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    Review: Etude House Dear My Blooming Lips Talk Lipstick

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    I’ve always been and will always be a lippie girl! I love lipsticks more than lipglosses! I barely use lip glosses, actually. The first thing I checked out in the Etude House store was the lipsticks! I started swatching the shades and ended up picking up two lippies. I actually wanted to get one more but I had to restrict myself! ha ha. The first one that I’ll be reviewing is the BE101.

    The Product

    It’s just like any other lipstick enclosed in a plastic case. It doesn’t say in the box how much the actual weight of the product is but it’s net weight (weight including the packaging) is 3.4g. A MAC lipstick’s net weight is twice of this Etude House Lipstick. I don’t mind though because it’s cost is around half of a mac lipstick’s: PHP 478

    What I Love:

    • The packaging is very cute.
    • BE101 has a GORGEOUS lips but better shade! I haven’t been wearing lipsticks lately because I realized how nice my lips look even with just a small amount of lip balm. However, this has such a gorgeous nude shade and it makes me wanna start wearing lipsticks more often!
    • The nude shade doesn’t make me look pale or washed out at all.
    • The heart carving on the lipstick is divine! The carving reminds me of some high-end lipsticks like Burberry which have carvings as well.
    • It’s incredibly moisturizing on my lips.

    What I don’t like:

      • I noticed that the whole product feels very light and it’s casing doesn’t feel as sturdy as other lipsticks.
      • It doesn’t last as long as other lipsticks as well. It lasted around 3-4 hours on me.
    Swatches

     

    Final Recommendations

    I really like this lipstick! The shade is PERFECT on my lips and I’ve actually been wearing this a lot these days. I recommend this to girls who are looking for a your-lips-but-better shade for a really affordable price. It’s less than 500 pesos! :)

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    Haul and Review: Etude House Hair Silk Serum

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    Hi Everyone!

    I’ve been posting too many things about my life lately so I wanna go back to the topic that I’ve always been passionate about: BEAUTY. Last december, I went on a mini beauty hall in Etude House! The Etude House Eastwood branch is one of the biggest branches I’ve been to and I enjoyed trying their products. I also like that their products now have descriptions to help inform customers of the basic functions of each product. I used to dislike going to Etude House stores because there were too many products without descriptions. I can’t read Hangul so I didn’t really bother looking around. Props to the new and improved Etude House! :)

    Here are the items that I hauled:

    I’ll be reviewing these items one by one therefore I’ll be dedicating one post per item! Watch out for them. :)

     To be honest, I personally focus more on my makeup than my hair. On days when I have time, I flat-iron my hair but on most days, I either let it down naturally or tie it up when it’s too messy. As a beauty blogger, I wanted to widen the scope of my reviews and branch out more into hair products. I really enjoyed browsing through the hair products at Etude House. I ended up buying two hair products and I will be reviewing the Silk Scarf Hologram Hair Serum for today.

    The main problem I always encounter with serums is them being too oily which results in making my hair feel heavy. I tried this serum out in the store and really liked the effect it gave on my hair.

    What I love:

    • I love the fruity floral scent!
    • The packaging is very cute and girly.
    • The product is quite thick but isn’t too oily. I hate it when my hands feel oily after using serums.
    • You only a small amount of product. 2-3 pumps should be enough.
    • The pump is very efficient and does not release too much product. (It would be such a waste if it released too much product.)
    • It makes my overly treated hair look shiny and healthy!
    • It’s reasonably priced at PHP378 a bottle.
    • It contains a fair amount of product at 60ml per bottle.

    What I don’t like:

    • I only wish that these come in smaller bottles because it adds a lot of weight to my daily hand bag. My bag contains a lot of items so it would be better if this was smaller. :)
    Tips
    • do not put on too much serum on your hair
    • apply it on your hair from the middle section of you hair. (DO NOT APPLUE FROM THE ROOTS. It will make your hair feel heavy)  :)
    Overall  Recommendations 
    I really like this hair serum! Despite my small issue with the size of the bottle, I do not regret buying this product at all! I recommend this to those who want to make their hair look more shiny, glossy and healthy!
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    Review: Limited Edition K-Palette 24 Hour Real Lasting Eyeliner

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    Hello everyone! Happy holidays! I’ve taken a short hiatus because I just wanted to make sure that I spent the holidays with my loved ones without any distractions. :) I’m back with the final installment on the series of reviews that I’ve been doing on K-Palette Cosmetics! You may find my previous product reviews here and here. Today I will be reviewing the K-Palette 24 Hour Real Lasting Eyeliner. :)

    The good ol’ eyeliner has got to be among one of the first makeup items every girl/woman will purchase. It’s one of the most basic makeup essentials and it’s very easy to use. I myself have gone through a LOT of eyeliners: Pencil liners, gel liners, liquid liners, you name it! However, the K-Palette 24 Hour Real Lasting Eyeliner has been making waves in the beauty industry and it’s getting hard to turn a blind eye on it. I’ve been wanting to try it out and I was immediately sold on buying it when I saw that it currently comes in a super adorable limited edition packaging!

     

    Product

    The K-Palette 24 Hour Real Lasting Eyeliner  is among the top 3 best-selling eyeliners in Japan. It has long surpassed it’s popularity in Japan because it’s slowly becoming a favorite of makeup enthusiasts and normal girls all over the world. According to its website, the eyeliner boasts of 3 special features: its micro-fibre brush, breakthrough and waterproof polymer molecule, and its unique conditioning formula. 

     

     

    What I Love:

    • The packaging is SUPER CUTE!!! Pink is one of my favorite colors and I love the limited edition packaging of the eyeliner 10x more than it’s regular packaging.
    • Easy to use! No need to shake.
    • The super fine tip makes it very easy to use! This is perfect for girls who are new to make-up and have yet to perfect their “flicks”!
    • You may create various looks with this: sexy Cat eyes, thin lines, thick lines, etc!
    • It’s very pigmented.
    • It’s not shiny unlike other eyeliners. Other eyeliners that produce shiny lines often “crack”, if you get what I mean. haha.
    • IT DOES NOT BUDGE!
    • You may take it of by splashing water on the eyeliner and rubbing it. (I suggest not to rub though because skin around the eyes is extremely delicate. You’re better off using a makeup remover than having to splurge on expensive eye creams in the future . (; )
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    What I don’t like:
    • NOTHING!
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    Tips for application:
    • For beginners, start from the middle of your eye lid. Take you time and you may start out by applying tiny dots close to your lash line and then connect! End by completing the line from your inner eyelid. Try to line as closely to your lids as possible.
    • To keep it from drying out, make sure that you store it with the TIP of the liner facing the surface of your cup/eyeliner holder.
    Recommendations:
    THIS EYELINER IS GOLDEN!! It has definitely reach holy grail status! It’s such a fuss-free product and it has definitely saved me a lot of time on my daily routine. I recommend this to every girl out there. It’s THAT AMAZING. Every girl deserves to know about this amaazing product. :)

     

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    Review: K-Palette Kuma Cover Control Concealer

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    I back with the second installment of my K-Palette Cosmetics Reviews! I’m always on the look out for concealers because it’s one of my daily essentials! I have really bad eye bags due to the long nights I have to go through as a college student. Yikes!

    The K-Palette Kuma Cover Control Concealer caught my eye as I was browsing through the items in the K-Palette counter at Beauty Bar. There are three shades: Type 1 (natural beige), Type 2 (yellow beige) and Type 3 (orange beige). I initially picked up the type 3/03 concealer. It ended up not doing much for my eye bags. I really wanted to love the Kuma Cover Control concealer so I bought the type 2/02 concealer which is for brightening. It was lovely and I’m glad I repurchased another Kuma Cover Control Concealer. They cost PHP 895 a pop.

    O3 Orange Beige

     02 Yellow Beige

    Swatches of O2 on the Left and 03 on the right. 

    According to the label on the box, 02 is for dull skin and pigmentation while 03 is for poor blood circulation. As you can see, the shades doesn’t work like normal concealers that work for people with fair skin to people with olive skin. These concealers serve different skin problems. Based on my skin, I find that the shade 02/Type 2 works fabulously on concealing and brightening my eye bags. The shade 03/Type o3 on the other hand, corrects my purplish veins and conceals my pimples well. :)

    What I Love:

    • The plastic packaging the houses the concealers are very sturdy.
    • The concealers comes in a tube that releases just the right amount of product.
    • The concealers have superb coverage and they really work according to the promised function.
    • You only need a small amount of product for it to work. (Blend with fingers!)
    • The product stays on all day.
      

     
    What I don’t like:
    • It’s a bit on the pricy side at 895 a pop and yet the product doesn’t fill up the entire tube.
    Swatches
    Final Recommendations
    I really like this concealer despite my small issue with the product content. I find that this works best for the with light to medium skin tones. This is a Japanese Brand after all so it’s designed for women with skin on fair side. Overall, the product does what it promises and it’s a superb concealer! I recommend this to those who are looking for a concealer that covers up eye bags and even blemishes. :)
    Do you have this concealer? What are your thoughts on this? :)
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    Review: K-Palette 2 Way Eyebrow

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    For the longest time, I’ve been hearing about how amazing Japanese cosmetics are and I finally gave in to discovering the magic of Japanese cosmetics first-hand.I recently went on a mini haul in Beauty Bar and snagged some online cult favorites that I have been eyeing for a long time now: K-Palette products! I bought a K-Palette 2 Way Eyebrow, a limited edition K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner, and 2 K-Palette Kuma cover Control concealers!

    My latest beauty obsession is groomed eyebrows! Eyebrows are so underrated and girls often skip fixing up their brows. I used to ignore my brows and focused on piling on makeup on my face. Thank goodness that I finally saw the light when I learned of the importance of groomed eyebrows!  My extra lazy day makeup routine consists of fixing my eyebrows and putting on concealer. 2 steps and I’m ready to go!

    Today I will be reviewing the K-Palette 2 Way Eyebrow in honey brown. There are two colors: 01 Chocolate brown and 02 honey brown. The former is for those with dark hair while the latter is for those who have light hair like me! The K-Palette 2 Way Eyebrow is a 2 way brow liner which consists of a liner (physically similar to a liquid eyeliner) and an angled powder sponge. It costs PHP 1050 a piece.

    What I Love:

    • The two-way feature of this brow liner makes the product very functional. It’s all you’ll ever need for your brows.
    • The liner is perfect for filling in the gaps in my barely-there eyebrows and my eyebrows still look natural once filled up with the liner.
    • The angled sponge with eyebrow powder is perfect for setting the brow liner.
    • It’s very long-lasting and stays on all day.
    What I don’t like:
    • The liner takes a bit of getting used to. You have to take some time when using it because the brush isn’t very stiff which makes it prone to errors. (I think the the brush is soft for a reason. The soft brush contributes to the natural effect that the brow liner produces.)
    • There are only two shades. I have a really light hair color and it’s still a tad bit dark for my hair.
    Me with absolutely no makeup. Well me with only the K-Palette Two Way Eyebrow Liner.  I think the only catch that comes with beauty blogging is having to appear completely barefaced to the entire world. This may sound shallow but there are some girls who refuse to go out of the house without makeup. It’s a very personal thing to some girls. :) Nonetheless, I love my readers too much so here I am with no makeup. :D

     

    Final Thoughts
    I really like this brow liner! It gives my brows a very natural look and I love it so much that I’m willing to just add a tinted brow gel for it to match my hair color. I recommend this to those who want to experience having “fashion-magazine-ready”/artista-looking eyebrows!

     

    Do you have this product? What are your favorite Japanese products?

     

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    My Go-To Nail Salon: Ellabel’s Nail Spa

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    I’m always been the type to de-stress like a typical girly girl: PAMPER MYSELF. Among my pampering methods would be having endless foot spa treatments with manicure and pedicure, massage treatments, shopping, all that girly stuff. I absolutely love getting my nails done and I make sure to get them done every two weeks or so. I’ve been to a number of nail spas within the vicinity of my house but I’ve only sticked to one.

    Given that I’ve had lots of experience when it comes to nail salons, I’ve become very picky with them.

    I don’t like nail salons with:

    1. with local nail polishes (OPI, Essie, china glaze please!)
    2. uncomfortable chairs (couches only)
    3. horrible ambience (no to manicures and pedicures in salons! haha just kidding)
    4. outdated magazines
    5. noise

    Ellabel’s Nail Spa has obviously passed all my requirements which is why I’ve been going to Ellabel’s Nail Spa ever since it opened. :)

    What paradise looks like to me.

