April 29, 2009

Review : NYX Concealer in a Jar in Light, Beige and Medium

I love NYX especially their Concealer! I read online its a great dupe for the MAC Studiofinish concealer for a fraction of the price.. I've heard so many good things about this tiny jar and after reading Nikki of Askmewhats' Product Review, I decided to give this little guy a shot!


According to N.Y.X. :
"Provides natural & lasting coverage of discolorations & imperfections without looking caked-on or clumpy. Super concentrated so just a little will do the job."



WHAT I LIKE:

* its affordable! Got the Beige & Medium shade from MakeupMasala for $3.50 each, while the Light shade from a swap.

* very creamy, a little goes a long way

* lightweight feeling when applied all over my eyes

* doesn't crease & longlasting (make sure to set with loose powder). I'm using Skinfood's Buckwheat loose powder in #21

* very handy coz of its size.


WHAT I DON'T LIKE:

* not available here in the Philippines
* difficult to choose colors online; that's why I bought 3 shades!
* coverage is sheer, did not totally cover my dark undereye circles.



NYX Concealer in a Jar in Light, Beige, Medium

Light - has a slight pink undertone. A bit light on my skintone but I use this on my undereye circles to lighten them. I think it will match NC15-20 skintones with pink undertones.

Beige - Perfect match! Perfect for NC20-25, with yellow undertones.

Medium - slightly dark on me. I think this shade will suit typical Pinay's with NC30-35 skintones.

My other Concealer Reviews : Click here.


Swatch time!!



Light, Beige and Medium

Note: Light shade matches my inner arm (i have slightly pink undertones here) while the Beige shade matches my face (with slightly yellow undertones).
Weird huh?! Maybe I have Neutral undertones? Enlighten me ladies! hehe

Let me know what concealer/s worked for you.. Xiao!

April 21, 2009

RED my Lips..

Here's my collection of RED lippies! I still wear them eventhough its summer!
If you're in a hurry, just curl your lashes and apply red lipstick! Instant glam! =)



LIPSTICK(from top to bottom)

Maybelline Moisture Extreme Lipstick in Empire Rouge
MAC Satin Lipstick in Mac Red
N.Y.X. Round Lipstick in Femme
Maybelline Watershine Pure in Glazed Red Apple
Maybelline Watershine Pure in Dragonfly Red
Nichido Magical Lipstick in Strawberry

My fave is Maybelline's Empire Rouge & MAC Red, its non-drying and the staying power is good. Unlike the Watershine variant that fades after a few hours, and not that moisturising too!



LIPGLOSS (from top to bottom)
Note: Its quite sheer when applied on the lips

Revlon Superlustrous gloss in Cherries in the Glow
MAC lustreglass in Venetian
Lancome Juicy tubes in Cherry Burst
The Face Shop Fruits Jelly tube in RD 302
E.L.F. Moisture Care lipcolor in Ruby Slipper

My favorite among the bunch is the Lancome JT! It applies sheer at first then darkens a bit after awhile. Very glossy and a natural red on me! Just like bitten lips..

I'm a bit disappointed with MAC Venetian, it quickly fades and you're left with glossy lips with no color! Its so weird coz its quite pigmented in the tube and on MAC website.

I noticed that MAC Lustreglasses are very sheer when applied, get the Tinted Lipglass if you want pigmented glosses!

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Smudge Free lipstick: ( I read this tip in Marie Clare Mag )

This is really important to keep lipstick last longer and prevents it from bleeding.
RED lipstick on your teeth?! NOT COOL!

1. Make sure your lips is dry (no lipbalm coz this will just make your lipstick slide off).

2. Fill in your lips with a natural colored lipliner that's closest to your lipcolor.

3. Apply your lipstick using a lipbrush for more precision.

4. Blot lips unto tissue.

5. Apply a thin layer of translucent powder over your lips to "set" the lipstick, then apply color again and gently blot with tissue..

How about you? What's your fave RED lippie?
I'm still looking for the perfect pigmented RED gloss!
Let me know if you found one..
Take care ladies!!

April 13, 2009

Holy Week Family Vacation..

Inspired by Nikki's Tagaytay Getaway, I decided to do this non-makeup post.. =)

Last Holy Thursday, we went to Medellin, the town where my Mom grew up.. Located North of Cebu. About 2-3 hours ride from Cebu City..

My family decided to stay in a beach resort to unwind since my Mom, my sister Eda Nolan, her hubby Gian Carlos and Baby Andrei just arrived here in Cebu from Q.C., Manila for a vacation.. They really miss the beach here... white sand beaches and not so crowded too..

We spent two days there.. too bad Hubby and my baby JK can't come with us..


The View

Breathtaking isn't it?!

Their rooms are inexpensive, costs about Php 1,500 for aircon rooms..


