Monday, January 21, 2013

Milani Sunset Duos in #01 Sunset City

Hey Gorgeous!

Talk about convenience? Milani Sunset City is a fresh, cheeky blush and healthy-glow bronzer in one, I really love the idea of having two products in one pan. Very convenient and handy. I got this one from Suzanne's Emporium. Ms. Suzanne, the seller had an online auction and I won this product for only Php130.00. I was really happy I got this because I've learned that it can be a great dupe or alternative for the famous blush and bronzer duo, the Nars Orgasm and Laguna Bronzer which is priced at Php1,600 or $40USD, the last time I checked. Big difference, huh? The blush from this compact is just a little peachy pink in color while Nars Orgasm is in the pink side, but nevertheless, they're not far from being similar.

I love how this compliments my skin tone. As I've said, the blush is a peachy pink color and has the right amount of soft gold shimmer in it, very fine that will make you look naturally blushing and glowing. The bronzer which takes the most product in the pan, is just enough matte, just slightly shimmery, a medium color, not too light and not too dark. It gives and leaves you a gorgeous sunkissed glow. This duo is just perfect for me and so far loving it!

This is how I use the bronzer as a contour for the face; and this will only take you a minute or less to do.
Find first the hollows of the cheeks by making the fish face, this will allow you to see where you'll be applying it. Apply the bronzer in a line along the hollow with a light stroke and make sure to blend it well to avoid harsh lines. I use an angled face brush to do so.
Next, you also want to apply it on the hairline close to the temples, along the jawline and under the chin. By doing so and applying it correctly, it will add definition and make your face look slimmer naturally. I also use this for contouring my nose. I find the shade of this bronzer perfect for it.

For the blush, I apply it on the apples of my cheeks, just right above the contoured area (hollows), with a sweeping motion upwards. I love to use my favorite highlighter on the top of my cheekbones to complete the look.

My first blush and bronzer duo. The pan contains 11.7g of products which can last a long time. Has good pigmentation, great color payoff but I find it not long lasting. I'd say, it will only stay up to approximately 4-5 hours maximum but it still depends on your skin. In my case, I have oily/combination skin, so I just bring it along with me for touch ups or whenever needed. I think it's the only downside of it, but overall, it is still a fabulous find!

Stay tuned for another blush and bronzer duo product review, next! ;-)

**Some things are just simply irresistible, so go ahead and spoil yourself a little!

Friday, January 18, 2013

China Glaze in United

Hey Gorgeous!

Well, aside from cosmetics, there is one more thing I'm really fond of and very addicted to. It is basically doing my nails. I'm a little obsessive-compulsive when it comes to it. I always want them clean, polished and pretty. I usually do wear nail polish, I like it that way, but the ones I use sometimes doesn't last very long. They tend to chip off right away, probably because they're inexpensive and not of good quality. But thanks to my cousin, Eirene, for introducing me to China Glaze.
Actually, I've already heard and read lots of good reviews about it, but I don't know why I haven't taken the time to try it out myself. I even disregard their mall counters when I go past them. One reason for me maybe because it's very pricey for a nail polish.
When my cousin posted a picture of her wearing one of the shades from this brand, I instantly fell in love with the color. It was United. I was so intrigued and I thought, yeah, why don't I give it a try this time.

 And tadaaa! No regrets at all! ;-)
two coats of China Glaze in United

This was taken under natural lighting, but I swear by this color, it looks so much better and prettier in person. The photo just can't do it justice.

China Glaze United is from the United In Purpose Collection for Breast Cancer Awareness 2012.
This particular shade is a very lovely rosy mauve-ish color with lots of holographic glitters mixed in which makes it look so beautiful.

This professional-level nail enamel is made with a special balance of polymers and resins that combine to create a nail lacquer that is long lasting, chip-resistant and resistant to color and shine fading. Will not thicken in the bottle, no thinners necessary. It contains 15ml of product and retails for Php350.00.

Probably won't use any other brand anymore, I'm completely amazed by this baby! You really get what you pay for! ;-)

**Some things are just simply irresistible, so go ahead and spoil yourself a little!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Tony Moly Crystal Light Highlighter in Pink Beam

Hey Gorgeous!

I've been meaning to do this post for a while now, but I want to make sure I'd be able to write a good one about my current super favorite in my collection. It's the Tony Moly Crystal Light in Pink Beam. :) It's a makeup highlighter that is used for the brow bone, nose bridge, cupid's bow, and on the cheekbone area.

