Skincare

My Smoky Eyeshadow x NEW Stuff Video

I did it!  I posted another video!  This is a Smoky Eyeshadow x NEW Stuff video.  This one I’m quite proud of because I’m finally getting to a place where i’m pretty pleased with my lighting setup.  Now I just have to get a proper 40mm or 50mm lens to work with and I’m pretty good.

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Click here to watch the video on Youtube

INTRO MUSIC: In a Manger, by @Silverfilter ig

NEW STUFF MENTIONED:

ALPHA H DAILY EXFOLIANT (Powder to Paste)
http://www.luxola.com/ph/products/alp…

BY TERRY OMBRE BLACKSTAR (Brown Perfection)
http://phen.strawberrynet.com/makeup/…

LAURA MERCIER CAVIAR STICK
http://sg.strawberrynet.com/makeup/la…

MURAD YOUTH BUILDER AHA HAND CREAM
http://blessmybag.com/2015/06/09/mura…

NARS PRO-PRIME SMUDGEPROOF EYESHADOW BASE
http://www.narscosmetics.com/USA/smud… (Available at NARS Central Square and Rustan’s)

PRODUCTS WORN:

(Worn in advance) Maybelline Fashion Brow 24h Coloring Mascara (dark brown)

(Worn in advance) Maybelline Full & Soft Waterproof mascara

PONDS Flawless White BB Cream (Light and Beige) http://blessmybag.com/2015/03/02/pond

Pixi UK Summer Bronzer in Subtly Suntouched
http://blessmybag.com/2014/09/01/pixi…

ZOEVA Rose Golden Palette http://www.luxola.com/ph/products/zoe…

ZOEVA Cocoa Blend Palette
https://www.zoeva-shop.de/en/cocoa-bl…

BOBBI BROWN Pot Rouge in “Powder Pink”
http://blessmybag.com/2014/03/19/bobb…

BRUSHES:
SOFFIA Powder brush
MAC 217 blending brush
Marionnaud #37 Eye Crease brush (Watsons)
ZOEVA 228 Crease http://www.luxola.com/ph/brands/zoeva

 

In this video I do a very much missed brown smoky eye using eyeshadow which feels like  a throwback because I haven’t touched eyeshadow in so long.  ZOEVA’s amazing new makeup palettes made me do it!  I’ll have a separate blog post for those right after this.


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Antipodes Arrives in Manila | Get Middle-Earth On Your Skin

I first spied cruelty-free naturals brand Antipodes on Estée’s essiebutton channel.  She was genuinely smitten by the scent and benefits of their Vanilla Pod Day Cream.  I never ever thought I’d get a local opportunity to review botanically potent Antipodes natural cosmetics from New Zealand, but I’m ever so glad I thought wrong thanks to a lovely referral to its local distributors.  In regular and online retail, a great local team called Wellness Connect NZ has brought Antipodes in through their store in SM North Edsa, they also have a Wellness Connect NZ Facebook page.  A little bird told me this might also soon be available via Glamourbox.  

 

The New Zealand borne range has won a number of awards, multiple times, particularly for advanced research in cosmetic blends with the use of natural ingredients. Plus, just when you thought it couldn’t get more ideal the product names are somewhat spiritually themed, (words like “Worship”, “Hallelujah”, “Hosanna”, “Rejoice!”, “Joyful” and even “Apostle” are worn by some best-sellers), they sport green labels in apothecary packaging which echoes Aesop, and hail literally from “Middle Earth”. Swish and stare. Legolas just did a hair flip.    Click through to the full post to learn more, read my first impressions, and get access to direct local retail links.… To full post & COMMENTS...

My MIDSUMMER BEAUTY FAVORITES 2015 Video | Getting Back Into the YouTube Groove

Finally, auggggghhh (as Charlie Brown says) finally, I got a MIDSUMMER BEAUTY FAVES video up.  There were several attempts but the first few were of poor quality or too dark and the final attempt wasn’t perfect either LOL, but I didn’t want to let that one stop me from posting, I’ve figured out how to test whether I’m in focus for next time (forgive me, i’m also near sighted and sometimes when I wear contacts I still can’t tell from the itty bitty camera screen).  I told myself if I don’t post ANY imperfect attempt up just to get me rolling again I’ll never get started.  So I’ve begun.  In the video I also show my current method of brow application.

