Saturday, June 30, 2012

Eureka Moment: Catch Your Nail Clippings!

Happy Saturday everyone!  Did you wake up with a huge smile today?  I'm off to a very busy morning til evening so I'm making sure to leave you with a post before I leave home!  

Over the years, we have a favorite nail clipper, a small, Hello Kitty one that works so well for my tiny nails and the added bonus?  It's never messy when I cut my nails!  The Hello Kitty plastic catches each nail clipping and I took the fun of it for granted!  When it finally died on us after a decade and I started to cut my nails like a regular person *laughs* ooohh sounds so critical! :P  I cut my nails in front of a trash can and try to be as gentle as possible but I still ended up having my nail clippings flying everywhere!  

Am I a whiner?  *sorry*!  

Whiner or's....EUREKA MOMENT! 

No more Hello Kitty Neat Clip but hello Denco Accents Neat Clip!  It's a tad bit bigger and it looks more professional!  This simple innovation may be nothing to other people but it means a lot to me and my feet!  *laughs*  Stepping on a nail clipping ain't fun :(

A regular sized nail clipper is covered with a plastic case, it may look just like decoration to some of you but it has its purpose!

The plastic catches the nail clippings.  The only concern for now is that I find it difficult to remove the plastic from the nail clipper, it takes a bit of practice and tactical skill!  *laughs*

But overall, I'm happy such unique find still exists!  Again, this may be a useless invention to some but this means a lot to me!  A lot!  Since I love to cut my nails inside our room and I like walking around barefooted! 

Don't forget to follow directions! 

Denco Neat Clip costs Php149.00 (approx $3.50) available at Purbeauty Store, Landmark Trinoma and PCX.

Do you think a Neat Clip is a nice invention or a useless one?
Would you purchase and use one?

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!

Friday, June 29, 2012

AMW Reviews: Lancome's Rouge In Love

I have a couple of Lancome Lipsticks which I save only for clients!  I tend to pick it up for my more mature, classy clients as that is what I feel about most Lancome lipsticks. 

Not until I saw this ad...what's in my mind?

"Emma Watson!  Don't do that do your Lancome lipstick!"  

*laughs* With Emma Watson as their model, the lip colors must be hip, fun and vibrant!  After a quick visit at the Lancome Counter at Rustan's Shangri-La Mall a couple of weeks ago, I'm happy to say, I'm right (again) *beams* :P !

Lancome says ---
Love your lips! Finally, the long wear lipcolor you'll love to wear. This collection of radiant, high potency colors, with up to 6 hours of wear, is surprisingly featherlight, offering delightful comfort.
Discover the lipcolor that describes you best and let your lipcolor show your mood, any time of the day.

Categorized in 3 moods:
  • Jolis Matins: Fresh shades for daytime wear. Jolis Matins shades are identified with the letter M in the shade number.
  • Boudoir Time: Pop shades for cocktail hour. Bourdoir Time shades are identified with the letter B in the shade number.
  • Tonight is My Night: Intense shades for magical nights. Tonight is My Night shades are identified with the letter N in the shade number.

AMW says ---
  • Smooth and creamy.
  • Doesn't settle in lip lines.
  • Gives moisture on lips.
  • Nice, "true to tube" , pigmented shades.
  • Has wide array of shades good for day 'til night.
  • I saw the full sized packaging at Lancome Counter and they don't look boring!
  • Stays on even after drinking and eating!  I'm surprised I came home with still a good hint of lip color even though it was completely a "no retouch night".
  • I believe this line is permanent.
  • Price.  Though the concept of changing lipsticks depending on the time of day is wonderful, it is a bit pricey to do so.
Pigmented lip color that hugs your lips and stays for longer hours and moisturizes the lips blurring out lip lines.

  • I usually advise readers to apply lipstick with a lip brush but not Lancome's Rouge In Love lipsticks, they are so creamy on tube that I enjoy the feeling of applying it straight from tube to lips!
  • If you are a makeup artist, use a lip brush and wipe before dipping your brush again on the lipstick.
  • For extra plump and shine, add a clear gloss at the center of the lips.
Will I purchase?

