Before I get to Bad Gal WP just wanted to share, I’m sure some of you probably wondered why I haven’t reviewed Benefit’s OTHER super popular They’re Real Mascara. That one is a marvelous lengthening big lashes sort of mascara but I have one huge peeve regarding it, it doesn’t hold curl or give curl for girls with straight lashes especially in a country as humid as ours. They’re Real mascara works superbly for girls of Indian, Latin, or Afro descent who already have curled lashes because it gives them definition, bigness, and length, but if you’re like me with stick straight lashes it’s a no-lift story. Sorry to my Benebabe friends over at Benefit, I’m being HONEST JULIA here, I know you’re like super promoting They’re Real, but other than providing volume and length it doesn’t work for me in the curl department, there I’ve said it. I still encourage girls to try it because for some girls it works really well and they like it, but for me it doesn’t work as well. I set up to shoot and review They’re Real in the past TWICE, and after curling my lashes on both occasions and applying the mascara, the product would uncurl my lashes even before I could take a decent snapshot and I ended up giving up and wiping it off. Check how the same thing happened to my friend, Liz of Project Vanity when she tried They’re Real here. Here’s what I totally, TOTALLY don’t understand, must be a global marketing restraint thing, why doesn’t Benefit locally promote an even better mascara I totally overlooked in their stores, which is Benefit’s BAD GAL WATERPROOF Mascara, take note, yes, the waterproof variant. It’s the same price as They’re Real and sales are sales, right? This mascara is…according to ME…THE BOMB because lashes totally go BOOM without looking crispy. This so far is my TOP choice for a high end (Php1200) mascara, it’s the same price as They’re Real but for me is even better. The tube is delightfully more chic and as slim as a fine cigar.
The wand is I think also partly the key to why this mascara is great, it’s got a similar shape and size to the They’re Real wand but it uses traditional densely packed bristles to coat lashes.
HELLO??!!? See my point? Big, black, bold volume and EVEN some added length. Check the huge difference on my bottom lashes, too, in the before & after shot.
I didn’t use as much of the mascara here, but it’s nice to know you can choose to layer it sparingly or more generously. You can still sort of see from this mobile photo that in spite of dark eyeliner the lashes are still noticeable.
I just…gee, I don’t even need to say too much, the pictures say it all and that curl I’m boasting in the profile shot is still going strong as I type this and they don’t feel crispy. This mascara even makes my lashes feel as soft as they do when I’m using Maybelline’s Full N’ Soft Mascara. Remember, any mascara’s waterproof variant is usually the more dependable when it comes to curl hold because usually waterproof mascaras contain more tar (remember what Noah used to waterproof the ark? Yup…). I’m not even sure if the regular Bad Gal variant will be as fabulous as this waterproof version when it comes to curl hold. Some people don’t like waterproof mascaras because they can be a pain in the butt to remove, but I’m the sort of person who cannot part with eternal curl and would rather make an effort to remove it when the day is done than have stick straight lashes that might smudge. Benefit Bad Gal Waterproof mascara is available at Benefit boutiques for Php1200. This was my personal take away purchase after teaching two full-house workshop batches for Benefit Cosmetics at Greenbelt 5 yesterday. Once in awhile, for variety, girls like to try high-end mascaras, you may want to give this a go. Don’t just take my word for it, bring your own lash curler and test this mascara in-store and spend the day at the mall to see how it works for you.
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.