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Review : Milani Multitasker Face Powder


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


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.


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.


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



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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K-drama Review : You Who Came From The Stars


(Also known as “My Love From Another Star“)

It’s been a while since I last watched a K-drama, and it’s been even longer since I last saw one that got me completely captivated. The last one was probably Secret Garden, back in 2011. (Although I did really enjoy To The Beautiful You). My sister is still pretty updated with the latest dramas and she strongly encouraged me to watch this one. She told me that since I love shojou mangas with a tsundere male, I would enjoy this a lot. And surprise surprise, she was right. Just one episode in and I was hooked.



Here’s the basic plot of the story according to Wikipedia:

Do Min-joon is an alien that landed on Earth in the year 1609 during the Joseon Dynasty. As his spaceship is broken, he is stranded on the planet for the next four centuries. He possesses a near-perfect appearance, enhanced physical abilities involving his vision, hearing and speed, and a cynical, jaded view regarding human beings. He meets a young girl whom he saves from death, but later on she gives her life saving him.

As time goes by, Min-joon is forced to take on a new identity every ten years, as his human appearance never ages.

In the present he works as a college professor and finds out that due to a comet coming in three months, he will be able to return to his home planet. In the meantime he accidentally meets famous actress Cheon Song-yi, the biggest Hallyu star in Korea, when she moves in next door to his luxurious apartment and also turns out to be attending his classes at college. Song-yi is an obnoxious, entitled attention seeker, someone who became a top star in her teens and never learned how to live a normal life. Min-joon finds out that Song-yi looks like the young girl he fell in love with in the Joseon era. He tries to keep himself away from her, as he needs to leave the planet.

However, Song-yi gets entangled in the dangerous game of Lee Jae-kyung, the elder brother of Hwi-kyung, who has been her friend since middle school and is in love with her. As Jae-kyung tries to silence Song-yi, Min-joon finds himself saving her multiple times and eventually the neighbours fall for each other. But Jae-kyung turns out to be much more dangerous than Min-joon suspected and he mysteriously also starts to lose control over his superpowers, making his only friend and confindant, Lawyer Jang worried about his life and return to space.

(The summary is pretty accurate, except for the part where it says his spaceship was broken. I’m pretty sure the reason he was stranded on Earth was because he was poisoned when it was time for the spaceship to leave so he got left behind. But I definitely agree with the statement about his “near-perfect appearance” XD)

I have just got to say that I LOVED this drama. So even though I’m extremely busy with work, I just had to write this quick review. To keep it short (well, shorter than my other K-drama reviews), I will try to focus only on the aspects of the show that I liked. Please be warned that this review will contain MAJOR SPOILERS. So if you plan to watch it, then you might want to close your browser now.



Cheon Song Yi (Jun Ji Hyun)

She was one of the main reasons I decided to watch this K-drama. My Sassy Girl is one of my all-time favorite movies, and I loved her in it. I remember first watching it back in college. I enjoyed it so much that I even made all my friends (and a few family members) watch it. I love that Cheon Song Yi’s character in this drama is pretty similar to her character in My Sassy Girl. They’re both bossy, confident and ultimately “sassy”. One major difference from her character in Sassy Girl is that Cheon Song Yi is pretty ditzy, which only makes me love her more. You guys know I have a soft spot for girls who are adorably cute and clueless. (think Go Mi Nam in You’re Beautiful, Mi Ho in MGIAG, Nodame in Nodame Cantabile and Yuan Xiang Qin in It Started With A Kiss). I say “clueless” because I don’t believe that Song Yi was actually stupid, despite what her bashers say – in fact I think she’s pretty clever. It’s just that she’s always had someone around to do things for her and clean up her mess ever since she was a kid, so she’s never had to fend for herself. She never had to take school seriously either because she started acting and earning big money at such a young age. Naturally, when the people taking care of her abandoned her, she was at a loss.

I truly admire Cheon Song Yi’s confidence and tenacity. And I applaud her for going right up to Do Min Joon and admitting her feelings to him. Personally I think it’s absurd to love someone and not tell them (unless they’re married or in a relationship or something). You’ll just waste years of your life wondering about things that could have been (example : Yoo Se Mi). I understand that confessing to someone can be terrifying, but at least you’ll know how they feel about you. If they like you too then hooray! And if they don’t then you can make a choice to keep fighting for them or move on.


