April 29, 2012

Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup: April 28, 2012

April 27, 2012

Guerlain Rouge Automatique No 120 Coque D’Or

Every single Guerlain product I've purchased has been glorious. Glorious! I've been a huge fan ever since I tried Rouge Automatique in Chant D'Arômes and decided that I should try a brighter color.

Since I was slowly falling in love with coral lipsticks, Coque D’Or seemed to be a sensible color choice. From the tube, it looks more orange than red. The gold shimmer is intimidating but intriguing at the same time. I try to stay away from shimmery lipsticks because they always end up in disaster but this is Guerlain we're talking about.

I don't know why I didn't bother swatching this lipstick because the color looks so different on the skin compared to the tube! It's actually a semi-sheer strawberry red and the gold sparkle becomes obvious only when light reflects on it. Definitely not a shimmery lipstick disaster (80's CoverGirl lipstick flashback!).

Not hating on it... I was just taken by surprise. I do love the color that it turned out to be. I find it to be a great Spring to Summer transition color.

The photo above shows one swipe and below, that's two coats. For this specific shade, it can look a bit uneven due to it's semi-sheer finish but applying an extra coat should solve it.

The formula is consistent with the other Rouge Automatique colors I own - it's lightweight, hardly feels like I'm wearing any lipstick. I love that it doesn't dry out my lips.

Another reason to solidify my love for the brand and growing addiction.

What are your must-have Guerlain products?

April 24, 2012

Art Deco Ceramic Nail Lacquer 119

Another first for me!

Art Deco is not a new brand in these parts. Its just that it was ignored for some time so it disappeared. I'm glad it's back because I have been thinking about it. Normally, I would buy some form of lip or eye color when trying out a brand for the first time. I don't know why but the nail colors of Art Deco just spoke to me.

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a nail polish expert. In fact, I have a modest collection composed of colors that I think are the basics. So far, I've noticed that black, grey and dark purple shades suit me best.

Have you tried Art Deco? What products of their stand out? I'd love to try something new :)

Milani HD Advanced Lip Color

Since Milani products aren't sold in my area, I was thankful that Chie has someone who brings this in for her. One time, I asked her to purchase a few Milani HD Advanced Lip Colors on my behalf.

I was excited because this was my first time to try a product from Milani and kept my fingers crossed that this would be great.

Ignition, Candy Apple and Raspberry Blush were my three color picks because my goal was to select colors that I could possibly use on clients since this was an HD product.

Left to right: Ignition, Candy Apple and Raspberry Blush

This product wore comfortably and felt moisturizing throughout. It's on the sheer side so it can apply uneven at first but that can be corrected with additional coats. I hoped that this would not fade immediately but I was disappointed since this only lasted two hours, at most. In order for me to make it last longer, I had to use a coat of my Chanel lipgloss - with that, it wore for about four hours.

Ignition is described as a coral red in Milani's website but I think it's more of a milky melon color.

Candy Apple is my favorite! It's a bright neutral red - as you can see, it applies unevenly. Still, it's lovely.

Raspberry Blush is a violet-pink stain which I think matches more looks among the three. Really nice for everyday use.

Its worth mentioning that this has a sugary-candy favor which I actually like but it may not appeal to everyone.

Although I find this nice for personal use, I would not recommend this to Makeup Artists with bridal or formal event clients because of the wear time. It might be okay for photo shoots but you'll need to make an effort to make this appear even and constant reapplication is required.

Have you tried Milani HD Advanced Lip Color? What other shades are nice?

April 19, 2012

A Trip Down Memory Lane: My Wedding Makeup Artist's Kit

Today I thought I'd show you the makeup kit of the artist I hired for my wedding, Percy. The picture above was taken during the trial session.

All her blushes are from NARS. She had a lot of NARS eyeshadow duos and lip glosses. Concealer was from Estee Lauder. The foundation she used on me was the Oil Free one from Laura Mercier. I spotted some items from MAC, Bobbi Brown, Guerlain and Chanel. There were other brands there but I didn't get the chance to take a closer look.

My initial reaction - WOW. My eyes grew wide. I was in love with the selection in her kit... because I use the same brands on my clients and I also have them as part of my personal collection.

She brought the same kit on my wedding day, as expected. There were two different things that she did from when we had our trial session: she used NARS Copacobana as the base color for my eyes and La Mer Fluid Foundation on my face. I love how my makeup looked that day. It had shimmer but it wasn't overdone - it was radiant.

