Saturday, April 22, 2017

For the Love of Sneakers

Growing up, I've always dressed according to comfort - a simple tee, shorts and sneakers. Brought up by a frugal, Asian father, I was only allowed two pairs of sneakers every school year. Two, because according to him, the other one is a back up if ever I go through the other pair - which means beaten and battered with all my physical extra curricular activities.

I went to a prestigious private, Catholic school back in the Philippines for elementary, high school and college. There's a certain stigma to this school - "school for rich kids." It is partly true. Being a middle class with rich classmates (a.k.a. children of business owners, politicians, etc.) I was envious of some who can afford all the finer things in life. I'm great friends with them and they're good people but I do admit I was jealous of the material things they have.

We have a school uniform, so there wasn't any room for style and trends, except during days where we have PE classes, where we obviously have gym clothes and that means cool sneakers to use. Back in 5th grade, you're a cool kid if you have the newest Nike Air Prestos. That was the thing back then. I remember asking my dad to get me some new sneakers during that time but since the school year has already started and I obviously have my two, new pairs of sneakers, he didn't want to buy me another one. I had to be contented with what I have. Mind you, back then, I did get some cool colorways of Adidas adiPrene since I used to play tennis.

I guess, I've always loved wearing sneakers for the pure comfort that they give me. I'm always on my feet and I love walking and running and exploring my city. Fast forward to high school and college where I didn't really care anymore about getting the coolest and trendiest things like sneakers because there were more important things like school and extra curricular activities and building friendships and relationships with kids my age. I was still in sneakers most of the time but since I'm a teenager at that point of time and a girl if I might add, I had started to wear more heels. Parties, clubs and bars is where I frequented during the weekends and so the need to be sexy in heels prevailed. The only time I wore sneakers was for some school activities and to the gym. I can't even remember what sneakers I wore to the gym and I went almost every single day all throughout college!

And fast forward again to moving to the US and 2 years after college where I dated this guy who's into sneakers. I fell in love again with sneakers. I started getting into it more and I started learning and understanding the culture around it. Although I didn't really collect sneakers I just appreciated it. It wasn't after dating a couple more guys who are huge sneakerheads that really got me into it. Also, the fashion and the trend began to shift during the last couple of years. The AthLeisure lifestyle popped up and for a lot of people, this is nothing really new. People go out and do errands in their athletic gears and that has been going on for decades but with the current generation of Youtubers, Instagrammers and Social Media Influencers, the "Hypebeast" culture became more prominent. AthLeisure and Streetwear became the thing and you're cool if you follow this trend.

Not to say that I'm a cool kid now, I just have deep appreciation for the style and sneaker culture. I am making a huge DISCLAIMER that I am in no way a sneakerhead or an expert on the said topic of sneakers. As with blogging with beauty related topics, I always do my research. Do I pick up every sneaker release? No I don't. One, I'm not rich enough to splurge ridiculous amount of dollars. Two, I don't do it for the hype. I only buy sneakers that I can rock and style. No matter how pretty or hyped a sneaker is, if I don't think I can rock it or incorporate it with my outfits, I would not buy it. I am still practical and if my dad can see the amount of sneakers that I have right now, he would probably flip and would ask me to sell them seeing I'm spending X amount of dollars to get them. But he would also tell me that I can do whatever I want with the money that I earn for myself although I would still get a lecture on being frugal and saving money. ^^

So this is me, and the long ass background story on this new Sneaker page on the blog. I'll tell you a new story with each new sneaker post. I'll tell you juicy stories related to my life, a bit more personal and intimate than my beauty posts which are usually hauls, reviews and makeup tutorials. I hope you come back for this.

With much love,

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tarteist Pro Glow To Go & Tarteist Pro To Go Review

So again, I've been inconsistent with my blog posts but life gets in the way. I'm not a full time blogger but I blog as a hobby and I love showing my favorite things over social media.

One of my favorite to-go, go-to, makeup is my month old pick up from Sephora, the Tarteist Pro To Go and Pro Glow To Go.

Let me start with the Tarteist Pro Glow To Go. It is a highlight and contour palette with two highlight shades and a bronzer. Gleam is a pearl highlight, Burst is described as a shimmering sand highlight and Chisel is a matte contour shade. Gleam has more of a white cast whereas Burst has more of a golden tone. Chisel is a great bronzer and contour shade for medium skin tones. It has a warm neutral undertone which for my fair/medium skin tone, is great as a summer color. It is a great bronzer to warm up the skin. I think for someone who might be paler than me, this would be too warm of a shade.

