It’s LIVE!! YAY!!

Yes! I’m so happy to say that my new, self-hosted blog, Miss Maliit is now live ❤

MissMaliit.Com is up now!

MissMaliit.Com is up now!

I’ve been trying to get myself into developing this blog space some more and finally, it’s up and ready to go! I’ll miss my old address and moniker. But I think now is the best time to give MumuInc a good long rest. The name and that blog just belongs to a different period in time. I’ve imported all of the posts because I just happen to like everything I’ve done there, but now, I have a new online presence, and I couldn’t be happier. My old blog will remain up, only because I don’t like killing off my old online presence, but it’ll serve more as an archive than anything else.

What can you expect from

More stuff about makeup, for one! I’ve been amassing some new goodies to blog about and I’ve been trying to get them the conventional way (i.e. walk into a store in the mall and buy shit off the counter) so there’s that! I’ll post a bit about my dogs as well, and the inferno of Metro Manila traffic, politics, and general life. So keep on reading. You can also tweet me any review requests. As long as the product’s within my general budget and interest, I’ll try to accommodate. Please keep in mind that I buy everything I review, so I may not be able to review every request, especially if a certain product just doesn’t interest me!


Introspection: Why I disappear periodically

I’m a very fickle person. I think human beings generally are fickle by nature. Our interests come and go very quickly.

Personally, I think I have the attention span of a five year old. When I like something, I dive into it full force: spending all of my disposable income, all of my free time and attention on whatever it is that interests me at just that moment in my life. A couple years back, it was scrapbooking. I started with free digital kits from Shabby Princess. That transitioned into a weekly shopping binge where I’d sit every Saturday and Sunday, spending up to $50 on digital scrapbooking materials, and countless hours with Adobe Photoshop. I’d churn out layout after layout.

One of the dozens of digital layouts I created in my "scrapbook phase".

One of the dozens of digital layouts I created in my “scrapbook phase”. This one celebrates my graduation day from Ateneo de Manila, with the digital materials from artist, Traci Reed.

I eventually amassed about 1 terabyte of digital scrapbooking art goodies. Yep. You read that right. I had 1TB of virtual art supplies. I had way more materials than I actually had photos to scrap with that I ended up creating multiple layouts with a single photo. That’s generally how boring my life is juxtaposed with how obsessive I become with a hobby.

I transitioned to real-life scrapbooking and crafting after that, and it was even more expensive than the digital hobby. I bought pre-cut wood to fashion into cute little drawers. I ordered die-cutting machines, and bought expensive acrylic stamps and acid-free ink. I like to think that I got so good with it that I was on several designers’ creative teams, creating new works of art on a weekly basis to support my favorite designers.

A photo box made from cardboard and printed art materials by artist, Dani Mogstad.

A photo box made from cardboard and printed art materials by artist, Dani Mogstad.

Eventually, after collecting an entire crate full of scrapping materials, I just got tired of it. It was probably a combination of the eventual loss of interest that I always have with a hobby, and the overwhelming responsibility I felt towards being part of multiple creative teams (yes, I was that competitive about this hobby!) That was also the year I got promoted from schmuck engineer to manager, so life sorta happened. I had to drop many of my teams and eventually stopped scrapbooking altogether to focus on, (what else in life do I ever focus on!) my career.

That’s just an example of my general obsessive nature and eventual utter and complete loss of interest. I had a number of other phases after that: there was the eyelashes phase where I purchased a whole crapload of false eyelashes from (and I know evidence of my doing that is still floating around somewhere on this blog!). Then there was the hair extensions obsession. I have way more hair extensions than is really normal to have (20 sets, some brands in multiples, wtf?) I reviewed a few, but never actually got around to reviewing everything that I had because I just had so many! After that it was the hair styling products, which thankfully never made it to this blog, because that would be just embarrassing! I mean, who really needs 3 different curling irons of the same barrel size? Then I started getting into fitness and it was running gear. So I had shoes, running shirts, shorts, technology doodads, you name it, I had it. This was probably the most useful phase I went through because a) I lost a lot of weight; and b) I still use everything I bought from this phase, except the bike, since I sold that and now have a better (more expensive, ugh!) bike.

And then finally, the most expensive phase of all: the designer handbags.

Bags, bags, bags!

So, can we like, pause for a moment to marvel at the folly of human greed?

I had a new, expensive designer handbag every week for 15 weeks. That’s like… utterly mind-blowing. Just the sheer amount of dollars I spent here. Mind. Blown. WTF.

I’ve since sold some of these, before moving to Manila. And, barring the last 2 Chanel handbags I purchased, I haven’t bought another bag again. Thankfully. My wallet, credit cards and bank accounts have been bled dry by this obsession.

So here I am now, back at it again with the beauty blogging. One thing I noticed with the ebb and flow of all of these hobbies was that they never resurged. Some of them may have lasted a good long while (like the scrapbooking), but I never got the urge to get back into it again after I closed that chapter of my life. OK, maybe not the fitness one, since I still run and cycle all the time, but I don’t shop obsessively for it anymore.

Makeup Orgasm, I swear.

Makeup Orgasm, I swear.

But my interest in makeup never failed me. Sure, I’d stop shopping and playing with many of my colorful toys to focus on the latest, greatest hobby of the month. But I never stopped my interest in makeup, in getting made up, in looking pretty. I still shop makeup a lot (seriously, I filled up 3 really large traincases with all the makeup I own). Sometimes, just as obsessively as I did with all of my previous interests. I probably own 50 different matte nude lipsticks. And I don’t think I’m done. I don’t think I’ll ever be done when it comes to makeup and beauty.

These days, I have to divide my time (and my funds) between my makeup obsession and the rest of real life. I have five gorgeous doggies I take care of, and they’re spoiled little monsters who get only the finest doggie shit I can afford for them.

