Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Makeup on-the-go FOTD

Hey girls! I told ya I was gonna do some more posts today, before I go to bed.  Good thing I still have the energy, despite having my car break down in the middle of the road and having to endure the traffic caused by the heavy rain. Now that I'm safely home, all I cay say is - Whew!

Anyhow, I was able to tell ya about my official work trip last Friday until Saturday.  That's right, I kicked off the long weekend by flying to Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, not for pleasure, but for work! And I was alone!  But enough of the blabbing, everything about that trip will be posted in my personal blog.  For this post, it's just an FOTD for that day, using only a few items that I packed in my makeup kit.

Let's see...

Face:  Nivea Face Sunblock in SPF 50
ELF Two-Way Cake Foundation in Beige
The Faceshop's Dewy Flower Moist Loose Powder

Cheeks & Lips:  Etude House's Proof 10 Lip & Cheek Stain

Eyes:  Styli Style Line & Seal Twist in black
Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus
Nichido eyeliner in brown for my brows

Doing makeup while rushing on a trip is such a breeze if you know how to do it! Tools and products that have dual purposes are perfect for travelling, like the lip & cheek stain I used here.  Finally, do not ever forget the sunblock!

Review: Revlon's Matte Lipstick in Stormy Pink

Just a quick blog post, before I leave the office. This is my way to unwind, from such a crazy day. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Review: Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus

Aloha! How was the long weekend for you so far? Mine was both busy, tiring and satisfying all at the same time.    I actually went on an out-of-town work trip last Friday until Saturday.  I'll be posting more about that soon. But for now, let's have this review which I've been meaning to do since last week.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Pinky Winky Wednesday

Another makeup look for a Wednesday.  I woke up almost late, so I gotta rush in the bathroom and make it in the office by 7am to beat the coding and traffic, and eventually snag a parking slot.  I was able to do all that all right, except for fixing my face.  But since I was waaayyy early, I had time to do my face and do some shots.  I also had reason to use my "emergency" eyeshadow palette and a little bit of that previously reviewed blush stick.  I also used the makeup I already have in my purse.

closer look

all shots made under warm lights
Face:  ELF Two-Way Powder Foundation in Beige (will review about this soon!)
ELF Studio Blush in Blushing Rose
Fashion 21's Blush Stick as highlighter

Eyes:  Maybelline Eyeshadow Palette (lotsa pink shades in there!)
Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus for lashes ( I love this!)
Majolica Majorca Brow Customize Powder in dark brown
No eyeliners

Lips:  Cover Girl Outlast Lipstain in 415

That's it for my Wednesday look.  And let me just repeat, I love this mascara from MJ. I'm totally agreeing with the many great raves about it. Will make a review soon, but as you can compare from other photos, my lashes here are superb. HG!

See yah next!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

My Emergency Makeup Stash + Quick Review on Fashion 21's Blush Stick

Remember my recent blog post about forgetting my lipstick one work day? That was quite dreadful (I know, I'm exaggerating a!) Well, I didn't forget about that moment at all, such that during this weekend, I prepared my "emergency" make-up stash. (I was a Girl Scout before, ya know.) 

It only consists of the essentials: eyeshadows, blush & lipstick.  I have yet to include a multi-tasking eyeliner, to be used for both eyes and brows.

Here's my set for now:

backup, backup!!!

It consists of only three items: (1) my Aido Magic Lipstick in No.1, which I got only weeks ago; (2) my Maybelline Eyeshadow Palette in Black Forest (? still wonderin' why it's called that ?), and (3) a new item, a blush stick from Fashion 21 in No.3 shade.

