Thursday, January 12, 2012

What I Got For Christmas

Part of my new year's resolution is to keep this blog as up to date as possible. This is me doing my best to do just that. Now, I know I've boarded the "What I Got for Christmas" train a little late, but I'm pretty sure it hasn't left me at the station just yet. These are a few things I got for Christmas this year:

My cousin Katrina got me a gel eyeliner and a lip gloss from James Cooper's Jazzy Collection. Basically, I picked these out myself. We were Christmas shopping together and she was agonizing over what to get me. Finally, she asked me to end her misery and just pick something out myself. I was happy to oblige. I took her to Watsons and basically went over all the testers in every counter until I made my choice.

The gel eyeliner is in the color 04 which looks like an electric blue from the pot but when you swatch it comes out a lot darker. Obviously, I haven't used it yet as the color is a bit much for regular class. I'm waiting for a special occasion so I can try it out.

The lip gloss is in 004 which is a nude color. This one I was really excited about because I realized that I didn't have a nude lip gloss (I'm not sure how I could have gone without one for so long). This one glides on beautifully and has a hint of shimmer to it. It's moisturizing and the shade is natural enough that I can wear it every day. In short, I love it!

The next thing I got is from my Tita Juvy. She's pretty hip as aunts go. She keeps herself up to date with the latest trends in beauty so I shouldn't have been surprised when I opened my gift bag and found a Brush Guard variety pack. I was anyway. And I was thrilled!

I first found out about the Brush Guard through Michelle Phan, one of my favorite Youtube make-up gurus. She did a tutorial on how to clean your make-up brushes and when she set them out to dry she put them in Brush Guards. I immediately set out to look for them. Unfortunately, getting them from the Brush Guard website would lead to a shipping fee of over $30. That is about PHP1,300. The variety pack itself only costs $5. So, yeah, I was ecstatic to receive the gift.

I plan on getting more as soon as I can. I found out that Spruce at Limketkai Mall carries them. I'm not sure about this but I think it's on a pre-order basis. I'll check it out and leave the details here on my blog.

The last thing I got does not really count as a Christmas gift. It's more what we Filipinos call a pasalubong. A pasalubong is a gift one gives a friend or family member after returning from a trip; a homecoming gift. My Tito Brown and Tita Chona toured Europe some time in October and this is what they got me as my pasalubong.

It's the Sephora Moonshadow baked palette. I saw this on Sephora's website a few months back so I couldn't wait to try it out. I've used it so many times since I've received it, particularly the lighter shades. I use them in the inner corners of my eyes and they really help brighten them. I haven't used the darker shades as much but I'm looking forward to doing so. I imagine the blue in this palette will work well with the James Cooper gel eyeliner.

Here are swatches of the shadows in this palette.

Happy new year to everyone!

'til next time,


  1. hi there! thanks for following my blog!!!^^

    1. Hello Jess! Don't mention it. You have interesting posts up on your blog. I was happy to follow. Thanks for dropping by my blog too!

  2. Thanks for commenting! (:
    When I wear bright lipsticks (like pink, because I still don't wear red - I'm too shy for that) I also do a neutral and natural eye make-up.

    The palette that you got looks really interested! I'm always curious how baked eyeshadows are. I only tested them once and they weren't that great...maybe I should give another try!

    1. Hey Natalie! The lighter shades in this palette are great! They're really shimmery though. I realize that not everybody is into that.

      Thanks for dropping by!

  3. the last palette reminds me of sleek palettes =) have you tried them?

    1. I have. They're great! In fact, I have a review coming up soon. :)

      There are marked differences between this palette and the Sleek ones. The shades in this palette are a lot more shimmery. The're pearlized. :)