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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.


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Happy Skin Beauty in Bloom S/S 2015 Collection | Lip & Cheek Mousse Duo, Blush Duo, and a Mascara!

Though we’ve got a summer that blazes like no other we still like to vicariously live through the west’s celebration of the arrival of spring.  The welcoming of spring awakens all things dead, like my feed for example, which has been for nearly two weeks thanks to BIR duties, LOL.  I can hardly believe it’s been exactly a year since I landed in the US last year *stare-into-space-moment* and we’re back.

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Get Cheeky With Me Beauty in Bloom 2-in-1 Blush
PHP 799.00
Eye Am The One Holy Grail Mascara
PHP 899.00
Shut Up & Kiss Me Lip & Cheek Mousse Beauty in Bloom Duo
PHP 1,199.00

Happy Skin never ceases to delight by gathering the girls together once again for the launch of a new collection, their second summer yet first spring season inclusive Collection which has 2 crayon lippies (we weren’t given the crayons at the launch), 2 lip & cheek mousses, and a new blush duo sure to perk up those cheeks.  With this limited Beauty in Bloom edition collection they have also released a new mascara!

 

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Beauty in Bloom is a bright spring/summer collection that does also include two very wearable Shut Up and Kiss Me Lippie crayons (which at the moment I don’t have, here I’m wearing a lip mousse) in the new lippie shades Hold My Hand and Bride-to-Be viewable and available for purchase here.  Click through to the full post to get my thoughts on the products and see more photos of me wearing this collection.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Wet N Wild Megaplump Waterproof Mascara | My Lashes But Better at Php399

I need another waterproof mascara like I need a hole in my head, unless the 4-month turnover period comes around when it’s time to ditch one you’ve got for hygiene’s sake.  Is it just me or is it getting really depressing that local drugstore mascaras have exceeded the Php499 mark more often than not?  I probably wouldn’t mind if we had the variety of delivering mascara ranges that the US and UK are getting, not to mention the obvious quality.  What’s tricky to find is a waterproof one that holds curl at a lower price mark.  Well I found a better priced one at Php399 while at METRO department store the other day and it meets the criteria of what I was looking for and what some asked me to find and share.  They hoped this existed, an affordable non-clumpy mascara that does the job, holds curl, but looks less like…well, mascara when you put it on.  Seriously, the missions people give me in life…LOL.  And so they cried “Kill crispy and turn on wispy…”.

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The wand sports a standard mascara brush which I prefer for separating and defining my lashes.  The effect though is pretty close to L’Oreal’s Telescopic mascara range, just with less volume. In my opinion, Wet N Wild’s Megaplump Waterproof Mascara is misnamed…because Megaplumping isn’t what it does really.  The pack it came in claims “3x Volume”.  Nope, sorry.  It’s not a volumizing mascara as much as it is a lengthening curl mascara that gives you big defined lashes. What you have is sort of a “my-lashes-but-better” waterproof mascara that majorly holds a curl, gives moderate boldness and a more feathery looking awning for your eyes.  Layer it on and you get defining impact.  I layered the mascara a meticulous 2x because I like to do that.  Tip for defining using drugstore mascara is to turn the wand vertical and comb through any segments that need more separation from the roots up.  I might be kinda surprised if this before-and-after comparison doesn’t impress you, even a little bit.

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I tested Wet N Wild Megaplump Waterproof overnight as well.  For the love of discovery I slept in it and I woke up and it still looked like this.  There was no smudging, just a few stray black particles at the corner of my eye and the curl was still intact. 

My brother gave the look a thumbs up when I asked.  It doesn’t look unbelievably black but you still get that impact somehow (especially if you’ve curled your lashes well).  It’s also great on the lower lashes.  In this Wet N Wild Megaplump mascara I found the full tube I was hoping to find of a formula that matched the #2 end of Cover Girl’s Bombshell Mascara Duo.  Not a bad find I think.  If I feel like wearing something less BOLD but lifts my look regardless, I’ll certainly reach for this again, soon.… To full post & COMMENTS...

What’s in Her Bag?| TRICIA CENTENERA Wears Beauty

Behold, Tricia Centenera cometh.  Soon to be crowned queen to YouTube’s Super Selfie King, Gabriel Valenciano, this Downunder-grown Filipina babe walks her line and evokes her own strain of effortless glamour.

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There’s a sensitive difference between countless fashion wannabes who throw on every “it” piece together and others who make limited style declarations and let their appearance speak for itself.  Tricia is of the regal latter, she’s a beautiful creature who knows what she likes, seals her lips with a smile, and wears it all well.  Since she has a knack for fashion and wardrobe pieces that stand out her makeup is more often than not very wearable and she has her own menu of what works for her.  Click through to the full post to find out what’s in her beauty bag.… To full post & COMMENTS...

TRAVEL TRILOGY Trip 1 | BOHOL and tag-along beauty…

Like I said in one of my Instagram captions.  The whole world has a major crush on Philippine shores.

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The first beach trip of the year was fine because Bohol remains pristine no matter what seems to happen.  I say fine because we had two days of rain which took the middle chunk of our stay but I shot the only two days of sun we had, the day we arrived and the day we left LOL.  What a tease of a trip weather-wise, my brother’s flight was cancelled, but the days with sun were gorgeous.  I just want to take you guys to places with me through a handful of posts…in some way, not challenging Lonely Planet’s info powers to any degree, mind you, promise.  As many of my Instagram followers already know, I was in Bohol for my Dad’s 70th.  It isn’t our home province but my parents have a couple of friends who own a resort, and so do I but note please, no one asked me to write this.  I just wanted to.

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BEAUTY NOTE: The subtle-but-makes-a-diff highlight across my cheekbone is thanks to a tiny tube sample of LAURA MERCIER Radiance primer, a new fave.  Swimwear provided by @roxyPH

To side-step for a moment, Boracay, another beach which is a well-known Philippine resort hub, is fun and scenic in strategic areas, with incomparable silky white sand shorelines and aquamarine water, but to be honest…and everyone can be honest about it, I get the feeling it hasn’t been maintained and preserved well enough.  I hope somehow we can find a balance between commerce and eco-tourism for that well-loved place which brings so many people together.  Bohol, on the other hand, while it may not be the spot-on place for young people thirsty for a bar-hopping or isle-clubbing rendezvous or endless aqua sports, it is still today home to quite clean shores (they get more debris and the odd piece of trash after storms) and crystal-clear sea water with lots of marine life…which is a sign.

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BOHOL BEACH CLUB, Panglao

Foreigners and locals alike will always find respite here and breathtaking surroundings exist for divers as well, especially in Panglao.  Despite the recent earthquake Bohol has pulled itself together quite well.  By the way, I’ve included the toiletries I chose to pack and makeup as well but chose to lay off the in-depth description and just listed the products :).

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THE SKINCARE, clockwise (sort of lol) : Yves Rocher Micellar Cleansing Water (Toning Makeup remover),Terramycin Triple antibiotic ointment, VICKS Vaporub (coz I was still raspy), Glamglow mask sachet (didn’t get to use it but saving it for the next trip), Daylong (by Cetaphil) After Sun Repair Lotion, Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Defense SPF45, Bioderma Cicabio Creme (every morning before SPF), Daylong (by Cetaphil) Kids SPF50 Face and Body sunscreen lotion (fragrance-free, very water resistant), Hygienix alcohol hand spray, Le Labo Rose 31 Shower Gel and Shampoo (from Fairmont Hotel, the conditioner is gone because it was awesome the moment I tried it at the hotel), Kiehl’s Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment, Avene Gentle Milk Cleanser (according to Mom it’s sold out in many places but a kind saleslady gave her deluxe samples.)

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 THE MAKEUP, clockwise: Pixi Bronzer in Subtly Suntouched, Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pencil in “BronzeBeam”, K-Palette Real Lasting Eyebrow Mascara, Physician’s Formula Black Waterproof Eyeliner, REVLON Colorstay Automatic Lipliner in “Mauve” (best drugstore brand lipliner for me), Marionnaud #37 Eyes crease brush (currently my best Php78 eye brush for blending my Pixi pencils and Laura Mercier caviar sticks over my lids as eyeshadows, great for hooded eyes), NARS #3 blending brush travel size (came w/ NARS And God Created the Woman Eyeshadow kit), Soffia flat top angled kabuki, Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Edge Meister Waterproof mascara (pink butterflies), Tarte Maracuja Oil deluxe sample (my only hair product and helps with stubborn mascara), Maybelline Instant Age Rewind the Eraser undereye concealer (from Duane Reade, NYC), Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free SPF 20, MAC Face and Body foundation (C2 for NC30), MAC All That Glitters eyeshadow, Benefit BeneBalm, Laneige Waterdrop TintKevyn Aucoin Lash Curler, Tweezers, Happy Skin PH Eye Love View EyeBrow Duo (Pen and Pencil), Laura Mercier Radiance Primer, Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Cocoa, Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Heftiest Hibiscus, Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Caramel, and HURRAW! Earl Grey Vegan Lip Balm

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“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
C.S. Lewis

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My Top 10 Personal Makeup Picks 2014

Here’s the first wave and naturally, I cheated a little bit ‘coz there aren’t exactly only 10 items.  Some tied with others. If you notice I entitled this post “Personal Makeup Picks” meaning these are the items I use the most for myself.  I’m still contemplating whether I should do a “Pro Makeup Picks” list in addition to my “Bath, Body, and Skincare Picks”.  Let me know in the Disqus comments if you’d like me to put up a pro list as well.

