Unwrapping These Beauty Favorites : First Impressions

Some of you may have noticed by now that I enjoy sending out special gift boxes a lot to the point that the words “blogger gift swap” now sound redundant in my blog. Lol! Well guys, I hope you’re not tired of these just yet cause here’s Diana and I with yet another swap. She handpicked all these gifts from my uber long shopping wishlist, so I kind of already knew that it was going to be one of those overly excited (and loud) rave moments.

By the way, if you don’t know her yet, D is one of my blogger BFFs from across the ocean (literally, she lives in Europe and I’m from the Philippines), which what makes gift swaps work for us. She loves Asian beauty brands — and I love foreign brands that are either missing or overpriced here.



my customized
mac palette project

Okay, my new mission in life this year is to try to ditch the premade eyeshadow palettes and put together my own customized MAC palette. And my goodness, I almost broke that oath when I saw Juvy’s post on her new Nordstrom x MAC eyeshadow palette! Check it out if you haven’t cause it’s quite a bargain.

I’ve never owned a MAC eyeshadow before but I knew that they were going to be amazing… they’re also even more long lasting, pigmented, and finely milled than my Urban Decay Naked eyeshadows. Kind of makes me regret not getting MAC over UD in the first place. I partially blame MAC’s hefty price tag for intimidating me from buying one. I got All That Glitters, Sable, and Satin Taupe, which I’d go more into details on a separate review.


best high end cream blush

crossing things off my
beauty wishlist

Guyz thiz-iz-it! I finally own a bottle of Bioderma Sensibo Cleansing Water! I’m quite cheap when it comes to cleansers and this is really overpriced here. Before Bioderma I was fairly happy with Maybelline’s P120ish (around 3USD) makeup remover, so I’m probably the last to know that this cleanser feels as light as water after cleansing — no trace of oiliness! And yes it does remove makeup with ease, including the notorious waterproof mascaras we all hate to cleanse before bedtime.

She also got me two beauuutiful rosegold toned blushes. Hmm… okay maybe Chanel Cream Blush Revelation isn’t quite rosegold, but it’s really close to a muted matte version of the most raved about — Benefit Rockateur Blush. So you could say Revelation is as lovable as Rockateur… or if not even more cause the texture of this cream blush is addicting-ly buttery! She also threw in a few Benefit samples, which I haven’t used yet but I wanted to include it here cause D, you’re the sweetest person ever for hunting all these products down for me.

And guys please check out the I things I picked for D from her wishlist, and how I wrapped her presents Harry Potter style here. Let me know what you think!