Thursday, October 8, 2015

Illamasqua Earth Collection: A Makeup Collection Inspired By The Nomads Of The Deserts

Illamasqua Earth Collection
Earth celebrates origins and the passages of time. Represented only by a symbol, it echoes warmth, iridescent light and power. The collection embodies a nomadic character with a blend of earthy green, burnished red and liquid graphite and is our first to be personified only by an emblem.
When I first heard about this Earth Collection, I initially thought it's gonna be a collection full of browns. But after seeing photos online, I was amazed at how this new launches from Illamasqua have managed to be wearable, exciting (yep, definitely not boring) and well, without any shade of browns in sight.

Nomads of the dessert as the inspiration of this collection

Let's get to know the entire collection one by one, shall we?

Pure Pigment in Ara
(AED 130)

Pure Pigment in Draco
(AED 130)

These two limited edition loose pigments are finely milled but provides an intense colour payoff with a shimmery metallic finish.  These can be applied on its own (wet or dry, but I'd suggest you apply them wet for a more intense finish plus less fallouts) or can be layered on top of any matte shadows to make it look more stunning.  Ara is a soft pewter shade with a beautiful metallic sheen while Draco is  a greenish gold shade with a subtle glisten. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Our Anniversary Weekend Staycation at Dusit Thani Dubai

A few weeks ago, Mr. X and I celebrated our 6th year wedding anniversary. If you don't know it yet, we've been together for 16 years before we decided to get married and so in total, we've been stuck with each other for almost 22 years. Hahaha!  We've been together for so long we can no longer think of what else to do for our anniversary. We've had dinners, watched movies, went out of town or sometimes, we just spend it at home watching movies all day and eat home-cooked meals. 

Weeks before our anniversary, I initially thought of just buying him a gift. He's into playing basketball again so I thought, I'd buy him a good pair of rubber shoes.  And then I realized, he has a lot already! Geeesh, after being together for so long I am running out of ideas of what to give him. Hahaha!  And so I thought, why not treat him to a weekend staycation in a good hotel?  You know my husband, he's not buying the idea of staying in hotels.  He would rather spend money on something else than to spend it in a hotel because according to him, staying in a hotel is just like staying in your own home. So why spend money? (roll eyes)  In my case, I love staying in hotels because I feel so well taken care of and pampered. And who wouldn't like that?  So I just knew that I need to change his perspective of hotels.  I was in a hunt for a good hotel in Dubai, read reviews online and still couldn't decide. Good thing my friend Sheila recommended Dusit Thani. She got to stay in the hotel weeks ago and she absolutely loved it. She told me she'd happily recommend it to anybody who would be looking for a nice hotel to stay.  She, together with Ms. Danelle, helped me with the reservations.  She also suggested to get the Club Room which comes with access to the Executive Lounge, plus a whole lot of perks. And I did.  Our anniversary happens only once in a year and so it deserves a bit more something special.

We booked the hotel for 3D2N (Thanks to Sheila for giving me a voucher from The Entertainer so I only paid for one night) and we arrived at the hotel almost 3 hrs late from the usual check-in time. Hahahaa, pati sa hotel late pa din!?  Anyhoo, we went straight to the reception at the lobby but after seeing my reservation in the system, they assisted us immediately to the 34th floor for check-in. For Club Room guests, they provide private and priority check-ins right outside the Executive Lounge. Danelle was even there to say Hi and she escorted us all the way to the 34th floor. 

Dusit Thani Dubai

Dusit Thani Dubai

 Dusit Thani Dubai Lobby

Our room was just a floor above the Executive Lounge.  When we came in, everything inside just left me in awe.  Take a look at the photos to see why:
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in How Nude, Redgy and Wine Stock + The Reformulated Miracle Gel Top Coat

What's up, my lovelies?  Yours truly went MIA again but I guess there's nothing new about that anymore, right? Hahaha!  Oh well, if only I could focus on my blog like I used to years ago. If you're not following me on IG yet, please do so as I post there often.  Too often, actually.

So for today, it's gonna be about this line of nail polish that I am loving ATM.  What I love about these polishes is that they keep my nails looking good for 4-5 days before they start chipping. And that for me is already good since polishes only last 1-2 days then it starts chipping because I think I wash my hands too much and I apply hand cream too often.  These nail polishes  have the finish of a gel polish but without the need to cure under a UV light. They're cheaper and is easy to remove too. I love using gel polish on my nails because they really stay put until you have them removed but I have a number of things I don't like about it too.  I usually prefer having gel pedicure because since I am always wearing closed pumps, I need something that won't chip or break. But for my hands, I want something that will give me the effect of gel polishes without the "complications" and long period of "commitment." LOL!

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish and Top Coat
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Color (AED 43) and Miracle Gel Top Coat (AED 45)

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in How Nude
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in How Nude

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in How Nude
Thursday, October 1, 2015

LA Splash Lip Couture in Ghoulish, Latte Confession and Rose Garden

For a non-lipstick kind of person, I have way too much lippies these days!

LA Splash Lip Couture in Ghoulish, Latte Confession and Rose Garden
LA Splash Lip Couture
(Php600 at DTCMakeup)

In comparison with the Smitten Lip Tint Mousse these lippies have a more liquid-y consistency when applied. But just the same, it applies to a velvety-matte finish that will remain smudge-proof, waterproof and transfer-proof provided you don't eat or drink anything oily.

Ghoulish - Latte Confession - Rose Garden
LA Splash Lip Couture in Ghoulish
LA Splash Lip Couture in Ghoulish

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Product Review: Bourjois Air Mat Foundation

If you ask me if there's a makeup item that I think I'll never have enough of, I would say, foundations!  I only have one face but I think I have around 20 foundations in my kit.  Oh yes, I kid you not!  Well, it all started when I was still doing makeup on clients.  I have to make sure that I have a foundation for most, if not all, skin types.  And you know that if you are a makeup artist, one shade of each kind is never enough.  You should have at least three - light, medium and dark.
Now that I only do makeup on myself (and on my friends on some occasions), you might say that my "addiction" to collecting foundations might have stopped.  Engk, wrong! Hahaha!  And if before, I lean towards high-end brands when it comes to foundations, I have recently realized that even those that we call drugstore makeup also deserves a spot in my makeup arsenal. One of the drugstore makeup brands that I am loving is Bourjois. Aside from their lippies and their eyeliners, their foundations are also good.  I was sent a sample of their new AirMat Foundation and have been loving it ever since.
Bourjois Air Mat Foundation
Bourjois Air Mat Foundation
(AED 79)
Specially developed to give skin a smooth, matte finish, this foundation also promises a 24-hr hold. It's non-drying, lightweight formula promises to let skin breathe throughout the day and provide high coverage for a flawless finish. It is also enriched with mattifying micronized powders to eliminate shine with no mask effect for an undetectable result.

Bourjois AirMat Foundation
This foundation is available in 8 natural colours, all designed to brighten up lackluster skin:
2 shades for light skin tones
5 shades for medium skin tones
1 shade for darker skin tones
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