Maybelline New York: The Search for the NEW 8 BB Top Models!

Up until now, I still can’t believe that I was asked to be a part of this challenge. Maybelline New York was the first ‘ever’ makeup I purchased. It was a powder compact that I bought during High School and I still have a few of those (I repurchase them over and over again) in my makeup stash til’ now. It is, no doubt, one of the best drugstore brands here and I don’t deny my love for it! Imagine how ecstatic I was when I receive an email about this!

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ABOUT THE COMPETITION

Because MAYBELLINE Clear Smooth 8-in-1 BB gives you perfect skin with its 8 healthy benefits, we’re looking for all aspiring models who believe they have what it takes to be one of 8 MAYBELLINE NEW YORK BB Top Models who will represent Clear Smooth 8-in-1 BB in a photoshoot and win a P100,000 modeling contract with Ideal People Models.

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HOW TO JOIN

Interested ladies ages 15 and above* can join via the 2014 BB TOP MODELS Application on the MAYBELLINE Philippines Facebook Page from November 4 to November 30, 2013. Candidates should provide the following for participation to be valid:

(1)  Headshot

(2)  Body Shot

(3)  One-sentence statement on why they believe they should be a MAYBELLINE BB Cream Top Model.

*Ages 15-17 are required to submit parental permission to participate.

THE COVETED PRIZES

  • 8 winners will be named MAYBELLINE 2014 BB Top Models and be ambassadors for Clear Smooth 8-in-1 BB for a year.
  • The highest scoring model will receive an exclusive 1-year modeling contract worth P100,000 with Ideal People Models, one of the country’s most reputable modeling agencies, while the runner up will receive a P50,000 contract.

HOW TO WIN

Candidates should collect as many votes as possible for a chance to be part of the finals. Each voter is allowed to vote a candidate only once, and can vote for up to 10 candidates.

The top 30 candidates who get the most number of votes will be invited to a casting on December 6, 2013. The jury composed of representatives from MAYBELLINE NEW YORK and Ideal People Models will select the Top 8 winners.

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For those who want to join the competition, I am inviting you to be a part of my team. Email me at thebeautygeekph@gmail.com or you can also message me on my Facebook PagePlease help me reach a spot as one of the Top 3 Bloggers as I help you along the way. This will help my blog give away 100 8-in-1 BB Creams to my lucky readers and supporters, yes you read it right! That’s a HUNDRED! So, I’ll really be needing a whole lot of support from you girls!

For those itching to find out whats inside the presskit after I posted it on Instagram, I am finally giving you gilrs a peek!

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Selling like hot pancakes in Asia, there’s nothing to doubt about this product! I used the Maybelline Clear Smooth Minerals before and I loved how it fared on my skin, so I am really excited about this and share with you girls and inspire you with the right 8-in-1 BB for you!

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SALE ALERT!!! SALE ALERT!!! Make sure to check Maybelline Counters nationwide as they are slashing P50 of the price of these BB creams for the whole month of November!!

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Review: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush (Splendor)

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A huge chunk of my makeup collection is dominated by blushes. I love blushes! Especially the one’s that give out a natural flush (the kind that makes people think you got out and played sports or you rubbed elbows with your crush kind of flush). Being a blush addict, I’ve always wanted to try out Tarte. Luckily I got this limited edition shade from http://www.theprimppad.com/ .

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes are baked blushes. This particulare shade, Splendor is a special edition shade that is included in the Sephora Favorites in the Glow Set; hence the mini size. It is a peachy pink shade with gold chunks of glitter that emits shimmer when swatched. The shade reminds me of Nar’s  Orgasm, only less with the shimmer. This claims to last for 12 hours but for people with oily skin like me, it lasted around 6-8 hours (tops) which isn’t so bad for a powder blush.

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Although intimidating in the pan because of the big chunks of glitter, I find this shade wearable. It gives me a subtle glow every time I use it, and I also get compliments as well.

Weight: 3.4 grams / 0.11 Oz.

Price: Although a part of set when bought from Sephora, I got this individually for less than P400.

Where to Purchase: http://www.theprimppad.com/

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RANTS:

  • The product claims to last for 12 hours but it only lasted for up to 8 hours on mine because of my oily skin. (Although this isn’t a major fallback for me cos’ 8 hours is long enough for me already when it comes to blushes)
  • It cannot be sold separately since it is included in the Holiday Sets of Sephora. Which would also mean that, it may not be available any longer if ever you wish to repurchase.

RAVES:

  • Great color pay-off.
  • Great texture! It is not chalky on the pan and when applied on the face.
  • It doesn’t irritate my skin.
  • The packaging may be a bit simple but when you open it the pan just looks lovely, that I hate myself every time I swipe my brush on it, cos I hate to damage the intricate details on the pan.

The Night Siren

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“What potions have i drunk of siren tears,
Distilled from limbecks foul as hell within,
Applying fears to hopes and hopes to fear,
Still losing when I saw myself to win!”
– William Shakespeare ‘Sonnet CXIX’

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Model: Jaja Flores
Photography: Jayne Vanessa Valentin
Post Processing: Bendafourth Asuncion
HMUA: Your’s Truly

Special Thanks to Raymar Relato and Anthony Evan De Castro!

To know more about the look, visit The IV Magazine and like their Facebook Page as well.

Beauty Bloggers United’s First Anniversary Blowout #bbus1st

Beauty Bloggers United just turned a year older today!! Yay!! Happy Birthday BBU! And because of that, me and 9 more bloggers cooked up something really special for all our dear readers!

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Together with Jannie of Jannieology, Mary Jane of Fashion Travels, Yette of Yettezkie’s Doodles, Eyah of Eyahnism, Mel of Mellelee, Candice of Candice Amoranto, Gen-zel of Gen-zel Kisses, Patricia of lalalapatricia and Riza of The Impreishable Beauty, we prepared a giveaway in lieu of BBU’s first anniversary! To make things extra special, we are giving away 10 sets of prizes to 10 lucky BBU readers! (I repeat, those are 10 SETS) cool huh? Makes me want to back out from hosting the giveaway and join! Here are the prizes that can be won:

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Thats aloooot of prizes right?! I am hosting Loot #6 which consists of a Nature Republic Pen Eyeliner, Beauty Credit Nail Reinforcing Agent and eyes shadow, assorted collagen masks from Etude House and Baviphat, a nail art pen and a set of caviar for nails. I am drooling over the other loots hosted by my fellow beauty bloggers that I had to hold back so as I won’t quit! Haha! Kidding aside! Well, jokes are half meant! On top of that, we made joining very easy for each of you girls!

How to join?
Simply follow all the “mandatory” tasks on the Rafflecopter below and voila! You get points for better chances at winning. Once all the mandatory instructions are completed, we added a few “optional” things to follow to increase your chances of winning – which is by earning more points. Easy Breezy Right?

I hope you girls join! Have fun and Goodluck!

JUST CLICK THE RAFFLECOPTER LINK BELOW!! You might miss this one cos’ the Rafflecopter javascript thing won’t appear in my blog because I am only using a wordpress.com host. So if you are having a hard time looking for it on this entry it is just down here, a link that’s light pink.

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Found it? Good! I hope you girls join! Have fun and Goodluck!

Follow me on Bloglovin!

A couple of months ago, I switched my blog from Blogspot to WordPress, and because of that I was getting a hard time to read the blogs I follow. After many failed attempts at Bloglovin, I finally got to open one and claim my blog. Haha. I kinda got a hard time getting a confirmation from Bloglovin which is why I made a new email address for it. Anyway, I finally got one now and I am excited to follow you girls. So if you have one, make sure to link your blog below so I can follow you, Now here’s mine to follow:

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Ciao!

Review: Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner

So… I have been MIA the past week, but that’s because I was working on a mini makeup project, which I am excited to share, but I can’t yet. But, expect something really nice next month cos’ I really worked hard for that! Haha! My tongue is itching to spill the beans! Patience, patience..

But for the mean time, heres another staple product in my skincare basket up for a review! I’ve been using this toner for half a year now, after my best friend in the makeup world, Yona of “Your Makeup Call” introduced it to me. If you read my blog previously, you would notice how I put extra effort in minimizing my pores. It is still a work in progress, and I’m glad I am slowly finding the products that does their magic for the said problem area. Now let me welcome you to Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner!

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Whew! (Gasps for breath!) That was long! I’ve been using this on and off for about 8 months already. On and off because, when I try other skincare products, I would stop using the others from my ‘basic’ routine just so I can review it properly. If you use this religiously, this big bottle would last you 3-4 months. So far, there is still 1/4 from the bottle left as of time being haha.

AVAILABILITY: Any Healthy Options outlet. It may also be bought from Purebeauty.

PRICE: About P300 around $6.00 for a huge 475mL bottle. They have a travel sized one that costs P75 if you want to test drive the product but I suggest you buy the bigger one – you can never go wrong! Plus, it’s cheaper that way!

