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Random Rave – Topshop Cute-As-A-Button Pink Tape Measure

I’m actually not sure if I should be sharing slash promoting this…so let’s say for now I’m just raving, but I found this Topshop tape measure and got it off Ebay and it was so, so cute and could not resist placing an order for it…then I found out, oops, it happened to be a freebie with online global purchases.

It cost me about £8.50 in total with shipping from Ebay, so that’s about Php500.  It’s actually the current free gift with ANY ORDER from the Topshop.com global website so I’m not quite exactly sure if they’re giving these out with purchases also at Topshop boutiques locally…I’d say most probably not, but it’s better to be sure so you can check your local boutique first.  Anyway some enterprising, international Topshop shoppers obviously thought they didn’t need the ones they got with their purchases so that’s how some ended up on Ebay and they lured in happy suckers like me…I’m not regretting the purchase because I really don’t plan to get Topshop clothes online and so this was practically the only way I could own one for myself.  So just be aware that if you plan to do some online Topshop shopping… there is no need to pay just to get one of these off the net elsewhere, you’ll certainly get one with your online purchase.  I’ve no time right now to put up my wishlists but the photos are certainly piling up and both the Beauty and Non-Beauty Wishlist editions will be up soon.  I’ve got to do groceries and Christmas shopping for now hence the quick random post.  Cheerio dahlingz…

 

Sweet Surrender is a “Piece of Cake” – Ruby Escosa’s Homemade Cupcakes

This was unexpected.  You see the thing about cupcakes in my book is I give them a 360 degree Matrix rotation stare before I bite and mentally recite that I hope…and I really mean hope that they’re not just sweet and really pray that they taste as good as they look.  You know, like if it’s a strawberry cupcake I ought to be hearing “Strawberry Fields Forever…” playing when I bite into it.  There are near countless numbers of small cupcake businesses out there right now and a good number of them photograph quite marvelously and have gotten a lot of press, but frankly, for me, they don’t exactly earn a standing ovation when it comes to their taste symphonies.  I absolutely can’t stand the huge ones that only entice with rustic pretty colored icing that just makes your teeth hurt.  For me there has to be more to a cupcake than just the bird’s eye view of it.  These cupcakes, ladies and gentlemen, are different. I actually judged them harshly at first when I first saw a few dark photos because they looked too dainty to look tasty, the size made them look plain, but I was wrong.  Up close they were WAY prettier than in those first few photos I saw.   The wife of Mom’s former client at work began making cupcakes at home, naming her simple little venture “Piece of Cake” and reportedly, she laboriously (duh) kitchen tests everything while zeroing in on the taste development of each cupcake offering.

“Piece of Cake” Homemade Cupcakes by Ruby Escosa +639178337829/ email: happinessinacupcake@gmail.com, FB Page: http://facebook.com/happinessinacupcake

I bit into one of the strawberry cupcakes (these simple ones right here with baby pink cream) and what I got was a fruity real strawberry taste explosion with just the right moist, sweet milkiness of a cupcake.  It sort of reminded me of Strawberry Fruitella (cue TVC here) but done properly into a pastry.  In the photo you’re seeing the chocolate cupcakes with a bit of salted caramel filling, the strawberry cream cupcakes, the simple vanilla cupcakes with blue & lavender blossoms, and the red velvet ones on the edge with ombre icing. You should have seen my sad eyes trail after the last strawberry cupcake Mom decided to take to Dad right away when I announced it was good, LOL.  That first bite was what I was hoping it would taste like and so much more.  Mom says the chocolate cupcakes are the best ones she’s ever tasted, I agree with her that they’re good but those strawberry ones are the BOMB.  I’ve included the details for ordering above…you know what to do next :)…after all, ’tis now the season for some sweet treats!

Emerald Green for 2013! – So Says Pantone

In all honesty green is one of my least favorite shades when it comes to makeup and clothes.  Because I have a very yellow undertone with oriental skin it’s not exactly a shade that complements me.  However if I absolutely had to choose a shade of green I would definitely lean towards emerald, the more cooler in the spectrum which sits somewhat in between kelly forest green and teal, do not confuse forest green or British racing green with emerald, totally different shades altogether.  Emerald has just been announced the Pantone color of the year for 2013 and while I might not wear it often I am glad it is the sort of green I prefer.  I only own one piece of emerald clothing, and it’s a tailored linen tube top Mom got me from Indonesia.  On my face I used L’oreal Lucent Magique foundation, Missha Perfect Concealer, Anastasia Express Brow kit for brows, and an Estee Lauder Pure Color lipstick in Mystic Mauve (from a Travel Exclusive set).

I’m wearing MBMJ stud earrings and over my emerald top I’m wearing my new M|phosis necklace (Php590)  in a gunmetal shade which I have been finding quite easy to wear even over plain white T-shirt tops.  I don’t usually force the issue and insist that I rock the color of the year with my wardrobe…never the case really but it’s fun to be able to see how the shade can work for you and just how many emerald green things the fashion industry will cough up for next year.  I don’t think I’d ever try emerald as makeup on myself, at most perhaps a gel liner or liquid liner just for fun but on a day to day basis I don’t think so.  Do you think you’ll be rocking 2013’s color of the year in any way?

Speaking of Sampleroom…

When my good friend, top beauty blogger slash Charm brush businesswoman, Sophie Uy, invited me on board as a partner blogger for Sampleroom.ph I was EXCITED and DELIGHTED.  Before I got to know Sophie better her reputation had already preceded her.  In business, Sophie’s Charm makeup brush sets were recently given the seal of approval by the COSMO beauty awards.  She happens to be one of the most highly revered and honest pioneer beauty bloggers in the country with her blog beautynomics.com, and if you happen to supposedly be one of the first bloggers approached by the likes of  MAC cosmetics as early as 2007/2008 you’re probably one of the best online.  When Sophie points out that something is good I have next to no doubt that it’s something worth checking out.  So it’s time to give you a little introduction to Sophie’s most recent beauty project, it has to do with beauty samples and it isn’t a box, this is Sampleroom!

 

Sampleroom is to a certain effect similar to an online beauty forum like Makeup Alley where women rate and swap beauty items in the U.S.  What Sampleroom aims to be is an online beauty base where you can sample the best products, post reviews, and read the thoughts of other beauty lovers like yourself.  Be guided and inspired by the sincere musings and reviews of Sampleroom’s chosen partner bloggers (once we get cracking and reviewing) or embark on your own beauty sampling adventure as a Sampleroom member!

The Sampleroom team wants to build a community of beauty enthusiasts that help each other by reviewing great products while at the same time bringing the industry’s best beauty samples AS YOU PICK THEM right to your doorstep.  Read more to get more information about the benefits of being a member and see me featured as a partner blogger in the Sampleroom site screenshots!

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