NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer | The Daily Concealer That Does It All

As of the moment THIS is my perfect concealer for personal use.  I’m proud ‘coz I got this for just Php550 when I made very good use of my Php1000 Rustan’s Gift Certificate, otherwise it would’ve been too pricy for me at Php1550.  I bought it after my high favorite for under-eyes Clinique Airbrush pen concealer ran completely empty.  However, I can truly see why this concealer is worth that for someone who could get it at full price.  In this case, unlike the last thing I posted about, I’m convinced all the raves about NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer are valid.  The ladies I read and watch weren’t raving due to marketing hype this time.  It’s creamy enough to blend, it dries down to a tender matte finish, and it covers like no other moist doe-foot concealer I’ve tried.


This nearly eliminates the need to use liquid concealer for under the eyes and have a separate stick or cake concealer for spots, because it works for both areas.  The only local drawback is they only brought it here in 4 shades,  2 levels of pinkish cool tones, and 2 levels of warm.  It truly irritates me that I have to tell you again that the shade I got, “Ginger” is if I’m not mistaken the deepest shade they have which will suit girls on the deeper end of MAC NC30 (in between NC30 and NC35), if you’re on the lighter side of MAC NC30 then the shade “Custard” is for you.


The number and choice of shades brought in for this item is SUPER silly if it’s here for the Filipina market because if you look at this image from Karen’s blog they have a whole range of shades abroad, what the hey, right?  It all boils down to what they think will be volume sales I guess.  Honestly speaking it is not the most affordable concealer one can get, but if you get a Rustan’s GC and you’re my shade or lighter, get this, you should really get this if you’re on the market for an everyday concealer.  By the way sorry if I look slightly awful in these shots (puffy eyes, a few more spots)…you are bearing witness to PMS me.  These are the areas I use this concealer for and what it looks like before being blended.



It’s the best concealer for everyday use that I’ve tried, I’m grateful that they have my shade.  I had actually found my perfect under-eye concealer in Clinique’s Airbrush pen concealer.  Like this one it was perfect under the eyes and around the nose nooks and mouth corners but the the thing about that one by Clinique was it couldn’t really be used on spots because coverage was light to medium and it is minimally light reflective, this has some undetectable radiance but it isn’t as light reflective.  The thing about NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is, it’s a liquid concealer with some heft in the formula so it has medium to absolutely full coverage.



In my before and after shots I’ve applied it over a bare face no foundation.  It’s nice because I can use it without foundation sometimes like on weekends.  It dries softly matte but you can feel that once it sets, it’s not going anywhere like MAC’s Pro longwear concealer.  Closest description would be is it’s like someone took the mass favorite Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer fixed any flaws it had.


So you see it’s like the NARS team took the best thing about several holy grail concealers and put it into one user-friendly product.  It’s a multi-purpose concealer in a tube with a doe-foot applicator which makes it perfect for everyday use.  I’m completely raving, this product is well worth the praise.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush | Straightforward, No Bells and Whistles

There was and is still so much hype around the product that came prior to this which was the Hourglass Lighting Powders.  Based on before and after photos of those, I wasn’t particularly seeking those out because they looked just like Hourglass’ version of MAC’s MSF Natural powders.  It’s possible that I might have a better shade match in those compared to MAC’s range, but I wasn’t prepared to spend money on something you guys wouldn’t be able to see so much on camera anyway.  So I decided to go with their Ambient Lighting Blush, again something bloggers went ballistic for.  This was part of the stuff my niece brought home from the US for me, but I’m kind of wishing now considering $36 that I didn’t go for this and that I asked for Real Techniques brushes from Ulta instead.  Now to tell you the truth, it’s a great blush that does exactly what it says on the box but nothing other than that.  To be honest there’s nothing STANDOUT about it other than the fact that it’s by Hourglass and it’s very pretty to look at.  The shade I have is Luminous Flush, a vibrant coral pink swirled with champagne beige colored ambient lighting powder.



A truly multi-dimensional blush that enhances cheeks with seamless soft-focus color, and a natural radiant finish. $36 from SEPHORA




I’m not ranting but neither am I over-the-hill raving.  One level up it has over MAC’s mineralize skin finishes is that it comes in a more interesting shaped compact and it has a mirror, always a necessity, but you see what I mean right?  The effect is like well-blended blush with less fallout or patchiness.  There’s no increased value or promise even of better longevity.  It’s just a pretty straightforward range of blushes that provide a satin finish without annoying sparkle.  It even reminds me of the Milani Baked Blushes.  It’s as simple as that.  I’m still happy to own one, just not to the point that I’d say “thrilled”.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Alexa Chung’s Cat Eye Demo | Revisiting Vogue’s Monday Makeover

This was posted by Vogue on YouTube last December but I believe it’s well worth the revisit considering that many of you may not have seen this yet.  Alexa Chung is a British model, “it” Girl, TV presenter, and contributing editor at British Vogue.  Her laid back but astute sense of style often catches people’s attention.


