Saturday, February 25, 2012

Maybelline Eyestudio Color Tattoo Photos

Here they are!
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These are available for pre-order at Hyphen. Just email us at thehyphenstore@gmail.com for your orders. Orders of 3 or more get a special discount.  Available colors are:

Bold Gold
Edgy Emerald
Audacious Asphalt
Fierce & Tangy
Pomegranate Punk
Bad to the Bronze (photo not available)
Painted Purple
Too Cool
Tenacious Teal
Tough as Taupe (photo not available)
 
Swatches of each shade to follow. Stay tuned!

Color Tattoo

I’m super excited about this product. I just got these today and I couldn’t wait to share this with  you.

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These are the Maybelline EYESTUDIO COLOR TATTOO. In a nutshell, these are 24-hour cream eyeshadows. I swatched one earlier, the Pomegranate Punk shade, and it was amazing! I’ve already washed my hands several times today and applied lotion a couple of times and I can still see a hint of color on the back of my hand.

I will post a more thorough review, photos and swatches of these pots in a while. Meanwhile, these are available for pre-order at Hyphen. Available shades are:

Bold Gold
Edgy Emerald
Audacious Asphalt
Fierce & Tangy
Pomegranate Punk
Bad to the Bronze
Painted Purple
Too Cool
Tenacious Teal
Tough as Taupe

Price is Php470. Orders of 3 and more get a discount.  Send us an email at thehyphenstore@gmail.com.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Flower Treatment

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I got this Flower Treatment Nail Polish Remover with my first haul at Etude House early this year. I was intrigued with the packaging because I normally see plastic packaging for nail polish removers in Korean cosmetics houses. This is glass.

I thought this would be expensive but it’s only Php198. I asked the SA what the difference was with the regular nail polish removers and she said that this treats the nails and the cuticles making them stronger.

I love wearing nail polish so my nails tend to be yellow and brittle. Add in  the fact that my meds/illness make my nails weak. I thought this would be worth the try.

On my first use, I can immediately tell the difference. I can remove the polish faster and it doesn’t leave a white film nor any residue. It does not  have a very strong scent like acetone or other nail polish removers in the drugstore. It’s also great with glitter polish. You don’t have to exert too much effort to remove even big glitters such as my Nicole for OPI Justin Bieber nail polish or the ones from Etude House. That alone has convinced me to become loyal to this polish remover.

You know another thing that’s great? Here, take a look:

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My nails are pink! Even my toenails are pink because of this nail treatment. It took about 2 weeks before my nails turned yellow again. The peeling around my nails is not due to the treatment. I just have really dry skin.

My nails look naturally pink. I guess the treatment enhances /brings back the original condition of your nails.

I haven’t worn nail polish in 2 weeks, both on my hands and feet and my nails still look decent. I would really recommend this product if you’re a nail polish junkie or if you like doing nail art. Give your nails some love with this product.

Bits + Treats and Hyphen Double Thanksgiving Giveaway Part 2!

I told you that February is a very special month for us. And to continue the festivities, here's part 2 of our thanksgiving giveaway!



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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Last Call for the Winner!

Last call for Ms. Kianalyz C, winner of our Double Thanksgiving Giveaway. Please send us your info at thehyphenstore@gmail.com. We will wait until tomorrow, Feb 22, 12MN otherwise we will pick another winner. Thank you!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Surprise

I love surprises! I’ve had 2 surprises in a span of 2 weeks, both from my dear friend Ahne.

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I got the box first.

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She always has this native theme whenever she gives me presents.

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Inside is a bracelet with my name on it and a necklace. Ahne also gave my cousin C a bracelet with her name on it. Yes, Ahne loves my family.

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I also got an advanced birthday present last Saturday.

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So true…

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I’m excited to try the eyeshadows and the liquid liner. These all go in a pink glitter pouch. They were individually wrapped with Japanese paper except for the palette.

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Love the colors

Thank you for the surprises Ahne!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Another Haul Post

I actually got these last week. Most of them are bargains too.

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These are from Japan Home Center. I’m a huge fan of their garment bags as I have a lot of delicate fabrics so these are a big help. I bought the HK mesh bag on the right because I have a few loose things in my traincase that need to be organized. Finally, another HK pouch just because I’m a pouch monster. = )

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I got another ELF Blush Brush because it’s really great and I’m going to use this for an upcoming photoshoot.

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ELF was on sale in Landmark. Well, all cosmetics were on sale at Landmark last Friday so I got all the shades of the Clarifying Pressed Powder, also for my clients. I also got a Maybelline palette and my favorite mascara, Cat Eyes.

I am never happy shopping with just buying for myself. All my friends can attest to the fact that I love giving them pasalubong no matter how small or cheap that pasalubong is. I am happy when I can see my friends smile.  I am happy when I give even when there’s no occasion.

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Of course, this will go out to the other cat in my life because we should always have matching pouches! Just give me some time to actually bring it to your house. = )

Monday, February 13, 2012

Bargain Shopping Day!

Went out with mom today. I wanted to check out Ipanema’s sale at Glorietta. It was more than I expected. Take a look at what we got:

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For the boys
There are only a few boys in our family. More for us girls!

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Some of the ladies’ flip flops are going out to my friends and loved ones. The ones for guys will go to my uncle and MB and for my kuya, Ahne’s husband.

Prices range from 300 to 650. It was crazy when we went there and it was only 12 noon. Stocks are moving fast so if you want to get a pair or 2 or 3, better be at Glorietta early tomorrow!

Bargain shopping didn’t end there. On our way to Aranaz, we passed by Landmark and I saw Goody at 20% off so mom bought these for me:

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I’ve been meaning to buy these since forever but for some reason I keep skipping them. I guess fate had a different plan and it was to the tune of 20% off!

Later in the afternoon, I met with my dear friend B and we paid the deposit for the hotel that will be used for their wedding reception then we went to Powerplant to look around, grab a bite and buy takeout for MB. Days like these are truly wonderful. The rain didn’t even bother me. What a way to spend Monday!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Cloud Bubble Oil

This is still part of my first Etude haul for this year. I’ve used this product for several times now and I can say that I’m very, very satisfied with it.

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I’ve been using Clinique’s Take the Day Off since last year and because my friend Kitten has talked some sense into me (remember the shampoo issue Kitten?) I’ve decided to look for a cheaper alternative product that performs just the same as the expensive one. A bottle of Clinique’s makeup remover costs more than a thousand pesos while this bubble oil only costs 498 pesos. They both work well. They both suck at removing super waterproof mascaras.

I have no problems removing all brands (that I own) of eyeshadows, foundation, eye liner and blush but when I tried to remove my Kiss Me Heroine Make Mascara, the mascara didn’t even budge. I’d say that it’s actually not bad considering the price.

Just be careful that this doesn’t go into your eyes as it will sting like crazy. A small amount wouldn’t hurt but if you accidentally open your eyes or push some of the product in while your trying to remove your makeup then be ready to scream. = ) Well, just make sure that you’re near the faucet or shower. A simple rinse would remedy the stinging. It also doesn’t leave my eyes red when I accidentally do this. For me that means that it’s not too harsh. 

It says Bubble Oil because when you pump the product, it goes out into a bubble foam. 1-2 pumps is enough to clean your face. The scent is okay. Nothing special there.

This product doesn’t give me breakouts so I’m definitely buying this again.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

February Double Thanksgiving Giveaway!

I finally had the time to take photos and sit down to blog about this giveaway! February is a very special month for me as it’s my birthday month and also Hyphen’s anniversary! I will be doing a series of giveaways here and in Hyphen’s Facebook page so you better keep an eye out for those. Here’s the first giveaway.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Nail Art

I have been exposed to the world of nail art because of the Etude House Wannabe Style Nails set. One day, I was walking around Watsons while waiting for MB to finish his haircut. I did the usual rounds of makeup and toiletries, mentally checking if I needed anything. Well, I didn’t until I found these:

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Each set costs Php69.75 and includes a nail file, nail glue, beads/studs and a stick.

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I like the first set better as the studs last longer and they’re not a pain to apply. Or maybe I’m just doing it wrong? Anyway, here’s the result of my first try:

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The color of the studs faded when I applied a quick dry topcoat. The color also runs when you’re not careful.  I didn’t use the glue for this project. I relied on the nail polish which was satisfactory as the studs lasted several days even with light chores such as cooking and washing dishes. I was too paranoid on the first night. I was very careful with shampooing my hair as I was afraid the studs would fall off. They didn’t.

I have no idea what I’m going to do with the other set. I don’t want to use it anymore. I’ll probably give it to C. We did another project together. I’ll post that soon.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Aloha!

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I only have a few words for this product. It’s great. Buy it when you’re looking for a good lippie/gloss combo. =)

The Aloha Two Two Kiss (don’t you just love Korean names?) is a duo of lipstick (red) and gloss (yellow). It makes my lips soft. I can wear this without a lip balm base. It doesn’t dry out my lips. It lasts the whole day.

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I usually apply the gloss in the center of my lower and upper lip. I also use the gloss to top off some of my lipsticks. It’s a very nice gloss if you don’t like over-the-top shine or in-your-face gloss. It’s very subtle. I didn’t experience chapping when I removed the product from my lip.

The pencil is also very easy to sharpen. Just be careful with the cap. I lost the cap of the gloss so now I can’t put this in my makeup kit. Pffffft… Good thing it lasts a long time.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Pursuit of Happiness

I am very picky with bags and purses. Before, I just immediately buy a bag if the color and design are nice. I don’t consider the quality. I didn’t want to spend more than 500 pesos for a bag. But then, the life expectancy of these bags were short. Of course, they were cheap and cheaply made so I had to buy another bag again after a few uses. I thought I was actually saving money because I didn’t buy expensive bags… Until I bought one expensive bag out of impulse and that’s when my love affair with good, quality bags started.

Last year, I only bought bags abroad. They are still in very good condition even after days and days of abuse. They are totally worth the price. At the beginning of the year, I discovered Aranaz bags. I got my first piece then I was totally hooked! Here is my first collection of Aranaz bags:

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After seeing the quality of these bags and considering the price, I decided to stick to Philippine-made bags while I am here. I am a proud Filipino. I can definitely see that the quality of these bags are far superior to some branded bags that are available here. I was thinking, why would I pay X amount of pesos for a bag that is made in China when I can pay almost the same amount for a bag that is made in my country, made by my people, helps their livelihood and makes good use  and promotes our natural resources? These bags are world-class!

I am not a hypocrite. I will probably buy other bags when I go abroad but as long as I’m in the PH, I will try my very best to stick to bags that are designed and made by Filipinos.

To leave you with, here’s a photo of a purse that really caught my fancy. I got this from my sister although she still doesn’t know that I took it. = ) I told my mom to tell her that I wanted it for myself as she won’t be able to use it. She likes big bags and purses.

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