Except for the Maybelline palette, the other two items are new.  For this palette, I think I only used it four times, and since it's being neglected in my makeup stash at home, might as well put it to good use as a back-up. The Aido magic lipstick is a lipstick and lipstain in one.  And as for the Fashion 21 Blush Stick, I'm gonna make a quick review here. Let's begin:

in shade no. 3


Place bought:  SM North Edsa, Department Store
Price: Php. 150.00 (about US $3)
Packaging:  Bright pink, twist up stick
Shade:  Light Pink with Shimmers

under natural light
(sorry, it's blurry, had too much coffee today. haha!)

after blending

1.  The shade gives off a light pink sheen to the cheeks.  I think this also makes a great highlighter over normal powder blushes.
2.  Application was smooth and the stick glides effortlessly.  What I did was to apply in dabbing motion, and then blend, blend, blend using my fingers.
3.  Since it's my emergency item, it has to be fool-proof, quick to apply, and easy to store. This one passes all categories.
4.  It gives off enough color and texture to the cheeks. Good enough for an emergency cheek color.
5. Very very affordable!

1. I don't like cream blushes, I find them gooey and sticky when I need to blend with my fingers. This one is kinda like that, that's why I just wipe my fingers off with tissue quickly.
2.  The color don't really last that long, only the shimmers remain after 2 hours or so.
3.  The packaging is made of cheap plastic, I think if I'm not careful while twisting, it might break easily.  (But this one is also reasonable, considering the price!)

For an emergency cheek color, this one makes the grade.  It's easy to store also in my makeup/toiletries kit, together with the rest of my stash.  So far, I like it for now.  Besides, it's not like I will be using it all the time.  It's only for my energency blusher.  But overall, I think it makes for a good 2-in-1 product: blush & highlighter. It's super cheap too!

Well, that's it for now. Maybe I'll do a makeup look using all three items next time.
See yah!!

(P.S. Did you notice my large photos lately?  I'm doing that from now on, since it shows the products in the photos better, dontchathink?)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sunday Greens

Before I end my weekend, and start yet another grueling work week, let me post my FOTD for this Sunday.  I wore green because we went to a vegetarian restaurant somewhere in the Scouts Area.  I'll be blogging about that place in my personal blog soon.

Face:  Gluta BB Cream + Ellana Powder Foundation in Hazelnut Latte + ELF Blush in Tickled Pink
Lips: Maybelline Watershine in Pink (forgot shade name) + Revlon Matte Lipstick in Stormy Pink (*updated)

green shadows

under natural light

under LED light in macro

Eyes:  NYX Palette in Secret Garden
MAC Fluidline in Dipdown
Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion
Nichido white eyeliner
Nichido brown eyeliner used on brows

That'd be all for now. I'm sooo sleepy already.  Have a fun week ahead! 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Review: The Body Shop's Shimmer Waves Highlighter in Blush

Are you a highlighter girl?


Place bought: The Body Shop store at Gateway Mall, Cubao.
Price:  I'm not so sure, because I got this on a promo for Php.1,500, together with one Lip & Cheek Stain. I guess it would be Php.750.00 being on a sale.
Packaging:  Sleek transparent plastic compact, with the descriptions at the back.
Shade: Blush - a pinky-peach shade with lotsa shimmers.

it says good for 36 months

under natural light

under a flash in LED macro shot

Let's see some swatches:

left: under LED
center: under natural light
right: the shimmers
Upon blending under both lights

1.  the shimmers aren't too loud, especially when blended.
2.  for me, it's a nice highlighter to be applied over a cheek tint or a simple powder blush
3.  packaging is great for me, you see all the colors instantly.
4.  can also double as a shimmer or highlighting eyeshadow, using the different colors separately.
5.  can be applied with fingers or a brush.

I have none, actually.
I seem to like this one.

OVERALL VERDICT:  Using highlighters is definitely beyond a girl's basic makeup essentials.  Only the real makeup junkies and gurus appreciate the overall effect it gives.  However, be it known that sometimes, color on the cheeks isn't enough.  To add some dimension, shimmers are necessary on certain parts of the face.  This highlighter from The Body Shop delivers just that.  With the price I paid, I'm getting my money's worth, as it could last me for a good 3 years.  There's so much product, it would probably take me longer than that to hit the pan. 

Ok, time to use this for tonight's events. Till the next!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Review: Ellana Minerals Powder Foundation and Some Thoughts on Mineral Makeup

Hey hey! Finally, I can do a blog post.  I missed two days of not blogging.  But it's Friday, that means less work for today. Therefore, it also means I can do some bloggin'.