Me and Eda fooling around.. We look like tutubi's haha

Posing again.. haha
Proud parents of Baby Andrei.... Gian & Eda


With Eda, my bro Ked and Baby Andrei



My cousins, my sis Kit (3rd from left), Eda, Gian, my bro King, cousin Niño and Me

Some of my cousins from Medellin who visited us
Eda, my Mom and Baby Andrei (3rd from Left)


How about you? Where did you spend your summer vacation?

April 12, 2009

EDM, NYX and More..

Yey! After almost 2 months of waiting for my EDM order... At last they're here!!!
Just got them last wednesday..




I got the EDM Angled Blush Brush & FREE Samples

I included the EDM Flat Top (FT) brush for comparison

Samples from top to bottom:
Foundation - Soft Butter Peach (original glo)
Foundation - Winged Butter (matte)
Blush - Wake up call
Concealer - Bisque
Foundation - Fawn (intensive)


From L-R : Wake up call Blush, Bisque Concealer, Fawn, Soft Butter Peach and Winged Butter

Last swatch is Ellana's French Vanilla latte (my foundation shade) for reference


Mini Haul from Makeupmasala

Notice how neatly packed it is?! =) Thanks Toma!

She even included a voucher for a FREE Full sized mineral eyeshadow on my next purchase =)


Clockwise from Left:

NYX lipstick in Femme
NYX Concealer in a Jar in Beige & Medium
LA Colors Mystic Foundation in Nude & Warm Beige
LA Colors Trio Eyeshadow in PE409
LA Colors Dual Blush in Blushing Pink & Pink Mauve
LA Colors 5 Color Metallic Eyeshadow in Fabulous & Tea Time


My NYX Concealers

L-R: Light, Beige and Medium



Happy Easter Everyone!!!


April 7, 2009

Mini Haul..

I asked my friend Dona (from the US) to buy me some MAC stuff. At last they're here!
Too bad there's no stock of MAC blot powder & Lychee Luxe lipglass! Huhu..


MAC Lipglass in Pink Poodle - Pink Fuchsia with Pinky-gold shimmer
MAC Satin Lipstick in Mac Red - Vivid bright bluish-red


Other stuff I bought lately...

Care Line Glitter Eyeliner in Gold - saw some expensive glitter liners online, saw this on Watsons and decided to give this a try.

"Is the Ultimate glitter eyeliner for girls that love glitter but prefer a stylish and sophisticated sparkle. Incredibly daring liquid eyeliners loaded with sparkling micro glitter. Features a thin brush to achieve the perfect line everytime."

Elianto Baked Eyeshadow duo in Gold - a steal for Php299! Shimmery & Pigmented.

"This unique powder has been baked in Italian Terracota base in high temperature for hours. Thus the powder texture are more refine and better powder compression. After mixed with water, the powder bounce back to a microfine fell without glazing -thus creating the ultra-shine, high hue effect. The silky powder eyeshadow can be applied either dry for a sheer makeup or wet for a dramatic long lasting wear."

Lancome Juicy Tube Smoothie in Cherry Burst - I love JT's! Very shiny and non-drying.. The Smoothie variant is a bit pigmented than than the regular JT's.

Add power to your pout with brilliant shine. Dial up the glamour with shimmering color. Discover a favorite shade and flavor for every mood. Lancôme now offers a fun way to choose Juicy Tubes based on coverage and finish, giving your lips the high impact shine and color you desire.

Juicy Tubes Smoothie shades offer medium coverage with a burst of color. Lips glisten with an ultra-glossy formula that glides on easily with its tube-tip applicator.

Maybelline Moisture Extreme Lipstick in Empire Rouge - a full color, creamy lipstick with SPF 15 and claims to be moisturising as a lipbalm. I really love it coz it not drying compared to their their Watershine variant..

Active power of a lip balm provides deep moisturization for voluptuous lips drenched in color. Up to 75 % moisturizers and conditioners Hours of lip conditioning color. An active anti-chap ingredient that provides lip balm-like moisturization and improves condition of your lips and other active ingredients that absorb and lock in moisture. Exclusive patent-pending gel-based formula glides on smoothly and easily over lips. Moisturizes lips up to 8 hours. After 3 days, lips appear healthier, softer and smoother and more radiant than before. Non-feathering and non bleeding. SPF 15 Sunscreen to protect lips.

Lancome JT in Cherry Burst & Elianto Baked E/S in Gold


Swatches:
From L-R:
MAC Lipstick in Mac Red (Satin)
Maybelline Moisture Extreme Lipstick in Empire Rouge
MAC lipglass in Pink Poodle
Care Line Glitter Eyeliner in Gold
Elianto Baked Eyeshadow Duo in Gold


Victoria's Secret Pure Seduction Set
Body Wash, Lotion and Body Splash

A Pasalubong gift from a friend - Thanks Frank! =)


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