givenchy ombre couture cream eye shadow review, swatch
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You may or may not know my buying habits. I don't purchase everything right away even if I'm enticed to the nth degree. I want to study, experience, evaluate and decide. Then I procure few more. I'm like that even with my shoes. If I seriously like a particular style, I'd buy two or more pairs in different colors.

Such is the case with Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow. Because I was immensely impressed with the overall quality of my initial haul (review here), the makeup junkie side of moi can't be repressed... I want more por favor!

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Retailing for $23 (4g / .14 oz), this cream eyeshadow dries to a buttery-smooth powder finish. It can be used on its own or as eyeshadow base for a more vibrant look. 

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Ingredients: Isododecane, Dimethicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hydrogenated Polycyclopentadiene, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Silica, Polyethylene, Carnauba Wax, Phenoxyethanol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Boron Nitride, Microcrystalline Wax, Propylene Carbonate, Tocopherol, BHT. May Contain (+/-) : Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491 - Ci 77492 - Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77007 (Ultramarines), Ci 75470 (Carmine), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide).

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Prune Taffetas is slightly shimmery purple with silver specks.

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Blue Soie is semi-matte navy blue.

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Brun Cachemire is semi-mettalic chocolate brown with bronze specks.

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All three are pigmented, sweat-proof (survived intensive workout), and with decent eight-hour wear time. Unfortunately, these aren't waterproof, they rubbed off right away under running water. I know it's not exactly hygienic but the best way to apply this cream eyeshadow on the lid is by using your pinkie or ring finger. Blending the crease with a finger ain't rocket science but if you pull up the color from the edge of the lid to the crease by doing a quick patting motion, you'll achieve a beautiful transitional effect. I like to use Blue Soleil and Prune Taffetas as eyeliner, they go on smooth! Talk about multi-tasking ha?

For my eye makeup below, I used Brune Cachemire exclusively on the lid and crease, tight-lined my upper lash line with a black liner, and applied two coats of black mascara . Easy peasy.

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Allow moi to be your travel muse today. Traveling to Hawaii? Skip the beach for a moment and get a piece of Japan by visiting Byodo-in inside the Valley of the Temples in Kahaluu, Oahu. It was built in the late 1960s to commemorate the centennial anniversary of Hawaii's first Japanese immigrants. I soooo love visiting this place, it's very tranquil and I always get that mystical feeling of being transported to a bygone era. 

Aside from being a state landmark, the panoramic view and majestic mountains were featured in movies and television shows (Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Five-0, etc.)

Inside, you will be greeted with its perennial residents, swans, birds, peacocks and koi!

Lookie! even the turtle is in a trance state yoga-style! I was telling hub, I have not seen a turtle extend its hind leg like that, it must be telling me "go exercise earthling".

The lush landscape, melodic chirping of the birds.... ahhhhh, I could get used to it.

Byodo-in is home to Amida, a unique golden buddha which measures over 9 feet high.

Now as to my well-kept secret if you're visiting Byodo-in? Cover your arms and legs or you risk mosquito bites, especially if you're taking photos near the bamboo trees. You guess I came prepared.

'til our next sightin' and stylin',


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    what's in my beach bag, beach essentials, mdsolasciences review, rodial glamstick spf 15 blow review
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    My dear sissies-in-law are in town so yesterday we hit the beach. Ironically, I live five minutes away from the beach yet it's almost a year since I have been there. Talk about work-home-blog. I have to have balance!

    My tiny piece of paradise! Sun, water, sand, and shave ice, haha!

    Okay seriously, who goes to the beach with mega makeup on? Not moi! I go bare minimum at its finest. I pack light so here are my essentials: sunscreen, tinted lip balm (with spf), killer shades and magazine. Oh, add bottles of water for rehydration!

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    My go-to sunscreen is from MDSolarSciences, it's mineral-based and very lightweight. You can find my full review here

    I like multi-tasking products so this tinted lip butter from Rodial is right up my alley. It has SPF 15 and it smells like coconut!

    These Michael Kors sunnies are sleek and chic. Of course, I have to have it the moment I laid eyes on 'em.



    motivational, inspirational, food for thoughts, how to slow down

    Hi ladies! Welcome to another session of #weeklychitchat, a (virtual) place where you and I exchange viewpoints, agree or disagree, deviate from makeup topics, break barriers, blah blah blah. Yeah, it only happens mid-week or when I feel like it. It's nothing forced so everything you read emanates from the bottom of my hypothalamus, haha! Today, let me touch on "slowing down".

