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Review : MAC Brow Set in Girl Boy

My makeup artist friend/business partner Jessie Glova used this product on me during my daughter's birthday party, and I love how natural my brows look. Since then, I wanted to buy this product for myself. Luckily, I found a local online seller! She's selling some of her MAC Makeup for almost half the price (she only used them once during her wedding). FYI, there's no MAC store here in Cebu.. BOO!!

*photo from MAC website*

Slick! Strokes on. Adds shine, style, grooming, overall wow! to the brows. A brush-on gel that grooms and slicks brows into shape without flaking or stiffening the brows. Available in several tinted shades or clear, it can be used on its own, or for a nice natural look stroke over Eye Brows. May also be used on lashes, sideburns, and chops - any facial hair.

PRICE: Php 800

WEIGHT : 8 grams / 0.28 oz.

SHADES: Available in 4 shades.
Clear (color-free)
Girl Boy (fawn- blonde)
Beguile (full-bodied taupe)
Show-off (rich brown)

* color looks so…

Review : Avon Simply Pretty Dual Powder Foundation ( A MAC SF Dupe)

As mentioned on my previous post, this powder foundation is aMAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation dupe. For reference, I have normal to oily skin (T-zone). Let's take a closer look at this baby..

PRODUCT INFO at the back of compact:
Put shine on hold while protecting and keeping your face fresh and clean! Special micro-powders absorb shine while wet/dry formula allows you to control its coverage for a fresh, clean look. SPF 13 shield skin from damaging UVA/UVB rays.
Oil free. Dermatologists tested. Clinically tested.
Non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic.
Made especiall for Asian women.

TO USE: Apply dry for medium coverage and wet for heavier coverage.

PRICE: Around Php 200 in Avon stores.

WEIGHT : 10 grams

SHADES: Available in 3 shades?
Still have to check. I have it in Light Beige.

* has spf 13
* almost no scent at all
* texture is not chalky
* good oil control
* didn't give me breakouts. Used it for more than a month.
* nice packaging, with separate sponge compact like MAC SF.
* very…

Spend vs. Save : MAC Studio Finish Concealer

So which one is the MAC Studio Finish Concealer dupe? Read on to find out..

From Left:
MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC20 SPF 35 (7grams) - Php 870
NYX Concealer in a Jar in Beige(7 grams)- Php 250
VOV Cover Foundation in #2 Natural Beige ( 20 grams) - Php 500+

MAC - full coverage
NYX - light to medium coverage
VOV - medium to full coverage

MAC - kinda dry; make sure to warm it up first
NYX - very creamy
VOV - is perfect! Not too dry or creamy on normal temperature.

FINAL WORDS (used on my undereyes)
MAC - love its full coverage but sometimes it creases. Make sure to blend very well.SPF 35 is a great plus too!
NYX - easy to blend but does last the entire day and does not completely cover my dark circles.
VOV - a muti-purpose product! Can be used as foundation or concealer. They say this is a dupe of Cinema Secrets concealer. Nice coverage but sometimes it melts/creases if the weather is hot.


Excited to find out who's the MAC Studio Finish Conc…


Just want to share the pics of NYX Concealers so that you can compare the colors.

For my NYX Concealer in a jar review, click here.

NYX Concealer in a Jar in:
Fair - for NC15-20 (yellow undertone)
Light - NW15-20 (pink undertone)
Beige - NC20-25 (yellow undertone)
Medium - NC30-35 (beige undertone)

*Note: based in MY opinion only..

For the Light, Beige and Medium Swatches, clickhere.

TheJessie Glova 15 pc Concealer palette with the NYX Concealer in a jar.

The NYX Colors are really dupeable.. See?!

In terms of coverage, the 15 concealer palette reminds me of the MAC Studio Finish concealer, that has a "kinda" dry coverage compared to NYX.

Spend vs. Save : MAC Red Lipstick

MAC lipstick in MAC Red is described as a "Vivid bright bluish-red" on MAC's website.

MAC Lipstick in Mac Red (Satin finish) - Php 900
NYX Round Lipstick in Chaos - Less than Php 100 (if bought online)


See?! They really look the same. I can't tell the difference!

I really love NYX's Round lipsticks! They are really pigmented and creamy!
Nice colors too!

Make sure to apply lipbalm before applying ANY lip product.

Review : MAC Studio Finish Concealer

A lightweight, creamy, discreetly opaque concealer. Provides a smooth, long-wearing invisible coverage for all skin blemishes. Water-resistant, fragrance-free and non-acnegenic. This emollient-based, lightweight concealer is so concentrated that a tiny amount can provide opaque coverage of the skin's imperfections and discolourations. It effectively covers dark circles, blemishes, moles, tattoos and birthmarks. Enriched with antioxidants (derivatives of Vitamin A and Vitamin E), it also contains Silica to help adsorb the skin's oils. Concealer has an SPF of 35 and is available in a wide range of colours. It can be applied with a medium to firm fiber brush (try the 242 Brush), a latex sponge, or the fingertips.

PRICE: $16.50 or Php 792; Php 870 in Philippine stores

WEIGHT : 7 g / 0.24 US OZ

SHADES: Available in 14 shades.
Check out MAC's Shade Guide here.

