Wednesday, September 13, 2017

BEAUTY: Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed Highlighter Review


Becca's Champagne Pop Highlighter which is in collaboration with beauty guru/Youtuber Jaclyn Hill has been a serious game changer in terms of the highlighting/strobing in the beauty world. There was this instance when all beauty addicts where super into this product and all I can see was #ChampagnePop hashtags on IG, FB etc. So I finally cave in and voila, here's my review on this super famous highlighter by Becca.

First off, here in the Philippines where Becca is not readily available on our local beauty store, I was really frustrated on how to get my hands on this beauty product. Thankfully there is Sephora.ph wherein we can go shop online on our favorite imported makeups! Yay to that! So for those reading this in the Philippes, go checkout Sephora.ph guys and it was breezy transaction and delivery was that fast!

Anyways, moving on to this little beauty, Champagne Pop were described as peach shade of highlighter with golden sheen. Basically, it caters every skin tone as what it claims to be. I am NC30 in MAC for reference, and has yellow undertone being an Asian, so this really suits my complexion.



CHAMPAGNE POP 

 As you can see on the picture, this is my Champagne Pop. Unfortunately I dropped it while doing touch-ups and it really breaks my heart. I researched online for any solution to fix broken makeup and mixing alcohol with the powder really does the job. So on the picture It doesn't look as nice as before, but it looks decent now :-) So make sure, take an extra care on this little beauty.







HOW TO APPLY?

Well as for me, I reach out to my Real techniques brush from the Core Collection, and put this on my cheekbones, cupids bow, nose line and a little bit on the chin. This gives me that luminous effect as this product catches the light. Just make sure to not over do as this is super pigmented. A little goes a long way which makes it super worth the price, The shimmer is super fine and that's what I love about Becca highlighters as it doesn't scream GLITTERS on the face.







I know, there were a lot reviews online on this highlighter, so might as well just spoiled you with the pictures  :)










Swatch at the back of my hand




      So here's the actual photo of me using Becca Champage Pop pressed.


As you can see, it is super pigmented, I put it on the highest point of my cheekbones and I love the glow! No filter for this pic ladies, this is a real glow :-)

Overall Verdict:
  • It is long wearing
  • It is super sheen so better be careful not to over do.
  • It doesn't have a bulk of glitter, the sheen is super fine.
  • A little goes a long way
  • Kinda pricey 

There you go ladies, who love GLOW!!


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Sunday, August 20, 2017

BEAUTY: Mac Margin Powder Blush. A Review and Swatches


Hi Ladies!! Another beauty post as promised!! I am a blush junkie since I do lack colors on my skin because I am pale. I do love seeing myself having that pinch of color on my cheeks.

Combining my love for dewy and radiant skin makeup look, I was in the hunt for that blush that is not so bright yet gives just the right amount of color on the cheeks. And as I go online hunting for that perfect blush, I found this. Yay! Presenting, Mac Margin Powder Blush.


MAC Margin Blush


This has been my go-to blush for like a couple of weeks now since I bought it. It is sheer, it is not overpowering in terms of color payoff. The color is like slightly pink peach with gold shimmer that is not noticeable. It is decribed as "warm copper with frost finish".It has the right amount of sheen which I love. Most of the bloggers described this as a blush and highlighter all in one. So you have the best of both worlds :-)

So let's take a closer look on this beautiful blush my pretty readers!!

Well it comes in this traditional MAC packaging. It contains 6 grams of product and is made in Canada. At first, the product itself leans towards brownish copper color but once applied, it is more peach gold with shimmer. In terms of application, this glides smoothly on the skin. The powder is not too tacky and it is just so smooth and finely-milled.



Top view of the MAC Margin Blush





 So here's the swatch of the MAC Margin at the back of my hand. See how sheer this blush so you will have no problem in over application. You can build up the color, depending on how intense the color to show off.











So let me show how this look once applied on the cheeks :-) In the photo below, I use mac margin as my blush together with Essence Pure Nude Highlighter (which I am gonna review soon). As you can see, the color is not too bright which perfect for everyday wear. The frost shimmer in it is not overpowering but subtle. The color suits my skin as this one, is more of peach which compliments those with yellow and pink undertone. 


