31.1.13

January Collective Stuff


こんにちは!

Wow, it's that time of the month again huh. January has come and gone, and the love month of February starts tomorrow. But before that, my acquisitions for this month...



Bracelet Abigail from Sophie Paris. It's supposed to change color depending on my mood, but it always seems to be blue-green-yellow at the same time. Wow, my moods must then be crazy! o_O



From Etude House: Bubble Hair Coloring in Natural Brown (review here) and Fresh Cherry Tint in RD301 Cherry Red. The Pomegranate mask is a GWP.







Went to CNPH Cosplay Market a couple of weeks back. I got myself those lovely accessories and a red wig for a future cosplay project! Also pictured are the business cards I received at the event. Too bad I wasn't able to take photos of the event itself 'cause we were so busy looking at the different merch. What a fail... OTL




From Japan Home Center: a couple of face masks, a box with two pairs of false lashes, and a super dainty coin purse.








From Saizen: Sumi Face Paper (for when my face starts to become an oil mine), another set of false lashes (turns out I already have a pair of these, so I just gave them to Sachie-chan), and an Eyelash Fix.




elf Corrective Concealer. I've read a lot of reviews about this product (mostly negative) but that didn't stop me from purchasing one. But I guess it wouldn't hurt to try, right?




A Bonne Spa Milk Power (I kept saying Powder. Duh...) Salt Scrub. Ooh, first time for me to use a 'dry' scrub. I'd been using Asian Secrets before. Let's see how this fares.




Syoss Repair Therapy Conditioner. I've been quite loyal to Pure Beauty and I absolutely love it -- but oh well, time for a change.




Richenna Bubble Color in Pink Brown and Red Wine. Pink Brown's mine and Red Wine is for my sister.



And finally, a new bag from Fab Manila. I like how roomy this bag is!


I'll be reviewing some of the items here, hopefully soon!




じゃね 〜



27.1.13

My Second Liebster Blog Award!



こんにちは!



Another Liebster Blog Award for me! Yay!
Arya of The Certified Latebloomer nominated me for this one. Hello Arya, ありがとうございます! I suggest you guys do check out her very nice blog.

The Liebster Blog Award is given to showcase bloggers with fewer than 200 followers, and upon accepting the award the recipient must then pass it on. Basically for bloggers to get to know each other more. So let's get down to business! The rules are the same: List down 11 random facts about yourself. Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you. Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers for this award. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.

11 Random Facts About Me (different from my first one):
01. I do cosplay, though I still consider myself a newbie at it. I'm working on my third character now.
02. I probably can't last a day without listening to music. And BTW, my playlist has a lot more Japanese songs on it than English ones.
03. I suck at budgeting my moolah, hahaa...
04. This may sound childish, but I name some of my gadgets. Like Ai (my bass guitar) and Sakura (my digicam). Once I get my own DSLR, I'd name it Hitomi.
05. I'm a bit of a magazine hoarder. Especially Cosmopolitan, Candy, and some anime magazines.
06. I still dream of becoming part of a band and perform Japanese/anime songs at conventions.
07. I'm kinda loyal when it comes to fragrances. I only use either Majolica Majorca's Majoromantica F or Silver Dust from herbench/.
08. I got a wide forehead, so I always have thick bangs to hide it.
09. I don't know how to drive, and I guess I'll never learn. If driving is only as easy as the ones in the arcade, LOL!
10. I used to be a lot more of a tomboy when I was a kid. Like, I had short, clean-cut hair and was given boyish clothes and toys.
11. My skin is sensitive to nickel jewelry/accessories.


11 Questions From Arya:
01.  What's the last book you read      
       The last book I read and finished is Bake Sale Murder by Leslie Meier.
02.  Your favorite song and band is
       Oh my, I have loads of them! But the first one I thought of is The Beginning by ONE OK ROCK.
03.  Where do you want to go for a vacation
       Japan, hands down!
04.  What's the silliest pose you did in a pic
       My Sadako pose. Or my imitation of Gyaru poses, hahahaa...
05.  What's your favorite shop
       Saizen. Or any Japanese shop for that matter, eheheh~
06.  When was the last time you wrote a whole paragraph using a pencil or pen
       Argh! I can't remember for the life of me... Uhh, I guess on one of our exams at work.
07.  Have you ever watch/read an anime/manga
       Oh yeah! I live and breathe anime/manga. LOL! OK, that's an exaggeration.
08.  Rainy or Sunny day
       Sunny day all the way! As long as it's not that hot...
09.  What's that one thing you can't live without
       My eyeglasses or contact lenses.
10.  Love or Money
       Both! Kidding... Love. I'm a hopeless romantic y'know.
11.  What inspires you to blog
       My favorite bloggers. And all the things, people, and places I love.


11 Questions For My Nominees (same as my first one):
01. Favorite genre of music?
02. Do you watch anime? If so, what's your favorite?
03. Favorite makeup item?
04. What's one gadget you can't live without?
05. Ice cream or cake?
06. Do you play any musical instrument?
07. Any 'weird' habits?
08. If you were to make a 'soundtrack' of your life, what song will you include?
09. What country would you like to visit?
10. If you could change your name, what would it be?
11. Dream job?


My Nominees:
(ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧whitechoco
Hainrihi of Hainrihi's Discoveries
Ayumi Yamada of 美沙(~ミサ~)の世界 ♥o( ・ω・)o
Berry of ピンクの蝶
Mimikon of Under the Same Blue Sky
Hazel of Sparkling Bunny
Siena of Pastel Rave
Danitza of Nyan-Dany's Blog
Arra of My Cherry Purse
Reina Summers of Insanity
Jenniya of I Am Jenniya


Again, thanks a lot to Arya! And check out these awesome blogs!



じゃね!



19.1.13

From Black to Brown ~ Etude House Bubble Hair Coloring


さよなら、私の黒髪!

Goodbye, my black hair! And say hello to my brown locks! Well, I guess the new year calls for something new, right?

My last encounter with differently-colored hair was back in college, which was like, aeons ago. LOL! OK, I was being exaggerated there. My friends 'experimented' on my hair, and it was done with hydrogen peroxide with, are you ready for this? Red crepe paper. Crazy, I know hahaa! I recall it was a long process, and it looked like my scalp was bleeding with all the red color, especially when I wash my hair! I think the color turned out to be a burgundy kind of shade. I just don't remember how long it lasted. My hair must've been outrageously dry, they could've protested on me at the time.
まったくもう。。。

I for one, am not really keen with lighter-colored hair. Quite frankly, I like keeping it black. As in jet black, and like in my past hair color post, blue black. I always thought that black is safe -- and if it's not colored, I wouldn't have to worry if the color suits me or that I have to endure stares from some people. Though I've been toying with the idea of a brown hair before, it is only now that I've gathered my courage and curiosity, and gave in. Just to make things different, y'know...

And so, Etude House came into the picture. I've already read a lot of good reviews about their Bubble Hair Coloring, and the only dilemma I needed to solve is whether to go for Dark Brown or Natural Brown. I eventually chose the latter because my hair is super dark and it won't really show the color, unlike bleached hair, so I need something lighter.








"This ammonia-free, foaming permanent hair color delivers beautiful, evenly-colored hair with its non-drip, conditioning formula."












I purchased this kit from Etude House at SM Megamall for only Php378. So affordable, right? The box includes a 50mL pump bottle containing the oxidizer liquid, a 30mL pack of hair coloring, a 10 mL sachet of the Silky Perfumed Treatment, and a packet containing a plastic cape, a pair of gloves, and an instructional guide (which is pretty useless for me since I can't read Korean at all...).




Donned the cape and the gloves. Ready for the operation! Eheheh~ BTW, I also applied a bit of petroleum jelly on my forehead, ears, and the sides of my face just to make sure that the color will not stain my skin. And oh, this should be done on dry hair.

1. Empty the contents of the hair coloring pack onto the white pump bottle. Make sure to put the cap (with the stopper) back on tightly.
2. Do not shake the bottle vigorously! Tilting the bottle sideways a couple of times will do and when it's kinda warm, it's ready.
3. Remove the stopper, and you can now start pumping out the foam.
4. Apply the foam on your hair from roots to tips, just like shampooing it, making sure to cover all of it.
5. I gathered my hair at the top of my head and let the formula sit for 1 hour, while the box instructions said 20-30 minutes. It's up to you but not for more than an hour though.
6. After some internet browsing and a 30-minute episode of Blassreiter, time to wash my hair. It was very, very rough and thick -- but using the Silky Perfumed Treatment made my hair soft and smooth, just like magic!

It has a faint chemical smell common with hair coloring while your hair is wet (even on the next few washings), but don't worry, it will dissipate once it's dry.





できました! And the result is...










Even though the area near the roots are a bit lighter than the rest, I absolutely like how it turned out! As for the product, I say it's a great purchase! It's affordable, easy to use, and does the job quite nicely. I had no trouble coloring my own hair by myself. The formula did not make my skin itch even though I let it sit for an hour. There's also a lot of foam in that small bottle that it took me about 30 minutes to put everything on my head. I just wish they sell the Silky Perfumed Treatment just like a regular conditioner because I really love it, eheheh~

Best part is, I love the color of my hair now! It's brown with a reddish tint, especially in direct sunlight. I like how people told me it suits me, or that I look fairer or nicer (ahem! *gets slapped*) with it. I can now say I don't regret leaving my black hair.




またあとで!




13.1.13

Rin-chan's Thoughts On: GEO WI-A27 Xtra Sakura Pink


こんにちはみんな!

