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.

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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.

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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”.

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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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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
  • NEW! SAIZEN ROBINSONS PLACE MANILA, L1 Padre Faura Wing
  • Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila
  • NEW! SAIZEN MARKET! MARKET!, Level 2, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
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MAC “Club” Eyeshadow Makes the Military Smoky Eye, F/W 2012

Muddied fatigue and khaki shades are in at the moment, the warm complementary browns enhance that craved shade of moss tinted army “greige”.  That being said, if you feel young enough to get trendy I believe you’ll survive and thrive with one, yes, just one eyeshadow this nippy season, that has dual personality under its lid.  I only own 2 MAC eyeshadows which I bought in Singapore last year, and MAC Club is one of them…an eternally useful satin duochrome with schizophrenic skills, part of MAC’s permanent range (Thank God).  If you stare at this shade for the first time I guarantee you’ll take at least 10 seconds to dig up words to describe MAC Club to the person in front of you.  It’s positively special.

The duochrome effect does the work for people who are lazy when it comes to eyeshadow. 

It takes care of making one shade look like two, initially bearing a military khaki shade while when tilted to another angle reflecting a warm coffee taupe that appears to be darker in the crease of the eye when applied.  This eyeshadow has saved me more than once on photo shoots when the brief requires a deep smoky eye on many models and I’ve got no time to fiddle with more than one eyeshadow.  Read more to see the military eye look I created using  two eye products (not including mascara and concealer for the face).… To full post & COMMENTS...

Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow “Black Crystals” – Plus a Straightforward Smoky Eye

One of the first eyeshadow palettes I ever owned was by Estee Lauder.  I brought it everywhere with me when I wasn’t as product conscious then.  It was handed over to me by Mom who had an Estee Lauder box set.  What I primarily loved bout that palette was that it was a palm-size square compact that had a mirror, and it had about 5 or 6 Pure Color eye shade strips in them.  People always complimented me bout my eye  looks even though I was only using my ring, pinkie, and index finger to blend (I didn’t have eye brushes then).  Those eyeshadows delivered but weren’t overly soft, they were just pigmented enough and blended out beautifully even with fingers.  I wasn’t even a beauty blogger yet but I knew for sure that it was an excellent product because I hit pan on about 3 of the eyeshadows and cracked 1 or 2 more.  Two months ago I came away from an exclusive Estee Lauder event and received this beautiful single eyeshadow compact as one of my press samples.  Fall season in the western fashion world is just around the corner.  Even if you say we haven’t got fall or autumn locally I don’t think you’d deny that the recent weather has been looking a lot like this beautiful hue.  PAGASA would agree I think.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow in 58 Black Crystals isn’t black.  It’s a gorgeous, stormy, gunmetal grey embedded with an elegant amount of silver shimmer.  It could be immediately classified as a cool shade because of it being grey but there’s a hint of neutral warmth when you blend it out.  In a nutshell, the eyeshadow texture is a satin shade with shimmer.  Black Crystals would look lovely as a crease color if paired with a lighter base shade but also makes a beautiful shade choice for all over the lid.  Read more to see a swatch and how I made this shade work for me.… To full post & COMMENTS...

The Body Shop Ltd. Edition Lily Cole Makeup – The Pearl Radiance Primer, Lip & Cheek Dome, and Shimmer Cubes

It’s a pretty-in-pink party, no doubt, and the UK’s lovely Lily Cole makes her mark as The Body Shop’s endorser for this cute, young, and fun cosmetic collection.  I was given 3 items from the collection to try, the Lip and Cheek Dome in Pinch Me Pink, the Radiance Primer, and the Lily Cole Shimmer Cubes quad (eyeshadow).

I had a great natural light moment when shooting this photo, the sun shone exactly where I needed it to.  Consider this a simple introduction to one of The Body Shop’s youngest and most hip makeup collections yet.  Read more to get the full post and more photos.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Urban Decay Build Your Own Kit, PT.2 – The Single Eyeshadows

Okay, if there’s anything I really splurged on in Singapore, and Noelle will agree, it was these reformulated Urban Decay single eyeshadows.  To be honest…I’m kind of, heck no, SUPER regretting I chose to get them in Singapore, because they were SGD$33 each (ouch!).  I remember even computing with my calculator in the store that these should cost way less in the U.S. (WAY LESS IN THE U-ESS) but I was still unfazed in that moment there in Sephora, Takashimaya and still all superficially googly eyed, as a result ’twas the type of “Sephora” receipt you’d hide from your husband (lmao).  It’s too bad I didn’t get over the initial elation as I pranced merrily over to the Urban Decay counter.  My friend, Noelle aka Kikayrunner, was too polite and kind (and needing to go to the ladies’ room badly lol)  to comment before I made my choice (next time, Nanay Noelle, you may wag that finger at me).  It is a major boo-boo ’cause I was able to  resist so many other great items while I was in Singapore for 10 days (didn’t buy a single item of clothing) because of these.  Photos in this post are taken with a friend’s 600D DSLR, was playin’ round with it (posts prior are with my Canon G1X).  If you haven’t read the Pt.1 post of when I received the custom palette itself go to this link.

CLOCKWISE: Snatch (pale peachy pink with gold glitter), Loaded (deep metallic emerald, luminous sheen no glitter), Naked (nude tan brown, matte), Rockstar (deep aubergine, luminous sheen no glitter)

I already got the palette from the U.S. before at the wonderfully low price of US $18, the special introductory price, but wisdom in the tank ran on empty when I was faced with the 4 eye candy “bullets” I was supposed to load that baby up with. The palette came with the default, matte highlight shade “Walk of Shame”, then I got four of them to meet the SG GST refund minimum (over SGD100), stupid.  Yea, yea I know no regrets dapat, but I truly wish now I’d been more patient and planned for someone in the U.S. to get them for me, because they’re way cheaper there even without  a GST refund, and the difference between there US$18, and this side of the world, US$24 is a painfully great one.  Yea, I told you, it’s like “What were you thinking, Julia”.  Read more to see where the ranting ends and the review begins LOL!!… To full post & COMMENTS...

My Urban Decay Build Your Own Palette – Pt.1 The Case itself and the Case at hand

Greetings from Singapore!  I don’t plan to go on and on because I haven’t filled this baby up with new Urban Decay eyeshadows just yet, so for now it’s less about the product and more about a certain issue surrounding the brand.  Being in Singapore though I’ll make sure that changes in the next few days and blog you guys some awesome stuff!  I didn’t buy this here in Singapore, this arrived as part of my House of Flair order which arrived almost two weeks ago.

These Urban Decay Build Your Own palettes were/are for a limited time being sold for $18, pretty much the same price as a single newly formulated Urban Decay single eyeshadow.  These customizable 6-pan palettes are lovely for traveling and give you the freedom to design your own palette and pick your own shades from the newly reformulated batch of Urban Decay single eyeshadows.

It comes with a single default nude eyeshadow shade, “Walk of Shame” (kind of like MAC Brulee) which, being so named,  is somewhat of a sick coincidence considering the fact that Urban Decay as a company has recently been dealing with lots of criticism for recent reasons and a few lame, grey statements.  I’ll wade just a little into the “politics” surrounding that.  Before I continue please note that this is not a SMEAR campaign.  I like the brand, Urban Decay, and am willing to forgive mistakes they make that I feel will eventually allow them to grow as a brand.  I just don’t get overly worked up over cosmetics in that sense, I am merely stating my thoughts. Read more to get my full opinion.… To full post & COMMENTS...

ArtDeco 12-Pan Magnum custom palette & Single Eyeshadows – Quality and a system that blew me away…

The western beauty blogosphere has gone ballistic over the recent news of the Urban Decay Build Your Own Palette which I mentioned awhile back.  This took hold especially since a select handful of bloggers including Refinery29‘s articulate chief beauty editor, Megan, raved and swooned over the system and newly refined UD eyeshadow shades with their beautiful, dainty hands.  The way Megan introduced the palette with refined, relaxed flair kind of made me revisit my strange fascination with composed stewardesses demonstrating the use of the on-board life jacket…I always have to watch and I don’t know why, LOL!  The customize your own palette concept is practical, sensible, not unheard of (with MAC depotting etc) and the fact that you can build a transient collection of eyeshadow shades without having them all on hand all the time is quite appealing.  The fact that you can switch up the contents of your palette with ease is the ultimate thrill because of the freedom to chase down shades you want to slide into the system as your preference evolves.  Three days ago now I came across a product by a different brand, ArtDeco, that not only made me shriek on the spot while scaring the saleslady at Beauty Bar but it also made me discover a collection of some of the best single eyeshadows I’ve ever tried or touched…in my entire life.

The shades I chose for my ArtDeco Magnum palette are obviously very inspired by the first and second UD Naked palettes and by Megan’s UD build your own palette, but I made sure that these colors looked great on my skin first.

The local buzz is out that ArtDeco, the internationally beloved mid-range German cosmetics brand, has arrived in Manila and made its home in Beauty Bar.  I was not at the ArtDeco launch, but in a way was glad that it left me the freedom to choose what I wanted when I went over to Beauty Bar to check out what was available.  ArtDeco ALMOST made me wish I hadn’t asked my aunt to get the Naked2 palette, just almost.  The Beauty Box Magnum system is that impressive.  Like the Urban Decay Build Your Own palette you choose the eyeshadow shades you want and put it into a travel-happy system.  What’s so wonderful with ArtDeco though is their BeautyBox Magnum system comes in mirrored 2-pan (Php295), 4-pan (Php500+), and 12-pan (Php650) magnetic empty  palette options.  I chose the latter to see if I could pitch it for comparison vs. both Naked palettes and the Build Your Own system by Urban Decay.  Read more to see swatches and the full post.… To full post & COMMENTS...