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 Superskin.ph. 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!

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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My foray into lash extensions

So, here I am with my first beauty post since starting up blogging again, and the current beauty obsession I have is lash extensions. Yep, after i purchased a crap-ton of false lashes from Sasa last year (a whole bunch of which I haven’t even used), I decided that I’m too lazy to put those falsies on every time I wanted thick, long lashes, and, damn, I want thick, long lashes all the bloody time! Anyway, it was a random decision to get try it out. And, knowing me, once I’d made up my mind that I wanted to try it out, fuck-all if I would wait until the weekend. No, I went through google to find a salon near me coz I wanted lash extensions, stat!

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Blogger Tag: Get to Know Me!

Hi to the 2 people who read my blog! I have a splitting headache from lack of sleep today, but I felt like doing a blog post and I thought it’d be fun to do a blogger tag, even though I don’t ever do tags. :p I read Emily of Beauty Broadcast. Her blog is the only one that I actually read because she’s the one of the few Youtubers who consistently update not just her channel, but also her blog. So, please go check out her awesome, informative blog, and I’m sure she will have a link to her awesome Youtube channel there too! So, highly recommend you go check that out, after I bore you with my tag answers 😀

1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?
Stick straight and flat. I used to have really thick, wavy hair as a child. I got severely sick with typhoid fever when I was 12 or 13, and since then, my hair has grown straight. 
 
2. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?
Back when I lived in Manila, I would get my hair dyed at the salon. Salon services are inexpensive in Manila, so I mean why would I bother doing my hair myself? When I moved to Singapore, where beauty services is ridiculously expensive, I now dye my hair myself. I use different box dyes, and even with my flat boring hair, my hair is crazy thick, so I need 2 boxes. The last one I used is Revlon Colorsilk ( I think that’s the name?)
 
3. Do you wear the same style everyday, or do you change it?
Yes, because I’m lazy. But I wear hair extensions, so that just totally changes my look, and I love it! When I’m feeling chippy, I may actually use a curling iron to curl my hair.
 
4. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?
Neither. I have a lot of bad habits, and one of them is picking hang nails and my cuticles out (gross, I know). So my nails are almost always raw and gross and I never want things like polish remover near ’em.
 
5. How often do you change your nail polish?
Never; I don’t wear nail polish.
 
6. Do you polish your toes in the winter or just the summer?
We don’t have a winter in Singapore; here’s just hot and hotter. When I used to wear open-toed heeled shoes at work, I used to get a pedicure every 2 weeks. Now, since I wear pumps and boat shoes almost exclusively, I don’t feel the need to wear polish on my toe nails either. 
 
7. How long does it take for you to put on makeup?
Depends on the day of the week. On weekdays, when I have limited time in the morning, it takes me about 40 minutes to do my face. If I wake up early, I’d also take another 20-30 minutes curling my hair. 
 
8. What do you do first? Face or eyes?
I do my face first. I just find it weird doing my makeup without having put on foundation. My sequence is base/foundation first, brows, eyes, then cheeks and contouring.
 
9. Do you collect makeup or just buy what you need when you need it?
Makeup shopping is almost like a compulsion for me, so I really collect makeup.
 
10. How often do you wear false eyelashes?
Quite often. I wear lashes almost everyday at work. It’s pretty troublesome, not because it’s hard to get it on (which it is, let me tell you), but because I have oily lids and watery eyes, so my lashes almost always are half off by the time lunch time rolls around. 
 
11. Do you do a full face of makeup everyday?
Yes. I cannot live without foundation, concealer, setting powder, at least some shadow to deepen my eye socket, my brow makeup, a lot of blush and bronzer (I love blush, bronze and highlight stuff!) and lipstick! I’m just a lady who likes to look really put together!
 
12. Do you wear makeup when you’re home alone or with family?
Yep. I like putting on my makeup and wearing my hair extensions and it doesn’t matter to me if I’m going out or not. That’s just the way I roll. 
 
