Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness!

Since October is all about Breast Cancer Awareness I thought I'd make a post about how to do a self - examination to check for breast cancer! 

Shower Test:
  • Place right hand , palm flat, against the back of your head
  • With the fingertips of your left hand, press lightly, then firmly, against your entire right breast to feel for lumps
  • Switch hands and repeat to the other side, using your right hand to check your left breast.
Mirror Test:
  • Stand straight with hands on hips. Check in the mirror for any changes in breast texture, shape, size, nipple appearance, or unusual discharge.
Lying-down Test:
  • Lie down with a small pillow or folded towel under your left shoulder and left hand behind your head
  • Use your right hand to check your left breast and under armpit.
  • Move the pillow under right shoulder, switch arm positions and repeat the process using left hand to check right breast
You should repeat this self exam every month! Contact your doctor if you see any changes or abnormalities! 

For more information, visit:

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Trilipiderm Samples!

Need a cure for dry skin? Order your sample of Trilipiderm now! While supplies last! (:

Birchbox: September

I am really late on this post.. But here's what I got this month! 

Picture of Femme Fatale
16 strips - $7.99-$10.99
[Femme Fatale]
Incoco - Nail polish Applique: We all have a wild side. Eye-catching nail strips are the latest trend --- Try them on your fingers or toes.

.33 fl oz - $14
Jouer - Lip Enhancer: Why settle for plain 'ol lip balm when you can hydrate, plump, and condition all in one go? Right, we thought so.

3.4 fl oz - $60
LIV GRN - Earth Eau de Parfum: Made from sustainable ingredients, this sultry  scent is laced with jasmine and sandalwood. Plus, ten percent of sales go directly to Global Green, an environmental non-profit.

2 fl oz - $36
Pangea Organics - Facial Cream for Normal to Combination Skin: An all-natural moisturizer, with antioxidant-rich grape extracts and essential oils, keeps skin both hydrated and shine-free.

Birchbox Friendship Bracelet 

That's all that I got in this month's Birchbox! I'll have reviews up soon! (: 

Free Carol's Daughter Sample!

So it turns out blogging on a tab wasn't as easy as I thought it'd be... So when I had some time I went and traded it in for an actual laptop. I actually ended up hating the Toshiba Thrive. It was really nice and pretty much the best that tabs had to offer.. But it was just a giant version of my phone and I didn't like it at all. And I really suggest you don't get it unless you like browsing on smart phones. Because when you go online they give you the mobile version of the page.

Okay so I haven't been keeping up with my blog and I feel terrible! Between work and technical difficulties.. But I'm for sure back now! (: And I'm going to give you guys a free sample of Carol's Daughter Macadamia Smoother! 

I hope you all enjoy this sample! (: 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I'm Back!

Hey guys! sorry I've been MIA.. my laptop died and I was working a lot last week... But I finally replaced my laptop with the Toshiba Thrive. :) Hopefully blogging will be easy on this. I'm still getting use to it. But I just wanted to let you know that I am back! And will be blogging again! :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Birthday Giveaway from My Kiss 'n Make-up!

Amazing giveaway!

First Prize:
Too Faced Naked Palette Sponsored By La Petite Confiserie -$35 
Beauty Blender Sponge from La Petite Confiserie- $20
Smashbox Color Correct Foundation Primer- $38
Soap & Glory The Switz Toiletries Bag- $15
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler- $27

Second Prize:
MAC items of your choice worth of $50 (For International Winner)
or You may choose the Rustan's GC worth PHP 2,000 (for Local Winner) 

Third Prize
Sigma Travel Kit Nice in Pink or Sigma Travel Kit Naughty in Black $49

Let's do the math, it's more than $200! Yay!
For Reference: Prices are all taken from La Petite Confiserie, Sephora, Boots, Amazon, and Sigma.
First Prize
What it is:

A gorgeous collection of 9 essential matte neutrals and soft shimmer eyeshadows, complete with 3 Get-The-Look cards and an applicator tool.
 with an actual total value of $73

Shades include:
In The Buff (matte ivory), Pillow Talk (light taupe sheen), Like A Virgin (matte taupe), Birthday Suit (beige shimmer), Satin Sheets (golden champagne shimmer), Unmentionables (steel gray shimmer), Pink Cheeks (pale pink), Lap Dance (silvery taupe shimmer), and Stiletto (matte black).

Size: 3 x 0.07 oz eye shadows/ 6 x 0.03 oz eyeshadows

Second Prize
For International winner, you may choose any MAC items you want worth $50- that'll be purchased from MAC Duty Free Philippines. 
For Local Winner, You may choose MAC or Rustan's Gift Card worth PHP 2,000 with 1year validity.
You may use the Rustan's GC for Cosmetics, Toys, Gadgets~purchases at any Rustan's Luxury Dept Store/ Essences Branch.

Third Prize
The winner may choose between Sigma Nice in Pink or Naughty in Black. 
To give you more option, you may choose any Sigma items that you want~with total worth of $50. 
You can browse and check the Sigma Website HERE.
And, the Sigma Prizes of your choice will be directly shipped to you by Sigma.

Once again, Thank you to our generous sponsor La Petite Confiserie!

Makeup Diary's Birthday $200 Sephora Shopping Spree Giveaway!

Hello, ladies!  I don't usually do back-to-back giveaways, however my 23rd birthday is in 20 days (September 25)!  I figured, what better way to celebrate than to take someone else shopping with me?  Now, I know I can'tphysically take you shopping...  but I can still shop for you, right?  :)

ONE Winner will get to pick $200 USD worth of products from the Sephora website,
compliments of yours truly.

Also included will be Sigma's Cleansing & Polishing tool.

So what are you waiting for?  Celebrate with me by participating in my giveaway.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Quick Tip! [Eyes]

Want to add color to your look but you're too afraid to try colored shadows? Or are you tired of using white to "open up" your eyes? Well a great way to add a pop of color is to apply a colored eyeliner to your waterline and lower lash line! I love doing this! It really makes your eyes pop and it looks amazing! 

Splurge! You can get them at Sephora from Urban Decay, Benefit, and even Sephora is carrying them now. There's a huge range of colors. Save! But the ones I op for are at drugstores! Wet N Wild has some great ones for just .70 cents! They're not as soft and creamy as the high end ones but they still work great! 

Run the pencil along your waterline a few times and then apply the same color shadow on top to seal it and have it last longer. (: I hope you guys are liking these quick tips! 

Quick Tip! [Eyes]

Want your eyes to look extra flirty? Apply glitter to your lashes! Curl them and apply several coats of your favorite mascara and let them dry. Take a small brush and dip it into a loose glittery pigment, tap out the excess, and run the brush along your lashes. This will help them reflect light and really draw attention to your eyes! Apply as much or as little as you like! 

Want more glitter? Run your brush under your lower lash line with whatever is left of the glitter.

I don't know about you but I can't get enough glitter! I think this is a great way to add some oomph to your look without being too dramatic! 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Time Saving Tips!

Whenever I'm running late or need to be ready in minutes I get stressed! I feel like there's not enough time to do my makeup properly and I feel self conscious for the rest of the day. Well if you have this same problem I've got tips that will help save you tons of time and get your makeup done in minutes! 

#1: Eyes-
Dust a light, neutral, shimmery shadow all over your lids and into your crease. I like to add a bit in my inner corners and a tiny amount on my brow bone. For a quick and easy application use a blending brush or your fingers! The shadow I recommend - Victoria's Secret Baked Shadow in Glow Gold. $5

Instead of struggling with liquid, gel, or a pencil eyeliner [unless you're a pro at applying these] use an eyeliner crayon. It's a lot easier to smudge and stray marks can be blended out easily.

#2: Face-
Instead of layering your moisturizer, primer, and foundation mix the three together and apply all over your face and neck. Or I like to use a tinted moisturizer. It's easy to apply and blend and it'll save you time. And for added coverage apply powder on top. [E.L.F has one for only $3!]

#3: Reapplying -
Instead of reapplying your foundation, powder, and blush. Add a few drops of liquid illuminator onto your skin. You'll look dewy and fresh in seconds and it conceals imperfections. 

#4: Multifunctional-
Lipstick! This product is amazing! Pick a light pink or coraly color. This will work as your lipstick and blush! Dab some color onto your fingertips or directly on your cheeks, don't use too much, and with your fingers blend it in. 

Eyeshadow! The one I mentioned above also works as a highlight! Just sweep a small amount onto the tops of your cheek bones! And your face will look instantly brighter. 

#5: Lashes-
Want lots of length? Curl your lashes, apply a few coats of your favorite lengthening mascara, curl again, and apply one last coat of mascara. 

Want voluminous looking lashes? Run a black eyeliner along your tight line a few times. Your lashes will look thicker and fuller! 

I really hope these tips help you! Everything can be done with your hands. Just remember to wash them or take a makeup removing wipe! If you have any more time saving tips just leave them in a comment below! (: 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Laundry Freebies!

Don't you hate separating loads of laundry according to lights, darks, whites, and brights? Well I know I do.. This free sample is going to save you loads of time. haha (: 

It's the Shout Color Catcher! Color Catcher® traps loose dyes and dirt released during the wash cycle. At the end of the wash, the dye and dirt come out on the Color Catcher®sheet, not your clothes. The Proof is on the Sheet.™

Click the link for your free sample! Hurry! There's a limited amount! 


Downy UNSTOPABLES Fresh In Wash Scent Booster

The second sample is Downy Unstopables!  This product is designed to add scent to your clothes that lasts. They're little beads that you toss into the wash with your detergent. It's available in 2 scents, Fresh & Lush. I'm not sure which of the 2 you get.

This link will direct you to Facebook. I don't think you need to have an account to get your sample.

Free Olay Sample!

Hey guys! Sorry I haven't been posting. But I'm going to make it up to you by telling you how to get a free sample of Olay Professional ProX clear! :)

A 3-step protocol that uses proven technology to reduce and help prevent blemishes and breakouts for consistently clear skin.

Consistently clear skin can be yours! Pro-X Clear Acne Protocol is a 3-step daily skin care regimen and acne system that uses proven technology to reduce and help prevent frustrating blemishes and breakouts.

Just click the link below for your free sample! :) This offer is only for people in the United States and Canada. Sorry to everyone else! :( [If you're in Canada you need to click the "click here" link on this site.]

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Clinique's Acne Solutions 3 Step

Hey guys! Since so many of us are at a constant battle with acne I thought I'd review these products. I use to have a lot of problems with acne. I didn't have a severe issue but I always had at least 1 or 2 zits. And I had no clue about makeup or how to hide them. So my mom bought me these products. 

You can get the starter kit for only $32.50. I suggest you buy this first.. It's kinda pricey but you're getting 3 products. And it's a lot cheaper than buying the 3 full sized products and have them irritate your skin or not work at all.

Acne Solutions Clear Skin System:

The Clear Skin System wastes no time in giving blemishes the boot. Does it without the dryness and irritation that generally gets skin into trouble. It's simple, scientific. Gentle exfoliation opens clogged pores, evicts blemish-causing bacteria. Targeted ingredients rush in to accelerate treatment. Keeps skin clearer, longer, too.

Step 1 - Cleansing Foam:
$18.50 4.2 fl oz
Lather up with this mild, medicated cleanser. Helps clear and prevent acne by removing dirt and excess oil. Unclogs pores. Calms, soothes, reduces redness. Plus, leaves skin feeling soft, smooth, comfortable. 

I found this foaming cleanser to be very gentle. I'm more of an exfoliator girl but I really liked this. It made my skin feel clean and soft. I'm not sure if it helped my redness but it did really clean my skin.

Step 2 - Clarifying Lotion:
$14 6.7 fl oz
Sweeps away dead surface skin cells and excess oil that can lead to breakouts. Gentle, medicated formula exfoliates skin, unclogs pores. Helps calm, soothe irritation and redness. Oil-absorbing powders control shine.

I felt that this product really cleaned my skin. I would put a bit on a cotton pad and swipe this all over my face and even neck. This removed all the dirt that my cleanser didn't get. My face always felt tingly and cool after. 

Step 3 - Clearing Moisturizer:
$17 1.7 fl oz
Powerful Benzoyl Peroxide helps treat existing acne and prevent future breakouts. Lightweight, medicated formula creates an invisible,breathable barrier against acne-causing agents. Calms, soothes, reduces redness. Helps control excess oil throughout the day. Provides light hydration to minimize dryness and peeling.

This moisturizer isn't one of my favorites. But I do like it. It feels really light and non-greasy on your skin. And it doesn't feel sticky like a lot of moisturizers can. And it has benzoyl peroxide as an ingredient which is a plus! But a lot of people can be sensitive to it! 

I really liked this regimen. It helped reduce my acne. It was really gentle and it didn't irritate my skin at all. I didn't have any problems with it. I bought all full sized products and it lasted me about 3 months with daily use. Eventually, like with all products my skin began to build an immunity against it and it stopped working for me. But it was great while it lasted! I didn't repurchase these products because they are pretty expensive and I found alternatives that work just as well and even better! But I think that this system is worth a shot! And I definitely recommend this!

If you want to purchase it online:

Clinique offers an entire line of makeup in this Acne Solutions line. I even purchased the foundation and concealer! I totally recommend that you visit your local counter and check out all of their products!

I wish you all good luck in your battle with acne! I know how tough it can be to deal with problem skin. My best advice is to just try out different products that contain different things to help fight acne. And find one that works for you. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Bath & Body Works Free lotion?

You can get your very own Paris Amour body lotion! For free! Just go into Bath & Body Works and bring in your September issue of Seventeen magazine, the one with Ashley Benson [Hannah from PPL] on the cover and get your lotion for free! It started on the 9th! But hurry because supplies are limited! :)

If you want to subscribe to Seventeen go to seventeen.com and sign up now! You can get 2 years for only $10! And get 2 bonus issues! 

I hope all of you take advantage of this freebie! :) 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Birchbox: August!

I got my Birchbox 2 days early! :) This is my first ever Birchbox! And I was really happy with the things that I got! I absolutely adore the packaging! 

0.21 oz | $24
Blinc - Eyeliner: This inky formula lays on a seamless line of color that stays put through rain, tears, sweat, anything else you throw its way.

7 oz | $29
Carol's Daughter - Monoi Repairing Hair Mask: A creamy treatment that revives dull or dry strands with natural monoi oil, and leaves hair smelling like tropical flowers.

4 fl oz | $28
Pangea Organics - Cleanser for Combination to Oily Skin: Made from all natural ingredients, this foaming wash purifies pres and keeps oil levels in check without drying out skin.

10 pairs | $60
Wei - Tibetan Chrysanthemum Correcting Eye Treatment Pads: Save the cucumbers for your salad. These clever pads quickly de-puff and brighten the under eye area using natural flower and plant extracts.

Set of 3 | $5
Twistband - Hair Tie: This soft elastic gives the hair tie a sophisticated makeover - it looks as good on your wrist as it does in your hair.

Go to birchbox.com to purchase any of these products! Or to sign yourself up! 

These were the 5 products that I got this month! And I can't wait to try them out! :) I'll post reviews as soon as I do! I can't wait for next month's box! :D

Thursday, August 4, 2011

CVS Haul!

I made a trip to CVS tonight and I couponed! :) I feel accomplished! Wait till the end to see how much I spent & saved! Here's my haul! 

I got 2 of these for FREE! They we're .99 and with a buy one get one [BOGO] free coupon and .99 in register rewards I got both for $0!

2 for $4.49! They're on sale and I had a BOGO Free coupon! [These are for my boyfriend just in case you think they're for me. ;)]

Oral-B CrossAction Power : Dual Clean - I am still shocked at how much I paid for this! Original price: $5.99 - $3 off coupon - $1 Extrabucks = $2! Only TWO dollars!

I bought this to wash my makeup brushes with! .99- .50 off coupon = .49! For 10.3 oz! 

Nivea Lip Care: Kiss of Milk & Honey / Kiss of Shimmer
$5 [2] - $3 off 2 = $2! That's only $1 each! 

CoverGirl was Buy one get one 50% off. And CVS has a coupon for $3 off a $10 any makeup purchase. These last 3 items I did in a separate transaction so I could use my extrabucks! :) Make sure you join the Beauty Club! You get $5 Extrabucks for ever $50 spent and you get 10% off! 

