Tagged: 15 Beauty Questions

It’s been ages since I’ve posted a blog tag! Hey Sharonoox put this up the other day, and I wanted to share my answers as well. I’ve also included links to the products I use.

 1. What is your daily skin care routine?

Morning – I cleanse my face with micellar water (Bioderma Sebium is my HG). Once dry, I apply Lush’s Grease Lightning on my T-zone. Last but not least is the moisturizer. I currently use one from Cetaphil.

Evening – If I’m feeling lazy (yes, it happens), I use micellar water again and that’s it. Otherwise, it’s either Cerave’s Foaming Facial Cleanser or The Body Shop’s Tea Tree face wash. This is followed by an eye cream (currently using the Redefine Multi-Function Eye Cream from Rodan + Fields) and my customized treatment from Curology (I’ll write a post about my experience with them in the near future).

2. What is your weekly skin care routine?

While in the shower, I’ll either use St. Ive’s Green Tea Scrub or my Clarisonic Mia with a foamy cleanser. Right now it’s the Naive Peach one. Just a little bit creates a good amount of lather. Love it!

Although I have quite a few sheet masks on hand, I don’t get around to using them. I’m lucky if I do that even once a month. I should also get back into using pore strips on a weekly basis.


 3. How do you prep your face for makeup?

Cleanse with either micellar water or facial cleanser, moisturize with Garnier Moisture Rescue Gel-Cream (another HG of mine), then apply primer. I alternate between primers for my face (Hourglass and Wet n Wild), and use Urban Decay’s Original Primer Potion for the eyes.

4. How do you take off your makeup?

For light makeup – This Garnier micellar water is great for removing waterproof mascara and liquid lipstick. I follow this with my Body Shop facial wash. Technically I don’t have to wash my face afterward, but seeing as this particular micellar water is bi-phase, I do feel somewhat of a residue after I’ve removed everything. This is why I only use it for this purpose and not on my whole face.

For a fully made up face – The eye makeup and lip color are the first to go with this awesome Clinique remover. Then I use Yes to cleansing wipes  for the rest of the face, followed by a facial cleanser.

5. What are some DIY face masks?

This is not an area of expertise for me, but I’ve tried one using egg whites, honey, and oatmeal. I honestly forgot what it helped with since I tried it a long time ago.

6. What are some inexpensive makeup brushes?

I’ve had my misses with this brand, but e.l.f. brushes are actually pretty good. Been reaching for their blush brush often when I actually take the time to apply makeup.

 7. Do you prefer matte or shimmer eyeshadows?

I am mad about matte when it comes to certain makeup products, but I don’t mind a little shimmer as long as it’s not overpowering or heavy. I own a few of Urban Decay’s shadow palettes, which have just the right amount.

Current fave: Urban Decay NAKED3 Palette

8. Do you prefer matte or dewy skin?

Having combo skin, I constantly keep my t-zone area in check (gotta love that midday oil slick *sarcasm*). I don’t mind a bit of dewiness on my cheeks since that area can get dry, especially during the cold months.

9. Do you prefer matte or shiny lipstick / lip gloss?

 With liquid lipsticks being recently high on the hype radar, I’ve been experimenting with a few brands. Majority of them are matte and tend to be drying, so I don’t usually wear them unless I’m not at work. Despite that, I’ll always have a devotion to glosses.

Current fave: Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Amulet

 10. Lipstick, Gloss, Lip Stain, Balm, or Lip Liner?

 Lipstick for special occasions/when I feel like it.

Lip balm everyday, especially one with SPF.

Lip liner is a must for me before applying either tube or liquid lipstick.

Lip gloss whenever, if I happen to have it with me.



11. What type of coverage do you prefer from a foundation?

If I don’t have to use it, then I won’t. But I do have it on hand for special occasions. I prefer medium coverage. Otherwise, I prefer a BB cushion if I want enough coverage just to even out my face.

Current faves: Mary Kay TimeWise Matte-Wear Liqid Foundation, Laneige BB Cushion

12. What cosmetic brands have you always wanted to try, but haven’t?

I’ve grown interested in Korean beauty after trying out a few brands. Etude House and Holika Holika are on my list at the moment.


