Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Lancome Juicy Wear Top Coat Seal and Shine

Are you still looking for that gloss that makes your lipstick shine?
Are you still looking for a gloss that makes your lipstick shine and seals it in for hours?
Are you looking for a gloss that makes you lipstick shine and seals it in but without the sticky feel?

I don't know about you, but I am!

And I found it!

Lancome Juicy Wear Top Coat Seal and Shine by you.
Lancome Juicy Wear Top Coat Seal and Shine,
Seal your lips with juicy shine.

Lancome Juicy Wear Seal and Shine Top Coat Lip Gloss is made with exclusive Juicy Seal technology for extreme wear and sweet shine plus shimmer for more luscious playful lips. Wear it alone or over your favorite lipstick or lip gloss for extreme brilliance.

  • Preserves natural suppleness of lips
  • Gives plumping effects
  • Fixes lip color for long wearing
  • Lips appear luscious, shiny, brilliant for hours
  • Dermatologist tested

Lancome Juicy Wear Top Coat Seal and Shine by you.
Lancome Juicy Wear Top Coat Seal and Shine by you.

Ten Reasons why I love Lancome Juicy Wear Top Coat Seal and Shine
  1. The shine and effect it brings to my lip color.
  2. That the shimmer isn't so obvious. My lips don't appear to be a disco ball.
  3. That it is not sticky at all! It's actually very creamy when partnered with a lipstick. While alone, you won't feel you have it on.
  4. It has plumping effect (see photo below) or at least gives the appearance of it.
  5. Available here in the Philippines.
  6. A little goes a long way.
  7. Lasts a long time making the price worth it. I've been using this for months but it looks the same as the first day I used it.
  8. The applicator is slanted making it easier to use even without a lipbrush.
  9. No skin reactions at all. My lips is just loving it.
  10. No funky smell or taste (always a plus for me since I'm scent-sensitive).
And no reason at all not to love Lancome Juicy Wear Top Coat Seal and Shine.

Lancome Juicy Wear Top Coat Seal and Shine (swatch) by you.
Juicy Wear Top Coat Seal and Shine swatch.
See? The shimmer isn't all that noticeable.

MAC Cosmo swatch by you.
MAC Cosmo without Lancome Juicy Wear Top Coat Seal and Shine

Lancome Juicy Wear Top Coat Seal and Shine swatch by you.
Lancome Juicy Wear Top Coat Seal and Shine swatch by you.
MAC Cosmo Lipstick with Lancome Juicy Wear Top Coat Seal and Shine

See the difference? It looks like a regular lip gloss but non with the sticky feel.
Do your puckers a favor and spoil it Lancome Juicy Wear Top Coat Seal and Shine.

I think its obvious, this is my Holy Grail of clear lip gloss.

I'm not the only one loving it, my girl Askmewhats raves about it here, too!

much love,

Available at Lancome Boutique, Greenbelt 5 or Rustan's Department store with Lancome Counters
Sells for Php1,200.00 (approx.)

P.S. Thyphoon Ondoy has left our country but it also left us with devastation. On my family's part, they are all safe and sound. My dad and uncle is staying with us until their place is back to certain level of normalcy. The typhoon wrecked everything, our car, the appliances and the furniture. I'm happy that my dad and uncle are okay but I can't help sad for all the memories that was washed away just like that.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Contact Numbers: Call them for Rescue


UPDATED LISTING OF HOTLINES (Feel Free to use the comments to add more) : Typhoon Ondoy Emergency Hotlines and Relief Operations

Rescue Operations

  1. National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) (+632-9125668, +632-9111406, +632-9115061, +632-9122665) Help hotlines: (+65 734-2118, 734-2120)
  2. Red Cross (143, +632-5270000)
  3. MMDA (136)
  4. Coast Guard (+632-5276136)
  5. AIR FORCE (+63908-1126976, +632-8535023)
  6. Senator Dick Gordon (+639178997898, +63938-444BOYS, +632-9342118, +632-4338528)
  7. Senator Manny Villar (+639174226800. +639172414864, +639276751981)
  8. Bureau of Fire Protection Region III (Central Luzon) Hotline: (+63245-9634376)
  9. Go to GMA Facebook page & post complete addresses and names of people in need of immediate help.

