Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Butterfly Award and MakeupDiary.Org's Giveaway

Thanks so much to King of 25,000-megawatt smile for passing on the Butterfly Award to me:

Rules are pretty simple: Write something about yourself, link it back to the one who sent it to you and then pass it on to 7 people. :

About me:

- I would rather go without sleep altogether than get up early in the morning.

- When I was a kid, I was allergic to egg and chicken. I got yucky itchy things on my hands and feet whenever I ate stuff that had those as ingredients, but I still loved those kinds of food I ate them anyway and eventually I became immune.

- I have recurring Trichotillomania. I developed this habit in 6th Grade. I usually stop when the effect becomes obvious but I start doing it again especially during stressful times.

- I'm currently watching The Golden Girls on DVD. It's all I ever watch these days, quite frankly. It's really funny how the clothes they wore back then are showing up again these days. The remarkable characters make me look forward to growing older with my loved ones and remind me that I still have my best years ahead of me.

I would like to pass this award on to some of my latest followers and commenters. I hope to get to know you better, too!

- Lolita of The Good Lolita
- Julie of The Pink-Flavored Pen
- Nisa of Nisa's Beauty Room
- Amz88
- Charles a.k.a. wickeRmoss
- Rae of Scatterbrain Adventures 

It's okay, if you guys have done this already. I just wanna show some love, too. ^^

--- is holding a giveaway in to celebrate having over 250 followers. Click here for the rules. Congratulations!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Cheap Thrills: Fringe Holders!

If you follow a lot of beauty bloggers and makeup gurus, then you're probably already familiar with the Dariya Fringe Holders: They are scraps of some sort of material not unlike Velcro, which gently hooks onto the strands of your hair and keeps it in place without leaving any marks, It allows you to keep the hair out of your face while doing your makeup or whatevs.

When I first saw the fringe holders, I thought that they were cute and clever and that I wanted to get some. However, they were only available online quite frankly the markup seems a little unreasonable. I wasn't gonna pay PHP 200-400 + for bits of nothing when there were other cute ways of keeping hair in place.

However, while browsing the accessories display at Watson's last Saturday, I found these!

I must say,  people who are selling these are pretty blatant in the way they copied this product. (They included images from the original and even the original's website URL in their package. Lulz!)

But but but! Check out the price- a whopping  PHP 40- per pack of 2's. And just like the original, they have this in pink, blue and black, I don't really like black (yes, it's a classy color and everything but that's me) so I just got these 2.

I think the main difference (based on the product pics on the packaging) is that the edges of these fringe holders aren't rounded of and the way they're cut isn't so even or straight. Doesn't really bother me.  And if it does, I can just cut them that way myself.

Hope you enjoyed the weekend!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Starved for Shopping?

If you're like me and the shops are always closed by the time you leave your office then I'm sure feel shopping-deprived once in a while. It's even worse when payday or the first day of sale period falls in the middle of the week. It takes a lifetime for the weekend to come and when it does, all the good stuff are already gone! Eventually, you end up spending more than you planned because you were indiscriminately picking up stuff just so you won't go home empty-handed.

Sound familiar? Then, I'd like to share some tips that could help tide you over a dry (shopping) spell until the next weekend or trip to the mall:

1. Go window-shopping: Even if all the stores are closed, you can always check
the window displays on your way home. See something you like? Get it the next day- before work if your shift starts late, or make a run for it on your lunch break,If you want it badly enough you'll have the energy to do so.

2. Check out what's open: It's not BCBG but browsing convenience store shelves is still good for burning up stored energy and a quick fix for shopaholics. You're likely to find some novelty items or something.

My friends from work and I often go to this Korean grocery/convenience store after work for ice cream bars and canned coffee drinks and I kind of lost it my first time there. I hoarded generic mask sheets and cute nail polish. They're still around my house someplace. I'll show them to you one of these days. ^^

Also, if you're lucky, you might stumble upon a night market from time to time.

3. Buy something online. It's just as fun (if not more) than buying at the store. Sites like lets you browse all the best brands and latest styles at the same time, compare prices in order to get the best deals, and find items that have been out-of-stock at your favorite physical stores. Best of all, they're open for business 24/7 so take as much time to think as you need (all 30 seconds of it) before purchasing those super cute BCBG shoes!

* images from

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

My Two Cents: The Body Shop Wise Woman Softening Toner

 Toners are a thing of mystery to me. There are as many differing opinions about this type of product as there are types of this product out in the market. Some say that it's merely meant to be a final step to cleansing because it removes traces of soap from the skin. If that were the case, then it's not always necessary especially for those who use non-soap cleansers. Others say that it's meant for treating skin problems and is absolutely necessary and must be used every day and every night.

A friend gave me this trial size bottle of Wise Woman Softening Toner (long name is long) from The Body Shop. It's meant for mature skin (I think she was trying to tell me something.)

Just kidding. It's never too early to start using anti-aging products, anyway.

I haven't heard much about this product before I got it so I did some research online and here is what The Body Shop Website says about the product .

Product Info*:
(*from the website)

Pamper your skin with a lightweight, silky-gel formula that removes the last traces of make-up and grime, tightens pores and softens skin, while preparing it to better absorb moisturizers. Organic Community Trade chamomile water soothes and calms skin. Witch hazel, a natural astringent, helps to refresh skin and reduce the appearance of puffiness. Innovative regenerating complex of skin-enhancing red clover, wild yam, star flower oil and organic Community Trade soy oil stimulates natural cell renewal and helps to maintain collagen levels for renewed elasticity and suppleness.

Sounds good, right? I had to try it myself.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Etude House is On Sale!

Shop at Etude House from June 15-21 and get 20% off on all items. This is your chance to try their must-haves for less. 

See you there lovelies!

Disclaimer: I'm not affiliated with the company featured on this post. Opinions are honest and true. The image was sent to my via email because I am a subscriber to their newsletter..

Friday, June 10, 2011

Cheap Thrill: The "Bunny-Ears" Headband and Vintage Love

I am a fan of everything vintage-y and retro. I can't explain it, that kind of stuff just appeals to me instantly. Just like this red polka-dot headband I got from Saizen (PHP 85.) It was love at first sight.
Isn't it cute? It reminds me of the headpiece those women in WWII motivational posters.
The bestie doesn't like it because it reminds her of Minnie Mouse. LOL


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Madiha's Makeup Blog 2000+ Followers Giveaway!

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Congratulations Madiha! And thanks for this lovely giveaway!

Monday, June 6, 2011

My Two Cents: Himalaya Herbals Neem Foaming Face Wash

Foam is a lovely, fun and effective way of cleansing our faces.

Himalaya Herbals Neem Foaming Face Wash's  formula is much gentler on the skin than facial washes I had been used to. It is soap-free and uses the power of natural ingredients. Neem has been used to treat acne for centuries. It is also known for its ability to keep skin elastic. It is also used as insect repellent, which is a real plus in our country's environment. Turmeric is a popular ingredient for beauty treatments as well. It has anti-aging and anti-microbial properties, and is also used for depilatory purposes. (I know someone who uses turmeric powder on cystic pimples.) The bottle also lists Vetiver as one of its main ingredients, but I think it's mostly for the fragrance.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Squeeze the Pug's Chanel Giveaway


Check out this amazing giveaway from Squeeze the Pug

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Jbreezybaby's 450 Followers Giveaway

Get the deets HERE

Congrats Jbreezybaby and thanks for the generous giveaway!