Mar 14, 2014

Gold Digger

No, not that kind.

gold digger
Fossil Cecile watch, Charlotte Russe bracelet set, Chanel Vintage embroidered jacket, Giuseppe Zanotti sandals, Charlotte Olympia Gummi Bear clutch

I have never really been a fan of gold-toned accessories. I used to think that it looked gaudy therefore I tried to avoid wearing gold jewelry or, God forbid, gold-toned clothing; and for some reason, I find the trend a bit too 80s for my taste.

Until recently. Suddenly, I'm so into gold accessories and clothing and not just because there were quite a number of gold pieces that recently made an appearance on the runway. My falling in love with the trend happened way before that. I just never got around to actually acquiring some accessories (you know, the faux gold ones), but maybe this time I'll put it high up on my never-ending list of things to have. Especially the long gold chain necklace I saw from Aldo (I'm still kicking myself for not snapping that one up when I had the chance. And no, it's not on the site either which is a bummer).

But just because I developed a sudden love (or obsession?) with gold, does not mean I'm going to go crazy and bedeck myself with all the gold I lay eyes on, like a christmas tree. Of course not. I still find it quite a tricky trend to pull off, but I guess in moderation, it's possible to look classy rather than trashy.

If like me, you also want to incorporate gold in your outfit, but don't want to overdo it, you can try the subtle approach by adding touches of gold-toned accessories with neutral colors (which is the safest way). Of course sometimes it's also good to throw caution to the wind and just have fun with it.

gold styling
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Feb 6, 2014

Beauty Break: Nature Republic Botanical Pore BB Cream

Nature Republic Botanical Pore BB Cream

One of the best things about having a gay brother? It's that you can go shopping for makeup together and have fun doing so... well, except when you disagree on a product (though not with this one). Actually, he only likes shopping for BB creams, moisturizers, face masks, etc., but not for lipsticks, mascaras, face powder... you know, the works since he doesn't use those.

Anyway, it seems like we haven't found a BB cream we want to stay loyal to so expect more reviews on different BB creams out there or CC creams. Heck, maybe even DD creams (is there such thing now?). As you can see, we went back to Nature Republic to restock on BB creams, but this time we figured we wanted to try out the Botanical Pore one.

Unlike the Botanical Pure BB Cream, the Botanical Pore cream is a lot easier to blend on the face and doesn't feel dry. You will also want to pump out a pea-size amount on your hand and not more because that amount will already go a long way. If it doesn't, you can always add a bit more, but let me warn you: it's quite impossible putting back the extra amount you squeeze out (not to mention unhygienic).

So here's my before and after photo (which I almost didn't post because of that planet-sized zit):

now if only i can find an awesome lip balm that will cure/prevent cracked lips... 

In conclusion, I definitely prefer the Botanical Pore BB cream from Nature Republic over the Botanical Pure one. By the way, I've been using this product for about 7 months now (on our 2nd bottle) and for around 300Php plus, it's very affordable and worth it for the price.

But like I said, my brother and I will most likely try another product. I wonder which BB cream we should try next...

Jan 31, 2014

Nail Files: How to Remove Nail Polish in a Flash

I've never been much of a nail polish girl, but with all the pretty shades available today, who can resist? 

Every week I change nail polish colors just to make things more fun (and anyway, most nail polish lasts a maximum of a week, right?), but there are times when my planner is brimming with things to do that my nails become the least of my priorities and when I do have a window of opportunity to do it, the thought of removing my current polish is enough to make me feel lazy and skip it for another day. 

Until I learned a trick that will make nail polish removal quick and easy peasy. And since I like to share (...sometimes), I'll show you how I do it: 

You will need, of course, nail polish remover and a cotton ball (or two) which you will strip into 10 tiny pieces (just make sure your cotton strips are enough to cover your nails).  

Next, add a drop or two of nail polish remover on the cotton strips and stick them to each nails like so: 

How to Quickly Remove Nail Polish
I got cotton happy or something hehe 
Let it sit for a minute or 2 and then remove by pushing/sliding the cotton (outward) from your nail. If the cotton gets stuck to your nails, just add a drop of nail polish remover on the stuck cotton and it will be easy to slide off. 

et voila! 
If you find that there are some bits of nail polish left on your nails, just wipe them off with whatever's left of the cotton strips. 

No more reason for me to not change nail color! 

Except maybe the waiting for my nails to dry part. But I guess that one's for another post. 

Jan 5, 2014

Tonic Shoe Haul

I LOVE shoes. I absolutely go crazy over them, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way about shoes. I think I went a bit crazy last week though because I bought 3 pairs. Despite my love for shoes, I make it a point not to lose my head and make an impulsive purchase because honestly, I literally can't afford to be an impulsive buyer. Then again, there was a sale. Cha Ching! Thus I present to you the lovely additions to my growing collection of shoes: 

Tonic Sandals

Tonic Penny Shoes

Tonic Autumn Boots

All of these were bought from Tonic (PopCulture in Alabang Town Center) and the sandals and high heels are from a buy one, take one promo. I'm just really lucky they still have this in my size (5). However, the knee-high boots are regular priced and I had to dip into my savings just so I can buy them immediately (I'm still working on my patience and all that delayed gratification thing). 

I am so happy with what I bought and Tonic is now one of my favorite go-to for shoes and maybe even bags. I might even make another purchase before the month ends; I'm looking at you, Tatum boots. 

Dec 29, 2013

All I Want for Christmas is a Pair of Charles & Keith Shoes

I have been wanting to buy a pair of high heels since forever and unfortunately for me, after paying all my bills, there's just little to nothing left for me to spend for myself... and okay, I've been wasting money by ordering in fast food instead of cooking. And fine, I've also been buying makeup products I don't really need. 

When I finally had enough money to spare (and with some help from my lovely mom), I was able to go straight to one of my favorite shoe store and snap up some sexy pair of black high heels. And right on time for my first ever office Christmas party. 

Charles & Keith

I am so head over heels in love with these shoes! It's so classy and it makes your feet look so damn good in them. 

I especially love them with the dress my brother bought me from Thailand. 

Shoes: Charles & Keith; Dress: Thailand (no brand); Belt: Pop Culture store in Alabang
Town Center; Bag: Bally 

This was supposed to be a Christmas party post, but unfortunately I forgot to bring my camera and my friends haven't uploaded anything at all. Now that I think about it, it's kind of ironic that I don't have any pictures from the event when all I remember doing most of the time was take pictures with my friends.  Huh.

Also, maybe I should ask my brother to take a short photography course? Because really. lol!
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