Latest Haul..

Before anything else, I'd like to greet you all.. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! Ho, ho, ho!

My Latest Haul:

Coastal Scents 28 pc. Neutral Palette

Bought this from a local seller, before I saw this I was having second thoughts to buy this one coz I thought maybe the colors will be boring. I was planning to get the 88 pc. Ultra shimmer palette but I find it too colorful for my taste. I'm scared of bright colors!! But the moment I saw this palette i instantly fell in love and I couldn't wait to play with the beautiful colors..

Close up photo (click to enlarge)

Cheapie Cream Eyeshadow Palette from Miss Beauty & Baxi

Bought them for less than a 100 bucks each. I love them! Very long lasting & buildable. They don't have that funky smell like some cheap eyeshadows do..

Thanks sis Aika! Read it from her GT post kasi. =)

Aren't they lovely?!

Here's some proof.. Swatched on NC25 skin

Miss Beauty Eyeshadow (left palette)

I just love how shimmery they are!!! =)

Credits : Photographed by James Lam


FOTD - Profile Pic

Nivea Whitening fluid spf 15
Maybelline Clear Smooth Gel Foundation
MAC select cover up concealer in NC20
New York Color (NYC) loose powder in translucent

VOV Eyeshadow - Pearl white
E.L.F. Eyeshadow quad in Luxe
Elianto gel eyeliner in black
Maybelline Unstoppable shiny black mascara

MAC Sheertone Blush in Afterdusk

Smith's Minted Rose lipbalm
Nichido Magical coral lipstick
MAC Lustreglass in Pinkarat


I heart Makeup..

Hey there ladies! Just want to share my favorite makeup as of the moment.. =)

* LANCOME Palette - i love the colors! it has 4 long lasting eyeshadow colors that I can use throughout the year (from summer to fall) and a classic matte red lipcolor!

* MAYBELLINE Powder Foundation in N11 - i use this dry when I'm in a hurry to put on liquid foundation. It evens out my skintone & is very good in controlling oil.

* MAC lustre lipstick in Lightly Ripe - from the Cult of Cherry Collection. My friend Dona gave this during my birthday. The shade is medium pink, and is perfect during daytime especially when layered with MAC lustreglass in Pinkarat.

* MAC lipglass in Pink Lemonade - a light peachy pink gloss that makes my lips look plump!

* MAC lustreglass in Venetian - a sheer cherry red color with shimmers. Perfect for nighttime parties!

* MAJORLICA MAJORCA mascara by Shiseido - my lashes look like falsies when I use this. It has a unique comb- like wand that separates lashes while making it look full & long..

* MAYBELLINE aqua gel foundation in Natural - a sheer foundie that evens out my skintone & covers slight imperfections without the mask like effect. I prefer to use this with a damp makeup sponge so that it really blends well coz this tend to dry quickly.

* SKINFOOD Mushroom Multi-care BB Cream SPF 20 - i use this most of the time alternating it with my Gingko BB Cream. This serves as my makeup base, foundation & sunblock! Really cuts my makeup application in half. Definitely a keeper! Click here to read my review.

* SMITH'S Rosebud salve - instantly relieves chapped lips!
According to Sephora's website : " This cult-favorite, multi-purpose lip balm soothes dry lips, calms and heals irritation, and soothes the sting of minor burns. Try dabbing on dry elbows or knees to condition, and relieve dryness. Also an excellent remedt for the treatment of diaper rash."

* MAC sheertone blush in Springsheen - a light peach shade with golden shimmers! Really warms up my skintone. I like pairing this with my MAC lipglass in Sexy sweet (Belle Azure Collection), a shimmery peachy bronze shade.

* LANCOME eyeshadow brush - made of soft hair that makes blending eyeshadow a breeze! This brush is part of their Makeup Set.

* SHU UEMURA Eyelash Curler - another cult fave. Curls my lashes without pinching my eyes like most curlers do.

