Ellana Minerals posted this approximately 20 hours ago on their Facebook page, leave a comment at this link and mention what your favorite Ellana Minerals product is which you would like to win and be one of 5 winners of the giveaway. My favorite products are Ellana’s loose or pressed mineral powder foundation and their blush duo in Kitten/Peach passion. The giveaway ends one week from today. Like Ellana Minerals FB and join the giveaway here or click on the image below.
When I first laid eyes on previews of the Clinique Cheek Pop cream blush compacts last year time stood still for me and I stared, and wondered, and hoped. The cream blushes molded with gerber daisies in full bloom were just too cute to ignore. The first press images of these blush compacts set off time lapse clips of flowers blooming in my head. I’m still staring.
Developed with a patented, breakthrough technology, CLINIQUE Cheek Pop’s innovative formula begins as a smooth liquid which is then transformed through a slow baking process into a completely new distinct powder finish that’s lightweight in texture and silky smooth to the touch. Php1395 from CLINIQUE Counters March 2014, available in Ginger Pop (above), Peach Pop, Berry Pop, and Plum Pop
They’re so pretty I’m almost ignoring the peeve that they come mirrorless, yes they’re that attractive. It’s kind of still surreal to me that I was sent a preview compact in “Ginger Pop” (a wearable, more peach-ish than pink shade). Clinique Cheek Pop stock will hit local counters this March for about Php1395. Dreaminess. Read more for the full review. (more…)
Pixi was one of the first affordable brands in the UK I ever blogged about and they are now here in Manila via Glamourbox and various Snoe outlets! The cosmetic brand was founded by Swedish professional makeup artist Petra Strand and her sister who is a world-class skincare therapist consults and produces for the skincare range. The brand’s Pixi Skin Treats Glow Tonic toner is a Caroline Hirons’ approved one which flew off shelves when she mentioned how the fruit enzyme exfoliating action of the toner agreed with her as a budget option. She mentioned it on her YouTube BodyTalk session with Pixiwoo, though I doubt they’re bringing the actual skincare range in, I wish they would. For now it’s mostly about their makeup which, for teens and thrifty beauty enthusiasts, should be exciting!
STUFF THEY SENT ME – Pixi Eye Bright Kit, Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm (Lip Crayon), Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel in “Flushed,and Pixi Eye Bright Liner No.1 “Nude”, these are items from their permanent line. I will be handpicking a couple of these for standalone reviews :) I just got a bit of buzz…heard they may be bringing in part of the spring collection soon!
PIXI UK cosmetics are currently AVAILABLE through Glamourbox.ph and these outlets:
Snoe Robinson’s Galleria, Snoe Robinson’s Dasmarinas, Snoe Market Market Taguig, Snoe SM Hypermart Pasig, Snoe SM Valenzuela, Snoe SM North Edsa, Snoe SM Sucat, Snoe SM Muntinlupa, Snoe SM Sta. Rosa, Snoe SM Center Las Pinas
Select stuff available at http://www.seektheuniq.com/.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PixiBeautyPH, Twitter: @PixiBeautyPH, Instagram: @PixiBeautyPH
This box was sent to me directly from Team Pixi PH, so thankful. Pixi is one of the rare high-quality niche budget brands that pro makeup artists like Lisa Eldridge and Sam & Nic Chapman (aka Pixiwoo) have featured in their early tutorials online at the cusp of YouTube fame. For now selected Pixi products are available through Glamourbox, many Snoe outlets in certain locations listed above and a stockist or 2. I shall review a few of these soon!
This is late I know, so sorry! However late it is here! Happy Valentine’s day, my beloved readers, whether you are attached or not you are loved. If the tardiness of this post has really taken its toll you can reserve the use of these for any special daytime occasion. I’ve handpicked some of my current Valentine favorites that I thought would be splendid for a day out and I’ve done a fresh rosy look, too.
Revlon Colorstay Matte & Lacquer Balms - The Kissable Balm range is being integrated with a new name, the Colorburst Balm crayons now also come in two new finishes, matte and lacquer.
