I have been wearing practically no other mascara than this (with an exception on 2 or 3 days) since I returned from Boracay last May 4. When you rekindle sentiment with an old favorite that is just as reliable as this one and have been receiving compliments every single time you have it on you just have to write about it again. Since 2010 I have raved about Majolica Majorca’s mascaras, a Shiseido daughter brand for the Japanese drugstore market which is available at SM Beauty floors and select Watsons branches. Mom and I were fans of the Lash Expander Frame WP Mascara for the longest time but they stopped importing that one or phased it out and the next best one that’s most similar (practically the same or just renamed) is their Lash Expander Edge Meister Mascara (Waterproof pink, make sure it’s the one with pink butterflies on it, the green one is non-waterproof and won’t hold curl at all). Mom said it’s the same quality as the one we used to get but she noticed she got more believable length on it which she loves, I noticed the same thing.
Nothing in my opinion beats Majolicas waterproof lengthening fiber mascaras, you will simply never smudge unless you apply an oil based product on your lashes. So some people don’t like this mascara because of how hard it is to remove and because they don’t know how to curl their lashes properly to get the optimum result which would be this. I wore this while swimming in Boracay. If you have an oil cleanser or bi-phase makeup remover, just a bit more effort is needed to remove this, be gentle when you do.
If you put some effort into that curl before applying this…lashes just become gorgeous, and if you build this up you can make your eyes look like you’ve got false lashes on. Basically, a proper fiber mascara will make you look like you have lashes if you barely have any and will give the appearance of more lashes if you naturally have an average amount.
My mom prefers no other mascara because it never smudges and holds the lash curl you tried with all your dearest dexterity to achieve. I use this mascara on brides almost every time because no matter how much they may cry it stays put and it adds length. I sometimes use a different mascara if I want something less heavy duty, but if I want something super reliable and resistant to heat, sweat, and humidity I only use this! Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Edgemeister Waterproof (whew) Mascara is available at select SM Beauty Floors and Watsons outlets for about Php750 or Php850? Sorry I haven’t checked if they’ve updated the price but last I checked it was between that range. Make sure that if you want the waterproof one that you get the one with pink butterflies on it, not green.
And finally, what has been a mystery for too long a time isn’t just who the giveaway winner is, but it also happens to be what prizes are in store for my blessed NYC giveaway winner :) I’d like to congratulate CHE (email@example.com) for you have won these lovely beauty “pasalubong” items from New York City! I will for sure have sent you an email requesting for your shipping and contact details minutes after this post goes up. The La Roche Posay Serozinc toner spray is actually a bonus item I threw in because a friend gave me two which came not from NYC, but from Europe :D So I thought whoever the winner was would love that since it is also a Caroline Hirons recommendation (the Pixiwoo sisters spray it on in this video interview with skincare expert Caroline). Serozinc Zinc-Sulfate Spray toner for the face helps prevent breakouts and speed up the healing process of existing zits, it also preps the face well for moisturizer. A list of all the prizes I’ve picked is provided below.
THE PRIZES FOR THE WINNER! – First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Polish (Exfoliator), Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Mascara Waterproof (my favorite easy-wear mascara), Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer (Particularly for dark undereye circles, the shade I got was a MAC NC25-30 match, darker shades were often out of stock or tricky to spot), La Roche Posay Serozinc (Zinc Sulfate Spray Solution), Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer, Mario Badescu Fruit and Vitamin Hand cream sample, Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm primer sample.
Thanks to all you girls who joined my “Guess Where I’m Going Giveaway” last month, I was actually in New York City (see this post here) with my cousin and we met up with some friends and had a wonderful time there. Japan isn’t the only place with cherry blossoms in the springtime by the way! Cherry blossom trees were blooming in so many places in New York City especially in Central Park and West Village :). So remember if you want to see cherry blossoms in the springtime, Japan isn’t the only destination to consider :).
