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missing my make-up

I am missing my make-up bag. I seem to have lost them, along with some of my cosmetics/beauty tools.

the favorites of the lot

my favorites are in the land of the lost now. 

While it seems silly to be sad about a lost bag of make-up. I really do feel the urge to:

a.) scream like mad.

b.) run off to the nearest beauty counters and grab a replacement.

c.) cry and eat ice cream.

All of those seem pointless as of the moment. So, I just did a quick inventory of my stash and figured out what I lost.

Majolica Majorca Jeweling Eyes in SV887, Majolook Illuminator Eyeshadow in BR788, MAC Powerpoint Eyeliner in Engraved, My Curling Iron, Make Up Forever Mat Velvet Foundation, Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Mascara, a Shiseido Eyelash curler and lastly a mini sized Shu Uemura lash curler (for the tiny lashes on the edge of my eyes).

Lost quite a lot of items and those are worth a lot to me. As I have carefully collected mt stash and made sure the shade/s and tools are right for me.

I have nothing to wear on my face if i have a special occasion to go to. All that was left of my collection are my lippies and a few of my colorful eye shadow palettes. No more nude/ smokey eyes. Literally half of my make up is gone.

The only consolation is I don’t use make up daily.

 

Excuse me for a moment while I go eat ice cream.

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bloody hell of a gown: a horror story

Since it’s only now that I have the time, I looked and admired what the stars wore to the golden globes. Below are the looks that I loved.

photos from the internet

photos from the internet

Amy Adams in a silk baby blue gown (left), Greer Grammer in a blush dress with gold floral beading (center), Naomi Watts in her strapless lemon yellow gown with an eye-popping necklace (right). The yellow hue really caught my eye. (I hate it really. It made me want another gown for prenup pictorial!) Speaking of pre-nup gown. I have to share the story of the red gown I had made (to order at Divisoria) was a huge headache. (see the peg of my red gown here)

looking good from a far

so this is my actual red gown looking good from a distance

Got it made and fitted around the middle of November to be picked up Dec 13 to be used for a friends’ Dec 21 wedding (Got to maximize the gown! I plan to wear it at least twice). However I dropped by the mananahi on Dec 6 (to look at the progress of the gown and a fitting if possible) and horror of horrors. My red gown is apparently blue, with wrong beading design and wrong bead color. It looks nowhere like the gown I wanted made. (I have a suspicion that the blue one they showed me was not really mine. They just showed me that to appease me.) I demanded a refund but they would not give me back my money. Not the one to argue any further, I allowed them to give the right gown to me by Dec 20. (a day before my friend/s’ wedding) Come the Dec 20, (afternoon) they were just beading it! Imagine the shock/anger as I already paid for it a long time ago and still got nothing to show for it. I got my gown just before the mananahi closed the shop. Checked it in a rush it was color Red, with gold beading. As soon as I got home, I tried it on.  It was very ill fitting!

pardon my peeking undergarment

pardon my peeking undergarment

It was a mess. I have to hold (by that I mean clamping it with my hands on the side, and literally holding it) the gown so that it wont slide off my body, the top area was too loose that looks like it was trying to make the boob area bigger. The mesh detail was off by a huge margin. The waist is also loose. It doesn’t make sense to me as they have my measurements as early as mid November! It was infuriating.  Early next day I hurriedly rushed to the mananahi to get my red gown altered so I can wear the said gown to the friend/s’ wedding. The mananahi is nowhere to be found. In place of her, is a young lass presumably her family (?) who does not know anything about my predicament. So, I explained that I need the gown altered right now. So the lass began frantically phoning the mananahi and took my measurements again, lastly assured me that the gown will be ready after lunch. She then closed their shop and rushed off. Around 2:00pm I returned to their shop. It was still closed. I have to go (without my gown). To catch my friend/s’ wedding. I just wore whatever I found in my closet.

altered but still not ok

altered but still not ok

At around half past five, I got a call from the mananahi asking me why I did not get my gown yet? To which I replied: I was told that it would be ready after lunch, but it is already late in the afternoon.  It will be of no use to me now as it is too late. I will ask someone to pick up the gown tomorrow morning. Wasted effort. I trusted that they will deliver. I did not get to use the gown on my friend/s’ wedding. I am now looking for another mananahi for the remaining gowns that I need. To be fair the red gown that mananahi made is good/average. It is their unprofessional service that ruins them. My altered gown is still not ok. The mesh part of the gown is skewed and because of the amount of beading in the mesh, nothing can be done to alter it. Altering it would mean ripping off the whole mesh area with beads and get the one to repair it to create a new mesh and bead the mesh again. Labor intensive and another expenditure. I was avoiding the expenditure in the first place! max fail. 

so many beads on the wrong mesh

so many beads on the skewed mesh

This is the mananahi/who did my bloody hell of a gown.

learn from my experience, this mananahi is one to avoid.

learn from my experience, this mananahi is one to avoid.

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience with the product. This is not a sponsored post, I paid for this (from) my own pocket. 


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it has turned chilly

These are my best friends right now.

my favorite chilly weather products

my favorite chilly weather products as of the moment

My skin is dry. I have rough patches on my arms! Lips are also cracked. eeeek!

To make my skin a bit more hydrated, I am toting around and slathering on a more than usual amount of  Jergens. This helps with my dry skin. For the cracked lips, I have Burt’s Bee’s grapefruit lipbalm to lessen the dryness, I sometimes find myself applying the lipbalm just to smell the grapefruit scent!

For my bath soap I am currently using Nesti Dante soap as it is gentle and rich/creamy (triple-milled bar soap) with no parabens! For fragrance, I  am drawn to the light fresh Incanto Shine, using it almost everyday!

On weekend I seem to favor red lipstick this cold month. Making my NYX SnowWhite lippie a staple in my bag.

There I have shared my chilly weather favorite products, care to share yours?

 

 


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conclusion of my 2014

photo from christmasmagazine.com

photo from christmasmagazine.com

The Christmas season is now over. I have finished listing the highs and lows that happened the past year. I realized the past year was so busy and money is tight. I did not even know how the hell did I manage to pull it off. I also did not have a vacation this year. It was a stressful, and I also pruned my so called “friends”. (I don’t have a lot of friends, but I am sure they are true.)

The typhoons that hit this year also took away a lot from me.

On the lighter side, I am now engaged to Kei, I get to be with my foodie/blogger buddy Matti (on two food trips!). I still got to give my friends gifts given my tight financial situation. My persistent eye infection is now resolved. I have a wedding church/venue. Booked a designer and a cake maker! Met my second cousins. Get to bond with my Atchie/Aunt Karen when she and her family stayed here in Manila for the holidays. I attended quite a number of friend’s weddings. Met up with my childhood friends. Kei turned 30. I attended a camp/ flew to Bicol for the first time!

I also got an apology from my college bully.

Kei and I also got gifts for our future home, and our wedding will be on the latter part of 2015! Wedding gifts came early!

Quite a lot has happened 2014.  I hope 2015 will be more relaxed.