* MAC select cover up in NC20 - double purpose! a concealer & an eye primer. I just set this with loose powder. Prevents my eyeshadow from creasing.

* VOV cover foundation in natural beige #2 - i use this as a concealer for my under eye circles & pimple marks. Click here to read my review.


Maybelline Clear Smooth Shine- Free Face Powder

Super Lightweight.
Lastingly Matte.
No shine, no stress
from AM to PM.

Its the serious shine control face powder with a super light smooth touch.

No caking, no heavy build-up.
The secret?
Micro-fine powder for extra oil absorbency.
Resists sweat & humidity. Long wearing, shine-free finish.

Image credit : lipstickaddict.blogspot

Product Info :
"Shine free finish - combined oil absorbing ingredients remove shine for a clean shine free finish."

"Silky Smooth texture - the extreme fine powder glides like silk and melts smoothly on skin. It covers flawlessly but looks perfectly natural."

Its Fragrance-free, Oil free, Non-comedogenic and it won't clog pores. With SPF 18."

When it first came out this year, I bought the LIGHT shade. To my disappointment, its not my shade. The color is pinkish and my face looked weird. And also, for a fragrance-free powder I find the scent a bit strong compared to their Clear Smooth 2-way powder foundation (I'll do a product review soon..)

Recently they added SPF 18 to the powder! Great! I decided to give it another shot coz I really like the coverage it gives. It evened out my skintone & covered tiny pimple marks without the heavy feel.

I bought the NATURAL shade. In the compact it looked kinda dark for my skintone or maybe its the lighting on the department store?! hehe =) But when applied it matches perfectly with my skintone.. At last! hehe . I wasn't bothered by the scent coz it disappears a few minutes after application.

Product Weight :
10 grams

Price :
199 pesos or $4

White, Light, Natural and Honey
Especially developed for Asian Skintones.

Addiction Factor :
Will definitely buy again.

Rating :
3 out 5.
I don't like the puff that comes with it, its not soft and it scratches my face. Make sure to replace it.

VOV Cover Foundation Review

VOV - Makeup of the Stars

**Click to enlarge** taken from VOV site

Company Info :

Vision of Vision or VOV in short, is a high end cosmetic & skincare brand from Korea.

Their products include lipsticks, blushes, eyeshadows, BB creams, concealers etc..

For more info, check out their website.

Also, check out this post from Manila Standard Today.

My sister introduced this product to me 2 years ago coz im looking for a good & inexpensive concealer to hide my dark undereye circles & slight pimple marks.

She's an actress in ABS-CBN, and her makeup artist (MUA) uses this on her and other actors & actresses as well. She loved the product so much that she asked her MUA to buy one for her. It even took her MUA over a month to buy this product coz its always out of stock!

I told my sister to buy one for me (coz its not available here in Cebu). I even lost hope because its been over a month, my sister still said its always out of stock! Hmpf..

When I went to Manila during the holidays, I passed by the Cosmetics Floor in SM Megamall. There I saw VOV! My heart jumped coz I totally forgot about their Foundation!! I immediately rushed to their counter and asked the Sales girl if they have the Cover Foundation. Luckily they still have stocks! Yey! At last after months of waiting.. =)

Product Info :

A cream foundation that offers medium to heavy coverage. The longer it stays on your skin the more natural it looks. I use this as an undereye concealer and pimple marks. A little goes a long way, so its very tipid.. Just make sure to set it with loose powder.

Product Size :
22 grams

Price :

Less than 500 pesos

Available in 4 shades that can be mixed together to exactly match your skintone.
Luckily I don't have to do that coz I found my match in Shade #2. For your reference I'm NC20-25.

Addiction Factor :
Will definitely buy again as soon as it runs out.

Rating :
4 out 5. I wish the pot has a mirror for easy application.

Note: For review purposes only. I'm not selling this product. =)


My Prize..

From Phyllis of Makeupforlife, this is what she sent me. As you all know, I won her sweepstakes raffle.. =)

Thanks so much!!!

