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Well well well, before we officially welcome 2014, let me thank each one of you in absolute random order: loyal subscribers, frequent commenters, beauty addicts, and google searchers.  Without your support and views, I am but an isolated nutcase talking entirely to myself about makeup trivialities. How pathetic. But you are there, and even if you don't comment as much, I know you're there. Stats don't lie. While this blog remains a small fish swimming in a nearly-polluted ocean of beauty bloggers, the last three years had been very meritorious, at least in my opinion. More opportunities opened, more friendships  formed,  more networks unraveled, and more products hauled, haha!

I'm not gonna lie, while I love writing and sharing my thoughts with you all, sometimes I find myself uninspired. I have several write-ups or blog ideas that never got published because I don't know how to begin or finish. If you don't know yet, blogging is not my source of livelihood. I don't think it will ever be, what with the meager income this blog gives me. So kudos to you ladies who made your blog your career. Plus I love my job as RN/Clinic Manager; I like social interaction, I love helping people. Which leads me to my next point, I work 6 days a week so by the time I get home, I just want to eat and chill. My mind is tired already, that explains my typo error if you are nitpicky enough to catch it. But see I still try to put up 3-4 posts a week because writing is kinda therapeutic (it distracts me from online shopping, haha). Taking and editing photos also take so much time, which by the way I do on Sundays which is my only free day (while doing laundry on the side). Reading between the lines, I hope you understand If I say that it did occur to me to just shut down this blog in its entirety. 

But no, closing means a self-inflicted agony. If you love something, wouldn't you savor every moment of it? I adore all things beauty so cutting the line is not an option. Not for now. I breathe makeups, and I believe you do. So this blog is like our umbilical cord, we sustain each other.

You have come to this point, that means I didn't bore you with my surprisingly superfluous narration. So what's to expect in 2014? 

Well there is NO new me. What is it anyway?

But there will be some changes, blog-wise.

I will work on bringing you more engaging photos. I am Photoshop ignoramus and my free PicMonkey subscription expired today. But I decided to stop being stingy so at $4.99 a month , I renewed my PicMonkey until I am able to educate myself about Photoshop. 

Invest on a new camera, probably a decent point and shoot or DSLR. But see I'd rather buy a new purse than camera so that's another hurdle.

Comment on others' blog. I started pretty good late this year so I will carry that torch next year.

Try to be more creative with my posts; beauty is an all-encompassing subject and product review can get boring too you know. How awesome is this, this stuff feels great, this is pigmented, this that, blah blah. Snooze.

For my personal resolutions? NONE. At my age now, either you love me or hate otherwise. I can't control people's reactions but mine. I am an old me of the new me of 2007, the year I rediscovered myself. That a-ha moment when I learned to love myself.

In closing, 2013 was indeed filled with countless blessings in all aspects.  I humbly thank our Creator for giving me caring and supporting loved ones. My husband who understands that I need Naked 3 and several shades of red lipsticks just because. My enabler-slash- makeup- loving mom who by the way is my #1 blog critic (she tells me upfront if I look haggard in photos, and I tell her back that I need to show my dark under eyes so my reviews are more factual). My precious doggy who's probably a makeup junkie in her former life. And of course friends who stayed with me all these years.

It is true, kindness is rewarded multifold. It may not be all the time but it will be great each time! I'm not saying I am Mother Theresa reincarnated but it gives me joy when I am able to help others. Ok I take that back, I am a foul-mouthed muthafucka lipstick -obsessed but inherently caring woman . Did I rattle you enough? Now let's all laugh and wish each other the best of 2014. Buckle up my dahlings!



xo,
Kathryne






review becca shimmering skin perfecter pressed-rose gold, swatch becca

I can show you the world, shining shimmering splendid, lalalala. Never mind my cat- in- distress voice, I am just channeling a Princess Jasmine vibe aboard an imaginary carpet. Truth be told. I love to sing but songs hate me, #cantcarryatune que horror.

But you can't blame the singing gurl, shining and shimmering were my top-of- mind words the moment I laid eyes on Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed- Rose Gold ($38, 8g /0.28 oz), a holiday limited edition I snagged during Sephora's VIB haul.

What the Sephora website says: "This creamy powder luminizer is like crushed gemstones in a compact for refined luminosity in any light. The formula features ultrafine luminescent pearls that adjust and become one with your skin so your perfect glow is never lost. Unlike the traditional pressed powder method, which simply mixes and compresses dry ingredients, this proprietary formula is a blend of wet and dry pigments ensuring a balanced application every time. "

Ingredients: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isostearyl Alcohol, Petrolatum, Silica, Boron Nitride, Nylon-12, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Microcrystalline Wax, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Acrylates Copolymer, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Synthetic, Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Sorbitan, Sesquioleate, Paraffin, Magnesium Stearate, Polyethylene, Tetrasodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorphenesin, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Chromium, Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Carmine (CI 75470), Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090).

review becca shimmering skin perfecter pressed-rose gold, swatch becca

First let's talk about packaging. Does it look like UFO to you? The metal dome with BECCA imprint speaks to me like a martian from outer space would. But ET aside, there is something really extrrrra about this beauty that needs to be shared before it disappears from our planet that is Sephora (remember it's a limited edition).

review becca shimmering skin perfecter pressed-rose gold, swatch becca

Salivate my lovelies. I hesitated swatching it to preserve its glory but I'm in it to use it. It looks absolutely gorgeous up close! I read your mind, can we get enough of rose gold? Honestly, with all these launches featuring rose gold-themed makeups (Urban Decay's Naked 3, bareMinerals, MAC RiRi), it should have been 2013's pantone instead of emerald green or possibly 2014 rather than radiant orchid, don't you think so?

Texture-wise, it is buttery-soft and finely-milled. It applies and blends easily and I like that it has no chunky fallouts. It stays where you apply it, no migration of sorts.

review becca shimmering skin perfecter pressed-rose gold, swatch becca

At this point in my life (bring out the Kleenex, haha!), I really dread using illuminator, highlighter or anything that has shimmer on my cheeks lest I distract you with my annoyingly big pores. But it doesn't hurt to try so my "go-ahead-just-do-it" attitude triumphed over this so-called triviality. Plus it's the holidays, anyone can have an excuse to shimmer and shine!

So let's cut to the chase, if you have acne-prone skin or big pores like I do, I say use it sparingly. It does accentuate craters if you go overboard. My tip is to tap your blush or angled brush first to remove excess powder before you apply it on your cheekbones. Skip highlighting your nose or forehead if your T- zone is a magnet for grease.  Now if you're on the opposite side of the spectrum, (meaning you have dry skin) I think this is a good product to add extra glow to your face.

For all its worth, you can wear it several ways! I like to use it as an eyeshadow and also to highlight my brow arch and cupid's bow.

review becca shimmering skin perfecter pressed-rose gold, swatch becca
worn on eyelids and cheekbones.
excuse the zit on my nose.

Do you like highlighters? Which one is your favorite?


Kathryne


Shine and shop!


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  • I am officially in a state of food coma as I write this post but 'thought I quickly share with you what I wore today, makeup-wise.  It was a busy day for cooking so I made sure I can move around comfortably but still looking good.



    I have reviewed some of the products I used so feel free to click thru for more details.

    Face:
    Koh Gen Do Moisture Concealer

    Cheeks:

    Eyes:
    Urban Decay Vice 2  (Dope on brow bone & inner eye corner, Toxic on lids, Ambush on crease, Rewind on outer corner, Lovesick for upper lash line)
    Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon 48 Ro(cocoa) on waterline and upper lash line 
    thebalm Mascara

    Lips:



    And here's my one and only photo of zeeee outfit.




    I hope you all had a great holiday celebration!

    Kathryne


    Mele Kalikimaka {Merry Christmas} to everyone who celebrate! I wish you and your loved ones a meaningful celebration.



    \m/

    Kathryne

    review YSL Rouge Volupte Shine, 4 Rouge in Danger, 5 Fuchsia in Excess, Yves Saint Laurent, swatches
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    Welcome to another episode of Lippy Lovestruck, otherwise known as shameless adulation for designer brand lipsticks. Today's post is all about YSL Rouge Volupte Shine 4 Rouge in Danger and 5 Fuchsia in Excess. 

    I know, I know (head shaking)... another red and pink! Like how many more shades of red or pink lipstick a woman can ever have? As vast as the constellation? As deep as the ocean? At this point, I have no other words but Maybe. 

    review YSL Rouge Volupte Shine, 4 Rouge in Danger, 5 Fuchsia in Excess, Yves Saint Laurent, swatches

    review YSL Rouge Volupte Shine, 4 Rouge in Danger, 5 Fuchsia in Excess, Yves Saint Laurent, swatches

    If you're no stranger to Yves Saint Laurent lipstick line then you know that the packaging speaks of timeless elegance. The luxurious gold case and iconic YSL logo are just cherries on top. Uncap it and you are greeted with floral-fruity fragrance (mango/rosy) that may or may not appeal to your olfactory neurotransmitters (scent is relative after all, but I absolutely like it!). It has a glossy finish and two swipes give an enviable pigmentation. Wear time-wise, the gloss factor is good for three hours, give or take. After that, it leaves a lovely stain on the lips which will last you 'til mealtime.

    review YSL Rouge Volupte Shine, 4 Rouge in Danger, 5 Fuchsia in Excess, Yves Saint Laurent, swatches

    4 Rouge in Danger is described as deep strawberry.  On my lips it appears more red-orange.

    review YSL Rouge Volupte Shine, 4 Rouge in Danger, 5 Fuchsia in Excess, Yves Saint Laurent, swatches

    5 Fuchsia in Excess is described as bright luminous pink. It's hot pink if you're struggling to spell foushia. I mean fuchsia. See I told you, I can never get it right in one typing. Ever.

    review YSL Rouge Volupte Shine, 4 Rouge in Danger, 5 Fuchsia in Excess, Yves Saint Laurent, swatches

    Ingredients:
    -Diisostearyl Malate
    -Hydrogenated Polyisbutene
    -C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate
    -Paraffin 
    G841704: Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phenyl Trimethicone, Paraffin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Octyldodecanol, Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Candelilla Wax Extract, Polyethylene, Microcrystalline Wax, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Polyglyceryl-2 Isostearate, Hexadecene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Alumina, Caprylyl Glycol, Tribehenin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Oryzanol, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Fragrance, Glyceryl Stearate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Punica Granatum Extract, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Silica, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Acrylates Copolymer. May Contain: Ci 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Ci 45410/Red 28 Lake, Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499/Iron Oxides, Ci 15850/Red 7, Ci 15985/Yellow 6 Lake, Mica, Ci 42090/Blue 1 Lake, Ci 15850/Red 7 Lake, Ci 45380/Red 22 Lake, Ci 15850/Red 6, Ci 75470/Carmine, Ci 19140/Yellow 5 Lake.J763



    The big reveal: Believe it or not, the woman posing below was a spelling bee champion in grade school although she can't spell fuschia right. Oh well, at least she nailed it with supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

    review YSL Rouge Volupte Shine, 4 Rouge in Danger, 5 Fuchsia in Excess, Yves Saint Laurent, swatches

    review YSL Rouge Volupte Shine, 4 Rouge in Danger, 5 Fuchsia in Excess, Yves Saint Laurent, swatches


    Can you spell fuchsia right?

    Kathryne

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    Truth be told. I don't use mascara for my bottom lashes; reason being, I'm one helluva  raccoon by mid-day. Every brand of mascara that I have tried, whether they're long-wearing or waterproof, was no match to moi. I've lost count on oooopsie moments, completely unaware that my undereyes were black-stained while doing major corporate presentations or meeting new clients. That is why I have ceased coating my bottom lashes. In years. No exaggeration.

    But see I'm always up for adventure. Still part of my Sephora VIB haul, this $10 Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara was love at first coat. Curious? scroll down to find out more.



    I know you had to read again when I said it's only ten bucks. But don't be misled; it's tiny, more like a deluxe size mascara. The wand and bristles are midget too, which only make sense since we are talking of bottom lashes. For comparison, here's a regular Clinique mascara side by side with bottom lash mascara.


    I read your mind. Do you really need to coat your bottom lashes? Is it really that  necessary? From a practical point of view, I say no. I have lived in years without the extra step and I could live another sixty without bothering. But this woman wants to glam it up sometimes. So for better appreciation again, can I show you my lashes for the nth time?


    This bottom lash mascara does not promise length but you can tell that my right bottom lashes look more alive. A 'lil clumpy, unnatural, but definitely more defined. Just how dolls are, you know it's fake but you still like it nonetheless.

