Review : Maybelline Colorsensational Cream Gloss

Maybelline Colorsensational Cream Gloss
PRODUCT INFO from Maybelline:
Full coverage color, sophisticated shine and creamier feel from pure pigments and nourishing honey nectar.

RETAIL PRICE: $11 for a pack of 3. Bought at Duty Free (Waterfront Cebu branch).

WEIGHT: 6.8 grams each

SHADES : Available in more than 10 shades.

* packaging looks expensive hehe
* i love the small tip wand, and its so easy to use especially the inner corners of my lips.
* glides easily and does not feel heavy on the lips
* all 3 shades are shimmery. It goes sheer at first but color can be build up.
* smells nice!
* tube contains a LOT of product, for reference MAC Lipglass only has 4 ml.
* decent staying power
* non-drying

* This 3 pack lipgloss is only sold at selected Duty Free stores.
* I prefer sticky glosses coz they last longer, but even though these are not as sticky as MAC Lipglass and Revlon Creme gloss, I still love it!

TIPS from Maybelline:
* Use the wand to apply lipgloss starting in the center of your upper lip. Work from the center to the outer edges of your lips, following the contour of your mouth. Follow the same technique for your lower lip.

Is it obvious I really LOVE glosses?! LOL I want to purchase other shades but too bad these are the only shades available.

RATING : 4/5

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Maybelline Colorsensational Cream Gloss in Naked star, Bengale Rose & Pink Petal

Bengale Rose - reddish pink
Pink Petal - baby pink
Naked Star - shimmery nude

Till next time,

Review : Revlon Photoready Compact Makeup

Revlon Photoready Compact Makeup in Shell

PRODUCT INFO from Revlon:
Revlon Photoready Compact makeup is the perfect answer to those looking for PhotoReady makeup benefits but prefer the compact makeup form.

* Cream makeup that transforms to liquid using build-in liquefying screen.
* Photochromatic pigments bend, reflect and diffuse light to help erase flaws
* Full, yet undetectable coverage
* Soft powder finish
* SPF 20
* Oil Free, Fragrance Free, Paraben Free

RETAIL PRICE: Php 995.00

WEIGHT: 10 grams

SHADES : Available in 6 shades.
Vanilla, Shell, Natural Beige, Medium Beige, Cool Beige and Rich Ginger

* unscented
* sleek compact
* does not settle into fine lines
* foundation has a smooth texture and its easy to blend
* buildable coverage (medium to full)
* no breakouts
* no whitish cast on photos
* lightweight feel
* I only need to retouch once during the day.
Note: I have normal skin with slightly oily t-zone.
* still gives me that Photoready glow sans the shimmers. If you love the coverage of Photoready Liquid but you find it too shimmery for your taste, then this product is for you!

* I wish the mirror was bigger.
* The SHELL shade of the compact makeup is a tad darker compared to the liquid version but I just use a lighter shade of powder to fix this.
(see photo below).

* Apply with a damp sponge if you want a medium coverage.
* Use a dry sponge if you want to cover slight blemishes etc and apply in patting motion.
* Always wash the sponge after every use. I prefer to use the wedge sponges that I bought at Beauty bar since its more hygenic. A pack of 30 pcs costs only Php 150.
* Even if it dries to a powder finish, don't forget to set with loose powder.

You all know how I love the Photoready Liquid foundation (I find the Colorstay foundation drying for my skin type), and I'm really happy Revlon came up with the compact version coz its really handy and its easy to use especially when I'm in a hurry!

RATING : 4/5

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Till next time,

Disclaimer: Product was sent for review purposes.
This is not a paid review and is solely based on my honest opinions.


Swatches : MAC Lipglass & Lustreglass

From left:
1. MAC Lustreglass in Pinkarat
2. MAC Lustreglass in Venetian
3. MAC Lipglass in Sweet Strawberry (Hello Kitty Collection)
4. MAC Lipglass in Light that fire (Warm & Cozy Collection)
5. MAC Lipglass in Pink Lemonade
6. MAC Lipglass in Sexy Sweet (Belle Azure Collection)
7. MAC Lipglass in Style Minx (Heatherette Collection)

Shade description from MAC:
Pinkarat - soft toned pink with gold pearl
Venetian - maraschino pink with pearl
Sweet Strawberry - sheer berry with blue pearl
Light that fire - midtone burnt coral with pearl
Pink Lemonade - flamingo pink
Sexy sweet - butterscotch orange with pearl
Style minx - dark fuchsia with purple shimmers

I really love sticky glosses! =)

Here's my top 3 lipgloss brands:

1. MAC
2. Lancome Juicy tubes
3. NYX Megashine glosses

I forgot to include my MAC Clear Lipglass, click HERE to read my review.

