I hope not! I finally get to try and talk about the BLK Velvet Lip Creams which I think works really well for users with extremely dry lips condition! The matte ones I recently reviewed (BLK All-Day Intense Matte Lipsticks) are great but on some days that my lips have a mind of their own, application tends to be a bit harder than usual, there's a bit of tugging and worst, dry patches could appear (which happens to me on all matte lipsticks by the way!)
So thankfully, the brand created another version of their lipstick line meant for those who wants intense moisture in their lipsticks, I don't know about you but I NEED moisture in my life!
BLK Velvet Lip Cream
Available shades: Alluring, Refined, Classy and Flirty
Housed in the same packaging as the Matte ones, it is a bit confusing when you have both types in ONE drawer, you really need to look at the bottom to make sure you're picking the right lipstick texture. On a positive note, kudos to transparent packaging because I can peek on the lip color immediately without opening the cap.
I got 3 shades to try ---
Classy, Flirty and Alluring
AMW wears Classy
Classy is a Pinkish Nude shade which gives off a healthy-looking vibe. It is an MLBB shade for me and I love how my skin brightened!
AMW wears Flirty
Flirty is a Coral Pink shade that appears medium pink on my pigmented lips. I like how this looks healthy on my lips and how it gives that young-looking vibe.
AMW Wears Alluring
A deep berry red shade that looks nice on photo but not my personality if you see me wear this in person. I have this notion that this shade would work better on users with darker complexion! I can imagine that sexy caramel skin with this deep berry lipstick shade!
But this is a personal preference, some would compliment on my lip color when I wear this while others would say --- I only see your lips! hahaha
To talk about the product itself, I like them more than the Matte version, though these lipsticks transfers on spoons and mugs, I don't mind reapplication because it never dries out my lips.
Thankfully, it does not cause my lips to feather or flake as well!
I wish they would come up with more shades, though they covered most of the shades Filipinas want but hey, I can always wish right?
Kyle knows the idea of saying Thank You as early as 2 years old, but the thing is that, "Thank You" seems just like any other sentence he can just blurt out on a daily basis without understanding the full meaning to it and how it can make the other person happy upon hearing it.
Since Kyle is into books, I really like the book I recently got, a Story About Gratitude with the help of cute Twiga.
Twiga Learns How To Say Thank You
Is a simple book with illustrations on how being grateful and appreciative can make everyone happy, in return, you also see the magic of the world!
The SAEM is finally here in the Philippines and I was lucky enough to be part of their Grand Launch at SM AURA a couple of weeks ago.
The place was packed and as much as I would love to look into makeup products, I am more into skincare now so I went ahead and looked into their skincare range which is HUGE by the way! They have basics, for oily skin, dry skin, combination skin and even anti-aging products.
Now let's start with the basic --- Facial Wash
The SAEM Urban Eco Waratah Foam Cleanser
I can't find a detailed information about this product or product description as it isn't even on the SAEM Global website. When it comes to new brands and new skincare, I always start by testing out their Cleansers because it is the easiest way for me to see if such range works for me or not. Thankfully, this works just like most of my Foam Cleansers, it is gentle, removes excess oil, dirt without drying out my skin! I love the light scent and I love how I don't have any negative skin reactions after using this!
I can't vouch on anything drastic for now but I'm happy with this product.
The SAEM Mervie Hydra Wrinkle Spot Solution
The highly moisturizing elasticity wrinkle spot solution provides intensive anti-wrinkle care and lifting effect by densely filling areas with wrinkles.
True enough, this is highly moisturizing and I insert this skincare product on daytime routine before I apply makeup. I tap this product on areas that tend to crease midday --- laughline and forehead! This is a great "filler" to those dry patches as well!
The SAEM Urban Eco Harakeke Root Toner
Contains pure moisturizing energy of the pristine New Zealand Harakeke! This toner helps moisturizes and firms skin.
