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My top 10 favorite finds last December

I almost forgot to write this one! The last month of 2012 was a big lump of murky goings-on for me. I wasn't particularly busy, but neither was I especially lucid. Well I'm just happy it's over for January is always an exciting month. :) Here are my top 10 best finds last December!

I'll put the Snoe Poudre Extraordinaire on top because it's something that I always reach out for. I use it almost every time I got out! It makes my skin look smooth, bright and flawless even if I'm just wearing it as is. It has medium coverage, almost like foundation in retrospect. The SPF30 in it is a nice bonus!

The Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer is possibly the most pigmented concealer I have tried to date! That's good for people who need to cover drastic body/face marks, but they ought to be prepared to spend time blending it properly and then smoothing the whole thing over. It's not an everyday concealer for me, truth be told, but it's great when I have an angry red pimple. ;) It's so good covering up that it feels like cheating.

I have developed a taste for handy, pre-meditated makeup sets like the Benefit She's So Jet Set box. It's a nice kit for travelers and low-maintenance girls alike! Those four eyeshadows are pigmented and long-lasting enough without a primer so they're winners in my book.

Speaking of eyeshadows - you're probably sick of me posting this Estee Lauder Violet Underground Palette again and again! :P I can't help it though, it's so gorgeous to look at and to wear. I also like the Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Bete Noir to go with it. Match made in heaven really.

The Etude House Dear My Blooming Lips in Christmas Red is my holiday lip colour. It's so cheerful and sparkly! Granted it's not especially long-lasting or instantly pigmented, but for me it's the color that counts if the lipstick is inexpensive.

Oh, if packaging can kill! The Guerlain Shine Automatique Lipstick in Pamplelune stands out because of its one-gesture opening. Just slide the button down and poof! The lipstick pops out. I would like to see less expensive brands copying this! Formula-wise the lipstick is fine; Pamplelune is a juicy coral that's hard to go wrong with.


And here's another shining example of beautiful packaging. The limited edition Shiseido Camellia Compact features three shades that you can mix and match to get your best blush. The white can be used for simple highlighting, the pink for a fresher vibe, while red is for a deeper, more sultry flush. Mix all three to get a nice cheeky glow, but make sure that you take out most of the powder before applying it on your face. This is super pigmented, mind.

Voldermort had the Elder Wand, Sauron had the One Ring...I have my Japonesque Dual Sided Brush 130. Hehe. I'm not a villain but this brush is definitely a great tool to have around! It has four major uses for me (detailed in the review), which makes it worth much more than its P895 price tag. 

Any beauty enthusiast worth her salt has probably heard of Sample Room. It's a local service that allows you to choose samples (and sometimes full-sized products) to try at very minimal cost. Sounds great, eh? Well nothing is ever really 100% free you know, since this service requires you to pay P100 for the shipping and to publish a review on the site to regain your points. Still, it's a good deal where everybody wins. Try it if you haven't yet.

This is my favorite December find. :) The Smart iPhone 5 has made my life so much more easier. The iPhone 5 is a great gadget by itself, but the Smart plan I'm subscribed to allows me to maximize it. The P1,200 All-in Plan lets me customize the services I want to use for the month, like if I want to call people more, it's just P250 for 80 minutes of calls to all networks. It's also P1,000 for unlimited mobile internet. I appreciate that I'm able to have this sort of control in a postpaid plan.

So there you go. Any great discoveries last December? Share!

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