Wayward Woes: Being An Unconventional Learner

(This may be an out-of-place post amongst my entries about makeup and beauty. “Wayward Woes” is my vent-out series; some food for thought, maybe. Simply put, posts for thinking out loud and expressing my musings.)

Have you ever had that moment in your life where you just get so engrossed with trying to be somebody that you forget who you are? Have you ever had that moment where you just had to sit down, take a deep breath, and reevaluate your life? I would not be surprised if you have.

Most of us have gone through the pressure of having to justify ourselves and who we are. Society expects us to be like this and to act like that to meet a certain set of standards. Being “unconventional” is often perceived as a negative thing. Often, we are brainwashed into thinking that if we are different, there must be something wrong with us.

I would like to call myself an unconventional learner. The way I absorb knowledge is “unusual”. Most people prefer to be spoon fed information. I, on the other hand, learn most effectively when I am given room and freedom to figure things out on my own at my own pace. Even as a child, I was a little bit different. In class, I often had my mind somewhere else. I would zone out and think of anything but the lecture; and yet, I still excelled academically. When I was young, I loved tinkering with gadgets and devices. You would rarely see me holding a manual. I would figure out how to operate something on my own by exploring it. I would only use a manual if I really could not figure it out on my own. When it came to makeup, I was not really aware that there were tutorials on Youtube. I remember being mindblown when I watched my first ever makeup video which was an eyeliner tutorial. Before that, I was contented with messing around with my mother’s makeup kit on my own. Even with drawing, I did not have any step-by-step videos to follow! (Kids have it so easy these days.)

You would think that this is no big deal; but, apparently, it is. Society likes uniformity. I do not meet the standards of society. I am expected to sit quietly in class, learn at the same pace as every other student, and sacrifice the things that make me the person that I am in the name of conventionality. The concept of doing something out of passion is often dismissed as silly or not idealistic. Society expects you to do something because you have to, not because you want to because apparently, doing something that makes you happy automatically means that you are selfish. We are expected to be molded and shaped the same way. What society is forgetting is that it takes diversity for puzzle pieces to fit together and make a whole picture. Every unique person is an essential fragment to the society that we thrive in. If we were all the same, then, we would never be able to make a whole masterpiece.

If you ever find yourself lost, unsure of what path to take in life, sit down and take a break. Listen to yourself for a change. Give yourself a chance to feel. At the end of the day, you are what you make yourself. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise.

Pinkies Collections Smooth Silk Long Eye & Lip Pencils – Product Review & Swatches + DUPES??

Price: PHP 89
Availability: Pinkies Collections booths (SM Department Store and Watsons)
Net Weight: 2.2g

Pinkies Collections is one of those brands that people tend to overlook; and, I think it deserves more recognition. Personally, I grew up with the brand. I used to buy their products back when the brand was still named “Pinkie Swear”. I loved their eyeshadow singles and I still use some of their products up to this day.

For this post, I will be sharing my thoughts on their eye and lip pencils which I have been loving.

Right off the bat, I can say that these are longer than your average lip or eye pencil. At the end of each pencil, you will see coloured ends that represent the shade. This is handy for when you need to look for a specific colour in your stash.

The shades that I have are PCLP04-Atlantic, PCLP06-Burgundy, PCLP09-Dofodil, PCLP10-Holihood, and PCLP14-Raspberry. They have a lot more shades to choose from!


Disclaimer: I do not actually own any of the shades from the Kylie Lip Kit. I am also not saying that these are exact dupes. However, they are very close in tone and hue in my opinion. 

Atlantic is a beautiful brown based nude. It is similar to Kylie’s Dolce K.

Can we appreciate the rare symmetry, though?

Burgundy is a confusing shade because it is not burgundy at all. It is a deep brown similar to Kylie’s True Brown K.


Dofodil is a fun cobalt blue. It has no exact Kylie dupe,but if you would mix the shades Freedom and Skylie, you would get something similar.


Holihood is a beautiful berry with fuchsia tones. It’s right in between being bright and bold. This would be a dupe for MAC Flat Out Fabulous.


Raspberry is not a very accurate name again. It is a deep blackened plum colour. It is similar to Kylie’s Kourt K.


