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Makeup Used and New Makeup

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Just a little update on my makeup yesterday.

Makeup Used:
Tom Ford blush in Flush
Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet in B20
Guerlain Meteorites Compact in Medium
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Fascinante
YSL Rouge Volupte 13
 

I purchased the Guerlain Meteorites Compact the other day in Rustan’s and was gifted the Chanel PLV by boyf at the same time and place.

September Favorites

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For the first ever installment of monthly favorites, I made sure that this post will be extra special because these items will be my favorites long after September has passed.

The unpredictable and erratic weather makes my mane’s roots more greasy than usual. I’ve been scouring stores for months looking for a good dry shampoo and the Nivea dry shampoo caught my eye at the supermarket. Yes, you read that right, I grabbed this from the supermarket along with groceries. Sprayed on the roots of my hair, I just rub it to spread the mist and this does lessen the grease of my hair. The ultimate test was when I had a Brazilian Keratin hair treatment, where I wasn’t supposed to wash my hair for three days. This really helped control the grease, but don’t expect just washed hair and this will be a good addition to your hair routine.

A few months back my car was broken into and some of my makeup was stolen. The thieves were probably disappointed, but to ease my pain, I stocked on the things I lost which included face and eye brushes, foundations, primers, blushes, and lippies. After that incident, I made sure to try the Real Techniques Expert Face brush and I’ve been enjoying it for spreading cake foundations like Naturactor concealer foundation and Collection cake foundation. It gives a nice, even finish on heavy foundations.

While we’re on the topic of foundations, I was finally able to get hold of the Kevyn Aucoin’s The Sensual Skin Enhancer. Heavy-coverage concealers is what I’ve been searching for, just forever reading reviews on the best ones in the market. And yes, if you want to conceal, look no further. I also use this on my undereyes, focusing more on the inner eye because this can be drying, which we don’t want for our delicate eye skin. To prep the skin, I make sure to use an eye cream just to give a boost of moisture on the undereyes.

To keep eyeshadows in place, as well as to replace my Elf eye primer, I grabbed Painterly Paint Pot from Mac and I’m glad I made the right choice. This is a dream to apply, no need to tug my eyelids, as it’s creamy. It evens my eyelids and keeps eyeshadow wear longer. This pot will also last a long time compared to cheaper drugstore eye primers.

When it comes to curling eyelashes, I’m definitely still a noob to this, but I have the Revlon and Shu Uemura which both pinched my eyes, causing more fear and trauma to curlers. But after trying the Shiseido eyelash curler, I know that this is the perfect one for my eye shape. No matter how clumsy I am with it, it has never pinched my eyelids.

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Neutral eyes is definitely my go-to daily makeup especially as I have to go to work and meet clients. Subtle smokey eyes are the most adventurous I can do for daytime. For this, I rely on the Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Raffinement which has three shades with sheen and one dark brown matte shade which I use on the crease. I’ve been using it daily for weeks and aside from the powders on the side, it looks like it’s going to take a while before I finish this.

For women with pigmented lips, it can be a bit difficult to show the true shade of any lippie. I always go for opaque and matte lipsticks, but to prep my lips, I prefer a nude and creamy lipstick and these days, YSL Rouge Pur Couture in shade 2 is always in my makeup kit. It prevents chapped lips acting as a lip balm and neutralizes my pigmented lips.

Estee Lauder’s Forbidden Kiss has been my favorite since the day it was gifted to me. This has never left my makeup kit and it’s safe to say that this has been my favorite lipstick for 2013 until now. I’m on the last legs and I’m thinking whether I should repurchase or use up my other red lipsticks, because I’m sure that as long as I have this, I won’t have to reach for another red shade. This can be used as a stain patted on the lips or swiped for full-on vamp red. This is my hg red lipstick for my medium tan skin.

When I want something different on my lips, I discovered that I like to line my entire lips with the Collection lip liner in Clover Pink on top of YSL Rouge Pur Couture 2. Or then top it off with Estee Lauder’s Forbidden Kiss.

To change things up a bit, I included this neon green eye-catching gem necklace I picked up for a bargain at Landmark Department Store’s accessories section. I love this on a dark green top.

What are your September favorites?

Fotd: Chanel Raffinement Quad

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Lately, I’ve been trying out different eye makeup because I wanted to test the brushes and sponges I found in Landmark Department Store. I haven’t used everything just yet, but this yellow teardrop sponge is something I really enjoy using to apply foundation because it gives a nice, even finish.

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I also brought out this Chanel Raffinement quad that I’ve been ignoring, opting to use the 88-eyeshadow palette from Props and Tools Cosmetics because the latter is more pigmented.

That’s it for now.

