Sunday, April 20, 2014

Warm It Up with Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer (Review, Photos, Swatches)

I can still remember the moment when I discovered my fondness on bronzers. 
It all started during my pictorial for my law school graduation. Of course, I did my
own makeup and I went a little cray cray contouring my face.
I was a bit worried with the turn out of the picture but when I saw the
shots I was in awe with the slimming effect of bronzer on my face which 
I used as a contour powder and also to warm up my face. Lo and behold,
My face does not look flat anymore. I also achieved that healthy glow. 
From then on, I have been a huge fan of matte bronzers 
(specifically, anytthing with shimmer highlights my recurring rashes). 
For years, I can not find a decent bronzer that is locally available. I have been an 
avid user of ELF DUO Bronzer for years. Then, I learned to use brown
shadows primarily for contouring. Thereafter, I found the NYX 
Matte bronzer which I eventually grew tired of after hitting pan for 
incessantly using it for months. When I learned that my cousin is coming 
home last March, I asked her to buy me the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer 
since I have been hearing raves about this in youtube. I was actually
torn with this and The Balm’s Bahama Mama (which is always out of stock). Okay..

 After my long kwento, let’s head on to my review. hihi

This bronzer is quite big. It is almost as big as my palm. The gold packaging also looks so 
luxurious(a far cry from my NYX Bronzer Compact). 
It does not feel heavy at all but the compact really feels sturdy. Before having a chance to play with this bronzer, my mom was telling
me of its sweet scent. I ended up sniffing it and It does smell good. Haha It has a 
subtle mocha scent which is not too overpowering. 
I got the shade for medium to deep skin tone. I was expecting it to be darker but it looks
light brown on the pan. It does not have any hint of red or orange in it. 
The color looks warm and not muddy. I was really skeptical on the shade because 
I have that fear that it will not show up on my medium yellow skin tone. 
When I tried it, the color is just right on my face. It does not look harsh nor fake on my skin.
It creates that right amount of depth/shadow on my face when used 
as a contour powder. Due to its warm light brown color, I also use this as a bronzer. 
I dust it over my hair lin and even spread it all over the sides of my face and under my cheeks.
I also sweep it over my cheeks whenever I feel that my foundation makes me look too
Morticia Adams-ish. The product is very blendable and buildable. 
It is not streaky nor patchy at all. It applies smoothly on the skin and it looks 
very natural in person and looks good in pictures.

 It has a nice velvety and smooth texture which makes it very easy to blend. 

The Good:

1. The packaging is great. The mirror is really big and you get a lot of product.
2. The color is perfect. It is neither muddy nor does it have that unnatural reddish tone to it. 
I got the darkest shade and it looked light on the pan. I was honestly worried when I saw the 
color because it looks lighter than my NYX Matte Bronzer. The first time I used it I did
not see the difference at all so, I went back to NYX bronzer. On my second try,
I tried lightly applying the bronzer with a brush made of natural bristles while slowly 
building up the color and I saw that it creates the most natural shadow on my face. 
Despite the fact that it is buidable, it can never create that exaggerated contoured 
or sculptured look. 
3. It acts as a bronzer for warming up my face and as a contour powder. It looks seamless
and flawless when applied.
4. The bronzer is very easy to blend.
5. It is buildable.
6. It lasts 4 - 5hours on me.
7. It does not cake nor create that weird streaks or patches on my skin when 
I try to build up the color.
8. The longer it stays on my face, the more natural it looks.
9. It has a lot of product and since it is pigmented enough, a little goes a long way.

The Bad:

1. Limited shades. There are only two shades available and I doubt if the color will show up on
 darker skin tones. 
2. Not locally available. There are limited online shops that offer this product
3. I consider this a high end product. Everything that goes beyond one thousand is high end to me. Price: 30$

How the bronzer looked on me (before and after):

Side by side comparison naman hehe
I love this bronzer right now.. It beats Nars Laguna and Urban Decay’s Flushed Palette by a point o two. 
The shade looks perfect on my skin tone too.

What bronzer/contour powder are you loving?

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

PR: Sizzle In Velvet Rose Lingerie’s Swimwear and Lounge Wear This Summer!

Despite the heat, we all can’t deny that Summer is our much-awaited time of the year because it’s a time for adventures, discoveries, and a time to make lots of great and fun memories with our families, friends, and partners. Hitting the Beach this season? Then it’s time to update your swimwear wardrobe. The good ol’ teeny weeny bikini and swimsuit are undeniably this season’s hottest fashion statement and Velvet Rose Lingerie’s latest, trendiest, and fabulous extensive swimwear and lounge wear collection will surely put you on the spotlight.

Our swimwear is not just stylish, but reliable as well. Made from high- grade material that resists shrinking when it comes into contact with saltwater and chlorine, and comes in timelessly hip styles and designs, you’re guaranteed that it will last so you can enjoy and make tons of memories with it in the coming years.

Made from superior, comfortable fabric and comes versatile designs, our Lounge Wear will not only keep you covered, but will also take you from a leisurely stroll on the shore to a sizzling beach party come night time. Choose from our 3- Way Cover ups, Sheer Kaftans, Skirt Cover-Up, and Short Halter Dresses. 

Here are my top swimsuit picks from Velvet Rose:

One-piece and two- piece swimwear retail at P2,390.00, 3- Way Versatile Cover Up at P2,390.00, Short Halter Dress at P1,790.00, Kaftans at P1,790.00 Cosmo Dot Skirt Cover Up at P1,190.00.

To inquire about our latest Swimwear and Cover-Up Collection, please call any Velvet Rose Lingerie branch near you:

Shangri-La Plaza: 634-6571
SM Mall Of Asia: 556-0731
Robinson’s Galleria: 683-0329

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

My Dream Wedding: A Budget Friendly One

I have a confession to make just like other women out there, I wanted a fairytale/dreamlike wedding. I never knew weddings can cost so much these days. From photographer to wedding gowns, everything seems to have a hefty price tag. I initially wanted a huge/engrande wedding. At the back of my head, Bakit ba? I am a lawyer eh. I deserve a bonggang wedding. (Imagine me saying this with a bloated head)  I want a wedding, one that is worthy for a magazine feature, one that must be included in Bride and Breakfast's blog roll, and one that is at par with showbiz couples. Oh yes. That was my dream until I realized that what I was dreaming about is in reality -- a nightmare. A nightmare for an average income earner like me.  Spending 800 thousand (our initial budget) for a wedding gives me goosebumps err more of a heart attack! For a while, I was dead sure I want need that engrande wedding. I even told BF that I cannot settle for anything lower than 85 thousand for a wedding gown. Oh,, Seriously? Am I really that rich to be spending such huge amount for a wedding? Truth be told, I am not. Yes, I am a lawyer but guess what? I live on a blue collar's budget (ok that sounds exaggerated,, just a wee bit higher than a regular worker). After undergoing pre-marital counselling, I had a change of heart. I realized I will not  can not spend my hard earned money for a one day event that will last only for 5-8 hours. I can not spend it on a wedding gown that will get rotten and eaten by worms and other insects after a few years time.  At the end of the day, people will say something about the wedding, good or bad. I do not care about what they will say. What truly matters is that, we will marry each other for the sole purpose of pleasing GOD. We will not marry  to please other people.

My beloved Tita Nitz gave me this perfect advice
"Do not keep up with the Joneses!"  [underscoring supplied]
Thanks tita! We truly won't.

Now, the question is -- what wedding do I really want?
After pondering this question for quite some time, I want my wedding to be attended by the most important people in our lives. People who loved us all these years like my family, close relatives, and closest friends. I also want our wedding celebration to be a testimony of  God's faithfulness  in our relationship. Lastly, I want a budget friendly one! Haha From 800 thousand, we are down to 350 thousand. I am still not satisfied with such amount (I want it lower like 300 or even 250 thousand), hence, the meticulous planning and the search for the best supplier begins. A secondary reason why I will never spend too much in my wedding? Simple --- practicality. It does not take a rocket scientist to know that. After the wedding, the more important things await --- house/rent, bills, bills, bills, uhmm did I already mention bills? ,pregnancy, baby's needs, etc. etc. Wheew!! Also, we made a commitment that we will never touch our personal savings for the sake of the wedding. Those savings were from our blood, sweat and tears noh! I cannot  imagine the hours I have spent reading files and files of cases just to earn money, then, the amount I earned will be merely spent at a fancy restaurant or venue to show other people our so called economic stature. No way Jose!! Our savings is primarily for emergency purposes, for my family and our initial budget to start our own family. We also plan to buy a condo unit or rent or buy a house (whatever God wills), thus, the hundred plus thousand we will save on the wedding will be spent on a lifetime need. :)

We have made tons of mistakes last year.We booked suppliers pegged at our initial budget and we are letting go of our down payments with a heavy heart. We just kept our photographer and videographer in our list because they are really good.  Despite this, we are willing to let go of a few thousands (ay naku hindi lang siya few ahh) just to have our dream budget wedding.

There are just two things that we will be splurging at -- our honeymoon for memories and our wedding rings.

Sponsors? anyone? haha

Follow this blog series as I try to come up with my dream wedding!

***P.S. This post is merely my opinion. To those who spent gazillion of bucks for their wedding, I am truly happy for you. :) I love weddings and I have nothing against anyone spending much on theirs, it is just that I am not willing to spend much on mine for the reasons above stated. :) ***


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