Review: Benefit’s New Brow Products!!!

You guys! Benefit Cosmetics is finally launching their newest brow products on July 1! That’s more reasons to get excited for Fridaaaaay :)

These are the three products that I use the most from their collection.

These are the three products that I use the most from their collection.

I’m not going to beat around the bush here. Benefit’s brow game has drastically improved. The formulations are better, there are way more shades to choose from, and the magic wand-inspired packaging? Super gorgeous!

What a difference, guys! Follow me on Snapchat (@beautyandsparkl) for more makeup scoops!

What a difference, guys! Follow me on Snapchat (@beautyandsparkl) for more makeup scoops!

I recently tried Ka-Brow! and if you want an Instagram brow, get that! The cream-gel formula is perfect for creating definition and using a brush allows you to control the gradation of color a lot better. The color was too dark for me though (I got #4), so I really use these three more. Continue reading

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

#GetLippieTuesday

I have lipstick lust…

Saw this on Mariel's IG and the shades (listed in the photo's comments) are so pretty! Want, want, want!

Saw this on Mariel’s IG and the shades (listed in the photo’s comments) are so pretty! Want, want, want!

I’ve always admired Gwen Stefani’s lipstick and makeup style. She’s super cool, fun, and I do enjoy watching her on The Voice—especially now that her romance is heating up with Blake Shelton. Disclaimer: I love Hollywood gossip!

So many colors to choose from! If only I could see them in person!

So many colors to choose from! If only I could see them in person!

Can you sense my frustration? LOL! At first, I was torn between getting the red or fuchsia shade. Then, I realized that I need a good red. And that I want a Gwen Stefani kinda red, so…

Maybe this one? The shade is 714 (probably named after the area code in Gwen's hometown).

Maybe this one? The shade is 714 (probably named after the area code in Gwen’s hometown).

I wish I could see them in person and give each shade a good swatch, then I’d know which one I want based on what it looks like on my skintone. I read a few reviews and some said that Spiderweb was more Gwen’s signature red. I’m so confused, so until I figure it out, I’ll just keep watching her latest video and drooling over the lippie shade she’s rocking.

Which shade do you think I should get? Leave a comment and help me figure out which one is closest to Gwen Stefani’s signature red pout! ♥

Review: Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Brow & Lip Pens

Paging all makeup addicts! I think you might like this!

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting 3-in-1 Brow Pen and 2-in-1 Lip Pen.

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting 3-in-1 Brow Pen and 2-in-1 Lip Pen.

When I first tried the brow pen, I wasn’t too crazy for it. I liked the color (because it’s perfect for dark-haired brunettes) and the slanted tip (because it made application so much easier). What I didn’t like was that I didn’t get the precision I longed for and I couldn’t get the tip to fill-in those tough-to-reach sparse spots.

But don't let first impressions fool you! It's actually quite good once you get the hang of it.

But don’t let first impressions fool you! It’s actually quite good once you get the hang of it.

And it breaks apart like this! It's the Transformers of makeup! LOL

And it breaks apart like this! It’s the Transformers of makeup! LOL

As you can see, it’s a 3-in-1 pen because it has the actual brow pen, a spoolie, and a highlighter. The brush is actually pretty good, because it allows you to soften as you blend without removing the pigment completely. As for the frosty highlighter? It’s just okay. It didn’t really show up on my skin.

The shade I got was 30 and it really is the perfect shade for gals with dark brown hair.

The shade I got was 30 and it really is the perfect shade for gals with dark brown hair.

I wasn’t completely sold on the pen upon application, but here’s what got me hooked—I took a photo to document my brows for you and it looked really, really good. I scored fuller-looking arches without the need of brow mascara or powders.

See the proof (and my review of the lip pen) after the jump! Continue reading

Pond’s x Happy Skin Exclusive

It’s beauty workshop time with Pond’s!

The ensemble? All white, of course! P.S. Bought my dress from @veranoph in case you like off-shoulder stuff as much as I do :)

The ensemble? All white, of course! P.S. Bought my dress from @veranoph in case you like off-shoulder stuff as much as I do :)

I’ve been in the beauty industry for years and I still enjoy listening to tips from more experts. There’s always something to learn!

Celeb makeup artist, Jigs Mayuga shared his tips about BB cream. Beauty guru, Agoo Bengzon, shared her 3 skin basics.

Celeb makeup artist, Jigs Mayuga shared his fab BB cream tips. And on the far left is beauty guru, Agoo Bengzon. She talked about her 3 skincare basics (cleanse, moisturize, and protect).

Now when it comes to makeup, they also talked about how the “No Makeup Look” trend is here to stay. The real trick to pulling it off? You have to take care of your skin.

And that's where this gorgeous kit comes in! It was filled with lots of Pond's and Happy Skin goodies, so we could practice our skincare and (no) makeup skills.

And that’s where this gorgeous kit comes in! It was filled with all the skincare and makeup basics you’ll need from Pond’s and Happy Skin!

What really got everyone excited was when they announced that Pond’s and Happy Skin Cosmetics are collaborating! For every P700 purchase of Pond’s products at Watson’s, you get a FREE mini lipstick from Happy Skin—and it’s really super cute, you guys. Want to see what it looks like? Let’s do some IG stalking!

Soo cute! I'm a fan of the Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me line (reviews here and here), so this is a tote-friendly treat!

Ooh…cute, right? I love small lipsticks (I don’t like carrying bags so much), so I can just stuff this in my pockets. Follow @PondsPh on Twitter for more deets!

I’m a fan of the Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me line (reviews here and here), and really, their shades flatter Pinay skintones so well. I heard that some hardcore fans and beauty girls even collect all the Happy Skin lippie shades. So…in case you’re one of them, get ready to shop because Happy Skin created a new and exclusive shade just for Pond’s! It’s totally perfect for the #NoMakeup look, too.

Want to check out what the actual lipstick color looks like? Clickity, click! Continue reading

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