Whenever I think about Mariah Carey, the first thing that comes into my mind is DIVA. So its really no surprise that OPI gives her a line that's called "Liquid Sand". This is a new variant from OPI which I believe would be coming out more in their collections.


I've been looking for an inexpensive heat protectant product, and luckily I stumbled upon the Prostyle Fuwarie End Curling Mist while strolling around Beauty Bar!

Korea Post #3: (Must-See Places!) Nami Island

ll be sharing about our trip to Nami Island, which is located outside of Seoul. We had to take a train (different from the subway system, sorry but I forgot the place where we took this, but its the nearest train station from Myeongdong).


Having dark brows and light hair has always been a problem for me. I have always tried to put a little hair dye on my brows (which I do NOT recommend for anyone to do because this may cause severe skin irritation OR burn your skin) to lighten them up, but it hasn't worked.


I finally tried the Sweet Orange shade of the Etude House Bubble Hair Coloring! Its a brighter shade compared to the Natural Brown, and makes your hair tons lighter.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Etude House Miss Tangerine Petit Darling Nails Kit Review

I find the new Etude House Miss Tangerine line (with Dara as the endorser) absolutely cute. When I got the chance to visit the store, I wasted no time swatching all the products in the line and I was really tempted to get the blusher. But I restrained myself because I do have similar shades of the looks so I could just imitate them.

But I just had to buy the Miss Tangerine Petit Darling Nails Kit:

What Etude House says:
A trio of carefully chosen nail polishes that creates lovely Tangerine gradation nail art in three easy steps.
[Product Lineup]
1. Tangerine Pink Nail Color
2. Sparkling Tangerine Nail Coat
3. Bling Bling Tangerine Pearl Coat 
[Directions] 1. Apply #1 to nails, covering entire nail surface. 2. Allow nails to partly dry then apply #2 to nails from the midnail line to the tip. 3 Allow coats #1 and #2 to partly dry then apply #3 just along the nail tips.
First off, I want to say that I know nothing about nail art but because I want to try doing something different to my nails, I bought these. So here are the polishes up close:
The one on the left is my own Petit Darling clear polish which I also used for my nails for the top coat.

As the directions said, you first apply the Tangerine Pink Nail Color all over your nails:
I used 2 coats, because the color is pretty light.

Then after waiting for it to partly dry, apply the Sparkling Tangerine Pearl Coat from the middle of your nail all the way to the tip:
Only used 1 coat because we're topping it off with more shimmers.

Finally, after both coats are partly dry, apply the Bling Bling Tangerine Pearl Coat to your tips (think french tip!).
I extended it over the tips because I loved the way the colors blended together.

And now the finished product:

The Etude House Miss Tangerine Petit Darling Nails Kit is perfect for anyone who wants to wear a bit of tangerine in their lives but isn't sure if it would match well with their skin tone. The effect is also pretty subtle and isn't overpowering at all. Its also great for anyone like me who's a total noob when it comes to nail art.

Etude House Miss Tangerine Petit Darling Nails Kit is available at any Etude House store (SM The Block North Edsa or Megamall) for only P328.00.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

AVON Ultra Moisture Rich Lipstick + Glimmerstick Lipliner Reviews

Hey everyone! Here's part 2 of my AVON stash review, and coming up next are lipsticks and a lipliner!

What's hard about ordering from a catalogue (the way AVON does it) is that its hard to roadtest the shades prior to purchasing. That's usually my hesitation before buying AVON products.

So as you can see, I got 5 AVON Ultra Moisture Rich lipsticks in these shades, plus a glimmerstick liner in Red Brick:

A close-up of that AVON Glimmersticks Lipliner in Red Brick :
What AVON says:
Our #1 Liner!
Enhances the wear of any lipstick. Smooth, glide-on color. Long wear (wears up to 12 hours!) Retractable, self-sharpening.
Weird but true story: I have never used lipliner in my whole life! Its probably because the lipliner's purpose is to make your lips appear fuller, which I would never do because I think they're too full for my face. But the AVON glimmerstick lipliner is pretty easy to use--I didn't have a hard time tracing the outline of my lips and there's no need for sharpening. I'll have to see if I'll be using this one for future use.

Up next are the AVON Ultra Moisture Rich Lipsticks!

What AVON says:
Luxurious moisture, super-saturated colour. Targets dryness with hydrosphere technology. Contains jojoba oil and vitamin A, C, and E. 
I have to say I was pretty ecstatic most of all on these lippies, because they're so many! I was also very satisfied on their staying power as well as how they glide on. Moisture-wise (as what it promises), I didn't experience any drying effects.

Packaging-wise, I thought they looked really good and a nice addition to anyone's lipstick collection! The plastic case does NOT look cheap even though this one only sells for P199! Seriously!!!

But what I noticed the most is that some of the shades come on a bit sheer but some are highly pigmented. On to the shades I have:

M04 in Passionate Pink: this is one of the sheer shades I was telling you about. It goes on soft, so I had to layer it on. I don't know why they called it "passionate" since its not vibrant. I like the soft pink color it gives though, so if you want a non-overpowering pink, this is the shade to get.

M05 in Lava Love: highly pigmented color! I can't find the right words to describe its color, because its not a deep red (deceivingly so on the tube), nor is it a pink. Its more of an in-between shade, and very bright! That shade on my lips was achieved with only 1 swipe. You see where I'm getting? HIGHLY PIGMENTED. But love it when paired with low-key eyes. Its definitely something that will brighten up your face.

M104 in Deep Pomegranate: this is a dark red violet color that's also highly pigmented. I don't like the shade very much and won't be wearing this often--I actually used this for a costume look when my sister became a Black Swan for her creative photo (did the trick with a touch of black eyeshadow) because I wanted to achieve a bruised lip effect.

M200 in Charming Pomegranate: a fun fun color! I like this shade A LOT--because its different from the other shades. Again, this one is also highly pigmented and gives a high dose of color in 1 swipe. This is also best to pair with a simple eye look and no blush. Love this the most!:D

M306 in Coral Fantasy: looks more orangey on the tube than on the lips. This is more on the browner side of the color wheel than on the orange side. I actually used this to create a Miss Tangerine look similar to the one Dara has in her new Etude House campaign, which looked pretty good! A nice coral lippie for me, but you have to swipe it on around 2 layers so you can get that shade. Still also kinda sheer.

Here ends my AVON reviews, I hope you guys were able to find something you like because these lipsticks are lovely for the price they offer.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


I can seriously just float away from happiness right now. I took this time out of my hiatus just to spread the great great news that two of my most favorite k-pop bands are coming HERE!!! TO MANILAAAA!!!

First up will be 2AM, who will be here from April 28-30 (3 whole days!!! Imma hound them I swear!), 2011. Its not yet sure whether or not it will be a concert, a fan meet or a mall tour, since MCA Universal Philippines is still keeping it under wraps what they'll be doing.

I bet its a showcase like the one they did in Singapore.

They will be at the following venues on these dates:
APRIL 28, 6PM-  Newport Plaza at Resorts World, Manila (meet and greet)
APRIL 29, 6PM- The Venice Piazza at Mckinley Hill, The Fort (meet and greet)
APRIL 30, 5PM-  Eastwood Mall Open Park (Grand Showcase)

For the meet and greet, you have to purchase a copy of their Philippine limited edition so you can have it signed and meet the boys in person!!!:D

For more information, you can follow their updates on either of these sites:
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/2AMLiveInManila2011
TWITTER:  http://twitter.com/2AM_Manila2011
They keep teasing us with what's going to happen, but I am sooo soo excited!!!

Next up is 2NE1, who will be having their concert here in Manila on May 15, 2011 at the Araneta Coliseum. Better start saving up guys, because for sure YG will price the tickets high.
No other details yet as when tickets will be released, but keep checking out TICKETNET so you can buy your tickets as soon as they come out!

For more information, check our Manila Concert Scene: http://manilaconcertscene.tumblr.com/post/3953265735 

P.S. The 2ne1 concert has been moved to June 4, 2011! Check here for more details: http://manilaconcertscene.tumblr.com/post/4160202224

I hope someone can sponsor me covering these events (ahem ahem!!!)...are you guys as excited as I am!?!?

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Tea Tree Oil Project - Day 2

And so the Tea Tree Oil Project continues!!!

I've been applying this one ALL THE TIME--okay maybe four times today. The salesladies at The Body Shop told me I should apply it everytime I wash my face. It just so happened that I stayed in the house all day.

On to the progress:
[photos as usual will be AFTER the jump just in case your eyes are sensitive and don't want to see them pimples!] 