This is my favorite the SAEM skincare out of the 3! Not because the other 2 don't work but this is the product that I see the effect as instant as 3rd use! I like how my skin looks and feels after every single use. My skin looks hydrated, radiant and even glowing! I like to apply this with a patting motion using clean hands. The pump packaging is just perfect!
In store, I've seen more skincare and makeup products I'd like to try!
Since Make Up For Ever came up with their Ultra HD foundation, I've used it a lot of times on both myself and clients! But there's one foundation from the brand that has been calling my name for attention --- the Water Blend.
Why Water Blend? Because Scuba Diving and Underwater Shoots are the "in" thing nowadays! I've had queries about underwater shoots so many times I knew I had to pack a "waterproof" makeup kit sooner or later!
Since the Water Blend foundation was highly recommended by my make up artist friends, I picked one up and gave it a test so many times! I've took a shower with this, I've washed my face with this, but the ultimate test day came when I did an underwater shoot with the Scuba Studio Team for an underwater shoot.
Make UP For Ever Water Blend
Available in all Make Up For Ever stores nationwide or ONLINE
I picked my shade Y225 and here's the swatch.
As for application, I prefer to apply using my fingers first and gently blend out with a foundation brush. The foundation is water-based so it gets absorbed easily to the sponge if you use such tool.
Before and After
AMW says ---
Water Blend foundation has a texture of a water.
Gives off an even skintone with glowing effect.
Coverage is light, so you really need a separate concealer and need to layer this foundation more than usual.
Can be used on both face and body.
Indeed waterproof, even under waterproof! This foundation did not cake or crease even used on chlorine water (pool!)
Problematic skin may have a hard time using this as coverage really is super light! Best to use a separate concealer.
Half Face Test
Here's the underwater shoot I recently did with the Scuba Studio Team . The Model was in red bathing suit! She has done so many layouts and her whole makeup was still intact.
Let me know if you want me to share my underwater makeup looks tips and tricks! As for the foundation, it is indeed my best investment and purchase because I can use this on both Personal and Professional level!
As I was laying at night getting ready to sleep, I looked at my nails and decided to change it because I was off to an important event the next day!
What to do at 1:00am? A very simple nail art tutorial with polishes that dries up pretty quickly!
Introduction, my Summer Romance Nails inspired by the Summer Romance Collection of Girlstuff Nail Polish!
Step 1: Apply a good base coat. I used to always do this step but since I was rushing, I skipped base coat application and went ahead and applied 2 coats of base polish in 3 shades.
Girl Stuff Nail Lacquer Sun-kissed for pinkie fingernail and thumbnail. Girl Stuff Nail Lacquer BAEWatch for Ring Fingernail and Middle Fingernail. Girl Stuff Nail Lacquer Rendezvous for Pointer Fingernail and half of Ring Fingernail.
Step 2: Using my 2-way nail art pen (brush portion), apply random lines of gold as shown on photos below. It is very important to make sure your base polishes are completely dry before doing this step.
Your choice of horizontal and vertical lines. Be creative!
Step 3: Since I wanted something to "POP" because summer is all about the bright sun, I picked Girl Stuff Nail Lacquer in HOPE and applied it on top of Sun-Kissed - this is a great polish to use if you want somewhat "HOLO" nails!
Step 4: Apply Fast Dry Top Coat, this is a perfect top coat to those who are always rushing and don't have time to wait for their polish to dry! (ME!)
Easy yet it was well-appreciated by everyone who saw my nails!
How do you like my version of Summer Romance Nails?
Do you do your own nails or have them done professionally in salons?
Girlstuff Summer Romance Polish collection is available at Girlstuff Kiosks nationwide.
Having good skin starts with cleansing, no matter how expensive your skincare products are, if you don't remove your makeup thoroughly at night before going to sleep, you will definitely wake up with zits here and there.
