Sunday, July 27, 2014

Etude House Play 101 Pencil (10, 19, 20)

When I got these bright pencils from Etude House, I thought these were just their new range of colorful eyeliners. Boy, was I so wrong. It turns out, now you can do a complete face by just using pencils! But not just any makeup pencil, it has to be the new Play 101 Pencils! ♥

Etude House Play 101 Pencil
This is a gel-type pencil that comes with vivid colors and various textures for easy and fun makeup play.


The new Play 101 Pencil Collection comes in different textures such as creamy, matte, glossy, and shimmering with vivid colors that can be used as eyeliner, shadow, lip, cheek and concealer. Can't get any more multipurpose than that!


The variety textures are used for different kind of places. The smooth and fitting Creamy and Matte texture can be used as eyeshadow base, gradation, concealer, and eyebrow. The Glossy texture can be used as blusher and lip color. The shining, shimmering, and glittery variants have that soft pearly effect.

 

I have with me 3 pretty and very girly shades: 10, 19, and 20.


At the base of the pencil is a hidden sharpener! Whoever thought of this is a genius. If you're going to use these pencils as eyeliner, then you can sharpen it anytime to get a nice and sharp tip. Plus, the manufacturing date is printed here as well.

Etude House Play 101 Pencil 10


Etude House Play 101 Pencil 10 could work as a concealer (if it matches your skintone) and as a waterliner (to make your eyes look brighter instantly).

Etude House Play 101 Pencil 19


Etude House Play 101 Pencil 19 is a bright purple shade that I like to use on the lips. If you're looking for a unique purple lip color, look no further! This one's super long lasting, very vibrant, and matte. It's quite drying though so you can use it with a lip balm for it to blend easier.

This one won't budge no matter what, so I bet it will stay on nicely when worn as an eyeliner, too. I just have to have the balls to sport purple eyeliner, as I rarely wear eyeliner at all.

Etude House Play 101 Pencil 20


Etude House Play 101 Pencil 20 has a creamier, more blendable formula compared to 19, so I LOVE using this on my cheeks and lips.


This one gives me the sweetest pink flush. Retouching is super easy with this, as it comes in a super compact pencil. Plus, I love how fun it is to actually draw on my face (then blend, of course).

Finished look:

Eyes: Etude House Play 101 Pencil 10
Cheeks: Etude House Play 101 Pencil 20
Lips: Etude House Play 101 Pencil 19

The new Etude House Play 101 Pencils are super easy and fun to use! I love the fact that it's multipurpose - you can use it on your eyes, cheeks, and lips. I heard they have around 50 shades in various finishes for this range, so you're sure to find one, two, or more shades that you'll love. ♥

Price: P348.00
Available at all Etude House stores nationwide

Like Etude House Philippines on Facebook for more information. ;)

Love,
Helen

Friday, July 25, 2014

Susan's Kitchen, Banawe

There's something about extra special home-cooked food that brings a smile to everyone's faces. On your family's next celebration, why not stay in and enjoy each other's company - just add these delish comfort food from Susan's Kitchen!


It all started with her love for cooking; now, she's ready to share her food creations! Enjoy Susan's home-cooked specialties today!

Top: Hainanese Chicken Rice
Bottom: Honey Barbecued Baby Back Ribs and King Dao Spareribs


An order of Hainanese Chicken Rice (P500) is good for 4 people. It's Susan's Kitchen's signature dish. This steamed chicken in a special Hainanese marinade comes with fragrant rice and two sauces.


King Dao Spareribs (P500) is good for 5-6 people. Enjoy deep fried spareribs coated with their very own King Dao sauce!

Here's the complete menu of Susan's Kitchen:

 

Enjoy Susan's Kitchen in three easy steps!
  1. Message/SMS them with your name, order, and preferred pick up date.
  2. Wait for their confirmation for your order.
  3. Pick up and payment at Banawe, Quezon City.


Great food, reasonable (and even affordable if you're a big group) prices. Book Susan's Kitchen on your next event! ;)

Like Susan's Kitchen PH on Facebook for orders and/or more information.

Love,
Helen

Photo Credit: Christopher Chan (food), Susan's Kitchen (menu)

Stockton Row at The Caravan

If you're going to The Caravan II tomorrow, make sure to check out Stockton Row. Founded in 2013, this accessories brand offers well-designed, handcrafted accessories that caters to the youth with discerning taste.
 

Each piece has both classic and modern elements, and the designs are largely influenced by travel and distinct cultures around the world.


Madrid, my bracelet from Stockton Row, is made with semi-precious black onyx chain and a coin charm.

Madrid

Numidia
 
Modoc

Quena
 
Kenya
 
Nigeria
 
Costa Brava

El Carmen
 
San Garcia

Bolonia

Stockton Row’s products are equal parts dainty and androgynous, modern and timeless, each a wearable and high-quality conversation piece that is a part of your daily ensemble.

Stockton Row is available at the Rockwell branch of CuraV, and online through www.seektheuniq.com. For inquiries, email stocktonrow@gmail.com.

Love,
Helen

Monday, July 21, 2014

NOTD: Incoco Dry Nail Applique French Manicure

Aside from applying eye makeup, my other weakness is doing my nails. I just can't seem to get the color on evenly. It also takes forever to dry! When we go to the mall, my sisters would get so excited with the new shades of nail polishes, and I'd be like meh. When Glenda came, I was stuck at home so I decided to finally play with Incoco Dry Nail Applique French Manicure. I got this as a prize from a game I played over at Etude House Princess Academy.


No more drying time? Oh yeah! :D

About the product:


Incoco Nail Polish Applique is the next generation of nail polish. Get the vibrance and brilliance of liquid nail polish -  with no drying time. Each strip can be gently stretched for a perfect fit, for a beautiful manicure that lasts up to 14 days. Incoco offers a wide assortment including: Color Manicure, Design Manicure, French Manicure, Design French, and Pedicure.


Inside the pack:


Instructions + nail file

White tip

Base color

  1. First prep your nails, making sure that you've cleaned and buffed them beforehand.
  2. Measure each strip vs. your nail to get the exact one that goes with your nail shape.
  3. Remove the clear protective covering at the front of each strip, then the paper backing at the back as well.
  4. Stick the white strip first, and pull the excess downwards away from your nail.
  5. Top off with the clear base color.
  6. File any excess if needed, to make it more even.

Each strip is soft and flexible. It can easily be stretched to follow the nail shape, and any excess can be easily removed. I did it wrong on my index and middle finger on the shot below, but cleaned up the excess afterwards by just pressing it against my nail bed until the excess polish got "cut off".
 

I'm no good with polish, so I can't believe it's this easy to make French tips at home, by myself! This kit is fool-proof and long-lasting. With proper care, it's said to last for 2 weeks - that's almost like gel manicure. When I have manicures done in salons, they usually just last me 3 days and things start to get ugly. I might have monstrous typing habits, since I type all day at work and no polish has withstood that yet. This one's already at its 4th day and no signs of chipping. I'm betting my princess nails will last me more than a week.

Unfortunately, I think this product has been discontinued by Etude House Philippines.  You may purchase it here instead.

I usually go for red or dark shades such as royal blue or black as I love how they pop against my skin tone. But right now, I'm loving the clean look of the French manicure. I'll do this again for sure. :D

Anywhere else I could get nail polish strips like this?

Love,
Helen

Friday, July 18, 2014

[Event] The Caravan: Bespoke, An Affair of Monograms and Stories

Following the success of the first The Caravan, The Caravan II is now here!

 

Follow the tale of the thread and find something just for you with the second installment of The Caravan: Bespoke, An Affair of Monograms and Stories, in coordination with The Proscenium, Rockwell. Discover a diverse selection of customizable finds on July 26 to 27, Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to 7 PM at The Kirov Model Unit (beside the Rockwell tent), Rockwell Center, Makati.


Featuring brands Aranaz, Maureen Disini, Stockton Row, The Best Impressions, Adorno, Camille Villanueva, Michelline Syjuco, The Urban Alchemists, Kiele, NCLA, Crow's Nest Handmade, Risque Designs, Adamant Eve, Lost + Found, Toni & Guy, Your Local, and more!
 

From bags to shoes, jewelry, food, and beyond, it's time to make your mark and create something truly unique. #ComeJointheCaravan and find new ways to share your story!

Love,
Helen
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