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I discovered after that this video was shot mildly out of focus (sooo sorry, next video will be sharper!!!)  but the products I hold up are clear naman, with the exception of the Safeguard wash and towards the middle and end of the video I get closer to the camera.  Here are my MIDSUMMER BEAUTY FAVORITES, click here to watch the video or play it from the embed below :).

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The Mask of MagnaMinty by LUSH

I’ve always wanted to put on a quintessentially green “mud” mask which has been spoofed as a beauty regimen for so many years.  This minty and delightfully cooling clay-based mask by LUSH, the Mask of Magnaminty has quite simply ticked that one off the bucket list for me.  I’m absolutely smmmmmmokin’, Darling.  It cools and cleans with China clay and uplifts with fair trade vanilla and fresh peppermint.  Unlike many other cooling masks it’s got honest-to-goodness truly organic ingredients.

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MADE OF: Bentonite Gel , Kaolin , Honey , Talc , Ground Aduki Beans (Phaseolus Angularis) , Glycerine , Evening Primrose Seeds (Oenothera biennis) , Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita) ,African Marigold Oil (Tagetes erecta) , Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla Planifolia) , *Limonene , Fragrance ,Methylparaben , Chlorophyllin . *Occurs naturally in essential oils PHP325.00

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The LUSH team sent me three of their skincare best-sellers and the Mask of MagnaMinty is my favorite of the bunch.  I’m not quite into skincare items that supply cooling sensations upon application unless I know it’s truly a botanical effect given off by natural stuff or if my skin feels calmer after.  With LUSH products I know they use the good stuff.  For these hot and sticky months especially after several days together of wearing makeup and sunscreen I like that this mask does its simple job as a good pick-me up.  I love that it smells like choco-mint and rinses off cleanly.

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You Modern Mama You! | The Mother’s Day Edit 2015

Here’s a quick snap-up beauty edit for all the Moms who have laughed and ached with us, who have spurred us on to be the best.  I’ve handpicked a couple of faves that I feel are relevant for you amazing reproducing females, I’ve tried my best to make it a mix for mothers new and old alike.

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My mind cauldron had these attributes thrown in: practical, effective, youth-boosting, and desirable.  The inspiration of the post screams from this image, how can you not do a Mom feature centered on a washable, wipe-down H&M x Marge Simpson monogrammed pouch?  Click through to the full post to see what’s inside!… To full post & COMMENTS...

The Nice Night Cream | Olay Total Effects Anti-Aging Night Cream

This basic but better night cream by Olay is available at leading supermarkets, drugstores, and department stores and you know what, I like it.  I pretty much grabbed the box I was sent to test and smoothed on the cream before heading out the door.  I tested it during the day for good measure because I have sensitive skin and didn’t want to sleep overnight in a cream I hadn’t tried before.  For the price it isn’t some miracle working cream and of course it isn’t organic, but it hydrates and clings well (an important night cream feature), and it contains coconut oil in the ingredients, which is a bit perplexing because one of the descriptions on the box says oil-free… (so which is it P&G?) putting that out there but I don’t fuss that much.  I like how the Olay Total Effects night cream applies and lasts, it feels somewhat oil-free but hydrating at the same time and the mild scent is appealing.

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PRICE: Php789.00 from Zalora click here

INGREDIENTS: Water, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Isohexadecane, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Isostearate, Coconut Oil, Polyacrylamide, Stearyl Alcohol, Sucrose Polycottonseedate, Tocopheryl Acetate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Cetyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Titanium Dioxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Dimethiconol, Ethylparaben, Fragrance, Laureth-7, Propylparaben, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, PEG 100 Stearate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Stearic Acid, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Zinc Oxide, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Triethoxycaprylylsilane.

This night cream hydrates with glycerin, corrects and treats with Niacinamide, and nourishes with coconut oil.  I’m generally not a night cream person because my perception of night creams which has caused me to “run” from them at the get-go is the general belief that they’re full of ingredients that might break me out.  While that is partly true it is just as true that I haven’t found or bothered to test one that agrees with me.  As you can see, the ingredients list would probably not measure up at all for some organic purists out there (I will still love first and foremost my now empty Tomato Lycopene Face Cream by 100% Percent Pure), but I do believe mass market brands like Olay are taking baby steps to include at least a couple of natural ingredients in their formulations, this contains more Coconut Oil and Camellia Extract.  I’m using this as a day cream currently which is proof to myself that it’s one of the lighter drugstore night creams out there on the market.  I also like that for a mass market product you get the sophistication in packaging thanks to a simple insert stopper for freshness before the actual lid.

