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Monday, September 25, 2017

September 2017 Empties

These empties are cumulative since July.  It's a great feeling when you finish a product, for some reason.  I don't know why but it feels kind of good.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

How to Foam Up Perfect Whip Facial Wash

I always have this question in my mind, can I put the Shiseido Perfect Whip in a foam dispenser? My life will be easier that way.  Because Speedy Whip is so expensive and the perfect whip is more affordable.  But I don't like to go through 2 minutes to foam up the Perfect Whip in my hand.

So when I finished my Biore Uru-Uru I used the empty foam dispenser to test this lazy idea of mine if this will work.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Megarhythm Steam Eye Mask

I saw this in a video by Morgan and at first I thought I may not have the chance to buy and test it, but it would be great if I can have a chance to test it.  Luckily, this product is available in HK! And this was in one of my hauls.
The box contains 5 eye mask sheets.  Each Eye mask sheet is inside an individually packed foil pouch.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Nighttime Skincare Routine

I've been receiving requests for me to show my nighttime skincare routine.  I was really hesitant at first because I'm not doing anything special.  Even though I love korean makeup and a big fan of the kbeauty skincare routine, I don't do the 10 step skin care routine.  Well because I don't have all that money to buy the 10 products and 2nd usually especially during From schedule and Duty schedule I don't have the energy to do the 10 steps anymore.

So here's my simple skincare routine at least in my definition of simple

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Shiseido Perfect Whip - Review

I just finished my Biore Uru-Uru and I'm on the look out for a new facial wash.  I then decided to try the Shiseido Perfect Whip since a lot of people have been raving about it.  I'm just a lazy girl in making it foam up which was the main reason why I had not bought it before.

Blue squeezy tube plastic packaging.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

My Top 5 Grocery Gifts (Pasalubong) from Australia

Since the items in Australia are expensive, I just bought my pasalubong from their groceries.  I tried to look for some that are really unique from Australia.  This is just my personal opinion, of course there are others depending on their tastes and personalities.

1. 3-in-1 coffee

One of the things I love most about Australia is the Coffee!!!  To the point I wanted to bring them home.  I've tried the Cappuccino and I loved it! In fact I've just finished 1 box and will be opening this one below soon.  

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder - First Impressions

I've finished my Kuromi loose powder and I have to replace with another loose powder to use as finishing powder.  I got this in my recent trip in HK.  This was a very popular product of Innisfree. I could see a lot of beauty gurus using this and vlogging about this. 

Packaging This comes in small green plastic twistable container.  It has a semi-translucent strainer inside.  
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Vegemite Food Challenge / Review

When I went to Australia for the APCC Convention, according to my sister who also went with me, Vegemite is one of the popular Australian product.  But not all want the product and for some reason, Australians love this product.  So we bought one, but unfortunately we were not able to try it while we were in Australia, since I had a busy schedule attending and presenting in the convention.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Brow Mascara - First Impressions

I'm not a brow mascara person, in fact I don't own one, until in one of my HK hauls, one of the beauty stores gave me a sample brow mascara for free.

So this is my first ever brow mascara, to tell you the truth I don't know how to react nor what to expect.

With all those disclaimers said, here goes....

This is trial size only, but very cute and perfect for travelling.  It's in a brown plastic tube with gold lettering.  
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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Resident's Baby Steps in Achieving your Dreams: APCC 2017

Recently I've achieved one of my bucket list in residency, to go into an international convention to present research paper: UAA 2017.  And I'm happy to announce that I've yet achieved another of my bucket list in residency: to present in a podium my research paper and to have that research paper published in an international journal!! My heart is overfilled with joy!

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Laneige Basic Care Moisture - Review

I got the trial kit version: Laneige Essetial Power Skin Refiner &  Laneige Essential Balancing Emulsion.  These both have  been part of my travel skin care kit since last year.  I only use it during my travels and since I use it in such short time and in different weathers, it took a while for me to make a review for this.

Both come in plastic cylinder containing of 15 mL each.  It has a twistable cap and the container is small perfect for travelling.

This has the same smell as the sleeping mask, sweet floral scent.
The Skin Refiner has a runny gel like runny consistency like the usual consistency of "essence".  The emulsion has a creamy consistency.
Laneige Essential Balancing Emulsion

Laneige Essential Power Skin Refiner

This is not as lightweight as I expected it to be.  You can feel a little something on your face when you apply this.  This has withstand different types of weather.  When I went to HK, it was summer during that time and my skin just looks soft, plump and radiant whenever I use this.  Another is when I went to Melbourne, during winter season, it was my first time to experience winter and I was expecting my naturally dry skin, be more dry after taking baths in Australia.
Duration of uselost count
Very smooth application
smells good
non sticky feeling
doesn't alter makeup
you'll feel something on your face

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Travel Makeup Buddies

Travelling really enriches one's soul.  You get to be exposed to different cultures, new experiences and it just feels great to experience a new country or a new city.  It gets you out of your comfort zone and opens your eyes to a lot of beauties of the world.

