June 29, 2009

Wedding Ideas..

Just got back from work after being on leave for a week. I got Asthma, cough & a cold!
My cheek area really hurt due to sinusitis! Just went to the doctor for check-up and he gave me meds to take. I'm kinda okey now! Thank goodness after a week of suffering =)


After reading
Martha's Blushing Bride post, I just wanted to share some details of my wedding last October 17, 2007. For those of you who are getting married soon, I hope you'll find this post useful..

Since I'm from Cebu, my Makeup Artist is
Jessie Glova. A very popular M.A. based in Cebu who's done tons of makeup for Magazine shoots, FashionTV (Ftv) shows, Run-way makeup and of course Bridal makeup. Click here to view his portfolio.


Sorry don't have time to watermark my pics. Warning : Pic Heavy!

**Click images to zoom**

Makeup Products my M.A. used:

MAC Select Moistureblend foundation (NC20) mixed with NC25 to contour cheekbones
Laura Mercier Loose powder to set makeup
Laura Mercier Brightening powder to highlight
MAC eyeshadow to fill brows (brownish shade)
MAC eyeshadows in Neutral colors for a natural look
Soft black eyeshadow to define lashline (mixed with a little water)

Shimmery white pencil/eyeshadow to highlight lower lashline
NARS Orgasm Blush
Soft pink lipstick from MAC or NARS? i forgot =)

I really like my makeup! It really looks natural on pictures and in person of course! He didn't use foundation on my neck area since he said it would look to obvious. He just used the right shade of foundation on my face.

See? He's really good! My face and neck color - MATCHED!


My Gown - designed by Mr. Leonardo Igloria A simple mermaid cut gown with sweetheart neckline with beads & lace, and a bow at the back side



with the Maid of honor & Bridesmaids
Same designer - Leonardo Igloria
Motiff: Lime green & pink

with my hubby.. He's Chinese btw not Korean! =)
His parents are from Hongkong.

Peace! =P

Our cake from Kaye's! yummy noh?!


The Chinese symbol stands for - Double Happiness!

Reception : Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino
Grand Ballroom


I'm happy to share with you one of my most unforgettable moments in life.
To those of you who are getting married soon, enjoy planning your wedding!
See ya next time! =)


June 22, 2009

Ecotools 5 pc Brush set

Got this from Makeupmasala and I'm not disappointed! =)

Ecotools 5 pc Brush set

From Ecotools site:

• 4 high-quality brushes inside a natural cotton & hemp linen bag
• Soft, cruelty-free bristles
• Natural & recycled materials

This earth-friendly brush set is packed with the 4 high-quality brushes you need to look beautiful. And, it shows respect for the planet:
• Bamboo handle has a low impact on the earth’s resources as it is a highly sustainable plant.
• Synthetic taklon bristles are 100% cruelty free.
• Sleek ferrule is made from recycled aluminum.
• Cosmetic case is made from natural cotton and hemp

HOW TO USE:
Mineral Powder Brush
• Apply powder or mineral foundation all over face in a circular, buffing motion and work inward towards nose.
Concealer Brush
• Use with liquid or mineral powder concealer for more coverage on blemishes and under eyes.
Eye Shading Brush
• Expertly cut to apply and blend powder eye shadows.
Baby Kabuki
• Buff powder over areas that need more coverage.

Powder brush & Kabuki brush


Eyeshadow brush and Concealer brush

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I really love looking and touching these brushes! Sooo soft!

My thoughts :

Powder Brush - perfect for highlighters and loose/pressed powders. The hair is soft and dense.

Kabuki Brush - so cute! You can use this for blush or loose powders for a sheer finish.

Eyeshadow Brush - the hair is fluffy, its to big for a crease brush. I use this for eyeshadow base and highlight color under brows.

Concealer brush - firm yet soft! I use this for cream concealer for the undereyes.

Overall:

I love them! A must have set.. Not that expensive too! And its kinder to the planet coz they use recycled materials. The brushes are 100% Vegan.


More pics (for comparison)

Ecotools powder brush and EDM Long Handled Kabuki


Ecotools Kabuki brush and Ellana Minerals baby buki

The Ecotools Kabuki brush hair are fluffier compared to Ellana Buki therefore, it gives sheerer coverage. =) I use my Ellana buki for blush application.


Hope you find this post useful. Thanks for reading! =)
I'm still waiting for my other brushes to arrive. Will post it soon..

June 19, 2009

Duwop Lip Venom Flash

Super thanks to my friend Martha!

The moment I read her post, i asked her if its ok for her to buy me one too! But she said, she can't guarantee if there are still stocks available. Imagine my surprise when she texted me the next day that she bought this na! And this is the last one available.. hehe..
Super thanks again sis! =) Hope I can return the favor soon..

