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The Grand Launch Of Beauty Scents, An Outlet Store


BEAUTYSCENTS SAVETHEDATE1Beauty lovers have something to celebrate about in exactly 2 days! If you love luxury perfumes and makeup, but find them too expensive in stores or too impatient to wait for the next upcoming sale. Well, good news! The first-ever and the biggest beauty outlet store, Beauty Scents, is going to open its doors at Paseo de Sta. Rosa, Laguna! Whenever I hear the word “outlet”, I go nuts because this…

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Ellana Mineral Lip and Cheek Gel in Ruby and Amethyst**


IMG_9210What makes you blush?

When you see your crush? When you get embarrassed? When you spend an hour or two at the gym? Perhaps when you drink a glass of wine? I, myself, don’t blush that much except when I had a little (or too much) alcohol. If you’ve been on Facebook lately, you might’ve come across an article that explains why we blush when we drink. “The facial flushing response to drinking…

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#FirstImpressionsMatter | Make A Perfect First Impression With Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Cream**


Making a first good impression is very crucial because studies show that it only takes 8 seconds, yes, 8 SECONDS, to build an impact to your audience or people you meet. So the moment you enter that door, whether it’s an interview, meeting the parents or whatever, you’re already being assessed and you only get one shot at it. Truth is, whatever they think of you will more or less be cast in stone…

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Be Your Own Heroine! Unboxing the BDJ Elite Box by Heroine Make!**


IMG_9101The past couple of posts have been unboxing of the BDJ Boxes and this one is no different except that it’s the BDJ Elite Box this time around! If you’re still unfamiliar of BDJ Boxes, it’s a beauty subscription service wherein you get a deluxe or full-sized samples of products. They now have 3 types of boxes to choose from depending on your budget:

  • BDJ Box– If you wish a box that’s full of beauty…

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Unboxing the June 2014 BDJ Box!**


IMG_8304Luck is still not on my side and as you might’ve guessed already, this is the unboxing of the June BDJ Box. I received this 2-3 weeks ago and like you, I giggled in excitement as it’s another exclusive beauty box. Exclusive boxes give a different level of adrenaline as you get a handful of products to try from a particular brand. For June, it was none other than Benefit yet again! It wasn’t too…

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Unboxing the May 2014 BDJ Box!


IMG_8281Hello, strangers! Sorry for my unplanned hiatus, but May was extremely a busy month for me and so is June. School already started and taking 3 subjects per week after work is no joke! It’s my last year in graduate school and I’ve taken more subjects so I can finish by 2015! I also moved to another company, but still doing the same thing, more or less. I’ve also been spending a lot of time with my…

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8 Makeup Brushes for Eyes


IMG_8072Without a doubt, eye makeup is the most challenging and frustrating part of doing your makeup especially for us, newbies. It takes a lot of practice to perfect and a lot of trial and error to find the best formulation to suit our features and skin types. I don’t consider myself learned in this department, not yet. I still have a long way to go but with the right tools and basic skills, I’m able…

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E.L.F. Professional Blending Eye Brush


IMG_8214Hi everyone, I haven’t been updating much lately because so much is going on at work, school and my personal life. I’m also trying to spend time with friends and family because I feel that I’ve distanced myself from them and poured Given that, I’ve lost interest in almost everything including blogging. Hopefully, I get my motivation back soon because I actually miss playing with makeup and…

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What’s In My Makeup Kit Vol. 3


CoerI’m about to go on a beach trip and by the time this goes live, I’m probably on the way to the airport. I’ll be spending roughly 4 days with my high school friends in Boracay and I’m freaking excited! The last time we travelled together was back in 2009 in Boracay too! Since then, we haven’t planned a vacation that’ll match everyone’s sched so we usually end up going with our other circles or our…

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Summer Luau | A Revlon Makeup Workshop


IMG_8137If there’s one drugstore brand that has a strong presence in the market, it would have to be Revlon. Their line up of products are up to date with the latest trends in the beauty department. You’re most likely to find a cheaper alternative of a cult product from this brand! Do you find Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Balms pricey? You can check out the Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balms, Matte…

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MAC 217 Blending Brush


IMG_8086I was supposed to share something personal before the actual review but stopped myself before doing so. I don’t want this blog to be an avenue of my feelings. LOL. I also promised myself to maintain a positive atmosphere and expose as little about my personal life in the interweb as possible. My family spent the Easter weekend by staying in and attending masses. I also spent most of my time…

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EcoTools Retractable Kabuki Brush

IMG_8026I wear  loose and pressed powders a lot this summer because they’re very lightweight and oil-controlling. In this ridiculous heat, liquid or creamy foundations are the last thing I’d wear. Even if I applied sparingly, I still get the same sticky feeling towards the end of the day and it’s very uncomfortable. Don’t get me wrong, I prefer their formula for coverage and lasting-power. However, I was…

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FashionistA Custom Design Bronzers


IMG_7981I was browsing my dashboard when I saw that I still have FashionistA items pending in my drafts. I think it’s about time I empty that folder so today’s post is going to be about their Custom Design Bronzers. These were part of my Makeup Academy (MUA) haul last year when they had a 50% off sale (?) and promo for the FashionistA palettes. I was waiting for another major sale to complete the shades…

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Zoeva #320 Smokey Liner Brush


IMG_7826Still in the category of beauty tools, I’m here to quickly talk about a brush that’s pocket-friendly and I’m loving lately, the Zoeva #320 Smokey Liner Brush. I only found out about Zoeva while reading Lily Pebbles’ blog about their Rose Golden Luxury Set. I fell in love with the rose gold brushes and wanted to get my hands on them too, but unfortunately, Luxola doesn’t have that set for sale.


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MAC 208 Angled Brow Brush


IMG_7884I’m not sure if Catholics around the world get to spend a time off in observance of Easter, but we do here in Manila. In fact, it’s a 4-day long weekend here and while my family don’t go anywhere during this season, I’m pretty happy to be just staying at home and get that much needed R&R.

I’ve been putting off buying MAC or expensive brushes for the longest time because I know that I could find…

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