Saturday, September 23, 2017

August-September Haul (2017)

Hello loves!

It's my birth month and this is my excuse for me to do some MAJOR shopping spree! Weeeeeeeee!!! I've actually saved up for me to afford all these and I'm just happy with every single one of these purchases, and I'm very happy to share them with you by writing reviews and providing the prices and where I was able to get them.

So here they are...

First and foremost, the one that many beauty enthusiasts are watching out for...

...the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation.
It's by the one and only Rihanna. I'm not a major fan of the popstar but I do listen to a few of her songs, but after watching reviews of her products, I just might become one! A fan of her beauty line—Fenty Beauty! Wooot! Got this full-size foundation at Sephora Philippines for PhP 1,950.00 and got three deluxe sample sizes! Review will be posted SOON!

Also, I bought a Zoeva En Taupe Palette for PhP 1,106.00. I've been lusting for that palette since the day I saw it while browsing the Sephora website. I thought it was affordable and I love the highlighters I have from the brand so I just really wanna try it. My neutral palette is more on the warm side and I love wearing taupe and pinkish nude colors so I think this palette is a nice addition to my stash.

And I also got the Zoeva Cat Eye Pen for PhP 386.00! I like how black it is.


Last month I went to The Great Luxury Sale and was able to bring home some hugely discounted products. I lost the receipt  so I can't provide the prices of all the products, but I got these babies for more than 50% off...

Make Up For Ever Artistic Essentials
This set has products that I will surely use. What I like is that they are deluxe samples so if I do like any of them, I can buy the full-size.


Sleek Strobing Souffle in Smokey Quarts
Got this for PhP 200.00 only.
I love the color and the chunky glitter!

Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Gel Cream
Got this for only PhP 800.00.
Since I have oily skin, an oil-free moisturizer simply feels better for me.

Aveda Radiance Fluid
Got it for PhP 650.00 only. Yay serums! It claims to "boost skin's natural ability to shed skin-dulling cells."

Chloe Eau de Parfum in Love Story and Elizabeth Arden  Eau de Parfum in Untold
I can't remember the price of each but I think the total of both is PhP 3,500.00.

I also bought some brushes because some of my brushes need to retire already. I decided to go with synthetic ones this time.

7-Piece Unicorn Makeup Brush Set (Pink Gold)
Bought this for PhP 800.00 at BeautyMNL

If I have unicorn ones, I also have a mermaid one! Yay! And they're both Rose Gold!

Neutrogena Deep Clean Daily Scrub and Facial Cleanser
PhP 305.25 and PhP 269.75
I like that these skincare products both have salicylic acid.

Bobbie Nail Polish Remover - PhP 68.00
I really like this Nail Polish Remover. It smells okay and gets the job done quickly.

Kitty-Shaped Essential Oil Diffuser
I bought it for around PhP 600.00. We already have two at home but I still bought it. I just like that it's a cat! Haha!

Faber Castell 4 PITT Artist Pens in Sanguine and Sepia
These are 408.75 each.
I need to do some art soon. I feel like I'm getting rusty!


Below are the things I bought from DAISO. These are mostly PhP 88.00 except for the face brush and the cotton pad case, which are both PhP 188.00.

Baking is something that I'm happy doing lately and that's why I bought these. I plan to make a small cake!

A face brush and the cotton pad case

Tea light candles can be a bit pricey. These are only at Php 88.00. They are thinner compared to those bought at the department stores but they last long enough to make my room smell great.

THREADS! Haha! I have a project in mind. Hopefully I can share it to you once it's done!

And those are the things I bought recently. What among them are you excited about so I can write a review? Comment them below.


Cheers,DAWN


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Canmake Mat Fleur Cheek in 01 Matte Apricot


Hello loves!

I know that spring is over (and we don't even have spring in the Philippines) and pastels and bright colors aren't as "in" anymore, but I just gotta have a marshmallow-like blush shade. Right now I am using the...


Canmake Mat Fleur Cheek in 01 Matte Apricot
This costs PhP 680.00.


I wasn't really planning on buying a blush when I got this, but while browsing Canmake's kiosk at Trinoma, they had a promo (I think it was a gifts with purchase kind and I got a concealer) and just fell for that trap! I have low self control when it comes to makeup, especially when I do have some money saved up. Haha!


Since the details are in Japanese, here's the info from the website:

Is it really a powder? Startling staying power!
Let the flowers of a smile bloom in your cheeks
Blush with a soft, light finish

The secret of super-soft cheeks 
 Matte powder with a natural finish
Matte powder creates a soft shading effect! The matte texture ensures a translucent finish that never looks heavy
Enhances your complexion, giving you the softest, cutest cheeks
Soft-focus powder  
Contains fixing powder!!!

Matte powder with a soft-focus effect gives you a poreless look

With a highly light-diffusing effect, Focus Powder softly obscures textural irregularities caused by pores, concealing both fine lines and pores!

Contains sebum-absorbing powder (silica) to prevent make-up run.
Highly absorbent, it sucks up excess sebum  
Keeps your make-up in place for hours on end.

Contains beautifying & moisturizing agents and plant & fruit extracts that your skin will love
Ectoin, collagen, hyaluronic acid, arbutin, rosemary leaf extract, pomegranate peel extract, damask rose flower oil, rosehip oil, Rosa multiflora fruit extract

Formulation designed with your skin in mind
Free from mineral oils, petroleum-based surfactants, ultraviolet absorbers, and fragrance

SHADES:

[01] Matte Apricot
A versatile coral that suits everyone 
For a bright, cute impression

[02] Matte Girly Rose
A rose pink that fans of pink will adore

[03] Matte Marmalade
Ideal for energetic girls
A Coral orange


The packaging is something pretty common in Japanese brands. It looks so simple with the clear plastic compact. It doesn't have a mirror and it is equipped with a small brush.


The bristles are very soft but it's just so small that I can't use it on my cheeks because it's difficult to apply and make the color on both cheeks even.


I do love the embossed floral design! I like the part where the colors are separated (you can use it as an eyeshadow) but will create a beautiful shade when swirled together!

See the swatches below:

From left to right:
Swirled together, the one at the bottom left (white), the ones at the upper left/bottom right (light pink), the shade at the center (apricot), and the one at the upper right (rose pink)

Here's how it looks like on my cheek.

Okay... so as much as it looks pigmented on the swatches, it gave me a hard time layering the product to finally make it noticeable on my cheek. The colors are so soft that I had to apply at least three layers so that I get that result. I guess it's more noticeable on whiter skin (I'm NC20-25 for your reference).

I also had an idea to make the white somewhat like a highlighter, but... no. Haha! It looks like chalk was applied to my face so it's better to just swirl the white shade with the rest. However, leaving it out is also an option for a stronger shade of pink. It doesn't look chalky but layering them too much can make it look like a marshmallow exploded on your face. :P

What I do like is that it really is indeed matte. None of those shimmers or chunky glitters. If you're looking for a sharp, clean look, then a matte blush is a go-to. And since I love strong, bold, matte lippies, then a soft blush is something I would pair them with, which makes this product perfect!  

So what do you think of this product? Do you like marshmallow-like blushes?


Cheers,
DAWN



Saturday, September 16, 2017

K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner

Hey gorgeous!

A friend of mine gave me this eyeliner set from K-Palette when she went to Japan some months back. I already was using some black liners then so it took me a while to finally open this one.

K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner
and K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eye Pencil

Since it took a while for me to open this, I think the pencil got too old and dried out. So I didn't use it anymore and I'll just provide my insights on the pen eyeliner.

I don't know if the still sell a set like this but if you'll buy each product at Beauty Bar, they cost PhP 795.00 each.


Since it was bought from Japan, it didn't have an English translation at the back. So here's the product description from the beautyboxcorp website:

K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner
This liquid eyeliner has a waterproof formula that stays all day without smudging. Its super micro thin brush (0.55mm) enables you to draw thin lines easily---perfect for tightlining. It can be removed with soap and water, no makeup remover needed!

K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eye Pencil
This waterproof and smudge-proof eyeliner has a retractable soft pencil tip so you don't need an eyepencil sharpener! Its long-lasting & rich color want to sport a bold eye make up look.

You can also check their Facebook Page for updates.


The packaging of both products are similar. Both are in black and have silver details. They are pretty easy to use since it's like you're holding a pen. The pencil is a twist type while the eyeliner has a brush tip.

Here are the swatches...

As I said, the pencil has dried up already when I opened the product. I guess it's really my fault because it took me a few months to open it because I was still using an eyeliner back then. So I think it's unfair for me to do a review on that product so I'll just share my experience on the pen eyeliner.

I like how you can create thin lines with the slim tip of the eyeliner. It glides smoothly on skin and I can easily manipulate the thickness that I want to create with it. It's not as black as I want it to be though but it can be built up and the good news is, it doesn't flake when I put more on top.

I tried smudging it. It didn't totally smudge, it just faded a bit. I like that the lines still look clean.

I tried placing it under running water and it didn't move at all, even when I lightly smudge the swatches.

However, if you rub it continuously, this happens. I'm amazed at the pencil type though! Haha!

So as you can see, it has a pretty good staying power. I was actually expecting that because I know how popular this product is. Although, there are still times that it smudges, usually when my lids get oily. With the right primer and eyeshadow, this can last the whole day!

It would be a perfect pen liner for me if not for the "blackness" part because I like my liners really black. But if you don't mind this kind of shade, then it really is a recommendable product!

And that's all for this post. What are your thoughts?



Cheers,DAWN



Thursday, September 14, 2017

NOTD: Abstract Pastels

Hey guys!

Whenever I get bored, I just scroll down my Facebook timeline and see if there's something interesting to read or watch. I saw this nail tutorial (I'm sorry but I can't remember from who or which page that was from) and the look was pretty much like an action painting. My nail art skills aren't as good though and my nail art tools are limited so I can only come up with this:


It's a mix of purples and blues with glitters, of course!


These are the products I used:

CODE Professional in G603
Maybelline Color Show in 
Jenna Hipp (shade to follow)
ORLY Top2Bottom Basecoat + Top Coat
ORLY French Manicure 
And some gold chunky glitters :)


It's pretty easy to do. I just fill the nails with my chosen base, preferrably a light colored one and then add the colors. I tap the brush first on a tissue so that it doesn't carry too much polish so that it creates a sort of brush stroke with extra streaks. Play with the colors! Go for light and then dark ones. I added some glitters for extra glam and accents.

What do you think of this NOTD?


Cheers,
DAWN


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