Guess what's this? They look like mini cakes =) yummy!!

They're actually eyeshadows.. hehe so cute..

L'Oreal Bare Naturals mascara, False Eyelashes, B eyeshadows

Kose Face Mask & Undereye mask

Photographed by James Lam =)


TAG GAME : I love your Blog

from jamie

I Love Your Blog Rules:

1. Pass this award on to 7 people.
2. Answer the following questions using only one word..

One word?!? Yeah, right!


1. Where is your cell phone? desk
2. Where is your significant other? at home
3. Your hair color? black
4. Your mother? brown
6. Your favorite thing? makeup
7. Your dream last night? secret..
8. Your dream/goal? Near future: to have a my own biz
9. The room you're in? Office
10. Your hobby? Shopping
11. Your fear? death -> me too Jamie..
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? UK..
13. Where were you last night? at home
14. What you're not? a liar..
15. One of your wish-list items? a cute pair of shoes
16. Where you grew up? pinas
17. The last thing you did? checked Friendster
18. What are you wearing? leggings & tunic top
19. Your TV? TCL? i forgot.. tehehe..
20. Your pet? don't have one..
21. Your computer? Unbranded.. =)
22. Your mood? hungry.. im thinking of cheeseburger & fries =)
23. Missing someone? my family
24. Your car? Toyota Starlet
25. Something you're not wearing? watch
26. Favorite store? any makeup store
27. Your summer? boring...
28. Love someone? of course!
29. Your favorite color? black.. i know, its not a color =P
30. When is the last time you laughed? this morning?
31. Last time you cried? 7 months ago
32. Are you a bitch? sometimes
33. Favorite Position? sleeping? lying on my side
34. Favorite Past Time? reading
35. Are you a hater or a Lover? lover
37. Are you genuine or fake? genuine
38. Any Vices? Makeup, Shopping! haha
39. Pro Life or Wire Hanger? prolife!
40. McCAIN or OBAMA? Obama? hehe
41. Pro Plastic or Natural? Natural
42. Dream Job? Makeup artist

7 people to tag!

- sutil
- nikki
- phoebe
or anyone who wants to answer this.. =)


Favorite Read : Makeup Makeovers - Expert Secrets for Stunning Transformations

"Makeup is meant to be beautiful, and beautiful makeup is all about the colors you choose and where you place them -- never about how much you put on." - Robert Jones

My first makeup book! International Makeup Artist Robert Jones, shares his insider secrets on how to:

> apply eye makeup based on your eyeshape using 3 eyeshadow shades to highlight, midtone & contour.

> make any face shape appear oval by using contouring.

> choose the right makeup colors based on your skintone, haircolor & eyecolor.

> conceal eyebags, undereye circles & other impefections.

> choose the right makeup tools.

> shape eyebrows depending on your face shape.


Click the image to Enlarge
back view

click to enlarge

Before (right page) & After (left page) pics of women from various walks of life. Inside it has a detailed explaination on how to achieve their makeup looks.

Php : 1,099 (Powerbooks) or $ 14 on

So go ahead, grab a copy! Definitely worth reading!


Review : SkinFood Mushroom Multi Care BB Cream SPF 20 PA+

*image courtesy of*

Product Info :
"A Triple function BB Cream ( whitening, anti-aging, sunblock) that contains skin friendly aloe & mushroom extract, adenosine and arbutin that helps to improve the appearance of fine lines & promotes brighter, more radiant complexion w/ UV properties."

Product Size :
50 grams or 1.76 oz.

Price :

Php 1,500 or about $31 dollars

for very fair skintones with pink undertones
# 2
for fair-medium skintones with yellow undertones

*image courtesy of*

Coverage :

In terms of coverage, IMO, they're pretty much the same with the Gingko variant except that the Mushroom absorbs easily and its lighter in texture, and its not as oily as the Gingko. For the scent, I love the mushroom variant, its smells more "green" compared to the latter.

