FROM EYES TO LIPS, ANOTHER WAY TO THE NUDE POUT

In makeup some aren’t as aware that we’re not restricted to use one product for just one purpose.  BAFTA Award winning makeup artist, Morag Ross (Carol, Sense and Sensibility, Elizabeth the Golden Age, Lost in Translation) in a recent sublimely lengthy interview with Guardian Beauty Editor Sali Hughes on YouTube, divulged that on herself for natural enhancement she wields a MAC Lingering eyebrow pencil to define the outer part of her lips.  The Pixiwoo sisters, Sam and Nic, in the past have used MAC Stone lipliner which is a tawny ashy hue, a pop fave for overdrawing nude lips in subtle fashion.  The FS Kohl Eye Pencil below in Caramel (Available at SM) is actually also the brand’s brow pencil…it’s a unique midway texture that’s just soft enough to function as an eyeliner but not in any way too soft or smudgy to do brows.

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I have done this in the past, using brow products to define lips instinctively (not realizing that pros like Morag actually did it ) in an instance where I left lipliner behind and decided to go for a nude lip.  Today I’ve decided to show that the result it isn’t strange at all, as you might think…I even threw in a cream eyeshadow, my favorite Bobbi Brown matte one (Sand Dune), to use as a lipstick.  Read on to see the result.


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MY CURRENT BROW GAME DUO

I’ve been enjoying two products for my brows lately that I have mentioned in separate posts but thought that I’d briefly share them with you.  While I love brow pens for their staying power I still love combining pencil and brow mascara for a softer and more natural textured look.  Tax week is upon us!  A little more patience ladies, sorry bout the large gaps in blogging but just really need to focus this week on tax related duties and errands.  It’s almost over.

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I’ve raised my brows positively at almost everything I’ve had to do this week.  Read on to see what I’ve been using to keep them defined and pretty!… To full post & COMMENTS...

GOOD DESERT ROSE FAVES ON GOOD FRIDAY

There are a couple of new makeup things I’ve been testing out and liking quite a bit.  At the moment, I’m still developing a look to maybe present next for a video tutorial, today’s look is on its way there but I might amplify it a bit next time for video.  This post will focus on one of these bits in particular, an item I already blogged about in 2011.

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WHAT I HAVE ON, CLOCKWISE: NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator  (Gleam), Laura Mercier Infusion de Rose Lip Balm, Fanny Serrano (original, no longer available) lash curler, NYX BB Cream, Catrice Sun Matte Bronzing Powder, L’Oreal False Lash Butterfly Waterproof Mascara, FS Features & Shades eyeshadow in “Frosted Chic”, Maybelline Fashion Brow mascara in Deep Brown, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Abu Dhabi” (reported dupe for Kylie Dolce) Php390,   Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in “Sand Dune”, FS Features & Shades Kohl Eye Pencil in “Caramel”(Shade like MAC Brunette brow pencil, used for eyes and brows), FS Features & Shades Powder Foundation in “Mocha” (new packaging), Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush only to set FS powder under eyes (instructional video for brush and powder foundation here, pressing motion)

Without my even having to mention, you’ll spot that there’s a definite desert rose shade theme running through this selection.  Please note that when I say Desert Rose theme I don’t mean the actual desert rose flower (which is actually a bright fuschia) but more of like my more naked, blushed, fictional take on a desert rose.  I also particularly mention the preferred matte liquid lipstick formula I’ve loved for 5 years.  Read on to see the look I put on today, it’s still wearable and natural, but I’ve switched up products a bit.… To full post & COMMENTS...

MAKEUP ESSENTIALS BY BROWHAUS MNL

Browhaus initially began in 2004 as a Singaporean brow and lash salon.  Your friendly pitstop for those arches is now in 9 cities globally, Manila included.  We’re ever so glad they’re here and they’re a popular spot to hit up especially before big events and weddings just to get those brows and lashes sorted.  It’s been a couple of years in but Browhaus Manila haven’t massively announced a certain fact about what’s in their boutiques.  They’ve only had mini launches, ’til last week that is.  Browhaus Manila carries makeup, too, the sort of makeup range that’s eye-catching yet utilitarian at its core.

