Top Beauty Picks of 2017

Hello, February!

I’m a little late to the party. I drafted this in December, but I got caught up in a hectic schedule. Anyway, I’m back, it’s a new year, a new chapter, and I intend to focus more on blogging and makeup artistry for the rest of 2018.

I had the opportunity to try out a lot of products last year, I just wasn’t able to blog about them. Oh well, better late than never! Let me check some off my list by sharing my Top Beauty Picks from 2017. Continue reading “Top Beauty Picks of 2017”

Ride or Die Makeup Tag (2016 Favourites)

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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!

 

Le Blanc’s Beauty & ScentsStation: Flat & Fabulous Super Matte Lip Creams || UPDATED Review and Swatches

(This review is a revised, updated, and reposted entry from my previous blog.)

The hype for matte lip creams is still going strong; and, why wouldn’t it? Matte lip creams revolutionized the world of matte lip colours with their innovative formulas that uniquely differ from one brand to another. Popular brands like MAC, NYX, Maybelline, Milani, Sleek, Revlon, and L’oreal have come up with their own versions of lip creams, ranging from soft mattes to kissproof, transfer-poof, and smudge-proof formulas to suit every lip lover’s taste. What a time to be alive!

However, matte lip products have a known reputation for being dry and sometimes, uncomfortable on the lips; albeit, mostly tolerable. As a person who has very dry lips, my relationship with matte lip products are on a love-hate status. Fortunately, as I was browsing through Instagram one day, an answer to my prayers came. A promotional post from I. Le Blanc Enterprises (@leblancsbeautyph) about a sale on their all natural beauty products. Naturally, I had to go for the lip products!
I purchased the Flat & Fabulous Super Matte Lip Creams. I was able to try the shades Aphrodite, Hera, Selene, and Freya.
Swatches
Le Blanc's Flat & Fabulous Super Matte Lip Cream
PHOTO CREDITS TO MS. IVY LE BLANC (@leblancsbeautyph)

Aphrodite -A beautiful mix of brick red and oxblood red. Love, love, love!

Le Blanc's Flat & Fabulous Super Matte Lip Cream Aphrodite

Selene – Warm mid-tone pink.

Le Blanc's Flat & Fabulous Super Matte Lip Cream Selene

Hera –  Deep purple with fuchsia undertones. A very trendy shade!

Le Blanc's FLat & Fabulus Super Matte Lip Cream Hera

Freya – Freya initially appears to be a midtone brown; but, eventually, its rosy hue comes through and softens the colour into a very flattering rosy brown shade.

Le Blanc's Flat & Fabulous Super Matte Lip Cream Freya
Packaging
I won’t go into details about this because this product is being repackaged into new, classy semi-glass acrylic 8ml tubes. Basically, this (older packaging) is hard plastic and the lip cream itself is applied using a doe-foot applicator. The shade names are indicated at the bottom of the tubes. 
The packaging is very classy! It is made of high quality semi-glass acrylic tubes with gold accents. It feels very sturdy! I find that the applicator on the new packaging is much better and easier to control than the old one.
Scent
Mildly fruity. Barely any scent.
Pigmentation
Do not be fooled by the lip cream’s smaller than usual packaging. This product packs some serious amount of pigment!
Consistency
The consistency of the three older ones (Hera, Aphrodite, and Selene) are on the creamy, moussey texture. The formula of Freya is a bit more fluid. Fret not! This is not a bad thing! The formula performs much better, in my opinion. I don’t know if this is a reformulation or if the packaging’s quality makes a difference with how the actual product keeps in the long run. I suppose the glass acrylic case keeps it fresher.
Finish
These start out very creamy, but eventually settle to a soft matte finish that feels weightless on the lips. Seriously, these lip creams are so light, you will forget that you’re wearing a lip product! Matte and lightweight? YES!
Longevity
These are surprisingly long wearing. Selene was able to survive through a meal without any need for retouching. All shades leave a pleasant stain on the lips when the product itself is gone. Also, it does not leave my lips feeling dry!
Verdict
Overall, I think these lip creams are AMAZING! You are seriously missing out if you haven’t tried these.
Update: You can also use these as cream blush! Be careful, though; a little goes a long way!
Repurchase? 
YES! These are definitely staying in my beauty arsenal.
(Also, Freya is already a repurchase!)
To see more products and information, visit their Instagram account, @leblancsbeautyph.

Product Review || LA Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss

 

Price: PHP 300+ (mall price); PHP 250 + shipping fee from Love Manila
Place of Purchase: Poshmark Boutique: Love Manila store
Net Weight: 0.17 oz. (5g)

The LA Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss (What a mouthful!) is not a new product. In fact, it has gained a lot of popularity since liquid lipsticks became a trend. I’m pretty sure most liquid lipstick lovers have a couple of these in their stash. It is one of the most affordable liquid lipsticks in the market, after all.

I have the shades Rebel, Secret, and Stunner.

LA Girl Flat Finish Pigment Gloss Swatches

Rebel is a unique blend of purple and maroon. I instantly fell in love with this shade when I first saw swatches online. So far, I do not own a colour quite like it in my stash. It’s definitely bold and borderline vampy.

LA Girl - Rebel

Secret is a deep oxblood red. Some reviews say that this shade goes on patchy; but, for me, it applies evenly.

LA Girl - Secret

Stunner is bright purple that is not for the faint of heart! It is definitely not an easy shade to pull off. I like how the shade exists, though. This particular shade goes on a little streaky and uneven. Applying a second layer helps to even it all out.

LA Girl - Stunner

The consistency of these is neither runny nor thick. It’s somewhere in between, I would say. It’s still fluid enough to be a liquid lipstick and it is not creamy enough to be considered a lip cream or lip mousse.

The pigmentation is a hit or miss, sadly. The lightest shades are chalky an streaky while the darkest shades are uneven, streaky, and do not layer well (layering the dark shades will just rub off the first layer). The “miss” shades are not buildable. Most of them have a nice consistency and opaque pigmentation, though. Rebel and Secret both apply smoothly in just one layer.

The finish is very matte indeed. I question why the word “Gloss” is in the product name because it is void of any shine. The texture is not the best, but also not the worst. It has some tackiness to it which can easily be fixed with a light dusting of translucent/colourless powder. It holds up very well through a meal, except when the food is really oily. It doesn’t flake off or crumble even when you press your lips together. It is not exactly “weightless” on the lips. At the same time, it is not terribly heavy.

Removal is a bit of a pain if you don’t know how to remove it properly. It is advisable to use an oil based makeup remover to take it off. Personally, I use coconut oil.

Overall, I recommend this product to people who want affordable, good quality liquid lipsticks. I wouldn’t recommend the lightest and darkest shades, though. Other than that, it’s a really good product.

Would I repurchase? If they release new shades, I don’t see why not. However, I would rather invest in better liquid lipsticks in the market.