November 26, 2015

Ang Korona Ng Espanya : Mahirap Iwanan, Masarap Balikan

I'm not going to lie, I knew what I was signing up for when I decided to watch this season's UAAP Finals Game Live at the MOA Arena earlier today. The possibility of a loss resulting to a shattered heart. The certainty of the level of difficulty of the commute going home. The reality that I'll be all alone. All but none have had the power to convince me to do otherwise. So if you saw an awkward turtle hiding behind a cup of soda whenever a FEU player releases a long three, that would be me!

The reason why the UST Growling Tigers are in the Finals is because of our defense and in-your-face three's. However as you can probably tell, today was a totally different story. FEU #17 could've used a little more defending as he was the dark horse in today's game. And what in-your-face three's? They were non-existent! However, FEU's were everywhere - Pogoy's early 3's particularly. Technically there's that but between you and me, it had everything to do with No Heart No Chance and the live Go USTE-ing crowd.
The first few minutes of the 4Q is why I will always love you, my Tigertown Boies. Thank you for giving me at least those moments of thrill and adrenaline rush even for just a few stolen seconds of the game. It's how you guys play the game - massacre then recover. However when you're watching live and it's in the finals, all logic breaks loose. The last minutes though is how I was convinced that I will always choose to love you. Ang hirap n'yo talaga mahalin Tigers, pero pinipili ko pa rin kasi sulit naman. It's like 2006 all over again. Please let it be like 2006 all over again.

What's even more difficult for me is that there's no bad blood here, just pure love. It's really hard to feel anything else for players like Mac Belo even of they're not from your team. You can only hope your team would play better than them on the games that matter - take this Game 1 of the Finals perhaps. I've wanted a FEUST Finals in so long. I guess I should be more careful in what I wish for. Today, they were the better team. Today, we concede.

The scorebox may have shown that we lost to FEU by 11 points. But with a game like that, I'd say that we Mighty Tigers lost to ourselves all the more. So maybe next game, we keep that in mind. Play to win. Not to defeat whoever or defend a crown. Play to win - for and against ourselves. Dahil alam n'yo ba kung sino talaga ang korona ng Espanya? 'Yung pumuno ng MOA Arena kanina. Excited na ako, kayo? Let's go Tigertown Boies and Girls! Tara naman... sa Araneta!

November 13, 2015

The So-Far-So-Good Skincare Staples

I think I've probably established a disclaimer enough about not having a skincare routine, which is why I never call it such. I always just end up having a couple of things that works out for me & use them up for a year (or for how long they lasts) and then that's it. I have oily skin and I easily get oily so I always try to keep it as matte as possible, glowy but never shiny. It apparently takes an army to achieve such and it definitely doesn't (and won't) happen overnight...

Evian Brumisateur Facial Spray. I bought this when I was in SG because it was on sale and how else can you convince me to finally try out a facial spray than an almost guilt-free purchase, right? It's an all 'rounder - it moisturizes, refreshes and tones your face whether it's bare or with make up on. This is my step 2 in the morning after washing my face. It gives me an extra kick of wake-up-and-show-up attitude when I'm suddenly refreshed with a facial spray. I let it dry on its own and then pat on the remaining moist before applying my moisturizing.

Celeteque Dermoscience Facial Wash. I remember my skin feeling a bit off with this the last time as I find the formula too strong for my skin, it literally stings but after switching from one product to another for a while, this one now works fine with me. My skin's never been sensitive but I prefer the gentle cleansers that can remove the dirt on its own. I use this both in the morning and at night. With a splash of water first thing in the morning and then differently at night. I lather this onto my face then use a damp cloth to wipe it off. If you know about my Bell's Palsy story, you'd know why this step is now a critical part for me.

Celeteque Dermoscience Alcohol-Free Toner. Definitely one of my favorites from this set of staples because it does take away all the grease and leaves my skin supple and shine-free. I love this step so much because then I can be sure my face is free from any dirt and will probably regenerate during the night. It's the one step I look forward to when doing my skin care at night - it comes in second after washing my face.

Celeteque Dermoscience Facial Moisturizer SPF 15. I am not a payong person, I'd rather wear a long sleeve top or a hooded jacket under the broad sunlight than carry an umbrella with me. So I make up for it by making sure my skin doesn't get damaged by direct sunlight. I never leave the house without SPF these days because if you're from the Philippines you'd know how scorching the sun can get in the morning especially at noon. As in parang may plantsa na nakadampi sa mukha mo. You wouldn't want to get sunburnt because it frickin' hurts, aside from the other harmful effects it can obviously cause. It's the last step of skincare and first step of make up for me in the morning before going out.

Quick FX Eyelift Cream. They say you won't be able to tell the difference and benefits of using an eye cream until it's too late so it's best to start as early as possible. So here I am getting my eye game strong early on. I'm always a little anxious when it comes to eyes and eye products which is why I'm normally picky, not necessarily about the product itself but my eyes generally. So I thought maybe any eye cream for that matter will work just fine. It does have a cooling effect, a clear gel that you can massage onto the areas of your eyes that gets strained the most with upwards and patting motions. This serves as my meditation step too, a few minutes of quiet before I finally throw myself into the comfort of my bed. That ain't so bad right? And if I do say so myself, so far so good indeed!

November 09, 2015

My Daily Eyebrow Routine

When it comes to doing my brows, I am always in a constant battle as to how I like it done. Lately I've fallen right into a new routine that involves an eyeshadow, a few tools and a clear brow gel. Very far from my usual way of filling in my brows or the usual suspects I mostly end up using as well.

This time around, an eyeshadow takes the spot. One of the many featured eyeshadows from the MAC x Nordstrom Palette is the shade Omega, a soft muted taupe with a matte finish (second row, fifth column, L-R) and can be well used as an eyebrow powder too. I first got this idea from Tanya, if I remember it right but I've never gotten around to using it as I prefer to use eyebrow pencils and powders until boredom strikes and I wanted to try something new as well as maximize the effect of this MAC palette too.

Now onto the routine... I use a synthetic angled brush to fill in the gaps of my brows with the powder. The less amount of product, the better so I dip it in then tap off the excess. It's also easier to control your strokes with a brush especially if you want it to appear as natural as possible. I follow the natural arch of my brows when filling them in, with light and feathery strokes then go against it with a spoolie to make sure everything's spread out evenly. Since it's a taupe shade, more on the gray side of things, it's not as stark or harsh as the brown or sometimes almost black shades we used for filling in. Now for the fun part, I use a clear brow gel to brush the eyebrow hair up and hold it there. This is the Nichido Clear Eyebrow Gel which isn't the best of its kind but it's all I have at the moment. It doesn't leave the brows crisp and I like that but it doesn't hold them up either. I want a little more tug on it so the bushiness of it all will somehow last longer than a few seconds. This routine takes me about less than 3 minutes to do and I'm currently in love with it and the soft but apt frame it gives my face. It's quite refreshing not having the structured, blocked off, well-done brows for once. I generally skip the conceal around the edges and highlight the brow bone steps because in real life, I'm an eyeglass wearer and having too much products around my eye area can sometimes make me feel uneasy. Plus ssshh... between you and me, I don't think anyone would notice I skipped those parts anyway since look at how huge and thick my lenses are!

PS. Also brows aside, apologies for my rather sloppy make up application in general. HA! #bbloggerfail

November 08, 2015

Surviving Bell's Palsy

"Hello! So... It's hard to take me seriously if half of my face is devoid of emotions when I am such an animated person by default. It's hard not to look into the mirror & not feel bad for having to see my lopsided, drooping lipstick-less mouth. It's also just as hard to even find comfort in food because I have about 25% left of my regular appetite." This was exactly my sentiments a year ago after suffering from Bell's Palsy.

I cannot even begin to explain the fear I had the night I started feeling the symptoms. I overdosed on bacon that day which is why I thought maybe it's going to be one of the serious cases like stroke, perhaps. I went to bed praying and eventually cried myself to sleep because I was so scared. You know your own body so well that you do know when something's actually up and not going right. So when I woke up the next morning looking just about the same but already half smiling, I wanted to go right back to sleep. It has happened, I've gotten Bell's.

The possible reason behind why I've gotten it is still unknown, no official diagnosis can be made since every case is pretty much bizaare but I have a feeling it's stress. I tend to sleep so late and my muscles are all worked up when I finally get a shut eye. Then I'd be so afraid of sweating so I'd have a fan blowing straight up on my face the moment the AC shuts down. Eventually, my facial muscles gave up and ended up paralyzed. Or least the half of them exposed to the sudden changes, rise and fall of temperature for consecutive days.

365 days and then some after, I haven't fully recovered from it. I was reluctant to admit it at first. I wanted to believe I was a survivor already. Little did I know, I am still here - surviving. I was convinced when I saw the latest rolls of photos I took of myself up close. It's still there, if not some of it. I can still feel the numbness but can't put my finger on it. I feel a twitch every now and again and my face contorts on its own. I still can't control some of my facial muscles and I still can't pull off a wacky, duck face normally. (As if there's a normal way of a duck face, let alone that's even a priority but you get my drift.)

I guess what I'm saying is back then I thought: I can either let this sickness define me or I can let me defy this sickness in all my positivity glory and I ended up choosing the latter. Not much has changed since I still choose to do the same - to defy this sickness in all its glory, until it's finally over. If there's one thing that will definitely stay with me, it can be summed up in two words: BE BRAVE. And this is me choosing to be brave all over again.
Getting my smile back was one of my 2014 favorites. I guess it will still and always be on my list this year and years on end. If you've somehow lost yours too, because of a disease or a tragedy so cruel you can't really smile again after that - please think otherwise. Your eyes can do the smiling too. And that's the kind of smile so genuine to go unnoticed. It may not be perfect, or symmetrical but it is yours. You got it back. You get to keep it. And that's more than enough. Have a lovely Sunday, folks!

