September 30, 2010

Review : Revlon Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer


PRODUCT INFO
FROM REVLON:

Prepares face for flawless makeup application by smoothing skin and helping minimize appearance of pores.

To use: Apply after moisturiser and before foundation. Smooth primer onto face and blend outward.

RETAIL PRICE: Php 800+.

WEIGHT : 0.85 fl. oz/ 25 ml

SHADES : Clear

PROS:
* with melon, apple, avocado fruit extracts + dimethicone to moisturise skin.
* non-greasy
* glides evenly and dries to a semi-matte finish
* a small amount goes a long way
* if you're travelling this is convenient to carry coz of its size
* love the squeeze tube packaging
* the gel like texture reminds me of The Face Shop Span Primer which is already discontinued.

CONS:
* applied it at 8am and my t-zone gets shiny by noontime.
Note: I usually apply this on my T-zone area only since my cheeks feel a bit dry =p
* this is scented - others my find the smell a bit off but I don't mind since I love "grassy" scents.
* did not minimize my pores/fine lines

TIPS:
* I also apply this primer on my undereyes to prevent my concealer from caking.
* Use blotting sheets first before retouching with powder to prevent your makeup from caking.
* I read products with silicon is not advisable for daily use since it may cause breakouts.

ADDICTION FACTOR:
I can live without primers since my face is not that oily... But I use this on clients though, I just set it with Ben Nye Loose powder.

RATING :
3 / 5

Swatch (click photo to enlarge)
Revlon Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer


What primer are you using?
Have you tried this product?


Till next time,

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

September 27, 2010

Review: Ben Nye Neutral Set & Banana Visage Powder


As promised, here's the review for the Ben Nye products I've bought.
I'll review the loose powders first.


Ben Nye Banana Visage Poudre Luxury Powder


PRODUCT INFO from Ebay:
Ultra-neutral powders provide superior matte and and subtle finishing. Often compared to French powders with silky-fine textures. Visage Poudres are translucent with just a hint of color. Available in 4 shades - Banana, Cameo, Buff and Beige Suede.

This powder is said to be a cheaper alternative for the famous T. Leclerc Banane Powder.



Ben Nye Neutral Set Colorless Face Powder


PRODUCT INFO from FXSupply:
This colorless powder blends with all skintones. Its a must to set bright colors or specialty tints when no color shift is important. Special formula controls perspiration.

RETAIL PRICE: $10 each excluding shipping.

WEIGHT : 85 grams / 3 oz.
WHERE TO PURCHASE: At Funhousetheatrical on Ebay.




PROS:* powders are unscented
* inexpensive compared to other professional setting powders like Kryolan etc.
* photographs well
* translucent coverage, does not alter the shade of my foundation.
* powder fits all skintones
since this goes translucent
* been using this everyday for more than a week and so far no allergies/breakouts
* good oil control
* bottle contains a LOT of product, i think it will take 2 years to finish this!
* a little product goes a long way
* improves the staying power of my concealer & foundation. I noticed before at the end of the day my concealer and foundation starts to melt/fade but I didn't experience this when I started using this powder.
* even if I perspire my foundation and powder are still intact. No more caking!
* didn't settle into fine lines (when used as setting powder for the undereyes)

CONS:
* not available locally* shaker bottle is not convenient to carry.

TIPS:
If you plan to carry this in your bag or during shoots you can transfer some contents into an empty loose powder tub. (see pic below)

You can use this powder to setting powder or as a final powder to set your makeup and to control oil/shine. I sometimes use my
Skinfood Buckwheat powder (so it wouldn't go to waste) to set my foundation, then after doing my makeup I dust a thin layer of the Banana Visage or Neutral set powder to "set" everything.

ADDICTION FACTOR:My new HG loose powder! Isn't it obvious I really love this powder?!

RATING :
5 / 5

More pics (click to enlarge)
close up of the Neutral set powder

close up of the Banana Visage Powder


Swatches
Ben Nye Banana Visage vs. Neutral Set Powder

When blended on NC20 skintone
Goes competely translucent =)



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I roadtested these powders during our photoshoot 2 weeks ago.
Click HERE for our FOTD's in case you missed it.

Till next time,

September 22, 2010

Review : Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint

My first Etude House purchase and definitely not the last!

Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint in Cherry 01

Tint promotes moist and shiny cherry lips with a creamy, smooth texture.

RETAIL PRICE: Php 325.00 or around $7.