My little princess, Coco, and me, posing completely unironically near Coco Milk Tea shop.

My little princess, Coco, and me, posing completely unironically near Coco Milk Tea shop.

I also spend a lot of my money on real property, in the hopes that some day, these investments will bail me out when I blow up my disposable income to Mars with all the makeup shopping.

Soon, I want to make this blog a real investment too. I feel like I may disappear from time to time, but I always come back to it. It may be 2 days, 2 weeks, or even 2 years before I write again. But I will write here again. And I want to make this blog better, something more reflective of me, not just in the words I type, or the photos I post, but in the style of the space itself. Soon. Let’s see if I can keep up this blogging obsession long enough for these plans to materialize. 😉


GlamourBox Unboxing: BYS Make Pro box

By now, everyone and their mother know that the Philippine beauty box scene is entering its annual “Special Edition” period. BDJBox unveiled a Revlon Special Edition Elite Box last month. I have a BDJ Elite Box purchase for September, but I know they usually send out towards the end of the month. I thought Glamourbox does the same; I’ve never actually preordered from them before so I had absolutely no idea.

Imagine my surprise when our condo security called me up to receive a delivery. I was sure I didn’t have anything getting shipped today. I even worked at home yesterday to ensure I received all my packages in the mail on a weekday. When I got the Xend package, I nearly died when I opened it because omgomgomg!! It’s the BYS Makeup Pro box!!

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I was actually thinking of tweeting or instagramming Glamourbox yesterday to inquire when they were going to start deliveries, but I got my box today, so yay for me!

Since I have work today, I didn’t plan on opening any of the contents to swatch and test. Sunday’s usually my makeup playing day, but I couldn’t resist taking pretty pictures to show off.

Probably a quick intro on my experience with the BYS brand: I’ve never tried any of their products before. I’ve seen the BYS counter in SM Cubao all the time, whenever I’m prowling the Maybelline, Revlon and L’Oreal counters. But I have never actually walked up to the counters and tried to swatch any of the products. I’m generally drugstore-averse these days because I hoard so many high end makeup products, and I just generally like the quality of high end products. I knew the next Glamourbox was going to be BYS and I thought, hey, why not. If I end up really liking the product, SM Cubao is just 500 meters from my house and the brand was at a really good price point. Anyway, enough blabbing, and let’s get to the product!

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Help! I want to go online shopping!!

So, I have very few regrets relocating back to Manila after an 8-year stint working in Singapore, and right now, this is probably the only one I can think of. I’m seriously in love with Julia Graf’s Victoria Secret look. You can see it here in her Instagram:

Sorry, but I’m not yoinking another person’s photo to post on my blog just because I’m obsessed with the look. Anyway, this is a look she did with mostly BH Cosmetics products and I really really REALLY want this whole set like omfgwtfwhatiswrongwithme!! I can’t get over it and I seriously want to go to town with my credit card right now.

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No new stuff to review but I am using new stuff now!

Yup, can you believe it? I bought so much shit over the past couple months and yet I have nothing new to review! 🙂

But, the truth is I can’t try all sorts of shit on my face. I might break out on too much stuff and not know what was causing it. The great part is, I’ve pretty much finished my Shine Bright set from I’ve already stopped using the Kojic Papaya soap, and my skin has pretty much gone back to normal – and by normal, I mean oily all over instead of oily in some patches and painfully dry in others. I continue to use the rest of the stuff in the set and I’m planning to do so until I finish the Cell Renewal Cream.

Apart from that, the only thing that has changed is that I’ve switched my soap to the new V&M Naturals Emu soap.

V&M Naturals Royal Pearl Soap with Emu Oil and crush pearls

V&M Naturals Royal Pearl Soap with Emu Oil and crush pearls

The website actually says it’s only for body, but the sales ladies from the bazaar where I purchased this said I could use it on my face, and so I did. No breakouts so far, and my skin feels so wonderful! Not just that, the soap itself smells sooooo yummy! I can’t wait to finish my current bar of Mestiza soap so I can also use this on my body.

Yummy yummy yummy!

Anyway, that was more like an intermission number. I gotta get back to work. Today is overtime day. Ugh!


Unveiling my first ever Starbucks Planner!

In this package is something I've waited 8 years to have. *grabby hands!*

In this package is something I’ve waited 8 years to have. *grabby hands!*

Yes! I’m so excited! =^__^=

I know this isn’t new to many locals, but Starbucks in the Philippines started their first holiday planner the year I emigrated to Singapore. My sister has collected these planners on a yearly basis and I’ve been so jealous of her pretty planners! Well, no more because I now hold with me the 2015 Starbucks Planner *hallelujah!!*

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Epic Skincare Haul

Lately, after noticing that my use of Sooper Skeen’s organic Shine Bright Like a Diamond skincare set has so dramatically improved my skin texture, I’ve been on an organic skincare kick. Last week, I was at the the Great All-Out Sale at Metro Tent in Metro Walk (along Meralco Ave. in Ortigas) to catch Sooper Skeen’s booth and get to try out so many goodies I’ve been meaning to get. I’m not going to be using all of what I purchased – many of the soaps are planned for gift-giving this Christmas, but I’m definitely going to use the other sets I got, and more!

Now, knowing how obsessive I can get when I happen to really like something, when I saw that One Earth Organics was going to be in this weekend’s Global Pinoy Bazaar in Rockwell, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to drop by for a peek. Well, peek is an understatement. I walked away with a sack-ful of goodies that I want to try as well, not just from One Earth Organics, but also from V&M Naturals and Sparrow. I told you, I’m obsessive.

So without further ado, here’s a quick overview of my 2-weekend skincare shopping bender. I’m just glad that the sale prices were so good I didn’t go broke with the shopping.

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