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You Modern Mama You! | The Mother’s Day Edit 2015

Here’s a quick snap-up beauty edit for all the Moms who have laughed and ached with us, who have spurred us on to be the best.  I’ve handpicked a couple of faves that I feel are relevant for you amazing reproducing females, I’ve tried my best to make it a mix for mothers new and old alike.

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My mind cauldron had these attributes thrown in: practical, effective, youth-boosting, and desirable.  The inspiration of the post screams from this image, how can you not do a Mom feature centered on a washable, wipe-down H&M x Marge Simpson monogrammed pouch?  Click through to the full post to see what’s inside!


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That Shiseido Glow Enhancing Primer | Interpreting Spring With JM Dayao

I’m pretty proud of the spring makeup look I created under the direction of LAX/NYC pro photographer JM Dayao.  It’s nothing fancy, pretty basic but he was very happy with the work I did even if it was just for a workshop.  He taught a workshop last weekend and was very particular on how he wanted his foreign workshop models to look.  We both agreed that though there are a lot of talented makeup artists in this industry, the looks that are approved day in and day out in advertising often take shape into something too contrived.  When I reassured him I wanted to take the makeup direction towards New York City’s take on beautiful appearances peace spread on his face.  I understood that he was frustrated by the local makeup standard we often have no choice but to abide by because of what most people in this country are accustomed to seeing.  While it’s all good makeup (and there are some heavy looks I’ve seen that I love) there’s nothing like once in awhile challenging the industry status quo some of us MUAs abide by.

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On Saturday we completely did away with foundation nation, powder central,  coral pink lips, hair-raising graphic brows and contour, and did not use false eyelashes.  I thought of everything I had learned and I used my hands to work the base into the model’s skin.  I felt like I’d finally been set free to be the makeup artist I wanted to be.  This is one of the looks I did that a workshop attendee @gala_carlo posted.  This work of mine is a typical spring look JM requested.  It was a little tricky because the model had a moderate acne breakout on her cheeks and jaw, so I had to resort to target concealing properly.  I also had a secret ingredient for this look that I was way too excited to use.

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What you are seeing is basically Shiseido’s own version of the dewy agent classic MAC Strobe Cream, but I like this Glow Enhancing primer better.  The shiseido glow enhancing primer glides onto skin and stays a bit more emollient and silky on the surface, there is no detectable shimmer, no tint, and it can be used underneath, on top, or mixed into foundation.  I applied this glow enhancing primer with fingers on key areas of the model’s face on top of MAC Face and Body foundation in N1.  I’ve been using this primer a lot on myself as well, as a highlighter or for added radiance.  This gem’s price is Php1750 from Shiseido Counters in leading department stores nationwide.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Pixi UK Spring Into Summer 2015 Collection | First Impressions, Gosh that Glow Mist!

Deep breaths, now, deep breaths…I wasn’t sent the whole collection, but what I was sent by the Pixi PH team included what I was super excited for.  The Pixi UK “Spring Into Summer” cosmetic collection is now live for purchase on the Glamourbox site!  Here are a couple of goodies to get you revved.

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PIXI Cosmetics Spring Into Summer 2015 Collection

IN PHOTO: Pixi Glow Mist Php950, Pixi Brow Powder Palette Php750, Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensity Duo Brown Eye Php890, Pixi Lip Lift Max cooling gloss Php790 

 

NOT IN PHOTO: Palette Bronzette Summer Glow Php1600 (eyeshadow, blush, bronzer), Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist Php950, Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensity Duo Blue Eye Php890

I haven’t got a lot of time at the moment and the products I was sent won’t complete an entire look, so I’ll honestly but briefly go through each thing I was sent with my first impressions about my initial hands on experience.  Click through to see the full post.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Yves Rocher Bronzing Powder Duo in Dark Veil, In Memoriam | My Best Compact Bronzer…broke

A moment of silence for pieces that have shattered.  My purse dropped during my cousin’s wedding and to my dismay, my favorite makeup item inside broke (of course it had to be my favorite).  I don’t have a photo of the demise of my Yves Rocher Bronzing Powder duo, that’s too depressing to show, and no…it doesn’t work the same way across the skin with the pieces broken and the powder loose, it just doesn’t.  This is still my favorite matte compact bronzer and I’m all too game to repurchase it as soon as possible (just please be kind and leave one for me in stock lol).  It’s special ‘coz I’m hooked on the mild Yves Rocher skincare scent this matte bronzer has, it doesn’t have fallout and isn’t at all dusty so it applies like the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes which aren’t at all dusty, and it warms up the skin in the same way as Chanel’s Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Base (formerly known as Bronze Universelle) but in dry format.  Sigh.   Here’s to looking back and I’m also going to mention a few more Yves Rocher makeup bits.  It’s a very good mid-range price cosmetic brand.

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PRICE ESTIMATE: Php850-950 (based on conversion from $19 on US site) at Yves Rocher, SM Aura

“Enriched with smoothing Tiare flower extract, the ultra-soft texture of this Axe Solaire Bronzing Powder Duo comfortably adorns your complexion without ever drying out your skin. You can pick up, apply and blend it easily using a powder brush.

Unique features: this duo is comprised of two complementary shades that allow you to create a custom tan, perfect for your skin tone and the evolution of your tanning for a natural, sunkissed look. Your complexion is beautified, mattified and sculpted for the most natural tanned effect.”

The Plus: its economical and generous 20g size

Tested under dermatological supervision.  0.7 oz. Compact / 20 g

You won’t get sudden patchiness with this bronzer, it’s not chalky and has no fallout, as in zero fallout, it’s that sort of texture, unless you scratch it or tap it on top vigorously with a stippling brush…that is the only time it will it yield powder deposit that falls away.  It really is like a dry compact version of the Soleil Tan de Chanel one.  The shade I have is a perfect warm Terracotta-ish earthy tint that isn’t too orange for me…there are two colorways, this one, Dark Veil is the darker compact of the two or medium to deep skin, the lighter compact is Light Veil, a cooler bronze for fairer above medium skin.  The texture is like a pressed powder infused with skincare so it isn’t chalky or dry, the surface of the product begins to look a little strange once you begin using it a lot (like the powder begins to clot over on top, but that doesn’t mean it’s ruined, it just does that) but it doesn’t stop giving or depositing that sunkissed hue you need, it’s also great for daytime contouring.   Click to continue to the full post and see a few more Yves Rocher makeup bits.… To full post & COMMENTS...

POND’s Flawless White BB Cream SPF 30 | Photogenic Dupe for my Shiseido Hydrating BB Cream

This is practically the first POND’s review I have ever done, because this product gets a huge thumbs up from normal-to-sensitive-combo-skin me.  I put this review up quickly because it looks so good in photos, and I keep checking myself in the mirror ‘coz I’m pretty impressed I’m totally ignoring the fact that it’s a whitening product.  It just looks exceptionally good and photogenic on the face for a grocery and department store brand base.  It not sticky, not greasy and lifts the complexion when you put it on and I’m surprised the Light shade which looks a wrong sort of grey tone before application actually helps counteract sallow tones on my face (if we’re talking perfect shade I’m a blend of both shades but I like how Light lifts my face in appearance, but I mix a little bit of Beige in).  For normal skin gals, you won’t even need to set it with powder, maybe at the very least just have blot sheets handy this summer if you use this.

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“Looking for the best BB Cream*? The Pond’s Institute developed Pond’s Flawless White BB+ Cream (Php299.00)—a whitening cream and lightweight foundation in one—giving both skin care and makeup benefits. Use Pond’s BB+ Cream to achieve a flawless, no-makeup look.

Special Ingredient

GenActiv™

Two potent ingredients, Niacinamide and 12HSA, regulate the genes that control melanin production.

 

  • Compared to other BB Creams, it is less likely to cause pimples because it’s less sticky and helps control oil the whole day. No need to apply powder afterwards.
  • Compared to a CC Cream, it gives better coverage without the sticky feeling, aside from Pond’s expert skin care formula.

