Review: Colourpop Lippie Stix in Brink and Topanga

I’ve always been interested in buying Colourpop Lippie Stix. They’ve been raved on by beauty bloggers and makeup enthusiasts all over the world, so my interest in them only grew. I decided to buy a couple as a birthday present for myself.

I searched through Instagram for reputable makeup sellers here in the Philippines and stumbled upon Miss Glamorazzi (not to be confused with Ingrid Nilsen – Miss Glamorazzi, the beauty blogger). She had the least expensive price, not to mention I read up on feedback from her previous customers.. so I went for it!

I picked 2 Colourpop Lippie Stix – Brink, and Topanga!

I love getting packages!

I love getting packages!

Building up anticipation, hahaha!

Building up anticipation, hahaha!

They're here!!!! /shrieks/

They’re here!!!! /shrieks/

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Review: MAC Face Kit by Rebecca Moses in Plum

Hello, lovelies! I finally got around to sorting out and watermarking photos, not to mention found time to actually write a bit. It’s a very welcome respite from the strains of law school life (sighs) so it’s nice to be writing about something of interest for once.

Today I’ll be reviewing one of my birthday loot bag presents from my dad: the MAC Face Kit by Rebecca Moses! I forgot where Papa said he bought this (I think at an outlet store?), but either way it’s nice to finally own a MAC palette.

It comes in a box sleeve.

It comes in a box sleeve.

Back of outer box sleeve.

Back of outer box sleeve.

The palette itself.

The palette itself.

As with all my other reviews, I usually comment first on the packaging. So here goes!

The palette comes in a box sleeve with Rebecca Moses’ illustrations grazing the front, and detailed instructions on the back for a smoky eye look. When slipped out of the sleeve, I noticed that the cover was actually wrapped in FABRIC! But what I like is that the fibers are tightly woven together so there’s little chance of fraying or snagging. I personally would still be cautious every time I use this palette because it would seem to get easily dirtied!

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My current hair care routine!

Yes yes, another super delayed post since I’ve been enjoying my time back home for vacation!

So you lovelies know that I had my hair coloured a dark ash blonde last month – and we all know colour processing damages our hair. But what you may not know is that I also have a dry scalp – so my haircare needs are slightly varying and may not always work with each other. Lately, my hairfall’s been less because vacation has me relatively relaxed, but it’s still quite a problem.

Today, I’ll be telling you what shampoos and conditioners I use to take care of my hair!

Shampoo & conditioner:

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1. SNOE Hair Heroes Super Fresh 5-in-1 Conditioner

This, honestly, is a GODSEND for me! My Ate Imee gave this to me for Christmas and I used it over the holidays, but forgot to bring it back to Dumaguete with me. But using it now that I’m home for summer holidays is such a delight! It’s a 5-in-1 product: a cleansing conditioner, after-shampoo rinse out conditioner, head massage stimulant cream, deep treatment mask, and leave-on conditioner. I personally use it as a cleansing conditioner; which means I use it without using shampoo because it leaves my hair and scalp fresh and clean! The smell took me a while to get used to, but I’ve come to love it. Not to mention it gives such a cooling sensation on my scalp!

It contains the following lovely ingredients (grabbed from Snoe’s website:)

Sage Oil- proven to boost hair growth. It soaks up excess oil and makes dirty hair fresh. It helps in reversing hair loss problems, promoting hair growth, and it thickens and strengthens compromised hair shafts for better manageability and shine.

Australian Tea Tree- will help unblock hair follicles while moisturizing your scalp and keeping it free of bacteria and fungal problems.
-Treats hair problems like persistent dandruff and itchy oily scalp.
-Rid the hair and scalp of buildup from styling and environmental exposure.

Peppermint- Balances pH level of scalp to put a stop to oily hair. Treats dry scalp and dandruff. Relieves itching. stimulates hair follicles and hair growth. Leaves hair feeling fresh all day.

Hexamidine- Antimicrobial with a wide spectrum of activity against bacteria, fungi and yeast. Helps minimize oily scalp, irritation, acne and dandruff.

2. Etude House Silk Scarf Hair Treatment

I first discovered this product when I dyed my younger sister’s hair with EH’s Bubble Hair Dye – it came with a small packet of Silk Scarf Hair Treatment for the rinse. I decided to buy the full-size bottle after hearing my sister rave about how nice her hair smelled. Haha!

Using this hair treatment, my hair becomes instantly soft and smooth while rinsing – much like a silk scarf! The floral scent is rich but somewhat delicate at the same time, and not overpowering. Also, it rinses out very easily and doesn’t leave any residue on my skin.

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On the lighter side.

Or, when I decided to get my hair coloured a light ash brown!

So as some of you might know (via my Instagram, Facebook, or if you personally know me), I had my hair dyed a few weeks ago, around the 18th of April. Yes, I know it’s pretty late for me to be talking about it but well.. I’ve been a bit busy catching up with friends, or doing housework–

Yes, housework! I’m spending my summer vacation doing housework since we don’t have a helper at home anymore. Wenk–

It was a pretty spontaneous decision. I mean, I did want a change for my hair.. but I wasn’t sure I was going to do anything drastic. I had originally planned to get the bottom third of my hair bleached and dyed a bright purple (yes) but then again I wasn’t so sure on how I would maintain it. I opted for the next best thing – going a few shades lighter with my hair.

I had my hair coloured over a year ago, when I was still working as a production assistant at an animation studio. That was a spontaneous decision too – I tagged along to a salon trip and ended up having my hair dyed a reddish brown of sorts. I don’t remember the exact colour.

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

HAHAHAHAHA DON’T MIND THAT OTHER BIT IN THE TITLE.

I just finished making my lengthy post on my Cebu trip and I need a brrrrreeeeaak. So here it is!Β I first saw theΒ 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 beΒ my Dior Addict Ultra Gloss in Flash. It’s an exquisitely shimmery pink which I haven’t actually worn out of the house yet– Β 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!

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

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! πŸ˜€

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.

BUT

THEN I SAW A SHINING BEACON IN THE DISTANCE

/cue angelic choir/ HAAAAALLELUJAAAAAAH

/cue angelic choir/ HAAAAALLELUJAAAAAAH

HOLEY CRABSTICKS IT WAS A NYX STORE.

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:

HOMINAHOMINAHOMINA

HOMINAHOMINAHOMINA

See the little orange tube nearΒ the topΒ left hand corner of the display, byΒ 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..Β 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 courseΒ I immediately bought it, and went on my way. /no regrets/

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

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Review: Manic Panic Lethal Lipstick in Nosferatu

AHAAAAAAAAAAA! The reviewΒ 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 fromΒ 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!

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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??

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