BH Cosmetics X Carli Bybel Deluxe Palette (Review)

I wasn’t planning to do a review on this one but this palette impressed me a lot. I don’t have the first palette so I couldn’t compare the formulation of that one to this. First of all this palette is huge and is packed with mattes and shimmer shades. This has the 11 original shades from the previous palette and 10 new shades created for this palette. This comes in a cardboard packaging with a mirror. There are 15 shadow shades and 6 highlighter shades. This has a total of 36 g/1.28 oz. This costs $22.50 in the US. I got mine from @yourmakeupstoreph (instagram). I forgot how much I bought this but its less than P2000.

The shadows are so buttery and creamy. It’s like working with a high end palette. They are so easy to blend although they are a bit powdery thus having some kick back so you better tap that brush off to avoid fall outs.  The mattes perform really well. They blend easily and the pigmentation is good. The shimmers can be built or you could use a setting spray to amplify the performance of the shimmers but they have great pigmentation on their own. The duo chromatic shadows are so beautiful! They’re my favorites! The cream/bone color lifts the brows really well. There are great transitions shades. The colors look so beautiful on the eye lids and they have good staying power especially when you have a good primer underneath. This palette is more for spring looks/date looks.

The highlighters are so bomb! They are so freaking pigmented! They are almost the same as the ABH and Becca highlights. Although, those are a bit more softer and smoother and are not as powdery as these. The the bigger highlight pan shades are a bit subtle than the rest. They are still pigmented but not as poppin’ as the rest. My favorite combination is the peachy one topped with the white one. They definitely give my cheeks some poppin’ color. The two deep shades will look beautiful for darker skintones.

Overall this palette is awesome! I use this for my daily looks and I love it! Although this leans more to the spring time looks I still love it! And for the price it is so worth it. They swatch and perform well. It’s still available so I suggest you get your hands on this because it really is good.

KKW x Kylie Cosmetics Crème Liquid Lipstick Collection (Review)

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The KKW x Kylie Cosmetics is probably one of the most anticipated collabs in the makeup world. I mean who wouldn’t want this collab? It’s freaking Kim K and Kylie! Plus, it’s a new formulation and a new look with the packaging. But is it worth the hype? Is it worth splurging your money with? Is it a game changer?

The lipsticks are inside this beautiful nude pink cardboard box packaging. There are four crème liquid lipstick in this collection and all of them are nude shades. I mean Kim loves to rock nude shades so, this isn’t really a surprise. The container of the lipsticks has frosted look to it unlike the usual Kylie packaging. The drips are still there but the color of the writings and the lid is a nude pink as well. The packaging gets an A+ from me. I freaking love the packaging. Each crème liquid lipstick has 0.11 oz or 3 g of product in them. The set/collection costs $45 which for me is not too expensive considering you get four crème liquid lipsticks. I do not know how much this costs here in the Philippines this was just a gift I received from my boyfriend but I would estimate it to be about 2900-3500 pesos (depending on the shop you’ll get this from) excluding shipping fee. This is not available on the Kylie Cosmetics website but I am still posting this because I bet some online shops still has this and some might be selling this in a ridiculous price. This is a new formulation and its said that the formulation is like a lipstick in liquid form. It is not supposed to be long lasting nor transfer proof.

My excitement for this collab died as soon as I tried these on. It’s not super bad but it’s not blowing my mind either. Kimberly is patchy and streaky. It’s not one swipe full opacity thingy. I personally do not like this shade the most. Maybe because it is too light that’s why it’s like that (usually lighter liquid lipsticks are patchy) but I don’t like it for that reason. And the thing is you can’t really build it up because then it looks like you have too much product on your lips. Kim on the other hand is less patchy and streaky but still I am not living for this shade. I just don’t like how they look when you put on more coats to try and cover the streaks/patchy parts. Kiki is good, it is way better than the first two shades. Kimmie is the best when it comes to pigmentation and maybe that’s because it is the darkest.

