Nichido BB Cream Every Day Wear

It’s always a thrill to find something that is (relatively) affordable yet works. Such was my reaction when I got my tube(s) of Nichido BB Cream Every Day Wear. I got the shade 03 Natural during my first hunt for this product but I found out it was darker than what I need. On my second trip to the Nichido beauty counter, I bought my shade match, 02 Skin.

Brand: Nichido

Product Name: BB Cream Every Day Wear

Price: Php238

Shade02 Skin (my shade match), 03 Natural

Scent: Mild foundation smell with a bit of powdery/flowery scent

Content: 0.676 fl.oz./20 mL

Product description:

An all-in-one beauty balm for a youthful looking and radiant complexion

Product claims:

  • Skin lightening
  • Lifting
  • Moisturizing
  • Soothing
  • Color corrector

skin_zpsvchjwab0

The packaging is a cream-colored squeeze-type tube with a black cap. It doesn’t come with a box but is sealed with plastic. The size is very handy and won’t take up much space in your vanity kit. Info is printed on the back including the manufacturing date. No expiration date printed on it though it claims to be usable for 12 months after opening.

skin20vs20natural_zpssspq5odp

In the photo above, I compared the shades 02 Skin and 03 Natural. The former is obviously lighter than the latter, but both have yellow undertone. Continue reading

Igari, “Hangover” Makeup Look

Howdy folks! I’ve been sucked into the loonier parts of Youtube the other day, and this makeup trend that started in Japan last year caught my fancy. Igari makeup aka hangover makeup was actually named after its creator, makeup artist Igari Shinobu. Igari makeup is also known as futsukayoi (hangover) makeup and ofero (combination of two words: “Oshare” [fashionable or trendy] and “fero” [short for pheromones]) makeup. The aim is to resemble a flushed complexion that one gets when drunk. Pink/coral/red cheeks are done strongly with often a neutral eye and rosy lips. It’s basically striving to look like a clown in a kawaii way.

As a fan of The Hangover movies (definitely not of hangovers), I tried it out. And while I think I sucked, I hope this “tutorial” could help you out if you want to have a go at it.

Continue reading

San San CC Cream

CC cream, oh CC cream. First there was your older sister, BB cream. She gave me coverage, sun protection, and in the earlier days she broke my heart with her grayish tinge but she has yellowed over time and we were friends again. How about you, her younger sis? I’ve heard you’re sheerer, more concerned in color correction than covering and have your own chock-full of skin improving promises upon using overtime just like your big sis?

Yes, the heat has probably fried up my brain already. Anyway, this review is for one of the three CC creams I currently have in my stash, the San San CC Cream from HBC.

Brand: San San (Hortaleza M.D., of HBC)

Product Name: CC Cream SPF 30 • Vitamins A•C•E

Price: Php 190

Shadeno shade name, comes in only one shade

Scent: Powdery floral that turns sunscreen-y, lotion-y when spread (stays on for a quarter of the day on my face). Though not obnoxious.

Content: 1.01 fl.oz./30mL

Product description:

A lightweight Color Corrector Cream that evens out skin tone as it moisturizes and protects skin from harmful UV rays and free radicals.

This cosmetic product with multi-dermatological benefits is formulated with Hyaluronic Acid and Squalene to provide moisture for a healthier skin.

Product claims:

  • Color Corrector
  • Moisturizes skin
  • with Antioxidants

san20san20cc201_zpsrlusays7

20160326_082614_zpsdb1ezu0m

I actually bought this one on sale at HBC Baclaran a couple of months ago. I forgot the exact price though. *peace* Lot number, manufacturing date, and expiration date are indicated on the box (good for two years).  Continue reading

Shut Up and Kiss Me!

Okay, so I couldn’t resist using that cheeky title. Commanding and coy at the same time, this product name. I’ve already built a humble collection of Happy Skin’s Shut Up & Kiss Me lippies, but this review will be on the first two shades that started this addiction.

Brand: Happy Skin

Product Name: Shut Up & Kiss Me moisturizing lippie

Price: Php 549

Shade: Crushing On You, Summer Fling

Content: 2.7 g

Product description:

Whether torrid or tame, your lips will say it all! This Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippie is sure to help you make that smackin’ statement. This lip-loving moisture stick is loaded with Shea Butter and Collagen to get fans to line up for a taste of those supple, hydrated, and ultra-kissable lips. High-pigmented, and moisture-packed, this lippie glides on irresistibly smooth (without the stickiness!) and leaves behind a rich, creamy pout that’s way tempting to kiss.

This lippie offers three-fold “lip service”: the shine of a gloss, the pigment of a lipstick, and hydration of a balm! Spoil yourself with Shea Butter & Collagen to keep your lips in lip-lockin’ shape!

Continue reading

Beauty V/Blogger Crush: TheBeautyBreakdown

Quick post on this new girl crush of mine: Morgan of TheBeautyBreakdown! I like her product reviews. She’s so gorgeous and girly (the kind that one can never hate IYKWIM), dontcha think? Her MAC shade is NC20-25 which is the same as mine and for that fact alone, I’ll be stalking her face base reviews.

One of her vids that I’ve already watched (the product featured is something I’m so excited to get a hold of) her first impression on L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation. Enjoy. I commented on her video that she’s so cute in portion 2:30 – 2:36. 😄

Check out/follow/subscribe to her Youtube, Instagram, Twitter, and Blog (click on the links to head over to her online platforms and accounts).

Makeup Inspiration: Elsa and Anna of Frozen

I know that I am quite late in this, but I’ve watched Frozen just last month. I knew the existence of this film way before it was shown because of a certain article in a women’s magazine website about films to watch out for in 2013, and I made a mental note to check it out. Unfortunately, the note got lost in the sea of daily brain activities, and I missed it during its run in the cinemas here in the Philippines.

I liked that there had been online debate on whether this film is really about girl power and all that. One of the main protagonists is a queen, not a princess, and does not have a love interest at this point (Frozen 2 anyone?). The younger main protagonist, Anna, learns that not all princes are good, some pretend to be just to have their own kingdom to rule, and that sometimes it’s the person you’ve never noticed before who is the one for you . He may not have a title, he may not be the most handsome, but he cares for you.

Speaking of caring, Olaf is the most adorable snowman of the decade, dishing out the classic lines: “Love is putting someone else’s needs before yours,” and “Some people are worth melting for.” Some people are worth the sacrifice, out of our love for them and out of our genuine concern for their welfare. I also adore the sisterly love element in this film. If this was Disney’s attempt to depart from the traditional damsel-in-distress-oh-I-need-a-man-in-my-life-preferrably-a-prince roster of princesses, it did a pretty great job.

Btw, my favorite “princesses” (because one is not, and is just pertained to as one by the viewing public) are Mulan, Pocahontas, and now, Elsa (who is actually a queen, so she’s in a league of her own). And yes, my mind automatically plays Let it Go at the moment.

CONGRATULATIONS are in order by the way, because Frozen won Best Animated Film in the Academy Awards!

So in celebration of Women’s Month, Frozen’s Oscar win, and my inability to properly put on eyeshadow, I give you thee…

…my own version of Elsa AND Anna’s makeup in the movie!

Elsa’s tranformation was a sight to behold. She looked super reserved and dreary and boring prior to her escaping into the ice-capped mountains, an outward representation of her holding everything back, her loneliness and sadness. When she finally felt free and was able to tap into her powers, the transformation beats Sailormoon’s. I bet 90s kids would agree.

Her look is basically, purple/lavender lids with hot pink/burgundy crease, pink cheeks and nose tip (“baby, it was cold outside” look), and a fuchsia berry to cranberry lip color (depends whether you follow the “press photos” or stills in the movie). I created the look with purple lids, hot pink crease, pink cheeks and end of the nose, and cranberry lips.

FACE:

Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser

Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse foundation in 030 Nude

K-Palette Zero Kuma Concealer #03

Snoe Beauty Poudre Extraordinaire in Perfect Beige

Beauty UK blusher in Candy Pink

Snoe Beauty Poudre Phenomenon

EYES:

ELF Eyelid Primer

Fashion 21 Stick Eyeshadow/Liner in Lilac

Aido Classic Makeup Kit (used the purple e/s at bottom right)

Ever Bilena Matte Eyeshadow Quartet in Golden Siren (used the red e/s)

BYS Neon Eyeshadow Palette (used the hot pink and purple e/s)

Essence mono eyeshadow in 35 Party All Night

San San Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in Black

Maybelline Hypercurl Volum’ Express Mascara

False eyelashes

Nichido Minerals/Spot Concealer in Neutral (for the waterline)

In2it Waterproof Eyebrow Colour

LIPS:

Lip Ice Fruity Lip Balm in Orange Mandarin

Avon True Color Lipstick in Hibiscus

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Fig Jam

Anna is a burst of sunshine. She’s brave, a dash naive, a hopeless romantic, clumsy at times, and very funny.

I love her look because it’s practically no makeup makeup look if you tame down the blush. Neutral eyes, pink cheeks and nude pink lips. And don’t forget the freckles! I didn’t use a very pink blush for my look though.

FACE:

Benefit The Porefessional primer

Snoe Let it B with Wasabi BB Cream in Perfect Beige

K-Palette Zero Kuma Concealer #03

Snoe Beauty Poudre Extraordinaire in Perfect Beige

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed

Etude House Sweet Recipe Chocolate Eyes (for the freckles)

EYES:

ELF Eyelid Primer

Etude House Sweet Recipe Chocolate Eyes

Flormar Matte Terracotta Eyeshadow in M110

San San Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in Black

Maybelline Hypercurl Volum’ Express Mascara

False eyelashes

Nichido Minerals/Spot Concealer in Neutral (for the waterline)

In2it Waterproof Eyebrow Colour

LIPS:

BareNaturals Natural Pink Lip (and Nipple) Gel

San San HD Lipstick in Nude Brown

Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Baby Doll

Sorry I didn’t include instructions because it’s pretty easy to do actually.

I just slapped everything on. I kid. 😛

Happy Women’s Month ladies!

Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stains

My first brush with lip crayons was with Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain (Lovesick). I wanted to collect almost all of the shades (minus the red with orange undertone, orange, pale peach ones because I generally don’t favor “corals” and “oranges” and “anything that would make me look dead”).

Among the chubby lip crayons/gloss balms/balm stains/whathaveyous that have sprouted in makeuplandia, I’d like to try Tarte LipSurgence and Clinique’Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Balms (their first release of sheer washes of color and the Intense line) the most though they are obviously on the expensive side. Oh, and Revlon has upped their lip crayon game with their latest offering: the Colorburst Lacquer Balms and Matte Balms! I hope to find an online seller with reasonable prices for them!

Truly, the lip crayon craze has bowled the horde of makeup enthusiasts over and I predict it won’t be ending soon. I see why. It’s a lazy girl’s dream come true. No need to sharpen (= no product wastage), just twist it up. The fact that it is a pencil makes it easier to fill the lips with color, making it less likely to go beyond the lip lines, though in time and without proper upkeep, the pointed shape would be lost. And if you happen to have the lip color – balm – gloss hybrid (with legit moisturizing prowess + you’re going for the somewhat glossy look) then dang it girl, you can just swipe it on and you’re out the door.

Let me introduce you to my newfound friends… (Yes I have a very twisted notion of friendship. One in which I consume them. Literally. Because  I eat whatever I put on my lips.)

Say hello to my Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stains!

Yeah, they look like Revlon JBKBS’ retractable packaging without the silver detail on the twistable end. The concept is the same as well, with the product applying smoothly like a balm then wearing down to a stain.

Claims:

• Moisturizing Balm Infused with a Light-Weight Stain
• Applies with a Glossy Finish then Transforms into the Perfect Flush of Color
• Long-Lasting
• Retractable, No Sharpening Required
• Paraben-Free
• Made in USA

Really, I have to twist clockwise for the color to be dispensed? D’oh!

This product must be used up within 3 years. With the way I’ve been toting these babies around (and ignoring the rest of my lipstick stash), the expiration date doesn’t matter much.

Twisting up to the entire length, the product has the same amount as Revlon’s JBKBS (0.095 oz or 2.7 grams). It has a faint sweet candy smell to it, with no trace of mint that Revlon’s balm stains are famous for. There’s no distinct taste to this balm stain, and I like my lip products that way. Also, the shade number and name are printed on the tube, though everything written on the label would likely be scratched off in the long run (happened to my Revlon Lovesick).

I bought three shades from Carefreeshopper for only Php285 each. The tubes were initially sealed in plastic, assuring me that they haven’t been tested. In the US, these babies retail for $2.99 (Php130 give or take) at Walgreens outlets. Can I say affordable? But how do they fare?

Top to Bottom: Honey Love, Terra Crave, Sweet Pink
The color of the packaging corresponds to their shades, making life easier for the lipstick junkies.

Skin swatches

under natural light
Left to Right: Honey Love, Terra Crave, Sweet Pink

(not quite under sunlight)
Left to Right: Honey Love, Terra Crave, Sweet Pink

They come in eight shades, consisting of nudes, pinks, and brights. The other five are Tropical Frenzy, Cranberry Crush, Rock N Rouge, Nude Chic, and Candied Coral. I plan on getting the first three  mentioned (or four, depending on whether I deem Nude Chic a worthy purchase) and not Candied Coral, because…coral. I do hope that  Jordana will add some more shades into the mix.

I got the safest colors of the bunch. With new products, especially those that can only be bought online, it’s a little inconvenient that you can’t be sure how a certain shade would look on you. I pored over every published blog review before purchasing. Of course I had felt the need to buy three other “bolder” shades. What led me to decide buying these shades instead? The fact that I probably wouldn’t wear the bold ones as much as I would these. I’d still buy the three bolder shades. Probably. On a day when my self-control and good judgment would fly out the window.

Like the name suggests, this lip product applies like a balm and for a while there is indeed a smooth, lightweight and moisturizing layer on the lips. I appreciate that it doesn’t accentuate dry lips (meaning on a really badly chapped lips day, you can rely on it) and doesn’t feather into lines. It’s not greasy and uncomfortable on the lips at all! There’s a sheen to it but not heading to glossy goopsville. Pigmentation is superb! One light-handed swipe will give a sheer wash of color on the lips but a few passes more builds up the color. After some time it dries down to a stain which can be observed to be more pronounced for darker or brighter colors. The balmy part lasts for a few hours before it wears off and leaves a stain that could last for a long time (of course depending on your mouth’s activities and lip-licking habit). It doesn’t flake and it doesn’t leave my lips dry at the end of the day.

05 Honey Love

Oh Honey Love how I love thee! Honey Love is a rosy mauvy pink brown sort of MLBB. In person the mauvy tones are more obvious. Really pretty foolproof color. It’s said to be a dupe for Revlon Honey as THIS and THIS post seem to prove and THIS post debunks. I think they differ a few smidgens in pink tones.

Honey Love freshly applied

After 3 1/2 hours, here’s what remained on my lips. Just a teeny bit of stain methinks. Such is the case for neutral shades.

Now I shall ruthlessly distract you with this pan of pizza!

After devouring a slice plus some spaghetti, Honey Love is practically gone. (please excuse the remnants of food on my lower lip line. ugh gross)

08 Terra Crave

If you want to wear Fall on your lips, Terra Crave might help you with that. This spice shade reminds me of dried leaves in autumn. It’s work/office-friendly and something mature women would like. Not that I’m dismissing this one because I really like it!

Terra Crave freshly applied

After two hours, a visible stain remained.

I ate lunch and the stain faded. Color was left around my lip line.

02 Sweet Pink

Sweet Pink is a blue-toned bubblegum pink. I like that it’s not too bright but not boring at all.

Sweet Pink freshly applied

The stain after two hours. A tad deeper than the color when freshly applied. My lips were extra flaky that day but it’s not due to the product. My lips’ bad state was actually hidden by the balm stain but when the balm wore off, the ugly truth was revealed.

After lunch, the same fading happened with Sweet Pink as with Terra Crave.

Here’s a comparison of Jordana Twist & Shine’s packaging with Revlon JBKBS and Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me (review up next!)

Top to Bottom: Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me, Jordana Twist & Shine, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain (the label has completely been erased)

Left to Right: Happy Skin SU&KM Summer Fling, Happy Skin SU&KM Crushing On You, Jordana T&S Honey Love, Jordana T&S Terra Crave, Jordana T&S Sweet Pink, Revlon JBKBS Lovesick)

After a few passes of tissue, here are the stains left. Sweet Pink and Lovesick are the brightest of the bunch, hence the stronger their stains are.

Comparison with Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain: I think Twist & Shine is more moisturizing than the Revlon ones. It applies smoother and is creamier. At the end of the day, Revlon tends to dry up my lips a bit, which doesn’t happen with Jordana’s balm stains. I like both of them though.

The only cons I could think of for this product are availability (you have to buy it through online sellers or on their website) and the number of existing shades in the line (though they have a great variety with three nudes of different undertones, two pinks, a red, a coral, and a berry). Also, it’s worth noting that the cap is less snug than that of Revlon’s so it’s best to make sure it doesn’t come off when you put it away.

Overall, I really like these. As I’ve said, I’ll probably end up getting three (or four) more shades.

If you’re wondering how some of the shades would look like on warmer skin tones head over to Ishah x Beauty’s post HERE. For complete lip swatches, you can visit posts by Pang (Beauty Redefined by Pang), Crystal (Valentine Kisses), and Emily (BeautyBroadcast.net) HERE, HERE, and HERE. If you want to see comparison swatches for Revlon and Tarte dupe possibilities, pore over Shalunya’s post HERE. In my opinion, all shades would fit most skin tones. 🙂

Has the balm stain fever stricken you as well? Do share. 🙂

Haul: A top and something from Maybelline

Hey everyone! Really quick post on some stuff I got recently from SM Dept. Store.
Paperdolls top which was on sale at Php 550
Maybelline powder foundation To Go version – got them for Php 80+ because they were on sale!
A pink&beige and a brown scrunchie, Php 89.75 each
Kleenex facial tissues
Thanks to Helen’s post, I was alerted about this find:
Maybelline Clear Smooth All In One Shine-Free Foundation To Go!
I needed a darker shade for correcting Über white makeup bases or BB creams so I got two shades: Natural and my usual Nude Beige. I wish they had Honey in To Go version though because I think it would do a better job than Natural for the purpose I’ve mentioned. They cost Php 99 each when not on sale, but I got them for a lower price! It has a mirror and a cutesy sponge too! Good job Maybelline! ☺
And that is all for this post!
Have a great week gorgeous!

Lippie Lovin’: Models Own HyperBrite Lipstick in Orangeade

 
Ola chicas! Espero que estés bien!
 
I’ve been on a Latina streak lately because I’ve just started Zumba!
I’m now officially a Zumba-ding! 😛
It’s so much fun! I personally think everyone should try it!
It’s a great way to lose weight without feeling like a tedious task to tick off your daily to-dos list!
 
Now before I get distracted and blabber about how amazing my latest fitness craze is, I’ve got a lipstick review for you today! *why are you not surprised. I’m sorry if you’re beginning to think that this is the only product I’m good at or interested in reviewing.*
 
It’s summertime and I know you’ve all been whipping out those corals, oranges and bright pinks! It’s the best season to be in love with brights and colors after all! I’ve been loving Models Own HyperBrite Lipstick in Orangeade lately! ☺
 
When I first saw a photo of Models Own‘s lipsticks, I thought that the packaging was tacky and easily breakable. I was surprised to see for myself that it’s actually very sturdy and it doesn’t look so bad in person. It is a bit heavier than the average lipstick tube though. Since it’s clear, you can easily see the shade so if you have a lot of Models Own lipsticks it would be easy to distinguish it from the others. Also, you’ll be able to tell if you’re running out of it.
 
Orangeade. Sounds like a refreshing fruit drink, doesn’t it?
 
Looks scary bright orange in the tube! Hyperbrite nga raw e!
 
Well it really is a bright orange.
 
One swipe will give a sheer tint but it is buildable. To make it opaque you’ll need 3-4 passes on your lips. Based on stalking the other colors in the line, the three other shades (Pink Hawaiian, Flaming Red, Annalise’s Pink) look more pigmented than this in my opinion. ☺
 
It says Matt at the bottom though I don’t think this is a true matte. It has a slight sheen and has a teeny bit of a slippery feel to it. It can pass off as semi-matte if you’re not so strict with the definitions of lipstick finishes. It has a strong fruity vanilla scent that’s only bothersome in the first minute since it dissipates soon after application. I get around 3-4 hours of wear time using this lipstick so that’s pretty decent for me.
  It looks neon here! *squeals*
 
 
One thing that I absolutely love about Orangeade is that it has no undertones whatsoever. Just a true orange (like Royal Tru Orange. *Wenk, wenk, wenk. Badoomtsss! I know, I know corny talaga ako mag-joke!*)
I used to hate orange lipsticks because I thought they looked horrible on me but I took baby steps starting with this lipstick (baby steps na talaga yang bright orange na yan ha?) and fell in love! Now I wear oranges and corals everywhere at any time of the day!
 
 
I’d be talking more about the lipstick above in another post, but for now here’s a sneak peek at Chelsea. She’s my concealer nude lipstick, as I’d like to describe her. This bad girl is from Beauty UK. She helps me a great deal in creating lighter, milkier-looking shades, therefore further “expanding” my lipstick collection. I like making a milky orange/peach lip color by marrying Orangeade with Chelsea. You know how Koreans made milky shades trendy right? I’m thrilled that I don’t have to spend more money because of Chelsea! ☺
 
 Sorry for the bad photo. I haven’t properly blended the lip products and I’m too lazy to repeat it. 😛
 
Tip: If you find Orangeade too bright, you can either apply 1-2 swipes, blot it, or mix it with a lighter shade. You can also make a coral shade by mixing it with a pink lipstick!
 
LOVES…
* It’s bright orange. What’s not to love about that?
* Nice pigmentation, opaque in 3-4 swipes
* Buildable from a light tint to a bold color
* Doesn’t drag on the lips when being applied
* Stays on for a decent wear time of 3-4 hours
* Can be mixed with other lip colors
* Sturdy, clear packaging
* Smells nice
* Affordable at Php400-450 through online sellers – it’s a good enough price for an imported brand with nice quality and sturdy packaging
 
GRRRS…
* Can only be bought online
 
VERDICT:
It’s worth buying and repurchasing though I won’t be finishing it soon because I have other orange and coral lipsticks that I use alternately. I’d like to get Annalise’s Pink and Pink Hawaiian! ☺
 
It’s the lipstick that changed my mind about the idea of orange on me so it will always have a special place in my heart. *awwwww*
 
Do you love orange lipsticks?
What shade are you rockin’ this summer?
Tell me all about it! ☺