9.23.2016

Brand Focus: Ever Bilena - First Impressions


Testing a full face

Happy Friday!Welcome to today's blog post which features a first impression, makeup tutorial and one brand of drugstore makeup all in one. I decided to try out a full face of only Ever Bilena makeup including the brushes and give my thoughts on my first intial use of them. I filmed it for you so you can watch it below or just read a mini review of each of the products I featured in my last haul here. So these are just my first impression so far when I initially tested the products. I'll just get on with it now and start rambling about each one.

Base
To start off with the base I first went with the Studio Finish Foundation in Miel and I really thought I got the wrong shade and it did not match but it did. I just twisted the product up and applied the foundation in streaks all over my face. I then blended it in with my fingers. It blended in quite well and didn't have a chemical smell which is great but it was quite fragrant so if you don't like that or your skin is not compatible with that then it might cause trouble. It is not full coverage but I would say it is light to medium and I didn't build it up but I was quite impressed with the coverage of a few swipes on my face. Next is the concealer which is the EB Perfect Eye Concealer and I was also skeptical of the color but I did a good job color wise. Just like the foundation I twisted up the product and swiped it in a v shape under my eyes and then used the eyeshadow brush to blend that in. It is soft and blendable too which made it easy. Again not that pigmented and didn't cover my dark circles completely so either I add another layer to cake it on or put more foundation there before hand. Last is the powder and I used it to set it off. It was the right color and really silky smooth. It added coverage and took away the shine around my t-zone and made me not full on matte but set the foundation and controlled the oil.

Eyes
The eyeshadow palette I used was the EB Palette in Pink. I used the first shade as a highlight shade for the brow bone and inner corner, the second shade as an all over base color, the third color I used as a blending color for the other half of my lid and the sixth color was used for defining my crease. It is all shimmery but the pigmentation is great. The color of the second was quite silvery instead of pinky but the rest I used to create the eye look was really great and for the price it was worth it if you're into those shades and shimmer. The eyeliner I used was the Matic Eyeliner which was easy to draw and didn't drag. It had great pigmentation and was easy to use. I used the EB Mascara with Fiber on my top lashes and I like it so far and doesn't clump up but I only did one layer. For my bottom lashes I used the EB Thicklash since the tiny brush makes it easy to comb on to the lashes. I did use fake eyelashes and I do like the EB Lashes in Demi but the glue with it didn't really last long and started to come off so I wasn't to impressed with that but really liked the style of eyelashes. Lastly I used the EB Advance Eyebrow in Dark Brown and it was really easy to use and did use tiny hairlike strokes and I quite liked it and the comb on the lid was quite useful.


Blush & Contour
Then on to bronzing and blush I used the EB Blush Duo in Golden Goddess and used this which the bronzer I used it for contour and it isn't as pigmented as I wanted and had to dip the brush that came with the duo. I used that to blend in but it did do a pretty good job blending but the pigmentation was a little weak. The blush however is much more pigmented and since it is sparkly it just seems to have a highlight effect and can blend really easily. There are 4 different variations to choose from and all the colors are different. For the actually highlight since I didn't have one I used the one white one in the eyeshadow palette to give a subtle glow.

Lips & Brushes
Last step is the lipstick and I went with the EB Liquid Lipstick in Soft Lace. I don't know how I feel about it yet. The price is amazing and cheapest liquid lipstick I own. I do like the color when it is dry but while it is wet it seems too bright and too coral. Then when it's dried I love the color. Speaking of drying time it takes so long to dry to a matte so I have to bite on a napkin to get rid of the excess and pat it down. Then once I get that done I was liking the end result. It took so much work so I'm not sure it is worthwhile quite yet. Maybe it was just the first time using it but it was kind of sticky and not as pigmented and I had to dip it in quite a lot to get the opaqueness I want. I'll use it again and see if it gets any better because I believe in second chances. Now for the tools I used which was a separate eyeshadow brush which I used to apply and blend eyeshadow, concealer and get in to blend in the rest. As for the 5 piece travel brush set I used probably 2 of them and then one of them once. I used a small tip one to apply my crease color which creates amazing lines so that can be used for eyeliner or an eyeshadow line perfectly. I used the powder brush a lot for powder and blend the contour and blush and the eyebrow comb I used it for a second before realizing I could use the one that came with the brow pencil. I guess if you travel a lot and needed brushes and also use the whole set it is worth it but for me I'd rather buy the individual ones for the needs I used them for to have brushes I could get the use out of.


Now here is the most important part which is what it looks like on my face. I actually loved how it turned out and it is possible to buy from one brand and have a full face of makeup. This brand had everything so it made it easier to achieve that. If you are just starting out or don't have much knowledge in makeup you can collect little by little and build up a kit like that. They had a few stand out products which by doing this I discovered ones that I may have repurchased from this first impression of it. Overall pretty impressed with Ever Bilena and I can say it is a drugstore brand I can recommend and has some great products especially the ones I mentioned. 

When I fully test it I will be doing full reviews on them once I try them even more and see the longevity and all that.I feel like these were just my initial thoughts and reaction but I like testing them out for long periods of time because that shows how well it can get on with me. If you'd like to watch me do the makeup and see how I use everything and all that then you can here or down below. If you'd like to see more brands and testing and first impression videos let me know. I hae a list already but maybe there are some I missed.



I hope you enjoy this type of post and found it helpful in case you were wondering what a full face of Ever Bilena makeup looks like on.I had a great time doing this and it is fun experimenting and trying new things to discover some gems. I'd love to take requests of local brands and later on moving on to international ones too. Also you can watch the whole first impression and tutorial video here or watch it above. Let me know your thoughts and have a great weekend lovelies!

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9.21.2016

Wish List | Bedroom Makeover


Bedroom Goals

Happy Wednesday! I'm so excited for this wish list and show you what I have an eye on for my bedroom makeover. It's sort of wish list and inspiration of what I'd like to have in my room. As I've said previously in my last wish about my vanity area here that I was doing a revamp of my room. This time around it's more of the furniture and what I want inside with a few decor items too. I've gotten inspiration from Pinterest and magazines and this is the style I came up with. If you couldn't tell my color scheme I'm looking into is white, gold and blush pink as I am so in love with the colors and of course want to incorporate it into my room. I was thinking about hot pink for a while but I felt like it was just too much so I might have a few pieces added later on. I might have picked a paint color of white and ballet pink so that's fun I just need everything to match because I just love things to match. I'll just get into the items I'm looking at and how I'm going to work with it.

I'll start off with the most exciting and something I've been wanting for a while now. I've been needing a new bed and when I saw this online I knew this will be so cute and fits my style. Also I wanted a bigger bed and I don't have one with a headboard and footboard and imagine the possibilities I can do with this. Next is bedding which I decided on a blush pink duvet but have floral sheets underneath for a little fun. Then I actually never had cushions or pillows for display so I think I'd love matching bedding and some textured ones to add to it. Also I think I plan to add some curtains to make a canopy or something over it as I always wanted one as a kid. The last detail I want to add is fairy lights. Of course tumblr and pinterest inspired that but with a headboard like that how can I not add them? It is perfect and maybe some white ball shaped ones or even gold hearts or stars are ones I'm looking into and imagine how pretty that whole combination is. Then I just need a night stand and I'm still deciding if my room is big enough for one or two on both sides so I'll have to see.

Moving on to a vanity area which the one I have now I might turn into a desk area instead for work and this will be the makeup corner. As soon as I eyed this dressing table I knew I had to have it an wanted to add that Hollywood style mirror because having one in makeup class really helped and look how aesthetically pleasing they are. Next is sort of an investment piece because with all the makeup I've accumulated means I need someone where to put it. I'm thinking two of these would be enough unless I hoard more makeup.

Last is decor items for the vanity and around the room. I've decided on curtains and lucky I only have one in my room (unlucky it has terrible lighting) but it means I don't have to spend a lot. I also know someone who makes them so I've decided on blush pink with a tulle outer layer to be cute and princess like and blend everything together. Moving on to the gold details of the room which pretty much was inspired to a trip at H&M home and all the pretty gold pieces. I saw these gold rectangle box which will be great for adding jewellery and the tray would be great for perfume and lastly would be a gold basket to add extra bits or whatever I need. I did want one of those gold wire memo board but couldn't seem to find one but it looks like the basket. Then I seen those mirrors and frames would look so cute above my desk area. I already talked about the fairy lights but the more the merrier if I can to make the whole room glow.

That's it for my bedroom wish list. Maybe you got some inspiration yourself. I really enjoyed doing an interior post and showing you my style in that to switch up my content and show new things. Let me know if you have any recommendations or nice places to find pretty things to add some decor. I hope you liked this wish list and hope to show you once I get done which will be a while but it is so fun and having a mood board like this really makes me so excited. Hope you have a lovely rest of the week!

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9.19.2016

What's on my Face? {August & September}


Makeup of the Month

Happy Monday! Welcome to a new series where I'm showing off my makeup from the day, week or even month or when I change up my makeup that is. I've seen a few posts like this  and thought it was a cool way to show makeup favorites in action instead of me just talking about them in my regular monthly favorites post. Also it would be a fun way to document different makeup looks and how my makeup changes over time. Since I've been doing a lot more experimenting and practicing really maybe I can catalog my progress and show you along the way to. So in short this is how I've been wearing my makeup in August and September.


I'm so happy now that I have a ring light I can do more face of the days and makeup looks and not complain about it not going how I wanted to show it off because the lighting helps out. Also is it weird you can see the lights in my eyes because I find it so freaky. However for my face of the month or months really, I went with a sort of no makeup look lately. I love the suitableness and the light colors. I was going for something trying to transition and try out new colors and a new technique.


Products Used:
Collection Colour Match Foundation (review)
Mac Mineralize Skin Finish in Medium Plus
Suesh 3 Pan Concealer
Happy Skin Eye Love View Eyebrow Duo (review)
BYS Contour Trio in Sweet (review)
Sleek Contour Kit in Medium (review)
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara (review)
MUA Undressed Palette
NYX Matte Lip Cream in Cannes


I started off with my base so foundation and concealer first. Sometimes I change it up and rearrange the order of how I apply it but right now I am doing base first unless I want to do a dramatic eye look then I have no choice because the amounts of times I mess up. After the base is good and I'm happy with blending I go to eyes. I have been quite obsessed with the MUA Undressed palette. I am using the first and second color on the top row starting from the left and then the third color from the bottom row starting from the left as well. I love this eye look and right now combining the three colors makes a pretty neutral sort of sparkly eye look. I skip eyeliner and go straight to mascara and the Roller Lash is just my holy grail and makes my lashes look amazing and goes great with the eyeshadow. I use the sleek palette for contouring and highlighting I do it really lightly and the BYS trio I use the blush in it and a little of the bronzer color to bring some color back to my face. Then for my brows I need to get them shaped again but I made it work and just filled the in with the Happy Skin pencil side. Last for the lips I have been wearing this lip color and feel like I've been cheating and not using any other lipstick. It's in Cannes and such a pretty color and perfect for right now.


That was my face from August and September. I like the very minimal and its a little but like a no makeup look. I can't wait to incorporate more berry and autumn colors though and the festive reds and golds towards Christmas time. I'd love to know how you've been wearing your makeup recently and how often you change it up. I feel like I need to have a product rearrange myself pretty soon. Also I hope you liked the idea of this as I think it's a really fun way to practice and try different looks. Hope you have a great week ahead lovelies!

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9.18.2016

Finding a Homecoming Dress for Your Personality


Homecoming Coming Up

Happy Sunday! I'm here with another weekend post. I'm really loving my blogging schedule at the moment and hope you are too. Also this was meant to go live a few days but he scheduling glitched so I put it out now and since I was away it was a nightmare to arrange when there was no internet where I was but I still made it. Anyways today I wanted to discuss dresses but most specifically ones for special occasions like homecoming and prom or events like that. I was talking with my best friend in the U.S and she said her younger sister is going to her homecoming next month which I can't believe because I remember her being a bratty little girl always trying to shove her barbies in our faces when us teens were busy reading magazines and talking boys in her room. When she told me this I literally gasped and can't believe it's been so long since I see them. I get to talk to my friends back there so they keep me updated. It brought back memories of us going to our homecoming and the dances we went to. I only went to a few while I was studying there but I did love the whole high school gym setting and getting dressed up together.

What sparked my interest after Media Buzz got in contact with me was dresses that match personalities. I've always designed my own dresses from homecoming to prom to graduation even. I've always designed and helped made my dresses. The ones above are both what I designed for my debutante ball and sweet sixteen respectively. I loved that I have say in all my fancy dresses. I do buy regular ones but when it is a special occasion I usually prefer designing my own. Since I found out I loved designing so much I went to fashion school and then do some designing on the side and have a dressmaker help structure it for me and I finish it off. It just gives it my personal touch and shows off my personality even more. I'm so lucky I get to have my dresses special made and designed by me because it makes my fashion sense reach a whole new level. So here are a few dress types that shows your personality.


Whether or not you realize it, what you wear and how you wear it says a lot about your personality. The type of music you listen to, the flowers you pick, and even your homecoming dress all represent who you are. Since homecoming is around the corner, I thought I would look at how your homecoming dress says something about who you are so that you can pick the perfect dress to match your personality. Let’s take a closer look.

• A Classic Look
If you are super-keen on a 1920’s look, go for something classic: the faithful black dress. Ditch the awesome dye job and really show off your features in the right cut. To go with your vintage look, remember to wear smoky eye makeup and a couple of vintage pieces of jewelry. This is a look that suits classy and dignified personalities who aren’t afraid to show it.

• A Strapless Dress
Girls who opt for a strapless dress are fun and flirty, and they sure know how to enjoy themselves. Strapless dresses are great for showing off your features, especially if you’ve been working out for the big night and want to show off your shoulders. Maybe you got a great spray tan that you want everyone to envy, then this is the way to go.

• A Short Dress
If you enjoy being the center of attention and flaunting your stunning assets, pick a short dress. The dress doesn’t have to be extremely short, but just right for showing off your moves on the dance floor. Once that music starts pumping, you can hit the dance floor without the worry of tripping over a longer dress.

• A Red Dress
Are you sassy? Do you have the charisma of a superstar? Then go for red! Red is a fantastic and dramatic look that makes you look a little older and more mature. It says you are full of confidence and you know how to strike the perfect pose for those pictures. You can find your dream dress at www.peachesboutique.com.

• Get Your Style Right, It’s the Most Important Part!
We know just how important it is to find the perfect style for homecoming. You really want to ooze flair and sass, and impress everyone you come across. Use the above tips to find the perfect dress for your personality and you are sure to turn heads and make those cameras flash.

If you’re a little shy and conservative, there are plenty of beautiful gowns to choose from that will have you feeling like the prettiest girl at homecoming. All you have to do is decide what you like, what suits you and go out and get it. Don’t forget to coordinate colors and styles with your date so you can truly make a grand entrance on the night!

That was my weekend post for you. I hope you enjoyed and maybe you can reminisce if you went to homecoming or maybe prom. I remember mine and I did love the whole dressing up and glam time I did with my friends.I miss the fun and all that and looking at these kind of dresses again reminds me of finding the perfect one with my friends or in my case I took inspiration and gave it my own take. Actually that purple dress up there was inspired by Sharpay's prom dress from High School Musical 3. I was going to make it hot pink and sleeveless like hers but I didn't want an exact replica so I just matched it with my Sweet 16 theme and made it my own. The other dress was my own design and I worked with an illustrator until I got the exact one I wanted and it turned out better than I imagined. I hope you liked that and got a little story time about my dress designs. Hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend!

*This post was written in collaboration with Media Buzzer.

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9.16.2016

Drugstore Makeup Haul & Giveaway


Local Drugstore Finds

Happy Friday! A very happy one after all drugstore makeup I bought. It's a pretty big one and it's from local Philippine brands. I have brands I always go to but I wanted to try some of the local stuff
I've said recently I've been in a beauty rut as you my have noticed an increase in outfits and fashion pots. I just love doing them and took my blog in a more fashion direction which I am happy with but I miss a few beauty reviews here and there so that's why I'm hoping maybe every Monday I'll have something beauty related. I think buying these have really increase the spark and get to try new things out. It's been a while as I've been buying clothes so often I feel like I'm out of touch with buying makeup but clearly with this haul I just jumped right in. So enough of my babble and finally show you all the makeup I bought.