* really covers up my dark circles
* has an opaque coverage
* its fragrance-free
* a little am…

What made my day..

Love package I received yesterday from blogger friend Gem coz I won herFirst giveaway contest. I'm really excited to receive this coz I've been lemming for G-lish products since its not available here in Cebu. I just found out that they have a website and they only charge Php80 flat rate for shipping! Cool...I wanna try their other products! =)

Gem gave me the ff:

Cute bronze bag
G-lish (Patrick Rosas) Blush in PRG-B-001
Elianto nail polish in Aqua
Blue Eyeliner
Estee Lauder Pure gloss in Star Pink
Clinique Color Surge High Brilliance Lipstick in Berry Licious
Clinique High Impact mascara in Black
G-lish (Patrick Rosas) Eyeshadow Trio in PRG-E-002

Closer look at the G-lish palettes

Very pretty right?! They are shimmery but not glittery.
Sorry for the low quality pics, just used my Phone Cam =P
Can't wait to use them.. Reviews coming soon!

Thanks Gemma! Hope to see ya in Cebu soon.. *muah!*

Concealer Shade Guide


Let's take a look at the color wheel

*Image from*

For example :
Since green is opposite red, so a green concealer cancels out pimples /redness.
Purpluish undereye circles can be cancelled out by a yellowish concealer.
For Bluish undereye circles use an orange/ salmon concealer.
Lavender / Lilac corrects/brightens sallow ( yellow) skin

Other Color Correctors
Credits to
Apricot / Peach - Brightens cooler skin tonesRose - Lifts sallow complexions and gives a glowBlue - Takes down orangey skin tones, also corrects bad self-tan applications!Bronze - Brightens and lifts nearly all skin tones. Gives a healthy sun-kissed lookGold - Accentuates golden skin tones and suntansSilver - Brightens cooler skins. Usually only done in the evening!Yellow - Brightens warmer skin tones, downplay bluish discolorations.

Shade Guide for MAC

*Image from MAC Cosmetics*

Still wondering what's your MAC shade for foundation, concealer or powder?
Are you a N? C? NW? NC?
So confusing right?!

Here's a simple guide I want to share with you.

The Letters stands for the different skin tones while the numbers refer to your skin's depth from 15 (fairest) to 55 (very dark skin)

N stands for Neutral skintones(Beige skin)
C stands for Cool skintones(Yellow, Golden, Olive skin)
W stands for Warm skintones(Pinkish skin)
NC stands for Neutral Cool skintones(Golden Beige skin)
NW stands for Neutral Warm skintones( Pink Beige skin)

I know, MAC's shade guide is really confusing coz from what I know WARM skin has a yellow undertone, while from their description its the other way around.

According toSokissandmakeup:

"The reason for this is that MAC uses the makeup artists color wheel which is pretty much the opposite of what we usually think of as cool vs. warm. An easy way to look at it is like this: Thin…

Spend Vs. Save : Bright Pink Blush

MAC Blush in Dollymix (sheertone shimmer) - Php 1,200
NYX Blush in Pinky - Php 350

I really love NYX's blushes! (and their other products too!)
Staying power is good (about 4 hours) and its not that chalky..
I have 2 NYX's blushes, the other one isDesert Rose.
Both are really pigmented, I only need to tap my kabuki brush once or twice.

Other Inexpensive (but Good) Brands to Try:

Ever Bilena Blush in Shy - Php 100+
Ever Bilena Blush in Baby Pink - Php 100+
Fanny Serrano Blush in Angel Pink- Php 200+

I used Shy and Baby Pink, the former really looks like Dollymix so I gave it to my sister in law. Baby pink is a nice shimmery pink blush that instantly brightens my face.

ShadeofU's Viral MAC Giveaway Contest

The lovely MAC prizes up for grabs

This MAC Giveaway for The Shades Of U followers and subscribers!! This contest is open to everyone eighteen (18) years old and older worldwide. Take a look at the prizes in store for the winner (all items are brand-new, untested MAC products):

1. Blackware glimmerglass
2. Blackfire glimmerglass
3. Blingblack glimmerglass
4. Black Knight cremesheen lipstick
5. Blue Flame mineralize eyeshadow
6. Cinderfella mineralize eyeshadow
7. Wisteria eyeshadow trio (Dame Edna collection)
8. Kirsch mattene lipstick

It is easy to join. First of all, you need to be a subscriber or follower of this blog, either via Twitter, Blogger or Google Friend Connect, RSS Feed, Facebook or e-mail.

Also, this is a viral contest, so you need to post a link to ShadeofU's post or a link to The Shades Of U homepage, on your blogs (Blogger, Vox, Livejournal, Xanga, etc), forums you visit, or social networks (MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Friendster, etc). Re-tweeting on Twitter or sharing th…

Spend Vs. Save : MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation

MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation in NC25 - Php 1,500
Avon Simply Pretty Dual Foundation (Light Beige) - Php 290

Tested Avon for almost a month and I didn't break out
Both have the same medium to full coverage
Can be used wet or dry
Has a separate sponge compartment
Long lasting finish
Flawless, non-cakey, natural coverage
Almost unscented

Surprisingly, this is really the SAVE version of MAC Studio Fix!


Click here to read my MAC Studiofix Review.