True Brown Lippies Hit List

When it comes to colors, I think I’ve been keeping and buying more neutrals and nudes this year, credits to the retro trend! In the process, I have made a list of lippies that aren’t like the usual “browns” that some brands claim their lipsticks to be. These are not reddish or too pinkish ones and they have attracted me most!

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Below, I have 3 liquid lippies (one I have shared here before), 1 lip crayon, and 1 creamy lippy. I’m quite excited about this because it’s my first Colour Pop purchase (I’m so late but I will share more of this below), my first time to try the BYS Velvet matte lippies which are selling like pancakes!!, and of course, a product of a collab between Liz Lanuzo of Project Vanity and homegrown brand Pink Sugar.

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By just looking at the tubes, the browns look “true”, meaning they’re like the wood or chocolate colors, and not mixed with reds, orange or pink. What interested me about these choices is that (same as true nudes), I can mix these with other colors of lipsticks to make them warmer. Imagine it as a base  note of a perfume =)

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On arm, all of the shades seemed truly warm and brown (just differing in yellow undertone, and intensity) except for Love at First Swipe by Pink Sugar which is a peachy cocoa, sorta pinkish, but still not too much for me. Aside from colors, let me discuss some qualities one by one:

  • ColourPop Liquid in Limbo (liquid matte lipstick) [PHP 400+] – I bought this from Tupped Boutique as they said that this is the exact dupe of Kylie’s True Brown K. Indeed, everytime I wear this I always get the question “What’s your lippie?”. It’s a very unique and just-right intensity of a warm brown shade. While I’m OK with all the qualities that a Colour Pop liquid matte has except for its average longevity, obvious crinkling and flaking, this one is a color worth wearing!
  • BYS Velvet Liquid in Teddy Bare (liquid matte lipstick) {PHP 300+]* – BYS sent me this lippie for me try it and it’s one pretty brown shade! It’s less dark, yellow and intense than Colour Pop which can be worn at day. The formula is very good on my lips! It stays incredibly long, but it coats the lips which is both good and bad because 1. it gives a protective layer than which crinkles through time, and 2. it doesn’t stain the lips so it’s just sits on top, with the intense pigments not getting through the skin, thus less dry. But I’m definitely good with that!
  • LA Splash Lip Couture in Spellbound (liquid matte lipstick) [PHP 600] – I got this last year which I just reviewed now. Minding the qualities of LA Splash (still the most pigmented but hardest to remove!!), this one is a pretty dark brown shade. Imagine the true color of wood? This one is quite reddish than Colour Pop and all the others.
  • Pink Sugar x Project Vanity in Love At First Swipe (matte lip crayon) [PHP 399] – I wasn’t able to attend this launch so I bought from Project Vanity at #Passionflybazaar last September and
  • Shiseido Perfect Rouge in BR 757 (creamy lipstick) [PHP 1000+]* – I would never imagine this color for the brand but it’s a lustrous lighter version of Teddy Bare, quite yellow but definitely wearable at day and in combination with others. Shiseido lippies are quite understated because these are truly pigmented, creamy and non-drying!

With flash below, check out intensity and undertones of the hit list.

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Below, I just wanna share the applicators of the liquid lippies featured here. I don’t like Colour Pop’s and LA SPlash actually. The rightmost kind of wand works for me and that’s from BYS (similar with Sleek)

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So do you like brown lippies like me? Share the ones you have by commenting below!

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日本の化粧品

It’s Day 2 of my Japan trip and as a makeup addict enthusiast, I am excited to explore (together with The Beauty Junkee) the streets and shops of a country that is known for high-quality, tech-driven cosmetics. Days before, someone messaged me about what kinds of brands and products I should hoard buy in Japan and I thought it would be nice to share my thoughts on some of the Japanese products available in our country which I’ve had for months and document these for review. Let’s go!

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SECOND SKIN BASE

I have always liked how Japanese see skin care and makeup that. I’ve reviewed Kanebo’s BB creams years before at Break My Spell and I really liked how perfecting those are. For sure, I will be repurchasing some powders from Kate (a younger subbrand of Kanebo), ZA and Maquillage (younger subbrand of Shiseido launched 2 years ago in PH), and of course, Shiseido, which is just love!!

I might not be repurchasing Naturactor and I’ll review that in detail because of its low performance in the staying and non-creasing aspect of the product.

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Naturactor when exposed to air (Update; these are not rat marks as someone told me this happened to her exposed pot days ago)

FINE PIGMENTS –  COLOR COSMETICS

Shu Uemura is my number one list when it comes to this. I just remember how I loved this brand when I was still in  college and discovered early the colored pigments which was my first beauty-related entry at Break My Spell in 2012. I found similar level of consistency and finish especially of the shimmers from RMK, which also has nice bases.

