Unboxing the Eye of Horus Special Edition Glamourbox

It’s been quite a long while since I wrote one of these (since September, to be exact, for the Perfectly Pristine Glamourbox)! The first Glamourbox of 2015 has finally arrived, and this one is an exclusive box pa! Eye of Horus teams up with Glamourbox for an eye-exclusive treat called Eye Love It!

They say that the eyes are the windows to our souls. Mesmerize everyone with a little help from cult favorites, as we’ve teamed up with Eye of Horus to help you play up those peepers and achieve the perfect sultry look! Awaken your inner Goddess this summer!

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For Php695, anything that Eye of Horus throws in this box is already a winner. Most of their products are at the Php900+ range, so even a single eye pencil will already be sulit. I did not hesitate to grab this box the moment they opened the subscription. Shall we see what’s inside?

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FOTD: Petal Pusher

My husband’s aunts are here for their almost-regular trip back to the Philippines (they live elsewhere), and we got an opportunity to go out for a sunday lunch with them. One of the aunts have the habit of going around with really interesting eyeshadow work (even at home!). I thought to honor her awesome makeup by going to the lunch with “over-the-top” eye makeup; for me, that is. This was a great opportunity to use my new Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Palette in Petal Pusher.

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Here is what I came up with. I used the left set of eyeshadows, mainly the eyelid and crease shades. I tried using the definer as an eyeliner, and even tried applying it wet, but it wouldn’t show up. I had to use a different one (Maybelline Hyper Glossy Liquid Eyeliner).

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Here’s a close up of the eyelids. The Maybelline eyeliner really contrasts with the shadows.

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This is really quite out of my comfort zone, as I’m mostly used to neutral eyeshadows. If I were to redo this, I would maybe blend a little more and maybe use a transition color between the crease and the eyelid shades. I would love to get feedback from you about this, dear readers! How would you apply such bright colors?

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Project Pan 2015 Part 1

2015 is the year of streamlining for Becoming Sleek. I have a lot of products that I have not been paying attention to, even though I have mentioned loving them in this blog. I intend to use at least one of these items in all my FOTDs, whether documented or not. That’s right: every time I’ll be putting on makeup I’ll be using at least one of these.

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Let’s start with the base makeup.

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The Colour Collection Age Defying BB Cream has been one of my favorite BB creams for a while, but I kinda forgot about it when I binned it. Likewise with the Revlon Photoready BB Cream. Now that it’s not really hot yet, I can use these up and hopefully will hit pan on them soon. I added the Essence All About Matt! Fixing Loose Powder to mattify my face after applying the BB creams. The two Beauty Republic BB cream samplers are what I got from the Flawless Beauty Glamourbox, and I wanted to use them up soon.

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I only put one each of eyeshadow palette and blush. The eye palette is one of the Ellefar Princess Chiffon Eyeshadows that I used to love. They are pretty sparkly and not so very apt for everyday use, but I’m putting it in rotation to use it up; maybe in conjuction with some of my matte shadows so it’s not so sparklingly obvious. The blush is one of the first ones I bought, the Ever Bilena Blush in Baby Pink. Even though it’s years old, it’s still good and there’s no funky smell or texture evident. Even so, I’d like to hit pan on this asap.

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Here are two of my older mascaras that are still good. The Fairydrops Platinum Mascara is the best waterproof mascara I have, but it’s coming to the end of its life so I’m fast-tracking its use. Same goes for the Pixy Waterproof Mascara, although this is newer by a few months.

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Lastly the lipsticks set. I have a lot of lipsticks and I’d like to whittle down that number (so I can make room for more!!). On top of the list (and photo) is Colour Collection Ultimate Wear Lipstick in Bellissima. I really love this shade and it’s already getting a lot of attention, but I’m putting it in major rotation to finish it up quicker. In fact, along with Pixy Silky Fit Lipstick in Autumn Apricot (bottom right) these two are now bag mainstays. I also put into rotation the Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Tinted Taupe (bottom left) and Snoe Rouge Deluxe in Mauve Movement (bottom middle), two lipsticks that I really like but are not getting much attention because they’re binned.

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For me to remember to use one of the above every time I put on makeup, I put them all in this nice Pixy tub for easy access. Now it’s much easier to make myself pick at least one item in this tub whenever I fix myself up in the mornings.

Are you on a project pan too? What items are you trying to use up?

Ellana Minerals Lip & Cheek Duo Palette in Icon & Illusion

First of all a big thanks to Liz for gifting me this for Christmas! I love Ellana and I’m very happy for the chance to try out their cream blush.

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As the product name says, this is a Lip & Cheek Duo Palette: they can be used as a cream blush or a lip color (or both!). It comes in Ellana’s standard cardboard case and their really nice cover art, but now the inside is now also patterned. I think it helps a lot in keeping the appearance of the palette clean, as opposed to a plain white which will show smudges more readily. The palette, as you can see below, comes with a good-sized mirror.

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Icon (poppy pink, right, I think) and Illusion (coral peach, left) is a very safe and everyday-type of palette. Nothing so out-of-the-ordinary here, and perfect for any event. I can safely use either shade for my usual office look. These are of the cream variety, so I usually just use clean fingers to apply on the cheeks (or lips, but I don’t usually use it for that). For the swatches below I used two swipes for the ones on the left, and one swipe for the blended. It is very pigmented, and a little definitely goes a long way! I try to limit myself to a maximum of three dots per cheek, otherwise it would be too bright for my taste.

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Here is the look I did using Illusion (coral peach) on the cheeks.

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And here is the one (pretty grainy, sorry!) using Icon, still cheeks.

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Verdict: I really like this palette! This is what I reach for most days, especially when I’m feeling lazy. I just put a couple of dots, blend it around a little, and I’m set!

You can get this palette from the Ellana website. It costs Php460, and comes in other shade combinations.

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Palettes in Petal Pusher and Walking on Eggshells

As an eyeshadow enthusiast, I find it a little embarrassing that I have not yet tried Wet n Wild eyeshadows. I have heard a lot of good things about their formula, and they are super cheap and cruelty-free as well! That is why I specifically asked WnW eyeshadows as a pasalubong from my mom when she went to the states late last year. These are the palettes she was able to snag for me.

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Walking on Eggshells is a very popular palette because it is neutral. I like how light it is, and that it comes conveniently stamped with where on the lid the shades are supposed to go. One is of course not required to place it where suggested, but for the lazy girl this is a boon. Being a tiny palette also means it’s quite portable.

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The browbone shade is a pearl/frosty white shade that sheers down when blended. The crease shade is a nice golden brown that looks shimmery on the arm but quite matte on the lid. The eyelid shade is a shimmery metallic pink that also sheers down when blended, but the shimmer is still quite visible even on the lid.

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In this look I’ve followed the recommended way of application. I’m in love with the crease shade! It’s a really great crease color and will go well with neutral shadows from other palettes. I suspect it can even be worn alone as an all-over-color. This palette is definitely a hit!

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Petal Pusher is something that is a bit out of my comfort zone. It is made up of darker plummy colors that may not be quite office appropriate, but we shall see. It is composed of eight shades, also stamped with the suggested lid locations. I gather that the shades in each column are supposed to go together, but they can also be mixed around.

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Let’s take a look first at the left column. The browbone shade looks white in the pan, but leans more dusty matte cream on the arm. The eyelid shade is a matte light lilac. The crease shade is a deep matte eggplant, and looks really lovely! I had to google what a definer is, and yahoo answers gives me: “can be used as an eyeliner or out-corner color”. Well in this case, the definer is a shimmery cornflower blue that really goes well with the crease color.

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Looking at the right column now, the browbone shade strangely look pink on the pan, but is actually a very light metallic lilac. The eyelid shade looks like a brownish mauve, while the crease shade is a nice matte dark brown. The definer looks like something basic black, but has a tiny bit of glitter. The glitter isn’t really all that visible on the eye, unfortunately (used here as eyeliner).

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I have not tried most of Petal Pusher on the lids yet, since I cannot wear such dark colors in the office. I’m planning to try out individual colors with my neutrals at some point, but I expect the turn out to be just as good as Walking on Eggshells. I’m really digging that deep eggplant and the cornflower blue and I can’t wait to see how they look on my lids!

And by the way did I mention the arm swatches are made without primer? The hype is verified, these shadows really perform! I’m out to get some more palettes (because why not), specifically Comfort Zone (8-pan) and The Naked Truth (5-pan).

Have you tried out WnW eyeshadows? What are your favorites?

FOTD: New Year, New Look

One of the very first things my family did to greet the new year is to have a hair cut. Yes, all three of us! We were all in dire need of a cut so we all trooped to our favorite salon (Bench Fix Lab, Trinoma) and ordered a family-sized haircut (there’s no such thing; but the same stylist did the cut for all three of us). My husband has been clamoring for short hair for me for quite some time, and I went for it!

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Chopped most of it off, and it actually feels great! One of the funniest reactions I got to the cut was that they assumed something bad happened to me. Does it have to be bad to want a change? I love my new hair, and I hope you do too!

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Honestly here I have not really styled it as much, and a bunch of it went its usual fly away way. This is my standard corporate look (as per usual), with the addition of some soft eyeliner. I also misplaced my eyeglasses and have to use an old pair.

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It looks much better in this obligatory car shot (better lighting?), although that fly away strand is just camouflaged by the headrest. Here are the makeup I used:

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Happy Skin SS Creme, Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette in Petal Pusher, Daiso Eyebrow Pencil, VMV Hypoallergenics Ooh La Lash Mascara, Pixy Ultimate Cake, K-Palette 1 Day Magic 3D Palette, Catrice Absolute Eye Color in Mud Spencer and Coralle Hill, K-Palette Real Lasting Eyebrow Mascara in Natural Brown, Clinique Long Last Lipstick in All Heart

 

Nails: Caronia over the holidays

Over the holidays I received a nice package from Caronia Philippines, and as usual it never fails to induce me to try out the included nail polishes! Let me show you what I got.

