Tuesday, July 31, 2012

LOD: Homegrown Lipsticks I love

Let me begin this post with an apology.  I have not been updating much for the past week, and I only have one thing to blame: exhaustion. After another three days out of town, travelling everywhere and doing work, I was exhausted last weekend and all I wanted to do was sleep all day.  If not for my laundry chores, I would've spent my whole weekend in bed.  The storm didn't do much to keep me alert, as I was really tired.

But enough about that, because today, I'm trying to makeup by posting three (3) lipsticks for my LOD series.  I happened to stumble upon these in my stash and I began to wear them again.  Apparently, my love for local cosmetics is still so alive and kicking, despite having tried other imported brands.  I don't know if it's the cheap thrill of finding a gem among the affordable brands, or maybe it's just pure love for all things makeup.

I aim to make this entry quick and short, so let's go through them each as briefly as I can:

(1) Human Nature's Tinted Lipbalm in Pink Orchid -

Sorry for not being able to show a swatch as I only have one photo for this post.  Anyway, I am currently using this as my go-to lipbalm.  It makes the lips soft and smooth, making them perfect canvasses for a richer lip color.  However, when worn alone, it lends a subtle shine and pink hue on the lips.  I like that I can use this alone, while sporting a strong eye makeup.

(2)  Ever Bilena's Matte Lipstick in Pink Flame -

I've mentioned about this before here in my blog. And I still note that it's still drying on the lips.  But I cannot pass up the color - it's a muted pink with brown undertones.  It would be a perfect everyday lip color, if not for the very drying effect.  So I always wear this with a lip balm, or else I'll end up with chapped lips at the end of the day.

(3) Fashion 21 Aqualicious Lipstick in Little Mermaid

This is a nice milky pink with warm undertones.  It could appear a bit bright, but can be toned down upon blotting.  I like that it's moisturizing, even if it leaves a stain on the lips. It leaves the lips shiny and glossy, too.

Well, that's it for now.  I will try to show some swatches, soon.  Right now, this is the only photo I have.

Enjoy the rest of the week, and keep safe from the nasty storm!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Makeup Design Academy Personal Makeup Class

What's up?

I know, I know.  I missed a week of blogging.  Things are so busy at work right now, so I had to attend to some lawyer duties for a bit.  In fact, the craziness at work isn't over yet, and I'm flying off for another work trip tomorrow.  Can I say, "argh!!"?

I'm so swamped! So before I totally forget, here's me doing my blogger duties before I run off again.  This post has been pending for three (3) weeks, so overdue!

So let's see.  I got hold of an Ensogo voucher to attend a personal makeup class from Makeup Design Academy.  The class is originally for 6,000PHP, but I got it for only 1,500PHP.  The regular rate also includes free makeup brushes, but since I have a promo voucher, it doesn't include that.  It was a good deal nonetheless, except for the fact that I had to drive all the way to Robinson's Manila, where the main branch is located.  I live in Cainta now, so it was a long drive for a Saturday night.  I was originally planning not to go anymore, because I don't know how to fit the class into my busy schedule, but I'm so glad I had that one Saturday off.

When I got to Robinson's Manila, I was an hour early so I decided to have my dinner because the class was for 6pm-9pm.  It took me awhile to find it, which was tucked away along the stores near the cinemas section.  Upon seeing the clean interiors, I got excited immediately.  But more importantly, I saw that they sell a huge array of makeup from different brands, with some of them not being available in our local department stores.  They've got Sleek, Barry M, NYX, and Beauty UK, along with the usual brands like MAC, Revlon, and L'oreal.

Upon making my appointment, I was told to bring my own powder puff, sponge and some personal makeup.  I thought we were gonna use our own makeup, but was surprised to find out that we can actually try what they have on hand.  I find this great because I was able to test and play with some Sleek eyeshadow palettes and foundations.  I've read that they are great products, and now I know why.