I must say, facial highlighters didn't really matter to me and it's something I've never used before. But lately, I've really really wanted one! When I was on a lookout for a good one, this Pink Beam was not originally what I was looking for. I had a particular one in mind that I want. I've been all over different branches already just for it, but unfortunately, it's out of stock everywhere so I decided to get from a different brand instead. When I read about Tony Moly on the internet which also carries good quality products, I directly searched for their highlighters, and this Crystal Light got me interested and I discovered that it is even better than the one I was originally looking for. They have them in two shades. Pink Beam and Gold Beam. I chose Pink Beam since it's the most suitable shade for my skin tone. So I called the nearest store branch right ahead and asked if they have it on stock, and finally, lucky me, it was the last piece available so I asked the salesperson if she could keep it and reserve it for me. :)
I now included it in my makeup regime. Now I'm a big fan of highlighters. I love how it brings life to the face, and gives the skin a bright, radiant appearance and leaves a very nice glow and a dewy finish. Something I can't leave the house without these days.

This particular shade is a pink color with a bit of shimmer in it. It becomes pearl white when blended onto the skin. It is in liquid form and has thick consistency. It's like silk to the touch, and applies as a liquid-to-powder finish. I really like the texture. Applying it on the face is a breeze because it comes with a spatula applicator.

I adore the pretty packaging. I like that it has a "Tony Moly" engraved on the lid and is made of color pink reflective metal, which is very decent enough to make it look very sophisticated and expensive. Plus it's handy, too, so you can bring it anywhere with you.

The bottle contains 10ml of product which can last a long time. With this, you don't really need much, so just a little goes a long way. Plus I really really LOVE the scent of this, it reminds me of my all-time favorite perfume, Tommy Girl. I usually smell it before applying it. haha! ;)


Blended onto the skin

Tony Moly Crystal Light in Pink Beam is a volume make up highlighter that provides gleaming shine to the skin especially on areas that are hit by the sun first. This highlighter provides a combination of lemon gold shine and luminous faint pink luster that makes the skin blooming and lively. It also contains honey to keep the areas moist and supple.

Available in all Tony Moly stores. I got this one at SM North branch for the price of Php448.00. They were having a promo at that time; when you purchase worth 500 of their products, you get a free international membership card.

So I got the Natural Pulp Essence Sheet Mask for Php98 to accumulate the 500 worth, plus they gave me a Broccoli Sprout Cleansing Cream for free!

A picture of me wearing the Pink Beam Highlighter on my cheekbones:

**So sorry for my sloppy shot

For my first makeup highlighter, this is not bad at all! I say, this is worth a try! I'm definitely going to repurchase this. :)

**Some things are just simply irresistible, so go ahead and spoil yourself a little!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Review and Swatches: Wet 'n Wild Megalast Lipsticks

Hey Gorgeous!

How can such small things be so overwhelming...especially for us, my fellow makeup enthusiasts.
One little thing we cannot resist. Any look wouldn't be complete without it, as well as for some girls, one thing on their vanity they cannot leave without. :)

Today, I want to talk about the lips. One very powerful tool in our body. Every smile and laughter we give can look very pleasing and attractive; all the more if we want to put color to show off and flaunt that pouty lips. Best part is, we don't need all those expensive and high-end lippies to bring out that sexy smile!

Here are five shades of lip color from Wet 'n Wild. They are the Megalast Lipsticks, and I have them in 903C Just Peachy, 907C Mauve Outta Here, 906D Wine Room, 915B Spiked With Rum, and 916D Ravin' Raisin. I bought them from Suzanne's Emporium, my personal favorite online shop. All her products are US authentic at very affordable prices, plus she gives freebies for every transaction. Yes, great deal, huh? So, go ahead and check out her shop! :)

Anyway, back to my review:

Wet 'n Wild Megalast Lipsticks
   "Lips take center stage! This 4-hour, longwearing lip color leaves a semi-matte, crème finish in one stroke. Glides on easily with rich, velvety color that doesn't cake, feather, or bleed. Made with hydrating skin-care ingredients: Hyaluronic Microspheres provide extraordinary adhesion to lips, an exclusive polymer complex offers cushion-like feel and texture, and natural marine plant extracts Coenzyme Q10 and Vitamins A & E help smooth lips."

