Sephora Picks & New Brands To Try This 2017

I’m all for exploring new makeup brands. I think of each label as unique, whether in packaging, formulation or area of expertise, and even in beauty philosophy. It widens my knowledge about makeup (and beauty). And aside from the being fun, the experience is of course part of my job as a makeup blogger. =)

2016 was a really quick and competitive landscape for beauty with lots of innovations, ranges and new brands launched. I must admit that it was that year also that I bought so much makeup abroad with the mindset of just exploring cosmetics even more.

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So I got really excited when Sephora sent me best-selling products from brands that I haven’t tried ever. It’s really just so convenient and luxurious to have Sephora.PH here now. I remember visiting the store in SG a few years ago! Now, we can buy our favorite products, or in my case, cult makeup brands I wanna try, with much ease and less cost (shipping, a lot of promos, etc).

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My haul contains base products from brands such as Becca, Too Faced, and Guerlain. I’ll tell you my first impressions about these in a bit!

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Let me start with something that I’ve been wanting to get ever since I realized that concealer isn’t enough to cover my shaving marks which appear as green. I’ve been used to placing 2-3 layers of concealer on my upper lip to avoid the shadows but it just doesn’t work all the time despite how hard-working the concealer is.

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Becca Backlight Targeted Color in Papaya (P1773), is a highly pigmented, targeted cream colour corrector that neutralizes discolourations while brightening up the complexion with light-reflecting pearls.

Backlight Targeted Colour Correctors feature a highly pigmented formula that neutralizes discoloration. This creamy formula is infused with subtle luminosity to blur the look of imperfections, leaving your skin looking corrected and luminous.

Becca Backlight Priming Filter (P1943), 

Backlight Priming Filter creates a canvas for your makeup, extending its wear from day to night. Infused with three unique Filtering Luminescent Pearls, each one adds a different drop of diffused light. Blended together, they impart a one-of-a-kind, lightweight, whipped fluid that creates a smooth canvas and acts as an instant filter, while the vitamin E-enriched formula minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Backlighting acts as an instant filter, creating a diffused, soft-focused radiance that allows your complexion to catch light for a glowing look. Infused with Becca’s proprietary blend of crushed pearls, this primer achieves a lit-from-within, healthy-looking effect.

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Guerlain Multi-Perfecting Concealer – Hydrating Blurring Effect 12ml (P2213), 

Guerlain Mulit-Perfecting Concealer is a hydrating concealer that blurs imperfections for flawless complexion. Color correct your skin tone, hide dark circles and small imperfections, and create a natural-looking finish. It instantly blurs dark circles and imperfections while a treatment complex that reduces the signs of under eye puffiness and hydrates overly dry skin.

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Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer (P1696),

Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer banishes the appearance of dark circles and imperfections while it blurs the look of lines and wrinkles. The creamy and comfortable oil-free formula is packed with natural skincare benefits and a proprietary blend of colour correctors to create the look of flawless skin. The result: a complexion that appears naturally radiant when applied over or under foundation—even when worn alone.

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Confidently Beautiful

It’s this year that I really got to watch and think about #MissUniverse. I only started really watching this 1-2 years ago when MUO has been dramatically changing the platform, and notions of what it means to be a “beauty queen” regardless of color, size, and creed – which was showed especially this week. Exciting times indeed for beaucons! Congrats to ALL women who performed, competed at this pageant and most importantly, showed real sisterhood!

Below are photos i took during the preliminaries and dress rehearsals. Thanks Ate Kim Galang of Valenzuela for the tickets! You made us happy!!

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Sleek Rockstar Collection

Since Q4 of 2016, I’ve been searching for very good blinding mirror highlighters – thanks to Nikki Tutorials and Jeffree Star’s influences! I would always buy these products at high-end brands but since Sleek’s best-selling Solstice palette – which ill review separately – I knew that there would lots of variations that would come in a few months.

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And so, these products were launched late last year and I’ve been in love with collection ever since. Let me start with the twin of the infamous Solstice, the Cleopatra’s Kiss (PHP 850) under the highlighter family.

