Matte Lippies: Drugstore Brands

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Hey guys,

Today I will be sharing my thoughts on some drugstore matte lippies that I’ve purchased and tried recently. The reason for this is because I’ve always been wanting to try some matte lippies but I know from one past experience long time ago (can’t remember the brand) that they tend to really dry out and make lips look flaky and just unattractive.

But lately I’ve been seeing a lot of pics of girls wearing matte lippies and I thought maybe they have improved the formula and they won’t be as drying as before. Now, I’ve been eyeing some products from Dior, Marc Jacobs and of course my fave Chanel but I wanted to try it first with cheaper brand to make sure it’s for me before splurging on more preferred ones. And I know I’m comparing apples and oranges as high end brands will of course have better quality but still… 😄


So from friends and fellow bloggers’ recommendation, I tried the Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Lip Color and Covergirl’s Katy Perry Katy Kat Matte Lipstick. I also picked up one of this Revlon Kiss Tinted Lip Balm. Here’s my thoughts on these products:


The Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Lipcolor that I got is in the #210 Rose & Shine shade. I wanted something that’s not too pale nor too bold and I think this one does it for me. It’s creamy and easy to apply and comes in a uniquely shaped container.


It dries up quickly to a nice matte finish. Almost effortless. It’s supposed to be transfer proof but in my experience, this wasn’t the case. I had coffee 2 hours after application and I still saw marks on my white cup every time I take a sip. And after coffee, it starts to feel dry. It does last long (8 hours I’d say) if you don’t plan to eat and drink for that long 😄. This is based on the parts of my lips that didnt touch food or drinks. Overall, not bad for the price. 

Next one is the Katy Perry Matte Lipstick from Covergirl. I got it in shade KP07 Kitty Purry and just by looking at the color of it, I thought it will be a mauvy or berry shade. But it actually looked more of a pale pinkish shade on me. Too pale for my liking.

This one isn’t in a liquid form and at first I thought it was hard to use. After a couple applications, it started to glide on the lips smoothly and easily which I really liked. It has a demi matte finish so if you’re looking for the full and opaque matte finish, this probably won’t be the best option for you. It also stays on for a long time but again, didn’t find it to be transfer proof. But I really liked this because it’s buildable.


To solve the paleness issue with the Katy Perry lipstick, I applied this Revlon Kiss tinted lip balm first in the Sweet Cherry shade. This is one is probably one of the best tinted lip balms I’ve tried. Perfect for quick touch ups and will keep lips moisturized with a subtle hint of color. I often just use this by itself on very casual times when I’m too lazy to wear makeup.

And this is what it looked like when I apply the Katy Perry Matte Lipstick with the Revlon Kiss Tinted Balm. Still has the matte look and lips feel softer because of the balm. Now I think I’m ready to explore high end brands.


And this is my new set of lippies joining my fave ones from Chanel. I have the Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet which is basically a vetvety matte kind of lippie and the Rouge Coco Shine which I love because it feels like wearing a tinted balm with sheer and buildable color. And of course a tube of lipgloss coz you’ll never know when you’ll need that extra shine and sparkle 😂!

Update:

I was browsing for nude matte lippies and came across this brand having a sale and offers free shipping to Canada so I gave in and thought I’d try it. After a week, it came in the mail 😃 yaay!

This is Tarte Cosmetic’s Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in the Bestie shade. I love how lightweight this one feels on the lips and produces a very nice matte finish. I will definitely try more different shades from this brand.


Thank you for reading and let me know your thoughts, suggestions and recommendations in the comment section.

XO,

MUG

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Starbucks Zombie Frappuccino

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Starbucks just launched their Zombie Frappuccino yesterday of course in time for Halloween. This will be offered for just a limited time (5 days I think 🤔) just like the Unicorn Frap that they introduced last Spring. Although I did like the Unicorn Frap (didn’t get a lot of good reviews by the way) because I like sour candies, I can say that I liked this one much better.


This Frap is supposed to resemble some zombie characteristics with the pink whipped cream as exposed brains, chocolate drizzle for bloody effect and of course the green slime or whatever that is haha!


The green slime tastes like a caramel apple. The green apple taste is pretty dominant taste with a very subtle hint of caramel as an after taste. But what I really liked is the combination of the pink whipped cream and chocolate drizzle. Reminded me of this kind of beverage I used to have during my childhood years called the Scramble.


The scramble is like a slushie in the Philippines. It has shaved ice, milk, banana flavor, powdered milk, sometimes marshmallows (original version didnt have this), and of course the chocolate drizzle. It used to be a beverage version of a street food but now it is also being offered in malls and restaurants.


So there it is! For me personally I liked it because I like caramel apple and the other part kinda transports me back to my childhood and reminds me of this beverage that I really liked and enjoyed. But of course this is just me and it will still come down to personal taste and preference.

Have you tried this drink? Let me know your thoughts! 😊

XO,

MUG

Staying Positive After A Bad Experience

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This will not be like my usual posts but I thought I’d share this experience with you along with my thoughts and the things I realized after.

I went to the mall after work today and parked in the underground parkade and went in to browse and get a little bit of retail therapy. As I walked back to my car and pressed the button to open the door, a man’s head just popped up from the rear passenger side of my car. He probably was surprised when the car chirped when I opened the door.

Then I realized what he was doing! He was trying to break into my car! Without thinking clearly I confronted him from the other side and called the police. When he stood up I was shocked to see that he’s like 6’2” in height and fairly well built. He was anywhere between 25-30 years of age and just one look I knew he was homeless.

I know that was a very bad move on my part, I shouldn’t have confronted him as he could’ve easily hurt me right there and then and there was no one around. But he just slowly stepped away from the vehicle and away from me without saying a word.

He caused some considerable damage to my vehicle. Broke the glass, broke the weather strip and even the trim so that would cost me for sure. Cops came and got the police report done and eveything and I had to drive home with a black bag taped to my window to cover the opening and my back seat full of broken glass.

 

I know this happens a lot to other people but still not a good feeling. I was shaken and angry and worried as I was driving home but those feelings didn’t last long as there are lots of things I realized while driving and these thoughts changed the way I looked at things:

• Even if that man was arrested and even if I get to beat him silly, he still wouldn’t be able to cover the cost and eliminate the hassle of getting my car repaired because he simply had no money to afford it.

• After realizing that, I came to the conclusion that anger, worry, and negative emotions wouldn’t help me in any way and would even prevent me from thinking clearly.

• I realized that he probably didn’t really mean to hurt anyone or he would’ve done that to me already. He’s probably just merely trying to survive. Wrong way I know but we never know what he’s going through right now.

• I realized how blessed I am having even a simple car and stuff that he was clearly trying to get. I’m lucky I’m not the one in his position having to take extreme measures to get something. And again, I’m not trying to justify what he’s doing. It’s wrong regardless of which way you look at it.

• I’m still thankful that I’m safe, he didn’t hurt me and he didn’t get to get anything because I came back at the right time. I’m still lucky because I have the means to get the car fixed despite the hassles.

So, after realizing all of these, I actually felt better almost instantly. I felt bad for him and I forgive him for this and hope he figures out how to make his life better so he wouldn’t have to do this to others anymore.


XO,

MUG

Winter Already??? 

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Yesterday my family and I still got to enjoy a nice Fall weather. It’s been a good start to the season not too cold and not summer hot either! In fact, we just put up our fall decors and are excited to enjoy this very beautiful and colorful time of year.


And this morning when I woke up, I saw this winter storm warning which Kinda surprised me as it was really nice yesterday! So I looked out the window and yep, strong winds and blowing snow. That just means we didn’t even have 2 weeks of Fall.




So for my work outfit, I just picked something warm and cozy like a long burgundy sweater, black leggings and black riding boots. Not the most stylish 😄 but does the job of keeping me warm and comfortable.





XO,

MUG

Welcome Fall 2017!

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Wow! It seems like I’ve just been celebrating Spring and now even Summer’s over! This is probably one of the best and busiest summers I’ve ever had since I came here although I can’t deny that Fall is still my favorite season and it’s here again! Beautiful colors everywhere for all to enjoy!



It has been a really warm and dry summer so I’m not surprised that it’s still nice today although we’ve had a couple of cooler days last week. For work, I could still getaway with summery outfits and this is what I wore for today…





I am planning a special trip in the winter and I’m finally gonna be able to go back home and visit after a long 8 years! I didn’t expect to say this but I’m really looking forward to winter because of this but for now I’ll just enjoy the most beautiful and colorful season! Welcome Fall!

Dress: Michael Kors

Purse: Louis Vuitton

Shoes: Gucci

XO,

MUG

Louis Vuitton Delightful PM in Damier Azur

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It’s a good and warm day today and I decided to visit my local Louis Vuitton store since they’re having a perfume/scent event today. I got an invite for this event in my email so I thought I’d check it out.


And I don’t really know why but I’m only interested in their bags/purses and not other stuff so I just ended up asking them for different models and prints. Unfortunately, the first 5 or 6 items that I wanted was not stocked and I didn’t really want to wait as I was set on getting something today.


This display column that has all Damier Azur purses caught my eye and I thought I’d ask one more time for a Delightful bag in MM size but unfortunately it’s too big for my frame and my liking. Asked if there’s a PM size but was expecting a “no” for an answer as it’s not on their website so imagine my excitement when she came back with one!

Obviously I had to get it and I’m so glad I did. 

Orange is my least favorite color but I absolutely adore this packaging! Magnetic box, blue ribbon, the whole package.

And here she is 😊 fresh out of the box. This is my first Louis Vuitton in the Damier Azur print. I have always been hesitant in getting this print because I was so worried about color transfers and maintenance but this is a very fresh and pretty print so I decided to give in haha!

One of biggest concern is keeping the Vachetta away from spots and stains to get a nice and even patina but this is something that a nice and colorful twilly can easily solve. Love this nice and crisp name/logo on the handle.


It also comes with a gold bag charm/ key ring that obviously matches all the other hardware. The ring and the clasp both have Louis Vuitton stamped on them.


My favorite part is the interior with the Rose Ballerine lining. A good sized zippered pocket can carry important stuff like smal wallets, card holders, passports, phone etc. for easy access. As you can see in the photo, this particular bag was made in France which has always been my personal preference when getting an LV purse.


I thought at first the Delightful will look awkward when worn but when I tried it, I actually don’t mind the look of it. And I think this is the best size for me. Anything bigger would overwhelm my small figure.

What do you guys think?

XO,

MUG

The Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden

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For those like us who live in the city, the busyness of the streets and avenues have become a normal part of our lives already. We are so used to seeing crowds and we’re almost immune to the loud noises that both people and vehicles make especially if you’re living in the downtown area surrounded by bars and other businesses.

If and when time permits, I love going for a little drive just to get out of town and escape the craziness of it all. This time, I went to the town of Lethbridge. It is not a very common summer destination, I know, and that’s one of the reasons why I chose it. 

One of the places I visited that I really liked is the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden which is located right by the Henderson Lake and Outdoor Pool. This place is perfect for those who just want to have a peaceful and quiet time.

The place has a beautifully manicured lawn, landscaped area, bonsai trees, ponds and tall and lush trees. Here are some pictures:

Reception Office and Gift Shop
















XO,

MUG


The Rimrock Resort Hotel – Banff, AB

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It’s another long weekend and once again, we were back here in Banff. This has become a regular and favorite destination for us because it’s just a few hours drive from the city but it’s like we’re in a completely different world. From buildings and skyscrapers to majestic mountains and breathtaking lake views!

This time we decided to stay at the Rimrock Resort Hotel. I’ve always wanted to stay for a night or two here but it’s a little bit pricier than our ‘usual average hotels’ so now I’m happy that I finally got my stay.

Hotel Entrance

I must admit that of all the hotels here in Banff, I’d probably rate this as one of the top ones IF not ‘the’. Our room was pretty simple but very comfortable and the view was great! Here are some pics…

Entrance from Underground Parking



Piano 

Divas

Come in…

2 Comfortable Queen Sized Beds


My favorite spot in the room

Just look at this view of the mountain…

Just under that balcony is the Primrose Resto…

A view of the hotel from our window…

Hotel patio/ garden and some views of the mountain…

Stunning evening/night view…

Evening/ night view…

Sunrise…

I like hotel toiletries 😄

Pool and Spa change room…

Pool Area

Gazebo

Patio

Gym/ Fitness Area

The Hot Tub

I didn’t get to take some pics of the sauna and steam room but they have nice ones too! Overall I loved our stay here and it was a very relaxing and pleasant experience.


XO,

MUG

Fort Steele Heritage Town

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British Columbia is one of my most favorite places on Earth and not just because of its picture perfect views and sceneries but because every little town has something interesting to offer. This post will be all about a heritage town located in Cranbrook, British Columbia called Fort Steele.





This town will take you back in time with their attractions, buildings, and even the staff are dressed accordingly. The old and restored steam train ride is probably one of my favorite attractions as it’s such a relaxing ride. 




Look at these old luggage, trunk, box, and barrel

Steam trains are awesome aren’t they?

Prop your feet up, relax and enjoy the ride…

Enjoying the view…

Beautiful…

We got to stop and take pics of the view

Panoramic shot

The star of the show 😊

Big savings with these passes

They have a small cafe that serves freshly baked breads, light lunches, soups, chili and more. There is an ice cream station in the corner and it shares space with the town gift shop.




I also got to go on a wagon ride, visit their Ice Age Museum, watch live theatre, visit a dressmaker, and visit each and every establishment they have there. Overall it was a very fun experience and I’d say well worth the visit.



XO,

MUG



Canada Day Trip to Cranbrook, British Columbia

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This will just be the first part of my trip to Cranbrook British Columbia for the Canada Day long weekend. I like going out of town on long weekends as it’s the perfect time to temporarily escape the busy city life and be in a whole different setting that is closer to nature.

As most Canadians know, British Columbia is one of the most beautiful places here in Canada. The drive there was 6-7 hours from my city depending on the stop overs. But the view is so worth it! Here are some pics:







We even saw some wildlife on our way there. There was a very cute deer crossing the road that unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of and then there’s these mountain goats shown in pic below:


Our hotel room was simple but very comfortable. It is a suite with a living room, a dining area, a kitchenette and of course one bedroom with a king size bed. There’s TV in both the living room and the bedroom as well as air conditioning units so I’m good with that.





And of course for my outfit of the day, I didn’t get a pic of the whole outfit but I was just wearing a simple white tee, a pink skirt, a pair of white sneakers and a crossbody bag. Worked out perfect in a 29 degree weather 😊.


White tee (not shown): Guess

Pink skirt: Forever21

White sneakers: Michael Kors

Crossbody bag: Louis Vuitton


We are planning to do some fun activities for tonight ’til Monday and I will share those on my next posts. Happy Canada Day! Hope you all had a fantastic celebration.

XO,

MUG