13. Do you wear fake lashes?

Hardly ever, but I own at least 5 pairs of them. I don’t have the best hand at applying them. Eyelure’s pre-glued lashes came in very handy  when I wore them along with my cosplays at SDCC. I don’t see them around much anymore.


14. What type of product do you buy the most of?

Easy, anything for the lips. I own more lip product than pairs of shoes or black items of clothing. Seriously!

15. Do you like trying new skincare products or do you keep a certain routine?

I’ll sometimes come across something from a trusted brand that I’d like to try out. I’d purchase it and either alternate using it with a similar product I already have, or finish the previous one beforehand.

I won’t be tagging anyone in this post, but I’d love to know your answers if you decide to fill this out as well.


The Girly Tag

I smirked when I came across this on all about leanne. I do not consider myself very girly. I’m actually more on the  casual side and only doll myself up on certain occasions. However, upon finishing this post, my collection of different products/accessories say otherwise.


What foundation do you use? When I actually do get around to it, I use a blend of Rimmel’s Stay Matte in Classic Beige and NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat in Medium Beige.

What eyebrow pencil do you use? No pencil, but I do use Benefit’s Gimme Brow in Meium/Deep.

What eyeliner do you use? My HG is MAC’s Fluidline in Blacktrack. It needs to be replaced, but until then I’m trying out the NYX gel eyeliner & smudger in Betty (jet black). So far so good, plus it’s cheaper.

What mascara do you use? My favorite is tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes, which I save for special occasions. I’ll be tossing out a few soon, so I’m getting a few more uses out of Maybelline’s Voluminous Butterfly and Eyeko’s Black Magic.

What are 5 of your favorite lip balms/glosses/lipsticks? Here are my current faves (in no particular order):

  1. Julep Lip Gloss – Charming
  2. bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie – Maverick
  3. NYX Butter Gloss – Angel Food Cake
  4. NYX Lip Lingerie – Bedtime Flirt
  5. Cover Girl Colorlicious Oh Sugar! Lip Balm – Caramel


Do you color your hair? Once in a while. Haven’t done it since around June/July last year.

At the salon? I’ve only had that done once. Might consider it since I have yet to achieve the color I want.

What is your stylist’s name?  Tina. I’ve been seeing her for over a decade.

What is your natural hair color? Black

Do you use a curing iron? Rarely.

Do you use a hair straightener? I ought to since my hair is growing out and it’s now part wavy/straight. But I’m lazy. 😛

Do you use hair serum? If so, what kind? Nope.

Do you use any other hair products? If so, what kind? After I showering, I apply Pantene’s Intensely Strong Repair Creme on the ends, then spray on a detangler all over (currently using Infusium’s Repair and Renew Leave-In Treatment). I also use the latter prior to styling when my hair is dry. I also use Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo if my roots get a bit oily in between washing.

What shampoo and conditioner do you use?  Only conditioner I use is the Infusium leave-in from the last question. As for shampoo, there’s Suave Clarifying, Clear Scalp and Hair Active Damage Resist Shampoo, and Not Your Mother’s Way To Grow Long and Strong.


What deodorant do you use? Women’s Mitchum in Pure Fresh

What body wash do you use? St. Ives Purifying Sea Salt

What perfumes do you use/like? Name 5.

  1. Chloe
  2. Ulta Sheer Fragrance Mist in Precious Poppies (discontinued)
  3. FRESH Sugar Lychee
  4. D&G 3 L’imperatrice
  5. The Blend 7 – White Tea (on my wish list)

Do you always have to smell good? I don’t have to noticeably smell good, but I do like to be clean. Who doesn’t?


Are diamonds really a girl’s best friend? Not in my case.

What jewelry do you wear the most? Stud earrings

What jewelry do you crave the most? Nothing, really. Although I’ve had my eye on the Renegade Bracelet from Stella & Dot for a while. I’ll purchase it eventually.

Purses & Shoes

How many purses do you own? At least 10. I don’t really keep track of that.

Which is your favorite? My black leather one from Coach.

How many pairs of shoes do you own? I don’t keep track of these either! Maybe close to 20.

Which pair is your favorite? My Vans slip ons.


What are your top 5 favorite stores to buy clothes? I came up 1 short.

  1.  Express
  2. H&M
  3. Old Navy
  4. Target

What is your favorite shirt? Any  graphic tee.

What are your favorite jeans? I have a pair from Calvin Klein that’s straight legged and very comfortable. I often wear it when I travel.


Favorite nail polish? O.P.I.’s Meet Me on the Star Ferry

Favorite magazine to read? I can’t even recall the last time I cracked one open. Last one I subscribed to was Runner’s World, so I guess that.

Favorite book? More like books.  Ready Player One by Ernest Cline was an awesome geeky read. I’m almost finished with The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Condo. And I’ve gone through a few chapters of Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari. Hilarious.

Favorite band? Too hard to have just one favorite!

Favorite girly movie? Barely Legal and 13 Going On 30

Do you enjoy being a girl? Yep!

Tagged – 30 Disney Questions

Found this on Life With A Little Shine’s blog.

1. Favorite Princess? Mulan, although she’s technically not a princess according to the movies.

2. Favorite prince? Philip from Sleeping Beauty

3. Favorite couple? Flynn and Rapunzel

4. Least favorite princess? Don’t have one.

5. Least favorite prince? Prince Adam (aka The Beast). It’s the long hair. 😛

6. Least favorite couple? Don’t have one for that either.

7. Favorite dress/outfit? The movie is overrated to me, but I do like Elsa’s outfit.

8. Least favorite dress/outfit? Aurora, only because I’m not into pink.

9. A princess who inspires you? Mulan and Merida.

10. Worst decision made by a princess? Ariel giving Ursula her voice.

11. A villain you feel was justified in their treatment of the princess/prince? Uh, no one?

12. A princess you would like to trade places with. Rapunzel

13. A princess whose life you would hate to have? Aurora because she spends most of it asleep. Talk about FOMO!

14. A princess you think is a bad role model for young girls? Snow White’s story is not exactly the best example of relationship goals, so I’d pick her.

15. Favorite tiara? Elsa

16. Favorite song sung by a princess (can include duets)? I recently saw a video on Youtube of a Disney medley of love songs and immediately got misty eyed at the first one, which was “I See the Light” from Rapunzel.

17. Least favorite song sung by a princess? Nothing for this one.

18. The princess with whom you would be best friends? Either Mulan or Rapunzel.

19. The princess with whom you’d be frenemies? No one.

20. The princes you would openly hate and be enemies with? This seems like an extension of the previous question, to which I give the same answer.

21. The princess you would dress as for a halloween/costume party? Either Mulan or Merida.

22. List three admirable qualities about the princess you named in question #2. That would be prince. Prince Philip was determined to get to Aurora despite the many obstacles that got in his way, which makes him both brave and loyal. Plus he has the best smile of all the princes in my opinion.

23. A princess you feel didn’t deserve her happy ending. Well that’s just harsh. Everyone, even a princess, deserves to be happy!

24. The happy ending you feel didn’t make sense/was too easy. They were all pretty understandable endings.

25. Favorite sidekick. Mushu from Mulan.

26. Most interestsing story. Mulan.

27. Best singing voice. They all have great voices.

28. Edge of your seat, the moment you found most exciting. It’s a tie between Merida and the bears and Mulan’s battle with The Huns.

29. If you were a Disney princess, what would your story be? I’d take either Mulan or Merida’s story.

30. What do you want to see from the next Disney princess? Someone who’s brave, smart, confident, and humorous.


7 Posts ’til Christmas – Holly Jolly Holiday Tag

I liked this on a brash attitude‘s blog and wanted to do it as well.

1. Do you start your Christmas shopping on Black Friday or wait until the last minute? Black Friday signals the beginning of holiday shopping for me, and I usually try to cross things off my list during the week instead of waiting for the weekend. That’s when the malls are crowded and lines tend to be longer. No thanks!