They look good when they are put on nicely but as I said if you don’t get it right the first try it’s kind hard to build it up because it looks you have way too much product on your lips. I do not have lip fillers whatsoever so maybe it might act differently on my lips. The shades are too limited, in my opinion. What I mean by that is there is not a shade here that will work for the darker complexions out there. Yes they can make this work with a lip liner underneath but they cannot use this on this own. I just wish the shade colors were more diverse and also I wished they sold this per piece as well. It’s not long wearing. I wore this and drank with a straw and almost all of the lipstick was gone. I had to reapply it as the day went through.

I prefer these to be used on top of a lip liner or even a lipstick. For me its just like a gloss but a more opaque gloss. I could definitely wear Kimmie or Kiki alone but for the Kim and Kimberly I really prefer to wear it with a lip liner underneath.

Overall, I think it’s not really worth it. But I will still use this because it was given to me. If it wasn’t given to me I would sell it or pass it on to a friend. I’m really not loving it as much as I want to love it. It’s not super bad but it’s just average. I prefer her liquid lipsticks more than these crème liquid lipstick. As I’ve said some of the shades are streaky and patchy, it’s not long wearing, not everyone will suit the shades, it’s sold in a set. I would suggest you to pass on to these and just buy her liquid lipsticks or just buy multiple colourpop satin liquid lipsticks if you really don’t like matte liquid lipsticks.

Maybelline Powder Mattes (Review)

Maybelline released a new lipstick line called Powder Mattes. This line claims to present a super matte finish but still lightweight and comfortable. This retails for 299 pesos here in the Philippines and is available at Maybelline counters. They have a total of 15 shades. I only have two since these are the colors that attracted me. The formulation of these are really good and what they claim is true. It has a powder finish. I has no shine at all. It is really matte. Although, it is matte it is super comfortable. I don’t feel like I have lipstick on my lips. It’s very lightweight. It is also very opaque/pigmented. It does not dry my lips and it is not patchy. Their color selection is great there are different kind of nudes to really dark colors. I think every skintone would find a lipstick shade that will suit them.

They perform like high end lipstick and they even feel like high end as well. This will stay a lot longer than a normal moisturizing lipstick and in my experience this stayed longer than their creamy mattes. But of course these wouldn’t have the longevity of a liquid lipstick. This will not fade easily with you just talking or drinking water. But when you eat this will be removed quickly and you’ll have to re-apply it then.

This is one of the formulations of lipsticks that I love. It’s inexpensive but the quality and pigmentation is there. Honestly if you want a lipstick that won’t cost you that much that is as good as high end lipsticks I suggest you go to your nearest Maybelline counter and choose from their lipsticks because honestly their lipstick lines are really good.

Lip 101: How to cure/prevent dry chapped lips + DIY Lip Scrub

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If you are into makeup you know that having chapped and dry lips is a no no especially when you love wearing liquid lipsticks. Liquid lipsticks can also be the cause of having dry lips because liquid lipsticks tend to really be more drying than a normal matte lipstick. Having dry/chapped lips isn’t a pretty sight. There will even be time where in your lips will be peeling. My friends always say that I have beautiful lips just because they rarely get dry or chapped. So here is my tricks and tips to have that smooth, plump and hydrated lips.

  1. Exfoliate/Scrub your lips – This is a must! There are also dead cells on our lips and we want that layer off also scrubbing your lips gets rid of the peeling and it will definitely make your lips smoother. And scrubbing/exfoliating your lips does make your it a bit more plumper. But do not over exfoliate your lips because that may bring you another problem. You can make your own lip scrub and it’ll show you my DIY lip scrub that I use and that works for me.
  2. Use a lip mask/lip patch – This is a Korean trend that may look unnecessary and a bit too much but a honestly it makes a difference. I use the lip gel patch from The Face Shop and it’s worth I believe 150 pesos here in the Philippines for each gel patch (about $3 in the US). You put this on your lips for 10-15 minutes (just like a normal face mask) and when you remove it your lips just feel so smooth and hydrated. I do this once or twice a week after I have exfoliated my lips.
  3. Use lip balms – Lips balms are essential. Even if you don’t use a lip mask/lip patch as long as you have a lip balm you’ll be fine (but I still prefer using lip mask just because it gives me better results). You can use any lip balm that works for you. I love applying the Vaseline Lip Therapy Advanced Healing Balm at night. I apply a generous amount on my lips before I sleep and when I wake up my lips feels amazing. During the morning/afternoon I just use my Nivea balms I just pop them on from time to time. I’m currently loving the Nivea Med Repair but I also really love other Nivea balms.
  4. Drink water – This is another must. Our body always needs to be hydrated. Drinking less water leads to dry/chapped lips. I think everyone is aware of that. So always keep yourself armed with a bottle of water.

Now let’s proceed to my DIY Lip Scrub!

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The little container above is my DIY lip scrub. This is really easy to make. You can do this in less than five minutes and all you need is a lemon, olive oil/coconut oil and brown sugar (you can also add honey if you want to, honey also has its added benefits like for extra hydration. I just ran out of honey that’s why this doesn’t contain honey.) I really don’t use measurements here I just look at the consistency of the product. In a small bowl put the brown sugar, a little bit of olive oil/coconut oil and squeeze a little amount of lemon and if you have honey also add it in. The majority of the ingredients should be the sugar for (example 2 tbsp of sugar then a quarter of oil, etc.) The consistency should be grainy and rough. It shouldn’t be too watery/runny (if you get this consistency just add sugar gradually.) It should be quite thick. You can test the product on the back of your hand or on your lips. You should really feel the sugar working. The sugar removes the dead cells while the honey and olive oil/coconut oil hydrates your lips so it wouldn’t dry/ The lemon is just for a bit of flavoring.  Use this once or twice a week. (Twice a week is the maximum amount.)

So this is how I prevent my lips on being chapped or dry. You really have to give some effort if you want your lips to look and feel good. Some might find this over the top but this is how I keep my lips nice and smooth. I hope that I was able to help you somehow. See you on my next post!

Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation (Review)

It’s been awhile since I posted a review and today I’m reviewing the Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Foundation. This has 1 FL. OZ or 30 ml and it retails for 499 pesos here in the Philippines and it’s $10.99 in the US. I have mine in the shade 60 Sand Beige (I forgot to label the photos but on the left side the one without flash and on the right side is the one with flash). This is a gel-whipped foundation that is very light weight. This doesn’t feel like you have foundation on and it’s easy to blend into the skin. And it claims to give you that soft-matte finish and it does. It does not feel greasy or tacky after applying it. But I still set this with powder just because I have very oily skin and the weather here in the Philippines is just too much.

It comes in a plastic tube packing which I think is very travel friendly. It’s texture is very different than that of your normal liquid foundation. This is my favorite foundation to wear on a daily basis because it has a light to medium coverage. I’m usually satisfied with it’s light coverage just because I prefer this to be worn on a daily basis because it is very lightweight. Even though I sweat and oil up it doesn’t give me that foundation feel. It usually oils up on me about 3-4 hours of wear but it doesn’t bother me because once I blot the oils away and touch up a bit it still looks amazing. It does not break apart or get blotchy throughout the day. It just blends and stays on your face beautifully. It kinda looks like my skin but better and it does a pretty good job on oil control. It will not cover blemishes or other skin issues that well but it will even out your skintone.

Overall I love this foundation. It’s affordable and I believe Maybelline is on a 25% sale here in the Philippines until the 31st of May so I suggest you grab this opportunity to purchase this because I sure will get one for my back up. I really don’t have much cons for this product other than this might not work well for drier skin types just because it might grab on to dry patches but with a moisturizer and a smoothing/hydrating primer that could easily be fixed. Another con is that it is not full coverage which other people want but I personally don’t mind it I don’t like wearing full coverage foundation on a daily basis. I highly highly recommend this foundation.

Benefit Cheek Parade (Review)

This limited edition palette comes in this big magnetic cardboard packaging. It hold a mirror, 2 bronzers, 3 blushes and a mini sized brush. The packaging is bulky but I can tolerate it because the products inside are really good. All the bronzers and blushes included here are full sizes. It costs $58 which is insane because this is a $145 dollar value. Holla and Holla Lite are both 8 grams or 0.28 oz., Galifornia and Rockateur are both 7 grams or 0.27 oz. and Dandelion is 5 grams or 0.17 oz. I got mine for P2580 from KaiStore (Facebook) excluding shipping fee.

The powders are buttery and really soft and smooth. They apply beautifully on the face. I am on the fair side but I prefer Hoola than Hoola Lite. Hoola Lite is almost the same as my skintone. But I can also mix the two creating a custom shade. The three blushes have some shimmer in them. All of the powders are really blendable. You won’t have a hard time blending the powders unto your face. The blushes are beautiful. They look stunning on the cheeks without looking “too much”. They give such a nice glow to the cheeks because of the shimmer that they have. The less shimmer out of the three is Dandelion. Both Hoola and Hoola Lite are matte.

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Hoola is matte natural bronzer while Hoola Lite is a natural matte light bronzer. Galifornia is a sunny golden pink blush; Dandelion is a baby pink blush and Rockateur is a rose gold blush. These shades complement pale to about medium skintones. Deeper skintones won’t benefit from these because the colors won’t show up. You also might want to be light handed with these because they are pigmented but they are not chalky, blotchy or patchy. They don’t have that powder kick back.

I really don’t use the brush in here. I would’ve preferred if they added another blush instead of a brush. The brush is usable but I just don’t like this type of brush. It’s soft and picks up products nicely but again it’s not the brush I would reach for.

Overall I think this is a must have if you are on the paler to medium skintone. You cannot beat the price of this. I mean 5 full size benefit powders for $58 you just can’t beat that. The quality, pigmentation and blendability is all there. This is one of the purchases I’m really happy about because I’ve wanted to try Hoola for a long time but I just didn’t see myself spending that much on a single bronzer but now I got 5 benefit powders for a great value. So if you can get your hands on this go get it. It’s so worth it.

Morphe x Kathleenlights Palette (Review)

The palette comes in this black magnetic cardboard packaging with the name of the palette printed on it. It has a total of 15 eyeshadows with a mix of mattes and shimmers. It’s worth $14.99 at Morphe’s website and I believe this is already sold out but there are still online shops where you can buy this especially here in the Philippines. I bought mine from @beautyboutiquephil (instagram) at P1300 excluding shipping fee.

The shades in the palette are a mix of exclusive shades (that Kathleen herself customized) and permanent shades. The shimmers/metallics are pigmented. They swatch and apply beautifully. There is minimal to zero fall out. They are pigmented on their own but they can be amplified using a setting spray or water. The mattes are quite nice. They are not the best mattes out there but they are quite good for the price you pay. Some of them are smooth but some of them are quite stiff. The stiffer shadows will require you more work but for me it’s just fine. (I tried palettes which some shadows are really tough to blend so this isn’t that bad).

The most difficult shade that I had to work with was that black on the 3rd row. It lacks in pigmentation and it’s harder to blend. The shade that is my ultimate favorite and that made me buy this palette is that emerald green. It’s so stunning the pigmentation is there. It’s not hard to build and blend. That mustard shade is beautiful but it’s quite stiff. Another favorite of mine is the first shade from the 1st row. It’s a stunning inner corner highlight and can also be used as a brow bone highlight. The second shade from the 1st row is my fave to set my eyeshadow primer and to highlight my brow bone.

So the shades in this palette can be used for a daytime to nighttime look, for a natural and glammed up look. This is the kind of palette you can bring and you can come up with various looks with. It’s the kind of palette that you can travel with and carry around.

Some of the shadows will need help so I suggest you use a primer to make it last longer and to avoid creasing and fading. This will also help you blend the shadows better. As I’ve mentioned above, if you want the pigments to be strong you can use a setting spray or water to pump up the pigmentation.

Overall, the palette is good I think it’s worth it. Yes, it’s not the best palette out there but it’s good especially for the price you pay. It’s affordable and the quality is better than other affordable palettes out there. If you can still get your hands on this I suggest you grab the chance and try it.