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California 2014 Haul

It’s been a long time since I made a post like this.  I like taking pictures of things I buy, even if I don’t always post them, since it helps me see clearly where my money goes.  Usually I just dump everything into one photo, but I took these while I was trying to organize my things so I decided make separate little groups for them.  Since I put more effort in these pictures than I usually do, I figured I might as well share them.

A little disclaimer before we begin, some of these are gifts and pasalubong for friends.  So it may seem like a lot, but I’m giving some of these away.

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The very first thing I bought when we got there was this 1-inch Conair curling iron.  I have a 1 and 1/2 inch Revlon curling iron that I use in the Philippines, but it runs on 220V which means I can’t use it in the States.  This one by Conair is dual voltage so I can use when I travel.

IMG_4704I also picked up some basic toiletries - facial scrub, moisturizer, hair mask and conditioner.  (I love Garnier Fructis products!)

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A pack of cute EOS lip balms.  I’m going to be giving most of these away since I still have a couple of lip balms at home I need to finish.

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 This may seem random, but I got this tweezer set for only 99 cents!  We use these during our lab experiments so I figured I should just get a pack since it was so cheap.

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Nail art stickers.  Most of these came from the Dollar Tree and the 99 Cent Only store, but the three in the upper left are from bhcosmetics.com.

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Nail polish

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Candies.  I tried to avoid buying too much since sugar and my thighs can’t seem to get along, but sometimes you just have to give in to those cravings.

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Body sprays and perfumes from Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Body Works.  I might have gone a little overboard, but I have a weakness for anything that smells good.  Most of these were on sale so I don’t feel too bad about buying so much.  This time I bought the smaller bottles because it takes me forever to finish the large ones. (Remember all those body sprays and perfumes I got for Christmas back in 2011?  I still have some of them left.)

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Huge bottle of TUMS from Costco.  (I also got a smaller bottle to carry around in my bag from Walmart.)  I always have problems with hyperacidity so I usually bring a pack of Kremil-S with me, but these taste so much better!

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Nail Art : Pinoy Pride

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In honor of the Philippines’s 116th Independence Day :)

Embarrassed as I am to admit it, I had to double check online to see how I should orient the flag.  I didn’t want to go around sporting a symbol of war on my nails.  I know that when the flag is hung horizontally, the blue should always be on top, but I wasn’t too sure about the rules for hanging it vertically.  A good tip I found online is to remember “R-R“, which stands for “Red = Right”.

This turned out a little messier than I wanted.  I used tape to make the lines straight, but for some reason they still came out a bit wonky.  I’m too lazy to redo them so I guess it will have to do.  Maybe I’ll have better luck next year :)

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Nail art : Easter Eggs

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Festive nails for the holiday :)  I had to ask my sister for help with this one because I can’t draw straight lines on my own nails, not even with a striper.  The last time I did something like this, I used scotch tape to guide me, but I didn’t want to go through all that this year.  Luckily my sister was bored and was more than willing to help.

IMG_8675 copyShe was especially crucial when it came to doing my left hand.  There’s no way I would have been able to do this without her help.  Thanks Ez! (I did the same designs for both hands, but I reshuffled them a bit )

Previous Easter nail art designs:

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Review : Milani Multitasker Face Powder

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This is more like a first impression than a review since I only used the product for three days.  But I just like it so much that I had to write this entry.

A lot of makeup gurus on YouTube have mentioned this in their monthly favorites so I figured I’d give it a try.  I actually picked this up last year, back when I was running low on my Maybelline Powder Foundation.  But for some reason I only opened this a few weeks ago

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I bought it from Walmart and I can’t remember how much I got it for, but according to their site it should be around $7

I normally prefer BB creams and liquid foundation, but since it’s summer I haven’t been in the mood to put anything too heavy on my face.  I figured if this has good coverage, I can skip the BB cream/foundation.

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I like the fact that the sponge comes in a separate compartment.  I know it makes for a bulkier packaging, but I feel it’s more sanitary this way.

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I also love the print on the actual powder.  I think it looks very elegant.

 

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The shade I picked up was Light Tan (#4).  Each compact comes with 10.5g of product.

This is what the Milani website has to say about this product

A luxurious, velvet-soft face powder, specially formulated to provide a dimensional yet natural-matte finish. Provides perfect light to medium coverage.

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Kolours Dual Conditioning Hair Color (Blue Black)

This entry’s pretty late, but I thought I’d share my thoughts anyway, since this was the first time I used Kolours hair dye.

Some of you may have noticed that I dyed my hair black last year.  I’ve had brown hair for the longest time, even before this blog was created. I debated long and hard whether or not I should go back to black before I actually pushed through with it.  I had my hair professionally colored back in 2009, and since then I’ve gone through several boxes of DIY hair dye kits to maintain it.  But earlier last year, while I was browsing through some of my old photos, I realized that I missed having black hair. Also, I noticed that having to touch up my roots every 4 months had really started to take a toll on my strands. In fact, I had to give up rebonding since my hair couldn’t handle all the chemicals that I was putting on it. It was a choice between having colored hair or straight hair, and I chose color. But last July I decided that it was time for me to go back to my natural hair color so I can start cutting back on the chemicals I put in my hair.

