Finally, after more than 2 months of waiting, the brushes that I bought from the Lumiere prebuy period have finally arrived! Yey! I pooled orders with 6 other gals from GT, and I am VERY, VERY happy with the brushes that I got. Since they're made from synthetic bristles, they are really soft and 100% cruelty free. I hope that they launch another prebuy season soon, Im in love with the brushes.
The package was delivered right at my doorstep by Mr. Nice Pasig P.O. Guy, which means, no P35 P.O. fee. Yey!
The original Kabuki brush... super soft and dense at the same time.
Lumiere's Duo Fiber Optic Brush, a MAC 187 dupe... Pretty good in terms of size, weight, and density of the bristles
See how even the bristles are distributed? I'm gonna love this brush for sure.
So there. I hope you gals who participated in the prebuy get your brushes soon. I'm pretty sure that you'll feel the same way about them. And don't forget to wash them prior to usage, ayt? ;-)
I forgot to post the swatches that I made using my custom ELF elements palette on my April 4th entry. If you haven't seen the entry yet, you may view it HERE.
Taken with flash; From L-R: Dusk, Mocha, Pink Ice Moondust
Taken under natural light; From L-R: Dusk, Mocha, Pink Ice Moondust
Just wanna introduce to you my newest bestfriend in terms of keeping my face matte and fresh and healthy looking throughout the day... my Aromaleigh Ultra Resolution Finishing Powder in Peaches and Cream...
And say hello to my blush and contour duo, ELF Blusher in Glow and ELF Bronzing Powder in Sunkissed... I think I'll live with this until we get supplies of the ever famous NARS Orgasm and Laguna duo dupe from ELF USA here in the Philippines.
Went to the dentist last Wednesday and when I was done with my semi-annual checkup, I decided to pay the department store a small visit so that I could get more make up goodies.
ELF New and Improved Eyelash curler, ELF Luscious Liquid Lipstick in Pink Lemonade, Nichido Stick Concealer in Ivory, Nichido single e/s in Gold Frost (reminds me of NYX Cream Cheese), IWhite Pore cleanser, and Carefree Breathable Panty Liners.
Pink Lemonade on my lips
Overall, Im satisfied with my purchase. Gold Frost is now my staple browbone highlight color, and the ELF eyelash curler simply went above and beyond my expectations. Im looking forward to more ELF purchases, but I have to limit myself since Im saving up for my Palawan getaway.
I was inspired by Sis Soapaholic's post, that's why I decided to order some stuff from Vanilla & Co. so that I can also put them into test and see what tha raves are all about. I got intrigued by the fact that all of their products are amazingly affordable, and being the cheapskate that I am, I thought that it'll be a good opportunity to try something that's Pinay made and affordable at the same time, so I finally decided to jump into the bandwagon.
I got the following items:
Dessert in a Bottle in Buttercream Caramel, Moisturizing Hair and Body mist in Chocolate and Hazelnut, Whipped Buttercream Scrub in Strawberry cheesecake, and 3 min Vitamin E Hair mask in Mint Choclat
3 Minute Vitamin E Hair Mask in Mint Choclat - consistency is liquid-y. I used a spatula to get the product out of the jar. It made my hair really soft and shiny, and the scent stays on for a short span of time. I kinda like this product. Id give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Whipped Buttercream Scrub in Strawberry Cheesecake - I love, love, love this product! It did a very good job of exfoliating my skin without drying and leaving it silky smooth at the same time. Plus, it smells so good and the scent lingers even after rinsing the product off. I'd give it 5 out of 5 stars.
Moisturizing Hair and Body mist in Chocolate and Hazelnut and Dessert in a bottle in Buttercream Caramel - the scents for both products are absolutely delicious, so delicious that you can't help but sniff yourself all over again. I really don't buy the moisturizing part of the hair and body mist that much but I really don't mind since it's the scent that I'm after for. As with the buttercream caramel lotion, the moisturizing part is okay, although I'm curious to try out the whipped buttercream body butters and the 50% cocoa butter and see if it does a better job on hydrating my uber dry skin. The scent of this product is yummy too. Overall, I'd give both products a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Overall, all products went beyond my expectations, and I'm planning to buy more products from them because of the feedbacks that I have read about them.
Vanilla & Co. products are available at the Kitchen of Carla and Elaine, located at the ground floor of the Promenade Bldg., Wilson St. corner P. Guevarra, San Juan. Their products may also be purchased from their Website.