L-R: Just Peachy, Mauve Outta Here, Wine Room, Spiked With Rum, Ravin' Raisin

#903C Just Peachy
  • a peachy/coral color which I really really love! It suits me very well which is why it is my most favorite among all five.
#907C Mauve Outta Here
  • a pretty pink color with purple undertone. On my lips, it's bright, but not overdone. It's basically a perfect pink shade for my skin tone.
#906D Wine Room
  • a bright reddish pink color which I also love, it fairly looks flattering on my skin tone.
#915B Spiked With Rum
  • a warm dark pink/brown color. My second favorite. Perfect and goes well with all makeup looks.
#916D Ravin' Raisin
  • a deep plum with mauve undertone. I find this color quite dark on me, it ends up washing me out. What I do is I wear it with Mauve Outta Here, it gives the best berry/mauve color combined.

**Sorry, no lip swatch for the Ravin' Raisin


Very pigmented
Good quality
Relatively long wearing (no eating/drinking)
Great color selection
No pungent smell
Does not feather
Very inexpensive


No color name on the packaging
Rounded shape tip is kinda awkward and hard to use (I prefer the classic shape)
Not easy to apply directly
Can get a little bit drying if not applied with lip balm underneath
Cover is made of plastic which gets easily broken
Product itself can be scraped off when not careful covering it back; it gets messy

I'm not normally a lipstick-wearing kinda girl... but will I repurchase Wet 'n Wild Megalast Lipsticks? 
I say yes! I love these stuff! I just learned to look past all the cons... :-P

**Some things are just simply irresistible, so go ahead and spoil yourself a little!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Suesh Vanity LED Desktop Mirror

Hey Gorgeous!

I've read lots and lots of favorable feedback about this pretty little thing -the Suesh vanity LED desktop mirror, and which I've been badly wanting and dreaming of having one. I've been eyeing this over the internet for probably quite many times already. But, here's a little fact about me: When something costs more than Php500, that's a bit pricey for me already! Really! Lol! So knowing myself, and knowing the price of this mirror, just waved my dreams goodbye.
Or maybe not!
While my boyfriend and I were strolling around Trinoma mall one time, I got so overwhelmed when I saw a Suesh counter right ahead our direction, and in no time found myself running to find the mirror that I've been wanting to have! But then, I just took a personal look at it and still went home with no purchase. :(

**credits to the owner of this picture

But to my surprise, my ever sweet boyfriend got me THIS for Christmas! Woohoo! I was like, OMG! :D He knows how much I really want this, and really knows how to make me smile. So, yay! I finally got my hands on this charming baby!

I super love it! Thank you, baby!


Super Bright Acrylic LED
Diameter: 115mm
Height: 390mm
Switch: Press on/off switch with 10minute-automatic OFF function
Finishing: Acrylic and Chrome
  • with AC/DC adapter
  • free 3 pcs. AA alkaline battery

   Price: Php2,500


Very bright LED
Adjustable mirror head
Can be mounted on a glass or mirror because it comes with 3 suction cups
Battery operated or plug-in electrical outlet
Very luxurious and sleek-looking
A trusted brand 

It's a bit heavy
I wish it didn't come with a 10minute-automatic off function
A bit pricey for a mirror (here I go again! lol!)

Other than these, nothing else! I just love it!

-- Suesh Cosmetics was established in February 2006. It is a famous brand owned by three lovely sisters/beauty experts with their love and desire for makeup. They are very generous to come up with products that are created to fulfill every woman's desire to get a hold of their lovely beauty essentials such as their makeup, makeup accessories/tools, the famed makeup brushes, luxurious train cases, and vanity mirrors at affordable prices without sacrificing the quality.

**credits to the owners of the pictures

**Some things are just simply irresistible, so go ahead and spoil yourself a little!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

DIY: Makeup Brush Organizer (easy & inexpensive!)

Hey Gorgeous!

Was there ever a point where you wondered where to store your makeup brushes? How to organize the way you want them for easy access when doing your makeup? Are all your brushes just lying around everywhere your dresser or desk, and you're always having a hard time finding which one to use because they're all scattered? If the answer is yes, then you came to the right place sweetie, because today I want to share with you a step-by-step and a very simple and easy way on how to make your own makeup brush organizer. :)

   Here's mine.

It's really a fun DIY to do, plus it will look gorgeous on your vanity, I swear! You can customize however you want it to look. Mine, I designed it by placing the smallest tube at the front for smaller and shorter brushes, medium to large tubes at the back for bigger and taller brushes. I'm very happy and satisfied the way this turned out, it looks very attractive, and what I love about this is that it has loads of compartment and it's not very hard to do. It's really cool to store all your makeup brushes this way! I love being very organized with all my things. It makes life a lot easier, and it feels good to see all your stuff very sleek, neat, and clean.

