Review: NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks

Hello again, friends! This post is long overdue, but I hope you still enjoy reading this review. 😀

Liquid lipsticks are still on trend these days, with companies releasing their own version of them. I still personally prefer and love NYX Cosmetics most, because of its large shade range – and their below-P500 price range for lipsticks really can’t be beat! Everyone loves their Soft Matte Lip Creams, which have also expanded their range with new additions; but I’m here to review 4 of their Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks!

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I purchased mine from a NYX store in SM Fairview while visiting a friend. I spent a good amount of time swatching them on my lips, and I ended up buying 2 neutral shades and 2 deeper ones.

Doll up your lips in plush and vibrant color! Our Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick glides on and sets into a striking matte finish. Now available in 12 more velvety-soft shades, this waterproof lippie creates a positively polished look with every swipe.

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An unexpectedly lucky experience at the Estée Lauder Foundation Classroom Workshop

If you had asked about it a few years ago or even as recent as a few weeks ago, I would never have thought that I would be attending an Estée Lauder workshop – or even model for a makeup demonstration. But alas, Friday would be the day that would change all of that, and in some way, change my life as well. Continue reading “An unexpectedly lucky experience at the Estée Lauder Foundation Classroom Workshop”

First Impressions – Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette

If there’s any beauty brand that gives off that wild, rock n’ roll, kind of vibe, it’s definitely Kat Von D Beauty! Like its namesake, tattoo artist and entrepreneur Kat Von D, the brand takes pride in not only producing high-quality cosmetics, but also in its edgy, rebel creative spirit – from colour variety, shade names, and even to the intricate designs that adorn its packaging. KVD herself takes pride in being personally involved with every aspect of production, and what started out as a collaboration with Sephora has transformed into a full-on beauty revolution – bold and outspoken, the KVD way is actually very simple – be your most creative YOU!

Here in the Philippines, the brand isn’t readily available yet. Luckily, online sellers help make sourcing and ordering items from the most coveted beauty brands so much easier! I happen to frequently use Instagram in my search, looking for the best deals for hard-to-find beauty items!

My search led me to this beauty: the Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette!

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Lipsticks of the Week: 22-23 March, 29 March-3 April 2016

Hello, friends! 🙂 Yesterday marked the end of my Lipsticks of the Week series (otherwise known as March Madness to me, haha). I’m really happy and relieved that I’ve finished my very first series on my blog; it’s the first time I’ve really done anything like this!

Let’s look back at the lipsticks from 22-23 March, because I only went to work on those days that week. It was the Holy Week celebration here in the Philippines, and I was off work from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday – I figured it was only natural to not wear makeup on those holidays, mainly because I felt it would be respectful to the actual reason for Holy Week.

22 March – 23 March
22 March – 23 March

TUESDAY – 22 March

Aha, a photo wherein you can see my whole face! This was Colourpop’s Ultra Matte Lip in Clueless – a pretty mauve-pink that somehow brightens up my face. And for good measure – I had to work a morning shift that day, which my evening/closing shift body clock totally hates! Needless to say, I was so, so sleepy.. but Clueless makes me look less tired, I think. And me, not love this lip colour? AS IF!

 

WEDNESDAY – 23 March

NYX Butter Gloss in Peach Cobbler was actually the first one I purchased from the Butter Gloss line – it was the only one available when I visited the NYX Cosmetics store in SM City Cebu, while on a solo trip there. It looks intimidating, a bright orange straight out of the tube; but once slicked onto the lips it’s actually a pretty coral. I love that colour is buildable, and lips never feel parched. A word of caution – don’t slather on too many layers as it’ll end up quite tacky! But nevertheless, the Butter Glosses are really in a league of their own; at least to me!

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Lipsticks of the Week: 15-20 March 2016

Hello friends! This week’s not only been busy, but excruciatingly hot as well! ;A; But then again, looking forward to what lipstick I’ll be wearing for the day helps to beat the summer heat blues.. or.. reds? I don’t know. Haha!

15 March - 16 March
15 March – 16 March

TUESDAY – 15 March

Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick in Foxy Lady was gifted to me by one of my best friends, Alexis, and I’d only gotten to wear this beauty that day! It looks scary and dark in the tube, but it applies on as a beautiful, sheer espresso brown. Though not very pigmented, I like that I can layer it on for more coverage; and yet it manages to sit comfortably on my lips.

 

WEDNESDAY – 16 March

I wore a favourite – LA Splash’s Smitten Waterproof Liptint Mousse in Nymphadora (now called Nymphaea). I bought it mainly because of the Harry Potter reference (I am a Potterhead, and always will be – hello, Tonks!), and kept using and wearing it because it’s such a pretty nude brown on me. I love it! I’ve actually got a backup tube stashed in my closet. Hahaha! Continue reading “Lipsticks of the Week: 15-20 March 2016”

Lipsticks of the Week: 8-13 March 2016

Hello, friends! Another week has passed, which means it’s another set of lipsticks to backtrack and to talk about for this recap post. Shall we begin?

8 March - 9 March
8 March – 9 March

TUESDAY – 8 March

I wanted to start the week on a bright note, so I opted for Too Cool For School’s Hot Color Lip Sticker in Hawaiian Flower. The tube itself is tiny – think of a sample lipstick, or one of those play “lipsticks” you’d find in kiddie playsets. Other than that, the colour is vibrant and lasts pretty well even when most of it’s gone; because it leaves a nice stain on the lips. I’d use this for an ombré effect, but then again that look’s never really suited me! It’s a pretty purple-pink colour, perfect for summer. (It already feels like summer; the heat’s getting crazy in Manila!)

 

WEDNESDAY – 9 March

I wore Colourpop’s Lippie Stix in Tootsi for Wednesday. Before I bought it, I really took time to think about it – I was in the middle of my greige phase, and I wanted an alternative to Colourpop’s Ultra Matte in Trap because I knew liquid lipsticks were prone to making my lips feel really dry. Tootsi was the best alternative, and I don’t regret buying it at all – it’s a pale nude with just a hint of rosiness, so I don’t look washed out or dead when I wear it! I actually bought a second tube, and because sharing is caring I offered it to my friend who bought it from me – at a discounted price, of course! (What are friends for, right? Hee.)

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Lipsticks of the Week: 1-6 March 2016

Hello, friends! A week has gone by and I’ve been diligently wearing a different lipstick for each day. My little lipstick calendar has been taped to my mirror, and I’m always excited to see what lip product’s next. I didn’t restrict myself to bullet lipsticks, so there are glosses and liquid lipsticks in the month’s lineup as well.

Without any further ado, here’s the week’s lip colours!

 

1 March - 2 March
1 March – 2 March

TUESDAY – 1 March

I decided to kick off my work week, and my first Lipsticks of the Week series, with a long-time favourite – NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes. The SMLCs have been consistently well-received by online reviewers and bloggers, not only for their wide range of shades and lovely formulation, but also because it smells like cake. (Which, you know, is a definite plus for me.) Cannes is the very first SMLC and the very first NYX product I’ve ever purchased, and it’s always going to be part of my little kit – it’s my favourite lip colour for everyday, after all! It’s an MLBB for me, though leaning on the browner side of things. Application’s a dream, colour’s beautiful, and my lips don’t feel bone-dry.

 

WEDNESDAY – 2 March

Revlon’s ColorBurst Matte Balm in Elusive rang in my Wednesday. It’s actually a lip colour I wore quite often a couple of years ago, in my first semester of law school. In the photo, it looks very similar to my previous lipstick, but this time around it leans more pink. It’s not as much of an MLBB to me as Cannes is, too. What I like about this is that you get a minty sensation when you apply it onto your lips (I like minty things), and your lips feel quite nourished, as it’s more of a pigmented balm formulation as opposed to a true lipstick. Also, Elusive is such a pretty pink that I’ve used it a few times as a cream blush!

