Guess who's ready to do a strip tease?

When my ex-boyfriend dumped me four years ago (during finals week, four days before my birthday and around a week before our second anniversary), I went to a dermatologist after a week of bawling my eyes out and starving myself. I worked out, and went on to have a GPA of 3.2 the first term that I was single (I did fail two subjects due to the break up). As obvious from my recent posts, I have been feeling a little down, and that feeling is what pushes me to be productive. I just finished my 3D model complete with clothes and hair (if my thesis group mates had known about this, they probably would have wished my heart broke sooner), I plucked my eyebrows to a decent shape and.. I waxed. For the first time. Call me a masochist, but I’d rather feel pain physically, than feel the hole left in my chest..

Okaaay. Enough emo stuff, let’s get on with it.

Ever since I accompanied Kim to buy herself a cold wax at the World Trade Center, I have been itching to buy myself my own kit too (inggitera pala, haha!). I even had C to go to Sesou Nature Source (I’m trying to use organic and natural products as much as possible) in Alabang Town Center to look for a cold wax. I even looked in department stores and groceries, but to no avail. I didn’t want to try the hot one in fear that it will hurt. My last resort was to order online, but fortunately my mom found Strip Tease Cold Sugar Wax Hair Remover in SM Manila!

The waxing kit comes in a small reusable bag.

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Strip Tease wax.. (from brochure)

comes ready to use. No heating, no mixing, no irritating smell.. no mess. It is made from 100% natural ingredients so it is safe to use for your entire body including sensitive areas such as face and bikini line. With waxing, hair takes longer time to regrow because hair is removed from the roots. It takes around 2-4 weeks to grow back depending on how heavy your hair normally is. Any hair appearing before this is not regrowth, but hair which were not visible or too short for removal when waxed. Waxing slowly reduces the growth of hair, so the more often you wax; hair regrowth will appear much sparser, softer and finer textured.

Waxing exfoliates the skin while removing hair; dead skin cells and impurities are removed, thus leaving skin soft, smooth and clean. Strip Tease wax is completely water-soluble, so it rinses away instantly with water.

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The kit contains a wooden spatula and 15 strips of cloth (which are washable).

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350 grams of cold sugar wax

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A leaflet and another piece of paper with instructions and tips.

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To get the maximum waxing effect, make sure the area to be waxed is dry and free from oil, dirt and sweat. Powder lightly if skin is oily, then brush off powder completely.

  • Apply Strip Tease wax to your skin with the wooden spatula in the direction of hair growth.
  • Take a cloth strip, press it down firmly onto the waxed area and rub several times in the direction of hair growth.
  • Pull the strip back sharply in the opposite direction of the hair growth. Do not lift the strip up or out, but rather pull back as close to the skin as possible.
  • If a few stray hairs remain, re-wax them or tweeze (Teesh-Oh: aka pluck) them.
  • Wipe the skin with a cold moist cloth or towel afterwards to remove excess wax.

You may notice that your skin has turned red, or that you have tiny bumps on the skin immediately after waxing. This is a normal reaction, and the redness and bumps should disappear within an hour. As with any wax treatment, some discomfort may be experienced.

  • On the legs & bikini line areas, for lesser discomfort, try this other technique; this may not be applicable to stubborn hair though.. instead of applying Strip Tease wax directly to the hair, apply it directly to the cloth strip; press it firmly onto the are to be waxed; rub it several times in the direction of hair growth then yank it swiftly in the opposite direction of the hair growth.

You may reuse the same cloth strip with the residual wax on the same or other areas of the body to be waxed until it loses its grip.

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  • Regardless of where you want to wax, do not attempt to do large areas at once.
  • Previously shaved hair is strong & resistant. Wait until hair is 1/4 inch long before first use.
  • In the bikini area, hair should not be any longer than 1/2 inch to avoid tangling and discomfort. We suggest trimming the hair with scissors first before applying the wax.
  • Always check the direction of hair growth before beginning. Note that on some parts of the body, hair may grow in more than one direction, some in a swirling pattern. Follow the direction of the hair’s growth pattern, carefully removing the irregular patches first.
  • When placing the cloth strip over the wax-coated area, leave a small space at the end of the strip for pulling.
  • If strip is removed too slowly, it is possible that wax will remain on the skin and hair will not come off.
  • Have a damp cloth handy for cleaning hands during process.
  • The provided wooden spatula and cloth strips are reusable. Just soak in water to dissolve the wax off and let dry.
  • Strip Tease wax is designed to be handy and ready to use, so heating is not required. However, if you prefer to warm it, you can do so by soaking the wax container to a bowl of hot water or by heating it in a microwave oven at low temperature at 5-10 seconds interval, be absolutely sure though that the wax is just warm to touch not hot; otherwise it might scald your skin.
  • Do not use alcohol, astringent or deodorant right after waxing.
  • Do not use on broken and irritated skin.
  • Because of its honey and sugar component, wax attracts ants, so tightly seal wax container after use.
  • Store at room temperature (do not refrigerate).

