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Yesterday at work I was told that my fixed-term contract will be extended for another year. It may be good news some place else but in our office, it’s like being told you have stage 4 cancer. 
I am still in shock and couldn’t think of a better way to deal with it  than to make a lipstick review. Eventually I will have to face it. I might as well try to put on a pretty face. 

Makeup is one of my favorite things alongside food and travel. If I had a lot of money, it’s one thing I will splurge on. I have never done a full face but I will get there. For now, I kinda splurge on foundations and lipsticks.  (Disclaimer: ‘Splurge’ is relative to  available funds.ūüėú)

I used to only wear foundation but when I tried on a nice lipstick, I thought I rocked it. And others thought so too. So I went on buying a few. Here are the things a lipstick has to be to win me:

  1. Matte
  2. With blue undertone
  3. Long lasting
  4. Below Php 500.00

But there are times I become weak and succumb to those with yellow undertones anyway because they looked good on someone else. Bad idea though!

Here’s a quick and honest review of the Lively Violet shade from the Maybelline Colorshow Creamy Matte Lipcolor collection. I chose this first because, well there’s really no reason. 



Lively Violet is indeed creamy, so it’s not very matte. The upside is you won’t need a lip balm. 

In terms of color, it’s more pink than violet, in my opinion. It has a blue undertone though which I like. My teeth are yellower than average and blue undertones make them look whiter. 

The only downside of this product is the longevity. It is very pigmented and glides on the lips, but glides off just as quickly. I haven’t tried setting it with powder, which is supposed to seal it. I’ll do next time. Without setting it, you will need to retouch often. After three times of drinking from a glass, about 50% of it was gone. 

This lipstick is good for everyday daytime wear (if reapplying it doesn’t bother you) but may wash you out at night. Especially if you have medium skintone. 

The best part is it’s only Php 165.00!

A closer look on how it looks on my lips:

Overall, it’s good. Color payoff and texture are good. It’s also gentle on the lips and on the pocket. Recommended. 


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Earlier last year, I said to myself that I’ll never buy a pair of Havaianas again.¬† It was because of the short-lived Slim pair I bought in 2007.¬† But then, everything deserves a second chance…

Late last month, a friend and I went to the mall looking for her Havaianas.  She was gifted with Havaianas gift certificates for Christmas so she was very excited.  She was supposed to get a Slim pair in graphite, the exact replica of my now dead slippers.

Fortunately, the store didn’t have her size for that style.¬† So she went looking for another style.¬† She wanted to get a Slim pair badly, but I talked her into NOT getting slims.¬† The Havs slims actually have a bad reputation when it comes to strap sturdiness.

After scouring the entire store, she (actually, we) finally settled for this glow-in-the-dark pair.¬† I ended up buying a pair for myself, too!¬† We were torn between this and a black pair with the white logo (which wasn’t a glowie).¬† But I was sure it was the glow-in-the-dark I wanted.¬† The straps are a bit loose, which is something I like.¬† I have wide feet and snug straps make them look swollen.¬† dsc05753You’re not seeing double.¬† I just don’t have steady hands.¬† Hehe.¬† More than half a month later, I’m still loving this pair.

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Last October, I bought a pair of Havaianas Slim in graphite.¬† It was my third Havaianas pair, the first being a lawn green Top, and the second a white Trip.¬† Anyway, the Slim instantly became my favorite, so I wore it everyday.¬† I even wore it at work when I wasn’t supposed to.¬† Six months later though, I almost fainted when the strap of the right¬†pair snapped.¬† I couldn’t believe my eyes because I used to think that all Havaianas slippers were supposed to last at least two years.¬† At least, the first two pairs I owned did.

I am a slipper person in the same way Imelda Marcos is a shoe person.¬† Okay, that’s exaggerated.¬† But I am really more comfortable wearing slippers.¬† You see, I have wide feet.¬† And local shoe brands do not have width options at all.¬† Imported brands do have width options but the prices are too steep for me.¬† Not to mention that most of the comfortable styles don’t look very fashionable.

So, I still want a pair of slippers as a replacement for the Havaianas Slim.  Before going to the mall two weeks ago, I was thinking of getting another Havaianas pair (at the time, I wanted a metallic Top).  At the mall though, I saw Dupé and I had second thoughts.  Then there was Ipanema. And the rest was history.

According to the saleslady who assisted me, Ipanema slippers aren’t made of rubber.¬† They’re made of PVC plastic.¬† You know, the stuff used for making pipes.¬† At the time, I was convinced that it’s more durable than Havaianas.¬† So, I bought a pair called Anat√īmica.¬† The feel is definitely different from when I’m wearing Havaianas.¬† Ipanema sort of “hugs” your soles.¬† They have nicks¬†that¬†are tailored to the shape of a foot, unlike Havaianas, which are flat.

And since Ipanema also supports environmental causes, their sandals seem even more beautiful than any other brands.

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I¬†read that all styles of Havaianas are on sale at 20% off until the end of this month.¬† It must be in preparation¬†for the 2008 models.¬† I’m not really “addicted” with slippers but¬†I find Havaianas cool (in an economical kind of way).¬† Currently,¬†I already have 3 pairs– lawn green (!) Top, white Trip, and graphite Slim.¬† Of the 3,¬†I only use one pair.¬† The first 2, I’m sooo willing to donate to someone who will (dare) use them. Ha ha.¬† They’re just not “wearable” for me anymore. (more…)

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