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I recently got some new things and am in the process of trying them out.

Makeup Stuff

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Pixy Ultimate Makeup Cake in Peach Beige – I got this from the Pixy Launch event, and is the first time in a long time I’ve gone back to pressed powder foundation. I’ve recently gone back to BB cream when it became rainy, and I used loose powder foundation (Ellana) during the summer months. I’m slowly readjusting myself back to powder foundation with this product.

Pixy Blush On in Brown Tea – Another one from the Pixy Launch, this one is really quite brown and Kira suggested it can be used as contour. What a great way to start learning how to contour! Hopefully I can show you some swatches and trial fotd’s with this as contouring powder.

Happy Skin SS Creme in Natural Beige – I’ve been meaning to try Happy Skin for the longest time. Thanks for my fairy godmother (my awesome awesome MIL) I got to finally dip my toes in the brand. This SS Creme (Silicone Free Foundation) is on top of my wishlist, primarily because I want to see how it fares against my pores. The fact that it’s silicone free is pretty nice because it causes less chances of my sensitive skin flaring up. I got the darker of the two available shades.

Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippie in The Morning After – Another one from my benefactor. And yeah, I finally caved in and admitted that maybe I should look into nude shades for my lipsticks. This one has been on the rave lists of many of the bloggers that I read, and I figured I should give it a shot. So far I’m liking how it feels on my lips! I’ll definitely put up a review of this soon.

K-Palette Real Lasting Eyebrow Mascara in Natural Brown – In my last testing list, I tried out the Maybelline Fashion Brow Mascara. While I like it enough, I have some issues with it’s really big brush head. I wanted a brow mascara that used much tinier brushes, and K-Palette recently released just that. I liked what I saw from the press releases through local blogs, so I availed myself of this as well. I’m a bit afraid this might be too light for my brows though, as my hair is undyed. This is the final item I got from my wonderful MIL’s birthday gift. 😀

Nippon Makeup Remover Lotion – I’m about to run out of my current Bifesta bottle, and I thought that was the perfect time to try out some stuff I have in my stash. This one is part of my gift pack from The Beauty Junkee, This is different from the usual makeup removers I’m used to, because this is actually some sort of lotion (as it says on the product name!). I found that I just need to massage this all over my made up face, wipe it off with some cotton or tissue, and the makeup comes off with it! It doesn’t quite manage to remove stubborn waterproof mascara, but it can remove the rest pretty well.

Inglot Sleeks Platinum Lip Paint – Another one from the TBJ gift pack, I was attracted to this because of the “lip paint” part. I’ve been curious about the lip paints like Limecrime, OCC Lip Tars, and the like, and I’m hoping this is going to be somewhat like that. It has quite a strange sheen to it (the platinum part, I think), but I like the shade so far.

Celeteque Advanced Anti-Aging Cleansing Oil – This is one of the two products recently released and presented during the Celeteque Anniversary Event. It’s a reformulation of the old Cleansing Oil, which I’ve been a faithful user of, since I find that it removes waterproof mascara quite well. [On aside: I just discovered I haven’t reviewed the cleansing oil yet! But the point is moot now that it’s phased out, haha!] This reformulation enables it to be both the old makeup remover, but at the same time it also performs as an emusifying oil cleanser! I’m quite intrigued, and at Php249 per bottle it’s hard to argue!

Non Makeup Stuff

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Bio-Oil – This of course came from the Beauties and Babies Glamourbox, and is the very first thing I tried. I’m using this to currently treat my numerous arm scars, and with only three weeks of (non-continuous) use there has been some promising improvement! I hope I don’t forget to document it, so I can show it to you! I’m loving this oil so far, and dread the time I run out of it.

Vitress Instant Relax Cuticle Coat – I have to admit that I’ve always turned my nose up at Vitress, primarily because I didn’t have good experience with hair oils. I’ve always felt that my hair is greasy and weighed down whenever I use hair oils, so I stopped considering it. When I received this at the Vitress event, I thought I’d give it another shot. I’m surprised to find out that it broke all my expectations about hair oil! I think I’m a convert! 😀

Snoe Body Ritual Recipes Honey Bath Syrup in Nectarine Ginger Tea – Another one from the TBJ gift pack. I didn’t really have high hopes for this, because it’s an exfoliant. I’ve had mostly bad experiences with exfoliating washes, because of my sensitive skin. However, I couldn’t resist the scent of this! So yummy smelling it makes me want to take a bath many times!

