In love with Colourpop (Review and Swatches)

I first heard of Colourpop through CoffeebreakwithDani and KathleenLights. I saw videos of them swatching their eyeshadows that only cost 5 USD each. Like come on? Really that cheap?! But then I have a lot of eyeshadow palettes so I forgot all about it until I’ve seen videos of them doing swatches of the “lippie stix” which is CP’s version of a lipstick. Again, my weakness is lipsticks so I was curious and bought a few of their eyeshadows and lippie stix from Prettymoody’s IG account. Got the eyeshadow and lippie stix for 350 pesos each. As you can see in the photo, one of the eyeshadows was broken when I got it. Colourpop’s formulation is known to be a very soft, gel-like powder. It feels like cream when you touch it and sets as powder on the lids.  So I just had to press down the crumbs and cracks and they’re sort of back to the original shape.

The lippie stix costs 5USD each too. If you think about it, it’s not really that cheap because it only has 1g of product. MAC has 3.4g. However, if you’re the type who has a lot of lipsticks in your rotation, then you’re good. You won’t be able to finish a tube anyway. 10890877_1584534218456888_1241835932_n

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An Ode to Forevermore Finale

I know it’s been a while since my last post and this new one isn’t even beauty related. And this isn’t really a poem but a tribute. But, whatever. This is my only semi-active blog and I seriously needed to write my thoughts on this or else I’d go crazy.

I wasn’t able to watch this show right from the very beginning. I was interested yes, but since I had work, I really didn’t watch religiously. I watch when I work from home or when national holiday falls on a weekday and I’m just at home. Only when Christmas vacation came that I was able to watch this every day and since then I was hooked. The last teleserye I watched religiously was My Destiny, na napilitan lang ako tapusin dahil gusto ko si Tom and Carla. The last one that I really loved was Got To Believe. I really loved G2B because Kathniel’s chemistry is undeniably awesome. Talagang nakakakilig sila.  And the way they gave life to the characters, ang galing lang. Sobrang galing at consistent ng characters ni Chichay at Joaquin. Simula pa lang, alam mong mahal nila ang isa’t isa. Ramdam mo, kahit nagbook 2, kahit na nakalimot si Joaquin, andun yung pagmamahal na nakalimutan man ng isip niya, pero hindi ng puso niya. Yun ang talagang nagustuhan ko sa G2B. Characterization. Story wise – simple lang naman siya e. Pero ang highlight for me ay ang characters and Kathniel’s portrayal.

Okay, before you think this is a G2B post, kalma lang. I think I have to establish the fact that since I watched G2B, I saw some similarities in Forevermore. Siyempre, same director e. And baka same ng writers? Hindi ako sigurado. Pero ramdam ko yung similarities especially nung patapos na siya. And I am not saying this because it’s a bad thing. It’s actually good that I recognize Direk Cathy’s style and how the writers do a spin to a story? HAHA. I just find it endearing that I like the same stuff created by the same team and people.

As I write this, Forevermore finale episode is playing for the nth (4th) time. After all, this post is really about the finale. Hindi ko sinasabing hindi mahalaga ang mga nakaraang episodes. Kasi hindi naman tayo aabot dito, kung hindi dahil sa mga naunang episodes. Gusto ko lang talagang sabihin na satisfied ako sa finale. May mga nabitin, mga mga nawalan ng tiwala kung kaya bang i-pull off ng writers ang last episode dahil sa mga nangyari. Ako, nagtiwala. Dahil alam kong hindi naman pwedeng hindi happy ending ito. Filipino teleserye parin ‘to, kailangan masaya. At alam ko kung gaano kabilis magpaikot ng storya ang writers. Yung may sense ha, hindi yung tipong bara-bara lang na basta nangyari. Perfect example: nagawa nga nila na pagbatiin ang La Presans at si Xander sa iisang episode lang. Ansabe ng plot twist na yun?! Kaya nga alam kong hindi tayo bibiguin ng writers at ni Direk Cathy sa ending. At tama ako. Para sa akin, sobra-sobra pa nga ang naganap. Ang galing-galing. Sabi nga ni Sir France, “the road to Forevermore” will be a long and bumpy one. And it sure was. But the ending was so worth the wait.