I didn’t think I could love Jun Ji Hyun more after My Sassy Girl but this drama proved me wrong. The reason I enjoyed this show so much was because of her crazy antics. She’s not afraid to make herself look stupid or crazy, and I admire her for that. She’s confident, self assured and dauntless, but you can’t help but want to take care of her because she’s so clueless. Even her brother, a high school student, seems to know more about the world than she does.



I read on Allkpop that Kim Soo Hyun personally called and persuaded Jun Ji Hyun to play this role after they worked together on Thieves, because she initially refused. KSH believed that JJH is the only actress who could do this role justice so he convinced her. I’m glad he did because I don’t think this drama would have done aw well if it wasn’t for JJH :D


Do Min Joon (Kim Soo Hyun)

Ah, Kim Soo Hyun. Why must you do this to me? It’s been a while since I obsessed over an actor. I was doing pretty well but you had to go and ruin that. Gaaaah! Why must you be so perfect~


Yep, you know it~

I absolutely loved Do Min Joon. I’m such a sucker for male tsundere characters (i.e. Hwang Tae Kyung from You’re Beautiful, Chiaki Shinichi from Nodame Cantabile and Jiang Zhi Shu from ISWAK). I love how they try to act all tough and emotionless, but deep down they’re willing to go through anything for the girl they care about. *sigh*

Kim Soo Hyun did an amazing job in this drama. I smiled when he smiled and cried when he cried. I broke down in tears when he told Cheon Song Yi to leave him alone because he doesn’t have feelings for her, but froze time as she walked away so he could give her a goodbye kiss and tell her how much he truly loves her. And when he started crying as she was talking about the things she wanted to do for their future anniversaries (because he knew he be gone by then) – that was just heartbreaking. This was my first time watching any of his work, but you can be sure that I’ll be keeping a lookout for him now.


(I found this on Tumblr and I gotta say I agree XD)


Lee Hwi Kyung (Park Hae Jin)

He was one of my favorite characters on the show. I was a big Family Outing fan so I’m happy to see Hae Jin in this drama. Although, honestly, I didn’t recognize him at first. He got so thin!

I thought Hae Jin did a great job with his character.  I never knew he was such an amazing actor.  His actions and expressions are just spot on.  Lee Hwi Kyung’s the kind of guy that girls would want to have in their lives. He was caring, loyal, attentive and he never expects anything in return. (Like that scene when the reporters had Song Yi trapped in her apartment building – his first thought was what if she was starving in there.) He would go to the ends of the earth for Cheon Song Yi if she asked him to. He hopes that Cheon Song Yi will love him back someday, but he doesn’t pressure her to do anything she doesn’t want to do – he just waits patiently by her side and constantly lets her know that he loves her and will do anything for her. She’s rejected him for 15 years, but he never gives up. Honestly, part of me was hoping that they’d end up together, because I felt bad for him. But love is never that simple. And to be fair to Song Yi, she never lead him on. She made it clear that she never saw him as anything more than a friend, and tells him that that’s all he will be to her. There even came a time when she thought about giving up their friendship because she didn’t want to cause him more pain by keeping him around, but he refused. He believed that being friendzoned is better than not being with her at all. Seriously, I just wanted to reach into my laptop at times and give him a hug.


Don’t worry Hwi Kyung – girls will be lining up just to be with with a guy like you. If I didn’t have my Ckloy (and if you weren’t fictional) then I’d be right there along with them.

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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.


This is what it says on the box:


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:


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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Review : ELF Triple Tip Waterproof Eyeliner Pen


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:


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:


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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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.


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:


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.


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.


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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Review/Initial Thoughts : Elementary


These past few days I’ve been glued to my iPad, watching this show.  I’m almost done with season 1 so I figured I would share some of my thoughts here on my blog.

As some of you may know, Sherlock (BBC) season 3 ended a few weeks ago.  I waited for it to come out for months and I can’t believe that its already over. (Some people waited years, but I only started watching the series last May.) Ever since the show ended, I’ve been on a sort of Sherlock withdrawal, so I decided to give Elementary a try.

