Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wear Fuchsia!

Neither have I ever been fond of any specific shade of lipstick, nor have received so many compliments about my pout (from friends, students, teachers, and relatives online and in person)... Until now. 

Regardless of lighting and mood, a bright fuchsia just manages to flatter my face and catch attention! 

Natural lighting (sitting right beside a huge window)
@ a coffee shop early afternoon
Indoors at night @ a party
where my professor asked me what
lipstick I'm using so he can buy
thes same shade for his wife!
At the department office,
under ugly fluorescent lights 


  • Since the color itself is shocking, get ready to bring out your white and black tops. Loud prints will look weird and awkward when sporting this shade. I've been wearing my plains over and over, and I bought 3 more over the week, because of my fascination with fuchsia!
  • Exfoliate your lips. I'm using C. O. Bigelow's Mentha Lip Buffer in Peppermint (yum)!
  • Since I like my lips matte or semi-matte - because gloss over my full pout will make me look like a, uhm, slutty goldfish - I moisturize with a non-petroleum based balm. I've discovered that the classic Nivea Creme (in the vintage blue tin) gives you that smooth surface without the shine. (Congratulations, BTW, to Nivea for celebrating 100 years --- catch on Facebook! Can I just say that I really like this brand!)
  • Softly line and fill your lips with lip pencil to avoid bleeding. No need to go full-on; just make sure you've colored and shaped your puckers. I'm using Fanny Serrano Lip Pencil in 03. Forgot to do this when I began sporting the shade, and I found the color gunk transfering to outside my lips, seeping through the lines, and feathering!
  • Check once in a while. The color will fade into a stain or you can reapply. Either way, make sure you have a mirror handy.


NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Addis Ababa
(this under lipsticks will mattify the shade)

Revlon Colorburst in Fuchsia
(gorgeous! almost a dupe of NARS Funny Face)
MAC Amplified Pro Creme lipstick in Full Fuchsia
(more magenta than NARS FF)

#6 is the one that started it all: NARS Funny Face
(almost red, but balanced by blue and magenta tones)

Even if I have these lippies already, I seriously, seriously still want to get my hands on NARS Schiap and MAC Girl About Town.

Anyway, here's to hoping we can all pull off the shade! :)

To end this post, I'll leave you with a totally unrelated picture of a really hot guy:

Ernest Hemingway at 19 years old.
Ooh la la. A lit genius with a face like this?
Have a great day to everyone!


Review: San San Soleil Nail Polishes

I got these little nail polishes from San San a few days ago. I find them cute with the very vibrant, warm and playful colors! It is from the brand's summer collection, Soleil.

Although it is a bit too late since the rainy season has begun, these colors seem to still be a crowd favorite. I keep seeing a lot of my schoolmates sporting these nail colors.

Such pretty colors, aren't they?
On my nails: Canary Glow
My favorite of the 3. My first impression was, "Sooo UST. <3" 

On my nails: Moss Green
Love this one. It reminds me a lot of Kero Keroppi. I use to draw him a lot in MS Paint. LOL :P

on my nails : Tangerine Burst
Not a fan of orange, but this looks sooo good on my nails. :>

What I like about it is it's very affordable. Only $0.75. And it's available in all HBC stores. I also like the very-easy-to-work-with brush and how the nail polish goes smoothly on your nails. The only thing I'm not fond of is I that it can be quite runny and that I had to put 3 coats of the nail polish to get these results. Well, almost every matte nail polish needs 2 to 3 coats anyway. :)

Which of the three is your favorite? :)


Sunday, June 26, 2011

FOTD: Orange Madness!!!

This post is dedicated to my dear classmate, Angela. She keeps on insisting that orange is a color for the "cool" people but for me, it's my least favorite in the color wheel. :P

So because I super like arguing with Angela about orange, I had this idea of just trying the color out on my face and that it's gonna be an FOTD post! :P

So here's what orange looks on me:

Although I do think that orange does look quite good on me. Haha! 

