Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bold Lipstick in Pitch Black

Hello loves!

It's a gloomy, rainy Wednesday today. Let me pair it off with a dark swatch post. ;)

Check out this one from Maybelline...

Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bold Lipstick in Pitch Black
It's PhP 299.00


Pitch Black is what it's name says, it's a solid black color! This range has the classic bold red, nude, pink, and purple hues; but it also has other unique shades like a solid white one and even a blue one. You can mix them up together to create a new lippie color!

There are twenty shades available as seen on the website.


Here's the product description from the website:

WHAT IT IS
Color Sensational® Loaded Bolds Lipstick. Maybelline’s creamy lip color is available in a collection of full-spectrum shades from jet black to bright white.

BENEFITS
Hypercolor pigments and an opaque, creamy clay base deliver one-stroke intensity. Sumptuous honey nectar leaves a creamy finish. Maybelline’s Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds is available in a range of pigment-loaded shades from deep plums and electric blues to vibrant reds and natural nudes. Dermatologist tested. Allergy tested.

HOW TO USE/APPLY
Step 1. Apply lipstick in the center of your upper lip and follow the contours of your mouth. Step 2. Glide the lipstick across the entire bottom lip.



INGREDIENTS: 
ISONONYL ISONONANOATE ● OCTYLDODECANOL ● OLEYL ERUCATE ● SILICA ● CERA ALBA / BEESWAX ● PHENYL TRIMETHICONE ● SYNTHETIC WAX ● SESAMUM INDICUM SEED OIL / SESAME SEED OIL ● PEG-45/DODECYL GLYCOL COPOLYMER ● PARAFFIN ● CERA MICROCRISTALLINA / MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX ● KAOLIN ● DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE ● DIMETHICONE ● TOCOPHERYL ACETATE ● PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE ● ALUMINA ● ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE ● BENZYL ALCOHOL ● MEL / HONEY ● CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE ● SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE ● CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE ● POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE ● TOCOPHEROL ● HYDROGENATED PALM GLYCERIDES CITRATE ● ACRYLATES COPOLYMER ● TIN OXIDE ● PARFUM / FRAGRANCE ● [+/- MAY CONTAIN MICA ● CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE ● CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / IRON OXIDES ● CI 45410 / RED 28 LAKE ● CI 45380 / RED 22 LAKE ● CI 15850 / RED 7 ● CI 15985 / YELLOW 6 LAKE ● CI 19140 / YELLOW 5 LAKE ● CI 42090 / BLUE 1 LAKE ● CI 75470 / CARMINE ● ] F.I.L. D166274/8


I find darker shades make my skin look radiant so mixing this up with my other favorite bold, matte lipsticks would be a great idea. Maybe if I'm a bit braver, I can wear it alone! Haha!

Packaging looks a lot like the regular Color Sensational lipsticks, but the cap is in a different color—blue. The design is pretty simple. It's not my favorite look... but hey, I don't expect to get anything fancy when you buy something so affordable. 

Here's the bullet. 

Here's a swatch on hand...

...and here's how it looks like on my lips.

It has a creamy consistency that makes application easier and also helps blend the colors better if you plan on mixing it up. After a while, I notice it somehow becomes a bit more matte, which is a quality I really like because I tend to mix it with my mattes.

And that's all for this post. I have another lipstick from this range that I completely fell in-love with. I hope you stay tuned for that!


Cheers,
DAWN 



Monday, July 24, 2017

Pre-departure Haul: 1st Shopping Trip

Hello Bellas!
 
I've recently been accepted in a university abroad to study a masters degree and it has been such a busy, frustrating, exciting, and nerve-wracking endeavor. With just a few weeks 'till my departure - hoping that everything else goes well - I've started putting together the stuffs I need to bring.
 
So here is my initial haul:
 
HAPPY SKIN
 
I heard make-up products are quite expensive states-side, so I decided to stuck up on the color correction/concealer I've been using a lot lately: Happy Skin's EYE NEED A MIRACLE.
 
 
Dawn introduced me to this correction tube and it's been my trusty friend ever since.
 
 
I haven't really tried the concealer since the correction tube has served me so well. But since I am not sure of how my skin will transform once I'm there, better be ready.
 
Dawn and I are happy to promote any locally made product we discover that are of a competitive quality. These are just a few of those that we believe are really good. Read our reviews of the correction and concealer if you haven't yet. I hope I get to promote this well to any friend I make there.
 
 
ZARA
 
Zara's July sale is almost ending and I was so happy that I acquired this pretty find in my size! Though it is more appropriate to buy winter clothes there, my choices will be a little limited due to budgetary constrictions, plus Zara has some of the best designs when it comes to coats and jackets.
 
 
 
Here is the coat we found. The textile design is embroidered - not sure how to say burda appropriately in English as I don't think knitted is appropriate as well. GD (G-Dragon - Bigbang) was the reason why we noticed this piece.
 
 
Something about the color and texture just reminded us of this look from one of GD's Chanel show attendance. And it fitted quite well too. So yey!
 
The coat originally cost Php 4,595 and I got it for Php 1,795. What a great deal! Be sure to take advantage of the remaining weeks of Zara's July sale too! 
 
JUST G
 
Just G has some of the cutest clothes. However, I kind of feel like their sizing are only appropriate for teenagers or really petite women. Which is great, but if you're a regular petite woman, or a tall girl, or of average height; Just G's sizes might not fit you well (unless you're ok with mid-riffed/hanging shirts).
 
 
Anyway, I was on the hunt for long sleeved shirts and this weird and cute piece caught my eye. I was so taken by it that even though it was a bit of a hanging shirt, I bought it. My compromise to make it school appropriate? High waist pants/skirts/shorts!
 
It costs Php 799. Some might argue that it's a bit pricey for such a simple piece, but I kind of felt it was ok since the fabric was thicker than all the other long sleeved shirts we took a look at of the same price range.
 
Anyway, that's all for my mini haul. Hope this was informative. If you ever know any good stores with a great sale that I can visit to look for long sleeved shirts at, do let me know in the comments. :)
 
Cheers,
LIZ

Friday, July 21, 2017

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

Hey guys!

Have you ever experienced something like you didn't have much expectation from a product, but then it completely blew your mind? That's what happened to me when I used this product...

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

I got this along with twi other products when I bought a makeup trio set from Smashbox that was on sale at Beauty Bar.

Smashbox On The Rocks Eye Essentials -  PhP 1,017.50

Original price is PhP 1,850.00

When you buy it alone, it's PhP 1,150.00. 

Info from Beauty Bar's Website:
Sometimes emotions run high in our L.A. photo studio. We developed this long-wearing, waterproof mascara to handle teary moments, rainy days—even a dip in the pool! It's a high-impact, high-gloss, fiber-rich product that looks flawless and stays put for 10 hours. It also delivers length, volume and thickness without clumping, smudging or flaking out. Swipe on instant drama and face up!

ISODODECANE , WATER\AQUA\EAU , PTFE , DIMETHICONE SILYLATE , SORBITAN OLIVATE , KAOLIN , TRISILOXANE , SORBITAN TRISTEARATE , POLYISOBUTENE , SILICA SILYLATE , PANTETHINE , PANTHENOL , ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT , TRIHYDROXYSTEARIN , DIISOPROPYL ADIPATE , CHOLESTEROL , METHICONE , COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX\CERA CARNAUBA\CIRE DE CARNAUBA , MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX\CERA MICROCRISTALLINA\CIRE MICROCRISTALLINE , NYLON-6 , SILICA , NYLON-66 , TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE , POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE , PROPYLENE CARBONATE , QUATERNIUM-9 BENTONITE , HECTORITE , CAPRYLYL GLYCOL , HEXYLENE GLYCOL , PHENOXYETHANOL , MAGNESIUM SALICYLATE , [+/- MICA , TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) , IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) , BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163) , BLACK 2 (CI 77266) , BLUE 1 (CI 429) , BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 429) , CARMINE (CI 7547) , CHROMIUM HYDROXIDE GREEN (CI 77289) , CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS (CI 77288) , FERRIC AMMONIUM FERROCYANIDE (CI 7751) , FERRIC FERROCYANIDE (CI 7751) , MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742) , ULTRAMARINES (CI 777) , YELLOW 5 (CI 1914) , YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 1914)] 

Please be aware that ingredient lists may change or vary from time to time. Please refer to the ingredient list on the product package you receive for the most up to date list of ingredients.