Rubber Boat Requests, 4×4 Trucks

  1. NCRPO (+632-8383203, +632-8383354)
  2. Private citizens who would like to lend their motor boats for rescue
    please call emergency nos: +632-9125668, +632-9111406, +632-9122665, +632-9115061)
  3. You can also text (+632917-4226800 or +632927-6751981) for rescue dump trucks.
  4. For those who are able to lend 4×4 trucks for rescue: Please send truck to Greenhills Shoppng Center Unimart Grocery to await deployment, Tel No. (+632920-9072902) .

Power Supply

Meralco (+63917-5592824) If you want service cut off to your area to prevent fires and electrocution.

Relief Aid and Donations

  1. Victory Fort is opening its doors to those affected by the typhoon. Call 813-FORT.
  2. Clare Amador (+639285205508) or Jana Vicente at +639285205499) . Drop off for relief donations is at Balay Expo Center across Farmers Market Cubao.
  3. Miriam Quiambao drop off points: One Orchard Road Building in Eastwood, or messagehttp://www.twitter. com/miriamq for more details.
  4. Donations for Ondoy Victims to be distributed at the Philippine Army Gym inside Fort Bonifacio or GHQ Gym in Camp Aguinaldo starting now.
  5. Team Manila stores in Trinoma, Mall of Asia, Jupiter Bel-Air and Rockwell shall be accepting relief goods (Canned Goods, Ready-to-drink Milk,Bottled Water and Clothes) for distribution by Veritas.
  6. Relief Goods: Caritas Manila Office at Jesus St., Pandacan Manila near Nagtahan Bridge (+632-5639298, +632-5639308) or Radio Veritas at Veritas Tower West Ave. Cor EDSA (+632-9257931- 40)
  7. Donations of any kind for Payatas communities affected by Ondoy accepted at ARANAZ stores in Rockwell & Greenbelt.
  8. Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan Task Force Noah, a disaster response arm of the Jesuits, is accepting donations. Please drop it off sa Ateneo Cervini Dorm.
  9. Red Cross Load Donations: Right now the easiest way to make donations from the seat of your chair is via mobile phone load. The Red Cross Rescue and Relief Operations. Text: REDAMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4483 (Smart)
  10. Ateneo is now accepting donations for the victims of Ondoy. Donations can be dropped at MVP Lobby. For those stranded/those who need help: To all students who need help or know of people who need help. Please text the name, location, and contact number to (+6329088877166).
  11. Papemelroti stores at 91 Roces Ave. / Ali Mall Cubao / SM City North EDSA / SM Fairview / SM Megamall / Glorietta 3 in Makati / SM Centerpoint / SM Southmall are accepting relief goods (canned goods / milk / bottled water / clothes – NO CASH pls.)
  12. TXTPower now accepts donations via SmartMoney 5577514418667103, GCash 09179751092 and Paypal 3GvuN

Media Outfits

  • ABS-CBN Typhoon Ondoy Hotline: (+632-4163641)
  • Jam 88.3: (+632- 6318803) or SMS at JAM (space) 883 (space) ur msg to 2968

People Tracker (using your phones, get your friends and family to turn on their finderservice for you)

  • FINDERSERVICE. For Smart, text “wis ” to 386.
  • FINDERSERVICE. For Globe, text “find to 7000.

MRT and LRT are open 24 hours today

Product Review: MAC Cosmo Lipstick (Amplified Creme)

MAC Cosmetics remain to be at the top list of my favorite brands. Despite the fact that I try not to, considering that it's very expensive, it provides me with a lot of reasons why I should save a few pretty pennies for it.

Much to my surprise, I never really liked MAC lipsticks before. It made my lips dry and I couldn't stand the taste of it then. I remember when my mom bought me the shades Brave and Skew, I barely used them. It was just for special occasions or when I want something "sosyal" to take out from my purse when I'm out clubbing. But really, it was all a bad experience.

But what made me change my mind and rethink on MAC lipsticks? As my knowledge grew about makeups (i'm not saying I know it all), I realized that I had to give it another chance. My friends who were crazy about them gave me reason enough to try so I did. Since then, I just loved it.

MAC Cosmo by you.

But why Cosmo of all lipsticks from MAC.

I remember when Sophie and Jheng raved about Cosmo and I think at that time Sophie lost her Cosmo lisptick during a shoot or a class. Since then, Cosmo was stored at the back of my mind as one lipstick that I should consider. But every time I look and swatch it during one of my many MAC visits, I can't seem to like it. It was such a blah color for me.

The addict in me finally gave in. Shoot me for being such a shopaholic but I bought Cosmo only out of nothing. No reason at all. Truth be told, it was months before I even used this for the first time. It was just sitting on my stash like a reject from school.

MAC Cosmo snip by you.
snipped from (thanks!)

Boy oh boy was I wrong! :) I really really made a serious mistake not buying it sooner or calling it a blah. Cosmo is such an amazing color for my NC30-35 skin. The color has a pink-peach-taupe tone to it that I can't describe. Sometimes it looked peach or pink depending on the lighting. This shade glides on smoothly and its very pigmented.

Really, it's My-Lips-But-Better lipstick!

Enough talk, let the photos speak for itself. :)

MAC Cosmo swatch by you.
MAC Cosmo swatch by you.

MAC Cosmo swatch by you.

So, what do you think? Love it or hate it?
Me, I'm loving it!

much love,

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Personal: Tragedy from Typhoon Ondoy

I'm undergoing a personal tragedy right now.

Typhoon Ondoy has been hard to us Filipinos and of all the major typhoons that my family has experienced, this one is the worst hitting our city like a mad man. I currently can't contact my father and tito who has a downe syndrome. Up until now, I don't know what has happened to them and nobody can seem to reach them. I called rescue but now I can't get in their lines. I'm very much worried. I'm praying for their safety and immediate rescue. I am hoping you will also help me pray. Thank you and have a safe weekend.

You simply have to search "Ondoy" and you'll see different pictures showing the wreck he left us.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Winners + Shen's Addiction, a finalist in Philippine Blog Awards, Beauty Blog category

Hello everyone!!

How's your week so far? Mine was so jam packed that I had to miss a few a blogging days just so I could catch up. I'm just here to post the winners of my birthday contest!! :)

Imlee (kikaymomster) - 3rd Prize

Kay (kay's little universe) - 2nd Prize

Teeyah (chronicles of vanity)- 1st Prize


Please email me your addresses so that I can send your prizes by next week.


Please continue supporting this blog.



Shen's addiction in one of the finalist for this year's Philippine Blog Awards.
This is such an honor and a great accomplishment for this blog.

Thank you so much!!

much love,

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Brush of the Week: The Body Shop Lip/Concealer Brush

The Body Shop lip/concealer brush by you.
The Body Shop Lip/Concealer Brush

A fine tapered brush for precise application of lipcolors or concealers.

The Body Shop lip/concealer brush by you.
The Body Shop lip/concealer brush by you.
To be totally honest, I'm not confident using lip brush. I'm very clumsy with it and I always make mistakes especially when I'm applying lipstick on others. Its just really annoying that I can't get the hang of using a lip brush.

The Body Shop lip/concealer brush by you.

Thankfully, I got a chance to try The Body Shop Lip/Concealer Brush. Its made from synthetic fibres since The Body Shop is an advocate against animal cruelty. The Body Shop brushes is one of the best synthetic brushes I've encountered and many of my friends agrees. Their kabukis are fast flying off the shelves. The eye brushes has proven to be the same quality. Best of it all, its easily accessible since The Body Shop(TBS) is almost available in all leading department stores. My favorite includes the one in Greenbelt and Shangri-la Mall.

The Body Shop lip/concealer brush by you.

As provided by TBS, Lip/Concealer Brush indeed provides a precise application of lip colors and concealers. Using this brush gives more control when I apply the lipstick, making it easier for me to outline my lips making it easier to fill it in. I have a wrinkly lips and applying lipsticks with a brush like this is much better in making my lips look smoother.

Another reason why I love this brush is because of how versatile it is. As provided, I can use this as a concealer brush especially when shaping the lips and eyebrows. Another use I find this brush for is for foiling and even applying eyeliners. I can also use this brush in applying eyeshadows near my tearducts or inner portion of my eyelids.

So far, I haven't found a similar brush in my stash which is making me which I have 2 more. :)

I give this brush 3.5 out 5 Kikay Pinay points.

much love,

Sunday, September 20, 2009

L'oréal Professionel Texture Expert

L’Oréal Professionnel introduces Texture Expert: a new, ultra-premium styling line which treats and repairs the hair fibre at the same time.

