Strobing Sticks Below P400

I have always liked highlighting, but little on strobing. I thought that the latter is more about trends and I cannot define my face without contouring. Nonetheless, I like that new Strobing/highlighting sticks in the market make my highlighting more intense (my technique is to layer it with powder highlighter for higher staying power – as creams do stay longer).

Below are quick swatches of my favorite department store highlighter/strobing sticks in different colors and finishes. BYS’ give a solid pigmentation that can be blended (these are currently being given away at #bysdominatesfaceartistry events so make sure you attend a workshop!) while Maybelline has a beautiful sheer  and skin-like glowing effect. What are your bets?

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2016 Awards + Big BDAY/Blog Anniv GIVEAWAY!

The year is ending soon and there has been so much good things happening to me in my beauty and blogging career and I thank you so much for all the support you’ve given me and this platform for 5 years. My 28th birthday just ended and Christmas is happening so soon, so i thought maybe i can share what I get from what I do, para lahat tayo happy ‘diba? So I curated 5 special beauty bags from my favorite brands that i wanna give you 😉

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There are 5 major prizes totalling around 25K to be given away to 5 readers of my blog who will complete the following mechanics and be generous (50%) and smart/creative (50%) in posting and commenting. I will announce the winners on the 12th and the pick up of the prizes will be at @passionflybazaar Green Sun Makati. Good luck!

  1. Follow me on the following channels: Youtube (!!), InstaGram (Turn on post notifications on my IG – click the 3 dots), FB, FB, Twitter, and Snapchat (@mikkigalang)
  2. Show support for my loyal and beloved sponsors/partner/fav brands on IG/FB: MAKE UP FOR EVER, The Body Shop, Maybelline, Tony Moly, Etude House, and Sleek!
  3. Interact with me be sharing your thoughts on my IG, Blog and Youtube content (like a commenter of the month) 
  4. Repost any of the following photos of products below that interest you, describe why you like it, and end it with caption: “ Happy 5th blogversary and launch of your Youtube channel, @mikkigalangdotcom! Get the chance to WIN over 25,000 worth of beauty loot bags from her favorite makeup brands. Full mechanics on!”  Tag 3 of your friends and feel free to add any message or comment about my craft 😉

Last but not the least, I think that this is also the perfect time to share my October-November favorites (I haven’t said that in a long time hehe!). See below my listings!


It was the latter part of 2015 until this year that I have been using and purchasing liquid lippies like how I buy foundation! I started with LA Splash which for me is the most pigmented and long-lasting on budget ones. But there were so many good launches locally (we launched Pink Sugar and Sleek at @DigifyPH and we’re happy it’s doing very well) and globally, as well. Tony Moly’s Liquid Lips and MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Acrylic are also one of those creamy formulations in liquid lip format that I liked, reviewed and will share to you in this giveaway, where you can win all these.

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It was also this year that I started using more colors on my face and nails, and not just on my eyes because it just makes me younger-looking, especially the pink and bright ones! The Spoiler Blush stick from Tony Moly is a bomb, together their other blush formats: Cheek tone powder and Snowy Dessert pudding tint. and These eye and lip (2in1) liners from Sleek and Tony Moly are so eye-catching and pigmented, perfect for you to create looks until summer with these items!!

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I mean the traditional ones, but with exciting hues, collabs, and packaging! The new MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist which I reviewed here is just something I really wanna share with you (+ The Plexi gloss) because of the show-stopping colors and creamy formula. This is also an exclusive color released in collab with one fav music duo of mine, Icona Pop! This MAC x Star Trek lippie is also a fierce out-of-the-world addition to my limited collection which I’m sharing to you. Tony Moly’s Panda’s Dream is a collection that at first we would think is just cute outside, but is also super-pigmented and performing inside. And of course, my favorite 90’s beauty must-have: The brown matte lippie from Maybelline which I also reviewed here.

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You all know how I like decorating my eyes and these hues, mascara’s and false lashes are good ones to spark your creativity 😉

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I have never been more addicted to highlighters and primers nowadays because they make a fresh and thinner face. Strobing awards goes to the popular Sleek highlighters with the newest cream format below. I just love their Solstice variant!!  Contour award goes to the affordable Maybelline V-Shape below and Tony Moly’s Panda Dream stick. Primer goes to my Top 1 choice, Step 1 by MUFE. And of course, the Body Shop moisturizer to prep skin which now has better SPF.

 All these you can get (except the Snowy Dessert and Sleek quad highlighter which were just used in the photo)

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SO THERE. Thank you again so much and hope to see you in blog or Vlog next year! 😉

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90’s Matte Browns

Growing up in the 90’s, I didn’t know so much about makeup but one thing’s for sure, I really like this decade – from video games, pop music and even the color hues that I still really lock up in my mind until now.

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Desaturated colors and neutral ones were a hit back then and apparently until now, with the famous nude shades we buy now. But I am really happy that local and international department store brands are recognizing these and offering them at affordable prices.

I got 3 new shades of the new Maybelline Creamy Matte/Mat lipsticks. I was not a fan of this format back then (I reviewed some at Break My Spell) when matte lipsticks started to gain popularity BUT OMFG with these new ones in terms of consistency, texture, coverage and color choices.

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Now these matte lipsticks are called Creamy Matte’s and I definitely agree with the label. They look and feel semi-matte. It’s easy to apply and doesn’t feel so dry. The consistency is outstanding with very minimal spaces.

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There are 5 shades from the new collection and I think all are sophisticated, bold and perfect for the season. I like brown shades in my collection too because I can combine them with some colors to make it desaturated, but below are my two favorites.

Staying power might be a little weak but for the low price yet level of consistency and coverage, retouches won’t hurt. It might be a little drying after around 5-6 hours so lip balms should be applied before retouching.

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With flash, you can see how almost perfect the consistency is, with just 1-2 coats. With regard to color,

Maybelline Matte Lipstick* (PHP 299) – Clay Crush is a orangey neutral nude, Nude Nuance is a nice red-brown shade wile Burgundy Crush is a cool deep dark red.

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The shades look perfect for smokey eyes in my opinion because these might look dull on a blank face. Burgundy Crush is a very good dupe of one highly pigmented lippie that I purchased last year, and Nude Nuance (right) is a flattering warm shade.

The best part? It’s only P299. Overall, I am really impressed with how Maybelline develops their lippies lately. I see you, MNY!! Will definitely recommend and repurchase.


My Wearable Pinks

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I’m not really a hard-core fan of the hue pink, but I realized how it has been making my eyes more feminine, especially the rose and warm pink eyeshadows. I then tried a few brands on my lips and see below for another color swatchfest!


Most of the brands here are available in department stores and that’s great. I’ve got matte to satin lippies with mostly pinks leaning towards the warmer side of the color spectrum. I think these are the kinds that are perfect #MLBB everyday lip look that doesn’t make me look cartooney or barbie.

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On my arm with (below) and without (above) flash, the two darkest shades lean toward a warm fuchsia color while the middle ones have more brown undertones which are perfect for any skin tone.

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Maybelline recently released new shades of warm dusty pinks which are banking on the neutral 80’s hue trend. I like the selection of colors especially Natural Beige and Salmon Pink.

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On my lips, we can see the other qualities of the lippies:

  • Pink Sugar in Hotline Bling (matte lipstick) [approx PHP 300]* – this is just a very pigmented lippie from one of my favorite department store brands. The consistency and coverage is fierce with a very good fuchsia color, and name (reminds me of one Rihanna LOTD!)
  • Maybelline Rose Matte lipsticks (matte lipstick) {approx PHP 200]* – MNY matte lippies are definitely becoming true to the “matte” and OK in terms of consistency and coverage. On my lips, it still appears a bit semi-matte/cream tho but I like how unique the faded, dusty and a brown-orangey kinds of pinks they have. Salmon Pink is my favorite wearable hue (not too nude) from this line.
  • NYX Butter Lipstick (cream lipstick) [approx PHP 300]* – This has got to be my favorite amongst all these in terms of lightweight wear and smooth texture, despite it being a cream format. Color is a bit cool for my skin tone but I like how it truly feels like butter, just with a very good consistency and coverage.
  • L’Oreal Paris Color Riche (semi-matte lipstick) [approx PHP 400]* – ever since they launched Color Riche, I’ve known L’Oreal lippies with good rosewood colors. I heard that Nymphea, a dusty rose, is a lippie used by Solenn Heusaff in her bridal makeup look. It definitely looks wearable and blooming on the lips. The brand also released an exclusive pink collection named after the L’Oreal Paris ambassadors. Blake Lively (my fav!) color is a coral shade that’s not too neon or bright. I really like how sensual and buildable these are (on 1 coat, it will look sheen)



There’s also a lip crayon line [approx PHP 500] released by Burt’s Bees recently that also attracted me. They’re described as matte, but I think they’re more creamy but with a good full-coverage. On my arm swatch I had Carolina Coast which is a dusty rose (less brown tho). Of course, I’ve always liked how 100% natural the products from the brand are, with Butter, Kendi Oil, and Jojoba Oil to keep lips smooth and moisturized.


What you think about these colors?



Last week, Maybelline introduced a new line of powder foundation that promises to keep Filipinas super fresh this 2015. We got to really know what’s behind this innovation in the event through a test that you will see below. Compared to other two-way cake foundations which traps in sweat and sebum, leaving the skin oily, plus the troublesome cakes and cracks that makes the skin look darker, White Super Fresh’s Clean-touch Technology promises to battles all these, enabling its absorption power five times better than regular talc. Comparing it to one of the best-selling affordable powder in the market, it was indeed a different kind of powder that Filipinas can rely to.

“Women feel best about themselves right after they’ve had a morning shower and freshly-applied makeup. However, as the day goes, their skin is under attack by heat, humidity, and pollution that leads to sweat build-up which eventually pounds down their confidence!” shared Cary Noreen Co, Maybelline New York Product Manager. “This is where Maybelline New York comes in by offering the must-have powder foundation to make sure she always has that fresh feel confidence with White Super Fresh,” added Co.

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