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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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Shiseido Ibuki Eye Correcting Cream | It Works as an Eyeshadow Primer!

I fell into being pigheaded about applying eye cream again…as usual, it’s how a lot of us feel for example about flossing.  I was using this non-greasy wonder by Shiseido Ibuki, but not everyday only because I’m bad with eye creams like that.  In my thoughts about how to get around this bad habit I made an awesome discovery…and it may not apply to all eye creams on the face of the earth but in my case this one does the job!  Provided you have an oil-free, non-greasy, hydrating eye cream, have you ever wrapped your head around the idea of using it as an eyeshadow primer?  Hear that? DING!

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“A cooling eye cream that addresses dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines. Eyes become instantly more vibrant. Helps the appearance of eye area achieve resistance to stress factors resulting from the lack of sleep.”  PRICE:  Php1800.00

I’m actually not 100% sure if this eye cream is oil-free, but whatever…IT WORKS!  What gave me this “eureka” was when I was applying NARS Pro Prime eye primer over a friend’s eyelids, and mine…and that gave the similar sort of feel over the lid to this eye cream…a quickly absorbed, slightly tacky, but not too sticky finish.  I thought “Hey, this texture reminds me a lot of…my eye cream…” and I thought let’s give this baby a test using an Urban Decay Single Eyeshadow I have called “Loaded” which is a vibrant metallic peacock turquoise.  Although Urban Decay’s LOADED is a great shade it is still quite dusty even if it is a reformulated eyeshadow of Urban Decay.  I’ve also always felt that LOADED could have more “bang” to it when applied over the lid and it would only work with a primed eye.  Check out this comparison.  Can you imagine how much more OFTEN you’d be applying eye cream without being too conscious about it if it worked this way for any eyeshadow…even dusty ones?

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I have a bare face (no foundation or concealer) and I applied the same amount of eyeshadow on both lids, but one lid is lightly primed with the Shiseido Ibuki eye cream (given a minute or 2 to absorb) and the other a bare lid.  I even tried to add more eyeshadow over the bare lid to match the payoff on the primed eye and it still, of course, couldn’t match up.  Please note that not all eye creams may work this way…especially if they aren’t oil free.  The eyeshadow didn’t ball up and so far after about an hour and a half it’s not creasing on me.  If you have extremely oily eyelids this eye cream as primer workaround may not have the same effect on you and you may need to use a specific eye primer or tone your lids beforehand.  However for normal to dry eyelids I believe the Shiseido Ibuki eye cream is a winner not just because it’s an excellent, non-irritating type but because I discovered its second purpose for me, and now I’ll be using this way more often because of what it can do.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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K-Palette 1Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner Pen| Now Waterproof ++

I’ve been using this for over a year and as I said have never given it the spotlight ’till today.  People often ask what i use to achieve a practically perfect and graphic kitty flick despite my hooded eye folds.  This one by K-Palette is the one.  I needn’t go on and on about it to show how easy it is to use…the results speak for themselves.

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What I loved about the original formula is even though it wasn’t marked “waterproof” yet, this black liquid liner was already resistant to smudging even in humid conditions (as long as you didn’t rub violently).

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The pointed brush tip pen which reminds me of the ones used for calligraphy helps in creating perfect smooth lines and points.This new formula is special because it’s more water resistant but NOW (ironically) using warm enough water it’s easier to wash off at the end of the day without all the bad rubbing. It also (after several seconds), won’t easily transfer to your upper lid later in the day if you’ve got hooded or oriental eyes.

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I tried wearing this last week at the LTO while getting my driver’s license. I was there for at least 5-6 hours from morning till afternoon sweating…it didn’t fail me. I do honestly suggest using this directly on the lid without foundation or moist primer underneath because it won’t go on as well. It’s better directly on skin or over lids that have eyeshadow already. My only con is this pen runs out hmmm, I’d say kind of surprisingly quickly. If I thickly line my eyes daily or almost daily I’ll run out of it in about 18-20 days I’d say. However in the end…overall, no other liquid liner pen helps me make thick or thin perfect liner looks as K-Palette’s 1Day Tattoo Eyeliner pen…always a keeper. Umm…I recall purchasing my first one from Beauty Bar awhile back for about Php800++? This improved one was supplied by K-Palette Philippines for review.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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