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Monday, June 14, 2010

Busy busy... [Attended a Wedding + Review]

Yeah, again life took over and I got really busy the past couple weeks. I attended a wedding as a proxy for my dad and started prepping myself up for school (shopping, hanging out with friends as much as possible, etc). I partied pretty much all weekend just to make up for the fact that once school starts, I won't have any time to at all. Thanks to my best friend, I had a load of fun on my last weekend before school starts.

So now that I have oh, say about 14 hours left before my freedom is taken away from me again, I figured I should take the time to update this little blog of mine before it started gathering dust.

Last June 6th (yes, I am aware of just how behind I am in posting, my gosh haha), I attended a wedding that my parents were invited to. I attended as a proxy for my dad who couldn't make it to the event. Of course I was really psyched, I mean I don't always get to attend events where I got to dress to the nines... not to mention I got to shop for dresses and shoes to wear!

I had bought a dress for Php500 (roughly $11) in May, but while I was with my mom helping her shop for her own dress, I spotted a dress that was pretty much sent to me from heaven. Why do I say that? Well, it was originally selling at Php2000 (roughly $43) but it was on sale for 70% off. So I got it at around php600 (around $13). It's amazing since it was the last piece of that design, last size and all, and it fit me like a glove. Best part: the dress had pockets! Man am I glad I lost weight, if only for the fact that I'm now able to wear cute dresses that I picked just off the rack. Well the dress was a tiny bit loose on me, but it wasn't that obvious. In any case... I suppose I should show photos!

PS: I wore the dress with a black swarovski necklace, but my cousin told me to remove the necklace because we were attending a Chinese couple's wedding and black is not a welcome color for them. Oops!

Also, I forgot to take a shot of my makeup before it melted off my face, but I did get a shot of my eye makeup at least.

In the hotel bathroom, snapping a quick shot after the wedding reception

"I'm gonna sit down, take a picture of me quick!!"

Me and my mom

me and my mom 2

The couple had hired a photo booth service to cover their wedding, and this is one of the photos my mom and I had taken (I had to crop it since my aunt was in it too)

Makeup products used: Celeteque moisturizer, ELF Studio two way powder foundation, MAC Studio Fix in NC35, Maybelline Perfect Concealer, NYX Pinky blush,
Physician's Formula pearls of perfection bronzer, Fashion 21 brow kit, Art Deco eyeshadow base, Shawill 12 color e/s palette, Dollface cosmetics gel eyeliner, Maybelline Volum' Express Cat Eyes mascara, NYX Tea Rose round lipstick

My mom's hair--yes, I did it myself! Haha

When I got home from the wedding, I of course had to take my makeup off. Just a couple days before June 6th I had run out of my favorite eye and lip makeup remover (Maybelline) so I had to pick up some more. But as soon as I got to the department store, I spotted this new product from the local cosmetics company Ever Bilena. Seeing how cheap it was I didn't hesitate to grab a bottle to try because it just might be a good, cheap alternative for my usual makeup remover.

Ever Bilena Advance Makeup Remover (Eye & Lip)

Directions for use (as stated on the bottle): shake well before use. Soak cotton pad with the lotion and apply on your eyes and lips.
Ingredients: Water, cyclopentasiloxane, isohexadecane, cyclohexasiloxane, propylene glycol, hexylene glycol, polyethylene-polypropylene glycol, tetrasodium edta, dipotassium phosphate, potassium phosphate, sodium chloride, tocopheryl acetate, benzyl alcohol, 2-phenoxyethanol, CI 42090

I started with this:

And with 1 swipe ended up with this:

The makeup remover had managed to take off the eyeshadow on the area I had wiped off, as well as most of my gel eyeliner--only a few specks of it remained on my eyelid. With a few more wipes I took off the rest of the eye makeup, but it took me a while of rubbing to get my mascara off.

Eyes, completely makeup free

Cotton pad, front

Cotton pad, back

So now that I've used the product, what's my verdict?

  • Cheap - only Php95 (roughly $2) per 80 mL bottle
  • Locally available and widely distributed, easily availed of
  • Stings eyes
  • Requires rubbing to take off stubborn mascara
  • Bottle packaging LEAKS
  • Need to use more product to get stubborn makeup off

Because the EB bottle leaks, I transferred the rest of the product into my empty Maybelline bottle.

So as usual, I got my money's worth. I think cheap items are hit and miss, and this one was a miss. I thought I was going to get a bargain but I guess not! This makeup remover by Ever Bilena works but it's not really the best, and any eye product that stings my eyes isn't a very good one in my opinion. I'm going to stick to my Maybelline eye and lip makeup remover. This is a product I won't really recommend.

Well, I guess that's all for now. School starts tomorrow, wish me luck!


~tHiAmErE~ said...

you look great,girl!
your mom looks radiant as well.

I didn't know that they already have a make-up remover...thanks for the review.

hope that you'll have a great start for the new school year,hun.

Vanilla said...

u look really fresh!
love ur makeup!wow ur dress is a steal~
im so behind my blog too

Makeup by Kim Porter said...

You & your mom looked so nice


Askmewhats said...

such a nice outfit and you got it for a steal :) Wonderful!!!

You and your mom looks great! About the black necklace, it is ok even to wear black on Chinese weddings, it just depends on how strict they are with their culture..or if it was written on the invite "NO BLACK PLEASE". but so far..i.ts safe..especially with the necklace :D

Chrissy said...

Thiamere - Thanks! And yeah, they do have a mu remover now, though like I said I don't recommend it. How are you? *hugs*

Vanilla - I know, my dress was an absolute steal! I'm so happy I got it. It's hard to catch up with blogging, isn't it? Grr.

Kim - Thank you. :)

Ate Nikki (Askmewhats) - They wrote "no black please" T-T Also my cousin told me that it was better to be respectful and just take it off instead of risking it. So oh well, I took it off. No big loss. :) Thanks!

Pammy said...

Chrissy, you look amazing. Loving the glow on your skin. :P

ChyiX2 said...

What a lovely dress and such a bargain. You were meant to have it :) The shots of your mom and you are so cute.

MizzJ said...

You look so pretty in your dress!

Geli said...

EB's would have been great if the stinging and rubbing didn't destroy it.

you look great! :D especially in the quick bathroom shot :P

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