The Etude House BabyDoll Puff Blending Sponge – A Great Beauty Blender Dupe at Php375

That well-known Beauty Blender sponge that lots of MUA professionals swear by is way overpriced locally.  Here, it can cost up to nearly Php2000.00 at Rustans or other retail outlets.  When you factor in customs and importation tax fees and boutique rental fees it really makes all the difference in the price hike of that beloved sponge that actually costs only $19.95 or about Php900.00 in the U.S. online.  Over a month ago when I was on ebay.ph I spotted an extremely identical pink sponge in an adorable box and noted that it was by Etude House, a mega-Korean makeup brand.  I told myself then that I would have to pay that sweet dolly pink shop a visit ASAP to get one, but I never latch on to sudden yearnings like that unless it’s TRULY something necessary, so I became busy and forgot about it.  I had a few good reminders though in the last month, and I picked one up today at Festival Mall, Alabang (there’s also an Etude House in Megamall) knowing I’d need it, since I’ve already entered the realm of TVC industry makeup with the completion of my first shoot last week.  It’s the most adorable thing and that box, oooooh…that box, I tell you, is a really smart yet foolproof idea which leads you from point A to point B, point A=Awwww! to point B=Buy.

I remembered that I was looking for this when I recently worked with Lala Flores as a support MUA on the project team at a TVC shoot and she was using the original Beauty Blender which she absolutely loves to use but will only buy in the States because it’s cheaper.  Then my friend Martha, aka TheBeautyJunkee, also recently picked one up from Etude House Market Market and posted it.  Thanks for the reminder, Martha :).

As you can clearly see, it’s practically made from the same kind of dense foam as the beauty blender, only denser and ever so slightly firmer.  Read more to get the full post and all my first impressions on this cute Beauty Blender Dupe by Etude House.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Velour Cruelty-Free 100% Mink Lashes, Opening Promo – Luxe Lashes, Worldwide Free Shipping

The Canadian false lashes brand Velour, are certainly among the best of the best when it comes to luxury mink lash falsies, after seeing them used by Pro MUA Wayne Goss on his YouTube channel, I really have to agree with him.  Guess what, if you’re in for a tiny splurge, now’s the time because some of their best sets are on opening promotion sale at 50% off, and they’ve got bottom lashes, too like the Style Me Kardashian bottom lashes, “Kim Kardashian, need we say more?” which are on sale as well, I think they’re all 50% off actually.  These upper lashes are the  “T Dot Oooh!” pair.

“100% Mink

Mink fur offers a glamorous shine, soft feathery feel, and above all, a completely natural look.

Use up to 25 times

Lashes can be worn up to 25 times with proper care. The shape and form of the lashes remain the same even after several uses.

Natural & lightweight

Super lightweight and flexible, allowing you to curl it just like real human hair.

Cruelty-free and sterilized

Absolutely no harm done to animals. Brushed from live mink and sterilized to ensure safe non-allergenic usage.

Easy application

The band of the lash is designed to make application much easier!”

These are luxe mink lashes so they’re not cheap, like for example the lashes (above photo)  that Wayne Goss used in his video embedded below (which I think would be beautiful on brides) will regularly retail scandalously at about US$60.00 when the sale ends (yea, I know…DUH, for LASHES),  BUT for a limited time they’re available right now at $29.99 so if you’ve got an extremely special occasion like your own wedding I think these lashes are worth the purchase RIGHT NOW while they’re on sale, plus worldwide shipping’s free, need I say more?  Watch Wayne’s video below where he applies a nice gradient smoky eye look on himself and finishes the look off with the lovely T Dot Oooh! falsies pair, to some of you, you might find that strange to watch, but I don’t.  To me, he’s a makeup artist and he’s demonstrating, he’s really good and is a real good friend of the Pixiwoo Sisters, Sam and Nic.

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Adele Graces Vogue’s March 2012 Cover – Eyeliner Check, Massive

UPDATED: With Behind the Scenes Video for the Cover Shoot by Vogue

Who else could it have been for Vogue’s spiffy new March cover, really? Tell me…

Image Credit: thedailystab.com

 

I love how Adele has positioned herself as someone beautiful without having to be stereotypically slim.  Her makeup is always spot on and she’s an absolute beauty to behold and listen to each time I see her, which is only a few times but they’ve made a hasty impression on me.  I’ll admit I wasn’t one of her earlier followers, but when I started to notice how utterly original she was, she made a fan out of me.

 

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My Take on Tangerine Tango, Colors of the Year Etc. – Sketch Not Mine

I do make it my business to know what the Pantone color of the year is, I would be unwise if I didn’t, but I personally find it too contrived to go out and find pieces in the declared color just so I get to wear what a certain authority says is the color to wear.  I take every trend with a grain of salt and only jump at it if it really draws me in at that moment, if it’s absolutely my type, and if it really flatters me.  If it doesn’t, it doesn’t, even though Pantone says so and I don’t know if it’s self-righteousness or just plain apathy, I don’t mean to but I cringe inwardly if someone were to blurt out to me that something is good because it’s the color of the year with a kind of like “I know so, did you…” vibe.  Which is why I don’t think I can be a proper fashion blogger, I’m a bit of a trend snob and if ever I personally forecast what I think will be looking good in the months to come, I’d rather not share with the world what I think, when it comes to clothes.  I do know I wear my clothes well and have even gotten compliments on occasion.  I’m an art snob when it comes to people telling me what color to wear, but I won’t ever snub someone’s professional opinion, I am flattered to say that celebrity stylist Michael Salientes really loved what I was wearing the last time I saw him, it included my Stella McCartney for Adidas shrug/baby cardigan.  In that sense I bask in the joy of style from time to time and I do appreciate quite a bit of beautiful apparel but I don’t care enough about the whole universe of fashion.  I have a closet that I only like to fill with a certain amount, I probably go shopping for clothes 4-5x in a year now, and in my book if the average single clothing piece lasts 3-4 years if you use it often that’s still A LOT of clothes shopping in my book.  FYI, I didn’t draw this, I found this on this blog wereonlyyoung-once.tumblr.com.

I like how sketches like these though tend to rock my boat and make me think more fondly of the possibilities with Tangerine Tango, Pantone’s declared color for 2012.  Don’t worry, I don’t stare at people wearing tangerine tango and inwardly point “HAHA Color of the year ha…”,  I note it but don’t MIND it, it’s a lovely color, just don’t rub it in my face that Pantone said so and we can be friends.  I’d rather stare at this pretty sketch I found on a random blog because anyway red orange is rubbish on me (except as a nail color) and I don’t have jet black or blonde hair to suit it.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Exert More Girl Power – A’postrophe Tweezers and Nail Clippers Php59-75 Only

I’d never walked into A’postrophe before, that store on the 3rd level of Glorietta 4, until two days ago when I met up with Kira of kira-ramirez.com and Alex of Reluctant Stylista.  It’s not a new store, it’s been around for about a little over two years I estimate.  It’s a wonderland of knick-knacks and artsy-fartsy items that are not “corny” and neither are they the usual useless types of trinkets and/or “abubot”.  Essentially, it strikes me as a far more interesting gift shop than Tickles.  I saw these lovely ladies standing side by side in one row and thought they were too cute not to pick up, uh…I didn’t mean that the way it sounded, pun super not intended.  They come with many different stylish ladies, probably bout 4 or more for each tool, which I think are possibly mass mechanically “airbrushed” onto an enameled base over the steel and there are also nail files in the lot but I chose not to get one since my nail file at home works perfectly fine still.  These remind me of items by the European brand Pylones which I first saw years ago when I worked part time as a cashier in my Tita’s former Home Accessories shop in Hamburg, Germany.

There’s nothing like sparking the mediocre tasks you do with some charm and cuteness.  Clip your nails and tweeze your brows using these and psychologically ignite some girl power in you.  I thought that these lovely lady nail clippers and tweezers were an absolute “SDeal” at Php75 and Php59 and guess what, I already know what you’re thinking, that they probably don’t tweeze and cut well at all.  You know what…that’s where you’re wrong, both are heavy in make and tightly assembled and the ones I got function fabulously.  Read more to see the full post with my thoughts on these cutesy patootsies.… To full post & COMMENTS...

(CLOSED) WIN a Neutrogena BBCream Today! – Week3 FineFairness Pop Guess Giveaway

One day late, wah, sorry, sorry.  Had a TVC shoot yesterday.  Here’s my 3rd Neutrogena Pop Guess Giveaway for you!  Simply look at the photo and tell me which side I’m wearing Neutrogena BB Cream on :).  Note: Giveaway open only to residents of Metro Manila.

HOW TO JOIN

Tell me according to the LEFT or RIGHT indicators on the photo which side I’m wearing Neutrogena BB Cream on by leaving a comment below this post saying “LEFT” or “RIGHT”.  Please make sure you identify yourself with an email address when entering your answer in a comment.  I will choose two winners at random after 11pm tonight  from the batch of correct answers.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  • Entry open to Metro Manila residents only.
  • Two winners will be picked randomly from correct answers
  • Blessmybag.com and Neutrogena are the sole promoters of this competition
  • Competition closes tonight at 23:00/11pm
  • Winner will be notified within the week before the next Pop Guess giveaway
  • Prizes are to be claimed from the Neutrogena Headquarters, location will be disclosed to the winners.
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Ash Wednesday – A Year’s Wait in Regrowth

Last Wednesday I finally went for the recommendation of my cousin’s girlfriend and dyed my hair dark ash blonde, which is a cooler brown with a lesser  tendency to go brassy or orange, there still is a bit of warmth because of my natural hair but I’m glad my hair is no longer reddish brown.

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People kept asking me since about August last year why I wasn’t recoloring my hair promptly, which I had first colored in April.  The regrowth at the roots had begun to show, although subtle coz my natural hair is super dark brown it was obvious coz I had golden highlights. This was my hair BEFORE I ever had it colored.

 

Ay, sorry…sumobra yung drag ko sa BEFORE timeline LOL. Well, the answer to why I delayed recoloring is I was still suffering from drastic hairfall, an overspill reaction after resigning from my hectic job last, last year. I had it before I colored it and it still wouldnt let up. After using a revitalizing serum for bout a month which has lessened my hairfall (yes, review soon) I started saving photos of Asian girls with ash blonde hair to show the hairstylist what I wanted to achieve.

Right now I’m also deciding whether I should return in a week to add tonal highlights (not streaks…or strips). I found this lovely random photo of an Asian girl who had lighter ash blonde tones added to her dark ash blonde hair.

Uber lovely however, I dont think I’ll ever go this light with my highlights, coz my skin is not as fair. What do you think, should I go for tonal highlights or leave it as is? By the way, sorry I can’t disclose who did my hair, it was a friend’s tip and she made me promise not to announce it to everyone since his talent was her “find” hehe, all I’ll say is the stylist is new, young, and very good at what he does and it isn’t a super high end salon. I’m a promise keeper so this is all I can share, I’m very happy with the results.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Bless My Gag – Meet the Cloudmeister

Putting up photos of my cat, Cloud, always seems to put people in a good mood.  I have a new one today.  A few weeks back she was chewing on my hand.  I thought I’d get creative with it.

If you want to see Cloud in action, here’s a short video of her.  If you film her for too long she gets prickly, as most celebrities tend to when running from the paparazzi.

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