Friday, April 18, 2014

#FaceFriday : All-Drugstore

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Happy Aloha Friday, beauties! It's time for another #FaceFriday feature. This week, it's all about drugstore brands. Whether you're a makeup noob, pro MUA, brand snob, there is that drugstore brand you are curious to try or swear by. So without further adieu, here are the products I used for today's #fotd (some reviews are linked)

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Elf Mineral Infused Face Primer : nice quality for dirt-cheap price
Elf Flawless Finish Foundation: not a favorite because it does oxidize fast
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer: great for dark under eyes
Elf Transluscent Mattifying Powder: a tad chalky but good enough to set foundation

Elf Mineral Eyeshadow Primer : performs just as good as Urban Decay primer potion
Elf Cream Eyeliner Teal Tease (lower lash line): made my left eye teary-eyed
Loreal Silkissime Eyeliner Highlighter (water line): contact lens wearer beware: this transfers to contacts making your vision cloudy. I had to take off my lenses at work, shoot!
Covergirl Bombshell Volume Mascara


NYX Matte Lipstick Strawberry Daiquiri 

Have you tried any of these products?


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

TheFabZilla ChitChat: Project Makeunder

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I'll keep my intro short and sweet this time. Chitchat is our mid-week break from product reviews. It's when I share a piece of my mind from the most mundane to overly dramatic women's dilemma. No holds-barred here so chime in.

I am more than certain that I wasn't the only humanoid who was pleasantly surprised with Nicki Minaj's understated look last weekend at the MTV Awards. Her red carpet photos dominated all of social media and while I wasn't a fan of her music, I like the less than garish a.k.a makeunder outcome. Beautiful and flawless, #girlcrush here.

Pre-Nicki, we've seen Spooki, I mean Snooki Polizzi graduate from Oompa Loompa scare to the fabulous woman that she is now. Add Christina Aguilera and Katy Perry to the growing list of celebrities who wittingly chose the project makeunder road. Now whether that's a smart career decision or not, still it's a breath of fresh air to see these girls looking more natural once in a while.

Makeup is an art, therefore it has no rules. It's a form of personal expression so I'm not here to say what is wrong and acceptable. And just so you know, I road test each makeup in all of my reviews even if it means rocking neon pink lips or dark smokey eyes in scrubs! Sometimes patients ask me what lipstick I'm wearing but probably most of them think who the hell is this RN walking like a painting, hahaha! In pretty normal days 'tho, I keep everything simple.

Not being a complete hyprocrite here but honestly, I do get distracted with over-chiseled/ contoured face, uber caky foundation and over-emphasized brows (I'm talking about concealing eyebrows 3 or 4 shades lighter than skin color). I've seen some I secretly wish I can do a makeunder with, not because I'm a  nosy ass stickler but it's just that "less is definitely more" sometimes. I know, I know, it's none of my goddam business. Pardon my french, 'told ya this shit is unedited. I love makeup but I'm not afraid to embark on a makeunder101.

What about you?


Monday, April 14, 2014

Get Sandal- Ready for Summer!

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Living in the tropics, you can correctly assume that sandals dominate my shoe collection. When I feel like adding few inches to my petite stature, I wear wedges. But in most days though, I prefer flat sandals that expose my toes and ankles. Comfort before anything else babe!

This leads me to my next point, my precious feet need to look just as fabulous! Overkill, vain, OC, call me whatever you want but I seriously dread cracked soles. So whether you're prepping up for summer or just want to be sandal-ready anytime, here are ways to keep your feet in tiptop shape.

1. Exfoliate to slough off dead skin cells. 
If you prefer simple DIY, mix olive oil and brown sugar to create a moisturizing foot scrub. Here's a tutorial if you're interested.

Now if you want spa-quality pedi at home, Emjoi Micro-Pedi Nano ($24.95) maybe your answer.  I received one to try out. In a nutshell, it's a sleek, compact home pedicure tool that painlessly removes dead skin cells and calluses. It has a micro-mineral roller that spins 30 times a second that pulverize rough skin. I was honestly surprised with the amount of flecks this tool generated, considering that I take care of my feet on a regular basis! 

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It requires two AA batteries. Very easy to use and ideal for travel too!

Here's a before and after photo of my feet. It's not rocket science but offhand, you can tell that "after" looks obviously smoother.

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2. Moisturize with cream. Make it habit to moisturize your feet after shower and before you call it a night to prevent dry cracked soles. Do this religiously and your feet will thank you.

3. Paint your toes bright! Call me partial but whenever I see a woman with great-looking pedi, I immediately think that she does take care of herself. It's the little things, mind you. If you're like me who prefers DIY, just soak your feet in warm water for five minutes, towel-try, remove old nail polish, cut and/or file nail, then paint to your heart's desire! 

4. Have fun with sandals. Bling, thong, leather, rubber, jelly, they all come in gazillion styles and colors. Remember, happy feet, happy life!

How do you take care of your feet?


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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Lovin' Grape Lips Feat. Bite Beauty Cosmetics (Luminous Creme Lipstick Violet and Matte Creme Lip Crayon Grape)

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I have a penchant for bright bold lips. I mean, it's the easiest no-fuss makeup any time, any day. Believe me when I say that you can totally skip eye makeup and still look effortlessly fabulous. Through the years, I have amassed and fallen in love with every red or pink shade out there, and to be honest, it can get pretty boring too. So to spice up my trivial grievance, I am stealing Daryl Dixon's crossbow to hunt for the next best purple lippy in puckerland

If you're a Sephora hardcore customer then you won't miss Bite Beauty's standalone shelf. The display is not ostentatious but the vast array of lipsticks is enough to entice this lippy junkie! So while browsing for new releases few weeks ago, I was enthralled to find these beauties!

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Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick ($24, .15oz/ 4.35g) Violet is magenta violet. It's very hydrating, opaque in one pass, goes on smooth like a lip butter, a tad shiny, and renders impeccable six-hour wear time. It does stain the lips which maybe a nuisance to some or an advantage to us women-on-the-go (a.k.a no time to retouch).

The main selling point of Bite Beauty is the inclusion of antioxidant resveratrol in the ingredients which claims to fight free radicals with anti-aging benefits. According to the website, Each Bite lipstick contains the same amount of resveratrol found in five glasses of red wine. What the heck is aging? I know I stopped counting the years, haha!

5 Mg Trans-Resveratrol: From vitis vinifera and polygonum cuspidatum. 
Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil**, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax)**, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil**, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter**, Triisostearyl Citrate* (Vegetable-Derived), Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil**, Acacia Decurrens Wax*, Jojoba Wax*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax*, Polyglyceryin-3*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax*, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil*, Organic Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil**, Organic Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax**, Silica*, Natural Flavor*, Trans-Resveratrol*, Vitis Vinefera (Grapeseed) Oil*, Siraitia Grosvenori (Monk Fruit)*. May Contain: Mica (Ci 77019)*, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891)*, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499)*, Carmine (Ci 75470)*, Fd&C Blue No. 1 (Ci 42090), Fd&C Yellow No. 5 (Ci 19140), Fd&C Yellow No. 6 (Ci 15985), Fd&C Red No. 40 (Ci 16035), D&C Red 6 (Ci 15850), D&C Red 7 (Ci 15850), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742)*. *Natural. **Certified organic.

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Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24, 0.05 oz) Grape is purple. It's semi-matte and like the creme lipstick, it is opaque in one pass and unequivocally moisturizing. Matte lippies tend to emphasize my lip lines but not this. I smell a hint of citrus which I like! It also stains the lips and I had five to six hours of wear time. Between the two, I honestly like the formula of this lip crayon better so a repurchase is definitely imminent. 

Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil**, Acacia Decurrens Wax*, Jojoba Wax*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax*, Polyglyceryin-3*, Polyhydroxystearic Acid*, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)**, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax)**, Silica*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Wax*, Coco-Caprylate*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Natural Flavor*, Tocopherol*, Trans-Resveratrol*, Vitis Vinefera (Grape) Vine Extract*, Siraitia Grosvenorii (Monk Fruit Concentrate)*. [+/- May Contain: Mica (Ci 77019)*, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891)*, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499)*, Carmine (Ci 75470)*, Fd&C Blue No. 1 (Ci 42090), Fd&C Yellow No. 5 (Ci 19140), Fd&C Yellow No. 6 (Ci 15985), Fd&C Red No. 40 (Ci 16035), D&C Red 6 (Ci 15850), D&C Red 7 (Ci 15850), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742)*].

For comparison, here are swatches of Luminous Creme Lipstick (Violet) and Matte Lip Crayon (Grape):

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.... and a side-by-side photo on how they actually look on my lips.

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Just so you know, I purposely omitted blush, bronzer and eye makeup (save for mascara and BB cream)  to prove the point of a fuss-free makeup with bright bold lips.

Bottom line, if you're looking for bright purple lippies that are worth every penny, these are absolute must-haves for spring and summer. 

What about you? what's your favorite purple lipstick?