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?

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:

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:

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...

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...

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.