Ever since Lisa Eldridge did that essentially orange-y red Keira Knightley tutorial I’ve been looking to phenomenally set my lips on fire. It was quite risque in thought, orange on my yellow Asian skin? Would it work? The thought of orange-ish red lips made me gag, it looked good on other people but I was quite curious to see if it would work on me, though doubtful. I remember MAC Morange being an epic fail test and Lady Danger well might’ve been good but MAC is not in the budget at the moment. Then shortly after I was at Metro Mall in Alabang for my passport renewal duties I came across a dynamic duo, Ever Bilena Matte Lipstick in “Hot Summer” (Php165) and their nearly identical lipliner shade in “Orange” (Php100).
What resounded in my head when I spotted “Orange” was that fabulous Lord & Berry orange lipliner Lisa used on Keira, Ever Bilena’s “Orange” Lipliner is a very good dupe. That lipliner together with Ever Bilena’s matte “Hot Summer” lipstick hit the sweet spot when blotted once, the results I tell you were off the charts.
L’Oreal True Match BB Cream in G2, Clinique Cheek Pop blush in Ginger Pop, Ever Bilena Matte Hot Summer lipstick and Orange Lipliner, COTTON ON Shades
What impressed me is how great it looked still after one meal and provided that you properly exfoliated/scrubbed your lips clean of any dry skin both the lip liner and the lipstick will glide on beautifully and stay on properly when blotted once with tissue. The lipliner is creamy but dry enough to last (perfect in texture in my opinion, not too hard, not too soft). I applied the EB Orange lipliner all around and almost all over the lip before adding the lipstick right smack in the center outwards direct from the bullet. I did not make the lipstick reach the edge of the lips so that the lipliner could do the job of preserving the edge. Do you think my Php265 (in total) drugstore orange red lip is a success story?
Say hello again to fab flavored Hurraw! cold-pressed vegan lip balms praised by the likes of Oprah, Nylon, InStyle, and teenVogue magazine! It’s summer time, the heat is almost on, and luscious lip treatment is on your mental to-do stack. I’ve handpicked some Hurraw! summery flavors (Kapha is kinda new) that I think would be cool to have handy this summer. Available locally from Cutieverse.com for Php280 or inquire via firstname.lastname@example.org to ask where they’re available in public retail one place I know is Beyond Yoga in Fort, BGC. My handpicked summer flavors featured are listed below.
…When it comes to lip balm, most people fall into one of two categories: those who believe the organic, all natural versions are worth $15+ price tags and those who still swear by their Bonnie Bell obsession from middle school. Hurraw! make it their mission to merge these two extremes. Their line of handmade lip balms has everything we love about the expensive brands -fair trade, raw and organic ingredients – along with the cheap price and awesome scents of our drugstore favorites…at $3.79 each it’s never been easier or cheaper to get the best of both worlds. – NYLON Magazine
Super smooth, not draggy, not sticky, not sweet, not too glossy, not too smelly, never grainy, long lasting;
plus, it had to hold up to being in a back jeans pocket all day without melting! It took us several obsessed years to formulate Hurraw! Balm and put it through all the rigors.We source honest, fair trade, organic, vegan and raw ingredients from reputable suppliers and are thrilled to share the labors with other balm lovin’ individuals. Your purchase supports legit fair trade, organic farmers and suppliers here in the States and around the World. – HURRAW! Balm
KAPHA BALM- “An infusion of tulsi leaf. Invigorating and zesty grapefruit subtly melds with stimulating eucalyptus while fresh Malagasy ginger gives a bit of warmth. Energizing.”
SUN BALM SPF 15 - “It glides on silky smooth *(and virtually clear) like our regular balms but we formulated it to be extra thick and creamy for longer staying power while out in those shining rays! Juicy Tangerine, Roman Chamomile and a hint of Vanilla make it nourishing and calming for your lips. Packed full of amazing cold pressed oils to moisturize, protect and heal.”
COCONUT BALM – “Fresh, creamy, coconuts… there is nothing better. The coconut gives us so much, we just had to have a super smooth coconut balm! The rich, raw coconut oil in our balm enriches the fabulous flavor. Our all natural organic coconut flavor is the truest we’ve found and continues to put this balm at the top of our best seller list.”
GRAPEFRUIT BALM – “Fresh cold pressed organic oil from the grapefruit peel makes our creamy and smooth grapefruit lip balm out of this world zesty! An infusion of wildcrafted alkanet root gives our balm a gorgeous light pink color that leaves a sheer clear gloss on the lips! ”
ROOT BEER BALM- “People love our root beer balm as it takes them “back to their childhood.” We think root beer is great for all-ages, all-the-time! Cool, creamy, rooty and fabulous. Here’s to a frosty one clipped on the window at the drive-in.”
