August 10, 2010 4:19 pm
Da Buzzz! I happened to be in Alabang Town Center to pick up some nail polish remover and I strolled past the newly renovated Beauty Bar outlet right beside Lush Cosmetics. Both shops had just opened their doors to the public a day before.
Did I make it past them? No, I walked right in. Er, maybe I shouldn’t have, but curiosity got the better of me on this one. The freshly minted shop was like honey to this bee…and I happened to pick up two of Burt’s Bees tinted lip shimmers in the shades Peony and Cocoa.
August 9, 2010 11:55 am
Here’s a quick one for you. My nails are looking very cool this August, thanks to Sally Hansen’s Insta Dri polish in “Blue Streak”. Don’t you get that zing feeling just by staring at this?
This is a turquoise frost with a fast drying formula. What you see here is 2 coats with a base coat and top coat. Apologies for not including the picture with the bottle. That photo of mine at home wasn’t color accurate, and today I didn’t bring the bottle with me. I found that the formula was quite affected by the humidity in our country. I had a problem with streaking as a result, but I am still quite taken by the lovely wide brush that helps you cover the entire. nail almost with just one swipe. This was shot after 2 days with some slight tip wear happening already, but otherwise it’s still quite smashing
What do you think, tacky or goodzilla?
August 5, 2010 2:29 pm
If you’ve been, what’s the word…lemming (which for me is actually a very futile blog term meaning “wanting unto death”, dangerous!) for that super gorgeous Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palette which costs around $50.00 shipping included (wonderful item but not cheap), I’ll have to admit I was feeling the same way as well, although I would hesitate to say “lemming”, words like that scare me, I am not against those who use the word, that’s just my personal reaction to it. No, I don’t have the Naked palette.
Sigh, yes…it is wonderful, but Urban Decay is a gazillion light years away, they don’t ship to us outside of the US and frankly at $50 (estimate with shipping) it is officially off my budget. But I do have something else, just in time for these gray, rainy days…
Something arrived with a friend that is quite similar to that Naked palette and much cheaper, too, at $15.00 (Php700.00 it costs even less than 4U2′s i-Pro makeup palette). It made my day, and somehow made up for that. Sleek MakeUp’s i-Divine 12 shade (just like Naked) eyeshadow palette in the color scheme “Storm” made its way to me from Crush Cosmetics in Australia. Sleek is a UK bargain brand that costs around five English pounds if you’re based there. These are available more often than not at their chemists/pharmacies/drugstores. Crush Cosmetics has procured some stock to be made available for us Australasians. Yes, the black eyeshadow cracked on its way to me with my friend but the palette’s minor injury didn’t swallow my glee. How thankful I was that if anything cracked at all it just happened to be the black shade, which I happily pressed back in imperfectly with a disinfected 25 centavo coin. The colors don’t have names by the way. They should have named them. Naming the colors makes the palette even more special.
What I loved about it right away is that there are 2 matte shades along with 10 deeply pigmented satin and shimmer shades. Continue reading to see these colors swatched on my hand.
August 4, 2010 11:31 am
I found energy to do another one, thank goodness!
Past midnight I found the inspiration to do an Audrey Hepburn/Twiggy inspired hot mod 60s look ( i actually didn’t know it would turn out this good, yey).
Some of the next photos are blurred but find it does add a bit of character to the shot.
August 1, 2010 3:35 pm
Magical mascara that extends those lashes beautifully? This was what Shiseido conjured up when releasing Majolica Majorca last year.
Majolica Majorca is an Asian cosmetic line that was developed by Shiseido Japan for young women who still trust in their quality-conscious brand but live on a smaller budget. The women in their product imagery are meant to possess beauty often found in fantasy themes. They embody the Asian cutie-pie or “Kawaii” look that wins the world over time and time again. Enchanting eyes need beautiful lashes. So, upon us (or at least those who can source it online, wink*), they bestowed their Lash Expander Frame Mascara with its highly acclaimed lengthening formula. I sourced mine online since this I believe is only readily available on retail in Japan, China, Taiwan and Singapore, I think. These are probably only available locally with certain suppliers and cosmetic entrepreneurs. Here is a sample of one of the advertisement images I found on the internet with a Majolica Majorca damsel.
