“Makeup Games”, Alexej Ravski… Read the rest
Since my last favorite L’Oreal False Lash Telescopic mascara is on its way out past the 6 month mark (you should see how horrid the tube looks, peeling to bits) I picked up the locally available NEW Revlon Lash Potion Mascara in the waterproof variant (often, non-waterproof mascaras don’t hold lash curl). I’m quite the sucker for cute packaging and I think Revlon went really smart and magical with the colorway of this tube, I like having it in my pouch. The performance catch most great mascaras have in exchange for photogenic lashes is the stiff brittle texture on lashes. Last year I raved about Maybelline Full N’ Soft waterproof mascara which isn’t available here. That was a good all-around daily mascara that wasn’t clumpy for me, held curl well, and didn’t make my lashes completely feel like they’d passed through a deep fryer. This one by Revlon is a comparably similar conditioning, intensifying formula that still leaves behind detectably attractive wisp and flutter on those lashes without the clumps. Someone commented on my recent Benefit Gimme Brow review asking what mascara I was using because my lashes were more natural looking and I suppose they were also still noticeably bold and out there. This was what I had on. It’s my very first Revlon mascara purchase and I’ve never tried the original Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara in the green tube which the Pixiwoo sisters on Youtube use quite a lot so I won’t be making a comparison between this and that. Basically, Revlon’s Grow Luscious mascara range combines a nourishing lash treatment formula with mascara. The treatment does not cause lashes to grow but discourages breakage with strengthening proteins as lashes repopulate.
“Magically transform lashes to lush, long and lustrous. A potion with strengthening proteins drenches lashes for volume. Triple-groove wand combs through for clump-free length.”
Volume and length provided by this mascara is moderate but noticeable. So if you don’t want to go over the top this is great. Note that you can build thickness with this beautifully so if you want to “Go bold or go home” this can do that for you if layered twice or thrice properly. If you’ve been wondering about Maybelline Full N’ Soft in the U.S. Revlon Lash Potion is extremely similar, it just comes with a bigger more traditional brush instead of plastic wand that separates lashes nicely for me, but I do wish the brush was tapered smaller at the tip like the original Revlon Grow Luscious wand. My only peeve about this brush is for small to medium eyes (especially Oriental lids) application can be a bit messy against the edge of the eyelid because of the size of the brush, but for more than medium to large eyes you will love this. My eye size is right smack in the middle so I’m fine working with it. The way this mascara makes my lashes appear and feel more wispy instead of crispy is totally worth the once in awhile small smudges I get upon application. The waterproof variant, which is what I have, lasts well throughout the day without smudging along the top lashline, on the bottom lashline it’s not as effective, it smudges just a wee bit but doesn’t make a huge mess. Ergo it may not be the best bottom lash mascara so use it sparingly along there. For the waterproof varian there is some strong resistance to makeup remover but not a whole lot to cause a headache.
At the moment I’ll throw in a “better together” mention with the Kevyn Aucoin lash curler. Compared to the Shu lash curler the KA curler (red silicon pad), which Lisa Eldridge uses alternately sometimes, gives a different effect. … Read the rest
This, ho boy…THIS is exactly what I wished a glossy lipstick should be, and don’t turn away (I know Pinay girls prefer matte textures) it isn’t sheer at all. What can I say, I like it so much I want more colors, that’s when you know a lip product is fab. I had actually imagined and wished that the lip butters that everyone was raving about last year had this sort of chic plump finish with great staying power. If you’re looking to optically “plump” up those lips (great for petite pouts) without the common discomfort that glossy products usually give Za’s Plumper Lips Lipstick ought to be your weapon of choice. I’m also smitten by the lipstick packaging which is a rosy chrome laced with a Za monogram pattern on the cap. I was given the shade Rose Vintage by the Za team which is a warm creamy pink (Php425 via SM Department store beauty sections).
The texture is unique when you first swatch it, because it’s a super smooth high shine lipstick with some “drag” to the swipe instead of complete “slip”…which is indicative of added staying power. The longevity isn’t as formidable as something like Max Factor Lipfinity (which shrinks over the lip when it sets) but it’s just enough long wear given the sort of product that it is. I’d say it could last 3 hours through 1 meal. After eating or drinking twice of course you’d have to top up. But you have to agree, isn’t topping up those lips a fun part of being a girl?
See how it significantly lays on color? Please note, I actually had dry lips and some flaky bits but the lip product helped in partly concealing that. I’m not usually fond of high shine lipsticks but I haven’t stopped using this since I first tried it ( I short of frantically begin to upend furniture when it’s out of sight). We all know high shine lip products will fade throughout the day, but this fades gracefully not messily and since it’s in lipstick form it’s so easy to top up without straying beyond the lip edge. I totally love that the color is OBVIOUS but not over the top. I always look for it when my lips are bare and feel every bit more “Angelina Jolie”-esque when I have it on :). Za Plumper Lips Lipstick costs Php425 via Watsons’ beauty sections at SM Department Stores.… Read the rest
The partial reason why I accumulate backlog is not primarily because I’m lazy, but more because I want to give the products sent to me a good test run first in my day to day life. Wouldn’t it be strange if you just up front blogged about something you’ve just opened up? Not that I’ve never done that, there are some products that are what they are when you first try them, but others have more to prove over time. You cannot imagine how often I’ve been reaching for this since the day Benefit gave it to me. This brow pick is a win, primarily because of the natural look it gives and how simple it is to use, I only wish it came in more than just 2 shades, the one I have is light/medium, there’s another shade perfect for Filipinas who don’t color their hair which is Medium/deep.
“Bring on the brows! This innovative brush-on fiber gel adheres to skin & hair…creating brows where before there were none. It builds easily for thick, lush arches, thanks to a tapered brush for blending & precision tip for shaping. Available in two shades. Using short pressing motions, stroke brush tip along brow to define shape. Comb through to blend & build brows. For the most natural look, start at the inner edge of your brow and move outward. Repeat to add more volume.”INNOVATIVE BRUSH-ON FIBER GEL 3.0g Net wt. 0.1oz.• Water resistant• Long-wearing• Natural-looking• Buildable
We all need that turnaround point after hair has withered beneath the surfactants of shampoos and styling products. Wazzat? I heard “Hair is dead…” from somewhere in the back. I never said we needed to treat it with pity, but we sure do need to treat the surface (as we would a cuticle) it if you want to look good. Let’s be honest though…clarifying shampoos and treatments add significantly to cost. “Hair masques” or in our language “deep conditioners” can be expensive, but I’ve just tried a combination that I wouldn’t say is a “miracle tandem” but is quite effective and not too weighty on the wallet either. One of them is a brand new product I was sent.
Organix Moroccan Argan Creme Sheer Opulence Hair Masque, Human Nature 100% Natural Clarifying Shampoo
Key Ingredient Sources: Water, Coconut, Aloe, Sugarcane, Sugarbeet, Rice, Anise, NO SLS/SLES, ALS/ALES, PEGs, parabens, synthetic fragrances silicones or harmful chemicals PHP149.75
Who wouldn’t want to try a clarifying shampoo offering by Human Nature? The livelihood boosting brand has made a heartwarming footprint in the beauty industry delivering naturally derived, mild yet effective locally made products to people’s doorsteps. Their products are also available in select groceries like Rustan’s Fresh and in their various Human Nature outlets nationwide. They’ve now brought out a lovely clarifying shampoo free of nasties. I think it still contains some naturally derived sulfates so will have to double check if it is safe for colored hair, though I do almost believe it is because no SLS/SLES or ALS/ALES. I also think given the absence of nasties it would make a great children’s shampoo though it would be good to double check if it stings the eyes, it didn’t enter mine when I was showering, it might be a different case with long hair.
Available from SM Watsons for Php449.50
This Argan Creme Sheer Opulence Masque by Organix is a good, rich, deep conditioner. The name is undeniably decadent but I think it was a bit of a stretch to call it a hair masque. Although Php450 is far from the price hike of a balmy Kerastase masque I still really wish this was a lot more like a masque (because it’s labeled as one) and a lot less like a conditioner. Human Nature do a nice avocado hair masque which I reviewed before and that really was what I expected it to be. I’m not completely let down with this though…it smells nice, mildly perfumed like sunny holiday with a non-sickly hint of coconut. I expect anything called a masque to be pasty thick, almost like body scrubs or an alternative example being gelato which forms peaks from density. It isn’t as thick like that…it’s got the soufflé texture of a local Cream Silk conditioner. It is a nice, nourishing Argan formula similar to the Delon conditioner I use daily, but a little more rich than that. This together with the Human Nature shampoo have given me a good hair reboot for the long weekend plus they don’t break the bank.… Read the rest