*pic borrowed from their website*

Duwop Lip Venom

Description on their website:
Lip Venom was the very first lip plumper on the market, creating the lip plumping category for the beauty industry. The tingly gloss uses essential oils to enhance lips' natural color and shape by increasing circulation. The result: fuller bee stung lips.

The secret behind Lip Venom is a blend of essential oils, which include cinnamon, wintergreen, and ginger, that cause the blood to rush to the surface of the lips, flushing and swelling them slightly. The gloss also includes jojoba and avocado oil that moisturize and give the lips intense shine. You end up with a shiny, naturally rosy pout that cannot be achieved by wearing ordinary lip gloss.

DuWop Lip Venom is sulfate-free, petro-chemical-free, fragrance-free, dye-free, free of pthalates, no GMO's, no PPG's, no MEA's DEA's, TEA's, is formaldehyde-free, and triclosan-free.

DuWop does not use animal testing on any of their products.



Actual pics:

Pics borrowed from Martha
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Info on the leaflet:

Duwop Lip Venom Flash
is a spicy tingly gloss that enhances your lips' natural color and shape (our original lip venom formula) spiked with silver shimmer.

Weight:
0.12oz / 3.5ml

Directions:
Apply as often as desired. A sensation of heat and tingling is normal (some say desirable). Discontinue use if unpleasant irritation persists.

Ingredients:
Polyisobutene, Jojoba oil, Avocado oil, Mica, Microcrystalline wax, Natural essences, D&C Red #6, Balake, Propyl Paraben.

Retails for $16 online / Php 995 on Beauty Bar

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My thoughts:
Really gives a tingly sensation a minute after application. I immediately felt my lips getting bigger and pouter =) Its spicy but tolerable (or maybe I'm just used to spicy glosses/lipbalms).

The tube packaging that came with it is cute, but when I opened it I got shocked coz the Lip venom itself is so tiny! Its only 2.5 inches! But you only need a small amount to make your lips shiny & full.

I think this is a bit expensive for a lip plumper but it really does the job.

For cheaper alternatives, you would want to try :
ELF's Plumping Lip gloss (Php 125) and Sally Hansen's Lip Plumper (Php 599).


See ya next time! =)


June 15, 2009

Review : Everyday Minerals Brushes

Here's my Everyday Mineral's Brushes that arrived last week (right side), while my old brushes on the left side for reference..



From Left :

Super Full Angled Brush
Flat top brush
Long Handled Kabuki
Foptic Brush


Description on EDM's Site:

EDM Angled (Super Full) Blush Brush - $8
"The Angled Blush Brush has plush silky bristles angled to flawlessly apply your blush or easily contour your face, and the 2.5” bamboo handle fits comfortably into your hand to give you optimal control."

Tip : I use this brush for bronzer to contour my cheekbones. The hair is firm but soft.

EDM Flat Top Brush - $10
"Unbelievably soft and incredibly dense, this flat top brush is the ultimate multi-tasker. From foundation to finishing powder, its plush and luxurious synthetic fibers provide the perfect coverage, resulting in a flawless finish every time."

Tip: I use this brush for powder foundation & mineral foundies for medium coverage. I really like this brush coz it cuts my prepping time in half.


EDM Long Handled Kabuki - $10
"Pamper your face with the luxuriously soft Long Handled Kabuki brush, while the densely packed synthetic bristles give you flawless coverage of your foundation, blush, and finishing powder. Vegan with eco-friendly 100% renewable bamboo handles!"

Tip: I plan to use this for Loose powders or higlighters for a sheer finish.

EDM Skunkless Foptic Brush - $10 (Discontinued)
"Your new bamboo "foptic" brush is perfect for blending application of all your EDM Minerals Face & base products. "Skunkless" means it is cruelty free! Made of super super super soft synthetic bristles!"

Tip: I think this is great for stippling liquid foundation. The hair is kinda long & flimsy but this can be fixed using an elastic band wrapped near the ferrule.


EDM'S Foptic vs. MAC 187 Dupe
See how long the hairs are?! =)

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My thoughts:

I really love them! EDM's brushes are uber soft.. so addicting! =P
Shed's 1-2 hairs on the first wash. No shedding on the 2nd wash.
Their brush hair doesn't have a weird smell coz its 100% Vegan, meaning No Animal Hair!
Their Brushes are made of Bamboo handles that's kinder to the planet (same with Ecotools).

I prefer Synthetic Hair coz:
> i read its best for sensitive skin. Animal hair can sometimes cause allergies.
> its much cheaper.
> no weird smell.
> cruelty free hair.


Next Brush review coming soon: Ecotools 5 pc Brush set
Bye for now ladies..


Blog Award..

Thanks to Martha of The Beauty Junkee for giving me this award! I'm so blessed that I've known such a kind person like you through Girltalk and online blogging. Hope to see ya in person soon! Super thanks for buying the Lip Venom for me! =) hehe. I can't believe I have that now!







