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Monday, November 15, 2010

Shawill Make-up Blusher 003

This was the other thing I bought with the gloss a few posts back. I took these photos last week, when my face was finally clear enough to use blush. Pimples are back on my face again this week though, which is really annoying! (And here I thought high school would be more than enough time for them to plague me. Apparently not, because they're back with a vengeance! X_X)

Price: P89.00
Location Bought: Watson's SM Hypermart
Approximate Date Bought: September 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Face Shop Face&It Lipstick: OR201

Two weeks ago, I came across Pink Sun Spots' review of a peachy orange (or salmon) lipstick from Etude House. I liked the shade so much that I decided to buy my own, but it was out of stock at my usual Etude store. So I went around in search of a similar color and found this lipstick from The Face Shop.

Approximate Price: P575.00
Location Bought: The Face Shop SM Megamall
Approximate Date Bought: November 4, 2010

Packaging: It seems they've locally discontinued the TFS lipstick line with the pink petal-like packaging. In place of that are several new lipstick variants with sleek packaging that makes use of translucent and opaque plastic in dark colors, such as this lipstick from the Face&It line. There were two other lines that I cannot remember the names of, although those came in dark red and dark brown, respectively.
I like what they did with their new lipstick tubes.
Despite being only made of plastic, they managed to make
a rather classy looking product. The only drawback, however,
is that the tube tends to gather fingerprints easily.

Color and Pigmentation: OR201 is a semi-matte peachy orange that I think is similar to Pink Sun Spots' lipstick. The swatch below was one swipe, so it is safe to say that this product is quite pigmented.

Formulation: The lipstick is light, creamy and has a very small amount of shine to it (hence the "semi-matte" description). It is also odorless. However, like most lipsticks with matte properties, OR201 has a slight tendency to dry lips and settle into lip lines. Therefore, lip balm is the best solution!

Actual Usage: On me, the lipstick is its most true-to-color shade under artificial lighting. It turns a bit pinker in natural light, but I believe the overall effect is just the same as Etude House's VIP OR205.

Left: Fluorescent lighting
Right: Natural lighting (indoors)

The only thing I don't like about this lipstick is that it's a little more expensive than the Etude House one! But other than that, it's all good. :D

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Elianto Pearl Eyeshadow 17 Copper Brown

This is my fourth and final Elianto eyeshadow. (Why "final"? The explanation for that is at the end of this post.)

Price: P119.00
Location Bought: Elianto SM Megamall
Approximate Date Bought: October 27, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

Elianto Matte Eyeshadow 03 Misty Grey

This is my third Elianto eyeshadow. I don't know WHY I got this gray, I just thought it would be nice to have more cool-toned colors in my eyeshadow stash, considering I mostly have browns, golds and pinks.

Price: P95.00
Location Bought: Elianto SM Megamall
Approximate Date Bought: October 27, 2010

Friday, November 5, 2010

Shawill Crystal Lip Gloss 08

I was having trouble with a lot of real life things around the time I bought this. Along with another thing, this was a "cheer-up-with-cheap-makeup-thrills" buy at the mall I happened to be in at the time (and it wasn't even a mall). Retail therapy appears to be very effective on me, because I felt much better after my purchases!

(The other thing was a blush, which I will review as soon as my skin clears out. Annoying pimple!)

Price: P89.00
Location Bought: Watsons SM Hypermart
Approximate Date Bought: September 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Etude House Petit Darling Eyeshadows

Today I'll be reviewing the rest of the Etude House single eyeshadows I have in my stash: Matte #2, Matte #5, and PK007. (I have previously reviewed Matte #3.)

Price: P148.00 each
Location Bought: Etude House SM Megamall
Approximate Date Bought: January-May 2010
From left: Matte #5, PK007, Matte #2

Monday, November 1, 2010

Elianto Matte Eyeshadow 02 Early Dawn

Price: P99.00
Location Bought: Elianto Trinoma
Approximate Date Bought: late 2009, probably along with this

Friday, October 29, 2010

Skin Food Candy Moist Rouge: 333

I find Skin Food's local prices very prohibitive, so I don't buy from them very often. I've wanted to try their lipsticks, but have opted not to since they're nearly the same price as other, better brands in the market.

However, I happened to walk in on one of their 50% off sales a couple months ago, so I got this peachy-pink lipstick from their Candy Moist Rouge line. Score!

Price: around P300.00
Location Bought: Skin Food SM Megamall
Approximate Date Bought: August 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Carmex lip balms

A lot of people have been saying good things about Carmex lip products sold at PCX stores. I naturally got curious, being the cheap thrills person that I am. However, I don't normally go to malls in the south where all the PCX branches are, because they're too far (and I am lazy :P). So when my sister asked me to accompany her to Alabang Town Center for a school project, I jumped at the chance to finally feed my curiosity.