Info from the brand's US Website:

A fiber-rich mascara that increases lash volume by 104% with every swipe.

TIP: Flip brush and use it vertically to literally paint mascara on individual lashes.

  • Sweeps on big, glossy lashes
  • Adds natural-looking length and volume
  • Builds thickness without clumping, flaking, smudging or spider eyes
  • Large tapered brush grabs lash at root for extra coverage
  • Creates scene-stealing lashes from every angle

  • Cruelty-free

  • Usage: Starting at the base of lashes, sweep mascara up and out. 
    Apply a second coat for added fullness and length. 
    Build mascara while the product is slightly damp. 
    For best results when layering more than one coat, do not let the product dry completely.


    Formulated without Parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Phthalates, Fragrance & Talc.


    I'm not a fan of Smashbox eye products. They are good, but not as good as the ones I really like. So when I bought the set, I just thought that it was a good deal and that I was already running out of mascara so I need to get one soon. When I saw the deal, I thought, I get a mascara, an eyeliner, and a makeup remover? Why not? Go get it, girl! 

    So yeah, I bought it and I was really impressed. Here's why...

    I love the design of the tube. The clean fonts and that eye-catching large red X on black looks so classy and edgy! I love that the shape is so simple and non-bulky.

    The wand is a bit big, but I like big wands as long as the tip is small just like this one. I feel like it gets the job done of coating my lashes faster.

    Here's a swatch on my hand.

    The formula is not too wet which is something I like. I like it's blackness too.

    Now here's how it performs on my lashes...
    Bare lashes

    Lashes when curled

    with one coat

    with two coats

    I like that even with two coats, my lashes did not clump together. I like how natural it looks too. What impressed me the most is that even without curling my lashes with a lash curler, my lashes just simply curl up! NO JOKE! I don't use a lash curler anymore, unless I want my lashes curled more.

    It's so long-lasting that it can last the whole day WITHOUT smudging. It's awesome! It would easily be one of my better ones except I would have wanted more length and volume. I obviously like drama for my lashes! Haha!

    And that's my short review!


    Cheers,
    DAWN


    Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    Catrice Cosmetics Strobing Duo Highlighter

    Hello loves!

    Since the time I was convinced how much strobing can improve my makeup by giving me a youthful glow, I've been consistently using it whenever I apply my makeup. I actually have quite a number of highlighters, and as much as I want to limit them down and maybe give some away to friends, I can't. They are just too gorgeous!!!

    Here's one that I love to use lately...

    Catrice Cosmetics Strobing Duo Highlighter
    This is PhP 499.00. Unfortunately, this is limited edition and it's probably not available anymore. I wish I knew about this earlier so I could have blogged about it sooner. :(

    The shade is C01 Strobing Surpreme (Supreme?)

    Further info from the website:

    Light-reflecting shimmer powder
    Perfectly aligned shades
    For flattering highlights on the face and neckline

    Reflections. The fine powder contains light-reflecting pigments to set accents on the face and neckline. The perfectly aligned shades in champagne and rosé-apricot flatter light and dark skin types and guarantee a radiant look.


    It looks simple but I really appreciate how minimalist it is. I like the texture and that you can see it through the clear plastic compact. It doesn't come with a mirror nor an applicator, but I don't really mind it.


    The highlighter has two tones. Majority of it is a champagne-like color while the other has a pinkish, sort of a light pinky peach rose, tone.

    Here are the swatches. The one on the left is the pinkish one, the middle is the champagne, while the one at the far right is when mixed together.

    I like it the best when combined. The product looks sheer when used with a brush and gives a very natural glow. If you like more visible highlight, you can use a sponge or your fingers.

    Check out how it looks on me...
    Left is my cheek without highlight while the right one has the product on.
    See that beautiful highlights? It gives that instant youthful glow on our face! 

    I like that this product is buildable and it's also not powdery. It glides smoothly on your cheek and can last around 5 hours before I need to reapply (mostly because of my oily skin and had to blot which leads to some of my makeup getting removed). It's a really awesome product and you get a lot of it with such an affordable price. Also, let's not forget that Catrice doesn't test on animals! ;)

    And that's all for the Catrice Cosmetics Strobing Duo Highlighter!
    What's your favorite daily highlighter?


    Cheers,
    DAWN


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