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Friday, October 30, 2009

Cinema Secrets Haul and other stuff!

Because I am crazy and I am addicted to make up, I dragged my butt all the way to Quezon Ave. (I live in Paranaque, for those residing outside Manila, Paranaque is down south while Quezon ave is all the way up north, in other words IT IS FAR!!) to go to the Cinema Secrets showroom. I have long believed in the staying power of Cinema Secrets Ultimate Cream Foundation.

It was approximately 12 years ago that I stepped foot in the Cinema Secrets Showroom, I was 12 and I was there to accompany my aunt. We had been going around the metro to look for body make-up. See, she was an actress back then and her skin is white as milk. The directors of the movie and her role needed her to be tanned. After hours going in and out of cosmetic stalls in malls, we ended up in cinema secrets. There she didn't just haul, she HOARDED LIKE CRAZY! It is up to this day the biggest hoard I have ever witnessed with my presence. She bought sooo much it was crazy! If I remember correctly she had bought like 40 pieces of ultimate foundation in different colors. Her total bill? PHP30,000 (approximately $600USD) and that was back in 1999! Cinema Secrets was way cheaper then than what it is worth now. It was crazy!

A few years later I was in college, I stumbled on my aunt's make up (whom by that time was no longer active in show business and had stored all of her things in our spare house next door) and found 1 full sized cinema secrets pot. I swatched the product under my eye and was amazed its pigmentation. Since then it was my ultimate everyday essential. I was a sophomore in college and didn't really have a make-up craze unlike now. The pot lasted me more than a year! I was impressed. When time came I needed a new pot, I decided to check the kiosk but *sigh* too much that I could afford with my college girl allowance (I wasn't make up crazy then so I relied on free make up i.e pasalubong clinique promo bags hehe) because I couldn't afford it, I opted for VOV which was okay too. :)

Years later I was reunited with Cinema Secrets when I purchased the concealer palette in kit #2 from Maui. It's now my HG concealer, I'm just sad that the casing gave up on me and now I keep it protected using a rubber band and stored in a ziplock.

Now that I start make up school next Saturday, my biggest worry out of all was having a variation of foundation shades for all skin tones. And because now I'm practically broke from the fees and the make up crazy things I have been purchasing, my wonderful and beautiful supportive mother has been generous enough to lend me money for the make up I need for school. Like what she says, it's your investment anyway (so let's forget about the time she bought me figure skates because i wanted to be a skater but i lasted only 1 competition or the time I said i'll self study violin and be the greatest so she bought me a violin and for a year now I only know 1/4th of twinkle twinkle little star ! ---ERASE MEMORY-- ). I am serious this time. Promise :)

So I excitedly went to the Cinema Secrets showroom in Quezon Avenue to check out the foundies. I decided to go to the showroom and not the mall so that I could see the whole spectrum of shades and just stay there and play. Haha Also, they have lots of items that go on sale too in the showroom! And I LOVE SALES! You just have to look carefully and inspect the product you're getting. So because I wanted more for my money, I got the ones on sale. And here they are :)

Without Flash
With FlashAll the shades are from the 500 series and from the website, it is described as an extended series for caucasian skin, 500 Series have a light pink to pink beige and mixture of deeper pink and coral beige tones.

Sounds odd I know, but i tried the yellow undertone series the ones meant for Asian skin, it was just too light for me. All the shades for that are mean for fair chinese girls. The shades I got were perfect and easily blended on my face. Photos were taken after I had sanitized each pot.

Shades from Left to right:

Here are the swatches accordingly:

Without Flash
With Flash

So I got these shades so I can just mix and match for school and on people with skintones that have no match. I also bought the cinema secrets moisture spray for the purpose of mixing different shades together. Excited! I am excited!! :)

So while I was enjoying my time at the showroom, my best friend Ivan came by waited till I finished and we headed to Camp Suki to choose his costume for Halloween. That place is insane, It has all the costumes you need! And since his uncle is Lito Perez, the owner and designer of the place it was even more fun choosing and playing around with the costumes. We had a good laugh, check me out in a Thai dancing budha head gear.

And finally yayyy!! I am enrolled in Artistic Make up at LCI with Maui. :)

Picture taken from Maui's Blog :)

Classes start next week. It is gonna be sooo much fun! :)

Okay so that was my crazy day. Halloween tomorrow although it's signal number 2 right now in Metro Manila. I do hope this goes away by tomorrow leaving the Philippines with no harm.

It's goodnight in this part of the world.

Toodles! :)


  1. awww goodluck with makeup school and glad you bought these foundation on sale! You'll be using them for school :) enjoy!!!

  2. how much po ang concealer sa showroom ng cinema secrets?

    di ba po yan yung showroom after welcome rotonda?

    be blessed and goodluck on you make up classes

    ciao dear!!

  3. hehe lagi ko nakikita tong cinema secret showroom na to...pero i thought its closed na...coz i never saw pa na may pumapasok and it looks abandoned haha..its near Q.ave welcome rotonda nga.how much yung concealer din?..and enjoy naman yang makeup school ^_^ how i wish i can enroll din in the near future.

  4. @Nikki thanks so excited, syempre nung pumipili ako ng shades ung sa akin ung nasa isip ko. Haha but erase erase ulit not for me for school! im just secondary hahha

    @nurseonduty It depends, there are some 25% off and others are 50% halo halo na eh you have to check if the shade you want is discounted. for the smaller pot may 900, may 600 din:) Lipsticks are 75% off retail price. it's near a rotonda but i don't know which rotonda it is haha :)

    @Camrenrai16 concealer palettes are 25% off so 5 different shades if im not mistaken mga PHP1500, the ones I got the small pot ultimate cream foundation may 600 may 900 depende sa colors. There are tons to choose from, you have to sanitize them before using it though if you decide to purchase. And yes the building is deceiving, ugly building but very good huugh end make up! :)

  5. I love cinema secrets. I use them on clients all of the time. I didn't buy the single pots though. I have them in 5's. With all of the different colours from each series. It's also great to custom blend all of your foundations. :)

  6. @lelo Sounds neat to have all the different foundation palettes. I just have a bad experience with the casing, my concealer palette casing broke easily its just sad. Do you use the moisture spray when custom blending the foundations? I read it in the site. I purchased one but haven't tested it with blending 2 different foundations.

  7. Yey! Make up school for you and Maui! I am excited for the both of you. :P

  8. @Pammy thanks :) We're both excited too! :)

  9. I actually just use moisturizer to blend the foundations. It's a good method especially if the client's face is dry. But that's what I learned in school. You'll learn once in school that you don't need a whole lot of makeup in this industry. Because you can customize everything.

  10. Congrats on making it to makeup school! Good luck with it too!
    Those foundations look great!

  11. congrats on going to MU school! which school are you going to?

  12. congrats on the makeup school. It will be so much fun.


  13. how much is it? =) i wanna try CS.. I only have VOV..

  14. @Marce Thanks so much the foundies are awesome! :)

    @Crystal Me and Maui are going to Lasalle College International :)

    @Khymm Price range is PHP1200 - PHP1900. But if you go to the showroom, some shades are on sale at 25% and 50% :)

  15. That was a long post, LOL!
    Congratz on getting into makeup school! Hope you have a great time! I would die to go to makeup school! But it's so pricey in my area.

  16. @~Lisa Thanks :) Its gonna be so much fun :)

  17. Hiyee! I love your blog! I have been looking for Cinema Secrets products since I saw a MUA use it on our bride on one wedding we organized last week and I was just too shy to ask him where he got the foundation. I saw how great the coverage and I really wanted to get one! Can you please post the address to their showroom? And since I am from the south as well, I hope it wouldn't be too much to ask for driving directions as well! Hee hee! :) Thanks in advance and have fun in MU school! :) All the best!

  18. @jologs_girl Hi thanks so much for reading my long blog post. Cinema Secrets is the best. you can get them in department stores, they usually have kiosks there but I recommend you go to the showroom which is along quezon ave. If you're coming from UST it is just after the round about on the right side. From edsa take left on Quezon ave and its pretty far down pa, make a u turn just before the round about i forgot the name of the round about sorry :(

  19. Hi!!!just wanted to ask if you happened to notice if they do carry the super sealer at their showroom? sa mga kiosks sa mall kasi I asked and it seemed like they've never heard of the product. Cinema Secrets have this super sealer product I saw online. Thanks!

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