Review: Maybelline V-Face Contour by Face Studio (Giveaway Inside!)

Do you remember this feature from Preview magazine? I was asked to talk about my favorite makeup move—strobing! But after interviewing Camie about why she loves to contour, I’ve been experimenting with it a bit more. And besides, these new products have been making it super easy for me.

But how could I resist these? Contouring looks so easy with the new Maybelline V-Face Contour line by Face Studio.

How could I resist these babies? Say hi to the new Maybelline V-Face Contour line by Face Studio! P.S. Make sure you read this post until the end for the giveaway!

Can you guess what they’re trying to get you to achieve with this? It’s the enviable (and trending) “V” shape for the face! You can totally sculpt a thinner nose and face with this if you want to, so I thought I’d give it a try!

Whenever I try new looks, I love looking for celeb pegs! This time around, I went with Angelina Jolie.

Whenever I try new looks, I love looking for celeb pegs. This time around, I took my inspo from Angelina Jolie.

When I was researching, I was surprised to see that she actually liked using pretty pops of pink on her cheeks during red carpet events. There’s always a little sculpting underneath to emphasize her gorgeous cheekbones, but it’s very minimal. Based on the photos I saw on IG, I also noticed that she only darkens the contour shadows during photoshoots + movie promos.

After putting my liquid foundation, I used the MaybellineV-Face Duo Stick, P499.

So now that I have my peg, I can start contouring! I applied my liquid foundation first and then I used the MaybellineV-Face Duo Stick, P499.

I placed tiny swipes over the hollows of my cheeks, along my temple, jawline, and the sides of my nose. For the highlighter, I placed it over the highest points on my cheeks and my nose bridge. My first impression? Loved the highlighter, was iffy about the color of the contour cream (keep reading—swatches later!). But surprisingly, when I applied the contour on top of my skin, it was the perfect shade for Pinays! Super subtle!

Clickity-click to read my review of the other products, see swatches + what it looks like on me, and to find out more about the giveaway! One lucky reader will get to take all these home!! Continue reading

#FOTD

I’ve been playing around with a cleaner, more minimalist makeup style. I’m thinking it’ll be good for gals who need to look fresh and put-together at the office or just want to look gorgeous for their weekend dates ;)

What do you think? And to think, I'm running on about five hours of sleep here!

What do you think? Full disclosure: I’m running on about five hours of sleep here!

I mixed my favorite Maybelline foundation with the Kate Makeup Lock Primer, P550. It’s great for brightening up tired-looking skin and it gives you a powdery, oil-free finish.

Here's a look at everything I used on my face from Japanese brands Kate, Kanebo, and Lunasol.

Here’s a look at everything I used on my face from Japanese brands Kate and Lunasol. Let’s review them all, shall we?

I think the crucial element to this look would be the Lunasol Skin Modeling Eyes Kit, P3,000. It’s a limited edition set that comes with an eyeshadow palette, shiny pencil eyeliner, and peach-toned treatment gloss.

Cute, right? Very subtle, but it does pack some oomph. I blended all the shadows + used the eyeliner here.

Nice, right? Very subtle, but it does pack some oomph. I blended all the shadows + used the eyeliner here.

I loved the colors and I was really surprised that it translated well on my lids. Browns always surprise me, to be honest. They really help you look more awake and put-together.

Swatched! Y'all know I love sparkles, but on eyeshadows, not so much.

Swatched! You can’t tell so much, but the darker shadow has a lot of little, glittery flecks.

I have to warn you that you will definitely need to use these eyeshadows with a primer to make them last all day. There’s a lot of fallout (especially glitter-wise), but it can be managed if you prep your lids with a good primer and don’t go too crazy when you load your brush.

And this is the set. It's pricey though, but super nice for beige and champagne shades for Pinays.

And this is the set. It’s pricey though, but super nice beige and champagne shades for Pinays. If you want to know which Kate product I used for my brows, click here!

I think what I should really credit for my fresher than fresh look is the blush. That pop of color on my cheeks was just amazing and it really brightened up my face. The exact shades, swatches, and more budget-friendly eyeshadow palette options from Kate Tokyo after the jump! Continue reading

My Current Products On Rotation

Oh boy! Summer is in full swing, guys. Can you believe that the temperature was 93ºF today and might even reach 97ºF on Sunday? #melting

Skincare and makeup picks for the past few weeks!

