23 June 2012

ELF Luscious Liquid Lipstick in Cherry Tart

This would be the first of the series of blog posts that I'll be dedicating to E.L.F. Cosmetics' products. E.L.F. is an emerging beauty line that offers cosmetics and the like. Their name actually means Eyes, Lips and Face. Anyway, these products that I'll be featuring were sent to me by E.L.F. Cosmetics Philippines for review purposes. :)

Going back, I first encountered E.L.F. Cosmetics when I was on vacation in Guam. I was looking for makeup that I could get as a present for my sisters and I saw this brand. I haven't heard of E.L.F beforehand, but I got hooked because of their cheap price. When I got to try their products myself, I got even more amazed with the performance and affordability of their products! Unfortunately, their products weren't available at the Philippines at that time. It was only recently when they opened up stalls in different malls all over Metro Manila.

E.L.F. Luscious Liquid Lipstick in Cherry Tart
Information from E.L.F.'s website about the E.L.F. Luscious Liquid Lipstick:

Lip therapy is here! Intensive hydrating agents along with natural pigments leave lips with long-lasting color and moisture. The Luscious Liquid Lipstick creates gorgeous wearable color that flatters a multitude of skin tones and looks.

- It has a very nice subtle color. I can wear it to school.
- It is a lipstick and lip gloss in one!
- The scent and taste is not strong. It actually tastes minty.
- I love the pen style packaging. It doesn't spill, the amount to be dispensed is adjustable, and fits perfectly in my small makeup bag.
- It is very affordable! (Retails for P129.00 or around $2+)
- Available locally. It can be bought at any E.L.F. stall in malls all over Metro Manila. 

- The color is sheer.
- You have to reapply often because the color fades quite fast.
- I am not sure with the moisturizing effect, but I need to use a lip balm before application. Please take note that I have very dry lips.

Swatch on my arm
With flash
(I really don't have swatch worthy lips so I asked my sister to use the product, but I have tried the product myself as well)
Without flash
Is the product worth buying? Definitely, YES! This product is perfect for everyday use and worth your every cent. I'd love to try other shades, such as Pink Lemonade and Ruby Slipper, as well. :)

Find out more about E.L.F. products from their Facebook page (ELF Cosmetics Philippines) and follow them on Twitter (@ELFCosmeticsPH)

Have you tried any E.L.F. products yet? :)

XO, Mish

21 June 2012

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in June

This would probably one of the few blog posts that I will dedicate to nail polish cause I rarely wear them.  I find nail polish hard to maintain so I opt to keep my nails bare. Anyway, this is the first time that I used a nail polish from Chanel. I always wear cheap local nail polishes that chip easily or Face Shop nail polishes that my aunt sends us from Korea. :)

Information about Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish from their website:

Classic and trend-defining shades from the runways of Paris. State-of-the-art formula strengthens and moisturizes nails as it delivers long-wearing, high-shine, chip-resistant colour. Applies evenly without streaking. 

All Chanel nail products are formaldehyde-free, toluene-free and DBP-free.

The Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in June is an apricot and orange-y shade. Each bottle contains 13 ml and retails for $26 at the Chanel website.

With flash
Without flash, artificial lighting
- The packaging is really nice. The bottle is placed in a box and the bottle is pretty.
- The color is a really lovely apricot color. 
- It doesn't make my hand look dark (which is what I absolutely hate in some shades of nail polish)
- The consistency of the nail polish is really nice. It is not too thick which makes the polish more easy to spread on the nails.
- It dries really fast! It's still smooth even if I applied it right before hitting the sack. (I usually get crisscross marks on my polish in the morning whenever I apply nail polish before I sleep.)
- The best thing about this is that it doesn't chip! :) I had it for 4 days already and even the tips are still good as new.

- Expensive! 
- Limited edition
- I am not sure where I could get them locally.
- The smell is quite strong. (But I guess all nail polishes have a strong scent.)
- It took me 3 coats before getting a solid shade. 

Up close!
Well. if I have money to spend, I'd get myself another shade of nail polish from Chanel. This might be expensive, but it's worth the money. 

I'd like to thank Sandra of Blasfemmes.com for sending this awesome nail polish. :) I won her blog giveaway. Teehee! This came in all the way from Portugal.

XO, Mish

11 June 2012

Ombre Hair Makeover: The Azta Urban Salon Way

I've always wanted  to have a hair makeover or at least have something changed with how my hair look. But with all the things I need to prioritize first such as taking care of Z, graduating from college, and applying for law school, I never had the time nor the budget to do so. Luckily, I joined Ms. Kira Ramirez's blog giveaway and won myself an ombre hair makeover courtesy of Azta Urban Salon - Tomas Morato. I was so ecstatic when I found out that I won cause the experience would be like treating myself to a new look in time for the new chapter in my life.

The blog giveaway actually ended last April, but I only availed of the service just last week cause I have been suffering from hair loss. It was scary. I know I'll experience post-pregnancy hair loss, but I never expected the hair loss to be that much. I changed hair products and took calcium supplements to help lessen my hair fall. My condition got better, but I still lose hair from time to time. I just refrain from tugging my hair too much.

