The Sunshine Blogger Award

So, let’s give this a try! This will be the first time I did a blog “award” or tag. I’ve been tagged by the sweet sweet Dawn over at Peachy Pink Sisters. I wanted to share a little bit about the blogger behind Becoming Sleek.

Image credits: Dawn

The Rules:
1. Post a picture of the Sunshine Blogger Award
2. Post 11 random facts about yourself
3. Answer 11 questions from the nominating blogger
4. Link back to the blogger who nominated you
5. Nominate 11 wonderful bloggers that you feel bring sunshine to the blogging world
6. Write 11 questions for your nominated bloggers


11 Random Facts About Me
1. My work computer uses four monitors at the same time. I need all of those to keep track of a lot of things at the same time when I’m working.
2. I’m an avid dog person! I love everything dog, and I think all dogs are cute! (yes even the traditional ugly dogs are pretty cute!) I, however, got my first dog just last year.
3. I’m also a nail polish addict, as you may well know from this blog. However, I only started with nail polish around the time I started this blog, which was only a little over a year ago.
4. I’m a foodie (di halata lol). I love cooking and baking, and I also used to regularly make bento baons for me and my daughter. I actually have a food blog!
5. I’m a board gamer! And by that I mean the true board games such as Through the Ages, Dominion, Agricola, and Descent.
6. I’m a non-practicing scientist! I have a degree in Applied Physics. 😀
7. I’ve always been interested in calligraphy, typography, and handwriting, and I only recently started being serious about it. The main motivation is the fact that it was my weakest subject in elementary!
8. I am currently addicted to chocolate milk (as in Chocolait or Chuckie!). I drink one tetra pack a night at least!
9. I enjoy video games too. My most recent favorite is Fire Emblem on the 3DS!
10. When I quit the corporate world years from now (maybe retirement age?) I plan to go back to teaching. I loved being a teacher!
11. I watch all sorts of cartoons and anime. My all-time favorites are Miyazakis (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaa), Dennou Coil, Read or Die.


11 Questions from Dawn
1. What’s your favorite makeup? – I’m a big fan of eyeshadows, and I want to be really good at it!
2. Where is your dream destination? – Tokyo! I’ve been there once as a child, and now that I have my own kid I want to take her there, Disneyland in particular.
3. What’s your favorite Ice Cream Flavor? – I’m not a big fan of ice cream, but I would choose chocolate almost 100% of the time if I do eat them.
4. Indoors or outdoors person? – Indoors
5.Your favorite Nail Polish brand is? – Dazzle Dry! It dries super fast, looks great, and is cruelty-free!
6. Dogs or cats? – Dogs please!
7. What’s your favorite clothing brand? – Hmm that’s tough. I love a lot of brands, but I tend to stick to those that fit me well. These include Uniqlo, Paperdolls, Erzullie among others.
8. Do you drive? – Yes
9. What body part are you most attracted to? – Tricky question! I’ll go with butts! 😀
10. What accessory do you like most? – The one I can’t live without is wristwatch. I can’t get out of the house without one.
11. Do you like to read books? Which is your favorite? – I love books! Scifi and fantasy is my favorite genre, and is what comprises the majority of my collection. My favorite authors are Tamora Pierce, Neil Gaiman, Mercedes Lackey, Jim C. Hines, among others.


My Sunshine Bloggers
1. Tellie of Beauty By Tellie
2. Rae of Scatterbraintures
3. Carina of Softly Sometimes
4. Kira of Elegantly Wasted
5. Krissy of Krissyfied
6. Victoria (Becs) of The Vee Side
7. Shari of The Misty Mom
8. Bea of The Dalaga Project
9. Eula of Eula Sleeps
10. Tina of What Tina Loves
11. Elaine of Flabs Rule the World


My Questions for My Sunshine Bloggers
1. What started you into makeup?
2. Dogs or cats? Introduce me to your baby!
3. What book would you recommend I read?
4. What is a quick perk-me-up that you do whenever you feel down?
5. What specific local makeup product would you recommend I try?
6. What is your night time skincare routine?
7. What is on the top of your beauty wishlist?
8. Last of the recommendations: what restaurant would you recommend I try?
9. What is your skill that you’re most proud of?
10. Coffee or tea?
11. What are your non-beauty hobbies?


The Melting Horror

No, you didn’t accidentally stumble on a book blog or an internet horror novel. But let me tell you what happened to me recently. As a back story, I have a very small pouch in my normal everyday bag that holds my touch-up items (face powder, lipsticks/balms, perfume). If I didn’t have enough time to do my makeup in the morning, I’d throw what I wanted to use for the day in a separate makeup bag so I can do the rest of my face when I get to the office. In an unrelated note, I have very poor memory and have learned to use different cues to help me remember things.

One day, I did the routine as usual, but I forgot to bring out my makeup bag with me from the car. Now I usually have underground parking in the office so it would not be a big deal to forget my makeup in the car. That day, however, I parked above ground in a place with no shade. You can imagine what happened, in this heat we’re having recently. I had three of my favorite lipsticks in that bag, and they all came out of the bag badly damaged.


I almost cried when I saw this! My first firsthand experience with melted lipsticks, and it was horrible! I hid them in a box at home for a couple of days because I couldn’t bear to see them like that. The next day, I squared my shoulders and examined the extent of the damage. As I expected, they are all quite melted and reformed half in the original tube and half in the cap. These lipsticks are: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Standout (review), Colour Collection Ultimate Wear Lipstick in Queen Bee (review), and Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in Hibiscus (review).

Bea advised to immediately depot these lipsticks to salvage them. I found a four-level screw-top plastic pots from Daiso Japan (formerly Saizen) and used three levels. It was a very sad and distressing task that I did not do prior research. I just basically scraped out the lipstick from the tube and the cap with a plastic spatula and shoved it into the plastic tubs. Here is how it turned out.


It’s not as horrible as I imagined, but it’s also not elegant. I just realized that maybe I need to re-melt them so they will go down to the bottom of the tubs and not perched on the side like evil bloody pupae. Unfortunately I do not have a hair dryer, nor am I willing to take a lighter or anything flame near this thing, so it’ll have to do. I did do a test run using a lip brush, and applied the Avon lipstick the next day. It seemed to apply as normal; the melting didn’t seem to affect the actual product. I hope the same is true for the other two.

Has anything happened like this to you? I’d love to hear your product mishaps/accidents and how you dealt with it!

Obligatory I’m Back

Short short post saying I’m back from the holidays. Very lucky to have taken part in my family’s annual vacation; this year we went to Boracay! Here are some snapshots of what is so far the best vacation ever.


The food! First experience of lobster, cheese section in the breakfast buffet, happy hour cocktail, and the welcome cookies.


Gorgeous scenery! A sunset shot, some nice trees, view of the beach, early morning at the pool.