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Hot on the heels of the Beauties and Babies box, Glamourbox releases a new box with the theme Flawless Beauty! I am pretty excited to receive that box honestly because I was expecting a particular brand to be featured due to the theme. Let’s see what’s inside, shall we?

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As mentioned, the theme is Flawless Beauty. This box aims to provide us with flaw-fixers and restore us to our natural beauty.

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Read on to find out what’s inside!

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Here are some new products that I got recently that I am in the process of trying out.

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Etude House Proof10 Eye Primer – I’ve been meaning to try this for some time. I am pretty pleased with the Artdeco Eyeshadow Base, but I wanted to compare it to a similarly-priced eye primer. It took me a while to buy it (because reasons!) but I’m happy to finally get to it. I got this at the Greenbelt3 EH branch (near Landmark), for Php299.

Nars Tinted Moisturizer in Finland – I received this sample at the Nars workshop I recently attended. I had initially thought this is a good shade for me, but upon application I think it may be a little too light. I probably need to go one or two shades darker. I’m pretty pleased with this so far, and I am seriously considering buying full (which is around Php2k++). Rae has posted a review of her sample.

Ellana Minerals Sheer Velvet Setting Powder – I’ve been meaning to try this ever since I fell in love with Ellana’s loose powder foundation. I am still a big fan of BB creams and I need a powder to set and mattify and this seemed like a good candidate. It is an incredibly fine powder, very ethereal! I’m looking forward to see how this performs. This, along with the next three items, are from my prize pack from The Beauty Junkee‘s 5th Anniversary Giveaway (thanks again Martha!).

Colour Collection Ultimate Wear Eyeshadow in Golden Veil – Arguably the most anticipated item in the prize pack. I am a neutral eyeshadow whore and I would gladly add to my (already excessive) collection. This one seems to be similar to the Eyebrow/Eyeshadow Quad from Ellana Minerals, but that does not stop me from looking forward to testing!

ZA Impact-full Eyes Groovy – Again another eyeshadow quad, I’m predictable that way. This is an all-shimmer quad from ZA, a brand I’ve never tried before. I’m very excited to try it out, even if it’s full of shimmer shadows of which I’m not really a big fan of. I like the fact that I can try this in tandem with the Proof10 eye primer.

Maybelline Fashion Brow Mascara – I’ve seen this make rounds of the beauty blogs about a month ago, and I’m stoked that I can actually try it out without purchasing it! This is my very first brow mascara, which means it’s something I’ll have to learn to use.

I’m hoping to post some swatches of these soon. Have you tried any of these? What is your feedback for these items?

One (well, two) of my recent favorites with regards to eyeshadows is my pair of eyeshadow quads from Ellana Minerals (here’s the haul post). I got two of the three available quads, both of them are of course neutrals. Today I will review these two quads as well as show you the arm swatches.

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Let us start with the Eyebrow/Eyeshadow Quad, with the shades Beloved, Intense, Wish, and Hush. Here is the quad and the respective shade names.

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I’ve been using the shade Intense a lot as my go-to eyebrow powder as that is the only one that matches my hair. It is a very dirty dark brown shade. The other three I’ve used in various looks as eyeshadow. Wish, in particular, is a very pigmented coppery shade and is great as crease color for neutral looks. I use Beloved, a dusty light brown, as an overall lid wash, and goes well with many colors even outside this quad. Hush, a beige, is the least used because it practically disappears on my skin.

Here are the arm swatches (click the image for a bigger version). The bottom row is swatched over Artdeco Eyeshadow Base. The primer really unlocks the full potential of these eyeshadows!

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The second quad I bought is called the Mesmer-eyes Eyeshadow Quad, and has the shades Inspiration, Brilliance, Charisma, and Sensational.