Our makeup instructor was their resident makeup artist and instructor, Ms. Pilita Gaudines.  She's also part of the professional makeup artist team of Make Up For Ever.  She was so energetic, friendly and bubbly.  I learned a lot from her - new tricks, techniques and tips.  What I liked was that she specifically taught me how to do my eye makeup based on how my eyes actually look.  You see, I have somewhat droopy eyelids so I require an extra step in blending my eyeshadows.  Now I know how to do it perfectly.

Ms. Pilita at work

Unlike my Shu Uemura makeup class in which there were about 15 students, there were only 3 students present here.  We were supposed to be six, but the other three didn't show up.  The class was informal, and it was like we were just friends making chit chat while learning how to do makeup.  Since it was a personal makeup class, it was mostly focused on everyday makeup application.  But what I enjoyed was that Ms. Pilita also taught us basic contouring.  I am still new to this trick, and I'm liking the effects of it on my round face.

Out of respect for my classmates, I refrained from posting their photos here. But here I am with the makeup look I made.

these were our workstations

As I told you before, I usually don't wear orange lipsticks, only recently.  But Ms. Pilita insisted I try this orange one from Barry M.  Amazingly, it looks great on me because it turned out as an MLBB (my lips but better) shade.  Can you notice the effects of the contouring I made on my face? I look thinner and my cheekbones are more prominent - not so rounded.  I was definitely hooked on the contouring kit big time.
Finally, here's my loot from their own makeup store:

I got a peach blush/bronzer from Beauty UK for 350PHP and a contouring kit for 800PHP.  I wanted to buy the silicon primer from Sleek, but it was out of stock.  As for the sponges, I just bought them at the department store.  Before I went home, I was eager to buy a liquid foundation because of how I learned about it from the class, so I got this famous one from Revlon for 850PHP.

Overall, I liked what I saw, learned and experienced from Makeup Design Academy.  It actually makes me want to enroll in a serious makeup artistry class, and see where it takes me. 

If you're interested to take a class, or even pursue a career in makeup artistry, they have reasonable rates.  They also have branches in Robinson's Galleria and Mother Ignacia Street in Quezon City.  Check out their Facebook page for more information, or you may checkout this link.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Makeup Bag Essentials


For today, I don't have my usual product review or lipstick of the day post.  What I decided to do was feature my current must-haves.  Or what I more appropriately consider as my quick & lazy makeup essentials for everyday.

Lately, I find myself doing my makeup either in the car or by the time I get to my office.  Waking up early and beating the 8AM clock everyday takes a lot of effort from a night owl like me.  So often, I'm late and rushing and the only thing I can do to make myself look presentable is to put my BB cream at least.   When I have an extra minute, I try to fix my eyebrows. And that's about all I can do, until I arrive at work where I do the rest of my face.

So here are what I have now ( and how I normally use them ):

For my face base, I bring along my Charm retractable kabuki brush, which I use for the powder foundation and MAC Blot Powder.  Currently, for the powder foundation, I'm trying out this oil-free powder foundation from In2it.  I only got the refill size so it would fit perfectly in my vanity bag.  Sometimes, I bring along my sample size Snow BB cream from Laneige, and I use that before patting on the powders.

For my cheeks, I usually just bring one powder blush and my Estee Lauder retractable travel face brush.  I got the Estee Lauder travel brush as part of a makeup gift which I got way back in 2009.  It's a soft brush and it's still working really well.  My go-to blush as of the moment is NARS Angelika.

For my lips, I bring 3 products - a lip brush, a lipstick and a lip balm.  Right now, I love pairing NYX Round Lipstick in Doll with my NARS Angelika blush.  They compliment each other really nicely.  For my lip balm, I still rely on this Maybelline one. It's kinda tinted, glossy and with SPF.

Inside the mesh makeup bag are my eyebrow pencil, eyebrow brush/comb, a pocket size mirror, and towelettes.  I also have my travel eyelash curler which came from Hongkong given by my Tita and is surprisingly efficient.  I also almost always have a mascara, and right now, I'm trying this one from Shawill cosmetics.  Sometimes, I also bring an eyeliner with me, to make my eyes pop a little more because I don't really have time to do blending skills with eyeshadows.

