The Foundation (And Primer) I Can’t Stop Using!

Yup, it’s true! I really can’t stop using it!

This is the first time I used it months ago. Look how long my hair was!

This is the first time I used it months ago. Look how long my hair was!

As you can see, the foundation totally mimics the color and texture of my skin—only better. It doesn’t look like I’m wearing foundation at all, and the best part is, it looks even better IRL.

This is what it looks like at the end of a long day. A little more dewy, but still natural and glowing.

This is what it looks like at the end of a long day. A little more dewy, but still natural and glowing.

I love it! The pigment is perfect, it feels light on my skin, I don’t need to use a lot, and I basically just apply it with my fingers all the time. Want to find out what it is? Click, click, click! Continue reading

Sparkle TV: Non-Touring With Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Foundation & Concealer

Have you heard of this trend yet? Non-touring is a more natural and subtle way to sculpt your face (because apparently, people are sooo over contouring now). Basically, it’s like a no makeup look that’s spiked with some major highlighting. Here’s my take on it:

 
I super love this trend, and apparently, it’s a fave look of Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid! I really like how it adds more dimension to my face in photos and that it’s pretty glam without being too cray, you know? If you like this look and what to see more tutorials or reviews, show me some love by leaving me a thumbs-up and clicking here to subscribe! ♥

Sparkle TV: My US Beauty Haul!

When you see makeup or skincare products that aren’t available locally, what do you do? Do you purchase from resellers, order online and risk having them shipped, or ask someone who’s traveling to oh-so-kindly buy it for you? Me? I prefer to do the latter. Watch and see what I shopped for!

 

If you guys see anything you like or want me to review any of these goodies on the blog, leave me a comment! And don’t forget to subscribe (www.bit.ly/SparkleSubscribe) to send me some love!

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Did you see me panic at the 1:13 mark when I thought they sent me the wrong product? LOL! ♥

Review: Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation & Concealer

I was thrilled when Urban Decay emailed me and said that they wanted to send me a few items for review. I thought I was dreaming! Urban Decay?? It’s like one of the coolest makeup brands out there and I’m on their beauty radar! Yay!

Getting a kit from a US brand was so different. Locally, they usually send a printed write-up about the product and brand (with a CD or USB filled with photos). UD sent a short note and a little info card that mentioned all the highlights about the Naked Skin line. It was short and sweet and straight to the point—I likey!

Wearable contour? That sounds like a good challenge!

Wearable contour? That sounds like a good challenge!

If you watch my YouTube videos, you know that contouring isn’t part of my makeup routine. But wearable contour? I can get on board with that. I was beginning to notice that my face was looking a tad long and flat lately in photos, so maybe adding more natural shadows might help (more about that on my YouTube channel soon!).

For now, let’s do a thorough review of these makeup goodies!

Let's start with the foundation! Isn't the rose gold box and sleek packaging pretty?

Let’s start with the foundation! Isn’t the rose gold box and sleek packaging pretty? I can’t get myself to throw them out just yet!

Okay so here’s the scoop on the foundation: It’s gives you major coverage without feeling heavy, there’s also a blurring effect that’s supposed to happen, and it has light-reflecting spheres (and peptides!) to help lessen the appearance of fine lines. Sounds good so far, right?

More swatches, my take on the “wearable contour” technique, and see what the foundation looks like on me after the jump! Continue reading

How Do You Hide Dark Circles?

Genetics. Late nights. Allergies. Rubbing. There are so many possible causes for the dark circles in your undereye area.

And according to Refinery 29, this buzz-worthy product may be just what you need to hide them. Click here to read the article.

And according to Refinery 29, this buzz-worthy product may be just what you need to hide them. Click here to read the full article.

I got really excited about this product, until I saw that an “orangey-red lipstick” can give you similar results. It seemed the color was a bit too much (especially when I saw the video in the article), so I realized that this game-changer may not be as exciting as I thought. Sigh, oh well.

It's the Shiseido Sheer Eye Zone Corrector! I actually wrote about this recently—you can check it out here.

When it comes to camouflaging my dark circles, I always use the Shiseido Sheer Eye Zone Corrector (read all about it here and here).

It’s an orangey-peach tone and that always works better on my skintone. But hey—don’t just take my word for it. Check out what makeup artist, Archie Tolentino, commented on my Facebook wall shortly after I shared the story.

There you have it! Straight from a pro makeup artist.

There you have it! Straight from a pro makeup artist.

My dark circles are caused by late nights, so as long as I get enough sleep, they (thankfully) go away on their own. But if you’re working nights or are just more prone to getting shadows under your eyes, do try color correcting with a peachy-orangey concealer first. It’ll make camouflaging your dark circles a lot more easier and it’ll get rid of that grayish-white cast, too!

What do you do to hide your dark circles? Do you color correct, conceal, or just leave ’em alone? Leave me a comment and let me know! ♥

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