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I attended the NEW FS Cosmetics launch party a couple of days ago and was quite excited for this launch because this is a local industrial makeup brand I’ve always had in my kit.  They have products that flat out just do the job.  The powder formulas are exceptional, one time a certain network executive I do makeup for asked me if I was using Chanel while I was applying the FS powder foundation in Mocha on her due to the scent (the powder is lightly scented but not overwhelming).  I don’t have my full press package yet (it’s on its way), but I’m fine with the delay because I didn’t want to choose shades and colors from a jpeg file of swatches online.  I did take pictures at the event, and one of the first things that won me was this FS Cosmetics blush in Twinkle Tan , another beige pink which compares well to NARS madly but is just slightly more rosy and a touch more obvious in photos and super beautiful in person.


FS blush in Twinkle Tan, second from left (will update this space with the price in a while).

Below is a glimpse of other new products they also have, like the loose powders with built in brushes that detach and re-attach to the lid, textures are comparable to Laura Mercier translucent setting powder.


To be rid of the elephant in the room (since it is there no matter what I type anyway) the FS Cosmetics range was formerly associated with Fanny Serrano for several years but their collaboration contract with him ended in 2011, as most collaboration contracts do.  So FS Cosmetics, now known as Features and Shades, has relaunched with the same makeup formulas we like, more sturdy and new-looking packaging, plus existing bestseller shades and some new shades and products also.I managed to personally experience the new line at the event  and make a list of what REALLY impressed me there and one of them was the blush I mentioned (that is until another blush caught my eye, haha).  Read on to see me wearing it.




Just after mascara rules, blush battles it out with brow product to tie for my favorite makeup item spot.  Blush, bronzer, or face color powders in general just lift the face and feel natural to put on.


I’ve been complimented for wearing blush by guys before.  It’s one of the things one can put on that they can safely compliment without receiving too many specifics from you after LOL.  I guess blush might be one of the few makeup items that’s made the minimum amount of sense to dudes for ages, more than any of the other fiddly bits that tend to turn them off like eyeliner, eyeshadow, and lipstick.  Read on to have a peek at five of my favorite warming blushes.



The Balm “Hot Mama” Blush | Almost like NARS Orgasm

I recently remembered this because “YouTuber” Emily Noel of Beauty Broadcast recently raved about all the different sorts of blush done by The Balm.  I agree with her totally about the textures of the pressed powder products by The Balm (available at Beauty Bar) even their eyeshadows totally rock, they’re velvety but not too crumbly.  I always held back on buying the world famous NARS Orgasm blush simply because of the name, call me a frumpy female if you like, it’s not that I hate it, but I’m sort of sensitive about names, even with cosmetics… because whatever you put on yourself, you irrevocably identify with whether you admit to or not, you don’t have to agree with me but that’s what I strongly believe.  I actually own a Rock &Republic blush in the shade Foreplay but I feel different now bout stuff I buy.  What made NARS Orgasm such a success what how flattering it was on different ethnicities and it wasn’t overtly pink.  I’ll probably end up buying NARS Orgasm when I get married LOL but for now I’ve got a great dupe, not spot on, less intense for about half the price, and it’s locally available 🙂  Meet Hot Mama!




What made NARS Orgasm such a sellout blush was the way it flattered so many skintones.  This Hot Mama blush isn’t an exact dead ringer for Orgasm but it has the same flattering peachy pink shade and an earthy kick with a gold sheen that isn’t annoying.  The NARS Orgasm blush is deeper and a little more pink but I don’t mind because Hot Mama flatters me pretty well.



I thought I had totally lost my love for blushes with shimmer until I met Trace Gold by MAC and now this Hot Mama blush by The Balm.  Both my parents complimented me when I first applied it and said it was sooo nice…which is probably a biased opinion full of love lol, but they’re pretty honest, my Dad doesn’t usually say anything about makeup I put on.  This costs Php776.00 from Beauty Bar, I got mine at the Rockwell boutique.… To full post & COMMENTS...


The Body Shop marks down my Wonder Years item, their Lip & Cheek Stain

I think I went through 3 or 4 tubes of these between high-school and college, they were the one thing besides Clinique Almost Lipstick that Mom allowed me to wear.  Heads up!  These Body Shop babies are a local favorite and have high-dived into the SALE pool from Php795-Php395!

Back then it was like having a vial of blood rouge on hand and you knew the color would match any skintone light or dark and make you look naturally flushed.  On the lips using the magic wand you could be Snow White versus the Queen for a day (movie plug) with a defiant red tinged pout, plus, if on the surface things are getting a bit dry and chapped before Happily Ever After…

…you may just want to whack some Strawberry Born Lippy on, they’re on sale at the moment at Php195 but they may only have the old designed ones on sale, same pot different label design from this updated one above (from the regular price of Php250).  I’m not 100% sure if it’s an ALL BRANCHES thing with the Born Lippy promo, but for sure at The Body Shop Glorietta 3 the mark down is definitely on your Donkey Kong.  I have a more in-depth Body Shop event post coming up so keep hovering and read!!  For more information check out and Like The Body Shop Philippines FB Page.

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