Colour Collection Colour Intense Lipstick – Kinda wears like MAC, Kinda tastes like MAC for Php350

Some of the other bloggers who got to try this before I did weren’t kidding, these affordable lipsticks by direct selling brand, Colour Collection, which I last posted about, do pack a punch of instant color that’s apparently quite  good value for money.  One other blogger friend said that they kinda wear, smell, and taste like MAC lipsticks.  At first, very thankful for the insight but politely holding back my nasal skeptic snort I was like “Really now, hmmm…let’s see!!”.  First off, the packaging is no showboat but really does not diminish the performance of these lipsticks.

FROM LEFT: Bordeaux (earthy rich red, like MAC Russian Red), Walnut (a caramelly coral), and Angel Berry (bright coral pink)

SWATCHES L-R: Walnut, Angel Berry, and Bordeaux

The Colour Collection Colour Intense lipstick texture does not disappoint with a moist but not greasy finish and instant bold color on the first swipe, in the “color impact” department, these remind me of MAC amplified creme finish lipsticks.  I swiped the colors twice in my swatches and encountered only a hint of soft drag upon swiping them across my arm.  That is what makes these not “exact” dupes for MAC lipsticks,  MAC formulas (with slight variations among the different finishes) are generally richer and more dense…there’s a bit more stick and drag when you swipe a MAC lipstick on your lips which ensures both bold color and longevity.  The wear on these Colour Intense lipsticks are closer to MAC’s cremesheen finishes in the “texture” department.


My absolute favorite among all three shades is the super pretty red, Bordeaux.  It was too much for me as a red worn full on.  With my fat lips Bordeaux in full wear made it look like I could leave a kiss mark the size of the apple of your cheek (no, didn’t want to post that, check the hand swatch to see how dark it is).  So I blotted it once with a tissue and nearly squeaked seeing the result.  It was just unbelievably pretty and I prefer to wear reds like this for the summer, it’s kind of a more modern take and it sets your lipstick longevity, adding at least a good I’d say 2 hours to the existing 3-4 hour wear.  Yes, they do smell and taste like MAC lipsticks, I don’t contest that observation at all.

Colour Collection’s Colour Intense lipsticks cost Php350.00 each.  It’s a real pity we don’t readily have access to Colour Collection products in retail just yet.  For now if you’re absolutely interested to try these, Colour Collection’s Mother Company, Tupperware Brands is the authorized distributor of some of the world’s prestigious brands: Colour Collection, Iyana, VS. Versus, Nutrimetrics, Playtex, Hanes, and Zwitsal.  For your questions and inquiries regarding Colour Collection products, email Tupperware Brands at or call the hotline number (632) 867-2222.

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Meeting Model slash Makeup Artist Bianca Valerio at the Colour Collection Launch

This story is a month overdue and as a result I can’t properly plug the Colour Collection Campus bus tour they had then which just finished last March 2… *points down at self* LOZER (on that one).  However, they had already been to U.P. Diliman for the campus tour before this press launch because they showed us the video.  All I can say now is a few words in appreciation of that brilliant campaign and after this post I ought to hastily review the lovely products they gave me.  Sunny makeup lady, Bianca Valerio, as Colour Collection’s on board makeup artist showed us her Colour Collection Campus Tour Bus containing the Colour Collection range of products.  The bus was custom fit and decked out with vanities and makeup products inside for nomadic product demonstration.  Sorry bout not posting this earlier, I didn’t mean to miss it, as in.  Like I said, I’ve currently got a bad case of events backlog just from last month because of shoots and other things which I’m quickly trying to fix right now.  Last February 6 I was invited by Liz of Project Vanity to attend Tupperware Brands’  Colour Collection cosmetics launch, an intimate press lunch for local brand direct selling makeup in the company of the lovely makeup artist/model Bianca Valerio.  P.S., I’ll be trying my best not to drop “U”s  all over the place…because of the “U” in Colour Collection.  Scream at me if you spot one I missed.

