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  • Smitten again am I by two particular shades from the VMV Hypoallergenics lipstick range, one after the other. This is a makeup discovery that caught me off guard.

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ARANÁZ TU Still at Spectrum Fair Today

I was at Spectrum Fair yesterday and I picked up two pretty items from Filipino style accessory label ARANÁZ who are still at Spectrum Fair at Whitespace MNL tonight ’til 9pm.

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These were too pretty to not photograph the very next day.  The beautiful ARANÁZ Palma releases have had me sighing since last year.  I came home with the tall Palma travel toiletry pouch which I spotted early November last year.  I got the pouch on special offer yesterday, I promised not to mention how much their promo is so you guys can just go and find out.  Read on to have a closer look.

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MY TOP 5 WATERPROOF MASCARAS 2016

I just realized we’ve got a theme going, revolving around the number 5 to be exact, and you’ll be seeing that number for a couple of weeks I should think.  Yup, I’m doing an updated journey through my top 5 favorites in different categories (I just noticed so many of you are looking at my 2013 top 5 picks and we need to fix that).  The weather is slowly warming up and I’ve got myself thinking about my desert island picks and all that jazz.  All I know, for sure, that if I was going to pick just one makeup item to bring on a deserted island it certainly would be waterproof mascara and for tools a lash curler.

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I am about to show you what I think are my locally available top 5 waterproof mascaras.  I put my foot down on the selection to make sure they are all locally available, at least here in Manila.  Please note they are not necessarily the cheapest mascaras they’re the best mascaras available here in my opinion (department store brands included). Read on to see what brands they are.

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FIVE UNDER THE SUN FACTS ABOUT ME AND YOU

I’ve never been the most toned beach bum out there but I’ve loved summers in the Philippines ever since my tender years.  My parents took me to the beach every year until I was a teenager at least 2-3 times a year.

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Swimsuit by Roxy Ph, shades by Sunnies (gifts from both brands).

I thought I’d just let loose and tell you a couple of real things about myself and summer then you can tell me your 5 summery facts in the comments.  Scoot over, Olaf.

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HAPPY SKIN x PLAINS & PRINTS | PRINTS MADE PRETTY

Another year with Happy Skin cosmetics can only get better.  They’ve made way into love month with a fun makeup and style collaboration alongside the brand’s clothing retail partner Plains & Prints.  Imagine a clothing line inspired by a makeup collection, different indeed!  The clothes will be exclusively available via Zalora.com.ph from February 10-17.  This post features the cosmetics, mainly the lippies.  Sorry to say you now must know I felt slightly overcome with nausea and palpitations in the fitting room while fitting clothes at the event.  I even had to ask for a glass of water to be brought to me inside the fitting room, something about too much caffeine.  Just know that with me excess caffeine + crowds + decisions are not a good combination, haha.  There vanished any resolve to shoot OOTDs after.

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The makeup collection features our favorite Happy Skin Shut up & Kiss me lippies in two new shades and extremely new glam makeup items never before done by Happy Skin.  I personally took all my photos at the event, flatlay models on the floor included, except for the shot of me above by Ira, a Happy Skin intern who used my camera.    Read on to see me try these out and see the rest of the post.

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MY FULL EVENING SKINCARE ROUTINE

You asked for it so you’re getting it, YAY.  I apologize for the 2 day delay, internet issues.  I ended up finally uploading this 4 minute HD video in like 5 minutes in a corporate office (wow, can I live here)!  We’ll start off with plenty of product right here when you watch my FULL evening skincare routine video.

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CLEANSE: Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm (Boots, Oxford, UK)

EXFOLIATE: Alpha-H Gentle Daily Exfoliant powder (Sephora Philippines, formerly Luxola)

ACID TONE: Pixi Skintreats Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner (Pixi, UK)

NOURISH/MOISTURIZE: Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil for Face, Body, Hair 

RECOVER/SOOTHE: Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Lotion (press sample, Rustan’s)

In contrast, the quick and lazy evening skincare routine (1-2 products, when I have 0% batt on me) will be brought to you in a blog post.  Read on to watch the video embedded at the end of this post.

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