San San Eyebrow Powder Duo and Eyebrow Mascara || Product Review + Swatches

San San is a brand that has been in the makeup market for a very long time. I remember seeing my mother use their old lip balm in the classic light blue packaging when I was just a little girl. A few of my very first makeup products were also from San San. I practically grew up with the brand! Even now, I still love their products. I love their HD Foundation; and their Age Defense Two Way Cake is my HG pressed powder. [I have 5 extra compacts in case I run out of my current one. That’s how much I love it!]

This review is dedicated to two new additions to their line of eyebrow products: the eyebrow powder duo and eyebrow mascara. I’m surprised I haven’t seen a lot of reviews of these! They have been out in the market for about a year now.

San San Eyebrow Powder Duo in Light-Medium Brown
Price: PHP 150

This came with a brush applicator, but I disposed of it.

I have a love-hate relationship with brow powders. I love how natural they can look; but, I’m not fond with how poorly pigmented some eyebrow products are. This one is not lacking in pigmentation, though! It is also buildable; so, if you also prefer bold brows (or if you like to switch it up sometimes), this is a good product for you! You can use it dry for a soft definition or you can apply it with a wet brush to get better colour payoff and more defined strokes.

The duos come in two variants: Light-Medium Brown and Chocolate-Dark Brown

The brow powder is easy to work with and it is blendable. It has very good staying power, too. Sometimes, I use this as eyeshadow or as a contour powder!

The only thing I don’t like about this is that it can be a little too powdery sometimes. Expect a bit of product fallout; so, tap off any excess on your brush.

Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Paraffinum Liquidum, Caprylic/Capric Truglyceride, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) May contain: CI 77891, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499

San San Eyebrow Mascara in Light Brown
Price: PHP 135

This eyebrow mascara is surprisingly pigmented! You can even use it on its own if you have naturally thick eyebrows. [You can use an angled brush to apply this as you would with a brow pomade or brow gel.] It sets the eyebrows in place and holds very well. I’ve worn this during workouts and this does not budge even when I’m drenched in sweat. Oily skinned people, this will be your best friend!

It comes in two shades: Light Brown and Dark Brown.

This product is really good for adjusting the colour of your eyebrows to match your hair colour or to simply lighten/darken the tone. Make sure remove the excess product on the spoolie applicator because it tends to pick up too much product.

Notice how much product the brush picks up? A little goes a long way with this eyebrow mascara!

The only things I don’t like about this is that it makes the brow hairs a little stiff (but not overly so), and it’s a little tricky to remove. You would need a makeup remover for it. It’s a little frustrating when I just want to wash my face and be done with it.

Ingredients: Aqua, Cera alba (Beeswax), Paraffinum Liquidum, Cetearyl Alcohol, Copenicia cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dicetyl Phosphate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) May contain: CI 77891, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499

Here are some product swatches:

These were applied using an angled brush. The swatches on the right (hopefully) show the difference between dry and wet application of the brow powders.
Now, that’s what I call budge-proof!

This is what they look like on the brows:

Overall, I highly recommend these two products! I was a loyal user of their eyebrow pencil before when I was in high school. San San knows how to up your brow game!

Would I repurchase?

Yes! Well, when I use them up, that is. A little does go a long way and there is a lot of product! Plus, they are both very affordable.

Le Blanc’s Beauty & ScentStation: Ultra Healing BB Cream and Duo Cream Foundation || Product Review

This is such a long overdue review. I’ve been using these products since last year. Please, do take note that the photos in this post were taken a long time ago. So, if anyone would wonder why I look (slightly?) different, that’s why. Anyway, let’s jump to the review. I will be featuring two products: the Ultra Healing BB Cream and Duo Cream Foundation.

Le Blanc’s Ultra Healing BB Cream remains one of the ultimate bestselling products from the brand — and for many good reasons.

Product Claims:
“Full coverage cream foundation that has many skin benefits and helps reduce acne and scars as it contains the wonder effect of Tamanu Oil and Argan Oil. Specifically made for severe sensitive skin and skin suffering from many different kinds of problems such as psoriasis, skin asthma, acne, severe dryness, and a lot more. Made with 100% pure organic ingredients with super healing properties.”

This product comes in 9 shades (as of June 2017), perfectly suited to Pinay skin tones. I have the shades “LBS1” and “LB01”, which I alternate or mix depending on my (current) skin tone. It is available in two sizes: 10ml Trial Size (PHP 350) and 30ml Full Size (PHP 650).

True to its claims, this BB Cream really does work wonders to the skin! I previously reviewed the Le Blanc’s Tamanu Ultra Healing Face & Body Soap and Serum and I discussed the benefits of Tamanu Oil to the skin. The Tamanu Oil content in this BB Cream makes it a 2-in-1 product, makeup and skin care all in one. It yields full coverage that looks absolutely flawless in person and in photographs. I noticed that the two bottles that I have (bought at different occasions) have different consistencies. One has a thicker, more cream-like consistency; while the other has a thinner, fluid consistency. I don’t know why; but, they both offer the same amount of coverage. On a daily basis, I use only half a pump of product to cover my entire face. That small amount gives me a good medium coverage. My favourite tool to use in applying this product is a paddle brush because it gives a very flawless, seamless finish to the skin. Oh, and speaking of finish, this has a semi-matte/demi-matte finish that sets quickly on the skin.

Pros: To be honest, I love almost everything about this product! It’s my favourite BB Cream. I use this more often than foundation. As for the skin healing properties, I notice that whenever I use this, my active breakouts heal a lot faster. Seriously!
Cons: To keep this product non-comedogenic, it was formulated without waterproof/water resistant ingredients; hence, this comes off easily with sweat or water. (Surprisingly, though, it holds up extremely well against facial oil.) No worries, though, as this can easily be resolved by setting it with a good powder (I highly recommend the Le Blanc’s Mineral Loose Powder or the Le Blanc’s Mineral Finishing Powder. I will review these soon!) and/or a setting spray (Le Blanc’s Matte Drizzle Makeup Setting Spray has just been released this May. I don’t have it yet. I will definitely purchase it and try it out!)

Now, the Duo Cream Foundation is fairly new. It was released in August 2016. It is a cream foundation and concealer in one product. It has a dewy finish and was formulated to be semi-waterproof/water resistant to cater to the customers’ demand for a longer lasting base makeup.

Just like the BB Cream, this offers full and flawless coverage. The only difference is that it is in cream foundation form and has a dewy finish. This comes in 5 shades (as of June 2017). It retails for PHP 599. I find that this one is best applied with a damp beauty sponge/beauty blender because it yields an airbrushed finish.

In this photo, you can clearly see the difference between the Ultra Healing BB Cream and the Duo Cream Foundation, both in terms of shade and finish. You can also see that the Duo Cream Foundation holds up against water.
BEFORE: Bare skin
AFTER: Duo Cream Foundation on the left half, Ultra Healing BB Cream on the right half

As you can see from the before photos, my skin has an uneven tone. I also have a lot of blemishes to cover up. In the after photos, I applied the Duo Cream Foundation to one side of my face and the Ultra Healing BB Cream to the other. Hopefully, you can tell by the photos that the Duo Foundation has a dewy finish while the BB Cream has a semi-matte/demi-matte finish. The BB Cream is also a little bit more yellow/warm compared to the Duo Foundation. The coverage of both is amazing!

Overall, I highly recommend both of these products. My recommendation is that if you have dry/normal skin, go for the Ultra Healing BB Cream. If you have combination/oily skin, go for the Duo Cream Foundation.

These products are available at Le Blanc’s Beauty PH.

 

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I am not paid to review and promote the brand and products. I paid for the products with my own money and the review is based on my own personal experience. The products that work for me may or may not work for you. 

 

Pink Sugar Eye Candy Eye Shadow Palettes || Product Review + Swatches

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.

The eyeshadows come in two colour palettes: EC-01 and EC-02.

 

Eye Candy 1 Eye Shadow Palette is inspired by the romantic colors of spring, this palette is ideal for fresh and refined smoky looks. Perfect for a day to night look. – product description from Pink Sugar’s website

EC-01 is a blend of cool toned hues that are mainly from the pink and green colour family. The shimmery mint green shade is my absolute favourite because it’s very difficult to find a shadow in this colour that is actually pigmented. The lighter matte shades don’t show up too well on my skin, though.

