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

 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)

Product was released mid-September

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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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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Swatch of LIGHT TAN

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DISCLOSURE: Some of the products are given to Everyday Makeup blog for editorial purposes, either directly from the manufacturer or from the agency that works on behalf of the manufacturer. All reviews on Everyday Makeup blog are the honest opinion of its author and editorial samples do not, in any way, affect the outcome of product reviews

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

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

PUR Cosmetics "LOVE YOUR SELFIE 2" Day and Night Palette REVIEW and SWATCHES

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The PUR Cosmetics "Love Your Selfie 2" palette 

PUR Cosmetics says, Let us upgrade your online profile with Love Your Selfie 2 – a travel-ready collection filled with everything you need for the perfect close-up. No need to edit, this curated collection is filled with exclusive never-seen-before shades that will take you from day to night in one place, including a creamy lip pencil, high-shine lip gloss, eight luxe eye shadows, a universal highlighter, bronzer and baking powder to set your look for the perfect selfie. Never say: “Wait. I’m not ready!” again. Make sure you share your pics with us! #PURselfie 
(source: purcosmetics.com)

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I love PUR cosmetics first Love Your Selfie palette so I was excited when I heard PUR was coming out with a 2nd version. Love Your Selfie 2 came with 8 eye shadows (3 Mattes and 5 shimmers), 1 highlighter powder (peach toned), 1 face powder and 1 bronzer, travel sized mascara, 1 lip pencil and 1 travel sized lip gloss. I was pleased to see the combination of colors. You get neutrals and a few dark shimmery colors for a night time look. The palette retails for $42 . I think it's a fair price considering all the makeup you get.

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I noticed the eye shadows are soft, silky to touch and quite creamy. It has that luxurious feel to it. They are easy to blend and very pigmented. My only complaint was the darker shimmery eye shadows are a bit powdery when you dip your brush in it, so try not to dip your brush too hard and I recommend applying with a patting motion rather than sweeping to prevent too much fallout. Also, I liked how the shimmery eye shadows aren't too shimmery and doesn't have chunks of glitter, but still look beautiful on the lids.

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Headshot- Matte vanilla color. Love this! Great for highlighting the brow bone or an all over color on the eye lids.
Statuesque- Soft taupe color. It's the perfect color to blend the edge of your eyes shadows on the crease for that nice transition.
Panorama- Shimmery bronze color. Apply all over the lids, blend and you're done!
Abstract- Shimmery taupe color. It's great as an all over color.
Pose- Matte beige with pink undertone.
Sketch- Shimmery rusty burgundy color.
Megapixel- Shimmery brownish gold color.
Paparazi- Shimmery dark olive green color. It's so pretty on it's own and perfect for a smoky eye.

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Overexposed- translucent baking powder. I haven't used it so I can't say how well it works.
Photogenic- Rose gold highlighter. It's pretty and works well with my medium-tan skin tone.
Composition- matte bronzer. It has a slight sheen to it when applied on the skin but it's not too visible so it can work for contouring the face. (I also use it on the crease of my eye as a transition color)

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Lipgloss in Silhouette and Vetvet Matte Lip Pencil in Focal Point are both medium berry color which suits all skin tones. The formula of the lip products are pigmented, non-drying, non-sticky and long-lasting. The Fully Charged mascara is a volumizing mascara. It's not waterproof, but it was able to stay on my lashes all day.

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Love Your Selfie VS Love Your Selfie 2
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Love Your Selfie 2 is slightly bigger in size because it includes a travel sized mascara. It has the same number and amount of eye shadows and face powders.

See my review and swatches of the "Love Your Selfie" palette HERE

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Overall, it's a great makeup palette. Great quality eyeshadows, face powders, mascara and lip products. It's worth the $42.


DISCLOSURE: Some of the products are given to Everyday Makeup blog for editorial purposes, either directly from the manufacturer or from the agency that works on behalf of the manufacturer. All reviews on Everyday Makeup blog are the honest opinion of its author and editorial samples do not, in any way, affect the outcome of product reviews