MAC Margin on my cheeks :-)


Pros:

  • Glides smoothly once applied
  • Subtle glow
  • Color payoff is not overpowering
  • Good for everyday wear
  • Stays intact for 4 hrs
  • Not too pigmented so you can build up the color
Cons
  • Might not be suitable for oily skin as this gives luminosity on the skin
  • Price (but for me it is worth it)



Voila!!! Dewy skin :-)

So there you go ladies. For those who loves dewy makeup look (those of JLo), and wants to look more glowing, this is for you! Go check them out on your nearest MAC Makeup Kioks/Store. Retails  for $23.00 or Php1600.
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

BEAUTY: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light Review

Hey beautiful readers!!! As promised, here's to another entry on my blog! In this post, I will feature my newest addition to my everyday makeup essentials, Hourglass Ambient Powder in Luminous Light. You know how i love fresh dewy makeup and this has been on my wish list for a long time, and so a friend of mine bought me this in the US and voila, I get my hands on it!

I know, I'm too late. Hourglass became talk of the town I think 2013 and since this is not available in Manila that time, I just get to see this online. But as they say, " Better late than never!!".

As described in Hourglass Website: (https://www.hourglasscosmetics.com)

Features and Benefits:

• Powders mimic six universally flattering light sources, from morning light to candlelight, allowing clients to build a wardrobe of options—not unlike having a personal lighting technician at your disposal.• By manipulating and filtering out harsh light, powders conceal skin imperfections, pores and wrinkles.• State-of-the-art formula delivers a multi-dimensional luminescence to every skin tone, making it appear softer, younger and perfectly lit.• Universal powders make them suitable for every skin tone, while each can be worn day and night.• The finishing powders enhance skin in any type of light, including flash photography.LUMINOUS LIGHT: A champagne pearl powder that creates a soft, incandescent candlelit glow—day or night.


Now, let's take a closer look on this coveted item in the beauty world :-)


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light

First off, this is a Finishing Powder. Finishing Powder is different from Setting Powder (sets the foundation to avoid creasing or rubbing off) so let us not be mistaken by these two. Finishing Powder should be applied after your setting powder. This makes the skin more smoother by simply blurring the appearance of pores and fine lines. Thus gives a photograph of "no-filter look" if you know what I mean. So the next time, you take that selfie, you're rest assured you got the most flattering lights that touches your skin.



Close up shot

Let us take a closer look on this baby, shall we??? As you can you see from the picture, It has that soft sheen (not that awkward large glitters) which good for not accentuating large pores on your skin. The powder is finely milled and it literally just glides on your face once applied. And since this is not a Setting Powder (I have to reiterate that), don't expect that it contains color shade as those setting powder. What I mean is, the one that you expect to fully cover the face as what Setting powder does.


Well, I just loved how this gives just the right amount of luminosity on the skin. Not too heavy, just subtle which is a thumbs up! Compared to my Becca Champagne Pop (which I will do a review soon), this is more like on a medium side of highlighting effect.  I just love how this gives me, "hey I'm glowing" look haha! Honestly, some would love applying this on the highest point on their cheeks, bridge of the nose, browbone, a little bit on the chin and on the cupid's bow. But on the days when I'm feeling I need to be more glowing, I use big fluffy blush (the one I used in Real Techniques Blush brush) and buff it all over my face..




It is packaged in a rose gold sleek compact and it is really lightweight. However, I just noticed that the hourglass label fades unlike the my Mac one (MSF Powder). Sorry but i just love seeing labels on my makeup :-)




Another closeup shot 


Should we have the round-up ladies :-)

Pros:

  • It is sheen and subtle which is suitable for beauties who loves dewy makeup.
  • Powder is finely milled 
  • You don't need a lot to achieve that glow you want
  • Perfect to apply on where you want the light touch your skin

Cons:
  • The price, omg, I can buy a palette of eye shadow with the price tag!!