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There are one or two items that tied off in the process because either I wanted to mention a cheaper alternative that I use just as much or they address the same facial feature but just in a different color.  If you factor in optional substitution it generally is my top 10 line up for last year.  They’re not ranked according to number, each are what I feel are the best for me in the purpose they serve.  Click Read More to see the full post, my top 10 makeup lineup with my thoughts.… To full post & COMMENTS...

My Selfie Secret is Out (Plus A Contest) | Freshlook Colorblend Lenses in PURE HAZEL

I’ve been asked a number of times now about what colored contact lenses I use when I’m out and about.  In fact the first person who ever specifically noticed my contact lenses when I first began wearing them was my first cousin, Gab V., two years ago at his older brother’s wedding.  I first asked him if I looked okay or if I overdid my makeup as a bridesmaid.  He said “You look nice, your eyes…wait, are you wearing contacts?” I confessed LOL and he smiled and said back to me ” ‘Coz if you are they’re nice, it’s not like whoa those other scary contacts…it makes a  difference but it looks like your eyes pa rin, enhanced lang.”  I really strained my brain for the exact words he said without imagining or exaggerating and that’s as close as I remember.  I’m so glad I can finally get the word out on what colored lenses I use, sorry it took so long, I know so many of you have been asking.  I constantly repurchase Freshlook’s Colorblend enhancers in PURE HAZEL which is like a blond brown that merges with my eye color for a believable wearable effect.  I simply must not wear glasses at events and I attend quite a handful so I wear contacts (because my grade is high and different for left and right.  The effect of these made me bother to once again wear a pair frequently.

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Freshlook PH have an ongoing contest until January 15, 2015 where you can win a 3-month supply of Freshlook color contact lenses and an Instax Mini 8 camera!  To join and get a chance to win you must upload a selfie on Facebook, Twitter, OR Instagram (any of the 3 platforms) and mention in the caption why Freshlook is your “selfie secret”.  Don’t forget to tag the coordinators @FreshlookPh and @TeamInstaxPh and use the hashtags #FreshlookSelfie #FreshlookPh

You may recall this overly used “no makeup” makeup selfie of mine (yes it is a DSLR selfie, with both arms) which turned out quite successful as a profile image.  I snapped myself before running out the door to leave the house, not realizing I had taken a very good photo with natural light, LOL, and it is an actual selfie.  For an instant “Fresh Look” I just pop in my colorblends, curl my lashes like a pro and load them up with a non-clumping, waterproof mascara (both top and bottom)…BAM…eyes to mesmerize.

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PS MECHANICS: Freshlook PH have an ongoing contest until January 15, 2015 where you can win a 3-month supply of Freshlook color contact lenses and an Instax Mini 8 camera!  To join and get a chance to win you must upload a selfie on Facebook, Twitter, OR Instagram (any of the 3 platforms) and say why Freshlook is your “selfie secret”.  Don’t forget to tag the coordinators @FreshlookPh and @TeamInstaxPh and use the hashtags #FreshlookSelfie #FreshlookPhTo full post & COMMENTS...

Laneige Sparkling Party Holiday Collection 2014

I haven’t been turned on by a good holiday set in ages, that’s until Laneige global Korean makeup artist Cat Koh demonstrated the use of this particularly fabulous one with glee.  I saw, I liked, they gave and that was that.

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LANEIGE SPARKLING PARTY HOLIDAY SET 2014 (Php 1650.00) available at SM Aura, Robinsons Magnolia and other branches.

FROM LEFT: LANEIGE Water Drop Tints in “Neon Pink”, and “Raspberry Pink”, Nail Glitter Polish in “Golden Bubble” and “Pink Wine”, and Sparkling Dust eyeshadow duo in “Pink Dust” and “Gold Dust.”

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Happy Day since it is limited edition (while supplies last, and they only brought in a little over a hundred of these…or so they say)!  Seriously pretty and exquisitely done rosy sparkle is about to float your boat, and the packaging…sigh.  Click Read More and see for yourself!  You’ll also see close up photos of me trying these out.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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