For this review, I'm gonna show how much I dig these new mineral powders I got from a local brand, Ellana Minerals.  When I first heard about this local mineral makeup brand, I wasn't so sure I wanted to try.  Well, that was also my first thought when mineral makeup (MMU) was first introduced in the market.  I tried it, but it broke me out and left my skin blotchy and oily.  However, eventually, I learned that I had to have the proper tools (i.e. a good brush or a kabuki, etc.) and application techniques (i.e. primers, buffing, etc.) so I can reap the benefits that they all say about MMU (just Google for the benefits, but I'm sure you already know those, :)). I also first tried this one powder foundation from Neutrogena, which was packaged with a brush.  The basic idea was just to tap, and then brush away.  I later found that it wasn't the correct way to apply MMU.  That tool I bought was simply for re-touching, and not for having a good makeup base especially for an oily skin like mine. 

Moving on, I tried others, like the one from Beauty Treats.  It's also imported, and so far, I was able to work it.  So now, I found Ellana.  I searched thru blogs, and so far, I got great reviews.  So off I went to ask for some samples online first.

In the website, it says I'll get four sample shades, but I got one extra!
 I got a total of 5 products to try in small sachets: 2 powder foundations, 1 concealer, 1 blush, and 1 finishing powder.  I guess they weren't so sure about my exact shade, so I was sent 2 shades of the mineral foundation: French Vanilla & Hazelnut Latte.  French Vanilla was a little on the pink or cool shade, while Hazelnut Latte is yellow-based.  I wasn't able to try the other products yet, that's why this review is purely based on the foundation.  What I tried here was the Hazelnut Latte shade. Eventually, I liked it, so I thought of purchasing the real thing online.  But I found their stall in SM Makati, like what I said in my recent haul post.  I got the 4g Hazelnut Latte Perfect Blend Powder Foundation and a blush in Flirtation.

So let's go to the review.


let's focus on the one on the left

Place bought:
Price: Php.300.00 for a 4g tub.
Packaging:  Quite nice and manageable.
Shade:  Hazelnut Latte.  It's yellow based, which was perfect for my skin tone.

This was when I tried it.

Using it with my ELF Tickled Pink blush.
1.  very lightweight feel upon application
2.  easy to apply with a brush and easy to blend into the skin
3.  the shade matches my skin tone perfectly
4.  it masks my oiliness in about 4-5 hours in an AC environment
5.  can be layered on to get those light, medium and heavy coverage

1.  have to be careful about putting and layering so much, as it would cake on the surface of the skin
2.  have to be patient about application, MMUs aren't those for who are always on-the-go.
3.  Not easily accessible, as you have to purchase online, thru resellers, or during their weekend bazaars in selected SM malls (SM Makati, SM Marikina, SM Megamall).

OVERALL VERDICT:  This powder foundation I got from Ellana will definitely be a staple in my makeup stash.  It's affordable and yet a good quality product.  It's also local, so that's something to be proud of.  I have only one complaint overall about MMUs.  The packaging that they come with, you know those tubs or containers, maybe they should make those refillable - especially if we're buying locally-available products.  I find that it's such a waste to hoard many MMU cases, and yeah, you can recycle it by using it for something else, but I think it's way better if you can just bring it to the store, and you just buy for the refill. 

I'm not sure if there are brands doing this locally or abroad, but if there is, please enlighten me.  Wouldn't that be nice, being environment-friendly too, while being nice to the skin?? Just a thought.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I forgot my lipstick!

"the no-lipstick look"

Ok, I'm blogging now because I have a few hours break, before the next meeting.  I just wanted to rant actually.  See my photo above? My face is all made-up, except for my lips. Gaah! I forgot to bring a lippy! 

I was rushing so early in the morning around 5:45am, and I wanted to be early because we currently have limited parking slots due to the renovation going on.  I just decided on bringing my makeup and doing my face when I get to the office.  So when I finally secured my parking slot, I rushed to the comfort room to do my thing, before we leave for the first meeting of the day.  Lo and behold, I forgot one essential item - a lippy! And I don't have a back-up on my desk, I threw it away already!