Price: P100.00 for the squeeze tube, P99.00 for the click stick
Location Bought: PCX Alabang Town Center
Approximate Date Bought: August 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

Etude House Baby Skin Veiling Pact

This is my fourth (!) powder product from Etude. (I believe it is time for me to stop buying powder products ahaha.) Lately, I have been cycling it with this powder, and also this.

Price: P478.00
Location Bought: Etude House SM Megamall
Date Bought: June 2, 2010

Etude House Princess Finger Food Hand Lotion: Lemon Sugar


Price, Location Bought: Same as Strawberry Lollipop
Approximate Date Bought: June 2, 2010
Packaging: same as Strawberry Lollipop, except with a lemon-print label. The bottle holds 65ml.

This moisturizes and absorbs just as effectively as its strawberry version, only it has a lemony scent. Great for people who prefer citrus smells over candy smells. (Personally, I like both.)

I finished Strawberry Lollipop around the same time I bought this. So, since I bought SL around January and LS in June, Etude's hand lotions last me about six months.

Another post coming up this afternoon!

Friday, July 23, 2010

e.l.f. 2-Way Cake Foundation: Rosy Beige

I bought this mostly because of the good reviews on GT, and because I've always liked the decent quality that ELF products have for their super low price. It is slightly unsettling that this product isn't on their local or international website, but since I've been cycling this with my Etude powders for almost four months now without any freaky face mutations, no worries~!

Price: P250.00
Location Bought: Watsons SM Megamall
Approximate Date Bought: February 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Etude House Peach Water Gloss: Peach Milk

I was sold on this after reading Panda Eyes' review and seeing how good it looked on her. Haha, a copycat is me!

Price: P298.00
Location Bought: Etude House SM Megamall
Approximate Date Bought: March 2010

Monday, July 19, 2010

Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick: 03 Rosy Blush

Oh look, more free stuff!

Yesterday, my mother came home with a Clinique package. She doesn't use cheek products, so she gave me this. I was getting pretty tired of the default blush in my on-the-go kikay kit; this is a really good replacement!

Since this came in a package along with some other Clinique products, I don't know how much this costs exactly.

Price: ???
Location Bought: ???
Approximate Date Bought: yesterday, July 18, 2010?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Etude House VIP girl Dear Darling lipstick: PK007

I've always had this strange fixation for medium-pale pink lipsticks. They seem like such an unnatural color to me that I feel compelled to find a shade that suits my skintone.

Unfortunately, PK007 does not.

Price: around P428.00
Location Bought: Etude House SM Megamall
Approximate Date Bought: January 2010

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Etude House Super Aqua Sun Guard SPF 35

Early last June, I realized that as someone roughly two decades old, I needed to start protecting my face from the sun if I didn't want to shrivel up like a prune in the future. (I intend to be a fabulous grandmother with awesome nails and makeup and plays video games with her grandkids, tyvm! XD) I was originally set to buy VMV's Armada face cover, but then my mom came home one day with this sunblock from "the pink store I love going into so much". Oh look, free stuff! So since I have this already, and it works well, I didn't buy Armada anymore.

Price: P298.00
Location Bought: Etude House SM Megamall
Approximate Date Bought: last month

Friday, July 16, 2010

The Body Shop delipscious sheer lip colour: 05 Elderberry

(Thesis? What thesis? :P)

Elderberry is a lovely plum lipstick from TBS' new delipscious line, which claims to have all-natural, food-grade ingredients. This is currently my main lip product. It is ♥!

Price: around P700.00
Location Bought: The Body Shop Shang
Approximate Date Bought: last month

Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Body Shop Beeswax Texturising Wax

Just a quick post before school eats me alive again. EEKTHESIS >_<

I'm really not a hair product person, even though styling my hair takes up a good amount of my prep time before heading outside. I blowdry, I iron, and at the suggestion of a friend, put on some of this supermarket anti-frizz serum. This routine kept my hair properly in place in the past, but because of the really strange hot-humid-rainy weather nowadays, I realized I needed something stronger that didn't have the goopiness of hair gel. Hello hair wax!

At first I tried some of the stuff my brother uses, but I found it way too sticky. It also smelled too dude-ey. So off I went to The Body Shop, because I had a vague memory of a hair products section the last time I went there. (And also because most of their products smell nice HAHA)

Price: P450.00
Location Bought: The Body Shop Shang
Approximate Date Bought: last month

LOL, texturiSing wax. How very British.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Etude House powder brush

Price: around P428.00
Location Bought: Etude House SM Megamall
Approximate Date Bought: June 2, 2010

I am a brush convert!

