Monday, November 17, 2014

Review: Essence's Gel Liner in Miami's Ink

Eyeliners can either break or make your whole makeup look.  It usually completes your eye makeup, whatever shade you use.   Sometimes, on lazy days, wearing eyeliner alone will help enhance your eyes and distinguish it from your "wake-up" look. 



However, come the Holidays, you would want something fancier.  You know, something more than the usual range of black or brown shades.  Here's where this gel liner from Essence comes in.

Let's go to the specs, shall we?

FACTS:
Place bought: Essence stall at Watson's, SM Aura
Price: I think around Php300++.
Packaging: It's a gray glass pot.
Shade: Miami's Ink - it's a metallic or shimmery gray. 



Gray eyeliner? How about a shimmery and shiny eyeliner in "fifty shades" of gray?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Review: Shu Uemura’s Matte Lipstick in M PK 356



It's a bright pink!

Okay, I know it’s the fall season and I’m supposed to be wearing darker shades of lipsticks, or darker shades of makeup, at least.  But I just don’t know what came over me in having this “light colors” phase, most especially for the lips.  Maybe I’m going against the trend, or maybe I’m just simply loving the light, natural makeup look these days.  In fact, I think I'm having a summer makeup craving. 

With that, I have this perfect "summer" matte pink lipstick from Shu Uemura which I love wearing on those light makeup days. Actually, it’s my first Shu lippie and I’m glad I chose this color instead of the more popular matte reds from Shu.


Here are some of the details:

FACTS:
Place bought: I got this at the Duty Free store, so it’s cheaper.
Price: Php800-900 at the Duty Free store, but the regular price of Shu lipsticks are around Php1,200.
Packaging: Shu lipsticks are housed in clear tubes where you can see the actual product even with the cap on.
Shade: M PK 356 – Shu Uemura lipsticks are coded, such that M stands for Matte, and PK for Pink.  I guess the number is the code for the shade. 356 is a cool medium pink.



So, here’s the scoop: I love the matte texture of Shu lipsticks!  Usually, when we say matte lipsticks, we associate it with dry, chapped lips or with difficult to apply lipsticks.  You know, like those from MAC where you would need an extra effort in applying them because of the dry texture.  But was I surprised to find out that the matte lipsticks from Shu are of an entirely different breed. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Review: Etude House's Water Color Blusher No. 3

Hello there! How's your week goin' so far?



I've got a new product for you.  First, the details:

FACTS:
Place bought: Etude House, SM Megamall
Price: Php300++ (can't really remember, sorry!)
Packaging: in a handy tube
Shade: No.3 Apricot - it's a warm peach shade from the tube, but when applied, it does turn into apricot.



I really have not much to say about this liquid blush.  I had to admit, it was kinda a waste of money to get it, but at that time, I was really in a coral/orange blush phase.  So yeah, you get the picture... I wanted to try everything with those shades. 



The consistency is very runny, as you can see in my swatch.  You have to make at least 3 layers (using our fingers!) to make the color show on your skin.  In my experience, applying it over your powder is much better in making the shade visible rather than blending it into your BB cream or foundation.  It also makes it last longer, rather than applying directly onto your cheeks.  On me, I get about three hours of wear in a cool environment.  But outdoors, it will definitely fade faster. Layering it with a powder blush in the same shade will probably make the color last longer, but I haven't really tried that method yet.


However, I do love the dewy, almost glowing, effect it has once applied onto the skin.  I get a healthy sheen although my pores are also a bit visible.  



Overall, I think it would work as a cheek color when you're after the natural, dewy look and applying it every three to four hours isn't a problem to you.  This is definitely not for your heavy, night time makeup looks.  Also, it works better if your have clearer and smoother skin.

That's all for now!
Have a happy week ahead!


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Review: MAC's Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Berry Bold



Good morning! Today is a red lip Tuesday and have I got another great lip product for you. Since it's already sweet November, it's time to wear redder lips.

