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HOT VALENTINE Beauty Giveaway 2016 | Nationwide Until FEB.10

We had the Thanksgiving giveaway last year and I had the pleasure of personally delivering the loot to the winner Rafflecopter chose for the first time.  She was really happy and I was pleasantly surprised because she was pregnant!  I know I’ve said this more than once but this Hot Valentine Giveaway is by far one of my most exciting giveaways yet.  A couple of the prizes are items that are so good they’ll make you wonder why I’m giving them away.  Just to be clear, the contents of these pouches are not just Sleek and Happy Skin products.  I always first take my share of the products to review or use to honor the brands.  Both pouches are jam-packed with so many different brands for this giveaway.  I mainly chose these pouches because they’re so well made.  Both these pouches of skincare and makeup will go to one winner.  To join the giveaway you can enlist in the Rafflecopter widget at the end, but first…see an overview of the goodies!

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BRANDS INCLUDED: Benefit Cosmetics, Sleek Cosmetics, Maybelline, Nuxe, Shiseido, Mario Badescu, K-Palette, Leaders Skincare, LUSH, Belo, Pond’s L’Occitane, L’Oreal, Tony Moly, Happy Skin Cosmetics, Santee, Pixi by Petra, L’Oreal, Revlon.

The contents of these pouches are divided into skincare and makeup items.  Read on to get a closer look at the complete list of loot and proceed to the Rafflecopter widget.

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YVES ROCHER SINGLE EYESHADOW “Brun Cuivré”

In the midst of a Nivea dinner crowd overwhelmed with the Bohol seaside gusty breeze in January I talked above the wind insisting I share my favorite rich, brown eyeshadow with shivering seatmates.  With people lining up for food around us I fished out that nugget from my handbag.  You see how relentless and annoying I can be whether people are interested or not in if I really like something.  Right now it’s this single brown eyeshadow #14 Brun Cuivré (Brown Copper) by French mid-range brand Yves Rocher. 

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Without hesitation I said that if MAC “Teddy” eyeliner were an eyeshadow, it would most certainly be close to or if not exactly like this.  Ears perked,  Bloggers Kira a.k.a. Elegantly Wasted / Kira-Ramirez.com and Shari a.k.a. The Misty Mom hovered in, hook, line, and sinker.  They quite agreed.  “Julia, here you are again enabling us…” Shari said while quickly inspecting to see. Read on.

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FS Fanny Serrano Black Gel Liner

It was extremely difficult to type in the title for this post about my favorite gel eyeliner for the past year, trying to think up a catchy sub-line for it proved a waste.  I figured in the end that the product is so good leaving the title minimal doesn’t take away from it at all.  I saw it on Fanny’s table when I watched him work in his studio and I do not regret purchasing it.  After all, it was about Php200+ but beat so many branded gel liners I’ve tried.  It also comes in deep brown last time I checked.

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This local brand of gel eyeliner FS quickly beats several potted kin I’ve used: Bobbi Brown, Maybelline, and MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Black to name a few for a few reasons.  I’ve seen Fanny Serrano himself use this not just as perfect gel liner, but also as a velvety black eyeshadow base.  Here I am wearing it in a not so recent photo, this one is about 5 months old.  Read on to see it used a different way by Fanny in an editorial.

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Alcon Freshlook Air Optix Lens SALE | Buy 3 Get 1 at Sarabia

I asked Mom for a favor today, and she happened to be at the mall while I was having a haircut.  She hit gold at Sarabia Optical when I asked her to buy and replenish my stock of graded Air Optix colored lenses in PURE HAZEL, the disposable monthlies.   I only asked her to get me 1 pair of each grade (my right eye is worse off than my left).  They happen to currently be on a 4 for 3 promo (in Sarabia Optical, cannot confirm for other stores), so she told me she availed of it.  In more familiar words locally, buy 3 pairs and get 1 pair free.  She availed of the ongoing sale at Sarabia Optical, Rockwell.

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They’re the only breathable colored contact lenses I put on in the morning and am able to forget about until early evening. These graded ones were about Php1600+ a pair so I think the non-graded ones may or may not cost less.  Thanks to this Air Optix promo I’m prepped ’til June and yup I checked the expiry, middle of 2017 so I’m good.  Ooohh, did I make you shudder about the middle of the year already? Haha.