This palette is perfect for those who want to experiment with some bold colours.

Eye Candy 2 Eye Shadow Palette is inspired by the exciting city lights, add some glam to your life with this neutral chic and elegant palette. Perfect for a day to night look. – product description from Pink Sugar’s website

EC-02 is my favourite palette. The shades here are foolproof. It is a blend of warm and neutral shades that are very versatile for daily use. My favourite colour out of the bunch is the deep plum shade – again, this shade is very hard to produce. A lot of eyeshadows don’t delivery this colour in full pigment.

This palette is reminiscent of a warm sunset. I used this in my GRWM: Smokey Sunset Eyes video! This is a great palette for anyone. The colour selection is simply perfect. On a side note, it sort of reminds me of the Viseart Minx Theory palette.

Photo credits: The Beauty Look Book (www.thebeautylookbook.com)

 

Overall, I highly recommend these palettes to makeup lovers of any skill level. For less than a thousand bucks, you get a drugstore brand eyeshadow palette with a very high-end feel and quality. Also, these palettes are sold at a sale price every now and then; so, keep an eye out for them during sales and grab the opportunity!

 

 

 

LIPSTICK LOVE: My Top Picks for Purple Lipsticks

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:

TOP ROW (L-R): Pink Sugar “Such A Tease”, Ever Bilena “Vivid Violet”, Flormar “Aubergine”, The Body Shop “120 Raspberry In Love”, NYX “Aria”, Maybelline “Plum Perfect”
BOTTOM ROW (L-R): Wet n Wild “Vamp It Up”, EB Advance “Amethyst Rose”, 4u2 “Lax 10”, Pink Sugar “Royals”, L.A. Colors “Amethyst”, Wet n Wild “Sugar Plum Fairy”
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. NYX Matte lipstick in “Aria” – Aria is very similar to WnW Sugar Plum Fairy, except it’s the slightest bit more purple/less pink.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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”.
  7. Flormar Pretty Cream & Glaze lipstick in “Aubergine” – True to its name, this shade is very reminiscent of an eggplant.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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!

LIPSTICK LOVE: My Top Picks for Red Lipsticks

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:

Swatches under natural daylight.
(L-R: Wet n Wild Megalast “Stoplight Red”, Revlon Super Lustrous “Wine with Everything, Shawill Vogue Noble Steady Color “07”, Maybelline Creamy Matte “Rich Ruby”, Maybelline Creamy Matte “Divine Wine”, L’oreal “Pure Rouge”, L’oreal “Pure Garnet”, Colourette “Persia”, Sooper Beaute “Red-dy For You”, Napoleon Perdis “Madrid”, MAC “Russian Red”)
Swatches under artificial light.
(L-R: Wet n Wild Megalast “Stoplight Red”, Revlon Super Lustrous “Wine with Everything, Shawill Vogue Noble Steady Color “07”, Maybelline Creamy Matte “Rich Ruby”, Maybelline Creamy Matte “Divine Wine”, L’oreal “Pure Rouge”, L’oreal “Pure Garnet”, Colourette “Persia”, Sooper Beaute “Red-dy For You”, Napoleon Perdis “Madrid”, MAC “Russian Red”)
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in “Divine Wine” – A deep wine/Oxblood red. This is such a gorgeous deep wine shade!
  6. 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.
  7. L’oreal Matte Red in “Pure Garnet” – A deep, burgundy hue that leans towards berry on my lips.
  8. Colourette Colourstick in “Persia” – A deep red with blue undertones. It’s quite a vampy shade.
  9. Sooper Beaute So Matte Lipstick in “Red-dy For You” – A warm, orangey red. It’s a summery shade of red.
  10. 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!
  11. 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 RB. 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!

Pinkies Collections Smooth Silk Long Eye & Lip Pencils – Product Review & Swatches + DUPES??

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!

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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.

pinkies-collections_atlantic
Can we appreciate the rare symmetry, though?

Burgundy is a confusing shade because it is not burgundy at all. It is a deep brown similar to Kylie’s True Brown K.

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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.

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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.

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Raspberry is not a very accurate name again. It is a deep blackened plum colour. It is similar to Kylie’s Kourt K.

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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.