Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Lip Gloss Set in Summer & Fall

Something horrible happened over Easter – I accidentally deleted all photos and videos from the chicken boy and I’s most recent vacation and couldn’t retrieve it. I tried everything, to no avail. Oh well, I guess we just need to go on more documented trips together. 😦 I’m kinda glad I’m writing about this product today because I cannot rave about this more. I’m not the biggest fan of lip gloss. I didn’t even own one until I bought these sets from Anastasia Beverly Hills. I was watching Youtube videos of swatches and all the shades just looked oh so amazing, I couldn’t help but think I want to have them all.

Application: First things first, it smells amazing. Pulling out the applicator is like taking out something sugary out of a treat bag. If you were a 90s kid in the Philippines, I would say that it smells so much like the butterball candy! Upon application, the smell does go away. The applicator is not a doe-foot applicator and more of a paddle. It glides on really smoothly and does not emphasize any fine lines on your lips. I usually only need the product on one side of the paddle to put the product evenly on my lips in one go. I guess you can try to build the pigmentation, but as it is gloss and not liquid lipstick, it will feel heavy if you decide to do so.

Summer Set: St. Tropez, Blushing, Grape Jelly, Toffee, Caramel, Tango

On my lips: It’s very pigmented for a lip gloss. This is not as sheer as most lip glosses I’ve tried and could work well on its own. Of course, as it is a gloss, it does not dry out and it moves around. It will transfer, but it will not fade patchy. You can even just rub your lips together to distribute the product all over your lips if you forgot to bring it with you. It’s not sticky which is what I feared it would be, and although you can tell there’s something on your lips, it feels comfortable. It’s one of my favorite lip products to put in my bag.

Fall Set: Raisin, Amber, Berry, Maple, Carla, Rum

The shades:

St. Tropez is shade goes on quite metallic. On the swatch below, it looks pink. However, on my lips, it turns out to be some sort of nude metallic color.

Blushing is a light pink shade that could pass off as the lip gloss version of MAC Chatterbox. The first thought that popped into mind upon application is ‘Barbie Pink’.

Grape Jelly is far from being that deep violet grape shade but is instead a fuschia pink one.

Toffee is a nice nude shade on my lips. I have never been the biggest fan of nude, as I prefer bold dark colors, but this became an exception. I usually wear it whenever I want to sport a no makeup look, but I think it would also fare well with heavy eye looks.

Caramel is probably the best orange lip product in my collection. I’ve never been a fan of orange shades, but this one is more muted. Its shade is a muted down, deeper version of Amber, and I personally like this a little better too.

Tango is boysenberry in lipgloss form.

Raisin looks a bit brown on my arm but is actually a nice wearable mauve on my lips. It’s the type of mauve that will look good on anybody.

Amber is a nice light coral shade. It’s included in the Fall set, but it’s something I would wear more during the summer. I think it would be perfect for those Asian-style makeup looks.

Berry, true to its name, is a mulberry shade.

Maple is basically a slightly lighter, metallic version of Rum.

Carla is the only red gloss in both sets. When I swatched it on my arm, I thought it wouldn’t be as pigmented as it was on my lips. But this red is NOT for the faint of heart. One swipe on the lips is all it took to cover it. It’s really red and glossy, you might as well just shout ‘look at me, look at me’.

Rum is a true brown shade in the form of gloss. I’m not the biggest fan of brown lip products because it makes me look old, but if I have to buy one, I’d purchase this in a heartbeat.

Would I repurchase? Hell yeah! When I run out and the sets are still available, I would totally buy both of them again. If I do have to repurchase it individually, I would probably skip on Maple and Amber due to personal preferences. Maple is perfect for party looks and I rarely go on night outs lol. Amber is quite nice too, but just not quite suit my personality. 🙂 You can purchase it from their website or if you’re from the Philippines, preorder from @scentsandbeautyph.

Are you a fan of lip gloss? Let me know about your favorite lip gloss brands in the comments!

Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Minis in The Nude Edition, The Pink Edition & The Red Edition

It’s the start of the non-working holidays for Holy Week, and so here I am with a brand new post. I was actually baptized Catholic, but currently agnostic (which I don’t see changing anytime soon), so I don’t really practice any of religion. Other people’s religion usually isn’t a big deal to me and I rarely ask unless I have to (food preferences, if they can attend a certain activity, etc). That’s why it didn’t even dawn on me that Easter was coming until I had to check out the dates while I was planning C and I’s weekend getaway. Since it’s also a holiday, I wanted to avoid the throngs of people that go on vacation during Easter weekend.

Holidays also meant a lot of holiday sales. I’m trying to grasp some self-control and not buy anything since that crazy lippie haul. As I mentioned in that haul, I was initially looking to buy the Huda Beauty Rose Gold eyeshadow palette. However, the conflicting reviews turned me off. So I browsed the site some more and found their liquid mini mattes and that hooked my interest. They have four sets divided into The Nude Edition, The Pink Edition, The Red Edition, and The Brown Edition. Since brown lipsticks add years to my look, I skipped that one and ordered the rest. The packaging is so cute, and this mini liquid lipsticks come in frosted glass containers. I’m not totally sure if it is glass though, but it’s heavy and I’m careful whenever I’m handling this because I’m afraid to drop it. It’s not cheap, yo.

The Nude Edition: Venus, Bombshell, Flirt, Trendsetter
The Pink Edition: Gossip Gurl, Trophy Wife, Icon, Socialite
The Red Edition: Heartbreaker, Material Girl, Showgirl, Famous

Application: For a matte liquid lipstick, it is quite runny. I’ve tried a lot of matte liquid lipsticks, but I have never owned one with a texture that is quite as runny as this formula. It glides on quite well but takes a while to dry completely, which I believe is also because of how runny it is. I find that if I apply lip balm prior to this, it takes a lot longer to dry and can move around. I found that I need to re-dip it in the bottle once to give it an even finish for the darker shades. My sense of smell isn’t as sensitive as other people’s but the product has a chemical smell to it. It’s not overly strong but the scent is far from being my favorite. There was also a slight ‘burning’ sensation (I’m not exactly sure if that is the right word to use) that eventually goes away, but I was quite alarmed when it happened the first time I swatched it on my lips.

On the lips: Most of the shades dry out evenly (the darker ones can be a little patchy, but that’s not new when it comes to liquid lipsticks). It’s not transfer-proof, but it’s pretty minimal (usually leaves an outline of my lips when I kiss my hand/my boyfriend’s cheek). It also does not feel drying at all, but maybe that’s why it’s STICKY. This is seriously my number one complaint. The thing I like the most about matte liquid lipsticks, and the reason why I buy so many of them even if some are a little drying on the lips, is the fact that once it dries out… it’s dry. I have the tendency to rub my lips together (even without any lipsticks on) unconsciously, but with this on, I realize I’m actually doing so. Because it sticks together. Even with the array of shades that I own, I find that I reach out for it less than I do my other lip products because I hate the feeling I get with it on even if it’s not drying. As with all matte lipsticks, scrub your lips before wearing since it can enhance chapped lips. It also will not survive a meal without touch ups. I wore Heartbreaker during dinner. I had a salad and I was leaving stains on the fork and on the glass, so there’s that.

The shades:

Venus is the perfect nude shade on my lips. It goes on really light but upon drying, it looks like I have nothing on my lips at all!

Bombshell is a coral nude shade (if there even is such a thing). It’s a nice nude, similar to Venus, but is more coral.

Flirt is a brown shade. I don’t think it’s a shade for everyone, though.

Trendsetter surprisingly is the closest shade to Venus in this set. Upon swatching on my arm, I initially thought it would be brown. However, on my lips, it’s just a wee bit darker than Venus.

Gossip Gurl is a pink shade. When I say that, I mean it’s really pink with an undertone that does not match mine. When I use it, I usually mix it with a light pink lip gloss (Anastasia Beverly Hills in Blushing).

Trophy Wife is a light plum shade, that surprisingly, does seem like a shade a trophy wife would wear. When I swatched it on my lips, a light bulb went off in my head and went “aaahhh” as I get how

Icon is included in The Pink Edition, but it would have been more suitable to be in The Red Edition. It’s a muted red orange shade that is super similar to Kylie Liquid Lipstick in 22.

