Soap & Glory at 3 for 2

I haven’t actually picked up very much makeup since arriving in London. There’s so much to choose from and for a while I was just overwhelmed. That’s a good thing, of course! I love having all of this variety. I have my eye on loads of Charlotte Tilbury stuff, but probably saving those purchases for just before Christmas. In the meantime, I’ve been falling prey to all these 3 for 2 deals at Boots and Superdrug. These Soap & Glory products are from my first little haul:
IMG_2535How cute is that packaging!?

If you’re not familiar with Soap & Glory — familiarise yourself! haha you’re missing out. They’re a relatively young brand (founded in 2006) that offer fun bath, beauty, and skincare products. Their range of body lotions and other shower products is huge and I haven’t delved into that just yet. Their makeup line on the other hand is nice and compact.

I chose the products I have based almost exclusively on Fleur’s (Fleur de Force) recommendations. 

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It is extremely easy, when you are young, to allow all the wrong things to define who you are. I suspect the same is true even for older people, but luckily I’m not quite old enough to confirm that. Then again, I’m 25. That’s old relative to some, isn’t it?

By now I “should” know certain things. Things like: what I want to be now that I’m grown up (because OMG I am grown up), where I stand on touchy issues (gay marriage, the migrant crisis, to be or not to be a Belieber), how I like to have my coffee (any self-respecting adult knows this, k), who I’m voting for in 2016 (yikes), and even who I want to spend the rest of my life with (double yikes).

I don’t have “answers” for more than half of those things. And I won’t waste time in making a rather obvious point here: Even if I had the answers, they wouldn’t define me. My opinions and desires count for a lot, but they don’t constitute my entire being. They are not (and will never be) static. I am not static.

What sucks is that society seeks — almost demands— certainty. Certainty makes others feel comfortable. It allows them to place you in the world. It’s an I know what you do therefore I know who you are way of thinking; grossly oversimplified of course, but you get what I mean.

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Meeting The Queen and Other General Updates From London

Hello! So —

I have been in London for just over a month now and I wish I could tell you guys that I’ve been doing loads of beauty-related things. The reality is that I’ve been busy getting used to just surviving here and adjusting to school. It’s all going great, but it’s been a bit hectic. Anyway, the highlight of my month was definitely beauty-related: I met THE Lisa Eldridge at a book signing event! It was crazy. Let me tell you all about it and I’ll fill you in on a few other, less important,  things at the end — because really, what is more important than meeting Lisa Eldridge?

The Day I Met The Queen (Of Makeup)

IMG_2711Lisa hosted a signing for her new book, Face Paint: The Story of Makeup, at Hatchard’s in London. I made my way over to the book store right after my classes for the day ended and I was early so I milled around a bit before we were allowed to start queueing at 5pm. 

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Introducing: Bioré’s Line Up of Makeup Removers

About a week or so before leaving Manila, a bundle of some of Bioré’s different types of makeup removers arrived on my doorstep. I was ecstatic because this ups the number of readily accessible cleansing oils and micellar waters in Manila (the most popular other brands being Shu Uemura for the cleansing oil and Bioderma for micellar cleansing water).

Bioré, if you are unfamiliar with the brand, is of Japanese origin. They are well-known for their sunblocks locally, but apparently their makeup removing products are best-sellers in Japan. I trust Japanese skin care almost by default (you really should never do this but if there’s any one country that knows its skincare it’s Japan, so…) and so I didn’t hesitate to dive in and test all of these products immediately.
DSC04362The bundle I received included all three of Bioré’s makeup removing products: the Cleansing Oil (in the pump bottle and the two small travel bottles), the Micellar Cleansing Water, and the Cotton Sheets. There is also a 2-in-1 foaming Cleanser, but I unfortunately haven’t been able to try that out.

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Unwind at Posh Nails With A DETOX MANI-PEDI *

Who doesn’t like spending a relaxing afternoon at the nail salon? Seriously, even men find that they like to have a quick cleaning done if they can get themselves around to trying it out. I personally have a mani-pedi professionally done at least once a month and I will very often choose to have a foot spa thrown in with those basic services. It’s just a really great way to relax.

detox promo sponsors copyWhen Posh Nails asked me to come over and celebrate their 13th anniversary with them by trying out their DETOX Mani + Pedi, I was very happy to accept the invitation. I think it’s safe to assume that everyone is at least familiar with Posh Nails — they have so many branches and they have been around for over a decade. In a country where mani-pedi parlours abound like Starbucks stores, only a few can really withstand the test of time. During my visit, I was reminded why Posh Nails is one of those few. 

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Create Your Own Base With Cover FX’s Custom Cover Drops (G50)

I first heard of the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops (44.00 USD) when Tati (GlamlifeGuru on YouTube) did a first impressions video about the product in April. There is seriously no way anyone can watch that video and walk away from it not wanting the Custom Cover Drops. Tati’s skin looked flawless, the product seemed like such a novel idea, and I was just completely sold.

I picked up a bottle for myself at Sephora when I visited the U.S. in May and since then I have been these magical, innovative, revolutionary drops consistently.
DSC03435The Custom Cover Drops are essentially concentrated pigments that you can mix in with other bases, moisturisers, or even sunblocks, to achieve the level of coverage you want. The Cover FX website describes the product as follows:

Custom Cover Drops can be mixed with anything liquid to add coverage – moisturizers, serums, oils, primers, foundations and tinted moisturizers that are water, oil or silicone-based. These revolutionary drops feature our Flash Fusion Technology™ formula, so as soon as you drop, the solution flashes off leaving behind the pigment that weightlessly transforms your favorite beauty product into the sheerest tint all the way to a total coverage foundation, depending on how many drops you add. The pigments are coated with Lecithin, which is biochemically similar to the skin, to ensure ease of blending and the smoothest application. With unprecedented control, you are free to customize coverage like never before.

What a freakin’ amazing idea, right? The website instructs that 1 Drop = Sheer Coverage, 2 Drops = Medium Coverage, 3 Drops = Full Coverage, and 4 Drops = Total Coverage.

Screen Shot 2015-08-29 at 2.29.37 PMThe product comes in an impressive range of 24 different shades. I asked a sales assistant at Sephora to help me find the right shade and just because their colour IQ system couldn’t suggest a shade for me, she gave up. Uhm. K. So I picked out a shade for myself. Good thing I know my skin well enough!

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Maybelline SuperFresh Instagram GIVEAWAY! (Mechanics)

Hey hey, guys! Remember that time I reviewed and raved about the Maybelline White SuperFresh foundation? If you don’t, please do check that post out here.

It’s been a few months since the product was first released and recently Maybelline got in touch with me to share the crazy-awesome news that 1 White SuperFresh powder foundation is sold every 10 seconds. That blows my mind, but I can totally see why everyone loves the product. I did say this in my review of it: wsf1Hehe, Maybelline sent this over in their e-mail to me and I was kilig at having been quoted!

Let’s get on to the GIVEAWAY part though, because I’m so excited to let you know that Maybelline is giving my Instagram followers a chance to win a 1 year supply of White SuperFresh and 2 Rebel Bouquet lipsticks!

This is an Instagram only giveaway, so please be sure to follow me (@thebeautybeeblog) first. Once that’s done, here’s how everything is going to go down:

  1. Like and REPOST my instagram photo and add a caption including your own testimonial about White SuperFresh by completing this sentence: “I love how @maybellineph’s White SuperFresh __________.”
  2. Include the hashtags #12hoursfresh and #SuperFreshxTheBeautyBee in your caption.
  3. Make sure that you are able to claim your prize from somewhere in BGC (I’ll let the winner know where) as I will not be shipping the prizes out. (Obviously this is not open internationally.)

I will choose the best caption in one week, so this contest closes on August 29 and I will make the announcement on the 30th.

Good luck, guys! A one year supply of foundation is no joke! Haha

The Makeup Brushes I Can’t Live Without

Allow me to begin this post by saying that as of my last count, I have over 50 makeup brushes. I don’t have all of them out and in rotation on my vanity simply because there are so many of them, but I have tested each and every one. As such, I know which ones I like enough to use everyday and — as many as there are — I had no problem at all picking out my absolute favourites. These brushes don’t necessarily form a complete set and they aren’t even all expensive brushes, but they are the best at what they do and I cannot imagine living without them.
DSC03659Sonia Kashuk No. 1 Brush – Sonia Kahsuk is a brand that sells exclusively at Target and I make it a point to pick up at least one brush from her line whenever I get the chance. The regular brushes with the white handles are OK, but the black, curvy-handled ones are the best. They range in price from 15-20 USD. This No.1 brush is the most amazing fluffy powder brush.

Sonia Kashuk (???) Brush – This one was from a special collection and the number has rubbed off, but it’s just a smaller version of the No.1 Brush. I use it to apply heavier powder foundations. Like the larger No.1 Brush, it’s incredibly soft.

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The Sunday Currently Vol. 2



Out of Oz, the fourth and final book in Gregory Maguire’s Wicked Years. I find these books so emotionally charged that I’ve had to take breaks between each of them. The shortest break was between A Lion Amon Men (the third book) and this one because that seemed to be the transitory book. As with all good series’s, I’m both looking forward to and dreading turning the last page.


Lately, lots of lists.

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