Sunpiology 2011 Planner

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We're a few hours away from 2011.  Everyone is excited about the upcoming year.  To start the year right, you can buy a 2011 planner!

To those who haven't bought a 2011 planner yet, please take a look at the Sunpiology 2011 planner.  you send a child to school just by buying this!

Happy New Year, everyone!

Merry Christmas from Rarevanity

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Merry Christmas everyone! is finally functioning!

Review: MAC Matte Lipstick in Please Me

Part of my MAC haul in Duty Free was this lipstick.  I was actually torn between this and Creme Cup but Please Me won since I don't have a lot of matte lipsticks.

Mac matte lipstick in Please Me, USD17.00
available in Duty Free Philippines

when swatched

on my lips

- it's MAC!
- one of MAC's bestselling shades
- can be worn day and night
- long lasting power
- pigmented
- glides on easily on lips despite being matte

- show lines of your lips
- not available at all MAC counters

I'm really loving this lipstick because of its shade.  Although I'm not a big fan of pink, I appreciate pink lipsticks.  This lipstick can be worn day and night.  Use it during office hours with light makeup on.  Match it with smoky eyes at night!  However, I have to retouch every now and then when I use this lipstick.  Its not because the staying power is bad.  It actually lasts long. It's just that it has the tendency to go all over my lips and eventually show and emphasize the lines of my lips.  Ergo, retouch retouch.

If you like pink lipsticks, I definitely recommend this.  After all, it's one of MAC's bestselling shades.

Happy Monday!

Review: MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm

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And just when you thought, MAC doesn't have a BB cream.... BAM!  You see a full stash of it!  At least that's what I saw at DFS (Duty Free Shopping) Hong Kong.

During one of my recent trips to Hong Kong, I saw this product at the MAC counter.  It was hard to believe at first because:
1. I haven't seen this at MAC's Official Website
2. I haven't seen this at beauty blogs yet
3. It's not available at Faces or other MAC counters not inside DFS

MAC Beauty Balm, HKD245
available at DFS all over Asia

BB at the back of my palm
notice the freckles please

blended all over; most in the center

Honestly, I'm still confused about this product.  The salesladies at DFS couldn't explain this product well.  All they said was that this product is only available at DFS and was only released in Asia.  It's not exactly an LE product.  It will depend how much sales it will make for MAC before they decide.

The saleslady said that this product is just like the usual Prep+Prime only this one has SPF35.  But as fas as I know there is a Prep+Prime that has SPF as well.  Since I couldn't rely on the saleslady, I thought that maybe this is the BB cream of MAC.  After all, there are two big Bs.  But when I checked the box, instructions say, "use after moisturizing.."  Correct me if I'm wrong but BB creams are like tinted moisturizers, right?

Anyway, on to the review.

- it's MAC!
- easy to blend
- covers blemishes. freckles, or whathaveyou
- a little goes a long way
- doesn't have a weird scent
- nice packaging

- pretty expensive (about Php1,300++ equivalent, it's MAC. What did I expect?)
- not available at all MAC counters
- comes in only one shade (lighter than light)

This is actually the first product of MAC that I ain't entirely happy about.  Yes, I love how it makes my face flawless BUT I hate how it makes my face whiter than usual.  It doesn't look that natural on me to think that the foundation I use to top this is a shade close to NC40-42.  I use Neutrogena's mineral foundation.  Or perhaps it doesn't go well with a foundation that isn't MAC.  I would have to wait until next month until I get a hold of a new MAC foundation.

This product is so-so for me.  I'm keeping this and probably continue using this because it's MAC.  I'm still not sure if I will re-purchase this once I finish this one.  I'll use this together with a MAC foundation and see if it works.  Then maybe I'll review it again.  But for now, I can say it's okay to skip this product.

MAC at Duty Free Philippines

I was finally able to visit MAC counter at Duty Free!

Prices are cheaper compared to Rustan's and Marrionaud.  I also got an additional 10% discount for being a Duty Free Elite Club member.  If you spend USD300.00 and up, you get a 20% discount.

Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Love Forever, USD20.00
MAC Matte Lipstick in Please Me, USD17.00
MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer NC30, USD17.00
MAC Paintpot in Soft Ochre, USD20.00

Total damage was only USD66.60 - not bad!

Will review these items soon!

Review: Maybelline Clear Smooth Minerals BB Cream

Since my Etude House BB cream is almost empty (or at least it feels empty), I decided to buy Maybelline's BB cream because of its price.  It's only Php249.00!

Maybelline BB cream, Php249.00
available at leading department stores

BB cream on the back of my palm

BB cream spread around the back of my palm

This BB cream lives up to its promises.  It's not drying.  It moisturizes and it can hide some of the blemishes.  Like most BB creams out there, this one comes in only one shade (light).  However, this is lighter than my Etude House BB cream.  This is capable of giving you a slightly white cast and I hate it.  I used this BB cream together with my Maybelline Clear Smooth Minerals Foundation for one straight week.  I received compliments that my skin looks flawless.  But then again, I can't say for sure that it was because of Maybelline's BB cream.  Everytime I'm using Maybelline's Clear Smooth Minerals line, I always received compliments.

For those who are in a budget and would like to try BB cream, I would definitely recommend this product as this is the cheapest BB cream I've seen so far.  For those that don't want to look too made up, just remember to use a foundation a shade darker than your skin tone because this lightens your skin like whoa.  I don't recommend this to people whose skin is medium/dark shade.

I'm still undecided if I will buy this product again.  I'll finish my three BB creams first and see which of them works best for me!

Aldo Haul

More wegde shoes for me! Yay!


two beggar bags

The best thing about these purchases is the fact that I only spent USD105.00 (including shipping fee)!!

I love Aldo!

Tresemme Shampoo

Does anyone know if this is available in Manila?

I got 3 sets of this sachet and Revlon nail cutter for free at Watson's Hong Kong for buying a Revlon DIY hair dye.  I tried the sachet today and I like it!

Gotta find this!  Although my heart still belongs to Pureology =)

Take a Break, Jot it Down.

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Happy December 1st!

Don't forget to put your (Starbucks) planner to good use!  Write one memorable thing that happens to you everyday!