Showing posts with label Anastasia Beverly Hills. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Anastasia Beverly Hills. Show all posts

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!


Mary Ann

Saturday, April 16, 2016

I cave in and became My Fave eyebrow kit - Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

The year was 2014 when the beauty trend hype was all about brows and I really at first don't care about my brows though I know how to do makeup on myself. When Anastasia Beverly Hills introduced their Dipbrow pomade, everyone rave about this piece of a gem that I got really curious and saw them wearing this product in action. 

But before I continue let me tell you about my journey to wanting good brows. For almost 3 years I've been uploading makeup tutorials on my Youtube Channel and a lot of people were commenting to do my brows and I listened to them. First, I groom and use eyeshadows for shaping my brows and for a while I love how it shapes my face and how it gives great impact on my makeup. I became very picky. 

So, back to ABH. When I saw other youtube gurus where raving so much about this product that I really got interested (since I'm a little vain on my brows lately) watching them using this in action. I see great results that when I learned from Jean (a friend of mine)  that there was an online sale I quickly took a chance and bought the shade "Dark Brown".

Let me give you a short history of this gem and why it turns out to be a best product to use for your brows and why other beauty brand companies made their own pomade version.

Anastasia Beverly Hills was created and founded by a Romanian woman named Anastasia Soare who had also named her salon - Anastasia Beverly Hills. When her family came in the US she used to watch Oprah just to improve her english skills. She started working in a salon. She wondered why people doesn't pay attention to their brows and where she came from before you get a facial they tweeze your brows first. In school where she was studying in art her art teacher usually talks about how eyebrow shape is important to frame your face. Since eyebrow products were not available she decided to make eyebrow kits and so, this gem was born.

The product is packed in a black, sleek box and in from the logo and name of the product engraved in gold and silver.

At the back of the box it says about the product.

On the side of the box are the ingredients printed in white and on the other the logo of recycled, months usage and the cruelty free (it's nice to know-this is not tested on animals) and the distributor. 

The cap is black and at the center, the logo of ABH in letter "A" shaped like a lovely butterfly with a circle around it.

Packaging/Quantity : Comes in a glass jar, ABH is printed in black. Net wt, 4.0g / 0.14 oz

Underneath the jar a sticker with "Dipbrow pomade", the shade, distributor and usage printed on it.

The ABH dipbrow pomade comes  in different shades ranging from the lightest to the darkest. A shade fir for every light to dark hair woman in the world. 

What it is : A product used to fill in brows.

Price :  $ 18.00

Color/Shades : Sephora - 11 shades 
Final Thoughts : I like the gel like form of this product, upon applying this on you brows it dries in a few minutes and it will last long throughout the day without any smudge or budge. This glides so smoothly that it's so easy to apply in sculpting your brows. With small brush strokes results in a more natural look and gives definition to your brows without looking so drawn on. I find this one of my holy grail eyebrow product!

Would I repurchase it? Yes!

Peppermint Crinkles' Approval : 5/5

Me with my thin, sparse, bare eyebrows..... O.O *Gasps* *Shocking face*

This is me wearing Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown.  It looks lighter but it is a little darker in real life because I took this picture at night time and the lighting is literally located above to where I am standing.

Have you tried Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade? Did you like it? What do you think?

Here are the links I've searched in the internet that talks about Anastasia Soare


Mary Ann

Disclaimer : I paid for this product and I am not affiliated with the company.