Tuesday, July 31, 2012

How to Spot Conceal

Happy Tuesday girls and boys!  "This is How I do it" is back with more tricks and tips!  Thank you so much AMW readers for taking the time to email me just to show me some love!  And to those who have special requests for this portion, thank you!  I'll do my best to accommodate them because I love to share what I learn through years of makeup artistry!

Concealing - a very important yet tricky step in makeup application!  I used to apply concealer and not see any differences so I totally gave up on it!  Until I went to makeup school, my thoughts on concealing shifted 360 degrees!  It can definitely make or break any makeup look!  Bottom line though, you need to take a lot of practice to master the art of concealing.  (Personal note: I'm definitely not a concealing master, but I always strive to do my best with loads of practice.)

Just in case you wonder, yes, I have zits once in awhile.  Just in time for this post, tiny red spots appeared on my right cheek and I immediately turned this bad situation into our advantage!  The best time to share some tips and tricks on Spot Concealing.  

(I'm turning the situation into a positive one but I'm not really looking forward for more of these ok? Pimple gods?  hihihi)

Step 1:
Before you start with any makeup application, it is best to do your usual skincare regimen.  Sun block, moisturizer, primers or BB creams --- whatever your hearts desire.

Monday, July 30, 2012

AMW Reviews: Sleek Makeup PPQ Me Myself & Eye

Happy Monday!  Let me guess, you're not that in a good mood as it's a Monday right?  Well, I'm focusing all my energy for a very productive week so I'm looking at the bright side!  Hope you do too! *crosses fingers* :)  Let's all wish for great week!

I've done various looks on the Sleek Graphite Palette (which I won from Cosmetic-Candy years ago) and have been raving about it each time I used it. Looking back, I didn't create a special post regarding the good quality, drugstore UK brand as I guess it's unfair how I can rave about it yet I can't seem to find a way for local readers to purchase one without the cost of shipping plus the hassle of waiting!

Guess what?  Years after, our 'beauty-related prayers" do get answered by our wonderful local resellers who were hardworking enough the bring the good stuff down here!

My second Sleek Makeup Palette to date ---

Limited Edition PPQ Me Myself & Eye  

Sunday, July 29, 2012

AMW Reports: G-Star RAW Grand Opening

What was I doing smiling at the camera wearing a denim short dressed, holding my "Hello Kitty-dressed" mobile phone with drinks and snacks from Bizu?

Well, it was the night, the much awaited night for the G-Star RAW Store opening in Manila!

That night, I saw a lot of my blogger friends which made the grand launch even more exciting!

AMW Reports: Forever 21 Finally Opens at SM MOA

Last Friday, July 27, 2012.  SM MOA was creating a huge buzz as the much awaited opening of the Forever 21 Store. 

I'm one of those excited ones as SM MOA may not be close to where I live but it's the closest Forever 21 branch for me!  That means, more chances of shopping!  

A fashion show was set up for us to appreciate the up and coming collection from the brand.

Kudos to Forever 21 team for maximizing a tiny space creating a unique fashion show!

Weekend Food Tripping at: Cafe Adriatico, Malate

Good morning!  It's Sunday!  What are your plans for the day?  After a long, tiring Saturday, I'm glad to have the chance to slow down and take this day off!  I'll probably sleep, eat, read the remaining Francine Pascal e-book called The Sweet Life (hooray Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield fans!).  

Food, seriously, who can resist them?  If you can, I salute you as I know I don't have the willpower!  Especially if the food is from one of my favorite restaurant called Cafe Adriatico!  I've reported my experience dining at the SM Mall of Asia branch but nothing beats the original!  The one located at Malate!

Chef's Salad
Php235.00 (approx $5.60)
Mixed lettuce with slices of chicken, ham, 
salami, cheese and hard boiled egg
My dad-in-law's favorite salad!  I can see why he loved this so much, the lettuce are fresh, the slices of chicken, ham and salami are worth chewing for! :D

Gambas Al Ajillo
Php260.00 (approx $6.00)
Shrimps in garlic - Catalan Style
Another MUST!  The shrimps served were big and really tasty!  I can't help but save up the sauce to drizzle them all over my warm cup of rice!  YUM!

 Jamon Serrano and Chicken Croquetas
Php250.00 (approx $6.00)
Spanish-style croquettes stuffed with Serrano Ham, 
chicken and mozzarella cheese
Because I've always been a fan of anything "croquettes", I immediately got attracted to the photo shown on the menu so I requested for this!  So far, the combination of ham, chicken and mozzarella cheese is perfect!  It doesn't taste like pizza like most croquettes do when mixed with cheese. 

Spareribs Adobo Rice
Php395.00 (approx $9.18)
Pork spareribs simmered in soy sauce and spices; served with rice
 A different kind of "adobo" dish, the spareribs is obviously simmered into perfection as meat is super tender and the sauce is sweet and salty giving a nice tingling sensation to your taste buds on every bite!

Php305.00 (approx $7.30)
 Homemade meatloaf served with steamed rice/garlic rice
Most "Embutido" I tried are usually dry so it's a nice surprise this order came with sauce!  The meatload doesn't have a lot of fat and tastes really good!

 Lengua Estofada
Php385.00 (approx $8.95)
Ox tongue with olives and mushrooms
Another 2 thumbs up!  The ox tongue is very tender and the olives together with the mushroom sauce gives a nice "kick" to the dish!

The aftermath!
We weren't super hungry, it's just that, all the food served were good and we enjoyed every bite!

The servers were prompt and friendly.  Ample parking space at the circle.  The restaurant accepts cash and credit card.

Cafe Adriatico 
1903 M. Adriatico St., Remedios Circle,
 Malate, Manila
Tel. no. : (632) 523-7924
Have you dined at Cafe Adriatico? 
What's your favorite dish?

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

AMW Reviews: Estee Lauder CyberWhite Brilliant Cells Night Full Spectrum Brightening Moisture Creme

Brightening --- the magic word that puts a huge smile on my face!  Who wouldn't want to have a bright day?  I know I do!  Every morning when I wake up, I give Mr. AMW a kiss then went straight to shower then breakfast!  

As a blogger who talks a lot about beauty, you would've thought I'll be staring at the mirror?  Not this girl!  As I have uncombed wet hair while eating breakfast, the doorbell rang, I have a visitor!  *panics*  I was the one who opened the door so I don't have time to go up to my room and make myself look decent!  So, I put a huge smile and try to forget how scary I look!

After I bit goodbye to my lovely visitor, I went up and took a look at my reflection....hmmm...not bad, my skin looks actually okay!  No, for someone without BB Cream or tinted moisturizer on, I actually look healthy and glowing!  (Of course, keep in mind that I have an extreme case of optimism so bear with me!)  *laughs*

Could it be my night creme?

(Note: To first time AMW readers, I have combination skin - dry at the center and normal on the rest of my face.)

I started using the Estee Lauder CyberWhite Brilliant Cells Night Full Spectrum Brightening Moisture Creme the moment I finished up my bottle of Estee Lauder CyberWhite Brilliant Cells Full Spectrum Brightening Essence (seriously, both are a mouthful and I need to copy and paste just so I don't need to type the name over and over again!  lol) I know both of these products are best used hand in hand (or bottle to bottle) but I was left without a choice!  *whispers*  "I'm too stingy to use both products together!"

 Estee Lauder says ---
Wake up to a luminous look. Deep down hydration and extra comfort. This rich, intensely hydrating creme delivers powerful ingredients deep within skin’s surface while you sleep. Wake up each morning to skin that looks smoother, more luminous, more brilliant.

 Product details on package

AMW says ---
  • Housed in a glass packaging with a "plastic cover" keeping the product fresh.
  • Sealed upon purchase.  
  • Does brighten up the skin after a week! 
  • No heavy feel.
  • Gets absorbed into the skin.
  • Moisturizing!
  • Smells great!
  • Due to its potency, a little amount goes a long way.  
  • I can't put the packaging as "con" as most heavy creams are housed in this type of packaging!  I'm dealing with the fact that it'll be that way forever! *tee hee*
  • Price
A wonderful night creme as it gives me the moisture my skin needs plus the added brightening effect the next day I wake up!  The product never feels heavy nor oily upon application.  Smells wonderful!


  • Use a spatula and never dip with your fingers.
  • I know all of us have different ways on how to apply creme at night, I prefer to grab a bit of product and put it on my fingertips, warm the product and gently massage through starting at the center of my face where moisture is most needed.  Massage gently until product gets absorbed into the skin.
  • If you have sensitive skin, do a patch test before applying this product all over.
  • Do not forget to apply the remaining product at the back of your ears and neck.
  • You may also use this as a day cream but don't forget to apply your sunscreen as this doesn't have the SPF day creams usually have.
  • If signs of irritations occur, stop usage immediately!
Will I repurchase?

To whom do I recommend this to?
Normal, Combination or Dry skinned individuals who wants to experience the brightening effect every morning!  Oily-skinned individuals may still use this as this is a night creme.

Where to purchase and how much?
At local Estee Lauder counters for Php3,600.00 (approx $84.00).

Product photo

The Estee Lauder CyberWhite Brilliant Cells Night Full Spectrum Brightening Moisture Creme is creamy white in texture, though the product is a bit pricey, this can last me more than 6 months as a little goes a long way!  I've used this consistently every night for the past 2 months and so far, I still have more than enough left!

Would you spend more for skin care?
I know I would!  As long as the product works for me and targets the needs of my skin!

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited CR330 Lipstick Review

The last time I visited the Shu Uemura Boutique at Rockwell for the Kiss and Make-up Playdate, I got really confused!  I was facing a huge dilemma as I can't seem to pick the lipstick I want or the lipstick that would look good...On my client!  

Yes, it hit me, I always put my clients first as most of the gorgeous lipstick shades goes straight to my makeup train case!   So I told myself, today is the day I'm picking the shade for ME, Myself and I!  *selfish mode ON*

Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipstick
in CR330

Thursday, July 26, 2012

AMW Makeovers: Gorgeous Girls Ready to Face a Festive Wedding

Good day everyone!  I hope you're in a good mood right now as I am!  So far, God is good as I can still do the things I love to do, at the same time, having loads of fun!

A couple of weekends ago or was it 2 weekends ago?  *scratches head*  I did makeup for 4 lovely ladies whom I felt comfortable with in an instant!  Sue me!  I tend to chitchat at work so if you're looking for a quiet makeup artist, ahmmm....just ask me to keep quiet!  My feelings won't get hurt...I promise! :P

In this post, I will not talk about the content of our conversations as I have my own confidentiality clause *ahem* (I'm trying to be professional here! lol) but I will definitely share to you what I've done for their makeovers! 

My rule of the thumb, I try my best not to make my clients look similar! I prefer talking to clients, ask them if they have any makeup looks they want and probably give a bit of suggestions so the client will know what to expect!  I also like to chat a bit at the same time, take a quick look at their bare faces, that's the best time I note down the areas I want to enhance and see if there's anything they want to hide.

Puffy eyes?  Dark under eye circles?  Freckles?  Red spots?  

You don't see anything?  Well, it is OKAY to ask.  I have to admit, there are times I don't see what they see! I can't argue with them, they own their faces for their whole lifetime! 

Sister of the Bride (SOB #1)
Skin type: Combination - oily and normal
Request: Do some contouring, make her look good on photos
SOB#1 has great skin to start with and I took time picking the right foundation for her as it is very easy to make a mistake with fair-skinned girls.  To add a natural "tint", I've added a bit of warm-toned foundation to match the shade of her neck.  

As soon as I got the base covered, I proceeded by fixing her eyebrows, filling the gaps and set with brow gel as it is a whole day event, I don't want her walking around with uneven brows!  

Then comes the eye makeup, I want to create a "lifted" effect so I concentrated on applying dark shadows on the outer corner of her eyes extending it a bit making her eyes appear larger!  I've done a simple daytime smokey makeup and enhanced the shape of her eyes with a dark brown gel liner!  Since SOB#1 advised me to make sure I'm putting waterproof liner on her as she "may cry", I've decided to apply the rest of the gel liner on my brush to the lower lash line using short strokes.

I enjoyed contouring and highlighting her face as I already have all her features in my mind that I would like to "pop".  With a natural blush shade that matches her lip color, it was a soft, natural, yet enhanced look!

Sister of the Bride 2 (SOB #2)
Skin type: Combination - oily on T-zone normal on the rest
Request: Natural makeup but has to put colors so as not to look pale.
SOB#2, same as SOB#1 has gorgeous skin to start with so creating a base isn't difficult at all!  I took time applying more on the under eye area and the sides of her nose.  SOB#2 has deep set of eyes so what I did was to use a matte colored eyeshadow (2 shades darker than her skin) and enhanced her deep crease, with the same technique as SOB#1, I've decided to "lift up" the sides of her eyes.  This technique does not only make you look wide awake, it also can make a person look younger.  

A very natural blush was used as I also contoured her cheeks to create higher cheekbones.  For lipstick, a bright colored pink lipstick was used.

Sister-in-law 1 (SIL #1)
Skin type: Oily
Request: Light makeup that can withstand long hours plus running around for her kids
Since SIL#1 has bright skin to start with, I used it as my inspiration to create a makeup that's bright and fresh.  After finding the right foundation shade for her, I let the foundation sit for a couple of minutes as I do the rest of her face.  Eyebrows were trimmed and groomed to create a shape then a simple eye makeup was done just to enhance her eyes.  

As soon as I'm done with the eye makeup, I proceeded by "setting" the foundation using a blush on her cheeks and a dark foundation powder to contour.  For the rest of her face, I lightly dust a shade lighter powder foundation just to "set" her makeup and stopped myself from creating a matte look.  

The lipstick was approved by SIL#1 and I like how her lipstick can make the "already young looking mom" younger looking!

Sister-in-law 2 (SIL #2)
Skin type: Normal
Request: Cover her under eye dark circles and some breakouts

SIL#2 was worried on how dark her undereye circles are and how obvious her breakouts were.  I immediately told her to calm down as I assured her I can make them disappear as I don't find them even obvious to start with!  

I took time mixing foundation shades and finally, was able to match her foundation to her neck.  To cover up the redness, I corrected the reddish area plus breakouts with a green concealer then proceeded with foundation application. 

As soon as I'm contented with the coverage plus the client is comfortable with the base makeup (she's not used to having herself prettified so she's a bit worried), I proceeded by trimming her brows and redefined the shape using medium brown eyebrow pencil (as client has colored hair).  

I picked a rust colored eyeshadow shade together with dark brown matte eyeshadow for a romantic look.  At the end, I added a bit of shimmery beige eyeshadow at the center of her eye lid for a natural glow each time she blinks!  A waterproof pencil was used as I slowly smoked it out with a pencil brush for a nice gradient effect.  

A very natural blush and lip color was also used as her kid isn't happy with "mommy putting on makeup" *teehee*  I don't think her son will be happy seeing his mom sporting a bright red lipstick! 

** Note: Hair done by Kim Tan Rodriguez.

Overall, I had fun creating various looks for each individual!  Different clients have different needs and it doesn't hurt to listen to them. :)

Which among the 4 makeup looks would you sport if you're attending a very special event?

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

AMW Reviews: Revlon ColorStay Creme Gel Eye Liners

Eyeliners are definitely a girl's best friend.  Well, maybe not for all girls but this girl writing this post definitely can't live without it!  Don't get me wrong, I have my own favorite gel  eye liners to date and they still remain on my favorite list --- Stila Smudgepots, MAC Fluidline Eye liner and Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Liner are the top 3 choices I reach out for especially when I do makeup on clients!

As for me, I wouldn't mind using any brand as I'm always open to try on different brands from high to low end!  I guess that's one characteristic I have that made me create this blog!  I just can't help but get intrigued with different brands thus making me try such a wide array of products! 

In this post, I'm reviewing 2 of my favorite gel liner shades --- Black and Brown!

Revlon says ---
  • Easily glides to create delicate to dramatic lines
  • Waterproof
Shades: Black Brown, Plum and Charcoal

AMW says ---
  • Comes with a brush which is perfect for anyone starting out on makeup.
  • Water resistant.
  • Glides on easily.
  •  Smudge-proof.
  • The black shade is pigmented.
  • The brown shade can work as an eye shadow base.
  • No signs of eye irritations upon use.
  • The black one stays the whole day until I remove it, the brown one blurs a bit but doesn't smudge or create panda eyes.
  • Easy to remove.
  • The free brush will make it a bit tricky and challenging to create thin line.
  • The brown shade has sparkles to it, some of the sparkles may transfer to your lashes.
  • The brown shade is not as pigmented, need to re-apply several times to get the intensity I want.
A great gel liner brand to purchase if you're looking for good, quality liner and inexpensive!  The Revlon ColorStay Creme Gel Eye Liner applies smoothly and slides without tugging.  The staying power is good and the worst that could happen is how the liner lightens up at the end of the day.

from Revlon
  • Pull out brush and flip to secure into cap. 
  • Twist off cap and dip brush into crème gel eye liner. 
  • Glide brush in small strokes across lash line. 
  • Close tightly after use. 
from AMW
  • Feel free to use your own favorite eye liner brush.  Either the pointed tip or angled-liner brush.
  • If you use the free brush that comes with the packaging, always wipe off excess product before storage..
  • Use only the tip of the brush and gently apply dashes on the lash line, gently connect the lines to create a very natural look.
  • If you plan to use this as an eye shadow base, use the 'flat" portion of the brush and apply a thin layer of the gel liner on the crease area.  Blend out rough edges using a blending brush then top with an eye shadow of choice.
  • Always follow by tightlining using a pencil to fill in gaps or "skin" that shows.
  • Close the cap tightly.  I have a full sized gel eye liner that I used only once and it dried out as I didn't screw the cap well!
  • New brushes may seem clean and harmless, but I strongly suggest to wash the brush before use.  Your eyes will thank you for it!
Will I repurchase?
Yes, the black one!

To whom do I recommend this to?
 Daily gel liner users!  I don't recommend people who aren't into gel liners to purchase one as this pot can last forever and can dry out if you don't use it!

Where to purchase and how much?
Revlon ColorStay Creme Gel Eye Liner costs $9.99 (approx Php430.00) on international sites.  Locally around Php350.00-500.00.

Product Photos

 Revlon ColorStay Creme Gel Eye Liner packaging
Some people may mistake this for a liquid liner!

 Because of its pointed tip, I find it easy to hold yet it's still handy enough to bring this with me on my kit for retouch.  On packaging, black and brown looks matte but in reality, only the black one is matte while the brown one has sparkles.

 0.08 oz or 2.3g of product which I think is perfect for personal use!  I don't like gel liners that are housed in huge glass jar making it difficult for me to finish one!

Swatch on hand without base 
top 2 - Brown
bottom 2 - Black

Applied a thin layer of Brown near my lashline

 Looking closely, some of the sparkles have transferred to my lashes.  Personally speaking, it's okay as I can easily apply mascara after eyeliner application thus making my lashes appear fuller!

 A thin layer of black liner applied closest to the lashline

Matte, true-to-life black shade appeared.
Please bear in mind to tight line after with a pencil to fill in spaces.

What's your favorite drugstore gel liner?
My top 3 would be Revlon (in black), Maybelline and Kate.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

How to: Quick Day Time Look

Good morning AMW friends!  Today is another "This is How I Do it" series!  I was asked by one of my reader how I usually do my makeup on a regular work-day!  Well, since I work from home, I usually go "bare-faced" but on days I need to go somewhere for a quick event or meeting, here's how I create a look that I'm very comfortable with and I'm sure I still look like myself!  (Hopefully, the better version! :P)

Here are some of the products I used ----

Monday, July 23, 2012

AMW Reports: Yves Rocher Store Visit

Last weekend was crazy, I was pumped to be busy but the rain stopped me and turned me into a cute piglet!  *laughs*  Nevertheless, I'm glad I was able to attend the Yves Rocher Bloggers Event at Trinoma Mall.  Thanks to Mr. AMW for driving me as I dislike driving to Trinoma!  (Don't ask me why, hihihi!) 

I'm glad I wasn't late and I breezed through the store like I've been there gazillion times!  I'm glad to see familiar faces, my friend Vianca (my ex-colleague) is now the Brand Manager of Yves Rocher Philippines!  So proud of her!

I am not new to Yves Rocher brand as I have read and researched so much about the brand (for work) and we were actually placing some candidates to work for Yves Rocher, China years ago!  I just can't believe they're finally here and I get to see what they were talking about regarding the good price points and the power of plants! 

Yves Rocher, a French brand, is a plant-based cosmetics products.  The brand is actually regarded as France's pioneer of botanical beauty! 

Nail Art Tutorial: Dots, Sparkles & Colors

I've had my Aztec print inspired nails for more than a week and I found myself checking them out once in awhile for inspiration and probably just to uplift my mood!  For such a quick glance, it does give me the sense of colors and happiness and I find it a bit difficult on my part to remove it after both nails on the pinky fingers have already chipped!

Instead of gloating on losing colorful prints, why not create another one that's even brighter and more colorful?  This nail art suits the dark, gloomy weather over the weekend!

a photo of nail art tutorial

Step 1:
Apply your preferred base coat prior to any nail polish application, as soon as the base coat is completely dry, apply 2 coats of a neutral, peachy-nude polish shade and let dry.  In this tutorial, I am using BW Nail Polish gifted to me by my friend.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Weekend Food Tripping at: Five Cows (2nd Time Around)

I haven't been back in Trinoma for the longest time! That's why when I was invited to celebrate Yves Rocher's First Year Anniversary at Trinoma, I searched online right away for "Restaurants at Trinoma".  *hahaha*  I'm that addicted to food!  

I had Ramen X in mind all along but we changed our mind since we haven't gone back to the Five Cows Resto & Ice Cream Bar for 2 years plus!  (Smile and click HERE to read about our first visit.)

It was fun as Jheng and Kira told us they  haven't tried this restaurant.  I told them the ice cream cakes are to die for!  So off we went together with Krissy who joined in after watching a movie!

Baked Spinach and Cheese Spread
Php185.00 (approx $4.30)
Spinach, cheese sauce and bruschetta

This was a hit!  A perfect appetizer for any meal!  We love how we get to enjoy spinach and cheese together as a spread on a slice of bruschetta.

Beef with Creamy Bigarade Sauce
Php295.00 (approx $6.90)
spiced US beef, orange, liquer sauce,
buttered vegetables and basil butter rice
The beef itself was cooked very tender, we weren't asked how we would like our meat but it was cook medium rare which is okay for us!  We actually asked for gravy on the side as the basil butter rice tastes a bit dry without it!  Thankfully, Five Cows Staff were very friendly and we were given a good serving of gravy which works perfectly with the beef and rice!  

I kept on exclaiming: "Save some space for dessert!  Save some space for dessert!"  *laughs*  Okay, this was the moment I was waiting for!

Blueberry Ice Cream Cheesecake
Php190.00 (approx$4.40)
At first glance, it is a bit pricey for s lice but once it was served, the slice was quite huge and it's meant for sharing!  I love the texture of the Blueberry Ice Cream with real blueberry bits in between.  The graham crackers at the bottom part gives a nice texture to the overall smoothness of the ice cream.  Will definitely order again!  I'm craving for another slice right now!

The service was good.  The restaurant accepts cash and credit card and they charge for service!  

Five Cows
4/F Trinoma Mall, North Ave 
cor Mindanao Ave Sto. Cristo, Quezon City  
Tel. no.: (632) 901-3748

 A group photo grabbed from Kira!

Food will always be enjoyed with good company!
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Saturday, July 21, 2012

AMW Reports: Kerastase Chroma Captive Launch

I put this photo up on "Instagram" and said: "K for Keith!" 

Don't you just love this table centerpiece?  It's not the usual floral vases or pots but it's a huge K shaped and designed with red petals!  Obviously, "K" is not for Keith but Kerastase!

Kerastase has always been termed "The Best Luxury Hair Care".  When I visit the salon, most of the time, I was advised to undergo Kerastase treatment to liven up my dull, dry and super sensitized hair! 

To learn more about the most recent and successful hair care range for color-treated hair, we were invited last Tuesday at the 3rd floor of W Tower, Global City Taguig.

Friday, July 20, 2012

AMW Reviews: Charm Angled Kabuki Buffer Brush

Goodness!  It's already Friday!  This week passed by pretty quickly right?  Or was it just me?

Today, I will be sharing a review on one of the newest baby from Charm!  It was a huge HIT for me when Sophie created the Charm Essentials Travel Pointed Brush and I've been very vocal in praising her for a job well done!  Since I got it, I've been using it constantly to apply foundation, concealer and even cream blush!

Then, I was told 2 more new brushes will be launched at the same time with the Travel Pointed Brush, I nearly brushed off the idea as I'm already contented with what I have.

True to what they say: "You can never have enough brushes!"  --- I'm not sure who said it?  Was it my own voice?  *laughs*

Just when I read good reviews popping out here and there on various blogs, I told myself I need this too!  I need to try this out and see what the fuss was all about! 

Charm says ---
The Charm Angled Kabuki Buffer Brush is made of ultra lush bristles that feels like velvet on the skin. Buff in your mineral foundation, powder foundation, or any powder product with this brush!

Its angled shape allows you to efficiently apply your makeup and work thru the folds and contours of the skin so that no spot would be missed out. This very dense brush also allows you to obtain buildable coverage, from light to full!

AMW says ---
  • Length is perfect for personal and even professional use! (Even if this is not a full sized length)
  • Charm handle never chip and I own a lot of Charm brushes and the logo remains even after all the washing.
  • Brush hairs are synthetic, so perfect for people who are into vegan makeup brushes!
  • Super soft and 100% no scratchy feel!
  • No bleeding nor shedding even on first wash.
  • Multifunctional: Can be used to apply liquid, cream or powdered products.
  • Super dense and gives a nice
  • Inexpensive for the quality you get.

  • Takes longer to dry as compared to your other face brushes.
Perfect density.  Very soft.  No bleeding nor shedding.  Super useful!

  • Always wash new brushes with a baby shampoo prior to usage.  Follow washing instructions.
  • Best way to dry this brush is to lay this on a clean and dry towel, the towel does absorb the extra water and moisture making it quicker to dry!  You can choose to spritz the bristles with brush cleaner after every use then deep cleanse once a week.
  • To create a very natural "contoured" look, pull out your liquid/cream/powdered foundation that's a bit darker than your original skin color, apply the darker foundation on areas that you want to recede.  (Hollows of cheeks, temples, sides of nose, chin etc..).  With your shade of foundation, buff the product on the rest of your face blending with the darker foundation!  
  • If you used this brush to apply liquid or cream products, try not to use this to apply powdered products.  If you must, use a quick drying makeup cleaner in between.
  • The perfect way to use this brush (personally) is by BUFFING then SLIDING!  You buff like regular kabuki brush then slide downwards with the longer bristles facing top to create not only flawless but super natural-looking skin!  (As foundation application should be the same direction as the growth of your facial hair.)
  • Must....own!
Will I repurchase?
I won't need to repurchase as all my Charm brushes are still working to date.  I would highly recommend this to friends and YOU.

To whom do I recommend this to?
Anyone who loves to "buff" their powder foundation or likes to apply liquid/cream foundation using a brush!

Where to purchase and how much?
Php650.00 (approx $15.00) at Beauty and Minerals Website.
If you want to see the brushes up close and personal, you can check them out at PurBeauty, Serendra and The Ramp, Crossings at Shangri-La Plaza Branch Ground Floor.


 Charm Angled Kabuki Buffer Brush
Up close
The length of brush hair is perfect for buffing.  The slanted tip works perfect especially when placed on the hollows of your cheeks.

Top view:
The tip of the brush is also perfect for liquid/cream foundation application!

Did you know that? 
You save a lot of your makeup by using a brush instead of sponge or your fingers.

Perfect density
The brush hairs go back to its original place no matter how much I try to "mess it up"!

On regular no-makeup makeup look, I prefer to use a darker powder to be applied on areas of my face that I would like to contour.  


Happy AMW!

The Charm Angled Kabuki Buffer Brush may seem like a brush that you want but do not need.  In truth, once you get to try the angled version of a buffer brush, you will enjoy the luxurious feeling of sweeping this brush on your skin and the "contoured" effect it natural gives due to its angled tip!  I ended up using this brush in applying my blush and contouring powder too, okay, even my setting powder!  Sorry Angled K-Brush, you're overused!

Have you tried Angled K-Brush?
Is it from Charm or from other brands?  
Do you like it?  I"d love to hear from you!

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(Product received as gift.  Reviews 100% mine.  Please purchase at your own discretion.)