Lipsticks, most especially the liquid ones, are like your jowas (boyfriend or girlfriend). You love them, you sometimes feel incomplete without them, and you just feel like you can conquer all when you’re with them. They promise you everything that makes your ears flap, your eyes pop, and your heart flutter; yet those remain promises. Promises, as many believe, are meant to be broken.
I love lipsticks. If there’s one makeup item that I can take with me all the time, that’ll be lipstick. I can go bare face, a bit of powder will do, dab a little lipstick on the cheeks, and some on my lips, and I’m good to go.
Lipstick can also make or break a makeup look. No matter how pretty our eye makeup is, it can be destroyed with the wrong shade of lipstick. You can also express yourself through lipstick. Feeling fierce? Use a dark vampy plum color. Feeling sexy? Wear a wine red lippie. Feeling cute? Put on some pretty pink shade. Feeling natural or fresh? Throw in some nude lipstick. Feeling bold? Rock a silver, gold, green, black, or blue!
But sometimes, lipsticks can be very disappointing. You buy them because of all the promises companies make you place an order. You leave the house feeling like a diyosa (goddess), then you eat, and your lips look like a disaster!
That’s why I’ve decided to put them to a test in this new series here on my blog, as well as on my channel, and I call it:
Lipstick & Mukbang!
Just in case you have no idea what Mukbang is, it’s basically eating in front of the camera. Usually there’s a table laden with food, it could be prepared or bought by the host, then the host enjoys eating them while interacting with their viewers.
The word mukbang is a combination of two Korean words: muk(mukda / meokda), which means “to eat”; bang (bangsong), which means “broadcast”.
So, yeah. Basically, I’ll be eating with my lipstick on, and see if it can live up to its claims.
If you’re Filipino, whether or not you’re in the Philippines, I’m pretty sure you know Mang Inasal. Mang Inasal offers chicken and pork barbeques, unlimited rice, soup, and other Filipino dishes. They also have halo-halo, a popular Filipino dessert which is a mixture of shaved ice, milk, and various ingredients such as sweetened banana, jackfruit, beans, gello, coconut, and many others. It is often topped with ube, leche flan and ice cream.
You can find a Mang Inasal branch in almost every town in the Philippines, oftentimes seen side by side with Jollibee and Chowking.
As for the lip dye, NYX did not promise anything about staying power. (But that doesn’t mean I don’t need to test them out, does it?) They did mention about being lightweight and vibrant, though. And I can attest to that.
I applied NYX Epic Ink Lip Dye at around 11:30. I LOVE the formulation; it’s really thin but super pigmented! I don’t know why it’s getting so much hate when it’s clearly different from Soft Matte Lip Cream, Lingerie, and Lip Suede. Epic Ink Lip Dye is more like a lip tint, but more saturated. I love the fact that it’s not patchy. I think it only depends on how it is applied and how much I apply. It sets beautifully and quickly; and becomes transfer proof!
I drank water before leaving the house. The lip dye stayed on. I touched it with a finger, there was a light transfer because my lips were wet. It dried up fast looking untouched.
Okay, MEOKJA! (Let’s eat!)
Titus, Likha, and I had Sulit Meal 1. It includes skewered chicken, a cup of rice, unlimited soup, and regular softdrink.
Tim chose Sulit Meal 2, which includes pork barbeque, a cup of rice, unlimited soup, and regular softdrink.
Guil had Solb SarapCombo Meal, which consists of a chicken barbeque, unlimited rice, unlimited soup, and large softdrink, and halo-halo (I love their halo-halo).
Each Sulit Meal costs less than a hundred pesos, while the combo meal is roughly above P100. Super affordable!
Tim really loves eating at Mang Inasal because of their soup. He oftens pours the soup into his rice. He also loves the taste of the pork barbeque but he can’t eat the meat well because it’s a bit too tough and chewy for him. Titus and Likha enjoyed theirs, too, and asked for more rice. I love their chicken as well, but I think it isn’t very tender or juicy.
What I really appreciate the most, is the fact that they offer unlimited soup (we all just love that, don’t we?); and unlimited rice which is perfect for hungry rice monsters (which we sometimes are). An extra cup of rice can cost P25 in other food chains, and it’s already the price of half a kilogram of uncooked rice! 😀 As I mentioned above, I love their halo-halo, because it’s super creamy and tasty.
I had my lunch in the way I normally do. I didn’t exaggerate every bite; I wasn’t too careful even. Like I said, just how I normally eat. I ate my halo-halo and drank my Coke.
We finished at around 1 in the afternoon.
After the meal…
OMG! I was astonished! I asked Guil and the kids what they thought about my lipstick and they all said it still looked good. I gave it a closer look. The color on the lower lip faded a little, but the pigmentation was still all right. Still lookin’ good as new!
The lipstick almost didn’t transfer on the cup, but transfered a little on the tissue. Despite this, the color on my lips did not come off.
