Planners and Journals November Planner Kit

The end of every month is always an exciting time, for it is the time when the Planners and Journals Planner Kits arrive! I signed up for the November kit, which has a flamingo theme. Pink-and-green, oh yes!

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The Planner Kit arrived in its usual glassine bag, which is inside its usual kraft box. Here are all the contents! Doesn’t it look amazing?

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The usuals of the Planner Kit (cardstock, journal cards, and inserts) look really scrumptious. I’m not really a huge fan of flamingos to be honest, but florals, pink, and green are themes that I generally like. In addition to this, Planners and Journals has included a Simbalion Watercolor set! I’ve heard some very nice feedback about Simbalion watercolors, and was pretty excited to try it out. There’s also a set of cute postcard-sized art designed by @lagartixashop that you can color in with the watercolors.

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Another thing that excited me was this hand-carved flamingo stamp. It is made by @craftavenueph, and looks really nice and sturdy.

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We also get another set of glossy stickers designed by @theworldoffraffee in matching theme. My favorites are the hex stickers!

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Finally we have this really cute button paperclip with a flamingo head. It is made by @iprints, and the paperclip is really nice and sturdy!

 

There we have it! I really love November’s kit, and I’m so far enjoying the watercolor experience!

Planners and Journals October Planner Kit

After sadly missing two months, I’m finally back to subscribing to the Planners and Journals Planner Kit! This one is the October kit and the theme is Bonjour! That’s right, the theme is very Parisienne and that is because this month’s guest artist, Cynthia Renard, also known as @lovecynthia on Instagram, contributed the artwork. Here’s a quick sneak peek:

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As per usual, each Planner Kit comes in a brown kraft box which I absolutely love because I have tons of uses for it afterwards. Inside the box is the neatly packaged paper bag that holds all the contents.

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Let’s see what we got! In the order of my favorites, first we have the one that sparked my interest. These are called wood veneers, which basically are bits of wood carved into cute shapes. These are usually for scrapbooking. These particular wood veneers seem quite thick and sturdy, which may not necessarily work with actual scrapbooking. I’m planning to turn them into paperclips or maybe planner charms, as soon as I find out which adhesives to use. My favorite among these is of course the coffee cup! By the way, these wood veneers are made by @windelwoodcraft.

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My next favorite is actually this tassel. It’s not really an exceptional looking tassel, but I like the story behind it. These tassels are made by @tali_ti_amianan, a company that provides livelihood and sustainability to the local surfers, women, and elderly in La Union. Their work includes bracelets, woodwork, and metalwork. This tassel is now adorning one of my TNs.

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My next favorite would have to be these cute ephemera and journal cards made by the Planners and Journals team. I always enjoy ephemera, which I normally turn into stickers. I might turn some of these into paperclips or even planner charms! The journal cards are always a welcome addition to my stash!

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I also like this cute little Cynthia doll made by Old Balara Livelihood Program. It’s just a simple pillow but it fits the overall theme quite well. My doll is now sitting on my office desk.

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Planner stickers! How can I forget planner stickers? These ones are made by @theworldoffraffee, and these ones are glossy. I can’t wait to use them in my planner!

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The other things items in the kit are the usuals from the Planners and Journals team. The cardstock are always a welcome addition, and I can always find uses for them. The inserts are definitely going to come in useful, especially since PnJ’s paper is quite topnotch. I really love the one with the Cynthia girl character, and the insides are a wonderful combination of a week-on-two-pages and a day-on-a-page layout! I might hoard this for a special month!

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Did you love this month’s kit as much as I do? I’m really happy with it, and I am excited to play around with my goodies! I subscribe to a trial kit (1 month) for regular size traveler’s notebooks and paid Php700. They have other kits for ringed planners but I’m not sure how much those cost. Interested in getting your own next month? Check out Planners and Journals at their Instagram and Facebook pages.

Planners and Journals July Planner Kit

It’s that time of the month! I received my PnJ July Planner Kit just in the nick of time, on the last day of June. It gave me just enough time to set up my planner for July. These are the contents of the July Planner Kit.

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July’s theme is Japanese, which I absolutely love. I’m a huge fan of anything Japanese. This month’s kit came in the usual kraft box, and the kit contents are neatly wrapped in this wax paper bag sealed with a washi tape. I like that the PnJ kits are starting to be similarly packaged as the popular international planner kits that I’ve been seeing around the internet.

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Inside that big wax bag are these. Some of the contents are wrapped in smaller wax bags, which are a nice touch.

