Monday, April 21, 2014

Review | L'Oreal Shine Caresse: The Next Generation in Lip Glosses



If I am to choose in between lipsticks and lip glosses, I would choose the former without hesitations. Color payoff and staying power would be the top criteria why I prefer lipsticks over lip glosses. Don't get me wrong though, I have a few lip glosses in my collection but those are mainly to amp up the look of my lips a bit. I would never use a lip gloss on its own until I met L'Oreal Shine Caresse.

A fresh and sensual shine, Shine Caresse redefines gloss to make it more natural and modern with its wet lips effect. A new generation of makeup which offers a double effect: lips that infuses with color enhanced by gloss that makes your lips pops.


 Shine Caresse has the glide and the wet/shiny finish of a usual lip gloss. What sets it apart is its pigmentation and lasting hold. It even leaves a natural-looking stain when the gloss wears off.


The ultra-light fluid of Shine Caresse allows it to melt onto the lips for a long lasting moist-look effect combined with  utmost comfort and freshness.
The secret lies in its exceptionally high concentration of moisture, thanks to a unique formula of 30% water and 60% oil so you get: 1. a soft, moist-look effect, 2. light and bright shine, 3. long-lasting hold, and 4. a sensation of fresh moisturization.

 There are 5 shades in the 2014 summer collection and I have 3 of them. Shine Caresse 609 (Cherie) is a dark magenta berry shades with hints of sparkles, Shine Caresse 806 (Iris) is nude coral shade and Shine Caresse 703 (Ruby) is a nice cherry red.

Cherie | Iris | Ruby

I LIKE that it ...
  • glides on smoothly on the lips.
  • has a good pigmentation.
  • doesn't feel sticky on the lips.
  • is moisturizing on the lips.
  • leaves a natural-looking stain when it wears off.
  • is very long-lasting for a gloss. It stays for about 5-6 hours on my lips!
  • is housed in an elegant, silver tube. The window on the packaging makes it easy to see the color of the gloss.
  • has a feather-shaped applicator that makes application easy.

  •  is available locally, in all L'Oreal counters, for an affordable price of Php595.00.

I DON'T LIKE that it ...
  • smells and tastes like cologne/soap. I, honestly, don't know how to describe it but it has this strong scent that can be bothering at times.
  • clings to the dry parts of my lips, accentuating it even more. 

Will I repurchase?
Yes.


I know, Shine Caresse looks blotchy on my lips. My lips are super dry, that's why. Noticed how the formula clings to the dry/wounded part of my lips?  I realized that exfoliating the lips prior to application of Shine Caresse helps in avoiding that to happen.

Top to bottom: Cherie | Ruby | Iris
 
When L'Oreal said that Shine Caresse has a long-lasting hold, they are not kidding. It does stay for hours! This was how the swatches on my arm looked like after I rubbed it and tried to erased it with water.


Iris looks too nude on me. I like using it on top of a nude lip liner to achieve the finish like the one below.


Cherie is my favorite shade. I love how vibrant it looks on me.


For a quick pick-me-up shade, I go with Ruby. Forgive how dull I looked in the photo below and oh, the dry patches on my lips.



If you are a fan of lip glosses, L'Oreal Shine Caresse is a must-try. Its groundbreaking formula sets it apart from other lip glosses! It stays on for hours and makes the lips look and feel moisturized.


Are you a fan of lip gloss? What's your favorite? 

Does a lip gloss week sound good? I have a handful of unopened and unused lip glosses in my collection which need some loving. :)

♥ Jes ♥ 



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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Movie Stars Cafe | 10% OFF your bill when you use the code!



My birthday is exactly a week from now and I still don't have any concrete plans on what to do on that day. Actually, I initially wanted a simple and quiet celebration -- shop, visit a spa for a massage and dine out with my family. But at 28 and with so many things to be thankful for, I think I need to have something bigger. No, I am not throwing a huge party for I don't have a budget for it but I will put a little twist on my initial plans. Of course, I will still go with shopping and visiting a spa. I'll put the kick on where to celebrate with my family. I already have a few options in mind and Movie Stars Cafe is included in the list.


Movie Stars Cafe is located in Seaside Blvd., SM Mall of Asia. Though Pasay is as far as Timbuktu from where I live, I had to pay the restaurant a visit. The words of a friend saying, "Movie Stars cafe offers something different. You have to try it!" caught me. 

Looking at the restaurant, from the facade down to the interiors, it really screams difference. From the name itself, Movie Stars Cafe is influenced by all-time famous movies and movie stars. 

At the entrance, you will be welcomed by Jack and Sally of Nightmare Before Christmas and who I think is King Kong.

My friend, Philip, couldn't stop himself from saying hi to Sally.
King Kong deserved a kiss for being harmless that day!

The inside of the restaurant is dim compared to others. Well, they have their reasons. Have you seen a well-lit movie house? Don't worry, it is not too dark. It is lit enough for you to see the people you are with, the food you are eating and the things around you.

