Month: March 2013

Scents & Sensibility

AKA, I suck at titles, but this is what I picked and I’m sticking to it. Anyway, this is a post on my small “collection” of scents. I don’t really collect scents. I just kind of find one that I really like then stick to that for a long time. I think it’s because I don’t really look for anything new very often. Moschino’s Cheap & Chic I Love Love This is my first “signature scent,” which is just another way of saying that this was the only sort of cologne or perfume I owned at the time. I love this smell, but that is just a fortunate stroke of luck, as I really, truly bought this for the packaging. I saw the packaging in a magazine ad and my parents bought it for me when we were on vacation in New York. That was when I knew that ads worked on gullible people like myself. Also, I was in high school, so give me a break. I Love Love has very fresh and citrus-y …

Unboxing Video: Glamourbox March 2013

So, I managed to get a Glamourbox subscription for March 2013. It’s one of those things that gets sold out so quickly that you need to get on board for the next time they roll out products. And it’s weird, because you don’t even know what you’re going to get, since subscription boxes—at least the meh ones—tend to be inconsistent. Anyway, that’s how marketing works, I guess. Included in this month’s box are, roughly, the ff. items: Eye of Horus Eyeliner, which I liked a lot Pevonia sample Heynature BB Cream sachets (4) Heynature Brightening Gel sachet (1) YSL Saharienne perfume sample Ralph Lauren Big Pony 3 perfume sample Avon Skin So Soft Hand and Body Lotion, mini bottle (2) In case you didn’t know, Glamourbox costs Php 595 a month. Theoretically, this is a great deal because you get a box sort of tailored for you, as the kind of person who signs up for surprise boxes. Some of the items are full-sized and cost much more than the subscription fee, but it’s often …

Quickie: Be Betty Bright This Spring

I somehow got my hands on a tube of the Betty Bright lipstick from the MAC x Archie’s Girls collection, and I am over the moon. It’s described as a light vibrant peach, but it looks very coral, with a strong pink tone, to me. Betty Bright is a satin finish, which I’ve never had. All my MAC lipsticks—only two so far—are Lustres. The texture is pretty good, the coverage is fairly opaque even with just one swipe. It’s exactly like Betty Cooper’s pretty pink pout. Doesn’t it look exactly like the lipstick she is wearing on the MEGA cover? If you’re not feeling this bright of a pink for Spring (or in our case, Summer), here are a few suggestions I have: L-R: shu uemura x Karl Lagerfeld (Celebrity Beige), MAC Archie’s Girls (Betty Bright), Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet (La Favorite), Guerlain Rouge G L’Extrait (Gourmandise) I think I want to try out a bright eye and nude lip combo next time. Just to stray away from the neutrals and be adventurous. 😀 One …

The Cat’s Meow: Paul and Joe Small Haul

I bought these a few weeks ago, pre-ban, on eBay. (Now you understand why I pretty much had to go on a ban.) These were from their 2012 Spring Creation called Meow!. I’ve been eyeing these for quite a while now, and I figured I’d just get a few items and be done with it. I told you, I have low EQ and a poor sense of logic. But I do know a thing or two about beautiful things, and these are absolutely gorgeous. From that collection, I have the Face and Eye Color CS in 077 Kittycat (purple & pink) and the Lipstick C in 076 Meow! (cloudy pink). These come in different packaging, and I didn’t intend on getting the items in the same cardboard casing, but it is what it is. Though cute in itself, the magic lies inside. Let’s take a look! First up is the Face and Eye Color in Kittycat. I don’t know how these can be Face and Eye Color, since the colors are beside each other, so …

Spring Ideas/Quickie: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Antwerp & San Paulo

Just dropping in very quickly to offer two spring lip ideas, the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams in Antwerp and San Paulo. I got these on two separate occasions, settling for San Paulo (is this a mistake?) because I originally wanted Antwerp but it was out of stock. Side by side, I think San Paulo suits me better, though. Antwerp (left) is a bright but subdued coral pink, while San Paulo (right) is a muted berry pink. They are both a breeze to apply and are great for the price. I know they look really similar, but they are very different shades. I should probably get better lighting. I love the color range of this NYX line; however, I do think they could also improve on the formula. These are sort of like the Guerlain Rouge G L’Extraits because they are liquid lipsticks that dry down to a matte finish, but obviously, the formula of the L’Extrait is heaps better. I wore San Paulo out a few times already, but I kept having to check …

The Coolest Neutrals: A Review of the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

A few days ago, I posted a review on the original Naked palette, so you might be thinking “A Naked Palette? Again?!” Well, I bought both in one go when UD had their 20% off Friends and Family sale. I figured I should just get both because I couldn’t choose and it’s not exactly the easiest brand to get a hold of here. It’s such an in demand brand—particularly the Naked line—that online resellers tend to mark these up quite highly. Essentially, I got both palettes for about Php 1,640 each. My sister got the Naked Basics palette, and I got a primer potion duo (original & Sin). We paid a total of about $24 in international and door-to-door shipping. I should have gotten more and sold online, but I’m a poor thinker. Anyway, on to the review! So, unlike the Naked Palette which comes in a felt/suede type of compact that closes with a magnet, the Naked two is housed in a sort of metal tin compact that feels sturdier. It also locks and …