November 06, 2015

Meet MAC's Ruby Woo

Actually, that is if you've never met or known her in this lifetime because if there's one lipstick color that definitely needs no introduction - it's MAC's Ruby Woo. However, it did get an extra boost of exposure recently, something it definitely doesn't need because even prior to these, it's always been sold out more often than it's available at face value. If you're from the Philippines you've probably heard about Maine "Yup, I'm that girl" Mendoza, also known as Yaya Dub and one of her make up artists revealed a lip color she used during one of their shoots and it's no less than MAC Ruby Woo. Before you know it, a flock of girls have started raiding MAC counters asking exactly for that: "Meron kayo nung lipstick ni Yaya Dub?" She owned it overnight. Yup, she's that girl. 

However if you're too fancy for that, maybe this next bit will be more relateable to you. Or not. Remember when a few weeks back Justin Bieber released a dance video for his single Sorry? You can watch it here and it is but a proper tribute to pop music and the 90's. Needless to say, the dancers were dressed to the 90's (duh!) and their lips are full on, matte red. A few days later it's gone mad viral, the choreographer revealed the details of the dance video and she shared the unlikely fact you'd want to know about it - the lipstick shade all the dancers wore is one and the same and it's no less than Ruby Woo - a classic red that will suite every skin tone - that's what she said! Clearly one bunch of girls after our own hearts.

As if it needed to be more iconic than it already is, more people from the other side of the fence are now curious as to what exactly is up with Ruby Woo. So mi lady, let me count thy ways. It's a bright red suitable for everyday use. When I say bright red, I really mean it. There's no subtlety in how red this lipstick can get. My initial thought when I finally met Ruby Woo - I think I love you already. And true enough I never stopped wearing it for two straight weeks! However, it's a tough one to love - the formula is very drying, can get a bit patchy and chalky, and can literally put people off with it's brightness. It's presence on your lips can AND will demand attention. I briefly talked about it in this post if you wanted a less detailed take on it, one I posted before the recent hype. But nothing can ever make you not love this lipstick, believe me, there is none.

If Ruby Woo can't get you involved in the bright red lip movement then I don't know what will. I was late to the party as I keep on putting it off, telling myself I am the least person who needs yet another red lipstick in her collection. But who was I kidding? MAC Ruby Woo is THE red lipstick. If you'd only have one red lipstick in your life, I reckon it should be Ruby Woo. It has an identity of its own, when you slip Ruby Woo off your lips, there's an air of authority to it which is why if it's not in your stash yet, I don't know why you still haven't. It may be a little tricky to get your hands on it these days but I'm telling you, it will be well worth the bother, the search, the wait. Because in true lipstick girl fashion, I say this - in Ruby Woo, we trust.

November 02, 2015

The Trio For The Non-Contouring Type

My appreciation for shadow play as much as facial contouring is concerned came later in my life and how I wish I learned about it sooner. The first time I discovered the art of nose contouring, my heart skipped a beat. I am not very blessed on that department and I've always been okay with it but between you and me, a little bit of help won't hurt too. And that's when I started falling in love with tales of facial contours and chiseled cheekbones.

However I hardly go all out on it as I don't feel that comfortable in putting so much product on my face when I'd only be going to the mall or have a stroll around. A little definition is all I need but if you are the contouring kind, there are cream and powder options alike, then you do you. I just personally prefer a light sweep, a little shadow and a very subtle nose line if I can still get away with it. I find that a palette like the BYS Contour Trio is the perfect one to go for if and when you aren't the all-out-contouring type and it's got all the shades you'll ever need. I have got the Sassy 01 that features three shades for cheek, highlight and contour respectively. The formula is powdery in nature with crazy pigmentation which is why you don't need much of it for it to show up, especially the darkest shade which is meant for contouring - a little definitely goes a long way with this. I tend to go a bit crazy using the creamy beige powder as a highlighter. It adds no shimmer but gives you an utter, definite glow. The cheek blush is the one I go for when I want to bring back a hint of color and dimension to a rather flat face after foundation application. It's warm in color and leaning towards the gray undertone so it looks more natural on the skin rather than the ones with orange undertones. They are all matte on the surface but when applied on the cheeks, an infused hidden glow in the formula seems to show up beautifully on the skin. This compact kit can be used on its own and will give out a decent result but it can also be used to set your concealer using the highlight shade and contour with the blush and contour shades for a high definition finished look.

