Etude House Has Arrived!

The long wait is over! Etude House is finally in MNL! It opened yesterday.

from the outside



romantic stand mirror, Php398
romantic beauty stand, P198
Peach Bloom Brush, Php478
French manicure tip guide, Php28
auto lipliner, Php98
matte eyeshadow in #2, P148
slanted eyeliner brush, P148

eyelash curler
pink folder with their endorser

Can I just say wow?! I'm really impressed with their store. Interior wise, the store looks way different from the stores in other asian countries. It lacks that barbie house vibe if you know what I mean. But the prices are very affordable. They're even cheaper here than in Bangkok. Well, I can't say this for all the items. But the price of the bb cream in Bangkok is around Php1000+. But here, it's only about Php600+. Their lipsticks start at Php278 if I remember correctly.

I tried my best not to buy makeup because I already have so much. But I just gotta try at least one of their eyeshadows. Hehe. I passed on their lipsticks cos I really have a lot IMO. Maybe I'll buy next year. I opted for the lipliner instead since I don't have much of that. Their brushes are affordable, too! A stippling brush for less than Php500?!

I'll definitely go back and buy more of their items! That's a promise!

So, girls be sure to visit Etude House! It's located on the 1st floor of SM Megamall Mega A.

Review: NYX Concealer in a Jar in Beige

Everyone of us is searching for our HG concealer. I've tried several brands - from drugstore to high end brands but I still haven't found my HG concealer. I regularly use MAC select cover-up concealer. It's not my HG concealer but it's the best among the concealers I've tried.

And since I'm on the search, I purchased NYX concealer in a Jar. I've heard many raves about it. And it's about time to see if it's HG potential.

NYX concealer in a Jar in Beige
Php300 at Digitaltraincase

shelf life of 12mos

swatch on my hand

left eye without concealer

left eye with concealer

- creamy
- easy to blend
- a little goes a long way
- has a nice smell
- nice packaging
- affordable

- cakes/creases easily
- packaging is made of plastic which can cause the concealer to dry up faster than it's supposedly shelf life

- always use a clean concealer brush
- do not share this concealer with other as much as possible
- close the lid immediately

Verdict: 3 out of 5

So, is this my HG concealer now? No. The fact that it creases easily is a total turn off to me. I hate having to check my eyes every so often to see if it creases again. However, I really love that it blends so well it's like liquid. I'm using this now though because it only has a shelf life of 12mos and its packaging is the type that would make the concealer dry up. I want to make the most out of my Php300.

Univers Kaizen Salon

Last night was our company's christmas party at SMX. I wanted to get my hair done but I had only an hour to have it done because the party was supposed to start at 6pm. We were advised to leave work at 4pm. I was thinking of getting my hair done at Bench Fix but there was no branch in MOA. Then I thought of Univers Kaizen Salon.

Who wouldn't be enticed with this salon?

color lab


lounge by the entrance

I originally wanted to curl my hair for the night. But I changed my mind the last minute since most of the ladies from my department curled their hair and wore dresses. So no to curls and dress.

Remember Angelica Panganiban on this year's PMPC Awards?

I so love the hair and makeup. I saved that photo in my phone and showed it to the hair stylist. There was a problem though. I had no photo of what the back of the hair looks like. Haha! The hair stylist, John, suggested a ribbon look for the back of my hair. He styled my hair for me to see it and decided from there if I liked it or what. When he showed it to me, I was like, "Wow, that's nice. I like it!"

drying my hair after shampoo

Apologies for the bad angle of the photos. The person who took those shots is really bad with photography aka as the boyfriend haha! I wasn't able to take photos of my hairdo right after it was done cos I was such in a hurry. Photo were taken 3-4hours after.

Oh yeh, the style of the back of my hair is Miriam Quiambao inspired. That was her hair style on Miss Universe 1998. Front of my hair was still Angelica Panganiban inspired.

The best part about this salon experience is that hair styling is only Php395! Cash comes in handy though cos credit cards are only accepted if your bill is Php1000 and up.

I asked for the pricelist but the receptionist told me that it's only available thru phone inquiry.

Univers Kaizen Salon is located at 2nd Floor South Wing Building of the SM Mall of Asia. You may contact them at 893-5007.