13. Will you leave the house without makeup?
Yes,but very rarely. People think I’m sick when they see me without makeup. -_-;; I don’t like the natural color of my lips and my brows are extremely sparse, so I just feel that I definitely do look gaunt and sick if I don’t at least fill in my brows and put a bit of lip color. My bare face isn’t as bad as before, when I used to smoke though.
 
14. How many high-end products do you have?
A lot. -_-;; I didn’t buy drugstore stuff until I started watching Emily’s channel. So if we were to look at my collection, I’d say 70% of the stuff I own is high end. Most drugstore stuff I have is confined to lipsticks and foundation.
 
15. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you’re getting dressed?
I try to, but I don’t always do so. I work in a bank, so there are those days when I feel like “Oh, what’s the point, all my office clothes are so boring and staid anyway!” 
 
16. How often do you change your handbag?
Once a week. I LOVE handbags! Like, I love it more now than I love shoes, and I used to really be a shoe lover. And because I have so many bags, I try to work with one bag a week, so I can get a good rotation of the bags that I have. My favourites are this English satchel style I have, and this mustard colored office bag I have. Both are  from Charles and Keith, which is a homegrown brand here in Singapore. 
 
17. What time do you wake up and go to sleep?
I wake up at 6am. I have been having a sleeping problem lately, so I would lie down around midnight, but don’t fall asleep until around 2 or 3am.
 
18. How often or when do you workout?
I run 4-5km 3 times a week. I also swim laps on our pool (size is about half Olympic), and do 5 full laps each time. I only took up swimming lately, so I’m still working out on how to go longer without my arms aching like crazy the day after. And since I have a 9-6 job, I work out at night only. Saturdays are rest day. I used to do my long runs on Saturday mornings, but because of my sleeping problem, I’ve felt it’s more important for me to sleep in and catch a few more hours of zz’s.
 
19. Left handed or right handed?
Lefty represent!
 
20. How tall are you?
4’11” 
 
21. Do you speak any foreign languages?
Yep. My first language is Filipino (duh, since I’m Filipino). I don’t speak it, but I understand a fair bit of Malay and Mandarin too.
 
22. How many pets do you have?
I don’t have any pets here in Singapore. I live with my dad, and my dad doesn’t like the smell of animals. -_-;; In our house in Manila though, we have a mini-zoo. LOL My sister keeps 2 cats, my grandmother has lovebirds, we used to have rabbits and a golden retriever too. We had to adopt out the dog though, because as we all grew older and started moving out of the house, we didn’t want our poor dog not having anyone to walk her out on a daily basis. 
 
23. How often are you on Blogger?
I am on WordPress :p And I’m here daily, about 10 or 5 minutes a day checking out my stats. lulz.
 
24. Do you read comments posted on blogs?
Yes, haha. I like reading comments on beauty blogs. I get good reading links going through the comments! I try not to read comments on news and lifestyle blogs though. There’s tons of ignorant, racist morons all over the place, especially on news blogs. So sad.
 
25. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?
Yup, I do. I have a little list of stuff to try saved on my Wunderlist. I’ve ticked all of them now. My last to-try list was only composed of clip-in hair extensions, and I’ve bought almost all of the stuff I wanted to try.
 
26. How did you come up with your blog name?
That’s me! I’m Mumu, and I thought it’d be so grand if I had my own corporation. Hence, Mumu, Inc.
 
27. What kind of camera do you use for your photographs?
I have a Samsung point and shoot, and my iPhone. That’s enough for me :p
 
28. How often do you clean your house?
I have zero domestic skills, so no, I never actually clean my room. My dad has a helper, and she cleans my room. I’m a spoiled brat. When I lived with my boyfriend, he’d be the one doing the cleaning most of the time (and that wasn’t all too often either). 
 
29. What’s your favorite color?
Pink! 
 
30. Do you swear?
Not by a lot anymore. I have grown out of it. It just doesn’t sound refined or classy.
 
31. What are you doing with the rest of your day?
It’s 12:30am, so I’m going to try to get a bit of sleep. Tomorrow, I’ll be at work during the day, and going off to run at night.
 
