IT’S WORLDWIDE, WOMEN! According to Misschievous, that pretty Swiss makeup siren, Julia, aren’t all Julias da’ best!? (dodges tomatoes), Kiehl’s is having an international giveaway, the grand prize being a trip for 2 to the launch for the new VIP Kiehl’s store in Munich, Germany!
Plus, it isn’t just that, want the chance to ride a limousine and be on the red carpet along with some German (and who knows, maybe other) celebrities? Wait, there’s more, in case you don’t get that Grand Prize of a trip, Kiehl’s is also giving away 25 consolation gift bags with 7 of their premium products . Watch Misschievous’ video below, please don’t worry that she’s speaking German, it’s subtitled in English. In her video she showcases the Kiehl’s product prizes one by one and shares which are her favorites and how they work for her and she also gets into the nitty-gritty on this fabulously generous open arms giveaway by Kiehl’s. By the way, she’s a fabulous online make-up artist and one of the best artsy self-taught ones I’ve seen, I encourage you to subscribe to her or follow her on her blog, Misschievous.tv. Below the embedded giveaway video I’ve also pasted the written mechanics:
KIEHL’S CONTEST MECHANICS (OPEN WORLDWIDE)
The contest includes a giveaway for 25 giftbags containing Kiehl’s skincare products. One grand prize winner will receive one of these giftbags, plus a trip for you and a friend to attend the exclusive new Kiehl’s store opening in Munich, Germany on November 24, 2010.
The Grand Prize Winner:
You and a friend will attend the new store opening and have the chance to walk over a red carpet alongside many famous German celebrities. Afterwards you will be picked up by limousine to attend an afterparty at a chic Munich hotspot called HEART, and round out the evening by an overnight stay at a trendy design hotel. You will get the real VIP experience!
I was sent this BB Cream free for review by Puredermwhich is a Korean brand being locally distributed. It’s a relief to finally experience a BB cream with a color tone more suitable for Filipina skin!
This BB Cream boasts 3 main properties:
1.) SPF 30 – to protect from UV rays, both UVA and UVB
2.) Wrinkle – meaning anti wrinkle ingredients
3.) Skin conditioning – natural extracts that increase skin elasticity
It isn’t entirely paraben-free though. That’s a quick note for those who are particular about that.
What’s extremely special about this BB cream is the shade.
In this photo, it might seem too yellow, but when spread out it blends evenly into the skin. A lot of other BB creams can look ashy on Filipinas because of the lack of warm color tones. This yellowish BB cream stands out because of that plus in the shade. It is no secret that most if not all BB creams are formulated deliberately to increase fairness in one’s complexion. See my hand color lighten up and even out in the next photo?
Continue reading to see a before and after super up close facial test
New scent alert! It singerKaty Perry is soon to launch her new fragrance, Purr, bottled purple in a fancy feline. I got the heads up over at British Beauty Blogger. Out of respect for her blog, click on the cat if you want to read about the scent’s in-depth description provided. I don’t plan on plagiarizing anytime, anywhere, sharing only allowed.
I’m not an avid fragrance user, but this bottle’s got me ooh-ing and miaow-ing. I am a cat lover. There’s only one fragrance on my mind that I wish I had, but I don’t have it. More on that if I one day acquire it
An aunt of mine posted a message for me on Facebook “You have to tell me about that amazing concealer you said was really good, what is it?” , “Amazing Concealer!” I said. Confused, she repeated herself “Yes, yes I know it is amazing, but what is it really?”, I exclaimed “Haha, Amazing Concealer! That’s what it is, Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer!”…after a long thoughtful pause she said “Ohhhh! Okayy…”
I first learned about this concealer last year after getting hooked on the lovely Michelle Phan’s YouTube makeup tutorials (US-based Vietnamese celebrity beauty vlogger). In almost every video in her early days she raved about Amazing Concealer and how good it was at covering imperfections. This is manufactured in California in the US. They have a cutesy blog called AmazingLand. Let’s try this little wonder out shall we? By the way, I’m sorry to say this isn’t cheap. This little 0.2 oz tube cost $28.00! Got it off Amazon last year and sent it to relatives abroad. However, you only use a super super small amount of product, a little amazing goes a really REALLY long way, half-a drop is enough to cover a lot of spots already. It’s powerfully pigmented. You use like this much for all your spots, then one more half-drop like this for all your undereye circles.
What a smidge of product eh? So, next we have the unimpressive before application shot.
…then we have the after shot. Sorry the focus of the photo moved a bit towards the ear, but the concealer coverage is still very evident. I have Amazing Concealer in the shade Medium Beige, but apparently Michelle’s shade is one step slightly too dark for me, so next time around I’m getting a shade lighter. I dabbed the concealer over my pores and pigmentation spots. For the spot I concentrated dabs of the product directly on them. I still left two of my moles uncovered at the bottom. They’re a well-loved a natural part of me.
The concealer didn’t make me whiter, the camera just caught more light with this shot. As you can see though the Amazing Concealer does a good job of covering up with a very small amount of product. I bought that tiny tube last year and I’m still using it today. Like I said, a little amazing does go a long way. Here’s one of Michelle Phan’s videos where she uses Amazing Concealer:
No, I didn’t get dressed this Halloween, my lovely Tita (aunt) Vicki did, and she asked me for some help. This is a picture of how she looks on a normal day which will serve as our “before” photo. Tita Vicki stands on the left alongside my other aunt . All cosplay photos here were provided by her. The cosplay photos were taken with her Panasonic Lumix GF1 camera.
She contacted me last minute and asked if I could help transform her into Cleopatra. How could I say no? I love doing this ya’ know?!
I forgot how great this shot turned out…I’m like 99% sure I took this with her camera, the 1% drop of doubt is because my uncle was in the room and also took a shot with the same camera. However, I remember standing there and seeing her hold the mirror. Continue reading to know more about how I got through this.
I’d like to thank the handful of you who have complimented the quality of my photos. My trusty Panasonic Lumix ZS3 has done a great job thus far, but for awhile now after the thousands of shots I’ve taken with it (not using scene presets alone, as in really pushing it) I’ve been yearning for much more photographic range in a same-size gadget. I’d be kidding myself at the moment if I went for a rock-rivaling DSLR giant. You know me for now as the point-and-shoot princess. Meet my new baby, the sleek and slick Canon S90.
I had it photograph itself, with the main focus on the lens opposite a mirror then I flipped the shot. I was thinking of taking a picture of it with the Lumix but I wanted this post to be visually supported only by the Canon S90. It was perfect timing to get replacement bloggles (see the Julia dictionary) because the family camera went bust in a fatal way and mom opted to buy the Panasonic Lumix off me at cost instead of going for the insane overhaul repair of theirs (which would cost more than the Lumix itself). Here are a few sample shots I took with no Photoshop adjustments, only cropping.
I do happen to be the close-up queen since this blog features small cosmetic objects and minute details more than half the time.
Now, here’s a KLM porcelain liqueur bottle, my grandmother collected about a dozen of them so I have a little neighborhood sitting on my window sill. This is in the Nostalgic color setting so the blue porcelain in it is slightly desaturated (drained of color).
I love my macro setting (macro – that little tulip button most current digital cameras have that enables crisp focusing on a very near object) and the dial-controlled manual focus function this new camera makes possible. My brother’s blind blue bear looks very endearing in this shot.
This last photo below is a shot of one of my favorite accessories right now. It’s a double ring like one of those available at Forever 21 but I got this at Greenhills Theater Mall. These multi-finger rings reminiscent of brass knuckles are quite the fashion now. What I think is significantly better about the shots of the Canon S90 is the color accuracy and film-like quality it gives to the shot.
There’s also a noticeably less amount of grain/noise than the shots of the Lumix ZS3. The macro setting is just super slightly more temperamental than the quick surrendering macro of the Lumix, but the shots speak for themselves. The S90 is a huge step ahead of the Lumix with the manual focus function wherein you spin the focus dial according to distance. With a max ISO of 3600 at your fingertips and a zoom lens simulator selected with the manual ring that wraps the lens you’ve got a powerful edge in this little gadget. The zoom lens simulation ranges from a wide 28mm to a 108mm. This is a great little camera
If I was going to have my first Butter London polish on this here blog, it had to be something great. This was a no-brainer.
In befitting memoriam of the late, great fashion designer, Alexander McQueen, this complex yet arguably simple and wearable gold-ish greige (grey beige) holographic beauty of a polish achieves luxe sophistication on your fingertips in two coats. Bear in mind, that with this you don’t have chunks of glitter, this contains uber fine micro shimmer or holographic shimmer as was mentioned.
How on earth did I get this you say? I Amazonned it at a total price of around Php600.00 ($14.00) to a friend in the US (hi, Ms. A!!! xoxo )who was super willing to meet up with a common friend who was visiting and coming home. Butter London, however, is a high end UK brand. They are proud of being “3-free” as they call it, being toxin free. The formula has no Formaldehyde, Toluene, or DBPs. First look at it on your nails, you’re wearing a beige grey shade. Second look, there’s something more to it and it isn’t distracting, it’s somewhat mesmerizing, especially if you have a closer inspection.
Wearing one coat is a pretty sheer alternate way to wear it, but I like packing on my polish. Alexander McQueen and his creative genius will be missed.
It’s nice to know that Butter London thought of paying tribute in a simple yet pretty way.
It’s only November but sprouts of spring have begun to shoot up all over the blogosphere. After lurking through various beauty blogs and fashion news sites I’ve decided to repost a few preview Spring/Summer items I liked that they’ve shared originally, with all necessary credit provided of course. Spring is looking fresh (duh) and exceptionally pretty next year.
Those who can afford it can soon take a summery swim with Chanel and their reef water blue Summer nail offering in Riva. I smell the shallow sea already. As seen in fab nail blog, Lacquerized.
and the official news got out on WWD, MAC makeup pretty fit for a female superhero is currently under way!
MAC Cosmetics’ Wonder Woman collection is now in the making for Spring 2011 (this image is not necessarily the official image to be used for the collection) . News on this sourced also fromTemptalia. The news on the MAC Wonder Woman collection states that it will include eyeshadow, blush, lipstick, and for you nail junkies out there, yes me, too, nail polishes as well. I was not impressed with the way MAC handled the branding of the Venomous Villains collection, the use of imagery was poorly art directed except for on the box packaging. Will MAC make a significant improvement on that with this comic inspired collection? I sure hope so.
Just when I felt I needed a bit of pampering, once again, my bag is blessed. I was contacted the other day via email by a Purederm PR person who asked me if they could send me a gift box of some of their products to try. I swiftly went to the link provided (click on Purederm to see their website) and saw that they were a brand present in Watsons drugstores and that ooooh, they had BB cream! Naturally, I said Yes . You get first look, today, but I shall review these pretty products in separate posts by pairs, then the BB Cream in a solo post.
I was sent the following items:
1 Purederm Nourishing Repair Hair Mask
1 Purederm Deep Moisture Hand Mask
1 Purederm Intensive Repair Foot mask
1 Purederm Cell Illuminating Hydro Pure Gel Face Mask
1 Purederm Nutritive Firming Hydro Pure Gel Face Mask
and my fave acquisition of the lot,
Purederm Magic BB Cream.
I say fave because I read about this on the blog of my friend, Shen’s Addiction. I was pretty impressed with what she said about the color tone of this BB cream. She mentioned Purederm’s BB Cream as having a warmer shade more compatible with Filipina skin in contrast to other BB Creams that tend to have cooler tones and make someone with warm yellow-based skin like myself look a bit ashy instead of radiant. I’m pretty excited to try this out.
Have you received anything free lately that has blessed your day? I could get used to being blessed this often, this is the second time this month since the Artistry event!
Hang up your Christmas socks. I’m rejoicing! The perfect vintage red polish for me is Bobbie’s Premium Nail Creme in Regular shade “Vamp” which costs only Php 30.00 (Standard Retail Price). Mom got it discounted at the outlet product store at the Universal Robina Corp. building. This is also available at Watsons, drugstores, most beauty departments in local malls, and if I’m not mistaken some well outfitted convenience stores. Can you believe it? This perfect solid, non-coral red goes on opaque on the first coat! That’ awesome, and application is a dream thanks to the best low budget creamy formula I’ve seen ever.
If you want to take a closer look, go ahead! You won’t find anything wrong with this, it’s even labeled “Toxin-Free”. This is two coats without a glossy top coat, isn’t that amazing? That’s what I like about it, the finish is lump-free, and streak-free so you don’t really need a top coat unless you feel obsessively compulsive about it and you want it to last longer.
It reminds me of candy canes and Christmas wrapping.
If you’re looking for the perfect, solid, vintage/pin-up red this Premium Nail Creme by Bobbie is definitely what I recommend .