Because of my long kept frustration that YSL’s Jade Imperial shade (ever since I spottedbit on Xiao’s Messy Wands blog) is a beautiful wearable shade of green but is a luxury polish unavailable here, something had to be done. YSL’s Jade Imperial costs about $25.00. I hesitate in buying many luxury nail polishes though I wouldn’t mind landing money on a few more Essie bottles. I perused the aisles of local department stores and spotted Caress’s Sea Green polish (Php23.75) which was about 2-3 shades darker (aptly a “Frankenstenish” hue) but the perfect green tone. I also already had Bobbie premium polish in Pure White (Php33.00++). I knew something could be done I decided to “franken” (custom mix) my own bottle of Jade Imperial using cheaper polishes. Behold the birthchild of my resolve.
YSL’s Jade Imperial is not a mint green if you see it here in Xiao’s post, it’s got more grey or grunge to it. It’s similar to Essie’s Sew Psyched…kind of like a pastel army hue. Because the Caress polish is runny and too dark by bout 3 shades I married about half a teaspoon of Bobbie Pure White into it straight from the bottle and gave it a good strong shake (about 3-4x). You may need to pour out a little afterwards if there is overflow. If ever my mix was a little off it’s only slightly not as cool as Jade Imperial because of the tone of Sea Green, but as a result this matches my less cool skin better. So my total first frankening attempt cost me Php58.00 in total. When my mom first spotted my nails this morning at breakfast with no clue about the YSL polish, frankening, or my plan put together she suddenly said as if on cue “It looks like Jade…”. I beamed with success and said “Exactly…”
This brand, Make Up Store, reminds me a lot of…INGLOT or even the in-house selection of Sephora for some reason and they’re now available here at the 2nd level of Podium mall in Ortigas. It’s the whole shebang put together, pro quality products, minimalist packaging, great pigment and tons and tons of shades to choose from for a mid-range price. The Make Up Store’s products aren’t cheap but they won’t break the bank either. It’s a reliable brand to begin a pro kit with if you’re considering a makeup career or course but can’t afford having a buffet of MAC or Make Up For Ever products at your disposal. I recall being in one of the Make Up Store’s huge boutiques in Singapore over a year and a half ago and I was overwhelmed. I nearly walked out with a color corrector/concealer but I was saving my pocket money for something else in Duty Free that time.
MAKE UP STORE Cybershadow in “Golden” Php899.00 and sheer lipstick in “CRISP” for Php 1049.00, MAKE UP STORE PODIUM- (02) 654 5533
The textures and pigment of the products they sent me are good, the eyeshadow is a satin with a hint of a duochrome effect (a peachy coral with gold or a rose gold) the lipstick is a sheer but pigmented high shine finish which applies looking different from the lipstick bullet as you’ll see in awhile.
The packaging is lovely and feels sturdier than MAC cosmetic packaging. You have the brand name embossed or pressed on both. My only minor complaint is the eyeshadow has quite a bit of fallout pigment when you use a brush, but it performs similarly anyway to Urban Decay eyeshadow shades which also have quite a bit of fallout. Read more to see me try these products on.
Breathe, breathe deeper, exhale…inhale…now shout…shout at the top of your lungs, like she would. MAC is soon putting out a Hayley Williams collection. Now I hear you…
VIA Temptalia.com “The collection will feature an orange lipstick, coral eyeshadow, mineralize skinfinish, and an orange nail lacquer. MAC just confirmed this collection via their Twitter and Facebook.”
Yea, no kidding that’s all I had to say right? If you don’t know who Paramore’s lead singer is…she’s been around FOR AWHILE and has been singing pro since she was about 15 and Hayley Williams is not just another young girl screaming at a microphone. She really sings, as in seriously sings…and her ability to pull off pop-py, alternative grunge cool and keeping pretty without looking too androgynous is what gets her admired in the beauty community. I learned more about Hayley 4 years ago when I watched this interview about her and her development as a singer (playable only on laptops or desktop devices). The collection is a tricky one to get and will launch on April 9, 2013 and will be available exclusively online for a limited time only. Sigh* I’m glad I didn’t get any of the Archie items. I really…really dig what this is looking like. Hayley is just sooo irritatingly cool. If you’ve never heard her sing here’s one of her more popular mellow performances from 5 years ago, Paramore’s Live Acoustic Cover of the Kings of Leon song “Use Somebody” ( this link can be watched on all devices) . Also embedding here for a slightly more recent but still not so new video their acoustic jam for the song “The Only Exception” where Hayley’s rocker chic makeup is just…just perfect to me…it’s just enough and sooo pretty.
