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Color Club Nail Polish 740 “Frills | Just the Right Bright

Not another milky coral!  As if there weren’t enough invading your screen online.  Yes, another one, one that matches me perfectly.  Best described as a pomelo or ripe guava pink, Color Club’s Pro Nail Lacquer in 740 is actually a terribly streaky formula (you didn’t see that coming did you…) but this was a case wherein the color was so darn perfect I’ve justified dealing with that to wear it.  I’ve adjusted it only a little by pouring some Bobbie white in to thicken it, because the formula was too runny (possibly Color Club stock that was left on the shelves for too long), after my quick mix it settled and worked better, the color didn’t change too much, hardly noticeable lighter difference. It’s just a little bit more bright in real life vs. these photos, I think a close match (and probably better formula) would be Orly’s Pixy Stix.

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The special thing I noticed about this particular shade, when worn against fair to medium skin, is at night the color amps up miraculously.  It isn’t a true fluoro, neon, glow-in-the-dark or any of that jazz…something about it just naturally amps up visually come nighttime.  So it’s a sweet shade during the day, but somehow at night…and I really don’t know how, it’s an optical effect, artificial lights hit this and it’s ready to party.

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Color Club polishes are everywhere locally, they’re at Bench pharmacies like PCX and First Aid and also in SM Watsons beauty floors.  The quality isn’t consistent per color so this is probably one of the OFF ones that’s been sitting there too long.  What I’ve also found in trying to make this streaky Color Club formula work is that Caronia’s Nail Hardening Base Coat works just as many wonders as a top coat…funnily enough even better than their actual Top Coat (which bubbled up on me…annoying).  The Caronia base coat used as a top coat even made some fingerprint and small nick accidents after application disappear.  The only catch is the base coat is not as fast drying as a true top coat so you have to wait longer but patience pays off. It can help well loved shades with ugly formulas work for you.  Color Club “Frills”  also a deadringer for Benefit Cosmetics’ signature coral-ly pink, that’s the most familiar color comparison I can give I think.  Color Club Frills cost under Php220 from PCX Alabang.

Diorskin Nude BB Creme SPF 10 | Pretty, But Define Subtle…

The hype semi-sorta got to me, more so after people went ballistic for the stuff when Lisa Eldridge put it on last April…and even more especially since my favorite vloggers like Anna of Vivianna Does Makeup, Lily Pebbles, and Estee of Essiebutton could NOT step on the brakes when raving about Diorskin Nude BB Cream.  Yes, I blame them, yes, I also blame me…but I’m telling you, I was spotting that all too familiar sheer soft glow on their faces whenever they seemed to have it on for YouTube…or was it just make-believe?

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 “Diorskin Nude BB Crème provides the benefits of skincare and makeup in a fresh and airy formula. Enhanced with mineralized floral water and a blend of antioxidants, it moisturizes, smooths, protects, and corrects skin with sheer coverage. Available in expert shades to match every skintone, the complexion is illuminated with a unique fresh glow and dewy finish.”

The fact that I could also somewhat spot when they weren’t wearing it made all the difference.  However the product’s subtlety had me thinking whether I was really seeing things or just hoping to see things (remember the emperor’s new clothes?).  It is supposedly the sublimely subtle BB Creme for girls with clear skin (due to its sheer but noticeable effect).  So what was the deal, was I seeing the effect, or was I not seeing the effect?  I actually had to find out for myself.  By the way sorry about the chapped lips in the second set of before and after shots after the jump, forgot to scrub them before shooting. Read more to see simple before and after shots of this on my face plus my two cents and just about everything in between the truth and the hype about this here BB Creme by Dior.

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The Personal Care Prepper | A Tale About Backups

I don’t have a shelved and inventoried stockpile of products sitting in a titanium lined bomb shelter, but I do have a number of specific items I can count on one hand (minus the foundation because that makes 6 lol) that I do not like running out of.  They’re not at all last season’s embossed makeup palettes but they do belong in a beauty blog and have more meaningful functions in my life.  Prepping is on everyone’s mind now and relevantly speaking I do go through these like the Shinkansen and nobody’s business.  I’ve placed the nearly empty ones in front in case you can notice the difference at all.  The only thing I wouldn’t say is not nearly empty is my Earl Grey Hurraw vegan lip balm which is approaching halfway and my Shiseido foundation.