Because I also workout/jog at night, and go to dinner afterwards when I have to meet up with friends, I also just use a bit of these products to somewhat look presentable post-workout.    The towelettes are a big help, as I use them to remove my makeup before doing my jogging.  I won't be caught dead jogging while my mascara streaks all over my sweaty face. It's just not pretty at all, haha! And then right after, I fix my eyebrows, swipe some powder, and flick my mascara.  The natural flush I get after each jog is enough to give color to my cheeks.

So there, my current go-tos. 

How about you, what are your makeup essentials?

Have a good day!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Nailbits: A Shade of Grey

So..what exactly is this book about? Fifty Shades of Grey sounds so mysterious, yet based on reviews and my friends' opinions, it's something so addicting and so different.  Have you read it yet?

I am still yet to read the book, maybe come weekend when I have more time.

In the meantime, here's my own shade of gray on my fingers.  It's not that I was thinking about the book while doing my nails, it was more like having this innate attraction to the shade of gray.  It's one of the neutral colors that I love, because it's so versatile to be paired with most colors.  Even when worn alone, it already makes an impact - be it as a piece of clothing, as a color on your eyelids, or as nail polishes.

However,  I also decided to add a bit of glitters and tiny pink hearts to make it more interesting.   To my own eyes, I'm surprised that it gives off that 3D effect. 

Products used: Caress nail polish in Gray, Caress clear nail polish, The Face Shop nail polish in glitters & hearts.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Review: Shiseido Natural Whitening Liquid Foundation

I had this liquid foundation since December last year.  It was given to me by my Tita, and I was intrigued that it’s from Shiseido.  I can’t really afford to buy a very expensive foundation, so it was great to get my hands on one.  I know that this brand have good foundations. My Tita bought this abroad, in Laos. But it also says it's made in Japan.  However, as I was searching online to learn more about this particular foundation, I was surprised to only see it in a few websites – but not in the Shiseido website.  I’m thinking that maybe either it’s a fake, or a phased-out product.  But I happened to see some photos of it in websites in which language I couldn't understand.  

Now, I’m confused.

Nevertheless, no matter how it came about, I still tried it out and was surprised to see how it wore really well on my skin.  I don’t normally use liquid foundations, as I prefer using BB creams.  But this product made me change my mind.

Here’s the scoop:


Place bought:  Gifted. But it was bought at a department store in Laos, in a Shiseido stall.

Price:  No idea at all.

Packaging:  It’s in a glass bottle, with a plastic pump.  Nothing special, but the pump helps to control the amount to use.

Shade: I’m not sure if there are other shades, but mine is yellow-based, somewhat natural beige.  A little lighter than my skin tone, but it blends well on the skin.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Let’s Go Shopping: An Attempt at Virtual Shopping in Watson’s

What a very lazy Saturday!

Well, at least for me, it was.  There isn't a better Saturday for me, unless I was able to sleep until noon.  And that was exactly what I did today.  It felt really great getting up late, and the only reason I had to get up was because I had to pay our parking bills today.

As of the moment, I'm just lazing around the house, while watching a bit of TV.  And while I'm doing that, let me tell you how my little shopping went at Watson's last week.

Because of my busy schedule, I rarely have time to scout what's new in our favorite local beauty and drugstore shop.  So imagine my surprise when I happened to discover a few new things.

Let's see, this Watson's branch is located in Market! Market! mall.  It's the closest mall I could get to, right after work without having to go through a lot of traffic jams.

First stop was to see what’s new in Majolica Majorca.  Aside from Watson’s SM Megamall, this is the only branch I know that also houses a stall of the brand.  The new collection is already out, but I was interested in Lash King.  Luckily, in this branch, it’s not sold out yet. Yay!

