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My name is Liz and I blog as a hobby. I like all things bright and beautiful!

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Whitening: should you go for it?

I was very dark-skinned when I was younger. My parents and brother are all fair, so it was a mystery as to why I was so tan! Well, I didn't really mind because even at a young age I was taught to be happy in the skin I'm in. Fair or dark-skinned, I still can achieve the things I want to achieve.

Coming up, a LOL high school photo!

Dark in sophomore (?) year

It was when I was in the senior year of high school when my skin started to lighten, apparently all by itself. I used lotions, but they were purely just for moisturizing. Not that I complained! Having lighter skin gave me confidence when I was in college. I just maintained this color until now with a healthy dose of SPF when going out and making sure to stay out of the sun as much as humanly possible.

Take note, I'm not that maputi, but I suppose I'm fair enough to be mistaken as Korean by around 90% of all cab drivers. -_-

So let me segue to a question: should we lighten our skin? On one hand we should be happy with the color we’re born with. On the other hand, we want to feel better and more comfortable about ourselves by having fairer skin.

My answer?

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Mostly wasted

I just got back from the far-off northern lands of Eastwood and QC. My morning started early as I rushed off to Eastwood for a meeting on a new project, then whisked off to Mr Kebab with Lauren and her pogi boyfriend Marco to have lunch. It was my first time there and wow! I want to take home the yogurt sauce! I would go more often if it weren't from the far-off nothern lands of QC.

Then we went to a shoe supplier (!!!) to meet the owner and check out the rest of her merchandise. We are so excited to launch shoes on Ukay Manila. We're going crazy racking our heads for a great name for a sub-brand. What do you think? 

Anyway I am wearing shoes we got from our supplier. Unfortunately this design is not included in the collection since it's not in keeping with the theme. Wah I'm talking too much.

Polo from Ukay Manila/ Necklace from Girl Shoppe/ Jeggings from F21/ Shoes from Ukay Manila (to be available soon)

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Giveaway: Lorys Hair Cream

Hi guys! I am super duper busy this week so I haven't had time to write a full post, so I thought to take it slightly easy with a fun giveaway. I'll be handing out three jars of Lorys Hair Cream to just one lucky winner.

How to win? It's super easy. Just tell me what your favorite Project Vanity post as well as what you'd like to see more of here. I value reader feedback and would like you to help me improve my blog. So I hope to see your answer in the comments!

I realize that there is no right or wrong answer to my question, so I will be picking the winner via random draw. I will announce the winner on October 4. She should be able to pick up her jars of Lorys from me in either Ortigas or The Fort since it's kind of a hassle to ship 3 kilos of hair cream. :P

Have a great Friday!


PS There is a buy one, take one at 50% off promo for Lorys Hair Cream. You can avail of this in Watsons from September 23 to October 27. 



Revlon Colorburst in Soft Nude

I have already reviewed the Revlon Corlorburst lipsticks (which I love) so I'll only be sharing some product photos, swatches, and notes on a particular shade in the line. Soft Nude is a light beige with a hint of pink. It's a tricky color to wear if you skin is anywhere from medium to dark; I can barely pull it off myself! However, this would be perfect for light to fair skinned girls.

Some notes 

  • Soft Nude is not as opaque as the other Colorburst colors I've tried. I need to layer a bit to get it to cover my pigmented lips.
  • I recommend this for light-skinned women since this can easily make morenas look zombie-like. Lol. Wear this shade with dark eye color and chiseled cheeks to prevent your face from looking washed out.

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CLEAN Shower Fresh

If you've always dreamed of bottling the clean, just-stepped-out-from-the-shower smell, then you definitely need to try out CLEAN Shower Fresh. The name of the product really says it all! The brand says it's "not heavy, overwhelming, or pretentious" and I would have to agree. 

I find the scent a bit sharp at first spray, smelling of soap, but it lightens up with citrus notes almost immediately. The heart of the scent hints of floral notes (jasmine, Lily of the Valley, orange blossom) while the dry-down is a woody musk.

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MAC makeup is now in Duty Free

Exciting news! MAC makeup can now be availed here in the Philippines - tax free! I know we all hate it that the local MAC counters in malls tack on up to 30% of the US MAC prices. I'm happy to know that the MAC in Duty Free only has a $1-2 difference.

Better yet, the counter looks pretty big and apparently carries updated and sold out items. Hello, P44 to a dollar exchange rate. Now if someone can just bring me here!

Photo of Duty Free MAC counter from Jamie

Read more about this in Jamie's blog!


Catch me at RX 93.1 FM tonight

Hi guys! I will be guesting on Monster Radio 93.1 FM tonight at the show, Playtime. I'll be talking about my blog of course! I will also be promoting the huge contest I am currently running (11 days to go so send your entries now!)

The show will start on 7pm and will finish at around 10pm. I'm not sure what time I'll be on exactly, but I think I'll be there around 7pm to 8pm. Hope you can give it a listen!


What's up at Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder is an old skincare brand from way back in 1946. The icon, Audrey Hepburn, once said in 1992 when asked what her beauty secrets are: ", lots of sleep, lots of fresh air, and a lot of help from Estee Lauder". That's perhaps part of the reason why it's a name associated with elegant, mature women who like to splurge on beauty goodies. However, with its latest products, I think that I can safely say that Estee Lauder is now also catering to a younger (albeit more refined) market. Their latest releases illustrate as much.

I visited their counter in Rustan's Makati to see first hand just what's up with the brand. First off, let's check out the eyeshadows designed by their creative director, Tom Pecheux: the Pure Color Eyeshadow.

The packaging for these eyeshadows is extremely luxe, done in faux gold casing with the logo embossed on the top and side of the case. There's a bit of heft to it.

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New clothes and necklaces at

As is our custom every Monday, we've got new arrivals! This time aside from our fun and feminine clothes we've added some new handmade necklaces. Check them out at the Trinket Box.


Top 7 best finds in Watsons

Watsons is a paradise for the makeup and skincare junkie. They carry dirt cheap to high end products that address specific needs - and actually do a good job of it! I heard from a person who markets a brand exclusive to Watsons that its difficult to get the personal care store to carry your product. Their staff tests it rigorously, and it may take months before it gets approved, if at all!

This is not to say that every single thing in Watsons is gold. It's just that I've observed that this year, the store has brought out a lot of new, unique products for every budget - quite uncommon for competitors and even some department store beauty aisles.

I've reviewed a lot of Watsons products in the past so I thought to compile my best finds from the personal care store. It's this thread in GirlTalk that inspired me to write this post! Take note, most of the products featured here are exclusive to Watsons.


Himalaya Herbals Protein Shampoo with Conditioner

This is my Holy Grail shampoo/conditioner. I am already on my second bottle of this! I love how it makes my hair feel soft and moisturized while minimizing hair fall. 


Finally, my review of Eyliplex-2

Eyliplex-2 claims to lessen your eyebags and wrinkles. Does it work? YEAH! Check out my before and after photos in my review. You have to regularly use it though, like everyday. My bags are bothering me again so I'm using it again. Recently discovered trivia: the day gel is amazing as an eyeshadow primer! It really makes the eyeshadows pop and blend better! However it's too expensive to use as just a primer. ;)

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