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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?

In my October haul I bought this Girlstuff Nail Polish in Going Green at the SM North Department Store for Php99. It’s a pretty bright leafy green.

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The formula seems good, and applied evenly. I used two coats for this swatch, no top coat.

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I also bought this gold striping tape, this time from the SM Megamall kiosk for Php50.

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I decided to give it a shot and did a gold-and-green mani to show it off.

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I used two stripes on each finger (except ring). I applied it on after the nail polish dried, and cut it off using some sharp scissors. As expected, I could only do this for my left hand. I used Essence Gold Fever for the accent nail on my left hand, and all nails on the right.

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I would say that Girlstuff Going Green is a really great nail polish. Except that when I took it off two days later, this happened:

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I think that this particular polish has some strange staining ingredient in it, and made all ten of my fingernails look sick and ugly. I did use a base coat to protect my nails (Dazzle Dry Base Coat) but it didn’t help much in this case. If you guys know how to remove the stains, please let me know!

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! 😀

This is my Halloween special! My inspiration for these eyeballs come from this great tutorial from The Bubbly Brunette. I did nothing new really, I just followed her instructions to the letter.

I used the following for this nail art: Dazzle Dry Base and Top Coats, Dazzle Dry Electrifying, White Lightning, and Forget Me Not, Girlstuff Twilight, BK Nail Dotting Tools and Striper Brush.

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The steps are the following:

  1. Prep the nails with DD Base Coat.
  2. Paint two coats of White Lightning on the nails.
  3. Using the striper brush, paint short red stripes in a radiating pattern using Electrifying. This is going to be the blood vessels.
  4. Using the biggest of the dotting tools, put a big blue circle in the middle of each nail using Forget Me Not.
  5. Using a slightly smaller dotting tool, put a slightly smaller black circle in the middle of the blue circle to denote the pupil, using Girlstuff Twilight.
  6. FInally, using the smallest of the dotting heads, put a small white circle slightly off-center using White Lightning, to denote the reflection.
  7. Apply DD Top Coat.

Here’s the final look!

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Not bad isn’t it? It looks much better in sunlight of course.

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Check out the right hand. The blood vessels are thicker and straighter, because that’s all my nondominant left can handle!

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Happy Halloween!

One of the nail polishes I bought in my massive August haul is this awesomely summery Girlstuff nail polish: Joanne. It’s another shimmer polish but it seems that the bottle looks slightly different from my first Girlstuff shimmer polish Nina. It also costs Php140 and can be bought from any Girlstuff kiosk.

How can I describe Joanne? It’s a sparkly metallic orange shade that is slightly holographic. It is very similar to how Nina performed, and seems to change its appearance depending on the lighting. Here is how Joanne looks like indoors. Notice how muted the orange looks, although the shimmer is pretty evident.

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Check out how it looks outdoors. The metallic is more noticeable here, and that orange just jumps right out at you.

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However on a different angle, it seems like it’s a deeper shade of orange! I really love how moody this polish is.

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And again, a more muted orange. Very interesting effect!

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Again there is that single drawback to this polish: the very strong smell! But I would love to try other shades, and maybe try a non-shimmer polish next time.

Let me show you what I got this August. Some of these you’ve already encountered in the blog, but I wanted to collect them all in one post. I’ll begin with the ones closest to my heart: nail polish!

1. Essence Nail Polish in Iced Strawberry Cream, Time for Romance, and Gold Fever augusthaul07 augusthaul08 augusthaul09 augusthaul10 augusthaul11 augusthaul12 augusthaul13

I love Essence, and I decided to try out their nail polish line. It was really pretty cheap at Php99 a bottle (even if the bottles are smaller than the other brands’). It was very difficult to keep down my purchases because all the shades were seriously beautiful! I had to content myself with two glitter toppers, the ones I thought looked the best in bottle. The last one, Iced Strawberry Cream, is going to be part of my next giveaway. [Click the thumbnails for the bigger versions!]

