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MOAR Za Plumper Lippies!! Told ya I liked them…

I told you these Za Plumper lippies were good when I reviewed the shade Rose Vintage I was given by Za in the main product review here. Later on in the week after that review and me having used it more times than I could count on both hands I realized these Plumper Lippies are great straight up dupes for Estee Lauder’s Crystal lip range (A Pixiwoo favorite being the shade “Crystal Baby”), the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine range, or the Dior Addict High Shine lipsticks that Korean YouTuber Jen absolutely loves. So all that being said I got MOAR ahem, more…three more to be exact.

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CLOCKWISE: Cinammon Shimmer, Innocent Rose, Sunset Glow

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Sunset Glow, Cinammon Shimmer, Innocent Rose

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They’re shiny but not sticky, not opaque but not too sheer. They’ve got a milky luminous finish with slip but just enough cling to stay on longer. They’re just about the perfect lip products to have if your aim is to have juicy looking, nearly but not quite Kardashian-ish lips without the discomfort from a tube of gloss. Not bad for Php425.00, available at SM Beauty floors that carry Za in their major department stores.

Hello for the Hiatus & a Stellar Sort of Ball

So…someone’s been missing in action. No apologies on my part just a quick explanation, I’ve fallen in love and have been whisked away to some unnamed country and you guys have inherited my vast array of beauty bits. Slow claps awarded…received, wobbly curtsy. More truthfully I’ve been partying, cousin schmoozing, and babysitting from opposite poles of the earth to and fro for a week. One of my cousin’s parents return from abroad beginning of next week, they’ve been away for the past 2&1/2 and an older cousin is going away for a few weeks so I wanted to dedicate some time to some sleepovers and a short lived string of nights out.

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I have so much good stuff to review, share with, and show you guys it’s just that it would’ve been too difficult to lug around my giant laptop (clue that I need a lighter one…). I’m actually typing this from an iPad I have with me…but I don’t like that for some reason when I try and insert pictures on this the posts would get messed up before or the quality wouldn’t be the same as the photos I edit from my laptop. I have to get that one sorted because the iPad 3 should be able to make quality posts. I will do my best to put up the one set of edited photos I have at home by tomorrow…and…to break the product review chain if I’m not too flummoxed by the series of preparations tomorrow for my very first attendance of the Star Magic Ball I’ll see if I can take some photos or video clips to sort of mold a “Get Ready With Me” feature to post the next day. No promises, if a behind-the-scenes epic is too enormous an undertaking I’ll certainly be taking photos anyway at the event to show you guys. Thanks for being kind and absolutely patient with me. That’s a positive declaration, haha.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Gel Moussant | Cleansing Memories of J&J Ph 5.5

As many of you know, after having followed the advice of Ms. Caroline Hirons foaming cleansers have almost completely gone off the map for me…in general, especially since she said they’re not exactly beneficial for any skin type.  I still have one memory however of a foaming cleanser from my teen years which was the first one that made my skin feel completely different from any other. It smoothed it, calmed pores, and made my face feel softer and more supple than I’d ever had it then and didn’t dry out my skin. That was the J&J Ph 5.5 Facial wash for sensitive skin.  It was the first product I ever got depressed about when it phased out from supermarkets in the 90s, I think I nearly stamped my foot in the grocery lol.  I’ve just used a similar product by La Roche-Posay at someone’s house that brought back those supple memories and when I mentally macro-d in on the label “Ph 5.5″ jumped out at me. This made my skin feel exactly the same as J&J Ph5.5 did way back then.

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This Toleriane foaming wash by La Roche-Posay (my aunt’s since I’m at her place babysitting) is from their sensitive skin range.  I guess if you can’t give up on foaming washes the lesser evil would be to find one with the right PH level for skin, like this one.

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“Sans” means the absence of or none, so it’s fragrance free, soap free (SLS I guess is not the soap indicator), preservative free, and paraben free. Plus it has the same Ph 5.5 level as J&J’s range from before

La Roche-Posay Toleriane sort of has a mild but non-offensive smell, a little like Clinique products because they don’t use scent masking ingredients. “Gel Moussants” or foaming gels by professionally approved brands like La Roche-Posay are formulated by top skin people. So if the whole “foaming cleansers are not the best for you” mantra makes you whine and you just can’t deal, try this. My skin didn’t feel tight afterwards, it felt fresh. If I was to make one exception for a foaming cleanser it would be this. Just remember to follow with moisturizer afterwards. Digital Traincase is an online stockist of La Roche-Posay locally, I think they’re on Facebook and Instagram.

REVLON Nail Enamel in “Whimsical” | A unicorn sort of shade for Php225

I first spotted Revlon’s Nail Enamel in Whimsical over a year and a half ago on Jen’s (frmheadtotoe.com) nails.  It’s one of those nail polishes you cannot describe to someone in one sentence.  It’s not boring but not too loud either, it’s a cute party in itself but not sickeningly so, and when I say it’s a unicorn sort of shade I only mean to say it’s one of a kind.  The blue and pink flecks (large and small) suggest a perfect baby shower-esque polish for someone having twins of both sexes (what a stretch, obviously my mind is on a conveyor belt in the other room).  Have you ever eaten multicolored marshmallow cereal and had the milk change into a murky indescribable shade?  That almost…almost hits the nail on the head.  It’s more like a murky powder blue…that’s almost grey.  All photos are shot with 3 coats layered and no top coat except for the one shot where I indicate “2 coats”.  Did I forget to mention that this is an almost spot on dupe for Deborah Lippmann’s “Glitter in the Air”?

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What’s nice about Revlon “Whimsical” is its sheer milky finish, but you see a significant build up in coverage with each coat you add.  On the first coat it looks completely transparent, on the second coat you already get a  nice milky wash, the third coat almost makes the the nail edge disappear.  The especially cool thing with the large and small glitter flecks is that (as you can see in the close up in the bottle) with each layer the glitters on the topmost layer remain most visible and the glitters in the layers underneath diminish softly giving extra depth.  I bought this for Php225 from the nail bar over at SM Aura’s Beauty Section in the department store.  They’ve still got the NEW stickers on BUT be aware that these are from a collection released almost 2 years ago (bottle is marked Revlon 2011) so the stock isn’t completely new meaning you’ll need a fresh good quality top coat to finish this properly.  The polish itself is still okay it’s just that it needs a bit of help for staying power.

MAC Riri Hearts “Heaux” Lipstick | A Redder Berry w/ Retro Matte Staying Power

Say hello to my second MAC lipstick purchase ever in my entire lifetime, yes, I currently only own two, the other is a Pro Longwear shade which I’ll review if I get it back from my friend (Hello, Krista).  Two others I have owned in the past were gifts, a Viva Glam from my godmother and “Amorous” an earthy berry  hand-me-down from mom.  It doesn’t matter that cranberry and ox-blood shades come off as stereotypical during the ‘Ber months…, no matter how stereotypical dark lipstick may be towards the end of the year women will still get those Tom Ford “Black Orchid” inspired shades.  This is nowhere as dark as “Black Orchid” but it swims in the same hue pool.  Megablogger Christine of Temptalia.com gave this one an A-, she likes that though like any other matte lipstick it can tend to get patchy at the end of the day it’s still a creamier, silkier texture than the other permanent retro mattes in MAC’s lippie dynasty.

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Now, I didn’t look up the meaning of “Heaux” before I bought it, I naively thought it meant Hue (since it’s from a summer collection) and when I looked up the meaning now (just now, give me a gold medal), I cringed.  Lord, protect me, it means a number of things like hex (ugh…in JESUS’ name!), or someone else online said “heaux” (prostitute) but I’m not entirely sure if that’s accurate, it probably is.  I didn’t stop to think that the name might mean anything remotely dark because MAC Riri Hearts is a limited edition SUMMER collection for crying out loud.  I’d rather think about the third less harmful translation of Heaux which is “of or pertaining to a number system having 16 as its base”.  There…whew, seriously not kidding, had I known most likely I may not have gotten it.  To those who are thinking I’m overreacting, I’m not, things like that really matter to me.  I just really went for it after seeing via instagram what a lovely crimson berry it is.

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I purchased this lipstick from the Instagram seller @maquillajeonlinestore for Php1100 (free shipping).  It would have arrived within a day or two if it weren’t for the Maring Monsoon, it got to me within about 5 days and that’s forgivable.  The lipstick looks a little more vampy when the sky is overcast or beneath white light.  During warm daylight it wears a bit more crimson, but you’ll notice when you apply the first layer that it has a strong magenta undertone, a plummy cranberry sort of fusion but I like that it still contains a lot of red so you can still consider it a rouge.  The texture is a true retro matte.  Matte lipsticks in humid countries can also tend to sometimes ball up in bits around the lip or get a bit more patchy.  Compared to Ruby Woo this one does it less, full wear after one meal shows little damage, just remember not to rub your napkin across your mouth and blot over the lips instead, then touch up a bit direct from the bullet.  Primary application of matte lipsticks is best with a lip brush, laying down an even stain first before adding the thicker 2nd layer to complete opaqueness.  Then seal the deal by a good strong blot with tissue.  Watch how Lisa Eldridge does a proper matte lip with MAC Ruby Woo here.

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