1/31/2010

Tips and Tricks: Whitecast No More! :)

Have you ever expierienced looking flawless with your foundation, smooth, poreless, glowing, natural. You go to a party, take cool pictures.. and then POOF!

You look like a floating mask on a neck! Casper!


I found a  great solution so that you can wear any foundation or BB cream and do not get the white cast.
White cast is usually from the titanium dioxide/zinc oxide and from the spf from your makeup that heavily reflects light. While it looks gorgeous in person, it may look horrendous in photographs and you wouldnt want that to happen.



High definition finishing powders is the solution for that. If most Hi-Def powders are too pricey, try making your own or use pure cosmetic grade silica. Yes it may look ghastly white, but the spheres not only controls oil, makes makeup last longer, and make you look flawless, it also makes the white cast disappear by distracting the light reflectors from your foundation.
You can just add a bronzer or luminizer on top if you want the glow in the right places and not everywhere!

;)


Spend vs Save: Makeup Remover : VCO to the Rescue!

I have tried Cleansing Oils, and other makeup removers, even EVOO (extra virgin olive oil), yes they work well in removing my face makeup, but darn they sting my eyes! Even the most popular cleansing oil today, the DHC cleansing oil which the main component is EVOO still sting my eyes.

Now I love tight lining, and it's a pain in the bum to remove nightly.

Now, I bought Virgin Coconut Oil from the Eco-Mart at Market Market for my itchy tummy, that ordinary lotions or creams couldnt relieve. This one did! Everytime I get the itch I just spray some on my hand and then on to the tummy.

Enough about that, more about makeup removing. This works so good! What I do is generously lather oil on my face and gently rub the eye area (not inside the eyes!). Leave it on for around 30 seconds and then wipe of with a cotton pad or ball, and then for my tight line, I use a cotton bud to remove the residue.

I then wash my face normaly with soap and water, and tada! Face clean! No sting!

Best of all, it just cost me around 80php ($1.50), cheaper than cleansing oils, cheaper than EVOO.

Now take note that there are some people allergic to Coconuts and might break out from this.

Fun Coconut Facts:
1. It actually has some Sun Protection
2. Its anti-viral and anti-fungal
3. Its safe to use everywhere! It's even edible!

1/29/2010

Makeup Book: Kevin Aucon, Making Faces

In Making Faces, Kevyn Aucoin, North Americas preeminent makeup artist, shares his secrets, explaining not only the basics of makeup application and technique but also how to use those fundamentals (sometimes in unconventional ways) to create a wide range of different looks. Making Faces features step-by-step directions, instructional full-colour sketches, and a gallery of noncelebrity transformations, as well as fabulous images of stars and supermodels as youve never seen them before.Lush and enticing, Making Faces satisfies on many levels: extraordinary photography, surprising makeup looks on A-list celebrities (Julia Roberts, Demi Moore, Courtney Love), and recipes for doing it yourself. ~ Mirabella Kevyn Aucoins new beauty bible is the Genesis, Chronicles, and Revelations of makeup. ~ Allure Kevie isnt a makeup man, hes a magician. He creates an atmosphere of beauty mixed with magic. ~ Cher Kevyns progression of work over the years has elevated makeup to an art form. ~ Tina Turner Kevyn enables each and every one of us to play the character we want to play, be the person we want to be, and most important, feel the best that we can feel about ourselves. ~ Drew Barrymore

I'm giving away free copies of Making Faces :) Just leave your e-mail address here ;)

1/26/2010

The Power of Makeup : Yes Everyone can be BEAUTIFUL

While browsing around, my self esteem got boosted 200% upon seeing these pictures. Looks like I just need more practice and Im off to go! What do you guys think? :p

I'm also wondering the exact steps the makeup artist did, and what products he used. Got any idea?

These are not photoshopped and without using circle lenses.





















Review: VMV Skin Savvy 60 Foundation




Now this foundation was my staple during my college days, where I am prone to breakouts (as in all over the face cystic acne RED!) This covered everything, without making me look like a kabuki. It never broke me out, and provided me with superb sun protection during times I need to walk back and forth in the streets of Intramuros to print projects, do errands for professors and such.

I re-discovered this by buying a used tube (yes!) from girltalk as I wouldnt want to waste 1580php on a new tube that has been reformulated and not sure if it still works the same as before. So I got one for 50php :p
yes yes frugal me.

It was pleasantly surprising that it worked as better as before, and with better ingredients. It has talc before and now the main ingredient is zinc oxide. Now zinc oxide works as the main sunscreen component and also aids in healing the skin.

This foundation does not leave any white cast, leaves a nice matte finish, and does not feel heavy on the skin.
Lasted the WHOLE day when I was out on the sun. So I guess it is worth the expensive cost.
BUT BUT BUT.
I would still prefer to buy this during their sale :p

Description:

Ultra-High Protection, Creamy Perfection, Liquid-Créme Foundation

Skin Savvy 60 Ultra-High Protection, Creamy Perfection, Liquid-Créme Foundation

Ultra-high protection and creamy perfection. This skin lightening, skin-caring coverage is Armada Face and Body Shield 60 in a perfect –finish foundation.

Opaque, full-spectrum protection against indoor and outdoor UVA, UVB, Infrared, and Visible Light: SPF 60, High PFA, PFI, PFV. Helps prevent hyperpigmentations, photoageing and skin cancer. Regular use can help lighten hyperpigmentations and help enable overall skin to lighten naturally.

Full-coverage liquid-créme masks blemishes and gives skin an up-close-touch-it-perfect finish. Light weight comfort.

All Skin Types. Full Coverage. Validated Hypoallergenic: VH-27. SPF 60. 100% All-Types-of-Fragrance-Free. 100% Preservative Free. Usage and Patch-Tested. Non-Comedogenic.

Net Content: 0.88 Oz. (25g)

To Use: With bare fingers or a sponge, apply over face and neck as needed. Blend well.

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide, Phenilbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Butyl Methoxydibenzoyl Methane, 3-(4-Methylbenzilidene) Camphor

Other Ingredients: Deionised Water, Cyclomethicone, Triethanolamine, PVP Hexadecene Copolymer, Tetrasodium EDTA, Glyceryl Monolaurate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

Rating: 4/5

1/24/2010

Japanese Makeup Video Tutorial + Hubby's Attempt

I found this veeeery very very simple and easy to follow makeup tutorial in youtube that gives you tip on how to get that "japanese makeup look"

and my husband made an attempt, after we watched this, to recreate the look on myself.

The makeup was 100% done by my hubby from powder to lipgloss. He also chose which products to choose, which brush to use (even if he was guessing the whole time)

It is fun to have a husband who supports your makeup hobby. (He supports me, putting makeup, not purchasing! haha)

1/22/2010

Nails : The Most Adorable Nails Ever!


Nihongo for the DayGochisoo sama deshita - Thanks for the meal (after eating)



I got this image from a soompier Cheri.B^
She's so amazing with nail art, just wanted to share that I want to have this kind of nails! Will try it out this weekend. :)

1/21/2010

Rave! A Lioele Pop Blooming Pinky Tint Review



Nihongo for the DayOkaeri! - Welcome home!






I think.. I have found.. my Holy Grail of lip and cheek tints! (Thanks to babyjapnurse for selling this at an afforadble price at Girltalk so I could try it out before spending for a brand new bottle).

What I Like
  • Lasts the whole day. More than 12+ hours without fading. Meaning? No retouching!
  • True milky pink color. This is perfect. The color is perfect for me. A nice pinky glow. Not too dull, not too bright
  • I like the cherry bubblegum scent (some might be bothered, but I <3 it)
  • Non-drying. I use it on both my cheeks and lips, colored stayed true, lips stayed moist.
  • The price. Quite affordable (450php/10$ more or less in ebay)
  • Easy to blend. It doesnt leave me with splotches of tint, even if it takes a while to dry. Etude house's tint leaves me with some splotches if I dont blend as quick as a fox.

What I don’t Like
  • The bottle. I would prefer tints in tubes or something more handy.
  • The brush, I use my fingers instead. I prefer Etude House's Fresh Cherry tint sponge brush than this nailpolish brush. My hubby actually asked my once why I was putting polish on my lips!

This is not me. :p But this is the effect it gives me.


Who will I recommend this to?
Fair skinned gals will love the pink this tint will provide! I have a golden-olive skin and this kind of pink really makes me look alive and vibrant. This is also great for on-the-go gals who do not have the time to do the complete makeup ritual. Just slather on lips, slather on face and youre ready to go!