CoverGirl Eyeshadow: Tapestry Taupe [760]
$3.99 - $1 off coupon= $2.99

CoverGirl Blush: Pretty Peach [150]
$4.99- $1 off coupon- 50% off= $1.50 

CoverGirl Liquiline Blast: Blackfire [410]
$9.99 - $1 off coupon= $8.99 
This was definitely the most expensive thing that I bought during this trip.

So my total for the CoverGirl products was: $9.52! 
And I got a 10% off coupon!

My grand total for this entire trip was: $20.57! 
My total savings was: $30.55! 

I found all of these coupons in my Sunday papers! :) If you want to subscribe or find out more about couponing click the link:

Hope you guys liked this haul! I know I did! ;D Reviews will be up in a few weeks!

Victoria's Secret Private Shopping Event!

Hey beauties! I got an invite to Victoria's Secret Private Shopping Event!!!
There's going to be a DJ, giveaways, and more! And you'll get to be the first to shop for the new fall arrivals! Go sign up to be a member and get an invite too! It's one night only! This Sunday! So what are you waiting for?? Go sign up! :)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sweet Deal!

Hey guys! This is totally unrelated to beauty but it's an awesome deal that I stumbled upon! Buy one get one free at Cold Stone! :D All you have to do is sign up for their e-club! And that's it! You'll get a coupon today and on your birthday and you'll also be e-mailed special promotions! You can even get texts from them! :) So what are you waiting for?! Go sign up! 


Monday, August 1, 2011

Stila On Sale?! WHERE!

For a limited time you can get Stila on sale at Sephora! You need to get on these insanely good deals while they last! 

Go go go!

How to: Disinfect Your Makeup!

I want this!

It's super important to clean your makeup! Not just your brushes but your makeup too! This is essential when you're swapping makeup, using it on other people, or just for your personal makeup. Germs are gross and you don't want to spread them all over your face! This can make you break out and even spread diseases, if you're swapping. Disinfecting your makeup is super easy and can be really quick, depending on how much makeup you have. :) 

What you need:

  • Rubbing alcohol with 70% or higher
  • Paper towels
  • A spray bottle - one with a fine mist
Pressed Eyeshadow:
Gently wipe off the top layer of shadow and then spritz it until it's saturated with the alcohol and then leave it open to air dry. 

Spray the entire lipstick and lightly pat it dry. Also spray the cap and let it air dry.

Lip or Eyeliners:
Sharpen off the outer layer and spritz it to saturate it. And let it air dry, spray the cap also.

Cream Blushes, Concealers, Eyeshadow, Gel Eyeliner:
Spray the surface and wipe off the top layer of product with your paper towel and let it air dry.

Not everything can be sanitized! 
  • Liquid products; like foundations
  • Loose powder; like pigments and face powder
  • Anything with a wand that gets dipped into a tube; Eyeliner, lipgloss, concealer, mascara
Pressed and loose powder, blushes, bronzers, pigments and other things like that shouldn't be sprayed with any liquids because it can ruin the product. But these products aren't very prone to collecting germs anyway so you should be okay. Just make sure you're using clean brushes. 

I hope this was helpful! :) 

Friday, July 29, 2011

What's new?

Hey beauties! I just signed myself up for Birch Box! And if you don't know what it is, it's a program that sends you 4-5 beauty samples every month! I'm talking high end products. Like Benefit, Laura Mercier, Marc Jacobs, Purminerals, Shu Uemura, Stila and so many more! Click the link for the complete list.

And this is the best part! It's only $10! :D How awesome is that! That's like $2 a product! Yes, they are sample sized but when you accumulate enough points you get discounts on full sized products through their website! So what are you waiting for? Go sign yourself up! :) 

You can choose to pay monthly, which is what I did, or you can pay for an entire year for $110, which saves you $10 and gives you 110 points. I think that shipping is free but you can check during check out. I'm getting mine August 10! :) I can't wait! :D

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Maybelline Great Lash Big

$4-6 at Drugstores

  • Bigger brush for great big live-it-up lashes!
  • The Great BIG Brush plus volume-building formula gives great BIG lashes
  • Volume builds with each coat - no clumps or globs
  • Contact lens safe
  • Ophthalmologist tested

I absolutely love this mascara! I think I got it for around $5 at Walmart. I've been using this product for a while and I'm almost all out! It adds a lot of volume to my lashes making them look full and thick. I love the huge wand! I feel like it coats every lash and builds up volume without the thick, sticky mess that you can often get. It's easy to remove and it doesn't smudge.

The only thing that I don't like about this product is that I found it doesn't add much length. But if you pair this with a lengthening mascara you're set! :) 

I definitely recommend this and will be repurchasing! :)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

E.L.F Mechanical Eyelash Curler!

$1 @ Eyeslipsface.com or select Target stores

I absolutely love this eyelash curler! And it really works! And my eyelashes never hold a curl. I've been using this for about a year. I've used a lot of different lash curlers and for a while I gave up on using them. Then I discovered this! And I figured if I hated it, it was only a dollar. Turns out I love it! And I use it every day!

  • Super affordable!
  • Doesn't pinch 
  • Curl lasts
  • Easy to use
  • Lasts a long time
I really don't have a rant about this.. Except that my rubber pad keeps popping out. 

I have really short, straight, Asian eyelashes and I'm sure if it'll curl my lashes it'll work on anyone! And it doesn't pinch. Which I absolutely love! 

I recommend this curler to everyone who asks for a good one! And for only one dollar! You can't go wrong! :) 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

BADgal Lash Waterproof!

Benefit's Waterproof BADgal Lash
$19 @ Sephora, Benefit counters or online


A long-lasting, smudge-proof, waterproof mascara that packs the same black bad-itude as our original BADgal lash for lashes that perform rain or shine.
The slimline brush makes it easy to apply and dries fast so you can add multiple coats in a flash.

  • Lasts all day
  • Extremely waterproof [Tear-proof too!]
  • Lengthening
  • Dries quickly
  • Small wand makes for cleaner application

  • Extremely hard to take off - you can scrub at your eyes forever in the shower and will hardly make a dent
  • Doesn't add curl
  • Pricey 
  • Clumps
  • Thick
  • Formula dried up quickly in the tube

I was so excited when I purchased this product after hearing all of the raves about the original BADgal Lash mascara. So I thought I'd try the waterproof. I thought this product was way over hyped and I was extremely disappointed. It added a lot of length but not without several coats that quickly became a hot, clumpy, thick mess! I was so disappointed. And when I tried to take it off that night, it was a nightmare! Normally I can get most of the mascara off in the shower, but this stuck on and smudged all over my eyes. 
I will not be repurchasing this product and I do not recommend it! But if you want to try the BADgal Lash mascara get the mini size in the original formula at Sephora for $8. 

Hope this review was helpful! :)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

What have I been up to?

Extreme couponing! After the TV show on TLC, extreme couponing has been the latest thing! I've recently been inspired to start doing this by my cousin! She runs a beauty blog as well [mybeautyrate.com] and after hearing about all the money that she's saved, especially on beauty products, I've been hooked! I love to shop, especially for makeup! But since my paychecks are next to nothing and with everything being so expensive it's been hard to buy the things I want! So I figure if I can save money I'll be able to buy the things I want! So I did some [ok a lot] of research online and I came across this amazing site! 

This site has everything! I mean the latest deals, coupons, and lots and lots of helpful tips! :) If you're a beginner and have no idea where to start [like me!] visit this page! It was so so so helpful for me! They have 10 day check list to help get you started. 

If you live in an area that gets the Union Tribune I suggest you sign up for their Sunday paper! It's such a steal! It's $1 a paper and you get it at 7 am every Sunday! $1 is so much cheaper than buying it at one of those machines or a Starbucks! And it gets delivered right to your house! 


The LA Times also offers Sunday papers for $1! But you have to use this code: 180011. They also allow you up to 3 subscriptions! 

Once I start getting the hang of it I'm going to subscribe to more newspapers with several subscriptions. But since I'm only just starting out, I'm taking things slowly. And to start myself off I've purchased a binder to keep everything in and baseball card holders to organize the coupons! I can't wait to get my first paper!

I'll be keeping you guys posted on all of the deals that I can find! Especially on beauty related products! So keep checking back! :)