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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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Haus of Gloi “Something Hopeful” Bubbling Scrub | An Out of Season Asian Delight

It’s been awhile but the brand remains close to my heart.  When the ‘Ber months come rolling around, my early readers know I eventually muse about the small U.S. venture that is Haus of Gloi again since their Holiday ranges are among the most sought after in seasonal vegan bath & body concoctions.  The endearing revelation is that it’s a vegan couple behind all this, Briton designs the scents and makes everything…and Matt packs and ships everything.  What I’ve been drawn to is late and out of season, since “Something Hopeful” is from their Valentine collection, but in case you’re one of my new readers (and I’ve noticed there are several of you) you may have not heard me gush about this brand before.

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“Perhaps the first stirrings of the spring to come. Warm sakura blossom green tea with the tiniest droplet of plum juice, red mandarin and crystallized jasmine essence.”

Briton’s thoughtfully written scent descriptions help land purchases every time.

Something Hopeful Bubbling Scrub is a creamy, fruity, Asian floral.  The bubbling scrubs are exfoliating pasty wonders which lather up gently when you work it into wet skin and they undoubtedly transform bath or shower moments into a luxuriously fragrant event.   Read on and click “more” to get the full review.

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Cheers for Clinique Chubby Sticks! | Those Leading Cosmetic Crayons

It’s absolutely no surprise that legions of cosmetic crayons have swamped the beauty industry.  They’re handy to have along, most are automatic twist-ups and in no need of sharpening, you’ve got great control and well, they’re just bug cute to look at. Yes I know I’m more than a little late on the whole craze but I’ve finally got my fix haven’t I?  Apparently, all those other brands jumped on the crayon bandwagon without shame, but we do have to hand it to the brand leading the pack, don’t we?

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CLINIQUE Chubby Stick Intense LIPS (Php920) – “Tempt lips with a soft cushion of colour that’s not quite sheer, not quite opaque-just the perfect happy medium. Loaded with mango and shea butters so lips feel comfortably soft and smooth. Eight vibrant shades in all.”

CLINIQUE Chubby Stick for EYES (Php920) – “Sheer wash of lightweight, creamy colour slips on. Layerable and long-wearing. Versatile, too.  Glide one on for a swift wash of colour. Contour with another to add depth, and yet another to highlight. There’s no need to stop at just one.  Appropriate for sensitive eyes and contact lens-wearers.”

When the Clinique team asked me to choose what to review for the first time, I was excited.  I replied in a heartbeat (well, after lunch)  “Chubby sticks…” requesting the Intense one for lips in Heftiest Hibiscus, a coral with a sneaky raspberry undertone, and the one for eyes in Lavish Lilac, a “mushroomed” murky lavender.  I’d never bothered to try their smaller sheer chubby predecessors simply coz the idea of “sheer” crayons didn’t appeal to me, however these, in a moment, you will see why I really like these.  Read on and click more to read the full post.

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