Are You A Makeup Addict?

I just got proof that I am. Haha, and that apparently, I am also a makeup hoarder :p See evidence below.

At least my family's supportive, right? Haha!

At least my family’s supportive, right? Haha! P.S. I’m lusting for the Wet n Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals.

I was good, guys. I only asked for one. But now, I’m kinda getting antsy. Maybe I should’ve asked for two in case I accidentally drop it and it breaks. Or maybe, I should’ve gotten three in case said backup breaks and I hit pan faster than anticipated because it’s that fabulous. I mean, it’s just US$4, right? No harm done.

Ahhhh…Hahaha, I think I need help. Are you like this when it comes to good makeup deals, too? Tell me I’m not the only one! Better yet, please tell me if this is available in Manila!

Wishing you a happy Monday, my sparkly loves! ♥

My Current Skincare Routine

I attended an intimate beauty event a few weeks ago for the 10th anniversary celebration of Kanebo’s Impress line. It’s their most prestigious skincare line to date, and I was intrigued to learn that it has a quiet (but strong) following amongst the elite. It’s like they’re trying to keep it a secret!

Their star product is the Impress Lotion, P6,000. It's supposed to give your skin luxurious moisture while toning and prepping it for the next steps in your routine.

Their star product is the Impress Lotion, P6,000 for 150ml. It’s supposed to give your skin luxurious moisture while toning and prepping it for the next steps in your routine.

The Impress range is an anti-aging line that works in two ways: by healing DNA damage caused by UV rays (with suginori, an extract from red seaweed) and by fighting your body’s natural aging process (with anti-oxidants to stop free radicals). Sounds like a win-win to me!

I used the 10th Anniversary Impress Lotion Kit from Kanebo, P6,000. It's valued at P11,000 with all the products–but you get all this for the price of the150ml lotion.

What I used: the 10th Anniversary Impress Lotion Kit from Kanebo.

This kit is valued at P11,000, but priced at P6,000—and they’re selling out fast, too! What’s inside: the Kanebo Impress Lotion II (150ml), Emulsion II (40ml), Cleansing Cream (60g), and Creamy Soap (60g). So when you do the beauty math, it’s like you’re getting 3 free products for the price of one 150ml lotion.

I wanted to try a different approach this time when it comes to testing skincare this time. Keep in mind that I test out new products every week, so I usually have at least five different brands in front of me. So rather than just pick out one or two products from the kit, I decided to test the entire line for a change. TBH? It was a relief! It simplified my routine because I didn’t have to think about mixing-slash-matching products anymore. I just had to follow the steps!

Find out how this technique worked out for me after the jump! Continue reading

First Look: NARS X Steven Klein

Limited edition and holiday collections are always exciting, but I have to say, this one really takes the cake!

It's the Nars X Steven Klein collection! It'll be available at Rustan's this November.

It’s the NARS X Steven Klein collection! It’ll be available at Rustan’s this November.

I kinda felt like doofus because I didn’t really know who Steven Klein was. During the intimate event, I learned that he’s one of the most challenging and provocative artists in photography and film. He’s a staple in top magazines like Vogue and is behind many controversial shoots—like that 2005 Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie spread where they acted like a married couple.

The work of Steven Klein is grounded in reality, but he always adds a elements of allure and dark glamour.

The work of Steven Klein is grounded in reality, but he always adds a elements of allure and dark glamour.

For this collection, François Nars and Steven Klein sifted through thousands of images. Their goal? To choose captivating visuals that depict Steven’s body of work over the past 20 years and the overall spirit of their beauty collaboration. Take a look:

Nars X Steven Klein A Woman's Face Nude Lip Set, P2,250.

NARS X Steven Klein A Woman’s Face Nude Lip Set, P2,250. It comes with a creamy lip liner, cult-classic lipstick, and a coveted matte lip pencil for sexy, naturally-fleshy lips.

A luscious red is always a must for the holidays! This is the Nars X Steven Klein Magnificent Obsession Red Lip Set, P2,250.

The NARS X Steven Klein Magnificent Obsession Red Lip Set, P2,250. This is an unpublished image that was shot for Vogue in 2014 for an anti-aging story.

Nars X Steven Klein Dead of Summer Dual Intensity Eyeshadow, P2,250. You can apply these shimmery shades wet or dry!

NARS X Steven Klein Dead of Summer Dual Intensity Eyeshadow, P2,250. You can apply these shimmery shades wet or dry!

All the makeup comes in pretty boxes that you can collect. This one’s my favorite, and I think, the one where you’ll really get your money’s worth.

Nars X Steven Klein Despair Cheek Palette, P3,250. A perfect mix of pinks and blushing bares. That mini Kabuki Ita Brush is TDF, too!

NARS X Steven Klein Despair Cheek Palette, P3,250. A perfect mix of pinks and blushing bares. That mini Kabuki Ita brush is TDF, too!

Smudges and more from their color collection after the jump! Continue reading

Review: Issey Miyake City Blossom

I’ve been misting this on all weekend!

Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey City Blossom, P4,400 for 75ml.

Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey City Blossom Limited Edition, P4,400 for 75ml.