To whom do I recommend this to?
Daily lipstick wearer.

Where to purchase and how much?
At Lancome counters for Php1,295.00 (approx. $30.00)


Rouge in Love in 132M on tube 
and applied heavily on lips

Rouge in Love in 163B on tube 
and applied heavily on lips

132 M
Jolis Matis
This is a great day time lip color that's close to my original lip color.  It has a pale rose pink type of shade that works for an office look, no makeup look or a nice coffee break with friends.

Boudoir Time
A lip color that has enough shine for that late afternoon to night out!  Though this lipstick shade is part of Boudoir Time, I feel applying this shade lightly on lips can still double up as a day time lip color!  This reminded me so much of a Clinique lip color I own called All Heart but this one is a tad bit lighter.

Personally speaking, I think all the lip shades from each category can work on different times!  There's no limit to your makeup creativity!  In simpler terms, Rouge in Love is a permanent line of lipstick from Lancome wherein different age group can enjoy!  There's always a shade for everyone because there's a wide array of shades ranging from pinks, reds, corals, browns and nudes.

Would you change your lip color depending on time of day?
How many times in a day can you change your lip color?

I do change my lip color but it doesn't depend on the time of the day but it depends on the functions I'm attending to!  In a day, the most number of lipstick shades I can change is around 3 --- MAX! 

Share your lipstick stories!  I'd love to hear from you!

Keep smilin'

Stay happy!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

AMW Reviews: Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation SPF10

As a makeup artist who loves to focus her craft on Brides, AMW is always on a lookout for "Bridal-friendly" cosmetics!  Meaning, lightweight, can stay more than 10 hours, waterproof, sweat-proof and tear-proof!  

That's a huge demand not every makeup brand can handle!  As I go through this journey of finding the best of the best (via product reviews as I love to look back on my own reviews and compare products.), I will definitely share it here as I try on different products on myself and on clients!  

Please, feel free to click comment and share your experience as an "end user" and maybe, if I have any professional makeup artist readers, do share some of your great finds as the world is a better place with beautiful people helping each other stay beautiful! :)

Spotlight: Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation SPF10 
which was hailed "Best for Brides" in Brides Beauty Awards, Brides Magazine June 2010

Winning an award in the US won't stop me from raising my brows as we have unique weather here in Asia.  I'm not sure I read it right but I believe there's a Western and Asian version of this foundation and the Asian version is made in Japan.  If that's the case...this...might work!  Smile and read on for my full blast review!

Estee Lauder says ---

15-hour wear, light as air-long-wear makeup is now lightweight makeup.
  • Fresh, natural, comfortable.
  • Goes on sheer, leaves skin free to breathe all day.
  • Controls oil.
  • Resists smudging and won't "melt" off through heat and humidity.
For a look that stays vibrant and fresh whether it's a workday, a workout or a weekend. Smooth it on once and don't think twice about it.

Formula facts
  • Oil-free
  • Dermatologist-tested
  • Non-acnegenic
  • Won't clog pores
  • Fragrance-free
  • Photo-friendly
Size: 30ml
Shades: Intensity 1.0 (lightest) to 3.0 (darkest)

AMW says ---
  • I used to be very OC when it comes to tube packaging, I like to peek at the hole to see if someone squirted out some of the foundation making me feel uncomfortable as I don't get what I pay for!  *laughs*  So getting a "sealed" product always makes me feel good that the product is "fresh from manufacturer" and I get all 30ml!  (I know, I'm sick!  hahaha)
  • Feels super light on skin.
  • You can create light to medium full coverage.
  • Once you pick the right shade, you get a very natural look no matter how much you apply!
  • Can even out my skin tone and reduce redness.
  • Does not dry out my skin even without moisturizer underneath.
  • Very easy to blend.
  • Indeed photo friendly, none of the white cast!
  • Fragrance free!  I'm not a fan of scented foundation.
  • No allergic reactions.
  • Very limited shade availability.
  • Gives a bit of "sheen" which may translate as "oily" to super oily-skinned individuals.
  • I can't say this is a15-hour wear with our super humid and crazy weather.  Let's say max 6 hours for normal/dry skin and 3-4 hours for oily skin? 
Though the color range is small, I'm glad I found a perfect match on Intensity 2.0 which works for NC20-25 skin.  I like how this foundation feels so light and blends like a dream! 