 

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Agnes: Minsan, panahong lang ang ang kailangan sa pusong takot. At sa tamang oras, mawawala ang takot, at ang matitira na lang pagmamahal. Kasi hindi naman nawala yun e. I never stopped loving you.
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Xander: Pwede ba Agnes, kahit ngayong gabi lang, let’s pretend na may tayo? That may foever tayo? Agnes: Paano? Xander: Halibawa, kung tayo ngayon, anong sa palagay mo ang ginagawa natin? Ako alam ko. I’ll be kissing you right now.

Let’s start with the iconic Kubo scenes. Para sa akin, ito ang core ng finale. Dito naresolve ang lahat ng differences ni Xander at Agnes. Dito nila nasabi sa isa’t isa ang lahat ng nararamdaman nila. Walang takot, walang galit. Lahat nilabas nila. Pero what made these scenes stand out is kung paano yung atake ng director sa scenes. Unang-una, halos hubad sila sa dito. Pero the way it was portrayed, walang kalaswa-laswa. Andun yung sensuality and maturity sa scenes. Mad props to Liza and Quen and Direk Cathy for wonderfully filming those scenes. Hats off ako sa inyo talaga.

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Xander: Uy, huwag kang matutulog ha? Kasi ilang oras na lang ang forever natin e. Ha? Agnes: Hindi naman ako matutulog eh.

 

At yung “Kung Tayo” dialogue ni Xander at Agnes? My goodness, ang gagaling niyong mga writers. Inspired na inspired kayo no? Damang-dama mo yung bigat ng sitwasyon e. Hindi mo alam kung matutuwa or maiiyak kaming mga nanonood e. Yung bitaw ni Quen at Liza ng bawat linya, yung bawat patak ng luha, saktong-sakto. Ang husay lang. Katulad ng sinabi ko sa IG post ko, it’s still hard for me to explain my feelings for these scenes. The scenes are so powerful, they knock all the right words off my head.

That nose to nose scene – napansin niyo ba yung itsura nila nung naglayo na uli yung foreheads nila? That split second change of emotion? Kita mo na may luha na si Agnes at Xander sa mga mata nila. That was right before Xander proposes. Grabe lang ang scene na yun. Dito mo makikita how good Quen and Liza are as actors. I am very impressed. Quen improved so much since She’s The One. Doon ko kasi siya huling napanood e. I’d like to think na malaki ang naitulong ng Forevermore sa kanya as an actor. Grabe lang ang galing niya dito. Ang galing niya umiyak. Parang may gripo lang din ang mata niya. Alam kung kailan sa eksena ang saktong patak ng luha.

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They pretended to have forever that night. Neither of them slept a wink. Then you faintly hear people screaming your name. You, at first, pretend not to hear them. But the voices become louder and louder and you know that’s it. That’s the end of your forever.

No lines are needed for this scene. Yung alam mong ayaw nilang bumitaw dahil yun na yun e. Dun na magtatapos ang isang gabing forever nila.

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Alex: Basta tukayo, mangako ka ah. Promise mo na ah, hindi mo na ‘to uulitin sa iba. Kasi ang unfair e. Kasi masakit. Masakit na masakit. Ang sakit. Dali jokes, bigyan mo ako joke kahit isa lang, kasi ang sakit na dali. Isa lang. Xander: Anong fish ang tawag sa mga guwapong katulad ko? Alex: Ano? Xander: Selfish.

