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29 February 2012

Review: Japonesque Touch Up Tube Set

I remember there was a time when Japonesque brushes were highly raved and it was about the same time the mineral makeup purchases peaked (well, in my experience at least in Philippines). So I've always been curious about their line but I don't want to buy online. One day sometime in mid 2011 if I recall correctly, I readily purchased a Japonesque brush set I saw at Beauty Bar Robinsons Manila - the Touch Up Tube Set in black. I got brushes but don't have a handy set since I'm not fond of retouching my makeup (especially eye makeup, reason why I take my time in the morning to do it as nicely as I can) so I thought maybe I can give this one a try.

The pitch:
- Five Essential Brushes In a Sleek Compact Case
- Encased in a black, sleek tube designed for portability and protection, the JAPONESQUE® Professional Touch Up Tube Set contains five brushes essential for keeping makeup flawless throughout the day or night. This unique set includes a foundation brush, a lip brush, two eye detailers and a blush/powder brush. All brushes feature a short matte wand for superior control. A great multi-tasking set ideal for the purse, desk drawer or as a gift.

My thoughts:
- the handles of the brushes were sturdy and beautiful in matte finish
- the black container is made of light metal and has a matte finish too. Also, the size is just right to put in a dainty bag or even a wallet-sized purse!
- the foundation brush is too small, I thought it was a concealer brush. I suppose it can be used as one but it will take a lot of time to use it for such purpose, although this is intended for touch up only so it was probably why it's sized as such. I thought just maybe I would need so but then I'd have to bring my liquid foundation as well which would defeat the purpose of it being handy. I suppose it can be used for a stick foundation (I've a travel friendly one from Shiseido) so there it can be used, LOL. However, I don't really touch up foundation though, so I didn't really found this useful.
- the two eye detailer brushes had little difference in size in actuality compared than in photos. Maybe it will matter for those with smaller lids, where the smaller one could be preferable for example applying at smaller areas that the bigger brush may spoil for its size. I tried these for touching up and they're not so bad. I wouldn't recommend it for initial application though as the product won't really stick much to it. it is just good for packing on already applied eyeshadow lids. I had to take it easy on application, the brushes can be a but prickly if rubbed on hard - you need a light hand.
- the lip brush functions as an ordinary one but I thought this is a bit longer and thinner than what am used to (for example, MAC and Charm).
- the powder brush could apply blush decently but you have to restraint your hand or you may put too much. this brush is also not good for blending so best wishes if you streak application, you'd still need a good blending brush perhaps a kabuki. at times it can get prickly as well and sheds some from time to time.
- the price is hefty for 5 tiny brushes ~ a whooping PhP1,450 (or was it PhP1,200). A dismal investment for moi.

my overall thoughts: skip this if you're buying; has an average impact for a gift (although a gift is still a gift so if someone gave this to me instead perhaps I'd feel a LOT better than buying it.) it probably will be useful for gals who like to touch up often to make full use of it. other than this reason, do yourselves a favor and probably get MAC holiday brush sets instead if you feel like splurging.

do you have a Japonesque brush or brush set? care to tell me your experience with it, maybe it will change my mind and retry this brand?! ;-D

have a blessed day lassies!

ladies in Singapore, Malaysia & Indonesia.. Luxola.com is having a 20% discount on all beauty products until midnight 29th Feb 2012! Enter code SECRETSALE before checkout to redeem. hurry & restock now! (^_^)

20 February 2012

Review: TRESemmé Deep Cleansing Shampoo and Remoisturising Conditioner

i stress my hair a lot. apart from twice a year hair coloring and once a year rebonding, i apply products on it everyday. i know that might not sound a lot of mane abuse as compared to what others probably go through but having given birth twice, my already fine, thin hair became more brittle and fallout became heavier from each pregnancy. it also doesn't help that the weather in the country am in is hot and humid - so hair unfriendly! oftentimes, i find my hair weighed down by the products i use to supposedly revive it's glory. additionally, the gunk and impurities from these products also makes my hair tangled. to save my hair from impending doom, i knew i had to find a clarifying shampoo and conditioner stat! panic rummaging at Guardian Bukit Panjang Plaza branch led me to discover TRESemmé Deep Cleansing Shampoo and Remoisturising Conditioner. 

The pitch: 

TRESemmé Deep Cleansing Shampoo

"Professional performance formula deeply cleanses to remove pollutants and styling product build up leaving hair refreshed. Clarifying formula infused with Vitamin C, grapefruit and lemon peel extracts is gentle enough for daily use." 

TRESemmé Remoisturising Conditioner

"Professional performance formula restores moisture, leaving hair in optimum condition. Infused with Pro Vitamin B5, aloe and cucumber extracts, it remoisturises and detangles to leave hair shiny and manageable. Light enough to use everyday and for all hair types."

My thoughts:

TRESemmé Deep Cleansing Shampoo
- it lathers up pretty well and easily
- a little goes a long way, i only need two pumps when i still had long hair but now i only use one pump since i've shorter hair
- has a soothing, very subtle scent
- leaves my hair totally gunk-free and squeaky clean! 

TRESemmé Remoisturising Conditioner
- effectively smoothens out tangles, i can comb my fingers through my hair
- restores moisture in my hair, leaving it bouncy soft
- it gives that ample moisture that doesn't leave hair weighed down that normal conditioners do 

overall, i'm sure you can tell i love these duo! for S$15, 900 ml lasts for about 3 months on my long hair! that's great value in my books. if i have to give a criticism to this product, it's not easily found. i only found this at Guardian. haven't seen it in usual groceries or even Watsons. other than that, no qualms! 

do you use any special care cleansing and moisturizing hair products? care to let me in your secret? (^_^)

have a blessed rest of the day!

16 February 2012

My first Makeup Workshop: RMK Holiday 2011

i think first-times are memorable. it doesn't matter whether it's good or bad, you almost always will remember it. why? because venturing into something new to you challenges you, frightens you and excites you all at the same time. and that is no less what i've felt when i've attended my very first makeup workshop - with RMK.

i went to one of their workshops, featuring their holiday collection, with Agnes - a sister in faith. we were both very excited to be doing this together for the first time.

are you excited to find out what we experienced? enter pictures!

our before (workshop) pic

everything laid out so nicely!

this made me crave for a dresser in my room. someday! (^_^)

skincare talk

this was a great opportunity to try out their skincare items and i've liked their UV Face Protector, Gel Scrub and Recovery Gel. i bought their UV Face Protector and i got sample size of Gel Scrub. have used both of them and it's just love! have plans on getting the Recovery Gel - was deterred at the time to buy it because it's S$97 for 40g! but i think it's worth it so i vow to splurge on it one day hehe...

our after skincare pic (yeah, i got a pimple that day! stubborn... lol)

ready for some makeup base!

onto the good stuff.. makeup portion! by RMK Japanese MUA Mr. Akinobu

he only speaks and understands Nihonggo so he has an interpreter (lady at the right). i find it cute when he talks haha.

SAs posing and showing off the Christmas 2011 palette

i initially wanted to get this but because of the steep price for the sheer finish, i passed. but it was really nifty! a lot of things included in one handy palette, very cool.

the interpreter is giving intro about Christmas 2011 palette

Mr. Akinobu asking us to pick a holiday look to do on the model

Mr. Akinobu in action!

Mr. Akinobu applying the purplish holiday look

workshop done - posing with our self made-up faces!

Mr. Akinobu was very approachable and obliged to have our picture taken with him. He's also very encouraging throughout the session. When it is our turn to apply after he's shown it, he roamed around and talked to us one by one. When i was applying eyeshadow, he commented that he liked the way i applied my makeup, yey! He's cool and nice! (^_^)

they had yummy light refreshments (ate some already before remembering to take a pic first haha)

liked these fruit tarts very much! they're light and tasted fresh.

our after (workshop) pics - the coverage is light but better-than-skin, great for everyday wear!

the coverage of their foundation is very light to my liking as am used and prefers heavy coverage but i must admit, the finish looks naturally radiant - no wonder there are lots of raves about their foundation! i've settled to buy their makeup base since i love those too and helps to give that radiant glow.

i spent S$100 for that workshop and in turn that S$100 was totally redeemable with their products. there were also gwp (gifts with purchase), samples and door gifts.

ok onto the haul - prepare yourselves with my biggest one-time haul to date!

from left to right: Eye gel, Skintuner EX Moist, Skintuner Smoother Light, Nail Color in True Pink, Gel Scrub, UV Face Protector, Fruit Barrier Cream, UV Face Protector, Eyelash curler, Creamy Soap, Concentrate Cream, Eye makeup remover, Cleansing Milk, Cotton, Smoothing Polished Base and Creamy Polished Base


here are my purchases:

Creamy Polished Base

this helps my makeup last for 8-10 hours and give that radiant glow - just wonderful!

Smoothing Polished Base

i bought this especially to minimize (greatly) the appearance of large pores on my face and it's a lifesaver!

UV Face Protector

lightweight sunblock that's non-greasy and easily absorbed - wow!

Eyelash Curler

sorry Shu Uemura but my list of must-haves from your line keeps on getting shorter. that said, i've converted from getting your curler to RMK's. half the price, superb performance. who won't switch?

(Special) Cotton

we were told during the workshop that since this cotton has a soft mesh material on one side, that it helps for product to be absorbed by the skin better. i'm not really totally sold into that sales talk but i needed a filler to reach the total for a gwp so i bought this. lol.

ok, onto the freebies!


from left to right: Creamy Soap, Concentrate Cream, Eye makeup remover and Cleansing Milk

have tried all of these except the makeup remover and they're quite average. glad that these are just freebies. however, these came in handy when i went to an overseas trip. i love skincare travel kits!

door gifts and samples

from left to right: Eye gel, Skintuner EX Moist, Skintuner Smoother Light, RMK Nail Color in True Pink, Gel Scrub, Fruit Barrier Cream and UV Face Protector

i've used both Skintuner samplers, which each are supposed to be toner and moisturizer in one, and i feel like they're nice. it is refreshing, but will i skip moisturizer? no. so i won't be purchasing that one, although i'd happily accept as a gift haha! i've tried the Nail Color too and even though it's not what they are known for surprisingly it's of sound quality, am actually pondering on getting more in the future. i like the Gel Scrub, the exfoliating bits in it gently lifts out dirt from my face and gives me that "clean feel" without drying it out. i'm still battling with myself if am going to buy a full size of this because the scent ticks me off a bit - it has that pungent kiwi aroma. if it were a bit subtle, i'd buy it in a heartbeat. hmn, we'll see. as for the Fruit Barrier, i felt it's still thicker than what i'd hope a day moisturizer will be so i'll pass. i heart the UV Face Protector though, as you can see above i bought a full sized one!

all in all, it was a good experience to be in a makeup workshop. although the tips and tricks taught there were pretty basic and almost everything were known to me already, actually experiencing being in one made me feel somewhat special - from the SAs trying to fuss over you in helping you try the products and the MUA being helpful and encouraging. i'd recommend RMK makeup workshops for those wanting to try their products for the first time because you'd want to know how their products work and are applied as well as even those long-time RMK fans who want to hear of what's new and get superb deals on purchases.

care to share your makeup workshop experiences? love 'em or leave 'em?

14 February 2012

Review: Deborah Lippmann The Stripper To Go

don't you just hate it when you're out & about and your manicure gets chipped? that has happened to me several times and i was only left to sigh deeply and hope that the day ends as fast as it could so i could get home and take it all off. thankfully, i've recently discovered Deborah Lippmann The Stripper To Go Lavender Nail Lacquer Remover Finger Mitts. The girls running Luxola.com were so generous to send me a holiday goodie bag that included it.

i decided to use it today because my mani was showing tips already and it's gotten obviously far from the cuticle. i didn't know what to expect but i was pleasantly surprised - i was in for a treat.

Product Description:
- Award winning lavender lacquer remover in individual finger-tip mitts.
- Nail lacquer remover containing, aloe vera to prevent dehydration, and lavender.
- Lavender leaves a gentle scent on the skin, while protecting delicate cuticle with its natural anti-bacterial properties.
- One mitt cleans all ten nails.
- Six mitts per box.

my thoughts:
- i adore the very thin packaging: it is indeed very handy
- i was expecting not to have all 10 fingernails cleaned up totally but i was so wrong! it was a breeze (as in i'm done in a minute!) to take off color each nail completely. amazing!
- there was no white stain on my nail after cleaning it
- my nail or surrounding skin/cuticle didn't feel dry at all
- the scent was not overpowering (i used this in the bathroom though, be wary not to use in an airconditioned room, it does say to use in a well-ventilated area)
- it was a no-brainer to use and does the job effortlessly, it's unbelieveable!

*sorry i forgot to take a before and after shot of my nails as i was eager to shorten the length of my nail too so i proceeded to trim it off and forgotten all about that until i wrote this entry wah hehe. i will update this entry when i use this again to give you gals a visual idea. note: mitt is totally white before using it, i wore a lilac nail color so that was the stain you use above.

this is one of those products that i was ready to shrug off to the back of my head but ended up impressing me a lot! i was so impressed am actually contemplating on buying a full box (6 mitts), which retails at S$22 at Luxola.com. it's that good!

have you any emergency beauty items in your purse? spill and share what's great about it!

10 February 2012

affordable accents

bazaars are quite attractive imo because there is a big possibility that you can score deals there. and that is exactly what i've found!

earlier, my colleagues and I visited the bazaar inside our campus (I work in a school) and i snagged these adorable accessories:

silver linked hearts rings (one fits my middle finger and another fits my ring finger), antique gold angel wings ring & silver necklace with multi-gem crusted crab pendant

i got the rings for $4 (S$2.20 each but I got discount for getting both since there's none left), S$7 for the wings ring and S$8.90 for the necklace. I must say these are gorgeous in person - the picture doesn't do it justice (taken using iPhone 4 only!) I'll repost another picture that'll hopefully give crisper details. the materials on these accessories look and feel sturdy and doesn't look cheap so they're great pieces. I hope to get inspiration from these when I think of new makeup looks to sport - haven't been doing that in a while huh?

care to share what great deals have you bagged lately???

have a great weekend y'all!

09 February 2012

NOTD: Deborah Lippmann Lara's Theme + Milani Gems

how are you all lovelies? too much is going on in my life right now, poor blog got ignored. (T_T) but am making an attempt to revive it now with this post on a manicure I did a few weeks back. seeing the pictures now tempts me to wear the base color (Deborah Lippmann Lara's Theme) again - it's that lovely!

under sunlight

natural lighting

the color's very cheerful but at the same time tasteful - doesn't seem cheap-looking for an orange polish, i love it! it definitely shows my bubbly personality. the addition of Milani Gems on top I suppose showcases my creativity hehe! am not really into nail art yet so for me this looks great already. although i have plans of sharing some easy nail arts I've been eyeing on YouTube. I've always thought some great-looking nail arts take so much time but was i wrong! ok, but enough of that - I can always talk about that when I actually did that already hehe.

going back to Deborah Lippmann Lara's Theme, like all other shades from this brand that I own it dries fast and has a shine to it - two thumbs up especially for those on the go and have to time to put on a top coat. the finish is amazing as well, looks jelly-ish and sleek. i've recently learned that this and I Know What Boys Like are from the same collection (Summer 2011) together with two more shades - Girls Just Want To Have Fun and Yellow Brick Road. i might get those two too. hmn, let's see...

hope these swatches brighten up your day a bit! i wish you a great rest of the day! ;)

almost forgot, my 2nd anniversary giveaway part 2 is on the way - do stay tuned for it!
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