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Review : Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm

* Double ended lipstain & lipbalm in one convenient package
* Marker applicator provides precise application

* Translucent stick lipbalm provides instant moisture & soft shine
* Beautiful wash of "just bitten" lipcolor

* Lightweight feel


* Apply marker directly on clean, dry lips

* Build color & coverage as desired

* After 30 seconds, add extra shine and moisture by applying lipbalm.

RETAIL PRICE: Php 595.00

WEIGHT: Lipstain 2.5g ; Lipbalm 1.4g

SHADES : Available in 10 shades.

* easy to apply
* colors (that I have) are pigmented
* smells "fruity"
* stays on for more than 6 hours
* lightweight feel
* color did not bleed or smudge even after eating/drinking
* can be used as base for other lipsticks
* lipbalm is really moisturising and non-sticky

* I noticed the FLAME shade emphasizes my chapped lips compared to the other shades
* a bit drying (see tip below)
* difficult to remove

* Exfoliate & moisturise lips first prior to application. Apply a sheer coat of your favorite lipbalm (my HG is Carmex), let it absorb first.
* Apply lipstain in sheer layers then slowly build coverage.

* Apply provided lipbalm to seal color. If desired apply clear gloss to avoid your lips from drying.

I rarely use lipstains coz it emphasizes my dry lips, but this is perfect for special occassions when I don't need to worry about my lipcolor smudging/fading.

RATING : 3 / 5

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Revlon Just Bitten Lipstains in Flame, Passion and Crave

Dual ended applicator.
Both lipstain & balm contains Vit. C for protecting the lips.


On the lips
Passion is my favorite shade among the 3. It looks baby pink on my (hand) swatch but turned reddish-pink when applied on my lips =P

Flame is a very pretty red. I prefer to wear this shade during nighttime coz this is really pigmented! Sorry the pic doesn't do justice... the photo got washed out because of the flash.

The shade reminds me of grapes... and it smells like one too!

What's your favorite lipstain?

Till next time,

Disclaimer : Products were sent for review purposes.
This is not a paid review and is solely based on my honest opinions.


Swatches : MAC Brow set

MAC Browset in Girl boy and Beguile
Price: Php 800+ in MAC Stores.

Click HERE to read my review.

Left : Girl boy (fawn-blonde) - perfect for light colored hair
Right : Beguile (full bodied taupe) - shade is perfect for dark brown hair

My favorite is Beguile coz on me it looks more natural compared to Girl boy.
I use this almost everyday to set my In2it brow color.

Have you tried this product?
What brow products are you using?

Till next time,


Review : Chanel Joues Contraste Blush

Can't believe that I finally own a Chanel blush! This is a birthday gift from my friend Yerra plus a cute Charm Retractable Kabuki brush (review to follow).
Unique powder blusher offers buildable coverage, from natural to dramatic, and imparts a flattering radiance to the cheeks. Remarkably silky texture ensures easy application of seamless color. Applied high on the cheekbone, or near the eyes, it instantly "lifts" and softens the face for a more youthful look.

RETAIL PRICE: Php 2,350.00 or about $53.

WEIGHT : 4 grams

SHADES : Available in more than 5 shades.

* sheer but buildable color
* I only need to swipe my brush twice to get the color I want.
* the blush looks baked but the texture is smooth and finely milled
* my face looks glowing when I use this!
* it looks so bright on the pan but looks natural when applied.
I love how the shade compliments my NC20 skintone.
* comes with a velvet pouch and a wide mirror
* cute packaging

* the rose scent is kinda bothering
* brush is scratchy
* I read this is LE (limited edition)?

* The blush/compact looks fragile so be careful not to drop this!
* Apply blush in thin layers to avoid looking like a clown. Start from the apples of your cheeks then slowly blend upwards.
* It is also important to use the right kind of brush in applying. I noticed that goat hair easily picks up pigments compared to the synthetic ones but I find the former a bit scratchy.
* Choose a color that compliments your skintone, in my case I noticed my face looks muddy when I use Peach blushes but I look good in Pinks and peachy-pinks.

