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

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!

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

3 Beauty Tricks To Recreating Summer

Now that summer’s officially over, I find myself wishing that I had one more weekend to hit the beach. But rather than moping around and feeling nostalgic, I thought of a few beauty tricks that’ll help me prolong that summer vibe. Try these if you need a little pick-me-up and find yourself longing for bright and sunny days!

Trick No. 1: Mist On A Summer Scent marc-jacobs-hot-pink-daisyIt’s your last chance to shop for limited edition, summer perfume lines! One I’m liking: Marc Jacobs Daisy Hot Pink. I got to try this at a Luxasia/Coty event and it smells of wild strawberries, hints of jasmine, and cedarwood. I think it’s a good buy, since it’s an eau de parfum formula. This means that the fruity-floral scent will still be wearable even if it’s not summer (because the notes are more concentrated and intense) and it’ll last longer (which is good because the floral decor on the bottle makes it hard to tote around). Mist it on for crazy nights that are filled with intoxicating and exciting possibilities.

Trick No. 2: Whip Out Your Bronzer

The trick to extending your tan and making yourself look (and feel!) like you’ve just hit the beach is to amp up your golden hue with a bronzer. But here’s the real secret: Try using a different one for your face and body! You’ll score less breakouts this way.

If you're a sucker for packaging, you'll love this glow enhancer.

If you’re a sucker for packaging, you’ll love this glow enhancer.

For the face, I prefer a hint of shimmer to amp up my glow and warm up my skin. I like using a fluffy brush to dust it over the areas that naturally hit the sun like my cheekbones, chin, nose, and forehead . My current go-to bronzer: MAC Alluring Aquatic Bronzer in Golden, P1,540. The little water beads on the packaging is extra cute, too!

This baked bronzer will help you create the sunkissed effect.

This baked bronzer will help you create the sunkissed effect all over your body.

Now body bronzing takes some getting used to, so it’s nice to start with a sheer formula that allows you to build and stays true to its color. This way, you don’t end up a blotchy mess a few hours later! One to try: Laura Mercier Radiance Baked Body Bronzer, P2,450. I scored a sample of this at their recent launch and I’m loving it. It has a luminous finish that add a sexy sheen over your décolletage and the compact is huge, so it’ll last you a long time. If you practice your sculpting powers, this can help your arms and legs appear thinner, too!

Trick No. 3: Keep Applying Sunscreen

Did the sun rise today? Then you have to put on sunscreen.

Did the sun rise today? Then you have to put on sunscreen.

Yes, even if it’s raining or cloudy, you still have to do this. You get UV exposure from the sun, fluorescent lights, and your computer screen, so please do me a big favor and slather on the SPF. My sunscreen pick is usually VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Face Cover 30, P1,350. It protects from both indoor and outdoor light, it’s lightweight, and more importantly, it doesn’t make me breakout.

What do you think of these summer-extending beauty tricks? Let me know by commenting below! ♥

Work Life: Contouring 101

Remember when I posted this on Instagram?

It's always fun shooting with the Cosmo.ph team! We were laughing so much during this shoot. Love working with awesome, good-vibes peeps!

It’s always fun shooting with the Cosmo.ph team! We were laughing so much during this shoot. Follow me for more behind-the-scenes updates via @beautyandsparkle.

Now I can reveal one of the beauty stories we were working on! It was about how to contour your way to a slimmer face. According to Maybelline’s chief makeup artist, Archie Tolentino, oval is the ideal face shape. Through contouring, you basically create shadows and highlights to create this illusion on your face. Check out this guide:

The dark areas are where you shade and the light areas are where you highlight.

The dark areas are where you shade and the light areas are where you highlight. Click here for the detailed how-to I wrote on Cosmo.ph. Isn’t our model, Kylie, super pretty? She looks cute even with all these lines on her face!

The top three things I learned from this story:
1. Highlighting is just as important as shading. You need to bring your features forward or it’ll look unnatural.
2. Blend, blend, blend! Use circular motions to get rid of any harsh lines, so it isn’t obvious you’re using this makeup trick.
3. Use the right products. Powder formulas are better for newbies and easier to use. Once you’re used to it, upgrade to cream sticks for a longer-lasting, more natural-looking effect.

Here are the products I recommended:

Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kit, P2,400. I think this is the best powder set when it comes to contouring! Invest in it if you plan on making this makeup step a part of your daily routine. It's a lot smaller than the original version, so it's easier to tote!

Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kit, P2,400. I think this is the best powder set when it comes to contouring! Invest in it if you plan on making this makeup step a part of your daily routine. It’s a lot smaller than the original version, so it’s easier to tote!

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick, P2,350. If you blend well, the creamy formulas will give you a flawless finish. I like that the coverage is buildable, too. I prefer to highlight with creams, so I suggest you try the shade Sand.

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick, P2,350. If you blend well, the creamy formulas will give you a flawless finish. I like that the coverage is buildable, too.

I don’t really contour much (just along the hollows of my cheeks sometimes), but I do make an effort to highlight when I’m having a fancy night out. I prefer to use creams when I do so it lasts longer (try the shade Bobbi Foundation Stick in Sand for this). It makes a subtle difference in photos and adds a three-dimensional effect.

Are you into contouring? Leave a comment and let me know! ♥

Beauty Directory:
Bobbi Brown Available at Rustan’s Department Store.
Make Up For Ever Available at SM Mega Fashion Hall.

Photo of Kylie Verzosa by Jico Joson/cosmo.ph.

Should I Contour?

I learned about the art of contouring back when I was studying makeup, but I never really got into it. Too lazy! In class, I learned that the ideal face shape is oval. So when you contour, the usual goal is to make your face look as oval as possible.

Let's just say that Kim K. loves this beauty move.

Looks like Kim K. is a fan of this beauty move.

The future Mrs. West’s makeup looks a bit complicated in the photo, but it’s actually easy to decode what’s going on:

  • The shaded parts are the areas you want to hide, recede, or slim down. Usually, it’s the sides of your nose, the hollows of your cheeks, your temples, and maybe a bit along the jawline.
  • The lighter parts are the areas you want to highlight or bring forward. The hot spots are the center of your forehead, along your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and the middle of your chin.

Of course, makeup artists tend to have their own techniques when it comes to face sculpting. In Kim’s case, there’s also a lot going on under her eyes (check out that angle from the corner of her eyes to the edge of her brow) and around her nose. I’m not sure if that’s to highlight or if concealer was thrown into the mix. In any case, I feel like the real trick to pulling off major contouring will depend on how awesome your blending skills are. That’s how you can make it appear, well, more “natural.”

Sheesh, now I’m super curious about what I’ll look like if I cop these shading techniques. The most that I’ve done is put a few swipes of matte bronzer underneath my cheekbones (wasn’t really too obvious though). Maybe I’ll give it a try one of these days.

What are your thoughts on contouring? Yay or nay? ♥

Photo Credits:
Instagram via @kimkardashian.