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Hurraw! Earl Grey Tea Lip Balm | A Major Fave, Simple, Vegan & Cold Pressed

By far this has to be the best non-minty, handy lip balm I’ve ever EVER tried, as in…it’s uniquely yum and fragrant plus unlike petrolatum balms this is  actually good stuff for lips in a small, no fuss tube.  It delivers in a way that causes you to second glance it.  After putting it on I’ll bet you’ll be like “Wow, where’ve you been half my life?”.  Thanks to Rebecca and the team over at Cutieverse for bringing in the Hurraw lip balm range from the U.S. which is full of thoughtful flavors, currently not in retail but soon to be made available at Aura Athletica and Beyond Yoga branches.  On their website these retail for under $4.00 (Php170 approx.) I’m hoping the price hike isn’t too big once these pop out in local retail because my golly I’ll be repurchasing this if I can for a couple of years I already foretell.  Check out the U.S. HURRAW site showing the lots lovely flavors available here!

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We all have to accept the fact that petrolatum lip balms only temporarily smooth and do not help or relieve dry chapped lips.  Like Caroline Hirons said, with petrolatum (Vaseline for example) lip balms you  keep repeatedly doing it over and over over the lips for anything to stay unchapped.  Makeup artists use Vaseline as a “lip lubricant” it’s a temporary fix for shooting purposes but it doesn’t really do anything for your lips.  This one does, and I super duper like it.

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“Love tea? We do!
We added the soothing, distinctive and uplifting scent of cold pressed oil from Italian Bergamot oranges
to make our earl grey Balm heavenly. Quickly becoming a favorite amongst Hurrawers!
With green tea, chai spice, and earl grey to choose between you’ll be ‘loving tea’ all day long.

INGREDIENTS:

Sweet Almond Oil, Candelilla Wax, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Coco Seed Butter, Castor Seed Oil, Olive Fruit Oil, Bergamot Peel Oil, and Vitamin E  (premium organic, vegan, and raw ingredients). “Organic / Cold Pressed/ Wildcrafted”

This topped my favorite V&M Lip Balm a mint flavor which contained emu oil, that was lovely and chilling on the lips but I kept thinking about the emus and that one easily melted and made a mess.  Hurraw lip balms have a similar “instant comfort” effect after gliding smoothly over the lips, being super comforting and actually naturally nourishing and sinking into the skin surface with natural oils without the minty sensation (although Hurraw does have a Mint variant locally blogged by Kira of Kira-Ramirez.com). I almost requested for a handful of the fruity flavors (which I’m sure rock as well) but THIS…this Earl Grey Tea lip balm flavor infused with other teas and Italian Bergamot orange…OH MYGAWRSH…

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What the Hurraw Staff Have to Say:

“Super smooth, not draggy, not sticky, not sweet, not too glossy, not too smelly, never grainy, long lasting;
plus, it had to hold up to being in a back jeans pocket all day without melting! It took us several obsessed years to formulate Hurraw! Balm and put it through all the rigors.
We love it, use it, and hope you do too. 

We individually pour each tube of Hurraw! Balm in our own facility.
The quality and integrity of our product is a top priority and we feel Hurraw! is the finest all natural, vegan, raw balm available…
a great product to be used by everyone regardless of lifestyle or eating habits.

By the way I shot this little lip balm at tea time in the 530pm afternoon sun just for a personal touch.  Corny much?  Just high-five me for the effort, lol.  If you’ve got an online store and would like to help spread Hurraw love locally and sell or purchase these please do and contact Rebecca Pilapil via this email: rebecca@cutieverse.com and check out the Cutieverse.com site.  These are seriously sooo good.

My Top 5 High End Foundations | As of June 2013

We’re bringing in the heavy hitters.  I’ve never done a Top 5 luxe foundations review simply because before beginning my makeup career I didn’t own any high end foundations and before last year I owned only 2 or 3.  These are foundations that I’ve used on myself and worked with and while I wouldn’t repurchase all of them constantly because of the price I truly believe in their quality.

