Monday, May 22, 2017

StudioMakeup Soft Blend Eye Shadow in Peach Sorbet

Hi dearies!

I've been wearing this eyeshadow often lately...

StudioMakeup Soft Blend Eye Shadow in Peach Sorbet

I was able to get it for only PhP 218.75 from its original price of PhP 625.00 at Beauty Bar.

If it's not obvious yet, I love peach! And that's what attracted me to get this eyeshadow.


Another thing I like is eyeshadows because that's the part of the makeup process that I can get creative. :)

This is my first eyeshadow from the brand and my initial thought were:

The packaging looks great! It's simple yet classy. I like that you can see the shade from the transparent case.


The eyeshadow is a light peach with shimmers. It looks fun and sweet and great for everyday wear. It's like close to being neutral but not really... you know? :P

Here's the swatch

And below are photos when I wear it with my favorite winged liner:




I love the effect because it instantly brightens my eyes. :)

With the right eyeshadow primer, it can last the whole day on my lids.

What do you think of the StudioMakeup Soft Blend Eye Shadow in Peach Sorbet? :)


Cheers,
DAWN

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Becca Afterglow Palette

Hey loves!

Last year, when I visited my sister to attend her graduation, she got me gifts (and of course I got her some gifts for her special day also)! One of the items I received from her is this...

Becca Afterglow Palette

She knew that the brand doesn't have a physical store yet in the Philippines and that I would love to try out a product from Becca. I've been reading a lot of positive reviews on their highlighters even back then so I was really happy to see that I got a whole palette.

It's not all highlighters though. It's a palette consisting of five different shades. I would describe it as a group of highlighters and blushes, although one of them I use as a contour and one as a bronzer.

See below the photos of the box for some info about the product:

More info from beautylish.com

About Afterglow Palette
Choose from five fan-favorite highlighters and blushes to customize your own natural-looking glow. Designed to add light, lift, and a touch of color, this limited-edition palette includes these BECCA bestsellers:
  • Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone
  • Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Rose Gold
  • Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Topaz
  • Mineral Blush in Wild Honey
  • Mineral Blush in Flowerchild
Why It's Special
Accentuate your favorite features and add a luminous, natural-looking glow with the three highlighter shades Impart a soft flush of color and subtly reflect light onto the apples of the cheeks with the two mineral blushes
How to Use
Sweep the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed shades over high points of the face, including cheekbones, brow bone, and the bridge of the nose. Blend the Mineral Blush shades from the apples of your cheeks out to your temples.
Other Details
  • Paraben-free
  • Size: 0.057 oz per shade

The highlighters are described from the Becca website as:



The blushes are described from the Becca website as:


The packaging is great! I love the metallic pink compact equipped with a mirror. Both the length and the with are slim, which makes it perfect for travel! The size of each pan is smaller than I'm used to, but I rarely finish a blush before it expires so I guess this is good. Do try not to use a big brush for your blush or highlight so the pigments won't get mixed.

These are the shades and below are the swatches.


They are all pigmented! None of them are chalky and they glide smoothly on skin. What I love about this palette is that I could use all of them! The first two shades, Moonstone and Rose Gold, looks great as highlighters. Topaz on the other hand, is darker than my complexion so I use it as a bronzer (a very warm one because it has a beautiful golden glow). Honey is also too dark for a blush, but it can double as a contour for me. Finally, Flowerchild looks awesome as a blush! It gives a sweet, romantic flush to my cheeks. 

This is my go-to palette when I'm in a rush because it carries all I need to put color on my face (except the lips, of course). It's also a palette that I bring when I travel. 

Honestly, I couldn't see any bad things from this palette... maybe I could hope that they could put more blush colors next? Haha! I just like this palette very much. :P

Any thoughts on the Becca Afterglow Palette?


Cheers,
DAWN



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Review : Belo Intensive Whitening BB Cream

Hello loves!

It's been a while since I last ordered at Sample Room. A couple of weeks ago, I remembered that I used to check their samples out regularly. And so, I visited their website and I looked at their selections if theres a product that I would like to try. I didn't have much points so I stayed away from brands that are expensive. As I was browsing, one product caught my eye... 

