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October 2013

Review: Shiseido True Eye Shadow Maquillage in PK 363

My previous post tells you that (woohoo!) I just won a Shiseido Eye Shadow from BDJ Box. Thankful as I am, I’m not really a fan of putting any eyeshadow to myself. The first time I bought an eyeshadow palette was from Revlon and that was 6-7 years ago. I just recently bought an eyeshadow palette from Sephora because it is from their Hello Kitty line (and I loooove Hello Kitty). Besides being lazy & not so efficient in putting any eyeshadow on, my eyelids aren’t good blank canvass; they hardly show the true colors of the eyeshadow. Let me show you why:

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There you go. I’m a panda incarnate. Correction: A brown panda incarnate. Add the fact that I “lack hair”, as my officemate has put it kindly, I am a hairless brown panda. My eyelids are so brown that even when I was a kid, some people had asked me if I was wearing any eyeshadow. The dark undereye circles just worsened as I got older. So this dilemma has made eyeshadow as my least favorite make-up and that’s why I don’t purchase any as much as I do with lippies. Most of my eyeshadow palettes were given to me as gifts and this Shiseido eyeshadow is the most recent “gift” that I received.

I paid Php50 last Friday for the shipping fee instead of going directly to BDJ’s San Juan office. No one at the house has even informed me that it has been delivered yesterday, Saturday. I just saw this on the table right in front of our main door:

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It’s mine! Discovered it at around 4 in the morning today, I was so excited to open the package that I just had to stop myself from squealing so as not to wake everyone.

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Slowly but surely, eh?

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Well… my name was mispelled. But who’s complaining, right! I got the PK 363 set which I like the most out of all the available palettes that they have when I checked the Shiseido website. Another woohoo! The instructions on the back are in Japanese (Nihongo if I’m not mistaken?) but the diagram is pretty much understandable.

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I like the subtle pink and muted gold of its packaging. It can also easily fit on anyone’s makeup kit (as seen on the size comparison with my bb9360).

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The diagram/guide is a good must-have especially for the make-up newbies.

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The brushes are standard but I particularly like brush #4 that is meant to be used in putting the darkest shade to serve as the eyeliner. I think I can re-purpose this brush when I use my pencil eyeliner for blending.

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Here are the swatches on my arm and how it looks up close when used:

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Except for the #5 shade that will be used for the undereye, all of the shades are shimmery.
Now let me try them on. Yeah, on a Sunday morning, why not! To prepare, I blot any excess oil on my eyelid then put something on to tone down the brown. I don’t need to put any primer since I’m not going anywhere at 5 on a Sunday morning.

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Big improvement right? Now here’s my right eye ready for battle with the Shiseido eyeshadow on my lid, Maybelline The Rocket mascara on my lashes and Cover Girl on my brows:

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I had a trouble with the falling glitters that I had to use a make-up remover to clean them off. I think I forgot to tap the excess before putting them on. It took me 3x to reapply shade #2 for it to show on my lids; the curse of the panda eyes.
My favorite is shade #3 because I think it’s the most pigmented color for my lids.

Overall, I think it’s a good buy for an everyday look. The colors are subtle and you can easily mix & match them with your other eyeshadow. It also doesn’t have an overpowering smell; just a little woodsy scent if you sniff directly on the palette. It may be a bit pricey though because I saw on ebay that the price ranges around $40-50.

Thanks to BDJ Box for this awesome prize!

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You win some, winsome ⭐️

Have you ever won anything before? Not just bragging rights but winning an actual thing? Eventually, I’ll WIN the lottery (optimism to the nth level!) but for now, here’s the list of what I’ve won so far (as far as I can remember):

⭐️ A Blue Pong Pagong Tote Bag (not the actual picture of the product that I won)

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I was in Grade 4 when we had a field trip at Shangri-la to see the Batibot live show. Batibot was the counterpart of Sesame Street and Pong Pagong, for me, was the counterpart of Big Bird. Pong Pagong was this big adorable turtle who loves to play and sing with the kids.