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Now here is where it gets a little gnarly. The shade names you see above are assigned by me based purely on the shade descriptors on the Ellana website, so you’ll have to take this with a grain of salt. It doesn’t help that the back of the quad has a misprint (Wish is listed instead of Inspiration). Brilliance (Ellana: “soft bronze”) is a pretty nice, almost metallic brown that can passably be bronze. Sensational (Ellana: “iridescent gold”) is actually a peach-leaning beige whose potential really emerges with a primer. Charisma (Ellana: “soft copper pink”) is a light metallic pink that turns into a deeper pink with a primer. Inspiration (Ellana: “soft beige”) is essentially a very light beige which strangely turns pretty white with a primer.

Here are the arm swatches (click the image for a bigger version). Check out how it practically is a different palette with the use of a primer (again, Artdeco Eyeshadow Base). It is a lot more apparent here compared to the first quad.

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Here is a look I’ve made using the two quads. Intense is definitely used for the brows. I used either Sensational or Beloved for the lid wash, and Wish for the crease.

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Pros: affordable; most shades are very pigmented, and go well together; portable; comes with mirror; multitasking; beautiful illustrations on the case

Cons: some shades require a primer; cardboard case

Neutral: requires separate brush/es

Both of these quads are Php350 each, and are available through the Ellana website or at The Ramp in Trinoma and Glorietta 3, Cinderella at SM Megamall, or their showroom at La Fuerza Plaza 2. Ellana is locally-made and cruelty-free.

 

Whew isn’t it super hot recently? This kind of heat can really addle the brain and result to some horrors if one is not careful. In the previous years I never really changed my routine with the season. However this year is so ridiculous that I needed to adjust, otherwise I’m pretty sure my face would have melted off by the end of the week. Let me show you what I am using on my face every morning recently.

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These four products are my go-to in the mornings that I go out of the house. The first thing that touches my face after cleansing is the Celeteque Hydration Hydrolized Moisturizing Mist. In short, a facial moisturizer delivered by mist. I couldn’t really stand any heavier moisturizers and this is the one my face likes the best. This can has 120 ml and costs Php349. It’s quite large, which sadly makes it not portable.

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Next one in is the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen (SPF50, PA+++). Before summer started, I’ve never been consistent with applying sunscreen as it always felt so heavy and sticky. Now though, I can ignore those factors as being protected from harmful UV rays is more imperative especially for maarteng skin like mine. Thankfully, this particular sunscreen seems pretty friendly to sensitive skin and hasn’t yet made me break out. This one is 30ml and costs Php460.

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Finally, my face base is now exclusively powder. Anything liquid just melts right off the moment I sweat, which is basically anytime I get out of my electric fan’s range. Ellana Minerals Loose Foundation (shade: Caramel Latte) strangely enough stays put even if I sweat! I don’t understand the mechanics of it, but I’ll take it! With the added bonus of minimizing the appearance of my pores, I couldn’t really resist using this every single day. This tub has 6 grams of product, and costs Php460.

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But wait, there’s more! Of course I shouldn’t ignore the rest of my body when thinking of harmful UV rays. I also am now more consistent in applying sunblock on my arms and legs, and my recent favorite for that is Celeteque Sun Care Face and Body Sun Defense Cream (SPF50). It doesn’t smell too horrible, but definitely it still smells like many body sunblocks out there. A little sacrifice to make sure I get total body protection. I’ve never tried this on my face. This is a 120ml tube, and costs Php449.

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How about you? What’s your summer routine?

Last weekend I met with Tellie and Kira for a wonderful lunch at Vikings Megamall. It didn’t really start on the best of feet, having had a miscommunication before we even met, but once it started I had a total blast!

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My beautiful lunchmates!

Here is what I wore on my face for that day. I wanted to give the Silk Naturals Mineral Eye Colors another shot, now that I have a new eyeshadow base (Artdeco). Here I only used two, Charmed and Thistle.

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Sporting my summer cut

It turns out that Charmed really does go pretty sheer once blended. It still shows a little bit green here, but it’s a lot less sparkly than what the swatch shows.

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The green is still there, I swear!

