Lights and Shades

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So after my short stay here in WordPress, I’ve decided to transfer to Blogger.  I was an avid blogger back in highschool, though not beauty related. I made an account in wordpress primarily because my cousin recommended that I try it. I am absolutely fine with WordPress. It is actually a great platform. However, I choose to stay with Blogger for a number of reasons.

For one, I think I chose a tacky username for wordpress. (it was the first thing that came to mind when I made the blog)  Haha. Also, I find it easier to navigate pages in Blogger since I have been accustomed to it.  Another reason would be the blog list gadget in Blogger. For the longest time, my routine in reading beauty blogs would be: start with Askmewhat’s site and then navigate to other pages in her blog list. Haha. So basically, it all boils down to my personal preference. =)


I visited the Coastal Scents website and found items I want to add to my already long list of things I want to buy.  Stress on want. I need to be scrupulous in drawing the line between what I need to buy and what I want to buy since I’m now  officially unemployed. I quit work since the project I’ve been working on had finally come to an end plus I’m planning to take a full-time master’s degree (which has yet to start this june).

Anyways, I was surprised to see a lot of new items since I’ve last visited the website. On top of my list are:

Coastal Scents Professional Concealer Palette10c_concealer

taken from CoastalScents.com

What the website says:


Coastal Scents 10 color Camouflage and Concealer Palette has been created for us  using the most commonly applied shades. All makeup artists will benefit by having this in your beauty arsenal. These are cream concealers that offer terrific coverage.

Full opaque coverage, easy to apply with a concealer brush, very blendable to create the shade you need.

Pans measure 1 3/8″ in diameter (nearly 1.5 inches)

Matte black case with Silver Logo and content design on front

Measures 9″ in length and 4″ wide when closed

Ingredients: Squalene, Octyl Palmitate, Beeswax, Talc, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Petrolatum, Propylparaben.

May contain: Titaium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

I am curious on how this product delivers. One person made a review on the website that the lightest shade of the concealer makes a good eyeshadow base, similar to MAC paint pot in Painterly. I checked with Pearl of Dollface Cosmetics and she actually has it for Php 900. I will probably check it out at the Summer Lovin’ event at the Fort on May 1 – 3, 2009 since she will be having a booth there.

Coastal Scents Hot Pots


taken from CoastalScents.com

What the website says:

Our magnetic Hot Pots make it easy to set up your 12 or 4 pc carry along palette for any occasion. Choose Blush (B) or Shadows from Matte (M), Satin and Shimmer (S).

Size: 26mm, Net Wt.: 1.3g/0.04oz

Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Mineral Oil, Magnesium Stearate, Methylparaben. May Contain: Mica and Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarine Blue, Manganese Violet, Chromium Oxide Greens, FD&C Red No.40 Al Lake, FD&C Yellow No.5 Al Lake, FD&C Blue No.1 Al Lake

I definitely WANT to try this out. They have 38 shimmer and 23 matte eyeshadow shades available. Unfotunately, Dollface Cosmetics doesn’t carry these so you have to order it online (and shipping costs are pain in the ass).

I absolutely love hunting for good cosmetics at affordable prices. That’s why I love Watson’s too much. One of my recent discoveries is a brand called 4U2 (Thai). I already have one of their quads (neutrals) and a single eyeshadow. I love 4U2 eyeshadows primarily because it’s highly pigmented and cheap! The only problem I have is that they don’t have matte eyeshadows.

…or so I thought.

Last Saturday, I passed by Watson’s after class to restock on wetwipes and tissue. I passed by the 4U2 counter and was surprised to see a matte eyeshadow palette (Classic). The sales lady said it was the last one and that they seldom restock on it. But since I didn’t have money with me then, I tried my luck the next day in the nearest Watson’s to my place. And fortunately, they had two! So I got one for myself…




4U2 I-Pro Professional Eye Make-up Palette in Classic

Price: Php 994


  • Highly pigmented
  • Affordable
  • Nice packaging ( i like the mirror haha)


  • No other shades available
  • Other than the first one, I can’t think of any

Overall, I think that this palette is a steal for its price. The texture is just alright, not too powdery unlike other drugstore brands. The shimmery palettes are nice too. I just want a matte palette. I especially like how the black and brown turned out. I also recommend their eyeshadow duos and quads. Really worth the price. 🙂

I’ve been searching for a good makeup brush cleaner for quite a time now. I tend to be obsessive  compulsive when it comes to hygiene and sanitation. And so far, the only one I’m sure of is MAC’s brush cleaner since I read that other brands tend to leave the brushes stiff and sticky. While I’m still allowing my (currently non-existent) savings recuperate from my uncanny expenses, I decided to settle with a homemade brush cleaner.

Ever since, I’ve been using Burt’s Bees baby shampoo to clean my brushes and they work perfectly fine. They actually smell great after cleaning! My only dilemma is when we’re supposed to do many faces one after another, I need something to clean and disinfect my brushes pronto. So after googling for a good recipe , I came across Koren’s homemade brush cleaner.