The Tarteist Pro To Go Palette features 6 eyeshadows, 3 mattes and 3 shimmery shades. A great neutral on the go palette that can take you day to night, laid back to glam.

Drive is a matte nude shade, comes out slightly pink on my skin tone but still a great all over lid color or transition shade. Stylin is a matte, deep chocolate brown shade. This shade is a great color to deepen your look. I've said this before in a previous blog post, I'm the type of girl who stays away from black eyeshadows and go for the deep brown shades to glam up my looks. Boss is a satin bronze shade. Another great all over lid shade. Hype is a true gold shadow which I love to put in my inner eye corner. Crisp is a warm chestnut brown. Another lovely transition shade for you gals who love warm transition colors. The last color is Dominate, a shimmering raspberry which is a great pop of color if you're tired of all these warm neutral shadows.

The Tarteist Pro To Go actually reminds me of he Anastasia Renaissance Palette only a mini version. I love neutral palettes and this is just perfect for travel.

Both Pro To Go and Pro Glow To Go palettes smell like heavenly chocolate and uses the same Amazonian clay formula as the other Tarte products. 

If there's a downside that I need to mention, it is that you have to always tap your eyeshadow brushes before you apply them on your lids because its so soft, heavily pigmented and creates fallouts that might ruin your base makeup if you have already applied it before doing your eye makeup. I also wish that I have a least one blush shade included in the Glow palette.  Other than that, this two mini palettes has replaced the Kat Von D Shade + Light Palette and the Juvia Nubian Palette that I used to carry with me all the time when I travel.

Monday, March 13, 2017

[Pinky Paradise] Princess Pinky Day Gemini Green Lens Review

Does colored circle lenses and contact lenses look too extreme for you and you're looking for that pretty colored lenses that looks natural and not eerily fake? Well, look no more since Pinky Paradise is now carrying the Princess Pinky Day Gemini Series that will look perfectly natural on your eyes. 

Princess Pinky Gemini has the Day and Night Series.  

The Day Gemini line is bright and subtle at the same time and it brings out a more natural look while the Night Gemini line offers a more vivid, wild, fierce gaze with it's intensity.

Diameter: 14.5mm
Water Content: 42%
Base Curve: 8.8mm
Life Span: 30 days (monthly)
Prescription / -0.00 ~ -10.00

Most circle lenses have 38% water content but the Princess Pinky Gemini lenses have 42%, which means it's more comfortable for the eyes since it has more moisture and is suitable for longer periods of wear than other lenses. Although I still do recommend to only use lenses for a maximum of 8-12 hours since you should let your eyes breathe. This is by no means an extended wear contact lens so don't sleep with it on. Always take off your contact lens before you sleep. If you're going to take a nap, keep the nap as short as possible and if it's longer than 15 minutes, you might as well take off your contact lens. This goes with any contact lens since there can be a lot of complications that comes with excessive wear of contact lens (Circle Lens FAQs). 

Back to the Day Gemini lenses, the one I am reviewing is the Day Green lenses which surprisingly came in a blister pack instead of a vial. 

The lenses are very light in color. It is like a tinted clear lens with dotting around the pupil area and all over the iris area. This speckled design helps give a more natural look. One thing to note about the Day Gemini lenses is the absence of the limbal ring or outer circle design most commonly seen in circle lenses. The limbal ring gives the dolly or big eye look. Because these lenses lack the limbal ring, despite the diameter being 14.5mm, these lenses appear more like your regular, colored contact lens. With it's absence, you lose the wide eyed look and your eyes appear more natural looking especially since the color is light and seems to blend seamlessly with your natural eye color.

This is a closer photo of the lenses worn on my eye. Since the pupil area is clear on the actual lens, you can actually see my natural eye color which is brown. This makes my eyes appear hazel and the dotted design makes it appear as though they are natural eye freckles.

I'm sure that the Day Gemini Green would appear slightly different if you have darker or lighter colored natural eyes than me but amongst the other "natural" looking circle lenses advertised in the market, this is the closest one to being natural. 

