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My Everyday Make-up

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Doing my make-up on the daily is a routine that keeps dull days worth living out. I spend extra time perfecting my face, and it makes me feel confidently beautiful…and sometimes, late. When I’m not trying out new make-up for the blog, these are my go-to products!

Base

Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm (P549, Your Make-up Store)

YouTube is abuzz with NikkieTutorial’s spontaneous discovery of Nivea Men’s Shave Balm; it happens to be a brilliant alternative to a primer! I got mine as a little pasalubong from my best friend from her US trip. It works absolute wonders! It blurs out pores, smoothes out my skin, and makes my make-up last the entire day. I can sweat, commute, and still look good after a long work day. The smell is very strong (think men’s cologne) once applied but it fades after a few minutes.

Catrice Camouflage Cream in Light Beige (P329, Watsons)

I tried the Catrice Camouflage Cream as recommended by Liz of Project Vanity.  It’s not exactly life-changing but it does cover my acne and dark circles plus it’s good to highlight certain features. It’s already very pigmented with just one swipe. It also doesn’t dry up fast unlike my L.A. Girl PRO Conceal.

L’oreal True Match Liquid Foundation in Nude Beige (P600, Watsons)

I finished my bottle of the much raved about Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation after three months which led me to try the L’oreal True Match Liquid Foundation. (I bought it for P450 during one of their month-long sales.) It does a great job of covering my blemishes and dark spots. It feels weightless, and it leaves my skin with a beautiful satin finish. It carries 18 shades which makes it easy to find the perfect shade for your skin. It does have some hints of shimmer – nothing too noticeable – so that’s something to consider.

Bourjois Paris Loose Powder in Peach (Watsons KK)

To set my face after applying my foundation, I use the Bourjois Loose Powder which makes my skin feel velvet smooth and matte. It’s a life-saver especially during long day shoots but I just hate how loose powders, in general, are so messy; it gets everywhere.

Eyes

Fashion21 Eyebrow Gel in Light Brown (P165, Watsons)

I’ve never been one to do my kilay…surprise! My brows have always been thick since time immemorial (just look at my baby pictures). I never really bothered doing mine but so many of my friends told me I’m missing out. I grabbed the Fashion 21 Eyebrow Gel on a trip to Watsons out of curiosity. I love how it matches my (artificially colored) brown hair. The gel has some shimmer so I tame it with my Nichido Mascara Brush. The gel fills out my sparse areas but I think I can still make do with days devoid of the product.

Fashion 21 Double Up Mascara (P225), Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara (P429, Watsons)

I alternate between the two mascaras. Fashion 21’s Double Up Mascara – a favorite among local beauty gurus – is the best local drugstore mascara I’ve tried. It lengthens my lashes very well. I’m on my second tube already, and I know I’ll keep repurchasing it. A number of people compliment my eyes when I wear it! It’s so easy to remove, I find that facial wash does the trick. Maybelline’s Lash Sensational is another favorite. I love how it volumizes my lashes but because of how big the mascara wand is, application can get messy. I’m also such a fan of the pink packaging! Because of how waterproof it is, I use micellar water or cleansing oil  to remove it.

Stila Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette in Mind (Sephora KK)

A recent matte eyeshadow convert, I just had to get this Stila palette during my trip to Sephora in Malaysia last summer. It has a wide selection of neutrals and bright colors that are great to build up and mix together. Also, as an eyeshadow rookie, I don’t find the colors intimidating at all. Wit and Creativity (browns) are great as a duo. Perception (orange) is amazing on its own. I can probably live life with just this palette in tow – but that would be depressing.

Cheeks

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso (P450, Your Make-up Store)

My most used and abused blush is Milani’s Luminoso. It gives my cheeks color and a noticeable glow! This blush is just one of a kind.

Lips

Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Matte Lippie in The Morning After (P649,  Zalora), MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy (P1,050, MAC)

Aside from the Maybelline Brown Nudes, nowadays, my everyday lipsticks happen to be Happy Skin’s The Morning After, which is a beautiful mauvy pink, and MAC’s iconic Velvet Teddy, a universally flattering nude. The Morning After feels so weightless, like there’s nothing on my lips to begin with. The formula is so unique, I haven’t chanced on any lip product quite like it. I plan on getting all the other Moisturizing Matte Lippies! Velvet Teddy is so pigmented and wears great with all make-up looks. I’m so close to finishing it – a miracle in itself – which reminds me to get a new tube soon.

Others

Essence Soo Glow Cream to Powder Highlighter in Bright Up Your Life (Watsons KK)

Essence’s Soo Glow is the most beautiful and subtle highlighter I’ve tried from the drugstore. It looks great on my morena skin and lasts on the high points of my cheek all day (it doesn’t on my nose bridge and Cupid’s bow). Sadly, it isn’t available in Essence counters locally. I’m such a fan of the German-based brand, in general, after several product tries. They deserve more rave!

Nars Blush in Madly (P1,450, Nars)

Madly is the perfect bronzer for my color! Because it’s so expensive, I only use it on weekends and special occasions. I use my Zoeva Nude Spectrum Blush Palette on the daily. It gives the perfect tan color on my skin without looking overdone. It’s also great as an eyeshadow base for days when I forget to bring my palettes.

Tools

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler (P1,400, Shu Uemura)

I’ve been a believer of the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler ever since my Japan trip two years ago. (Tip: it’s P900 in Narita Airport.) This will be a beauty essential ’til my last breath.

Features&Shades Loose Powder Brush (P299), Foundation Brush (P325), Slanted Concealer Brush (P299), Large Eyeshadow Brush (P150), Pointed Crease Brush (P150, Watsons)

As a beauty beginner, I don’t think I’m in any position to invest in Zoeva or Sigma brush sets so after scouring the drugstore for good local beauty brushes, I finally found them! The F&S (Features&Shades) brushes are all spectacular but my absolute must-haves are the Foundation Brush, the Slanted Concealer Brush, and the Large Eyeshadow Brush. The bristles are so soft that I’m actually trading these for my Real Techniques!

Any beauty products you’ve tried from the list? Let me know in the comments!


Beauty Haul: MAC lipsticks (2)

(Ruby Woo, Whirl, and Stone)

I have a deep fondness for matte lipsticks. Sure, they dry my lips after a long day, they mercilessly stain my cup of coffee, but I would not trade it for anything else – except the occasional cream and satin bullet.

In 2015, MAC relaunched their Matte Lip Collection, which includes 21 glorious shades – six in the retro matte finish – all of which are permanent. The new releases include Naturally Transformed, Men Love Mystery, Tropic Tonic, D For Danger, Persistence, Antique Velvet, Matte Royal, and two of my purchases, Whirl and Stone. These particular colors have been sold out everywhere ever since its release that I had to have mine purchased abroad (Singapore) a few months ago.

Retro matte is starting to become a personal favorite next to the original matte formula; I also have Relentlessly Red and Flat Out Fabulous. It does not transfer – applying lip balm beforehand does make it transfer a little bit – and the lines on my lips are not defined unlike cheaper matte lipsticks and liquid lipsticks available in the market.

Ruby Woo

Ruby Woo is a a very matte vivid blue-red. With all honesty, I did not need it because I already have Russian Red, which (I thought) is a very similar color. The sold-out product because of a certain Maine Mendoza was a surprise (along with the other bullets) from an ‘AlDub’ fanatic mother. Apparently, I needed the signature Yaya Dub lips – I’m not complaining, at all.

Russian Red vs. Ruby Woo

Russian Red and Ruby Woo are similar reds – both are ridiculously pigmented – but from experience, they are pretty different.

Russian Red, a bluish-red, has a one-of-a-kind creamy matte formula. It applies like a dream. It is more neon. I don’t know if it’s just me, but it makes my lips fuller, and I already have such plump lips. I used it the entire day – 11 hours in total – with plenty of eating and sipping on straws involved, and there were no signs of feathering.

Ruby Woo is more lightweight; it feels like you have no product on your lips.  It is a universal red; it looks perfectly good on all skin tones. I needed more coats aside from a single swipe to perfect the application. It leaves a great stain but product fades towards the center throughout the day – reapplication is necessary.

Whirl

The grunge lipstick trend has made a comeback that Whirl – a dirty rose – is the perfect every day, warm brown lip color. I actually set this aside for a few months because it was so dark and dull for my morena skin. I tried it again recently and fell in love. It is the type of lip color you pair with the right make-up – a slightly bronzed, highlighted face with a good shimmer eyeshadow and really big lashes in my case. The most similar color that I have is MAC’s Creme in Your Coffee, which is more on the mauvy side. This was drying on the lips after a whole day’s worth of wear but nothing a good Carmex lip balm can’t fix.

Stone

Stone is a more complicated lip color that you can either really love or hate – there is no in between. It is a muted grayish taupe brown that can make your lips look really pale, depending on your skin color. I had trouble covering my already pigmented lips so it needs more than a single swipe to get its full opacity. From recent tutorials and reviews, beauty gurus say that Stone is best worn with really dramatic eye make-up, which I have yet to try.

Anyway, any New Year beauty resolutions? I’d love to hear yours (while I try to formulate mine). Thank you for reading!


Beauty Haul: MAC Lipsticks

(Twig, Velvet Teddy, and Please Me)

It was five in the morning, at the airport – a few hours past my birthday. An illuminated store stood out; it was calling my name. I went in empty-handed and got out with three new things. It left me with a full heart and a relatively huge dent on my debit card.

Apparently, I have become quite the collector the past year. It started with lipsticks (from Ever Bilena to MAC *insert Drake song*) but my late Youtube education made sure it left me wanting and needing more than just color on my lips.

If you are a beauty rookie such as myself, before you head out and buy your first MAC lipstick, make sure you do watch video swatches (or maybe, read my blog). It makes a ton of difference (skin color, product finish, price, possible dupe, etc.)!

I have been reserving a much awaited MAC haul for a special occasion so what better way to spend (more) money on things you will rarely use (kidding) than on a b-i-r-t-h-d-a-y (whilst having a near-quarter-life crisis, mind you).

Twig

MAC satin lipstick in Twig is a soft muted brownish-pink, perfect for every day use. I’ve been wearing it constantly this week after my much needed vacation. I’ve tanned and gotten darker – around two foundation shades darker – it’s crazy! The semi-matte finish leaves my lips feeling soft without it being sticky. It also lasts for a very long time. I could probably get away without reapplying it if I weren’t too keen on brushing my teeth after lunch. The Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate in the shade 08 – my most used lipstick – is a great dupe, in my opinion.

Velvet Teddy

MAC matte lipstick in Velvet Teddy is a gorgeous deep-tone beige, possibly the best ‘My Lips But Better’ nude shade for morena skin I’ve ever tried. I actually had to stop and revel in it after applying for the first time. I had my doubts given my really, really dark after-beach skin. I thought it would make me look pale but it did quite the opposite! For a matte finish, it’s doesn’t dry your lips unlike more iconic matte shades such as Russian Red and Rebel. You need this in your life!

Please Me

Please Me is my least favorite from the bunch – only because of my current skin color. It’s a muted-rosy-tinted pink, a product I tried a few days before I went to the beach and loved, loved so much. I used it post-tan and it just makes me look very pale. I can’t wait for my normal skin color to return so I could enjoy this shade again!