Friday, April 30, 2010

AMW Reviews: The Body Shop High Shine Treatment in Golden Coral

Friday is finally here!  This week has been too long, I guess I am looking forward for the long weekend and an exciting trip!  Before the week ends, I will be talking about another lip product that I've tried because of it's moisturizing property and word "treatment" that comes with its name! 


TBS High Shine Treatment says ---
Hi-Shine Lip Treatment delivers a wash of pretty glossy colour to lips with precision and ease.  The high shine, skin-conditioning formula with Community Trade marula oil leaves lips looking irresistibly luscious.  And the squeezable tube with rounded chiseled applicator means it is quick and simple to apply - perfect for girls in a hurry. 

Pucker up with two delicious, luminous shades:
06 Party Pink
17 Golden Coral (limited edition)

AMW says ---
Pros
  • very moisturizing, even after removing it
  • one tube lasts forever
  • very smooth and easy to apply
  • applicator has smooth surface so easy to apply on lips

  • works really well on top of a lip color
  • company does not test on animals --- YAY!
Cons
  • if you're looking for loud colored lips, this is quite sheer
  • if you're not into sticky gloss, this has a bit of sticky consistency
  • fragrance is too much for me, I'm not a fan of peach scent (personal opinion)
Overall
If you are into lip gloss and don't mind the semi-sticky feel and strong fruity scent?  Go ahead.  This is a cheaper alternative for Lancome Juicy Tubes. 
I really like Golden Coral shade especially if I top it with a boring lip color because it livens the color  and creates a nice 3 dimensional shine and glimmer.

Tips
from makeup artist Chase Aston 
"Two fabulous, super glossy, ultra moisturizing, must-have lip shades for spring.  Fresh and flirty, easy to wear shades that can be worn alone for a sheer hint of tint, layered over Lip & Cheek Stain and Colour glide Lip Colour"

from AMW 
  • for a more precise application, apply using a lip brush
  • if you're applying this straight from the tube applicator to your lips, wipe regularly before closing the cap
  • always remember to twist the cap well, having this messed up inside your bag is a big nuisance
  • top this with your favorite lip color for a more intense color with high shine
  • this gloss is perfect for girls with thin lips, apply this on the center of your lips then gently spread outward directly from tube or lip brush
Will I repurchase?
No, one tube is enough.  And the scent makes me dizzy!

Where to purchase and how much?
At local Body Shop for Php595.00 (approx $13.00)

A closer look on the tube applicator



A swatch of Golden Coral


Applied on lips alone without lipstick or balm



Have you tried this lip treatment?  Do you like it?
Before I end this post, I want to congratulate dear blogger friends Shen and Tara for winning the Promod Contest last night!!!  I will report about the event as soon as I can!!! It was such a fun event!  

Have a wonderful weekend!
Your resident AMW is off for a nice relaxation... I HOPE!  :D



Keep smilin'
Stay happy!


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Nail Art Tutorial: "Romper Inspired" Nails

Looking for nail art inspirations isn't that difficult.  I find myself getting amazed with patterns and prints I see everywhere!  A piece of clothing can also be an inspiration to me.  As I was browsing through my dresser, I saw a very eye-catching print which inspired me to create a nail art design.  

I call this my "Romper Inspired" Nails.

Here's a Romper I purchased from Shannaholic Online Store


And here are my nails!



Before I start telling you the steps, first of all, I want to thank my dearest friend Toma!  For being sneaky and sending me a surprise gift!  It's not even my birthday!  She sent it to me "just because..." thank you Toma, you made this nail crazed lady very happy!  This photo is for you


Step 1:
Apply base coat and let dry.  Apply 2 coats of my new ELF polish in Hot Pink.  *raises the polish proudly*.  Let dry completely.


Step 2:
Since I've finished up my ELF polish in black, I am using my Prettynails' 2 way nail art pen and use the thin brush to draw a diagonal line and fill it with black polish.  Again let dry completely.


Step 3:
Drop a any matte white polish in any cardboard or a used CD.  I am using the matte white polish from Elianto.