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Now, I’m happy to say I’ve made quota for a decent feature, it just happened to be about time I talked about my favorite luxury foundations in a nutshell.  They’ll be mentioned in no particular order or rank because they all function differently. Read more to get to the short and sweet individual descriptions, and I’ll also be linking the full blog reviews I’ve made on the blog to each foundation title.

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Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eyecolor Trio in RD299 “Beach Grass”

Beach days are slowly floating away, but these rich colors are here to stay.  Some of my blogger friends wondered why I didn’t keep my previous Shiseido Eyecolor Trio “Pink Sands”…well for one, I wanted to give something special to you guys for Spring, so I gave it away, and 2 because I preferred the palette in this colorway, RD 299 Beach Grass…reminiscent of those tropical summer sunsets.

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If you’ve ever found yourself giving up on shimmer in your thirties (yea, watch me embrace my big three oh! lol) or even your late twenties that’s because many shimmery eyeshadow compacts out there are haphazardly bad to work with.  They’ve often got tons of fallout and knockout chunks of sparkle that on occasion may not be sophisticated or even enhance wrinkles and fine lines.  It’s all forgivable to just sit on those shimmer shades and slap on everything matte to be safe but let me throw this curve-ball at you.  There’s actually nothing like a bit of properly placed, high quality satin shimmer to draw out a bit of youth around those weary eyes.  Lisa Eldridge hardly ever holds back on shimmer in her tutorials on herself, and she’s in her early 40s!  The key is to use an eye primer you don’t get fall out, find the sort of eyeshadow shimmer texture that will not fail you and not put it beyond a certain point, and do your base AFTER your eyes so you can clean up around the eye.  Read more to sort of (coz it’s not video…meh) see this eyecolor trio in action!

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Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation | My Drugstore Dream Foundie at Php599

Maybelline, seriously this time you hit one out of the park, it just sailed right over.  You’ve just made me very happy.  I’ve had holy grail /slash/ fave drugstore foundations in the past but they were not THIS GOOD.   This Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse in PARTICULAR is sooo nice and I had a hands-on meeting with it at the Maybelline Dream Perfection launch last week.  Thanks a ton, Maybelline!

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Urban Outfitters top, Roxy shorts, Anteprima bag, “Dreamy” me…lol (slow solo clap).  I’m wearing Maybelline (UK) 14-hr lipstick in Stay With Me Coral, not available here.

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Model wearing Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation

I actually made the 2nd half of the post title “My Koh Gen Doh Aqua Dupe at Php599″ (yes, it’s that good…to me) but I figured they wouldn’t appreciate another brand sharing the title if I liked the foundation this much, so it stays here in the post.  The only problem I foresee here is the product name Dream Liquid Mousse  is sort of a bummer because it’s not inherently like a mousse at all this one, the name ends up being too similar to a previous Maybelline mousse foundation which was NOT REALLY a hit, the whipped mousse-y one in the pot which lots of people disliked.  This is not that one, this one is good.

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It comes in the standard issue glass bottle containing 30ml but to top it off (literally) you get a bottle cap you can twist clockwise and LOCK…then twist counter-clockwise to enable pumping.  Hallelujah.  Someone actually thought this through for our benefit.  Do not fear, this is not  a mousse “foam” foundation…like I said the name totally misleads, but it’s good.  Test it for yourself at Maybelline counters today, you will be surprised. The foundation glides on with medium coverage and is comfy to wear (Tip: I wear foundation from the center of my face outwards so i have hardly any foundation near the edges of my face and hairline, then I don’t feel yuck at the end of the day).  This is a water based formula and gently hydrates with glycerin, it of course it does have a cocktail of silicones in it (most foundies do anyway) but it’s formulated so well ‘coz my skin didn’t feel like it couldn’t breathe.  I was seriously quiet and staring at the mirror speechless when I first put this on at home, it was perfect.  My shade Sandy Beige (Med 1) was a spot on match for my post summer skin.