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OMG. I can’t believe it myself. I made a super major splurge with this, and it’s a little bit of an impulse buy too. But when Digital Traincase announced in their instagram account that they have extra bottles, I couldn’t stop myself and ordered this much vaunted shade from RBL’s Blogger 2.0 collection. It’s pretty limited edition which is why I took the plunge. This costs a whopping Php1250, and is my most expensive polish purchase to date. This is my birthday gift to myself. (excuses, excuses!) [Click the thumbnails for the bigger versions!]

3. Models Own Nail Polish in Jade Stone and Models Own Nail Art Pen in Black

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These (and #4 below) are again an impulse buy, sadly. Glamourbox held a 2-day only sale for a whopping 25% off on all products last Aug 15-16. I had been wanting to try out the nail polish brands that they carry, so this was the perfect time to do so. I could only afford three, so I chose a green polish (of course!) and a nail art pen from Models Own (unboxed here). I can’t wait to try these out! The nail polish normally costs Php365 and the nail art pen costs Php440 at the Glamourbox Boutique, but I got mine for only Php274 and Php330 respectively! [Click the thumbnails for the bigger versions!]

4. Misa Wanderlust in Frozen in Time

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The third product I ordered from the Glamourbox sale is Frozen In Time from the Misa Wanderlust collection (unboxed here). I checked swatches online and this was the one I liked best. I also actually liked the Taking Chances shade but couldn’t afford it anymore, so I had to content myself with this. Each Misa Wanderlust bottle normally costs Php345 at the Glamourbox Boutique, but I got mine for only Php249. [Click the thumbnails for the bigger versions!]

5. Girlstuff Nail Polish in Joanne and Blues

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I found myself again at the Girlstuff Kiosk Megamall and I couldn’t resist getting a couple of colors. This golden orange Joanne (Php140) is really bright and sparkly, while the Blues shade (Php100) is a great deep blue. I am planning to give one of these away as well, so watch out for it! [Click the thumbnails for the bigger versions!]

The next four items are bought from Landmark, Trinoma.

6. OMG Crystal Sand in Peridot, Opal, and Quartz

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I had a pahabol haul from Landmark, and I couldn’t resist getting some of the OMG polishes. They are just so cheap at Php20 per bottle! My eyes were drawn to a row of beautiful looking Crystal Sand polishes, and these three were my top picks. They look so pretty in the bottle, and I’m hoping that it’ll be just as pretty on the nail. I particularly like Quartz. These are Php20 each.

7. OMG Matte Potion

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Yes I already have a bottle of this, but I purchased a few more to add to my upcoming giveaway. Check out this Matte Potion in action here, here, and here.

8. BK Nail Art Dotting Tool

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I bought another dotting tool from BK Nail Art. My last one had similar sized heads, and I was looking for a tip with a smaller head. Luckily Landmark had a stock of a different dual-ended dotting tool so I grabbed this one. This costs Php60.

9. Kand Stamping Nail Art Set

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I had been considering getting this stamping set for my first attempt at stamping nail art. This seemed like the best plate so I grabbed this one. Watch out for my first attempt soon on the blog! This costs Php80.

After this are the non-nail polish purchases I made this month.  The first three are from SM-Watsons (department store) at Megamall.

10. In2It Waterproof Eyebrow Colour in ER 01 Eyebrowns augusthaul14 augusthaul15 augusthaul17 augusthaul18

I have read many good reviews from local bloggers of this amazing product. I had so far only been using my BYS eyebrow pencil or some of my dark eyeshadows on my eyebrows. Sometimes I think these make my brows look too strong, so I decided to try this In2It eyebrow kit. It comes in three colors that you can mix and match, and it also comes with its own angled brush and mirror. The most amazing part of this product is that it only costs Php299! [Click the thumbnails for the bigger versions!]

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I saw this in The Beauty Junkee and I was sold! I had been having problems with my chin area (there seemed to be weird spots there) and I thought that this is perfect to target the problem. The fact that it’s only Php99 sealed the deal. I can use it on my forehead too! Sulit!

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I’ve finally ran out of the cotton rounds I bought from last March, so I got myself this humongous 3-pack of cotton squares. I find that I’m using up a lot of these because not only do I use it for the face but I also use them for my nails!

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I got this unexpected gift from my mother-in-law. It’s probably a GWP (gift with purchase) since this is sample sized and quite small. The performance is awesome though! It gave me the longest lashes yet of all the mascaras I’ve tried.