The Body Shop Chocomania Body Lotion – Lastly, again from the TBJ gift pack, my very first The Body Shop lotion! I’m a huge fan of chocolate, and I couldn’t really resist trying this out, even if I still have a lot of opened lotion bottles to finish. It smells so much like chocolate, I’m afraid I’m going to wake up one day covered in ants! Lovely, but could be a little overwhelming to some.

Have you tried any of these? What is your feedback?

Here are some new products that I got recently that I am in the process of trying out.

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Etude House Proof10 Eye Primer – I’ve been meaning to try this for some time. I am pretty pleased with the Artdeco Eyeshadow Base, but I wanted to compare it to a similarly-priced eye primer. It took me a while to buy it (because reasons!) but I’m happy to finally get to it. I got this at the Greenbelt3 EH branch (near Landmark), for Php299.

Nars Tinted Moisturizer in Finland – I received this sample at the Nars workshop I recently attended. I had initially thought this is a good shade for me, but upon application I think it may be a little too light. I probably need to go one or two shades darker. I’m pretty pleased with this so far, and I am seriously considering buying full (which is around Php2k++). Rae has posted a review of her sample.

Ellana Minerals Sheer Velvet Setting Powder – I’ve been meaning to try this ever since I fell in love with Ellana’s loose powder foundation. I am still a big fan of BB creams and I need a powder to set and mattify and this seemed like a good candidate. It is an incredibly fine powder, very ethereal! I’m looking forward to see how this performs. This, along with the next three items, are from my prize pack from The Beauty Junkee‘s 5th Anniversary Giveaway (thanks again Martha!).

Colour Collection Ultimate Wear Eyeshadow in Golden Veil – Arguably the most anticipated item in the prize pack. I am a neutral eyeshadow whore and I would gladly add to my (already excessive) collection. This one seems to be similar to the Eyebrow/Eyeshadow Quad from Ellana Minerals, but that does not stop me from looking forward to testing!

ZA Impact-full Eyes Groovy – Again another eyeshadow quad, I’m predictable that way. This is an all-shimmer quad from ZA, a brand I’ve never tried before. I’m very excited to try it out, even if it’s full of shimmer shadows of which I’m not really a big fan of. I like the fact that I can try this in tandem with the Proof10 eye primer.

Maybelline Fashion Brow Mascara – I’ve seen this make rounds of the beauty blogs about a month ago, and I’m stoked that I can actually try it out without purchasing it! This is my very first brow mascara, which means it’s something I’ll have to learn to use.

I’m hoping to post some swatches of these soon. Have you tried any of these? What is your feedback for these items?

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!

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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.

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

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Here is a close up on the list of ingredients.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

Ever since Glamourbox started featuring the brand Pixi on their Boutique, I’ve always wondered if they were any good. I couldn’t really tell just judging from the product shots, and online reviews were pretty inconclusive. What was stopping me was that they seemed a little expensive to just try on a whim. What was pushing me to buy was that I loved the Tinted Brilliance Balm (Magic Tink Tint) they included in the April Glamourbox last year (OMG it’s been a year already!) and I honestly wanted to get more of those. I envy Kira’s collection!

What finally convinced me to take the plunge is 1. Glamourbox had a pretty tempting offer (get their new Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm free for every 2k purchase of Pixi products) and 2. Iana of The Beauty Bee blogged about her purchase which turned out to be the exact list of things I wanted to get! So here’s what I got:

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From left to right I got my freebie Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Ripe Raspberry, the Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Copper Peach, and of course I got my second Tinted Brilliance Balm this time in the shade Craving Coral. I wanted to also get the third in Iana’s list, the Brow Duo, but unfortunately at the time of my order it was sold out. I instead got another Tinted Brilliance Balm to give to a bestie.

