Capping off 2013 with 13 Things.. and then some!

Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.

13 seconds challenge

First off, happy new year to everyone who reads all the random nonsense I’ve been scribbling about in this blog the past year — you guys know who you are! Cheers to another year of fueling each other’s lemmings, imposing no-buys that never actually come to fruition (although mine did last minute of the year!) and drooling over new collections, trying our very best to resist temptation that lurks yet scramble to find them when we hear they’ve sold out. To more crazies this coming year, yes? Life would be such a bore without them. Ha! 0 I’ll admit this now before I go on with this post.. I may be still be a little too pooped a.k.a buzzed from all the holiday wining and dining that happened the whole month of December. Anyhoots, I’ve also been feeling super antsy to share some sort of 2013 cap-off but the best I could come up with in between all the festivities, reunions (and more wine) going on is some kind of Top 13 Things I Could Grab in 13 Seconds. I threw it out on Twitter as a joke, but ended up sorta doing it anyway. I would apologize for being teh worst blogger ever but then, I’m not really… so without much more ado (than I’ve already imparted), here are some 2013 random beauty products I’ll tell you about because I was too lazy to pick out the best ones, bahaha. 2

The Year I Plunged into Makeup Luxury Death That is Tom Ford

This year, I succumbed to the lure of Tom Ford Beauty. I’ve tried their quads – which I’m enamored with, a blush that I do love because of the color but can’t come to terms with the price and a few lipsticks of which one was a miss. Check out my reviews on the following Tom Ford items here — Orchid Haze quad, She-Wolf trio palette, Crimson Noir lipstick. I still have some quads to review so watch out for those this year, if you’re interested. 3


I dove into the world of highlighters this year and I ain’t lookin’ back yo. I used to scoff at the thought of glitter specks on my face but after discovering the elusive magic~ of the Guerlain Meteorites (which aren’t highlighters technically, but more of a finishing powder but whatevz), I’ve been on the constant lookout for goddess-like-glow ‘radiators’ that will leave even your frenemies fazed. Other faves are the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette and Burberry Nude Radiance.  8

Year of the Eyeshadow Singles

So I’ve always been in a relationship a palette girl, never gone for singles because hello – what a waste of moolah going for only one shade when you can get so much more colors with a palette. But after being peer-pressured introduced to the world of Burberry Sheer Eyeshadows and Rouge Bunny Rouge singles, it’s like I never want to go back to palettes ever again. They’re such topnotch eyeshadow formulas that my blending skills (or lack thereof) are irrelevant. Check out the reviews here – Burberry Midnight Brown, Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyeshadows, Abyssinian Catbird and Unforgettable Oriole look. 9

The Year My Nails Got Did by Chanel

I’ve never been one to change nail colors at all before the year 2013 – only getting a bi-monthly mani-pedi without any color *GASP*. I do inject a red shade or french nails twice or thrice a year, but that’s it. I never had the patience to put on polish on my nails, as well – so nail polish was definitely alien territory for me. However, once I tried that one Chanel shade (Frenzy) my mom bought and experienced the breeze of application with the fantastic self-leveling formula, I was hooked. Hence, this happened… 6 I feel a bit embarrassed by the amount I’ve amassed in a year’s time (to be fair, my husband got most of those for me *hoping* I would end my affair with other makeup items! LOL). But yes, I did go through a nail polish stage sometime last year. Thankfully, I’m not as crazed anymore. Here’s a few I featured in the blog – Dragon, Bel Argus, Suspicious, Alchimie, Mysterious5

I Developed My Sixth Scents

Hmm, never really got to feature this stage in my life here in this blog but yes, I also went through a perfume phase. I read up on distinguishing the different base, top and middle notes, as well as determining sillage, longevity and all things scent-related. I realized I’m most drawn towards gourmand scents, especially that of vanilla and most-averse to anything floral. My favorites from last year – Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, Chloe EDP, Lanvin Eclat d’Arpege, Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka (yup, twice). 7

The Year of the Items for Review & Consideration

To be honest, I never thought I’d be in this stage of blogging where I’ll be sent makeup items for review – I am greatly honored and truly grateful for all brands, online shops and advertisers that have shown their interest in pursuing anything here in my little space on the interwebz. Thank you a million times for the support! 4

The Year I Switched to Local and/or Organic

One major change I pursued this year is switching to an organic routine in terms of my hair. I never really gave my hair any attention before because I mainly gave up on all the damage I’ve done to it – coloring, straightening, etc. But after trying out the Human Heart Nature range a few years too late, I’m not looking back. No more silicones that coat my hair masking its true state! Although, take note that the HHN range includes a lot of essential oils that may break you out if you’re allergic/sensitive to one of them. I’ve also discovered the Vanilla & Co. hair mists and dewy spray lotion that have replaced my Chanel Hair Mist obsession (thanks to BeautyBasicsPH for sending them over).

New Year, New Me Bull…PEN

I would looooove to say it’s a new year and therefore there’s a new me in here guyss~! But nope. Still the same ol’ me attracted to shiny, pretty things trying my best to resist what can “not” be resisted. However, I think I’ve certainly toned down on the consumption that has devoured me last year. This year, no promises but I want to explore more on the drugstore realm (the treasure that could be found!!!) and Asian beauty products instead of the death of my wallet a.k.a luxury beauty. I’ll probably still be getting a few irresistible Chanel, Guerlain, Tom Ford items but… we’ll see! Are you still there??? Anyway, enough words, here’s to a wonderful year ahead guys! CHEERS!!! 
Did you find apk for android? You can find new Free Android Games and apps.


  1. January 3, 2014 / 12:43 pm

    Happy new year to you and your beautiful family, Shari! Hope to see more of you and the other beauty girls this 2014. 🙂

    • January 6, 2014 / 12:11 pm

      Carina! Happy new year to you and your family as well. Hope to see you again sometime soon! 🙂 Cant wait to read more of your beauty adventures rin!

  2. Coco
    January 3, 2014 / 12:51 pm

    Tom Ford lipsticks are on my wish list. I must own at least one soon! Can’t decide which shade though. I’m inclined to go with a nude like Spanish Pink since then I could wear it often and feel like I’m getting my money’s worth but I have too many nudes :/

    • January 6, 2014 / 12:16 pm

      Coco! I felt the same before I dove into the TF world, too. I went for Spanish Pink despite the same dilemma of one too many nudes, because I knew I’d get the most wear out of it. TBH, I don’t find anything SUPER special about the lipsticks. I do appreciate its moisturizing properties (which for extra dry lips like mine is pretty hard to come by), though. But anyway, it’s a good treat to oneself! Will wait for your first TF lippie, Coco. Happy new year!

  3. Raven Ang
    January 3, 2014 / 1:02 pm

    I will nevernevernevernevernever ever delve into TF quads/trios. But I do want to try ONE blush. Your Chanel nail polish collection is…. impressive, to say the least. Maybe next time it’ll be TF nail polishes. *wink wink* I actually made a list for my 2014 “to buy” list. I’m hoping to acconplish my mission and get everything in my list. 🙂

    • January 6, 2014 / 12:19 pm

      Oh gawsh no, not TF polish. I dont think I’ll ever give in to those – except if it’s an ULTRAMEGASUPER unique shade. Haha. And yes, the quads are kinda addictive (so bad), it’s good (for the wallet) to skip on them DEFINITELY. Happy new year, Raven! I always love seeing you here 🙂 *Start your own blog*ehem*ehem*

  4. January 3, 2014 / 1:03 pm

    lol death by tom ford. I only managed to buy two things from TF this year. Well, 3 if you count the illuminating primer i bought from gummy’s blog sale 😀

    • January 6, 2014 / 12:19 pm

      I plan to buy NO Tom Ford this year *crosses fingers* *prays to self-control Gods* :))
      Ooooh, how’s the primer?? Never mind, dont answer that! LOL
      happy new year joyce!

      • January 6, 2014 / 12:36 pm

        i haven’t tried the primer yet lol!!!! so you are saved. Good luck with not buying tom ford hehe 😀 you can do it!!!

  5. January 3, 2014 / 1:08 pm

    Happy New Year, Shari! New reader here! 🙂 I was so impressed with your blog, I included it on my bookmarks! Haha! Cheers to more kakikayan this year! 🙂

    • January 6, 2014 / 12:20 pm

      Thank you for dropping by and bookmarking, Emae! *blushes*
      Happy new year and hope to hear more from you!

  6. January 3, 2014 / 3:17 pm

    lovely picks, Shari!
    the burberry monos and tom ford lipstick! Oh I’m drooling!! I have only burberry eye shadow palette and I love it! but I’d love to try the monos as well ^^ and you have impressive collection of chanel nail polishes!! <3
    Happy new year to you!