Are you always wondering about sporting a red lip color but is also kinda afraid that it might look hideous on you? I had to admit, wearing this color can be tricky and with the many shades and textures available on the market, what's a makeup newbie gotta do?

Or how about you already know how to wear red, but kinda have clumsy hands every morning? You know, always rushin' about, spillin' things on the floor, knockin' out stuff around your room, and putting your makeup on the wrong side of your face? Admit it, it happens! I mean, I'm clumsy, too, so I know how that feels! So I sometimes end up having lipstick on the outer corners of my mouth, or my eyeliner not fully covering my entire lid. Yeah, it sucks!

But here's one product to solve our clumsy-hands problem and to solve makeup newbies' fears of wearing bold lip colors.

Let's see the details...

FACTS:
Place bought: MAC store, Rustan's Glorietta
Price: Php1,200.00
Packaging: It's a fat lip pencil, retractable, round tip, and comes in a box.
Shade: Berry Bold - bold indeed! A very bright warm red on the tube.


Monday, November 3, 2014

Review: Happy Skin's Shut Up & Kiss Me Lip & Cheek Mousse in Swept Off My Feet

Good day, y'all! How's Monday buggin' you so far?

I've been quite busy, too, despite having to stay at home.  I did my laundry, did some cleaning, and finally, after lunch, did some photo shoots while the sun was still up.  I hope yours turned out to be more interesting though.  


Saturday makeup look: wearing Happy Skin's Lip & Cheek Mousse on my cheeks and lips

Anyhoo, I know most of you have heard of Happy Skin Cosmetics.  It's a local makeup brand that's been making good raves since last year.  They have nice lippie shades, in fact, I think some of them are great dupes of some more expensive brands. Since their launch last year, they introduced many new products already, and upon having celebrated their first year anniversary, they now have an almost complete set of makeup products.  


So for today, I'm here to tell you about their Lip & Cheek Mousse in the shade "Swept Off My Feet".
Let's see the specs...

FACTS:
Place bought:  Beauty Bar, Greenbelt 5
Price: Php699
Packaging: In a sleek transparent tube which actually shows the product inside. Oh, it also came with a box.
Shade: Swept Off My Feet - which is actually a warm muted pink shade, a little on the rosy side. I can't really describe the color, so let's just have the photos speak for themselves.


I think I have a new favorite cheek tint.  No, seriously, I use this more as a cheek tint or a "cheek mousse" than a lip color. The texture is really soft, like really a mousse, such that it applies easily on the skin.  Two dots per cheek is enough to give me a nice flush, and it stays for the whole day! I kid you not. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Review: Essence's Stay All Day Long Lasting Eyeshadow in Coppy Right

What's up, Madlang People!


Sorry, been watching too much TV lately.  I've been spending my days just lounging around the house, either watching TV, reading a book, blogging, or just being lazy.  Honestly, after months of being a constant workaholic and always being out of the house, I can say that I'm loving this kind of life. Yeah, there are the occasional job hunting chores, which include going to interviews, and sometimes, I also meet up with some friends over lunch or dinner, but I would rather spend the whole day locked up in our condo unit.  Alone. Well, at least, for now.

Meanwhile, I'm happily enjoying blogging ever since I got free time.  So, with that, here's another review of a drugstore find.  This time, it's for the eyes.




Let's see...

FACTS:
Place bought: Watson's Store, SM Aura
Price: around 399.00 
Packaging: In a small round plastic pot.
Shade: Coppy Right - I guess, it's a metallic light brown.  Metallic in terms of the shimmer and not because of glitters.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Review: In2it's Moisture Intense Lipstick in Cognac


Wearing Cognac on my lippie

Yo! It’s Halloween week and what’re you up to? Are you dressin’ up to party or just chillin’ around the house? As for me, there are no plans yet but for sure, we would be visiting my Mama’s grave this weekend to pay our respects. 

So anyway for today, I’ve got a lipstick review.  It’s been a long while since I made this and I’m excited to show you one of my drugstore finds this year. 



Let’s go to the details quickly:

Facts:
Place bought: In2it stall in Watson’s, SM Megamall
Price: I think it’s around Php379.00++.
Packaging: The lipstick is housed in a silver, monochrome case, with the shade name at the bottom of it.
Shade: Cognac – a warm reddish brown shade, that looks a bit red-orange when under sunlight.



Sunday, October 26, 2014

N.Cat is now in Manila

Hi, there, buddies!


As I'm back to blogging, I can't believe I already got an invite to an event.  #I'msolucky! 

What is it? Well, it's the opening of N.Cat here in the Philippines! N.Cat stands for "Naughty Cat" and it's the number one accessories store and brand in Korea! The brand had been around since 1991 and they specialize in cute accessories for very affordable prices. How come I didn't see a single store when I was in Seoul?

Anyway, nonetheless, at least I'm not missing out much because I got to see their first store here in our country.  It's located at Park Square, Makati, inside the Japan Home store.  You won't miss it at all because of it's bright pink sign, I promise!

So what's inside? Let's go take a peek!

They got cute pouches or makeup kits


fancy Iphone cases


Friday, October 24, 2014

Review: LORAC PRO Powder Cheek Stain in Petal Pink

What's up, girls and guys!



I have something pretty pink for you today, and it's been kinda my favorite "blush of the moment" - Lorac's PRO Powder Cheek Stain in Petal Pink.   So, how can a powder blush be a stain?

Wearing Petal Pink during my Korean trip

Before I go on, here's a quick info:

FACTS:

Place bought: I actually ordered this online via Drugstore.com.  
Price: $20.00, or around Php900-1000.
Packaging: It came in a box, but the actual product is in a small blush compact.
Shade: Petal Pink - it's a cool toned pink



Lately, I've been into sheer and natural-looking makeup.  Or what we usually call the "no-makeup" makeup looks.  I like things to be light, just right, clean, and pretty, without being too overwhelming. I'm currently lovin' makeup looks that highlight the skin more than the colors on the face. You know, dewy, glowing and bright skin, luscious light pink lips, shimmery eyelids, and glowing cheeks.  And this blush is perfect for those looks!

Review: Pigeon Baby Compact Powder in Beige

Hellowee!! It's Friday!
Wow, another new post from me! 

Today, it's all about giving some lovin' to my new favorite blotting powder which I actually randomly found at the Somera boutique in Glorietta while checking out the Canmake products there.  Yep, totally random! I had no plans of buying anything on that day and only wanted to checkout the pretty makeup of Canmake.  





But then, while I was checkin' out the rest of the stuff at the store, I saw this Pigeon compact powder. I knew I've heard - or read - about it somewhere so I grabbed it to check.  So to make the long story short, since it was also so affordable and I'm in need of a new pressed powder (seriously, I needed one!), I went home with it.

So, how did it fare? First, let's see some specs...

FACTS:
Place bought: Somera boutique, Glorietta 2, Makati
Price: around Php299.75 I think.
Packaging:  It came with a box, and the compact is a shiny white oval shape that is so small, it can easily fit into your jeans' pocket. It also came with its own powder puff.
Shade: It had four shades, based on my research - Beige, Pink/Ivory, White and Brown. But at the store, there were only Beige and Pink, so I got Beige because it was more yellow in shade.



Based on what I found on the net, the original product was actually meant for babies alone and only came in one shade: white. It had two variants - one made in Japan and one made in Indonesia. Apparently, the one made in Japan is the better product, and I think what I got here is the one from Indonesia. Nevertheless, it had good raves in the beauty blogging world.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review: Canmake's Perfect Serum BB Cream

So...I'm back! 