WEIGHT : 9.5 grams / 0.33 oz

SHADES : Available in 3 shades.
# 01 Red
# 02 Pink
# 03 Peach

* stock photo*

PROS:
* affordable
* non-sticky and spreads easily.
* does not dry easily when applied and gives you enough time to blend.
* smells like cherries
* gives my NC20-25 a pinkish-red flush that looks so natural. When used as a lip tint, it stains my lips into a popsicle-red shade.
* good staying power
* no allergies

CONS:
* stain on my fingers is difficult to remove even with alcohol =P
* kinda drying if not used with a lipbalm
* applicator wand is not hygenic

TIPS:
* ON LIPS - Apply lipbalm first, let it absorb then blot excess with a tissue. Starting at the center of the upper lip) dot a small amount and blend using fingers or a lip brush. Do the same on the lower lip. Finish with another layer of lipbalm or clear gloss for added shine.

* ON CHEEKS - After moisturising your face, using the applicator dot a small amount on cheeks then blend using fingers. Set with powder. Layer with powder blush if desired.

ADDICTION FACTOR:
This tint is much, much better than the other ones I've tried!

RATING :
4.5 / 5

More pics (click to enlarge)

Swatch
Gorgeous cherry red color!

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Are you a fan of lip & cheek tints?
What brand are you using?


Till next time,

September 16, 2010

Quick post: Fun shoot + FOTD's

Just want to share some pics of our Fun shoot last saturday.

Models: Me, Ann & Jenny
MUA: Kimberly Lam (me)

Location: Lilo-an lighthouse, Cebu

Photo Credits:
Fernand Vicoy of Hulagway.com

and
James S. Lam (JSL Photography)

click images to zoom
** Me =) **

Products used:
FACE
Hype Glutha-C Spf 25 moisturiser
Revlon Photoready foundation in Shell

Ben Nye Blue Neutralizer NB01 +

MAC Studio finish NC20 (undereyes)
Skinfood Buckwheat Loose Powder #21
Ben Nye Neutral Set Colorless Face Powder

MAC Sculpt & Shape in Accentuate/Sculpt

EYES/BROWS
In2it Brow color + MAC Beguile browset
Pink, Dark purple e/s from 24 color palette
Revlon Luxurious e/s in Black galaxy
Wet n wild e/s in Cream
Maybelline Volume Express mascara
Maybelline gel eyeliner in black (upper lashline)
Maybelline shadow liner in black (lower lashline, waterline)

Unbranded falsies
CHEEKS:
MAC Sculpt & Shape in Accentuate/Sculpt
Lumene Terracotta airlight bronzer
Light Pink blush from 10 pc blush palette
LIPS
Carmex lipbalm
MAC Pink Nouveau Lipstick

** Me and Ann **

** Close-up of Ann's Makeup **
click image to zoom

Products used:
FACE
Covergirl Advanced Radiance cream foundation in Soft Honey
Ben Nye Neutral Set Colorless Face Powder
MAC Sculpt & Shape in Warm Light / Definitive
EYES/BROWS

In2it Brow color

Orange, green & yellow e/s from 88 color palette

Dark purple e/s from 24 color palette

Maybelline Volume Express mascara
Maybelline gel eyeliner in black (upper lashline)
Maybelline shadow liner in dark purple (lower lashline, waterline)
Unbranded falsies

CHEEKS:
MAC Sculpt & Shape in Warm Light/Definitive
Lumene Terracotta airlight bronzer
Peachy-bronze blush from 10 pc blush palette

LIPS
Carmex lipbalm
NYX Femme Lipstick

** The lovely Jenny **
click image to zoom

Products used:
FACE
Maybelline Clear Smooth Minerals Foundie in Shell Beige
Ben Nye Visage Poudre in Banana
MAC Sculpt & Shape in Accentuate/Sculpt
EYES/BROWS
In2it Brow color
Silver, Grey & Cream e/s from 88 color Palette
Revlon Luxurious e/s in Black galaxy
Maybelline Volume Express mascara
Maybelline gel eyeliner in black (upper lashline)
Maybelline shadow liner in black (lower lashline, waterline)

Unbranded falsies
CHEEKS:
MAC Sculpt & Shape in Accentuate/Sculpt
Lumene Terracotta airlight bronzer

Light pink blush from 10 pc blush palette
LIPS
MAC Red Lipstick

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How do you find the makeup?
Comments and suggestions are very much welcome? LOL


Till next time,

September 13, 2010

Ben Nye Mini Haul

My Ben Nye pre-order (pooling) from Funhousetheatrical finally arrived!

I got the ff:
Ben Nye Visage Poudre Luxury Powder in Banana -
said to be a dupe of the famous T. Leclerc Powder in Banane
Ben Nye Neutral Set Colorless Face Powder

Ben Nye Blue Neutralizer in NB-1 (lightest shade)
Ben Nye Mellow Orange Neutralizer in Fair (lightest shade)

All in all I paid almost Php 2k including International & Domestic shipping. Not bad noh?!

Still testing the products... Reviews to follow.


Till next time,

September 8, 2010

Review : Colour Collection Matte Edition Lipstick in Vintage

Colour Collection Matte Edition Lipstick in Vintage


PRODUCT INFO:
Feel the smooth, rich color glide along your lips with this matte lipstick that gives you all the color without the shine. Enriched with Vit E and sunscreen for nourished and protected lips.

TO USE: Apply color. Wait for five minutes for color to set.

RETAIL PRICE: Php 170.00 (intro price). Orig price is Php 320.00

WEIGHT : 4 grams

SHADES : Available in more than 5 shades.

PROS:
* no weird smell
* non-drying for a matte lipstick
* amazing staying power. Long-lasting compared to the famous MAC Pink Nouveau lipstick.
* inexpensive cool-toned pink shade that
brightens up my face
* easy to apply, glides on easily.


CONS:
* emphasizes chapped/dry lips
* only available in Tupperware outlets/dealers.

TIPS:
Exfoliate your lips first with a damp towel or a soft toothbrush. Apply lipbalm and let it absorb for a few minutes before applying lipstick. For super smooth lips apply petroleum jelly or any emollient lipbalm before going to bed. I recommend Carmex, Vaseline or Rosebud Salve.


ADDICTION FACTOR:
This is my first Colour Collection Lipstick and I love it! I want to try other shades.

RATING :
4 / 5

More pics (click to enlarge)

Swatch

When worn
My lips look weird here =P

How do you find the shade?
Are you a fan of bright pink lipsticks?


Till next time,

September 4, 2010

My Pink Lipsticks...

Just a short post to share with you my pink lipstick collection.
Its not much, but I really love these lipsticks..



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From left :
1. Beauty Credit Lipstick in PK03
2. Colour Collection Matte Finish Lipstick in Vintage (review to follow)
3. Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in Bonbon Pink
4. MAC Frost lipstick in Rocking Chick

5. MAC Satin Lipstick in Pink Nouveau
6. Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Carnation

7. Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Mauve

8. NYX Lipstick in Narcissus
9. NYX Lipstick in Louisiana
10. NYX Lipstick in Fig
11. NYX Lipstick in Tea Rose

I suck in describing colors so I'll just let the pictures do the talking.

Sorry I forgot to include my LA Colors Pink Parfait lipstick and MAC Bombshell lipstick.

In a different lighting
For the shade names, please refer to the numbers above.

My top 3 favorites? Can I make it 4 instead?! LOL
1. MAC Pink Nouveau
2. Revlon Colorburst in Carnation
3. Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in Bonbon Pink
4. Colour Collection Matte Finish Lipstick in Vintage

I'm lemming for NARS Shiap but I read its a bit drying?
How about you what's your favorite pink lippie?

Will try to post my Red Lipstick collection soon.

Till next time,

September 1, 2010

Review: Purederm Age defying cleansing tissues

*click photo to zoom*

PRODUCT INFO FROM BOX:
Purederm Age defying cleansing tissues are formulated to help reveal younger looking skin. These dual-action deep cleansing tissues with Retinol, Vitamin E, Ginseng, Green Tea and Aloe Vera unfold to a full size. Dirt-seeking fibers clean deep within the skin while moisture-weave fibers deliver moisture to the skin. You will see clean and revitalized skin after one use and continued use of these tissues will help your skin look younger by reducing the appearance of fine lines. Made in Korea.

RETAIL PRICE: Php 99.00 for 30 wipes.

WHERE TO BUY: Watsons shops

VARIANTS: Age defying and Acne wash (with Salicylic acid).

PROS:
* inexpensive and locally available
* does not tear easily when used
* you only need 1 tissue for the face and neck
* removes my foundation, concealer and brow color
* my face felt refreshed and moisturised afterwards
* no stinging sensation


CONS:
* does not remove waterproof mascara
* does not completely remove waterproof makeup
* as much as possible I want to use unscented products on my face, sadly this one is SCENTED.


TIPS:
I use Maybelline Lip & Eye Makeup Remover first to remove waterproof mascara & eyeliner. I NEVER, EVER sleep with makeup on or without washing my face with water. I make sure that my face is really clean before going to bed. Using facial wipes alone is NOT enough to completely remove makeup so make sure to wash your face with a gentle facial wash to remove makeup residue. Follow with an alcohol-free toner and moisturiser.


ADDICTION FACTOR:
I love it! This is my 2nd pack actually. The first one was a gift from a friend. Thanks Zailani!

RATING :
3 / 5

More pics (click to enlarge)
Box when opened

Purederm Age defying cleansing tissue


Are you using facial wipes? If so, what brand?


Till next time,


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