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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A Gem of A Palete: Lorac Unzipped (Swatches)

DSC01858The Lorac Unzipped palette ($42) has been on my radar for a few years now. YouTubers talk about it a lot, but not half as often as they rave about the Lorac Pro palette. The Pro comes with eight matte and eight shimmery shades, while Unzipped comes with just three mattes seven shimmers.

Last year I excitedly added the original Pro (there is now a second version) to my collection and learned the hard way that more eyeshadows and a greater number of matte shades does not a  better palette make. I wrote about it in this post and since then I have been able to use the Pro palette, but not very often.

Despite the so-so experience I had with the Pro palette, I couldn’t get the Unzipped palette out of my mind. The shades looked so buttery, so vibrant… and much more interesting than those of the popular Urban Decay NAKED 3 palette, which also features rosy pinks heavily.

DSC01863As you may have surmised by now, I did finally go and get my own Lorac Unzipped palette. It’s beautiful, as you can see, and OMG guys — wait until you see the swatches (if you haven’t seen them on other blogs yet, that is). You’ll be drooling over this palette fo shizzle. 

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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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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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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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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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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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L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows – Swatches + Sad News

If you have never swatched a L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadow before, just reading about the texture will be slightly confusing. They are neither powders nor creams, which leaves them in this weird little limbo area usually occupied by mousses. Well, they aren’t mousses or even “whipped” products either. I suppose the closest thing in consistency would be the limited edition MAC crushed pigments but these L’Oreal shadows are much easier to work with (and they’re more affordable, too). The best way I can think to describe them is to say that they’re like great creamy eyeshadows mixed in with a good primer and then pressed into a pot. Just one swipe yields a ton of pigment that will last you ALL day with no creasing and very little fading depending on which colour you use. I have heard of a couple of colours being duds, but thankfully none of the ones I own are such.

I love them so much that I own seven colours and I only want more! The first four I picked up (top photo) are Continuous Cocoa, Eternal Sunshine, Iced Latte, and Amber Rush. I always use Continuous Cocoa pushed into my lash line with a small angled brush. Eternal Sunshine and Iced Latte are the two that I use least often because they are a very yellow gold and a frosty white respectively. They would look much better on lighter-skinned girls, I think. Amber Rush is by far my favourite. It’s a beautiful rose gold that just looks very soft and feminine on the eyelids. You can easily do a one-colour look with it because it seems to create its own depth, but shading the crease with a matte brown also works well.

The next three shades I chose were Smoldering Plum, Bronzed Taupe, and Golden Emerald. I really did my research before ordering these through House of Flair, so I was really excited when I finally got my hands on them. My fave of the three is Bronzed Taupe, which I would describe as a neutral-toned light bronze. I still like Amber Rush the best out of all of my Infallible shadows, but Bronzed Taupe comes in a very close second. I found Smoldering Plum a little difficult to work with because it looked nearly black on my eyelids while Golden Emerald was just… wow. What a gorgeous green! I used to wear green eyeshadow all the time but I got a little tired of it and ditched colours for neutral shades. Maybe it’s time to bring it back! Emerald green is the 2013 Pantone colour of the year, too, apparently.

Swatched! L-R: Bronzed Taupe, Smoldering Plum, and Golden Emerald

I actually had fun filtering through my photos of these swatches because the colours just looked so pretty. The Infallible eyeshadows really are a dream to work with because of the high pigmentation and their lasting power. Most of the shades are shimmers or frosts but Continuous Cocoa is demi-matte if not completely matte. They are also pretty affordable at around 6 – 10 US Dollars depending on what drugstore you get them or if you find them on sale. I got my second batch on a buy two, take one promo for example.

The sad news is that these are not available in the Philippines. :( We don’t even have an Asian equivalent. I almost didn’t even make this post because they’re difficult to get here, but I had to share the awesomeness in some way. If you really want them they are worth making pabili or waiting until your next visit to the US to get them. You can also use services like House of Flair to order from US websites.

Have any of you tried these eyeshadows? What do you think? :) Tons of people say that the Maybelline 24-Hour Color Tattoos are better, but I have two of those and I was just not impressed!

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