I know a cold wax’s consistency, and I’m pretty sure it’s not supposed to be this hard.

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So much for cold wax, I had to heat it up to use it since it wouldn’t even budge enough that I could scoop it.

Unfortunately, I can’t show you photos of the waxing process. I tried to take photos, but it wasn’t advisable for a reason. My hands were really sticky and I can’t risk damaging Brownie in the process. Also, I can’t show before and after photos due to the fact that I’m not really hairy, and the difference does not show in photos. :)

What Teesh-Oh likes about it

  • It didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would. Most of my friends tell me that cold waxing is better than the one with heat. However, since I used mine as a hot one (well, warm), it still wasn’t painful enough to even induce tears. Goodbye plucking! I am now converted to waxing.
  • It really did take out my hair easily! Hello, hairless underarms, arms and legs. I might even wax down there once summer arrives.
  • The smell. The smell wasn’t too strong, a

What Teesh-Oh didn’t like about it

  • It needed heating!!! The main reason why I wanted cold wax is that I did not need to heat it to use it.

Will I repurchase?

Probably not, although it works really well. I need something that is hassle free and is ready to use without having to heat it.

UPDATE: Their impressive customer service read of my concern through their Facebook Fan Page and here’s what they have to say..

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For more information and orders, visit their website or their Facebook Fan Page.

NYX Round Lipsticks: Femme, Louisiana, Narcissus, Paris, Snow White

If you’ve seen prior NYX posts, I have already made swatches and produced separate posts for each one. But now that I have a decent camera, I’ll simply make a collective post for the five NYX Round Lipsticks that I own. I bought all of this for Php 160 each from Digital Traincase during my internship in Eastwood City (Cavite to Libis and vice versa five days a week is no joke, I tell you) since they do meet ups in Ortigas. :)

So here’s all the NYX products I own as of the moment. I’m staying away from online shops because I’m saving up to buy Christmas gifts. Planning to buy some more stuff next year! :)

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Snow White is the most used among the bunch! I put it on at home and wipe it off before leaving because I feel like it’s going to attract unwanted attention. Haha!

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Swatches on my arm! :)

  1. Femme
  2. Narcissus
  3. Louisiana
  4. Paris
  5. Snow White

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Femme is a really bright coral, bordering on red. It would take guts to wear it, since it’s attention grabbing. I think of wearing a plain white sundress with it, and a hat. So summer-y! This photo does not do it justice.

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Narcissus is a really light pink and it’s kind of metallic. Kind of hard to pull of for daytime looks, but would look good with a real heavy smokey eye. 

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Louisiana is a hot pink lipstick. It does not show in this photo, but I really love it! I feel so girly with it on. I’ve read some reviews that it’s a dupe for NARS Schiap, only much creamier.

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Paris is a nice shade of pink that’s.. basically a nicer version of my lips. It looks like I have nothing on, although my lips look way better with it on. Haha!

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Snow White is a dark red lipstick that reminds me of blood for some reason. It’s very classy and spices up plain outfits. I actually used it on Singapore and during PFW. One of the reasons I like using red lippies is that I can be lazy with anything else since I’ll just have to curl my eyelashes, whip up my mascara (and an eyeliner if I feel like doing so), put a little blush on and voila! I’m good to go.

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It doesn’t last that long but for the price, it’s totally worth it. The only thing I don’t like about this lipsticks is the scent. It doesn’t last long but it kind of bothers me. Nothing I can’t handle though. :)

I’ll end this post with a dilemma with what to do with my hair. I believe I need bangs since my forehead is HUGE, but I’m tired of wispy side bangs. I want a fringe but I fear that I might regret it. Shallow problems, I know.

And I know not many of you visit my sidebar, but I fixed it earlier today. Any comments? Please do answer the poll there too! :)

251011: Divisoria Haul

The day after I got to attend PFW, I was thinking of how much I needed to update my wardrobe and my accessories. So when mom told me that she’s going to Divisoria with Tin the same day that my 1 PM class got cancelled, I knew it was meant to be! Haha!

However, I was low in funds and I didn’t want to withdraw because I was pretty sure I’d spend all of it in a flash. So I went with what’s left of this week’s allowance.

Didn’t get to buy much stuff, but it’s fine. I’m content with what I got to buy. :)

Girly hair accessories, that are too feminine but I will still try to pull off! Elastic head band (Php 60), I-don’t-know-what-it’s-called-but-it’s-something-you-could-tie-your-hair-in-but-is-not-a-ponytail (Php 75) and Ribbon hair clip (Php 75).

Total amount spent: Php 210

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Rings! This was actually Php 100/3 pcs, but I got it for Php 30/each!

Total amount spent: 210+120 = Php 330

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Sticky notes (Php 20/each)!

Total amount spent: 330+60 = Php 390

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Bendable hair curlers in purple (Php 80/pack), since my rollers are so worn out already!

Total amount spent: 160+390 = Php 550

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Bath Glove (Php 15/each). The pink one is my sister’s! :)

Total amount spent: 550+15 = Php 565

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Monkey coin purse (Php 20)!

My sister’s treat! She’s so sweet! She bought me the monkey coin purse I was looking at, since she bought herself a bunny one. :)

Total amount spent: Php 565

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Plain gray flats (Php 300). I really wanted to buy a pair of plain neutral colored flats I could wear with anything. :)

Total amount spent: 300+565 = Php 865

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*pats myself in the back*

I controlled myself and didn’t go beyond my budget! Mom and Tin was so tired already, since I scoured 168 repeatedly until I got to the conclusion that I’m not going to get this pair of flats for less than Php 300. Ugh. My suki for flats was closed so I bought from another stall. :(

I’m done with cosmetic hauls this year! After that fashion crisis, I have convinced myself to update my closet. Hihi.

Next time, I plan on going to Greenhills! I’ve never been there! =)

I was out today to buy myself a numeric keypad (for thesis purposes), which was unfortunately out of stock. On my way home, I decided to drop by the numerous ukay vintage outlets within the vicinity and I saw this huge sign saying EVERYTHING 50.

What happened with my Php 200:

  • Gray cashmere sweater with red appliques and colorful buttons for my sister. The moment I saw it I knew it was meant for her. It was super cute!
  • White loose blouse with amazing crochet detail. There were also colorful buttons used as embellishments in the neckline. However, there were obvious button fallout but it’s nothing that my mom can’t fix. My mom can sew anything
  • Aztec print long sleeved mini dress! The cold weather’s slowly creeping in the country and I’m planning to wear it with black leggings. Yay!
  • Sleeveless floral top.

I can proudly say that’s a well spent Php 200. :)

Sleek Make Up Oh So Special Eyeshadow Palette

This was actually an impulsive buy during the most recent SuperSale Bazaar. Although I had already been eyeing this palette, along with the Au Naturel one, I never really planned on making the purchase yet until we passed by the Make Up Hub booth.

I swatched both palettes on my hand, however, the Au Naturel wasn’t what i expected. Thank goodness I bought it personally, instead of buying it online! :)

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Ingredients! I know I should stay away from products with paraben, but it’s harder than it seems to do so.

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Top Row: Bow, Organza, Ribboon, Gift Basket, Glitz, Celebrate

Bottom Row: Pamper, Gateau, The Mail, Boxed, Wrapped Up, Noir

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Now for a closer look..

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Top view!

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On to the swatches!

Here’s the top row of the palette. Bow is a matte cream color, however it doesn’t show in my eyelids (or in this case, my arm). I guess I’m too fair for it, but I’m not that fair for it not to show. Organza is shimmery mauve. Ribbon is a matte eyeshadow whose color is more old rose than pink, but I guess everyone would classify it as pink. Gift Basket is my absolute favorite shade in this palette, since even though it’s shimmery, it could still rock day and night looks. Glitz is shimmery gunmetal. Celebrate is deep plum on the pan, however upon application it looks more like a matte black eyeshadow mixed with deep plum glitters. I think it would look pretty for a smokey eye with a twist.

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And here’s the bottom row of the palette! Pamper is a light peach/pink shade that comes matte. Gateau is shimmery light lavender. The Mail is a matte light mocha. Boxed is a matte deep brown, and a shade that could also be used for the brows. Wrapped Up is a matte shade that confuses me on whether it’s a really dark purple/brown/gray shade. Noir is a matte black shade.

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What Teesh-Oh likes about it

  • The packaging is so “sleek”! The mirror is huge and very convenient. However, it has a down side. :(
  • The color combinations are workable! They didn’t just group colors together (some palettes do that).
  • Most of the shadows are pigmented.

What Teesh-Oh didn’t like about it

  • The down side I mentioned was due to the fact that it’s extremely hard to open.
  • I need a primer to make it last longer, as my oily lids make it impossible for eye shadow to stay. I might also need a primer to make Bow appear..
  • You’ll have to buy it online, or in bazaars (if you want to swatch it personally).

One palette, two different looks: sweet and innocent or sexy and sultry.

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If you want to know how to achieve either look..

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010912: Online window shopping will make you wish that money grows on trees and you have an orchard

This is not a fashion blog, nor am I a fashionista, but I do dress up occasionally. However, most of my wardrobe are composed of school/casual clothes (shirt-jeans variety) and whenever I need to go somewhere different, I tackle one shallow problem of “what do I wear?”.

As much as I browse, and lust over online boutiques, I never really buy anything because of all the online shopping horror stories I’ve heard of before, such as ripped clothes, or clothes that looked entirely different than the ones you saw from your computer screen. Aside from that, I could never really buy clothes, shoes and accessories due to the fear of it not looking well on me since you don’t get any assurance from trying it out first. Plus, I can’t seem to afford anything or the things that fits into my budget are the stuff I don’t really like. I only ever risked online shopping for skin care products and cosmetics, and I did a lot of research prior to even placing an order.

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I was randomly browsing fashion blogs (and online boutiques as well) when I came across Chicwish. Here are some of my top picks, although I know I won’t really buy anything.

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However, with Romwe, I am more tempted to buy something due to the Free Worldwide Shipping (with no minimum purchase required) and the 20% discount coupon (I already even have an account). *fighting off temptation*

And here are my top picks..

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And look at this cute collared sweaters! It comes in a lot of colors, I can’t manage to pick just one.

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Although I like in a tropical country, one never knows if a situation to wear a coat will suddenly arise. Haha!

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Why is everything so expensive? Why can’t I just win the lottery and buy an entirely new wardrobe? Hahaha! How about you girls (and guys)? Do you have any other online shops you frequent but never really buy from? :)

Wow, won’t you look at that? Two posts in one weekend! *pats back* Hooray for a new beauty post! Who here can remember the last time I published one? Certainly not me! Fortunately, Andrea and Karen tagged me in a Beauty Tag, and the mechanics is as simple as the title: This or That? :)

To be honest, I only own two pieces of blush and a lonely bronzer (ELF Blush in Candid Coral and ELF Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder in Sunkissed), the two above and the blush I won from Kim. I rarely use a bronzer since I lack any sense of contouring ability. Also, I feel like I look older than I really am without making my features stronger. Hmmm.

I never really wear gloss so this one is an easy peasy. Above are my current favorites: Avon Ultra Moisture Rich in Barely There, MAC Please Me and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Monte Carlo.

What is the difference anyway? I can’t make an informed decision without knowing. Haha! But what I do use are the following: ONE Naturales Shea Butter Lip Balm in Berry Delicious and SkinFood Shea Butter Lip Care Bar.

When it comes to eyeshadows, I use a mix of matte and shimmer. The only thing I’m particular about is color since I’m into warm, neutral ones such as the ones from the Sleek Make Up Oh So Special Eyeshadow Palette. Admittedly, I only use one shade of eyeshadow (shown in title photo) when I’m too lazy to care (which is most of the time hahaha), Rimmel London Colour Rush Mono Eyeshadow in Smokey Quartz.

In the battle between foundation (Majolica Majorca Skin Remaker Pore Cover) and concealer (ELF All Over Cover Stick), my flawed face needs both to look extra polished. However, for my everyday look I stick with just foundation (Bourjois Paris Healthy Mix Serum). I do want people to still recognize me even without makeup on, and I only go for full coverage when I have to attend events.

Again, the answer to this question depends on the look I’m going for. I use a light hand with pencil liners (Avon Glimmersticks in Cosmic Brown) for romantic dates to subtly make my eyes pop *wink wink*. For night outs and events where I know I will get my photo taken, I use my gel pencil liner (IN2IT Waterproof Gel Liner) if I’m putting the focus on my eyes and a liquid liner (IN2IT Liquid Liner) when I need more defined eyes and the party is on my lips. :)

Sure, loose powder is more recommended for oily faced girls like yours truly, but I’m mostly on the go, hence, bringing around loose powder and applying it (while on a car/bus, yes I do that) is something I find too messy. Pressed powder (SkinFood White Grape Fresh Light Pact), hands down.

First off, I do not use a sponge. I use makeup brushes (Sigma Premium Travel Kit Sweet in Pink and ELF Professional Total Face Brush) for basically everything. Or my clean fingers in applying my everyday foundation (stated above), because it’s just easier that way. :p

Lastly, when it comes to mascara, the crybaby in me prefers waterproof ones though it’s harder to take off at the end of the day. I’m not too picky when it comes to mascara since I throw it out after 6 months (my eyes are pretty sensitive). The one I’m currently using (IN2IT Mascara) is the one I got from IN2IT, bundled with the IN2IT Liquid Eyeliner. Now ladies, what are your beauty essentials? :)

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Petit Darling Nails BR301, PP903 (Php 48)

Petit Darling Nails HD Beam Heart Pearl Top Coat, PK009, BL504(Php 98)

LUCIDarling Fantastic Nails Spangle #07, #05, #06 (Php 128)

Jelly Pop Nail Top Coat (Php 198)

Dear Darling Nail Care Step 4 Quick Dry Base Coat (Php 115)

Just so everyone knows, I’m now home! Hello comfy bed, walking around my room in my undies, and no more thinking of what to eat three times a day! Although I’d have to go back, I’ll be basking in comfort until next week. =)

Anyway, Shee and I went to SM Manila the other day. We were really tired from aerobics, and simply forced ourselves to do our thesis. After lunch, we started staring into nothingness instead of being productive and spontaneously packed up to go watch Zombadings.

After the movie, we went to Etude House to buy some nail polish. Frankly, I only ever lust after their nail polish collections and nothing else in the store catches my fancy. Ugh. And I was so conflicted with what colors to buy. :(

A peek on my rare impulse buying.

PS I finally got to use my Pink Membership Card. Hihi.

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I like me and my dad’s “bonding time”. I never get home empty handed. I think I might have the Only Child Syndrome. Haha! I kid, I kid. Aside from the fact that the syndrome is a stereotype that can easily be proven wrong, I am no only child. I am simply lucky to be my parents’ daughter, and my siblings, their children. While shopping with my mom is more on the practical side, going out with dad is where we can splurge a little. Dad told me I can buy any pair I wanted so I went for shoes I can’t afford or will never buy even if I had the money for it (cheapskate alert!). But all the pairs I had my eyes on from other stores didn’t carry my size (summary: ang laki ng paa ko!). Fortunately, some of the nicest sales associates work in Steve Madden in SM Megamall and even volunteered to pick up the shoes I wanted in my size from Shangri-La. She knew I was panicking since I needed a pair of closed shoes for graduation. I didn’t get your name, but thank you ate! :)

051011: Korean Skin Care Haul

As obvious from my previous posts (most of which, I have now deleted), I have been feeling really frustrated at the sudden turn of events. I am going to graduate college later than I expected (4 months later, to be exact). However, I still seriously believe that maybe this is for the better. I may have disappointed myself and mom now, but I am sure I will make her proud. Someday.

Moving on.. Remember this post from August? I finally got what I ordered! It did take around two months, since Maxine is still new in the biz.. But hey, at least it got here. Haha! I got really surprised when I received it because it was so heavy! And I only even bought 5 items (with 10% off discounts). Finally, something to cheer me up!

Here are the items still tightly wrapped in plastic and bubble wrap. :)

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Removing the plastic. I seriously love getting packages, even though I paid for it! I always get giddy and excited.

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Look at all that bubble wrap!

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Wow. Thank you Faye Shop! :)

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Here are my orders. :)

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  1. SkinFood Grain Cleansing Foam (Php 310)
  2. SkinFood Peach Sake Emulsion (Php 530)
  3. The Face Shop Black Head EX Nose Clay Mask (205)

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SkinFood Papaya Yogurt Mask Wash Off and Banana Yogurt Mask Wash Off (Php 310 each)

My mom actually asked me, “Anak, ilan ba ang mukha mo?”. International shipping is expensive, mom!

