April 2019 Empties

Hello readers, get any April showers?

I typically try to close out the month with an empties, but I haven’t posted one in almost a year, so this is close enough, right? And you’ll forgive me if I don’t remember how these actually work and talk more about the brands 😅

Vo5 Conditioner

I usually just use whatever hair products around which tend to be White Rain, but I didn’t have a conditioner for my Tree to Tub shampoo, and I had a discount. I like that this variant is supposed to give extra body by having collagen. Whether it’s effacent is debatable; I think that I felt like I couldn’t wash it all out. But it does have a ton of other oils and vitamins. Many websites say that Vo5 tests on animals, but this bottle says that they’re paraben and silicone free, and this product hasn’t been tested on animals.

Chanel Hydra Beauty Serum

I believe this was a sample from a magazine and that it felt very silky on the skin. Nothing much else I can think of except that it’s said that Chanel tests on animals.

April Empties 2019

Art Naturals Face Wash

This clarifying wash has already appeared on the blog in my moisturizer skeptic post. It claims to be made for oily/acne-prone skin and is sulfate, gluten and paraben-free. The first thing I noticed is it’s unusual green color! I was suspicious that this was actually causing acne, but I think that if I use it as a makeup cleanser rather than my wake-up face wash, it’s ok. This product was also not test on animals.

Rimmel Stay Matte

Again I tried this drugstore staple and again, I’m neither impressed or frustrated by it. This is the Translucent shade, but I feel like I’m liking Wet n Wild’s powders that are meant to match one’s skin tone  more than a “transparent” option. Would I try again? Third time’s the charm.

Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar

This was just another sample about which I don’t have much to say. Although I did write “nice texture and light scent” on it. Personally, I don’t really like Philosophy’s product/line names make it sound like your skin is some epic catastrophe that need a literal miracle lest all hope be lost… It’s just skin dude.

April Empties Links
Affiliate links
Vo5 Conditioner | Chanel Creme | Free & Clear Cleanser
Rimmel Powder | Philosophy Moisturizer

I still have a bunch of empties and have just received a bunch of notepads for my birthday! So hopefully I’ll write shit down! Thanks for reading!

Filipino kids books

Filipino Kids Books 2

Filipino childrens books

Hey hey readers, have you been working out?

I can’t believe I’m actually following up on a series. It’s true that I technically have an unboxing tag, but I don’t continuously subscribe to services, so it’s not that consistent. I also made a What I’m Reading series to have a collection of notes from other books I read, but those aren’t as easily read! 

Well, I was so excited when I thought of this idea that I sent out all the requests to the library and didn’t really realize that yeah, I’d get 12 books at the same time 😅 So hopefully, I’ll have a good few more posts, and I’m not jinxing it. I’ve also deiced that I might as well blog about these as well, or at least as I do with my other videos of being supplementary to this blog. ☺️

Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella

The subtitle pretty much says it all of this Myrna J. de la Paz book. I don’t know if Abadeha is a common tale in the Philippines, but I like that it’s not exactly the same as Cinderella. There is actually a pre-colonial setting with datu and babaylan which I just happen to learn about! I absolutely love the illustrations of the dress of that time. This book is in English.

Lakas and the Manilatown Fish

This Anthony D. Robles book claims to be the first English-Tagalog story set in the U.S. It is about a boy that meets a talking fish that leads him across the historic Manilatown in San Francisco. Personally, it was more interesting to read the history note at the end about the 1977 International Hotel demonstration, but I can totally understand that may not be the story for kids. But I’m also not a fan of giving kids the impression that it’s funny to kiss strangers and take their clothes.

Filipino kids booksAdditionally, there’s kind of a weird refrain, mostly used by the fish, of “Hoy, hoy, (hey hey) Pilipino boy!” IDK, maybe if you’re from a place with an actual Manilatown and people that have your back, greeting each other with your ethnicity might be cool beans. But I did not! And just feel like it’s not a stranger’s business. It’s one thing if you are someone looking for community– I am!!– but that is not the situation a lot of the time for people of color but another experience of a stranger projecting their ideas onto you. And depending on what they are, it can feel and be unsafe. I just want everyone to know that just so that they know they shouldn’t have to feel obligated to accept this.

