Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Canmake Mat Fleur Cheek in 01 Matte Apricot


Hello loves!

I know that spring is over (and we don't even have spring in the Philippines) and pastels and bright colors aren't as "in" anymore, but I just gotta have a marshmallow-like blush shade. Right now I am using the...


Canmake Mat Fleur Cheek in 01 Matte Apricot
This costs PhP 680.00.


I wasn't really planning on buying a blush when I got this, but while browsing Canmake's kiosk at Trinoma, they had a promo (I think it was a gifts with purchase kind and I got a concealer) and just fell for that trap! I have low self control when it comes to makeup, especially when I do have some money saved up. Haha!


Since the details are in Japanese, here's the info from the website:

Is it really a powder? Startling staying power!
Let the flowers of a smile bloom in your cheeks
Blush with a soft, light finish

The secret of super-soft cheeks 
 Matte powder with a natural finish
Matte powder creates a soft shading effect! The matte texture ensures a translucent finish that never looks heavy
Enhances your complexion, giving you the softest, cutest cheeks
Soft-focus powder  
Contains fixing powder!!!

Matte powder with a soft-focus effect gives you a poreless look

With a highly light-diffusing effect, Focus Powder softly obscures textural irregularities caused by pores, concealing both fine lines and pores!

Contains sebum-absorbing powder (silica) to prevent make-up run.
Highly absorbent, it sucks up excess sebum  
Keeps your make-up in place for hours on end.

Contains beautifying & moisturizing agents and plant & fruit extracts that your skin will love
Ectoin, collagen, hyaluronic acid, arbutin, rosemary leaf extract, pomegranate peel extract, damask rose flower oil, rosehip oil, Rosa multiflora fruit extract

Formulation designed with your skin in mind
Free from mineral oils, petroleum-based surfactants, ultraviolet absorbers, and fragrance

SHADES:

[01] Matte Apricot
A versatile coral that suits everyone 
For a bright, cute impression

[02] Matte Girly Rose
A rose pink that fans of pink will adore

[03] Matte Marmalade
Ideal for energetic girls
A Coral orange


The packaging is something pretty common in Japanese brands. It looks so simple with the clear plastic compact. It doesn't have a mirror and it is equipped with a small brush.


The bristles are very soft but it's just so small that I can't use it on my cheeks because it's difficult to apply and make the color on both cheeks even.


I do love the embossed floral design! I like the part where the colors are separated (you can use it as an eyeshadow) but will create a beautiful shade when swirled together!

See the swatches below:

From left to right:
Swirled together, the one at the bottom left (white), the ones at the upper left/bottom right (light pink), the shade at the center (apricot), and the one at the upper right (rose pink)

Here's how it looks like on my cheek.

Okay... so as much as it looks pigmented on the swatches, it gave me a hard time layering the product to finally make it noticeable on my cheek. The colors are so soft that I had to apply at least three layers so that I get that result. I guess it's more noticeable on whiter skin (I'm NC20-25 for your reference).

I also had an idea to make the white somewhat like a highlighter, but... no. Haha! It looks like chalk was applied to my face so it's better to just swirl the white shade with the rest. However, leaving it out is also an option for a stronger shade of pink. It doesn't look chalky but layering them too much can make it look like a marshmallow exploded on your face. :P

What I do like is that it really is indeed matte. None of those shimmers or chunky glitters. If you're looking for a sharp, clean look, then a matte blush is a go-to. And since I love strong, bold, matte lippies, then a soft blush is something I would pair them with, which makes this product perfect!  

So what do you think of this product? Do you like marshmallow-like blushes?


Cheers,
DAWN



Saturday, September 16, 2017

K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner

Hey gorgeous!

A friend of mine gave me this eyeliner set from K-Palette when she went to Japan some months back. I already was using some black liners then so it took me a while to finally open this one.

K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner
and K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eye Pencil

Since it took a while for me to open this, I think the pencil got too old and dried out. So I didn't use it anymore and I'll just provide my insights on the pen eyeliner.

I don't know if the still sell a set like this but if you'll buy each product at Beauty Bar, they cost PhP 795.00 each.


Since it was bought from Japan, it didn't have an English translation at the back. So here's the product description from the beautyboxcorp website:

K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner
This liquid eyeliner has a waterproof formula that stays all day without smudging. Its super micro thin brush (0.55mm) enables you to draw thin lines easily---perfect for tightlining. It can be removed with soap and water, no makeup remover needed!

