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Welcome to Week 3 of my 20 Days of Lipstick beauty dare! Just a short recap, this challenge requires me to use a different lipstick for five days per week without repetition for the entire challenge. Last week I was only able to do four lipsticks; let’s see if I met the challenge this week!

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Day 1: VMV Hypoallergenics Subtle Shine Lipstick in Girl Next Door

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This came from the huge loot I got from The Beauty Junkee, and is one of the very first things I opened (because lipstick!). This is a nude one for me and really leans brown, and is quite matte (which is weird because it says it’s “Subtle Shine“). It’s quite invisible on me, and applies a little patchy. It has that old-lady smell as well, which is a little offputting.

Day 2: Maybelline Color Sensational in Peachy Scene

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Ye gods, it’s been a long time since I used this lipstick. I swatched it here before, and I honestly have forgotten I have this. It’s a, well, peach shade, and a very sparkly one at that, which makes it a little hard to use on an everyday basis. I shall strive to use this a little more often before it turns bad!

Day 3: Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Ripe Raspberry

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Permit me another cheat day. This is not exactly a lipstick, nor is it something I don’t normally use (because I totally do!). However I really like the lipstick-like pigmentation of this balm, and of course it’s very moisturizing. Unfortunately I think this is the most pigmented of the available shades, so the others will not be as deeply colored as this. I wore it to a press event.

Day 4: Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede in Supermodel

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This is another attempt at nude. Supermodel appears quite invisible on my lips, tbh, with a little hint of mauve and just a tiny bit of shine. One of the features of this lipstick that I really like is the locking mechanism of the tube. It makes sure that I don’t smear lipstick all over my bag if the cap suddenly falls off (which happens alarmingly often!).

Day 5: Clinique Long Last Lipstick in Party Red

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This is the third of the five lipsticks in my Clinique All-in-one Makeup Kit, and this one is the boldest and brightest of them. Party Red turns out to be a super matte red, and it really is super hard to apply because of that. It’s a great red, however, and I chose this on this day because I had an event to attend and this seemed perfect for the theme! It’s a little drying though.

Yay for a complete week 3! I’m really enjoying this challenge (as you can see!) and I’m a little sad that I’m almost at the end of it. Just one more week to go!

 

I am joining this beauty dare, where the challenge is to wear a different lipstick for each of the five working days for four weeks. No repeating! It’s going to be a lot of challenge for me because I don’t really have a huge collection of lipsticks. I’m going to try featuring those that I don’t wear very often. Check out Elaine’s challenge too see how the challenge actually goes.

Let’s start with Week 1!

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Day 1: Clinique Long Last Lipstick in All Heart

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I wanted to start with my current favorite, and one of my most recent acquisitions: Clinique Long Last Lipstick in All Heart. I bought this from Shayne’s blog sale and I definitely do not regret buying it! It’s a nice glossy shade of berry red, with tiny microshimmers that aren’t noticeable from afar. It’s not that robust though, and will fade with eating or drinking.

Day 2: Snoe Rouge Deluxe in Mauve Movement

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This is one of the first lipsticks I bought when I was just starting with beauty blogging. This is a loud mauvey pink shade that appears to be understated on me actually. I don’t normally wear this because it dries me up a little even with a balm underneath.

Day 3: Clinique Long Last Lipstick in Pink Peach

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Another Clinique lipstick here, and this one is part of the All-in-One Colour Palette that I received last year. This particular shade is an MLBB for me. It also has a subtle sheen on the finish, but not as obvious as the All Heart. The only disadvantage to this is that I need a brush to apply it, but I love how smooth and even my lips look so it’s worth it!

Day 4: Winmax Pearl Rouge #5

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This particular lipstick is part of a huge Daiso Japan haul I did earlier this year. This is a nice understated pink shade similar to Snoe’s Mauve Movement, but costs much cheaper. The bullet is of course appropriately cheaper-looking as well. The application is quite easy, but the formula is a little drying too. I find that I need to apply a balm underneath to avoid patches.

Day 5: Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Lollipop

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This is, iirc, from one of the first few BDJ boxes I got. It’s pretty soft (buttery, even!) and glides on pretty smoothly. I don’t really understand why I don’t use this more often, to be honest. It’s quite pink, which doesn’t really show in this picture because I have a shitty camera and shitty lighting.

