Here's a fun and very chic color combination you can try - teal and coral.  If you're sick and tired of wearing the basic and muted hues, why not try these two?  Let me tell you.  It's a match made in heaven.  

If you take a closer look at the top I'm wearing here, you'd probably noticed that it's textured.  Kinda new, right?  I added more elements to the outfit by putting on these floral shorts.  The print is not too loud and it just blends beautifully with the overall look.  

By the way, here's the back detail.  

If you want to transform this girly look and feel, grab those sneakers and opt for a sporty vibe.  If you want to go for a preppy, girl-next-door ootd, wear your ballet flats or loafers.  What's your pick?

Top from The Chic Closet

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your sweetest drug,

Finally, after the very long and tedious search, I have found the ONE.  I have discovered the toner that solved one of my biggest skin issue - clogged and visible pores.

If you have been a reader of le blog for quite a while, you probably have known how much I complain about my pore problem.  I've already tried a number of skin care products that I thought could help me shrink and unclog the pores on my nose area and only a very few of them have proven themselves effective.

Eventually, I learned that exfoliation is a key step, so I religiously do it every week.  Afterwards, I noticed a small improvement.  One factor that has significantly contributed is my current facial scrub by Skinfood.  Click here for the review.  However, this toner by Paula's Choice deserves 80% of the glory.

190 ml

Name of this toner is very straightforward.  I got this from Lazada at around 1,000 php.  Paula's Choice is a US skin care brand, so it's not easy to find it here locally.  I also tried to reach them through their PH Facebook page and they said that I could buy from them directly.

By the way, I'm sure you want to ask.  Who is Paula?

Paula Begoun is the founder of this brand, obviously.  She is a famous author and she spent years of research to create this skin care line that's dedicated to bring us only the best and effective skin care products.  100% guaranteed.

This toner suits any skin type.  It works as a regular toner which of course, balances the skin's pH level and removes any residue from washing.

I won't do the usual "what I love about it" part of my review because, I really do love the product itself.  All of it.

The packaging is a simple plastic bottle.  I wanted to transfer it to my liquid pump dispenser for convenience, but I totally forgot to do so, and now that I remember it, it's pointless because I've used up 3/4 of the toner already.

I use it twice a day, after washing my face.  It doesn't feel drying at all, though you still need to apply a moisturizer after.  It's pretty much like plain water.  There's no tingling sensation and again, no scent whatsoever.

In terms of oil-control, I haven't noticed any difference.  I use an anti-shine moisturizer anyway, so I don't mind.

I haven't encountered any irritation, redness and breakout as well.  Whenever I wipe my face with this toner using a cotton ball/pad, I usually see dirt or makeup residue, so I think it also has good cleansing properties.

I don't have before and after photos, so it would be a bit difficult for me to convince you that it is indeed, working and effective.  HAHA!  Anyway, let me still testify that my skin condition has become better ever since I switched to this toner.  Of course, it's with the help of my moisturizer and most importantly, the exfoliation part.  My skin is loving that combo!

To be honest, I still have visible pores even under BB cream, except they're lesser now compared before.  Some are still clogged, yes.  But every time I do my regular facial scrub and use this toner everyday, my skin is a whole lot better.  I don't even consider this pore problem to be a biggie for me anymore.

At the end of the day, it all still boils down to the products you're using and how you help them to be effective.  If you want to shrink down 'em pores, first, you have to unclog them.  How?  Exfoliate and use a working pore-reducing toner after.  That very first step would even maximize the benefits of the products you'd apply after, because it helps the skin absorb all of the good stuff.  Skin with a layer of dead skin cells will never ever be able to get that.

I'd definitely recommend this to everyone who wants to deal with their pore problem.  Actually, I plan to repurchase and try more products by Paula's Choice.  Truth is, I don't even wanna buy a different toner.   But of course, #bloggerduties first.  HAHA!  Don't worry.  I'll still share other brands and let you know if it worked for me or not.

Another thing to love about the brand is how they target all skin types and problems.  Whatever your skin issue is, I think they would be able to help you.  Here's the link to their site.

What do you think?

your sweetest drug,

I got another free lipstick!  Yay!  Thanks to Mami Joy for this awesome birthday gift!  Prior to this one, she also gave me Rimmel Kate Moss in Shade 09.  You can check out the review here.

I do not have a huge collection of lipsticks, but I'm starting to grow it little by little.  As I have mentioned, I'm also obsessed with lip tints and I usually prefer buying them over the other.  Furthermore, almost all of the lip products in my makeup bag are in bright colors.  I have no idea why and how it happened, but maybe, it's because I often opt for colored lips than nude.

Next to color, another preference of mine are long-lasting lippies.  I'm not fond of re-applying multiple times throughout the day, so it is important for me to use a lip product that has a very good lasting power.  That brings me to this lipstick's most awesome feature.  Now, onto the review.


If there's one thing that Wet N Wild has to improve, it has to be their lipstick packaging.  The bullet is always exposed and the plastic covering has very poor quality.  You need to be careful because it is very likely to hit and damage your lippie when you open or close the tube.


The shade is called Old School Glam, a bright coral red.  It looks lighter when applied compared to the actual color of the bullet.

In terms of pigmentation, I have no complaints.  It is very opaque even if you swipe it once.


Not shimmery, not super matte and not creamy.  There's a very minimal amount of shine.


It glides smoothly on lips.  No dragging or pulling required.

I prefer a stained effect than the full color.  With light dabs, I'd get a pink coral color instead red coral.


It doesn't feel heavy at all.


It's also not dehydrating, but I'd still apply lip balm prior to avoid chapped lips.

I also noticed that it is almost scentless.


Here's what it looked like on my lips after drinking and eating.

The intensity of the color had worn off, but my lips were still tinted.  I love it!

If you're still not convinced, check this out.

After washing my face and brushing my teeth, I still got this.  I used my makeup remover to completely wipe off the color and stain.

Overall, I really enjoy this lippie very much.  Color payoff is really nice and it lasts a good solid 5 hours (or more).

I'm not sure if Fergie collection is available here locally, so I couldn't share the price.  But comparing it with their other lipsticks, maybe it doesn't cost higher than 300 php.

Btw, here's one look I've tried recently using Old School Glam. :)

What do you think?

Like Wet N Wild Philippines on Facebook.

your sweetest drug,

I was about to finish a backlog post when I had a quick look at Timehop.  I saw an old tweet about my #Blogiversary.  So, thanks to this very useful app for reminding me that today, November 23rd is my blog's 3rd birthday!  

Woah!  Three years!  Le blog is still up and running.  I feel a sense of fulfillment.  #patmyselfontheback #therethere

When I look back, I could still imagine all of the struggles, the frustrations and not to mention, the i-give-up-i-just-want-to-quit moments.  Now, I totally understand why I felt and thought of those things.  It's because I was comparing what I have and what I have accomplished to others'.  Sometimes, doing that moderately is good.  I think it helps us realize the amount of effort we need to exert in order to reach our goals.  Maybe, it also helps us discern what we have already achieved.  It would only become a dangerous trap once we let it eat us and devour our self-confidence and self-worth.  That's what happened to me back then.  

I've always thought of quitting because I couldn't see what's in front of me.  I couldn't see the progress and potential that I already have.  All I saw was disappointment.  Disappointment that I created myself.  But knowing that this is what my heart tells me to do.  That this is what I enjoy.  It's enough reason for me to continue and keep on writing.

That's the thing about comparing yourself to others.  You often lose and end up devaluing yourself.  Why not just let them inspire you to do better?  Let their achievements motivate you to do the same.  Stop wasting your energy thinking, "I envy them.  They've achieved so much and here I am with nothing."  Remember that they were at the same starting line of the race.  Oh, and it's not even a race at all.  Go at your own pace.  Take it easy and just enjoy the run.  

Do what you love and never stop.

Cheers to 3 years of blogging!  Thanks for your love and support!

Before I end this post, let me just share that when I looked at all the old photos for the collage above, I was like, WTH!  Bad photo quality, annoying poses, terrible makeup and many more.  I'm really sorry for sharing those.  HAHA!  I'll do better and improve.  I promise!

Ooh, by the way, we're at 99th at TopBlogPh.  And we're so close to reaching 1M pageviews!  Whaaaaaat?!

your sweetest drug,

Most people with oily skin tend to have a hard time finding a perfect moisturizer that will keep their face hydrated and at the same time, control sebum production.  They also think that moisturizers will just boost the greasiness, so they would rather choose to skip this very important step.  However, as ironic as it sounds, oily skin needs moisturizer just as much as normal skin type does.

To help you in your search, let me share this product by Yves Roche (a newbie brand here on le blog).

It's called Ultra Mat Anti-Shine Moisturizer from the line Sebo Specific, which also offers mattifying toner and night cream.

A quick background first about the brand.  Yves Rocher originated from France and they focus on Botanical Beauty, which means that their innovative products are made from various types of plants.  They use natural key ingredients to create cosmetics that are very safe for everyone and for the environment.

For Sebo Specific, they used Scutellaria extract.  Yves Rocher researchers have discovered that the flavonoids derived from this plant have an extraordinary power of regulating skin shine and excess sebum.

Here are the other ingredients.

This little jar contains 50 ml of product and I bought it at 397.50 php from 795 php.  It's at 50% off!  Yea!  #somuchwin

It's a green emulsion gel and basically works as an anti-shine day moisturizer, but I also use it at night.

What I like about it:
  • very pleasant and fresh scent
  • simple but good packaging
  • very lightweight, doesn't feel creamy
  • has a watery consistency
  • super smooth on skin
  • moisturizes very well
  • easily absorbed 
  • very soothing
  • oil-free
  • contains salicylic acid 
  • feels very comfortable even under hot weather
  • no irritation or breakout
  • doesn't feel sticky
  • preps the skin for makeup

  • contains alcohol

I think it's definitely an effective moisturizer.  My skin loves it and I've noticed a little improvement.  When I apply it at night, I don't wake up with so much oil and grease.  And when I wash my face, I could feel that there's still moisture.  You know the feeling when you put on lotion and you wash it with water afterwards?  It's amazing!

In terms of oil-control, it keeps the shine at bay for another hour or two.  So if normally, my T-zone starts to get oily after 4 hours, using this moisturizer will add 1 more hour.  Sometimes 2 if the weather/temperature is nice.  So I'd get to enjoy a shine-free face for 5 to 6 hours.  Not totally shine-free but at least, not super greasy.

It will not make the skin ultra matte but it's enough for me to know that it's very hydrating and it's taking care of the excess sebum.

I might even repurchase!  That's how much I love this moisturizer.  I also wanna try other products by Yves Rocher because I find most of them interesting.  Did I mention that they also have makeup?  

You can visit their branch at Trinoma, near MAC Cosmetics and The Body Shop.

What do you think?

Like Yves Rocher Philippines on Facebook.

your sweetest drug,