Get Lippie Tuesday

I’ve got a new lippie combo and it’s a delicious pink!

Do you like it? I think my hair is trying to steal the show though! Shoutout to Raven of Jing Monis for my fab blowout :)

Do you like it? I think my hair is trying to steal the show though! Shoutout to Raven of Jing Monis for my fab blowout :)

The base I used was more of a semi-matte, fuchsia color. Since I wanted to make it more glossy, I added a layer of baby pink gloss and got this combo. I’m so addicted to this combo and wear it almost every day! Find out what I used after the jump!

I started with the CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lip Color in Spellbound, P325. Then, I dabbed on a hint of Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Camelia.

I started with the CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lip Color in Spellbound, P325. Then, I dabbed on a hint of Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Camelia, P995 for a full tube.

The CoverGirl pigmentation and long-lasting formula is fab. I don’t like the fragrance (seriously can’t tell what it is—ick), but you know the lipstick is good because I still use it anyway. I guess that why I’m happy to layer the Laura gloss over it (it’s vanilla-scented) and the shine I get with just a tiny dab is fantastic!

As you can see, the CoverGirl lippie is more fuchsia. Once layered with the gloss, it lightened a bit and became more pinkish.

As you can see, the CoverGirl lippie is more fuchsia. Once layered with the gloss, it lightened a bit and became more pinkish.

The gloss is quite pigmented also, so you can wear this alone for kissable, pink lips. Both are worthy buys, and really, nothing beats a drugstore steal like CoverGirl! I think I’m going to start hunting this shade down (and this red one, too!) before they discontinue the line.

Do you wear fuchsia or bright pink lipsticks? I love ’em! ♥

#FOTD

Played around with new makeup items today!

I just wanted to look fresh for my meetings + quick lunch date with my friend, Nikki.

I just wanted to look fresh for my meetings + quick lunch date with my friend, Nikki.

Despite waking up with a pimple (it’s hiding behind my bangs), it was a pretty good skin day. So I skipped the foundation, used a little bit of concealer under my eyes, and nixed the blush. Whenever I have a breakout, I really try to keep my skin as bare as possible to prevent more irritation from occurring.

I used products from Happy Skin, Browhaus, and my lip crayon from Lip Monthly! Check them out after the jump! Continue reading

Bioderma Is Officially Here!

I first heard about Bioderma from my friend, Kat. I tried it when I crashed at her place and forgot to pack my makeup remover. She told me it was actually one of Gwyneth Paltrow’s favorite beauty finds at French pharmacies!

Saw this on GP's site, Goop. Click here to read about her other French pharmacy picks.

Saw this on GP’s site, Goop. Click here to read about her other French beauty picks.

Fortunately, we don’t have to travel all the way to France anymore to try this because it’s already available at selected derma clinics—and soon, even at Watsons! I scored a sneak peek during the launch and got to check out the other products from the French brand. Let’s take a look:

bioderma-philippines-launch

With my favorite beauty addicts! Fashion & beauty editors Iya and Sandra and my Team B love, Tina. At the bottom, that’s Bioderma distributor Nikki Tang, celeb stylist Alyanna Martinez, and MAC sponsored makeup artist Jigs Mayuga.

Our host for the event, Bianca Valerio. Sandra and I were totally drooling over her dress! I was really surprised (and kilig!) when she went up to me and gushed about how much she liked my blog! Thank you, Bianca! Hearing that really makes all the long nights worth it <3

Our host for the event, makeup artist and model Bianca Valerio. I was really surprised (and kilig!) when she told me how much she liked my blog! Thank you, Bianca! Hearing that really makes all the long nights worth it <3 P.S. Sandra and I were totally drooling over your dress!

Now on to the good stuff…

The cult favorites: Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Solution is perfect for those with dry, sensitive skin. One bottle is actually sold every 3 seconds around the world! The Bioderma Sébium H20 Micellar Solution is for those with oily or acne-prone skin since it has anti-bacterial properties.

The cult favorites: Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Solution is perfect for those with dry, sensitive skin. One bottle is actually sold every 3 seconds around the world! The Bioderma Sébium H20 Micellar Solution is for those with oily or acne-prone skin since it has anti-bacterial properties. Both are P650 each for 100ml.