I dug deep among my collection of makeup to find those with orange tones and here they are:

MAC Studio Fix Liquid Foundation in NC 25
Ever Bilena Mousse Concealer in Pure Beige
Fashion 21 Loose Powder in No.1

Benefit in Georgia
Fashion 21 Blush in No. 4

Dollface 88 eyeshadow palette
Majolica Majorca Jewelry Eyes in RD784
Maybelline the Magnum Volum' Express Macara\
Maybelline BrowDefinist in Brown
Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Brown
Nichido Eye Pencil in 24k

San San Soleil Lipstick in Peach Ibiza
Avon Simply Pretty Lipgloss in Coral

And I even used orange nail polish (Angela, see how much I love you? LOL)!

On Nails:
San San Soleil Nail Polish in Tangerine Burst

This look kind of made me like the color --- a little bit. LOL. So what do you think about the color Orange? 


Saturday, June 25, 2011

A Sale on A Rainy Day

Add +50 for shipping (Metro Manila)
Items mostly bought/swapped for early last year
Payment: GCASH (pref) or BPI
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(Philosophy, Mary Kay, Shu Uemura, Rimmel, etc.)

Stila Bronze Glow Eyeshadow Trio - used less than 10x

Laura Mercier Brow Pencil in Blonde (taupish color - perfect for dark haired girls)
3/4 left - 450

MAC Mineralize Blush in Hang Loose (Limited Ed.)
Used 10x - 800

MAC Eyeshadow Suite in Smoke and Ash
Used less than 8x - 500

Stila Smudge Pot in Bronze (still creamy)
Used 10x - 450

POP Dust Deluxe in White Gold
(To highlight inner corners of the eyes - 5x)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Review: Nivea Visage Sparkling White Whitening Day Care

 It has been a month since I had this. I've been using it along with the Nivea Visage Sparkling White Facial Foam and Facial Scrub.

Here's what they claim about it:

1. It whitens.
2. Controls shine.
Result: The skin is hydrated and mattified. Your complexion is noticeably fairer and radiant instantly.

What I like about it is that I don't get break-outs with it unlike some other brands I've used. Does it whiten? I can't tell really. I don't really see much difference. Probably because school already started and my schedule is mostly at mid day. But what I noticed is that my dark spots lightened which is really awesome! :P

 Here's a photo of my bare cheek taken around mid may.

Photo taken earlier today in front of my dressing table with fluorescent lighting. Dark spots aren't as noticeable. :P

Does it control shine? I disagree. After an hour or 2, I had to wipe the oil off my skin and retouch. That's why I don't use it anymore whenever I have makeup on. And I feel like my face is kind of heavy with it on. I usually use it after I get home from school. I have very oily skin so perhaps it will work okay with those people with normal skin.

It smells good. I can't really describe it. It's certainly not fruity. But the scent is not over-powering.

  • Readily accessible since it's available in almost every Watsons Store.
  • It's affordable.
  • It did somehow lighten some spots for me. :P
  • Comes in different sizes.
  • Packaging is good (What I got anyway. Doesn't apply to those in sachets). Wouldn't easily spill if it falls or gets squished.

  • Doesn't control oil as much as I wanted it to. 
  • It feels heavy for me.

Will i repurchase this? I'm still undecided. I will probably experiment on other products first before I find my answer. I will probably buy another facial foam though. :P


Thursday, June 23, 2011

FOTD : A Vibrant, Rainy Thursday

Walking at UST, a friend suddenly shouted, "Wow, Tracy! You're so vibrant!"

Makeup used:

Combination of Estee Lauder Double Wear in 2W1 Sand and Palladio herbal foundation in Creamy Natural
Wet 'N Wild Ultimate Minerals in Medium 272
Laura Mercier Secret Comouflage in SC-5

Maybelline BrowDefinist in Brown
NARS in Copacabana
Wet 'N Wild Gel Liner in Black
Maybelline Volumizing Cat Eyes Mascara

Laura Mercier Mocha Spice Quad
Laura Mercier Gilded Garden

Combination of the ff:
Nars Funny Face
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Addis Ababa (to lighten it)
MAC Full Fuchsia


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

NOTD: Pink Pepsi

 Time to change my nail color again. And since I'm currently loving Fuchsia right now, I decided to use it as my base. I didn't want to settle with just a plain look so I added a few more colors and here's what my nails look like now:

My classmates liked it. They described it as a pink version of the Pepsi logo. Sort of a Cherry Pepsi feel. I never thought that it looked like it while I was doing the design. haha. :P

Here are the Nail Polishes I used:

 AmA Nail Polish No. 36

 AmA Nail Polish No. 56

 Sassy Colors Nail Polish in White Satin

And I top coated it with a Chic Clear Nail Polish with glitters. Although it already looked good in plain clear coat. I just liked it with extra sparkles. lol. :P


Monday, June 20, 2011

Maricar is the new face of San San and A new package too!

