Fashion21 Perfect Stick, Two-Way Cake with Papaya Extract and Color Bar*

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Here's my first local brand review for this year!

Fashion 21 Cosmetics has been around since 1985 in the local market - for 31 years now! When I was starting with my makeup collection, I bought several products from this brand. My favourites were the lipstick [Little Mermaid and Bronze], eyebrow powder and mascara. They're cheap and they work!

Fashion21 Cosmetics

The brand was generous enough to send three of their products to try - Perfect Stick Concealer, Two-Way Cake with Papaya Extract and Color Bar [eyeshadow and blush palette].

Celeteque Make-Up Remover Cleansing Facial Wipes*

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Yep, that's a hamburger throw pillow!

During our recent trip this Holy Week, I brought with me a pack of make-up remover cleansing wipes instead of a facial wash. It was a quick trip anyway and I wasn't really in the mood to pack and bring my usual toiletries. 

Not that I had a lot of makeup on. Heck, I'm not even really allowed to put on makeup while I'm healing from my surgery a month ago. But since I have lots of makeup removers to review, might as well road test them already!

Belo Intensive Whitening BB Cream*

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A few weeks ago, I received Sample Room's latest product run which was from Belo Essentials. I got excited when I saw that it was a Belo PR kit because hello, it's Summer! I need all the whitening products I can get because I don't wanna be sporting tan lines for a long time. I was honestly stoked to see a BB cream - Belo Essentials' latest product! I've been waiting for the brand to eventually venture into makeup and this may be the start! 

Belo Intensive Whitening BB Cream

Okay, a BB cream is not exactly makeup since it leans more as a skin care because of its properties. But still!

How to Look the Best at Everything by Benefit

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Benefit Cosmetics is one of those makeup brands that I have a love&hate relationship with. Let's be honest, most of their products are either a hit or miss. Mostly for me, they are misses. But I'm so drawn to this cosmetic brand because of the packaging. It's enticing enough for me to spend thousands and getting disappointed after the first use.

When I saw their "How to Look the Best at Everything" set, I knew I had to but it. It had minis of their face products which allows me to try them for an ample amount of time. If I didn't like it, I wouldn't feel so bad about it because I didn't have to spend PhP1,900 for a bottle of foundation that's another miss.

Benefit Cosmetics

Look at that book. It can also serve as a good display at home. How can you not like it?

Get Cash Rebate by Shopping Online with ShopBack!*

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Every woman loves to shop. There’s no denying that. I remember during my younger years when me mom and went to malls early in the morning and got home after dinner. We love to look around and shop!

But when internet shopping was out and about, I find myself always online checking e-mails for the latest coupon codes to use. My trips to the malls were lessened because I stayed home and shopped online instead!

If shopping makes you rich, then I’m probably a millionaire by now! Okay, so shopping makes our wallet thinner and decreases our credit limits but gives a certain percentage back to us when we shop online!

Alright, so what is is a website that has tie-ups with thousands of merchants worldwide. Their merchants give them commission for referrals [successful online purchase if clicked through ShopBack] and in return, ShopBack gives back a certain pertain to us online shoppers.

Ask Me Mondays: Current Makeup Routine

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Hi Ms. Gem! I'm Sarah and I've been a silent reader of your blog. Can you please share your current makeup routine and where I could purchase that makeup? Thanks. I hope you'll have more blog posts again. Miss reading your posts =)
- Sarah

Hi Sarah! Thanks for your question! I love your question because it reminded me of my favourite makeup products that are overdue for a review!

Right now I'm using L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation in Natural Beige, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed, and MAC Brow Duo in Readhead. These are my go-to products for a normal day as I haven't really been wearing makeup lately. Other times, I'm using my Chanel liquid foundations.

L'Oreal Infallible foundation is still not available here. Got this last year in the states. As for the powder, you can purchase it at any L'Oreal beauty counter. The sales assistant said the foundation might be released sometime in June. For the blush, you can purchase it online at Makeovershop. MAC has re-released their brow duo. Should be available by now at MAC counters here in Manila.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

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Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation and Powder

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I was on Maybelline Craze last year that I felt like I had to try their almost of all of their products that aren't available (just yet) here in Manila. The Fit Me + Poreless foundation topped my list because, oh foundation!!

As always, I watched videos on Youtube to search for my shade. But by default, I was looking for Natural Beige. It's almost always my shade match. But I wasn't able to find any Natural Beige so I settled for Buff Beige thinking I could make it work. Buff Beige looked similar to my other foundations so why the heck not.

Maybelline Fit Me + Poreless Powder & Foundation in Buff Beige

January-February 2016's Commenter of the Month and What's in Store for March-April 2016's Commenter of the Month!

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Hey everyone! 

I'm really sorry for the lack up updates for the pat two months. The first two months of 2016 have been crazy. Everyday feels like a busy Monday. I have lots of reviews in store for this blog so hopefully, I'll get to post them soon! A little update - I've partnered with two new brands! I'm excited to review their products! Here's the only clue you'll get - you've seen the brand in this blog already and I've given it a positive review. I'm so glad they finally reached out to me!

Alright, now on the new Commenter of the Month! March-April 2016's Commenter of the Month will receive the following: