Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Daytime Eye Makeup Tutorial using Master Palette by Mario



Here's another step by step photo eye makeup tutorial using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario. My last eye makeup look was smoky and dramatic (see it HERE) while this is wearable for day time. I want to highlight the eye shadow in KIM, which I am wearing all over the eyelid. It's a gorgeous medium bronze nude color with gold shimmers. It's named after the most well client he has ever had, Kim Kardashian. 

STEPS
  • Prime the eyelids with a thin layer concealer using a concealer brush then apply translucent powder on top. This will even out the skin tone of the eyelids. 
  • Apply ISABEL (medium orange with a matte finish) above the crease with a fluffy blending brush. 
  • Apply NYC (copper brown with metallic sheen) on the outer corner and blend on the crease stopping half way. Apply the same eye shadow on the lower lash line.
  • Apply KIM (medium bronze nude with gold shimmers) all over the eye lid with a dense shader brush. 
  • Apply HOLLYWOOD (light gold with shimmers) on the inner corner and brow bone with a small shader brush. 
  • Line with upper lash line line with a black eye liner of your choice. 
  • Curl lashes and apply mascara
  • Apply false lashes (optional)


Hope you find this tutorial helpful. 

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

SNEAK PEEK: ColourPop Hello Kitty Collection *PHOTOS and SWATCHES*

"Hello Pretty!" Hope you are doing well. I was able to preview Colourpop Cosmetic's NEW Limited Edition Hello Kitty Collection at the Irvine Spectrum Center this weekend. They had free mini makeovers, goodie bags for the first 200 people in line and a fun photo booth. I was particularly excited because it was my very first time trying Colourpop and I love Hello Kitty. 


        The collection will launch on November 1st, 2016, on the day of Hello Kitty's birthday only at colourpop.com. There's lots of sparkles, glitters, pinks and reds and she names of the products are young and cute. 

Colourpop Hello Kitty Collection includes...

SUPER SHOCK SHADOWS: 
  • RAINBOW - sheer white with silver and pink glitters
  • SMALL GIFT - peachy pink in a pearlized finish
  • SCHOOL BUS - deep navy blue in a pearlied finish
  • FRIENDSHIP FILE - peach beige with pink and silver glitters in metallic finish
  • STICKER SHEET 
  • (I'm missing 2 more names of the shades)
ULTRA GLOSSY LIPS
  • TRINKETS - sheer red with soft sparkles 
  • ARIGATO - sheer hot pink with hot pink glitters  
  • SUPER CUTE! - sheer warm pink with pink glitters 
  • KT- sheer nude with gold glitters
ULTRA SATIN LIP:
  • TINY CHUM - baby nude pink in satin finish
  • LOCK DIARY - fuschia in satin finish
ULTRA METALLIC LIP:
  • SURPRISE - ruby red with copper and hot pink glitters 
LIPPIE STIX:
  • LET'S PLAY - cranberry with hot pink pearls in a satin luxe finish
  • DATE MATE - cool-toned fuschia in a matte finish
  • KONICHIWA - pink with blue under tone in a creme finish
SUPER SHOCK CHEEK:
  • COIN PURSE - cool rosy pink blush in a matte finish
  • SCHOOL IS FUN - duo-chrome gold highliter in a pearlized finish 
  • YUMMY COOKIES - peach nude highlighter in a pearlized finish
*Will update with prices later*







I was able to swatch some of the eyeshadows in natural sunlight (left) and with flash (right) on my arm without any base. I did it super fast because there were a lot of people around me. 


Swatches of SUPER CUTE Ultra Glossy Lip and TINY CHUM Satin Lip on my arm 


Wearing TUNY CHUM Satin Lip and SUPER CUTE Ultra gloss on my lips and
YUMMY COOKIES on my cheekbones, bridge of the noose and forehead. 


What's inside out goodie bag. We got a Hello Kitty cookie, a full size Super Shock Cheek in YUMMY COOKIES and KT Ultra Gloss. 



Again, this collection is a limited edition and only available on Colourpop.com November 1st, 2016


What are your thoughts?



Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Master Palette by Mario Eye Makeup Tutorial




This is my first makeup look using Anastasia Beverly Hills MASTER PALETTE by MARIO. Can't help but do a sultry smoky eyes with a pop highlight on the eyelids for beautiful dimension. Hope you find it helpful. 

 Check out my full review and swatches HERE

  1. Prep with eyes with an eye primer. I used Wet n Wild Fergie "For My Primas" eye primer all over the eye lids. This will help enhance the eye shadows and prevent it from creasing. You can also use concealer. 
  2. Apply VIOLETA (matte brown with red undertone) all over the eye lids (and lower lash liner) using a shader brush. 
  3. Apply ISABEL (matte medium orange) on the crease as a transition color using a crease brush (also on the lower lash line) then blend with a blending brush. 
  4. Apply 5TH AVENUE (light yellow gold with metallic finish) just on the center of the eyelid with a flat shader brush. 
  5. Apply HOLLYWOOD (light gold with shimmers) on the brow bone with a shader brush as highlight. 
  6. Line the upper lash liner with a black pencil eye liner then blend with a black eye shadow powder. 
  7. Line water line with black eye liner pencil. 
  8. Apply mascara and false lashes (optional)


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Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario REVIEW/SWATCHES

It is here!!! It felt so good to finally have it in my hands! I ordered it on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website on the day of the release, September 29, 2016 after midnight. The website crashed a few times because everyone was ordering at the same time, but I kept refreshing over and over and didn't give up until I saw "YOUR ORDER HAS BEEN RECEIVED" with a confirmation number #perseverance, whew! The funny thing was when I woke up at 7am, it was still available on the website haha. 

I'm a huge fan of Mario Dedivanovic, and have been following his work since his makeup blog in 2009. I've even met him in person which you can read about HERE. If you don't know who he is, Mario is a well known celebrity makeup artist in the world. He has done countless red carpet and editorial and is most well known for his work with Kim Kardashian. 

On to the palette...


WHO: Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario 

WHAT: A limited-edition eye shadow palette curated by celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic with Anastasia Beverly Hills. 

Sephora says, "This palette features twelve neutral and jewel-toned shades in a range of matte to metallic finishes. The new rich, highly pigmented formula ensures bold color, while the included double-ended shadow brush provides easy application. The convenient mirrored compact slides easily into a bag for on-the-go application." source: Sephora.com


WHEN: It was released October 2016 as a limited-edition item. 

WHERE: Available at Sephora.com, Macys.com and Ulta.com for $45


The palette includes 12 eye shadows (6 satins, 2 metallics, 1 velvet and 3 ultra mattes). I gotta say, it is love at first swatch. The formula is superb. The shadows are super soft, smooth and buttery to touch especially the mattes (Lula, Isabel and Violeta). They are so pigmented, easy to apply and blend on the eyes. Since the shadows are soft, there will be some fall outs, but that's normal.

I like the combination of colors. The jewel tones work with my medium to tan complexion. You can create countless of makeup looks. I noticed that a lot of the colors are beautiful on their own that you can just get away with using one color on the eye lids, blend the edges, apply liner and mascara and you're good to go! I just wished there is 1 matte highlighter color because I sometimes like to use a matte eye shadow to highlight the brow bone.

I guess my only dislike is the packaging. I like that it looks simple and sleek. I like that it has a mirror and a dual ended brush. But the cardboard palette is not very sturdy in my opinion. But other than that, for $45, it is an amazing product!






All names of the eye shadows are inspired by Mario's life. 

Hollywood: Light gold with shimmers. It almost looks beige, but it's not. 

NYC: Reddish-brown with a satin finish. 

Kim: It's a brown nude color with gold shimmers and satin finish. Named after Kim Kardashian. 

Muse: Copper brown with a mettalic sheen. 

Marina: Light Peachy brown with a mettalic sheen. 

Claudia: Dark grey with teal undertone and satin finish. 

Lula: Light taupe with matte finish. Named after Mario's mother. 

Isabel: Medium orange with matte finish. This is the perfect transition color. 

Violeta: Brown with slight red undertone and matte finish. Great crease or all over the lids color. 

5th Ave: Light yellow gold with metallic finish. 

Bronx: Olive green with satin finish. Named after the city where Mario was born. 

Paris: Bronzy brown with metallic finish. 







Overall, I highly recommend this palette. The quality of the eye shadows are great, the colors are versatile and it's very affordable. 





Monday, October 3, 2016

OFRA Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Manhattan




WHO: Ofra Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Manhattan ($19.00 6g full size)

WHAT: A liquid lipstick that promises to last a long time on the lips.
 Ofra Cosmetics says, "OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick is a one step full lip color that does not feather. These vibrant colors will give you a vivacious new look.They are creamy and soft in texture, moisturizing the lips and creating a long lasting lipstick effect. No need to use lipliner, this liquid lipstick gives a beautiful edge to your lip look!" (source: ofracosmetics.com)

WHERE: They are available on their website www.ofracosmetics.com


A little bit goes a long way and is full coverage. I made a mistake of applying too much on my lips and it bled out and thought I needed a lip liner. But no, lip liner is unnecessary. You just need to apply a little bit and you're good. The color payoff is nice and opaque. It's just what I like in a liquid lipstick. The consistency is thin and goes on wet on the lips, but dries fairly quick. It applies very smooth and the doe-foot applicator allows me to be precise. 

The shade Manhattan is a beautiful mauve pink shade. It really suits my medium to tan skin tone. It goes well with any kind of eye makeup look from light to dark. 

What impress me the most is the longevity. Just like the product promised, it really last a long time on the lips. It last about 5 hours without eating and drinking and even if you eat, it doesn't affect that color much. It also feels very lightweight and non-sticky as if I'm wearing nothing, which is amazing. Other liquid lipstick tends to be a bit sticky, but not this one. 

This is a sample size that I received at the Generation Beauty by Ipsy in the beginning of this year. I regret not trying it sooner because it's such an amazing product.  





I highly recommend this product if you need a great liquid lipstick. They are long lasting, opaque and comfortable on the lips. They do run a bit expensive for $19 a pop, but a little bit goes a long way, so a tube will last you awhile. 




Sunday, October 2, 2016

AbsoluteNY Velvet Lippie in Wicked REVIEW/SWATCHE




WHO: Absolute Velvet Matte Lippie in Wicked "Buttery Matte Lip Creme" $5.99. 

WHAT: A lip creme with a velvety matte finish

Absolute NY says, "This innovative lippie delivers intense color pigmentation with a lightweight, non-drying mousse formula that glides over lips, then sets into a very comfortable, plush matte finish. Available in 24 shades that include the most wearable of neutrals to the most dazzling, statement vibrants. (source: absolutenyproducts.com)

WHEN: Product was released in around the beginning of 2015.

WHERE:You can order online at www.absolutenyproducts.com or you can contact them for locations. 

Just like the name says, this product really is buttery and smooth. The formula and texture feels so nice on the lips. For a matte lip product, I was surprised how smooth it applies and feels lightweight as if I'm not wearing anything. 

The shade WICKED is a pretty dark berry color, which is perfect for the Fall season. It also looks great against my medium to tan skin tone. However, it applies streaky and I don't like that, espcially with dark lippies. It applies sheer and I had a a bit of a difficult time building up the intensity I want because it's streaky. I had to apply in small strokes to get more color payoff. I can't speak for other shades, but Wicked is streaky. Also, it is not completely matte. It was more of a semi-matte finish.  


Doe-foot applicator


Swatch on my arm once




Too bad the product didn't work out for me because the texture is awesome. Maybe the other shades are better. I don't know. 




Thursday, September 29, 2016

PUR COSMETICS 10th Anniversary Compact and Chisel Brush

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WHO: 
Pur Cosmetics 10th Anniversary Limited Edition 4 in 1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation Compact and Chisel Brush

WHAT:
 Pur Cosmetics says, "PÜR™ Cosmetics is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in retail and over 5 million compacts sold with its Limited Edition 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup and Chisel Brush. This spectacular jewel compact contains the iconic, no mess, good-for-your-skin foundation that started a revolution. Get unbeatable coverage that’s cruelty free from start to flawless finish."
(source: PurCosmetics.com)

WHEN: 
Product was released mid-September

WHERE:
Available at Ulta.com , PurCosmetics website for $34


I already love this product and to see it all blinged out with sparkly crystals is awesome! I have been using it for so many years and it has never failed me. I use it on top of foundation and tinted moisturizer as a setting powder or by itself dry or wet for a medium to build-able coverage foundation. It does a great job in smoothing and evening out my skin, it doesn't cling on to the dry patches of my face, it holds up pretty well through out the day and doesn't irritate my skin. I do have to blot my face after 3 hours which is normal for me because my skin oils up on the t-zone.

The 10th Anniversary Chisel Brush is a soft flat top brush. The bristles are super soft and slightly dense. It's able to pick up a lot of product and it does a great job in applying and blending the powder. I like to apply in circular motion for an even coverage of product. You can also use it with powder and cream blushes and other face powders and liquid foundations as well.


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Isn't it the most beautiful thing you've ever seen in your life?

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GOLDEN MEDIUM

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Swatch of GOLDEN MEDIUM

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I usually use TAN, but I was sent LIGHT TANand it was pretty close to my skin tone. I can still make it work since it's going to be Winter and my skin will me lighter.

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LIGHT TAN

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Swatch of LIGHT TAN

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GOLDEN MEDIUM and LIGHT TAN




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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Seda Nuvali Hotel Food Review and Photos *PHILIPPINES

I blogged about how disappointed I was with the quality of Seda Nuvali hotel in the Philippines (read HERE). The lack of care and attention to details while charging expensive rates was a disappointment. However, I did praise their food. It's one of the good things they had to offer. It was delicious and the customer service was superb!

Our stay included complimentary breakfast (it can be excluded), which we took advantage of. We were on a tight schedule so it was convenient to come down for breakfast before we start our day instead of looking for a place to eat. We ate breakfast around 7am.

Before you enter the restaurant, staff checks your keycard for security purposes. The decor is nice and modern. It was a breakfast buffet. They had a decent variety of food to choose from American to traditional Filipino food. I really enjoyed all the Filipino dishes and desserts, while El Hubby (not Filipino) got his pancake and sausage fix. The quality of the food was great. Everything we had were freshly cooked. Nothing taste old or stale. Customer service was also great. Staff checked on us a few times to make sure we had everything we needed.

Corned Beef

Chicken Adobo
Classic adobo flavor. Just like how my mom would make it. 

Creamy Fettuccine Alfredo
It didn't taste like American/Italian Alfredo, but it was really good nonetheless. 

Sauteed Vegetables

White Fish Filet 
Perfectly cooked!

Scrambled Eggs
They were so light and fluffy. Yum!

Fresh Fruit Juices 
The guava juice was delish!

My plate. I got a lil bit of everything and went back for seconds. I made sure to had fruits and veggies. So good! 


Garlic Fried Rice and Steamed White Rice