#GetLippieTuesday

Remember my US Beauty Haul video?

 
Well, I finally tried the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Lipstick in Spiderweb, US$18! As I mentioned in the video, I got it because I wanted to cop Gwen’s signature, vivid red pout.

Yup, that's the color I'm looking for! Her signature red.

Yup, that’s the color I’m looking for! Her signature red!

I didn’t get to see it in person, so I was super hoping that I made the right choice and that it’ll look great on my skintone.

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

I actually posted about lusting for Gwen’s lippie collection here. So I did a lot of IG stalking and debated between getting Spiderweb and 714.

Obviously, you know I went with this choice.

Obviously, you know I went with this choice.

But the real question now is, did it give me the va-va-voom red that I’m looking for? Find out after the jump! 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! ♥

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! ♥

Beauty PSA: Beware Of Fake Makeup!

This has been popping up on my newsfeed lately…

Uh-oh! I hope they work this out!

Uh-oh! I hope they work this out!

I’m not really sure what all the details are, but it did make me think about all the re-sellers that are popping up in Manila. I’m not saying that everyone sells fake stuff, but you do have to be careful and make sure you’re getting the real deal when you buy from another source. I don’t want you guys to risk getting a bad infection or breaking out because you’re using fake makeup or skincare products!

This is what really made me want to take a stand! I saw these items being sold at a popular bazaar last weekend and I was HORRIFIED!

This is what really made me want to take a stand! I saw these items being sold at a popular bazaar last weekend and I was HORRIFIED!

If you take a look at the photo, there are Naked 5 and Naked 6 palettes. OMG, these don’t even exist!! I think what bothered me most is that the girl who was selling them was so flippant about it. Check out our crazy conversation after the jump! Continue reading

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