Let me show you each of these items. First we have the Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Copper Peach. It has six neutral but shimmery shades in the palette, and it comes with its own dual ended sponge applicator. The palette itself is a little quirky, as its hinges open at the short side instead of the long side as in the usual palettes. This costs Php620.

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Here’s the stuff written on the box. Important to note that this has 5.76 grams of product total.

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I’ve designated numbers for each of the shades as there were no shade names included. It will also make it easier to know which shade I am talking about in any future FOTD I may use this in.

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And here are the arm swatches. They are all two swipes each, with the top row having no primer and the bottom row has a swipe of primer (Artdeco Eyeshadow Base) underneath. This is a larger than normal photo so you can click on the photo for a bigger version.

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As you can see, shade 1 is barely noticeable on my skin. This will probably end up as some sort of highlighter. Shades 2 and 4 are almost indistinguishable, but in person shade 4 is more peach. Shade 3 is a matte brown that looks a lot darker in the pan but is actually pretty soft. Shade 5 is very coppery red, and shade 6 leans metallic brown. I’ve used this in my FOTD last weekend, and I am liking this palette so far.

Next we have Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Craving Coral. I wanted to have something non-red (most of my recent new lippies are reds) and I thought I’d try a coral shade. It comes in this cute box with some information on the sides. I apologize for the blurriness of the ingredient list. This costs Php790.

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The tube is the same one as my first Brilliance Balm, but without the Tinkerbell design. Also the cap seems to be sturdier this time around. It has a band of coral around the twist end. It has 3 grams of product. The shade Craving Coral is tamer than I imagined it to be. Almost peach and not a dramatic coral at all. I love it!

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Lastly we have the newly released (here, anyway) Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm, and the shade I received is Ripe Raspberry. The nature of the freebie is that you don’t get to choose what you’ll receive. To me this is quite exciting, and I am so happy with the shade I received! Ripe raspberry is quite a strong red in the tube, and is quite as strong on the lips. The tube itself is a very appealing hot pink-and-mint green combo. It has 4 grams of product. This costs Php420.

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And here are the swatches of the two lip balms. The Ripe Raspberry doesn’t look all that red here to be honest. I really like both a lot, although it is the Ripe Raspberry that made it into my bag. I wouldn’t mind getting more shades of these!

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Here are some photos of me wearing the lip balms. This is me wearing Ripe Raspberry.

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And this is me wearing Craving Coral.

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Pixi is available at the Glamourbox Boutique, Ava.ph, some select Snoe branches, and Commonthread at Greenbelt 5. Pixi is cruelty-free.

Last week I attended my very first calligraphy workshop, which was held at the Ellana Minerals showroom at La Fuerza II. I knew I was going to be buying my first Ellana products then. Eula made an Ellana Week series at her blog to showcase a few chosen products from Ellana, which influenced me greatly which pieces I ended up buying. Let me show you my haul!

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As you can see, I got almost everything on Eula’s list. First up is the one in the bottle.

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This is Ellana’s Let’s Make It Last Makeup Primer. It is housed in a pretty hefty glass bottle and contains 30 grams of liquid primer. The product itself is a very thick gel, thicker than the other face primers I’ve tried. It comes with a pump with a notched cap (we’ve seen this before with the Bare Naturals Primer) which is a little unfortunate as it falls off pretty easily. I really like the ingredient list, as this primer has some skincare in it as well. This one costs Php450.

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Next one is Ellana’s Loose Mineral Powder Foundation (I’m not quite sure if this is the Perfect Blend or the Intensive Blend). I chose the shade Caramel Latte, supposedly made for Medium Warm Tone. It comes in this sturdy thick plastic tub with an included one-hole sifter. I haven’t used powder foundation in a long time, and this is my first time to use loose powder foundation. Thankfully, there are lots of tutorials online on how to use these things (I like Tellie’s). This one is for medium to heavy coverage, which is a far cry from my usual everyday staples of BB cream which gives only light coverage. I’m excited to see how it turns out! This one is Php460 for 6 grams of product.

