Thursday, July 28, 2016

NOTD : Berries and Sequins

Hey guys!

I've been getting a lot of compliments about my NOTD. I've been wearing it for a few days already...

And it's pretty easy to do. I just used a base coat and these three nail polishes...



It's just layering. I used the violet shade from Maybelline as base and then added the glittery polishes. First was the one from CODE and then the gold ones from The Body Shop. The glittery ones were applied on only the 2/3s of each nail.

The dark violet shade gives that serious vibe but the sparkly glitters just adds the glam! This look is very eye-catching because like I've mentioned, I've gotten compliments even though I didn't intentionally show my hands so that my nails can be seen. :P

I just love glitter polishes... I just don't like removing them. Haha!

And that's all for this NOTD post! 


Cheers,
DAWN


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Review : 1028 Visual Therapy Double Wear Hydrating CCdation

Hello loves!

Are you as curious as me when it comes to makeup that when you visit another country, you buy at least one thing from a brand that is not yet available in your country? Well, that's me and even when it was not me who's traveling, I tell friends to buy me something that's not in the Philippines yet and I just give them the shopping money (sometimes they give it as pasalubong! Yayyy!).

The one I am reviewing is a product from that kind of curiosity (or shopping sickness?). I asked my friend Yuki who went to Singapore some months back to buy me a face product that I haven't tried before and she bought me this:

1028 Double Wear Hydrating CCdation


She saw this in one of the shopping areas she visited and took a picture. I didn't have any idea what this product was about nor know anything about the brand. So I said go ahead! 


She bought this for SGD $29.90.

It's available in two shades only. I have the darker shade, Nude Beige.

Firstly, let's get to know the product by checking out the labels:


These are info from the website:

The website is in Chinese and I only added those that I can understand (even when translated by google translate, I still didn't get much from it).



Color correction
High Concealer
A super-moisturizing day



So to sum up all the claims written, the product promises foundation-like coverage and skin corrector while giving skincare benefits such as hydration and skin cell repair. It also promises to last all day long!

The packaging looks very classy. The black bottle's design is minimalist. It's a squeezable bottle so you can get the product easily since the product's consistency is pretty thin.


The nozzle is thin so it's easy to control the amount of product dispensed. The product do not spill on the cap too.


This is what the product looks like. It's lightweight and quite runny so I was doubtful of its claims to have high coverage at first because most foundations/bb creams/cc creams I've tried that have high coverage usually has creamy textures.

But color-wise, the shade is pretty close to my skin color! It has a warm tone that compliments my skin pretty well.

When blended, it disappeared like it's actually my skin. To be honest, I wasn't sure if its because it didn't have coverage or if it's just that close to my natural skin color. I had to test it on my face (where I have pimple scars to cover) to make sure. :P

My bare face

My problem area is usually the jaw line as seen on the photo above.


With the product on

I'm very, VERY surprised at how good the coverage is! It took care of the redness of the pimples and almost covered all pimple scars! It even reduced the appearance of my pores! And it's so lightweight like I'm not wearing makeup... like I just added some moisturizer on my face.


However, it exposes the flaky areas of the skin. I usually have products that help peel off the surface of problem areas so that the pimple scars would lighten. And as you can see on the photo above, those areas are flaky and it's very visible when I have this product on.


That's my whole face with only the product on. No concealer yet nor finishing powder. The shades is a little lighter than my skin, but it oxidizes and then the color blends better on my normal skin tone once it sets.

The finish looks pretty natural. It's not totally matte... it actually has that slight dewiness that makes the finish look like natural skin.

Here's my face with the rest of the makeup on. My face looks brighter—like it's glowing!


The lasting power is pretty decent. It can last the whole day when I'm in the office where it is air-conditioned. However, I noticed that it fades whenever I get sweaty, but not too much... it's still there but the pimple scars are becoming noticeable. Oil control is pretty okay. I don't get very oily when I wear this... my estimation is it takes around 6 hours before I get shiny with my oily skin.

Does it hydrate? I don't think it gives enough hydration. I still prefer how my face feels when I add moisturizer than applying this alone. 

So to sum up this review:

What I LIKE:

- Good coverage
- Natural-looking finish
- Lightweight
- Classy and sturdy packaging
- My pores look smaller
- Decent lasting-power (except when sweaty)
- Decent oil control
- Warm shade compliments my skin tone
- My face looks brighter
- Covers redness

What I DON'T LIKE:

- Only two shades available
- For a CC Cream, the SPF25 is too little
- Not yet available in the Philippines
- Flaky, dry areas of the skin are more visible


Would I buy again? Well, I like it but not so much that I want to get another one again. I want to try and explore more products. It didn't win me over as much but I still love the "glowing" effect it gives my skin.