Actually, here's a life update: I had just resigned from my previous job and am now actively looking for new opportunities. In the meantime, that meant more free time and more blogging time, which is always a welcome break for me.  And so, I'm so excited to upload posts because I got tons of new product reviews to share with you all. So to get this going, here's a new product review for you: Canmake's Perfect Serum BB Cream.  



Let's get to the details first.

FACTS:

Place bought: Somera boutique in Glorietta 2
Price: Around 600++ pesos
Packaging: it's in a cute pink metallic tube.
Shade: There are two shades: Light and Natural.  I got Natural because it's closer to my skin tone, even if it's still light for my own shade.

It says that it has 21 beauty ingredients that care for the skin. I got this from Canmake's website:

Contains 21 types of beautifying and moisturizing ingredients ♥
Hyaluronic acid, collagen, ceramides, royal jelly extract, witch-hazel extract, arbutin, Job's tears extract, 
Saxifraga stolonifera extract, aloe vera extract, ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, artichoke leaf extract, cherry leaf extract, 
prune resolvent, seaweed extract, soybean extract, glycosyl trehalose, gingko extract, peach leaf extract, 
hydrolyzed silk, European white birch bark extract, multiflora rosehip extract




Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bridal Makeup Looks

(Welcome to my comeback!! I'm back to blogging! Wee!!)

Well, it’s not a secret that beauty bloggers also wish to become makeup artists someday.  I, for one, have my goals set for next year to officially enroll in a makeup school and formally pursue that career.  As a makeup artist, the most common clients to have are brides for wedding makeup looks. Now if I were a real makeup artist, I would really be blessed and lucky to be part of every bride’s dream wedding. Imagine being one of the first persons to view and see the wedding gown and the bridesmaid dresses.  Of course, this part is actually key to be able to come up with matching bridal makeup looks.

There’s this website called Lover.ly which focuses on all things about weddings, including planning your own wedding.  I am lucky enough to be contacted by Lover.ly for me to be able to show what I can do in terms of bridal makeup even if I’m just a mere beauty blogger.   They sent me these three beautiful wedding gowns and I’m supposed to come up with makeup looks for each one of them.  Unfortunately, my face is undergoing a peeling treatment right now, so I can’t really use my own face.  But I will try my best to describe the looks and at most, show you the products I would use. 

Are you ready?

Here goes…


Sweet and Classy



Notice that the gown is so simple, if not for the sweetheart neckline and lace bodice.  For a gown like this, I imagine the girl to be the typical sweet and classy type. She probably wants her makeup to be clean and simple.  Hence, I will just simply enhance her eyes in a soft bronze smokey eye look, add some full fake lashes, and maybe a thin line of eyeliner.  

The face has to be really flawless, smooth and as if she’s glowing from within.  Concealer is also a useful product in making sure that her under eye and uneven skin blemishes are fully covered.  Lastly, her lips would be a nice neutral shade with some hints of pink, like MAC’s Cosmo.




Monday, June 16, 2014

Review: Canmake's Gokumori Mascara

OMG!  It's already June! We're almost done with the second quarter of 2014 and this is still one of my earlier posts for this year. Waah! I can't keep up!

Oh well..at least now, I've got time to do a quick post about my thoughts on this new mascara I'm currently obsessing over.  Have you heard of this Japanese makeup brand called "Canmake"? It's a Japanese drugstore brand that carry all sorts of makeup products in very cute "kawaii" packaging.  

They're also affordable, yet work really well.  Luckily for us Pinays, Canmake is now very accessible - thanks to Somera's boutique in Glorietta.  That's where I got to take a closer look on the products. 



So anyways, I got this Gokumori mascara. I actually tried to "google" the term "Gokumori" but I always ended up with Canmake's website and description on this mascara.  So I guess the term is pretty much synonymous to this mascara? Upon reading the description on the website, I think it means "super busy lashes".  And you know what? I think the term is actually quite literal.