2. If you could be in any Christmas movie, what would it be? A Christmas Story. I’d be one of the kids on the playground that witness Ralphie’s friend get his tongue stuck on a pole. Haha!


3. Which do you like better, Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Christmas Day because that’s when my family (mom’s side) gets together. Christmas Eve used to be celebrated on my dad’s side, but it’s grown too large since my cousins now have their own families. So they have their separate celebrations.


4. When does your family put up your Christmas tree and who decorates it? We lagged a bit this year because my dad was getting a bit lazy with decorating. My mom told him not to be a Scrooge and put up a tree. So he bought a small one from the tree lot and also decorated it.


5. White lights or colored lights? I like them both. We alternate which ones we put on the tree each year.


6. Are you guilty of peeking at your presents or do you like surprises? When I was a kid, I went to great lengths to find out what I’d get from my parents. Now I don’t really have to do that because they just give me money so I can buy what I want. The presents I get from friends are always a surprise.


7. Would you rather live in a gingerbread house or Santa’s Workshop? Unfortunately I’m not a big fan of gingerbread, so Santa’s shop it is!


8. Tell us your Christmas Eve traditions. My parents go out in the morning and get baked goods from a local Filipino bakery that we eat after attending mass that evening. During the day my mom and I also prepare the food for Christmas when her side of the family comes over.


9. If you could be under the mistletoe with anyone, who would it be? I do have someone special in mind and I’d choose them. I’ll keep their identity a secret. 😛


10. What tops your tree? It’s usually a white star that lights up, but since our tree is smaller, it’s a cluster of metallic ornaments, star included.






17 Posts ’til Christmas – The Christmas Tag

Found this on lancoraperla’s blog and decided to include it in my post countdown.

  1. Favorite Christmas film? Home Alone
  2. Ever had a white Christmas? The closest I ever got to that was one Christmas when I was a kid. When we woke up that morning, there was a thick layer of frost on all the rooftops of the houses in my neighborhood. Apparently it was so bad that our plants outside were frozen too.
  3. Where do you usually spend the holiday? We’ve had family over at our place for the past few years, but on other times it’s been at another relative’s place. I have yet to spend Christmas out of town.
  4. Favorite Christmas song? The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole
  5. Is your tree real or fake? Fake. Although I’m sure it’s great having a real tree with the smell of pine and all. It just takes the work out of having to keep it watered and disposing of it once Christmas is over.
  6. All-time favorite holiday food? Since we only get it only once a year, I’d say Honey Baked Ham.
  7. Best Christmas gift you ever received? I can’t really single out any particular gift at the moment. I’ve gotten some good ones from friends and my parents though.
  8. What made you realize the truth about Santa? I had it figured out once my parents stopped stuffing the stockings for myself and my brother. It actually wasn’t that big of a deal.
  9. What makes the holidays special for you? It’s an opportunity to see family and friends that you don’t see often during the year.
  10. What’s better, giving or receiving presents? ‘Tis better to give than to receive. I totally agree with that. Plus, seeing the reaction the person you give something to (especially if it’s something they want) is pretty satisfying.

Tagged: Fall Into Autumn

Came across this tag thanks to stashmatters. I wasn’t actually tagged for it, so I won’t be selecting other blogs to participate. But feel free to do this if you’d like. Only a few days left until Winter officially arrives!



1. Include the blog links of the tag creators (Lilian and Denise).
2. Thank the last person who tagged you and link their blogs in your post.
3. Be thoughtful and creative when you answer these questions.
4. After answering the questions, pass the tag onto at least five more bloggers to spread the autumn joy!


The Questions:

1. What is your go-to fall color? I’ve been leaning towards burgundy/wine/plum since the weather started to cool down.

2. When you think of fall, what song comes to mind? This has absolutely nothing to do with Fall, but Michael Jackson’s Thriller is one that I have to listen to around Halloween. 😛

3. During the Fall, which trend do you lean towards more, smoky eye or dark lip? I have the tools to do both, but I don’t have to put in too much effort for a dark lip, so I choose the latter.

4. Do you change up you skincare routine when fall comes in? I try my best to moisturize a bit more towards the end of the year since my skin has more of a tendency to dry out.

