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OMG final week! Again as a recap, this challenge requires me to use a different lipstick for five days per week without repetition for the entire challenge. Since I missed one day on Week 2, I’ll see if I can do an extra day this week!

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Day 1: Ever Bilena Matte Lipstick in Pink Flame

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This is probably one of my oldest lipsticks, and something I occasionally go back to when I feel like going matte. This is a really matte pink, and consequently, it’s pretty hard to apply. It drags soooo much, which can be alleviated by putting on a balm beforehand (but might lose a bit of matte-ness). I’m not sure if this particular shade is still available.

Day 2: Avon Shine Attract Lipstick in Rose Pink

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Along with the EB matte lipstick from Day 1, this is also one of my oldest lipsticks. As I knew no Avon lady, I had to use a lot of guts to go into the Avon center along Commonwealth (which I think is really for dealers? I dunno..), run in and grab this, run to the counter to pay, and run out of there! This lipstick uses a balm/lipstick combination where the center is the lipstick part and surrounded by clear balm. It’s actually pretty hard to get the pigment out from the center as it has a tendency to sink into itself, making the balm perpetually longer than the lipstick part.

Day 3: Pixy Semi Matte Lipstick in Red Chili

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This of course came from the loot that I got from the Pixy launch, and this is the darkest red of the three lipsticks I received so of course I wanted to try it out right away. As you can see here, it’s actually pretty shiny for a matte lipstick, although that might be due to the lighting. It’s definitely quite a deep vampy red but doesn’t go into the makes-you-look-old category. It’s relatively longwearing, but does not of course survive eating or drinking. I’ll be writing a full review of this and the other two lipsticks soon!

Day 4: Colour Collection Vitamin E Satin Lipstick in Red Wine

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This was one of the first Colour Collection items that I tried, from Sampleroom. This one is again a pretty dark color, but unfortunately I think it really does go into that makes-you-look-old category. I’m not sure why this one does, but not Red Chili. Maybe it’s in the subtle shine? Red Wine appears to be more matte, and actually less vampy. [PS: Wow that blue tint is so obvious. Sorry, I didn’t have my usual camera here and had to use an apparently highly inferior substitute.]

Day 5: Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Tinted Taupe

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This is yet another nude shade, although this one leans now on the brown side. This is probably my brownest lipstick, and I think it doesn’t look too bad. It’s slightly more longwearing than Peachy Scene, and as it has no shimmer, it’s also more office appropriate.

Day 6: Barenaturals Vitaminstix in I Love You This Smooch

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This one is not quite lipstick; it says it’s a lip butter. This came from one of my earliest Glamourboxes, and have not actually been getting the love it deserves. It’s actually a nice solid neutral lip color, and quite hydrating. I just got distracted by newer, shinier things, and this one got shelved as a result. I should put it back on rotation as this is really a solid item.

There we have it! I’m in a whirlwind of emotions as I type this. I’m quite happy to have completed a makeup challenge. At the same time I’m sad that it’s done, as it was a lot of fun! I’ve discovered through your feedback that I really should be exploring nudes as well since it does not look as bad on me as I think it does. I’m also quite surprised that it turns out that I have more than 20 different lipsticks! I’m looking forward to my next makeup challenge. Here are the recap of the first three weeks.

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Week 3

I challenge all of you to try this 20 Days of Lipstick makeup challenge! No need for an actual blog; you can just use Instagram or Twitter to share your lipstick of the day. Tag me at @becomingsleek on either platform, I’m interested to see what you have!

 

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Have you watched Maleficent and fell in love with Angelina Jolie? No? I respectfully suggest you go now and do so. You will not regret it.

But this post isn’t really about the movie (which is great ofc!), but about the Maleficent makeup. Isn’t it just divine? I still can’t get over that razor-sharp contouring, and that stunningly red lip. In fact, I’m so taken by that red lip that I decided to go and see if I have anything similar in my stash. Here’s what I found, my reds collection.

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From left to right: Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Ripe Raspberry, Avon Vitaluscious Lipstick in Reviving Red, Colour Collection Ultimate Wear Lipstick in Bellissima, Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Standout (top of tub), Colour Collection Ultimate Wear Lipstick in Queen Bee (bottom of tub), Ever Bilena Lipstick in Flaring Cranberry, and Ofra Lipstick #202.

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I wore each of them to check how Maleficent-ish they are. I also just wanted to swatch some lipsticks. Ahem. For reference, above is my lipstick-less state. Let’s start with Colour Collection Ultimate Wear Lipstick in Bellissima.

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As you can see, Bellissima leans somewhat pinkish, and comes out pretty glossy. The red is also quite a lot lighter compared to Maleficent’s. I’ll rate this as 75% Maleficent (according to Pat’s Totally Arbitrary Scale of Lipstick Comparison).

Let’s move on to Colour Collection Ultimate Wear Lipstick in Queen Bee.

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Ignoring some twinges of pain when looking at that tub, I’m glad to see that Queen Bee comes out as a deeper red compared to Bellissima. It’s also still a bit glossy, so I’d put this at a slightly higher 82% Maleficent.

Let’s move on to Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Standout (in another of those tubs).

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Oooh well look at that! This one came out pretty matte (well it should!) which brings it closer to Maleficent in terms of texture. It’s still quite bright though, while we are actually looking for something rather brickish. I’ll say this is 88% Maleficent.

Next we have Avon Vitaluscious Lipstick in Reviving Red.

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This one seems closer now in terms of shade, rather than texture. It seems to lean more brick compared to the first few ones, but it’s quite glossy. I’ll place it the same with Revlon, 88% Maleficent.

Now we come to Ofra Lipstick #202.

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I really like how strikingly bold this is. It does feel like Maleficent, but unfortunately it doesn’t look quite like Maleficent. It is quite matte, but it’s too bright to be called brick red. I’ll go with 85% Maleficent, because it feels closer to the target compared to Queen Bee, but less so than Standout or Reviving Red.

Next we have Ever Bilena Lipstick in Flaring Cranberry.

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I know this would turn out quite on the pink side, but I wanted to see how it looked compared to the others. It’s quite bold, yes, but it’s totally not the right color. I’ll rate it 50% Maleficent.

Last but not the least, Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Ripe Raspberry.

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It’s definitely not a lipstick, but I thought it is red enough to be included here. Unfortunately, while it is quite pigmented as a lip balm, it is not of course as pigmented as the lipsticks. Compared to them it really is quite sheer, although the red is pretty evident. Since this is red and not pink, I can put this at 60% Maleficent.

In conclusion, I didn’t really come that close to Maleficent-level of lipstick. The closest I got is Revlon Matte Balm in Standout and Avon Vitaluscious Lipstick in Reviving Red, both at 88%. It made me realize that I barely have any dark or brick reds, and I have too many bright reds of the same “level”.

No, you didn’t accidentally stumble on a book blog or an internet horror novel. But let me tell you what happened to me recently. As a back story, I have a very small pouch in my normal everyday bag that holds my touch-up items (face powder, lipsticks/balms, perfume). If I didn’t have enough time to do my makeup in the morning, I’d throw what I wanted to use for the day in a separate makeup bag so I can do the rest of my face when I get to the office. In an unrelated note, I have very poor memory and have learned to use different cues to help me remember things.

One day, I did the routine as usual, but I forgot to bring out my makeup bag with me from the car. Now I usually have underground parking in the office so it would not be a big deal to forget my makeup in the car. That day, however, I parked above ground in a place with no shade. You can imagine what happened, in this heat we’re having recently. I had three of my favorite lipsticks in that bag, and they all came out of the bag badly damaged.

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I almost cried when I saw this! My first firsthand experience with melted lipsticks, and it was horrible! I hid them in a box at home for a couple of days because I couldn’t bear to see them like that. The next day, I squared my shoulders and examined the extent of the damage. As I expected, they are all quite melted and reformed half in the original tube and half in the cap. These lipsticks are: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Standout (review), Colour Collection Ultimate Wear Lipstick in Queen Bee (review), and Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in Hibiscus (review).

Bea advised to immediately depot these lipsticks to salvage them. I found a four-level screw-top plastic pots from Daiso Japan (formerly Saizen) and used three levels. It was a very sad and distressing task that I did not do prior research. I just basically scraped out the lipstick from the tube and the cap with a plastic spatula and shoved it into the plastic tubs. Here is how it turned out.

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It’s not as horrible as I imagined, but it’s also not elegant. I just realized that maybe I need to re-melt them so they will go down to the bottom of the tubs and not perched on the side like evil bloody pupae. Unfortunately I do not have a hair dryer, nor am I willing to take a lighter or anything flame near this thing, so it’ll have to do. I did do a test run using a lip brush, and applied the Avon lipstick the next day. It seemed to apply as normal; the melting didn’t seem to affect the actual product. I hope the same is true for the other two.

Has anything happened like this to you? I’d love to hear your product mishaps/accidents and how you dealt with it!

Last weekend I was invited by Aries of Erzullie for my first ever photo shoot. Here is what I did to my face for that shoot.

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I wanted to look fresh and simple. I stayed with only a bare hint of color on the lips. I kept the eyes neutral. I really wish I could have gotten my brows cleaned somehow, but it’ll have to do.

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I got to try my new stuff out! I recently bought a bunch of Ellana products, and also a bit of Pixi cosmetics and my new eye primer from Artdeco!

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PS: I also got a haircut! It’s not that evident in the photos as my hair blended into my car seat, haha!

Products used:

Face

Ellana Minerals Let’s Make It Last Liquid Primer
Ellana Minerals Loose Powder Foundation in Caramel Latte
Avon Ideal Luminous Blush in Peach

Eyes
Ellana Minerals Eyeshadow/Eyebrow Quad
Artdeco Eyeshadow Base
Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Copper Peach
Clinique Extreme Lengthening Mascara

Lips
Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Craving Coral

Today I was feeling the pink, so I decided to unearth my pink eyeshadows and lipstick to feature this color.

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Here I used the bottom middle of my L.A. Colors eyeshadow palette as the lid wash, and the #2 shade from my Avon True Color Eyeshadow Quad in Purple Pop for the outer corner and crease.

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For contrast I used the #4 from Purple Pop as eyeliner. I used Benefit They’re Real Mascara for my lashes.

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To top it all off I used Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Lollipop for my lips.

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Products used:

Face

Barenaturals Face Primer
Holika Holika Face 2 Change CC Cream
Avon Ideal Luminous Blush in Peach
Snoe Poudre Extraordinaire (shade unknown)

Eyes
In2It Eyebrow Powder in Eyebrowns
Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base
Avon True Color Eyeshadow Quad
LA Colors eyeshadow palette
Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Lips
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Lollipop

Last month I swatched the three mineral eyeshadows  I received from Kira, and Tellie challenged me to come up with an eye makeup look that featured all three. After a whole month of diddling about, I finally found the opportunity to play around with the eyeshadows. Before I present the results, here again are the three shades and the swatches.

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What I did was to use Charmed as lidwash on the inner 2/3 of the eye, and put Thistle on the outer 1/3 and blended it into the crease. Sonic was used as a highlight in the tearduct and browbone. I used the foiling technique (aka damp brush). The brushes I used were all from Artist Studio. Here’s how it turned out.

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And here’s a close up.

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It’s a little weird how it ended up. The green eyeshadow is now almost completely invisible and turns up only as hints on the crease (the green you see near the upper lashline is a green eyeliner). It did spread out its glitter all over the lid though. The purple also isn’t as deep as the swatch suggested. I used my trusty Essence eyeshadow base underneath all this. Here’s another shot, although rather blurred.

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Products used:

Face

Barenaturals Face Primer
Colour Collection Age Defying BB Cream
Avon Ideal Luminous Blush in Peach
Snoe Poudre Extraordinaire (shade unknown)

Eyes
In2It Eyebrow Powder in Eyebrowns
Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base
Silk Naturals Mineral Eyeshadow in Sonic, Charmed, and Thistle
NYX Eye Pencil in Green

Lips
Barenaturals Vitaminstix in I Love You This Smooch

My husband and I rarely celebrate Valentines Day on the actual day itself, mostly because eating out, parking, and traffic are all such a hassle. We just celebrate on some other day, and this year we took our daughter along for a Valentines family day.

