MY TOP 5 HIGH-END FOUNDATIONS 2016

It’s about time, isn’t it?  Seeing that the top trending post on the site for the last 3 years was my Top Foundations post I’m convinced that this particular makeup topic was crying out loud for an update.  Here are the slightly more luxurious ones that I feel have been worth spending for as part of my foundation arsenal.  I present my top 5 high-end foundations plus, a brush and pressed powder so worth mentioning.

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Along with mentioning my Top 5 foundations I need to share about the compact powder I use to set or tone down shine along the T-zone for the dewier formulas, that together with the foundation brush that I love for both liquid and powder application.  I’ve gone the extra mile by shooting my face wearing all 5 foundations this morning.  I used NUXE oil to gently remove my makeup between every transition followed by a wet face towel to take it all off quickly without additional chemicals…result, my face did not get irritated or break out into a rash.  To see how these magical liquids wear and appear on my face (all without concealer) keep reading.


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FS COSMETICS BLUSH RELAUNCH “TWINKLE TAN”

I attended the NEW FS Cosmetics launch party a couple of days ago and was quite excited for this launch because this is a local industrial makeup brand I’ve always had in my kit.  They have products that flat out just do the job.  The powder formulas are exceptional, one time a certain network executive I do makeup for asked me if I was using Chanel while I was applying the FS powder foundation in Mocha on her due to the scent (the powder is lightly scented but not overwhelming).  I don’t have my full press package yet (it’s on its way), but I’m fine with the delay because I didn’t want to choose shades and colors from a jpeg file of swatches online.  I did take pictures at the event, and one of the first things that won me was this FS Cosmetics blush in Twinkle Tan , another beige pink which compares well to NARS madly but is just slightly more rosy and a touch more obvious in photos and super beautiful in person.

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FS blush in Twinkle Tan, second from left (will update this space with the price in a while).

Below is a glimpse of other new products they also have, like the loose powders with built in brushes that detach and re-attach to the lid, textures are comparable to Laura Mercier translucent setting powder.

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To be rid of the elephant in the room (since it is there no matter what I type anyway) the FS Cosmetics range was formerly associated with Fanny Serrano for several years but their collaboration contract with him ended in 2011, as most collaboration contracts do.  So FS Cosmetics, now known as Features and Shades, has relaunched with the same makeup formulas we like, more sturdy and new-looking packaging, plus existing bestseller shades and some new shades and products also.I managed to personally experience the new line at the event  and make a list of what REALLY impressed me there and one of them was the blush I mentioned (that is until another blush caught my eye, haha).  Read on to see me wearing it.… To full post & COMMENTS...

CATRICE Sun Glow Matte Bronzing Powder

I haven’t been fortunate when it comes to the recent bronzers I’ve picked up…the last three bronzing compacts I’ve owned have all smashed somehow halfway due to random accidents.  My Yves Rocher bronzing powder duo *sniff* dropped at my cousin’s wedding, now phased out locally, my Topshop matte bronzer in Mohawk from the UK that fell before I got to review it (fell off a desk during a job, I’ve pressed it back into the compact but it’s a mess to work with), and my last one which was a heartbreaker, none other than the Pixi Shape and Shadow contour compact (which is awesome by the way).  I’ve picked up a new one from the department store that’s mid-range to affordable in pricing.

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CATRICE Sun Glow Matte Bronzing Powder 020 Deep Bronze (Darker Skin…umm, but not really) Php399.00 SM Beauty

Accidents have recently happened to my favorite bronzers when I’m not even halfway in, but never to my blush or powder compacts…strange.  God bless and protect this next one.   I don’t have the budget anymore for something high end and I spotted this Matte Bronzing Powder by Catrice for Darker Skin (which ironically is suitable for medium to fair skin), in SM immediately and swatched it.  I’m pretty glad I did, because it’s wonderful.  Read on for the full post.… 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.

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THE POWER OF POWDER REVIEW & VIDEO DEMO

Powder is a local cosmetic favorite here in the Philippines.  It is by far the base of choice for many women on the go in humid, tropical countries especially for some with little or no makeup skills.  Some are just in for the bare minimum and don’t want a shiny T-zone while others choose to cover a multitude of sins.

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To some of you, and I do understand, liquid seems lethal and powder is just…easy.  However, it’s just as easy to get powder wrong especially in the shade department.  Pick a powder in the wrong shade and you’ve done yourself in.  Choosing your spot on shade is the first step in the right direction with powder bases.  Today, I want to share three of my favorite locally available powder products.  Read on to see how these powder products look when worn and watch the video demo I made to show how I apply them.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Human Nature Perfect Coverage Mineral Foundation – With Rice Powder & Bamboo Extract

If you  happen to be looking for a mineral powder foundation that isn’t messy to work with nor harsh on skin then Human Nature’s Perfect Coverage Mineral Foundation might just be what you need.  It comes in an easy to bag eggplant purple compact and comes in 4 shades to suit Filipina skin.

 

“Our Perfect Coverage Mineral Foundation gives the right coverage for healthy, even looking skin without suffocating it.  With a blend of rice powder and bamboo extract, it gives that velvety smooth finish you’ve always desired.  Plus, it’s loaded with natural Vitamin E to help protect your skin.”

INGREDIENTS (no chemical preservatives, parabens, mineral oil, artificial dyes, or other toxic substances): mica, zinc oxide (CI 77947), stearic acid (vegetable derived), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), magnesium myristate (vegetable-derived), silica, caprylic/capric triglyceride (coconut oil-derived), lauroyl lysine (amino acid-derived), Oryza sativa (rice) powder, magnesium stearate (vegetable-derived), Bambusa arundinacea (bamboo) stem powder, dicaprylyl ether (vegetable-derived), glyceryl caprylate (coconut, palm and glycerine-derived), tocopherol (vitamin E), farnesol, linalool (+/-): iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

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I tried this mineral foundation on myself today and took before and after shots and even simulated evening shots with flash to share with you guys how it performs in different lighting situations.    Read more to see how this mineral pressed powder foundation applies and looks on me.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Summerization – Stuff I’ve been using almost everyday now

The heat is on!  I’ve been wanting to do this post for a few days now, but the lazy summer mood got to me.  One or two of these items are new but I’ve been using them practically everyday since I got it, and two of the items are almost empty.

From left (reviewed items in bold): 1. Shikai Natural Color Care Shampoo, 2. Maybelline VolumExpress HyperCurl Waterproof Mascara, 3. The Body Shop Banana Conditioner, 4. BeFine Gentle Cleanser, 5. Shiseido Sun Protection Liquid Foundation, 6. Bioderma Sensibio H2O, 7.  Nivea Smoothy Cream calming moisturizer, 8. Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream, 9. MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural baked/pressed powder in shade MEDIUM. (dapat ginawa ko nang 10 para nicer, pero these were the only ones that were top of mind at the moment)

1. Shikai Natural Color Care Shampoo – I picked this up at S&R, I forget now whether it was Fort or Alabang, but both outlets should have it.  It’s about Php500 and I like that it’s a natural lathering, UV shielding color care formula with a light scent and with an ingredients list that isn’t as long as your leg.  I’ll review it soon.  They also have a normal variant for untreated hair.

2. Maybelline VolumExpress HyperCurl Waterproof Mascara – I’ve reviewed this na in the past and I’m liking it even more now. It’s a great ALL-AROUND mascara that holds curl, isn’t too gloopy, doesn’t clump and gives just the right of volume without smudging.

3. The Body Shop Banana Conditioner   –  I LOVE THIS.  Basically, this is how good it is, it’s got that yummy tropical scent, if you like bananas and a bit of coconut, I don’t think there’s coconut but something in it smells similar.  It’s made my color-treated hair feel like untreated healthy hair.  So far I don’t get the “frizzy” dryness that usually accompanies colored hair and I’ve got bounce and shine.  Bananas in Pajamas, gotta give it to ’em.  I use this every other day when shampooing.  I don’t shampoo everyday to let my hair and scalp be themselves for a bit, chemical-free at least for a day in between and also to avoid unnecessary hair-fall.  I’m also not a sweaty person so that’s not disgusting for me to have a non-shampoo day.  They’re on sale 50% off until April 26.

4. BeFine Gentle Cleanser – I had to switch over my facial cleanser months ago because my face was suddenly mildly rejecting the Clean & Clear foaming glycerin facial wash I’ve loved for years.  I think it just needed a break from unnatural chemicals.  So I picked up this BeFine Gentle Cleanser from Beauty Bar, which isn’t cheap at Php900 for 100ml but it lasted me a LONG time (2-3months) because of its economical pump.  It’s a paraben free, cruelty free cleanser made of mint, oats, rice and sugar.   It took some getting used to because of the minty scent on the face when lathering up, a bit like the scent of a good minty toothpaste, but there’s no annoying menthol cooling feel, don’t worry.  My skin feels light,  refreshed and ready for a little moisturizer and I don’t get the annoying itch after.

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MAC and Bobbi Brown – Duty Free Delights from Bangkok

Mom just got back from Phuket and Bangkok.  I didn’t want to send a list over there with her even though she told me to give her one because it was a business trip and she hardly had any time, but last minute yesterday she texted that she’d be at the Duty Free (tax free shopping) area and she asked me what I wanted.  I told her to choose from my pre-selection of 2 MAC brow pencils and a Studio Fix powder, a full coverage powder foundation.  She got both in Bangkok, ‘coz in Duty Free Phuket there wasn’t a MAC store in sight, and she threw in a pair of the highly acclaimed long-wear gel eyeliners of Bobbi Brown as a surprise bonus from in-flight Duty Shopping on board Thai Airways.

CLOCKWISE: MAC Studio Fix Powder NC30 – Price in Bangkok: THB 1190.00, Php 1666.00, US$38 (Orig cost in the U.S. $27),

MAC automatic Brow Pencils “Lingering”, “Brunette”  – Price for each Bangkok: THB 595.00, Php835, US$20 (Orig cost in the U.S. $15)

Bobbi Brown Long -wear Gel Eyeliner DUO SET “Black Ink” and “Sepia Ink” – Price on board Thai Airways : US$47 (Orig individual cost in the U.S. $22 each pot)

That Bobbi Brown bonus was exactly what I wanted to have and I didn’t even tell her that I secretly wanted that.  The truth is I’VE NEVER OWNED ANYTHING BY BOBBI BROWN COSMETICS IN MY ENTIRE LIFE because the price always put me off and I could never part with that much money (by myself)  for just one or two items.  Moms are cool like that and duty free is the best way to go for luxe cosmetics.  She probably remembered that I complimented a friend’s wife at a reception who claimed she was wearing Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner.  I’m super excited to review these items for you.  Happy Holy Thursday!… To full post & COMMENTS...