Favorite Beauty Products of 2016

Initially I wanted to do a full blog post on all the products I used the most last year but it became too tedious for me so I scrapped it. This is almost super overdue!!!

FOR THE FACE
The Face Shop Oil Control Water Cushion (replaced with The Face Shop Mickey Mouse cushion!)
Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation
Glossier Stretch Concealer in Dark 30
NARS Blush in Orgasm
MAC Blush in Blush Baby
Canmake Cream Cheek

FOR THE BROWS
Maybelline Define-A-Brow® Eyebrow Pencil – most underrated brow product ever
MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme in True Brunette – my holy grail of all holy grails
Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow in 30
KATE Eyebrow Pencil in BR-2
Cybercolors Micro Eyebrow Pen in Brown
3CE Slim Eyebrow Pencil

FOR THE EYES
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer

FOR THE LIPS
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lolita (finished, should I repurchase? stage)
MAC Lipstick in Retro
Glossier Balm Dotcom (hearts for the mint flavor)
Glossier Generation G in Cake
Bourjois Rouge Edition Souffle de Velvet in 7 Plum Plum Pidou
Colourpop Ultra Satin Lips in November (Colourpop x KathleenLights collab)

FAVORITE BRUSHES & TOOLS
Wet n Wild Vegan Brushes Collection
Zoeva 125 Stippling Brush
BYS Angled Liner Brush (for the brows)
Cybercolors Eyebrow Brush
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

What’s In My Makeup Bag | October 2016

Time for an updated makeup bag post! I only started to downsize my makeup bag recently because a) I started losing stuff (fare thee well my Too Faced La Creme, MAC Del Rio, and Kat Von D lippies), b) I want to learn to only bring the things I really use outside the house c) I don’t even wear THAT much makeup except for the essentials. I feel pretty proud this year because I’ve been amassing less makeup and focusing more on quality than quantity. My “Project Pan” is working pretty well too!

Without further ado, here are the “essentials” I carry with me most of the time. Some of them look so messy because they’re so overused. At least my bag doesn’t have to be so heavy anymore!

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Random Questions Vol. 2

In the spirit of keeping this blog alive with content and a lot of blog series, I took a page out of Lauren Conrad’s lifestyle blog and answered the questions in that Tuesday Ten entry!

How many kids do you want to have?
Preferably I want to have more than 1 but not more than 4. I hope to be able to keep a balance in my family life in the future.

What is your go-to cocktail?
This is a choice between (in order) a mojito, an Amaretto sour or a margarita. Bonus points if they’re bottomless!

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Guess the time, then check my phone if I’m right. Usually I’m about 90% right and I almost always wake up before my alarm.

How many photos do you have on your phone’s camera roll right now?
Let me check.. 3,863 Photos, 315 Videos.

What is your favorite thing about being married single? What is the hardest part?
I get to make my own decisions, do the things I want, not care about what the other person thinks or if they have an opinion about what I want to accomplish. I’m so used to being single. The hardest part is probably no instant cuddles, having a person who cares and wanting to care for another person in a more-than-friends kind of way. D’awwww.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Liars, inconsistent decisions, and last minute flakey people.

Favorite online shopping site?
Gosh this is difficult! I shop online a lot. I’d say ASOS because shipping is free but I haven’t shopped there in a while. Zalora PH has good clothes too. Althea PH for Korean beauty.

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Random Questions Vol. 1

I slept all day today (Wednesday, technically) because yay for holidays and I badly needed it. I was in Boracay with some friends for an extended weekend and somehow I haven’t recovered from it. It’s midnight now and tonight’s pre-bedtime reads included Racked. Came across this article where they asked Rashida Jones questions and I decided to do my own, following the same-ish format.

Favorite store in Cebu:
A bit challenging because the stores I like in Cebu are all chains–I’ve yet to find something I like that’s completely local. I’ll say Rustans because I’m basic like that.

What’s on heavy rotation in your closet:
These black dresses that I own, I have about 4 or 5 that I can wear just about anywhere or to any occasion. Mango and Pull & Bear makes really versatile ones.

Favorite drugstore beauty buy:
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer and Maybelline Define-A-Brow pencil. Both not available in the Philippines, sadly.

Favorite investment beauty product:
My NARS Audacious Lipstick and LORAC Pro 2 palette. I would say my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder but I got that as a gift (that repurchase will soon be, though).

Top two comfort foods:
Indomie Goreng and Pork Sinigang.

Your karaoke vibe:
2000s hip-hop and Top 40.

Hulu or Netflix:
Netflix, because no Hulu here. Still, Netflix has better selection anyway.

What you’re currently binge-watching:
The last show I binge-watched was Kimmy Schmidt. I think I’m about to jump into a K-drama soon. Help.

Last book you read:
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes, just so I could watch the movie. Not a big fan of both (prefer Moyes’ other books).

Favorite Cebu restaurant right now:
Planet Grapes in Ayala. Burger Joint in The Gallery (mostly coz I’m craving a burger at this very moment).

Best item on the menu:
Planet Grapes – everything on the menu is great, that’s precisely why it’s my choice of restaurant. Cebu has a lot of good food, but it’s only Planet Grapes where I can say I like probably everything on the menu.

Review: My Shopping Box

I don’t usually do reviews, but my first experience with My Shopping Box was so positive it made me do an entry.

I’ve been eyeing the Glossier Phase 2 set for a while now but I was on the fence of getting the whole set because I already have the Boy Brow, a product that I absolutely love. When I checked it again a few months after release, the Generation G lipsticks were suddenly sold out so I held off on buying it, then realized that it might take months for it to get restocked again. I remember Boy Brow sold out soon after I purchased it, and Glossier didn’t restock it after 6 or 7 months, only during the release of Phase 2. The Stretch Concealer was really the priority of my list anyway, so I decided to just get it in case it gets sold out too, plus a couple of other things.

Anyway, I decided to make use of the My Shopping Box membership that I got via GCash Amex and ordered the Stretch Concealer and 2 new Flavored Balm Dotcom from Glossier. I couldn’t wait! Here’s a quick timeline:

  • Thursday, 9 June 2016 – Ordered products from the Glossier website, shipped to the MSB virtual address in Burbank, CA
  • Saturday, 11 June 2016 – Products arrived in Burbank, CA
  • Tuesday, 14 June 2016 – Received email from MSB to authorize my purchases, paid on the same day
  • Thursday, 30 June 2016 – Products arrived, delivered straight to my doorstep, no extra charges

According to their website, shipping via Air—the method I chose—takes 10-12 days. In my case it took about 15, maybe because I was located in Cebu but still, it wasn’t bad at all! Considering I didn’t have to pay any extra fees aside for the $11 I initially paid for the shipping costs ($5+ per lb, mine was 2lbs), my first experience with them was definitely a flaw-free and easy process. This kind of scares me because I can now buy things easily from the US and have it delivered to my house in a click of a mouse.

Here’s an initial quick review of the Glossier products I purchased, in case you’re interested? Stretch Concealer in Dark – love at first swipe! This is kind of concealer I’ve been looking for my whole liiiife! It’s super creamy and moves with your skin–just the way I like it. I thought it was a bit dark at first but then I swiped it beside my Maybelline Fit Me concealer and it was a tad bit lighter and just the perfect color for my skin. Cherry Balm Dotcom – I was excited for this because the original Balm Dotcom is my holy grail but I find the smell to be too overpowering sometimes. I love it for its slight tint. I hope I will get used to the smell soon. Mint Balm Dotcom – I love the smell. The mint is perfect and I love the cold tinge on my skin.