Whenever I travel, here are the makeup products I usually prepare / use.

Let's start with skincare.
    Melbourne Skincare Buddy - Laneige Moisture kit, Laneige sleeping mask
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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Fashion 21 Pink Obsession First Impressions

One day I woke up and saw an instagram pic of a bridal pink lipstick, and I just thought I would like to try some baby pink or barbie pink shade of lipstick.

Of course I know this will just be a phase, so I decided to buy some affordable lipstick.

This has a pink plastic packaging with silver cylinder.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Daiso Eyebrow Pencil (Dark Brown) - Review

I got this in my recent trip in Hong Kong, this is one of famous products of Daiso in makeup, when I go to Daiso in the Philippines, it's usually out of stock.

I just recently finished my old Daiso eyebrow pencil in gray.  The old one is pink and longer compared to this one. I'm actually not good in eyebrow makeup, which was why I don't buy expensive eyebrow products.  I know kilay is life, but as of now I'm still not good at how making it 'life' hahaha.

I love the packaging of this one.  It's short enough to fit on my pouch so I can take it whenever I travel.
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Friday, August 18, 2017

Biore Makeup Remover Cleansing Milk - Review

This was a "pasalubong" / gift from my mom and sister when they toured Taiwan.  I had to finish my Biore Uru Uru before I use this to avoid wasting of products.

Plain white opaque plastic pump bottle, very simple
The back has everything written in Chinese and I don't have the patience to read them all.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

HK Must Try Food, Mini List

Hong Kong is one of my favorite countries, whenever I go there, this is just a mini list of my must eat food everytime I visit Hong Kong.  The items in this list are generic and can be found in a lot of places in Hong Kong.

1. Roasted Duck/Goose

Our family loves this so much that whenever we go back to the Philippines, we bring at least one or two whole roasted ducks as "pasalubong".  It's just so fragrant and tasty.  You just have to tell the seller that you'll bring this back to your country and they'll pack it so it's ready to put in your hand carry bag.
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Innisfree Apple Seed Lip and Eye Makeup Remover Tissue - First Impressions

This is one of the stuffs I bought in HK when I went to attend the convention.  Actually I was not really planning to buy this since I'm very much happy with my Biore Makeup Remover Wipe.  But I was asked to add a few more items in what I bought so I can have a box of free face sheet masks.  And wouldn't want that???

The product weighs 27g with 30 sheets.  The sheet is round like a cotton pad.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Resident's Baby Steps in Achieving your Dreams: UAA 2017

When I was still a 1st year GS resident, I've seen my senior Urology residents presenting their research papers abroad.  So I told myself, I want to experience that as well.

This is my story of UAA 2017 which happened last Aug 4-6, 2017 in Hong Kong.
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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Midyear 2017 empties

I can't remember if these are everything, sometimes I throw the empty containers away, sometimes I keep them.  Anyways, here are a few of those that I was able to keep.

  1. Banila Co Clean it Zero Cleansing Balm - I love this so much that this is my holy grail cleansing balm.  It can blur your eyes for a while, but I just love it so much! Actually I'm on on my 3rd tub already.  I love the smell, I love that it melts away my makeup just like that.  It removes the step of scrubbing your face and or rubbing your face with cotton pad or tissue which sometimes can irritate your skin.   You can read my first impression here
  2. Etude House  Lovely Cookie Blusher (Grapefruit Jelly) - This has been with me since 2015. Haha and I haven't finished it! But my skin is already itchy when I apply this so I have to buy a new one.  This just gives you that hint of blush.
  3. Mizon Snail Repair Eye Cream - I like that this is very lightweight to my eyes.  I can't say that this did anything remarkable to my eyes, well maybe also because I always forget to apply this in my eyes.   Read my 1st impressions of this here.  To think this lasted for 16 months, for a small tube although like I said before, I did not use this every day.
  4. Heroinemake Long & Curl Mascara - This has become my holy grail mascara ever since I tried this this year!  It's just perfect for your eyelashes.  I know that mascaras are only supposed to be used for 3 months only, but I was able to stretch this to 5 months.  Well it's expensive, so why throw it away at 3 months? Anyways, at 5 months, there's still some left of the product but I started noticing that its performance is not as great as 1-2 months of initial usage.  I'm using the Volume & Curl Mascara now and I'll let you know what I think once I finished it. Check my first impressions of the Long & Curl Mascara here
  5. Biore Uru-Uru 2-in-1 instant foaming wash - This has a delicious apple scent which I love, lasted pretty much for 4 months.  I use this once a day at night as part of my double cleansing routine.  This feels like putting marshmallow onto your face.  At first, this stings my skin, but after a while of continous usage, I don't feel the sting anymore.  If you want to read my first impressions, here
  6. Biore UV Face Milk - I just love this, even if this is for oily skin, me, being a dry to combination skin type, this just works well.  I love Biore sunscreens! I'm just trying out the other lines, but I've been loyal to Biore ever since trying out my first Biore Sunscreen last year. Biore sunscreens are just my holy grail sunscreen, not even canmake mermaid gel, nor Innisfree sunscreen could replace this.  I used this all up in 5 months of everyday, once a day, one layer of application.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