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Finally we have two of the three eyeshadow quads Ellana offers. I took the two neutral palettes. The first one (left) is the Mesmer-Eyes Eyeshadow Quad containing the shades Charisma, Brilliance, Wish, and Sensational. The second one (right) is the Eyebrow/Eyeshadow Quad containing the shades Beloved, Intense, Wish, and Hush. This second one is the same one that Eula featured on her blog. I couldn’t decide on which one to get, so I just got both! These are Php350 each for 4 grams of product.

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Because I spent over Php500, I got a cosmetics bag for free! I chose this nice chunky gray bag, which even has slots for brushes on the lid. It is probably the roomiest makeup bag I have!

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I had an initial try of the products, inexpertly applied with travel brushes. I’m going to upload a better FOTD once I get the chance to play with this with my full sized brushes. I love my haul so far, and I am already feeling the twinges of wanting to try their other products! Oh and did I mention that Ellana is locally-made and cruelty-free?

Haven’t bought any new stuff for some time, until now. Here is a short list of things I got for the month of February.

1. Sampleroom Haul

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As soon as H2O+ released their samples through Sampleroom, I grabbed the overnight moisturizer (140 points). Along with it I grabbed another one of the Sappe drinks (the glutathione one, 10 points) and surprisingly received two bottles! I also got a surprise sample vial of Celeteque Cleansing Oil which I use a lot, so I’m quite happy to get this. Now I have a travel bottle, woot! Thanks Sampleroom!

2. Landmark Travel Brush Set

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Sometimes I am such in a hurry in the mornings that I just slap on my face base and just apply the rest of my makeup in the office. Unfortunately my brushes are too bulky to keep bringing, so I bought this travel brush set from Landmark (Php239.75). It consists of a mini-kabuki brush, a powder/blush brush, an eyeshadow/concealer brush, a blending brush, and an included cloth pouch. The bristles are soft and the handles are short but handy enough. Unfortunately it seems like the pouch is a tad small and can’t comfortably hold the brushes.

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3. Empty makeup tubs

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I bought myself more of these empty makeup tubs. The blue one (Php21.95) is meant to hold my antihistamine tabs. I was planning to depot some of my stuff, notably the Essence eyeshadow base, and put it into one of the purple ones (two for Php24.75, plus a spatula). I bought the gold-lidded one (Php19.95) just because it looks so pretty!

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4. OMG Nail Polishes

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What is a trip to Landmark without grabbing a few bottles of OMG? I of course couldn’t resist and got myself a couple – a green one, Gossip, and a taupe/brown one, Sunny Tan. Watch out for the swatches!

5. Calligraphy pens

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I’ve also been on a hunt for not-so-expensive pens for my calligraphy practice. I’ve been sporadically uploading my cursive exercises on twitter, but I’ve only been using a regular gel pen. I wanted something more “legit”, and I finally managed to spot a couple at Power Books Greenbelt 3. One is an Artline Calligraphy Pen (width 2.0) for Php64.50 and works like a regular marker but with a flat tip instead of pointed. The other is a Sakura Pigma Brush Pen (!!!) for Php70.50. It has a brush tip, and works just like a paintbrush so it’s a little bit more tricky to use. I’m so addicted to these right now!

I have a relatively decent collection of Artist Studio brushes. Most of them are the “bronze” brushes – brushes with bronze colored ferrules and black handles. For instance these three brushes below are all bronze brushes (powder brush, angled flat top brush, angled eyeliner brush).

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I also have one of the “silver” brushes – brushes with a silvery ferrule and black handle. The one I have here is an eyeshadow brush.

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Recently I learned that there is a new type of Artist Studio brushes – the white ones! These are brushes with white handles and black ferrules. I purchased two of them to see how they compare with the brushes I already have. I got two: a powder brush and a flat liner brush.

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This powder brush is quite a bit smaller than my first powder brush (the bronze one above). It is also a bit flatter in profile, and the hair feels a little bit less sturdy. It is also much cheaper at Php109.75, compared to the bronze one which is around Php129.75 if I recall correctly.

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The angled liner brush is also quite short. The bristles aren’t as stiff as the bronze liner brush, so I doubt this is going to work as well. This is again around 20 pesos cheaper, at Php29.75 (the bronze one is Php49.75 I think).