I apply my Nivea moisturising fluid SPF 15 in the A.M. , let it absorb for 5-10 minutes, then apply my BB Cream ( depends on my mood either the Gingko or Mushroom variant) .
After letting the cream absorb, I apply concealer on the undereye circles. Dust the whole face with loose powder to set BB Cream & Concealer. I blot my face with Blotting sheets every 4 hours, and sometimes retouch with powder. My skin is not that oily. Only in the T-zone area.

Click here to read my Product review for the Gingko BB Cream.


Update: Swatches


Yey! I won!

This morning when I opened my mail, I received an email from the gorgeous Phillis of saying I WON her Sweepstakes raffle! This is the first time that I've actually won something!!! Yipee! I'm so excited!

The 3 lucky winners (ahem!) will receive a goody bag filled with Beauty Products that Phillis personally picked based on the winners' skintone, eyecolor and haircolor! Hmm.., sounds nice huh?! And of course, the goodies will be delivered right at my doorstep!

She's such an angel! Thank you sooo much pretty! Can't wait to get the goodies =)

My Beauty Heroes..

Got this tag from Jheng. Really excited coz this is my first tag question. Yey!


What facial cleanser do you use?
>> Celeteque Facial wash

What toner do you use?
>> Celeteque alcohol-free toner

What moisturizer do you use?
>> During the day I'm using Nivea moisturising fluid SPF 15 & Celeteque Oil Free , water based moisturiser at night.

How many times a day do you wash your face?
>> Twice a day.

Do you use eye makeup remover? If so, what kind?
>> Yes, Nivea Sensitive Balance Makeup remover or Baby oil for stubborn mascara.

Is your skin oily, dry, or combination skin?

>> Combination.

What is the best part about your skin?
>> Its not that oily. Only in the T-zone area and my pores are not that visible.

What are your skin problems?

>> Tiny pimple marks, occassional breakouts.


What foundation do you use?
>> I replaced my foundation with SkinFood Gingko Blemish balm (BB). Before I'm using The Face Shop & Maybelline Aqua Gel.

What powder do you use?
>> L'Oreal ideal balance, NYC pressed & loose powder, Maybelline clear smooth

What eyebrow pencil do you use?
>> Not using one, but i have In2it's Brow Color in Striking.

What eyeliner do you use?

>> Elianto gel eyeliner , Avon's glimmerstick & Eyewriter liquid eyeliner.

What is your favorite eyeshadow?
>> Lancome , Elianto

What mascara do you use?
>> Right now, Maybelline & Shiseido.

What are your favorite lipbalms/glosses/sticks?
>> Chapstick & Carmex for the lipbalm, MAC & Lancome for the lipglosses.


Do you color your hair?
>> Before. Right now I can't coz I'm preggy.

What is your stylists name?
>> I don't have one.

What salon do you go to?
>> LUCE HAIR CAFE. It's a Korean Salon here in Cebu.

What is your natural hair color?
>> Black.

What is your hair color now?

Dark brown

Do you have straight or curly hair?

>> Wavy hair.

Do you use a curling iron?
>> I have one but I don't know how to use it! haha

A straightener?
>> Yeah! Right now I always use it since I can't have my rebonded..

Do you use a blow dryer?
>> Sometimes if really needed.

Do you use gel and if so, what kind?


Do you use mousse, and if so, what kind?

>> No.

What shampoo and conditioner do you use?

Right now I'm using Palmolive's Silky Straight Shampoo & Conditioner.

Do you use leave in conditioner?
>> Yes, Rejoice leave on.


What deodorant do you use?
>> Dove & Nivea

What body wash do you use?
>> Johnson's milk bath, Body Shop's bath & shower gel

Do you use a loofah, washcloth or soap to wash?
>> Bath scrubber or net.

What perfumes do you use or like? Name five.

>> Elizabeth Arden Green Tea, D&G light blue, VS forbidden fantasy, RL Cool, VS pear glace

Do you always have to smell good?
> Of course!

