Friday, September 30, 2011

Testing... Practice - 1,2,3...

Hello everyone! There's another typhoon here in my country and I've been staying indoors a lot. I was rather bored and saw some pictures of blinged cellular phones so I tried to bling out a spare case too. =) I just coudn't justify spending $80-$100 on a case. 

Finished bling-bling case. 
Not perfect but I had to work on this for hours hahaha! xD I hope you'll be lenient with your comments. LOL! Do you want a tutorial or would you like a case giveaway? :) Do let me know.

Have a great weekend and keep safe! :D

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Paul & Joe Lipstick C - 074 Lower East Side

My favorite new lipstick 

Paul & Joe Lipstick C in 074 Lower East Side
Limited Edition

Comes in a sturdy paper packaging adorned with a very pretty print of floral patterns.

Price - Php 1,550

Scent - Has a very subtle signature Paul & Joe scent which is not at all noticeable, unless you hold the lipstick under your nose and sniff it.

Colour - Mauve with beige undertones that will compliment and suit most skin tones.

The perfect nude or my new MLBB (My Lips But Better) lipstick. It will compliment many looks and is one of the most wearable lipstick shade I own! I fell inlove with it and knew I just had to purchase it when I swatched it on the Paul & Joe counter.

Consistency - Very creamy and moisturizing - goes on smoothly. It feels like butter and melts once applied to the lips;  it does not however feel heavy nor gunky.
As it is very creamy the lipstick is very soft and might melt if not properly stored. It might also get deformed if not properly handled.

Lasting Power - Around  3-4 hours but has to re-applied after eating, drinking, etc...

Pigmentation - Comes out a bit sheer, but the colour can be built with a few swipes of the lipstick.

Swatched on MAC NC30 skin.

swiped once.
Please excuse my uber dry lips. 
Swatch 1
2 coats of lipstick.

Swatch 2

Monday, September 26, 2011

It's raining cats, dogs, pandas, whales, sharks, anteaters and ligers too...

Power's out and I'm blogging through my iPhone again. The wind is howling and it's been raining nonstop since last night. I hope everyone is ok.

Stay dry, safe and warm everyone! :)

Snapshots ~ weekend @ Masas & Lusso Greenbelt + micro mini haul :P

Greenbelt 2, GreenbeltPaseo de Roxas cor. Legaspi St., 
Ayala CenterMakati, Metro Manila, Philippines

Ensaladang Talong
Eggplant with onions and tomatoes.

Sinigang na bangus
Milkfish in tamarind broth.

Crispy pata
Deep Fried pork Knuckles. 

Buko Pandan

G/F Greenbelt 5, Legaspi St., Legaspi Village
Makati City, Metro Manila

Strawberry Trifle

Mocha Sansrival

I really wanted to get Philosophy's Purity made simple; the SA however told me that all Beauty Bar branches were currently out of stock and would not be restocking till next year so I ended up with this set which includes a small sized bottle. I always wanted to get a jar of Hope is not Enough but have never gotten around to doing so. I sort of decided this would be a good set for when I travel (Who wants to travel with full sized bottles and jars of skincare anyway?).

Around Php2,400++

The set includes:
purity made simple one-step facial cleanser 8 oz., when hope is not enough facial firming serum 1 oz., hope in a jar moisturizer 2 oz. and hope in a tube eye and lip firming cream .5 oz.

Update: I have 4 facial cleansers/wash at the moment; I guess I ought to stop buying till I get through one. :P

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Benefit Highbeam

I might as well as go through my backlog folder while I can't upload new pictures:

My favorite highlighter! :3
If you follow my blog, you will notice that I use this product a lot, in fact I have used it for almost every FOTD that I have posted. I've tried other highlighters but I find that Korean highlighters are a bit glittery and don't last on my oily skin while this does while powdered highlighters give me a chalky finish. 

I do not have a full size of the product. I had a couple of small sized ones before that came with other Benefit sets such as this one.

Product description - Benefit High Beam is an ethereal pink liquid highlighter that creates a radiantly dewy complexion. For an angelic sheen, this pink shimmering lotion adds a soft, natural afterglow.

Comes with a brush tip applicator.

Left - swatch Right - partially blended.
It gives an iridescent glow with pink and silver undertones. It is not as glittery as some highlighters are but it still contains shimmers that others may find a bit too much.


- Use the product sparingly. Applying too much will make you look like a walking disco ball.
- Apply on parts of the face where light would naturally illuminate Eg: In the middle of your forehead, browbones, the bridge of your nose, above your cheekbones, on your cupid's bow and chin.
- You might also use this under foundation if you want it to appear a bit more subtle.
- Mixing about 2 drops to your foundation will give you a dewy look. 
- You may use your fingers or a brush to blend the product in.
- Lasts on my oily skin.