I love this but I'm worried coz Chanel blushes are expensive! haha

RATING : 4.5 / 5

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Compact when closed + the free velvet pouch


My other pink blushes for color reference

1. MAC Mineralized blush in Gentle
2. MAC Dollymix blush
3. Chanel JC blush in Pink Explosion
4. The Face Shop blush in PK03
5. MAC Mineralized blush in Loverock
6. NARS Angelika blush

As you can see, Pink Explosion looks brighter/cooler compared to my other pinks.
Do you love pink blushes? What's your favorite?

Till next time,


Shopcoholic's Giveaway winner

And the 1 pc. Metallic 88 palette goes to...

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ISEA of kobecow.blogspot.com

Please email me your shipping info at kimrich(underscore)kim at yahoo.com

I want to say THANK YOU to those who joined my contest. I'm surprised as I wasn't expecting such a big number of participants. Hopefully there will be more contests soon for my wonderful readers...

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Late FOTD post

I attended my barkada's wedding last month & I was one of the Secondary Sponsors. As usual I did my own hair & makeup. Since I was already running late, I didn't have enough time to style my hair so I opted for a simple Updo using the Hair Bumpits that I bought from Digitaltraincase. It's so easy to use, I didn't even apply hairspray! Stupid me, I even forgot to use the Mink Lashes that I got from Glambox =(

Pic taken before the wedding
click photo's to zoom
Anyways, here's the list of products that I used:

Hair Bumpits
Geo Nudy Brown lens

Hype Glutha-c SPf 25 moisturiser
Revlon Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer
Revlon Photoready Liquid Foundation (Shell)
Ben Nye Banana Visage Poudre
Skinfood Buckwheat Loose powder #21
MAC Sculpt & Shape Dsquared (Accentuate/Sculpt)

In2it Brow color
MAC Beguile Browset

Ben Nye Blue Neutralizer NB-01 +
The Balm Timebalm anti-wrinkle concealer (undereyes)
Ben Nye Banana Visage Poudre (to set concealer)
Urban Decay Primer Potion

True Colors Mica powder (gold)
28 neutral color eyeshadow
Maybelline gel eyeliner in black
Maybelline volume express mascara

Lumene Terracotta Airlight Bronzer
NARS Orgasm blush

Carmex strawberry lipbalm
Colour Collection Lipstick in Vintage

Another shot taken after the wedding...
I really love Ben Nye's Loose powder coz eventhough its really hot inside the church my makeup didn't melt or fade. Click HERE for my review.

By the way, I will post the winner of my 1st Giveaway this monday. Stay tuned for that.

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Review : Maybelline Colorsensational Moisture Extreme Lipsticks

* stock photo from Maybelline*

Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in Bonbon Pink & Coral Pink

PRODUCT INFO from Maybelline:
Four irresistible lip color collections infused with hydra-nectar technology for creamy satin feel and pure undiluted pigments for superior crisp color.
* moisturisation : formula with hydra-nectar moisturises lips up to 8 hours.
* sensational color : richer for luscious & voluptuous color
* spf 15 for sun protection.

RETAIL PRICE: Php 299.00

WEIGHT : 4 grams

SHADES : Available in 20 shades.

* photo borrowed from Maybelline*

* inexpensive
* pigmented
* creamy and glides easily
* moisturising formula that doesn't dry out my lips
* colors are really pretty!
* no weird smell or taste

* i noticed the color fades easily when I eat or drink, but I don't mind re-applying =)


* Even though this is a moisturising lipstick, don't forget to apply lipbalm prior to application. Apply lip gloss after lipstick if desired.

I really love these lipsticks, its creamier than MAC lippies IMO! I'm planning to buy a lighter pink shade, already tested it at the counter but I forgot what shade it is =P

RATING : 4 / 5

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Bonbon pink - a shimmery medium pink, it doesn't look too bright when applied. Instantly brightens my face!
Coral pink - a no-brainer liptick. You can wear this with a pink/peach blush.

Swatches (with flash)
Top: Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in Coral Pink
Bottom: Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in Bonbon Pink

without flash

Till next time,