November 29, 2011

Estee Lauder Fuchsia Fever Pure Color Lipstick

Estee Lauder relaunched their Pure Color Lipstick some months back with its new and improved formula. I can't tell you what the old one was like because the last time I used one was a long time ago. All I can share is what it's like now. And it's pretty good stuff.

This has got to the THE most pigmented lipstick I've tried. One coat is enough to last you practically the entire work day (drinking from a coffee cup with the lid on, included). Wipe this off with just tissue paper, you'll find that it stains and makeup remover is needed to get this completely off. If you want something with amazing staying power, this is what you need. Yes, need!

Most super pigmented lipsticks I've tried are drying. Although Pure Color Lipstick is not as emollient as Chanel Rouge Allure, its still moisturizing. At the end of the day, my lips did not feel dry and it wasn't the least bit flaky.

Fuchsia Fever is a bold pink color (much brighter in person compared to this picture) with an iridescent quality to it. This color deserves the limelight so whenever I wear this, I make sure that I even out my skin color, add a touch of barely-there contour on the hollows of my cheeks and black liquid liner. That or you can make yourself up like a Barbie doll on Halloween :)

What other lipstick brands have you tried that have stellar staying power without drying your lips? Sharing is ♥!

November 26, 2011

Shop for a Cause

Here's an opportunity to shop for a great cause: the annual charity auction.

For the second year in a row, beauty bloggers and brands have joined forces for an online auction benefiting Doctors Without Borders.

Participants have donated a treasure trove of the best lotions, potions, products, and gadgets. Donated items range from the hottest items from this year’s holiday collections to hard-to-find exclusives and limited edition cult favorites. When the auction ends, winning bidders "pay" by making their donations directly to Doctors Without Borders, through the site’s secure giving page.

The auction will be live Monday, November 28th through Monday, December 12th.

For your reference:
  • The web address is (note the plural; note the .org)
  • The auction items are visible, but no one can bid until November 28th. You can register, and you can "bookmark" your favorite items (it's a way of filtering the list).
  • When you register with the site, your first name, last name, and email address are private. You should use an email address you check regularly, because that's how we get in touch with the winning bidders. Email addresses will not be used for any other purpose.

November 22, 2011

Palladio Eye Liner Pencil

My first encounter with Palladio was when I tried their liquid eyeliner. If you've read that review, you'll know that I wasn't impressed. Still, one product won't stop me from trying others from the same brand.

Since their Eye Liner Pencil was on sale, I figured there wasn't much to lose. And so, I ended up with 4 shades - White, Midnight Blue, Black and Dark Brown.

The first time I used these pencils, I had to rub them against the back of my hand so that it would apply smooth. I also noticed that these were quite firm... I wish it were softer like Make Up For Ever's Aqua Eyes Liner. I prefer using softer ones on my eyelids because I don't want to add more damage by tugging on it.

Palladio's Eye Liner Pencils takes a few moments to set and it becomes smudge-resistant and are best used to line the water line - they stay on. On average, I still notice it on me after 3 hours. For a girl with really watery eyes, that's not bad at all!

left to right: Black, Dark Brown, White and Midnight Blue

So yeah, I actually like this product since most eyeliners don't stay put on my water line. It's something I like having around in my kit. And I think Palladio is starting to earn favor points from me since I tried another product which was okay and another which turned out to be a pleasant surprise. But that's for another time.

Has anyone else tried makeup from Palladio? What was it and did you like it?

November 16, 2011

Chanel Rouge Allure Laque No 77 Santal

Chanel Rouge Allure Laque is a full-coverage lipgloss - simply put: it packs a lot of color that you can completely skip the lipstick.  It has a hydrating non-sticky formula and feels silky. That being said, it still lasts for a decent amount of time and my lips don't flake at any given point. I reapply after eating or after about 3 hours of wear. Not bad at all.

The only thing I'm not a fan of is that it has a tendency to settle into lines. Not a deal breaker but I wish it didn't do that.

The tube is smaller compared to other brands but the wear time is longer so it's not unreasonable to purchase. I like bringing this around in my purse because of the size. It dispenses enough to cover your entire lip at one go (sometimes even a little bit more). The tip of the applicator is curve-shaped so that it hugs your lip while you distribute the product.

