MY TOP 5 HIGH-END FOUNDATIONS 2016

It’s about time, isn’t it?  Seeing that the top trending post on the site for the last 3 years was my Top Foundations post I’m convinced that this particular makeup topic was crying out loud for an update.  Here are the slightly more luxurious ones that I feel have been worth spending for as part of my foundation arsenal.  I present my top 5 high-end foundations plus, a brush and pressed powder so worth mentioning.

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Along with mentioning my Top 5 foundations I need to share about the compact powder I use to set or tone down shine along the T-zone for the dewier formulas, that together with the foundation brush that I love for both liquid and powder application.  I’ve gone the extra mile by shooting my face wearing all 5 foundations this morning.  I used NUXE oil to gently remove my makeup between every transition followed by a wet face towel to take it all off quickly without additional chemicals…result, my face did not get irritated or break out into a rash.  To see how these magical liquids wear and appear on my face (all without concealer) keep reading.


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THE CAMPAIGN SORTIE BEAUTY EDIT

I’ll be jetsetting tomorrow and I’m just starting to get my gear together and charge everything like crazy.  I can barely remember what it was like to move stealthily sometimes from vehicle to vehicle on the campaign trail and document behind the scenes during the peak of summer.  I remember being armed with miniDV tapes and a camcorder.  I recall running alongside pickup vehicles to catch up, sometimes having to run and climb into the back before the whole convoy left me behind.  We’re not exactly Katniss this year, but we’ll have to step up.  You’re looking at my beauty picks for Kiko Pangilinan’s upcoming campaign sortie.  From what I know, it’s going to be hot, hot, hot!

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The book is about Kiko Pangilinan’s 2007 campaign when he decided to run as an independent candidate and won.  It was just nice to throw in a throwback.  This year he is running on the slate of the Liberal Party.  In 2007 I was just barely developing an interest in makeup and beauty so I have no recollection of what I brought that time.  Read on for a closer look at this edit and the full list.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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...

PRETTY AND PROPER PROM MAKEUP BY ME

This one is a mega post, long but fun!  In a world where everything beautiful is said to be subjective to taste I still have my personal standards, especially when it comes to makeup for little women.  Call me old-fashioned but when it comes to prom makeup I still strongly think that it ought to celebrate youth and not mask it entirely.  I feel like breaking out into a rash whenever I hear about young people pulling all sorts of strings to try to look older at prom.  I spent the other night helping prep my cousin Stella who was invited to an all boys’ school prom.  I did her makeup upon request.

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There’s a fine line difference between looking older and looking of age and I always sincerely hope that girls decide on the latter just as Stella did.  Read on for a before and after shot, products used, details on how I did it and a sneak peek at Stella’s personal makeup kit at the end.… To full post & COMMENTS...

ARANÁZ TU Still at Spectrum Fair Today

I was at Spectrum Fair yesterday and I picked up two pretty items from Filipino style accessory label ARANÁZ who are still at Spectrum Fair at Whitespace MNL tonight ’til 9pm.

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These were too pretty to not photograph the very next day.  The beautiful ARANÁZ Palma releases have had me sighing since last year.  I came home with the tall Palma travel toiletry pouch which I spotted early November last year.  I got the pouch on special offer yesterday, I promised not to mention how much their promo is so you guys can just go and find out.  Read on to have a closer look.… To full post & COMMENTS...

HAPPY SKIN x PLAINS & PRINTS | PRINTS MADE PRETTY

Another year with Happy Skin cosmetics can only get better.  They’ve made way into love month with a fun makeup and style collaboration alongside the brand’s clothing retail partner Plains & Prints.  Imagine a clothing line inspired by a makeup collection, different indeed!  The clothes will be exclusively available via Zalora.com.ph from February 10-17.  This post features the cosmetics, mainly the lippies.  Sorry to say you now must know I felt slightly overcome with nausea and palpitations in the fitting room while fitting clothes at the event.  I even had to ask for a glass of water to be brought to me inside the fitting room, something about too much caffeine.  Just know that with me excess caffeine + crowds + decisions are not a good combination, haha.  There vanished any resolve to shoot OOTDs after.

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The makeup collection features our favorite Happy Skin Shut up & Kiss me lippies in two new shades and extremely new glam makeup items never before done by Happy Skin.  I personally took all my photos at the event, flatlay models on the floor included, except for the shot of me above by Ira, a Happy Skin intern who used my camera.    Read on to see me try these out and see the rest of the post.… 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...

HOT VALENTINE Beauty Giveaway 2016 | CLOSED FEB.10

We had the Thanksgiving giveaway last year and I had the pleasure of personally delivering the loot to the winner Rafflecopter chose for the first time.  She was really happy and I was pleasantly surprised because she was pregnant!  I know I’ve said this more than once but this Hot Valentine Giveaway is by far one of my most exciting giveaways yet.  A couple of the prizes are items that are so good they’ll make you wonder why I’m giving them away.  Just to be clear, the contents of these pouches are not just Sleek and Happy Skin products.  I always first take my share of the products to review or use to honor the brands.  Both pouches are jam-packed with so many different brands for this giveaway.  I mainly chose these pouches because they’re so well made.  Both these pouches of skincare and makeup will go to one winner.  To join the giveaway you can enlist in the Rafflecopter widget at the end, but first…see an overview of the goodies!

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BRANDS INCLUDED: Benefit Cosmetics, Sleek Cosmetics, Maybelline, Nuxe, Shiseido, Mario Badescu, K-Palette, Leaders Skincare, LUSH, Belo, Pond’s L’Occitane, L’Oreal, Tony Moly, Happy Skin Cosmetics, Santee, Pixi by Petra, L’Oreal, Revlon.

The contents of these pouches are divided into skincare and makeup items.  Read on to get a closer look at the complete list of loot and proceed to the Rafflecopter widget.… To full post & COMMENTS...

YVES ROCHER SINGLE EYESHADOW “Brun Cuivré”

In the midst of a Nivea dinner crowd overwhelmed with the Bohol seaside gusty breeze in January I talked above the wind insisting I share my favorite rich, brown eyeshadow with shivering seatmates.  With people lining up for food around us I fished out that nugget from my handbag.  You see how relentless and annoying I can be whether people are interested or not in if I really like something.  Right now it’s this single brown eyeshadow #14 Brun Cuivré (Brown Copper) by French mid-range brand Yves Rocher. 

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Without hesitation I said that if MAC “Teddy” eyeliner were an eyeshadow, it would most certainly be close to or if not exactly like this.  Ears perked,  Bloggers Kira a.k.a. Elegantly Wasted / Kira-Ramirez.com and Shari a.k.a. The Misty Mom hovered in, hook, line, and sinker.  They quite agreed.  “Julia, here you are again enabling us…” Shari said while quickly inspecting to see. Read on.… To full post & COMMENTS...