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This is my very first ETUDE HOUSE cosmetic. I was looking for a high endurance eyeliner when I came across this one. I had to try out the brand itself anyway, so I thought I’d start with this one.

Code B Strong Eyes Cream Liner

One pot is priced at around Php 395.00 – 450.00 (i forgot, but I’m sure it’s within that price range.) I think Etude has 3 shades for this product (Black and Browns – light and dark.) I got one in Dark Brown #3, because such shade softens my eyes and whole look, unlike Black ones (which tends to be too Black and fake-looking.)

#3 Dark Brown

It is packaged in a small black shiny tall box with the name “Code B” in it. Probably the name of the collection the product is under (which is actually great!) The product is in a small glass-like pot container and you’d get a free applicator brush with it. (thin and just right for eyeliner application.)

As for the formula of  the “Code B Strong Eyes Cream Liner,” I’d say it’s a tolerable quality. It sure is water and sweat proof! I use this when I go swimming and it wouldn’t smear off. Another industrial-strength eye product we got here. Rubbing it off without a make-up remover would be futile.

The only down-side, at least for me, is that it dries up fast when your still on the process of applying and it hardens the brush applicator. Which is why I take out half a pea size from the pot and use a  mixing palette so the whole pot won’t dry out.

Sorry for the blurred image

If you want a strong eyeliner that can endure all elements, you may want to try out this one. Not bad for a cheap Korean brand.

A rating of 2.8/5 for this one! =)



This one’s my current favorite eyebrow groomer 🙂

I actually don’t use it for my lashes since I’m more comfortable with black mascaras. I chose to use brown shades for my eyebrows since mine are thick and too black already. So to soften my look, I use products with the brown shade.


One bottle is priced at Php 300-400. (forgotttt) Plus, it doesn’t dry up in the bottle. You can actually use the  entire product for a long time until the bottle literally gets empty. Cheap? Yep yep!

One thing I like about Maybelline’s Volum’ Express Mascara in Brown, is that it is actually water-proof, sweat-proof, smudge-proof, salt-water-proof (yes, I’ve tried it on the beach) and all the “proof” words that can describe its strong enduring-staying power. (Forgive my redundancies, but this really is an industrial strength mascara and I cannot think of any words to describe its awesomeness!) And to think that I use it on my thick eyebrows. It sure does the job done! It’s like a spray-net for the brows hehe.

Slightly Curved Brush

The color is the typical brown color. For some skin tones, the color brown may look fake on them. But since my brows are all black, it doesn’t make much difference. It just grooms.

Maybelline Volum' Express on my Eyebrows

I’ve tried using it for my lashes, though, but I didn’t really like the result. Nothing seems to change (improve) when I use it on my lashes. Or maybe my standards for lashes are too much I guess… Anyway, for my lashes, NOT! But for my brows, A TOTAL YES. 🙂

To tell you the truth, I never liked the brand Maybelline, until I found this extra-strong mascara hehehe.



If you haven’t read my previous blogs about my obsessive-compulsive eyebrow grooming, then may this enlighten you to why I am such an eyebrow groomer. A clear mascara for my long thick eyebrows.

I have lots of eyebrow products already (some are waiting in a long queue to be blogged) that’s why I’m not choosy when it comes to clear and plain ones. I used “In2it’s” clear mascara, before, whenever my  brows are freshly trimmed for a neat eyebrow look, but then changed to Nichido when I saw that they offer theirs in a much bigger and cheaper bottle. The formula is just like any other clear mascara brand (except for MACs). So basically, I only use this one for my brows.

Clear Mascara

One bottle is priced at around Php 90.oo only. See, its cheap! 🙂

Its applicator Brush is full and big, which is almost quite the same as the Benefit Bad Gal Mascara’s brush.


This mascara gives you lashes a shimmering effect every time you flutter your eyelashes. I got this one 3 years ago and I only got to use it 4 times, I think. it actually pretty 🙂

SKIN FOOD Sparkle Glitter Mascara

I got this one from SKIN FOOD.  Costs only for Php 400-500  i think… I really didn’t have any plans on getting a shimmery mascara but when I saw it, it’s just too pretty to be left behind in a stoic display, so i got it hehe. Plus, the sales lady worked her sales-talk on me. Gahd.

Little Bristles

It comes in a medium sized bottle and a very cute applicator wand. It bristles are a little small but big enough to cover you lasher with sparkly glitters.

Pretty dazzling huh? 🙂


Of all the make-up essentials, bronzers are what I don’t like the most. I’m not really a fan of these bronzing products. Why? because it makes me look “sunog!” (sun-burned in a very bad way) lol.

That is why I really have no idea why I have one in my dresser hehehe

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in SUNNY BY NATURE

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in SUNNY BY NATURE. It’s got its dome shaped powder in MAC’s signature black plastic compact design.  This shade’s no longer in the circulation since MAC has discontinued manufacturing this specific shade. But I still can’t say that I’m glad to have this one (not really a fan of bronzerrrr)

It can be used as a blush or highlighter or  simply a bronzer if you want to get a tanned glowy look. Some say its natural-looking but for me it a too shiny and shimmery. Probably great on other’s skin tones but definitely not for me.

A luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish. Smoothes on: adds buffed-up highlights to cheeks, or an overall ultra-deluxe polish to the face. (

Who loves MAC? We do! 🙂



Cinema Secrets offers one of the finest-milled setting powders available, making it the favorite among professional makeup artists.The luxurious powder sets any cream makeup without caking or accentuating fine lines and wrinkles. With proper use, each container delivers for over 1000 applications. (

PW005 Beige

Cinema Secrets’ Ultralucent Loose Powder is my everyday setting powder whenever I use any liquid foundation. It’s a lightweight setting powder that I use for finishing touches. (another staple in my dresser)

You can buy one of this for Php 1,350. The brand offers all its products with a pricey tag, but the quality sure does compensate the high-priced cosmetic products. Their foundations (and its prices) are to die for as well.

With Sifter

A pot has a wide-mouth container with clear UV cap and sifter filament. You can use the puff that comes with the product or a powder blush for application.

This product is a must have. A 3.5/5 rating. This is my second favorite setting powder. Want to know my top 1 favorite? Stay tuned! =)

Alright I’ll give you a clue. It starts with an L and ends with an M.

hahaha isn’t that obvious already??


It’s been almost a year since I’ve discovered the Revlon ColorStay Eye Pen. I was having an eyeliner-phase so I exhaustively tried and tried on different brands until I found the 03 Blackened Brown from the Revlon ColorStay Collection.

REVLON Color Stay Liquid Pen in 003

A liquid pen costs Php 575.00 from malls which is a bit pricey for an eyeliner by a mass-brand cosmetic, but the quality of this baby sure does redeem itself.

Stocking up for the rainy days 🙂

I like the color03 Blackened Brown. It isn’t too black nor browny. It’s actuallly a mix of both which makes it look like a soft black so you won’t look like an eyeliner-rockstar-addict. I’ve always had a bad hand when it comes to applying eyeliners which is why the liquid pen type makes it easy to use. Plus, it’s waterproof and it endures one’s oily face for a whole day. You don’t even have to worry when taking it off because you can easily wipe it off with a wet-ones towel or make up remover. I use this liquid eyeliner pen everyday. I’d say this is a perfection in a pen! 🙂

I would recommend this product for those who use eyeliners everyday. It’s a 4/5 for me.