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Freebies! Kind of like consolation for the long waiting time. Haha!

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Two bottles of SkinFood Grapeseed Oil Dual Body Oil

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Tony Moly Tomatox Magic White Massage Pack

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And a lot of samples and trial kits which usually comes with Korean purchases. =)

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  1. Etude House Moistfull Collagen Trial Kit (contains Moistfull Collagen Facial Freshner and Moistfull Collagen Emulsion)
  2. Etude House Moistfull Aloe Skin Care Kit (contains Moistfull Aloe Soothing Lotion and Moistfull Aloe Soothing Skin)
  3. Etude House Moistfull Aloe Soothing Cream
  4. The Face Shop The Smim Repair Serum
  5. SkinFood Gold Caviar Emulsion
  6. SkinFood Gold Caviar Toner
  7. The Face Shop Diamond Shine Lipgloss (OR201)
  8. Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream All Day Strong SPF 30++
  9. Etude House Baking Powder Pore Cleansing Tissues (Oil Type)

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Thank you so much Faye Shop! You can add up Faye Shop on Facebook, or visit their website for price lists and such. :)

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No, I’m not a Korean wannabe. :( Plus, tabingi yung bangs ko. Haha! But I’m a fashion blogger wannabe. Chos!

Documenting the rare chances that I decided to leave my shirt-jeans-slippers combo at home. :)

  • Dress used as top: Thrift Shop (from this haul)
  • Jeans: Lee Pipes
  • Flats: Divisoria
  • Necklace and owl rings: Divisoria
  • Purse: Charles & Keith Singapore

Read about what I happened while I’m wearing this here.

I wasn’t really interested in organic products until Rhea and I talked about organic mouthwash. She recommended I check out Human Heart Nature for cheap organic product so I went and checked their website and saw that they have a branch in Cavite!

I browsed their site and saw that the company, aside from selling 100% Filipino-made organic products, practices Fair Trade and employs GK residents. Now those are causes that I willingly support!

I wanted to try the Aloe Vera and Guava Facial Wash and the Sunflower Beauty Oil first before going on a major haul, to find out if their products will work on me. When I found their Facebook Fan Page*,

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However, when I got there, the Sunflower Beauty Oil was out of stock. Also, when I asked the staff regarding the facial wash (it wasn’t in the check list that you fill up to order), they told me that it was already phased out.

I checked their website again, but it was still there! So I decided on simply ordering for it online but I wanted to express my disappointment via Facebook wall post..

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I was still pretty disappointed when I sent them a text message, but whoever sent the reply told me that s/he (probably a she) will reserve some for me. Later that day, before heading home, I dropped by and I finally got to buy it. Yay! I started to tell the one in charge of the cashier that I sent a text message before hand and she said “Ikaw ba si Trisha?" and even remembered my surname. Sufficient to say, no more conflicting feelings with regard to their customer service. =)

I’ve already started using both products and will make a review in a month or so. Watch out for that girls (and guys)!

*For people who live in Cavite, their branch can be located along Emilio Aguinaldo highway, roughly between Sun City Plaza (the one with Shakey’s Pizza and Figaro) and the newly opened SM Hypermarket (formerly Makro).

The items in my closet have dwindled down to nearly half of its number. I let go of clothes, bags and shoes that I don’t plan on ever using again and gave it away.

And surprise, surprise, I realized that I could survive chilly weather with my wardrobe. Haha!

I was supposed to post this last night but my 6-year old laptop just would not cooperate. I have resuscitated it back from the dead a number of times already, but I guess instead of being a normal living laptop, it has become zombie-fied. Hang in there, laptop, I promise I’ll find a replacement before the year ends. But for the meantime, here’s a graphic representation of how I feel whenever my laptop breaks down..

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Seriously, who doesn’t love free stuff? I know I do. If I follow your blog, you’d know how much I enjoy getting my opinions out in the world leaving comments. And finally, my online talkativeness paid off with Kim’s GCOM. I won her first ever GCOM without even trying. Yay! Thank you Kim! :)

The best thing was it arrived days after my birthday so I went on and pretended it was a birthday gift. Chos! But I always get giddy whenever a package arrives and it’s for me. Excited to find out what it contains? :)

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Let’s take a closer look at the products Kim sent me. :)

ELF Tone Correcting Concealer in Spice

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The description, directions, tips and the least of ingredients are all printed in the packaging it came with.

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It comes with a doe foot applicator, and unfortunately, a shade too dark to be a concealer for me. Here, mom!

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ELF Professional Total Face Brush

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More print on the packaging.

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The brush itself was soft and dense. It also was the right size and fits together with my Sigma Premium Travel Brush Kit, so plus for that! I like to keep all my brushes in one handy kit. :)

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Maybelline SuperStay PowerGloss

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While I have a drawer of lipsticks which are too many for my consumption alone, I do not own any gloss. I find lip gloss too sticky, parang bagong halik lang sa lechon! This gloss from Maybelline is dual ended, with the “color” on one end and the gloss itself on the other. The instructions are fairly easy which was to put on the color first then the gloss.

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The “color” uses a doe foot applicator (which is the usual case with lip gloss in tubes), and the gloss uses a brush (no photo available, sorry). The color is really pretty but a little streaky when applied, and the gloss.. well a gloss is a gloss, after all. I can vouch for it (the color, not the gloss) being long lasting though. I swiped it on my lips before dinner, ate, then washed my face before sleeping. The next morning, the gloss is gone, but there still are traces of the product on my lips!

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Maybelline Expert Wear Blush in Plushed Plum

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It came with a brush that I don’t use. I know it’s in there so you can use it anywhere, but I rarely do since it’s too small for my cheeks.

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Description and list of ingredients at the bottom of the package.

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At first glance, I wondered how I can use this as a blush when it looks like a shade of brown (okay, my sight can be deceiving). However, I instantly fell in love when I swatched it on the back of my hand. A softer shade of plum which is perfect for everyday looks. I use a light hand in putting on blushes, but the product itself is firm and not chalky at all that there’s no fear in picking up too many product.

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ELF All Over Cover Stick in Apricot Beige

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More product claims.

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Directions, tips and a list of ingredients. Sorry, not paraben free!

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To get more product, you’re going to have to twist it, just like you do with lipstick! Admittedly, I keep thinking of how to describe this.. a twist up stick foundation? It sucks when I can’t quite grasp the specific term I need. :(

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Swiping a little product on the back of my hand, I thought that it might be too light for me. But when blended properly, it doesn’t seem so. Plus, the finger I used to blend it with gives out a hint of citrus-y fragrance. I’ll use it on my face and give you guys an update! If ever it doesn’t work out as a foundation, I could always use it as a concealer. It did say All Over, right? :)

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Milani Velvet Lipstick in 210 Luxurious

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Three words: I love it! My choice of lipstick is in this order: matte, creamy, satin and lip balm (not a lipstick, but whatevs). I don’t like glitters (not on my lips anyway) and gloss. When I first opened it, the first thought that came to mind is “please don’t be frosted”, I don’t want my lips to do an Edward Cullen. Fortunately, it has a lovely satin finish and the shade makes me feel like a Koreanovela protagonist. My brain puts together weird associations.

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090612: Exhibit C (repeated usage of a certain item of clothing)

  1. Thrifted Cardigan
  2. Thrifted Ruffled Top. This top is so overused as I love how it’s loose and doesn’t emphasize my bulging tummy. Haha!
  3. Php 75 sling bag from Divi! I like buying cheap colorful purses since I only use it for my phone and sometimes, a lipstick. Hence, it doesn’t get ruined easily. Plus, I can throw it away anytime without hesitation. One time, I bought a small sling bag from MNG and even if the leather had already started cracking, I had a hard time parting with my money bag.
  4. Jeans from Lee
  5. Gray flats from Divi
  6. Owl ring from Divi
  7. Bracelet from Hong Kong, courtesy of C :)

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Today, I felt bad about the 20% of five years that I didn’t work hard enough. Just one fifth and the remaining 80% somehow lost its value.. BAM! That’s the door on my face feeling represented by three letters and an exclamation point. Sigh.

To cheer myself up, I went to Modcloth. Aaand it’s a bad idea. I kept drooling over clothes I couldn’t have. If I could afford to fill my wardrobe with knee length skirts, lace, chiffon, florals, midi dresses, summer dresses, cardigans in all shades available, and all things dainty, I would. My style is a mix of Blair Waldorf, Jess of New Girl, Once Upon a Time’s Mary Margaret/Snow White and Taylor Swift. p Thank God I don’t own a credit card or I would be in serious debt. Or maybe a genie will grant me unlimited budget.. they’ll literally need an entire ship for my orders. Haha!

