Saturday, June 29, 2013

Review: Etude House's Collagen Moistfull Cream

Greetings, ah ah ah! *laughs like Sesame Street's The Count*

I'm currently home-bound on a 3-day sick leave as per the doctor's orders because of an asthma attack and I lost my voice.

Today's entry will be a long over due review on Etude House's Collagen Moistfull Cream. I bought my first bottle around December last year and for some reason I quit using it during the summer..

So this was the first one I purchased, I do not really get what makes this a "special set". Except, perhaps it doesn't have any English instructions at the back.

Lost in translation, eh?

The Moistfull Special Set cost around Php750 at the time that I bought it and it contains these:

- a 50ml tub of moisturizer
- a tube of wash off masque

The moisturizer lasted for MONTHS because a little goes a really long way. It made an excellent base for makeup, and even on its' own. Plus it's not sticky.

The second set I purchased recently costs a bit more. Php898 perhaps because it contains 10ml more of the moisturizer.

The second kit contains the following:

- 60ml of the moisturizer
- a small bottle of the "first essence"

No thanks to shaky hands because of my asthma medication, the pics are really blurry. But like most Korean skin care regimen, this has a LOT involved in the process. Check this out:

1. First Essence
2. Facial Freshemer
3. Essence
4. Firming Eye Cream
5. Emulsion
6. Cream (the one included in this kit)
7. Facial Mist

Yezzzz, ladies and bekis. Count 'em all, 7 steps in the regimen. I don't think I can do that. I think I'm good with the First Essence and the moisturizing cream.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Review: ELF Matte Lip Color in Rich Red

An effortless way to look pulled together is to wear red lipstick. This has been mentioned ad nauseam by many fashion magazines. Although, I never really had the guts to do this since I've always stuck to shades of beige, peach and the occasional pink.

But then again, since I'm pushing my boundaries this year, I got myself a tube of red lip color just for the heck of it. So, I purchased ELF's Matte Lip Color in Rich Red. It costs Php 249.99 and looks like a retractable lip liner. 

This is how it looked like when I put it on, here's me and the boyfriend:

Not PBB Teens, sorry that's jologs. Peachy and Wacks from TGIS. HAHA!

This was taken before having any meals. Now here's another swatch after drinking and eating post-class. Oh and that monkey with its' eyes popping out? That's Unggoy-kun, my pen who drives everyone in my Nihongo class crazy. LOL.

Hooded Hello Kitty Shirt - Php150, Ukay Ukay
Here's my take on this product so far: 

  • Reasonable price (hey, I just noticed most of my makeup are from ELF recently)
  • Non-drying (although I still use lip balm out of habit)
  • Wonderful punch of color (compliments my skin tone) without making me look like a drag queen
  • Sleek packaging, so whether you're hauling a backpack or strutting around with your most ferosha clutch bag, it'll fit right in.
And some random shots during the weekend: 

Post Class review/homework time with the boyfriend at Jamba Juice SM Megamall. I'm a huge fan of their strawberry smoothie.

Lunch at Cajun Red Rock. This one is the boyfriend's meal - Parmesan-crusted Calamari,  the one in the back is my order: Cajun Fried Chicken. 


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Lemon Water How Do I Love Thee, Let Me Count The Ways (plus other random stuff)


Yes, all caps.

I haven't posted for quite some time because it's that time of the year once again. Yep, it's time for my frequent asthma attacks. So I guess I'd have to kiss my perfect attendance incentive goodbye for this cutoff.

If you are an asthmatic or know someone who is, you'd know that it's no joking matter. I've had asthma since birth (it runs in my Mom's family, actually skipped her generation and manifested on me and my cousins), what usually triggers my attacks are the following:

  • Dust
  • Sudden change of weather (ahem, hot and cold?)
  • Stress/intense emotions
Here's what usually happens when you have a bout of asthma. You have a hard time breathing since your air passages tighten and you cough. A lot. There would also be times when there would be that prickly feeling in your throat. Of course there's medication, but the best way to get rid of all the coughing is usually drinking a lot of water. And boy, did I drink this A LOT.

Since I started working in the call center industry in 2010, I'd been adding lemon slices in the tumbler I bring to work. It adds a kick to my water and unknowingly it increases my intake. Lately, I'd been adding mint leaves since my Dad has a mint plant in our garden as well.

And what's great about this is that it does not cost much. You can get lemons for as low as Php20 in groceries.
*Picture not mine


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Kenko: Cheap Thrills Heaven

You guys are all aware I'm taking classes after my shift in the office is done, right? And of course, you gotta have school supplies. Since I am now aware of how hard it is to budget (perhaps the reason why I don't want to have kids, yet), I usually buy my stationery/office supplies at Saizen or any of those Daiso stores.

I've always passed by Kenko's in Robinson's Galleria since it's right beside Saizen and a store away from Japan Home. So, last weekend after class the boyfriend and I went to check it out (just so I could finally satisfy my curiosity as well).

The store is a mishmash of different finds ranging from clutchbags, school supplies, lampshades, stuffed toys, accessories (which start at Php10, I kid you not ladies and bekis). So here are my finds, grand total of my purchase? Php100.

Pencil case - Php20 (had to change since my sharpener won't fit in the other pencil case I got from Saizen)
Pens - Php10 each
Wooden pins - Php30
Bear hooks - Php30

I bought the hooks and the wooden clips to hang my pictures on one of my bedroom walls, but that is for a different post. 


Saturday, June 1, 2013

Aoi Hipster

I've always believed that accessories should't be taken seriously (well, most of the time). Even at my age (hey, I'm 30 and not embarrased to admit it), there are times when a quirky piece catches my attention in the least likely places I'd expect to find one.

Case in point, I was prowling SM Megamall last Sunday with the boyfriend and it was so humid. So humid that I was sweating like a sinner in church, for real! Since my hair is in that weird tie-able phase where I haven't decided on whether to grow it long or cut it. Just my luck I don't have any spare hair elastics with me, so I decided to pop in at Pink Box and saw these two peering up at me at the glass display when the saleslady was ringing up my sale.

And hey, for only Php99? These hipster ladies went home with me.

My only complaint about them is that the pointy end that you put through your piercing is too long and sort of hurts especially since I have to wear a headset for prolonged periods at work.