Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Reader's Corner: Q&A + Meeting Anne


I am trying to buy mineral makeup samples on-line that are from the other end of the world. How do you pay online? Is it safe if I use my credit card? What are some of the sites that ships internationally? Is it also safe to buy stuff from the HK Facial-Shop?

Askmewhats Answers:

I always use paypal to pay for my purchases online as my credit card details are protected. It is free of charge (but of course with limitations).

Most mineral sites do ship internationally, before you start purchasing, always click on information on shipping and see their starting rate for international shipping. I also bookmark those mineral companies I would love to buy from and wait for sales and discounts.

I suggest if you are a start-up mineral make-up user, you can go to bazaars or meet up with local mineral make up sellers here in the Philippines, it is easier for you to choose the right foundation shade for you.

HK Facial Shop is a legit company so far. I haven't personally buy anything from them, but I've read so many bloggers buying stuffs from them and receiving their stuffs without any problems at all. So do check out some bloggers who bought from HK Facial Shop like Fuz's Haul


Where did you buy the Playtex Feminine Wipes? And Neutrogena Facial Wipes?

Askmewhats Answers:

I bought my Playtex Feminine Wipes at Cash & Carry Supermarket. It's on the top most part of the shelf so you have to really look for it :)

Neutrogena Facial Wipes I bought it at Tickles store (yes, the gift shop) at Glorietta. They have Neutrogena and L'oreal wipes there


Can you recommend a few eyeliner pencils and mascaras that do not smudge and would last for few hours?

Askmewhats Answers:

I'm sure there's a lot of brands out there that I haven't tried yet, I will recommend to you those that I've tried or I've heard that are really good. You can click them for the reviews I've done in the past. I will give you an option to choose from a bit pricey to cheap alternatives :)

Eyeliner Pencils ---

Urban Decay 24/7
Paul & Joe Dual Crayon
In2It eyeliner pencil

Mascaras ---

Paul & Joe Curly Mascara
Fasio 3D Airtech Mascara
Maybelline Unstoppable Shiny Mascara
L'oreal Telescopic Mascara


Which is better brand for nail polish? The Face Shop? Elianto or ELF?

Askmewhats Answers:

I would say you can choose between Elianto and The Face Shop as they both perform well and works the same..it's just a matter of colors.Elianto has more choices of colors while the Face Shop are more into the basics. But brushes from Elianto and the Face Shop are the same and they both chip at the same time, if done well, they last for a week.

ELF on the other hand, I don't see them available here, and even if they are, your choice of colors are limited to nudes, pinks and reds.


I'm not into nail art but I'm really into getting them cleaned every 2 weeks....my question is/are, is it ok to bring your own tools? Will they get offended if I bring my own tools to the parlor?

Askmewhats Answers:

In my opinion, bringing your own tools are ok and won't be offending BUT, I strongly suggest to let the nail artist use their own tools as they are more "used to it". Just make sure to tell them to disinfect them first. Good salon have their tools disinfected in front of you with alcohol.


Where can I get nail tools, what are the basics?

Askmewhats Answers:

If you're living in the Philippines, you can easily buy nail tools at Watson's, Landmark, or even HBC. The basics? You can check out my previous post here.

Oh yeah, I told you guys that I met up with Anne of Yummibitez the last night of her Philippines trip. She's super sweet and pretty in person!!! Though everyone's really busy with the holidays, we had a mini Pow Wow and we talked like we're friends forever!

We had fun chatting about everything we could talk about, we even waited for her while she hoarded at The Face Shop!!! I wish I could stay longer, but the day was super busy for me with all the dinners and parties, so I have to bid goodbye and I got 6-packed muscles from all the laughing! lol

Here's some photos that I stolen (*waves* at Shen HELLO SIS!) from Shen!

L-R Anne's Friend, Anne, ME!, Shen, Sophie, Jamie and Anvi (Jamie's Cousin)

Anne's friend is a graphic artist, she looks SUPER young and I can't believe how old I am lol.

Anne is the superb blogger, wonderful person, who took the time to meet us no matter how tight her schedule is. She's a bubbly person and it's funny how we thought she can't speak Tagalog, we're super glad she can!!! Anne, hope to see you again when you visit the Philippines!

Shen, the crazy gal, well, I've met her 3 times in total but looking at how crazy we act and how we love the "yellow" light! We were like friends since grade school! I enjoy her humor! LOL Coz her humor is like MINE! She's super hardworking and I can't believe this woman still has the energy!

Sophie, I call her my younger sis, came from the same grade school and high school I studied. We're both nerds! lol But I love how I got to feel so comfortable around her and I'm looking forward for more of her adventures when she go to Singapore. I'll be missing her for sure! But I'm sure she'll come back with lots of achievement as she's a go-getter and I trust that she'll excel no matter what she does! Goodluck sis!

Jamie, I met for the first time is very nice, sweet and soft-spoken! I could be wrong! LOL But she's a funny gal too!!! I'm glad to have the chance to finally meet her! :) I hope to see you again Jamie!