    I tell you what. I read fast, I walk fast, I eat fast, I do things fast, I speak fast, even more when I'm hella mad. It's a habit that's hard to break. So what's my issue then?

    You see because I'm fast, sometimes I get impatient when people can't keep up with my pace. Years back, my ex- general manager told me that some of my colleagues felt intimidated with me. While they burn oil finishing their marketing plan for weeks, I'm done in a few days. Straight from the horse's mouth "We are here, you are miles away. You are already at the finish line when the race hasn't started yet". Ouch!

    Because I read fast, sometimes I miss pertinent points, oh shoot!
    Because I eat fast, I don't get to enjoy a sumptuous meal like I should, oh geez!
    Because I walk fast, I tripped many times, ah shit!
    And because I do things fast, I feel overwhelmed at times, ah dafuq!

    "Take it one step at a time, there's no race"; "Eat slow, it's no Man vs. Food".  Sure, words of wisdom from Le Mister.

    Slowing down. At one point, I realized that we really have to learn to stop and smell the roses. Okay maybe not literally sniffing your neighbor's roses but you know what I mean. Take it slow. Pace yourself. Enjoy the ride. Hmmm, easier said than done!

    I'm trying. I'm a work in progress. I know I have slowed down in some aspects of my life. What used to be hectic nights of socializing all in the name of networking is solemnly replaced with chill-mode evenings with the hub and furry babe. I'm learning to speak at a pace my senior patients can understand. I try to walk normal except when crossing the street. I don't beat myself up by trying to do simultaneous things lightning-fast. Why the change of heart? See, I realized that I can't enjoy life if I don't stop for a moment. I am in no competition with others but myself. And yeah, that freakin' finish line is painted the same color so I'm gonna have a cup of coffee, slice of german chocolate cake, sit back, relax, and pass time for a bit. Carpe diem.

    Okay, it's your turn. How do you handle life's nonstop grind?



    burberry sheer eye shadow taupe brown, review, swatch, neutral smoky eyes, brown sexy smokey eyes

    While spring-cleaning few weeks ago, I was greeted by a plush velvety pouch hiding beneath the rubble that is makeup, ugh! But seriously, how did it skip my radar? I knew I took photos but for some twist of fate, it just vanished into oblivion. Sounds like a big deal ha?

    See, how can you not admire this beauty?

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    Encased in a luxe and mirrored chrome packaging with distinctive Burberry plaid design, this sheer eye shadow is a must-have for those who favor earthy neutrals day-in and out.

    Taupe Brown No. 07 ($29, 2.5g/ 0.88 oz) is straight up grayish brown from the pan to peepers. It  is semi-matte, buttery-smooth, and with commendable wear time. Over primer, it held up to seven hours before it started to fade. It has moderate pigmentation but is undoubtedly buildable if you prefer a more smoky look.

    I'm all for easy, fool-proof, one-color smoky eyes so for my makeup below, I applied Taupe Brown on my lids quite a few times to build the color. Then with a crease brush, I blended it out to create a soft-sheer transitional effect. I also smudged my lower lash line with the same color. For finishing touches, I tight-lined my upper lash line with black liner, used a bronze eyeliner for my waterline, and applied mascara on my upper and bottom lashes. Trust me, this eye makeup can be done in five minutes or less!

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    Okay spill the deets, have you forgotten some of your makeups? I'm 1000% sure I'm not alone!


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    Like LBD (little black dress), every woman must own a red lipstick. I said it before and I'd say it again, it is sexy and fierce. Femme Fatale.

    But then again, I can't fault you if you find it intimidating. While I go all out vampy red running errands or cruisin' around with the hub, I do tone it down when I'm at work in scrubs (okay, sometimes!).

    For today's post, I'm featuring a recent addition to my red lipstick madness a.k.a collection. The shade is Ruby from Burberry's Lip Cover Soft Satin Lipstick line ($30, 3.5g/ .12 oz, Nordsrtrom). It's a beautiful blue-based red that looks a tad darker from the tube but wears true to description on my lips. It glides easily and one swipe renders an enviable opaque coverage.

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    For comparison, here are some swatches from my favorite reds to-date:

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    So going back to the main idea behind this post, here's how you can transition red from subtle sweetness to mighty gorgeousness!


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    1. Moisturize lips with a lip balm.
    2. Lightly apply red lipstick.
    3. Sheer it out with a brush or finger.


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    1. Line and fill lips with a lip liner, this helps with the wear time.
    2. Apply lipstick with a brush or straight from the tube.
    3. To mattify and intensify, cover lips with a thin sheet of tissue then lightly pat on translucent powder. Reapply red lipstick (you can repeat this step 2 or 3 times).

