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Dazzle Dry Philippines had a facebook contest recently, and I am quite fortunate to have won one of the three prizes. It arrived last week and came packaged in a nice cardboard heart box.

Dazzle1As I’ve mentioned once or twice in this blog, I adore containers! And this one is just the cutest! This shot is not that great, but the body of the box has printed roses. It reflects the personality of the nail polish collection, which I will talk about below.

Let’s see what’s inside:

Dazzle2Oooh what do we have here? A green box peeks out from the inside of the heart box, with the name Dazzle Dry printed on top. We also see glimpses of tiny polish bottles interspersed with macaroni-looking packing peanuts.

Dazzle3That green box is the Dazzle Dry Trinity Kit. It contains a 30-ml bottle of Nail Prep, and 15-ml bottles of Base Coat and Top Coat. There is also an instruction manual inside, which teaches how to use the Dazzle Dry nail system (which claims to have dry manicures in just 5 minutes). I’ve already tried it, and I can say simply that it works. I’ll have a more thorough review in another post.

But let’s move on to the actual star of this show: the Afternoon Tea collection.

Dazzle4This is their Spring 2013 collection, and is composed of these four lovely shades. From left to right, they are: Forget Me Not (a rather deep kind of baby blue), Petit Four (a delicious peach shade), Spearmint Tea (a nice bright blue-green), and Strawberry Macaron (a very dainty baby pink). These are of course only sample sizes of 5-ml each. The full sized products are 15 ml.

I will definitely feature all these shades in a separate post. But let me just tell you that I fell completely in love with Dazzle Dry, and am seriously considering sticking only to this brand. Thank you so much to Dazzle Dry Philippines for letting me try your products!

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I’m gonna cheat a little and add a tiny haul here as well. I was looking for more shades to try with my trusty OMG Matte Potion, but I noticed that the shades in my current polish collection don’t particularly go well as a matte shade. I decided to go back and get more OMG seeing as Mojito looks quite great as matte.

Omgyellow1Omgyellow2I found these two shades, each costing only Php17.75.

Omgyellow3The blue one is Atlantis. It is a bright blue, sort of a dark baby blue.

Omgyellow4The one I’m featuring today is the yellow one, Banana Boat. It’s a bright pastel yellow that’s perfect for summer.

Omgyellow5Here is Banana Boat alone (no top coat yet).

Omgyellow6And here is Banana Boat topped with the Matte Potion. I love how smooth the surface looks, and the brightness of the yellow is undiminished even as a matte color.

Do you like it? You can find OMG polishes at Landmark Trinoma (where I bought mine). That is also where I found the Matte Potion, but they have always been out of stock recently.

 

 

 

 

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I applied to be part of the Celeteque Dermo Skin Circle, and was lucky enough to be accepted. I received the following package as a welcome prize, which came with a nice reusable paper bag.

Celecircle1Inside were four products from the different lines of Celeteque. Eye Tuck plus Dark Circles Lightener from the Brightening Line, Soothing Lip Balm with SPF15 from the Sun Care Line, Anti-wrinkle Ultra-Hydrating Cleansing Oil from the Anti-Aging Line, and Make-Up Remover Cleansing Facial Wipes from the Hydration Line.

Celecircle2Here’s a shot of the products that were inside the boxes.

Celecircle3I love that these are products I haven’t tried yet, mostly. I’m about a week into the Eye Tuck tube and I’m liking the results thus far. The other three I am quite eager to try out, especially the lip balm. Once I have used these products long enough I’ll put a review up.

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I received a happy surprise from Caronia last week, and I showed you what was inside: Caronia’s new summer collection Expressions. Today I want to show you the swatches of the three polishes in this collection.

First is Fresh Mint. As I mentioned, it’s something between olive green and mint green, and it does show when swatched. I used two coats.

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Next is Blue Chill, the frosted blue. I used three coats. As you can see, it’s a bit streaky here. However! I discovered that it becomes less streaky if you did not put any top coat on it.

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First pic – no top coat. Second pic – with top coat

Finally we have Rosy Glow. It’s a baby pink polish, with a pretty think and chunky formula. I used two coats.

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Here’s the completed swatches, which turned into a nice mani for the weekend.

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My right hand, with the bare Blue Chill.

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What do you think of this collection?

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For this FOTD, I am featuring the LA Colors eyeshadow palette I received from Peachy Pink Sisters. I have been using this palette a lot in my everyday office makeup, but usually only the top row for a more neutral look. Today I would like to try using the bottom row for a bolder day look.

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Here are the products I used. Nichido Makeup Palette for the blush, LA Colors palette, Avon Shine Attract in Happy Pink, Pantene Miracle Water, Ever Bilena Eye Pencil in brown, Fashion 21 Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown, Maybelline Great Lash in Dark Brown, Venus and Mars Smooch Lip Detox, Myra VitaGlow Tinted Moisturizer

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Here’s the completed look. It’s still a little conservative (in my opinion), but I like the flash of color in my eyes.

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A closer look of my eyes. Pardon the sweat drops on my forehead (ang init!).

What do you think?

I came home to a happy surprise yesterday. This was waiting for me:

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It’s a pretty hefty box from Caronia! It features their new summer appropriate nail lacquer set, and they included some very welcome additions.

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The top row is a set of Caronia nail care products: Cuticle Sanitizer, Cuticle Remover, and Nail Polish Remover. The bottom row is the Expressions set (more on that below). And on the side, a sweet and summery bag charm!

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For the actual featured product, we have a set of three summer colors: Blue Chill (a frosted bright blue), Rosy Glow (a baby pink regular polish), and Fresh Mint (a cross between mint green and olive green, regular polish).

I love all these colors! They are fun, bright, and very summer appropriate. I can’t wait to try them out. Watch out for a swatch post, and possibly an attempt for nail art using these lacquers.

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These are just the darlingest things! Etude House released their newest line, Sweet Recipe, and part of this collection is Ice Cream Nails. This is a set of glitter nail polish housed in adorable ice cream cone-shaped bottles. They come in four “flavors”: Lemon Sherbet, Strawberry Stars Candy, Mint Chocochip, and Apricot Candy. I got the last two.

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These are actually pretty small bottles as both fit snugly in my hand at the same time. The ice cream cone handle is a little awkward to work with, but the brush is pretty good.

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This is Apricot Candy. It has big multicolored round glitter suspended in a nude base color. This is not actually as good an idea as it sounds, because the nails look kind of dirty due to the glitter being sparse and unevenly distributed. I’d say this is the weaker of the two flavors I bought, if not of the whole collection.

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On the other hand, Mint Chocochip is a bunch of big dark-colored hexagonal glitter with small round glitter and pink square glitter suspended in a mint green base. It looks bright and very summer appropriate, in addition to actually evoking its flavor name. I definitely like this better than Apricot Candy.

If I understand correctly, this is a limited edition collection so it won’t be around forever. I do plan on getting the other two shades to complete the collection. Each bottle costs Php178 and is available in Etude House branches.

Short short post saying I’m back from the holidays. Very lucky to have taken part in my family’s annual vacation; this year we went to Boracay! Here are some snapshots of what is so far the best vacation ever.

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The food! First experience of lobster, cheese section in the breakfast buffet, happy hour cocktail, and the welcome cookies.

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Gorgeous scenery! A sunset shot, some nice trees, view of the beach, early morning at the pool.


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