I am hardcore crushing on her kit!

My reaction this time around: Damn, where did she buy her makeup case? I have to have it. I HAVE TO. And I still don't know where to find it. Help pls?

April 18, 2012

Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix

It wasn't until I was in makeup school that I found the need for a setting spray. Sure, I've read about it but I wasn't all that interested because it sounded like a gimmick. I'd like to think that I'm more of a "to see is to believe" type of person.

We were required to use this in class because it (was explained to us) this works like hairspray. It keeps makeup in place for hours on end. We used this before applying primer and as a final touch. If your makeup looks cakey, this helps in hydrating the face - allowing products to blend in seamlessly.

My impression was that it would feel heavy, as if wearing the mask. But it's actually non-sticky, moisturizing and has a light, pleasing scent which fades after a moment. It wears comfortably.

So if you feel you don't have the need for a setting spray, think again. This non-believer is now a convert. I use it on my clients and myself.

April 13, 2012

My Summer Beauty Routine

taken last Saturday when I went to the beach

My friend, B, sent me a tweet asking for tips on how to stay fresh and pretty during the summer. I don't consider myself an expert (just an afficionado) but I thought I'd share what works for me.

First off, I hate summer because the heat makes me feel so uncomfortable. Wearing a lot of makeup is a nightmare as it makes my skin oilier than it already is and it just feels too heavy. Maybe I'm just too fussy. Point is, I try to use the least amount of products and go for things that feel light.

At the heart of my summer routine are three products:

I prefer a tinted moisturizer because it means I don't have to layer on several products. Aveeno's Positively Radiant Tinted Mositurizer hydrates, provides light coverage, has sun protection, and what I love is that it has brightening properties which help in achieving that perfect summer glow.

My undereye circles will never escape me so I still need to use a concealer. theBalm's Time Balm concealer does not have the tacky texture that most concealers in a pot have. It feels light and effectively improves the appearance of my dark circles.

I skip wearing mascara, eyeliner and eyeshadow during the day. At most, I will curl my lashes and ensure that my eyebrows are well-groomed. I've been going to Browhaus regularly and in between visits, I shave or pluck any stray hair. To keep my brows looking neat and well-defined, I use Shu Uemura's Eyebrow Manicure. It's waterproof which makes it perfect for this season.

During the day, I like wearing bright blush to add color to my face. Pictured above is Glow On Blush in Medium Pink from Shu Uemura. I am also still deeply in love with My Paradise Cheek Powder which was part of last year's MAC Surf Baby collection.

I pair my bright cheeks with a sheer and shiny lip gloss. My picks: NARS Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight, Guerlain Kiss Kiss Gloss in Pêche Charnelle and Lancome Juicy Tubes (I don't know what this color is called but it's a really cute red apple tint).

I'll switch my look at night and go for a soft pink blush that has a bit of shimmer in it. Then, I tie up the look with a bold lip color.

Right now, I am obsessed with Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder and Blush. It's a highlighter and blush palette from the Holiday 2011 collection. I think it's a beautiful shade for a summer evening because it gives a nice subtle glow.

Fuchsia is a fun alternative to the classic red lip. Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in Fuchsia Fever and Scan-delicious Kissable Lipcolour from the recent Shop MAC, Cook MAC collection fall into this category.

The only time I'll wear any eye color is if I'm going out somewhere nice during the evening - that's usually dinner out with Preppyboy or my friends.

Simplicity is still what I'm after so I apply a light wash of a single color. Le Metier De Beaute City Girl Eye Kaleidoscope has sheer and shimmery shades that work for this look. Another product is the Baked Collection Eye Shadow from Palladio. The palette above is called Pink Bliss.

I then apply a thin line of liquid eyeliner on my upper lashline. Cezanne Ultra Fine Eyeliner N Black is my favorite because it stays on the entire day - it won't smudge or fade! The brush applicator is so easy to use. A similar product is the eyeliner from K Palette.

Still, no mascara. I think the eyeliner is more than enough.

I also make sure to apply sunblock on my neck, ears and any part exposed. Natural Sun Body & Family Mild Sun Milk from The Face Shop is great because it's not heavy or greasy. It has a nice milky scent too.

In my bag, I carry whatever lip product I use for the day, lipbalm, blotting sheets from Kleenex and a small bottle of Shu Uemura Depsea Water. I don't bring any powder - it tends to look cakey when I reapply.

