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Review : Milani Multitasker Face Powder

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This is more like a first impression than a review since I only used the product for three days.  But I just like it so much that I had to write this entry.

A lot of makeup gurus on YouTube have mentioned this in their monthly favorites so I figured I’d give it a try.  I actually picked this up last year, back when I was running low on my Maybelline Powder Foundation.  But for some reason I only opened this a few weeks ago

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I bought it from Walmart and I can’t remember how much I got it for, but according to their site it should be around $7

I normally prefer BB creams and liquid foundation, but since it’s summer I haven’t been in the mood to put anything too heavy on my face.  I figured if this has good coverage, I can skip the BB cream/foundation.

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I like the fact that the sponge comes in a separate compartment.  I know it makes for a bulkier packaging, but I feel it’s more sanitary this way.

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I also love the print on the actual powder.  I think it looks very elegant.

 

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The shade I picked up was Light Tan (#4).  Each compact comes with 10.5g of product.

This is what the Milani website has to say about this product

A luxurious, velvet-soft face powder, specially formulated to provide a dimensional yet natural-matte finish. Provides perfect light to medium coverage.

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Kolours Dual Conditioning Hair Color (Blue Black)

This entry’s pretty late, but I thought I’d share my thoughts anyway, since this was the first time I used Kolours hair dye.

Some of you may have noticed that I dyed my hair black last year.  I’ve had brown hair for the longest time, even before this blog was created. I debated long and hard whether or not I should go back to black before I actually pushed through with it.  I had my hair professionally colored back in 2009, and since then I’ve gone through several boxes of DIY hair dye kits to maintain it.  But earlier last year, while I was browsing through some of my old photos, I realized that I missed having black hair. Also, I noticed that having to touch up my roots every 4 months had really started to take a toll on my strands. In fact, I had to give up rebonding since my hair couldn’t handle all the chemicals that I was putting on it. It was a choice between having colored hair or straight hair, and I chose color. But last July I decided that it was time for me to go back to my natural hair color so I can start cutting back on the chemicals I put in my hair.

Just for fun, I decided to go with this Blue Black hair dye by Kolours. I normally use Revlon Colorsilk but I wanted to try something new.  Kolours was also cheaper and more accessible since most groceries I know carry it. And supposedly, Kolours was created with Asian hair in mind, so I thought that was interesting.

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This is what it says on the box:

“COLOR & CARE FOR ASIAN HAIR PERFECTED BY KOLOURS

Kolours understands that compared to European hair and American air, Asian hair is darker and thicker, making it more resistant to coloring. These unique attributes of Asian hair needs particular care to prevent damage and dryness.”

The kit contained the usual developer, colorant, gloves and two packets of the after treatment conditioner:

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I thought it was cool that the instruction leaflet came in both English and Filipino.

Below are some before photos of me with my brown hair. These were all taken last May 2013. I used Revlon Colorsilk’s Light Auburn to get my hair this color.

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Nail Art : Glittery red tips

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For this design I used these three nail polishes:

 

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Chic’s Love Orchid, Sally Hansen’s Lady Luck (Gem Crush) and Wet and Wild’s The Gold and The Beautiful.

I applied two coats of Love Orchid before I started layering on Lady Luck, focusing on the tips.  It took about 4 or 5 coats of Lady Luck to get the opaque reddish-pink color.  Then I went over the entire nail with The Gold and The Beautiful.

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Purrrty~

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Review : ELF Triple Tip Waterproof Eyeliner Pen

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This is the ELF Triple Tip Waterproof Eyeliner Pen.  I picked it up at Target last year for $2.  I still had plenty of my Maybelline Gel Liner left at the time, but who can say no to that price right?  Besides, I really like using eyeliner pens because they’re convenient and handy to have.

This is the first triple tip eyeliner pen I’ve used.  This is what the tip looks like:

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You can use it on its side to create a single line, or you can use the tip to dot between your lashes to make them look fuller.  I’ve seen a couple of beauty gurus on YouTube use similar eyeliners and the results are pretty nice.  I tried dotting my lashes using this eyeliner and I think it did a pretty decent job.  But what I didn’t like was how stiff and scratchy the tip was. I had a hard time lining my eyes because it would drag my eyelids, and it made them really itchy.  I’m not sure if all the ELF eyeliner pens are like this or I just came across a bad one.  (I know that ELF products are usually hit or miss.) Eventually I learned that I could get a decent line if I go slowly and use a really light touch.

Here’s a swatch of the eyeliner pen on the back of my hand:

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The three lines at the top were when I used the pen with the three tips lined up vertically.  The line at the bottom was when I used the pen on its side.  When the pen was still new, I noticed that the formula was very watery.  You can see how it bleeds into the lines of my skin in the photo above.  It was difficult to use on my eyes at first because of how wet and runny it was.  But after a few days, the consistency improved and it became easier to use.

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Nail art : Cupcakes

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This was what my nails looked like at my sister’s engagement party.  The dress I wore had these tiny, colorful cupcakes so I used that as inspiration for my nails.  It’s a little hard to tell that they’re cupcakes in the photo above since they’re upside down, so here’s a better angle:

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And here’s a shot with my cupcake dress in the background:
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Review : Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain (Crush)

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This review is loooong overdue.  In fact, I debated on whether or not I should write it at all since everyone’s already raved about these lip balm stains online.  But, I decided that I love the product so much, I should at least make a quick entry on what I like about it.

