The Beauty Bee Awards: Best of 2013!

BBAIt’s time to go through my Beauty favourites for 2013! :) I had a difficult time choosing between products, so I thought it would be fun to present the “winners” alongside the other products that nearly made it. I love everything shown here, but the winners have been consistent faves throughout the year (or at least since I acquired them).

I didn’t limit myself to any number of categories, but I ended up with a nice round number: 10. The winners/faves are named in the photo and my little bee mascot can be seen hovering close to them. Let’s have a look! :) 

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Playing With Makeup (Oct. 13, 2013)

When I do my makeup, I tend to work on my skin first, followed by my eyes, then my lips, and I finish off with cheek products. I spend the most time working on my eyes, letting the eye makeup dictate or influence the rest of the look. Based on what I’ve done with my eyes, I pick a lip colour to complement the look and a blush to tie it all in. I do that for the simple reason that I like playing up my eyes the most. They’re my favourite part of my face and I have always loved a heavier eye paired with a fairly neutral or safe lip colour.

Today, I decided to change it up a bit by starting with a lipstick and letting that influence the rest of my face. I made it a point to pick a shade that I hardly ever wear, and the first lippie I puled out was MAC’s Speak Louder, which is a pink-red with subtle blue undertones. I put it on, looked at how it was working with my skin on this particular day, and decided I wasn’t into it, hehe. It happens, okay! The next lippie I pulled out was Clinique’s Chubby Stick Intense in Plushest Punch, a bold, juicy-looking raspberry pink that I really don’t use often enough. And that’s what I went with!

PWM1After finishing my base, I applied my lipstick before any eye makeup, which might be standard for some, but not me. That is always what I do (and what I recommend you do) when wearing a bright or bold lip colour, though. Seeing the shade on your lips first will help you decide what colours you’re going to use on the rest of your face to balance it out. See what look I ended up with after the jump!

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FOTD – Sept. 17, 2013


I don’t post looks very often because I feel like I’m awful at capturing the colours well. I also sometimes think that I look the same in all of the pictures… but I guess you can see the difference when they’re placed side by side! Here’s what I had on today yesterday. I reviewed a lot of these products recently, actually. The Clinique CC cream review should be up in a few days so watch out for that! :)

Base: Clinique CC Cream mixed with Vichy Normaderm Teint, MUD Blue Corrector #3, K Palette Zero Kuma Concealer, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, and Clinique Stay-Matte Pressed powder (translucent) with UD De-Slick sprayed over top to set

Cheeks: MAC Small Vanity blush

Eyes: L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush on the lids, MAC Espresso on the outer-V and on the lower outer lash line, Inglot shimmery pink on the inner corner, Fairyfrops Platinum mascara (waterproof variant), and Shu Uemura Hard 9 Eyebrow pencil in seal brown

Lips: Too Faced La Creme lipstick in Spice Spice Baby

P.S. You can click on the photo to enlarge it! 

Clinique Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder (Oil Free) Review

I never had to worry about excess shine where it isn’t welcome on my face until recently, so I never delved into the world of “matte” cosmetics. I was always worried about hydrating my skin and keeping flaky skin at bay, not patting down a near-reflective forehead (lol it’s not that bad naman, but it was getting there). So you can imagine how lost I felt… I mean I have been posting about this a lot lately, so I will spare you the rant and get on to talking about the first blot/oil control powder I’ve ever tried: the Clinique Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder (1,500 Php for 7.6g). CPP1I did my research before buying this and it’s pretty well-rated from what I’ve gathered. It was #1 on my list of options because it was (1) available locally, (2) had a translucent shade option, and (3) is relatively reasonably priced. I also made sure that I went and got a pressed powder because I knew I would need to take it around for touch-ups. 

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Clinique Chubby Stick Intense: Swatched & Worn

When I went to Hong Kong last month I knew I was going to get myself at least one Chubby Stick Intense. I had heard so many great things about the formula and the swatches just looked amazing. Sure enough, I walked out of the store with not one but four Chubby Sticks in hand. CCI.jpgDon’t you just love Clinique packaging? The combination of the floral print, muted colours, and silver lettering give it a really nice sort of vintage vibe–or lola vibe–depends how you feel about it, really.

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