I usually don't like regular colored contact lens and prefer circle lenses because they look oddly weird on me (bright, unnatural colored eyes for an Asian) but circle lenses have a way of making colored lenses make less unnatural because of the dolly eyed look. The Day Gemini series steps the game up since it offers colored lenses that looks natural despite it not giving the big eye look.

Comfort is key as well and I find these lenses to be really comfortable to wear for a longer amount of time than other lenses. I would also like to note that this feels thicker on the eyes when I first put it on but I quickly forgot about that a minute later. Most circle lens are thinner and regular contact lenses are thicker, the Princess Pinky is right in between but it is very comfortable to wear. 

Comfort: ♥♥♥/5

The Princess Pinky Gemini Day and Night series is available at Pinky Paradise. A single monthly pair retails for $11.90 and the Princess Pinky Gemini Day or Night Bundle with 4 colored lenses (grey, brown, green, blue) retails for $35.70. 

Important Notice: Currently, Pinky Paradise does not ship to USA and Korea. They ship to all other countries except these two. I will update once they lift this notice or if I find any more information.

Pinky Paradise: We regret to announce the decision to stop shipping to the USA and Korea as of 6th February 2017.

Please understand that orders from the United States are required to comply with the strict state regulations. With all of the restrictions, it’s a painful decision for our team, but a necessary one in order to continue operating until it is perfected and comply with strict state rules.

We’re working out a solution by doing all the necessary steps we can to help the situation.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused and we look forward to returning in the future.

Thank you

Pinky Paradise has been around since 2006 and is a trusted and renowned online retail merchandiser of trendy circle lens. Their customer service is excellent. Despite this post to be a sponsored blog post, I have previously purchased from Pinky Paradise and I know that they truly deliver and they answer any questions you might have about your purchase or orders. They have 900+ lenses to choose from with authenticity guaranteed. They also offer free shipping to orders over $49.

Sunday, February 26, 2017


Korean beauty products are really innovative and always takes it to the next level. Today's beauty product review is on First Cosmetic Mulbit Medist Vitamin Mist. 

Prettily packaged in this blue holographic box, it looks magnificent, although I was a little disappointed that both bottles inside were made of plastic and acrylic and it didn't feel high quality. Albeit everything looks good, and photo ready, it doesn't exude the quality I was expecting when it comes to the packaging. The bottle containing the tablets was very light and can easily crack if dropped. The spray bottle is a little bit better although it would have been better packaged in a thicker and higher quality material or a glass bottle. I believe that since they already put so much effort on the box packaging, it would have been better if they went all the way and did a luxurious packaging for the bottles. 

I'm sure most, if not all,  are familiar with effervescent tablets or those Vitamin C tablets that you can purchase in drugstores. It's the kind where you drop a tablet in water and it makes a fizzy vitamin drink. That is basically the whole concept of Mulbit Medist Vitamin Mist. 

Here's a step by step instruction guide on how to use this product. 

Don’t forget to re-open the cap 1-2 hour after closing it to release carbonated gas (if you close it before the tablets are melted, the spray will get ruined due to pressure

Pretty simple eh? Alright so now that we got the how to's covered, let's talk about what these pretty tablets are really all about. 

The colors of the tablets are not just for show, they actually target specific skin problems:

Green: Anti-wrinkle
Blue: Skin reproduction
Yellow: Whitening
Pink: Skin condition management

You can mix different tablets to achieve desired effect

So how was my experience with this interesting KBeauty product?

Opening up the bottle of tablets gave me quite a scare because it made an extremely loud pop. Don't remove the silica gel pack inside the bottle since this will absorb any moisture in the bottle and keep the tablets dry. 

Dissolving the tablets in water is fascinating and I felt like a little kid again on my first experience of effervescent tablets. It fizzles and bubbles. Downside, it takes quite a while for the tablets to dissolve and I pretty much used very warm almost hot water. Needless to say I was impatient to use my product. It probably didn't take as long as I made it out to be, probably less than 5 minutes but if you're excited about trying out something, 5 minutes can be quite long. 

Using the mist wasn't as amazing as I imagined it to be. It was just a regular face mist. Actually it felt more regular than anything I've ever tried before because of the fact that I know I used plain water. Although I dissolved a "vitamin tablet" in it, my mind just couldn't quite register that. It really wasn't anything special is what I'm saying. 

Specifically designed and colored tablets didn't give me any results at all and if there was any, then I didn't notice it. Perhaps 3 weeks is really not enough to get any definitive result from this product. I have tried to stretch the time I used this product before actually putting up my review just to see if I would get any results within those days but sadly I didn't get any. Maybe with long term use I will be able to see results as per tablet. 

There was a strong perfume scent to it once the tablet was completely dissolved into the water but it goes away quite fast. I'm usually sensitive to strong perfume scents on my skincare products but this one I didn't mind because it just fades away so quickly I barely noticed it. 

Good things to note about this product, it is quite a useful skin hydration solution. Applying a mist all throughout the day is very helpful to maintain skin hydration without needing to remove your makeup. It is actually easier to fix your makeup after you spritz on a little of this mist on your face. It also sets your makeup in place and makes it look less cakey and flawless although I find that it doesn't not extend the wear of it. 

I actually recommend using a tab or even half a tab with a third of the recommended water. I find that I cannot finish the entire mist in a day and it doesn't feel as good the next day of use. I personally think it is better to use a freshly made one daily so cut back the tablet and the water and use it the entire day.

I give this product a 3 out of 5. It is not amazing although it is very innovative. Priced at 49,000 Korean won ($49) that is a bit steep but is good to note that you can actually stretch the use of this product since you're using water. As I said very little to no results for the past few weeks of use so I'm a bit hesitant in recommending this product but it is good for skin hydration. Also if you are someone who uses facial mists and goes through a bottle so quickly then this is the way to go since you would actually be able to get more use from this. 

*This product was sent to me for review but as always, my reviews are honest and based on my own opinions and experience.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

KICHO Color Plant Brush Kit Review

In doing makeup it is important to have the right tools and even with a limited number of brushes on hand you can create a full face makeup look. The KICHO Color Plant Brush Kit is a 5 piece brush kit that will help you apply your makeup flawlesslessy.

Beautifully designed in white and silver combination, these synthetic fiber brushes are perfect for travel and to add on to your brush stash.

Powder brush - rounded brush that evenly applies all types of powders (loose, pressed, mineral) with a flawless finish. This is a multi-function brush and on days where I don't use foundation, I would apply concealer on areas where I need it and finish up with a light dusting of powder. This powder brush is so soft and I find that it applies powders flawlessly and doesn't make it look patchy. The shape and roundness of the brush also is perfect for blush application especially if you have a focused area. Bronzing with this brush is also good although not for precise contouring.

Shadow brush - all around eye shadow brush for applying and blending color. This brush is thick and fluffy which is good for all over lid application and blending. I prefer using this kind of brush to apply my brow bone highlight shade or to apply a neutral shade all over the lids for easy blending. You can also use this for nose contouring which I'm very much fond of.

Smudge brush - flat headed brush with tight, short bristles for applying dark powder, cream eye shadows and pencils. An eye brush ideal for smudging. This brush is a little bit disappointing in my opinion. I wish it is a little bit thicker and stubbier. Although it has flat and has short bristles, it is on the thinner than what I would like a smudge brush to be. It has too much "give" and it honestly didn't quite give me a smudged effect when I used it as that, however, I found that I was actually a good brush for lining my eyes. Because it was thin, flat and wide, I was able to line my upper lash line without a problem.

Concealer brush - thin, round lipped brush for precise application of concealer. A very typical concealer brush, great for spot concealing and for carving out brows. Also, this can be used as a flat shader brush for application of shadows.

Eyeliner brush - a slim, finely tapered brush with firm bristles for flawless and precise application of eyeliner. A great eyeliner brush but I discovered that it is great for lip lining as well. It's tapered shape makes it perfect for sculpting the lips especially of you're applying deep shades. You can also use this brush to apply inner eye corner highlight and more spot concealing.

Brushes are not limited to what they are named for. You can definitely experiment on how to use them differently to suit your needs. Since I travel a lot I bring multi-purpose brushes to save space and I like how these KICHO Brushes are so multi-functional.  My favorite is the shadow brush just because I can apply shadow and easily blend them out with it.

Overall very happy with these brushes and it is actually the first time having white brushes that I'm OCD with maintaining them as clean as possible, which is not happening if you're using makeup everyday!

*This product was sent to me for review but as always, my reviews are honest and based on my own opinions and experience.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Chinese New Year 2017 Makeup Look

Celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year on January 28, 2017, I'm bringing to you an easy Chinese makeup look. All you really need is a hot pink or red blush.