    So how did Clinique bottom lash mascara changed my life? *tears rolling down my cheeks, voice stuttering* "No smudges or raccoon moments the whole time I was wearing it. It is a huge deal for me because I have oily face and given my previous melodramatic experience with regular mascaras, I  think I have found my new holy grail for bottom lashes!"

    {Believe everything except the crying spell, haha!}. 

    From a distance, I present to you my bottom lashes!


    Have you tried Clinique bottom lash mascara?

    Kathryne


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    I know I'm not the only one who gets excited over empty bottles of shampoos and whatnots or makeups almost hitting pan. Call it trivial but that's what I have become over the last months. I have a plastic bag in the bathroom drawer where I collect my empties until I'm ready to post 'em, all in their naked glory. It's like an affirmation of self-control. It's hard I tell 'ya but I try to keep up. 

    Let's start from the top, hair care! I have reviewed Taya Amazon White Clay Thickening shampoo and conditioner (plus some more from the line) not too long ago. I like how this combo made my hair silky-smooth.


    Now we go to my torso, arms, legs, feet and all the nooks and crannies of your imagination, haha!


    I'm big on body scrubs, drugstore or high-end it doesn't matter as long as I love the scent or texture. I have also reviewed Perlier Volcanic Thermal Spa Scrub, while I like its gentle exfoliation properties, I wasn't a fan of the scent.

    The Body Shop is one of my favorites when it comes to shower gel. So yes, I will stock up when I hit the mall after Christmas so I can avail of huge discounts!

    Body Butter or lotion is one category that's hard to consume down to the last drop. I have several in my stash that's why. I found this moisturizer brand called Boutique at TJ Maxx. It has a hint of floral scent and feels so light on the skin.

    Back in August, I did a major Victoria's Secret haul. Their 6+1 promo (I think?!) was simply too hard to resist so I bought every lotion, cologne, lingerie, etc. Fast forward to present, I'm still forcing myself to use them up so I'm glad that I have finished this mini-bottle of Luscious Crush fragrance. It smells like candy!

    Time for skincare! Let's begin with facial masks from The Face Shop, a Korean skincare brand. 


    If you have The Face Shop near you, I say go try these masks, they're only $2 each! I like to store these in the fridge so they stay cool and moist. Once or twice a week, I treat my face ala- spa. Ten minutes of nirvana at home, olala! By the way, that Volcanic clay is a nose strip, another must-try from The Face Shop.

    Let's go to more skincare products.


    I have reviewed Eclos skin prep cleanser here. It has a nice apple scent, perfect for daytime skincare. 

    Another must-try for you is Alba Botanica Hawaiian Facial Wash, it feels so gentle and the coconut fragrance is definitely inviting! 

    I initially thought that these Pacifica wipes are for makeup. Boo me for not reading; turns out, they are lotion wipes. But see they come in handy when you're out and about and want to freshen up!

    Another favorite from The Face Shop would be their makeup wipes. They remove makeup and residues with less effort. No face- tugging of sorts, if that makes sense.

    What are your recent empties? I'm curious as a cat!

    Kathryne

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    Let's face it, much as I'm into bright lipsticks, there are days when I go back to my cocoon of neutrals. Madam Plain Jane so to speak. Why not, there is absolute beauty in simplicity. So while staring at my inventory of lippies, I realized I haven't featured these jewels from Laura Geller. Collectively called Creme Couture Lipstick Trio ($36), it has light to dark neutrals that may delight every Jane in your circle.


    These are creamy matte lipsticks with minty fragrance. Thankfully, they don't sting! They glide effortlessly and one pass renders opaque coverage. The wear time is about four hours (sans eating but with occasional water-sipping in between). 

    Sweet Peach is described as apricot nude. Plain Jane says it's flesh; no more, no less. 
    Mocha Rose is described as rich tawny red. Plain Jane says it's a nude rose lipstick, something she will wear to her movie date with hub. Sweet yet sexy.
    Mocha Mauve is described as perfect pinky-brown. Plain Jane says it's similar to Mocha Rose albeit a tad darker; just an overall everyday shade for the neutral-obssessed.

