Looks by LUSH – Fresh Handmade Colours & the skinny on my hiatus

Yawwwwwn…oh…there you are.  Where on earth have you been??!   Flat entrance I know, I’m still getting back into the swing of things after an awful, and I say yucky bout with dengue fever…nothing new to me because it was my 2nd time to get it, the last time was 10 years ago when I was doing my thesis in college.  To others who don’t get what that is it’s a hemorrhagic fever brought about by mosquito bites, kinda like the less intense Asia-pacific version of Malaria or West Nile Virus.  I nearly put this LUSH post up last Monday but by the time I had the photos color balanced I was feeling too sick to type any words, the fever hit hard within minutes and by Wednesday I was confined, I was healed of fever by Friday night, and yesterday I was released.  Next page…December!  Don’t these Fresh Handmade cosmetics by LUSH  stand apart from everything else you’ve ever seen?  What you’re looking at now are technically a lipstick and a lovey warm gold cream eyeshadow…and you just shot me the “what” look, yes, these are makeup items.   I am absolutely loving how the shade names are in handwritten typefaces on old school tags and how the whole appearance just throws you off entirely.  It’s the type of makeup that helps you stock up on talking points when people see it in your purse.

I’m not exactly what people would call a “LUSHIE”, aka an all-out LUSH lover.  The UK brand LUSH isn’t as popular in the Philippines as it is in the West only because, I THINK, aside from the price hike for one, bathtubs aren’t a default thing in every house here and the thought of dunking a LUSH Bath bomb in my “tabo” (dipper) or the toilet (kerPLOP)  just to see it fizz and not get to dive in just wouldn’t cut it for me.  Plus all those deep, rich moisturizers, bath melts, body bars (solid moisturizer) they’ve got stacked in cake rations might have a tendency to sit on top of skin in our humid weather rather than sink in leaving you feeling slightly basted and hot even (I’m willing to give their product “King of Skin” a try, though).  What I love about LUSH however is their handmade vegan cosmetics mission and how clear and light your conscience is when you use their cruelty-free, often delightfully gourmande organic products which are great for kids and people with sensitive skin.  From above there’s that personal touch where you can obviously see the name of who processed the product I have on hand and the date of when it was packaged.    If you’re just about to break the bank on MAC’s ever popular red lipstick shade, Ruby Woo, hold your horse’s nose, I have something to show you.  Read more to get the full scoop on the two items that I chose.

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Saizen Daiso Crystal Cream Eyecolor – Smooth and Water Resistant at Php88!

I was in Ayala FGU Center earlier today (along Ayala avenue by GT Tower) after making bank deposit and I checked out the inconspicuous shopping space for Christmas sales on the ground floor, a sadly lit area which often holds random bulk sales.  There was a Toys R’ Us (up to 70% off) and a Saizen Daiso “everything Php88” supply in there today.  I walked in but didn’t expect to find these Crystal Cream Eyecolors and even more so did not completely expect that they’d actually be really good…but I had a feeling…woohooo because a less shimmery equivalent of these in the UK would be those MeMeMe Dewpots the Pixiwoo sisters have been using fairly often.  These Crystal Creams are  dinky and cute, good alone on the eyes or as eye bases, and will appeal to those in the market for “kawaii” trinkets.

I like that there was some thought put into the packaging in the same way that Cover Girl Lash Blast mascaras are packaged with the tube covered with a temporary cap so that the wand is visible.  The cream eyeshadows are packed inverted just so you can see the shades at the bottom and these are first covered with plain brown twist-on caps that you can dispose of (or keep) so you can slap on the “bejeweled” caps and knock your kawaii selves out.  I got the shades Rose, a warm rosy champagne (comparable to Stila “Kitten” or Benefit Creaseless Cream in “RSVP”) and Cocoa, a cool taupe (comparable to Benefit Creaseless Cream in “Birthday Suit”).  They’re shimmery but in that really good way.  For some reason the Rose shade was melting mousse soft in comparison to the Cocoa one which was significantly more thick and solid.  Some storage or transit condition may have caused the Rose one to melt a bit, but both go on really pretty.  They’re easy to smudge and blend around in the first 5 minutes but they set speedily after that and become extremely water resistant, so much so you can’t even scratch them off.  Rose on the right, Cocoa on the left.

The shimmer tends to transfer a fair bit in the first few seconds upon application, but after it shouldn’t transfer too much as long as you don’t rub or scratch aggressively.  When you buy stuff from Saizen Daiso “Japan” don’t be expecting all items to be Made in Japan, not everything is.  These Php88 cream eyeshadows are Made in Taiwan aka produced FOR Saizen Daiso, although they’re not in any way made of natural ingredients I appreciate that the ingredients list is short so expect the usual budget cocktail of silicon, mica, and oxides.  At Php88 these were a really, really cute find for me today…well, I blogged about them right away, didn’t I?  Here are some of the Saizen Daiso outlets around locally:

  • Saizen Ali Mall, Lower Ground Floor, Ali Mall, Araneta Center, Quezon City
  • Saizen Galleria, 3rd Level, East Wing, Robinsons Galleria, Quezon City
  • Saizen Trinoma, Level 1 (Inside True Value), TriNoma Mall, Quezon City
  • Saizen Pavilion Mall, Ground Level, Biñan, Laguna
  • Saizen Robinsons Abreeza Mall, 3rd Level, Inside Robinsons Department Store
  • Robinsons Abreeza Mall, Davao City
  • Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila
  • NEW! SAIZEN MARKET! MARKET!, Level 2, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
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