make up review

#AirbrushedLookEveryday with @MaybellinePH Dream Liquid Mousse

It is always fun to get first dibs to new things. Before we flew down South last weekend, I got a hold of Maybelline’s Dream Liquid Mousse with its Duo Fibre makeup brush! I love the Perfect Airbrush coverage that it claims to be able to deliver. I have never tried airbrush makeup before because of the hefty amount that came with it. Understandably, this new makeup innovation got me all curious.

Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse setMaybelline’s Dream Liquid Mousse and Duo Fibre makeup brush

Airbrush Finish

Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse in Classic Ivory (more…)

Affordable Makeup Brushes from Tmart!

Something I will always love about blogging is getting first dibs on stuff that I would otherwise just wait for people to rave over before I give a second look.

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 Another product I received in the mail is a parcel from www.Tmart.com – Professional Makeup Brushes, no less! 🙂

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22pcs Professional Cosmetic Makeup Brush Set 

 And they are in pink! Woot! 😀

The 22 pcs professional makeup brush  set has the basic brushes. It has the all over face powder brush, blush brush, angled brush for contouring, a small blush brush, a fan brush that I absolutely love. (more…)

Officially Charmed by Charm Travel Pro V.3 Makeup Brush Set

In all my makeup wearing years, I have never exactly understood the significance of make up brushes until my first day of Personal Makeup Course at Maquillage Professionnel last month. Before Charm Travel Pro V.3 Makeup Brush Set, I used to own a decent one that I bought on a whim but never got to use as much. All because I really was clueless how. I tried to use them for what they are for (thanks to YouTube), but always find myself going back to my good ‘ol fingers to do the job. Not this time. I have come to acquaint myself to each and every brush. Thanks to my teachers over at Maquillage Professionnel, there really is nothing like a professionally done canvas.  Just to give you an idea, the hubby is so convinced even that he allows me to apply on him his BB cream (it’s his SPF cream) with the stippling brush. Even he can see the difference of how much smoother and more even the application is using the stippling brush.

The Charm Travel Pro Makeup Brush Set comes in this sophisticated packaging which practically spells all the fab places you can bring your kit to. It’s way too pretty I can’t bring myself to stash it in the bin despite its now battered corners.

Its pretty color screams to be oh so me! If you haven’t noticed, I have had this hotpink watermark for my photos in this blog and it has been my color since forever! The color itself spells love for me. It was days after Sophie handed me this that I actually got to use them and fell in love with them since. Before I show you the picture of how it looks like nowadays (I’ve practically used and abused the set since I got hold of them), here are photos I took when it was still brand spanking new. (more…)

Kanebo and Elite makeup sponges

It was only during the recent Personal Makeup Course that I took at Maquillage Professionel that I learned to appreciate the use of makeup brushes. Before that, I was a sponge/puff girl through and through. Leaving my brushes stashed away since forever. Now that I have the Charm Travel Pro v3, I honestly can’t figure out how I managed all my make up wearing years without these brushes. My review post about it soon. 🙂

I always knew Kanebo was a good brand, so when this makeup sponge cost me P300 (approx.$7), I was certain that there is a good reason behind it.  The fine print on the package is in Japanese. Save for the brand Kanebo, the only English words on the package are “make up sponge” and the sticker that reads who its local distributor is. Go figure!

The Elite Model’s Fashion make up sponges are cheap. It claims to be recommended by Elite Models. Which by the way, I don’t buy. 😛 It’s not cheap cheap, like most disposable sponges are. But the package does come cheap with two sponges for only P165 (approx. $4). It is the latex kind. I bought this before I got hold of my Kanebo sponge last June, which I figured as non-latex. Elite latex sponges are not exactly my favorite. It can be an alternative. Can do the job, even. But it’s not the best, for sure.

