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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.

Cheerios!
***Hollie***

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.

Cheerios!
***Hollie***

Oct 8, 2014

Mary Kay Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush Experience

Happy Wednesday everyone! You're probably wondering by now what kind of Cleansing Brush I'm referring to. Yes, I'm talking about the mechanical skin care face brush that was a hit a few years back when Clarisonic Face Cleansing Brush first became available in the market.

I honestly never paid too much attention to those battery operated face brushes because, I thought they will just cleanse my face the same like my hands do. So, why pay a ridiculously expensive face brush, when I can exfoliate like I always do with much less hassle? That all changed when I got my hands on the Mary Kay Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush.


WHY YOU’LL LOVE SKINVIGORATE™ CLEANSING BRUSH:
Mary Kay Says---This lightweight, two-speed power brush gently massages as it thoroughly cleans skin, removing residue, dirt and makeup in seconds. It allows your skin care products to absorb better and more quickly and helps maximize the instant hydration benefits of your moisturizer. Just a push of a button switches from a lower speed to higher — reaching over 400 rotations per minute. Both speeds provide gentle massaging yet deep cleansing. From the first day, you’ll notice a difference. And with continued use, the rotating action helps polish away the look of past skin damage for a more even-looking complexion. The appearance of lines and wrinkles is softened and pores appear smaller. Skin is invigorated, revealing its youthful vibrancy.

RETAIL PRICE:
Mary Kay® Skinvigorate™ Cleansing Brush retails at P2,390
available through any Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant.


The Mary Kay PH team sent me this Mary Kay Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush a couple of months ago and I've been using it since then. The box came with two brush heads (recommended to replace every three months), two AA batteries, the Mary Kay Skinvigorate and the manual.


Putting the Skinvigorate Brush together was very easy and straight forward. I directly placed the brush head in a tiny hole which was obvious.  I just pulled the bottom of the handle then placed the batteries and it's done.


I'd say the size is perfect, it's not too big nor too small to handle. In addition to that, it's very lightweight so using it is a breeze.

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BENEFITS AND CLAIMS:
Here’s what women of all ages — from 13 to 70 — said about the Skinvigorate™ Cleansing Brush in an independent consumer study*:
•Maximizes my skin care benefits: 97%
•Transforms dull skin into a radiant complexion: 94%
•Provides a more even-looking skin tone: 96%
•Reveals youthful-looking skin: 93%
•Skin feels softer, smoother and healthier: 95%
*Results reflect the percentage of women who agreed with the statements in a three-week independent consumer study.


I've been using the Mary Kay Foaming Cleanser MelaCEP Whitening System together with the Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush.

The box says ---This rich and creamy Foaming Cleanser mixes with water to unveil a fine foam that gently cleanses the skin by removing impurities.


My Mary Kay Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush Experience

Since I started using this a couple of months back, I noticed a positive change in my skin's texture. I only use this at least twice a week like I do with my regular exfoliating facial scrub. But I stopped using my facial scrub for the mean time while I was testing this out, so as not to over exfoliate.

At first glance, the brush heads look rough but to my surprise they're actually very soft and not abrasive at all. By the way, Mary Kay recommends 15 seconds on each section of my face, cheeks, chin, nose and forehead. I guess that's good enough to give my face a thorough cleanse. Don't forget to thoroughly wash the brush head every after use to help maintain it's effectiveness.

Every single time I'm done with using the Mary Kay Skinvigorate my face always feels soft and extra smooth. My skin feels fresh without any dry or tight feeling.  Even my tiny bumps began to disappear as I continued to use the Skinvigorate Brush.

What I like about it... 
* affordable at PHP 2390 compared to other brands that usually cost around PHP 4000 or more
* very effective in smoothing out my skin, no more dry patches and rough areas
* I noticed that it helped even out my skin tone after over a month of continued use
* does not leave my face feeling dry or tight after using
* thoroughly removes a lot of dirt even the black / white heads on my nose area 
* helps shrink my bumps or pimple spots which I got during menstruation
* it does make my skin look radiant with the use of the Mary Kay foam cleanser
* no stinging or irritation experienced

What I don't like...
* other than where to store it every after use, I have no other complains

My rating: 5 / 5

Don't know anyone from Mary Kay?
It's simple just visit their Facebook Page and click the How to Buy tab
OR visit their website and find an independent Mary Kay Beauty Consultant HERE

Until next time.

Cheerios!
***Hollie***

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