All Eyes on Hue | A Happy Skin Review

>> Saturday, January 31, 2015

It's been a while since I've sat in front of my vanity mirror and actually concentrated on applying eyeshadow. No, actually, I've done this just last weekend, when I went to a super club, but it's not the same as actually doing the same work when you're just en route to your office. Especially when your office is just across your home.


La di da. 

I'd been experimenting with some of the things I'd gotten over the break and among those is a palette from local brand and local favorite, Happy Skin:


They say the eyes are the windows to the soul? Well, speak without batting an eyelash and seduce with eyes that smoulder! The Happy Skin All Eyes On Hue Eyeshadow Palette gives you the most wearable shades that allow you to be in the spotlight! The palette includes four must-have hues that give you the best make-up mileage: Biscuit, Oatmeal, Hazelnut, and Espresso. It's a delicious marriage of micro-fine shimmer hues and demi-matte finish shades. Easy to blend and long-lasting, these eyeshadow colors take you from day to night and are perfect for a quick subtle but sexy look.


The palette comes in four neutral colors: Oatmeal, Biscuit, Hazelnut and Espresso. It's a plus that it comes with an instruction guide as well, for some of us who might forget how to apply eyeshadow. I sometimes do, really. My guess is that I'm nearing that part where I'm becoming more and more accustomed to neutral colors that I am hardly adventurous anymore. This palette is just enough to taunt me to spend 5 minutes or so in front of the mirror when all I wanna do is swim into infinity.

I love that it glides over the lids ever so smoothly though, thanks to argan oil. I particularly love the pink shade, which reminds me of cotton candy and kiddie days under the sun.

This is how I wore it this Friday:


I think it's soft enough to be not scandalous to be worn inside a conservative environment, but also bold in the way that it makes your eyes stand out amongst a sea of non eyeshadow wearers. Not bad for the price of PHP 1,299 as well.


Happy Saturday!
xx



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Ubuntu

>> Friday, January 30, 2015

Navigating the last few days, for me, have been peppered with so many questions. I think being in this state happens when you're suddenly thrown out of your comfort zone, personally, professionally, and I guess, for the benefit of the country, nationally. I wish I knew so much of what is happening in Mindanao, and I wish I understood why, but I don't. Today, all I know is that the nation is mourning the loss of 44 soldiers who fought for peace.


I have only experienced loss many, many years ago when I lost a father, so this speaks to me somehow. I can imagine the pain, though, as they were lost in line of duty. There will be no words.

This got me thinking about a conversation I had with a friend. About Ubuntu, or the African philosophy of humanity, one that roughly translates to "I am who I am because of you." At the end of it all, beyond the peace talk, the differences of which can't be reconciled, the compromises that can't be made, one can hope that one would have the capacity to be human.

I am guilty of becoming inhumane sometimes. Not in bomb-detonating scale, but I am inhumane when I put up a wall against myself. I'm inhumane when I choose to preserve my feelings, my time and my sanity just so I can hurt somebody. This, amongst many other things, of course.

In the face of uncertainty and a maddening effort for self preservation, the only thing I'm sure of is that the way to go is humanity. Maybe it isn't so hard.




xx

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The Longer I Run | Chronicles of Music

>> Wednesday, January 28, 2015

My guess is that it's that time once again, for the very random songs that make sense kind in a kind of random way. Of course, there really are no random reasons in life, I believe in things happening for very good reasons. My gut tells me to share this favorite afternoon find I have. It's the kind of music you'd want to listen to while tuning out the whole world, even at least for just an hour.

Enjoy :)

The Longer I Run | Peter 

when my blood runs warm with the warm red wine
I miss the life that I left behind
but when I hear the sound of the blackbirds cry
I know I left in the nick of time

well this road I'm on's gonna turn to sand
and leave me lost in a far off land
so let me ride the wind til I don't look back
forget the life that I almost had

if I wonder til I die
may I know who's hand I'm in
if my home I'll never find
and let me live again

the longer I run
then the less that I find
sellin my soul for a nickel and dime
breakin my heart to keep singing these rhymes
and losin again

the longer I run
then the less that I find
sellin my soul for a nickel and dime
breakin my heart to keep singing these rhymes
and losin again

tell my brother please not to look for me
I ain't the man that I used to be
but if my savior comes could you let him know
I've gone away for to save my soul

if I wonder til I die
may I know who's hand I'm in
if my home I'll never find
and let me live again

the longer I run
then the less that I find
sellin my soul for a nickel and dime
breakin my heart to keep singing these rhymes
and losin again

the longer I run
then the less that I find
sellin my soul for a nickel and dime
breakin my heart to keep singing these rhymes
and losin again

losing again

the longer I run
I'm losing again
losing again

Happy Wednesday!
xx

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Go for Bronze

>> Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Happy Tuesday, folks! :) I'm finding the new year such a fun time. I realize that no matter how lovely 2014 was, I couldn't wait for it to be over. Now that 2015 is finally here, I'll be sharing a favorite beauty discovery: Bobbi Brown's Bronze Highlight Powder.


What is it: Gorgeous skin with a subtle, warmed-by-the-fireside glow is the first part of any beautiful holiday look, and Bobbi's Limited Edition Highlight Powder in Bronze Glow and Pink Glow is the perfect way to get it. Housed in our sleek, just-for-the-holidays tortoise shell case.

Who is it for: Anyone who wants to give skin a soft, sheer highlight that's warm, never ashy or frosty.

Why is it different: A few quick swipes of this brush-on powder where light naturally hits the face and you’ll have a gorgeous, subtle glow.

How do I use it: Use the Face Blender Brush to lightly dust Highlight Powder on the top of cheekbones, where light naturally hits the face.

Here's a closer look:


My thoughts on this product:


  • Luxurious feel on the skin and on the brush. 
  • Compact looks great amongst my other makeup items
  • No irritations
  • Comes off as a sheen on the cheeks, as another dimension besides blush
  • Gives off that summer vibe we all miss
And here's me wearing it:



Overall: I'm liking the way it adds warmth to my face. And golden bronze seems to work for me these days.

Happy Tuesday!
xx


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I'm Smiling on the Inside - Victoria Beckham

>> Saturday, January 24, 2015



I remember seeing this episode featuring Blake Lively and I thought it was brilliant. More adorable, actually. Blake Lively is my current girl crush. The girl is just positively radiant, beautiful, It-girl material and smile-inducing. All Blake and Ryan Reynold photos always have Ryan looking so smitten with the girl.


Anyway, what's almost as good or maybe even better than Blake's 73 Questions? Victoria Beckham! The girl is just, in her terms, comedy gold. Somebody showed this to me over cheese pancakes and cappuccino and I couldn't stop laughing. I love you, VB!



xx


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