Thursday, February 23, 2017

Loreal Gold Lipstick Swatches & Review

A while ago, Loreal Paris released in their Color Riche Range Collection in other countries the collection have 7 shades available but here, they only released 4 shades & one of them really caught my eye. 


Loreal Paris Color Riche in Le Gold

The lipstick comes from Loreal's signature squared cylindrical tube but this one has a gradient shade of black & at the bottom part the shade which is good for you quickly identify during times when you are in a hurry or you don't have enough time to open the tube one by one just only to see what shade in it. 




The shade is a metallic yellow gold. The first time I saw this, it kind of reminds me of a previous MAC collection "Russian Gold" which I am not surprise because Loreal Paris is owned by Estee Lauder & MAC cosmetics was bought by guess who, yup, Estee Lauder as well. So, it's no wonder if sooner or later, they would release a collection which is similar or exact type or texture in one of the other beauty brand collections like MAC Cosmetics.


From the swatches above, you can see the gold has glitters on it. This can be worn alone or on top of any lipstick shade that you want which is a plus bonus on me! Because, I love layering lipsticks at least 2 or 3 shades to have my personalized shade.

Here are the pictures where I am wearing some of my other Loreal lipsticks & some red lipsticks.


Loreal Color Riche in Barely Coral (this is included in My Top 5 Summer Lipstick POST)


Loreal Color Riche in Barely Coral & on top LE Gold


Loreal Color Riche in Barely Moka


Loreal Color Riche in Barely Moka & on top is LE Gold

Now, with some reds!


MAC lipstick in Love Goddess


MAC in Love Goddess & on top Loreal Color Riche in LE Gold


Max Factor in Ruby Red (I did a swatches & review post HERE)


Max Factor Ruby Red & on top Loreal Color Riche in LE Gold


Loreal Color Riche in LE Gold

Overall, I love this lipstick. It's so moisturizing & versatile. The shade is not so intimidating & I believe this can be worn by any skin tone.

Have you tried Loreal's latest Gold Collection? 

Thank you for stopping by.

Xoxo,

Mary Ann






Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Essence Lights of Orient - Highlighter Stick Swatches & Review

One of the things that I can't live without when it comes to makeup is a good highlighter. Applying it on the higher points of my face makes my dull & pale skin glowing & fresh. Luckily for me when I stopped by at the beauty counter of Essence cosmetics in one of my favorite malls one time, the sales lady said that later that evening it will be replaced be a new collection *gasp* Without any second thoughts I grabbed it & bought it which I have been eyeing for quite some time.


Essence Lights of Orient Highlighter Stick - Golden Gate to Orient


Packaging : It comes in a sleek plastic black chubby stick with a twisted bottom to get the product. 

Upon seeing this first, Essence got the concept from the Arabian Nights particularly Aladdin inspired design.


Net Weight : 0.22 oz / 6.38 g


As you can see the picture above, I have twisted the chubby stick until I can't twist it anymore for you to see the quantity of the product, So, you can't a lot of product here. Just so you know.


The shade is a golden champagne-y beige with shimmer which reminds me of a golden colored like dessert.

It has a subtle finish upon swiping at least once to twice for those people who just loves an inner, natural glow but to those who wants a more deeper glow or highlight sheen, I suggest you need to swipe three or more to get that effect.


Above swatch is blended with three swipes of the Essence highlighter stick


Above, wearing the Essence Lights of Orient Highlighter Stick in Golden Gate to Orient with just two swipe of the product. I didn't wear any makeup there just the Essence highlighter. 

Overall, I love this product. It is buildable whichever effects you prefer & the finish is a beautiful sheen fit for all skin tones. 


So, do you have this Essence highlighter? 


Xoxo, 

Mary Ann

Sunday, February 12, 2017

What's in My Everyday Makeup Bag & Loving Lately? A 2 in 1 post. . .

Hi, everyone! It's been a while since I have been an MIA lately. And now, I'm trying to at least do a blog post every other day. 
Now, I would like to show you the makeup I've been using at the moment. So, let's get started shall we?


What's in My Makeup Bag?


Here's the makeup bag that I have. A collegue of mine gave this to me as a Christmas gift last year.


Here are the makeup products that I use everyday as of the moment. A mixture of cream & powder  products. Sometimes I use powder products, sometimes just cream products or sometimes both (cream first then set them with powder products).




First off, my face is already cleansed so, I toned my face with my favorite toner - Eskinol with a cotton square pad.


Then, with my moisturizer Olay total effects, a two pumps & a pump & a half of the MAC face & body foundation. I love this foundation, it has a light to medium coverage - it's a build-able product. 


I applied Nivea lip balm to prepped my lips before applying my lipstick of the day.


On my under eye, I applied my Egyptian Magic & ELF daily moisture stick for more moisturizer because I do have a very dry under eye area.




On my eye lids, I prepped it with NYX eyeshadow base in white. I love this so much, it helps my dark eye lids to brighten my lids up hence, you see my much love of it sad to say NYX discontinued this :(


Since, I do have a very oily eye lids I applied my eye primer either the Urban decay primer potion that you can check my post HERE or Jordana eye base which I did a review HERE


Sometimes, it depends on my mood & how much time I have or if I am in a hurry, I would apply MAC paint pot in Soft ochre which I have posted in My Top Fave HERE.




