false-eyelashes-beginners-tips-and-tricks-how-to-philippine-giveaway-1I very briefly considered getting eyelash extensions, but when articles, blogs and people I personally know kept saying that some of their own lashes always came off with the extensions, I shot that notion in the head at once. I wanted more lashes not less.

Personally, false lashes are more of a once-in-a-blue-moon-if-I-can-be-bothered kind of thing partly because I'm bad at it. If you've ever wondered why your lashes seem to not-exist at night in pictures, that's 'coz the flash wash them out, which is why typically you see people wear falsies when photos are involved and/or at night events.

I'm still learning [after a lot of bad lash experiences in the past] but I've definitely accumulated some tips throughout my foray into the #falsiesLife. If you're also new to false lashes and don't know where to start here are some tips and tricks to get you started.


The thinner the band, The more natural it looks

There are certain things to consider when you're looking for a good pair of lashes. Usually plastic-looking ones with thick bands (strip/spine where the lashes are attached) are pretty common to find. They hold their shape better and are easier to apply but they tend to look obvious in daylight. Unless you're going for that look.

If you're starting out however, you'd want them looking as natural as possible. Look for ones with thin bands with real hair or real-looking hair.

But thick bands are easier to apply

Thinner bands are more difficult to put on though. Since the spine is soft and thin it can be a challenge to get it as close to the lash line and make it lay down evenly while keeping the tackiness of the glue —The more you fidget and move it while the glue is semi-dry, the more likely it is to lose its tackiness.

These super affordable "Taiwan" lashes I was sent by bornprettystore are really natural on but hard to "straighten out" (maybe it's my glue?). They're short so they give a little volume but not so much on the length. But if you're lashes are short to begin with [or you don't want something too dramatic], these are good starters.

Get lashes here - Lash Kit 1, Lash Kit 2, Thick band 1 PairAll Lashes 

Eyelash Glue not Elmers/Craft Glue

Get a good EYELASH adhesive. One that doesn't burn your eyes or hurt your lashes, stays put throughout the whole wear and can be easily taken off with a makeup remover.

So far, Nichido's glue has worked decently enough. It's affordable, but you don't get a lot. It's in this tiny little white bottle (similar to the ones fragrance companies use to give out perfume samples). Forever 21's lash glue is okay too, according to my sister but the recent Forever 21 glue doesn't compare to the old one she used.

The Eye Charm Glue is apparently an eyelid glue that you can use for falsies. But I don't really like it for the latter. Works well as a double eyelid glue though. Get it here.

Cut your [fake] lashes 

Most of the time lashes need to be cut so it won't poke your inner and/or outer eye. They're usually also long to accommodate all eye lengths. So cutting them according to your eye length will not only help with the comfort level but also look nicer. A good tip is to cut the lash in half and only put them on the outer part of your eye - so much easier to apply (at least for me).

Another tip is to cut a strip by into 5- 6 sections and place them wherever you want more lash. It tends to look more natural that way too, albeit a little more time consuming.

Tweezers aren't just for plucking

Applying falsies by hand needs serious practice. Especially if you bought natural, thin, sparse looking falsies with a thin band. Tweezers might help in laying the band flush to your eyeline. Using tweezers also help in maintaining the lash so you can reuse them again.

Use an eyeliner

Hiding the [lash] band is essential for a seamless lashline. Using a liquid liner on the lashline to hide the lash band, and conceal any skin makes it more polished. You can also tightline to darken the flesh of the upper waterline. It helps in making the eyelashes look a little more full — A good tip even if you're not wearing falsies.

As for me. I still struggle. I'm still a noob. I still curse my clumsiness aka poking myself in the eye. But the effect is somehow worth it.

Video by Beauty YouTuber StillGlamorous

Do you wear falsies? If not, have you ever wanted to try?


Spoiler alert : Save your coin.

I mentioned this lip tint pack in the past - here and here. Long story short, my curiosity got the better of me and since it wasn't that expensive I gave it a try.

A lip tint pack/tint mask is a peel-off mask for your lips. You deposit the colour straight from the tube (don't use your fingers) wait a few minutes, peel it off then voila, lightly tinted lips.

Now these are relatively cheap no matter where you buy them. One tube definitely shouldn't be over $13 for something you only want to try out because it's so gimmicky. Although brands vary in price point, there's always a cheaper brand selling this. Case in point- Secret Key.

lip-tint-tattoo-lip-tint-pack-secret-key-chubby-jelly-review-3Secret Key Chubby Jelly Tint Pack 15g - Plum Purple

Consistency | Scent | Color | Usage

The price however cheap is not proportional to how much is inside and how much you need to apply each time. You need to apply a thick layer on the lips so that when you peel it off the colour is even. So 15g won't last a long time.

Waiting time for this is also too long. Before you peel it off it should be completely touch-dry and that takes around 5 - 10 minutes depending on how much you put on and if you're in a cool/dry place.


It has a candy-like sweet scent to it. No discernable taste though. The colour stated is "Plum Purple" but in reality it's more off a purple-based cherry pink.

I don't find it particularly drying but if you have excess skin on your lips this will get caught in it when the time comes for the tint to be peeled-off.


Conclusion | Final Thoughts

It's just not worth it : The waiting time. The amount VS. price. A regular tint works just as well and stays on the lips just as long. This one also fades a little when eating and drinking. Same as any old affordable tint from roadshop brands like Etude, Tony Moly and Missha. (Note: If applied full-on, in a thick layer it will last really long through eating and drinking, but application waiting time will be brutal. Haha Unless you're in front of a fan)

If you just want to try it for the heck of it. Go ahead. But it's not really a must-have for me. I got this from Mei Satsuki (Facebook) I think.

Have you tried this? If you haven't would you try it?


#TastetheChill - The official campaign/hashtag for Sosro's real fruit tea drinks, to be specific, its hero-product Sosro Freeze for this hot-hot summer. The go-getter's choice for refreshing flavored drinks is now here in the Philippines. Read on "chillmates" and check out some photos during the Warm Summer Nights themed launch.

Sosro Fruit Tea, the millennial go-getter’s preferred real tea drink, has officially launched in the Philippines just in time for one of the most-anticipated seasons of the year—summer!

The launch was held at the very spacious and the "IT" place to be —The Palace Pool Club. With the Warm Summer Nights Theme.
Sosro Fruit Tea Freeze represents the cool and collected millennial who knows how to effortlessly mix work and play. With its one-of-a-kind blend of Strawberry and Grape plus its unique icy sensation, Freeze is the perfect drink for staying cool.

The event was hosted by the super charming Joyce Pring

We were treated to a lighted dance show along with music mixes by Celebrity DJ Marc Naval.

Reddimart President Jerbie Ong (right) introducing Sosro and getting the brand, that was originally from Indonesia, here in the PH.

While waiting for the big celebrity ambassador reveal, I tried Sosro's Freeze variant. 

It's pretty good! Leaves a minty, cooling feeling while drinking. Really nice when it's hot out and you to grab something cool, flavored and sweet. Other flavors available are Strawberry, Guava and Apple. It's good to know they use real tea in ther drinks too.

Suprise! It's Sofia Andres (donning her ice goddess garb) this generation's' teen queen, chosen as the Sosro's official ambassador.

From Manila with Love Team Represent! :)) lol

One of the highlights was the surprise performance of UDD to cap off the night! Amazing as always UDD!

Where to check out Sosro : SM Hypermarkets, Landmark, Sta. Lucia Grocery, Tropical Hut, Hi-Top Supermarket, Walter Mart, Pioneer Center, and other leading supermarkets.

Have you tried a bottle? What kind of flavored drink do you grab from the convenience stores/supermarkets when you want to chill out?


PS. As always, keep your sugar levels within a reasonable limit! Also drink plenty of water to wash down the sugar and to effectively hydrate yourselves. :*

Website : http://reddimart.ph/
Facebok : https://www.facebook.com/sosrofruitteaph/ | https://www.facebook.com/reddimart.ph

brooklyn-brow-party-calyxta-maybelline-tunnl-makati-1#BrowsOnFleek the ubiquitous hashtag for every post that feature awe-inducing full brows. Whether they be bushy, brushed, ultra-defined or just plain "groomed".

brooklyn-brow-party-calyxta-maybelline-tunnl-makati-2I understand everyone already knows that brows are pretty important in framing the face and with the multitude of brands coming out with different styles, finishes and textures it can get confusing to someone starting out with makeup.

brooklyn-brow-party-calyxta-maybelline-tunnl-makati-3Calyxta and Maybelline New York Philippines have a thing or two (or three) up their sleeves for everyone wanting on fleek brows.
From the world’s No. 1 makeup brand, get the know-how for every brow with these brow makeup essentials as Maybelline New York teams up with Philippines’ online go-to beauty source and resource, Calyxta. - PR

 Touch-up the brows or start from scratch.

How cute are these bags?

I was invited along with fellow bloggers/online influencers to a little Brooklyn Block Brow Party for a little brow sesh with all of Maybelline's brow products.

Makeup Aritst Amanda Padilla on brow guidelines for different face shapes

(Left photo) Editor-in-Chief Erica Paredes sharing past brow dilemmas i.e. Chola Brows. (Right photo) Malou Verzosa-Taca, Owner of Brow Lounge talking about the importance of brows

I want those block letters in my room.

Tunnl Makati was a perfect venue for getting our brow party on. The music was pretty lit too thanks to the day's DJ.

Cute signage

Uber sweet and uber adorable cotton candy c/o Pouf Cotton Candy were available for everyone needing a little sugar kick.

Maybelline currently has four brow products : Fashion Brow 3D Contouring Palette Php 299 (Brow/Nose powders), Fashion Brow Duo Shaper Php 299 (2-in-1 Pencil + Powder reminds me of K-palette's similar styled brow pencil + powder), Eye Studio Master Brow Pencil Php 249 and the Fashion Brow Mascara Php 249.

Everyone was treated to a threading c/o of Brow Lounge.

Note: Loved how light-handed my expert was. Definitely nothing to fear brow-threading virgins. That day was my first time getting my brows threaded and it wasn't as painful as I imagined it would be.

Apart from the brow tools, other current best-selling Maybelline products were there for us to play with.

Note : The color gradation pencils are super smooth. I also love how the brow pencils were (in general) neutral - cooler in tone. The lighter brown ones aren't red/orange looking too.

You can get these Maybelline products at any Maybelline counter or online at Calyxta.

What's your preferred brow product? Are you a pencil, cream/gel/liquid or powder user? Any brow brands you're loyal to?


PS. Those color blur/lip gradiation pencils doe... Ugh. They're not particularly long lasting (first-impression) but they just freaking glide on! And so compact too.

I was going to name this February Empties but I just recently finished a couple more products so I went with March. Here are mini reviews from my trash again. Yay!

Evian Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray | 150ml | PHP 349

It's an aerosol mineral facial mist. You can refresh your face/makeup or set your makeup. It works well. I mean it's just special water from the glaciers. I think mineral water or purified water in an atomizer will work just as well. I just wanted to try if it gives a finer mist — It doesn't. There're are still some droplets from the nozzle and it got worse as I used it.

I also feel iffy about using aerosols. There aren't CFC's anymore to most aerosols but still, it adds to my carbon footprint. Pass.

  • Hydrates - Check
  • Helps fix makeup - Sets yes.
  • Freshens - Sure I felt refreshed.
Ingredients: Pure Natural Evian Mineral Water. Propelled by Nitrogen.

Avon Naturals Body Care | Papaya and Soy Milk Shower Gel | 200ml net

Just a regular body wash gel with SLS. What's new. Smells good and didn't strip my skin of its oils. Didn't notice my skin lightening so there's that. It was a gift and I didn't want it to go to waste. It's okay. Wouldn't repurchase.

Lightens and moisturizes with:
  • Papaya Fruit Extract - Papain lightens, smoothens and softens skin
  • Soybean extract - Rich with skin balancing nutrients
  • Hydrolyzed Milk Protein - Skin conditioning properties
Ingredients: Water, SLS, Glycerin, Cocamide Mea, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Peg-150, Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Phosphoric Acid, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract, Glycine Soja (soybean) Seed Extract, Methylisothiazolinone

Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy - Dermo Cleanser | 300ml | Php 350

Didn't break me out and very gentle for my sensitive skin. Same as other soap-free gentle creamy cleansers marketed for sensitive skin — SkinKlens, Cetaphil, Vecirin. Would recommend for kids and adults who have sensitive (or dry) skin or are allergic to most cleansers/soaps out there.

  • For Dry and Sensitive Skin
  • Mild and gentle
  • PH balanced
  • Soap Free
  • Clinically tested by dermatologists
Ingredients: Aqua, PEG-75, Cetearyl Alcohol, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Methylparaben, Citric Acid, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Parfum


Biore | 150ml | PHP 299

This #1 selling cleansing oil from Japan came to the Philippines a couple of months back and I was so happy that they did because I love cleansing oils for removing makeup. It just makes makeup removal easier and removes even waterproof mascara. Yes. 10/10 would repurchase.

