It’s summer over here and spring ovah theh *jazz hands* *mid-air heel click*. I gave summer a pretty huge head-start on the blog this year so let’s continue to give spring a bit more of the limelight until it finally…actually gets hot (anyone feelin’ me on this? where’s the heat?!). I have one little thing that was given to me at a recent event that impressed me so much when I cropped and color-balanced my photos (to match what I see in real life). This review wasn’t planned until I put this Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge stuff on which is cream color for lips and cheeks, that much of an impact yes, the nanosecond when your mind blurts out “Wow, ganda pala nito”. These aren’t necessarily just sheer by the way, they’re creamy packed with pigment but can be sheered out depending on the amount you pick up with your finger or brush. It’s pretty much sheer to moderate creamy color coverage in a compact formulated to suit cheeks as a cream blush, too.
“A best-selling, multitasking cream color that gives cheeks and lips a healthy, natural-looking flush.” Php1500 at local Bobbi Brown counters
I was dashing out the door getting ready to meet my grandfather at my aunt’s place and then, albeit annoying, this ” first, let us take a selfie” moment happened…at age 30 (creeps backward from spotlight). Read more to see why I was so taken in by this stuff, seriously, the impact was of course when I put it on.
It’s frustrating that my favorite working facial skincare range, Le Couvent Des Minimes is pulling out of the Philippines but I won’t be pretentious and say I’m depressed, I’ll live, but grr. It’s skincare for goodness’ sake. In case you didn’t read my past reviews Le Couvent Des Minimes is a French skincare range that is part of the brand family of L’Occitane and Melvita and I was more than pleased that SM actually brought it in about a year ago. The packaging is gorgeous and is like a more affordable version of L’Occitane (almost half price). The Beneficial Rose facial range is perfectly suited to my skin type, dry-sensitive. It’s not purely vegan as a brand like 100 Percent Pure but the amount of botanical ingredients integrated into the LCDM formulas is impressive and I like that the range is paraben-free and tries not to include mineral oil. I had a strong feeling this botanically sound brand wouldn’t last here…one thing might be is that the brand name is not easy to read for many Filipinos. Even I get lazy to say the whole brand name when someone asks me what facial cleanser I use and that’s not very good for word of mouth marketing. I’ll survive and maybe I’ll find something that works for slightly less, but I really must say that I’m super annoyed that LCDM (it’s a mouthful) is being phased out locally from SM department stores probably due to the lack of volume sales. It’s still available in Europe and here Le Couvent Des Minimes has a US website so for those with GCASH amex or relatives in the States you’re still good I guess. Sigh*. My favorite product from the range, their Gentle Rose Cleansing Milk is practically sold out already, salesladies had none to offer. They still had this accompanying moisturizer to the cleansing milk, and I’m nearly tweaking my own ears for not giving the sister moisturizer a go last year. This is LCDM’s Beneficial Rose Complete Moisturizing Cream
KEY INGREDIENTS: Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Damask Rose Floral Water, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil, Gallic Rose Seed Milk, Wild Rose Seed Milk, Wild Rose Hip Polyphenol, Rosemary leaf extract, Vitamin E
Clearance sale at SM 50% off, Php649 from Php1299
To appease my sad discovery that the Gentle Cleansing Milk was no more, I got this Beneficial Rose Complete Moisturizing Cream (now on clearance sale at 50% off, Php649 from Php1299) which they are still selling, NO mineral oil, parabens or colorants. So it seems I’m on a moisturizer kick, I reasoned with myself that it ought to be the last thing I try before the brand disappears from the face of Manila. Read more to get the full review.
To date this has to be the most iconic blog post ever to appear up here. Last December 23 I announced in this blog post that I had placed 3rd in Lisa Eldridge’s #MyLisaLook online makeup contest via Instagram. I screeched like a bloody fan girl because Lisa Eldridge is one of my ultimate role models career-wise, so is the case for thousands of us out there. At first, shortly after rejoicing I cynically refused to consider the win itself a HUGE anything, I was even beating myself up over the fact that I didn’t take a closer more high-resolution photo since Lisa put it on her website. My family, the dear souls that they are, kept telling people I won when I actually placed 3rd and I was a stickler for correcting them. When I think “Instagram contest” I at the onset began to whittle it down to a mere nib and I wouldn’t dare use the term “competition” for it, it was hardly “The Hunger Games” or something you signed up for with a stern panel sitting across from you. While happy but temporarily belittling the whole thing I was stubbornly forgetting the bigger facts, that a celebrated makeup professional whose clientele include Kate Winslet and Keira Knightley actually saw my “work” pixel for pixel. She approved of it, contacted me, placed me on her website, handpicked some luxury beauty prizes and had them sent halfway around the world just for me. I wasn’t imagining things. Thank you so much, Lisa
Dior Show Mono Backstage Wet & Dry Eyeshadow in 453 “Spencer”, SUQQU Balancing Eyebrow/Eyeshadow palette in 02 Brown, Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner in 88 Noir Intense (black), This Works skincare 100% Natural Turbo Balm
When the cancer, that is your lack of esteem, tends to eat away at any triumph you blind yourself to facts that you can be proud of. To stay grounded you just always need to move forward and take what is positive with you. I strongly believe in not resting on your laurels (you know, what Roman emperors rest on the heads of champions) but I also tend to forget you should take a moment to put yours on and have a good satisfying look at yourself in the mirror to charge yourself for what’s next. My family countered me to pieces on my self-deprecation. They said I shouldn’t make myself see this as a small thing and I should just do something with the knowledge of Lisa’s approval because it’s real, I didn’t dream it up, she picked me, so I should do something. So it is true, and on top of that these have arrived. The handwritten card she included with it was what mattered more than anything else in the package. And yes, I know you guys want a closer look at what I won. Read more to see the rest of the post!
