Category Archives: Cosmetics

Coastal Scents 78 Piece Palette plus other loot

I was browsing through dollface to check on possible purchases, when I saw an announcement that Coastal Scents make-up palettes are being offered in Peppered Cherry, which is just about a block away from where I work. I literally dropped everything and dashed out of the office building. Needless to say, I came back a happy camper. 🙂

This is the new addition to my collection. I’m probably one of the last to own a CS palette, (I’m a late adapter I know!). T’was simply love at first sight. Reminds me of my childhood
watercolor kit.Loves it!!! Am excited to see what I can do with this palette. Got it for PHP 1,000 ($ 21.46) which is actually more expensive than purchasing online. But I don’t mind paying extra really, as it saves me from the long wait (which is always a killer!)… plus at least I wouldn’t have to deal with getting all worked up over a slightly cracked eyeshadow as it happens a lot during shipping.

So anyway, I’ve also picked up a few things over the past week or so. Just want to share ’em with ya’ll. I hit Market! Market! and one of the shoe stores in the Fashion Market section offered a “Buy 1 Take 1” deal on shoes. Although I’ve had my share of hits and misses with bazaar shoe purchases, I’ve decided to splurge on this one since the price isn’t that painful in the pocket at PHP 580 ($ 12.47) for two shoes.

These gold ballerina shoes killed my feet till day 2 but after that, it’s just like walking on clouds.

This quirky zebra print is pretty unexpected which is probably why it caught my attention. It adds a little personality to the usual plain top and skinny jeans. I was pleasantly surprised that this pair was so comfortable on the get go.

I went to Podium and dropped by the Buffalo Jeans store, which was on clearance sale. I think the sale extends till mid Feb… if I’m not mistaken.
So here I am doing the Karen Cheng inside the store’s dressing room. I am lemming that wall paper! Anyway, I wanted to see what the back looks like so pardon the weird pose. This hoodie top dropped from PHP 1,398 ($ 30.06) to PHP 399 ($ 8.57). If that’s not a good deal then I don’t know what is! The jeans are all on sale so, PI-based beauties, you might wanna check that out.

Okay here’s the last item in my recent loot. This is where the dorky side of me comes out. LOL. See, since I do events, I always have my trustee clipboard with me. I’ve had the same clipboard for four years and it’s been with me through thick and thin…through hell and back so to speak. Unfortunately, I left it when I did an event in Cebu recently. Sniff!

So I went to Living Well and they were also on clearance sale. Their china was on 50% as well as all the nice looking kitchen stuff. Anyway, I found this normal looking clipboard that you see here….Oh yeah…behind that is my office desk, phone and cellphone. People wonder why I keep my flip phone open like that when it’s on my desk. It’s because I always keep it on silent mode. Not that it’s a strict office policy or something. I just feel it just adds unnecessary stress. So that’s why I leave it open so I can see it light up when I receive SMS or calls.

Sorry sidetracked! I’m a do some shutting up now. Hehehe. Anyway, going back to the clipboard…

Yup, nothing extraordinary….But when I saw that it could do this…. all I could say was…Bag ’em up!

It comes with a secret drawer that fits all my post-its and colored pens perfectly. Yup at my age, I still play with colored pens. I’m just a big kid that’s all. LOL.
It also has a feature on both ends that can keep your pens and such. Nifty eh?! From PHP 240 ($ 5) it went down t0 PHP 120 ($ 2.59). My only gripe with this thing is that it was obviously old stock being a bit dusty and all, but it’s nothing that some good ol’ washing couldn’t handle.

So that was my recent haulage. Hope ya’ll enjoyed that as much as I did.

Ciao Ladies 🙂


Sophie Martin Paris Mini-Cosmetic Loot

Happy Lunar New Year ya’ll! 🙂 Hope you’re all enjoying the fireworks!

Last night, my sis-in-law hooked me up with some goodies from Sophie Martin Paris. It’s a PI-based direct selling company similar to Avon, M & Co.,Red Logo, etc. etc. Among all the catalogue-based product offers that I’ve seen in the market, well at least in my opinion… Sophie Paris seems to offer the most classy and wearable designs in bags, watches, shades and cosmetics. I believe they’re launching their garments line starting Feb. Lookin’ forward to that. So anyway, here’s the catalogue for Jan. 2009 plus the stuff I got.

When I got the eyeshadow I literally had to rub my eyes cause for a while there, I thought it was Paul & Joe! Hahaha! Very similar packaging…hmmmm 🙂 This is the Koshize eyeshadow in Vintage Wine. Catalogue price is PHP 175 ( $ 3.70). The major ingredients of this duo are Squalane and Dimethicone.

