Maybelline’s Color Sensational Rebellion: The Rebel Bouquet

I love flowers. I love lipstick. Put them together in one pretty basket arrangement? You’ve got one very, very happy IanaBee (that’s me, FYI). DSC01781Cue the seraphs singing! (Also insert a heart-eyed emoji here.)

Receiving the Maybelline Rebel Bouquet* was the highlight of my day and I could hardly wait to get my hands on all 11 lipsticks — but I waited — patiently, as a good beauty blogger should, and I took photos first so that you can get a glimpse of Maybelline’s newest line of lipsticks before you go out and grab some (or all). 

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Review: Maybelline’s White Superfresh Foundation (05 Sand Beige)

I’ll be honest—when Maybelline invited me to the launch of their new base product, I had low expectations. Their colour products have always been pretty damn good (eyeshadows, lipsticks…) but I used their powders back in college and they were not that great (I used them because I knew next to nothing about makeup back then and a powder was a powder was a powder).

At the launch (which you can read about here), I made it a point to keep an open mind. White Superfresh was introduced to bloggers and media as an affordable, oil-absorbing, no-need-for-touch-ups, long-wearing foundation. Exactly what college Mariana needed back in 2009-12ish and what a lot of girls in college today would love, no doubt. And guess what? After a few weeks of getting to know this foundation, even NON-college Mariana (i.e. me, now) loves this foundation. This review will tell you why.

P1180386 Overview of The Product

Maybelline’s White Superfresh Foundation* (299.00 Php) is the “no touch-up powder foundation” that claims to last for 12 straight hours without need of a touch-up. It’s an Asia-exclusive that was formulated with our hot, sunny weather in mind (hence it also has an SPF of 34 PA+++). The powder is enriched with mineral perlite, which supposedly allows the powder to absorb moisture five times better than regular talc.

Needless to say (but still very much worth pointing out), this is a foundation best suited for girls with combo/oily skin or those who find themselves in hot, sweaty situations often. I myself have combination skin, so I need to moisturise my cheeks properly before using this just so they don’t dry out by the end of the day.

There are four shades of this foundation available locally: 02 Nude Beige, 03 Natural, 04 Honey, and 05 Sand Beige. It’s a rather limited selection with none of the shades catering to deeper skin tones, so that is the one major flaw of the foundation. I initially received shade 02 and had to wait until I could pick up shade 05 before I could test out the product properly. You will see three of the four shades later on in this post.

I still find it hard to believe that a product like this is available for only 299.00 Php. That’s roughly 7 USD. Now, get ready for a pretty wordy and (hopefully) thorough review… you know I get excited when I really like something. Haha.

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Stored and Forgotten: My Dior Addict Fluid Sticks

P1170556Ayayay. I’ve had these Dior Addict Fluid Sticks ($35.00) for over half a year now, but am just getting around to writing about them because… uhm. I forgot about them. I was so excited to have these initially because the reviews were incredible and the packaging gorgeous, but I stumbled in the shade selection process and it’s for that lone, silly reason that I don’t really use these. 

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Maybelline White Super Fresh Launch & First Impressions

A week ago Maybelline hosted a luncheon to announce the launch of their newest foundation: White Super Fresh (299.00 Php)*. The formula is an Asia-exclusive as it was created with our hot, humid weather in mind. It’s been dubbed the “no touchup powder foundation” because unlike other foundations that just melt off over the course of the day, this one is meant to stay put and stay fresh for 12 hours.

Whenever a foundation claims to last that long my interests are piqued, so I was glad to be able to attend the launch and get to know and understand the product a little better. P1170409White Super Fresh won’t be available until February 28, but let me tell you now that it’s something you’ll want to mark your calendars for. At the launch, press and bloggers got to play with some samples and discover what makes it different–why it’s going to live up to its claims. 

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Cooshy! Maybelline Lip Polishes in Glam 6 & 13

It wouldn’t normally use a word like “cooshy” (as in cushion-like and in a very cutesy tone) to describe a product, but that’s the word that goes through my head every time I wear these Maybelline Lip Polishes (350.00 Php). They’re known as “Color Elixirs” in the US, but they’ve been renamed in Asia for some reason. Why companies do this is a mystery to me… I much prefer “Color Elixir” to “Lip Polish” because that name totally matches the packaging (it’s like a little vial!), but all is forgiven because when it comes down to it, these lip polishes/elixirs are little vials of some damn excellent lip gloss!MLP1From this line I chose to test out Glam 13 (rosy nude) and Glam 6 (deep plum). I tend to pick out one more wearable option and one bold option when testing out drugstore lip products  because I can afford to buy two and testing out just one wouldn’t be properly representative of the range… neither is testing just two, but it’s still better that one! Haha. I love both shades, but there’s something about Glam 6 that just makes me want to grab for it all the time!

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Cool Concept: Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara

Ever heard of he Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara? It’s an itsy bitsy mascara meant specifically for use on the bottom lashes. The tiny wand and waterproof formula are supposed to work much better on the lower lashes and it gets loads of great reviews. I’ve never tried it myself but I have always wanted to–I just can’t seem to justify the purchase every time I have it in hand at a Clinique counter. I figured that it couldn’t be too long until drugstore brands pick up on the idea translate it into a more affordable option. Turns out I was very wrong about that as I haven’t really seen a drugstore option (have you?). Not until this Maybelline one, at least, and even then it isn’t quite close enough to be a “dupe.” Have a look anyway:

MFBE1Maybelline’s The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara features a double-ended design with one end meant for use on the upper lashes and the other on lower lashes. It’s called “Big Eyes” because applying lashings (hehe) of mascara to both upper and lower lashes makes for a doll-eyed effect. I used to do that all the time using just a regular mascara all over and it worked well enough for the most part–better if I used a waterproof formula, of course.

So why even use a separate mascara for bottom lashes if regular old mascara works fine anyway? Well, sometimes you don’t want waterproof mascara on all of your lashes (it’s a b*tch to remove), but the biggest pain is using a huge mascara wand in the lower lash area. It’s tricky and it can be a little messy. So in theory a good bottom lash mascara features a tiny wand design and a waterproof formula–precisely what Clinique offers.

MBE2Maybelline’s attempt is admirable. I don’t know if you can tell in the photo above (I think I zoomed in too much hehe) but the wand for the lower lash mascara is smightly smaller. It’s got shorter bristles, is just as long as the regular wand, and applies a waterproof formula. It’s a cool concept, really… but the bottom wand is still way too long in my opinion. I also don’t really care for the upper lash (i.e. regular) mascara, so that chops half of the convenience of the design away immediately. I want an itty bitty bottom lash mascara that I can pair with whatever regular mascara I want to, okay. That just makes better sense.

This could mean a trip to Clinique very soon. I just have to know if the Bottom Lash Mascara is worth the hype and if other mascaras with smaller wands (like the ones with little balls on the ends?) are good substitutes for that one in particular.

Anyway, just wanted to feature this mascara because I sincerely thought it was a great idea. Fell short performance-wise, but then I really do think mascaras are a matter of extra, extra personal taste–if there’s such a thing. Lol. Any thoughts on bottom lash mascara? In general or on the Clinique one. Do share. :)

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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Unboxing the October BDJ Box

There’s something about having a package delivered to your doorstep that makes it feel just like Christmas. So it was Christmas in October this past Monday when the October BDJ Box* arrived and fell into my hands. I was really excited so I cut through the mailing plastic as quickly as I could and I was greeted by this pretty hot pink sleeve! BDJU1The theme of this box is Express IT: Sugar n’ Spice and it’s a Maybelline-exclusive box. There are five different boxes that were sent out this month, the themes of the other four being: Wild Thing, Runway Rock, Scene Stealer, and Queen of Extreme. I’m quite happy with Sugar n’ Spice! Seems to match my personality the best. Hehe. Now I love Maybelline mascaras so I was really hoping for one even before I opened anything. Remember, I am on a makeup ban with only two mascaras to use from now until December, so I was close to watering at the mouth at the thought of a new mascara. Hehe! Ready to see what’s inside?

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