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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. 🙂

Tokyo Haul Part 1

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Hello!

This is the first part of my Tokyo purchases. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I went to Tokyo, Japan with my family last week so I stocked up on items and brands that aren’t available here in Manila.

For this post, I’m going to cover the items in the top left photo.

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First up are eye liners and mascaras.

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Because not many Japanese brands caught my fancy, I made sure that I still try a few eye liners and mascaras made there. I’ve been reading good reviews on K-Palette’s 1 Day Tattoo eye liner and Majolica Majorca’s Lash King mascara. I’ve yet to try the K-Palette eye liner, but the Majo Majo Lash King has earned the top spot on my mascara list. It was love at first try as it lengthened my eyelashes, separated them, and made them longer-looking than ever. False eyelashes have been a go-to solution (on special occasions) for my straight, short, and sparse eyelashes, but Lash King had people asking whether I was wearing falsies. It’s that amazing. It has tiny hair that sticks itself to the eyelashes making them look fuller, longer, and somehow kept them curled the whole day. But I also have to give credit to the Shiseido eyelash curler, also picked up in Tokyo, but will be featured on another post.

Another brand I decided to try is Heroin Make. I’ve tried the eye liner, but haven’t opened the mascara yet as I don’t like having several mascaras open at the same time since they expire quickly. The Heroin Make eye liner is ultra-thin and fool-proof and has since become a regular in my eye makeup routine. It’s now my go-to for tightlining because it’s easy to use and it can quickly tightline as well as fill out sparse lashes with short quick strokes.

As for the K-Palette eye liner and Heroin Make mascara, watch out for those in a future post.

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In Manila, Topshop stores don’t sell makeup so I made sure to pick up a couple items from them. Honestly, I got wide-eyed at the Topshop beauty section because I felt that their theme appealed to me – ie. pink lipsticks, gold highlighter, light pink with bronzer duo, etc. The packaging is also cute, although I rarely fancy cute packaging. The haul includes 2 cream blushers, 1 highlighter, 1 powder blush/bronzer duo, and 3 lipsticks.

So far, I’ve tried the Break of Day blush/bronzer duo, Morning Dew cream blush, and Stardust highlighter. I’ve only tried them once and so far, so good. The cream blush has excellent pigmentation and requires a slight dab to get maximum color. The highlighter lends a golden glow which are best dabbed lightly on the cheeks and brow bone, but I’ll be careful applying this on my nose or elsewhere on my face because it’s quite gold to the point of unnatural. Now that I think about it, it’s reminiscent of Nars Albatross and to think I purchased this because I thought I didn’t have a gold highlighter. Nevertheless. Anyway, the blush/bronzer duo was the first thing that caught my eye with the haphazard sort of melting bronzer. There was another shade, but it was more coral. Now that I think about it, I should’ve gotten that instead because the pink in Break of Day almost has undetectable color. I’ve tried almost scraping my blush brush to get a nice pink color on my cheeks, but it has only appeared as a light, powdery pink. I didn’t notice anything special when I combined the two colors. But, I’ve only tried them once so I’ll give you an update again on my next few tries.
Stardust Highlighter
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Break of Day Blush/Bronzer Duo
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I haven’t tried the lipsticks yet, but here are some shots of the tubes up-close.
From left to right – Pillowtalk, Innocent, Beguiled
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(edit new photos: 7/16/13)Left to right: Innocent, Pillowtalk, Beguiled
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I didn’t know Maybelline had a primer and this one caught my eye with their promise of poreless baby skin. Lol! I know I’m just wishful thinking, but still. I tried this once and I did achieve poreless, but not baby skin. Seriously? It made liquid foundation glide like butter and eventually blended my sunscreen along with it. It was fine though as I top my foundation with Snoe Poudre Phenomenom (which I forgot to post somehow last June, tsk). Must do another try because even though it initially made me poreless, my skin looked rough as the day went on. So, again, I must test this more in the coming days.