  • No greasy feeling after use - Check. Skin feels moist, plump but not greasy.
  • Gentle and mild on skin - Check. My skin's quite sensitive
  • Refreshing fragrance - Like apples? Very fruity
Ingredients: Mineral Oil, Peg-12 Laurate, Isododecane, Water, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polyglyceryl-2 Isostearate, Decyl Glucoside, Polysorbate 85, Glyceryl Oleate, Isostearic Acid, Isostearyl Glyceryl Ether, Isostearyl Glyceryl Pentaerythrityl Ether, Myristyl Alcohol, Alcohol, Citric Acid, Phosphoric Acid, BHT, Fragrance, Tocopherol

Rucy's Vanity Whitening Body Lotion | 100ml | PHP 120

It's a non-sticky, moisturizing body lotion. Smells good and decent. Again, I can't prove the whitening factor of this but it's cheap and it works.


  • Makes your skin whiten, soft and elastic.
  • Protect your skin from free radicals, contaminations and irritations.
  • Contains extracts of aloe vera, portulaca, moraceae, centella and green tea to calm and soothe skin.

Yay cheap Korean beauty products!

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Macadamia Tegrifolia Seed Oil, Cyclopentasiloxane, Beeswawx, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Sodium Hyaluronate, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Butylparaben, Prunus Persica (peach) Fruit Extract, Betaine, Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Niacinamide


ZA True White Day Protector SPF 26 PA ++ | 35g net weight | PHP 495

A really really good everyday face moisturizer with sunscreen. It's easy to spread using the fingers (you don't need a lot), feels light on the skin (absorbs/dries quickly) and isn't drying nor is it sticky/greasy. The finish is natural / demi-matte and it doesn't have a strong scent to it. I also never broke out. The SA said people really clamor to get this because it works well as a makeup primer, probably because of its finish. Super dry skinned people might want something more hydrating to accompany this.

The packaging is also slim and compact and has a slim nozzle tip so you only get what you need. 10/10 would (repurchase) recommend it to anyone looking for a nice everyday non-sticky moisturizing sunscreen. It's a measly 26 PA++ but you can double up the sun protection with a foundation/bb/cc that has SPF as well if you're planning on being out in the sun the whole day.

  • Has vitamins C, E and Minerals
  • Protects skin from UV rays while also brightening and moisturizing
  • Veils skin with a bright, pearly radiance that enhances skin tone for a healthy look
Ingredients: Aqua, Cyclomethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Titanium Dioxide (nano), PEG-10 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Titanium Dioxide, Alcohol, Isostearic Acid, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Trisodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Potassium Hydroxide, Silica, Sodium Citrate, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Polysilicone-2, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, BHT, Citric Acid, Magnesium Chloride, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Linalool, Calcium Chloride, Tocopherol


Kiehl's Lip Balm | 15ml | $7

Works well for my constantly chapped dry lips. It honestly feels and smells like regular petroleum jelly so if you're trying to save regular vaseline works just as well. But if you're after their other ingredients like Vitamin E, Squalene, Aloe Vera and Wheat Germ Oil then maybe you can check this out.

  • Helps soothe dry lips - Yep!
  • Temporarily protects lips
  • Shields from drying effects of wind/cold weather
Ingredients: Petrolatum, Squalane, Lanolin, Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil / Wheat Germ Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Caprylyl Glycol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Extract / Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract. Ingredients are subject to change at the manufacturer's discretion.

The Face Shop Herb Day Cleansing Cream | 150ml | Approx PHP 250 - 300

It's a very oily cleansing cream. Whenever you use a cleansing cream, you always have to follow up with your normal face cleanser. I think this goes for most makeup removers. It breaks down makeup well except waterproof mascara - there're still traces left so a separate eye makeup remover is needed. Very affordable and economical - you only need a teaspoonful at most. I use this in conjunction with a damp muslin cloth/face towel or wet wipes. Similar to Etude's Tea Time Cleansing Cream but Etude's has more product. 10/10 would recommend.


  • For all skin types
  • Suggested for dead skin cells
  • 5 Combined Cereal / 5 Grain Extract
Ingredients: Water, Mineral Oil, Dipropylene Glycol, Isopropyl Myristate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sorbitan Olivate, Dimethicone, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Pancum Miliaceum (Millet) Seed Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Phaseolus Radiatus Extract, Salva Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Lilium Candidum Flower Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Borago Officinalis Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Glycerin, Lauric Acid, Carbomer, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Caramel, Methyl Paraben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Mentholatum Lip Balm SPF15 Lemon | 3.5g | Around Php 120 - 150
Would recommend just for the SPF 15. It doesn't fix flaky borderline bruised lips, but it's a decent clear mentholated lip balm. You actually need SPF for your lips so check out lipbalms with SPF. Decent buy. Came in a 2-pack so it's super cheap.