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Belo Intensive Whitening BB Cream

Why? First, it's a BB Cream with SPF 50 and p++++. Since it is summer, I thought it would be a good everyday base for my face. Another reason is that it's within the sample points I have. Lastly, the sample I would get is the full-size product!

I ordered it along with an Olay soap. After only a couple of days, the package arrived to my doorstep! Awesome quick delivery!


I was surprised that the product I received not only contained the BB cream, but also a whitening soap! A nice duo to help lighten skin, especially if you've been exposed too long under the sun due to the summer season (hello beach!).


The duo creates a good combo as seen on the info at the back of the box. The soap helps you whiten skin, while the BB cream helps to protect skin from the sun while it conceals blemishes and evens skin. The BB cream also claims to help whiten skin as well! See info below for more details.

Info on the back of the tube:

Info from the website:

This product for the face even out skin tone with its Tone Correcting Formula, leaving a flawless natural finish. It uses the powerful combination of Kojic Acid + Tranexamic Acid that is clinically proven to whiten 64% better than products that use Kojic Acid alone. It has SPF 50 and PA++++ that protect skin against age-accelerating UV rays.

Info from Sample Room:
Belo Intensive Whitening BB Cream delivers that instant flawless no makeup look as your skin whitens over time.
Its Tone Correcting formula evens out skin tone and conceals skin imperfections like scars, fine lines, and wrinkles.  Even better, it has the power of Kojic Acid and Tranexamic Acid that over time improves skin clarity, whitens your complexion, and reduces the appearance of stubborn dark spots.
Belo Intensive Whitening BB Cream is also rated SPF 50 & PA++++, protecting your skin against age-accelerating UV rays.

Directions: Use it alone to instantly cover blemishes and imperfections, or layer it under your favorite foundation or powder.

FULL SIZE: 50ml
PRICE: PHP 349.75


The packaging, design-wise is pretty okay. It looks professional because of the fonts and the pearl finish, but it gives a bold and fun vibe because of the orange and the metallic cap. The material is a plastic tube that's easy to squeeze out the product. The nozzle is small so you can control the amount you dispense.

This is the product.

At first I thought that it's pretty light and I was hoping that it was warmer in tone. It says "medium to deep" on the label so I thought that it would be darker in shade. It's not much of a deal because I still think its pretty close to my shade at first glance.

When I lightly spread it, I noticed how lightweight it was. It feels like a mousse-cream combo. No stickiness at all.

When blended on skin, it was very sheer. It reminds me of tinted moisturizers.

See how it performs on my face below:

Your left: Bare face
Your right: With the BB Cream

There was barely any difference actually. It somehow lessen the redness, but the blemish marks are still very visible. I do appreciate, however, the matte natural finish it leaves.

I still use concealer when I wear this to work. It can last the whole day, but do take note that I stay in an air-conditioned room most of the time. The product doesn't help in controlling oil though. I need to blot after 3-4 hours to remove the shine off my face. 

I didn't encounter any breakouts nor irritations so far and I can't comment yet if it did help whiten my skin. I haven't seen any difference yet.

What I LIKE:
- Locally available (Pinoy made)
- Affordable
- SPF50 and pa++++
- Natural, matte finish
- Lightweight
- Smells good
- Packaging is okay
- Easy to blend

What I DON'T LIKE:
- This is just me, but I like coverage. It doesn't have to have a heavy one but I would appreciate a bit of concealing. I find this too sheer.

Would I buy again? I don't think so. Like I said, I appreciate some coverage. If you do have good skin, then this might be a good buy for you. The SPF is high enough for a daily sunscreen (I do advise a higher SPF of you'll be outside a long while).

And that's my review of the 
Belo Intensive Whitening BB Cream! :)


Cheers,
DAWN



Monday, May 15, 2017

Stila Shape and Shade Custom Contour Duo in Medium

Hello dears!

Here's another swatch post!
I usually contour my nose and cheeks, but I usually use powder rather than cream products as they work better with my oily skin. But my sister gave me this product so might as well blog about it...

Stila Shape and Shade Custom Contour Duo in Medium

I like stila. I have some favorite products that come from the brand, so my expectations were quite high. I was actually very excited to try it out when I received it even if it's a cream type. 


The packaging looks great and I love the slim compact! It looks classy with the matte gold plastic case. I like that the mirror is big as well.

Anyway, let's get to know the product from the description from the labels and the website:


This ultra-creamy, super-soft contour and high-light duo, uniquely, in three shades, is the perfect contouring solution for all skin tones. 

This velvety duo melts into the skin and has a matte finish that blends beautifully with soft focus, line-filling properties that instantly blur imperfections, leaving skin looking so smooth and naturally sculpted you won't know it's the makeup!

Benefits:
Buildable, sheer coverage.
The three shade combinations, tested by Stila artists, offer the perfect duo of shades for three skin tone ranges - light, medium, deep. Sheer, buildable coverage delivers instant color that works on both the fairest and deepest complexions.
Matte contour shades give a natural, sculpted look that won't accentuate oily skin or fine lines. Matte highlighter is the modern way to enhance and bring light to features.
Long-wear, non-transfer, waterproof and sweat-proof.


This Contour Duo comes with an easy to follow how-to guide on sculpting and shading with tips from the Stila Pros.

STILA'S SHAPE & SHADE CUSTOM CONTOUR BRUSH is the perfect tool to complete the look.


Highlights: C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, CERESIN, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL HYDROXYSTEARATE, ISOHEXADECANE, ISOSTEARYL NEOPENTANOATE, OCTYLDODECANOL, PALMITOYL OLIGOPEPTIDE, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, PPG-15 STEARYL ETHER, PPG-25-LAURETH-25, SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, TALC, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, TRIBEHENIN, TRIMETHYLSILOXYPHENYL DIMETHICONE. (+/-) Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499). Yellow 5 ( CI 19140). Contour: CASTOR OIL HYDROXYSTEARATE, ISOHEXADECANE, ISOSTEARYL NEOPENTANOATE, OCTYLDODECANOL, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, PPG-15 STEARYL ETHER, PPG-25-LAURETH-25, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, TALC, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYPHENYL DIMETHICONE. (+/-) Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492), IRON OXIDES BLACK( CI 77499), RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850).

  • High performance technology pigments is a patented process; each pigment is uniquely coated, guaranteeing superior wear, higher-color payoff, and a softer texture.
  • For best results, use with the new Stila Shape & Shade Custom Contour Brush, designed to work specifically with these innovative contouring and highlighting formulas, delivering perfect product placement and payoff.
  • This Contour Duo comes with an easy to follow how-to guide on sculpting and shading with tips from the Stila Pros.


I like wearing liquid foundations so I thought this would look great on top of my foundation, before I apply my transparent loose powder.  

I appreciate, too, that the contour doesn't have that strong red tone because that doesn't go well with my skin. Unfortunately, I encountered a problem. What was supposed to be a product to highlight wasn't lighter than my skin tone. I think it's too close, or even darker than my skin tone. I think I should use the Light shade instead of Medium.

Here are the swatches:

With just one swatch, I get this result. The pigmentation is great! A little goes a long way so be careful with the amount you apply.


When slightly blended, it looks smooth. It blended smoothly on skin and it feels very light. It's easy to blend and the finish looks soft and natural. I find that brushes work better at blending for me. A beauty blender works good too!

So below you'll see my face and where I usually apply the contour. I didn't use the highlight because it's pretty much the same color as my face. :P


And below is when it's blended...

It gives a soft finish. I don't usually apply much although I know that a darker contour is what's in, especially in Instagram. If you do like a stronger contour, the good news is this product is very buildable! 

Overall, I think it's a decent product. I do like the contour but the highlight is barely used. I'll try to use it on my friends with darker skin tone to see the effect better. Both shades have matte finish and I'd really like to see a matte highlighter in action.

Would I buy it once mine runs out? Uhhhh... maybe not. As much as I think the contour is good, I feel like powder is still better in terms of formula. I find that it's a bit expensive (according to the website) at $40, especially for something that I only use half of the product. 

And that's all for this post! Thoughts on the Stila Shape and Shade Custom Contour Duo?



Cheers,
DAWN

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