Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Fanny Serrano BB Cream Review

Hello, everyone! I’m been quite silent in my beauty blog as I am pouring so much attention on my YouTube channel. I’m breaking the bad habit and promise to update my blog as often as I do with my channel. I’m starting to produce more and more reviews of both local and foreign brands, so stay tuned! Don’t hesitate to send me a request for a review of your chosen product!

Today we will be putting the Fanny Serrano BB Cream on the spotlight.

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This is one of a couple of products that I judged too quickly. I remember buying this last year from Robinson’s Place Manila during the time when almost all makeup brands were coming up with BB Creams. I paid PHP 299.00 ($7.36) for a 25g container. Something made me buy it, and I would definitely say that it’s the:

1) brand—Fanny Serrano is quite trusted especially by the Filipino community and

2) the shade--It wasn’t like the other BB Creams with a white shade, this actually came in a color that’s closest to my skin!

Well, for some reason, I never did a review after I bought it mid-year of 2012. I only remember saying to myself that this wasn’t a good product to try out at all. I believe I found it too greasy or something like that.

Come 2013, this BB Cream still is on the Top 5 highly requested BB Creams that my viewers are asking me to do. I went through my makeup drawers and decided to finally give it another try.

An all in one cosmetic breakthrough that has the properties of foundation (to give your face a seamless coverage); concealer (to flawlessly cover all blemishes); moisturizer (to keep your face from dryness); and UV protection (to protect your skin against harmful rays of the sun).”

Priced at PHP 299.00 ($7.36) available at all leading department stores, Fanny Serrano counters

Shade: “Oriental” *if my memory serves me right, the saleslady told me that this BB Cream only comes in 1 shade*

This product sounds extremely promising, doesn’t it? Foundation, concealer, moisturizer and UV protection rolled into one product? Let’s see if it’s as amazing as it sounds.

I applied the FS BB Cream with a makeup sponge from James Cooper, I did not want to use my fingers as I wanted to get a flawless coverage (this means pressing & dabbing the product onto problem areas)

Here’s a photo of my face right after application (*no setting powder used *no editing)

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Initial thoughts:

  • I loved how the shade “oriental” blended very well with my skin tone, it wasn’t too light nor too dark
  • No pungent smell—which is a huge plus for me
  • Without a doubt erased my imperfections after 1-2 layers
  • Covered my chicken pox mark on the left side of my face (right beside the nose area)
  • Covered dark spots and acne marks
  • Gave a very dewy finished, perfect for my dry skin type—not highlighting dry patches around my nose area
  • Did not feel heavy although you can feel you have something on your face
  • Light-full coverage depending on how many layers you pack on
  • No need to use a separate concealer

Applied the BB Cream at 7:35PM and waited for a few hours to test the longevity.

Weather setting: Philippines, stayed in an air conditioned room

Checked back at 11:00PM, approximately over 3 hours had passed. Here’s a photo for comparison:

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As you can see, after about 3 hours, the dewiness is still there. Coverage is still very much intact, no bb cream settled on dry patches/lines…etc. No creasing on the lids (for the reason that I applied minimal eye shadow on) Extra dewiness can be seen on my forehead (brow area) I am not really bothered by it as a little loose powder would do the mattifying magic.

Points to consider before purchasing:

I have DRY skin type, hence, my skin is suitable for bb creams/foundations with dewy finishes. I do not entirely recommend this product for people with extremely oily skin, as it might trigger more oiliness throughout the day.

I stayed in an air conditioned room during this experiment. I personally think this BB Cream would feel a bit greasy when worn outside, given the hot, humid Philippine weather. I will try wearing it with a face primer if I would wear it out in the sun just to make it last even longer amidst the humidity.

Given that a girl with a dry skin type, in an air conditioned room, got enough amount of dewiness from the BB Cream, how much more a girl with oily skin type, out in the sun? Nobody wants to look like a grease ball!

I may suggest dusting loose powder over this BB Cream to keep your face mattified throughout the day if that’s what you prefer. Using Ben Nye’s Banana Luxury Powder always, always does the trick.

At PHP299.00 I think I would purchase another tube just because I love how this product makes me look flawless even without the use of concealer. I don’t mind a little dewiness, it’s when my face looks greasy that I start saying bye-bye.

Have you tried this product? What are your thoughts? Comment below!

