Isn't it so absurd how a day that's starting out so damn fine would suddenly get all ruined and effing messed up?  Things that are out of your control got thrown at you and you'd be like a deer in headlights.  You even got no idea how to bring back that disposition you had minutes ago.

Well, congrats dear.  Just like that, you had one of the worst days of your life.

I had mine last Friday.  An eye-opener, I would say.  But thanks to the Awesome Guy up there, I'm feeling soooooo much better now.  Totally over it.  #LifeGoesOn

Anywaaaaaay, today, I'm blogging to talk about makeup, so allow me to end that life-realization kind of intro and share my thoughts on these two gorgeous palettes.

These are two "shiny shimmering splendid" eye shadow quads by Heroine Make called Jewelry Eyecolor.  These are perfect for those who are into pearly, glittery eye makeup.

They look like typical eye palettes but actually, there's a unique thing about them.  Each comes with a white base which acts as a primer to make the other three colors more vivid and long-lasting.

So for 650 php, you'll get a lasting base, three eye shadow colors to create an everyday or a glam look plus, a dual tip applicator. #bangforthebuck

I got Rose Garnet and Beige Gold - swatches and sample eye makeup below.

I haven't really used the guy above because I prefer using my fingers or my brushes to do my eye makeup.  It looks okay though.  

And because the two darker colors are so pigmented, both can be used as a soft and smokey eyeliner.  The formula also contains moisturizing ingredients such as wild rose oil, chamomile extract and hyaluronic acid.  Good stuff for the sensitive eye area!

The actual eye shadows do not come in powdery form.  It's actually kinda mousy (I think).

The white base has a slightly creamy consistency - easy to transfer onto the skin.  For the other three, they all blend so nicely, not patchy, not chalky and color payoff is amazing!

My only concern is the glittery effect but I can look past that because at least, the sparkle is still manageable and appropriate for daytime looks.  You won't look like a disco ball.  I swear.

You can create stunning looks for a night out or simple and light for casual days.  Sometimes, I love to use just one color because it's enough to give dimension to the eyes.

Beige Gold Quad is a neutral palette with cool-toned browns.

Rose Garnet Quad has the same tone but with more intense hues and of course, a deep purple for a pop of color.

On these swatches, they look like they have a frosty kind of finish but in person, you'll see the shimmers and sparkles.

You can also apply these shadows damp or dry.  With and without the base, they still look so opaque.

The lasting power is also impressive.  Although at the end of the day, I've noticed some fall outs.

It doesn't crease and there's very minimal fading after several hours.

For these daytime looks, I used the:
  • base all over the lids
  • lightest shade (upper right) on top of it
  • medium shade (lower right) on the outer corners 
  • darkest shade (lower left) as eyeliner

I'll make sure to create a makeup video featuring these palettes and let's not forget, the brand's Impact Liquid eyeliner.

Oh by the way, there are two other variants of Jewelry Eyecolor called Yellow Sapphire and Pink Amethyst.  Go check them out at Heroine Make counters at Watsons.  

What do you think?

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your sweetest drug.
So yes, I'm finally blogging about this one memorable evening I had recently.  Honestly, I still cannot believe that I became a part of this blogger event.  I'm so grateful that I got to experience this kind of pampering, beautifying sesh organized by one of the Korean brands I truly admire.  It's definitely one for the books!

Before I start the storytelling, let me thank Ms. Mela once again for having me.  Never in my wildest dreams would I think of receiving an invitation from Laneige!

The SPArty for the Sleeping Beauties was held at Blue Water Day Spa, Ortigas.  It was my first time to attend such kind of event so I didn't know what to expect.

As we enter the room, we were welcomed by the staff and I was so stunned when I saw the decors. Blue and white balloons everywhere, snack table with pajama party-ish theme and they even prepared robes with our names on it!  Plus, my fave detail, the BB cushion puff pillow!  #ilovetheidea

Of course, I had to grab a glass of milk and cookies.

All those things made me go like "oh yes, this is going to be a fun night!".  And it was.

The event was organized by Laneige mainly to introduce the new and improved version of their ever-so-famous product, the Water Sleeping Mask.

It promises to give your skin a boost of hydration overnight and make you look like you had at least 8 hours of sleep.  Ah-uh.

It's exactly what someone like me needs -  someone who works on a graveyard shift and who also loves staying up till wee hours just to watch her favorite TV series, movies and Youtube channels.

Look!  They made a bed-like photo booth design for the Sleeping Beauties!

#selfie first before removing my makeup

The best part for me was when we tried some of the Laneige skincare products.  Of course, I had to remove my makeup and start with cleansing.

Here's what the beauty consultant used.

Fresh Brightening Cleansing Oil

A refreshingly light cleansing oil that completely removes makeup and cleanses in one step while exfoliating and brightening the skin.

A cleansing oil first-timer right here!  

It didn't completely remove my mascara but the rest of my makeup was gone in just a few wipes.  It felt good, not irritating - totally opposite of what I expected from cleansing oils.  My skin became super smooth after and not robbed of moisture (what other foam cleansers tend to do).

Light Power Essential Skin Refiner

Eliminates impurities in the pores, and removes keratin for clear and transparent skin.

This basically works as a toner.

Clear C Advanced Effector

Illuminate your skin from within with the vital energy of Vitamin C. It contains Superberry extract that makes the skin look clearer and smoother.

This is your guy if you want a clearer, brighter, more radiant skin.  

Lip and Eye Remover Waterproof

An oil-free remover that gently removes eye and lip makeup.  Safe for sensitive eye and lip areas.

We used this to remove the rest of my eye makeup.

Light Balancing Emulsion

Controls excess sebum and balances oil and moisture for clear and transparent skin.

This type of moisturizer is suitable for oily skin as it also has oil-control properties.

Rich Hand Butter

Oh so buttery!  Perfect to use if you need a hand massage.  You'll also fall in love with the scent.

Water Sleeping Mask

Of course, here's the star of the evening.  

Lip Sleeping Mask

Gently erases dry, flaky skin on the lips through the night for smoother and suppler lips.

Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil

With natural virgin coconut oil which dissolves waterproof heavy makeup, mugwort extracts with anti-bacterial effect, deeply purifies pores and melts down sebum.  Free of mineral oil which helps to prevent skin irritation.

Since I loved the orange one, I wanna actually try this version because it's more suitable for oily skin.

Seriously guys, after layering five of the products I mentioned above, my skin instantly became supple, well-hydrated and revitalized.  I think it never felt that good for so long.  Yes, you can see my pimple marks, which are slowly disappearing now (thank goodness!), but I really loved the quick fix and overall effect!

While I was given serious skin pampering, my feet were also having their moment.  HAHA!  As a bonus, I also had back and head massage. 

After everything, I was ready to sleep... only I couldn't.  HAHA!  Nighty night!

On one side, the ladies were also having nail-art and makeup session.  While waiting for my turn, I checked out Laneige's makeup line.

No doubt, my favorite has to be the BB cushion.  The brush pacts and lip tints are also interesting.  

Remember the pillow??  Here's the smaller version. :)

with only skincare + BB Cushion

Everything about the Laneige BB Cushion was absolutely impressive - finish, formula and coverage!  It was my first time seeing it and applying it on my face and I must say, it's one of the best face makeup to use if you're into dewy, almost flawless yet natural-looking skin.

Actually, I'm still on the fence about buying one.  I need a new BB cream now, but it's outside my budget.  Although if I think about it, it's almost like getting two for 2,000 pesos because you'd get one refill too.  Not bad, right?

my buddy that night!  Thank youuu!

After a few hours...

See that glow?  I just lacked concealer here but anyway, face makeup was still on point.  

Aaaaand the biggest surprise - freebies!!!

I was so shocked I almost dropped the box when I saw it!

Here's a duo you can depend on if you want to wake up with perfectly rested skin!  Face and lips, Laneige got you covered girl!  All you need is the Goodnight Sleeping Care Kit.

My skin said, "I want more of the sleeping mask".  So there.  

I'll tell you more about these two on a separate post.

Again, thank you Laneige PH!  

What do you think?  What's your favorite beauty item by Laneige?

your sweetest drug,
It's past midnight already and I don't even know if I can make a decent post in this kind of mood, but whatever.  Still doing it anyway.  Oh man, I'm still under Magic Mike's spell.  HAHA!  Have you watched it, "queen"?

As mentioned before, I'm gonna feature multiple products in one sample stash post, and for today, I have one Japanese and two Korean brands.

Let's get right into it!

Cure Natural Aqua Gel

This one is apparently a popular skincare product in Japan.  I've seen a post online saying that one bottle is being sold in like every 12 seconds!  

It's basically an exfoliator made with 90% water and a combination of hydrating, anti-bacterial and other natural ingredients.

The full-sized version comes in a pump bottle (250 ml) and it costs 1,500 php.  The sample on the other hand comes in a sachet.

It's recommended to use Cure twice a week.

Application is a piece of cake.  Foolproof.  You just apply it on you fingers and massage it gently on your cleansed face until it dries.  Then, rinse it water, but personally, I just use facial towelettes.

The unique thing about this exfoliator is that, you'll see white stuff as you rub it on your skin and they said, it's dead skin.  I cannot 100% guarantee it though.  

Yes, it clears out the skin after application but I don't feel the "exfoliating effect" that much (compared when I use an actual facial scrub) aside from the pencil eraser's scrap-like thing that it produces.  I guess that just how it works.

It's very gentle and not drying.  Hence, those with dry and sensitive skin would enjoy this.

It's fragrance-free.  It almost looks and feels like water.  I didn't encounter irritations too.

I just hope it would polish the skin and unclog pores even more.

Holika Holika Wine Therapy Sleeping Mask

If you're into sleeping masks, maybe you'd be interested to try wine.  Yes?

This one's for the Park Shin Hye anti-wrinkle fanatics.  

The full-sized version comes in a wine barrel-inspired packaging (120 ml).  There are two variants, white and red.

Which one do you prefer to drink?  Oh!  I'm talking to your skin.  :D

Red Wine

Anti wrinkle sleeping pack that makes your skin smooth and resilient with shape memory moisture membrane of red wine

White Wine

Whitening sleeping pack that makes your skin moist and bright with water drop moisture membrane of white wine 

I don't know about shape memory and moisture membraine guys!  HAHA!

Unfortunately, I haven't really felt the ultra-hydrating effect that I normally expect from a sleeping mask.  It's a little bit greasy but it's very lightweight.  It takes a good 5 to 10 minutes to completely dry.

The next day, I woke up with an oily face but after washing, it felt smooth.  

It's not bloody red but there's a slight pink color and yes oh yes, it smells like grapes!  If you hate fruity scent, need not worry as the scent also disappears after a few minutes.

Tony Moly Banana Hand Milk

Minions might love this one!  Not for eating though!

The full-sized version is cuter!  Look!

It retails at 378 php locally.

I love that it doesn't leave a greasy feeling and it's really moisturizing.  The consistency is not lotion-ish which I appreciate.  I don't know how to describe it though, it's like a creamy icing.  

And I think I don't even need to describe the scent.  :)

That's it!  

I wish you a nice week ahead!

What do you think?

your sweetest drug,