Category: beauty

Divisoria 168 Mall Haul

Mom had to run some errands in Divisoria and I thought I’d tag along and see if I could plunder some treasure from the ultimate wasteland of cheap thrills. I was not disappointed at all. Thought I’d share my haul with you! All of the following finds are from 168 Mall.

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Crop tops, an Anime eyes shirt (the print’s inverted, but it only slightly bothers me; been looking all over for something like this!) and short shorts, which I will never ever have enough of. Each piece was below P500.

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I never knew an “I’ll get them in every color” moment until I saw these headbands on wholesale for P60 each. I died over how gloriously tasteful and adorable the colors, fabrics and patterns were despite being so cheap! Gotta give a girl a break and let her go bonkers over cute bows sometimes.

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So excited to use this baby for future shows or events! It’s a portable makeup train case that can store everything, from my makeup brush kit and even my hair tools –or rather, my only hair tool: my curling wand. But it fits my bottles of hair products as well! I really like that it’s long as opposed to thick, and that it’s fabric, which not only makes it washable, but quite lightweight as well! I’m still not over how well it fits absolutely everything I need to get dolled up for pretty much any occasion. It was my most expensive purchase at P1,500, but I think it’s also the best bang for my buck.

(PS, the painting you see at the back is a portrait a good friend drew of me, back when I had red hair.)

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I also managed to upgrade my makeup brush armory, with replicas of both the beauty blender and the Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow brush, as well as a teasing comb, an angled blush brush to use for bronzers, and a new stippling brush. Each was below P150. These are the last bits of my Divisoria loot.

A haul’s just gratuitous bragging if I ain’t letting you in on where I scored my finds, so: the next time you go to 168 Mall in search of cool clothes, I suggest you make a beeline for the top floor, where the food court is. That’s where the trendier street style stores are. The best makeup store in the entire mall, which is where I got my new tools from, is on the ground floor, near the exit to Sta. Elena street, the side that’s either the 1st or 2nd farthest away from the mall with the 7/11 (I know these are horrible directions. Haha!) you’ll spot it straight away, anyway, it’s chock full of train cases up front and … Very pink.

Hope your next visit to Divisoria makes you go as crazy as mine did to me! 😉

Kinda Freakin’ Awesome

So life’s actually been pretty damn cool for such an uncool little hermit girl like me. I’m kind of fangirling over the things that have been happening, which’ve been, as the title says, kinda freakin’ awesome. I’ve been busy dealing and working with the said awesomeness, but I have a bit of downtime today, so here are some of my favorite April/May moments:

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Last April, the unthinkable happened: two of my usually very distant worlds collided! My good theatre friends attended a cosplay convention with me! Two of them even cosplayed for the very first time. My young padawans did very, very well. That’s Dar and Ber, two of my greatest friends from blueREP, cosplaying Luffy and Nami One Piece. Ejay, on my left, tagged along at the last minute and bought tons of awesome geeky trinkets. He’s also a friend from blueREP, but he and I are active in the professional theatre scene now (wohoo!) The Ryoga to my Ranma is Billie, one of my high school best friends and one of the last people from my high-school-best-friend-cosplay-group who still goes to conventions and cosplays with me to this day.

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It was a great first convention for my theatre friends, because together we witnessed a Deadpool cosplayer performing Let It Go from Frozen, complete with Elsa gown costume change! I found the performance on youtube, too. It was hilarious, and the best part is, it would totally make sense for Deadpool to do something like this.

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Later on, a little Anna cosplayer joined him on stage and they re-enacted the For The First Time in Forever reprise!! This is going to be one of my favorite convention memories in a long time.

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The 1st of May was met with my 2nd cosplay competition judging stint ever at Best of Anime Summer Edition. I’ve declined a few previous requests to judge and/or host at various cosplay events due to theatre-related schedule conflicts, so it feels good to have finally made room for this! Plus I got to watch a legit JPop act called Starmarie. They had Japanese fans that flew to the Philippines just to watch them perform. That was pretty intriguing.

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My new phone case is one of those little things you own that make you happy just by looking at them. It was made by Dar’s sister (Dar is the Luffy cosplayer in the first photo!) and is painted entirely with nail polish! In case you can’t recognize the character, that’s Princess Anna from Disney’s Frozen– who is my ultimate Disney princess soulmate– in her “For The First Time In Forever” dress.

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I may be unworthy young but I’m ready! Look ma, my huge crush on Tom Hiddleston was published on local news! I was recently given the honor of being included in Young Star’s 2014 Fresh Produce, an annual list that features the latest of Manila’s emerging young talents. Hold up, uhh, damn what? Me? An “emerging young talent”? Since freaking when? You can’t even begin to fathom my overwhelmed-ness and disbelief, but I’m totally grateful and I promise I won’t let Young Star down. You can read the full article and check out the full list of uber talented kids here.

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I just finished my first week of Rollerblades training for Tanghalang Pilipino’s Sandosenang Sapatos, too! It’s my 2nd professional show after Cinderella. Sometimes I catch myself thinking: I’m doing it! I can’t believe I’m really doing pro theatre! (And then it starts to feel like I’ve been displaced into an alternate universe..)

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I have a terrible sense of balance, so Rollerblading’s been tough but I’ve been pleasantly surprised with my learning curve thus far. I mean, it isn’t the best but it’s still way better than what I expected from myself. Maybe it’s ’cause I learned how to skateboard beforehand…? But anyway, the fact that this is my first foray into Filipino material is something I’m dang psyched about, and I’m happy to be working with actors from a wide variety of backgrounds/companies. So many new things are happening, and it’s all because of theatre! Actually, theatre makes me do/try new things every single time. That’s one of the reasons why I love it so dearly.

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I also attended the Young Star Prom (though I’ll always feel way too uncool for these media parties) with THE Ejay Yatco. He’s technically my first prom date ever– I’m a little late in the game, but when your first prom date is a musical genius informally hailed as the Ryan Cayabyab of our generation, I still feel like a winner!

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The theme was prom Kla$$Y which actually meant go in something ratchet. I didn’t wanna wear a “trashy/revealing” outfit, so Ejay and I opted for a wannabe prince/princess-of-Bel-Air look. I think we look pretty convincing as tasteless, spoiled kids.

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Another thing that’s been making me happy: a (finally restocked) set of makeup basics that’s been unlocking my inner makeup geek! I think I’ve found some makeup products I’m going to be sticking with for life– err, until I find better products. No absolute commitment guaranteed. Haha! I don’t like wearing makeup everyday, and I don’t like looking “made-up,” so these are the products I’ve been using when I feel obliged to decorate my face but don’t want it to look like fondant cake, and don’t want the hassles of retouching. In short, heavy duty, natural-looking war paint! Clockwise from the top right: 1) Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 415 Pink In The Afternoon (the prettiest nude pink. Like the pink you think of when you think of ballerinas!), 2) 3CE Lip Lacquer in Pink Boom, 3) Canmake Smooth Skin Primer, 4) Milani Liquid Eye, 5) Kate Mineral Liquid Foundation (my personal holy grail foundation! Does a great job and doesn’t break me out!), 6) Milani Baked Blush in 05 Luminoso (a Nars Orgasm dupe!), 7) Revlon in Super Lustrous Lipstick in 535 Rum Raisin (a brown-red for days you want a stronger lip without having to plunge into a bright red), 8) 3CE Eye Brightener in Ivory Beige.

Whew, that’s it so far. I remember February to March being an anxiety-filled set of months for me. I was going through all sorts of auditions and interviews at the time, putting on my best possible brave face amidst all the uncertainty and insecurity and trying very hard to make the coming months something I would be proud of… It feels surreal to admit, but I think I’ve succeeded. (Which means my brave face has been getting braver. Awwwyeah) But I actually may have kiiind of overloaded my schedule… Even better! Ain’t no rest for the awkweird wicked though, I’ve gotta keep up the persistence and consistence. Aight, downtime over. Back to work play now!

The Great Orange Lipstick Obsession

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If these lipsticks actually contained Vitamin C, I’d have OD’ed by now.

