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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Lips: NYX Smokey Look & Circe

  Lately I've been favoring "peachy" colors and made sure I have enough "peach" products.  =P  So I got myself Smokey Look (lip gloss) and Circe (lipstick) from NYX.  Smokey look is a translucent peach lip gloss with some gold glitters.  Circe is a creamy, peachy-nude lipstick.  Both can be worn on it's own or can be layered on top of each other for a more pronounced lip color.  These two go very well with dramatic eye makeup especially smokey eye looks.
Smokey Look


  Individual swatches (Left) and layered (Right):

Palette: Wet 'n Wild Color Icon "Walking on Eggshells"

  Wet 'n Wild has been in the Philippines for quite a while now but never really got the chance to check them out until now.  Had fun learning about their products and swatching their eyeshadows.  At first I thought their palettes were not worth buying but when I got to swatch a few I was blown away.  I find the eyeshadows and eye pencils very pigmented.  I also love the color range.  However, I just noticed the products available here are limited compared to what's available abroad.

  I was checking out their Color Icon Trio palettes and this particular one caught my attention.  The eyelid color reminds me so much of Stila's famous eyeshadow, Kitten.  This palette is just so pretty.  =)

  When I got to play with this at home I had this nagging feeling that I've seen these colors before.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Primer: NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer

  I have been using foundation primers for the last 5 years or so and the main reason why I use it is to make my makeup last longer.  Being in the corporate world means less time for touch ups and more time in front of the computer.  At least for me.  =P

  My very first primer was the Smashbox Photo Finish Light and I finished the whole bottle after 3 years.  Since then I have tried other brands and that's when I learned that there are different types of primers for different needs/purposes.

   Primers prep the skin prior to foundation application.  I believe I have mentioned some of the benefits of using a primer in my review of e.l.f.'s Mineral Infused Face Primer.

  So I got this new primer from NYX which is the HD Studio Photogenic Primer and it reminded me so much of Make Up For Ever's HD Primer.  Thought they might be the same at a fraction of the price.  Gave it a chance and brought it home with me.  =) 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Versatile Blogger Award

  So, I've been nominated twice for the Versatile Blogger Award and didn't really know what it's all about.  Checked out Emma's and Chelsea's blog to find out how it works.  And here it goes:

So here is what you have to do:

1. Nominate fellow bloggers who may be new to blogging or you're following regularly
2. Let them know you have nominated them.
3. Share 7 random facts about yourself.
4. Thank the bloggers who have nominated you.
5. Add the versatile blogger picture to your post. 

 The Bloggers I nominate are:

7 random facts about me: 
1. I'm a double degree holder.
2. I have two dogs.
3. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.
4. Citronella is my favorite reed diffuser scent.
5. Big Bang Theory is one of my favorite TV series.
6. I am Filipino.
7. And I love both coffee and tea =)

  Whoah!  It took me several minutes to write down those facts about me  =P  This is fun.  =)  Thank you, again, to Emma (Lipsticked Louise) and Chelsea (super purdy!) for nominating me.  =) xoxo

P.S. I had to add some more nominees because apparently there should be 15 according to the Versatile Blogger Award site.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Foundation: NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation

  So I got this foundation a few weeks back and have been using it since then.  Got it in the shade SMF05 Soft Beige which is a good match.

  The packaging indicates the ff.:
  • Oil Free
  • Water Based
  • Full Coverage
  • Mineral Enriched
  • Matte Finish

  I have checked the ingredients and although it has aqua (water) in it, it still has dimethicone which is a silicone polymer.  So I'm quite confused.  Although it contains dimethicone the consistency of the product is quite runny and feels lightweight on the skin.  But what really intrigued me and caused me to buy this product is the name itself.  What does "stay matte but not flat" mean?  Plus, it says it offers full coverage and I need all the coverage I can get to hide my acne scars.  So I bought it and put it to the test.

EOTD: My take on Sophie-I

  A few months back, Illamasqua announced their support for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation which hopes to "stamp out intolerance and discrimination in society" (Illamasqua).  In relation to this, they did the Sophie-I look which makes use of a penciling technique. 

  I love the look plus the fact that it is for a good cause.  However, I find the Sophie-I look works best for those who have deep set eyes with more lid space.

  My eyes are hooded so I made some adjustments to the make the look work for me.  Plus I added my own twist on the look.  This was supposedly an entry to their contest but I was not able to submit on time.  Anyway, I'll just share what I did here in my blog.

Haul: Sumrise in Bali

  NYX products are really addicting!!!  I started with their lip creams then jumbo eye pencils.  Next thing I know I got myself some base products and some more lip products.  =P

  My latest acquisition is their Bronzer & Blusher Combo in "Sunrise in Bali" which I sometimes call "Summer in Manila" just because... =P  Got this again from Pretty Goddess' store in Trinoma which I happened to pass by when I went to meet my family a few weeks ago.  Bought some lip creams for my sister and cousin then I saw this.  I just thought it was too pretty so it has to come home with me =P

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Haul: Inexpensive Brushes

  It was a very stressful week and a huge part of it is due to work.  But since I've solved the issue that's been bugging me for weeks I can now continue blogging.  Yay! 

  I think it is also due to stress that I've unintentionally ruined my foundation brush, I must be releasing my tension while cleaning it that it started shedding a whole lot.  This is really bad news for me because I use my Charm Pro Foundation brush every time I apply foundation.  Major bummer...

  Last Sunday I chanced upon a couple of inexpensive brushes while at SM Supercenter Pasig.  Hubby and I had a few hours to spare while waiting for our dogs get groomed at Tiendesitas so we decided to check out the nearby mall.  Plus, it was sweltering hot that I grabbed the chance to stay in an airconditioned environment =P

Saturday, April 7, 2012

EOTD: An Eye For Spring

  This EOTD is supposedly my entry for a weekly challenge but failed to submit on time.  Didn't want to waste my effort so I thought of posting it here instead.

  The theme is spring colors and although we don't have spring in the Philippines I just thought of colors that reminded me of flowers.   

  This look makes use of pastel colors.  I kept the makeup looking fresh and delicate.  Made sure it is not over the top, just simple and pretty.