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April 2013 Favorites

In which I ramble too much and cut myself off mid-sent

So, I usually try to have these up by the first of the month (or I was trying for that anyway), but stuff happened. So, yeah. This is a pretty succinct video and I hope you enjoy it.

I only had a small bunch of beauty favorites this month. I always feel the need to like, collect a lot of items for monthly favorites, but I know that’s not truthful, so here’s the truth. 🙂

Céleteque Matte Moisturizer

I was looking for a facial moisturizer that had SPF in it because I’ve gotten very paranoid about sun damage recently… and this presented itself to me. It’s very, very good and lightweight, which is perfect for the sucky weather we’ve been having over here in the tropics. It kind of leaves a white cast upon application but that goes away once the product soaks in. You only need a little product so this bottle will go a long way, even with everyday use. 🙂

BECCA Beach Tint in Raspberry

I blogged about this recently, and it is wondrous. It’s a multi-purpose product that you can use for the cheeks and lips. It being water-resistant, I think you may also be able to put it on your eyelids, though I haven’t really tried. It has a fruity scent and very good pigmentation. It’s also a breeze to apply. This is the best companion to the beach or on a trip because it’s so easy to use and it performs very well.

MAC Paint Pot in Rubenesque

One of my earliest purchases (on this foray into cosmetics) and still one of my favorites. ❤ Paint pots are eyeshadow bases/cream eyeshadows and Rubenesque is a beautiful golden peachy pink color. I use it as a base for other eyeshadows or just as an all-over lid color when I’m feeling lazy. It’s truly worth checking out.

shu uemura eyeshadow in ME medium brown 885

Such a good buy. This eyeshadow is the bomb. If you are looking for a metallic dark brown eyeshadow that has a buttery, velvety texture, this is the shadow for you! 🙂

Majolica Majorca Lash King (Black)

This is the second Majolica Majorca mascara I’ve tried and I have to say that I much prefer this over the previous one I own (Lash Expander), especially since the brush is so thick and bristle-y. I do have to note that mine smells a bit like pencil shavings.

shu uemura eyelash curler

I never curl my lashes because I never can get them to be equal amounts of curliness, but this does the trick, somehow.

Hakuhodo H601 Brush

Review coming up! This is amazing at applying blush. The retractable bristles controls its “density,” which you can adjust according to how much product you want on your face. Nifty, huh? It is also super freaking soft. I don’t know if I just have low standards for brush softness, but this one was so soft to me.

Here’s a list of non-beauty favorites, which I will not get into that much:
– Draw My Life Videos — essentially videos where YT personalities “draw their life,” as in an autobiography. It is very cool to find out so much stuff about so many people.
– “Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell — one of the best books—YA or not—I’ve read recently. Not that I’ve been reading a lot, but this had an interesting premise and an actually good follow-through.
– The Manila Review Issue No. 2 —
Second Star to the Right, Then Straight ‘Till Morning by bones like snowflakes — Download it here:

And here are the exhibits I mentioned:
– Picture Imperfect, curated by Roberto Chabet and co-curated by MM Yu at mo_.
– Foods by Everywhere We Shoot at Pablo Fort
– The Mona Lisa Project at the Small Gallery, Cultural Center of the Philippines
– “Hurdling” by Roberto Chabet at the Main Gallery, Cultural Center of the Philippines

So, that’s it for this month! See you all for next month’s favorites. 🙂


  1. I’m running out of moisturizer, I wish they sold celeteque here haha.

    Thanks for the download link! I miss the music in my life.

    • One moisturizer I like is the one by Mustela Bebe! 🙂 I don’t think it has SPF, though.

      No worries, enjoy! When will you fly back?

  2. Your teeth look so nice and white. I wanna try that Celeteque moisturizer back home. Also, how long are the exhibits up at the CCP? I wanna go visit when I get back.

    • SMILES 😀 😀 😀 The one of Sir Chabet (it’s part of a sculpture show) is up until June 6 or 9 or something like that, then The Mona Lisa Project is up until the 16th!

  3. Hey Carina, I always appreciate “Favorites” features like this one! I use the Shu curler as well. I really appreciate how sturdy it is, and how effortless it is to use. In the beginning I got pinched a couple of times, but then I got over the learning curve and it’s all smooth sailing from there 🙂

    • Thanks, Sunny! 🙂 I pinched my girlfriend’s list and now she kind of hates me, LOL.

  4. Eyeing that matte moisturizer! Do you layer it under BB cream? Is it too heavy? I use a gel-based moisturizer but I need a bit more SPF coverage and while my BB cream has SPF, I don’t think it’s enough to battle the sun! Thanks! 🙂

    • Not heavy at all. I usually use it and top off with a powder foundation as all my liquid foundations have SPF already. 🙂

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