So how did I get the priceless blue tote? I simply raised my hand to volunteer to sing the Batibot theme song at the stage. Fearless. I got the bag because I was fearless. And a little cheating on the side, guilty as charged. My younger brother, together with my older sister as a chaperone, went to see the show a day before my class’ field trip so my sis told me to memorize the song. Well as karma had decided to turn its wheels against me, I wasn’t able to use the bag because my mom decided to give it away. All that fearless singing and cheating for nothing. Karma.

⭐️A John Legend CD (not the actual picture of the product that I won)

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Working barely for a year on a graveyard shift, cable tv was my go-to entertainment on my weekdays off. You work at night and your rest days are in the middle of a regular work week, argh. So there I was alone, channel surfing, when I saw this chatroom-like channel where you have to guess a song and you’ll win a John Legend CD if you’re the first one to answer correctly. I had a losing streak in high school (must be the Pong-Pagong-tote-bag-curse), not winning even at the cake raffle no matter how many tickets I buy (I love cake), so I tried my luck to get myself a free cd. I wasn’t even a fan but I somehow like his song “Ordinary People”.

I won, woohoo! But the moderator guy of that station, whom I was supposed to claim my prize from, started texting me in a creepy flirtatious way. Na-ah, thanks but no thanks. I probably won not because of my non-existent John Legend trivia prowess. I probaby won because my avatar was a picture of my smouldering eyes with dark smokey eyeshadow. Errrr.

⭐️Spongebob Squarepants pillow and Salt & Pepper containers (not the actual picture of the products that I won)

Things that I won for selling specific products at work.

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⭐️ A two-burner gas stove (not the actual picture of the product that I won)

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It was technically my first time to win any raffle with only pure luck to back me up. I got qualified for the raffle together with the other poor unfortunate souls who were scheduled to work on a New Year’s Eve.

⭐️ True Eye Shadow Maquillage from Shiseido

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I just got an email yesterday from the BDJ Box that I won for my blog entry showing the unboxing of my August BDJ box. It was my first BDJ box so getting something out of it, besides the Shiseido products on the box, was sweeeeeet!

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I will make a review of this loot once I receive it. I’m beyond excited!

Next on my winning list is winning the lottery (but gotta learn how to bet first).😜

What’s in your make-up kit?

The evolution of my make-up kit all started with simply bringing baby powder when I was in grade school… Then came the lip gloss in high school… Then lipstick when I turned 18…

Now that I’m at the “right” age *wink*, here’s my make-up kit that I bring everyday at work:

❤️ Stella & Dot pouch (a gift)

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Isn’t this a good way to start your day?

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So cute, right? Just answer “hey!!!” as you raise your hands in the air before you put on your make-up (not that I do that *ehem*)

So what’s inside this pouch?

❤️ Human Nature Mineral Powder in Orient Pearl
– I buy a lot of Human Nature products because they don’t have harmful ingredients, are cruelty-free and are proudly made in the Philippines

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❤️ Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder
– I use it mostly as a mirror because it is a lot bigger than my HN powder and I love the packaging

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❤️ 3 concealers
1) Mary Kay concealer/corrector in Ivory 1
2) Maybelline BB Stick (that I use as a concealer) in 01 Fresh – I don’t like the smell of the product on the tube but that smell disappears as soon as you apply it to your face and it goes on smoothly due to its powdery finish
3) Max Factor Pan Foundation (as a concealer) in Olive 30

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❤️ 2 Powder Blush
1) Maybelline Cheeky Glow in Peachy Sweetie
2) Human Nature Mineral Blush in Pink Bloom

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It takes 2-3 reapplication for the HN blush to show color as it is not too pigmented for my skin tone. I’m currently searching for a new blush.

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❤️ Revlon Eyelash Curler
– my ever dependable curler that I have to let go soon (huhuhu)… I’m just waiting for the Shu Uemura eyelash curler that I recently ordered (woohoo!)

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❤️ 2 eyeliners
1) Maybelline HyperSharp Liner (liquid) – that I use for my upper lid
2) Maybelline master liner (pencil) – that I use for my lower lid but I’m still getting the hang of it because I’m used to liquid eyeliner

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❤️ 3 mascaras
1) Maybelline The Falsies
2) Maybelline The Rocket
3) Benefit They’re Real

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❤️ Cover Girl Pencil Crayon for the eyebrows (Please see my pseudo review on this article)

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❤️ 2 lip balm
1) Etude Kissful Lip Care in Cherry
2) Maybelline Baby Lips in Neon Rose

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❤️ 9 lippies
1) Human Nature in Lucky In Love
2) Mary Kay in Caramel Toffee
3) Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede in Fashionista
4) Maybelline in Coral Crush
5) Nyx in Monte Carlo
6) Nyx in Addis Ababa
7) Mac Mattene Lipstick in Eden Rouge
8) Mac Lustre in Marquis D’
9) Mac Retro Matte in Riri Woo

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Please bear with me as I’m a noob in making lipstick swatches. I made several attempts and most of them looked like I had a bad case of hives on my arm. Here’s the most “decent” of them all:

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❤️ Hello Kitty lip gloss
– that I don’t use. It’s cute, nuff said 😊

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So what’s in your make-up kit?

Mistake Proofing

So apparently I won’t be getting any BDJ box for November because I inadvertently chose “Send as a gift” that’s why I got 2 boxes for October. They considered my September 9 subscription as another October subscription (which I thought will be for the November box). Honestly, it is still quite confusing because if it takes almost 2 months to get a box (as indicated on their website), why did I still get another October box even if it was already September. Anyhooo, they offered for a refund if I return the box. Since I don’t want to go through the hassle of shipping it back (I’m too lazy to return online purchases), I just shared the love to family and friends. I also asked if I can still subscribe for the November box. I’m willing to pay anyway because I just want that November box. Rona of BDJ box said that the November box is no longer available. No empathy and such. No considerations. It’s not like I’m asking for a freebie, na-ah. I just felt off because the email responses I received were quite “transactional” and a bit dismissive as if they were canned responses with no emotions. I’m not expecting for an apology but I’m expecting for at least an empathetic reply (apology vs. empathy: see the difference) even if I will still end up not getting the November BDJ box. I felt like I was such a dunce after reading the email. Customers should not feel stupid (even if they are, like me). Customer Service 101.

Hopefully, they will be able to develop a system wherein before finalizing the purchase, the subscriber will be able to know the month/s that s/he will be subscribing to. And that my dearies is called Poka Yoke. Currently, you have to email them to verify this information which is a waste of their time and resources. It would have been easier if the information is readily available online. And that my bellas is called Lean Thinking.

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So for next month, I’ll just take my bitter pill.
Go ahead and post online the unboxing of your November BDJ boxes.
Go.
Ahead.

Pay Day, Buy Day

“I deserve it, right?”, my conscience asked.

“Of course, you do!”, said Lady Echeboreche.

Regular conversation between me, myself and I. Nothing out of the ordinary. It’s just me convincing myself to go ahead and click the “Buy Wishlist”. Anyway, I need to buy a gift for my friend who’s turning 30 this month. Justified, check! And since it’s a Philippine holiday today plus pay day, traffic will be horrible! Horrendous! Que horror! And I hope I was just exaggerating!

I deserve a hassle-free shopping with the ease of one-click options and the convenience of cash-on-delivery. Lady Echeboreche says so.

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I want to share my happiness to you so please go ahead and use the code below if you’re a Zalora newbie so you can get 15% off from your first purchase. Sweet!

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This code is valid for first purchase of new customers only & for orders P1000 & above. It cannot be used on beauty, mobile, watches, sale items or gift cards. Brand exclusions may also apply.

*** I used Line Camera app for the stickers

What’s in your purse? (Who cares!)

Well, you do if you’re reading this post.😃

The growing fascination with the contents of another woman’s purse is becoming a phenomenon. This borderline voyeurism might have been rooted from somewhere in the inner recesses of a girl’s soul. Something to that effect. Or something perverted as what Freud would always say. I, on the other hand, would just like to see the girly stuff that another girly girl has on her girly bag.

So here’s my girly bag.
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Well… It looks more like the Hogwarts Sorting Hat on this picture though (muggles!). But I love it! It’s big and roomy and all of my stuff can fit inside it.
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So what’s inside my bag/purse?

1. My purple rosary, one of the first must-haves
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2 & 3. Wallet (Michael Kors) and Coin Purse (a gift) – though there were several instances where I forgot my wallet, tsk tsk
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4-6. Cellphones (iPhone 5 & blackberry 9360) with a cellphone wristlet (Coach – a gift❤️)
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7. My office ID
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8-10. Phone charger & earbuds (with Hello Kitty cord holder)
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11. Pen (cute, blue & star)

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12. Medicine Kit, Hello Kitty of course😊

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13. Make-up Kit (Stella & Dot – deserves to have a blogpost dedicated solely for it)

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14. Toiletries Pouch

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15. Eye make-up pouch

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16. Ecotools make-up brushes

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17. Stella McCartney Sunnies

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18. Spoon & fork & chopsticks (Hello Kitty)

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19 & 20. Tissue & make-up remover

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21. Old foldable umbrella (note to self: buy a new one)

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22. Candies

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23. 8 pairs of earrings (better to be sure than sorry)

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So, what’s in your purse?⭐️

Lady Echeboreche is a Queen of Extreme

I finally got my October BDJ box! I was completely surprised because I didn’t receive any email that my beauty box was on its way.
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I was more surprised that I got two boxes! Then, I just died and went to heaven when I saw what’s inside the package. Make-up!
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After being revived from my sudden death, I opened the 2 boxes thinking that the contents were different from each other, just like the September BDJ box. Then my feeling of elation changed to curiosity when I found out that they are exactly the same. I’m not sure why I got 2 BDJ boxes. I already emailed their customer service to ask why. I received an Out of Office reply saying that they’ll be able to reply to my message on October 17. Let’s wait and see... (Update: Mistake Proofing)

Going back to my October goodies, BDJ box’s theme for this month is “Express Yourself Fearlessly”. Fierce.
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I like BDJ box’s teasers. For this month, their teaser is “Which Type of Girl Are You?”. My friend and I were having a hard time guessing what products we’re going to get for October. Well, it’s a wonderful mind-game and I never imagined that we’ll be receiving Maybelline products. But I did tell my friend that it got something to do with make-up. T’was a lovely surprise! I am quite a make-up junkie (and I had to laugh so hard when BDJ thinks I’m the Queen of Extreme. Because I am, *wink*).

The box for this month consists exclusively of Maybelline products. The boxes are of 6 variants and I got the Queen of Extreme. So far, I saw 2 other types in instagram; Wild Thing and Femme Fatale. Others have different mascaras & lippies. Some have different eye makeup.

So to my fellow royal beauties, here are my Maybelline haul fit for a Queen of Extreme:

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I am particularly excited with the Volum’ Express Rocket mascara because I read a lot of good reviews about it and it is one of their new products.

And of course, it wouldn’t be a BDJ box if it doesn’t have a voucher. Plus, they also included a Maybelline Card:

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I always get my money’s worth with my BDJ boxes. Total value of all the products is Php 1973 (I don’t know how much a Maybelline make-up remover is so the voucher’s price is not included). For all of these, I only paid Php 580 on their website. So that’s Php 1393 worth of free goodies! 😍

Can’t wait to try them all! ❤️

Review: Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder

I bought this because of its packaging. Yeah, I can really be that shallow. 😜 First and foremost, I like color purple so that’s a big check. I also find the intricate silver design on the cover very interesting so I will pretty much reuse the container.

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Probably the most expensive powder that I have, it’s worth Php 1500; bought it from a US-based online seller. So the question is, does it “de-slick and mattify” my face? For me, it’s not that consistent. Sometimes, it does. Sometimes, it doesn’t. Probably it’s not meant for a very humid weather like the Philippines. I tried applying it on top of a Maybelline pressed powder that was already on my face. It was not a good idea because it made my face cakey. I do not recommend applying another layer of it on your face especially on top of another powder because it really has the tendency to be cakey (though it is suggested on the packaging).

I read some reviews that it’s best to use a brush instead of the puff included on the product. I totally agree with that because the puff is quite flimsy and using a brush will spread the product more evenly. Even though it is translucent (best for all complexion), it is best to apply it thinly to avoid making it cakey (for the nth time).😜

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Good side, I like the minty scent. It’s a bit relaxing.
So there you go, I like the packaging and its scent. But not a good buy for me for Php 1500.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐️ out of ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette

Is this a good buy? Any suggestions?

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