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THE WORD “PERFECT”

In the last couple of months I’ve been working and doing makeup work in the offline world to make ends meet.  I almost said “real” world but I’d be quite wrong in saying the blogging world isn’t any more real than a dutiful desk job we can all be thankful for.  I was coasting through and snagging threads of what I was trying to weave into a prosperous adult life but there were just some things left hanging in the balance that needed my attention.  We had to clean out the thought attic.  There’s this word most humans fear, the word “PERFECT”.  I think deep inside many of us can’t stand it for real.  Nobody really likes being reminded of something they’re not.  I think we needn’t fear it though because I recently remembered that “perfect” is also an action word and not just a descriptive word.

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To “perfect” is to work at and finish or make something as close to being complete as possible and to be “perfect” is to be finished completely.  I never managed to put up a post for Spectrum bazaar because I felt back then that the event, while pretty, didn’t particularly strike a unique chord in me that day.  I never delete pictures if I can help it just in case they can support something I want to say.  One of the key words and phrases among the varied definitions of the word “perfect” are “complete” and “lacking nothing”.  I’ve had my heartstrings pulled this month by the word “perfect” and also felt my Spirit telling me to no longer be afraid of this word.  I just need to embrace what it means and the verse above that helps me in this does not contain the word “perfect” itself but bears its essence “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13  We are only able to attain perfection with the guidance of the One Who lacks nothing.

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DROPPING A LINE WITH PIZZA AND I’M FINE

Hello, all of you, I know it’s been like two weeks.  In a very gradual, slightly reluctant way I decided to take a break from blogging not because something happened or anything like that but because real life concerns were at hand.  I just had to take a break from all of it and get me pretty bum back on some work.  On this end, all the online media was just overtaking my brain, pressure to keep up with all this “influencing” and even some “insincerely influential” stuff was rising in a not so healthy way inside me.  It was affecting how I planned to produce posts, and take photos…some of you who blog know this feeling.  Today everyone wants something from talking about something or showing off something.  That’s real life and you need to ride the wave to stay in this.  It wasn’t like that for me when I began this blog before so I just managed to paddle back up to the surface for a quick breath.  Blogging burnout is a bummer, but I just needed to take a lengthy refresh…and perhaps have some pizza from Caruso on hand-painted Italian crockery.

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There was also a highly unpleasant situation where due to unfortunate circumstances we didn’t have power in our rented apartment for two weeks.  Lately, I have been living though without wondering what products I just needed to slap on my face because of some important things that needed my attention…and while it was completely important to get back to loving all that good stuff  it was beginning to feel redundant.  I just hit the reset button for all of it to feel new again.  So here, peace and pizza to you and yes, you still got me!  The blog’s here to stay.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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L’OREAL LA PALETTE NUDE 1ST IMPRESSIONS VIDEO

L’Oreal’s La Palette Nude has made its way here!  The sophisticated set of ten wearable eyeshadow shades enters the local market for Php800 (corrected price, sorry in the video it says Php600, I referred to L’Oreal PH’s FB page, must have been promo price) and I’m actually pretty pleased with how much more portable in size it turned out to be when I finally laid eyes on it.  The quality of the eyeshadows in L’Oreal’s La Palette Nude set actually impress me more than those in Urban Decay’s first Naked palette to be honest…which is the reason why I couldn’t convince myself to buy one of those.  I did like this one enough to talk about it on video, though!

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Today I’m sharing a simple first impressions video on this palette together with a very basic tutorial with somewhat of an unplanned surprise visit in the video from a good friend.  More photos and the video here after the jump.  Keep reading.

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BARE BUT THERE MAKEUP BITS

We’re sliding back into beauty with a whisper of makeup over the face, and I mean like the barest veil.  It’s not supposed to look like I have no makeup but more like the least amount possible to make it just noticeable enough.  I’d say it’s somewhat Glossier-ish in terms of the effortless approach to makeup.  More often than not I prefer my makeup looking like I didn’t try too hard depending on the occasion.  In this look I skipped liquid foundation.

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Bobbi Brown Longwear Cream eyeshadow “Sand Dune”, VMV Velvet matte lipstick in “Fireclay”, Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in “Antigua” used as blush, Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer (my shade is Medium, shown here is Neutralizer…too light for me by 1 shade), Eye of Horus Husk Dual Brow Perfect (pencil and brow gel), Maybelline Full N’ Soft Waterproof Mascara, NYX Illuminator powder in “Ritualistic”.

Before I left the house and applied makeup in the cafe where I’m at right now I applied a couple of dabs of Pixi’s Rose Oil Blend onto my face earlier this morning to give it a bit of a luminous lift.  This was today’s “bare but there” makeup menu.  Read on to see how it turned out and how I did it!

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BLOG SALE AND A “ME BEFORE YOU”-ish TOPSHOP SWEATER

Just wanted to quickly announce that my spring cleaning blog sale is up here at the second tab  on the upper left corner of the site (after About Julia)  and this sale consists of ten tops I haven’t been using in awhile but are still eye candy and in good condition…INCLUDING what I believe to be the main event of this sale: a TOPSHOP real knit wool sweater that I spotted and very likely being worn by Emilia Clarke in the Me Before You upcoming film trailer.  This particular piece I’m convinced is the main event of my blog sale.  If you’re one who travels abroad a lot this is for you, sadly we don’t have whether chilly enough locally for me to use it more often.

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I’m like 99.9% sure it’s the same sweater, given that Me Before You is pretty much a British film with British actors and Topshop being a UK brand.  Obviously there is film grading in most movies, so I didn’t spot it right away, only when I applied a cooling filter (to match the grading in the film) to the warmer photo of the texture of my sweater (which killed all the orange dots) did I realize that it most likely is what it is.  If it isn’t that exact sweater  it’s twinning quite closely to be sure.  To buy this sweater or the other items I have for sale go here for the links to ebay or to the tab after About Julia.

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MY MINI LUXE SKINCARE GIVEAWAY ‘TIL MAY 26

You guys know how I love to sweetly bait you all with a little giveaway love after a long absence.  Pardon the silence, two relatives from the same side in sad separate ways just happened to pass away on the same day early this week.  I was quiet before that took place but it extended my absence even longer.  So just before we begin our beauty journey once again I thought this time I’d turn on the cuteness with these miniatures in a giveaway.  Five of my high end skincare favorites all in mini form for one of you to own, aren’t they adorbs?  This giveaway is open until May 26th 12am (start of that day) and is nationwide only.

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VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Sport 70 Sunscreen, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Pixi Glow Tonic (exfoliating toner), Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil, and Aveda Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Soft Creme

If I was going to use these products in order, for an evening session, I’d begin with the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Oil all over my face to use as a cleanser/remover at the same time (note it doesn’t emulsify) and clear the makeup muck and residue off my face with a small wet, or very damp, flannel or towel (with excess water wrung out), making sure to remove any oily residue.  Mascara comes off so easily this way with the NUXE oil and it doesn’t sting my eyes.  Then next I’d go in with Pixi’s Glow Tonic exfoliating toner, do a quick sweep, leave it on for then apply a serum suited for sensitive skin like Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night repair which I’ve been using more regularly than any other serum for almost 3 years now.  If I’m feeling like I need a bit more plumping I’ll finish off with the Aveda Intense Hydrating Soft Creme moisturizer in the evening or the VMV Armada sunscreen (Sport 70 or Face Cover) instead during the daytime since it’s a sunscreen that feels like a light moisturizer anyway.

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