Sunday, September 30, 2012

Maybelline Gel Foundation and Fuchsia Lipstick Review

Can't believe it's been a decade since my last beauty product review. What does it mean? It means, I've been pretty lazy putting on makeup for a while. Haha. Mind you, I don't have a gorgeous celebrity bare face but I love it when it's smooth and clean. Normally, I would apply the basic foundation, concealer, lip gloss, and lipstick alone when going to school or malling. If there's enough time, I would add blush on and eyebrow liner. Anyway, enough about my beauty regimen kuno and let's get down to my back to back review of two Maybelline products-- gel foundation and pink lipstick.





Maybelline Clear Smooth Aqua Foundation 24 True Beige at P349 and Maybelline 160 Fifth Ave. Fuchsia Lipstick at P399



I call this the tapon proof nozzle! :)



It's not cream.. it's gel.



beautiful pink color..



Before and after.. my bare and then colored lips.



Before and after.. my bare face without and then with foundation.



Do I like both products?
-No.

Am I going to purchase the gel foundation again? Why or why not?
-Not really. I prefer Maybelline Clear Smooth Mineral Liquid Foundation. It's easier to apply and the coverage is lighther.

Am I going to purchase the the pink lipstick again? Why or why not?
-Certainly! I love it so much better than my fist pink lippie. It is affordable too!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Gucci Spring/Summer 2013

Gucci opened Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 with lots of colors. The Italian fashion brand famous for luxurious leather goods featured pieces in pink, yellow, green and blue. Here are my top picks from the runway.








short and long dresses in white and black..





pink dresses and large ruffles..





this mustard coat dress is love..





the greens.. really reminds me of the 60s - 70s fashion..





the blues.. still ruffles that flows..





still blue.. graphically printed this time..





snakeskin at last..



Photo Source: http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk

Monday, September 17, 2012

Baguio in September

I was in Baguio the first weekend of September to attend a seminar at the Teacher's Camp. Of course, I expected the weather there to be colder than Manila, so I took a jacket and a scarf with me. When we touched down, it was quite chilly and the city was foggy. It was a bit hot in the midday though, and then cold again in the afternoon till the next morning.








I'd spent my spare time going around and shopping during my last day in the city. Good thing that the crochet top I wore was just enough for the temperature.





This was my fourth time to visit Baguio, but my first at the Teacher's Camp. No ghost story to share except for no enough water running at the third floor of our building.





Standing beside the map of Teacher's Camp - Baguio. The camp is huge with lots of old buildings and an oval for sports.





There were lots of flowers and pine trees around the camp. This one looks unique. I don't think I have seen anything like it before.





I should've taken home this flower and add to my urban garden. This is called hydrangea, famous for wedding bouquets.





Here is just a random centerpiece at the dining hall. So cute that I joked about taking this to our room to my classmates. Haha.




I ate mostly meat and vegetables in Baguio. This was my first meal upon arrival. In my plate were pork steak, steamed veggies, and plain rice. I also had water, light soup and banana.




Baguio is no longer as beautiful as before. Hence, this post doesn't have tourist spots photos in it. Truthfully, I was enchanted the first time I went up there way back year 2001.. now not anymore. If I were to go to back to Baguio, I will only have a few reasons to do so. First is shopping.. a lot of thrift shops and very cheap vegetables. Second is food.. 'cause I love vegetables!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Ooh la la.. La Senza!

First and foremost, I would like to thank one beautiful lady for tagging me to this event. She won in an online raffle and took home 3 invites to this exclusive La Senza lingerie launch with gift checks, Carmi dear.. thank you so much.


It was an intimate event, launching La Senza's newest line called the Show Off. Lingeristas or lingerie enthusiasts, fashion bloggers and some people from traditional media attended the event.








The charming Miss Patty Laurel hosted thelaunch. Look at the gorgeous blue dress she's wearing. I love the sweetheart neckline.





These brassieres were sold 2 pieces for P1895. Part of the Show Off collection are Demi, Plunge and Balconnet characterized by ribbon slot, push up, and interchangeable straps.





From left to right: yours truly, Carmi of carmiscaprice.blogspot.com and Diane of Style Grenade. Acckk.. I need some more height, standing side by side with these ladies. Haha.





