Enchanted Nymph

My stylist backed out last minute for my #faceawarsPH film and so happy that my friend Mara Chua, and one of the most talented and smart designers in the country helped me by creating this yellow-golden gown for me. The inspiration? Out of The Woods! Check out more photos below.

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First Unboxing Video: NYX #FaceAwards Top 30

I still couldn’t believe it’s my first official unboxing video after years of blogging haha. Check out my vlog about the infamous NYX boxes that are being sent to the top 30 finalists of the #faceawardsPH. I included some first impressions and favorites too! Also featured my voice in this vid which I have to practice as this will be a requirement when we move to the next rounds of the competition.

Coming Soon: BTS video and Travel vlog!
Please dont forget to VOTE FOR ME at https://faceawards.nyxcosmetics.com.ph/. You can vote 3x per day per person/email until the 15th of May. Hope I get your support if you like the 3 looks I’ve done, the story I’ve created and the film we shot in #SanAntonio #Pundaquit #Zambales. #faceawardsph

 

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Metallic Fiery Forest Nymph

The challenge was enchanted nymph. I’ve been so in love with metallics (and glitters) since last year and gold and yellow, which are the colors of 2017. I was inspired by fire, the woods, and the birds. I hope you get inspired by my mood too!

If you like this look, please VOTE FOR ME at https://faceawards.nyxcosmetics.com.ph/. 3x per day per person/email until the 15th of May, hope I get your support if you like the 3 looks I’ve done, the story I’ve created and the film I produced by myself in San Antonio Pundaquit Zambales Philippines.

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Check out the full tutorial here:

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Vote for Me: NYX #FaceAwards Top 15!

As you girls all know, I got in to the Top 30 of the 1st NYX Face Awards competition in the Philippines and I would like to thank you for the support and encouragement you’ve given me since I entered. I like how this has been challenging my creativity as an artist, how I want to take it further to vlogging, and also how I accept myself (like speaking, literally in videos 😉 and  sharing more about beauty and beyond. Now I need your help as you will decide who will move to the next rounds.

In the below video makeup tutorial and travel film, I made a story about a nymph that has the ability to transform herself in anything that her heart desires.

This is also kinda personal to me as a transgender and beauty guru so I really stretched my imagination and made it into something that I really would like to consider as my art. It’s DAY 3 already of voting and I really hope that I get your support. I placed so much effort and production in making this and I hope that you can vote for me! See below how you can do that, and share to your friends too =)

VOTE FOR ME at https://faceawards.nyxcosmetics.com.ph/. 3x per day per person/email until the 15th of May, hope I get your support if you like the 3 looks I’ve done, the story I’ve created and the film I produced by myself in San Antonio Pundaquit Zambales Philippines.

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10 Department Store Powder Highlighters To Check Out

Thanks to Jeffree Star and Nikkie Tutorial’s influences, I’ve been addicted to all the sheer, glass, or blinding highlighters I can see in stores and online. I’ve been using this magical thing a year after I started blogging but the times are different now. You can see this product just everywhere, including department stores, and that’s really practical for all the beauty junkie’s out there.

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A highlighter is defined by the finish of the whitish pigment – shimmer, shiny, sometimes like mirror or glass – the complete opposite of a contour. By purpose, it’s optics – it’s supposed to make areas of the face pop (and sometimes flat, when it’s too mirror in finish) when light hits the face. I like how this freshens any face, reduces lines and structures face (esp my undereye-cheek area which is quite sagging). There’s just so much variety in the beauty industry now and let me review some for you!

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Above is a full arm swatch of all my favorite pigments from dept store highlighters I have on my kit. Let me start with one fav by beauty Youtubers. This brand just arrived  in PH a year ago and has been selling this thing like pancake!

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Sleek Highlighting Palette in Solstice ($14.99) – Aside from the gorgeous gold packaging, this is innovative in a way that it has 1 cream and 3 powder highlight formulas which allows for layering and customizing effects. There’s an opaque yellow shade for warm skin tones, a lavender color shade and my favorite from this, (the middle one) a warm pink/rose color that’s light-medium in sheen/shimmer. The quality of shimmer here is not powdery, but truly bright and illuminating (see how the arm swatch became darker as it focused on the pigment so much). The downside only is that sometimes this can be appear too blinding as you can see that the shimmers appear like diamond eyeshadows (but of course, versus eyeshadows, highlighters are softer and more easy to apply on face)

I really love how creamy and performing this product is in terms of texture and consistency and ability to blend and use. One swipe gives so much! I’ve been using this palette for 3-4 months already and I’m just nearly half of it. I use it everyday and on special occasions that need some extreme blinding!

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Australian brand BYS has launched different palettes for Filipinas with various color combinations and finishes. The brand has been famous for its beautiful contour trio, but let’s check out their highlighters with a new one in 4’s!

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BYS Highlighting Palette in Ultra-Glow ($ 7.95) – This is the newest highlighter from the brand and it boasts of warm shades of shimmer for morena skin tone. I really love that champagne shade in the middle with a light sheen. I adore that this is pigmented and consistent despite the low price.

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BYS Highlighting Palette in Glistening ($ 7.95)* – My favorite one from the 3-4 palettes especially because of the rose shade on the top most of my arm. It’s just so pretty! There’s a color to it (can be a blush already) but combining it with the pinkish white pigment on the middle, it will give that gorgeous blush shade!!! All the colors are warm, pigmented, and really illuminating. Upon picking up by brush, there might be some fall out but I suggest spraying a primer on the brush for blinding realness.

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BYS Highlighting Palette in Luminous ($ 7.95)* – This is a good selection of warm and rose colors. The top most is like the rose color in Glistening, and the middle lavender shade is perfect to contrast a warm look. Then you have a yellow one for morena skin tones. All in all, these highlighters are very affordable yet performing in all aspects!

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There’s also highlighters under the HD Cheek color line of Pink Sugar, a homegrown brand that was recently launched here. I was actually surprised by how sophisticated the brand is to launch quite a number of highlighter shades and the below two caught my eye.

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Pink Sugar HD Cheek Color in Concrete Jungle (approx $10)* – While this is in mono and while packaging is quite difficult, I was surprised by how beautiful this highlighter is. See that while it may appear white and opaque upon finger swatch, when blended, it has a beautiful gold sheen that’s completely wearable.

Pink Sugar HD Cheek Color in Concrete Jungle (approx $10)* – Compared to above, this is creamier and more shimmery in a beautiful light-medium warm pink shade. I have been using this last year and it just gives a picture-perfect glow on the cheeks even under flash. Also, I agree that this is HD in finish.

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We also have highlighters that are often called illuminators because of their sheen effect – I have two brands under this category. Versus the blinding ones, these work very well in day light. Usually, they’re combined with a blush pigment to allow a gradient effect. See options from NYX below – they also even have a blush + highlighter + bronzer!

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NYX Illuminator in Chaotic ($ 9)* – I was quite confused with this as a highlighter but when blended, this coral pink with gold sheen reminded me of NARS orgasm but very subtle. While a bit powdery and light in its highlight pigment ( I suggest to use a packing brush that’s wet when picking it up), the blush color is just drop dead gorgeous, as with any Orgasm-like shades.

I have to check out out their Strobe of Genius palette to evaluate this versus others tho.

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Mary Kay Mineral Color Duo ($18) * – Lastly, we have this blush duo in Mary Kay. while not a dept store brand, I was in awe to see how pretty the illuminator is in this product that i already consumed 2 of these. The blush is just Ok, but when blended with the illuminator (swatch you can see below), it gives a beauty powder finish that’s perfect for everyday look.

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Now let’s put them all together on my arm under flash and definitely, BYS and Sleek win in the blinding highlight award while Pink Sugar, NYX and Mary Kay in giving a subtle sheen. See how all of these perform very well in being not chalky or powdery despite their low prices. Definitely value for money! Just know where and how you’ll use it and you can check our these options.

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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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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!

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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)

 

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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.

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What you think about these colors?

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Different Liquid Lippies Below P1000

By definition, liquid lipsticks are more concentrated versions of the normal tube of pigment we’ve known to wear. The past years, we’ve been introduced to a couple of products (globally and now aggressively in the local industry) in this format that promises the most matte, no-fuss, no-transfer kinds but for me, liquid lippies are still defined by their level of pigmentation – whether matte or demi-matte, whether liquid, tints, creams… Most of them are priced higher than the usual because of the pigment present, but in this review, I will be sharing a list that’s below PHP 1000, with different finishes, textures and qualities you can choose from!

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Last year, these lippie launches kind of piled up in my kit and I just got the time – thank God!! – to really study them. I have lots of colors but I wanna use the same hues (pink and nudes), so we can focus on the other qualities of the following brands: Ofra, Pink Sugar, Sleek, LA Splash, Happy Skin, Etude House and Khroma.

Let’s start with the applicator wands! Aside from the formula which I’ll discuss below, in this kind of lippie, the applicator has some say on the consistency and ease of use of the product. You can evaluate these easily based on the lip swatches below (not the arm swatch because we don’t apply on a flat surface!). So Sleek wins here with a squared tip that shaped and volumized my lips so much (no lip liner used there). However,  I don’t like too long and slim ones because especially with quick-drying lippies, it’s so hard to control, perfect quickly and transfer the content (you’ll send up building so much). The pear-shaped ones though: they get so much of the product and deliver in excess especially on the lip line and I can’t really shape my small lips . In this case, notice how Pink Sugar, Ofra and LA Splash have thick, compact and flexible tips.

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So let’s get to the pigmentation, consistency, colors, and prices (including long-wearing aspects  – proofs of which you’ll see at the end) using only the nude and pink colors from the brands.