The finish of these is mostly semi-matte or creamy matte. Dofodil is the only one that retains some of its sheen to it. The rest set to a soft matte finish that feels comfortable on the lips. Based from my observation, Dofodil is the creamiest one while Raspberry has the most matte finish of the 5 that I have.

What I love about these pencils is that they are very pigmented and smooth. A little product goes a long way. They last long on the lips, too. You can use these alone without any lipstick on top!

What I don’t like about these is that they are too soft. They are difficult to sharpen. Placing them in the freezer before sharpening would solve this issue, though. The creamy texture is great for the lips, but not ideal for the eyes because it causes them to fade very quickly.

Overall, I recommend these pencils because they are versatile and have a good shade selection. For the price, I really can’t complain about its minor issues. Personally, I would just stick to using these as lip pencils.



BE LIMITLESS. BE IT. Colourette Cosmetics Coloursticks

Price: PHP 499 (SRP)
Place of Purchase: Bethany & Dakota (Poshmark Timog Branch), Persia (The Showroom Timog Branch), Harlem, Georgia, and Brooke (Colourette Marikina)

I first started seeing ads of Colourette by Fairness and Flawless on Facebook. Back then, I think they only had 5 shades available. I was not familiar with the brand and online shopping was not my thing yet at that time. So, every now and again, I would just look at the ads and think, “That’s a really pretty colour!” I remember that the first two shades I fell in love with were Bethany and Dakota.

Not long after encountering the brand online, I found out that they had opened a branch at a store near my school. Of course, I had to try these babies for myself! I bought, you guessed it, Bethany and Dakota. Soon, they started releasing new shades; and, you know what? When it comes to coming up with colours and shade names, Colourette knows what they’re doing! My collection now consists of Bethany, Dakota, Harlem, Persia, Georgia, and Brooke. (I said I’d only buy two! Hahaha)

Shades (as of September 2016):

  1. Chelsea – warm, beige nude
  2. Sahara – warm, slightly orangey nude
  3. Bethany – neutral brown toned nude
  4. Amari – light/pale baby pink or carnation nude
  5. Kendal – hot salmon pink
  6. Charlotte – fuchsia
  7. Harlem – bright, almost neon magenta
  8. Devon – hot orange; summery shade
  9. Maui – a redder version of Devon; poppy shade
  10. Petra – pink toned red
  11. Helena – a warm toned red
  12. Persia – dark cool toned red with slight purple undertones
  13. Dakota – deep burgundy
  14. Felicity – brown based pinkish nude
  15. Austin – mahogany brown
  16. Georgia – perfect mix of mauve, pink, and brown
  17. Olivia – bole brown
  18. Monroe – auburn-coral
  19. Brooke – rich chocolatey brown with very slight red undertones

They also have a lip primer called the “Uno Lip Primer”, which helps moisturize the lips and give them a clean, smooth canvas to adhere to. This helps the lipstick last longer!

Colourette Coloursticks has a signature watermelon scent throughout their line. Though, personally, I think it smells more like berries, haha. Anyway, it’s a really good smell. I usually prefer unscented cosmetics; but, the scent that they use is very pleasant. They released a limited edition collection that had an enticing mocha scent, which they appropriately named “Chocolat Collection”. The shades in that collection are now part of the permanent line (Felicity, Austin, Georgia, Olivia, Monroe, and Brooke), but the scent is back to the default fragrance.

Consistency and Pigmentation
So far, in terms of lipsticks, Colourette is the only brand I have tried that actually delivers its promises. (No, I am not paid to say that.) The creamy matte formula provides comfortable wear that looks matte (as in, gloss/shine free), but creamy at the same time (it does not have that powdery, flat finish). In photos, it may look shiny; but, in real life, it looks creamy. The one swipe claim is also true! Even the nude shades are highly pigmented. A little product goes a long way. Matipid siya gamitin.

Another perk that I love is that it is very versatile! Dab it on and wear it as a sheer wash of colour for a natural flushed look. Swipe it once and blot with a tissue paper to achieve a #kissproof stained look. Swipe it on or build it up if you want a full, bold look!

In this photo, I am wearing the shade Dakota as a tint, stain, and full on lipstick.

