Month: October 2013

Quickie: Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Cream in Berry Blast

Purchased on a whim, as part of one of my first Sephora order, I got myself this Big & Healthy Lip Cream in Berry Blast. Upon further inspection of the range—of course, after making said purchase—I realize that I would have been happier with another color. Regardless, this is a great lip gloss/cream formula, especially if you are not a terribly big fan of glosses. Product Description: “A creamy, pout-perfecting gloss for voluptuous lips. Tingle, plump, and shine your smile to super-sexy proportions. No shimmer, no glimmer—this creamy lip gloss delivers velvety-smooth color with intoxicating shine. The hyaluronic filling spheres infuse lips with moisture for creamy soft perfection and the look of a full, extra-kissable pout. Vitamins A and E help keep the skin supple, yet protected, and the fun tingling sensation reminds you the gloss is hard at work. Wear alone or over lipstick to create the look of fuller, more voluptuous lips. Formulated WITHOUT: Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, GMOs, Triclosan.” Berry Blast is a blindingly bright cool berry shade that swatches quite opaquely. On …

Nosy Beauty Special: My Travel Bag

Disclaimer: This original post WAS going to be my travel bag… but I decided to downsize a bit, because I really didn’t want to bring too many things (I explain it in the post). The ff. are the items I ended up bringing. Click the cut to see what I was going to bring. BASE: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (Alaska), Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (Mood Light) CHEEKS: BECCA Beach Tint (Grapefruit & Raspberry), Benefit Watt’s Up EYES: K-Palette Eyebrow Liner, BECCA Eye Tint (Baroque), NARS Duo (Grand Palais), K-Palette Liquid Liner, Le Métier de Beauté Anamorphic Lash Mascara (Noir) LIPS: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine (Boy), MAC (Twig), Korres Lip Butter (Jasmine), Snoe Beauty Beso Balm TOOLS: Hakuhodo H601, shu uemura eyelash curler And some random swatches of most of the items above:

Just a Hint of Cranberry for Autumn

Here’s a subtle jewel-toned gradient—a perfect look for fall! We don’t have four seasons here in Manila, but I still seem to pattern my makeup accordingly, for some reason. I think the natural inclination towards the end of the year is to go a little bit darker and vampier, though I couldn’t tell you why! A really popular direction is to also incorporate lots of berry colors, whether it be on your eyes, cheeks, or lips. The focus of this look is the little peek of cranberry down at the end. I kept the rest of the face bare. Because I have no imagination. STEPS: 1. Cover the entire lid with a blackened purple base. (shu uemura x Karl Lagerfeld Painting Liner in Blackish Satin Purple) 2. Pat on a cool, periwinkle blue with violet undertones on the inner two-thirds of the lid. (Art Deco 82) 3. Apply a midtone cranberry color on the outer third of the lid. (Stylenanda 3 Concept Eyes #Saturn*) 4. Blend the two colors together. 5. Add a matte ochre …

Yay or Nay: Makeup on a Plane?

Thoughts on this? Up until recently, I didn’t think anything of people wearing makeup on plane rides. In fact, I was surprised that people skipped on makeup when they’re going overseas. I guess they didn’t want to sit and stew in their made-up faces? Is there any other reason why it’s not advisable to wear makeup on airplanes? Please enlighten me. Personally, I don’t really care either way. It depends on how much time I have. I do keep some type of hydrating lip product in my bag, in case of severely cracked lips. But other than that, I carry on as usual. For long-haul flights, I get why people would rather go bare-faced, though. I’ve never really been fussy about makeup and removal until I started wearing a ton of it, but back when I didn’t really wear much, I didn’t really have to remove much, either. It kind of just fades throughout the day, too. LOL. Which works for me, I guess! (No, Carina. That is bad, bad, bad.) Anyway, I find that …

Le Métier de Beauté Kaleidoscope Lip Kit in Bauhaus

Here’s a more in-depth review of Bauhaus, a Kaleidoscope Lip Kit I got from the Le Métier de Beauté introductory box for August. I signed up late, so I got my first box late, but it was worth the wait. I have two other kaleidoscopes, a trademark product of LMdB, but they are both eye kits. This is my first lip kit, and although I was expecting an eyeshadow kaleidoscope, I fell in love with this, too. I think it’s mostly because the scent is exactly like the LMdB lip crèmes, which I love. This assured me that this would be a great product. Similar to the eye kits, the lip kits are comprised of four tiers of lipsticks. In this case, the consistency is that of a more solid lip crème, with the second shade being the most “goopy” of them all. The shades are as follows, from left to right: — Linaire: a lustrous gold-infused rose petal — Criterion: a gilded amber-peach — Esthetique: a shimmering vintage rose — Silhouette: a Cimmerian cloak …

BRTC Jasmine Whipping Essence*

Today’s bnt girls review comes in the form of the BRTC Jasmine Whipping Essence, which is the second step of the Jasmine Moist System. I only have this to try out for you, and based on the information sheet it comes with, it goes on before your makeup. The Jasmine Water System is perfect for “soft, bright skin” and you must use it if: — your skin is so dry that it can’t hold makeup on for long — your skin looks rough and bumpy — your skin looks dull and lifeless — you want to add a nice dewy glow to your skin It’s meant for dry, rough skin and features, obviously, the jasmine flower for aromatherapeutic purposes. “Blue Phyto Complex is added to hydrate skin and relieve itchiness from dry weather and internal/external stress, promoting a soft, supple complexion.” Phew! The Jasmine 3D Whipping Essence is a dual-layered whipped serum for soft skin. The literature it comes with says that it serves to add a nice dewy glow to your skin for a …

Haircut + some FOTDs

Hello! I just wanted to share my haircut with y’all. I got a haircut last Saturday and it’s pretty different from my usual lump of hair—I got bangs and layers! :0 As it happens, I have a bunch of reviews and posts queued up here so you might see some old Carina haircut photos popping up here and there. BUT here is my head as of now: