September's officially over!  Hoh yeah!  For some weird reasons, I feel like it just flew by in a flash.  I like it though.  I'm feeling more relieved but still a bit anxious too.  Maybe because of the upcoming trips?  Or maybe only because of PMS.  Haha!

Anyway, I know for the past weeks I've done fewer posts and I've been blogging very irregularly.  At least for last month, I was able to deliver my promise to you guys - a new makeup video after months and months!

For today, I'm sharing a not-so common item in my makeup stash - an eye primer.

Do I really need an eye primer?

Prepping my lids before eye shadow application hasn't been my thing ever since.  Well, I can only think of 2 reasons.  First, I don't feel the need as I don't prefer wearing layers of eye makeup on a daily basis.  I just do it on special occasions or events, so there's almost nothing to "prime" in the first place.  Second, I also apply concealer on my lids and I think it kinda acts as a primer at the same time.  Bottom line, I think it's just an extra, unnecessary step especially for someone who's always in a rush like me.  *wink

This baby costs 248 php for 10g at a local Etude House shop.  The name is Proof 10 because as per the description, it supplies coverage to eyelids and around the eyes to enhance eye shadow color and integrity for a longer lasting, Perfect 10 look.  How about that?

What's in the formula?


It comes with a doe-foot applicator which is nice and convenient.  I like it very much because it can actually help blend the primer easier.  But of course, your fingers would be okay to use too.

The little potion-like plastic bottle is also transparent so you can see how much product is left.

What I like about it?

- unscented
- not chalky
- no shimmer or glitter
- makes eye shadow more vibrant (even the powdery matte ones)
- little amount goes a long way
- doesn't mess up eye shadow blending
- feels lightweight

The best part is that it minimizes creasing.  I tried it a couple of times using matte eye shadow (one eye with primer and one eye without) and I noticed that the side with primer underneath appears less faded and almost crease-free. Plus, it really intensified the color.  I don't know about the 24 hr claim though.

The only problem I have with this product is its consistency.  It tends to be very silky/slippery (I don't know how to describe it exactly) thus giving me troubles when blending it.  But luckily, I found a way.  The trick is to dab-dab-dab and of course, apply tiny bit amount of product.

Other than that, I enjoy this primer and I highly recommend it.  It's not expensive and it can do its job without a doubt.  Similar with my experience, you might not like the blending part but you can try my tip above.

If you have any eye shadow that tends to smear after hours, try Proof 10.  It can help you make that stubborn makeup stay in place.

What do you think?

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your sweetest drug,

Yay!  It feels so good crossing out things in my to-do list.  Do you feel the same way too whenever you get productive?

I really wanted to finish this video today because I need to prepare the September haul as soon as possible.  Looking at my calendar, October weekends look so full and hectic already and I'm not sure how to squeeze in filming, editing and doing some draft posts.  Gah!

Anywaaaaaay, I hope this video would be helpful.  It's my first time to film using the lighted makeup mirror Kris gave me and I think I need to sit farther from it because the clips turned out to be brighter than I expected.  Sorry about my backdrop as well!  HAHA!  I'm still thinking how I can make it more Youtube-worthy.  Any tips?

The star of this makeup video is Heroine Make's Jewelry Eyecolor in Beige Gold.  It's my current favorite everyday eye shadow because it comes with neutral colors.  There's also a dark brown shade which I figured, can be perfect for smokey looks.  This one's very versatile so if you're a makeup newbie and clueless about what eye shadow palette to buy, you can check this out.  Again, it comes with a primer too, so you can get more bang for your buck.  Here's the link to my review.

Basically, you'd need to throw just one eye shadow palette in your bag when you need to transform your daytime makeup to something that's more night-appropriate.  Don't forget eyeliner too because you'd need that to intensify the look.

So, if you need to rush to an event after school or work, try this!

Click that play button!

