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Today I want to talk to you about skincare, specifically my current night routine. I changed it up a bit to try some new items/steps that I haven’t done before or haven’t been doing regularly.

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Makeup removers

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This is actually where I’m rotating several things to try them out, but Bifesta has been my mainstay for some time. I am about to try out the Bifesta Cleansing Lotion Agecare variant because I want to focus on anti-aging. The other items I’m trying are Nippon Makeup Remover Lotion, Celeteque Advanced Anti-Aging Cleansing Oil, and Bifesta Eye Makeup Remover. I’m pretty excited about that last one since I’ve been waiting forever for a good (yet affordable) bi-phase remover for those stubborn waterproof eye makeup.

Cleanser

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My new cleanser is ZA Perfect Solution Cleansing Foam (from The Beauty Junkee giveaway loot). It’s my first time using a cleansing foam and I’m having so much fun with it! I love lather and it only requires the tiniest of the product to make enough lather for my whole face. I feel really clean and actually moisturized after washing my face with this.

Toner

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This is the only one that I haven’t changed. I’ve been using Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner for quite some time and it’s still my favorite toner by far. I don’t really use it every night, only on nights when I’m feeling extra clogged. I bought this big bottle way back last year (!!) and I’m not really even halfway through it!

Essence/Serum

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This is the new step I’ve introduced to my routine. I’ve decided to really focus on a consistent and complete night routine so I’ve added the essence/serum step (from the Korean and Japanese multistep skincare routines). I chose Etude House Moistfull Collagen Essence because collagen is something I associate with anti-aging. I’m so far liking it, and the packaging feels pretty luxe with that glass bottle. I plan to write a full review of this once I’ve used it for a few months.

Eye Cream

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This is where I’m the most inconsistent. I only put on eye cream when I happen to remember it! Right now my eye cream on rotation is a sample tub of Clinique All About Eyes. It’s not particularly remarkable, and I guess I’m still on the hunt for a good eye cream that I’ll feel connected to.

Cream

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The cream I have started trying is the partner of my cleanser. It’s ZA Perfect Solution Restoring Collagen Cream (also from TBJ gift pack). I love how it ties in with the Etude House collagen line. The bright metallic pink cap is also quite unique. The cream itself is pretty thick and heavy, which makes me be thankful that it comes at the end (usually) of my routine. It basically seals in everything I just piled on. It can be a bit stifling in hot weather but at least recently it’s been getting colder.

Sleeping Pack

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I’ve tried one other sleeping pack (Laneige) and loved it, which is why I decided to get the essence’s partner in the same line. Etude House Moistfull Collagen Sleeping Pack is just that: the sleeping pack part of the routine. It’s pretty gel-like in consistency, and doesn’t really feel bad atop the cream as it’s almost weightless. It’s also not meant to be used nightly; maybe twice a week at most. The main difference between this and the Laneige Sleeping Pack is that the EH one needs to be rinsed off the following morning. I haven’t even used any in the tub yet as I’m using up the product stuck on the lid! This is going to last me a loooong time!

Miscellaneous

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These are just for specific items that I use for specific issues (which isn’t nightly, thank goodness!). Belo AcnePro Pimple Gel for the occasional flare ups; VMV Id Monolaurin Gel for the more serious acne; and VMV Grandma Minnie’s Booboo Balm for, well, booboos! These are used only on an as-needed basis.

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There we have it! It may seem like a pretty tedious process, and it is, but I want to really dedicate some time in my evenings for skin care. I’m already in my 30s and it’s about time I start on a serious anti-aging regimen. Did you try any of these products? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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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?

I’m sure you are aware of the resting bitch face. Urban dictionary defines it as “a person, usually a girl, who naturally looks mean when her face is expressionless, without meaning to.” Fortunately, I don’t have that, but I do have what I would call resting sad face. Apparently I look sad or depressed when I am expressionless. I have more than one person per week come up to me asking if I’m okay, when I was actually feeling pretty upbeat! Maybe I need to smile more…

Anyway! I would like to share with you one of the ways I reuse my empty Glamourboxes. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but Glamourboxes are pretty large and sturdy and really quite reusable.