5. What’s your favorite thing about fall? Seeing colorful leaves on the trees and hearing them crunch when you walk through them. The air also seems to have a bit of a “smoky” smell to it, which I love.

6. Would you rather go out for a walk or stay inside the house during the fall? I’d choose the former as the transition to fall begins, but I’m absolutely OK with staying in.



One Lovely Blog Award

I was nominated not once, but twice for this award. My apologies for taking a while to put this up. Thank you to thebeautydorkk and all about leanne for the nominations!



  • Thank the person (or in this case persons) who nominated you, and include a link to their blog.
  • List the rules in your blog.
  • Add 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their recent posts to let them know they have been nominated.


My 7 Facts

  1. Born and raised in California. Haven’t lived in any other US state except here.
  2. My favorite food is sushi.
  3. My favorite color is black.
  4. Being that the holiday season is here, I always make sure I watch the Peanuts specials (A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas) at least once.
  5. I’ve attended San Diego Comic Con for 7 years in a row (will make it 8 next year).
  6. I’m the eldest of 2 kids.
  7. My must have beauty product is lip gloss.


The Nominees (Not 15 as suggested. It’s a bit tricky to find people who haven’t done this yet!)

  1. FilipinoInsideOut
  2. MzColorPlay
  3. thebrandycorner
  4. FunLovinTravelers



Tagged – This or That (Beauty Edition)

Found this one on stashmatters‘ blog.


Blush or Bronzer? Easy, blush. Still getting the hang of using bronzer.

Lipgloss or lipstick? If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know how much I love gloss.

Eyeliner or mascara? Didn’t reach for it much when I started using makeup, but mascara is way easier for me to apply than liner.

Foundation or concealer? Lately I’ve been more concerned about letting my skin “breathe” since I’m treating my face for mild acne. Concealer does the job well with covering up just the problem areas.

Neutral or colored eye shadow? If there were a group called Neutral Lovers Anonymous, I’d totally join.

Pressed or loose eye shadow? Pressed pwns loose.

Brushes or sponges? I use brushes more often, however, sponges come in handy for blending foundation and concealer.



O.P.I. or China Glaze? Tough one here. I own colors from both brands, but CG gets extra points for price.

Long or short? Short.

Acrylic or natural? Acrylics can thin/damage the nail bed, so natural it is. I’ve gotten complimented on my real nails at the salon before. 😀

Brights or darks? Wait, what? No neutrals? Hmmph. Dark side it is.

Flower or no flower? Nope on designs. Just nope.



Perfume or Body Splash? I actually use both. Body splash daily, and perfume for special occasions.

Lotion or body butter? I use lotion more. Not enough, but much more than body butter.

Body wash or soap? Both.

LUSH or other bath company? I’ve tried a few things from LUSH, but not their bath products. I don’t really lean towards a particular company when it comes to them.



Jeans or sweat pants? Jeans for going out (obviously). I live in sweats when I’m at home.

Long sleeve or short? Been using the long sleeves lately because of work. But I tend to warm up quickly regardless of the season, so short ones FTW.

Dresses or skirts? How un-girly of me to say this, but I’m not a big fan of either.

Stripes or plaid? Mad for plaid! I have a handful of short sleeved button ups from H&M.

Flip flops or sandals? Flip flops.

Scarves or hats? Scarves. Sometimes I wish I could get more into hats, but I feel they don’t look right on me.

Studs or dangly earrings? I wear studs every day.

Necklaces or bracelets? I’m more for the arm candy.

Heels or flats? Flats. I just can’t seem to hang in heels as long as I used to.

Cowboy boots or riding boots? Riding boots. I should look for some since it’s been a while since I’ve bought a pair, generally speaking.

Jacket or hoodie? Hoodie.

Forever 21 or Charlotte Russe? Eh, no. H&M, yes.

Abercrombie or Hollister? I haven’t set foot inside either of them in years. Not like their stuff fit me well anyway. I was more of an Aeropostale shopper.

Saks 5th or Nordstrom? There’s more of the latter around my area.



Curly or straight? It’s a toss up between straight and wavy, depending on my mood.

Bun or ponytail? Bun.

Bobby pins or butterfly clips? Clips since my hair is long. So sad I lost my favorite octo claw clip over the weekend. 😦

Hairspray or gel? I use both depending on the hair issue.

Long or short? Long.

Light or dark? Dark.

Side swept bangs or full bangs? Side swept.

Up or down? It’s usually up.



Rain or shine? Rain

Summer or winter? Winter

Fall or spring? I like aspects of both.

Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate. Dark.

East coast or west coast? Wessyde!!!

That Kind of Person Tag

Here’s a fun tag I found on beautyeastcoast’s page.

  1. Breakfast, lunch or dinner? Must I choose?! I’ll say brunch then.
  2. After eating a bowl of cereal, do you drink the milk? Sometimes.
  3. When you drive do you listen to CDs, the radio or your phone? Mostly radio, but when it gets to repetitive, I switch to Spotify on my phone.
  4. Window or aisle person? Window.
  5. Fold or crumple? What a vague question. In reference to paper, I usually tear it.
  6. Shampoo then body wash or body wash then shampoo? I go from head to toe, so shampoo it is.
  7. Are you typically stressed or relaxed? I try to find a balance somehow.
  8. Patient or impatient? Patient.
  9. Do you like to have a schedule or go with the flow? Schedule.
  10. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A dancer.
  11. Prankster or no? Not really.
  12. Dressed up or dressed down? Dressed down.
  13. <=== No question?
  14. If you could play a musical instrument, what would you play? Drums.
  15. East coast or West coast? Born and raised in CA, so Wessyde!
  16. London or L.A? London
  17. Favorite holiday? Thanksgiving
  18. How big is your bed? Full
  19. Do you sleep with doors opened or closed? Closed
  20. Do you sleep with sheets in or out? Always in.
  21. Have you ever stolen anything? Only thing I remember giving the 5 finger discount was a cheap eyelash curler in high school. Would you believe I still have it?
  22. Tattoos or piercings? Piercings.
  23. Do you smile in every photo?  90-ish percent of the time.
  24. Ever peed in the woods? Nope.
  25. Concert or theme park? Theme park.
  26. Music or books? Music.
  27. Animated or reality? I prefer the former if it’s a tv show or series. Not a big fan of reality TV.
  28. Letter or email? Snail mail is always more thoughtful.
  29. What was the first concert you attended? Backstreet Boys
  30. Do you own a record player? Nope. I’d love to though.
  31. Do you speak other languages? Very little of Spanish and Tagalog.
  32. Sweet or savory? Sweet.
  33. Can you curl your tongue? Yep.
  34. Can you touch the tip of your tongue to your nose? Nope.
  35. Can you whistle? Yep.
  36. Did you ever win a spelling bee? Nope, but I should have tried to join one. I was pretty good at it in elementary school.
  37. Do you believe in ghosts? Meh.
  38. Do you believe in aliens? Nah.

As with other tag posts I’ve done, I’d love to check out your answers if you’ve done this as well.

The Sunshine Blogger Award: Round 3

Thank you for the nomination, FunLovin Travelers! I will answer the questions given since I’ve been previously nominated before.

1. Where you find your blogging inspiration? It comes from different sources, but most often from when I decide I’d like to share or write about something that interests me. I do like to do the occasional blog tag as well if I like what it is on another blogger’s page.

2. How did you come up with your blog name? I’ve mentioned the back story to this a few times. My initials are 3 Rs, and one day a friend called me R Cubed. It’s stuck with me ever since.

3. What is your favorite holiday? That would be Christmas since it’s always when I get to spend time with extended family.

4. Will you be dressing up for Halloween? If so, what is your costume? I will dress up this year and I’m excited for what I’ll be wearing. I still have a few parts of it that I need to buy, but so far it’s coming along nicely. If you follow me on Instagram, I will post at least 1 hint as it gets closer.

5. Which do you prefer, coffee or tea? If neither, what do you prefer to drink? I try to alternate between the 2. Coffee is what I usually get before heading to work, but I also like a day of afternoon tea with friends once in a while.