Tested on an oily-skinned client, I got a feedback that the foundation looks as good as it was freshly applied with minimal oil-control film-blotting after 2-3 hours.

  • Concealing may still be needed for that extra spots and dark under eye circles.
  • To prevent the product from sliding off especially for combination and oily-skinned, a good oil-control primer would help make the foundation last longer!
  • If you prefer a very natural finish, feel free to leave without setting the foundation.
  • Try on different brushes to pick which one works best for you!  For this particular foundation, I love using the foundation brush.
  •  The foundation dries pretty fast so you have to work quickly and blend properly.
  • Brush with downwards stroke, same direction as the growth of your facial hair.
  • Start foundation application on your skin that needed the most coverage!  I always start at the center as that's where most of my redness are!
Will I repurchase?
Yes!  For myself and for brides!

To whom do I recommend this to?
Everyday liquid/cream foundation wearer and because of the low SPF, I also highly recommend this to brides!

Where to purchase and how much?
Available locally at Estee Lauder counters for Php2,000 (approx $46.50).

Product Photos and Swatches

  A tiny hole making it easy to control the amount of product needed

 Shade Availability:
6 shades in other countries but 
3 shades locally (Intensity 1.0-3.0)


A tiny drop of Intensity 2.0 
has a yellow base undertone
This shade reminded me so much of MAC Studio Fix Liquid Foundation in NC25

As you lightly blend the foundation it sinks into the skin quickly showing some of my lines which scared me a bit, at this stage, please to not fret and continue to blend the product to "warm" it up.

 Once blended, the foundation disappears making it look like my original skin - the better version!
Looking very closely, there is a tiny hint of 'sheen' making your skin looks extra healthy and glowing.

I requested Mr. AMW to take my before photo in as much natural lighting as possible for you guys to see the redness at the center of my face (ex. sides of my nose) and you can also see some tiny veins on my cheeks + dry patches (that's how thin my skin is and a dermatologist agreed.).

Right photo shows my skin after applying Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation in Intensity 2.0 using a foundation brush blending with my clean fingers patting motion.  As seen on photo below, my skin looks super even and all the redness were gone making it look like I have naturally gorgeous skin! It was an added bonus that the foundation did not dry up my skin considering the fact that I skipped moisturizer application for the sake of product review. :)

I haven't really looked into Estee Lauder as a brand for my clients but after having a good experience on this foundation, I'm definitely giving this brand a second and third look!
Any other Estee Lauder star products in your kit?  I would love to know so I can try them myself!

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!

(Product received during an event. Reviews 100% mine.  Please purchase at your own discretion.  The author highly recommend buyers to try on testers before purchasing.)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

AMW Wears: Hang Ten Dress

Hang Ten Dress?

Wow, seriously?  Well, I was as shocked as you when I went for a quick Hang Ten store stopover at SM Mall of Asia to buy shirts for Mr. AMW!  Gone were the days I see shirts with 2 foot prints (they are still there!) but, they definitely have a lot of fashion items available for young to not-so-young *ahem* girls! 

The dress may look familiar to you as I've decided to wear it for a FULL day of events and workshop!  I wore this paired with a nude flats which I bought from Tokyo during the MAC Hey, Sailor! launch.  

Then I went for shoe change before I head on to the Benefit Porefessionally Pretty Workshop!  I changed it to my favorite Ferretti wedge because this is the most comfortable pair that gives me the added height!

Hang Ten Floral Dress Php845.00

The dress is very comfortable and I can move around easily, added that I have a shorts underneath just in case the wind decides to be a man!  *laughs*

I will share more of my outfit finds that would work on any occasions, anytime of the day!
Feel free to Like Hang Ten Philippines on Facebook.

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!

AMW Reviews: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

If you are into prettifying your nails, a good base and top coat will always come in handy.  I have heard the same complaint from various readers: "My nail polish smudges after application!"  What's the solution?  A quick drying top coat!  

One of the most well known top coat brand that has been favored by many is called Seche Vite!  I've seen various nail blogs who call this the "best top coat in the world!"  That intrigued me and I nearly ordered mine via Ebay but the long wait on shipping stopped me from doing so! 

As I was browsing through Facebook, a note from Digital Traincase that says: "Seche Vite - On Hand" made me literally jumped out of my seat and paid immediately!  I got my order the next day and I've been using this from one nail art design after the other! 

I have mixed feelings regarding this top coat, read on to know why!

Seche Vite says ---

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat is widely acknowledged as the world's finest top coat.  Specially formulated to penetrate through nail lacquer to the base coat forming a single solid coating over the nail plate for a much more durable finish.  Guaranteed not to yellow while leaving nails silky, stronger and resistant to chipping and peeling.

Size: .5 fl oz.

AMW says ---
  • Nice brush that's easy to maneuver.
  • Polish dries up pretty quick!  Around 1 minute (top dry), 5 minutes (completely dry).
  •  Application is easy and it gives a smooth finish.
  • The scent.  The scent of this top coat is way stronger than regular polish.
  • Does not give a very glossy shine as compared to other top coats.
  • Polish at times may peel off!  I really can't tell what's the cause of this but my polish peels off easily with this as a top coat.  (Kindly read tips below on how to work this out.)
  • The warning sign printed on box.  I mean, most polishes aren't safe for pregnant but having it printed on box gave me a bit of chills each time I use this.
The best quick dry top coat I've encountered to date!

  •  Not to be used as base coat.  I know some top coat doubles as base and top coat but this one doesn't work!  I mistakenly used this as a base coat and my poor nail art peeled off instantly.
  • If you want to prevent peeling or shrinkage of your nail polish while using Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, apply a layer of another brand of your favorite top coat then top just 1 layer of Seche.  My polish lasts longer with this trick.
  • Try not to apply polish in an enclosed room, try to open your room door as the scent could get overwhelming.
  • Never apply polish in front of a fan! 
Will I repurchase?
No.  As I am quite patient with waiting for my nail polish to try!  The possible peeling freaks me out since I take time to do my nail art for it just to peel after a day or 2!

To whom do I recommend this to?
Anyone who are into nail polish but hates the drying time!  It is best used by people who aren't pregnant.

Where to purchase and how much?
Available locally at Digital Traincase for Php420.00 (approx $9.80).

Have you tried Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat?
What's the top coat brand you use at present and how long does it take for your polish to completely dry?
I'd love to read suggestions and comments from you!

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

AMW Reports: Ahoy! MAC Hey, Sailor! is here!

Over the weekend, I was invited to sail with MAC with their newest summer collection!  The gorgeous stripes that took my breathe away!  (As you all know, I have a thing for Nautical!). 

Because of a super busy morning, I arrived at the MAC counter, Glorietta later than the time I stated!  But the kind girls from MAC Philippines' Ms. Kirsten Brito and Rizel Magno welcomed me with open arms and I was ushered for my makeover right away!

Though I was a bit uncomfortable sitting at the center of the walkway with spotlight straight on my face!  I was game to have my makeover done as I have full faith in MAC's Makeup Artistry!

I requested for a day time look with a pop of lip color!  Let's see how I look like after!

The products laid out that will be used on me

Some key products from Mac Hey, Sailor Collection

Check out the contour on my cheeks!   I love how it was flawlessly done!  At this point, I have absolutely NO idea how I look like but I did my part sitting there like a mannequin!  *laughs*  I actually failed because I was busy chatting with Kirsten and my head was moving here and there which was an extra challenge for the makeup artist!  *laughs*

The pop of red that I requested!  At this point, I'm still not comfortable with bright lipsticks because most of the time, they dry out my lips showing cracks and dry spots instead of sexy lips!  And I'm happy to report that the way the lipstick was applied on me was flawlessly done as it looks smooth and moisturized!  Must be the combination of better formulation and the talent in application!

My final look with 
The talented makeup artist who has done various magazine covers!
Boy, was I a lucky girl!

With the MAC ladies!  
Thanks girls for the quick yet super memorable makeover!

And to some of you who are a bit wary to visit the counter without knowing what to expect, here's the complete list of Hey, Sailor! Collection complete with price!
Php1,000 (approx $23.25)

  • RED RACER Bright yellow red (satin)
  • TO CATCH A SAILOR Highly frosted tan (frost)
  • SALUTE! Neutral peach (amplified)
  • SAIL LA VIE Bright mid-tone orange (satin)
Php950.00 (approx $22.00)

  • CUT LOOSE White gold with pearl
  • ORANGE TEMPERA Pale peach
  • RIVIERA LIFE Bright tangerine
  • BLESSEDLY RICH Pale coral
  • SEND ME SAILING Bright yellow red
Pro Long Lip Pencil
Php1,170.00 (approx $27.20)
High-light Powder
Php1,750.00 (approx $41.00)

  • SAUNTER Pale nude beige
  • THROW ME A LINE! Bright true red
  • SHORE LEAVE Light vibrant coral
  • CREW Soft peachy cream with fine shimmer  (High-Light Powder)
Eye Shadows
Php950.00 (approx $22.00)

  • CRYSTAL AVALANCHE White with reflects (veluxe pearl)
  • BAREFOOT Tarnished gold (veluxe pearl) JAUNTY Light yellow beige (frost)
  • FEELING FRESH Bright green (frost)
  • NAUTICAL Navy Blue (satin)
Php1,350 (approx $31.30)

  • NAVAL BLUE Deep smoky blue (frost)
  • OLD GOLD High frosted tarnished gold (frost) 
Powerpoint Eye Pencil
Php1,000 (approx $23.25)

  • BLUE STRIPE Dark navy
  • EMERALD SEA Kelly green
  • HANDFORGED Metallic yellow gold
 Bronzing Powder
Php1,450.00 (approx $33.70)

  • SOFT SAND Golden bronze with fine gold pearl
  • REFINED GOLDEN Finely spun golden with soft pearl finish
Powder Blush
Php1,360.00 (approx $31.60)

  • LAUNCH AWAY! True peach (satin)
  • FLEET FAST Pinky, golden coral (satin)
Nail Lacquer
Php650.00 (approx $15.10)

  • VESTRAL WHITE Creamy white (creme)
  • GOLD KNOT Brass gold (frost)
  • TOUCH OF RED Bright yellow red (creme)
Suntints SPF20 Liquid Lip Balm
Php950.00 (approx $22.00)

  • SEA MIST Peachy nude with multidimensional pearl 
  • AU ROSÉ Poppy coraly pink with gold pearl
  • ABALONE See through hot pink with no pearl
M∙A∙C To the Beach Body Oil
Php1,400.00 (approx $32.50)
  • SEASIDE Dirty blushy pink with multidimensional sparkles
  • MAN RAYS Glowing tan with multidimensional golden shimmer
MAC Hey, Sailor! has already been launched over the weekend at Glorietta, Shangrila, Rockwell and Trinoma.  For our Cebuano readers, they will be formally launched this coming Saturday June 30, 2012! 

Which product from MAC's Hey, Sailor! Collection caught your interest?
After the makeover, I'm loving the Bronzing Powder and the High-Light Powder just because I'm a highlighter addict!

Keep smilin'
Stay happy! 

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