But, first the facts:

Facts: 
Place bought: Somera boutique, Glorietta 2, Makati
Price:  Php600+
Packaging: in a pink fat tube
Shade: Black


Okay, so far, I've got three sentences or phrases to describe this mascara.

1.  It curls!  

Of course, you still got to use your lash curler before applying to your lashes.  But after that, it's like the mascara makes each lash curl some more and stay like that forever!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Short Hair Story



About two, goin' three, years ago, I wore my hair long ang permed. It was fun for a bit, I felt like Barbie and a beauty queen all at the same time. Haha!

But last year, I decided to just go for short hair- for a change! I didn't know it was gonna be on trend, too.

So around January, I went for short as shown in the photo above. I felt lighter and carefree! No need for so many hair products in the morning. I can actually literally do the "wash-and-wear" thing!

Come summer with the terrible humidity and heat, and because my hair grows long fast, I went for another haircut. So here's how I'm looking now-




I love it!

Well, it's not like I haven't tried short hair before. My hair was this short back in high school. But since then, I've been wearing it long.

So yeah, it felt nice.

Who's up for short hair!??

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Friday, April 18, 2014

My Latest Skincare Products

Hello there! It's a long weekend and I had one extremely long day today,too! I drove all the way to Subic (my kinda hometown) and got stuck at NLEX for two hours! The traffic jam was so heavy, it looked like a parking lot. But what ticks me is that it's not supposed to be like that! Oh well, welcome to Holy Weekend. HAHA!

Anyways, now that I'm safely home at my Papa's house, it's time to relax and dig some beauty fix. Today's post is all about these two products that's becoming a staple in my beauty regimen.









First, you oughtta know that early this year when we were having cold weather, I underwent "chemical peeling". My face was utterly scary and "scaly" for a whole week. The second day looked like this:




And then went on to peel some more:




I felt horrible the whole time not only because my face felt so itchy and dry, but also because I was forced to go to work "barefaced"! I can only do my brows and lips. I looked freaky!

After the whole process, I knew it was worth it because my face was really soft and smooth right after. However, it also turned sensitive that I get itchiness and redness using my usual face products. I began to use mild cleansers like Cetaphil. I can't use moisturizers and I break out using some BB creams. So, it was time to change products.

Luckily, I wasn't reacting to Dickinson's Witch Hazel Toner which I have been using for months already. So I was happy to find out that they also have a facial cleanser similar to Cetaphil, but cheaper.

So far, I'm liking the results. Less oily, smaller pores, clearer and smoother skin. I also feel moisturized everytime.

If you wanna give them a try, visit a Healthy Options store.

Till next!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Review: Avon's Skin Goodness CC Cream in Nude

Aloha! Yey for the weekend! And it just means more free time to do my makeup blogging hobby.  

But before I go into that, let me just dwell on some realizations I had for the past few weeks.  You guys know how I've been missing in action in the blogging world for several months since last year. In fact, for last year, it is only now when I found out that I only had a total of 26 posts. It makes me sad and at the same time, regretful.  Why? Well, I've been so busy with work and on weekends, I had some housing chores to attend to. In short, every week was a struggle to earn money and live well. I even began thinking about totally discontinuing this blog because I really don't have the time to update anymore.  

However, what I failed to realize now that I'm back to blogging is that, this is actually my way to relax and de-stress.  Last week when I began posting beauty blogging photos on my Instagram, it made me really happy and relieved from all the negative vibes at work. It made me feel so good inside that when I decided to do a quick blog post, it was only then that I knew I should keep this going. So yeah, I am keeping this blog for as long as it keeps me happy and it will remain as my hobby. It's such a relieve to be writing about something lighter, something fun, and something I love.

So..enough of the drama and let's move on with today's review - the CC cream from Avon.

Some basics:


FACTS:
Place bought: from our won Avon lady in the office - Ate Noemi
Price: Php359.00
Packaging: in a small black tube
Shade: Nude - with warm undertones. Avon's CC Cream comes in two shades, but this one suits my skintone best.