K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eye Pencil
This waterproof and smudge-proof eyeliner has a retractable soft pencil tip so you don't need an eyepencil sharpener! Its long-lasting & rich color want to sport a bold eye make up look.

You can also check their Facebook Page for updates.


The packaging of both products are similar. Both are in black and have silver details. They are pretty easy to use since it's like you're holding a pen. The pencil is a twist type while the eyeliner has a brush tip.

Here are the swatches...

As I said, the pencil has dried up already when I opened the product. I guess it's really my fault because it took me a few months to open it because I was still using an eyeliner back then. So I think it's unfair for me to do a review on that product so I'll just share my experience on the pen eyeliner.

I like how you can create thin lines with the slim tip of the eyeliner. It glides smoothly on skin and I can easily manipulate the thickness that I want to create with it. It's not as black as I want it to be though but it can be built up and the good news is, it doesn't flake when I put more on top.

I tried smudging it. It didn't totally smudge, it just faded a bit. I like that the lines still look clean.

I tried placing it under running water and it didn't move at all, even when I lightly smudge the swatches.

However, if you rub it continuously, this happens. I'm amazed at the pencil type though! Haha!

So as you can see, it has a pretty good staying power. I was actually expecting that because I know how popular this product is. Although, there are still times that it smudges, usually when my lids get oily. With the right primer and eyeshadow, this can last the whole day!

It would be a perfect pen liner for me if not for the "blackness" part because I like my liners really black. But if you don't mind this kind of shade, then it really is a recommendable product!

And that's all for this post. What are your thoughts?



Cheers,DAWN



Thursday, September 14, 2017

NOTD: Abstract Pastels

Hey guys!

Whenever I get bored, I just scroll down my Facebook timeline and see if there's something interesting to read or watch. I saw this nail tutorial (I'm sorry but I can't remember from who or which page that was from) and the look was pretty much like an action painting. My nail art skills aren't as good though and my nail art tools are limited so I can only come up with this:


It's a mix of purples and blues with glitters, of course!


These are the products I used:

CODE Professional in G603
Maybelline Color Show in 
Jenna Hipp (shade to follow)
ORLY Top2Bottom Basecoat + Top Coat
ORLY French Manicure 
And some gold chunky glitters :)


It's pretty easy to do. I just fill the nails with my chosen base, preferrably a light colored one and then add the colors. I tap the brush first on a tissue so that it doesn't carry too much polish so that it creates a sort of brush stroke with extra streaks. Play with the colors! Go for light and then dark ones. I added some glitters for extra glam and accents.

What do you think of this NOTD?


Cheers,
DAWN


Monday, September 11, 2017

Ever Bilena Matte Lipstick in Skin

Hey loves!

I'm back for a quick swatch post!

I was able to take home this product when I attended one of the brand's events a couple of months ago...


Ever Bilena Matte Lipstick in Skin
This is PhP 165.00 per tube.


As the name says, it's a shade pretty close to our skin color, particularly the average Pinay skin tone. So if you're looking for a matte nude shade, this will probably catch your eye when you check out Ever Bilena counters.


"Skin" is just one of the 25 matte lipstick shades available from Ever Bilena. That's quite a big number of colors to choose from. And with it's affordable price, it's pretty easy to collect your favorite shades if you're into mattes.

For more info about this lippie, here's the description on the label:



More info from the website:

What it is: 
Ever Bilena Matte Lipstick features neutral to bold shades that is perfect for all occasions.

What it does: 
Whether you like it nude, bright or bold, every shade of this matte lipstick is instantly flattering. It provides highly pigmented shades in just a few swipe. Ever Bilena Matte Lipstick is also infused with Vitamin E to help keep your lips moisturized. It now has a new shade – Rouge Berry.

How to use:
Apply directly to your lips. Start from the center of your upper lip following your lip shape. Repeat the same step on your lower lip.


The shade is a warm, nude shade. Like a light brown with a bit of grey. It's not my go-to nude color to be honest because I tend to get nude pinks or nude peaches.


When worn, I find that the warm shade is pretty close to my skin color without making me look too pale.




I use this when I have a bold eye makeup to balance my look. I don't see myself wearing it with natural makeup because I find that it's too close to my skin color and I definitely need some color for my face.
I like pairing this with smokey eyes or a very defined and long winged liner! I could also see me wearing other bold colors for my eyes like hot pink or teal!

I like how matte it is but this can dry my lips pretty quickly. I suggest to wear a lip balm underneath to avoid chappy lips.

And that's all I guess. Thoughts?

Cheers,
DAWN

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Freshel Skin Freshener

Hey dears!

It's no secret that I like using face mists. I like having it wherever I go, mostly because I like how it makes me feel so refreshed when I spray it. It also helps in moisturizing skin. When I already have makeup on and my skin still needs a bit of hydrating, a mist is the best bet to help you out.

That is why I bought a number of mists when I went to Japan. Their cosmetic stores carry so many of them that I couldn't leave with just one. Here's one of the products I bought...

Freshel Skin Freshener

Unfortunately, I couldn't remember how much I bought it. :(


Before I proceed with my personal experience with the product, below is the product description from the website:

Enhance effectiveness of the lotion
and all-in-one gel to follow
Moisture infusion technology with water-catching and deep-infusing functions enhance effectiveness of the lotion and all-in-one gel to follow.

Moisturizie skin with just this product alone!
Moisture ingredients such as double collagen*, hyaluronic acid, niacin,and apricot extract keep moisturizing skin.
*Hydrolized collagen and water-soluble collagen


Press down on the pump to spray a generous amount of mist.
An all-natural citrus fragrance provides the most refreshing and soothing experience.
Use it before lotion or anytime during the day - in the office or after a shower - when your skin feels thirsty.

So basically, it's a mist that specializes in adding moisture to your skin and it's best to pair it with the brand's lotion and all-in-one gel. So I guess it's the step next to toning and then add the lotions and moisturizers after.


I like the clear, crystal-like bottle. It looks clean and classy but I find it a bit heavy. I also like the spray because it lets out a fine mist. None of those sprays that feel like someone spit on you. Haha!

 The scent is very mild. I do not like citrus scents but this one is pretty okay.


I mostly use this after I apply makeup to help set it and also add some moisture if needed. Most of the time, it's because I want to feel refreshed after a long day or when I'm out under the sun for too long. But I have used this on my clean face, usually as my day moisturizer. I already have oily skin so I do not need intensive moisture. Although I do have a separate moisturizer that I use, there are days when I just want something very light and clean-feeling and this one is it. I think that my skin feels hydrated enough when I use this so all is good with this product for me. :)


And I guess that's all I can say with this one.
Which face mist are you using right now?


Cheers,DAWN


Monday, September 4, 2017

Review : The Saem Cover Perfection Pot Concealer

Hey gorgeous!

Lately I've been having breakouts around the jaw area. I believe it's the hair oil I was using so I stopped using it and I think the breakouts have lessened. My problem now are the scars they left behind (sometimes I can't help myself and popped some of them... sorry). That's where my concealers come into the picture.

I have a different concealer for my under eyes and for my scars. The one for the under eyes are usually in creamy-liquid form, thinner consistency, usually a little lighter in shade, and lightweight. The one for the scars have medium-heavy coverage and has a thicker consistency.

One of the concealers I bought for the purpose of hiding my pimples and scars is the...

The Saem Cover Perfection Pot Concealer

I bought it from Althea for PhP180.00. It's originally priced at PhP 400.00.

The shade I have is the lighter of the two shades available. No. 01 is Clear Beige, No. 02 is Lychee Beige.

Info from The Saem website:




Reading the product description, it sounds like my dream concealer for my pimple and scarring issues. It says everything that I look for in a concealer!

Being that it is a pot concealer, I have a feeling that it's thicker in consistency, which I usually associate to better coverage. It's housed in a clear, plastic pot that makes the packaging look simple and clean. The cap is black that adds class to the overall look of the product. You can use a clean brush to get the product out so it's more hygienic. I put some product on the brush then apply on the area I want to cover and blend it by dabbing my fingers.

Here's the swatch. I'm surprised that it's creamier than what I first imagined but still thick. At first swipe, you can see how pigmented the concealer is. It glides smoothly too.

Here's how it performs...

1. as under eye concealer:

Bare under eyes

With the product

The shade is lighter than my skin. I think the No. 02 fits my skin tone better. But I think a brighter under eye looks good. Anyway, as you can see, the concealer is too thick that the lines around my eyes look more visible than I would have liked. It did, however, cover the dark circles easily.

2. As concealer for acne scar

That's a pimple scar at the middle

With the product

I was really hoping this would be a good concealer for my zits. Unfortunately, as seen on the photo, it looks patchy at the area that has dry bits. It makes dry areas more obvious. It also has a matte finish which I would normally like but I find it too matte that it doesn't look natural anymore. Plus, the coverage is medium to heavy, but when I layer the product to get more coverage, it cakes easily, even with primer and setting spray.

To summarize:

What I LIKE:
-Locally available via Althea PH
- Affordable at PhP 180.00
- Simple and classy packaging
- Medium to heavy coverage
- Glides easily on skin

What I DON'T LIKE:
- Too matte that it looks so unnatural
- Cakes easily when layered
- Only available in two shades
- Makes dry patches and lines more visible


Honestly, I'm disappointed because I had high hopes  since the brand's other concealer (the liquid type with the wand applicator) had good reviews. I still bought this because what it promised were more suitable for my skin issues and because it was on sale. Too bad it didn't perform as much as I wanted to. Oh well.

And that's my review. I hope that was helpful!


Cheers,
DAWN



Thursday, August 31, 2017

Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner

Hello dearies!

I've been using eyeliner a lot on my upper lash line. I like to wear the dramatic, winged liner the most and I usually use liquid or gel type eyeliners. I already love the effect of liquids and gels, but I would still try pencils from time to time, even though I'm already convinced that they are better of as liner for my lower lash line because my lids are just too darn oily! Haha!

The most recent pencil type liner I got is the...

Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner
I got this from a set I bought on sale at Beauty Bar. It was included in the Smashbox On The Rocks Eye Essentials. Got it for PhP 1,017.50. Original price was PhP 1,850.00.


Info from the website:

On a photo shoot, the crew can't wait around while makeup artists sharpen their pencils. That's why we developed this award-winning kohl eye liner, which self-sharpens automatically every time you twist off the cap. The high-impact, waterproof formula is packed with pigment. It's a precise pencil liner that performs like a liquid. Save time—and keep your eye makeup look totally on point!
TIPS: Want an even more intense eye look? Don't forget to line the inner rim for major definition! One tiwst of the cap will do it. No need to over twist to sharpen!
  • BENEFIT: Precise, waterproof, & non-flaking
  • Hyper-pigmented kohl for color-rich results
  • Can be used on inner rim
  • USAGE: One twist of the cap sharpens the liner so your eyes are always on-point!
  • INGREDIENTS: Formulated without Parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Phthalates, Fragrance & Talc.

    INGREDIENTS: ISODODECANE , SYNTHETIC WAX , PENTAERYTHRITYL STEARATE/CAPRATE/CAPRYLATE/ADIPATE , HYDROGENATED POLYDICYCLOPENTADIENE , ETHYLENE/PROPYLENE COPOLYMER , 

It's available in eight shades according to the website. The one I have is Raven and it's the black shade.

So what makes this different from other liners is that it's always sharp! Well, it really makes a difference when you use a sharp liner, especially for winged lines/cat eye looks, which I absolutely love to wear. 


It also claims to be very pigmented and easy to use because you only have to twist it up!


And here's what it looks like:


As you can see, it really is pigmented and it glides pretty smoothly. However, I have to go back and forth to create a solid color because you can still see some of the lines on my skin exposed. Fortunately, I don't have lines that deep on my eyes so I don't have to do that on my lids!

Now to test how well it performs...

Smudged a couple of times

Rubbed several times while dry

Smudged with water

Rubbed while wet

While it was dry, the line didn't move much. I was quite impressed! Even when it was smudged while wet, the swatch was not completely removed.

On the lids, I applied it smoothly but there were occasions that I had to go back to keep the line solid. The wing was harder to create compared to liquids but I think the one I made was clean enough.

I like that it was matte, but I wish it was blacker. My brow hair is still darker than this. Haha!

Unfortunately, the natural oils on my lids still made the liner smudge all over. *sigh* I guess I can't wear this as my go-to for applying my winged liner. Oh well. 

It does help if I apply an eye primer + powder shadows, but I think I'll stick to liquids and gel liners and use this for the lower lash line instead.

Any thoughts on the  Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner? Any recommendations? Comment below!



Cheers,
DAWN


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