Wednesday, July 1, 2015

IsaDora Flashing Volume and Smokey Eye Liner


This was a gift from my BFF Ahne for my birthday this year along with these babies. I have to admit that I was scared to use them right away. First, because I was not familiar with the brand. Second, I have terrible eye allergies when it comes to liners and mascaras.

However, after using the nail lacquers, I was convinced that I needed to try these. I first tried the mascara. It was great. I have long lashes to begin with and the mascara made them stand out even more. I wore it for a few hours to church and the mall afterwards and I didn't experience any itchiness or redness. 




I was saving the eye liner for a smokey look but I didn't know when that was so one day, I just used it as I would a regular liner. Wow, I was impressed! It was like using Urban Decay! It goes on smoothly, doesn't cake or break. I smudged it out a little using the other end to make the lines straighter. My worry at this point was raccoon eyes come afternoon. I am happy to report that I didn't have them. 




I tried the mascara again and used it for the whole day. Sadly, I developed allergies. So, now I know that I can use it for a maximum of 5 hours without any problems. On the other hand, I have no problems with the eye liner. It's a great product and I am glad it's part of my vanity. It also arrived just in time because my UD liners are getting really short and going abroad to buy them is not in my plans any time soon. So, yeah, thanks Ahne! Love you!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Olay Simply Nurture Coconut Milk Wash



Coconut scented products are having a big moment in my life right now. I used to hate coconut scents but it's funny. After giving birth, I was kinda drawn to it. I have no idea why. I guess pregnancy changes you in more ways than one. 

You all know my current favorite shower creams are from Olay. So, imagine my glee when I found this at Rustan's. It even has a free travel sized partner!




This smelled good, very subtle coconut scent. It is also very moisturizing. I think it's even better than the other variants. Probably because it's made with coconut milk. I hope I'll be able to see it again when I need to repurchase. It wasn't there last weekend but I did find another coconut product which I will share with you soon. 

Monday, June 8, 2015

How to Make the Best Out of Benefit Lemon Aid



I'm sure a lot of you have a love-hate relationship with Lemon Aid. I know I did. When I first tried it, I liked it. As I continued to use it, I started to hate it. There's that creasing and caking issue with it. I don't have oily lids and I still experience those problems. (Surprisingly though, people with oily lids swear by this product). Also, I feel that it does nothing to prolong my eye makeup. 

I still had to contend with this much (see below) so I started experimenting with it and used it for different ways. If you are like me, here's how you can get the best out of your Lemon Aid. 





Corrector

It's basically a corrector so you can use it to neutralize redness and dark circles. Take a small amount with a Q-tip and transfer to your ring finger. Heat it up by rubbing your two ring fingers together. Dab on your under eye area. Be sure to blend, blend, blend! If you have dry skin, I would recommend blending it with a liquid concealer. 

Highlighter

I like a shimmery highlighter but there are some times when I just want a matte highlighter. Lemon Aid is very useful in those instances. I just use it as I would my regular highlighter - down the bridge of the nose, on the cheek bones and anywhere else you regularly put your highlighter. 

Concealer

If you have dark spots on your face, you can use Lemon Aid to lighten the spot and top with your regular concealer. Don't forget to apply some loose powder to set it. 


Eye shadow


If you want a fresh look for a day full of errands, you can skip your regular eye shadows and just use this to brighten up your eyes. Apply your regular eye cream. After 20 minutes, apply primer. Let it set for a while and then blend in Lemon Aid. If you feel "naked" without eye shadow, just apply a natural color on the crease and you are all set for a day of running errands. 

So, there you go. I hope I've inspired you to take out your Benefit Lemon Aid from the depths of your vanity. 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Olay Age Defying Revitalizing Body Wash

It seems that I am allergic to anti-aging products whether for the face or the body.





I tried this body wash because our favorite body wash was out of stock. I figured that since Olay bath and body products agree with my skin, this one will do too. Aside from that, it has anti-aging properties.


Well, I was disappointed. I had rashes all over my body. They didn't last long but still they were itchy. I kept scratching after every shower. It also made my skin a bit dry which is surprising since this is an Olay product. Anyhoo, I won't be buying this again. I will stick to my tried and tested favorite Olay bath products. If you have sensitive skin, I suggest you steer away from this product.


Friday, May 29, 2015

My SM Sale Haul

I am not a huge fan of SM. I only go there to buy some of my son's stuff that no other department store carries. Today was an exception. I truly enjoyed today's sale. What's not to enjoy as everything is 10% off. If you are a SMAC or BDO Rewards card holder, you get an extra 10% between 10 am to 12 pm. If you use your BDO debit card, you get a 3% rebate, more if you use your BDO credit card!

I was able to buy a few things. I stocked up on our toiletries which were on sale too. Aside from those, I got my niece this set of pambahay or lounge wear to sound sosyal.




I got my son an extra pair of swim shorts as we are going swimming for a few days.





I got him this box of crayons. I regret buying only one as the discount was super! The other one is a crayon sharpener. I had this when I was a kid. I think it's still here somewhere but I wanted my son to have his own. I'm really happy he chose the green one as green is my favorite color. 





I got him a few activity books. My son thrives on activities so I stock up on them whenever I can. 










My son's current favorite characters are Spider-Man and Iron Man. I got him this paint by numbers set. This one is going into my gift closet. 





For toys, I got him this Play-Doh milkshake maker (he is crazy about milkshakes nowadays), a Peppa Pig Rocket Ship and some Hot Wheels. These are all going into the gift closet.






This Minions Play-Doh set is for today. He's not feeling well so I decided to give him a treat. He likes Minions and Play-Doh so this set really cheered him up. 




And finally for me, I got a pair of  "errands shoes" as my trustee pair of SoFab loafers from Cebu have already retired. They served me over 3 years and have been with me to places. This pair is the perfect replacement. These are my official "mommy shoes".




Have you gone shopping at SM already? Share your haul! Leave a link to your site in the comments section below. By the way, today is Midnight Madness in Glorietta too. The sales will continue until Sunday, May 31, 2015. 



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

New Mugs

I started collecting mugs late last year. Here’s what’s new in my collection.

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On the left is the Cath Kidston Stanley mug from my SIL. The right one, of course, is from Starbucks CDO.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Going to CDO Haul

Last February, my family and I spent a few days in CDO and Iligan. I did some last-minute shopping and ended up with these. I wanted to buy a few new toys to keep my son busy during the trip.

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Matching Phineas and Ferb dining set.


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My son is on a Spiderman kick so I got him a bunch of Spidey items. These are still in my gift closet.

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I always buy cars for him.

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Aside from Spidey, he also likes Lightning. He already knows the alphabet but I bought this set of alphabet cards for an activity.

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These are to be given away as gifts.

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I bought this number puzzle set and brought it to the province.

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I also brought this bubble set which was a hit!

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Finally, these are for my journal.

This haul was from National Bookstore and Waltermart.

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