Fragrances are so personal because it mingles with your body chemistry (it really doesn’t smell exactly the same on each person). My first impression of this Issey scent was that it was a strong and sweet floral. I got a bit dizzy even if I only spritzed it once on my wrist, but as it aired out, it began to soften and I found the base notes quite delightful. But I’m getting ahead of myself—let’s talk about the technical side of the Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey City Blossom first:

  • Top notes: pink peppercorn, a sprinkling of citrus notes, and a hint of calone as a nod the legendary L’Eau d’Issey
  • Middle notes: honey-like osmanthus flowers, freesia, and magnolia
  • Base notes: natural Virginia white cedar dominated by powerful notes of ambrox and white musk

The words “falsely vulnerable, truly desirable, and totally evasive” were used when creating the visual feel and identity of the fragrance—and that really was my experience of the scent when I misted it on. It was a feminine floral, but there was a certain edge to it that was intriguing and sought to draw you in.

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The brand invited master perfumer Alberto Morillas and the visual street artist Mademoiselle Maurice to unleash their creativity on the new limited edition for spring 2015.

I would use this fragrance on special occasions or for power meetings when I want to make a stronger impact on my clients. I have a sensitive nose, so if you’re like me, avoid spraying it directly onto your skin. Instead, just spritz the perfume a few feet in front of you and walk into the mist. This way, it won’t be too cloying. All in all, I do like that it’s not your typical girly-girl floral. It feels modern and dynamic—a perfect fit for street-smart city girls who are constantly evolving.

Look at the pretty lotus flowers captured by fellow blogger, Kaycee. Click here to visit her blog!

Here’s a look at some of the design elements from the launch. Such a pretty photo of the origami lotus flowers by fellow blogger, Kaycee. Click here to visit her blog!

During the launch, the table was peppered with origami how-tos! I’m assuming this is because Issey is a Japanese designer and they wanted to pay tribute to his heritage. Now I’ve been obsessed with the art of paper folding ever since I was a kid, so I was pretty psyched that I got a chance to play around with this. I find that crafting is such a great way to relax while you take “creative breaks” and wait for inspo.

And…I’ve got a special treat for you guys! The girls over at Paint It Red hooked me up with a copy of all the origami designs, so you can get your paper-folding Zen on, too. My faves are the butterfly and the crane—just click on the link to check them out! Continue reading

Get Lippie Tuesday: Happy Skin Gets StyLIZed

I’ve got some exciting beauty and fashion news for you! Celebrity stylist Liz Uy collaborated with Happy Skin to create her own line of fab lippies. “Lipstick is a fashion essential because it completes a woman’s look,” she explains.

Just gorgeous! For this limited edition collection, the Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me lipsticks come in chic, chrome packaging.

Just gorgeous! For this limited edition collection, the Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me lipsticks come in chic, chrome packaging. The price? P599 each.

During the press launch, Liz revealed that one of her requirements before agreeing to partner with the brand was that the lippie packaging had to come in chrome. Such a fab idea and it really does amp up the glam!

Because Valentine's Day is just around the corner, how about heart swatches? The shades: (l-r) Red Carpet, 24 Carats, and Style Icon.

Because Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, how about some heart swatches? The shades: (l-r) Red Carpet, 24 Carats, and Style Icon.

I have to admit that when I first saw the colors, I found them fashionably fab….but predictable. Lipsticks are always exciting, but I’ve played around with reds, neutrals, and fuchsias before. After I swiped them on though, it turned out to be a different (beauty) story.

One makeup look = Three different shades of lipstick. See how your face can transform based on the color of your lippie?

One makeup look = Three different shades of lipstick. See how your face can transform based on the color of your lippie?

Liz says that the right lip color can change your entire look—just like shoes! And as you can see, she’s totally right. I felt sassy with 24 carats, sweet with Style Icon, and sexy with Red Carpet. All it took were a few swipes of a fresh color to create a new vibe! Now that I’ve tried ’em all, allow me to change my opinion. I think the colors are just superb (especially for Asian skintones!) and I really do like that the moisturizing formula glides on like a dream!

Regular swatches for a better perspective.  Don't underestimate it for your typical shades when you see it in the stick. Once you swipe it on your lips, the colors are quite unique and very flattering on Pinay skintones.

Regular swatches for a better perspective. Don’t underestimate these for your typical shades when you see it in the stick. Once you swipe it on your lips, the colors are quite unique and very flattering.

The peachy-nude and vivid pink are my favorites. But really—you should get the whole set because it comes with a chic, acrylic clutch. Take a look:

Perfect for going out! Love how the boxes create a little puzzle of Liz's style essentials, too.

Perfect for going out! Love how the boxes create a little puzzle of Liz’s style essentials, too.

The clutch retails at P1,799, with all three lippies included. It might be a little pricey, but I’m telling you, these are all the basic shades you will ever need in your beauty arsenal. I wish I could tell you not to get it, but I can’t deny that it’s really a fab makeup investment. Well done, Liz and Happy Skin!

More pics of what happened at the launch of Liz’s Happy Skin StyLIZed collection and a peek at the other set (it’s a cute leatherette case) it comes in, too! Continue reading

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