I've tried almost all makeup cleansing products, from Cleansing Oils to Cleansing Foams and now Micellar Water --- the latter is my favorite by far because it does not leave greasy feel yet it removes makeup like a tough dishwashing liquid *laughs* (Don't use dishwashing liquid on the face okay?)
Micellar Water used to be very expensive, thankfully, more and more drugstore brands are coming out with their own Micellar water and one of my favorite brand Cathy Doll came out with one and yours truly have to test them out of course!
Cathy Doll Oh! So Clean
2 in 1 Makeup Cleansing Micellar Essence
Php149.00 for 75ml
Available in Watsons, 7-11, Rose Pharmacy and Robinsons
I love the packaging, one pack comes with a cute 75ml bottle with free cotton pads!
I am a firm believer of using CLEANSING pads to remove makeup and cotton balls and q-tips are best for spot cleansing!
English and Thai product description and ingredients list listed at the back!
I know most brands call this Micellar Water but Cathy Doll calls this a Micellar Essence! They don't feel any different with other Micellar Water brands when we talk about the product texture and consistency. It has the same water-like feel like those from different brands.
I always start by cleansing my eye makeup first using one side of the cotton pad. (Note: The free cotton pad is actually very good quality and does not wear and tear easily!)
I apply 4-5 drops and spread it evenly on the cotton pad, leave the product as shown on photo below for a minute or so...
The best way is to gently wipe off downwards to remove mascara better. Since I don't have mascara on, I gently go through the pad in a horizontal motion as seen on photo making sure to to rub hard!
Cathy Doll Oh! So Clean can remove the following ---
All base makeup.
75%-80% of Waterproof eyeliner.
Waterproof mascara except those hardcore ones like that from Etude House!
Liquid Matte Lipsticks except Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink which is one of the most difficult lip product to remove as of date!
Thankfully, this product does not blur out my vision and does not give me that stinging sensation. This is indeed very gentle for both my eyes and the rest of my face and lips. It does not leave any greasy feel so this is a perfect makeup remover even for Professional Makeup Artists as I can remove mistakes and re-apply makeup without having a hard time.
I also like the packaging, it is very sturdy and does not spill because of the tight cap. I like how cute it looks and it is indeed a perfect travel-partner for me!
For the price and its' effectiveness, I highly recommend everyone to try this product since it is also easy on the pocket!
Do you have a favorite Micellar Water or Essence to date?
If you follow me on Instagram Stories, you'll know that I visit Marie France on a weekly basis (as much as possible when my schedule permits). I always include FMS Elite and added some for spot treatments, my issues has always been my upper body --- arms and tummy! So I added Endermologie+.
Get rid of stubborn fat with Endermologie+. Its advanced LipoMassage™ slimming technology permanently eliminates resistant fat, smoothens out cellulite, and firms up the skin.Using various roll modalities, it effectively treats problem areas by stimulating deep biological responses in the body that result in non-surgical fat removal, redefined curves, and firmer, smoother, skin. It is ideal for those struggling with sagging skin and cellulite, and those who want to recontour their figure and maintain firm, youthful-looking skin.
Consultation is definitely needed when you visit any Marie France branches, don't worry though if you need the extra push to lose weight, the staffs and Doctors are extremely helpful and knowledgeable with all their treatments --- from General Weight Loss to Spot Reduction and Body Contouring/Sculpting. I opted to add this treatment because I wanted to firm up my loose skin from trying to lose weight!
Now let's talk about my experience (I'm on my 4th as of the moment). EDM+ started with me changing up into this body-hugging suit and you go to the room where the machine is located and you lay down face down.
The treatment will concentrate either your upper or lower body and I went for upper.
Endermologie Treatment comes with an ergodrive head (roller) and it uses three kinds of lipomassage movements:
ROLL'Up -gently yet intensively conditions skin tissues to eliminate fat deposits and revitalize blood and lymphatic circulation;
ROLL'In - reactivates the elimination of resistant fat; and
ROLL'Out - revitalizes collagen production and stimulates fibroblasts (firming cells).