When I heard that something arrived at my mother’s office for me from the Taste Central PH team (who are retail partners with Deal Grocer) I immediately assumed they’d sent me some curated grocery brands, or food in other words. I actually even wondered if my Cookie Butter post had anything to do with it since I linked to them. I was wrong about what they sent me and my next assumption was right…that the word TASTE in Taste Central is not limited to food but is also meant to include things of “good taste” or quality. Like this little jar of awesome for face and body. This is the best thing around I’ve tried since that cult Liz Arden 8-hour Cream but guess what, this is 100% natural, Made in France, and 65% of the ingredients are sourced from organic farms.
“This skin repair balm, a mainstay in the bags of Hollywood moms like Angelina Jolie! Formulated in the French Alps by Huiles & Baumes, this multi-tasking Alpine SOS Balm treats burns, insect bites, dry skin and acne with high concentrations of active skin renewal ingredients like Arnica, Helichrysum, and Ravintsara”
The Huile & Baumes SOS Balm works much like well-loved Lanolips (which by the way is also being offered by Taste Central) but in a more solid, less greasy balm form in a pot which kind of reminded me of a more mild and way more well processed VICKS VapORub without the intensity. It’s smells a bit of lemon and camphor but in a good way. This stuff…this balm, I’m telling you…even if it has oil in the base, just gently sinks and melts into the skin leaving no grease at all after a few minutes, I don’t know how it does that, it feels like an oil-free moisturizer once it’s sunk in. You can use it ANYWHERE on your face and body…it’s probably even great for kids when it comes to sunburn relief and insect bites.
KEY INGREDIENTS: Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Argan Seed Oil, Sunflower Oil, Rose Hip Oil, Camphor, Arnica, Peppermint, Sandalwood, Lemon
No words can properly describe how skin drinks this up when you put it on, it absorbs within about a minute or two (in my case). I’ve used it on dry patches on my face, as a lip balm (kind of like Nuxe’s Reve de Miel I’m suspecting) or even for those dry painful cuticles around your nails. It actually repaired a red, irritated area around my lip line that had some spots (a reaction from various lipsticks and lipliners used together) which weren’t completely going away even with a cream prescribed to me by my dermatologist. The prescribed cream lessened the appearance but the spots were still there, this SOS Balm however…I’m not sure how, finished the job for me. The irritation above my lip is practically gone and that took what, applying it twice a day for 2 days. I love having this but I only REALLY, REALLY WISHED this was available in a smaller, mini pot, it’s a little bit heavy on the handbag, but worth bringing along AT ALL TIMES. If you use this on certain areas of your face the night before I’m sure you’ll wake up to supple skin like I did. You can probably even use it on ACNE as long as you’re not allergic to any of the key ingredients mentioned. Find the Huile & Baumes SOS Balm on sale here for Php1640.00 via TasteCentral.com, become a member using your existing Facebook or Deal Grocer account, and follow @TasteCentralPH on Twitter and via their Facebook page.
Don’t you just hate it when sometimes fragrance brands do “fruity” versions of an existing scent for the younger bracket? I have nothing against fruity if it’s done uniquely and memorably well but sometimes it takes all the sophistication and spirit out of what could be something better. I was really hoping with all my might that Burberry Body Tender was not a very fruity spin off. Not everyone younger wants a fruity version, more often than not they just want something they can spray on everyday that doesn’t shout “formal dinner” but isn’t just plain body spray or cologne either. I was invited to the Burberry Body Tender launch yesterday at SM Makati and had a lovely time with some blogger friends I hadn’t seen for awhile and that was where they unveiled this.
Amidst offerings of scented ribbons, sparkling drinks, macarons and pink lemonade Burberry released its younger, clean and captivating scent, Burberry Body Tender. The original Burberry Body scent was launched last year and I’ll be honest when I say I have not sniffed that original release. Friends at this launch mentioned it was deeper and more intense than this one. So Burberry Body Tender which is supposedly a more gentle spin off from the original is actually my first Burberry Body Scent and you know what? I like it, I like it a lot
It’s not at all a heavy fragrance though I can’t say the same for the bottle, lol, which is beautiful by the way, and this scent…it certainly lasts. I could smell it on me hours later even as I lay in bed last night. Is it floral upon first whiff? Mmmm…I’m not an expert but TO ME it’s like a soapy floral with an underlying sweet but barely fruity note.
“Burberry Body Tender is inspired by the freshness of youth, energy, hope, excitement, natural beauty, radiance, the English morning dew, English roses.”
Top Notes: fresh surge of lemon, crisp apple and green absinth
Heart Notes:a delicate blend of light rose, white jasmine and sandalwood
Base Notes: a soft base of cashmeran, amber and musk
It’s very feminine but not at all corny. It’s a quintessential day scent that I sense can nab a few 2nd glances for you. The bottle actually looks like it carries one dose of the fountain of youth which can turn you into Cara Delevigne with one swig lol. I wish I had a parfum version of this, it’s a complete head turner. Burberry Body Tender is available from Burberry boutiques and counters in leading department stores nationwide at these prices as per product size.