Watch my video review here and see the FS BB Cream at work:

Carmen Claire Cosmetics “Glass of Pinot” Matte Lipstick Review

PHP 275.00 for a high-quality matte lipstick? That’s crazy!…or is it possible???

Carmen Claire Cosmetics matte lipsticks:

“Ultra-modern and luxuriously smooth, these lipsticks are long-lasting and pack a powerful punch in the color department.”

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  • beautiful, beautiful shade of wine red
  • interesting shade names
  • comes in other shades:
  • Sanguinello - a bright red orange
    Terracotta Warrior - a warm brick
    Glass of Pinot - a vampy deep wine

  • thick consistency
  • using a lip brush is needed for precise application
  • matte finish
  • doesn’t flake/crack on the lips despite having a matte finish
  • long-lasting color, stayed on for 11 hours without retouching (incuding drinking & eating, too!)
  • no pungent smell
  • no bleeding
  • sleek packaging, shade name is indicated on the bottom
  • very, very pigmented
  • AFFORDABLE at only PHP 275.00!!!
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • high-quality

What I would recommend:

  • I’d love if Carmen Claire Cosmetics came up with even more beautiful shades! I’d totally collect them all!

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Right after application:

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Watch my video review to see the lip color in action:

Order from: http://carmenclaireco.multiply.com/products/listing/10076/NEW-Matte-Lipstick

Look Beauty Airbrush Base Foundation & Primer Review

Hi everyone! Today we will be putting the Look Beauty Airbrush Base Foundation & Primer on the spotlight!

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Look Beauty is a makeup brand from the United Kingdom. It carries a wide variety of cosmetics ranging from foundation, to powders, lip colors, blushes…etc. (available at Makeup Hub by Naturele Collezione)

The Airbrush Base Foundation (PHP850.00 or $20.92)—the secret weapon in day and night long photo perfection. Layer over primer for a soft focus finish. Designed, tested and worn by the beauty brains at Look Magazine.”

I have the shade in #2 (Light/Medium).

Look Beauty Prime Perfect Primer (PHP 750.00 or $18.46)--Any slight skin wobbles? Meet your make-up's BFF. A thin, skin-perfecting layer before you apply the rest of your make-up will see your look last much longer. Can be worn alone or under foundation. Tip: Wait till your moisturizer has fully sunk in, then apply this by dotting it onto chin, cheeks, forehead and nose, smoothing in like a skin cream.”

Applying the primer over my face felt really nice, it has a soft, velvety finish, leaving your skin fully prepped for the makeup.

  • the Prime Perfect doesn’t have any pungent smell
  • comes in a clear gel form
  • a little goes a long way, just a small chunk will be enough to cover the entire face
  • packaging is simple and convenient (squeeze tube)
  • 35ml tube will last you a lot of months
  • developed in UK

Next is applying the foundation. I used my Sigma F80 brush to apply the Look Beauty Airbrush Base Foundation.

  • 40ml pump glass bottle enables easy withdrawal of the product
  • sleek packaging
  • semi-thick, creamy consistency
  • matte finish with a slight luminosity
  • shade #2 (Light/Medium) looked a bit lighter on my face upon application, but after a few hours, the color blended with my skin tone
  • no pungent smell
  • gives a light/medium coverage
  • use of concealer is recommended (for people who have extra dark spots)

Here’s a photo of myself after application of the foundation: (a bit of loose powder *Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder* was used to set the foundation on my T-zone)

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You can still see my natural skin peeking through, a blemish beside my nose wasn’t fully covered. Matte finish.

Experiment | weather setting: Philippines, hot & humid:

After 7 hours with no retouching at all—everything still looks matte, area around my nose started flaking (existing dry patches, by the way, not caused by the foundation)

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After almost 11 hours with no retouching at all—slight dewiness is visible on my T-zone brought about by the humid Philippine weather, dry patches around my nose area

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Comparison:

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This foundation is recommended for people who have combination to oily skin. The matte finish that it gives lasts a whole entire day especially when used with the Prime Perfect primer.

I personally think that I needed more coverage on problem areas (dark spots, blemishes) and I didn’t like the fact that the foundation settled onto the dry patches on my face, making the flakes even more visible *not entirely suitable for people with really dry skin*–perhaps this was because I set my foundation with loose powder. Tends to look cake-y when over-applied. The hot & humid weather cause me to sweat, producing a bit of dewiness on my T-zone.

Given the chance, I would try out a shade darker for myself and combine using this foundation & a separate concealer. This foundation would be perfect for photo shoots.

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Watch my video review here and see the product in action:

Saturday, January 19, 2013

My Boyfriend Does My Makeup (Tag Video)

This has been going around YouTube for quite a few years already, and since a lot of people requested it… Here! Watch as Mark does my makeup.

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Glitter Galaxy Makeup

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I discovered a beautiful glitter eye cream product from BYS a few days ago and I couldn’t wait to do a makeup look using it! Stay tuned for my review about glitter eye cream!

Products used:
-Urban Decay Primer Potion
http://makeuphubync.multiply.com/products/listing/10103/Urban-Decay-Primer-Potion-Vintage-Threesome

-MAC "Shroom"
-MAC "Cranberry"
-MAC "Beauty Marked"

-BYS Glitter Eye Cream "Disco" PHP 249.00 (SM Department Store)
-Clio Kill Black Liquid Liner
http://getitmakeover.com/shop/product.php?id_product=210

-Stila Kajal  Eyeliner Smoky Quartz http://hazeltan13.multiply.com/products/listing/10149/Stila-Eyeliner-kajal-

-KORRES Mascara (sent by a subscriber, thanks Ann!!)

-NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (London) http://thestylequarter.multiply.com/collection/1/NYX_Cosmetics

-Shiseido Maquillage Lip Gloss (from Shiseido Philippines)

-MAC "Pink Swoon" Blush
-ELF Contouring Powder

FOR REFERENCE:
Face Makeup
-Lukanov and Jame's Beauty Republic Dramatic BB Tinted Cream (as seen on
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-9WLpHLFd8)
-Banana Luxury Powder (Ben Nye) http://thestylequarter.multiply.com/products/listing/10453/Ben-Nye-Visage-Poudre-Luxury-Powder-Banana-3oz-85gm-
-Brows Matte Brown Eyeshadow from Pinkies Collection PHP 70.00 (SM Manila Dept. Store)

Brushes Used:
Makeup by Toni H05 Eye Shader Brush, H07 Blending Brush
https://www.facebook.com/MakeupbyToni
Sigma Beauty E30 Pencil Brush, E40 Blending Brush http://www.sigmabeauty.com
Beauty Cosmetics Blush Brush, eyeshaodw brush http://www.fb.com/beautycsmetics

Check out the video here:

HAUL/OPEN BOX: Carmen Claire Cosmetics

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New products to try out from Carmen Claire Cosmetics! Stay tuned for individual reviews!

Products mentioned:
Beauty Republic BB Tinted Cream PHP650.00
Top 10 Brush Collection PHP1,200.00
Lipstick in Glass of Pinot PHP275.00
SuperGloss in Courage PHP325.00

Contact Carmen Claire:
carmenclaireco@gmail.com
carmenclaireco.multiply.com
http://www.fb.com/CarmenClaireCo
http://www.twitter.com/CarmenClaireCo

Watch my open box/haul video here:

TOPBUN Hair Tutorial

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This has got to be my all-time favorite hairstyle!!! So sleek and neat! Here’s a tutorial on how I do it!

Products used:

Hair Ties from PinkBox
Donut Buns from (medium)
https://www.facebook.com/seventeentwentyone (large one from Cosmetologie 2012, but still available at the same online shop)
Raven Hair Spray
Bobby Pins (Ace)

You can also accessorize! This is actually a pearl necklace!

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Watch the video here:

Night Out Makeup Tutorial

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A beautiful makeup look perfect for night-outs!

Products used:

Pinkies Collection Cream Foundation
Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder
http://www.thestylequarter.multiply.com
NARS Pro-Prime Eye primer
Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette
Lime Crime Palette
http://www.makeuphubync.multiply.com
L.A. Colors Glitter Purple Jumbo Pencil http://www.lazada.com.ph
Clio Kill Black Liner http://www.getitimakeover.com
Tear Drop Liner from Etude House
Etude House Baked Blush
ELF Contouring Powder
Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara
NYX Lipstick Minimalism
Stila Lip Glaze

Brushes from Sigma http://www.sigmabeauty.com
Blush Brush from http://www.fb.com/beautycsmetics

Enjoy the video:

Contouring/Highlighting/Blush (Tagalog Tutorial)

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Another Tagalog tutorial which was highly requested by my dear Filipina viewers :)

