Lips

REVLON ColorStay Automatic Lipliner | Best Waterproof Drugstore Lipliner

This summer I’m certain many of you will be roadtrippin’ to the coasts for some shore-loving beach time.  I’ve had something for awhile that I have been using A TON for work and on myself and firmly reminded myself that I certainly had to put this up as a post.  As a makeup artist one of the inconveniences that come with some of the best and smoothest lip-liners on the market is you have to sharpen them. That doesn’t make them a bad product, it’s just an artistic requirement, but albeit still an inconvenience with good pencils.  Sometimes…it can be wasteful and nothing is as heartbreaking as the nib on your $$$ lip-liner falling to oblivion after sharpening (hard when you’re in a rush to finish models or clients), like money crumbling to the floor.  Well I’ve been using a drugstore lip-liner for months now and I’m so, so thrilled that the shade inside actually matches the cap outside.    I love how on point color coded these liners are that way, they’re waterproof (better at the beach), can be worn alone…and they also match several of the bestseller lipstick shades I have.  These are REVLON’s ColorStay automatic lipliners.

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In this test shoot I did with photographer Sara Black late last year we wanted a sort of vintage Hollywood/vintage New Yorker glam shot.  On IM Model Viviane Spielmann I first lined the lips with REVLON Colorstay RED lip-liner then filled it with MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick.  The lipliner and lipstick were a perfect match in person but for the final shot Sara wanted a bit more of a not-super-obvious ombre effect to define the outer part of the lip with a darker hue so I went over the outside rim of Viviane’s lips with REVLON WINE lipliner and blended it with her lipstick towards the center using a lip brush.

(hair by Eddie Mar Cabiltes @pinoyhairaffair)

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The convenience of just twisting these up versus sharpening them is such a great thing.  My absolute favorite shade for myself is Mauve which is a great near dupe for MAC Soar lipliner which is one of Kylie Jenner’s staple lip-liners according to Kim.  Click to continue to the full post, pricing, and see color swatches for the shades I own (yes, there are more shades) and me wearing MAUVE on its own.


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The Imaginary Vday Wishlist | If Price or Place Were No Object

Where we are can kind of suck sometimes when it comes to stuff at the frontier of modern beauty.  While I’m glad more brands have joined the global ones already present in the market, the ranges are far from updated and nowhere near as complete, hello, Clarins doesn’t even have their makeup here, we only have the skincare.  Where is is this rambling headed?  Towards an imaginary Vday wishlist…life of course goes on without any of these things but I thought I’d put this selection out there for you to see as an imaginary edit…what I’d like if price or place where no object.

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Top to Bottom: Paloma Picasso for Tiffany’s Handwritten Love ring (Mom has her petite “X” earrings in yellow gold), Whistles Mini Verity backpack black leather, Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil, Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens, Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in “Amazing Grace”Clarins Instant ConcealerReturn to Tiffany Rubedo heart earrings, Clarins Instant Light Lip comfort oil (seen here in the Original and ever elusively sold out Raspberry formula)

I was also thinking about Tiffany & Co. the 5th Avenue jewelry hotspot I wasn’t able to hit while in NYC.  I don’t mean I wish there was one here, I wasn’t able to go in the US.  I didn’t have any plans to purchase anything from there, the visit was supposed to be like a tour in honor of a memory.  I wanted to have a peep inside and then have a foodtruck breakfast outside and take a selfie, there’s always a next time.  I know, it would have been such a touristy thing to do but here’s why.  It was the one place there which would supposedly remind me of my paternal grandmother the most.  She would tell me stories of how she loved the place while we watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s together.  Lola said when she was there it was not always to buy, but she loved the staff, the service, and appreciating the precious beautifully feminine pieces they had there.  She also sang Moon River along with me passionately, it was the only song I’d ever heard her sing like that…once in awhile she would also hum Claire de Lune or Nat King Cole songs.  Her eyes used to light up like gems before at the mention of Tiffany’s.  Also did you know, I heard from someone married to a Tiffany executive that Tiffany’s only offer a major half price discount once, on a person’s first engagement ring purchase, it’s a discount that will not be offered again in the same lifetime precisely because they like to honor that value. I’ll go through my other faves in quick random, no-order, this-is-my-blog style today, coz I’m just not in the mood to be like super structured right now, have work later and tomorrow and haven’t eaten breakfast.

For style I’m sure like half the female planet is already making the Whistles Mini Verity backpack that Zoella “showed and told” online a major sellout, who won’t like its simple, small but just rightly sized real leather design?  I believe there’s a silver version which might be an ASOS exclusive if I saw it right.  Regarding the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L camera lens it’s Canon’s priciest 50mm with their widest opening, meaning it’s awesome for close-up shots with beautifully boke’d backgrounds and great for low light…in other words a beauty blogger’s dream lens.  As you can see in this sample photo:

vdafave_canonBy the way, I like that Charlotte Tilbury lipstick not just because of the name, if you click on the CT link you will see the color “Amazing Grace” is just gorgeous, a more modern, more neutral coral with less of a yellow undertone.  Sunday Riley does modern skincare and they do the science battle with botanical weapons of mass reconstruction.  Juno is one of their more gentle facial oils which they say consists of extracts from Broccoli, Carrot, Chardonnay Grape, Black Cumin, Cranberry Seed and a berry seed blend of blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry.  Yea, I’ll take my face to-go please.  On the Clarins stuff, if you haven’t heard Guardian beauty guru Sali Hughes say “I can’t rave about this concealer enough” about Clarins’ Instant Concealer in that wonderful Brit accent of hers then you should on her SaliHughesBeauty channel,that was ’bout before Christmas last year.  Then Caroline Hirons, skincare madame, flashed that new Lip comfort oil  of theirs at her camera in her recent New Stuff video and the dim part of the world (like over here) without Clarins’ newest releases semi went gaga.

