1) Black and white konad nail art thanks to I Do Nails in Eastwood! I’ve been going to this nail salon often recently because it’s super near where I live, plus I usually hang out in this mall with my friends!
2) Topshop silver polish, Etude House giant glitter polish and Tony Moly teal polish. Felt a little creative with this one.
3) Etude House CPP501. Cute pale lavender for spring.
4) Chanel Beige + konad nail art stamps thanks to I Do Nails
5) Orly Frisky thanks to Polished in the City. I will always be a sucker for blue nail polish. My friends have called certain blues as “Tricia Blue”s as I used to sport different shades of blue polish back in college!
6) CND Guava thanks to Dashing Diva. Went warm peach this time.
7) Chanel Rouge Fatal thanks to I Do Nails again. I love their selection of Chanel polishes!
8) Chanel Emprise thanks to Polished in the City
9) Chanel Inattendu with white houndstooth Konad stamps! And yes, I used Solanin as a bg, lol
10) Orly Gumdrop thanks to Park Jun’s in Glorietta. Had a sudden urge to have my nails done while waiting for my hair to be dyed. Same day I bumped into Camille who was dyeing her hair red for the third time!
11) Current nails! Orly Cotton Candy and Chanel Gold Lame thanks to I Do Nails.
I changed my nail polish 11 times since the start of the year. Talk about being fickle. To celebrate the start of May, maybe I’ll change my nail polish again tonight…
Bringing the old blog format back, as promised. The old blog format means… no format. Which is just how I started. I used to do these kinds of personal and spontaneous posts often in the past, if you didn’t know and are quite new here! :D
MAC nail lacquer in Skin and MAC blush in Dolly Mix.
The nail polish was quite a splurge but justifiably one of my favorite (if not most favorite) neutral nail polishes. I’ve been looking for a light muted peach color for a while now and this is perfect. It’s not too tan but not too peach either. The in-between color makes for a good everyday nail color that can suit different outfits.
On the other hand, I’ve been eyeing this blush in all MAC counters since forever! Never got to buy it because I already have a ton of candy pink blushes, and at one point in my life I felt like I had too much. But I threw some old ones out so now I have room for more. Huzzah! First blush on my list was MAC Dolly Mix because it’s such a cute pink and it’s surprisingly not as shocking as the color in the pan when applied. Gives me a nice doll-like flush.
Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher #6 Grapefruit Jelly, Etoinette Crystal Shine Lips in PBE001, and Bling Bling Eye Stick #5 Silver Milky Way.
I haven’t bought Korean cosmetics for months so I asked Crissey to accompany me to the nearest Etude House a few days ago. I only realized how much I missed it after seeing all the new stuff and how incredibly affordable they all are compared to my favorite Japanese brands! T_T I got this light peach-pink blush and nude-pink limited edition lipstick in time for spring! The blush is light and sheer but definitely buildable, which is my primary reason for this purchase! I needed a warm, healthy-looking color that would go well with my almost no make-up days.
I admit the lipstick was an impulse buy. The Princess Etoinette packaging was just too adorable! <3 But you guys would know that I already have a ton of these my-lips-but-better colors based on 3 years worth of Lookbook pictures. It looks so good with the blush though. Plus stocks are running out fast because it’s only available for a limited time.
The eye stick is like fairy dust on steroids. I have to be extra careful not to overdo it or else I’d end up looking like an alien. I used to only improvise by using light glittery eyeshadow if I wanted to put something on the inner corners of my eyes, but this makes the whole process sooo much easier.
Let me know if there are any “it” items that I need to pick up, beauty addicts! I’ll probably do an updated beauty must-haves posts in the next few weeks or months.
Finally got another one of these pretty BDJ Boxes, thanks to the lovely ladies behind the very successful Belle de Jour Power Planner! *happy dance* I seriously feel like it’s Christmas every time I receive these in the mail.
Stickers you can give out to your friends <3
I loved the little note that came with it since it made me think about what my beauty resolution for 2013 is/are! I only really became conscious about my skin after college, when I suddenly felt paranoid about aging (even if I’m far from wrinkles… for now). This being said, I’m relatively new to the whole skincare scene compared to most people. Growing up, I didn’t get the chance to use my mom’s stuff because we had totally different skin types, so I pretty much had to take it on by myself. Now that BDJ Box is here, I don’t have to worry about spending so much just to try out different things.
Here’s a rundown of what’s inside this month’s box with prices and descriptions. I included the prices for each just so you’ll know how much you can save by subscribing to BDJ Box. You can get your own BDJ Box of deluxe-sized samples for only P480 a month! Definitely beats the thousands of pesos spent on impulse beauty purchases.
1) Pantene Pro-V All Day Smooth Miracle Water - Help your hair maintain perfect moisture balance. Use this as a finishing touch to your daily hair care regimen after shower, leaving your hair fragrant and moisturized. For best results, use with the full Pantene system. (P149)
2) Flormar Supershine Nail Enamel - Get into the nail art trend, experiment, try something new - do patterns or design an icon. Be creative! (P99)
3) Flormar Longwearing Lipstick - From Turkey’s best cosmetic brand, imagine apricot seedoil, shea butter, cocoa butter and mango butter on your lips to lock in moisture. All you need for full on color and all-day coverage. (P349)
4) Tony Moly Tomatox Magic White Massage Pack - Tomato and lemon extracts help clear impurities, whiten and tone skin. Kiwi and white tea extracts help prevent aging. (P548)
5) Tony Moly Broccoli Sprout Cleansing Cream - Antioxidants from blueberry, tomato, lavender, rosa canina, fruit and spinach removes dead skin cells and leaves your skin softer. (P478)
6) Etude House Moistfull Collagen Trial Kit (Emulsion and Freshener) - Baobab tree extract and collagen in these work to improve skin elasticity and hydration retention. Remove make-up residue, excess sebum and tighten pores for that youthful dewy look everyone craves. (P628 each)
7) Britney Spears Radiance Fragrance - Be radiant with an irresistable scent filled with delicate aromas like wild berries and soft dewy petals. Use this daily to experience the feminine blend of luminous pure white flowers.
8) Pevonia Botanica Phyto Gel Cleanser - Thoroughly cleanse, purify and hydrate your skin with saponaria, rosemary, lemon and pine: a detoxifying and aromatic experience for your skin. Soft, velvery touch afterwards.
9) Gift cards! L’Oreal Professionel Inoa Hair Color (P1000 off) and X-tenso Moisturist (P2000 off) vouchers redeemable at Azta, Browhouse P500 cash voucher, Tony Moly and Etude House 10% discount on all skin care products
I just opened my box now so I haven’t really tried any of these products yet, but I’ll try to blog about the specific ones I end up liking some time in the future. :D
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It’s been 7 months since my last make-up tutorial, and my technique has changed so much since then! I can’t wait to show you guys how to do this kind of eye make-up because it’s really fun to do and it creates such a unique look.
Not quite sure if this is universally flattering as I don’t personally know anyone else who does this kind of make up, but I do think you have to have a certain eye shape to begin with so you can pull this kind of make-up off. If you have tapered eyelids or monolids, you have to invest in eyelid glue or eyelid tape for this to work. I already have somewhat parallel eyelids, as you can see below, but I still don’t think it’s enough for this style. Thus the eyelid tape in the first photo and the “after” photo right after this paragraph. I get mine from The Face Shop or Etude House, fyi. They’re really easy to use once you get the hang of it.
Before and after. Haha, my left eyebrow in the bottom picture has a life of its own. Also the first time to show my no make-up eyes, I think. This is to show you the magic of make-up! Even false lashes make all the difference in the world. I’m also using Kumicky’s Girly Chip Soy Latte Brown lenses (thanks to Japanese Candy) to create an innocent look since my favorite light gray ones tend to create a more mature look.
Interested to try this style out? Here are the steps to achieve big, droopy, gyaru-inspired eyes:
Step 1: Apply eye primer! I ran out of Urban Decay Primer Potion recently so I got a dupe at Etude House. Primer prevents your eye make-up from creasing or smearing and makes your eyeshadow color appear brighter.
Step 2: Apply eyeshadow. I’m using the green one from my tokidoki x Sephora Sandy in the City palette. You can actually use any color since the magic of this make-up style doesn’t rely heavily on eyeshadow.
Step 3: This is where the magic begins. I’m using Dolly Wink’s liquid eyeliner to create a thin, defined line. You have to wing your eyeliner DOWNWARDS. You can extend it even further if you want your eyes droopier.
I know it sounds silly to make your eyes appear droopier, but there’s something about it that makes you look more doll-like!
Step 4: Apply mascara on your top lashes. I’m using my favorite Dolly Wink volume mascara. This part is optional since you’ll be putting false lashes anyway. I just like to do this step because I feel better with mascara on (lol)
Step 5: This step is super important! After you’ve done your droopy wing and it’s finally time to apply falsies, you have to follow that downwards wing instead of your natural lash line.
It might feel and look weird at first, but I swear it works like a charm! I’m using Decorative Eyelash falsies I got from Fukuoka last December.
Step 6: Time to apply lower lashes! I’m using Crayon lower lashes I got from Watsons (Eastwood) some time ago. YES, WE HAVE LOWER LASHES AVAILABLE LOCALLY! And they’re pretty affordable too, compared to Dolly Wink which is a little too overpriced. I can’t wait for a future where they decide to bring Diamond Lash and all the Japanese lash brands in here. /cry
Anyhow, this is the last of the 3 most important steps in this tutorial. Don’t follow your natural lower lash line. Instead, use the downwards wing as a point of reference and connect the top and lower lashes there. It’s hard to explain but I put a green line so it’s easier to understand.
And that’s it! I put purple and green lines to illustrate the effect of doing your make-up this way. The purple line is the “before” while the green line is the “after”. I hope this proves to be useful to those who want to make their eyes bigger by just using eyeliner and false eyelashes. No complicated eyeshadow blending and yet it’s possible to create an illusion of a totally different eye shape.
If you have any questions and tutorial requests, feel free to comment on this entry. I can’t really do complicated ones with lots of colors and blending, but I’m all for ulzzang and gyaru-inspired ones. If anyone gets inspired by this, take a picture and let me see! Hope this tutorial helps. <3
P.S. I’m wearing extensions in the first photo to give my hair more volume. Thanks Cotton Candy Hair Extensions!
Peach Cheek Blusher in #5 Happy Peach (P428).
More Etude House goodies. I should be banned from this place. Etude House will be the death of all my Chinese New Year angpao. Anyhow, I took some quick photos earlier today.
Eyelash Curler (P198), to replace my old The Face Shop one. What made me get this - seeing it being used on Go Mi Nam in the k-drama “You’re Beautiful”, haha.
Orgel Light Eyes No. 4 Peach Beige (P428). Personally not a fan of dark eye make-up, so I figured this would be perfect for daily use.
Mini French No. 6 French Silver Glitter (P128).
Nail Art Pen in Red (P148). My third nail art pen from Etude House. I loved the black and white ones too. Polka dots are much easier to make with these magical pens. Wish they could come up with more colors (i.e. yellow, blue, etc).
Allover Spray Petit Bijou Peach Touch (P378). It’s an odor eliminating spray, and I’m totes loving the peach smell.
(Random trivia: My room has always smelled like peppermint *from MakeRoom* because it reminds me of Christmas - and I love Christmas)
Top 10 Tan Lip Gloss (P298). It’s something I wouldn’t normally wear, but might be good for special occasions. The gold sparkles look scary, but they’re not as loud as they look.
Nail Stickers (P78). This is my third set of Etude House stickers already. The patterns are adorbs and they last pretty long. Definitely worth it.
Tear Drop Liner (P328 each) and Oh~ m’Eye Line in Black (P198). Watching Jessica in some of SNSD’s live performances of Genie made me want to try wearing glittery eye make-up too. Got the eyeliner too so I can compare it to my HG Prestige eyeliner.
Oh, and they played Abracadabra while I was there. *u* Etude House is located in SM Megamall Bldg. A.
(Click here for my previous Etude House haul entry.)