Pretty In Pink! Maybelline Lumineyes Palette in Wine

MLE1I can’t think of the last eyeshadow palette from the drugstore that I really liked. This Maybelline Lumineyes Palette (599.00 Php) definitely falls under really like. It’s not perfect, but for less than the price of one MAC eyeshadow, you get five different shades in complementary colours . I got this particular palette in my BDJ Box, so I had no real control over the products I would receive, but boy am I glad I got the palette with pinks! 

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My INGLOT Freedom System 5-Eyeshadow Palette

So this is turning out to be a very timely post! Liz of Project Vanity just announced that INGLOT Cosmetics will be opening in Glorietta 5 very soon (YAY). That makes me feel a gazillion times better about sharing my Freedom System palette with you guys. I usually feel guilty when I talk about something that isn’t available locally because I presume that when people read reviews, they’re doing research for a possible future purchase. It’s frustrating to read a review of an awesome product that you just can’t get your hands on. I know the feeling all too well. Now, I can share my thoughts on INGLOT’s Freedom System and these particular eyeshadows with you guys with the hope that it will guide you in making decisions about future purchases. I love that!

IFP1I mentioned my INGLOT palette on the blog once before and I also posted a photo of it on my instagram when I first got it, but here she is now facing review. I suppose her being a part of my monthly faves for August kind of gives it away–based on personal preferences and given this particular palette that I put together, I do love this palette of mine. A review, however, is by nature a more critical examination (or even an appraisal of value) of a product, and so here I will attempt to discuss the different facets of the product that might apply to everyone’s experience of the brand and not just my personal preference.

Ready yourself. This is going to be a long one!

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Old Reliable: Stila’s In the Light Palette

SITLI’ve had my Stila In the Light palette (1,750.00 Php) since September 11, 2012. I know the exact date because I took all of these photos (except for the swatches at the end) the day after I bought the palette. Hehe. So It has been nearly a year since I’ve had this baby but I only thought to write aboutit lately because I finally decided that yes– yes, I do like this palette more than I like the original UD NAKED palette. 

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theBalm Balm Jovi Face Palette for Holiday 2012

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theBalm is one of my top brands–ever! Their eyeshadows, blushes, and bronzers (both Bahama Mama and Mary Lou-Manizer) are items that I swear by. I also have their Muppets palette, which is one of only 1000 ever produced (so proud of it).  

Now, they come out with this. Oh. My. 

[product description and photo taken from Temptalia.com] 

theBalm Balm Jovi Face Palette for Holiday 2012

With this palette, you’re ready to take center-stage! Featuring shadows, a highlighter, a blush and creamy lip and cheek colors that are sure to top the charts, BALM JOVI is your backstage pass to looking like a rockstar. All of these shadows can be used wet or dry- so “live and let dry”. The headlining highlighter and scene-stealing blush will set the stage, while “Milly” and “Vanilly” will (lip) sync up your look. BALM JOVI is compact and portable, yet it has everything you need to take on tour!

The palette, aside from being absolutely gorgeously designed, has twelve eyeshadows, a highlighter, a blush, and two cream lipsticks! Their packaging quality is always fantastic and well thought-out. That bottom flap is definitely a separate cover for the cream products, to ensure there’s no gross mixing of powder and cream. The palette will be released on theBalm’s website on September 5th and will sell for 39.50 USD.

How can I say no to this?  

My UNII Palette

A couple of months ago I ordered a UNII palette from the US and it has proved to be extremely useful. The UNII palette is essentially a customizable make-up palette, much like the Z Palette except that the UNII palette is made of a sturdy plastic instead of cardboard.

Here she is! I ordered mine in Pomegranate because the black and white were out of stock and it was the closest to red they had. I actually like the color much more than I expected. The palette feels sturdy and is really pretty, too. It’s certainly much better than some original packaging out there, and it makes a lot of sense to be able to have shadows/powders from different brands together in one place.

The palette is a good size (approximately 3 x 6 inches) and it includes a full mirror, a metal plate, a rubber gripper, and a strip of adhesive-magnets (for the bottoms of your refill pans). UNII cosmetics has since come out with a new design which does not have a metal plate and magnet strip. Instead it has the magnet inside the palette and the rubber gasket which you can see on my UNII is no longer removable. A minor change is that the rubber gripper is much cuter in the new palette. A not-so minor change is that the colors available are now much cuter! You can check those out at their website: http://uniicosmetics.com. But for now, let me show you what I did with mine!

These are the shadows that I chose to place in my UNII palette. It’s obviously a neutrals palette, but with this combination I can make both a natural day look and a heavier evening look if I want to. That space below the bottom row of shadows can fit (and it usually does hold) an eyeliner. With that, I’m all set. This has travelled me once and it definitely beats bringing many single shadows or one pre-made palette that may limit you to a certain look. I prefer this even to my Urban Decay NAKED palette, which only makes sense, because these shades are tried and tested by me for use on me. The shadows/powders are namely:

Top Row: Dior random powder – The Balm “Devilish Danielle” – The Balm “Mischievous Marissa” – The Balm “Insane Jane”

Bottom Row: Shu Uemura M 851: “Soft Brown” – Shu Uemura M 860 “BXH2271” – Shu Uemura Bronze – Shu Uemura IR 900Y “BXH 1408” – Laura Mercier “American Coffee” 

The Dior powder is a general highlighter. The theBalm shadows are my favorites from my “Shady Lady” palette (yes, I ripped them out)– Mischievous Marissa gives me a lovely, peachy glow and Insane Jane just makes my eyes pop. The Shu matte soft brown is my perfect lid shadow, while the deep brown to its right is the most amazing brown I have ever come across. I usually use that in the crease of my eye and I only need the tiniest bit to create the most dramatic effect… combined with that bronze, the effect is just amazing. For everyday looks, I use the LM American Coffee on my crease. Also, notice how the Shu shadow on the far left of the bottom row is slightly thinner than the others? Shu Uemura has started producing their shadows in Korea instead of Japan (I was thinking maybe the factory was affected by the recent natural disaster?) and has downsized their eyeshadows. It isn’t very obvious when you buy the single eyeshadows in their new packaging, but it’s definitely noticeable when you place the pans side by side. I only have two that are very recently purchased and I haven’t noticed any compromise in quality which is great, of course, but the downsize is definitely a bummer. Anyway, the other two shadows that I haven’t mentioned (Devilish Danielle and the Shu Gold) are highlighters for me. They are amazing just like all the other shadows in my UNII.

Putting my palette together was a ton of fun, which I did expect since I love my make-up (hehe). One down side to the UNII might be removing single shadows from their already beautiful original containers. In this case though, there wasn’t any particular casing that I really wanted to hold on to. It’s a good way to customize to your own needs, as make-up really is something as personal as jewelry– only you really know what you like best. I might want another UNII palette in the future for powders or even a collection of brighter eye shadows, but I’m still not too sure. For now, I’m perfectly happy with the one UNII that I own and have come to love.

Again, you can check out UNII cosmetics here and have a look at that adorable honeysuckle palette! They’re now going for 26 USD (usually 29) which is a holiday price, I think.


Summer Daily Base (Light, Protective, and Easy!)

The sun has actually been making an appearance in London over the past few weeks (the British do have a summer – hooray!) and so my daily base routine has changed to adjust to that. If the sun is out, I am out and facing it. You can count on that. DSC08487.jpgThe very base of my base is the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid (approx. £17 but always on some kind of offer). It has an SPF of 50+ and protects against UVA and UVB rays. This “ultra-light” variant works fine on my combination skin while I’m here in the UK, but the Dry Touch Gel Cream would probably be better for me back home in the Philippines. It’s important to use sunscreen throughout the year, but when summer comes around I really bring out the big guns.

Everything else that goes into my base for the summer revolves around the good old less is more philosophy.
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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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Face Of The Day: Sunday Test Drive

It’s been a while since I last posted an FOTD — mostly because it’s too hot to wear much makeup and also because I still wear the same look 90% of the time — but today I actually pulled out a number new things and so I thought it was worth documenting.
P1190003It’s a still a simple look; I kept the base light but changed it up a bit with the tone of my lipstick and blush. The eye makeup isn’t even showing up here but that was crazy simple too… wearing glasses tends to make one lazy, hehe.

To read about the products I used, click through!

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Stocking Up On Old Favourites: My Sasa Picks

Catching a glimpse of Sasa’s pink logo always gets my heart racing and my lips inevitably curl up into a smile. It’s a reaction mirrored only by a Sephora sighting. Sasa (in case you didn’t already know) is an Asian beauty and health store based in Hong Kong and found in many major Asian cities—but not the Philippines. Boo.

Sasa carries a wide array of brands (from Caudalie to Elizabeth Arden to Fairydrops, Bourjois, Canmake and so much more) and is known for selling little sample sizes of products as well as offering things at great prices. Shopping in Sasa is a strange mix of the drugstore shopping experience combined with some higher end options and great deals. I love it.
P1180536There was only really one thing I knew I had to pick up from Sasa on my recent trip to Macau: the Fairydrops Quattro Mascara (120 MOP / approx. 680 Php), which you can see on the far right in the photo above.

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Quick Trip To Macau — What I Packed

This post was supposed to go up when we flew out on Wednesday, but things came up the day before we had to leave so I didn’t have time to actually write the post. Anyway, it all works out because now I can tell you if I actually ended up using the stuff I brought. I find that no matter how long or short a trip is, packing makeup and skincare is always such a tricky job. BrushesLet’s start with the successful part of my packing: brushes! I love using the travel case that comes with the Real Techniques sets (Starter, Core, and Travel). You’ll notice that I don’t have a single RT brush in there. Sometimes I do end up bringing a couple, but mostly I take whatever brushes I want to. The best thing about it is that it folds into a stand that you can set out anywhere.P1180526To house my makeup I used the pretty Revlon bag that came with the Ultra HD Lipsticks I received last week. It’s a thin bag so I was forced to pack as little as possible. Not a major problem because we were only out for 3 days. Inside it I had:

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