Saturday, May 28, 2016

PINK SUGAR: NEWLY LAUNCHED PRODUCTS FOR 2016

Pink Sugar Cosmetics is a local brand that was launched last year. Although I was not invited in the launching, I had the chance to try them out when BDJ contacted me to do an open box review of their exclusive box of Pink Sugar Cosmetics. HERE for the unboxing post.

Pink Sugar Cosmetics, though a local brand, was apparently made in Taiwan. This brand reminds me so much of Happy Skin Cosmetics, with its very fun packaging and catchy names, but made more affordable! Pasok sa banga ang presyo but it doesn’t sacrifice the quality.  For me, it’s like the affordable version of Happy Skin Cosmetics.

Recently, Pink Sugar has launched nine new lip colors for 2016 and 3 new shades for eyebrow gels! And here are my thoughts on the newly launched products!


PINK SUGAR COSMETICS



• CREAMY MATTE LIPSTICKS •


PRICE: Php 349.00
CLAIMS: A semi-matte lipstick that delivers long lasting color.

I’m not aware that Pink Sugar has Creamy matte formulation for their lipsticks. The one I’ve tried before were the HD lipstick (Naked) and Creamy (First Kiss). The creamy-matte has got to be my favorite formulation among the three! 

It’s very true to its name; it provides matte finish but doesn’t feel dry on my lips. In fact, it’s kind of moisturizing on lips and feels very comfy. 

The newly launched shades are: Girl Next Door, Hot Mess, XOXO and Hot Bling.


GIRL NEXT DOOR
Girl Next Door is a warm-nude, with a hint of taupe. It’s a very wearable shade, a perfect My Lips But Better shade

HOT MESS
Hot Mess is mauvey shade. I'm so inlove with this shade, it looks stunningly beautiful especially if you like wearing smokey eyes! Though, I also use this on daily basis with well-groomed eyebrows, loads of mascara and thin eyeliner! 

XOXO
XOXO is rose nude shade. If you want an everyday shade that doesn't look too nudey on lips, you might want to check this out.

HOT BLING
The only not-nude shade that Pink Sugar has released. It’s a blue-based magenta shade, if you prefer bright lipstick, this might be the one for you.

Overall, I have no negative thing to say about Creamy Matte formulation. They’re amazing, these feel very comfy on my lips despite the matte finish.


• LIP AND CHEEK TINT •

I know I mentioned in my unboxing post that Pink Sugar's Lip and Cheek tint was my least fave among all the liquid lipstick I've tried. But after trying out the other shades from the brand, boy, I was so wrong! This Lip and Cheek tint is exceptional!!! 
Coral Bliss really sucks (the first Lip and Cheek I've tried), as it is very patchy on my lips. But in general, the formulation of Pink Sugar Lip and Cheek Tint is way beyond amazing. Queen bee in particular has a very good formulation. Honestly, it’s now my favorite liquid lipstick formulation. I like it better than La Splash which used to be my ultimate fave liquid lipstick.


NAUGHTY NUDE
Naughty nude is a warm peach, almost beige kind of nude. Nude is really popular nowadays. Thanks to Kylie. This shade looks weird on me, though!
  
HONEY BUNNY
Honey Bunny is a beige shade but has brown undertone. It’s more wearable than Naughty nude, and said to be similar to Dolce K. 

QUEEN BEE
Queen Bee has got to be my fave shade! It’s a rosey with a hint of grey undertone. According to Beauty Mnl, it’s a mix of true brown k and posie k. It’s indeed a very beautiful shade.

CODE RED
For red fans out there, Code Red is a classic looking bright red. 

VAMPY VIXEN
The name says it all, Vampy Vixen is a deep wine with brown undertone kind of red. It’s very vampy, and dark! It’s a bit difficult to apply evenly on my lips. 
If you want to achieve that “pusit" lips, you might want to check this out.

Overall, I’m inlove with Lip and Cheek tint of Pink Sugar. Although, I have yet to try on my cheeks.

These lip and cheek tints are very pigmented, most of them glides smoothly and evenly, and not as drying as colourpop on my lips. These don’t sit on the wrinkled lines of my lips! It has mousse texture/consistency rather than liquid. Hence, easier to apply and work with!


•HONEY I'M GOOD EYEBROW GELS •


There are three shades available for brow gel. Brunette, Taupe and Blonde. 
The texture is quite comparable to Etude house color my brows which is quite liquidy. For me, this eyebrow gel should be named “brow tint” than “brow gel” because it doesn’t really tame the hair that much. Though, it colors my brows really nicely. I particularly like using the blonde shade since I have a colored hair.

BLONDE
Light-to-medium hair

BRUNETTE
For black hair


TAUPE
Softer than Brunette

I find the brow gels quite decent, though not exceptionally great. I did not fall inlove as much as I'm inlove with their lip and cheek tint and creamy matte lipstick. 
It’s a good brow tint, but cannot tame my unruly brows the way I want to. Also, the brush that it came with has very stiff bristles, I find it hard to work with. I use a different spoolie to apply this product on my brows. 

OVERALL, I'm really happy with the new releases of Pink Sugar Cosmetics. 

I highly, highly recommend Lip and Cheek Tint in Queen Bee and the nude shades of Creamy Matte lipsticks. They're the bomb! 

How about you, what are your favorite Pink Sugar Cosmetics products?



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Monday, May 9, 2016

MARY KAY CHEEK COLOR

I know I’ve been posting Mary Kay products recently, it is because I’ve trying out every Mary Kay cosmetics that I can possibly buy to know which of these products I can recommend. I want first-hand experience on the things I sell, though that entails extra gastos, I try to look at it as an investment.

Aside from the liquid foundation, Mary Kay blushes are one of the products that I honestly think are worth buying! You know I love these blushes as I’ve been sharing it so many times (more than any of my Mary Kay product) in my facebook page and instagram. 

So today, I decided to share with you a detailed review on Mary Kay’s Cheek color.


MARY KAY CHEEK COLOR

Mary Kay says,
“The mineral-based formula of Mary Kay® Mineral Cheek Color is famous for its oil-absorbing properties, ease of application and excellent coverage.

-Stay-true color defines cheekbones.
-Contains Vitamins A, C and E to help protect against wrinkle-causing free-radicals.
-Applies smoothly, easily and evenly.
-Designed to fit perfectly in the Mary Kay® Compact.”



• PACKAGING •


The blush comes in a loose pan, which means that you don't have to depot it. You can put it in a magnetic compact like the famous Z-Palette which is available at Sephora PH, but it’s pretty expensive.  I recommend trying out Wild Peach Cosmetcis, the cheaper alternative for Z-Palette. Or you can also get the magnetic compact of Mary Kay – though, it’s still kind of expensive especially since you can only put 3 eyeshadows and a blush in their compact mini priced at Php 595! 
But if you can live with the clear plastic casing that it came with, that’s alright. Although, you have to be extra careful since they are loosely attached in that initial packaging. If you don’t really have budget to buy the compact separately, you can just secured the pan with a double sided tape to keeps the product from falling out. 
The blushes may be tiny compare to Nars Orgasm, but behold, as a single pan of it contains 0.18oz/5g of product compared to the full size of Nars Orgasm which contains 0.16oz/4.8g


• SHADES •


Unfortunately, we only have 3 shades of the cheek color in the Philippines: Champagne rose, Shy and Strawberry cream. The 3 shades are all pink shades with shimmers. I wish Mary Kay can come out with more shades that have other tones like peach/coral, orange, berry, brownish so women can have more options available for their skintone. 
Anyways, Shy is the most famous shade as it is the “exact” dupe for the famous Nars Orgasm. I have Nars Orgasm, and trust me, you can never tell the difference when swatched side by side. 
SHY 
It is a pink shade with beautiful golden shimmer. Hence, it looks kind of pinky peach in the pan. Exact dupe for Nars Orgasm.
STRAWBERRY CREAM
It is like Shy but with less golden shimmers and more pink toned. At first, I thought Strawberry Cream will be a dupe for Nars Deepthroat but Strawberry Cream is pinkier on skin.

CHAMPAGNE ROSE
It has a pink rose shade. The “rose” shade makes the blush appear darker compared to the two other shades. 




• FORMULATION•


The powder is finely milled, very soft and smooth – smoother than Nars blushes. That’s probably my favorite thing about Mary Kay powders, even their loose and pressed powder, they’re very silky soft but not too powdery when used with brush. 
The blushes all have shimmers (very fine) that can make skin glow! Shy has the most golden shimmers among the three shades available. 
In terms of pigmentation, they have better payoff compared to Nars. In Nars Orgasm, I normally apply 2-3 swipes to achieve the shade I want, but with Mary Kay, I only need 1-2 swipes – easier, faster and more economical! Though it’s pigmented, the blushes blend so easily on skin. 

For longevity, these are pretty long lasting. It can last the entire day on me. I tried putting it through a running water but it stayed on amazingly. Of course, the longevity will vary depending on how oily your skin is. I have combination skin, my t-zone is super oily but my cheeks are pretty normal-dry. 



• OVERALL•


I think I get more value for my money if you would buy Mary Kay Cheek Color over Nars blushes – as it contains more, cheaper and has really good formulation.
The only downside I could think of was the limited selection of shades. I wish they could come out with more shades. I heard that there are 7 shades available few years ago, and it’s a mix of matte and shimmers shade. I wonder why Mary Kay has pulled out these shades in the Philippines, I’m eyeing on Sunny spice pa naman!  

Anyways, other than that, I HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND THESE BLUSHES! They said that the formulation is comparable to Tarte Amazonian and Nars Blushes, I cannot vouch on Tarte, but for Nars – I think MK is even better!

Shy is a great blush to try! It’s really worth it!

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Everyday Makeup with Mary Kay Cosmetics

If I would define Mary Kay products in two words, it’ll be: quality and expensive! I know I always say that price doesn’t always guarantee quality. But quality, not always but most of the time, comes at a price. There’s always a reason why something is much expensive than the others. Perhaps, they spend more on ingredients and quality check/control.

Mary Kay is a brand that offers good quality products. Hindi basta basta at hindi mo ikakahiya ibenta. This is why I’m very confident in the products that I’m selling especially those that I have really tried and tested.  

In today’s post, I’ll share with you a simple everyday makeup look using my Mary Kay products, and of course, I’ll also include a short and honest review on these products.


SIMPLE EVERYDAY MAKEUP LOOK x MARY KAY COSMETICS


Skincare is a very important step before makeup. You need to clean your face then apply moisturizer. Currently, I have been really loving the Timewise 3-in-1 Cleanser because it lathers really nicely on skin. I also like using it with Skinvigorate brush twice a week. For moisturizer, I still use my Olay moisturizer but will definitely shift to Timewise Anti-ageing Moisturizer when I run out of my Olay. 
For face makeup, I always start with Primer. For primer, you can either use the Oil mattifier or Foundation primer from Mary Kay. In this makeup look, I opted to use the foundation primer because it has SPF 15. I noticed that the finish of foundation looks better with this primer underneath, although it doesn’t do much on oil control.

Next is foundation. Mary Kay has two formulations for foundation: the matte-wear (for oily skin) and luminous (for dry skin). Since I have oily skin, I prefer the matte wear formulation. I swear by this, I have not touched any of my foundation since I got this. In fact, I ditched some of my foundations because of this. 
I applied the foundation on the left and right half of my face (photo below and above) so you can see the coverage of the foundation.
I normally apply just one layer of this foundation, and another layer on areas where I need more coverage because it has a buildable coverage. Meaning, the more layer I apply, the more coverage I get. Although I wouldn’t recommend pilling up 3 layers on skin as it has the tendency to look cakey especially on dry areas of the face. Also, I always opt for the lighter shade of foundation since this foundation oxidizes on my skin

After foundation, I like doing my eyebrows. I used the Mary Kay Brow definer in Classic blonde and I was so impressed with the formulation. The pencil is quite soft and waxy hence tames the hair in place. However, since it is soft, I tend to sharpen it every now and then. 
Then, I use Mary Kay Mineral Pressed Powder to set my liquid foundation in place. The mineral powder is very silky and smooth on skin. If only you can touch my skin now. Anyways ,since this is just a pressed powder, it doesn’t provide any coverage just like your typical setting powder. But this powder truly helps minimize the appearance of lines and pores. 
Of course, the next steps are putting colors on my cheeks and lips. Mary Kay has a really, really amazing blushes! I am so loving all the shades of their blushes: Shy, Strawberry Cream and Champagne. Shy is the exact dupe of Nars Orgasm. You can’t tell the difference on swatch and on my cheeks. 
Mary Kay Crème Lipstick in Toffee is a caramel-brown shade that looks gorgeous on many skintone. If you have darker skintone, this lipstick will appear like pinkish nude but on my skintone, it’s a pinky brown. 

I will do a separate review on each product mentioned above. 

Overall, I’m really impressed with the quality of Mary Kay products. It may be expensive but you will really get what you paid for (in a good way!). The quality, the packaging… are really exceptional! 

If I would recommended just 3 products from the brand that you should get, I will definitely recommend the liquid foundation, blushes and the concealer! 

What are your favorite Mary Kay products?


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Sunday, May 1, 2016

BATTLE OF FOUNDATIONS

In my facebook page and instagram, I shared with you the foundations I purchased for 2016. All in all, I accumulated 9 foundations for the 2016 alone. I don’t normally shift from one foundation to another. I’ve been a loyal user of Kate Tokyo Foundation for more than a year, and Mary Kay foundation before it. However, when brands went on “sale” for foundations, I got excited and purchased all of them. Lol. And now, I realized I have too many foundations and I cannot use them all at once. Hence, I will probably include most of them at my pre-loved sale on my facebook page. But before putting it on sale, I want to share with you my thoughts on the products and which of these products will be included in my sale. 


• PACKAGING •


I dislike squeeze-tube kind of packaging for foundation as the cap can get too dirty. Pump is still the best way to dispense off foundation, and it’s very hygienic! 
I truly appreciate Kate Tokyo Powderless Foundation packaging when it comes to travelling. It is made from plastic, hence, very lightweight in my makeup kit. Nevertheless, I also appreciate Loreal True Match and Sansan HD glass packaging as it is more environmental-friendly, but finds it a bit heavy to travel with.


