Goodbye, for now.

I’ve been wondering about what to do with this blog for a while. Do a revamp? Delete it completely? Delete some articles and keep the relevant ones?

I’ve already built up some kind of following here, and it’d be such a waste for it to all just go nowhereespecially with how hard it is to get one now. But.. from blogging personally, to a broader way about my life and travels, this blog has also expanded to beauty, hobbies, and more in that same tone, changes which aren’t necessarily bad things. But I feel like I’ve lost something with it’s expansion and with how I’m writing in it. Because I know I have an audience and they are particularly ones that look to some old (and recent) entries here on how to save or where to score cheap and good finds (for travels, for hair products, for planner/Project Life, craft items, etc.).

And I really just want to go back to why I made a blog in the first place, many, many, Livejournal lightyears agoto unwind, to release my thoughts, without any other agenda than just talking and decongesting after a day. And I made this WordPress blog, years ago, because I had lost sight of a dream and I was frustrated with my job and my life. Kind of like now, except I am less frustrated about life and my job in general, but still as frustrated at my goals, and maybe more disappointed at and in myself. And I’ve definitely lost that wide-eyed fresh from college expectations of fairness in the workplace.

In the end, I think I like the idea of a fresh start. I love this username. I love, love, love this usernameI use it on my social media accounts, I use it on my freaking Pokemon GO account. My layout is two years old but I’m the only one in the world who has that personally-made calligraphy by Rap Mones. And the collaborations! Will I miss the links and the products? Hell yes. If asked, I would still post here for a product review. But right now, I think this isn’t where I need to be emotionally, mentally, and not where I need to be writing.

I need to find me, my voice again.

ColourPop Liquid Lipstick Haul! With swatches!

Colourpop Liquid Lipsticks
Look at them lovelies!

I first learned about Colourpop in April when a friend of mine bulk-ordered liquid lippies. I’m not a big lip color person so I just opted for one lippie stix (Bichette, a wine red in matte finish).

Fast forward a month later and my cousin gave me a couple of Colourpop Liquid Lipsticks  in Ultra Matte. I was hooked–the formulation is quite drying, yes, but the colors are lovely, it stays on forever (forever = a whole day longer than any of my matte lippies), and truly look matte when they dry.

And as you probably know by now, Kylie Lip Kits are manufactured by the same company as Colourpop, contain the same ingredients, come with a handwritten note on a card per order, and are even in the same easily-erasable liquid lip glass packaging. It’s basically your usual version of a high-end, low-end brand (think Kerastase, L’Oreal, and Garnier) and of course, as a bargain-lover, I had to get more.

Here’s my recent haul:

Colourpop Liquid Lipstick in Tube
*Stingraye is owned by a friend and was mixed in the photo for comparison purposes only. I don’t own it and I forgot to take a swatch, even though my friend offered. Oops.

I now have seven Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lippies and one in Ultra Satin.

I’m going to do a quick rundown per color based on my how I liked it with my Asian skin / skin tone since this is what I noticed was lacking  when I was trying to research Colourpop Liquid Lipsticks before I purchased. I’m not going to do a full review because you can find lots of really good ones online already.

Here are the colors when swatched:

Colourpop Liquid Lipstick Swatches

Overall, Colourpop Liquid Lipsticks are:

  • Drying (just moisturize beforehand and exfoliate every few days)
  • Must be removed with an oil-based remover. (TIP: You can also try lip balm–put lip balm over the Colourpop and wipe)
  • Extremely pigmented. One swipe will give you enough color (and they’re pretty hard to layer, so get it right. TIP: Use a lip liner)
  • The lighter colors generally stay put longer than darker ones

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  • A different color from what they have on the site. The color in the tube is much darker.
  • I don’t like this color on me. I feel like it gives me the “I’m really sick but I decided to go and face the world with the power of my lipstick anyway” vibes.
  • This is one of the lippies my cousin gave me.

Colourpop Bad Habit


  • Also a different color from what’s on the site. It’s redder and pinker when applied.
  • I tried using concealer on my lips first to see if I’d get the same result.
  • Despite the color discrepancy, it is still a nice shade on Asian skin.
Colourpop Bumble
No concealer


Colourpop Bumble on Asian Skin
with concealer


    • My cousin’s other gift.
    • This is one of my ultimate faves! ♥ (My love affair with nude-peach lippies is still going strong.)
    • It stays on forever and brightens my face.

Colourpop Instigator on Asian Skin

Colourpop Instigator on Asian Skin
Colourpop Instigator on lips
Fanny Serrano Gel Eyeliner on brows


  • This is the first color I decided to buy (although I bought six in one go, but this still  has the honor of the first one I chose).
  • It’s a warm brown from the Karrueche x Colourpop Collection.

Colourpop Kae on Asian Skin

Colourpop Kae Matte Liquid Lipstick on Asian Skin


  • Okay, so I was debating on whether to get this one too since I was already getting Kae, which is a really close color. But based on reviews, while this is close to Kae, it’s a cooler-toned brown than Kae.
  • This is the dupe for Kylie’s True Brown K.
  • So since I wasn’t sure if the warmer or cooler tone suited my skin color and I really wanted a nice brown lippie, I got both.
  • I. LOVE. THIS. This turned out to be my favorite purchase from the lot.

Colourpop Limbo on Asian Skin and Colored Hair



    • Mess Around is the only Satin finish I bought. I like sticking to the Matte ones since they don’t budge but I wanted to try a gray-ish color and they didn’t have any that I liked enough in Matte.
    • This was basically my “well let’s go outside my comfort zone!!” purchase.
    • EDIT: 7/24: I am pleased to announce that it paid off! BUT only with a full face of make-up. It still makes me look pale/sick without make-up.


Look at them lovelies!

Colourpop Mess Around Asian Skin



  • Ouiji is a bright coral shade that I fell in love with when I saw it on the site.
  • Like most of the colors, it turned out slightly pinker in real life–even with concealer.
  • It’s still a really nice, fun color and this is my second fave from my purchase.
  • It applies thinner than the other colors.
Colourpop Ouiji Matte Liquid Lipstick on Asian Skin
No flash + No make-up.
Colourpop Ouiji Matte Liquid Lipstick on Asian Skin
With concealer and flash.


  • Solow is a nice pale pink.
  • I like it, but not as much as I thought I would. Again, it’s darker than it is online.
  • It’s a good everyday pink lipstick but I think I prefer Happy Skin’s Just Married over this, since Happy Skin is moisturizing enough that I don’t mind re-applying that.
Colourpop Solow Matte Liquid Lipstick on Asian Skin
Solow in white (mall) light
Colourpop Solow Matte Liquid Lipstick
Solow in yellow-ish light

And that ends my slightly-a-review, more ‘this is how Colourpop looks with Asian skin’ post. See you around, lovelies!

All photos are taken with a Samsung Galaxy S7. We bought Colourpop from their online website.

[Planner] Starbucks Daily Moleskine, February 2016

Feels like ages since I last posted! Picking up from where my first planner post for 2016, here’s January 20 through all of February.

(I post regularly on my Instagram in case you’re interested in more frequent, bite-size updates.)

I ended up filling the bottom half of the 20th with my favorite EXO member (due to excitement that I might be able to watch their concert) and some #BeaLeeve realness. I really liked the B&W spread but I couldn’t help myself from drawing those tiny green turles on the next page because EVERYONE  was so slow on the 21st, I wasn’t able to shade (cross off) anything on my to do list.img_20160216_193142.jpg

Friday saw me celebrating my 2 year work anniversary(! a first!!) with a quote from Uruguay’s former President Mujica, taken from this wonderful speech. Saturday, I watched the EXO EXO L UXION concert in Mall of Asia Arena, up close and personal. DEFINITELY AN EXPERIENCE TO REMEMBER (even if I’m not much of a fan). img_20160216_011815.jpg

Some photos from the con:

Next is a pink spread, with a quote from Evanna Lynch about Alan Rickman.img_20160210_221703.jpg

