Monday, January 26, 2015

Etude House Play 101 Pencil in Nos. 4 and 33

Hi lovelies!

I love it when affordable makeup brands go on sale because you know you can shop without regrets! That's what happened when I bought these two products from Etude House!

Etude House Play 101 Pencils
These are Php 348.00 each but I was able to buy them for 20% discount.

The shades are nos. 4 and 33.


I bought No. 4 because I think this would great as an under-eye glitter liner! I'm sure it can brighten up any eye makeup.

The shade is sparkly and nude so I bet it would suit many makeup looks.

No. 33 is a pale nude-pink shade that I'm very attracted to for some reason.

I fell in-love with the matteness of this one.

Below are the swatches.


I got those swatches in just one swipe and they glided smoothly on skin. It's very pigmented and you'll only need a few seconds for it to set on the skin. After that, it can stay the whole day, especially if you're using a good primer.

Check out No. 4 on my under-eye lashes.

And on the top of my upper lash line, I applied No. 33.


And what's interesting is that I can also use this as a lip liner and even as a lip color!


It does make your lips chap though... but staying power is pretty impressive!


So what do you think? The shades I got are beautiful and I wanna get more! And you know what's crazy? It's available in 50 different shades!!! WOAH! Awesome!

Have you tried the Play 101 pencils yet? What shades did you get?


Cheers,
DAWN

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Review : The Body Shop All-In-One Instablur Eye

Hey dearest!

Do you love wearing eye makeup too? Have you discovered your love for eye primers to make your makeup last longer? 

Since the first time I've used one, I immediately became a fan and made eye primers a staple in my makeup routine. Having oily lids can ruin your eye makeup big time and with a good primer, your beautiful look can last the whole day! I have tried probably a dozen of eye primers already and around half of them are pretty decent. And for today's post, I'll be sharing my thoughts on the most recent primer I got...

The Body Shop All-In-One Instablur Eye
This costs Php 895.00. The one I have was sent to me for review.

This is pretty new. It became available on September last year.

The packaging is pretty simple. It's in a tube that looks pretty much like the face primer version of Instablur. It's easy to squeeze out the product and I can get to open it by cutting it easily once I run low on this so I can fully use it.

Below are details about the product from their press release.



 
Below are details on the packaging:



Just by reading what it claims, I can't help but get excited about this product. It helps blur your imperfections (lines and dark circles), prolongs your eye makeup, and enhances the color of your eyeshadow. This is 3-in-one! You get the 2 important roles of an eye primer and you would not need an under eye concealer anymore! I have high expectations on this because I really liked the face primer which they released 2 months prior to this one (you can read the review here).


The consistency is gel-like. If you've tried the face primer, you'll be familiar with it. It looks thick but spreading it is easy because it is very smooth. It has a tendency to be clumped together and if you're using sponges or brushes to apply, it may fall off before you can spread it on skin so I just use my fingers. :P


It has a sheer yellow tone to it that helps give a light coverage on your eye area. This color suits my skin very well and I think it really brightens the eye area.

The pic above is when I slightly blend it. You can see how it goes through the lines of my hand. A little more blending and it can do a slight "blur" effect to lessen the visibility of the lines. This effect is more visible on finer lines of the face and on the pores too.

Below are swatches of my MUFE eyeshadow...
Left: without The Body Shop All-In-One Instablur Eye
Right: with The Body Shop All-In-One Instablur Eye

And above is when I smudged the eyeshadow over and over.

It held the eyeshadow rather well. It looks more enhanced with the primer and when I try to remove it, you can see that it kept the color there unlike the other one without the primer which looks almost gone.


Excuse the eyebrows, I was planning to do a strong eye makeup look there. Haha! Anyway, one eye has the Instablur Eye product applied while the other one doesn't. It gave a light coverage on my eye circles and it did very well on mattifying and "blurring" some of my fine lines around my eye bags. Very impressive, right?

Everything seemed to be going rather well... but I got disappointed with the way it handled the oiliness of my eye lids. In just 4 hours, my eye makeup began creasing and my eyeliner began transferring to the upper portion of my lids. This do not happen when I use good primers like the one I have from UD and Too Faced. I gave this another shot and I used eyeshadows that are known to last longer such as the Maybelline Color Tattoo, but unfortunately, they creased badly too.

So here's a summary of my thoughts:

What I LIKE:
- Enhances the color of eyeshadows
- Blurs fine lines
- Light coverage for under eyes
- Easy to apply
- Packaging is simple and practical
- Price is reasonable
- Locally available
- Multi-purpose
- Makes eye area so smooth

What I DON'T LIKE:
- Doesn't help prolonging makeup. My eye makeup creases after 4 hours.


Would I buy again?
I think I won't. The con is too important for me. I think I can handle it if it doesn't enhance the eyeshadow much because I can just use a very pigmented eyeshadow. I can also handle a primer without the coverage part because I can always use a concealer. BUT a primer for me should prolong makeup and unfortunately, this doesn't do that for me... I guess this would work on dry to normal skin better. 

Have you tried this yet? What are your thoughts on this product? Share your comment below! :)


Cheers,
DAWN


Saturday, January 24, 2015

MAC Double Definition Extra Dimension Skin Finish

Hey dears!

Doing a post that has been super delayed. I was supposed to blog this last year but I have forgotten about this for some reason. This is actually Liz's. It's a gift from her aunt who's residing in Canada. 

Anyway, I'll just make this post short and simple and give you an idea of what this beautiful thing can do. :D

MAC Double Definition Extra Dimension Skin Finish 


The product has two shades, one is a warm gold shade while the other is bronze. Both of them give a frosty, shimmery finish.


These can act as a highlighter (the gold one) and a bronzer or you can swirl them together and give your skin a glistening warm finish.


It's housed in the classy MAC compact and the design of the product itself is really beautiful. I don't even wanna use it because I don't want to ruin the embossed design! Haha!


Anyway, below is the swatches:


Besides using this as a bronzer/highlighter, I can also use this as an eyeshadow!

That's the product used as eyeshadow.

It looks very classy too and you can pair it with a natural shade lippie or a bold red!



And this is how my face looks like when I use it as a bronzer/highlighter! It really did add definition to my chubby face! You can go bronzier depending on how you like your look. I just want to go for a subtler look since it is unusually cold in the Philippines now. :P 

 A couple of months to go 'til our country's summer season though and I already know what product I'll use for a bronzy-golden glow!


Cheers,
DAWN


Thursday, January 22, 2015

FOTD: Cashmere and Stones

Hello dears!

I can't get enough of my newest eyeshadow palette—the Lorac Mega PRO palette. I've been using it since I bought it last November. I think I've only used a different eyeshadow twice since then. Haha!

Anyway, I'm sharing a look I made a few days ago before I went to work!


I made it simple but I still made my eye makeup a little more eye-catching than the rest.

If you're wondering why the title is such, I used the colors Cashmere and Stone from the Lorac Mega PRO palette. Check out the makeup I used for this look below.

Below are closeup pics of my eye makeup.



I think it gives a romantic vibe especially partnered with my wavy curls!



So what do you think of this look? Would you wear this when you're going to work too? :)


Cheers,
DAWN

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