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Aside from the gorgeous gold mirror packaging, I really like that this has a mirror! It looks expensive and glam. It comes with powder and cream formulas which i like because I get the free hand to manipulate effects: soft and dispersed (powder), intense and mirror effect (cream + powder)

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Obviously, 3 of the shades are too bronze for me so I’m definitely the Solstice girl but just check out how pigmented and opaque these are which appears mirror and packed with shine. The pink (powder) one is really a gorgeous rose pink shade which I can’t see in Solstice.  I hope they merge these two in the next palette 😉

For the department store price, this is a high-performing highlighter that I would definitely repurchase. Now, this was merged with the Rockstar collection consisting of a souffle and i-Lust palette which is just my top pick in this set and let me show you why.

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Just by looking at it, I knew that it’s more of an illuminating eyeshadow palette with colors that we usually find outnumbered in most nude palettes. For me, these shades have a great role in blending and make eyes more fresh and open.

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The i-LUST Palette (PHP 650) is a very affordable product that can work on both eyes and cheeks. It’s very soft and subtle (except for the copper pigment which is really opaque) with a very nice blendable formula. I actually think that the highlighters are more blinding than this one so I get to use it really on my brow and cheek bones.

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Similar to the highlighters, they have cream and powder formulas with gold (yellowish), champagne, pink (leftmost is a favorite) and copper hues. I think that the latter (with peach sub hues) is very pigmented and consistent, perfect for the monochromatic eyes.

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I tried all shades alone and on mixture with the other colors and they didn’t feel too heavy or shimmery which made it look glam and fresh with the right intensity.

Staying power of powder highlighters or shimmers are definitely better if layered under cream so I think that you have the freedom to customize your look with these palettes.

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Lastly, the Strobing Souffle (PHP 595)! I’ve been finding strobing creams and shimmer products that would look glossy on skin (Peg: Beyonce’s eyes on her music videos). I always wondered how MUA’s would do eye looks that appear like wearing lip glosses and I think I found one that didn’t have much glitters, but provided a

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I would use these alone, with feathery eyelashes!! Now I got an EOTD idea 😉

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Overall, this is a collection that I really like. It’s perfect for all your strobing and glowing goddess looks regardless of the season – the strobing souffle is perfect for summer! 

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#MACBackstagePH: #65thMissUniverse

It’s pageant season! The #65thMissUniverse began last January 12, 2017 and will culminate with a live telecast on January 30, 2017 at the Mall of Asia Arena Philippines. I can feel the hype from everyone in my LGBT and non-LGBT community friends!

What’s really good about holding this locally is that aside from promoting our cultural works and workers – like Mindanao fabrics, our every own fashion designers, photographers, etc – our team of top-notch local color artists will be providing makeup for the contestants throughout the pageant!  A special team of makeup artists by MAC will also be available for the Miss Universe Organization, current title holder Pia Wurtzbach, VIPs, judges, and hosts. I think that makeup artists do major work back stage and let’s see the looks they’ve curated for this event!

The official team of makeup artists for the contestants includes Al De Leon, Anacleta Paredes, Angel Manhilot, Apple Fara-on, Byron Velasquez, Don De Jesus, Emer Buenaventura, Emman Concepcion, Gela Laurel, Gery Penaso, Jaycee Matias, Kusie Ho, Leah Casio,  Mikee Raymundo, Omar Ermita, Pong Niu, Raf Bardon, RB Chanco, Ria Aquino, and Ryan Wong.

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with the VERY talented Raf Manosca when he discussed to me the makeup that will be used on the girls

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The Miss Universe MAC makeup kit

Rounding up the special events team are Renen Bautista, Pia Reyes, Bea Colet, Alex Lisbona, Jorence Delimos, Cielo Desamperado, Erin Cabrera, Mhike Gonzales, and Jaja Pangilinan.

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MAC Miss Universe color artist team

As the Official Makeup Sponsor, M·A·C Cosmetics was present during their official registration and fittings. Once the candidates arrived, they went through interviews, fittings and final registration to officially be signed as a candidate for the pageant. (see below backstage photos from MAC)

M·A·C Cosmetics helped the girls get all glammed up for their official photoshoots and they met with all 86 candidates to give them the perfect MISS UNIVERSE KIT compliments their skin tone.

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I can say that glowing nudes and neutrals will be the thing, but cool to see statement colors as well!

 

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Raf Manosca placing contrast through a complimentary warm blue eyeliner on Miss Curacao

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Mikey Raymundo on Miss Guam

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Jayce Matias doing a subtle sexy smokey eye look on Miss Peru

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Ms Pong Niu!!

