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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NEW Urban Decay Beauty Balm SPF 20 – What…Is…It…

My first glance at Urban Decay’s email got me thinking “Are they stepping up to the tinted moistie plate that Laura Mercier has been smugly but ever so coolly standing on for years?” but IT TURNS OUT I wasn’t reading through properly.  So it’s not a tinted moisturizer, it’s a Beauty Balm, they say, pardon me, (which SUPPOSEDLY sounds like a Tinted Moistie but more Asian derived stylie) with broad spectrum SPF but at 20, just like LM’s Tinted Moisturizer.  Yes obviously, they are stepping up, but um…with one, yes 1, translucent shade…in short no shade range coz it’s neutrally tinted to suit the universe but with the added anti-aging promise of improved skin within 8 weeks.   Hmm, I was ready with my pom-poms til I realized there were no shades, just a universal translucent tone.  This just fell into my what-is-it box again.  I love you guys over at Urban Decay but are you using the word NAKED to hard sell me neutral tinted primer labeled as “Beauty Balm”?  Please say it isn’t so.



What It Does
Perfects, Protects, Treats, Primes, Hydrates
Optical blurring pigments instantly even out skin tone and minimize pores, lines, wrinkles and redness.
SPF 20 shields skin from sun damage and Pepha®–Protect helps inhibit DNA damage.
Vitasource™ and dGlyage® firm skin, improve elasticity and provide measurable anti-aging benefits.
Extremely blendable formula creates a smooth finish so makeup goes on beautifully and stays put.
Moisturizing but never greasy, Naked Skin Beauty Balm hydrates skin instantly and improves hydration over time.

I’ll try and get my hands on this dark horse, take it for a ride, and see if it’s worth…wattsat…US$34 ?  My dear readers, at first glance try and tell me you didn’t think it was a BB Cream/tinted moisturizer range with a wide range of shades ready to join its 18-shade foundation predecessor…try and tell me you didn’t think that and I’ll argue with you.  That’s what I thought and when I realized that wasn’t it I was less interested…still intrigued but now less interested.  Hoping to come across a tube and find that it actually lives up to its promises about perfecting the skin with some tint in spite of its vagueness.  I’m banking on it being like an elite finishing BB cream with not much coverage that doesn’t have a shade range, I’ve had a quick look at it on some girls in photos so far, it’s looking fine…but the girls have great skin to begin with so it’s hard to tell.  Maybe it’ll make a believer out of me, we’ll see.

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Origins “A Perfect World” White Tea Skin Guardian – Quite Lovely, but what is it really?

There’s a category making its own small pocket in the world of skincare and I have to admit, it is quite a gray area.  I’m talking about those anti-oxidant packed “serum” SLASH silicone/water based primer products (that you can’t really call a moisturizer or a serum) which promise instant smoothness and improved skin appearance.  Today my aunt gave the Origins Perfect World White Tea Skin Guardian (mouthful)  to me simply because she’s got existing skincare and is afraid to try anything new because she has sensitive skin.

“Silver Tip White Tea helps banish youth offenders before they can cause oxidation, deterioration, and dehydration.  Smoothness is immediate.  Visible signs of aging are pre-empted.  Use AM and PM.  Smooth over clean skin before moisturizer. ” – back of bottle.

“Higher levels of pollution have substantially increased potential for skin damage and aging. No worries. Origins’ multi-action age defenders with rare silver tip white tea surround skin in a virtually impenetrable protective bubble that intercepts damage before it causes lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and loss of firmness.” – SEPHORA

Now the truth of the matter is this White Tea Skin Guardian DOES FEEL AND SMELL NICE when you apply it, and as they described, “Smoothness is immediate”…that’s the silicon working for you.  To be honest, products that contain silicon possess a form of trickery.  As a consumer when you feel that “instant glide” and silkiness from fingers to face you straightaway want to believe it’s the key botanicals mentioned in the product doing their job on the spot and I’m not here to say that they aren’t, they’re just not what you instantly feel.  Silicon tells your fingers “This my friends, is amazing…” and though silicon won’t kill you, it isn’t for everybody and for some who are allergic it may even cause breakouts.

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Seed, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Rosa Centifolia (Cabbage Rose) Flower Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Vetiveria Zizanoides (Vetiver) Root Oil, Plumeria Alba (Frangipani) Flower Extract, Magnolia Grandiflora Leaf Extract, Acacia Decurrens (Mimosa) Extract, Iris Germanica (Orris) Root, Geraniol, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Dimethicone, Potato Starch, Tocopheryl Linoleate/Oleate, Polyacrylamide, Laureth-7, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Chlorphenesin, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben

I’ve reviewed something similar to this before, the Body Shop Seaweed Pore Perfector which is more affordable, but there are also more expensive ones like the Becca Line and Pore Corrector, Benefit Porefessional (which more appropriately positions itself as a primer) and I’ve even sampled Estee Lauder Idealist which is a more glorified luxury option.  Some of these are the sorts of products that end up being increasingly difficult to blog about about simply because in the end you can’t say what they are essentially without REACHING for what to say and then you hit the backspace key realizing there don’t seem to be any significant, realistic long-term benefits for the skin.  These are incredibly difficult products to describe in a nutshell. The package has more recently changed abroad and now looks like this on the website anyway.  I honestly have fallen for the scent…it’s a creamier scent that that of the Body Shop’s Seaweed Pore Perfector (which I now feel is a bit too strongly scented) and I’m not allergic to this so far plus it feels milder than the Body Shop’s Seaweed one.  To me though it’s a pretty good primer with a healthy helping of botanicals as a bonus, but that’s pretty much it for me nothing more.  I refrain from actually calling products like this “serums” simply because there don’t seem to be any active and deeply penetrating ingredients that build and work with the skin to give compound results.  However, cons and non-dermatologist me aside, to be honest I can’t escape the glee that comes with reviewing a product by the brand Origins for the first time.  I’m only somewhat disappointed that it had to be this product from their Perfect World range which actually costs USD$38.00…and if it truly were a “Guardian” so to speak, shouldn’t it contain some form of SPF?  I saw you nodding while reading this and I thought so, too.  On a brighter note, I’ll be using this in my pro kit as a great smelling prepping primer for skin that needs it.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Free Your Pores with The Body Shop’s Seaweed Pore Perfector – Also Works Great as a Natural Primer

I’ve had this with me for awhile because I wanted to see how my skin would react with it.  I’m personally not one for makeup primers and this Seaweed Pore Perfector isn’t actually a primer but it’s actually quite good underneath makeup.  It’s supposed to be a soothing, mattifying gel treatment for pores that contains ginger essential oils, wild-harvested seaweed from the French coast and is generally hailed as a natural skin care item because it contains botanical astringents that help naturally unclog pores (you still need to wash your face wise-ass, ayt?).  I tried it off the testing shelf at The Body Shop in Glorietta and asked them to put it on the counter for me right away, twas about Php800 but you only use like a tear drop size on each side of the face.

“Refine your skin with a targeted gel treatment designed to unblock pores and control excess shine.”

  • Community Trade bladderwack seaweed and seaweed harvested from the French Coast work together to balance skin tone and clarify the complexion.
  • Natural plant astringents including extracts of cinnamon, burnet and ginger help to visibly reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and blemish-damaged skin.

Now I believe this is somewhat similar to but not as silky and silicone-y as Estee Lauder Idealist.  If you’re wincing at the price of the latter this is a great mid-range dupe for it.  It’s more evident as a skin finishing product or skin primer to me.  The only cons for some of you beauty enthusiasts or purists out there is that it isn’t entirely alcohol-free and it’s scented but in a lovely way.  It didn’t break me out and I’ve got sensitive skin.  It does a good job of giving some added moisture but eliminating excess shine which in my book is great for makeup prep.  I love how soothing it is on the skin and it absorbs quite quickly.  It’s actually also got some mild pimple-fighting ingredients like cinnamon in the mix for those who have low-level breakouts.  I tested it out because I had a team of whiteheads threatening to turn themselves into zits.  I applied this Seaweed Pore Perfector one night after bathing but before sleeping and woke up the next day to see that they had subsided.  Well at least I know for that time it worked.

The Body Shop’s Seaweed for oil control family is a great facial care range.  Currently it’s the natural but not fully organic range I’m most interested in whenever I pass any Body Shop boutique.  What natural skincare items have been impressing you lately?  Let me know and share them in the comments below, I’m really curious.

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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...

What’s In It? – MY Full Personal Makeup Kit!

This is a bit anti-climactic dontcha’ think?  It ought to have been one of my first posts perhaps, but then again…over time I’ve collected some really interesting makeup items that work since I’m a makeup professional (folio here) and part-time beauty blogger.  A few of my blogger friends can’t seem to keep their hands off my stash when I’m around for an event and of course it evolves frequently.  Here, however, is my current collection.  There’s one item I took out coz I don’t really use it.  I’ll make a quick mention later.

I use one of Muji’s clear “kikay” kits.  A lot of you must be going “Dapat ba Muji…e ang dami dami diyan na mura” oh yes I’ve had lots of those cheaper versions, the ones with zippers that tear straight off the opening after a few uses and burst or crack open at the seams and creases.  Even some from beabi didn’t work well for me.

“No more” I said, a few months back, I got this medium size, fat clear case from Muji for about Php400 that embraces all without bursting prematurely and is stitched all around with fabric.  So, here are the contents.

Generally from top to bottom, CONTENTS (Reviewed items in bold, complimentary with *) FACE: 1. Shiseido Sun Protection Foundation*, 2. Benefit Hello Flawless OxyWow Foundation*, 3. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural MED, 4. Ellana Perfect Blend Powder foundation Hazelnut Latte, 5. The BALM’S Bahama Mama bronzer/contour compact, 6. UD Primer Potion, 7. The BALM’s Time Balm for Spots, 8. MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC35, 9. Nichido Mineral Concealing Pencil, 10. ECOtools Retractable Travel Face Brush, (whats missing here for blush is my Tarte Amazonian Clay one “Dollface”*, it’s in the pocket of another bag, but it should’ve been here) LIPS: 11. Colour Collection Eye Lip and Cheek tint*, 12. The Body Shop Born Lippy Strawberry balm, 13. ZEN Organics Strawberry Lip Butter, 14. Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, 14. Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream Stick*, 15. NARS Pure Matte lipstick in “Bangkok”, 16. MUFE Rouge Artist Intense lipstick Mat5, 17. MUFE Rouge Artist Intense lipstick #17 (lol, pun unintended)*, 18. Revlon Lip Butter in “Sugar Plum”, 19. Jordana Matte Lipstick in “Taupe”, EYES: 20. Majolica Majorca Lash King Mascara, 21. Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Mascara*, 22. Maybelline Hypercurl Volum Express Mascara, 23. Color Collection Triple Effect Mascara*, 24. Anastasia LASH GENIUS Waterproofing formula, 25. MAC automatic brow pencil in Brunette, 26. MUFE Aqua Eyes Liquid Liner, 27. K-Palette 1-Day Tatto Liquid Pen liner, 28. Stila Smudgestick in “Damsel”, 29. MUFE Aqua Eyes waterproof eye pencil, black, 30. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler


I’m pretty surprise at how many of these items I’ve already reviewed and that the kit contains exactly 30 items.  Of course as a follow up to this a few posts ahead I will narrow down the kit to my TOP 10 essentials.  The item I removed was the flesh colored Stila Eye pencil in topaz…it was too melty for our country, too soft.   Am more excited because I have a lot of catching up to do, I have lots of goodies to review for you guys in the next few days, sorry I’ve been busy.  I’ll make it up to you.  Stay tuned for the MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist launch and review of the lipsticks I came away with from that event 🙂… To full post & COMMENTS...