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A Newborn BB! – Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion compact

Three words…I love Laneige.  I like practically everything about how this Korean brand is represented, advertised, and I like the subtle prestige of the quality I’ve tested in the boutique at Shangrila.  I’ve just never been brave enough to buy anything ‘coz I didn’t need anything at the time and believe it or not this brand is totally overpriced in Singapore.  I even appreciate the way the makeup on the girls in the ads is on but toned down in a classy way (check their awesome site here, choose English) .  I came home yesterday with this press gift, one of Laneige’s more unique base items, the Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion compact and my experience within a span of 3-4 hours with it was kind of like a Pride and Prejudice romance.  I wasn’t too keen about that dewy finish at first…yes, at first, then time DID tell.  I’ll get to the details in a sec.

New-concept:  Whitening + Sunscreen + Sweat-proof + Soothing + Makeup Effects SPF 50+ PA+++ (Shade 21 Natural Beige)

  • Skin Types : ALL SKIN
  • Size : 15G

I know what you’re thinking, looking at that you’re probably like letting out a “WTH” thought bubble.  Trust me, it’s not as strange as you think and it’s not that dark on the skin, that’s just how it looks in the compact.  That in there is a sponge soaked with a BB cream formula.

“Bright and Clear Whitening Care + Strong Sunscreen Effect
Contains White Plus Renew Complex™, the major ingredient of Laneige White Plus Renew, for bright and clear skin. Moreover, its SPF 50+ PA+++ formula blocks UV rays even under strong sunlight.  High molecules strong against sweat and sebum form a network to create an elastic barrier on the surface of makeup to hold makeup and UV screen on for a long time. Also, highly elastic cushion powder holds up the makeup barrier that can easily be collapsed by sweat and sebum for long-lasting makeup even with one layer.

I was supposed to show my finger afterwards but I couldn’t get a decent photo after this shot with one hand, sorry LOL.  Basically I had liquid base product on my fingertip as if I had dipped it into a bottle.  Read more to see how the product looks applied on my face.

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Meet Estee Lauder’s Global Artist Blair Patterson – Reserve an Exclusive Gift Thru Me!

It’s delightful that in today’s modern age we are able to witness some of the world’s best makeup artists demonstrate their techniques online, especially via YouTube or blogazine sites.  It’s still even more special however to witness them weave their magic IN THE FLESH!  Tomorrow afternoon at Edsa Shangrila Hotel you can watch Estee Lauder’s Global Makeup Artist, Blair Patterson, demonstrate his expertise right before your very eyes.

Meet Blair Patterson tomorrow, Saturday, October 13, 2012, 430pm at the Lubang Function Room, Edsa Shangrila HotelTo avail of the MakeUp Workshop purchase P3,000.00 worth of GCs redeemable for Estee Lauder products in Rustan’s Makati and Rustan’s Shangri-la and mention that you are purchasing to join the workshop tomorrow.

To avail of the exclusive gift at the workshop through partner bloggers like myself here’s how:  If you reserve through me, meaning saying you’re interested in the workshop through me and I’ll tell them so they make a list, you still have to pay the GC workshop fee in advance like everyone else at  Estee Lauder Makati or Shangrila counters (which kinda serves as tuition and materials) BUT you’ll be on the list I pass onto them and will get an exclusive bonus gift during the workshop.  So those who are interested in this lovely meet and greet + makeup demonstration plus want a bonus gift, let me know!  Email me with the email Subject: “PURE COLOR PURE EXPERTISE Workshop Bonus” and include your full name, email, and mobile phone details at probinsiyana@gmail.com.  Don’t forget to stay updated with events and promotions follow Estee Lauder PH on FB.  Hope to see you tomorrow!

Behind the Scenes Video, Paolo V’s Surprise 28th – Advanced Happy Bday my BFF Cousin! :)

When I was much, much younger I was still an only child and I often got lonely, but then again, later on, not all the time really.  A year and a half into my life God blessed me with a cousin named Paolo Valenciano who’s now engaged to be married next February! <3.

