Product Review:Etude Secret Beam Highlighter

Thursday, December 31, 2009
good day to all,im here for a product review,remember my etude house visit post,well i purchased one of their highlighter,its the secret beam Highlighter in #2 orange mix

etude house description:

Colorful mosaic pearl compact:

a mosaic of colors to beautifully coordinate makeup finish.

Pearl highlighter brightens and shades facial tone & adds

they have another shade in pink,i really dont know whats the difference of the pink and this one other than the shade or the difference of their finish.If you'll look closely you can definitely spot the shimmers on it,look at the first photo and youll notice some dust on the side of the packaging,some of them were glitters from the powder,texture is not that velvety and not chalky either..its a mixture of those two...but you have to use a decent stiff brush to get a better amount of this,its kinda hard to explain but i hope you ll catch my point..

faint swatch...i know im bad at swatches.

here are some photos of me sporting the secret beam and a photo of me without a highlighter for comparison

i have it just above of my cheek extending outwards,on the bridge of my nose,middle of my upper lip(noticed that i never wax my upper lip?,well its not a hinder so,never occurred in my mind of waxing it), chin,middle forehead,and brow bones.

you can definitely tell how it brightens up my complexion~you can even tell the areas that ive highlighted if you compare it to the photo without me wearing it.

(with etude secret beam(left) / without etude(right))
i was never a user of this kind of make up,not until i found out how great this thing is on brightening my dull complexion,most of the time my skin looks pale.

im not saying that this is a Great product,but its a good product to have for those with pale dull skin,its cheap so why not get it..right?frankly i chose the shade 2 because i thought it might give me those warm highlighted finish that is not too obvious,and it did.Now im thinking how good will the "etude face brightener" be...i swatched that one on the store and it has this luminescent effect without the glitters.

me wearing only the etude house and a recent purchased cargo blush,this picture of me was taken 4 hours after my application,love the dewyness it gives me,..dont mind lil r's face =D
so thats it for me and the secret beam highlighter,till next review~..have a nice day everyone XOXO.
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Product Review:NYX Eyeshadow Base (Skintone)

Saturday, December 26, 2009
Belated Merry Christmas to everyone,my Christmas ended up with a tired body happy spirit and of course we thanked and greeted the Almighty after we snooze,anyway ill post pics of him soliciting his "aginaldo" ahaha.Anyway on to my review~

I've been using Nyx Eyeshadow Base for a week now.They have 3 kinds of Eyeshadow Base (White,Pearl,SKintone)..mine is in Skintone..the WHite base will simply make your eyeshadow shade pop,and vibrant,the Pearl Base will give your eyeshadow a shimmery finish,while the Skintone Base will make your eyeshadow last longer and intensify the eye shadow's pigment as well.

eyeshadow base skintone..same size as your concealer in a jar also in 7g.
-Also a lot of people who used this products complains on how it doesn't par up with ArtDeco,UDPP etc,Since this is an Eyeshadow Base and NOT an Eye Primer this will not assure a 100% creaseless lid,An Eyeshadow BASE will only give your eyeshadows a color boost and somewhat help on making them last longer,while an Eye PRIMER will definitely give you a greater effect in terms of priming and preventing your eye shadows from creasing..

I've seen a lot of forums saying that this might only be a concealer in a jar or a Jumbo eye pencil in a different packaging...but i beg to differ;the formulation/ingredients were different so i guess its completely different with JEP or CIJ.The shade kinda reminds me of a salmon concealer i once used,texture is thick,i cant compare it to NYX concealer in a jar cause i havent used mine yet.

a swatch on my can barely see the swatch haha.

on my eye(left) with base (right)bare eye

Note:in some days that i used the Base,i wasn't always in a humid hot place,being in an air conditioned place is a big factor to consider,since cool environment prevents my lids bunker up its oils.

i did tried several ways on how i will apply it properly~the photos below will show you different results on different application~(CLICK PHOTOS to ENLARGE)

this is my eyes 7 hours after~..minimal creases,the left eye is almost as good as I've first put it on,the color did fade
Application:thinly applied with patting motion,after all parts were covered i blend it with my finger.waited for 3-4 mins before i put my eyeshadows..(place:ordinary not so hot kind of day)

This was a fresh shot of my eyes~

Application:applied thick,i thought it will work better that way,then i blended it,waited for the base to sink in before i applied my eyeshadow.

after 7 hours:(Place: Humid but i was just sitting, tiring acts)

it did fade,looks worst than the first ..

Fresh shot of my eyes

Application:Applied thinly,with dabbing motion,blended evenly,i waited for the base to sink in,then i applied a creame base e/s (elf duo)..

after 8 and a half hours:(Place:VERY HUMID ENVIRONMENT,Crowded)

Let the picture do the talking....yeah horrible.

application: applied a powder primer on my eyes,then Nyx base applied thinly,dabbing motion,blended evenly.I used sheer eyeshadows.
After 7 and a half hours~(Place: Mall,Streets,Not so humid,but i did got so worked up cause while walking i was carrying Lil r,and if not im running trying to catch him.)

This eyeshot was me wearing a different kind of's my fresh eye shot at 9am

and here's my eyes at 1am~ how many hours was that?it was when we watched the movie "AVATAR" but before that i went to my cousins house to do her makeup,waited for Mr.R for 4 hours,yes it was hot and humid,even the wind wasn't refreshing..

great right???and i know by now you know how oily my lid primer???well....First i used my PureLuxe original powder eraser,then my monistat gel,that i use as an eye primer. =D

random photo of us before Christmas~

Thats is ladies,thanks for visiting,happy holidays again,godbless XOXO.
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Random Hauls plus my first visit to etude~

Thursday, December 24, 2009
hello again~its almost Christmas!!happy holidays to everyone! anyway yesterday we went to SM megamall to visit etude house~that place is really far! we went out at 6:30pm and arrived there at 8:00pm,i asked some of my forum friends about etude's location,sis Pammy told me that she was there searching for it too,hehe.The store was pretty cute,i mean you wont be able resist that interior,its captivating to the eyes haha,the moment i went in they greeted me "welcome princess" ~ woot..i should've talked back "oh well hello my subjects,your princess commands you to bring everything in this address(of course its mine) if with your heads!!" =D anyway on with the hauls

see how cute the store is on the outside

it looks better on the inside...the SA's were definitely clueless..i cant blame them,majority of the labels are written in Korean...actually there's nothing too special about the products,when i was on the store i was like.."hmm..Okay"..the packaging was really nice by the way..and i will visit etude again to get some blush and skin cares but i have to dig some infos about them first..

here is what i got...eyelash volume#14/secret beam highlighter#02/styling eyeliner#02/petite darling eye shadows in WH701 and PP904 and a free curler.

a reminder;don't let the packaging fool you.....see how short the product is,its fully retracted.i was hoping it would be longer!!considering the liners actual size.

bare minerals love pearl eye shadows-antique pearl,rose pearl,black pearl/bare minerals city lights/the one on the bottom is called "smokin mocha" i just dont know if it is Val's Smokin mocha blush or not.

Mad Minerals Eyeshadow pigments~Blackberry,Sandstorm,Morganite

Mad Minerals eyeshadow Pigments-TopazSun,Chocolate Grapes,Trust

These were given to me by My Cousin~ Thanks Ate.

My purchase From sis Jap~ Nyx eyeshadow Base(Skintone) Lips stuffs were free yey!

random stuff~Maybelline Clear Smooth Minerals Liquid Foundation,Volume express Cat eye Mascara,vivid shadow liner,elf cream shadows,maybelline eyeshadow pencil,Pure Luxe Original Powder Eraser.

ill post the swatches on a seperate entry and ill add some extra new stuff,the camera's battery ran out of juice..

thats it for me guys thanks for visiting!XOXO
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hello ladies here is another look again inspired by kristen stuart,i just dont know when did she had this look(eye) maybe a movie premiere or on a red carpet since she look so classy and glamorous,i think ill wear this on christmas ahaha.anyway i have a video tutorial on this one..=D..its easier for me to do videos cause all i have to do is click the record button while im doing my make up..=D..hope you like this one ~

products used:FACE:LIPS:
  • joppa morning dew golden rod
  • clinique blush
  • loreal long wear lipgloss(a freebie from a SIS~)
  • co bigelow lipgloss(a freebie from a SIS~)

this is the finished eyes~(since the contour of our eyes are completely different,hers are prominent so lid shades do show up,mine are well...those of an asians,minimal lid,almond shape with no protruding brow bones =D.)

inspired by this photo:(not mine~)

winged the liner out to elongate my eyes~it did gave me those megan foxy-ish kind of eyes..asian version..haha..

so thats all ladies thanks for visiting and hope you liked my post~have a nice day enjoy the holidays!xoxo
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hello ladies its been a while since my last post....i did mentioned that lil r got sick,and he needed my comfort 24/7,the good news is that he is getting better..the first day that he felt sick was the most stressful part...cause honestly speaking..i was clueless of what i should do...i called his pedia and she told me to observe him..but i cant bare the sight of him throwing up..not only that its a projectile kind of vomit..then he will come forth to my arms and say "mommy matigas tyan" (mommy hard stomach) ever since he got sick its always been one of those sleepless nights..he was twisting and turning on the bed,so i have to look after him even when sleeping,because i was too afraid that he might puke..anyway!!all is well now...oohh and we spent our anniversary(me and Mr R's) taking care of lil r..haha...but mr r gave me a bunch of flowers while i was sleeping...ZzzZZ.

(FOTD??nope!haha dont mind the old snag look...i just woke up!)

okay now here is some random photos of my relatives...=D

sweet barely there look~ she's the kind who doesn't look that good on heavy make up so instead of putting black shadows and stuff on her i just gave her some satin light shades just to brighten up her face..

i love her eyes!deep set eyes,almond shape.

see the cat eyed effect..that's normal i guess with the contour of her eyes.

pretty isn't she..

the second was kinda messy cause my son and his cousin was playing by our side so while i was doing her make up i was like shouting back at the kids not to play with my stash ahah.

but still its not that obvious,she's used to having makeup (foundation) that is darker than her skin tone,she love getting those bronzed out effect on her,so to change that,i did a very light makeup on her with shiny pinks.

luscious two toned lips

the next one is a look i made for my cousin for a wedding she attended..insert* partnered with a party look.

we all know that its not that easy working those creases with Asian eyes,you have to use the right shade to contour or create a crease that doesn't look too harsh or fake.

she told me "any look for a wedding" i thought neutrals earth shade bronze browns...i smudge out her liner on the outer part and lower lash line to soften the look...i should've applied a darker shade of an eyeshadow on her tear ducts to make her eyes appear closer.

but over all i think....i just think okay!! that i did well?? she does look stunning!!and sexy!

did put a little bronzer on her just to contour the cheeks,swept a satin matte blush and a light berry lipstick..

this is the first time i did a look on her..actually its the day before the wedding ahaha..this one was a barely there makeup though..

and my mom!ahahah.she's not a makeup wearer i have to annoy her so bad she said yes...i was laughing really hard cause when its time to take her shot...she posed...bigtime..



my Lil r posing with santa..awww..

santa gave him some candies cause he was like "hello santa" saying "hi" to santa..hehe,but when its time for a kiss...lil r backed away ahaha.

so...thats it again thanks for visiting and im back now...sorry if i was not able to post comments to your blogs but i did visited them while i was MIA..godbless everyone and have a nice holidays.
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