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Join My SEPT. 27 Ellana Makeup Workshop!

A huge, huge hug to the team of Ellana Minerals!  This coming September 27 , Sat, from 1-4 PM I’ll be teaching a workshop at their La Fuerza Makati showroom (near Don Bosco on the outside of San Lorenzo Village, Makati.)  Hoping to see you there :)  To find out how to join the details are here beneath the poster or go directly to this Ellana link here to reserve your slot. :)  Downpayment for the reservation by the way is Php1000.00 (not sure why the workshop link says Php500 at the moment..maybe they updated the downpayment amount), don’t worry just add the reservation fee option to your cart at that link and you’ve reserved a slot.

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Ever wonder how to get a pore-minimized, flawless complexion that stays with you all day?  Want to know how to do the perfect look for the office and transform that into a smashin’ party evening look?

Let Singapore-trained makeup artist Julia Arenas show you how with Ellana Mineral makeup! This 3-hour workshop includes in-depth, hands-on demonstrations on techniques that you can apply to your everyday routine. The fee is only P2,500 (downpayment for reservation here at this link) and includes a P2,000 gift certificate to Ellana Minerals and snacks during the  event.

To sign up, head on over to this Ellana link here to get your slot. We only have 10 slots so hurry before they get filled up!

We hope to see you there!

If you’ve fretted and fussed over mineral makeup and powder products and also products like eyshadow, contour, and blush then this is the workshop for you.  Learn how much powder to put on where to apply and other tips, shortcuts, and tricks I like to use as a professional.  Hope to see you there!  Don’t hesitate to leave any questions in the comments or email me at probinsiyana@gmail.com.

 

 

Flower Tips, Literally | Blossoms bright, bring me light…

A little quiet over here yes, been a bit more busy as a bee would be, so it’s no wonder I’ve been hovering over these and pruning them to my heart’s delight.  A tip for keeping flowers perky is to not just immediately dunk them in a vase of water as is but to do so after first cutting the bottom tips of each stem at a diagonal angle so they don’t clog up when touching the bottom of the vase.  Also trim any leaves near the bottom of the stems so they don’t drown and rot in the water making the water bad for the flowers to take in.  Once you do this and leave them for a few hours so they can drink, come back later and touch the petals you’ll notice if some of them were wilting when you first bought them they’ll suddenly feel perked up.  To keep flowers alive longer do the same diagonal trimming of stem tips every few days (daily if you’re OC) and change the water everyday to every other day.

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“Delight yourselves in God, yes, find your joy in him at all times. Have a reputation for gentleness, and never forget the nearness of your Lord. Philippians 4:4 JB PHILLIPS version”

I inserted a blossom as a garnish into my Sola iced tea this morning to cheer myself up (for mum flowers make sure it’s only the blossom, no stems or leaves).  I popped the airtight cap on the bottle first for safety, drank a bit to make space, closed it and shook up a storm to get foam and poured it into a glass, tada, al fresco worthy iced tea.  I’ve been a bit under the weather deep inside, so apologies for the sudden calm over here.  God is faithful and He’s been bringing me closer to Him in ways I never thought possible.  As it turns out I needed a bit of diagonal trimming myself.  On the brighter side, there’s something real exciting by the way I have to show once I receive the photos, can’t wait to share that with you.

Color Bucket Cosmetics from Luxola | Pop Color at Happy Prices + 20% Storewide Discount Code!

