gleamy_lipstick_rucys_vanity_review_swatch_2Hello everyone! After my little depressing self-loathing post prior to this I decided what I was feeling was normal and if dwelled too much upon, is detrimental to my mental and emotional well-being so I stopped and looked at the bright side of 2015 — Lots of opportunities for my blog. Apart from that I wrote much frequently this year compared to last year and the year before that. There's always a shining moment, you just have to look past what you didn't get/have and look at what you did receive.gleamy_lipstick_rucys_vanity_review_swatch_3

Speaking of opportunities for my blog, affordable Korean brand [based in the Philippines] Rucy's Vanity, kindly sent me a few things to check out. One of which is their Gleamy Lipstick in Qute Pink.

Cute with a Q.

Rucy’s Vanity is a 100% Korean skincare and cosmetics brand [made in Korea] offering high quality products in a reasonable price.


The tube is very sturdy, surprisingly. The box also contains both Korean and English words, so no worries about the ingredients. It has a light scent of crayons or wax but nothing overpowering.


Emollient and slippery but I wouldn't say it's moisturizing. Because of the texture it's smooth and non-draggy. It gives off a nice shine but emphasizes crusty lips. So exfoliate and/or hydrate prior to wearing. Even if it's emollient and smooth it definitely can't take the place of a lip balm.


As you can probably tell it's quite sheer. Almost like a tinted lip balm if you only swipe it once or twice but it is buildable. The shade itself [initially] is a blue-purple undertone-d creamy baby pink. On my particular skin [yellow-olive medium] it's a little hard to pull-off partly because I'm not fond of cool-toned pinks and it makes teeth look more yellow. BUT after a while the lipstick changes colour. I don't know if it's just on me, but it turned just a few shades darker so it was little more wearable for me after that. [might update this post with a picture of me wearing the lipstick after a few hours]

For staying power, as everyone knows with cream-finishes/creamy lipsticks it will not last long through drinking and eating. So expect transfers and bleeding [if applied full-on]. Invest on a lip liner if you don't want it everywhere else except your lips.


The whole brand is very very affordable in terms of Korean brands available here in the Philippines. Products range from Php 70 - Php 320. For PHP 150 (around USD 4) you get a Korea made Korean brand lipstick. Sheer lippie lovers would like this for sure. 

If you want to try something new or are obsessed with K-cosmetics it's fairly priced and perfect for teeny-boppers/makeup beginners. For something more pigmented the other colours [as I've seen from reviews] - Red, Dark Red, Orange and Hot Pink [a brighter, deeper more fuschia version of Qute Pink] are significantly more pigmented than this one.

Have you tried this? Or anything from Rucy's Vanity?


Happy Holidays! Hope you had a satisfying Christmas. Whether it was boisterous or a quiet affair or you prefer to skip over the occasion for reasons, it's all good. As long as you're happy. For me personally, it was the same as last year. Kids running around. The teens grouping in one corner. The parentals catching up/cooking/watching. Me and my sister - on the sofas. We did the get-together a couple of days earlier, so by Christmas eve I was pretty much over it.

And the brooding/anxiety/pity party in my head starts anew.

Let's take in the fact that it's a few more days 'til the new year. Days. DAYS. That fact is eating my brains out because life + career + expectations + reality isn't all what I had in mind by this time of the year. Sigh.

Listening to
The Weeknd's new drops.

Breakfast with Scot. I will get to it swear.

The end of the year fly by.

The cool nights.

Wishing and Hoping and Dreaming
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It's a secret. I decided to go the superstitious route this time. Talking and writing about it before hasn't made anything materialize so...

How was your Christmas? Get anything you really wanted?


PS. The post title was a reference to an old movie, shown in the movie Home Alone.

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This 2015 I've gone past just watching beauty Youtubers creating gorgeous eyeshadow looks and thinking "How pretty." then watching another makeup video or doing something else. I've had a few shadows in the past but I've never really been past the two (or one) colour look I wasn't also a big fan of practicing at home. I mean I just had to take it all off again. And knowing myself, I would have to take off several attempts before giving up for the day. I seriously tip my hats off to makeup artists.

But I can safely say that now I know a trick or two. I know how to blend, what works for my eye shape, eye colour, what colors works together and what I personally feel like doing at the time.

Adding to the Kate Tokyo palette that I love, are these new matte and shimmer palettes from well-known high street/drugstore brands.


Both Essence Cosmetics and Catrice Cosmetics are known for carrying affordable products that are good nay sometimes even amazing for their price.