I'm personally smitten by this kit and have no regrets of picking it up during my search for a new compact contouring kit in place of my Urban Decay Naked Flushed which I've already hit pan on. I actually prefer this more as it has no trace of shimmer and just makes you look all glowy, not at all shimmery or shiny. A proper nod to us oily girls who can definitely take a pass on the extra shine, please and thank you. Not to mention the price tag difference, this is such a bargain! The shades are very conventional and can work on both ends of the skin tone spectrum. I'm a morena and this works for me, I can imagine it will just work the same on fair skinned girls too. For everyday use, it's staying power is surprisingly good that my chiseled cheekbones lasted from the time I went out of the house until the time I had to take it off the night. And did I say it won't hurt to have a bit of help every now and again? Apparently this home girl needs help on that department too. Ooopsies!

November 01, 2015

Slept In Bulacan, Woke Up In... Baler!

I was fresh from a send off date with my father at Clark International Airport when I found myself waiting inside a convenient shop drinking a cuppa joe while waiting for my ride which happens to be a friend who's been randomly inviting me over to join him on his escapades. Long story short, I have been a very willing and grateful victim. And this time, it's Destination Baler!

Baler is a town in Aurora way up north. What used to be a grueling 8 hour travel by land now only takes close to 4-6 hours depending on your ability to drive up and down the steeps and curves. It was a long therapeutic ride and personally, I think that's where and when the magic starts taking place. Your mind recognizes the effort, a mere futile attempt to distance yourself from everything else as you accelerate and leave everything behind even just for a while. Your mind recognizes the change and so it adapts.

Arriving in Baler late at night, checking in the hotel and just lying down on fresh and crisp sheets with absolutely nothing on your mind is a luxury I never thought I needed. Or waking up just in time to catch the big breakfast buffet gifted to you in the same hotel whose bed makes you never want to leave. Usually when I travel, it's jampacked with activities and with minimal to none opportunities to lie and lounge around. This travel begged to differ and I gave in. I had zero plans and I was okay with it - I wanted to freely take in what the day has to offer and not force something to happen by planning and constantly trying to tick things off a to-do list.

Four days, I had four days to enjoy Baler in my own terms and if anything, it has turned me into a waterlust. There's something reassuring about the constant waves that will be waiting for you when you wake up in the morning and will be sending you back to slumber in the evening. That's why I think you don't need to rush into learning how to ride or surf one immediately because it is a lifestyle, not a race or a competition. Some things won't happen overnight nor over the one hour crash surfing course. Some things take time. Some things don't. Like learning how to drive a manual ATV or you know, your life even when in reality, you don't know how to yet. Take the wheel, shift the gears and drive at your own pace.

Sleeping in Bulacan and waking up in Baler? My one personal miracle waiting to happen. My one item off my non-existing bucketlist. My one experience I never knew I needed. And my one happy memory I will always be grateful to have within my reach.

October 30, 2015

TGTC Monthly Favorites: October 2015

As I was thinking about what else can I possibly add into the current mix on the blog, I thought about how I haven't had a monthly favorites round up thing going on. I've had Get Ready With Me's, Hauls or What's In My Bag even but the simplest thing of rounding up my favorites and turning it into a post, none so far. For someone who actually tends to play favorites, I was quite surprised it actually took me about 4 years and then some to come up with one and in true Joys Camille fashion, during the last quarter of the year - no less.

Candy Magazine, James Reid Edition. I think it's called October '15 issue with James Reid on the cover but let's be honest, it's James Reid Edition. He's become such a benchmark, if not a household name as Clark Medina, that a famous line from a pop song has been altered to suit him - you've got that James Reid daydream look in your eyes. Because woman, if you aren't caught up with this mister, you are missing out on a lot. Shameless and I know it. 

Sisterhood of the Traveling Minis. Maybe it comes with age and experience but having a go-to overnight bag (with skincare on it) is now a must for me. Sitting inside mine are my minis, the Celeteque Dermoscience Traveler's Basics Kit + pH Care Intimate Wash. I stubbornly picked up the former because they're packed as three's, already pre-selected for you and surprised how it really works three-gether (see what I did there?) to help maintain a hydrated face.

A Little L'Oreal Lovin'. Sale season is upon us, a strategy to trick consumers like me into buying make up I probably don't need but hey, it's on sale - wouldn't you want to have a look at least? Woe is me and I always end up with a couple of things with me. But no regrets, the newly formulated True Match Foundation and Color Rich Moist Matte Lipstick in Maple Mocha are worth the trips on the department store aisles and the almost guilt-free shopping.

Le Stella Rosa Lip Balm. My lack of drinking 8 bottles of water a day has taken its toll on my lips and they completely went dry, peeled and bleed on me especially on the sides. I was starting to panic as it's actually painful and starting to look like how it feels - ugly so I picked up this tube and it came to my rescue! It's extremely hydrating and tastes nice too as it is a flavored lip balm and also because, Stella Rosa. Enough said.