Boy, that’s a long tag, but it’s fun to do! Tagging Setsuna, so she’ll update her blog. Dude, it’s been 3 months. :p

Hair extensions comparison – Ends!

Hi everyone! I just wanted to show you guys what I meant about the so-called “natural ends” and the blunt cut ends. I also threw in the photo my Foxy Locks set for a bit of further comparison. Foxy Locks is sort of a happy medium between the super thick blunt ends from Hair Secrets and the super fine natural ends from Bellami hair.

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Hair Extensions – Comparison of the ends

I mentioned in my previous post that Hair Secrets is double drawn and you can see from that photo above what a difference double drawn hair makes! I am also happy to tell you that the Bellami stock that they are currently selling is now double drawn, and I so hope that this will address the straggly ends that their previous stock had.

Now the pieces I took from each set is the 4-clip piece. All of them are approximately 8 inches wide. They are also more or less equally thick at the top band. The Foxy Locks and Hair Secrets wefts have just been washed and dried, and it’s the first time i have washed both. I’m happy to say that there was very minimal hair breakage or shedding during the washing process. I was very afraid of that and I’m so happy that my fears about hair shedding during washing was largely unfounded.

The Bellami weft here hasn’t been washed since it was purchased, but now that I’m comparing it side by side with Hair Secrets and Foxy Locks, it just looks so straggly and sorry-looking, and that’s such a shame, because the hair is very pretty and very thick at the band. It also just looks so dry compared to the Foxy Locks and Hair Secrets wefts. And that’s just so weird because I would slather all of my extensions with Macadamia oil and pure Argan oil when they look or feel dry, and I have put a bit of oil on my Bellami’s when I took it out of the package. The Foxy Locks and Hair Secrets, I mixed a bit of Macadamia oil in with the conditioner when I washed them. Oh, by the way, I didn’t curl the Foxy Locks weft. The hair just dried that way, so I guess the hair came from someone with naturally curly hair 🙂

So, I hope this comparison was helpful to you, and look out for my next review soon!

Review: Hair Secrets Hair Extensions

Hi everyone! I am back with another brand review. I wanted to do a review much earlier than this. Unfortunately, I had a really awful skin allergy that sprung up about a week after filming my Bellami review. And I still have a fair bit of these rashes, though they’re no longer as itchy as they were a couple weeks ago.

So today’s review is on one of my most favourite, and my most prized, hair extensions set: Hair Secrets.

As you can see, Hair Secrets is definitely one of my most favorite brands! Here’s my video review of this set. As with my previous review, I talk mainly about hair quality and the weft make in the video, and the rest of the details can be found in the meat of my blog post below.

Styled hair with Hair Secrets

Styled hair with Hair Secrets

What’s Available?

Hair Secrets offers only 1 length – 20 inches, but in 2 volume packages:

  1. The For Fine Hair set comes in a white box and is ideal for fine to medium hair texture. This is AU$169.
  2. The Ultimate Volume set comes in a black box, as in the photo above. It’s the set that I own, and costs AU$199

The weight of each option is not published on the site, but I recall reading on their Facebook feed that the Fine Hair set is 120g, while the Ultimate Volume set is about 190g.

Site Quality and Ordering Process

  • Hair Secrets is a salon quality brand of hair extensions, and because it’s a “pro” brand, you can really see that in the design of their website, which is clean, pretty and looks like a real legit e-commerce site.
  • Hair Secrets has 2 different sites: the Australian site, and an American site for international orders. I don’t think you can order from the AU site, and anyway, why would you want to? The pricing difference is crazy, and I think the AU site pricing probably includes hair dressing services to professionally blend the extensions into your own hair.
  • There’s tons of colors to choose from, 30 shades, including various highlight and lowlight combinations, so there’s really a shade in there for everyone.
  • The down side of having so many shades, I guess, is that ensuring all of these shades are properly stocked takes forever! Many of the darker brown shades are perpetually out of stock. I ordered my set back in January. It’s a shade lighter than what I wanted to get. It’s now April, and the shade I wanted has only been restocked now.
  • As I previously mentioned, neither the AU site, nor the international site publishes the weight of the hair and that really sorta keeps you guessing on what you really need, especially if your own hair is more on the medium thickness, not really fine but not really thick or voluminous. My recommendation is, of course, to just choose the set with more hair, because you can just reduce the number of wefts you put on your head.
  • Rating: 4.5 stars

Delivery

  • Expedited shipping with tracking from Australia to Singapore is 2 weeks, and I think that’s pretty standard.
  • I’ve also seen a 3-day processing time to before the hair actually gets shipped out from their facility, so in all, it’s a good 2 and half weeks to get to me.
  • Shipping fee is $19, and definitely on the more expensive side, as other Australian companies I’ve purchased from offered free shipping.
  • There are coupons for free shipping in some of the Youtube reviews for this brand, so go search it out! 🙂
  • Rating: 4 stars

Packaging

  • This brand’s packaging is un-frickin-beatable! It comes in a super cute luxurious box, and inside, it’s packaged in a black silk organza bag. Perfect!!
  • Rating: 5 stars
Hair Secrets Box Packaging. Can you tell I love it so much?

Hair Secrets Box Packaging. Can you tell I love it so much?

Hair Quality

  • The shade I purchased is It Was All A Dream, which is a medium brown with red undertones. In other companies, this would probably be a #4 shade. Maybe slightly lighter. This shade is actually too light for me, though it’s hardly noticeable in photos. I really wanted Celebrity Meltdown, but it was out of stock when I ordered, and I’m impatient, so this is what I got.
  • The hair quality is super soft, incredibly silky and so so smooth! This is the silkiest, smoothest hair extensions set that I own, and in terms of that type of hair quality, the only other brand I own that matches this is Headkandy.
  • The hair shaft of these extensions are thick and blends so perfectly with my own hair, which is also very thick!
  • Hair Secrets is one of the few double drawn extension sets that I own – this means all the hair are a single length, which guarantees that I get hair as thick at the tips as it is at the top!
  • Strangely enough, even though this is so smooth and silky, the hair seems to be very prone to tangling. And when it does get tangled, it gets impossibly snarled and I normally have to take a few minutes to pick the snarls apart with my fingers before brushing through the hair. That’s not bad though, because it tends to get tangled in with my own hair, which is probably the source of the bad tangling (my hair was previously permed, so yeah, prone to tangles!)
  • This extension set has a blunt cut, so all the hair is a single length and it may look a bit unnatural when you clip them in and don’t get it professionally blended. Hair Secrets recommends bringing the extensions to your stylist to get them professionally blended. Obviously, I didn’t do this, because I don’t really like anyone snipping locks off my precious extensions, and in fact, I do really love these blunt cut sets.
  • Rating: 4.5 stars

Clip & Weft Quality

  • The clips are not the tiny, super unnoticeable clips that I have in most other sets I own. It’s a little larger than the clips even on my Headkandy set (those have medium-sized clips). They’re also stamped with the brand, so you’ll never forget it’s Hair Secrets 😉 But even if these are a bit on the larger side, they really grip onto my hair really well! No slipping off at all!
  • There’s lace backing and good, sturdy stitching on all of the wefts.
  • The clips are sewn at the top and sides to make sure they don’t flip flop on your head, and because they’re sewn on so securely, the extension wefts really lie flat against my head even though the slips are a bit on the larger side.
  • There are 7 wefts in total in the Ultimate Volume set, and wearing all of them in my head makes for the most even distribution of hair possible.
  • Rating: 5 stars

So obviously, from the ratings on each category, you can tell that I love love love these extensions! They’re superb quality that I just can’t find any other set that matches these. I do wish the restocking period was shorter than the 3 months it took to restock the color I originally wanted. And of course, this set is really on the pricy side. But I think I definitely got what I paid for and in fact, I’ve finally ordered the Celebrity Meltdown set that I wanted to get! Here’s to hoping I get it before my May holiday trip to Manila. I’m raring to wear this set when I go back to see my boyfriend!