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Delon Argan Oil Conditioner (S&R Membership Shopping grocery), Le Couvent Des Minime Gentle Cleansing Milk (currently 30% off at SM Watsons beauty floors…), J&C Super Clean Solutions Makeup Brush spray (contains alcohol), Dr. Woods Liquid Castile Soap w/ Shea Butter (for deep shampooing makeup brushes), Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation, Hurraw Earl Grey Lip Balm

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Stories about acquiring the backups and the reasons behind them are more interesting I think than the backups themselves, they prove their worth (for individual reviews I’ve done click on the product names).  These were “stockpiled” randomly over the last 4 months.

The Delon Argan Oil Conditioner I actually did not stock up on at S&R the first time when I believed stocking up was sort of pretentious and when I ran out it was temporarily GONE from S&R for months and I blamed myself daily, it’s the only conditioner that actually makes me feel that it really contains Argan Oil plus it emulsifies a little bit and rinses leaving that healthy glow or sheen my dull hair craves for.  Then mom spotted the conditioner again at S&R a few grocery stops ago and she got me four bottles plus one for herself.

The Le Couvent Des Minime Gentle Cleansing Milk I’ve just really run out of words for, it’s such a comforting soothing cleanser with rose botanicals that doesn’t foam, doesn’t have mineral oil, but still removes makeup while it cleanses (except waterproof mascara).  I have this bad feeling that people aren’t noticing this L’Occitane sister brand as much as they should in the SM watsons beauty halls, please help them do well so that this brand stays here LOL!!  I don’t want them pulling out any time soon, don’t give me more reasons to stock up, lol.

As I mentioned in my last post for the J&C Super Clean Solutions Makeup Brush Spray I found the perfect opportunity to stock up when I ran out.  I checked with the team that works it out last July 28, apparently they were going to have a price increase come August so I decided to get two bottles while it was still Php395, it now retails for Php595.  It takes about 4-5months for me to get through one.  If you’re looking for an alcohol-free brush cleansing spray a reader of mine named Soleil just mentioned the Ellana Brush Cleanser…which I’m also keen to try.

The Dr. Woods liquid Castile soap  from HEALTHY OPTIONS is pretty much an all-around sort of product safe to use for people and general cleaning but I buy it primarily to shampoo my makeup brushes.  Two overflowing caps to a cup of water is the ratio that works for me then just repeat the amount if you need more of the solution.  Dip, swirl, and lather up your brushes with it on your hand, repeating till the lather is white then rinse thoroughly. It’s a good and sufficient Dr. Bronner’s dupe and is safe to use on yourself as well as your brushes.  My favorite variant for brushes is the peppermint one but I love that they have an unscented BABY version for people with sensitive skin who need their brushes to be completely free of any possible irritants.  The tea tree variant I’ve not opened yet but have on hand should be good for keeping germs and bacteria at a minimum.  I do recommend you use this and NOT Joy Antibac detergent as I previously recommended (Joy didn’t break me out but broke someone else out) to ensure skin safety.

On the Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation there is no need to say much because I’ve already reviewed it.  It’s a favorite and the one I reach for the most currently.  The backup story of this has sort of a twist because I really got one more in a shade darker because I accidentally tanned (waking up late by a bedroom window where the sun rises).  I then realized I was slowly running out of the first lighter shade I had, right now I’ve been mixing the two as I slowly lose my tan.

And last but not the least, my soooo affordably luxurious Hurraw Earl Grey Lip Balm  available from Cutieverse.com or email rebecca@cutieverse.com for more information (if I’m not mistaken these are already retailing at Beyond Yoga BGC fort).  Since I was contacted to review the products originally I shamelessly asked if I could have a backup of Earl Grey and Cutieverse were glad to supply my Earl Grey fix.  I keep reaching for it and when I can’t find it in my bag I feel a little incomplete without it.  The Hurraw Earl Grey scent and flavor is just so comforting and there are not enough words to describe how perfect the texture is for a cold-pressed vegan lip balm.  It tops any other pocketable balms I’ve tried so far.

