The Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty (or, if I went to hell for being beautiful–)


I just finished making my lengthy post on my Cebu trip and I need a brrrrreeeeaak. So here it is! I first saw the lovely V make this post, and enjoyed it, thought about making one, but forgot about it. Hahaha! Then my close friend Alexis made it too, so I decided okay, I’ll really do it this time! :p

I haven’t been into beauty for a very long time, say 2 or 3 years tops? But I like to think I’ve amassed quite a little collection already so I think I can take this tag post without too many problems.

1. Greed: What’s your most inexpensive beauty item? What’s your most expensive beauty item?

The most inexpensive beauty item I have would have to be this highlighting powder that I bought at Daiso, on my Cebu trip! According to its packaging, it’s for nose highlighting (since it comes in a teeny 1.3g pot with a sifter lid), but it can also be used for general highlighting needs. It’s a pearly shimmer with a slight pink tone, and I used it for my Purplehood Ball makeup that I did myself.

As for the most expensive beauty item I have, it’ll have to be my Dior Addict Ultra Gloss in Flash. It’s an exquisitely shimmery pink which I haven’t actually worn out of the house yet–  haha! I think it retails for around Php1500? I’m not exactly sure – because this was just given to me by one of my best friends, Lala. Hahaha! If it’s something that I bought with my own money, then the most expensive thing would have to be my Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion in W24 Honey Beige, costing a little under Php1000. It’s super handy since I can take it on the plane, even if it’s pretty bulky for a compact.

2. Wrath: What item do you have a love/hate relationship with?

Like Alexis, it’s with false lashes – I like how they look and I like how my eyes look super fabulous with them on, buttttt it’s so hard to put on and I’m always paranoid that it’ll fall off or look weird when nudged out of place! Another reason why I only wear falsies when I play around with makeup at home.

Another pet peeve makeup would have to be liquid foundation. My oily skin tends to prefer powder foundation, or more simple BB/CC creams. I like to build up coverage instead of slathering one layer and looking really really greasy.

3. Gluttony: What brand takes up most of your collection?

Oh man, I don’t even know. But I really think Etude House takes up most of my collection – from convenient lip tints and eyeshadow sticks to nail polish to their foam cleansers to their Play 101 pencils.. wow. They have a balance of cute style and function to justify me not being able to resist purchasing them. Also, I don’t remember how many sheet masks I’ve bought from them–

A runner up would have to be Nature Republic because their nail polishes are so inexpensive! Not to mention their skincare is top-notch, and their sheet masks. Gotta love sheet masks.

4. Sloth: What product do you neglect the most due to laziness?

Primer. I mean I know it’ll make my face look nice and smooth and poreless but.. who has time for that? Sometimes I’ll even be content with just lipbalm.

5. Pride: What product gives you the most confidence?

Definitely a good lip colour! Whether it’s a vampy, bright, or even a fairly neutral lip, it’s really something that reflects my mood. It’s also excellent for lazy girls like me who can’t really be bothered with how they look, but still want to exert a teeny bit of effort to look human. (Especially when you’re super stressed with school or work!)

6. Lust: Which item is at the top of your beauty wishlist?

Oh goodness, I’ve only managed to make a list of my beauty lemmings. Seriously. There’s so many items, so I will casually bend the rules and give you one item per general category..

Eyes: Too Faced Chocolate Bar eyeshadow palette
Lips: MAC lipstick in Lady Danger

7. Envy: Which makeup product looks great on other but not on you?

Nude/pale lips. I have yet to find that perfect nude that won’t make me look washed out, sickly, or even dead. Hahaha! I actually purchased a NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Tokyo (a pale bubblegum pink) before out of curiosity, and when I tried it on.. it was a mix of shock and laughter, actually. I looked weird!