Do you have an imaginary Vday wishlist?  Or one probably that hangs around all year in the fluffy cloud above your head?  Mention one or two things you wish for in the comments whether it’s because you can’t get it here or can’t afford it at the moment.  I can’t make your wish come true but I do know that sharing wishes with other people is a happy sort of release.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Happy Skin Lippies Go StyLIZed by Liz Uy | Limited Edition Collab…

I think makeup collaborations are fun, they’re quite historical and quite often happen only once, which makes the collections born from their brain spawning even more special.  I’m happy to present this year’s first Happy Skin cosmetics collab for their famous lippies with celebrity stylist Liz Uy which brings forth the StyLIZed lippie trio.  The StyLIZed lippies are available in two premium sets and to buy at php599 individually via Happy Skin counters or here online (local and global shipping available).

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HAPPY SKIN Shut Up & Kiss Me StyLIZed! Acrylic Clutch Set Php1799

Shades below from left: 24 Karats, Style Icon, and Red Carpet

 

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For every StyLIZed lippie sold a sales portion will go to Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation.  “If I could add one more chapter to my book it would be all about lipstick…” says Liz.  The truth on top is plain as day: Change your lippie, change the game.  Jump to the full post to see swatches and me wearing these lovely lippies up close with 3 different looks.… 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...

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...

This Red Lipstick, Too | NARS Audacious “Annabella”

The dilemma that lies behind a friend asking you to personally buy her a NARS Audacious lipstick like one you already own is certain…especially when you find at the counter they’re out of stock of the exact shade she wants.  It is here you’re most likely to get waylaid yourself.  Here follows that moment when you need to swatch the remaining shades of that wonderfully formulated NARS Audacious line (a seriously often sold out permanent range) to find a shade close to “RITA” (in Rustans Alabang they had like 6 shades left).  So you buy your friend the shade  “MARLENE” (subtle difference…a touch more brick) but in the process discover the amazing something-special red that is “ANNABELLA”.  You look up in a blur and helplessly glance at the saleslady speaking to you in warped, slow-mo speech “Last…one…na…po…yan”.

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(PHOTO CREDIT: MakeupAndBeautyBlog.com) I wasn’t able to take a bright day shot of the lipstick itself so I’m linking to Karen’s existing photo online. The photo of swatches below is my own.

NARS “Annabella is in the realm of MAC Lady Danger but it isn’t as packed with orange.  It is, to me anyway, a near perfect example of a balanced classic red for my complexion.  NARS “Rita” (which I blogged about first here) is the deeper less shouty red I prefer to wear if I want something less game and more elegant.  When you see “Annabella”, it’s somewhat bright but not garish at all on medium to fair skin.

Processed with VSCOcam with s1 presetYou also can’t immediately say whether it’s more of blue red or a coral red.  It’s caught almost in the center but not quite.  In my eyes it is the Janeane-Garofalo-in-Reality-Bites red lipstick that I’ve been waiting to find after all this time.  The NARS Audacious lipstick regular retail price is Php1650 at Rustan’s NARS counters.  Hefty, yes, but for a lipstick that is this exact hue and still looks the way it does in my first photo above after having greasy beef sinigang soup, green mango and bagoong, and a glass of water (with no lipcolor transfer) you can’t go wrong.  The key technique which works for me is apply-blot-apply-blot then press your lips together.   Hands down so far the NARS Audacious red lipsticks guarantee the most beautiful, low maintenance, comfortably worn red lips.  I rest my case, someone switch on “My Sharona”, if you don’t know what that is just click.To full post & COMMENTS...

This Red Lipstick | NARS Audacious in “RITA”

Okay, first off before we dive into red…so y’all noticed we’ve been renovating?  Well let’s not get too settled because this isn’t done yet.  Let’s not cringe too much about this hideous content font, I still have to change the site lettering and a whole lot of other boring technical things like pagination, etcetera.  However, thank the Lord,  I’m glad that the blog layout is finally “responsive”.  In planet-earth-speak that means the site adjusts to when browser windows are resized by you (test it, see that? ooohhh…*claps*) and so the layout is also, more or less, mobile and tablet ready as well.  We also had to go high-resolution guyz…to keep up with the timez.  I think at some point when we all start having headaches from split-size pixels someone’s gotta yell “Our eyes don’t get any sharper than that!!”.  You can also probably tell I’m not quite back in the blogging saddle yet but trying to get there.  At this point I’m fiddling with getting my feet into the stirrups…so that’s almost, really. 

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Now, about this red lipstick…it went up on Instagram first (because I didn’t realize I’d get around to tinkering with the site but I did) and it caused quite a positive commotion so I thought “This should have gone up on the blog first…” MEH.  Well, let’s forget for now that it’s redundant, not everyone who reads the blog follows me on Instagram, better late than never.  This is the NARS Audacious formula lipstick in the shade “Rita” which just happens to be Mom’s second name and what everyone called her back in her “bagets” day…HA.  The fact that I randomly was given this in a NARS loot bag after their event made that part pretty cool. The NARS Audacious shade “Rita” is a rich red with the same rouge depth as I’d say MAC’s Russian Red but less cool, with a warmer tinge of earthiness making it a very suitable red for fair to medium skin with yellow undertones like mine.  It leans towards being a brick red but doesn’t quite get there.  I like that it’s sort of in between crimson and brick.  It is a very wearable red with a classic creamy glide upon application and when blotted firmly with tissue sets to a dreamy, comfortable matte that doesn’t flake and lasts through 1 to 2 meals without retouching. … To 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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