It’s been awhile but the brand remains close to my heart. When the ‘Ber months come rolling around, my early readers know I eventually muse about the small U.S. venture that is Haus of Gloi again since their Holiday ranges are among the most sought after in seasonal vegan bath & body concoctions. The endearing revelation is that it’s a vegan couple behind all this, Briton designs the scents and makes everything…and Matt packs and ships everything. What I’ve been drawn to is late and out of season, since “Something Hopeful” is from their Valentine collection, but in case you’re one of my new readers (and I’ve noticed there are several of you) you may have not heard me gush about this brand before.
“Perhaps the first stirrings of the spring to come. Warm sakura blossom green tea with the tiniest droplet of plum juice, red mandarin and crystallized jasmine essence.”
Briton’s thoughtfully written scent descriptions help land purchases every time.
Something Hopeful Bubbling Scrub is a creamy, fruity, Asian floral. The bubbling scrubs are exfoliating pasty wonders which lather up gently when you work it into wet skin and they undoubtedly transform bath or shower moments into a luxuriously fragrant event. Read on and click “more” to get the full review.
It’s absolutely no surprise that legions of cosmetic crayons have swamped the beauty industry. They’re handy to have along, most are automatic twist-ups and in no need of sharpening, you’ve got great control and well, they’re just bug cute to look at. Yes I know I’m more than a little late on the whole craze but I’ve finally got my fix haven’t I? Apparently, all those other brands jumped on the crayon bandwagon without shame, but we do have to hand it to the brand leading the pack, don’t we?
CLINIQUE Chubby Stick Intense LIPS (Php920) – “Tempt lips with a soft cushion of colour that’s not quite sheer, not quite opaque-just the perfect happy medium. Loaded with mango and shea butters so lips feel comfortably soft and smooth. Eight vibrant shades in all.”
CLINIQUE Chubby Stick for EYES (Php920) – “Sheer wash of lightweight, creamy colour slips on. Layerable and long-wearing. Versatile, too. Glide one on for a swift wash of colour. Contour with another to add depth, and yet another to highlight. There’s no need to stop at just one. Appropriate for sensitive eyes and contact lens-wearers.”
When the Clinique team asked me to choose what to review for the first time, I was excited. I replied in a heartbeat (well, after lunch) “Chubby sticks…” requesting the Intense one for lips in Heftiest Hibiscus, a coral with a sneaky raspberry undertone, and the one for eyes in Lavish Lilac, a “mushroomed” murky lavender. I’d never bothered to try their smaller sheer chubby predecessors simply coz the idea of “sheer” crayons didn’t appeal to me, however these, in a moment, you will see why I really like these. Read on and click more to read the full post.
Color Coordination – From Fashion Faux Pas to Being the Hottest Trend
Models make matching make-up, accessories and clothes look simple and easy. However, mere mortals like us may find it difficult to follow their footsteps, especially when we decide to wear something monochromatic. In this entry, you will find compiled tips to achieve a fab look without fail. Rock that runway with your naturally perfect pucker.
Models: Callum David & Alisa wearing Randy Ortiz, Makeup: Julia Arenas, Photography: Ritzmarie.net
1. The first thing you need to remember is to choose the right lipstick. Oprah shared some basics about how to choose the right lip color. She said that you have to consider three things: a) your natural lip color (don’t go too far from it), b) make sure that your lip shade is complemented by your skin color and lastly, c) remember that with lighter hair, lip colors tend to take on a darker shade.
2. Less is more. If you’re going after a monochrome look, don’t overdo it. Whether you’re trying to pull off a style similar to Anne Hathaway during the Golden Globe Awards or just a simple business look with a red Marks & Spencer dress, we’d like to remind you to keep the coordination to a minimum. This approach will make you look sexy without going overboard.
3. Clown make-up is perfect for an entertainer during a child’s birthday party. However, it is not good for sophisticated women. It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing an organic lip color from Human Nature or an expensive Mac shade; you need to tone down on your colors. Give the people around you a focal point and not the impression that you had a bad day mixing the paint at home, which incidentally also spilled on you.
4. Lastly, make sure that you have prepared your lips before applying the lipstick. Apply a thin layer of foundation on your lips. Trace the outline using a neutral colored lip-liner. Once you’re satisfied with the base, you can now choose the hue or shade of lipstick that would match your outfit.
Apply these tips and you’re bound to feel more like a model on the runway, cool, confident, and oozing with chic.
You’d be hard pressed to find a cream eyeshadow matching the gorgeous nude-y bronze shade that is “Birthday Suit” by Benefit Cosmetics. I also had this shade in its old packaging, the one with all the doves on the cap, but for some reason that first one years ago dried out so quickly, dunno why. They haven’t claimed reformulation but for some reason…I don’t think I’m imagining things, these actually seem way better in texture.
Sorry about the week of nothing except plugging for the giveaways. I’ve been busy trying to be busy in real life (if you’re a freelancer you will understand) and then when I had free days last week a mild flu got me for 4 days. You’re going to have to forgive me for being corny just for now, it’s a lovely product but I’m not displaying this on my face today.
See Birthday Suit in all its gilded glory? It’s the perfect not-too-brown cross between champagne and taupe. Who wouldn’t want the baby of Champagne and Taupe on their eyes? It makes a great eye base too for a smoky eye or can even be worn alone for a naturally sheer but enhanced look during the day time.
When I’m lazy Birthday Suit’s got my back. I use fingers to blend it over the lid when I’m in a rush and want people to notice I have something more than mascara on. This costs Php1100 from Benefit Cosmetics and you get a lot of product in a glass pot that will last you ages as long as you twist the lid tight after every use. By the way if you’d like to win a pot of this gorgeous goodness but in a lovely lavender shade called “Always A Bridesmaid” then join my Instaglam Giveaway via this link or the sidebar ad to the right.
Oh, yes, I haven’t forgotten. You may have noticed that the blog looks different. Please note that this layout hasn’t been fine tuned but I like the space it gives and what matters most is it’s a higher resolution layout that can keep up with readers who do a lot of HD browsing. I think my pictures can be slightly bigger now, I’ll have to check in the CSS and html coding first. I still have to tweak and test several things. The blog header title, for now, still sucks of course, no way will it stay that way…that’s just the template’s default titleface. I will try to find a way to get my blog header logo up there and fix several things I’m still not satisfied with. Okay, my neck hurts…it took the whole afternoon to backup the entire blog before I could test this new look. Please bear with several random changes in small places for the next few days. Goodnight!