Zoella raved about these, Lily Pebbles did the same, and NikkieTutorials, a PRO makeup artist and YouTuber didn’t hesitate to say that they were better overall in her opinion than Sigma brushes or MAC brushes (most likely in the context of value for money). I was almost tempted to say they were like Europe’s answer to Sigma brushes, but when Zoeva Cosmetics sent me my own Luxe Complete Brush Set to review, I changed my mind. They look and feel better and quality looks more consistent across. With Zoeva $60-$80 USD goes a long way, you can get already get a budget set. The set I was sent though is about EUR105 because it’s a larger range with 15 brushes. Plus you know the well-known habit of German made things lasting longer than your lifetime? Throw that knowledge together with the look of this professional brush range and you’ve certainly got yourself a major contender in terms of performance in application. No I haven’t tried them with products just yet but already just by their appearance, feel, and my professional experience I already know they’ll do excellently on the job.
An exquisite selection of 15 of our finest brushes, made from a custom blend of natural and synthetic bristles. EUR105
As a blogger, a few months back I actually browsed through the Zoeva site since the brush sets were gaining sparkling reviews at an amazing rate following the brand’s debut across several YouTube channels. It was there that I saw a “blogger” related tab and saw that you could actually propose that they send you stuff to review if they screen your blog, stats, and approve the quality of your site. My site and traffic stats were screened and I was told that I qualified after a month and that they would send me the products of my choice after another month. I may have a second post on this set feature a look where I actually use all the brushes. Read more to have a closer look at my favorite brushes from the set and see one separate brush I also chose for them to send me because it was necessary.
When I arrived at the Happy Skin Cosmetics summer launch yesterday high above the city at 71 Gramercy I could hardly believe that practically everything I saw there excited me to pieces.
Happy Skin makes this your happiest and hottest summer! The Happy Skin limited edition Turn Up The Heat Summer 2014 Collection features three (3) new sizzling shades of their bestselling lippie and two (2) new summer hues of blushes that deliver the same promise of a natural flush as their original blushes.
It’s pretty much like Happy Skin has expanded to become for us what Bourjois is for the UK beauty lovers, a solid, mid-range beauty range with products that delight as well as deliver. The news is that with the moisturizing lippies alone in terms of volume sales they are selling at a rate of 100 lippies a day! Happy Skin has launched their 2014 limited edition summer makeup collection which includes 3 lippie shades (that you can buy individually or as a better value box set) and 2 blush shades. Read more to see the rest of the post, Happy Skin’s local answer to Bioderma, and more new stuff now available in stores by the brand!
Lots of you liked this look yesterday, I was getting lots of likes for it on both Instagram and Facebook in both my personal and blog accounts. This was primarily shot to show the use of the lip and cheek product I featured but people kept giving me feedback on how they loved the look as a whole. It really is the most minimal sort of makeup I would ever wear usually on weekends or when with family (which is often), a “no makeup” makeup look if you will. Cue the acapella version of “True Colors”. I feel like I cast myself in a Dove ad ‘coz of this photo.
I put this look on the other day before heading out to visit my grandfather and since many of you liked it so much I’ve decided to share all five products I used to create it. It also just occurred to me that I didn’t need to use a makeup brush in general, I only did at the very end to do some buffing and retouching but I didn’t really need to. The look requires minimal effort and you can use your hands for every step except the brows and lashes.
1. BECCA Luminous Skin Colour Ultra Sheer Foundation in “Camel” SPF 25 (they were at Adora last I remember, hope they’re still there, my niece got me this in the US, any sheer base you have will do)
2. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in “Ginger” user friendly because of the wand and its creamy consistency, sets to a matte finish, good enough for spots as well as under the eyes.
3. K-Palette Real Lasting Eyebrow Pen in “01″ This is one of the closest local brow pens we have to match that phenomenal SUQQU Pen Lisa Eldridge always uses. It’s water and sweat resistant and doesn’t give the drawn-on brow effect, it gives a more natural look
4. L’Oreal Shocking Extensions Waterproof Mascara - This is the US mascara that does it all for me, volume, length, waterproofing, and superb curl hold. A good local one is L’Oreal Double Extension Curl Waterproof OR Majolica Majorca Edge Meister Waterproof.
5. Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Powder Pink – Enough said about this awesome lip and cheek product, the color is what makes it rock, I’ve reviewed it in FULL here.
It’s also the sort of look guys and people who know us best tend to appreciate, minimal, radiant, and fresh. For girls who have problematic skin just switch the sheer base for a foundation with more coverage. I like this look, I shall be doing this on myself more often this summer.