The very packaging of the tube speaks fantasy. It was designed to look femininely embellished in an Art Nouveau-ish way. See the emblem below on top of the cap? The designs and ads of this line have a Midsummer Night’s Dream feel woven into the imagery. Vintage, magical, and other-worldly are three words that come to mind in terms of concept.
July 30, 2010 12:10 am
They’re not MAC single eyeshadows. They’re 4U2 single eyeshadows available at Watsons and they cost Php128.00 each. I purchased 6 colors but there were more at Watsons I remember. Happy happy, joy joy…
They’re nameless. TOP ROW: 1. a deep navy black-satin finish 2. a pastel aqua – satin finish 3. a light copper – semi shimmer
BOTTOM ROW: 4. a peachy pink – satin finish, but this one has a tragic story 5. a gorgeous chocolate brown – satin finish 6. and a light beige-y grey/taupe – semi shimmer
July 26, 2010 3:10 pm
“sheer crème eyeshadow – whipped mousse formula with a lightweight and smooth finish. lightly shimmering shades are buildable without creasing or fading.” – written on the back of the box.
High fashion for your eyes only? Yes, this Calvin Klein collection of cream eyeshadow caught my eye over at StrawberryNet because of the Buy1 Take1 promo. Some of you might have been scandalized by the amount of product in the first picture and your thought bubble up and went “OMG, she splurged and bought a truckload”. Not really, there are 12 shades sold on Strawberry Net, 1 item costs USD $18-20$ originally in retail. I purchased 4 colors at about $13.00 each.
Because of the StrawberryNet promo, I received 8 items in total, 2 of each shade I chose. Keep reading to see more on this sweet find I read that they were released early this year, sometime in February. So they’re not new, but not old and out either.
July 25, 2010 6:34 pm
I’ve given it a name lest this nail shade be praised with that flat-on-the-floor sounding “GL112″. To me, this Face Shop polish is “Sunkissed Gold”. I bagged this goldiluxe for Php95.00 from The Face Shop outlet at Ayala Malls’ Alabang Town Center.
It blushes very mildly like a gold shade that’s been given too many compliments. The hint of pink in this gold is not near enough to name it Rose Gold plus the shimmer in this metallic beauty is finely milled in consistency, so I’m not getting drowned, coarse, gold glitter in my polish, and I really like it like that. What you’re seeing is 2 thin coats on an Orly rubber base coat shielded by an Orly top coat (which is getting way too old and gooey in the bottle. Seche Vite, be mine). The Face Shop polishes are all generally thin in consistency, but they go on really smoothly and evenly. Some of their cream shades though, like a pre-school grape one I have and will review soon, take several strokes to even out.
July 21, 2010 11:46 am
This was one of my first StrawberryNet purchases. After watching Irene (YouTube user – pinkiecharm) rave repeatedly about Benefit’s Silky Finish Lipstick I was left “curiouser and curiouser”.
I purchased the limited edition shade “Bouquet Dive” from StrawberryNet for about USD $12.50 with free shipping. Sorry for the imperfect top of the product. I ever so intelligently nicked it with the cap, out of excitement and impatience, so I had to use the product on myself already to smooth it out. On my nails is Wet & Wild polish in Pink Petal Glitter from Tinette & Co. Salon.
Bouquet Dive is a bronzey sheer rouge with lots of finely milled shimmer. The amount of shimmer doesn’t overwhelm the beautiful color this has, but I must warn you, the shimmer does transfer like the plague. That’s the only thing I don’t like about this. So I would use this within the soft boundary of a long lasting lipliner, that way, the color stays mainly in the center of your lips. This way you won’t look like you’ve been eating pixie dusted beignets.
July 20, 2010 2:10 am
I’m somewhat going to be raving about product design once again in addition to the speed of Strawberry Net’s international shipping. This photo below is the closest I have of their actual size. Put your hand by the Gold Nugget one on the right, that’s roughly how tiny these are.
However, first, there’s enough to be said about the quality of Estee Lauder eyeshadows, most if not all who’ve tried them know that you always get good pay off from this brand of makeup and silky, effortless blending.