I don’t know why I’ve found this strange new resonance with orange lipstick. I’m not even that big a fan of the color on its own. I guess it’s because I think that changing your lip color is the easiest way to morph without doing anything permanent like changing your haircut. I guess it’s also because lipstick is my favorite focal point in makeup– probably the only makeup-related thing I’m gung ho about at all. I am, however, sure that– connected to all those predispositions to lipstick– orange is the most unique lip color that still somehow doesn’t look too niche, like blues or blacks. That’s probably because it’s still a warm color and is more closely associated to the “natural” color of lips. Regardless, orange lipstick looks off-beat and fun and I fell in love hard and fast. You know how writers are inspired to write some form of prose about the people they love? Yeah, well, I’ve decided to make an entry about orange lipstick, somewhat in the same vein. Er… Please do not let this single post be the measure of how you perceive my intellectual and emotional depth. Haha! I am partially doing this because I need to be more productive with this sudden addiction, so my hoarding doesn’t feel so wastefully self-serving. So here I am, sharing my collection, in case you, dear reader, were considering picking up your own tube of orange lipstick. (Or in case I might be able to influence you. Join the Dark Side. Mwahahahahaha. *Spirit fingers*)

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From left to right, my collection consists of the following: (I bought these over the span of a few months. 2 or 3, maybe.)

1.) Sleek True Color Lipstick in Tangerine Scream. P400-500. Purchased from The Ramp in Glorietta.

2.) Too Cool For School Lip Sticker in Tangerine. P400-500 (this range may be off, but the actual price won’t stray too far from it.) Purchased from their store in Mall Of Asia.

3.) IN2IT Moisture Intense Lipstick in Juice. Around P400-500. Purchased from PCX in Power Plant Mall.

4.) MAC Matte Lipstick in Sounds Like Noise. P1000. Purchased from Hoops And Loops.

5.) 3CE by Stylenanda in #406 Milky Tangerine. Around P800. Purchased by my mother in the actual store, but you can get it online at the Stylenanda website.

6.) Ever Bilena Matte Lipstick in Autumn Breeze. P150. Purchased at Watsons which is pretty much everywhere in Metro Manila.

7.) Nyx Butter Gloss in Cherry Cheesecake. P250. Purchased at a bazaar, but you can find Nyx in a lot of online makeup stores & at the nearest bazaar.

I can’t believe I have 7 orange lippies– that’s even more than the variety of natural shades and reds that I own. (Come to think of it, I only have 1 true red lipstick.)

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Sleek’s Tangerine Scream is an incredibly bright red orange that’s borderline neon. Actually, “Tangerine Scream” does the color a lot of justice; it’s a juicy orange color that’s so vibrant it’s almost screaming at you. If I don’t pat it down a little, it appears almost like a highlighter color on my lips, probably because the sheen makes it all the more… well, bright and shiny. Dab it a little and you’ll get a nice matte effect. Various beauty bloggers have called it a dupe of MAC’s Morange, if it’s of any concern to those who may be looking for that specific color but aren’t excited about the wallet binge. I just wanted an affordable obnoxious orange lippy, and this is definitely the one. It lasts pretty long, too. This firecracker’s a far cry from subtle, and you’ll be likely to catch people’s attention. If you’re not iffy about that, I highly recommend this one. Best worn with pop art prints or a monochrome-blocked outfit, in my opinion. Sleek, in general, is a great brand. Great colors, great pigmentation and great prices. I’m not much of a makeup enthusiast, but if I were I’d hoard a lot of their products.

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I am a believer in the importance of subtle differences. Too Cool For School’s Tangerine Lip Sticker is a nice middle ground between Sleek’s Tangerine Scream (above) and IN2IT’s Juice (below.) What I love about this one is that it doesn’t settle into your fine lines and has this creamy-matte finish. It’s a medium orange with a pink undertone and I find that this lipstick goes incredibly well with my Nyx Butter Gloss in Cherry Cheesecake (the last one on the list.) For some reason, I’ve been wearing this color the most, probably because it’s not too dark, and pairing it with the butter gloss emphasizes the pink undertone which  maybe makes it look younger and very casual-friendly. (Plus, the yellow tartan packaging is adorable.. But then, all of Too Cool For School’s products have irresistible packaging.)