The UAAP and My UST. If you don't know it already, I fangirl excessively. I graduated from UST and my passion for basketball never ends and continues to live through the UAAP, a collegiate basketball league my uni is part of. This year, My UST has a great deal of making it to the Final 4 so I am always stoked to watch the games. I've so far watched 2 games live and I tell you what - you don't really know me until you've seen me watch a live basketball game. True story.

A BEEP card. Isn't it strange to find such among the list favorites in a so-called beauty blog? But this bad boy has been such a relief to my commuter self for this month. I have been traveling from one side of the metro to the other end and having a card that can be used on all 3 of our existing trailing system without having to fall in line or purchase every transfer is a personal miracle I didn't know I was waiting to happen. Bakit ngayon ka lang, Beep? What took you so long?

October 28, 2015

The Untold Story Of A Nail Buffer

I will be the first to tell you it is definitely not the most exciting mor interesting topic - a nail buffer, really now? That's what I initially told myself too as I was having second thoughts of picking this up during one of my random and unplanned trips to the department store. For something that only costs Php 50, you'd think I wouldn't give it much thought and just go ahead and buy it. But that's not what I was bothered about. At the back of my mind I was thinking, will this thing really work? I mean, what exactly is this thing and what is it supposed to do?

I've seen the British girls rave about the one from Sephora or one from their drugstores like Boots so I was pretty excited when I chanced upon one at OMG Oh My Girl shelves inside Landmark's Beauty Section. I can finally find out for myself why this is actually a thing. It's a compact rectangular tool that's made up of four side panels and each panel is assigned to one nail care step at a time: 1. File nail edge. 2. Remove ridges. 3. Smooth nail. 4. Shine nail. And if you're a newbie on this concept, it helps that it is numbered. I follow these steps religiously and sometime even go a step back when I feel like I can use a little bit more of Step 1. I proceed with my usual nail care routine but instead of using the usual suspects, I now use the nail buffer instead. It's supposed to do exactly that - to file your nail edges. This side is not harsh nor unruly, there's just enough roughness to it to get things done, and it's wide and lengthy, easier to shape your nails as desired. While the other surface is used to remove the ridges or the flakes you ended up with, I used to resort for a small bristled brush for this step before - never again. These two final steps make all the difference for me. After all the filing, your nails can look scratched and brittle so the surface can use a little help too, this is where smooth nail and shine nail gets in.

So, does it really work? I was surprised to find out that it really does. It's one of the many things you have to experience yourself to believe it but it won't take an expert to see the difference once you've taken the plunge and started using it. I've been wearing my nails bare the past days since I want to see how it fair as far as appearance can get and I'm well satisfied. And not only does it make everything easier, it makes a whole lot of difference on the results. It always felt like my nails look a bit messy and rough, borderline brittle even after doing a DIY mani-pedi session before but I now I think myabe it's only because I've been lacking this tool all along.

October 16, 2015

5 Reasons The New L'Oreal Foundation Can Potentially Be Your True Match

As I am currently running low on the foundation department, I decided to go and try L'Oreal True Match Liquid Foundation, one of the new offerings from the brand which they recently launched here in the Philippines along with other products like a skin primer, eyebrow product and concealer. It's not really new since this True Match line has been going on for years but just by the looks of it, you can easily spot the obvious changes. Along with these changes are the increased chances of this foundation living up to its promise of finding you your one true match.

The practical packaging. It finally comes with a pump! And from the rounded glass bottle, it now comes in a structured tall bottle that looks sleek and sophisticated. Straight from the bottle, you can easily spot what seems like gold shimmers and pigments but once you swatch them on, they magically disappear, let alone when you finally apply it on your face. One full pump is enough for my rather huge face and it gives off a thin but decent coverage with a very natural finish.

The insane shade range. To help them live up to its claim of finding your true match - foundation color match that is, L'Oreal Paris came up with 15 shade offerings! There's no doubt you can find one that will both match your skintone AND undertone. Your skintone may change from time to time, you can be fair today and be well-tanned after your recent beach trip but your undertone remains the same. The new and improved formula is meant to be a better fit for Asian women as it considers your undertone so whether you're a cool, warm or neutral-toned kind of girl, there's enough shades to choose from, I tell you. I'm usually a G4 Golden Beige but for some reason, I ended up buying a G1 Golden Ivory and it still works! Nothing a bronzer or a mix of darker foundation/concealer can't fix. 

The affordable price tag. Crimping on your foundation is not ideal but it's highly practical. So if life will offer you a drugstore foundation without the hefty price tag to go with its acclaimed quality, you do not want to miss out on that. This one is reasonably priced for Php 600, since you can make a good wear out of it and the coverage is actually good, it's such a bargain - if I do say so myself. 

The ravin' results. In real life, it does look amazing when it's finally super blended out on your face. I use a flat foundation brush to apply it on and a damp make up sponge to blend it out for a more seamless finish. It looks exactly like how it feels - lightweight. The less runny consistency gives more grip and less streaks. And then what do you know, it also looks great when photographed, with or without flash. It still appears real, not fabricated or filtered. You be the judge, the first photo is taken with flash and the other one without.

