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    REVIEW: L’Oreal x Balmain Lipstick Collection

    In September 2017, L’Oreal launched a lipstick line in collaboration with fashion brand Balmain. So I’m pretty late to the game on this review, because you know, life gets in the way.

    Anyhow, I bought these lipsticks mainly because it was in collaboration with Balmain—it might be the closest I can get to buying makeup from a luxury brand, haha.

    I purchased the shades Domination and Power for PHP499 each.

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    REVIEW: elf Studio Lip Stain

    I was waiting for a shipment from the Instagram seller theglamgirlshoppe. I bought 6 Wet n Wild lippies, so I promised myself not to buy any more for a while. Then I walked by an e.l.f. stall and went back on my word. 😋
    Long-lasting lippies are my life (hey, alliteration!), but unfortunately, a lot of longwear lipcolors are drying and result in flaky lips. Which is why I had low expectations for e.l.f. Studio Lip Stain in Red Carpet.
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    REVIEW: Happy Skin Turn Up the Heat

    I’m a bit of a make-up snob. I prefer spending a bit more money on quality products that will deliver, instead of blowing minor bucks on things that I won’t use regularly. That’s why I tend to bypass the cheaper, locally-made beauty brands (sorry?) and head straight for the more expensive ones like Revlon.
    That said, Happy Skin Cosmetics piqued my curiosity. I mean, a locally-made mid-range brand that has lovely, Benefit-esque packaging AND consistently excellent product reviews? Is this a dream?
    Apparently not! I got my hands on their summer lippie collection, Turn Up the Heat, and understood why beauty bloggers were abuzz with this new brand.
    All of Happy Skin’s products have witty names and beautiful, colorful packaging. TUTH is no exception: just look at this awesomeness!

    I hate, hate, hate ugly packaging. I forgive e.l.f. because I know they can deliver good products, but for all other brands, I ignore cheap-looking packaging with bad typography. It says a lot about the products that the manufacturers actually care about what kind of image they project to consumers. And the attention to detail in the packaging means you get all your money’s worth. Happy Skin definitely delivers on this aspect.

    For the price of PHP1249, you get three Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippies. That comes down to around PHP416 each. Not bad, considering that Revlon’s similar lippies retail for more than PHP500.

    Although the tip is not as precise as I’d like them to be, and it doesn’t come with a sharpener, it’s okay. The twist-up mechanism means no sharpening and no product wastage. It’s completely idiot-proof! Perfect for beginners.

    These lippies come in the colors Summer Crush, Sunset Kiss, and The Morning After (left to right).

    Summer Crush is a blue-based pink. This is a great everyday lippie that’s not too loud, but gives a beautiful pop of color.

    I have to say, I never though I could pull off pink, but this one looks lovely on me with a light pink blush.

    Also, check out the winged eyeliner!

    Sunset Kiss is a red-orange shade that brightens the face. It’s a bold, loud color that I like wearing on lazy days when I’m only wearing powder. It makes me look more put-together.

    Plus, I wore this while swimming and it didn’t come off!

    Ok, so this was before I went swimming, but I swear it stayed on even after I hit the water.
    Also, say hi to Mommy!

    The Morning After is a light pink-mauve. It can be a perfect MLBB shade for light-skinned women; however, on me, I find it can wash me out, especially if I’m not wearing blush.

    I took a leap of faith by wearing this a few times, since I’m afraid of wearing nearly-nude lips. As I predicted, this shade washed me out badly, especially in photos:

    As I stated in the blog post I linked there, I love this color! But it won’t work out for me 🙁 I’m gonna give this to my fairer-skinned mom. It’ll look way better on her.

    They come in a satin finish that transfers slightly. Texture for all lipsticks is creamy but with slight tugging. It can be a bit drying, which is surprising because they’re supposed to be as moisturizing as balms, right? These require lip prep for me, which means exfoliating and applying balm before application.
    Staying power for these are average at around 2-4 hours. They cannot withstand meals: I always find a weird ring of color around my lips after eating.

    If you’re looking for a good bargain on quality lip colors, this is it. TUTH contains a bold color, an MLBB shade, and a naturally-pretty pink, so there will definitely be something to strike your fancy.

