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.

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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.

random brown eyeshadow to contour

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

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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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Majirel: The Perfect Way to Color and Care Hair

I am fond of coloring my hair. I could no longer remember how I looked with my naturally straight and black hair. Not that I am regretting the things I did (and still doing) to my hair, but I somehow feel bad for my tresses. It has undergone so many treatments and coloring that it shows stress through hair fall and dryness.

Now, we no longer need to choose between color and care because L'Oreal Professional introduced Majirel -- a hair color brand that promises color and care.

Salon experts in the Philippines shared how Filipinas nowadays are spoilt with choices when it comes to hair color. While many salon-goers are highly passionate about hair color treatments, most of them are not aware of the first, or if not, the most important step style-conscious Filipino women must take note of: knowing the hair coloring brand used on their tresses.

Through the lens of hair expert Cherry Reyes, owner of Toni & Guy Philippine franchise, find out the hair experts' way to perfect color and care as L'Oreal Professionnel shows how women can have salon colored hair without any compromise with Majirel, the legendary hair color brand used by one of the best salons in the metro, more so around the world.

I am so excited to try this hair color brand and see the difference it can give to my crowning glory! :)


♥ Jes ♥

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Swatches | Wet n' Wild Megalast Lipsticks

I was cleaning and organizing (Actually, I was trying to clean and organize) all my makeup when these unopened and unused Wet n' Wild Megalast Lipsticks went straight up to my eyes. I totally forgot about these babies of mine! To make up for times I forgot and neglected them, I decided to play with them! The result? A swatchfest!

I got these Wet n' Wild Megalast Lipsticks from various sources. Some were sent by my dad, some were bought from online shops and some were gifted. I couldn't remember which are which, actually.

I have the shades 907C Mauve Outta Here, 967 Dollhouse Pink, 910D Red Velvet, 905D Smokin Hot Pink, 908C Sugar Plum Fairy and 911D Stoplight Red

Left to Right: Mauve Outta Here, Dollhouse Pink, Sugar Plum Fairy, Smokin Hot Pink, Red Velvet and Stoplight Red

Left to Right: Mauve Outta Here, Dollhouse Pink, Sugar Plum Fairy, Smokin Hot Pink, Red Velvet and Stoplight Red

Wet n' Wild Megalast Lipsticks are said to be dupes of high end lipsticks. I did some research and found out that some of those I have have their respective high-end counterparts. 

Mauve Outta Here is a nude purple-pink shade that will sure look good when paired with a heavy smokey eye makeup.

Dollhouse Pink is said to be a dupe of MAC Pink Nouveau. I think Dollhouse is a tad bit lighter compared to Pink Nouveau but the difference is not that obvious.

Some may disagree but I think Sugar Plum Fairy is a good dupe for MAC Rebel. Its deep plum shade is a total standout!

How can you describe the color hot pink? I describe it as bright, fuschia-ish pink. So I was a bit disappointed when I saw the shade Smokin' Hot Pink doesn't look like how I expected it to be. It's a very pretty peachy-pink, though.

Looking for a dupe of the famous MAC Russian Red? I think, Stoplight Red is a great one.

I read somewhere that Red Velvet somehow looks like MAC Ruby Woo. I can't see the similarities, though. Still, Red Velvet is great looking red shade. It is my favorite shade in the bunch, next to Sugar Plum Fairy.

Top to bottom, left to right: Stoplight Red | Dollhouse Pink | Red Velvet | Mauve Outta Here | Smokin Hot Pink | Sugar Plum Fairy

I love Wet n' Wild Megalast Lipsticks, hands down. Not just because they are dupes of high-end lipsticks but because they are good quality lipsticks. I just hope Wet n' Wild changes their lousy packaging. :)

What is your favorite Wet n' Wild lipstick?

♥ Jes ♥

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Comfort + Style = Melissa Lovely

Happy Tuesday! How is your week going so far? I hope you are having a great one! Well for me, the start of the week is treating me well. The good week was brought, I think, by the blast weekend that I. It is during weekends when all I do is to relax, to sleep  and to lounge all day! You do that too, right? :)

Speaking of weekends and the days I am out of work, you will often see me walking around in my most-relaxed ensemble. By most-relaxed ensemble I mean, skirt/short + top and slippers. But don't get me wrong, I don't sacrifice style for comfort. I make sure I hit both elements in my outfit!

My recent discovery of Melissa Shoes made my quest of hitting both style and comfort a breeze! From those sexy stilettos to those fabulous flats, Melissa has brought jelly footwear to a whole new level.

Forgive the marks on my Melissa Lovely, those are signs of love. This pair has been my most used and abused pair ever since I got it from the recent Sample Room's A Splash of Summer Getaway.

Lovely is not your ordinary weekend slipper. It's fab design makes it appropriate to wear on weekend dates and casual day-outs.

At first, I feared that it would emphasize the length of my already long feet. But no, the way it was designed makes the feet look slim and neat. I honestly don't know how to put it into words but I LIKE how my feet looks in them!

Melissa Lovely retails for Php2,195. Yes, expensive for a pair of slippers. But you are not just getting  a pair of slippers, you are actually getting your feet a gift of style and comfort rolled in one. :)

♥ Jes ♥

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