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  • Pink Sugar Lip & Cheek Tint (matte liquid lippie) [PHP 350]* – This is best product line under the local brand since they launched last year. The formula of this product is soooo luxurious: light-weight yet super pigmented and consistent, extra-matte (powder finish and truly opaque!), and doesn’t dry and cake the lips! I’ved tried wearing it for 3 consecutive days, and no drying at all which is unbelievable for this kind of matte – thanks to coconut oil, aloe vera, and vitamins A, C, and E. Texture is like cream-powder so it takes around 2-3 swipes to perfect it but achievable, and is build-able too despite its matte finish. Definitely winning at these aspects, I just wish they could release nude colors as most of the pinks and brights I swatched here appear kind of neon and too intense. My favorites are the unique and wearable purple’s: Purple Pleasure and Pink Paradise! And can i say – the most affordable in this list!! Lasts also for a long time, but quite difficult to remove (use oil-based remover to get rid of stain). Available at BeautyMNL.
  • Sleek Matte Me Liquid Lipsticks (matte liquid lippie) [PHP 450]* – The ultra-smooth and soft lippie in 6 shades! Look at how volumized, defined, soft yet pigmented my lip swatch is. With varied colors, this is my everyday liquid lippy indeed especially with its price! I like the ultra-smooth and extra-light feel and texture despite the pigmentation. My sample is a Kylie Lip Kit (muted rose brown) color and it still showed my natural lips despite the 2 coats. I also like how this can be built even when it’s dry!! Staying power is good for 4-5 hours and it doesn’t stain the lips which can be cleansed easily. Available at Zalora.
  • Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Liptick (matte liquid lippie) [PHP 950] – Quite borderline the P1000 limit but this product is winning in color choices and its unique creamy (yet non-sticky) matte formula. The consistency and feel (soft) are very recommendable too, and it doesn’t dry easily so you can build depending on how thick you want it to be.  Available at GlamourBox.
  • KhromaBeauty Joystick Lip Lacquer (semi-matte lacquer)[PHP 630]*- While packaged as stick, I consider this a liquid lippie because of how soft the content is. This is a brand by Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashan and as with all the K lippies, they boast of consistency, pigmentation and feel. There are just a few colors but I bet that the good formulas and signature colors are the reasons people are buying these. Can attest to those! Available at TravelMerchant16.
  • Etude House Color in Liquid Lips (creamy liquid lippie) [PHP 500]* – I super like how this liquid lippy is so natural-looking for a cushiony-water sliding texture! Korean brand definitely focuses on the texture and feel of the product – like a lip gloss- but not sticky and drying despite the level of pigment (Thanks to sweet almond oil and sunflower seed oil). Quite lacking in consistency and staying power, but if you like a sheer, hydrated-looking plumping effect too, go for this!
  • Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Lip & Cheek Tint/Power Pout (creamy liquid lippie) [PHP 699]* – This is the winner in the cream liquid lippie formula, as with the famous pen lippies of the brand. The formula is so rich but it doesn’t feel too thick and doesn’t dry the lips. Consistency is at the top of the charts, with colors so wearable and enduring enough, for the Filipina tones. It’s just so easy to glide and perfect the application with the kind of formula it has, but I would wish for a better applicator so I don’t have to use a liner. But two thumbs up as always! Available at Happy Skin Online Store.
  • LA Splash Lip Couture, Lip Smitten Mousse, Studio Shine, Velvet Matte Liquid Lipsticks (matte liquid lippies)[PHP 600] – This brand kind of created different lines under their liquid lippyy category which because so famous with bold and couture colors. I will discuss in detail in the next post, but my favorites in terms of formula and finish are the Lip Smitten Mousse and Studion Shine as they’re better in consistency and feel than the others. Generally, the best in pigmentation, variety and uniqueness of colors, but the downside is that these lippies require enough time to practice how you will apply (as they dry quickly on the lips) and maintain (feel is quite thick and finish is tricky as some feather when too thick or retouched). Not really recommendable for every day use but staying power is very good if not ruined by oily, and it can only be removed completely by oil-based makeup remover. No drying effect as it tints the lips superficially which is impressive. Available at DTC Online.
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (sheer matte liquid lippie) [PHP200-300] – This is actually my first liquid lippy that I reviewed in the past blog, and while I haven’t tried the other bolder colors, this is definitely the choice for a sheer matte finish. While consistency, staying power and pigmentation are not so perfect, go for this for the finish!

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In terms of durability and staining, refer to the above visual where I tried to scratch/remove the pigments using just my fingers and a non-oil based makeup wipe (lower). I also tried if these stained and stayed even after some makeup removers and the results are below. Completely, these are erased when you us oil-based removers.

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So many choices for finish, texture and colros indeed for liquid lipsticks below P1000. What are your bets?

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*Products with astericks are given as samples by brands

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