Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Artdeco Jungle Fever: The Bronzing Collection



Artdeco has been one of my favorite brands ever since I got introduced to it about 2 years ago. The Artdeco Eyeshadow Base has been a staple in my kit and the Lifting Lip Stylo is my go-to product whenever I want to achieve that perfect-looking lips. Those are just two of my favorites from the brand and I don't, and won't, mind expanding the list.

Just a few days ago, Artdeco launched their newest collection -- the Artdeco Jungle Fever: The Bronzing Collection. The collection imbibes the feel of exotic flowers and wild animals of the jungle, bringing the elements of a tropical rainforest to the city.


The launch was held at The Glass Door, BGC and was attended by a handful of bloggers, media people and makeup enthusiasts. Getting into the theme of the collection, attendees were asked to paint while enjoying good food and drinks. Yeah, pretty much like Sip and Gogh.



Coming straight from work, I was a bit late to the event. Most of them already started and I, together with relatively poor art skills, had to catch up. Good thing, Amanda, the artist and our teacher for the night, was so accommodating.

Shen and Nikki were on their way to their masterpieces

As I have said, I am relatively poor in drawing. All I can draw decently are my brows! I had to direct my entire system to the canvass with the hopes I would produce a decent output.

My toys for the night




After hours of playing as a painter, I present to you my masterpiece -- The Boxer. Well, that supposed to look like a lion. A fierce, strong, king of the jungle lion. But as much as I wanted to and regardless of the thousands strokes of my brush, my lion didn't turn out to look like one. Still, it looked pretty decent. That was what mattered to me in the first place.


Going back to the launch, the Artdeco Jungle Fever: The Bronzing Collection features products that are all shimmering, shining and bronzing.



Bronzing Glow Blusher | Queen of the Jungle

 A combination of three gorgeous, gently shimmering colours that will sublimate your complexion with a gently sun-kissed, radiant flush of blush.


Bronzing Powder Compact SPF 15

A go-to product for a gorgeous, sun-kissed complexion. It features an exclusive Jungle Fever design, contains Inca oil, which nourishes the skin and helps retain moisture.


Art Couture Lipstick | Pearl Mandarin Orange (362) and Pearl Blazing Red (366)

The formulation is deliciously creamy and nourishing, thanks to a special extract from hops, and is intensely-pigmented, for an ultimate statement lip.


Art Couture Eyeshadow | Earthy Brown (12), Golden Earth (20), Sugar Pearl (27)
Green Jungle (32), Golden Green (49), Jungle River (61), Blue Stream (73) and Sweet Violet (83)


These eyeshadows feature a revolutionary texture, which combines the benefits of powder, baked, fluid and creme eyeshadows.


Spray-On Leg Foundation | Sand (3), Sun Tan (5) and Desert Sun (8)
The perfect way to conjure perfectly tanned legs in seconds.

Beauty Box

  The perfect way to store and combine your favorite eyeshadows, and is great to carry around in your handbag.


And as expected, Artdeco again caught me with their new collection. Look at that Bronzing Glow Blusher! Looooovely! It is so calling my name!
Artdeco is available in Beauty Bar stores and online at shop.beautybar.com.ph.



♥ Jes ♥



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Monday, July 28, 2014

3 Steps to Clear Skin with Belo Essentials AcnePro



I am in awe with how far our local products has gone! Don't you agree? We no longer have to spend thousands just to get ourselves products that are  really good and effective that used to be only offered by foreign brands. Case in point, skincare products. Before, great skincare products only are produced by  brands like Clinique and Estee Lauder. Our moms, aunts and grandmas could attest to this. They would shell out their fortune just to give their skin the utmost care it needs. My mom was a fan of Clinique skincare line! 
Lucky us because gone were those days! Now, some of our local brands are already at par with foreign brands when it comes to skincare. Belo Essentials is definitely one of these local brands. It has established its name when it comes to skincare and just recently, they released AcnePro, a skincare line that contains Purified Bee Venom.

If you still haven't heard, Purified Bee Venom is huge when it comes to anti-aging. It is clinically proved to halt signs of aging on skin like appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and dryness. Bee Venom contains melittin, a toxin that 'fools' the skin to think it has been slightly stung. This causes the body to direct blood on the area, stimulating production of collagen and elastin, naturally-occurring chemicals that make the skin plump and elastic. What's more, the antibacterial properties of Bee Venom is also proven to an effective ingredient to treat mild to moderate acne. Amazing substance, isn't it?

Bee Venom used to be confined to high street brands. Good thing, Belo (and Snoe) wants us to experience what it feels to be treated luxuriously, hence, they infused it into their AcnePro line.