Now, the treatment starts with the Therapist checking with you the level of treatment you can manage! I am on number 4 which was good enough for a first-timer (as I have high tolerance to pain). When the roller started rolling, I felt a good sensation because it felt like a massage! As soon as I start to doze off to dreamland, I felt a bit of pain (just a little bit of discomfort) and I was told by the therapist it was because the area has more fats. This holds true because I felt the most discomfort on my tummy area which has the most fat! Again, the discomfort is just like having 2 roller balls pressing into your fats in between.
After my 3rd and 4th session, everything was better, I guess my body is used to the treatment OR, maybe, my fats has been reduced?
I have to be honest, do not expect immediate results because you need to follow up with right exercise and diet!
What I noticed though is that after treatment, my pants fit better. But again, you have to watch your diet and of course, you have to keep those physical activities coming and eat healthily.
Again, if you plan to lose weight, you may add Marie France treatments but you have to plan out a holistic approach in losing weight, I was told one reason I can't lose those stubborn fats is because I sleep very late at night which slower metabolism - that rings true so I guess I have to do a bit of overhaul to my lifestyle.
Makeup World has been around for quite some time and I am so lucky they also sponsors AMW Workshop Series! Because of the testers I get to test before using them on my workshops, I get to see how inexpensive products can still DELIVER!
I recently chanced upon their newest product for the Cheeks and Lips! This is the Makeup World Cheek and Lip Tint --- simple as that!
Makeup World Cheek and Lip Tint
Php149.00 (Now on sale at Php104.30 at ShopPurebeauty.com)
Shades: Rosy Red and Pinched Pink
Makeup World Cheek and Lip Tint is perfect for that glow and go routine. Get that naturally flushed cheeks and pouty lips in just a few swipes.
Housed in a typical Lip and Cheek tint packaging and a doe foot applicator. I personally think this is the best Lip and Cheek packaging for liquid-type products. I know other lip and cheek tints come in a Nail Polish-like brush applicator, I prefer these types (my personal preference)
Swatch: Rosy Red
Rosy Red is the typical start-up lip and cheek default shade and Makeup World nailed it!
Thankfully, this may be a liquid type of product but it has a gel-like consistency meaning, I have more time to work with the product once applied on my cheeks! It dries off matte but it doesn't dry off quickly so I have enough time to apply, smile and spread the product evenly on both cheeks.
As for the lips, this has a bit too much of a liquid consistency that's why it will take a lot of layering for me to get full-on Rosy Red color ALL OVER my lips! Since lip and cheek tints are mostly used to create Korean Gradient lips, I went ahead and just tap the product at the center of my lips to create this look!
What do you think?
I love that my cheeks are glowing and it has an instant boost of "highlighter" without me adding any product on. The product stays almost the whole day on my cheeks (I have normal skin) while for the lips, I find that it doesn't stay as long as other lip and cheek stains. Not an issue though as the product does not dry out my lips so reapplication is alright!
Do you still use Cheek and lip stains as of the moment?
When you pass by a restaurant in the middle of the afternoon and you see it packed with people dining, you'd want to give it a try too right?
Well, that's for our case! Whether it's 2pm or 3pm or even at weird hours like 4pm! Whenever we see a new restaurant packed with happy customers, we just had to go in --- it's exactly like me seeing a new collection of makeup displayed!
I had a quick work stint at SM Aura and I had Kyle, Mr. AMW with me! They waited for me at the toy store and what to do after we reunited? Bond over food!
Rackshack has been around for quite some time and I've seen some posts on Instagram. Whenever you see a pile of different BBQ sauces piled right on the table, you know you'll find something you like for sure!
First off, we weren't that hungry so we've decided to try the basics ---
Mexican style slow-cooked pork infused with smoky flavor.
True enough, the prok is so tender it falls off the bone! The only thing is that, you chew on some small bits and pieces of bones in between bites! I wish they offer bigger servings as ordering another plate would make me feel like an elephant but for the price, I wish they give out bigger portion!
