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The Oscars 2014 Red Carpet Raves | Five Beautiful Faces and Proper Makeup

Lots of people just got their Oscars tube fix in the last couple of hours.  Ellen was funny, JLaw fell again, before getting to the red carpet, the stars took an epic selfie, and I knew Matthew McConaughey would bring home Best Actor.

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photo credit: Bradley Cooper, seriously..

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Lupita Nyong’o in Prada (All photo sources: Just Jared, The Guardian, and Oscars.com)

Along with that, we beauty bugs always only pretty much await a certain segment of the whole event that isn’t even part of the main program, of course, the red carpet arrivals.  It’s where we finally get to see our beloved stars in an open space from top to toe in full swag.  It’s also where these actors get their faces mercilessly peppered with flash photography while the sun is setting.  Red carpet makeup is a professional makeup artist’s ultimate challenge because today with social media and smartphones, not one mistake stands a chance.    Read more to see the photos and find out who were the 5 actresses I thought had the best overall hair and makeup.

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DISQUS Blog Comments | Discuss With Me, Comment More!

Hey guys, I’m so happy I finally got this to work!  I was having a few quirks on the old comments syncing but now DISQUS blog comments is fully operational on my blog!  I wanted to resurrect life in my comment threads and be able to discuss with you all, rant, rave, or swoon back, and laugh it up easily in the same manner that comment threads become lively, more interactive and fun on Facebook or Instagram for example. I spotted DISQUS on the blog of Anna (Vivianna Does Makeup she gets like a minimum of 20 comments for every post) and more recently on first class US beauty blogzine ITG (Into the Gloss), and I also noted that select news sites like the Atlantic for example use DISQUS, too.  I figured if thousands of strangers are able to comment on the Atlantic via DISQUS it’s got to be simple enough for blog readers, too.  All your old comments (at least all I hope, last I checked) have been synced here already.  For some of you this new comments section may look a little less straightforward than before.  Don’t worry, you DO NOT have to register with DISQUS just to leave a comment (but with a free DISQUS account you get the option of voting up comments), you can go for logging in using your social media account OR if you really just don’t wanna care too much just “comment as guest”…see the example below.  By the way, a certain “gentleman” was quite obliging to help me demonstrate how public guest comments work, haha!  To leave a comment as a guest  just click in the “Join the Discussion” box to begin commenting and when you click in the “Pick a name” box underneath to leave your name…the option of “I’d rather post as a guest” will be there so just check that.

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Hey guys, leave me comments.  Don’t be shy and let’s begin discussing!  To make it fun I’ll begin putting up photo topics for discussion just so we can all get to know each other a little better and have fun putting our opinions out there via DISQUS.  Don’t worry IF in the long-run this comment program doesn’t begin to improve our interaction or ease the way I moderate comments it’s pretty simple to just deactivate it and all the new comments from Disqus can be safely synced back into the old WordPress comments.  Here’s something to help you understand it better.  To totally visualize and get how much less limiting DISQUS is when it comes to topic interaction check out this catchy 1 minute viral video ad of theirs (via YouTube).

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24Hr Cream Eyeshadow | Product Review & Launch Highlights

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.

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Inked in Pink (rose pink), Barely Branded (a champagne vanilla), Bad to the Bronze  (a warm bronze), and Audacious Asphalt (cool gunmetal grey) Php300++

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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.

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Cheyenne Randall’s “Shopped” Tattoo Art | Ten Reasons to Follow Him

I am showcasing ten visual reasons to obey these five words: Follow @indiangiver on Instagram now.  If you haven’t heard about Cheyenne Randall’s #shoppedtattoos concept here it is.  His concept of digitally applying tattoos on iconic celebrities from decades past or even more recent years is a deeply thought provoking one.  In my opinion none of it offends because it’s all so tastefully done.  What’s really interesting how he is able to present the great “What if…” in precisely executed fashion and his choice of photos to work with reveals the respect he has for the people in frame.  I also sense a bit of fun amidst the whole #shoppedtattoos thread he has begun on IG, the “inking” of everyday civilians or the odd family member/friend included.  Remember take it all in with an open mind, this is just an idea :).

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Read more to see all 10 photos I chose from Cheyenne Randall’s “shopped” images.

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NEW Clinique Cheek Pop Cream Blush | Flowery Flush Available March 2014

When I first laid eyes on previews of the Clinique Cheek Pop cream blush compacts last year time stood still for me and I stared, and wondered, and hoped.  The cream blushes molded with gerber daisies in full bloom were just too cute to ignore.  The first press images of these blush compacts set off time lapse clips of flowers blooming in my head.  I’m still staring.

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Developed with a patented, breakthrough technology, CLINIQUE Cheek Pop’s innovative formula begins as a smooth liquid which is then transformed through a slow baking process into a completely new distinct powder finish that’s lightweight in texture and silky smooth to the touch.  Php1395 from CLINIQUE Counters March 2014, available in Ginger Pop (above), Peach Pop, Berry Pop, and Plum Pop

They’re so pretty I’m almost ignoring the peeve that they come mirrorless, yes they’re that attractive.  It’s kind of still surreal to me that I was sent a preview compact in “Ginger Pop” (a wearable, more peach-ish than pink shade).  Clinique Cheek Pop stock will hit local counters this March for about Php1395.  Dreaminess.  Read more for the full review. (more…)

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