1/20/2010

GiveAway: Valentine's Day Giveaway from Sanctuary

I'm a sucker for giveaways :p





Sanctuary is giving this away for Valentines :)


1/19/2010

HELP!!! :) : My Wedding Anniversary Present

Hi guys and gals!
Its going to be our anniversary this March and I cant think of anything special to give my hubby.

What do you suggest?

Remove Makeup without Harsh Cleansers : AquaZorb Microfiber Towel

I have to rave about this product soooooo much!!!! I use this when Im so tired from work.. and too lazy to use an oil cleanser, or a cleanser.. or soap.. or even wash my face with water.

AquaZorb microfiber towels are made from... well haha just read what it says on the card board:


 Click image to enlarge

 I remove my makeup in 3 easy steps
  1. Wet my aqua zorb with warm water or any clean water 
  2. Wipe my face gently to remove makeup.. yes including waterproof mascara and eyeliner! 
  3. Wipe face dry


Yup, it removed my makeup.. all of it, including this revlon colorstay liquid foundation that I had to get 4 pumps of oil cleanser to remove, just with one swipey wipey with aquazorb

I get my stock of towels here for 100php for 3 pieces

1/18/2010

Likas Papaya Whitening Soap



 

Here you go guys, a review on my HG whitening soap. Me and my cousins have been using this since we were in 4th grade! I stray away sometimes and try out other soaps, but when the need arises and need something that really works I go and buy this one even if it is pricey 79php+ per bar  ($1.50). Now let's don't go to the "color issue"

Some people want to be tan, some people want to be light, some people want to be in between. I just really look dirty tan so I want to be whiter. Peace everyone!


Sorry, still looking for a "before pic"


What I Like
  • It's fragance-free
  • True to its word, it does whiten skin
  • Natural (as it says in the box)
  • Dries up and prevents acne (even bacne yup yup!)
  • Lasts long, doesnt melt as fast as other soaps
  • Easy to find
    • In the Philippines it can be bought almost anywhere
    • International readers, kindly check out amazon and ebay, beware of fake sellers
What I don't Like
  • Quite drying, please use a moisturizer after using (I use oils!)
  • Expensive for a bar of soap
  • They dont write down the ingredients list in the box (please is it that hard to list down Likas people?)

Ulzzang Pony #3 : Korean Makeup Tutorial : Pony Paradise


Credits to Soompi forums for the images, Ulzzang Pony was a makeup tutorial site by a lovely korean girl, whose site has been closed down and thanks to soompiers, took screenshots of her makeup. I am not taking credit for these images, rather sharing it to more people as possible


1/17/2010

Please Help Me Choose: Lioele Waterdrop or Innisfree Trouble Care



or

 

Im giving BB creams a second chance. (The only bb cream that didnt break me out was SF mushroom,but I dont like the scent) They both have same SPF, and same function, so I have to choose only one for now, Im joining a pre-order so this is not the time to hoard.

HELP ME CHOOSE ;)

or

I will just let my lemming die.
Die lemming ! Die ! :p



Myth Busters: Ice and Lipstick

Cause of Acne: Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation
I have terrible chin acne :( and I really do not want to use OTC products.. seasalt works well only if your pimple has errupted already.


So I tried 2 of the "acne busting" myth that I've been hearing about since I was a kid.

Ice, and lipstick.

For the ice part, any block of ice would do (clean please) and for lipsticks, I heard that the regular kind works well. (not those with complicated formulas). So I used my NYX in strawberry milk so my chin wouldnt look so red.


ICE - place ice on inflamed skin for 15-20 minutes.

Did it work? Sadly no, it just made the aching pain go away. Nothing happened the following day as the redness and inflammation still exists.
MYTH BUSTED!

Lipstick - Apply lipstick just like any spot treatment and leave overnight. 




Did it work? Much as I wouldnt like to admit it, but surprisingly it did! I did this for 2 consecutive nights though. 1st day, they were swollen, about to pop out. 2nd day, they popped out and dried completely. Now my chin acne has some redness but it is "dead" so we say

MYTH UNBUSTED!

1/16/2010

NYX Round Lipstick in Louisiana

This is my perfect pink. This lipstick totally brightens up my face! It's cheap too! I got it for 160php (around 2.50$) from sis AMZ or Leilila (Sorry sisters I forgot who I got this from! I just know that I order my NYX goodies from you too)

NYX lipsticks are creamy, pigmented, and does not dry my lips out DRIES THE HECK OUT OF MY LIPS WITHIN 30 min, even with a balm underneath. Staying power is so-so but I tend to lick my lips anyway!




FIberwig Contest Winner!!!!!!!!!

and we have a winner.....Bryan from bryanarancon.blogspot.com






Bryan, I will be contacting you thru email on how you can claim your prize!


For those who joined, do not worry because I will be opening a new contest soon with even more prizes.. (My Favorite Things Contest) where I will be giving away what else.. my favorite things (brand new of course)

--
GirlTalkers -> you can purchase imju fiberwig from our sister cheaca for an affordable amount of 600php only! Amazing!

1/15/2010

Rebond. An Affascinante Salon Review

No. It wasnt me who had the service but my husband. I never had my  hair rebonded my whole life! Ms Weng.. of the salon, also didnt recommend me that because she said my hair was beautiful already. (See? An honest stylist who wont force services on you!) I asked if I could get a treatment or something else but she said my hair was perfectly fine and all I could get was a cut if I wanted to. She can color my hair but we couldnt do that because I was pregnant.

This was our second time, the first time was last year of May. I like him with wavy hair but he said its hard to style and manage so he gets em rebonded. Here are the results of before and after.. review is next up

Now my hubby dont like his pics being exposed so I just took the picture of him back side.

This is how his hair looked before (hair.. haha the man below is not my husband)




After


Nice and shiny :)


What We Like :)
  •  Affordable rates. Their prices are not sky high but their service is better than expensive salons (We were SEI Salon loyalists but in time we noticed their service was blah)
  • Great Service. Workers and her assistants were nice, not snobbish. They also served us snacks and bottomless iced tea since the process took as long as 5 hours on my hubby's short hair.
  • Their salon does not force services to you (In short: not annoying!)
  • Honest in giving you feedback on  your hair
What We Dont Like :(
  • The Area. Their salon is beside a horse-race betting station/cafe which will make most girls uncomfortable if they went alone since there are a lot of men T_T scary looking men. 
  • Cant think of anything else :) 
Will I recommend them? Of course! :)

 

Address: Address: Royal World Mansion Bldg. Pablo Ocampo (formerly Vito Cruz) corner Enrique Street

1/14/2010

Tips and Tricks: Out of Concealer?

This will be quick and simple. I know you girls wont run out of concealer! But this is really great if youre in a hurry and need a quick fix! Also for girls in a budget, you dont need to purchase a separate concealer anymore.

You can use your Liquid/Cream Foundation Residue.

What do I mean by residue?

The one left on the cap.

The sticky thick substance that you barely use because its not as liquidy as the newly poured foundation.

The excess.

How
  1. Grab your concealer brush and get that thick excess foundation residue (its usually at the bottom of the cap, the sides of bottle etc)
  2. See how nice and creamy it is?
  3. Conceal to concealable areas. It will look a bit, really little bit darker than its original tone, but it will work. Promise.
Trivia
  1. Foundation is still foundation. Sometimes when components have settled in the cap, the mixture produces a product with more pigment, and offers more coverage.
  2. Did you know that a foundation shade a bit darker than your regular skintone is a better undereye concealer than something lighter? It's because having a lighter shade of undereye concealer can sometimes give you a gray cast, while same shade or a shade darker can really cover.

Try it! ;)

1/13/2010

GrapeSeed for Dark Circles


Now I know only water therapy (if puffiness is caused by stress etc) or surgery can cure eye puffiness. But I have tried this for a year and it did, it really did lessen my dark circles significantly, even if I always stay up late at night. It took only a month for me to see visible results.

However I stopped doing this because I ran out of grapeseed oil and got too lazy to purchase my stock. It turned dark again after a couple of months of late nights haha.

Join me as I begin my grapeseed oil undereye treatment again, I will start this when I get my oil and will post weekly update of pictures.

I learned this from e-how.com

Instructions:
Buy cosmetic-grade grape seed oil and apply it directly under your eyes to help lessen dark circles. Cosmetic-grade grape seed oil is available at most health food stores. Smooth two or three drops directly on your dark circles, and leave overnight.

You could also intake grapeseed supplements and it also helps too.


