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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Pan That Palette Update #4 + Project Pan Porn

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          Hello, people of the internet! How y'all have been doing? Mine's pretty much the same; doing the same routine I had for years -- work, travel and home. It's been a while since I posted an update on my Pan That Palette and so I decided to do one today. I also included my Project Pan Porn on this update because they are the same thing; panning eyeshadows and see what I can finish this year. For those of you who hasn't heard of what Pan That Palette is about (which I highly doubt), it is a year-long project pan where you pick an eyeshadow palette or any makeup palette and try to finish all of them when the year ends. I have chosen the I Heart Makeup #SELFIE Palette for this year. I have started this project November last year and this palette looks full and pretty new. 

          Before I talk about my recent progress, let's just take a on what my palette looked like on the past months. I have actually hit pan on the chocolate brown shadow before I started this project. So I used to have 9 shadows to hit pan on and now there are only 4 shadows left to hit pan on. My ultimate goal for this palette is to use this up at the end of 2018. I'm not really sure if I can reach that goal but if ever that I won't, I will just be happy hitting pan on all of the shadows and declutter this. This of my oldest palettes, I bought this as a birthday gift for myself last 2016. Anyways, let's get right into the recent update. 

          I am proud to say that I have finished #CHOCFIX (matte chocolate brown) shadow. Yay! This was my favorite shadow on this palette and I'm kinda sad that it's gone. I fully aware that there are still bits of eyeshadow left but I'm going to repress them because there's not enough left and I just to use other shadows. I need to find a dupe for this because I loved the shade so much and is the perfect transition shade for most of the eye look that I create or wear. I have also widen the pan on the shadows that I have previously hit pan on. 

          I don't have any specific goals for the next update as I have already hit pan on the majority of the shadows. As of this update, I am close to hitting pan on the blue gray shadow. I'm feeling it. Haha! I'm actually having trouble using this shadow since it looks more blue on the lids and I'm not comfortable wearing blue shadows for work. It feels too bold for office. If you have any suggestions on how to wear this blue gray shade in a subtler way, please let me know. :) If you also have this palette and created looks with it, please share how you those looks because I'm willing to try anything. 

          As for my Project Pan Porn update, I have hit pan on shadow Boxed from the Sleek Oh So Special Palette. I have used this as my eye brow powder because it matched my brown hair. I have burgundy hair now, by the way. It's a matte medium brown shade that is also nice a crease shade for everyday looks. I am also close to hitting pan on the shade Bow (matte cream) because I use it daily to set my eyeshadow primer. I love this shadow because it doesn't crease all through out, like it doesn't fade and move around my oily eyelids. I am planning to do a look using only this palette and I might do a tutorial on it. What do you guys think?

          I have also hit pan on the matte pinky mauve shadow from the Ever Bilena Brown Palette. The quality of this eyeshadow is okay but that matte mauve shadow is the perfect transition shadow for my cool toned eyeshadow looks. I'm obsessed with this! It  blends smoothly and shows up on the eyelids even when blended with darker crease shadows. I also love this palette because I can create looks with it without reaching for other palettes. If you are living in the Philippines and just started getting into the makeup world, grab this one. Especially if you love cool toned or smokey eye looks. :)

          To conclude this update, I have hit pan on a total of 8 shadows out of 18. It's already June and I have 6 months left to work on my Project Pan Porn. I am not worried though; I wear makeup on most days and I love eyeshadows I have which excites me with this project. I still enjoy these palettes, I'm still inspired and I am still motivated. I have never been this genuinely happy wtih my project pans. I don't know, I just feel inspired and motivated. 

          That's all for this update. I hope you enjoyed this post and made you feel motivated with your project pans. If you have any tips, tricks or hacks on how to pan eyeshadows, please let us know. We would really appreciate those! :) I have more makeup related ideas to post so stay tuned for that. Thank you so much for reading and stopping by. I will talk to you soon. Have a nice day! Stay safe. XOXO

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Neutral Everyday Look Using Essence Makeup + More (Epic Fail)

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          Hi everyone! First of all, I wanna say thank you to all the people who visit this little beauty corner on the internet and read my posts. I'm so near to 100,00 views and I get like 50-80 views per day. Oh my gosh! I'm so happy this blog is growing. :) I owe this all to you and I'm grateful for all the time you spend reading my posts. Secondly, I want to apologize for not posting regularly, I'm busy at work and I just want to chill on weekends. :)

           Recently, I have been buying a lot of Essence makeup products and I actually planned out to do a full face makeup using them. I have collected a few of their products except for their foundation, concealer, blush and bronzer. I took pictures step by step (not really) on how I achieved this simple everyday makeup look using Essence makeup products and some other stuff from the drugstore. These pictures aren't edited so may see the blemishes on my skin and my pores. Since I don't have a photographer, I took the pictures myself and some of them are in really awkward angles. Haha! If you are interested in this content. just keep on reading. :)

        I was just fresh from the shower when I took this picture. I have no makeup on, just toner and moisturizer. I have recently accumulated pimple scars because I have been breaking out since January; I have been using this toner from the local market and I think that's the one causing the breakouts because when I stopped using it (like a week ago) my breakouts stopped. Do you have any recommendations for toner that is good for oily skin? Please let me know. :)

          I did my face first before jumping into the eyeshadow part. You know, people have different techniques and ways on how they apply their makeup and for me, doing the base first is really convenient. I use the most basic stuff on my face makeup since I don't want to put too much on my oily skin. I used the Missha Layer Blurring Primer (silicone-based), then the L.A. Girl Peach Corrector, then the Maybelline Matte + Poreless Foundation (128 Warm Nude), and the The Saem Tip Concealer (Rich Beige). I like the foundation but emphasizes the imperfections on my skin. I mean it's good, but it will only look good if you only have a flawless skin. Since this post is focused on Essence products, I decided to bring this All About Matt Fixing Compact Powder. I love the absorptive capacity of this powder to sebum and it feels light to the skin. The only problem I have with this is that it leaves a white cast on the face. I'm not sure if this would work on darker skintones, wishing they would expand the shade range. What do you think guys?

          Next, I applied this Lots of Love Cosmetics Bronzing Powder (Brown Sugar) on my temples, cheeks and jaw lines. I like this bronzer because it gives warmth to my pale face. This bronzer is warm, a little bit orangey, which is okay for me because it compliments my light yellow skin. It's blendable for subtle warmth, and also buildable for to give warmth on darker skin tones. I recommend this one! :)  

          I applied a pink blush from the The Balm Autobalm Calirfornia License Palette (a project pan item) on top of the bronzer. Since I only have the Essence Pure Nude Hightighter (Be My Highlight), I used it as my highlight (duh, obviously). This has been cult favorite, ever since KathleenLights raved about this. It gives a subtle, glow within sheen that is suitable for fair-medium skintones. I am not really sure if this will show darker skintone, I haven't seen anyone who wore this highlighter. I think this is suitable for everyday use though it appears to have a lot of product on the pan. I have this for almost a year now and I haven't hit pan yet. This product seems endless, but it is only 6.5 grams. Anyways, I included this for my Project Pan this year and I aim to hit pan on this by the end of the year. Have you tried this? What are your thought about this product?

          Since my face is completely done, I proceeded to my brows. My brows are quite sparse and I need a powder to fill it in and it a shape. I am currently using the shade Boxed from the Sleek Oh So Special Palette. It is a matte medium brown shade which is currently perfect match for my hair color right now. I love how this shadow lasts long on my brows, withstanding the heat and sweat. To set my brows, I used the Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara (Browny Brows). I haven't tried many brow mascaras before, but I gotta say that this is my favorite. It makes my brows stay in place all through out the day. I love that the applicator is small and it really gets to every strand of my brows. The product could be a little bit messy, so I suggest scraping off the excess product back into the tube and gently apply the product onto the brow. How I wish they would expand the shade range because this is really 

          After doing the brows, I proceeded to the eyes. I applied my favorite eyeshadow primer which is the elf Eyelid Primer (Sheer) and set it with a matte cream eyeshadow. Since the eyeshadow palette that I have from Essence does not contain any matte shadows, I grabbed my I Heart Makeup #SELFIE Palette and used the shade #Chocfix (matte chocolate brown) as my crease shade. I thought this was the perfect crease shade since the palette I used was chocolate-themed. 

