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REVLON Colorburst Matte & Lacquer Balm Crayons

When Revlon released the matte and lacquer versions of their lip crayons abroad the news spread globally like real quick, and we hopefuls over here waited…and waited.  People knew these arrived two weeks ago, they’ve raided shelves and they’ve posted photos, now it’s my turn to have a go at them.



I was given 6 Colorburst Crayons by Revlon to review and I purchased 1 in my color of choice for around Php500+.  The matte balms have a plush sort of finish and moderate coverage.  The lacquer balms have a shimmering gloss finish and sheer to moderate coverage.


The collection is a wonderfully wide range and the color payoff is impressive.  Both finishes are comfortable to wear and I like the neutral peppermint flavor also present in the original Kissable balm stains.  To be honest the matte balms are very soft on the lips but I expected them to be just a bit less patchy with more opaque coverage.  However I did notice that the texture sometimes also depends on the shade which would probably mean they should try and work out consistency.  I truly wish all the matte balms had the same coverage as the cool true red “Standout” which is like just 5% short of perfect for me in terms of finish.  However the one that I laid eyes on because of its perfect happy red hue is “Striking”.


The shade I didn’t resist purchasing the day before the Revlon launch was their matte balm in “Striking” which is like a matte version of my Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Heftiest Hibiscus, a nail polish that would match it would be Clinique Happy Heart.  This is a younger looking red with a coral undertone and feels similar to the Maybelline 14-hr one Lisa Eldridge raved about called Non-Stop Red.  I think Revlon’s “Striking” is probably the most wearable bold daytime red I’ve ever come across for myself which doesn’t drain my face when I put it on.  I like that I have the option to blot it down if I want to and how it fades very gradually in a nice way after about 3 hours before you need to retouch.  Many bright colors don’t wear away as gracefully as this one does.  To get optimum wear out of any of these crayons make sure your lips are exfoliated of all chapped skin.


I think it’s only right and less confusing that Revlon are integrating all their lip crayons into the Colorburst range, the Kissable Balm Stains I suspect will soon join the flock and may be renamed as well together with the matte and lacquer variants.  Though these new crayons with new textures may not be as long-wearing as their balm stain siblings they beautifully pack punches of color for a reasonable price and will be so convenient to bring along on vacation trips as summer rolls swiftly in next month!… To full post & COMMENTS...


Za Restoring Collagen Cream | A Botanically Nourishing Cream, No Mineral Oil

I actually shortened the name in the title because it was in my opinion kinda way too long : Za Perfect Solution Restoring Collagen Cream.  A pretty technical product name, a mouthful, which sounds scary BUT don’t fear, this rich moisturizer is actually simple and botanically sound and oh, so nourishing for the skin.  Plus hey, it’s water based and doesn’t contain mineral oil! I finally tried this hoping since it was rich it might be a great overnight moisturizer.  I’ve discovered it’s a great one for day or night and leans a little bit on the side for people with particularly dry skin in need of a boost.  Don’t let the name scare you, this moisturizer is packed with good nourishing botanicals AND hyaluronic acid, one of our favorite skin-loving ingredients.  I should have given the ingredients a closer look earlier on, I would have used it sooner, because it’s pretty much in my opinion what Caroline Hirons might agree with in a moisturizer!

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KEY INGREDIENTS: Water, Marine Elastin, Vitamin A, Bio-Hyaluronic Acid, Yuzu seed extract, Apricot Extract, Marine Collagen, Calcium Chloride, Magnesium Chloride. Php725.00 for 40g

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I’ve worn it twice and it leaves my skin smooth and soft.  On first application it’s a little rich and there’s a momentary stickiness but it goes away after it’s been given a few minutes to sink in.  I also pretty much trust Za in terms of skincare the reason being they’re also a daughter brand of Shiseido.  The only thing short of making this my perfect treatment moisturizer is the fact that it’s scented, but even if it is it doesn’t break me out and hits almost all boxes on the great moisturizer checklist!  Available wherever Za products are sold for PHp725.00.… To full post & COMMENTS...


Fanny Serrano Custom Quad Palette | Php600 Your Eyeshadow Picks Included

I decided to check the shelves of one of the first local brands I started using, Fanny Serrano cosmetics.  I was surprised that the little compacts of round eyeshadow weren’t available, but I short of gasped when I saw the update the brand had done from last year which I wasn’t aware of.  I may be very late on this but I just can’t not share.  Some of us may not have noticed that FS now has an easily customized single eyeshadow to palette system.  Let me tell ya’, man oh man it’s pretty chic.


The price of the Fanny Serrano Quad Palette is down to Php600 from Php1500 currently at Landmark or wherever Fanny Serrano Cosmetics are available, 4 eyeshadows of YOUR CHOICE included.  Single eyeshadows are also on sale at Php150, formerly Php195.  The length of the current sale is indefinite according to the saleslady, she acknowledged that they rarely ever go on sale.


SHADES I CHOSE to put in my palette: (in quad) Top – Coffee Arabica (warm matte deep brown), Beach Sand (satin vanilla), Bottom – Total Eclipse (matte black), Cinnamon Mousse (matte warm taupe, kind of like MAC Omega).  Separate Single Eyeshadow: Champagne Diamonds (shimmery metallic taupe)


These impressed me so much I bought a quad for mom as well.  It looked like they had about 20-30 eyeshadow shades to choose from, a range of matte, satin, and shimmer textures.  It’s like you combined the classic look of Bobbi Brown packaging with the swanky pop-out-pop-in style of Urban Decay’s single eyeshadow system.   In comparison to Inglot palettes this is very lightweight, thing is I think they only have quad palettes.  And the Fanny Serrano eyeshadow quality…Lord, be praised.  Need I say more, these are what I used in my Smoldering Night Out look yesterday.  Read “more” to see swatches and additional photos different from the ones I posted of the look I did yesterday.

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My Valentine Edit | II. The Smoldering Night Out

Smoldering night out…which is funny because I’m not going anywhere tonight, haha haha…Hardy Har Hut.  Anyway, as late as this post is I am thrilled to present to you the look I’ve labored on for the afternoon which no one else will really see, which is why you seriously have to look at me right now.   You’re all probably like “This was useful information…yesterday” we’ve been coming home late because of my brother’s school drama play nights.  I told myself if I’m going to spend Valentine’s at home shooting this feature I might as well go for showstopping, not quite as heavy but pretty much in the same gear as the look I did on myself for the Star Magic Ball last year.  By the way I was thinking of doing a red lip…but in reality while I love doing red every once in awhile (in unique tones that suit me) I really don’t for Valentine’s Day.  Some people go heavy with lips, I go heavy with eyes.



Salon Perfect Glamorous Demi Wispies false eyelashes (from Purebeauty, they’re much cheaper in US drugstores). I reused this pair, cleaned it off after one use and had them tucked away for a day like today…and I’m not going anywhere.

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Liquid Foundation, N117 mixed with a drop of N153, buffed over the face with an ELF Studio Flat Top brush.

Bobbi Brown Touch Up Stick (Concealer) in Sand  – Heavy coverage concealer that’s perfect for spot concealing and okay to use under the eyes as well.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Super Matte Loose Powder – I swear by this as the best retouch setting powder on shoots, I was retouching a pair of lead talents overnight repeatedly with this stuff and it did not cake and made them look fresh on camera.

REVLON Photoready Matte Bronzer – You’ve heard me rave about this twice already.  It’s matte, it’s  versatile, and longwearing.

ELLANA Pressed Blush duo in Kitten /Peach Passion (buy here 5% off)  –  I used the pink shade for the day look, now the peach shade for a night out…in theory.

Fanny Serrano Custom Quad Palette – This is actually a sneak peek of a major find, I’ll say no more for now, used the lightest shade in the center of the lid *smirk*

Fanny Serrano Single Eyeshadow in “Diamond Champagne” – This is the main color on my eyes, buttery metallic gorgeousness, with moderate fallout, but this color is worth it.  It’s a metallic taupe with a violet undertone.

Max Factor Masterpiece Colour Precision Cream Eyeshadow in “Coffee”– I used this as a base beneath the eyeshadow, makes a great lid primer.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Shadow/Liner – For me this is THE potted liner that tops any gel eyeliner, it comes with a plug under the lid.  It’s more expensive because it’s not a gel eyeliner, it can be used the same way but it’s also a black cream eyeshadow that can act as a base.

MAC Riri Veluxe Brow Liner Pencil in Deep Brunette – I used this also in the day look, any brow liner in a great color that comes with a spoolie brush wins.

Benefit Bad Gal Waterproof Mascara – What you get is Amplified, volumized lashes as black as night, and the curl stays.

Smashbox “Always Sharp” Waterproof Kohl Liner in “Bare” – I don’t have big eyes so this helps open them up a bit more when applied on the waterline.

MAKEUP FACTORY Lipliner in #80 – This looks like a possible dupe for Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat pencil in Pillow Talk, it looks practically the same in my opinion.

Bobbi Brown Lipstick in “Baby Pink” –  For me this is my current perfect pink-beige lipstick, it glides on creamy, not greasy.

Bobbi Brown Lipgloss in “Pink Sugar” #9 – I like wearing this also on bare lips but tonight I applied this in the center of the lip on top of the lipstick.  It’s got a bit of stickiness but just the right kind of cling.

Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Shimmer Brick –  Used just a hint of this instead of blush since it’s also got a pink beige undertone, adds a bit of sophisticated glow.




And just in case you wanted to see how this look behaves with flash photography of course I took a shot for you guys.


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Aww, to the dipping sun in the background.  The night is now upon us. Okay, so this post is done (stares at self in mirror)…now what LOL.

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My Valentine Edit | I. The Day Out

This is late I know, so sorry!  However late it is here!  Happy Valentine’s day, my beloved readers, whether you are attached or not you are loved.   If the tardiness of this post has really taken its toll you can reserve the use of these for any special daytime occasion.  I’ve handpicked some of my current Valentine favorites that I thought would be splendid for a day out and I’ve done a fresh rosy look, too.


Revlon Colorstay Matte & Lacquer Balms – The Kissable Balm range is being integrated with a new name, the Colorburst Balm crayons now also come in two new finishes, matte and lacquer.

Calchews Calcium Soft Chews in Chocolate  – Getting your calcium fix doesn’t have to be boring, chocolate Calchews are my fave because they taste like Tootsie Roll(Note: Not to be consumed like candy.  Take ONCE a day only, also not sugarfree.) Get some here from!

Ellana Pressed Blush Duo in Kitten/Peach Passion – Get rosy pink or pretty in peach with the blush duo I use by Ellana!  Available here with a 5% discount

L’Oreal True Match BB Cream SPF35 PA++ – This BB Cream by L’Oreal leaves a fresh non-sticky radiant finish behind, I didn’t detect any shimmer plus you get decent SPF protection. The only downside is the lady said there was only one shade available locally which more or less matches my MAC NC30-35 skin shade, but in India 3 shades of this are available.

Clinique All About Shadow Duo in Uptown/Downtown – A simple no fuss eyeshadow duo of a nearly white baby pink and a slate grey, the camera didn’t pink up the pink on my eyelids but it made a great all-over lid wash that gave my eyes a fresh boost.

Revlon Lash Potion Mascara(Waterproof) – This has a wand and formula that magically gives you fluttery romantic lashes, no spell required.

Benefit Bathina Fragrant Body Oil  – Seriously, if you want to smell like an “inviting” bombshell this is the delicately pretty scent you should have on.

Aeropostale Live Love and Dream FragranceIf you want a fresh, fruity and bright scent that sort of leans towards that “Jamba Juice” sort of freshness, this is great!

VDL Nail Polish – I love this nail polish range mainly because other than the fact that they have a whole array of shades those luscious lip-shaped bottles are too cute to throw away!

MUJI Travel Lash Curler (clear for personal use)  – I doubted this when I saw it in store, but the saleslady gave me one to try and it worked for me, instant curl without getting pinched at the corners.  It takes a bit of practice but you get big noticeable curl with it and it’s so much more portable. (Note: I don’t recommend it for professional use, it’s great to use on yourself but not to use on someone else.  May work for certain eye shapes better than others, ask to test one before buying)


The only product I didn’t mention is what I used on my brows and I didn’t bother since it was a limited edition Riri pencil by MAC.  The Revlon Colorstay Matte Balm I have on is in the shade Elusive I love that they pack a punch of color and are comfortable to wear.  The new matte and lacquer finishes aren’t as longwearing as the original Revlon Kissable Balm stains but they wear away beautifully and are super quick to retouch.  I didn’t use setting powder but if you’re oily you may want to powder the T-zone or bring blot sheets along.  That’s my Day Out Valentine Edit, would you have added anything?  I didn’t want to overdo the list.  Many of these are in for upcoming individual reviews.  Watch out for those.  Of course to ADD to this Day Out edit my mother suddenly came home with these, if you haven’t noticed these boxes of extra large cut personalized brownies by Cafe Mary Grace are selling fast almost everywhere in the Metro after photos of them spread like wildfire on Instagram a few days ago.

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These yummy brownies are suddenly all the rage since people started posted photos of them online and everyone knows how good Cafe Mary Grace’s tiny regular brownies are to begin with.  They’re flying off shelves at Php280 per box.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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Just a Few Thursday Thoughts

When I was in grade school I used to anticipate Valentine’s Day even more than I did when I was older.  Ironically, it was when I was young that something  magical or surprising would happen, almost  every year after Grade 3 especially in my last few years before high-school.  Now that I look back those were innocently fun times.  I was hardly ever or maybe even never a girl who had tactics under her sleeve and I let love roll right on in if it did and I discerned about boys with prayer (when I remembered to LOL).  I’ve learned a lot of right and unlearned a lot of wrong in the last two decades of being “love” aware.  I unintentionally don’t deal BIG on Valentine’s but I’m not one of those anti-hearts-day people either, that would be too pretentious on my part.  A day about love is much too grand to dismiss.


I still enjoy the worldwide celebration of love, gift-giving and sappy music even.  I just happen to believe it’s people who really make Valentine’s Day special, not the other way around.  I’m pretty neutral about it because well, for one I don’t think we need just one day to go all out and express love, it can be any day but at the same time it’s still lovely to have a certain time of year to look forward to.  I pray that people learn to never regard Valentine’s Day as just an excuse to do finally do something affectionate to end up with somebody.  I’d like to think about it more deeply like as another more obvious opportunity to reach out to someone sincerely.  The well-meaning S. A. D. (single awareness day) questions will float up again and I’ll just have to say “No real reason why, just haven’t found my willing weirdo.”… To full post & COMMENTS...

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L’Oreal Playball Wax Smoothie Spray | On Its Way Out to Hair Heaven :(

“So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye…”   It absolutely pains me to say I found my holy grail styling product for my short pixie hair last November, it is L’Oreal Playball Wax Smoothie (Force 3) but it is soon leaving shelves for good, or so I was told.  I now have one of the 50ml travel size sprays but only because a friend wasn’t using it.  Before this product it was L’Oreal Elnett but the small spray sizes are inaccessible locally (in EU or UK only).  I love my short hair but I still deal daily with a horrible cowlick wave on the left side of my head (it starts at the root so it needs taming) and I was also getting somewhat envious of all these bloggers getting to play with these “lift” or texture sprays.  I needed and wanted a hairstyling product that worked for me, too!  Something to let static and baby hair know who’s boss, haha.  I didn’t manage to get a L’Oreal Wax Smoothie spray of my own at first, someone just let me test theirs at the time when I first tried it.  I was like “Omigosh, where did you get this?”.  I was put out after finding out from a friend and work colleague that this very wonder product (for me, not the rest of you with long hair probably) is being DISCONTINUED.  If you’re style-specific and need an innovative spray that gives the texture appearance and hold of clay or wax but applies as light as hairspray that’s exactly what this is.  A product this specific doesn’t come along every day.  Huhu…

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“L’Oréal Professionnel Play Ball Wax Smoothie Spray is a texturising spray wax that will help you to create unique and constructed styles.  It creates a medium hold and leaves hair smelling of pears.” It also leaves a nice non-greasy looking sheen and I can skip hair oil for shine on the special occasion days when I use this.

Showing sympathy my friend gave me his free sample (and he may have a few more hidden away somewhere I hope) because he never uses it on all the long-haired ladies he does hairstyling for.  With long hair it’s all about vavavoom volume and oomph but for my pixie hair I needed something extremely specific that did the exact opposite of all those lift and texturizing/volumizing sprays.

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It had to be something which kept lift from the roots at an attractive minimum, took care of wayward baby hair, and gave smoothing hold without sacrificing my haircut’s piece-y texture.   This does that all and not only that, it smells attractively of sweet pears.  I strategically spray it just where I need some targeted control.  I still work it through my hair with fingers after spraying but with this my hands don’t get all gummy.

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It isn’t your typical wax in a pot, it’s in an aerosol spray, this isn’t the full size it’s a deluxe 50ml travel size which I love.    This does the job of keeping volume at the roots down but not completely flat (so I don’t look like pomade came down on my head at 300kph), just down to just the right level while keeping the piece-y textured appearance of the haircut.  Regular wax is tolerable but ugh, I hate it on my fingers.  So, I wrote this review to try and feel better but now I think I’m a bit more depressed LOL.  Don’t concern yourselves I’ll manage.  L’Oreal, can you like not kill this…please?

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REVLON PhotoReady Bronzer |Matte and Long-Wearing Drugstore Delight

When Revlon met with me and handed me this delightful drugstore bronzer I looked it over and thought “Finally, finally…a MATTE mid-range priced one and it’s the right sort of terracotta shade”.

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REVLON Photoready Bronzer is on the Revlon website however the U.S. site has no info posted on it (strange), but it’s there.  It comes in  one colorway “100 Bronzed & Chic”  It retails at about $10.00 in Walgreens, but over here there’s an obvious “hike” at Php975.00.


I still have to understand why it’s practically double the price over here, but it’s certainly the best drugstore bronzer I’ve spotted so far.  I’ve exaggerated the intensity of the application so that you see the true tone of it…I’d probably wear it slightly lighter.  It can basically act as contour or like a “blonzer” for oriental skin, a good all-around shader.  It hugely reminds me of Guerlain’s 4 Seasons Terracotta compact bronzer.  Read “more” to get the full review, see swatches and photos in non-direct light plus a before and after application shot.

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