• FORMULATION •


Mary Kay has a runny liquid consistency, and all others are in between thick to runny consistency. Despite that, Mary Kay provides quite an excellent coverage. 

Kate Tokyo Powderless foundation - Holy Grail foundation for more than a year because it applies easily, and blends nicely; I like the natural-looking finish it gives my skin. Also, since it’s powderless foundation, this foundation is always the one I bring with me in my travels (overnight vacation or sleepovers) as I can wear it on its own (without setting it with powder) – unlike the ordinary foundations wherein I need to set it with powder.

Inglot YSM – I haven’t really tested this one thoroughly since the shade I got is too dark for my skintone; I got it at a group in Facebook hence the wrong shade. I wasn’t able to swatch it myself. Anyways, Inglot is very light on skin and blends so well. This is probably the lightest from the bunch I’ve tried.

Loreal True Match – blends really well, has good range of colors and looks so natural on skin. I have 2 things I don’t like about it: (1) not good for summer weather and (2) takes time to set on skin.

Mary Kay Matte Wear Foundation – my new holy grail liquid foundation as it is excellent in controlling oil; and among all the foundations I’ve tried, this is the only foundation that can withstand our summer weather!

Revlon Colorstay – I hate the packaging. I hate it so much as it doesn’t have pump with it. It is always impossible for me not to pour excess products on my hand. It provides excellent coverage, but feels heavy on skin. While it has good longevity, I find that it doesn’t control my oil that much (the weather is too hot recently!)

San San Matte liquid foundation – it’s very affordable and has good longevity. It’s really good for its price. I have not found any foundation as good as this on its price range. Although, this feels quite heavy on my skin. I definitely can feel like I’m wearing foundation.

San San HD Foundation – I read so many raves on it on TMUR, but I still think that the matte liquid version is better and cheaper. This one feels a bit tacky on skin, hence I need to set it really well with powder. However, it has a nice finish and good longevity. 


• SHADE •


Among all the foundations, I think my perfect shade is Kate Tokyo OC-C, although I like my liquid foundations to be a little bit lighter than my skintone. 
I always receive tons of inquiries about shade matching on foundations every time I’ll post a foundation on my page. So, I decided to show you how they look like when swatched on my arms. 

On the photos below, as you can see, I have two swatches per shade. The reason for that is for you to see which foundation oxidizes on skin

On the left: how it looks like after few seconds, on the right: newly swatched.

Inglot #43 – too dark for my skintone. Though, as you noticed, it didn’t oxidize on my skin.
Kate Tokyo in BR-C – too light for my skin, I sometimes use this to some parts of my face that I want to lift; it didn’t oxidize on my skin.
Kate Tokyo in OC-B – this suits my face skintone perfectly; it didn’t oxidize on me, although you can see that the texture has change from crème to powder finish.
Kate Tokyo in OC-C – I’m really surprised that it went darker because I don’t normally notice that this foundation oxidizes on my skin when I’m wearing it; but yeah, the test showed otherwise.
Loreal True Match in Gold Ivory – didn’t oxidize on me.
Mary Kay Matte Wear foundation in Ivory 05- as you can see, the shade went darker; that’s the only problem I had with Mary Kay, it oxidizes on me. Hence, I always get the lightest shade available. 
Revlon Colorstay in Sand Beige – though not obvious in the photo below, this one oxidizes too! I do not use this foundation that much because my skin looks too dark after few hours.
San San Matte in Ivory – didn’t oxidize;
San San HD Foundation – oxidizes a little.

Oxidization of foundation is when it appears orangey or 1-2 shades darker on your face few minutes after application. There are several reason why foundation oxidizes: it reacts with facial oils on your face particularly for those with oily skin; reacts with pH of skin (if you are acidic); or applying sunblock/sunscreen prior to foundation as chemicals react with each other; temperature can also help in the oxidation, the hotter the temperature the more likely your foundation will oxidize; 



• TO SELL OR NOT •


Kate Tokyo Powderless foundation – I will probably keep 1 or 2 shades, I might include BR-C in the preloved sale

Inglot – definitely, it will be put on sale! The shade is too dark for my skintone

Loreal True Match – still undecided. But I’ll probably keep it for now. This might be a good foundation on cold days; but will never use it on summer! 

Mary Kay Matte Wear– duh! Keep it, of course! This is my holy grail foundation for summer

Revlon Colorstay – sell it!!

San San – I might sell the liquid foundation since I don’t need too many foundations; nevertheless, I will still recommend the matte liquid foundation but not the HD. 




Have you tried any of this foundation? What's your fave?


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