M & Co. Long Lasting Matte Lipsticks | Plus My Perfect Coral Lipstick

Ola!  Here I am, about to feature the best drugstore priced lipsticks I’ve encountered in a department store.  After my recent frustration with Maybelline’s “Bold Matte” lipstick range I concluded only for awhile that Wet & Wild Megalast matte lipsticks were the only available products worthy enough to be called top drugstore matte lipsticks locally…but their lipstick tubes suck and I have cleaned up a mess of lipstick in my pouch as a result.  Apart from the cheap packaging, the Wet & Wild ones are pretty good or maybe even perhaps the Jordana matte range.  However, Jordana is inconsistently available in local “Dollar Stores” and if you think about it those are both US brands.  Today I’ve got some lovely Filipino lipsticks to rave about.  M & Co., a direct selling Filipino fashion brand endorsed by the lovely Mikee Cojuangco, have been around for a long time supplying clothes and apparel.  Their cosmetic range has been around for a year or two but it seems like it’s only been a few weeks or months since they suddenly were made available in department stores.

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All 3 lipsticks you see here are M & Co. matte lipsticks.  The two colors behind (“Scarlet” and “Blazing Coral”) which cost Php170 are from the cheaper range and the Php200 gold one in front is the nude shade “Biscuit” from the Eur Color Collection.  The M & Co. Eur collection is a mixed more luxe-ly packaged collection of frosted, matte, and satin shades with smaller, elegant lipstick bullets.

I never saw this range in public retail before so bite me if they’ve been there awhile.   These look glossy on the outside only when they’re brand new but upon use they lose that outer sheen and they’re matte lipsticks through and through.  Along with this range I also discovered my absolutely PERFECT spot on coral lipstick, Blazing Coral.

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Before I mention any of the others I have to begin with this particular matte shade from the cheaper range, which even topped my ecstatic encounter with the also lovely Maybelline 14-hr shade, Stay With Me Coral, (a cooler hued coral).  M & Co.’s Blazing Coral is the perfect could-have-been bright warm coral that’s been subdued just enough but not too much (so it isn’t Grandma) and as a result it still makes a pretty bold statement on my lips without waxing garish against my MAC NC30 skin.  It’s kind of like an ever so slightly pinked up version of the repeatedly sold out lipstick Clinique Runway Coral (which is more orange but has a similar coral tone).  This shade in my opinion could look good on skins as deep as NC40, but it would probably behave like a medium coral nude against tanner skin.  Click read more to see more photos of the other shades and see my kiss test after blotting to check just how matte these can really get.… To full post & COMMENTS...

My ZARA Red Lip Shirt | My “Dupe” for that PRADA Dress!

Happy Indie Day, FilipiNas and No-s!  Most of my long time readers know I’m all over renowned MUA Lisa Eldridge’s channel like a rash and I know she inspires a lot of other women as well.  She is my ultimate inspiration in an earthly person when it comes to my makeup career.  There is also something I really like that she uses often… it isn’t a tube of lipstick but it’s still got “makeup” written all over it.

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It’s Lisa’s  red lipped PRADA dress which she first saw whenworn by Michelle Williams on British Elle in 2010 (this was also worn by French actress Lea Seydoux) and then she went out and bought the same one.   I happened to be in ZARA last month, a place that I mentally mark with a DO NOT ENTER on most days of the month.  This day however I was really badly on the hunt for some clothes, comfortable clothes, and lo and behold…among the cheaper racks I spotted this cotton top.  I’m pretty chuffed to have it, it fits me like a glove :).

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The lips aren’t printed exactly the same but the pattern flatters me and I like that it’s sort of a younger version of what she’s wearing. I also like that some of the lips are bleeding lipcolor…ooh!

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Ugh, I’m currently trying to remember the price, all I remember is I smiled because it was about Php599 or was it Php799?  I’m 100% sure it was way under Php1000 because I took it immediately and went to pay for it.  Walking out of ZARA with this one not too expensive item made me feel like I was walking out with ten!… To full post & COMMENTS...

Lenticular Ladies, Double Mirror Compacts | Budget Buys at Metro Gaisano

So I fussed and hissed trying to Google for what to call that old school technology we 80s kids know oh, so very well. You know, plasticized sheets that toggle only 2 images delivering simple animation…enough to lure out a smile.  They happen to be lenticular plastic sheets and they’ve been around for what seems like forever.  I happened to be strolling around Metro Gaisano department store in Market Market yesterday and found these super cool double mirror compacts (1 regular side, 1 magnifying) for Php69 each with anime-ish lenticular veneers on them (I picked several out for friends, too). The compacts have a firm stub of a button to push the compact open, they’re lightly heavy-ish in weight and not loosely constructed…w-i-n.

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Of course this one is my favorite one so I show her off first.  I love how she gently pouts a lightly glossed mouth when she closes her eyes.  There were probably about 10 to 15 different girl designs to choose from.  These weren’t love at first sight because honestly some of the dolly-ish faces (the toddler ones especially which I DID NOT get) were kinda scary but I fished through all the racks to find the cool-ish ones which I felt would not freak me out nor send me fleeing in fear if I caught them blinking back at me in the evening LOL.  I just find these actually useful compact mirrors trippy, artsy, and chic.  They remind me of some of the concept artwork found on sites like Ballistic Publishing by digital artists like Melanie Delon.  Read more to see a few more photos and the inside of the compact.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Emma Hardie’s Moringa Cleansing Balm | Cleansing Reinvented, C. Hirons’ Personal Choice

Meet the cleansing balm that sent UK bloggers swarming into Space NK (England’s version of Sephora) shortly after advanced facialist and brand consultant C. Hirons of the blog Beautymouth repeatedly blogged over a year and a half ago that this is her personal cleansing choice, especially for evening.  Recently, Caroline outright put Emma Hardie’s Moringa Cleansing Balm up first on her featured products via Pixiwoo’s BodyTalk interview with her on YouTube.  I’d like a moment to segue into some emulsifying cleanser insight.

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Contains:

  • 1 x Natural Lift & Moringa Cleansing Balm (100ml) – enriched with an uplifting blend of moringa seeds, wild sea fennel, vitamin E, orange, neroli and mandarin, jasmine and rose.
  • 1 x dual-sided cleansing cloth (100% cotton on muslin side; 80% polyester, 20% polyamide on microfibre side)

 How to use:

  • Mix a few drops of warm water with a little Moringa Cleansing Balm in the palm of your hand to create a milk
    Apply to the face, neck and eye area using circular motions and massage thoroughly to melt away make-up, excess oils and grime
  • To remove, soak your cleansing cloth in warm water, squeeze out the excess and gently wipe over the whole face and neck, taking extra care around the delicate eye area
  • Use the gently abrasive muslin side of the cloth to exfoliate dry, lined, thickened and congested areas and the smoother microfibre side for more delicate and sensitive areas

People are familiar with the globally popular Shu Uemura cleansing oil and some of us were dashed to pieces to find that it wasn’t at all recommended by C. Hirons, in fact she shot it down.  I actually realized on my own, without knowing who Ms.Hirons was yet,  that the Shu cleansing oil wasn’t good for me because for the very first time last year I looked at the ingredients list…practically at the top of the list was Paraffinum Liquidum aka Mineral Oil.  The world’s most popular cleansing oil turned out to be souped up mineral oil made to emulsify with water, I could hardly believe it and I was irritated to say the least because I did like how Shu’s oil performed but I did wonder why my skin felt like it felt smothered when I’d lay it on.  You can’t blame them because they were among the first generation of emulsifying cleansing oils and they participated in beauty innovation…even top UK brand Eve Lom’s most popular cleansing cream contains mineral oil as a huge part of the base so these were the pioneer products.  Research has found that mineral oil isn’t particularly ideal at bringing down the nourishment into the skin so I think it’s time for long-time faves to up the ante and update their formulations.

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Well, the first thing our currently fave online facialist says about this Emma Hardie gem here is that it’s a non-mineral oil cleansing balm.  It’s a more solid balm but it melts and emulsifies in the same milky way the Shu cleansing oil does when water hits it.  However, this does the same job with a bang on formula that’s ultimately better for your skin.  Moringa for your mug shot anyone?  Emma Hardie is an English brand that’s being doing wonderful things with formulations using moringa (malunggay).  Being the determined diva I am I sourced my own pot and paid only Php50 customs pickup tax for it.  The new rule at the Makati Post Office is that parcels above $50 USD in value will be taxed heavily so make sure whatever you’re buying online is under $50 USD.  That explains why I only got the 50ml pot (which will last me 3 mos. anyway), it cost £15.99 with £6 shipping, totaling about ($35) Php1450.  Read more to get to the full post.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Snoe Beauty Bar Soaps, 3 New Ones | Better Ingredients = Relevant Body Care

Okay who ISN’T still hooked on all of Caroline Hirons’ recommendations and notes on proper skincare?  No show of hands?  I sound like a broken record.  I thought so, she’s won us over…we’ve been bit real good by her skin scolding so half the planet has been having a look through their skincare wardrobe and doing a rehash.  Caroline mentions what she knows and believes our skin needs and doesn’t need quite often in this video with Pixiwoo.  She may not agree with me because in this post I am talking about SOAP, but I’ll explain first.  I think proudly Pinoy brand Snoe Beauty’s cold-pressed soaps have something good ongoing because they’re not just soaps, they’re soaps with better ingredients.  The advanced facialist and brand consultant, Caroline Hirons is herself a soap-free advocate but from what I gather is she stresses her soap-free mandate  exceedingly more for the face, so I’m recommending these primarily for the body.   All this frilly (but facially relevant) fuss about soap-free though does have a limit and boundary I think, like for example if and when one day we’re not all comfortably sitting in clean houses with the world constantly turning day by day.  I won’t lie, I’d make a mad dash for a bar of good ol’ soap should World War Z happen (God forbid)…wouldn’t you?  All of you who just said “No” get a slow butt slap from me.

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“Snoe Beauty Bars are made from fresh high grade ingredients to provide superior results.  Our soaps are made with  dermatologist-approved formulas to ensure that our beauty bars are hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and safe for everyday use.  Proudly Philippine Made” PHP199.00 (purchased from the kiosk in Cinderella g/f, Glorietta)

I’m not completely ANTI-SOAP when it comes to body cleansing and once-in-a-while facial cleansing (if I’m completely grimy).  I mean check it out, I just asked Gary Valenciano’s beautiful, Puerto Rican mother, Grimi (Mamita to me), last January what her beauty secret was and it baffled me and her that she said “You know Hija, this is funny and they told me it’s bad, but I just wash with soap, and before…not now, oil of Olay cream at night…but my goodness cream, not all the time even.  They kept telling me I should not wash with soap…but that’s what I did ever since, and I didn’t have a problem hahaha.”  So I think, unless we’re talking about babies, for me washing with soap sometimes is permissible as long as I don’t break out and I just remember to moisturize after.  For me what matters is that the soap contains a ton more of good stuff to rave about.  So heads up, these soaps ARE soaps and contain some probably diluted lye solution, if that bothers you don’t get these, but I like them very much for body cleansing.  I’ve also tested these soaps on an area of my face and speaking for myself (not for all of you), they’re mildy scented with natural ingredients and I didn’t itch or break out.  Read more to learn more about each soap and find out which one I sort of like the most for now.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara (Waterproof) | They Say It’s Infamous, See What I Think

To be honest, Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof, the popular US drugstore mascara, was my very, very first purchase on Ebay 4 years ago. I made the mistake of purchasing the BIG washable variant, that one really wouldn’t stay on the whole day but prior to that first purchase I had already tried a tube of the waterproof one and that worked well for me. The thing is, the waterproof variant holds curl exceedingly well. Here it is in updated packaging with the white “Waterproof” stamp near the bottom.

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I happen to think that what turns people off is the screwy wand which doesn’t do much for big lashes, it’s fine for smaller eyes like mine…I find it easy to art direct my lashes with, but that’s me…it might not work for you. I think this is why some people prefer to get the curved waterproof variant which comes with a denser curved brush…wait a minute does that variant still exist? I only see the curved washable one on the site. Anyway…Great Lash waterproof also happens to be the mascara that Regine Velasquez used on her wedding day, the day she made herself up. I saw the behind the scenes photos. So why is it popular among artists locally? I personally noticed it has excellent curl holding power for women like myself with smaller eyes and less dense lashes and it doesn’t make lashes look spidery.

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The volume Great Lash gives is not vavavoom volume, it’s everyday wearable volume that’s noticeable. I like putting this on if I don’t want to look too made up but aim to look better than what I look like fresh out of bed. I slept overnight with just this on to test it (only I’m allowed lol) and it lasted without smudging everywhere. Waterproof mascara variants always hold curl better as I have observed. I’ve seen this for a fact having used L’Oreal False Lash Telescopic in both the waterproof and regular versions, the regular one didn’t hold curl for more than 5 minutes. It’s possible that the same chemical that prevents mascara pigment from smudging when wet also holds lash curl longer. There’s also a slim possibility that Great Lash works and looks better in humid climates than in dry climates, I haven’t met a hater here locally just yet but there are so many beauty insiders who hate this mascara online in Europe and in the U.S., the opinion abroad is pretty split up. This one is pretty popular among makeup artists here, I see it in their kits and well it works for me. I also like that it’s one of the more affordable working drugstore mascaras for myself, it only costs about $6 from US drugstores like Walgreens OR if you’d like to get it locally check out @thebeautystudioPH : a style and beauty store on Instagram and on Facebook here. They’ve got other cool things as well.

*product provided by @thebeautystudioph on Instagram for review :)

 

 

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Moringa-O2 Malunggay Herbal Facial Toner | A Local Alcohol-Free hydrating Toner

With all the Caroline Hirons mania since the MUA Pixiwoo sisters featured UK’s very own pro skincare guru on their BodyTalk channel people like myself have been waking up and switching up on skincare.  I sense a bead of sweat rolling downward for several brands since hundreds of thousands of people have begun to furiously check ingredients lists wanting a proper and safe revamp for their faces.  I’m not one to completely fuss and throw out everything but I have been zooming through my current staples wanting to finish them up since I’ve got a Ms.Hirons sort of “haul” (ugh, hate the word but it helps you envision) coming through beginning of next month.  Recently I’ve realized that not everything she recommends has to be imported, she simply goes on like a broken record about ALCOHOL-FREE when it comes to toners and now at least I’ve got something, and it’s proudly Filipino.

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KEY INGREDIENTS : Aloe, Glycerin, Witch Hazel flower water, Moringa (malunggay leaf extract), Omega (sunflower oil), and Olive Leaf Extract. Php 95.00 (available in Watsons, SM Supermarkets, SM Savemore, SM Hypermarkets, and Robinson’s Department Stores)

I like that Ms. Hirons is not legalistic about ingredients she doesn’t like but she just says better if they’re not in a product at all, are neutralized by another ingredient in the mix, or are near the bottom of the ingredients list (meaning only the least, tiny amount).  We know that she’s sweetly supportive and devoted to Emma Hardie skincare, the range she forever supports, and what she goes on and on for miles about is their Lift and Sculpt Moringa range.  Moringa my friends is MALUNGGAY…Pinays wake up…we’ve got some great Malunggay stuff going on at the moment, like the Moringa-O2 skincare range for instance by the makers of Gluta-C, the range has been around for a couple of years but only recently has it been aggressively marketed via social media and I’m glad their team sent me the range to try.  I’ve quickly become a fan of the Moringa-O2 Herbal Facial Toner  just in the last few hours so I decided to give you a short review.  What I like about this toner is everything about it being hydrating and charged with natural goodies and the only thing I dislike is that it’s scented, once again…they didn’t have to…really, I’d much rather they didn’t, right?  FRAGRANCE FREE wins faces every time people, come on.  The scent however is light and pleasant and doesn’t stay on your face, it smells similar to Elizabeth Arden Green Tea.

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This is the moment, I have to get it out, because I need to stress this.  DO NOT SUBSTITUTE TONER AS MAKEUP REMOVER PLEASE.  TONER IS NOT MAKEUP REMOVER. TONER WILL NOT HELP IF YOU HAVE MAKEUP IN THE WAY.  So please kindly remove your makeup with a proper makeup remover, CLEANSE (if you can use an SLS free cleanser better), and then use a toner.  I apply the Moringa-O2 Facial Toner on with my favorite cotton pads (Delon from S&R if i’m not mistaken, the round ones with a smooth side and textured side) 2 dashes to the textured side of the pad to help get excess grime off, then 2 dashes to the smooth side to apply again for added hydration and overall clean.  This really did not make my skin feel tight in the slightest and my face felt refreshed, plump, and happy, it also helped my skin better receive my DermaE Hyaluronic Acid Hydration Serum (my Hydraluron dupe) afterwards followed by my moisturizer, layering the 3 didn’t clash on my face which surprised me in a positive way.  While it’s alcohol-free still DO NOT try taking this near your eyes by the lash line because it’s scented…you can take it around the eye area, on eyebags, just don’t get too close.  It left my skin cool and refreshed without alcohol thanks to soothing Aloe and Witch Hazel blossom water which comprises the base of the toner preventing any sort of parched feeling.  The leave-in goodie for your skin is the Moringa Extract which is steadily in the center of the ingredients list indicating it’s got a good amount of this, moringa has healing and balancing properties that nourish the skin.  I wouldn’t wonder too much about the benefits, if there are any, of the Sunflower and Olive Leaf extract since they’re so far down the list this contains too tiny amount.  Anyhow, it’s good to know they’re in there, better good than bad.  At Php95.00 this toner is a local drugstore gem.  Follow Moringa-O2 on Facebook for more product updates and information.To full post & COMMENTS...

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