Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sleek Strobing Soufflé in Smoky Quartz

Hey dearies!

I'm a glitter lover. I like glam and sparkles so it's no surprise that I bought this little baby as soon as I saw the swatch of it...

Sleek Strobing Soufflé in Smoky Quartz

I got it for PhP 200.00 only from its original price of PhP 595.00.

There were two shades available when I was in the Sleek counter during the Great Luxury Sale a couple of months back. I bought Smoky Quartz because I feel like I can use this shade more often compared to the other one which is more on the pink shade (Pink Opal).

Product info from the website:
With its unique bouncy texture, this whipped highlighting soufflé adds a luminous glow to your complexion. The long-wearing innovative formula melts into skin and illuminates the complexion with colour and beautiful shimmer.

Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Sorbitan Stearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Mica, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80. (+/-): Acrylates Copolymer, Polyethylene Terephthalate, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide).

At first I thought it was a cream eyeshadow. I wanted a cream shadow that's long lasting that can work as an eyeshadow base for me because most primers do not work as well alone. Darn my oily lids! But when I made a swatch using this, I was actually surprised with the soft, jelly-like consistency. It's like soufflé! When I applied it on my arm, I just loved what I saw.

The color is just beautiful, like sparkling champagne. The warm glitters can add that golden glow to any look that I can imagine. I can use it as a highlighter on my cheeks and add more glam to any eye makeup! I won't use it as base though because I find that the texture will crease on my lids if I apply too much of the product. A little sparkle here and there will be enough.

See that? That's what it looks like when you put a thick swatch. That's not how I think you should use it. The beauty of this product happens when you spread and blend it out...

...Like this!!!

See those beautiful sparkles? It's like magic! Like fairy dust resting on your skin.

I like that Smoky Quartz looks great on my skin, but now I wish I also have the Pink Opal since I'm also liking cool-toned highlighters on my skin lately. Haha!

That's how it looks on my upper cheek. Now imagine if I had a peach blush too. That would look so glam and gorgeous. If you want more shine, then put a gold powder highlighter then boost the shine by tapping some of this Strobing Soufflé on top. 

I would only use this on my cheek though. I think using this as a highlighter for your nose or any other place would make you look too... sparkly? But if that's the look you're going for, then go right ahead! :P

I like that this product doesn't cake on my skin, just be patient on blending it. It's so worth it! :D

Do you also like glittery products? What do you think of the Sleek Strobing Soufflé in Smoky Quartz?


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

NEW SHADES ADDED: Ellana Mineral Cosmetics Lip in Luxe Liquid Lipstick Collection

Hey loves!

I am soooo excited to share with you this news regarding one of my favorite liquid lipsticks. I was actually surprised and excited when I saw their Facebook ad featuring the new shades of Ellana Mineral Cosmetic's Lip in Luxe Liquid Lipstick range. As some of you may know, I bought the first four shades last December. I think I bought it a few days after they were first released! Haha! You can check them out HERE. Those shades consisted of mostly nude-ish colors and a bold, blue-toned red (which became an instant favorite). Now, Ellana added more colors to this collection—they are a mix of rosy hues and sexy reds.

I was given four shades by brand owner, Theresa Carbonel-Buenaflor. I was so surprised when I received a message from her telling me this generous offer. I've been a fan of their products since the first time I used them and their liquid lipsticks have been one of my favorites. I've been meaning to buy them before I learned that they'll give me some of the shades. I just feel so fortunate that I want to spread more joy to my readers by sharing with you the swatches and what to expect from these new beautiful lippies.

Two weeks ago, I received the package containing these four tubes. Since then, I used them almost every time I go out of the house! 

Just like what it says on the box, I gotta start each day with my favorite lippie and a beautiful smile—and that's what I did for the past two weeks! 

It's pretty much the same formula as before:
Creamy Matte
Smudge-proof—it lasts all day!
Made with vegan ingredients

I know that wearing matte liquid lipsticks can dry the lips and make them chap, but I can honestly say that Ellana's liquid lipsticks are one of the few matte lippies that I've used that do not dry my lips as much. Just exfoliate and moisturize your lips and apply this and achieve a perfect pout.

I also love that it has a life span of three years! Hooray! 

The shades that I will be sharing with you are
(From right to left)
Love is the Answer
Love is Noble
Love is Pure
Love is Sincere

There are actually five new shades but one of them, Love is the Reason, was already out of stock. Don't worry though, I still plan on buying one to complete my collection! ;)

The packaging is still the same with the clear tube with gold labels and a black cap. I like that the tube is cuboid or a rectangular cube. It sets it apart from most liquid lipsticks that have cylindrical shapes.

It's equipped with a doe-foot applicator. I like this because it carries enough product to coat both lips without redipping. I sometimes add another coat for a longer staying power.

Now, for the swatches:
Love is the Answer, Love is Noble, Love is Pure, Love is Sincere

I test the staying power of these liquid lipsticks by smudging and introducing substances...

Rubbing the swatches didn't do anything on the swatches.

Rubbing while wet with water also didn't do anything. Waterproof--check!

If you use mild cleansers like Physiogel, well, let me tell you that that's not enough to remove these babies! Rubbing it with Physigel cleanser didn't even create a smudge from any of the shades.

Finally, I used a makeup remover (oil-based) and it finally moved.

I had to massage the makeup remover a few times to completely remove the swatches.

So if you like long-lasting makeup, then these liquid lipsticks are the things that you might want to check out. All of the shades can last the whole day on me, except maybe when I eat something soup-based like ramen or I pig out on oily things like fried chicken (ha ha ha!).
Now I'll share with you individual photos of the lippies on my lips and how I look wearing them, starting with the pinks...
Love is the Answer

It has an old rose shade.

I love wearing this shade! It's not as vibrant as the reds but it has this classy feel to it.

Love is Noble

It's like a mix of a dark fuchsia and plum shades

I like how it compliments my warm skin. 

Love is Pure

It's a beautiful persian red shade.

I love this color! It's not a common red lipstick shade! I like me some blue-toned reds, but this is just a different kind of red and I really, really like it!

Love is Sincere

It's the classic red! 

It's a red that I can use for any occassions! 

These babies costs PhP 499.00. I find these liquid lipsticks as good investments, especially if you're an on-the-go person because it's easy to apply and lasts long. It's of good quality, quite affordable, and has a life span of three years. With all these in mind, what's not to like? If you're scared that it will dry your lips, continuous use can do that. BUT moisturizing with a lip balm and exfoliating your lips can keep your lips soft and smooth. If you have chappy lips, these will make the dryness more obvious. So take care of your lips and these liquid lipsticks will look like perfection! It can also double as a cheek tint, but I have yet to try that. I usually wear medium-heavy coverage foundations so tints aren't something I use often. :P

You may find me praising this product too much, but what can I say? I have nothing ill to say about this it. Lip in Luxe still remains a favorite of mine among my makeup stash!

Thought on these new shades? Comment below!


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Made By David Hand Sanitizers

Hey guys!

Having clean hands is always a must. It can prevent illnesses and even breakouts (for the skin conscious people like me). I always wash my hands as often as I can, especially when I'm about to eat. If I cannot wash my hands, I make sure I have sanitizers or rubbing alcohol with me wherever I go.

I currently have a bottle of Made by David Hand Sanitizer, particularly the Orange and Ginger scent.

I got this from BeautyMNL when I purchased a set of products. If you purchase individually, it costs PhP 100.00.

Below are the labels on the bottles:

More info from BeautyMNL's website:

Made by David Organics is all about providing carefully crafted products that are naturally healthy, generously nourishing, and sweet little pleasures to use. Everything they make is created with a lot of love, tons of passion, and a fair conscience. This is it right here, your new favorite part of your beauty and wellness regimen!

What is hands down the most nourishing, sweetest-smelling hand sanitizer in the world? You’re looking at it, love. Unlike most hand sanitizers, this has zero harsh chemicals so you’re left with soft, supple skin (not to mention bacteria-free).

Orange & ginger blend for an inspiring, energizing scent!
Grapefruit & Sage for a refreshing, awakening summery scent!
Green tea & lemon grass combine for a soothing, uplifting scent!

INGREDIENTS: Deionized Water, Ethyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Extract, Lavender Essential Oil, Grapefruit Extract, Chitosan, Lactic Acid,  Essential Oils.

