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My name is Liz and I blog as a hobby. I like all things bright and beautiful!

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Monday
Mar072011

Video: Bobbi Brown 10-Step Beauty (Part 1)

Two things that sets Bobbi Brown apart from other brands: it has a consistent, unique philosophy on how to apply makeup, and it believes that all women should be able to beautify themselves with a few simple steps. Thus, the famous Bobbi Brown 10-Step Beauty was born! It's a routine that everyone can easily follow using a basic set of makeup.

A lot of girls ask me about foundation and how to achieve great skin with makeup so I requested for the help of Bobbi Brown to demonstrate it.  It covers the first three steps of the 10-Step Beauty routine which focuses on perfecting the skin. 

What you will learn in this video:

  • What is a color corrector, and how it differs from concealer
  • How to choose and apply foundation
  • How to set makeup with loose powder

I shot this video with Bobbi Brown Makeup Artist Bea Marcelo doing the makeup and Marketing Executive Ina Casas clearly explaining the procedure. The pretty Kira Ramirez is our model for the day. Watch it, and let me know what you think ok!

PS Wait for the next installments, where we will be discussing how to apply blush, eyeshadow, and eyeliner. :)

Monday
Mar072011

Pond's Gold Radiance Boosting Cleansing Mousse

I was intrigued by the Pond's Gold Radiance Boosting Cleansing Mousse because it promises to remove makeup while also serving as a facial wash. Who doesn't want to save one step in their routine, right? Also, when Gold Radiance first landed on Philippine shores, this particular product wasn't available because it sold out in other Asian countries. Now if that's not enough to make you curious I don't know what is!

As promised, the product is a foamy mousse that becomes a rich, thick lather when you lightly rub it on your skin. It feels quite soft on my face which makes it enjoyable to use! It does melt off makeup in one wash, but it doesn't remove all kinds of makeup. The mousse removes foundation, blush, concealer, and unprimed eyeshadow, but it does a poor job taking off primed eyeshadow, mascara, and eyeliner (or most eye makeup).

Let's get on the nitty gritty, shall we?

What I love about the product

  • Literally melts off powder makeup. Once you get it to a lather, all the junk just comes off.
  • A little goes a long way, surprisingly. I use half a pump of the product for each side of my face. The trick is to massage it in small circles.

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Friday
Mar042011

Nichido Stardust Eyeshadow in Blue Lagoon

I was really impressed by the color payoff and texture when I first swatched the Nichido Stardust Eyeshadow in Blue Lagoon (P168) at the mall. I didn't think twice and added it to my cart. When I got home though, I was really dismayed when I re-swatched the newly opened palette. Well, it wasn't a total bust, but it's honestly not something I would use.

So why was there a difference of quality between the tester and the new palette? I read an explanation somewhere that the oils in the fingers of those who swatch makeup tend to mix in with the powder, making it creamier and somehow intensifying its color. I know, gross! But that's how it works. 

The eyeshadow is pretty useless by itself, but over a base like the Urban Decay Primer Potion or the Too Faced Shadow Insurance, it will come out nicely.

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Thursday
Mar032011

Guerlain Idylle

Sigrid Villamil, the product manager of Guerlain, once told me how Guerlain perfumes are distinct from each other with their own stories to tell. I completely agree. Shalimar is rich with tradition, the anthem of sophisticated women who never take no for an answer. Herba Fresca is a field of grass dotted by wildflowers, with sunlight streaming in a gentle glow.

And Guerlain Idylle? It's a bouquet of flowers presented to you by a charming gentleman as you walk in a candle-lit room wearing a gorgeous, flowing dress and strappy stilettos. You just met him, and you're excited to get to know him better, drunk with the promise of love. That moment in time is an idyll - a perfect scene, beautiful because you know it will never last.

I find Guerlain Idylle (P2,998) to be a truly versatile fragrance. It's not as heavy and musky as Shalimar nor as light and sharp as Herba Fresca - it's right in the middle, which allows you to wear it during the day or night.

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Thursday
Mar032011

My new online store: Flairfordrama.com

For me, thrifting for clothes isn't so much about finding something I'd love to wear as it is about finding something that I simply love. Even if it's something that doesn't suit my style or body type, I often can't help admiring a piece's construction, fabric, and charm. 

There are just some ukay clothes I can't walk away from, which I why I set up a new online store called Flair For Drama

For my first collection, I focused on a black and creamy beige color story as an homage to the colors that we women can't live without. Hope you can visit! :D

PS Yay, I have my first customer! Thank you Nicole! I will be sending her a freebie when I ship her lovely dress out.

Wednesday
Mar022011

MAC Viva Glam IV lipstick

How do you feel about frosty lipsticks? Me, I wasn't a fan. I found them tacky and outdated. But hey, it seems that I haven't been looking in the right places! If the MAC Viva Glam IV lipstick (P1,000) is to be used as a benchmark, MAC frost lipsticks are actually pretty good. In fact, I do think I like them better than the Amplified Creme ones!

MAC frost lipsticks feel lighter on the lips and has a nice, smooth finish. The frost isn't too obvious to begin with - it has more of a luster than the usual frost effect. Like most MAC lipsticks, this has good staying power but it's not as good as, say, Satin or Matte types.

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Wednesday
Mar022011

Winners announced!

Hello! Here is the list of winners for my Avon contest and my Beauty & Music Giveaway. Are you ready? :D

 

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Wednesday
Mar022011

Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner in Blackest Black

You know what, it's been ages since I last reviewed eyeliner here! It's just that I'm so happy with my MAC Fluidline and Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil that I've stopped bothering to look for something new. However, when Revlon sent me their ColorStay Liquid Liner in Blackest Black (P550), I just had to try it. I've read really good reviews about it so I put it to the test.

What I love about it

  • Solid black line in one go. No need to layer! It creates lovely winged eyes that even Dita Von Teese would envy.
  • Characteristic of Revlon's popular ColorStay line, this eyeliner stays on all day with no smudging. It's very reliable in our humid, unpredictable weather.

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Tuesday
Mar012011

Tutorial: MAC Peacocky look

Peacocky is the latest MAC collection to hit Philippine shores. It's inspired by the gorgeous and fierce colors of one of nature's most magnificent birds. Aside from the unique color story, what's different about this collection is the release of the Mega Metal Eyeshadows (P1,175), a step up the usual MAC eyeshadows when it comes to pigmentation, texture, and even the size of the pan (they're larger). Another new release is the Kissable Lipcolor (P1,150), a gloss-cum-lipstick that will impress you with the pigmentation! It's as good as liquid lipstick and comes in bigger tubes.

I asked MAC if they can demonstrate how to do a Peacocky look, so here's what makeup artist Mikee Raymundo came up with! This look is perfect for evenings out with your friends or when you're going to a special event with a compulsion to wow. Here's a step-by-step photo coverage of the look.

Before: Say hi to Angela!

After

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Monday
Feb282011

FOTD: Smoky pink

Remember this Shu Uemura palette I picked up last December?

Here's a look I did with it! I find it a bit too cool for my warm skintone, but I think it looks ok. I love the taupe and black eyeshadow in the palette. I really can't get over how creamy and pretty these colors look when applied!

More details after the cut!

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