Okay, bago tayo pumunta sa ending scene, Erich’s character deserves some kind of recognition in this post. Dahil siya ang naging susi para ma-realize ni Xander ang mga pagkakamali niya. Hindi naman perfect ang bida natin dito. In fact, wala naman perfect sa kanilang dalawa ni Agnes. Pero with Alex, mas pinakita na ang pusong sobrang nasaktan, pipilitin magmove-on kahit na alam na may mahal pa talagang iba. Gustong-gusto ko yung final scene nila ni Xander. Alam na ni Alex e. Alam na niya ang mangyayari. Matapos niyang salubungin si Xander sa bundok, nakaramdam na siya. In fact, nung nalaman pa lang niya ang history ni Xander at Agnes, malamang alam na niya. Yun lang ang maganda kay Alex, her character was presented so well as a very jolly person, na medyo OA na nga kung minsan. Pero yun ang strength ng character niya, the viewers will be left to believe na kakayanin niya kahit na iwan siya ni  Xander. She said it herself na kaya niya yun.

Alex: Mahal mo pa siya no? Sige, wala naman akong magagawa e. Ganun naman dapat kasimple yun. Kung siya, siya. Kung ako, ako.

She handled the situation so gracefully, I give Alex props for that. Ang galing galing ni Erich sa scene na ‘to. Kita mo yung pagka-veteran niya in a way e. And Quen didn’t have much lines aside from “I’m sorry, Alex” but his facial expression was everything. Alam niyang kasalanan niya at humihingi siya ng tawad. Alam niyang masasaktan niya si Alex, pero he was man enough to apologize for his actions. Galing! And his fish joke was incredibly apt. Perfect lang e. Again, mad props to the writers.

Okay, final scene. I watched Lizquen on Asap today and they said they had a hard time filming the last scene. 2pm cutoff time usually nila para maibaba from Baguio ang mga nashoot na scenes para  ipalabas on the same day. One the same day! Grabe. E di sila na, fresh na fresh ang mga episodes na napapanood natin. Kaya walang “abangan” parati. But last Friday, past 2pm na, hindi pa nila natatapos i-shoot ang last scene. Yung ulan? Hindi raw inaasahan yun. So sabi raw ni Direk Cathy, ayan ang lines niyo, bahala na kayo mag-ad lib. Kasi medyo iba ang lines nila dapat, hindi na bagay sa panahon kasi umuulan. Sabi ni Liza, dapat daw may line siya na “Ang ganda ng view…” etc etc. E umuulan nga. Kaya pala naging ganun linya niya. Can you imagine, ad lib yun?! Or at least maraming ad lib sa final scene? Kaya pala e. Damang-dama. At sabi ko nga sa nanay ko nung nagkukuwentuhan kami tungkol dito, buti na lang, eye candy ang dalawang ito, Buti na lang ang guwapo at ganda nila pareho na kahit basa sila, wala, maganda at guwapo pa rin! HAHA.

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Xander: Agnes, time may stop. The world may come to an end, pero hinding-hindi ako titigil na mahalin ka.

I love the fact that Agnes still goes to Japan and Xander doesn’t stop her but waits for her instead. Ika nga ni Agnes, mayaman si Xander, barya lang sa kanya ang pumunta ng Japan. Saktong realidad lang. Nangyayari naman talaga ito e.

 

Xander throws away the promise ring he gave Agnes.

Agnes: Hoy, bakit mo tinatapon?

Xander: E kasi, tapos nako sa promise-promises na yan. Tsaka di na ako naniniwala sa mga alamat ng kambal na strawberry.

Agnes: Alam mo, hindi na kita naiintindihan. Naguguluhan nako e.

Xander: Teka lang, teka lang. Pwede bang patapusin mo muna ako, ha?

Agnes: O, ano?

Xander: I don’t need a promise ring anymore because right now, I am about to make a vow. At hindi na rin ako naniniwala sa kambal na strawberry because the only thing I believe in now, is us. Since forever na tayo, dito na ako magtatanong. Kung saan humahalik ang langit sa lupa. Maria Agnes Calay, ang reyna ng strawberry jam at ang pinakamagandang kulot sa balat ng lupa, will you marry me?

