Another year with Happy Skin cosmetics can only get better. They’ve made way into love month with a fun makeup and style collaboration alongside the brand’s clothing retail partner Plains & Prints. Imagine a clothing line inspired by a makeup collection, different indeed! The clothes will be exclusively available via Zalora.com.ph from February 10-17. This post features the cosmetics, mainly the lippies. Sorry to say you now must know I felt slightly overcome with nausea and palpitations in the fitting room while fitting clothes at the event. I even had to ask for a glass of water to be brought to me inside the fitting room, something about too much caffeine. Just know that with me excess caffeine + crowds + decisions are not a good combination, haha. There vanished any resolve to shoot OOTDs after.
The makeup collection features our favorite Happy Skin Shut up & Kiss me lippies in two new shades and extremely new glam makeup items never before done by Happy Skin. I personally took all my photos at the event, flatlay models on the floor included, except for the shot of me above by Ira, a Happy Skin intern who used my camera. Read on to see me try these out and see the rest of the post.
We had the Thanksgiving giveaway last year and I had the pleasure of personally delivering the loot to the winner Rafflecopter chose for the first time. She was really happy and I was pleasantly surprised because she was pregnant! I know I’ve said this more than once but this Hot Valentine Giveaway is by far one of my most exciting giveaways yet. A couple of the prizes are items that are so good they’ll make you wonder why I’m giving them away. Just to be clear, the contents of these pouches are not just Sleek and Happy Skin products. I always first take my share of the products to review or use to honor the brands. Both pouches are jam-packed with so many different brands for this giveaway. I mainly chose these pouches because they’re so well made. Both these pouches of skincare and makeup will go to one winner. To join the giveaway you can enlist in the Rafflecopter widget at the end, but first…see an overview of the goodies!
BRANDS INCLUDED: Benefit Cosmetics, Sleek Cosmetics, Maybelline, Nuxe, Shiseido, Mario Badescu, K-Palette, Leaders Skincare, LUSH, Belo, Pond’s L’Occitane, L’Oreal, Tony Moly, Happy Skin Cosmetics, Santee, Pixi by Petra, L’Oreal, Revlon.
The contents of these pouches are divided into skincare and makeup items. Read on to get a closer look at the complete list of loot and proceed to the Rafflecopter widget.
I was in Kensington, London and Topshop was my last stop before our airport shuttle arrived. I picked up Topshop Rio Rio lipstick from their matte range which is a Lady Danger-ish type of shade that isn’t as powdery and more red than orange…but yes, still, a classic coral. I knew Zoella liked it, but was unaware when I bought it that Alexa Chung had recommended it to Liv Tyler as well (as Alexa told ITG), and Liv completely followed suit on that shared tidbit. There goes the neighborhood.
TOPSHOP Rio Rio £8, Kensington UK
Excuse the “I’m holding my breath” face. I should end this post right here, haha. Of course, it would be not very nice to be raving about a lipstick shade that isn’t locally available. I try not to do that or like today if I do, I choose to refer a worthy dupe. The dupe was so good I got confused while cropping photos after downloading the shots from my camera. Read on.
I didn’t catch the live telecast of this year’s Golden Globes, but annual A-list award shows always excite me because of the idea of how many production people are involved in serving and grooming the talents from head to toe. To see the finished product is really exciting.
I caught up with some research and browsing of the event online and thought I’d do a round up of my best 5 in beauty among the ladies, with some behind the scenes beauty scoop thrown in. For the most part, I found out who did their faces, and for a couple I managed to Sherlock some of the products. Of course photo sources will be cited at the end and the ladies are not mentioned in order of rank, they’re all beautiful in a different way. Read on…
Say hello to my second MAC lipstick purchase ever in my entire lifetime, yes, I currently only own two, the other is a Pro Longwear shade which I’ll review if I get it back from my friend (Hello, Krista). Two others I have owned in the past were gifts, a Viva Glam from my godmother and “Amorous” an earthy berry hand-me-down from mom. It doesn’t matter that cranberry and ox-blood shades come off as stereotypical during the ‘Ber months…, no matter how stereotypical dark lipstick may be towards the end of the year women will still get those Tom Ford “Black Orchid” inspired shades. This is nowhere as dark as “Black Orchid” but it swims in the same hue pool. Megablogger Christine of Temptalia.com gave this one an A-, she likes that though like any other matte lipstick it can tend to get patchy at the end of the day it’s still a creamier, silkier texture than the other permanent retro mattes in MAC’s lippie dynasty.
Now, I didn’t look up the meaning of “Heaux” before I bought it, I naively thought it meant Hue (since it’s from a summer collection) and when I looked up the meaning now (just now, give me a gold medal), I cringed. Lord, protect me, it means a number of things like hex (ugh…in JESUS’ name!), or someone else online said “heaux” (prostitute) but I’m not entirely sure if that’s accurate, it probably is. I didn’t stop to think that the name might mean anything remotely dark because MAC Riri Hearts is a limited edition SUMMER collection for crying out loud. I’d rather think about the third less harmful translation of Heaux which is “of or pertaining to a number system having 16 as its base”. There…whew, seriously not kidding, had I known most likely I may not have gotten it. To those who are thinking I’m overreacting, I’m not, things like that really matter to me. I just really went for it after seeing via instagram what a lovely crimson berry it is.
I purchased this lipstick from the Instagram seller @maquillajeonlinestore for Php1100 (free shipping). It would have arrived within a day or two if it weren’t for the Maring Monsoon, it got to me within about 5 days and that’s forgivable. The lipstick looks a little more vampy when the sky is overcast or beneath white light. During warm daylight it wears a bit more crimson, but you’ll notice when you apply the first layer that it has a strong magenta undertone, a plummy cranberry sort of fusion but I like that it still contains a lot of red so you can still consider it a rouge. The texture is a true retro matte. Matte lipsticks in humid countries can also tend to sometimes ball up in bits around the lip or get a bit more patchy. Compared to Ruby Woo this one does it less, full wear after one meal shows little damage, just remember not to rub your napkin across your mouth and blot over the lips instead, then touch up a bit direct from the bullet. Primary application of matte lipsticks is best with a lip brush, laying down an even stain first before adding the thicker 2nd layer to complete opaqueness. Then seal the deal by a good strong blot with tissue. Watch how Lisa Eldridge does a proper matte lip with MAC Ruby Woo here.
Ola! Here I am, about to feature the best drugstore priced lipsticks I’ve encountered in a department store. After my recent frustration with Maybelline’s “Bold Matte” lipstick range I concluded only for awhile that Wet & Wild Megalast matte lipsticks were the only available products worthy enough to be called top drugstore matte lipsticks locally…but their lipstick tubes suck and I have cleaned up a mess of lipstick in my pouch as a result. Apart from the cheap packaging, the Wet & Wild ones are pretty good or maybe even perhaps the Jordana matte range. However, Jordana is inconsistently available in local “Dollar Stores” and if you think about it those are both US brands. Today I’ve got some lovely Filipino lipsticks to rave about. M & Co., a direct selling Filipino fashion brand endorsed by the lovely Mikee Cojuangco, have been around for a long time supplying clothes and apparel. Their cosmetic range has been around for a year or two but it seems like it’s only been a few weeks or months since they suddenly were made available in department stores.
All 3 lipsticks you see here are M & Co. matte lipsticks. The two colors behind (“Scarlet” and “Blazing Coral”) which cost Php170 are from the cheaper range and the Php200 gold one in front is the nude shade “Biscuit” from the Eur Color Collection. The M & Co. Eur collection is a mixed more luxe-ly packaged collection of frosted, matte, and satin shades with smaller, elegant lipstick bullets.
I never saw this range in public retail before so bite me if they’ve been there awhile. These look glossy on the outside only when they’re brand new but upon use they lose that outer sheen and they’re matte lipsticks through and through. Along with this range I also discovered my absolutely PERFECT spot on coral lipstick, Blazing Coral.
Before I mention any of the others I have to begin with this particular matte shade from the cheaper range, which even topped my ecstatic encounter with the also lovely Maybelline 14-hr shade, Stay With Me Coral, (a cooler hued coral). M & Co.’s Blazing Coral is the perfect could-have-been bright warm coral that’s been subdued just enough but not too much (so it isn’t Grandma) and as a result it still makes a pretty bold statement on my lips without waxing garish against my MAC NC30 skin. It’s kind of like an ever so slightly pinked up version of the repeatedly sold out lipstick Clinique Runway Coral (which is more orange but has a similar coral tone). This shade in my opinion could look good on skins as deep as NC40, but it would probably behave like a medium coral nude against tanner skin. Click read more to see more photos of the other shades and see my kiss test after blotting to check just how matte these can really get.