Socialite is a sheer, shimmery (there are actual specks of glitter in the formula) shade that goes on with a hint of coral. I actually enjoy putting this product on without any other shades underneath whenever I’m running errands as it makes me look youthful.

Heartbreaker is surprisingly the only real red in The Red Edition. It is not a muted red, though, and is the type of bright red Taylor Swift sports in her casual looks.

Material Girl is a nice wine shade.

Showgirl is a metallic jam color. Think canned strawberry jams with metallic shimmery syrup. I’m thinking about it, and now I’m craving for jams on toast. Yum!

Famous is a dark wine shade that is the liquid lipstick version of MAC’s Rebel.

Would I repurchase? Honestly, no. I would definitely use it until it all runs out but I wouldn’t be buying any of the full-sized ones. The shades are nice and pigmented, but the sticky feeling is just not my personal preference. If this interest you, you can purchase it via their website or if you’re from the Philippines, preorder from @scentsandbeautyph.

Have anyone else encountered the same thing with their liquid lipsticks? Have you tried other items from Huda Beauty? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

Colourpop x Hello Kitty Puroland Mini Size Kit

By the time you read this, I would be on my way home (or already home) from a nice 3-day trip out to the beach with the chicken boy. I’m hoping it’s as relaxing as I thought it would be – you’d know once I’m done with these lippie reviews and I blog about it. C and I enjoy spending alone time at the beach, mostly because we find the excuse to bum around and do nothing. It felt like going back to our childhoods! As a child, I was never the biggest fan of Hello Kitty. My mom bought me a LOT of merchandise (think complete bed sheet sets and matching pajamas), but it’s not something I brought with me as I aged. I’ve had an inherent dislike for cats when I got bitten by one in grade school. I was just sitting there, minding my own business, when the neighbor’s cat decided that my leg was a free game and bit it. I know about rabies and even after medications, it brought on so much anxiety to younger me that I couldn’t even sleep in fear that I would not wake up in the morning. So there’s that. Not gonna lie though, I grabbed this set from the Colourpop x Hello Kitty collaboration while it was on sale even if I had a hard time looking for swatches on Youtube at the time.

Application: At this point, everyone I know who uses lipsticks have already used Colourpop so I was debating whether to discuss it at all. However, I know some people who might read this are not yet familiar with it, so here we go. This set consists of both ultra matte and ultra satin lippies. Both are quite pigmented but may take at least another dip in the bottle to cover the whole lips since the doe-foot applicator is small (since it’s a mini kit). I don’t really smell anything from it while is nice. The matte ones dry pretty quickly, while the satin ones.. well don’t really dry at all.

On my lips: The matte ones does feel a bit drying on the lips, which is expected for matte lip products. The satin ones can be a bit sticky but I don’t really care about how sticky it feels as for Colourpop liquid lipsticks, I found that I personally prefer the ultra satin ones over the ultra matte items. Both are quite pigmented and can last a while, although the satin will transfer. Everywhere. Your coffee cup lid. On the rest of your face when you forget you’re wearing a lipstick and eat a burger. It does take more than tissue to rub it all off, and it does not look patchy when you reapply more product on your lips (this applies to both formulas). I really just love it, and would collect all shades if I don’t already feel that I have too many lip products. Haha!

The shades:

Mimmy (Ultra Matte) looks mauve in the tube, but upon application, dries into this nice eggplant color.

Tiny Chum (Ultra Satin) is a nude-ish pink in the bottle and upon application, but it dries to an Old Rose shade. Super wearable!

Milk Bottle (Ultra Matte) is a muted pink shade. Perfect for those who just want a pink lippie for everyday use.

Lock Diary (Ultra Satin) is a dark pink shade that is almost red, but not quite. Since it’s satin, the shade does not dry and stays the same.

Ribbon (Ultra Matte) is reminiscent of an old Hollywood red shade. It’s the type of shade you would wear to a formal event.

