Whoever thought a NEW Filipina cosmetic brand like Happy Skin could make the world-class waves that they have in just one year? I never would have guessed that Happy Skin would be able to penetrate the market this relentlessly and in the most positive way. A year has gone by and we celebrated at Vanilla Cupcake Bakery yesterday, we who have stood by them, offered support, and watched them grow are prouder than ever. Congratulations, Jacqe Yuengtian-Gutierrez and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, we continue to stand by you! Happy Skin’s online store at HappySkinCosmetics.com by the way is now officially operational WORLDWIDE. Mabuhay ang mga Pinay!
Here’s a sneak peek at some of their new stuff with full reviews to follow
Many I’m sure did not have the slightest suspicion early on that a Pinay beauty brand would ever so suddenly and FINALLY give Filipino women what they deserve, a range of better cosmetics manufactured with close supervision that give payoff and safer formulas. I’m already making the positive comparison between them and Bourjois, the well-loved French drugstore brand, we’ve got our own brand that stands at par and it is Happy Skin! Congratulations, girls. Can’t wait to take pictures and show my readers your new items!!
I actually don’t immediately go for brights when it comes to cosmetics, but I couldn’t resist playing with the formulas by Korean brand Color Bucket when Luxola gave me a few items to try last week. I was particularly blown away by the bright blue Flash Pop Up Geller automatic eyeliner. Teens should go straight for the excellent bright eyeliners, they do not disappoint at all. Thank you LUXOLA.com for the opportunity to try these. The bright blue eyeliner is going straight into my pro-kit for a test shoot with models this Wednesday! I seriously plan to get the other shades in the bright range since the prices are quite affordable. I was also sent an emerald green glittery version of the pop-up geller pencils, which might be put to good use this coming holiday season. By the way the Luxola team were kind enough to provide me with a special STOREWIDE discount code for my readers to avail of! Enter discount/promotion code LX-JULIAA at the Luxola.com online checkout so you can enjoy 20% off your LUXOLA storewide purchase (not just for Colorbucket). This code is valid till September 30, 2014! If I were you I’d start Christmas shoppin’ for the gals using that code!
“Color Bucket brings to you the most amazing collection of beauty and skin care products around the globe. The vast product line by Color Bucket includes lip flash jams, hair crayons, eye sebums, lip sticks and much more. These wonderful and quirky products help you in easily pulling off the trendiest and bold looks you always wanted. With these top quality products made available to you by Color Bucket in Philippines you can now try all the new, cool looks with a perfect, profess.”
The Flash Pop-up eyeliners aren’t just eye candy, the formula applies brightly and lasts the whole day, if you try soaping it off you’ll have a bit of work cut out for you…it’s super long lasting, you’ll need a bi-phase or oil-based makeup remover to get it off. It also makes an excellent eye base for pastel blue eyeshadow if you’re planning to test out a Twiggy 60s look like I did for a retro party.
Honestly, I wouldn’t exactly wear all these shades together but for the case of happily showing you what they look like on I’m flying 80s today. Their Lip Flash Jam (I was sent Electric jam) is somewhat like a less long-lasting OCC lip tar fit for teens.
The lip flash jam still packs a punch of pigment compared to regular lip gloss but I think in terms of longevity you would have to reapply after a meal or two. A great thing I discovered about it is it’s great to use as a cheek tint, too! Color Bucket cosmetics also do Hair Chalk (Hair Crayon Stylist) for the adventurous among you, my hair was a bit too short for me to effectively test the product, but if you do try the hair chalks out I suggest applying them on damp to dry hair so the pigment shows up faster. Enter discount/promotion code LX-JULIAA at the Luxola online checkout so you can enjoy 20% off your LUXOLA storewide purchase (not just for Colorbucket). Code valid till September 30, 2014!
Color bucket cosmetics are available online from LUXOLA.com here. They ship really quickly to the Philippines, you should expect an order to arrive within 3-4 working days at most.
Okay, seriously, I have not been THIS excited about eye makeup in AGES. My go-to eye look since NYC has basically been just curl and mascara on repeat. Weeks and weeks ago I did try and swatch this Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen on my hand (called that but it’s a pencil) which they probably call a pen because of how smooth it glides on but I hadn’t had the chance to shoot or say anything after all the hospital commotion we had after I got back from abroad. What seems like “just an eyeliner” does so much more. I fell for it again when I recently used it on some bridesmaids I made up at a wedding. It’s soft when it glides on but sets and becomes waterproof after a few minutes. I also discovered what a wonderfully dual purpose product it actually is. It helps me create Charlotte Tilbury inspired smoky eyes.
“Waterproof, super-long-wear, no-smudge, no-budge eye liners. They glide on like seamless silk, and in a single sweep motion create a flawless, solid jewel-toned line. No retouching required all day – or night! Gentle on eyes, yet intensely coloured and super-silky. Waterproof. Paraben-free. Mineral oil-free. Preservative-free. Hypoallergenic. (Formulated with Vitamin E to nourish the eye area).” Php740.00 from GlamourBox here l PIXI UK is also available at Ava.ph, seektheuniq.com, Pure Beauty boutiques (Serendra & Alabang Town Center), Commonthread Rockwell & Greenbelt 5, Plana Forma and select Snoe outlets.
This eye pencil (notice they didn’t just label it “eyeliner’) is awesome because it glides on silky but gives you a super reasonable amount of time to blend it over the lid if you’re using it as an eyeshadow, about a good 4-5minutes. It really is the eyeliner range of Pixi cosmetics because the brand really has its own collection of LidLast Shadow pens, but these eyeliners also work miraculously well as eyeshadow as you can see and on my for the last 5 hours so far it hasn’t creased and I was sweating today.
I’m not pulling your leg when I say on my eyes I’m only wearing this Pixi Silky Eye pencil in Bronzebeam and mascara. I applied the pencil all over the lid up to the crease, used a small crease eyeshadow brush to blend it out quickly in the crease before it set. I lined the upper lashline again after blending over the lid to bring back intensity then I lined underneath the eyes, curled lashes and applied mascara. That’s it. Two products = smudgeproof smoky eyes, pencil then mascara. No faffing around with eyeshadow if you’re not up to it, but you can also add some on top if you like.
SKIN BASE: Happy Skin Zz (ZitZapping) SPF20 Cream Foundation (review here) BROWS: K-palette 1 Day Tattoo Brow Pen, EYES: Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pencil “Bronzebeam”, LASHES: Revlon Lash Potion Waterproof mascara,
The shade I have also reminds me of a Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadow I admired on my friend Charlotte before called “Skylark”. It’s this really warm bronze that’s almost copper, a hue that’s rich and gorgeous all the way. It’s so pretty you’d think bronze or copper would look redundant against brown or hazel eyes, but it still looks chic. That’s why it’s important that the mascara you use is very black for contrast. I so like how without black eyeliner in the way the lashes just pop out against the bronze. I find that this pencil is a great affordable dupe for Charlotte Tilbury’s highly acclaimed colour chameleon eyeshadow pencils. These pencils come in about 14 shades on the UK site, I’m not quite sure how many shades are available locally, but I’m very happy I was sent this one. As a liner, once it sets, it’s not going anywhere like those well-known gel eyeliners. I guess the difference is how fantastic this looks over the lids when blended out, true testament to a great formula. Did I mention how I absolutely dig the color I was sent? It’s called Bronzebeam, they couldn’t have thought of a better name for this shade. Follow Pixi UK Cosmetics at @pixibeautyPH and @glamourboxPH both on Instagram.
Hot off Instagram 2 hours ago Celebrity MUA Gregory Arlt posted the complete list of his custom to-go MAC palette contents, his desert island picks for blush and eyeshadow. If you haven’t heard of the name Gregory Arlt, you should know him whether you are a budding makeup artist, beauty blogger, or makeup enthusiast. He does professional makeup for the likes of Gwen Stefani and burlesque artist Dita Von Teese, those are only two names among many well-known people he does work for but those two say more than enough right? He’s traveled the world giving beautifully done makeup demonstrations on behalf of MAC cosmetics. “Like American Express, I don’t leave home without it!” he says. For those among you looking to build a very wearable collection with MAC only products let his selection lead the way. It was BIG of him to share and I thought lots of you would want to know :). You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter via @gregoryarlt
Blushes: Well Dressed, Pinch O Peach, Margin, Style, Fleur Power, & Pink Swoon. Shadows: Dazzlelight, Shroom, Rice Paper, Phfloof!, All That Glitters, Naked Lunch, Kid, Omega, Coquette, Malt, Cork, Motif, Espresso, Embark, Shadowy Lady
This is sort of a different mix, today is beauty blogging with a swirl of what’s personal in it. Many of you know it’s been a rough couple of weeks for me since we got home from hospital with Dad. While I haven’t been able to set my mind on certain things like makeup and cosmetics for anything other than work lately there are still a couple of beauty bits I won’t be without now simply because they’ve just basically been helping me feel better throughout all this. This post has to be one for the books in the sense that at a time when the last thing I wanted to think about was “stuff” this stuff just had to be around because they just worked period. Thankfully now we’ve hired a temporary nurse for Dad so that eases lots of the tension in the daily to-do area. Today, I did want to share about the products that bring me temporal comfort right now and sort of…cushion the scenario if you will. These are simple comforts that function as a sort of outer balm for my inner well-being. That’s what a bit of beauty or wellness loot can sort of help to achieve, right? Especially if they really excellently do what they’re supposed to. So straightaway now, here are my current feel-good picks.
