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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!


“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?


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.

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Shawill Mono Eyeshadows 006 & 002 | Dupes for MAC Club & Satin Taupe

The super pigmented delights that are the Shawill makeup products more often than not catch my interest when I hover over Watsons SM beauty floors.  The products are alarmingly affordable which may lead you to question the ingredients but the blushes I bought almost 2 years ago never broke me out and I was almost always drawn to their undoubtedly chrome-y metallic, velvety eyeshadow ranges.  Once in awhile I do like to have a dig in the department store beauty floors, simply because it’s a vast well of dupes for more expensive items waiting to be discovered.  Several months back I came across a local blog, if you’re reading this forgive me but I forgot to write your URL down (leave it in the comments), that mentioned a Shawill Mono Eyeshadow dupe for MAC cosmetics’ popular Club eyeshadow which I’ve reviewed before over here.  She wasn’t kidding, the MAC Club duochrome’s close dupe is Shawill’s Mono Eyeshadow #006 and #002 is a close dupe for MAC’s Warming Trend or Satin Taupe.  Take note, they’re successfully mirroring the mentioned MAC eyeshadows at a delightful Php69.00 each and are available at select SM Watsons beauty floors.  Both have a finish that’s a cross between a MAC veluxe pearl and satin.


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Both shots, Left to Right: Shawill Mono Eyeshadow in 002 and 006

The eyeshadow texture is a velvet, pigmented consistency that glides smoothly over skin, however beware that if you drop this it is soft enough to crumble and break apart.  You can see how the Shawill #006 transformation from the first photo to the next proves it’s a successful MAC Club dupe.  The way 006 shifts from khaki to a deep chocolate brown depending on the angle copies MAC Club almost exactly, the green aspect of MAC Club is more teal than a medium khaki.  The simple taupe shade that is 002 seems to be pretty close to either MAC Satin Taupe or the once available shade that is Warming Trend.

shaw_monoeyeshadow_03  I’ve only got a proper example today of Shawill #006 on my eye, the other photos were not worthy of posting due to bad lighting.  What I love about the effect that mimics MAC club is it does happen to be one of the most easy to use single eyeshadows for parties out because it makes it look like you’ve put on not one but two colors.  See how #006 appears brown in the crease and khaki over the lid?  That’s value for Php69.00 I must say.  By the way, sometime this weekend or next I’ll be browsing through new, fresher themes and layouts for the blog.  I’ve just been too much of a coward to take the leap, backup my data and face the possible kinks that might involve giving this blog a makeover, but it’s been way beyond the due date for one so I’d better get to it.  Don’t worry the layout will still stay minimal, white and fresh still with a right sidebar…I just need it to give it a bit more room to breathe, new typefaces, and revamp it a little for everyone’s sake.  I’ll put up a post noting when I’ll be “renovating” so anticipate intermittent downtime once I do, and please pray nothing goes wrong, thanks.  Meanwhile, before my cautionary post goes up and I finally sit on a layout I like…onward with the features and keep reading!… To full post & COMMENTS...

Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eyecolor Trio in RD299 “Beach Grass”

Beach days are slowly floating away, but these rich colors are here to stay.  Some of my blogger friends wondered why I didn’t keep my previous Shiseido Eyecolor Trio “Pink Sands”…well for one, I wanted to give something special to you guys for Spring, so I gave it away, and 2 because I preferred the palette in this colorway, RD 299 Beach Grass…reminiscent of those tropical summer sunsets.




If you’ve ever found yourself giving up on shimmer in your thirties (yea, watch me embrace my big three oh! lol) or even your late twenties that’s because many shimmery eyeshadow compacts out there are haphazardly bad to work with.  They’ve often got tons of fallout and knockout chunks of sparkle that on occasion may not be sophisticated or even enhance wrinkles and fine lines.  It’s all forgivable to just sit on those shimmer shades and slap on everything matte to be safe but let me throw this curve-ball at you.  There’s actually nothing like a bit of properly placed, high quality satin shimmer to draw out a bit of youth around those weary eyes.  Lisa Eldridge hardly ever holds back on shimmer in her tutorials on herself, and she’s in her early 40s!  The key is to use an eye primer you don’t get fall out, find the sort of eyeshadow shimmer texture that will not fail you and not put it beyond a certain point, and do your base AFTER your eyes so you can clean up around the eye.  Read more to sort of (coz it’s not video…meh) see this eyecolor trio in action!… To full post & COMMENTS...

MAC All That Glitters Eyeshadow | Not Glittery, Just Pretty

I don’t own a ton of MAC eyeshadows. I only had Brule and Club to my name and now this one which makes 3. I was in search of a wearable eyeshadow that could work the lid scene on its own and not darken the situation. Something you could apply evenly with a single ring finger for both lids…something like the ultimate workhorse champagne beige hue. Behold MAC All That Glitters eyeshadow which ironically isn’t all that glitters…





MAC All That Glitters isn’t at all nearly gold enough to be called rose gold. It’s a true rosy champagne beige with a satiny sheen. It’s kind of like MAC Cosmetics’ version of Stila’s Kitten eyeshadow which is pretty,too, but Stila’s Kitten is so soft and crumbly and with too much fallout for a rush job Vivianna of Vivianna Does Makeup raved about this eyeshadow as the sort that gets people commenting even though sometimes they can’t find the words to describe what’s on your lids. It’s also an obviously wearable bridal shade. I got mine for Php900 from the Rockwell MAC Cosmetics outlet.… To full post & COMMENTS...

My NARS “And God Created the Woman” Eye Kit | Nifty Neutrals in a Helpfully Small Size

Never have I come across a neutral makeup palette set so appropriately named and wonderfully petite.  There are two matte shades (one good for brows), two satin metallic shades (one to highlight), and 2 richly dark shimmer spiked shades.  The title basically also evokes “Naked” in 5 words.  It comes with one #3 soft blending brush and the cherry on top is the NARS Pro Prime Eyeshadow Base, a favorite among the world’s top makeup pros which Lisa Eldridge also likes using.  It could have also been called the Half-Naked palette, it has less fallout than Urban Decay’s Naked eyeshadow range and there are half the number of shades.  I think Eve would have approved.






Mom picked up this NARS palette for me via Duty Free shopping in Thailand, she converted the cost and said it amounted to about Php2400-2500.  I think what makes it worth the 2k mark is the brush and NARS Pro-prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base that comes with it.  So many people love this eyelid primer.  What also never fails to impress me about NARS stuff is they always include a good mirror, even for their single eyeshadows and blushes.  This palette is tiny, it’s about 2″ x 4.5″ inches in size, similar to the size of an iPhone 4s but slimmer and lighter.

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The “And God Created the Woman Kit” has a very wearable selection of shades and I did my brows using the middle shade from the 2nd row (.  Read more to get the complete shade names and details about how I progressed to this evening look beginning with a daytime version using only 2 shades.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Make Up Store Makeup! – A Look with Lipstick & Cybershadow

This brand, Make Up Store, reminds me a lot of…INGLOT or even the in-house selection of Sephora for some reason and they’re now available here at the 2nd level of Podium mall in Ortigas.  It’s the whole shebang put together, pro quality products, minimalist packaging, great pigment and tons and tons of shades to choose from for a mid-range price.   The Make Up Store’s products aren’t cheap but they won’t break the bank either.  It’s a reliable brand to begin a pro kit with if you’re considering a makeup career or course but can’t afford having a buffet of MAC or Make Up For Ever products at your disposal.  I recall being in one of the Make Up Store’s huge boutiques in Singapore over a year and a half ago and I was overwhelmed.  I nearly walked out with a color corrector/concealer but I was saving my pocket money for something else in Duty Free that time.


MAKE UP STORE Cybershadow in “Golden” Php899.00 and sheer lipstick in “CRISP” for Php 1049.00, MAKE UP STORE PODIUM- (02) 654 5533



The textures and pigment of the products they sent me are good, the eyeshadow is a satin with a hint of a duochrome effect (a peachy coral with gold or a rose gold) the lipstick is a sheer but pigmented high shine finish which applies looking different from the lipstick bullet as you’ll see in awhile.


The packaging is lovely and feels sturdier than MAC cosmetic packaging.  You have the brand name embossed or pressed on both.  My only minor complaint is the eyeshadow has quite a bit of fallout pigment when you use a brush, but it performs similarly anyway to Urban Decay eyeshadow shades which also have quite a bit of fallout.  Read more to see me try these products on.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Beauty Spotting Jan 2013 | So new, so nice, can’t get them here, yet…

I like hearing about new items, even if I can’t get them.  There’s something pervasively thrilling about a beauty item that’s not quite within your reach.  You wonder how it might work, feel, or look on you and you start to imagine how you might come by it and there’s always a story to tell when you’re able to get something that’s not readily available.  Here are a few things I’ve spotted that are quite a delight to look upon and the idea of them is like honey to this bee.  Buzz.


ANASTASIA Bold and Beautiful Kit, for brows and eyes.

We begin with Anastasia’s quite necessary Bold and Beautiful Kit.  You have a Great Gatsby inspired box encasing 2 palette volumes.  One is for brows with 2 brow shades tweezers and a dual sized angled brush and spoolie.  The other palette is a quad of rich neutral colors for eyes also with a dual sided eyebrow brush.  This whole ensemble actually looks like something Urban Decay would do, but way classier.  You can also cheat looking like a bookworm with it.



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Bare Minerals READY Foundation SPF 20, hydrating pressed mineral foundation compact, comes in 20 shades to suit.

Now this new READY foundation product by Bare Minerals (it is about time they got pressed I believe), apart from its heavyweight price, could readily be (pun intended) an instant sellout amongst women 30 upwards in a humid country like ours.  I’m sure a lot of you have asked for Bare Minerals as “pasalubongs” before, like a couple of years back?  And probably still  have pots of the stuff sitting unfinished here and there.  Mineral makeup was a fun trend, but it was awfully messy wasn’t it?  Over here I’d confidently say more than half of the populace prefers to apply powder bases on to fight sweat and shine all day, all night.  They claim it isn’t drying even if it is a pressed mineral formula but what I’m wondering is why they pressed their eyeshadows before their foundation… anyway, I’m inclined to believe that their formula is a knockout considering the age of technology the world is now in.  These mineral compacts are already doing well, but they forgot to do one thing…they forgot to come here.


Now, after all that makeup talk we need something to take it off, oh, excuse me keep it on…or both?!  Shiseido brings to the world an innovative primer called the Fullmake Washable Base that works as a primer but emulsifies when it comes in full contact ONLY WITH WARM WATER.  It does the double purpose of helping your makeup stay well on but it also does the job of carrying your makeup off from beneath when you cleanse your face.  Its sudden emulsifying action reportedly won’t trigger with cold water, only with warm water, so no need to worry about sudden weather changes ruining your face.  Now the thing is…not everyone has heated sinks here, but will that stop me from wanting to try this?  Let me think…uhm, no, haha.  It’s currently pre-selling in Japan, British Beauty Blogger says, but I’m not sure if it’s also scheduled to arrive here in March when it launches globally.

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Stila’s In the Know Palette – All The Neutral Mattes I Need

I was actually having a chat with myself when the holiday season came rolling in and concluded that I’m finally over eyeshadow palettes.  Nothing new popping up in new brand collections seemed interesting except for perhaps the “pocket-able” Urban Decay Naked Basics palette which I thought was genius save for one important fact, they didn’t throw in a matte taupe shade or shades you can alternate for brows (brow shades make any palette an instant win).  I was Christmas shopping the other day at Rustans Shangrila Mall with Mom and finally got a much needed alone moment without her (so I could shop for her, which I did) but you know being joyfully alone during the Christmas season in a Rustan’s beauty hall can ultimately lead you to some awesome  discoveries for yourself…like over at the Stila counter for example.

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The Stila In The Know eyeshadow palette would make a pretty gift for a beauty enthusiast, a beauty blogger, or a makeup professional with a budding bridal makeup career which involves a nearly neverending use of neutral matte eyeshadows (which are also ideal for mature clients).  I personally think that Stila is the next best brand to Urban Decay you can actually get here locally that reflects the same sort of young urban “it” vibe and there’s something more silky and creamy about their award-winning powder  eyeshadow formulas.  Another in the series of palettes they began releasing, like the “NaturalEyes” palette I blogged about, the In the Know eyeshadow palette comes with 10 pigmented matte shades, 6 of which are nearly identical to the Urban Decay Basics offering which includes a matte black, Ebony.

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ROW 1: Air / Wind / Desert / Clay / Earth | ROW 2: Driftwood / Fire / Rain / Smoke / Ebony

Oh, lest I forget (actually editing this in after having already published the post) the palette, just like the Naturaleyes one also comes with a Stila Smudgestick, a blendable waterproof automatic eyeliner in a lovely, rich deep grey shade called “halfmoon”.


The In the Know palette  has won me over because unlike the UD Basics set this set also has a rust shade called Fire, a grey called Smoke, a vanilla shade called Air, and *drumroll* a very wearable taupe called Rain.  The light and darker coffee-like browns included are also slightly more ashy than the ones in the UD Basics palette, thus making this work for brows as well.  At Rustans, the Stila In The Know palette costs Php1750…just so you know locally there isn’t too big of a price hike in comparison to the price on the Stila website where it costs about US$39 which is just under Php1650.  The great thing about this Stila palette is this one  unlike the “Naturaleyes” palette last year, this has got a mirror…and that proves I think that they revised packaging based on consumer feedback.


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