Happy Easter everyone! I missed blogging over the week because Im so swamped with work. Huhuhu, Anyway, I got my nails done and had a simple french tip, but instead of using white, I used Caronia's Nail Polish in Platinum, and Im liking it so far.
I went out with my sister, and I thought I'd do a look that's simple yet classy. For this look, I used my new MAC 188 brush (pics to follow) to apply blush and glows on my cheeks. I love the way it distributes the colors to my cheeks. I got it as a gift from my bestfriend who works in Dubai, UAE.
I am also loving Aromaleigh's Elemental Luster in Spark. It has a very nice shine to it, but then it still blends easily with the Coastal Scents neutral eyeshadow colors that I have combined it with, and it still looks proper even for daywear. I am planning to get more shades from this line, along with some more colors from the Gothic Lolita Eye Collection.
(Please excuse my very messy hair. Took this pic when the wind was blowing)
For this look, I used the following products:
ELF Tone Correcting concealer in Light (for the undereye and dark areas) Physician's Formula Green concealer (for reddish areas, just like the one surrounding the nose) Pure Anada Mineral Foundation in Yukon Gold Rush Aromaleigh URFP in Translucent (underneath the foundation) and Peaches and Cream (after foundation, as finishing/setting powder) Artdeco Eyeshadow Primer (applied it all over the lid, browbone area, and lower lashline) ELF Duo Cream Eyeshadow in Mocha Swirl (I used the brown part and applied it all over the lid) Aromaleigh Elemental Lustre mineral eyeshadow in Spark Coastal Scents matte dark brown eyeshadow and shimmery maroon eyeshadow from the 28 piece neutral/bridal palette(these are the shades beside and right above the black e/s) Fanny Serrano black gel eyeliner Avon Super FULL Black Waterproof Mascara ELF radiance blusher in Glow Aromaleigh Illuminating Perle Powder in Incandesce ELF Super shine Lip Gloss with SPF15 in Pink Kiss, topped with ELF Lip Tin Gloss in Mocha Maniac
Just got some stuff from Ebay... It's not that much, but it's enough to perk up my lenten spirit. =)
Olay Total Effects Cream with SPF15, ELF Waterproof eyeliner pen in Black, ELF Candyshop Lip Tin in Mocha Maniac, ELF Duo E/S creme in Mocha Swirl, and 2 ELF eyeshadow brushes
Still waiting for my Lumiere pre-buy brushes... I placed the order on February 14, and unfortunately, I havent received notification yet if they were already shipped out or not.. I guess I really have to keep my patience on a high level.. =(
I tried on the ELF eyeshadow creme over my Artdeco e/s base (primer), before applying my powder eyeshadow. It makes the color more vibrant, and it didnt crease even after 10 hours of wearing it. Love it. I'll purchase the other shade which is Butter Pecan, because I think it'll be good under my gold and bronze eyeshadows. I think the primer is the secret. =)
Hello readers! It's been a very stressful week and Im so happy that it's weekend once more! yey! Anyway, I thought Id just show you on what make up brands that I use on a daily basis. I work night shifts, but still I would put on make up like how a normal office girl would do it.
This is the look:
(Sorry for the crappy pic quality,the flash was too much to begin with, plus it's from my camphone lang =c )
I really cannot remember the foundation shade that I used in here, it might have been my Pure Anada Mineral foundation in Yukon Gold Rush. For the finishing powder, hmm, I think it was the Milan Minerals Oil at Bay sample that I got from a fellow GTalker. Now, I really wanna concentrate on the eyes for this blog entry, so Im gonna show you the palette that I use on a daily basis:
Tada! My ELF Elements Mini Palette (from top to bottom, L-R: Dusk, Pink Ice, Mocha, Moondust)
I use Pink Ice as the base lid color, followed by Moondust on the outer V up to crease, then I blend it in with Mocha and Dusk. Then I use on some ELF Clear Mascara on my lashes before curling them so that the lashes would stay curled for a longer period of time (saw this tip on Enkore's tutorial video).
On my cheeks I used ELF's radiance blusher in Glow, and when I do have the extra time, I use ELF's Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder in Sun Kissed along with an angled blush brush to contour my cheeks.
On my lips I have ELF's Therapeutic Lip Balm in Strawberry Creme topped byELF's Super Shine Lip Gloss with SPF15 in Pink Kiss.