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  1. Browhaus Classic Brow Lead Php 648.00
  2. Browhaus HD Mascara Php 998.00 
  3. Browhaus Precision Eyeliner Php 750.00

You might have read me raving about their HD mascara, it wouldn’t hurt to rave twice and mention their other stuff.  With this sort of makeup range, it so easy for a blogger like myself to put up a post.  I don’t need to explain away on each thing fully because the photos speak for themselves.   Read on for the full post and my obliging face with different things on.… To full post & COMMENTS...

The MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Sculpt Range

“IMMA FINISH BY MIDNIGHT” says the author of this post on Snapchat.  Great, now I’m stressed, I gave myself 25 minutes left to tell you bits and bobs about MAKE UP FOR EVER’s new Pro Sculpt range.  I certainly won’t make it before midnight (after midnight disclaimer right there).  You’ll also have to pardon my severely chipped nails.

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In a nutshell, the brow item is everything one needs for a precise natural brow and then some (with a waxier texture, a spoolie brush, and a highlight sponge bulb in the middle), the contour and color kit just works, and they were thoughtful to do both brow and face kits in several colorway intensities (4-5 shades for brow and contour items) according to depth of skin hue.  The lipstick item I specifically left out for separate review because the one they gave me was red (items above were at the event).  I also include gossmakeupartist’s video tutorial for the use of the palette at the end of the post.  Read on to see me try on the palette and brow pencil.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Beauty Spotting Jan 2013 | So new, so nice, can’t get them here, yet…

I like hearing about new items, even if I can’t get them.  There’s something pervasively thrilling about a beauty item that’s not quite within your reach.  You wonder how it might work, feel, or look on you and you start to imagine how you might come by it and there’s always a story to tell when you’re able to get something that’s not readily available.  Here are a few things I’ve spotted that are quite a delight to look upon and the idea of them is like honey to this bee.  Buzz.

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ANASTASIA Bold and Beautiful Kit, for brows and eyes.

We begin with Anastasia’s quite necessary Bold and Beautiful Kit.  You have a Great Gatsby inspired box encasing 2 palette volumes.  One is for brows with 2 brow shades tweezers and a dual sized angled brush and spoolie.  The other palette is a quad of rich neutral colors for eyes also with a dual sided eyebrow brush.  This whole ensemble actually looks like something Urban Decay would do, but way classier.  You can also cheat looking like a bookworm with it.

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Bare Minerals READY Foundation SPF 20, hydrating pressed mineral foundation compact, comes in 20 shades to suit.

Now this new READY foundation product by Bare Minerals (it is about time they got pressed I believe), apart from its heavyweight price, could readily be (pun intended) an instant sellout amongst women 30 upwards in a humid country like ours.  I’m sure a lot of you have asked for Bare Minerals as “pasalubongs” before, like a couple of years back?  And probably still  have pots of the stuff sitting unfinished here and there.  Mineral makeup was a fun trend, but it was awfully messy wasn’t it?  Over here I’d confidently say more than half of the populace prefers to apply powder bases on to fight sweat and shine all day, all night.  They claim it isn’t drying even if it is a pressed mineral formula but what I’m wondering is why they pressed their eyeshadows before their foundation… anyway, I’m inclined to believe that their formula is a knockout considering the age of technology the world is now in.  These mineral compacts are already doing well, but they forgot to do one thing…they forgot to come here.

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Now, after all that makeup talk we need something to take it off, oh, excuse me keep it on…or both?!  Shiseido brings to the world an innovative primer called the Fullmake Washable Base that works as a primer but emulsifies when it comes in full contact ONLY WITH WARM WATER.  It does the double purpose of helping your makeup stay well on but it also does the job of carrying your makeup off from beneath when you cleanse your face.  Its sudden emulsifying action reportedly won’t trigger with cold water, only with warm water, so no need to worry about sudden weather changes ruining your face.  Now the thing is…not everyone has heated sinks here, but will that stop me from wanting to try this?  Let me think…uhm, no, haha.  It’s currently pre-selling in Japan, British Beauty Blogger says, but I’m not sure if it’s also scheduled to arrive here in March when it launches globally.

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Current Beauty Faves in a Bangkang Papel – Prayers and Batibot Memories

Do any of you remember the local TV show Batibot?  If you were born in the late 70s to mid-80s you probably do.  Aside from watching Sesame Street I also watched Batibot whenever I caught it on TV.  Yes, at the time I lived in Dasmariñas in a big house with my Lola and I was a teeny-weeny bit spoiled as an only kid, but shows like Batibot in addition to Betamax tapes of Sesame Street and Saturday Morning Cartoons from the U.S. kept me company and expanded my world with slice-of-life narratives.  I wish more shows like this still existed today.  One of those narratives was a video segment called “Bangkang Papel” which in Filipino means “paper boat”.  A lot of children in the Philippines don’t have expensive toys to play with so they often make their own and folded paper boats were (before mobile phone games)  just as popular here as paper planes are in the US.  Today’s beauty post is a bit different in light of what’s happened because of the rain.  The flooding here in the Philippines has caused a lot of people to lose their homes and relatives.  Some have been relocated temporarily to cramped relief centers.  I’ve decided to keep it simple today and just share a few current favorites brought to you in a “bangkang papel”.  Two of these I’ve fully reviewed, the rest I’ve only just mentioned.

 

CLOCKWISE: K-Palette 1-Day Tattoo Eyeliner (BLACK but in Limited Edition Pink Polka Dot Tube), K-Palette Kuma Concealer, Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Waterproof Mascara, Kai Beauty-M Razor (Japan Home Center), Clinique Shimmer Stripes Powder blush in 01 Peony (free travel sample size, a gift).  Reviewed items are linked in bold.

1. K-Palette 1-Day Tattoo Eyeliner –    I’ll keep all these mentions short and simple because I don’t have it in me 100% to fully expound on cosmetics today because of the storm calamity.  This is a great, easy-to-use liquid eyeliner that’ll help you get a nice sharp cat’s eye. K-Palette products are available in Beauty Bar. (upcoming full review)

2. K-Palette Kuma Concealer –   – This concealer performs similarly to the peach color correctors of MAC and Bobbi Brown, it instantly lifts and corrects dark circles, comes in 3 shades with skin benefits, and is a smooth but concentrated consistency like Michelle Phan’s favorite Amazing Concealer. (upcoming full review.)

3. Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Waterproof Mascara My favorite everyday mascara right now because it separates, defines, holds curl, is waterproof so doesn’t smudge (on me, may vary), AND big plus, isn’t a pain to remove.

4. Clinique Shimmer Stripes Powder blush in 01 Peony (free travel sample size, a gift) –This was simply given to me by my Ninang, it’s a free sample size of Clinique Shimmer Stripes Powder blush.  These aren’t glittery or even “shimmery” in a pixie dust way don’t worry, they’re a pearl-to-satin finish and the Peony shade gives cheeks that mild hint of rosy.

 

Right now many districts and provinces in Luzon are in a state of calamity due to the heavy rains these last few days.  I may or may not be as active on the blog this week and some personal posts might go up.  Let’s offer up prayers of thanksgiving for ourselves who are healthy, clean, and dry and prayers of compassion and mercy for people who have lost their loved ones, homes, hope, and joy.  God, please be merciful and show us what more we can do to help people in need not just at this time but from now on everyday that we have life in us.  Amen.  To give us hope that majority of the Philippines can find joy again in simple things here is that video of Bangkang Papel from Batibot that has been on my mind for the past few days amidst all the chaotic reports from the news.  Somewhere, somehow, families and children will find peace and joy again which is what this video brings home very well.  Once upon a time, rain wasn’t always such a burden.  This is a reminder of a time when we once actually even looked forward to the rain which could bring joy when it wouldn’t overwhelm us.

If you still have loved ones that need rescuing or simply want to help Luzon recover from this calamity check my previous post HERE for a list of hotlines and relief plus donation center details.
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K-Palette Meet & Greet with Noriko Imura PART1 – Plus an HD Event Video by Me!