As of the moment THIS is my perfect concealer for personal use. I’m proud ‘coz I got this for just Php550 when I made very good use of my Php1000 Rustan’s Gift Certificate, otherwise it would’ve been too pricy for me at Php1550. I bought it after my high favorite for under-eyes Clinique Airbrush pen concealer ran completely empty. However, I can truly see why this concealer is worth that for someone who could get it at full price. In this case, unlike the last thing I posted about, I’m convinced all the raves about NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer are valid. The ladies I read and watch weren’t raving due to marketing hype this time. It’s creamy enough to blend, it dries down to a tender matte finish, and it covers like no other moist doe-foot concealer I’ve tried.
This nearly eliminates the need to use liquid concealer for under the eyes and have a separate stick or cake concealer for spots, because it works for both areas. The only local drawback is they only brought it here in 4 shades, 2 levels of pinkish cool tones, and 2 levels of warm. It truly irritates me that I have to tell you again that the shade I got, “Ginger” is if I’m not mistaken the deepest shade they have which will suit girls on the deeper end of MAC NC30 (in between NC30 and NC35), if you’re on the lighter side of MAC NC30 then the shade “Custard” is for you.
The number and choice of shades brought in for this item is SUPER silly if it’s here for the Filipina market because if you look at this image from Karen’s blog they have a whole range of shades abroad, what the hey, right? It all boils down to what they think will be volume sales I guess. Honestly speaking it is not the most affordable concealer one can get, but if you get a Rustan’s GC and you’re my shade or lighter, get this, you should really get this if you’re on the market for an everyday concealer. By the way sorry if I look slightly awful in these shots (puffy eyes, a few more spots)…you are bearing witness to PMS me. These are the areas I use this concealer for and what it looks like before being blended.
It’s the best concealer for everyday use that I’ve tried, I’m grateful that they have my shade. I had actually found my perfect under-eye concealer in Clinique’s Airbrush pen concealer. Like this one it was perfect under the eyes and around the nose nooks and mouth corners but the the thing about that one by Clinique was it couldn’t really be used on spots because coverage was light to medium and it is minimally light reflective, this has some undetectable radiance but it isn’t as light reflective. The thing about NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is, it’s a liquid concealer with some heft in the formula so it has medium to absolutely full coverage.
In my before and after shots I’ve applied it over a bare face no foundation. It’s nice because I can use it without foundation sometimes like on weekends. It dries softly matte but you can feel that once it sets, it’s not going anywhere like MAC’s Pro longwear concealer. Closest description would be is it’s like someone took the mass favorite Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer fixed any flaws it had.
So you see it’s like the NARS team took the best thing about several holy grail concealers and put it into one user-friendly product. It’s a multi-purpose concealer in a tube with a doe-foot applicator which makes it perfect for everyday use. I’m completely raving, this product is well worth the praise.
There was and is still so much hype around the product that came prior to this which was the Hourglass Lighting Powders. Based on before and after photos of those, I wasn’t particularly seeking those out because they looked just like Hourglass’ version of MAC’s MSF Natural powders. It’s possible that I might have a better shade match in those compared to MAC’s range, but I wasn’t prepared to spend money on something you guys wouldn’t be able to see so much on camera anyway. So I decided to go with their Ambient Lighting Blush, again something bloggers went ballistic for. This was part of the stuff my niece brought home from the US for me, but I’m kind of wishing now considering $36 that I didn’t go for this and that I asked for Real Techniques brushes from Ulta instead. Now to tell you the truth, it’s a great blush that does exactly what it says on the box but nothing other than that. To be honest there’s nothing STANDOUT about it other than the fact that it’s by Hourglass and it’s very pretty to look at. The shade I have is Luminous Flush, a vibrant coral pink swirled with champagne beige colored ambient lighting powder.
A truly multi-dimensional blush that enhances cheeks with seamless soft-focus color, and a natural radiant finish. $36 from SEPHORA
I’m not ranting but neither am I over-the-hill raving. One level up it has over MAC’s mineralize skin finishes is that it comes in a more interesting shaped compact and it has a mirror, always a necessity, but you see what I mean right? The effect is like well-blended blush with less fallout or patchiness. There’s no increased value or promise even of better longevity. It’s just a pretty straightforward range of blushes that provide a satin finish without annoying sparkle. It even reminds me of the Milani Baked Blushes. It’s as simple as that. I’m still happy to own one, just not to the point that I’d say “thrilled”.