Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint + Stretch Concealer Thoughts

My close friends and those who have read this blog from day 1 know that I highly prefer wearing little to no foundation. Should I wear foundation, I want something that is:

a. Long-wearing
b. Lightweight

I don't really care for high coverage foundations or bb cushions or bb/cc creams. I also have reasons as to why I don't really prefer those things.

a. I sweat a lot on my face. Like a lot. Setting sprays ain't gonna cut it.
b. The weather here is humid to hot.
c. High-coverage base makeup tends to be thick and cakey and I have a heavy hand, so I'm definitely going to look caked up with those kinds of products.

Plus, I am more invested in my skincare so that I can go foundation-free. No offense to those who prefer something with coverage though. It's just not my cup of tea. I prefer one layer of foundation/bb/cc cream. I prefer going at it with my point makeup. Enter the two products that I have fallen in love with after just a few uses. The Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint and the Stretch Concealer.

Monday, September 11, 2017

My Birthday Haul! + Presents

As I am turning the big 2-6 this year, I thought that I would treat myself to some makeup and skincare. The moment I received half my pay for the month from work, I knew I had to jump the gun and splurge on products that I've always wanted to get my hands on. This is more of a collective haul + some beauty presents that my cousin gave me. I will put links to the shops where I purchased most of my haul from as well as the present my cousin gave me. I couldn't find a link for the Neutrogena lip pencil though.

First up, my Glossier goodies, the Perfecting Skin Tint (Php 1500), and the Stretch Concealer (Php 1200). While I am more drawn to K-beauty brands, Glossier has caught my attention for some reason. Perhaps it's because of their whole approach to skincare and makeup. I got my hands on these two products, buying them off of cultbeauty.ph on Instagram/ Etymology on Shopee since Glossier doesn't ship here. Hopefully, that changes soon.

Cosrx AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner. I got this off BeautyMNL for Php 657. My tried and tested toner. For a while, I couldn't buy any skin care products because I was still on a tight budget, and thus my skin is taking a hard hit lately. Thankfully, this now saved the day. I got two, so I have a backup.

Laneige Essential Balancing Emulsion Light. I purchased this off of Daraholic for Php 1450. Being a dry/combination skin type, gel-type moisturizers or emulsions are for me. I need something that's lightweight, yet hydrating. This seems to be it for me.

Benefit I Pink I Love You makeup kit (Php 1900 on Beauty MNL). This is what my cousin got me as an early birthday present when she arrived from the States. It has miniature versions of the Dandelion Dew, Posie Tint, Dandelion powder, and the Roller Lash. I've tried all of them so far, but I'm not sure on whether to put everything in one big review post or just review each product separately. I am leaning towards the former.

Neutrogena Moisturesmooth Color Stick. This is another present my cousin gave me. It is actually part of a set that was for me, my mom, and my sister. I got this Pink Nude shade which turned out to be an MLBB shade! It smells and tastes like peaches and it moisturizes my lips like wow. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Back-to-School Makeup Look

Okay, the title may be a bit misleading, especially if you're from the Philippines like I am. Most of the world is gearing up for the new school year again though, so I figured I'd make another attempted look of sorts. This is an easy makeup look that you can do for school, given that you're allowed to wear some makeup haha. It's not the glam, Instagram makeup, but it's something that's wearable on a daily basis. 

Products used:
1. Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control - #23
2. Skinfood BBH Vita Fit Poreless Cushion - #3 (I was testing this cushion out again on one side of my face)
3. Aritaum Matte Formula Auto Brow Pencil - dark brown
4. Innisfree shadow pencil - #10 Galaxy Grey
5. Etude House Play 101 Pencil - #40
6. BeneFit Posie Tint
7. Neutrogena Moisture Stick - Nude Pink 


1. Cushion foundations are a big time saver, especially for school, so put on your base. I skipped concealer on this, but you can put some if you'd like, just make sure it's blended evenly. If you have a little more time on your hands, bb cream will do too. 