On the actual Valentines Day itself, I had to go to work. I didn’t want to let the day pass without somehow looking a bit dolled up! I amped up my “office” look a bit by going for a somewhat smokey eye look. My go-to eye palette was again the Saizen Eye Shadow in Brown.

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I used #3 as the overall lid color, and #4 on the crease and outer corner. Underneath all of that I used the Crystal Cream Eyecolor to put a bit of sparkle.

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Here’s a better view of the eye look without the glasses.

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Products used:

Face

Holika Holika Face 2 Change CC Cream
Avon Ideal Luminous Blush in Peach
Essence All About Matt! Fixing Loose Powder

Eyes
In2It Eyebrow Powder in Eyebrowns
Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base
Saizen Eye Shadow in Brown
Saizen Crystal Cream Eyecolor in Cocoa

Lips
Ever Bilena Shade Lipstick in Flaring Cranberry

Eyeshadow experts, I need your feedback! What can I do to improve my eyeshadow application?

Makeup is such a versatile tool and can really change a girl’s look if done correctly. I was able to use this to good effect when I needed a severe office look to help me face one of my toughest challenges as a manager. I wanted a “mega taray” look because I wanted to project a certain image.

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Red lipstick is the centerpiece, a shade I don’t normally wear to the office and something I would usually associate with the word “taray”. I supported it with a light blush, dark brows, and some pinkish-red eyeshadows.

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Products used:

Face
Barenaturals Face Primer
Colour Collection Age Defying BB Cream
Avon Ideal Luminous Blush in Peach
Essence Mattifying Finishing Powder

Eyes
In2It Eyebrow Powder in Eyebrowns
Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base
Ellefar Princess Chifon Eyeshadow Palette in Twilight (upper right)
Nichido Naturally Beautiful Palette (third from the right)
Fairydrops Platinum Mascara

Lips
Ofra Lipstick #202
Avon Ultra Glazewear Lip Gloss in Fiery Red

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I would love to hear your thoughts about this look!

After a long period of no unboxing, I finally get to do my favorite activity again! Presenting the much-awaited December Glamourbox: Secret Santa! Glamourbox says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, we bring you delightful goodies to jazz up your holidays. Here’s to a glitzy Christmas and more divine beauty discoveries for the New Year!” Let’s see what our holiday box contains!

Warning: Photo-intensive post ahead! [You can click on each photo for a bigger size.]

The welcome card greets us upon unboxing, containing the abovementioned quote.

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Here is the back of the welcome card.

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The very first thing that jumps out at you when you unwrap the paper wrapper is this big and heavy bottle of The Cream Factory Bath Cream. There’s been a recent buzz on this luxurious-sounding (and -smelling!) bath cream and I regret not being able to try this out for myself. Thankfully Glamourbox included it in the holiday box and I am so excited to try this out! I got the Goat’s Milk & Seaweed variant. The full sized bottle (768ml) costs Php699 (this one is 221ml, costing Php201.44) and is available in the Glamourbox Boutique (they have nine variants available!).

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The next thing I noticed in the box is this cute Holika Holika Pure Mellow Multi-Puff. It is similar to the much-raved Beauty Blender sponge and I expect the purpose is the same. According to the welcome card this is to be used for any cream product for the face. It’s very small, and for some reason it smells yummy! I can’t decide whether to try it right away, or to not use it at all as it’s too cute! This full sized puff (25g) is Php265.

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There is another Holika Holika product in the box, a sampler of Face 2 Change CC Cream in Pink Beige. This will be my first CC Cream experience, and I am so excited to see how it differs from BB creams. This CC cream contains hyaluronic acid and argan oil, great for the skin! It also has SPF32! This is probably a 10-ml sample at best (full sized 50ml at Php855) so this tube costs Php171. Other Holika Holika products are available at the Glamourbox Boutique.

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The next biggest item in the box is Avon Fragrance in Only Imagine. Normally I would have been disappointed in getting fragrance in my beauty boxes, but I am making an exception with this one. The bottle of Only Imagine is just too pretty, and it even comes with a cute scrunchie decoration! I’m torn between keeping this to myself or gifting it to someone who likes fragrance more than me. It smells good btw! This full sized 50ml bottle costs Php1500 (wow!). I hope Glamourbox offers Avon products in their Boutique soon!

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A tiny bottle from Zen Zest is what caught my attention next. Strangely enough it’s not a beauty or fashion item. It’s Kitchen Fragrance in Choco Cappucino, a spray fragrance to remove overpowering food scents. I feel a little ambivalent about this, since I don’t cook as often recently. It will come in useful when I do though, so I’m keeping this! I love Zen Zest fragrances in general so I don’t doubt that this will work. This 50ml sample costs Php50 (full size 250ml is Php250). Zen Zest is available in most malls I believe.

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One of my favorite items in this box is the bonus item Fabulosa Necklace, a very simple gold chain with wings pendant. I love wings so this one is just perfect for me! I wore it right away and it looks awesome even with just a tshirt. Fabulosa is a statement jewelry shop in facebook and offers gorgeous necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings. This particular sample necklace even comes with a discount code!

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The second bonus item included in Secret Santa is a pair of skin care samples from Paula’s Choice. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this brand and I look forward to trying these out. I got a Skin Perfecting 1% BHA Lotion (an exfoliant) and a Skin Balancing Invisible Finish Moisture Gel (a moisturizer). Paula’s Choice products can be ordered through their website here.

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Lastly we have a 10% off voucher from Strip It, applicable until January 2014. It can be applied to their sugaring kits and other skin and body care products.

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My impression of the Secret Santa Glamourbox: I really love this month’s box! My favorite items are The Cream Factory bath cream and the Fabulosa necklace, and I don’t at all object to the other items in this box. Most of the brands are new to me (except Avon and Zen Zest)  and I appreciate being able to try them out. Kudos on another great box, Glamourbox!

Value review: The total value of this box is about Php2100, excluding the bonus items (Fabulosa necklace and Paula’s Choice skincare samples) and voucher. This is about three times the subscription cost of Php595, which is a pretty good value. Granted more than half of that is the Avon fragrance, I still think it’s pretty good. Looking forward to the next one!

Here are my favorites for the month of October.

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1. [Skincare] Avon Anew Genics Gen-Protect SPF15 Treatment

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When I unboxed this last month (Glamourbox Beauty SOS) I didn’t really give this a big deal. Fortunately it turned out to be a really good day cream! I have been using this since I received this and I love this to bits! It has made my skin quite manageable and it definitely did not make it react negatively. As a bonus, it has SPF15 so theoretically you can go out with just this on your face (and I have!). I love the luxe glass bottle with pump as one pump gives out the exact amount of product for the whole face. This would definitely be a mainstay in my routine even at Php1299 a pop, but unfortunately Avon is not cruelty-free.

2. [Lips] Ofra Lipstick #202

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Glamourbox has a double-whammy for me this month! My favorite lip product is the Ofra Lipstick #202, from the same Beauty SOS box. It is perhaps my best red in my collection so far. I love how it feels on the lips, and it looks quite good with my skin tone.

3. [Face] Etude House Baby Choux Base in Mint Choux

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My favorite face base this month is my newly acquired primer/facebase, the Etude House Baby Choux Base in Mint Choux. I’ve recently just reviewed it. The factor that made it my favorite this month is the versatility of this product. I mostly use it as a substitute for BB cream/foundation, but this performs really well too as a primer and face base. It’s not a very expensive one at that too!

4. [Body] Godiva LicoWhite Whitening Lotion

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I was lucky to get a sample of this from Sampleroom, and the one pictured above is the last of the sachets. I really like how this feels on the skin, and I like how it smells too. I can’t quite comment on the whitening part since I’ve only been using it for about three weeks, but I wouldn’t mind buying a full sized bottle to see how it performs in the long term.

5. [Nails/Tools] BK Nails Dotting Tools

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These dotting tools helped me create my most recent nail arts, and I really like how they perform. I would love to feature more dots on my nails, and these will definitely be used a lot. I bought these separately, but both are found in Landmark Trinoma.


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