Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Affordable Fashion: Ballet Flats from Tomato and Solemate!

I love shoes. I love it so much that I brought home 12 pairs of shoes from my Taiwan trip! The BF couldn't believe what I had done and sanctioned me on a shoe shopping ban. I haven't even worn some of the shoes I bought yet here I am buying new pairs!

But see how can I resist when they look so awesome?! See for yourself...

Diba it looks so Fashyoon?! My favorite style of shoes would be the ballet flats. I can wear sandals, heels, wedges, sneakers, oxfords to espadrilles but I always go back to flats. What's not to like? You can walk in them all day without sacrificing style and even if you're comfy, you won't look sloppy! One of my pet peeves would be wearing a thought out outfit that looks so stylish only to be ruined by wearing FLIP FLOPS! geez! Now, I don't have anything against flip flops but pairing them with a stylish outfit is blasphemy when you can have the same comfort with ballet flats!

Enough ranting! I'll bring back my smile because of these amazing finds I recently stumbled upon.

Both pairs on top came from Tomato, a local brand that is known for trendy clothes but now, my supplier of comfy flats! I bought shoes from the brand before and I can attest that they are really durable! I've had a pair for years now and I'm still wearing it!

They have a great shoe collection in their stores now! I literally went crazy because I didn't know what to pick! But I settled with these...

Animal prints are forever trendy so it's great to invest in a pair. If the leopard print is too feisty for your liking, why not try a good ole' snake skin print to awaken your animalistic side! Just be prepared to hear somebody ask you: "Sapatos mo ba yan, or Balat mo?" (No Other Woman Hangover..=P) 

I love that the snake skin print is embossed and not printed only so it has that authentic soshal feel plus the toe cap of matte metallic gold is a win for me! This style comes in more colors too!

The next pair I got is a more glam version of the shoes. The black velvet paired with the distressed gold toe cap elevates the status of this pair and you can wear it for night outs! This style comes in a bazillion other colors!! But most are jewel toned so that it pairs beautifully with the gold toe cap! I had a hard time choosing the color I want! But I decided to chose a more classic pair hence the black... =)

These pairs are great for both work and play and again best part?

Hello Cheapo!! =D Nothing this stylish and durable cost only that much! And to compare this with the usual tiangge shoe finds which are usually over embellished that cost ₱350, add a few pesos more and strut to your nearest Tomato store instead!

Next shoe haunt I found was this little display case inside SM Department Stores called Solemate!

A lot of styles are available but the prominent design would be, Ribbons and Bows! Fortunately, I love them so lucky me!

I've been meaning to find gray ballet flats and look at this cute pair!

The usual drab shade of gray was brightened by the peeking patches of floral underneath the knot that looks like a bow! Kyoot!

And this pair combines my love of bows and toe capped pairs! Also it's an unusual shade of blue.

Best feature? Yep! The price!

Ohyeah.. a pair costs ₱299.75! not even 300! haha.. A lot of styles are available now if you hurry because these display stands are always flocked with people!

So there.. I have 4 new pairs of ballet flats!! But shhhh.. don't tell the BF okay? It's our little secret..=)


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cheap Thrills: Crackle Nail Polish

Halloo! Just a quick post on something I stumbled upon last week. If you're getting bored from plain old nail polish, why not try the trend of crackle nail polish? Oh yeah, those kinds of polish are a bit pricey if you buy from, OPI, China Glaze, Sally Hansen etc.. and it's not available locally... Bummer!

Now, you can get fabulous, trendy nails with...

It's the OMG (Oh My Golly) Cracked Nail Polish by Klik! Ok, no matter how funny the name of this polish is, I tell you you will not laugh at this but you probably drop your jaws and stare in awe because it will crackle in front of your eyes within seconds! So cool!

You can conclude that this is my first time trying this kind of nail polish because I was so amazed! haha, even if crackle polish has been around for quite a while now.

Ahem, please excuse my extremely dry cuticles but I was excited to try it out before getting a proper manicure =D

I got the Cracked Onyx shade which is a dark grape juice purple with semi sparkles =D Another great thing is it's manufactured locally! I usually shy away from local nail polishes because I'm making an effort to get "healthier" nail polish without the harmful chemicals and I'm happy that this is Toluene & DBP Free!