Anvi, the lovely cousin of Jamie (according to Shen) is a make-up artist and she's a photo enthusiast too! :) She and my hubby Keith had a good talk regarding camera. I hope to see Anvi again too!

Jheng, too bad, I didn't have the chance to see her again as I have to leave for another dinner party. But I'm sure I'll see you again sis!

Photos felt like Christmas! LOL We were right outside the Rustan's Department store in Shangri-la Mall.

I enjoyed all the laughs and I wish to see Anne and the rest of the girls again!!! Oh yeah, I got a Stila gift from Anne and a lovely bracelet and necklace (made by Shen) plus Ellana Foundation from Shen!!! MUWAH to both of you!!!!


And FINALLY!!!! After a year of lemming, I bought my own MUFE Concealer Palette No. 5!!! This is always out of stock and I finally bought this!!! YAY!!!

Thanks to my make-up artist friend Hennie
as I got a discount for this purchase!

Now I feel like a PRO! :P

MUFE Concealer Palette no. 5
at Make Up Forever Store Shangri-La
For Php1,600 (approx $34.00)

*wipes forehead*
This is a long post! thanks for reading!!!
I'm so happy the year ended with me meeting more friends! :)
Take care everyone and don't forget to smile before the year ends! :D


  1. Aww I wish I could meet all of you!! Anne is a sweety isn't she!

    Do you know what that bright orange shade in the MUFE concealer palette would be used for?

  2. hi nikki! is L'oreal Telescopic Mascara available here? parang hindi ko kc nkikita. thank's!

  3. what a beautiful bunch!!! nikki, never seen you dressed so formal like but you looked absolutely classy! LOVE that outfit!

    i need to read your review, FOTD and etc with that palette. you hear me? i have been thinking to try it too. my SIL has #3 and she loves hers. but i am not so sure if i need such varieties of concealer shades.

    See if you can change my mind! :)

  4. u look lovely nikki :) is tht a dress u r wearing? looks so classy

  5. You ladies look beautiful!! And sis...you ain't neva lie about that Urban Decay 24/7 liner. It is the BEST!

  6. Fuz, you definitely have to let us know if your business trip would entail you to come down to the Philippines *Crosses fingers* :) LOL That kinda reddish orange shade looks weird to me and I got curious as well and I think it works as concealer to darker skin tone , in my case, like I said over your comment section, I applied it under my eyes, came out really weird but when I topped it with a layer of light foundation, the bags are like 70% gone :) I'll do a more in depth review on this palette soon! :)

    Nesh! YES! It's super available here!hahahah Buy na while we have 20% discount within the year!

    Jojoba, hahaha really? I love dressing up during weekends, I'm just lazy to dress up office hours..lol FUNNY HUH?? hahahha well i don't get to meet people in the office so I don't dress up. About the palette, I've read mixed reviews about it and so far...I am liking it, creamy when applied and dries off powder finish and doesn't dry my skin...I have to use it more often and will report back :)

    Prettybeautiful, it can be a dress, it can be a top! LOL I can wear leggings with it but I just put a belt and it works as a dress, thanks for liking it, the photo isn't clear but you gals were able to see the dress! hahahha

  7. Hey Nikki,
    I love these pictures, it is so sweet that you guys met hungout together and had a great time. I didn't know that you would meet Anne too !! I've visited her blog couple of times. It's so cool :P all the bloggers hangout lol do u guys talk about makeup whole time ? haha j/k

  8. thank u nikki! definitely buy one. how much is it? ;)

  9. Digital Angel, come over for a visit and we'll meet up with you for sure!!! LOL Funny but we didn't talk just about make-up. We talked mostly everything that we can think of, we definitely shifted from topic to topic :)

    Nesh, you're welcome, i didn't really remember the price but after discount would be around Php400-500 plus. Sorry I am so forgetful with price, but around that range. Definitely more expensive than Maybelline mascaras :)

  10. heyhey looove the dress u aer wearing! so show the design on it ! u look great!!

  11. aww it looks like you guys had a great time!

  12. Yumeko..lol it's just a simple dark brown one piece dress and I just put on a brown belt :)

    Teeyah, thanks sis

    Reynakatarayan, no worries, anytime :)

    Lily, yes we did! :) You looked like you had a great time too!!! :D

  13. Great blog! And we spell our names the same way 'Nikki' :)

  14. looks like an awesome day out!!

    happy new year Nikki!

  15. Awww it's so good to see familiar faces in your pics! fyi, i can't speak tagalog so if i come visit i hope there's not a problem lol

  16. My Fashion Frenzy, it's great to know a fellow NIKKI :) I'm sure you're super PRETTY *ahem* hahahha

    Nesh, welcome

    Nic Nic, it was an awesome pow wow :) I wish to spend more time with them :) Happy New Year to you too :)

    RenRen, NO WORRIES!!!! Even if you can't speak tagalog, we'll force you! hahahah *joking aside* :)


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