    • January 6, 2014 / 12:21 pm

      Pam!! Burberry shadows are sooo bad for the wallet. I hope they dont release so many new shades this year bahaha. Although, their Spring collection didnt include any so yes, so far so good. Happy new year, love! Cant wait to read more of your beauty adventures this year!

  7. January 3, 2014 / 3:48 pm

    Happy new year, Shari! I see some of my favorites on your list as well (Taboo made absolutely EVERYONE’s list)! I like how you call Tom Ford makeup luxury death. I have been seduced by some of the stuff, but my limited access to the brand helps keep my wallet alive!

    • January 6, 2014 / 12:23 pm

      Happy new year Sunny! I wish my limited access deters me too but nooo, ways keep finding me (LOL in denial that it’s the other way around). Taboo is too beautiful to look at, when I wear it, I keep staring into the galaxy that’s on my nail beds.

  8. January 3, 2014 / 3:52 pm

    happy new year, great picks!!! chanel nail polishes are definitely addicting and i love how you’ve stored them in their original boxes!!! the guerlain highlighter has always been on my wishlist and it’s just sooo pretty. im also a sucker for luxury goodies that leave my wallet empty all the time so i know how you feel!! exploring drugstore is definitely a must this year :)))

    rachel x

    • January 6, 2014 / 12:25 pm

      Hi Rach! Thank you for dropping by and happy new year!! 🙂 I kept them in their boxes because it’s easier to find with their names on top! Hihi. You need at least one Meteorites in your lifetime (because trust me, you’ll never run out of it anyway!) Cheers to exploring drugstore!!

  9. January 3, 2014 / 4:45 pm

    Happy 2014, Shari! I loved your 13 seconds approach, it was really fun to read. And that Lolita Lempicka perfume is one of my favorites too! If you like gourmand scents, try Prada Candy and Kenzo Amour as well 🙂

    • January 6, 2014 / 12:31 pm

      Aww, thank you so much Rocaille! And thank you for the recos on gourmand scents too. I will sniff Prada Candy and Kenzo Amour asap. Happy new year, love!

  10. Guest
    January 3, 2014 / 4:58 pm

    What a fun post. And I really love your blog! Happy New Year to you! 🙂

    PS. I find the name thing pretty amusing too 😛

  11. Czarina
    January 3, 2014 / 5:00 pm

    What a fun post. And I really love your blog! Happy New Year to you! 🙂

    PS. I find the name thing pretty amusing too 😛 Haha!

    • January 6, 2014 / 12:32 pm

      Hi Czarina Mae (name twin, hihi)! Happy new year and thanks for stopping by!

  12. January 3, 2014 / 6:25 pm

    Awesome post! This year I totally want to try some burberry shadows, TF lipstick, YSL foundation and etc! I want to pour my money into fewer high end products and less cheaper things all the time! It’s so awesome that so many companies sent you things! ^^

    • January 6, 2014 / 12:38 pm

      Sharlynn! A treat once in a while is okay, so go for it! 🙂 I on the other hand, would love to try more high street products! 🙂 Any recommendations?

    • January 6, 2014 / 12:38 pm

      Thanks Nix! Happy new year to you, too 🙂

  13. January 3, 2014 / 10:50 pm

    Happy New Year, Shari! Can I swing by your place and maybe we can paint each other’s nails with Chanel? Kidding! Half kidding! That drawer though!

    *daming exclamation point*

    • January 6, 2014 / 12:38 pm

      Kim, COME ON OVER BAYBEH. Let’s schedule it, haha! Happy new year to you too and hope to see you soon!!

  14. January 4, 2014 / 2:35 am

    Oh that Chanel drawer!!! I had a nail polish phase myself. Good thing that’s over. My partner gets so pissed at me whenever I get myself a new polish. She’s always like “di ka naman marunong maglagay, bili ka pa ng bili”. Hahaha which is true enough. I always had to get a hold of one of my girl friends and make them come over my place just so we could paint each other’s nails–which means she painting her own nails AND mine hahaha. And, still can’t find that love for highlighters. Maybe this year. Here’s to hoping, hehe. Happy happy new year, Shari! More fabulousness and gorgeousness for you this 2014 <3 xx

    • January 6, 2014 / 12:45 pm

      VICTORIA!!!! You are my top commenter for 2013!! I will send you something sa mail so please email me your address: NOW NA K? Thank you for always showing your presence here ha, I appreciate it a lot and get excited seeing your name pop up!

