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.
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.
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.
I was invited to a Browhaus event earlier this year but I was unable to attend. I am certainly aware of the kinds of brow treatments and services they do. They are the experts when it comes to helping define brows that frame and suit people’s eyes properly. You can actually use this image by them as a brow guide when doing your makeup!
Whether you’ve got too much or too little brows to deal with, the Browhaus babes are the right group to entrust them to. What’s even more wonderful is they’ve got a 50% off deal coupon active online as we speak and you’ve got 12hrs left to get it via CashCash Pinoy! Just click on the image below to get the 50% off deal coupon while you can. That’s quite a price drop, from Php1295 marked down to Php648. For more information you can like Browhaus on their PH Facebook page.