A more affordable dupe: Etude House Proof 10 Gelquid Eyeliner

I love high end products but I always have one eye out for affordable alternatives. One of my favorite liners is a gem from Make Up For Ever called the Aqua Liner, which is basically a liquid formula with a bendy brush applicator. It sticks on like nobody's business and is extremely water-resistant. However, it's about P1,200, and unless you're a makeup artist or a loaded makeup junkie, that is a bit too much for eyeliner. 

Enter the Etude House Proof 10 Gelquid Eyeliner (P498). This is a lot like my MUFE liner except it's better priced! This sets completely and stays on all day, plus the brush is a breeze to work with. This doesn't smudge on me too! I've worn this for 10 hours and it did not move at all. 

The shade I have is called BK801, a greyish black with silver glitter. Some people might be put off by the glitters but I quite like the extra flash whenever the light hits it. There's a place for matte, super black eyeliner, and another one for glittery glam liners. It doesn't have to be just one, ya know.

The pigmentation is dark in one swipe, but I do two swipes for maximum opacity.

Here I am wearing it BK801 on my lids. It has that sugar-spun look to it, no? My MUFE liner is a lot more sparkly and twinkly, but at P498, the Etude House Gelquid is far from shabby and is in fact more pigmented. (Gelquid is suck a funky name can I just say). I love the formula. Try this out if you like glittery, long-wearing liquid liners that'll stay on oily lids! It can give the MUFE Aqua Liner a run for its money.

A flash of hot pink

I want my things to look used and banged up. I'm not that concerned with preserving them, in fact, the more wrinkled and scratched my stuff are, the more beautiful they look to me. It means that I loved them. It means they were a part of my life. Once they've outlived their use then I move on to my next favorite thing.

I realized this when I noticed how horribly scratched up my first iPhone 6 case was the other day. I have a habit of putting my phone near my keys and passing it through toothy zippers so that case was practically peeling! Thankfully the iPhone 6 is scratch-resistant. It has no marks on it, even on the exposed Apple logo in the back. Whew.

Anyway, it was time to buy a new case. I visited iStudio in High Street yesterday to get something that'll protect my phone from my keys whilst looking cute. I found this hot pink flip top thing and immediately took a shine to it.

Love how flimsy and lightweight this case is. I don't like the feel of a bulky phone (I mean what's the point when most of mobile technology is focused on bringing us ever thinner gadgets?) so this is exactly what I was looking for.  

The pink area is made of this textured fabric-like plastic. It feels luxe to the touch.

Best yet, this is only P850! Cases at iStudio usually run up from P1,000-2,000 so this was fairly affordable considering. ^_^ I didn't even note the brand but just look for it - it's probably the only one in the whole store at this price haha.

I know, this is such a random post, but I'm just so happy with this particular find!

 

Six new Shampoo Bars from Lush

I recently re-activated my Tinder account to check out what's going on in the local dating scene. Answer: not much. There are only a few interesting people worth meeting, and the rest are like salads in a buffet. Nobody would eat them.

As my friend likes to say though, Tinder is the ultimate people-watching app. It's also game that rewards your ego whenever you match with someone hot and/or awesome. It's fun yet frustrating, exactly like a good game should be! There's that tug of war between positive reinforcement and the kind of rage that'd make you want to flip a table. 

Anyway segue, let's talk about something new from Lush: Shampoo Bars! These are solid cleansing soaps that will leave your hair feeling soft and, well, smelling lush!

Lush has six new Shampoo Bars to tickle your nose and serve up some of your hair needs. Everything looks soooo cute and yummy that you would be forgiven for chewing on them if you didn't know what they were. So. I got to try one last week at Piandre Salon in BGC where the brand treated the press to a bit of hair pampering. It was my first time to try a solid shampoo and the experience was quite nice!

A root lifting treatment cream by Lush was massaged onto my scalp and left on for a few minutes, then they used Honey I Washed My Hair (one of the new Shampoo Bars) to wash it off. I got a wonderful blow dry after, with my hair feeling so soft and looking shiny even without any additional styling product. I felt like a million bucks with this style, I tell you.

That being said, check out the new Lush Shampoo Bars! Honey I Washed My Hair is honey shampoo made with their best-selling toffee sweet scent, for soft and shiny hair with a little lift. Lullaby is a gentle formula with ground almonds to exfoliate the scalp, softening oats milk and lots of lavender (scented with Lush’s Twilight fragrance) to help send you off to the world of lullabies. 

