What I Packed: Makeup (Palawan 2015)

Over the easter weekend I got to visit Palawan for the first time! I absolutely loved it there. Such a pristine place and not too commercialized. As we planned nothing else but to stay on the beach and do beach stuff, here’s all the makeup I brought.

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Pixy UV Whitening Two-Way Cake – the only base I brought. I figured I didn’t really need a lot of options, but I definitely wanted to bring one with SPF. I actually hit pan on this already! I’m just also using it up before I buy a refill.

Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadow in Smash – it’s really the most abused base color I use in my stash, and it definitely went into my kit.

Pixy Eyeshadow in 01 Romantic Poem – I just brought this along for pops of color, and the fact that it’s quite small and it has a tiny sponge applicator.

Pixy Blush On in 02 Brown Tea – Again same reasoning as the eyeshadow, being compact and comes with its own tiny brush. I also like that it’s a brown shade instead of the usual pinks and reds, perfect for the beach!

Happy Skin Eye Love View Eyebrow Duo – Among my eyebrow products this claimed to be waterproof (which you’ll actually see in action below!). It also comes with a marker side, in case I really wanted a very polished look.

Fairydrops Platinum Mascara – I brought this for the waterproof factor, and the fact that this is on its last legs and I’m just using it up. Will be sad to see this go, as I can no longer replace this locally.

Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Honeysuckle – My recent go-to lip balm, which never leaves my purse anyway.

Colour Collection Ultimate Wear Lipstick in Bellissima – The only red lipstick I brought (learned my lesson from my last trip haha!). Which, ironically, wasn’t used on the trip!

Ofra Lipstick in #205 (not pictured) – And the only pink lipstick I brought. This one was used more because I didn’t really feel like using red lipstick on the beach.

All of these were packed in an old small Clinique pouch that was probably a GWP somewhere. I liked that I brought very little makeup here, which matched exactly the use I wanted out of them. It also helped keep my packing light!

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I actually had eyebrows here! Kudos to Happy Skin! This photo was taken while IN the water, trying to take a selfie with the early moon. XD

 

Review: Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Raisin

When a whole bunch of Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer full-sized samplers appeared at Sampleroom, I knew I have to get myself one. Unfortunately I didn’t know which shade is the best, so I just grabbed one that looks nothing like what I already have. Raisin is the chosen one! I’m really very excited about this because this is my first encounter with the brand.

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According to Sampleroom:

Want your lips to speak volumes? Give them a smooch of luminescent color with our luscious Lip Shimmers. Shea Butter and antioxidant-rich Fruit Oils moisturize, nourish and soften lips naturally and lovingly. Choose our Radiance Lip Shimmer for a sheer glow or try one of our other luminescent shades.

• Nourishes and moisturizes lips with Vitamin E and Beeswax
• Enriched with Sunflower and Coconut Oils
• Invigorates with Peppermint flavor

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It comes in a really slim tube, and contains only 2.6 grams of product. It’s a lot less than the usual 4 grams (or even 3 grams) of lipstick/balm. On the tube it looks like a really dark burgundy shade, with a little bit of shine (shimmer, even).

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The one thing that struck me the most about Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer, aside from the awesome pigmentation, is the scent. It is a lovely, pepperminty scent that is almost overwhelming, but not quite. It actually translates to a cool menthol feeling on the lips, which might be a bad thing for people who are sensitive to such things.

The one bad thing about this is that the twisting mechanism does not retract the product back. Yes it pushes out the product, but it doesn’t put it back! You’ll have to push it back with your fingers if you over-exposed it, which sounds a little unhygienic.

Lip swatch! Firstly here’s my bare lips.

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And here’s about one or two layers of Raisin. Check out that pigmentation!

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The product is relatively long-lasting, about 3-4 hours with drinking (water and coffee, for me). This tube costs Php395, and is available at Beauty Bar. Lazada also carries some Burt’s Bees items, but not this particular one. It costed me 105 points at Sampleroom.

Burt’s Bees, as far as I know, is cruelty-free.

Pros: very pigmented, relatively long-lasting, lovely scent, cooling effect

Cons: price maybe?, twisting mechanism does not retract the product back