San San sent yet another generous package, this time it has their new Limited Edition Makeup -- Soleil! Plus, news on the new face of their fab products!

Actress Maricar Reyes is the newest endorser of San San Cosmetics, the makeup line of Pinoy personal care retailer HBC, Inc.

Apart from her good looks and charm, Maricar was chosen among hundreds of female celebrities to promote San San, for her versatility and mass appeal. She was also a former endorser of HBC’s natural skincare line Body Recipe.

“Maricar perfectly personifies San San. Her beauty and elegance are qualities that can be associated with the brand. With Maricar around, we are confident that San San will continue to inspire women to feel good about themselves through makeup that not only gives beauty but healthy skin as well, as all products under San San are enriched with Vitamins A, C and E,” says Maureen Joy Tiquia, San San brand manager.

When Maricar was asked on what San San product she likes the most, the actress showed her limited edition San San Soleil Collection with a SPF 43 Matte Foundation (P149.75) and three summer-inspired Soleil lipstick shades in Pink Tropics, Nude Carribean and Peach Ibiza - all with SPF 25 (P109.75 each). The products are available in HBC’s over 200 stores nationwide.

“It is an honor to become the face of a local makeup brand that helps create awareness that Filipino products can compete with high-end labels. San San answers the Filipina’s need for high quality yet affordable makeup”, says Maricar.

As the new San San endorser, Maricar will promote the local cosmetics brand through print ads, mall tours and posters inside HBC stores.

San San was launched in 2002 as the Makeup with Vitamins with the queen of Philippine talk, Kris Aquino, as its first endorser followed by Anne Curtis in 2008. Now that Maricar is the new face of San San, the brand becomes more exciting with the lineup of new products coming out this year.

“We are thrilled to work with Maricar in our future campaigns as she continues to surprise the market with innovations from San San. The partnership makes us closer to bringing HBC’s vision of giving everyone the right to be beautiful. That is, beauty at an affordable price,” adds Tiquia.  

Popularly known as the “Makeup with Vitamins,” San San is HBC’s exclusive makeup line with products ranging from lipsticks, face powders, nail colours, scents and a lot more!

For more information on San San Cosmetics, visit or contact HBC Customer Care at (+632) 984-5555 loc 228/ (0918) 921-5520.

Although it's a bit late for summer, here's an article about their Soleil, their latest Limited Edition Makeup.

San San launches summer-inspired makeup

Photo shows San San Soleil Collection (L to R): San San Soleil Matte Foundation SPF 43, San San Soleil Lip Colours- Peach Ibiza, Nude Carribean and Pink Tropics

From the Makeup with Vitamins, San San brings you its limited edition Soleil Collection only this summer!

Soleil, the French term for sun depicts the Collection’s warm yellow tone packaging. The products under the Soleil Collection are enriched with Vitamins A, C and E and sunscreen. The Soleil Matte Foundation (P149.75) has SPF 43 for maximum protection against harmful UV rays. It provides a smooth radiant finish and a lightweight feel, perfect for all skin types.

Summer is also the best time to try new lip colours like San San Soleil in Pink Tropics, Peach Ibiza, and Nude Carribean (P109.75 each) with SPF 25 for lip care. These lippies come in neutral shades that are very suitable for the summer season.

Popularly known as the “Makeup with Vitamins,” San San is HBC’s exclusive makeup line with products ranging from lipsticks, face powders, nail colours, scents and a lot more!

San San Soleil Collection is available in all HBC stores nationwide. For more information on San San Cosmetics, visit or contact HBC Customer Care at (+632) 984-5555 loc 228/ (0918) 921-5520.

Now here's the package they sent us. It includes the whole Soleil Makeup Line plus 3 cute Soleil Nail Colours namely Canary Glow, Moss Green, and Tangerine Burst!

Will try them out ASAP! Watch out for our reviews! :)

 And a few more days before their Beauty Fair ends! Better go to the nearest HBC store to get awesome discounts on some of their items! :)