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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Ben Nye Fantasy Fireworks Wheel

One reason why I was very much attracted to Ben Nye is because of its wheels. Not only are you getting quality products but you are also getting these in bundles because of the wheels. Ben Nye has a number of wheels that serves the purpose for everything. These wheels consists of creme makeup, from metallics, mattes, for bruises and what have you. Ben Nye was first of all created as make up for movies so expect they have everything, and I mean everything! They are amazing I love Ben Nye!

Part of my Ben Nye Haul consisted of a lot of wheels. Here's another wheel that I got called Fireworks Fantasy Wheel. This wheel has all metallic cream colors which are in the neutral shades. Here it is:

Wheel consists of 6 colors all shimmery and oh so beautiful!!

Swatch without flash

Swatch with flash

These pictures of the swatch really does no justice to the product. It is way better seen in person or when you personally swatch the product. My initial feeling when I swatched the product was WOW, this is sooo pigmented! It is very creamy and goes on very smoothly on skin. This wheel will last me a while and I have the basic colors I need.

This wheel is best used on avante garde looks and for everyday too. This can be used as eye shadow base or alone. Do remember to set the creme colors with translucent powder when using alone. Also, remember to put a thin layer only so creasing won't occur. :) This product is awesome, it is so light on your skin! :)

Here's an image of me using 3 shades (Bronze, Gold and White) from the wheel as eye shadow alone. The creme colors weren't even set with powder yet. I used the Gold for my lids, bronze for the outer-mid crease and the white for the inner corner of eye.

Without being set with translucent powder

The look alone is very simple and good for everyday looks. When I stepped out of my room, my mom was amazed at how fresh I looked. This simple look gives my eyes that simple boost to make it look more alive. Loveeett! :)

This is definitely something I will be using more of in the future. :)

Toodles! :)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Ben Nye Cover All Wheel SK-1

Hey Guys, part of my haul came with this Ben Nye Cover All Wheel in SK-1. I initially wasn't going to get any concealers since I still had my Cinema Secrets Kit #2 which I was pretty satisfied with. But then again I thought, might as well get one with the whole bunch since I might regret not getting it. So i just chose this modest 4-color wheel instead of their other concealer wheels with 6 colors.

0.5 oz

It comes in this very handy and portable wheel that is divided into four to accommodate all the colors. Here's what it looks like open.

I wiped off the moisture on top due to the unbelievable Manila heat

Now for the fun part, the swatch! :)

Swatch of Ben Nye Cover All Wheel SK-1

When I swatched the Ben Nye Wheel, I immediately thought off the CS kit#2 palette I had and saw how similar it was to that palette. In terms of the consistency too it is very creamy and pigmented. The cliche "a little goes a long way" applies to this palette. And to show its similarities I decided to swatch the CS palette below the Ben Nye.

TOP: Ben Nye Cover All Wheel SK-1
BOTTOM: Cinema Secrets Corrector Palette Kit #2

Based on the swatch of Ben Nye and Cinema Secrets it clearly shows that both brands show similar consistency of the creamy-ness and also they are at par with pigmentation. So that therefore merits a triple thumbs up for me! :) I found an alternative for my HG concealer!! Hurryyy! :) The only difference is CS has 5 colors in their kit and Ben Nye has 4, but the good part is the extra color CS has I never touched or need to use. So yayy still. :)

So To illustrate its concealing powers, I tried the Ben Nye on my own set of eyes. I mixed the first 3 colors of the Ben Nye concealer and applied the concealer using a Beauty Blender.

Note: You will only need very little of each because it is very pigmented

Now here's an image of me with the Ben Nye concealer on only the left eye. Please forgive the shiny forhead since I hadn't set the foundation yet with any translucent powder hehe.

Left: With concealer Right: Without Concealer

I have bad skin and deep bags because I sleep very late. So it is always a must that I conceal these. And from the image above showing only one side with the Ben Nye concealer, it is amazing to see how different is is from the other eye in an instant. So of course, here's the mage of me with both eye bags concealed with Ben Nye, again pardon the shiny forehead. hehe

Concealer only, no setting powder yet

All concealed! Amaziing!! :) Im am soo loving this Ben Nye Cover All Wheel now and this will be my staple concealer from now until I find another great concealer. Hehe the only con I see with this is that it isn't available locally, but that may change soon because I love it soo much! Yayy to concealers! :)

Yayy for Ben Nye! :)

Toodles! :)

BTW: Got my Skin Natural MD sample kit today, will be testing this for a while and let you guys know how it works on my skin. I'm soo excited! :)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Best Haul To Date! :)

Earlier this month, I finally ordered the products I've been wanting to get for the past couple of months. Most of the items I got were part of the "December Wishes" post and even though its past December, better late than never. :)

Today, they arrived and I couldn't wait to pick the package up from my courier. Here it is :)

What's Inside:
Ben Nye Banana Visage Poudre
Ben Nye Cover All Wheel SK-1
Ben Nye Rainbow Wheel
Ben Nye Lumiere Creme Wheel
Ben Nye Fantasy Fireworks Wheel
Ben Nye Creme Rouge Wheel
RCMA Wheel (Shinto 1-4)
RCMA Wheel (KO 5-8)
Beauty Blender Duo
2 Mixing Palettes (1 for my sister)

I had been very patient yesterday staying home and not calling the couriers and following up my package. While, since Thursday last week I had been calling them endlessly because I was just so darn excited! I mean how could you not get excited to receive a package like that? :) I would definitely like to thank my mother whom, allowed me to use her credit card to make these purchases. Yes girls, I do not own a credit card and that is by choice! I do not trust myself with one (I picture online purchases with a credit card as easy as buying candy in the sari sari store) and I don't like having debts, hence I do not have one, so thank you mom for letting me use your credit card. :) Here are other images of the loot. :)

Ben Nye Haul

Rainbow Wheel
Fantasy Fireworks Wheel
Cover All Wheel SK-1
Lumiere Creme Wheel
Creme Rouge Wheel
Banana Visage Poudre


KO 5-8
Shinto 1-4

Beauty Blender and Palettes

I am sooo excited to swatch and try all of the products!! I am sure they won't disappoint because I am an OC little girl. I researched each and every product, watched tutorials and read reviews to make sure I won't be disappointed. :)

Help me out, which one should I review first? :)

Toodles! :)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Quest for perfect brows

Hey Girls,

As you all know, in our first exercise in LCI, practically everyone struggled with the eyebrows. The following reasons were, the brush used, the product used and the "I just can't do it" came about. So I practically couldn't sleep thinking about how to achieve the perfect brows.

I tried practicing on myself and my mom but still found myself struggling. So in the quest for perfect eyebrows, I decided to look around the market for products to help me achieve this. And i'd like to share with you what I recently purchased.

Fanny Serrano Eye Brow Brush PHP150

Super Dense

In2It eyebrow powder trio PHP299
Waterproof eyebrow colour
with the moisturiser vitamin E

Fanny Serrano Brush pressed against In2It Powder to show density

Swatch of the trio using the Fanny Serrano Brush

I have tried the trio and the brush on my own eyebrows but I have no image of this. I still haven't perfected the eyebrows so this is still in process. I will use these though for this Saturday's class which I will share pictures of. :)

Overall though, for the price and quality of both of these products they are definitely worth it. :)

On the other hand, my mom was kind enough to buy me this book:

Really didn't expect her to buy it for me, I was just joking with her but didn't expect her to say yes. But who am I to decline right? Accept every blessing that comes along hehe :)

How do you girls get the perfect eyebrows? :)

Toodles! :)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Make Up School Exercise #1 + MAC Workshop

I always look forward to Saturdays now that I am back and continuing Artistic makeup at LCI and today was technically our first hands on exercise. We were asked to prepare the basics we needed for preping the skin and make up application and had a discussion on the 101s about face, eyes, eye brows and the likes.

We also tackled skin types and colors, how to determine skin tone, how to match foundation and how to mix for a certain skin tone. Thanks to Graftobian Foundation Palette, I had a wide range of foundation shades that didn't require me to mix foundation to match my model Mars.

The hardest part was creating the perfect brows! It was such a struggle especially since we were all used to doing brows in different styles that now we had to follow what was being taught. I spent so long trying to achieve a "good" from RB and kept re-doing mine. I definitely need practice. hehe And because everyone got stuck on the eye brows, well uhh we ended at eyebrows and no eye shadow application. But we had to get going too for a 2pm workshop at MAC Glorietta.

Here are a few photos from today's exercise:

Just after moisturizing face (Mars eto na ung pinaka matinong before picture haha)

Demo Foundation application care of RB on my model (I did the blending)

After foundation no concealer yet

With concealer and eye brow application (after the nthhhhhhhh tryy! Waahh!)

Because we only ended at the eye brows and had to proceed to Glorietta already, I just put blush, lip liner and gloss on Mars face to give her some color.

Her final look with flash

So here's a rundown on the products used on Mars face:
Graftobian HD Foundation in Buttermilk
Cinema Secrets Concealer Palette in Kit #2
Fanny Serrano Two Way Cake in Chino to set Foundation
Ever Bilena Foundation powder in Oriental to set Under Eye
Ardell Brow powder for eye brows (major fail by the way Im so getting something else)
NARS Blush in Desire
Nichido lip liner in Rosette
MAC Lip glass in Oyster Girl

Next are just a few pics of the MAC workshop at Glorietta Maike was kind enough to conduct for our class. :)

Me and Odessa talk about oiliness! haha

Schoolmates! :)

Maike and Riza

That's all girls! :)

Toodles! :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Super Steal Deal + Megan's giveaway!