Another stop was to check out the Marionnaud brushes.  I was surprised that there’s a lot of variety now.  Different eyeshadow brushes like the one in the photo are already available, for a very affordable price.

I went over to the face products next, and I saw a new product from Neutrogena.  Hmm, Black Head Eliminating Warming Treatment? Looks interesting, but I didn’t buy it for now. I wonder how it works.

Next was the hair products.  I was looking for something to enhance my digital perm, and I read about Monea Curl Defining Milk from Girltalk.  For only 99PHP, I grabbed it right away. Let’s see how this works, after I try it out.

WOW! Look at those nail polishes! I didn’t know that Watson’s now sells many brands, including nail art  effects! I got a few nail colors, and one nail art pen because I wanna try it out first.

I also went to checkout In2it’s booth, to get a powder foundation that I can bring for travel.  I only got a refill one, after being convinced by the SA.  I haven't tried this brand yet, so let's see how it'll work out for me. Sorry, no photo of the booth.

Finally – here's my haul: 

Lash King, In2it Powder Foundation, Monea Curl Defning Milk, Caress nail polishes, Sassy Nail Art Pen

I can't wait to try them all, especially my new mascara and the nail art pen! 

I've always loved Watson's, and I sure am glad that there are more stuff to see now. 

Well, I guess that's about it  for now.  I still got TV to watch. Till my next post!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Nailbits: Some Blue For You

Heya!  How's the week going on so far?

Mine is going at a slow pace at the moment, which is a good thing because that meant I don't have to rush anything.  I'm actually just taking my time, and enjoying this bliss while it lasts until Friday.  Because come next week, things will get very VERY busy.  I just hope the weekend won't keep me busy too much with housechores, so I can do my weekly posts. 

For today, I am posting these long-overdue photos of my blue nails which I sported last June 12, our Philippine Independence Day.  I don't know why I tried on blue nail polish, but I kinda liked it.  With a few tiny golden stars, it looked pretty, too.

Oh, sorry for the blurry shots, I took this via Instagram.

Hope you like.

Follow me on Instagram and Twitter - @chryztyners.  I post makeup looks there sometimes.

Enjoy your Thursday!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Beauty News: Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus on Ensogo Promo Sale

Hey, my readers!

Lately, I've been obsessed about wearing mascaras and blushes.  I practically coat my lashes everyday and I only let them rest on Sundays.  I know, I'm that crazy over having lush, volumized and long lashes. 

And the product that I rely on? Of course, it's the Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus!

I've told you a million times over about how great this mascara is, especially for girls with short and stick- straight lashes.  Used with a proper eyelash curler, the effect would last until the wee hours of the morning.  Albeit difficult to remove, it's still the best one so far.

So I'm happy to tell you that you can get your hands on this via an ongoing Ensogo promo, for half the price!  The blue-black version which I reviewed here before is featured in the promotion.

From the Ensogo website

Just click on the link above, and it'll take you to the Ensogo website. 

Not a member of Ensogo yet?  Well, you better sign up now and do a mascara haul.

Go, go, go!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Review: Fanny Serrano Shimmer Bronzer in Fantasia

I remember receiving a comment from a reader, asking about bronzers.  Well, I'm not much of a bronzer user and I only find use for them whenever I got a tan.  But lately, I'm playing with contouring techniques, so I got better use for this bronzer sitting in my makeup stash.  I didn't know that there's a local makeup brand selling bronzer, until I asked around in a department store.  It's pretty weird, because it was packaged like a powder foundation, complete with a sponge.  Whoever thought of applying a bronzer that way must have a weird way of doing makeup. (haha!)

Anyway, first, let's see the facts...


Place bought:  Market! Market! department store, Fanny Serrano/Fashion21 stall
Price:  I bought this last year, but I remember it's around 200PHP.
Packaging:  As I said earlier, it's in a powder compact, with a sponge compartment and mirror.
Shade:  I'm not sure if there are other shades, but what I got is Fantasia - a warm shimmery light brown.