- A little goes a long way.
- Does not break me out.
- Application is a breeze.
- Will give you a healthy glow if you don't go overboard.

- Some may find the product too pricey. (But do consider that you will use one bottle for a long time.)
- Contrary to the claim that it works for all skin types I find that it might not work for you if you have darker skin as it might look ashy/chalky.
- May emphasize large pores and skin imperfections.

I did not add hard to get because Benefit will soon open in the Philippines! In fact they have a Facebook page right now.

Do you have a favorite highlighter? :)

La Perfumerie

Online shopping makes our lives so easier, doesn't it? :) It's so much easier to shop at the comfort of our homes especially during the Holidays when malls get super crowded. It is without a doubt that commuting and getting the car parked can be such a pain; that, plus traffic in the Metro can be a total nightmare. 

It's also good to know what are the online shops we can trust. For we buyers want value for our money and good customer service. Now, feel free to add this shop to your list of trusted online stores - Le Perfumerie

Martha, blogger and owner is a very pretty, sweet and kind lady. She recently recently emailed me to help her get the word out that they are currently offering free shipping on all orders!
They're also selling Bath and Body Works pocketbacs. Available for retail and wholesale. I think those will be good giveaways for events and will make good gifts for officemates during the Holidays. (Stop giving away mugs and picture frames! >o<")

List of best- sellers:

Body Mists:
Bath and Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar
Clean Original
Clean Warm Cotton
Clean Shower Fresh
Clinique  Happy
Eclat D' Arpege by Lanvin
Jeanne by Lanvin
Davidoff Coolwater for men
Gap Dream
Elizabeth Arden Green Tea
Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue for women (My all time favorite perfume. I think I've already used up more than 4 bottles of this. :D)

Awwww their mascot is the cutest! :3

Shop Link -

Friday, September 23, 2011

Hello! Some of you have said that you missed my FOTDs. I haven't been posting makeup looks due to the following reasons:

1. My face is still healing.
2. I basically wear the same makeup/products everyday. :) This is why I tend to invest on what I buy. I usually try to get the most use of whatever product/s I own (except the blushes and eyeshadows!).

Left - cropped and watermarked; Right - Edited with Photoscape. (I like the edited version better so I deemed posting both side by side so you can see.)

My gray top is a gift from Apple. Thank you sis! <3

Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer
- Paul & Joe Protective Fluid Foundation S in 103
- Paul & Joe - Face Color - Love (7)
- Benefit Highbeam 

- NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cottage Cheese
- Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara in Black
- Paul & Joe Eye Color B in 003 Tranquility
- K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner24h in Super Black
- Paul & Joe Eye Gloss Duo Secret D'Or (01)

- Paul & Joe Lipstick C in 074 Lower East Side

Minus the aforementioned eyeshadows and highlighter, this is what I look like.

You can probably see that my skin is still peeling and still has pimple marks. 

Taking dessert pictures at Lusso, Greenbelt. 
Then upon arriving at our house 8 hours later I realized that I left my data cable in Manila. LOL! Sooo me! :P 

Have a great weekend everyone! :D

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Lili Chinese Restaurant, Hyatt Hotel and Casino - Food, Glorious Food!!! =)

I'm starting this post with something that caught my attention in the menu. It says Double-boiled Supreme Bird's Nest with Rock Sugar Php 5,888. I have tried Bird's Nest soup before but it never occurred to me that it will taste good as a dessert. Hmmm... Well I guess it will because it doesn't really have a taste or is rather flat. I must be very ignorant. x) LOL! 

Thank goodness we were able to get a table this time! As we walked in the server greeted us and said, "Welcome back!" Plus points for the friendly warm greeting, their service commendable, as always. 

Hot Tea with Guava Ice Tea. xD Both mine and both loved to bits!

Suckling Pig!
Note: I order suckling pig at all Chinese Restos all the time. If I don't order it I will order Peking Duck or something very flavorful and highly fattening... 

Steamed Pink Garoupa(Lapu-lapu) in Soy sauce. 
I actually prefer the usual lapu-lapu over the pink one because, while the flesh/meat was very tender and soft it still was a bit too fishy for my taste. The staff actually tried to help, and even offered to cook the fish again to no avail. I realized that the fish had a distinct taste that I did not like. 

Yangchow fried rice without shrimp as requested. 

Beef Tenderloin with little golden puffs that have pineapple inside! :D 

Dessert is being prepared. :)

Mango Pudding! :3


As with all the other food posts that I have done, I will state that this is not a very budget friendly location. However, I think they offer buffets that cost around 700++Php. The taste of the food is top notch and I will always come back as long as my parents feed me for free pay. If you're willing to splurge for Chinese food that comes in a nice place with amazing service I would highly reommend Lili! 

Li Li Chinese Restaurant
Hyatt Hotel and Casino
1588 Pedro Gil cor M.H. Del Pilar, Malate, Manila