I do wish that they have more shades because I already have the darker shade and it's still lighter than my skin. The morenas wouldn't be able to appreciate this product as much as I did.

Anyway, that's all for this review. Have you tried this product yet? What about other cosmetics from this brand?


Cheers,
DAWN


Friday, July 22, 2016

L.A. Girls Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss in Frisky

Hello dears!

I've been a makeup enthusiast for years and other than a good foundation, good brow product, and a good mascara; the other product that I should always, ALWAYS have in my makeup stash is a red matte lipstick. I already have a couple of that from MAC but since the liquid lipstick craze is getting bigger and bigger, I thought that I should also have a red liquid matte lipstick. And well, I accidentally got it from the brand L.A. Girls...

L.A. Girls Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss in Frisky

I got it for PhP 349.00 at the department store of SM San Lazaro.

I mentioned that I got this by accident. The story is, I was looking for a dark lipstick that I can try and my eyes caught the lips of the SA from L.A. Girls. I asked what lip product she was wearing because it was like a deep mulberry shade and she gave me this one. I was doubtful because it's so red... but hey, I did ask and this is what she said she used so I gave her the benefit of the doubt... unfortunately, when I got home and tried it out, the lipstick's shade is a bold, cool-toned, red lipstick. I like this shade but I already have lipsticks in this color. Oh well.

Info on the packaging:

Info from the website:

Matte Pigment Gloss

Blurring the lines between lipstick and lip gloss, Matte Pigment Gloss has already become a favorite of makeup artists, blogger and fans. These 16 bold shades provide rich, intense color in a flat finish for all day wear. The long wearing formula goes on as a high pigmented liquid and dries to a flat matte finish. Leaving lips colored in gorgeous velvety perfection that last and lasts.

There are 16 shades available (from the website).


Anyway, it's a red, blue-toned matte lipstick... pretty close to MAC's Ruby Woo. The packaging is a clear tube. I actually like the design because it's quite edgy and sexy, but still simple and can still be considered classy.

That is the applicator. It can carry enough product to cover both lips.

Swatch on hand


Swatch on lips

It's very pigmented and the finish is indeed matte. The texture is just a bit buttery at first but it dries pretty quickly. It doesn't transfer much like on your cup when you drink. It also lasts a long time, even the whole day when I wear it. 


The shade suits my warm skin tone as well and I think I'd like to try other shades from the brand since it's actually quite affordable.

The only downside is, well, it's drying... but that's actually something usual when it comes to matte lip products.

And that's all that I can say about this product. What are your thoughts on this? Which shade do you like most? What brand of liquid lipstick do you use?


Cheers,
DAWN



Wednesday, July 20, 2016

PIXI Eye Beauty Kit in No. 11 Mod

Hello guys!

Okay... so I did an impulse buy on this product that I'll be sharing with you in this post. I just saw it and thought that it's a great travel buddy for its slim case and that it already carries many shades. It's the...

PIXI Eye Beauty Kit in No. 11 Mod

Product info on the box:
(Please click the photo to enlarge)

Besides the very slim packaging that will not cost too much space in your bag, what got me attracted to the palette are the shades included...

As the palette name suggests, the selections are indeed mod. All eight shades are colors I use very often since they are mostly neutral. I also like that even if the compact is thin, it still has a built-in mirror. Considering all these factors, it really is a great travel buddy.

It also comes with an applicator. It's double-ended—one side for applying eyeshadow while the other is for lining (eyes or even brows). I still prefer bringing my own eyeshadow brush/es because I find this one too small. :P

So here are the available shades in the palette:

And below are their swatches, starting from the left quad, top left to bottom right:


The eyeshadows are powdery, but I'm surprised at how pigmented they are, even the matte ones! They are buildable too! You can just wet the brush and the color turn out would be bolder. The shades are pretty okay although the brown ones look pretty similar to each other.

It's a pretty decent eyeshadow palette. The only thing that I didn't like much is that it doesn't really lasts long alone, but with a good eyeshadow primer, it can last quite a while—even for the whole day if I don't stay outside long enough to get sweaty. 

So yeah, I would still consider this a good impulse buy. What do you think?


Cheers,
DAWN



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