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BARE BUT THERE MAKEUP BITS

We’re sliding back into beauty with a whisper of makeup over the face, and I mean like the barest veil.  It’s not supposed to look like I have no makeup but more like the least amount possible to make it just noticeable enough.  I’d say it’s somewhat Glossier-ish in terms of the effortless approach to makeup.  More often than not I prefer my makeup looking like I didn’t try too hard depending on the occasion.  In this look I skipped liquid foundation.

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Bobbi Brown Longwear Cream eyeshadow “Sand Dune”, VMV Velvet matte lipstick in “Fireclay”, Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in “Antigua” used as blush, Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer (my shade is Medium, shown here is Neutralizer…too light for me by 1 shade), Eye of Horus Husk Dual Brow Perfect (pencil and brow gel), Maybelline Full N’ Soft Waterproof Mascara, NYX Illuminator powder in “Ritualistic”.

Before I left the house and applied makeup in the cafe where I’m at right now I applied a couple of dabs of Pixi’s Rose Oil Blend onto my face earlier this morning to give it a bit of a luminous lift.  This was today’s “bare but there” makeup menu.  Read on to see how it turned out and how I did it!

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MY MINI LUXE SKINCARE GIVEAWAY ‘TIL MAY 26

You guys know how I love to sweetly bait you all with a little giveaway love after a long absence.  Pardon the silence, two relatives from the same side in sad separate ways just happened to pass away on the same day early this week.  I was quiet before that took place but it extended my absence even longer.  So just before we begin our beauty journey once again I thought this time I’d turn on the cuteness with these miniatures in a giveaway.  Five of my high end skincare favorites all in mini form for one of you to own, aren’t they adorbs?  This giveaway is open until May 26th 12am (start of that day) and is nationwide only.

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VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Sport 70 Sunscreen, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Pixi Glow Tonic (exfoliating toner), Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil, and Aveda Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Soft Creme

If I was going to use these products in order, for an evening session, I’d begin with the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Oil all over my face to use as a cleanser/remover at the same time (note it doesn’t emulsify) and clear the makeup muck and residue off my face with a small wet, or very damp, flannel or towel (with excess water wrung out), making sure to remove any oily residue.  Mascara comes off so easily this way with the NUXE oil and it doesn’t sting my eyes.  Then next I’d go in with Pixi’s Glow Tonic exfoliating toner, do a quick sweep, leave it on for then apply a serum suited for sensitive skin like Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night repair which I’ve been using more regularly than any other serum for almost 3 years now.  If I’m feeling like I need a bit more plumping I’ll finish off with the Aveda Intense Hydrating Soft Creme moisturizer in the evening or the VMV Armada sunscreen (Sport 70 or Face Cover) instead during the daytime since it’s a sunscreen that feels like a light moisturizer anyway.

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ANDALOU 1000 ROSES MOROCCAN BEAUTY OIL

My late grandfather once said a couple of years ago that he wanted to give my maternal grandmother, 1000 roses…because she was the mother of his 9 children, and the love of his life.  The nostalgia that came over my mother when I showed her my recent beauty find was priceless.  Mom loves the scent of rose and I spotted this Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Moroccan Beauty Oil while at Healthy Options yesterday.  It is GMO-free, sulfate-free, vegan and cruelty-free plus contains some of my favorite ingredients like jojoba, rosehip, hyaluronic acid, cranberry, and rosa centifolia oil.

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INGREDIENTS:
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba), Rosa Canina (Rosehip), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry), Camelina Sativa, Argania Spinsosa (Argan) and Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oils*, Fruit Stem Cells (Alpine Rose, Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Soothing Complex: [Hyaluronic Acid, Magnolia Officinalis Bark, Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Leaf Cell and Boswellia Serrata (Boswellin) Extracts], Sorbitol, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) and Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos)*^, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) and Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Oils*, Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Oil

1000 Roses® Complex: Rosewater and rose essential oil evoke sensual and euphoric enhancing qualities with harmonizing constituents to soothe and soften delicate, dry, and sensitive skin.  Skin Soothing Complex (Hyaluronic Acid, Magnolia Bark, Boswellin and Date Leaf Extracts): Provides a protective moisture barrier with sensitivity pathway blockers to alleviate inflammation and inhibit skin reactivity.

The scent is a lovely true rose scent since it contains both Rose Geranium and Rose Centifolia oil.  I got this one for myself initially because my gift for Mom was different, but my brother has decided to treat her to this as well since it reminds her so much of my grandfather.  The initial texture and effect on my hand and eventually on my face was like the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate but for only Php750 (more than 3x less the price of the Kiehl’s one).  I immediately remembered my grandfather with warmth…and since my Pai facial oil was nearing its past suitable mark I picked this up.  If you couldn’t afford a huge bouquet of roses and your mom isn’t quite into flowers and more into beauty products you may want to consider this as a last minute gift for her.  Available at Healthy Options, the range has several other products like creams and toners as well as a starter set with 4-5 travel size products.  This lovely video by Globe by the way, moved me to tears yesterday, indeed we all tend to overlook the constant concern our mothers have for us, let’s cherish them always.

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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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(SOLD) GENTLY USED CLARISONIC MIA 2

*UPDATE – SOLD to Genzel Habab*

I’ve had this lovely limited edition, polka-dotted pink Clarisonic Mia 2 sonic facial cleansing brush apparatus since 2014 (since my NYC trip) and it has served me well for the handful of times I’ve used it, which amounts to about 8-10 times.  *SOLD* I’m putting it up for sale (for Filipino residents only) not because I don’t love it, I do, it’s just that I don’t go to the beach or travel outdoors as much as I could be throughout the year (and that’s when I use it), in short, I don’t use this often enough.  The Clarisonic Mia 2 has two buttons for two cleansing speeds/intensity.

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The device has never been dropped, charges and performs like new and it only has mild water droplet stains visible under direct light.   Read on for more photos (ebay link removed after SALE was made).

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VMV Lipsticks “Chorus Line” and “Fireclay”

Smitten again am I by two particular shades from the VMV Hypoallergenics lipstick range, one after the other.  This is a makeup discovery that caught me off guard.  Over a month ago I bought a couple of sunscreen products from the VMV counter over at SM Aura, and I merited a free lipstick of my choice.  I first chose VMV’s Glitz Lipstick in Chorus Line as my freebie because it seemed an obvious but wearable enough pink to work with, but I wasn’t aware of what a favorite it would turn out to be nor that it would cause me to sort of sniff out a second shade.

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Just yesterday, armed with a bunch of SM Gift Certificates I picked up another VMV lipstick this time a velvet matte type in the shade Fireclay (I kid you not, it’s a Lip Kit sort of lipstick) after being convinced due to the number of times I reached for my VMV Chorus Line lipstick throughout last week’s entire campaign sortie.  So now I have two VMV Hypoallergenics lipsticks that I super, super like with me all the time.  Read on to see me wear them and talk about how lovely they are.

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