Despite the creamy matte formula, these babies are really long lasting. The moisturizing formula prevents the lipstick from flaking off and clumping up like other matte lipsticks. The pigment adheres well to the lips even without the UNO Lip Primer. The dark shades do need a little touch up if you eat something oily, but only if you want to keep it intense. They leave a nice, even stain that would NOT really NEED touch ups.

See the stains left behind?! The photo on the left was taken after freshly applying the Coloursticks. The photo on the right was taken nearly 6 hours later, and the product has been wiped off with a makeup remover wipe, washed with soap and water, and rubbed with an oil based remover. The colour is still there!

Final Thoughts
Colourette is my favourite lipstick brand, no joke. I love how the company promotes natural ingredients and delivers their claims. Plus, it’s a local brand. #LoveLocal! I highly recommend Colourette Coloursticks to people with sensitive skin/lips and people who want high quality products for a fairly inexpensive price.


SALEbrate with Colourette

Disclaimer: I am not paid to promoteor endorse the brand. This announcement serves to let readers know that the brand Colourette Cosmetics has an ongoing sale. 

#SALEbrate with Colourette Cosmetics!

For the month of September, Colourette Cosmetics is having a PHP 100 OFF on ALL their products!

Take advantage of this sale and get your own #CreamyMatte #Coloursticks and see what the hype is all about!

Break up with that same old dry love without breaking the bank with our month long #SALEbration! Fall in love at first swipe with the creamiest (yet matte) all natural lipstick you’ll ever need. #BeIT

Get your very own #CreamyMatte Lip Lacquer like no other from the following channels:

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Via Lazada: bit.ly/LazadaColourette
Via Zalora: bit.ly/ZaloraColourette
Via authorized Dealers and Resellers – For buyers from QC, I highly recommend you order from Colourette Marikina! I trust and commend their service. 

Fall in #LoveAtFirstSwipe with your lip lacquer like no other!

Le Blanc’s Beauty & ScentsStation: Flat & Fabulous Super Matte Lip Creams || UPDATED Review and Swatches

(This review is a revised, updated, and reposted entry from my previous blog.)

The hype for matte lip creams is still going strong; and, why wouldn’t it? Matte lip creams revolutionized the world of matte lip colours with their innovative formulas that uniquely differ from one brand to another. Popular brands like MAC, NYX, Maybelline, Milani, Sleek, Revlon, and L’oreal have come up with their own versions of lip creams, ranging from soft mattes to kissproof, transfer-poof, and smudge-proof formulas to suit every lip lover’s taste. What a time to be alive!

However, matte lip products have a known reputation for being dry and sometimes, uncomfortable on the lips; albeit, mostly tolerable. As a person who has very dry lips, my relationship with matte lip products are on a love-hate status. Fortunately, as I was browsing through Instagram one day, an answer to my prayers came. A promotional post from I. Le Blanc Enterprises (@leblancsbeautyph) about a sale on their all natural beauty products. Naturally, I had to go for the lip products!
I purchased the Flat & Fabulous Super Matte Lip Creams. I was able to try the shades Aphrodite, Hera, Selene, and Freya.
Le Blanc's Flat & Fabulous Super Matte Lip Cream
PHOTO CREDITS TO MS. IVY LE BLANC (@leblancsbeautyph)

Aphrodite -A beautiful mix of brick red and oxblood red. Love, love, love!

Le Blanc's Flat & Fabulous Super Matte Lip Cream Aphrodite

Selene – Warm mid-tone pink.

Le Blanc's Flat & Fabulous Super Matte Lip Cream Selene

Hera –  Deep purple with fuchsia undertones. A very trendy shade!

Le Blanc's FLat & Fabulus Super Matte Lip Cream Hera

Freya – Freya initially appears to be a midtone brown; but, eventually, its rosy hue comes through and softens the colour into a very flattering rosy brown shade.