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These first two shades are the first ones I tried because they’re green! Goddess is a very muted carpet green while Lounge is a more sparkly leaf green.

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Trance is a very sparkly violet.

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Finally, Gold Rush is a very beautiful metallic gold which actually appears like a light copper. This is my favorite!

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A little note about Caronia’s formula. It seems that it is much improved, as all of the above took only two coats. They dry faster than I remember too, which is a huge plus for me! Gold Rush is definitely a winner. Thank you again Caronia Philippines!

PS: Happy 2015 guys! May this year be a great one for you!

Rave: SkinWhite Face Cream Powder

About two weeks ago I attended the press event of SkinWhite’s #BetterMe Campaign as well as Batch 2 of their Captivate Council. I intend to write more in detail about these two, but today I wanted to discuss one of the items I received in the press kit.

This item is the SkinWhite Face Cream Powder, a little unassuming tube that looks like some pimple cream. Upon closer inspection it was actually what they claim to be an innovative moisturizer-turning-into-face-powder product that is unique in the market today. I was immediately intrigued, and put it to the test immediately.

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The back says:

The first and only one in the market, SkinWhite Advanced PowerWhitening Face Cream Powder uses a unique technology that amazingly transforms from a moisturizing cream into a light, matte powder when applied onto skin.

It uses an exclusive Advanced Tripower Technology that safely attacks the three stages of melanin production:

  1. Blocks UV rays from entering the innermost layer of the skin.
  2. Suppresses melanin production.
  3. Prevents release of melanin to the uppermost layer of the skin, preventing skin darkening.

It also has Vitanourish Formula that contains Vitamins B3, B5, B6, C, and E, SPF12, for intense moisturization and protection from harmful UV rays.

This product uses Synchronized Whitening action through multiple actives to ensure you achieve your beautiful blush white skin.

Quite a lot of claims really, but I was most attracted by the idea that it’s a moisturizer and face powder in one. Lazy girl thinking at its best, there. I wasn’t too concerned about the whitening part, but I was hoping that this is really a good moisturizer/face base for everyday use.

It comes in a 20-gram tube, with the pink-and-white theme that SkinWhite uses. It ends in a spout, thankfully, which really controls the amount dispensed. It’s a very thick cream, but very spreadable. It took very little time for my skin to adjust to the product, with only a tiny amount of tingling at the beginning. Now it doesn’t react anymore. It spreads easily on the face and feels actually quite nice. I use it mostly as a moisturizer/base, and put on the rest of my makeup on top of it. It shortens my routine by a whole step since it combines the moisturizer and the face base. Sometimes I don’t even put on foundation or BB cream anymore as this suffices on most lazy days.

This 20-gram tube costs only a mere Php69! There is also a 7-gram version that goes for only Php19. The Face Cream Powder comes in four shades: White, Light Beige (my sample), Rose White, and Natural Beige. I’m highly impressed with this product, and I definitely will rebuy this once I run out (which is soon, at the rate I’m using it!).

You can know more about SkinWhite at their website, facebook, twitter, and instagram; just follow the links!

FOTD: Five Minute Face

One of my criteria for packing an everyday makeup bag is that the contents should allow me to put on a face in ten minutes or less. This is a recent look I did that I accomplished in five minutes. Note that this five minutes does not include any prep work (moisturizing, cleansing, etc).

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And here are the items I used:

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Daiso Eyebrow Pencil; VMV Hypoallergenics Oooh La Lash Volumizing Mascara; Etude House Proof10 Eye Primer; Catrice Absolute Eye Color in Mud Spencer and Coralle Hill; Catrice Matt Mousse Makeup; Canmake Cheek&Cheek; Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Lollipop

One of the key techniques for accomplishing a speedy look is to use the one-shadow trick. I used the dark bronze shade in my Catrice palette (swatches here) all over my lid and blended it into the crease to create depth.

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I’m really liking this mascara so far! The wand is the thin kind that I like, and the formula isn’t goopy. I look like I actually have lashes! And if I wanted more drama, I would pile on more layers of mascara and that would be okay! (as it is, this is a work-appropriate look)

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FOTD: Very Red

Just a quick post about one of the looks I did last week.

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Here I used the following items:

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Empro Triangular Eye Pencil; Fairy Drops Platinum Mascara; Pixi Mesmerizing Palette in Plum Quartz; Pixy Ultimate Makeup Cake; Canmake Cheek&Cheek; Catrice Prime and Fine Eyeshadow Base; FS Cosmetics Matte Lipstick

The plums aren’t very evident with my glasses on, unfortunately. I still haven’t gotten the hang of my new camera, so it’s also still not evident even with close up shots of the eyes. I used shades number 2 and 5 here (counting from the top).

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I like the FS Cosmetics Matte Lipstick though! It’s really quite matte, and not as sheer as I had feared from the arm swatch. It’s very office appropriate, and definitely brings on the holiday feel. This convinces me to try out more of their shades!

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