That’s why I’ve been testing a few new products to see if they’ll help me stay fresh and pimple-free even though the weather is crazy hot.

I’ve been using these for about two weeks now, and so far, I’ve been happy with the results. If you’re looking for beauty ideas and insights on how you can beat the heat this summer, keep reading! I’ll tell you how the products above (from Jane Iredale, NARS, Happy Skin, Elizabeth Arden, Shu Uemura, and ArtDeco) are helping me beat the heat.  Continue reading

Relaunch Alert: Features & Shades Cosmetics

This is a local line that I’ve been a fan of for years! I first tried it back when I was the beauty editor for Cosmopolitan Philippines and it was actually known as Fanny Serrano during that time (I even handpicked a few of their products for the prestigious Cosmo Beauty Awards). But since that was years ago and they’re relaunching as Features & Shades now, I was very curious to see if the quality would still be the same.

Hanging out with my fellow beauty bloggers and makeup artists! That's Cat, Ces, Sabs, and Yciar.

Hanging out with my fellow beauty bloggers and makeup artists! That’s Cat, Ces, Sabs, and Yciar at the event. And look, we’re all matchy-matchy! :p

And a quick selfie with former beauty editor and lifestyle blogger, Cat Juan-Ledesma. Love, love, love her blog and her pretty travel pics!

I also snuck a quick selfie with former beauty editor and lifestyle blogger, Cat Juan-Ledesma. Love her blog and her pretty travel pics! She inspires me to keep taking photos because I always feel like they’re not as nice. Haha :p

While I was at the event, I was happy to see that my favorites were still available (like their blush and lash curler) and I got very intrigued by their two-way cake foundation, too. But rather than talk about these makeup finds, let me show you instead! I gave them a good test run over the past week!

The FS Concealer. This is actually a foundation stick, guys. And it's super waterproof, too!

The FS Concealer, which you can actually use as a foundation stick. And it’s super waterproof, too!

I was a bit worried that it would be too thick, but the formula is very blendable, it glides over your skin easily, and it doesn’t feel that heavy. I was actually on the prowl for a good concealer, so I’ll be using this from now on. P.S. This is also an excellent dupe of Bobbi Brown’s Foundation Stick.

I wore this as concealer and forgot to set it!. But even if I was out the whole day, it didn't budge or cake!

I wore this as concealer and forgot to set it!. But even if I was out the whole day, it didn’t budge or cake!

Up next: the FS Powder Blush—it’s my fave! They have lots of Pinay-friendly shades which you can check out on their website (click here). The quilted design of the powder reminds me of the old Chanel Powders.

Don't underestimate this blush! It'll look amazing on your skin. The shade I got was Warm Chiffon, but I swear, the Georgia Peach shade is a pretty good Nars Orgasm dupe!

Don’t underestimate this blush! It’ll look amazing on your skin. The shade I got was Warm Chiffon, but I swear, the Georgia Peach shade is a pretty good Nars Orgasm dupe!

Curious to see what these two products look like on me? Take a look after the jump! Continue reading

Review: Tarte Cheek Stain

I’ve been using this practically every day, so obviously, it’s beauty  l-o-v-e.

Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush, SGD$49 (about P1,700).

Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush, SGD$49 (about P1,650).

I finally bought this at Sephora Singapore after lusting for it for years (since 2014, guys—that post here). The shade actually looks super dark on the Sephora website (click here to see it), so just use my photos as a reference. It’s more accurate!

See that jelly-like texture? It will give you the perfect, natural-looking flush you're looking for.

See that jelly-like texture? It will give you the perfect, natural-looking flush you’re looking for.

I love that you can apply it straight to your cheek (no brush needed!) and just blend away with your fingers. It’s buildable and the shade really will look good on all complexions. Though it says that it can last up to 12 hours, I would say 6 to 8 hours is more accurate. But even if the color fades, you’ll still look fresh by the time you get home. If I know I’m going to have a long day ahead, I dust this Shiseido blush over it to boost its lasting power.

If you want to see what it looks like on me, watch my video here! Oh, and don’t worry! If you want to buy this, you can find it on Calyxta.com. It’s about P200 more, but still worth it! ♥

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