Le Blanc's Flat & Fabulous Super Matte Lip Cream Freya
I won’t go into details about this because this product is being repackaged into new, classy semi-glass acrylic 8ml tubes. Basically, this (older packaging) is hard plastic and the lip cream itself is applied using a doe-foot applicator. The shade names are indicated at the bottom of the tubes. 
The packaging is very classy! It is made of high quality semi-glass acrylic tubes with gold accents. It feels very sturdy! I find that the applicator on the new packaging is much better and easier to control than the old one.
Mildly fruity. Barely any scent.
Do not be fooled by the lip cream’s smaller than usual packaging. This product packs some serious amount of pigment!
The consistency of the three older ones (Hera, Aphrodite, and Selene) are on the creamy, moussey texture. The formula of Freya is a bit more fluid. Fret not! This is not a bad thing! The formula performs much better, in my opinion. I don’t know if this is a reformulation or if the packaging’s quality makes a difference with how the actual product keeps in the long run. I suppose the glass acrylic case keeps it fresher.
These start out very creamy, but eventually settle to a soft matte finish that feels weightless on the lips. Seriously, these lip creams are so light, you will forget that you’re wearing a lip product! Matte and lightweight? YES!
These are surprisingly long wearing. Selene was able to survive through a meal without any need for retouching. All shades leave a pleasant stain on the lips when the product itself is gone. Also, it does not leave my lips feeling dry!
Overall, I think these lip creams are AMAZING! You are seriously missing out if you haven’t tried these.
Update: You can also use these as cream blush! Be careful, though; a little goes a long way!
YES! These are definitely staying in my beauty arsenal.
(Also, Freya is already a repurchase!)
To see more products and information, visit their Instagram account, @leblancsbeautyph.

A Whiff of Luxury for an Affordable Price: Jo Malone Inspired Perfume Oils (Product Review)

I have always been a fan of fragrances. Through the years, I have tried a large variety of scents. However, I don’t invest in the fragrances that I buy. I mostly use cheap colognes, body sprays, and affordable eau de toilette scents. The only expensive perfume I use is Elizabeth Arden Red Door Velvet; and, it’s not even mine. It belongs to my mother; and, I only use it for special occasions.

As someone who switches scents every now and again, depending on my mood and preference, it is not practical for me to spend so much on fragrances. However, I do want to experience wearing known, popular scents. That is why I was so pleased when I encountered a seller of Jo Malone inspired perfume oils.
Now, I know that “imitation” or “inspired” scents are not new. However, I rarely encounter high quality ones. Often, you would see colognes inspired by popular fragrances that are mostly made up of water, alcohol, and very little fragrance oils. I’m not saying that those colognes are not good. I just prefer scents that are concentrated because I would not need to apply a large amount, and I would not need to reapply during the day. That is why I prefer oil based perfumes rather than alcohol based ones.
If you are the kind of person who enjoys long lasting fragrances that smell just like the expensive colognes and perfumes that you wish to buy, then, you will enjoy this review.
Scents and Descriptions
1. Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia
  • This scent is one of the many bestsellers in the line; and, upon testing it, I can see why it is a crowd favourite. It is crisp, clean, fresh, and youthful. When my mother smelled this scent, she said it reminded he of the Sanggumay Orchid. This fragrance is elegant; yet, appropriate for daily wear.
  • I love using this on hot days because the scents keeps me smelling fresh. Unlike some scents that don’t react well with warm weather, this one stays consistently pleasant. Even when I walk under the blazing heat of the sun and sweat out, I will still smell fresh and clean — just as if I had just taken a shower!
  • My friends say that this scent is “lakas maka-fresh”.
2. Jo Malone Vanilla and Anise 
  • This scent is another bestseller. Unfortunately, this has been discontinued by the original Jo Malone. Luckily for us, this scent is available in the Jo Malone inspired perfume oil mists!
  • Unlike common vanilla based fragrances, this does not smell like a confectionery dessert. (Although, personally, I love that kind of vanilla fragrance.) This one is a soft, powdery vanilla scent with mild notes of anise. It is very lady-like and feminine, with a touch of mature elegance. In other words, “sosyal”!
  •  My mother describes this scent as “woodsy”.
  • I recommend this scent for cooler weather. It’s a great scent (one of my personal favourites, actually); however, it feels a little too “warm” for humid weather.
3. Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay 
  • This is a unisex scent that registers as more masculine (on me). Crisp and slightly musky. Very clean, neutral scent. It has a slight “cool” vibe to it. It is a simple, yet no-nonsense scent. If you want a gender neutral scent that makes you smell clean and pure, this is a great option for you.
  • I got this because I personally prefer unisex and masculine scents. I find that they go really well with my natural scent.
4. Jo Malone Lime and Basil 
  • I got this as a freebie sample from the seller. She was super sweet! I really appreciate that she gives these out to her customers.
  • It is cool, clean, crisp, and super fresh! It is slightly masculine; but, it works well as a unisex scent, too. It is very refreshing! Initially, I assumed that this would smell too sharp and strong; but, oh boy, was I wrong. This smells SO GOOD. This is the kind of scent I would love my man (if I had one, lol) to wear. I could sniff this all day.
  • I am SO grateful that she gave me a sample of this scent! It is now one of my favourites! I highly recommend this scent! If you enjoy that fresh, energizing, rejuvenating kind of fragrance, you HAVE to try this! I intend to purchase this one in a full sized bottle.
 Available Sizes and Price List
100ml – PHP 850 (+80 for glass bottle)
50ml – PHP 450 (+60 for glass bottle)
30ml – PHP 280 (+40 for glass bottle)
10ml – PHP 150
It varies per scent, per person’s body chemistry, and weather conditions. These generally last for a very long time, though. On me, they last for about 8-12 hours. (English Pear & Freesia and Lime & Basil last for the longest amount of time on me.)
How to Order 
  • If you are part of The Make Up Revolution PH (facebook group), search for the threat entitled, “Jo Malone Inspired Perfume Oils“. There, you will see the list of details on how to order, as well as tips and recommendations from the seller.
  • Send a private message to Ms. Chichay Chavez for inquiries and for placing orders.
Overall Verdict
I love these so much! For people who would like to experience luxurious fragrances at an affordable price, definitely check out these Jo Malone inspired perfume oil mists!