I thought buying Essence's All About Nudes for my shimmer and Catrice's Absolute Matt would be better for storage and variety of both colours and textures. Alternatively I could've gotten any of Nyx's, L'Oreal or Maybelline's neutral palettes that also have both shimmer and matte. But this came out a tad cheaper and like I said it's easier on me for storage as well as giving me the option to just carry all matte or all shimmer which I've done before.


The plastic packaging is pretty solid and feels secure to the touch. The small size (about 3 inches) easily fits in the palm of my hand. The shadows aren't glittery. But they give off a little glisten —an understated shimmer that I really like. All are shimmery except the first cream colour in the swatch, which is more of a satin. Smooth and very pigmented even without a primer, they do kick-up a little powder (same as the Catrice one) but nothing a little tap of the brush won't fix.

Swatches of the first three colours at the top (starting from left) followed by the bottom row .

As for longevity the darker colours last long past an 8-hour day without creasing while the two cream colours (one a more beige-y satin and one a little more shimmery and pink) have already faded a little. But that can be expected from not using primer and from the colours themselves (light creams). As for the colours, the only one I would classify as "warm toned" is the bronze-y colour. The rest are more neutral or cool-toned. All-in-all it's a solid little palette wherein you don't really have to have another matte palette or matte colour as a transition. All the darker ones work just as well and it won't look too shimmery and glittery in your crease/outer corners. Buying two palettes is just me


I've read every blog post and watched every video about this palette, even ones that are in German I think. The first time I swatched this, I was a little disappointed, because it was more powdery (because soft shadows tend to be powdery) than I anticipated. But it's not a total deal-breaker as the pigment, smoothness and softness are really good. My sister has the Maybelline The Nudes palette and I find those shadows to be a little hard in the pan. They're decently pigmented but they're hard to get to. Like you really have to dig in. I just didn't like the texture. These are way better in terms of texture, blendability and pay-off. The whole palette is cool toned and reminded me of the Naked Basics by Urban Decay actually, this might be a pretty good dupe for it based on pictures I've seen and reviews I've read.

I'm quite happy I picked these up. They're just right for me who only needs basic neutral colours. I find these to be excellent buys for the price whether you're a beginner or a full-fledged beauty expert.

Have you tried these? Or do you have anything else you can recommend from these brands? I picked-up the Essence XXXL lipglosses on sale for half-off. So I bought two to test out. I like the texture so far. :)


Price - Catrice : around Php400; Essence : around Php 300 at department stores/Watson's
Online stores like instagram and ebay might have them a few bucks cheaper. I bought mine at @beautyshopph /

Eating healthily, consuming mostly vegetables and seafood, reading labels and steering clear of processed food has been an easy enough switch for me since my whole family made the change as a whole. I do indulge in the occasional bag of chip and (rare) artificially flavored drink (when I do I just take a glass at most). But switching to organic and natural based skincare products can be a challenge. I know it was for me (still struggling a little) regarding underarm deodorants.

But when you realize how much toxins are in those heavily advertised fragrant shampoos and feminine washes you wouldn't think twice about switching too.


Think about it, those chemicals (mostly carcinogenic*) present in your shampoo, deodorant, cleanser, body wash, intimate wash etc. seep into the pores of your skin and whilst you don't get sick instantaneously and you might argue that some of these do get washed-out by our sweat and pee, there will be remnants. These remnants build-up over time and accumulate to a more alarming level.

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I'm proud to say that most of my skincare is either organic and/or natural/natural-based. I still do use some that aren't "hippy-flower-earth-child-approved" only because they're what works for me currently and it's hard on my sensitive skin if I change up everything all at once.


One of the brands that I've been patronizing this year has released new limited edition products and they've kindly sent me some to try out!



The shampoo is very runny and yes doesn't lather up, like the "traditional" ones but this fact is true for most organic/natural shampoos. It smells refreshingly zesty though.

The conditioner on the other hand doesn't have the slip silicone-based conditioners have so don't expect it to be "hagod-like" and silky-smooth.

Despite those things I like them because my scalp still gets a thorough cleansing especially from all the other hair care products I've used on it days prior. I haven't physically seen a big difference but just knowing that these are organic and natural (plus I haven't had any bad reactions) and that I'm lessening the toxins my body absorbs puts me in a mindful and introspective place.

Household names of mosquito creams typically contain DEET an effective insect repellant as well as a solvent than can dissolve plastic, spandex and nail polish. It can also cause birth defects, which is why infants aren't advised to use mosquito repellants on their body.

