review : Canmake Cheek&Cheek in Orange Bouquet

January 28, 2014

Ever since my favorite Etude House blush decided to break into pieces and I was forced to throw it out, I have been on the hunt for the perfect orange blush. I wanted to buy the same one from Etude, but for some reason I couldn't find it anywhere. Luckily, I received this cute orange blush from Canmake last year.

Compared to my Etude House Corset Color blush, the Canmake Cheek&Cheek line is matte and has no shimmer in it. This one, Orange Bouquet, has two shades of orange. The shade on the left is a peach shade, while the one on the right is more coral. The thing to do, I think, is to mix the two colors to get a nice gradation when you apply, but I personally prefer to use just the latter. Both colors are pretty pigmented, and a little goes a long way. The brush that comes with it is a bit hard to use, so I usually use a different brush for it. The main issue I have with it is that it is a bit chalky. I've always used and preferred shimmery blushers, so I don't really know. Whenever I mix the two shades, I tend to have trouble with blending; color seems to just sit on top of your skin. Once it's blended out though, the color is really pretty.

Sadly, this blush didn't quite do it for me. I do use it from time to time though. If only it were easier to use, I'd use it everyday. My current blush is also from Canmake, Cheek Gradation in Peach Pink. I like it more than this one, but it hasn't quite reached -favorite blush- status yet. I'm planning on buying another blush from Canmake soon, hopefully I'll like it more than the ones I have.


January 24, 2014

Thrifted dress, platform sneakers c/o Rainbowholic, Wear Vintage glasses, apple necklace c/o Chicnova.

First outfit post of the year! Earlier today I shot photos for a makeup tutorial that a lot of people have been requesting, one of mori girl (inspired) makeup! Inspired, because I took a few liberties while creating the look.. maybe one day I'll create one that's very true to the mori girl essence. The look that I created, by the way, is the one I have on in the photos above. I meant to do a mori girl look that would go well with the makeup, but for some reason all of my fluffy jackets seem to have gone missing.. so I opted for a dress that can be used for both mori girl and fairy kei. Going out to shoot without a jacket on turned out to be a bad idea though! Half the time while we were shooting I was shivering like crazy, complaining about the wind and the cold. I feel a bit guilty since my friends in Japan have it much worse, but I really cannot stand the cold! Afterwards I just had to have my coffee fix to warm me up.. Not that it worked though, haha. I seriously cannot wait for warmer weather. In the meantime, I'll be hiding under a fluffy pillow and inside my blanket.

review : Sigma F88 Flat Angled Kabuki

January 19, 2014

When it comes to makeup, for the longest time, all I've ever been concerned with was making my face look as flawless as I possibly could. It still holds true until now, but getting a perfect base without me looking like I had ten layers of makeup on was proving to be quite a handful, especially since my foundation of choice (the Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation) is a rather tricky one to work with. I've been using the Colorstay for years now, but I've never really found an application method that worked for me. I've tried a ton of brushes, sponges in different shapes, Beauty Blender dupes, my fingers, everything. Though they did do the job nicely, I always felt like my foundation was just lying on top of my skin, like a mask. So when the New Year came in, I decided to finally get a nice, high-quality brush from Sigma for my base makeup. I got a Sigma F88 Flat Angled Kabuki from MakeupHolics, where it was on sale for just P800. It took me a while to decide between this one and its more popular sister, the Sigma F80. I had to read a lot of reviews and watch demo videos on Youtube.. I even used Sigma's "Find Your Perfect Brush" chart for help! I eventually settled on the former, as I felt working with an angled brush would be much easier for me.

I've only used the F88 thrice, but I doubt I'll ever use a different brush for foundation. I've used a lot of brushes for foundation-- The Face Shop's Circle Face Brush, the elf Studio Powder Brush and Stippling Brush, Dashe's Foundation Brush --none of them can compare to this one. It's so unbelievably soft and makes base makeup application a breeze to do. I use it in an alternating stippling and swiping motion to spread the foundation all over my face, then stipple a second layer on areas that need extra coverage. I love it a lot!! (*≧▽≦)ノシ))

Now my eyes have been opened, I need more suggestions - do you use Sigma brushes, and have any favorites? I'm currently eyeing some of their eye brushes, like the Sigma E25 Blending Brush (which is supposedly a dupe for the highly-praised MAC 217). Let me know in the comments!

* * * Sigma brushes are available online on For residents of the PH, you can get them locally from MakeupHolics.

Kuala Lumpur, 2013 – day four

January 9, 2014 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

By the fourth and last day in KL, I was already coming down with a fever.. I felt so lethargic, all I wanted to do was stay in bed until our check-out time. But I knew we had limited time before our flight back to Manila to buy souvenirs for everyone back at home, so I dragged myself out of bed and pushed myself out the door. Aian and I went to Central Market in Pasar Seni, which is a popular place for buying souvenirs. Took lots of photos as well. Enjoy!

Kuala Lumpur, 2013 – day three

January 7, 2014 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Day 3 in Kuala Lumpur started later than planned.. I knew that packing our four-day stay in KL full of activities was going to be tiring, but I wasn't expecting us to be super worn out after just the second day, haha! I even got a slight fever, wtf. We left the hotel at lunchtime, and headed for KLCC for Comic Fiesta Day 2!

Kuala Lumpur, 2013 – day two

January 4, 2014 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Day two in KL started quite early.. at least much earlier than my days in Manila. I woke up at 9 and took a shower, then Aian and I got ready for Comic Fiesta, the biggest and most-anticipated ACG event in Malaysia. With high-profile guests such as redjuice, VOFAN, stayxxxx, Yuegene, etc.. It's no wonder that even non-Malaysians such as Aian and myself would travel all the way to KL just to attend! Because it was my first ever convention outside of the Philippines, I felt like I was going to my first ever con! It was 2007 all over again for me, haha! Since not a lot of people from the PH knew about Comic Fiesta, I made sure I took a lot of photos for everyone to see! Enjoy! (~ ̄▽ ̄)~

Kuala Lumpur, 2013 – day one

January 3, 2014 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Hi everyone, I'm back! This is a bit late, but happy New Year! How was everyone's holidays? The last few weeks of my 2013 were craaazy! Manila → Kuala Lumpur → Manila → Pampanga → Manila → Nueva Ecija and finally, back to Manila on the first day of 2014. Whew! Not sure if I can get used to that kind of life, haha! *hugs bed* Travelling to KL was the beeest though. Probably because it was the place I was most unfamiliar with. I've always wanted to travel, explore the world outside. And by that, I mean be able to explore unfamiliar places, at my own pace. I've traveled a bit before, I've been to Boracay and Cebu and a handful of other places, but all those times I was with family, so I didn't have a lot of freedom to run around and to actually ~get lost~ in the places we went to. One of my life goals has always been that-- to travel, alone, or with one or two close friends. I've always known that I'd go and do it someday, I just didn't know that that someday would happen so soon! That someday just happened to be last year, on December of 2013! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

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