* photos of the salon are taken from
** photo of Angelica Panganiban is taken from

Love of Makeup's Giveaway


The items for this Christmas giveaway are:
(drum rolls)

.1. Too Faced - Glamour To Go 2 Pocket Palette
.2. Dior - DiorShow Mascara Black
.3. Fresh - Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15
.4. Missha - Pure Source Sheet Mask (3 sheets)
All together, almost a 75 dollar value.

Visit her site and join now!

Dollface and Ellana Haul

88 earth color palette
Dollface dual-end brushes
Ellana premium blend mineral foundation in Cafe Mocha
Ellana premium blend mineral foundation in Toffee Mocha
Ellana moisturizing lip tint in Ladylove

Reviews to follow! Promise!

NYX Lipstick in Perfect as Lipstick of the Week (Dec 7 - 13)

Hello ladies!
Sorry for being MIA lately. December is always a busy month for me. But I will really try to blog as much as I can.

I wasn't able to do a LotW last week because I decided to use Stila convertible color for two weeks straight. Moving on..

NYX lipstick in Perfect
bought at Php220

Perfect on my lips

I have alot of MLBB lipsticks but I've always thought that my Shu Uemura lipstick was the best MLBB lipstick for me. But not until I got a hold of this lipstick. The first time I tried this shade on my lips and looked at the mirror, all I said was "wow, this is perfect." No wonder this lipstick was named Perfect. I'm very sure the boyfriend will love this shade, too. He doesn't like Dolce Vita on me and that's one of my MLBB lipsticks haha! I decided to not put on any makeup when I took the photo so you guys could see how natural looking this lipstick is.

This is not a NYX round lipstick review. For that, click here.

Happy Monday everyone!

What's in My Travel Makeup Kit?

Charm Travel Pro pouch
Charm slanted eyeliner brush
Charm eye shadow brush
Charm lip brush
Barenaturals concealer brush
Charm slanted blush brush
Barenaturals powder brush
The Face Shop false eyelashes in XLH
Stila sheer pressed powder in light
MAC studio fix foundation plus in NC30
Old Navy eyeliner duo
MAC select cover-up in NC30
MAC smokey eye palette
MAC fluidline in Blacktrack
ELF eyebrow kit
Stila convertible color in Petunia
Shu Uemura corrector in green
Shu Uemera lipstick in 940M
Fashion21 blush in #1
Olay regenerist lip balm
Nars lipstick in Dolce Vita

DIY: Home Made Brush Cleaner

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In case I still haven't emphasized it, I really love Ellana. IMO, they're the best selling mineral makeup here in Manila. They're available in malls and online, they have a wide range of shades to choose from, smooth transaction, photos of the shades are not taken from a high-end traditional makeup brand, and no problems with the products (I have to emphasize this because I had several mishaps with Ellana's rival mmu brand - wrong size of pouch, wrong brushes in a set and so on).

Over the weekend, I tried their Clean It Up brush cleaner at their counter. It does the job fast! It leaves your brush a really nice scent, too. It only comes in one size at 50ml and retails at Php150.

I didn't buy it tho. Haha!

That's because I still have alot of my home made brush cleaner. I've been using this home made brush cleaner for a year now and my brushes are still in good shape.

Here is the list of ingredients and tools for the home made brush cleaner:
1. sterilized water
2. ethyl alcohol (40%, 70%, or higher)
3. Johnson's baby shampoo or any baby shampoo
4. Creamsilk leave on conditioner
5. empty bottle with cover
6. beaker
7. stirrer
8. tablespoon

1. Fill the bottle with water up to 2/3 or 70% of the bottle.
2. Transfer the water from the bottle in the beaker.
3. Add 3 tablespoon of alcohol in the water.
4. Add 1 1/2tablespoon of baby shampoo.
5. Add 1 1/2 tablespoon of leave on conditioner.
6. Stir the mixture slowly to avoid it from foaming, creating bubbles or suds.
7. Transfer the mixture from the beaker to the empty bottle.

So, if you want to save money and maintain you brushes in good condition, make your own brush cleaner now :)

This is the brainchild of Koren. You can search his name and view his makeup videos in youtube.

Minerales, Anyone?


Minerales booth at DavCon

I've come across this booth while I was going around a bazaar last weekend. Obviously. the brand is very new - Minerales. It claims to be of a higher quality than Monave. It's made in the USA. It's the first time I've heard of the brand. Their sampler size retails at Php180 and it's only 0.75 grams. Their mineral liquid foundation is about Php1600+. I'm really curious about this brand but what hindered me from buying samples was the price.

If you guys have tried this brand already, please give me a heads up!