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FROM EYES TO LIPS, ANOTHER WAY TO THE NUDE POUT

In makeup some aren’t as aware that we’re not restricted to use one product for just one purpose.  BAFTA Award winning makeup artist, Morag Ross (Carol, Sense and Sensibility, Elizabeth the Golden Age, Lost in Translation) in a recent sublimely lengthy interview with Guardian Beauty Editor Sali Hughes on YouTube, divulged that on herself for natural enhancement she wields a MAC Lingering eyebrow pencil to define the outer part of her lips.  The Pixiwoo sisters, Sam and Nic, in the past have used MAC Stone lipliner which is a tawny ashy hue, a pop fave for overdrawing nude lips in subtle fashion.  The FS Kohl Eye Pencil below in Caramel (Available at SM) is actually also the brand’s brow pencil…it’s a unique midway texture that’s just soft enough to function as an eyeliner but not in any way too soft or smudgy to do brows.

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I have done this in the past, using brow products to define lips instinctively (not realizing that pros like Morag actually did it ) in an instance where I left lipliner behind and decided to go for a nude lip.  Today I’ve decided to show that the result it isn’t strange at all, as you might think…I even threw in a cream eyeshadow, my favorite Bobbi Brown matte one (Sand Dune), to use as a lipstick.  Read on to see the result.

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BOBBI’S EASIEST MATTE BROWN EYE

I’ve been loving lots of Bobbi Brown again after awhile.  Beauty brand appreciation ebbs and flows that way in my life, different things wash up on shore.  What I’ve recently been showing by Bobbi are not press samples and funnily enough not my own purchases.  Stella’s mom, my aunt, was so happy with how I prepped my cousin for prom that she said I could pick out a few nice things at Rustan’s.  Here’s a quick post for you.  The saleslady put this Bobbi Brown Long-wear Cream Shadow Stick in Sand Dune on my Tita’s lids and immediately I was on it, I said I’d take one of these.

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Sand Dune looked like a blended matte powder eyeshadow in a shade one could only describe in this way, it’s like your lids (if you are a medium-fair as I am) put out a mat and lay basking in the sun…leaving behind a desert taupe effect that’s subtle, yet noticeable.  Read on to see the full effect, by day and by night.

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MY TOP 5 WATERPROOF MASCARAS 2016

I just realized we’ve got a theme going, revolving around the number 5 to be exact, and you’ll be seeing that number for a couple of weeks I should think.  Yup, I’m doing an updated journey through my top 5 favorites in different categories (I just noticed so many of you are looking at my 2013 top 5 picks and we need to fix that).  The weather is slowly warming up and I’ve got myself thinking about my desert island picks and all that jazz.  All I know, for sure, that if I was going to pick just one makeup item to bring on a deserted island it certainly would be waterproof mascara and for tools a lash curler.

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I am about to show you what I think are my locally available top 5 waterproof mascaras.  I put my foot down on the selection to make sure they are all locally available, at least here in Manila.  Please note they are not necessarily the cheapest mascaras they’re the best mascaras available here in my opinion (department store brands included). Read on to see what brands they are.

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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.

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FS Fanny Serrano Black Gel Liner

It was extremely difficult to type in the title for this post about my favorite gel eyeliner for the past year, trying to think up a catchy sub-line for it proved a waste.  I figured in the end that the product is so good leaving the title minimal doesn’t take away from it at all.  I saw it on Fanny’s table when I watched him work in his studio and I do not regret purchasing it.  After all, it was about Php200+ but beat so many branded gel liners I’ve tried.  It also comes in deep brown last time I checked.

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This local brand of gel eyeliner FS quickly beats several potted kin I’ve used: Bobbi Brown, Maybelline, and MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Black to name a few for a few reasons.  I’ve seen Fanny Serrano himself use this not just as perfect gel liner, but also as a velvety black eyeshadow base.  Here I am wearing it in a not so recent photo, this one is about 5 months old.  Read on to see it used a different way by Fanny in an editorial.

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Alcon Freshlook Air Optix Lens SALE | Buy 3 Get 1 at Sarabia

I asked Mom for a favor today, and she happened to be at the mall while I was having a haircut.  She hit gold at Sarabia Optical when I asked her to buy and replenish my stock of graded Air Optix colored lenses in PURE HAZEL, the disposable monthlies.   I only asked her to get me 1 pair of each grade (my right eye is worse off than my left).  They happen to currently be on a 4 for 3 promo (in Sarabia Optical, cannot confirm for other stores), so she told me she availed of it.  In more familiar words locally, buy 3 pairs and get 1 pair free.  She availed of the ongoing sale at Sarabia Optical, Rockwell.

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They’re the only breathable colored contact lenses I put on in the morning and am able to forget about until early evening. These graded ones were about Php1600+ a pair so I think the non-graded ones may or may not cost less.  Thanks to this Air Optix promo I’m prepped ’til June and yup I checked the expiry, middle of 2017 so I’m good.  Ooohh, did I make you shudder about the middle of the year already? Haha.

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