MY CURRENT BROW GAME DUO

I’ve been enjoying two products for my brows lately that I have mentioned in separate posts but thought that I’d briefly share them with you.  While I love brow pens for their staying power I still love combining pencil and brow mascara for a softer and more natural textured look.  Tax week is upon us!  A little more patience ladies, sorry bout the large gaps in blogging but just really need to focus this week on tax related duties and errands.  It’s almost over.

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I’ve raised my brows positively at almost everything I’ve had to do this week.  Read on to see what I’ve been using to keep them defined and pretty!


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GOOD DESERT ROSE FAVES ON GOOD FRIDAY

There are a couple of new makeup things I’ve been testing out and liking quite a bit.  At the moment, I’m still developing a look to maybe present next for a video tutorial, today’s look is on its way there but I might amplify it a bit next time for video.  This post will focus on one of these bits in particular, an item I already blogged about in 2011.

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WHAT I HAVE ON, CLOCKWISE: NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator  (Gleam), Laura Mercier Infusion de Rose Lip Balm, Fanny Serrano (original, no longer available) lash curler, NYX BB Cream, Catrice Sun Matte Bronzing Powder, L’Oreal False Lash Butterfly Waterproof Mascara, FS Features & Shades eyeshadow in “Frosted Chic”, Maybelline Fashion Brow mascara in Deep Brown, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Abu Dhabi” (reported dupe for Kylie Dolce) Php390,   Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in “Sand Dune”, FS Features & Shades Kohl Eye Pencil in “Caramel”(Shade like MAC Brunette brow pencil, used for eyes and brows), FS Features & Shades Powder Foundation in “Mocha” (new packaging), Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush only to set FS powder under eyes (instructional video for brush and powder foundation here, pressing motion)

Without my even having to mention, you’ll spot that there’s a definite desert rose shade theme running through this selection.  Please note that when I say Desert Rose theme I don’t mean the actual desert rose flower (which is actually a bright fuschia) but more of like my more naked, blushed, fictional take on a desert rose.  I also particularly mention the preferred matte liquid lipstick formula I’ve loved for 5 years.  Read on to see the look I put on today, it’s still wearable and natural, but I’ve switched up products a bit.… To full post & COMMENTS...

MAKEUP ESSENTIALS BY BROWHAUS MNL

Browhaus initially began in 2004 as a Singaporean brow and lash salon.  Your friendly pitstop for those arches is now in 9 cities globally, Manila included.  We’re ever so glad they’re here and they’re a popular spot to hit up especially before big events and weddings just to get those brows and lashes sorted.  It’s been a couple of years in but Browhaus Manila haven’t massively announced a certain fact about what’s in their boutiques.  They’ve only had mini launches, ’til last week that is.  Browhaus Manila carries makeup, too, the sort of makeup range that’s eye-catching yet utilitarian at its core.

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  1. Browhaus Classic Brow Lead Php 648.00
  2. Browhaus HD Mascara Php 998.00 
  3. Browhaus Precision Eyeliner Php 750.00

You might have read me raving about their HD mascara, it wouldn’t hurt to rave twice and mention their other stuff.  With this sort of makeup range, it so easy for a blogger like myself to put up a post.  I don’t need to explain away on each thing fully because the photos speak for themselves.   Read on for the full post and my obliging face with different things on.… To full post & COMMENTS...

MY BUDGET SUMMER MAKEUP EDIT 2016

I get the random comment about my makeup recommendations being safe for normal and clear skin types.  A good number of you out there, I’ve observed, prefer more coverage.  So, for today’s budget  summer makeup look I am sporting more coverage and a heavier less dewy finish, more than what I’d personally wear.  For those among you who like things more packed in and shine-free I give you this edit.

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In the look I do not use the eyeliner but I’ve still added an eyeliner recommendation.  Read on for more on the look and product details.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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.… To full post & COMMENTS...

HOT VALENTINE Beauty Giveaway 2016 | CLOSED FEB.10

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!

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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.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Revlon Lash Potion (Grow Luscious) Mascara | Length + Volume the Wispy Way

Since my last favorite L’Oreal False Lash Telescopic mascara is on its way out past the 6 month mark (you should see how horrid the tube looks, peeling to bits) I picked up the locally available NEW Revlon Lash Potion Mascara in the waterproof variant (often, non-waterproof mascaras don’t hold lash curl).  I’m quite the sucker for cute packaging and I think Revlon went really smart and magical with the colorway of this tube, I like having it in my pouch.  The performance catch most great mascaras have in exchange for photogenic lashes is the stiff brittle texture on lashes.  Last year I raved about Maybelline Full N’ Soft waterproof mascara which isn’t available here.  That was a good all-around daily mascara that wasn’t clumpy for me, held curl well, and didn’t make my lashes completely feel like they’d passed through a deep fryer.  This one by Revlon is a comparably similar conditioning, intensifying formula that still leaves behind detectably attractive wisp and flutter on those lashes without the clumps.  Someone commented on my recent Benefit Gimme Brow review asking what mascara I was using because my lashes were more natural looking and I suppose they were also still noticeably bold and out there.  This was what I had on.  It’s my very first Revlon mascara purchase and I’ve never tried the original Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara in the green tube which the Pixiwoo sisters on Youtube use quite a lot so I won’t be making a comparison between this and that.  Basically, Revlon’s Grow Luscious mascara range combines a nourishing lash treatment formula with mascara.  The treatment does not cause lashes to grow but discourages breakage with strengthening proteins as lashes repopulate.

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“Magically transform lashes to lush, long and lustrous. A potion with strengthening proteins drenches lashes for volume. Triple-groove wand combs through for clump-free length.”

Volume and length provided by this mascara is moderate but noticeable.  So if you don’t want to go over the top this is great.  Note that you can build thickness with this beautifully so if you want to “Go bold or go home” this can do that for you if layered twice or thrice properly.  If you’ve been wondering about Maybelline Full N’ Soft in the U.S. Revlon Lash Potion  is extremely similar, it just comes with a bigger more traditional brush instead of plastic wand that separates lashes nicely for me, but I do wish the brush was tapered smaller at the tip  like the original Revlon Grow Luscious wand.  My only peeve about this brush is for small to medium eyes (especially Oriental lids) application can be a bit messy against the edge of the eyelid because of the size of the brush, but for more than medium to large eyes you will love this.  My eye size is right smack in the middle so I’m fine working with it.  The way this mascara makes my lashes appear and feel more wispy instead of crispy is totally worth the once in awhile small smudges I get upon application.  The waterproof variant, which is what I have, lasts well throughout the day without smudging along the top lashline, on the bottom lashline it’s not as effective, it smudges just a wee bit but doesn’t make a huge mess.  Ergo it may not be the best bottom lash mascara so use it sparingly along there.  For the waterproof varian there is some strong resistance to makeup remover but not a whole lot to cause a headache.

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At the moment I’ll throw in a “better together” mention with the Kevyn Aucoin lash curler.  Compared to the Shu lash curler the KA curler (red silicon pad), which Lisa Eldridge uses alternately sometimes, gives a different  effect.  It doesn’t give a tight “C” showbiz sort of curl across all lashes, it gives a more gentle forwardly flared out curl that looks more natural as you’ll see in the photos I’ve just posted.

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Just as I hate corkscrew curls that aren’t brushed out after a curling iron I cannot stand over-curled lashes that bend back on themselves.  For majorly stubborn lashes though that uncurl on their own I still recommend the Shu Uemura curler for a super tight perm because the “C” will uncurl slightly to give that natural effect  if your lashes are stubborn.  I like how the KA curler works for me in the sense that it flares the lashes at the outer eye corner enhancing the wispy effect of Revlon Lash Potion mascara even more.  I purchased the Kevyn Aucoin lash curler for Php1,000 via Pure Beauty at Serendra (2nd floor above Mamou then walk right)  Note to buyers, for the Revlon Lash Potion mascara it’s not one of the cheaper mascaras locally, it’s about Php750…which is practically double the U.S. price ($7.99/Php360+) but it’s nonetheless here, within reach in leading department stores and PCX plus Watsons boutiques.… To full post & COMMENTS...

The Winner of My Lovely Lashes Giveaway is…

…BABY YAP!  Congratulations!! Sorry in being late to announce that you won this pair of lash-lovely goodies…

Congratulations, BABY YAP!  Please send me your shipping details via email at probinsiyana@gmail.com and I’ll do my best to send your prizes out this week.  Thank you very much 🙂 <3  Heiiiii, haba ng lashes mo!!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR THIS GIVEAWAY WERE:

  • Open for entries NATIONWIDE.
  • ONE (1)winner who has completed all 4 steps will be picked randomly from the blog post comments.
  • Blessmybag.com is the sole promoter of this competition
  • Competition closes on September 30, 2012 at 11pm
  • ONE (1) winner will be announced and notified within 5 working days from giveaway closing
  • Prizes will be shipped to the winner by blessmybag.com
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Lovely Lashes Giveaway, Until Sept.30 – Maybelline Full N’ Soft Mascara & Face Shop Lash Curler

It’s time to get with it :)!  Nationwide Giveaway, time, gals!  Sorry this took awhile, I wouldn’t sit still and put my head together for it, but it’s here now!  Giveaway mechanics at the bottom!

THE PRIZES (new and boxed)

 Maybelline Full N’ Soft Mascara (FROM U.S.) – a lovely waterproof, defining mascara that I have reviewed here.

The Face Shop Luxury Lash Curler – a lash curler that doesn’t pinch me and has two spare replacement silicon pads which I also reviewed here.

HOW TO JOIN MY LOVELY LASHES GIVEAWAY in 4 STEPS

1.) Share a sincere one liner in your Facebook status on why you like the blog and beneath it copy/paste the blog’s homepage link http://blessmybag.com below that so it looks like this.  FB should load and read the link.  After pasting the link wait a few seconds and you’ll be shown arrow options to choose a nice thumbnail for the  link post.  If due to your net connection a thumbnail doesn’t load…don’t worry it’s ok just post the link.


2.) LIKE the blog’s FB fanpage HERE http://www.facebook.com/blessmybag

3.) FOLLOW @blessmybag on Twitter and copy paste this as a Tweet: Join @blessmybag’s Lovely Lashes Giveaway #giveaway #beauty #mascara #lashcurler Giveaway link here http://blessmybag.com/2012/08/29/lovely-lashes-giveaway/

4.) LEAVE A COMMENT below this blog post with your name and email

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • Open for entries NATIONWIDE.
  • ONE (1)winner who has completed all 4 steps will be picked randomly from the blog post comments.
  • Blessmybag.com is the sole promoter of this competition
  • Competition closes on September 30, 2012 at 11pm
  • ONE (1) winner will be announced and notified within 5 working days from giveaway closing
  • Prizes will be shipped to the winner by blessmybag.com

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