An Eagle’s Feather

Now this is what I call a story! Apparently based on a story by the Philippine Eagle Foundation, Minfong Ho tells the tale of a Philippine Eagle named Kalayaan that gets shot and taken to a sanctuary by a little boy and his father. I liked it so much that I don’t even want to spoil it, but I will say that I was honestly crying??? It even has some facts about the Philippine Eagle and Philippine Eagle Foundation. The illustrations are very good as well.

tl;dr

Title Abadeha Lakas & the Manilatown Fish An Eagle’s Feather
Author Myrna J. de la Paz Anthony D. Robles Minfong Ho
Illustrator Youshan Tang Carl Angel Frances Alvarez
Language English English & Tagalog English
Level 3rd grade? 3rd grade? grade 1-2
Recommended Meh :  😭 Yes

Check out my first installment featuring Masayang Magtanim!, Kayang-Kaya! and Hand Over Hand.

Jan Allure Beauty Box

January Allure Beauty Box

Mars Unboxes

Hi readers, do you believe in signs?

You may have noticed that yes, I am posting an unboxing from 3 months ago. Let me tell you! I thought I could get some nice products and try vlogging only for the first video to be completely wrong and the second to be interrupted at every turn. I went back and re-recorded my December unboxing and then while I was editing January’s, my program would crash every 5 seconds. I downloaded another and didn’t realize the free version was only a trial 😡 It’s like the universe does not want me to vlog 😫

Well, fuck you, universe! I’ve at least one more video idea, so you’re just gonna have to suck it up into that black hole of yours! Here is what I received in Allure’s January Beauty Box. It is usually $15/month, but you do get your first box for $10 and you get a new subscriber gift. They previously sent out in boxes like Birchbox but now use pouches made out of plastic (I think) that are still shipped in corrugated boxes. 

 

 

Mally Shadow Stick

This is an interesting product. It’s in a very pretty shimmering brown eyeshadow shade called Burnished Bronze. It’s supposed to make smokey eyes easy.
Retail Price: $25

Ouai Scalp & Body Scrub

This smells so nice! It’s like a perfume. I haven’t used it yet, so I don’t know if it has staying power or efficacy. But the included booklet say that a user uses it to clean product buildup off their scalp.
Retail Price: $38 (for 8.8oz)
Received size is 1oz which would cost about $4

Sunday Riley CEO Glow Face Oil

This is a big reason why I decided to continue my subscription through the month. I’ve never used a face oil before, and I’ve heard turmeric (apologizes to the turmeric gang if I mispronounced it in my vid) is good for scarring. I’m not big that it claims to “brighten” because I’m concerned about that meaning “whiten” and I don’t think that anyone needs to be whiter particularly to be beautiful or attractive.

 

Not to mention that it kind of romanticizes CEOs, but I’m willing to overlook that ’cause ok, I’m sure everyone just means it that they want to be their own boss and not actually want to cheat their workers out of health insurance and livable wages. But the fact that it is called CEO and “brightens”… makes it sound like you have to look a certain way to be boss… 💩
Retail Price: $40 for 0.5oz

Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum

I don’t know if I realized I’d be receiving both Sunday Riley products, but I was glad when I unboxed this. I’ve heard retinoid is good for dark circles and didn’t wait to start trying it. Unfortunately, my eyes must be sensitive because I think that whenever I try products more for (under)eye areas, my eye twitches!

Maybe I should just use it for the rest of my face though as that’s what it looks like it’s designed for on their website 😬 It is cruelty, sulfate, paraben, gluten, soy, phthalate, and fragrance free.
Retail Price: $85 for 1oz
Received size is .27oz which would cost about $22.95

Doucce Relentless Matte Lip Crayon

This is a pretty, blueish red called Winterberry. Apparently if you buy it from Doucce it comes with a sharpener, but it looks like I’m gonna have to buy one.
Retail Price: $22

January Allure Affiliate links
Affiliate Links
Mally Stick | Ouai Scrub | CEO Glow
SR Serum | Doucce Lip | Amika | NLCA {different shade}

Amika Soulfood Nourishing Mask

I just noticed that this brand has products that are made in Israel, so I think they may be on the BDS list.
Retail Price: $28 for 8oz
Received size is 2oz which would cost $7

NCLA Nail Lacquer

Apparently, everyone gets a bonus gift! These “luxury” polishes are 7 free, vegan, and aren’t tested on animals. I think I’m a fan!
Retail Price: $16

Estimated Value: $136.95!!

As I say in the video, overall, I’m quite pleased with what I received! I don’t think that I’ve tried not only most of the brands but a lot of the types of products as well. The only problem I have is some kind of disorganization with Allure and receiving brands I for which I don’t care. Frankly, I wouldn’t need more than these two boxes. Do you think that I should write a wrap-up of my experience or is this enough? 😅

Jan Allure Beauty Box

Thanks for reading!