What works for me is blotting my t-zone to get rid of the excess oil without removing much of my makeup. After that, I spritz on a hydrating mist to make me feel refreshed.

It's not a complicated routine... I can't deal with that because the summer makes me lazy haha! Anyway, I hope this was helpful. If you have any more tips to share, please do so in the comment section below :)

April 12, 2012

Majolica Majorca Blood On

A peculiar name for a product, I'm sure you agree. I wonder how Majolica Majorca comes up with these names...

Admittedly, I was drawn because of the bright red color on the pot... even if I knew all along that it was a tint and it wouldn't look this way once worn. But it's pretty and I'm a sucker for that.

Blood On is lip and cheek tint that feels more like a gel-type product than a balm. My initial thought was that it would feel heavy. Quite the opposite, it wore comfortably and felt lightweight. 

The color of course, is much lighter than what it appears in the pot. I wish it was a little bit more pigmented because I had to pat rather than blend to get more color on my cheeks. That's just me - I tend to be impatient when it comes to building up color while others may prefer it.

Blood On feels great on the lips because it glides on smoothly and it made my lips feel soft. It gives a healthy red tint with just a tinge of gloss which is perfect for a no makeup look.

Blended out with several layers and Unblended

What disappointed me was the wear time. After two hours, the color was gone from my cheeks (even if I set it with translucent powder!) and lips. It's a good thing that this product is small enough to fit in any bag and the screw-top cap keeps it safe... because retouching is inevitable.

If Majolica Majorca can just improve their formula to make it last longer, I would go nuts over this product. For now, this falls under the so-so category.

April 7, 2012

RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner, Perfect Primer and Volumizing Mascara

This post is way overdue! But for a very good reason. I wanted to use this product as long as I could and get the maximum benefits. And now, I'm ready to tell you about RevitaLash products.

First up is the Advanced Eyelash Conditioner. Among all the products I received, this was the one I was wary of. The reason is I read some comments online that scared me and I wasn't sure if my sensitive eyes could handle it. It took me a few weeks to get over my fear.

To begin with, my lashes aren't short nor are they sparse, by any means. But my wedding was coming up and I wanted to look better than ever.

I started using RevitaLash mid-September. During that time, I had my bridal makeup trial. The makeup artist used individual falsies to enhance my eyelashes. On my wedding day, which was towards the end of the year, she had no need to use it because my lashes had grown longer. In short, this stuff is the read deal. It works! After three months of continuous use, I noticed the lashes on the outer corners start to curl which meant it was growing. I also noticed new hair growing on the upper portion. Two more months of use and the lashes in the middle part curled upwards too.

Initially, I thought that's all this was meant to do. During the months that I used this, I noticed that my eyelashes felt softer too.

The best thing about using this eyelash conditioner (at least for me) - whenever I would curl my lashes, it would stay that way the entire day without the need for mascara. This is a pretty big deal for me because in the past, it would go flat 10 minutes after using an eyelash curler and no mascara could retain the curl.

This comes with the thinnest synthetic brush I have ever seen. It dispenses just the right amount for both eyes - no need to dip again for more product. The conditioner is applied at bedtime and the method of application is similar to how eyeliner is done. Just make sure it doesn't go inside the eye.

The only negative side effect I observed was the darkening of the eyelid in the area where the product gets applied. Otherwise, I did not experience any sort of irritation whatsoever.

The primer and mascara are a great addition to the eyelash conditioner. Whenever I use these two, it's like I'm wearing falsies. My lashes become really thick and lush.

I was surprised that the primer was blue but when I applied it on my eyelashes, it wasn't noticeable. Of course, my black hair has something to do with that. Haha!

The mascara shade I got was Raven, which is a true black.

Both formulas are wet and you'll have to wait for it to dry. If you blink right after application and your lashes graze your skin ever so slightly, the product will transfer and well, that's a mess. Once its dry, it does not get flaky and will not cause any irritation.

When I wear contact lenses, my eyes get watery and the mascara tends to smudge. But when I wear my eyeglasses, there's less smudging.

My overall experience with RevitaLash was pleasant. My favorite was the eyelash conditioner because it exceeded my expectations. The primer and mascara, I think, would be great for people who don't have watery eyes and want the falsies look.

Have you tried lash conditioners? What was your experience like?

Press samples were provided for editorial consideration.