The Tea Tree Oil Project - Day 1

I am seriously on the edge of sheer desperadoes--I have been breaking out ever since I got so stressed with school lately. And its not just the gentle break-out, its the intense RED, THROBBING HUGE pimples that came out! I have been trying everything, even tried Maxi-peel (made the pimples dry up and made me peel, but more on that next time on my real review), but they're still there.

So when I heard about the wonderful effects of The Body Shop's Tea Tree Oil, I immediately purchased some because I am really really desperate to get these pimples out!!!

What will follow this entry will be day-to-day updates on how the pimples are doing. I'm really determined to keep this project up to date because I'm sure a lot of you are also curious about Tea Tree Oil and its hopefully good effects.

What The Body Shop says:
A medicine cabinet must. A pre-blended oil which can be used in many different ways to help soothe blemished skin. Dab directly onto skin at first sign of a blemish.
I have read nothing but great reviews on this product, so I am praying that this will work for me as well.

The Body Shop's Tea Tree Oil is available at The Body Shop for only P425.
The Body Shop also has a whole line for tea tree oil, they got concealers, toners, cleansing creams, etc. They have a great promo going on that gets you a buy 1 take 1 on all their best-sellers, so go buy now!!!

Now on to the photos of my sad blemished skin so you guys can take note of the progress: [enclosed this part in a jump just in case you get too grossed out--it is pretty nasty]

Saturday, April 2, 2011

AVON Ideal Shade Liquid Foundation + Smooth Mineral Eyeshadow Review

Just look at these make-up! I won it all as a prize from Nikki of AskMeWhats, one of my favorite bloggers around! They all come from Avon and I was so happy to receive them because I have been wanting to try their line since forever but had no idea how to choose the right shades and stuff because you have to buy it from a catalogue.

Was I happy when I got this package in the mail?
Hell YES!!!

So this post starts my backlog, and I'll be starting with the first 2 items on the left, which is the Avon Ideal Shade Liquid Foundation and the Smooth Mineral Eyeshadow.

First up is the Avon Ideal Shade Liquid Foundation:
What AVON says:
Formulated with PreciseLight Technology.** For continuous balance, adds moisture or absorbs oil wherever needed. Natural satin smooth finish. Featherlight medium coverage.
**PRECISELIGHT TECHNOLOGY has innovative light-adjusting pigments, making your skin look natural wherever you are.
So here's how the bottle looks inside:
Definitely not a big fan of this narrow-mouth glass packaging. Its hard to control the amount of foundation that comes out of the bottle. What I did was I would turn the bottle upside down, then get the contents from the inside of the lid so I don't waste the product.

The shade that I was given is NATURAL, which is actually close to my actual skintone:
The foundation has a lightweight feel, and you cannot find any heavy coverage. It gave me a dewy complexion, which I think is okay if you have dry skin. I have super oily skin so I don't use this a lot. It was pretty okay for me.
I think its available in 2 other shades.

Next up is the AVON Smooth Mineral Eyeshadow:
I have to say I loved this one! As I've said before, I'm not a fan of mineral make-up because it usually means its not pigmented. But this eyeshadow is really really nice, and I love this even if it takes more care to apply it than regular eyeshadow, due to the fall-outs that occur when you brush it on.

The shade that I got is Mocha Goddess.

What AVON says:
Superfine powder pigments blend like a dream. Use one or layer, go sheer or smoky. Whisper-soft, air-light. Natural radiance, pure luxury.

I have to say though, I'm also not a fan of the packaging because its sometimes hard to twist the brush out of the bottle:

But the brush is very nice, it doesn't feel scratchy and helps glide on your eyeshadow to your lid!

I use this by dusting it on to my lid first: (pretend that my hand is my lid), then I smooth it all over with the added brush.

Here's the look I came up with using only this eyeshadow and just added some pencil eyeliner to complete it:
Sorry if its so blurry! But I'm sure you can see that the shadow is very shimmery. What I love most about the eyeshadow is that it has a range of colors--its not just a drab brown, it has a nice copper finish over the brown.

Also, the color is so pigmented! You have to be careful in getting the amount of shadow you desire, since the brush is submerged in the powder, its bound to contain a lot. So give the brush a little shake before you apply it directly on your eye. Or apply a little, smooth it over with a clean finger, then just add more if you want.

Reviews on the lipsticks and the lipliner coming tomorrow!
This post officially ends my blogging hiatus, happy summer everyone!!! How's the cold weather treating you?:D (Wasn't that an ironic statement? Hahaha!)