Agnes: …

Xander: Oh dapat sinasabi mo na..

Agnes: Alam ko ang sasabihin ko, Mr. Alexander Grande III, wag mo akong pangunahan ah. Yes.

Xander: Mahal na mahal kita, Agnes. My love for you,

Agnes: Will be forevemore.

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That proposal scene was perfect. Beyond perfect.  Simula sa pagtapon ni Xander sa promise ring, sa naguguluhang reaction ni Agnes, sa pagluhod ni Xander, hanggang sa pagsagot ni Agnes ng YES. Perfection at its finest. (Slight corny yung last line, pero sige nga, title ng series nila yun so pagbibigyan ko. LOL.) Ang laking tulong ng totoong feelings ng dalawang ito para sa isa’t isa. Lizquen, I mean. Aminado naman si Quen na mahal niya si Liza. He’s so obviously smitten by her. In love na in love po si kuya. And Liza looks so happy when she’s with him. Yes she’s young. And if Quen is seriously willing to wait, mukhang forever na nga ito katulad ng sabi niya. #tiwalalang

To the staff, writers and to Direk Cathy, saludo ako sa inyo! Congratulations sa success ng Forevermore. Galing niyo talaga!

Sa Lizquen fandom, silent follower ako ng Lizquen. I read your tweets sa hashtags every night. Alam ko medyo may gulo ngayon, pero sabi nga nila, stay classy guys! Alam niyo kung ano ang tama. And to Pao Flores, ang ate ng lahat ng Lizquen fans, maraming salamat sa walang sawang paggabay sa amin all througout the series. Isa kang institusyon. 🙂

Liza and Quen, maraming salamat. Ako ay inyong bagong tagahanga dahil sa Forevermore. Ma-mimiss ko kayong panoorin gabi-gabi. Bumili na nga ako ng first 2 volumes ng Forevermore DVD para hindi ko kayo masyadong ma-miss. And may Just The Way You Are pa naman. Sana makasama ako sa block screening, sana magtugma ang schedule. Good luck sa movie! I am sure successful yan. <3

And to borrow Xanders words:

YEEEESSSS! I love the rain! Thank you Lord! May forever nga! May forever!

Mac Rebel Dupe

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I recently acquired Happy Skin’s Girls Night Out Lippie and when I wore it for the first time, I knew I had a similar shade in my stash. I’ve professed my love for MAC’s Rebel several times in my blog. Evidence 1 and 2. And I think Girls Night Out
 is a local dupe for it.

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Girls Night Out is a little glossier because Rebel is a satin which is almost matte. In the photo below, I am wearing both lipsticks. Can you even tell the difference?

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I am actually wearing Rebel on left side, and Girls Night Out on the right. But seriously, I couldn’t even tell the difference.  MAC is locally priced at 1,000 pesos and Happy Skin is almost half the price at 549 pesos. If you’re on a budget, I say go with Happy Skin!

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Luxola Sale! 20% off until January 2016!

Quickie post!

I was browsing through Luxola last night and I saw this:

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Luxola 20off

Luxola is having a 20% discount for Visa cardholders until January 2016! Yes, you read that right, until next year. Unbelievable right? You get free shipping too if you buy at least 1,300 pesos worth of stuff. And you don’t have to worry about customs shizz since the package gets delivered directly to your house. I’ve ordered twice from their site already. *wink*

Remember, there are non-sale brands though, and it can be found here.  But still there are a lot of brands that you can choose from. There’s Sleek Makeup, Beauty Blender, The Balm, K-palette, etc. for the makeup category.  For skincare, there’s REN, Mario Badescu, This Works, VMV among others.

So what are you waiting for, time to browse their site!!! Click meeeee.

