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The Winner of my NYC Giveaway! PLUS The Beauty Prizes…

And finally, what has been a mystery for too long a time isn’t just who the giveaway winner is, but it also happens to be what prizes are in store for my blessed NYC giveaway winner :)  I’d like to congratulate CHE (myshakira08@yahoo.com) for you have won these lovely beauty “pasalubong” items from New York City!  I will for sure have sent you an email requesting for your shipping and contact details minutes after this post goes up.  The La Roche Posay Serozinc toner spray is actually a bonus item I threw in because a friend gave me two which came not from NYC, but from Europe :D  So I thought whoever the winner was would love that since it is also a Caroline Hirons recommendation (the Pixiwoo sisters spray it on in this video interview with skincare expert Caroline).  Serozinc Zinc-Sulfate Spray toner for the face helps prevent breakouts and speed up the healing process of existing zits, it also preps the face well for moisturizer.  A list of all the prizes I’ve picked is provided below.

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THE PRIZES FOR THE WINNER! – First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Polish (Exfoliator), Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Mascara Waterproof (my favorite easy-wear mascara), Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer (Particularly for dark undereye circles, the shade I got was a MAC NC25-30 match, darker shades were often out of stock or tricky to spot), La Roche Posay Serozinc (Zinc Sulfate Spray Solution), Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer, Mario Badescu Fruit and Vitamin Hand cream sample, Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm primer sample.

Thanks to all you girls who joined my “Guess Where I’m Going Giveaway” last month, I was actually in New York City (see this post here) with my cousin and we met up with some friends and had a wonderful time there.  Japan isn’t the only place with cherry blossoms in the springtime by the way!  Cherry blossom trees were blooming in so many places in New York City especially in Central Park and West Village :).  So remember if you want to see cherry blossoms in the springtime, Japan isn’t the only destination to consider :).

 

Friday Musings…

Hi, Everyone.  The person that is me is still here!  Slowly getting the blogging thing back together.  While I just haven’t quite got everything on the inside sorted just yet, I just wanted to let you all know I am here and I have no intention to stop beauty blogging okay :)  This stays!  If you haven’t read my recent mention in my NYC post I’ve just been having to go through certain difficult situations without sticking thoughts of beauty stuff in there along with it.  It’s challenging to shoot, blog, and post with something weighing on your mind and heart, but God is faithful to slowly turn around every single thing in ways you cannot imagine.  I continue to trust in Him completely, for joy, peace, love and everything I ever need, even when things go wrong sometimes.

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“The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing — to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from — my country, the place where I ought to have been born.  Do you think it all meant nothing, all the longing? The longing for home?  For indeed it now feels not like going, but like going back.”
C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces

If the C.S. Lewis quote doesn’t drive home anything specific or relevant for you that’s okay, if it does, then cool, we’re on the same page, if not I don’t expect everyone to completely get it, but I really just wanted to post it.  Till We Have Faces is a heavy but beautiful read, and I shed tears years ago.  I still owe you guys the announcement of the giveaway winner and prizes, and that should be coming up next.  Thanks for being patient dear readers, those who are particularly waiting in the wings to read the next bunch of beauty posts coming your way.  I just haven’t been in the mood to take pictures of myself or pose lol or anything like that which particularly comes with the art of beauty blogging…whatever I’ve been going through it goes way back even before my NYC trip I was already troubled about it.  You guys know how shameless and fun I can be in front of the camera, but recently it wasn’t fun to do, and I didn’t feel like faking it.  I’m almost back, and I know some of you have been where I’m at right now…sort of, kind of, maybe-ish.  I’m actually in a place that isn’t so low anymore, some light rays have made their way in, and am gaining traction with my work so I’ve got lots of great things up ahead.  I’ve been praying for and sensing God’s leading and I know He has a huge plan and adventure for my life as long as I stay on His side.

 

Clinique Airbrush Pen Concealer | Dispel Undereye Darkness Lightly

What you’re seeing is a “repurchase”.  I had one of these Clinique Airbrush Pen Concealers a few months back and used it up way too quickly before I could review it because I used it almost every time I went out for 2 months.  I was born with dark circles.  Seriously, I must’ve had some late nights in mom’s womb or something because as far back as I can remember they showed up in photos regardless of whether I slept well or not.  I also hated that people were always asking if I slept well or if I needed to rest when I was completely fine.  I thought I was being led on yet again only because of Lisa Eldridge’s magic and her pleasant product pushing hypnosis, but in fairness to her so far not one of her recommendations have ever disappointed.  Now I totally get why she prefers THIS PARTICULAR ONE by Clinique compared to dozens of pen concealer/highlighters out there.  The concealing  formula truly has some heft and coverage, not just micro luminosity.  It does work using some light reflection but not the sort using shimmer that gives ugly flashback in photos.  In short it’s got a level of acceptable “flashback” that you need.

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If I’m not mistaken the current retail price from local Clinique counters is Php1050 or Php1150.  The only con with this is locally (why again!!? in NYC they have 4 shades up to a really deep one) they only sell one shade Light 03 which would match of course me, a MAC NC30 girl (a yellow toned fair to medium shade).  Don’t let them sell it to you saying “it’s universal”.  Don’t ever accept that sort of “universal shade” sales talk when it comes to concealers and foundations unless it’s a chemically adjusting formula.  If it’s not your shade it is simply not your shade.  I guess the closest product with many shades that has a similar thin liquid formula for covering dark circles (no light reflection perk though) in a non-cake-y way is MAC Pro Longwear concealer.  I hate the packaging of the MAC one though, the small pump which gives too much, if that product was in pen form it would be perfect and similar to this, so Clinique wins over that because of packaging for me, and because the only shade they sell here is my shade, thankfully.  I got my second one with some saved up Rustan’s GCs.  The product comes through from a brush tip on top after you twist and click at the bottom.  It takes awhile for the product to come out when you first open it, but once it comes through it dispenses a bit more steadily with each twist.   Read more to see my before and after shots plus a photo taken several months back with flash at a music gig I attended.

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ZOEVA Makeup Brushes, That Is All | The Luxe Complete Set

Zoella raved about these, Lily Pebbles did the same, and NikkieTutorials, a PRO makeup artist and YouTuber didn’t hesitate to say that they were better overall in her opinion than Sigma brushes or MAC brushes (most likely in the context of value for money).  I was almost tempted to say they were like Europe’s answer to Sigma brushes, but when Zoeva Cosmetics sent me my own Luxe Complete Brush Set to review, I changed my mind.  They look and feel better and quality looks more consistent across.  With Zoeva $60-$80 USD goes a long way, you can get already get a budget set.  The set I was sent though is about EUR105 because it’s a larger range with 15 brushes.  Plus you know the well-known habit of German made things lasting longer than your lifetime?  Throw that knowledge together with the look of this professional brush range and you’ve certainly got yourself a major contender in terms of performance in application.  No I haven’t tried them with products just yet but already just by their appearance, feel, and my professional experience I already know they’ll do excellently on the job.

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An exquisite selection of 15 of our finest brushes, made from a custom blend of natural and synthetic bristles. EUR105

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As a blogger, a few months back I actually browsed through the Zoeva site since the brush sets were gaining sparkling reviews at an amazing rate following the brand’s debut across several YouTube channels.  It was there that I saw a “blogger” related tab and saw that you could actually propose that they send you stuff to review if they screen your blog, stats, and approve the quality of your site.  My site and traffic stats were screened and I was told that I qualified after a month and that they would send me the products of my choice after another month.  I may have a second post on this set feature a look where I actually use all the brushes.  Read more to have a closer look at my favorite brushes from the set and see one separate brush I also chose for them to send me because it was necessary.

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New York, New York, It’s Been Grand!

Hi y’all, I’ve decided to write again even if things haven’t exactly smoothed over yet in the personal situation department.   I’m slowly getting there.  I know for sure I owe you guys an NY post blast. And I’ve been fixing the photos :)  Then yes, the giveaway winner will be announced shortly.  I still don’t quite have it in me to be elaborate and blog to the utmost detail but the photos, ohhh these photos have so much to show and so much to say that I’m delighted to share them with you.

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I stayed with my cousin KC who went out of her way to have me experience what I haven’t yet in this rich and robust city (a city truly charged by caffeine lol), she was so sweet and accommodating and I have so much to thank her for, thanks Cuzzo, truly, from the bottom of my heart.  I’ll try and put captions where possible :).  Click more to jump to the truckload of photos :).

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