    Easy peasy, sissy!

    How do you wear red?


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      TGIF beauties! Last weekend, I dyed my hair dark plum. I grew tired of my golden brown highlights so to switch things up, I settled for a shade befitting for spring. Honestly, it's quite a leap from my comfort zone. But with all the rave on radiant orchid this year, I am more than pleased! So what's the mystery hair product I used for this demi-transformation? it's Vidal Sassoon London Lilac ($8+, Walmart). Let's see how long this color will last but 'lil box says it's eight weeks, fingers-crossed!

      Now on to my makeup. Plum lips for spring? I say why not, it goes well with mah hair. So here's the breakdown of all products I used (reviews are linked for your convenience).

      After washing and toning my face, I applied my current go-to BB, Rodial BB Venom Skin Tint.

      While I let the BB cream sink in, I groomed and shaped my eyebrows with Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade.

      Then I went on to prime my eyelids with Nars smudge-proof eyeshadow base.

      Not a great fan but I opted for Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con The Tease palette. I used the lightest pink for my lids and light beige for my crease.

      Not in picture but I lined my upper lash line with Kat Von D Tattoo Liner (Trooper).

      For my upper and bottom lashes, I used Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara.

      Eight minutes into makeup thingimajig, I set my foundy with Eddie Funkouser Micromineral Foundation Powder.

      For pinched healthy cheeks, I used Rouge Bunny Rouge Original Skin Blush (Orpheline).

      And finally for the cherry on top, it's no other than Marc Jacobs Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl (Truth or Dare).

      What are you changing for spring?


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      To the non-makeup enthusiasts, washing your face with soap is probably enough. Valid point because what is there to remove anyway. But to us who breathe makeups? hmmm... let me count the ways.

      Imagine this typical scenario. I come home from work, relax a bit, devour dinner, relax a bit, go up to my makeup/office room, remove jewelries, open dresser level 1. Tiny voices compete for my attention "pick me, pick me". Ini mini miny moe.

      Insane in the membrane. Of course there are no tiny voices but you get what I mean, a beauty junkie has more than a dozen ways to remove all that lovely gunk. I narrowed it down to my favorite four so in no particular order, here they are:

      (1) Makeup wipes. I don't deny the fact that I hoard wipes. Why not, they're convenient and fool-proof. Right now, I alternate The Face Shop, The Body Shop Vitamin E, Ponds, Burt's Bee's, and Neutrogena. 

      (2) Cleansing water or micellar. It's made for nights you are way too lazy or pretty tired to wash your face. Micellar is a no-rinse, soap free cleanser made from micelles (fatty acid esters that are tolerated even by the most sensitive skin). My current go-to is Caudalie, it smells fresh and clean. It takes two cotton pads to completely remove my makeup. 

      (3) Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. Yes it's a cleanser but I also use it to remove makeup. It's a great multi-tasker, try it!

      (4) Cleansing Oil. The mere mention of oil gives me goose bumps in an icky kind of way. Oil for oily skin, sounds like a recipe for disaster ha? Nope! Long before the hype on micellar first came about, I have been using cleansing oil on and off. My all-time fave happens to be Shu Uemura, it dissolves the heaviest of makeup like magic. Effortless is an understatement! 

      Now my face is oh so ready for the ultimate cleansing, toning and moisturizing!

      What are your favorite ways to remove makeup?


      hourglass ambient lighting blush mood exposure, review, swatch, best blush for medium skin

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      Few weeks ago, I expressed my love at first buff with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Diffused Heat so in my recent trip to my local candy store a.k.a Sephora, I picked up Mood Exposure, the darkest shade in the collection.

      Mood Exposure is described as soft plum but it appears bronzy rose on my medium skin tone. It is moderately-pigmented with barely-there luminous finish. 

      Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush has that distinctive marbleized look. It reminds me of Laura Geller albeit finer and silkier in texture. The rosy-copper mirrored packaging, although a magnet for fingerprints (OC zilla), is very chic and modern.

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      Ingredients: Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Boron Nitride, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Octyldodecanol; Benzoic Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Diamond Powder, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Laureth-7, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Potassium Sorbate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, May Contain (+/-): Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

      Here's a side by side comparison with Diffused heat (bright poppy pink).

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      If you haven't tried any Hourglass products yet, I say start with the ambient lighting blush and expand your collection. This brand has become my go-to for finishing powder (Diffused Light, Dim Light) and foundation (Immaculate Liquid Powder). And with two blushes that got me swooned, you know I'm staying.

      Moi in Mood Exposure.

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