Why don’t you try this little tag post out too?

xx Marianne


A (very) delayed post: My Spur-of-the-Moment Weekend Getaway

banner cover


Hello, everyone! Let’s not waste any time with crummy intros that I haven’t really thought out and just jump into the rambly narration! 😀

It all started around mid-January, when I finally went back to school for the first time after holiday break because after arriving back in Dumaguete, I got wonderfully bowled over by chickenpox. :/ News was already spreading about the Purplehood Ball which, for lack of better things to compare it to, a law school version of prom & seniors’ night rolled into one – to honor the fourth-year students from our college, with matching messages by their representatives and a symbolic passing of the torch to the lower batches. They even had a class prophecy video, which was really entertaining. (I wonder if my grades will ever bring me fourth year so I can see what our class prophecy would be like?) It’s kind of a last hurrah for our seniors before they’re off to their final Finals Week and then off to Bar Review.

This year, we had a “red carpet” theme and, surprise, surprise – I had nothing to wear. But luckily, while looking for a dress with my younger sister Lucille for her Honors Day event (she’s the smarts of the family.. maybe aha), we chanced upon a shop tucked away along Perdices Avenue called Trendsetter. She found her dress – plus the friendly shopkeeper even suggested I try a few on. I found a couple I liked, but contemplated maybe buying them another time.

Then I remembered the Php2000 Forever21 gift card in my wallet still had a remaining balance of over a thousand pesos..


I thought to myself, why not trek over to Cebu to find a dress? If not, then.. I’ll think of something.

I immediately texted my dad about my intentions, and he seemed pretty supportive of it. I even asked my younger sister and a friend for advice and directions on how to go to Cebu City from Dumaguete. Taking into consideration that it was soon to be midterm exam week, I decided that I would go on my little trip the weekend after midterm exams, and I would be staying overnight at a hostel (which I found after a few days of frantic searching over the internet and reading reviews and recommendations).

Cue exasperated sighs.

My first solo trip would be on the commercial holiday in which loads of couples are out to do some lovin’ over dinner, coffee, or whatever floats their boat. So what does that mean for me, single and totally LOST??

Continue reading

Just a heads up!

I’m working on a very lengthy and photo-heavy (but pretty late) post about my little solo trip to Cebu City! Now take in mind that I am not much of a traveler (unless it involves Metro Manila, public transport buses, and the LRT/MRT train system), and that this trip was practically me getting lost in a new place, yet being vaguely familiar with some of its sights.

Also, there’s a lot of photos and writing bits about my journey there.


xx Marianne

Review: NYX Butter Gloss in BLG06 Peach Cobbler

Hello, my lovelies! I never thought I’d do yet another review on lip makeup, or makeup for that matter.. but here I am, crushing my own expectations. Hahaha! 😀

Last Valentines’ Day weekend, I took it upon myself to go out of two and off the the Queen City of the South, Cebu City! I’ll do a separate post on that, but for now I’ll give a little bit of a background as to how I purchased this little baby.

Basically, I was wandering around SM City Cebu and trying to familiarize myself with the mall. It was HUGE! Not quite Megamall huge, but definitely bigger than SM Southmall. I didn’t know anyone in Cebu (save for a couple of friends who, alas, had work that day so I was left on my own for Saturday) and for some reason, the hustle and bustle of an SM mall gives me a vague sense of comfort.



/cue angelic choir/ HAAAAALLELUJAAAAAAH

/cue angelic choir/ HAAAAALLELUJAAAAAAH


NYX Cosmetics is well-loved here in the Philippines (and in the whole world, for that matter) for affordable, high-quality cosmetics. It’s a favorite of online sellers (and buyers) for its wide range of shades and products. So how do you think I felt (as a relatively new lover of makeup) when I found an ENTIRE SHOP just for NYX? (Hint: It involved a bit of jaw-dropping and slight wheezing to myself.)

Apparently they also have branches at SM Megamall and SM Mall of Asia, but maybe I can visit there when I come home to Manila– /excited/

They were having a sale on selected items, which led me to check out this particular display:



See the little orange tube near the top left hand corner of the display, by the lip crayons? It’s hanging out in front of the lip glosses.

It was the last Butter Gloss in the whole store.
They were having a sale on selected items, and the Butter Glosses were the first to go.. So how lucky was I that the last tube of Butter Gloss left on sale was in the shade that I was most curious about – Peach Cobbler? So of course I immediately bought it, and went on my way. /no regrets/

I finally got to try it out when I came back to Dumaguete.