Just for fun, I decided to go with this Blue Black hair dye by Kolours. I normally use Revlon Colorsilk but I wanted to try something new.  Kolours was also cheaper and more accessible since most groceries I know carry it. And supposedly, Kolours was created with Asian hair in mind, so I thought that was interesting.

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This is what it says on the box:

“COLOR & CARE FOR ASIAN HAIR PERFECTED BY KOLOURS

Kolours understands that compared to European hair and American air, Asian hair is darker and thicker, making it more resistant to coloring. These unique attributes of Asian hair needs particular care to prevent damage and dryness.”

The kit contained the usual developer, colorant, gloves and two packets of the after treatment conditioner:

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I thought it was cool that the instruction leaflet came in both English and Filipino.

Below are some before photos of me with my brown hair. These were all taken last May 2013. I used Revlon Colorsilk’s Light Auburn to get my hair this color.

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Nail Art : Glittery red tips

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For this design I used these three nail polishes:

 

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Chic’s Love Orchid, Sally Hansen’s Lady Luck (Gem Crush) and Wet and Wild’s The Gold and The Beautiful.

I applied two coats of Love Orchid before I started layering on Lady Luck, focusing on the tips.  It took about 4 or 5 coats of Lady Luck to get the opaque reddish-pink color.  Then I went over the entire nail with The Gold and The Beautiful.

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Purrrty~

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Review : ELF Triple Tip Waterproof Eyeliner Pen

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This is the ELF Triple Tip Waterproof Eyeliner Pen.  I picked it up at Target last year for $2.  I still had plenty of my Maybelline Gel Liner left at the time, but who can say no to that price right?  Besides, I really like using eyeliner pens because they’re convenient and handy to have.

This is the first triple tip eyeliner pen I’ve used.  This is what the tip looks like:

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You can use it on its side to create a single line, or you can use the tip to dot between your lashes to make them look fuller.  I’ve seen a couple of beauty gurus on YouTube use similar eyeliners and the results are pretty nice.  I tried dotting my lashes using this eyeliner and I think it did a pretty decent job.  But what I didn’t like was how stiff and scratchy the tip was. I had a hard time lining my eyes because it would drag my eyelids, and it made them really itchy.  I’m not sure if all the ELF eyeliner pens are like this or I just came across a bad one.  (I know that ELF products are usually hit or miss.) Eventually I learned that I could get a decent line if I go slowly and use a really light touch.

Here’s a swatch of the eyeliner pen on the back of my hand:

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The three lines at the top were when I used the pen with the three tips lined up vertically.  The line at the bottom was when I used the pen on its side.  When the pen was still new, I noticed that the formula was very watery.  You can see how it bleeds into the lines of my skin in the photo above.  It was difficult to use on my eyes at first because of how wet and runny it was.  But after a few days, the consistency improved and it became easier to use.

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Nail art : Cupcakes

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This was what my nails looked like at my sister’s engagement party.  The dress I wore had these tiny, colorful cupcakes so I used that as inspiration for my nails.  It’s a little hard to tell that they’re cupcakes in the photo above since they’re upside down, so here’s a better angle:

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And here’s a shot with my cupcake dress in the background:
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Review : Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain (Crush)

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This review is loooong overdue.  In fact, I debated on whether or not I should write it at all since everyone’s already raved about these lip balm stains online.  But, I decided that I love the product so much, I should at least make a quick entry on what I like about it.

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I bought this Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in the shade Crush back in August 2012.  And since then, I’ve used it everyday.  In fact, I used it so much that this is all I have left now:

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The packaging looks like a giant retractable crayon.  You have to twist the bottom up to get more of the product out.  There’s 2.7 grams of product in each stick.

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The only way I can get more product out of this is if I use a lip brush, which I’m too lazy to do.  So I guess it’s safe to say that I’ve used it all up.  This amazes me because this is only the 3rd time that I have used up a lip product in my entire life!  (The only other lip products I’ve used up completely is my Etude House Apricot Stick and my lip stain from The Body Shop).  I buy a lot of lip products because I’m obsessed with them, but I usually end up getting tired of them or losing them before I can completely finish one.

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Nail art : Penshoppe dots

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Another picture of my nails I forgot to post.  This was taken around the second week of December.  I used nail art stickers I found at a Penshoppe outlet in San Pablo.

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It was only P39, can you believe it?

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Despite being really inexpensive, these stickers were actually pretty good. They lasted two weeks with minimal chipping/peeling, and they didn’t warp when I applied a clear topcoat over them.  I wish I bought more, but there weren’t that many designs to choose from at the outlet we went to.

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