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You will still feel this night cream on your skin after application, it’s not one of those moisturizers that completely disappears but it is self-explanatory because it is a night cream, it’s supposed to stay on while you wrestle with your pillow just until you cleanse when you wake up in the morning.  As a quick insert or mention, just to share with you guys…in conjunction with this night cream I am using this relatively new mass market cleanser…yes it foams, but it does not contain SLS.

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Safeguard Dermasense Cleansers: AVAILABLE IN 100ml Php199.00 and 50ml Php119.00 from Zalora (click here) and leading groceries and department stores nationwide

I must say it flat out, finally Safeguard, finally…a cleanser suited for the face, and they have this in the Sensitive Skin type and Acne Prone type.  This one is fragrance free and completely lathers up like silk and feels like the Johnson’s Ph 5.5. facial cleanser I loved once upon a time as a teenager.  It rinses clean but not squeaky which is good and I’ve put on the Olay cream after, together they didn’t irritate my skin or break me out.  By the way, this is NOT a paid post.  These do both happen to be P&G products (I hadn’t realized that right away, just a few hours later) but I’ve chosen on my own out of spontaneity to feature these because hello, voila,  organically I reached for them on a whim and yes, I’m using them right now and it looks like they’ll stick around for awhile.… To full post & COMMENTS...

That Shiseido Glow Enhancing Primer | Interpreting Spring With JM Dayao

I’m pretty proud of the spring makeup look I created under the direction of LAX/NYC pro photographer JM Dayao.  It’s nothing fancy, pretty basic but he was very happy with the work I did even if it was just for a workshop.  He taught a workshop last weekend and was very particular on how he wanted his foreign workshop models to look.  We both agreed that though there are a lot of talented makeup artists in this industry, the looks that are approved day in and day out in advertising often take shape into something too contrived.  When I reassured him I wanted to take the makeup direction towards New York City’s take on beautiful appearances peace spread on his face.  I understood that he was frustrated by the local makeup standard we often have no choice but to abide by because of what most people in this country are accustomed to seeing.  While it’s all good makeup (and there are some heavy looks I’ve seen that I love) there’s nothing like once in awhile challenging the industry status quo some of us MUAs abide by.

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On Saturday we completely did away with foundation nation, powder central,  coral pink lips, hair-raising graphic brows and contour, and did not use false eyelashes.  I thought of everything I had learned and I used my hands to work the base into the model’s skin.  I felt like I’d finally been set free to be the makeup artist I wanted to be.  This is one of the looks I did that a workshop attendee @gala_carlo posted.  This work of mine is a typical spring look JM requested.  It was a little tricky because the model had a moderate acne breakout on her cheeks and jaw, so I had to resort to target concealing properly.  I also had a secret ingredient for this look that I was way too excited to use.

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What you are seeing is basically Shiseido’s own version of the dewy agent classic MAC Strobe Cream, but I like this Glow Enhancing primer better.  The shiseido glow enhancing primer glides onto skin and stays a bit more emollient and silky on the surface, there is no detectable shimmer, no tint, and it can be used underneath, on top, or mixed into foundation.  I applied this glow enhancing primer with fingers on key areas of the model’s face on top of MAC Face and Body foundation in N1.  I’ve been using this primer a lot on myself as well, as a highlighter or for added radiance.  This gem’s price is Php1750 from Shiseido Counters in leading department stores nationwide.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Pixi UK Spring Into Summer 2015 Collection | First Impressions, Gosh that Glow Mist!

Deep breaths, now, deep breaths…I wasn’t sent the whole collection, but what I was sent by the Pixi PH team included what I was super excited for.  The Pixi UK “Spring Into Summer” cosmetic collection is now live for purchase on the Glamourbox site!  Here are a couple of goodies to get you revved.

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PIXI Cosmetics Spring Into Summer 2015 Collection

IN PHOTO: Pixi Glow Mist Php950, Pixi Brow Powder Palette Php750, Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensity Duo Brown Eye Php890, Pixi Lip Lift Max cooling gloss Php790 

 

NOT IN PHOTO: Palette Bronzette Summer Glow Php1600 (eyeshadow, blush, bronzer), Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist Php950, Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensity Duo Blue Eye Php890

I haven’t got a lot of time at the moment and the products I was sent won’t complete an entire look, so I’ll honestly but briefly go through each thing I was sent with my first impressions about my initial hands on experience.  Click through to see the full post.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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