So who am i tagging now? who else, but YOU! ;)


Sunscreen / Sunblock Guidelines..

Yuri Ebihara for Shiseido Anessa

Got this from maplecrest of GirlTalk. Thanks sis!

"This is a nice guideline I found on the net regarding the use of sunblock. Hope this helps:"

Sunblock on? Check.

UVA/UVB protection? Check.

SPF 45? Check.

Ready to hit the beach!

Err, not quite. Wearing sunblock (also called sunscreen) is like taking a multivitamin: people use it, think they're safe, and don't realize that it's possibly doing them no good whatsoever.

A bottle of sunblock is your greatest weapon against wrinkles... IF you use it correctly. Let's give a primer on sunblock how to apply sunblock, shall we.

1. Wash your face. Thoroughly. Excessive face-washing is counter-productive, so don't overdo it. Simply run some warm (not hot) water, lather up some moisturizing facial cleanser (not soap) with your two middle fingers, and rinse. Pat yourself dry, but not too dry. Warm, moist skin absorbs best.

2. Do nothing. Let us make this very clear. For your sunblock to work, it has to be the FIRST thing you apply. If there is a layer of anything (makeup, moisturizer, toner, etc) between your skin and the sunblock, it won't work.

3. Apply sunblock liberally. You've heard before that using too much of something it a bad thing, but this isn't one of those times. Don't skimp on sunblock. It's amazing to me how people will try to save money by using less sunblock, and then spend $100 on an anti-wrinkle cream that does nothing for them. It's the SUNBLOCK where you should spend most of your money, since that is the best way to prevent wrinkles.

4. Do nothing (again). Your sunblock requires at least 10 minutes to absorb into your skin and dry up. It also takes about that long (maybe longer) to work, so don't go in the sun right away. Don't add anything to your face, whether it's water, moisturizer, or makeup, for 10 to 15 minutes. If you do, the sunblock won't work. Use this time to do something else, like your hair, or get dressed.

5. Repeat. If you're going to spend time in the sun, repeat this process every two hours. If it's just a day at the office, once will do, unless you plan on eating lunch outside.

6. Weather doesn't count. You need to wear sunblock every single day, no matter what the weather is like. UV rays shine right through the clouds, and you can still get sunburn in the rain or snow. Make it a morning ritual to apply sunblock first thing out of the shower.

7. Don't neglect your body parts. It would look strange if you were 80 and had very few wrinkles... except on your ears. When applying sunblock, don't forget your ears, hands, backs of your hands, other exposed body parts, and your lips. Of course, for your lips, don't use sunblock. Instead, use a lip balm with SPF 15. And let it sink in before applying that lipstick.

All these steps can be a pain in the rear, but your skin will thank you and reward you with fewer wrinkles. Make it part of your routine to do this, get creative, and you'll get used to it. The alternative (facelifts at 35) is far, far more of a pain than this.


My saturday haul..

I needed to get some stuff for Baby Keyshia & myself. I'm now 7 months preggy, and we're really excited..

Pigeon Feeding bottles, Bottle Brush, Milk container

My watsons haul (click to enlarge)

Bath scrubber, L'Oreal White perfect double eyezone brightener,
Nivea fluid spf 15, Nivea refreshing fluid spf 30

Finess cotton squares, Myra-E Hand & Body lotion, Maybelline Volume Express Mascara,
Ever Bilena powder puff


My HG Products..


