Ladies (and gents), allow me to introduce to you my first ever liquid lipstick!

Before I go broke and go shop for liquid lipsticks to my heart's content, I decided to try this one from a local drugstore first.  I admit.  This was an impulsive buy.  I was only looking for BB creams, but you know, makeup junkie problems, I walked out the store with other things.  Haha! πŸ˜‰  Virtual high-five if you can relate!

So anyway, here's LA Girl Matte Pigment in the shade Dreamy.

As you can see on the tube, they call it as a "pigment gloss".  Uhm, not sure about that.  It's clearly a matte liquid lipstick.

Color & Finish

It comes in 16 shades but I only got Dreamy, which is a matte, soft pink nude with some hints of beige.

Of course, I had to get the low-key colors first.  Haha!  I wanted something I can easily wear and apply (knowing most bold colors are very unforgiving).  

Color payoff is nice.  You can get the true color at first swipe.  


It's housed in the usual tube packaging and it comes with a doe-foot applicator, which has flat sides.  It's super easy to put an even layer.  Also, the tip is very handy when it comes to working on the outline.


Now, here comes the tricky part - getting used to its sticky formula.  

It's by far, the most glue-ish matte liquid lipstick I've tried.  When I put my lips together, I could really see and feel the tackiness. 

As you can see in the photo above, the lines are emphasized once it dries down.  It's not too noticeable from a distance though.  On days when I wear this, I would frequently check if they made my lips like a dried plum already.  Haha! 😊

It's definitely not a lightweight lippie.  It's a bit drying as well.

I also remember eating a bread with this on and when I checked the mirror, some crumbs were like glued on my lips.  πŸ˜‹

Lasting Power

Though when it comes to longevity, this one's a badass.

It's a tough job to remove it.  I had to rub a cotton pad soaked with micellar water really hard to remove the swatch on my arms.  On the lips, there would be minimal fading/peeling after eating.

Dupe Alert

This is not an exact dupe but on the lips they look somewhat similar.  Dreamy is on the pinker side but sometimes, I could see more hints of beige specially under natural lighting.

Overall, it's clearly not my top pick formula-wise, but I'm still in love with the color.  It's perfect for everyday makeup plus, it makes my teeth look whiter.

You can get Matte Pigments and other LA Girl products at Watson's (at 349 php), SM/other Department stores or from some online shops.

What do you think?

Stay tuned for the BB cream review from the same brand!  Another thing to try from LA Girl is their Pro Conceal HD Concealer.

your sweetest drug,
I got excited to try the makeup loot that Celeteque sent me, so I sat down and filmed a video.  I know it's been forever since my last one and I made a lot of boo-boos here, so please bear with me.  I'm still warming up.  Haha! πŸ˜ƒ

Click here to start watching!

I received 3 eye shadow palettes and 3 matte lipsticks and I thought I could do 3 makeup looks by pairing them.  I also grabbed a few products from other brands.  You can check out the list below.

The first two looks are so easy and simple, but for the last one, I had to create a smokey eye makeup so a lot of blending happened.  Haha!  I gotta admit, difficulty level is high for me.  It's been years since my last attempt. 😀

The palette and lipsticks have a great color payoff and I love that the color variety is suitable for everyday makeup.  Well, maybe except for Grey Smokey, but I think I can still use the black eye shadow as an eyeliner.

Products Used

The Face Shop Lash/Lid Glue
Celeteque 2-in-1 Eye Bag Miracle Kit
Celeteque 24-Hour Photoready Matte Primer
Celeteque Spot Corrector Gel
Clinique Foundation sample (can't remember the nameand shade)
Maybelline Super BB Cream in Natural
Celeteque CC Micro-Hydrating Powder
Celeteque Eyebrow Defining Kit in Deep Brown
Celeteque Eyeshadow Palette in Warm Brown, Pink Orchid and Grey Smokey
Fashion21 White Eyeliner
False Eyelashes from Landmark
Sleek Contour Duo in Light
Colourpop Blush in Between the Sheets
Celeteque Matte Lipstick in Ruby, Wine and Nude
Celeteque Lip Lacquer in Velvet Red and Natural Nude
Maybelline Hypersharp Wing Eyeliner

Btw, I tried my best to cover up my bumpy spots, but I didn't want to put on layers of foundation and concealer because I'm not a fan of cakey and heavy base.  The eyelid glue also got in the way.  The patchy area is not because of the eyeshadow, guys!  Let's just pretend they're not there.  Haha! πŸ˜‰ 

You've seen the products in action, but I will still do individual/batch reviews, so stay tuned!

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What do you think?  Which one is your fave?

your sweetest drug,

I'm saving the best for last and by best, I mean the lip products.  So meanwhile, here's another Colourpop post for my fellow "kilay is life" believers.  Haha! 😀

It took me a while before finally deciding to try this baby out.  I was hesitant at first because I knew the shade wouldn't match my hair color.  That's why I thought of trying to sell it first so I can get myself a different shade.

From the pot and when swatched, it looks very appropriate for brunettes or pretty much any medium to light brown hair.  However, it has hints of red/orange which is actually okay but I prefer taupe browns for my brows.

The formula though. πŸ‘Š

The moment I first dip my brush, it was HEAVEN.  It has a mousse-y, custardy texture and it applies smoothly.  You won't even need to apply pressure as you make the strokes.

It's easy to blend and easy to use to shape the brows so it's perfect for kilay beginners.  Hihi!  πŸ˜Š

Whenever I use this, I almost ditch my spoolie because filling my brows with the same angled brush is enough.

The product stays on the entire day.  And take note, my skin becomes a grease factory after several hours and my forehead area gets really oily.  However, if I rub it off, it budges and only a little color stays.

See how shiny my skin is?!  I didn't blot today.  Haha! πŸ˜„

I still have mixed feelings about Arched Auburn but again, formula-wise, it's great!  It's my first time trying a dip brow product and I'm more used to pencils or crayons, but it didn't give me a hard time.

What do you think?  Have you tried any other Colourpop brow products?

your sweetest drug,
If I were to create an "Ichi Signature Look", a pair of wings would definitely complete it.  Yes, I don't usually add it to my daily makeup routine (because I'm always in a hurry every freaking day), but on some occasions, I never skip it.

That's why I always make sure to have an eyeliner in my makeup drawer.  I've tried gel liners before but problem with them is that, they tend to turn into a rock after some time.  Pencils are okay too but I haven't encountered one that would not turn into a hot mess after several hours.  I only use them now to tightline my upper lash lines.

So, I thought why not try pens and see if they're a better option.

I got my first pen from a discount chain store in Osaka.  It's by the brand called K-Palette, which is also available here in Manila.  The black ones were sold out, which I totally understand because the price was slashed into half.  Maybe a lot of tourists took advantage of the sale.  Hihi.

Mine is in the shade Deep Brown.  From a distance, it looks like a not-so intense black so I think I still scored an actual black pen.

For me, when choosing a great eyeliner pen, it all boils down to the applicator.  You might get the best formula but if the brush is a trash, it's useless.  Let's face it.  It's difficult to draw the perfect wing especially with a shaky hand, so you need something that would help you, not make the process even more difficult.

During the first few tries, I wasn't so sure about how to do my usual wing.  It was a steep learning curve for me who's not used to pens.  However, I was able to get the hang of it after some time.  Yep, it's just all about practice.  Haha!

Good thing, the brush is not too bendy so it's easy to control.

As for the tip, it requires me to really focus (and hold my breath) to get that precise flick.

I bet you guys would like to know the deal about its lasting power.  

First off, the formula is waterproof and it's meant to stay on the lids all day err day.  However, mine gets oily and when wearing my contact lens, I have to use eye drops, so basically, I can't avoid a non-dry lids the entire day.  

That's why it wears off after several hours.  It's not smudge-proof on me.  I can also easily remove it sans any makeup remover.

Nevertheless, I still like to use it on normal days.  I would also recommend it to beginners because based on my experience, it didn't take long for me to get used to it.  And take note, I was a newbie to eyeliner pens when I first tried it.  

Now, I have a new one in my collection.  You'll see it on my upcoming makeup video.  Stay tuned!

your sweetest drug,

Goodbye to yet another awesome year.

I feel like I owe the universe big time because of all the unexpected things and doors that have opened for me in the past twelve months.  Most parts, I didn't ask for but I ain't complaining!  I couldn't thank the Amazing Guy up there for everything and for thinking that I do deserve it all.

When I was looking back at all of these special moments, I couldn't help but smile and whisper a "thank you".  Big or small, it doesn't matter because it definitely made my year a little more colorful than usual.

Here are the highlights of my 2016!

Another milestone...

Last month, le blog turned five years old.  Yea, there's no stopping despite of the difficulty in finding time to do a post.  

I've also published 18 videos on my Youtube channel.  I admit that my contents are nowhere near "top quality", but please know that I worked damn hard for 'em.  Making videos is something I truly enjoy even though it could get stressful sometimes.  Hopefully, the ones lined up for next year would come out better.

Thank you for the trust...

To the brands that have shown their trust for le blog, thank you so much!  

Being invited to blogger events means the world to me.  I always feel giddy like a kid who's in a party.  

Apart from the loot bags from these events, a few brands also showed their generosity through mail!

Thank you for spoiling me!

Special thanks to Bioessence for giving me a pampering sesh!

Imagine how "kilig" I was when I knew about these:

See more of the world...

Six months ago, I got an exciting news.  

I actually didn't think that I'd get to see other parts of the world.  Ever.  It's in my bucket list of course, but not in my priority list because of other more important stuff I need to focus on.

I am forever grateful for this once in a lifetime chance to walk on the busy streets of Osaka and Shanghai and to see in my own eyes,  the culture and the people.  

It's definitely one for the books!

For our last hurrah, we explored Davao.

Try something new...

I tried a new fitness activity this year.  If you're a follower on Instagram, you'd probably know what I'm talking about.  If not, maybe this photo could explain everything.

I would do a separate post about my new fitness journey soon!

Now, let me take a moment to reflect on the lessons 2016 has taught me.

Life is not a race.  I've reached this life stage wherein it's inevitable to feel like another chapter should start sooner or later.  It's not that I'm avoiding it but I don't know, I've never given it much thought.  I want to enjoy life as much as I could, given the time I have and focus on my goals.  I've learned that there shouldn't be any kind of pressure as to when we'd take the next turn in our lives.  It's our choice anyway and it shouldn't matter if we opt to slow things down and just enjoy the journey.

It's fine if we still can't figure out everything.  I couldn't count how many times I've made a seemingly "final decision" on how to take charge of my life and ending up not doing it at all.  It sucked.  However, I like to think that maybe life works that way.  There could be no clues nor anything that could lead you to where you should be at this point, but eventually, everything will make perfect sense.  I've learned that once I get to know what I really want and where I want to be, if I make the right choices, I'd get there and make it happen.  

Give zero fvck about things you can't control.  There's one time when something I thought I deserve was taken away from me.  It's out of my hands so there's nothing I could do to take it back.  With a heavy heart, I've accepted it and moved on.  Then, when I least expected, a bigger door opened up.  See?  When sh*t happens, it happens for a reason.  I've learned that if we don't let go of things we can't change, we'll just end up miserable and we won't see the better things ahead of us.

When life gives you too much lemons... throw them (really really hard) to people who are such a pain in the ass.  Just kidding.  I've learned that the only way to survive hardships is to keep going.  When everything seems to fall apart and when we feel like it's too much for us to bear, start by having a more positive perspective and figure out a way one step at a time.

Focus on what you have.  I've shared one quote about this on Facebook.  In this social media-driven world, if you don't post what you have online, people will think you actually don't have it.  Crazy.  Remember that it's one thing to be grateful about the material things you own or you worked hard for and it's another thing to flaunt 'em for the sake of letting the universe know.  The sadder story, some people fall for this trap and they think that they're not as equally blessed because you have much and they have less.  I've learned that a happy heart is a content heart and blessings are not always in the form of material things.  

Stay true to yourself.  Few weeks ago, I was bugged by an idea that perhaps, people have started to dislike me for some reasons.  One, maybe they thought I've changed from a person they knew years back to the person I am now.  Two, maybe they don't like how I seem to be in social media.  Three, maybe they just don't like me at all.  Whatever it is, I let it consume me for a time, which was a bad decision, I admit.  Then, I had a quiet moment and tried not to overthink things.  I said to myself, what's more important is to keep doing what I love to do as long as it's not hurting anyone.  I've learned that the person who knows me best is me and I shouldn't care much about pleasing other people and what they think about me.

Sorry for the lengthy post.  I feel relieved actually, because I felt like I talked to a friend and let all my thoughts out.  Hopefully, these lessons can also help you if you're dealing with a similar situation.  

Again, I wish you all the best this 2017.  May we achieve all of our goals.

I look forward to the coming months because well, first off, I'm counting the days before I see Jay Park in his sexy body person.  Haha!  Please comment below if you're also coming to the event on the 24th!  Next up, a probable move out.  Whew!  Bigger responsibilities as I embark on this crazy adult journey.  Lastly, I also plan to do career changes this year.  I still need to give it one last serious thinking though.

Happy new year, world!  Cheers, good luck and dream on!

your sweetest drug,