June 27, 2015

Swatches: MAC Studio Finish Concealer + concealer tips

Just a quick post of my FAVE concealer ever! 
Hands down to this product! It is opaque and lightweight at the same time. The formula is super pigmented that it can cover moles, birthmarks and blemishes. It is also enriched with anti-oxidants Vit. E and A and has SPF 35 for skin protection. It is priced at Php 1,000 each for 7 grams, but trust me this tiny pot will last you a long time.

This product is a must have in my kikay kit. As you can see I own three shades NC20, NC30 and NW25. I'll tell you in a bit on how I use the following shades.

MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 concealer
NC20, NC30, NW25


 
I use the following brushes to apply concealer:
Ecotools flat synthetic brush from the 5 pc. set to highlight (browbone)
Ecotools Smudge brush from their Eye set (blemishes)
MAC 242 shader brush (undereyes)


NC20 -  I find that this shade is too light for my undereyes, so I use it as highlight instead under the brows. 

NC30 - to cover pimples and pimple marks. 

NW25 - is perfect as an undereye concealer. The peachy/salmon tone neutralizes and counteracts my purplish dark circles. Doesn't crease and stays put all day when set with my fave Ben Nye Luxury Banana Powder.

I found this helpful guide on Instagram on how to conceal dark undereye circles.



 You can also use the following brushes to apply concealer. 
The fluffy ones for an airbrushed effect, while the flat brush for more coverage.

ELF Eyeshadow Stipple brush (dupe for MAC 282SE) from Stipple Set
ELF Tapered Stipple brush (dupe for MAC 286SE) from Stipple Set
MAC 224 Blending brush (Php 2,000)
MAC 242 Shader brush (Php 1,600)

 Swatches
MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 concealer in NC20, NC30, NW25


What's your HG concealer? 
 

Till next time, 

March 6, 2015

Swatches : Too Faced Candy Bar Pop-Out Makeup Palette

Hellooooo guys!!!
I'm sorry I haven't been blogging these past few months, but don't worry I have so many (pending) reviews coming up and I can't wait to share them with you guys.
Hint: Happy Skin Cosmetics, City Color Cosmetics, Lorac Pro, Urban Decay Naked 3 and more *wink.. wink..*
 
So first up is this gorgeous palette from Too Faced Cosmetics that my friend Dona gave me a few months back. I've used this a couple times already and I super love it! It is travel friendly and you don't need to bring a separate palette coz' this baby has everything from light to dark eyeshadows (that can double as eyeliner), a gorgeous peachy-pink blush and a soft bronzer for vavavoom cheekbones.
Enough babbling, on to the pics and swatches =)
 
 Product Description from Too Faced:
Your makeup routine has been forever changed! Too Faced was the first to create an all-in-one pop-out makeup palette and iPhone case. Based off this editor-favorite, we’ve created a decadent new, limited edition iPhone 5 cover and makeup palette called Candy Bar. This chocolate bar inspired case includes a collection of 11 day-to-night shadows, a matte bronzer and a pop of pink blush.
Retails for $25. 







The bronzer can also double up as a nice crease/transition color.
The peachy-pink blush reminds me of NARS Torrid blush. I love it coz it is so pigmented, and suits almost all skintones. 



 Swatches
Too Faced Candy Bar Pop-Out Makeup Palette

Overall, this makeup palette is compact, travel-friendly, pigmented and has excellent color pay-off (except for the two highlight shades). 

Let me know that you think.


Till next time, 

October 7, 2014

Review : Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipsticks

If you've been following my blog, you'll know how much I raved about the Mary Kay Creme Lipstick in Pink Melon which I reviewed HERE. So imagine my surprise when I got a package from Mary Kay containing their newest products - Colour correction CC cream, Skinvigorate cleansing brush and of their True Dimensions lipstick. I was really excited to road test the products right away. The first one that I will review is the True Dimensions Lipstick coz I am a lipstick addict haha =P

PRODUCT INFO:
True Dimensions Lipsticks are infused with advance age-defying skin care ingredients that help lips look plumper, feel firmer, and smoothes fine lines while drenching them drenching them in moisture. 

With its stylish packaging, this innovative product has garnered Mary Kay the prestigious Art of Packaging Award from the renowed Pratt Institute in New York for excellence in packaging creativity, aesthetics, sustainability and functionality.

Net weight: 3.3 grams
Retail price : Php 860 each
Available in 11 shades.


CLAIMS:
- instantly drenches lips in moisture and locks it in for endless comfort.
- infused with advanced skin care ingredients, the formula smoothes the appearance of fine lines and helps lips look fuller.
- delivers pure, radiant color in a range if head turning shades.
- a push of the clear button on top releases the lipstick from its ultra-stylish case.


Citrus Flirt and Sassy Fuchsia 


PROS:
very moisturising even without lip balm
glides on like butter
non-sticky 
lightweight on the lips
thumbs up for the stylish and classy packaging! 
no need to apply lipgloss if you want a glossy effect
my lips instantly looks plump and healthy
long-lasting; stays on for 5-6 hrs max.

CONS:
it has a strong floral scent 


NEUTRAL: 
I've noticed that the 2 shades that I have are sheer, you need to swipe it a few times to build the opacity.


OVERALL:
I'm in love with the packaging and the formula. 
If you're a fan of Mary Kay Creme lipsticks, I'm sure you'll love this even more.


Swatches:
 Sassy Fuchsia | Citrus Burst




For more Mary Kay products, please visit their Online Catalogue here:


Till next time, 


August 17, 2014

Review: Colour Collection Ultimate Wear Lipstick

I got this lipstick from a loot bag that Sample Room Philippines sent me a few weeks ago. This is the first product that caught my eye because of the good reviews I've read online. Read on to know what I think about this lipstick.


PRODUCT INFO:
Achieve rich, longwearing color that glides on smoothly and doesn’t fade away easily. Lasts up to 8 hours! Always hydrating and never drying, this high-cushioned lipstick keeps lips moisturized all day, minimizes the appearance of fine lines, and stops feathering to give lips the perfect plumped-up appearance. Slim and handy, with a see through window for easy identification.
 
PRICE: Php 350.00

NET WEIGHT: 2.5 grams

WHERE TO BUY: Available through Tupperware dealers.

SHADES: Available in 6 gorgeous shades.


PROS:
* affordable
* the smell isn't overpowering; i hate overly scented makeups especially lippies.
* the lipstick bullet is so slim and lightweight
* non-drying even without lipbalm
* very pigmented and long-lasting; lasts for more than 5 hours.
* doesn't feel heavy on the lips 

 
NEUTRAL:
* stays on forever; you need an oil-based makeup remover to completely remove the lipstick.

CONS: 
* only available through Tupperware dealers.


OVERALL:
When I started collecting makeup a few years back, Colour Collection was one of my go-to brands, especially for lipsticks. I am impressed they have improved the quality and staying power of their lipsticks. I highly recommend their Ultimate Wear line if you are looking for an affordable lipstick that is budge-proof (and kiss-proof *wink*) for special occassions or for everyday use.  

More pics
Headturner is a show-stopping pink color that packs a punch.


Ingredients list 

  Swatch
 Natural light

 Indoor light

I'm happy to share with you guys that Colour Collection Lipstick in Headturner is a dupe for MAC Amplified Lipstick in Lickable.

Have you tried this line yet? 

Till next time, 
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