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Shiseido Ibuki Eye Correcting Cream | It Works as an Eyeshadow Primer!

I fell into being pigheaded about applying eye cream again…as usual, it’s how a lot of us feel for example about flossing.  I was using this non-greasy wonder by Shiseido Ibuki, but not everyday only because I’m bad with eye creams like that.  In my thoughts about how to get around this bad habit I made an awesome discovery…and it may not apply to all eye creams on the face of the earth but in my case this one does the job!  Provided you have an oil-free, non-greasy, hydrating eye cream, have you ever wrapped your head around the idea of using it as an eyeshadow primer?  Hear that? DING!

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“A cooling eye cream that addresses dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines. Eyes become instantly more vibrant. Helps the appearance of eye area achieve resistance to stress factors resulting from the lack of sleep.”  PRICE:  Php1800.00

I’m actually not 100% sure if this eye cream is oil-free, but whatever…IT WORKS!  What gave me this “eureka” was when I was applying NARS Pro Prime eye primer over a friend’s eyelids, and mine…and that gave the similar sort of feel over the lid to this eye cream…a quickly absorbed, slightly tacky, but not too sticky finish.  I thought “Hey, this texture reminds me a lot of…my eye cream…” and I thought let’s give this baby a test using an Urban Decay Single Eyeshadow I have called “Loaded” which is a vibrant metallic peacock turquoise.  Although Urban Decay’s LOADED is a great shade it is still quite dusty even if it is a reformulated eyeshadow of Urban Decay.  I’ve also always felt that LOADED could have more “bang” to it when applied over the lid and it would only work with a primed eye.  Check out this comparison.  Can you imagine how much more OFTEN you’d be applying eye cream without being too conscious about it if it worked this way for any eyeshadow…even dusty ones?

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I have a bare face (no foundation or concealer) and I applied the same amount of eyeshadow on both lids, but one lid is lightly primed with the Shiseido Ibuki eye cream (given a minute or 2 to absorb) and the other a bare lid.  I even tried to add more eyeshadow over the bare lid to match the payoff on the primed eye and it still, of course, couldn’t match up.  Please note that not all eye creams may work this way…especially if they aren’t oil free.  The eyeshadow didn’t ball up and so far after about an hour and a half it’s not creasing on me.  If you have extremely oily eyelids this eye cream as primer workaround may not have the same effect on you and you may need to use a specific eye primer or tone your lids beforehand.  However for normal to dry eyelids I believe the Shiseido Ibuki eye cream is a winner not just because it’s an excellent, non-irritating type but because I discovered its second purpose for me, and now I’ll be using this way more often because of what it can do.

The October Edit 2013 | Fall Brings Velvet Skin, Intensity Without the Heavy

I don’t think fall or ‘Ber season makeup needs to be taken literally.  Just because we dress heavier it doesn’t mean our faces need more makeup.  Although it is a great season for playing around with richer, deeper shades I still like to maintain a balance and in this case intensity can be found on the brows, lashes, and lips.  Velvet skin is a trend…not a rule.  Matte but fresh.  Now that I’ve completely recovered from that nasty flu I’ve put some new products to the test.  My experiment in trying to show that MAC Retromatte lipsticks like Riri Woo can be worn more than one way pretty much hit the nail on the head for this short editorial.

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The only important thing I forgot to include here was my MAC Pro Longwear bronzer in Soft Sand. CLOCKWISE: KRYOLAN HD Micro Foundation Mattifying liquid in 245, Laura Mercier Loose Mineral Powder in Natural Beige (softly over the T-zone), Revlon Lash Potion Mascara, Benefit Cosmetics Rockateur Blush, RIRI MAC Veluxe Brow Liner in “Deep Brunette”, RIRI MAC Retromatte Lipstick in “Riri Woo”.

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I won’t make this a very wordy post.  I applied my foundation on with my hands, did dab a bit of under-eye concealer with fingers, just a bit (MAC Studio sculpt).  I lightly swept my T zone and chin with Laura Mercier Mineral Powder which I’m convinced does the same thing as those Hourglass ambient lighting pressed powders, just in loose form.  Singer Julianne absolutely loves what this powder does every time I apply it on her, it’s so good that I put up with the hassle of its “looseness”, it adds light, not shimmer and natural beige works well even for someone a shade darker.

OCTedit_03I lightly contoured with my MAC Pro Longwear bronzer then proceeded to do my brows, intense but clean and constantly brushing them through with the dual end after adding strokes. I added a bit of Rockateur blush, a teensy weensy bit only on purpose just to kill any paleness from being sick, almost unnoticeable because I added only a little.   I then curled my lashes and used Revlon Lash Potion Mascara.  The focal point for the look is a Riri Woo-d lip, the lipstick is applied intensely in the center of the pout, smudged outwardly with the ring finger and then a little more foundation is dabbed around the edge of the mouth and patted inward to blend with the stain.  What do you think?  Does this look deliver enough intensity for fall without the need to go heavy with makeup?  I think it does.  This is just one way to do Fall.

The Sick Pick | 100% Pure Eucalyptus (& Sake) Cold & Flu Vapor Bath

Sick edits are having a bit of a moment worldwide I noticed, was surprised that shortly after Charlotte (Lipglossiping.com) put up a sick note to suddenly see Anna of Vivianna Does Makeup putting up a cold edit and I’m not intentionally jumping on the bandwagon either, I’ve just been really sick.  I’m not surprised the western hemisphere are having their turn with the sniffles, imagine the temperature jump from summer to fall?  That’s just crazy.  This post deserves the biggest laugh ever, simply because Mom spotted the vegan brand “100% Pure” on her layover at the San Francisco Airport and did her motherly thing to ask me “Would you like anything from here? Look at their website 100percentpure.com“.  I spotted the Eucalyptus (& Sake) Cold&Flu Vapor Bath, was intrigued by it and I wasn’t even sick when I asked for this.  This request was made while she was away, and shortly after I was beset with the worst viral flu I have ever had, as in EVER remember experiencing and hope to never have again.  What made it so terrible was the raging sore throat (which hurt all the way up to my ears), the high fever, and throbbing headaches which made me wake up 3-5 times a night.  I was medicated and it was still almost unbearable.  Mom arrives from her trip with this magic bottle in tow on the day before my fever breaks (hear Alanis singing?) and so I don’t get to use it while I’m fully sick, but I am still coughing and recovering so now will have to do.  Let me tell you, I haven’t fully submerged in this stuff yet but I just sink tested this baby in our guest bathroom to check its vapor potency (sink half full + 1 teaspoon of this) and whoa…let me say that again WHOA…

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100% Pure Eucalyptus Cold & Flu Vapor Bath (USD) $26.00/Php1100++,  118ml

3 INGREDIENTS: Rice Ferment Filtrate (Sake), Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, and Limonene

APPLICATION: Shake and add 1 TABLESPOON in a tub of warm to hand hot water, whichever suits you. Stir in with your hand.

(My hot lips mueller compress bag is by Ice It Up at True Value)

Three ingredients!  That makes for a possible future DIY project I’m certainly keen to try.  What you’re seeing is a bi-phase Eucalyptus Oil and Sake formulation, you shake it up and just one  tablespoon added to hand hot bath water is enough to set up those crotchety lungs for some much needed purging.  I love that Sake is one of the base components of this, not everyone knows but premier skincare brand SK-II is formulated from sake derived extracts.  They developed SK-II after some people noticed the youthful hands of the old women working at a sake brewery.  Sake or Rice Wine has some anti-aging and of course cleansing properties.  Of course do NOT get this into your eyes while in the bath, whatever you do don’t put your whole head under once this is in your bath, just keep your head above the surface and allow the vapor to float up.    Putting just under 1 teaspoon into water in our guest bathroom sink has now made it smell like a hotel spa and you don’t just get a pleasant smell.  That nippy eucalyptus vapor zips right up your nostrils and it feels like it opens up your lungs.  It is overwhelmingly therapeutic for such a small amount.  What we’ve also now done to keep the aroma going in the restroom is we hid a mug of boiled hot water in the corner and put half a teaspoon of this stuff  into that, but even before we did, after I had sent the water down the drain in the sink the smell strongly lingered.  I put my arm into the sink to test how this would smell on the skin after.  The aroma in the vapor is different than the aroma left on the skin and that makes this product a winner for me, there’s a very, very light fresh scent left on the skin that isn’t Eucalyptus, partly sake and partly the limonene component I think.  A sensitivity note for some perhaps, not everyone reacts well to essential oils so better if you test a product like this on your hands and arms first in the sink like I did.  What I love about Eucalyptus is you get a more refreshing similar sort of medicinal aromatherapy to camphor oil without smelling too ancient?  Haha, how do I say that without offending mature readers…hey I’ll admit I still love my Efficascent Oil, I still apply that on myself during my lola moments when I’m tired or feel nauseous.  Eucalyptus as a room scent is fresher and more uplifting than camphor in my opinion.  100% Pure isn’t a brand that’s available locally but I do know a lot of you have relatives in California or the Bay Area.  This is so worth the money, unless maybe you’d like to try making your own DIY Eucalyptus bath :).  This is such a comforting product!  I can’t wait to take a full dip in it tonight, thanks, Mom!  This is actually a more affordable version of something like Aromatherapy Associates Support Peppermint & Lavender Bath Oil…if you haven’t checked out the brand 100% Pure in SFO Dutyfree or direct from their website you certainly should.

 

Sleek Matte Me Ultra Smooth Lip Creams | New Sleek Arrivals at the Ramp

The lady from the Ramp said these Sleek Matte Me Lip Creams arrived just last week.  For your information in case you’ve been living under a rock (as I possibly have been from time to time) UK’s popular Sleek and Collection cosmetics are now available at the Ramp boutiques for about several months now, I’ve spotted them at Glorietta and Trinoma. I’ve blogged about the NYX (Now at SM Aura department store)  Soft Matte Lip Creams a couple of years back…those are really popular and are really convenient strongly pigmented matte lip products.  Recently Lime Crime’s Velvetine lip products have also been enjoying the limelight.  Sleek have taken their own version of this sort of product another level up…with bang on pigment as well as unrivaled longevity and a thinner consistency.  I’m actually still sick at the moment (fever, runny nose, sore throat, headache…)  but I am doing my best to recover, blogging is right along the road to recovery.

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 SLEEK Matte Me Ultra Smooth Matte Lip Creams (Php450 each)

TOP TO BOTTOM – Party Pink (Coral), Petal (Pastel Nude Pink), Fandango Purple (Berry Fuschia), Rioja Red (Cool Red, comparable to MAC Ruby Woo)

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My personal favorite of the moment is Fandango Purple, my runner up fave is the Party Pink which is a pink-y coral, and my least favorite is Petal which I knew might be too light for me but it would totally suit someone “tisay” or caucasian.  Petal would work better for me if I applied concealer over my lips.

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Now the thing with these that’s a little tricky is they set quite strong and quickly.  I found myself making mistakes lining the lip edge with this and had to correct with a cotton bud and makeup remover (also because I’m still besieged by the flu and my hands are shaky…) so ideally you should have a lip liner pencil that suits the shade and line your lips with that first then fill in with this.  A softer lip edge is more appealing to me than a sharp lip edge, they look less like stick-on lips.  Less chances of edge mistakes happening that way if you use a lip liner.  These last very well through a meal but like Charlotte’s (Lipglossiping.com) case with the Lime Crime Velvetines, you’ll have to simply retouch the inside of your lower lip because these leave a hard edge and the pigment fades on the inside of the lip after a few meals.  You can see a little of what I mean happening in the photo above, check the inner part of my lower lip.

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The reason why I wore only one of the shades to show you is this lip product is VERY, VERY difficult to remove completely from the lips.  My lips would have gone on strike  if I had shot myself wearing all the shades.  If I was going to wear a bang on red lip this would be my weapon of choice, less chance of a mess happening.    To remove this properly you can use olive oil, a cleansing oil, vaseline petroleum jelly, or a bi-phase make up remover, using any of those will ensure no stain is left behind.  You can also opt to wear a thin layer of lip balm underneath (I recommend Hurraw) if you want less of a hassle upon removal.

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Someone wasn’t supposed to be part of the photo but my cat sat right there when I was about to take this shot, and once she sits, there’s no moving her anytime soon.  Once again, these cost Php450 each from the Ramp.  You can check out other Sleek cosmetic products at the Ramp boutiques in both Glorietta and Trinoma.

Paula’s Choice AHA Gel (8% Glycolic Acid) | First Impression: Gentle Overnight Renewal

“A whole new world, a dazzling face I never knew…”. Palm to cheek, I’m not exaggerating, Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting AHA Gel brought out the best in my skin after one night so far, a result even more obvious than the Clarins Gentle Exfoliating toner (in my case).  Paula’s Choice is a cosmetic range birthed by American skincare queen, Paula Begoun, who began in the skin biz as someone who suffered from acne then became a celebrated product blogger/reviewer and professional esthetician.  It would be nearly but not quite precise to describe her as America’s version of UK facialist & skin consultant Caroline Hirons (but add in 3 million copies of books sold and being dubbed Oprah’s Cosmetic Cop).  I’d still cautiously take the comparison to Caroline with a grain of salt.  Caroline is more low-key, less jazzed up, and focuses more on testing and helping a variety of brands improve whilst Paula is advocating her own brand now.  They’re both talented “skinspirations” who speak their mind about formulations and ingredients for everyone’s benefit and if a brand like Paula’s Choice has helped girls with troubled skin find a safe solution that’s a good thing.  Now, Paula’s Choice has landed in the Philippines and for now are available for purchase only online, but eventually will expand into retail.  If you’ve got normal to dry sensitive skin (do not use AHA  if you’ve got acne.  BHA is for you), are in your late twenties or beyond and have been unsure about which chemical exfoliant to try here’s where you can Begoun, er…begin that is.

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Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting AHA Gel (8% Glycolic Acid) PRICE: Php1120.00 for 100ml Alcohol-free, fragrance-free, no animal testing

INGREDIENTS: Water, Glycolic Acid (alpha hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (chamomile/soothing agent), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (water-binding agent), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Sodium PCA (water-binding agents), Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol (slip agents/penetration enhancers), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyquaternium-10 (thickeners), Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben (all preservatives).

The Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting AHA Gel has a higher percentage of glycolic acid (8%) than UK’s cult Alpha H Liquid Gold (which contains 5%) BUT the gentle difference is unlike Alpha H (or even the Clarins Gentle Exfoliant) this is alcohol-free, contains moisture grabbing hyaluronic acid, calming chamomile + aloe, and is also at the correct lower Ph level for overnight exfoliation, plus it’s way more affordable at Php1120 instead of Php1700++ for Alpha H.  Remember Johnson’s Ph 5.5?  That’s a higher Ph approved for gentle cleansing so you will not react, but for something to be able to actively exfoliate the skin the Ph has to drop temporarily triggering the skin to rebalance itself quickly, so this has the correct Ph level for exfoliation between 3.5-4.5.  Read on and click “more” to get the full review and watch pro makeup artist Wayne Goss’ concise video review on this product.

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