Braziliant strengthens and conditions hair with andiroba oil, a new ingredient they are using from the Brazilian rainforest, and lift your mood with sunny orange oil. Jason And the Argan Oil is for stronger, shinier, softer hair. Try this argan oil-packed, Rose Jam-scented bar particularly if you have a lighter hair tone.  

Montalbano has sicilian lemon oil, olives and rosemary to make this the godfather of shampoos for shiny hair. Finally, Copperhead perks up your hair and is ideal for coloured locks. It has coffee and melted henna (caca rouge) for shine.

Associate Merchandise Manager for Lush Philippines Tasha Sarmiento, Merchandise Manager for Lush Philippines Ida Nones and Merchandise Assistant for Lush Philippines Kesh Tatlonghar

Associate Merchandise Manager for Lush Philippines Tasha Sarmiento, Merchandise Manager for Lush Philippines Ida Nones and Merchandise Assistant for Lush Philippines Kesh Tatlonghar

So there you have it! Find these at a Lush store near you!

In the Philippines, Lush is exclusively distributed by SSI Group, Inc. and is located at Greenbelt 3, Glorietta, Alabang Town Center, SM Mall of Asia, Bonifacio High Street, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Robinsons Magnolia, Trinoma, SM Annex North Edsa. You may also visit us online at www.lush.com.ph. Follow Lush on Facebook www.facebook.com/lushphilippines, Instagram @lushcosmeticsph and Tweet @LushPhilippines.

New in shelves: Pond's White Beauty Pearl Cleansing Gel

You guys know the basic three-step skincare routine - cleanse, tone, and moisturize - because of magazines and beauty blogs such as mine. But I bet that when you were in high school and college you could care less about following those steps; I know I didn't!

When I went on a university tour last month I always asked the audience what they do for their face. True enough, most of them just really stick to facial washes. That would have been fine except many drugstore facial washes tend to be harsh and irritating. They strip the skin of moisture so thoroughly that the face becomes dry, and therefore oilier to overcompensate. 

To address this problem, Pond's has come up with a new facial wash formula that will not ruin your skin's moisture barrier. The Pond's White Beauty Pearl Cleansing Gel (P85/50g and P155/100g) perfect for young people or just about anyone who does not use moisturizer regularly. It doesn't overdo the cleansing to the point that your skin will feel tight; it's oxygenated formula will make your face feel fresh and smooth after washing. It's just really one of those things you have to feel to believe.

Now, even though the facial wash is in gel form, it has a thick lather that is powerful enough to remove light makeup. Love how cool the gel feels as I massage it on my face. It also has a floral scent that's quite lovely and relaxing if you're okay with perfume in your skincare. 

This is the first facial wash that Pond's can claim is made for sensitive skin. It's certainly worth a try if past cleansers from the brand have not worked for you! It's very affordable in any case. In fact, you can try the White Beauty Pearl Cleansing Gel for free when you order a sample at Sample Room! Shipping is free until March 6 (or until stocks last) so hurry up and grab this new innovation from Pond's. ^_^ It's currently out of stock but the team might restock soon so just keep checking!

5 MOMOL-friendly lip colors

So you're dolling up for a raunchy night out and need something that can survive some heavy kissing (or more *wink*). Let's not be shy at this point - we're all adults here! So, which lip colors can you trust not to smear all over your guy's face? You have two options: choose a lip color that hydrates for soft, kissable lips that will retain a strong stain no matter what. The other option is to wear a solid, water-proof shade that sets completely and does not budge. It depends on your taste, really.

Here are my suggestions!

L'Oreal Paris Shine Caresse Lip Stain (P595). This is a sheer, moisturizing stain that has a glossy finish. Your lips will feel soft when they touch his! It leaves a nice blanket of color that seeps into your lips so that even if the product is totally gone, the color remains. 

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain (P625). If you prefer something a bit more opaque on your lips than the Shine Caresee, go for the Moisture Stain. It's pretty much the same as the L'Oreal except the colors are brighter.

Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint (P900). This is the most ideal for MOMOLs because it makes your lips feel super smooth and plump, while delivering an innocent-looking, long-lasting tint. Most guys, I believe, prefer natural-looking shades so this is the most appealing to them.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge Waterproof Liquid Lip Color (~P1,500). This is my favorite long-wearing lip color. It's completely opaque, doesn't dry my lips, and does not rub off on anything. Anything. Worth the investment if you just like reliable lipsticks, for whatever purpose. The shade I have is #3 Light Rosewood and it's gorgeous! I find it natural yet sexy.

Lime Crime Velvetine Liquid to Matte Lip Stain (P950). The Velvetine is famous for its shocking, heart-stopping colors for those who truly enjoy them. The formula sticks, too, and is as water and transfer-proof as the MUFE Aqua Rouge. Lime Crime is available from online resellers.