Product Review || LA Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss


Price: PHP 300+ (mall price); PHP 250 + shipping fee from Love Manila
Place of Purchase: Poshmark Boutique: Love Manila store
Net Weight: 0.17 oz. (5g)

The LA Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss (What a mouthful!) is not a new product. In fact, it has gained a lot of popularity since liquid lipsticks became a trend. I’m pretty sure most liquid lipstick lovers have a couple of these in their stash. It is one of the most affordable liquid lipsticks in the market, after all.

I have the shades Rebel, Secret, and Stunner.

LA Girl Flat Finish Pigment Gloss Swatches

Rebel is a unique blend of purple and maroon. I instantly fell in love with this shade when I first saw swatches online. So far, I do not own a colour quite like it in my stash. It’s definitely bold and borderline vampy.

LA Girl - Rebel

Secret is a deep oxblood red. Some reviews say that this shade goes on patchy; but, for me, it applies evenly.

LA Girl - Secret

Stunner is bright purple that is not for the faint of heart! It is definitely not an easy shade to pull off. I like how the shade exists, though. This particular shade goes on a little streaky and uneven. Applying a second layer helps to even it all out.

LA Girl - Stunner

The consistency of these is neither runny nor thick. It’s somewhere in between, I would say. It’s still fluid enough to be a liquid lipstick and it is not creamy enough to be considered a lip cream or lip mousse.

The pigmentation is a hit or miss, sadly. The lightest shades are chalky an streaky while the darkest shades are uneven, streaky, and do not layer well (layering the dark shades will just rub off the first layer). The “miss” shades are not buildable. Most of them have a nice consistency and opaque pigmentation, though. Rebel and Secret both apply smoothly in just one layer.

The finish is very matte indeed. I question why the word “Gloss” is in the product name because it is void of any shine. The texture is not the best, but also not the worst. It has some tackiness to it which can easily be fixed with a light dusting of translucent/colourless powder. It holds up very well through a meal, except when the food is really oily. It doesn’t flake off or crumble even when you press your lips together. It is not exactly “weightless” on the lips. At the same time, it is not terribly heavy.

Removal is a bit of a pain if you don’t know how to remove it properly. It is advisable to use an oil based makeup remover to take it off. Personally, I use coconut oil.

Overall, I recommend this product to people who want affordable, good quality liquid lipsticks. I wouldn’t recommend the lightest and darkest shades, though. Other than that, it’s a really good product.

Would I repurchase? If they release new shades, I don’t see why not. However, I would rather invest in better liquid lipsticks in the market.