My worst beauty buys


The Ilocano in me bought inexpensive beauty tools. I don’t mind buying inexpensive products as long as they deliver great results.

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I thought I’d be getting quality products since I purchased and liked Etude House’s makeup before, particularly their cheek colors. The curlash can’t curl and the tweezers can’t pull out hair — just really as simple as that.

For primping tools, invest in tried and tested brands such as Japanese Shu Uemura or Shiseido curlash (best for Asian eyes) and Tweezerman tweezers. Revlon products are also nice and pretty affordable. Though I keep on losing one, I also like the Swiss Army tiny tweezers.

I wish beauty companies invest more on product testing.

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Lippie Review: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine

Ericke messaged me one night just to tell me she purchased an Yves Saint Laurent. She scares me sometimes ‘coz she can be like me in certain ways. “After trying it on, you wouldn’t want to go back to any other brand.” The Rouge Volupté and not what I initially thought it would be.

I was supposed to go buy just a curlash at Red Dot. How can you not notice the glass stand as you enter the door? Only the blind won’t know what’s in there. I’m a MAC zombie, but I stray. And so I spotted the gold.

YSL Rouge Volupte

I think I’ve seen the colors before. Your usual Sunday best pinks, juicy peaches and oranges, MLBB nudes, luscious reds and some purples. I first picked a shade in my comfort zone just in case I wouldn’t be liking the feel or opacity. I unearthed what is so special about them — the incomparable melting texture and brilliant pure color.

YSL says — for lips that crave endless pleasure. So it’s not just a hype in this day and age of labels.

YSL Rouge VolupteLeft to right: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Lipstick (No. 32)  Corail Jalouse, Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Lipstick  (No. 33) Rose Neillia, Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick  (No. 16) Orange Impertinent.YSL Rouge Volupte

One thing led to another. It feels like silk on the lips, truly very hydrating. There is no feathering, even though how buttery these Rouge Volupté lipsticks are. I love the way each color fades into the lips after several hours of wear.

From the Flower Crush 2014 Collection, Corail Jalouse is a petal pink with a very subtle touch of coral, very pretty with heavy eyes, and Rose Neillia is a pink poppy that’s everyday wearable. Orange Impertinent, a gorgeous true coral, is from the Rouge Volupté Shine line that debuted last year. With its color coded tube, you won’t have a hard time finding a lipstick.

Saying goodbye to lippie shopping for now, have to milk each tube for all its worth.

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Schwarzkopf Osis Mess Up and Dust It Review

Schwarzkopf Osis

For a month, I was enjoying my transitional Miley side part, but it reached a length that is freakishly so hard to style. My old Hairlastic with flexible fibers simply weighed down my grown out bangs. I guess it is better suited for inch-long hair, not to mention the nasty build-up in as much as I’ve been using it forever. And so I finally bought 2 products from the Schwarzkopf Osis line.

I’ve been itching to lay my hands on Dust It, which they used at Fix Salon in Manila to help my flipped out bangs stay in place. It stayed on the whole night, without the weighted feeling.  The shaping Mess Up smells so good that’s why I couldn’t part with it. Both the products are mattifiers, so expect no shine at all. I shaped the bangs twice before taking photos, so you will notice a slight difference in length in the 2 photos below.

Osis Mess Up

Mess Up  is packaged cutely, unexpectedly like a sardine can. It says gum, though it’s more like a cream to me. It is meant to provide texture and definition to layered hair.  Rubbed very little on my hands and worked it on my hair. The paste is unusually smooth (and not gluey) on the hair, yet holds the gamine style I want. The hold is heavy-duty, but you can still easily restyle the hair with this. I like the way I am able to separate the bangs into choppy pieces. I never liked products that hang tough on the hair. Unlike clay and other gum products, Mess Up is easily shampooed away.

Osis  Dust It 2

Now the powder hair product. I wasn’t attracted to it when I first saw it on the shelves of a local salon. How could I not even read what’s it all about? As it turns out, it is very good product for easy heavy duty lift. It’s undoubtedly powder made with silica. You can dust it on the palms and finger comb your hair, or dust it directly on the hair and finger-style the shape you want. It’s a multipurpose hair product, so it can take the place of old-hat hair sprays. I used it to slightly pouf up the bangs and bring it to the side. You can add more of the powder while building up the volume. For my hair, it’s just about 2 shakes. The styled texture is natural and sleek. The feel of the hair when running the fingers through it might freak out first-timers.

I’m satisfied with my two purchases.  Mess Up is probably harder to finish since I tend to use just a little. I stopped dreaming of long hair. I just want manageable, nice looking locks.

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