At 3:40 PM, some color had worn off in the inner portion of my lower lip, which is pretty normal. That happens most of the time with many lipsticks. But NYX Epic Ink still looked intact on the rest of my lips. That makes it apart from others.
At around 9:00 PM, some color faded in the center of my lower lip, as well as on the upper lip. The product had sunk into the lines and cracks of my lips. However, there was a patch of color in the center of my upper lip.
At almost 2 in the morning, (this was the 14-hour mark) my lips were still covered with the product, but it wasn’t as vibrant as it looked earlier. It got a bit patchy – on the center of my upper lip and the lines on my lower lip.
Despite all this, I’m still really satisfied with how this lipstick test turned out. I think this is a new favorite and I’ll definitely get more shades.
I’m so happy about how it turned out. I didn’t expect it would last that long. I won’t deny, though, that it could be quite drying. But to be honest, I didn’t feel my lips were dry. It looked dry; however, it was not droughty, if that makes sense.
By the way, I got my NYX Epic Ink Lip Dye for P250 when it went on sale on Lazada. I got two – Night Runner for my sister, and Heartbreaker for myself. Unfortunately, Epic Ink has gone back to its regular prize of P350. The other NYX lippies are now on sale, though. ^^
So what do you think of this new series? What would you like me to use on my next Mukbang lipstick test? Don’t forget to comment below!
Last year, on our 6th anniversary, Guil and I went to The Nook Cafe on my request – all because I am a huge Potterhead.
This year, I wanted to celebrate it [again] somewhere special. Some place we haven’t been. I chose Cup Fiction. First, it’s because I love Saab Magalona-Bacarro. She’s one of the owners, along with Jim (her husband), and two friends. Second, I’ve seen the place on IG and I knew it was going to be worth the long trip.
We live in Laguna so going to Manila would take a lot of time, money, and effort (and transfers – trike to van to jeepney to bus to taxi).
First, Guil and I met at Alabang Town Center. I was also going to meet Jem, a friend (slash) colleague to give her my Christmas present. While waiting, we looked around for some running shoes and he bought hand wraps at Olympic World.
Then we had a quick bite at Burger King and an ice cream sandwich from Louie-Luis. It was sooo good! It only costs P60! Got no photo, such a shame, but it was included in my vlog! (Please see below.)
Finally met Jem, last saw her back in September 2016. After meeting her, we took a jeepney to Starmall where we hailed a bus going to a place whose name I forgot already sorry! Then took a taxi to White Plains.
Cup Fiction has a very welcoming atmosphere. Their staff is approachable and really polite.
Aside from the bookshelf, the random chairs caught my eye. I love the fact that they’re not uniform, I mean, everything’s quite random.
Like the books! There are books about history, art, music, comic books, etc. (Of course, there’s a Harry Potter book, too!) There are speakers and a set of Eraserheads action figures which I never knew existed!
The Batman tissue holder in the comfort room drops the bomb! (See photos below.)
If people knew Saab well, they could tell that this cafe IS she. I mean, there’s no pizza, yes, but, it’s like her personality reflected in the place. So happy to hear the same kind of music we listen to, playing softly in the background.
It felt like being in your own room, with lots of your random stuff, kulang na lang damit na nagkalat sa floor!
Now, let’s talk about our favorite part – the FOOD, of course! First, we ordered something to drink. Guil ordered Capuccino (P140), and I got their Hot Chocolate Chip (P110).
Then for our main meal, I had The Kerouac (P395), which is an American breakfast skillet consisting of a special [juicy] sausage, homemade corned beef, bacon steak, marble potatoes, and two eggs (I chose sunny side up).
Guil had The Agawan Plate (also P385), which is a Filipino breakfast skillet. It consists of caramelized tocino, Pinoy pork adobo, homemade longganisa (na super yummy, I swear!), two eggs (also sunny side up), and a cup of garlic brown rice.
We also ordered their BFG Cookie but asked to serve it after our meal. Unfortunately, they had run out of the BFG Cookie when we asked for it. We were told that the person who served us earlier failed to relay it to them, and they didn’t know we had ordered a cookie.
Okay lang, we just had two Capuccinos na lang before we left. We took a few more photos together, then left for home na.
But of course, if there’s one area in any place we have to be happy about, that would be the comfort rooms! Their CR is super clean. No fancy, shiny, colorful tiles, which is really nice because they broke the norm na dapat shiny ang CR. Idagdag pa yung Batman tissue holder which I think is Jim’s?? hehehe!
I had a wonderful time with Guil. Every day is special. We’ve been together for years now; it wasn’t perfect but I’m just so glad that my love is being reciprocated, as well as all my efforts. He believes in me. He lets me do the things I want. He feels happy when I’m happy. I’m happy that he has never given me any reason to lose my trust. Thank you, Always. (Insert Professor Snape’s voice.)
ANYWAYYYY, if you want to go there, here’s their info: