Showing posts with label Beauty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beauty. Show all posts

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.


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? 


Mary Ann

Friday, February 10, 2017

My Top 5 Fave : Flesh Toned Lipstick

Hi, everyone! We have different lipstick shades that we want to wear everyday, depending on our mood right? I, too, admit that. There are times when I want a simple nude shade or sometimes a bold shade or sometimes just barely there or even as fleshy toned one. Or what you call a more skin toned shade.

Here are My Top 5 Fave Flesh Toned Lipstick

Revlon Liptick in Nude Attitude - I can wear this on with just a few makeup on like a concealer, powder & a clear lipgloss on top. This has a matte finish.

Next, is another Revlon from their Colorburst Lip Butter in Creme Brulee  which is the same shade as the Nude Attitude but this time more moisturizing & it's like a tinted lip balm.

MAC Salute (from the Hey, Sailor! Collection - discontinued) this one is really a very tricky shade, when I first applied this on my lips my first reaction was "Ack! I look like a dead one" because of the light shade more lighter than my skin tone but after some testing I fell in love with it. 

The next one is MAC Pure Zen  (the packaging is from their Marilyn Monroe Collection but this shade includes in their permanent line). This is one more pinker than my yellow skin tone. It umps up my lips a bit whenever I don't feel like doing my makeup especially when my face is in a condition without blemishes or redness. 

The last one is also from MAC - Innocence, Beware!  (see how MAC fanatic I am hahaha) this is from their Venemous Villains Collection & again, it was re-promoted after a few collections later). This is my first tube & on the time it was re-released (see how I love it from the looks of it) I bought 2 (two) of this shade - one for me (a back up) & one for my youngest sister because she fell in love with the shade too.

Swatches (from left to right) Revlon Nude Attitude, Revlon Creme Brulee, MAC Salute!, MAC Pure Zen & MAC Innocence, Beware!

What about you? What are your favorite flesh toned lipstick (s)? Love to hear it.


Mary Ann

Monday, January 16, 2017

4 Simple Steps to My Morning Routine

My Morning Routine

In my previous, I have shared with you my evening skincare routine which you can check it out in this Post .  My routine is just a basic one, a preparation for putting on my makeup. So, here goes. 

First, I toned my face with my Eskinol toner after washing my face. This one helps me clean up what's left on my evening routine. It also refreshes & prepped my face. 

Second, I applied my favorite morning moisturizer, Olay total effects with SPF 15. But during summer season, I applied my sunblock first before my moisturizer.


 Third, I applied my two (2) favorite eye moisturizer. The Egyptian Magic (a review posted here) & The Skinfood Salmon Brightening Eye Cream (a review posted here).

Lastly, my Fourth step is to prepped my lips before applying my lipstick for the day. 
After that, I'll apply my face primer then, my makeup for the day.

Well, that is it guys. What about you? What's your morning routine?


Mary Ann

Friday, January 13, 2017

My Evening Skincare Routine

Even as a child, our parents taught us how to take care of our skin especially our face. Before we go to sleep, we have to brush our teeth, take a warm shower & wash our face.

But when we grow older, we learn how to dress ourselves, style our hair & even do makeup. Aannd, we also learned that it's a no-no to go to bed with makeup still on. So, we have our own skincare routine. 

The Basic Steps in skincare is Cleansed, Tones & Moisturize.

Here are the products I used in my evening skincare that I'd like to share.

This is A Step by Step Guide in My Evening Skincare Routine

First thing I do is remove my eye makeup. I use Almay - this is a very gentle drugstore eye remover. I put two mouth-size circle of Almay's bottle side by side on a cotton pad & each circle for each of my eye. I gently pressed the cotton on my eye, wait for a few seconds & lightly wiped off my eye makeup. Then, on the other side of the cotton pad, I gently wiped off what's left of the eye makeup & also, wiped off the rest of my face. 

But if I am not wearing any makeup, I skip this step.

The Second step, I applied & massage it using my Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser. This is a light cream, not too thick that really breaks down my makeup. After massaging my face with it, I use a baby wet tissue to wipe off the cream. My skin feels smooth & moisturized after I use this.

After cleansing my face, I toned my face with a toner. I use Eskinol, that is my Third step in my evening skincare routine. 

The Fourth step is another toner but this time it's an antibiotic toner that help reduce oiliness in my face. As you all know & I have mentioned in my previous blog posts that I have a very oily skin ever since I started doing my makeup. And my skin became sensitive & blemish prone. This helps in controlling blemishes at bay & helps to dry quickly. I bought this from a local facial spa located near where I am currently working. 

I don't usually wash my face in evening because my eyes are tired from wearing glasses & because I am scared of getting pasmado or spasm but I wash my face every morning when my eyes & face gets enough sleep & rest.

Now, the Last step is to moisturize. I have different moisturizer for my eyes, lips & face.

For my Face, I use an anti-aging night cream. Since, I am getting in my *cough,cough* late thirties. So, I need a much higher level of night cream of course. Also, one of my goal is to insert retinol in my skincare routine. I'll tackle this product in my later post.

For my Eyes, I applied 2 (two) moisturizers because the skin around my eye area are more dry & have little fine lines. The "Egyptian Magic", then, on top is the "SkinFood Salmon Brightening Eye Cream" I have posts reviews on them both. I even use them in my morning routine - a blog post will be posted soon.

The jar you see here is the one I bring at my office, I use this in my morning routine.

See how much I love this Skinfood product. I'll definitely re-purchase this.

This is the one I use in my evening routine, been using this for 3 years now or more as you can see the name & logo had been worn off. I don't worry of the expiration because the ingredients used here are all pure & natural as you will read in my post.

For my Lips, I only use one product & that is The Body Shop Vitamin E Lip Care which I have done a post too in my blog. Just click the name above to read my post. 

The next two products are just occasional. 

Clean & Clear per-sa gel - I use this when a red blemish is about to form. This helps my zits to ripe & dry fast. This contains 10% benzoyl peroxide which is one of the best treatment for pimples. 

The Body Shop Vitamin C Facial Cleansing Polish - My fave facial scrub. I scrubbed my face twice a month because of my sensitive skin.

How about you. What is your evening skincare routine? 


Mary Ann