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.
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.”
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.
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.
Benefit Cosmetics recently released tinted versions of what we all might recall as lip balms or lip butters. The shades released for these lip balms are all drawn from the existing lip & cheek tints in the Benefit family. They’re tenderly (not annoyingly) rose scented and come prettily packaged just like high-end lipsticks do. Many people are immense fans of sheer tint and balmy formulas that aren’t sticky, if you’re one of them, these are for you. I think I first saw Anna of Vivianna Does Makeup give a quick rave about these on YouTube over a month ago. The Benefit team just sent over the whole balm range and I’ve had a go at testing and trying them out.
“Benefit lip balms condition and hydrate lips with mango butter and sodium hyaluronate.” (rose scented) Php1000.00 from local Benefit Boutiques
These lipgloss sticks or lip balms feel quite luxurious on the lips, but I’ll have to be honest, for the sheerness I do feel it is slightly overpriced at Php1000.00. They’re great but…hmmm, I did expect more of a “Wow” factor swatching these and I sort of got the “wow” feel but not quite the visual “wow” I was hoping for. Maybe that’s just because my lips are quite strong in color and I don’t get the payoff I personally expect to see, someone with paler lips would maybe. I tried prepping my reddish lips with concealer to take photos but the buttery balm would mix with the concealer and the shade wouldn’t show up true on camera so I decided to skip lip photos and show these to you in swatches instead. They do smell nice though and feel awesome and comforting to put on. These balms in texture don’t feel cheap on the lips and are very hydrating, they remind me of the Korres lip butters but in stick form. The most pigmented shade of the lot and the one I like to go with is BeneBalm which is based on BeneTint’s rouge tint. It makes my lips look like I’ve pressed them together all the time.
The metallic lip balm packaging of these Benefit lip balms is well-made, all feel tightly assembled and not like they’re gonna come apart at one drop. Any shade would make a lovely present for a girlfriend. For evening occasions another possible use for these balms I just realized is when we’re wearing certain shades of lipstick our lips tend to feel dry later in the evening, topping up with one of these balms on top of the lipstick in the center of the lips (like Benebalm on red lipstick, chacha balm for peachy nude lipsticks e.g.) can add some comfort and moisture later in the evening when our lips are event-weary. All balms are available now from Benefit boutiques locally for Php1000.00. Follow @benefitbeautyph on Instagram for moreproduct and event updates for you Benebabes :).
Hi, yes I know a bit of a huge setback there huh, but yes I am still here. For those of you who haven’t been following my social media updates on the FB page and Instagram my father had his third hospital confinement since I arrived from New York in April. He was confined in April, in May overnight for something different, and this June for another stroke. While I was in New York he had already suffered from a handful of minor acute strokes and my mother was updating me via mobile while I was abroad. When I came back I found that my father had quite significantly changed from how I remember him before I left for New York City, he was kind of mentally grasping sometimes to complete statements he wanted to make, or he wanted to make a joke but would lose the thought and become sad, and my heart would melt with empathy. God has been faithful because Dad is still well enough to walk around and play golf with assistance, but sadly his memory has been somewhat affected. Right now he has a bunch of medications, follow-up checkups, and a restricted diet we all have to be hawks about since he has no caregiver so I’ve been having to adjust and I’ll admit I haven’t been 100% a saint about it half the time. I’ve been having to deal. Thank you for being understanding in this time of the blog being somewhat blank momentarily but please believe me when I say I really do not intend for it to stay this way for much longer, I want to be back AS IN BACK and with a bang. In fact, I wanted to share something today. While I was looking for some other older music by Regina Spektor I came upon one of her music videos, and while I might be the last person on the planet to see the art direction of her 2012 video release “How” (which is like a modern female rendition of Unchained Melody in my head lol) I was absolutely delighted by the art direction and how beautifully styled Regina was that it has inspired me to blog again and create future features for the blog despite the circumstances.
I like how porcelain skin was made the brief but done in a way that was somewhat vintage but not too dated. I like that the makeup is present, noticeable, but applied in a restrained manner so that it doesn’t clash with the quirky yet effective art direction.
There’s something muted yet simultaneously vibrant at the same time about this video. I love how they made her coral lips the key vibrance in the art direction. A current lipstick favorite right now in the blog community that people are raving about and that I’ve seen look similar online is Clinique’s Matte Mandarin from their new generation Long Last Soft Matte range (which isn’t a dead matte) lipstick and it is not yet available here on counters, I inquired at the Clinique Boutique (don’t you love how that rhymes) at SM Aura. MAC Lady Danger would probably be close but a little more intense orange-y red, but Clinique Matte Mandarin which I saw Ruth of AModelRecommends wear and apply over here on YouTube looks to be somewhat of a better softer match. Embedded below is Regina Spektor’s quirky yet wistful music video for her song “How”.