Review: MAC Pro Longwear Lipstick in Love Forever

Don't you just hate retouching your lipstick? Well, MAC has done it again.  Say goodbye to retouching!

MAC Pro Longwear, USD20.00
available at Duty Free Philippines


rubbed once by a finger

Love Forever on my lips

- it's MAC!
- pigmented
- glides on easily
- long lasting! Stayed on my lips until the next day
- slick packaging
- Pro Longwear has wide variety of colors to choose from
- wearable shade (day and night)
- affordable (for a lipstick that stays on this long)

- none!

Food Escapade at BonChon Chicken

One of NYC's good restaurants is finally here in Manila!  BonChon Chicken!

They opened late last year here.  There are two branches that are both in Makati City.

Definitely a must-try!  I had dinner for three consecutive days here!

Bonchon Chicken at Greenbelt 1

Soy Garlic Chicken Combo
12 pieces for Php385

large Coke, Php45.00

Retractable Kabuki Brush

One of the things I don't like about brushes is that they don't always have a brush guard.  It has to be bought separately.  Thank goodness there are retractable brushes.  However, the most common retractable brush is the blush brush.  I haven't really seen a retractable face brush -- and I didn't start searching for one until my mom asked me.

She was having problems with the powder brush I gave her because it doesn't come with a brush guard.  I told her I haven't seen one except for a retractable brush though it's usually small.


Look what my mom saw in Hong Kong.

retractable kabuki brush, HKD35.00

I'm liking this brush because it's retractable!  It's bigger than the usual kabuki brushes available here.  It looks like a retractable brush actually only this one is thicker.  Also, it's pretty cheap for a retractable brush.  this is less than Php250 where as most retractable brushes here start at Php500 and up!

This is such a great find I tell you!

Review: Revlon Photoready Powder

It's time to review the partner of Revlon Photoready Liquid Foundation.

Photoready Powder in Light/Medium

when compact is open

powder applied over liquid foundation

liquid foundation + powder on my face
under natural light

- works well with the liquid foundation
- gives a flawless look
- covers the shimmer of the liquid foundation
- comes with a mirror and brush
- doesn't make your face uber lighter than your skintone

- packaging is not the usual size of a compact

No doubt this works well with the liquid foundation.  I have yet to try this with a different liquid foundation to see it will have the same effect.

Review: Revlon Photoready Liquid Foundation

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I consider myself a late bloomer on this product line of Revlon.  I'm actually not sure when they launched Photoready but I'm guessing it was around 2009.  Almost all brands are coming up with high-definition makeup and this it Revlon's line for that.  I only got a hold of this product last December 2010.

in Cool Beige, USD15.99

swatched at the back of my palm

when blended
notice the slight shimmer

on my face with no concealer

- easy to blend
- a little goes a long way
- long-lasting; no need to retouch
- gives medium - heavy coverage
- evens out skin without putting concealer on my dark spots (except eyebags)
- a lot of shades to choose from
- packaging is hygienic cos pump is included
- inexpensive (got mine for USD15.99 together with the Photoready Powder)
- inexpensive for an HD makeup
- I didn't get any allergies from this product

- packaging is heavier compared to other liquid foundation
  (Photoready liquid foundation is in a ceramic instead of hard plastic packaging)

I'm liking this product that I actually kind of regret not purchasing this earlier.  It would have saved me money by skipping other products.  This product retails here in Manila at Php995.00.  I just got lucky that this was on sale (but one, take one) when my mom was in the states last year.  I like liquid foundation better than powder foundation because I hate to retouch on normal days.  This perfectly works well on my skin.  This product is available at leading department stores and I suggest you give this a try.

Up next, Revlon Photoready Powder Review!

OOTD: My Favorite Corporate Outfit

It's nice not having an office uniform because you get to dress up, look smart and sophisticated at the same time. However, it's kind of a hassle to repeat office clothes frequently.  I try not to repeat the same ensemble within the same month.  I wait about a month or two to wear it again.

This is why I took a photo of my favorite corporate outfit.  It's a simple outfit really that stands out.  I seriously received tons of compliments about this outfit (specifically the blouse) during those 3 times I've worn it.

blouse: H&M
belt: from Bangkok
pants: Zara
shoes: Aldo

The blouse is actually striped.  White pin stripes on baby blue.  When you fold the wrist part, it's baby blue stripes on white with wider spacing between the stripes.  The texture of the blouse is not the gusot type.  It always looks perfectly ironed.  Seriously.  The pants make my legs look way way thinner that it actually is.  My Also stilletos compliment the outfit as well as it makes me sexy sans daring clothes.

Another thing that I love about the blouse is that it only costs HKD149.00 (less than PHP1,000.00).  It comes in 9 designs and I bought 3.  I'm actually regretting that I didn't  get all because I really really love the fit!

Hope your Wednesday went well!

Review: Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus

I, for one thing, can usually skip applying mascara when putting on makeup.  It's either I put on my favorite falsies or I just leave my eyelashes bare.

Applying mascara is not my thing, simply put.

A lot of beauty bloggers have raved about Majolica Marjorca's mascara.  I think one reason it's kinda hyped up here in Manila is because it's not available here.  In Hong Kong, Majolica Majorca is a drugstore brand like Maybelline, Revlon, etc etc.  And I've never given much thought about trying it.  During one of my trips to HK last 2010, I decided to purchase their mascara.  It wasn't exactly because I changed my mind about mascaras.  It was more of, I couldn't think of something else to purchase.  You know that feeling that you just have to buy something at the beauty section?? Yeh, my thoughts exactly.

So, there I was at Watson's standing in front of Majolica Majorca's kiosk because I had no idea which mascara to get!

Lash Expander Frame Plus, HKD119.00
Awarded as Best Mascara

Lash Comb

- holds the curl for more than 8 hours
- does the job of expanding lashes horizontally
- good packaging

- not locally available
- quite expensive mascara for a drugstore brand
- instructions are in Japanese and has no translation (definitely not recommended for first-time users)
- gets messy as it has the tendency to transfer to lower lashes
- doesn't volumize nor lenghtens the lashes; it expands them haha

I probably won't purchase another tube.  Staying power is good.  But it's not the only component I need in a mascara.

OOTD: Happy 2011!

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January 1st was more peaceful this time.  We just visited my grandmother then dropped by the mall after.

For some reason, I'm really liking this look. Lazy yet girly. Haha!

top: Forever 21
camisole: Mango
leggings: Zara
sandals: Kenneth Cole

look at that detail on the sole! Nice!

Happy New Year! It's 2011!

image from itsmileyray

HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone!