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Fake NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

I am currently hooked to lippies (matte, pigments, balms!). Please forgive this late bloomer. I only got interested in make up AFTER I got married. Before, I am content just being bare face, on the pretense of being au naturel. But lately, as part of my pursuit for self improvement, I got interested in lippies. Small steps towards self care. 🙂

My favorite is the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream lippies. I love its Abu Dhabi and Antwerp shade and I wear them alternately at work. The previous week, I noticed that its tubes were almost empty. Since I do not have the luxury of time lately to go to the mall, I decided to order from an online store. So, I ordered three shades of the SMLC; Abu Dhabi, Antwerp and Ibiza.

Yesterday, I received two out of the three items, and to my dismay and disappointment, the products were FAKE!

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These were the lippies, and are obviously fake. Take note of the barcode and the sticker. These are not how authentic NYX SMLC looks like. And notice also that the tube looks like plastic and un-matte.

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This is how the authentic one looks like. The lippy number is bold and the identification code on the right side is lightly printed.

IMG_1044Upper lippy is the fake one. Lower one is the authentic one. Notice the difference in shade. The authentic one looks darker and the tube is slightly shorter.

Here are some guide on how to check if the SMLC you are buying is authentic, besides checking the packaging :

Authentic lippies have : shorter, semi matte plastic tube and shorter and wider doe foot applicator. Also, the cream should have a creamy texture and should smell yummy!. The smell is actually one of the reasons why I am hooked to SMLC. Also, authentic SMLC is kiss proof, so there should be no stains on your glasses and utensils.

Fake lippies have : longer, glassy tube and longer and narrower doe foot applicator. Also, it has no initial smell but later on there’s a tinge of vanilla like smell.

A fellow blogger had a more detailed review here : http://limpidasylum.weebly.com/reviews/nyx-soft-matte-lip-creams-fake-vs-authentic, though we have almost the same experience and observation.

I, however, strongly recommend that we stick to using authentic products, especially if it concerns our skin. While there is no immediate effect that I felt when I tried the fake lippy, I opted to buy an authentic one from SM North still. Mainly because, I feel unsafe using fake products.

 

 

 

Loving Mount Maculot

December 1, 2012, Saturday – It was another usual Saturday for most of the people. But for me, my cousin and two close friends, it was a very special day. It will be the day we will make our first official climb.

Our goal : Reach the campsite and the ROCKIES of Mount Maculot in Barangay Siete, Cuenca, Batangas.

Our Itinerary

03:00 Wake Up Time

04:00 – 05:00 Travel to JAM Liner Terminal from Residence

05:00 – 05:45 Waiting time ( this is so NORMAL and realistic)

06:00 – 09:30 Travel Time to Cuenca Batangas ( from JAM Liner Terminal, take the bus going to Lemery and tell the conductor to drop you in Cuenca)

09:30 – 10:00 Dropped by in 7-Eleven at the drop off point to buy some food and stuff

10:00 – 10:05 Rode the tricycle from 7 Eleven to Barrio Siete, the starting point of the trek.

10:05 – 12:00 Trek to Campsite

12:00 – 12: 15 Rest at the Campsite

12:15 – 12:30 Trek to ROCKIES

12:30 – 13:30 Picture taking at the Rockies

13:30 – 15:00 Trek down to Barrio Siete

15:00 – 16: 30 Jeepney ride to Lipa to take the Bus to Manila

16: 30 – 17:00 Eating at McDonalds

17:00 – 20:00 Travel time to Manila

The total cost of the trek ( fare, food and buko juice is Php 650.00 ). 

And here are the photos to show how wonderful God’s creation is. It was a tough trek, tiring, muscle aching and challenging but it was worth it. Just like following God’s ways, it is not easy, but the reward is more than what we deserve.

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(L – R) Elaine, Shiela, Me and Ate Diday at the 7 Eleven Convenience Store in Cuenca before heading to Barrio Siete.

 

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At the Mountaineer’s Stop Over Sari Sari Store at the foot of Mount Maculot. All fresh and bursting with energy.

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Here we go, Maculot, here we come!

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Halfway up the trek, a stop over with buko juice to freshen up.

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Few more minutes before the campsite. And look closely at the body of water behind me and Ate Day.

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The ROCKIES of Mount Maculot

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At the ROCKIES, I felt closer to God more than I have ever been. And I believed that God had taught me a very wonderful lesson that day.

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Ate Diday and our new found friend, J-U-N J-H-U-N..

 

 

 

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Truly, with GOD, nothing is impossible.

YES to RH Bill

I am pro- RH Bill.

This bill has been in the Philippines’ House of Representatives for more than a decade. And yet, it remain what it was years ago – a bill. Still subject for the legislator’s endless,redundant and often times just senseless arguments, questions and queries that has been repeatedly answered. Sometimes, I wonder how can this legislators just let this bill stay “dormant” when lives of their constituents are being at risk.

1. Reproductive Health Bill and Abortion

Many of those who are against the proposed legislation says it promotes abortion. I always find it ironic when people say this. It seems like many of them (including our legislators)have disregarded the Revised Penal Code wherein it is clearly stated that abortion is illegal in the Philippines. (see Articles 256, 258 and 259 of the Revised Penal Code) More so, Article II, Section 12 of the Philippine Constitution clearly states that ” The State recognizes the sanctity of life and shall protect and strengthen the family as a basic autonomous social institution. It shall equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception.”

It is clear on the above mentioned legal mandate that the state will have to fulfill its duties in protecting both the mother and the unborn child.

First, the Revised Penal Code clause on abortion. Yes, abortion is illegal in this country and it will remain that way even if there is Reproductive Health Care policy. What RH Bill seeks to address it to ensure that women suffering from post abortion complication is treated in health care facilities without bias and judgement. Many women have died from post abortion complications because health care facilities and providers are either not ready or/and not willing to help them. The Penal Code requires the imprisonment of the woman and those who help her in the abortion process, not those who treat post-abortion complications.

Secondly, Article II, Section 12 of the 1989 Philippine Constitution. It clearly states that the state shall EQUALLY PROTECT the life of the mother and the unborn child. Many of those who opposed the bill focuses only on the premise of the unborn child, disregarding the welfare of the mother. Often times, when a single pregnant woman avails of the pre-natal services in health facilities, she is meet by prejudice and biases of the healthcare providers. In far flung communities, they are not even able to avail of the services. For those couples seeking family planning services, many can’t avail due to the cost. This is what RH Bill seeks to address. It aims to provide capacity building investments to healthcare providers on how to treat their clients without prejudice and judgement and to ensure that health care services and facilities are accessible, affordable and discrimination free.

2. Reproductive Health Bill and Population Control

Many also opposed the bill, thinking that it would mean controlling the number of children a couple should have. This is entirely WRONG and MISLEADING. What the legislation does are the following – ensure that every couple can plan and decide when to have and how many children. It never imposes on the number of children and nor there will be sanctions. The legislation also wants to ensure that there is equality and equity in the distribution of available resources. We can never control the population. What we can do is properly manage our resources to ensure that everyone gets a fair share of it.

More posts about the Reproductive Health coming up. For now, this is it. Watch out for my post about RH Bill and Faith.