Annoying windburn on my lips. :(

Products Used (click the link for my review)

Ecotools Eye Enhancing Duo Set
Clinique Powder Blush in Fig
Clinique Eyeshadow in Neutral (as highlighter)
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer 
L.A. Colors Lipliner Pencil in Sable (for night makeup - you can also use a bolder color if you want)

A few tips...

You may need to get rid of the excess oil before transitioning your day makeup to night makeup and re-apply face base (foundation or bb cream, etc.) and powder.  

You can also wear falsies for the night time look if you really want a more dramatic eye makeup than this.  Actually, this one's not too smokey and still wearable even during the day.

The type of eyeliner is up to you. You can opt for cat eyeliner or wing it out further.

That's it!

Thanks for watching!

your sweetest drug,

I can't believe it's been years since my last Maybelline lipstick.  I don't know why.  Well, I don't hoard too often so maybe that's one reason.  It's not that I don't like them though.  Some of their lipstick lines are great and have earned raves as well.

So recently when they had a crazy sale, I thought it would be a perfect time for me to buy a couple of lippies.  I was going for the matte ones but unfortunately, stocks had run out.  Perhaps, people went crazy too because of the discounts.  HAHA!

And here's what I was able to take home.  Yep.  Just one.

Regular price is 399 php but I got it at 300 php.  Not bad!


I got the shade MAT4.  From the tube, it looks like a true red but when swatched and on my lips, it comes off as a red orange.  It's not super opaque and not that buildable as well.  Meaning, even when I do multiple swipes, I still get the same intensity.

Here's a swatch comparison, side-by-side with Ruby Woo.


This lippie is labeled as Bold Matte, but I find it rather sheer and the finish is a little bit satiny.  Color payoff is obviously not too intense and far from "bold".  There's also some shine even when you apply it on dry lips (or skin).


Since it's not a matte, velvety lipstick, it glides like butter.  It feels like lip balm actually.  

My only complain though is that sometimes, the color doesn't apply evenly.


It feels moisturizing even without a lip balm underneath.  


After the things I've shared above, maybe you can now guess this lipstick's lasting power.  Yep, you got it right.  

It transfers easily and doesn't leave a good amount of stain so expect a re-application after eating or drinking.

Overall, it's a good everyday, fuss-free lippie.  I don't have any other orange lipstick in my collection as of now because my MAC Tart & Trendy was snatched away by my cousin, so this one is a nice alternative to my lip tints and reds.  

One major gripe of mine is that, it almost has this "cheap feel".  Add to that, it could be deceiving for some people who like to shop for matte lippies.  I'm not sure though if the other shades are in this same formula too.

And by the way, I love pairing MAT4 with an eye makeup like this.  

What do you think?

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your sweetest drug,
I'm a big fan of light, glowy and fresh makeup looks.  You know, that effortless kind of look which would make you appear blooming and won't make people think that you're wearing a mask.  

After a few years of experimenting and playing with makeup, I've realized that subtle looks like this one seem to be the most flattering on me.  Actually, I did this look on my birthday but it's something that I also wear often so nothing special.  But I hope you'll get an idea on how to look so put together even with very minimal makeup.

The above photo shows the products I used.  The eye primer is optional because the eye shadow there also has a lasting base, a shimmery one though.  

Don't get annoyed by my selfies below!  *peace

Oh!  By the way, did you miss my Beauty Board series?  :)

I also used my Clinique eye shadow in Neutral as a highlighter.  

Eye makeup is very light but the eyeliner with a little bit of flick makes it more defined.

That's it!  

Wishing you guys a nice week ahead!

your sweetest drug,

Feeling glad today because finally, hectic weeks are officially over.  There are other things though that will surely keep me busy but at least for now, I can breathe and relax a bit. 

Blog news first!  

The makeup video might be up by next Sunday, so stay tuned.  After that, I'll start filming the September haul video plus, my skincare routine.  If you have other suggestions, just let me know in the comment section below, okay?

Of course, the product reviews for the stuff in my latest haul will also pour in.  I also have one last Lookbook post to share.

Enjoy the weekend, guys!

your sweetest drug,