      And katawa yung nail polish bit, ganyan din ako! Husband ko pinapalagay ko ng nail polish sa right hand ko kasi hirap much haha. “Di ka naman marunong, bili ka ng bili” – HAHAHAHA! I get that all the time, too. Here’s to more and more kaloka-han and kaartehan V!

  15. Iambrigitte
    January 4, 2014 / 8:06 am

    weee, i love this post. and geesh, now i want to check out Tom Ford na. I’m dedz. ^_^

    • January 6, 2014 / 12:45 pm

      Brigitte!! Plunge into the Tom Ford death, GOOOW. Joke! Hihi. Happy new year!!

  16. January 4, 2014 / 8:42 am

    I love the way you ramble. It reminds me so much of me. Love your picks–Burberry eyeshadows, Tom Ford, Chanel polish–all near and dear too my heart as well. Happy New Year, Shari!

    • January 6, 2014 / 12:46 pm

      Happy new year to you too, Jenny! Can’t wait to read more of your beauty adventures 🙂 I will live my luxury makeup vices vicariously through you this year!! 🙂

  17. anne0822
    January 4, 2014 / 10:57 am

    This is probably one of the most entertaining year-end posts I’ve read! I cant believe you’ve gone through so much ‘phase’ last year. To more shiny, pretty things this year! 🙂

    • January 6, 2014 / 12:47 pm

      Aww thanks Ruselle!! And I hope I dont go through more phases this year KALOKA. Haha! Happy new year to you, love. Thanks for always stopping by!

  18. January 4, 2014 / 1:38 pm

    Beautiful photos here, Shari! 🙂

    2013 was the year I got into TF makeup, too! BAD decision (for my wallet) ha ha! I also love Burberry Midnight Brown, so easy to wear and you can create a look with just this one color. And your Chanel polish drawer… omg… *droooools*

    P.S. I reallly enjoy your writing style! Really engaging and fun! Wish I could write half as good. ^_^

    Happy New Year! <3

    • January 6, 2014 / 12:49 pm

      Thank you so much, Jaa! Nothing beats yuour beautiful photos, though. So a compliment coming from you is definitely heart warming. Hihi.

      And you write really well, too! I love your in-depth, honest and complete reviews. I’m mostly too lazy to go at it detail by detail, but you seem to never miss one. I really appreciate that!! 🙂 Also, all your reviews have been accurate with my experience, too.So I really trust them! Keep it up, love!! Happy new year!

  19. Ty Phang
    January 5, 2014 / 8:44 am

    Happy New Year, Shari! You have such a covetable collection! Well, that’s expected of course. I’m green with envy. Haha. I look forward to more posts from you this year!

    • January 6, 2014 / 12:50 pm

      Aww thank you Ty! 🙂 🙂 Happy new year to you, too love!

    • January 6, 2014 / 12:50 pm

      Thank you Dianne! Happy new year!!

    • January 7, 2014 / 12:49 am

      Aww thank you Dianne! Appreciate the love. Happy new year to you, too!

  20. January 8, 2014 / 7:16 pm

    Everytime you post a list, I have that excitement to read your post. True, I noticed you bought nice makeups from TF last year <3 I always wish to buy the makeups you feature on your blog and I just stare at each of your photos for more or less a minute. 🙂 I'm a silent reader because of my internet connection -________- Anyway, I wish you more exciting opportunities on your blog this year. I can feel I can buy the makeups I want this 2014 *crossfinger*. Your blog is always a great reference. Oh btw, just bought my first SLR! you're one of my inspiration in photog as well. Happy New year Shari! Hope to see you again soon ^^

  21. GummyVision
    January 11, 2014 / 4:27 am

    Holy chanel polish collection batman!!!! I love love love all of your choices here, even if they are random 😛 I still need to try a TF lipstick, and I can’t wait to see what you think of the quads besides orchid haze. When the heck are you gonna get some TF brushes?!!! Or do you have some already and I just missed those posts?? YUM-MY burberry and rbr singles!!!! Such gorgeousness 🙂

  22. January 19, 2014 / 7:42 am

    Hm.. I’ve never been big on the fragrance front but I’m thinking I might try them out this year! Do you have anything you can tell me from your research on distinguishing between notes and all things scent-related?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *