Sunday, March 26, 2017

Flormar: Deluxe Cashmere Stylo Lipstick in DC30 Austere Brown

Good evening ladies,

Sharing with you a new lipstick from Flormar.


This lipstick line according to their website is made of a

Special formula that combines the finest colour pigments with an infusion of last generation moisture - boosting complex. Orchid Complex leaves the lips smooth and provides moisturizing. Fights free radicals and reduces appearance of fine lip lines. Shea butter and Cacao butter gives hydration and protection to the lips with mild and soothing effect. A full basket of anti-oxidants loaded formula leaves lips wrapped in light glossy color, comfort, nourishing and protection.


I love this simple gold packaging since it gives off an elegant feeling to the product.


The lipstick is very moisturizing and easy to apply. My lips tend to chap in 2 to 3 hours, but I did not experience that with this. The color is build-able as well and does not transfer a lot.


It isn't long lasting and you'd need to reapply after 4 to 5 hours or after a meal. However, that is not a big problem if you're not really into long lasting shades. I was more disappointed about discrepancy with the shade of the lipstick. When I saw this, I was overjoyed that I found a brown shade lipstick since I have never had that shade in a lipstick.

However, I was a little bit disappointed that the color is not as how it looks on the tube.


As you can see on the swatch, it looks a bit of a browny-red tone but not entirely a deep brown.

Lips sans product



As you can see in this swatch it looks more like a neutral color but I guess, depending on the light source, it either looks dark red (below) or natural lip.


But I do think this is a pretty good lipstick to have especially for short trips/events. I've only tried this once though and I might update this post with subsequent use. 

It costs 399 and is available in Watson's.

Anyway, that's all for now.

Cheers,
LIZ

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pink Sugar Sweet Cheeks HD in Sin City and Concrete Jungle

Hey loves!

I'm still not entirely in love with highlighters on my face. I just think that my face is too big and round and that I need to contour it rather than add more shine. I also have oily skin so it becomes shiny in a few hours anyway. Ha! 

Anyway, since last year, it was becoming so popular that I wanted to try more highlighters to see if I'll get convinced to join the craze. And so I bought these...

Pink Sugar Sweet Cheeks HD Cheek Color in Sin City and Concrete Jungle
Got them for only PhP 374.00 each at BeautyMNL. Original Price was PhP 499.00.

I bought two shades. One is a warm champagne color (Concrete Jungle) and the other one (Sin City) looks like white with a white gold sheen. 

So let's get to know the product from the info from the website:

Sweet Cheeks HD. Our delicate powder formula comes in a mirrored compact as a blush, bronzer or a highlighter. It’s infused with Aloe Vera and Vitamin A,C,E to nourish the skin and give you that added glow. Includes a soft brush applicator.

Net Weight: 6g

TALC  · POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE · POLYGLYCERYL - 2 DIPOLYHYDROXYSTEARATE · MINERAL OIL (AND) ETHYLENE/PROPYLENE/STYRENE COPOLYMER (AND) BUTYLENE/ETHYLENE/STYRENE COPOLYMER · TRIISOSTEARIN · DIMETHICONE · ISODECYL NEOPENTANOATE · PHENOXYETHANOL · ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN ·  ROSA CANINA FRUIT OIL (AND) TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (AND) RETINYL PALMITATE (AND) MINERAL OIL (AND) ASCORBYL PALMITATE ·  ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE ·  [+/- (MAY CONTAIN) : SYNTHETIC FLOURPHLOGOPITE · MICA (CI 77019) · TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) · IRON OXIDES (CI 77491) · IRON OXIDES (CI 77492) · IRON OXIDES (CI 77499) · RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850) · RED 28 LAKE (CI 45410:2) ·  RED 30 LAKE (CI 73360) · YELLOW LAKE 5 (CI 19140) · YELLOW 6 LAKE (CI 15985) · TIN OXIDE (CI 77861) ·

It's available in 8 shades and I bought the two shades that can pass as highlighters!

The packaging is slim and sleek! I like that the design is simple and still pretty girly! It's compact that's easy to pack in the bag, especially in travels.

It comes with a brush applicator. It's pretty soft but I don't use it. I find it too thin and small. Haha!

Now for the fun part, the swatches:
Left: Sin City
Right: Concrete Jungle
Under direct fluorescent lighting

I like that their names are sort of opposites—city and jungle. ;)

Left: Sin City
Right: Concrete Jungle
Still under fluorescent lighting... but not directly under. :P

I provided some solo shots of the product for your reference as well as a photo of me wearing it taken near a source of light to "highlight" the shine.

Here's Sin City.



Sin City reminds me of Nars Albatross, that's why I bought it.

It gives a very bright shine. It's quite light and gives your complete look a bright glow, especially when you place it on top of your cheek bones. It brings out the eyes!

Here's Concrete Jungle.



It's champagne in color. I bought it because it's close to my favorite color. :)

It gives my skin a warm glow! It's not as bright as Sin City and it has chunkier shimmers.

The blushes/highlighters are pretty good. The powder is pretty smooth, although it's a bit chalky. It gives a luminescent glow, but I don't like the chunky shimmers from Concrete Jungle. So as you can see, there are pros and cons for me. Did these convince me to join the strobing craze? Well... no. I still use them often, especially Sin City, but they aren't a must in my makeup routine.

And that's all for this post! 

Do you use any of the Sweet Cheeks HD products from Pink Sugar? Which shade/s? Do you do strobing when doing your makeup? What product do you use?


Cheers,
DAWN



Monday, March 20, 2017

Sephora Perfecting and Smoothing Eye Primer

Hey guys!

Just sharing a short review of this product that I got from my sister.

Sephora Perfecting and Smoothing Eye Primer

I like wearing eye makeup. Unfortunately, I have oily lids, so my eyeshadows and eyeliners often smudge and crease after some hours. The good thing is that there are primers that help prolong wear and at the same time make the eyeshadows more vibrant since the pigments adhere better.


That's what this primer from Sephora promises along with moisturizing qualities. You can even use it for undereye concealer!

Check out the info on the labels on the photos below:


The product is colorless and scentless. I think this is already phased-out though because I don't see it on any of the brand's online stores. Still sharing my review just in case any of you are looking for one. ;)


It says it smoothens which I do agree.


It glides smoothly and it makes the area it's on feel silky. When it dries, it gives a matte finish as seen below.


And when I add the powder eyeshadow...
Left: No primer
Right: With primer

Pigment-wise, the color didn't change unlike some primers I've used wherein the pigments look darker than normal. The eyeshadow adhered better with the primer as well.

I've actually finished the whole sample-size tube some months back and I can say that I don't think it's moisturizing. I tried using it under my under eye concealer but my makeup still cakes (I like baking so I do put on powder on top of my concealer on that areas). This doesn't happen when I put on eye cream. I guess that's an unfair comparison since eye cream has better moisturizing ingredients. Haha! :P

Although it's good at smoothening and keeping the pigments in place, it doesn't do well with my oily lids. The makeup on top of the primer still creases before my day at the office ends. I can easily say that it's not one of my better performing primers. Oh well.

And that's my short review! I hope it was helpful!



Cheers,
DAWN


Friday, March 17, 2017

TSURURI Black Head Remover Cream Ghassoul

Good evening girls,

I'd like to share with you this heating mask which Dawn gave to me from Japan.


Tsururi, as I am guessing, pore cleanser with Moroccco Ghassoul, Andes Salt Scrub, and is infused with Power Hot Stone. Well, as you can see, I can only guess what it's trying to say.


At the back is the instructions which as you can see is all in Japanese. However, because I was too lazy to search for a translated instruction guide, I asked my friend to translate for me. She's quite knowledge-able with reading Japanese, but this was a little challenging for her so she took to Google translate. The translation just got me laughing hard.


But I found this online store, http://www.webichi.com/, which is a virtual equivalent of Daiso/Miniso. The link leads you straight to this product's information page. But for those of you who are curious about the actual translation of the instructions, here it is below as stated in the website:

Use after cleansing and drying face. 
Without lathering, apply to nose, chin, area between eyebrows and wherever roughness may be a concern. Massage in circular motion in those areas for about 60 seconds. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. This is an ideal time to apply nose pore cleaning sheet for additional nose cleansing,


This product is more similar looking to a black pore mask but less sticky and more gel-like.


The texture is grainy because of the andes salt mixed in it.


As soon as you start spreading the product you can instantly feel the heating factor from the tiny bits of power hot stones mixed in. The scent is mild and almost unnoticeable.

So did it work?

I am not so sure about the the sebaceous filaments falling off as you rinse but DEFINITELY improved my pore strip "harvest". I was able to pull out so much more filaments from my nose after the heat pack and my face felt super smooth afterwards. So below is part of the facial peel off mask, I think around my cheek area. I usually just get a few and only really small ones. BUT as you can see... there are so many bigger ones after.


So that's it for my heat mask. It's been a while since I've seen any heat mask that is packaged this way. They're usually the sachet ones. I forgot the brand name of the heat mask we used to buy but I haven't seen that at Watson's for a long time. If anyone remembers it, do comment on the name and brand. Also, if any of you know of a heat mask in this size, do share with us in the comments.

Cheers,
LIZ
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