Ever Bilena
| Ever Bilena Advance Studio Finish Stick Foundation - Miel // Ever Bilena Advance Perfect Eye Concealer - CO2 Medium // Ever Bilena Face Powder - Honey // EB Advance Blush Duo - Golden Goddess // Ever Bilena Cheek Blush - Baby Pink // EB Advance Perfect Eyebrow Pencil - Dark Brown // Ever Bilena Eyeshadow Palette in Pink // EB Original Pencils // Ever Bilena Matic Liner // EB False Eyelashes - Demi // Ever Bilena Mascara with Fiber // Ever Bilena Thicklash Mascara // EB Advance Liquid Lipstick - Soft Lace |

First up I went all out with the Ever Bilena counter. I got a few items from the regular range and their pro range but when I was buying them I had no idea the  difference. So according to the website it has a few different ranges and I bought a few from each. I wanted to get a full face so I got a stick foundation, concealer and powder. I got all stuff from the eyes so an eyeshadow palette, 2 mascaras, fake lashes, 2 eyeliners and an eyebrow pencil. I even got a blush and bronzer palette in a pretty color and a single blush which is a matte baby pink color. Then I am so excited for the liquid lipstick and it is such a pretty shade. Lastly I got some brushes so two single eyeshadow brushes and a 5 piece travel set. 

I think I got everything I wanted and quite excited to try them. I named everything above but you can't link any of it and it just goes to a picture so I linked the site and everything is on there.

Careline
| Careline |
| Careline Oil Control Make-up Foundation - Almond // 
Careline Pimple Concealer - Oriental // Careline Oil Control Face Powder - Honey 
// Careline Pocket Palette -Day Dream // I Love Careline Make-Up Set 1 // 
I Love Careline Make-Up Set 3 // Careline Eyeliner // Careline Mascara // 
Careline Color Pencil - 12cm - Brown // Careline Magic Lipstick - Avatar |

The next I have makeup from Careline.I bought a few of the same things maybe to do a comparison post maybe. I bought the base makeup so a liquid foundation from this brand, a liquid concealer and a powder. Then I got three palettes so one is an eyeshadow palette solely and the next two are makeup sets with blushes and eyeshadows. The makeup set 1 has 9 eyeshadows and 2 blushes while makeup set 3 has 4 eyeshadows and 2 blushes. I got a mascara, a liquid eyeliner and a brown colored pencil which I'm unsure if it is eyeliner or a brow pencil. The exciting thing and one I'm looking forward to is the brow gel and most affordable one I ever bought. Lastly I got a magic lipstick and another set of brushes.

Again, I named everything above.I love the packaging of this and the cute look of it. I went with a more simple makeup look for this and didn't go all out like the other brand.

Misc.

I'm now on the random bits I bought. First up I got an EB blade to do my brows but I think now I'm thinking to just booking in an appointment at Benefit which is where I get my brows done all the time for about 2 years so I love doing them there but when I saw this I felt a bit of confident that maybe I could do them myself in the meantime but it's not a wise decision. It's not going to waste as I might offer to give it to my cousin who is an expert at this herself. Next is a wash cloth material headband. I don't know really what you call that but I've been needing one to keep my baby hairs from sticking in my face when I do my skincare at night. I got a pink one and I'm going to be excited to use it when I take of my makeup tonight. Last beauty bit that doesn't belong in any category is an eyeliner. It doesn't really have a brand but it's called the Ashley Wonder Liner and let me tell you when I swatched the tester it was sure pigmented and long lasting because I had to take a makeup remover to it which I'm hoping it will be the same on the eyes. The smell is off putting but the quality is great.

Giveaway

Since I spent quite a bit of money there was a promo at my grocery store that I get a free EB product when I spent a certain amount. I forgot how much but with the whole total I was rewarded 10 products. Of course it wasn't my choice on which product but I did get to choose the color. Another thing is I'm not sure if it is a promo for other places but maybe it is just the store I bought it's thing. I honestly don't know what I would do with all of this so I decided to give it away to my readers. So I'm giving two sets away on here so you'll get one powder and one eyeshadow palette and something extra from me as a little thank you for supporting and reading my blog. For another chance to win you can head to my Youtube channel which I am giving away 3 over there and all you have to do is be subscribed and like that haul and that's it. It's international so wherever you are in the world you can win this. As for the blog mechanics just enter the rafflecopter widget below this and I'll select the winner two weeks from now on the 30th.

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That's it for my drugstore haul. I actually fit all of that in a picture. I seriously thought I wasn't but I succeeded and yes I'm pretty proud of myself for that. I'm so excited to try these out and maybe you can guess what content is coming out with what I bought. I have so many ideas right now and since buying a ring light the possibilities are endless at the moment.I have the haul video here or watch it down below. It's pretty long so make sure you get snacks and an appetite for makeup. I hope you enjoy and hope I didn't give you a reason to buy any makeup. Have a great weekend and let me know if you end up buying anything yourself!



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9.14.2016

Country Cloud | What I Wore


Sitting Pretty

Happy Wednesday! I'm back with another throwback outfit. So again this was taken a while back and honestly I think it was in June because it was the outfit I wore to drop my uncle of at the airport with my two cousins and other uncle. One of my memory cards got corrupted but the files were still there so I didn't lose anything but it didn't work in my camera for some reason. My dad got it to work and I find these on there. I totally forgot about them and I guess I don't have the best memory that I have outfit pictures left until I find them. Once I saw them I remembered and could remember when I took them but sometimes I just forget. I still wanted to post these because I hate seeing them go to waste so I hope you don't mind. Also it's a bit of an outfit repeat kind of or I feel like it is. Maybe that's why I forgot about them in the first place because it looks like another outfit or something I don't know. So enough with that let's jusr get on with the outfit details shall we.

For my outfit pretty much all of it is from Forever 21. This was in that haul back n the summer and of course I had to bring back this top as it's just so nice and loose perfect when it was so hot back then. My chambray skirt to go with it and my matching blush pink bag, bow and sunglasses. The accessories I have my spike stud earrings, rope bow necklace and my sandals. It was prety much my favorite combination outfit. 

| top: Forever 21+, skirt: Forever 21+ {similar}, shoes: Montego Bay Club {similar}, bag: Forever 21, necklace: Forever 21 {similar}, sunglasses: Forever 21, bow: Forever 21 |

That's it for another outfit. As I said it's the day I went to drop off my uncle to go back to Palawan. It's a separate island and I hope to book a ticket there in the summer and that's kind of where I want to go on holiday this year as it has been ages since I've been on one. I heard it's a bloggers paradise and I honestly can't ait and imagine all the outfit's and lookbooks I would shoot there. It's sort of a dream right now but you never know. After we got done with that we got a cheeky Mcdonald's on the way home and drove the back way by this castle. You may have seen this park a thousand times since I seem to enjoy shooting outfit pictures there but it is a wide road. My cousin wanted to learn to drive and it is the perfect place and where I learned to drive all those years ago so it was his turn. My other cousin guided him and at first it was a little shaky but he got it kind of. I remembered when I started driving that road but my dad let me down the other part which is not open but it has cliffs and loops and for my first time driving and going down a zigzag road freaked me out but it got me to learn so I guess going head first really helps. Then I got my go at it and my other cousin never knew I could drive so he was trying to teach me how to start it and put it in gear but I just did it and took off and he was so surprised. He drove to Manila because at the time I wasn't really confident enough but now it's better. I love that both those cousins are so much older than me and everyone still sees me as a kid even though I can drive and graduated college. I didn't end up driving home but it's fine as I got to eat my fries. So yeah that was one of the days back in June. It's so funny how from just this set of pictures I can remember what happened in a day. I wonder if any of you are like that as well because I can remember some useless stuff but when it comes to something important I just forget it all. I guess that's it and hope you liked another chatty outfit post. Have a nice rest of the week!

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