If you happen to be looking for a mineral powder foundation that isn’t messy to work with nor harsh on skin then Human Nature’s Perfect Coverage Mineral Foundation might just be what you need. It comes in an easy to bag eggplant purple compact and comes in 4 shades to suit Filipina skin.
“Our Perfect Coverage Mineral Foundation gives the right coverage for healthy, even looking skin without suffocating it. With a blend of rice powder and bamboo extract, it gives that velvety smooth finish you’ve always desired. Plus, it’s loaded with natural Vitamin E to help protect your skin.”
INGREDIENTS (no chemical preservatives, parabens, mineral oil, artificial dyes, or other toxic substances): mica, zinc oxide (CI 77947), stearic acid (vegetable derived), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), magnesium myristate (vegetable-derived), silica, caprylic/capric triglyceride (coconut oil-derived), lauroyl lysine (amino acid-derived), Oryza sativa (rice) powder, magnesium stearate (vegetable-derived), Bambusa arundinacea (bamboo) stem powder, dicaprylyl ether (vegetable-derived), glyceryl caprylate (coconut, palm and glycerine-derived), tocopherol (vitamin E), farnesol, linalool (+/-): iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)
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I tried this mineral foundation on myself today and took before and after shots and even simulated evening shots with flash to share with you guys how it performs in different lighting situations. Read more to see how this mineral pressed powder foundation applies and looks on me.
Hundreds of celebrities and influential individuals made their way into Shangrila Makati last night for the sensational event that is the Star Magic Ball, an ABS-CBN celebration of the network’s hardworking, shining stars. Here’s one glimpse of a couple I knew personally at that posh event and I beam with pride because Sam asked me to do her makeup after we finished work on an album cover shoot together yesterday.
Sam’s Dress by Eric Delos Santos, Sam’s Hair done by Bernard
Unlike a lot of the makeup seen at the Star Magic Ball Sam wanted to keep it noticeable but fresh, simple, and neutral to round off her already flashy silver-sequined, dress and please her fiancee’s reserved taste. Paolo Valenciano’s dapper suit was provided for the event by 5cm.
INSTAGRAMS BY SAM (at the end of the night)
My cousin, Pao, proposed to his girlfriend Samantha Tabuena-Godinez last June 15, 2012 while his father, Gary V., was touring in California. Trivia token, in case you didn’t know, Sam’s father, Jaime Godinez owns Sound Check, which is the country’s top sound engineering and services company and they are entrusted with Gary Valenciano’s concerts and almost every major foreign music production that makes its way to the Philippines.
I don’t know ’bout you, but I was instantly drawn to this. All the goodness of Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in a more compact, concentrated form? Buffing brush, bring it over!
It does remind me of the Vitalumiere Aqua compact Chanel released this year. I spotted this in the introductory advertisements of the robust Vogue U.S. September issue.
Just when I thought I had seen enough new base products this had to draw me in didn’t it? There are 12 familiar named shades to suit and it won’t come without a high price. This makeup compact retails for $45 according to the website, but I am not sure if they’ve brought it in already to Philippine shores. Gotta go to bed…have to leave for a shoot in 6 hours.
Have a good morning, and really have it! Don’t let worries or the mad morning rush steal the day away. Remember what Mr. Incredible always says (which is the opposite of what a lot of us say) “I’ve got time” and because he believes, he always does. The day begins with prayer, exercise even if it’s just a 10 or 15 minute routine, a refreshing bath, and breakfast!
Clockwise: Holly’s Lightly Salted (Farm Churned) Butter, Holly’s Really Farm Fresh Milk (Chocolate), Ripe Mango, Buttered Toast, and Red Grapes (sketch filtered with Camera 360 app)
After I did my morning stretch at 630am and this Body Bangin’ 30 min Pilates routine till 715am I showered and went down to have breakfast. I’m blessed to have a Mom who goes the distance and out of her way to get us good food. She knows many preservative-free foods have a shorter shelf life but in exchange they extend ours. As often as we can, we get Holly’s Fresh Milk and their butter made from the same milk (which actually costs less than the Nestle milk in groceries). The family that owns the business are also the owners of Carmen’s Best Ice Cream, a small home business venture made from the same fresh dairy products that come from the Holly cows (Holly cows! LOL!!!). This ice cream BEATS Ben & Jerry’s (seriously, it does, B&J is too sickeningly sweet) and for me is the best ice cream I’ve tasted locally EVARRRHHH. Oh, by the way, this next photo of the ice cream I took over a month ago now, just to be clear I DID NOT have ice cream after breakfast, hahaha, okay? I sprinkled their Malted Milk flavor (which has Malteser bits in it) with Milo on top . Malt meets malt, my classy touch.
“Taste the difference. Our homemade mix sets us apart from all other ice cream brands. We proudly create our ice cream using fresh milk and cream from our very own dairy farm, Real Fresh Dairy Farms, Inc.Best selling flavors: salted caramel, coffee, butter pecan, and malted milk.Butter Pecan, Malted Milk, Salted Caramel, and Brazilian Coffee. We have a flavor of the month, we can make custom ice cream, and we can substitute pure cane sugar with coco sugar for those with health or weight issues.“ Holly’s Dairy Products are also available at the same location.
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I run the risk of sounding like a “fangirl” this way, but so what if I do, I simply have to share this. Lisa Eldridge is a true cosmetic guru. There is no doubt about her decades of passion and expertise as a high fashion and celebrity makeup artist and more recently her cosmetic product development work with brands like Shiseido and Boots No.7.
Draw up names like Katy Perry, Kate Winslet, Emma Watson, Liv Tyler…you can name a few more and more than likely Lisa has done their faces once, twice, or who knows…perhaps even thrice. She’s done magazine cover work for Glamour, Marie Claire, Elle, and even for Vogue UK, Italy, Turkey plus more. She’s endearingly shared her makeup wisdom via her blog and on her YouTube makeup channel to swarms of hopeful women while displaying how she’s done celebrity and model looks. Budding make-up artists like myself all over the world flock to her channel for the latest cosmetic scoop from the European scene.
Anyway, to cut to it…the cosmetic brand Boots No.7 is doing a massive relaunch and Lisa’s got a giveawaygoing your way and I thought you might like to know about it. She chats up the whole world about No.7′s new investment in innovative skintone detecting technology, a whole new range of No.7 foundations, and lots, lots, more.
I got these positively pretty earrings in H&M Singapore for about $SGD 4.90 /5.20 (forgot). I don’t actually know what type these are. When it comes to technically correct retail titles fashionably ignorant is what I am. They’re not dangling earrings that’s for sure (I’m so over those for the moment), they’re not “clip-ons” I think…but that’s what they call the upper “C” shaped cuff that links to what so many people think is my second “horrendous” piercing.
The “C” cuff on the upper ear is flexible metal that allows widening or tightening with a little force. It gives the impression that I pierced my upper ear. I either use it like I do here near the middle part of the ear grasping two ridges, or the way I did at first was just on the single outer ridge of the ear and a little higher up. I feel no discomfort and I’m so glad I am not allergic to lower metals. My hairstyle also flatters the use of earrings like this. They have room to shine with no hair in the way.
These are in a silver finish with fake crystal studs. I also got the gold finish pair in the same design except with pearl studs in case I needed to pair with gold accessories. The only letdown when I first bought these was the stud locks are not snug at all. In fact, the tiny metal imps slipped off from behind my lobes when I first attached them and I was like “What?! H&M are you kidding me?”. I rummaged among my earrings with missing partners and found some unused stud locks that put on the brakes and fit the studs better. No other piercings exist on me other than the default lobe stabs I got as an infant. I’m not AGAINST more piercings, I’m just being clear that I’m not gutsy like that. In fact, it’s my mom who has a second piercing (it’s also Mom who tells me I should tweet more and be more active on Instagram). I’d say 99.5% of the women who see these earrings on me for the first time love them and most think I got pierced again. I guess what makes these so wonderful is their simplicity and how originally indescribable they are.
The other day I had my first manicure after a 5 month nail sabbatical. I spotted a shade by OPI sweetly named Funny Bunny which is barely grey and nearly white. It went on sheer on the first coat. I had to apply a subtle, soft camera filter because the sun was very harsh where I was sitting. This is OPI’s version of what Essie boasts of in their shade, Marshmallow. It’s practically the same. Funny Bunny is absolutely gorj dontcha think?
I’m wearing three coats and it still isn’t fully opaque…that’s what I extremely like about OPI Funny Bunny. It’s a more mod step away from your usual beige nudes and bridal sheers. It actually feels more like a cataract for the nails *round of applause* way to go, Julia, a very appealing description. A more pleasant comparison may be with those milky white marbles we used to play with or maybe dipping one’s finger in a glass of skim milk.
Throughout the last 4-5 years I’ve been alternating faithfully between only two body washes. There was the occasional Cetaphil Antibacterial Bar soap thrown in for good measure but without a regular salary that simply costs too much. These body washes are of a similar type of fragrance family, clean, bouncy, soapy, and fresh and with the aid of a scrubber puff both variants keep my skin supple without any irritation. One is imported and one is local.
Simply Ivory Original Scent Body Wash – I’m happy I was able to find a smaller bottle of Simply Ivory for the photo. Both of these come in jumbo sizes, too. This is such a pretty scent, I just wish it were a bit more powerful but it breaks the day open for me with a whiff of clean freshness. It’s not citrus-y which is great because I’m not extremely fond of citrus scents in toiletries. To me it’s soapy, bouncy, with a dash of floral baby cologne making its way through at some point…and I obviously suck at describing it LOL. Basically if my bedsheets smelt like it I’d bury my nose in and nearly suffocate myself with glee. I think of peppery soap shavings tossed in a bowl with a few gardenia and jasmine buds…I’m not 100% sure if those are the correct floral notes I smell, I’m going by memory.
Johnson’s Baby Milk Bath – A lot of Filipinas put on the lotion from the range, me included a few years back. I know this because I was out once and counted smelling about 2 or 3 girls passing me with the same milky clean scent. This for me is a bit more hydrating than the Simply Ivory One, it’s got a bit of a younger, creamier, soft soap scent and costs way less too (because it’s not imported from the U.S.) and can be found like almost everywhere from pharmacies, to groceries, to department stores. A former, former, flame liked smelling my shoulder repeatedly whenever I paired this with the lotion. When the Simply Ivory one is out of stock at S&R I never fail to grab a bottle of this to replace it. It’s way more affordable and smells stronger, too. I’m excited to see what the reformulation is like…if it’s more moisturizing or something.
One of the first eyeshadow palettes I ever owned was by Estee Lauder. I brought it everywhere with me when I wasn’t as product conscious then. It was handed over to me by Mom who had an Estee Lauder box set. What I primarily loved bout that palette was that it was a palm-size square compact that had a mirror, and it had about 5 or 6 Pure Color eye shade strips in them. People always complimented me bout my eye looks even though I was only using my ring, pinkie, and index finger to blend (I didn’t have eye brushes then). Those eyeshadows delivered but weren’t overly soft, they were just pigmented enough and blended out beautifully even with fingers. I wasn’t even a beauty blogger yet but I knew for sure that it was an excellent product because I hit pan on about 3 of the eyeshadows and cracked 1 or 2 more. Two months ago I came away from an exclusive Estee Lauderevent and received this beautiful single eyeshadow compact as one of my press samples. Fall season in the western fashion world is just around the corner. Even if you say we haven’t got fall or autumn locally I don’t think you’d deny that the recent weather has been looking a lot like this beautiful hue. PAGASA would agree I think.
Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow in 58 Black Crystals isn’t black. It’s a gorgeous, stormy, gunmetal grey embedded with an elegant amount of silver shimmer. It could be immediately classified as a cool shade because of it being grey but there’s a hint of neutral warmth when you blend it out. In a nutshell, the eyeshadow texture is a satin shade with shimmer. Black Crystals would look lovely as a crease color if paired with a lighter base shade but also makes a beautiful shade choice for all over the lid. Read more to see a swatch and how I made this shade work for me.