She’s one of those trendsetters who doesn’t strive to be one which is indicative of someone with natural style.  She’s also particularly fond of the quintessential and perfectly done sixties cat eye.  Watch this simple video demo of how Alexa likes her cat eyeliner done using Eyeko products, a brand which she collaborated with for a collection.

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Tarte Be MATTEnificent Makeup Palette | Amazonian Colored Clay Collector’s Edition

I haven’t tried anything huge from Tarte – high performance naturals, besides one of their Amazonian Clay blushes.  The successful mid-range American cosmetics brand founded by Maureen Kelly continues to impress with its unique formulas, on point colors, and standout payoff and longevity.  Her story here is pretty amazing given that she started with no professional makeup-artistry or business background.  The range has a look that stands out, a quirky balance between feminine chic and mod ethnic.  In terms of general pricing it’s pretty comparable to Benefit Cosmetics.  A niece of mine (only 3 years younger than me) was coming home from the US and she sweetly asked if I’d like to buy anything she could bring home for me.  One huge thing loomed in my mind ever since Jane Cunningham featured it.  It was none other than Tarte’s New “Be MATTEnificent” makeup palette, a lavender/ taupe symphony of a palette, and one other item also by them which you’ll see soon.



PRICE: $36.00 from Sephora (currently sold out, check other sources)

Top row: Sand Out From the Crowd, Peach for the Stars, Two Plums Up  Second Row: Pink Outside the Box, Rose to the Occasion, View From the Taupe Bottom Row: Dream in Chocolate, Stand Out Black Blush: Elevated

TARTE’s first ever matte eye & cheek palette includes: 8 limited edition Amazonian Colored Clay Eyeshadows, 1 limited edition Amazonian Colored Clay blush (“Elevated”), and a double-ended eyeshadow brush

Formulated without: parabens, mineral oil, pthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, gluten…

What I picked up instantly was how smooth and silky the eyeshadow  is and how despite some fallout the payoff of the medium to lighter shades totally impressed me.  What also makes the palette so worthwhile is that they included 2 extremely essential eyeshadow shades you can use to deepen the look or line your eyes (dry or wet most likely), dream in chocolate (dark brown) and stand out black.  A bit of View From the Taupe and Dream in Chocolate can be blended together for use on brows.  Read more to see more photos and a complete look applied on myself.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Ever Bilena Matte “Hot Summer” Lipstick & “Orange” Lipliner

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?


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Swipe on Summer With Hurraw! | Lips Need Fair Trade, Vegan Love

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 for Php280 or inquire via 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”… To full post & COMMENTS...

Ellana Minerals’ Flash FB Giveaway! | Win Your Fave Ellana Product

Ellana Minerals posted this approximately 20 hours ago on their Facebook page, leave a comment at this link and mention what your favorite Ellana Minerals product is which you would like to win and be one of 5 winners of the giveaway.   My favorite products are Ellana’s loose or pressed mineral powder foundation and their blush duo in Kitten/Peach passion.  The giveaway ends one week from today.  Like Ellana Minerals FB and join the giveaway here or click on the image below.

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L’Oreal Double Extension CURL Waterproof Mascara | Optional Showstopping Lashes

I have snubbed this sort of mascara for years, and it’s always been there, sitting on local shelves.  Before however the waterproof variant wasn’t available, only the red and white tube which I loathed.  I detested the idea of 2 steps in a mascara, then an eye opener (literally speaking) was when recently a couple of UK bloggers were sent a non-Loreal mascara with 2 steps and because of the awesome results they put up with it.  After that, in my mind I began to think more loosely about the 2-step idea.  Also there at the back of my mind vlogger and pro-artist Kandee Johnson stood smiling with her pom-poms for this mascara, she absolutely loves it and has said so repeatedly.  So with one of my older mascaras approaching the 4-5month mark I decided to try this.  I just have to say the curl staying power and humidity resistance on this is too awesome not to mention and that’s not even mentioning the optional gear on volume and length.


L’Oreal Double Extension CURL Waterproof is in a Purple and Silver tube here and blue and white one in the US.  It’s not cheap at Php900+ locally but in my opinion you’re paying for a more customized mascara experience.  L’Oreal Telescopic False Mascaras abroad are about Php700-800

As it turns out this just happens to be sort of a deconstructed dupe for L’Oreal’s acclaimed Telescopic  Shocking Extensions (US)/False Lash Telescopic (UK) waterproof mascara.    The foreign Telescopic mascaras achieve the same showstopping look as this with just 1 step, which is why I prefer those IF I can get them, but precisely, we don’t have those here.  This one’s great  because, you know us women, we like options, what if we don’t want BIG lashes all the time, just when we need them?  The key is this, the Step 2 black waterproof mascara on this also looks good and holds curl even WITHOUT the lengthening primer which gives us the power to choose.  If you don’t want to do two steps you don’t have to, but if you want extra oomph and length for those lashes it’s yours with an extra step!  Read more to see application and get the full review.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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