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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.

I'll be reviewing these three retractable brushes: Real Techniques Kabuki Brush, Ecotools Powder Brush and Japonesque BB/CC Cream brush.

I use all of these brushes on powdered products, powdered blush, loose finishing powder, contour powder etc.  


Of all, the Real Techniques kabuki brush is the longest.  But it's diameter is also smaller compared tot the three.  The one with the longest diameter is the EcoTools.  Japonesque is the shortest of the three.  It has has the shortest bristles compared to the three.  The Real Techniques has a clear plastic pink cap, the EcoTools has a bronze cap metal cap, the Japonesque has a black metal cap as well.

I'm not sure if my term is correct, but this is how they all look like if you pull the retractable metal up.
The Japonesque brush almost completely covers the brush, there are a few bristles which peak through.  The EcoTools is the one who cannot completely cover the brush, this is one thing I don't like in this retractable brush.  I have to take note of it whenever I cover the brush.  Real Techniques completely covers its brush and this is just right for me.


Japonesque brush has a dome shape brush with dual color which is one thing I like since it helps me whenever I clean it. The brush is kind of loose compared to the other two, maybe this is designed to be a bb/cc cream brush anyways.

EcoTools has a dome shape brush as well, this was really perfect as a powder brush, the density of the brush is just right as well.

The Real Techniques has an angled brush.  The density is a little dense than the two.  For me, this is the perfect blush brush since it's angled.

The Japonesque brush is the softest of all the three.  The bristles are really gentle and soft.  This brush wins this category of the gentleness of the brush.  I like it as a powder brush and I love the way I can use it in baking, the bristles doesn't prick my undereye skin which is the characteristic I love most of this brush.

The EcoTools brush is the standard performing brush for me, I don't hate it, but I'm not crazy over it either.  It just performs well in my opinion as it claims to be.  You can't use this in baking though as it can prick sometimes my undereye skin.

The Real Techniques brush, I just love this, it's versatile in all types of powdered products.  You can use it as blush, contour, as powder etc.  It can prick my under eye skin though when I tried this once for baking.  But for me this is just versatile and just perfectly made.

I thought I will not have any problems with this category since all these 3 brushes are "branded".  But I was so damn disappointed with Japonesque Brush, after 1 week of using it just got detached from the case!
This was a major disappointment, and this is the most expensive of the three!!! Here I thought since it's more expensive, it will have the better quality and yet it has the most flimsy of al.

I can attest to the Eco Tools brush, it's really durable, this is the retractable brush that's with me for the longest time, years already.  The Real Techniques is with me for more than a year already, and I'm really happy with it.

The Eco Tools, I bought for P500 from a bazaar in World Trade Center.  Then the Real Techniques I got for P500 online (Carousell).  For the Japonesque, I got from Beauty Bar for P1750.

My Verdict
The brush that I will recommend and who won is the Real Techniques kabuki brush being 1st, and Eco Tools being 2nd.  Don't bother wasting your money on Japonesque Retractable BB/CC cream brush, poorly made retractable case that it really irritates me up to this day.

Hope this helps you in deciding which retractable brush to buy.

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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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Friday, April 14, 2017

Shiseido Majolica Majorica Line Hunter - First Impressions Review

I got this as a 'Pasalubong' from my sister when she went to HongKong early January.  I was waiting for my Etude House Drawing Show Brush Eyeliner to expire before I could use this.

Packaging This has a very cute and intricate packaging.  I mean the printout that covers the basic black plastic pen eyeliner.  I'm posting the box as well because the design deserves posting on blogs. 😆
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Monday, April 10, 2017

13 Things to Consider in Medical Missions

Summer is already here, and this is also the time when lots of people conduct medical missions and surgical missions. Lots of groups organizing this medical missions.

This post is for those who were recruited to help out in a medical mission, you're one of the heroic doctors who will be serving for free.  You're not part of the organizing committee of the medical mission. Just a simple doctor who's willing to help out.

So you were either recruited or you wanted to join the medical mission, what do you need to do or prepare??

  1. First thing that you have to ask is where the mission will be conducted? Is it a one day mission or a major mission wherein you go the the place and stay there for 3-7 days.  Your preparation will be based on the location of the mission.
  2. Is it a surgical mission? medical mission? or both? - the materials you will bring will depend on what type of mission it is.  If it's a medical mission, you may have to bring your stethoscope, pulse oximeter, bp app with you.  If it's a surgical mission - usually you don't bring anything since everything has to be sterile and usually the organizers have prepared those already.
  3. Wear comfortable clothes - usually I prefer a scrubsuit, since it's really comfortable.  If you don't have one, wear your comfy clothes, something that will abosrb perspiration like tshirt and jeans.
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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Brightening Makeup Foundation - First Impressions Review

My... the name is really long for this foundation.  This is my first time to try from this high end brand, I borrowed this from my friend 😆.

Before I tried this product, I asked myself, what is in this product that they can sell it for P1000+ and people are actually willing to pay that amount of money for it... Well let's see...

It is in a plastic pump bottle.  I love that it's frosted.  Having it in a pump bottle is an advantage since I think it's more sanitary.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

DIY Cushion

I find that the Holika Holika Aqua Petite Jelly BB Cream bottle is too bulky for travelling.  It's summer already and I think we should be able to bring some of our favorite products to travel.

