This product hit the web last week and despite consumers’ frowns on Urban Decayafter their statement on China, animal-cruelty and what not, they’ve still got me wanting a bottle of my own. Urban Decay has just released their first high definition foundation WITHOUT SPF if I’m not mistaken as I view the website now which is a big plus for makeup artists because SPF increases the chances of flashback in photos. With this base range they’re openly competing with big brands like, MAC, Lancome, Laura Mercier, and even Make Up For Ever (check the “Switch Your Foundation” tab on their site). Now, I must say the way it is being aggressively, but beautifully presented is making me want a bottle of my own like right now… demi-matte, no SPF, fragrance & paraben free? Gimme, gimme, LOL just teasing (not)! Plus the navigation on their site for this product is absolutely far out (try scrolling down when you’re on the product page).
I told you…geez louise, right? G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S… CAPS Police not welcome here. This launch very much reminds me of Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow…which for me is a lovely, silky, foundation but since it’s got a high level of SPF I view it more as a consumer product and can’t really consider putting it into my pro kit because of the SPF level. Urban Decay NAKED Skin comes in 18, yes E-I-G-H-T-E-E-N zero spf shades, my friends, and costs $38.00 on the website, that’s about Php1600.00, price also similar to Benefit Hello Flawless.
This is where they openly make their case when mentioning the competition. Some or many of you may be familiar with Temptalia’s Foundation Matrix, which uses your existing brand foundation shade to direct you to your shade in other brand ranges. Urban Decay set up a similar mechanic on the site so as to pitch a switch to you who are interested and hope to find your shade. Among the shades I’ve found I’m most likely a mix between 3.0 and 4.0, and don’t worry there are in-between shades like 3.5 etc but sometimes the similar undertones skip a shade. This is my shade without sun exposure, I’m probably a 4.0 if I’ve been outdoors a lot. The lovely Leesha of Xsparkage YouTube Channel has just done a video demo applying the foundation on herself. It’s not quite a sharp demo but it is satisfactory HD video quality (tick the 720 HD option on one of the buttons of the youtube bar) and I can already tell from Leesha’s demonstration that this is going to be a big retail favorite from the get-go. Honestly, now I am also shamelessly wanting that Urban Decay buffing foundation brush Leesha is using. If you’re interested in this product you will have to ask a friend or relative in the U.S. to get it for you via their website or perhaps in Sephora stores. What’s great is their foundation switch page makes it easier to be assured that the shade you’re asking them to get for you will match…that is if you happen to be using any of the competing foundations they mentioned in the matrix.
Today, July ends! Has it really been that quick?! It was only last June 28 that I flew out to Singapore. I returned on July 8 and I’m still looking back at my trip in disbelief that 10 days there went by so fast. First, before the beauty bits, a camera comment. I was playing around in Singapore with my friend’s Canon 600D DSLR and took the photos of my stash for this blog post with that. Anyway, camera aside, I’d like to quickly show what products out of the cosmetic stash I brought with me and stuff I bought actually got a lot of use while I was abroad. These were the high-scorers. Some are stuff I’ve had for awhile and some I just recently bought and blogged about (in bold).
I’m sorry I’ve been away long from the blog. Just finished manning our free family booth of pre-owned apparel at the Bargain Hunt Bazaar which was from July 27-29, 10am-10pm in Libis, and I live in Laguna, so you can imagine how tired I am even if I had a way to get there and people helping. I’m sure it’s a lazy, gray Monday for many of you as well since the weather, it seems, is forbidding people to leave home. To those of you who are at work, I sympathize. Stay safe. To put more people at ease I’ve decided to post lovely, recent, fluffy photos of Cloud taken by Dad who has always been an intuitive photographer. You should see his older candid photos of Mom, may “aww” factor. Though today’s weather is aversive to some, Cloud quite likes it .