Needless to say, I had to do with what I have in my purse, my Maybelline tinted lipbalm:

you saved my day!

It didn't help much in the color department, but at least, my lips were shiny as if there was gloss (as shown in the photo above).

Lesson learned:  Always have a back-up in my work desk! Back-up for every basic item, I guess.  Back-up lippy, blush, and eyeliner.

Well, that's it for my frantic Tuesday.  Hope you're having a nicer start than me. :)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Payday Treats: Majolica Majorca, ELF, Ellana & a BB cream

Hi! How was your weekend?

This is another post of the haul I had this payday weekend.  My no-buy phase was not good at all, because once I realized I'm okay to buy stuff again, there was no stopping me.  Imagine, I even got a makeup brush set online on a whim.  Not good at all. I have to stay away from the malls soon. Tsk tsk... 

So anyway, before I get called for another meeting today, I wanted to do a quick post.  What I got last Saturday from SM Makati were mostly makeup from Majolica Majorca (MJ).  It's my first time to try their makeup, and I was only supposed to buy their most famous Lash Expander mascara.  But hey, they got a promo for the month of August which was for every purchase of mascara, you get one free lipgloss.  And if you reach Php1,500.00 for all your purchases, you get to bring home either a gold makeup pouch or a tote bag.  As for me,  I got the makeup pouch.

Here's the rest of what I got from MJ:

- Automomatic Eyeliner pen in Gray
- Brow Powder
- Honey Lipgloss in a neutral tone

Other stuff:
- Ellana mineral powder foundation & blush (more of this later)
- ELF Studio Two-Way Cake Foundation in Beige
-  a locally-made BB cream

From this stash, I was excited to use the Ellana products, which I got from their weekend bazaar in SM Makati.  I asked for samples from their online website first, and now that I think I can work their products,  I immediately got a foundation & a blush powder.

foundation powder in Hazelnut Latte;
blush powder in Flirtation

So that's it! I'll make a review of the products I get to try soon.  Off to work now!
Happy Monday!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Review: ELF Studio Line Blushes in Tickled Pink and Blushing Rose

left: blushing rose;  right: tickled pink

Here's another review.  This time, it'll be all about the new blushes I got from my recent haul. Let's begin!


ELF Studio Line Blushes come in a variety of shades.  However, not all shades are available in the PH yet, and these two are the most accessible shades so far.  Well, maybe that's because they're both also really popular variants.

First off:

Place bought:  SM Cubao Department Store
Price: Php. 249.75 each
Shades: Blushing Rose
              Tickled Pink
Packaging:  Black Compact with built-in mirror, similar to NARS blushes.  Comes in a box upon purchase.

This is a 2-in-1 review, which means I'll show two products. Let's start with Tickled Pink.

The shade is a peachy-pink, matte tone.
MY CONCURRENCE:  Nice peachy-pink color that looks really great on my cheeks.  I think this is perfect as a compliment to the smoky eyes look, as it's not overwhelming at all.  The package is also really simple and sleek.  Not a bad blush for its price at all.  I first didn't like the peach hue, as I think peach colors tend to look orange on me.  However, this delivered really well, I had nice subtly flushed cheeks.  Staying power is great too, almost 5 hours in an AC room.

MY DISSENT:  The color requires a lot of building up before it actually shows in my face.  I also find that it's easier to apply it with fingers, than with a normal blush brush as I get to have more product on my fingers.  With the color buildable, this isn't a quick and convenient blush for those rushing in the morning to have their faces done. For quick color application, I suggest to just use the fingers to apply on the cheeks, and then use the brush for blending it in.  More photos coming:

a closer look

swatches on the right.  the light pink color is Tickled Pink.

Now, moving on with Blushing Rose.

The shade is darker than Tickled Pink, with gold glitters embedded in it.