Products used:
-Flat Eyeshader Brush (you can find this anywhere! Try Nichido/brushes from Watsons)
-Marionnaud N32 Blush Brush 249.75 (Watsons/SM Dept. Store)
-Ever Bilena 3D Compact Powder Dark Baked Fusion
-Etude House Secret Beam Highlighter
Alternatives: 4U2 Halo (Envy) Concealer and Highlighter
& Milano Illuminating Face Powder from www.facebook.com/beautylabbyjoan
-Ever Bilena Madly Blusher/Shawill Showcase Blushes

Watch the video here:

QUICK BROW Routine

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A simple tutorial on how I do my brows! Quick and easy :)

Products used:
Miss Chief Flat Liner Brush
https://www.facebook.com/theMissChief
Pinkies Collection Brow Duo PHP99.00 SM Manila Dept. Store (3 shades available, medium shade featured in this video)
Ben Nye Conceal All Wheel NK1 www.thestylequarter.multiply.com

Watch the video here:

Colored Liner Makeup Look

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Using colored eyeliner can add oomph to any makeup look! Give this a try!

Products used:

MeMeMe Eye Inspire Pressed Eyeshadow Sultry Eyes Trio 03 PHP 300.00 from www.makeuphubync.multiply.com
MeMeMe Dew Pots Rich Color Eye Defining Cream Autumn Smoulder 4  from www.makeuphubync.multiply.com
Maybelline Diamond Glow by Eye Studio  (Fresh Green) - from MAKEUP MARKDOWN
http://on.fb.me/UxkUVO - 10% off on all products
NARS Blush (Orgasm)
Etude House Secret Beam Highlighter PHP400+ Etude House
EB Advance 3D Dark Baked Fusion Compact Powder  from MAKEUP MARKDOWN
http://on.fb.me/UxkUVO - 10% off on all products
Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara
Nichido Mineral Kohl Pencil (ONYX)
Shiseido Maquillage Lip Gloss

Beauty Cosmetics Brushes (brushes w/pink handles) www.fb.com/beautycsmetics
Sigma eyeliner brush (Mr. bunny kit) www.sigmabeauty.com

MORE PHOTOS DOWN HERE:

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Watch the makeup tutorial here:

Diamond Eyes Makeup Look (Maybelline)

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An easy makeup look using Maybelline’s Diamond Glow Quad!

Products Used:

Maybelline Diamond Glow by Eye Studio  (wine pink) from MAKEUP MARKDOWN http://on.fb.me/UxkUVO - 10% off on all products
Etude House Tear Drop Liner (gold glitter) PHP 328 Etude House
Pinkies Collection Eyeliner Cream PHP 99.00
Maybelline Cheeky Glow Blush (wooden rose) from MAKEUP MARKDOWN
http://on.fb.me/UxkUVO - 10% off on all products
Maybelline Magnum Super Film Mascara from MAKEUP MARKDOWN
http://on.fb.me/UxkUVO - 10% off on all products
Maybelline Colorsensational lip color (angel rose) from MAKEUP MARKDOWN
http://on.fb.me/UxkUVO - 10% off on all products

Beauty Cosmetics Brushes (brushes w/pink handles) www.fb.com/beautycsmetics
Sigma eyeliner brush (Mr. bunny kit) www.sigmnabeauty.com

Enjoy the tutorial here:

Glitter Neutral Makeup Look

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I’ve recently been so obsessed with eye makeup looks with glitter/shimmer! This Glitter Neutral Makeup Look is perfect for night-outs and casual occasions! Give your eyes that sexy neutral look with a pop of glitter!

Products used:
Pinkies Collection Brow Cake Duo PHP 169.00
EB Advance Dark Baked Fusion 3D Compact Powder from MAKEUP MARKDOWN
http://on.fb.me/UxkUVO - 10% off on all products
Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner from MAKEUP MARKDOWN
http://on.fb.me/UxkUVO - 10% off on all products
Tear Drop Liner (gold glitter) from Etude House
Careline Charming Pink Blush from MAKEUP MARKDOWN
http://on.fb.me/UxkUVO - 10% off on all products
Lancome Rouge in Love 132M Lipstick
Clinique Lip Gloss

Flat liner brush from MissChief https://www.facebook.com/theMissChief
Beauty Cosmetics Brushes (pink handles + Chelsy flat top kabuki brush) www.fb.com/beautycsmetics
Sigma Mrs. Bunny Travel Kit Blending Brush http://www.sigmabeauty.com

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Watch the makeup tutorial here: