Saturday, August 25, 2012

Review: EOS Lip Balms

Evolution of Smooth or EOS lip balms are said to be 95% organic and 100% natural. It contains ingredients like Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E which provides enough moisture and smoothness to the lips. I got these 3 lip balms for 625php at Chic Cosmetics Manila because the they were on sale that time. The original price is at 685php. 

L-R Sweet Mint, Passion Fruit, Strawberry Sorbet

There were a lot of raves about this product found on Youtube and this product had me with its very cute packaging. I use lip balms all the time and i think EOS has the most adorable packaging. Whenever i bring this to school people always ask me what is this egg-shaped thing that i put onto my lips.At first glance, no one would have guessed that this is actually a lip balm. 

L-R Sweet Mint, Passion Fruit, Strawberry Sorbet
The inside looks something like this! Another thing that caught me about EOS lip balms is the smell. It's very addicting! There are times when i open my lip balm just to smell them (weird). I am not a fan of minty scents in make up but this one has a hint of sweetness that comes with the mint and i love it very much. The bestselling scent i think is Strawberry Sorbet and i can tell you why because the moment you smell it, you just wanted to eat it. Passion Fruit also smells good but i think that would be my least favorite of the 3 flavors but it still smells nice.

The moisture it gives is just enough for me. I may have other lip balms that is more moisturizing but this is not bad. EOS lip balms are not too greasy that's why i use this one before i apply my lipstick. The color pay-off of my lipsticks are great whenever i apply EOS underneath them.

Now it's time for my pros and cons:

Super adorable packaging
Has a wide range of heavenly scents
Gives enough moisture (for me)
Not too greasy on the lips
One of the best lip balms underneath a lipstick
You get a lot of product in one lip balm

Product can be bulky to some and it takes a larger space in your make up kits (i actually do not mind).
Not enough moisture (to some of you)
Not available at your local retail store here in the Philippines (but it's available at Chic Cosmetics Manila)

Overall, it's one of the best lip balms for me. I would definitely repurchase but i know it won't be anytime soon because i have three as of now.

Do you use EOS lip balms too? Leave a comment below :)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

What's on your Nachos?

A typical nachos from a Mexican restaurant contains a lot of toppings. The more toppings, the more expensive it is. Have you ever wondered what would be on your nachos if those restaurants just let you choose the toppings that you would personally like?

I've tried different kinds of nachos and there hasn't been one restaurant the sells my so called "dream nachos". It doesn't contains a lot of ingredients nor the toppings i want are very pricey. I do not know why i haven't found one yet the ingredients i used are found in a regular supermarket.

Just like any other dish, if you want it your way, you have to make it yourself. My "dream nachos" contain only four toppings!

Ground Beef
Honey-cured Bacon
Button Mushroom
Melted Cheese
Tortilla Chips

I won't give the exact quantity of each ingredient i used because everything is up to you! Also, there won't be a step by step tutorial on how to make this because all you need to do is cooked everything that needs to be cooked and put it all on top of your tortilla chips. Although you have to be careful, combining all the ingredients i stated above may have a tendency to get VERY salty. As in crazy salty. So here are some tips on how you should cook all of those to make the saltiness just right.

1. Do not use any oil while cooking the honey-cured bacon. It's called rendering, where you allow the oil from the bacon to come out while heating.
2. Use the oil from the bacon to cook the ground beef. No need for seasoning like salt and pepper. Believe me, it's tasty enough. After the cooking's done, drain the excess liquid from the beef.
3. Heat the mushroom in the microwave. You don't want to add unnecessary flavors by sauteing it.
4. While melting your cheese, try to add water until you get the desired consistency and taste.

It's as simple as that. In the end, my "dream nachos" came out perfectly. How about you? What's on your nachos?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Sexy, Free, and Single Giveaway Winners

Hello! This will be a quick post because i've been editing a video right now to show you guys! But i think i should post the winners for my Sexy, Free, and Single Ver. A Giveaway since all of you have been waiting for this!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who joined! It was overwhelming and it was nice to meet ELFs from all over the world through this giveaway! I am also very grateful to Super Junior Philippine ELFs who collaborated with me for this giveaway!

How did i choose the winner? I entered every entry in a notepad and copy-pasted to a randomizing software to help me choose.
So here are the winners!
Congratulations to the following,

Blogger Winner

Twitter Winner

You Tube Winner

If you see your entry above, please send me your Name, Address, and Contact Details to within 2 days so we can talk how am i going to give you the prizes!

Don't worry if you didn't win! I'll be having my next kpop giveaway soon! So stay tuned! I will announce another giveaway on my Youtube, Twitter, or here!
Congrats again to the winners! :)

Birthday Haul + Updates

Hello! I haven't been posting in a while because it was my birthday last August 17! I celebrated for 3 days with my family, classmates, and friends that's why I've been very busy!

There are a lot of things which i love about celebrating my birthday. First, you get a LOT of birthday greetings! Social networking has been very helpful that even my friends abroad was able to greet me. Thank you for those who greeted me!

Second, i get to see the people i love during my birthday! I ate dinner, partied, shopped with my family and a couple of my friends to celebrate and it was a lot of fun!

Got cheesecake from my groupmates!

Family Dinner @ Mooon Cafe

HRIM friends at IE Club's Rock in Focus

It was held at Dencio's Capitol Greenstreet

My pretty girlfriends!

Alvin, Rachel, and Bea gave me cupcakes <3

Hello carrot and red velvet cupcakes!

A Venetto Dinner with HS Barkada


A for EFFORT :))

Lastly, GIFTS! I love shopping and getting gifts for my birthday! Either it was given to me or i bought those stuff for my birthday, i love it! This year, i got random stuff as presents. I thought i would get a lot of make up but whenever i go to a make up store or counter, i feel like there's nothing i wanted to get! Maybe after a week or two?

Anyway, here my birthday haul video!

Won't forget this week! :) I am very happy! Happy Birthday to me!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

ELF Lipsticks (Classy, Flirtatious, Captivating)

Another purchase from ELF! I think i have to stay away from their stall in SM Department Store because every time i pass by, there is an 80% chance that i am going to get something. I got 3 lipsticks from my last trip to ELF and i am very happy with these. Each lipstick cost 129php which i think is very affordable for a product that has good quality.

L-R: Captivating, Flirtatious, Classy

The packaging is decent. Not so classy but not so cheap as well. I was only planning to purchase Captivating as planned but i fell in love with the other shades too. If you notice you get a lot of product in one lipstick. ELF lipsticks' pellet is actually longer than other lipsticks that I have tried.

L-R: Captivating, Flirtatious, Classy
Here are the swatches of the 3 shades that i purchased. Captivating has a nude-orange color, Flirtatious gives off a bubblegum pink color, and Classy is a deep pink shade.

L-R: Captivating, Flirtatious, Classy
Once i tried it on my lips i can't help but notice the creaminess of its texture. You don't even have to use lip balm before applying because it has great pigmentation. I love how the color came out on my lips. It's just what i am looking for. For the scent, i hate it when lipsticks have a soapy scent. It's not pleasing to the lips that's why i am very thankful ELF lipsticks have a fruity scent. It adds more fresh feeling while applying.

Captivating is more of a nude color after the first application. Try applying it to the lips twice or thrice then you get a more orange-y color on your lips.

Flirtatious is a very vibrant pink which i love. I am into candy pink or bubblegum pink colors right now that's why i didn't even think twice when i saw it.

Classy as the name says is a more 'classy' shade of pink. It gives a sophisticated look on the lips which all girls would love.

Very affordable. 129php each
Lipstick pellet is longer than my other lipsticks
Creamy texture
Great pigmentation
Color is buildable
Wide range of shades and colors
Fruity scent

Lasting power is not very long - but it stains on your lips even after a couple hours.
Overall, i still love it! I will definitely repurchase after i finish this lipstick. In fact, i am planning to collect all shades as possible. I'll try to get the red ones since i haven't tried those.

Haul: Bench Clothing Store

A screen shot from the video!

It's really hard for me to do a haul blog post with just pictures! that's why i prefer doing haul videos! I got some items from Bench recently for the Sihae in Manila promo. For a purchase of at least 1000php, you get a raffle ticket which gives you a chance to win a pass for the event on the 15th of August.

The results were released yesterday and i cannot express how happy i am when i saw my name on the list. I was shocked because i haven't won a raffle in a long time. Not even once i think. 

