First dibs on the new Shu Uemura for Spring 2014 called Bijoux Collection. I got “skin bijoux” stickers made with Swarovski Crystal Elements, “blunt bijoux” false eyelashes and “pink opal” matte lipstick! The lipstick has a pearly sheen to it that I can totally see myself wearing as soon as spring and summer kick in. It has a certain ’90s frosted quality which is a lot different from most lipsticks I own.
Next on my Bijoux Collection wishlist are the “rose quartz” blusher and “amber brown” eye shadow. Can’t wait for January 2014 for these to be available in all Shu Uemura stores!
Bringing the old blog format back, as promised. The old blog format means… no format. Which is just how I started. I used to do these kinds of personal and spontaneous posts often in the past, if you didn’t know and are quite new here! :D
MAC nail lacquer in Skin and MAC blush in Dolly Mix.
The nail polish was quite a splurge but justifiably one of my favorite (if not most favorite) neutral nail polishes. I’ve been looking for a light muted peach color for a while now and this is perfect. It’s not too tan but not too peach either. The in-between color makes for a good everyday nail color that can suit different outfits.
On the other hand, I’ve been eyeing this blush in all MAC counters since forever! Never got to buy it because I already have a ton of candy pink blushes, and at one point in my life I felt like I had too much. But I threw some old ones out so now I have room for more. Huzzah! First blush on my list was MAC Dolly Mix because it’s such a cute pink and it’s surprisingly not as shocking as the color in the pan when applied. Gives me a nice doll-like flush.
Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher #6 Grapefruit Jelly, Etoinette Crystal Shine Lips in PBE001, and Bling Bling Eye Stick #5 Silver Milky Way.
I haven’t bought Korean cosmetics for months so I asked Crissey to accompany me to the nearest Etude House a few days ago. I only realized how much I missed it after seeing all the new stuff and how incredibly affordable they all are compared to my favorite Japanese brands! T_T I got this light peach-pink blush and nude-pink limited edition lipstick in time for spring! The blush is light and sheer but definitely buildable, which is my primary reason for this purchase! I needed a warm, healthy-looking color that would go well with my almost no make-up days.
I admit the lipstick was an impulse buy. The Princess Etoinette packaging was just too adorable! <3 But you guys would know that I already have a ton of these my-lips-but-better colors based on 3 years worth of Lookbook pictures. It looks so good with the blush though. Plus stocks are running out fast because it’s only available for a limited time.
The eye stick is like fairy dust on steroids. I have to be extra careful not to overdo it or else I’d end up looking like an alien. I used to only improvise by using light glittery eyeshadow if I wanted to put something on the inner corners of my eyes, but this makes the whole process sooo much easier.
Let me know if there are any “it” items that I need to pick up, beauty addicts! I’ll probably do an updated beauty must-haves posts in the next few weeks or months.
(Motel Rocks dress, Topshop blazer, Freedom heels, Forever 21 belt, Balenciaga bag, Lannel Boutique MAC Russian Red lipstick) Hype this look on Lookbook here. Thanks Kristin for helping me out with these pics!
Recently I’ve been keeping a lot of my older clothes out of my closet because I suddenly couldn’t help looking at them anymore. It’s extremely hard for me to let go of my clothes, especially the ones that were my favorite at some point. However, my age is getting the best of me and now I feel like I have to start looking more grown up, and let go of that teeny bopper girl that used to post so many cutesy things on her deviantART back in 2006. Fast forward to 2013 and I swear my tastes have changed so immensely that I never thought I could even pull something like this off in a million years. I have not exposed my chest in a looong time, lol. I love my high neck and collared tops and dresses too much.
Well, to be honest, I am still not completely comfortable taking the more mature route all the way, but I think it’s nice that I’m trying out new things. I admit that I’m in a very in-between stage in my life now where I have absolutely no idea what to do anymore, but at least it’s doing my personal style some good by going all confused and making me dare myself to get out of my comfort zone. As to where this will take me, I still have no idea! But hopefully I can transition to a sleeker style as the year passes.
Then I’ll get bored with it and start wearing my ruffly pink socks and ribbons again… The cycle never ends!
It’s been a while since I last did a beauty post. I am quite inspired to take a break from posting a personal style entry today because I finally got to meet some of the country’s top beauty bloggers yesterday, and their blogs (which I have encountered at least once in my life for their immensely useful reviews) totally motivated me to add more of these entries in my own blog. I’m no guru but I do love make-up and beauty products from the bottom of my heart.
Anyhow, I’ve mentioned it in my previous make-up tutorials that I have always been biased towards Japanese brands, and that I splurge at all the Sasa or Watsons stores overseas whenever I see them selling the brands that I really like. It all started during my Popteen phase a long time ago, when I would always try their make-up tutorials out on myself. Once in a while, they would show pictures of the products that they would use, and being the fangirl that I am, I gave into consumerism and tried my very best to purchase all these products. Forgive me for having low shopping EQ! I easily believe claims about beauty products… TT
True enough, all these products worked wonders for me. If you saw my old “Beauty Must-Haves" post, you’ll notice how most (but not all) of my make-up are Japanese brand ones! Since they’re made by Asians to suit Asian skin, it makes sense for us Filipinos to also lean more towards these brands, yes? 8D
We’ll never know when most of these will ever be available here in the country. But, going back to the point of this entry… I COME BRINGING GOOD NEWS TO ALL! For some time now, Beauty Bar has been selling K-Palette and Fairydrops! These baby steps are more than good enough. Hope they bring Hada Labo, CANMAKE and Dolly Wink/Candy Doll next! I will love them foreverrr
They sent me a bunch of stuff recently, and here are my favorites! Not paid to do this review but I really do believe in Japanese products so I hope you guys can try these out too! I already used the K-Palette Deep Brown liner in this tutorial, and the Super Black liner is now my perfect dupe to Dolly Wink liquid liner, which is not available here.
The Jet Black eyeliner is one of the top three eyeliners in Japan with 1 sold every 24 seconds (they really like this kind of description, no?). Love how the brush is only 0.05mm, making it ideal for those who just want a subtle line on their eyelids.
My new HG concealer! I’m using the 02 Yellow Beige shade now, which is for dark circles + dull skin + pigmentation. 01 is for dark circles + dryness while 03 is for dark circles + poor blood circulation. Before this I’ve been using the Revlon PhotoReady concealer and OMG, I just totally stopped using it after I tried this K-Palette Zero Kuma Concealer. ;_; *tears of joy*
Fairydrops Candy Bar BB Cream in Ochre! I still stand by my statement before that Japanese BB Creams »»> Korean ones. The latter kind, based on my experience, usually have a grayish white cast to them, which makes your face look off in pictures. I guess it’s because of the high SPF? This one doesn’t have SPF so it looks great in pictures and it matches your skin properly without making you look like a ghost.
Comes with a sponge applicator but after trying it out for the first time I concluded that the sponge just absorbs everything, LOL. Too messy… or maybe I just don’t have good make-up skills. :( Just use your fingertips or a foundation brush for better and easier application.
Feels a bit more matte than my all-time favorite Ettusais BB cream, but it still suits my combination/dry skin since this Fairydrops BB cream still has moisturizing properties.
I layer this under my Shu Uemura Illuminating Moisture Fluid Foundation (764) and I’m good to go.
Fairydrops Platinum Mascara in waterproof type (purple) and film type (pink). I’m still finishing my Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes Mascara (which I also love by the way) but I’m so obsessed to the pink one now. Currently using it for my lower lashes! Since the fibers in the mascara are good for both volume and lengthening, no need to stick false lower lashes. The curved patented “3 teardrop” wand is actually effective and not just some random gimmick!
On another note, Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura is coming to Manila real soon! Finally! I’ve been lusting over this for the longest time! Fashion meets beauty. East meets west. Just the fact that it’s a combination of both Western and Asian aesthetics made it so hard for me not to love every single thing about this collaboration. :”)
I was one of the lucky few who were able to get first dibs on some of their products at the event yesterday at UMU Restaurant in Dusit Hotel. YAY. *happy dance*
Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipstick in Celebrity Beige. Perfect everyday lip color much!
Karl for Shu premium lashes made from some sort of paper material so they’re not as heavy as they look, and nail polish in Karl Black that comes with the most adorable nail stickers that I have ever seen in my life. They are too adorable, I don’t want to use them! I also want to add that the polish has metallic flecks in them. Nothing short of amazing, Grandpa Karl!
Other things I want in this collection: Royal Beige nail polish, Parisienne Pink lipstick, Eyelash Curl & Karl (the new eyelash curler that comes with a little Mon Shu charm), and the Prestigious Bordeaux Palette. So excited! These will all be available this month so follow Shu Uemura Philippines on FB and Twitter for updates and announcements!
The power of red lips! I can’t believe I am just joining the red lipstick bandwagon now! After much encouragement from my make-up artist friends, I decided to wear red lipstick for consecutive days to be able to get used to it. It really does create a totally different look, especially on someone like me whose comfort zone switches from nude to pink lips only.
Here I am wearing MAC Ruby Woo (with clear gloss) to complement my minimalist black and white outfit. I feel like red lipstick makes this rather simple outfit seem fierce and sophisticated without having to pile on accessories to achieve that effect.
Also, am I the only one who thinks that Ruby Woo is *the* universally perfect red? Thanks to Reggie for always being my red lipstick inspiration. I wouldn’t have discovered this lipstick if it weren’t for her.
Anyhow, try to imagine me wearing this outfit but with my usual pink blush and pink lipstick. So different, right? Here are some tips if you want to try red lips too:
1) Keep your eye make-up to a minimum. Avoid looking like a clown by keeping your lids and lower lashline free from anything heavy and dark. Red lips work best with just eyeliner, mascara, and a neutral barely-there eyeshadow.
2) Choose a shade that works best for your skin tone. Warmer reds are generally more flattering on medium/olive-toned Asians.
I know I haven’t updated my blog for a few days now since I’m quite busy with other work (mostly post-processing and photography-related work), but don’t fret as I’ll be trying to post more often after this! I’ll be out of the country again starting this weekend, so I’ll definitely be queueing all the Lookbook outfits that I haven’t posted here yet. Watch out for my last Paris post too! I’m so excited to share it with all of you.