June 14, 2017 / 23:13 PM
Summer may be over but a peach blush is always a good idea! That healthy flush makes a statement without going overboard. It looks beautiful whether you’re morena or mestiza! It looks good alone for a quick drugstore run or with a full make-up look for a Friday night out with the barkada. This is also perfect for low-maintenance girls – whether you’re a student or just lazy (like me!). These 4 trustworthy drugstore choices are easy on the eyes and the pocket!
Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso (Stuff in Style, P420)
Luminoso is everybody’s favorite peachy pink blush, a must-have for your top shelf – and for good reason! This is my most abused blush from my collection! Dust it on the apples of your cheeks for a a subtle, iridescent glow, which easily gives off a *lit from within* look. This looks so natural, perfect for those intimidated by bold colored blushes. Best of all, it lasts the entire day!
Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush in Apri-cot in the Middle (Watsons, P299/Your Make Up Store, P249)
The most unique from the bunch is Wet n Wild’s Apri-cot in the Middle; it’s also the most shimmery. It has noticeable gold specks that gives a bold sheen, which looks gorgeous when the sunlight hits your face! It almost looks like a highlight. If you have problematic skin and have texture on your face – acne, huge pores – you may want to forego this product because it will accentuate it. The infamous Icon Blushes are a must-try and definitely worth the trip to the drugstore!
City Color Rosy Cheeks Blush in Fall Sunflower (Watsons, P249)
The Rosy Cheeks Blushes from City Color are reminiscent of Milani’s Rose Powder Blushes but cheaper! They are so pretty! Fall Sunflower is the most pigmented among the 4 recommendations, you will need a light hand! This deep color is also the most favorable for those with a darker complexion.
Ever Bilena Single Blush-on in Amethyst (Watsons, P110)
If you’re on a student budget or just really want an affordable gem from the drugstore, Ever Bilena’s Amethyst is a steal! Use it for that subtle flush on the cheeks – perfect for beginners. Keep it simple or build it up for an intense pop of color!
What are your favorite blushes? Leave your recommendations in the comments below! 🍑
November 11, 2016 / 02:18 AM
(L.A. Girl Luxury Crème Lipsticks in  Kiss & Tell,  Tell Me Lies,  Fling,  Rendezvous, and  Endless Kisses)
When I was an art student in university, my knowledge on anything related to beauty was very limited. I had few resources, and whatever money I earned from my freelance work, I’d spend it on clothing as a (clueless but utterly devoted) fashion magazine intern. I’d rely on the generosity of my mother – a moisturizer only type of gal – and Titas who brought home branded palettes as pasalubongs, which, of course, I didn’t know how to use. Man, if anybody just told me I could’ve gotten make-up this cheap (and so good!), I would’ve started beauty blogging earlier.
As much as I thoroughly enjoy the likes of Daiso and Japan Home Centre for cheap thrills (I probably don’t need but still purchase), I haven’t gone to the Dollar Store in years. There aren’t much branches around the metro, and I had doubts on product safety and authenticity. I mean, how can make-up cost so inexpensive? Then, upon further research on YouTube – the endless black hole of everything beauty and babies – I learned that there are actually good products in store. It costs the way it does because of the tacky packaging (which isn’t particularly appealing but I’ll live) and the amount the brands spend on advertising. They also get the products directly from the manufacturer. I also asked around, and they restock products every month so rest assured, these aren’t old or expired. You best believe I was on the hunt for some gems, and I wasn’t disappointed!
L.A. Colors Mineral Pressed Powder in Toffee (P149)
Aside from every Filipina tween’s Johnson & Johnson’s Pure Essentials Pressed Powder history, the L.A. Colors Mineral Pressed Powder was the first I owned. It’s cheap, and it does the job of mattifying the face. However, I recommend the Nichido Loose Powder (P150) since it does a better job but almost costs the same. It’s just really obnoxiously fragrant.
For this particular color, I use Toffee as a bronzer – as with any matte powder a couple shades darker than my skin. This gives my face a beautiful, sun-kissed look. It’s heavily pigmented so I just need very little product. There are also more colors from the range available, which you can’t find elsewhere.
L.A. Girl Pro Conceal in Fawn (P169)
I got my very first Pro Conceal in Pure Beige at the beginning of the year – because everyone talked about it. This is definitely cheaper at the Dollar Store (P169) than in Watsons (P299). I also appreciate how they carry a wider range of colors since they only have 1-2 shades in the mall. I’m not in love with it as a concealer since it doesn’t conceal my acne on bad days but I do enjoy it to highlight darkness on my soul, I mean, my face. I do find that Fawn is especially good as a cream contour. Just use a beauty blender, and you’re good to go!
L.A. Girl Luxury Crème Lipsticks in Kiss & Tell, Tell Me Lies, Fling, Rendezvous, and Endless Kisses (P99)
For my favorite discovery from the bunch, the Crème Lipsticks are unbelievably good. They’re reminiscent of the Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Color (P299), which are a bit more stiff, waxy, and drying on the lips. These are definitely lightweight but creamier. For P99 each, these are a bargain! Pigmentation is great especially for the darker shades; it can even leave a stain. Lighter shades like Tell Me Lies and Fling can look sheer but it still covers my lips, which are naturally dark. Nonetheless, a con is that the product may move around, the more product you apply.
These are gorgeous everyday colors. The range carries tons of shades from nudes, pinks, reds, oranges to plums. I appreciate how there are actual testers in the store! The wear time is around 2-5 hours (with meals and drinks included). It also smells super sweet. I make sure to carry it with me throughout the day for touch-ups.
Beauty Treats Perfect Powder Blush in Pink Flush (P99)
I’m a big fan of pink blushes so I knew I had to get the blush quad from Beauty Treats (not L.A. Girl nor L.A. Colors but affiliated with the company). I find this incredibly pigmented. The two lightest shades on the left seem to be the most wearable of the four. They’re all matte which I adore since some shimmery shades highlight my blemishes.
If you’re on a budget or just on the look out for some really great, inexpensive gems, the Dollar Store is definitely the place to be!
The Dollar Store can be found in Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, Shoppesville Greenhills, Market! Market!, and Alabang Town Center.
September 20, 2016 / 12:59 PM
(Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Mattes in  Daringly Nude,  Clay Crush, and  Touch of Spice)
I missed the launch of the Maybelline Brown Nudes a month ago on Beauty MNL so when I found out that they were on sale again (P199 in counters nationwide – originally P299 – until October 2), I rushed to the mall(s) to get these three shades. I wanted to get Nude Nuance too but it’s sold out where I went (Watsons Megamall and SM Department Store, Watsons Podium). I didn’t feel the need to get Burgundy Blush (the darkest shade) because I already have Divine Wine, which is an amazing dupe for MAC Diva, by the way. Nude Embrace (the lightest shade) felt a little too similar to Daringly Nude.
The products don’t disappoint at all. These are seriously the best drugstore lipsticks I’ve tried. The colors are extra pigmented considering drugstore nude lipsticks I’ve tried usually aren’t. From a single swipe, the full opacity of the color’s displayed. It’s excellent for Filipina skin, both for morenas and mestizas. Personally, I tend to navigate towards nudes and pinks, which is why I have so much appreciation for the range. It applies really creamy but is still very much matte. It reminds me of ColourPop’s Lippie Stix, another favorite. It’s crazy long-lasting, Touch of Spice survived an entire work day (9 hours) on me. It’s great for everyday wear (school and work) as well as events – especially with a bold eye look. It feels expensive on the lips, maybe even comparable to the NARS Audacious lipsticks. The sweet, vanilla scent is also endearing!
Colorwise, Clay Crush is my favorite. It’s an amazing MLBB (My Lips But Better) shade. It’s a close match to MAC’s Velvet Teddy but more peach. Formula-wise, Touch of Spice is the best. It’s a wonderful dupe for MAC Twig. Daringly Nude is great when trying to mute down or desaturating a bold lip color but it’s also good worn on its own. Tip: It’s better worn with a lip liner. The lighter colors tend to accentuate the lines on the lips but not so visible that it becomes daunting. Also, it fades a little in the innermost part of my lips after a few hours.
Have you tried anything from the collection? What’s your favorite color? I’d love to know what you think!