Monday, November 29, 2010

Sophie Martin J'adore Lipstick

Product Critique: Sophie Martin J'adore Lipsticks

cheap plastic container. but you can't complain for 79php! 

so I bought five, because they're so cheap and I've heard so many good things about them. I was actually supposed to buy 6, but Blushy Pink was OOS, so maybe next time along with other colors. :)

Now onto swatches:

Summer Pink

Ice Pink

From LtoR: Summer Pink, Paparazzi Pink, Ice Pink, Caramel Sugar, Mango Peach
the topmost color on top of Ice Pink, is NARS Schiap, just beacuse I though the color to a bit more similar, but obviously they're not. Schiap is a lot darker and brighter, while Ice Pink is a more demure pink compared to Schiap, but is bold on it's own. The two, though, belong to the same spectrum of color. So if you want a toned-down, candier version of Schiap, get Ice Pink. But it isn't a waste to get both because I can see different uses for both.

Onto discussing textures, I actually really like the texture of these lipsticks, they are matte with a bit of a sheen but nor drying at all. Very long lasting but the downside of this staying power is that it leaves a strong stain even after you've taken it off(that is why I lip-swatched only two because the colors might mix), so it isn't really advisable for photo shoots or special events wherein you change lip colors every now and then. But it is superb for everyday use, especially for lunch and dinner dates because it's still there even after you've eaten, and does not leave that awkward faded lipstick look.

Quick Summary:
- pigmented
- cheap
- does not accentuate fine lines nor flakes and the finish is just perfect!
- long-lasting
- not drying

hard to remove(I have to use make-up remover or it'll make my lips hurt) and there's a stain!
- not that easily accessible
- has a smell that might be off for some people, I can smell the lead content, actually.

Rating: 4/5
Where to Buy and How Much: online re-sellers, Sophie Martin dealers, Sopghie Martin Branches(not sure where the branches are but the main one is in Shaw Blvd. I think). 79php very cheap right? I wonder how much the capital is, perhaps around 30php?

Have you tried these lippies? How do you like/hate them? :)

'til next time!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Rouge D'Armani Review

So I got a sample from Armani, thanks to a GT sister, when I bought an Armani Lasting Silk foundation.
This is the latest lipstick range from Armani, and it's caled Rouge D'Armani. I was initially excited for this since I heard that Armani's lipsticks are good.
Right, here are the swatches: 
Beige 100

Rouge 400

pink 500

The beige 100 is not bad, for a nude. It's a nude that won't wash you out unless you literally have no make-up on, or aren't wearing any blush or eye make-up at all. It's not retro-like nude. More on the elegant side,
The red 400 is a nice shade of red, though. A true bright red with a very slight hint of a pink undertone. Also very elegant.
Pink 500 reminds me a bit of my Chanel Rouge Coco in Mademoiselle, except that this is obviously waay more pink-er. It has that same aura when it comes to color, though. - can be a nice mlbb but can also be intensified for a night-time red carpet look. Elegant as well.

Staying power depends on application, I blotted the pink 500 after applying it and it lasted quite long even after I ate. The Beige 100, though, did not last that long, since I didn't blot it or anything. Over-all I'm not satisfied with the staying power, could've been better.

I applied with a lip brush by the way(obviously :P), and it initially has that nice sheen to it upon application. It is not drying at all.

Quick Summary:
- pigmented
- not drying
- does not accentuate my yucky dry lips
- nice sheen
- wide color range (checked the site)

- staying power not worth the price
- not locally available

Rating: 3.5/5
Where to Buy and How Much: Pre-orders, or abroad, like HongKong. $30, since as I said, it's not locally available.
Would I buy? Nah, there are nice colors, but I'd stick to Chanel as Chanel is personally more worth it. Although let's see if I encounter a very unique shade with Armani...

Have you tried any Armani lipstick? What's your experience? 
If you also have a good color of Rouge D'Armani, then please do share, then! :)

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Nyx Cream Blush in Red Cheek as Lipstick

I have always been afraid of the color red. - on my lips, at least. As I obviously own a red blush which looks amazing on the cheeks. (I'll do a review for that next)

(photo from -looks like this but in quite a bright red.

I used to try red lipsticks at home, and those reds were of course, my mom's, and once, my friend's ( MAC Russian Red), I either looked like I obviously got into mom's make-up, or a vampire. It was disappointing, especially when I see other gals sporting a red lipstick, looking so sophisticated. So I stopped trying, until recently when I was on a hunt for something red, but suits me, this wasn't a easy task, because even if I did find lots of varieties of reds, I am a germophobe(if there's such a word lol) when it comes to trying on lipsticks. I always use the back of my hands when swatching in-store. So I ended up not buying anything due to a fear of splurging on something that does not suit me at all.
But it's been a dull and idle sembreak for me, so I decided I'd try this wonderful cream blush as a lippie, and the results were wonderful.


It isn't that true red which makes me looks like a vampire, but it doesn't make me look like I got into mom's make-up either. It's red with a slight touch of pink, and I love how it brightens up my face. It's also really creamy so it looks nice on the lips having that bit of a sheen, but I'm not sure how long it'd stay on. I might use it tomorrow though, just to check. But I'm quite certain that it isn't long-lasting because of it's creamy-ness and because I had no difficulty taking it off.

But at least now I know what sort of red suits me, nice color, isn't it? :)

'til next time!

Friday, November 05, 2010

Milk of Magnesia (under the name Maalox) as Primer

You've heard, right? Milk of Magnesia, so what is it exactly? Well Milk of Magnesia is Magnesium Hydroxide in suspension form, but since I can't find anything of the sort here in the Philippines, I went on and bought Maalox which is Magnesium Hydroxide, and Aluminum Hydroxide. Both are used as antacid or laxative, nevertheless.

Of course at first I was skeptical, despite the raves in youtube and some blogs I've seen (I forget but you can just google Milk of Magnesia as Primer I'm sure you'll find a few), because really, who'd want to put a laxative on her face, right? But now I guess that's me.

Supposedly I was actually looking for a good oil-control primer since my oil glands most often go out of control, I found that Murad's matte primer, which is very much also raved about, has ingredients that are quite the same with these laxatives, which is Magnesium Aluminum Silicate. If I'm not mistaken, Silicate is the mixture of silicon and oxygen, while Hydroxide is of course the mixture of hydrogen and oxygen, which then explains their consistency, the latter being quite thick. But that's just my own little theory since I'm no chemist.
So anyways, because of that, I gave in and told myself to just give it a try since my skin isn't sensitive anyways and I just did a patch-test.

Now about it's performance... well, I haven't tried anything like YSL or Murad yet, but I'm not sure if I still would, because this works wonders.
Yesterday was a day full of hassle and since I was outdoors, I was sweating more than normal, and to top it off, I was wearing a cream foundation meaning it was supposed to slip off and I was supposed to blot a gazillion times after. BUT, I didn't, and my make-up was still perfectly matte, and intact. How cool is that!

If you want to try it, though, make sure you do a patch-test first especially if you have sensitive skin, and do put on as less as possible. Too much would make you look like an "espasol"
I'm not sure if you can see it clearly but check out the white stuff near my thumb. I just rubbed it on with my fingers, so it looked like that, but normally I would put it on with cotton, a la toner, wait for it to dry, and rub off the white excess with my fingers.
It doesn't really provide a silkier base for your make-up, of course, but it does tighten your pores, which is probably responsible for the matte-ness(if there is such a word) of your face. So if you need something that will tame your gland, this is for you, but if you're a combi, just put it in your oily areas, if you have normal or dry skin, don't think about it or you might just end up having irritated skin.

Quick Summary:
- controls oils

- tightens pores
- makes the make-up last longer
- affordable

for oily skin and areas ONLY
- tightens pores which means extra oiliness after you remove it and/or the day after.

Rating: 4/5
Where to Buy and How Much: drugstores, around 300php for the small bottle.

Hope to help you girls with your priming needs!

'til next time!

NYX Round Lipsticks

Or should I say lipstick...

Nyx Round Lipstick in Orange Soda
 (photo by

I know I know, you've heard so much about these lipsticks, that they're a great deal, and all that jazz, but trust me, don't waste your money on this one. I mean, seriously, am I alone in disliking this product?
Orange Soda is the only one I have (for about 6 months now, I think), because after buying this one, I told myself I'd never buy a Nyx round lippie ever again, and I would've been so excited about hoarding! If only this had nice quality. :(

But of course, so as not to be so pessimistic about something, it is very pigmented for it's price, on the good side.


If you have very nice lips with no flakes, then this would look very nice on you, but if you do have the occasional lines and flakes, then forget it.


Please ignore my upper-lip, I need it waxed soon. =P But anyways, it accentuates every imperfection that my lip has! Lines, flakes, and even my lip shape. because it's so creamy, it's sloppy.

Too bad, since this is a nice color over-all. A peachy nude that only has the slightest hint of orange. But that leaves me on the search for my perfect nude lipstick, still. I'm picky when it comes to nudes, and I don't like something that shouts "NUDE" since I normally don't wear smokey eyes. My perfect nude would be something that looks nice on smokey eyes but would have a bit of color to make it just perfect for strong eyes (cat eyeliner, strong brows, etc..).

Quick Summary:
- pigmented
- cheap
- has a little pan at the bottom(yes with some lipstick) if you want your friend to try it or something

- TOO creamy
- accentuates flakes and lines
- sloppy
- high LED (I know I did a test)

Rating: 1.5/5
Where to Buy and How Much: multiply, other online re-sellers. a little below 200php if I remember correctly.

I'll never get a round lippe from nyx ever again, unless of course someone tells me that their formula, like Chanel's Rouge Coco's, are inconsistent which means I might actually have luck on some others since I only bought one. I dunno, I still always hear creamy and pigmented, though. If you happen to know a Nyx round lipstick that's not TOO creamy, however, I would like to know and would appreciate your help. So let me know. :)

'til next time! (I hope that's soon, I'd like to make more lipstick reviews.)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Giveaway from Digital Traincase!

sis lelila of GT/cake celebrates her 100 followers through a mouth-watering giveaway!

The prizes, of course NYX items
3 powder blushes
3 single eyeshadows
1 trio eyeshadow
1 double sided eyeliner and shadow
1 megashine lipgloss
2 round lipgloss
1 round lipstick
1 glitter
1 cream blush in Orange (NARS Exhibit A dupe)
Plus 1 MAC lipstick in Hue (brand new without box, but I will provide another MAC lipstick box)

everything will be placed in a bnew Sigma Makeup Pouch in Black!

Go ahead and join!
there's even a prize for the best FOTD using Nyx products! Don't you just love to win all these?? Oh I know I want to! *drools*

MAC Fresh Slamon + Victorian Lipsticks (fr. Spring Forecast)

Alright! So I have not been posting or anything for a month already! Sorry. :( I've been busy studying, being stressed, and lemming for lipsticks. :P Anyways, I'm not going to do a review since that'd take too long and besides, even if I did, by the time you read this and haven't gotten yourself any of the two yet, you'd just probably find that there are no stocks available already. I think Fresh Slamon is OOS all over the country by now.

So! on to what I posted about. Well, since there were lot of people at the MAC counter today(launching of the new collection), I went ahead and told the SA that I'd pay for my reservations already right after I arrived, saved me some money too, I know. :P  didn't even swatch the things I got 'til I got home. Oh and guess what, the raved upon Fresh Salmon, which I swatched first, disappointed me. It looked blah on me, like I just put on shimmers. Definitely an MLBB but I'm not sure if it's worth a thousand bucks. So, to make myself feel better, I swatched Victorian after, because I knew it'd look good on anyone that is NC25 above. I wasn't mistaken. :) After a while of vanity in front of the mirror, I thought of layering Fresh Salmon, oh lo and behold! It came out quite similar to the lipstick of my ridiculous lemming: Guerlain Rouge in Giulette!

I know temptalia's swatch is clear and nice, but please bear with my cam and bad lighting, so forgive my swatches. :P
I know it looks sheer, but it's more pigmented in person and it's definitely buildable. :) Also! It looks far different from swatches, but promise it's similar in person. :) BUT please remember I said similar not identical. ;D
Here's a swatch of the two, just for reference:

P.S. This post is intended for those who already have the two, or will get the two. ot to make jealous or to boast to those who did not make it 'til the stocks lasted.

Hope To Help! :)

Friday, February 05, 2010

Laneige Snow Crystal Dual Foundation SPF22/PA++

Product Critique: Laneige Snow Crystal Dual Foundation SPF22/PA++
(image from

Subjective Judgment:
 According to Laneige, this supposedly melts onto the skin like snow, which it does, thus the name snow crystal. I got this in the shade 13 TRUE BEIGE, which was the lightest available, it had pinkish undertones and at first I thought it'd be a tad too dark for me since it was how it looked like in the bottle, but then it wasn't. Turned out it was a perfect match, and wasn't overly pink at all. 
Frankly though, I didn't like the SA I bought this from(Rob Ermita), but since I bought it on impulse, I couldn't resist and got it anyways!
I also saw an advertisement of this one wherein I think Song Hye Kyo was holding a foundation brush, so silly me I used a foundation brush to apply this one and it left streak marks, so I used a stippling brush instead and I loved the way it looked. :)
Oh and it's scented! Not scented in the way that Revlon ColorStay is, though. (hate that chemical smell! =[ ) I love how this foundation smells. Smells like cologne (not perfume - like Guerlain), I dunno it smells fresh. uuhhmmmm.. :)
Almost forgot, it comes with a concealer on top, which Laneige claims is for the dual effect..

so here's my before and after pics. :)

Right Side Before:

Left Side After:

You might not a lot, but it's quite obvious in the pictured that I have lots of redness on the cheeks and on the sides of my nose that the foundation covered. I also did not use any concealer for my imperfections except for my undereyes which I did before I had taken pics.

So now onto the pro's and con's! :)
- dewy finish
- brightening
- sheer but buildable coverage
- lovely smell (might be a CON for you though!)
- high spf for a foundie
- it does give a flawless crystal finish

yeah that was a bit redundant.. :P
- gets a bit sticky after a few hours if you sweat and you're oily
- hate the concealer! It cakes and slides and all other icky stuff! :(

Rating: well alright, 3.5 over 5 just because I love the finish!
Where to Buy and How Much: Trinoma, Robinson's Manila. 1800php.
Re-purchase: nah, the concealer's such a waste and I'm on the lookout for something HG material considering my oilies.

Don't mean to make a long post even longer, but I just had to spit it out!

I posted in the Laneige thread of GT that I wanted to try the Strawberry Peeling gel but am a bit reluctant since I have homemade exfoliators that work just fine, but am still tempted with all the good reviews, and after a while, a fellow GirlTalker PM'ed me asking if I wanted to try a sample because it did not seem to work for her. For free! :) Isn't she nice? :) so I picked it up today from their nearby store, and look! :)

Three packets and she even gave me an extra Soft Nivea moisturizing creme. I think she's really sweet. :)
 The peeling gel smells oh so yummy too! I'm not much of a skincare enthusiast but I just love how it smells! Hope it works for me! :)  Thanks again sis babyastig for the free samples! :)

Monday, February 01, 2010

NARS Blushes: Deep Throat and Gina

Product Critique: NARS Blushes in Deep Throat and Gina
Left: Deep Throat Right: Gina (natural lighting)

Deept Throat: A peachy-pink shade with fine shimmers.
Gina: A true peach shade, matte.

Subjective Judgment:

These two are my Nars blushes, although I'm looking forward to owning more. :)
I first bought Deep Throat to try these out since I saw reviews that this is a nice shade for fair-skinned ladies, and since then, I've become a Nars convert! :) 

Here are pictures of me wearing the two blushes: ( please excuse my face and the brightness, it was daytime and I just woke up, I have nothing on except for loose powder and the blushes. :) )

Nars Deep Throat
see the shimmer? the upper part of it's shade looked lighter on the pic due to the sun, it literally reflects the light, which is LOVE. :)

Nars Gina

Then, here's a swatch on my hand of DT and Gina accordingly (top to bottom):

I totally love these blushes I could literally cuddle them! :)
 Gina is more pigmented but both are really pigmented and they give a natural glow to my cheeks. :)

- great staying power. long-lasting
- pigmented
- doesn't crack if you drop it. ;)
- both give a natural glow
- One pan will probably last you 3 years of daily use, cool right?

- the packaging attracts dust due to rubber
- hard to blend at first due to heavy pigmentation (might look like a clown) so use a light hand!
- Tricky to collect, some coors look the exact same on the cheeks, so examine well. :)
Rating: still a 4.5 over 5. a perfect score even, if not for the packaging. :)
Where to Buy and How Much: Nars, Rustan's. 1350php per pan.
Re-purchase: In different shades, definitely! Because One shade could prolly well, last me a lifetime. :P

Oh and Gina is my favorite btw, just because I love peach shades. :) I highly recommend both, though!
I'm thinking of getting Luster next, what do you think?

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

NARS Schiap

Product Critique: Nars Schiap
Semi-matte Shocking Pink (accdg. to Nars website)
(photo from
Subjective Judgment:
My boyfriend gave this to me as one his gifts for Valentine's. (aawww. =])  yeah since it's a haul today, I also got Gina, which I will do a review on, soon, and a mini lipgloss duo as a freebie! :) It was funny. When I asked for Schiap, the SA was like "Oh, the popular Schiap!" I guess my rave is late, but oh well, better late than never! :) So enough about personal stuff. This the perfect HOT pink, and when I say hot, I mean sizzling! I'm so inlove with this I'd marry it if I could. :P Thanks to sis wednesdai of GT who was such a B.I. with Schiap, hope she gets to read this! :)
Here is a photo wearing my new love ♥ :


- the color is looove!
- great staying power. long-lasting
- not hard to blend.
- not messy if you're not used to applying lipsticks, unlike MAC reds, which tend to be so if you're not used to it, IMO.
- uhh. HOT! :P

- a bit drying.
- doesn't come in cheap. :(
Rating: still a 5 over 5 for the very very lovely color. :)
Where to Buy and How Much: Nars, Rustan's. 1250php.
Re-purchase: If this one expires, definitely! This one's gonna be with me for a long time though, only gonna use it for night outs or special occasions. :)

Oh and sisters, HELP! Still can't make it look like MAC Nouveau, or a barbie pink shade. tried it with pale pink gloss, and my gloss just doesn't seem to do anything but gloss it out. Any suggestions?

Smashbox Soft Lights in Shimmer

Product Critique:
Smashbox Soft Lights in Shimmer
"Get a gorgeous lit-from-within glow with this silk-like shimmering powder. The illuminating formula softens the way light reflects on your skin and wakes up your complexion for a radiant look. Best of Sephora Award Nominee for Best Blush" - 

 Subjective Judgment:
I bought this nearly a month ago, and I use it for the inner corners of my eyes, the bridge of my nose, under my brows, and as a cheek highlighter. So in short, this is a highlighter of any kind, and it does it's job well I must say! Since I bought this, I couldn't really wear a blush without this! It's highl;ight is buildable too, so a bit for the day, then pack on some more for the night out! ;)
- Gives a natural shimmer and glow, not glitter! :)
- highlights all over, unlike some which only serve one purpose.
- really large pan so it'd last you a lifetime.
- can even be used as a light peach eyeshadow
- can't think of any! Uh.. expensive? But the pan is so large!
Rating: 5 out of 5!
Where to get and how much: Beauty Bar, 1450php(approximately? forgot. LOL). 
Re-purchase: I dunno, the pan is so large, maybe not.  

Friday, January 22, 2010

NYX Eyeshadow Base

Product Critique: NYX Eyeshadow Base in Skin Tone

To get the maximum brilliant color of eye shadow on your eye, an eye primer is a must! Apply eye shadow base to eyelids, then apply NYX's high-pigmented eye shadows and see the colors pop with vibrant and sparkling luster. Eye shadow base grabs and firmly holds finely milled powder so the color in the pot is what ends up on your eye - without a pinch lost.  (Cherry Culture)

Subjective Judgment of the Object: 
So I wanted to make my eyeshadows last a bit longer without paying for the ridiculously overpriced Urban Decay Primer Potion, and saw a fellow GirlTalker selling this on her multiply site. I immediately had to try this stuff so with no hesitations, I placed an order. 
At first, I was a bit hesitant with the color, but i was surprised as it even made the color of my lids a bit lighter. I first used this on my bare skin then pat on powder as I usually do on ordinary school days(I know, silly me) and it creased. Surprise surprise, I have oily lids, so I practically didn't use this for two weeks because I thought it made my shdaows' staying power even worse. Until one day, I thought of using it again but this time, I first applied concealer, foundation, and powder and all those stuff, then this just right before I apply my eyeshadow. Then lo and behold, the eyshadows stayed put all day without creasing or even fading! I just needed something to control oil beforehand. ;) btw, it intesified the colors really well. :) Here's a swatch of my Lancome quad with and without the base:
and this is how it looks like in the pot:

As you can see, it makes the colors really pop! I'm totally hooked and cannot wear eyeshadow without this now. :)

- intensifies the colors of eye shadows
- makes them last longer
- cheap! :)
- does not feel sticky and glides on smoothly

- creases if there isn't enough base.

Rating: 4 out of 5 :)
Where to Buy and How Much: e-Bay and multiply. 350-400php I think.. can't remeber LOL
Re-purchase: Definitely! Maybe in White or Pearl next time since I'm not into neutrals. :)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Review: The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream

Product Critique: Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream

An easily absorbed, non-clogging, oil-free, hydrating gel-like moisture cream. It controls excess sebum and shine whilst delivering essential moisture to areas most in need, balancing the skin throughout the day. Leaves skin feeling fresh, clean, soft and supple with a shinefree, matte complexion. (from TBS Philippines website)

Subjective Judgment of the Object:
I have used this for a few weeks now although not on a daily basis, I've tried putting on make-up with and without this but have never tried using this alone. Now let's go to the review.
When I first applied this, I was surprised and at the same time impressed with how quickly it sunk into my skin. It dries super quickly, I must say. I also love how my skin feels smoother after applying this. Although it's not uber great at controlling oil(cause I'm a grease ball), I find that it actually at least does it's job in that aspect. I would be a bit oily in 3-4 hours when using this, which I normally do in 1 and a half hour, so no big deal but does it's job so-so. One thing I really really like about this too is that it serve both as moisturizer and primer! It's not the best primer but it saves my wallet from buying an expensive primer that does a better job because this one works just fine for me. :)

To Narrow it Down:
- controls oil for a while
- moisturizes and hydrates of course :)
- leaves the skin super smooth after application
- Can serve as primer
- nice smell! :)
- a little goes a long way so one pot will last you for ages!

- controls oil ONLY for a while :(

Rating: 4 out of 5. If it had controlled my oily skin for a bit longer, I could've given it a five!
Where to get it and How much: Most malls have a TBS branch, I got this for 795php. They often go on sale though! I was one unlucky girl. :P

P.S. I've only tried Nivea Creme other than this, the previous one was not suited for oily skin, so I really don't have a wide range to compare with. Use at your own discretion. :)

*my first review! weee!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Defining Beauty

One may ask, what is beauty? Beauty has been, for centuries, a very vague term. If I ask you who is more beautiful, Angelina Jolie or Catherine Zeta Jones, surely, the answer would depend on your taste as "beauty is in the eyes of the beholder", but the basic measurement of beauty is still indeed in the superficial level. But if I now ask you again whether you think Angelina Jolie is more beautiful than Mother Theresa or the other way around, then your basic measurement of beauty would then change. That's when you become confused and would then ask yourself what beauty is for you, which is a very common mistake. A fallacy, to be precise. It is a fallacy which I am not sure if Aristotle had taken note of but which I am quite sure has been caused by being too poetic and literary of the idealistic minds, transferring one attribute to the other. So Plato, despite writing his works in dialogues and literary forms, had been right when he criticized literature for tending to be deceptive so as to leading people into a different realm other than reality and rationality, after all.
What is wrong when you say that Mother Theresa is more beautiful than Angelina Jolie? It is attributing something aesthetic to something that is based not on aesthetics but on moral grounds. It is one thing to say Mother Theresa is a good, regardless of the fact that "good" is relative, but another to say that she is beautiful, unless you really think she is "prettier"(to use a more worldly term) than Angelina Jolie.
This is a common error especially among the Filipino people, of which the reason, might I suggest, is our clinging to the Western "Maganda ang Maputi" or something to that sense. Why do you think is Belo very popular nowadays? Why, almost every woman dreams of a pointed nose, high cheekbone, deep set eyes, or something in that range, some features that resemble those of a Caucasian's. Now why do we resort to the definition of beauty as something that is beyond physical? Something that is of diginity, pride, and pure-heartedness when those attributes are not aesthetic but rather, moral, therefore leading the categorical sense of ethics? It is a compensation for not being Caucasian. But you know, that's wrong. Beauty is physical, and it will always be physical. But then, it is still relative which is the reason why different people would have different answers when I ask them the question whether Catherine or Anglina is more beautiful.
This fallacy, is due to the loss of defining our own identity as Filipina women, or whatever nationality we have other than Caucasian. Hollywood is just too influential and all too good at imposing the measurements of beauty when Precious Lara Quigaman  can be just as beautiful as Catherine Zeta Jones or Angelina Jolie without looking as one of their maids. It is the scapegoat for not being white.
Well, guess what. You don't have to compensate. The thing is, Filipino women tend to be trying hard copycats of the Hollywood fakes, instead of letting their own physical beauty shine. Really, you have your own beauty, so you don't have to compensate for it by saying the cliche that beauty lies in the inner qualities of a person because y then, that wouldn't be called beauty but instead, goodness.