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29 August 2011

fabulous heel lemmings

i was 45 minutes late for work today because i set my alarm at 6:30AM but woke up at 7:30AM! >_< the weather was so uncooperative - drizzling heavy raindrops and very chilly wind breeze. no wonder i overslept! ok, no more excuses haha! that's why even though it's almost the end of the day, i figured i still want to post an entry. ^_^

i've been following Lissa Kahayon's fashion blog for a few weeks now and i totally heart her shoe choices. so when she mentioned her shoe supplier, High Style Fancy, of course i had to check it out!

browsing High Style Fancy's online shop made me dizzy! (good dizzy that is hehe!) so many choices and all are just fabulous! i've been contented with flats for the past few years and me thinks it's time to revive my love for heels! (during college, i cannot go to school on a flat shoe, believe it or not!)

ok, so she's accepting pre-orders and usually they take 6 weeks to be delivered. here are some of my lemmings:

(note: all pictures taken from High Style Fancy's multiply site)

HSF Luscious Heel Collection (PhP2,100)

i've always liked animal prints but am getting bored with leopard or tiger prints. zebra is refreshing! and the red sole is just <3!


i'm torn between black and brown! although i think brown is better... whatchatink?

i used to own a similar wedge although only 4" high (this one is 5.5"). sadly, it isn't usable or can be fixed anymore so what better alternative than to buy another? ^_^


Almond Toe Platform (PhP2,000)

ok, i know i just said i'm tired with leopard print but i just can't get past the combo of the print and blue suede -  i'm sold!


Asiana (PhP2,380)

i haven't owned a pair of boots in my life ever (because i have big feet and most stores carry up to US 9 only ): this comes in US 10 so am crossing my fingers!

i haven't filled out an order form yet but i will. am just waiting for payday 'cause our budget for now is nearing deficit haha. but tell me, aren't just her shoes love??? the images of these shoes are tattooed on my mind wah!

what shoes do you really spend on?

25 August 2011

Review: Revlon Colorstay Makeup with SoftFlex for Combination/Oily Skin liquid foundation

good morning to you dear readers! i feel very energetic and positive today after a refreshing Holy Spirit encounter last night at my church. ^_^ i really am glad - wait, that's not right, am overjoyed! - that i embraced Christianity. Jesus makes me happy everyday!

ok, so i've been meaning to tell you about a foundation that i've just came across with. since i'm living in Singapore, i want to keep up with what's new and/or highly raved about products here. i noticed most of the blogs i previously follow are either based in Philippines or US - none from here. so while i was browsing for such sites, i came across roseannebeauty's blog. her post for the day was about her top 5 drugstore best foundations. i read each recommendation of foundation and figured i should try Revlon's because i needed a long-lasting foundation for an event at the time that i was one of the makeup artists. i swatched all five shades that are available at Watsons (Sand Beige, Nude, Warm Golden, Early Tan, Toast) and decided i will go for Warm Golden and Early Tan. i was debating at first whether i should get Toast instead because there will be guys i will be applying makeup on too but i got scared, because i thought it was too dark, so i got Early Tan - i actually regretted that later because Early Tan proved light on their dark skins. >_< anyhoo... i forgot to bring my camera today to take the product's picture and i've been itching to post this entry for days now so i won't let the pictures delay it even further. if you want to know how the product looks like, ie. it's consistency, check out roseanne's review post about it.

this is the product pitch:

Want makeup that is flawless and weightless for 16 perfect hours? Revlon has the solution - ColorStay Makeup with SoftFlex. Specially formulated for combination or oily skin, this oil-free formula helps control shine all day and gives you flawless looking skin. Makeup looks fresh and feels great for up to 16 hours thanks to the lightweight, comfortable feel from the SoftFlex ColorStay formula. Medium to full coverage, with SPF 6 protection*. *Golden, Caramel, Toast, Rich Ginger, Cappuccino, Mahogany, and Mocha do not contain SPF.

