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The MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Sculpt Range

“IMMA FINISH BY MIDNIGHT” says the author of this post on Snapchat.  Great, now I’m stressed, I gave myself 25 minutes left to tell you bits and bobs about MAKE UP FOR EVER’s new Pro Sculpt range.  I certainly won’t make it before midnight (after midnight disclaimer right there).  You’ll also have to pardon my severely chipped nails.

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In a nutshell, the brow item is everything one needs for a precise natural brow and then some (with a waxier texture, a spoolie brush, and a highlight sponge bulb in the middle), the contour and color kit just works, and they were thoughtful to do both brow and face kits in several colorway intensities (4-5 shades for brow and contour items) according to depth of skin hue.  The lipstick item I specifically left out for separate review because the one they gave me was red (items above were at the event).  I also include gossmakeupartist’s video tutorial for the use of the palette at the end of the post.  Read on to see me try on the palette and brow pencil.

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HOT VALENTINE Beauty Giveaway 2016 | Nationwide Until FEB.10

We had the Thanksgiving giveaway last year and I had the pleasure of personally delivering the loot to the winner Rafflecopter chose for the first time.  She was really happy and I was pleasantly surprised because she was pregnant!  I know I’ve said this more than once but this Hot Valentine Giveaway is by far one of my most exciting giveaways yet.  A couple of the prizes are items that are so good they’ll make you wonder why I’m giving them away.  Just to be clear, the contents of these pouches are not just Sleek and Happy Skin products.  I always first take my share of the products to review or use to honor the brands.  Both pouches are jam-packed with so many different brands for this giveaway.  I mainly chose these pouches because they’re so well made.  Both these pouches of skincare and makeup will go to one winner.  To join the giveaway you can enlist in the Rafflecopter widget at the end, but first…see an overview of the goodies!

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BRANDS INCLUDED: Benefit Cosmetics, Sleek Cosmetics, Maybelline, Nuxe, Shiseido, Mario Badescu, K-Palette, Leaders Skincare, LUSH, Belo, Pond’s L’Occitane, L’Oreal, Tony Moly, Happy Skin Cosmetics, Santee, Pixi by Petra, L’Oreal, Revlon.

The contents of these pouches are divided into skincare and makeup items.  Read on to get a closer look at the complete list of loot and proceed to the Rafflecopter widget.

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THE POWER OF POWDER REVIEW & VIDEO DEMO

Powder is a local cosmetic favorite here in the Philippines.  It is by far the base of choice for many women on the go in humid, tropical countries especially for some with little or no makeup skills.  Some are just in for the bare minimum and don’t want a shiny T-zone while others choose to cover a multitude of sins.

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To some of you, and I do understand, liquid seems lethal and powder is just…easy.  However, it’s just as easy to get powder wrong especially in the shade department.  Pick a powder in the wrong shade and you’ve done yourself in.  Choosing your spot on shade is the first step in the right direction with powder bases.  Today, I want to share three of my favorite locally available powder products.  Read on to see how these powder products look when worn and watch the video demo I made to show how I apply them.

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Happy Skin Zz Cream SPF20 | Natural Coverage Rediscovered

I’ve blogged about Filipino brand Happy Skin’s Zz cream about over a year and a half ago in 2014, it was the base I kept reaching for then for several weeks.  Then of course an influx of more press samples to try flowed in, and I forgot just how great this light to medium coverage base product was.  What I like is that for a MAC NC30 shade girl like me, this tone is spot on.  That’s the only caveat, is the Happy Skin Zz Cream comes in just one arguably medium to fair universal shade.  Happy to report that in my case it’s a match.

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“This non-silicone foundation does not clog pores and is infused with Grapefruit Extract. Rich in antioxidants, grapefruit is touted as the new skin care secret. It effectively prevents skin acne and sebum oxidation, the trigger that starts pimples. It keeps troubled skin soft & supple, too. Wonder food Yoghurt Extract treats and minimizes the growth of acne bumps & plugs, and also serves as a skin brightener helping lighten scars & blemishes. Licorice Stem & Root Extracts act as anti-irritants that help reduce redness & irritation, thanks to their anti-inflammatory and skin soothing properties. Salicylic Acid helps exfoliate pores and eliminate the clogging residue that causes breakouts. This contains SPF 20 PA++ and is suitable for all skin types especially blemished skin.” – HAPPY SKIN COSMETICS Zz Cream, Php1299.00 purchase here

I like that it’s got more cling than slip to it, it takes a bit more working into the skin with fingers, I prefer fingers to a brush for  applying this sort of base.  The coverage is light to medium with a healthy, not shimmery sort of glow.  It reminds me of a more lightweight version of Clinique’s Even Better Foundation which I really like.  Kind of like the tinted moisturizer version of the Clinique Even Better range.

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Just Happy Skin Zz Cream on right, no concealer, no setting powder on the face except for a little sweep under the eyes and a tap of NARS Madly blush on the apples of the cheeks.

Happy Skin supplied me with a new tube of their Zit Zapping Cream Foundation (for acne-prone and sensitive skin) and for the last 3 days I’ve been really loving it again.  I’ve also observed things I hadn’t before.  This time I also took photos of how it looks on me at night.  Read on to see it all.

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THE PARENTS DO HAKUHODO

So, while lazing about in bed in my apartment this morning and after a couple minutes of chatting, a Viber note dropped in from the land of the rising sun…with this photo of Dad pointing to the Hakuhodo makeup brush boutique sign of either their flagship store in maybe Minami Aoyama, Tokyo or Ginza, still need to confirm which one.  These photos are care of Mom, an excellent editor in her own right.  I asked for one wide shot of the shop, but of course, she took like 7 or 8 photos all around the store, salesladies included.

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What I know of the particular branch of Hakuhod0 in Minami Aoyama is that it hosts the widest selection of the highly acclaimed premium artisan brush range.  I’m pretty sure they went to that branch because this photo by Mom looks almost exactly like the Minami Aoyama photo on their webpage. Read on.

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GOLDEN GLOBES 2016 Red Carpet | My Best Five in Beauty

I didn’t catch the live telecast of this year’s Golden Globes, but annual A-list award shows always excite me because of the idea of how many production people are involved in serving and grooming the talents from head to toe.  To see the finished product is really exciting.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Rooney Mara attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 10: Actress Rooney Mara attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

I caught up with some research and browsing of the event online and thought I’d do a round up of my best 5 in beauty among the ladies, with some behind the scenes beauty scoop thrown in.  For the most part, I found out who did their faces, and for a couple I managed to Sherlock some of the products.  Of course photo sources will be cited at the end and the ladies are not mentioned in order of rank, they’re all beautiful in a different way.  Read on…

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