It wasn’t just the kids who had a swell time on Halloween (Oct. 31) this year. This Nanay also went around and filled her ecobags (and the back of our van) with loot from Divisoria.
Yes, yes, our Divisoria trip finally pushed through after being postponed a gazillion times due to unending reasons: heavy traffic on weekdays, review classes on weekends, rest/family bonding catch-up on holidays, and Dodong’s being fully booked (Dodong is the only one who has the patience to brave the Divisoria traffic, hehe).
October 31 was perfect: it was a Sunday, so those who were going to the province had already gone. We also had no classes, and Dodong was free!
And boy oh boy, did I have fun! Let me brag to you the great finds I got for myself and for our home in my recent Divisoria trip.
We left Los Banos at 6:30 a.m. to avoid huge crowds. We arrived in Divisoria at around 9 a.m. Our first stop was 168 Mall. Dodong dropped me and Cris (one of the teacher aides) there while he went to park at Tutuban Mall.
Here are my loot from 168 Mall:
One of the first things I got were these cute socks, which I plan to give on Christmas to some people who Cris said would love them. 😀 And because these will be gifts, I won’t say the price, sorry. 😬
Cute Toe Socks from Divisoria. The saleslady said that they have an online store on Instagram selling these, but the online price is almost double (gasp!) because of the shipping and handling fees.
Store 1: Undergarments
The same store was also selling some underwear. To be honest and modesty aside, maarte ako sa underwear. Most of my bras and panties are from Wacoal, Marks & Spencer and Victoria’s Secret. So yes, medyo mahal. But when I discovered seamless panties from Uniqlo, I’ve been a fan of that material because it’s light and there really are no lines—hindi kita ang mga naiipit kong taba-taba! So when I saw a bra made of the same material in Divisoria, I got interested.
Especially because it has the same bra strap as the saleslady of Spanx said bras should have (para hindi nahuhulog lagi ang strap). Moreover, one size fits all!
Honestly, I had doubts about these bras. But I’m wearing one right now, and it’s really comfortable. Feels like second skin, no falling straps aaaaaaand—walang naiiipit na taba. 🙂 Very cheap at only P150 each. Though I’m not discounting the fact that it might get loose after some uses.
Aside from these bras, I also got these undershirts.
The material feels cool. Reasonably-priced at P100 each.
And because for some reason I could never explain why ALL–as in ALL–of my cycling shorts just suddenly got lost, I just had to restock (because I could never feel comfortable without them when I’m wearing dresses or skirts that are above the knees)
3 for P200 only. Material is soft and durable.
And for really short skirts or dresses, I plan to wear these:
Very cheap at P75 each.
Store 2: For hair and make-up
While looking for the specific items on my list, I chanced upon this store selling various make-up, make-up brushes, hair tools and so many more items that would make any parlorista’s heart thump! Fake Urban Decay Naked Palettes abound, along with fake MAC make-up. I didn’t buy, of course, because fake make-up has detrimental effects to health.
Then I remembered some years ago when I almost bought UD Naked eye palettes sold really cheap at a local beauty parlor. Good thing I was with my friend Reg who has an authentic UD Naked eye palette bought straight from Sephora (thus she was able to tell it’s fake even when the well-groomed, sosyal-looking beauty parlor owner said it was from her relatives abroad).
So guys, be careful when buying make-up outside of authorized retailers. Better stick to affordable drugstore brands if you’re not sure you’re getting authentic make-up.
Anyway, I was really, really tempted to buy make-up brushes because even though they were fake, the bristles/hairs were soft yet firm and sturdy. Almost at par with my MAC brushes! However, I already have so many that are just collecting dust. 😫
But I know some people who would love these brushes, so I got two sets of these paddle make-up brushes:
Aren’t they pretty?!? I was so tempted to a set for myself, because aside from being pretty, the hairs were soo soft! And since this will also be a gift, I don’t want to publicise the price, hehe. It’s not that expensive, but it’s not cheap, either. The salesladies said that the recipients of these brush sets were lucky. 🙂
But of course, I got some awesome stuff for myself. Lookie lookie:
I’ve long wanted a curling iron that’s this big for loose curls, but they’re rare and the ones I’ve seen are soo expensive!!! Mga P4,000. But this…this was only P800. So magdadalawang-isip pa ba ako?!?
Aside from that, I also couldn’t stop myself from buying this hair tool to achieve that, “Yung parang kulut-kulot ni Maja Salvador, Ma’am!”, ika nga ng saleslady.
I tried and true enough, beachy hair waves were easily achieved! This hair tool was more expensive at P1,200. There was a similar tool for P800 only, but it was heavier and bulkier.
And since ni piso hindi nagpatawad ang salesladies, they just decided to give me freebies. Free na lang daw this eyebrow palette and eyebrow brush/spoolie.
Eyebrow palette price: P30, Brush/Spoolie: P50
Green with envy now? 🙂
I’m sorry I have to stop muna—Randy’s waiting for me for our nightly Narcos bonding.
Wait for part 2, OK?