The Rules!:

1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his/her blog link.

2. Pass the award to other blogs that you've newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.


And my Nominees... **drumroll please**

Shobe
Ida
Nehs
Paula
Louise


Thanks again Martha! **muah**

June 12, 2009

MAC Blush swatches..

Here's my MAC Blush Collection. I only own 5 hehe. =P
Aside from this brand, I also own a few from Elianto, L'oreal, LA Colors, ELF, etc..

As I write this, am saying goodbye to my Posey Blushcreme.. I love the color, but I prefer to use powder blushes... Thanks to Lovely for adopting my baby! =)



MAC Blushes from Lower left:

Dollymix - Pure Candy Pink (sheertone shimmer)
Springsheen - Peach with Pearl (sheertone shimmer)
Afterdusk (Moonbathe Collection) - raspberry/plum with gold shimmers (sheertone shimmer)
Pink Swoon - Clearly Pink (sheertone)
Posey Blushcreme - Dewey-fresh rosey pink (cream)

My thoughts:
I'm NC20-25 for reference

Dollymix - my favorite among the 5. Really gives me a nice flush. This looks scary on the pan, but the key in applying this is to use a kabuki brush or duo fibre brush so that it will not look too harsh on fair skintones.

Save: Everbilena blush in Shy. I had this before, but gave it away coz the color looks kinda similar but the Dollymix is pigmented compared to EB.

Springsheen - gives warmth on my face. The color is a subtle bronzey-peach on my skintone with a hint of shimmers.

Save : ELF bronzer in sunkissed + ELF Glow blush if applied with a light hand. First apply Glow then the bronzer to achieve a peachy-bronze glow.. =)

Afterdusk - my fave blush to use during nighttime coz of its shimmers. I layer this with any pink blush. When used alone, its really hard to get the color to show up on my skin and its not that long lasting compared my to other MAC blushes.

Pink Swoon - A no-brainer blush. Gives a subtle baby pink flush that compliments blue, green or smokey eyeshadows. I read Kim Kardashian is a fan of this blush!

Posey Blushcream - a pinky-red color on the pan. You only need a dot per cheek area. The only thing I don't like with cream/liquid/gel blushes is that it leaves a stain on my fingertips! =P


Hope you like my review.. See ya next time!


June 10, 2009

Makeup Masala mini haul

Good morning everyone! I got my 2nd package from Toma of MakeupMasala a few days ago. Still expecting my 3rd package around next week.


Here's what I got:


Ecotools 5 pc Brush set
LA Colors 5 pc Metallic Eyeshadow Palette in Wildflowers, Enchanted, Soiree
LA Colors Dual Blusher in Blushing Pink/Pink Mauve as freebie
MakeupMasala Mineral eyeshadow sample (i forgot what shade)


I'll be posting my review soon! Bye for now ladies! =)

June 3, 2009

Pasalubong gifts..

My friend who just came home from Japan gave me these as pasalubong! Thanks Che! =)


KANEBO LAVSHUCA LIPGLOSS IN RS-01
(red shimmer)


RS-01 is a shimmery berry red color.

What I like:
* its shimmery like MAC's Lustreglass
* staying power up to 4 hours
* no smell or weird after taste
* pigmentation & color pay-off (sheer but buildable)
* kinda sticky - comparable to MAC Lustreglass
* tube packaging - hygenic compared to the wand types

What I don't like:
* nothing! =)

I hope its available locally.. I really like this gloss! =)


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SHISEIDO MAJORLICA MAJORCA LASH EXTENSION MASCARA



This mascara promises to extend lashes up to 120x! hehe
That's the only info I have, can't understand their website coz its in Japanese! =P Lol!


What I like:
* comb type wand separates lashes to avoid clumping
* really lengthens my lashes
* waterproof

What I don't like:
* hard to remove
* not volumizing
* has a weird smell on the tube
* expensive for a mascara (costs approx. php 1,000)

I'll continue to use this though on special occasions that calls for a waterproof mascara. I prefer to use Maybelline since its much cheaper.

I also noticed, using Waterproof mascara everyday damages the lashes.

I'm the type of person that doesn't spend more that Php 600 on a mascara! Lol! Coz it only lasts 3-6 mos! =)

Actual Pics:



**Click to enlarge**


Charm Holiday Set Prebuy..

Thanks Nikki for posting! Its been a long time since I want to own a brush set from Charm but the Professional Brush Set is kinda expensive for me..

Thanks to Beauty and Minerals for having a Prebuy! This set is priced at Php 850 with free shipping nationwide! Its more affordable than their Professional set which costs Php 1,800! Yey!


** images taken from Beauty and Minerals site**


Want one? Just click here.
Hurry! Prebuy period is from June 2 - July 1, 2009!


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