Tuesday, March 30, 2010

First Face of the Day

Yeay, first FOTD using the Lancome shadows and lippies from my GWP. Here are some swatches before I show you the whole look:

(L to R): Juicy Tubes Smoothies in Dreamsicle and Simmer, Color Design Lippies in Natural Beauty and Designer Bloom


(L to R): Bikini Golden (Shimmer), Honeymoon (Sheen), Lezard (Matte), Chic (Matte)

I decided to do a Nighttime look instead of a Daytime, even though the colors in the Eyeshadow Quad are mostly neutral.

So, without further adieu, here are the pictures:

FOTD "Lancome"

Products I used:
  • MAC StudioFinish Concealer in NW30
  • Makeup Designory Blue Corrector Concealer
  • MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation in NC35
  • MAC Select Sheer/Pressed Powder in NC25
  • NYX Eyebrow Powder
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Eyeshadow Creme in Ivory Lace
  • Lancome GWP Quad (Bikini Golden all over lid, Chic in the inner crease, Lezard on the outer crease, Honeymoon as a highlighter)
  • Coastal Scents 88 Warm Palette ( Matte dark brown on my outer V)
  • Lancome Definicils Mascara
  • MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack (Upper lashline)
  • MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Engraved (Upper and lower waterline)
  • MAC Eye Kohl in Powersurge (Lower lashline)
  • MAC Powder Blush in Cubic (Contour)
  • Lancome Blush in Mandarin Sky (Apples of Cheeks)
  • Lancome Color Design Lipstick in Natural Beauty
  • Lancome Juicy Tubes Smoothie in Simmer
  • MAC 219, 217, & 252 for Eyes
  • MAC 188 SE for Foundation
  • Makeup Designory Large Foundation Brush for Concealer
  • Clarins Kabuki Brush for Powder
  • Posh Blush Brush for Cheeks
Close-up pictures of my eyes:

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All in all, I was pretty satisfied with how the whole look came out. My hubby saw me after it was all done and he actually liked it – which says a lot, since he really doesn’t like it when I wear too much make-up. With the proper eyeshadow primer, the eyeshadow colors really popped! However, I felt slightly dazed when I saw the list of products I used. Lol, even up to this day, I still don’t believe it when the hubby complains about how much makeup I have. :)

Monday, March 29, 2010

Makeup Blogging from Paradise

You might be wondering about the name of this blog, so I thought I should be a good blogger and explain. :)
I was born in the Philippines, but came to Guam as a kid. I have been living on this beautiful island for about 15+ years, and though my home is far from perfect (Come on, what place is?), for the most part, Guam certainly lives up to the definition of Paradise.

Here are some pictures:


This pic was taken on my wedding day, notice the clear blue skies and the coconut trees? A majority of the island looks like this, and though we do have a booming economy (mainly from Tourism and Military Spending), a large part of the island remains pristine and untouched.

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My nephew, Keith at the beach, and yes, the sand always looks this white. But best of all, it’s free. The beach is just 15 min. away from my house, sadly I don’t go swimming enough.

You can Google hundreds of pictures to see how beautiful the island truly is, but living in a place with a tropical climate (the temp. can be around 90 degrees Farenheit on most days) does pose a lot of difficulties for makeup lovers. These are the sort of things I hope to talk about in this blog, so stick around and be entertained. :)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A whole lotta Lancome, pt. 2

Just came back from my weekly jog (trying to turn it into a daily thing) and I just had to jump right in to my next post.
This time, I’m going to be reviewing the Lancome Bien Fait Multi-Vital SPF 30 Suncreen, Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover, and the High Resolution Refill-3x. Whew, those are some lengthy product names.
Anyway, I’ve been using the Suncreen and  Anti-Wrinkle moisturizer daily, and let me just say, I’ve experienced a marked improvement in my skin – both in texture and pigmentation.
DSC_0097 DSC_0102 Pros:  The product consistencies are pretty good – I’ve even stopped using a Primer before putting on foundation, and for some odd reason my skin hasn’t been as oily lately. I’ve also seen a tremendous improvement in my skin pigmentation – I suffered a bout of mild adult acne last year and the scars were horrible, these products have brightened my skin tone and as an added plus, they don’t break me out!
Cons: Hmm, it’s hard to think of one, but I do tend to skip the Anti-Wrinkle cream on occasion, I just feel like I’m putting too much product on my skin sometimes.
Grade: A
The Bi-Facil Eye makeup remover, on the other hand, already has quite a cult following. Read Karen’s review on the product. I have been keeping my usage to a minimum, since I still have about half a bottle of my MAC eye and lip makeup remover left. But so far, this product has worked on even the “toughest stains”. (Yeps, even on MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack)
Pros: As I said earlier, “works on even the toughest stains”, lol.
Cons: I really can’t think of any. :)
Grade: A+
Next up: I’ll be doing a review on the makeup included in the GWP.

A whole lotta Lancome.

First real post on this blog, and I’m pretty darn excited. :)

A few weeks ago, my classmates Karen, Mary Rose and I decided to go to the local Macy’s in between classes. On the way there, I was having a silent conversation with myself on how not to shop, “Don’t buy anything, don’t buy anything!” But as soon as I stepped into the make-up section (MAC, Shiseido, Lancome, Clinique counters, etc.), I felt like little Alice in Wonderland. I just couldn’t help myself! So I decided to look for the best purchase, without burning a hole in my meager pockets.

Just my luck, they were having a GWP special at the Lancome counter. Still, I ended up spending $58, but at least I left feeling satisfied. :)

DSC_0095 (L to R): Bienfait Multi-Vital SPF 30 Sunscreen, Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Makeup Remover, Eye Shadow Quad (Honeymoon, Bikini Golden, Chic, Lezard), High Resolution Anti-Wrinkle Cream, (2) Color Design Lippies (Designer Bloom, Natural Beauty), (2) Juicy Tubes Smoothies (Dreamsicle, Simmer)

Pros: Needless to say, I ended up getting lot of bang for my buck! I've been using the Sunscreen and Anti-Wrinkle Cream on a regular basis, and I am in love with the Color Design Lippies, they're very smooth and pigmented. The Juicy Tubes Smoothies surprised me though, I didn't think Lancome could improve on their product, but they have!

Cons: Nothing really, I love all of my purchases! My only complaint might be the colors on the Eyeshadow Quad, they show up too light on my skin. I have to layer them quite a few times.

Grade: A-

Soon to come: A review for each of the products.