The cushions I used gave a semi-matte finish, so I didn't bother putting on some powder. If you've got oily skin, then I suggest you use powder everywhere except your cheeks, as we'll put on a cheek tint. 

2. Fill in your brows, keeping it as natural as possible while maintaining the natural shape. It'd look weird if you've got incredibly defined Instagram brows in a more natural makeup look, haha. 

3. Stick or cream shadows are another time saver. With or without primer, they will stick to your lids once they set. 

I chose a glittery taupe-gray colored stick shadow and dotted the middle of my lid first, then I blended everything out with my fingers, so it becomes a sheer wash of color rather than a BAM! glittery eyeshadow on the lid. 

4. Before this, if you're a mascara person, curl your lashes and put on some mascara. I went ahead with the eyeliner and chose a shimmery dark gold (?) color, like the #40 pencil in the Play 101 pencils range. I lined my eyes, making it as natural as possible. If you're feeling like wearing a cat eye though, go for it! 

5. To give some color to the cheeks, put on a natural light pink or peachy cheek tint. Put three dots of the cheek tint to your cheeks then blend with your fingers. 

I prefer cheek tints or cream blushers than the powder ones, mostly because I find it hard to control the amount of product I have when it comes to powder blushers. Cheek tints and cream blushers tend to last a lot longer than powder ones do too. 

6. Lastly, an MLBB lip. I put on an MLBB lip pencil that's also incredibly moisturizing. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

My Point Makeup Collection!

As I have said in my previous post, I might not be able to post up hauls as much anymore, or at least for now because I'm in a tight spot, finances-wise. However, I will try to post other things outside of hauls, and this is one of them! 

I just want everyone who reads this to keep in mind that I'm not bragging. My makeup collection is pretty small for a beauty blogger and also because I tend to throw out products that I just can't use right away, thus the small size of it all. I'll put my even smaller base makeup collection in a separate post. 

This post may also give you an idea of what kind of products to try if you're looking for something new too. If you've tried any of what I've used here, let me know in the comments what you thought about it. What you like, what you didn't like. I'm looking forward to getting to know my readers a lot more :D 

I've sorted these by kind, although one group is made up of a mix of products. Let us begin! 

My Lip Products: 

From left to right: 

Innisfree Creamy Tint Lip Mousse - #4 Spring Romance Peach

I honestly got this because of Pony and her Love Day makeup tutorial from 2 years ago, I think. While it looked good on her, it reminded me of how I suck so much at putting on lipstick, all the more a liquid lipstick like this one. It didn't look good on me either. Sad. 

Laneige Two-Tone Lip Bar - #11 Juicy Pop

I've fallen into the trap that many have fallen into when it comes to K-Beauty. Song Hyegyo's look in one scene of Descendants of the Sun made me super curious as to what she put on her lips. You know, the one where she gets ready and re-touches her makeup in the elevator? Where she didn't really open the part where the cushion actually was when she retouched her foundation? That one. I looked far and wide in many online shops until I came across the post where it reveals what shade of the Two-Tone Lip Bar she was wearing. I love the color, and the coral-pink hue it gives my lips whenever I don't feel like doing a pink-yellow gradient lip. It is a bit drying, though, so I always make sure to wear lip balm underneath. 

Innisfree Vivid Tint Rouge - #5 Pink-ade

I actually forgot what got me to buy this one, but I've never looked back on that. This is one of my go-to lippies whenever I go out or go to work! It smells (and tastes) nice, and it doesn't dry out my lips. I can do a good gradient lip with this too, it's pretty fool-proof. The downside of this is that it tends to bleed, so a lip liner is needed if I want a full-lip. 

Holika Holika Pro Beauty Enamel Volip Tint - CR01 Flash Coral

I've always had watery-type tints when I first started out putting together my own makeup collection. The downside of those tints is that it's incredibly drying. I first saw this on Liah Yoo's Youtube, where she reviewed the whole collection. It's an oil tint, so it's super moisturizing. This is another one of my go-to lippies whenever I go out or go to work. 

Banila Co. Tinted Love Glow Tint - #3 Fall in Pink 

Another lippie that is quite similar to the Volip Tint I just mentioned, this is also a lippie that serves as my MLBB. The color looks so natural on my lips. It's not sticky, it's not drying, the color is super pretty. The price is comparable to the Volip Tint too, so it's fairly reasonable. 

Aritaum Honey Melting Tint - #5 Apple Tart

Where do I begin with this? First off: it totally smells and tastes like green apple/apple candy. It's a candy apple red that, like the creamy tint lip mousse, reminds me of how much I suck at putting on lipsticks. I do try and make a gradient lip from this though. 

Espoir Lip Stain Oil Tint - OR401 Paris

Another oil-based tint, and this is the first time I've tried an orangey-coral kind of lip tint before. Because it's an oil-based tint, it's not sticky, it's not drying, it's not streaky. It also smells good too. 

Innisfree Vivid Tint Rouge - #4 Sunny Red

I have plans on collecting the whole line of these lippies, but so far I haven't been successful. I also needed a better red lippie, so I obviously had to go look for a nice one, and ta-da! Here it is. It's the same as the Pink-ade one, not drying, not sticky, smells and tastes good, but it does bleed. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Innisfree Skinny Volumecara, Skinny Fixercara, and 2016 Jeju Color Picker Eyeshadow Kit First Impressions/Review

I'm back from being away for so long. I have been preoccupied with other things outside this, and I only managed to drag my ass to the post office to get the last of what I'm going to discuss here. Unfortunately, due to my finances being a little non-existent at the moment, I might be scarce in posting entries such as this here. However, I will try to post more frequently. 

Anyway, I'm here to give my first/second impressions on three Innisfree products i have ordered over the months. I got one from iBuyBeauti and from KpopTown (see my "where to buy" tag for links to the site). 

The Innisfree Skinny Volumecara, the Skinny Fixercara, and the 2016 Jeju Color Picker Shadow Kit. 

I got the Skinny Volumecara from iBuyBeauti, while the Skinny Fixercara and the eyeshadow palette is from KpopTown. With that, lemme start out with the mascaras. 

New Haul!

Fortunately, I can finally cross these items off my beauty watch list because I now have them. I ordered from both Kpop Town and iBuyBeauti. Good news for those of us in the PH who want to order for ibuybeauti (see my "where to buy" tag for the link to the site), they now have another shipping option for customers from South East Asia. You can now have your orders shipped via private couriers (in our case, it's LBC Express which takes 5-7 days) so you can avoid the dreaded customs inspection and tax.

A try-on post will be up soon so I can share my thoughts regarding these three purchases I made.

Items I got:

Innisfree Skinny Volumecara - I've somewhat shied away from mascaras because my lashes are so stubborn and cannot for the life of me, hold a curl. However, I do have a soft spot for Innisfree's skinny mascaras, like this one.

Innisfree Skinny Fixercara - I've always wanted to purchase the Etude House lash fixer, after seeing Lamuqe's tutorials that involved this, but I never got around to it. I did manage to purchase this one, so I hope it's good too.

Innisfree Jeju Color Picker Shadow Kit - I got the Version #1. I've always wanted to try out Innisfree's eyeshadows but I never got around to it. I've also seen a few beauty bloggers rave about this shadow kit, so I can't wait to play with it.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

SkinFood x BBH Vita Fit Poreless Cushion

So far, I've only tried out about 3 or 4 products from SkinFood, and that was pretty much years ago when my friend would give it to me because she didn't like it as much. When the SkinFood x BBH (Bouffants & Broken Hearts) Collaboration came out however, that just really got me into wanting to try out more products from the brand. Also, I love looking through their official Instagram account because everything looks so cute and nice. 

Anyway, this is another first impressions/review of sorts of one of their BBH Edition cushion foundations, the Vita Fit Poreless Cushion. I ordered this from Seoulfinds Manila way back in February and it just arrived this month. I managed to get this just in time because SkinFood in Korea was having a 50% off sale in base makeup.