Use a dotting tool or toothpick to pick up the white polish


And create random dots on the black part of your nails (as shown below)


Step 4:
Do the same step, but this time, use  the ELF Hot Pink polish


Use a smaller dotting tool or lightly tap on the ELF Hot Pink polish on top of the white dots.


Step 5:
Making sure the dots are dry, apply your favorite top coat on top of the nail art.  I have to repeat that you have to make sure the dots are dry as wet dots will ruin all your hard work!


Nails for the week!
Looks very playful, right?


Have a gorgeous day!  Be inspired with so many things out there!
Little things in life count!

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!



Wednesday, April 28, 2010

AMW Reviews: HD Makeup Quick Drying Professional Brush Cleaner Sanitizer

Brush cleansing, if I may stress *in preachy voice* is very important.  It's like taking a shower, washing your face, washing your hands!  It's second nature!

Most of the time, I make my own "home made brush cleanser" so you won't hear me complain  about it!  Recently though,  I have stopped making them because I finished up one of the ingredient to make my own brush cleanser, the dish washing liquid with conditioner (which can only be bought at a certain grocery store).  Thank goodness a dear friend Steph told me about this brush cleaner they are carrying and she was raving about it and I told myself I have to check this out and experience this first hand, because, there won't be enough brush cleansers for me!  The OC-me!

HD Makeup Studio, the Philippine Dealer of Graftobian Hi-Definition Cosmetics, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) and NYX cosmetics, also carry their own brush cleanser.  First reaction?  It's pink and it smells great! But let me go beyond that....

HD Makeup Studio
Quick Drying Professional Brush
Cleaner Sanitizer


HD Makeup Studio Brush Cleanser says ---

  • Fastest drying brush and tool cleaner in the market.
  • Spray on brush and tool directly. No need for cleaning jar.
  • Kills 99% of germs and bacteria.
  • Unlike water-based cleaners, will not damage the wooden handles of your brushes.

AMW says ---

Pros
  • available locally
  • very easy to use
  • smells wonderful
  • dries really fast
  • does not dry up my brush bristles
  • works for both natural and synthetic brushes
  • looks and feels clean
  • no sticky residue
  • no alcohol scent
  • straightforward packaging

Cons 
  • not readily available internationally
  • you  may finish this bottle really fast as spritzing is addicting!
  • the letters printed on the sticker disappears after several usage!  Be careful not to mistake this as a facial mist!
Overall
I actually like it!  It smells really great and spritzing this in front of a client does not scare them because there's no alcohol scent.  HD makeup says this is the fastest drying brush and tool cleaner in the market, I can't vouch on that as I haven't tried a lot!  But this definitely dries pretty quickly, quicker than my home made brush cleaner.  Another good side on this is that clients appreciate it that I disinfect brushes in between usage.  I always get the "wow, that smells good" line, and it felt good to hear it, although they weren't referring about me! *hahaha*
You have to bear in mind though that owning this HD Makeup Brush Cleaner Sanitizer does not mean that you skip the weekly deep cleansing!  No...No...No!  and .... NO! 

Tips
  • to help save the environment, purchase a soft cloth specifically for brush cleansing instead of using a tissue paper
  • the HD Makeup Studio Quick Drying Brush Cleaner Sanitizer can also be used to sanitize makeup tools like eyelash curler, tweezers, mixing plates etc...
  • never forget to deep cleanse your brushes at least once a week, never rely on this, it is NOT enough
  • spritz approximately 2 times for regular brushes, spritz 3-4 times for bigger brushes
  • gently wipe it back and forth against a soft cotton cloth or towel
Will I repurchase?
Yes

Where to purchase and how much?
At HD Makeup Professional multiply store for Php300 (approx $6.50) for 150ml.


Here are some samples of the brushes cleanse using HD Makeup Quick Drying Brush Cleaner (note from author: A paper napkin was used in this post for visual purposes, author uses a towel all the time to protect the environment)

Gel Liner brush


Lip Brush


Foundation brush


Several spritz are needed to remove more


It's getting fun to clean my brushes!  Thanks to companies who are coming up with good products!
What's your favorite brush cleanser at the moment?

