Archive | April, 2013

What’s In My Makeup Bag 2013

29 Apr

I did one last year so it’s just about time I make an updated one. But first let me tell you about this lovely makeup bag…. It is from Baviphat which I got from my trip to Seoul so yes, this is still part of the Korean Mega Haul (Arrrgh I just want to get this done already!!!!)


I bring a backpack to work. It is a laptop bag so it’s not actually spacious. A flat makeup bag like this is really ideal.

so here’s what’s inside..



Nothing has changed from my touch-up routine from last year. I just have different products this time, obviously. So I’ll just go thru them very quickly. For my touchup routine please check my previous ‘What’s In My Makeup Bag’ post here.

Face Stuff:


  • Nature Republic Blotting Sheets which I got for free when I bought my CC Cream
  • The Balm Pressed Powder in Sexy Mama
  • The Balm blush in Hot Mama
  • The Balm bronzer in Bahama Mama

**can you tell I have been The Balm crazy for months now! Luvs them <3**

Lip Stuff:


  • Burt’s Bees lip balm
  • Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait
  • L’Occitane lip gloss

Miscellaneous Stuff:


That’s it! It’s not as fun as other makeup bags but this is really all I need ^^. I bring a full size body splash with me so there is no perfume whatsoever in my bag.

so what’s in your makeup bag today?? =^.^=



Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Eye Make-up Eraser

28 Apr

Last Thursday my brain had hit it’s all time low. I was retouching makeup when I noticed there’s a piece of used tissue in my makeup bag. Then it hit me! After I used my Lioele makeup remover pen I actually threw it in the garbage and kept the tissue instead! MAJOR WTF BRAIN?! MOMENT! too bad I was not even able to do a review on it 😦 so now my Tony Moly made it’s pre-mature debut! hehe 😛


Still part of my Korean Mega Haul. Honestly I just bought it cause I think it’s really funny! Panda’s Dream is to remove his dark circles haha! Plus who doesn’t love pandas? right??? 🙂

Its kind of like lip balm and you get this much product for 7000krw.


I actually shot some ‘demo’ pic of this. It did ok when I did it on the swatch on the back of my hand. However it’s not really working in actual mascara smears so I just decided to not put those pictures up. So yeah in the end, I am not really liking this product but I’ll keep using it though since I bought it plus you can really make this work by really rubbing it in. Which is kind of tough since the tip is rounded.


The packaging is really excessive too. But that’s ok since it’s really really cute ^^

That’s it, my head is really all over place now, had a veeerrry long day….I really should go to bed. Hope everyone had an awesome weekend =^.^=


Face Shop Face It Nail Polish in GR507 + April 2013 Cosmo Mag + Iron Man 3

27 Apr

I never liked nail polishes! You’ve probably noticed it in some of my pictures, I have ugly UGLY hands. I was born with a LOT, you can say abnormally LOTS of palm lines that are deep. The back of my hands — the joints of my fingers — are also filled with lots of lines that make my hands look all wrinkly 😦 I feel putting on nail polish actually draws attention to my hands instead of making them pretty 😦

but that was before 🙂 I did say in one of my post that I kind of want to experiment with nail polishes so today for the very first time.. I am doing a Nail Polish Review for you, guys ^^

It is the Face Shop Face It Nail Polish in GR507


still part of my Korean Mega Haul. Honestly, I have no idea how to review a nail polish since I rarely use them I have no idea what’s a good and bad nail polish so I decided to just do this….

here’s the picture right after I painted them on..

see, I'm trying so hard hiding my hand :(

see, I’m trying so hard hiding my hand 😦

please forgive the sloppy-ness of the application. I am on the process of getting a hang of it. Also, this is applied with NO base and top coat. nothing except the product itself. I thought of getting the proper “paraphernalia” first but then I just said ‘whatdaheck! I wanna do it!’ so there -.-‘

here’s what they looked like after a week…


umm looks like 20%-30% chipped off already. but then again, no other nail stuff whatsoever PLUS I do a lot of house chores…



did you know that dishwasher is not a popular appliance in the Philippines? 🙂 I don’t know a single person here who owns one. Not even the rich ones 😛



As you see in the pictures, I got it for 3000 krw..fairly cheap. Honestly, this is not the color I was hoping it to be. The lighting in the shop made it look lighter and that’s the kind of green I was going for but whatdaheck! I bought it so I will use it! I still think that nail polish draws unwanted attention to my hands but I DON’T CARE! colored nail in contrast to my black work keyboard looks a liiitttle less boring so I decided to just wear one if I feel like it =)

Oh BTW, what really made me want to do this post is this…


It’s Isabelle Daza on the cover of April 2013 Cosmopolitan Magazine =^.^= I think she is nothing but pure Filipina Gorg! I am totally girl crushing on her ^^. Too bad the magazine sucks though. It’s thin and there’s really nothing in there worth showing. Check out her nails. it’s green! When I bought it, it was like a sign that I should do this post, lol. Lame…

ironmanso who else haven’t seen Iron Man 3 yet? whatdaheck are you doing?? get your ass off to cinema and catch it before everyone else spoil it for you! lols. But seriously, watch it! If you liked the first 2 installments you will like it for sure. At first, I thought I will not like it with so many suits in the trailer and the poster. but I really really enjoyed it ^^. There are more Tony Stark action this time which some did not like very much (aka my brother) but I’m sure all the girls out there are happy to see ^^ If you are familiar with the comic they did created a whole different Mandarin villain. I normally hate when a movie drifts soooo far away from the novel or comics but…I don’t know, I somehow forgive this movie for doing that 😛


WARNING – More Spoilers:

I am just not so cool with the following…

  • Why were the enemy able to control the Iron Patriot suit just like that? when it has the toughest Stark security? but then the hubby answered ‘maybe it was programmed a bit differently since the suit technically is owned by the government.
  • I am also not cool with him blowing up all the suits…he could have given one to the Philippines!!!!
  • Pepper falling into a fire pit and actually surviving is predictable…
  • something looks off when Killian took off the Iron Patriot mask inside the Airforce One…I can’t specifically point at it since I can’t find stills.
  • Pepper being bad ass is cool =^.^=
  • As expected, there is a mini clip after the credits..but it’s super corny and not worth the wait, I think.


I’ll stop now. Sorry there’s sooo much going on in this post 😛


Kose Clear Turn Essence Mask with Collagen + Public Proposal?

22 Apr

I use sheet masks once a week as part of my skin care routine and right now I am currently using Kose Clear Turn Essence Mask with Collagen. I am 29y/o, not very young and it’s beginning to show in my skin. That’s why I’m a fan of anything collagen. Last night I found that I am finally down to 1 sheet then I remembered I have stock photos of this mask in my computer. I was supposed to do a review on it before but was not able to for who knows what reason. Actually, I have a lot of those so my goal this year is to post them all, little by little, finally. So today I am starting with this Kose sheet mask…


What I Like:

  • no harsh smell
  • not irritating on the skin
  • does an OK job moisturizing the skin

What I Don’t Like:

  • not a good fit to my big full moon face TT.TT
  • not available locally
  • compared to other sheet mask I previously owned (link below) this comes awefully short when it comes to being soaked with essence
  • no English translation


It has the same packaging as wet wipes unlike the other sheet masks which are packed individually. I like it! I think that’s really smart and economical. The downside is you cannot bring one or couple when you’re traveling.


Sorry I had this for a while, I can’t remember which Multiply seller I bought this from and also for how much. I’d like to say Php700-ish.  That’s perfectly fine considering this contains 20+ sheet masks!

So this is how the sheet looks like. The material is thicker than my previous sheet masks.


That’s it for my review. Next time I will continue with my Korean Mega Haul reviews. I hope you are not getting tired of them because I am definitely not! Hehe.

My Past Sheet Masks:

Public Wedding Proposal?

While seeing men drop on their knees inside the octagon is normal in UFC, last Saturday’s fight is quite different since Henderson, after successfully defending his title popped THE question to his girlfriend right there and then on national TV…


Err..I don’t know but somehow I didn’t feel kilig for some reason. I don’t know if it’s the venue, since I’m not sure if the high testosterone level in the atmosphere appreciate that kind of cheesiness or maybe I thought it could’ve been more awesome if he won via KO (meanie me)… basta parang papampam lang e 😛 I’m not being a cold hearted b*tch here OK!?? I do love proposals. You know the series where a production crew helps out and films wedding proposals? I used to watch that a lot and probably cried on every single episode. My hubby’s proposal is nothing like those and you could probably say it’s the basic-over kneeling, no long speech whatsoever. I’m not being bitter… sure it would be nice if he did a bit more but I am also cool that he didn’t because that’s him J Plus I myself would probably feel way too embarrassed if he did a public proposal like that.

So girls, open question here: Would you like to be proposed to on public?


It’s Skin Green Tea Calming Lip & Eye Cleansing Pad

19 Apr

Hi Guys! I’m back with my Korean Mega Haul series review and now I’m doing a review on a makeup removing pad from It’s Skin. I haven’t heard of this brand before so very timely because I just brought regular makeup remover pads with me in Seoul so I got to use this right away and here’s what I thought of it…


What I Like:

  • removes eye and lip makeup effectively
  • each pads are really soaked with makeup removing agents
  • gentle on skin and eyes
  • no strong scent
  • affordable. 3000 krw




so here are swatches of various eye makeup I use. A primed e/s, cream e/s, waterproof mascara, liquid & pen eyeliner. I forgot to include lipstick but that’s OK since I mainly use this for the eyes.

and here’s what happened after 1 swipe…



almost completely gone. I still see a tiny eyeliner left which could be because of the positioning of the swipe. Simply went back with another swipe and that’s it ^^


just 1 pad ^^

What I Don’t Like:

  • Not available locally
  • The pad is too thin so it’s kind of hard to maneuver
  • packaging is not travel friendly
  • The container was like 60% or 70% full

I’ve used just about 5 pads

makeup removing pads are great for travelling. saves you from bringing liquids. I used to own something like this from ELF but I didn’t like that one. I haven’t heard It’s Skin before but I did see a lot of great stuff from their store. Too bad this is the only one on sale but now I’m kinda bummed out I didn’t get more items from them.


It’s really sad how a completely safe and ‘innocent’ event would turn out like this. Where is safe?! clearly not here on earth. Makes me look up and forward to heaven more.My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the victims. The survivors whose lives will never be the same again.

– Rhen

Maybelline The Jewels by Colorsensational in 82 Refined Wine + The Croods

13 Apr



HOT HOT HOT SUMMER EVERYONE!!!! I’d like to take a quick break from my Korean Haul series and do a post on this awesome lip product ^^ It’s really funny actually.. My lipstick this week was a limited edition Colorsensational as well. So one hot (sorry, can’t stop stressing how ridiculously hot it is nowadays) night, I was randomly thinking “man, it wld be nice to collect all the limited edition Maybelline Colorsensational lipsticks…too bad I will never get my hands on The Jewel one because the damn thing just won’t go on sale”. The next morning, I went to Watsons to get some makeup wipes and guess what,, this baby was on 50% off! let me say that again 50% FREAKIN OFF! BOOYAH!


According to the packaging/seal it has “Jewelescent Pigmentation and Honey Nectar” Whatever, Maybelline! the packaging is pretty! Just look at it, guys =) Too bad, there were only 3 shades that went on sale…Amethyst Ablaze (the most popular shade), Pink Quartz (?), and Refined Wine…

I got 82 Refined Wine because I remember coming across Michelle Phan’s Blog and I saw her do a post about wine colored lips and I just remember liking how she looks in the pictures. So it wasn’t hard choosing which shade to get.





What I Like:

  • very pigmented
  • nice packaging
  • no harsh smell
  • affordable since it was on sale
  • has tiny gold specs but not really obvious

What I don’t Like:

  • This is not very popular like “Pearl” and “Vivids” so I’m not sure if this is available in all countries
  • kind of hard to remove so use lip makeup remover… not just ordinary makeup remover
  • settle on lip crevices so make sure you have applied a good lip balm/conditioner first



This stays true to the Colorsensational qualities so if you like those I’m pretty sure this will never fail you. The original price is Php399



Yeah I am well aware that this is not a summer color but whatdaheck! Time flies so fast for me. before I know it, it’s “-ber” months once again! We don’t have “Fall Season” but when it comes to makeup, we like following the trend. This will definitely be my Fall 2013 lip color ^^



The Croods


I know everyone’s excited with the upcoming big movies, like Iron Man 2, Oblivion including myself. I was with my nieces this afternoon and there is nothing in the cinemas that is for kids except for this one. And boy I’m glad we saw it! It’s really hilarious and moving as well. No wonder it’s been out for a while now and yet the cinema was packed! I’ve never been in a cinema where everyone was loud with laughter in a long time. At first I thought it would be another “kid having her/his way” type of story again (yeah, most “children movies” have that plot! admit it!)…well, it was sort of like that but then its not really, I promise. It’s about family, relationship, taking risk, humility, LIVING…really there is so much for everybody…not just the kids…definitely EVERBODY to learn.

“…that’s not living…that’s just not dying…it’s different” – Eep

If you haven’t watched The Croods please please catch it on cinemas NOW, before it get’s replaced. I highly highly highly recommend it! 5 out of 5. I think this is the first time I’ve ever given a perfect rate to a movie. Well done, Dreamworks! thumbs up!


Missha Signature Glam Triple Lips in TVL 01

10 Apr

FINALLY! well this was supposed to be posted earlier. I tested this out whole week last week but my camera charger decided to walkout on me. finally found it yesterday but I had to wait til this morning to take pictures to get some nice natural lighting ^^

this is the MISSHA SIGNATURE GLAM TRIPLE LIPS in TVL 01. Yes this is still part of my Korean Mega Haul series. It was Missha’s latest product from their signature line — which is like their “highend line” — and I knew that because it was heavily advertised on tv when I was in Seoul last month.. plus of course, it was on sale ^^.


I had to research why it is called ‘triple lips’ since looking at it, it seems like a normal gloss to me. So from what I learn it is the Korean take of the now ever popular ‘lip stain – gloss’. Triple lips because apparently, you get an effect of lip stain with the 1st application, lipstick on the 2nd and lipstick with gloss on the 3rd. So for me it’s just their glorified way of saying that the product is BUILD-ABLE :P. This is also said to be the dupe of the YSL Glossy Stains which sadly I don’t have BUT the closest thing I have to that is…..yep…the L’Oreal Color Riche Shine Caresse. So we will be using that as comparison for this review ^^


What I Like:

  • Nice pigmentation
  • smooth and easy application.
  • oh so glam packaging
  • not dry on the lips
  • staying power is 3 to 4 hrs but again…blame it on the oh so hot Phil summah!
  • fades evenly

What I Don’t Like:

  • just 1…THE SMELL! gosh! oh no no…it doesn’t smell BAD at all in fact it smells good…TOO GOOD! that’s the problem! imagine a powdery eu de toilette perfume your mom usually likes…that’s how it smells. Too damn strong it’s irritating! Some would like it though but for me, no! If you have been reading here you know that I don’t really mind scented makeups and sometimes I would even mention in the “Like” that a product has a nice smell on it…so this is not over reacting here.


Yes it is comparable to the L’Oreal ones it’s just the latter is a bit more pigmented, more richer, and has longer staying power. I’m pretty sure I picked up one of the boldest color in the bunch but maybe there’s one that can be on par or even better than L’Oreal when it comes to pigmentation. Plus I know there are also colors from L’Oreal that are not so pigmented. That swatch from the pic below did not leave any stain when I wiped it off with tissue like the L’Oreal one does. I also prefer this being not so rich since it feels lighter on the lips. I also do not like building this up. I’m kind of happy how just 1 application looks ^^


I got this for 17,600 KRW sorry I can’t remember if that’s the orig or the discounted price. I will try to look for the receipt and see if I can tell from there. I’ll update this after.

That’s it. I hope you like this review. Is there any other lip products similar to this you could recommend? Please comment below ^^

– Rhen