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Since the boxes are nicely sturdy, I use them as trays/containers for my nail polishes. Here you see one and a half Glamourboxes holding my favorite polishes and nail art equipment. I also use another box as a tray where I put my selected supplies so I don’t need to bring an entire box of polishes every time.

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Here’s a closer look at the individual trays. This box is where I put my (growing) collection of Dazzle Dry nail polishes. On the corner is my lone Rescue Beauty Lounge lacquer.

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This one holds my “other” brands. I have here a surprising amount of OMG polishes and a bit of Girlstuff, Models Own, San San, Essence, and Etude House. There’s also lone representatives from Misa, BYS, and Bobbie.

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Finally this one holds my nail art supplies. Most of it is actually from the Nailinator as I won one of her contests.

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Writing this post makes me realize that I might have a bit too much nail polish (you don’t say?!). At the same time, I also feel like my boxes can hold a bit more bottles and there’s that really horrible nagging thought that I have maybe five more unused Glamourboxes hanging around. I…I’m addicted, aren’t I?

How do you recycle your subscription box boxes?

Welcome to Part 3 of my ambitious nail polish remover review series, where I attempt to review as much nail polish remover brands as I can. Here is the photo of all the nail polish removers I have.

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For my last installment of my nail polish remover reviews, I am reviewing two Etude House nail polish removers. Both of them are named Nail Removers (but they don’t remove nails, just polish). The pink one is #1 Mild, while the purple one is #2 Extra Power. Don’t you just love Korean naming conventions?

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#1 Mild is their regular nail polish remover. The smell is a little strong, but it removes regular nail polish easily and effectively. This is actually my second favorite after the Dazzle Dry Lemongrass Nail Polish Remover. If I am not mistaken, this bottle contains 100ml of product, and costs around Php98.

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#2 Extra Power on the other hand, as the name suggests, is a much stronger formulation designed to remove glitter polishes. Let me tell you, this is such an awesome find! If you love using glitter polishes but hate the removal afterwards, I urge you to get this and you will never hesitate to use glitter polishes anymore. This remover effectively dissolves the binders in the glitter polishes and makes it easy to wipe away the glitters. You may have to use a bit more product for the more stubborn ones but it does work pretty well compared to regular nail polish removers. This bottle also has 100ml of product, and costs around Php128.

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There you have it! I hope you enjoyed this series and found it useful.

Nail Polish Remover Review Series

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.

Last September I was able to take advantage of Etude House’s rare 20% sale event, in celebration of reaching 200,000 likes for their FB page. One of the things on my wish list is the Sweet Recipe Baby Choux Base in #01 Mint Choux (the green one). The green base is for combating redness. Etude House has two other shades of this – the #02 Berry Choux (for pale skin tones) and #03 Peach Choux (for yellowish skin).

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This product originally came in a luxe glass tub with a plastic lid. I think this version has already been phased out, and they only sell the tube version these days. The Baby Choux Base line is meant to be a makeup base and primer, but it can also be used alone (which is how I use it most of the time). My face tends to be red-tinted most days which is why I wanted to get this Mint Choux.

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As you can see, the tube version is actually handier in dispensing the product. It is very similar to most BB cream tubes, with a narrow spout to control the amount of product dispensed. When you first buy it, the tube is sealed for your protection.

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The actual product is very green. When applied onto the skin it still is pretty green, but the point of this is really to combat redness. It’s supposed to neutralize the redness with the green tint, and it should resolve into natural skin tone afterwards.

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Here is my bare face (prepped with skin care). As you can see, the redness is pretty evident on my cheeks and forehead.

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If you check out the initial swipe on the skin, the product is still pretty much green, and might look strange.

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When spread out and blended, it eventually fades into natural tone. It is a little bit light on me, but it can easily be toned down with a finishing powder. The important part here is that it really acts like a primer in that it smoothens the skin and fills in the pores a little bit.

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I would usually just wear this alone since it really evens out my skin and acts almost like a sheer BB cream. It even has SPF25! It has the bonus of smelling really yummy, like some sweet pastry.

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This 25g tube normally costs Php628, but with the sale I only paid Php502.40 for this. It is available in Etude House stores around the metro. Etude House is cruelty free.