    Price: PhP1249.00
    Verdict: Although it could use some improvements, overall, I’m impressed. Would purchase from Happy Skin again.
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    On bold lipstick

    Hi, my name is Ela, and I’m a bold-lipstick addict.
    Hi, Ela!
    I am an absolute sucker for bold lips. Red lipstick is a particular weakness of mine, although I’m also into deeper shades like violet and hot pink.
    I love ’em because they make a statement. They’re so easy to pull off on lazy days when I feel like going minimal with everything else. It literally takes ten seconds to make me feel more polished.
    Revlon Matte Balm in Shameless
    Wearing Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color in Red Revival
    I do realize that others have the opposite problem: they actively avoid loud lips. To them, you need confidence to pull off that look, and it is a bit scary to stray from relatively safe shades like pink.
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    Beware of fake make-up sellers!

    Obviously, I love make-up. On my current income, that’s a bit of a problem since I want to buy so many things! But since my cash is limited, I try to make my purchases count. I research endlessly and make sure that whatever I’ll be buying is worth it. Of course, sometimes there will be duds, but thankfully there have been more hits than misses.
    I know other people out there are in the same situation: they love cosmetics but are strapped for cash. I feel you, sisters. When you work your ass off, you want to get your money’s worth! That’s why it pisses me off when some people take advantage of this by selling imitations of high-end products.
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    REVIEW: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks

    I live five minutes away from a mall that has a Revlon counter, so needless to say, every payday I hit ’em up just to browse. I bought these lippies on a whim because they were marked down, and boy, am I ever glad I impulse-shopped!

    Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks

    They come in 82 shades, so there’s bound to be something for everyone. As for me, I was drawn by the deeper colors like their reds. Shocking. /sarc

    Let’s start with the packaging. Black and gold is truly a classic combination, and it makes these tubes look sophisticated. However, I do wish there was a bit of whimsy in the packaging, because make-up is fun!!! These look very typical to other makeup packaging. Yawn.

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    REVIEW: Glam Works Lip and Cheek Tint

    I got this as part of a gift bag from my tita. At first, I didn’t expect much seeing as it’s not a well-known brand, but now I am so glad my tita gave it to me. Read on to find out why.

    Glam Works Lip and Cheek Tint in Strawberry Red

    It comes in a plastic jar with a screw-on lid. Size is suitable for travel, as it’s small and light.
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    REVIEW: Revlon Colorstay Lip Liner

    Going without lipstick makes me feel bare. That’s why it always infuriates me when my lipstick rubs off, or worse, when the center of my lips go bare and I’m left with a horrible red ring on the edges. This is what drove me to buy a lip liner on a whim.

    Revlon Colorstay Lip Liner in Rose

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    REVIEW: Max Factor Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick in Deep Burgundy

    It’s a lip liner! It’s a lipstick! No, it’s a Giant Pen Stick!
    I picked this up a few months ago while I was shopping for foundation. For around PhP1500, Max Factor sold this, a tube of 2000 Caloria mascara, and a bottle of Smooth Effects foundation. Wait for my subsequent posts for the other reviews 🙂

    Max Factor Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick in Deep Burgundy

    The entire thing is basically a fat traditional lip liner, meaning there’s no twisting mechanism to get the product. Boo! I had to buy a sharpener separately. Tip: Before sharpening this, pop it in the fridge for a few hours to make it harder and make it less susceptible to be squashed in the sharpener.

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    REVIEW: Revlon Haul Part 3 of 3: Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie

    True story: when I couldn’t afford buying this just yet, I just went to drugstores and used the tester tube because I could not resist not having this lovely color on my lips.
     

    Revlon Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie

    First things first. Packaging.
    The entire Lip Butters line is so cute. I love everything about the packaging, from the quilted design to the square tubes! A+

    When they say Lip Butter, they frigging mean butter. Seriously, it was so rich that you had no doubt it’ll moisturize the hell out of your lips. It’s so creamy that it’s kinda hard to apply without lip liner and/or a lip brush, lest it bleeds around your mouth. Plus, the soft texture might mean it’ll smoosh in the tube in hot temperatures.
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