Aside from styling the hair to create very elegant and feminine looks, Texture Expert also penetrates deep into the hair fibre for conditioning and treatment.

Texture Expert is a styling range which treats and repairs the hair fibre at the same time. The products feature several technologies which work both on the hair’s surface and deep inside the fibre.

This styling line can create various, elegant looks, as the product acts on the hair’s surface for flexible hold, better control, and protection.

Bounce Whip, 200ml (Php915)

Description: Bodifying aqua-mousse.
Results: Instant root-lift, volume and lightness.
Product category: Aqua-mousse.
Main benefit: volume.
Instructions: Apply 1 or 2 doses of the product on washed and towel-dried hair to add volume. Proceed with blow-drying or styling as usual.
Technology: Incell and pearl proteins repair and reinforce sensitized hair fibres. Vitamin E acetate protects the hair.

Perfect Shimmer, 100ml (Php395)
Description: Long-lasting shine spray.
Results: Long-lasting shine with reflector system for a lustrous finish.
Instructions: Spray from about 30 cm on dry hair.
Technology: UV filter

Smoothe Ultime, 150ml (Php995)

Description: Taming cream for thick, rebellious hair.
Results: Instant volume reduction. Frizz control and long-lasting humidity protection for smooth, soft hair styles. Nutrition and softness.
Product category: Blow-in treatment for thick hair.
Main benefit: smooth, blow-dry styling.
Instructions: Work a dab of the product into the palms and apply to washed and towel-dried hair. Proceed with blow-drying. Dry with diffuser to define curls. If needed, repeat application on dry hair throughout the day for added control.
Technology: Incell and pearl proteins repair and reinforce sensitized hair fibres. UV filter and vitamin E acetate protect the hair.
Tips: A small amount of the product is enough. Ideal for women with very thick hair who want some control.

Aqua Sleek, 125ml (Php915)
Description: Sleek and airy aqua-essence – airy category
Results: Aqua-essence for a smooth blow-dry style or a hair style with a soft, lightweight finish.
Product category: Smoothing cream.
Main benefit: smoothing, blow-dry styling.
Instructions: Apply a dab of the product on washed, towel-dried hair. Proceed with blow-drying or styling as usual.
Technology: Incell and pearl proteins repair and reinforce sensitized hair fibres. Vitamin E acetate protects the hair.

Tendre Forme, 50ml (Php940)
Description: Definition and structuring paste for fine hair.
Results: Definition and texture for sculpted hair styles and flexible hold. Supple and soft hair without visible residue. Natural shine and hair structure.
Product category: Fibrous paste.
Main benefit: definition.
Instructions: Work a small dab of the product into the palms and apply to washed and towel-dried hair to add texture. For more definition, work in with fingers on dry hair.
Technology: Incell and pearl proteins repair and reinforce sensitized hair fibres. UV filter and vitamin E acetate protect the hair.
Tips: Ideal as a finishing touch on short, limp hair. Ideal for creating graphic, bed-head or mussed effects. A small quantity is enough, so it doesn’t weigh hair down. Effects are easy to rework.

Lumicontrole, 50ml (Php985)

Description: Pearly nutrition wax for normal to thick hair.
Results: Strand by strand control and definition. Flexible hold for shiny, sculpted hair styles.
Product category: Definition wax.
Main benefit: definition.
Instructions: Apply as a finishing touch to dry hair.
Technology: Incell and pearl proteins repair and reinforce sensitized hair fibres. UV filter and vitamin E acetate protect the hair.
Tips: Ideal finish for short hair. For creating smooth or bed-head looks. Perfect for layered, tapered cuts.

My notes:

Hair Styling products and it treats hair? That sounds hair heaven to me. Having had no experience whatsoever in hairstyling since I've been stuck with the same hair style all my life, I coudn't be more happier knowing there is a product out there that can give me a nice volume but without the damaging chemicals. Rather, Texture Expert is also a hair treatment that penetrates the fibre of the hairs to make it stronger and look healthier.

I am personally in love with the Smoothe Ultime which maintains the softness of my very thick hair but at the same time has UV filter to protect it against the sun and infuses vitamin E for added healthy-looking shine. I apply it right after I shake off excess water after shower and let it airdry. I also see to it that my stylist uses the same prior to blow-drying my hair on special occassions. I top it of with Perfect Shimmer to provide me that hair commercial feel. Because of my heavily treated hair, I stray away from using products that are heavy but I found this line to be just the right amount of consistency to the point that its lightweight.

This line is only available at selcted Salons. Ask the advice of your stylist for the best Texture Expert product for you.

much love, Shen

It's finally official, Sex and the City 2 on 2010!

Sex in the City 2 Movie is finally starting production. You may have seen many paparazzi photos floating all over news and internet. Well, the buzz is indeed true, the four fabulous girls of New York will strut again in their Manolos and designer fashion choices to wow us with another great comeback.

SPL122205_001 by you.

Cosmos again, anyone?

much love,

Watch out SATC@ June of 2010.

Pinoy Pride: The Echo premieres in the Philippines

The Echo, a Philippine remake of the movie "Sigaw" is showing here in the Philippines

Roy Lee a known director for his adaption of horror asian movies like The Grudge and Ring series have found Sigaw of Yam Laranas interesting to make an American version but with an added twist to suite the international audience. I am quite proud that this remake because it still has a lot of the original plot. Iza Calzado will also be starring as the character she played in Sigaw.

the echo final poster layout by you.

A criminal record and parole term is keeping Bobby in his late mother's old apartment. He is then disturbed with screams from another apartment, nobody can seem to answer his questions. Only he can hear the screams.

Jesse Bradford plays the role of Bobby who is determined to find out where the screams are coming from and if it has something to his mother's death.

the echo publicity photo 08 by you.
Iza Calzado

Do you like scary movies?

The Echo will hit Theatres on September 30, 2009.
Enjoy.... >)

much love,

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Skinfood Salmon Darkcircle Concealer Cream (No. 2 Salmon Beige)

I have yet to test this product. But I would just like to show you guys what the BF got me for my birthday. Its not much since he's saving up for something we will be needing soon but it was the best gift anyone could give since he knows how much I've been wanting it but just couldn't justify the reason the need for another undereye concealer.

I'm glad I do have this now because I don't have this shade in any of my stash. And it's actually cheaper compared to another high-end brand with a similar color and the bonus is that this has lightening and healing properties as well.

I'll be partnering this with my Ellana Awake Mineral concealer to set it.

DSC_0691 by you.
DSC_0667 by you.
Skinfood Salmon Darkcircle Concealer Cream (No. 2 Salmon Beige)
Php975.00/$20 approx.
DSC_0654 by you.
DSC_0664 by you.
DSC_0683 by you.DSC_0669 by you.

there will be more of this product once I get over staring at it and actually use it. :)
It's just too cute to use!!!

Thanks, Hun!

But the best part of my birthday was actually Hun going to the office and personally delivering my favorite flowers on earth, tulips. It was a nice surprise... the people at the office found it so sweet and romantic. I was in cloud nine the whole day.

flowers from beib.. by you.

much love,

P.S. I will soon swatch all my concealers against the Skinfood Darkcircle Concelear Cream No. 2 and show which is the closest to give the best alternative for it just in case some of you are a bit hesistant of the price.

Friday, September 18, 2009

More Prizes for the Shen's Birthday Contest = More Winners!

I mentioned in Facebook that a major cosmetics company is sponsoring this contest and I recently got their generous donation. Thank you very much Lancome, Kiehl's and Shu Uemura for giving me lots of samples to give out my readers. I also included some other products that I found in my stash that I thought the winners would like to try. :)

Here are they are:

*****FIRST PRIZE*****
First Prize by you.

Second Prize by you.

Third Prize by you.

I will now be able to give three lucky readers/bloggers a chance to try products that I love and has become a part of my daily routine.

To join, simply go to my birthday contest post here. Mechanics are pretty easy. :)

Birthday Contest
Birthday Contest
Birthday Contest

givin' much love back,

YumYum: NEW Red Ribbon White Forest Cake - My new fave RR cake!

RR WhiteForest standee by you.

Love at first bite. It was exactly what I felt when I tasted the New White Forrest Cake of Red Ribbon. It was neither too sweet nor too filling but enough to give you that burst of happiness in every bite.

