This was posted by Vogue on YouTube last December but I believe it’s well worth the revisit considering that many of you may not have seen this yet. Alexa Chung is a British model, “it” Girl, TV presenter, and contributing editor at British Vogue. Her laid back but astute sense of style often catches people’s attention.
I haven’t tried anything huge from Tarte – high performance naturals, besides one of their Amazonian Clay blushes. The successful mid-range American cosmetics brand founded by Maureen Kelly continues to impress with its unique formulas, on point colors, and standout payoff and longevity. Her story here is pretty amazinggiven that she started with no professional makeup-artistry or business background. The range has a look that stands out, a quirky balance between feminine chic and mod ethnic. In terms of general pricing it’s pretty comparable to Benefit Cosmetics. A niece of mine (only 3 years younger than me) was coming home from the US and she sweetly asked if I’d like to buy anything she could bring home for me. One huge thing loomed in my mind ever since Jane Cunningham featured it. It was none other than Tarte’s New “Be MATTEnificent” makeup palette, a lavender/ taupe symphony of a palette, and one other item also by them which you’ll see soon.
PRICE: $36.00 from Sephora (currently sold out, check other sources)
Top row: Sand Out From the Crowd, Peach for the Stars, Two Plums Up Second Row: Pink Outside the Box, Rose to the Occasion, View From the Taupe Bottom Row: Dream in Chocolate, Stand Out Black Blush: Elevated
TARTE’s first ever matte eye & cheek palette includes: 8 limited edition Amazonian Colored Clay Eyeshadows, 1 limited edition Amazonian Colored Clay blush (“Elevated”), and a double-ended eyeshadow brush
What I picked up instantly was how smooth and silky the eyeshadow is and how despite some fallout the payoff of the medium to lighter shades totally impressed me. What also makes the palette so worthwhile is that they included 2 extremely essential eyeshadow shades you can use to deepen the look or line your eyes (dry or wet most likely), dream in chocolate (dark brown) and stand out black. A bit of View From the Taupe and Dream in Chocolate can be blended together for use on brows. Read more to see more photos and a complete look applied on myself.
I have snubbed this sort of mascara for years, and it’s always been there, sitting on local shelves. Before however the waterproof variant wasn’t available, only the red and white tube which I loathed. I detested the idea of 2 steps in a mascara, then an eye opener (literally speaking) was when recently a couple of UK bloggers were sent a non-Loreal mascara with 2 steps and because of the awesome results they put up with it. After that, in my mind I began to think more loosely about the 2-step idea. Also there at the back of my mind vlogger and pro-artist Kandee Johnson stood smiling with her pom-poms for this mascara, she absolutely loves it and has said so repeatedly. So with one of my older mascaras approaching the 4-5month mark I decided to try this. I just have to say the curl staying power and humidity resistance on this is too awesome not to mention and that’s not even mentioning the optional gear on volume and length.
L’Oreal Double Extension CURL Waterproof is in a Purple and Silver tube here and blue and white one in the US. It’s not cheap at Php900+ locally but in my opinion you’re paying for a more customized mascara experience. L’Oreal Telescopic False Mascaras abroad are about Php700-800
As it turns out this just happens to be sort of a deconstructed dupe for L’Oreal’s acclaimed Telescopic Shocking Extensions (US)/False Lash Telescopic (UK) waterproof mascara. The foreign Telescopic mascaras achieve the same showstopping look as this with just 1 step, which is why I prefer those IF I can get them, but precisely, we don’t have those here. This one’s great because, you know us women, we like options, what if we don’t want BIG lashes all the time, just when we need them? The key is this, the Step 2 black waterproof mascara on this also looks good and holds curl even WITHOUT the lengthening primer which gives us the power to choose. If you don’t want to do two steps you don’t have to, but if you want extra oomph and length for those lashes it’s yours with an extra step! Read more to see application and get the full review.
We’ve waited and waited and finally we have them here in Manila! With a whopping 8 shades now in stores Maybelline’s Color Tattoo 24-Hr cream eyeshadow pots (which can also be used as liners) have arrived just in time for summer…and yes we will be needing serious longevity. Call me predictable but yeah, I prefer these four, I won’t pretend. The one that says “Color Ink” which is “Barely Branded” is the same product but probably due to shade availability they had to import from one of the other Asian countries. I personally actually like how it disrupts the uniformity in the photo.
Inked in Pink (rose pink), Barely Branded (a champagne vanilla), Bad to the Bronze (a warm bronze), and Audacious Asphalt (cool gunmetal grey) Php300++
I’m wearing just 3 out of the 4 shades mentioned above. Barely Branded all over the lid (applied with fingers, concentrated in the center then softly blended around the edges), then Bad to the Bronze as expected generously in the outer V and crease with an eyeshadow detailing brush. Then just a tiny bit of Audacious Asphalt in the outer deepest corner of the eye just to push in some depth, you can skip the third shade and the look will still work. I also added a stroke of Bad to the Bronze on the lower lash line
When you swipe these on you have about a minute to two minutes to get your blending done before they set and become seriously waterproof. I’m actually hoping they bring in the odd 2 or 3 matte shades that the range released abroad (Musings of a Muse mentioned them here last October) those three are limited edition but there’s also a permanent matte taupe shade I think in the US. I actually don’t think they’ll get here, but one can always hope. All shades in the range brought here are shimmer packed but I wouldn’t call them anywhere near “sparkle vomit”, they’re tastefully shimmery. Read more to get close up photos of this look, swatches, and glimpses of the Maybelline Color Tattoo Launch.
Pixi was one of the first affordable brands in the UK I ever blogged about and they are now here in Manila via Glamourbox and various Snoe outlets! The cosmetic brand was founded by Swedish professional makeup artist Petra Strand and her sister who is a world-class skincare therapist consults and produces for the skincare range. The brand’s Pixi Skin Treats Glow Tonic toner is a Caroline Hirons’ approved one which flew off shelves when she mentioned how the fruit enzyme exfoliating action of the toner agreed with her as a budget option. She mentioned it on her YouTube BodyTalk session with Pixiwoo, though I doubt they’re bringing the actual skincare range in, I wish they would. For now it’s mostly about their makeup which, for teens and thrifty beauty enthusiasts, should be exciting!
STUFF THEY SENT ME – Pixi Eye Bright Kit, Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm (Lip Crayon), Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel in “Flushed,and Pixi Eye Bright Liner No.1 “Nude”, these are items from their permanent line. I will be handpicking a couple of these for standalone reviews :) I just got a bit of buzz…heard they may be bringing in part of the spring collection soon!
PIXI UK cosmetics are currently AVAILABLE through Glamourbox.ph and these outlets:
Snoe Robinson’s Galleria, Snoe Robinson’s Dasmarinas, Snoe Market Market Taguig, Snoe SM Hypermart Pasig, Snoe SM Valenzuela, Snoe SM North Edsa, Snoe SM Sucat, Snoe SM Muntinlupa, Snoe SM Sta. Rosa, Snoe SM Center Las Pinas
This box was sent to me directly from Team Pixi PH, so thankful. Pixi is one of the rare high-quality niche budget brands that pro makeup artists like Lisa Eldridge and Sam & Nic Chapman (aka Pixiwoo) have featured in their early tutorials online at the cusp of YouTube fame. For now selected Pixi products are available through Glamourbox, many Snoe outlets in certain locations listed above and a stockist or 2. I shall review a few of these soon!