Would I repurchase? This set is limited edition, but all these shades in a set are all you would need if you can only have five. There’s a shade for all the usual occasions you plan to go to. Plus, it’s dirt cheap! You can snatch up their other products from their website or if you’re from the Philippines, preorder from @scentsandbeautyph.

Have you tried Colourpop products? What’s your favorite shade? Let me know in the comments below!

SKIN CARE || BeautyMNL + Althea.kr

I know it’s April Fools’ but this is not a joke. Today’s Public Service Announcement is nothing new – SkInvesting: Invest in your skin while you’re young!

When I was in my teens, I was lazy with my skincare. To be honest, there were even days that I didn’t wash off my face (I had no makeup on, but still) before going to bed *cue gasp*. Come college, I did the basic thing of using a facial wash and nothing else. My mom always chided me on this. We are only young once, and our skin’s collagen will not be great forever. I was a hundred times more stubborn then and refused to listen. I wish I did.

Unfortunately, unless you have the extra dough to get a stem cell therapy or make bimonthly visits to Belo, aging will mess with your skin (metabolism, aching joints, this list is long because aging isn’t glamorous). I’m halfway through my 25th year on Earth but the fine lines under my eyes from excessive eye scrubbing and working on a shifting schedule (which in turn messed with my sleep) suggest otherwise. I skipped out on sunscreen for so many years, and the most recent development of sun spots on my skin have made me scrambling to get ahold of more intense skincare products. Thanks to freckles being trendy right now that it can pass off as ‘cute’. Ugh. What do I do? I turn to Asian brands of course!

I’m not sure if we have Biore products available locally in stores, but my first encounter with this Japanese brand was during C and I’s trip to Tokyo. You can literally find it everywhere in Japan and Taiwan, but the problem was I didn’t know what it was for. Thankfully, BeautyMNL had English descriptions and I literally bought all the products that were for oily/combination skin that wasn’t sold out at the time.

The demand for Korean beauty products has increased the past years (given the popularity of Korean dramas and KPop), and a lot of Korean brands can already be found locally. However, the markup can be a little crazy which is the case for most foreign brands. ALTHEA Korea ships directly to your doorstep from South Korea, so their items are cheaper and they ship for free if you order beyond a certain amount. You can imagine my surprise when it arrived four days after, which is quite fast considering it says that shipping takes 10-15 days. Their packaging is also A+! If you don’t have an account yet, you can sign up here!

When I opened the parcel, each product was wrapped intensely with bubble wrap, ensuring that nothing gets damaged on its way here.

When I was deciding on what to do with regards to my skin care routine, I went and read other people’s blogs and watched their Youtube videos. Some people even have intensive 10-step routines which as interesting but not something I plan on doing. I probably would fall asleep halfway through it, too! Since cleansing is important, I start off with either the Biore Cleansing Oil Facial Sheets or my VMV Hypoallergenics Oil-Free Quick & Complete Makeup Remover. I like the facial sheets for my liquid lipsticks and when I have heavy makeup on because it really takes it off easily. I skip this step whenever I am not wearing makeup and proceed with cleansing. Right now I’m still using up the last of my Banila Co Clean It Zero Fresh Foam Cleanser before I move on to using the Biore Uru Uru Cleanser. I’ve tried it a couple of times because I couldn’t resist and it was so light on the skin. There was no tightening feeling and it felt like I was just cleaning my face with water. However, my face was smooth and clean after. Win! I chanced upon the Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off while it was on sale for Php 260. Skinfood is quite pricey when you buy from their local stores, so it was such a steal to buy it. One tub should last me for a while because I only use it once a week but the sibs and chicken boy like to use my skin care products as well.. and I end up having to replenish my stash sooner than I thought I would.

I’m always rotating between different toners, and so far, none aside from Celeteque (their products are just not compatible with my skin) have contributed to a breakout. I have started using the Milky Dress The White Skin as a toner for a week now, and it was a different experience from the other toners I have tried before. There was zero stinging sensation upon application and it did not make my skin feel dry. During day time, I apply the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel as sunscreen and moisturizer after toning. I don’t like putting on too many products when I know I’m still going to put on makeup because it just feels too heavy and takes a lot of time. My initial impression of this product is that it would be heavy. It was such a pleasant surprise to find that it’s not the case and once my skin absorbed it in a few minutes, it left my skin smooth and soft to touch. So far, I didn’t notice any adverse effect on my makeup even with the sunscreen underneath. I totally would repurchase and stick to it from now on.

I have more skin care steps at night after toning, before I go to sleep (or work from home). I don’t use an eye cream, but now that I find the need for one, I went and bought W-Lab’s Bifida Prestige Eyecream since it had a 5-star review on Althea’s website. I chose to buy the It’s SKIN Power 10 Formula Q10 Effector since I’m new to anti-aging serums and it was the cheapest one I could find with great ratings. I seal it all in with a moisturizer I’ve had for months now which is Avène Hydrance Optimale Aqua Cream-In-Gel. A little goes a long way with this moisturizer because it’s thick and takes a while to get all absorbed by the skin. Waking up with a supple skin us worth the extra 15-20 minutes I spend on taking care of my skin. These things take time so I’m not sure if it’s effective but let’s see!

What’s your skincare routine? I’m interested to know about it. Let me know in the comments below!

CRAZY LIPPIE HAUL || Colourpop, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Huda Beauty

I’m not gonna lie, February was a whirlwind month for me. I have talked about it repeatedly over the last few posts so I’ll skip that and simply say: GUYS, I BOUGHT A LOT. Sure, wine did have a huge part in the decision making. There’s something so relaxing about lying in bed, drinking wine, and watching lipstick swatches over on Youtube.. that I got so relaxed, my inhibitions went away and I ordered so many lipsticks. How many? 29 different shades!

I was born and raised in the Philippines. It’s a beautiful country, but man, there’s a lot of downside in living in this place. Crappy politicians, the constant heat (I’m not even kidding when I tell people our seasons are just ‘hot’ and ‘hotter’) and heavy traffic aside, I hate the fact that a lot of things I want to buy has to go through resellers because I can’t just waltz in a store to buy it. Sure, you can order it online and have your items shipped here but it will have to go through Customs. And when you’re in the Philippines, there are controversies surrounding claiming your packages from Customs that you avoid the hassle and just buy from resellers. (Relevant link: Lifestyle checks for Customs workers) But I digress, let’s move on from irritating topics to fun ones!

Let’s face it, it takes a while to finish liquid lipsticks, unless you use the same shade every day. Mini lip kits are a great way to try different shades for less to find a shade you are willing to repurchase in its full-sized glory. I’ve been debating for a while now to get hold of Colourpop’s mini lip kits, and when they released their collaboration with Hello Kitty, I knew I had to get my hands on their Colourpop x Hello Kitty Puroland Mini Size Kit.

I have been wanting to try out Huda Beauty’s Textured Shadows Palette Rose Gold but the reviews are super conflicting, I decided to browse their website and saw mini lip kits. I went and ordered three out of the four Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Minis.

I’m not fond of lip gloss.. I didn’t even own one until I bought both of Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss Sets. Surprisingly, this was the product I was the most excited for after watching all those swatches on Youtube. I can’t wait to try them all on!

I got freebies with my order in the form of Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair and Clinique Three Shades in 05 On Safari. The eyeshadow palette has shades that I don’t own yet, and are all shimmery which I like. I have brown eyes, and so this is pretty much perfect for me.

Now that I think about it, maybe it is a blessing in disguise that there’s a lot of brands I can’t buy here because I am weak and have zero self-control. Ha!! For anyone else looking to buy authentic makeup from the US, @scentsandbeautyph has the cheapest prices I could find for these items. Most items are pre-order based, though, so you will have to wait for it for at least two weeks. Not bad for the money you save. 😉

Which ones are your favorites? Should I make lip swatch videos for these products? Let me know!

HAUL || January + February 2017

Hey, everyone! Does anyone else also feel a bit of disbelief that February is already ending, but yet it’s only even February? Because I totally do. I feel like so much has already happened in such a short span of time, it’s making my head spin. It’s also literally making me sick. Early this year, I’ve had to deal with a cancer scare, thanks to the great doctor who checked up on me and went “it could either be an infection or cancer”. Since there is a multitude of health concerns that can be inherited from either side of the family, you have no idea how terrified I was the two weeks I had to undergo tests and wait for the diagnosis. C and I celebrated the day I was told it was only a cancer scare and I had seafood ramen for dinner.. which then triggered an allergic reaction. As it turns out, it was a ‘chance’ reaction to seafood that lasted for two weeks where I was put on a hypoallergenic diet. The spots are still subsiding up to now, though, but at least it’s not as visible anymore. I also had to adjust my body clock back to day shift after working the night shift for more than a year, which in turn weakened my immune system enough for me to catch the flu. Three weeks in, I’m back to working the night shift, and I guess you can already see where this is going. I’m sick again and has been constantly plagued by migraines. I really need to up my vitamin game. Any suggestions?

With all the health concerns, I spent half the time being sad about it, and the other half throwing money at my feelings. It is during this kind of days where I felt like it’s mom who made our home feel like home, and even if I stay in because I’m sick it doesn’t feel as homey as it used to be. Even shopping therapy can’t stop me from missing her. Fortunately, I didn’t spend more than I can afford (personal rule when spending money). But I also wasn’t as frugal as my mom would have preferred (please don’t haunt me).

I have an abundance of dresses, skirts, and (surprisingly, for someone living in this tropical country) knit sweaters, in my closet. But I seriously lack tops. The start of the year meant ‘end of season’ sales everywhere, which I took advantage of when I went inside MANGO to find out they were selling their tops for a little more than a quarter of the original price. I got tops in white (the little floral embroideries grabbed me), peach, and moss green (I didn’t see that the string for the button had a problem 😦 ). Admittedly, my color palette could rival ones of a unicorn a few years back, but I’m now at the phase where I lean towards muted colors, as you can see from my purchases below.

I also got some items from Old Navy – this burgundy pair of pants are so comfortable and something you can dress up or dress down in. I also bought this white shirt which cost less than Php 200 because I don’t own one yet (I know, right). The swimwear was sold separately but since I found a matching pair, I bought it. I am in love with those scalloped edges! Now I only need to get back to having red hair, and I can pretend I’m the little mermaid again.

I ordered the ZOEVA Bamboo Luxury Set brushes I wanted from Sephora that I didn’t get to buy in Singapore since it was only available online. It’s such a great purchase – the brushes are soft, have minimal fallout, and applies like a dream. It also comes with a nice beige pouch that I will be using when I’m traveling. I also bought a box of Benefit Cosmetics 1st Prize – Strobing & Highlighting Set since I have no idea how to use a highlighter yet, and I wanted to try out the ones from Benefit before buying anything full sized. I got a laptop sleeve freebie which turned out to be useful since my laptop fit nicely in it.

Since I don’t really do a lot of eye makeup, I don’t own any eyeshadow palettes. I decided that it’s about time to invest in one and looked around for a nice all around palette. After reading a lot of reviews, I went and bought the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette from @themakeupstore.mnl. She has a lot of on hand items for people like me who hates waiting. For those who don’t mind waiting and want to buy it for a price that’s a little bit cheaper, you can also get it from @scentsandbeautyph. I preordered quite a stash of lip products from her that will be arriving next month. I can’t wait to show you guys!

I went with C to Nuvali on another shopping trip (yes, we literally name our dates where one of us are planning to buy something as ‘shopping trips’), as he was on a lookout for new leather shoes. I told myself I wouldn’t buy anything.. and here we are. I got this peach knee-length pleated dress because I have a variation of dresses with this style but not this color yet (I am very fond of plain knee-length dresses). I also got a pair of dark green jeans from UNIQLO since C has one, and it looked great on him lol. My last clothing purchase is of this knit sleeveless turtleneck that was on sale from Cotton On which I bet I can pair with all the skirts I own. Yas!