Currently, Belo Essentials AcnePro only has 3 products in its line -- a Pimple-Fighting Gel Face Wash, a Treatment Toner and a Pimple Gel.
Belo Essentials AcnePro Pimple-Fighting Gel Face Wash | Php99.75
This face wash is different to face washes we are used to. It comes in a clear gel consistency that doesn't lather as much. I don't know how to feel about this product, actually. I like my face wash to lather because I have this thinking that lathering helps with the cleaning. Not that I am saying it doesn't clean my face, I just like my face wash to make me feel that it actually does clean the face. I hope you get what I mean. But I like how it doesn't dry out my skin.



Belo Essentials AcnePro Treatment Toner | Php79.75

My good friend Gem of Rare Vanity swears by this product! As she says it, it effectively gets rid of dirt and dries out zits. As for me, I think what she says about this product is true! This toner cleans the skin further by removing dirt and remnants of makeup without drying the skin. 


Belo Essentials AcnePro Pimple Gel | Php149.75

If there's one product I will sure repurchase from the AcnePro line, it would be this Pimple Gel. It effectively dries zits in just 2 days. Give it about 3 days to work on those gigantic and cystic ones. It has a tingling feeling once applied on pimples but nothing unbearable. It is just its way of saying, "Hey, I am working on your problem!"
"Is it effective?", you may ask. Let us put it this way: I think I am blessed with a relatively good, pimple-free skin until I had a huge allergic reactions to a skincare line I was trying a few days back. I woke up last Thursday with about 15 pimples, in all sizes and textures, on the left side of my face even on my eyelids. I was thiiiiiis close to crying, actually. I held my composure and religiously did the Belo Essentials AcnePro 3-step Clear Skin System -- cleansed with the Pimple-Fighting Face Wash, toned with the Treatment Toner and treated the pimples with the Pimple Gel. In just 2 days, a considerable change was already be seen. The huge ones decreased in size, the cystic ones calmed down and those which were about to grow changed their minds. So yeah, with all my heart I answer... IT IS EFFECTIVE!

Not convinced with my words? Here's a proof:




The photo on the left was taken on Thursday night and the photo on right on Saturday night. The photos were blurry, yes, but the changes that happened were obvious. As you read this post, I still have some zits to treat and some marks to whiten, all under control. I am pretty sure my skin will go back to its normal state in no time.

I can't find the best words to say to express my gratitude to Belo Essentials AcnePro. It makes me believe that my once pimple-free skin could still be achieved after some weeks. Now, I declare this line, specially the Pimple Gel, to be a staple on my vanity. Prevention is better than cure, right? After all, who, in her normal and sane mind, would say no to an effective yet very affordable products?

How about you? What is the best pimple-fighting product/s for you? :)


♥ Jes ♥ 



*I got the Belo Essentials AcnePro for free from Sample Room but all thoughts and opinions I expressed were not influenced in any way.  


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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Tony Moly Kiss Lover Lip Master in Festival Pink



Are you too lazy to retouch your lip color throughout the day? Well, I can't blame you. Those who live theri lives in a busy schedule would put retouching makeup at the very last of their day's priority lists. I, too, am guilty of this, hence, I use lip stains most of the time. But some lip stains look too bold for a day makeup or maybe those are just the shades that I have (read: shocking red, fuschia pink, etc.). Also, there are those that leave blotchy stain that I totally disgust. I am in the hunt for that perfect-for-everyday kind of stain that won't leave a yucky, blotchy stain on my lips when I was introduced to the Tony Moly Kiss Lover Lip Master.


The Tony Moly Kiss Lover Lip Master is a lipstick, a lip gloss and lip tint in one. It may be too much for a lip product but believe me, it is so true! I got the shade 7 Festival Pink, a nude-ish pink color that leaves a very natural-looking stain.


Does it live to its claims? Read more!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Le Papillon | FOTD and OOTD | #ButterflyLook



During one of the random talks I had with my current favorite person, I asked her what she thinks she would be if she is animal. Without a bat of an eyelash she answered, "a butterfly." I, actually, didn't expect her to give that answer. Not that I dislike butterflies but who, in her normal mind, would want to live most of her life looking blah (pupa to chrysalis)? To add to that, once they become a full-grown, beautiful butterfly they will just be given about 2 to 4 weeks to enjoy life? I found it too depressing at first but her explanation why she wants to become one blew me away. Butterflies are amazing. They delight anyone in a glance. They can easily uplift a spirit instantly. Them being described as beautiful is an understatement. I couldn't help but agree. From the tiniest blues to the largest reds, butterflies are flying flowers.

Photo source

It was timely that that conversation took place while I was road-testing the L'Oreal False Lash Butterfly Waterproof Mascara (Faux Cils Papillon). This mascara is dubbed to give the lashes to stretch and extend lashes like butterfly wings. I will soon post a detailed review on this product but for now, let me share with you a look I did and outfits I paired the look with inspired by butterflies.


For the makeup look, I tweaked the Butterfly look in the video below, made it fiercer and bolder just how I imagined it would be. In case I will be a butterfly. 


