Every once in a while, you find yourself lemming for some much raved about expensive product. However, the price puts you off from buying it. “Do I really need to spend one thousand pesos on a lipstick? Do I really need it?” And we all know that nothing haunts you more than something you didn’t buy! So, how can you justify your spend? Here’s how: Continue reading “Maximize Your Splurge: How to get the best value for money on expensive products.”
Price: PHP 70 – PHP 350 price range (varies per product)
Place of Purchase: Aimee’s Soaps IG Account (Order Form link at the end of this post)
Also Available at: Hello MNL Store, Amiee’s Soaps FB Account, Pop-Up Stores at local bazaars (Katipunan Weekend Market, Marker’s Market)
Since early 2016, I became a fan of organic products, especially skincare and makeup. Since then, I have always been on the look out for organic brands — particularly, local indie brands. So, when I attended Craft MNL’s Product Photography Workshop with Jery C. Garcia, I met the founder and proprietress of Aimee’s Soaps, Amy Colanta, I just had to ask about her brand and products.
After the workshop, I asked for her business card and contacted her the day after to order some of her bestsellers to try and review them here on my blog. Surely enough, she was very accommodating!
Now, on to the review. Continue reading “Skin Savers: Aimee’s Premium Soaps”
Summer is here and the weather has been scorching hot! It is important that we amp up our skincare routines to protect ourselves from the heat – and not to mention, the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun which could lead to skin damage. Yikes!
I’m starting a new blogging series called “Skin Savers”, wherein I will share the skincare products that I have been loving lately. I was never really into skincare up until recently. I’m rather lazy when it comes to sticking to a routine. However, I’m not as young as I used to be and my skin issues are becoming more and more difficult to ignore. So, early this year, I made a resolution to myself to start taking better care of my skin. I hope I can fight my laziness and adhere to a strict regimen. Wish me luck!
To start of the series, I’m beginning with two of my ultimate favourite skin saving finds: the Zenutrients Softening Argan, Chamomile, and Lavender Body Scrub + Skin Firming Kelp & Ginger Cream Continue reading “Skin Savers: Zenutrients Softening Body Scrub (Argan, Chamomile, & Lavender) + Skin Firming Cream (Kelp & Ginger)”
Project Vanity, The PH’s Top Beauty Resource, had a two day event celebrating their 9th anniversary. On the 1st of April, the Guts, Glam, & Glory Forum was held at The Podium Mall. Four powerful and inspiring female entrepreneurs, Angela Reyes Dinglasan (General Manager of Zenutrients), Darlyn Ty (founder of Belle de Jour), Rosario Juan (founder of Commune Cafe+Bar), and of course, Liz Lanuzo (founder and Editor in Chief of Project Vanity) answered questions and shared their stories as to how they built their brands and names in the business industry. Also present at the forum were two lovely ladies from Cosmopolitan Magazine PH, Gaby Ignacio and Chandra Pepino. They discussed the issue of makeup shaming and why we should break the habit. Ms. Liz herself also told us three stories: one wherein she had to have bravery and guts to take a leap of faith, on where she explained what it means to find the definition of beauty and glam, and one story wherein she basked in the glory of her success — hence, the forum’s name “Guts, Glam, & Glory”. Continue reading “Project Vanity 9th Anniversary: Guts, Glam, & Glory Forum”
Drugstore makeup has leveled up significantly in the past few years. Gone are the days when cheap products equated to cheap quality. Eyeshadows are particularly difficult to perfect in terms of formulation – even high-end brands have hits and misses. Luckily for us, a local drugstore brand has pretty much nailed it with these sweet palettes.
The Pink Sugar Eye Candy Eye Shadow Palettes made it into my 2016 Favourites list – and how could they not? For only PHP 699, you get a well curated selection of smooth, blendable, and richly pigmented eyeshadows to suit your colourful needs. With 10 shades per palette, you can take your makeup looks from day to night. Continue reading “Pink Sugar Eye Candy Eye Shadow Palettes || Product Review + Swatches”
Above red lipstick, purple lip colours reign as my “power colour” – my ultimate confidence-boosting shade. My love for purple lipstick began during a time when the selection for such a colour was very small. In fact, I only started out with two – and mind you, they were not easy to find. I even resorted to using a purple eyeliner or eyeshadow mixed with clear lip gloss. Back then, purple was considered a “weird” shade for a lipstick, something you would only buy for a Halloween party. Last year (2016), purple suddenly blew up. People started wearing it more often and brands jumped on the bandwagon and started producing their own purple shades. Can you imagine how delighted I was? It was heaven for me!
Anyway, in no particular order, here is my list of top picks for purple lipsticks:
- Maybelline Color Show lipstick in “403 Plum Perfect” – The subtle plum hue combined with the sheer formula makes this a great entry level lipstick to try out purple as it leans more towards pink.
- Wet n Wild Megalast lipstick in “908C Sugar Plum Fairy” – This drugstore dupe for MAC Rebel is a beautiful mix of purple and pink. It’s definitely a lot bolder and stronger than the previously mentioned lipstick.
- NYX Matte lipstick in “Aria” – Aria is very similar to WnW Sugar Plum Fairy, except it’s the slightest bit more purple/less pink.
- L.A. Colors Matte lipstick in “Amethyst” – This was my second purple lipstick. (My very first one was from Aido.) This was my first “true” purple lipstick; though, looking at it now next to my other purple lipsticks, it looks significantly lighter and more pastel. If my memory serves me right, this retailed for PHP 99 back then. It’s not the best formula out there, but I included it in this list because it’s a good option for when you’re not ready to invest in a tube of purple lipstick.
- The Body Shop Colour Crush lipstick in “120 Raspberry In Love” – This shimmery purple toned wine shade has a sheer formula which makes it both bold, yet wearable.
- Pink Sugar Matte lipstick in “Royals” – This is probably my favourite one! I love the deep purple shade and the matte formula. This is my most worn out of all my purple lipsticks. This reminds me of MAC “Heroine”.
- Flormar Pretty Cream & Glaze lipstick in “Aubergine” – True to its name, this shade is very reminiscent of an eggplant.
- 4u2 Lipaholic lipstick in “Lax 10” – This is a more purple version of Flormar Aubergine – meaning, it has a less of the slight reddish hue that Aubergine has. To the untrained eye, they’re practically twins.
- Ever Bilena Matte lipstick in “Vivid Violet” – Ever Bilena was my first brand of matte lipstick. So, I was delighted when they came out with a purple shade. I just had to get it! The formula seems to have changed since my last purchase many years ago. Anyway, it’s like a matte version of Flormar Aubergine.
- EB Advance Supreme lipstick in “Amethyst Rose” – I also picked up EB Vivid Violet’s sister, EB Advance Amethyst Rose. To be completely honest, I love the formula of this line more than the original matte lipsticks because they wear better on my dry lips. It’s a tad bit redder than Vivid Violet.
- Pink Sugar HD lipstick in “Such a Tease” – This isn’t a true bold purple; rather, it looks like a blend of purple, red, and brown. I can’t quite describe it. It is also metallic! It’s a very unique shade in my stash – a must have!
- Wet n Wild Megalast lipstick in “Vamp it Up” – This almost-black purple shade is very aptly named “Vamp it Up” due to its very vampy, gothic feel. Definitely not for the faint of heart! It’s a great dupe for MAC “Cyber”.
What is YOUR power colour? Also, would you give purple lipsticks a try? Let me know in the comments!
Red lipstick is a classic and timeless lipstick colour. The bold rouge is not everyone’s cup of tea; but, I think we can all agree that every makeup lover probably has at least one tube in their collection. It’s definitely a “power colour” that just screams confidence!
I started experimenting with lipstick at a young age. So, I am no stranger to the struggles of finding the perfect red lipstick. I absolutely love red lipstick! I have collected a wide variety of reds through the years, and these are the ones that stood out the most to me.
In no particular order, here is my list of top picks:
- Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick in “Stoplight Red” – A bright, classic true red. This is one of the most popular red lipsticks in the drugstore because of the impressive quality for the inexpensive price. This is known to be a great dupe for the ever-famous MAC Ruby Woo.
- Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in “Wine with Everything” – A muted brick red. This shade is a very toned down red with slight brown and orange tones to it. It’s a good starter red for those who are just trying to ease their way into trying red lipsticks.
- Shawill Vogue Noble Steady Color Lipstick in “07” – A bright red with blue undertones. Ah, memories. I wore this lipstick to my Junior Prom in high school. I even reviewed this in my old blog! The smooth, balm-like formula makes it super hydrating and comfortable to wear, and the superb pigmentation is stunning! And for the price tag of PHP 128? It’s a great deal!
- Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in “Rich Ruby” – A classic, cool-toned red. I reach for this when I was a casual, no-fuss red lip with minimal makeup on.
- Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in “Divine Wine” – A deep wine/Oxblood red. This is such a gorgeous deep wine shade!
- L’oreal Matte Red in “Pure Rouge” – A blue-based red on me. In the tube, it looks more like a true red. On some skin tones, this tends to look warm. It is also a dupe for MAC Ruby Woo, which is also known to adapt to the wearer’s skin tone.
- L’oreal Matte Red in “Pure Garnet” – A deep, burgundy hue that leans towards berry on my lips.
- Colourette Colourstick in “Persia” – A deep red with blue undertones. It’s quite a vampy shade.
- Sooper Beaute So Matte Lipstick in “Red-dy For You” – A warm, orangey red. It’s a summery shade of red.
- Napoleon Perdis Set Lipstick in “Madrid” – A glossy red with slight blue undertones. I feel bad for including this in the list because it is not available locally. Napoleon Perdis is an Australian brand. Their face primer is included in my Ride or Die/2016 Favourites. It’s just such a beautiful red shade with a very comfortable formula. I used this in a makeup gig recently and the clients loved it!
- MAC Matte Lipstick in “Russian Red” – I’m not the biggest fan of MAC cosmetics in general. I have my opinions about the brand. However, I cannot deny that it is an oldie, but a goodie kind of classic. MAC Russian Red is equally just as famous as its sister, Ruby Woo. It’s a little less bright a bit cooler than RW. I do reach for my L’oreal Pure Rouge more than this; but, I still think it’s a great red that deserves recognition in this list.
That’s all for now! What is your favourite red lipstick? Leave a comment and let me know!
I’m a little late to the party with the Ride or Die Makeup Tag. I’m always trying new products; so, my list of favourites is always changing. The year is coming to an end, and I decided that it’s about time I round up my favourites for 2016.
Primer: Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer – This is not the usual silicone-based primer. It has more of a lotion-like consistency. I love how it moisturizes my skin while providing a good base for my foundation. This works really well for my combination-dry skin.
Foundation: Wet n Wild Coverall Cream Foundation – I love this foundation so much! It’s a medium-full coverage demi-matte foundation. It’s actually a liquid foundation. So, I’m not sure why it’s called a cream foundation. Anyway, the finish of this is just so flawless; matte, but not flat. It looks just like second skin. This sets well on my skin, so I don’t usually to powder over it.
Concealer: Catrice Camoflauge Cream Concealer – This concealer can hide almost anything! I love this for hiding any traces of an all nighter. It’s very creamy and a little goes a long way. This does crease, though. So, a good setting powder is needed.
Setting Powder: RCMA No Color Powder – I gave in to the hype when I heard Jacklyn Hill and Wayne Goss rave about this powder. Mind you, this is not cheap. Initially, I hated this because I packed it on like how I would with my other setting powders, and it highlighted my dry patches. However, I discovered that you really only need the tiniest amount of this powder; and, it looks phenomenal! So velvety smooth.
Contour Powder: Inglot Freedom System Eyeshadow in “112R” – I don’t really use a specific contouring powder. I just use my Inglot eyeshadow which has 3 neutral shades of brown. Sometimes, I also use this for my eyes and brows. It’s very versatile!
Blush & Bonzer: EB Blush and Bronzer Duo in “Baked Fig” – Can you tell from the photo how much I love the bronzer? It gives my face the right amount of colour without looking orangey. The blush is such a beautiful dusty rose colour. The neutral tone would suit any skin tone. I also love how just a little bit of product goes a long way.
Highlighter: Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette – This is the BEST drugstore highlighting palette that money can buy! I promise. The quality of both the packaging and the actual product just looks and feels so high end and luxurious.
Brow Products: FS Eyebrow Powder Quad Palette & San San Waterproof Eyebrow Mascara – Now, I know that these are two products; however, I use them as a combination, which I would could as one. The FS brow palette is very versatile. The product is richly pigmented and easy to apply. The San San eyebrow mascara really sets your brows to a budge-proof, waterproof finish. This is legit.
Eyeshadow Palette: Pink Sugar Eye Candy Eyeshadow Palette in “EC-02” – This palette is just perfect. Gone are the days when drugstore, local palettes were just the chalky, poorly-pigmented stuff. This palette is the real deal. It’s a close dupe to the Viseart Minx palette, if I’m not mistaken. This palette is all you ever need to take you from day to night!
Eyeliner: Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner & K-Palette Real Lasting Eyepencil – Again, these are two products; but, I do use different eyeliners for my top and bottom lid/lash line. I use Maybelline gel liner for my top because it stays put on my very oily eyelids. I use the K-Palette eyeliner for my very watery waterline/lower lash line.
Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara – Ah. An oldie, but a goodie. This is my ultimate favourite mascara because it just WORKS. I have lashes that droop downwards. This holds my curl and gives me beautiful lashes.