My last purchase for this month is a laptop. I have gone four years without my own by borrowing from either my siblings or C, but I have found myself using it more and I just can’t share one anymore. I looked around and really liked the ASUS Zenbook 3 in Rose Gold. Unfortunately, it was consistently unavailable here in Manila since it launched, so we went around and compared other laptops that had similar specs. I’ve owned it for a few weeks now, and so far, no regrets!

Let me know in the comments below if these monthly haul posts are something you’d like to read again, or if I should do something else. Kinda weird writing about it too, because I feel like I burned so much money away. Haha!

Weekly Vlog #5 || Seoul Haul & Life Lately

It’s Mondaaaaaaaaaay! I usually post these vlogs on Monday mornings, so here ya go! As I mentioned from my previous post, I slightly bought more items than I usually do while traveling in Seoul. Here’s my Korean skincare haul. 🙂

Life hasn’t been too eventful lately. It’s actually giving me anxiety because I’m an overthinker and I often feel like when things are going well, something is about to go shitty. Times like these are classified as ‘the calm before the storm’ in my head. It’s great that I have a life partner who is 100x more carefree than me. He gets me to unwind and not go on full batshit crazy mode. (I trained him well lol)

I’m also trying to finish packing my clothes because I’m going on my last vacation for this year. I’m excited even if it’s to a destination I have been to countless times (hint: It’s a small country). The only problem with that is that I don’t know what else to put in our itinerary. Ha! But I’m traveling with my sister who is a minor, and she already had a travel certificate to this country (a document you need to travel with minors who are not your children to be able to get out of the Philippines). It didn’t help that I got cheap airfare and bought it on a whim. The previous sentence is literally the story of most of my travels. Hahaha!

VIDEO DISCLAIMER: I didn’t realize that the video cuts out at 13:44 (until I have posted this) which is weird because the video was 14+ minutes long. Oh well! Too lazy to re-upload a new one because we have slow internet connection.

And I guess that’s it. I don’t know how to end this post as I’m typing this half awake, with high hopes that no grammar nazi will come in to slay me once it’s been published. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

DIY Hair Dye using Food Color

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Hello! This is my first post on this new blog (a lot of my posts migrated here are still on Private while I work on restoring the links and missing images), and as much as I feel a bit melancholic about leaving Tumblr behind (not totally, I’m still reading everyone’s blogs over there), change has always been a concept that I welcome into my life. As if that’s not obvious yet, even my hair had undergone a drastic change from going in between fifty shades of blonde.. to ^%*&%^^%$ electric pink.

It was quite funny how it happened, though. My sister and I were going through baking videos on Youtube when one suggested video below was of someone using gel food color to dip dye her hair. It was a failed experiment, turning her naturally blonde hair into barely pink, and I imagined that doing the same thing with my hair would produce the same results. I didn’t want to end up with an obnoxious ‘look at me, look at me’ shade of pink and had Camie Juan in mind when I rummaged through my growing collection of food color.

Left: Hair goal, Right: End result

I did some more research and found that for best results, you can use a developer instead of shampoo or conditioner. So I headed to HBC for a cheap developer and got led to this product. Since my hair is already bleached and damaged beyond repair, I went for the least damaging oxidizing lotion at 6%.

I mixed one cup of oxidizing lotion which I measured using the bottle cap and added a few drops of electric pink and a drop of electric purple. I don’t even know why I mixed those two. I was using a pink container, which is another boo boo on my end because I had a hard time figuring out what the shade of the mixture was.

I started dyeing from the bottom. While doing so, Tin was asking if maybe I should have done a strand test first, but I went ‘nah’. Big mistake.

I was so tempted halfway to settle for pink highlights because my hair looked like ice cream at that point. /priorities

Tin joined in the fun and made sure not a blonde strand remained in the areas I can’t see.

Ta-da! Dye your hair at your own risk, guys lol. C was laughing after I rinsed off the mixture from my hair and I audibly gasped in front of the mirror. This was so far from what I expected to happen. There is a reason why I pay Angie (my colorist) to do the job for me. I’m actually hesitant to go back to the salon now because I feel a scolding is about to happen. Sorry, Angie!

I wanted to believe that after a few washes, the color will start to fade. But it’s still as bright as ever a week later.

