Taking a break from the haul and travel videos.  I tried something new and it was so much fun!  Although, I think my lips were begging me to leave them alone.  Haha!

I purchased 4 Menow Kissproof lip crayons and I thought why not film a video for them instead of doing my usual lipstick review.  These have been talk-of-the-town recently because of the great pigmentation and since they are so affordable, it's not that hard to shell out money for a handful of them.

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To be honest, I was on the fence of buying them at first because I was not sure if the ingredients are safe.  Actually, I am still uncertain at this point.  Another thing that made me feel suspicious about the product is the fact that it is not locally approved by FDA.  They even released their official advisory - click here.

Anyway, I still gave it a chance and good thing, I did not encounter anything scary after using them a couple of times.


I got these for 300 php - 75 each.  Really cheap, huh?

I forgot to mention this in the video - I like how they made the cap also matte and surprisingly, each of them matches the actual color of the lipstick.


The shade variety is a bit overwhelming but I was still able to narrow my choices down.  I wanted two nudes and two darker colors.


One thing I also noticed about the lipstick bullet is that, it tends to be overly creamy and soft so it's easy to break.


It's also easy to sharpen these babies.


Similar with any other lip crayons, these can double up as a lip liner.


I've already shared my review in the video so I won't repeat myself and just show you more photos.  In case you're wondering why my look here is different, these were taken on a different day.  Even with a simpler eye makeup, the colors still look good.


I didn't find exact dupes from my current collection so what I tried to compare them with are those ones that are in the same color family or you know, anything close.  Haha!

Let's start with #5 - a peachy brown nude and a perfect MLBB shade.


As you can see, Maybelline Touch of Spice (post coming up soon) is more mauve.

It's my first time to rock a lip color like this and I'm loving it!


Next is #12 - a berry or plum-ish shade.  It is less dry-looking than #5 but it gives me a hard time doing an even application.


I think it's a darker and bolder verion of EM Cosmetics lipstick in Posh.


#15 is another nude shade but it's more on the pink side.  I thought it's going to be too light on me but it's not.


It's more cool toned compared to L.A. Girl's Dreamy.


Last shade is #16 - a bright, almost neon watermelon pink.


No swatch comparison because I don't have too much pinks in my lipstick collection.

So that's all!  Which one do you like the most?  If you ask me, I'm really impressed by the nudes.  I think they go well with the powdery matte finish.


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Btw, here's the link to the online shop where I bought these:
https://www.facebook.com/gagarinnicole


Next up is another travel vlog.  I plan to finish it as soon as possible so I can already film a new makeup video.


What do you think?


your sweetest drug,
It's been a while since I talked about samples so let's do one.  Right now!

Along with the bags of goodies I received from Nature Republic, they also threw in a few samples of some of their products.  I got tiny bottles and sachets of skincare and hair mask.


Argan Essential Deep Care Hair Pack

I've been giving my hair extra attention ever since it got murdered bleached.  I never skip a week without using hair masks like this one. 


I love how it moisturizes the hair and it smells so freaking good too!

Like any other hair treatment, you leave it on for about 2 to 3 minutes and then, rinse it off.

I think the full-sized version comes in a tub, exactly like that on the packaging.

Green Derma Mild Cream


At first, I thought this was a body or hand lotion so I hesitated a bit when I was about to put it on my face.  After doing a little Googlin', I found out that it's a multi-purpose cream so it can be used pretty much anywhere.

I'm not a fan of the scent and I also don't prefer applying thick creams like this one.

Collagen Dream Booster and Emulsion


After trying this duo and the snail duo, I'm now convinced that Nature Republic really has a lot of amazing skincare products to offer in the Korean beauty world.  I highly recommend both lines!

They said that the more collagen our skin has, the lesser the chance for wrinkles and fine lines.  It is one of the key players in skin elasticity that's why it's common with anti-aging products.  Some are even taking supplements in the form of a drink or capsules to boost the collagen production of the body.

The booster contains 90% marine collagen (hence, the numbers on the packaging), which helps the skin retain collagen while the emulsion has 70% and 1500 mg of acai berry extract, which is high in polyphenol - a great moisture-retaining agent.

I love both!  I like the smell and how it makes my skin hydrated and extra soft.


So that's all!  Next on this series is the bunch of samples I got from Bioessence.  Stay tuned!


