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After taking you on a virtual tour of the new branch of Daiso Japan at Glorietta 3, let me show you the cosmetics I bought from there. Here are the items I bought, each at Php88.

Warning: This post is image heavy!


Let’s start off with the lipsticks. I bought two shades of Winmax Pearl Rouge Lipsticks: [96] Deep Rose and [98] Cherry Pink. These are the two darkest shades among the five available at Daiso Japan. As you can see, it comes sealed in these clear plastic boxes attached to the cardboard. You can see the actual product extended to its maximum length. On the very bottom right you will see that the amount of product is 3 grams.


At the back is a lot of information, fortunately with english translation at the bottom half.


Here is a close up on the list of ingredients.


Here are the actual tubes. They are basically a navy blue and gold tube, of very flimsy plastic. That clear tube on top is included only to allow the buyer to see the actual product while sealed. You have to set it aside and use the actual caps, which is here shown beside them.


Here is how it looks like closed. That gold band is a huge fingerprint magnet. It otherwise looks sturdy, and the cap seals properly and won’t fall out by itself in your bag.


The actual lipstick product looks just as flimsy as the rest of the tube. Make sure to double check the one you are purchasing, as I’ve seen some tubes with already-damaged product in the store.


The bottom of the tubes have some information but all of it is in kanji/kana, with a big red number stamped on top of them. The #3 tube is the Deep Rose while the #5 is the Cherry Pink; you can tell by the code number “5207-#” right under the “Winmax Pearl Rouge”, and this corresponds to the one printed on the left side of the back of the card (check out the third photo above). It’s a little confusing, and they should have just printed the shade name here somewhere instead of using some number code.


And here are the arm swatches. You’ll notice I didn’t bother to label them, because they look exactly alike on this swatch. It’s a little unfortunate, because I had assumed that one of them will be more plum and the other more coral.


It does look different on the lips though, which is a happy conclusion. The one on the left is the #5/Cherry Pink/98, and the one on the right is #3/Deep Rose/96. Cherry Pink really leans more towards berry, while Deep Rose is almost a nude shade on me, but is a dusty plum. It applies quite easily on primed lips (ie I applied lip balm beforehand) and lasts a weak 3 hours without eating or drinking.


Next item we have is the Ellefar Princess Duo Color Cheek in Strawberry [61]. It comes sealed in this plastic covering which is attached to the cardboard backing. It has a little tab on the upper right, which makes opening it a lot easier. The other available shade in Daiso is Orange, which I decided to skip since I just got the Canmake Cheek&Cheek in Orange Bouquet.


This is the back of the cardboard, which thankfully also comes with english translation at the bottom. There is also a diagram on the right side which shows where to apply which color.


Here is a close up of the ingredient list. Note that the amount of product this has is 5 grams.


And here it is, free of the plastic wrapping. The compact is made of black plastic with a clear window so you can see the shades of the product. The name of the product is printed in reflective silver, along with a rose applique which was a nice touch.


Opened up, you can see that the compact actually comes with a mirror and a brush. The mirror is tiny, but it works in a pinch. The brush looks weak and is very thin, and I probably will not use this ever. The blush itself comes in two shades: a bright pink in the bigger pan on the left, and a lighter, more glittery pink on the slightly smaller right pan. I gather that this second shade is for highlighting to create a more dimensional effect on the cheeks.


Here is the arm swatch. These are about two swipes of product each using my finger. The left shade comes out as a medium pink and the right shade is almost entirely made up of pinkish sparkle. I don’t have an actual cheek swatch of this yet, because honestly I am using the other one exclusively these days.


The fourth item I bought at Daiso Japan is this Special! Mix Cheek Powder in Magic Color (No.2). It again comes sealed in plastic wrap, but its cardboard backing is much smaller. This Magic Color variant’s shades are mostly pinks and purples. The other variant, Cute Color, comes in mostly peaches and oranges.


This is the back of that tiny cardboard on top. Again it’s great that there’s english translation there, and you can easily read the list of ingredients as well. Here is where it tells us that this compact contains 6 grams of product.


