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If there's one part of a woman's body that's the most neglected, I bet that would be her feet. Lowly as they are anatomically speaking, they don't get as much attention as our hands or legs, oh well save for some cute pedi every now and then. If only mine can talk, they are probably swearing at me now!

But it's never too late to give them some TLC. Using a foot scrub helps exfoliate dead skin cells. In one of my previous DIYs, I shared how you can make your own coffee cinnamon foot scrub. Another option is to try this super cheapo foot scrub from Freeman (about $4), Barefoot Lemon + Sage Foot Scrub with Tea Tree Oil.


It only takes a minute or two to use this stuff. I scrub and massage my feet, paying close attention to my heels, then rinse. I like the citrus scent and that 'lil tinglin'-coolin' sensation. Nirvana says my feet. After rinsing, I apply lotion to keep my feet moisturized.


Quite a long list of ingredients for a foot scrub. But I see Not Tested on Animals so I'm okay!

When was the last time you pampered your feet?



"I was reading through your blog, and I was wondering if you have tricks to make cheeks appear fuller without having to add fillers. I had a derma treatment which had a bad effect on my skin, and actually made my pores look larger in my cheeks and seemed to make my skin less tight, dont know what happened but my laugh lines look heavier in just a couple of weeks and the skin in my cheeks looks more slack also making my cheeks look less full. I have a long very narrow face anyway, so really could do with tips to make cheeks look fuller"

Aloha Ms. Y, thanks for your question! I am in no way an expert but my long-term affair with makeups led me to discover some tricks I thought might help you. You didn't mention your skin type but open pores are common to those with oily skin, and that includes me. Shine exaggerates pores so the key to reducing them is to control sebum production. I find that facial wash and toners that have salicylic acid in them help mattify my face which in turn minimize the appearance of pores temporarily. I also use a face primer prior to applying foundation as the latter has a tendency to accumulate in between pores. I use dimethicone-based primers as I find them helpful in blurring my visible pores. As to how to make your cheeks look fuller, have you tried using highlighter? In principle, anything you highlight brings the object forward. Apply blush onto the apples of your cheek then sweep highlighter on top of your cheekbones. If you don't have face highlighter, use a champagne or flesh-tone eyeshadow, it'll work just the same. By the way, use highlighter sparingly if you have oily skin because the downside of it is that it tends to exaggerate open pores.

Stay fabulous!


Kathryne


Got beauty questions? Shoot me an e, I'll try my best to answer them.




'Ey Ms. Sexy, have you spotted Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush recently? What if I say you can get four of these newly- repackaged eye candies for only $20? Yep, 4 for $20 if I can't stress that enough. 

"Most Wanted" 3.9g/ .138 oz
The Ultimate Look Shadow Trio is available in six palettes, ranging from neutral to bold. I got "Most Wanted", featuring champagne, bronze, and brown, all in silky finish. These eyeshadows are moderately pigmented, perfect for daytime or to those noob to makeups. 



"Boudoir Pink" 2.2g / .078 oz
The Glossy Tint Lip Sheen is available in four shades. This lippy reminds me of Tarte and Revlon Balm Stain minus the stain effect. Let's just say that this is a glorified tinted balm in a cute packaging. Boudoir Pink is more like naked coral when worn. It's a bit moisturizing to say the least.


Will you be buying these "new" babies?

Get the Look:
Champagne on brow bone, bronze on lid, dark brown on crease
Boudoir Pink on lips


xoxo





I can't believe my birthday month is almost over, as if it's a big deal zillas! As in usual, enjoy these posts from some of the best beauty bloggers around the world.




Care for a joy ride? I'm gonna drive you like cray-cray! xo, Winkles

In case you missed them, here are the top three posts with the most views this week:

Have you tried dead sea mud soap? Adovia might be the one you need for troubled skin.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain is the answer to women who hate frequent touch-ups.

I'm in love with this hair product so I'm picking up a new one soon. Check out Organix Hydrating Macadamia Dry Styling Oil.

Talk soon!

xoxo


Cruelty-free drugstore brands are hard to come by these days. So while browsing Walmart's beauty section, I was reminded of Hard Candy. 
Subconscious: "That's some trendy packaging right there.  Don'cha want bold lashes too?" 
Moi: "Stop it, I'm on a no-buy mission today. I came to Walmart to check out the optical services" 
Subconscious: "I thought you need felt tip eyeliner?" 
Moi: They don't have black eyeliner! 
Subconscious: Dark blue is a nice substitute lady! 

Freak! An hour later, I left with makeups, new jammies, craft supplies and a prescription for contacts. Story of my life, bow!

Swing to reality. Experience taught me that the best mascara is still in oblivion. Bold tarantula-like lashes are nothing but Photoshop manipulation. Ostentatious brand names don't translate to actual claims. So I had no great expectations when I picked up Hard Candy Lashaholic Super Volume Mascara Biggest Baddest Lashes. I just like the FabZilla vibe of this mascara's packaging. Naughty & nice to put it bluntly.


