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Oct 31, 2014

Happy Skin Get Cheeky With Me Blush Review

TGIF, yes it's Friday! means I have the day off. hehe. I've missed you ladies. I was actually in Manila for the past couple of days, thus explains the minimal update. Anyway, I'm still trying to get back into the swing of things so hopefully I can post more in the following weeks to come. ^_^

I've actually had these blushes since summer coz it was part of the Happy Skin Summer Collection. The Happy Skin team was generous enough to send me these.

Ms. Rissa says, these limited edition shades are Sunset Kiss, the most flattering orange that allows you to take the summer warmth with you wherever you go; and The Morning After, the perfect shade of pink that will always make him think you always have that natural effortless glow. (these have the same names as their summer collection lippies)

(photo taken under natural light)
Happy Skin Get Cheeky With Me Blush in Sunset Kiss (retails for Php699)

(photo taken under natural light)
Happy Skin Get Cheeky With Me Blush in The Morning After (retails for Php699)

Happy Skin blushes are infused with Cherry Blossom extracts that lock in moisture and keep cheeks fresh and hydrated. Both sweat- and smear-proof for warm summer days, it keeps you blushing until you wash it off. Happy Skin blushes are suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

 Happy Skin Get Cheekey With Me Blush in Sunset Kiss (left) Swatch
Happy Skin Get Cheeky With Me Blush in The Morning After (right) Swatch

What I like about it...
* excellent color payoff
* last for a good 5 hours on me before it starts to fade (under humid weather)
* fragrance free
* applies smoothly and very easy to blend
* not chalky, no fall outs
* no allergies or irritation experienced
* made in Japan
* nice packaging, the material reminds me so much of The Balm blushes

What I don't like...
* a bit pricey for only 5grams worth of product

My rating: 4 / 5

These blushes really do look natural on my cheeks and gives just enough flush. It's a good thing that it's not overly pigmented, thus making it very easy to blend. You can check their other shades too, they're really pretty and perfect for everyday use.

Would I recommend? Yes, especially if you prefer to use matte blushes that gives a natural finish and last a good number of hours on your cheeks even under humid weather. I for one prefer blushes that has a bit of sheen and glow to them, so it would come down to preference. But as far as formulation is concern, these blushes are awesome.

Happy Skin is currently available at Rustan’s Makati and Rustan’s Shangri-la, Beauty Bar, and Plains & Prints boutiques. Visit for complete store listings and more product info. Follow @happyskin_ph on Instagram and Twitter. You can also buy Happy Skin online via

Until next time.


Oct 22, 2014

Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick Review

Here's another lipstick that will surely pique your interest. Last August 2014, Mary Kay Philippines launched new shades to its True Dimensions Lipstick range. The four new gorgeous shades are: Citrus Flirt, Coral Bliss, Exotic Mango, and Sassy Fuchsia.

I was lucky enough to try the shades Citrus Flirt and Sassy Fuchsia when the Mary Kay team sent them to me.

The Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipsticks are infused with advance age-defying skin care ingredients that helps lips look plumper, feel firmer and smooths fine lines while drenching them in moisture. It comes in 11 rich stay-true lip colors, including the 4 new shades I mentioned above.

In addition, True Dimensions Lipstick contains Vitamin E, Sunflower Seed Oil, Jojoba, Mango Butter which are known for their moisturizing benefits.

It has been over a month since I started using these lipsticks. So far, these lippies have been good to my lips. It's very moisturizing and hydrates my lips well for a good number of hours. It is has some kind of floral scent to it which can be overwhelming for some, but fragrance does dissipate a couple of minutes after application.

It is not streaky but rather applies really smoothly on my lips while delivering excellent color payoff.  These lipsticks feels very light on my lips similar to lip balms with thinner texture. It leaves a slightly glossy finish but if you don't like that, no need to worry since it gets absorbed on my lips after a few minutes of wearing. Then I noticed that my lips do get a little plump and look healthier since the fine lines on my lips tend to look smoother.

Though these aren't matte and opaque, it has a decent wear time at 4 - 5 hours on me. The shade Sassy Fuchsia stays on my lips for about 4 hours before it starts to fade while leaving a nice stain on my lips. The shade Citrus Flirt stays on my lips for about 3 - 4 hours only and does not leave a stain like the latter did.


Another thing that I really love about this line is it's very creative yet functional packaging. The twists all the way in, so I won't have to worry about nicking the top off my lipstick when I'm about to close it.

Also, this isn't your typical tube of lipstick. The top of the part of cap is made of transparent, thick plastic that allows me to see the color inside, then I have to push down the top cap of the lipstick for the tube to come out at the bottom.

With its stylish packaging, this innovative product has garnered Mary Kay the prestigious Art of Packaging Award from the renowned Pratt Institute in New York for excellence in packaging creativity, aesthetics, sustainability and functionality.

What I like about it...

* leaves my lips well hydrated
* feels light on my lips
* though it's slightly sheer, it still has excellent pigmentation
* leaves a nice stain on my lips
* stays a good 4 hours on my lips
* I noticed that my lips appear voluptuous
* it leaves my lips looking smoother and feel supple
* chic and sturdy silver packaging
* did not irritate my lips

What I don't like...
* this lipstick has a scent which is a bit overwhelming for me
* can be expensive at Php 860 each, but it's definitely worth a try

My rating: 4 / 5

So the question is, would I recommend this? Yes, definitely especially to those who have dry and cracked lips. If you prefer matte and opaque lipsticks, then this is not for you.

Until next time.


Oct 14, 2014

Fall Makeup with Lorac Pro Garnet

I know that I haven't done a makeup tutorial in a really long time (coz this kind of post takes me about 7 hours to edit!).  Luckily I had some free time a few days ago and I finally got the chance to play with my makeup again. Here's something that I created which is perfect for fall.  I got this idea when I was reading Shari's post a few weeks ago about how to make the Garnet shade from the Lorac Pro Palette stand out.

I experimented a bit and created two different eyeshadow looks using Lorac Pro Garnet shade.  I tried to balance out the shades, without making it overly dark. It's something that can be worn from day to night, you just have to pair it with an appropriate lip color.

I personally like the eyeshadow look I created on the right side of the photo, where I lined my lower lash line with Sable.  Anyway, here's how I created both looks. Please refer to the eye diagrams I created below.

For the first eyeshadow look,  I simply used an eye primer as base. I started applying eyeshadow first on the crease area using the shade Mauve, blending it upwards just above the crease. Then followed by Garnet, applying it all over my lids in a patting motion. I darkened the outer-V a little bit by mixing Espresso and Black shade. Then, I added a Nude shade in the inner corner to brighten up my eye. I applied the Garnet color on my lower lash line and topped the outer half of my lower lash line with Espresso for definition.  Lastly, I simply applied the Cream shade on my brow bone area to highlight it and make it look clean at the same time.

I lined my upper lash line with a brown gel liner then, topped it again with Garnet to make it look coppery. Then I finished it up with applying mascara. This would have looked better if only I used false eyelashes.

The second eyeshadow look I created is so much easier and faster to apply.  I applied an eye primer all over my lids, then followed by the NXY Jumbo pencil in Milk on the inner half of my lids and blended it with my fingers.  I then applied the Nude shade on the inner part of my lids, blending it towards the inner corner of my eye as well. Next, I applied the Cream color on my brow bone area.  I then started applying the Mauve color on my crease area blending it in an arc motion and bringing it up a bit. Next, I applied the Garnet shade all over my lids in a patting motion except for the inner corner. Then added a tiny bit of Sable on the outer lid but still topped it off with the Garnet color again blending it just above the crease area. Lastly, I applied Sable in my lower lash line connecting it with the outer corner of my eye.

I finished this eyeshadow look by lining my upper lash line with a black gel eyeliner and applying mascara on both my upper and lower lashes.

Here's the final look with my eyeshadows applied differently. I used Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Dark Brown on my brows, The Balm Bahama Mama and The Balm Mary Lou Manizer to highlight and contour my face and completed the whole look with Covergirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Enamor.

I hope you girls find this helpful.

Until next time.


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