Sadly, the swatches didn’t register well on cam 😦 But even if it’s not highly pigmented, I like the satin finish. I would think this would make for a good base or highlight.

Cute pearly pink packaging

I don’t know if you can even see the colors as the resolution is pretty muddy. Pardon the stray eyebrow hair too. Forgot to groom the brows before taking a quick pic.

Took a snapshot of the page with the product info. I am so lemming the green and yellow eyeshadow look now guys! I’ll try to do a similar look if I can. Operative word being “try”. LOL.

Now this little cutie is what I am most excited about! It’s the Koshize Eye Pen Liner in Windsor black. I was so amazed at how quick and easy it was to use! Seriously! Took me just about 10 seconds to line my eyes. Up to you if you want the line to be really thick or really thin. I chose thin.

Sharp tip just like a regular pen! PHP 215 ($ 4.54)

Product info time! Haha! Am lazy so I’ll just show you the page! Read on sistahs…
Here’s the 3 in 1 Concealer palette

This concealer palette comes from the Couleur line of Sophie cosmetics. To illustrate the different uses of these three shades , I took a snapshot of the catalogue page.

Sorry, I know it’s blurred. Obviously, the cam is not my friend today. I haven’t tried this yet but I would think it should be fun to play with. PHP 215 ($ 4.54)

So there… don’t you just love affordable cosmetics? All these products are made in Indonesia.
The Sophie Paris team is working double time in getting memberships and conducting training and make-up workshops to help promote the brand. I know all this info because my sis-in-law works there. Which explains the goods! LOL.

That’s about it for today. Enjoy the rest of the week!

FOTD: Quick Day Look

Here’s an FOTD Day look using my recent BareNaturals loot plus a bunch of other stuff. Sorry, I’m new at this…. so I certainly hope these photos don’t hurt your eyes much. LOL. Here’s the look in natural light:

Gotta rock the hoodie!

So there, here’s a quick look at how I achieved my FOTD.

I used the S5 Primer followed by my Loreal True Match in G3. Covered my flaws with Barenaturals Ultimate Concealer. Used the ring finger for that. For my eyebrows, I simply used the Nichido Eye Contour Pencil in 02 Deep Blonde. I use this for four reasons: 1) It’s a no brainer. Just fill in your brows and you’re good to go 2) It’s dirt-cheap, about PHP 100 ($ 2) and available in almost all leading local drugstores and department stores 3) It lightens my eyebrows to match my hair color 4) It was highly recommended by a professional MUA. To think she uses a lot of high-end products for her clients but swears by this one. So there…

The other end has a sponge smudger thingee
The Face Shop clear mascara to tame my brows

For the eyes, I used my Lancome quad starting off with this golden color for my lid. Sorry I know the palette is messed up. I forgot to dust it off before taking pics! Hahaha!
And this dark plum color for the outer VI didn’t concentrate on adding dimension to the eyes mainly because I was running late for work. LOL. Plus, I just wanted to keep it fresh and simple for the day.

Lined the eyes with Prestige Liquid Liner in Black/Brown

Used the off-white color from the Elianto Baked Eyeshadow duo as highlighter
Finished off the look with Barenaturals Hot Latina Setting Powder

Used Viva Sophia Barenaturals powder blush on my cheek bones. Love the sheer color. This tiny speck of pink is all I needed for the day.

Used Matte Deep Rose from The Face Shop Colour Full Lip Palette 01

And I was out the door! Hope that was helpful.

Enjoy the weekend sistahs! 🙂

Barenaturals Loot

I finally got my package from Barenaturals! I didn’t blog about these as soon as I got ’em because I wanted to make sure to give myself two days to try ’em out first so I can write a better review. Here’s the scoop on the tiny goodies that I got:

S5 Primer

The product is transparent and has a very similar consistency to feminine wash (No surprise there). Just a few drops on my fingertips provided enough product for my whole face. WIth that, I’m guessing this tiny little bottle might actually last me a while. During the day, I definitely noticed that my make-up stayed longer than usual. My blush usually fades by mid-day but when I started using this primer, the color just stayed on. Loves it!!! So will I repurchase? There’s a big chance that I’ll purchase the big bottle as soon as I finish this up…well, unless I get distracted again by other brands that I might want to try. LOL.

