Meeting The Queen and Other General Updates From London

Hello! So —

I have been in London for just over a month now and I wish I could tell you guys that I’ve been doing loads of beauty-related things. The reality is that I’ve been busy getting used to just surviving here and adjusting to school. It’s all going great, but it’s been a bit hectic. Anyway, the highlight of my month was definitely beauty-related: I met THE Lisa Eldridge at a book signing event! It was crazy. Let me tell you all about it and I’ll fill you in on a few other, less important,  things at the end — because really, what is more important than meeting Lisa Eldridge?

The Day I Met The Queen (Of Makeup)

IMG_2711Lisa hosted a signing for her new book, Face Paint: The Story of Makeup, at Hatchard’s in London. I made my way over to the book store right after my classes for the day ended and I was early so I milled around a bit before we were allowed to start queueing at 5pm. 

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A Selection of Pixi S/S 2015 Products from Glamourbox

Pixi Beauty has always been about fresh, natural-looking makeup. The brand often makes use of the tagline “makeup to wakeup” and the line was created to awaken and create a naturally radiant “just had a good night’s sleep” look. The ingredients that go into Pixi products are “skin-loving and youth-enhancing” and while I’m not exactly in need of youth-enhancing products (yet), I always appreciate makeup that nourishes the skin while you wear it.

P1190017Pixi’s Spring/Summer 2015 Collection, Spring Into Summer, is all about fuss-free and simple yet highly effective makeup. When Glamourbox (beauty box curators and distributors of brans like Pixi and Eye of Horus) sent a box* with a selection of the products, I could feel the summer glow waiting to jump put of the box and straight on to my skin. Here’s what I got: 

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Fight Of The Century FOTD

I woke up this morning with the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight on mind.

I don’t normally watch boxing — but I’m Filipino, which is an explanation for my excitement and anxiety in itself. I remember being in New York a few years ago and whenever a taxi driver and I got to talking and they found out I was Filipino, they would nearly always scream out “PACMAAAN! I love that guy!” and of course I would beam from ear to ear and agree: everyone loves Manny; he’s an incredible athlete with a tear-jerking rags to riches story behind him and he’s a fun-loving guy to boot.

Now I wouldn’t be keeping true to myself if I didn’t mention that I don’t admire Manny in all aspects. I don’t think he’s a good public servant and the company he keeps is often questionable. As an athlete, it’s undeniable that he’s brilliant. I just wish he had stuck to being a boxer and kept his hands out of politics, but not much to be done about that anymore. There were even rumours flying around that if he had won today’s fight, he would have run in the 2016 elections. Uh… if my choice is between Binay and Pacquiao in 2016, I honestly have no clue what I will do. Bury my head in the sand, perhaps.

ANYWAY. Manny lost today. And really, I was rooting for him as an athlete. Mayweather fought dirty and brought all sorts of BV to the fight, while Manny put up a good fight but fell short in terms of adapting to the situation and being aggressive. I couldn’t help but feel down after the decision was announced. Still, the whole thing was quite the spectacle and I enjoyed watching it on PPV with my family. We had white sangrias and some pica-pica during the fight, and a full lunch of paella, prawns, and grilled chicken afterwards.

I’m getting to the makeup part of this post now, don’t worry. Haha. I did try to match my look for today with the occasion, but after sitting at my vanity for a few minutes I knew I didn’t want to go too literal by wearing blue, red, and yellow (our flag colours) on my face. So I threw on a blue top instead and decided to go for a very golden look on my face (never mind the red lol) … because Manny is the golden boy of boxing and I wanted him to go for gold (even though there technically is no gold medal up for grabs–gold belt, pwede?)! Get it? Bit of a stretch? Haha! I do what I can. P1190071Keeping with my golden theme, I used my L’Oreal Lucent Magique Foundation in G7 (my summer shade) mixed with my Myra VitaGlow BB Cream* in Ivory to get a very glowy base. 

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Oops (?) I Did It Again: Pixi Haul #2

Pixi1That’s right–I placed another order for Pixi products. Hehe! And since I did so in March, I got another free Shea Butter Lip Balm! :) The first time I placed an order I blamed it on final exams stress and curiosity. This time around there isn’t an excuse… I just wanted more! I do feel kind of bad because I’ll be going to the US in May and I can get Pixi stuff at Target while I’m there, but most of this stuff is great for summer use… and there I go making excuses! Basta here’s what I got:
Pixi2Pixi Flawless Beauty Powder in no.3 Warm (1,350.00 Php) –  

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