1.) Burt’s Bees Fabulously Fresh Peppermint & Rosemary Body Wash (available at Beauty Bar)
I was having one of those teary-eyed low moments in the shower from stress (we girls get that when things are tough, right, no shame in it at all) and decided to try something different to change it up. I pulled this from my new Burt’s Bees arrivals and brought it with me to my Tita’s house when I slept over and to my surprise when I lathered it up in the shower the minty aromatherapy-ish scent filled the bathroom and GET THIS, GIRLS, I actually SMILED, I kid you not, the freakin’ bath gel made me smile upon catching the first whiff. Then I caught myself and stopped and looked at the bottle for details coz I thought it was like a Twilight Zone moment, you know, being in tears but then suddenly smiling by yourself in the shower LOL. Good job, Burt’s Bees, you can be sure I’m getting the full size of this, I hadn’t had a moment with a bath gel like that ever.
Yesterday’s morning walk…
2.) G Stuff “Touch of Awakening” Eucalyptus Rosemary and Thyme Massage Oil (Php500+ for 250ml)
Next to prayer there’s nothing that relieves anything faster than touch therapy. Seriously speaking, I don’t know how many bottles of this G stuff we’ve already consumed as a family for massages. The smell of Eucalyptus and Rosemary transports you from the bad to the good in just a few minutes. This is hands down (literally) my favorite massage oil because it doesn’t sit on top of the skin and after you actually feel soft instead of greasy! Like you know how sometimes after a massage you want to take a shower because of the oily feeling? It’s the opposite situation with this, I actually have a complete shower and scrub prior to the massage and after the massage I just go over myself with a dry towel and I feel super baby soft and put my clothes back on. One cousin of mine when she was abroad consumed a whole bottle which we gave her like super quick because it kept dry skin away better than any other cream or lotion she had with her. According to her it was working so well that when she ran out she fell into a bad mood lol! She kept asking where we got this. The products of the brand G Stuff are Virgin Coconut Oil based and the brand provides livelihood opportunities for local communities since profits go back to them. The G Stuff boutique we go to is at Rockwell but will try to edit in other locations where you can get them.
Prayers on paper…
3.) HURRAW Earl Grey Lip Balm (Vegan/ Cold pressed)
I’ve mentioned this way too many times, but yes it is a source of comfort to me. HURRAW, my favorite lip balm brand on the planet did the world a good thing when they thought up their Earl Grey Lip Balm. It’s my favorite tea flavor in a vegan cold-pressed oil lip balm, need I ask for more? Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks said “Tea is balm for the soul.” Inquire via Cutieverse.com or @cutieverse on Instagram for where to get Hurraw locally
4.) Diptyque’s VIOLETTE (violet floral) scented candle 6oz $60, NYC
This Violette candle was a birthday gift from my cousin in NYC. We were happily exploring along Bleecker Street last April and we walked into Diptyque and as a sweet birthday gesture she told me she’d get this for me when she saw me smelling it. We have Diptyque locally but last I checked Rustan’s doesn’t stock this particular scent which is special. The smell of violets is unique because it’s a sweet floral…so there’s a tartness that isn’t fruity, I know it’s hard to imagine, you can only know what I mean if you smell this candle. To be clear, I haven’t lit this yet, but I will most likely tomorrow evening since the weather has cooled down already. What I have been doing recently is I have been taking it to my nose and sniffing it because it just smells sooo pretty.
5.) Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment Cream (with Avocado)
The normal thing would be to leave your eye cream at home, but as of a few weeks ago this made its home in my handbag for quite awhile, nestled anything but neatly in the side-pocket of my bag along with the ugliness of receipts, earrings, and my Earl Grey Lip Balm. Since the upset of our peaceful routine at home I hadn’t been putting much makeup on with the exception of mascara, brows, and concealer. I’d also been getting dryness around the eye area so seeing this in my hand bag it’s easy to remember to swipe some on my lids and under my eyes before or after I apply my mascara. It hydrates and absorbs quickly and does have that nourishing quality about it since it contains avocado. I needn’t mention to you anymore that this is Lisa Eldridge’s eye cream of choice at the moment, really not the least bit necessary to mention that, right? LOL. What also sold me on this was YouTuber Zoella’s testimonial of what it did for her eyes which were having a massive seasonal allergic reaction and dryness reaction(she said the skin under her eyes cracked) at the same time to something else. She couldn’t put anything else on with the exception of this eye cream by Kiehl’s which made it all better according to her.
“And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in Thee…” Psalm 39:7
We all go through some tough times and while I know for now this is but a season for me and my family it’s always a comfort to know there are simple steps we can take to being better and becoming better in general. I’m also grateful for the people who have sincerely cared about us and helped us whether through prayer or encouraging words. While personally and spiritually tried in these moments I’m deeply joyful, thankful, and excited for what God has in store for the next season in my life. I’m learning how to trust without the need for the “Why”, because that’s what true trust is all about, believing what He says and that He loves and cares for each one of us as we need Him to. The Father really knows what He’s doing all the time, even if we can’t see the sunlight which is actually always, always above and beyond the rain, but it’s never gone, just out of sight sometimes. I take comfort in knowing that His plan for each one of us is custom made and nothing at all is by accident. He will complete His work in us when He chooses to and to see it unfold will bring unspeakable joy.