Random Beauty Buys

Carmex Lip Balm and Orly “No Bite” nail bit deterrent

This is going to be hard for most people to believe, but I really don’t like the Carmex balm so far. I tried it some five years ago when it still wast available locally and hated it. Since it’s now available in PCX, I thought why not try it again, maybe my opinion of it will change… but nope. I still find it as unpleasant as when I first tried it. It feels as though I’m putting a harsh medicine on my lips–the smell is atrocious, and it’s just so sticky. I have extremely sensitive skin and this just doesn’t do anything for it. Plain old petroleum jelly is still the best lip balm.

Orly “No Bite” is a sort of top coat for your nails that has a really unpleasant flavor. It’s (obviously) geared toward nail biters. I am a nail biter. Duh. It’s been working really well so far actually. Only down side to it which I just discovered is that when I eat things like cheese fries… I can’t lick the cheese off of my fingers. Boo. Other than that, it’s really helped me. Yay!

Shu Uemura Face Architect Glow Enhancing Powder Foundation

I can go on and on about how good this is, and guess what? I will. Haha! Click more if you wanna hear about it! :)

Shu Uemura was the very first make up brand that I tried, thanks to a good friend who was a Shu addict before me. We were in Hong Kong together in 2008 and with her guidance I made my first big make up purchase. Since then I’ve used their loose powder and eye shadows. The pressed powder I had before this was a full coverage powder, and it is just as amazing but more suitable to evening make up/touch ups. I’ve been using Stila’s tinted moisturizer during the day and it’s really just too much work and it doesn’t give a great finish. One day a few weeks ago my mom came home with a Shu Uemura goodie bag from a golf tournament. A pan of this foundation was a part of the package. I fell in love immediately. The shade that I had was just a little too dark, so yesterday I visited  Shu’s Rockwell store and got the right shade (554). Contrary to popular belief, Shu actually does cater to darker skin tones. I’m probably the second to the darkest shade for the powder foundations, but their liquid foundations and loose powders go really dark.

Anyway, this glow enhancing foundation has sheer coverage and feels amazing on the skin. I love it love it love it. Shu really formulates their products so well. Even their eye shadows are smooth and silky. The dark powders are perfect for contouring since the powder is so fine that the effect is super subtle and buildable. The one thing I don’t like about this foundation is the price. At 1,800 php for just the refill pan and 700php for the compact case, it’s not exactly cheap. But when you think about it, this is something you’re going to be putting on your face all the time. If you have sensitive skin like me, you’ll understand how important it is to invest in a good base… and sunblock, but that’s another story. I love my new powder. :) A little trivia to end my rave on Shu products: Shu Uemura pulled out of the USA recently, since 80% of their profit is made in Asia. Just proves even more how suitable to Asian skin it really is. But they do still have an online US store, at least.

Up next on my make-up to-buy list is orange lipstick. Going to wait until I get to the US for that, since I know exactly where I’m ordering from. :) Lime Crime. ♥

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