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Don't forget your vaginas! Very happy that the Blossom intimate spray (here) now has a wash counterpart in Bloom.

I quite like the new additions. I'm slowly but surely progressing towards all natural everything and these are a pretty good start. Maybe they'll add toothpaste next? Maybe some cosmetics?

If you have questions about the brand and their products just go to their Facebook page or use their website's contact form here!


PS. Would you switch to all-natural skincare and makeup? I don't know if I can make the switch with makeup tbh. I like makeup too much in general.

*carcinogenic - any substance or agent that tends to produce a cancer.

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My first Christmas party of the year.

Benefit AMW Christmas Party Last Dec 12, I was one of the lucky readers to join [famous] beauty blogger Askmewhats and Benefits' small Christmas gathering at their SM Megamall branch— one of the largest Benefit stores in Asia.

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Tasty h'orderves with pretty and bright interiors and a mini-makeup demo was the order of the day.
A game of "who are hard-core readers of askmewhats" was also played and people got to take home mini samples of Benefit bestsellers!

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Kim (printed tee) of shaunnekimberly!

I got to meet new people and take home a little present by the Benefit and Girl Stuff Forever team. Good thing I attended despite the huge crowd inside the mall [it was Megamall's 3 day sale or something. UGH. SO. MANY. PEOPLE.]

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Which Christmas parties have you attended so far?

Watching Just watched
Inside Out. Oh my God did anyone else get teary-eyed (or made silent waterfalls?) because I was trying so hard not to let my tears fall. Damn good movie. The morose parts for me definitely went over my younger siblings' heads. I can't wait for them to watch this again when they're significantly older. (I think it's an eldest child syndrome. Or just an older sibling thing.)

Listening to
Justin Beiber's Purpose and Selena Gomez' Revival.
Yeah I know. But they both have been making some pretty stellar tunes lately.

Purpose has a more house/techo "dance" type of beat to most of the songs and is definitely a more personal and introspective album. The lyrics are deep and mature.

Revival is a bit more varied when it comes to the sound, but Selena's voice is showcased in all her songs. They finally figured out that her voice works well with sultry and not too complicated when it comes to notes. Also has some pretty personal lyrics and great dance beats.


Selena Gomez - Revival
  • Good For You
  • Camouflage
  • Sober
  • Same Old Love
  • Hands To Myself (Sexy club sounds + Quiet sensual whisper-singing)
  • Me & The Rhythm (Has a very 80's feel. So freaking good.)
  • Survivors 
  • Rise (The talking bits reminds me strongly of early 2000 songs)
  • Me & My Girls (Sexy Strong "Girl" Anthem. "Hispanic" vibes.)
  • Perfect (Slow beat. For that ex who's moved on to another woman.)

Justin Beiber - Purpose

  • I'll Show You
  • What Do You Mean?
  • Sorry
  • Love Yourself
  • Company
  • No Pressure
  • The Feeling (Like a Do I love you? or Do I love "love"? kind of vibe)
  • Where Are You Now
  • Children (Youth Anthem. Excellent dance beat.)
  • Purpose (Great slow "ballad".With clips of Justin's very insightful monologue.)
  • Been You

Breakfast with Scot
...Or bought a new book with the intention of reading it. I couldn't put it down at the store when I read the first few pages. I had to get it. I'm not usually into memoirs or biographies but this just rings my Feminist, LGBQT-supportive and "fuck-gender-norms" heart.

Read other people's reviews and the book's summary - Goodreads

This update post.

For the clarity of mind to vote for best person for the Presidential seat. If not I feel like I wouldn't vote at all.

For a big change career-wise before this December ends. *Offers up hair to gods.*

How about them people running for congress eh? For curiosity's sake who are you voting for? (Any position)

Burgos Eats BGC Taguig

I like to eat. Everyone likes to eat I imagine. And a lot of people in the metro love dining out as evidenced by numerous restaurants and franchises popping-up here and there. Apart from the food itself, ambiance is also a factor for me, good thing Max's Group Inc (MGI) just hatched this crazy good idea to create this cozy, engaging and conversation-friendly eating concept in Bonifacio Global City Taguig.

Burgos Eats BGC Taguig Image by MGI

Conveniently located in one of the business districts and lifestyle hotspots in Manila, Burgos Eats combines well-loved restaurants in a laid-back casual shared-space concept. Think "co-working" for restaurants! Or think fancy food courts at the mall...only outside the mall. :))
Burgos Eats BGC Taguig

Burgos Eats allows MGI—the largest casual dining operator in the country—to go beyond their individual stores and create a venue where a community of diners can interact with each other and some of the company’s loved food brands, such as Yellow Cab, Pancake House, Teriyaki Boy, Krispy Kreme, and Jamba Juice.