Here it is, freed of the plastic wrap. It comes in a nice sturdy plastic compact, with a clear cap so you can see all four shades of the blush. The cover has some fancy gold print on it which I really like.


When opened, it’s basically just the blush itself. There is no mirror nor brush, which isn’t such a big deal to me to be honest. There are also no partitions between the four shades, which encourages blending and combining. I use my Artist Studio blush brush or Charm blush brush to apply this.


Here are the arm swatches of all four shades, clockwise starting from the upper left. Again, I used my fingers to swipe two layers. Upper left is a very light candy pink, a highlight shade, similar to the Ellefar one above. Upper right is a shimmery pink that’s a little darker than the highlight shade. The lower right shade is a strong coral pink. Lower left is a magenta-leaning purple.


This pair of looks uses some combination of this mix cheek powder. It blends quite well and doesn’t look as intense as the arm swatch, even the coral one. This is all I’ve been using recently and I really love this! I want to get the other variants!


There you have it! Each of these items costs only Php88 which is such great value!

My favorite “dollar” store is now in Makati! Daiso Japan (formerly Saizen) has opened a branch at Glorietta 3, and it may possibly be the biggest one yet! It’s a toss up between this and the Robinsons Galleria branch, but both stores are pretty big. The moment I heard that they’re open for business, I took the time to visit and see what they have to offer. Let me show you some things I was interested in. Please remember that almost everything in this store costs Php88 each.

This post is image heavy!


First let’s start with things related to food. Did I mention I am also a food blogger/bento enthusiast? I no longer update that blog as frequently but I am still quite interested in cooking and baking. Check out my food-related finds. First up: coffee-filters! I am a huge coffee addict and this shelf sent me in an excited little dance. I’ve finally found the perfect sized filter for my one-person coffeemaker! I don’t know the difference between the white and the brown filters (bleached vs unbleached) but I’ve always used white filters so that’s what I got.


Here is a series of shelves that carry kitchen utensils and tools. I’ve bought some of these before and they work quite well.


Cookie cutters! This branch seems to have a huge variety of cutters that can also be used for things beyond cookies. I’ve used some of these metal ones in my bentos before (to cut veggies and cheese), and of course for the purpose of actually cutting cookie shapes.


Daiso also has all your food storage needs! Shown here are various plastic and metal containers that are food safe. They have a separate shelf for non-food storage options.


I found myself in need of new ice trays so I snagged a couple of these. They also have other ice-related accessories like an ice scoop and popsicle molds.


Bento boxes are also plentiful! Check out all of these, in various sizes too. Most of these bento boxes will indicate in milliliters how much food they can contain.


Random other stuff

Pardon me but I put the “other” stuff in the middle of the food-related ones and the beauty ones. Here are the things I found interesting. First one is this shelf of floor mop wipes. I have a Swiffer (see photo for reference), but sometimes it’s difficult to find refills of the wet and dry wipes. I’m quite ecstatic to find that Daiso carries their own version of both wet and dry wipes! The pink one (with 45 sheets) is the dry and the blue one on the lower right (with 30 sheets) is the wet. The other ones in the photo are generic kitchen cleaners. [PS It’s really helpful to know how to read kana so you know which one to buy.]


Feeling hot this summer? These stylish and cute fans will definitely come in handy. The ones captured in this photo are the usual folding fans (portable!) but they also have the abaniko-style fans at the bottom.


This is but a small glimpse at the extensive craft selections at Daiso! Here we have various notebooks, a wide selection of washi tapes, origami paper, scrapbook materials, and printed cardboard containers. I forgot to take a photo but they also have a shelf just for writing materials! I’m definitely going back for a craft haul.



I’ve saved the best for last! Daiso’s beauty section did not disappoint, although they did have a slightly different selection compared to the Robinsons and Trinoma branches. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but there are absolutely zero testers so you will be buying blind. Check out the internet for swatches. Anyway! First up we have the shelf containing powder foundations and blushes. They have various options and shades for the foundations, as well as several options for blushes.


Close up of two shade options for the Ellefar Princess Duo Color Cheek: Orange and Strawberry. I bought one of these, which I will show you along with the swatches in a separate post.


Close up of another couple of blushers called Special! Mix Cheek Powder, in Magic color and Cute color. These are pretty cool as they have four shades in a single pan, and you can mix and match! I also bought one of these.


Here is the shelf containing falsies and lip products. There seem to be a wide selection of falsies available, as well as eyelash glue. For lip products there are several balms, lip glosses, and a couple of brands of lipstick (Ellefar and Winmax).


But the Winmax lipsticks come in five shades! The shades they have available are Cherry Pink, Deep Rose, Coral Orange, Beige Pink, and Peach. To be honest I am quite wary of Daiso lipsticks based on my prior not-so-happy experience, but I couldn’t really resist. I got two of these. :sheepish grin:


One of my favorite Daiso spots is this shelf, filled with eyeshadow palettes of course! My much-loved Ellefar Princess quads are here, as well as some new palettes I haven’t tried. There are also some glitter eyeshadow sticks on the left side. It was really hard to resist getting some of these!


Check out this Special! Colorful Eye Shadow quads! These two palettes are the ones I was interested in the most, the Golden and the Brown. I was able to resist buying any palettes that day, so no upcoming swatches of these. Yet. (um)


Finally we have the shelf containing the other eye products. There’s some mascara and mascara bases, some liquid eyeliners, and a lot (as in a lot!) of eyebrow products! As I have already purchased one of those dual-ended eyebrow pens and a pot of liquid eyeliner, I was able to resist getting anything from this shelf. Still terribly tempting though!


There you have it! Daiso is such a huge wasteland and money/time sink for me, but it makes me super happy. I’m looking forward to my next visit!

Daiso Japan Website (international) and Twitter

Finally, a product review after a long time! Today I will review the Canmake Cheek&Cheek blush in the shade [07] Orange Bouquet, which is my very first Canmake product. This was one of the things I bought at Bloggers United 7, which was held last May 10 at Metrotent in Ortigas. I bought it sealed, so I am quite assured of the pristine condition of this product.


Canmake Cheek&Cheek comes in a small clear plastic compact. The shade Orange Bouquet actually comes in two shades: a light peachy pink (left) and a true orange. Both are pretty much matte, with the pink one with the barest amount of shimmer. The cover has the iconic princess theme that is present in most Canmake products.


The back of the compact has the ingredient list in kana. The shade number is on the upper right, and according to Canmake’s website, 07 is Orange Bouquet. There is also a usage guide on where to swipe which side.


It also comes with a tiny blush brush, so technically you can just bring this compact without having to bring full sized brushes. As you can see, the brush is untouched as I prefer to use my regular blush brush.


Here’s the swatch on my arm. The left shade is the pink one and the right shade is the orange one. When mixed it leans more on the orange. You can also see a tiny bit of shimmer on the left shade.


Here is a shot of me wearing it (both shades). It looks very warm and bright here in the photo, but it’s more subdued in person. It lasted me most of the morning, but the orange part of it faded by lunch time. I am really digging this right now, and it’s very wearable even to the office. If I am feeling a little bit subdued I use just the left shade. Unfortunately I don’t know how much this costs retail, as I got this on sale.

Pros: portable; cute design; very pigmented

Cons: not very long lasting

Canmake Tokyo products are available online from Glamourbox and BDJ Box boutiques, as well as physically at Somera Glorietta 2.

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Who knew there was something like this in the middle of Makati CBD?

Posh Nails Perea reception area

Reception area

Posh Nails Perea


I was invited to check out the Perea branch of Posh Nails. It’s not a new branch (they have been there for just under a year), but they are launching a new service called Posh Spoiling with Watermelon mani-pedi. I was excited to try this because I never had a complete hand and foot treatment before.


Watermelon scrub and moisturizer

The watermelon scent is so nice! Very summery indeed, and it definitely assuaged my anxieties about the foot treatment. I have the opposite of a foot fetish, and I usually don’t like my feet touched.


Room full of relaxed girls

The treatment itself was very relaxing though. First my feet were submerged in some soapy water, then transferred into a bubbling foot bath thing. My legs were then propped up on a seat, then scrubbed down with a watermelon exfoliant then wrapped in towels. My arms were likewise scrubbed and wrapped. After being left like this for a few minutes, my attendant went back to buff the bottoms of my feet with a foot paddle/pumice stone.



A pedicure came next. I requested my toenails shaped into squares, and to please not cut off my cuticles. The attendant happily complied. I chose green to be my color for the day, and China Glaze Agro (a nice metallic olive green) went on my toes.


The exfoliant was then washed off. A matching watermelon moisturizer was applied, followed by a vigorous arm and leg massage. The manicure came last. To match my green toenails I chose Zoya Neely (a cool mint apple green) for my fingernails.


I really enjoyed the service! It’s very relaxing, perfect for an after-work treat. Posh Nails Perea is open until 10pm to accommodate the working women looking for some destressing. It’s also very near Glorietta and Greenbelt, with ample parking space. They also accept private sparties for 10-15 people. Here is a list of the services that they offer.

Posh Nails Menu of Services


Do check them out! I am definitely planning to go back for some more pampering.

Posh Nails

  • Twitter: @poshnailsperea
  • Instagram: @poshnailsperea
  • Facebook: PoshNails Perea Makati

While makeup may be a big deal for me at the moment (hence my beauty blogging!), parenting matters (blogs, articles, methods, opinions) is something that will always be relevant to me as I have an eight-year-old daughter. One of the most important things that I’m concerned about is the development of her mind.


BrainFit Studio is a learning center that focuses on developing the five brain pillars that comprise key cognitive abilities that form the foundations for all learning. These are

  • Attention & Memory
  • Sensory Motor Coordination
  • Auditory & Language Processing
  • Visual & Spatial Processing
  • Social-Emotional Self-regulation

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What does this mean exactly? Each child is given a custom-designed program for addressing his/her specific target areas, based on an assessment based on the above pillars. Through constant and focused practice, the child is able to develop herself in the way that suits her. Children of any age can benefit from the programs.


There are now three branches here in the Philippines: Greenhills, Binondo, and the recently-opened branch in Makati. They offer a free trial so you can explore the options before you sign up. I am hoping that they open a branch in the north of the metro soon!


We’ve seen many kinds of storage options for makeup, such as the currently popular acrylic storage (check this one from The Beauty Bee), or a full vanity table setup (like this again from The Beauty Bee, or this from Erikajjang). Not all of us have the room space for a vanity table, or even the table space for acrylic boxes. As one of such people, I have to resort to other creative options to store my makeup. My solution: a hanging setup.

Basically I purchased one of those hanging storage for accessories; I think this particular one is from Landmark Trinoma, and costs about Php180. I originally purchased this for its intended purpose, for accessories, until I appropriated it for my growing collection of makeup. I like this one particularly because it has many sturdy transparent pockets. I used the entire right side to house my squarish eyeshadow palettes, the left and middle columns for the lipsticks and other miscellaneous items.


Front of the hanging storage


Velcro hooks on the back

My pencil-type makeup items are housed in this smaller hanging storage. I think this one is really meant for makeup, but as a traveling kit. I made this a permanent holder for the long, slim makeup items such as eye pencils and mascara tubes. This hanging storage costs slightly more than the first one, I think around Php250.


Storage for pencil-type items


Beautiful (but hidden) patterned back

I used these hooks to hang up the two. Here is how it actually looks like, at the side of my closet.


Complete with hanging salakot

This is of course not everything I have. My bases are untidily stored in a tray inside this cabinet, as well as my larger eyeshadow palettes, and my blushes. I will eventually get a vanity table as it’s really hard to apply makeup standing up but for now, this will do.

What do you use for makeup storage?

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