When it comes to eyes, hands down a 100% to K-Palette (brows), Majolica Majorca Lash King (mascaras), and K-Palette (liners) which is packaged in a very cute limited ed design as you can see below. I’ll try to find options for these categories but I’m very happy with the effects of these on my eye makeup.

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SOME SKIN CARE AND MORE

Aside from Shiseido, I haven’t explored much Japanese skin care (except for Cure – for exfoliating – and Bifiesta and Biore – which are high-performing department store brands known for skin cleansing) but I think I will be after reviews of some friends.

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I also would like to check out more of Kao’s products here – they’re like one of the top beauty FMCG handling Jergens, Biore, Kanebo, and Liese – which was recently launched in PH – introducing the bubble/foam format for non-drip and easy hair color application.

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These samplers which I’ve kept for years! Wanted to buy full-sized ones.

So there’s my list and I’ve been reviewing for months since i booked this trip. Please do recommend some good products and will check them out in Tokyo/Ginza/Shibuya tomorrow!

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A Beauty Penthouse

Shiseido, a global brand that creates continuous innovations in beauty by combining the most advanced human science with exquisite aesthetic elements opened the doors of the first branded beauty-themed suite in the Philippines—Shiseido Beauty Penthouse, a venue with infused concepts of luxury, prestige, beauty and Japanese “Omotenashi – a Japanese word which represents the act of providing detailed service in a variety of ways to allow guests to spend a relaxing and memorable time by putting customers first. The design of the place exudes “elegance” which is one of the strongest characteristics of Shiseido. The intricate details in it speak for the concept as everything is Shiseido-branded and represents what the brand stands for.

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Shiseido Beauty Penthouse™ is also the launch pad of the highly-anticipated Autumn/Winter 2015 Collection*–a batch of innovative skincare and makeup products that revolves around the themes of “IMPRESSIVE BEAUTIFUL EYES “ and “LIFTED & GLOWING SKIN”.  The products to be unveiled possess beauty-science to address “immunity”, “glow-firming”, “(beauty)power-infusing” and “anti-aging”.   Months ahead of the collection’s launch, we are letting our guests see and try it for the first time.

There will also be a lot of beautifully-conceptualized surprises to be experienced inside the Shiseido Beauty Penthouse:

  • Shiseido Parlour*-themed sweet and savory buffet*Owned by Shiseido and located in the heart of Ginza District, Tokyo. Founded in 1902, Shiseido Parlour is a pioneer of Japanese-style ‘Western’ cuisine (yoshoku)
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  • Shiseido Facial Pampering in exclusive Yutaka Suite
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  • Complete Shiseido Make-over by our Shiseido Makeup-Expert Team**Japan-trained Shiseido Makeup Artists that specializes in face-balancing makeup, Personalized Portrait Shoot by the Shiseido poolside
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Our perception of beauty has greatly evolved over the years, and so is Shiseido Philippines’ perception of letting you experience what beauty is about.  Shiseido Beauty Penthouse is open by invitation for a limited time for press, bloggers and selected VIPs.

About Shiseido: A global brand that creates continuous innovations in beauty by combining the most advanced human science with exquisite aesthetic elements.

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International Beauty Fair 2015

The Shiseido International Beauty Fair, which was established last year (see my learnings here), is an institutionalized event that revolves around the theme of “empowering women through beauty”. Together with Sample Room, which will sample some of the new Shiseido Spring-Summer products this year, there were lots of activities that were introduced to us during the event which you can also experience at SM Mega Fashion Hall Activity Center (Megamall) – March 13-19, Podium Activity Center – March 23-28, and SM Mall of Asia Atrium – March 29-31:

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1. A masterclass makeup and skincare workshop conducted by highly-trained beauty consultant that flew straight from Shiseido Japan and chief makeup artist Carmel Villongco where you can learn the secrets in achieving flawless, healthy and glowing skin. She will also discussed advanced, yet wearable, make-up techniques to enhance natural beauty. As a bonus, Shiseido will also give personalized course certificates to attendees.

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2. Skincare analysis and consultation using Shiseido’s state-of-the-art skin diagnostic tools like Skin Visiom and Skin Sensor which instantly measures skin’s actual age (versus your real age), moisture level, melanin concentration, immunity of the skin and facial skin’s turn-over rate.

3. Beauty Simulator that mirrors the state of skin once you’ve started on the right skin care regimen plus it simulates a chosen makeup look using Shiseido’s newly-launched makeup collection without having to take out your makeup .

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4. Complete Shiseido Makeover that includes eyebrow reshaping and personalized makeup tutorial that touches on balancing techniques specific to your face proportions.

5. Pampering activities like quick facial that relaxes, tones and lifts facial muscles and hand massage.

 

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