Facial Wash - Celeteque
Facial Scrub - St. Ives Apricot Whitening Scrub
Toner - Celeteque Alcohol Free
A.M. Moisturiser - Nivea whitening fluid spf 15
Night Cream - Celeteque oil free moisturiser

A.M. Eye Cream - St. Ives eye stress gel
Night Eye Cream - Nivea Q10 plus

Facial Sunblock - Nivea whitening face cream SPF 50
Makeup Remover - Nivea sensitive balance

** I know, my skincare is pretty simple... and inexpensive too! hehe.. :D


Shampoo - Sunsilk
Conditioner - Sunsilk
Hair Cream - Rejoice leave-on
Serum - Citre Shine Anti-Frizz Serum

**Yeah, that's it!!

Makeup / Tools

**Here comes the complicated part =P

Tinted Moisturiser / Foundation: Skin Food Gingko BB Cream #1

Liquid Foundation : Maybelline Aqua Gel in N12 (Natural)

Powder Foundation : Maybelline Clear Smooth #11

Loose powder : N.Y.C. in translucent

Blush : MAC dollymix & L'oreal blush delice in Front page peach

Concealer : MAC Select Cover-up in NC 20

Eyeliner : Elianto gel eyeliner in Black

Eyeshadow : Lancome Color Focus

Mascara : Shiseido majorlica majorca, Maybelline

Lipbalm : Chapstick mint , Carmex mint

Lipgloss : Lancome Juicy tubes, MAC lipglass

Tools : Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, ELF foundation brush, Stippling brush

** How about you? What are your Holy Grail Products?


Makeup Brush Collection

Face Brushes

From L-R : Fashion21 Retractable Brush; Powder Brush; E.L.F. Blushing, Bronzing & Blending Brush ; E.L.F. Foundation Brush; Blush Blush ; Duo Fibre/ Stippling Brush

*F21 Retractable Brush - I always bring this in my bag for blush application.

*Powder Blush - for loose/pressed powder application to set my foundation.

* Foundation Brush - for liquid foundation & loose powder
( for my undereyes to set concealer)

* Duo Fibre/ Stippling Brush - a multi-purpose brush for just about anything. You can use it to apply Liquid foundation, Blush & Loose powder for an airbrushed effect.

Closer Look of the Duo Fibre Brush (click to enlarge)

Eye Brushes
From L-R : Brow & Lash Comb; Elianto Eyeliner Brush ; E.L.F. Blending Brush ;
E.L.F. Eyeshadow Brush ; Highlighter Brush ; Crease Blending Brush ;
2 pcs. Lancome Eyeshadow brushes ; Eyebrow Brush ; Concealer Brush ; Mini Concealer brush


Fashion 21 Cosmetics
E.L.F. Cosmetics


How to make your own Makeup Brush Cleaner

**Credits to Enkoremakeup (youtube) &

Mix the following to create your own makeup brush cleaner :

1 cup purified or distilled water
1/4 cup Isopropyl Alcohol
1/2 tbsp household detergent (dishwashing liquid soap)
1/2 tbsp hair shampoo or baby shampoo
1 tbsp spray-on leave-in conditioner (spray-on liquid)

Maximize use of your makeup

Check out Femalenetworks' post..


According to the website, here's the lifespan of some makeup items:

1. Lipstick: one to two years
2. Foundation: one year
3. Eyeliner: six to 12 months. It can last longer but make sure the tip is sharpened and clean before you use it.
4. Eye shadow: six to 12 months
5. Mascara: three months. It easily breeds bacteria.

What's inside my makeup kit..

Every week I rotate all my makeup products para hindi sayang.. hehe

Front View
the front compartment holds the tiny brushes =)
I bought this transparent bag for less than Php 150 at SM Dept. Store.

Back View

what's inside..

Fashion 21 Retractable Brush, Sansan Crease blending brush, Lancome Eyeshadow brush,
Elianto Eyeliner brush

E.L.F blush in Glow, In2it browcolor, MAC blush in Dollymix, Elianto gel eyeliner in Black

Last Row:
Tweezers, Maybelline unstoppable mascara, Burts bees lipbalm, Chapstick mint
Lancome Juicy tubes in Marshmallow, Ultra-Light kirsch & Fraise Tagada
MAC lipglass in Sexy Sweet & Pink Lemonade, Maybelline Clear Smooth 2 way powder in #11

Not Shown:
(forgot to include) hehe
MAC select cover up concealer in NC20, Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

Elianto's Gel Eyeliner & Eyeliner brush Review

Description from Elianto's Website:
" Gellified texture for prominent, lasting and smooth finishing, water resistant eyeline. Paint above the eye lid with liner brush and blend evenly."

Comes in 2 colors : Black & Deep Brown.

Bought the BLACK one for quite a steal at Php 299 or about $6-7 dollars. I also bought their Rounded eyeliner brush for Php 179 or $4 dollars. It looks the same as Bobbi Brown's Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush.

I had these items for almost a year and its so amazing that the Eyeliner brush, with daily use and frequent washing, the hair is still intact and didn't shed that much. It looks pretty much the same since the day I bought it.

The gel eyeliner on the other hand, dried a bit but still easy to apply. Its still a bit creamy and glides like a breeze. It stays the whole day without fading and didn't smudge even if wet, unless you rub it of course! hehe

Rating : I give it 8 out of 10. Will definitely buy again.

For more info about Elianto & their products visit


Spend VS. Save Products (Makeup Dupes)

MAC Studiofix - Everbilena powder foundation (round black compact); Maybelline clear smooth powder foundation
MAC Blot powder in Light- Shiseido Medicated powder ; Pigeon powder (mirrorless compact)
MAC studiofinish concealer - NYX concealer in a jar
Smashbox Photofinish primer - Monistat Anti-chaffing powder gel

MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack - Maybelline Eyestudio gel eyeliner in Black
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Zero - Maybelline Eyestudio shadow liner in Black

MAC sheertone blush in Dollymix - Ever Bilena Blush in Shy
MAC sheertone blush in Springsheen - ELF blush in Glow + ELF sunkissed bronzer
Nars Blush in Orgasm - L'oreal blush delice in Front page peach (LE);ELF Glow; Covergirl blush in Rose Silk
NARS blush in Deep Throat - Wet n Wild Silk Finish blush in Pearlescent Pink
Nars Blush In Crazed - ELF radiance blush in flushed
The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Tint - Ever Bilena Lip & Cheek tint
MAC Desert Rose blush - NYX Desert Rose blush

MAC Russian Red - NYX round lipstick in Chaos
MAC lustreglass in Venetian - TheFaceShop Fruits Jelly tube in RD302
MAC lipglass in Spring Bean - TheFaceShop Fruits Jelly tube in GR501
MAC lipglass in Pink Lemonade - ELF Shielding gloss spf 15 in Pink Lemonade
Lancome Juicy tube in Fraise tagada - VMV spectacularly glossy lip & cheek tint in the Big O!
MAC Rocking Chick Lipstick (Barbie) - Wet n wild Silk finish lipstick in 505A Light Berry Frost


Foundation & Concealer Shades

In case your wondering, here's the list of brands with my corresponding shades :


Maybelline :
> Gel foundation : #12 natural
> powder foundation: #11

In2it powder foundation : Chaste

TheFaceShop Liquid Foundation : NB13 light beige

Revlon Liquid Foundation: Ivory


MAC Select Cover Up : NC20
VOV Cover Foundation: #2 Natural beige
Maybelline perfect concealer : Light Beige
NYC concealer : Natural


TheFaceShop makeup base : Green
Skin Food : BB Cream #1



Makeup traincase

Here's a pic of my makeup collection.. =)

I bought this makeup traincase from Hongkong for a steal at HK$150. Original price is $200.

The brands are :

2 way powder / powder : Maybelline, In2it, NYC, Godiva, VMV

Liquid foundation / Makeup Base : Maybelline aqua gel, TheFace Shop, Skin Food

Blush : MAC, L'oreal, Maybelline, Elianto,The Body Shop, Ever Bilena , ELF

Concealer : MAC, Maybelline, VOV

Eyeshadow : TheFaceShop, Lancome, VOV, Careline, ELF

Mascara : Lancome, Maybelline

Lipbalm : Burts bees, Hawaiian tropic vanilla mint, Carmex, Chapstick, Rosebud salve, Smith's minted rose lipbalm, Blistex (im a lipbalm addict!)

Lipstick : Clinique, Maybelline (not a lipstick fan)

Lipgloss : MAC lipglass, Lancome juicy tubes, TheFaceShop, Maybelline, ELF, VMV, Estee Lauder


My Favorite Makeup items

Here's a list of my top makeup/tools :

Tools :

* Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler - really curls lashes without pinching my eyes. Its shape really suits Asian eyes.

* ELF foundation brush - i use this to apply loose powder after concealer application under my eyes, and also for liquid foundations.

* ELF Blushing, Bronzing & Blending brush - the name says it all. For blush, bronzer & loose powder application..

M A K E U P :

* Lancome juicy tubes - non-sticky gloss that lasts but not as pigmented as the MAC lipglass.

* MAC tinted lipglass - my HG gloss! makes my lips luscious & shiny.. lasts up to 4 hours.

* MAC clear lipglass - i appy this after lipstick and lo! my lips is super shiny!

* Smith's Minted Rose lipbalm - i'm a lipbalm/gloss addict, the best lipbalm for me that really works. It heals my dry lips and makes them uber soft. The best part, it has mint that makes your lips tingle. love it!

* L'oreal Blush Delice - a great alternative to MAC blushes! color pay-off is great and the price too..

* MAC Sheertone Blushes - i prefer this to the Matte Variants coz i like shimmery blushes. They just make my skin glow! I don't like too pigmented ones coz i usually end up looking like a clown.. tehehe..

* The Face Shop Black Label Eyeshadow - i love Korean Makeup! for the quality its really nice and the price is just right. Their eyeshadow is pigmented and lasts the whole day..

* The Face Shop Makeup Base - click the link below to read my review.

* Maybelline Clear Smooth 2-way powder - keeps shine at bay and i love the fact that its fragrance-free, non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic.. thumbs up for this product!

* Skin Food Gingko BB Cream - my skin just glows when i apply this! It covers slight imperfections without looking too made up. I just set it with loose powder.. no need for foundations.. Click the link below to read my review.

* MAC concealer - hides my flaws especially that pesky dark undereye circles!

* Clean & Clear Oil blotting film - removes oil without ruining makeup. I really love the smell of the grapefruit variant.

Review : SkinFood Gingko Blemish Balm (BB) Cream

*picture taken from Skinfood website*

What is BB cream?
* this started as a treatment for patients who have undergone laser treatments. This cream helps protect the delicate skin & helps it regenerate faster.

Skinfood Gingko BB Cream Product Info :
"This product is formulated with Gingko & Green tea extracts (anti-oxidant), which is full of beauty enhancing ingredients such as Lecithin & Vitamin B to moisturise and nourish the skin. This is a multi-function skincare product for both skin correction & skin protection. "

Product Size :
50 grams or 1.76 oz.

Php 1,150 or about $26 dollars

#1 for very fair skintones with pink undertones
# 2 for fair-medium skintones with yellow undertones

Coverage :
Light to medium coverage. Depends on how much you apply.

I'm NC20 so I use #1 shade. It evened out my skintone, slightly covered my dark circles and pimple marks. This also gives my face a dewy finish if not used with loose powder. I how my concealer glides easily and makes it easier to blend.

Long-term Benefits of BB Cream when used regularly :
* evens out skintone
* fades pimple marks
* reduces pore size

Edit : After 7 months of using this, my very dark pimple marks really disappeared, its hardly visible now. I'm definitely impressed with this miracle cream! I even stopped using liquid foundation since I started using this coz it already evened out my skintone. I even bought the Mushroom Variant because it has SPF 20! As for my pore size, I really can't compare coz my pores are not that visible.

Rating: Out of 10, i give this an 8.

Click here to read my Review for the Skin Food Mushroom BB Cream.