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I bought this Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in the shade Crush back in August 2012.  And since then, I’ve used it everyday.  In fact, I used it so much that this is all I have left now:

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The packaging looks like a giant retractable crayon.  You have to twist the bottom up to get more of the product out.  There’s 2.7 grams of product in each stick.

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The only way I can get more product out of this is if I use a lip brush, which I’m too lazy to do.  So I guess it’s safe to say that I’ve used it all up.  This amazes me because this is only the 3rd time that I have used up a lip product in my entire life!  (The only other lip products I’ve used up completely is my Etude House Apricot Stick and my lip stain from The Body Shop).  I buy a lot of lip products because I’m obsessed with them, but I usually end up getting tired of them or losing them before I can completely finish one.

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Nail art : Penshoppe dots

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Another picture of my nails I forgot to post.  This was taken around the second week of December.  I used nail art stickers I found at a Penshoppe outlet in San Pablo.

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It was only P39, can you believe it?

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Despite being really inexpensive, these stickers were actually pretty good. They lasted two weeks with minimal chipping/peeling, and they didn’t warp when I applied a clear topcoat over them.  I wish I bought more, but there weren’t that many designs to choose from at the outlet we went to.

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Nail art : Red for the new year

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This was what my nails looked like on New Year’s Eve.  My dress was red and it had white bows and polka dots so I thought about recreating the same design on my nails.  But then I saw this pack of Etude House stickers in my drawer so I decided to just use them instead:

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I borrowed some red nail polish from Ezra, put the stickers on and sealed everything with a layer of gold glitter polish.  Unfortunately, these stickers didn’t last that long, which was a surprise because the regular Etude House stickers last a long time, and this was more expensive.  Even with the glitter topcoat, the bows kept peeling off over the next few days.  To make this design last for a week, I had to occasionally repaint the bows on using white nail polish.

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Nails : Psychedelic Zebra

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This is what my nails looked like last week.  Fun, colorful and sparkly :D  Aren’t they lovely?

People have been asking me how I did them, and commenting that I must be really obsessed with my nails to have taken the time and done this.  Most of them thought that I actually did gradient nails on myself and painted all those zebra stripes by hand!  But I barely have time for anything these days, so there’s no way I would have actually sat down and taken the time to do that.  These past few months I’ve just been sticking to my good old black nail polish.  But I missed having statement nails, so I decided it was time to use one of my nail strips.  I’ve been hoarding them for the past year, and I’ve got a tiny drawer full of them, but I’ve only used one ever since I started buying them.  I’ve been telling myself that I should save them for special occasions.  This was back when I only bought nail strips from Etude House and they cost around P200 each.  But these days I see them being sold for as low as P30, so I figured why not start using them on regular days?  

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These were the nail strips I used.  I bought them from the 99cents store in California last summer :D

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Review : Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer

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First of all let me apologize for using a photo I grabbed from Walmart.com rather than taking my own.  I wasn’t planning on making a review for this concealer, so I didn’t take pictures before opening it.  And since I’ve been  using it for a while, the writing has rubbed off on the tube and it looks dirty and disgusting so I figured it’s best that I use Walmart’s photo instead (after all, that’s where I bought this concealer).

The first time I heard about this concealer was on YouTube (where else?)  It’s gotten a few raves from some of my favorite makeup gurus, so I wanted to try it.  Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find it here in the Philippines.  I finally managed to get my hands on it last May when our family went to California for the summer.  Before this I was using my favorite Tony Moly Baby Doll Pot Concealer but I ran out. I didn’t know where I could find it in California so I went ahead and bought this Dream Lumi concealer.  I figured it was the perfect chance for me to try it out.  I’ve been using it since May and I absolutely love it.

Here’s what Maybelline has to say about their product on their website:

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT

A brighter idea in concealers:
• Gel-based formula diffuses light to provide on-the-spot perfection in just one touch
• Illuminates as it conceals
• Dermatologist, Allergy Tested
• Non-comedogenic
• Suitable for sensitive skin and for all skin types

FOR BEST RESULTS

To brighten face, apply over brows as well as to the inner and outer corners of eyes and blend with tip of finger.
Apply to sides of nose and on chin and blend to give your face a luminous glow.
To sculpt and highlight facial features, apply in small strokes to the cheekbones and blend.
To make lips look fuller, outline lips with lumi concealer and blend.
To cover imperfections, dot concealer onto desired area and blend.

Basically, this concealer comes in a pen-like tube with a brush at the top.  To get the product out you have to twist the bottom part until the gel appears.  (If you’re using it for the first time you may have to twist it a couple of times before anything comes out.) Then after that you can brush or dot it on your face as you wish.  I prefer dotting it on my face and using my fingers to blend it out.

According to Maybelline, this product is meant to highlight certain areas of your face and give you a healthy glow.  But since I have TONS of acne scars, I’m more concerned about coverage.  And let me tell you, this product does not disappoint.

Here’s what my cheeks look like without any foundation, BB cream or concealer:

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My right cheek isn’t TOO bad.  But my left cheek …

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