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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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5 THINGS I DON’T DO TO GET STUFF DONE

This January there’s an epidemic of personalized productivity posts floating around the internet.  No shame in joining the fun I say.  Being a freelancer is challenging.  I didn’t make these 5 up just to have a post, they really work for me and I when I don’t stick to them I drift badly.  They’re really simple but some may not have occurred to you.

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Read on about the 5 things I avoid to stay productive.

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FS Fanny Serrano Black Gel Liner

It was extremely difficult to type in the title for this post about my favorite gel eyeliner for the past year, trying to think up a catchy sub-line for it proved a waste.  I figured in the end that the product is so good leaving the title minimal doesn’t take away from it at all.  I saw it on Fanny’s table when I watched him work in his studio and I do not regret purchasing it.  After all, it was about Php200+ but beat so many branded gel liners I’ve tried.  It also comes in deep brown last time I checked.

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This local brand of gel eyeliner FS quickly beats several potted kin I’ve used: Bobbi Brown, Maybelline, and MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Black to name a few for a few reasons.  I’ve seen Fanny Serrano himself use this not just as perfect gel liner, but also as a velvety black eyeshadow base.  Here I am wearing it in a not so recent photo, this one is about 5 months old.  Read on to see it used a different way by Fanny in an editorial.

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Alcon Freshlook Air Optix Lens SALE | Buy 3 Get 1 at Sarabia

I asked Mom for a favor today, and she happened to be at the mall while I was having a haircut.  She hit gold at Sarabia Optical when I asked her to buy and replenish my stock of graded Air Optix colored lenses in PURE HAZEL, the disposable monthlies.   I only asked her to get me 1 pair of each grade (my right eye is worse off than my left).  They happen to currently be on a 4 for 3 promo (in Sarabia Optical, cannot confirm for other stores), so she told me she availed of it.  In more familiar words locally, buy 3 pairs and get 1 pair free.  She availed of the ongoing sale at Sarabia Optical, Rockwell.

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They’re the only breathable colored contact lenses I put on in the morning and am able to forget about until early evening. These graded ones were about Php1600+ a pair so I think the non-graded ones may or may not cost less.  Thanks to this Air Optix promo I’m prepped ’til June and yup I checked the expiry, middle of 2017 so I’m good.  Ooohh, did I make you shudder about the middle of the year already? Haha.

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In the inmost part…

I’ve been having bouts of interrupted sleep and waking up at this way too early hour of about 3am.  Yesterday it was understandable, because the other night I made the mistake of taking an early nap at 6pm I then woke up at 9 or 10pm and that was not a good idea.  

I didn’t expect that I’d wake up at this hour again, because I went to bed this time at about…10pm.  Restless, once again, in the inmost part.

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I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU USED LAST SUMMER

January 2016 is being all annoying and walking briskly ahead, so we all know what that means.  In a fluke of some sort last year I managed to NOT post my 2015 summer holiday skincare favorites while being in Balesin.  I kept the evidence as shot from the Mykonos villas.  As you can see, I also thought the title of this post should be island getaway inspired *thunder cracks*.

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YVES ROCHER Detoxifying Teas toning lotion, DIORSKIN Nude Tan BB CREME, Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream (ointment), Nivea Sun Immediate Sunscreen SPF50, Tarte Maracuja Oil, Macadamia Rejuvenating Sulfate-free shampoo, Bioderma Cicabio Soothing Creme moisturizer (suitable for babies), Avene Eau Thermale Gentle Milk Cleanser, Clarisonic Mia 2

That last one was the summer that did a What’s In Her Bag interview with Tricia Centenera-Valenciano and when I fell back in love with my Clarisonic which I bought on foot in Macy’s NYC in 2014 (it seems just like yesterday, yikes), some don’t agree with using it or find it too harsh.  I just find the Clarisonic extremely suitable in the summer.  I don’t use it for the rest of the year unless I’m having a heavy makeup sort of month.  When I cleanse my face after a sunny day out while traveling I want to be sure I get all the sunblock lotion, sweat, sea scum, beach bits, and light makeup off my skin before my serums and facial oil at bedtime, so I use the Clarisonic.  That’s to help provide a clean canvas for another layer of sunscreen the next day.  If you don’t want to get all gadgety alternately a facial flannel or baby face towel soaked in warm water with a good emulsifying cleanser should also get the grime off your face.  What I like about having the Clarisonic is there’s nothing left over to launder.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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