Rave: Organic Wear Natural Origin Bronzer

The Philippine heat makes my skin redden so easily and as such, using blush or bronzers usually makes me look like a tomato by lunch time. That’s why when I was gifted with Organic Wear Natural Origin Bronzer for Fair Skin, I wasn’t exactly rearing to try it out.

I looked it up before I used it and organicwearmakeup.com gave me this information about the product:

  • The finest Italian powder delivers a buildable natural tan glow.
  • Two shades blend together for the most natural finish.
  • A 100% natural origin bronzer, formulated with 15% certified organic ingredients, including jojoba seed oil and corn starch to moisturize and mattify the skin.
  • 100% Free of Harsh Chemicals. 100% Free of Synthetic Preservatives. 100% Free of Parabens. 100% Free of GMO’s. 100% Free of Synthetic Colors. 100% Free of Synthetic Fragrances. 100% Cruelty Free.

I decided to try it out since bronzers are supposed to work well with my recently tanned skin. The result was better than expected. I got lots of compliments for the healthy glow I was sporting, my features looked more chiseled and the product didn’t rub off despite the summer heat. I think the key to the even, golden glow I got was in the easy to blend palette of the product. And best of all, it had enough pigments, making application a breeze. Swipe it on each cheek and you’re done! 🙂
Image from organicwearmakeup.com


Product Review: E.L.F.

I’m not a make up junky but I have to admit that when I need a confidence boost, I automatically reach for my make up kit. Last weekend, I bought a bunch of Eyes Lips Face (E.L.F.) products. I’ve always liked the brand not because it offers me a range of palettes (with colors I usually don’t need anyway) but because E.L.F offers work-friendly products at a pocket-friendly price.

Last weekend, I bought 3 items: Clarifying Pressed Powder, All Over Color Stick and an Under Eye Concealer and Highlighter.

All Over Color Stick

I really didn’t know what to expect from this product. I’m not much of a blush girl and since the stick  can basically be used on the lips and the eyelids too, I didn’t know what to expect in terms of coverage.

What I loved: Simple packaging and how close the color description matched the actual application. I also loved its matte feel. No grease here.

What I liked: The dewey effect  and full color (used it on my cheeks) in one swiped.

What I hated: Ambiguous instructions that read,”Apply liberally on eyes, cheeks and lips.”

Clarifying Pressed Powder

I’ve been using E.L.F. Clarifying Pressed Powder since college and I haven’t found better options yet.

What I love: Light weight but with great pore minimizing capabilities.

What I like: For less than 200 pesos, it’s a bargain.

What I hate: It doesn’t come in a bigger compact.

I’ve been having problems with the dark circles under my eyes and my morning puffiness. I’ve been looking for a great fix-it for some months now. Fortunately, I found this dual purpose concealer and highlighter.

What I love: With caffeine and a bunch of other brightening and anti-eye puffing ingredients, it effectively reduced the puffiness of my eyes (I applied it in the morning, when my eyes are at their puffiest).

What I like: Two things for the price of one. And both last for more than 8 hours after application. The highlighter really makes eye-prep a breeze. I noticed that my eye shadow didn’t slide off or crease for around 5 hours (I have oily skin to boot).

What I hate: I don’t hate anything about it. For 245 pesos, its performance has been stellar.

Do you have favorite beauty buys? Share away!

(All images from http://www.eyeslipsface.com)

Lippy in a Jiffy

If  you’re like me you like your make-up easy to use but dramatic. This little review is for the frequently time-starved woman. I don’t usually follow trends when it comes to make up. I put on whatever I feel like putting on (and when I say this, I might mean lime green eyes, super red lips or dark smoky eyes during daytime!).

However, during work days I usually have to tone down (read: look serious and businessy). As someone whose profession requires me to meet different kinds of people, I can’t be too careful with how I do my make up!

One of the ways I amp up my look is using different kinds of lipstick and gloss. Great lipstick can save you time in the mornings. One, you can keep everything else neutral and low key if you have eye popping lipstick on. And secondly, it doesn’t take much of an effort. All you need is the right shade, a lip brush and some blotting paper or tissue.

Here are some of my top picks for lip color:

Bobbi Brown’s Color Options in Magenta

Don't let the bright hue scare you!

For the record: I like magenta and hot pink. These colors play up my skin tone well and it makes me feel young. Also, it’s a color that needs some level of finesse. Oftentimes, people look tacky in hot pink because they’re not wearing the proper shade.

It's not too pink. 🙂

Pros: Bobbi Brown’s Lip Lacquer is great for those times when you want to look polished but have no time. It instantly smooths out your lips while giving you great color. What I also like about this particular lacquer is it isn’t sticky. I usually have problems with lacquers and glosses because they tend to get sticky in Manila humidity.

Cons: It comes in a pot therefore: you’ll need to be extra careful. Unlike it’s tube counterparts, you’ll really need a lip brush for this product (Bobbi Brown has great lip brushes too!).

Lancome’s Color Fever Lipstick and L’Absolu Rouge

L'Absolu Rouge in 2009's Burnt Sienna

I’m a closet Lancôme addict. I love their facial wash, toners and I especially love their cosmetics! I’ve been addicted to their Color Fever and L’Absolu Rouge lines for quite some time now. For the former, I just adore it in Pink to the Club (it looks kind of Orange but it’s really a soft, shimmery pink).

Burnt Sienna

Pros: It comes in a tube, easy to apply. It delivers the colors you expect and it rarely runs or smears.

In Pink to the Club

Cons: The price of beauty. A lot of their palettes aren’t readily available locally and if they are, they cost an arm and a half.

More next time.

PS. You may have noticed, my lips are sunburned. Sorry for that. And BTW, these products are available in Rustan’s.