    Ready to meet my alter ego? Here she is, the nude-biased Plain Jane *drum roll*



    Individually, this lipstick costs $18 so at $36 for a set of 3, I say this is a must-try!

    Have you tried anything from Laura Geller yet?

    Kathryne

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    So you're done shopping for your loved ones. Kids got their PlayStation 4, hub his new iPad, mom her new purse, sissy her Naked 3 palette. And then you remembered Maggie, your nail-obssessed officemate or Michonne your ballerina niece. What about Aunt Carol and cousin Beth? With your credit card nearly maxed out,  you have but three choices to make:

    1) Ignore. Christmas is just another day.
    2) Send them Christmas cards or better yet, those free dancing elves e-cards. Personalize it by inserting your family's faces!
    3) Buy gifts no more than $10 but wrap them nicely. It's in the presentation mah dahlings!

    If guilt is killing you inside, here are some fabulous gift ideas that will surely delight every woman in your list.

    2. Soho Beauty Sponge ($6.99, Walmart). It's a dupe for Beauty Blender at fraction of the price.
    3. OCC Nail Lacquer ($10, Sephora). It's vegan and cruelty-free.
    4. Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush Glossy Tint Lip Sheen ($9 each or 5 for $20, Victoria's Secret). It's similar to Clinique or Revlon lip crayons.
    5. Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush Ultimate Look Shadow Trio ($9 each or 5 for $20, Victoria's Secret). It's the mature version of fancy e.l.f palettes.
    6. The Body Shop Fruit and Nut Lip Butter Trio ($8.40, The Body Shop). Dry and cracked lips ain't fab!
    7. TokyoMilk Dark Femme Fatale Collection Lip Elixir ($7, Sephora). Yes, a product less than $10 does exist at Sephora. This is intoxicatingly sweet and very hydrating on the lips.
    8. Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara ($10, Sephora). Smudge-free bottom lashes, for realz!
    9. Ecotools Retractable Kabuki Brush, (8.99, Target, Walmart,Ulta). It's great for travel and the fibers are super soft.
    10. Conair Bun Maker ($4.99, Ulta). Why do a messy bun if you can achieve a sleek ballerina updo?

    Now it's time to wrap, give it a lil 'thought and creativity. These supplies are dirt-cheap and can be bought even at Walmart. 

    Wrap gift in a tissue paper, then wrap again using sinamay. Secure with ribbon, finish by accessorizing with christmas balls.



    Happy gift-giving beauties!


    Ever thought about the characters I used for today's post? Run, walkers are behind you!!!!

    Kathryne

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    Happy Holidays! It's time for another Blogger Giveaway Collaboration. Yep, one lucky winner will receive a $400 Sephora Gift Card! Oh Lawd, that's a whole lot of makeup!!  Starts 12/16/13 and ends 12/25/13. Good luck & be sure to visit and say aloha to the lovely ladies participating in the giveaway!!


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    review Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Diffused Light, swatch, Hourglass
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    I have hit pan on my current holy grail Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (Dim Light) so repurchasing it makes sense right? But guess what, I settled for Diffused Light this time; reason being, Ambient claims to be universally flattering regardless of the shade. I'm a Thomas, I have to see to believe it.

    review Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Diffused Light, swatch, Hourglass


    review Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Diffused Light, swatch, Hourglass


    review Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Diffused Light, swatch, Hourglass

    Diffused Light ($45, 0.35 oz/ 10g) is described as a soft warm yellow powder that conceals redness and  gives skin clarity. You can tell that it's a tad lighter than Dim Light but the finish is both identical. For the record, what made me fall for Ambient is the quality of the powder, it's so finely- milled and doesn't settle into my pores. It gives my face a soft velvety look, none of that unsightly cakiness! You may or may not have seen my barenaked face which I have featured countless times already. Here's one example, take a look. I have uneven skin tone, some redness and pores pores pores!

    I thought it would be extra nice to show you how makeup transforms moi!

    review Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Diffused Light, swatch, Hourglass

    1) You can see that even with foundation, my face still looks lifeless.
    2) The secret is in the concealer, see how it brightened my undereyes?
    3) I set both concealer and foundation with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (Diffused Light).
    4) Pop in a lippy and blush, and voila! 

    Have you tried Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder? I'm convinced, both Diffused Light and Dim Light were compatible with my skin tone!

    Kathryne


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