Still us with Miss Nadine of La Senza Philippines.





My take home souvenir is this lovely lace bra. The matching panties is my personal purchase.





Again, thank you Carmi sweetie for extending your winnings to me. I enjoyed the event so much, most specially the free gift. Hope to see you again soon.. muah!





Note: Photos without watermark are not mine. They belong to La Senza Philippines through facebook.com/lasenzaph.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Virginia Olsen Mineral Eyeshadow

I read about mineral makeup from other bloggers before, but I wasn't really interested to know more. You know, I am a kind of lazy and not very good when it comes to face painting. My hands are shaky and I tend to apply makeup sloppily. Just to add a little color to my face, I normally use a lip gloss, lipstick, powder and blush on. I seldom use eyeliner, mascara, eyeshadow, etc.





Things changed a bit when these mineral eyeshadows arrived at my door last week.
I was honestly excited to open and apply each to my face for the result.




Bronze Sparkle. I am thinking of wearing this for night parties.




Pink Diamonds. This I can wear from day to night.


As I see it, mineral makeup becoming more and more popular in the Philippines as alternative to conventional or traditional makeup. Virginia Olsen is one the brands that beauty bloggers endorse or support. To explain more about Virginia Olsen products, I am sharing the following information from their website.


The Naturally Fun Stuff
Mineral makeup has been an increasingly popular alternative to conventional makeup. Hugely popular in the United States, the benefits of mineral makeup have now been recognized in the Philippines. So what is it all about?
Virginia Olsen is 100% natural, paraben free, bismuth & talc free, and pure mineral make-up suitable for women of any age, ethnicity or skin type. Our formulations are calming to the skin, making them ideal for women prone to sensitivities; and being fragrance-free, they are particularly compatible with delicate skin, giving a sheer, natural, flawless coverage. Further, our makeup unlocks the therapeutic properties of zinc oxide and the natural sunscreen provided by titanium dioxide.
Purity also explains the ultra-smooth texture and versatility of Virginia Olsen. Even the sheerest of applications goes on smooth, creamy and consistent and will not clump or fade. Other mineral makeup are stretched with a variety of fillers, such as talc, to bulk-up the quantity of the product and the margin of profit. Not only do these products cause caking and creasing, but they can cause skin irritation, rashes and allergic reactions.
Virginia Olsen's pure mineral cosmetics are weightless, long wearing, water resistant and provides naturally high UVA and UVB protection. In this regard, Virginia Olsen is also recommended by dermatologists and cosmetologists for use on sensitive skin, and is safe to use after surgery, micro dermabrasion, laser and other beauty treatments.
Our extensive and affordable product-line includes foundations, blushers, eyeshadows, eyeliners, primers, finishing veils, concealers, HD makeup base, and makeup brushes. Virginia Olsen's eco-friendly and sustainable cosmetics are of the highest quality, celebrated by make-up artists, stylists, celebrities, dancers and models.


How to use mineral makeup?
Swirl, Tap and Buff Technique
1. Sprinkle a small amount of Virginia Olsen mineral makeup into the lid of the jar. Swirl your Virginia Olsen beauty tools in the powder so that it is infused in the bristles.
2. Tap off excess makeup on the lid. There should be no visible product on the outside of the brush.
3. Buff onto the skin in a circular motion. Remember, a little goes a long way. You can always apply additional layers until you are satisfied with the coverage.






Website: http://www.virginiaolsen.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Virginia_Olsen
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaOlsenMinerals

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Be the Homecoming Queen with a Milanoo Dress

If every girl deserves to be a princess once in her life, then every woman also deserves to be a queen. We know in western countries, a young girl becomes an instant princess on her sixteenth birthday or coming of age party. The prom night also gives an equal "princess opportunity" to that girl who look the loveliest in her night gown. On the other hand, big girls may get a chance to be the crowned queen during university or high school homecomings. And, just like the prom princess, a homecoming queen wins a crown by wearing a lot of charm and dressing the part.

I remember in high school, we didn't have a prom night because of low student budget. Besides, living in the province makes the search for a cocktail dress or a long gown difficult and expensive. Fashion stores and boutiques are very much limited there and online shopping wasn't a trend yet. Lucky are the girls of this generation because they have options of going to a mall or shopping online. Take for example Milano, an online retail store with a wide selection of wedding gowns and dresses for special events in a competitive price.