I know a lot of people already know about this but I just have to rave about how good it is! Even my classmates loved it and we were all using it last night at the show.  Here are the ingredients for the homemade brush cleaner:

1 cup distilled water

1/4 cup alcohol (70% or 90%)

1/2 tablespoon dishwashing liquid (I prefer ones with moisturizer)

1/2 tablespoon shampoo ( I use baby shampoo)

1 tablespoon leave-on conditioner (I actually added a bit more to the solution)

I mixed all ingredients in a bowl, carefully stirring to avoid forming suds. And then I transferred the solution to an atomizer and voila! I was actually hesitant to use it at first because of the dishwashing liquid but it definitely cleaned and left my brushes soft.  😀

After buying the stuff I need for makeup school, I did a mental note to set out on a no-buy mode (which I keep telling myself to do over and over again). But who am I kidding? I always seem to find a reason to buy something (despite my meager wallet and bank account). By far, this month has been the most extravagant in terms of my spending on beauty products. Since I was in a positive mood today, I decided to take pictures of some of the stuff I got over the weekend.

1. MAC lipstick in Russian Red


Okay, so I’ve been looking for a good red lipstick. I found one at The Face Shop but I decided to check with MAC first thinking that I might find a better one. And I did (and its the last one they have)! I looooove the shade of red. It’s matte and is on the bluish side of red. However, I’ve been so used to wearing nudes that I’m not too comfy wearing a red lipstick. But we’ll see…

2. MAC eyeshadow in Ricepaper


Ricepaper is a peachy gold e/s with shimmer. I decided to buy this because Mikee from MAC told us that this is a perfect shade for a highlighter. and he was definitely right! 🙂

3. Maybelline Brow Definist in 02 Brown


I go to Maybelline for mascaras (hands down!). It has been my brand of choice for mascaras before I discovered The Balm Two Timer Mascara (my HG! I’ll try to review this some other time). It’s affordable and does its work. So as I was lurking around Landmark looking for a good and cheap eyebrow kit, I was surprised to see that Maybelline now has an eyebrow kit (and eyeshadows! LOL.) I wasn’t expecting much from it but when I swatched it, I was surprised by the natural light brown color. I’ve been looking for a lighter and more natural shade of eyebrow kit because I wasn’t satisfied with the one I bought from In2it and The Face Shop.

Anyways, Maybelline Brow Definist has two shades of brown in it. One smooth wax (darker shade) to define the brow line and one silky brow powder (lighter shade) to build intensity. I find that it easily glides and packs color to the brows.

4. Nichido Girl’s Night Out Eye Contour Pencil in Deep Blonde


What can I say. I love the shade of brown. It can be used as an eyeliner and a brow pencil. My only concern is that it smudges easily.

5. Fanny Serrano Blush in Georgia Peach


The photo lost its quality upon upload. It looks totally different. In the picture, it looks pink but this blush is a perfect peach shade, which is a bit on the shimmery side. I bought this for my class but I think I might use it. LOL.

I have yet to try their eyeshadow quads, which I saw from Aika.

6. My first batch of NYX round lipsticks


My mini lipstick army from Nyx. I ordered these from Nonpareilboutique about a month ago but I had to wait for my uncle to arrive to get these. I also ordered 2 round lipglosses, 1 megashine lipgloss and 1 eyeshadow trio (which I forgot to take pictures of). Anyways, I cannot stress enough how much I love these lipsticks. They’re not MAC quality but they’re good enough for me. They glide well and don’t dry my lips. And they’re cheap! I can’t wait to order more!

7. Eyeko Cream


FINALLY! After a month long of waiting, I got my order. I’m not sure though if this was my original order, or the one they re-sent (since I filed a dispute in Paypal). I love it. (and how cute is the packaging?!) It makes a good highlighter. You can even wear it alone, giving a healthy glow to your skin. I applied a thick layer for visual purposes only (I wanted it to be really visible in the picture). The smell reminds me of sunblock but oddly enough, I love the smell. LOL. The only con I can point out right now is that its in a tub and I have to dip my finger to get the product. So what I did was I bought those little containers with spatulas and transferred some to it so I don’t have to get straight from the tub.

So there. I’ll post the second part of my haul when I get in the mood to take pictures again.

On Thursday, I will be joining my teacher and some of my classmates in a fashion show at Bureau (Makati). Janna, my classmate, told me that we will be doing 30 faces (SRSLY?!) for the show. But we’ll only be doing the base (foundation etc.) since that’s what we’ve mastered. I’m excited and nervous. I hope I do well… *cross fingers*

We had our 2nd session for the makeup class yesterday and it was all about the Prime Look. I brought my friend Maru to model for me. My teacher’s comment was that I had to practice on eyebrows. I could’ve made my friend look like Frida. I’m probably going to practice on my family and officemates this week. LOL.

Anyways, we had a MAC workshop after the class. It was actually more like a MAC demo. Mikee from MAC was the one who facilitated the group discussion and Maru (again) modeled for the class.


It was actually fun. Mikee was really entertaining. Plus we got to play around the MAC counter afterwards. I love the fact that we’re only 6 in the class and that my classmates are easy to get along with. (It’s a fun class!)


So I ended up buying an eyeshadow in Ricepaper and a lipstick in Russian Red (last one!). I also saw Bambi of MakeupbyBambi and she was nice enough to talk to me when I approached her and introduced myself.

Well it was a fun day and I can’t wait til next Saturday.  🙂



I ordered for an Eyeko cream last March 1, 2009. I have already been charged by Paypal but my order, according to the website, is still pending. I e-mailed Eyeko a couple of times and got no response. So I resolved to reporting it to Paypal.

Has anyone experienced this? I’m worried. It sucks coz I’ve been really interested in the eyeko cream. 😦