Archive for May, 2009

Coastal Scents Swatches

Hello kids!

As promised, here are the swatches of my Coastal Scents palettes.
They are gorgeous, as I predicted. 🙂

88 Coastal Scents Palette

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more greens, with teal

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more blues, with violets

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pinks and violets

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grays, silvers and black

88 Coastal Scents Shimmer Palette

(I did not swatch the entire thing anymore since all the colours are the same as the original palette. I did some though to show you how ultra-shimmering it really is.)

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Believe me when I say, the swatches did not do my new babies the slightest bit of justice. In addition to them being pigmented like a brother (oooppss), they are a darling to blend. Still not convinced? drop by my place for a free dip. 🙂


Coastal Scents Contour and Blush Palette

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Coastal Scents Concealer Palette
… love this!

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I also swatched the 4 Smacks lipglosses, along with the Mykyajy ones that I had from before:

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Sheer Tan

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… Now, the Mykyajy stuff

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Both Smacks and Mykyajy has the same consistency — not too sticky, which is how I like my lipgloss. However, they dont give the same shine and staying power as Lancome Juicy Tubes, which is what I use (no swatch, sorry. just take my word for it. hehe.).


LUSH Update:

Im almost done with ‘Sultana of Soap’, and its taking so much not to run to City Centre disguised as a LUSH sales staff and hack off a good 5 kilos of that stuff from the big block sitting in the middle of the store. Jay, however, liked ‘Honey I Washed the Kids’ better. I think its kind of too sweet-smelling. Well, he always liked sweet anyways. How’d you reckon he likes me that much? Hihi.


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On Coastal Scents, a new scent, soaps, a godchild and energy-saving bulbs

Customs Officer: What’s in the package?
Me: Uhh.. make-up.
Customs Officer: Why, no make-up in Dubai?
Me: (atribida ka, inggit ka lang!) *smiles*


So… my Coastal Scents shipment finally arrived! 🙂  I picked ’em up at Karama Post Office last weekend..

Lookie at the ginormous box, containing 5 palettes, 4 lip glosses and 4 brushes

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giant bubble wraps! i absolutely love these things!

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to death!

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Show and tell!!

CS has a new range of lipglosses called Smacks. I think there are like 21 of them total, but i got only 4, which are the ones that, according to a Youtube guru I subscribe to, are comparable to MAC dazzleglass.

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swatches by this weekend!

They came in this bag, along with the two brushes i ordered:

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flat top brush – for liquid foundation, and im sure a ton of other stuff

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and the most ingenius thing after wet wipes!
bent brush for self-eye lining! works like magic!


before i proceed with the CS palettes, a short announcement:


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that’s why, i decided to get her perfume for meself. now, i can smell her all i want 🙂

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Lanvin Eclat d’Arpege: smells like.. well.. violet!


I also picked up a coupla stuff from LUSH, after getting inspired when i stumbled upon their website the other day. Literally, i got a couple – meaning TWO – things at the store because, well, its hella expensive!

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first, i got a soap called Sultana of Soap.

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It’s white, creamy and soft with chunks of raisins and nuts of all sorts. I used it this morning and i think i felt, for the first time in my life, how celebrities must feel taking a bath. not because the soap is really good (but it is good), but because of the knowledge that you’re scrubing away the day’s grit with a AED 30 a bar soap.

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Later on towards the end of the day, i smelt the soap on my skin while trying to reach my right elbow with my right hand (what?? I was dared!). pretty darn good, i must say. at that price it better be.

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Honey I Washed the Kids: the other soap that I have yet to try.

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It smells really, really good, and check out that beeswax atop the thing. hmm.. looks promising.

will tell you kids about it on my next blog.


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thats my new inaanak, AM, with his mom and dad.

met him for the first time last Friday. 🙂

kids. i love them when they’re happy. but when they start crying, get them the hell away from me.

please? 🙂


So, what do you know.. all 3 bulbs in our chandelier-chandelier-an got busted within the same week. that’s why.. we got this…

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go earth!


Back to regular programming. hehe.

Coastal Scents palettes: pictures only, but will definitely post swatches soon!

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Coastal Scents Camouflage Concealer Palette: Amazing. Creamy, but with an incredibly opaque matte finish.

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6-Colour Contour & Blush Palette:

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The famous 88 Colour Eye Shadow Palette

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88 Ultra Shimmer Eye Shadow Palette

The Stash.

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And so now, Im officially broke. Oh well, there’s only a week left till payday!

Oh, before I sign off, here’s something i did while doing this blog:

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cropped to death coz i only did one eye. 🙂

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close up


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An Encounter with the Worst Salesperson Ever

excuse the errors, as I was fuming mad when I sent this out.


—– Original Message —–
From: Rowena Grace
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 9:28 AM

Good morning.

My name is Grace, and I picked-up a car from your showroom yesterday. Since I started my loan application, I have been talking to Naveen, who I have later found out is a personnel from the finance department (or from another department that is NOT sales). In all the days that I have been dealing with him, I’ve been very cooperative and I did not create any hassles for him nor harrass him in any way. However, after I picked up my car, I am left very dissatisfied with the overall service I received from him. Needless to say, he has ruined for me what otherwise should be an enjoyable experience of buying a car.

Firstly, he kept on promising to me that I can pick up the car at a certain day, and when I call to tell him that I am coming to the showroom, thats the only time he tells me that I cant. The first time, he told me that I can pick up the car last Saturday, then when i called he said he forgot that the insurance people are not working on Saturdays. How long has he been working in the company to not know that very basic thing? Then, he promised that i can pick up the car on Sunday, and when I called, only then that he again told me that I cant pick up the car because of the registration (the money for which I gave him some weeks ago along with the downpayment). He doesnt even have the decency to call me beforehand that I wont be able to pick up the car on both occassions, and instead it is I who have to consistently call him to check.

And for all these, he gave me not even a sliver of an apology.

When I picked up the car yesterday after i signed the cheques (which he also promised are ready and only waiting to be signed by me —  but when I came yesterday, he still had to write the amount on the cheques one by one while I sign them) I was handed the car and was surprised to see that i did not get the remote for keyless entry, which I have told him I wanted. When I confronted him about it, he said that its the specs he got from the sales person — which is a big, big LIE because he was the only one whom I was speaking with in Al Habtoor, and no one else. Obviously he was trying to cover his ass by LYING. Then, he suggested that I have the keyless thing installed when I bring the car for its first check up. The point, which is that HE DID NOT DELIVER what we agreed on, is obviously lost to him.

And for this, even after I demanded an apology, he gave me NONE. All he said was that he is trying to find a solution and he matter-of-factly asked me whatelse can he do. HERE’S WHAT: HE CAN DO HIS JOB RIGHT!

What is the most irritating to me is that he told me that he is not from sales and that there are certain follow-ups in the process that is not even his job. To this I replied by asking why then didnt he pass me on to the right sales person?? Is it because he gets commission for this sale?? I dont even care if he does, just as long as I am serviced right!

I dont know why this person has a problem servicing me. Is it because I am Filipino? And even though I am getting a low-end priced car, I believe, as your customer, that I deserve the best service you can possibly give. And obviously, i got the very opposite of that.

This email is to tell you that you have in your employ the most horrible ‘sales’ person I have ever met in my entire life. When I fist came to your showroom to look for a car, I spoke with this man and while in the middle of the conversation, an Arab guy walks up to us and started berating him for his lousy service. I should have taken a clue from that. Now, I must say that I regret having done business with Al Habtoor Motors because of this person.

I hope you take this email in good faith, and do the appropriate action concerning this matter. Or else, you might lose some good customers because of the faulty attitude of this man and his awful, awful way of conducting business.

Thank you.


To: Rowena Grace

Date: Tue, May 12, 2009 at 12:31 PM
Subject: Customer Comlaint


Good Afternoon !

I apologize for the delay for the delivery & misbehavior from my side & assure you to provide with a better services.



From: Rowena Grace

Date: Tue, May 12, 2009 at 3:14 PM
Subject: Re: Customer Comlaint

This apology would have been more relevant and appreciated YESTERDAY. However, I accept it with hopes that you improve your business manners, for your own and your company’s sake.

Also, I want to let you know that prior to this incident, I have referred you to a colleague of mine who is also looking for a car. She told me that you called her today to follow-up. As dictated by my conscience and better judgement, I have shared with her my experience with you. In her own accord, she made a decision not to do business with you, if ever she chooses to purchase from Al Habtoor (which she is also now reconsidering).

I hope you have learned a lesson from what has transpired. Good luck.



—– Original Message —–
From: Ashraf Kamel
To: Rowena Grace
Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 9:28 AM

Dear Ms. Grace,

Good Morning!

First of all, thank you for letting us know about this matter and we would like to apologize about what had happened. I already had a meeting with Naveen regarding this and he was sorry for the miscommunication between the two of you. I already spoke to him so that next time he promised that it will not happen again to any other customer. Our staff here in Al Habtoor Motors are always ready to give a high service to our valued customers to make them satisfied and happy and when things like this happens I, being the manager ensure to make the necessary actions for our staff. We, in Al Habtoor Motors treat our customers fairly and we give our respect to each and every nationality. We are looking forward in dealing with you again in the future.

We’ll make sure to meet your standards and exceed your expectations.

Thanks & Regards,

Ashraf Kamel
Branch Sales Manager
Dubai-Head office
Al Habtoor Motors Co. (L.L.C.)
Tel: +9714 2691110
Fax: +9714 2692545

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Free Makeover!!!

Hi Girlfriends,

If you haven’t noticed, I, since late, have taken an interest to makeup, which unfortunately I usually only get to do during shoots. That’s coz I’d rather sleep another 30 minutes or more than wake up early to put on something. Hehe. Thing is, I wanna practice some more to improve my techniques, and I’m getting tired of practicing on myself.

That being said, I want to invite you guys to a free make-over session at my place on Saturday (May 16). If you wanna have nice make up (creative, glamour, or just a regular day or night wear) done to you, please message me here for directions and schedule (I hafta do this coz my place is a bit small).

No need to bring make-up, coz since I’ve been building my kit, hopefully I have the stuff that we will be needing. You can bring your own facial wash, makeup remover and moisturizer coz you might be sensitive and can only use a certain brand. If not, I use St. Ives Apricot Scrub (Invigorating), Pond’s make-up remover, and Olay White Cream and I will be happy to give you a generous dollop.

You can also bring a photo of a look that you want to copy (if there’s any), and I’ll try my best to do it for you. If not, I’m sure we can think of something!

So, please do come. This is free for all (even if we just see each other in Multiply or Facebook, don’t be shy!) and totally free of charge since this is just practice for me (don’t worry, I wont make you look like espasol – if you know what I mean, haha. You can check out my portrait photos, coz I did all the make up there). But if you wanna bring food, I really can’t stop you, can I?

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