I found out about this show through a Buzzfeed article entitled 31 Perfect People You Wanted To Date In 2013. Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson were numbers 20 and 21 on that list. Yes, you read that correctly  JOAN Watson. Not John, but Joan.  I haven’t heard of the show before this, so I was curious as to who these people were.  After a quick search on Google, I found out that they were the main characters in Elementary, a contemporary US adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. In this version, Sherlock Holmes lives in New York City.  He had just come out of rehab and his father hired Dr. Joan Watson to be his sober companion to make sure he doesn’t relapse.


At first I was hesitant about watching this show, especially since I’m such a huge fan of BBC’s Sherlock.  I didn’t believe that anyone else aside from Benedict Cumberbatch could play Sherlock.  I’m quite happy to be proven wrong.  Of course I still think that Benedict’s Sherlock is unbeatable, but I also appreciate Jonny Lee Miller portrayal of him.  They play the same character, but they do it very differently.  Benedict plays Sherlock as an emotionless sociopath with very little concern for social etiquette, while Miller depicts him as a much more relatable human being.  He does get a little crazy every now and then, but nothing too over the top.

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Books Read in 2013

I made an entry like this last year, and I enjoyed writing it, so I figured why not do it again :D

In this post I will list all the book I read (for leisure) in 2013.  I will also post my quick opinions on each book and my rating for each one.


Sabina Kane series (Jaye Wells) –I started the year off finishing this series.  I read books 1 to 3 towards the end of 2012, and I finished books 4 and 5 in January.  I didn’t really like book 4, but book 5 was alright.  Initially I gave the series 3.5 out of 5 stars, but I think after finishing the last two books I’m taking it down to 3 out of 5 stars


Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops (Jen Campbell) – A light and quick read (I finished it in one sitting).  It’s a compilation of weird conversations people have in bookstores.  3.5 out of 5 stars


Single Girl’s To Do List (Lindsey Kelk) – I gave this 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, but I seriously can’t remember a single thing about this story.  I read the summary and the characters don’t register at all!  I guess that shows how unmemorable this is.  So I’m changing my rating to 1 out of 5 stars


Girl On The Run (Jane Costello) – Another forgettable chick lit. 2 out of 5 stars


The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window (Kirsty Moseley) – The premise of the story sounded interesting, but this was so poorly written I gave up after the first few chapters.  It’s like an amateur fanfic for tweens.  0 out of 5 stars.


Hearts in Darkness (Laura Kaye) – Two strangers gets stuck in an elevator and discover interesting things about each other.  (I swear I didn’t mean for that to sound sexual.)  It’s a very short novella that you can finish in one sitting.  3.5 out of 5 stars.


The Fault in Our Stars (John Green) – One of my favorite reads for 2013.  I made a book review about it HERE.  And I compiled some of my favorite quotes from the book HERE.  I even shot a self portrait inspired by one of my favorite lines, which you can see HERE.  They’re releasing a movie based on the book this year, and I can only hope that they do it justice.  4.7 out of 5 stars.


Natural Born Charmer (Susan Elizabeth Phillips) – The last book in the Chicago Stars series (I finished books 1 to 6 in 2012). It was alright. Didn’t enjoy it as much as the others. 3.4 out of 5 stars.


Fallen (Lauren Falter) – This is the first book in the Guardian Trilogy.  I picked it up because it had high ratings and after reading the Georgina Kincaid series by Richelle Mead, I wanted more books about angels.  Unfortunately, this was such a disappointment that I didn’t even bother finishing it.  1 out of 5 stars.


Forbidden (Tabitha Suzuma) – I don’t know what I was thinking reading this book.  I mean it’s well written and I enjoy forbidden love, but incest just isn’t my thing.  I gave it a try because it had high ratings on Goodreads, and I actually finished it, but I just found it so disturbing.  2 out of 5 stars


Inescapable (Amy Bartol) – The first book in The Premonition series.  After the major fail that was Fallen, I gave angel stories another try and picked this up.  I saw that some of my friends read it and one of them gave it 5 stars, so I figured it must be good.  Unfortunately this was a miss for me again.  It wasn’t as bad a Fallen because I was able to finish the whole thing, but I didn’t even bother looking for the second book.  2 out of 5 stars


Beautiful Disaster (Jamie McGuire) – Someone PLEASE tell me why this is one of the highest rated books on Goodreads!!  Because the entire time I was reading it I was rolling my eyes and gagging.  People actually like this crap?  I mean I’ve read some pretty bad books before, but I just don’t understand why this one is so popular.  Travis Maddox clearly has some serious passive-aggressive tendencies, and girls actually find this attractive?  Sure he’s “lean, cut, and covered in tattoos”, and he’s a great fighter, but c’mon!  Girls, please tell me you have higher standards than this.  1 out of 5 stars.


The Sea of Tranquility (Katja Millay) – Thank goodness I found this book when I did, because I was ready to give up on Goodreads after getting one bad book recommendation after another.  This restored my faith in the site.  Katja Millay is amazing, and this is definitely my favorite book for 2013.  I made a review of it HERE.  I mentioned that the story started off reaaaally slowly, but once it got to the good part, it just took off.  If you’re going to read this, please don’t give up during the first few chapters.  I know it seems boring in the beginning, but I promise it gets better.  I loved it so much I actually read it two more times before moving on to my next Goodreads recommendation.  This is a definite 5 out of 5 stars for me :D


Vain (Amelie Fisher) – A beautiful, spoiled, rich girl gets an eye-opening lesson after being forced to do “volunteer” work in Uganda.  3 out of 5 stars


I Love You To Death (Natalie Ward) – This is the story of the girl who loved everyone to death.  Literally.  I don’t know if she just has terrible luck or what, but seriously?  It’s like she decides she loves someone then BOOM!  That person is dead.  The writing was good, but I just didn’t enjoy the story that much. 2.5 out of 5 stars.


Flipped (Wendelin Van Draanen) – This one comes as a close second as my favorite book of 2013.  This was actually recommended by a student (thanks Kyle).  It’s beautifully written and the story is just adorable~  I watched the movie after reading the book and I loved it as well.  A definite 5 out of 5 stars :D


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Nail art : Red for the new year

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This was what my nails looked like on New Year’s Eve.  My dress was red and it had white bows and polka dots so I thought about recreating the same design on my nails.  But then I saw this pack of Etude House stickers in my drawer so I decided to just use them instead:


I borrowed some red nail polish from Ezra, put the stickers on and sealed everything with a layer of gold glitter polish.  Unfortunately, these stickers didn’t last that long, which was a surprise because the regular Etude House stickers last a long time, and this was more expensive.  Even with the glitter topcoat, the bows kept peeling off over the next few days.  To make this design last for a week, I had to occasionally repaint the bows on using white nail polish.

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What 2013 was like for me :D

Hello everyone!  It’s time for my wrap up entry for 2013.  I’ve been a lazy blogger this year so most of the activities from May onward don’t have an entry yet. But not to worry, I’m working on that right now :D  I’ll be updating this post every now and then to fix the links.

Like the previous years, I’ll be highlighting some of the ups and downs of each month.  There’s a little of both for each one but I’ll try to focus on the good parts because those are the things I want to remember :D






  • Had a photoshoot around campus for Hahriz’s and Jik’s upcoming wedding
  • Attended the Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Clark with April, Brinks and Jay.  Then we went shopping in Subic afterwards

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  • My mom received an award for being an Outstanding Teacher :D  Something she’s worked very hard for the past 30+ years.  Congrats Ma! :D
  • Went on a motorcade for the IMSP Foundation Day
  • Had dinner with the Physics Division at 88 Resort and Spa to celebrate the end of the semester and the start of summer


  • Had a photoshoot with Brinks at UPCO
  • Celebrated Aprille’s birthday by having dinner at IC’s :D
  • Attended Ian’s and Fjorda’s wedding with the Physics Division
  • Went on a Batangas trip with my girls.  It was our first beach trip together since 2007.
  • Attended the Ozine Fest with Ezra, Tring and Deus
  • Celebrated Ezra’s birthday by having dinner at 88 Resort and Spa




















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