Like all my other Chanel cosmetics, this has a subtle scent which, to me, is floral. Hardly noticeable and fades after 10 minutes.

Santal looks bold when swatched on my arm but on the lip, its a peachy-pink color that's great if you're going for an overall natural look or if you need something to go with a smoky eye.

Rouge Allure Laque feels so luxurious that once you feel it on your lips, it'll make you sigh. I am a big fan of Chanel's makeup because everything I have has worked beautifully. In fact, this brand was what made me believe in the quality of high-end stuff.

What's your favorite high-end product?

P.S. Sorry for the lack of posts this month - I've been extremely busy with:

1. Work - I moved to a new department a few months back and now that I have several ongoing projects, it's quite overwhelming.
2. Makeup Classes - 1 week to go and I can call myself a pro ;)
3. The Wedding - why do things go wrong at the last minute? Anyway, it's going to happen very soon!

But I'll update this blog as much as I can. Everything should be back to normal by January, when things have settled.

November 7, 2011

Shu Uemura Ivy Gold Shine Mystique Eye Color

The holidays are fast-approaching and I always associate this time of year with makeup that's metallic, shiny or sparkly. There's a tiny box from Shu Uemura that has a beautiful gold eye color that's perfect for all the parties coming up!

Shine Mystique Eye Color in Ivy Gold was part of their Morphorium (Spring 2011) collection although this product did not receive as much attention as the palettes. Last I checked, it's still available in select Shu Uemura counters.

It's packed in a jar with one comparatively large hole... something I don't see in most loose product containers. I guess it's better than no sifter at all. Tilting the jar allows it to dispense a good amount of product. A little more than what I need for both eyes, actually.

Coming out of the container, it looks dark greenish gold so my first impression of it wasn't great. However, when I started to work the product onto my skin, it's actually lighter - a true gold color! Lovely, right? According to a Shu Uemura makeup artist, this is best worn underneath cream eyeshadow. It allows the product to stick to the eyelid longer. I've tried it and it worked out fine for me that have not bothered trying this on wet. I bet this would make a great liquid liner though.

I have a metal allergy so some gold pigments just irritate my skin. I'm glad I don't have that kind of reaction with this product.

In terms of texture, Shine Mystique Eye Color applies smoothly which makes very easy to blend. I wish Shu Uemura would bring this product back and produce more colors. It really is a wonderful thing to have and I'm quite excited to use this color more often.

November 3, 2011

Beauty Blender and Blender Cleanser

It took me about three years before I finally convinced myself to buy the Beauty Blender. Sponges are meant to be thrown away after a few days of use (in this case 3 months) and shelling out $20 for a sponge was just an absurd idea for me.

Now I have it and have used it for two months. The first two weeks, my sponge bled whenever I'd wash it after every use. It was quite annoying and I wondered when it would end. Good news is they now make a white sponge called Pure. Other than that, I liked how it worked. It's true that applying your makeup base with the Beauty Blender is easier but not necessarily faster. I'm a huge fan of the smaller tip because it makes it easy for me to apply makeup on the sides of my nose and under eye area. It's also a great way to apply cream blush - I love how seamless it looks.


I get the same result when I use my makeup brushes and the ordinary circular sponge. It's just a matter of patience and lot of practice when it comes to blending. That being said, I probably won't buy another Beauty Blender sponge because I would rather invest in a good makeup brush that will last me longer than a sponge. If they decide to lower the price to, say, $10 then I would reconsider.

There's something I would gladly repurchase - it's the Blender Cleanser. I absolutely love how this can thoroughly clean the Beauty Blender and it works great in cleaning makeup brushes too. I use this whenever I need to remove stubborn cream-based makeup on my brushes.

What's your take on this product? I think this falls under the "nice to have" category versus "must have."

November 1, 2011

1st Blog Birthday Giveaway Winner

I just picked the winner of my 1st blog birthday giveaway and an email notification was already sent to the winner. To everyone who joined, thank you so much! :)

Congratulations, Ashley of Beauty Flawed! Hope you enjoy your Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler.

Til the next giveaway, my beauties.