The full range of Revlon Colorstay Foundation Shades are as follows:
- Ivory
- Buff
- Sand Beige*
- Nude*
- Natural Beige
- Medium Beige
- Fresh Beige
- Golden Beige
- Warm Golden*
- True Beige
- Natural Tan
- Early Tan*
- Rich Tan
- Golden Caramel
- Toast*
- Rich Ginger
- Caramel
- Cappuccino
- Mahogany
- Mocha

*shades available in Singapore

you've actually seen how it looks on one of people i made up for a recent event at our church and i've applied onto her with a foundation brush. i was really pleased with how it looked on her, even after hours of it sitting on her face - she has normal skin type. so, i tried it on myself with 3 methods to see how it will sit on my oily skin.

i used Warm Golden and applied it with a flat top brush, foundation brush and stippling brush. i used this foundation for a few days to see how it differs in terms of application and how long will it last. i took pictures except for using the flat top brush because it just looked so wrong i'm embarrassed to even let my kids see it, let alone the internet community. >_<

so first, using flat top brush: i used Charm Flat Top Brush for application and put some product on the back of my hand. i take some product on the brush, put it on my face and blend. the problem i noticed was the brush picks up more product and when i put on my face, i was blending too much product on my face and immediately it cakes on me. when i finished putting it all over my face, i got the scare of that day, gosh! i applied it too thick and my face kinda felt so stiff. yikes!

next, using foundation brush: i was more expectant using this method because this is what i did to my model Karen. it looked great on her and i expected it will look nice on me too. i used MAC 190 SE and still put the product on the back of my hand. it was easier to get a small amount of product with the foundation brush but i find the application getting streaky. i was able to blend it but it took some more effort. there are also areas i find it difficulty to apply to such as the nose area and under my eyes. with these challenges, i was pleased with the application and far better than using a flat top brush. 



after 3 hours and sweating profusely! (i had to run for a quick errand, no time to take picture of the fresh application lol) also pls ignore the hideous eye makeup haha i was experimenting with neutrals again *sigh*

lastly, using stippling brush: ah yes, this is what really impressed me. once again, this application validated my purchase of the MAC 187. this time i decided i don't want the product to stay on the back of my hand so i used a plastic container to put the product in and for me to dip the brush in. i immediately noticed that the stippling brush gets the right amount to be applied each time. it also blends the foundation easily onto my face and every swirl blends it beautifully, without so much effort. especially for beginners and those not very adept yet with liquid foundation application this is good news because the easy mistake of making the foundation cake is very minimal. in the end, i was elated with the result. i really felt picture perfect. 





all taken right after application 

here are my thoughts...

pros: 
- great coverage, does not need additional coverup such as concealer and also means using a small amount each application 
- smell was not really strong imo (as some reviews mentioned). it was just normal makeup smell to me i guess 
- it dries up fast, so you can finish application in no time 
- does not come off on clothes (when not rubbed off. i am a heavy sweater and when i gently wipe off my sweat with tissue no foundie comes with it, unless i really try hard to rub) 
- great consistency (not too watery but just right creaminess, sounds like ice cream lol) 
- lasts a long, long time (looks fairly decent after 10-12hours even with all the sweating) 
- flawless finish after it settles (which in my case was about 2 hours after application) 
- very camera-friendly (certainly made me photogenic) 
- does not make my skin oil on parts that are not oily (my cheeks) 


cons: 

- does not come with a pump (either pour on a dish or back of hand or get product with cottonbuds - easy to use more product than you need) 
- harder to come off on brushes (i needed to use more cleanser than my MMU powder foundation and MUFE Mat Velvet+ liquid foundation) 
- cakes when applied heavily, very easy to mess up application especially if you keep on layering 
- feels weird on application (like my face feels tight) although feels natural once settled 
- still oils on my nose (but only after 3-4 hours) 
- pronounces big pores (my nose, wah!) 

in the end, i'll be happy to repurchase this product but for application on my clients (naks haha) or models and maybe sometimes on myself. i will not use this on a frequent basis for myself simply because i don't feel it looks natural on my when freshly applied but definitely will on occassions when i know there will be lots of photographing happening and when i will not want to touch up all the time. 

i can say that liquid foundation is not to be ignored in my makeup exploration definitely. next to my MMU powder foundie, i will look out for more great liquid foundation products out there! RMK, you're next - hopefully if my budget is willing hehe!

how is your relationship with liquid foundations? any favorites? do tell! ^_^

24 August 2011

NOTD: OPI Let Me Entertain You

good morning ladies! i only had about 5 hours of sleep yet i woke up feeling great - i hope you are too! ^_^

a while back i posted about some polish haul i had from OPI and today am gonna feature one of those - OPI Let Me Entertain You. this polish is so aptly named, when i looked at my fingernails after application i was indeed entertained - can't stop looking marvelously at it.