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Can we just take a moment to appreciate the hanging lights?

One of the features this shared-space brings is that you don't have to restaurant-hop to try each restaurant you want. For example, you can order from Krispy Kreme while staying put at Jamba Juice with your smoothie.

This table in the middle can be occupied by anyone dining from any of the restaurants available inside Burgos Eats. Benches and stools are also available within the area so there's plenty of seating to go around.

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During the launch last November 2nd we were treated to live music by  Roxy Modesto, Slow Sink and KidThrones. Sax with techno (or was it house? I have no idea) with guitar and violin. Experimental. Different. And it was really good.

Burgos Eats BGC Taguig

Mural made specially for Burgos Eat's Yellow Cab.

Burgos Eats BGC Taguig

“We envision Burgos Eats to become a breath of fresh air in the local casual dining scene and enrich the Filipinos’ dining tradition while catering to the country’s changing food culture.” says Jim T. Fuentebella, MGI’s Executive Director for Marketing.

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The "old-worn-out-wood" look. The furniture. The roof. The lanterns. THE SLIDING DOORS! This particular branch of Teriyaki Boy screams authentic Japanese facade. Amazing job designers.

This new hub will be a dining experience I can't wait to try with my friends soon.

What do you think? Will you check it out?


Burgos Eats BGC Taguig
PS. You really have to go see it for yourself. I imagine it would be prettier at night, but that's just because I liked the lighting so much that time.
PPS. Here I am moonlighting as a Juicer(?). Is that how they're called? Thanks for letting me make my own drink at Burgos Eats MGI! Good thing they gave me the recipe. I just wanted to get all the fruit I could find and chuck it in the blender.

Burgos Eats - Rizal Drive corner 29th Street, Burgos Circle Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Behind The Mind Museum.
etude house lovely cookie blusher review swatch

Background image via Etude House

In the realm of Asian makeup Japan and Korea have it down pat with the cute-sey (and sometimes gimmicky) packaging. Apart from innovations such as snail/snake serums and essences or sake based skin care, these two countries make one of the cutest beauty packaging, at least for me.

Etude House is no different. This (Korea-born-now-internationally-famous) affordable brand is primarily targeted for teens to young adults. The skin and makeup brand houses the cutest products whenever you think of "Korean makeup".

etude house lovely cookie blusher peach parfait review swatch packaging

According to Etude :

  • Blur effect : The unique powder that reflects shine to various ways to express bright skin color is used to deliver excellent application and delicate vivid colors.
  • Long lasting : Sebum Control Powder tech is applied to absorb sebum to maintain fresh makeup and it contains Coating Pigment for long-lasting clear makeup.
  • Lovely Puff : Fluffy cushion type puff helps blend and build beautifully to desired intensity.
  • 7.2g

The sturdy plastic case encases the (generously hefty read 7.2g) blush. Along with the cute puff, that I do use sometimes and works quite well, the whole thing screams adorable.

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The blush itself is finely milled thus exquisitely smooth. Being smooth it's understandably blendable as well. Some might find the color a little sheer, but it is very build-able.

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This #10 Peach Parfait pastel light peach matte shade looks very natural especially on me. I have to build it up considerably (pack it on) if I want to show it on camera. But I do really like it because of the color and texture.

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via Etude House

It's not long lasting though. If you're looking for a blusher that stays throughout the day this isn't for you. I don't have particularly oily cheeks but after about 4 - 5 hours it's gone. Although it might be because of the shade itself. It's still obvious on my cheeks but not as obvious as a straight-up pink blush. My brother even thought I was just posting a picture of a hand on my blog....then again why am I asking for my brother's opinion?

The texture, color and macaron shaped packaging are tops for me so I don't mind the lack of longevity.

Have you tried anything from Etude? Would you forgo longevity for cute packaging? :))


PS. It's Php 348 here (around USD 9).
PPS. It's so cute.
PPPS. I do use moisturizing bases so that might've affected the longevity. People that use oil-control primers, powder foundations or matte finish foundations might have a different outcome.

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Depending on the color the list of ingredient changes. This a sample of one of the colours. Ingredients: Mica, Talc, Tocopheryl Acetate, Petrolatum, Magnesium Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben [+/-CI 77891, CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 45410, CI 19140]