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Friday, September 19, 2014

Conair Easy Start Hot Rollers

Hi guys! It's a stormy day today! It's actually pretty scary. I'm staying home supposedly to fix and prepare all the stuff needed for the LuLu Makeup Workshop. But because of the bad weather, we have to reschedule the workshop to October 11, 2014. For more details and if you want to sign up, (I believe there's still a few slots left) visit

Anyways, my post today is about my new Conair Easy Start Hot Rollers. I asked my in laws to buy me Conair's hot rollers when they went to Canada. There's really not much hot rollers sold here in Manila except for I think Revlon? which costs arounf P4000. I was determined to just buy from the U.S. or Canada since they sell hot rollers like pancakes and the price range is around P1000-2000. I also wanted to try this brand because I've been hearing raves. I asked them to buy the Conair Xtreme Instant Heat Multisized Hot Rollers. However, I think it was out of stock and my SIL said that this is a newer model.

I have always loved curling my hair for events and special occasions. It's just fun looking a little different every now and then. Since I have straight hair, curling has always been a favorite of mine. I already have curling irons at home but now that I'm a mom of a running toddler, let's face it, I don't have time to curl using an iron and spend xx minutes to finish my whole head. So hot rollers was my next option as I can just leave it on my hair, let it set while I do my makeup and just remove it when I'm ready to go.

It comes with 20 multi sized rollers, which I requested because sometimes I want just loose waves, sometimes I want tighter curls. 6 Jumbo, 5 Large and 9 Small. The rollers are plastic with teeth as compared to the velcro-like material of the Xtreme Instant Heat. 

The set comes with different sizes of pins for the rollers as well which helps lock the rollers in place.

What's pretty neat about this is that it has a ready signal on one of the rollers that indicate if the rollers are hot enough and are ready to use.

So I finally got to use it and let me share with you my experience.

Since I purchased mine from Canada, it's 110volts and here in the Philippines, we use 220v. And so I had to use a transformer before plugging it in. Here's how the ready signal looks:

bright red

I tried to time it as I was hoping it will just be a couple of minutes and I can already start playing with it. So I kept looking at it because according to the instructions, the "red dot" will turn white when it's ready to use. So after 15 minutes, here's how it looks:

pale red

So I waited. I was starting to get anxious because I still have lots of things to do, so after 25 minutes, I went back and checked:

almost white

I left it for a good 5 more minutes before I started using it. I used mostly the small and large rollers since I wanted tighter curls. I knew they would loosen after a few hours. First I put heat protectant spray as always and then followed with hair mousse. Then it was time to use the hot rollers. So I started at the center then just pulled some hair and put the rollers on. Honestly, I didn't have any sort of system when doing this. I just rolled. Haha! I secured all the rollers with the pins that they came with.

It took me maybe less than 10 minutes to put them all in. Imagine that! Then at the end of everything, I was left with 2 jumbo rollers.

Here's how the back looks. Like I said, I didn't have a system so it was a little messy looking.

After setting my hair, I decided to eat first and feed my baby. After 20 minutes or so, I let it down and put a little bit of hair spray. I know that it looks so curled and tight but I let it be because I knew it will loosen eventually. So I walked out my door looking kinda cray cray. Hihi!

So dinner here we come! I met up with my family for my youngest sister's birthday. Here's how my hair looks after 3 hours. Sorry I don't have a close up photo and we only used our phone to take the pictures. The place was a little dark but as you can see, the curls loosened up like what I said. And this is the kind of curls I want.

It was the perfect curls. I decided to put a hair pin on one side just to style it a little.

7 hours after releasing the curls, here's how my hair looks. It was around 11:00pm and we just got back from dinner. As you can see, I now have waves instead of defined curls. 

The curls didn't exactly last the whole day but I don't know if it's the hot rollers or just the products that I use on my hair (i.e. mousse, hair spray) so I still have to test and try it out a couple more times. What I like about the Conair Easy Start Hot Rollers is how easy it is to use! And that I don't have to worry about it because it sets the hair for you as you do other things. And for a busy mom like me, that's the dream! I just hate that it takes SOOOO friggin' long to heat up. I don't know if that's the case with other hot rollers or if it's because of the transformer I'm using but if I was in a hurry, I still wouldn't be able to use this because it takes forever to get ready.

Overall, I'm neutral on this and I still have to test it a couple more times. I want to see if what will make a difference and then share with you tips when I've already perfected using it. :)

How about you? Any tips or recommendations? Have you used hot rollers before?

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

New & Improved K-Palette Lasting 2 Way Eyebrow

I remember the first time I reviewed the Real Lasting Eyebrow line and even the 2 Way Eyebrow, I was blown away because it was my first time to use liquid for my eyebrows. Who would have thought that there were liquid liners for your eyebrows and they actually stay put? Well, after garnering wonderful comments and raves, K Palette launched their improved version of the Lasting 2 Way Eyebrow

New and improved!
New limited shade: Greyish Brown
Natural Brown
Light Brown

What's it all about?