Here's my version of the look:



I kept everything toned-down, putting all the focus on the eyes and the lashes. The eye makeup resembles the beauty of a butterfly -- long, glistening and flirty wings.


PRODUCTS USED:
Face
random brown eyeshadow to contour

Eyes
L'Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L'oreal Super Liner Gelmatic Pen
L'Oreal Lash Butterfly Waterproof Mascara

Lips
L'Oreal Shine Caresse in Cherie (dabbed for a stained lips look)


I don't have false lashes on on these photos, by the way. That's how the mascara works --  it makes the lashes look long, full, and thick.


I paired the look with 2 different outfits inspired by 2 different set of butterflies. The inspiration of the first ensemble was the Black Swallowtail Butterfly. It looks fierce and strong but its gentleness can still be seen through it.

Pants: Romwe |  Shoes: Primadonna

It looked gothic at first but the sheer and the cutouts brought the femininity of the outfit back. This ensemble screams my name, actually. Fierce, strong  but still feminine.

Top: Genevieve Gozum


The second look was inspired by the colorful butterflies. Most of you know that I am not good in mixing and matching clothes so I looked for something that is colorful without wearing everything I have in my closet. I have had this dress from Romwe since forever and I haven't found a chance to wear it until the day these photos were taken.

Dress: Romwe
I never thought this kind of cut would look flattering on my relatively shapeless body. Now, all I want is to hoard peplum dresses. Going back to the look, the flowery dress complimented the theme -- butterflies. It's colorful, lively and beautiful. How many times should I mention beautiful in this post? :)

Shoes: gifted

The fierce makeup still looked good in this girly outfit, right? I am not so fond of wearing girly outfits but a little change won't hurt so expect more of this kind of soon.


Now, if I would be an animal for a day, I feel like becoming a butterfly. A colorful creature that flies to spread beauty and delight to other creatures.



How do you find the entire look? :) Do you want to see a tutorial on this? Please leave a comment below!

♥ Jes ♥



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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup in Nude Beige W3

Today is a no work day for me (I am a teacher, by the way!)! But that doesn't mean I will tuck myself in my bed and lounge the whole day, though my heart is totally disagreeing with me. I have grades to record, lessons to prepare and worksheets to do. But it would be best to perk up the day with some makeup talk, right?

When was the last time I posted a review of a foundation? Honestly, I cannot remember it myself! Well, I don't wear foundation often, hence, I don't get to try as much. And also, I somehow hate the feeling some foundations give -- heavy and mask-like. Good thing, I met a foundation that feels and look like skin -- the L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup.


As it name implies, it promises to be the truest of the true match of your skin. I somehow agree since it is available in 15 shades, in 3 different undertones -- warm, neutral and cool. One would definitely her match with that wide selection.

 
I wasn't able to attend the A Match Made For Me event, a foundation-matching event by L'Oreal, that I only had to trust my instincts when looking for the shade that will match my skin best. I had to look at the photo of the shades numerous times, personally swatch the foundations in stores and ask around to get my the thoughts of my makeup-lover friends. After that perpetual quest, I landed on the shade W3 Nude Beige, the mid-shade in the warm category.



There is a match made for every Filipina beauty -- this is what L'Oreal Paris, the makeup designer from Paris, declared as it unveiled the newest shades of True Match super blendable foundation. L'Oreal Paris unveiled 15 stunning shades of True Match, showcasing how one can go beyond choosing from fair, medium and dark skin tones but also capturing the specific undertones of Filipinas - from warm, neutral or cool.


Looking pretty good, right? Up close and personal, the shade W3 Nude Beige is still a tad lighter than my skin but nothing to be worried about. After it sets, it blends into my skin flawlessly and perfectly. My skin has that talent to match with a foundation shade. Donna can attest to that!

I LIKE that it ...
  • has light to medium coverage. It can also be layered to achieve a full coverage.
  • blends on my skin very well.
  • applies smoothly and flawlessly.
  • evens out my skin in just one application.
  • has a semi-matte finish. You can now say pass to a setting powder.
  • stays all day.
  • feels light on the skin.
  • has low amount of flashback though it has SPF 17.
  • has a great shade selection.
  • it is affordable for only Php899.00 in all L'Oreal outlets.

I DON'T LIKE that it ...
  • doesn't have a pump.
  • it has a tendency to set on fine lines, especially if you don't moisturize well prior to application.

Now, I understand why the L'Oreal True Match foundation is well-loved by beauty enthusiast here in abroad. It's true to skin finish is a topnotch! I will sure get more shades to include in my traincase. 

 
Stay tuned for my #ButterflyLook where I used the L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup in Nude Beige W3. You'll see how wonderful it looks on photos! :) Oh, watch out for the outfits I paired with the look. 

Ciao for now!

♥ Jes ♥



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