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We’ve seen many kinds of storage options for makeup, such as the currently popular acrylic storage (check this one from The Beauty Bee), or a full vanity table setup (like this again from The Beauty Bee, or this from Erikajjang). Not all of us have the room space for a vanity table, or even the table space for acrylic boxes. As one of such people, I have to resort to other creative options to store my makeup. My solution: a hanging setup.

Basically I purchased one of those hanging storage for accessories; I think this particular one is from Landmark Trinoma, and costs about Php180. I originally purchased this for its intended purpose, for accessories, until I appropriated it for my growing collection of makeup. I like this one particularly because it has many sturdy transparent pockets. I used the entire right side to house my squarish eyeshadow palettes, the left and middle columns for the lipsticks and other miscellaneous items.

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Front of the hanging storage

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Velcro hooks on the back

My pencil-type makeup items are housed in this smaller hanging storage. I think this one is really meant for makeup, but as a traveling kit. I made this a permanent holder for the long, slim makeup items such as eye pencils and mascara tubes. This hanging storage costs slightly more than the first one, I think around Php250.

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Storage for pencil-type items

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Beautiful (but hidden) patterned back

I used these hooks to hang up the two. Here is how it actually looks like, at the side of my closet.

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Complete with hanging salakot

This is of course not everything I have. My bases are untidily stored in a tray inside this cabinet, as well as my larger eyeshadow palettes, and my blushes. I will eventually get a vanity table as it’s really hard to apply makeup standing up but for now, this will do.

What do you use for makeup storage?

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!

One of my great finds this holiday season is this ridiculously awesome metallic gold shade from OMG. It is appropriately named Gold Digger, and is available in Landmark branches. I got this one at Landmark Makati, for the low low price of Php19.75.

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It comes in the usual OMG bottle, with the ingredient information and shade name at the back.

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This is one of the thickest and most pigmented formulas I’ve encountered. It is quite possibly a one-coater, and may not really need a top coat at that. Here’s an indoor shot of the swatch, one coat only and no top coat.

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And here is an outdoor shot. You can see that the middle and ring fingers have a slightly thinner coat, but otherwise this can really be a one-coater. The thick formula may in fact be appropriate for stamping, which I intend to test in the near future.

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Even without a top coat this mani lasted me for about three days without chipping. I’ll be updating this post with a photo of this nail polish with a top coat.

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.

It may be a little early since it’s just the first-ish week of June, but this post serves a reminder for me to stop buying things. You’ll see that I’ve bought a ton of stuff, and I need to consider the wisdom of splurging like this (I’m supposed to be frugal!). I do want to show you the things I bought as a preview of the reviews I’ll be posting soon, and to tell you where to get these things and for how much.

First up is L’Oreal Paris Fall Repair 3x trio of products. I got the big versions of the shampoo (Php110) and conditioner (Php119) from Watsons, and I also got the leave-in tonic (Php259) from SM Department Store (Makati). I bought these to finally address my ongoing hairfall issue. I’ll report back in about a month or so to tell you if these things worked for me.

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I finally caved in and bought this Celeteque Brightening Multi-benefit BB Cream (Php325, Watsons). I couldn’t stand just reading about it on the internet, so I went ahead and tried this for myself. After a few days of use, I can say as a short review that this is a great everyday BB cream that’s very reasonably priced.

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Hooray! I finally found time to drop by SM Makati, and went straight to the Essence booth in the department store. I bought a couple of items: Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base (Php189) and Essence Kajal Pencil in Everybody’s Darling (Php79). I’ve only so far been able to try the Kajal Pencil. I love the color payoff and the fact that it’s pretty long lasting, however the product is very soft and needs a very light touch to apply. I’ll definitely post a review of both of these soon.

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I also got a couple of nail polish removers from SM Department Store as well. I am planning a comparison post of nail polish removers, and I wanted a good range of brands. These two are the Cutex Caring Nail Polish Remover (Php59, 59ml) and Flormar Nail Polish Remover in Orchid Complex (Php149, 125ml).

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I’ve already shown these in my previous post, but I got my first nail art tool. It’s the BK Nail System Dotting Tool (Php69, Landmark Trinoma). It has two heads: a standard straight dotting head and a bent-tip dotting head. I love this tool and I think I can probably not buy further dotting tools.

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I paid a visit to the Commonwealth branch of Human Heart Nature and got this Body Butter Cream in Berry Bliss (Php279). I love this body butter so much as it feels very decadent and smells so wonderful! I pamper with this about once a week after a good long bath. I also bought the May-June magalogue. I got a tip from Aya of CodenameAya that my blog was mentioned there. And it is! I’m still pretty much in shock. I’ll post pictures of that soon.

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This next one is a confession. I went ahead and purchased more stuff from Dazzle Dry since they extended the sale until June 15! I got four (yes four!) more lacquers (Php399 each) and a bottle of nail polish remover (Php325, 240ml). The four shades are (L-R) Strawberry Macaron, Heart of Fire, Love’s Secret, and Electrifying. The polish remover is called Dazzle Dry Lemongrass Nail Polish Remover, which I intend to include in that future comparison post.

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And there you have it! I think I may have a couple of other things I purchased but I don’t remember right now. I’ll update this post when I found those other things, or just consolidate them in another haul post. I don’t really intend to get any more stuff except for more brands of nail polish remover.

Let me know in the comments below which of these you want reviewed first!

My first haul post! I am so excited! I was finally able to get my shopping done this week, and I got the following:

Three San San nail polishes from HBC, Php37 each. Shades: Amethyst, Arctic Green, and Lavender Blush. I needed a purple polish to go with my cocktail dress that I wore to a wedding. I bought two shades of purple just to be safe. I’ll be putting up the swatches soon.

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Lemony Flutter Cuticle Cream from Lush, Php450; Lander Nail Polish Remover from Landmark, Php129.75; Nivea Baby Smoothy Cream from Landmark, Php164.75. As I have developed a rather serious hobby in nail painting, I decided I should be willing to invest in products that will help protect my nails. I’ve seen a lot of recommendations from other lacqueristas for Lemony Flutter, and I’m glad to have found some tubs in the Trinoma branch of Lush. I am also about to run out of my Caronia nail polish remover, so I grabbed this bottle of of Lander. I’ve also gotten raves about the Smoothy Cream, used as a moisturizer. I can’t wait to try this out.

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Elf Brightening Eyeshadows, Php129.75; Fanny Serrano Dark Brown Eyebrow Pencil, Php65; Artist Studio Concealer Brush, Php49.75; all from Landmark Trinoma. I wanted more neutral eyeshadow colors to play with, so I grabbed this neutral palette from the Elf counter. I also broke my Nichido eye pencil, so I decided to try out a new brand. Lastly, I’m trying to complete a set of makeup brushes, and I decided to get a concealer brush for now.

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White plastic trays from Landmark Trinoma, 3 for Php49.75. I needed something to organize the small mess that is my makeup collection. These trays are cheap enough, and small enough to fit my dresser/shelf.

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I can’t wait to try them all out! Hopefully I can get things properly documented so you can see some of these reviewed here.


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