March 28, 2011

Spend vs Save: MAC Viva Glam Gaga Lipstick

Spend: MAC Viva Glam Gaga Lipstick (Lustre) - Php 950.00
Save:
Maybelline Watershine Pure Lipstick in P11 - Php 299.00


Swatches

Close up shot

As you can see, Gaga is a tad darker than P11 but they almost look similar when applied on my lips. Both shades goes sheer at first but the color is buildable. Since Viva Glam Gaga is Limited Edition (LE), I'm glad I've found a cheaper alternative that is locally available.


Till next time,

March 23, 2011

Swatches: MAC Blushes


Close up pics (click to enlarge)
Springsheen
Peach with gold pearl (sheertone shimmer)
The shade reminds me of NARS Orgasm except that O has more pink tones in it.


Dollymix
Pure candy pink (Sheertone shimmer)
My favorite MAC blush!
This looks scary pink on the pan, but when applied with a light hand this gives me a natural pink flush. This suits fair-medium skintones IMO so this shade is a must have!
I own Pink Swoon before, its a pretty light pink but I hate swiping the brush several times on the pan, and it ends up looking chalky on me =P


Gentle
Raspberry with gold pearl (mineralize)
A shimmery light pink when worn, I don't know why MAC described it as a "Raspberry shade".


Love Rock (Grand Duo)
Golden violet marbling with solid bright bluish pink
I prefer to use this shade as highlight when I'm wearing a pink blush, the shimmers are just too much =P

Swatches

Another shot
From left:
Love rock | Springsheen | Dollymix | Gentle

I rarely use my MAC blushes nowadays coz I prefer Shu Uemura or NARS.
What's your favorite MAC blush?



Till next time,


March 19, 2011

Review : Burt's Bees Res-q Ointment

PRODUCT INFO FROM BURT'S BEES:
This all-natural, invigorating balm blends menthol, eucalyptus, corn mint and clove oils to revive muscles after a day of strenuous work or play. This penetrating blend of essential oils relaxes your mind and body and prepares them for another day of adventure in the great outdoors.Comfrey contains allantoin, a cell proliferant, which stimulates new cell growth and increases cell production to support more rapid healing. Comfrey aids in soothing inflammation, burns, wounds, swelling and bites. 95.7% Natural

RETAIL PRICE: Will check. Available at Beauty Bar.

WEIGHT: 17 grams


PROS:
* made of natural ingredients
* can be used on both kids and adults
* has a relaxing smell
* tin can is convenient to carry
* multi-purpose product
* balm like texture, you only need a small amount.
* greenish color but goes clear when applied

CONS:
*
packaging is not hygenic


USES:
* I've noticed dry patches & slight swelling on my upper lip the following day after eating a spicy pancit canton... maybe I'm allergic to spicy foods?! So I applied this ointment on my lips for almost a week and I noticed the swelling lessened and my lip condition got better.
* my 2-year old daughter is super sensitive to mosquito bites. Everytime she's bitten, it swells up and I'm guessing it must be very itchy because my daughter scratches it until it bleeds. I applied this ointment right after she was bitten and I noticed she wasn't scratching it anymore and the swelling minimized after 2 days.
* I tried applying this on my cystic pimples and I was amazed coz my pimples dried up after 4-5 days and it didn't darken unlike other pimple treatments I've tried.
* My friend who recommended this product told me this can also be used on the undereye area. I tried it and it feels so relaxing, but I'm sticking to my Celeteque Advanced Anti-wrinkle moisturiser as my eye cream hehe =)
* You can also use this product on minor cuts, bumps, scrapes, burns, and diaper rash.

ADDICTION FACTOR:
Will definitely repurchase! Thanks Raine for recommending this miracle product!

