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BLUSH OF THE WEEK: Holika Holika Hello Holika Chic Blusher #01



Some of you who liked my facebook page may have seen my HK travels album here and saw that HK is indeed a shopping city LOL.  the hubby and i were there for three days and half.  we did the nathan road shopping thing.

and naturally, since my current addiction is Laneige, i came home with a few goodies from that brand.  full sized items are cheaper in Manila.  but the sample sizes are found in HK and are for sale O_o.  the water sleeping pack was about 800+ on the street, i just didn’t get it since at the time i haven’t really tried it, and i already have several sample size of the water sleeping pack for me to try.  oh yeah, next to bonjour and the body shop, laneige stores were abound.

apart from sasa, that sold samples from guerlain to estee lauder to elizabeth arden, colour mix was a store i visited in two locations.  they carried lioele, skin79, the face shop and this taiwanese brand called shills.

i got these at sasa.  ah the famous dollywink.  kala ko naman kung ano, maganda pa packaging ng ever b at careline or halos pareho lang.

In Macau though, at the Venetian, i found this boutique, phew! one boutique to conquer all!  It’s a Korean cosmetics shop!  oo may Laneige din dyan, samwerz.  spotted, etude house and tony moly!

 and a section dedicated to that slave management label called sment, phfft.  yep, the sales girl said that they were commissioned by sment to sell their original and official SMEnt merch.  (sment is the label that manages super kpop groups like super junior, tvxq, shinee, and girls generation, not to mention kpop mainstay BoA). so here below are the uber expensive mugs, clear file folders, and other office supplies with our favorite kpop idols.

From that store i came away with my missha snail cream set and a holika holika tinted lip balm/gloss.  from that purchase they gave me their sweetmay makeup case and a face cream/essence in a sachet. 

so yeah, sa Macau yung may libre.  so it really is a Korean thing to give away freebies with purchase.  the Laneige store in Harbour city mall didn’t give didleee squat, hay, it was about 500 bucks cheaper at Laneige harbour city mall branch but well, from the point of view of a pinoy, pupunta  ka pa ng hk para makatipid ng 500, eh di well, sa shangri la na lang or trinoma (moa or robinson’s place) for your laneige fix may libre ka pang kung ano anong anik anik, sa hk wala!

back in Hong Kong.  theBenj found Sino center for me, this hole in the wall vira mall type of mall (circa 1980’s as in before the fire vira mall).  this is the place to buy kpop official and unofficial merch.  the big bang stuff is official while the leader stuff well, fanmade.  

From Page One i got a catalogue mag.  these asian magazines often include goodies with the mag.  the tweens often by the mag for the goodies.  this was the last copy of this Arashi mag.  and this mag made miss my sister in Asian-pop madness, Dek.  ayan nakunan ko na ng picture.  the bag stays but once i’ve taken photo’s of jun, i’ll ship the mag off to you na.  i used that bag at the office xmas party lmao!

Along Nathan road, there are side streets, one of them is Shun Yee street and on one corner there is camille road.  at that area i found this st francis/vira mall type of boutique (so no fitting allowed) where the prices of the clothes are half the price compared to most of the clothes i’ve seen so far through the many malls along nathan road.  the name of the store is in fashion.

for the office i got a few blouses.

a dress for date night ^_^

ahhh well y’all know i can’t keep away for the corally-peachy blouses.

and a pair of hose(s)

a nice blouse for the Christmas party.

which i wore at the Christmas party.

below is the black vest thing.

all the blouses didn’t go over 450 O_o where as compared to the malls, both in HK and in Manila, blouses of such designs would go for double those prices. hahaha i am proud to say, including the boots from naf naf, my entire outfit for the Christmas party was roughly about PhP1200 O_0 oo, HKD50 (around 300peTot) lang yung leggings with felt type of fabric the blouse was only HKD49 (around 280petoTs) so around PhP500 blouse and pants na.  then the naf naf boots were on half off sale last oct ba yun, so asa 700 or less. hahaha.  sorry peeps, i’d rather spend on skin care than on clothes.  though that may change as well. but i’m far from posting outfits of the day, but who knows, there’s a korean owned store in greenhills with roughly the same prices as this in fashion shop in HK 


except for the holiday edition lip duo and blush from laneige, the items above are Christmas + 8th year anniv gifts to me from the hubby.  so to the judgmental people out there, eh well, grind your teeth for all i care. 

hahahaha may ganon? la lang each time i post a haul vid on my youtube channel, as in each time, i have a thumbs down. like i said grind your teeth hahaha


are we traveling again soon? maybe, i’m hoping to catch leader in Sg, or once big bang releases their new album in 2012, and when they tour, i’m hoping to catch them in BKK or Sg (historically, they have not visited HK, but who knows..)

i kinda liked the weather in HK it was winter but the temps were only around 16 degrees.  it was Macau that was bitingly cold at 11 degrees with WIND.  i loved the fact that my makeup didn’t melt of regardless of the long walks hahaha.  i hardly blotted the oils off my nose!

ahhhh til we meet again.  nga pala HINDI KO NAHANAP ANG REVLON LIP BUTTER anywhere.  and halos ka presyo lang ng pinas ang revlon photoready O_o at mas ok ang duty free ng changi airport compared sa hk hayz hehehe marami na daw ako nabili sabi ni Lord hahaha.

til next time folks 😉

 Holika Holika is a Korean cosmetics company endorsed by CN Blue a kpop band, yes band as in like you know instruments.  i like cn blue’s music, it’s not your usual pop spew kids gobble up like they do newly popped and buttered corn.  being a brand endorsed by a good band, holika holika interested me.  i got this as a sample when i bought holika holika stuff in Sg.

 i was expecting something like a bb cream, a primer with a little coverage.  but this is a white cream, which unfortunately smells like rubber O_o

 and it dries clear.

 not reflective and has a matte finish

 when this pic was taken i used my kanebo mineral foundation, and it made the foundation last all day and i needed less blotting through out the day

 and the next day i use my photoready

 and does make it last all day. 

i like how it kept my face from really being oily and i only had to blot about once the entire shift.  and even when using the photoready which has like almost zero oil control, i wasn’t too oily.  i get oily with that even while i’m in airconditioned office.



  • very easy to spread
  • matte finish
  • i had no allergic reaction no welts no severe reactions
  • didn’t affect the finish of the foundation i was wearing that day, my kanebo mineral still retained it’s matte finish and i retained the dewy glow of the photoready
  • that little sache is gonna last me a couple of more days, why? it takes just a tiny drop for my entire huge face LOL
  • doesn’t affect my photographs with or without flash
  • still not available in the Philippines 
  • smells like rubber with alcohol for about 5 seconds 
  • i do not know how much it is LOL, lazy to go online, but i’ll find out for you by next week
Do i recommend? yeah, i do, specially for women who dislike bb creams and for those who prefer just a normal primer and a foundation on top
Will i purchase the full size? maybe
what’s your primer lately hahaha parang pintura lang 😛


i’ve had this in my stash for quite a while so i thought, well, now is as a good a time as any to review this, LOL.

i first apply or put on the holika holika pore mousse starter as my base then apply this mousse BB balm.  bb na balm pa.  redundant!

description below, i wonder what mirage powder is hehehe

it says:

but to me it looks like a cream foundation.  and indeed, it is.

the tony moly whipping bb is fluffier than the holika holika bb

sorry for the yellow beigey tint, it’s just the camera not agreeing too much with the light, but they look quite the same only difference is the coverage and the finish.  the tony moly has a powdery, satin pearlesque finish.

while the holika holika has an almost matte finish with less coverage.

below is a pic of me with just the holika holika mousse bb balm without flash

while below is a pic of me with just the holika holika mousse bb balm with flash

full makeup albeit office wear, i topped and set the bb mousse with my tony moly berry lovely girl petit powder very lightly. pic below has the flash on, hahaha don’t mind the crazy hair LOL

and below is a pic without the flash on.

a comparative review of a product i deem of the same type.

Aspect Holika Holika Tony Moly
Formula mousse’ but more of cream whipped cream more mousse-y
Shade Match #1 shade is a good match on me even if it’s shade 2 it’s still light on me
Coverage light to medium buildable medium to full coverage
Packaging tub with free sponge tub with flat top brush 
Finish Matte Satin to Pearlesque
Oil control I’m oily within 2-3 hours very good only blotted twice all day
Skin reaction none none
Scent strawberries in cream none
Lasting power lasts all day lasts longer than all day LMAO

does not cake up during the day does not cake up during the day
Flash Photography only very slightly reflective only very slightly reflective
SPF none none
Ease of Use have to use a spatula to scoop out the product have to use a spatula to scoop out the product
Blendability easy to blend  a little harder to blend, tends to get into my pores and I’ll see obvious white plugged up holes if I’m not careful
Price  PhP700 for 30g PhP725 for 18.5 g fr kkochipida
Availability still not locally available around PhP900++ at tony moly stores in SM malls

as much as love the more matte finish of the holika holika i just wish the effect lasted longer.  but after i blot away the oils then it’s all good.
both products are very good in my opinion.  i hear MUA for abs cbn use the tony moly whipping bb, so it won’t be a surprise if they wanna try the holika holika once it’s more readily available in the philippines.
do i recommend? i recommend the holika holika, specially to our pinay women who are shy to put on anything on their faces.  this looks quite natural on me. so the darker shades should look natural on you ghels, too.
will i repurchase? maybe, when i go back to Singapore, but they have many more face products i do wanna try 😉

Tony Moly does not pay me for these reviews.  
I got this as part of the gift bag given to the invited bloggers at the Tony Moly Press Launch last July at SM Megamall .  They gave the 01 Violet shade.

inside the tub there’s a poof applicator

it’s a tad finer than the one provided by holika holika.

it looks white.

but it does look lavender kinda lilac

it’s translucent so once blended out it can hardly be noticed.

pic below with no flash

pic below with the flash, yehey it’s not reflective!

and under the bright sun.

a tabular review comparing this Tony Moly product with Holika Holika’s Strawberry Pore Magic Cover Powder and my recent Revlon Colorstay mineral aqua FINISHING POWDER.

Aspect Tony Moly  Holika Holika Revlon
Packaging cap-sifter space appropriate for shaking powder cap-sifter space appropriate for shaking powder cap-sifter space appropriate for shaking powder
Scent lightly scented floral like strawberry milkshake none
Consistency very finely milled very finely milled very finely milled
Shades 2                           1 4
SPF none SPF 50 PA +++ SPF13
Coverage translucent translucent light to medium
Finish brightening brightening / luminous matte 
Oil Control up to 4hours  less than 3 hours less than 3 hours
Applicator provided Powder poof fits in tub Powder poof fits in tub synthetic brush 
Interaction with foundation sets foundation well, isn’t cakey sets foundation well, isn’t cakey sets foundation well, isn’t cakey
Flash Photography NOT reflective depending on the cam only sorta reflective NOT reflective
Skin Reaction none none none
Local Availability SM Mega not locally available YET not locally available YET
Price  PhP348 PhP680 / 10g US$11.99 / 0.35oz

over all, all of these work well and depending on the foundation or primer you use to begin with then i’d notice i’d be oilier compared to other days.  so let’s say i used the revlon photoready foundation on to of the tony moly expert triple bb cream , i’d be oily in 2-3 hours at least the tip of my nose.  had it been my kate liquid mineral foundation on top of the tony moly expert triple bb cream, then i’d stay matte longer.  all of these powders help maintain the foundation from melting and sliding off my face.  and at least my blush stays on longer too.  
I’m glad that i have all three of these, it’s just a bummer that i didn’t see nor can i find if the tony moly one has sun protection properties but if that’s the thing that doesn’t make it reflective in pictures then well i welcome it LOL 😛

this is one of the products i purchased at the holika holika at Singapore.  i wanted to get something new and they said this had just arrived within the week i was there.  the spf reminded me of this.