Now, let's get right ahead.
Things that you will need: **credits to the owners of the pictures

  •  a circular base (or any shape according to your preference)

  • any cylinder shaped objects (I used kitchen roll tubes)

  • magazine covers, paper bags, colored papers, etc. (I used a lavender gift wrapper)

  • adhesive 

  • sticky tape

  • scissors

   Here's how:
  1. You want to arrange the kitchen roll tubes however you want the brush holder to look like on the base.
  2. Cut them to your desired size and height
  3. For the smallest tube which you want to place at the front, shape and cut it diagonally downward to give it a cute and decent style.
  4. Cover them up with magazine covers, paper bags, colored papers, etc. I chose to use a lavender gift wrapper because it's my favorite color.
  5. Secure them with sticky tape
  6. Using the adhesive, glue the bottom of the tubes and stick them onto the base plate.
  7. Make sure to wait for the glue to completely dry so the tubes won't fall off.
  8. Arrange all your brushes, and viola! You're done!

Now, finding and choosing which brush to use is a breeze! It just all starts with being organized. Be creative and innovative. :)

my vanity

Hope this was helpful! :)

**Some things are just simply irresistible, so go ahead and spoil yourself a little!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Confessions of a Makeup Enthusiast

Hey Gorgeous!

I can still remember the time when I was not really into makeup, not much. A little blush maybe, eye kohl for my lower waterline, and that's it. I don't even bother putting mascara, not even lipstick, and I never tried putting eyeshadow simply because, I don't know how! I have zero knowledge of all that! haha! At that time, I own only few makeup which can actually fit in a small purse. If I remember correctly, it was just a little less than a year ago. And here are some pictures of me wearing only just a tad bit of blush and my eyeliner which apparently, one thing I can't live without! Lol ;p

It's no big deal for me though, and was not a problem. The only reason I blogged about this is because I'm just a little overwhelmed by the progress I made which I want to share with you. Yup, for me, I consider it an achievement. Learned from scratch and now I'm enjoying and love doing it and creating different kinds of eye look! 

(Pictures above) Starting to like makeup and learning how to apply them correctly...

...and tadaaa! First time I felt happy with the results! :D

And now, here are some pictures of my works of art.

**Pls excuse the watermark. It was my username (ohyesitsmeica) before I used MissyMaica :)

**Another watermark (makeupbyIcaXo)

You can do anything if you put your heart to it.

"The face is the picture of the mind with the eyes as its interpreter."

"The eyes are one of the most powerful tools woman can have. With one look, she can relay the most intimate message. After the connection is made, words cease to exist."

**Some things are just simply irresistible, so go ahead and spoil yourself a little!

Friday, January 4, 2013

First blog / Makeup collection

Hey Gorgeous!

I must say, it has been quite a while since I found myself extremely fond of beauty products or should i say, MAKEUP! Well, c'mon, who isn't?? And, that's what brought you here, right? ;) I believe 90% of females (of course, except for the little ones just yet) carry either one or maybe a bunch of makeup in their purses or bags. (Okay, I'm guilty as charged!) I've come across many talented makeup gurus on the internet, watching and observing every detail they do. For me, I find it very interesting, so after I watch, I try it on myself. Tried and tried until I mastered the craft of applying makeup and has become one of my dedicated passions now. Besides, practice makes perfect, isn't it? That's what I always tell myself. :) I remember not long ago, whenever I try to put makeup, especially when applying eyeshadow, I always end up looking like a raccoon or panda! Funny but true. ;) Although, I wouldn't say I'm a professional makeup artist, I just learned and applied to myself that whenever I want to get or have something, I go to extremes to achieve it.
And so today, as for my very first blog post, I want to share with you, beautiful people, my humble collection of my beloved babies! ;p

*please excuse the blurry photos

my DIY brush holder. I love how this turned out! ♥

By the way, makeup-wise, I'm not really the choosy kind. In fact, I've considered myself a drugstore makeup kind of girl. Yes, there are lots out there that works pretty fine. On the other hand, as for the high-end ones, (and which I don't have a lot) I use them for special occasions and just when needed.

Please watch out for my YouTube channel featuring makeup tutorial videos, beauty product reviews, hauls, vlogs, and many more. Will post the link as soon as it's done.
I'm so excited to share with you all! ♥

**Some things are just simply irresistible, so go ahead and spoil yourself a little!