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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Nichido Contour Palette - Review

I've delayed this review thinking it's better to write reviews when you've used it for a while.  But little did I realize that I've put it off so long that I already hit pan with this.

Black plastic packaging with a clear window in the cover so you can see the colors inside, this is one feature I like with the packaging.
This has 3 pans: highlight, shape and contour
The middle shade you can use as a bronzer for medium skin tones but since I'm fair, I use it in my contour already.
As you can see from the swatch, the highlight didn't show in my light complexion.  
This is a powder contour palette, it's very powdery and can be a little messy when you swirl your brush in the pan.

This is a great contour palette if you're still on the beginner stage (like me).  It's versatile and very blendable, I don't get a very sharp streak or line when I apply this which is the  effect I like since it looks more natural for me.

Duration of use> 2 months
PricePhp 348
Easy to use, great for beginners
 A little messy
Buy again?

PS: This is not sponsored
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Beauty Gift Ideas below P500

This are personal recommendations if you're to give someone a gift but on a budget.  This is not a sponsored post, I just find these worth it even at affordable price.

  • Face Mask Sheets - there are just lots to choose from and their prices range from P20-P250 depending on the brand and the mask sheet.  My favorite brand so far are from Leaders in Solution
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Friday, November 10, 2017

Moonshot Cream Paint Lightfit - First Impressions

I saw in youtube that this is one of Joankeem's favorite brand for lip products and I bought this when I went to HongKong for my UAA eposter presentation.

I got the shade: Love Drunk

The body is silver matte rectangular with twistable cap. There's a small rectangle at the bottom which shows the shade or color.  I love this feature of packaging.  There's also a name of the shade at the bottom of the body.  This contains 9mL / 0.3 fl oz of product.
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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Mascara - First Impressions

Been late with my posts lately, busy with the hospital and some unforseen events.  Anyways, at least I was able to squeeze this in.

I got this from a swap. I swapped this with an essence that I'm no longer using.  I guess swapping is a great way to try new products without breaking your wallet.

The full name of the product by the way: Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara
This is not the full size, but a part of a set of makeup I think.  Anyways, this has a plastic khaki tube with gold chrome cap.
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Saem Cover Perfection Tip Concealer - Review

I've always mentioned this in my previous post and I realised I hadn't made a review of this yet.  This is currently my holy grail concealer.  I'm currently using my 2nd tube and I've been using this for more than a year already.

This comes in a plastic small tube with black twistable cover.  

Doe foot applicator is attached to the cover of the tube.
Coverage This has a thick liquid consistency, with light to medium coverage.  In the picture below, is a swatch of my Heroinemake Kissme Liquid Eyeliner in Black and here's how one layer and 2 layers can cover the eyeliner.
Although it's medium coverage, it's buildable which I think gives you more control since there are times you don't want full coverage to look more natural.

I like this when I apply this in my under eye since it's not too obvious that I applied concealer.   
I also use this to conceal my pimple.  It's easy to blend also.
This is pretty long lasting, can last for around less than 12 hours.
I like also that this is lightweight.
What I don't like about this product though is that as you're using it longer, the product tends to gent into the twistable portion of the tube so it can get a little messy and may create a mess with your other makeups.  So you have to wipe it off before you put it back into your cosmetic bag/kit.

Duration of use> 1 year
PriceP288 from Meisatsuki
blends easily
Gets messy around the tube
Buy again?
PS: This is not sponsored.
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Monday, October 30, 2017

My 5-Step Morning Skincare Routine

I received a request to share my morning skincare routine after I've posted my Nighttime Skincare Routine.  I never actually took note of this, and I think it's basically 5 step as well.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

A Different Flavor

These are just some of the products that I love the original line that I ventured into trying out their different variant of the same line. Is there a difference in between the original 'flavor'?

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Pony Memebox Shine Easy Glam 3 - Review

I was looking for a pink palette that's compact so I could use in my 'from' duty makeup.  I bought first the Etude House Berry Delicious Eyeshadow Palette although it was not bad, but there was still something missing in it, and somehow it was the 'one'.

So I started browsing through Shopee and I found this...

The packaging of this is very luxurious-looking with gold chrome cover with plastic white base.  My first impression of this packaging was "wow"!!! But after using it for some time, I realized that it gets lots of fingerprints when you use it.  If you're an OC then this might irritate you.  
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Face Shop Trolls Inkgel Slim Mechanical Pencil Eyeliner - Review

I'm currently in the look out for pink either eyeliner or eyeshadow stick.  I loved my Nyx Jumbo Eye pencil so much but it has reached its expiry already... and I wanted to try something new.

I was kind of looking around the Face Shop and I saw this really cute packaging!

Cute, white plastic package.  The cap has a flowery sticker around it.
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Miniso 3-in-1 Eyeliner + Eyebrow Pencil + Eyebrow Brush - Review

I've been looking for makeup that are multifunctional so I can use them during my duty/from status in the hospital.  I saw this when I wen to miniso and I love the idea of this and it's affordable!

This had black matte plastic packaging, measures 16.5 cm (longer than usual).
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Banila Co CC Whitening Moisturising CC Base - First Impressions

This was given to me by my friend, Judy to sell online.  So like before tried it out a little before selling it, might end up buying myself anyways hahaha.

This comes in a white plastic tube.  The tube is easy to squeeze which is great.
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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Pre, Duty and From Makeup

I just suddenly thought of this idea as I was waiting inside the jeepney on my way home.  Funny such ideas just pop out of nowhere all of a sudden.  But I kind of like this crazy idea of mine so I'm writing it now.

For those in the non-medical field, let me explain first to you what are these duty posts are:

  • Pre - This is the Pre-Duty post, we usually call it "Pre" in our institution for short.  This post is described as the day prior to your "duty".
  • Duty - This post is the most popular post even to non-medical field.  This post is well-known as the "24-hour" shift, which I think is an understatement because since I was a clerk, there's no such thing as a 24-hours post.  You get to stay up to 30 hours inside the hospital, so when I always thought the "24" hour duty is a misnomer.
  • From - This post is the day after your "duty" post, people usually in this post are characterised as being "haggard", "tired" etc.
Now that all these terms are briefly explained, let's proceed to main content of this blog post...

I can describe this makeup as the most elaborate of all, during this post, you're most fresh of all in my opinion.  You get to go home, and you get to wake up from your home as well.  This is also the day when you get to have complete control of your time, you won't be disturbed by hospital calls when you're not inside the hospital (ideally, but not always the case for a resident).

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Etude House Berry Delicious Fantastic Color Eyes - Review

There was a time when I wanted pink eyeshadows, it's just that I was into browns lately that I thought I missed it.  I'm one of those who loves pink eyeshadows.  I was actually satisfied with the performance of Ever Bilena Pink Eyeshadow palette, it has the shade of pink that I love.  But I got fed up with its packaging.  It break so easily that I haven't even used it for a year.

So I searched online until I saw Etude House eyeshadow.  Etude House eyeshadows were one of my favorite eyeshadows when I was still a newbie in makeup.  They're just pigmented and perfect for my skin tone. 

This is very compact and perfect for travelling.  In fact I use this when I'm 'from' duty, since I can't go home to do my makeup.  The palette is made of plastic and it's so cute!!!!

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Heimish Dailism Eye Palette - Review

I've been eyeing this palette since last year, when I watched this being recommended by meejmuse.  But the price hold me back.  I'm used to wearing Philippine-made eyeshadow palettes because they work well and the size is just perfect to put  into your purse and perfect for travelling as well.

The trigger for me to buy this is when both my Ever Bilena Eyeshadow Palette and Fashion 21 Eyeshadow palette cases were broken.  And it just irritates me whenever I use the palette, it just falls apart.

Let me just take a while to admire the box of this palette...
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation - Review

I saw this always in the top 5 of cushion foundation among beauty gurus but it was freaking expensive.  But I got this as a gift from my Dad, he said for me to buy what I want in Australia Duty Free of the remaining Aus$ we had when we went there.  So I got this to test it out if it's really worth it. Anyways I think this is my first ever luxury brand, Yves Saint Laurent (YSL).

The cushion case is just so LUXURIOUS!!! It's in gold and black plastic cushion case, with mirror at the cover.  

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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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