I was disappointed at first when instead of MORENA FILIPINA, I got sent HOT LATINA instead. I was also quite surprised that the caps for both MMU containers were not closed tightly at all. But since there was a sticker that prevented spillage, I guess that’s forgiveable. I sent an SMS to the seller about the incorrect order. The seller said that I should expect the correct shade together with my future purchase. I already initally expressed interest in the Nyx lippies, as well as the BB cream. Plus, the seller said that I can go ahead and keep HOT LATINA, so it’s all good. Here’s a shot of both MMUs. HOT LATINA Setting Powder

Swatched on my hand. I’m sure you can tell it’s there.

Although it didn’t exactly disappear on my hand, applying it over my face after my liquid foundation really complemented my skin tone well. After realizing how great it looked on my face, I wasn’t at all sad for not getting my original shade. I’ll show you photos of moi in my next blog.

Ultimate Concealer

I’ve never used a powder concealer before so I definitely had my reservations. I’m used to concealers that come in pots, palettes, sticks, pencils, etc. etc. I used my ring finger to apply the concealer powder gently on some flaws and tiny discolorations on my face and the results were quite impressive. This baby erased my imperfections and even if its powder, it stayed on for a long time in spots that needed coverage. So yes!…this is my new favorite. You can tell it’s a new favorite because it replaced the resident concealer of my everyday cosmetic kit. I just won’t say what brand that is. LOL.
Free samples

I got sent free samples! Woot! Woot! From left to right— Prettiest Pink Peach powder blush (Apparently is a dupe of Nars Orgasm), Viva Sofia powder blush and Olive Medium Light MMU.

Swatched ’em all according to order. Take note, I didn’t blend these babies just so you can see how it registers on cam. My new favorite is the one at the center. I think I am now officially a pink blush convert. I used to wear peach only. Show you pics soon.

Overall, I feel these products are worth purchasing in big containers. For references on the prices and some detailed product info, you can check my previous post “Barenaturals Order”.

Happy Friday Ladies! Till next blog! 🙂

Prestige Liquid Liner and Mascara

As promised, here’s my quick review of the Prestige items that I got recently at the Beauty Bar sale. But before I proceed, I’d like to say thanks to everybody for the kind words that you all gave me in my past blog entry at It was really encouraging. I’m already drawing storyboards in my head of how the next vlog will look like. Tee-hee.

Anyway the on-going Beauty Bar sale offers big discounts on brands like DuWop, Smashbox, Bloom. I asked why these were priced so low and I got the same answer from two different stores…they say these items are already discontinued and will no longer be produced by the manufacturers. Hmmm… I wonder why.

Anyways, I got the Prestige Liquid Eyeliner in Black/Brown. I’ve decided to buy me one of these because my e.l.f. black liquid liner’s wand (what a mouthful! try saying that fast 10x!) was turning a bit bushy already, hence making application a tedious process. This item is priced at PHP 375 ($ 8). I like that the color is more natural looking. A refreshing change from the usual Cleopatra black that I use. I’m just not a fan of the slight stinging sensation the moment I apply it. I also find that I need to retouch at least once during the day.

Here are the close-ups

Hope the wand stays sharp
Wand close-up

I also got me a Prestige Lash Matrix in Black/Brown for PHP 395 ($ 8.34) . I like the sleek packaging. I think I bought it mostly for all the stuff written on the box. Everything sounds so uber scientific!

Although when I took it out of the box, I noticed that the wand isn’t really anything out of the ordinary…. Or it could just be me benchmarking on Lash Blast’s wand which you have to admit is a pretty cool feature! I like that this mascara doesn’t clump and that it moderately glues on the curl on your lashes. But if you want super drastic Pussycat doll type of lashes, I’m afraid this ain’t the product for you.

Here are a few close-ups

Flexible Polymer Spirals…told yah it sounds scientific
Here’s how both products look like when applied. Overall, I would think these would make for an okay everyday staple in your cosmetic kit. Just don’t expect superstar results.
Hope that was helpful. Catch ya’ll later.

Vlog #1 Playing with Prestige products in Blogger

I’ve just recently tried my hands in vlogging. Twas a fun experience I would say, plus it made me realize two things:

1) I am a bigger dork than I thought I ever was

2) My insatiable thirst for all-things-make-up is increasing drastically

Since I’ve decided to maintain both wordpress and blogspot websites for lootwagon, I tried posting it here too but unfortunately, the resolution came out all mushy. So… hope ya’ll be so nice as to visit my extension blog to view it.

Do comment/subscribe. Thank you much!

Barenaturals Order

I know it’s a weird thing that I’m showing you my deposit slip but see, I have this bad habit of forgetting prices. So I’m showing you this now just so you know how much I’ve splurged recently on make-up.

I’ve paid PHP 590 which already covers three items total (includes shipping). Not bad eh? So these are the products that I’ve ordered from with the corresponding prices (All prices quoted are in Philippine currency).

1 pc. Morena Filipina Mineral Veil PHP 200
1pc. S5 Primer 5ml PHP 145
1 pc. 5g Ultimate Concealer new formulation! PHP 195
Shipping PHP 50


Well for starters, I’ve heard nothing but good things about this brand. It actually took a lot of blog-surfing before I’ve decided to finally try these and see for myself what the big hoopla is all about. Let me show you why I was convinced to buy these goodies:


I’ve been on the hunt for MMUs (Mineral Make-up) for quite sometime and so I’ve tried tons of testers in the market. Among everything that I’ve tried I must admit that I haven’t really seen a product that fits pinay skin perfectly. Except maybe Loreal True Match Minerals. So, when I saw this product online and the fact that they named it MORENA FILIPINA just caught my attention. Finally! Someone thought of developing an MMU for Filipina skin!

Website says…

” Our new veil formulation! It looks several tones darker than LATINA but it is just a SHADE away. This will definitely add the last finishing touch to achieve a flawless, airbrushed, flawless finish, good for morena beauties!

Plus admit it, the price ain’t that bad at all! Course, I will reserve the blow-by-blow product review once I’ve actually received the product. Other variants are Hot Latina (best-seller I’ve heard), Chinadoll, Japanese Geisha.


I don’t know about you but I still believe that there are quality primers out there that aren’t expensive. So with the S5 Primer, all I can say is I have nothing but high hopes for this find. Website says…

“This oil-free primer has natural plant extracts, olive squalene known for skin smoothening, age-defying power! It is dubbed as a “skin quencher” thus, protecting our skin from surface damages due to exposure to UV light and other sources of oxidative damage! Your skin does not only look beautiful outside.. but the skin cells are given the much needed care as well! Makeup fondation lasts longer, face looks superbly beautiful and did we say that S5 Primer comes at a very unbelivably friendly price!”

Again, I will reserve my review until I actually get my hands on this baby. On to the next!


My last purchase is the ultimate concealer. Well, you can’t have too many concealers like I always say.

Website says…

“A concealer that holds up to our high standards. Ultimate Concealer can be used by all skin tones, it goes on smooth and creamy like a liquid, covers dark undereye circles, dark lids, red spots, spider veins, minor scars and more. Our best advice is to always apply with a good conealing brush made especially for this purpose. The taklon hairs do not absorb the concealer as a natural hair brush will. It also gives a fine even application. Due to the strengh of pure pigments you only need a very small amount for coverage.”

So there…I’m pretty excited for my package to arrive. Oh if you notice, I only got little amounts of each because I want to make sure that I’m absolutely satisfied with the product/s before I even spend on the big containers. I also asked for free samples with my order so I hope Bare Naturals will indulge me with that request. Oh and guess what! I got an update that they will be offering BB creams starting next week! Oh the sheer joy!

Hope that was helpful. If by any chance, you girls already have these products, would appreciate any feedback that you can share. So there….Gotta jam! Hub and I have a movie-date tonight. Woot! Woot! Till next entry Chikkas.

FOTD: The Natural Source Caramel Lip Balm Bubble

Don’t you just love the cold spells this January?  The scarves and jackets come out, the electric fan and AC get to retire for a while, and you have more reason to snooze snugly under the sheets.

But if there’s anything that I don’t like about the cold weather, is the damage that it does to your lips. Eversince this unexpected icy-cold breeze swept into our Tropical country,  I have parked my lipstick for a while and have reunited with my good old lip balm.

I use The Natural Source’s Caramel Lip Balm  Bubble (Try saying that 10 times!). I’ve actually had this for quite a while. Who wouldn’t? It’s the chubbiest fattest lip balm in the planet! This thing just wouldn’t run out! Don’t believe me? Take a look…





I like the subtle caramel flavor and that it really does the job of moisturizing my lips. I also notice that aside from the gloss, it leaves a little reddish tint… which is kinda weird cause its yellow. I forget how much this thing costs though.

I just have two complaints about this product. First, since it’s so darn big, it takes forever to finish one bubble . And since you have it for quite a long time you’re not so sure if the product is still good or has gone past its expiration date. Second, since it’s packaged in a huge bubble with just a little opening, you can’t help but dip your finger in it to scoop up some product. So with that alone, it doesn’t exactly rate high in the hygienic department.

But if moisturizing is your thing, this baby definitely does the job for yah. You can bid that dry lip bye-bye with just a sweep of this balm. It comes in spearmint and banana variants too. I luuuurve spearmint! Unfortunately, it was out of stock at that time. For more info about the product, here’s a few things I picked up from the website.


50gm/2.12 oz

What it is?

Deliciously scented lip balm bubble to thoroughly protect and moisturise delicate lip area. Contains sunscreen to protect from damaging UVA and UVB rays.

What it does?

  • Nourishes and moisturises lips.
  • Protects the delicate lip area from UV damage.
  • Sweet natural fragrance makes bubble a pleasure to use.
  • Sturdy and attractive packaging for everyday use. Perfect to keep in your handbag or desk drawer.
  • Suitable for all age groups including children.

How to use

Apply a small amount to lips and gently massage.

When to use

As often as desired.

Main active ingredients

Vitamin E – An effective natural antioxidant. Protects skin and maintains suppleness

Castor Oil – Soothes skin and provides a naturally glossy look.

Caramel – Vitamin-packed, sweet scent.


So there… The Natural Source is actually a very good brand in my opinion. Even if I have some minor peeves here and there. The store itself gives off a yummy colorful candy-store like feel. The brand prides itself for what they call Australian Naturopathic Beauty.

Other products that I’ve tried from TNS are; the Bath Bubble Passionfruit, (which I still have in my shower caddy, it’s a delish smelling shower gel inside a ball with tiny glitters inside), the metallizer for eyes, lips & body (nice to have but I hardly ever use it) and the Pure Mineral Powder in Cinnamon which I’ve used up but I’ve never made up my mind if it’s worth repurchasing.

The Natural Source stores are located in Trinoma, Bonifacio High Street, SM Cebu and Glorietta.

FOTD: Elianto Eyeshadow Duo

Got an Elianto baked eyeshadow duo last December. I know…I know….this entry is loooong overdue. Well, you’ll see later why I’m not too excited to blog about this, that I even had to wait this long.

If you remember, I already have this duo in brown as mentioned in a previous blog . Although the packaging is cute and I love the color combination, the color payoff is not that superb. If there’s anything Elianto can still work on, as far as eyeshadows are concerned, its the pigmentation. Here are some close-ups:


Comes in a box like this




Cute huh? It’s like a little frosted bubble. I swear when these guys we’re developing the product, they probably had Mac Sea & Sky in mind. Dupe? for the packaging, possibly. But product-wise, not so. I tried swatching Sea & Sky while I was at the MAC store and that thing definitely packs a punch of color! It’s amaaaazing!


Mac Sea & Sky. Gorgeous huh? (Photo courtesy of


Going back, here are the swatches. Like I said, I’m not too happy with the color payoff. It just looks like a bunch of glitters.

But even if this product is not getting some love from me, being that its pigment-ally challenged and all (if there is such a term. LOL), this duo still makes for a nice back-up shadow and actually makes for a good highlighter on top of your eyeshadow to add that little frosted finish.

That’s it. Catch ya’ll later Beauties. 🙂

FOTD: Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencils

Thanks again to Arwen for letting me try my first ever Urban Decay products! Funny, we literally just swapped presents before she had to run-off to the airport for her flight back to Sing. LOL.

She also gave me chocolate, chocolate chip cookies and large paperclips! See…I have a thing for cute paperclips. Arwen would know that. hehe.

Unfortunately, I can’t show the chocolates anymore as these are already swimming in the abyss…that is my tummy.  As for the lovely bookmark paperclips, left ’em in the office. I’ll show you that next time. On to the product review…

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils


She got me the Yeyo shade (white) and 1999 shade (purple). Both are frosted and glide on very easily. It packs in a lot of color with just one stroke.


Here are the swatches. Take note, these things do not rub-off easily, infact they’re not called 24/7 for nothing!

Website say:

“The best Eye Pencil ever, ever, ever! Never before has a pencil this creamy and brilliant been waterproof, too. Velvety-soft, this never-before-seen formula stays soft and creamy for blending (about 30 seconds), then dries down to a long-lasting finish that WILL NOT budge. Line eyes with a hint of color or go for the full artistic, multi-hued effect with the wide selection of lush tropical hues, deep metallics and unusually vibrant neutrals. Incredible with Urban Decay Eyeshadows!”


Here is the purple liner on my upper lashline. Used the white one on the corner of my eyes but it’s not that visible here. By the way, I used my old Lancome palette for the eyes.  Sorry, don’t know the exact shades as the label sticker on the back got ripped. Bummer. Used Lashblast on my lashes.

That’s about it for today. Stay beautiful ladies 🙂