HELP! - I need a supplier of cosmetic grade grapeseed oil (in small bottles only and payment thru BPI bank deposit only, please leave a message here, no multiply sites please my multiply is blocked). It would also be nice if I could try it out for free, just kidding :)


Current State of Circles
 


Imju Fiberwig Mascara : A Review + Tutorial

I finally got to open and try out the famous Imju Fiberwig Mascara! This is the first of my 3 tubes (and I will buy more!!! WAHAHA) and one is for giveaway. Hurry! Since contest is only up to January 15 2010

Based from the their website:


Fiberwig contains double the fiber for dramatic length! Plenty of fibers adhere and seal unto your lashes. The more you apply, the longer your lashes become!

Fiberwig is made up of two types of extra thin nylon fibers; a short and a long fiber. The short and long fibers intertwine to form a light and smooth film coating that gently surrounds and seals unto your lashes.
As the fibers seal unto your lashes, they seal unto each other. As a result the extended fiber lashes give your natural lashes the appearance of extreme length!

Take plenty fibers and apply it unto your lashes repeatedly, no need to worry about clumping and flaking. The special brush works with the fibers by separating eyelashes one by one.




Fiberwig's film coating resists tears, oil, and sweat. Yet when you are ready to remove, all that is needed is warm water! It is surprising warm-water-removal.
Fiberwig absorbs the warm water and then swells, making it easy to slide off your lashes. When washing your face, simply wet your lashes with warm water. Then gently slide off the fibers with your finger and thumb.

Have you ever applied mascara but mistakenly missed your lashes only to dab some on your face? Fiberwig is easy to remove. Simply wait a couple of seconds for it to dry and peal off with a Q-tip.


K: Yes.. it does peel off





Fiberwig coats each individual lash with a light film of fibers. Your lashes become film-coated lashes.

Fiberwig's light film coating defines and separates each lash while creating a fresh and natural gloss finish. Thanks to the film-coated lashes, Fiberwig will not smear nor smudge when you tear or sweat.
Wear it on hot, humid or rainy days without fear of smudging anytime, anyplace, anywhere.
Apply it in the morning for work straight through late at night without worrying about Panda-Eyes!










  1. When pulling the brush from the tube, be sure to gather plenty of fibers. You will immediately see the fibers on the brush.




  2. Start applying the fibers to your lashes by using the tip of the brush. Add fibers to both the top and bottom part of your upper lashes. This will film-coat your lashes completely.

  3. Apply fibers on the top part of your lashes too.

  4. Once fibers are added unto the lash, use the brush to stroke the lashes from root to tip until desired length is reached.

  5. To achieve the best length, be sure to dip the brush into the tube between layers to gather more fibers.













 Tip: Use the tip of the mascara brush to apply the fibers. It's really just painting! Try to paint on per eyelash (the tips) the fibers, and then brush from bottom, upwards. It wont give you spider legs I promise, just coat, and coat, and brush, and brush, and your lashes will look like falsies!! I promise! - K








What I LIKE
  • Easily Removed - I remove it when washing my face at night. It says it can be removed by warm water, but even with tap water, the tubes easily slide off.
  • Smudge Proof - This mascara is really smudge proof, and it isnt sticky at all, it dries off to something you can "peel off"
  • True to it claims, apply it correctly and it gives you false lashes! I'm so happy I dont need to have a hard time putting on falsies and having it fall of my face at the end of the day
  • It gives length + volume! Compared to L'oreal Beauty Tubes which just gave length
  • It holds the curl!!!!!
What I DONT LIKE
  • Quite pricey for a mascara, but worth it
  • Hard to find!! (In my country) and some resellers overprice!
  • Needs more time to apply than regular mascara, it's because I take time to really paint and coat and paint and coat.
  • Not readily available in stores

Will I buy again?
YES!!! Again and again.. I will buy even if I still have stock.. I will buy backups for the rest of 2 years. I will buy every  month..

But Why?
This is HG material. I tell you, try one and you'll see that it is love.

Who would I recommend this to?
To those who have the moolah and the patience to apply this, and buy this online since its not readily available in stores. To those who want to wear falsies but couldnt because its hard to apply falsies. To those who are sick of smudges and panda eyes..

Damage: 650php - 1100php (around $20) (depends on where you buy, I got my first one for free!)




Want to have an Imju Fiberwig for FREE? Im giving a tube!!! Click here!!

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