Saturday, October 31, 2009

Belle de Jour Event + MusicalfanLovesMinerals Turns 1!

Hello everyone! I'm terribly sorry for the lack of updates. I've just been very busy. Last Oct 25, I attended a Belle de Jour Event in Eastwood Mall where there were a lot of freebies like free fortune telling, free ice cream, free massage by The Spa, free hairstyling by Azta, etc. There were also some talks about fashion and beauty and our favorite planner was sold at a special price! The best part is that some of the proceeds of the event were given to the victims of Ondoy.

So why am I rambling?

It will be Musicalfan Loves Minerals' 1 year anniversary soon, so I would like to give one lucky girl her very own Belle de Jour Planner!

photo taken from

So what are the mechanics for this giveaway?

This is open to Philippine residents only. I'm sorry to my international readers, I promise that not all my giveaways will be exclusive to Philippine readers. I'll have something up for you next time :)

How to join:
1. You have to be a follower.
2. You have to answer the question: What is/are your favorite entries in this blog?
3. You can join whether or not you have a blog, but I will be requiring that you have a blogspot account.

For those who DON'T have a blog: You can just leave me a comment answering the question and please leave me your email address (Worth 1 entry).

For those who DO have a blog: You have to repost this in your blog, then leave me a comment answering the question and providing me the link (Worth 2 entries).

This contest will end November 7, 2009 at 11:59 pm.

Good luck everyone!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Make Me Blushhh Anniversary Giveaway Part I

It's Make Me Blushhh's anniversary and she's having a series of giveaways.

For Part 1, she's giving away the ff:

* OPI Nail Polish
* LUSH Snowcake Soap
* Dior DiorShow Mascara sample

To find out how you can join this giveaway, click here

Friday, October 23, 2009

Product Review: Maybelline Volume Express Cat Eyes Mascara

Hello dearies! How is everyone? Today I'm going to be reviewing Maybelline Volume Express Cat Eyes Mascara.

photo taken from

When I went to Basement Academy, both my teachers had this and loved this! So, I just HAD to try it out.

This mascara doesn't use the normal comb as its applicator. It uses a comb, which in my opinion lessens clumping as compared to a wand.

So here is the rundown of the pros and cons:

>>does add length and volume (although not insanely dramatic)

>>still clumps a bit but nothing a mascara comb can't fix
>>despite the fact that it's waterproof, it still smudges on me after 5-6 hours because I have really oily lids

Note: this held up well on everyone who tried this except for me. Yes, I'm unbelievably oily.

So to see the effect, here's a picture of my bare lashes curled with my Fanny Serrano eyelash curler:

Here is the effect after one coat of mascara:

Can you see the difference? My lashes definitely became longer and a bit thicker after one coat. I feel that one coat is already enough for me because I really see a big difference!

Will I buy this again? Yes. Because it held up well on everyone except for me, I'll continue using this for other people. But for myself, I have to try another mascara or find a good base/top coat to prevent smudging.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


One of my good friends, Marie, asked me if I could do her makeup on her recital. And of course, I said yes! So I'd just like to share with you her before and after pic.

As you will notice, she's not wearing any lipstick or lipgloss, because she's a bassoon player and lip products just get in the way. Likewise, I don't use any lip products also while playing (except maybe for a lip and cheek tint).

So here it is! I'll try to remember all the stuff I used on her. Pardon some discrepancies on the before and after pic. The before pic was only taken by a camera phone, while the after pic was taken on a DSLR.

Revlon Custom Creations in Medium/Deep
Graftobian Orange Concealer
Cinema Secrets Concealer Palette
Coastal Scents Contour and Blush Palette
Lauress Fantastic Finish in Medium
Dreamworld Minerals Yellow Illuminating Powder

Dollface Concealer Palette
Urban Decay e/s in Last Call
Urban Decay e/s in Oil Slick
Urban Decay e/s in Polyester Bride
Coastal Scents 88 Shimmer Palette: violet and highlight
Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Zero
Maybelline Vivid and Smooth Liner in White
Maybelline Volume Express Cat Eyes Mascara
The Face Shop Eyebrow Pencil in Taupe

Coastal Scents Blush Palette


So here she is during her recital. Congratulations!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

FOTD time!

Hello friends! I know I've been busy lately but hopefully I'll be able to post more the next few weeks. Anyway, let me just leave you first with an FOTD I did the other day. Since I went to makeup school, I've steered away from doing the darkening of the outer crease since I realized that it does not work for me because I'm mono-lidded and it was also advised to be. I now do the darker-in-the-bottom-and-lighter-going-on-top and I find that it suits me better.

Most of the e/s I used are from Urban Decay which I totally love!!