At $6.60, this is quite a steal. The barrel container and shocking pink tube can pass for some mid-end, if not high-end department store brands. The bristles are slightly concave which I don't think helped in the application at all. The formula is a tad dry. It's not really smudge-proof because I noticed smearing at mid-day. Oh well, this humid weather ain't helping either. While it did give my lashes some volume, it can't be any badder! One coat produced nicely separated lashes, two coats made it clumpy. But I expect that from a lot of mascaras anyway. Overall, it's a good everyday mascara but as in usual, ditch the marketing claim.



Next is Stroke of Gorgeous Felt Tip Eyeliner ($6.00). I am a pencil and cream eyeliner user so I want to try this formula. Black is sold out so I settled for "In the Navy", a deep blue shade.


Hmmm, I'm not happy with this. It's a weak blue in my pigment dictionary. I lined my lash line a few times to get a decent amount of color. While it didn't make me teary (I have sensitive eyes), I. don't. like. this. at. all. No further elaboration needed.

Have you tried these yet?

xoxo


It's true! The secret to a good makeup starts with foundation. In fact, I encourage my girl friends to invest more on foundation out of all the makeups in a woman's arsenal. I like liquid foundations because I can play around with coverage: medium for everyday wear or full-on for special ala-red carpet occasions. Choosing the right foundation depends on your skin type, skin tone and preferred coverage. If you have oily skin like me, be on the look out for "oil-free, non-comedogenic, long-wearing, mattifying". Needless to say, it helps that you use a face primer prior to applying foundation so your makeup stays throughout the day.

There are nice brands, and there are those I continue to patronize. So here are my Top 3 Liquid Foundations:


Tarte Amazonian Clay 12- hour Full Coverage Foundation (Medium) is quite a recent discovery. It is lightweight, easy to blend and has SPF 15. Though full coverage, it doesn't feel like you're wearing a pile of makeup. Used with a face primer, it lasts for ten hours or until I'm ready to take it off. This has become my go-to foundation lately.

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation (Sand Beige) gives me that flawless look for pictorials. I feel extra gorgeous whenever I use this foundy. It has a slightly creamier formula and a small amount goes a long way. It's not as long-wearing as Tarte and MUFE and it has a tendency to oxidize on my oily skin.   Regardless, I still like it for that short-lived moment of fairy tale gorgeousness!

Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + is the foundation I use for long hours under extreme temperature, say filming out in the sun. It is oil-free and water-resistant. It dries pretty quick so you need to blend it faster than normal. 

No matter what brand I use, I always seal my foundation with a finishing powder. What about you? any top 3 faves?


xoxo




Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense 39 ($19, Sephora) is described as satin orange coral. Paraben-free, it is richly pigmented and has commendable staying power (about four hours but completely gone after a meal). The texture is quite matte and it has a tendency to settle in between lip lines. When using this lippy, I highly recommend to exfoliate your lips first and then moisturize with a lip balm. I'm not a fan of the scent, it's too chemical according to my olfactory sense. It feels waxy upon application, thanks woe to the three wax ingredients (castor, candelilla, rice bran). While I like the shade (I'm a sucker for coral), I'm not head over heels with this lipstick. Nice try but I won't be repurchasing. Skip.

Do you own this particular shade?


xoxo



An apple a day takes bad breath away. Of course not! It maybe a quick fix to mask that pizza breath before smooching but it won't cure halitosis. Hygiene 101 ladies. 

But seriously, today's makeup was inspired by the 'lil green apple. That fruit my furry baby loves to snack on everyday, yay!


To achieve this look, sweep lime green eyeshadow on eye lid and a slightly darker green shade on crease. To add a bit of dimension, I used army green shade and light handedly blended it with a fluffy brush. I lined my lash line with black eye liner and then topped off with blue eyeshadow.

Products used: Sephora palette (greens), Rachel Roy palette (blue), Tarte (brow bone), Lorac lotsa lipgloss, Sula blush

Green overload? what with the matching earrings and top, hahaha!

Have a wonderful week ahead. 

xoxo

Tea tree oil is a staple in herbal remedies. It's extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca alternofolia, a shrub indigenous to Australia. It's known to have antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties.

For almost a month now, I have been using Organix Hydrating Teatree Mint Shampoo and Conditioner. It's sulfate-free and very moisturizing indeed. Prior to using this combo, I have patchy flakes along the hairline. It's not itchy like dandruff, for the most part I attribute it to long hot showers (too much heat dries out scalp). Lo and behold! This product solved that. I massage my scalp with this shampoo, rinse, and then do the same with conditioner. Both are lightly fragrant and my scalp feels fresh and cool after shower. Just what I need after a long and busy day!


Another fave is The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Blemish Fade Night Lotion. I have oily skin and this adult acne is such a nuisance. Like I said in my previous review, I reach out for this product to lighten dark pimple marks. Remember the nasty zit that made a scandalous scene in the middle of my collarbone? It's gone now. This product is my go-to to completely fade it out.


I don't deny that my bathroom is besieged with various body and facial wash (I blame blogging for that!). One facial wash that always gives me that refreshing feeling is The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Wash. Again, I find that it works for my grease ball face.  It's gel-based and doesn't over-dry my skin. 


Have you tried any tea tree oil products? What's your favorite?


I am deeply saddened by the horrific Colorado theater shooting incident. Sincerest sympathy to the families and victims of this heartless soul a.k.a "Joker". This is beyond abominable!

Now for some giveaway updates. If you love to read blogs, then don't miss the $400 Reader Survey Giveaway being hosted by the Beauty Blog Coalition. As for my Birthday Giveaway, I am in the process of validating entries. Remember, prizes will only be awarded if you can provide proof that you have entered the contest legitimately. I used Rafflecopter to hold and pick winners but I validate entries myself. Needless to say, if you didn't follow rules, you're automatically disqualified and a new winner will be picked. This is to be fair to everyone who entered, claro?

Here are wonderful posts to chillax with this weekend!



There is something sexy and mysterious about taupe. Taupe as a color is akin to a woman that's hard to decipher. It's not a flat color but a mixture. So is it grayish brown or dark brown lightened with white? Interestingly, taupe is the result of adding orange and yellow and then deepened with black. Confused? Whatever. Taupe is my choice for today's eye makeup.


For my lids, I used Mattese NYC Shadow Dust Cosmos, a cheapo taupe eye shadow! (review here). I then applied dark brown to my outer eye corner and blended light brown along the crease. I used matte champagne color for my brow bone, tight-lined my upper lash line with deep black eye pencil, and then sealed with black eye shadow. Two coats of mascara and moi is off to work.

What's your favorite taupe?




Adult acne is as frustrating as teenage I tell you. Que horror! No matter how much I take care of my skin, having a grease ball face makes me vulnerable to pimples. Have you ever had that bump under the skin? Once in a great while I do. It's red and a bit painful when you touch it. 

Mario Badescu to the rescue. This drying cream is specifically made to prevent that zit under the skin from getting larger. It has aloe that conceals and heals pimples. Dab cream with fingers until it blends with skin. Best when applied after moisturizer, before makeup.

Ingredients: Deionized Water, Zinc Oxide, Aloe, Beeswax, Cetyl Alcohol, Lemon Extract, Colloidal Sulfur, Ervol,Octyl Palmitate, Ichthammol,Polysorbate 80, Titanium Dioxide, Polyglycerylmethacrylate (and) Propylene Glycol

So I had that dreadful bump at the tip of my left brow and zit of all places~> right at the center of my collarbone. Goodness gracious! I used this Mario Badescu to conceal and heal. And in three days, they're completely dry and gone. My only gripe is the strong sulfur scent (combined with other ingredients) so if you're sensitive to odors, you may not like this. Sulfur has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and keratolytic properties. 

Bottom line, 'hate the smell but love the result. It's cruelty-free!
Availability: Nordstrom, mariobadescu.com
Price: $14 (0.5 oz)

Disclaimer: 'got a trial size from a recent purchase


xoxo


While bronze and gold seem to be the popular shades for summer, moi leans more on copper for that punch o' glow. It compliments my medium skin tone and it's subtle enough to wear to work.


The challenge to wearing copper eye makeup is finding a blush-on that harmonizes but not really matchy-matchy. Huh? say that again madam. What I mean is, there is balance in simplicity.
Pinks don't flatter and copper-orange is a tad overboard for daytime wear. Good thing I have this peachy- bronze blush from Laura Mercier (Sunsoaked Bronze). I finished the look with a sheen lippy from Sonia Kashuk (Sheer Bronzey Nude).

Get the eye look: For reference, I used my old MAC Mineralize eye shadow (Mix & Switch). Sweep shimmery champagne on lids and brow bone. Apply copper eyeshadow on crease and blend. Line upper lash line with shimmer dark brown (Laura Geller Eye Rimz Baked Shadow in Bewitching Bronze). Amp this to night time ~> Wear false lashes and wing out your eyes.

What's your favorite look this summer?

Blame the coffee! I haven't had one when I made a doctor's appointment at 8am, what was I thinking? Done before 9, what to do next babe? A quick trip to the mall across the clinic or breakfast at McD? 

You know what amazes me each time I visit any McDonald's this early? Groups of elderly chit-chattin', sippin' coffee and slicin' pancakes. I wonder if Ronald McDonald is aware of this market segment. One thing I know, amidst those laughters is a child at heart defying wrinkles and gray hairs. Now I'm inspired.

So the mall rat in me can't be contained. What's an hour of wait 'til the stores open. Anyhoo, here's my mini-haul, mostly accessories this time.


I like olivia + joy purses, they're trendy and good quality bags without the exorbitant tag. Animal prints never go out of style. 

I make and sell accessories on the side but couldn't pass up on these lovely earrings and faux snakeskin bangle. I paid only $10 for 5 items. Must be my lucky day!



Then I went back to The Body Shop to check if they still have the 50% off promotion. Sure they do so I picked up the Summer Glow lotion (to layer with my Summer Glow EDT) and Japanese Cherry Blossom EDT. It's my birthday month so I got $10 discount. Lucky day times two.


Okay I'm gonna get ready for work now. Byeee.

P.S. Check out these recent guest posts I penned Makeup Tricks | Facelift Without Surgery and Makeup Tricks To Look Younger


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