I’ve been M.I.A for a week because of our Diplomate Induction and Convention, so I promised myself I will post more regularly than the previous month. Now for this month, I’ll start with my first round of empties:
Biore UV AQUA Rich Watery Essence
This is actually the old packaging, which I bought last year. I use this every day before putting makeup. It’s light-weight and it doesn’t leave any white casts. Repurchase? Yes! It’s my everyday sunscreen.
I don’t know about you, but for me, I find it difficult to pull off bright red lipsticks. I feel like its color is intimidating that’s why I refrain from using/buying red lippies. I was never a fan of Russian Reds and Ruby Woos. But then again, they say if you dislike ’em maybe you haven’t found the right one. Later, I discovered The One, my right shade of bold red lipstick, it’s Rouge Dior 999.
Just a little background: 60 years ago Christian Dior created his iconic ‘Dior Red’, a shade that would suit every woman. This shade was called No.9, later became No.99. Years later, Dior recreated this Iconic Dior Red and was named No.999.
Product Description: ‘The voluptuous Rouge Dior formula provides 16 hours* of comfort without drying out the lips or color streaking, in both the matte and satin finish alike. It includes a unique combination of “lip care” ingredients that target optimal comfort and lasting hold.’
If you’re a highlight addict then you’d definitely be familiar with this highlighter. The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer is considered as a cult favorite. Mary-Lou is one of the Luminizer sisters in The Balm Highlighter Collection: Mary-Lou is champagne, Cindy-Lou is rose-gold and Betty-Lou is bronze. Recently, The Balm added a new sister named Bonnie-Lou Manizer, a warm gold highligher/shimmer. You can buy the trio sisters (Mary-Lou, Cindy-Lou and Betty-Lou) as a set, but you can also get them individually.
Product information: Mary-Lou Manizer is a highlighter, shadow and shimmer. It’s oil-free, talc-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free and non comedogenic. It contains 9.06 gms of product.
When I was studying for the specialty board exam, I watched a lot of Korean makeup tutorials during my break time. Pony and Lamuqe are my faves (if you may ask) and they’ve been using a lot of brown eyeliners to achieve that fresh light look. So I asked my sister to buy me a drugstore brown liquid eyeliner–not pencil, not gel, but liquid. Surprisingly, she had a hard time looking for a brown liquid eyeliner but managed to bring me a Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner in Mahogany Flame.
The Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner is a metallic bronze/brown liner that comes in a very fine brush tip that would be perfect for creating cat-eyes. It’s quick drying and creates a solid finish. A single swipe is enough to do the trick. According to Revlon, it’s a ‘long lasting color stay formula won’t smudge, smear or fade for all day wear’, however it does smugde, especially the glitter/metallic part.
I used to contour my face using my bronzer. However, I eventually learned the difference between bronzer and contour: Contours have ashy undertones to sculpt your face by making shadow effects, while Bronzers have reddish warm undertones to make this sun-kissed looked. I then ditched by bronzer and searched the web for the best contour around. I came across the top contour kits in the market:
Anastasia Beverly Hill Pro Series Contour Kit
Kat Von D Shade & Light Face Contour Palette
Nars Contour Blush
Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate
Too Faced Cocoa Chiseled to Perfection Palette
Being the NARSissist that I am, I just got to get my hands on the Nars Contour Blush! I got mine in the shade of Paloma, which is a Pink Beige/ Deep Rose color (the medium shade). In Asia, it comes in 3 shades: Olympia (light), Paloma (medium) and Gienah (dark). This kit is really easy to use, great for contour beginners. The product is very pigmented, and you if got too much product you can just blend it off.