Regarding the bazaar, the Pang Gang (Pangilinan family) banded together and we contributed portions of pre-loved clothes, bags, and shoes to sell since I was awarded a free booth. Because every family in the clan has their own life schedule set in place it was pretty challenging to track down and secure the stuff to sell, and there were even welcome contributions arriving during the bazaar itself, but all were totally willing and supportive. I super understood that there was added difficulty because it’s no longer summer and many of my cousins are pretty much held captive in school (MOM’S CLAN: 9 married siblings w/ kids, I’m the eldest of 28 cousins). Hey, guess what, though, the event itself didn’t do so well because of the downpours but my booth was a hit surprisingly not with people coming through admissions, but with the security guys, maintenance staff, and the concessionaires themselves who were permanently there for 3 whole days!
Agnes, dad’s former exec assistant now freelances doing administrative duties and logistics for events. I pulled her on board because she was always our garage sale queen, full of good sense and know-how when it comes to clearance sales.
Some of the guards, my prized “suki”s, would return to the booth more than 5x a day for 3 whole days (suspects reselling), so you can imagine how safe and secure our booth was. Some buyers actually thought I had a store (pensive) and they liked that many of the pre-owned clothes were laundered, some even ironed, and I knew exactly who owned them. Since my booth was free I dropped the prices down to “ukay” glory because I could and in order to help our clan de-clutter. So today is rest day for me after 3-days of fun-filled stress and puyat. I haven’t exercised though in 3 days thanks to this so I better get back onto my exercise mat stat, from the Latin word statum, meaning IMMEDIATELY.
I went through about 2 or 3 tubes of Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Waterproof mascara in late high-school to college (1999-2003), that being said it was obviously a no-fail go-to mascara for me. My memory is kind of blank on how mom and I both had several tubes of this (and then later on L’oreal Telescopic) during that period of my life since it wasn’t available here in the Philippines, or was it (someone correct me if I’m wrong)? Because if it wasn’t here locally, it can only mean that my Ninang who goes to the U.S. very often probably gave us a multi-pack of this mascara. To my knowledge this is available right now only in the U.S. and if you’re looking for simple “pasalubong” choices make sure this is one of them.
This is not one of Maybelline’s brightly colored tube mascaras you’ll see plastered across the pages of recent magazines with crazy-ass wand morphing here and there. This gives performance without the hype and I think it’s one of the most overlooked mascaras in the drugstore market in the U.S., but just the fact that it’s still part of the mascara range up to now proves that people just KEEP BUYING IT or repurchasing it. The label has slightly changed in that the lettering is smaller but the tube and colorway is exactly the same, silver and navy. The long wand makes art directing lashes quite foolproof. I then realized that this one I spotted via Ebayhas been updated, it has Vitamin E in the formula. Low density lashes may prefer the Volum Express range for more thickness, but medium density to thick lashes will love this mascara that is “very natural-looking…” but noticeable according to Mom. All I remember is, Mom and I absolutely loved it all the way through, ’til our tubes could give us no more. That being said, when the apocalypse hits, I’d be glad if I could ration a few tubes of this HG (holy grail) mascara because of sentimental value and because it keeps my lashes curled but touchable and feathery soft without smudging. Read more to see photos of me wearing my all-time favorite.
Hi, everyone! I’ve secured a booth at the Bargain Hunt Bazaar which will be an event at Megatent, Libis (near Dampa). I’m expecting a huge, mid-range sale mix of retail, pre-loved, and novelty items. Mine won’t primarily be a makeup booth, mostly pre-loved apparel, but I will certainly have a little tray of trinkets and a few random unused cosmetic things for sale. My booth will consist primarily of pre-loved and mint condition apparel (clothes, bags, shoes, and accessories) compiled together by my family and mom’s clan.
Hehe, but don’t expect too much of a fancy setup on my part, we had little time as a family to plan for this, but I can assure you the quality and prices of items we’ll be putting on for sale will have you rummaging through our stuff with glee. Come on everybody, the more the merrier! Plus, get some super advanced Christmas shopping done and spare yourself the holiday rush! Like WildEvent’s Bargain Hunt Bazaar Facebook page within the next 2 days to get in for Free! Regular admission is Php80.00. I’ll tweet my both location as soon as I’m advised, follow me on twitter @blessmybag.