Happy Skin Glisten Up Strobing Kit Review (Highlighter & Contour Duo)

So… I knew from the start that I wanted this so, so, so badly but, being miles away, I had to resort to stalking the launch through Instagram and Facebook and drooling over pictures. Lol. The entire Happy Skin x Plains and Prints collection looked lovely, but ohmygoodness seeing swatches of the contour stick drove me wild!DSC08022 Thankfully, my best friend and I were due to see each other in NYC in May and she was able to pick up the Glisten Up! Strobing Kit Highlighter and Contour Duo (Php 1,299.00) for me. I don’t know who I was more excited to see… her or the strobing kit — juuust kidding! It was the strobing kit, naturally. ;) 

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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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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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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 Wonders of Lipstick, Featuring the Preview x Happy Skin Lipsticks “Too Cool” & “Hot Stuff”

I was still abroad when I got wind of the Preview x Happy Skin limited edition lipsticks, but that didn’t stop me from placing an order on Zalora right away. Thank goodness for online shopping — I normally prefer to buy things over the counter, but I couldn’t stand the thought of not having one set of these for my self for sure.
DSC01278I have such a weakness for Happy Skin’s limited edition releases. I have all except the collaboration with Liz Uy, which I passed up on because I really didn’t think the shades would suit me. The lipsticks in this Preview collaboration also seemed iffy at first because one is so pale and the other is a red (I’m wary of reds in general), but they were iffy in an exciting way, if that makes any sense.

Too Cool is a greige with the slightest hint of pink and Hot Stuff is a dark cherry red. They are the first matte Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturising Lippies, and Happy Skin has added cupuaçu butter to the formulation to ensure that these are the most hydrating matte lipsticks your lips have ever come into contact with.
Processed with MoldivI knew I wanted to test out Too Cool and Hot Stuff with the same simple base on as that would be a true test of how each shade interacted with my skin tone. The results were interesting enough to merit my posting a double-selfie on my Instagram page, as you can see above.

Too Cool is almost too light for me but I think I juuust about pulled it off. As with most nude shades, it brings out my natural tan and draws the focus away from my lips and onto my eyes instead. Hot Stuff on the other hand had the effect of making my skin appear lighter/whiter and made my lips the focus of the look.

Crazy how much a change of lipstick can change a look. I personally prefer the look of nudes on my lips because I like to draw attention to my eyes, but I don’t mind a red when it’s the kind that livens up my face like Hot Stuff does. So take note, guys. If you know what effect you’re going for, lipstick can totally help you achieve that. It’s the one thing apart from eyebrows that can make a major difference.

Anyway, that ends my little lipstick observation. If you want to know more about this limited edition set from Happy Skin in particular, read through! 

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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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Review: Happy Skin’s Eye Am The One Mascara — Is It Holy Grail Material?

Bet you weren’t expecting a review so soon after I posted about Happy Skin‘s “Beauty in Bloom” collection launch party (here)! We were given a few items from the collection on that day, but I actually bought the Eye Am The One Mascara (899.00 Php) well before the party (didn’t know I was going until a couple of days before). That means I’ve had sufficient time to get to know the product and work on this little write up for you guys. P1180590The sort of “subtitle” name of the Eye Am The One mascara is “Holy Grail.” On top of that, the box packaging proclaims that it is “your dream mascara!” You have to hand it to Happy Skin — they really do believe in their products. This fibre mascara is meant to give you “thicker and longer lashes with curls that will never droop.” It’s also supposed to be “smudge-proof, sweat-proof, tear-resistant, and sebum-resistant.” That’s a lot of claims for any one mascara, but Happy Skin took one full year to develop this formula and it’s made in Japan, so there was always good reason to bet on it. 

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Happy Skin Summer 2015: “Beauty In Bloom” Product Launch and Info

Happy Skin’s summer 2015 collection dropped last week and it is every bit as bloomiful — oops, I meant beautiful — as I hoped it would be. The collection, called “Beauty In Bloom“, is the brand’s second summer release and I remember clearly that it was last year’s summer collection, “Turn Up The Heat“, that first enticed me into purchasing Happy Skin products. Since then I have consistently been amazed at how thorough the relatively-young and proudly-Filipino brand is when it comes to product development and conceptualisation of themes for limited edition and permanent products alike.

P1180737To say that I am a fan of Happy Skin would be 100% accurate. Those who know me know that although I don’t “fangirl” over the usual things like pop stars and handsome actors, I can “fangirl” pretty hard when I decide that I admire someone or something. Admiration is precisely what I have for Happy Skin as a brand and for its co-founders, Jacqe Yuengtian-Gutierrez and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo. So it was with sheer and utter joy that I accepted a friend’s invitation to attend this year’s Happy Skin summer party (thank you times a billion, Iya! ♥).

Now I get to share the experience with you, my readers, as well as information about the collection that I hope will be helpful to you. Do read (or at least scroll) until the very end so that you can see all of the product shots and swatches! 

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Sunday: Light Makeup & A Light Box

So I had this grand plan to document my Sunday and write all about it (a.k.a. an actual journal entry of sorts), but my day did not go as planned and I spent most of it at the hospital. I’m fine, don’t worry (if you worried at all haha), I was just watching over a loved one, which I was perfectly willing to do. And please don’t mistake this for whining, but I hate hospitals. It was a beautiful morning out and I had to spend it under fluorescent lights and in hyper-sterilsed, cold rooms that gave no hint of the beauty that was this Sunday. Sigh. photoI did make a start by taking a picture of the makeup I used today though. This is what happens when I have zero time to compose a decent shot. Eek. Anyway. I love “Sunday makeup” because it’s usually when I focus the most on creating the most natural looking base that I can. It’s like a little challenge that I have set for myself once a week, whereas on other days I just go with whatever I feel like doing.

Today I went with the Happy Skin ZZ Cream for my base since I’ve been struggling with some pimples lately. This is actually great for brightening the skin and it feels refreshing, too. I then used the three concealing products I cannot live without: MUD Blue Corrector #2, K Palette Zero Kuma Concealer Type 1 (review), and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC5 (review). The secret to looking as though you’ve got nothing (or very little) on your skin is spot concealing, so having this number of concealers out does not necessarily mean that I piled heaps of it on. I then set my under eye area with the Hourglass Ambient lighting Powder in Dim Light (review) and the rest of my face with the Koh Gen Doh Mainfanshi Pressed Powder. Again, the use of two powders is not without reason. I pick what kind of powder to use on which part of my face based on the type of skin on that area (more on this will have to be said in another post I think). Since the ZZ Cream is a one-shade-suits-all product, I had to warm it up a bit with my Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder in 03 just around the edges of my face. For blush I went with an Ellana Minerals blush in Peach Passion. That was it for the skin, and for the eyes I used just one shade from my Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette– Haute Chocolate — buffed all over the lid and smudged into the lower lash line. Not pictured is the mascara I piled on like there was no tomorrow: Revlon’s Lash Potion in 001 Blackest Black. I love makeup. Haha

Now while I was at the hospital, I was stressing about not having the time to take product shots today because all my natural light would have gone by the time I got home. I finally, finally, FINALLY decided that it was about time to make a light box for myself so that I don’t have to be so dependent on daylight anymore. My mom also commented that my photos would look much more professional if I actually had one. So after leaving the hospital, I made a quick trip to the hardware store, rushed home and made this: 

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Forbidden Fruit: Happy Skin’s Christmas Lippies — Swatched & Worn!

Can you believe it’s only been a year since Happy Skin made its debut? I feel like they have just as much influence/presence as some older, more well-established brands already. They (Jacqe Yuengtian-Gutierrez and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo) have done such an excellent job at… well, everything. Of course, it starts with the products, but they’ve definitely got the marketing and business side of things down as well. It’s admirable to say the least and I only wish them the very best and of course thank them too for making such drool-worthy, exciting products. This is the kind of stuff the beauty-obssessed girl in me lives for, and what makes it 10x more awesome is that this a Filipino brand.

So yes, Happy Birthday, Happy Skin! :) I might not be the brand’s biggest fan (because omg some people go cray for these lippies and collect all of them), but I’d say I give them tough love for good reason (see: Battle of the Micellar Waters: Bioderma vs. Happy Skin) while still supporting them. ;) Now on to this Christmas set! P1160189Having this “Forbidden Fruit” set (1,399.00 Php) of Shut Up & Kiss Me Lippies brings the count up to 7 in my collection. You’ll remember the first trio I picked up back in the summer (Turn Up The Heat set) and Honeymoon Kiss, the only single shade I felt compelled to purchase. Happy Skin launched this set, a second trio called Sealed With A Kiss (1,299.00 Php), a set of pencil eyeliners, an eyeshadow palette (!), a corrector, and lip and cheek mousse all in one go in celebration of their birthday.

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