MOON BALM, Night Treatment – “Extra thick, creamy and rich; our Moon balm has some serious staying power. The Vanilla and Peru Balsam scent will lull you to sleep. Azulene packed Blue Chamomile lends a gorgeous green-blue color and soothes your lips for some true beauty z’s! Check out what it’s packin’: Avocado Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, and Argan oil”
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
Select stuff available at http://www.seektheuniq.com/.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PixiBeautyPH, Twitter: @PixiBeautyPH, Instagram: @PixiBeautyPH
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!
I’m equally drawn to MAC lipsticks as the next makeup-savvy girl but to put it bluntly out there I’m not really a fan of the cremesheen finish range. I for one personally prefer my lipsticks to feel like lipsticks. To me a classic lipstick feels more waxy than creamy with slightly more drag than slip. MAC’s new huggable lipcolor range, for example, I’m more okay with because in spite of high shine they still have more cling to them than cremesheens do. However, I did make the exception for MAC Peach Blossom after Anna of Vivianna Does Makeup did a standalone post on it and it looked subtle but super pretty. Peach Blossom is nearly a cremesheen version of MAC Patisserie (which is a lustre, a little more opaque, less slip) but with a slightly more pink less warm undertone.
MAC Cremesheen lipsticks provide the high-shine finish of gloss with slightly more color and without the sticky situation. Peach Blossom (Php1000) is a pink-beige shot with light-catching shimmer particles only seen in direct light.
I’ll be honest I’ve only bought 3 MAC lipsticks in my lifetime, because I have to really, as in REALLY, like the color to get it. Right after getting Peach Blossom at the MAC Counter in Shangrila Plaza I put it on immediately, I had of course also tested it before making the purchase.
One thing I immediately noticed was how great my lips looked when I saw my slightly blurred reflection in a mirror far across me while on a descending escalator. With Peach Blossom on it was obvious I had a nude-ish mauve something on but it looked like it had lifted my lips in terms of color instead of disappearing into my face. That observation jumped out at me and I totally liked it and so for once I gave in to a cremesheen. Something extremely similar in the drugstore would be Za’s Collagen infused Plumper Lips lipsticks but they don’t have as huge a shade range of course as MAC. I’m still on the radar for MAC Plink which is a lustre lipstick close to this sort of color but with a subtle gold sheen. MAC lipsticks cost Php1000 in stores. I have bought a MAC product in the past from a stockist but I really prefer to buy MAC products from the actual boutiques to ensure authenticity.
When Revlon released the matte and lacquer versions of their lip crayons abroad the news spread globally like real quick, and we hopefuls over here waited…and waited. People knew these arrived two weeks ago, they’ve raided shelves and they’ve posted photos, now it’s my turn to have a go at them.
I was given 6 Colorburst Crayons by Revlon to review and I purchased 1 in my color of choice for around Php500+. The matte balms have a plush sort of finish and moderate coverage. The lacquer balms have a shimmering gloss finish and sheer to moderate coverage.
The collection is a wonderfully wide range and the color payoff is impressive. Both finishes are comfortable to wear and I like the neutral peppermint flavor also present in the original Kissable balm stains. To be honest the matte balms are very soft on the lips but I expected them to be just a bit less patchy with more opaque coverage. However I did notice that the texture sometimes also depends on the shade which would probably mean they should try and work out consistency. I truly wish all the matte balms had the same coverage as the cool true red “Standout” which is like just 5% short of perfect for me in terms of finish. However the one that I laid eyes on because of its perfect happy red hue is “Striking”.
The shade I didn’t resist purchasing the day before the Revlon launch was their matte balm in “Striking” which is like a matte version of my Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Heftiest Hibiscus, a nail polish that would match it would be Clinique Happy Heart. This is a younger looking red with a coral undertone and feels similar to the Maybelline 14-hr one Lisa Eldridge raved about called Non-Stop Red. I think Revlon’s “Striking” is probably the most wearable bold daytime red I’ve ever come across for myself which doesn’t drain my face when I put it on. I like that I have the option to blot it down if I want to and how it fades very gradually in a nice way after about 3 hours before you need to retouch. Many bright colors don’t wear away as gracefully as this one does. To get optimum wear out of any of these crayons make sure your lips are exfoliated of all chapped skin.
I think it’s only right and less confusing that Revlon are integrating all their lip crayons into the Colorburst range, the Kissable Balm Stains I suspect will soon join the flock and may be renamed as well together with the matte and lacquer variants. Though these new crayons with new textures may not be as long-wearing as their balm stain siblings they beautifully pack punches of color for a reasonable price and will be so convenient to bring along on vacation trips as summer rolls swiftly in next month!