Saturday, December 31, 2011
2011 Year-End Favorites | The Makeup Edition Part Two
Welcome to Part Two of the Year End Favorites, Makeup Edition!
It's last day of the year!! But just before 2011 takes a bow and welcome 2012, here's the conclusion of my year-end favorites... the makeup part at least. :)
Never regretted getting the the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. Wear shocking shades that are just amazing on the skin. There's color for every skintone and it really compliments tons of looks. I used on my banner and still continue to use for many looks I create. Although the lasting power is not at par with a lipstick, at least it's not as drying. Get this on sale now at Digital Traincase.
I was skeptical in getting this but this has proven it's worth! Compared to the Soft Matte, Matte Lipsticks are more bold and striking in shade. It is after all lipstick. What's great is that compared to other matte lipstick from other brands, it's not as drying on the lips.
NYX Lip Liner Pencil in Fuchsia
Any lip liner can turn into a matte lip color, simply fill in your lips. Just remember to moisturize and prep your lips as it can dry your puckers like hell. But this is a happy discover, I found out. The brightness of this shade passed off as lipstick to many and it lasted longer than I though. I admit that I would choose this shade of matte pink over any other lipstick I own if I want staying power for the day.
NYX Girl Nail Polishes
Jheng recommended I get the NYX GIrl Polish when we visited Digital Traincase. SHe said that it lasts longer compared to other brands she's tried. And boy was she right. I hardly visited my manicurist this December since these polishes barely chipped! It's incredible. Really worth your money! And it's just Php100 a pop. I wish Sol would bring in more NYX Girl in the future.
This has got be my most favorite mascara this year. If you want length, this baby is the one for you. The unique comb-wand is designed specifically to distribute the fibers of the mascara to give that extra boost you need. Also, this is one of the most water-proof mascara ever! This is the mascara if you want on your lashes if your in full day's event.
Majolica Enamel Glamour Volume On Mascara
Compared to the previous mascara, you'll love the volumizing effect of this one. Again, this comes with a unique comb that coats the lashes for that full effect. The wand is designed to avoid clumps when layering the mascara on for a more voluminous effect.
Hate sticky glosses but love the shine? This is exactly what you want. It's amazing on the lips. One thing that I love is the fancy packaging. It's something that you can take out in public without feeling too awkward. This shade particularly is great for amping a nude lipstick.
Same reason but this color is just amazing for coo-toned makeup looks.
I didn't liked this at first because I used a brush and it wasn't as pigmented as I'd like to be upon application... but when I started using the velour puff it came with the uber cute blush... viola! A pretty shade of pink sits atop my cheeks and I couldn't help but just love it!
Having this palette means more to than usual... When I was young I really wanted a Shu Uemura but Mom thought it a little too fancy for a young girl. This palette is special because we got to pick out the colors ourselves... it's not just another palette. It's mine and that speaks volume on why it is on my top faves this year!
I am in love with this foundation! If you don't believe me, here's a proof! If matte is what you want, this instantly gives it! And that's without drying your skin. Best buy, worth the money and I just love that it's mousse!
Yet another palette, this made the tops because of its bright vivid colors and exclusivity. Looking at this palette, it's as if they have created a palette devoted for me.
Benefit Cosmetics is the new player in town... at least in my country. When Benefit opened its doors this December, many went crazy and I was one of them. I've inly tried a few products from the brand prior to its launch here. That's why I was so ecstatic to try their cult faves.
The product that started it all. Now I know what the raves were all about and why many women swears by Benetint. I have not come across a cheek-tint that is so easy to blend, no streaks and absorbs into the skin well that it mimics your natural blush. This is by far the best cheek-tints out there. And it lasts a loooong time.
Benefit They're Real Mascara
Have you watched this? That's the only convincing I need to get to try this msacara for myself. And I wasn't disappointed. Following the instructions on how to apply this mascara, I did achieve that false lash effect that only made my lashes longer, darker and thicker! And it's easy to remove!
MAC will always be a staple in my kit. No matter how expensive they get, we can never really doubt its quality and never question that whatever that MAC releases do make waves. This year, I got more into reds and nudes for the lipsticks. I finally gave in and tried MAC Ruby Woo (Thanks to my bestie for getting me this!)! And it's amazing! Best red lipstick yet! Next is Lady Danger, thanks to Jigs' recommendation, this orange-base red lipstick will come in handy for spring/summer. Another cult fave is the MAC Half 'n Half, that quite stole the spotlight from MAC Peachstock as it also gives that nice not-so-corpsey nude effect.
The Glitter and Ice Collection was a memorable collection for me because I got to witness the launch of it in Cebu! And my faves in the collection is the How Beautiful Beauty Powder that gives my skin a nice sheen that is just unbelievable! Don't miss out on it. I was never really a Dazzleglass girl, but Love Alert! was just too cute to refuse. I love that Dazzleglasses aren't sticky and have that brush applicator for precision. And Love Alert just complimented my Ruby Woo ever so nicely.
A lipstick that doesn't does dryness but rather locks in moisture? Seriously, I thought it was just a marketing ploy. But this lip perfection really got to me that I bought several of it in different shades. Yes, it was that good. My favorite is Heavenly (a warm pink shade) and Hot Passion (a uber red lip color). I also love Dazzle (shimmery purple pink hue) and Sultry (brown pink).
What they don't tell you is that these lipsticks' staying power is just utterly amazing! It's last for more than 8 hours. It survives rinking, eating and... well, smoking. This is the red lipstick you want if you don't have time for retouch.
Wet n Wild Glassy Gloss in Clear
Nice clear gloss are hard to come by and these topped for me. It's easy to spread, great for quick touch-ups; and affordable, too!
Wet n Wild ColorIcon Bronzer in Princess
This is one of my favorite contouring powder. That's why even if it's shattered (huhuhu!) I still kept it. It's intensely pigmented and great for warm-toned girls like me! If you want an affordable contouring powder with a bit of glits, this is one for you to try.
A new arrival makes it way into the top just because it's really great and that's that!
Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick
Save the best for last! This lipstick exceeds a lot of my faves because of the fanciness of it! Never be afraid to touch up in public when you whip out something as elegant and classy as the Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick. When time calls for appearance-is-everything, this is the lipstick you need to have with you! It's as classic as Chanel Bag, a Versace shades and a pair of Louboutin pumps. And though I don't have any of those three, I'm a happy-camper with my Wild Pink Pure Color lippies.
That's it!! That's my fave for year 2011. Although there are mainstays:
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, Shu Uemura Nobara Cream Foundation, Maybelline Gel Liner, Nars Orgasm Blush, MAC Brow Gel in Girl Boy, Urban Decay Primer Potion, Maybelline Clear Smooth Mineral Blush, MAC Studio Fix Concealer, Blinc Mascara, Majolica Majorca Cream Liner, Revlon Age-Defying Concealer, MAC Eye Khol in Fascinating, PureGlow Blush in Rosiest Rush, Smashbox Photo Finish Primer and NYX Jumpo Pencil in Milk.
Makeup now is such a big part of my life given that I write about it everyday of my life...
When I watched the September Issue, a documentary of Vogue and Vogue USA Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, there's a part when she was asked what her family thought of her life... It was obvious by her facial expression that her family doesn't really take her job seriously..
I often get that vibe from other people with this blogging. We may not tackle economics, the latest news, world hunger and lack of peace but we provide something special that many appreciates. And with that, I'm content.
For year 2012, I only wish for more time to write, review and share all the things I can about the latest products that may be the answer to your ultimate beauty dilemmas. I sort of live for that now... and quite happy to be doing so... :)
Happy New Year!
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