The exterior is the same as the older version. It comes with the liquid pen side and powder sponge applicator.

I first use the liquid side to outline the brows and fill in the gaps with short check mark strokes. The color is very subtle so you don't have to be afraid. Although it may take a little time to get used to it IMHO.)

Then I use the powder side on the inner part of the brows going to the tail to make the brows more natural looking, as I'm not exactly into the "sharp" look.

Here are the swatches:

Liquid | Powder
Greyish Brown
Natural Brown
Light Brown

Here is how it looks on me. I use Greyish Brown shade as my hair is naturally dark brown-to-black. Please take note that I used K Palette Real Lasting Eyebrow Mascara on top of the Lasting 2 Way Eyebrow just ot make the brows appear a little lighter.

What I LIKE:

  • I finally have the perfect shade for my brows, greyish brown! Hoard hoard hoard!
  • As always, it stays put even if I sweat or accidentally rub my brows.
  • It gives amazing dimension to the brows with its liquid and powder tips.
  • For those with sparse brows, the liquid tip will definitely be your bestfriend in terms of filling in the gaps!
  • Better color payoff as compared to the previous version.
  • Practice practice practice, as it takes a little time to get used to it.
  • Pretty expenisve P950, although it lasts a long time.
  • I find that since I have been using angeled/eyebrow brushes, I find the sponge applicator for the powder a little hard to maneuver and control. Again, practice to master it.
  • Greyish brown is a limited shade! :(

I have raved about the old version of this product, but now that they came out with an improved one, I can definitely say that this deserves all the praises it has been getting. I am so happy that they improved the color payoff! And most importantly that they came out with a darker shade for women like me who have dark/almost black hair. Do I recommend this product? Hell yeah! I use this for my clients and they always ask me where to buy, after seeing how natural their brows look.

3 out of 3 Schnauzers

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Disclaimer: Products are given by the company. All information written are based on my experience and are my 100% honest opinion.
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Heroine Make Cosmetics hits Manila!

Here's one of the events I attended recently. I went to the launch of Heroine Make Cosmetics. It was really exciting because I have been into Japanese products lately. So I was very much eager to hear more about the brand and learn more about their products.

Heroine Make is a Japanese-manufactured makeup line with ten years of history that turns women into princesses since 2005. It launched a revolutionary range of eye makeup in Japan since then. The brand has become a familiar sight to shoppers in Hong Kong and Singapore, where the lush romantic packaging fills the shelves in Sasa, Bonjour, and drugstores in these countries. Now, Heroine Make turns wide manga eyes towards the Philippines by bringing top of the line products to the shores of Manila.

I learned that the best sellers and original products of the brand are as follows:

  • Long & Curl Mascara (P595): an award-winning waterproof formula that makes lashes unbelievably full, long and thick, while retaining the curl all day. Named the #1 Mascara in Japan by Cosme in 2009. 
  • Smooth Liquid Eyeliner (P595): long-wearing, smudge proof eyeliner with a fine tip to create whatever luscious eye look you desire.
  • Quick Eyebrow Pencil (P345): resistant to oil, sweat, and rubbing, and the perfect tool to shade in your most expressive eyebrows!

Aside from these three, Heroine Make also offers dolly-inspired false eyelashes, BB creams, and powder compacts for perfect princess-like skin. 

Through the demo by Sayuri Igarashi, who is the lead makeup artist for promotions and events of the brand, I learned that the eye products were inspired by the big, beautiful eyes of the classic shoujo (Japanese women’s comic) heroine. So you can definitely expect the wide eyed effect, romantic looking eye makeup!

Here, mascara is to be applied to the model. I was able to get the Impact Frame Mascara and have tried it once. Just a quick initial review, love at first try! :) More on that next time as I am still roadtesting it. :)

Here is the finished natural look:

This is the party  look:

Heroine Make is brought to the Philippines by Mandom Philippines Corporation and they are distributed and sold in Watsons.

How cute are these:

Of course I had to take photos of the packaging. Japanese products always always have kawaii packaging!

 Girls just swoon over the products!

I was surprised to find out that the products are quire affordable! So I really am looking forward to trying more of their products.

Loving the dainty vanity!
Thank you Heroine Make for long lasting and hassle free beauty essentials that are affordable and great quality!
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Heroine Make loot!
Heroine Make available at Watsons
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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Join the P600 LuLu Makeup Workshop!

You can still join us on September 20 for the P600 LuLu Makeup Workshop! :) You can register via For more details, visit

By purchasing P700 worth of makeup palette or multiple products, you can already get a slot in the workshop for only P600! There's also an option to add P700  for a Charm Holiday Brush Set.

A comprehensive list of topics will be covered and you can bring your current makeup stash so we can teach you how to properly use them! :)
Ms. Donnarence Masilungan, professional makeup artist and beauty blogger will be the instructor for the day and it will be held in Glambox Beauty Studio, Makati from 1:30-4:00pm.
Hope to see you there! :D Few more days to go!
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