MY CONCURRENCE:  This is really pigmented.  One swipe of my finger on the pan gives me a lot of product already.  The gold glitters really looks nice too, as I'm a girl who likes shimmers on my blushes.  Easy to apply, the blush can be applied easily and conveniently with a brush.  This is also a great color for contouring purposes.  It can also be applied with fingers, but with very light strokes.  The shade looks like a natural red on me, like a natural flush.  The glitters tend to come off after a while, so I guess it turns matte after.  As with Tickled Pink, the staying power is the same, around 4-5 hours.  

MY DISSENT:  Because it's pigmented, overdoing it on the cheeks might result to looking like a clown.  It becomes really red if you put too much.  So careful with the color.  Light sweeps on the cheeks is enough.  More photos coming up:

see those gold glitters??

again, swatches on the right, the darker color is Blushing Rose.

More swatches:

both photos taken under white artificial lights, no flash

And here's me trying out both blushes on my two cheeks, note the redder side of my face:

On left cheek: Tickled Pink
On right cheek:  Blushing Rose
(Oops, sorry for my undereyes, no concealer here. :))

OVERALL VERDICTS:  For both blushes, I think the price is just right.   You get enough amount of product with really great quality.  They're not chalky, nor cheap looking.  It's just a matter of knowing how to apply them.  These are great blushes to add in a collection.  As I rarely like peach colors, I was a bit surprised at how Tickled Pink looked on me.  As for Blushing Rose, I like my blushes red sometimes, too.  I'm still on the lookout for another pink blush, though.  From this brand, they also have one in a fuchsia pink shade, but haven't seen it yet.  

Well, that's it for now.  Hope you like the review ( 'cause I do! LOL!).

Friday, August 12, 2011

Purple Eyes for a Friday

Hey! Ready for the weekend yet? I'm not! Still got tons to do, before I get to really feel the weekend.  But here's something to brighten up my day, another FOTD! I never thought posting makeup looks could be sooo addicting! I guess that's the narcissistic in me. LOL.

Here goes:

Face: The Faceshop BB cream, 
The Faceshop Phytogienic foundation with SPF30 (yep, I'm trying out the sample foundation I got from The Faceshop today),
Maybelline pressed powder in Natural for setting

Cheeks:  ELF Studio Line Blush in Tickled Pink (I'm beginning to like this one!)

Lips:  Etude House's 55 Kissful Tint Chou
Maybelline Lip balm

Eyes:  NYX Eyeshadow Palette in Versus
Nichido Color Intense Eye Pencil in Deep Plum (the star of today's look)
Etude House's Proof 10 Brush Brow in Gray
Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion

Now, off to finish some more documents!
Happy Friday!! :)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

New tools!

This one's just a quick post.  I'm just taking a break from a long day of typing different documents, my eyes are already giving up!  Anyways, while typing away infront of my PC, our messenger came in and gave me this -

still in a bubble wrap.

Do you know what it is?? It's a new set of makeup brushes from the brand EcoTools.  It's more appropriately used for mineral makeup.

nice huh?
I just opened them, because I can't just help myself.  I wanted to know and feel how soft the brushes are, like what girls say on their reviews.  Well, I'm happy to report that they are indeed very very soft!  I have yet to wash them tonight, before using them. I will make a more thorough review after a couple of uses soon.

Well, that's it! I can't wait for the weekend, but at least it's already Friday tomorrow.  Time to wear those jeans! See yaH!

Oh, by the way, thanks to Jun of for these brushes, and for having such a smooth and easy transaction with you. Till the next! :)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Subtly Stained

Woke up early to go to the office today, because of the number-coding scheme.  That means I had time to apply makeup properly.  :) For today, I just put on some stain to finish off my neutral eyes, and used my new blush.

My Wednesday FOTD:

under white lights

under lowlights

Face:  The Faceshop's Aqua Tinted BB Cream, 
The Faceshop's Dewy Flower Loose Powder
Elianto cream concealer

Cheeks:  ELF Studio Line Blush in Tickled Pink

Lips: Etude House's 55 Kissful Tint Chou

Eyes:  Etude House's Orgel Light Eye Base
NYX eyeshadows from the Bohemian Rhapsody Palette (light matte brown, beige matte)
CoverGirl Lash Blast Fusion
MAC Fluidline in Dipdown
ELF Studio Line Browkit in light brown