KJM Cheek & Lip Tint - Review

I've seen lots of beauty gurus raved about this cheek and lip tint, that it was affordable and lasting power is amazing.  I bought mine in the Trendsetter's Bazaar to try it out (even if I have lots of lip tints already.... 😅).

It's in a plastic bottle, approximately 8.5 cm long, 2 cm in diameter.  It has a black label with golden lettering.  I like that this is compact and can easily fit inside your pcoket.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel Sunscreen - Review

I just finished my Biore UV perfect Face Milk and I decided to try another line from Biore. One that is their number one sunscreen.  Don't get me wrong, I love the Perfect Face Milk line, I just thought I would try this out for a change.

This is in a plastic, pastel blue container with white twistable plastic cap.  It has a silver engraved lettering.  This has more content of 90 mL.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Battle of Retractable Brushes

I've been a retractable brush user since I started my journey in playing with makeup.  It started with a P100+ retractable blush brush I bought in Divisoria and I'm hooked to retractable brushes ever since. Despite that retractable brush as something bought in Divisoria, but the bristles of that brush are so soft and gentle to the skin that up to now I use it when I travel since it's so compact and still reliable.

I would like to share with you my experiences with 3 of my retractable brushes.  Brushes are an investment and they should be a value of your money.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub

One day I just woke up and decided I wanted to try any one of Lush product.  I shy away from Lush stores open here in the Philippines.  Mainly because I think the smell of the store although it smells really good but I find it overpowering.  But I guess something came to me that day and I just decided to try any Lush product.

I did not even look at the net for suggestions which product to buy.  It's just like a spontaneous thing 😆

I kind of like the packaging, of this lip scrub.  It's in a glass jar with black plastic screw cover.  It's stated that this lip scrub is freshly handmade.  What I love about this the most is that at the bottom of the jar, there's a  cartoon picture stating the person/nickname of the person who made it, the manufacture date, and the expiry date as well.  I like the idea of having the name of the person at the package, since it gives you that 'special' feeling you always get when you receive something handmade.  It's also stated in the package that they fight animal testing.
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Pink Sugar Sugar Tint Lip & Cheek Tint

This was one of the most popular products from the Philippines.  I was kind of late in trying this out, but better late than never.

The shade that I got is: Love Bug

This comes in a clear plastic tube with black cap and a doe foot applicator attached to the black cap.  Since the tube is clear, you can see the color of the lip tint it contains.  The package weighs 9g (0.3 oz) and 10.5 cm in length and 1.5 cm in diameter
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Battle of the Peripera Ink Bottles

In service is done!!! I can now go back to blogging again! Hope I can continue blogging... 

When I was looking at the Peripera Ink Lip tints, I thought the Airy Ink Velvet and the Ink velvet were promising, but I don't know which to choose since there were mixed reviews for both.  I was looking for a head to head comparison but I couldn't find it at that time yet, well maybe because that air ink velvet was still new at that time and people are just beginning to buy from that line.

So I thought of making a head to head comparison of the 3 Peripera Ink Lip tints that I have: Peripera Peri's Ink, Peripera Peri's Ink Velvet and Peripera Air Ink Velvet.

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Peripera Peri's Ink Velvet - Review

I was so happy to see Club Clio to have a physical store in the Philippines already! The moment I saw it while I was walking in Trinoma, I couldn't stop myself that even if I was about to go home I have to check it out first.

I've been eyeing this product for sometime, but some part of me was preventing me from buying this online.... I have many lip products already, that I couldn't consume all of them, I was afraid that it will be like the Peri's original ink very drying on my lips and very difficult to remove, the color might not be ok for everyday use.

Unlike the other people, I actually first tried the Peri's Ink Airy Velvet and my expectations may be different in a little way.

This has the similar ink bottle plastic packaging from the Peri's ink line.  This has a 'matte' bottle look.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Chulala Deep Cleansing Pack - First Impressions

This was sent to me by in exchange for honest review as being part of their Alist for the month.  This is the 3rd product in the package.

I was excited to use this since it's my first time to ever try a wash off mask.  I always thought I'm too lazy to go through the hassle of applying, waiting, then eventually washing, so I never experimented on a clay mask before.  I usually go with face mask sheet since it's more convenient for my busy lifestyle as a healthcare practitioner.

The container is a plastic tube type with foil and printed label on the back and front.  I like that the plastic tube is easy to squeeze the product out.  There's a white mouth typically seen in these types of squeezy tubes.
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Little Prince Themed Party

We were invited to a themed birthday party.  I love themed parties because there's an artistic and crafty aspect to it.

This post is to give inspirations to others who are planning to have a "The Little Prince" Themed party.  Elements here may give you an idea on how to decorate your party.

Let's begin with the room decorations:

When I hear the little prince theme, I thought the color scheme will be majority green.  But I was surprised to see blue themed party.  And it turned out well actually, maybe better.

The centerstage backpiece was really great! I especially love the glittery effect.  It made the stage really extravagant!
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Monday, May 29, 2017

Day to Fox Makeup Challenge

We attended a postgraduate course by PURA in the morning, and at night attended a Little Prince themed birthday party.  I thought of this makeup challenge transforming into fox makeup in the afternoon without getting back home to get my complete makeup set.

Also this was my first time to do this fox makeup, no practice before (didn't have time to practice).  I just thought, "bahala na si batman".

So here's my look:
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Chulala Herbal Soap - First Impressions

This is one of the products sent by in exchange for honest review being an Alist for the month of April.

This is the first time I've heard of this product.  I'm assuming this is from Japan instructions and description at the back were only written in Japanese.

This comes in what looks like a recycled box packaging.  The product is 80g as written in the box.   The soap itself is round with slightly oval shape.
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Peripera Airy Ink Velvet - Review

I've been feeling really down lately. Things happening in the hospital could really affect the doctors. I don't think doctors could really fully separate their lives in the hospital and outside of it, since you get to care so much for your patient and you get affected with what happens to them.

Anyways, I'm writing this in the hopes at least I feel a little better, some light of positivity.

This I think is the latest collection from the Peripera Ink line.  Peripera Airy Ink Velvet, people have been raving about it.  It has a similar ink bottle packaging, with a frosted plastic look, which I find really unique.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Aeria Skin: Even-Tone Brightening Face Mask Sheet

I received this as one of the products sent by Amabie to me for free to give an honest review. I was lucky to be part of their Alist the past month.  Don't know how that happened since I am only a newbie in reviewing cosmetic products.  Anyways I feel honored to be part of their Alist.

This has a peachy brown foil sachet packaging.  It's great that even if this was made in Taiwan, there's English written so I can understand it.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Daiso Mascara Reviver

I've been using my holy grail mascara: Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara for 5 months now and the mascara is already starting to dry up.  It's not as smooth in application like before, and it no longer gives me the spread out as pretty as before.

I know, mascara should be used of up to 3 months only.  But I've been like this ever since, if I can extend up to 1 yr, the better, especially if I love the product.

The bottle is plastic, creamy white with a pointed tip.  It's like a bottle for eye drops with long tubes.
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

L'occitane Cherry Blossom Fresh Face Mist - Review

I got this L'occitane Cherry Blossom Fresh Face Mist as a patient care of one of our consultant's patient.  For non doctors, patient care is what we call the gift a patient gives his/her doctor out of appreciation for the doctor in saving his life or treating his disease, or even just making him comfortable during his illness.  When a doctor receives patient care, it really can make any doctor's day.  It's like a gold star you receive when you did well when you were in kindergarden.

This is a high end brand, so with my own money, I cannot afford from this brand, it's a great opportunity to receive this gift from a patient.

It's in a clear spray bottle with pink sticker label.  The sticker label has cherry blossoms illustrations in it.  This comes in 50 mL.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Eres Tu My Daily Armor Brightening - Complex Sun Cream - First Impressions

I've got to lessen the length of my titles, why do some cosmetics have long names?? Enough ranting...