Bianca actually gave me a great tip. Since she has combination skin, like most Pinays do, she uses the Sébium formula over her T-zone and the Sensibio over the rest of her face. It’s actually a great way to give your skin what it needs on specific areas of your face if you have the budget.

For more of my thoughts about this makeup remover and to check out the other products Bioderma is bringing in, clickity-click! Continue reading

What’s Your Favorite Eye Cream?

I’m in the market for some awesome eye creams, so I decided to ask for a few recos on my Facebook account. Click here to follow Beauty & Sparkle on Facebook!

Top recos from some of the beauty experts, bloggers, and brand managers in the country.  I now realize that there are a lot of (credible) beauty addicts on my account. Haha!

Top recos from some of the beauty experts, bloggers, and brand managers in the country. I heard that the Olay Regenerist Eye Cream (recommended by Ampy) is a fab bargain buy!

As for me, the Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Eye Serum (got it at Rustan’s) worked wonders for me before. But after about 5 years of using it, I think my skin has become immune to it (boo!). I switched to Philosophy’s Full of Promise Restoring Eye Duo For Upper-Lid Lifting and Under-Eye Firming. This one is a winner for upper lid firming, because I noticed my skin became more taut when I’d apply my eyeshadow. The cons: It’s not as effective for plumping up your undereye area or banishing crow’s feet and it’s not available locally just yet.

These products are great, but I'm still searching for "the one" now that my peepers need more TLC.

These products are great, but I’m still searching for “the one” now that my peepers need more TLC.

And so my quest for the best eye cream continues. I think I’ll research more about the Lancôme eye creams that Frances, Jigs, and Liz recommended.

Do you use eye cream? What’s your favorite brand? Suggestions please! ♥

Tried & Tested: Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo

I’ve been meaning to post a review about the Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo for some time now.

I got the complete set at their launch a few months ago. Happy, happy! Thanks, Maybelline Philippines!

I got the complete set at their launch a few months ago. Happy, happy! Thanks, Maybelline Philippines!

I’ve always been lazy to use cream eyeshadows because, well, you have to wash your brushes right away. But then again, you can always just use your fingers. This way, application will be easier and faster, too!

The colors may seem similar, but there's a world of difference! The one on the left is called Tenacious Teal—it's a must for braver girls who like to experiment. The one on the right is Edgy Emerald—it's a softer, more subtle play on colour. Try this first if you're used to nudes.

The colors seem similar, but there’s a world of difference! Each eyeshadow retails at P379 each.

I’m into bright pops of color, so these are the two I tried straight away. The one on the left is called Tenacious Teal—it’s a must for braver girls who like to experiment. The one on the right is Edgy Emerald—it’s a softer, more subtle play on color. I suggest that you this first if you’re used to nudes.

To keep things simple, here’s what I think you’ll like about it:
1. It’s Buildable. You can just pat on more layers to get a more vivid, intense color.
2. It’s A Solid Base. No need to invest in an eye primer. It starts of quite sheer, you can easily layer powder eyeshadow over it.
3. I Love The Colors. It’s not just the blues I’m gaga over. There are pretty golds and champagne hues that are perfect for the office, too.
4. It’s Really Long-Lasting. True to its sales pitch, these babies can party as hard as you do without smudging or fading.

Now, here’s what you have to watch out for:
1. Layering Can Get Tricky. Uh-oh. I know I said that it’s buildable, but there’s also a catch: Before you score the color intensity you want, you may have to add about four to five layers. To make sure it doesn’t get chalky or crusty, “add layers in a dabbing motion,” suggests Maybelline’s chief makeup artist, Archie Tolentino.
2. It’s Tough To Remove. This is because the formula is built to last for up to 24 hours. Just use an oil-based makeup remover and you should be fine. Otherwise, you may be left with a subtle, greenish stain over your lids—I know this because it happened to me when I used a water-based remover to wipe off the shadow in Tenacious Teal. Oops ;p

Want to see what it looks like on me? Click, click, click!

Continue reading