In case you didn’t notice or hear about it, Bobbi Brown PH’s team have lovingly created the Bobbi Brown Gift of Glam Giveaway App via Facebook at this link here. The app is simple and well designed, just go to the link, make your wishlist, fill in your details and enter daily to check if you’ve won something (my friend, Shen, won something today), I didn’t win today, but I’ll sure be checking in tomorrow . It started yesterday (where was I, Alderaan? I must’ve been tired) and they’re accepting daily entries until December 16. Plus at the end of all that, there’s an even bigger prize for everyone who signed up.
Every signed in account is automatically listed for the raffle to win a final grand prize of Php10,000 worth of makeup separate from the daily prizes. Happy Holidays! Click here http://bbrwn.co/GiftofGlamPH to go to the Facebook app.
After around 2 hours of shooting and 8 hours of editing (I had to relearn Adobe Premiere to get exactly what I wanted) here it is, my Christmas Beauty Gift Guide featuring some items I’ve blogged about and some that I haven’t mentioned yet. I really wanted to fit in so much more, like smaller stocking-filler (cheaper) items but the video stretched to 15 minutes simply because I talk too much and haven’t got the hang of this yet, but thanks to some painstaking editing I think I did a pretty good job. By the way, I forgot to include the shampoos in this photo…who cares, lol (that’s how tired I am lol). These are photos, the video is at the bottom.
The selection is mid-range to high-end with a few bargains thrown in. Still contemplating on whether I should do the equivalent of a stocking-filler video (cute, cheap buys). Don’t judge me if I’m ugly on a freeze-frame…hahaha, (yewwww, shakes finger) anyone would be. I’ve personally always felt, in all honesty, that I am more “photogenic” and “real-agenic” (lol) than “telegenic”…but anyway the video isn’t about me, it’s about the stuff I’m presenting. I made it 15 minutes long since I rarely do videos anyway. Next time I’ll learn from these gurus amidst YouTube on how to fit everything in under 10 minutes and still sound sane . Enjoy my Christmas Beauty Gift Guide Video 2013 at this link or watch it embedded below . By the way this doesn’t have a giveaway, but yes I am thinking up a one-winner Christmas giveaway for you guys…hopefully I can fit it in before delivery becomes too difficult to manage .
It’s no surprise that everyone’s been blasting this white hot topic, yes, INGLOT cosmetics is now in Manila! First, I’d like to thank the INGLOT team for the trust and my fellow beauty blogger Martha Sta. Barbara aka The Beauty Junkee who is now also INGLOT’s Brand PR Consultant(you go, Girl!). Thanks for the opportunity to feature these wonderful products! INGLOT is a premium Polish cosmetic brand that exploded in popularity globally thanks to their professional formulas, mid-range pricing, their customizable palette system and hundreds of smooth colors to choose from. Their first flagship store launched in Glorietta 5, Makati yesterday. I’ll get this out quickly, the first thing that I wasn’t quite aware of about INGLOT cosmetics was how affordable the individual pans of product are, and actually even the empty palettes (considering the quality) super good value. That’s the first thing I wanted to mention because when you walk by an INGLOT store you get the impression that most of the products in there must be pretty expensive, well guess what, not all things are as they seem, however the system palettes themselves that hold the pans are the ones that are a bit pricier here than in the US (there system palettes are under Php1000, over here between Php1200-1400). I’ll tell you right now, the pan products themselves though are still more affordable than I first perceived, perhaps this Christmas it would be best to put a system palette that you can fill up on your wishlist.
To properly showcase how we bloggers felt when we arrived at the INGLOT boutique and were requested to choose what we liked check out this photo of Project Vanity’s Liz Lanuzo and My Lucid Intervals’ lovely Donnarence, LOL. In that moment I could completely and totally relate, where do we begin???? That and with Martha’s announcement that there was an Instagram contest with major freebies attached half of us nearly lost all orientation on what to do first LOL…I did my best not to .
Currently eyeshadow pans are rolling out for a maximum price of Php375 each, (not bad given the quality and size) and blush pans for about Php700 each. By the way, 95% of the products are manufactured in INGLOT’s very own factory in Poland (where you’re strictly required to cap your hair and suit up if you want to visit). So no need to presume that they’re affordable because they’re manufactured somewhere else, they’re not, they’re nearly all homegrown. I brought home a sizeable chunk of loot yesterday and am still pretty chuffed with the fact that I won the Instagram contest during the launch but before that let’s talk about the palette they initially gave us, the Freedom EB (5s) palette.
These were the shades I chose prior to winning the larger 10 slot palette. I didn’t go for “wearable neutrals” simply because I have so many neutral shades already. To tame my excitement and get organized in selecting at the launch I went for a theme after writing down a short list of shades. I decided to go for Peacock/bird of paradise colors, so this originally had gold instead of 450 a cranberry red, but hey, since it’s Christmas…I decided to go flip one for the season. By the way the palettes don’t come with numbers on them, I just numbered them with photo editing in case you were curious to know what shades I picked and also see the following combinations of palettes I made from my winnings.
Apart from taking home my complimentary smaller Freedom EB palette as a blogger for which I chose 3 eyeshadow shades and 1 blush I also brought home my contest prize which was the 10-slot Freedom palette and it was pre-filled as a bonus! Read more to check out all the different ways I shuffled up the shades and made different palette combinations, you’ll be able to sort of tell I ended up being like a kid with 2 new “Lego” sets. If you want to have even more fun you can play the “I’ve got my own brand” game and give your palettes cool names, just like I did after the jump. Click “more” to continue reading and check out the combinations I put together.
Okay, it’s time to present some luxury holiday items. I’ve never made a Bobbi Brown purchase for myself in my life, yup, that’s the truth. That changed last week when Rustan’s invited me to the relaunch of their beauty department in Makati. I never purposely avoided the brand, there was no particular reason I didn’t buy Bobbi Brown, I just always seemed to have something else on hand and the “stripe-y” design of their famous shimmer bricks didn’t appeal to me back then. Mom got me the duo pack of their gel eyeliners from an airline duty-free and that’s all I had until this year when the brand contacted me and now I get to try random bits of their stuff to review, this glam one though is an actual purchase . One factor in the past may have been the price, Bobbi Brown have come a long way and are now undoubtedly one of the world’s most luxe cosmetic brands. I’ll admit, I can’t afford their stuff on a regular basis. However know this, from product to packaging they don’t tend to disappoint. When I first set my eyes on this beautiful, GORGEOUS holiday 2013 offering, the Nude Glow Shimmer brick highlighter, even if I knew it was overpriced compared to abroad I still caved and what closed the sale was when I tried it on for the first time, and guess what it’s HANDMADE IN ITALY. Presenting the first half of my first Bobbi Brown purchases and also featuring the Soffia Opulence Soft Focus brush (premium grade goat hair, available this link, PUREBEAUTY & Sofa Retail Lab, Powerplant)which I used for soft sweeping application today, super soft bristles.
“Give the gift of “glow” with this limited-edition Shimmer Brick – sure to make faces light up instantly. A shimmering quartet of pearlescent colors highlight the skin for lit-from-within luminescence (think of it as candlelight in a compact). Each shade also doubles up as an eye shadow.” MADE IN ITALYPhp2,900.00, from Bobbi Brown counters and boutiques (Rustan’s The Beauty Source, SM Megamall)
Unlike its striped older sisters the Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Shimmer Brick is a quad, hence, YES, yes…you’re catching on quick, yup it’s also an eyeshadow palette, not just an all over glow giver so the high limited ed. price point (Php2900 yowch) has multiple value behind it.
You could say it isn’t miles away from MAC’s mineralize range (they wouldn’t mind, sister companies). With this what stood out completely for me was you could “GET THAT GLOW” without looking frosty, as someone who put up her review on the Bobbi Brown site said. I feel this is a smoother, luxuriously packaged, soft version of MAC’s Soft & Gentle MSF which is either not available or often sold out. Read more to see this highlighter applied on me and see how it also looks applied as eyeshadow .