Products:
Revlon Colorstay
Chanel Raffinement Quad
K-Palette eyeliner
Majolica Majorca Mascara
Saizen eyebrow pencil
Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer 03
Burberry Peony blush
Nature Republic Big Crayon 02
Givency Le Rouge Rose Taffetas

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Because I Really Miss This Place

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Lipsticks – Mischa Signature, YSL Rouge Voluptes, Guerlain Rouge Automatique, YSL Rouge Pur Couture, Tom Ford, Chanel

Sigh

Picked up these lippies from my trip last December (!) Yup, I’ve been that neglectful pre-occupied. I absolutely miss makeup and this site.

Anyway, I moved out of my parents on February and started living on my own alone and it’s fun. Budgeting though is another story.

Money went to rent deposits/advance and furniture and appliances and savings for the next couple of months because I need to survive. And makeup is (supposed to be) the last thing on my mind. But that’s a lie 😉

Anyway, I’ll make sure to drop by every once in a while. I miss the makeup community – hi Rae (scatterbraintures.com)! 🙂

Tokyo Haul Part 3

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Hello!

This is the third installment of my Tokyo purchases. I’ll make it quick and discuss in detail only the ones I’ve tried.

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I purchased three of these with two as gifts for friends who love wearing eyelashes. I kept one for myself and actually already started wearing them on weekends. It looks very natural especially in photos.
Here’s one photo of me wearing the lashes:
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I can’t get over the fact that I only picked up one of these eyebrow mascaras. I bought this in a 99 yen store in a basement which was difficult to find. Regrets. Anyway, this does a good job of temporarily lightening my eyebrows and the color suits my hair color. Can’t beat the price at around 50 pesos.

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An eyebrow stencil I’ve yet to use. This doesn’t fit the outer edges of my brows that I have to shade above my real eyebrows which would look off. So I don’t know if I’ll really use this or just give it away.

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Used this only once. Doesn’t have oil-control properties, but does a good job at making my skin look smoother.

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Too glittery to be used on the face. I was thinking Guerlain Meteorites, but when I opened it I immediately realized I would look like a star (yes, a star) if I used it on my face. This would be used on the body though for that shiny, shimmery effect.

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Sunplay is my HG facial sunblock, but I read somewhere that SunBears does a better job at mattifying skin. We shall see. This should last me a month and a half.

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Swatched it on my hand and it was a bit too creamy for my liking. I’ve gotten used to Shu Uemura’s Hard Pencil which is fool-proof so this will need some getting used to.

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The blue ones are my favorite nail polish remover, picked a pink one from another brand to test.

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Nope, haven’t tried this yet.

That’s it for now. Thanks for dropping by!

Tokyo Haul Part 2

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Hello!

I’m back with the second installment of the Tokyo haul. This time I’m going to talk about the ones on the top right of the photo. I already did initial reviews on Topshop products and Shisedo Perfect Foundation Brush in my previous post.

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There are only three products which are Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Water, Shiseido Eyelash Curler, and Shiseido Mini Eyelash Curler. I already gave away the other eyelash curlers as gifts when I took this photo.

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Shiseido Eyelash Curler – I purchased the Shiseido Eyelash Curler as gifts and one to try myself. I already have a Shu Uemura eyelash curler, but being the curious cat that I am, I tried it on myself. Lo and behold, it works better than my Shu Uemura eyelash curler. The Shiseido one suits my eye shape better and curls almost all my lashes in one go. I actually bought the mini eyelash curler because I thought the shorter eyelashes were hopeless to curl, but Shiseido does a great job at curling even the ones in my inner corner and outer corner of my eye. I really love this and I’m glad I tried it. Definitely hg material.

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Shiseido Mini Eyelash Curler – As I said, I got this because my Shu Uemura eyelash curler and previous Revlon one couldn’t curl my inner and outer eyelashes. The latter making me almost give up curling my eyelashes altogether because it always pinched my eyelid and the curl never stayed for more than 30 seconds. I tried this mini eyelash curler before even trying the normal Shiseido one and I really liked the effect. Even though the regular Shiseido does a good job, I’m still keeping this in case I need it on days when my shorter eyelashes are stubborn.

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Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Water – If you’ve been browsing beauty blogs, you’ll notice that this has earned some cult status in the beauty community. I bought three because I need a good makeup remover. Honestly, I wasn’t all that impressed when I first used this because it didn’t remove my mascara and eyeliner. But when I woke up I noticed that I had smoother and softer skin. I didn’t change my entire skincare routine except I added this to remove makeup. I still used Clean and Clear Morning Burst facial wash (the orange variant) both day and night and moisturized my skin with SK II Facial Treatment Essence. I’ve used this for a few nights and I always end up with nice skin in the morning so great buy (cough, hoard..).

Parting words would be that I’m happy with these purchases and I should’ve bought SK II products because they’re a little less pricey there. Aaack. Oh well.

Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

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