14. Colour Collection Vitamin E Lipstick in Red Wine

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This and #11 below are my latest Sampleroom haul. As with the Kissmark matte shade, this costed me 85 points. This Red Wine shade is satin (as opposed to matte or sheer) and is a delicious deep red. I am starting to learn how to wear darker reds, so I decided to get this too when the restocks came in.

15. Zenutrients Baby Love Calendula and Milk Soap

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Along with the CC lipstick above, I also got this newly released sample. I enjoyed my last sample from Zenutrients (All is Well Oil) and I wanted to try another product from them. I loved the calendula factor from my Nivea Baby Smoothy moisturizer and I love milk soaps, so this should be a pretty awesome combination. I’m loving the scent so far! This costed me 30 points in Sampleroom.

16. Clinique All in One Colour Palette

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Another OMG! This certainly is one awesome awesome month for me! This is my mother-in-law’s birthday gift, and my jaw just dropped. My first ever Clinique item and it’s a complete palette! It looks so chic and pristine! This palette has a small mascara tube, five lipstick shades, a neutral eyeshadow quad, a blush, and a face powder. It even comes with a lip brush, a dual-ended eyeshadow brush, a tiny blush brush, and a sponge. This is all the makeup I would need for travel! [Click the thumbnails for the bigger versions!]

17. Tiny Nail Polishes and Lip Makeup

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Just how adorable are these?! The sweet Tellie of Beauty by Tellie gifted me these items which she got from her trip abroad. These are really small nail polish bottles and there is a gloss-and-lipstick sample as well. They are too cute to use, honestly! Thanks again Tellie!

There you have it! If you want me to work on a review on any of these products, just say so in the comments!

Pardon the consecutive nail posts, but I wanted to share with you my entry to Girlstuff’s Nail Art Contest. The theme is National Heroes Day, and this is my interpretation for it. I actually had this idea since around Independence Day but I didn’t have time then to execute it. I thought the design seemed appropriate for National Heroes Day as well. A big thanks to my husband for helping me take this picture!

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The Girlstuff polish I used is Nina (swatched here). I used two coats on the thumb, index finger, and pinky on both hands. For the flag I used the following Dazzle Dry shades: Electrifying (red), Forget-Me-Not (blue), White Lightning (white), and Sahara (yellow). I also used the Dazzle Dry Base and Top Coats.

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Here are the steps I took to do the flag design.

Left hand (painted with my dominant right):

  1. Paint a layer of white lacquer on the ring and middle fingers. If your white polish isn’t very solid, do two layers.
  2. Paint the upper right diagonal (with the hand laid flat) on the middle finger with the blue polish. I only used free hand here, and the polish brushes themselves.
  3. Paint the upper left diagonal on the ring finger with the red polish.
  4. Using a dotting tool, paint two small dots on the lower corners using the yellow polish. Afterwards paint two half-circles in the inner edges to make the sun.

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Right hand (painted with my non dominant left):

  1. Paint a layer of white lacquer on the ring and middle fingers. One layer will do even if the white polish isn’t very solid.
  2. Paint the entire middle finger with the blue polish.
  3. Paint the entire ring finger with the red polish.

I used white polish under the red and the blue polish for the right hand so that the shades will match the colors on the left hand (since the left is painted over the white).

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Can I ask for a favor? If you liked my nail art can you kindly like my official entry over at Girlstuff’s Facebook page? Thank you loads!

This is my first time in a long time to try another brand other than Dazzle Dry. I’ve been hearing a lot of raves about Girlstuff, that it is safe to use even by children. I finally caved in and bought myself a bottle. The sales assistant recommended the shade Nina and mentioned that it is their best seller.

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The bottle is a strangely shaped one. This is supposedly to help save space, since the bottles fit into each other. The cap is wide for an easy grip and the brush is flat. Manufacturing and expiry dates are stamped at the bottom of the bottle.

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Nina is a frosted metallic pink/peach shade. It changes its color depending on the light source.

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It looks very beautiful when viewed under sunlight.

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Each angle seems to bring a different shade of pink.

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The only drawback is that it has a pretty strong smell.

What do you think? Have you tried any Girlstuff polishes?

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.


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