Another circle lens review! Okay, so far I've already done brown, gray, and even blue lenses... So now, how about pink ones? Uh-huh, I went all curious and crazy one time and thought how I'd look with pink eyes just like in anime. Eheheh...

I started looking for some pink lenses that I think are not over-the-top, and finally decided to go for these GEO WI-A27 Xtra Sakura Pink lenses. This pair I purchased again from Dolly Eye Shoppe. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find any local online store that carries these lenses (on-hand) with my eye grade (is there any store at all?) so I just thought 'Yeah, whatever...' -- and got me my first pair of plano (no grade) lenses. I know it's kinda weird to wear plano lenses and prescription eyeglasses at the same time, but who said people can't? でしょう? Though I rarely do that since I almost always wear my graded lenses when I go out 'cause really, I find wearing glasses in general to be a bit troublesome.









GEO WI-A27 Xtra Sakura Pink

Manufacturer/Origin: GEO Medical Korea
Diameter: 15mm
Base Curve: 8.6mm
Water Content: 38%


The lens up-close

Natural indoor light

Artificial light

With flash
 




Color: ♥♥♥♥♥
These lenses have a subtle pink color that can easily blend with my dark brown eyes. And depending on the lighting, the color borders on light brown. I like this kind of pink more than the other ones I see in lens catalogs. These are great for cosplay, and good enough for everyday wear IMO.

Design: ♥♥♥♥
Nothing special, just a plain pink circle pattern with a thick darker limbal ring. It may look a bit odd up close but I'd say it's quite natural from afar.

Enlargement: ♥♥♥♥
Who wouldn't get good enlargement with 15mm lenses? Though they may look smaller, I'm thinking because of the light color. Either way, these are good for those who want dolly eyes without looking like an alien.

Comfort: ♥♥♥♥♥
So far, I haven't experienced any discomfort when wearing these lenses. I can wear them for about 6-8 hours though my eyes feel quite heavy sometimes, probably 'cause I wear them with my prescription glasses.

Overall: ♥♥♥♥♥
I definitely love, love these GEO lenses! Though I still think people are crazy for inventing pink eyes, hahaa! I mean, c'mon... Though if there would be natural pink eyes IRL, I'd love to have these kind. *wink*

Now, if only I can find Xtra Sakura Pink with grades. *sigh*



じゃね!




Rina-chan's Thoughts On: In2It Waterproof Gel Liner



こんばんわ!

Yep, it's midnight here and I'm typing this entry. I'm actually pretty tired right now after our trip to the CNPH Cosplay Market and to the seamstress earlier today, but I don't really feel sleepy yet. Heehee... So here is a review post!

When I began my adventure to the makeup world, one of the first things I tried is an eyeliner. And even though I love liquid liners, I actually started with the pencil type. I've already tried several brands but I'd have to admit, finding the perfect (or almost) pencil eyeliner has been a challenge for me. It's either they're not pigmented enough, don't last long, or they give me the horrendous panda eyes. Ugh...

But a gel liner in pencil form? I don't really remember how I came across this In2It Waterproof Gel Liner, but I've read rave reviews about this baby and decided to pick it up on one of my trips to the brand's counter. I got this one in WG 01 Very Black and it's a set box -- the pencil liner and a sharpener. So, how did this fare for me? Well, to sum it up, I love it! I've had this for quite some time now and I'm not so sure why it took me this long to post a review. Heehee... Anyway, here's my two cents' worth.






Swatches

After putting my arm under running water for about 30 seconds

Then rubbed it a couple of times

Wiped it with a towel then rubbed again a few times

On my eyes (for tightlining only)



Thumbs up!
     - Great pigmentation! Very true to its shade "Very Black".
     - Glides easily on the skin due to the soft, smooth texture. No tugging, no pulling.
     - Easy enough to use, like your regular non-gel pencil eyeliner. Or even better than that.
     - Dries easily.
     - Staying power even on my oily skin is, just amazing. I can forget about smudging or running. Never experienced any panda-eye moments, no.
     - Waterproof! May I just mention that I even used this during our Zambales trip. Yes, while swimming (or should I say 'tried to swim but the truth is, I was just splashing myself with water'). It only faded after a couple of hours, after we're done with frolicking in the water.
     - Affordable. And for Php379.75 with 1.2g of product, it already comes with its own sharpener that works.
     - Easily available at any In2It counter.



Thumbs down...
     - Gets used up pretty quickly.
     - Still needs to be sharpened. Yes, I'm just lazy. LOL!
     - Kinda difficult to remove, even with my favorite makeup remover.

Overall, I'd say this is a highly-recommended product! I think this is the first time I was ever satisfied with a pencil-type liner. Just look at the pros versus the cons! I'd absolutely repurchase this, though I'm also a bit intrigued by Clio's version of a gel pencil eyeliner....


And that's it! Okay, time for me to watch some Blassreiter episodes while waiting for Mr. Sandman to come visit me...




じゃね!