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. =)


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*

Wow! I haven’t blogged in ages and obviously, this is my first time to use wordpress. I started this blog to kill time and well, to satiate my fixation with makeup. I figured that writing about stuff I love might lure me away from lurking in the net and finding more reasons to spend. Damn whoever invented e-commerce.

I can’t really remember how I started my love affair with makeup. Hmm.. Well I started using loose powder when I was in early highschool.  But that was only because I couldn’t stand the sight of my grade school grad pic, which resembled a human mirror. Yes, I was a late bloomer! I actually was  a bit of a tomboy back in gradeschool and early highschool (but that’s another story). I think it started with the hype of the direct selling beauty company, Avon. All my classmates were going gaga over the pink pressed powder. It was cute and all girly. Now, I can’t remember if it made our faces pink.

Anyways, I then moved on to Clinique. I absolutely adored their loose face powder. I experimented with all sorts of makeup brands, choosing only powder, blush and lipglosses. Then I discovered the ever trusty MAC cosmetics and the rest is history (though I still have A LOT to try).

Well that’s it for now. Hopefully, I get to update this soon with reviews and what not.