I bought this sunscreen in my trip to Cebu.  The main reason was, I did not notice that my Sulwhasoo sample got emptied while I was in Cebu.  Good thing SM Cebu is very near our hotel, so I was able to go to Watson's to and buy me some cosmetics.

I did not find a full size of this product, so I guess they only have this in sachet form.  This has a very bright pink colored sachet.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Nature Republic Argan Essential Deep Care Hair Pack - First Impressions

I got this free sachet in one of my online purchases.  I never get to try it until early May.

Packaging Love the sachet design.  Looks good
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Getting Lost in Xiamen

We went to Xiamen for 3 days and 2 nights.  But I decided not to include our 1st night since it consisted of our meeting.  So I'll just include in this post our 2 day itinerary.

To give you an idea of our trip:

  • We went in the month of May.
  • We stayed in the Pan Pacific Hotel
Day 1 - Meetings
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Japonesque Dual Fiber Eye Brush Set - Review

I started my eye makeup development, with the free sponge applicator included in some eye shadow palettes.  I think I was still in high school during that time.

Then I started to use the Elf Eyeshadow brush.  It's relatively affordable for a student and during that time I kind of love it.

Until I bought the Etude House Eyeshadow brush.  It was pink and soft when I apply it on my eyelids.  But I became disappointed the moment I started cleaning the Etude House Eyeshadow Brush, I don't know what happened to the bristles, but they hurt my eyelid.  It's like the feeling of a strand of brush that's too stiff for your eyelids.

When I went to Beauty Bar I saw these brushes on display, with samples for you to test.  I touched them and "Oh my! Ang Lambot!" (Oh my! So Soft!)

I was disappointed when I saw the price: P1,150.  I never spent that much on a makeup brush.  But I bought it anyways.

Packaging This has black plastic packaging, with dual color, black and white at the tip. I love the dual color of the white, because when I clean them, I could see if they're really clean since the color will turn white if it's clean enough.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

PUA Midyear 2017

One thing I love about PUA is that during midyear the PUA holds its midyear convention to different parts of the Philippines.  I think this is a great way to know the country, and also for the urologists of different provinces and cities to showcase their hometown and place of practice in a very amazing way.

Plus, this helps in tourism of that place 😆.  And from a resident's point of view, we get the chance to experience something outside of the life inside the hospital.

This year's Midyear Convention, I was very excited.  I get to go to CEBU!!!! This is my first time to go to Cebu!

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Trying to be Audrey Hepburn

In our last PUA Midyear Convention, there was a theme for the fellowship night.  Since the PUA is celebrating its 60th anniversary, the theme was "1960s".  I searched the net and searched for inspirations:

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Heroine Make Kiss Me Smooth Liquid Eyeliner - First Impressions

I was so disappointed with Majolica Majorica Line Hunter that I decided to buy a new black eyeliner and sell it.

I saw Pinay Youtuber Anna Cay hauled a lot of these when she went to HK, so when I was searching online to look for a liquid eyeliner, I decided to try this instead.

Packaging The packaging of this like the other heroinemake products has an anime (Marie Antoinette) in the box/plastic acetate container.

The pen is in black plastic packaging with silver lettering.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Ever Bilena Liquid Lipstick - First Impressions Review

I have an incoming artsymed project so I bought this liquid lipstick, I need a mauvey type of color without breaking my wallet.

This comes in clear plastic tube with colored top.  The container is rectangular in shape.
This comes in a doe foot applicator that's easy to control.

Berry Candy scent
This has a moussy type, velvety texture.  It has kind of a thick consistency. I got the shade: Cashmere Blush by the way.

It's very pigmented, easy to apply and very comfortable to the lips.  The berry scent smells delicious which disappears eventually.  This feels like you have something on your lips but not that bothersome.  The finish is velvety then dries matte after a few hours.

This takes time to set in, I tried to do the kiss test at around 5 minutes after application but it has not set in yet.
This last for around 6 hours.  It's not food-proof but kiss-proof after around 1-2 hours.  After eating, there will be disappearance in the inner part of your lips.
Here's how it looks after eating my lunch.  You can spread it though so there's no need to retouch during this time.

If you'll ask me, I'd say this is a dupe for Happy Skin Shut Up and Kiss Me Lip & Cheek Mousse.

Berry Candy Scent
Comfortable to the lips, not drying
Dries Matte
Dupe for Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Lip & Cheek Mousse
Takes a while to set in
Not Food Proof
PS: This is not Sponsored
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