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I haven’t tried cleaning these yet, but I am starting to doubt that they are as sturdy as the bronze ones. They really feel a little flimsy, although they do perform well for their respective functions. I bought these at Landmark Trinoma.

I don’t have any information regarding the animal testing policies of Artist Studio.

Last month I was not able to put up a haul post, so I am doing a collective haul post for these past two months.

Celeteque Clarifying Shampoo

I’ve already posted an initial impression of this clarifying shampoo, and I can say that this is such a great product! It resets your scalp and rids it of product buildup. In addition it also somehow conditions the hair, making it soft and silky. Just a note of warning: this shouldn’t be used more than once a week. This retails for Php200 for a 250-ml bottle.

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Fabulosa Rings and Necklaces

I received a simple necklace from Fabulosa in my Secret Santa Glamourbox. I loved it so much that I immediately purchased three ringsets. About a week later Fabulosa held an auction for more of those simple gold fashion necklaces, and I won it! I now have four new necklaces (the fifth will be included in a giveaway!). Fabulosa’s Amanda is so personable and easy to deal with, and I am looking forward to getting one or two of the statement necklaces. The ring sets are normally Php350 (set of 3 rings) but if you purchase two or more sets it goes down to Php300.

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Paper Chic Studio Washi Tape Set

One of my purchases at the World Bazaar (same day that I visited Bloggers United 6) was this washi tape set from Paper Chic Studio. This is my first experience with washi tapes and so far my daughter is loving it. Myself, I’ve only tried it on a cannister of ear buds and my it looks fab. I got this set for only Php50.

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Gift from Kira of Elegantly Wasted

Let me just gush like the fangirl I am. One of my goals when visiting Bloggers United 6 was to meet as many of my blog heroes as I can. Kira of Elegantly Wasted is one of them, and luckily enough I did get to meet her there! She is so sweet and charming, and she didn’t mind so much that I looked quite dorky in this photo (check out her rad necklace!). After a quick chat and the photo session I took my leave. It was therefore quite a shock when she sent me this gift, and wow I was flabbergasted when I opened it. The pack included a cute desk calendar, a bliv face mask, three samples of a VMV cream cleanser plus a voucher, Maybelline Color Sensational in Tinted Taupe, a sample of Benefit They’re Real Mascara, and three pots of Silk Naturals mineral eye color. Holy wow! Did I mention wow? Thanks so much Kira!

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Models Own Nail Polishes

As part of my holiday order from Glamourbox Boutique (I gave away gift sets to my girlaloos), I got myself a couple of polishes I’ve been lemming for a while now. These are Fuzzy Peach (a nice bright pink-leaning peach) and Blizzard (a color-fest silver gliter topper), Php365 each.

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Glamourbox Tote

This very useful canvas tote from Glamourbox is a bonus item when you purchase more than Php2000 worth from the Boutique. I easily went over the minimum when I went christmas shopping and got this wonderful tote.

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OMG Nail Polishes

A chance trip to Landmark Makati brought me to the OMG display shelf, and I was excited to see some new shades. I bought three for myself that day: Jive (a deep blue), Happy Hour (a shimmery dark purple), and Gold Digger (a bright metallic gold). I’ve already swatched the first with great results. Each bottle of polish costs Php19.75.

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Nail Glue

That same trip to Landmark got me a bottle of nail glue. I need this to try out my new nail studs which I won from The Nailinator‘s giveaway. I think this costs Php40 or thereabouts.

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Solemate Flats

I am typically not a flats person, as I prefer going around in socks-and-shoes/boots combo. My office christmas party required a filipiniana attire and I needed appropriate shoes for it. Luckily I saw these black Solemate flats with some sort of woven texture and can readily pass for filipiniana. Solemate at SM Makati was having a sale, buy-1-take-1 of selected flats for Php399, so I got this nice cream pair with bow detail as well. I think I am now a convert! These feel so nice and comfy on the feet!

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Sample Room Haul

On the 11th day of christmas I grabbed a Colour Collection Age Defying BB Cream CoQ10 & Green Tea Extract SPF45 and a Sappe Beauti Drink (Fiber 8,000 mg with L-carnitine), all for 140 points. I enjoyed my first CC BB cream (reviewed here) and I expect I would enjoy this one as well. And since I had extra points, I grabbed that beauty drink as well just to try it out.