That pretty much sums up the stuff I have backups for.  One thing you can never have a backup for though is the people you love, you need to be with them while they exist and spread the truth about love with others.  More than anything I think that’s what really matters should we begin talking about expiration dates and human existence, because time running out is real.

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Steve Carell, Keira Knightley – Seeking a Friend for the End of the world

Sentiment aside, is there anything you kind of stock up on in particular whether from the grocery, from a makeup boutique, or something from abroad?  I’m really interested to hear about what you guys like to have on hand.  Tell me in the comments if you feel like it.

 

 

 

Stock Up on J&C Super Clean Solutions at Php395

A little bird told me that my favorite local spot cleaning, disinfecting solution for brushes is soon going for a price increase from Php395 to Php595 this August. You’ve got today and tomorrow to still get it at Php395.  :)  It’s so satisfying to see how two spritzes of this on tissue and two on the brush plus some swirl action draws out the grime for in-between minty fresh cleaning.

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This is the best mid-range price dupe I’ve found so far for Make Up For Ever’s brush cleaning spray with tea tree.  Go to the FB page JC Super Clean Solutions FB here or politely contact Krissy at 09998870362 for direct orders. :)

Shawill Mono Eyeshadows 006 & 002 | Dupes for MAC Club & Satin Taupe

The super pigmented delights that are the Shawill makeup products more often than not catch my interest when I hover over Watsons SM beauty floors.  The products are alarmingly affordable which may lead you to question the ingredients but the blushes I bought almost 2 years ago never broke me out and I was almost always drawn to their undoubtedly chrome-y metallic, velvety eyeshadow ranges.  Once in awhile I do like to have a dig in the department store beauty floors, simply because it’s a vast well of dupes for more expensive items waiting to be discovered.  Several months back I came across a local blog, if you’re reading this forgive me but I forgot to write your URL down (leave it in the comments), that mentioned a Shawill Mono Eyeshadow dupe for MAC cosmetics’ popular Club eyeshadow which I’ve reviewed before over here.  She wasn’t kidding, the MAC Club duochrome’s close dupe is Shawill’s Mono Eyeshadow #006 and #002 is a close dupe for MAC’s Warming Trend or Satin Taupe.  Take note, they’re successfully mirroring the mentioned MAC eyeshadows at a delightful Php69.00 each and are available at select SM Watsons beauty floors.  Both have a finish that’s a cross between a MAC veluxe pearl and satin.

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Both shots, Left to Right: Shawill Mono Eyeshadow in 002 and 006

The eyeshadow texture is a velvet, pigmented consistency that glides smoothly over skin, however beware that if you drop this it is soft enough to crumble and break apart.  You can see how the Shawill #006 transformation from the first photo to the next proves it’s a successful MAC Club dupe.  The way 006 shifts from khaki to a deep chocolate brown depending on the angle copies MAC Club almost exactly, the green aspect of MAC Club is more teal than a medium khaki.  The simple taupe shade that is 002 seems to be pretty close to either MAC Satin Taupe or the once available shade that is Warming Trend.

shaw_monoeyeshadow_03  I’ve only got a proper example today of Shawill #006 on my eye, the other photos were not worthy of posting due to bad lighting.  What I love about the effect that mimics MAC club is it does happen to be one of the most easy to use single eyeshadows for parties out because it makes it look like you’ve put on not one but two colors.  See how #006 appears brown in the crease and khaki over the lid?  That’s value for Php69.00 I must say.  By the way, sometime this weekend or next I’ll be browsing through new, fresher themes and layouts for the blog.  I’ve just been too much of a coward to take the leap, backup my data and face the possible kinks that might involve giving this blog a makeover, but it’s been way beyond the due date for one so I’d better get to it.  Don’t worry the layout will still stay minimal, white and fresh still with a right sidebar…I just need it to give it a bit more room to breathe, new typefaces, and revamp it a little for everyone’s sake.  I’ll put up a post noting when I’ll be “renovating” so anticipate intermittent downtime once I do, and please pray nothing goes wrong, thanks.  Meanwhile, before my cautionary post goes up and I finally sit on a layout I like…onward with the features and keep reading!

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