It all started on a SUPER BORING summer day, when I decided to apply the Dr. Oil Shine Free Finish powder

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Etude House Happy Teatime Aloe Tea Cleansing Foam

Price: P148.00
Location Bought: Etude House SM Megamall
Approximate Date Bought: June 2, 2010

Packaging: It's typical facial wash packaging. What I like about Aloe Tea is that it's much bigger than most commercial facial washes, saving you more money in the long run.
Actual Usage: I'm a Ponds person, and this works just as well for me as Clear Solutions Antibacterial does. Same texture, same squeaky clean effect, and of course, same no-pimple side effects. The biggest advantage Aloe Tea has over CSA, however, is its super awesome smell. AT's scent is just the right amount of aloe so that the overall effect is "Ahh, nature!" and not "Blech! Medicine!"

This is a fun product, but not something I'd buy religiously. After all, the more readily available Ponds washes work well for me anyway.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Etude House Post-enrolment Haul

After enrolment last Wednesday, I treated myself to some shopping! Some of you are probably thinking "What?! Etude House AGAIN?", but there's just something about that store's prices (and quality!) that make shopping there extremely gratifying. ♥

The return of the black background! I don't set it up as often
anymore because I end up taking longer to get the picture's
lighting just right. Yes, I am OC that way. :P

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Etude House Petit Darling Eyes Matte No. 3

This is the other unreviewed shadow from last Monday's post.

Price: around P148.00
Location Bought: Etude House SM Megamall
Approximate Date Bought: January 2010

Friday, June 4, 2010

Etude House BB Magic Pact

Lots of reviews all over the internet for this already, like this one and this one. Just throwing my personal opinion into the mix. :P

Price: P678.00
Location Bought: Etude House SM Megamall
Approximate Date Bought: January 2010

Why is it that when I take pictures of compacts, the table
ends up looking more orange-yellow than it really is? :|

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Elianto Matte Eyeshadow 29 Plum Wine

This is one of the unreviewed eyeshadows from last Monday's post.

Price: around P100.00
Location Bought: Elianto Landmark Trinoma
Approximate Date Bought: late 2009

Silly me, when I was looking for the shadow's name last Monday,
I only looked at the box, not the barcode area. :))

Monday, May 31, 2010

My Top 5 Eyeshadows

I have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING planned this week aside from enrolment this Wednesday, so I'm stuck wandering aimlessly around the house and the neighborhood until school starts next Tuesday. Perfect timing for tagging me, Trizh! Thank you for saving me from the BOREDOM! :))

1. Elf Golden Glow
    I like this because it gives my eyes a nice   golden glow! (How creative. :P)

2. The Body Shop Golden Khaki
    This looks a bit greenish in the picture, but it actually blends very well with my skintone and gives me a polished look good for smart casual occasions. (Eek! Job interviews! >_<)

3. Etude House matte brown
   This one makes my eyes look more wide open and draws attention AWAY from eyebags. Perfect for post-cramming days nyahaha!

4. The Face Shop Lovely:Me Ex Eyes OR204
    This gives a polished effect like Golden Khaki, but is better for more informal settings.

5. Elianto matte purple
    For giving my eyes a nice, funky POP without being too over-the-top!

Doing this made me realize that I haven't posted reviews for shadows 3 and 5 yet. Yay, now I have something to work on for the week!

I tag everyone!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint #2 Pink

To be honest, I don't really like this tint as much as the red and peach ones.

Price: P328.00
Location Bought: Etude House SM Megamall
Approximate Date Bought: February 2010

Packaging: I won't go into this anymore, because I already mentioned it twice.
Colors: a nice medium pink

Pigmentation: as always, very very strong

Actual Usage: It does make my lips look nicer, but I find it lacks the "oomph" that Red and Peach have. I suppose it's okay for when you want to be REALLY subtle.
(Left: without the product; Right: with the product)

I love playing up my lips more than I love light makeup, so a product that doesn't add anything interesting to my lips is only so-so for me.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint #3 Peach

I was lucky enough to be able to shoot this product in bright, clear daylight. Natural light is the best kind of photo-taking light ever! <3

Price: P328.00
Location Bought: Etude House SM Megamall
Approximate Date Bought: February 2010

Packaging: same as the Red Fresh Cherry tint. Like some bloggers have mentioned, it looks a lot like nail polish. I have quite a number of nail polish bottles out on my dresser, and this often gets lost among them! :))
Color: It's a peach, but it actually appears more pink when concentrated. Look at how the rest of the applicator (which is saturated in the product) differs from the tip.

Pigmentation: It appears peach initially, but leaves a pink tinge when wiped off.

Actual Usage: The peach FCT gives my lips a healthy boost of slightly glossy color that is more pink than peach. It actually makes my lips look the way they do after they've been freshly exfoliated with a gentle toothbrush.
(Left: lips without product; Right: lips with product)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Etude House Dr. Oil Shine Free Finish Pact

Price: P378.00
Location Bought: Etude House SM Megamall
Approximate Date Bought: 2-3 weeks ago

Packaging: This pebble-smooth turquoise blue thing is Etude House Philippines' smallest powder compact. It's even smaller than their Baby Skin Veiling Pact. It's nice that despite its very small size, they managed to include a mirror.

