Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Shinny Puffy 3 Tone in Brown Review

The Shinny Puffy 3 Tone series is SUPER comfortable!  SUPER fave!  SUPER love!

That's it!

This review is done and I hope I already got you sold on that!
Just kidding! ^0^

Of course, I will be much more thorough than that.  I've just set the tone for the rest of this review: MAJOR plus+++

I got mine from if you don't already know me (that I ♥ shopping with them).  ^-^  They sell a variety of contact lenses and Asian beauty products.  They do a great job of servicing internationally and spoil their customers with freebies.  I got more hair velcro, by the way (-.-)  Hehehe!

Let's go on to the review!

Shinny Aqua (aka Dueba Puffy 3 Tone Aqua) Review

Usage modality:  Yearly
Base curve:  8.6 mm
Diameter:  14.5 mm
Water content:  38%

4/5  Interestingly, it was not the brown that I expected.  I am becoming more accustomed to the color, and to be honest, I love it!  It just shocked me when I first wore these lenses that they looked "Twilight"-ish (golden.)  Anyway, this color can make dark brown eyes look lighter.  

5/5  Like Shinny Aqua, I really like this design.  It looks beautiful and not overbearingly exaggerated.  Almost natural, but gives the eyes more sparkle.

4/5  It will significantly enlarge the eyes (see photo comparison below) but because of the design, these would not make the eyes look too unnatural.  Yes, it can still be "dolly" but will not make the eyes look so lifeless.  (I hope you understood that.  Hehe!)  To know how I try to rate lens sizes objectively, click on the big flower:

5/5  It's AMAZING how I don't even feel these in my eyes for about 5 hours and more.  From time to time, it is advisable to put on eye drops to prevent reddening of the eyes like my photos below.  My contacts did not feel dried out, but since eyes still need to breathe, it's just right to hydrate them.  Remember that dryness can strain your eyes and this may cause them to blur, according to my eye doctor.  I've had this lenses for around 2-3 months already for this review.

5/5  I've just had such a love-fest with these lenses because they are very pretty and mighty comfortable!  That's it!  And that's saying a lot!

Top: Without
Middle: R: Without L: With
Bottom: Without

Photo taken in natural light.
What's wrong with this photo?  I'm missing an earring!  hahaha!
I'm sorry for the spaghetti strap.  I am not mahalay, ok? >.<
Just lazy.  Too lazy to throw on a cardigan on such a hot weather.
But see?  I saved you from unnecessary trauma a cleavage may ensue!
:D Haha!

Monday, 29 October 2012

The Only Thing More Romantic

Dedicated to my Mother and Father
who have just celebrated their 35th anniversary
Your promise to God
Your faithfulness to each other
and Your gift to your children.

  When I see you and think about what you've been through, nothing rings more true than that one simple line I remember reading from Pastor Ravi Zacharias' I, Isaac, take Thee, Rebekah.  "The only thing more romantic than newly weds... is oldly weds."

You are an example to all of us.

  That resilient love- completely different from Hollywood's one hour and a half version played by two physically attractive people, but by two real people with imperfections in difficult (to say the least) situations, that had no "Happily Ever After" when you both said, "I do."  

  That lasting love- that passed the test of time when everything around us is becoming more and more temporal.

  That generous love- poured unto your children, that never held back.

When I look at you, I remember that I, too, yearn for a love that lasts and is faithful.  And I would someday say, "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine"- words that so describe your 35 years together.

To another 35 years!
I love you, Mama and Papa!

Scripture taken from the King James Version (KJV) from

Real Life Sundays, ed. 20

As sweet music filled the room, as he and I tried to grab for the cup of tea we were sharing, and as our hands slightly touched (by accident, of course!), I couldn't help but try to figure out how could this moment be any more perfect?  

"Ah!  It would be perfect if this dude actually liked me back," I brooded because we are irritatingly stuck in the "Friend Zone."

Then she walked in.  I sat there gawking at her and her legs that came all the way up to her neck.  Tall, slim nose, big brown eyes, and skin without a hint of blemish from ten-feet away.  Super gorgeous girl! "Why now, girl???  Why you come tonight???" and I... slightly died inside.

I looked to my right.  Mr. Friend/Crush- mouth a bit opened.  I couldn't blame him.  Couldn't blame him at all.  At least, he and I can gawk at her in perfect unison.  


So....... there are actually people out there mighty blessed with natural beauty!  Rare breed indeed.  But for the rest of us who are not--- thank You, God, for make-up!  And as to console my uh... wounded heart(?)  pride(?), I have taken my chiyo-est photos of these past 2 weeks and decided to share them with you :)  

Oh ok.. this one is not so chiyo.  I'm not a fan of glasses.
Hey my skin is not bad here!  There are apps out there that
smoothen skin, if you don't already know.  But none here!  Haha!
But I guess it's the low-grade front camera of iPhone that makes
 me look so smooth.  Hehehe!
Sunday's best ^____^

Hehehe!  My soul consoled.  You may think I am so vain.  Haha!  Honestly, sometimes.  *blushes*
My Ma calls it, "Nang-gigil ka naman sa sarili mo."  :)  Can't translate it directly but it's something in the line of thinking myself so cute.  :D


Anywhoots!  This post will not be only about my face!  And here it is!

Went GPO and had a date with myself.  *cries*
Fill up your stamp card and get FREE FOOD!  ^0^
My fat princess: Gen-Gen! =^.^=
My sister in Sunday's best.
My BF in a disc! ♥

To finish up that story about Mr. Friend/Crush and me:

At the end of the open mic, he got up from his seat, opened the door for everyone while bidding them adieu and helping out other musicians haul out drum sets and guitars.  

And he was so kind, even to me.  Throughout the entire evening, if he was not helping others, he would sit with me, talk to me, laugh to the point of almost giggling, and make cutesy faces by scrunching his nose at me.

"Oh, I prayed for one of your students this morning," he said.  "What was her name?  Ah!  Monica."*

"Gosh...  Why is he so kind?"  I thought to myself as I wiped my drippy nose with the sleeve of my cardigan.  I was feeling quite un-pretty because of my cold but he looked so nice in his long-sleeve plaid and jeans.  Quite farmer-like in his get-up, but looked so ruggedly tall and handsome- not unlike Jonathan Scott from HGTVs "Property Brothers," my other BF on screen  (heehee!)

Then, the event closed.  I left through the other exit of the cafe, with no good-byes.

Despite my gushing, I know I am not yet ready for a relationship...  Seriously!  (And I'm not trying to make the "grapes" look sour.)  There are a few things I need to grow on before I decide to be with someone: patience and peace with my emotions and my self-worth.  And... I am not ready to shop for someone else yet!  Hahaha!

My church sister prayed a beautiful prayer for me in which she talked about patience and self-worth.  I cried because that's exactly what I was praying for.

So, if it's Mr. Friend/Crush, only God knows and time will tell.  I am fine with that.  If it's not him, HOORAY to the world!

*Name of person has been changed for her protection

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Dolly Wink Volume Mascara Review

Am I late or what???

Doesn't matter if this was released a couple of years ago because I dare RAVE about it!

And I dare say, "Move over Fairy Drops!"

Because I found a new love!  .

(I don't sound so faithful, at all...  Hehehe!  Dumping these mascaras like stupid boyfriends-- not that I was cruel or had a lot of them, ok?  I've had FAR more mascaras!  :P)

Anyway, over share!  DX
Enough about me!  Let's get down to the star of the show!

Dolly Wink Volume Mascara Review

What it claims:
◉Waterproof and volume
◉Lashes stay curled and volume lasts for the whole day
◉Sweat-, water-, tear-, and grease-resistant
◉Dries fast so you wouldn't have to worry about smudging

This information was taken from, which I paraphrased.  ^_^  

5/5  Lightweight, build-able formula (but I don't think you'd want to go beyond two coats).  Does not clump and does not smudge (well, not noticeably).

Ease of Removal:
5/5  Considering its tenacity, it's quite easy to remove so you don't have to fight and tug on your lashes. (Yowch!)

5/5  Others claim that it gives more length than volume.  I have hardly-there lashes, and this mascara does wonders to them where they are fanned out and not clumped together.  Hence, my lashes look thicker and fuller.  Loves~

5/5  Super long lashes! that they may end up looking spidery.  So watch out!  One coat is all you need for an everyday look.

Tenacity/Lasting Power:
5/5  Amazing! It really delivers what it says!  I don't get panda eyes for the rest of the day.  BUT, one time, it did smudge on my lower lashes a bit.  If you are SUPER nit-picky, this may concern you... (-.-)

5/5  Totally intelligent design that would have you questioning, "Why aren't other mascaras like it?"  This brush really delivers because it does not clump my lashes but separates them without having them looking very sparse.  It allows the lashes to get complete coverage with the formula.  The little brush at the tip really helps to even coat my lower lashes.

Other concerns:
  This mascara can come off as flakes when you are removing it.  This is not a biggie for me but to others it is.  Oh well~
  Anyway, it is perfection.  5/5 in all categories!  Need I say more?  If this isn't, then I absolutely don't know what!

  The only down side is the frown in your wallet :(  Expensive!  But I've tried Lancome, Clinique, Cover Girl, and a bunch of others, and they aren't up to par... :S  With my little research, I found Dolly Wink to be cheapest at  

  With all that said: an undeniable 5/5     ^.^<(Yay!)


R: Without  L:With
R: Fairy Drops Volume Burst Mascara  L: Dolly Wink Volume
One look, 2 mascaras :)

Try it out, and prove me right or... right!  ^0^

Monday, 22 October 2012

Colorful Lips

Let's talk about bold colors!
And have everyone staring...
at our lips!  

So, I got them traditional reds and pinks to scooch over and make way for oranges and wines.


Clinique Chubby Stick in Two Ton Tomato
Details: Wonderfully moisturizing since it's a balm, but there's
a significant hint of color that goes on sheer.  Total love!

MAC Satin lipstick in Rebel.
Details: Satin finish but goes on bold that I personally
think gives of a mature but fun pop of color to my look.
(Lip colors oftentimes look fuschia on me because of
my skin tone, or in this case, combined with the lighting
and the camera.) 

MAC Amplified lipstick in Vegas Volt
Details: Thick and creamy formula that boasts intense color.
I love it for sweet, innocent looks, but sometimes it looks funny
to be sporting orange lips.  Hehehe! 

And with lips so bright, combine them with a more subdued eye make-up: going easy on the eyeshadow where I just highlighted the inner corners of my eyes and added taupe to the crease to add more depth; then, finishing it off with cat eye eye-lining; mascara is not always necessary.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012


Got a moment or two?  It's lengthy so you may need a little more than that, but SO worth it!

Be encouraged because Christ has got you covered (^.~)v

"As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God." 
Ephesians 2:1-8

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Real Life Sunday, ed. 19

Happy Anniversary to my church!♥♥♥

Yay!  Performances!  Food!  Dancin'!  Parteh!  Adult prom!  The gents, and most certainly, the ladies got really dressed up.  ^-^  For the first time in a long time, I actually felt underdressed!  Wuh-hat???  Can you believe???  Well, you better believe it!

My A-line dress.  My friend, who is a guy, actually helped
me go shopping for this.  Friends like him are the bomb!
Make-up of the Night: drama on the eyes and played down
the lips.
This angel was my hair inspo.  Isn't she simply lovely?! ^0^
Whee! for the last performance of the night.  They did a swell job!
And it didn't hurt that my older sister played the cajon. ^.^ 
Dance!  Dance!  Dance!
I didn't :(  because I'm lame like that...

Going a bit random on the photo timeline here.  Bear with me, ok?

Lunch at Tony Roma's because someone (the girl on the left) won us
gift certificates!  Whoo!  
I did mention that I love retro red lips!  Yes!  Sporting MAC
lipstick in Russian Red! 
Have I ever mentioned that I was a BIG nerd before college?  Then one day, I picked up the paint brush and switched it for a make-up brush.  And voila!  But of course, nerd will always be a part of me.  ^-^
Shhhh....  I cheated here and made my eyes big!  0.0
Coming clean here, folks!  But makes for such a better picture :D
Happy Things!
Raspberry Kit-Kat, anyone?  Verily, verily!  ^-^
You know that you're obsessed when you have two shoebox-ful of nail polishes.
I actually never knew I had this many until I organized them...  I SO had to
stop buying!   :/

I had a terrific week!  (Thank God!)  Even work began to feel better, smell sweeter.  *sigh*  I'm happy and content, and yep!  Even with my nail polish collection.

The church anniversary was also very nice.  It was a new experience for me.  I didn't attend my prom in high school at all, so it was nice to experience something like it.  Hahaha!  But I also found that I feel loneliest in crowded rooms.  Some people thrive in parties, while others, including myself, hide in parties.  It's all preference, really^-^

But I also found that simple dinners and meaningful conversations make my heart smile.  I just came from one tonight.  And my heart smiled.  And it didn't hurt, didn't hurt at all that---.

Well, that's it for tonight!
Good night!
And have a blast for the rest of the week!