What’s new in my closet?

Color Eyeshadow Palette

I have always wanted to buy those 120 color eyeshadow palette we see on Ebay but because most of them are unbranded or fake branded, I didn’t. Beauty magazines have always reminded us about harmful ingredients and how much damage it can cause. Un-for-tu-nate-ly (or maybe fortunately — depends who you ask), the tiangge of Eastwood was just too much for my EQ. By the 3rd stall that had the palettes, my wallet had a mind of it’s own.

What: Fresh Green Mix Mineralize Eyeshadow (Unbranded or dupe MAC)
Where: Eastwood Tiangge
Cost: P800

Sulfate & Sodium-free Keratin Shampoo &  Conditioner

As I blabbed on my previous post, I recently had Brazilian Blowout done to my hair. I am not inclined to repeat the process any time soon so I was on a hunt to find a sulfate-free keratin shampoo. The search was for Keratin Complex Color Care Shampoo & Conditioner but after 1 week, several salons, several malls, and several friends not finding any. It became a search for just any sulfate-free keratin shampoo while I continue the holy grail search.

Nice and I happened to be in MOA yesterday so I decided to see if Marionnaud carried any, I almost gave up but good thing I decided to search for OPI nail polish because right beside the OPI rack was Organix. The products were cheaper than Keratin Complex and Pureology and that’s not such a good thing. After buying the products, I went online to find some reviews and every website has mix feedback about the product. Seems like an equal percent like and hate the Brazilian Keratin line. Hopefully, I get to be part of the like crowd.

What: Organix Ever Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy Shampoo & Conditioner
Where: Marionnaud, MOA
Cost: P449 each
Brand website: http://www.organixhair.com/

Orly Nail Lacquers

Every time I head into an Orly reseller, I am on the lookout for the Sweet Collection’s Snow Cone even if I know it’s part of their limited edition 2010 collection. Of course, I always get disappointed. To get over the disappointment, I bought 2 new colors (please help me remember to bring it to the salon when I have my pedi).

What: Orly Rich Creme Permanent Collection
Color: Basket Case
Where: Marionnaud, MOA
Cost: P349.75

What: Orly Hot Stuff Collection
Color: Blue Collar
Where: Marionnaud, MOA
Cost: P349.75

Brand Website: http://www.orlybeauty.com/

Waterproof Mascara

What happened to L’oreal’s Telescopic Clean Mascara? I can still see it in L’oreal Paris’ website but every store I’ve been to here in Manila does not carry it anymore. One attendant had told my sister that it had been discontinued! It’s going to be a shame if it truly has been discontinued as it’s the only one I’ve used for almost 3 years.

While I still have my last tube of Telescopic, I am on the search for a new mascara. Let’s start with Maybelline and the attendant’s recommendation for me.

What: Maybelline the Magnum Volum’ Express Waterproof Mascara
Where: Watsons
Cost: P359
Brand Website: http://www.maybelline.com/

Vanity Mirror

Vanity’s favorite friend, mirror. 🙂 Fits well into my toolbox.

What: Paganini Mirror
Where: Watsons
Cost: P129.75

I’ll try to post reviews as I get to use each item.


Restaurant City

Much to the dismay of everyone in the office, Facebook was banned last week. My theory in the banning of this wonderful, wonderful website is because of the office’s new facebook app addiction: Restaurant City.

Indirectly, the banning of FB may have all been my fault as I was the person who brought RC to the office. My seatmate Bethany found it cute and decided to start one herself… and everyone followed suit.

Restaurant City starts allows you to run your very own restaurant! Like any other business, you start off with a small space and little cash. To jumpstart production, you were pre-given 3 dishes (1 for starter, main and dessert), a stove, 3 chairs and tables, and a choice to hire 2 friends as workers.

People randomly enter your shop and judge your place based on the speed of your service. The speed of service is dependent on your workers’ energy. Keep them on the green smiley face and they will keep most of your customers happy.

Customers would either give you a green thumbs up or a red thumbs down. A green thumbs up affects three things: cash flow, gourmet points and popularity. The red thumbs directly affects popularity and indirectly affects the gourmet points and popularity.

Popularity determines the number of customers that walk in to your resto. The max popularity is 50 points. Don’t panic if you can’t reach 50 as this is normal at normal levels. You get a thumbs up for every customer that you get to serve, a thumbs up gets you $2 and 2 gourmet points. Gourmet points are needed to level up. 🙂 Each completed level provides you either: more space or extra employees.

As your level goes higher, your customers will have additional requirements like bathroom, entertainment, etc. So save some money to buy these required amenities.

7 months later and I am still in love…

  • Dell Inspiron 1525 Blossom Pattern
  • Intel® Pentium® Dual Core T2390 (1.87GHz/533Mhz FSB/1MB cache)
  • Genuine Windows Vista® SP1 Home Premium Edition (32bit OS)
  • Glossy, widescreen 15.4 inch display (1280×800)
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
  • 1.5GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz
  • 150GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
  • CD/DVD writer (DVD+/-RW) + Roxio Creator 10 Premier
  • Integrated 2.0M Pixel Webcam
  • 6 cell battery
  • High Definition Audio 2.0
  • Integrated 10/100 Network Card
  • Integrated Modem
  • Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 8.1

One of the things that drew me to the 1525 is the design. Back then only HP and Dell had the graphic lids but Dell was the only one that carried a lappy in purple. The Inspiron became available in PI on August and I got mine on August 6 (just a few days after they hit the shelves). The specs are pretty basic as Dell does not customize orders here, we’d have to settle with what make have been imported (though the RAM can be upgraded easily).


  • Boots pretty fast.
  • I loooove Dell Media Direct! Open a media player without booting up the laptop.
  • The laptop has a remote that works with Media Direct. Afraid of losing the remote? Don’t fret as the designers have thought of this, there’s a slot where you can lock the remote so that it becomes a part of the lappy.
  • Media Player (touch) function buttons.
  • Built in memory card reader. 🙂
  • 2 headphone jacks! (2 people can listen at the same time and not have to use one bud per person)
  • Display is definitely bigger than other laptops within the same price range.
  • The keyboard is elegantly designed and works perfectly with the silver interior. Does not look plastic at all unlike the other laptops who have a toy look to it.
  • 2 hours battery life at balanced plan (max brightness on battery and while plugged).
  • The indicator lights are blue!!!!
  • Since Dell does not customize here, I have one of the rare 1525 covers (if the sales person was not simply using a sales pitch, each store only had one unit with a graphic cover).
  • Purple and Flowers!!! What can be girlier than that?


  • No lock on the cover. This part of the design is one major flaw. I was (and still am) very worried about the hinge becoming loose but so far, it’s still the same as it was 7 months ago.
  • The DVD drive (sometimes though not often enough for it to be annoying) opens randomly.
  • Poor webcam resolution 😦
  • Built-in speaker is very basic. You definitely need to use an external speaker to enhance it.
  • Fan does get a bit too loud when under load.
  • Laptop heats up considerably faster now (so the loud fan turns on more too)… 😦
  • But… the most disappointing thing for me is the AC adapter problem (a known issue for Dell laptops). My lappy is just 7 months old but it does not charge properly unless move/push/re-plug ac adapter several times. Quite irritating!!! (… and we know that when the adapter or battery starts acting up, it’s not going to be long before they totally go kaput…)

i love my new toy

Due to the new work I signed up for and the other freelance stuff I still am currently doing, I’ve sadly neglected the wonderful world of updating my non-existent readers about what’s been happening in my life. 🙂

So let’s talk updates… Monday was a great day for me because I got myself a new toy. Actually, my mom got me a new toy. Check out the picture below:

Just sharing the picture now. Stories are for later.

Back to work for me until 6ish. 🙂

It’s finally the weekend and I have a little bit of time to burn. Yey! Since I promised stories, I have stories. Mom’s retiring this year and she’s trying to see what her options are. I told her about working from home. The only glitch that existed was she barely knew how to run a PC. Being the boss for more than 30 years, she checked her email by asking someone to print them them. 🙂

But the amazing thing about my mom is that she’s determined to learn new things and now that she has a lot of time, her age and total lack of know how cannot possibly stop her for long. Unfortunately, my brother is one of those kids who badly need MMORPG rehabilitation. She asked me to buy her a laptop. She needed something very basic. So I went to the mall and we were down to buying either a Toshiba or a Compaq, both were black and one had a really yucky keyboard.

While window shopping, Miks said that the purple laptop will look amazing with my purple phone. I asked Nice to ask how much the Dell laptop was thinking it will be way over our budget. Surprise! Surprise! It was right within the same price of the Compaq that we were buying. Dad then informed me that Mom wants me to keep the new laptop and she can use my old laptop. I didn’t argue and simply offered to pay part of the cost of the new upgrade.

i am a lot of times just too lucky…