Bare Naturals Skin Perfecting Primer
Ellana Sheer Velvet Finishing Powder
Buff'd Concealing Mineral Foundation in Buff
Aromaleight Ultra Resolution Finishing Powder in Peaches and Cream
Stila Contouring Trio

Urban Decay Ammo Shadow Box
MAC Creme Royale
Stila Smudgepots in Black
Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in Black
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Yeyo
Maybelline Cat Eyes Mascara
E.L.F. Studio Brow Treat and Tame
E.L.F. Studio Liner Sealer
Ellana Undereye Concealer in Cheer

Lumiere Ditto "O"

Earthen Glow Minerals Lip Gloss in 110012
Ellana Liquid Lip Color in Allure

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Product Review: The Face Shop Pure Blossom Mini 02 Blooming Glow

Hello everyone! How is everyone doing? So anyway, I'd like to share with you my review of this. I first learned about this product from Anastacia and I got curious. After reading some reviews about this in GirlTalk, I was sold! This is available in 2 shades, but I'll be reviewing 02 for today. 02 is very hard to find. It's OOS in most branches but I found this baby in Festival Mall.

Here is a picture with my hand to give you an idea about the size. I was surprised to find that it is indeed MINI. LOL.

Here it is when it's opened. As you can see it's made up of tiny balls or different colors ALA Guerlain Meteorites or the Paul and Joe powders from the Disney collection. Haha. It also comes with a small brush that you can store in the bottom compartment.

Don't think that these are like the Guerlain meteorites that can be applied all over the face. These are very shimmery, so you can only use them on certain areas.

Here is a swatch of 2 swipes of the Pure Blossom balls. As you can see it is very light, but it's buildable. A couple of swipes is enough for very fair-skinned people, but darker people will need a few more swipes. Because it's very sheer, I find this to be quite versatile!

So let's do a rundown of the pros and cons:


  • Very versatile: this can be used as blush, or added on top of blush, or just on the apples of the cheeks to give extra oomph!
  • The brush that it comes with is soft and not scratchy
  • Smells good!
  • Lasts all day on my uber oily skin


  • Might have a hard time showing up on morenas
  • Some people might not like the fragrance
  • The brush can leave you with a "strip-looking" blush. It's better to use another brush for applying it.

Will I buy this again? Yes!

Where and how much? at The Face Shop for P595.00 (approx. $12)

Here's an FOTD of me wearing Pure Blossom 02 alone on my cheeks. Notice how it goes on very light, just enough for a slight pinkish glow and for the light to hit my cheeks.

So what are your thoughts?

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Updated: Blog Sale with Pictures!

Hello all! As requested, I am posting pictures of the items on sale. Please note that this is for Philippine residents only.

EDM skunkless fiber optic brush (brand new, never washed) - 300

Blusche fiber optic brush (brand new, never washed) - 300 SOLD

top: EDM
bottom: Blusche

Coastal Scents Gel Liner in Truffle (used 2x only) - 150

Ellana blush in Happiness in sample jar (more than 90% left) - 50

Ellana blush in Heaven in sample jar (more than 90% left) - 50

Ellana blush in Fulfillment in 5 gm jar (more than 90% left) - 70

from left to right: Heaven, Fulfillment, Happiness

Shipping via Xend. To be shouldered by buyer.
No haggling please.

Meet-ups can be arranged at Robinson's Galleria.

You can email me at

Sunday, October 04, 2009

The Shades of U is Having a Giveaway!

Look at all these MAC goodies! The Shades of U is having a giveaway for her followers. Click here to find out how you can join!

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Blog Sale!

Hello everyone! I'll be doing a blog sale but as of now it's only open to Philippine residents.

Reason for selling: I'm cleaning up the stuff that aren't receiving enough attention from me

Coastal Scents Gel Liner in Truffle (used 2x only) - 150

EDM skunkless fiber optic brush (brand new, never washed) - 300

Blusche fiber optic brush (brand new, never washed) - 300

Ellana blush in Happiness in sample jar (more than 90% left) - 50

Ellana blush in Heaven in sample jar (more than 90% left) - 50

Ellana blush in Fulfillment in 5 gm jar (more than 90% left) - 70

S.hipping via Xend. To be shouldered by buyer.
No haggling please.

Meet-ups can be arranged at Robinson's Galleria.

You can email me at

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Just for Fun!

How is everyone doing? I've been trying to post since yesterday but I've been having trouble with blogger. As you all know, we are still recovering from typhoon Ondoy, I hope everyone is doing better already. To those who can help, please do. A lot of people are very needy right now.

Anyway, on to a lighter note, I'd just like to share with you something I did a few weeks back. This was for a "beauty pageant" in UP where straight guys compete as girls. My model, was supposed to be imitating Madonna, so this is the look I came up with.

I forgot to take a picture of him with a straight face because I did this in a hurry. He has a lot of stubble on his chin and on his upper lip, which was a challenge covering with concealer. I wasn't able to cover it completely. I'll do better next time. The before picture was taken from a camera phone while the after picture was taken with flash. haha. How about you? Have you ever tried turning a boy into a girl?

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