Here’s a sample of shenanigans I fall into when taking selfies.

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Derp face

Products used:

Face

Ellana Minerals Let’s Make It Last Liquid Primer
Ellana Minerals Loose Powder Foundation in Caramel Latte
Ever Bilena Blush in Baby Pink

Eyes
Ellana Minerals Eyeshadow/Eyebrow Quad
Artdeco Eyeshadow Base
Silk Naturals Mineral Eye Colors in Charmed and Thistle
Clinique Extreme Lengthening Mascara

Lips
Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Craving Coral

Last weekend I was invited by Aries of Erzullie for my first ever photo shoot. Here is what I did to my face for that shoot.

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I wanted to look fresh and simple. I stayed with only a bare hint of color on the lips. I kept the eyes neutral. I really wish I could have gotten my brows cleaned somehow, but it’ll have to do.

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I got to try my new stuff out! I recently bought a bunch of Ellana products, and also a bit of Pixi cosmetics and my new eye primer from Artdeco!

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PS: I also got a haircut! It’s not that evident in the photos as my hair blended into my car seat, haha!

Products used:

Face

Ellana Minerals Let’s Make It Last Liquid Primer
Ellana Minerals Loose Powder Foundation in Caramel Latte
Avon Ideal Luminous Blush in Peach

Eyes
Ellana Minerals Eyeshadow/Eyebrow Quad
Artdeco Eyeshadow Base
Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Copper Peach
Clinique Extreme Lengthening Mascara

Lips
Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Craving Coral

Last week I attended my very first calligraphy workshop, which was held at the Ellana Minerals showroom at La Fuerza II. I knew I was going to be buying my first Ellana products then. Eula made an Ellana Week series at her blog to showcase a few chosen products from Ellana, which influenced me greatly which pieces I ended up buying. Let me show you my haul!

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As you can see, I got almost everything on Eula’s list. First up is the one in the bottle.

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This is Ellana’s Let’s Make It Last Makeup Primer. It is housed in a pretty hefty glass bottle and contains 30 grams of liquid primer. The product itself is a very thick gel, thicker than the other face primers I’ve tried. It comes with a pump with a notched cap (we’ve seen this before with the Bare Naturals Primer) which is a little unfortunate as it falls off pretty easily. I really like the ingredient list, as this primer has some skincare in it as well. This one costs Php450.

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Next one is Ellana’s Loose Mineral Powder Foundation (I’m not quite sure if this is the Perfect Blend or the Intensive Blend). I chose the shade Caramel Latte, supposedly made for Medium Warm Tone. It comes in this sturdy thick plastic tub with an included one-hole sifter. I haven’t used powder foundation in a long time, and this is my first time to use loose powder foundation. Thankfully, there are lots of tutorials online on how to use these things (I like Tellie’s). This one is for medium to heavy coverage, which is a far cry from my usual everyday staples of BB cream which gives only light coverage. I’m excited to see how it turns out! This one is Php460 for 6 grams of product.

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Finally we have two of the three eyeshadow quads Ellana offers. I took the two neutral palettes. The first one (left) is the Mesmer-Eyes Eyeshadow Quad containing the shades Charisma, Brilliance, Wish, and Sensational. The second one (right) is the Eyebrow/Eyeshadow Quad containing the shades Beloved, Intense, Wish, and Hush. This second one is the same one that Eula featured on her blog. I couldn’t decide on which one to get, so I just got both! These are Php350 each for 4 grams of product.

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Because I spent over Php500, I got a cosmetics bag for free! I chose this nice chunky gray bag, which even has slots for brushes on the lid. It is probably the roomiest makeup bag I have!

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I had an initial try of the products, inexpertly applied with travel brushes. I’m going to upload a better FOTD once I get the chance to play with this with my full sized brushes. I love my haul so far, and I am already feeling the twinges of wanting to try their other products! Oh and did I mention that Ellana is locally-made and cruelty-free?


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