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GOLDEN GLOBES 2016 Red Carpet | My Best Five in Beauty

I didn’t catch the live telecast of this year’s Golden Globes, but annual A-list award shows always excite me because of the idea of how many production people are involved in serving and grooming the talents from head to toe.  To see the finished product is really exciting.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Rooney Mara attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 10: Actress Rooney Mara attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

I caught up with some research and browsing of the event online and thought I’d do a round up of my best 5 in beauty among the ladies, with some behind the scenes beauty scoop thrown in.  For the most part, I found out who did their faces, and for a couple I managed to Sherlock some of the products.  Of course photo sources will be cited at the end and the ladies are not mentioned in order of rank, they’re all beautiful in a different way.  Read on…

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My Late 2015 Christmas Beauty Wishlist

Putting up a post like this was obviously somewhat of a holiday afterthought, but I bet Santa has his superpowers charged at this time of year anyway.  Regardless of tardiness I still want to share a couple of these beauty bits with you.   All except one bit, to my knowledge, are not readily available in retail locally.

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TATCHA Dewy Skin Mist   

One of those hydrating mists I spotted thanks to Jaclyn Hill, leaves a beautiful sheen on the skin and is a lovely perk for no makeup makeup looks.

“A silky liquid spray-on moisturizer of Squalane, Red Algae and our HADASEI-3 complex can be misted for a boost of soothing hydration, resulting in dewy, luminous skin anytime, anywhere.   This milky emulsion contains moisturizers and humectants leaving skin rehydrated. Does not contain high levels of alcohol and fragrance found in conventional hydrating sprays, which can dry out the skin.”

Diorific 2015 Holiday Collection “Fascinante” lipstick 

I own a Diorific lipstick in the shade “Glory” and it is an absolutely fabulous long-wearing formula.  Not a mile away from Estee Lauder’s acclaimed Pure Envy lip range.

“An easy-wearing matte whose secret lies in its unique use of an exceptionally soft and velvety micronized silicon powder. The “powdery” silicon smoothes colour with no streaking while striking a subtle balance between hold and comfort. Unlike traditional matte makeup, this formula continuously moisturizes lips without drying them.”

PIXI by Petra, Contour Powder “Shape & Shadow”

That one local item, which was the Pixi Contour Powder (it’s awesome and available in major SM beauty floors), was one I actually owned for a couple of weeks and strongly appreciated.  Sadly, it smashed to bits after an accident on one job, and is now a haphazard mess to keep in my handbag even after pressing the powder back into the compact.  The contour color was so on point, more on point for shading in my case than NARS Laguna.

PIXI by Petra, Endless Silky Eye Pen Quartette

My favorite shade in their permanent shades is Bronze Beam, I blogged about this eye pencil last year right here.

“A limited edition set of 4 bestselling waterproof, easy-glide eyeliners in a gorgeous, giftable box.  Featured colors: BlackNoir, BlackCocoa, DeepPlum and SlateGrey.”

MAKE UP FOR EVER 12 Flash Color Case “Neutral”:  

For a makeup artist like myself an array of shades like this in multi-purpose textures are most likely a dream to work with professionally…it probably also makes a bloody good bruise kit.  The first flash case contains basic primary colors so that one is an essential as well, especially for costume and theater work.

“This 12-Piece Make Up For Ever Flash Color Case is found in the kits of many well-known makeup artists. Create an array of looks for eyes, cheeks, and lips with this luxe palette that’s perfect for on-the-go touch ups. ” 12 x 0.21 oz Flash Color in Grey, Neutral Brown, Purple Grey, Rosewood, Dark Antique Pink, Ivory, Livid, Kaki, Pink Brown, Fresh Pink, Sienna, Rusty Brown

URBAN DECAY x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette 

For awhile, a couple of years to be honest, I was somewhat sick of seeing eyeshadow palettes.  I just got so saturated and not interested after a couple of years’ surge of masses of them in the industry.  Gwen, however, piques my ever present nineties nostalgia and seeing a palette like this had me goo-goo eyed all over again.

“In a true creative partnership, Gwen Stefani and Urban Decay created the UD | Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette. Wende Zomnir—co-founder of Urban Decay—and her product development team spent countless hours at Gwen’s house, talking makeup and working closely with her on every detail of this palette—from the case to the amazing shades. This palette features her 15 must-have shades of eye shadow, including 12 never-seen-before colors and three that are from the Urban Decay shadow collection.”

What beautiful stuff!  They’re from all over so I’ve linked to the global sites where most information or pricing is available.  I pray you have a happy Christmas and don’t forget to make an effort to share moments and love in person, not just snaps online!… To full post & COMMENTS...

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