Beauty Bloggers’ Offline Blog Sale

I would just like to briefly announce that some of my blogger friends are holding an Offline Blog Sale, and I’m joining them!

Tellie, Bea, Shari, V, Hazel, Rae, Elaine, and me are in so far, so do check it out! I am planning to sell my subscription box extras that I have not used so much or at all, at very low prices! I might also put up some gently used makeup and clothes. Do drop by, I would love to meet you in person! 🙂

For more details check out Tellie’s sale announcement by clicking on the poster below.

 

 

Another blogger tag: Liebster Award

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I’ve actually been tagged in this “award” twice. The first time was maybe a couple of months ago by Nat (my pardons for taking this long!), and recently by Joey. Thanks for the tag, guys! [PS I got inspired and handmade the Liebster Award image above!]

As is standard, here are the guidelines for the Liebster Award:

  • Thank and link back to the person who nominated you
  • Answer her questions
  • Nominate 5 other bloggers
  • You must come up with 11 questions for your nominees to answer.

Nat’s Questions:

1. Why did you start blogging?

I’ve been blogging for a very long time, and the reason I started was mostly because I loved writing and I wanted to share my favorite restaurant finds. Yes, I had first been a food blogger before I was a beauty blogger. I started beauty blogging because I recently got into makeup and skincare and nail polish and like the food blogging, I wanted to share my favorite finds!

2. What’s your favourite lipstick? (Yes, pick one)

This is really difficult! I would say any of the three featured in my Melting Horror post.

3. Lipstick, lipgloss, lip stain or lip tar?

Lipstick, and lip stain is a close second.

4. Cream or powder products? (blush, eyeshadow, foundation)

I don’t have much experience with cream products, so I’ll go with powder!

5. Do you change your makeup according to the seasons?

Here in the Philippines there are only two seasons: very hot, and very wet. I usually switch to powder foundation and a higher notch of sunblock in the very hot season, and go back to liquid foundation/bb cream in the wet season.

6. What item (makeup, clothes, jewellery, etc.) is #1 on your to-buy list now?

Lorac Pro Palette

7. The last thing you bought?

That would be Etude House Proof10 Eye Primer, which I spoke a little about in my last post.

8. The last book you’ve read?

I’m recently in a rediscovery of one of  my favorite authors, Mercedes Lackey. I bought a few of the anthologies set in her world of Valdemar.

9. Red velvet or chocolate cake?

I have no preference between those two. It depends on the mood, but I like both of them! I would prefer either of these over any other cake types/flavors.

10. Cake or pie? (You can see how I am hungry as I type these things)

Cake usually!

11. Cats or dogs?

Dogs! I really really love dogs, and would love to get more beyond my current baby, Zelda.

Joey’s Questions:

1. Why did you start blogging? Has it turned out to be what you expected?

Check out my answer to Nat’s first question. It did turn out mostly as expected, with the exception being my finding new friends in the beauty blogging community! It’s such a welcome surprise!

2. What is the story behind your blog name?

The reason as I stated above is to document my journey through beauty and makeup, and I thought the aim was to eventually become “sleek”. Hence the name. 😛

3. On any given day, what will we find inside your make-up bag?

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I have two makeup bags – one that stays in my purse all the time, and one that I bring on days that I have not applied makeup at home. The contents of the former are pictured above: Pixi Magic Tink Tint in Happy Thoughts Pink, Pixi Shea Butter Balm in Ripe Raspberry, L’Occitane Hand Cream (almost empty!), Maybelline Clear Smooth All In One Face Powder, Calvin Klein Beauty sample, hand mirror. The pouch is from Tickles.

4. You will never leave the house without applying this make-up product….

Any brow product! I feel pretty bare without my brows drawn in.

5. What beauty product do you own the most number of?

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I’m embarrassed to say, eyeshadow palettes. I seriously have too many! The photo above shows only the palettes I have in active rotation. And still I want more! Gah!

6. Skin Care or Cosmetics, which to you prefer to try out and why?

I’d say cosmetics. It’s really hard to test skin care, as it takes a long time to see results.

7. Who are your favorite Beauty Bloggers? Name 3.

This is really difficult to answer! I have a reading list of about 50 local and foreign beauty bloggers on both my rss feeds and wordpress reader.

8. Name a beauty brand you want to try but never got because it was too pricy.

Previously that would be NARS, but I recently got to try their tinted moisturizer. I guess I’ll go with Guerlain.

9. If you could travel the world, where is your first stop and why?

Tokyo please! I’ve never forgotten my trip there when I was 12. I enjoyed every bit of it! I’d like to go back and experience it again as an adult.

10. Who do you consider your makeup guru and why?

The internet. There’s loads of resources to learn how to apply makeup on the internet!

11. Tell me something unusual about yourself.

I’ve shared a lot of those in my last blogger tag. For something new, I’ve visited an ostrich farm in the Caribbean last year. It was very informative! I even got to feed ostriches!

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My nominees [skipping Elaine and Rae since Joey already tagged them]:

1. Tellie of Beauty By Tellie
2. Victoria (Becs) of The Vee Side
3. Eula of Eula Sleeps
4. Kira of Elegantly Wasted
5. Carina of Softly Sometimes

My questions for the nominees: [I cheated and just copied my 11 questions from the Sunshine Blogger tag.]

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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

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