The vavavoom verdict. I personally like it, and I think even if my color matching is still a hit or miss despite the find your one true match claim, the finish it gives off is a good basis already. My tip? Swatch as many possible shades as you can whilst on the counter. Find a better lighting and let it sit on your skin for a bit. If you fancy walking around and coming back the next hour or the next day, do it. All I'm saying is if like me, you're in search for a new foundation to try, you might as well go for the one who promises to find you a true match in the end. It won't hurt to try, now won't it? I think so too.

October 07, 2015

My Current Stack of Eyeshadow Palettes

I never thought there will come a time in my life where I will have an actual stack of eye shadow palettes. I've always seen myself coming up with a huge lipstick collection in due time but a growing stack of eye shadow palettes? I'll just have one of the neutral ones, please and thank you. And in real time speaking, that was my story. I only have my Inglot Eyeshadow Freedom Palette before friends and family started giving them to me as gifts. So here we are, later into the game with five eyeshadow palettes to play with...
NP Set: Smoke Signals Palette. Do not let the glitters and shimmers put you off. This palette is so low key but the quality is actually borderline amazing. A set of 12 sultry eye shades that are perfect to create any smoky eye look you prefer -  brown, black or golden, simple, neutral or dramatic. My favorite ones are the golden, coppery and browny shades worn individually all over the lids and smoked out on the crease. It's a tiny palette, a sturdy cardboard flap with magnetic lids and a tiny round mirror inside ideal for when you're on-the-go and a mirror will always come in handy.

Inglot: 5 Shadow Freedom System Palette. I gave an in depth thought on this before and I still find them as my most practical palette ever. You get 5 shadows in a compact packaging that you can carry around with you whether you're headed to the office, a night out with your friends after or even for when you're traveling. A two-toned eyeshadow look of the matte cream shade all over the lid and a pop of dark brown on the crease for a day make up look and then amp up the game by popping in the matte black on the outer v for a more smoked out, night appropriate look. And if you're feeling a bit of shimmer, you can always pop in the pearly shimmer shades on the center of your lids.

Coastal Scents: Revealed 3  Eyeshadow Palette. I heard this is a dupe for the Naked 3 Palette. I can't really say because I don't own the latter yet. It's a total of 20 matte and shimmer shadows combined. They are more on the pink, plums and mauvey side of things but with a good selection of neutrals thrown in the mix too. It comes in a cardboard flap box palette with a magnetic lid but with no mirror to go with it or a brush for that matter, unfortunately. The newest in my collection too so I haven't really given it a proper go yet, but I'm properly smitten by the mattes already.

Urban Decay & Oz: The Glinda Palette. I guess it kind of figures that since it's part of the Oz collection, it has a more playful feel to it. A total of six brighter and bolder colors, with two duo-shades so technically that's 8 shades for you, I personally wouldn't wear altogether but individually? It's a different story. I reckon Illusion, which is a subtle pink iridescent and South, a gray shimmery shade are two things I can work with. They are very buttery and extremely pigmented that a little definitely goes a long way. The palette is as fancy as the colors inside it, housed inside a metal box and comes with a decent sized mirror which is always a good thing.

MAC: Nordstrom Naturals Palette. Of course I've saved the best for last and if I'm really being honest, this palette is what changed the game and my mind about eyeshadows generally. I never quite felt the same thing for the UD Naked ones maybe because I've always been biased with MAC All That Glitters but I think as long as I have this palette, I can manage to say no to the rest of the offerings on the same department. They look sleek and sophisticated on the black MAC palette container and the shades included in this are really some of the ones I've long wanted individually. Crazy pigmented, 15 color shade selection and super pretty to stare at on the pan as much as when they are applied on the lids. My love for this palette is just real people, that is all.

September 30, 2015

My Newest Makeup Mixology Discovery

A few days ago, Happy Skin - a homegrown cosmetic brand recently launched a contest on Instagram wherein 3 lucky ladies will be invited over to join them on their newest project yet - they will be opening the very first store this October 1st. I had to join, obviously and in order to do so, I had to unearth my personal photos and stumbled across this unpublished post inside of my head during that time. And since I'm currently suffering from a broken SD card reader, I can't transfer all my recent snaps on my desktop, I think this post couldn't be more timely.

This make up mixology is brought to you by mixing two limited edition Happy Skin Cosmetics Shut Up and Kiss Me lipstick, the ones from their collaboration with Preview Magazine back in June. At some point you may have given it a thought too on why they did not include a pink shade on the collection. If they did, it would've been a perfect collaboration! I initially thought about that too but that's what I'm here to blab about. If like me, you also thought this collection is missing a pink shade, think again! This is Too Cool mixed with Hot Stuff. It appears like a mauvey pink, with a cooler undertone to it that literally looks like its own formulation when applied on the lips. I slap on Too Cool all over my lips, as if to conceal it then layer it on with the bomb that is Hot Stuff.  And I'd like to personally call it as the shade, Cool Stuff. Pun intended, because isn't that just the coolest thing ever?

I personally prefer the matte formulation when it comes to bold lip colors, so having a matte muted pink within my reach just by mixing two shades together is a very welcome addition to both my makeup and mixology collection. I never really thought about mixing a nude with a red before, I always mix nudes with browns because I thought that makes sense. But sometimes, getting out of your comfort zone can really surprise you - true in real life and now, true in makeup too. What's your latest makeup mixology discovery? I'd love to add some more onto mine!

September 27, 2015

A Taste Of New York Up North

Tucked in a little corner somewhere in Pampanga is a posh pizza place inspired by the city that never sleeps - the New York Supreme Pizza Place in Northwalk, Clark. It was my first time there, I was dragged by a very good friend of mine who apparently knows the North by heart, including food places that are affordable but unforgettable. He was telling me how excellent the pizza is, how the chicken is cooked like no other and how there's a surprise dessert I should reserve some space for.

I am not the most adventurous person when it comes to food. I know, it's such a shame. I like them conventional as much as possible and I am least likely to invite you to a new place to check out what they have to offer unless I'm sure it fits the bill and generally loved by many. But oh my word, this pizza place. First of all, the thin crust, hand-tossed, (brick) oven-cooked pizza. I have got no words. I'm sure we got the NYS Angus Beef Pizza and it was heavenly as much as it was huge. It was very tasty and crispy while it lasted but the dough did not get stale at all as time passed by, which I found out because we had so much left for take away and had to eat them on the road. And then there's the chicken which particular taste is always hard to rival for a Filipino because of the Chickenjoy benchmark, at least that's what it's like for me. But NYS Country Style Chicken is a good runner up. We went for the 5 piece order and whoa, they are also huge chunks of chicken. And then there's the surprise dessert, NYS Zippolis. They are ironically Italian Crispy Doughnuts which rumor has it, is made up of the unused pizza dough, molded in ringlet forms, covered with powdered sugar and comes with a chocolate dip! Now, the science of this is weird especially for me who is practically a Jon Snow when it comes to food. But I think since the dough ringlets are covered with powdered sugar, dipping them to a sweetened dip kind of makes it a match made in sweet-tooth and non sweet-tooth heaven - it's sort of right down the middle. For the drinks, my friend had one of their fruit shakes because that's what he's used to and in true Joys Camille fashion, I went for Coke - no surprise there.

It was generally a very pleasurable experience for me. A good way to jumpstart any Northern adventure you have planned out. The place is cozy and very Instagram-worthy, I like the splash of red color all over and the brick walls. And the food is not far from the aesthetics, it was just as good if not even better for a very good deal. Your one thousand bucks can take you a long way when you decide to drop by and dine. If only for a feel of New York even just for a dining experience, I'd take it. I will definitely stop by again for the pasta, mussels and steaks. Ah, the memory of all this makes me so hungry already... I might be dropping by sooner than soon after all.

September 25, 2015

TGTC: A Beach Day Get Ready With Me

I figured since it's a Thursday and we're down to the possible last days of summer (well not temperature-wise, it is still so unbelievably too hot to function right now), you won't mind if we go back to some time in August when I was tucked away in a little corner way up north of Baler, Aurora. Four days in Baler has turned me into a mega waterlust, I'm not even kidding. If I wasn't lounging around inside the hotel, I'm quenching up my waterlust with a night dip or a day surf. So the few times I did mind getting ready were only during the times we'll be going out to grab a bite at the nearby restaurants. This is the one time we went out for burgers and fries at Hungry Surfer.

The Hair. What is a more appropriate hair style than literal beach waves when on the beach. Luckily for me the hotel we were staying in has got a decent hair dryer installed so all I did is to let it dry and then tie it up on a ponytail. Et voila!

The Make Up. This Bourjois Paris CC Cream is everything to me right now. I love the glow it gives without looking greasy and its got the protection I need from the sun, hydration my skin may need to for when I stay longer outside - it's a good all rounder, that's what it is. I think I wanted to go for the "bronzy beach babe look" when I packed my travel make up kit then. You can see I whipped out all of the bronzes - Maybelline Color Tattoo Bad To The Bronze on the lids and the bronzer from Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Strip on my cheeks (and a bit all over my face). And like what I mentioned on this post, I'm the girl who wears red lips on beach days so here I am casually sporting my L'Oreal Color Riche Matte Reds Pure Garnet.
The Outfit. Easily my beach outfit picks would be a white tank top, a pair of washed out denim shorts and a good accessory thrown in the way which this time around is a bandanna I used as my hair scarf. It can get pretty balmy when walking around so I wanted to keep my hair as far away from my face (and nape) as possible.

Baler, you are my personal miracle waiting to happen. An item off my non-existent bucket list. But I think that will be for another post and story. For now I'm homesick for the burgers and fries and the sound of the waves crashing nearby...

September 23, 2015

Make Up Menu: An Everyday Look Ala Maybelline

If there is an isle category exclusively for "affordable without compromising its quality" make up, I think Maybelline will be right up that alley. They offer a good selection of products that can cater the younger crowd with a little budget to spare and just starting off their make up kits to the working girls who can and will work for make up and even artists who paint faces professionally and for a living. I am personally a fan of some of their products that it’s no surprise I somehow ended up having enough to slap on my face for a complete make up menu I'd totally wear, or if we’re totally being honest, I’ve been wearing for everyday use.

If and when I can, I try to skip foundation altogether especially if it's just going to be for an everyday make up look. But I did that once and everybody thought I was sick so the combination base of Baby Skin Pore Eraser Primer and Clear Smooth All In One Shine Free Cake Powder in Sand Beige works well for me. It gives off decent coverage, feels light on the skin and contains protection as well (SPF 25 is good enough for me than nothing). I prefer the damp sponge technique for application since I find this the more effective way of getting an even coverage. One of my go-to everyday eye look can be achieved by using Color Tattoo 24 Hour Gel-Cream Eyeshadow in Bad To The Bronze as an all-over-the-lid color then lined with the Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Black with just a thin line with no wing and loads and loads of The Hypercurl Volum' Express Waterproof Mascara. A subtle sparkle, a slight definition and a pair of curled lashes are just what the doctor, err the make up artists prescribed for my hooded lids. Trust me, do not skip the curling of the lashes bit, it makes all the difference. And what else can pass for an everyday lip color but a nude lipstick and I personally love the color payoff and formulation of the Colorshow Creamy Matte Lipcolor in Mysterious Mocha. This one doesn’t wash me off, it just evens out the color of my lips but nothing too obvious. I also think I’m being biased because I tend to veer towards more earthly tones, if not the bold ones, when it comes to my lip color. It maybe a phase inspired by a certain Jenner Girl but I just really, really like it.

I seriously like everything from this make up menu but if I can pick just one, it's the mascara. Get. The. Mascara. It is such a bargain for Php 199 and it holds a curl like crazy and it's so easy to use. The formula of this is surprisingly good for its price but I am not complaining. Always up for a bargain without compromising its quality. See? That isle has to happen already, imagine when it finally does! Maybe, our make up shopping will be so much easier. Maybe, less guiltier. Maybe, it's Maybelline.

September 21, 2015

A Few New MAC Things

Every other girl has probably a MAC wish list somewhere in the back of her mind, or written in bold colors across her blog - I'm obviously the latter and you can find mine here. But it's not always a must have or I need to get my hands on those kind of thing for me. It's like a constant longing that it doesn't matter if and when I get my hands on them, as long as I do. And I'm blabbing about this because I finally have them, well some of them, within my reach and in my collection now. Ah, be still my beating heart!

Let's start with another black bullet of a tube and my second MAC lipstick ever. It's no less than the much coveted MAC Ruby Woo. I know, I know. That is no surprise and I am super late to the party. I have blabbed on about my first ever MAC lipstick on this post if you are curious what's the first shade I picked up and why I’ve only gotten into the MAC bandwagon now. Ruby Woo is very matte (from MAC's Retro Matte range) with vivid blue-red undertones. In other words, it's a full on bright red shade with no trace of shine or moisture at all. You are likely to get comments like "You're lips are very red" and "Did you get your teeth whitened or something?". It's often coined as the best red lipstick and I kid you not, it may just be for me, too. I’ve worn this to every single occasion there is and every chance I’ve had the first few days – same lipstick, different day. I get the hype now, it's quite addicting!

Here comes another super hyped, most talked about MAC product ever and it's not even a makeup per se. It's a brush, if it's not THE blending brush of all times, MAC 217. Apparently it does the all the eyeshadow blending job for you. It also picks up a good amount of product on and dense enough to give off a precise finish on the eyes. But it can also be use to blend concealers or any cream product that requires blending – with a 217 brush, consider it done and efficiently at that.

And then there's the gorgeousness of a palette called the MAC Nordstrom Naturals Eyeshadow Palette. Aaaah, I don't think I've ever seen anything prettier! I'm not going to lie, when I saw this on Juvy's Instagram feed, I literally had heart shaped images popping out of my eyes, if that's even possible in real life. All that's left to do is to look for one particular shade and there’s no thinking twice, I'm sold. And what do you know... the Nordstom Naturals include All That Glitters after all! I concede... Shut up and take my money, MAC!

I’ve been giving them equal amount of so much love since their arrival in my life and even though this means I might not be doing any MAC shopping any time soon, it already gives me so much happiness to have Ruby Woo, MAC 217 and All That Glitters ticked off my MAC Wishlist for now. That feeling is enough and going to last me a long time, that's for sure.
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