Thursday, July 28, 2016

Product Review: Etude House My Beauty Tool Secret Brush 121 Skin

So many different type of makeup brushes are invented each year that I couldn't keep track of all of them anymore. But as I was in dire need of a new brush for BB cream application, I decided to read a few blogs and see what's new. I came across blogs that talked about the Anastasia Beverly Hills Oval Brush which hella expensive for me. I also read a few that talked about the Etude House My Beauty Tool Secret Brush 121 Skin. As Etude House has always been one of my favorite Korean brands and is definitely a lot more affordable than Anastasia, I decided to get one during their sale last 1-3 July. It is still quite expensive (original price is around 848.00PHP or around $18US but I got it at 20% off so I only paid 678.40PHP or around $14US).

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Blogger Problem #6: Guide to Indoor Shooting

Top: Forever 21 | Skirt and Shoes: Zara | Watch: Swatch
Lips: The Face Shop Melting Lip Color in Rose Quartz

Because the rainy season has finally begun (actually, the country was already hit by 2 typhoons and its perenially raining in the afternoon. I don't have the time to take pictures in the morning when the sun is welcoming and the lighting is cooperating because I am always in a hurry to get to work. I only time in the afternoon after work but the weather does not permit outdoor shoots. So I am left with the option of shooting indoors. I have come to hate indoor shooting for many reasons: 1.) I can't find a decent background; 2.) the lighting is always difficult to play with; 3.) I can't see whether the pictures are blurred or not (unless I walk to my camera to check which I hate doing); and, 4.) it is difficult to play around with your poses. But because of the rain, I don't really have a choice.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Nagoya, Japan Haul

I shot this video 2 weeks after my trip but due to unforeseen circumstances I was only able to edit and upload recently. Next time I make videos I will not mention when my trip was unless I state the specific date! I also apologize for the lack of outro because I didn't realize I didn't film any! Anyway, I do hope you enjoy this video still and I will update the description box when I get back from vacation. 

Friday, July 22, 2016

C is for Complacency

Bomber Jacket and Sneakers: Stradivarius | Hologram Cropped Top: People Are People
Skirt and Socks: Forever 21
Lips: The Face Shop Melting Lip Color in Rose Quartz

I've always loathed people who don't have the initiative. I hate them for even existing (okay, that is an exaggeration but still, I hate them)! I don't like working with them and I just wish that they would start to realize that they are more of a burden than a part of the team. But little did I know complacency is another trait I will come to loath even more. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Happy Birthday Althea!

No, Althea is not a real person but it is something us, K-beauty junkies have become so familiar with over the last few months. It is something K-beauty addicts like me consider as heaven. Althea Korea, is the premier online store where you can get your dose of Korean beauty items from the popular and cult favorites to the lesser known and emerging brands. Althea is turning 1 today and the celebration will last until the 31st of July. How exciting is this? 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Nagoya, Japan (Yamazakigawa and Alice On The Silver Screen)

Beanie: from Baguio | Jacket: thrifted | Top and Skirt: Forever 21
Socks and Boots: H&M | Bag: from mom | Watch: Swatch

Our intention of going to Japan was to see the sakura in full bloom. Unfortunately, we were a week early and there were only a few trees that were in full bloom. Most of them are still buds. It was still a sight to see because of how pink the buds are and you see the flowers pushing their way out. It would have been a very lovely vacation had the cherry blossoms allowed us to see them but it was still an enjoyable vacation nonetheless. I hope I can go back next year and hope the sakura will allow us to glorify its beauty.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Spend vs Save: Urban Decay Primer Potion and Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer

I rarely wear eyeshadows on a normal day but during special occasions such as weddings and birthday parties I always make sure to wear some. Even just a light dusting of a nice pinkish iridescent finish eyeshadow can already add glam and life to one's eyes fit for the occasion. And whenever I wear eyeshadows I make it a point to wear a primer underneath it to extend the longevity of the eyes makeup and also to intensify the color. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

L is for Love

Top: Forever 21 | Skirt: Bershka | Heels: Zara | Bag: Michael Kors
Watch: Swatch | Necklace: My Melody from Japan 
Lips: The Face Shop Melting Color Lip Creamer in Rose Quartz

And I'm back to shooting indoors because it's been raining quite frequently where I live (well, obviously because it is the rainy season). Also, pardon the very blurry photos I am not sure why my camera is so easily distracted by minuscule stuff around when there is actually a huge thing (pertaining to me) in front of it that demands its attention. Why won't you give me the focus that I need? It probably has the attention span as a 1-year-old just like me so who am I to reprimand it? Anyway, today's topic is something that is inspired by a colleague. 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Nagoya, Japan (Noritake Garden)

Jacket: thrifted | Top and Skirt: Forever 21 | Socks and Boots: H&M
Beanie: from Baguio | Bag: from mom | Watch: Swatch

These photos were taken on our last day in Nagoya, Japan. With that said, this travelogue series is nearing its end. But don't worry because this only means that another travelogue series is about to open. I am really blessed that these past 2 years I am able to travel to various places, experience different cultures and just be out there. I have always loved traveling but there were so many constraints before that hinder me from pursuing this passion. I wish to be able to travel even more in the coming years (though sometimes I do feel tired riding the airplane).

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Althea Korea and Etude House Haul

Whoever said money can't buy happiness clearly did not live to experience Althea Korea and Etude House. Just browsing through their stores and testing out their products give me happiness and even more happiness when I am able to bring home with me one or a few of the items they are selling. If only money grows on I would be buy all of the items on their shelves and I'll be the happiest person on earth (how materialistic, eh?).

Friday, July 01, 2016

Product Review: Maione

I am one of those bloggers who don't attend events. I have been invited to a couple before but I just couldn't get myself to say yes. It could be that I have had a lot of invitations before wherein I show up and it turns out it is an orientation for a multi-level marketing (MLM) scam. I am not interested in joining that kind of business and I have no intention of forcing the people around me to join just so I can get a promotion and earn more money. I think that is a very selfish way to become rich. So when I received those invites before I had doubts and would always think I was scammed. I guess I will never know now whether those were legit events or a MLM orientation.