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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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SHAPE GOALS AND A SOFT RESTART

I’ve wanted to get back onto the fitness bandwagon since last year.  Wanting and prioritizing are two different things.  We moved, then Christmas happened, and my grandfather passed away just after New Year.  In our Quezon City space, to be honest, there’s no space do a decent burpee move without an imminent concussion.  Moving North (note Maginhawa chapter) meant eating whatever you make or are given, then we had Christmas with loved ones, (even more food right), then 4 days of funeral services with more loved ones and food like every 4 hours.   A week later I’m putting on my denim shorts and upon zipping up and trying to sit I’m like “Why do these feel like the seat of a rappel harness?”.  People tell me “Julia, you never gain weight” because they see my arms, my neck, my collarbone, and my waist which are small or at least defined.  Ever since high-school if anything at all does expand it always happens below the waistline, my hips, bum, and legs especially.  In spite of still shuttling between two locations (hopefully less now) I knew it was about that time to hit the mat again no matter what the circumstances were because I never really believed in dieting from a lifetime perspective.  So, how did I restart my fitness journey today?

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Let me quickly fill you in on the first two gentle full video workouts I decided were best to ease me in.  They’re great and low impact so I don’t suffer too much the next day and risk less injury, but long enough to rotate those joints and stretch your muscles.  These beginner workouts are free, led by professionals on YouTube and all I need is myself and a mat. I hit FIT before (5 months of constant workouts 3-4x a week, no gym account, no personal trainer, you’ll see that in a bit) and I’m confident I can do it again.  Read on to see which routines I did first to get me back and see my simple first objectives and shape goals.

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THAT ONE BOBBI BROWN LIPGLOSS

Lipgloss is an iffy thing for some people.  They either hate it or love it.  In my case it seriously depends on how it ticks the boxes for me, one…the shade makes my lips look prettier, two…lasts several hours, three…I’m fine if it’s sticky as long as I can managing mouthing “hello” and “help me” in one second.  I’m not a lipgloss fanatic but I’ve come across two in my lifetime that I’ve used up and I love it on non-occasion days.  Early on it was a dual-ended Urban Decay one from the late 90s that I didn’t open and and only began using in early 2000.  The other is this annoyingly limited edition Bobbi Brown lipgloss in#9 Pink Sugar (from a collection) that I received in a press kit nearly three years ago.  It’s a light baby nude pink with golden micro shimmer.

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I was overjoyed to find my Bobbi Brown Pink Sugar gloss again in one of my pouches while clearing out.  It was still good to use, I know that sounds gross, but I smelt and checked it, it’s still good to use on myself.  I have it on hand but am quickly running low on it.  It’s just so wearable on its own and over natural lipstick shades and I’m so sad it isn’t part of their permanent collection.  Read on to see why I like it and how it wears.

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MAKEUP ESSENTIALS BY BROWHAUS MNL

Browhaus initially began in 2004 as a Singaporean brow and lash salon.  Your friendly pitstop for those arches is now in 9 cities globally, Manila included.  We’re ever so glad they’re here and they’re a popular spot to hit up especially before big events and weddings just to get those brows and lashes sorted.  It’s been a couple of years in but Browhaus Manila haven’t massively announced a certain fact about what’s in their boutiques.  They’ve only had mini launches, ’til last week that is.  Browhaus Manila carries makeup, too, the sort of makeup range that’s eye-catching yet utilitarian at its core.

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  1. Browhaus Classic Brow Lead Php 648.00
  2. Browhaus HD Mascara Php 998.00 
  3. Browhaus Precision Eyeliner Php 750.00

You might have read me raving about their HD mascara, it wouldn’t hurt to rave twice and mention their other stuff.  With this sort of makeup range, it so easy for a blogger like myself to put up a post.  I don’t need to explain away on each thing fully because the photos speak for themselves.   Read on for the full post and my obliging face with different things on.

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A BIT OF BLOG SALE

Just a quick one this is to let you know I have a bit of a non-beauty blog sale happening at the link “upstairs” (you guys are in the “mezzanine” now) in the upper left tab “BLOG SALE” among the pages, click it then scroll down (the page doesn’t refresh or looks like it doesn’t move).  Sellin’ never hurt no one who needed a bit of extra cash (and needed to clear out space).  If ever I am selling something here it is not PR material so there is no beauty, just a bit of apparel and bags.  I’m still going to add more stuff as I go along.  Ebay links are all in the BLOG SALE page here. Payments are expected to be made via bank deposit.

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This is stuff I was given or stuff I bought with my own money in the past.  Right now the selection hit a bit on boring because someone way too excited (kidding, dear, LOL) bought 3 of the really nice things within hours of my posting them on ebay, haha.  Note, that person hasn’t paid yet as of the moment so currently there’s still a slim possibility of those “SOLD” items returning to the sale.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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MATTE LIPS MADE EASY BY MAYBELLINE

We’re doing a back to back lip post, I know.  I usually try not to do that for variety’s sake but I think these in color contrast are way different.  These Lip Gradation Sticks by Maybelline (Lip Studio Color Blur in U.S.) are by far the easiest, most comfortable matte bright lipsticks I’ve ever put on from the department store, and they’re not patchy.  I’m kind of late in discovering these, but that’s okay.

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TOP DOWN: MAYBELLINE Lip Gradation in Mauve 1, Orange 1, and Fuschia 1, Php349.50 from local department stores.

They’re perhaps the next best thing to Colourpop Lippie Stix in form locally.  I spotted them at Maybelline’s Brooklyn Brow event yesterday.  Maybe the Maybelline team wondered why I was anything but focused on brows after I grabbed these testers from their table, haha.  Read on to see why I was distracted.

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