Category Archives: Cosmetics

A Covergirl Lip Perfection Review

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I had a habit of using lip balms before applying on lipstick. My lips tend to dry after awhile when I have lipstick on and I do not really like the feel of it. Even every retouch, I do apply lip balm before lipstick.

When my good friend Meg turned up at the office one time, I saw her bright pink lips full of moisture and could not help comment on how good it looks on her. ūüôā Being the good friend she is, she made me try her lip balm. I thought I heard it wrong, lip balm? It looked as if she had a very nice moistured lipstick. When she pulled out a jumbo pen- like balm from her bag, I was really surprised.

It was the Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm.

Ever so gracious Meg, even gave me the best news of that day- she is giving me the Covergirl Lip Perfection! It was indeed new and she have just tried it on that same day. The color was really nice. It was the Watermelon Twist (215) which looked like a bright pink shade, subtle yet vibrant. I had a quick look online and found out this costs around $7 (Php 311.00).

Covergirl Lip Perfection

The texture is so creamy and when applied, you can really feel the moisture on your lips. What is really good about this product is that it is a balm and lipstick rolled into one. Indeed, I use this as lipstick due to the fact that it has a rich color,  pigment is really good(which can really be noticed when applied). I do not need to apply balm and lipstick. I only need to use this and voila! I have moisture and color on my lips.

Creamy texture

The packaging is a bit big, however; as said, you only need this on your bag. It is also easy to use as it is twistable. ¬†You won’t be needing sharpeners for the balm.

Do know that there are also other nice shades such as 205 Ballet Twist, 210 Blush Twist,230 Berry Twist, 235 Coral Twist, 250 Scarlet Twist, 260 Plum Twist and 275 Mauve Twist. However, the name of the shade is not on its packaging. Only 215 is marked at the bottom.

The balm is also delicate and it easily loses its shape with few applications. Another downside would be its staying power. Since it is a lip balm, you would need to re-apply it at least every 3 hours.

Wearing Covergirl Lip Perfection

I suggest using the Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss during days that you just want to put on something light on your face. I normally use this when I go out during weekends with little or no make-up and just wanted to give a little pop on my face.

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Mastering Make-up at MUD Manila

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There are many techniques one can do while applying make-up. I am one of those who learned applying make-up from my gut feel and what I know would be the easiest.  I have not even watched videos of different how-tos. I try to get tips once in awhile and each time I apply make-up, I always wonder is this the right way?

Then came my chance to enroll in a make-up class. Special thanks to Belle de Jour Power Planner, who have included a whopping 50% discount of Make-up Designory Manila (MUD) classes on their list of amazing coupons.

MUD logo

I managed to secure a slot on I believe was their last Personal Make-up class for 2013 at Purebeauty, Serendra. I only paid Php 4, 900 due to the 50% off discount. Classes starts at 10 am and we were told to bring our make-up essentials for that day’s make-up class.

MUD at Purebeauty

After some minutes, we started our class with 7 students plus the MUA. It was very personalized since the classes they have will only allow maximum of 10 students.

My classmates for the day

Ms. Hannah Roa was our make-up instructor for the day’s class. She is a graduate of MUD herself. ¬†She went to class with no make-up also. Ms. Hannah started with the basics, checking on us if we have the make-up needed to complete each look. Then she taught us how to find the perfect shade of liquid foundation, concealer and face powder for our skin. She would go to our areas one by one ¬†to check which was really good. She even moved her table in the middle so she could reach all of us. It was indeed personalized.

Listening to Ms. Hannah while she checks our cosmetics one by one

My so useful Bdellium Brushes

I had to write notes  while we were taught how to apply day make-up and  pull off a smokey night make-up.

We had the first 4 hours of our 8-hours class with the basics and the day make-up.

Getting started with day make-up

My make-up stuff and my daytime look

After lunch, we proceeded to applying night make-up which involves learning smoky eyes. I have always wanted to learn the simple yet proper steps in doing so.  I was really excited since my palette had too many colors and I did not even know if I was applying them properly.

Part of the class were learning to apply contour, highlight and blush which I think was really cool! I did not know the importance of these until I learned how and had seen them on me.

My subtle smoky eye for night look

I am satisfied that I was able to learn the proper techniques and even tips from the professional. The class ended a little past 6:30 pm and Ms. Hannah was gracious enough to answer all our queries. She even helped me pick the nearest concealer shade  to my skintone as we had 15% discount on all MUD products that day(what a great deal!).

Makeup Class Picture

The class gave me more confidence that I am able to prep myself up for special occasions and even  extend my knowledge to close people willing to get themselves pretty under my care. ♠

The Fairy puts on Flormar

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After sometime, I get to wonder how many products and brands are there left for me to try and take the risk of buying. Being worth it is always my basis. This is specially true to makeups.

I encountered Flormar line during it’s launching here in the Philippines when my client was unexpectedly the distributor of this brand.

Flormar logo

Though I had been wanting to try this brand as soon as it went out on the market, I never had the urge to buy until recently.

In search of trying out something new for my face, I thought of Flormar. They have many products ranging from eyeshadows, mascaras, bronzers, primers, foundations, lipsticks to nail polishes. They have a variety of makeup with really good texture.

Flormar is a brand originating from Italy which became well-known and now manufactured in Turkey. This knowledge that it is a European brand ignited my hesitation. I am worried this might not be suitable for Asian skin.

Of course, I will be forever hesitant if I will not try it. So dropping by at SM, I tried on the Flormar wet and dry face powder ( which I needed that time). There are different shades for you to try on. I opted for the W05 shade which is also their bestseller. ¬†It is not too white yet not too dark. It is on the “skin tone” shade.

Flormar Wet and Dry Compact Powder

The packaging is simple and very neat which according to the distributor is really part of the image. Flormar is not up to flashy packaging and attractive style but they focus on the quality and effectiveness of their products. The compact includes a mirror and a sponge underneath. The bottom has square holes perhaps to let the sponge breathe and get dry. The compact is lightweight and in my opinion it looks classy with its plain black packaging.

Flormar Wet and Dry Compact Powder inside look

For a price of Php 390, I must admit that this is well worth it.

  1. First the the texture is very smooth, easy to apply.
  2. The shade looks so natural on me, that it evens out my skin tone without really making it obvious I have makeup on.
  3. My little marks and spots became less noticeable and even hidden.
  4. It lasts long and gives good coverage. Even in photographs, it still looks natural. Did not fail me.
  5. Last but definitely the most important, it did not break me out!
Dry application

Wearing Flormar Wet and Dry Compact Powder

I have also heard good reviews of their lip line and nail polish which I will want to try. For the meantime, I can say that I am really satisfied with their Wet and Dry Face Powder. It can be a good alternative to high end ones without sacrificing the quality you use. For those looking for new high quality make-up, try out Flormar and hope this brand will make it to your list of must-buys.  ♣

Note: Essence is the sister brand of Flormar which caters to teens and young adults. This brand also carries good products with colorful and nice packages matched for teen girls out there.