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Here are the contents, in no particular order. First we have a duo of products from the instagram shop @dolcesonline: a Pilot Juice 0.5 pen in Baby Pink and an MT slim washi tape. It’s my first experience with a Juice pen, and I’ve been hearing a lot of good feedback about this pen so I’m very happy to get to try one. I’m also a huge fan of MT brand washi tape, and also of slim washi in general, so this MT slim washi tape just hits the spot!

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Next we have a super cute planner charm from @genndesigns. It’s a tiny wooden kokeshi doll decorated with a few beads. I love kokeshi dolls and this was immediately attached to my Midori Blue.

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Next we have a handmade bookmark from @bookmarks.planners, who is a paper recycling advocate. This ningyogami (Japanese paper dolls) bookmark is absolutely stunning, and made with different paper products.

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I just also wanted to show the back of the bookmark. The detail work is just awesome, as you can see that her hair goes all the way down her back, and still shows the back of her kimono. I’m a little afraid to use this because it’s just so beautiful!

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The next ones are a couple of cardstocks designed by the PnJ team. I always appreciate the cardstocks as I can always use them for all sorts of things such as pencil boards and bookmarks. This month we have origami designs on pale backgrounds.

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There is of course the insert. This month I got the regular sized insert for my Midori Blue (as opposed to the previous months’ passport sized inserts). The cover is a beautiful blue wave design with a cute kokeshi doll in the corner. That writing on the side is actually my name written in katakana, such a great touch!

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What was interesting about this month’s insert is that it’s printed! It has an undated day-on-two-pages layout, which is similar to my June insert layout. I love the overall Japanese aesthetics, and the boxes all seem to be things I can use and there are still enough space to add my own decorations.

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It also included a flyleaf filled with kokeshi themed transparent stickers! Stickers are of course always welcome, and I really love the theme here!

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Lastly we have the contents of the second small wax bag, which is from Planners and Journals themselves. It has a couple of nicely designed pockets that can be used for various purposes such as project life or even for planners. One is a pink floral square pocket with a string closure mechanism and the other is a blue and white wave pattern pocket. Pictured with these are a pack of cute printed origami sheets that can be used for many things as well, and a Fullmark Japanese gluey tape (!!!).  I love this glue tape to bits! I have a few backups of this already, and am quite happy to add one more to my stash!

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There we have it! I can see myself using all of the items in this box, and in fact I have already settled myself in the July insert. I’ll show you my July setup in a separate post. Here again are all the contents of the July kit.

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I paid a total of Php830 for my box, which is broken down as follows: Php700 (standard TN size, trial subscription) + Php80 shipping fee + Php50 Paypal fee. I really feel that this box is super worth it with all the cute contents, and the theme is absolutely lovely. You can check out more about Planners and Journals and their products at their Facebook page.

Planners and Journals May Planner Kit

Yes, I found yet another planner subscription service! Planners and Journals is an online store specializing in customized planner inserts for ringed planners (Filofax, Kikki K, Franklin Covey, etc) as well as fauxdoris (non-Midori traveler’s notebooks) and their refills. They have recently expanded to planner kits, and this May Planner Kit is their first. I was a little confused at first, because I was expecting to get my kit in May (as the name suggested), but apparently it was so named because it will give you the inserts you will use for the month of May! Naturally it arrived before May so that you have enough time to set up your planner with the included stuff.

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My kit arrived in this nice kraft box, with a twine and a thank you tag. I have a very good idea of what was going to be included, because they released the list of contents on their facebook page. The only surprise I had was what form my refills were going to be, since I had a traveler’s notebook instead of a ringed planner; the inserts they previewed were for a ringed planner.

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What greeted me upon opening the box was a pretty lengthy welcome letter personally signed by Summer. Here are the rest of the contents, in order of my favorites.

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Review: Pink Paper Box Spring Summer Fling (April)

Heads up, there’s a new subscription box in town! This is Pink Paper Box, a planner and crafting oriented monthly subscription box, and it’s very new. This month’s box titled Spring Summer Fling is only the second, but I’m already quite hooked!

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How does Pink Paper Box work? Sign ups happen over at the Pink Paper Box website (Facebook) and submitted through a google form. The subscriptions cost Php500 (1 month), Php1450 (3 months) or Php2850 (6 months), and this fee already includes the shipping. Owner and main girl Marrien is very hands-on and personal, and will keep in touch with you regarding your subscription.

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Want to know what’s in this intriguing April box? Read on ahead! (Warning, a LOT of images ahead!)

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Unboxing the Midori Traveler’s Notebook Passport Size

If it’s not that clear yet, I’m pretty much a paper addict. I love all things paper, and I have an unhealthy stash of unused notebooks. Not content with two iterations of planner, I found myself suddenly handing over money for a Midori Traveler’s Notebook over at Scribe Glorietta 5. I had already been considering getting one, even if I already had the Alunsina traveler’s notebook (TN), just so I can make a comparison with the one that started it all. Now the Midori TN happened to be on a considerable sale at Scribe, so I did not hesitate and got the passport sized one.

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The package came in this nondescript looking kraft box, wrapped in plastic. The dot over in the corner indicates that I chose the brown leather (the other option is black).

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Upon unboxing, we see the contents of the package. There’s a diary guide and a sheet of stickers on the left, a list of contents and a paper filled with Japanese writing along the top, a red sheet of paper on the right showing that I have the monthly spread refill, a pack of replacement elastics on the lower right, and the actual TN wrapped in a canvas bag in the middle.

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The TN itself is this very nice brown leather with elastics threaded through it to hold the refills, much like the Alunsina system (or rather, the Alunsina system follows Midori’s). The actual color of the TN isn’t this light; it’s closer to a dark brown than the camel color that somehow this picture shows. For now, I am keeping to the matching brown elastic that keeps the TN closed.

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The included refill is the month-on-two-pages view. To be honest I’m not quite sure yet if I’m going to be using this at all. In point of fact, I’m not quite sure yet what I’m doing with the Midori TN itself, since I’m quite happy with my current planner setup in the Alunsina TN. I didn’t purchase any other refills because there weren’t any at the store.

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Don’t be fooled! The TN passport size is quite small, as you can see in the photo above. It’s practically only as big as my palm! And this is a good thing, as it is really quite portable in this size, as long as I don’t stuff it with too many refills.

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In comparison with the Alunsina TN, the Midori TN is quite a bit shorter. The refill size of the Midori TN passport size is at 3.5″x5″ while that of the Alunsina is 3.5″x5.5″. I will make a full comparison post once I get a good setup going with the Midori.

Now… if only I can silence that voice saying I need the regular size Midori as well..

Unboxing the Eye of Horus Special Edition Glamourbox

It’s been quite a long while since I wrote one of these (since September, to be exact, for the Perfectly Pristine Glamourbox)! The first Glamourbox of 2015 has finally arrived, and this one is an exclusive box pa! Eye of Horus teams up with Glamourbox for an eye-exclusive treat called Eye Love It!

They say that the eyes are the windows to our souls. Mesmerize everyone with a little help from cult favorites, as we’ve teamed up with Eye of Horus to help you play up those peepers and achieve the perfect sultry look! Awaken your inner Goddess this summer!

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For Php695, anything that Eye of Horus throws in this box is already a winner. Most of their products are at the Php900+ range, so even a single eye pencil will already be sulit. I did not hesitate to grab this box the moment they opened the subscription. Shall we see what’s inside?

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FS Cosmetics Single Eyeshadow and Matte Lipstick

There has been a lot of raves online about the FS Cosmetics local brand, specifically their single eyeshadow system. I’ve been meaning to give the brand a try, and was only recently able to visit one of their counters. They have a nice welcoming counter at the newly reopened and renovated SM Beauty at Makati. The Pink Blush highly recommends the Diamond Champagne shade of the Single Eyeshadow and so I specifically wanted to get that. I also was interested to try their lipstick range, as I saw they had great matte shades. I ended up walking away with these two.

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These are Single Eyeshadow in Diamond Champagne as planned, and Luscious Lipstick in Matte Fuchsia. Let’s take a look first at the eyeshadow.

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All FS Single Eyeshadows cost only Php150 each. Very affordable, for such a large pan (4 grams)! It comes in a very basic plastic compact, which does not have either mirror or brush. It’s not really a big deal, considering it’s only Php150. The packaging also looks like this because it is meant to be depotted and transferred into their empty 4-pan palettes which can be bought separately (for Php150 I think?).

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The compact opens up simply, and the eyeshadow pan is revealed immediately. Diamond Champagne is a very shimmery and bronzy dark copper, but it leans a little lighter here on the pan. Or perhaps it’s just the lighting.

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In a different angle there seems to be a bit of rose tint to it. Check out the arm swatch at the end of this post.

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I also bought myself a matte lipstick from FS Cosmetics. It costs Php299, which is quite affordable. I couldn’t find how much product is in this bullet, but I expect it’s around 3.5 to 4 grams which is standard. The bullet is made entirely of plastic, of course, but the design is very classy. The theme is gold-and-black: black cap and gold bullet.