Hey girls, about two weeks ago, while I was at robinsons galleria, I came about a store that was selling really cheap bags. I went around found a BELKIN IPOD case for only PHP50 and I was sold! While I was at the counter in line, my eyes were drawn to a bag on the shelf. I started palpitating and immediately went towards the bag. And here it is:


I WAS IN LOVE! It was a makeup bag! Once I held it, I couldn't let go, there were only 2 pieces left! and the best par, it was only PHP249!!!!

Here's what the bag looks like open, it's roomy and very spacious.

Although the bag doesn't have any trays inside like other make up bags, I have decided to use this bag to store my non make up products like creams, moisturizers, spritzers, make up removers and other accessories needed for a shoot and for make up school. :) I just placed a bag organizer to make it look more organized. :)

Here's a close up on the patern on the bag:

And here's what it looks like when hung:

Im really really pleased at the wonderful deal I got with my bag, the pattern and color goes perfectly well with my train case too! So happy about this. :)

Speaking of wonderful, Megan is having a great giveaway that you should all check out too!

Click on the image to direct you to Megan's Giveaway!

Have a wonderful day girls!!

Toodles! :)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

BEDAZZ is now online!

Hi Girls!

It is finally up! You can now order your brushes online, for Metro Manila buyers standard shipping rates apply. While for those who are interested internationally, email me so I can check how much shipping will be in your part of the world. :)

Here are screen caps of the online store:


Don't forget to visit the store! Thanks girls! :)

Toodles! :)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Basics FOTD

Hey Guys, I realized I haven't had a FOTD post in while so I decided to share with you this look. I actually have this look on for my upcoming website for my brushes. It's just a very simple look I did which I find really wearable for evryday and super simple to pull off. Here it is:

What I used:

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Barcelona
RCMA Translucent Powder
Graftobian Pro Powder Foundation to tone down foundation
Graftobian Pro Powder Foundation used as bronzer for contour

Ellana Awake Concealer topped with eye shadow
Dollface 28 Neutral Palette
Ever Bilena Black Eye Liner Pencil
Maybeline Mascarra

Ever Bilena Lip liner in Red
MAC Lipstick in Captive

I'm really feeling this look because compared to my other FOTDs this has the least number of products. The idea of this look was to highlight areas I really wanted to highlight like under the eye, forehead and chin, and to really contour areas like my cheeks and jawline. This is so since the look was shot in Black and White, and with that, colors don't matter hence the highlight and contouring.

The winner in this FOTD is the Graftobian Pro Powder Foundation because it doubled as my bronzer for contouring. As I said in my review of the product, the shade I got which was Cleopatra ranges from an NC40ish-NC45 depending on how I choose to apply this. For this look, I used the Graftobian PPF to tone down my foundation using a big soft powder brush by swiping the brush twice on the product and using only that much for my whole face. While I used a small stippling brush for the contouring by siwrling the brush on the product and applying this below my cheekbones lightly as its coverage eventually builds. Here are the images of those brushes:

Big Soft Powder Brush

Small Stippling Brush

These two brushes are actually some of the brushes that are on testing stage for me right now which I may eventually add to my brush line, and so far these two seem very promising! :)

So please watch out for the launch of my online shop featuring brushes very soon! :)

Toodles! :)

Saturday, January 9, 2010



Size comparison of all 3 brushes

After the long wait The brushes are finally available! :) As mentioned in my previous posts, I have 3 brushes in the current line, these brushes are:

1) The Stippling Brush
2) The Angled Brush
3) The Blending Brush

These are the brushes that I have had manufactured and tested and now I am sharing them with everyone! These brushes are of top quality very dense and are very very very very soft!:)

Here's a closer look at each of the brushes.

(Click on each image to appreciate bigger)

The Stippling Brush

Perfect for a flawless application for either liquid, cream or powder foundation. The Stippling brush is famous at achieving an airbrushed finish by bouncing or "stippling" the brush on your face. The Stippling brush is made of the GOAT HAIR and SYNTHETIC HAIR.

PHP700 (USD14.00) ONLY! :)


Approximately 8 inches long; Bristles at 1 1/2 inches

Diameter at 1 1/12 inches

The Angled Brush

Can be used as a blush brush or a contour brush. The angled design allows precise application on the cheekbones. The Angled brush is made of SPECIAL GRADE GOAT HAIR.

PHP600 (USD12.00) ONLY!!


Approximately 8 inches long, Bristles at 1 inch long

The Blending Brush

Essential for any eye make-up application, responsible for taking out harsh lines created by eye shadows giving you gradient perfect blending every time. The Blending brush is made of SPEACIAL GRADE GOAT HAIR.

PHP300 (USD6.00) ONLY!!!


Approximately 7 1/2 inches long, Bristles 1/2 an inch

For those who are interested at getting their hands on a brush, you may email me at:


Available to Philippines customers, standard shipping rates apply. :)

For those interested but are outside of the Philippines, please email me so I can check shipping rates to your area of the world. :)

It's time to

Toodles! :)

P.S Multiply store to be up very very soon! Get your
brush before everyone else! :)