Falsies: Wicked Beauty False Lashes (style “G01”) – I was not a fan of false lashes until I tried Wicked Beauty! (No, I am not paid to say that.) They are just so affordable, but the quality is really good. Plus, they come in so many different styles!
Lip liner: City Color City Chic Lip Liner – I used to hate lip liners because the ones I’ve tried were either stiff and dry, or too soft and mushy. City Color nailed it with these lip pencils. They have the right amount of firmness, so they don’t break easily; but, at the same time, they glide on really well on the lips and don’t dry them out.
Lipstick: Colourette Cosmetics Colourstick in “Georgia” – Now, if you’ve read my review on Colourette lipsticks, you would know by now that I absolutely love them! I would choose them over Mac any day. My favourite shade would probably have to be “Georgia” because it goes with anything and everything. You just can’t go wrong with this shade.
Lipgloss: Napoleon Perdis Lip Veil in “Rare Opal” – The formula of this lipgloss is smooth and hydrating. The shade I have is clear with beautiful pink, purple, and gold fine reflects. This looks amazing over any lipstick.
Liquid lipstick: Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in “Unicorn Blood” – HANDS DOWN, the BEST liquid lipstick formula I’ve ever tried! This is the only liquid lipstick that does not dry out my very dry, textured lips. The formula is just phenomenal. As for the shade, I live, breathe, and bathe in Unicorn Blood, which is a deep blood red. Plus, it smells like root beer!
That’s all for my Ride or Die Tag/2016 Favourites!
(This may be an out-of-place post amongst my entries about makeup and beauty. “Wayward Woes” is my vent-out series; some food for thought, maybe. Simply put, posts for thinking out loud and expressing my musings.)
Have you ever had that moment in your life where you just get so engrossed with trying to be somebody that you forget who you are? Have you ever had that moment where you just had to sit down, take a deep breath, and reevaluate your life? I would not be surprised if you have.
Most of us have gone through the pressure of having to justify ourselves and who we are. Society expects us to be like this and to act like that to meet a certain set of standards. Being “unconventional” is often perceived as a negative thing. Often, we are brainwashed into thinking that if we are different, there must be something wrong with us.
Price: PHP 89
Availability: Pinkies Collections booths (SM Department Store and Watsons)
Net Weight: 2.2g
Pinkies Collections is one of those brands that people tend to overlook; and, I think it deserves more recognition. Personally, I grew up with the brand. I used to buy their products back when the brand was still named “Pinkie Swear”. I loved their eyeshadow singles and I still use some of their products up to this day.
For this post, I will be sharing my thoughts on their eye and lip pencils which I have been loving.
Right off the bat, I can say that these are longer than your average lip or eye pencil. At the end of each pencil, you will see coloured ends that represent the shade. This is handy for when you need to look for a specific colour in your stash.
The shades that I have are PCLP04-Atlantic, PCLP06-Burgundy, PCLP09-Dofodil, PCLP10-Holihood, and PCLP14-Raspberry. They have a lot more shades to choose from!
Disclaimer: I do not actually own any of the shades from the Kylie Lip Kit. I am also not saying that these are exact dupes. However, they are very close in tone and hue in my opinion.
Atlantic is a beautiful brown based nude. It is similar to Kylie’s Dolce K.
Burgundy is a confusing shade because it is not burgundy at all. It is a deep brown similar to Kylie’s True Brown K.
Dofodil is a fun cobalt blue. It has no exact Kylie dupe,but if you would mix the shades Freedom and Skylie, you would get something similar.
Holihood is a beautiful berry with fuchsia tones. It’s right in between being bright and bold. This would be a dupe for MAC Flat Out Fabulous.
Raspberry is not a very accurate name again. It is a deep blackened plum colour. It is similar to Kylie’s Kourt K.
The finish of these is mostly semi-matte or creamy matte. Dofodil is the only one that retains some of its sheen to it. The rest set to a soft matte finish that feels comfortable on the lips. Based from my observation, Dofodil is the creamiest one while Raspberry has the most matte finish of the 5 that I have.
What I love about these pencils is that they are very pigmented and smooth. A little product goes a long way. They last long on the lips, too. You can use these alone without any lipstick on top!
What I don’t like about these is that they are too soft. They are difficult to sharpen. Placing them in the freezer before sharpening would solve this issue, though. The creamy texture is great for the lips, but not ideal for the eyes because it causes them to fade very quickly.
Overall, I recommend these pencils because they are versatile and have a good shade selection. For the price, I really can’t complain about its minor issues. Personally, I would just stick to using these as lip pencils.