Hits and Misses and Things

Misses first, so I end on a happy note.

1. I am missing the Forever21 opening because I have work. It's just so incredibly painful.
Chelo, I am shopping vicariously through you so you better haul like there's no tomorrow.

2. Plueys Fail.
I decided, while I was still in Japan, that I was going to get Plueys when I get back. While our ghetto apartment did survive Ondoy, our street floods within five minutes of rain. Not the kind that would prevent me from getting to work, just the annoying kind that soaks up your shoes. Now going to the office dripping wet is not exactly ideal, so I figured I'd spare myself the stress and go get myself a pair of rain boots.
Now here's the thing. My sister and cousin wanted a pair too, so we spent a long time squabbling over who gets to buy which style. Finally we reach a truce, so I tried to place an order, and guess what? No stock. Would they ever re-stock? I wouldn't know because I got no reply.
Part two. Since I am quite desperate for rain boots, I tried looking for other sites that sell Plueys. Found one, but they don't have the style I prefer, so I had to pick out something else (which took years). I placed an order yesterday, and guess what? No effin' stock. Would they ever re-stock? This time I got a reply and it's a negative.
It's probably the universe telling me to accept the fact that when it rains I would have to report to the office with my sneakers squishing and my jeans drenched to the knees. But then again, third time's the charm, so we'll see.

3. Smashbox Photofinish SPF15
Or anything with SPF, for that matter. Sun-protection and I, we're not friends. Everything I've tried makes me break out. And by everything I mean VMV Armada, Shiseido Anessa, Shiseido Sun Protection Cream, Neutrogena Dry Touch, Clarins, Belo, MAC Prep+Prime SPF50, and the latest addition to my never again list, Smashbox Photofinish. After all the hard work to get happy skin, I use sunblock for a day and hello blemishes. Argh.

4. NARS Lipstick in Honolulu Honey
Pretty, but after like 10 minutes it looks flakey. It's a struggle, but one day I will make this lipstick my friend, I promise.


1. NARS Multiple Tints in Turks and Caicos

This whole NARS obsession has got to stop but look how preeeeetty.

I know it looks crazy orange but when you swatch it it's kinda pinkish. And it's pretty sheer, but it does last. These multiple tints are limited edition, I believe, so it took all my remaining EQ not to get all three. The other two colors are Cadaques (pink) and Beverly Hills (red). They're both pretty but I felt Turks and Caicos was more unique. Off topic: Why are people not familiar with Turks and Caicos (or Tunisia, or St. Vincent and the Grenadines)? Don't they watch Miss Universe? And since I am already off on a tangent here did you know that Miss Mauritius Viveka Babajee of the "take it take it" scandal committed suicide? Tsk.

Anyhoo, this is the last NARS product. Or not. I'm eyeing an eyeshadow palette and a blush brush. But that's it, no more, I promise. Roight.

2. Scanned high school photo outbreak in Facebook
So one (presumably boring) night my high school batch mates suddenly started uploading grainy pictures on Facebook. It went on for a couple of days, and I'm guessing there are a few more waves of the epidemic before it dies down. I would love to upload a couple of pictures myself, but I'm lazy.

Now as much as I would like to say that high school was four years of fun, it wasn't. It's a roller coaster ride filled with cliques and drama and personality crises (and equations and experiments and dorm food), and I'm not really fond of roller coasters. But high school is also where I met some of the most wonderful people I know, so I guess it was worth it.

My random picture:

This was during our junior year retreat. The girls go in first, and we all remove one shoe and place it in this huge pile, and then the guys go in, pick a shoe, and that's your partner for the night. It was a pretty darn good idea, don't you think so?

Oh, and I still have that skirt. A bit snug, but it still fits. :p

3. And all other things nostalgic
- Boyband songs (LSS: What Good is a Heart with matching dance moves)
- Rewinding a casette tape using a ballpen so you don't use up your walkman's batteries
- Circus Charlie!

Best game ever. Did you finish the stage with the flying trapeze? Because I never did. Tsk.


The schlepping bag is here. ^^

All Things Nice and Superficial

1. Eyeliner
So recently I've been having this thing with liners.

By thing I mean a compulsive need to try everything in a span of like, two weeks. Thankfully it's now over (because I have every kind of black liner there is). Currently I am loving the L'oreal super liner and the MAC blacktrack fluidline applied with a 266 brush. And I'm getting pretty good at it too, if I may say so myself. ^^

2. Neutral shadows
Because I will never be the funky eyeshadow girl. I have MAC shadows because they're the only ones I can find that are not so shimmery and non-chalky.

(L-R: Ricepaper, Soba, Cork, Carbon)

Ricepaper and Cork I got from the CCO in Japan; I just recently bought Soba because it seems like a good everyday color (and it is!), and I got Carbon to use as an, ermm, eyeliner.

3. Nude Lipstick
I got Revlon in Soft Nude. Big mistake - it makes me look dead.
Thankfully I was able to get my hands on NARS Honolulu Honey after, like, a thousand years. The make-up artist told me that they just restocked on it a day before and there were only three and I got one! Hah! I was tempted to get two, but this isn't a limited edition thing. It is, however, everything it's hyped up to be - a nude that does not make you look like you've just risen from the grave.

Pretty packaging, as always, but I am willing to bet all my blushes that this will be grimy in a week.

So here it is with Revlon Soft Nude. The NARS one is a lot less pink, which is why I think it's more wearable for me.

An attempted swatch, just for the heck of it. L-R: MAC Viva Glam V, MAC Creme Cup, MAC High Tea, Revlon Soft Nude, NARS Honolulu Honey.

4. Carmex!!!
Thank heavens for PCX. Nothing beats Carmex. Nothing.

5. MAC Blot Powder
I told the MA I wanted one in Medium Dark, but the one I brought home is in Medium. So now I have to go back and exchange it. And I have to take the train on a working day. The horror.

Here comes trouble

No explanation necessary.

(Picture from apple.com)

What I've been up to lately

1. Seasonal de-cluttering. Major room cleanup. Offloaded my make-up stuff, and will probably offload a couple more. Organized my shoes - every pair in its own labeled box, with shoe trees if necessary. Emptied out all the bags (and discovered stuff I thought I lost along the way).

2. Work. Sleep. Work. I get tons of sleep now because it's snuggle weather. I no longer have to haul my ass of the bed before noon for fear of frying myself to death.

3. Sex and the City 2 aka Bag and Shoe Porn. Love love love Samantha. And (Paula) Abdul. Sara Jessica Parker's arms are scary. And her laugh is annoying. Woman, you are fifty, the 8-year old girl laugh does not suit you. At all.

4. Switched up my skin care routine (if you could call it that). Goodbye VMV, hello Mario Badescu. and Olay Regenerist Serum (hi Anj). I blame Paula Begoun. Ever since I bought her book I've been on a mad hunt for sunscreen, an alcohol-free toner with BHA or AHA, and an antioxidant-rich moisturizer in an airtight container with a pump. Tsk. Ignorance is was bliss.

5. Got a haircut. Looks totally the same. But the ends are healthier. And the stylist asked me if I had my hair rebonded recently. It's been six months, so I guess it's holding up pretty well.

6. The Vampire Diaries. As opposed to Robert Pattinson's lifetime of eternal constipation, Ian Somerhalder seems determined to smolder for all eternity. Who am I to resist?


Ian Somerhalder is so ridiculously hot it should be illegal.