I’ve been enjoying this so far, and I’m happy to have achieved the full five days for last week! Hopefully I’ll get to use up some of the other ones I have in my stash. Maybe you can join me too!

 

Have you watched Maleficent and fell in love with Angelina Jolie? No? I respectfully suggest you go now and do so. You will not regret it.

But this post isn’t really about the movie (which is great ofc!), but about the Maleficent makeup. Isn’t it just divine? I still can’t get over that razor-sharp contouring, and that stunningly red lip. In fact, I’m so taken by that red lip that I decided to go and see if I have anything similar in my stash. Here’s what I found, my reds collection.

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From left to right: Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Ripe Raspberry, Avon Vitaluscious Lipstick in Reviving Red, Colour Collection Ultimate Wear Lipstick in Bellissima, Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Standout (top of tub), Colour Collection Ultimate Wear Lipstick in Queen Bee (bottom of tub), Ever Bilena Lipstick in Flaring Cranberry, and Ofra Lipstick #202.

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I wore each of them to check how Maleficent-ish they are. I also just wanted to swatch some lipsticks. Ahem. For reference, above is my lipstick-less state. Let’s start with Colour Collection Ultimate Wear Lipstick in Bellissima.

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As you can see, Bellissima leans somewhat pinkish, and comes out pretty glossy. The red is also quite a lot lighter compared to Maleficent’s. I’ll rate this as 75% Maleficent (according to Pat’s Totally Arbitrary Scale of Lipstick Comparison).

Let’s move on to Colour Collection Ultimate Wear Lipstick in Queen Bee.

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Ignoring some twinges of pain when looking at that tub, I’m glad to see that Queen Bee comes out as a deeper red compared to Bellissima. It’s also still a bit glossy, so I’d put this at a slightly higher 82% Maleficent.

Let’s move on to Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Standout (in another of those tubs).

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Oooh well look at that! This one came out pretty matte (well it should!) which brings it closer to Maleficent in terms of texture. It’s still quite bright though, while we are actually looking for something rather brickish. I’ll say this is 88% Maleficent.

Next we have Avon Vitaluscious Lipstick in Reviving Red.

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This one seems closer now in terms of shade, rather than texture. It seems to lean more brick compared to the first few ones, but it’s quite glossy. I’ll place it the same with Revlon, 88% Maleficent.

Now we come to Ofra Lipstick #202.

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I really like how strikingly bold this is. It does feel like Maleficent, but unfortunately it doesn’t look quite like Maleficent. It is quite matte, but it’s too bright to be called brick red. I’ll go with 85% Maleficent, because it feels closer to the target compared to Queen Bee, but less so than Standout or Reviving Red.

Next we have Ever Bilena Lipstick in Flaring Cranberry.

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I know this would turn out quite on the pink side, but I wanted to see how it looked compared to the others. It’s quite bold, yes, but it’s totally not the right color. I’ll rate it 50% Maleficent.

Last but not the least, Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Ripe Raspberry.

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It’s definitely not a lipstick, but I thought it is red enough to be included here. Unfortunately, while it is quite pigmented as a lip balm, it is not of course as pigmented as the lipsticks. Compared to them it really is quite sheer, although the red is pretty evident. Since this is red and not pink, I can put this at 60% Maleficent.

In conclusion, I didn’t really come that close to Maleficent-level of lipstick. The closest I got is Revlon Matte Balm in Standout and Avon Vitaluscious Lipstick in Reviving Red, both at 88%. It made me realize that I barely have any dark or brick reds, and I have too many bright reds of the same “level”.

No, you didn’t accidentally stumble on a book blog or an internet horror novel. But let me tell you what happened to me recently. As a back story, I have a very small pouch in my normal everyday bag that holds my touch-up items (face powder, lipsticks/balms, perfume). If I didn’t have enough time to do my makeup in the morning, I’d throw what I wanted to use for the day in a separate makeup bag so I can do the rest of my face when I get to the office. In an unrelated note, I have very poor memory and have learned to use different cues to help me remember things.