          For lid shadows, I love to use my flat synthetic eyeshadow brush. You can find a set of this Bamboo Makeup Brush Set anywhere on Shopee. :)

          I dipped my brush on the taupe shadow and applied it all over my lids. This shade leans more on the on grey-taupe combination with fine silver glitters. I love how this shadows are so compact, doesn't have fall-outs and easy to apply. As you can see on the photo above, I was careful not to go beyond my crease line. We people who have hooded eyes know that eyeshadows on the lids transfer on crease quickly. Don't worry, guys. I have blended the shadows and didn't leave a gap.

          I took a pencil brush and smoked out my outer-v with dark the brown shadow. I blended the shadows with a slanted eyeshadow brush. Blending is everything!

          After blending the eyeshadows on the crease and lids, I proceeded to the lower lash like. I used the 2 brown shades on the first row since I wanted to include them on this look. They didn't do anything special to this look; I find it necessary to put something on the lower line in order for it make it look put together. Lastly, I used the beige eyeshadow to highlight the inner corners of my eyes. Don't forget, blend the shadows on the lower lash line a well. You don't want any harsh, unclean shadows on your eye makeup. 

          This is the finished eye look that I made. I know this so plain and boring but this is kind of a try-on post so there's nothing special here. I just wanted to share how this products look and work. I apologize if the saturation of my photos are low, I used natural lighting! I don't have any professional  equipment to take pictures. 

          Since I didn't have any liquid liner to use, I decided to tightline my upper lash line instead. I used the L.A. Girl Endless Eyeliner (Very Black) for tightlining. On my water line, I used the Essence Gel Eye Pencil (Gunmetal). You guys, I really really love this two eyeliner! Both are easy to apply, doesn't smudge, waterproof, and has decent staying power. I'm also loving this tightlining technique recently since I'm not really good in applying liquid eyeliner. I suck at them! Haha!

          Then I grabbed  the only lip liner from Essence that I brought on this trip. Wait, what?? Where's your mascara, Sylden? Are you forgeting something? Oh my gosh! I totally forgot to bring mascara on this trip! I wasn't going to be so dramatic but I was disappointed because this was the only time I got a chance to do a try-on for my blog. Damn! Anyways, past is past. Shall we proceed? As I was saying, I applied a lip liner in the shade Red Blush on put it all over my lips. 

          Since I only have one lipstick from Essence, I didn't have any other choice. I used the Sheer and Shine Lipstick (15) on top of the lip liner. This lipstick matches the lip liner pretty well and created a wine red lip color. This lipstick is so hydrating and smells like chocolate. It's so good!

          And that's the finished look. Did you like this? I hope you like this epic fail, no mascara makeup look. Haha! I also realized that the toner I was using at this time was the one causing my skin to peel and clog my pores. I'm sorry for the messy face! Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know if you want to see more posts like this. I admit, I rarely post about my makeup looks. I feel like everyone is doing them already and me doing this feels being redundant. I have more stuff to post so stay tuned for that. Thank you so much for stopping by. I'll talk you soon. XOXO

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Vice Cosmetics Phenomenal Liquid Lipstick in Kyemerut

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       I know, I know. I'm late with the bandwagon. Haha! Vice Ganda's cosmetic line, Vice Cosmetics, has been around the local market since last year. If I remember correctly, this brand was released as the same time with BLK Cosmetics (Anne Curtis' makeup line). I have to try that brand yet, I've heard good reviews about the products. Anyways, this brand is PETA-Certified, Paraben free, Made in Los Angeles, and super affordable. Bongga! :)

              My bestfriend and I was strolling around the mall last month and we have stumbled upon the Vice Cosmetics kiosk. We swatched almost everything available at the kiosk and it was really fun. My bestfriend bought something from the Good Vibes Matte Lipstick line and I bought one form the Phenomenal Liquid Lipstick line. I was actually looking for the lipliners but there wasn't any so I guess they were sold out. All of the lipsticks are sold for only Php 195 each! Bongga talaga!

Phenomenal Liquid Lipstick in Kyemerut
          I'm currently into nude lipstick shades so I bought as it looks natural and warm. The website describes this as "soft, cool nude shade". Wait, what? Cool nude? This is definitely warm! The sun cannot deny that fact. Haha! What's going on here? Not being shady, okay. I guess the shades varies depending on the lighting being used, lip color and skin tone. :)

          I tried to had a wear test with this liquid stick but kinda failed, so I guess I'll just have to review it then. What does this product claims? The Phenomenal Liquid Lipstick is "a vibrant pop of color on your lips that's light and lasts all day.  It's smudge-proof and comes with a beautiful matte finish. " Are these true? Let's find out!

Primed my lips with a lipbalm

          Lip balm is an essential product to put on the lips before applying any lip color. Liquid lipsticks make your lips unattractively dry and and leave dry patches. I'm currently using the Himalayan Lip Balm, if anyone is wondering.

Waiting for the lisptick to dry
          For this review, I haven't used a lipliner because I you to really see what shade looks like on my lips once it dries. The lipstick is pigmented and I only applied a coat on the picture above. I looks like mauvey brown shade at the first glance. It applied smoothly and felt light. It doesn't have a bothersome smell. 

My makeup for the day. No foundation for this day.

          This lipstick shade goes well with most of the eye looks I make. Eversince I bought this, this was the lipstick I have been reaching for the most. I used this at least 3 times a week. That is how much I love this liquid lipstick. It is ultra matte once tried up, kinda clings on the wrinkles (is what you call the lines on the lips?), but it is comfortable on the lips. 

After drinking coffee and eating lunch
          The lipstick lasted long though the inner part of my lower lip faded because I drank coffee and ate lunch. I went ahead and retouched my lips because I still had to work on the office the whole afternoon. I love how the lipstick didn't leave any patches as I have added a layer on top of the first layer. Some liquid lipsticks do that to me and my lips looks nasty. I love this formula!

I used a warm brown lipliner underneath
          This is a selfie I took wearing the same shade but with a base of warm dark brown shade underneath. I love this lip combination and is my go-to as of now. This liquid lipstick will even last longer if applied on top of a lipliner.

Overall thoughts:

  • The product is worth the money and I think it's an affordable alternative to high-end brands.
  • It's creamy, lightweight, dries quickly, long lasting if you do not eat and doesn't dry the lips heavily.
  • It's pigmented, covers the entire lips with one application.
  • It doesn't have any bothersome smell.
  • It's cruelty-free and doesn't have any parabens. Kudos to that. Yehey!
          If you haven't tried this one yet, please do so. It's only Php 195! Perfect for beginners or lipstick collectors. It fits the budget well and has a high quality. I will buy more shades and I also try the Good Vibes Matte Lipsticks. I hope you learned something from this content and I convinced you to try the lipsticks from this brand. Please leave your experiences or thoughts on this lipstick if you have tried one so we will know what you think. Thank you for stopping by. Please stay tuned for more contents. Have a nice day! XOXO

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Shopee Makeup Haul: L.A Girl and Essence

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         Hi, y'all! How's your weekend? Mine's pretty chill because I stayed home, watched movies and beauty videos. Anyways, for today's post I decided to share with you my collective makeup haul from Shopee. If you don't know what Shopee is, it's an online application that houses various shops selling products for affordable prices. Shopee is also generous in giving their customers a bunch of discounts, coupon codes and Shopee Coins (which can be used to get more discount). It's one of my favorites applications and my makeup collection has grown so much since I started shopping from them.  If you have time, please check it out. You'll be addicted!

      The first two makeup products I'm about to show you were bought from the shop called Radium888. I bought from them the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal Peach Corrector and the L.A. Girl Endless Auto Eyeliner. The shop sells US and Korean authentic cosmetics and they are also a Shopee Preferred shop. They sell makeup at lowers prices compared to other shops and so you better check them out.

L.A. Girl Pro Peach Corrector 
          I bought this corrector because I really wanted to try it since a lot of people use it and talk about it. I love this because it cancels my undereye dark circles, though it could look cakey with some concealers. They also have an Orange Corrector, which is intended for darker eye circles. It looks good under foundation and is easy to blend. I cannot yet say that this is the best peach corrector since this is the first time I have bought on. I bought this for only Php 169. 

L.A. Girl Endless Auto Eyeliner in Very Black
          This eyeliner is surprisingly long lasting! I never heard anyone talked about this on the beauty community. I have been searching all my life (that's exaggerated!) to find an affordable plain black pencil eyeliner that stays for hours put and doesn't give raccoon eyes once it fades. It's not very black though; I need to build this up, maybe 3 swipes to get an intense black line. This is perfect for tightlining because it doesn't budge on the upper lashline. I do recommend this if you are looking for a black liner. It only costs Php 150 at this shop!

          The next makeup items I'm about to show were bought from the shop called Best Price. They sell Essence makeup products with the lowest prices! I was planning a few weeks ago to blog about my full face using Essence Cosmetics and do a short review, so I searched for a shop that sells a lot of them and I found Best Price. I didn't get any much face stuff because since they sell mostly items for the eyes. Anyways, I'm still thinking posting about the idea and might do it soon. Maybe this Holy Week? 

Essence All About... Chocolates Eyeshadow Palette 
         The first item I got from this shop is this Chocolates Eyeshadow Palette. I wanted to try one of their eyeshadow palettes. I only got this one and I think this is a Limited Edition Palette. I love that these are neutral shades but with different tones. The only downside to this is that there are no any matte shades and I don't have anything to use on my crease. The white shadow on the top row looks like a matte shadow but once you swatch it it has a sheen.

          The shadows are nicely pigmented and some has duo-chrome effect that shows once applied on the lids.  I used this once and I liked how it lasted all throughout on my eyes with a primer. I don't think you need this palette if you already have a lot of neutral shadows since all of these have dupes all over the world. But if you like collecting eyeshadows, then go ahead and buy. :) I got this for Php 199 only!

Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara
          The best mascara I have ever used! This mascara is all over YouTube for a long time and I just tried it. Jeez! This mascara does give a false lash effect; it clings to every hair of my lashes and gives a lot of volume. I will buy this again if I ran out of this. I'll insert a link (here) of the picture using this mascara. It's not waterproof but it lasts all day long. It's also easy to remove. I bought this for only Php 149.

Essence Gel Eye Pencil in Gunmetal
         I also got this gel eyeliner pencil because I was curious about this product and have been wanting to try for the longest time. If remember correctly, this came out around 2015 and most people said that they liked this. This was faced out already but some online sellers managed to hoard these liners (haha!) and so I got one. Anyways, this eyeliner stays on the water line all day though it fades as the time passes. I love how pigmented and vibrant this is and it only costs Php 139. 

Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara in Borwny Brows
          The last item I bought from this shop is the eyebrow gel mascara that everybody says is a dupe for the Benefit one. Unfortunately, I don't have the Benefit one but I can definitely say that this is the best eyebrow mascara I have ever tried! It makes by brows stay in place all day. The only downside I can see with this is that they only have 2 shades. Overall, i think it's a great product and I might repurchase this once I finish this one. 

          Those are the products I bought from Shopee the last couple of months. I have been addicted to Shopee ever since my purchase and I buy most of my makeup from them. Do you also love Shopee? If so, what shops do you recommend to buy makeup from? Let us know by leaving a comment. It will be much appreciated. I hope you liked this haul of mine and please stay tuned for more. I'm thinking of doing a wear test for a local liquid lipstick and blog about it. Anyways, thanks for stopping by. Have a great day! XOXO

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Products I've Hit Pan On 2018

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          Can you believe it's already March!!!??? Oh my! How time flies by so fast! Hey, guys! I'm Sylden and welcome to my blog. For today's post, I will showing you the products I've hit pan on the past years. Yup, some of these were loved a long time ago and I kinda forgot about using them again and so they just sit on my stash like they don't exist. Haha! Some these are the results of my project pans and one of them were hit pan easily because it was repressed. Anyways, if you are interested on this post, just keep on reading. :)

MAC All That Glitters Eyeshadow (Veluxe Pearl)
          I have this since 2011! I'm not even kidding guys. I bought this eyeshadow when I was 18. Eeeeeek! You might be saying that this is really gross and I should've thrown this a long time ago. I'm not gonna throw this though; the quality hasn't changed overtime, doesn't smell stinky, doesn't irritate my eyes and it's expensive. I can't just throw away my $18, guys! I loved this shadow back when I was in college, when MAC was really sought after and popular within the YouTube beauty community. I was excited to buy this and I was willing to cash out a lot of money for MAC. I still love this eyeshadow and I might include this on one of my project pans and use it up. The shade is unique and I haven't discovered an 100% exact dupe for this yet. If you are looking for a peach shade with gold pearl finish, I suggest getting this one. 

Ever Bilena Blush Duo in Golden Goddess

          This is my favorite bronzer from the local market. I have used this a lot when I bought this and I have hit the pan after a few months. I like how light this is and I could layer it for darker bronze on my face. I was addicted to this, I used this everyday and I have hit pan on it like 3 months after I purchased this. I'm not a fan of the blush though; it has a metallic gold sheen that I don't like. I love matte blushes more than anything. Anyways, if you are looking for an affordable bronzer from the local market, you need to try this. 

Ever Bilena Matte Eyeshadow Trios in Tango
          The best matte eyeshadows I found on the local market! I bought this back in 2015 and these are my first matte eyeshadow purchase. The red is so pigmented! It's insane for a local drugstore product! I used the custard mid-brown shade a lot as a transition shade back then on all of my looks and I love the warmth it gave. They don't sell this anymore but how I wish they would. I might be decluttering this as this is old and I have other matte eyeshadows in my collection that I use more often. 

Essence All About Matt! Fixing Powder
          A cult favorite from Essence! I love this powder because it feels so smooth over the foundation, doesn't look cakey and isn't drying. The only problem I have with is that it leaves a white cast which changes the color of my face a little bit. I wasn't happy with the formulation of this product though, it was easily cracked and I haven't have this for a month when that happened. Why Essence powder products so fragile? I have to repress this with water since alcohol would change the consistency of the product. I have hit pan on this after a few uses since I have repressed this. I love this but it so fragile to travel with. 

theBalm Autobalm California Face Palette

          The only reason I have hit pan on the highlighter is because they are included on my Project Pan 2018. This a so-so palette that lacks pigmentation on some of the shades. The highlight shade looks gorgeous on face but isn't visible on the eyelids. I love it so much that I have hit pan on it not more than 2 months after using this continuously. The blush gives a pink flush which I really love. This blush was hard to hit pan since this was hardly pressed on the pan. This a small sized-blush but it will take me a while to use up. I'm not sure if this still available at The Balm stores but maybe you could find some on online stores. 

I Heart Makeup #SELFIE Palette
         If you have read my previous posts, you know that this is the eyeshadow palette I use for my Pan That Palette 2018. I love this palette and I gave this as a gift to myself during my 23rd birthday. I love the brown matte eyeshadow the most I plan on finishing this palette this year. 

       These are the products I have hit pan on as of now. I have hit pan on a lot of products ever since I have collected makeup which was during my college days. I have always kept my collection on a minimal level because I don't want to waste products and let them expire without being given some love. What makeup products have hit pan on? What are your tips for using up makeup products faster? Let us know by leaving a comment below. I hope you find this post motivational and use products that you have. I will talk to you soon. Have a nice day! XOXO