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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?

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For the second edition of Wishlist, I present to you my Nail Polish wishlist. I am listing this by brand, although some brands have several items listed in them. My primary consideration in including anything on this list is that it has to be cruelty-free.

1. Dazzle Dry Esnavi Collection, and Dazzle Dry Bloggers Mystery Collection

Why I Want It: Dazzle Dry is my favorite brand primarily because it dries rock-hard in literally five minutes. This is tried and tested, and the Philippine distributor is so nice! The first collection is limited edition and is a collaboration with the singer Esnavi. It has only three shades (green, purple, and peach) and I want all of them! The Bloggers Mystery is a collaboration with five prominent nail bloggers (the sixth shade being a DD-made one), and is released as the 2013 winter collection. I would like to get all six shades but realistically I would probably only get my top three (white, blue, and green). All three of the Esnavi shades are available at Dazzle Dry PH while the Bloggers Mystery will be available at the end of the month.

Why I Shouldn’t Buy It: Nothing, really. Probably the price, but that isn’t how wishlists are supposed to work, right? 😀

2. OPI Couture de Minnie Runway Minnies

Why I Want It: I’ve always liked Minnie Mouse, as she presents as a strong female character without being over the top. This OPI set (includes four of the five shades of this collection, in mini bottles) seems to capture that idea quite well. In addition I love pinks and starting to lean on reds as well, so this is the perfect set to get started on OPI.

Why I Shouldn’t Buy It: OPI may be cruelty-free, but it is owned by a parent company that tests on animals (Coty). I’m not yet sure how I feel about that, but I figure if a parent company profits from a cruelty-free daughter company then that ultimately supports the animal testing of the parent company.

3. Models Own Nail Polishes

Why I Want It: My experience with my first Models Own made me want to get more shades. It applies well and dries relatively fast.

Why I Shouldn’t Buy It: The local reseller, Glamourbox, only has limited shades available. And among those shades, I probably only want one or two. It’s not “sulit” to order only a couple since I’d have to pay extra for shipping anyway. I’d rather order a bunch for efficient ordering.

4. Deborah Lippman Wicked Collection

Why I Want It: I like fairy tales, and the Wizard of Oz is one of my favorites. While admittedly I have neither read the book nor watched the play, I like the swatches of the Wicked collection I’ve found online. That green polish would fit quite well into my greens collection.

Why I Shouldn’t Buy It: Deborah Lippman is a brand I’ve never tried before. I have no idea if it will work well with my go-to base and top coats (Dazzle Dry) so it will be a gamble if I buy this set.

5. Rescue Beauty Lounge Fan 2.0 Collection Coquette

Why I Want It: Emboldened by my positive experience with Liberty, I want to try more shades from RBL. From the latest colaboration with RBL fans I chose the shade Coquette as the best.

Why I Shouldn’t Buy It: Unlike Liberty, the Fan 2.0 collection was not picked up by any reseller so it is very difficult to acquire this. I’ve never had the experience of importing an item directly. In addition, getting this will only make me more addicted to RBL, which is by far the most expensive polish I own (and is probably not that sustainable, hehe).

6. Picture Polish

Why I Want It: Picture Polish is an Australian brand of nail polishes that produce really interesting shades. Thankfully it is being distributed locally by Polish Please, and has a pretty good selection of shades. I love most of the greens and blues (hence the shade selection above) and would love to try at least a couple of these. I can combine this with OPI Couture de Minnie above to save on shipping fees.

Why I Shouldn’t Buy It: Just like Deborah Lippman, this  is a brand I’ve never tried before and may not work well with my go-to base and top coats (Dazzle Dry) so it will be a gamble if I buy this set.

Bonus Item: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Image credits: http://seche.com/

Why I Want It: My go-to top coat does not work well with some brands, and I need an alternative. I’ve seen many praises for this top coat which have convinced me that this should be on my wish list even if it’s not a nail polish per se. As a bonus, I can combine this with the OPI Couture de Minnie set to save on shipping (from Polish Please).

Why I Shouldn’t Buy It: Seche is mostly cruelty-free, but they do not guarantee the same for their ingredient vendors. This is not such a big deal for me at the moment, but it’s a point of contention.

Verdict: Dazzle Dry it is, to be honest. Nothing can beat a tried and tested brand, and it already works with my base and top coat of choice (of the same brand, hehe!). I might get the Seche top coat anyway since I do have other brands of polish that I regularly use too.

Have you tried/owned any of these brands? Which would you recommend/not recommend and why, or would you rather recommend something else?

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!]

2. Rescue Beauty Lounge Liberty augusthaul04 augusthaul01 augusthaul02 augusthaul03 augusthaul06 augusthaul05

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!

13. Diorshow Extase Mascara in Black augusthaul19 augusthaul20

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!

Here are my favorites for the month of August.

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1. [Eyes] In2It Eyebrow Kit

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I’ve been using this for my brows ever since I bought it. The fact that it’s waterproof is the main reason I prefer this over using just plain eyeshadow on my brows (which I sometimes do, in place of the BYS eyebrow pencil). It also comes with a dark brown which makes my brows softer looking compared to using the black shadow from one of my Ellefar palettes. It’s also not very expensive at Php299! I will put up a review of this soon.

2. [Face] Avon Ideal Luminous Blush in Peach

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I have found my favorite blush! I love how glowy it makes my cheeks look without going over the top. The shade Peach is such a great everyday color and matches almost any look I can come up with. I will write a review of this soon.

3. [Lips] Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in Hibiscus

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A double entry for Avon! This is my go-to lipstick this month. I just love the pop of bright pink, which remains formal enough to wear to the office. It’s also very hydrating, and as a bonus it smells really nice as well! Thank you to Glamourbox for including this in the awesome Avon box.

4. [Skincare] Celeteque Acne Solutions Line

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This month is probably the worst for me in terms of acne. I’m not sure if it’s the stress or my skin has just given up on me, but I’ve been getting the worst acne I’ve had in years. Thankfully there is Celeteque’s Acne Solutions Line which has been my savior. It’s gentle and yet very effective. This will always remain on my dresser for those bad breakouts.

5. [Nails] Rescue Beauty Lounge in Liberty

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My possibly biggest splurge of the year, the RBL Liberty is such a sunny beautiful shade of green. I regret that summer had to pass before I am able to acquire this, as this would have been my summer staple. Rain or storm won’t stop me from using this over and over!

What are your August favorites? Let me know in the comments!

What else should my post title have been? This lacquer’s name is very apt, and I have to say I’ve fallen in love with this.

Rescue Beauty Lounge Liberty is a light minty green with subtle silver glimmers. It applies smoothly and evenly and makes your nails pop with youth. Liberty is part of the second wave of RBL’s collaboration with bloggers, and this particular one is inspired by The Polish Police, Pam.

RBL is not readily available in the Philippines, but luckily Digital Traincase ordered a few extra bottles and I was able to snag one for Php1250 (+shipping). RBL lacquers come in a red box with the shade name clearly printed on top. Information about ingredients are clearly printed at the back. Please note that RBL polishes are five-free and cruelty-free.

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When you open it up you will see the glorious bottle, and the shade name is again at the bottom. You can see the beautiful green of Liberty when you look at the back of the bottle.

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It’s a good thing I chose to apply this on the day before the Habagat deluged Manila. This is a great anodyne for the gloom and dark feelings that abounded the country. Take a look.

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I really love this shade. This will prove to be one of my favorites.

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RBL ships internationally. The polishes are usually either $18 or $20 per bottle, and you will have to pay extra for shipping depending on the number of bottles you order. Unfortunately Liberty is currently out of stock, but you can get the other shades from the Blogger 2.0 collection. You can check out their store here.

As this is also a review, I’ll include my usual pros and cons section.

Pros: beautiful shade; applies easily; dries relatively fast; opaque in one coat, but use two for even application; 5-free; cruelty-free

Cons: limited edition; steeply priced; needs to be shipped internationally

Have you tried any Rescue Beauty Lounge lacquers? How do you like them?


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