Shiseido Sun Protection Liquid Foundation SPF 30 – My New Fave High-End Liquid Foundation

It’s actually strange that I’m posting this review first because this is part of a batch of sponsored items that arrived for me from StrawberryNET.  Normally I’d present the group arrival first before individually reviewing the items, but this foundation was just so beautiful in finish and so perfect for me I just had to put it up to show you already.  StrawberryNET contacted me then sent me on a sponsored $50.00 “shopping spree” on their site (I took forever in choosing) as part and parcel of a thank you for featuring them in the past and also requested continued support in blogging bout them once I received the items I chose, more on that when I blog bout the group.  This Shiseido Sun Protection foundation is my most prized “purchase” from the loot that StrawberryNET paid for.


ON THE BOX: “Resists perspiration, water, and oil to maintain a soft matte look on skin, even during outdoor activities.  Glides on smoothly and evenly; feels non-sticky and feather-light.” I’m telling you now, that sweet stuff written on the box turned out to be true, for me at least.

Thin, runny bases with excellent medium to full coverage are a booming revolution in the makeup world.  You can politely ask this one to stand beside the likes of Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and Estee Lauder’s New Invisible Fluid foundation (which Lisa Eldridge demonstrated in this video), those foundations both come in shaker bottles as well with proper nozzles instead of pumps for the runny formula.   It’s practically flawless and to my delight, and with a little help from viewing another blog Delicate Hummingbird  the foundation shade I chose online SP40 matched me perfectly (author has the same skin color as I do but sadly has stopped blogging as of Jan, dunno why *depressed*) normally with MAC I’m an NC30-35.  Read more for the full post to see photos of me wearing this lovely foundation.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Real Techniques Travel Essentials Brushes Review AND Nationwide Giveaway – Brought to you by House of Flair!

Oho!  I’ve got a whopper of a post for you, Ladies this time.  This is a “sponsored” review in that the product set for review AND  the giveaway prizes are provided by pre-ordering business, House of Flair.  Thanks again, Suyen!  We’ll have a little bit of words somewhere in the middle or towards the end on why House of Flair is such a great business initiative for women like us who love playing with cosmetics, but for now, I have to show and tell…just a little bit because I nearly squealed when Suyen emailed me wanting to sponsor this giveaway for all of you, because that hasn’t happened a lot yet on this site.  I squeaked even louder when she mentioned what was preselected from her on-hand items for the giveaway and what I could choose to review.  These Real Techniques Brushes only happen to be part of the actual affordable but pro brush range designed by one of the UK’s YouTube Pixiwoo sisters, Samantha Chapman who has had over 10 years of professional experience with MAC and more as a professional makeup artist.  The Pixiwoo sisters, Sam and Nicola only happen to be somewhat like the Michelle Phan phenomenon but in the U.K. and with the difference being they’re truly professional makeup artists, when they say in a video that a product is “bloody good”  women have been said to literally flee their homes to head for the nearest makeup counter to purchase it.  When Suyen said I could review a set of these for myself in addition to the giveaway I nearly fell off my seat.

“My travel essentials provide everything you need to create flawless looks at home and away.  Look pixel perfect even in harsh light.  The brushes are made of ultra plush Taklon (synthetic fiber making it ideal for dry or wet products).”  The set also comes with a Panoramic Case which functions as a dual carrier and stand and keeps brushes organized on your counter or on the go, I love this case thingy for retouches on set, I pull what brushes need from my gi-mongous pro kit put it into this velcro strapped roll and track the models I have to retouch with every take.

L-R:  Multi Task Brush – For effortless application of powder, blush, and bronzer, Essential Foundation Brush – Build flawless custom coverage with liquid foundation or concealer, Domed Shadow Brush – Tapered design smoothly shades and defines eyes (but the Pixiwoos use this more often for concealer under the eyes).

Here’s a video tutorial of Samantha’s sister, Nicola doing smoky makeup on an Asian friend of theirs who looks quite Filipina actually (not quite sure if she is) which is why I picked this tutorial in addition to it being the latest one uploaded (and it also happens to be one of the few where they’re doing makeup on someone else).  You may see some of the Real Techniques brushes I mentioned used here and you’ll see the other Real Techniques brushes that aren’t part of this set which might also get you interested in owning a few more.  They’re currently available only in the U.S., and UK from the website if I’m not mistaken.


This travel essentials brush set has brushes with slightly shorter handles for easy transport.  The other collections like the Core/Base Brush set and single brushes for purchase come with slightly  longer handles for better control.  Read more to get to the full post and giveaway mechanics!… To full post & COMMENTS...

Church Simplified’s Stations of the Cross Activity @ BGC HighStreet – Not Out of Town? Step Out to Step In

“I once was lost, but now am found, I once was lost, but now am found, I once was blind but You touched me, I once was blind but now I see…and now my lifesong sings…”  –Casting Crowns

It was that song around 3 years ago that gripped me from a video my cousin, Paolo, edited of the Walkway activity.  The melody has forever been in my heart as far as I can remember since the CS’ Walkway Stations of the Cross installation began.  The young people of Church Simplified, a Christian church, put faith into practice by providing an installation per station coupled with an activity that aids in reflecting inwardly and Spiritually.


This is my Dad at the 7th Station carrying what represents an actual cross during the time of Jesus.  There’s no self-mutilation involved because God wouldn’t want that, we are not worthy of penance, this was only an activity in order to understand the weight that Jesus carried.  Yesterday was Palm Sunday, Holy Week has officially begun.  We bought a couple of shirts from the booth at the end, and the lovely Patty Laurel of Da Patty Laurel Blog assisted me when I paid for my shirts plus a lovely  music CD of  compiled music by different CS supporters like Julianne, Paolo V., Jay Enrile, Jay Durias and more.

It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re at, or what you’ve done, the opportunity to walk with Christ and open your heart is there for everyone.  The stations outline step by step the path that Jesus took to resurrect the broken, the lost, the kidnapped, and the abused.  If you’re interested to participate or even just see the Stations of the Cross exhibit, head on over to Bonifacio High Street at Fort.  The first station is nearby Fully Booked.  For more information check out Church Simplified.… To full post & COMMENTS...

And the Winner for My Sweet Summer Retweet Giveaway is…

This is it!  I’m announcing the winner for my Blog’s 2nd Anniv Sweet Summer Retweet Giveaway, Drum roll, please…

Congratulations to JANICE MARJO CUEVAS aka @jongcute on Twitter and I apologize for this late announcement!  You’ve won all the prizes included in the giveaway you joined at this link.  JANICE, please DM me your shipping details on Twitter or email them to me at probinsiyana(at)gmail(dot)com and I will do my best to send the giveaway loot to you within this week.  Janice won these prizes (not in visual order):

Max Factor Age Elixir (4) samples (Natural 50, Beige 55), Lip Ice Flavored Lip Balms w SPF (Grape Blackcurrant, Apple, and Lemon), Etude House Foundation Brush and Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation sample NEW and boxed (shade Champagne – medium fair, one shade dark for me), White Tea Aloe Shampoo & Conditoner (Westin Hotel Malaysia), A’postrophe Tweezer and Nail Clipper, Haus of Gloi Eggnoggin Bubbling Scrub and Parkin Pumpkin Butter (Expiry in bout 1 year, I opened them to check they still smell awesome)

An important note, Ladies, I actually picked a different winner the first time but when I checked whether she had followed all instructions she missed retweeting the original contest tweet, so I had to sadly disqualify her entry and I will not disclose that name.  Please remember it’s important to read steps thoroughly because I even noticed someone joined who wasn’t from the Philippines!  I also noticed that a handful of those who joined hadn’t followed the instruction on Retweeting, some followed me on Twitter but didn’t Retweet the original message as instructed (proof is in my Twitter feed, under the official contest Tweet on March 5 it says “Retweets = 25″ and around 40 joined via comments, so am quite sorry but I had to do a second round of random selection to be fair to those who did all steps and choose another winner, and that winner is @jongcute, Congratulations dear!  Please reply to me within 5 days or I shall have to select another winner.


  • Entry open to Philippine residents only.
  • One winner will be picked at random.
  • is the sole promoter of this competition
  • Competition closes on March 25, 2012, Sunday at the time 23:59
  • Winner will be notified within 5 days of the close of the competition. (SORRY BOUT THIS ONE, late…)
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Work Wambles and Delayed Posts

Hi, as some of you may have read on Twitter, I was swamped with a 2-turned-3 day shoot beginning Wednesday which was a wonderfully  HUGE project (I went home for 6 hours to change on the 2nd day before going back in the afternoon) and the Monday before that I also had a TVC shoot with a different director that ended at 1am.  No TVC details for both because of confidentiality, both projects were fun but I was really happy to be very busy on the big project as well.  On set I worked as an MUA on the same project team as Jigs Mayuga except he worked on the lead talents and I worked with my partner hairstylist, Eddie Mar Cabiltes on the staggering number of support talents (staggering for two stylists).  Wardrobe stylists who worked with us were Mara Reyes and Jenni Epperson.  For two and a half days I had about 6 hours worth of sleep and only God knows how many hours standing up for makeovers and retouches.  At one point but only for a moment, because there were so many support talents I felt like doing this to them instead…

Of course there were “side effects” to being busy.  I’m sure Neutrogena readers are particularly peeved that I haven’t posted my final pledge post for the BB cream challenge and those who joined the Summer Retweet Giveaway are just antsy to know who won.  I will, believe me, I will post all these I just need a moment to breathe, Dears.  After the last day of the shoot yesterday, don’t say “Yuck”, after having eaten a big late lunch at 3pm WITHOUT CHANGING CLOTHES OR REMOVING MY EYELINER I crashed on my bed at 4pm and woke up TODAY at 630am still in my jeans…that’s like 14.5 hours of sleep and that’s how tired I was.  It happens.  In spite of all the whimsical shoot chaos I had sooooo much fun.  You’ll have to forgive me though I was too focused on my work to take behind the scenes photos for that one big project.  I’ll ask other people to supply me with some photos once the commercial airs.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara – A Drugstore Volumizing Mascara that Delivers

There are HUNDREDS of mascara products that unabashedly promise to add volume to lackluster lashes, but I think only a good minority out of all of them actually do so without compromising curl hold or being smudge-proof.  Sans the bulky wand, I think Max Factor False Lash Effect is an ideal BIG lash mascara for medium to large eyes, but small oriental eyes can skip it.  It also comes in a non-waterproof formula which has 3 colors.  I have mine in Black, thanks to the Max Factor team for sending this over!

False Lash Effect Mascara is available in 3 shades: Black, Black Brown and Deep Blue, False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara is available in 2 shades: Black and Black Brown

Doesn’t it remind you of something called Cover Girl Lash Blast Waterproof mascara?  I know, right, you’re not seeing double.  They’re sister companies so I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the exact same formula, except Cover Girl’s mascara in the orange tube is marketed for Americans and Max Factor False Lash Effect is marketed for Europeans.  This is pro MUA Lisa Eldridge’s staple mascara for simple volume and longevity.  Read more for the full post.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Giveaway! Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation – ‘Til April 1, Three Shades for Three Lovely Ladies!

Last month I wrote to Benefit Cosmetics Philippines asking if I could host a Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation Mini Sample giveaway on my blog before the official product release next week, but I wanted it to specifically be a giveaway with 3 different shades (light, medium, deep) to suit 3 beautifully unique BeneBabes!  A few weeks later Benefit replied and said they’d send these samples over straightaway, and after a few days they did!  Check the shades I’ve featured here and read the mechanics at the bottom to join and get a chance to win a sample of Benefit’s newest silky soft foundation in a closely appropriate shade.  I really wish with all my heart I could giveaway full size bottles, but this is the best I could do for you guys for now, hope they still bring out smiles :).  By the way seeing that there is only one Benefit boutique in the Philippines at the moment, and that’s in Greenbelt 5, I’ve decided to make this first 3-shade giveaway open only to residents of Metro Manila, for now.

PRIZES FROM LEFT: Champagne, Honey, and Hazelnut.

I took the liberty of swatching a teeny-tiny drop of each on my arm to aid you in choosing the right shade in order to join.  Champagne I’d say is the deepest of the “Light” group and has a yellow undertone, Honey is the lightest of the “Medium” group and is actually link a pinker, darker version of Champagne, and Hazelnut is 1 up from the deepest shade among all 9 shades. Here are the mechanics:


1. LIKE this post  (use the Facebook like button above this post)

2. LIKE Benefit Cosmetic Philippines’ Facebook page here.

3. LEAVE A COMMENT below this post stating which shade you’d like to win “CHAMPAGNE”, “HONEY”, or “HAZELNUT”.  I’ll be checking the likes and picking 3 winners from the 3 batches of answers.


  • Entry open to Metro Manila residents only.
  • 3 winners will be picked randomly from CHAMPAGNE, HONEY, and HAZELNUT comments.
  • and Benefit Cosmetics Philippines are the sole promoters of this competition
  • Competition closes on April 1, 2012 at 11pm
  • Winner will be notified within 2 days from closing
  • Prizes will be shipped to the winners by
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My Perfect Warm Pink Blush – Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hr Blush “Dollface”

First of all, I’d like to thank Suyen of House of Flair, the online Multiply pre-ordering store for co-sponsoring (item discount) this post.  It’s thanks to her that I now own one of Tarte’s Amazonian Clay blushes, an award-winning blush range which I kind of picked up a yearning for recently.  These Tarte blushes took the U.S. by storm last year and created nearly as big a buying frenzy as the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters did.




INGREDIENTS: Talc, zinc stearate, tricaprylin, polyethylene, caprylic/capric triglyceride, beeswax, PEG-150 distearate, lanolin, laureth-4, tocopherol, polysorbate 20, tetrasodium EDTA, potassium sorbate, chlorphenesin, ascorbyl palmitate, tin oxide, kaolin, mica, carmine. May contain: Iron oxides, titanium dioxide, ultramarines, manganese violet, bismuth oxychloride, red 6 and red 7 lake, red 27 lake, yellow 5 lake, yellow 6 lake, blue 1 lake.

“These solar-baked blushes are infused with Amazonian Clay…these nutrient rich and skin-nourishing Amazonian clay blushes restore harmony for a flawless finish that lasts all day.”


The most popular shade for medium to fair skin ladies like myself is currently “Exposed” but Suyen didn’t have that on hand so I chose this soft warm baby pink, “Dollface” instead.  That little hole you see at the back of the compact near the top is an ingenious mini feature through which you can poke a toothpick, pin, paperclip or whichever to instantly depot your blush if you want to. “Dollface” is a shade I can kind of compare to Rock & Republic’s phased out Contrived Pressed Blush in “Spank” which I gifted to someone 2 years ago.  I’m not into this blush for the 12-hour claim but more for the beautiful soft matte shades with minimal fallout upon application.  Read more to get the full post.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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