So there you go ladies, will soon post a picture of me wearing this beauty :-) Till our next beauty session :-)



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Friday, August 4, 2017

BEAUTY: Nuxe Huille Prodigieuse (Multi- Purpose Dry Oil)

Hi Beauties!! Literally, I've been out in quite a lonnnnnggg time.. I miss blogging so much and thinking of re-contruct my blog. Anyways, I have been busy with work and having a kid, but now I am back! I will make sure now, that I'll post more often and be more active on my blog posts!
My love for all things beauty hasn't changed, so now I would like to share with you my not-so-recent discovery since I have been using this multi-purpose oil for like 2 years now.

Presenting Nuxe Huille Prodigieuse (Multi- Purpose Dry Oil)...

As a mom, I gravitate towards anything that is multi-functional. I was once a fan of using Argan Oil, as what you can see on my other post. My love from Face oil has started when I am in 30's. You know anti-ageing skincare has been my priority. I was in the hunt for perfect Multi-purpose oil like argan oil.. Multipurpose in such a way that I can use it on my face, body and hair.

And so I read an online article, and this has been a keeper in most celebrity skincare in the Philippines, and so I ran to the nearest store and grab the 100ml bottle.




First aesthetic-wise, I love the packaging. It's in a clear bottle which helps you see the amount of product you already used. It has a spray so there is no tendency of spill. It also in rose gold packaging which I love!




This is actually my 2nd bottle. I still have the 1st bottle which  I am currently using, and I've been using it for like 1 year now and I can't even finish that off! This shows how super "sulit" (worth it) the product is.
So let me go through the benefits of this product:

1. I used as a moisturizer:

OMG Ladies. I could not believe that I have found my Holy Grail Face oil. Just for reference, I have dry skin, but oily on my T-zone. This has not break me out unlike Argan oil (which I have nothing against with Argan Oil, but I actually had a breakout with that one).

After washing my face, in the morning and before I go to sleep, I use this and oh boy, I am that impressed! It is not greasy as what we usually presume when it comes to putting oil on our face. This oil absorbs quickly by the skin which is great. Also I apply this before putting on my makeup and it helps putting on foundation nicely.



2. I used this on my Hair!!

My friends know how my hair has been damaged by all the Hair Rebond and hair color. I do have a thick hair, and sometime putting oil makes it look like I have been out in the sun for quite a long time and my hair is greasy. But this one, it is NOT! I just use 2 spritz, rub it on my palm, and gently massaged it on my hair. Also, before I go to sleep, I put 2 sprays this on my hair and in the morning, I can see how this makes my hair shiny and manageable.






3. I used it on my baby (yes!), when I am running out of baby oil.

When I can't even see where did I put my baby oil , I used this on my baby. Knowing that this is made of pure and natural oil, I thought why not use it. And it hasn't give rashes or any side effect on my baby's skin. But of course, because of the price tag, I only use this on my baby whenever It is just needed.


4. I use this as hand moisturizer and body oil.

 You know, you're already adulting when you do chores more than you used to, and as a newbie mom, I tend to use my hands in everything I do (bathing my baby, washing the dishes etc) and this dries out my skin especially with all the chemicals from the laundry soap etc.

So this one, surprised me when I used it on my hand and this is like a gallon of water that my skin needs to keep hydrated. For the body, I just put this on my collarbone,shoulders and legs to give me that extra glow.




See how it is not greasy and absorbed by the skin.


I have nothing bad to say about this product. So if you want a multi-functional oil, then this is the right one for you! Retail price is (Php 1600) but most of the time they are on sale (Rustan's, Landmark) so grab one. This is not in anyways sponsored post, I just want to share with you how I love this product.

Till our next beauty session. 






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Monday, February 23, 2015

Beauty: Happy Skin Shut Up and Kiss me Moisturizing Lippies in Style Icon and Honeymoon Glow

Hello Beauties! Back to blogging again! Anyways, i just want to share with you guys my latest addition, Happy Skin lippies!!! First I have a confession to make, nowadays i am more into loving nude shade lippies than pink shade lippies! You heard'em right!
After years of collecting lippies that are into barbie shades like MAC Please me, Nicki Viva Glam, Pink Nouveau and more, now my love turned into nude lippies like MAC brave, shy girl etc...

Enough of all the rants. Well proud Filipina here! Happy Skin is filipino owned cosmetic line. Though in the blogosphere i know they are now making noise and I might be too late for this buzz but I know my addiction to makeup always finds its way 😊

Hence, my two nude lippie shades from Happy Skin!



 Presenting two of my of my favorite shades: Honeymoon glow(above) and limited edition Stylized collection in Style Icon (by Liz Uy).


What i love most about Happy Skin Lippies is that as soon as it glides on your lips, your lips feel moisturized in an instant. Maybe because of the shea butter content plus the fact that it also a balm on its own. I remember putting this on my lips when I felt like a little crack on my lips due to dehydration and forgot to bring lip balm with me. A swipe of this lippie really helped my lips to feel moisturized that time.

With the price of 499, compared to MAC Lipsticks, you can buy 2 Happy skin lippies to 1 equivalent MAC lipstick. Nice steal right?

I used this in one of my makeup gigs and I can say that this lipstick last up to 4 hours on my clients lips. The effect is really kissable lips!

Here to swatches..Upper: Style Icon , Lower: Honeymoon Glow

STYLE ICON- paler. Peachy pink nude which I lov
Doesnt look pale when worn...Has a hint of pink which is just right to look fresh.  Perfect with smokey eyes.

HONEYMOON GLOW - Very natural looking shade of lipstick but a little more deep in color compared to Style Icon. This is perfect for my lips but better lipstick! Love it!

There you go! Happy skin can be purchased on Beauty bars, plains and prints.

Happy skin is love!!
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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Beauty: MAC All Fired Up Lipstick

Hi Beauties! Finally another beauty blog post! To all my readers who are in the Philippines, have you watched the "English Only Please" movie where Jennylyn Mercado's makeup was really superb. After I watched the movie, I instantly gravitated to one of the scene where she wears this pink-red shade of lipstick and paired it with no eyeshadow makeup.. That lippie was really the center of my attention that time. My makeup enthusiasm really jumped off and I was in a hurry to know what's that lippie!

Finally someone posted a question from FB group of makeup artists(which i'm a member) if what Jennylyn's lippie in that movie. See? I am not the only one interested.. To cut the story short, almost all of them answered it is MAC's All Fired Up Lipstick in Retro Matte. Thus I was drawn to having this lippie!


MAC All Fired Up is a bright Fuschia Red Matte Lipstick which can easily brightens everyone's face with just a swipe! This is gonna be my fave MAC matte lipstick after the relentlessly red(my fave!).


Here's a swartch of this lippie and below is the actual lipstick once applied. For those who are not a big fan of loud-colored lipstick this might be too bright for you. But for me who loves wearing both nude and bright colored lipstick, this one is just one for the keeps! I love it.



Just don't forget to moisturize the lips prior to application if you have dry, chapped lips. A swipe of this lippie and your good to go!

Till our next makeup bonding session! Cheers!
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Monday, December 22, 2014

TRAVELS: 2 Newly Married Couple in Boracay


This blog has been quiet for a long time now. I have been busy with preps for my wedding which actually happened last month! I am till now astonished on how this has impacted my life. New place to live in, more time with the husband since we are living on the same house now and also more time on the Home/Appliances Store than Makeup store :-)


Nevertheless, this changes really made me a happy wife! I love how we adjust just to make sure we wont have a major fight as a new husband and wife.

Just wanna share with you our vacation in Boracay! I know i have posted a lot of my previous travels in Boracay but this is one is different since its now Official! We travel as a married couple now and still the after effect of this fairy tale was still in us! So this trip is really a special one :-)


I now present to you the beautiful island of Boracay!













Though we do visited this place thrice now, we will never gonna get tired of visiting this place again. The clarity of the water is just amazing.. The sand are super fine. We love how the place was maintained though more establishments are now in the area. Hope this will not ruin this paradise on earth.

This time around we didn't have any activities in this island like fly fish, banana boat etc. We just love how we can just lay on the shore and see the beauty of this place before our eyes. Enjoying is the scenery and have some quality time with your loved ones is still the best activity for me to do in this island. Hope to see you soon Boracay! Our first travel as Husband and wife!


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