Actual Usage: The Shine Free Finish Pact is a translucent powder that aims to reduce shine. It works very well for me and performs just as well as Pigeon powders. For some reason, I prefer using a brush to apply this instead of the supplied sponge.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Body Shop Satsuma Body Butter

Orange is my favorite color, and orange is also my favorite scent. Smelling citrus scents makes me feel happier, and it's not just my personal opinion - it's a scientifically proven fact. Citrus fruits like the satsuma are high in folate, which is responsible for the creation of serotonin (the "happy" chemical) in the brain.

A dear friend gave me a gift certificate to The Body Shop as thanks for helping with her internship assignment, and what better thing to get than something from their deliciously scented Satsuma line? :P

Price: P217.00. (Originally P625.00, but it was marked down to P417.00 because of the ongoing TBS sale, which I lowered even further with the GC. Awesome deal is awesome!)
Location Bought: The Body Shop Greenhills
Approximate Date Bought: Today

EEE! Citrus love!! ♥ ♥ ♥

Since the Grapefruit is long gone, I have something to alternate with my Raspberry again!

10 Questions

Good morning! Summer officially starts for me today. Internship is over, yay! This meme was borrowed from Jing! :D

1) A vampire or a wizard (and why)???
Wizard. Harry Potter > Edward Cullen ANY DAY. Spellcasting is infinitely more useful than sucking blood and disintegrating into ashes come morning. (Or sparkling.)

2) If you could change one thing about you, what would it be - if anything???
Self-confidence in speaking. I can write up a storm and run marathon YM sessions, but in conversations, especially ones with people I don't know much...

3) Would you rather live like a rock star or like a president? (in other words: fun or power?)
Presidents don't really make all that much money. It's their side businesses and shady dealings, if they're that sort of President, that give them all their funds. Plus, they have WAY TOO MUCH responsibility on their hands. Presidents are also more likely to be hated than rock stars! So, I would rather live like a rock star, but I would live like a responsible rock star with charities and social welfare events.

4) What's your favorite cartoon character???
This little guy. Egocentric anti-heros that make fools of themselves are entertaining to watch. :P

5) What's your (most) guilty pleasure?
Shopping. I already have enough things, and yet I still keep buying more and more and more...

6) If you were a song, what would it be???
The happy me:
I am the lady from Mars
And I can unscrew the stars
I can be
Anything I see
I can be
Anything that I, anything that I see

The sad me:
I don't love you I'm just passing the time
You could love me if I knew how to lie
But who could love me? I am out of my mind
Throwing a line out to sea
To see if I can catch a dream

7) What's your biggest dream?
Make enough money to support myself (and my frivolous interests LOL), and also a little extra to buy nice things for my future children.

8) Do you prefer to be the one who asks questions or the one who answers them, and why???
Sometimes I like being the question-answerer because I'll be able to help people. Other times, I like being the question-asker because I can learn new things.

9) What is your biggest turn off and turn on???
Turn-off: Arrogance. You may be cute and all, but if you're high and mighty, NO THANK YOU. (And overly huge noses. And jejemon-level fashion sense. And trying hard grammar.)
Turn-on: Being maasikaso and genuinely concerned for people's welfare. (And glasses. And spiky hair. Plus points if you look cuddly too ahahahahaha)

10) Have you ever broken any law?
I turned where I wasn't supposed to turn once before. (You know that "inner lane must turn left"area near Megamall? That's the one.) But when the traffic officer looked at my license and saw that I was a new driver, he only let me off with a warning. Phew.

Feel free to answer this too! <3

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Face Shop Lovely Me:Ex Eyes in OR204

This was an unplanned purchase that turned out really well! I was in a BIG HURRY to return home, but then I realized I had no spare change to pay for parking. My parking space was near The Face Shop, soo...

Price: P255.00
Location Bought: The Face Shop SM Megamall
Approximate Date Bought: two days ago

Packaging: The adorable small round container caught my eye, and for only a little over P200, I decided it would be the perfect thing to break up my money with. My wallet is very disappointed in me. :))

The eyeshadow pan can be popped out of the container and replaced with the other single eyeshadows that The Face Shop sells. Plus points for reusability!

Colors: OR204 is a shimmery orange that actually works for everyday wear. The other colors were a matte fluorescent pink (pretty weird, IMO), and a shimmery forest green.

Pigmentation: Weak, but it's the good, buildable kind of weak unlike Etude's craptastic Cute & Sexy quad. No fallout here either.

Actual Usage: The shadow gives my lids a really pretty glow. The effect from a distance is a polished look that doesn't look heavily made up.

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