I actually don’t immediately go for brights when it comes to cosmetics, but I couldn’t resist playing with the formulas by Korean brand Color Bucket when Luxola gave me a few items to try last week.  I was particularly blown away by the bright blue Flash Pop Up Geller automatic eyeliner.  Teens should go straight for the excellent bright eyeliners, they do not disappoint at all.  Thank you LUXOLA.com for the opportunity to try these.  The bright blue eyeliner is going straight into my pro-kit for a test shoot with models this Wednesday!  I seriously plan to get the other shades in the bright range since the prices are quite affordable.  I was also sent an emerald green glittery version of the pop-up geller pencils, which might be put to good use this coming holiday season.  By the way the Luxola team were kind enough to provide me with a special STOREWIDE discount code for my readers to avail of! Enter discount/promotion code LX-JULIAA at the Luxola.com online checkout so you can enjoy 20% off your LUXOLA storewide purchase (not just for Colorbucket). This code is valid till September 30, 2014!  If I were you I’d start Christmas shoppin’ for the gals using that code!

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Flash Pop Up Geller eye pencil 0.5g (₱ 587.50), Lip Flash Jam 9g (₱ 587.50) from LUXOLA SG

“Color Bucket brings to you the most amazing collection of beauty and skin care products around the globe. The vast product line by Color Bucket includes lip flash jams, hair crayons, eye sebums, lip sticks and much more. These wonderful and quirky products help you in easily pulling off the trendiest and bold looks you always wanted. With these top quality products made available to you by Color Bucket in Philippines you can now try all the new, cool looks with a perfect, profess.”

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The Flash Pop-up eyeliners aren’t just eye candy, the formula applies brightly and lasts the whole day, if you try soaping it off you’ll have a bit of work cut out for you…it’s super long lasting, you’ll need a bi-phase or oil-based makeup remover to get it off.  It also makes an excellent eye base for pastel blue eyeshadow if you’re planning to test out a Twiggy 60s look like I did for a retro party.

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Honestly, I wouldn’t exactly wear all these shades together but for the case of happily showing you what they look like on I’m flying 80s today.  Their Lip Flash Jam (I was sent Electric jam) is somewhat like a less long-lasting OCC lip tar fit for teens.

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The lip flash jam still packs a punch of pigment compared to regular lip gloss but I think in terms of longevity you would have to reapply after a meal or two.  A great thing I discovered about it is it’s great to use as a cheek tint, too!  Color Bucket cosmetics also do Hair Chalk (Hair Crayon Stylist) for the adventurous among you, my hair was a bit too short for me to effectively test the product, but if you do try the hair chalks out I suggest applying them on damp to dry hair so the pigment shows up faster.  Enter discount/promotion code LX-JULIAA at the Luxola online checkout so you can enjoy 20% off your LUXOLA storewide purchase (not just for Colorbucket). Code valid till September 30, 2014! 

Color bucket cosmetics are available online from LUXOLA.com here. They ship really quickly to the Philippines, you should expect an order to arrive within 3-4 working days at most.

 

 

Pixi Beauty Bronzers | In “Suntouched” & “Summertime”

These are my new favorites.  What I’ve discovered about Pixi powder cosmetics is they have an excellently minimal amount of fallout with pigment you can build and a finish that doesn’t disappoint.  Even their mineral eyeshadow palettes have impressed me, but what had me completely zoned in next to their Endless Silky Eye pens are these beauty bronzers.  They’re sheer but not “meh” and have this ethereal satin finish that isn’t shimmery, there’s a bit of sparkle in the rosier beige, lighter shade “Suntouched” (which is like Tarte’s Amazonian Clay honey beige blush “Exposed” with a hint of rose) but nothing overwhelming or unattractive.  There’s one more shade in the range called “After Beach” glow which is more peach, but I don’t think they brought that one in locally.  My only pet peeve is it isn’t in a mirror compact but hey MAC blushes don’t have mirrors either, besides with formulas like these, I don’t care if I need to screw off a lid to get to it.

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PIXI Beauty Bronzers available for Php1040.00 from Glamourbox.ph online here and retail outlets like Pure Beauty and Commonthread Rockwell.

Silky, perfectly-pigmented bronzer that perks up skintone while looking natural + super soft kabuki for easy application.

This deluxe bronzing powder gives your complexion the warmth and luminosity of naturally sunkissed skin. Hydrating, silky-smooth & long-wearing, it also protects against free radicals.  Kabuki brush included.

Beneficial ingredients and what they do:

  • Mica provides dense natural pigment
  •  Vitamin E protects the skin

My current favorite is “Suntouched” which, I’m almost sure, is like a compact powder version of Bourjois Cream compact blush in shade 01 which Ruth of AModel Recommends loves as a drugstore favorite.  The other shade “Summertime” is an obvious contour product or bronzer, I love that it goes on light and you need to build it up so that you won’t go overboard.  By the way both of these are also lovely as subtle eyeshadow shades.  They have a sheer satin finish that give a great wash of color over the lid.

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“SUNTOUCHED” on bare skin

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“SUMMERTIME” on bare skin as  bronzer/contour product

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Each bronzer comes with a kabuki brush that is so soft to the touch you’ll be glad they came together. The palette on the left is the Mineral Eyeshadow Palette in “Copper Peach” which is so, so pretty and pairs up perfectly with my Endless Silky Eye Pencil in Bronzebeam which I reviewed here.  Review on the palette, soon.  Follow @pixibeautyPH and @pixibeauty on Instagram for more updates.

PIXI UK is also available at Ava.ph, seektheuniq.com, Pure Beauty boutiques (Serendra & Alabang Town Center), Commonthread Rockwell & Greenbelt 5, Plana Forma and select Snoe outlets.

Benefit’s NEW Balms | The Tints We Love Go Balmy

Benefit Cosmetics recently released tinted versions of what we all might recall as lip balms or lip butters.  The shades released for these lip balms are all drawn from the existing lip & cheek tints in the Benefit family.  They’re tenderly (not annoyingly) rose scented and come prettily packaged just like high-end lipsticks do.  Many people are immense fans of sheer tint and balmy formulas that aren’t sticky, if you’re one of them, these are for you.  I think I first saw Anna of Vivianna Does Makeup give a quick rave about these on YouTube over a month ago.  The Benefit team just sent over the whole balm range and I’ve had a go at testing and trying them out.

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“Benefit lip balms condition and hydrate lips with mango butter and sodium hyaluronate.” (rose scented) Php1000.00 from local Benefit Boutiques

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These lipgloss sticks or lip balms feel quite luxurious on the lips, but I’ll have to be honest, for the sheerness I do feel it is slightly overpriced at Php1000.00.  They’re great but…hmmm, I did expect more of a “Wow” factor swatching these and I sort of got the “wow” feel but not quite the visual “wow” I was hoping for.  Maybe that’s just because my lips are quite strong in color and I don’t get the payoff I personally expect to see, someone with paler lips would maybe.  I tried prepping my  reddish lips with concealer to take photos but the buttery balm would mix with the concealer and the shade wouldn’t show up true on camera so I decided to skip lip photos and show these to you in swatches instead.  They do smell nice though and feel awesome and comforting to put on.  These balms in texture don’t feel cheap on the lips and are very hydrating, they remind me of the Korres lip butters but in stick form.  The most pigmented shade of the lot and the one I like to go with is BeneBalm which is based on BeneTint’s rouge tint.  It makes my lips look like I’ve pressed them together all the time.

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The metallic lip balm packaging of these Benefit lip balms is well-made, all feel tightly assembled and not like they’re gonna come apart at one drop.  Any shade would make a lovely present for a girlfriend.  For evening occasions another possible use for these balms I just realized is when we’re wearing certain shades of lipstick our lips tend to feel dry later in the evening, topping up with one of these balms on top of the lipstick in the center of the lips (like Benebalm on red lipstick, chacha balm for peachy nude lipsticks e.g.) can add some comfort and moisture later in the evening when our lips are event-weary.  All balms are available now from Benefit boutiques locally for Php1000.00.  Follow @benefitbeautyph on Instagram for moreproduct and event updates for you Benebabes :).

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