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Liz Who?

 

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

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Wednesday
Aug042010

What’s up at Ukay Manila? Sales and free gifts!

Bargain Bin - where you can find the sale items. Clicky!

Trinket Box - where you can pick your own necklace for free!

Tuesday
Aug032010

Cheap finds: Marionnaud Blush Brush

If you've been to Watsons lately, you've probably seen these uber cheap brushes branded as "Marionnaud". Yes, the logo is even similar to Marionnaud as in the luxury beauty store at the Mall of Asia. I remember Marionnaud (the store) used to sell really expensive brushes at P1,000 to P2,000 per piece but I don't think they're the same as the Watsons Marionnaud brushes. I don't know what's the deal with that, but I was lured in by the cheap prices and good reviews I've read online.

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I got the angled blush brush for only P167. So how is it?

What I like about it

  • Soft and dense
  • Didn't shed when I washed it
  • No smell
  • Fits my face well and the angle is really good for quick contouring.
  • Doesn't feel or look cheap. The brush handle feels sturdy.

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Tuesday
Aug032010

Quick preview of my Levi's jeans

Busy day today. I need to buy stocks for the store, so I will be off in the far-off north today. I live at The Fort, which to me is pretty south already. Huhu.

In the meantime, here's a pic of my new Levi's. This is from their new line specifically designed to fit your curves. We were told that this would be launched in September, but I actually saw this in the Levi's Store in Market! Market! So yeah you can check these out already. 

I guess it would be redundant to say that I love the fit eh? More info about this as soon as I get back!

Wait wait, here's what I wore that day. The dress is cute as a shirt no? Heavy though.

 

 

Monday
Aug022010

Random surfing

I'm actually at the office, supposedly working. Well I am, but then I got sucked into reading some makeup and beauty articles! I found a few interesting links I'd like to share with you guys:

Trade Secrets: The Stories Behind 10 Iconic Beauty Products

Have you ever wondered why one of the most expensive creams in the world is that expensive ($650 per 1.7 ounce)? What's in La Mer's "Miracle Broth"? This is the article to read! It's got pics too.

Photo from Bellasugar

Tour of Beauty: Chanel's Jasmine Fields in Grasse, France

The iconic Chanel N°5 perfume is already considered a timeless classic. Ever wondered how it's made? Chanel actually has their own jasmine field for that specific fragrance! Read on to see how they harvest the flowers and get their scents.

The Makeup of Yesteryear

I got fascinated with this concept after reading Joanne Harris's (of Chocolat fame) short story on Victorian beauty rituals. It's incidentally told from the view point of a Chanel perfumer. Anyway! This article from Illinois Times is about makeup in the 1800's. Lead and beef in your face? No? How about some sperm whale wax on your lips? By god everyone must stink then.

 

Well, I hope you guys enjoyed reading this. I gotta go back to work. Thirty minutes before the end of the day!

Monday
Aug022010

My current cleanser

When I got sick, I ran out of my fave RDL Placenta soap. Of course I couldn't leave my bed, so I decided to just not be picky and use whatever cleanser is in the bathroom. Well, it so happened to be Pond's.

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The one I'm using right now is Pond's Perfect Care (the one with the bright green cap). I really didn't like it at first. In fact, I severely disliked it! My face would get bumpy and lose its glow, so I'd keep on stopping after one or two times (which explains why it's in the bathroom shelf). When I used this for a prolonged period last week - completely out of necessity - I broke out along my jaw. But things ironed out eventually after around the 4th consecutive use, and now this facial wash and I are inseparable. I'm well enough to shop now, but I don't think I will be buying placenta soap soon.

I like that my face is smoother and clearer. In fact right now I'm at the office and I just have BB cream and mineral translucent powder on - no need for a concealer or skin-enhancing foundation. Since I've been sick, I've stopped my skincare regimen and only used this cleanser. Yeah, I was too pukey to be vain last week. Good thing the adventure turned out fine.

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Saturday
Jul312010

United Colors of Benetton fragrances: Giallo, Rosso, Verde, Blu

Wow, that week was harrowing. For most of it, I suffered a 38 to 39 degree fever, vomited, lost consciousness etc etc. Well I'm not too excited to remember that. Suffice it to say that I am feeling a lot better now. I am only just taking anti-nausea pills and antibiotics now. Thank you to all who wished me well - you can't believe how you helped. Thanks especially to Marco who never left my side and took very good care of me.  

So where were we? Ahh, the The United Colors of Benetton fragrances! Here's what happened during the launch, in a nutshell:

photo from Alex for thePOC

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Gorgeous models

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Got their shirts spray-painted on

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Monday
Jul262010

Sick

I got food poisoned. Will be back to regular programming tomorrow hopefully! I'll be writing about United Colors of Benetton's newest fragrance line, the Colori. In the meantime, I need to drug myself up, lol. Later!

Friday
Jul232010

Avon Ultra Color Rich Mega Impact Lipstick

Something called "Ultra Color Rich Mega Impact" can really set high expectations. The promise of Avon is that this line of lipsticks can give our lips high-def drama, with pinks pinker and reds redder compared to their other lipstick lines. Well, that's a fair enough claim, but I would have loved to get my hands on their older collections to see if there really is a difference. 

L-R: Pink Pop, Fuchsia Fun, Kicked Up Coral, Really Rosy, Brilliant Berry, Rockin' Red

In any case, I've been using these lippies for a week now and found them really good. However, they are not as pigmented as their name would suggest. I initially thought they'd be similar to Revlon Colorburst, NYX Round Lipsticks, and NYX Lips. No, this particular line may have meant differently when they went under the name "ultra color rich" and "mega impact".

These lipsticks have a brilliant, glossy finish that I haven't come across yet. I think they're on a class of their own - the finish isn't satiny, plasticky like lip gloss, or creamy. I'd call it lustrous. There are 11 shades available in the Philippines, from nude to daring red.

What I love about this product

  • The texture is very creamy, which means that it glides on easily. It's very moisturizing - I don't even use balm underneath.
  • I would agree that the colors are high-impact in the sense that they do stand out when they're worn. They tend to draw in light to my face!
  • Wears comfortably. It doesn't feel heavy on the lips.

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Friday
Jul232010

Revlon haul

I received some review units from Revlon a couple of days ago. Which one are you interested in the most? I'm asking because I don't know what to review first, lol. I find all of them equally intriguing.

Let me know in the comments!

Thursday
Jul222010

Binky Burrow

Binky Burrow is a brand that sells t-shirts and lifestyle products that are all about cute bunnies. Each bunny has a personality which may just match yours. They sent me a couple of shirts from their summer line, the ones with the Bunny In A Tea Cup and Rawr designs. Take a look!

My favorite out of the two shirts is this one. I'm not a huge fan of bunnies but I do love it when one of them terrorizes an entire city, lol. The fabric used is really soft, plus I like the distressed cotton they used for this particular design. The shirts are affordable at only P380 (plus shipping if you order online).

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