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A leap day announcement!

Hello, friends! 🙂 This’ll just be short, don’t worry.

Tomorrow is the start of another month, and I’ve got something in store: I’ll be doing Lipsticks of the Week posts! Starting tomorrow, I’ll be wearing a different lipstick each work day and then compile everything in a post on the following Monday (my day off)!

This’ll be kind of a challenge for me since I rarely wear any makeup at work, but I’ll do my very best! I’ve already listed down all the lipsticks I own, and tonight I’ll be making a sort of schedule, just so I don’t have to really think of what to wear for the day. ^^;; I’ll also be documenting it on my Instagram and Snapchat (both are marianner06)!

I hope you’ll all look forward to it, and please don’t hesitate to drop me a line on here or any of my social media accounts! 🙂

Have a lovely March ahead! xx

Smoked Nude Makeup (or, how I spent my day off)

Hello friends! Before anything, here’s a little update!

My current job at Bread&Botany (Facebook|Instagram) as a front-of-house entails that I not only be a waitstaff & cashier, but also a bartender (we serve gin & tonics from 5pm-closing!) and ice cream girl (I’m quite good at the swirl, woohoo!). It’s been stressful, but so much fun because I’ve been learning a lot! I can’t believe it’s only been 2 weeks since I even got interviewed for the job, and it feels like I’ve known my workmates for ages!

I get Mondays off, so I spent most of this morning asleep (as usual haha), but a conversation with some friends involving Colourpop’s Lippie Stix in Tootsi got me thinking of making a look with it! (And well, I couldn’t help playing with my Too Faced Chocolate Bar again.)

The finished result!
The finished result!

This look also gave me the opportunity to play with 2 new products I purchased over the Christmas season – the Maybelline Super Mineral 24 Healthy Long Lasting Foundation in OC3, and the Etude House Drawing Eye Brow cream pencil in 05 (yes – it’s GRAY). I used a classic paddle brush to apply the foundation thinly, as my skin still isn’t in the best condition – the light coverage manages to even out my skintone, which is good enough for me! As for the gray brow pencil, I think it makes my brows look more defined. I made sure to brush on some brow mascara (I used Majolica Majorca’s Brow & Lash Colorist in BR555), so the gray isn’t too jarring!

And if you’re wondering why there’s a men’s after shave balm in the products I used – that’s because the Nivea Men Post Shave Balm in Sensitive is one of the BEST primers out there! I found out about it through NikkieTutorials on YouTube, and a friend managed to get one for me as a gift. Needless to say, foundation glides on so smoothly and my makeup pretty much lasts whatever it needs to get through!

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Glam Holiday Makeup featuring the Too Faced Chocolate Bar!

Hello, friends! I absolutely loved playing with my Chocolate Bar palette (click HERE for the review!) that I felt like I needed to do a holiday look for you!

I had actually done this look a couple of days before Christmas, as I was planning to wear it at Christmas lunch. But alas, because I don’t normally do a full face of makeup; and this look took me almost 2 hours to conceptualize and execute, I had to do a pared down version. But then again, this look isn’t just for the holidays – there’s something about gold eyes and red lips that make it so versatile for just about any occasion. And if you like pin-up or 50s-style makeup, nothing stands out as an icon of the look more than a rich, red lip!

The back of the house had good lighting, haha! I took it around 4pm or so.
The back of the house had good lighting, haha! I took it around 4pm or so.
Here's the shades from the Chocolate Bar that I used!
Here’s the shades from the Chocolate Bar that I used!

I’ll try to detail the instructions as best as I can, as I forgot to take photos during the process since I was taking note of how long it would take me to complete the look. I’ll be starting from the eyes since I’m assuming that each of my readers and friends have their own foundation and brow routines!

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