Crack Fried Calamari
This order may be under the Appetizer section of the menu but it takes time for them to bring out this dish! This is, surprisingly, my favorite dish out of everything I've tried that day! I even ordered 2nd round (but took more than 30 minutes to arrive s we had this wrapped for to-go!) because the Squid is so tender and fresh I didn't even suffer allergic reactions!
Creole Garlic Shrimps
I was expecting so much for this dish. It is spicy, has the right taste but the shrimps used are those coming from frozen packs in groceries. I would know, as I buy them in bulk at Superstores! Because these are from frozen shrimp packs, they aren't as flavorful as what my tongue was craving for!
Based from my reviews on the 3 dishes we've tried, I wasn't as impressed but hey, I'm not putting an end to this review as I plan to return and try out their other dishes!
BUT! I forgot to share that we also ordered Texas Hot Link (Php185.00 for single order), it is a sausage and I didn't take a photo of it because it definitely didn't pass our taste! It tastes dry, the flavor isn't what we expected so we'd rather just give it a rest and didn't eat the rest of it after just a bite or 2.
Have you tried any restaurant that EVERYONE seems to like but you don't seem to enjoy?
You know you're doing something right in your career as a Make-Up Artist and Trainer if you are invited by a prestigious make-up company such as The Body Shop to judge their National Make-Up Competition! I knew it is something I would love to be part of because The Body Shop (as a brand) is very close to me because of the following reasons ---
They are the first International Brand who reached out to me when I was just starting out on Blogging end of 2007.
I love their makeup and skincare products and have been using them.
They are FOREVER Against Animal Testing!
The list could go on and on but let me tell you a bit of what happened during the day of the competition.
The event was held at Pound by Todd English, SM Megamall Branch. It is a perfect venue for such competition because the space is just right for an intimate gathering. Best of all, the place is "open" so ample amount of sunlight peeks through these wire-like walls!
Props to The Body Shop team and staffs for fixing the place so beautifully! I arrived earlier than my call time so I've seen how everything was set up! And this view, greeted me when I sat on my table. I felt so honored!
I sat next to big names in the industry! Jet Guison is a makeup artist and trainer, Maui Rodriguez is Associate Social Media Editor of Preview.PH, Toni Alvarez is also a trainer and celebrity makeup artist.
Imagine, sitting next them? I'm glad we get to chat and bond over food and drinks!
The competition started at 3pm with 30 minutes base makeup application! I like it that I get a clear view of all 5 makeup looks and we were also allowed to stand close to the contestants and watch them do their magic.
The next 45 minutes were allotted for the rest of the makeup application. I am impressed how these ladies were able to pull-off complicated looks in 45 minutes flat!
Each Contestants have Smudge Sheets right beside the table. They were each assigned different looks for them to bring out their creativity, that explains why the look done by all 5 ladies were totally different from each other!
I like it that they were able to translate the "inspiration" from their imagination to the Smudge Sheets straight to the models' faces which I was told they just knew who their models were a couple of hours before the competition! All of these ladies are working in their respective The Body Shop stores nationwide and I feel so proud and happy for the brand to give great opportunities as such to their employees! (Cheers The Body Shop Team!)
Here are the looks created by our Top 5!
Judging was indeed very difficult when you get talented ladies in front of you! They were equally great, smart and talented with their crafts and I am so happy I get to see and experience it!
Congratulations to Ms. Ruby Pauco for topping this competition!
The Body Shop gave us all Certificate of Appreciation and in my heart, I knew I am more appreciative of them for inviting me to grace this event! This is definitely one for the books in my career as a Makeup Artist and Trainer. Thank you The Body Shop!
With Emily, Head of Marketing, The Body Shop Philippines and Ms. Toni (fellow Judge)
It was definitely ONE FINE Thursday well spent with The Body Shop Family!