Can't find the ingredients :( Sorry!

What have you finished up lately? Any skincare/makeup?


Do you use emojis? What am I asking, a lot of people use emojis (Yes Skype and Yahoo Messenger users, you too!). From people peppering their messages with a couple to actually sending emojis to accurately describe what they're feeling/doing/wanting etc. It's pretty normal to send a *pleading* emoji instead of typing out please oh please oh please let me borrow the car tonight.

And Krispy Kreme knows the pull of emojis in giving a little flavor to how we communicate.

This 2016 you can decorate your doughnuts with meaningful (or just nonsense, depends on how you use it) emojis through Krispy Kreme's emoji sprinkles — part of their #EmojiMagic year-long campaign.

Aside from the usual emojis available all-throughout the year, there'll also be seasonal/holiday specific emojis available... Will they have one for this coming Labor Day though?

Me and my brother went to Krispy Kreme's flagship store at BGC to go to their "Emoji Park" last February 20th to witness the #EmojiMagic first-hand and to #ShareTheKK. We took a look at the different doughnuts, played some games, checked-out the design-your-doughnut booth, took pictures at the emoji wall and enjoyed the general atmosphere.

The kid had a lot of fun...

Ok fine. I did too. I mean both of us basically consumed our sugar limit for the day within a few minutes so we were pretty jacked-up.

If you're near a KK check out the emoji doughnut sprinkles and #ShareTheKK with everyone!

Do you use emojis? Which are your most used ones?


PS. Sugar is addictive. Only take the appropriate amount within the daily limit. For the most part, I only get my processed sugar fix in coffee. Sugaaaar why can't I quit youuuuuu? *shakes fist in the air*
I first introduced this product in my blog in this post, and I noticed a lot of traffic there so I thought to expound a little more on why I think you should check out this affordable contour powder.


I'm not 100% sure if the product is cruelty-free, or if the the box is cruelty-free.

Contouring - Is the use of creams, liquids and/or powders to create depth and "shadows" on the face to give it structure and dimension. These contouring products are usually a neutral to cool brown colour, ideally with gray tones in it.


Shawill's Perfect Powder in 003 is housed in a sturdy sleek and glossy compact with a nice-sized mirror —very reminiscent of the NYX Blotting Powder compact and their Matte Bronzer compact. The scent is very talc-y like those old-school makeup with perfume-y scents. Not particularly strong (I don't mind it at all) but you do smell it every time you open the compact. It doesn't linger on your face though.


Related : Shawill Coloring Eyebrow Review



This is supposedly smooth and soft but not so soft that it leaves a dent in the pan when you dip your finger in. The one I got however might have been a bad batch because it's tougher and a little hard when swiped.

I have tried the testers at different Shawill counters and they are indeed smooth. My case seems to be isolated. Other people who've tried this swears by its smoothness or "creaminess".

The colour is a cool matte brown. I would say it's mauve-y so there's still a little red in this but with taupe / gray in the mix. It's easy to build-up because of the texture but you do have to take some time in blending it in and making it look diffused.


I can't get the truest colour on camera but it's a little more light and a little more brown in real life

People who prefer extremely heavy pigmentation from the get-go might not like this. You have to swirl the brush (the denser, the better) more than once to get a decent amount of product on it. Then again, that might be because I got a bad batch.

As you can see (I actually don't know if you can) but it's definitely a little mauve, a little taupe and a little gray kind of brown.

Affordable (Php 168)  and easily accessible (Watson's and SM carry Shawill) it also wears well. In a night setting it lasted well over six hours on my dry-sensitive skin until I had to take it off. No adverse reactions as well!

From my experience, it tends to react to foundation/oil in the foundation/oil on my face and pulls a tiny (like very tiny) bit more red because of it. So I make sure to set the face with a powder first then use this. It's a good tip nonetheless, since powders blend better on top of powders.

Verdict : Decent buy.


After I use this on the hollows of my cheeks I blend it in more with a warm bronzer. I find that it looks better because of the transition it gives. It's not just my skin/foundation then a cast of shadow under my cheekbones.

Have you tried this? Any other "contour" products that are easily accessible and affordable out there? Let me know below!


PS. I still use a brown bronzer to sort of mix around the contour area because I think it's a little weird looking if there's only a grayish brown stripe under your cheekbones. I find it a little unhealthy-looking. Plus I love bronzer. When I do my face, I can go without blush, but not bronzer  #VSGlow #JLOGlow