October 28, 2015

Spend vs. Save : NARS Schiap Lipstick (Dupe Alert!)

Spend: NARS Lipstick in Schiap Php 1,450 
Save: Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick in 014 Sultry Samba Php 350

Schiap is described as a bright fuchsia pink shade.

 NARS has a semi-matte finish and has a creamier texture.
Revlon has a matte finish and is a bit drying when worn.

NARS - 3.4 grams
Revlon - 4.2 grams

Nars Schiap | Revlon Sultry Samba | City Color Cosmetics Pucker Up

I included City Color on the swatch because obviously these babies look like sisters.

Nars - offers medium to opaque coverage in one swipe.
Revlon - you need to swipe it 2-3x to get an opaque coverage.

Honestly, Revlon is the most long lasting among the 3 brands with minimal fading when worn after 4-5 hrs. I highly recommend applying a lipbalm prior to lipstick application because of the semi-matte and matte textures.

Though in the staying power game Revlon is the winner, but what I love about NARS is that it is very creamy upon application and dries to a matte finish. It still feels comfortable a few hours after application and doesn't dry out my lips compared to Revlon.

Till next time, 

September 10, 2015

BH Cosmetics Forever Nude Palette Swatches and Review

Product Description from BH Cosmetics:

Enchant them all with this timeless collection of sweet and tempting neutrals. The Forever Nude Eyeshadow, Blush and Lip Color Palette features 6 deluxe size eyeshadows in shimmer, satin and matte finishes along with 2 silky blushes and 2 creamy shades of lip color. Create endless looks that are sinfully soft and sexy by mixing and matching these glowing shades of NUDE! 
 Retails for $22 (about Php 1,000) 

 2 Blushers, 2 Lipcolors and a Highlighter

 BH Cosmetics Forever Nude Palette
2 blushers, highlighter, 2 lipcolor shades

  6 eyeshadow shades

The 3rd shade from the left is the only matte eyeshadow shade in this palette.
The salmony-pinkish color looks really pretty in person, a very popular shade for korean eye makeup looks. It is a nice transition shade or as an everyday lid color for fair skintones. 

For an everyday eye makeup look, use the 3rd shade on the lid, apply the darkest eggplant color and smudge on the upper lashline. Finally, apply the 4th shade on the browbone, cheekbones and cupids bow as highlight. Curl lashes and apply mascara.

 Ingredients list


The two blusher shades included are really lovely and compliments any skintone. Reminds me of the popular NARS peachy blushes because of the "glow" it gives when applied.

I haven't tested the lipcolor shades yet so I cannot vouch for the staying power, but it is LOVE on the first swatch HAHA =D I'm excited to wear the nude-ish shade coz I am digging light colors lately.

I wish they added a matte dark brown/black color for contouring, but nevertheless this palette is awesome for the price. The Highlighter is a bit powdery and doesn't show up on my NC20 skintone, but you can use it as eyeshadow base before layering other colors.

Grab this palette at BH Cosmetics , it is now on sale for $8. If you're on a budget, I highly recommend this makeup palette.

Thank you Donabel for gifting me with this palette! XOXO

 Shout-out to my bestie Hollie of Random Beauty for my new blog banner and watermark.

Till next time, 

September 5, 2015

Fashion Styling Workshop at SM City Cebu Trade Hall

Forever in a day by Cuckoo Concepts and Cebu Fashion Bloggers present

Alexa Martin & Giselle Faye's Fashion Styling Workshop

Dressing for Different Body Types modelled by Cebu Fashion Bloggers

Hair and Makeup by yours truly and my bestie Hollie of Random Beauty

Happening later at SM City Cebu Trade Hall
September 5, 2015
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Registration is FREE. See you there!

Till next time, 

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)

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

What's your HG concealer? 

Till next time, 
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