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It feels quite flimsy to be honest, but it certainly doesn’t look it. I can see where the inspiration came from (read: Chanel). The shade name and manufacture details are at the bottom.

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When the lipstick is revealed, there is a nice embossing of the brand logo on the tip. The location is unfortunate because it means it’ll be the first to go as it is used up. The product itself seems a little loose in the bullet as well, but I haven’t used it enough to tell if this is normal.

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Here is my arm swatch, Diamond Champagne on the left and Matte Fuchsia on the right. The eyeshadow blew me away. That swatch is just one swipe, without primer! Talk about awesome pigmentation! I can’t wait to see it on my lids! The matte lipstick on the other hand came out a little sheerer than expected. This is two swipes. I took another photo with flash below.

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The lipstick is at least matte as it promised, but again I can see that it really is pretty sheer. I hope it translates better on the lips. Look out for a full review of both of these on the blog soon!

Have you tried any FS Cosmetics? Let me know if you have recommendations!

FS Cosmetics can be found in many department stores and online on their website and Facebook.

Unboxing: She Likes Shoes October Box

Well well well, an unboxing after a long time! And this one is a new subscription box called She Likes Shoes. From the name you can gather that this is a shoe subscription box, the only one so far in the country. How does it work? You can just go to the How It Works page from She Likes Shoes, or you can read on to see how I did it.

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You need to sign up for an account at shelikesshoes.com. Creating an account does not mean you are already subscribed and have to pay; what it does is to allow you to see the shoe closet of the month. This is what I did ever since I found out about SLS, and I was able to peek at their shoe offerings without having to commit yet. October rolled along and I immediately felt affinity to one of their October shoes so I signed up for a 3-month subscription around the tenth. I was immediately billed Php499 through Paypal (their only other payment option is Pesopay), and was set up an automatic billing for the succeeding two months for the same amount (Php499) on the 3rd of each month. In return my account was credited with 1 STEP.

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STEPS are the currency that you use to buy SLS shoes. For each month you are subscribed you will receive 1 step. The monthly closet will have three tiers of shoes: about four or five shoes costing 1 step; two or three shoes costing 2 steps; and two or three shoes costing 3 steps. You can easily buy additional steps (at Php500 each) at to allow you to buy the higher tiered shoes. As the one I liked luckily was in the first tier, I didn’t need to get additional steps. Also starting just recently, you can also buy the popular styles from the previous months’ closets (Previous Styles), again by paying through Paypal or Pesopay.

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Claiming the selected shoe is quite easy. Just select it from the closet and you will be taken to the details of the shoe. Just select your shoe size then click Get Shoe. The order slip will be revealed and you will need to enter your shipping address and contact number. Click Claim Now to finalize the order. SLS will then get back to you through email to confirm your order, and give you a date window within which you will receive your shoes. My email stated that I will get mine between October 21-27. Well guess what? It arrived on October 21!

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My chosen shoe is the Hillary. It is a black patent closed shoe with a bit of platform, pretty much a patent version of a schoolgirl shoe. I’ve been wanting to get one for some time, as this kind of shoe is really well within my style. It costs 1 step. It arrived in a nondescript brown shoe box, wrapped well and padded in soft paper. I could not believe it was so light! The shoe looked pretty imposing and bulky, but it was made of pretty light materials I guess. It was just what I wanted!

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The fit is a little loose. I’m a half-size (7.5) and SLS only offers shoes in whole numbers so I ordered an 8. I figured it should be okay since I plan on wearing socks with these shoes. The sole feels really cushy although of course I expect I will need to break it in for a bit.

I am one happy lady with her new shoe! I can’t wait to see what next month’s closet brings. I hope there will be one or two that fits my style. She Likes Shoes designs and produces all the shoes they offer, which is quite amazing. Their usual style for the first tier are sandals or flats, while there is usually a pair of boots in the higher tiers.

Heads up! You will get a free step if you subscribed (not just create an account) within the month of October!

Disclaimer: I subscribed to She Likes Shoes with my own money. I am pleased with the shoe and the service which is why I wrote this post.

Unboxing the Flawless Beauty Glamourbox

Hot on the heels of the Beauties and Babies box, Glamourbox releases a new box with the theme Flawless Beauty! I am pretty excited to receive that box honestly because I was expecting a particular brand to be featured due to the theme. Let’s see what’s inside, shall we?

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As mentioned, the theme is Flawless Beauty. This box aims to provide us with flaw-fixers and restore us to our natural beauty.

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Read on to find out what’s inside!

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