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Saturday, April 30, 2011

in2it sheer shimmer blush: Peach Pearl

I can't remember exactly where, when, or why I bought this. I think I was shopping with a friend though. Hello memory gap!
Price: P375.00
Location Bought: Landmark Trinoma or Watsons SM Megamall
Approximate Date Bought: early 2011?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Myra E Tinted Moisturizer: Beige

Seeing Aya's and Elaine's great posts finally made me get off my lazy butt and throw in my opinions about this product. :P

I got this because I was looking for a cheapo makeup base to finish off this powder and this powder with. (It would be a waste to use my favorite almost-empty Hydro Splash, or buy something more expensive - like maybe a new Hydro Splash or the Laura Mercier TM I've got my eye on OH NOES - just for the purposes of finishing off leftovers, after all.) It was either this or ELF's tinted moisturizer, but that was out of stock at the time. Furthermore, Myra E's TM had more positive feedback from people at the forums.

Price: P130.00
Location Bought: Mercury Drug Shangri-La
Approximate Date Bought: December 2010

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

NARS Mata Hari

NARS Mata Hari was my birthday present to myself a couple months ago. I decided that since I've been playing with makeup long enough, I was finally ready to own something more high-end. I decided on a blush from NARS because:
  1. Blushes last longer and are therefore a good investment
  2. NARS has always been the high-end brand I've admired the most because it strikes the perfect balance between trendy and classic. I also like the thought that NARS puts into naming their products, whether they're trying to be sexy!funny like Orgasm or Deep Throat, or they're being more sexy!serious like Schiap for designer Elsa Schiaparelli and of course, Mata Hari for the seductive Dutch spy. (Yes, Mata Hari was a real person. She wasn't something out of James Bond.)
Anyhow, enough nerdiness. On to the review!

Price: P1250.00
Location Bought: Rustan's Shangri-La
Approximate Date Bought: January 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Charm Kabuki Brush

My main blush brush, the Charm Retractable Kabuki, literally fell apart on me last December. The glue holding the metal parts together dissolved, and no amount of regluing could get the brush's retracting mechanism to work properly again. While I did not love the falling apart, I really loved the brush's density. I was convinced that no other brush brand would be the same. And so, to prevent any more incidents like that, I got the nonretractable variant as a replacement.

Price: P500.00
Location Bought: Shopsui Tiendesitas
Approximate Date Bought: January 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

10 Things I Love

Thank you for tagging me, Diary of a Late Bloomer!

In no particular order, here we go!

1. handheld game system- Yes, i am a giant kid.
Game of the moment: PVZ! The DS version is just as good as the
PC original, if not even better - it's portable! Some of my other favorites are:
Cooking Mama, Big Bang Mini, and the Ace Attorney series.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

2 things about life + 3 things about makeup

Happy Easter everyone! This post is a mishmash of things I'd like to share, both blog and non-blog related.

First, the boring stuff:

1. I've got my bachelor's degree!

2. I'm headed to law school. Fight!

And now, the fun stuff!

3. I've accumulated more unreviewed products, either as personal purchases or gifts from relatives and friends. Oops. I think it's time for a makeup buying ban, at least until I finish reviewing everything. Click the "Upcoming Reviews" tab above to see the list!
I seem to have gotten even more lip products O_O

4. I'll be writing for Singaporean beauty site Cozycot from time to time now, but don't worry, I'm never going to leave this blog. See my first Cozycot post about Revlon's Colorstay Blemish Concealer here! Also, I've written extra details about the concealer in this post.

5. Remember Nail Polish Ninja, my other blog? I'm thinking of making it a more personal journal-style photoblog and moving it to tumblr, which handles blogs of that kind more easily. I'm also thinking of posting the swatches pre-cleanup, as wrong as that might sound to some. The main reason why I lost interest in posting was because cleanup was turning nail polish blogging into a chore, which shouldn't be the case. Will update you guys when I've made my decision!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Revlon Colorstay Blemish Concealer - on cozycot!

Yay! My first article on Cozycot.com!

ETA 04/21/2011 1:06 PM: will add extras to this post when I'm more free. Have my hands full at the moment. (Yes, again. And here I thought it'd be over once the school year ended hahaha!)

ETA 04/23/2011 4:32 PM: Here are the extras! (These are just supplementary materials for the full review on the Cozycot website. Please do read the article there too! :D )

Extra 01: The Product in a Nutshell, Stockpiled!-style
Price: P795.00 (I think this is reasonable considering its excellent performance and my frequency of use.)
Location Bought: Watsons SM Megamall
Approximate Date Bought: December 2010
Packaging: Function over form. Doe foot applicator. Unbreakable (in my experience).
Color and Pigmentation: My shade was Medium. Pigmentation was strong - it practically made my pimple scars invisible!
Formulation: Consistency was slightly thick, like my favorite BB cream. Practically scentless, save for a very light alcohol scent. Non-sticky. Long lasting - lasts a full school day on me (10AM - 5PM).

More after the jump!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Marionnaud Angled Blush Brush

This was the temporary replacement brush I got when my main blush brush died on me.

Approximate Price: P100-200.00
Location Bought: Watsons Hypermart
Approximate Date Bought: late 2010

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

e.l.f. Lipstick: Classy

ELF Classy is one of those medium pinks that I am rather obsessed with looking for. I already threw my EB Mauvey out, but this lipstick could be a possible relative of that shade.

Price: P129.00
Location Bought: Watsons Greenhills
Approximate Date Bought: late 2010

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Stylish Blogger Award

Elaine gave me this award! Thank you!

To accept the Stylish Blogger Award there are some rules to follow:
  1. Thank and link back to who gave you the award.
  2. Share eight things about yourself.
  3. Pass it along to eight other blogs that you’ve recently discovered and enjoyed.
  4. Leave those bloggers a message telling them about their awards.
Instead of 3 and 4, I've decided to make this a free-for-all (as usual :P). Anyone who wants to do this, please feel free ♥

On to Eight Things about Myself!

My Routine, v.2

One lovely anonymous commenter suggested that I write an updated version of my old makeup routine, and here it is!

ETA 4/5/11: Thank you for your suggestion, Nicole!

Anyway, on to the good stuff! Reviews for unreviewed products coming soon!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Handwriting Tag, aka the Writing Meme

Last Feb-March, this meme became popular among many of the bloggers I follow. I saw it first on K's blog, then on Mai and Kat's blog, then on G's, Asami's, and Pao's. By far, the most creative I've seen is hers. Pretty highlighters! ♥ (She used slightly different questions too!)

I'm quite late to the party, but who cares. At least I'm fashionable? Har har~
Click to enlarge!
Anybody who wants to do this, please go ahead! And link me your posts! :D

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick: Summer Sunset

Yet another red. I'm experimenting with the formulas from various American drugstore brands. I have yet to try Covergirl's lipsticks - I can't seem to find any good shades. Any suggestions? :D

Price: P299.00
Location Bought: Watsons SM Megamall
Approximate Date Bought: late 2010

Friday, April 1, 2011

My Makeup Story

This post was backlogged December 12, 2010.

I was watching this video by one of my favorite makeup people on YouTube (I love how down-to-earth she is and how calming her voice is), and I decided to do the tag here on my blog too.

1. How old were you when you started wearing makeup?
12, first year high school. It was just lip balm and face powder. I went to a Catholic school with very strict nuns, so I never wore anything beyond that. I started getting into other types of makeup like eyeshadow, liner, foundation and mascara in my fourth year, where most people were having proms, grad parties, debuts, and other similar events. Except for parties, I rarely wore makeup for regular days until I decided to start this blog in third year college. At that point, I started getting into blush and lip products with more intense colors like gloss and lipstick.

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