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Monday, August 31, 2009

Prestige lipstick in Sophia + an award from Sofia

I dedicate this review to Sofia, who gave me an award not too long ago and (almost) shares the same name as the lipstick! Thank you for this blogger buddie award, Sofia! :D

Now, on to the product!

Sophia is a pale pink lipstick worth P295.00 at Beauty Bar. It's a pretty reasonable price, isn't it?

The lipstick is neither drying nor moisturizing, and smells slightly of wax. Fortunately, the scent is tolerable. As for its texture, a layer of lip balm is helpful but optional if your lips don't dry quickly.

I was hoping for the pale pink color to be more opaque, but it wasn't. :(

I think Prestige lipsticks are decent enough, but there are definitely better products from other brands. I might still try more colors from them, however, because they have a wide range of colors.

Friday, August 21, 2009

The 10th Picture Tag, aka the Tag Within A Tag!

Nikki gave me this super fun tag! Thank you Nikki!
(Oh oh oh, be sure to give her awesome blog a visit! She just recently reached 100 followers - let's give her 100 more! :D)

Ze Rules:

 Open your first photo folder
* Scroll down to the 10th photo
* Post that photo and story on my blog
* Tag five {or more} friends to do the same

And what was the 10th photo in my (very disorganized) photo folder?
It's a blank bag/purse meme ("meem")! A friend of mine gave this to me to fill up back when I was still active on Livejournal. I never did, but for the purposes of this tag and because Stockpiled! is a makeup blog...

Tadaa! It's my school makeup kit (which is technically a purse/bag :P)! Click to enlarge!

I tag everyone to do the 10th Picture Tag and the Bag/Purse meme!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Face Shop Hydro Splash BB Cream

I was waiting and waiting for Face Shop to restock their Quick & Clean BB, until one fateful night at their branch at Bonifacio High Street...

...I found Hydro Splash, their new BB Cream! At P695.00, it's very close in price to Q&C. I believe it's a super reasonable price, considering how high some other BB creams *COUGHSKINFOODCOUGH* go for locally!

The writing on the package is mostly in Korean, but the SA assured me it's water-based. Water-based is a good thing for a BB cream beginner like me, right? Hahaha

It's a dead-looking beige color when unblended on my skin,

but it evens out rather nicely afterward.

I roadtested this last Tuesday, applying it with a sponge and finishing it with a layer of Pigeon. This is me wearing it in the bathroom at around 8AM, before leaving for a busy day of school:
(OH NO YOU'VE SEEN MY WHOLE FACE! I'M SHY! Also, hair's still wet! Can't tie it yet!)

And this is me 9 hours later at around 5PM:
(Now I'm wearing the classic "haggard college student" ponytail!)

Hmmm.... is that a shiny forehead and nose I see?

Pigeon powder to the rescue!
(Good as new again! I wish I could say the same for my hair, though. XD)

I really really like how this BB cream works on me. It's not heavy feeling and gives me a great finish every time I put it on. I also like how it blends very quickly on my skin and doesn't make me end up looking like espasol. Its scent is also bearable - it smells rather like sunscreen at first, but it goes away really quickly.

I'm not so sure if I should call it my HG BB cream yet since this is only the second one I've tried so far (the first one FAILED terribly, might I add), but Hydro Splash is quite a contender for that coveted HG title.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Getting to Know Each Other

RHEN of ILOVEANDREI tagged me. Thank you RHEN! :D

Create a New Blog Post, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your title as "Getting to Know Each Other!", then tag as many people as you like :)

1. What time did you get up this morning? 7ish

2. How do you like your steak? medium

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Transformers 2 (but I'll be watching Up this Wednesday!)

4. What is your favorite TV show? Currently, it's Big Bang Theory.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? GERMANY!!

6. What did you have for breakfast? Pan de Sal and cream cheese

7. What is your favorite cuisine? Japanese

8. What foods do you dislike? monggo/munggo >> my grandmother scared me with it when i was a kid X_X

9. Favorite place to eat? the small cafe at the College of Music opposite our building. Good, cheap food, airconditioned, free wifi - what more could you ask for?

10. Favorite dressing? ranch

11. What kind of vehicle do you drive? A silver pickup

12. What are your favorite clothes? whatever's comfortable. but I do like the preppy look.

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? see #5.

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? Half full.

15. Where would you want to retire? Doesn't matter where, as long as I'm financially comfortable. :P

16. Favorite time of day? Afternoon

17. Where were you born? Mandaluyong

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? basketball and soccer, thanks to my brother's influence hahaha

19. Who do you think will not tag you back? ---

20. Person you expect to tag you back first? ---

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this? Anyone who sees/answers this

22. Bird watcher? Only if they're about to shit on me. XD

23. Are you a morning person or a night person? Morning person

24. Do you have any pets? 1 dog, some goldfish

25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? No, but I do have an upcoming post! Since I have a full day of class tomorrow, I'll be roadtesting Face Shop's Hydro Splash BB cream. Hopefully I'll have the review up by Wednesday.

26. What did you want to be when you were little? ROCKSTAH

27. What is your best childhood memory? hanging out with my dearly departed grandfather

28. Are you a cat or dog person? cat person, even though we have a dog

29. Are you married? Not yet. >:DDD

30. Always wear your seat belt? only if i'm going to a place where there's a lot of cars or if the place is far away

31. Been in a car accident? No.

32. Any pet peeves? people who misspell my real name. It's only got one N, but they insist on putting in 2!

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings? Bacon. Bacon goooooood.

34. Favorite Flower? Sunflowers (OH OH, SORT-OF-BEAUTY-RELATED TRIVIA: Elianto is Italian for "sunflower". So that means the Elianto brand is named after the sunflower)

35. Favorite ice cream? strawberry

36. Favorite fast food restaurant? McDo for the nuggets and coke float, Jollibee for the Burger Steak. Burger Steak is comfort food for me, because I used to have it all the time as a kid.

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test? None, but my parents made me take two courses anyway. XD

38. From whom did you get your last email? Multiply email notification

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Don't have one, but if I did I'd probably max it out at a bookstore or at Skin Food nyahahaha

40. Do anything spontaneous lately? hmm... not lately

41. Like your job? Not employed yet, but I hope I do in the future :D

42. Broccoli? with cheese!

43. What was your favorite vacation? family trip to Macau

44. Last person you went out to dinner with? family

45. What are you listening to right now? Sheryl Crow - Real Gone

46. What is your favorite color? orange

47. How many tattoos do you have? 0, for now. >:D

48. How many are you tagging for this quiz? I'm not so sure, I think most people on my blog roll have already been tagged!

49. What time did you finish this quiz? close 30 minutes

50. Coffee drinker? yep

I tag:

(I hope you four haven't been tagged yet. XD)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Pigeon Pressed Powder: Japanese vs Indonesian

There is a bit of confusion going on about Pigeon powders because two variants from different countries are available locally. I reviewed the supposedly better variant from Japan a couple months ago, ignoring the Indonesian variant which seemed to cause pimple problems for those who tried it.

In this post, I am going to dissect the "problematic" Pigeon compact from Indonesia and see how well it stacks up against its Japanese counterpart.

Here's my Indonesian compact, which I bought three days ago. I got the pink variant because I was curious if it would give me a rosy glow.

The compact is manufactured by PT. Multielok Cosmetic under license from Pigeon Corporation Japan.

Perhaps the major advantage of the Indonesian compact over the Japanese one is is the inclusion of a mirror, which makes application much easier on the go.

It is also slightly smaller, making it easier to put in your pants pocket. This is a big plus for me, because I prefer using pockets over bringing small bags when I'm only going to go out for a little while.

If you remember my Pigeon Japan review, I absolutely loved the sponge that came with it because it was super soft. Fortunately the Indonesian compact's sponge is just as soft, except it's much smaller and slightly yellowish, which I think makes it look less cleaner.

While the Japanese compact has a hinge opening kind of like a grandmother's coin purse,

the Indonesian compact has a pushbutton opening. In this aspect, I have no preference over either product. Both styles of opening are fine by me.

And here's the point-by-point rundown of both compacts:

· Greater value for its price (P280.00 = 45g; meaning P6.00 per 1g)
· Bigger sponge
· Fragrance-free
· Lasts relatively long (about 6 hours on my skin)
· No mirror
· Quite bulky
· Hard to find
· translucent blotting effect (at least on my skin)
· velvety soft sponge texture
· did not break me out
· Has a mirror
· Very portable size, jeans pocket-friendly
· Easier to find than the Japanese compact, but still quite uncommon
· Lesser value for its price (P230.00 = 20g; meaning P11.00 per 1g)
· Smaller sponge
· Fragranced
· Doesn’t last long (about 4 hours on my skin)
· No noticeable rosy effect (since pink powders should supposedly have this)

So which one do I think is better? The Japanese compact gets my vote, but only by a small margin. Because I didn't get the dreaded breakouts experienced by many users of the Indonesian compact, I actually like both products - the original Japanese variant for its value and lasting power, and the Indonesian variant for its portability and its decent similarity in quality to the original.

The only real issue I have with the Indonesian Pigeon is its smell. It isn't particularly bad, but it isn't particularly good either. At least the scent doesn't stick to my face after application.
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