The items that i got are mostly basics! It's the rainy season that's why i love wearing cardigans, jackets, and blazers most of the time. I cannot wear the same undershirt every time. I've always loved Bench shirts and i am glad i got more of those this time.

I also got a glittery scarf and i guess that is my favorite for the whole haul! I am planning to get more colors!

Anyone who shops at Bench too? What's your favorite product from their store?

Friday, August 10, 2012

Cheesy Ramyun Recipe

It's still raining here in Manila and there is no better food to prepare than a bowl of hot noodles!

Spicy Ramyun is one of my favorite noodles. I like the Korean-style spiciness of the dish and i think it's because of the red pepper paste ingredient in the soup. Every time i eat Ramyun, i try different variations with the dish where i add more ingredients each time.

I'll be showing you my version of a Cheesy Ramyun.

For the ingredients, you will need:
1 pack / 120g Shin Ramyun Noodles
1 sheet nori
1 pc egg
1 slice processed cheese
3 cups water

Optional: Fish Cake (Odeng), Vegetables.

You may use any ramyun noodles you want. As for me, Shin Ramyun is a tried and tested product and it really suits my taste buds. I was surprised to see B2st as promoters for this one. *fangirls* ^_^

How to cook:
1. Boil 3 cups of hot water with the soup powder.
2. In the boiling soup, add noodles and wait until it's cooked. Make sure not to overcook so the noodles won't get soggy.
3. Once the noodles is cooked, add vegetables.
4. Turn off fire (optional) then crack the egg onto the pot.
5. Serve into a bowl then add sliced nori and cheese.
6. Enjoy :)

Not a lot of people are a fan of Ramyun with cheese. It's either you like it or you don't. If you have tried this one, tell me what you think about it :)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream Review + Giveaway

"One of the best selling BB creams in Korea."

I've heard this statement a lot of times already that's why a year ago, i got curious about this BB cream and actually tried it for my self.

"Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream offers a novel skincare concept with BB Cream, which lightens skin tone by healing visible wrinkles and blemishes with excellent skin-cover ability, and prevents skin aging through effective whitening and anti-wrinkle properties"
- found in the packaging.

I've been using this for more than a year already and out of all the BB creams I have tried, this one works best for me. I am in No. 23 which is the Natural Beige shade and what i love about this product is that is neutralizes with your skin color. This serves as my make-up moisturizer, primer, and foundation for everyday when i go to school It saves me a lot of prep time because i use one product for all 3 purposes.

A little goes a long way. The amount shown on the picture is enough for the whole day that's why my 50ml bottle lasts for approximately 8 months to 1 year. 

It has SPF42 and gives light to medium coverage. The product is very buildable in terms of coverage. You can mix it with a liquid foundation to achieve a full coverage.

Overall this is the perfect BB cream for me. I didn't have any breakouts while using it, the scent is decent, the lasting power is great! I don't include this one on my retouch routine at the middle of the day.

It is a little pricey if you get this on Missha retail stores because it's priced at 1600php. But if you go to Got It Shop on Facebook, you could purchase the same 50ml bottle at 833php! What a steal!

Lastly, yes! You actually read the title right, i am having a giveaway! This is in partnership with Got It Shop on Facebook! The prize is one 20ml Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream in Light Beige or Natural Beige. The winner gets to choose which shade he/she prefers.

Here's how: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Promo Event Period: August 10-25, 2012
1 Lucky winner will be drawn on August 26,2012

Goodluck! :)

Make Up Tutorial: Funky Town

This is a retro-ish make up inspired by a lot of videos that i've watched recently one of them being Teen Top's Music Video for Be Ma Girl. I love the colorful and happy vibe of retro theme. It gave me even the slightest joy despite the calamity that the Philippines has experienced. I am just so blissful right now that it's kind of done and the rain has left the country! Thank God.

Here are some pictures of the look:

I used a lot of colorful glitter shadows and a very striking color for the eyeliner. The lip color used was identical to one of the eye shadows. Overall, this is very colorful and fun! It definitely screams Dana.