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This toner has very simple ingredients. It has 14% Natural Grain Alcohol and Witch Hazel. Despite being an alcohol based toner, I do not find it drying for my skin. Witch hazel, being the main ingredient have a lot of skin benefits. When I checked my skincare stash, I noticed that most products I have, contain Witch Hazel. It is a natural astringent and is extracted for many medicinal purposes. It is used to treat swelling, inflammation, sores, bruises, psoriasis, eczema, blisters, insect bites, after-shave in-growns, wounds, and ACNE! (That’s a lot of medicinal purposes for the skin right?) True enough, after I started using this, I experienced less break outs. I still get an occasional zit whenever my “time of the month” arrives but it dries it up easily. I am not saying that it can cure your acne. It is just a great preventive measure for your zits. It can dry up a few ones, but I wouldn’t really advice this for those with severe acne. Before using this, I had acne prone skin which the derma treated. But this product lessen my trip to the derma because it prevented me from having zits. As for the pores, unlike other ‘pore products’ I used, this didn’t tightened them asap. But it cleanses the dirt that is seated deep down which also prevents the pores to open up more. If you really want tighter pores, I’d still suggest masks (mud/clay masks to be exact) to be used once a week. It really does a great difference with the pores!

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RANTS

  • It has an earthy scent crossed with tequila. I can’t really explain how haha. I already got used to the scent now, and it doesn’t bother me unlike before though. But for first timers, this scent may not be pleasing to you. You can remedy this by putting essential oils that’s beneficial for your skin like tea tree oil if you can’t stand the scent.
  • It does refine my pores, but does little with minimizing them – or is it just my skin? But I feel it tighten overtime – it is just a slow process when it comes to that aspect.

RAVES

  • It is suitable for all skin types.
  • Non-drying. You don’t get that squeaky feel like other toners give. You know that feeling like all the moisture just got stripped down from your face after using? It isn’t like that at all.
  • Prevents my acne prone skin from breaking out.
  • It has a lot of uses aside from being a toner per se, which I enumerated above already.
  • Very affordable!
  • Doesn’t sting and doesn’t break me out.. Oh! I just said that countless times already.
  •  It isn’t harsh, or too strong. It doesn’t contain much chemicals in it which is a good thing IMO since complicated ingredients complicate my skin as well. I guess my skin just likes things to be simple in order for it, not to break out.

THE VERDICT:

Would I recommend this? HELL YEAH! This is actually my HG toner up to date. I mentioned a while ago that I use this on and off when I try out other products. I do that to review products properly, usually for a month or so just to see how other products work. But, out of all the other skin care things that I keep coming back to, THIS is one of the few. Right now, my skincare consists of Bactazil/Celeteque/Snoe Awesome Poresome/Garnier as my facial wash then Dickinson’s toner then I moisturize with Celeteque/Clinique/Jason aloe vera gel. For my acne products I use benzoyl peroxide and acne lotion from the derma. You see the trend? I get to use a lot of other products alternately except for this toner. I guess, I haven’t found a good sub for this one yet.

Have you used this toner? I’d love to know how you feel about it!

Etude House Princess Academy Event

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Last weekend, I was able to attend the Etude House Princess Academy. While I am typing this blog entry, I still can’t contain my joy and excitement from the said event – I guess it still lingers until now because I really had fun! Anyway, I was lucky enough to win a two day pass from liking Etude House at Instagram because getting one was a bit hard since it got Sold Out quickly. All you have to do is buy from Etude House and if you reach P500 you’ll be given a ticket. Just that easy! But hard in the sense that, a lot of people wanted to attend, it got sold out in a flash. So yeah, I really consider myself lucky for winning one! I still bought from Etude House when I got my ticket though. Loyal customer here! Haha!

The event happened on July 27-28, and started at 1PM at SM North The Block Atrium. I was only able to attend the Day 2 though, cause I thought my ticket was only good for a day ooops! My bad! 😞

True to it’s promise, Etude House was able to make everyone feel like Princesses. We were all given tiaras to match the event and the place was pink all over – very Etude indeed! Everything from the decor, the food, the drinks, the makeup tools – everything was all in pink! Too bad I don’t have decent pictures to show for the decor. The place was packed with a lot of people I couldn’t find a good one from my camera without a photobomb from a stranger. Next time, I should go earlier than the opening haha. But I was able to snag an uber cute photo with Betsy, the pink car of Etude. Look at her lashes, it sure beats how long mine is!

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I started by playing games first! I was only 10 minutes late and yet a lot of people are piling up on lines.

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Just look at the line from the first game.. The last game was more packed! I wasn’t able to play the last one which has the bigger prizes 😦 (Another note to self.. Continue even if it seems impossible haha) But I was still able to win alot from the other games.

I first played Style Me Up, wherein magnetic puzzle pieces of MiniMe Be my Princess Perfume were scattered on a box. Then you have to spin the roulette and copy the MiniMe Perfume from there in a span of 30 seconds.. or was it a minute? I forgot! I was really into the game that I felt my heart beat harder after.

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Before I proceeded to the next game, I tried to do the Gwiyomi Dance on another booth. It was actually my first time doing this – I thought I should try it at least once in my life! The next game I played was Kiss the Prince where you have to spin the roulette again and kiss Lee Min Ho on tha part where the the spinner landed. Hold your horses! It wasn’t Lee Min Ho in the flesh – just the cardboard Lee Min Ho – but still cute enough to kiss. Other girls were lucky to kiss real life celebrities on their turn in line.

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I took a quick break and went to the booth of Tous Le Jours where they served Premium Korean Cherry Macaron and Strawberry Heart Cookies – all in pink! I am thinking of passing by Tous Le Jours tomorrow after doing my errands because I am still craving for those sweets! There was also cotton candy and drinks that go well with the theme.

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I tried my luck on other games. Sweetie’s Spin was my favorite one. You will be asked to pick a question and if you got it correct, you’ll be able to spin twice so you get two chances of winning something. Of course I got it correct so I got two prizes.The people from the booth were really kind, they even gave me an extra prize – the Awesome Poresome Freshner just because I pleaded haha. I also tried Bowl of Nails where you’ll be asked a question again which saves you another turn and then you would have to knock out the pins in two tries just like in bowling. Before me in line was this really pretty princess – such a charmer!

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Theres another booth called Mirror Mirror where each princess will be given a makeover. I skipped this one since I had makeup on already, and because like the last game, Treasure Room, there were a lot of people in line. But I kept gushing when I saw these pink traincases with LED bulbs all lines up in the area. I really wanted to take home one!

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Here is a photo of how many were lining up for Mirror Mirror. I went upstairs with fellow bloggers, Eyah, Gina and Raych for a quick lunch, so we got to take a picture from above. A very long line indeed!
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They also put up a Pink Booth where your photo will be taken on a swanky set up just after you’ll be given a makeover. Here’s a photo of me which I stole from Etude hehe. I also wanted to take home the dresser in the background! Such a pretty sight!
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The program started with dance performances from Kpop Cover Groups. The whole event was hosted by the lovely, Carla Humphries. All Princesses were welcomed by Etude House’s president, Ms. Andrea Amado.

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Princesses were given styling tips by Ryuji Shiomitsu. He gave a run through on items that should be a staple on every girls wardrobe.

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There were also a lot of celebrity sightings like Coleen Garcia, Empress Schuck, and Ella Cruz to name a few.

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Talks on makeup were given by Bianca Valerio. She talked about CC creams and BB creams and even made demos on makeup. She even gave two of her books away for the audience! Too bad I wasn’t chosen to answer I’ve been wanting to buy her book ever since I saw it at the bookstore but held of cos of my tight budget.

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The highlight of the event was the crowning of the second Pink Artiste Winner. I was really happy that 2 out of the three bloggers I know got in the finals. They were all great but of course, one can only be chosen. Here’s Shebby Liquette, Ada Agupitan and Ma. Kyala Christin Opaldo. Their entries were shown on the big screen and they were given a challenge after. They had to do a Glam makeup on their models in a span of 15 minutes! 15 minutes is hard for a glam makeup but they were all able to deliver well.

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Shebby was crowned as the New Pink Artiste that evening. I knew it! It was a well deserved title for her since she was still able to do a nice glam look despite not having makeup brushes and her 15 minutes was already running out. She went MacGyver with all the other tools she can do with and improvised. I was really happy I got to take a picture with her and meet her for the first time as well.

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I really had fun that evening. How many times did I say that on this entry already? Haha. I was able to bond with other bloggers like Eyah, Raych and Gina.
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Heres another photo which I grabbed from Eyah.

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I also met other bloggers around but I was really shy around them. Next time, I won’t be shy to approach them anymore since these opportunities are rare anyway.

Of course I didn’t went home empty handed. Aside from the prizes I won that night, they also gave bloggers a loot bag filled with press samples! I was even extra extra extra happy to see that the Wonder Pore Corrector and the newest CC Cream was part of the loot and they were all full sized samples! I really can’t wait to try them all. I’ll be reviewing these items soon!

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I really enjoyed the night given by Etude House. Indeed, it is “The Spectacle of Beauty that only Etude House can showcase.” I can’t wait for next year, it will be something I should not miss!

I hope you enjoyed my post! Were you girls able to attend the event too? Leave me a link below so I can check and read them too! 😘