I must admit, I am not a huge fan of movies. I prefer reading than watching movies. But though I wasn't able to watch about 80% of the movies featured in Movie Stars Cafe, I appreciate them for being part of the beauty and uniqueness of the restaurant. The interior of Movie Stars Cafe showcases props and posters of different movies.
 



The place is surrounded with a number of monitors playing movies. To make the ambiance perfect for the theme, there is a stage in the middle where the performance is held and special lighting that encapsulates what it feels to be in the movies.



What makes Movie Stars Cafe even more unique is that the waiters and waitresses are dressed like characters in movies. It is like dining while being surrounded by your favorite movie characters! Every 30 minutes, there is a presentation so expect the characters to sing, dance and come to life. Here were some of the characters present when we were there. Can you name them?

All Star Cast

Lion King, the Musical.


This elephant is huge!

Spiderman, the Musical.

Applause to the props and the performances, they make the dining experience different. Honestly, we had to stay for more hours after eating because we wanted to watch the performances. Good thing, they didn't disappoint.

So with the food, Movie Stars Cafe has wide variety of dishes inspired by by topnotch films. Since the men I was with wanted to taste a bit of everything, they went with the buffet and I ordered a pizza.




Dino Buffet unleashes the culinary creativity of the guests as you get to make your own burgers and sausages. It also has a great selection of food choices, from appetizers to deserts and from pasta to pork knuckles. As per Chef Albert, they change the food selections everyday to not bore the regular customers.

On our visit, we had these on the table:

Beef Sirloin | Pork Knuckles (the bomb!) | Roasted Chicken

Egg Fried Rice

Chicken Blue Cheese Pasta | Lasagna

Garden Salad

Vegetable Gratin

Pork Cordon Bleu (must try!) | Potato Wedges | Fish Fillet

Beef Patty | Chicken Karaage

Sausage




Of course, we had to give the make-your-own burger a try. It was so hard to put everything you want in between two buns so imagine how my burger was overflowing with fillings!


 It looked blah but it was surprisingly yummy! Philip had a brilliant technique on how to make your own burger, with everything you want in it, that is worth sharing.

Yeah, he made room for the fillings in the bun by pressing the it! Amazing!
Let's admit it, for the price of Php699.00 per head, the Dino Buffet is pricey. I know restaurants who offer wider selections in different cuisines in the same price range or just a couple of hundreds more expensive. But with the experience, the price is okay. Can you name a restaurant that has famous movie characters serving you with all smiles? Only Movie Stars Cafe has that concept, if I am not mistaken. 


So is Movie Stars Cafe worth visiting? Definitely! Especially if you are a huge fan of movies. But don't expect it to be cozy because the music is loud and there are lots of things happening around. Are you planning to bring your kids? Perfect, they will sure enjoy it! It would be a rare chance for them to interact with their favorite movie characters.

But wait there's more, if you (or anyone you know) are planning to visit Movie Stars Cafe, let me give you a treat! (Coz it's my birthday!) If you use my coupon code, you will be getting 10% OFF your total bill! 


Just give the code when you ask for your bill and 10% of the bill will automatically be slashed off! You can give away the code to your friends and relatives so they can avail of the discount too!

Spiderman made the night! He even sat on the table beside us! :)



MOVIE STARS CAFE
Seaside Blvd., SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City
(02) 550 1234 | 0905 277 9999 | 0908 200 9999
Email: info@moviestarscafe.com
Business Hours:  Monday to Saturday -- 12:00PM to 2:00AM | Holiday / Sunday -- 12:00PM to 12:00AM


♥ Jes ♥



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Monday, April 14, 2014

NEW WINNER of the Colour Collection Ultimate Wear Lipsticks



This will be the third time I am announcing a winner of the Colour Collection Ultimate Wear Lipsticks and I hope this time, the winner will be able to read this post and send me her shipping details. Anyway, the NEW and lucky winner is....

Hi Chilzen! Please send your complete name, shipping address and contact number to e_jes1105@yahoo.com. :) Congratulations!

♥ Jes ♥



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Friday, April 11, 2014

FOTD: Back to You | Ellana Minerals



I always have a hard time thinking of titles for my FOTDs. I want to use quotes, lines of songs, and random phrases related to the look I did but I shall admit, I always don't have the creativity to think of such. Most often than not, I would show a photo of the look to my boyfriend and ask him to give it a title. Being an I-don't-know-anything-about-makeup kind of guy, he would just ask me to tell him something about the look and he would start suggesting from there. With this look, I told him that I decided to dig into my stash and reuse the makeup stored there. He suggested a lot of good titles but "Back to You" got me. After all, that was the story behind the look -- going back to each and every makeup I have.

I think this will be an on-going series. Once in a while, I will shop my stash and create looks using the makeup I once loved but have forgotten. Will a revisit (re-review) of some make sense? I am also thinking of doing that as well. Too many ideas but I'll deal with it one at a time.

For this look, I decided to again give love to the Ellana Minerals samples I got yeeeeeaaaaars ago! I am not exaggerating here, I got the samples around 4-5 years ago. I loved all the samples I got then but I found the loose powder type to be messy so I didn't bother to get the full-sized. Ellana Minerals underwent a major revamp and I cannot be more excited to try more of its products. But before my wallet cries for help because I will sure be getting a lot, I decided to again use the samples (foundation, concealer, blush and finishing veil) I have one day.


The finish is so pretty I can't even. The coverage is amazing, the staying power is the bomb. I fell in love again.


No editing was done to these pictures, I swear! This is how lovely the foundation, concealer and blush look on me. And now, I am itching to get the pressed versions of these products.


PRODUCTS USED
Face
Ellana Minerals foundation (sample) in Hazelnut Latte
Ellana Minerals concealer (sample) in Light Golden Beige
Ellana Minerals blush (sample) in Lust (peach pink)
Ellana Minerals finishing powder (sample) in Espresso con Panna

Eyes
K-Palette Real Lasting 2-Way Eyebrow
K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner in Brown
Avon Super Extend Extreme Mascara

Lips
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Lip Pencil in Naked


I am not sure if the shades of the Ellana Minerals makeup I mentioned are still available. You can visit http://ellana.com.ph/ to check. You can also get free samples if you're still doubting if the products will also work on you. For me, I need no more samples. I just have to personally see the products so I could get my perfect match.


So should I start the series Shop My Stash? What do you think?


ohhhh last na promise, very beauty queen yung smile ko sa last photo noh? :) Hehe! Chos lang! Happy Friday! :)

♥ Jes ♥



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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

February and March 2014 Favorites



Not all products I try, use and love make it here on MakeUpLove. As much as I want to share to people the things I like or don't like in a product, I sometimes get too excited on using it that I forget to take pictures before using it. But there are also times that I opt not to take pictures and squeeze my brain juices on a review because the product is, well, blah. Buuuuut, if the product is worth raving, I will try my best to create a post about it or just simply share it to others thru Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or plain conversations.

That is the story of this February and March 2014 Favorites post. Most of these products didn't get their spotlight here on he blog but they made it to my hit list. I'll try to give you the bits on why these products were (still are, actually) well-loved by me for the past 2 months.


Neutrogena Body Oil
This is my already my nth bottle and it is a shame not to rave about it here on my blog. This is the holy grail of my dry skin! This body oil gives my skin moisture that lasts whole day! It smells divine too which lasts for long hours as well. I love it and I don't think the time will come that I will stop loving it. 

Sakura Hand and Nail Cream and Sakura Foot and Heel Lotion
It wasn't an easy connection in between me and this Sakura creams. At first I found them not to be enough for my needs. But after some tries and after learning how they work, love came. I like the foot and heel lotion better than the hand and nail cream just because I haven't found a product in the market that would give love to my feet aside from it.


Neutrogena Ultra Sheer + Complete UV Waterlight Lotion SPF 50
Sunblocks are the best anti-aging creams. For the past months, this is my go-to sunblock. It is lightweight and non-greasy. This, I think, is one of the reasons why I look younger than my age. I claim it!

Girl Stuff Nail Polishes in Pretty in Pink and Judy
If I am to describe myself using colors, it would be pink and blue. For the past weeks, I have been interchanging these two colors for my digits. I love that Girl Stuff polishes are free from the Big 3 (Formaldehyde, Toluene, and Dibutylphtalate) and don't make the nails dull and yellow. They dry quick when applied and last about 3-5 days without chipping.

Etude House Easy Brow Pencil
I use about 3-4 products to create my heavily-defined brows and this pencil is what I use to outline the shape of my brows. It is so pigmented that it draws in just one stroke. It stays for long hours too. And to top it all, it is just Php128.00. 

This has been my go-to lip product for the past month. It moisturizes my lips like a lip balm and gives color like a lipstick.  Read my review on it HERE.



Pixi Natural Brow Duo
I am totally digging this eyebrow product because of the brow gel end. It tames and keeps my brows in place perfectly. I just wish it is more pigmented that it would color the brow hairs but still, I love it. The brow pencil is okay but not too special. Should I make a review on it?



Colour Collection Ultimate Wear Lipsticks
I am yet to post my review on these lipsticks but as a prelude, here I am raving about it especially the shade Queen Bee. These lipsticks give opaque color in one swipe, stay on for long hours, don't dry the lips and leave a nice stain on the lips. Please stay tuned on the review and the swatches of the shades I have. 



I don't know anyone who doesn't love this concealer. Enough said. Read my review on it HERE.




So what are your favorite products for the months of February and March? :)

♥ Jes ♥



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