Sunday, March 25, 2012

Contour Kit - E.L.F. Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder

The E.L.F. Contouring Kit in Blushed and Bronzed is one of my all-time favorite products. In fact, it is my absolute favorite bronzer-blush combo. I've used it everyday since I bought it late last year. I use it to carve out my cheekbones and make my face appear thinner than it really is. Yes, such measures are necessary. For me, at least, I cannot go a day without it.

I did not always feel this way. When I first opened the kit, I was extremely disappointed by the poor packaging. The mirror on the reverse side of the cover fell out. Though I was able to glue it back on I though, "How good can the product be with such lousy packaging?" I was pleased to find that the packaging did not reflect the quality of the product.

The bronzer has a natural finish. The color is very wearable and works well on my freakishly fair skin. The most significant feature that I would like to point out is that, unlike most bronzers, this one does not get muddy as the day wears on. The color also does not noticeably fade after a few hours. Perfect for those who, like me, do not have the time to make frequent trips to the restroom to reapply their make-up.

The blush also impressed me. It has a gold hue to it. It also has small glitter particles that help give the cheeks a rosy glow. The color and finish is perfect for the summer.

Other than the poor packaging of the E.L.F. Contouring Kit, I have very little to complain about. As soon as I run out, I will be sure to hit the nearest department store to get a new one.

The E.L.F. Contouring Kit is a steal at Php 249.75.

'til next time,

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Make-up Look - Summer Sweetness

I wore this look last Sunday to celebrate the end of the semester. I am officially free for two glorious months!

This is a look I got off of Eman Aziz's Youtube channel. She did a video tutorial on a look inspired by Blake Lively of Gossip Girl that she thought would be perfect for Spring. This is my attempt at it. Something pretty for the Summer, as Spring doesn't come to the Philippines. 

I didn't use the same products as many of the ones listed are not available to me. I made do with ones I had to begin with.

Skin79 Super Plus Beblesh Balm (Hot Pink)
E.L.F. Bronzer in Bronzed (from the Contouring Kit)
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends Natural Radiance Bronzer
Covergirl Cheekers Blush in Plumberry Glow

E.L.F. Eyelid Primer in Sheer
The Pink Shade from the Maybelline Eyestudio Quad in GD-1 Autumn Spirit
The White Shade from the Maybelline Eyestudio Quad in GD-1 Autumn Spirit
Nude from the Sephora Moonbaked Eyeshadow Palette
A medium gray from the NYX Smokey Eyes Palette
Shu Uemura Lash Curler
Ever Bilena Mascara with Fiber
Maybelline the Falsies Volum' Express Waterproof Mascara
Maybelline Pulse Perfection Waterproof Vibrating Mascara

Forgive my awful lashes! I had an allergy reaction to a mascara I bought a few months back and they just started falling off. 

Revlon Eyebrow Pencil in Brown
Ardell Brow Sculpting Gel

The Face Shop Lovely Me-Ex Auto Lipliner in 04
Skin Food Fresh Fruit Lip and Cheek Food Therapy in Lychee
L'Oréal Paris Glam Shine 6H in Creamy Peach

Enjoy your Summer! I know I will!

'til next time,

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

MyGlam - March GlamBag

Just photos for today. Finals end Monday next week. I'll be able to post more after that. For now, I'll leave you with what's inside this month's Glam Bag.

'til next time,

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Make-up Remover - Celeteque DermoScience Make-up Remover Cleansing Facial Wipes

Some time before the new year, I did a review on my favorite make-up remover: the Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. As mentioned in that post, I've only been able to get them at Duty Free. Since I'm running low, I've had search for an alternative. No, I'm not going to stop using the Neutrogena ones. However, as I don't forsee a trip to Manila in the near future, I'll have to make do with what I can get in the local drugstores and department stores. Thus the subject of today's post: the Celeteque DermoScience Make-up Remover Cleansing Facial Wipes.

A pack of the Celeteque facial wipes has 20 sheets inside. The product is part of Celeteque's hydration line geared towards improving the level of moisture in the skin while removing all traces of make-up, oil and dirt (or so it says on the packaging). I hoped that the last part would, at least, prove true.

When I first pulled out a towelette, I was pretty disappointed. It was a little dry. There were times that I had to spritz water on the material just so it didn't dry up entirely. I'm not sure if I got a bad pack or if they're actually made that way. Whatever the case, removing my make-up felt more like I was scraping rather than sweeping.

Another thing I didn't like was that the make-up wipes did not fare well against dark eye make-up. Even waterproof formulas were no match for the towelettes by Neutrogena. I can't say the same for these ones. I had to attack my eye with a cotton round and a different make-up remover every night. I know that most people probably keep a different make-up remover for eye make-up anyway, but the convenience of being able to get everything off with just one product was a Godsend to me. I'd hoped to still be able to keep it at one step.

As to the moisturizing properties, I have not seen a significant improvement. Truth be told, I wasn't looking out for it. But I would have overlooked that entirely had it only given me the ease that the Neutrogena Cleansing Towelettes did.

So, no. The Celeteque DermoScience Make-up Remover Cleansing Facial Wipes will not serve as my alternative make-up remover. I have one pack left but, if I can help it, that is, find another make-up remover (preferably on that comes in wipes), I won't get it again.

Celeteque DermoScience Make-up Remover Cleansing Facial Wipes are available at all leading drugstores, department stores and supermarkets. I got mine at the Watsons closest to my house for Php160.

'til next time,