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Monday, February 10, 2014

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Queen

Since my favorite lipstick YSL Rouge Volupte in Rose Paris was *gasp* discontinued, I've tried searching for a lip color that's pretty near that beautiful pink coral color. 

I chanced upon Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar and thought that I should give it a try. I got the Queen first, it is described as a  neon red coral shade. It looks so gorgeous on a lot of bloggers who have reviewed it!  

Unlike the previous OCC lip tars I've seen with the applicator tip, this comes in a thin narrow tube opening. The instruction is that you need to use the lip brush that comes with the lip tar, place a small bead of lip tar on the brush and apply it on your lips. Be careful with the amount though! A little goes a long way as this packs a punch. 

Here is a swatch of the OCC lip tar in Queen, I just placed a small bead on my arm, spread it around and it's still quite a lot of pigment staining my fingers like crazy lol. The color is a beautifully bright red coral shade that looks accurate on most reviews. I usually wear this with light eye make up just to keep things balanced because this comes out really strong on my face. 

The brush that comes with the lip tar has superb quality. Most of the time, brushes that are included in make up sets are just meh or so so but this one's great. It's a tiny brush but the bristles are firm and soft. Perfect for painting your lips with the lip tar. 

OCC lip tar in Queen doesn't come super close to YSL Rouge Volupte in Rose Paris, but I am very very happy with my purchase because a little goes a long way, it saves me a lot of money by not reapplying the lipstick over and over again throughout the day, the color pay off is just as powerful as YSL at a fraction of a price. I'm waiting for my OCC Lip tar in Trollop to arrive, I'm crossing my fingers it will come close to Rose Paris. If not, I can just mix Queen and Trollop to get the shade I want! 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Lemming for theBalm's Bahama Mama and Mary-Lou Manizer

Since I've hit the pan with my Benefit 10, oh boy, I'm having a strong highlight and contour phase right now. I'd love to improve my highlight and contouring skills so I think I need to get really good replacements for my Benefit 10.

I've scoured the blogosphere and I've read that a lot of you rave about theBalm's Bahama Mama and Mary-Lou Manizer. The two are cheaper than Benefit and the packaging is just as cute. This might be worth a shot!

Much to my surprise, I also found out this is also cheaper here in the Philippines courtesy of Beauty Bar, yay! Thank you Beauty Bar! Bahama Mama costs Php775.

As for Mary-Lou Manizer, I think the champagne hue will suit my pale skin tone just as Stila's Kitten did. Saw several reviews and photos with Mary-Lou Manizer and wow, I'm completely blown away by how natural the lit from within look this baby can achieve. I'm crossing my fingers Beauty Bar will restock this soon! Mary-Lou Manizer costs Php895. 

Review will follow once I've gotten my hands on these two. 

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A Taste of Japan in Tondo: Hapon Suzuki Japanese Carinderia

Paolo felt a bit adventurous so off we went to find Tondo's treasured Japanese carinderia.
We had a bit of hard time looking for the place since the sign board was tucked inside their makeshift room made out of tarpauline(?) my memory is pretty hazy with the roof. But we found it and we were so happy.
Ordered tonkatsu, katsudon and yakisoba. The orders are small but hey, so is the price so you can't complain much.
Tonkatsu coating is crunchy, the meat is soft and tasty 128076 haven't tried the katsudon though. The yakisoba is super yummy, there's not much sahog but they compensate it with a fried egg. Reminds me of my college days when I'd snack on Lucky Me pancit canton with a fried egg on top 128514
The downside is that it's in a carinderia setting, you'd eat with tricycles passing you by and the place mildly smells like sewer. If you're not so picky with the place or you just feel adventurous, then you'd enjoy this cheap thrill.

Hapon Suzuki Japanese Carinderia
Clemente St. cor. Hermosta St. Tondo, Manila 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Accepting Orders for Fairy Drops Mascara

Hi! I'm having a pre-order for Fairy Drops. Products will arrive on the first week of October.

Pre-order details:
Pre-order cut off Sept 25, 2013
Last day of payment Sept 27, 2013

Shipping via Xend:
Php60 within Metro Manila
Php90 outside Metro Manila

For inquiries:
Viber 09178984218 (text only, no calls)

Perfect Skin Set Php1550
-Candy Bar BB Cream in Light Ochre
-Vanilla Puff Mineral Powder in Ochre
-Volume Burst Mascara

Platinum Mascara Film Type T2 Php950

Platinum Mascara Waterproof Type Php950

Volume Burst Mascara Waterproof Php875

Volume Burst Mascara Php875

Accepting Orders for K Palette Eye Make Up Products

Hi! I'm having a pre-order for K-Palette. Products will arrive on the first week of October.

Pre-order details:
Pre-order cut off Sept 25, 2013
Last day of payment Sept 27, 2013

Shipping via Xend:
Php60 within Metro Manila
Php90 outside Metro Manila

For inquiries:
Viber 09178984218 (text only, no calls)

1 Day Lash Perm Long Curl Mascara in 01 Black Php800

1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting 24 Hour Eyeliner in Jet Black Php800
1 Day Tattoo Lasting 2 Way Eyebrow in 01 Chocolate Brown Php900

 1 Day Tattoo Lasting 2 Way Eyebrow in 02 Honey Brown Php900

1 Day Tattoo 24H Real Lasting Eyebrow Liner Php600

1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyebrow Pencil in 01 Natural Brown Php800

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Was supposed to go to Tender Bob's in Greenhills but the available tables are on the al fresco area. With our extremely humid and rainy bipolar weather these days I think it's unhealthy to go al fresco so we ended up in Cibo where there's a table indoor. 

Costolette D'Agnello is a dish made up of grilled lamb chop, red wine mint sauce, parsley rice pilaf topped with an additional order of organic egg. The lamb chops where done medium so I felt it was a bit icky. I love well done meat. It was reeking with the gamey odor I dislike. The red wine mint sauce did a good job of covering the smell though. 

Mozarella Tegameno is love! This is made out of mozarella, white cheese, tomato, anchovies and basil, this comes with thin Sardinian bread. This reminds me of Cyma's awesome flaming cheese called Saganaki. Tastes like I'm in cheese heaven! The tomato gives the cheese flavor a contrast while the anchovies give it an edge. Yummy! 

I personally ordered this Linguine alla Ghiotta. It's a white sauce pasta with mushroom, bacon bits and toasted bread on the side. The white sauce is pure love! It smells heavily of mushroom aroma. Pasta is cooked al dente and I agree with Paolo, I wish they'd put more bacon bits in this dish. 

Promenade, Greenhills Shopping Center
Ortigas Ave, San Juan

Tel: 727-3359, 7272426

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Sebastian's Ice Cream: Mango and Bagoong

Mango bagoong ice cream!!! 128558

Everybody was saying yuck! Or eeew! But being an avid fan of mango and bagoong, I tried it anyway with much pride. 128526

'Twas okay, the green mango ice cream wasn't as sour as I thought it would be but the bagoong was delish! They warm the bagoong up before topping it on your ice cream but it immediately becomes cold so I'm not so sure if I want to eat it cold next time since I find bagoong yummier when eaten warm.  

I honestly think this doesn't taste like mango and bagoong. It tastes more like those chewy sampaloc sweets wrapped in cellophane. It's sweet, mildly sour(for my taste!) and salty all at the same time. If it's more sour and less sweet then it might have tasted more like mango and bangoong. 

I also felt a bit squeamish with those bagoong bits in my mouth when the ice cream has melted 128586 I guess my tongue is looking for the real green mango 128514

Overall this is an ok ice cream, I really like how creative the flavors are and this is really a must try. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Everything at Steak

Had chicken strips and fries. It was okay, the chicken was a bit bland and dry, fries were exceptionally tasty. Eh what can I say, everything seems so delicious when you're really hungry 128540

Everything at Steak
939 Banawe St.,Quezon City
Tel: 414-5634

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Yoh Froz Banawe

Ordered blueberry cheesecake frozen yogurt. The best part about this is that they'll give you a generous serving of Blueberry syrup and chunks of cheesecake! Though yogurt isn't as creamy or delicious as White Hat, you can't complain because this is cheaper than White Hat.

I didn't know this place can be a good tamabyan, it has good lighting, cozy couches, TV and wifi! 

Yoh Froz 
Banawe St., Quezon City (in between Chicken Charlie and Gavino's Japanese Donuts)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Pancake House Beef Tapa and Peach Pancake

I"m not a morning person but if there's one breakfast food that will wake me up, it's beef tapa. Just imagining that flavorful beef strips, garlic rice and sunny side up egg makes my mouth water.

Even though it's dinner, I opted for Pancake House' beef tapa and it did not disappoint. Turns out, it's one of their best seller. Beef strips are soft, juicy and flavorful. Instead of plain vinegar, this is served with pickled tomatoes and onions giving it a mild sweet and sour taste with a crunch texture courtesy of the onions. The sunny side up egg is cooked perfectly well, I don't usually eat the egg yolk but when this is served, I can't help it but to mix it all in. The garlic rice is a bit bland, I like my garlic rice with strong garlic flavors but it's okay considering how flavorful the tapa is.

We also got the peach pancake, topped with peach slices, whipped butter and peach syrup on the side. The whipped butter is so good that we ordered another dollop of it. The peach syrup is really good! It's not too sweet and yet the peach aroma stands out. I honestly prefer Pancake House' pancakes over IHOP's. IHOP is really dry and crumbly but Pancake House makes the perfect ultra soft and fluffy buttermilk pancakes. Yum yum!