RATING : 4/5


More pics (click to enlarge)
Swatch



Till next time,

March 14, 2011

Swatches: NARS Blushes


Product Info from NARS:
Made with transparent pigments for a soft and sheer look. Imparts a natural, healthy glow for any skin tone and may be worn alone or layered together for more depth and intensity.
* Provides a sheer, natural hint of color
* Made with transparent pigments to avoid heaviness
* Broad selection of shades

NARS Blushes are cheaper in the US, they cost $24 in the website whereas here in the Philippines they are priced Php 1,350 ($30) at Rustans.

click pics to enlarge
Orgasm - peachy pink with shimmer
This blush is not that pigmented unlike other NARS blushes I've tried...
I have to swipe my brush 3x for it to show up on my cheeks, but this holds a special place in my heart since my MUA used this shade during my wedding and prenup.

Super Orgasm - peachy pink with gold glitter
SO is pinkier than Orgasm and the gold glitters are visible on the pan, but don't be afraid coz all you have to do is tap your brush to get rid of the glitters before applying it on your cheeks.


Torrid - Coral with shimmer
A darker version of Orgasm IMO but less shimmery.


Outlaw - shimmery rose (discontinued)
The shade reminds me of NARS Crazed, it looks scary on the pan but when applied with a light hand it gives me a natural flush.


Angelika - cotton candy with silver shimmers
This would be my favorite NARS Blush coz I love how it instantly brightens my face!


Swatches

From top:
Angelika, Outlaw, Orgasm, Super Orgasm, Torrid


Will post swatches of my MAC & Shu Uemura blushes soon =)


Till next time,

March 9, 2011

Review: Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner Pencil

Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in Cafe

Product Info from Revlon:
Glides on adding drama and definition to your eyes.
Waterproof formula won't smear, smudge, or fade up to 16 hours.

RETAIL PRICE: Php 475.00

WEIGHT: 0.28 grams

SHADES : Available in 8 shades.

PROS:
* creamy texture
* glides easily without tugging my eyelids
* waterproof! (see pics below)
* has a built in sharpener at the end of the pencil (sorry I forgot to take pics)
* creates a thin to heavy line even without sharpening
* can easily be removed with eye makeup remover
* did not smudge on my upper lashline

CONS:
* can't think of any

ADDICTION FACTOR:
I rarely use my Maybelline gel eyeliner in Brown coz I am partial to black colored liners but after trying this dark brown shade, I am hooked! =)

RATING : 5/5


More pics (click to enlarge)Swatches

Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in Cafe




I'm impressed! =)

P.S. I meant RUBBED not SMUDGED haha!

Till next time,


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

March 4, 2011

Review: Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurance

Product Info from Too Faced:
Your full-coverage insurance policy against eye shadow fading, creasing, and melting. Our silicone-based eyeshadow primer transforms any eye shadow into a perfectly blendable, color-drenched, intensified version of itself, then locks it down perfectly until you take it off. Our skin soothing formula evens out the skin tone on your lids and smoothes out lines while it secures a barrier between the oils of your skin and your makeup, so no shadow catastrophes will ever happen again.

RETAIL PRICE: $18.00

WEIGHT: 11 grams

PROS:
* hygenic squeeze tube packaging
* contains Vit. E & Tocopherol (anti-aging moisturisers)
* a little goes a long way - you only need a tiny amount for the entire lid

* turns clear when it dries

* makes eyeshadow colors look more vibrant
* helps my eyeliner stay in place

* my lids doesn't look flakey/dry unlike UDPP.

* my eyeshadow did not fade/melt during the day

CONS:
* not available locally.
* I noticed a slight creasing on the inner corners of my eyes (see pic below)


ADDICTION FACTOR:
I swapped my Urban Decay Primer Potion with this eye primer and I'm not disappointed (thanks sis Heatherette)! I love how it dries easily and makes eyeshadow application a breeze since the colors glide smoothly. I like the texture too which is thinner compared to UDPP... no more flakey/dry looking lids!

RATING : 4.5/5


More pics (click to enlarge)Swatches


See the difference with and without eye primer?

My eye makeup after 12 hrs (my usual work look)
my eyeshadow creased a bit, but not bad eh?!
sorry for the ungroomed brows =P

Products used:
In2it brow color
Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurance
Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in Cafe (review to follow)
Maybelline Volume Express mascara
Skinfood Buckwheat loose powder


Till next time,
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