One day, I did the routine as usual, but I forgot to bring out my makeup bag with me from the car. Now I usually have underground parking in the office so it would not be a big deal to forget my makeup in the car. That day, however, I parked above ground in a place with no shade. You can imagine what happened, in this heat we’re having recently. I had three of my favorite lipsticks in that bag, and they all came out of the bag badly damaged.

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I almost cried when I saw this! My first firsthand experience with melted lipsticks, and it was horrible! I hid them in a box at home for a couple of days because I couldn’t bear to see them like that. The next day, I squared my shoulders and examined the extent of the damage. As I expected, they are all quite melted and reformed half in the original tube and half in the cap. These lipsticks are: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Standout (review), Colour Collection Ultimate Wear Lipstick in Queen Bee (review), and Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in Hibiscus (review).

Bea advised to immediately depot these lipsticks to salvage them. I found a four-level screw-top plastic pots from Daiso Japan (formerly Saizen) and used three levels. It was a very sad and distressing task that I did not do prior research. I just basically scraped out the lipstick from the tube and the cap with a plastic spatula and shoved it into the plastic tubs. Here is how it turned out.

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It’s not as horrible as I imagined, but it’s also not elegant. I just realized that maybe I need to re-melt them so they will go down to the bottom of the tubs and not perched on the side like evil bloody pupae. Unfortunately I do not have a hair dryer, nor am I willing to take a lighter or anything flame near this thing, so it’ll have to do. I did do a test run using a lip brush, and applied the Avon lipstick the next day. It seemed to apply as normal; the melting didn’t seem to affect the actual product. I hope the same is true for the other two.

Has anything happened like this to you? I’d love to hear your product mishaps/accidents and how you dealt with it!

Today I was feeling the pink, so I decided to unearth my pink eyeshadows and lipstick to feature this color.

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Here I used the bottom middle of my L.A. Colors eyeshadow palette as the lid wash, and the #2 shade from my Avon True Color Eyeshadow Quad in Purple Pop for the outer corner and crease.

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For contrast I used the #4 from Purple Pop as eyeliner. I used Benefit They’re Real Mascara for my lashes.

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To top it all off I used Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Lollipop for my lips.

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Products used:

Face

Barenaturals Face Primer
Holika Holika Face 2 Change CC Cream
Avon Ideal Luminous Blush in Peach
Snoe Poudre Extraordinaire (shade unknown)

Eyes
In2It Eyebrow Powder in Eyebrowns
Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base
Avon True Color Eyeshadow Quad
LA Colors eyeshadow palette
Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Lips
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Lollipop

This is waaaaay late but let me show you what I wore on my nails over the Valentines weekend.

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I used two coats of Dazzle Dry Strawberry Macaron for the base. On the ring finger I used Models Own Blizzard for a nice silver sparkle. On the other four I used Revlon Brilliant Strength Nail Polish in Seduce and Dazzle Dry Heart of Fire for the dots, which ended up totally indistinguishable from each other. The random swirls between the dots were actually the Revlon polish, and was inadvertently swiped across the nail when I applied top coat too early.

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Hope you guys had a great valentines!

Last February 8 I attended my very first BDJBox Beauty Soiree. I felt I had to attend this because the topic is definitely one of my interests: nail art! This one is titled Nail Love, and is the first of the Revlon Nail Party Series. The guest speaker was a member BDJ’s own beauty ministry: Nicole Romero. She also blogs over at Beauty and Sparkle.

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Ms Nicole Romero

Nicole discussed the basics of manicure and went into detail with nail art techniques.

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Some of her presentation slides

After her talk, the rest of the workshop was dedicated to attempting our own nail art based on her presentation. We were provided individual battlestations consisting of a bottle of nail polish remover (which smelled nice!), some fabric squares, a makeup sponge, a double-ended dotting tool, and a tray. We were also provided some transparent tape and a wooden stick, to share among us tablemates.

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Ready battlestations!

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I am ready for battle!

We were also provided the nail polish that we were going to use for our nail art. Revlon PH graciously provided all of these for each of the participants, and we got to take them home!

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Holy nail polish loot, Batman!

Clockwise starting from the left in this photo: Revlon Brilliant Strength Nail Polish in Seduce, Revlon Matte Top Coat, Revlon Nail Brightener, Revlon Parfumerie Nail Polish in Ginger Melon, Revlon Nail Art Expressionist in Night and Degas, and Revlon Nail Art Moon Candy in Satellite. I’m pretty happy as these are actually my first Revlon polishes! We were told that the Parfumerie haven’t been released in the PH yet and we’re the first to try! It’s basically a nail polish that has a nice scent upon drying. This one smelled really sweet, kinda like cotton candy.

Here is what I came up with.

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To anchor the design I painted a red base with white dots on the pointer and pinky fingers. For the feature nails I have a shiny red heart on a base of matte black on the ring fingers, white stripes and sparkles on a plum base on the middle fingers, and more sparkles on a red and pink base on the thumbs. Here’s another shot of the finished product.

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I definitely still need more practice on tape manicures. The tape still took out a huge chunk of the base polish and I needed to paint over the destroyed surfaces resulting in a very uneven finish. My favorite is the matte black polish; it dries super fast and it looks soooo good! I was able to paint a right-hand version of it which is definitely inferior than the left.

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I definitely enjoyed my time at the Beauty Soiree! I met some new friends who have similar interests, and they were the nicest gals!

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Awesome tablemates!

I regret not being able to meet these other girls at the other tables. They seemed nice too!

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Thank you to the BDJ team, Nicole Romero, and Revlon PH for hosting this event! I am looking forward to the next installment in the Nail Party Series!

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I swear, I have the best mother in law in the world! As a belated christmas gift, she took us girls makeup shopping. How awesome is that! One of the things I got is a matte lipstick from Revlon called Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in the shade 250 Standout Remarquable. It comes in the popular form of twist-up crayon, and I can see why. It’s very portable and chic!

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It is a very deep red and is very pigmented. One swipe is enough to get the shade you’d want on your lips. Check out how it looks on my arm.

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And here it is worn on the lips. I really like how nice it looks, and it really does make my teeth appear whiter (although you can’t see that here).

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This lip crayon costs Php575, and we bought it at Watsons/SM Beauty section. It surprised me that it only has 2.7 grams of product! Most lipsticks have 4 grams. Oh well..

Revlon tests on animals when required by law.

I received my first (and only, so far!) lip butter in the July BDJ Box, the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in the shade Lollipop. It took me quite some time to review and swatch it, and I am now finally able to share it with you.

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The bullet comes with a nice frosted pink cover with a cross hatch pattern, while the actual bullet is silver with a square base. The shade name is found at the bottom.

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The lipstick glides on smoothly and doesn’t tug. It moisturizes the lips pretty well even without the use of lip balm underneath. The lasting power of the color is just average at about three hours, but the moisturizing factor does stay on longer than that.

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When swatched on my lips it comes out a looking a little sheer in the photo, but it’s actually is a lot brighter looking in person. The top part is my bare lips, while the bottom has two layers of Lollipop.

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This lip butter costs Php525 and is available in many supermarkets and drugstores at Revlon counters. Revlon is not cruelty-free.

Pros: attractive packaging; widely available; very moisturizing; shade is a nice bright pink

Cons: a little steeply priced; not cruelty-free

One of the things I got from the BDJ Elite Box Girls Night Out is the Revlon Photoready BB Cream. I’m a big fan of BB creams as they are very versatile and multifunction as well. This Revlon BB Cream is no exception, as it has SPF 30 and also claims to be a Skin Perfector. Let’s see this baby in action.

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This tube comes with 30ml of product, and has a twist cap and spout system that many BB creams have. It dispenses with a squeeze and you can control the amount that comes out. It’s not runny at all, but is not the thickest BB cream I’ve seen. I received the shade 020 Light Medium and is possibly the darkest BB cream I have. The good thing is that it actually seems like a pretty good match for my skin tone (which means I have been using the wrong shades of the other BB creams!).

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From my bare face (only skin care applied at this point)…

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I applied the Revlon BB cream using a foundation brush. There is barely any change from the bare face. This is a sign of good skin tone match! It has good coverage and is able to conceal my nose pimples quite well. It does nothing for the pores however, and I didn’t use a primer here.

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Here is the complete look. I used my Nichido finishing powder to seal everything in. I’ve so far tried this on twice, and it hasn’t made my skin react.

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Pros: great shade match, good coverage, price, has SPF30, sensitive skin friendly

Cons: not cruelty-free


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