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Dazzle Dry Essentials and Nail Polish

Dazzle Dry had a holiday sale where all items in their store got a major discount! I grabbed myself some essentials, two bottles of Nail Prep (Php100 each) and a top coat (Php400), as well as four bottles of nail polish at Php360 each. I was able to score the following shades: Arctic Sunset, Morning Dew, Pixie Green with Envy, and Blueberry Sno Cone. Can’t wait to show you my swatches!

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I was not actually planning to buy anything this month, but I passed by two stalls of Girlstuff this month and could not resist getting these goodies. At the SM North Department Store stall I got two bottles of Girlstuff nail polish (Going Green and Twilight) at Php99 each.

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At the SM Megamall stall I got some nail art tools: a dotting tool with different sized head (Php50), a gold striping tape (Php50) and a stamping plate (Php80). It’s pretty cool that Girlstuff started selling these! They also have brush sets, studs and gems, and nail stickers available.

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I also bought these Glamworks Nose Strips in Green Tea and Charcoal at Watsons, as it was a buy the second one for 50%. So both of these I got for only Php150!

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I joined and won Glamourbox and Avon’s skincare set raffle by submitting a review of the Avon Genics Gen-Protect Treatment. I received this set of Avon skin care which includes a full sized Avon Anew Genics Treatment Cream, and a bunch of sample sachets of the Avon Anew Genics Eye Treatment, Treatment Cream and Treatment Concentrate.

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Finally, from the Asian Secrets Spa launch event I got this nice Aquazorb hand towel and a set of the new Asian Secrets Lulur Facial Scrub.

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Not really a huge haul this month, which is a good sign! 😀

My latest Sampleroom haul consisted of the following items: Godiva LicoWhite™ Whitening Lotion with SPF 15 (8 sachets of 6ml each), VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Sport 70 (5 ml sample tube), and The Body Shop Moisture White™ Shisho BB SERUM INSIDE (5 sachets of 1.5ml each). I would like to share with you my impressions of these items so that you can decide whether to get them or not while there are still samples available.

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1. Godiva LicoWhite™ Whitening Lotion with SPF 15

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I am a huge lotion fan, and I didn’t hesitate to grab this when it became available at Sampleroom even if the main draw was the whitening. I didn’t really need the whitening aspect, but what intrigued me was that it was a lotion with SPF. While I could not vouch for the whitening, I can definitely say that I love the texture and scent of this lotion. It also did not irritate my sensitive skin. I can consider adding this to my stable of lotions once I run out. The sample costs 25 points, and the full sized 100ml bottle costs Php120 and is available in supermarkets and drugstores.

2. VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Sport 70

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VMV has always struck me as the epitome of sensitive skin friendly, especially with that Hypoallergenics in the name. Therefore it was a no-brainer to grab this. It’s a sunscreen that comes in a novel tube that comes with its own spatula. I usually put this on my face when the day is unusually hot, but it can also be used for the body. Putting makeup on top of this is not an issue. A little goes a long way for this! The sample costs 50 points, and the full sized 185g/85g tube costs Php2080/Php1500 respectively and is available at VMV counters in malls. It sounds pretty pricey, but take note that the sample is only 5ml and it will take some time to finish!

3. The Body Shop Moisture White™ Shiso BB SERUM INSIDE

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Lastly we have the BB cream sample from The Body Shop. TBS is noted for its mostly cruelty-free products, so I was quite excited to try this out. This Moisture White Shiso variant contains shiso, vitamin C and liquorice, and Community Fair Trade organic aloe vera, and targets hyperpigmentation, improves luminosity and evens skin tone. I like the fact that it has a lot of skincare factor in this face base. The only problem with this is that the shade is too light for my skin tone. There is a distinct white cast, and I definitely needed the help of a finishing powder to darken it back to skin tone. This sample costs 60 points, and the full sized 30ml tube is Php1395.

Bonus! I received a 15% off voucher for the Beauty & Minerals online store! Amazing! Thanks Sampleroom!


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