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October Favorites

October Favorites |

Hello from Hong Kong! Joey and I are here for 6 days (we flew in Wednesday) just for a change of scenery. We’re not 100% on holiday because we’re still working but it’s better than being stuck in Manila. We’re having a lazy day today (though we might head out to Golden Shopping Arcade later to check out computer games) so I decided go through my blog drafts and work on a non-sponsored/non-guest post entry.

Joining Raisa and Eirene’s link-up for the second month in a row. Here’s a list of stuff I loved last month:

Harvest Moon: Hometown Story

I dusted off the 3DS XL that Joey got me two Christmases ago for Hometown Story (which I bought used at a Facebook group; never buying brand new 3DS games again). I AM OBSESSED with running my own store! It also keeps me occupied during my nightly commute home, making the long waiting times bearable.

Make-Up: Sleek and BYS Contour Kits, L’Oreal Miss Manga mascara

Sleek BYS Contour Kit |

I use Sleek’s contour powder on my cheekbones and jawline and the BYS one for my nose (because I have trouble blending). I am still on the search for the perfect drugstore mascara but for now, I’m pretty happy with Miss Manga. I plan to drop by Sasa one last time before we fly back to Manila, so if anyone has mascara recommendations……….

Mac Velvet Teddy

Velvet Teddy |

Velvet Teddy (and Stone) quickly sold out in Manila and Joey had to get me a tube from London. SO NATURAL AND SO PRETTY!!! It’s my third favorite nude, after Ofra Laguna Beach and Mac Honey Love.

Nike Kaishis

Nike Kaishis |

REAL TALK: I recently got into sneakers only because I am a lazy, busy girl who doesn’t have time to get her grisly toe nails done. It’s been over a month!!!!! The Kaishis are my first venture into “athleisure” and I think I’ll be ditching sandals for now.

Nike Kaishis |


I’ve been on the lookout for white Adidas Stan Smiths here in Hong Kong but I can’t seem to find them anywhere. I might go back to Sneaker St tomorrow to give it another shot. Wish me luck!

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  • Reply Paoline November 8, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    That Parka is ?

    • Reply Helga November 9, 2015 at 12:44 am

      IT IS!!!

  • Reply Jamie November 8, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Your Rose gold iPhone is too pretty!

    • Reply Helga November 9, 2015 at 12:44 am


  • Reply Maroon Caludin November 8, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    I’ve used the manga mascara, its not too bad. I mostly use another one now…I forget the name, but it has argan oil in it.

    • Reply Helga November 9, 2015 at 12:52 am

      Let me know the brand when you remember it!

  • Reply Mikli November 8, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Did you end up getting Stone? Is that it in the last picture? I maaaaaay need one in my life :o

    • Reply Helga November 9, 2015 at 12:53 am

      Yup, that’s Stone! Haven’t decided yet. I’m gonna go to TST tomorrow with minimal makeup to see what it will look like haha.

  • Reply Lex November 9, 2015 at 1:49 am

    I hope you’re having a wonderful stay here in Hong Kong! :) I don’t have a specific mascara to recommend, but do try to drop by at Log-On where they sell a lot of Korean make-up and all around stuff that you might like (travel essentials, notebooks, etc).

    • Reply Helga November 11, 2015 at 12:04 am

      I got my passport holder from Log-On 2 years ago! So many cute stuff but so expensive LOL.

  • Reply Raisa November 9, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Velvet Teddy is so pretty! I think I’ll get it too. I haven’t found the perfect nude lipstick for me, so that might be the one. :D

    I wear closed shoes 95% of the time coz I’m too lazy to do my toes LOL.

    • Reply Helga November 11, 2015 at 12:04 am

      Swipe it and see!!!

  • Reply mayen November 9, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    I wanted to learn how to contour. Can you do a little tutorial or at least share some tips? Good thing you tried the Miss Manga, I love it!

    • Reply Helga November 11, 2015 at 12:05 am

      HAHAHAHA I tried making a video tutorial while I was in HK but my cam was on auto focus so it kept focusing in and out with every movement.

  • Reply Jae November 9, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    I’m surprised your new iPhone 6S didn’t make the cut! (Or that one was already given? *winks*)
    And I’m with on wearing sneakers; I wear sneakers 98% of the time. Hahaha!

    • Reply Helga November 11, 2015 at 12:06 am

      I only got my 6S THIS month!

      • Reply Jae November 11, 2015 at 3:11 am

        HAHAHA! Oo nga naman!

  • Reply Alissa November 9, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    I am seriously in love with your shoes and your phone! I’m tired of sandals already maybe I should change my everyday footwear already.

  • Reply Cha November 10, 2015 at 1:58 am

    Me too! I used to wear a lot of flip flops and sandals but then I got old and spent less time doing my nails, so now I love wearing sneakers as well.

  • Reply Christine November 10, 2015 at 6:01 am

    I want Stan Smiths sneakers too!

    – Christine

  • Reply Ziba November 10, 2015 at 8:35 am

    I want everything here!

    Also, you have such a pretty smile Helga! Seriously. And you and Joey look cutesy nerdy together.

  • Reply Rej November 10, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Mac’s Velvet Teddy looks really good on you!

  • Reply Dani November 11, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Athleisure! Now that’s something semi-sporty I can get into. I didn’t use to be so crazy about Nike but they’ve been putting out really pretty stuff lately!

  • Reply Jhanz November 12, 2015 at 2:02 am

    Ahhh Iphone in Rose Gold is just way too pretty. Now I want one too T_T

  • Reply Corinth November 18, 2015 at 4:03 am

    I badly want a pair of sneakers that are not chucks! HUHU. I’ve been coveting my sister’s roshe’s for awhile now and she has a bunch of them. I will have to buy myself a pair on Black Friday, if I survive it. HAHA.

  • Reply Joyce November 20, 2015 at 1:03 am

    Been on a search for good but inexpensive contour palette and i’ve read so much about BYS. Is it good? Will definitely check this out soon.
    Nice post here, Helga <3

  • Reply Yanie November 21, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Your shoes looks amazing!! Is it comfty tho??

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