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

#GetLippieTuesday

I have a lot of new lippies to review and couldn’t decide which one to write about first. So I asked the gals on my personal and public Facebook page (follow me here!) which brand they wanted me to feature and Maybelline got the most votes! Why? A lot of women (like me, lol) are looking for budget-friendly makeup finds!

The Maybelline Vivid Matte Lipstick, P299 each.

Here’s the reader’s pick for today’s #GetLippieTuesday review: Maybelline Vivid Matte Lipstick, P299 each.

Based on the sheer number of Maybelline posts on my blog, you can tell that it’s my favorite drugstore brand. That’s why I was worried when they released a matte line. Would it look chalky? Would a matte lippie this cheap make my pout crack and suffer? Would it disappoint?

Here's what the packaging looks like. Not too fancy or exciting to whip out, but the matte cap is a nice touch.

Here’s what the packaging looks like. Not too fancy or exciting to whip out, but the matte cap is a nice touch.

Find out if these Maybelline matte lippies are any good (or if they made me change my mind about it being my favorite drugstore brand) after the jump! Continue reading

#FOTD

My skin’s been a bit lackluster lately—probably due to all the sugary snacks I’ve been munching on and lack of sleep. But I discovered an awesome beauty hack to fix that problem!

Can you tell I'm running on four hours of sleep?

Can you tell I’m running on four hours of sleep?

I was surprised that so many people said I looked fresh the day I took the photo (if they only knew—hehe!). But the kind compliments confirmed that my foundation trick worked, so natch, I had to share the makeup hack with you guys! More about it after the jump! Continue reading

What’s New At Calyxta

A few of my favorite products are now available through online beauty portal, Calyxta!

This has always been my must-cara of choice! Love the Maybelline Hypercurl Volum' Expreess Mascara, P199 at calyxta.com.

This has always been my must-cara of choice! Love the Maybelline Hypercurl Volum’ Expreess Mascara, P199 at calyxta.com.

I don’t really like splurging too much on mascara, since you have to throw it away after three months. I’ve raved about this product before (read it here) and it has never failed me. My lashes are stubborn, so I like that this always holds a good curl without smudging.

Also available in Calyxta: French beauty brands! Yay!

Also available in Calyxta: French beauty brands! Yay!

I’ve had a thing for French skincare ever since I tried Embryolisse. My mom got it for me when she was in Paris, so I’ve been using it sparingly. Though some are already available through other resellers, I like that Calyxta gets their products straight from the brand’s suppliers. At least I’m sure I’m getting the real deal if I buy it here and don’t have to worry about how to refresh my stash when I run out anymore.

Do some beauty stalking on Calyxta and check out Embryolisse, Vichy, and La Roche Posay—these three French skincare brands are staples of models and celebrities all over the world.

Do you shop online for your fave beauty products? Which stores do you trust? ♥

Maybelline White SuperFresh Makeup Kit Winners

Hi, guys!

I’m so sorry I wasn’t able to announce the winners sooner. I think there was a weird glitch with the #MaybellinexSparkle hashtag! Not all the entries were showing up there, so I had to check the #12HoursFresh hashtag and make sure everyone followed directions. Haha, I’m OC like that ;)

Anyway, thank you for your patience (you guys are the best!) and here are the lucky winners!

Congrats again, girlies! Please email nicole@beautyandsparkle.com, so I can tell you how to claim your prize!

Congrats again, girlies! Please email nicole@beautyandsparkle.com, so I can tell you how to claim your prize.

I’ve missed Freebie Fridays, so you guys can definitely watch out for more of these soon. Thank you to everyone who joined and keep visiting my blog for updates! ♥

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