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the fuss about cheap make up brands

I always wonder what’s the big fuss about people using cheaper brand of Make up??? I have been a make up user since I was 17 years old. I started with a pressed powder and lipstick given to me by my Mom which she got from an Aunt from the United States. I always get my make up from Mom because she has a lot of these stuff and at that time I did not have the means of buying my own because I was still a young college student. When I started working for a prestigious company I realized that pressed powder and lipstick was not enough when you are in the corporate world. The good thing is that I met friends who were really accustomed to wearing make up and taught me to use make up and buy the best foundation, eyeliner, lipstick, gloss, mascara and so on. At that time I was introduced to a famous brand and yes, it took a big chunk of money from my salary just to really look sophisticated. As time goes by, I became more and more adventurous. I tried different brands specifically the local brands. I did try other branded make up but there were brands that would make my skin break out. It was an experiment for me. I tried the local brands because as I have observed they are more affordable and I must say some local brands can really give the imported brands a run for their money when it comes to quality and affordability.

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I experimented with different brands. I use make up that makes me glow, that doesn’t lead to skin breakouts or rashes. When you check out my make up kit (kikay kit) you will see different brands. I don’t stick with just one brand. For example, the now famous BB cream. I found a really cheap brand that complements my skin, that shows a healthy glow. Why would I buy P800.00 BB cream when I can have one for only P150.00? No side effects, no pimples, no rash. My pressed powder is a local brand. It suits me. My blush, eye shadow is a bit more expensive but it was a gift from my mother so it’s ok. My lipstick and concealer is shall I say imported but very affordable which I bought from a leading department store. Eyebrow pencils which I bought for P20.00 just to define my brows. My eye liner and eye lash curler are products endorsed by local actresses.

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I don’t really know what’s the fuss about brands? If one is comfortable and happy with the way the make up looks on oneself. Is it because it’s cheap or nameless that some makes a mockery about it? It’s not anybody’s business to criticize what is inside the make up kit of one person. Take into consideration that some of us might just want to save for some stuff that are far more important. As long as the brand doesn’t have toxic chemicals or bad side effects so be it.

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My take on this is that why would a woman try so hard to buy the expensive brands if there are no means to buy one? Why be so brand conscious when it will just put a very big hole in the pocket? When we can have something more affordable and budget friendly. It’s a case to case basis. If you have the means then go ahead and splurge but for some please do not mock people using cheaper brands. There are reasons and those reasons are not for you to find out or even your business to attend to. Respect every woman’s individuality and style. We are born unique and we have our own sense of style.

Remember, it’s not the brand that carries a person in public. It’s how you show class, confidence and style in your very own way. You wear all the expensive brands but you don’t show class and dignity, so what’s the use? Make up enhances a woman’s over all physical look. A woman is beautiful even without make up on. The important thing is that you don’t need make up to bring out the inner beauty, it radiates from within.

Don’t fuss about the make up brand, fuss about your own life and maybe you’ll learn a thing or two….

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Women & Shoes & shoes and more shoes…

Why do women love SHOES?

I love shoes!!! Oh no, in fact I adore shoes. It’s one of my addiction. I am not brand conscious, as long as it’s stylish, functional, trendy and cheap!!! I will buy those shoes. I really don’t like to buy high-priced shoes. Not only that I can’t afford it but why do I need high-priced shoes when I can have great shoes for just an affordable price. But I will be more than happy to own labeled shoes if it’s a gift or I buy it at least half the price.

Almost all women love to wear different kinds of shoes. It’s really not an issues whether you are just wearing jeans and a white shirt as long as you have gorgeous shoes, you’re a smashing diva on the red carpet. Shoes are like accessories for women. It heightens the way we look. It shows character, boost self-confidence and project style and sex appeal. I’m no Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City or Former First Lady Imelda Marcos but I keep a few pairs for everyday use at work. I love my shoes even if they are just cheap. My shoes are my pals.

When we buy shoes we must take into consideration our comfort, our feet should not feel stressed or it’s being murdered. Value for money, the price of the shoes should be within our budget. What would we do with a pair of Manolo’s or Jimmy Choos if we don’t have any money left for groceries or payment for our credit card bills? I mean if we really can’t afford it then we don’t buy it at all but if we have the means then we can splurge. Aside from comfort and value for money we also have to look at the craftsmanship and the longevity of the shoes. It may be stylish and trendy but if you feel it will just last for a few days then forget it.

Shoes are partners of women on a daily basis. We wear them everyday, they carry our weight, feel the tension of our tired feet. We must know how to take good care of our shoes. Never wear a pair on consecutive days (specially high-heeled shoes) allow a day of rest so the shoes will not be easily worn down. Have at least 3 to 4 pairs of shoes so you can alternate them in your day-to-day activities. Choose a shoe that will not hurt your toes or put stress on your lower leg. Allow the shoes to breath, and not hide them in boxes as soon as you take them off.

Take good care of your shoes and you will find comfort and happiness wearing them.