Ok, if you know me the great thing about this is the.... Yes, The PRICE can't be beat at ₱34.75 ($0.80) from Landmark, Trinoma =D

And let's leave it at that! Now will you try this trend with me?! =D


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils

Hello! I can now say that my shopping ban is over! Woot! I couldn't even wait to go to the mall for shopping so I immediately logged online for some online shopping therapy! Now, I've been wanting needing some new pencil eyeliners and good thing that my favorite shop for make-up, Get Sophisticated has stock on my ultimate Holy Grail Eyeliners, The UD 24/7 Eye Pencils.

I first discovered and tried these pencils from my Naked Palette where they included a dual ended 24/7 pencil and it was love at first try! The pencils were so smooth to apply and I must say they really do Glide on! And they are so pigmented one swipe and your done! It looks like you're wearing gel or even liquid liner with the ease and speed of a pencil! =D Now I know these qualities are easy to find in pencils that are available locally or even at a cheaper price but does it smudge or fade? My guess is yes, but with these pencils, it really is waterproof, smudge proof and it doesn't fade later in the day! Even with the hot and humid Manila weather, it survives! I've been looking for a pencil eyeliner that doesn't fade or smudge and I'm so happy that I found THE one! =D

Now, when it comes to eyeliners, I like neutrals, Black, Brown and a bit of Gold. I can sometimes wear a pop of purple or green as eyeliners but I don't like to spend too much on eyeliners that I won't get to use on a regular basis and these pencils are not cheap! but I'm lucky that I found great deals for these pencils online.

First up is the shade Baked. Now this I got from Hoops and Loops for an awesome price of ₱450! Yes  it's that cheap and this usually retails for $18 (Approx ₱800) but local online stores sell it for ₱900-1000. This pencil is part of the 15th Anniversary Limited Edition Collection of 24/7 pencils.

 It has a shimmery copper brown shade and looks great in brightening the eyes if applied in the lower lash line. And these pencils also last in the water line!

Next are the pencils I bought from Get Sophisticated for ₱700 each and first up is the shade Bourbon.

Each full-sized pencil has a good amount of 1.2grams of product.

The bourbon shade is a matte brown with lots of glitters. The glitters are so prominent that you can see it from the tip of the pencil.

I also got the shade Zero, a matte black pencil. It's a pretty straightforward black and I love how you can easily use this to tightline the upper lashes.

I bought this brand new but I guess the tip got nicked by the cap that's why it looks used.

The dual-ended 24/7 pencils from the Naked Palette has the shade Zero and a limited edition color, Whiskey. Whiskey is a matte brown and it's a bit disappointing that Urban Decay didn't include this shade in their permanent line because I love it so much! Not only is it LE but travel sized too! I already used up so much! *sobs*

I bought the Bourbon shade to replace Whiskey once I ran out but as you can see, they are totally different. I love the dark brown shade of Whiskey because it's not to dark as compared to other eyeliners that are bordering on Black-brown. Bourbon is still a great brown eyeliner if not only for the annoying micro glitters. I like sparkly things but not glitter on my eyeliner because it's such a pain to remove even with a good make-up remover. The 24/7 liners can easily be removed with a make-up remover but the micro glitters somehow manage to survive between my lashes or it migrates to other parts of my face so yeah, it is annoying. But I have to say that the Bourbon eyeliner brightens the eyes, and yes I think it's because of those glitters so they must have added that for that exact purpose.

See the glitters from my picture? haaay! And the shade Baked also share the same quality of having glitters but thankfully not so plenty. But I think this is the reason these pencils have that brightening effect on the eyes so I can forgive Urban Decay for that.. =P

All in all, I love these pencils! They really work for our climate but I've heard some people using this and it smudged on them. For me, I use them with a primer to get rid of the oiliness in the eyelids then eyeshadow then this. I don't know how these will fare on naked, oily eyelids.

The most con I can think of is that it's not available locally then next that it's not cheap but I can really say that trolling online stores looking for this is worth it. These pencils really deliver and if you like really bright and outrageous colors, the 24/7 line has a wide range of colors.

That's it for me! I missed you guys! =D

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