So there you go. ^_^ Hope this helps your love life! Kung meron lang naman. Chos.

NOTE: In the vernacular, MOMOL means "Make Out Make Out Lang" or "just making out".

Announcement of attendees for the #ProjectVanity7th

Hi all! After reviewing the 112 comments I got for the Project Vanity 7th Anniversary Event, I now have a short list of the 50 attendees. Congratulations girls! I promise you a great time and your loot will be so awesome! Kindly email me at lizlanuzo at projectvanity.com with the subject "Project Vanity 7th" by March 5, Thursday at the latest to confirm your attendance. Should you fail to email me by then, I will invite others to join us.

If you did not get an invite you can still definitely join us at the event, but I cannot guarantee a loot bag unless some people don't show up the last minute. 

Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday!

  1. Joyce Amonoy
  2. Eloisa Co-Villanueva 
  3. Katsy Faustino
  4. Andrea Marie Manalo 
  5. Marielle Ong
  6. Ana Briones
  7. Camille Labasan
  8. Jaja Ferreria-Villanueva
  9. Vey Delos-Reyes
  10. Menchit Pampolina Abrigo
  11. Carissa Castell
  12. Tasha Bernardo-Din (Don Din)
  13. Abegaill Jamito Villacruz
  14. Nina Manansala
  15. Coco Cordero
  16. Erine Uri
  17. Jes Roque
  18. Maria Fe Manlapaz
  19. Wina Puangco
  20. Tin De Guzman
  21. Audrey Dones
  22. Katie Kate
  23. Kathleen Aquino
  24. Faith Dalupang
  25. russelle anne roque
  26. Juvy Ann Lobo-Lazo
  27. Janina Reyes
  28. Nikki Dargantes
  29. Chai Mungcal
  30. Nessy Bautista
  31. Stacie Chan
  32. Donna Bautista
  33. TinR
  34. Jean Melgar
  35. Eula Retiro
  36. Rose J.
  37. Josie Ramoy
  38. Meg Yap
  39. Carmi Zate
  40. Maria Kristina Adosto
  41. Ma. Patricia Garcia
  42. Karla del Rosario
  43. Elaine Mendoza
  44. jamille Cruz
  45. Eunice
  46. Ichi Balagtas Pestaño
  47. Amor Lynn Macalalad
  48. Marne
  49. Elsa Jean / Vin Domier 
  50. Juliana Beloved

Love: Clinique Nutcracker Act 1 Compact

Independence - living on your own, in your own place - is one of the best things money can buy. No one can bother you unless you want to be bothered. You can go in and out whenever you want, eat whatever, and make as much noise as you feel like. Sometimes though you can run out of things to do. It's then that you are forced to examine your life and wonder if it was all worth the occasional loneliness and grumpiness with bills.

Yes. Yes it is. ^_^

Anyhoo today I'd like to talk about the Clinique Nutcracker Act 1 Compact (P2,400). I thought that the colors included in this palette were too cool for my skin tone but they work surprisingly well; the coolness serves as a beautiful contrast on my warm Asian tone. It's one of those things that look good even though it shouldn't.

This compact contains four eyeshadows, one blush, and a couple of applicators should you wish to apply makeup on the go. 

There's a frosty white, petal pink, mauvey pink, and a sparkly charcoal included in the Snowflake Suite All About Shadow Quad. The blush, called Plie Pink, is a light pink with fine silver shimmer. The powder is well-pressed and has a beautiful satin finish with a diffused glow. I received half a dozen compliments when I wore it to two parties last Thursday! (Yes I counted haha).

Like I said, those colors above aren't what would usually work for my skintone, but somehow, they do. How I like to wear the eyeshadow is apply the pink mauve all over the lids, layer the charcoal over on the area close to my lashes and a little up to the crease, and then pat on a bit of the pink in the centre. 

The blush I apply right in the apples of my cheeks. See that dewy glow right there? It's so gorgeous! Doesn't make me look oily too.

I do wish that the eyeshadows were more pigmented but I Just apply my usual primer to get them to pop. The blush wears a long time - it's on for about 4-5 hours even without retouching.

I love bringing this palette because it's classy, has a large mirror, and I can touch up my colors if I need to! The applicators included are kinda meh but they will serve in a pinch.

Overall, I highly recommend the Clinique Nutcracker Act 1 Compact if you like chic, sophisticated pinks. This is what I grab when I'm bored with my neutrals but don't want to go too heavy on the eyes.

Thoughts?

Reader question: Are facial wipes enough to cleanse our face?

Hi Liz! I just took on a new job but the last few weeks have been very tiring for me. Sometimes I forget to wash my face before going to sleep. I think I have a lot of new pimples because of this! I've seen your reviews of micellar water and facial wipes. Will these be enough to cleanse my face in lieu of facial wash? - Joyce T.

Hi Joyce! You know, one of the worst beauty sins we can commit is sleeping at night with makeup on. That being said, yes, it's easy to preach but difficult to put in action when so many other important things are going on in our lives. Like, sleep. Sometimes I do sleep with my makeup on but thankfully I wake up a couple of hours later totally icked out by what I had just done!

Going back to the question: can we rely on a facial or makeup remover wipe to completely remove our face products at the end of the day? A wipe is a quick way to cleanse and go have that date with our bed, but is it enough? 

The answer depends on how much makeup you wear and how long-wearing they are.

If you only go with very little to no makeup then I assure you that wipes are enough to clean your skin thoroughly. Just remember to follow my tip about using a clean side for every pass! The Nivea Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes for instance are water-based, clean well without stinging, and have ingredients like Almond Oil to keep your face feeling smooth. You may rinse with water after using the wipe if you're sigurista but as long as nothing comes off on the wipe your face is already good to hit the sack. 

I love toting wipes when I'm traveling as I'm usually exhausted by the time I get back to the hotel. I also avoid wearing too many products while I'm out and about exploring.

Now, if you wear a lot of cosmetics - meaning several layers of foundation, primed eyeshadow, long-wearing eyeliners and mascara - then you will need to follow the double cleansing method. Basically you use a wipe (or any makeup remover, but wipes are still quickest and most economical especially if they're only P140 a pack like Nivea *wnk*) and then rinse your face with a cleanser after. One two. This is how I normally cleanse my face since I do wear quite a bit of makeup 70% of the time.

To summarize: you can get away with using just cleansing wipes if you wear little to no makeup. If you wear a lot, then make sure to double cleanse to remove any water-resistant residue.

Hope this answers your question Joyce!

This post is brought to you by Nivea.

For the dry, dull, and flaky: Lancome La Base Pro Hydra Glow

This is me again falling for anything with "glow", "illuminating", "brightening", and/or "radiance" on the packaging. I would really rather have blemished skin than dull skin, if I had to choose. Blemishes can be stomped away by concealers but skin that looks gray and stressed is a bit harder to correct!

So today we come to the Lancome La Base Pro Hydra Glow (~P1,900). This is a primer slash moisturizer slash glow faker for those who have complexions that have seen better days. This is best for dry to normal skin but I find that my combi skin still enjoys the hydrating and brightening finish it gives. Beware if you're truly oily though; this might make your makeup slide off earlier than usual.

The texture of the La Base Pro Hydra Glow is very thin with a slight slip to it. I don't know how it manages to hydrate my skin but it does; after taking off my makeup at the end of the day, my skin feels plump and supple. Without this primer my face is normally a bit brittle and drained after wearing makeup all day.

That being said I love how this makes my foundation - already awesome in its own right - even more awesome-looking. I keep staring at my face whenever I wear this because I can't believe my skin is as nice as it appears! I mean of course I know it's a crafty combination of the Lancome primer, a heavy duty concealer, and a perfecting foundation. But still, I get so many compliments!

I mean, seriously. 

I'm not wearing any liquid foundation here ha, just the primer, a MAC concealer, and a Shiseido powder foundation. Didn't edit my skin except to brighten the photo. Crazy! 

The downside is that if I don't let the primer dry completely before applying makeup, my base cakes. Also in really humid weather I get shinier than usual. The Hydra Glow is really best for dry/normal skin, and in cooler weather. Not to say it sucks. It just has limitations and ideal conditions for use like any other product.

Overall, I quite like the Lancome La Base Pro Hydra Glow because it makes my skin look super natural and hydrates it well. I will continue to use this but perhaps only around my cheek area to fake the effect of brighter skin. Try it if you're dry, dull, and flaky!

Cheap but awesome: Nekkid Pure Eau De Parfum and Whipped Body Shea Butter

Fine I'm going to say it: I'm a scent snob. It's funny because I didn't even start wearing perfumes until I was 20 or 21. Now my nose is used to good fragrances and how they can complete your look in ways other people can't see! With the right scent, others will know in their gut that you look amazing - not just "okay" - but they won't be able to put a finger on why exactly. This is the reason I never leave the house without perfume.

Correction, good perfume. 