How i did this make up? Check out the tutorial video,

Products Used:
ELF Corrective Concealer (not shown in the video)
MAC Face and Body Foundation (NC30) (not shown in the video)
MAC 187 Stippling Brush (not shown in the video)
Maybelline Powder plus Foundation (Sand Beige)
Dollface Cosmetics 28pc Set (Powder Brush)
MAC Powder Blush in Frankly Scarlet
Dollface Cosmetics 28pc Set (Angled Blush Brush)
Dollface Cosmetics 28pc Set (Blush Brush)

Etude House Eye Primer
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil (Milk)
Dollface Cosmetics Glitter Palette
Missha The Style Powder Eyes in GL01
Backstage Self Smoky Eye Collection (#1)
Tony Moly Backstage Gel Liner (#7)
Dollface Cosmetics 28pc Brush Set (Eyeshader Brushes)
Maybelline Volume Express Magnum (Waterproof)
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

EOS Lip Balm (Passion Fruit) from Chic Cosmetics Manila
Beauty UK Lipstick (Light Pink) from Chic Cosmetics Manila
Missha The Style Lucid Berry Lips (PK02)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Monthly Favorites: JULY 2012

Since i just started blogging over a month ago, this will be my first Montly Favorites post. This will be done at the end of every month! i kind of doing this late for July because it's already August! HAHA! I will feature all my favorites and the items that i used the most for the past month.

Let's get started!

Skin Care (L-R)
Tony Moly Milk Hand Cream - i love the milk scent! it's not too sweet for my taste and the hand cream is very moisturizing
Tony Moly Clear Water Lip & Eye Remover - i prefer water-based make up removers over the oil-based ones :) except the Shu Uemura Skin Purifier
Missha Flower Bouquet Freesia Cleansing Foam - i love the scent <3
Nature Republic Neroli Sleeping Pack - i think out of all my sleeping packs this is the one i've used the most! i love the feeling of it on my face. not really a fan of the scent but the sales assistant said this is the closest thing to a whitening sleeping pack.

Scents (L-R)
Bath and Body Works Mango Mandarin Body Cream
Bench Daily Scent Cologne in Nine to Mine - i use this for school! the scent is very refreshing. this scent is more suited for the hot weather.
Herbench Silver Dust - i am a big fan of scents with glitter or shimmer! very good to use during night events! i've used this a lot of times this month
Victoria's Secret Shimmer Mist in Secret Charm - one of my favorite scents from VS and i got the one with shimmer this time.

Face (L-R)
Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream in #23
Etude House Shini Star Clear Pact in Beige
Ever Bilena Advance 3D Compact in Dark Baked Fusion
Maybelline Shine Free Powder Foundation in Sand Beige
ELF All Cover Stick in Honey
NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Tickled  from Chic Cosmetics Manila

Maybelline Magnum (Waterproof)
ELF Liquid Eyeliner (Black) -  my go-to liquid eyeliner for July
ELF Eye Primer and Line Sealer - super effective!
Tony Moly Backstage Gel Liner (01-Black)
ELF Duo Cream Eyeshadow
Ever Bilena Mousse Eyeshadow in Peridot
Ever Bilena Mousse Eyeshadow in Rose Quartz
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk from Chic Cosmetics Manila
Etude House Eye Pencil in Gold
NYX Eye Pencil in Dark Brown from Chic Cosmetics Manila
Nature Republic Eye Pencil in White

EOS Lipbalm in Sweet Mint from Chic Cosmetics Manila
ELF Lipstick in Classy - i love the color! very worth it with an affordable price!
Ever Bilena Matte Lipstick in Mirrored Mocha - tends to get very dry but it's long lasting.
Ever Bilena Matte Lipstick in Mauvey
Revlon Matte Lipstick in Smoked Peach
Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick Berry Queen - super pigmented! <3
NYX Clear Lipgloss from Chic Cosmetics Manila

Etude House Babydoll Puff - perfect for liquid foundation! gives a very smooth coverage.
Tony Moly Synthetic Brush - i use this in applying Tomatox! very helpful!
Marionnaud N32 Blush Brush - you can use this brush for both liquid and powder contour and blush
Dollface Cosmetics 28pc Brush Set - Powder Brush
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

The Food of Love by Anthony Capella

Rooftop Prince OST Part 1 - because i rewatched the drama weeks ago!
Show Me Your Love by DBSK & Super Junior - classic album is CLASSIC! my favorite for months already :)

Begin with Kiss - ZE:A
a very nice song! i love the melody, the lyrics, and of course, ZE:A's voices!