because it’s a powder sunscreen and something to use to touch up your makeup and sunscreen throughout the day.

click image to enlarge, a description of the product in English.

and what it looks like so it kinda looks like an egg, and the top lid is a dome shape plastic with a deep concavity.

i think that’s better for a loose powder than the packaging shown below where i can’t shake the powder in a space big enough for the powder not to explode all over the place.

my holika holika comes with a poof.  which i don’t much like.

 it’s not as smooth as the one from the skin shop, and it kinda reminds me of the baby powder poof that comes with baby powder containers.

i only exposed a few holes so i can only tap so much.  i thought the powder would be warmer but this is quite close to baby powder white, well close to it.

but it spreads / blends easily and not cakey
what it looks like sorta in real life without flash on my face

day 2, lol i look old and tired, photo below is day 2 of trying out this product

 and on someone else’s cam the flash reflected any all spf in the product and sorta made me look like edward cullen’s aunt.  and my face is lighter than my neck because i’m a babalina and my chin offered my neck what trees offer people who are under the sun.  and the eye makeup made the look kinda worse.

so yeah, my cam loves me, finally, after a full year and a few months it loves me.


  • the scent! strawberry milkshake scent!
  • very easy to blend and spread
  • packaging, not only is it cute but the lid is very useful for me
  • spf50 pa +++ wow and in powder form!
  • price for the spf is about P680 converted from sgd
  • didn’t break me out, yey.
  • under natural lighting it doesn’t give me a gray cast.
  • it does cover pores well.  
  • lasted on my face
  • didn’t cake up my foundation or bb cream
  • didn’t make me oilier than my usual oily self
  • doesn’t feel heavy on my skin
  • not locally available (but can be ordered thru Charmaine’s
  • fine i’ll add this, the powder is reflective depending on the camera you use.  
  • one shade only
Do i recommend?
sure for people who have to touch up through out the day. for people who suddenly have to go out of the office and into the sun in the middle of day.
Will I repurchase:  probably not, it will be a long time til i use this up and i like trying out new things.

As some of you may know theBenj and I went to Singapore last weekend because i had booked to see big bang and 2ne1 at the recent korean music wave.  Coincidentally, we caught the second to the last weekend of the great Singapore Sale. I was hoping to do the rounds for my Korean cosmetics that aren’t available in manila

Unfortunately, Nature Republic has closed shop in Sg and I couldn’t find Lioele’s kiosk as their FB page merely said their kiosk is at the ‘arcade’ ah well, it’s cheaper from anyway.

our hotel gives free rides to orchard road every morning so after breakfast we were on our way to orchard road.  

naturally, since the Bench ads, Philippine Volcanoes were such a hot issue in Manila, the moment i saw this picture and woah the size of it on the side of the mall’s wall, i just had to take a pic of it

and a pic of it with it, yes folks two pics of this one main one seen above and a side wing wall one without the abercrombie & fitch bwahahaha

as much as possible i wanted to accommodate the shopping wishes of theBenj so hardly would i drag him to clothes and shoe/bag places and only when we’d see sephora then i’d go in

so we had to pass by:

 but hehehe i was the one who ended up buying stuff, not much on offer in the store that’s part of the great SG sale here, =(

then we passed by 

not much going on here either, according to theBenj, Fullybooked in Mla is better than Borders, Sg.

As most of you may know Orchard road is a long stretch of road that has mostly shops, it’s like ayala ave only filled with malls instead of offices.  so for mirienda and to rest our tired legs and feet we passed by:

hehehe don’t ask how much this was, thank the gods it was quite good LOL

he eventually did buy 1 casio g-shock and a few straps.  for that purchase, he did get a significant discount compared to buying the same item here weeeheee i got to wear it on the day we were to go home 😉

so while breezing through the malls i found this:


and the store itself! all the items are on 20% off as part of the Great Sg Sale!

my purchases didn’t go over Sg$50 after the discount my total purchase at this holika holika store was only 47.  i’m stupid, i shouldn’t’ve gotten at least that so i can get their membership card, specially when i was already just Sg$3 close to 50 anyway.  hay, i was trying to not spend it all in one store, labo.

so i got these:

and for my purchases they gave me 3 “clear” files, 2 feather pens, and 1 poster LMAO, i couldn’t to the amount worthy of getting a free umbrella :

and the flip side of the “clear” files: weee they too have that givenchy phenomeneyes mascara

i also found the brand endorsed by Jpop idol Arashi member, Matsumoto Jun, Fascio, photo taken at BGH mall if i’m not mistaken

so definitely, i got that mascara he’s holding!  well, i like Japanese products, if only they weren’t so pricey! this one was about Sg$19, not part of the Sg sale =(

i also found a l’egere stand/kiosk.  but their products weren’t on sale either but at least it’s there, and i don’t have to go all the way to Tw to get some l’egere products LOL. photo taken at BGH mall as well if i’m not mistaken.

i got some knick knacks, too at mini bits.  they had a store wide sale as part of the gss.

the key chain is for my mom while the star necklace, well kinda reminded me of the necklace given in the korean drama you’re beautiful:

i think i went to about 4 watson’s before finally giving up in looking for missha =( but while at different watson’s i was able to find the kate/kanebo bb cream and mineral foundation.  this brand is part of the GSS and the promo is to buy 3items, whatever of the 3 is cheapest you get that for free instead [so buy2 get 1] i saw Pam’s review of the bb cream so LOL i had to try it, too! LOL and this isn’t available in manila yet as far as i know.

 and i think it’s this one i did get for free.  LOL i love that it’s an all in one eye pallet [meaning it has eye brow powder, too]

i grabbed these, too when i saw them!  finally and hopefully, putting on false lashes will be a breeze **crosses fingers!**

and in another watson’s i found this.  i got a mark down on this, instead of paying Sg$23.50 i only paid Sg$20 something.  booh it has no spf nyahahaha well it would kinda negate the rest of the sunscreens, now wouldn’t it?

these were the stuff we got on ‘sale’ naaah it’s actually cheaper from kkochipida and our watson’s here.  i just got these since they aren’t available here, and kkochipida isn’t given the privilege of getting posters/”clear” files with her contact’s purchases in SK, well as far as i know, so don’t quote me on that.

I also got a few stuff from our duty free and the duty free at Changi.  I’ll post those in a different post.  This post is for the SG yearly ‘great’ sale.  

a few things to note while i was there:

  1. we walked up and down orchard road and the malls until we couldn’t walk but my face didn’t get dirty at all.  my makeup didn’t budge, and when i took it off at night, it was still just the make up on the cotton pad, therefore, the air is smog free there.  [no cars older than 5yrs as per their law except for some groovy old cabs from the 70’s]
  2. clothes are cheaper here in manila, specially at forever21
  3. no spitting, i super dig that!

next post would either be my experience at the Korean Music Wave or my Duty free small haul.  LOL depending on the arrival of my sd card LOL.  

was it worth the trip? definitely, i loved the shopping experience even though my purchases wasn’t as big as my haul back when i arrived from Bkk.  i loved how clean it was over there.  i got to spend the weekend with theBenj in a different country try out different food and i finally got to see 2ne1 and of course big bang!

How was your weekend?