Now I've collected quite a lot of scents in the past few years (I just took an Instagram @lizlanuzo of my "perfume cave"). I've tried high-end, low-end, mid-range, good and bad. What I learned is that cheap perfumes smell, well, cheap. I'm sorry. They don't smell bad, they just smell like you plunked down five hundred bucks on them. That's alright if that's all you have and that's all you're looking for but if you want more, you gotta spend more. That's just how it is.

That is, until I got the Nekkid Pure Eau De Parfum (P350/30ml). Nekkid is the all-natural line of skincare products by pro makeup artist and fellow beauty blogger Sabs Hernandez. When I heard about it, I thought aw, how cute, another local natural brand. When I got the press kit I thought, aw, how cute the packaging. My expectations were low.

Then I sniffed it.

My nose was filled with the exuberant scent of a sharp citrus - think orange, lemon, and galbanum. The perfume comes down to florals with honeysuckle, jasmine, and lilly of the valley. Finally, it settles with a heady yet not heavy base of amber, musk, oak moss, and rosewood. So lovely! It smells clean, happy, and confident without being showy.

If you remember that Heaven-something cologne popular in the 90s, this is very similar but more grown-up. The minimalist packaging reminds me of CLEAN perfume which has a cult following all over the world and costs 3,000 bucks a pop. If you told me that the Nekkid EDP is expensive, I would have believed you. That's how good it is.

Nekkid also has a Whipped Body Shea Butter (P300) to go with the scent. I recommend getting this as well to prolong the lifespan of the perfume! The body moisturizer's formula is a bit thick and takes a while to absorb, but it hydrates my skin nicely and keeps it smooth. Just apply a small amount if you tend to sweat a lot during the day. If you get the body butter and the EDP it's only P600 for the set.

So there you go, if you have 600 bucks to spare, go spend it on the Nekkid Pure line. I love it! I will be using these regularly! ^_^

You can buy Nekkid in the website or order from nekkid.manila@gmail.com

Seven tips to keep your face on during the summer

Can you feel the heat and humidity dialing up every day? One of the most annoying beauty problems I have right now actually is keeping my makeup on in spite of the looming summer! I'm currently experimenting with several products to get the best, long-wearing combination - I will talk about them in a different post. For now here are some fool-proof tips on getting a face that will look fresh all day! 

1. Make sure your face is completely dry before putting any makeup on. Let your skincare absorb first, and remove any sweat you might have accumulated after. Why? Because if you apply makeup on a damp face, that wetness gets stuck between your skin and your makeup, which will then cause product to slide off or cake up quickly. 

We unfortunately live in a tropical country where we start sweating right after a shower! Hay. I always apply my makeup in an air-conditioned room to keep my face from sweating or oiling up prematurely. If this is not possible, I make sure I have facial tissues to wipe my face ASAP.

2. The less makeup you apply, the less of it comes off. Don't wear foundation if your skin is good enough to live without it. Seriously, what's wrong with you? I kid, I kid. Only apply the foundation and concealer where needed, and keep the best parts of your skin bare.

Use a sheer base if you want to enhance your complexion (i.e. brightening, color correcting). If you want to soften imperfections, apply a tiny amount of heavy coverage, long-wearing foundation/concealer where you need it. It's better to have a thin layer of the heavy stuff on instead of piling on the sheer stuff and making the texture too thick!

3. Prime it like you mean it. Use a thin layer of face primer wherever you get oily (typically the t-zone) to hold down the foundation in those areas. If you wear eyeliners and eyeshadow, use a primer on your upper and lower lids before putting on the eye stuff. Make sure the primer is completely dry before applying anything on top of it.

4. Always blot before retouching. Otherwise, you're just basically sealing the oil and sweat onto your face with another layer of makeup (see my note on #1)! No need to splurge on expensive blotting papers, cheap ones will do. If you forget your packet you can always use tissues! Paper towels and Starbucks tissue paper are the best for blotting. ;)

5. Retouch with sheer, oil absorbent powder instead of foundation. Sheer powders don't disturb the makeup you have underneath and are light enough to prevent caking. Try to look for loose formulas instead of pressed; if you find loose powder too much of a hassle to apply, find pressed powders that are loosely packed instead. These tend to absorb oil better.

6. Staining lip and cheek products last way better in hot weather. You want to get pigments that stain your skin instead of just sitting on top! You can also look for long-wearing formulas that set completely when dry. 

7. Go for waterproof products. Waterproof anything is such a hassle to remove but it's worth the effort if you want to avoid any makeup meltdown, particularly if you're extra oily. Just get a good waterproof makeup remover and all will be well.

Hope my tips help! Do you guys have any to share? ^_^