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IN2IT’s Juice is a very versatile and wearable shade, for those who’d like to experiment with loud pop art lips but aren’t really feeling a fully tangerine mouth. While the tangerine is definitely there, you’ve got an equal amount of friendly coral red, and a pomelo pink undertone in there to back you up. Dare I say this color could even work in a more corporate setting. It’d shake things up without disturbing the peace. The formula isn’t drying at all, too, and it figures: it contains SPF15, vitamin E and other moisturizing oils. What a pal. The texture is creamy but not runny, and it lasts pretty long. I’d say this is a lippy you can dress up or down. Plus the sheen makes your kisser look like a gummy bear. Nomnomnom.

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MAC’s Sounds Like Noise is my personal favorite in my orange collection, and that’s because of a big, holy bias for Hayley Williams. This lippy was part of a small collection she released for the ever-hyped MAC, and since I’m such a big fan of her and of Paramore, I needed my hands on this as soon as I saw an online seller that had ’em in stock for a reasonable price (considering it’s MAC and an exclusive collection.) That it was orange was a big selling position advantage, too. This is another color for the bolder and more experimental, as it is a rather interesting yellow-orange. It applies pure yellow-orange if you put on 2 coats, but the pink of your lips makes for an interesting undertone if you settle for just 1. Either way, you’re gonna be toting a really uniquely colored mouth– — another reason why this one’s my personal fave. One thing you need to be wary of is that this is a matte lipstick, so not only will you be sporting an attention-grabbing color, but you’ll also be exposing and/or emphasizing all the dryness and fine lines on your lips. That is, unless you exfoliate and moisturize properly or top things of with a lip gloss– but then again, these are basic precautions that are done when wearing any light matte lipstick.

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This photo is blurry because I liked it that way. Ssshhh, don’t mess with my “artsy aesthetic.” Haha! Anyway, 3CE’s #406 Milky Tangerine goes on creamy and is slightly sheer. This is the most natural, casual looking orange in my collection. “Milky” is definitely an accurate description of the color. Seeing the “Tangerine,” color, however, depends on the kind of lighting you’re in. Sometimes it does appear to be a creamy yellow orange, sometimes it’s the color of a melon milkshake and sometimes it’s more of a nude peach. Either way this baby’s for those who prefer a more subtle color. It’d look great with light-and/or-dreamy colored clothing, plus a simple and fresh-looking face. This lipstick has got a very unique but natural color that’ll make you slip right into spring and become reminiscent of the girls in Audrey Kawasaki’s artworks.

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Ever Bilena’s Autumn Breeze seems similar to IN2IT’s Juice, but this one has no pink undertones, and has a matte finish. It does have that rather warm brick-red-orange color of a maple leaf! This was my very first orange lipstick actually, but I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed the shade back then. I purchased IN2IT’s Juice a few months later and that’s when the bug bit me. Anyway, back to the lipstick: This lady’s definitely the cheapest on the list but the color payoff and longevity rival those of high-end brands, as most (if not all) of Ever Bilena’s matte lipsticks do. Most of my friends who own them are in love with them as well. The only problem is that they can get chalky and drying over time. You’d have enjoyed the lipstick thoroughly by then, though.

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Last up is Nyx Butter Gloss in Cherry Cheesecake. It’s actually pretty opaque for a lip gloss, and it’ll coat your lips with a pinky orange color. It smells great, it feels really creamy– but the best part is it doesn’t feel like a sticky glob of slime, like most lip glosses do! While it brightens up your face when worn on its own, sadly it doesn’t last very long. It works wonders when used on top of any lipstick though– well, orange lipsticks are a given, but I’ve tried wearing this on top of pink shades and neutral shades and it has thus far been consistent in giving me some pretty new colors.

That sums up my whole collection, and now I’ve purged way too many descriptions to think of a decent conclusion. I think you’ve read all that needs to be read before you start thinking that I’m a crazy orange-lipstick-lady who has secretly assigned each tube a personality and has tea parties with them. So. THERE. I’ve made productive use of this obsession. I hope it’s of any use to you! If you plan on trying orange lipstick out, best of luck to you. Let me know how your search goes! Be careful not to hoard like I did. (Though honestly, I regret nothing!)