A Hairy Tale

Most of the time, it really is hard to bring me down. But as obvious from my previous post that there are times I get into a sulky mood (although I may blame my hormones for that, I hate this time of the month). Whenever I lose my motivation to keep going, I do things to get it all out, then bounce back to my usual happy self. As it turns out, all I needed for a pick me up is to write a short post about it and read a book (Pittacus Lore’s I Am Number Four).

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Moving on from my self-inflicted frustration onto another minor frustration. It’s not included in the things that keep me up at night, but it does annoy me whenever I have to go out and have no idea what to do with my mess of a hair. Once upon a time, I had lustrous, shiny jet black hair. What in the world happened with my crowning glory? (Just an excuse to share photos I got from the baul haha!)

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Hence, when I discovered how rebonding keeps my hair free of frizz and shiny for more than a year, I had it done every time the treatment starts to lose its effects. Photo in the left is when I last had my hair rebonded two years ago (2010), and the one in the right was December last year when I got my “Mikay Bangs" (thanking my lucky stars, it grew out fine with the help of another haircut from Edwin Samot!). :p

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Unfortunately when I DIY’d my hair (bleached it before dyeing it dark red, though it does not look like it in the photo), my hair got really dry and frizzy! I had to put in extra effort in either blow drying, ironing or curling my hair every morning. I also used tons of hair masks to no avail.

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Since my split ends got too noticeable, I finally decided to get a hair cut. However, though my split ends are barely nonexistent at the time being, my mane just got more unruly now that it’s shorter! It seemed each strand had a mind of its own and they all decided to go on their separate ways. Dear hair, cooperate!

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The thing is, compared to other girls (or guys), I really do not enjoy spending a lot of time fixing my hair. I allot a maximum of 15 minutes for hair styling unless I am attending an event (wherein it takes me less than an hour to curl/straighten my hair). Fortunately for me, I can achieve a nice and soft “everyday” hair with three products and little effort.

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Since I have awfully dry hair (I have an oily face and my hair is too dry, I sometimes ask myself why my body can’t just balance it out), I use Herbal Essences Hydralicious Self-Targeting Shampoo which is formulated [mainly] for dry hair. I go for either this one or the Reconditioning Shampoo (also another product from the Hydralicious Line, AND in a purple bottle haha). The truth is, I don’t really notice if it’s doing the job of keeping my hair hydrated, I’m one of those people who uses whatever shampoo that’s available. What I did observe was that whenever I use this shampoo, my hair never smells of sweat. Living in a tropical country, it’s pretty easy to smell like you just came off a workout simply by walking outside. So that’s a plus for me. :)

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I know this one’s a hair mask, but I also use this Byphasse Hair Mask (almost everything in the packaging is in French) as an alternative for conditioner. I leave it on for 10 minutes, and my hair is soft for nearly a week afterwards! I also love the HBC Keratin Treatment (or Hair Mask, it’s in the same packaging as this one), but it’s almost always out of stock whenever I go out to buy one.

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Lastly, I use the Pure Beauty Treatment Essence Water to somehow lessen the frizz. I chanced upon this product while it was on a Buy 1 Take 1 promo, hence, I tried it. I am not a big fan of the smell, but luckily, you’d have to be really near (or have a dog’s sense of smell) to notice it. I spray it on damp hair before blow drying (or I let my hair dry naturally), and I notice that it’s not as frizzy compared to when I don’t put anything on. The plus side is it’s water-based, unlike leave ons that make your hair feel heavy and creates a build up. I read some reviews for this product that it lessens split ends as well, I have my fingers crossed for that one!

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As of the moment, I have been staying away from any kind of treatment that will further damage my hair. Though I now have brassy, uneven colored hair (oh, the horror of the regrowth!), until my hair rejuvenates, I am steering clear of hair coloring.

Oh, and I’m really sorry if I unfollowed any of your Tumblr blogs. I have been following too many people (and having a hard time in backreading through my dashboard) so I had to let go of the few that moved on to other platforms (Blogspot, Wordpress, etc). I still visit those blogs though. :)

How about you, what hair products creates miracles for your hair? Do you spend a lot of time styling your hair? Any hairy tales you’d like to share? :)

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