    I absolutely love everything about this nail salon! The interior is very so chic and I think the overall color scheme of the spa is very pleasant because the color tealish blue color is very cool on the eys.

    Where I Camp out. 

    Gadgets galore! Another thing I love about this salon is that they offer FREE WIFI. The internet connection is very fast. I like multi tasking so I usually bring my laptop with me to accomplish some work when I get my nails done. Sometimes, I read magazines because they always have updated magazines. If not, I sleep! :) I have a talent of sleeping anywhere at will. ;)

    Three rows of nail candy goodness!! This is one of the major reasons why I love this nail salon. <3

    My nail color as of the moment. I went for this color because of the holiday season. It’s dark purple. :)

    Tada!

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    MAC Glamour Daze Collection Review: Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

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    I’m back with the last installment on the reviews I’ve been doing for the MAC 2012 Holiday Collection. I’ve previously reviewed the MAC extra dimension skinfinish in Whisper of Gilt and a lipstick called Outrageously Fun which are both from the collection. Today I will be reviewing an eyeshadow from the collection called Round Midnight. :) Round midnight is a dark purplish shade with a hint of burgundy. The collection features 8 eyeshadows but I had to choose one and I chose Round Midnight.

    What I Love:

    • it swatches SUPERBLY! it feels like butter on my skin when swatched.
    • the color is gorgeous! I find it to be a very unique color which makes it one of the newest gems in my makeup collection.
    • can be used when wet and dry! the quality is superb either way.
    • excellent wearing time as well! I wore this first to a party and it lasted on me all night. :)

     

    What I don’t like:

    • Each eyeshadow only contains 1.3 grams per product. A normal MAC eyeshadows contains 1.5 grams worth of product.
    • I wasn’t able to check how much a normal eyeshadow here in the Philippines costs but the normal eyeshadows cost around $5 less than the eyeshadows from this collection

     

    Swatches:

    Yay for chipped nail polish. haha

     

    Overall Recommendations

    Despite the fact that the extra dimension finish eyeshadows contain less product than the regular ones, the quality of these eyeshadows make up for the lack in product quantity. I really like the formula of the eyeshadow and I recommend this to those who are looking for eyeshadows with excellent quality. I like to use this on my crease to create dimension in my eyes. :)

     

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    MAC Glamour Daze Collection Lipstick Review: Outrageously Fun

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    I’ve always been a fan of bold lip colors! Among my go-to everyday looks is a bare face paired with a bold lip color. It’s so effortless and easy which is why I like collecting different shades of bold lip colors. The Glamor Daze Collection features 4 individual lip colors. The first color that attracted me in the MAC 2012 Holiday collection is Dramatic Encounter  which is dark and vampy purple colo but it was sold out. I got the next best thing which is Outrageously Fun, a bright fuchsia pink lipstick with blue undertones.

     

    What I love:

    • It’s shade is beautiful! The MAC makeup artist told me that it’s a bit similar to Candy Yum Yum. I wasn’t able to snag the Candy Yum Yum lippie when it came out so I’m extra happy that I got this!
    • It has a Cremesheen finish which makes it incredibly moisturizing.
    • It has a blue undertone which makes teeth appear whiter.
    • It swatches evenly and has a excellent pigmentation.

    What I don’t love:

    • It has the same glossy packaging as the lipstick from the Marilyn Monroe collection. I’m not a fan of the packaging because it accumulates fingerprints easily.
    • It doesn’t last as long as a matte lipstick because of it’s finish but I’d rather have a moisturizing lipstick than a dry one. :)
    • It’s limited edition. :(
    • Nothing much! I LOVE THIS.
    Swatches

     

    Final Thoughts

    I’m really glad that I picked up this lipstick among the four lipstick shades!  This lipstick is for those who are into bold lip colors, but I think anyone can pull this shade off with just an extra amount of confidence. ;) I don’t have a lot of bright pink lipsticks so I didn’t mind buying another one. However, for those who already have a lot then you may skip this. :) Overall, this lipstick is absolutely a hit for me and I don’t regret buying it at all. :)

    This costs PHP1100 a pop. :)

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