OPI Let Me Entertain You is the one at the right



oh so pretty right?!

the light may have downplayed the color, in real life it looks more pink with violet undertone. the glitter are not chunky and was very easy to apply, coat after coat. this is definitely a heart-stopper, i really didn't want to take it off, it's that gorgeous! this also dries fast, with or without top coat (i use Poshe).

i give this polish two thumbs up! i just love it. ;D

do you fancy glittery polish too?

19 August 2011

Buying brushes: time to go green?

hello my dear readers! it's the end of another work week and am sure your weekend is already full of plans to unwind and destress. as for myself, my weekend is quite eventful - tonight, i'll be attending my weekly lifegroup to refresh and re-uplift my spirit; tomorrow, i'll be coaching my daughter on her upcoming Continual Assessment Semester 2 (it's comparable to third quarter examination in Philippines) in the morning, cooking something fabulous for my palate-discerning hubby for lunch and attending a victory party in the evening for the win of our sub-district Central Yahweh for our entry to our church's recent event, Fiesta sa Bayan; Sunday, another opportunity to praise, worship and commune with the Almighty God and if I'm blessed enough, have some more goodies to shop for afterwards! ^_^

speaking of shopping for goodies, i came across one of Renren's post the other day and it piqued my interest - green brushes, oh la la!


Bdellium brushes are sadly only available in US as of now at Naimie's Beauty Center. They do ship internationally but thru Bongo, which would require one to register to get a US address the item/s will be delivered to first before further delivering it to your international address. Hmn, that makes me wonder is it worth to try? Nevertheless, it looks so inviting! I've never seen such brushes before, and frankly, I am keen to get items that not so many people (or bloggers) rave about too.

have you any rare but greatly raved finds on the internet? do tell!

and oh, have a great and blessed weekend!!!

18 August 2011

Sephora haul: Benefit Cha Cha Tint and Sephora Daily Brush Cleanser

8th of August was my son's 9th birthday. we went to the movies to see Rise of the Planet of Apes at Golden Village in Great World City. the movie started 10pm though and we were there at about 7pm so we had time to kill. and that's when i visited Sephora and went out with some goodies. ^_^


since i read about Benefit Cha Cha Tint in the recent issue of Elle magazine, it made me curious. i've wanted to buy Benetint and Posietint before but when i tried them at the counter either they are too dark or too light. that's where Cha Cha tint got me - it was just the right tint. ;)

Benefit describes it as a mango-tinted lip and cheek stain so i actually thought it is yellowish - thank goodness it isn't. i came from the Philippines and mangoes there do not come close to the color of this stain - this one is orangey. ironically, the color kinda scared me at the counter but i still tried it on. and good thing i did, that's when i fell hard for it! i vowed i will have it!

cue pictures and swatches!









observations: the consistency is watery but a li'l bit heavier and it dries fast so it needs to be blended quickly. it stays on very well too, when i tried it on the counter and went home (about 4 hours) the color was still evident which was remarkable. i also love that it looks natural and does not feel icky after it has dried. the packaging is cute too, very nice bonus!

i got it for S$62, which i know many will say is expensive but am quite about it because for its quality and the small amount i need for each application, the cost is actually effective.

i also have been wanting to buy a brush cleanser because i recently used Revlon Colorstay Foundation (will write about that on another post) for the church event gig i previously talked on another post and using Dove soap for cleaning my brushes (see my video about that) didn't remove all of the gunk. i've tried and tested MAC brush cleanser but there isn't a branch in Great World City so i settled for Sephora's.


have not used it though, will review that separately on a later post. i got it for S$12 for 60ml which is expensive considering MAC's is only S$18 for 235ml. i still want to try out though to compare - which makes me wonder about Shu's and Bobbi Brown's too.