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The Shiseido Perfect Foundation brush is something that always got me curious in our local counters. Several times I’ve tried to caress the bristles and wondered why it’s special. So when I had the chance, I grabbed this from a Shiseido counter in Tokyo hoping that it will transform the way liquid foundation will look on my skin – in a positive, ehem, perfect way. Lo, and behold, on my first try, it amazed me. I usually used a Marionnaud (blush) brush to blend my liquid foundation, other times it’s an Ellana foundation brush, the former being okay leaving some streaks and cakiness on my undereyes, the latter, uhm, let’s just say I have no use for it anymore except to sit on my brush container. With the Shiseido brush, my liquid foundation (Estee Lauder Double Wear – known for its heaviness), looked immaculate and blended well with my skin. No streakiness, no cakiness, just nice skin. Wow, that sounded like an ad. But truthfully, it is, what it is. Despite its size, my foundation application time became shorter because I didn’t have to blend as much and worry about looking like I slapped on liquid foundation using a toothbrush.

Honestly, at this point, Majolica Marjorca’s Lash King (available in local counters) and Shiseido Perfect Foundation brush just made my Japan trip worth it.

That’s it for now. Watch out for my next initial reviews on my Tokyo haul.

Thanks for dropping by!

*Oops, I forgot to include the Palgantong powder so that will be on another post.

Tokyo Haul

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Hello!

I’m back from our trip. Tokyo is a memorable place and experience for me and I have to admit that it’s pretty expensive just having holiday there for a week. It was all sorts of lovely and fun. Being able to immerse myself in their culture, although only confined to the urban cities as it was Tokyo. I got to visit temples, parks, malls, restaurants, even the zoo, which was more interesting than I expected (sightings of pregnant panda and adorable polar bear playing with an emergency cone in Ueno park). It would’ve been interesting to visit nearby provinces, but my family wanted to get the most out of Tokyo so guess I’ll leave that to a separate trip. Watching a digital anime concert would’ve been cool too, so that would be on my list. One of the things I wanted to try was getting on a bullet train or any train, unfortunately, the other members preferred taxi cabs. Not conplaining though cause it was so convenient. Oh well, there’s always a next time.:)

Other frustrations (regrets? lol) include not checking out the Addiction by Ayako counter. From afar it resembled the Nars counter only with a Japanese woman for a model. Also, I felt a bit sad that nothing caught my eye in the Suqqu, Cle de Peau, and Paul and Joe counters. Why? I guess nothing appealed to me at the moment. Although I did want a certain petal blush from Laduree, but couldn’t justify paying the very high price tag only because I was craving like a toothless kid in a candy store, but wasn’t exactly sure if I needed it in my stash. Plus the bulky packaging meant I can’t carry it everywhere and would have to be left on my vanity. All too impractical. Impractical. Right?

Moving onto the haul, surprisingly I only picked a few products from Japanese brands. I ended up purchasing ones that I’ve been wanting to try for a while such as Givenchy and Giorgio Armani. You can also spot a few bottles of Bioderma Sensibio and a hoard of Shiseido eyelash curlers which I bought as gifts.

I’ll divide my haul into a few posts because a single post would be too lengthy.

Oh, by the way, please ignore the Chanel products on the top left photo as I excitedly phoographed it when they’re actually post-Tokyo purchases in our local counters. Those will be featured in another post. Also, the Shiseido foundation brush made multiple appearances when I actually only purchased one.

Guess that’s it for now.:)

Thanks for dropping by!

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Highlighter Collection and Swatches

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Hello gorgeous!

Reader Lissy requested comparison swatches of Mac Porcelain Pink and The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer highlighters last week, but I decided well, why not swatch all my highlighters?

I photographed them in different lightings to compensate for the low resolution of my iphone. 😉 All highlighters are very pigmented with The Balm, swatched twice, being the most pigmented and Nars, swatched 6x, being the least. I swatched the Mac ones 3x each. They are all smooth and not powdery at all as some swatches may seem to look in the photos.

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First Row – Mac Porcelain Pink and Mac Soft and Gentle
Second Row – The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer and Mac Definitely Defined
Last Row – Nars Albatross

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First Row – The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer, Nars Albatross
Second Row – Mac Definitely Defined, Mac Soft and Gentle, Mac Porcelain Pink

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From Left to Right – The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer, Nars Albatross, Mac Definitely Defined, Mac Soft and Gentle, Mac Porcelain Pink

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer is the most pigmented of them all. It has a champagne color and is the most natural for my medium tan, Mac NC35 skintone. It’s a gorgeous color on top of blushes.

Nars Albatross is the most difficult to swatch as it gives off a sheer finish. It’s a light gold color which is the least flattering on my skintone. If I had favorites, which I don’t because I adore them all, I guess this would be last one on the highlighter category. On some lightings, this seems unnatural on me and would suit much paler skintones. Nevertheless, that doesn’t stop me from using this.;)

Mac Definitely Defined is limited edition from the In Extra Dimension collection. It has two colors, the one on top being a light peach gold and the one on the bottom being a peach pink. The top portion is a bit difficult to swatch. This would be a pretty, shimmery peach pink blush on very light skintones.

Mac Soft and Gentle is not available in local counters, but I managed to snag this in Duty Free. It’s one of the highly rated/reviewed highlighters which I think is because it’s a universally flattering color. It’s a light peach with a slight hint of bronze which will show only when heavily swatched. On light skintones, this may lean more peach while on darker skintones, it may seem more bronze. On my skintone, it’s a bit of both and it looks like a natural glow on me.

Mac Porcelain Pink was just recommended to me as the SA said it’s a dupe for Definitely Defined. It’s not. It’s a light peach with champagne tones. This is closer to The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer, but with peach tones. This is a bit light on my skintone and the peach is more pronounced on my skin.

Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed swatching and writing about my highlighters.

I’ll leave you with more swatches.:)

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April Purchases Part 4

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Hello gorgeous!

This is the last installment of my purchases for this month. 🙂

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I’ve been wanting a bronzer for a while and now have three! thanks (or no thanks) to Guerlain’s allure. Couldn’t resist the urge because Guerlain is definitely one of the makeup brands that attract me. Anyway, onto the items.

Fragrance:
– Guerlain Shalimar Perfume Initial L’Eau 100ml (P5300)
– Guerlain Idylle Eau Sublime Eau de Toilette 100ml (P5300)
– Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir Eau de Toilette, 50ml (P4000), (I purchased two)
Bronzers:
– Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder in 03 (P2600)
– Guerlain Terracotta Sheer Bronzing Powder in 04 Sun Blondes (P2700)
– Guerlain Terracotta Sheer Bronzing Powder in 02 Blondes (P2700)
Eyeshadow:
– Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs in 14 Les Fauves (P3000)
Lipsticks:
– Guerlain Rouge G lipstick in 22 Greta, (P2500) (I purchased two)

In case you’re wondering (or not), I purchased two La Petite Robe Noir scents and two Rouge G lipsticks, not as backups, but Mother’s Day gifts to my mom. 🙂

Eotd – Taupe and Gold

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Hello gorgeous!

As we’re in the middle of summer, I thought why not post a look dedicated to summer? So here I am with my sunkissed inspired face of the day.

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Last week I picked up a few goodies from Guerlain. I know I’m on a low-buy makeup, but they’re just too irresistible! There’s a chance I won’t be spending time at the beach so I, at the very least, indulged myself in a beach-worthy look (and items) with a matching kaftan to boot!

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On the eyes, I used a mixture of taupe, gold, silver, and black. Yes, black, as smokey eyes remind me of steamy nights partying on the sands. Steamy, hot, sweaty, smudgy makeup looks ha!;)

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On my cheeks I used a light pink with Nars Gaiety and my favorite part of this look, a bronzer using Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder in Sun Blondes. I dusted the bronzer heavily on my cheeks and kept the rest of my face radiant. I finished the look with a nude lipstick, Tom Ford Blush Nude, and topped with a pink nude, Mac Angel.

Have a fun, steamy summer ahead!:)

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Makeup
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
Shu Uemura 9 Hard Pencil in 07 Walnut Brown
Etude House Proof 10 Liquid Liner
Wet n Wild Silent Treatment eyeshadow palette
Sephora Crayon Jumbo 12H Waterproof Liner in 04 Taupe
Wicked Sista eyeshadow and lipgloss palette
Nars Gaiety blush
Guerlain Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder in 04 Sun Blondes
Tom Ford Blush Nude lipstick
Mac Angel lipstick

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