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My favorite makeup looks from what all the BTS pictures I saw.

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Leah Casio’s work on Miss Bahamas

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Miss Switzerland and Miss Australia!

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Can you guess what MAC lipstick Miss Brazil is wearing? Definitely perfect for her beauty!

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Super excited! Who are your bets for this year’s #MissUniverse? =)

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TRANScending: Film Review of “Die Beautiful”

TRANS (“beyond”, “changing thoroughly”). But here in this country, it is a word so often associated with dishonesty, mistaken identity, and lots of stereotypes.

In the past 3 years, there were several developments in the LGBT community that raised the level of understanding about who transgender women really are beyond stigma and cliche’s of being “bakla”. We saw car enthusiast Angelina King reveal to her male-dominated followers her truth about being a transwoman with a non-traditional sexual orientation. We cheered for Geraldine Roman as the first transwoman in Congress, and Trixie Maristela and Kevin Balot as they won the crown  in the most prestigious trans beauty pageant in the world, Miss International Queen, where judging is based on criteria set specifically for transgender beauty queens, beyond comedy or impersonations. There’s so much stories also about transgenders (men and women alike) and their lives, being featured in shows like Maalaala Mo Kaya, Pinoy Big Brother, etc.

Identity & Beyond

But the LGBT community here is still far from full acceptance and tolerance with rights and all, despite these stories in media. Several trans hate crimes were reported in the past months, with the continuing issues of discrimination at work and other public spaces. Of course, we cannot forget Jennifer Laude, a transpinay, killed by an American marine officer due to a “mistaken identity”.

The Metro Manila Film Festival 2016 features Die Beautiful, a film that’s said to be inspired by the struggles of trans women in the Philippines. According to director Jun Robles Lana, the story is inspired by Laude at the beginning: “Remember the murder of Jennifer Laude? That’s how this project started. When Jennifer Laude was murdered, what was really shocking na aside from the fact up to now di pa talaga nakukuha yung hustisya na buo para sa kanya, ay yung reaction ng mga tao nung nangyari iyon. Parang they were saying she deserved to die, buti na lang na pinatay iyan kasi transgender, kasi monster, yung mga ganun eh. Shocking na bakit ganito? “Yes, I agree na marami ng pelikula sa atin na tungkol sa gay experience. Pero yung transgender, yung context life, struggles ng transgender [people], I don’t think ganun karami. And iyon yung particular topic subject matter na I wanted to explore.” (Source: Rappler)

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Trisha and Barbs supporting a guy in a  basketball game. Source: Regal Entertainment Inc, Youtube trailer.

There are already lots of films, mostly comedy, that tackled gays and drag queens like Markova: The Comfort Gay, Ang Tatay Kong Nanay, etc. But did Die Beautiful really illustrate the life, identity and struggles of the Filipina transwoman today? Did it really transcend the stereotypes of a gender identity causing so much pain, inhumanity and even hate crimes in the trans community?

Transgender, Not Gay

Tricia Echevarria (Paolo Ballesteros), the protagonist, is clearly a transgender woman in the film. She is not “bakla” in a Pinoy sense despite all the cliche gay struggles the film illustrated while she was at her early age – cross-dressing and role-playing, wanting to be a beauty queen early on, being assaulted by a conservative father. While most of these are shared experiences in the LGBT community, the moment or jump towards Tricia’s life as a mother in the beginning, wherein she told her best friend (Barbs) and daughter (Shirley Mae) that she wants to be a mother, and that she is a mother regardless of her assigned sex at birth, it was clear that she identifies herself as a woman, with her gender roles established, regardless of all the gay cliches that come with it. She was aware of that.

Tricia explaining herself to her daughter. Source: Regal Entertainment Inc, Youtube trailer.

Of Transitions & Transformations

The story-telling of Tricia’s different aspects of life as a transgender women was organised in non-chronological way. The transitions were as swift as her makeup transformations in the funeral: starting as a cross-dressing boy then the film shows her as a mother. She comes out then she becomes a beauty queen.

Makeup obviously served as a tool for a pre-op transwoman’s self-expression but it was more of a handy element in her career as an aspiring beauty queen. One can say that it’s also as if the movie itself is in “drag” because beneath the show, glitters and thick makeup, lies the different struggles, sadness and frustrations of being a transwoman.