Calchews Calcium Soft Chews in Chocolate – Getting your calcium fix doesn’t have to be boring, chocolate Calchews are my fave because they taste like Tootsie Roll(Note: Not to be consumed like candy. Take ONCE a day only, also not sugarfree.) Get some here from Sampleroom.ph!
Ellana Pressed Blush Duo in Kitten/Peach Passion – Get rosy pink or pretty in peach with the blush duo I use by Ellana! Available here with a 5% discount
L’Oreal True Match BB Cream SPF35 PA++ – This BB Cream by L’Oreal leaves a fresh non-sticky radiant finish behind, I didn’t detect any shimmer plus you get decent SPF protection. The only downside is the lady said there was only one shade available locally which more or less matches my MAC NC30-35 skin shade, but in India 3 shades of this are available.
Clinique All About Shadow Duo in Uptown/Downtown - A simple no fuss eyeshadow duo of a nearly white baby pink and a slate grey, the camera didn’t pink up the pink on my eyelids but it made a great all-over lid wash that gave my eyes a fresh boost.
Revlon Lash Potion Mascara(Waterproof) - This has a wand and formula that magically gives you fluttery romantic lashes, no spell required.
Benefit Bathina Fragrant Body Oil – Seriously, if you want to smell like an “inviting” bombshell this is the delicately pretty scent you should have on.
Aeropostale Live Love and Dream Fragrance – If you want a fresh, fruity and bright scent that sort of leans towards that “Jamba Juice” sort of freshness, this is great!
VDL Nail Polish – I love this nail polish range mainly because other than the fact that they have a whole array of shades those luscious lip-shaped bottles are too cute to throw away!
MUJI Travel Lash Curler (clear for personal use) – I doubted this when I saw it in store, but the saleslady gave me one to try and it worked for me, instant curl without getting pinched at the corners. It takes a bit of practice but you get big noticeable curl with it and it’s so much more portable. (Note: I don’t recommend it for professional use, it’s great to use on yourself but not to use on someone else. May work for certain eye shapes better than others, ask to test one before buying)
The only product I didn’t mention is what I used on my brows and I didn’t bother since it was a limited edition Riri pencil by MAC. The Revlon Colorstay Matte Balm I have on is in the shade Elusive I love that they pack a punch of color and are comfortable to wear. The new matte and lacquer finishes aren’t as longwearing as the original Revlon Kissable Balm stains but they wear away beautifully and are super quick to retouch. I didn’t use setting powder but if you’re oily you may want to powder the T-zone or bring blot sheets along. That’s my Day Out Valentine Edit, would you have added anything? I didn’t want to overdo the list. Many of these are in for upcoming individual reviews. Watch out for those. Of course to ADD to this Day Out edit my mother suddenly came home with these, if you haven’t noticed these boxes of extra large cut personalized brownies by Cafe Mary Grace are selling fast almost everywhere in the Metro after photos of them spread like wildfire on Instagram a few days ago.
These yummy brownies are suddenly all the rage since people started posted photos of them online and everyone knows how good Cafe Mary Grace’s tiny regular brownies are to begin with. They’re flying off shelves at Php280 per box.
When Revlon met with me and handed me this delightful drugstore bronzer I looked it over and thought “Finally, finally…a MATTE mid-range priced one and it’s the right sort of terracotta shade”.
REVLON Photoready Bronzer is on the Revlon website however the U.S. site has no info posted on it (strange), but it’s there. It comes in one colorway “100 Bronzed & Chic” It retails at about $10.00 in Walgreens, but over here there’s an obvious “hike” at Php975.00.
I still have to understand why it’s practically double the price over here, but it’s certainly the best drugstore bronzer I’ve spotted so far. I’ve exaggerated the intensity of the application so that you see the true tone of it…I’d probably wear it slightly lighter. It can basically act as contour or like a “blonzer” for oriental skin, a good all-around shader. It hugely reminds me of Guerlain’s 4 Seasons Terracotta compact bronzer. Read “more” to get the full review, see swatches and photos in non-direct light plus a before and after application shot.