This is me testing out the Zig Kuretake Mangaka Flexible Artist Pen pen. My calligraphy fail! 8D2016-02-10-09.58.56-1.jpg.jpeg

Then the next weekend, I attended a 2-day art conference: Graphika Manila. It was really inspiring–speakers like Pixar Animation Studios, Tokidoki, Gemma O’Brian, Timothy Goodman, Harvey Tolibao, Matthew Cina, and Valerie Chua gave presentations. I am amazed at Pixar’s dedication and how long they  work just to get the most minor detail right, Tolibao’s sense of humor and talent, Simone Legno’s business sense, Gemma’s work, Valerie’s workarounds ’til she finally got to do what she wanted, and Cina’s advice to keep studying and working–complete with references to actually help and get you started. 2016-02-10-09.58.55-1.jpg.jpeg

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And on to February! I wasn’t feeling the cover design for February so I covered it up with a note I got from my cousin on Valentine’s day and a premiere night ticket for Love Is blind.2016-03-23-01.14.35-1.jpg.jpeg

First book of the year: Two Lunas, Two Mabinis by Ambeth Ocampo. A really quick read–I read half in an Uber on the way to work, the other half during my break.2016-03-23-01.14.36-1.jpg.jpeg

I am, unashamedly, a John Lloyd and Bea fan through and through. Hence the quote from an article JLC wrote about working with Bea in the Philippine Star. img_20160214_221252.jpg

A Quiapo/Recto trip in the rain with Jen and Rap, then dinner with the Isabels for the weekend, and picking up Criminal Minds where I left off last year.img_20160225_034644.jpg

I took a sick day off on the 8th and ended up in bed with Criminal Minds Season 9 the whole day. This quote rings so true.img_20160225_113412.jpg

Work, work, work, work, work. Felt these pages were a bit empty even with the stamps and washi, so I ended up adding Rosie’s Into The Woods ephemera and sticker flakes from Jen. img_20160301_192331.jpg

Exercise struggle on Friday, Deadpool on Saturday. I spent my Valentine’s Day on the road to Laguna with my former officemates, to attend our godchild’s christening. It was a really fun and funny trip. img_20160226_183134.jpg

I have no idea why, but I really like this page on the left. Fell asleep in the car listening to Adam Levine’s version of Let’s Stay Together and woke up searching frantically for the song (even though I knew the title and the song, my sleep-fogged bran wasn’t able to retain the information). img_20160308_184731.jpg

This, hands down, is my favorite washi tape of the moment. It is so, so gorgeous! Granted, it’s not versatile at all but. *___________* Letter transfers, stamps, and a badminton game.img_20160305_015130.jpg

Calligraphy is hard, but everyone knows that. On the right, I had a fun weekend with the Isabels. Used a blender pen, foil tape, Zig Mangaka, Rosie’s Into the Woods ephemera and Rub-Ons.img_20160303_191412.jpg

This black and white spread turned blue and black because I made a mistake writing, so I went all the way and added blue stickers from Papemelroti (they’re only P7 a sheet!). Also, the day I got sick.img_20160310_084339.jpg

My new trick is to just use ephemera when I’ve got nothing to write.img_20160302_114330.jpg

LAST EPISODE OF ON THE WINGS OF LOVE, documented by this #OTWOL sticker from Lexi. This is also the first weekend in 2016 where I stayed in the whole way, because I wasn’t feeling well. More Criminal Minds on Saturday and then I read Practical Magic on Sunday which I got bored of halfway and moved on to Stucky fics instead.img_20160307_213657.jpg

And here’s the last plain (I don’t really like it haha) spread for February! I bought this 372 star sticker pack for only P66. 2016-03-23-01.20.30-1.jpg.jpeg

It’s been a bumpy month and I’m a bit behind on my March spreads. I also said I’d get started on my Cebu Project Life but other than a pre-layout, buying an album, and moving photos, I haven’t really done anything. Phew.

How’s your planner coming along?🙂

in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee.

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