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I had originally intended to publish separate reviews for these two eye pencils, but the inner lazy in me reared up its ugly head. Presenting my combined review of the two Eye of Horus eye pencils that I have: the Natural Smokey Eye Pencil, and the Nubian Brown Goddess Pencil.

Eye of Horus is an Australian company that focuses on using natural waxes and oils in their products. The aim is to make sensitive-skin-friendly eye products, and their company tagline is “to awaken the goddess in every woman”. Each of their eye pencils (as well as the mascara and eyeliner) costs Php990.

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The have the same length, and both come with a smudger on the opposite end of the pencil. The one with the gold cap is the Natural Smokey Eye Pencil while the one with the brown cap (which is almost indistinguishable from the black caps btw) is the Nubian Brown Goddess Pencil.

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A close up of the pencils show the branding near the pencil side and the name of the product on the smudger side. For the Natural Smokey Eye, it has the following on the back: “Long wearing liner pencil for exotic eyes; With Mango & Jojoba Oil PARABEN FREE” and the shade which is black.

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For the Nubian Brown Goddess Pencil, the name of the product is the one near the pencil side while the branding is on the smudger side. At the back it states “Smoothest velvet waterproof formula glides without smudging. Long Lasting. PARABEN FREE” and the shade (in case it wasn’t clear) which is brown.

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Here are the swatches on my arm. As you can see, the Nubian Brown Goddess Pencil is a very dark brown and is actually almost black. The nice thing about these pencils is that once they set, they stay put! The not-so-nice thing about these pencils though not a fault of theirs is that I find it hard to use. No matter how much I try, I could not get a thin line from these pencils even newly sharpened. I would admit however that a majority of that is my decided inexpertise on lining my eyes.

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Here is my attempt on lining my eyes with the Nubian Brown Goddess Pencil. It’s a little cringeworthy, as you can see some uneven blobs of it in the middle. I smudged it with the smudger end to help it set. If I didn’t, I would get even more blobs of product but in the middle of my lid (thanks, hooded eyes).

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It kind of looks better when my eyes are opened. Or so I would like to believe! Some people have told me you can use these pencils for a smokey-eye effect (even the colored ones!) but I haven’t tried that yet. All in all I really like these pencils, even if I am not using them to their maximum potential. I would really like to collect these, especially the Teal Malachite and Emerald Tabula ones. I’m also excited as they will be releasing their eyeshadow palettes soon!

Eye of Horus is available through the Glamourbox Boutique and selected Snoe Beauty kiosks. EoH is cruelty-free.

Pros: very pigmented; long-lasting; waterproof; cruelty-free

Cons: expensive, a little difficult to find/purchase

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This is one of the things I had been wanting to get ever since I saw it on Tina’s blog (What Tina Loves). Unfortunately I misremembered and got the non-automatic pencil. I got the Essence Kajal Pencil in Everybody’s Darling, which is a sparkly purple shade. This costs Php79 and I got it from the SM Makati branch. This is how the pencil looks like.

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One of the things that you will notice immediately is how soft the product is. In fact, it broke upon first use! This product requires an extremely light hand for application. Take a look at the swatch on my arm.

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It’s a really great shimmery shade, and shows up well on the lids too.

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It’s quite buildable (just use a really light hand!) and relatively long wearing too. As you can see my under-eye was already sweating, but the Essence eye pencil was pretty much unaffected.

Pros: inexpensive; beautiful shade of purple

Cons: super soft product, needs a light hand; available only in a few locations

I’ve been itching to go shopping and finally I was able to find the time to do so. I ended up with this gigantic haul from Watsons near my office. Warning: Long Haul Post ahead.

Let’s start with this pair of Watsons Round Puffs, each a set of 100 cotton rounds. I got them both for Php89 (it was on a Buy 1 Take 1 sale). I will always need cotton rounds for my daily skincare, so I thought this was a fair buy.

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Next is Nouveau Classic Collection of 6 claw clips. I want to wear my hair down (instead of up in a ponytail as per usual) and clips are the best way to keep it tidy. This cost me Php 84.75.

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Speaking of hair, I’m on a mission to redeem my lifeless hair. I’ve already started by using the Pantene Miracle Water from my Dec-Jan BDJ Box and the Snoe Oil for All from my Feb Glamourbox. I decided to go for this Hair Treats Hair Spa in Argan Oil. The instructions are basically to massage onto scalp after shampooing and leave on for about 15 minutes with a shower cap, then rinse off. I’m hoping to do this once a week. This 250-g tub cost me Php72.75.

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Next is Myra VitaGlow Tinted Facial Moisturizer with SPF15 in Ivory. In the mornings I have usually been using my Celeteque Hydration Moisturizer plus either my Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream SPF30 or my Maybelline Shine Free Face Powder SPF18. Lately though I’m getting very pressed for time and I want a faster routine for those types of mornings. A tinted moisturizer would serve as moisturizer, sunblock, and face base at the same time and would save me loads of time. It comes sealed for your protection, and this 35-ml tube cost Php135.

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Since I couldn’t test it out in the store and there was only one available shade there (ivory), I decided to immediately break it out and swatch it.

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It may look a little too light for me, but blending it further makes it look more natural and closer to my skin tone.

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I also went ahead and bought two products from Ever Bilena: an eye pencil and a lipstick. This Evera Eye Pencil with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E is a very short brown pencil and cost only Php35.

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The lipstick I bought is Ever Bilena Matte Lipstick in Pink Flame, which cost Php155 (the most expensive item in this haul). It’s an MLBB shade that was the only one that struck my fancy among all the available shades, including those of other lipstick types.

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I went ahead and swatched both the eyeliner and the lipstick. The lipstick is a nice safe pink and the eyeliner is a dark brown, which is exactly what I was hoping for.

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Finally, what is a haul without nail products? I found that Color Trends has new shades (yay!) and I chose this yellow one called Sherbet Mango Yellow. It’s of course the usual price of Php19.75. Next is Bobbie Cocktail Hour Gradation Nail Polish in Pink Cadillac, for Php80. Lastly, a bottle of Chic Nail Color in Love Orchid, a dainty frosted pink, for Php29.25.

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The gradation nail polish is so interesting! I haven’t done gradation on my nails yet, and I can’t wait to find the time to try this out. I couldn’t resist opening it, to show you how sparkly this set is. Check out the glitters on that third bottle.

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There you have it! All these items cost me just a little over Php700. Have you tried any of these? Let me know!


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