Continue reading

The Versatile Blogger Award!


Hello, everyone! The lovely Shiori has nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award! Now, I’ve never actually expected to be nominated/tagged in these kinds of things, but thank you very much, sweetie! I’m glad that someone appreciates my little blog full of rambles and not-so-comprehensive reviews. 😀

Here are the rules of the award:

  1. Show the award on your blog.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4.  Nominate 15 blogs.
  5. Link your nominee’s blogs & let them know.

And here are my seven facts!

1. For most of my college life, I’ve been a diehard K-Pop fan. I would spend so much time downloading photos and videos of my favorite idols and groups, and also albums!

2. My college thesis was about the implications of K-Pop fandom participation to personal relationships (family, friends, school). It was really interesting for the professors/panelists because at my school, there’s never been a study on K-Pop fandom and it was something that was really new to them!

3. But these days I’ve been less and less involved in the fandom because law school takes up most of my time! Though I do try to keep myself update with at least, my favorite groups. ^^;;

4. I had chickenpox for the first time EVER earlier this year – literally in the first few weeks of 2015. It was ridiculously painful. >< So now I have marks mostly on my chest, and a few on my face. (But the ones on my face look a bit like freckles so I don’t mind too much~)

5. I love to eat. SERIOUSLY. Every time I go home to Manila for vacation I end up gaining weight; especially last Christmas holidays! I must have gained.. 20 pounds or so? But I can’t help it – Christmas and New Year’s happen to have the best dinner spreads of the entire year. I love ittttttttt.

6. I love coffee, and I love chocolate. Soooooo it’s only natural that Caffe Mochas are my favorite coffee shop drinks!

7. I hope to travel the world someday, but if I had a top 5 list of countries I’d like to go to, it would be (not in order) South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand.

Sorry if they aren’t so interesting! If there’s anything my lovely readers would like to know, feel free to ask, okay? 🙂

And here are the 15 people I’d like to nominate for this award. Check them out, they’re pretty cool.

  • Eu So Alexis. (She’s actually one of my best friends IRL.)
  • Chocolate Lipstick. (Another best friend IRL, she’s also my cousin!)
  • Beautiful Buns. (I live my love of Korean beauty/skincare vicariously through her. XD)
  • The Moving Finger Writes, And Having Writ Posts On. (My sunbae in high school, ohohoho. At one point in my college life, she also became my sunsaengnim. She also likes K-dramas, which only makes me admire her more. ^^)
  • Scatterbraintures. (I started following her this month, and I really love her posts. She’s also such a sweetheart.)
  • Dorkchops. (Another sweetheart I’ve started following recently!)

Okaaaaaay, so I only listed down 6. I haven’t been reading through too many other blogs lately because I’ve been busy, so maybe I should start reading more blogs when I have time–

xx Marianne

Review: Manic Panic Lethal Lipstick in Nosferatu

AHAAAAAAAAAAA! The review you’ve all (okay.. maybe just some of you) been waiting for! (Previous review on Daughter of Darkness is HERE.)

I originally swatched this a few days ago (on the 6th, to be more precise) while I was trying to practice my contouring. You’ll see a photo of it later in this post!

Like Daughter of Darkness, this was purchased from GWYSHOP, a lovely shop that sells mainly cosplay items such as wigs and circle lenses. I can’t really say I’m a regular since I don’t go to cosplay events anymore mainly because I’m miles and regions away here in Dumaguete, but I’ve purchased quite a few items from them. ^^

Nosferatu is a lovely velvet black shade. Velvet, because it has a matte finish! I’ve really been loving matte lips these days and this black lippie has really appealed to me because of its finish!


Yes, I reused the photo from when I received the package– ^^;;

Now, I admit I was pretty apprehensive to try a black lipstick.. but ever since my friend Alexis nudged me in the direction of the dark side (of the lippies), I don’t think I’ve ever really thought of purchasing any lipstick/gloss/shade other than something deep and dark. Purchasing Nosferatu was really stretching my limits – I mean, on what occasion would I wear it? Would I even have the guts or style to wear it outside the house??

Continue reading