But did the film really show these beyond glitter and glamour?

 

Transgender or Drag Queen (Transvestite)?

In the movie, Tricia is played by Paolo Ballesteros, a famous online makeup sensation and celebrity impersonator/drag queen. Truly, there was so much honesty, sophistication and sincerity despite the hit jokes, on-point looks and punchlines when it comes to characterising Tricia as a transgender beauty queen. It was also his transformative makeup skills that gave so much marketing and cinematic appeal to the film, but one can’t also deny the dangers that come in hand as Tricia in the film was not just imitating identities through makeup, she was trying to assert one.

While transgenders/transvestives fall under the same umbrella in Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE), which helps explain gender and where a person is in that spectrum , there was no direct mention of the word “transgender” in the movie or a clear dialogue about it.

Sa ating kasi pag bakla, bakla para isang umbrella. So hindi naintindihan yung concept na gender identity, yung sexual orientation. Of course hindi naman lecture yung buong pelikula para malaman yung gender identity, sexual orientation but we made sure na maayos na tinalakay namin yung pinagdadaanan nung character niya [Paolo] si Tricia para maintindihan namin siya.” – Jun Robles Lana, director (source: Rappler)

The film may have differentiated transgenders versus “bakla” (effeminate male homosexual) in some ways like the former entering the female bathroom and identifying as woman, it failed in differentiating transgenders versus drag queens. For example, for most transgenders, breast augmentation or even transplants (Sex Reassignment Surgery) are not beauty surgeries. They match what’s inside a person’s feeling, which Tricia also believed when she told Barbs that she wouldn’t de-transition (remove her breasts and makeup) when she faces God if she dies because she believes she is a woman, but she also said something about it being a career upgrade in beauty pageants in the middle of the film.

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Trisha and Barbs off-stage, in the streets, dressed as women. Source: Regal Entertainment Inc, Youtube trailer.

 

The Beauty Queen / Beauconera

Even up to now, I still see some online reviews and Instagram posts referring to Tricia as gay. I think that the confusion also comes from the kind of transgender character that was presented in the film and the fact that culturally there is just one kind of beauty pageant here (notice how the name of the contests that Tricia participate in have the word “gay” in them even though sometimes she’s competing in all trans pageant where impersonations and talent portions aren’t already parts/segments – see the scene with Kevin Balot in the trailer). In the Philippines, majority of both transgender and drag queens rely on these (and some drag performances in bars) and the beauty / parlor industry in general, as main sources of income, because it is where creativity, fun, and “being yourself” are celebrated, valued, and not looked down upon. The only difference is that transgender women live their everyday lives as a woman and would want to die as one, and not just when the stage lights are on.  

But in the movie, the plot is driven by the Tricia’s ultimate goal: winning a beauty pageant. She already knows who she is and how and when she will be ready to leave the house and pursue her transition and dreams. The film started with initially, cross-dressing as a little boy, and ending it by earning the title as who she really is – by slaying a common pageant Q&A “If you were given the chance to live again, what would it be?” based on her experiences and self-assertion as a transwoman even until death. She then blacks out and dies while being announced winner leading to her burial where she’s transformed into 7 different female celebrity looks with the help of her friends, and sister, as she wished. 

Beneath these fleeting moments, stories of her personal struggles were introduced in the film such as asserting herself in the family even until death, being a mother to her daughter, fighting life as a rape victim, being a true sister, lover and friend. While these were not deeply developed in the film and that more focus was given to Tricia being a contesera, we can see how the film beautifully illustrated some of these seemingly familiar gay cliche’s into unique humane trans ones – asserting true love, being honest and sincere about life, fighting for identity even until the end (though I would still prefer to see Tricia as Tricia even on her death bed)

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Trisha as Beyonce at the last day of burial. Source: Regal Entertainment Inc, Youtube trailer.

Transcending Beauty & Gender?

When it comes to studying and understanding LGBT identities, one is trained to look at the labels – to identify who’s transgender, lesbian, gay, even up to being pansexual – but one is also encouraged to see beyond the LGBT (thus the Q+ sign after it). The film may have failed in defining who a transgender is and how she lives her life beyond the spectacle and makeup – which is crucial with today’s representation of the trans woman hopefully leading to non-violence, and respect even on one’s death bed.