Keep smilin'

Stay happy!


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Promod's "Je Ne Sais Quoi’" style

I was invited recently by Charisse from Stratworks to join a contest related to fashion for Promod.

Promod is today one of France's biggest fashion store chains and the brand enjoys international success with 796 outlets in 46 countries.  Promod collections are aimed at an exclusively female clientele, namely: Modern, active women between 20 and 30 years old, who desire fashionable, reasonably priced, quality articles that are neither too classy nor too "trendy", and that offer the possibility of mixing and matching according to individual tastes , thanks to their variety and frequent renewal.



What I like about Promod is their collection offers a wide range of items and I find it easy to mix and match their clothing and accessories.  Anyone wearing Promod can easily look like they just came out from a French magazine minus the outrageous runway look.
Me, a beauty blogger can invite a stylist friend to mix and match Promod's clothes and accessories and create "je ne sais quoi" that will spell out our own fashion style, our own interpretation of French High-Street Fashion.  Styling will revolve around picking key items from Promod store and create 5 different looks to be worn by a mannequin.

I've invited a dear friend Shanna of Shannaholic to be my partner stylist.  She's always been fashionable and comfortable at the same time which I think works well for Promod's Contest theme.  I have taken a look online for the definition of "je ne sais quoi" and it was defined as "a certain something".  Perfect description!

For both Shanna and myself, French High-Street fashion definitely has a certain something, a certain X-factor that you can't seem to pinpoint.  It's a type of fashion wherein each pieces are unique and yet, when put together, it complements each other, in a very unique and elegant way.

Introducing, the Five "Je Ne Sais Quoi" Look

Casual Day Straight From the Runway Look
This look was created with a fashionable and modern girl in mind.  A girl who's carefree and does not spend too much time in front of the mirror.  She's born to be a natural head turner, a natural gorgeous gal!



How we created this look:
A faded khaki color block ruffled dress tucked in a cropped trousers matching the look with a snake effect gladiator sandals.  To create a nice "layering" effect without the bulkiness, a printed gray sleeveless cardigan was added to create a more casual and "relaxed" look.

To accessorize, a soft scarf with metal-like fringes was tied around the neck together with a star necklace.


Going Out on a Date Look
Dressing up on a date is one of the most exciting yet stressful experience in a girl's life.  Deciding what to wear on a date is mind boggling!  
"Am I too casual?"  
"Am I overdressed?" 
With this in mind, we've created a look that's not too high maintenance, a look comfortable enough for a girl to check out her date rather than worrying about each piece of her clothing.  A look that screams "confidence" is what we're aiming for!


How we created this look:

A cream colored face printed top paired with a frilly ruffled skirt that spells "romance".  To create a nice frill look both top to bottom, an unbuttoned white cami with ruffled sleeves and hemline was used as a vest.  A turquoise suede ankle-tie flat sandals gave a nice color to the entire look.

To accessorize, Three necklaces were put together. An emerald flower with beads necklace, a double row beaded necklace and a bow pendant necklace were all layered together to create a stunning and unique piece of accessory.  A stud embossed belt was also included to create a contrast between the top and skirt.  A bag with a color similar to the sandals was included for a more casual finish.


Chic Look for Office and After Office Affair
Office look shouldn't be boring in a French High-Street Fashion. The stylist and myself foresee an office look to be good venue for an after-office party, a nice transition from office to late nights.  An invitation from colleagues for an after work fun shouldn't be declined just because you don't look at your best. To save time, wear a black blazer over if you're working in a more conservative office setting.

How we created this look:
A black tube top with floral embellish paired with black harem pants.  Drawstrings on hem were left untied to create a more formal look.  A suedine strappy slim heels works perfectly for both office and after office night out.

To accessorize, a 2 strand necklace with contrasting black beads finishes off the party ensemble.  To hide the bareness of the neck area, a printed square scarf was used "Breakfast at Tiffany's" style.  Let down your hair and use the sequined flower hair piece (similar to the pattern of the tube top) as a bracelet!


I may have to add, the entire look may seem typical or plain to some but when you remove that blazer and turn your back, 2 belts were used in this look.  A thick stretchable plain black belt was paired with a leather embellished belt to create a striking detail both front and back.  Here's a photo to show the back area. 


Going out with Girlfriends Look
This look is more laid back, definitely unique in its own way because you wouldn't want to blend in the crowd when you hang out with your friends.  There's always a possibility of meeting someone new!

How we created this look:
We originally planned a nautical inspired look, so we chose a stripey print dress.  But we wanted  to go beyond nautical and be creative, so we paired this dress with a denim mini skirt and a studded leather belt  A red linen shrug was left hanging on the shoulders for a more laid back look.  A jersey and canvas trainers with floral prints perfected the mini skirt. 

To accessorize, we inserted a blue crochet trim scarf to add volume to the cowl neckline.  To match the jersey and canvas trainers, a similar floral printed bag and a nice pair of shades completed this "girly" look


Anything Goes Look
For the last look, we are going beyond trend and fashion.  It's a look for someone who likes to be creative with prints and patterns and wouldn't care how people would think.  It's going against the rules (if there's any).  Who says stripes and polka dots can't be worn together?  Who says a cardigan and jacket will clash?  This is a look of "no rules" and limitless possibilities!


How we created this look:
An orange tank top with Native American styled bead necklace was worn on top of a black and white stripes shirt.  A brownish gray cardigan  and an embellished cropped jacket and a black suede high heels were all put together for a nice contrast.

To create an irony between military and feminine, a polka dot scarf was tied on the neck with additional double row colorful beads. A leather look over-body bag gave a nice finishing touch on this adventurous look!


Here's a photo of the blogger and the stylist enjoying the day of mixing and matching.  It was a fun day of fashion.  I enjoyed this experience!


Thanks again to Charisse Vilchez and Stratworks for including us bloggers for contests like these.  Ms. Janette  Teves, Store Manager of Promod Megamall for permitting us to run around the store like a group of headless (yet fashionable) chicken *laughs*!  Ms. Pam Sison, Marketing Services Manager of Promod for the cheer and boost of energy!  Of course, to the rest of the Promod staffs for helping us dismantle the very sexy yet heavy mannequins!

To the rest of the beauty bloggers and stylists who were there, *waves* to Lauren, Lace, Shen, Tara.  And of course, to my dear stylist friend Shanna and dearie Keith (again) for the photos.

Cheers to the butt! *laughs*



We chose one look to be worn by a mannequin and will be displayed on April 29, 2010 at the Mega Atrium at SM Megamall.  Do drop by and take a look on our work and the works from other talented bloggers and stylists!




Take a wild guess on which look will be featured from your resident AMW and Shannaholic!
No peeking at the mall! :P

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!



Monday, April 26, 2010

AMW Reviews: MAC Fix+

Happy 'Minus-the-Blues' Monday everyone!  It was a very fruitful weekend for me!  And I'm ready to face this week as  I look forward to a well deserved vacation with my mom this coming May!  So excited to spend quality time with her!  

As a makeup artist and beauty blogger, you have to be "in the know" on the most coveted products out there.  I've talked a couple of them here and I have to include this one --- MAC's Fix+.  Bear in mind, I just gave MAC Makati a call and this is OOS (Out of Stock)!  I asked them when they will restock and I was told they don't have a timeline yet!  See how in-demand this product is?

But is it really worth the purchase?  You tell me!  I'll tell you my thoughts!



MAC Fix+ says ---
An aqua-spritz of vitamin and minerals, infused with a calm-the-skin blend of green tea, chamomile, cucumber, topped off with the fresh, natural, energizing scent of Sugi. Adds radiance, finishes makeup. Spray it on. Skin drinks it up!
 
AMW says ---

Pros
  • non-sticky
  • sets makeup in a flash, no powdery look
  • wonderful packaging with twist open and close cap

  • great as mixing medium for loose eyeshadow
  • reduce fallout on loose pigments or mineral eyeshadows
  • smells nice
  • refreshing
  • hydrates the skin anytime
  • easy to tote around
Cons
  • pricey
  • oily skinned individuals may find adding this extra step sticky and oily
  • can cause breakout to others
Overall
I purchased MAC Fix+ and MAC Charged water the  same time.  I've used up MAC's Charged Water and I'm quite excited about it because I can move on to MAC's Fix+ which I heard nothing but raves!  For someone who finished up Charged Water and is halfway Fix+, seriously? I can't tell the difference between these two.  And I can't make up my mind which one I like better  Both products work well to "set" the makeup and to lessen the powdery look. With this function in mind, there are a lot more cheaper alternatives out there that does the same!
This is not a bad product but it's not a "must have" product.  I will repurchase this for the sake of my clients.  You know how brand conscious most clients are right?  But personally...I don't use this because my skin does not need this extra step.

Tips
  • spritz a little amount on a big face brush/skunk brush and gently stipple the Fix+ on your face to "set" the makeup and prevent wastage
  • on spritzing straight on the face, spray at least 6 inches away from your face to prevent makeup melt down

  • if you have very sensitive skin, use with caution
  • this does not replace your regular moisturizer
Will I repurchase?
Not for myself, for clients

Where to purchase and how much?

At local MAC store for Php850.00 (approx $18.50)


Have you tried both MAC Fix+ and Charged Water?
Which among the two do you prefer?  

Click click and let me know!

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Weekend Food Tripping at: Asian Twist Fusion restaurant (the Return)

Happy weekend food tripping!  I had a lovely weekend spending time prettifying a mannequin with friends and fellow bloggers.  I will tell you more about it soon!  For now, let's keep our tummy rumbling and let's feast on food!  It's weekend!  There's no such thing as DIET.

I went to Asian Twist Fusion Restaurant last year, I enjoyed my  experience there and told myself I'll go back to try on their other dishes!  My second time experience is as great as the first one!  It's funny though how both times, the photos came out green on both posts!  You have to bear with me though, this was shot using a cellphone camera!  When I'm hungry, there's no such thing as good camera! :P

Are we all  ready to explore?  I know I am!

Sesame Rice Tuna Tataki
Php175.00 (approx $3.80)
4pcs sushi coated with toasted sesame seeds
topped with fresh, spicy tuna and mango sliced

I am no way a fan of sesame seeds!  I am a bit wary on trying this, but spicy tuna and mangoes?  What can go wrong?  I'm glad I tried this dish because the crunchiness of sesame seed blended well with the softness of mangoes.  I like!


Classic Bibimbap
Php195.00 (approx $4.25)
Ground meat, beansprouts, spinach, 
eggplant kimchi and egg

I love bibimbap!  I can eat as much rice as I can ONLY if it's bibimbap!  Served in "fushion", I'm sure original bibimbap in Korea does not taste this way, but it suits my taste and don't forget to ask for extra tomato paste!


Korean Barbecue
Php225.00 (approx $4.90)
Sliced beef grilled and served with bbq sauce,
sliced garlic, beansprouts, spinach and kimchi

sliced beef grilled to perfection, its soft to bite and tastes perfectly wrapped in fresh lettuce.  I like wrapping it together with kimchi, call me weird, but it'll all combine inside your tummy, right? *laughs*


This time, I settled for  Jasmine tea instead of cold drink.  I like drinking warm tea after a nice, fulfilling meal! 


Asian Twist
101 N S Amoranto St. (Retiro)
Corner Speaker Perez Street Q.C.
tel no: 632-711-2248/632-749-3878

They are currently giving out cards wherein customers get a stamp on every Php500 (approx $10.00) food purchase.  Each stamp contains freebies like free iced tea, free slice of cake, etc..  

The restaurant accepts both cash and credit card transaction!  No service charge.
Enjoy your weekend food tripping.   What dish are you craving for?

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!

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