Event: Summer in Clinique Makeup Workshop

One event I recently attended is a free makeup workshop by Clinique, held from March 24-27 2-4pm at SM Megamall Atrium. I believe it is part of Megamall’s month-long sale event (women’s month or something?). The Clinique workshops are pretty small, with only about 10 participants per session. I caught ¬†wind of it through twitter, and since I had some time to spare I signed up for the last session on March 27. For these four days the Atrium was set up specifically for Clinique, and their theme is A Splash of Summer.

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This is how our table was set up. There were a lot of makeup items as well as skincare, and we got to try almost all of it! I also had a big mirror to help me see what I’m doing to my face.

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This day’s workshop is headed by Ms. Ana Isip.

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She first had us remove our makeup with Clinique’s makeup remover. It was in a cream form, which was quite new to me! Then, she had us put on Clinique’s much-vaunted 3-step skincare system: first the cleanser, then the toner, then the famous yellow moisturizer. It felt so good on the skin! After that we put on a sunblock.

After the important skincare step, we were then instructed to put on the¬†foundation. Luckily I matched the shade provided (64, I think?). Concealer came on next. We were then shown how to do the eyebrows, eyes, cheeks, and lips. Tadah! We’re done! I felt so fortunate to be able to try out Clinique skincare and makeup. All my prior experience with Clinique was just from a travel palette, which is not a good representation of their lines. Here are some post-“makeover” selfies along with some friends I made that day.

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What was even more amazing were the goodie bags given out afterwards! Inside was a Clinique Bonus tin filled with samples of skincare and makeup! Wow!

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A big big thanks to Clinique Philippines for holding this workshop and for the amazing freebies!

Haul: Ellana Mineral Cosmetics

Last week I attended my very first calligraphy workshop, which was held at the Ellana Minerals showroom at La Fuerza II. I knew I was going to be buying my first Ellana products then. Eula made an Ellana Week series at her blog to showcase a few chosen products from Ellana, which influenced me greatly which pieces I ended up buying. Let me show you my haul!

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As you can see, I got almost everything on Eula’s list. First up is the one in the bottle.

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This is Ellana’s Let’s Make It Last Makeup Primer. It is housed in a pretty hefty glass bottle and contains 30 grams of liquid primer. The product itself is a very thick gel, thicker than the other face primers I’ve tried. It comes with a pump with a notched cap (we’ve seen this before with the Bare Naturals Primer) which is a little unfortunate as it falls off pretty easily. I really like the ingredient list, as this primer has some skincare in it as well. This one costs Php450.

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Next one is Ellana’s Loose Mineral Powder Foundation (I’m not quite sure if this is the Perfect Blend or the Intensive Blend). I chose the shade Caramel Latte, supposedly made for Medium Warm Tone. It comes in this sturdy thick plastic tub with an included one-hole sifter. I haven’t used powder foundation in a long time, and this is my first time to use loose powder foundation. Thankfully, there are lots of tutorials online on how to use these things (I like Tellie’s). This one is for medium to heavy coverage, which is a far cry from my usual everyday staples of BB cream which gives only light coverage. I’m excited to see how it turns out! This one is Php460 for 6 grams of product.

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Finally we have two of the three eyeshadow quads Ellana offers. I took the two neutral palettes. The first one (left) is the Mesmer-Eyes Eyeshadow Quad containing the shades Charisma, Brilliance, Wish, and Sensational. The second one (right) is the Eyebrow/Eyeshadow Quad containing the shades Beloved, Intense, Wish, and Hush. This second one is the same one that Eula featured on her blog. I couldn’t decide on which one to get, so I just got both! These are Php350 each for 4 grams of product.

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Because I spent over Php500, I got a cosmetics bag for free! I chose this nice chunky gray bag, which even has slots for brushes on the lid. It is probably the roomiest makeup bag I have!

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I had an initial try of the products, inexpertly applied with travel brushes. I’m going to upload a better FOTD once I get the chance to play with this with my full sized brushes. I love my haul so far, and I am already feeling the twinges of wanting to try their other products! Oh and did I mention that Ellana is locally-made and cruelty-free?