I haven't come across a blog post on how this will perform if it's in a cushion form.  I mean I will not alter the formula right?  But most of the DIY cushion tutorials use liquid foundation or BB cream in their DIY Cushions. Well wouldn't hurt anyone to try.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Clio Kill Brown Pen Liner - Review

It's been a year already since I've been using the Peripera Wholly Deep Liner Marker, and I need to change this already.  I love the Peripera Liner Marker it's just right, the length of the brush, the softness of the bristles and the lasting power of the eyeliner.

But I want to try other pen liners and Clio Kill Brown Pen Liner was one of the recommended brush liners when it was released years before.  I decided to try it since it was also cheaper then the Peripera one.

Packaging This has a metallic brown plastic packaging.

The tip is a brush tip.  But it fills like a felt tip pen than more of a brush type.  It's stiffer than how a brush tip feels like. Stiffer than the Etude House brush tip, stiffer then the Peripera brush liner.
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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Etude House Play 101 Blending Pencil - First Impressions

There's a new line of Play 101 Pencil released by Etude House.  I love the idea of the Play101 pencil, wherein you can apply a single product to any part of your face: eyes, blush, lipstick etc.

My previous Play 101 pencil got expired and when I saw this in the Etude House stores, I thought why not give this a try if it's as great as the previous ones?

The new Play 101 blending pencil is thicker than the old Play 101 pencil.  It still comes in grey plastic packaging, with a twistable end.  One end shows the color of the product.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Shiseido Speedy Perfect Whip - Review

I'm having crappy internet connection, sorry for the delayed posts.  The Shiseido Perfect Whip became so popular in social media and as I stated before in my Biore Uru Uru Wash, I'm a bit lazy to foam it up into a whip.

I got excited and I bought this Shiseido Speedy Perfect whip.

This comes in a simple blue dispenser.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream Review

One of my favorite youtuber is TheBeautyBreakdown loved this and then the next day, I saw Anne Clutz's video of her reviewing this BB cream.  So I bought one and tried it myself.

Isn't is just the cutest bottle ever?! It's a frosted glass with jelly like shape.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Laneige Sleeping Lip Mask vs Lip Balm

I've read mixed reviews for this sleeping lip mask.  Others loved it so much while others thought of this as just a glorified lip balm.

The price is really steep, Php 700+ for a lip product?  Luckily, they released a trial/travel size.  When I tried this for the first time I also thought it's just a glorified lip balm, but I thought, maybe the effect will show after some time of using it.

So here's how I did the experiment (if you're in the medical field, this is called a randomized controlled trial, hahaha). I tried applying the product everynight before sleeping, then I brush my teeth and have my breakfast the next morning.  After which I take a picture of my lips.  Then I apply the same lip tint for both tests.  I wear a Soft Lips Lip Balm then The Chateau Labiotte Wine Tint for 1 whole day.  Then I remove all my makeup by the end of the day with Banila Co Clean it Zero.

In between 2 product use, there's a 1 week in between wherein I won't put on anything on my lips at night, not even lip balm.  Just the Soft Lips Lip Balm in the morning before the wine tint.

For this test, I chose Burt's Bees Soothing Lip Balm as the Contender.  I find this lip balm very soothing to my lips when they're irritated from the lip products.

Before we begin, this is my lip profile: DRY! Chapped everyday.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Ever Bilena Eyeshadow Palette (Pink) - Review

I think I just put this off too long that it's 1 yr already.  I started using this palette last year when it was released.  I love using this palette, since it's great for everyday use.

Plastic packaging, with clear plastic cover and black plastic bottom.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Etude House Berry Delicious Cream Blusher - Review

As I was destashing my makeup, I realized that my Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher (Grapefruit Jelly) is already 2 years old.  I guess I have to change it since it's beginning to get itchy when I'm applying it.  It's just that I love how the Cookie Blusher looked on me, it's like I got too comfortable with it that I didn't even think of buying a new blusher.

Well obviously, I wanted my new blusher to be from Etude House again.  But I want a new line of blusher, since I want to try something new.

Packaging Pink plastic packaging, no mirror in the back of the cover, there's a very cute strawberry print on the cover a well.

There are I think only 3 shades of this line.  Mine is PK001.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Peripera Wholly Deep Liner Marker - Review

I have to be guilty for not making a review for this eyeliner.  This was my go-to eyeliner for 1 whole year.  The performance is just so satisfying.

Packaging Black plastic pen like packaging.  There's a ball inside so you can shake it like a correction pen.

The tip is a brush tip.  I love how the brush is soft but not too soft that you'll have trouble in lining your eyes.  It's firm just the right firmness.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Learning from a Baby

Today is my birthday, on a Sunday and luckily not on duty.  I originally planned on spending time with my family, probably lunch.  We already picked out a restaurant, and this will be a triple celebration for my younger sister's birthday and my dad's birthday as well.

But all the plans crumbled down when I was told by my senior, that we have to attend the PURA Strategic Planning.  Of course I can no longer control or predict my time since I have no idea how long the planning will be.  So we just cancelled our plans and wait til further notice before organizing the next family time.

So I was sad, I'm to spend my time away from my loved ones on my special day.  
We attended the Strategic Planning in Subic, Saturday night.  The planning went on smoothly.

Morning came of my birthday and I woke up earlier than the others.  And I stepped out of my room and walked around, still feeling lonely without my loved ones.

As I was walking I saw a mother with a baby.  We'll call the baby, Baby Joaquin.  I approached them and said good morning po and played with Baby Joaquin.  Baby Joaquin is a friendly baby, he did not cry when I carried him.
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