What do you think?



your sweetest drug,
One week before my China trip, I decided to retouch my hair color.  I could just go back to the salon (hey, Edgar!) but I saw a product from Tony Moly and I thought why not try the whole process at home.

At first, I was really hesitant because everything could go wrong in an instant.  It's extra risky because it's also my first time use bleach myself.  Anyway, I still gave it a shot.

I also bought a coloring kit from L'Oreal in the shade Golden Auburn to darken my hair a bit.  The highlights were too striking for me back then so I wanted to tone them down.


I read somewhere that Coconut Oil would help lessen the bad effects of bleaching so I also picked up this one from Hair Treats.

Prep Time...

I coated my hair first with the coconut oil and then, prepared the bleach mixture.  I bought two boxes because of the length of my hair.

Around 175 php per box

The scent is really strong so you might want to cover your nose while you do the mixing.  


Bleaching...

I didn't encounter any irritation but there's a slight itch on the scalp.  It's nothing serious though.  


The longer it's on your head, the better results you'd get.  

Here's how it turned out.  It really lightened the strands.


Time to color...

After washing my hair with shampoo, I started preparing for the next step. 


The box contains:
  • Protective Pre-Color Serum
  • Protective Cream Colorant
  • Cream Developer
  • Protective Conditioner

I applied the serum first all over and then put the colorant into the plastic bottle.  I gave it a good shake, freaked out a bit because I was thinking that it would blow up and then, start brushing it into my hair.


I actually regret not letting it stay longer.  I was so sleepy so I rushed and rinsed it off immediately.

Nevertheless, I still loved how it turned out.  My hair definitely became darker but as expected, the color became lighter after a few weeks.

Here's the transformation of the color prior my own coloring up to present day.

Before

The bleached parts have become too light because of purple shampoo but I still use it once a week to maintain my current hair color.

1 week after

Since I'm not a pro, the bleaching thing got too concentrated on some parts.  Haha!  Kris actually helped me apply it so I could imagine how harder it would be if I did it all by myself.  


On some lighting, it appears like this which I think is close to the color shown on the box.

399 php

Another product I use to maintain the color is Palmolive Vibrant Color shampoo.  

After one month...

My hair looks less brassy now, thanks to the coloring kit by L'Oreal, the Palmolive shampoo and of course, the purple shampoo.  I can also see hints of rose gold color.  I'm in love! :D


Finally, here's the most recent photo.  


I'm so happy that it didn't become a disaster.  Yay!  :)


What do you think?  Have you also tried bleaching or hair coloring at home?



your sweetest drug,
Here's one dessert place I can recommend.  Well, they don't just serve sweets but in case you visit, do yourself a favor and don't forget to try their delicious toasts.


We were craving for something sweet one fine day and stumbled upon Cafe Shibuya in Trinoma.  They have an open store there near Charles & Keith.  We ordered their iced caramel latte, which we loved and two of their best-selling toasts.


As soon as I saw the photos of their toasts, it reminded me of the creative and colorful Japanese desserts.  Maybe that's the story behind the name of the restaurant?  Haha, sorry, I didn't do my research.

They don't serve all Jap food though.  It's a nice mix of Asian with hints of Filipino dishes.


I think their Trinoma branch only serves desserts, drinks and coffee.  If you want more, you can cross the other side of the north and go to their SM The Block branch.  It's near Hypermarket.

Ahhhh!  Coffee!  What a beautiful sight!


I remember asking for extra caramel syrup for this.


Of course, the Bear chose the matcha-flavored toast.  The ice cream was legit!


It's basically a cube-shaped toast with toppings, syrup and whipped cream on the side.  I'm not sure if it's similar to a French toast but it seems it's also kinda soaked with something.  Maybe it's a glaze of some sort.  Whatever it is, it turned an ordinary bread into a tasty treat!


Recently, I visited their SM The Block branch with my friends.  I must say, it seemed like a nice hangout place.  Thumbs up for the lovely interior!


I ordered Pork Belly with Kimchi Rice.


The meat was cooked very nicely and it went well with the soy sauce and vinegar dip.  However, I think the kimchi rice could still improve.


My friends also ordered this oil-based pasta with sardines and fish and chips.


So that's it!  I might drag the Bear again here so we can try more of their toasts!




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your sweetest drug,