Year: 2013

Quickie: Le Métier de Beauté Eye Brightening and Setting Powder in Refresh

Here’s a quick review of the Le Métier de Beauté Eye Brightening and Setting Powder in Refresh. This came as a bonus vault gift when I made a purchase through their official website. I got the shade Refresh, which I think is the more cool-toned option from the two available shades. Product Description from Nordstrom: “Exclusively ours. Comes as close as you can get to under-eye perfection. This lightweight powder sets concealer and illuminates the under eye area for a radiant, soft matte finish. Smoothes the under-eye area and creates perfect upper lid canvas for eye shadow. Micronized pigments will not settle in fine lines or accentuate shadows. Absorbs excess oils to create perfect canvas for makeup application. Provides crease-resistant, long-wearing coverage. Suitable for all skin types. Here it is, swatched beside three shadows, on the extreme left. Advertisements

OCC Crème Colour Concentrate in Cthulu and Newt

Remember when I said I haven’t been buying a lot of makeup lately? That is a half-truth. I made an Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics purchase when they had their Black Friday sale. I’d been eyeing a bunch of lip tars, but I also wanted to try these Creme Colour Concentrates, since I’ve been on the hunt for some cruelty-free cream shadows. These are actually pretty unique! They can be used for the eyes, lips, and cheeks. I’ve only tested them as eye bases, though, as I bought them for that purpose. Product Description: “This new texture innovation is a smooth, blendable, buildable cream coverage product that’s suitable for use on the eyes, lips, and cheeks! Loaded with emollients and humectants including aloe leaf extract, cocoa extract, and vitamin E, Crème Colour Concentrate goes on smoothly and wears like a dream. Apply anywhere intense, fashion-forward color is desired for a look that will last all day. -Free of parabens -sulfates -phthalates” L-R, swatched: Cthulu, Newt I bought two shades: Cthulu, a “dirty pale olive,” and Newt, a …

Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippie and Eye am Here to Stay Liquid Eyeliner

You know when you keep going back and forth, visiting a counter and swatching the same damn things and walking away? Yeah, well, I’ve been doing that dance for a few weeks before I finally caved and bought some items from Happy Skin Cosmetics, the newest local beauty brand that’s been making waves. It’s not even that hard to see why there’s buzz around this new line of cosmetics. They released only a handful of items, which is something I actually prefer for new baby brands because you know they took their time formulating the products and getting each one perfectly. I picked up the “friendliest” items of the bunch; at least, in my opinion. I have the Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippie in Crushing on You, a pretty rosy mauve MLBB shade, and Summer Fling, which is a pinky peach. I also got Eye am Here to Stay 24h Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in 01 Perfect Black. I don’t think there are any other colors available at the moment. All of the items …

Oslo Cosmetics Part II feat. Pyxis, Lyra, Equinox, Orphicus, Ara and Noctem

This is the review of the second batch of Oslo Cosmetics eyeshadows that I got from my first order. Read the first part here. Like I said in that review, Oslo Cosmetics has been my favorite loose eyeshadow formula thus far. I haven’t tried an extensive amount—just four brands so far—but these are really something else. Pyxis and Lyra This is the look I did for EOTD: Radiant Orchid and it features Pyxis, a beautiful pale pink on the inner 2/3 of the lid, and Lyra on the outer third of the lid. I’m not used to very cool tones on my eyes, but I enjoyed wearing this almost-silver color. Lyra, on the other hand, is a beautiful blackened plum. I noticed in the swatch that it kind of faded into black at the edges (almost a ring around the purple-y swatch), and it looks as though it’s a very opaque purple sheen over a black base. For this look, I really had to pat on Lyra with a finger after blending a first layer …

The Weekender No. 3

Hey everyone! 🙂 It’s time for The Weekender, which is a series that has been progressively boring in my humble opinion. I haven’t been doing much outside of the house if only for the fact that the approaching holidays means a sudden avalanche of deadlines and yes. Hmm. I have seen The Hobbit twice, though, and it was still excellent the second time around. I love the book, but I did enjoy the liberties that they took with making the movie. Except maybe for the romantic angle, but that’s neither here nor there. ON INSTAGRAM Are you on Instagram? So am I. 🙂 Follow me on @presidents if you are so inclined. My sister & I are setting up a shop! / My brother and Noah got a haircut~ / Re-reading one of my favorite books for class An FOTD wearing shadows from The Hobbit Collection by Shiro / New coffee shop discovery: Yardstick at Legazpi Village / Nature Republic Snail Solution Set Oh, and another cool thing: I finally had the first roll off …

Nature Republic Snail Solution Set: Skin Booster, Emulsion, Cream*

I know that snail secretion in skin care is so 2010, but if it’s been around this long, there must be some merits to it, right? I got to try some items from the Nature Republic Snail Solution line, namely the Skin Booster, Emulsion, and Cream. They’re to be used in that order. What is secretion filtrate anyway, and what makes it so special? The snail secretion filtrate is the trail of muck that snails leave behind on the ground. This is what they use to coat their delicate underbellies from getting torn or scratched when they crawl. The snail secretion filtrate in these products are procured by Nature Republic “from pristine areas.” The Skin Booster is a toner that has 90% snail secretion. It is used for “Revitalizing & Moisturizing,” with a boosting function that improves damaged skin. It supposedly brightens the skin and reduces wrinkles, and makes the skin look healthy and luminous by providing vitality to distressed skin. As the first step, the Skin Booster is to be applied first, right after …

A Lazy Girl’s Face Base Tag Team Miracle

Hey all, just a quick post to kind of bring attention to this awesome tag team of product + tool that I used today when I was in a rush to get out of the house. I am writing this because after my nap, I noticed how glow-y and awesome my skin looked and I tried to remember what base I used today. It turns out—none, except for the Guerlain Météorites Perles d’Azur (from the Emilio Pucci collaboration last year), applied pretty frakking sparingly with the Hakuhodo G5519BkSL Powder Brush. I literally put on eyebrows, a paint pot, eyeliner, mascara, a beach tint, and a sweep of this powder all over after swirling it in the tub of pearls once. Sorry about melty makeup. This was taken after seven hours of wear, a funeral, lunch, and a nap. I know I’ve been harping on about the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, but today was a good reminder that these colored ballz rock. Anyway, I am home on a Saturday because I have to work. I hope …