But it was very close in a way that it beautifully challenged and changed some of the typical gay cliche’s about love, family, beauty pageants, and identity which leads to the understanding of trans as woman, a different type of woman, as a different kind of beauty, but just like everybody else: a human living life and all its difficulties.

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Art in Buku Buku Cafe

Along with the rise of the Manila indie culture, concept restaurants have been sprouting like mushrooms. These restaurants double up as coffee shops by day and dining hubs by night, offering a wide array of local and internationally inspired meals.

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Once such dining place that has been gaining attention down south is the upstart yet promising Buku-Buku Kafe, owned by mother-daughter-son creative trio Lyn Santiago who heads the operations, Jessica Santiago who handles digital marketing, and Nicholas Santiago who spearheads all marketing efforts. Buku-Buku is a Bahasa term for ‘many, many books’. The idea of putting up a concept café that offers a full dining experience came about when founder Jessica traveled to the US where she chanced upon small street coffee shops with very artsy vibes to them. She saw how the spaces allowed artists to do poetry reading and live sessions with bands. “Traveling made me want to bring my experiences home”, said Jessica Santiago, Digital Marketing Manager.

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More than just a dining spot, Buku-Buku Kafe serves as a ‘book reading space’ which bookworms will definitely enjoy. They also have komiks and zines, which the owners have been collecting for years – one thing that’s not usually common in most mainstream bookstores. Apart from that, they also sell prints, postcards, notebooks, and other unique finds.

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Love for comfort food is the one thing that the owners enjoy the most. Whenever they travel, food tasting is on their priority list. Across their travels, they’ve explored different dining gems in Malaysia and Europe, the founders decided to add a well-curated full dining menu to their café. If you’re a meat lover, indulge with their Beef Brisket Tapa – a full plated dish of slow-cooked beef served with garlic rice, fried egg, roasted tomatoes with added pickled onions and corn salsa. Another best seller in the house is their Romi Lamen which is a creative twist resulting in something that looks like ramen but tastes like upgraded lomi. This dish is something you wouldn’t want to miss. Served with pork broth, roasted pork, pork liver, soft-boiled egg, shitake nori, chicharron, and kimchi. Apart from their staple coffee drinks, they also serve cocktail drinks that are perfect for a chill night with friends and live music.

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Buku-Buku Kafe not only provides good food and comfort, it also serves as a space for young, independent artists to showcase their craft. The prints, zines, and trinkets in the café are curated by members of the team, who also participate in small press expos and comics conventions themselves.

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• Manic Pixie Depressive Gremlin – a self-published anthology of poems by author Pia Besmonte. There are only 700 copies in print. Pia’s verses, accompanied by hand-drawn illustrations by Raf Banzuela, discuss the trials and triumphs of the 21st century Filipina.

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The emergence of dining spots like Buku-Buku Kafe is a testament that the food and art scene down south is surely picking up.

 

Buku-Buku Kafe is located at the ground floor of Promenade Wing, The District in Imus Cavite. Check out Buku-Buku Kafe on Facebook (facebook.com/BukuBukuKafe) and on Instagram (@buku.bukukafe) for more information.

 

 

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#BenefitLovesMikki

Celebrating 5 years of beauty blogging with my loyal readers and Benefit Cosmetics. Taught some travel makeup (lots of highlighting!) and basic photography (or Instagraphy hehe). Thank you so much for the continuous support and here’s to more beauty and beyond stories in the coming years!

Videography: Don Dee

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My Beauty MNL Haul

I’ve been doing some online shopping lately (for makeup still, tho! haha) and I’ve been trying out some local sites as well. Let’s start with Beauty MNL, which i think you’ve heard already since they’re very aggressive on digital!

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First, I like how there are 300+ beauty brands in this site, with both global and local ones, with various price points, truly perfect for the Filipina makeup junkee. And despite the wide variety, they’re sorted well in the website.

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proud of this Beach Born brand which fellow bloggers Ana and Sarah made! It’s really becoming popular now (and that’s because it’s really good!) and happy to see it here in the site!

Second, I like that you can discover lots of items and brands, not just the popular ones that we can find in the department store. While I got NYX (my 2nd setting pray in my entire life haha) in my haul below, I am really happy with my purchase of the Pro Studio beauty blender which a lot of beauty bloggers are also raving about.

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PS. I actually have been using this Miracle Edge sponge (P368) for days since I opened this (FYI, I have low EQ hahah). I love how this is soft with minimal absorption of product, and the shape is just helpful for concealing. Blends and buffs like a pro too. I need to check out their other blenders!

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I also got this contour set called Ibiza from the brand

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One fav hair spray brand with a matte finish!

Third, delivery is just fast, and comes it lots of promos like free shipping and other freebies!

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Overall, I am impressed with this site! Can’t wait to check out their other new brands like Jeffree Star (tho always sold out!), ColourPop, etc

Where have you been shopping lately? What are your favorites from this site?

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The Viva Glam Lippie

Last #WorldAidsDay, we learned that 1 Viva Glam lipstick can:

  • Purchase 254 condoms to prevent the transmission of HIV
  • Provides client and nutrition services for 13 people living with HIV/AIDS
  • Provide fresh fruit, vegetables, and grocery essentials to a mother and child affected by HIV for a full week.
  • Purchase 200 new syringes, which are given to injection drug users in exchange for used needles to prevent HIV transmission Purchase 151 safer injection kits (cooker, cotton, tourniquet)
  • Provide 32 Safer Sex Kits which include condoms, lubricant and instructions
  • Provide a clean, safe place to sleep for two nights for one resident living with HIV/AIDS
  • Provide 45 minutes of lifesaving HIV prevention skills to a group of 75 women and girls
  • Buy 10 individually tailored, nutritious meals for a person affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Purchase one rapid oral HIV test Provide crisis counseling to a person living with AIDS who is also struggling with drug addiction, mental illness and homelessness
  • Provide a new job interview shirt and tie for one resident at an HIV/AIDS housing organization Provide 30 minutes of training for 20 medical providers on integrating HIV prevention and reproductive health
  • Provide a move-in kit for a client moving into new housing, including cleaning materials, toilet paper, laundry soap, dishes for one person, lightbulbs, etc.
  • Buy 24 female condoms to prevent HIV, sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy Buy a pair of school shoes for a child orphaned by AIDS Test 14 pregnant mothers for HIV
  • Provide medicine for 5 newborn babies to prevent transmission of HIV from their mothers

Let’s continue to support this good lipstick especially this December (review here).  More photos of the launch below. #Everydayisworldaidsday

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#EverydayIsWorldAidsDay

“The M·A·C AIDS Fund is supported exclusively by a consumer based model that directs 100 percent of the purchase price (minus VAT where applicable) of VIVA GLAM Lipstick and Lipglass to the Fund. M·A·C Cosmetics underwrites all of the production costs of the VIVA GLAM line, donating the full sale price to the Fund, including would-be profits for retail partners.” (press release)

Since 1994, M·A·C Cosmetics has launched permanent lipstick variants, and limited edition ones featuring celebrities and artists who champion the cause: RuPaul, k.d. Lang, Lil‟ Kim, Sir Elton John, Mary J. Blige, Shirley Manson, Linda Evangelista, Boy George, Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliott, Pamela Anderson, Lisa Marie Presley, Debbie Harry, Eve, Dita Von Teese, Fergie, Cyndi Lauper, Lady Gaga, Ricky Martin, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, and recently, Arianna Grande. I’ve been following these launches for years because they’re also just so pretty!

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With the model, truly, one can easily contribute to the fund, which helps people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. But what more if we add our sales and marketing support! Last week, actress Antoinette Taus led a store takeover that will encourage ladies to check out or buy Viva Glam lippies. She invited me to participate in this challenge, together with her friends, Tom Taus, Julienne and Joaquin who were all so nice and game for this. Up to now, I still can’t believe that I met Tony (Antoinette’s nickname) given that I’ve been watching her on TV growing up. She’s just one of the most authentic, inspiring and passionate person I’ve met this year and I’m very grateful that we’re collaborating next year for some a humanitarian project.

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It was such a great day and night with these people, and MAC Cosmetics (thanks also to Vani and Marco!). I swatched and did “sales talk”of Viva Glam which we all know will be given to the Aids Fund, and it’s something I don’t get to do everyday (well, we can still buy and recommend the permanent lippies forever!). So thank You, and MAC, for this experience!

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While at the store, I checked out some new highlighters (below) and eyeshadows (last) that are just blinding in beauty! OMG!!

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