do you feel great when you walk out of Sephora with goodies? i do everytime! ^_^

17 August 2011

Watsons find: Nicole by OPI

visiting Watsons is a great way to discover new (or not so new items but definitely new to you) beauty products to try and probably love later on. most of the time, when i come in Watsons i only get in to get essentials that i've listed earlier. i've never really took time to just browse every aisle and see what jumps at me. when i was at Clementi Mall last week though, i did just that. and that is how i came across Nicole by OPI.

what caught my attention was their pen nail polish line called Nic's Sticks. i thought it was nifty to have a handy nail polish pen to bring around and will not break (i broke a MAC nail polish once which was inside a makeup bag - so sad!!!) so i stretched my hand out and pick a shade that called me - Indigo Go-go.


>> More pictures and swatches after the jump <<

16 August 2011

first makeup gig - dry run

yesterday i talked about what brushes i used for my first makeup gig. now let me show you how my dry run went on with one of the performers - her name is Karen.

here she is without makeup - very pretty girl!


now onto her transformation!


no flash


with flash

products used:
Revlon Colorstay Makeup with Softflex Warm Golden
MAC Medium Mineral Skin Finish
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
MAC Nocturnelle e/s
MAC Black Tied e/s
MAC Femme-Fi e/s
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
Laura Mercier Eye Pencil in Black Extreme
Maybelline Lash Stilleto Ultimate Length Mascara
MAC Brow Shader in Soft Charcoal/Maple
NARS Orgasm
MAC lip conditioner
MAC Supersequin l/s

she has great skin to start with - only had few minimally pigmented pimple marks and no dark undereye circles. she's a makeup artist's dream model! ^_^

ok, so i started checking if her skin have excess oil, maybe needed toning then moisturizing but it didn't so i proceeded to put on foundation using Charm Foundation Brush. i must admit i had a li'l bit difficulty at first because am used to applying foundation with flat top brushes but since i read reviews on the Revlon Colorstay foundation that it's really heavy coverage and dries really fast, i decided to work with the foundation brush so i could apply a li'l on one area at a time. thank goodness it worked out.

next, i put on eyeshadow primer all over her lid using the Charm Concealer Brush. then with the Charm Eyeshader Brush, i applied Nocturnelle on her inner lid until 3/4 of it and until a li'l above her crease. still with the Charm Eyeshader Brush, i then put Black Tied on the remaining area of her lids. i did the same application of eye colors on her lower lid. afterwards, i used Charm Angled Shading Brush to put Femme-Fi on the remaining part of her upper lid until browbone. i proceeded to blend the colors using the Charm Tapered Blending Brush. i retouched some of the colors that are washed away a bit with the Charm Eyeshader Brush. when i was happy with the intensity of the eyeshadow, i applied MAC fluidline with Life & Companion Angled Liner Brush from the outer upper lid to create the tip of the winged liner then filled in from the inner lid until it met the tip with a Maybelline Eyeliner Brush. when that was done, i used Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler on her lashes then applied two coats of mascara on both lashes. i filled in her brows with MAC Brow Shader using a Life & Companion Angled Liner Brush. i noticed some fall off from the eyeshadow blending and i cleaned them up by sweeping the Charm Flat Top Brush with a little bit of foundation right under the eye.

the MAC MSF was applied next with the Charm Dual Fibre Brush all over the face and neck. then i put blush on the apple of her cheeks with Bloom Blush Brush. i finished off her look by putting on MAC lip conditioner and lipstick with the Charm Retractable Lip Brush.

i really had fun doing this dry run, considering my model was very cooperative. i didn't know how hard putting makeup on to someone else until i had to do it. yes, i've put on makeup on my daughter, sister and sis-in-law before but they're family and i really didn't do the whole nine yards and really had pressure doing it. back then, it's just having fun. now even though it's fun to do, there is a certain expectation to deliver my very best and at a limited amount of time. i realized the importance of having in mind the tools and makeup i will really need because when i was at that moment and i was in a bit of confusion, i was reaching for tools or makeup that i shouldn't be. that was one of the lessons i learned, to know in advance just what products i will use and tools to apply them. next challenge was the disarray of the tools i used during the session. i was using one tool, tossing it after getting done with it, then i realized i need to use it again and scrambling for it in a pile of brushes. again, i learned something - that's why it's important for makeup artists to have brush belts. there was no time to look for one so on the actual gig though i made sure that i will put back the brushes on the roll so at least they do not roll over each other and it is easy to reach for. and oh, did i mention i kept perspiring althroughout?! not sure if that was because of nervousness or because i wanted to do everything superfast hehe.

i was really happy with how Karen's makeup turned out. i needed to apply more on the actual gig because of all the spotlights on the stage but all in all, i was proud of myself. especially when the other dancers were taking notice of how great her eyes turned out and all of them were already asking me to do their makeup on the actual day. ^_^ it was a nice validation that "hey, i am good at this!" and making someone feel great about themselves with a simple touch of makeup is definitely heartwarming. ^_^

have you experienced giving someone a makeover? do share your story!

15 August 2011

great buys: Charm Flat Top Brush and Charm PRO Makeup Brush Set

i've been eyeing Charm Pro Makeup Brush Set for the longest time but always find an excuse to not buy more makeup brushes. last week though was our church's Fiesta sa Bayan event and our group (called a subdistrict, Central Yahweh) needs makeup artists. i was asked to be one of them and i thought i really need a PRO set. it was the perfect excuse to get it finally! and i couldn't be happier with my decision! ^_^

i got this from Sophie Uy of BeautyAndMinerals and she was very easy to transact with. she made sure to ship my item ASAP and even threw in a free shipping, how nice! while i was browsing her online shop, i also came across the Charm Luxe Flat Top Brush. am a sucker for flat top brushes so it had to go in my shopping cart too! ^_^

ok, will let the pictures speak for themselves now. ;)


looks so pristine!!


pretty, pretty, pretty!


the light pink handle is just a hint of girliness and indeed charming!


fluffy, compact and dense bristles!


rolled up it already looks very PRO! so sleek!


*sigh!* my heart almost skipped a beat!

The Charm PRO Makeup Brush Set includes :

1. Dual Fibre Brush
2. Large Powder Brush
3. Small Powder/Blush Brush
4. Foundation Brush
5. Angled Contour Brush
6. Concealer Brush
7. Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Brush
8. Eye Shader Brush
9. Tapered Blending Brush
10. Angled Shading Brush
11. Pencil Point Brush
12. Precise Crease Blending Brush
13. Flat Liner Brush
14. Precise Concealer Brush
15. Angled Liner/Brow Brush
16. Bent Liner Brush
17. Eyebrow Defining Brush
18. Mini Fan Brush
19. Brow Spoolie/Lash Brush
20. Fan Brush
21. Retractable Lip Brush

closeup pics!




as i've said i've used most of them already in my first makeup gig and it's easy to love 'em! will make a review when i get to use each and every one of them. wanna share one pleasant surprise though: the lip brush has a casing which is totally cool! i've never seen anything like it. lip brushes i encounter usually just have a plastic guard around it while this one has a housing on its own, i love it!

if you're itching to own a Charm brush set, order from Sophie Uy of BeautyAndMinerals now! i got this for PhP3,450. if you are in Singapore, you can also get from LushShop.

do you own Charm brushes too? how do you find them?

13 August 2011

Orly Royal Navy and OPI Last Friday Night

how's your weekend going lovely ladies? as for myself, i've got some catching up to do here since August came in and i lost track of posting again due to work load. >_< also, 2 weeks ago my daughter caught chickenpox and i took leave from work during the first 3 days to look after her. in one of those days, i managed to play around with my Orly Royal Navy and OPI Last Friday Night.

ok enough chatter, onto the pictures!



pardon for the cuticles - am a cheapskate and refuse to go to nail salons here for a mani (S$25 for a decent one, so expensive!) so i've been delaying it

for some reason the glitter on Last Friday Night seems to look chunky (prolly due to the lighting) but i assure it is not the case, it really just looks pretty. one of my sisters (in Christ) actually borrowed these two nail polishes just because she saw it on me and loved it!

me thinks this combi is great for flashy or late night events like partying or dinner with friends.

hope y'all like it. have a wonderful Saturday!

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