Anyway, let me take you to my exciting ombre journey! :) I've never been to Azta Urban Salon in Tomas Morato, but I did not have a hard time looking for it. It's a dainty place beside Dulcinea and in front of Johnny Rockets. I have already set an appointment with them so I was accommodated  as soon as I got there. I was handled by Mr. Anton and his assistant, Ms. Monica. Azta Urban Salon, by the way, is one of the two salons which specializes in ombre hair. I could attest to this cause my sister went to another salon to have her hair ombred and they seriously don't know what to do. Her hair turned out okay, but it did not look ombred. She bleached it herself to achieve the look that she want. 

Going back, I was given a seat at the salon and some magazines to read. I have read from other bloggers' posts about their ombre experiences that the process is quite long, so I actually prepared myself and brought a book to read. Before starting with the makeover, I was asked by Mr. Anton what kind of ombre do I want. My sister's hair is ombred as well, so I wanted something different from hers. I asked Mr. Anton if an ashy dark blonde shade would work for me, and he said YES. :)

Shampoo right at my seat! Awesome, right?
The first part of the entire process was cleansing the hair to make sure that the products (bleach and dye) would work well. I was actually surprised that they have a different way of shampooing their clients' hair. Instead of going to the sink to shampoo and rinse the hair, they shampoo your hair right at your seat and you just have to go to the sink to rinse your hair. I actually think this is clever cause it could minimize the time spent in the sink especially when there are lots of clients to shampoo and a limited number of sinks to use.

My hair before the makeover
After shampooing, they rinsed and dried my hair. My hair was very unruly and dry, but Ms. Monica was very patient in untangling my hair. After drying my hair, bleach was generously applied. Ms. Monica was the one who applied the bleach under the supervision of Mr. Anton. He was actually meticulous with how he wanted the bleach to be applied so that the ombre would look natural. 

Yummy milk tea and magazines to kill time
The waiting part was quite long. Good thing, they served me a complimentary drink of my choice. They have coffee, milk tea, and iced tea. I (obviously) chose milk tea which was really good! They also have tons of magazines to read, but I settled with the "The Little Prince", which I brought along with me, instead. If you don't want to read, you may want to chit-chat with the salon attendants. They're really nice and accommodating. :)

After bleaching my locks
It took us more than 30 minutes to lift the color before they rinse out the bleach on my hair. They dried it again before putting on the hair dye. My hair turned orange-y blonde after bleaching. It was actually good by itself, but I wanted an ash-y tone to it so that it won't look that loud.

The front desk of the Azta Urban Salon
The interior of the salon.
They left the dye for at least 30 minutes to make sure that the color would really reflect on my hair. Ms. Monica was very attentive in timing the process to ensure that my hair won't stay in the dye for too long. Mr. Anton also kept on checking on my hair to see if the color that I wanted was already achieved. Anyway, if you have time and extra money with you, I suggest you take a hair treatment as well cause the bleach could be very drying to the hair.

Drying my hair again
Love their curling iron <3
After the dyeing process, they rinsed my hair again and dried it using a blow drier. To make the ombre more emphasized, Ms. Monica curled the ombred part of my hair. I seriously have to get a curling iron similar to theirs! It's easier to use than the regular curling iron.

Here's the final product:

Curling the last bunch
With Mr. Anton and Ms. Monica of Azta Urban Salon - Tomas Morato
I am absolutely in love with my new hair! The color was great and the ombre was perfect. I've been getting lots of compliments about my hair color. Again, I would like to thank Ms. Kira Ramirez and Azta Urban Salon - Tomas Morato for this wonderful experience. 

Azta Urban Salon - Tomas Morato is located at 282 Tomas Morato Ave. Sacred Heart, Quezon City (beside Dulcinea and in front of Johnny Rockets). You may contact them at (02)9904234 and 0915 642 9559 and look for Mr. Anton as your stylist. ;) You may also find them on Facebook through their official Facebook page.

How do you like my new do? :)

XO, Mish

P.S. Don't forget to join my giveaway with DFabShop HERE

07 June 2012

Last of Summer

Summer is officially now over here  in the Philippines and everyone is now back to school. During the last weekend before school starts, my family and I went to Sulo Riviera Hotel in Quezon City to relax and have some fun. The hotel was small, but very homey. I'm so happy that I got the chance to go for a swim before the 1st typhoon of the year hit the country. Even my little boy had so much fun, although he wasn't able to swim cause the pool was 8 feet deep and I can't hold him and keep myself at the surface at the same time.

Z exploring the bed. :)
My little boy can now sit on his own
Feeding Z at the hotel lobby.
Hotel restaurant. Very classy, right?
Hotel bar, where we got our welcome drinks.
And we got the pool to ourselves. With the entire hotel watching lol.
How did you spend the last weekend before the start of classes? :)

XO, Mish