included up there, then just leave me a comment and I’ll try to answer as soon as I can.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Until next time!
I’ve been meaning to write about Essence ever since the brand was made available locally, but I always get sidetracked! No more! Today I’m going to show you swatches and my first impression on their Sun Club matte bronzing powder in the shade for Blondes.
Essence Sun Club Matt Bronzing Powder for Blondes (Php 259.00 for 15g)
Rave: I love the shade of this bronzer! It’s not muddy or orange-y so it’s perfect for contouring. You can also brush it on your cheeks and T-zone to add warmth to your face. It’s nicely pigmented, but not overly so that you’d have a hard time blending it (yes Sleek contour kit, I’m talking about you!). This bronzer is available in 2 shades, 1 for Brunettes and 1 for Blondes. Honestly, there isn’t much of a difference between the 2 so doesn’t really matter which one you’d get. They look exactly the same when swatched.
Rant : The only thing I don’t like about this bronzer is the scent. It smells like fake-vanilla flavoring, which is disgusting. I’m not iffy about scented products but the smell of this bronzer is so strong that it really puts me off! In case you’re interested in this bronzer, I strongly advise that you take a whiff of the tester before buying it to see how you like the scent.
The verdict? I’ll keep on using this bronzer but I probably won’t repurchase until they come up with a fragrance free version.
Essence is a German drugstore brand and it’s available in the beauty section of select SM Department stores.
I was so STOKED when I found out that Essence is already available here! I used to get my Essence cosmetics fix in Watsons Singapore, and I’m just so happy it’s now easier to get it. I also love how the price isn’t blown up like most imported brands. <3
On the flip side, be careful with the storage of these products, especially for solid but creamy products like lipsticks, concealers and pencils because they don’t hold up well in warm weather. I have a couple of concealers and kajal pencils from Essence and I noticed that they oil up and melt a little when it gets warm.
But that’s a post for another day.
Moving on, the rest of the products that I will show you today are from Pinkies Collection.
Pinkies Collection Blusher in RUST (Php 149.50) and Eyeshadow in SKINTONE (Php 70.00) and Bronze (Php 75.00)
I’ve heard quite a lot of reviews about this local beauty brand and I have to say the raves are well-deserved.
They have an extensive collection in the Watsons beauty section in SM Aura, compared to other SM dept. stores. I usually skip out on browsing local beauty products but the display counters at SM Aura are so nicely laid out
and it’s not crowded so I didn’t feel rushed or harassed while swatching the eyeshadow and blushes.
According to the saleslady, Pinkies Collection is made in France even though it’s Filipino owned. Hesitant to purchase? The company supports a charity and they donate a portion of the sales for every product that you buy. Isn’t that cool?
Pinkies Collection blush in Rust
This blush looks more coral than pink in real life. Just refer to the swatch below as it’s more true to color.
oh, I also love the simple and sleek packaging. It doesn’t feel very sturdy but it doesn’t feel flimsy either. I really favor straightforward containers like this because it’s not so “trying hard” to look expensive or conceal the cheap materials used in packaging.
Rust when swatched – I think I unconsciously picked up another NARS Orgasm lookalike. I think it’s pretty similar in terms of texture and finish but Rust is more pinkish because Orgasm is a peach-y coral toned blush.
Rave: I favor shimmery blushes so I really like the finish of this blush. It is a bit more pricey compared to blushes from other local brands, but I can vouch for the quality of this product. All the other local brands just pale in comparison. It’s very pigmented and easy to blend (which is always a plus because a little goes a long way) and it lasts for over 5 hours even if you commute. It lasts longer if you don’t sweat a lot.
I noticed that this blush doesn’t have any strong fragrance so that’s a good thing too!
Rant: I don’t have anything bad to say about this blush! I was rather impressed with it actually. The only problem I can see with this blush is the staying power. If you’re the kind of person who dislikes retouching makeup throughout the day, then you’re better off investing in a longer lasting blush because this will not last long, esp. if you commute or if you sweat a lot.
Eyeshadow pots in Skintone and Bronze
These eyeshadow singles actually don’t come in pots, but the Pinkies Collection lady was kind enough to give me free pots for my purchases. Probably because I was the first customer that day?
I accidentally nicked the Bronze shade with my nail the day I bought it.
Anyhoo, I thought the pots were a nice, but notice how they’re exactly like MAC eyeshadow pots? I guess I shouldn’t dwell on it. It’s free, for heaven’s sake.
Bronze & Skintone when swatched
Skintone is just a bit darker than my skin but it’s still fair enough that it works as a base shade.
Bronze is just as the name says it is, bronze. It’s the perfect shade to wear if you want to look sunkissed. (Don’t forget to warm up your skintone with bronzer so you won’t look so pale)
Rave: I love the texture of these eyeshadows! It’s buttery and blendable. Not Urban Decay kind of buttery but for the price you’re paying, these are pretty decent. I am yet to wear these without a primer, so I don’t know how long it would last before creasing. I’ll make sure to update this post as soon as I’ve given it a wear test.
Rant: It can be a bit tricky to make skintone show up on my skin but as I experienced the same with Urban Decay, I don’t think it’s a big deal. Besides, it’s a base shade.
So if you’re looking for affordable eyeshadow singles, I think these are pretty good.
Overall, I’m a bit disappointed with the Essence bronzer because of the scent. Other than that, it’s all good. I still love Essence and I will be reviewing the rest of the products that I have from them.
As for Pinkies Collection, I was pleasantly surprised with the brand! The quality is impressive, considering how affordable it is. I’m pretty sure I’ll be getting more makeup from them soon.
That’s it for the first impression and mini review.
Until my next post!
Hi guys! I went to Bangkok with my family last month and I just want to share with you some of the places we visited.
I almost didn’t want to post this because my camera files got corrupted and I lost most of the photos I took It’s so sad! I love taking photos when I travel and I think they make really priceless memories and souvenirs, so I was really crestfallen when I saw that the bulk of my photos were gone. I guess it was a good thing it wasn’t my first time in the city…
of course I’m telling myself that so I won’t feel so bad…
But anyway! Let me share with you what I can, yes?
First tidbits and view of the city. I don’t have much because I was too busy shopping the first few days, and unfortunately, those were the only photos that weren’t corrupted.
Random canal I always pass by on the way to Baiyoke market and Platinum mall.
Me and my sister on top of Fa Sai She’s a 30 year-old elephant from the Elephant village.
Temple snapshots! A trip to Bangkok isn’t complete without a visit to one of the 400+ temples in the city alone.
The ubiquitous Tuk-tuk which is a cross between a tricycle and a jeepney. If you choose to ride this when you visit Bangkok, hold on to your belongings like your life depends on it because the driver will drive like a boss. I am not kidding.
Can you see Pratunam market?
Don’t be alarmed! These weren’t used to beat people bloody….
It was used to cook sticky rice.
Random snapshots of a very small number of street vendors. You’d be overwhelmed when you see just how many there are in real life.
A cute bunny in the alligator farm.
Just to end this brief travel diary with a cute and furry note.
Hope you guys enjoyed this post
I’m back for another beauty post. Despite my best intentions to post product reviews, I always end up getting too busy to sit down and review things. Before I realize it, I’m sitting down and editing yet another haul post.
What is it about hauls that’s so fun and exciting? I almost always tend to squeeze in the post when it’s a haul. Hmm…
I know, I’m rambling. Sigh. I just turned 22 last month and while I always look forward to my birthday, I just can’t help but feel a little mortified knowing I’m already in my early twenties. Wasn’t it just yesterday when I was a college freshman? What the f*** happened?!
But anyway, enough about my woes on getting older. The best part of celebrating your birthday is receiving gifts!
I want to share with you things that were gifted to me on my birthday, and some things that I indulged in.
Here are all the new things I got last month!
Let’s start with the Estee Lauder makeup set.
Isn’t it just beautiful? This was given to me by my tita who lives in Vegas. The set contains 2 makeup compacts, 4 lipsticks (mostly frosted), 2 lip gloss tubes, 1 nail polish, 1 travel size mascara, 1 lip liner, and 1 eyeliner.
This is what the inside of the compacts look like.
I’m looking forward to trying and reviewing this set. I shot up straight to makeup heaven the moment I opened it.
Thank you mommy Bebs, for this awesome makeup set
MAC & Chanel goodies
AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! I FINALLY HAVE MAC HEROINE!!!!
I’ve been obsessing over this lipstick shade since August last year. By the time I started to take more interest in makeup, this limited edition lipstick was long gone! *SOB* So when I heard that it was going to be repromoted, I asked my cousin who lives in LA to get me 2 tubes of Heroine. Turns out, she already got them for me because she knows how much I wanted it!! And because she’s awesome, she even threw in a Chanel loose powder and a Heroine lipliner as my birthday gift.
There are no words to describe how I felt when I finally got my hands on these.
But I admit I ended up squealing and bouncing around my room.
Ben Nye Banana Powder, Japonesque Heated lash curler, La Femme blush palette by Palette Lab
I’ve been feeling like I was stuck in my blush routine because it seemed like I didn’t have enough variety in terms of color families and shades so I ordered a 12-pan palette from La Femme and filled it with varying shades of pink, peach and purple blushes. So happy with these! They are so inexpensive but the quality is right up there with MAC and Makeup Forever.
Ben Nye Banana Powder in the 3 oz bottle… Do I really need to explain this? :))
Japonesque heated lash curler – the only lash curler that really works on my stubborn lashes!
I bought all of these items myself. I’ve been wanting to try the Ben Nye powder and La Femme blushes for so long but I couldn’t find an online shop that carries La Femme. Ben Nye on the order hand is either sold out or overpriced. I got sick of waiting and searching for shops so I just asked my cousin to order these for me.
Oh, in case you’re lemming for La Femme blushes or Ben Nye Banana powder, I actually ordered a small batch to sell in my online shop I haven’t set it up yet but I will definitely post it here once everything is up and running.
ELF studio blushes, baked blushes, bronzer and blush duo, and warm bronzer
I’m an ELF convert! After buying 1 studio blush and eyebrow kit last year, I thought the brand was just so-so. I almost forgot about them until I came across a rave review about the eyebrow kit. I tried using it again early this year and I got hooked! I even liked the blush so much I ordered these from the states. Most of their studio blush shades aren’t available locally so I was really happy when I found a seller who accepts pre-order and even sells these cheaper than in department stores.
K-palette 2-way eyebrow liner and 24 hour tattoo liquid liner
A good friend who lives in Japan got these for me when she visited Manila for a vacation. She actually got me 2 sets, but I’m already using the 1st set. These are available locally (both online and in malls) but they have a 60-100 percent mark up. CRAZY.
Ate Mickey, if you’re reading this, THANK YOU!
Suesh 18-piece Vegan Brush set (Php 3000.00)
I’ve always been iffy about buying brushes from Suesh because they cost more than I expect. I always compute how much something would cost in my head before I check the price. Do you do this too or is it just me? With Suesh brush sets, they always exceed my “expected price” so I couldn’t bring myself to buy any.
Until someone asked me what I wanted for my birthday.
I always knew that if I’m going to buy a set of brushes from Suesh, it will be this set. Now I hazzz it!
I love the pale pink brush roll, the champagne and mauve color scheme of the brushes. The brushes itself are pretty decent!
More thorough review on this set next time!
Thank you for the generous gift! You know who you are
Parian Spirit brush cleaner (Php 800.00 for 16 oz.) and cleaning jar (Php 350.00)
Spatula (Php 75.00) and Velcro hair thingamajigs (Php 80.00/pair)
Picked these items up at Suesh as well. The Parian Spirit is an excellent brush cleaner, but if you’re not fond of strong citrus-y scents, this is not for you. I also picked up some mini spatula and velcro whatchamacallits. I don’t know what these are called but these are the things you slap on your hair to keep them away from your face while
slathering on some face gunk applying makeup.
I am very happy with all the gifts and my purchases for the past month. Truth be told, I’m a little overwhelmed by all these new makeup and beauty tools. I think I’ll be imposing a makeup shopping ban for a couple of months since I have waaay too much makeup already.
Don’t worry I still have a couple of haul posts lined-up!
So far, May was an awesome month for me and I hope it went just as great for you as well.
Til my next
haul or review post!
P.S. What do you think of my photos? Are they better? I forgot to mention that I also got a Canon 650D for my birthday and I am loving it so far! More about it next time.