*Not sponsored*

 

 

My Favorite Face Brushes

My Fave Face Brushes 1withtextI believe that having the right tools are just as important as your makeup collection. I remember lemming over MAC 217 back when I was just starting my makeup hobby because that’s the only thing I can afford in the whole MAC brush line. Everything is so damn expensive.  A few months and tons of youtube videos later, I learned that MAC is not the only brand out there. There are brands that aren’t so expensive that offer quality brushes too, like Real Techniques, Sigma and Zoeva.

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Product Empties #1 (plus mini reviews)

Product Empties 1You know that feeling when you see your makeup collection and you think you’d never finish anything? This post is actually a testament that, hear this, I ACTUALLY FINISHED SOMETHING. Not just a thing, but FOUR items in my stash. LOL. Nevermind that 2 items are skincare related, I still feel that sense of accomplishment.

1. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 03 Medium – This is the first concealer that I bought that matched my skintone. The very first one was from Covergirl and it was too pink for me – I gave it away. This is an all around concealer that I use for my undereye area and spots. It conceals spots very well because it has a slightly dry texture. This can be used under the eye too if yours is not very dry. (Retails for 269 pesos, selected Watsons branches, Crossings Department Store)

2. ZA Ever Brow brow pencil in 02 Natural Brown – I bought this pencil thinking it was a dupe for Anastasia Brow Wiz. The nib is tiny just like Anastasia’s but I don’t have the Brow Wiz to compare it with so I am not sure how this compares. The shade is a little bit lighter than what I am currently using – the Majolica Majorca Brow Customize in BR660. I really like this because you can draw finer strokes in your brows which looks more natural than a slanted tip. This also has a spoolie at the other end so no need to grab a separate one. (Retails for 225~ish pesos, selected Watsons branches, Landmark)

3. Origins High Potency Night-a-mins Night Cream – It’s a very emollient cream with citrus scent. I’ve used this night cream for 8 months and I wake up with nicely moisturized skin. I didn’t breakout  despite being heavily scented and that’s a good thing.  Note: Guys,  skincare is something personal and products can have different effects on people.  (US Retail Price: 41 USD, 50ml, Sephora| Origins)

4. Yes to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes (30/pack) -This was one of the items I ordered from drugstore.com when my dad went to the US last December. I wanted to try this since it was on sale at 220 pesos (less than 5 USD). It’s a pretty good makeup remover wipe. The towelette is slightly bigger and thicker than the one from The Face Shop. It slightly stings my eyes though, especially when I got to the bottom of the pack where the towels are soaked more in the solution.  What I did was wrung out the excess solution before I use it. (US Retail Price: 5.79~6.99 USD depends on where you get it, Drugstore.com | Ulta)

I hope this won’t be my last Product Empties post! Looking forward to finishing more stuff ~ hahaha.

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SALE ALERT: Burt’s Bees Sale (65% off) in Beauty Bar

 

10727704_1594270980820176_668360191_nThis is just a quick post about the Burt’s Bees sale happening now at some Beauty Bar branches. Not all branches carry these sale items at 65% off. I think the discount depends on the expiration date of the items. I found most of these in Gateway mall branch – I bought it last Sunday. I bought the eye cream and moisturizer in Glorietta  last Friday but they do not have the cleanser anymore. There are other items on sale aside from the ones listed below.

  • White Tea Facial Cleansing Towelettes (30 pcs) – Sale Price: 173.25 php (Before: 495 php)
  • Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser – Sale Price: 278.25 php (Before: 795 php)
  • Intense Hydration Eye Cream – Sale Price: 507.50 php (Before: 1450 php)
  • Daisy White Moisturizing Cream – Sale Price: 577.50 php (Before: 1650 php)

Also, Rosehip Plus Rosehip Oil Skin Boost Roll On is also on sale. The price now is 337 php (50% off).  As you may have noticed, these are mostly hydrating items because I wanted the dry patches around my right eye gone pronto! *sadface*

Hope you can catch these sale items in store! 🙂

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