Quick Rave: The MAC Natural Vice Eyeshadow Palette + a lipstick swatch

I have an unhealthy appetite for eyeshadow palettes. Seeing colors in one box together brings me an immense amount of joy (just ask my watercolor and color pencil set collection too) so I keep them with the same fervor that Gollum has for The One Ring! Recently, MAC sent me a couple of products from their recently launched Electric Wonder collection, and this included possibly the best neutral eyeshadow palette I’ve come across.

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Beauty Roundup: Gaga for Gaga, BLK's universal beauty, and Jo Malone’s first male ambassador

Hooray for the weekend! Finally we get a couple of days off to relax, enjoy, and read up on all things beauty! This week’s roundup features everything from Lady Gaga’s beauty line (she not only changed the name but dropped a MASSIVE teaser) to blk’s latest collection which has everyone of us swooning. And speaking of swoon-worthy, Jo Malone’s first ever male ambassador will sweep you off your feet!

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Tutorial: How to depot eyeshadows to create your own custom palette

These days, I’ve ditched wearing foundations in favor being able to do some eye makeup. I used to be obsessive about creating a perfect face base but my eyeshadow envy has finally gotten the better of me, which I think is a good change. It has given me the chance to finally play with the few palettes I have in my collection, and it’s been so much fun combining colors and doing different looks.

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Sunscreen Fact Check: Should you be worried about the safety of your sunscreen?

Here in PV, we always talk about how sunscreen is an important part of our daily beauty routines. It’s the best and most cost-efficient way of preventing photodamage to our skin. Sunscreen isn’t just necessary for keeping wrinkles and freckles away; it’s necessary protection against the dangers of skin cancer. However, recent news has raised several controversial issues about sunscreen use, prompting many into a panic about this skincare product. Is there actual cause for concern, or is it just more fake news? It’s time for a sunscreen fact check!

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Swatches + Review: What we think of the new Maybelline lip tint, liquid liner, and foundation

Whether you’re putting together your first makeup kit or a seasoned pro stocking up on work essentials, Maybelline is a reliable go-to drugstore brand for beauty fans. They recently launched three new products that claim to be long-wearing and more, so we tested them to see if they actually deliver.

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Beauty Battle: We tested four mascaras under P250 for 8 hours - here's the winner!

My oily skin has always plagued my makeup game. Creasing bases, transferring foundations, fading colors, the general icky oil pool – I could go on and on why I’d prefer to be dry-skinned if I could choose my skin type! One particular drawback that I hate about being oily is (accidentally) smudging my mascaras. The point of having curled and coated lashes is to make my eyes look more awake, but panda eyes from my oily lids causing my mascara to smudge make me look like I put on dark circles. No thanks!  

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YADAH: The K-beauty brand made for teenage skin

I remember purchasing my first daily sunblock five years ago. I had just learned that I needed sun protection not just for beach trips, but every single day. Since I was just 16 at the time, I looked for a mild formulation that would suit my adolescent skin and chanced upon YADAH’s Oh My Sun Block SPF35 PA++. Because it was lightweight and slightly moisturizing without the sticky feel, it was easier for me to get into the habit of wearing sunscreen daily.

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Beauty Roundup: BTS skincare, Vice Cosmetics brows, and Jaclyn's mysterious disapperance

Happy July! Yes, it’s a new month and we have a beauty roundup filled with exciting launches, fresh faces, and more limited edition collections. And we literally have a little of everything: from Urban Decay to Vice Cosmetics, BTS, and Jaclyn Hill. Better grab a snack ‘cause we’re bringing the tea!

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Are these under P400 Miniso facial gadgets good? Here’s the result of our test!

As PV’s resident beauty gadgets girl, I have a mini collection of beauty devices that have helped my super oily skin keep clear of acne. To be honest, I’d probably purchase more, if not for the prohibitive price tags on these electronics. I’ve always stuck with established high-end brands like Foreo and Clarisonic so I had to wonder: would cheaper ones work as well as my favorites? 

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Review of Vv and Co.: The new home-grown fragrances by Vern and Verniece Enciso

While many bloggers have released their own makeup lines or collaborations, it’s not often that they venture into scents. It is an especially bold move to do so locally! Vv and Co. is a relatively new brand by local bloggers and real-life sisters Vern and Verniece Enciso. The brand currently offers three perfumes: Vern, Verniece, and Cat, the product of a collaboration with fellow blogger Cat Arambulo-Antonio. The bottles have a premium look and feel, and each scent contains 30ml.

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I tried DIY soap brows and loved them! Here's the best way to use soap for your brows

Have you ever heard of the old Hollywood trick of using soap on eyebrows? It may sound crazy but many professional makeup artists (both local and international) swear by this beauty hack for fixing brows into place! In fact, it has made such a huge comeback into the beauty scene that there are now several local brands that offer brow soaps in little tins that can fit into your makeup kit. But if it’s literally just soap, we can probably recreate the same effect using regular soap from the grocery, right? So, I decided to try it and find out!

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Dry Skin Challenge: Three PV girls try Pyunkang Yul

People tell me that I’m lucky to have dry skin because I don’t have to worry about getting pimples or having a shiny face. Both are certainly true, but dry skin has it own concerns, too. Your skin can look either red and irritated, or gray and sickly due to dullness. Extra dry spots can cause skin to look flaky and you can’t cover that with makeup because of the weird texture. Dry skin is also more prone to getting wrinkles and fine lines; just imagine how super matte lipsticks make every single one of your lip lines look more visible!

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Swatches + Review: Going nude with Avon’s six new shades of matte lipstick

Have you ever looked at your lipstick collection and noticed a pattern? There’s probably one shade that you purchase more frequently than others. Some people can’t live without their 50 shades of red, while I personally can’t get enough of plums and MLBB pinks. My fellow PV girls are well-aware of this and give me a nudge when they spot something they know I’d like!

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Beauty Roundup: The battle of the Kylies, Estee Lauder’s big leap, and Karl’s beauty legacy

Umm, wait - how is June over already?! While the rains are slowly coming in, there’s been a downpour of epic beauty drops! Get ready for a roundup on all things Kylie (it’s a real beauty battle and things are about to get feisty!), and take some time to stand with Avon for a great cause. We’ll soon have the option of channeling Karl Lagerfeld’s signature style, but meanwhile let’s jump for joy at Estee Lauder’s announcement!

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Sleeping Beauty: Why you should put on overnight masks before bed

Once upon a time in a place called Manila, a dry-skinned girl discovered a moisturizer that worked miracles as she slept. She woke up the next morning to the most amazing siopao-bouncy skin, and thus began her obsession with sleeping masks. Many years later, the girl’s love for sleeping masks continued to grow, and she continued to try other products in search of The Holy Grail Sleeping Mask of her dreams...

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The L’Oreal x Love Marie Lipstick Collection: An interview with Heart + complete swatches

Love Marie Ongpauco Escudero is a woman of many hats. She is the actress Heart Evangelista. Beloved wife to Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero. Creative Director of local fashion brand Kamiseta. And now, the first Filipino artist collaborator of international brand, L’Oreal Paris. From “exhibiting” her colorful paintings on Hermes bags, Love Marie’s art now graces five limited edition L’Oreal Color Riche Matte lipsticks!

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New from Revlon: The Photoready Candid foundation, concealer, and powder is set to be your everyday makeup

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but there’s a gold rush in the drugstore foundation category. All the drugstore brands are trying to become The Chosen One for bases; everybody is trying to outdo each other when it comes to quality, shade range (hurrah for inclusivity), packaging, and value. Revlon’s new Candid line holds no punches in this regard. They’ve recently come out with 31 shades from light to very deep - their most comprehensive selection yet - of which 12 are available here in the Philippines. It comes in cute millennial pink packaging to boot!

Let’s take a look at the Candid line and see what I think about this intriguing collection.

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Six Pinoy sunscreens to try under P500 (Belo, Celeteque, Kojie San, Dermplus, & Maxipeel)

Let’s be honest: sticky sunscreens will certainly have us preferring to skip sun protection altogether. This is probably why I’ve always turned to Japanese sunscreens because of their non-stickiness and comfortable wear. But good news to those want to patronize our local products - there are actually some good (and non-sticky) proudly Filipino sunscreens in the market! Even better news is that these are all under P500 so we have no more excuses to skip on sunscreen. Here’s what I tried!

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Beauty Roundup: An electrifying line from MAC, a $500 million beauty acquisition, and makeup to match your zodiac sign

It makes sense for the things you use to prettify yourself to also look pretty themselves, right? This week’s beauty roundup has no shortage of gorgeously designed makeup! We’ve got the latest on MAC’s IG-worthy new collection and Colourpop’s out-of-this-world collab with KathleenLights. There’s also been a gigantic luxury skincare brand acquisition that we hope will make scoring their products easier in the future. Read on for all the deets!

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