May 27, 2016

Matte and Creamy Lips, Oh Really?


By now, you have probably figured out I am more of the matte kind of lipstick girl. And every lipstick girl out there who loves them also knows their mattes a little too well - they aren't exactly  and usually creamy. They often feel dry and dragging but looks so amazing on the lips. Which is why it's a tough one to pull off yet an easy one to fall in love with. So when a lipstick claims to be matte and creamy at the same time, I am easily swayed but not that easily convinced. I literally go... Oh really?

That is how I initially reacted to the news about the Maybelline Creamy Matte Collection. It took them a while to get here so when they did, everyone was so excited to get their hands on the collection. The shade range is pretty limited to just 10 but I think there's enough to choose which one will be your weapon of choice. Or in my case, weapons of choice.

I picked up the shades Touch of Spice, a taupey brown shade with a hint of pink to it so it doesn't appear that dark when applied. This is a bit harder to find since it's a crowd pleaser and instant favourite among the girls. And I can totally see why. The shade is right up anyone's street, it's definitely right smack in the middle of mine. It's extremely flattering and a no fuss everyday lip color in general. It also doesn't help that Kylie Jenner seems to wear her lips with the same shade and let's face it, we all love a little bit of Kylie. The other shade I got is the Divine Wine, another crowd favourite. It's a deep, wine red (hence the name, I suppose) but a wearable one. It's not an in-your-face red, it's just the I-haven't-had-enough-time-to-think-about-my-make-up-today-so-red-lips-it-is kind of red. It's surprisingly easy to wear and even easier to apply.

These creamy matte are true to its claim as far as the formula is concerned. It glides on easily to your lips, straight out of the bullet and you're good to go. And that's not something you can say about the rest of the matte lipstick out there. Although if something's this good, something's also got to give and for me, that's longevity. The longest it lasted on me is about 4 hours with minimal drinking on the side. I guess since it's creamier in formula, it doesn't really stick to your lips so it gets easily swiped off. But that's something I can live with, especially if it's not such a pain to apply. A few touch ups now and again won't hurt for me. And as for the price, this is pretty much a bargain, for Php299 each? I'd say that's a fair deal for a drugstore lipstick for its quality. And in case you're still wondering... Matte and creamy lips? Oh yes. Really!

May 25, 2016

The Freedom Not To Choose


When I was in my early twenties, quarter life crisis hit me hard. So hard that I decided to buy a ticket, pack a suitcase and leave the country for good to see what the other side of the world has to offer. Fast forward to my early late twenties, I decided to come back only to quit my day job completely to try and find my passion for something else entirely. I told you, it hit me that hard.

During both times I was convinced that I was settling for my life and not living any of it at all so I decided to do something about it. I was driven and determined to make it work. But what I didn't know back then is that freedom comes in all forms but not limited to quitting a job you don't like or chasing the sunset from one of the world's beautiful places.

Now that I am almost thirty, I found out that freedom is nothing like I perceived, or expected it to be. However, I'd like to believe it also comes with the territory. When you're younger, you cannot afford to give up on freedom just yet. You crave for it, you wanted it for so long. When you're older though, or at least lived life through 3 decades already, you'll find out that freedom can sometimes come in little and big moments of your life when you no longer have to choose.

You no longer have to choose between quitting your job or climbing that mountain. Or driving your own or taking the Uber. Perhaps if you should go for red lips or nude tones for the day. Freedom happens to you. You'll end up chasing it. You'll even be desperate to hold on to it. Some people try so hard just to have it. But if you are one of the lucky ones, you'll always have freedom within your reach simply because you let it happen to you. With or without. With and within.
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