 

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I like Pond’s as a brand and all their efforts to bring new affordable products out, it’s just that my mareklamo face usually doesn’t do too well with a few of the other products they have that are scented, but like for example who doesn’t love their classic Cold Cream?  This BB Cream base is scented, but not heavily, I had to swatch, smell, and repeat to really spot how much fragrance was in there, not that much, thankfully.  Click to continue reading the full post and see high-definition photos of me wearing this product.… To full post & COMMENTS...

NEW Happy Skin InstaBeauty Blur Cream | Primer Foundation With Benefits

It’s a little funny, in a positive way, that booming local beauty brand Happy Skin first came out with their Silicone-Free foundation over a year ago and now they’re presenting one that offers the benefits of a silicone primer base and more.  It just proves they’re out to help everyone.  It’s true some people would rather live with less or no silicone in facial products but others who don’t react can benefit from it’s filling and smoothing properties.  This new product can be worn alone or under your makeup to help mattify and extend its staying power (sort of like what the brand Living Proof does for hair-styling) and also boasts some stable yet active age-defying ingredients to help keep the years at bay.  Presenting Happy Skin’s new Insta Beauty blur cream primer foundation which is basically a smoothing, mattifying silicone-based primer with a generous amount of tint.  This is waterproof-ish primer I was talking about that wouldn’t come off in my previous review of NEKKID Cleansing cream, all my makeup came off with the cleanse but the layer of this was left behind underneath and I had to use a makeup remover to finish the job.

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HAPPY SKIN InstaBeauty BLUR CREAM PRIMER FOUNDATION Php1299.00 click here to purchase (domestic & global shipping available)

“This unique primer foundation provides a light tint veil that corrects and blurs away skin imperfections. It refines large pores, fills in lines and wrinkles, and instantly mattifies, too! It contains the tried and tested anti-aging ingredients Retinol and Peptides to make skin plump and smooth. High penetrating Vitamin C helps boost the production of collagen. Super Vitamin E moisturizes & protects while this pre-makeup primer keeps makeup in place all day.” Happy Skin Cosmetics are also available at Plains & Prints outlets, Beauty Bar, and Rustan’s

An aunt of mine in her 40s (but looks like shes in her early 30s) a couple of months back was constantly getting fresh compliments about her makeup.  I love custom creation stories like hers.  She told me that based on the tips I gave her and videos I’d been sending she had personally created her own base routine which delivers a difference that works for her and she would diligently do it just with fingers.  She had begun blending Porefessional silicone primer together with another base or BB Cream she was using to create a blurred tinted base which looked like she had a fresh, shine-free yet radiant complexion with less visible wrinkles and pores.  She had steps when she told me this tale, how some areas of the face only received the primer and other areas the blend of her base with the primer.  Now this product here by Happy Skin could have technically been the birth-child of my Tita’s experiment, in reality it isn’t, but it is a very closely related makeup concept.  I believe if she knew this product existed (I haven’t told her yet) she’d be onto this item in a millisecond.  Click through to get the full post and see how it looks on my skin.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Create DIY Summer Sheet Masks | NIVEA Cleansing Wipes and Your Hydrating Mist

Between Lisa Eldridge’s sparking a storm with her Korean haul and Pat McGrath mentioning her staple mask selection for surviving fashion week it isn’t a wonder that sheet treatment masks are having quite a moment globally and they are more commonly an Asian find.  If you don’t know what a sheet mask is they’re packeted treatments for the face and are essentially what appears to be a wipe but are pre-cut to fit the face and juiced up with either a hydrating, rejuvenating, or serum treatment.  One of my first few features on this blog were Korean sheet masks which I tried with Mom.  The only thing that turns me off about sheet masks is I’m very particular about what goes on my face and sometimes even with the convenience of hundreds of variants sealed in large sachets to choose from…I’d like to know what’s on mine exactly since I break out easily with certain chemical combinations.  So I thought why not DIY my own using  my NIVEA Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes?

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NIVEA Gentle Cleansing Wipes are great for creating sheet masks for me because they’re alcohol-free, and contain almond oil, and Hydra IQ for added hydration, but you can jazz them up with your own toner/spray treatment.

(25 pcs. Alcohol-Free) w/ Natural Almond Oil & Hydra IQ Php140 “removes makeup and waterproof mascara”

I didn’t research on DIY sheet masks…the concept came suddenly (I’m sure not very originally, it’s a natural possibility that comes to mind looking at a face wipe), and eventually presented itself as something very obvious given the material of wipes.  My favorite wipes of the moment are the NIVEA Gentle Cleansing Wipes which I think, given that they’re alcohol-free and made for sensitive skin, would make very good summer sheet masks.

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These would be good when juiced up with either an After Sun spray or your favorite toner because truthfully no wipe is wet enough to be a sheet mask, they all need help to be something more.  This takes a bit of time and like me you might end up with a couple of wrong ones but trying to get it right for me became therapeutic, and unfolding them to see how off I was at first made me laugh.  It’s a laught trip thing to do with friends at the beach for example.  Click through to the full post to see how I did my DIY sheet mask.… To full post & COMMENTS...

CoverGirl TruBlend Translucent Pressed Powder | Close Drugstore Dupe for MAC MSF Natural

A decent compact setting powder (not powder foundation) that has just the right finish isn’t always an obvious choice at the drugstore or department store for me.  I’m super picky with powder texture which registers so obviously over my normal skin and I easily break out with allergies if the formula isn’t good enough.  I don’t refer to all, but there are some powders that suck which you still have to hunt through, honestly, lol.  Some are chalky, some are too heavy, the buttery ones break and the ones with the right finish have the wrong shades.  That’s why in the past I easily hit pan on my MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural compact (still the old packaging, they’ve updated) which ticked all the right boxes and that sadly has ultimately gotten more expensive.  Noticing that lifted yet subtle sheen on Marj Sia’s bare face at a luncheon last year (she claimed MAC MSF Natural was the only thing she had on her face that day) rekindled my desire for MAC MSF Natural’s lit from within translucent finish.  With summer around the corner I’m already counting the remaining cool days that I can still use my bases without the need to set them.  It is a niche sort of powder that one, translucent mineral powder with sheen baked into it, Hourglass deliver similarly with their ambient lighting powders.  All those are lovely because they set your summer base without totally killing its sheer natural finish with coverage.  Out of the blue, this TruBlend pressed powder which was sent to me by the CoverGirl team surprised me because lo, and behold, I got nearly the exact same effect from a drugstore product, MAC MSF has a tad bit more coverage.  There may be a nudge more super subtle glow in this one than MAC MSF Natural but I can hardly, as in hardly tell the difference.

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“Silky, smooth formula adapts to your skin tone for a natural, no-makeup look. Specially designed to work with the truBLEND Collection.”

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I have the CoverGirl TruBlend shade in #2 Translucent Light which matches my MAC MSF Natural one in Medium.  I also noticed if you look closely there is some detectable glint from the grains of MAC MSF, while in the CoverGirl swatch there doesn’t seem to be any, it’s more of a very light pearl sheen, translucent veil of color.  If I’m not mistaken I remember reading on the box (which I threw away last night, tsk lol) that it was also mineral based.  Note though, the powder texture in the compact to the touch of a finger isn’t convincing at first and is no smooth operator.  You may actually think just by touching it that it isn’t any good, ‘coz it isn’t soft it is in fact a little grainy to touch.  Regardless of what I think feels cheap it picks up well on a brush and deposits beautifully over my skin.  I can’t say the same for dry skin, you’d probably have to exfoliate and moisturize to be safe.  I like to apply this power with a duo fiber brush so it doesn’t pick up too much product.  If you’d like to pick up more product use a more dense buffing brush like a kabuki.  Click through to see the full post and me wearing this over a sheer BB cream base.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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