Oil-Based Matte Tints (Colourette Review)

Colourette is that brand which I’ve heard so much good stuff about. I wanted to try it out so bad but never got around to actually doing so not until recently. I finally got my hands on their latest collection of lip tints called colourtints in matte. These are actually their classic tints but in newer packaging form.

I raise my right hand to this: I do not like lip-tints. I cannot tolerate having wounded dry lips or inconsistent patchy barely-stain-your-lips look that I get from average lip tint. However, colourette has become everybody’s favorite because of their pigmented but hydrating colourtints I couldn’t help but give lip tints another try.

Quality check first.

Colourette is known for their Filipina-centered beauty campaign but aside from that their products are:

  • Natural ingredients
  • Cruelty free
  • Gluten-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Locally made
  • Contains SPF

Impressive, right? Let me tell you, from these facts alone I’m already sold but of course I have to try out the products itself in order to actually give an unbiased opinion.

First Look.

Colourtint 24/7 kit
10 shades from the 24/7 Colourtint kit

From the get-go, the range of their colors is known to have every shade that suits every pinay skin tone; mestiza, chinita and morena. I’m not very fair but not morena either so I’m somewhere close to chinita and I had difficulty finding the right shade of beautiful matte muted red that could match my warm skin tone. And tell you what I found it at Colourette.

I have their 24/7 kit which includes 10 beautiful shades that falls into brown-orange-beige-red shades. It comes in a clear plastic pouch lined with cute peach zippers, great to repurpose as makeup kit or organizer pouch. It also includes two placards which show off the tints alongside their corresponding descriptions.

 On to the tints.

These coloutints are multipurpose so it can be used on the lips, cheeks and eyelids –definitely a steal. It is oil based (something new right?) which contains natural argan oil and beeswax so it’s hydrating and doesn’t dry the lips however I still need to prep (scrub and moisturize) my lips before applying to avoid flaky-chipping lips. It’s also crazy pigmented (seriously) but is still nicely blendable and dries off as matte finish almost like a liquid lipstick but it’s really lightweight it feels like it’s barely there. Because its oil based it’s easy to apply and doesn’t leave patches or streak marks. It does stay on for quite a while but sometimes I’d reapply a bit after food and drinks to maintain that opaque and matte finish.

The product itself does separate from the oil when left still after some time and that’s normally how it is just be sure to shake it up real good before applying.

My Choice and How I Apply it.

My favorite would be the shades Olive (Cocoa Brown), Lucy (Chili Red) and Ellie (Muted Brown Red). I normally do simple and subtle for my daily look so I just dab 2-3 small dots on the inner part of the lower lip and  spread it across my lips using my pinky finger. It could dry-off easy on the lips so I try to make my moves fast. For my cheeks, I do two tiny dots and blend with my fingers as well. It is much pigmented so 1-3 dots do the job just fine and can go a long way. I just add another layer after another if want to achieve bold full lips.


Well, the hype was well worth it. The colourtint really changed my view on tints and I can say colourtint is hands down one of the best tints out there. The 24/7 kit is worth 2,499 pesos but they retail each tint for 299 pesos –a bit above regular lip tint price but considering the ingredients and the gorgeous finish I think it’s all worth the money. I mean if I don’t get cracked lips and I get all heart-fluttered in every swipe I’m all for it. Hehe.

Check out their instagram or website to get to know more of them. If you want to place an order and if you have the patience to wait I recommend to be on the lookout for their sales on lazada or shoppee to score a greater deals.

Use my my code SHEPO225 for additional 100 pesos off your first purchase on shoppee.

*This is not sponsored post. I got the products through their giveaway promo however it does not affect my review, everything mentioned is honest and purely my opinion. *


Easy Guide to Solo Artist Date

There are days when time moves so fast, days become repetitive that the world starts to lose its color, looking like an old black and white movie. This is the time when lousy and unpleasant feelings start to stack up inside me. Times like this I know I have to take a pause and go out and clear my head. I don’t book a ticket and take a flight to run away, I can’t afford that (at least not yet).

I take myself on solo artist date. Have a breather and tap on my creative side, one doesn’t have to be an artist to go on an artist date. It’s like giving your mind the time to dream and wander again, a much needed self-care break.

Why Go on an Artist Date?

Artist Date is taking the time for yourself, a break from the bustle of daily life to reconnect with your inner emotions and discover or rediscover your joy and passion. It is a way of getting in touch with your creativity, more about exploring and indulging the things that you find interesting and to get truly acquainted with yourself.  

We’re constantly too busy to even think of what we feel; we neglect our emotions and interests. Going on an artist date allows us to recharge and realign our thoughts on what brings us fun and joy. Research says exploring and discovering new experiences on your own outside your daily routine builds confidence, makes one more independent and resilient. It is also found to boost our well-being. Other benefits of going on a solo artist’s day:

  • Good for the soul.
  • It sparks new ideas.
  • Helps discover or rediscover the things you love.
  • Deepens self-awarenesss.

Plan your Artist Date

There’s different ways on how to spend your artist date depending on one’s own preference. You can stay inside at the comfort of your home or maybe plan a drive to town or spend a day just somewhere around your neighborhood; it’s entirely up to you.

Make a rough list of the things that bring you joy –things you want to do, places you love to go to, food you love, activities you want to try, food you enjoy eating. Make your list achievable and realistic; things that you can actually do within the day. However, don’t make a rigid schedule or an itinerary as this can easily turn into frustration if it didn’t work out. This way you can just choose anything on the list and if one thing don’t go your way you can easily make adjustments as you go.

As for me, I love spending my artist date outside. I start by listing all the things I love the night before so I can wake up the next morning ready to tackle the day head on without letting a minute for the fear and guilt to settle in. I make the most of my day knowing I have lots of fun things to do.

Remember to always go at your own pace. You can go off without a set plan and just do the things you love most that’s what matters. Disconnect and put the fear of what other people might think to one side and just focus on yourself.

5 Ideas do on an Artist date

1. Go for a leisure walk.

Walking is therapeutic and is also a good chance to explore and get to know your place more. Move your body and let the happy hormones flow. During your walk try to take different routes and path that you don’t normally take, this gives will give you a new and fresh view of things.

2. Take photos.

During my walk I bring with me my film camera and capture moments with it. In some way, this slow and contemplative approach to image making is a good way to be mindful. Phone camera is a good option too but consider taking fewer but more thought of photos. Resist the urge to playback the image too. Remember that photos don’t stand in for memories. It’s all about being in the moment.

3. Café Hop.

One thing I learned about going on artist dates is that it’s actually not that bad to eat out alone. I used to dread eating out alone but I didn’t have much choice so I did it –once then twice, thrice then I wasn’t afraid of eating out alone anymore. This has led me to a lot of cute and cozy café discoveries. There’s now thrill in finding new yummy drinks and joy to be tucked in the corner of coffee-aromatic café.

4. Watch clouds.

After a walk and a nice cup of coffee, it’s nice to find a comfy spot to sit, look at the clouds and just watch the world go by.  This is the time where you can slow things down and just take a rest. Breathe in deeply and feel all the emotions running through you and let them run freely. Don’t control them or be trapped with your “I should”. Let them be chaotic and unorganized, get in to your deeper emotions.

5. Journal Your Thoughts.

A great ending to an artist day is to have a paper in one hand and pen in another. Write about the day that went by, about a random thought that’s floating in your head, or maybe look up a journal idea to write about. You don’t have to put much thought into it, the point is to just write things down. You will be surprised at the things that will come out–that’s your inner creativity. Keep it, nourish it and treasure it.


How to Make: Cocoa Chocolate Coffee

Pre-PS: Happy International Coffee day everyone!

No matter how much I try to stop drinking coffee. I always find my way back to it and usually with better recipe than before. With the colder season closing in on us, I am sharing my favorite coffee recipe at the moment; it’s easy to make and keeps me warm and happy. 🙂

Why You should Make your Own Coffee

I realized that taking the time to make one’s own coffee is therapeutic. It becomes mindful making by focusing solely to the senses that are involved in the making process. Choosing what goes into your drink, savoring the aroma of every ingredient, observing and listening to the clanks of the utensils and being fully aware of the whole experience –by being mindful of the present action you are moving away from all your stressful thoughts. It’s a process handmade with love and patience. And thus afternoon coffee becomes more than just an afternoon coffee, it makes you appreciate and feel delight in each sip.

On to the Recipe

  • 2 tsps. sugar
  • 1 tsp. coffee powder
  • 2 tsps. Creamer
  • 15-10 g chocolate tablet
  • ½ cup hot water
  1. Prepare the chocolate tablet. Add the chocolate tablet in ½ cup boiling water and wait until it dissolves completely. Set aside.
  2. In a cup, mix all the ingredients together, give it a nice stir and your good to go. 🙂
  3. Easy as 123 but if you’re an obsessive freak like me, I have a certain sequence to making my own cuppa:

Customizing things to your taste makes the whole process yours, like a personal ritual that makes you feel at ease. For instance, for me I prefer creamer to milk because it adds a nice texture. I also like brown sugar but others might prefer otherwise. You could customize and add another ingredient that you like to make it more special.

The Key Ingredient

However, the real game changer here is the chocolate tablet or tablea, in my own language, brand of choice. I used to not care much about this because chocolate’s a chocolate what difference does it make, right? Boy was I wrong, it makes all the difference. If you’re looking for a nice choice tablea I think trying local brands is a great starter, some towns make great artisan tablea made from fine roasted cacao beans that are locally sourced this way we are helping our farmers keep their jobs. The brand that I’m using is Cheding’s. It is a local brand from Iligan City and they are known for their peanuts; you cannot leave Iligan City without dropping a visit at Cheding’s for some pasalubong shopping. They also offer other sorts of pasalubong goodies including the chocolate tablets or tablea.

I depend on coffee for a lot of things; to make me feel warm or to boost my creativity but it could also be a mindful practice. So why not skip your starbucks today and make a cuppa instead.

How about you, what is your current favorite drink? Share it with us.

The Art of Pen Pals and Snail Mails

As much as we live and breathe the internet today; endlessly scrolling & sending emojis, there’s also the increasing fond for pen pals and snail mails. Yes, this irony is something unexpected and awkward in our modern world of fast technology. However, this is the best awkwardness that we can have. Thoughtfully designed mails finding their way to the hands of special friend sends up a grin of joy to the lips.

My snail mail adventure started through a penpal project called Made for You PH. It was initiated by Nadine Felice who took the time to match people of the same interest.  With so much excitement, I was able to finally share my love for arts and films and talk to a stranger that knows exactly how that feels. It’s a fresh feeling of freedom and belonging-ness.

Give to Receive

I feel the most excited when planning to put the mail together. It’s exciting to design how to make the mail fun. It makes my adrenaline pump. “I can finally use all my stationery items or make new ones” I can just hear my hoarder-ego screaming.

It’s interesting to think that even if I had to carve time to make the mail, use my brain cells to coordinate the design and give away the letter and stationery I made which I put much effort in; I still feel so much joy about it, maybe even happier as the one receiving the items. There’s joy in giving and thinking about the joy you want your receiver to feel. That’s enough reason to keep the art of snail mail alive.

Talk About Extras

Other than the handmade letter, which is the main point of the mail, extras are usually added in to make the mail more fun. This is entirely optional; don’t be overwhelmed by the idea of extras. Extras are supposed to be just by its name “Extra”. You don’t need bunch of stationeries to be able to have a penpal, you can just send a letter without any extra. Its only purpose is to make the letter exchange more fun. Remember, it’s always the thought and sincerity that counts. In fact there’s a bunch of different stuff you can send your pen pal with just materials you can find at home, no need to spend a penny.

When unsure, you can just talk to your pen pal about your mailing arrangement, like how often do you send letters, or do you exchange letters only, or do you add extras. Some people of the same interest arrange to swap other stuff like their personal collections or curated themes.

What to Send

Technically, you can send anything you want to your penpal. But considering the packaging rate it is much recommended to send just small and flat items that could fit in an envelope, it’s still a letter exchange after all.

Be Creative. No one set the rule on what to send in a snail mail, so think outside of the box. Let your creativity get in control of you. There’s ton of different ways to make your letter fun without spending a lot. Send a magazine page, clipping of your favorite recipe, make flipbooks or collages, you can even send your own art work. Think h a n d m a d e. This will make your letter unique. Your receiver will feel special thinking about the effort you put into your mail.

Personally, I like to add in other artsy-crafty materials in addition to the letter. I look for inspiration on Pinterest and from there I try to make something that I think my pen pal will like. (I have a pinterest board dedicated for snail mails inspo). Some stuff I sent my penpal includes:

  • Sticker sheets
  • Small Letter Cards
  • Stationery papers
  • DIY Book marks
  • Postcards / Prints
  • Collage
  • Playlist
  • Questions

Other stuff I received from my Penpal:

  • Paper goodies (stamp marks)
  • Memo sheets
  • Watercolor painting of her kid
  • Fun facts about her

How to Find Your Pen Pal

Anyone can be your penpal but it’s always fun to have someone you can really connect with, share your interests together or someone to talk about life with.

  1. It’s better to start with people you’re friends with on the internet aka your mutuals. Internet friends are basically people your friends with on the internet. Don’t be afraid to reach out first, just ask them if they are interested in exchanging letters with you. This is a good way of getting to know each other better without the fear of giving out your address to a total stranger since somehow you know each other already.
  2. There are different sites that connect handmade-letter lover out there:
  3. Global Penfriends – I have personally tried this one and found a really good friend over here.