The three main ingredients makes one of my favorite cake at the moment, red juicy maraschino cherries, soft white chiffon that melt in mouth and the delectable white chocolate shavings on every layer and surrounding the entire cake.

Inspired by the Black Forest cake, the White counterpart is quite distinct and could stand on it own because of

A definite surprise to your family when you bring this home for dessert.

DSC_0056 copy by you.

DSC_0058 copy by you.

DSC_0061 copy by you.

DSC_0064 copy by you.

DSC_0065 copy by you.

during the event, i was able to taste a piece of the White Forest. Note to remember, don't eat the cherry first. You'll envy your friends as they favor their cherries as the last bite. :D

Coffee lover? The Red Ribbon Cake is best served with a hot cup of your favorite joe. A good YumYum to enjoy during this cold weather.

The next day, I got to enjoy once again the White Forest Cake. I didn't even feel the earthquake as I finish up a slice as the rain pours heavily outside.

DSC_0135 copy by you.DSC_0151 copy by you.
DSC_0121 copy by you.

much love,

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

[CLOSED] Birthday Contest (Philippine Readers only)

birthday girl by you.

I have so much to be thankful for this year despite so much loses... But when it comes to my beauty blogging, there is just so much blessings in both friends and opportunities Despite all the bad things that came a long with it, I still consider this a solace, a place I can truly be myself.

As a way of saying thank you for making the year bearable and enjoyable for me, I'll be holding a contest to make this day a little more worthwhile. Unfortunately, there will only be one winner this time. As much as I would love to have many, I couldn't. :( Also, I'm so sorry to all my international blogger friends. I will try to do another contest next time. :)

Open to all Philippine-based readers/bloggers as long a you meet the following criteria:
1. You must be a follower of blog
2. You must have an active and legitimate blog, running not less than 3 months. (not necessarily a beauty blog)
Active, meaning you are posting regularly for the past three months.

To join, write the following at the comment section:
1. Answer: What's the best memory you have of your mother?
2. Type in your Name and Blog Address (no emails please. if you have a legit blog, it means I can contact you. I also don't want to be a weapon of spammers online. hehehe!)
3. Spread the news of this contest via your website. Please link or repost of this post.

Of course I won't judge it base on your answer. I will choose the sole winner randomly.

Prizes will be of the following:

It's not much but these are some my favorite products and I'm hoping to share them with the lucky winner. :)

Deadline: September 20, 2009, 11:59pm.

Winners will be announced through post on this blog and contacted via her blog. :) I reserve the right to disqualify contestants that I deem unfit to join this contest.

Thank you once again for continuing to read my addictions. :)

much love,

Monday, September 14, 2009

Pink Manila's Button-down Blue Dress

pink manila button down blue dress by you.

Dresses became my fashion favorite when Gossip Girl became popular in the last 2 years. However, it is not merely on the attempt of looking like Blair Waldorf do I wear dresses.

Upon doning the semi-short statement pieces, I realized how flattering dresses are to my figure and its ability to camouflage my burgeoning belly and arms. To achieve this though, I must be careful in choosing which dress to buy. Believe me, there are dresses that makes me scream because my overloaded figure is showing.

Dresses makes me feel more feminine. When I'm in a dress, I pay more attention on how I act towards people and I seem to be more polite and even-tempered.

If indeed fashion changes a person, this might be what they were talking about.

This dress I bought for a friend's party but was unable to go to due to the bad weather. I like how it fits my 110 going to 130 lbs body. Although I had to double tape the upper portion on the button down since it opens up due to my 36C chest. It's just in bad taste when your boobies are peeking so use a double tape all the time just in case.

In the photo, I wore the following:
Blue button down dress & belt from Pink Manila (P600/$12)
Gunmetal hobo bag from HDY (2 for P850/$17)
White summer sandals from People are People (P999/$20)
Accessories are made by yours truly
Egyptian Queen Wrap Bracelet (P250/$5)
Y pink necklace (P200/$4)
*Thanks to Jo-An for correcting me

Pink Manila has been my go-to for nice dresses. I would always check out their store inside Fashion Village at Tiendesitas because it is nearest my place. It's extremely affordable and their clothes are truly well-made. If I want something that is up to date fashion piece but got no moolah to spend, I'll definitely check out Pink Manila. Best thing is, it's made in the Philippines.
There are more stores that I find quality buys without the high price tags. But more on those in later posts.

Pink Manila is available at The Ramp, Crossings Department Stores, Greenhills and Tiendesitas.

much love,

Brush of the Week: MAC 131 Duo Fiber Blush/Powder Brush

Another week yet again? Time flies by so fast, I can't catch up.
This is my birthday week! I'm turning 26 years old tomorrow! I'm old! I know I promised a contest but I'm still rounding up the prices. It will be a sort of surprise. I will announce mechanics tomorrow. I should be excited for my birthday but this is the loneliest birthday. I never had a birthday without my mom with me and I'm just not use it. She ,not waking me up with her greetings and kisses would be the worst thing ever. If you still have your mom with you, don't ever take her for granted. I did my best not to but I still think that time was cut too short for us. There was so much more that my mom and I could have shared together, not just occassions like this. On top of that, I am having hormonal breakouts. But I think it has to do more with a certain product I used. Bugger...
But enough with that... I still have a day before I have to deal with all that. 
Now, I'll be showing you one of MAC's limited edition brushes that has made its way into my top must-have brush list.
MAC 131 by you.
I got the MAC 131 Limited Edition brush from the Colour Craft Collection at MAC counter in Rustan's Shangri-la. I can't member the price but that's okay since I don't want to be reminded on how expensive MAC brushes are. Expensive or not, MAC brushes are known for their quality. Even with the hiked prices here in the Philippines, MAC brushes are still being bought by makeup connoisseurs here. MAC is definitely a go-to for the best brushes. 
MAC 131 by you.
MAC 131 Duo Fiber Blush/Powder Brush
A flat, tapered face brush featuring a combination of short, natural fibres and longer synthetic fibres making it ideal for the highlighting/contouring of Mineralize Skinfinish and all powder products.
Price: $40.00USD

MAC 131 by you.
As a blush or powder brush, this works beautifully especially when you want more control with the blushes that are pigmented like your regular mineral blushes, mineralized skinfinishes, mineralized blushes and pigmented blushes like Artdeco blushes. I also use this to set my makeup with my translucent finishing powder. Cream blushes are always best applied with duo fiber brush in my opinion.
I find ways to maximize the use of this brush. As expected, I tried it with many of my liquid foundations like my Alison Rafaele Reality Base Foundation, Maybelline ClearSmooth Mineral Liquid Foundation, Makeup Forever HD Foundation, Revlon Colorstay Mineral Mousse and MAC Studio Fix Foundation. All provided me with a medium to heavy coverage.
MAC 131 allows me more control when applied my foundation. I was able to apply foundation all over my face and neck, even at the parts hard to reach like the corners of the nose and around the eye area. Although the brush is a bit "open", it functions like a liquid foundation brush but less denser. You can still stipple your foundation for that airbrush look but could still be precise on the application front.
If MAC 187 and MAC 190 had a baby, they would come up with the MAC 131. Not quite MAC 187 that we love and adore. Not quite 190 that we are used to from the back in the day and still use up till the present. The MAC 131 is quite the hybrid but not offering the same results as those two mentioned. I find that MAC 131 gives a slower pace in applying the liquid foundation compared to my 187 and 190.
MAC 131 as excepted is very soft with no prickly feel. I guess that's normal already for duo fiber brushes. I have yet to encounter a dual fiber brush that is harsh on the skin. Even my MAC 187 dupe is very soft. The synthetic hair as provided to be economical since there is less products wasted.
What I haven't use this brush for is contouring. I regret that I haven't prior to this review but from the looks of this brush, this seem to be a running candidate for that. Especially on the forehead area, which I always find hard to contour using any kind of brush. You may also experiment in cream contouring with this brush since duo fiber brush are great with cream and gel formulations.
As per tradition, here are some photos for your perusal.
MAC 131 by you. 
MAC 131 by you. 
MAC 131 by you.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Kikay Pinay Points

much love,

P.S. I use Dr. Bronner's Liquid Castile Soap (review found here) or BareNatural's Brush Shampoo (review coming soon) to clean my brushes. I wash my personal brushes every week while those I use on my clients, I clean right after I use them.
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