Beautiful Night - B2ST
It's not the music video but the practice video! This video converted me into a B2uty! :) I love Kikwang <3

Fired Up - may not be the best cheerleading movie but i love it! love the cast!
Hairspray - my go-to movie if i want good vibes <3 plus it's Zac Efron! you could never go wrong! :)

That's it! My july is finally wrapped up! What are your July Favorites? Leave a comment below or if you have your own July Favorites please post the link below because i wanna see them! Until next month! Bye!

Haul: The Face Shop + VIP Club 20

If you follow me on instagram or twitter (@deynakim), you would know that i accidentally ended my make up shopping ban :( It was a random day at the mall and i was there because i was going to buy my birthday gift for my sister, Erin. While i was at Toy Kingdom, my friend Blessie texted me that the Face Shop now has a VIP card for its buyers.

I think The Face Shop is one of the few korean cosmetic brands which doesn't have a membership card. The ones i always go to has and i think having a membership card can be a factor if you want customers to go back to you store.

The VIP card costs 150 php and you don't have to purchase anything to get it. You also get a lot of freebies once you avail the VIP card. It's sad that it's not a PVC-type of card because that would be more durable. I am planning to laminate this one but i am not yet decided.

The VIP card comes with a gift pack and i swear it contains a lot of items. This skincare set they gave is good for 1-2 weeks of usage.

Power Perfection BB Cream in Natural Beige
I use this BB Cream and i am very happy that this is included in the freebies. These trial packs are very suitable for travelling.

Natural Sun Power Long-Lasting Sun Cream
I gave this to my Mom since she tends to use sun cream a lot. She's going to Hong Kong soon so i guess she can bring this with her.

E'Thym Water Recharge Essence
I am using a difference treatment cream right now so i guess i will have to save this for future use. This is for moisturizing purposes.

Clean Face Special Gift Set (Clean Face Mild Toner + Clean Face Mild Lotion)
Another travel sized skin regimen. Perfect for travelling. My skin care routine is complete as of now so like the E'Rhythm Essence, i'll save this for later.

Real Nature Mask Lemon
I love face masks! I use them almost everyday! It's the first time i got a face mask with Kim Hyun Joong's face on it. I only have Nature Republic Masks with JYJ's pictures. If i am a super big fan of Kim Hyun Joong, i won't even use this. This is a collectible. But if ever i ran out i think i will have to use this. Good thing i still have other face masks right now so this will be stuck in my skin care tub for the mean time.

I thought i'll be leaving the store after i purchased the VIP card but no! I browsed some items because they have new items from the last time i went there. There were also new collections and the best of all, SALE ITEMS!

As soon as i saw the sale items corner i knew i would get some. Here are the items that i got,

Real Nature Mask Rice
This was on sale! I haven't tried this one but the sales assistant said that this is good for brightening purposes which i love.

Make Me Star Waterproof Gel Liner (Beige and Indigo Blue)
I have been collecting a lot of colored liners recently. I feel in love with the pigmentation of these liners as soon as i tried it on my hands. I was supposed to get a regular eye pencil but the price of the pencil and gel and just the same. I would take a gel liner over a pencil liner anytime. Also, i have noticed that almost all eyeliners from The Face Shop has a smudge brush on the other end and that's a bonus.

Lovely ME:EX Auto Eye-liner (01 Black and 02 Black Brown)
These are staple products for me because i ran out easily. It's the first time i'm trying the Lovely ME:EX's eyeliners because they're on sale. I only used the eyebrow pencil and lip liner and both have satisfied my taste. I hope this one does it's magic too. Again, it comes with a smudge brush on the other end of the liner.

Mini Pet Floral Hand Cream
I noticed this hand cream the first time i saw this! I just do not want to purchase this because of the price. Good thing this product went on sale so i immediately got this. I use hand creams on an everyday basis and i also made a video where i showed my collection ( I am very excited to use this because i am in love with its floral scent.

What i love about Korean Brands is that the more you purchase the more freebies! I got some of these items for free!

Vita A and Vita C Mask Sheets :)

Diamond Shine Lip Gloss

So there that's the end of my make up ban! HAHA! For those who have their Face Shop VIP Card i guess i'll be seeing you soon, okay? :)

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