While browsing through the pages, this green homecoming dress caught my eye. Its off-the-shoulder style and tiered hemline make it look perfect for a goddess-like homecoming queen. This dress is for women with hourglass, slender, inverted triangle, rectangle, or pear frame.





They have a lot of lovely pink homecoming dresses, too. This floor-length pink rhinestone flannel dress in a soft pink color is just one of them. This dress is good for ladies with rectangle, inverted triangle, pear, hourglass, or slender body shape.





And now, take this purple homecoming dress for that ultimate queen look. I am sure anyone could turn into a party stunner with this gorgeous piece. This dress is for women with rectangle, pear, inverted triangle, hourglass, or slender body figure.


In my opinion, this lavender dress is the most beautiful among the three. I didn't have a chance to join a prom night in high school, but if I were to attend a homecoming, I am sure I would want to wear something like it. I have a thing for one-shoulder dresses, although lavender isn't my favorite color. I don't know, there is something about asymmetrical dresses that makes me feel royal. That's the same reason why I wore a dress with a similar style and silhouette in my wedding.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

DIY Hello Kitty Printable Invitation

I made a printable invitation for my daughter's upcoming 4th birthday. Hubby and I agreed that she -celebrates her birthday at school. It's her first time to attend a pre-school, so we thought it's a good idea that she shares her special day with her classmates and teachers.





first choice..




second choice..



These prinatable invitation are easy to do. I made them using Paint and Picasa. If you need a printable invite with a Hello Kitty theme, just copy mine but please also comment down what you think about it. Thanks!




NOTE: This post was originally published in my old blog, utotmopink.com, dated Sept. 11, 2012.

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Let Me Shoe You

I was supposed to be rushing home that day. Apparently, I cannot drag myself away that easy if I pass by a section in a mall where there is a display of adorable pairs of shoes. In all honestly, shameless drooling happened on those pink cap toes and more drooling on these gorgeous pairs.




yellow wedges..



black and orange..



sequined open toes..



Maryjanes with gold heels..



golden stilettos..



more in orange, green, cream and black..



and more in a different style..


Why too many sexy shoes these days? Seriously SM, are you trying rob my pocket again?! :/

Friday, September 07, 2012

Weight and Waistline

This is another backlog post which I originally planned to publish a week ago. I took a photo of my tummy, measured my waistline and checked my weight using my pink weighing scale. I still have extra fats in my belly area so I am not that confident (yet) to show you a clear photo.






Here's my stat before going back to the gym and dieting in (I think) healthier way.

Weight: 54 kilos or around 119 pounds
Waistline: 31 inches


And below is my current.


Weight: 52 kilos or around 114 pounds
Waistline: 29 inches



As you can see, I did not lose a lot. That's because I stopped working on my goal during a week of vacation in the province. I came back to Manila to be back to my routine but, couldn't go to gym for a while due to rains and school work. Anyhow, I am happy with the results. Thanks to Persona Waist Shaper. I know that I will be able to reach my 26 inches waistline goal later on.

Just being positive! :)

Monday, September 03, 2012

Buying Multiples

If I really like something and they come in an inexpensive price, I would buy them in two or more colors and use them in layering or mixing and matching. I tell you, I have this cute tank top in 3 different colors and a spaghetti top in 4 shades all from Forever 21. Plus, I also have a pair of chandelier earrings in pink and another in black from the same brand. Then, I bought a bubble-sleeved top in pink and blue versions from Zara.. and the list goes on. Sounds crazy noh? But, the advantage of buying in multiples or items in different colors is having a back up in case of damage or lost.









Now, do you remember these gorgeous cap-toe heels from Parisian? I featured this in my shopping haul HERE and in an OOTD HERE. When I bought this pair, I didn't know that it was available in another color.






I spotted these at SM Megamall a weekend ago and I was like, "Oh no, where was this pair when I came here to purchase the black version?!" I really wanted to buy it, but my budget was limited that time. I promise myself to buy it if it's still there on my next visit. Well uh.. hopefully!