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This is the same photo from my Shiseido blush post yesterday where I wore this foundation.  I just brightened the shot and lessened contrast to closely match how I saw this foundation.  First off, please let’s not call it a MATTE foundation, if you lightly dust it with translucent loose setting powder it might possibly be matte but otherwise it’s not, almost but not.  It’s a satiny semi-matte for normal to combination skin but this won’t be a matte finish for oily skin, it doesn’t really boast oil control so it will get dewy in the middle of the day along the T-zone unless you powder up or blot to retouch.  If you’ve got normal to dry skin  this will be fine.  It is kind of like a silkier, smoother, lighter version of L’Oreal True Match without any detectable shimmer in the mix and NO SCENT whatsoever.  I’m wondering if this might be similar to the recently phased out Jemma Kidd Light As Air foundation, which looks and sounds similar when Anna of Vivianna Does Makeup describes it…so many girls in the UK were gutted about that brand folding.

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In the Dream Liquid range you get a generous selection of 6 shades locally, 3 or 4 of which have warm Asian undertones and the other 2 shades are pretty neutral. My Dream Liquid Mousse shade at the moment is Sandy Beige (Medium 1, or MAC NC35) which has a yellow enough undertone and when I become paler before the Ber months I’ll be Nude Beige (Light 3.5, or MAC NC30) which is a hint more neutral than Sandy beige and only 1/4 of a shade lighter.  Overall I like the silky, airy-light finish by a knuckle-crackin’ good liquid foundation and the texture of Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse really reminds me of my Koh Gen Doh Aqua Foundation (which is an A-lister fave…slapped on by Liv Tyler, or Rumi Neely).  I’m brave and confident enough to say that the foundation texture is similar to Koh Gen Doh Aqua (for a fraction of the price, Php599 vs. Php2750?!) and gives a completely healthy looking semi-matte finish for normal to dry skin.  I wore this for a whole day and didn’t get greasy or weird bits rubbing  off.  It set really well so late in the evening it felt a bit tight, just a bit but that just meant it was about time I got all my makeup off.  The foundation is a win, and so is the twist-lock bottle cap, no more misplaced or cracked caps.  This lovely foundation costs Php599 in retail via Maybelline kiosks or counters in Watsons pharmacies and department stores.

*products provided for review by Maybelline Philippines

Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color | Or Blush RD103, A Basic Necessity

I’m back…life sort of got in the way of blogging but I’m back. There was no hype about this particular item I’m featuring today, nothing fancy, and no extreme claims, but after conducting my not-so-recent Shiseido workshop session I still had to pick this as one of my rewards. There is something utterly classic about their Luminizing Satin Face color shades…especially this requisite peachy-pink blush RD103 or Petal as it is known abroad.

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As you’ll notice it’s been weeks since the Shiseido Workshop I mentioned…but I’m also putting this centerstage because in the last 2 weeks I’ve been reaching for it. You know that when you just can’t get your hands off something on a daily basis it doesn’t matter whether you were filled to the brim with excitement when you got it or not, the fact that you organically keep putting it on without over-thinking that you are…tagline or not…it’s a winner. It’s got the right amount of pink, if it had any more peach in it it would be similar to Benefit Coralista. It’s got sheen in it but not the sort of shimmer that gets everywhere and the sheen is understated. The blush isn’t cheap at about Php1250 but if you want a classic blush with a huge mirror and a sophisticated (not overly embellished) compact you can slip into a classy bag even for evenings out Shiseido’s blushes are the bomb.

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Blushes on skin are always the most difficult to photograph for a beauty blog so this is just a hint more pink in real life. I didn’t want to pack on too much but the pigment is a medium strength…not something you can make a mistake with, but not disappointingly sheer either. The shine on the apple of my cheek is due to a dewy foundation I was testing out beneath the blush which happens to be my new holy grail drugstore foundation and a dupe for a really expensive foundation I recently bought. More on that perhaps later tonight! I owe you guys a truckload of posts (not to mention excuses that rake in a ton of nods) after being reasonably sidetracked by getting sick, celebrating my brother’s birthday, and a shoot I did yesterday. Shiseido products are available locally in leading department stores and malls with boutiques.

 

 

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