Pros: neutralizes redness; smells great; acts as primer+makeup base; reasonably priced; cruelty free

Cons: none really!

I expect to have less and less hauls as the months roll by. I’ve been spending too much and I’ve already received a lot of interesting stuff to try, so I have decided to tone down my purchases. Here are the things I bought for the month of September.

1. Artist Studio Foundation Brush and Lip Brush

This has been on my wish list for some time as I’m working my way to a complete set of Artist Studio brushes. The foundation brush costs Php79.75 while the lip brush is Php49.75.

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2. Gift from Celeteque

I received this unexpectedly in the mail this September. It came in a gigantic brown box and it contained this neat transparent tote. It also has these four Celeteque products that I don’t mind receiving at all: Soothing Lip Balm, Anti-Wrinkle Collagen Gel, Eye Tuck Plus Dark Circles Lightener, and the small version of the Cleansing Oil. Thank you Celeteque!

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3. Goody Event Loot Bag

I attended the Goody Come Play event last September 14, and received the following in the Loot Bag (clockwise from the top): Philips Avent resealable cup, Nippon Esthetics Wedge Sponges, blue Sharpie, PH Care Intimate Wash in Cool Wind sachet, Celeteque Soothing Lip Balm, Vitress Cuticle Coat, Vitress Hair Polish, 2x Goody Ouchless Elastics, vouchers from Beauty N Butter and Philips Avent. Thank you for the wonderful event, Goody!

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4. Nippon Esthetics Dual Ended Cotton Tips and Cleansing Sponge

In the same Goody event, I went over to the Nippon Esthetics booth and got a free cleaning of my brushes as well as a pack of cleansing sponges. I love how the cleansing sponges perform and I definitely appreciate receiving these. While waiting for my brushes to get clean, I saw this tub of cotton tips with the all-too-rare pointed ends. I immediately got one, and it costs only Php40. I use this a lot for cleaning up after doing nail art.

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5. Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner, Sweet Recipe Baby Choux Base in Mint, and Nail Remover Mild

It happened! Etude House Philippines has achieved 200k likes on FB, and as promised, they held a 20% off on ALL products. I went last September 16, the Pink Membership exclusive day. I wanted to get the whole range of the Wonder Pore (cleansing foam, freshner, clay mask) but unfortunately the Greenbelt branch only had the freshner. This big bottle costs Php798 normally, but with the sale it only costs Php638.40.

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I have also been waiting for the Mint Baby Choux Base to be released, but strangely EH seems to have phased out the tub version and only have the tube version now. It costs the same as before, normally at Php628, but with the sale it’s down to Php502.40.

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Lastly I wanted to get the mild version of the Nail (Polish) Remover. This is normally Php98, but I got it for just Php78.40. I was pleased with the Extra Strong version so I wanted to see how the mild one performs.

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6. Sampleroom

This month I was able to snag two Sampleroom loots. The first features the Shiseido Ibuki Eye Correcting Cream (awesome, this!), and I added a batch of Carbtrim to go with it. I’ve always wanted to try the new line from Shiseido and thanks to Sampleroom I was able to try the eye cream. I’ve always enjoyed drinking Carbtrim too. Now whether it works as claimed is still yet to be determined, as I am fairly inconsistent when drinking this. The eye cream is worth 70 points while the carbtrim is 45 points.

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The second set was when Sampleroom released the goodies from Beauty and Minerals makeup store. I immediately snagged myself the Charm brush (75 points) and I ordered the Inti-Mate Bra Converter (50 points) as well. The bra converter came in a set of three, but I immediately gave one to my sister-in-law so she can try it too.

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7. OMG Crystal Sand in Hematite, Indian Red, Emerald, and Citrine

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I of course couldn’t resist getting the rest of the set of OMG Crystal Sand. I’ve swatched the first three, and I decided to get the other four because it really is so worth it. It’s very pretty and there’s nothing more affordable than this! I bought this from Landmark, Trinoma.