Other top ranked sites for finding penpals:

  • PenPal World
  • Interpals
  • Use the power of hashtag. #PenpalWanted #PenpalSearch #PenpalNeeded on instagram are some of the popular hashtag used by people looking for penpals.
  • There are also accounts across different social media platforms specifically designed for people looking for penpal. Just type in your keywords in the search bar. Instagram. Facebook groups. Tumblr pages.

Off the Mail Go

After putting together the mail, be sure to wrap/close it properly so nothing falls off along the delivery process. When you’re mail is signed and sealed all there’s left to do is to send them off to your penpal.

You can send your mail through your local post office but for some reason I didn’t have good experience with PhilPost so personally I prefer private post delivery service because it can be tracked and it’s faster and safer. Private companies tend to cost a bit more than the local Postal but I feel comfortable with it. Really, it all depends on your personal preference.

Remember. Always take precautions. Get to know the person first before exchanging addresses. Talk to them if you have the same interest, research, then weigh in if you can trust them.

  • If you’re underage be sure to ask your parents if it’s okay to share any personal information.
  • In other countries, getting a PO Box is a great option.
  • You can always opt for a pick-up option than home delivery.
  • Research is always the best base of protection. Use the internet well. Get to know your soon-to-be penpal really well.

Snail mail is a distinct experience that holds a particular feeling; nostalgia, joy, friendship, and love.    Sharing your excitement, daily small adventures, dreams and even the magic of life but all in a writing form. It is an experience to be savored, letting every words sink in. It is about connecting in a different and much more meaningful way.

Snail mailing is my way of expression, like a creative outlet that helps me feed my love for papers, stationeries, and written words. Somehow having someone to talk to about things that I love make me feel like I belong somehow, makes me feel understood. It’s that small freedom and support that helps me keep going, everything coming from a stranger.

Do you like snail mails too? Why? Share it with us. Or if you have questions regarding snail mails just drop them in the comment section and I’ll try my best to help. 🙂

Lots of Love,


BOOKSALE FINDS : The Cheapest Way to Kick Start a Reading Habit

To be honest, I haven’t been reading enough the past year. At least that’s how I feel.  I’d pick up a book, start reading it and abandon it halfway then ultimately forget that I even started reading it. That’s been a bad cycle I want to change for the year 2020. But during those times, I had this unconscious obsession of visiting Booksale and finding magazines. Well-being magazines.

Booksale – a second hand book shop brand that has every kind of readable that there is (magazines, technical, children’s, fiction)
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What I’m loving

The year is about to end, an urge of new beginning is itching on your skin but don’t forget to remember the things that brought you joy and love during this changing times. Take photos, make stories out of it. Here are the things that I’ve been loving recently.

Aloe Vera Collection

I am usually  not one for skin care products, my skin is a complicated mess of sensitive dry and oily and experimenting on skin products has never turned out well for me. BUT on occasions, when I’m feeling a little sassy I’d add items to my Watsons cart and enjoy some fancy-schmancy self-care routine full of skin care products. A lovely coincidence happened during the course of frequent visits; the unexpected aloe vera collection. Refreshing, light and green; I’m loving aloe so far but I don’t normally use all of these on a daily basis it is usually in gel type formula which is not the type moisturizer my skin needs. The fact that most aloe products can be used everywhere (face, body, hair) is the perfect alibi to give in.

Coffee and Donuts

What’s a product favorite without stationeries? Here’s a curated bitter sweet collection of stationeries. I am certain my love for warm and brown tones is caused by my love for coffee and donuts, the perfect pair that dare defy every diet reference. The cute contrast of dark coffee brown and pretty light shade of pink brings me back to my high school days where my love for pink was at its peak. There’s really no age to love pink and so is my love for stationeries (even after 3 years after college).

Timeless classics

One would think this is a collection of treasure when in fact this hand-me-down watch from a mother will ruin your fantasy. Here is a worn out watch with classic brown leather straps that reminds me of vintage look which I’ve started to enjoy wearing lately. The gold chain bracelet with a customized Arabic name on it is a personal penchant that will never go out of style. Each can be worn on its own or for a little adventure can be layered together. It’s like wearing smudges of history and memories disguised as “fashion” accessories.

There’s a certain nostalgia that rises every time I make a current favorites, reminds me of the feelings and the things that’s going on at the moment with every product. Like a little memorabilia of a certain point in your life. How about you? What have you been loving the past month? Can you share it with us?

Palawan Postcards

Dearest dear,

My little old self can’t keep up with the fast paced series of events. I feel my immune system screaming for help, it’s tiring to drag my feet from end to end of spaces that all seems so strange.

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