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

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Reading

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.

Writing

Lately, lots of lists.

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Lots and Lots of Lippies (My Happy Skin Lipstick Collection)

I reorganise my makeup storage quite often and I recently started keeping all of my Happy Skin lip products in one acrylic case. I don’t know how it happened, but I now have twelve Shut Up & Kiss Me Lippies, three Lip & Cheek Mousses, and two Power Pout Lip Lacquers. That’s a total of seventeen lip products from one brand. What. That is crazy.

They all looked so pretty sitting in one place that I got up and took some photos of my little collection (it really is a collection of its own, separate from my makeup collection as a whole). There are times when I dread taking product shots but when I’m inspired (nuks), I think I do an ok job. For a non-photographer, that is. Hehe.
DSC03337So that’s pretty much the story behind this post. I don’t want the pretty pictures to go to waste, so I’m sharing them with you all.

I don’t have the full set of Happy Skin’s incredibly popular Shut Up & Kiss Me Lippies (I think some people actually collect them like Pokemon), but these are representative of the brand’s journey, I think. I have some from very early on and I have quite a few of the latest formulations. Might as well go over what I have: 

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An O.K. Product: NARS Dual-Intensity Blush in Craving (Review)

NARS, to my mind, has always been the cool kid on the block. He’s got the good looks and the “it factor”, but when you dig down deep and get to what’s on the inside — he’s not all he’s cracked up to be. Laura Mercier, on the other hand, is the unassuming, simple girl who happens to pack a punch despite her plain Jane appearances.

François and Laura are the stars of my imagined world of personified makeup (because the token bad boy and sweet girl figures are the bare bones of any clichè story, obvs), but there’s also Bobbi (Brown) — the clean-cut preppy girl who cares way too much following the rules — and Pierre (Guerlain) — the snooty rich, foreign guy who drives a Lambo and vacations at Turks and Caicos in the summer.

Other than Holy Shit I want it all, I want it aaaallll, this is the kind of stuff that I think about when I’m walking through Rustan’s beauty section. I can’t be the only one… so — care to add some character write-ups in the comments section? I’ve thought the whole set through, including “younger” brands like Benefit and MAC, but it should be fun to her how other people view brands, personified. ;)

DSC01867Anyway, yes. I am primarily here today to talk about a NARS product. The NARS Dual-Intensity Blush ($45 / approx. 2,450 Php) is another one of the products that I picked up from my trip to the U.S. in May. I was seriously considering the dual-intensity eyeshadows as well, but for one reason or another I ended up with this bugger instead.

It looks cool, as is always the case with NARS products, but it’s also got a hefty price tag attached. I’m always hesitant to drop money on NARS’s skin products (only the Audacious lipsticks have fully impressed me), but I thought I would take a chance on the dual-intensity products because they’re relatively new and rated pretty well by other bloggers. 

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Swatches of the NEW Happy Skin Lip Lacquer (Hear Me Roar) & Matte Lippie (Pop The Question)

This past Wednesday was apparently “National Lipstick Day” (or was it International? Matters little!) and all over Instagram people were celebrating by posting anything and everything to do with lipstick. To me, that’s a visual feast, so I’m not complaining. I was, however, out of the house all day and those posts spurred an urge to buy a new lipstick. I resisted, mostly because none of the shades I had swatched were particularly exiting, but also because I have all of the lipsticks I need — at least, I thought I did. That changed when I came home to thisDSC02996It’s been just over a month since Happy Skin introduced us to their amazing matte lipstick formula with the Preview x Happy Skin collaboration. Too Cool and Hot Stuff were beautiful shades (I adore Too Cool), but they are sadly limited edition ones that won’t be coming back after stocks run out (unless we petition for Too Cool to become permanent, maybe? hehe). Still, we all knew that Happy Skin would introduce permanent shades in the matte formulation one day — I just didn’t expect that day to come so soon. I’m definitely not complaining and I was so kilig to have been sent one of the new Matte Lippie shades AND a totally new product, the Power Pout Lip Lacquer, to try out. I didn’t have all the lipsticks I needed pala. Hehe.

Along with a beautiful monogrammed lipstick pouch by Bespoke & Beyond, I received the Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Matte Lippie in Pop The Question and the Shut Up & Kiss Me Power Pout Moisturizing Lip Lacquer in Hear Me Roar.

I am putting this post up a day before the Zalora launch so that you can have a look at these particular shades and decide if you’re interested in them. I’ll include the basic information, but this isn’t a review. Happy swatch-ogling! :)

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A #BetterMe Story, Feat. SkinWhite’s Advanced Whitening Range

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SkinWhite Advanced Power Whitening Soap – 26 Php for 65g, 44 Php for 90g, and 60.75 Php for 125g

SkinWhite Advanced Whitening Facial Cleanser – (Price not indicated)

SkinWhite Advanced Whitening Facial Powder – 67 Php for 20g

SkinWhite Advanced Power Whitening Lotion – 71 Php for 50mL, 123 Php for 75mL, and 235 Php for 200 mL

I tend to like brands that create a community, and really, all brands should strive to do just that. If people are attracted to your products, that’s already one thing they have in common. Why not turn those consumers into a supportive group of friends? Well, that’s exactly what SkinWhite did with their latest batch of girls who formed this year’s Captivate Council.  

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Two Looks, One Palette: A Review of Happy Skin’s All Eyes On Hue Eyeshadow Palette

DSC01888The Happy Skin All Eyes On Hue Eyeshadow Palette* (1,299.00 Php) was released with the Holiday 2014 collection (which was called “Save Room for Dessert” in case you’re curious to know) and is, for the moment, the brand’s only eyeshadow offering.

As is always the case with Happy Skin products, the packaging design is adorable. It’s made of that reinforced, coated cardboard that I love so much and it’s held shut by a strong magnet.

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The Sunday Currently Vol. 1

DSC02920I enjoy reading other people’s “Sunday Currently” posts, so I thought I’d give it a go. Can’t assure you that mine will be interesting, but here it goes!

Reading

A collection of Octavio Paz’s essays. I am admittedly unfamiliar with his body of work but am enjoying his litcrit so far. Also loving the Saga of The Swamp Thing for my bedtime read. I’m new to the world of comics (so no, I am not familiar with all the complexities of the different universes — I have a general idea of them though), but already I get the feeling that you can’t go wrong with anything Moore touches.

Writing

Uhm, this post? This is a funny question. Haha.

Listening

Listening to my neighbour’s fountain, I suppose. And the random sounds of my house at 12 noon on a Sunday. I rarely ever play music in my room and I don’t like having the TV on in the background. (Silence is my friend.) 

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