Overall rating: 5 stars – I got what I paid for!

Hair Secrets, you just got the full 5 stars!! <3

Hair Secrets, you just got the full 5 stars!! ❤

Review: Jewelove No. 5 Lashes

Hi everyone! So, I decided to come back real fast to try to review each of the eyelash sets I purchased from Zalora and Sasa before I forget my promise 🙂

The first set I tried was actually Dolly Wink, but I wanted to give that set another try some other time because the first time I put it on, the lash band poked at my left eye quite badly. I don’t know if it was because the lashes were not all that good or if I’m a moron who doesn’t know how to not hurt myself.

Anyway, I decided to review Jewelove No. 5, and I promise today’s post is going to be a real review, and not my usual half-assed commentary about how awesome I think everything is.

This is what the packaging looks like, and it's my very favorite!

This is what the packaging looks like, and it’s my very favorite!

Isn’t it pretty? I’m always drawn to the Jewelove eyelashes on the gyaru makeup display rack at Watsons because of of the pretty floral packaging. Just look at that pretty box and compare it to the bland-looking packaging that the current run of Dolly Winks, and more specially, the Ardell lashes, which have boring black packaging. I’m just really a sucker for florals, I guess.

I don’t have a any translation for the packaging, which is in Japanese, but I do recall the that the description on the Watsons packages said these are “Natural Soft and Fluffy” or something like that. And I must say, that is just spot on! It’s still a little on the long side if looked at sideways, but it’s so beautiful and natural nevertheless!

Up close and worn.

Up close and worn.

I love that pretty flare on the outer corner, and yet it looks so natural at parts where, really, eyelashes should be both short and sparse (inner corners).

Just pulls the look together so beautifully!

Just pulls the look together so beautifully!

I went with a really natural eye look with these lashes and I think they just work so well for work.

Boy, do I look cute or what?

My room is an awful mess in the morning, and my hair is flat every single workday -_-;;

I think I’ve also mentioned before that one of the things I really like about false lashes is how they retain the curve at the band after use and reuse. The Eyemazing lashes that I got were like this and Jewelove was the same, thought not to the same extent as the Eyemazing ones.

In sum:

  • Look: 5/5 – this is just perfect: fits the width of my eyelids just right, band isn’t too long, lash hairs are perfectly flared outward. Lash hairs are matte so none of that plastic-y look from cheap lashes.
  • Comfort: 5/5 – Besides Ardell, this is the first pair I’ve worn that didn’t bite into my skin.
  • Reusability: 4/5 – I find some hairs get slightly displaced when cleaning.
  • Packaging: 3/5 – I love that pretty floral box but I can’t stand that disgusting glue that these eyelash manufacturers use to stick the lashes to the box! WTF it’s so chunky and sticky and gross and so difficult to remove! I do like the fact that each pair is individually boxed in separate plastic compartments, so if I didn’t have a lash case, I could just carry the compartment in my makeup bag in case I wanna take the lashes off.
  • Price Point: 2/5 – If you buy this retail at brick and mortar stores in Singapore, it’s $22.90, and for 2 pairs, that’s a little steep, considering you can buy 3 pairs for $3 (price point of my Fashion Electricity practice lashes). I know the quality is just different, but for $11.45 per pair, I just think it’s atrocious. Best to buy this online from a retailer like Sasa. I got mine for $13.10 from there.

Overall Rating: 19/25

I don’t think that’s bad at all, considering I only had good things to say about this pair 🙂 Having said that, even if I just find this so pretty, if Sasa never sold this pair again, I would probably never repurchase because it’s just too expensive here in Singapore.

Ciao, folks! off to watch my Law and Order reruns!

Ciao, folks! off to watch my Law and Order reruns!