I'm very happy to share with y'all my first collaboration this year!
So I've teamed up Beauty MNL for yet another haul and to spread the news about this amazing online beauty source. In the video, I talked about the site and other things that could be helpful for my fellow online shopping fanatics.
But before I ask you to click that play button, allow me to give a HUGE thanks first to Beauty MNL team for this wonderful opportunity. Now, even though this is a project with a brand, please know that this is not a sponsored video. They didn't pay me to do this and I partially spent my own money. What I said was purely based on my shopping experience and I'm just being 100% honest with you, guys. #StayReal
Now that it's all cleared up, let's start watching, shall we?
Even if there are hundreds of products on the site, I was still able to shop and pick the ones that caught my interests with ease. Looking at my loot, I was surprised that most of the items are from homegrown brands. And of course, I had to get my dose of K-beauty. 😄
Is it just me, or you also love looking at the Best Seller section first before browsing per category? Haha! 😊
Specially when I'm still unsure about which ones to buy or if I just need to add a few ones to my cart to let's say, qualify for the free shipping or something like that, I would make sure to go through the top rated product list.
Good thing, BeautyMNL.com has that!
They also have this BeautyMNL Awards series that showcases all crowd or BeautyMNL squad-favorites under makeup, skincare and other categories for 2016. If the product has that badge, you bet that's a good one.
Another section to check out on the site is their online magazine called Bloom.
They do a rundown of weekly favorites, share beauty tips and trends and more. The series that I love to check out often is Budget Buys, wherein they feature drugstore/more affordable dupes of high-end products.
Are you team splurge or team save? 😃
They also threw in a few freebies to your cart for every purchase. I actually got 2 full-sized products! So generous!
It's really good to have an all-around small buffer brush like this one. I'm using it to blend concealer on the under eyes and pimple spots, to do a little bit of shading on the sides of the nose and sometimes, to buff eye shadow too!
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If you have already tried shopping on BeautyMNL.com, let me know what are your must-try products.
Ladies (and gents), allow me to introduce to you my first ever liquid lipstick!
Before I go broke and go shop for liquid lipsticks to my heart's content, I decided to try this one from a local drugstore first. I admit. This was an impulsive buy. I was only looking for BB creams, but you know, makeup junkie problems, I walked out the store with other things. Haha! 😉 Virtual high-five if you can relate!
So anyway, here's LA Girl Matte Pigment in the shade Dreamy.
As you can see on the tube, they call it as a "pigment gloss". Uhm, not sure about that. It's clearly a matte liquid lipstick.
Color & Finish
It comes in 16 shades but I only got Dreamy, which is a matte, soft pink nude with some hints of beige.
Of course, I had to get the low-key colors first. Haha! I wanted something I can easily wear and apply (knowing most bold colors are very unforgiving).
Color payoff is nice. You can get the true color at first swipe.
It's housed in the usual tube packaging and it comes with a doe-foot applicator, which has flat sides. It's super easy to put an even layer. Also, the tip is very handy when it comes to working on the outline.
Now, here comes the tricky part - getting used to its sticky formula.
It's by far, the most glue-ish matte liquid lipstick I've tried. When I put my lips together, I could really see and feel the tackiness.
As you can see in the photo above, the lines are emphasized once it dries down. It's not too noticeable from a distance though. On days when I wear this, I would frequently check if they made my lips like a dried plum already. Haha! 😊
It's definitely not a lightweight lippie. It's a bit drying as well.
I also remember eating a bread with this on and when I checked the mirror, some crumbs were like glued on my lips. 😋
Though when it comes to longevity, this one's a badass.
It's a tough job to remove it. I had to rub a cotton pad soaked with micellar water really hard to remove the swatch on my arms. On the lips, there would be minimal fading/peeling after eating.
This is not an exact dupe but on the lips they look somewhat similar. Dreamy is on the pinker side but sometimes, I could see more hints of beige specially under natural lighting.
Overall, it's clearly not my top pick formula-wise, but I'm still in love with the color. It's perfect for everyday makeup plus, it makes my teeth look whiter.
You can get Matte Pigments and other LA Girl products at Watson's (at 349 php), SM/other Department stores or from some online shops.
What do you think?
Stay tuned for the BB cream review from the same brand! Another thing to try from LA Girl is their Pro Conceal HD Concealer.
I got excited to try the makeup loot that Celeteque sent me, so I sat down and filmed a video. I know it's been forever since my last one and I made a lot of boo-boos here, so please bear with me. I'm still warming up. Haha! 😃
I received 3 eye shadow palettes and 3 matte lipsticks and I thought I could do 3 makeup looks by pairing them. I also grabbed a few products from other brands. You can check out the list below.
The first two looks are so easy and simple, but for the last one, I had to create a smokey eye makeup so a lot of blending happened. Haha! I gotta admit, difficulty level is high for me. It's been years since my last attempt. 😤
The palette and lipsticks have a great color payoff and I love that the color variety is suitable for everyday makeup. Well, maybe except for Grey Smokey, but I think I can still use the black eye shadow as an eyeliner.
The Face Shop Lash/Lid Glue
Celeteque 2-in-1 Eye Bag Miracle Kit
Celeteque 24-Hour Photoready Matte Primer
Celeteque Spot Corrector Gel
Clinique Foundation sample (can't remember the nameand shade)
Btw, I tried my best to cover up my bumpy spots, but I didn't want to put on layers of foundation and concealer because I'm not a fan of cakey and heavy base. The eyelid glue also got in the way. The patchy area is not because of the eyeshadow, guys! Let's just pretend they're not there. Haha! 😉
You've seen the products in action, but I will still do individual/batch reviews, so stay tuned!
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What do you think? Which one is your fave?
your sweetest drug,
I'm saving the best for last and by best, I mean the lip products. So meanwhile, here's another Colourpop post for my fellow "kilay is life" believers. Haha! 😤
It took me a while before finally deciding to try this baby out. I was hesitant at first because I knew the shade wouldn't match my hair color. That's why I thought of trying to sell it first so I can get myself a different shade.
From the pot and when swatched, it looks very appropriate for brunettes or pretty much any medium to light brown hair. However, it has hints of red/orange which is actually okay but I prefer taupe browns for my brows.
The formula though. 👊
The moment I first dip my brush, it was HEAVEN. It has a mousse-y, custardy texture and it applies smoothly. You won't even need to apply pressure as you make the strokes.
It's easy to blend and easy to use to shape the brows so it's perfect for kilay beginners. Hihi! 😊
Whenever I use this, I almost ditch my spoolie because filling my brows with the same angled brush is enough.
The product stays on the entire day. And take note, my skin becomes a grease factory after several hours and my forehead area gets really oily. However, if I rub it off, it budges and only a little color stays.
See how shiny my skin is?! I didn't blot today. Haha! 😄
I still have mixed feelings about Arched Auburn but again, formula-wise, it's great! It's my first time trying a dip brow product and I'm more used to pencils or crayons, but it didn't give me a hard time.
What do you think? Have you tried any other Colourpop brow products?
your sweetest drug,
If I were to create an "Ichi Signature Look", a pair of wings would definitely complete it. Yes, I don't usually add it to my daily makeup routine (because I'm always in a hurry every freaking day), but on some occasions, I never skip it.
That's why I always make sure to have an eyeliner in my makeup drawer. I've tried gel liners before but problem with them is that, they tend to turn into a rock after some time. Pencils are okay too but I haven't encountered one that would not turn into a hot mess after several hours. I only use them now to tightline my upper lash lines.
So, I thought why not try pens and see if they're a better option.
I got my first pen from a discount chain store in Osaka. It's by the brand called K-Palette, which is also available here in Manila. The black ones were sold out, which I totally understand because the price was slashed into half. Maybe a lot of tourists took advantage of the sale. Hihi.
Mine is in the shade Deep Brown. From a distance, it looks like a not-so intense black so I think I still scored an actual black pen.
For me, when choosing a great eyeliner pen, it all boils down to the applicator. You might get the best formula but if the brush is a trash, it's useless. Let's face it. It's difficult to draw the perfect wing especially with a shaky hand, so you need something that would help you, not make the process even more difficult.
During the first few tries, I wasn't so sure about how to do my usual wing. It was a steep learning curve for me who's not used to pens. However, I was able to get the hang of it after some time. Yep, it's just all about practice. Haha!
Good thing, the brush is not too bendy so it's easy to control.
As for the tip, it requires me to really focus (and hold my breath) to get that precise flick.
I bet you guys would like to know the deal about its lasting power.
First off, the formula is waterproof and it's meant to stay on the lids all day err day. However, mine gets oily and when wearing my contact lens, I have to use eye drops, so basically, I can't avoid a non-dry lids the entire day.
That's why it wears off after several hours. It's not smudge-proof on me. I can also easily remove it sans any makeup remover.
Nevertheless, I still like to use it on normal days. I would also recommend it to beginners because based on my experience, it didn't take long for me to get used to it. And take note, I was a newbie to eyeliner pens when I first tried it.
Now, I have a new one in my collection. You'll see it on my upcoming makeup video. Stay tuned!