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8. Erzullie Fashion Feast Sale

Erzullie is a brand I’ve recently discovered through twitter, and I like the fact that the ladies behind it are very hands on toward their customers. Erzullie is a clothing brand that caters to plus-size women, and designs pieces that flatter the curvier figure. I decided to give them a try when they held a sale of a whopping Php300 per item as long as supplies last. Unfortunately I came in too late, and didn’t really have the pieces I was eyeing beforehand. Nevertheless! I was able to snag four (plus one) items from the remaining stocks. I only have pictures of two in action (black blazer and bolero). The other two are a black palazzo pants and a black kimono top. (Puro black you ask? Ubos na yung mga colored, for my size! T_T ) As I mentioned earlier, each of these are just Php300 each, and are probably less than half of their full price. Amaaaazing. When I was going out the door Aries (one of the ladies behind the brand) gave me a cute skirt with huge white ruffles, a fun piece!

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9. Eye of Horus Nubian Brown Goddess Pencil

A last minute addition! I won the Glamourbox x Eye of Horus giveaway on facebook for one of ten EoH Nubian Brown Goddess Pencils, and it arrived on the same day that the Beauty SOS Glamourbox did. I really like how carefully Glamourbox does its packaging, making sure that my new pencil will not break in transit. I’ve only tried it once so far and I’m already liking it!

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There you have it! This haul isn’t as small as I initially thought!

Let me show you what I got this June-July. You will already have seen some of these in my posts, but I wanted to gather all of them together in a massive haul post.

1. Dazzle Dry Me d’Forest Queen and Dazzle Dry Thinner

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This is a very late June buy. My Afternoon Tea samples were getting a little dry and I wanted to revive them a little. I bought this thinner from the Dazzle Dry website, and I decided to get Me d’Forest Queen at the same time to save on shipping. The thinner worked as expected of course. It costs Php175, while the lacquer is Php450.

2. Artist Studio Brushes: Powder Brush, Eyeshadow Brush, Angled Flat-top Brush, Angled Liner Brush

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I haven’t done a review of these yet, but I am using these four almost every day.  The brushes are very affordable and do a very swell job of helping me apply makeup. Unlike other cheap brushes, I haven’t experienced any shedding yet. The small brushes are Php49.50 while the big brushes were something like Php129.50, all bought from Landmark Trinoma.

3. The Face Shop Lovely Me:Ex Nail Remover

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This is another item in my future nail polish remover comparison. It costs Php78, and I got it from the Trinoma branch.

4. S&H Boots

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I got this from the I’m Shoe in Love Bazaar at the NBC Tent last July 20.

5. Etude House Nail Remover (Extra Strong)

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Yes! After a long long search I’ve finally completed my lineup for the epic comparison post. This is the Extra Strong variant (purple) and costs Php129.50. Etude House has a milder version (pink) and costs Php95. The sales assistant told me that this variant is usually for removing glitter polishes. I bought this from the EH branch in Megamall.

Note that this and the Face Shop one both say “Nail Remover”. They actually just remove the nail polish, not the nails!

6. Girlstuff Nail Polish in Nina

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I’ve been hearing about this brand from my fellow bloggers and I got super curious. I chose Nina, a nice peachy-red glitter shade, which was also recommended by the sales assistant. Can’t wait to try it out! I got this from the Girlstuff stall in Megamall.

Whew that was a rather huge haul. This is a sort  of preview of what you will find in the blog for the month of August.

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.

Let’s break our personal barriers! I’m going to break mine and post a FOTD today. I’m always nervous about posting my face around the internet, but we don’t learn anything if we don’t master our fears. So! Here’s my first ever Face of the Day.

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Here are the products I used:

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Face products (L-R): Elf Concealer Stick, Celeteque Dermoscience Hydration Facial Moisturizer, Etude House Precious Mineral Bright Fit BB Cream, Nichido Loose Powder, Ever Bilena Powder Blush in Baby Pink

Eye and lip products (Clockwise from left): Creation Eyeshadow from Saizen, Eye of Horus Natural Smokey Eye Pencil, Etude House Oh m’Eye Lash Mascara, Ever Bilena Matte Lipstick in Pink Flame, Venus and Mars Smooch Lip Detox

I’m not sure if you could see it, but check out the Nouveau clip I wore.

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Let’s have an awkward nerdy smile to end this first FOTD post.

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