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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Browhaus Classic Brow Lead Php 648.00
Browhaus HD Mascara Php 998.00
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.