Nobody really cared about the foul weather.  We all just really wanted to be at this event in Greenbelt 5 to meet K-Palette’s Lead Makeup Artist for product development, Noriko Imura.  She has been active in the beauty industry for over 20 years  (An Asian Lisa Eldridge? Possibly) and specializes in eyes and properly enhancing brows.  K-Palette, the brand of my absolute favorite liquid eyeliner “1-Day Tattoo” has been available at Beauty Bar for quite awhile now.  These are Japanese cosmetic products that suit basic makeup needs for brows and eyes and they perform, I’m telling you now,  in an almost unbelievably perfect way.  The K-Palette 1-Day Tattoo line just works and the products give you a fine finish.  The range consists of their famous liquid eyeliner and the ABSOLUTELY foolproof brow pens which remind me of the expensive Suqqu brow pens Lisa Eldridge loves using.

I know, I apologize, I never reviewed the black waterproof 1-Day Tatoo Real Lasting Eyeliner I first purchased way back, tried, and used up.  What makes it work is a wonderful waterproof formula that comes with a fineliner brush tip suitable maybe even for fine calligraphy!  I like it even better than the MUFE Aqua liner pen.  It was so great that I kept using it, and before I knew it before I could blog about it, it was used up and gone, LOL!  1-Day Tattoo is one of the top 3 liquid eyeliners in Japan and has sold 10 million pieces to this day since its release only a few years back.

They’re also currently promoting the Kuma concealer range which are liquid concealers particularly made for the under-eye area with added skincare benefits, available in 3 shades suited to Asian skin.  The texture actually reminds me of Michelle Phan’s favorite Amazing Concealer.  These products are all currently available at Beauty Bar outlets.  Watch the video event I edited last night which I shot in full HDwith my new camera, yay.  Sorry if it was a bit blurred often just at the start, I was still learning how to adjust the video settings, but overall I think it came out fab!  This video contains highlights of the 3-hour meet and greet/slash product demonstration with the super talented Noriko Imura.  The president of K-Palette also flew in from Japan along with the brand’s representatives from Singapore as well!  It was one of the most “sulit” jampacked makeup demonstrations I’d ever been to and one of the major events I’ve most enjoyed and been inspired by so far.

 

Thank you so much K-Palette and Beauty Bar, will blog about the product samples I came away with soon after this :)! For more information follow K-Palette Philippines’ Facebook page.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Kai Beauty-M Japanese Brow Razors – Like Samurai brow blades, professionally sharp

There was one last semi worn-out box of these Kai Beauty-M brow razors sitting in Japan Home Center, Market Market.  I had little interest at first until I pulled one out and realized they were concealed weapons, with plastic blade sheaths.  Crazy SHARP.  Holy, hair-splitting brow blades, Batman!  Plus who wouldn’t be happy that there were 5 pcs. for Php99.00 in one box?  These blades are so sharp you can easily shave/carve your name out on the back of a grizzly bear while it’s asleep and it wouldn’t feel a thing.  I personally like how sharp this tool is, I can craft a brow shape quicker and more precisely as a result.

I’ve got some of the lighter, plastic Watsons ones lying around somewhere in my room, they’re like Php85 for 3 pcs in a pack,  but in my experience with those it takes several heavier-handed scrapes to clear out brow hair for a proper arch.  When it comes to my brows and the brows of models I do makeup for I really haven’t got all day.  I prefer to shave rather than pluck or wax my brows because my brow hairs are fine and not that long but they scatter beneath my arch.  I try to avoid any strain and pulling on the skin around my eyes.

When using this blade it’s best to disinfect the blade first with cotton and alcohol and prep the brow area with alcohol as well.  Scrape in small, measured strokes, and stare straight into the mirror, don’t look up when using this,  never do one long stroke.  The sharpness of the blade might cause some skin soreness or redness after shaving so apply a light moisturizing cream or aloe after shaving to soothe the area.  Do not use this tool on someone else unless a professional has personally shown you the proper method.    Definitely sheath the blade always after and KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN.  There’s also a Php66 peso box of these Kai ones at Japan Home Center but the ones inside that one don’t come with plastic sheaths for proper storage  (blade guards).  If you want to keep these blades rust-free long enough and avoid it cutting yourself  and other items stored with it better to get the sheathed ones in a box for Php99.  My makeup artist friend, Sari Campos, has a similar metal scraper (complete with the flower) in a blue shade by Pure Beauty, but she said she only bought a single one.  She thinks I may have gotten more value for money with 5 in a box.… To full post & COMMENTS...