My Concurrences:
First, what is a CC Cream?  It simply means "color corrector" cream, period.  It's just another version of our good ol' BB creams, but this dwells more on its ability to correct the skin's complexion.  It concentrates more on lightening dark spots to make the skin achieve an even complexion.  Armed with SPF, it makes as a good alternative for BB creams.  

Monday, March 31, 2014

Review: Neutrogena's Ultra Sheer Complete UV Waterlight Lotion with SPF50

Summer is definitely here. I can feel it in the air! And in our case where our summers can also be humid and sticky, I can surely feel it on my skin, too.

With my constant need to always be sun-protected, I'm always on the lookout for new sunblocks - not just for the body, but also for the face.  Sometimes, I'd also rather have sun protection infused with my makeup, too. That's how crazy I am about SPF. Sunblock is like my ultimate summer gear. 

Today, I'm giving you my first dibs on this sheer sunblock from Neutrogena.  Neutrogena, being a popular skincare brand, usually comes out with new inventions when it comes to sun protection. Their latest, Ultra Sheer Complete UV Waterlight Lotion with SPF 50, just like this one.



But first, some usual facts:

FACTS:

Place bought: Watson's
Price: Php600++
Packaging: in a sleek white bottle that's small enough to fit in my hands (comes with a box, too)
Shade: n/a  (it's a sunblock, so it naturally comes in one shade which is white)




Saturday, March 29, 2014

Review: The Face Shop's Bye Bye Dark Circle Concealer

Oh, hello there!

I have something new for you today.  Yep, a full makeup product review, finally! I've been waiting for the free time when I can actually do this, and now, I'm back!

For today, it's all about this nifty undereye concealer I found from one of my favorite makeup stores - The Face Shop.  It's a pen-like concealer, complete with a clicking mechanism to produce just the right amount of product.


It's also packed with sun protection at SPF30, which is always a great thing especially in our kind of tropical weather.  Here are some quick specs:

FACTS:
Place bought:  The Face Shop, Bonifacio Global City
Price: Php395
Packaging:  Pen-like type concealer, with a clicking mechanism
Shade: It's available in only one shade, which I can describe as warm beige with a yellow tone.



I think the shade works really well for me.  Not too light and not too dark.  Being an undereye concealer, you can always set it off with a powder that matches your skin tone. The clicking mechanism is also great in controlling the amount of product to use.  For each undereye, you just really need a small pea-size amount.


Friday, March 14, 2014

Three of My Favorite Beauty Things for Summer

It's the second week of March already and you can definitely feel the heat. For someone who loves makeup like me, a huge change in weather also means some major change when it comes to beauty products.

And speaking of beauty products, here's sharing a few of my favorite beauty items whenever summer comes around.




1. A pretty shade of pink nail polish. I don't know why but every time the temperature rises, I feel the need to wear any bright pink or Barbie pink nails - both on my hands and feet. It's just so apt and pretty!





2. Something coral or orange on my cheeks. When its summer, I usually go a shade darker due to more sun exposure. Hence, corals are my pick to highlight and complement my tan. This one is from a local brand called Pinkies collection. They have a collection of bright and pigmented blushes and this shade is the brightest orange they got so far.





3. Lastly but definitely not the least - in fact, it's the most important beauty product for summer - a sunblock with an SPF of 35 or higher. Sun protection is needed for the face, body and even hair! This one from Neutrogena is a new discovery and favorite - its clear in shade, non-greasy, light and with no heavy sunblock scent. It works as a good primer before putting on makeup as well. For me, I just put loose powder a few minutes after application and I'm good to go. No need for anything heavy to wear in our tropical summer weather.

And that's all there is to it. Just three items to jumpstart my summer and I'll be ready for the next getaway.

Happy weekend, everybody!

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