Next, I will apply a highlight on either a cream highlight which is ELF Shimmering facial whip in Spotlight (guys, this is freaking FAN-TAS-TIC drugstore product. A little goes a long, long way with this gem!) or powder highlight which you will see later on this post.


Then, for my blush - cream blush in MAC creme blend blush in Something Special. This have a beautiful soft coral shade, this is so pigmented. I use a stippling brush to apply this on my cheeks.


For my cream contour, I love this bronzing cream from Bourjois, aside from being pigmented it has a chocolate scent - yummy! I also have a post on this HERE & HERE.


For my under eye corrector because of my dark under eye areas, I use City Color Photo Chic Dark Spot Corrector which I have a review post HERE.


For my facial concealment, I use one of my favorite concealer that I lately I just discovered a few months ago. Catrice Cover Stick Concealer that I have done a review HERE.


Then, I set my under eye corrector with Ben Nye Banana powder that I put some on a little jar so save space on my makeup bag.


For my bronzer, I use The Body Shop baked bronzer in warm glow, putting on the top of my cheek bones, across the nose, across my forehead or where the sun would hit for a beautiful healthy glow.


Physician's Formula Happy Booster in Natural which sad to say, I accidentally dropped it & it cracked to pieces so I had to depot it & put it on a sifting jar :( for my blush powder.




For my contour & highlight I use my Sleek Makeup face contour in Light. 


For my eye lids I either use Catrice Single Eyeshadow in My First Copperware Plate (shown above, which by the way a good dupe for the famous MAC Satin Taupe) or Maybelline Silken Taupe (shown below).




Then, because I want my eyes to stand out behind my glasses, I need it to be brighter so, I add Essence eye shadow in Party All Night which is a shimmering gold taupe-y shade that has a beautiful pearl finish. 


Then, I applied with a fluffy brush the mid-tone grayish brown in the Maybelline Trio shadows in Almond Truffles to smooth out the edges & as my transition shade.


I have a very scarce, thin eye lashes & I don't wear mascara often because when I try to remove it with my eye makeup remover, I have a lash or two fall outs & I can't risk losing more right? So, I use a gel liner that makes an illusion of dark & thick lashes. *wink, wink* I love using MAC fluidline in Local Wares - a dark olive brown shade which I love! A perfect shade for an everyday use. 

 

Now, I want a more brighter eyes behind my eyeglasses & this eyeliner also added a bonus for more brighter eyes! I use this two (2) eyeliners, first I applied on my water line is Tony Moly Perfect Eyes Eyeliner in Tear Beige. Oh, how I love this champagne shade, it really makes your eyes brighten that an officemate of mine ask me to buy one for her. See how I love it? How short it is now & I am planning to buy a back up it's about to die hahaha.


Onto my brows, first I applied with Maybelline great lash clear mascara to tame it. Been using this for years I don't remember how many of this I have used up. 




Then, my all time favorite brow gel, one of my holy grail Anastasia Beverly Hills dip brow pomade in Dark Brown. I do have a blog post of this beauty of a gem HERE.


After my brows, I like to but an under eye brow highlight & that is Catrice Eyebrow lifter, which is like the Benefit one. 


To set that, I applied NYX single eye shadow in Highlight which sad to say too, it's discontinued. Oh, why do my favorite beauty products being discontinued?! It's so stressful right? Just when you find your holy grail & then, BAM (!!!), they would remove it from their line.


For a more brighter under eye & to wipe off some eye shadow fall outs, I applied one of fave concealer, Revlon Age Defying in Pale, which I think Revlon have re-formulated it into Revlon Age Defying Targeted Dark Spot Concealer Treatment (click the name to show you how it looks like). 

What I love about this is, it's pigmented & it has an SPF on it & when in photo it doesn't give a white cast to it too! I wonder about their new formulation? 

I guess I have to set aside a budget on that one for comparison. 


Then, to set everything, I use ELF complexion perfection. Love it hence, you see my hit pan on it.


Then, setting my makeup with my holy grail setting spray The Vanilla & Co. Witch Hazel Beauty Tonic. 

Some beauty tools added in my makeup bag.


A stainless spatula


Another, a makeup sharpener that I bought from Nature Republic for my eyeliners.

And of course, in case of sudden events, for a more full coverage foundation - I have the sample size of Estee Lauder Double Wear which I got.


The next three (3) products are just a back up in case I finish up my setting powder for the under eyes & face.

The MAC MSFN in Light Plus.




And Collection (formerly called Collection 2000) lasting perfection in Light.


Everyday Minerals Finishing Dust in Sunlight. This is a dual purpose to me, it can be a setting under eye powder or a setting corrector.

So, it's been a long post but those are the things in my makeup bag. From time to time, I kind of change my cheek products & eye shadows but I guess it would be for a while because those are what I'm loving at the moment too! 

Wow, a 2 in 1 one blog post right?

What's in your makeup bag? Are they what you're loving lately too?

Thank you for dropping by!


Xoxo,

Mary Ann