The packaging is pretty cute. It's simple and I guess it looks appropriate for it's price. It's easy to use because you only have to spray it. The size makes it easy to carry around too.

I like that it's organic. No harsh chemicals involved so whenever I spray it, it doesn't dry out my hands. It also doesn't leave any sticky feeling.

I love how each of them smells. I usually do not like citrusy scents but these, particularly the grapefruit and orange, are mixed with herbs to create a new scent which I just love! They all smell great that even my boss loves them and has asked me to buy her some when I buy again (which I definitely will). My favorite is the green tea and lemon grass just because I LOVE green tea. I just love smelling it so much that I just spray it to smell it. Haha! 

And that's all for this post. What sanitizers do you use? Have you tried any products from Made by David?


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Celeteque 2-in-1 Eye Bag Miracle Kit

Hey loves!

Just last Monday evening, I had a difficult time trying to sleep. I went to bed a few minutes past 11pm and at around 2:30 am, I was still awake. According to my Fitbit app, I slept 2:46 am. I rarely get those difficulty sleeping attacks so I tried tracing the reason why I had it and the only thing I can think of is the matcha latte I drank at around 5:30 pm. Oh well.

And since that was the case, the morning after the incident, while I was getting ready to go to work, I noticed my eye bags are more puffy and under eyes were darker than normal. Ugh. Good thing I like wearing makeup so I know that I have something in my stash to help me look less tired and sleepless.

One of the products I considered and actually used is the...

Celeteque 2-in-1 Eye Bag Miracle Kit
PhP 745.00

This was sent to me along with the other product from the brand. The shade they gave me is Natural.

Product info from the labels:

Product description from the press release:

Say goodbye to raccoon eyes with Céleteque DermoCosmetics’ 2-in-1 Eyebag Miracle Kit (P745), which is a two-component solution to the dark circles under your eyes that may be caused by poor sleep, allergies, hormone levels, or even the food you eat or the genes you’re born with. The kit contains an Eye Balm to reduce puffiness under the eye and an Eye Foundation in light, natural, and beige shades to cover and lighten your eyebags. Ingredients include the trademarked Cytobiol Lumin-eye to reduce puffiness and under-eye bags; Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) to nourish, hydrate, and firm up the skin, minimizing lines under the eyes; and antioxidants like Ubiquinone, Squalane, and Ginkgo Biloba leaf extract, all of which help prevent further skin damage.

So as mentioned, it's a kit that contains a balm that acts like an eye moisturizer that helps moisturize and reduce puffiness, and an eye foundation that will help make your under eyes appear lighter.

So the balm is colorless and light. It's mildly scented too and non-sticky. It may look like petroleum jelly, but do not worry because it is lightweight.

It spreads smoothly on skin although it takes a few minutes for it to set on my skin. Sometimes I do not wait for it to dry and just add the eye foundation on top of it immediately. I don't see any difference in the effects if I wait or not anyway.

This is the eye foundation. I was curious as to why they only call it "foundation" instead of the usual "concealer." Apparently, the coverage is pretty light! My guess is that since Celeteque is a skin care brand first, the priority here is to keep your skin hydrated and make sure it can still breathe even under their cosmetics. So maybe it's better to keep things light than pile on so much pigments and other ingredients...? That's just my theory though and I just feel like concealer is more concentrated compared to foundations. . What do you think?

These are the swatches. On the left is the eye foundation alone and on the right is with the balm. The balm doesn't alter the shade which is a good thing.

Here's how it performs on my under eyes.

Bare under eye

When the balm applied

With the eye foundation

A lower angle of my under eye with the eye foundation

The eye foundation has a light to medium coverage. It didn't entirely cover the darkness under the eyes but it did brighten it. The concealer is buildable but the difference is not much and I don't think it's a good idea to apply too much product around the eye area because that's a sensitive area. If you have darker under eyes but you still want to use this, better have a corrector handly for better coverage and skin tone match.

I appreciate that this doesn't cake nor crease and as mentioned, it feels lightweight. It's a great everyday product. You don't look too made up, but still look fresh and healthy! 

And that's all I can say about this product. Thoughts?


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