I've always been proud of being a Filipino but I also can't deny (and it shows on my facial features) having Chinese and Spanish mix, although one appears more prominent than the other. I can't remember ever attending a Chinese event until I was in college but those were more of partying rather than enjoying Chinese culture. In this blog post I am wearing an old cheongsam of mine from high school which I wore for school activities. I have actually ordered a cheongsam from Amazon for this post but it turned out to be the wrong size and coincidentally my mom is going to a Chinese themed event soon and the cheongsam I ordered fits her so that dress isn't going to waste at all.

Let's get started on the makeup which is easier than it looks. 

  • Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation in Shade 2.25 - Apply a lightweight foundation that is one shade lighter than your skin tone. Asian makeup particularly, Japanese, Chinese and Korean favor a fair skintone for their makeup base. If you are using a lighter or darker foundation, make sure you blend down to the neck for a seamless look. I have a light-medium complexion so I just used my regular foundation instead of using lighter shade.
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Medium and Sand - I always layer Medium and Sand concealers to cancel out my dark circles and to brighten the under eye area. If you have really dark under eye circles,you might want to color correct with a peach or orange shade before you apply your concealer. The Maybelline Fit Me in Medium has a peachy undertone that slightly cancels out the darkness so thats what I use as a color corrector. 

  • NYX Cream Blush in Glow - The main part of this makeup look is the blush. It has been on trend lately in Korean and Japanese makeup to apply blush right below the eyes and higher on top of the cheekbones. As I was researching traditional Chinese makeup looks, this was how traditional Chinese makeup was actually done. I used a bright pink cream blush as a base for the two other blushes. This will make the colors pop and stay on for a longer period of time. Tip: Layering makeup is always the way to go to extend makeup wear.
  • Hikari Blush in Tango - Tango is the brightest pink blush that I own so I layered this on top of Glow. I applied this on the highest point of my cheeks, right below the eyes and blending it towards the back of my cheeks.
  • Becca Cosmetics Blush in Fowerchild - I could actually stop with just using Glow and Tango, but adding Flowerchild right on top and on the front part of the cheeks gives the blush a different dimension and a more blended look because of the peachy undertone that this blush has. 
  • Becca Cosmetics Highlighter in Champagne Pop - a light dusting of highlighter on top of the blush gives it a more glowy look. Also apply this on the tip of the nose.

  • Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette - Using the shade Shadowplay which is the middle contour color, I used it to contour my cheeks ever so lightly. This look doesn't need drastic contour but only to add a little dimension to the face. Using a small blending brush, I used the shade Sombre, which is the contour shade to the left as my nose contour to slim my nose slightly. 

  • Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in Medium Brown - A full, slightly arched brows is beautiful with this makeup look.

  • Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette - The eyes are very simple, I just applied the shade Tempera, a satin cream shade all over the lids and the shade Love Letter, a deep fuchsia pink, on the outer half of the lids. I concentrated Love Letter right by the lash line and just bended it out with a blending brush for a blended look. I also added Cyprus Umber, the chocolate shade on the outer half of my lower lash line to round my eyes more and add dimension. 

  • Sephora Waterproof Eyeliner in Black - I used this eyeliner only on my upper waterline for  fuller looking lashes
  • Kanebo Kate Spider Liner - Line your eyes but only make a small, extended wing. Do not flick upwards to make a cat eye and don't make it too long and dramatic. We want only a small, extended wing.
  • Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes Waterproof Mascara - Curl the lashes and apply a coat of mascara to prep for false lashes!
  • Ardell Demi Pixies - I'm using the Demi Pixies for a spiky looking lashes. We don't want overly dramatic or full lashes with this look but we want a spiky, natural looking lash.

  • MAC Riri Woo Lipstick - If I were to stay true to traditional Chinese makeup look, I would conceal my lips and draw smaller lips and apply a bright red lipstick, but I didn't do that mainly because I am very happy with my lip shape. I could probably make my bottom lips more narrow to stay true to the makeup look but the natural shape of my lips isn't that bad with the makeup look so I just decided to forego entirely drawing my lips and apply a red lipstick.

For the hair, here's my inspiration:

What do you think about this look? You think I nailed it? ^^

I would like to thank Fenny of LadiesJournal for the idea of doing a Chinese New Year makeup look. Please visit her and tell her I sent you!