I stopped needing filters for Instagram photos

The ugly copper shade did start showing up two weeks later. And I also found a troll doll to compare my hair to.

#TWINNING

It’s nearing three weeks now, and the color has faded into a really nice but still very pink hue.

Disclaimer: No filters were used in the making of this post

PS I wear a wig to work because bright unnatural hair colors are against the company dress code, and I’d like to keep my job. Thank you very much.

Ever since I dyed my hair pink, I got a ton of questions on how I did it. I hope this post satisfied everyone’s curiosity lol. It’s important to note that results may vary, and I highly encourage everyone to get it professionally done for optimal results. 😉 But this experiment has given me so much excitement. I have a variation of food colors at home – now what color to dye my hair next. Haha!

Anyone else here tried dyeing their hair funky colors? Or with food color? Let me know in the comments below!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Brow

Honestly, I don’t see the point of wearing makeup to the beach. I’m fortunately not a celebrity nor a model so I can live with that I guess. I was actually hesitant to buy this brow product because 1) it’s touted as waterproof and 2) it’s in liquid form that dries quickly. I already have a hard time working on not being late every day, and I didn’t think having to use makeup remover and redoing my makeup would be beneficial to my time.

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However, I do have the tendency to just do my brows on lazy days.. and an unfortunate habit of rubbing off parts of my eyebrows before I remember I drew them there. So I threw my reservations out the window and bought this!

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What I like the most about this product is that a little goes a long way. For regular days, I only have to use a pea-sized amount and it’s already good enough for both eyebrows. Of course, the case is different when I have to go to parties (where I know I will be photographed and that I’ll be staying out later than usual) – I put on twice the amount which still isn’t a lot. It retails around Php 1,500 (yes, it’s expensive), but it will last you for a while. You’d need a makeup remover as well before going to bed since it’s water proof and as much as it would be nice to wake up with your brows already on, it’s not really the best thing to do to your skin.

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One of my concerns is about it drying up before I get the chance to blend it in was remedied by keeping my brows maintained. By doing so, I only ever spend a little time lining my brows because I only had to follow its shape before filling it in. So overall, I would definitely buy this again. A tip, though: the makeup brush is not a requisite for the application. I find that the cheap ones work almost the same as their brush, although I prefer something that would last me for years. 😛

MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD

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Hello, it’s me – on night shift! I don’t think I knew what I signed up for when I went on night shift.. because damn, it’s so hard to sleep during the day. It’s sweltering (tropical country whut), it’s noisy, and definitely not something I’m accustomed to. I have had jet lag before so I’m simply going to pray my body clock soon allows me to shift ‘time zones’. 🙂

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(I felt the need to justify myself so here you go. SPOILER: Selfie overload!)

Good thing I have this handy dandy foundation to cover up my tired skin! I have tried different foundations but I find that MUFE works best on my face. It may or may not be the way I apply it, but my non-professional self can apply the foundation and make it look like second skin! I also got a shade that matches my skin perfectly –

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Left: with makeup, right: removed my makeup (the mirror is dirty, hence the white spots on my lips)

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I like that it comes in an easy to use pump bottle, however, I’m a bit concerned that when it runs low, I wouldn’t be able to maximize all of it. Let’s see once I get to that point, though! The price is more expensive than your drugstore makeup as it retails for Php 2,700, but seeing as I put it on my face every day, I’ll pay for the great quality.

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When I use it when I go to work or go on dates, I don’t really apply any primer with it. My makeup routine ensures that it lasts me the whole time I’m not home, and I do have minimal shine with it on. However, I find that it works well with primers with moisturizing properties since it emphasizes dry skin when applied on a bare face. I have oily skin on most days, so it’s not a problem for me. However, I used it in combination with Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer – Hydrating Primer (the sampler that came with it) when I had to go to a masquerade ball – and it did not melt off my face the entire night (up to the wee hours of the following day).

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My eyebrow makeup skill is still a work in progress.

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Will I buy this again? Definitely! I’m even thinking of getting the full-sized hydrating primer for the days that my skin’s drier than the desert!