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Foundation hack! Extend your foundation with moisturizer

Sure we found the right shade and tested a hundred times at the makeup counter to see how good it is. But when we look at the tag price, well... *cringe, and cries inside*. 

It's too expensive.

This is why I am sharing one way you can extend the foundation of your dreams when you finally get to take it home.

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That's right! If you are a makeup enthusiast who is working on a budget then this tip can definitely help!

Since I use foundation to work everyday, I want to be able to extend the my foundation to more than the usual 3 to 5 months it takes me to go through a 30ml bottle. Specially since one of the best that works well with my skin type (being oily to combination) is a little on the pricier part of the spectrum. So I definitely want to be able to maximize the amount I spent. And I've been using this makeup hack for 2 to 3 years now so I can definitely attest to the wonderful way it works. I've been able to extend a 30ml foundation to a full year since this hack.

Sweet, right?

Watch the video on how I do it, though I did use a couple of different foundations in there. Only to match my shade. :)

Let me know if this also works for you and let's say thank you to Michelle Phan for introducing this hack years ago! Thanks, Mish❤

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Pinkies Collection?

So this is actually an international brand that's readily made available to us through Watsons, in any branch I visit. Pinkies Collection is franchised by a Filipino, and products are shipped to the Philippines.

Technically, this brand is a little on the midrange budget since it's not locally made but there are products which are very good investments for us, ladies, who want to get a decent product but won't cost an arm and a leg.

Last Christmas, Pinkies Collection was on sale and I was a little in doubt since the brand wasn't as well-advertised as others such as Careline or Nichido, etc. Being the curious cat I am, I checked the products and am stunned to find a lip velvet which I have been looking for a while now! And in the perfect red I wanted. *faints happily*

Originally priced at P320-ish (I cannot recall the exact price the lady offered), I got this for a steal at P199.00! *audience clapping*

The rest of the shades are as follows:

This photo was taken under normal daylight and is unfiltered. The shade I got is called Luscious. And rightfully so! :D

My thoughts. Initially, there is still that distinct scent of chemical which the brand failed to hide, and when I drink coffee or any warm beverage, the lipstick melts and transfers very lightly. So there is a need to retouch. The good news, however, is that you can retouch after your 6th or seventh cup (yaaaay~).

More good news. It is airy, though not as good as Peripera probably (still cheaper), so it kind of feels like wearing lipbalm. Very, very pigmented. Does not exactly feel like a lipstick. It's transfer and kiss proof until you eat (plus points there). And did I mention it's pigmented? As in a little goes a long way! But the best part is, it's not tacky nor sticky from first layer to next (Woohooo!).

Have you tried this yet? If so, then leave your thoughts in the comments section. If you haven't then let's wait for the next sale to get more shades. :)

Who is the new Miss Universe this 2018? Miss Philippines!

Eyes are now glued to TV sets, monitors and mobile devices to await who will take home the crown in the most prestigious beauty pageant held every year.

We are proudly represented by Catriona Gray (@catriona_gray), who is not new to the pageant industry having won the Miss World Phillipines title back in 2016.

Miss Universe:
  • Philippines - Catriona Gray 

1st Runner Up:
  • South Africa - Tamaryn Green

2nd runner up:
  • Venezuela - Sthefany Gutiérrez

The top 3 are:
  • Philippines - Catriona Gray
  • South Africa - Tamaryn Green
  • Venezuela - Sthefany Gutiérrez

As of this post, the finalists are:

Final Five:Puerto Rico - Kiara Ortega
  • Vietnam - H'Hen Nie
  • Philippines - Catriona Gray
  • South Africa - Tamaryn Green
  • Venezuela - Sthefany Gutiérrez

Top 10:
  • South Africa - Tamaryn Green
  • Vietnam - H'Hen Nie
  • Venezuela - Sthefany Gutiérrez
  • Philippines - Catriona Gray
  • Costa Rica - Natalia Carvajal
  • Curacao - Akisha Albert
  • Nepal - Manita Devkota
  • Canada - Marta Magdalena Stepien
  • Thailand - Sophida Kanchanarin
  • Puerto Rico - Kiara Ortega

  • *Photos are from the net.*

    Excelente Ham Update December 2018!

    It's Christmas season again, and as tradition dictates, the staple Ham will never be absent from the Noche Buena table of Filipino Families. That said, here we go for the most recent update on one of the infamous places to be this season.

    As of December 11, 2018 above are the most up to date prices of the Filipino Favorite. During the first 2 weeks of the month, the buyers aren't all here yet, but there is significant absence of stocks at 7PM which speaks volumes of this hams fame.

    "We're ready for the upcoming holidays.", says one of the staff. "Even with the price fluctutation, we do our best to minimize the increase [in prices] balancing this with the rising costs.", chimed another.

    Another of the best sellers, available for retail, are the trimmings of the ham itself can be bought at P1,000 per kilo. We tried the sweet bacon one and the ham marinated in pineapple sauce at half kilo each. And mmmm... It's worth a comeback!

    Have you tried Excelente's ham yet? Leave me your thoughts and why it's worth waiting in line for in the comments box. 😄

    Holiday Makeup Ideas

    It's Christmas season again! And we all know what that means. Parties to attend to. Reunions to get ready for. Year-end occasions. The list is quite long. Since part of the list means getting ready then let's talk about some looks which you can easily go for specially if you still have work to take care of in the morning. In case you don't have a lot of time to prep then here is one easy yet glam look to go for.

    I used the Ever Bilena Chocolate Palette and ELF eyeshadow palette to make this look. Careline liquid liner to line with which are all very affordable enough for that once in a while use that won't break the bank.

    If you are a brow or blush and lipstick girl like me, then this is a look that's easy and simple to do. And if you watch a lot of Youtube tutorials, you'd probably heard of transition colors a lot. Basically, that's the base of the makeup and this is the color you'd find all over the crease area to just below the eyebrow. What I did was add a darker shade of the transition on the crease itself, in this case I used a combination of light and dark brown in matte. Then used a bright pink on the eyelid to the inner corner to the middle area, and violet on the other half transitioning to the brown. Then blend blend blend. Topped off with a black liquid liner and mascara to complete the look. Optional is adding falsies. I kept this simple by using a very natural looking falsies (and because I still wear glasses.)

    Simple enough look to fit whether day or night events. Let me know in the comments section what themes you are attending soon!