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Revlon Brow Fantasy Pencil & Gel in 105 Brunette

I confess, my love affair with my favorite drugstore brand, Revlon, goes wayback.  I have a few Revlon posts to prove that: Revlon Khol in Midnight Blue, Revlon Colorstay Eye makeup, Revlon Warehouse Sale, et.al. I have since appreciated other drugstore brands like Elf and Maybelline. But it was not until my one week Personal Makeup Course in Maquillage Professional last week did I found out what I was missing. Because I was not born with enough brow hairs to even have them shaped, I am left to fashion to them manually every time. So the major keys are the skill to properly shape the brows and the tool/s that is/are used. My mom has tried to convince me time and again to get a tattoo done like hers to save myself the trouble of having to shape them every time. There is a better alternative to that nowadays – the Eyebrow Resurrection that Brow Haus is offering — I will blog about that later. As for the tattoo, that won’t be an option for me.

A great alternative to Make Up For Ever’s Eyebrow Corrector #0 is the Revlon Brow Fantasy Pencil & Gel in Brunette (pictured above) which retails for PhP 575 (approx. $14).

So during my course at Maquillage Professionel last week, I totally fell in love with Make Up For Ever‘s Eyebrow Corrector #0. We were told that all students are entitled to 10% off in the duration of our class. But the thing is, both their outlets in Serendra and Shangri-la have run out of the Eyebrow Corrector #0 and #2. I used both interchangeably during the course.

Make Up For Ever Eyebrow Corrector (above photo), which sells for more than PhP 1,200 (approx. $31) locally is the best that I have used to date. When I went to their Serendra outlet, I was told that it might not be until September til they have new stocks. And there was no way I was waiting until then. So I went to every possible beauty stall in the mall looking for the best alternative. Revlon is great at offering dual ended products – just like the Revlon Matte Luxurious Kohl Eyeliner. (more…)

e.l.f. love <3

 

I just love e.l.f.’s philosophy, “Every woman should have the opportunity to participate in innovation, without sacrificing her budget.” Ever since my friend, Iris introduced me to this brand, which I did not bother with previously, I had, not once regretted a purchase.  My confession of confessions: I have practically dropped the well known brands I’ve been using for e.l.f.

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Maybelline Colorsensational in Coral Sunrise

Maybelline Colorsensational in Coral Sunrise

It took me quite a bit until I decided I’d go for this shade.  I would have opted to grab two or three, but since I haven’t tried this particular line of Maybelline just yet, I wouldn’t want to risk it.  My lips have a tendency to dry out, even chap, when I use some brands, especially L’Oreal. Yes, inasmuch as I love the colors and how they last.


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Eyeshadow Primers for Oily Lids

If you happen to be one of those who have combination skin, then chances are, your lids are two of the oiliest  facial spots. The trouble with having oily lids is the persistent creasing of any type of eyeshadow that you apply. Even the supposedly crease proof ones fail to deliver.

urban-decay-eyeshadow-primer-potionYou really do not have to endure all this creasy problem. There are a handful of eye products for those who have oily lids problem. It is up to you if you would like to experiment on other eyeshadow primers, but if you’d rather not take chances, grab a stick of Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. It currently retails for $16. You have to make sure though, to apply powder shadow instead of cream shadow, over the primer. Cream shadows will still tend to trigger creasing, for obvious reasons. (more…)

Palladio’s Natural Rice Powder

Palladio Rice is available in all Beauty Bar shops. It costs PhP325 (approx.$7). All I can say is that for its price, one should not really expect much. It is just a regular loose powder and it will give you a semi-translucent finish.
It is oil absorbing all right. But it only protects you for four hours tops and you have to go right back to the powder room to retouch. You really can’t do touch ups just about anywhere or take the risk of having loose powder all over your clothes. It may be a good alternative to the usual synthetic cosmetics but only if you do not mind frequent applications.

As per its label, it says: Discovered accidentally by a renowned professional makeup artist – has been and still is the oldest of all trade secrets. It is used primarily as an oil-absorbing highlighter and makeup setter.