Aye! Hello there from the land of four leaf clovers, good beer, and a hearty accent. I’m in Dublin, Ireland and will be travelling the next couple of weeks to different parts of Europe! So you’ll have to pardon the absence of posts in the last few days because I received my 3rd visa (the Irish one) on the day of our flight. It was nothing short of a miracle. I didn’t want to bring along bottles of shampoo and neither did I want to pollute the earth with more sachets…so I purchased this lovely organic Seanik Solid shampoo bar from LUSH a few months back and thought this might make shampooing a lot more hassle free on trips and gosh I decided to blog about this randomly here in Ireland and who knew it had Irish moss seaweed.
“Add oceans of shine with this mineral-rich, sea salt volumizing shampoo. Like a trip to a blue lagoon, Seanik is made with the best ingredients from the sea; softening Irish moss seaweed, and Japanese nori seaweed to make your hair soft as silk from root to tips, and sea salt to give body and volume to hair that’s fallen flat. One seriously sexy shampoo, we added lemon oil for extra shine, and the exotic far eastern fragrance of sensual mimosa and jasmine oils to bathe you in the heady scent of tropical flora all day long.”
• Sea salt for body: Mineral-rich sea salt boosts the volume and shine of limp, lifeless hair.
• Sea what? Softening seaweed strands infuse as you lather, and protein packed nori seaweed is particularly effective at helping care for your scalp.
• Scent and shine: Lemon adds loads of shine, and exotic florals scent your locks.
This vegan Seanik Shampoo bar smells a bit different before you use it but is pleasant enough when you lather it up well. You use it like a soap bar but on your head. I like to rub it for about 10 seconds on top of my head with the shower running then lay it aside and continue the task with my hands. It’s It’s not a melty bar either and as soon as it’s away from water will dry up nicely. My head feels clean, smells nice and my hair clean without feeling stringy. It’s actually one of those things you can give to a guy friend and he’ll probably think it’s a really good idea. It costs about Php495.00 when price is converted, shampoo bar tin sold separately.
Interested in furthering a career in makeup internationally but need that significant jumpstart? This could be your chance. Thanks to Conde Nast media, those lovely people behind British Vogue, by answering one simple multiple choice question and ticking a single circle you could win the UK makeup course of a lifetime worth £4000 established by Davinia Fermi. You have until this Thursday, April 18 (their time I presume) to do so. They’ve made it pretty simple. Tick a box and click submit.
Established in 2010 by respected make-up artist to the stars Davinia Fermi, the academy offers an extensive range of courses including Fashion, Media and TV Make-Up and Hair, Session Hair Styling, and a Foundation in Fashion Make-Up from which you can choose should you be the lucky winner of this amazing prize. Further benefits of the prize include: on-going support when the course has finished; advice on how to market yourself when it comes to establishing your career in the industry; exclusive discounts of up to 40 per cent on luxury beauty brands; and chances to assist on music videos, TV shows, fashion shoots and films.
Fermi herself has worked on make-up shoots all over the world for the likes of Vogue, David Bailey, and 007 himself – Daniel Craig – and is an authority on all things make-up.
This was the makeup course UK pro Lisa Eldridge was also giving away and talking about last Christmas. Lisa has worked alongside Davinia at some of the biggest high fashion shows and shoots in the European style industry and one of Davinia’s clients just happens to be 007 himself (Daniel Craig) Go to the Conde Nast Competition Link here to know more. Did I join? Is the sun hot??? You bet I did…
Now in the past, to be honest, I was never completely smitten with the Maybelline Color Sensational lipsticks. The color selection then was somewhat blah because none of the shades I encountered ever seemed to suit my oriental undertone. The shades would look great obviously on someone paler or Caucasian in ethnicity and I didn’t care to buy darker shades just to find something that would suit. It’s nice to know that the Color Sensational lipstick range is at least randomizing the reds up a bit and that Maybelline locally are bringing in a couple more vibrant colors. I was sent these shades to try. The swatches are pretty gorgeous. If you’re having trouble distinguishing between the reds, here’s a primer: Are You Red-dy is the softer, slightly milkier red, Very Cherry is like a non-matte, less cool dupe of MAC Ruby Woo, and the deepest red of all is Red Revival, a good drugstore dupe for MAC Russian Red, a warm earthy rouge.
You’ll have to excuse me but the lighting of the shots with the lipstick applied wasn’t very good today…there were passing clouds and the dilemma of shifting sunlight. I balanced the hue out as best I could so that colors appear in their truest form.
I was more impressed with the payoff of the reds than the lighter shades, it’s a nice creamy texture and the pigment is more opaque than the previous formula of Color Sensational as I remember it. I’m not fully convinced though on the improved longevity end…I felt grease. I just wish these shades looked as good on my lips as they do on my arm. It’s a bit too high shine for my personal taste mainly because my lips are massive. I feel this will only last 3-4 hours on me and once I eat it might be a goner. Lipliner is absolutely necessary. I used Nichido lipliners before applying the red shades. Blotting will add staying power.
The problem of transfer wouldn’t be the case if you used this in an air-conditioned environment or a country with a drier climate. It probably stays on better in less humid places like the U.S. or Europe. I prefer a tad more drag where my lips are concerned and less shine. This I think would be really pretty on girls with more petite lips and would certainly bring out that lovely pout. Color Sensational lipsticks are available for Php399 from PCX, Watsons, and leading department stores that carry Maybelline Products nationwide.
I’ve been using this for over a year and as I said have never given it the spotlight ’till today. People often ask what i use to achieve a practically perfect and graphic kitty flick despite my hooded eye folds. This one by K-Palette is the one. I needn’t go on and on about it to show how easy it is to use…the results speak for themselves.
What I loved about the original formula is even though it wasn’t marked “waterproof” yet, this black liquid liner was already resistant to smudging even in humid conditions (as long as you didn’t rub violently).
The pointed brush tip pen which reminds me of the ones used for calligraphy helps in creating perfect smooth lines and points.This new formula is special because it’s more water resistant but NOW (ironically) using warm enough water it’s easier to wash off at the end of the day without all the bad rubbing. It also (after several seconds), won’t easily transfer to your upper lid later in the day if you’ve got hooded or oriental eyes.
I tried wearing this last week at the LTO while getting my driver’s license. I was there for at least 5-6 hours from morning till afternoon sweating…it didn’t fail me. I do honestly suggest using this directly on the lid without foundation or moist primer underneath because it won’t go on as well. It’s better directly on skin or over lids that have eyeshadow already. My only con is this pen runs out hmmm, I’d say kind of surprisingly quickly. If I thickly line my eyes daily or almost daily I’ll run out of it in about 18-20 days I’d say. However in the end…overall, no other liquid liner pen helps me make thick or thin perfect liner looks as K-Palette’s 1Day Tattoo Eyeliner pen…always a keeper. Umm…I recall purchasing my first one from Beauty Bar awhile back for about Php800++? This improved one was supplied by K-Palette Philippines for review.
I don’t own a ton of MAC eyeshadows. I only had Brule and Club to my name and now this one which makes 3. I was in search of a wearable eyeshadow that could work the lid scene on its own and not darken the situation. Something you could apply evenly with a single ring finger for both lids…something like the ultimate workhorse champagne beige hue. Behold MAC All That Glitters eyeshadow which ironically isn’t all that glitters…
MAC All That Glitters isn’t at all nearly gold enough to be called rose gold. It’s a true rosy champagne beige with a satiny sheen. It’s kind of like MAC Cosmetics’ version of Stila’s Kitten eyeshadow which is pretty,too, but Stila’s Kitten is so soft and crumbly and with too much fallout for a rush job Vivianna of Vivianna Does Makeup raved about this eyeshadow as the sort that gets people commenting even though sometimes they can’t find the words to describe what’s on your lids. It’s also an obviously wearable bridal shade. I got mine for Php900 from the Rockwell MAC Cosmetics outlet.