All that I knew about Bianca, before having a delicious brunch at Cafe 1771,  was about her being a famous makeup artist who had just recently launched her own makeup book also sponsored by Colour Collection, Face to Face – The Healing Power of Makeup. The book is available at National Bookstore and 100% of Bianca’s book royalties go to charity via Philippine Red Cross.  It’s a great gift to get for someone you know and simultaneously for someone in need.

These are some items I requested AFTER the launch in ADDITION to the items they originally gave me at the Colour Collection event (upcoming review).

Colour Collection Triple Effect Mascara and 3 Colour Intense lipsticks (Bordeaux, Angel Berry, Walnut) which are the ones mentioned by Liz of Project Vanity as having quality comparable to MAC lipsticks,

Not in this  Photo: At the event I was also given their BB Cream, an eyeshadow quad, and a lip tint which I will blog about separately.

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TATCHA Aburatorigami aka Handmade Japanese Beauty Paper – 100% Abaca Leaves and Gold Flakes

Today is the 1 year anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.  It’s difficult for a lot of people to swallow that a year has already passed since that terrible tragedy and Japan, one of the world’s superpower nations, is still reeling from the devastation.  I needed to take a moment and remember the depth, excellence, and focus with which the Japanese do ALMOST EVERYTHING in their daily lives even when it comes to the simplest, smallest things.  I saw this packet of beauty paper by the checkout counter at Beauty Bar and first scoffed at the price (Php595.00 for 30 sheets) because I thought it was ridiculously priced for what I thought was a beauty trifle.  Tatcha is a U.S. brand that distributes this finely made Japanese product.

I was so scandalized by the price in spite of its eye-candy packet that I even threw a quick, cheap remark at it via the saleslady (because I’m quick to judge that way, sadly, workin’ on it), but I hadn’t read what was inside before I did. Read more to get the full post.… To full post & COMMENTS...

(CLOSED) WIN a Neutrogena BBCream by Wednesday! – Week5 FineFairness Pop Guess Giveaway

Second to the last week of Neutrogena freebies, Ladies!  Here’s my 5th Neutrogena Pop Guess Giveaway for you!  Simply look at the photo and tell me which side I’m wearing Neutrogena BB Cream on :)Note: Giveaway open only to residents of Metro Manila.


Tell me according to the LEFT or RIGHT indicators on the photo which side I’m wearing Neutrogena BB Cream on by leaving a comment below this post saying “LEFT” or “RIGHT”.  Please make sure you identify yourself with an email address when entering your answer in a comment.  I will choose two winners at random after 11pm tonight  from the batch of correct answers.




  • Entry open to Metro Manila residents only.
  • Two winners will be picked randomly from correct answers
  • and Neutrogena are the sole promoters of this competition
  • Competition closes on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 23:00/11pm
  • Winner will be notified within the week before the last Pop Guess giveaway
  • Prizes are to be claimed from the Neutrogena Headquarters, location will be disclosed to the winners.
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Smart Tri-Net 30 – Watch My First TVC MakeUp Job that Aired!

Here it is.  Oh my gosh, thank you, Lord, I’m finally on a roll! I did the makeup in this project for all 3 talents, yup, guy included.

MAKEUP: Julia Arenas, HAIR: Mike Cruz, DIRECTOR: Sid Maderazo, PROD HOUSE: 88 Storey Productions

I’d like to proudly present my first TVC makeup job that aired.  It’s actually my 2nd job but it aired before the first shoot which is still being finished in post production probably!  Watch the Smart Tri-Net 30 TV Commercial here. Thank you to 88 Storey Productions and Director Sid Maderazo for giving me this opportunity.  Good job to all of us :).

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Happy Women’s Day! – Better Late Than Never, Tribute to Some Lovely Ladies

I just compiled a quick collection of some of the closest women to me who have helped me become who I am and have been there for me through the good and bad times.  This list isn’t “complete” but they  first come to mind…not necessarily in order of importance with the exception of the first photo.  I love you…don’t know where I’d be or how I’d be without you all.  This is my mom, she’s 54 here…and doesn’t look it at all, and I did help put on her makeup for Christmas in this photo last, last year.  To the ones I didn’t include, I’m sorry medyo limited the photos with me right now.  Happy International Women’s Day, everyone!

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The WINNERS of My Neutrogena Week4 Pop Guess Giveaway are…

The correct answer to the question on whether I’m wearing BB Cream or not in this giveaway was:


I wish I could make you all win but sorry, I still have to pick out two (2) random winners from all the correct answers.  So without further adieu congratulations to:

1. MAN0521 aka Andrea

2. Rhea

CONGRATULATIONS!  Please be sure to email me right away at probinsiyana(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll give you instructions on how to claim your prizes!  Everyone keep your eyes peeled and keep reading for more delightful beauty features and fun-filled giveaways to brighten your day.  Love you!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS of the Giveaway were:

  • Entry open to Metro Manila residents only.
  • Two winners will be picked randomly from correct answers
  • and Neutrogena are the sole promoters of this giveaway
  • Competition closes Sunday, March 04, 2012 23:00/11pm
  • Winner will be notified within the week before the next Pop Guess giveaway
  • Prizes are for claiming from the Neutrogena Headquarters, location will be disclosed to the winners.
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Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Kit (Set of 3) – NOW 65% OFF at BeautyBar

I was prowling around Beauty Bar like a cat on a hunt…not expecting to find anything out of the ordinary, then I realized how important it is to always ask how much something currently is even if it just catches your eye.  I was shown this Burt’s Bees Acne Solutions kit by the sales lady.  They didn’t have any SALE signs present or even “blahblah% off” tags on the items.  I wouldn’t have found out that this kit was 65% off, a price drop of Php2550.00 to Php892.00 unless the sales lady told me when I asked.  I got this set for my teenage brother who’s an athlete.

STEP 1: Purifying Gel Cleanser – “This cleanser is clinically proven to wash away acne-causing bacteria, excess oil and impurities without over-drying or irritating skin.  Salicylic Acid, derived naturally from Willow Bark Extract, penetrates pores to help reduce acne and prevent future breakouts.  Evening Primrose and Beet Root Extracts help soothe skin.”

STEP 2: daily Moisturizing Lotion “This natural lightweight lotion is clinically proven to help control oil and protect against blemishes without irritating skin.  Formulated with Lemongrass, Witch Hazel, Goldenseal and Hops to help soothe and calm irritation.

STEP 3: targeted Spot Treatment“This natural spot treatment is clinically proven to help reduce and improve the appearance of blemishes without irritating skin.  Formulated with Tea Tree, Calendula, Yarrow and Parsley extracts to help soothe skin and reduce redness, and Borage Extract to promote healthy skin.”

It’s said to be “The first and only truly natural* (certified by natural products association) acne solution clinically proven to reduce and prevent acne.” The kit contains 3 items, two would expire this December 2012 (but they’ll be finished way before then) and the potent spot treatment serum has no expiry.  My brother struggles with flare ups of adolescent acne and oily skin and on top of that he was recently diagnosed with skin asthma which usually couples a dormant asthma condition, which is why I’m glad a moisturizer is part of the kit since sudden dryness is also a symptom of the skin asthma.

I’ll try my best to follow up with the results of how this works on my brother’s condition.  I forgot to last time with the Alba Anti acne products I gave him before.  That worked really well but it needed to be coupled with some dermatologist prescribed ointments.  We’ll try this and do our best to let you know.  I trust Burt’s Bees though and I’m sure this is an extremely good deal right now over at Beauty Bar, grab it at the current sale price, from Php2550.00 to Php892.50, that’s a big drop, guys!

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