The other night, under his fiancee Sam’s command, we usual suspects banded together to surprise him three days before his actual birthday because he’s set to leave for a show in Singapore.  I just finished editing a behind the scenes video of what took place that night.  You might see some familiar or medyo sikat faces…what I observed after making the video was how laid back and relaxed everyone was.  That’s the Paolo vibe taking over, really, because needless to say my cousin is just one really cool dude who is loved by so many.  God bless you, Pao, we labshu, enjoy your BIG day tomorrow!  Everyone, enjoy this video and celebrate again with us :)

IN2IT Oil-Free 2-Way Powder Foundation – One Fresh Face, Two Ways

You’re looking at my new favorite 2-way powder foundation and this has been my secret weapon of choice recently for days in a rush.  IN2IT’s Oil-Free 2-Way Powder Foundation has surpassed my previous fave (Majolica Majorca Skin Remaker Pore Cover) only because the shades are even more exact for me (Majolica’s were SUPER close) and they’re a notch up in terms of smoothness.  I just, I just…can’t rave enough about this, plus the fact that it’s a drugstore brand.

This comes in 2 purchase options, Php500+ refills like these, without a mirror (or was it 495?  Sorry) and more hygienic easy to use mirror compacts for Php700+. This is the shade, Harvest.I also bought the shade Honey because I could hardly tell the difference between them…it turns out Harvest has a slightly more intense yellow undertone and is a hint deeper.

What I love about 2-way powder foundations is their complete reliability if you’ve got no time to spare.  In some cases, like with this one, you don’t even need concealer anymore (if you’ve got average face problems).  I like using the sponge damp, I swipe it on generously and the product just adheres seamlessly onto skin.  Skin looks even better with this once your face’s natural oils start to blend in throughout the day.  I use this a lot for when I do blog posts and I’m way too lazy to fiddle with liquid foundation and concealer if I’m going to prep my face for reviewing eye and lip products.  Read more to see how this 2-way powder foundation looks on me.

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Unboxing My First SaladBox!

They’ve arrived!  Beauty sample box subscriptions have arrived on Philippine shores and the first to arrive at my blog’s doorstep is the 4-piece offering of SaladBox.  I actually received mine about 4-5 days ago, was just really busy over the weekend.

CLOCKWISE:

1.) Hot Shop Pour Femme – Happy/FULL SIZE- “Happy is a fragrance of joy, the essence of sunny, happy mornings.”

2.) NaturaCosmetics Gorgeous Argan Lip & Cheek Tint- “This dual-purpose wax-based stick gives an instant, lasting burst of color to your cheeks and lips.  Perfect for girls on the go.”

3.) Camaru Naturals Bamboo Charcoal Clarifying Soap/FULL SIZE – “Known to effectively clear out skin impurities, this popular VEGAN bamboo charcoal soap also whitens and moisturizes skin.”

4.) BC Fragrance Pillow Mist in Relaxing Mint - “Infuse your pillow with this relaxing mint scent and feel refreshed as you head off to dreamland.”

Now many of you might be expecting these new local subscription boxes to hold lots of famous brands, they may not have a lot at first but they will eventually and I’m glad that a lot of them, in spite of the lack of popular demand, are partnering with lesser-known local and regional (Asia) brands that are bringing forward lots of high quality products many of which are organic or vegan. Once I’ve tried all these I’ll do a stand-alone review on the product here that impresses me the most.

“For PhP500.00 per month, a subscriber will receive a box filled with four or more beauty and lifestyle product samples. The SaladBox team greatly values the money their subscribers spend so these products will have a value of more than PhP700.00. SaladBox is currently in partnership with a lot of beauty and lifestyle brands, both local and international, up-and-coming and timeless classics.”

To subscribe go to the SaladBox Website here.  Did you know that if you subscribe for a Saladbox and review any of the products you receive and submit your links/reviews to SaladBox you can earn SaladLeaves which are coupons you can use on the SaladBox site?  Right now what’s made the strongest first impression on me from this lot that’s arrived is the look of that Bamboo Charcoal Clarifying soap.  Bathtime will tell.

*SaladBox provided by brand for initial review

 

 

 

 

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