Summer Nail Color Picks
Hello my friends,
The heat of the summer here in Philippines is starting to get intense. This is the perfect time to finally wear warm colors either on makeup or clothes. This is the time for music festivals and never ending visits to the beaches. I usually worship summer by updating my nail color. I haven’t moved on yet from the shimmery and wine nail polishes from last holiday/ winter season. So aside from neon and bright nail colors I still have to include some last season colors on my list and besides I still find them to look great for this season.
Flormar Pretty Nail Enamel in P16  | Price: Php 79.00 | From: Watsons Store

This is a mixture of pink and coral tone in ultra bright shade.  For my age, (I’m 31 years young by the way) I usually stay away from this kind of colors because I find it too girly and pinky pop on me. But there are days when I feel really happy that I got to wear this color. I mostly wear this when I’m up for some good outdoor activity and it just compliments to the warm lights of the sun.

Caronia Nail Polish in Taupe | Price: around Php 35.00 | From: Watsons Store

Who said we cannot have tan on our nails? If you will base it on its color name, this nail polish is not actually taupe in color but more like dark tan. I know that for some of us  summer season is also a job hunting season (congratulations the march graduates there!) and this is one those color that looks clean and more corporate acceptable.

Caress Nail Polish in Blue R-102 | Price: 23.75 | From: Watsons

I love this one. This is the type of marine blue color but 2 shades lighter and brighter. If you’re like me who regularly wears white t-shirt, this will perfectly compliment your get up.

Caress Nail Polish in Oriental Purple | Price: 23.75 | From: Watsons

If you are like me that has still hang over with wine color trend from last season perhaps you might still want some grip of it by wearing it on your nails. This wine-purple color is bright enough to compliment this summer. It actually looks sexy for summer night out.

Bobbie Premium in Chestnut | Price: 35.50 | From: Watsons

I love shimmers on summer, it reminds me of the sparkling bubbles made by the beach waves.  This shimmer polish is more like champagne in color. Just one coat of it and you got a sparkling but clean looking nails.

Caress Nail Polish in Summer Green | Price: 23.75 | From: Watsons

If you don’t want those neon type of green that we usually sees on summer, this is a refreshing alternative for you. This is a pastel type of yellow green so it is not overwhelming on nails. It actually looks neat especially on fair skintone.
How about you do you have some nail colors that you love wearing on summer? Let me know.
Until then, be blessed.
Cee HD
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Orange Lips
Hello my dear friends,
It’s been a long hiatus for me here, there’s a lot of life pondering and fixing going on these past few months (my apologies). There are things in life I have to leave behind and there are things that essentially must stay and be taken care of and one of it is my well love hobby on makeup. Now that things are getting better, I’m back writing again about my make-up and beauty adventures.  So without further emo rants here, here is my trend tutorial on wearing orange lippie.
Orange lips can has been everywhere on SS2014 runways. This warm tangerine color is naturally perfect for medium, olive and morena (brown skin) skintones. If you are cool and fair skintone gal that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this intimidating trend. I have seen this some fair skin celebrities who were able to work it on red carpet. Red-orange tone can look good on almost all skin tone and when this elusive color seems to overwhelm you, you can opt for matte finish lippie.
Bright Complexion
1. One of the techniques to wear orange lips, is by achieving a bright glowing complexion. You need to prep up your clean skin by moisturizing or applying a primer first. Her I’m using a CC cream (Skin 79 Complete CC Cream Control) . CC creams are known to correct minor skin blemishes and redness. It has also subtle brightening agents and SPF. So this is an all in one primer I should say.
2. Lightly apply BB cream or any light foundation you prefered. Go easy with foundation 2 pea size amount can be enough for face and neck, remember you don’t wanna look like a melted icing on the heat of the summer. For the blemishes and dark undereye circles cover them up with good concealer of your choice.
3. Wait for the foundation or bb cream to dry for few minutes before lightly patting a setting powder on your face.

Eye Routine
1. You don’t need to do a lot of eye work for this makeup look. Remember the main focal point of your face is your luscious lips. For the eyes I will be using Sleek Eyeshadow Storm Palette. We will only use a basic contouring on the eyes by applying highlight at the inner corner of the eyes, then applying matte medium tone eyeshadow at the crease of the eye blending it up to the brow bone.
2. You can now line your eyes and apply mascara on this part, but if you want a further depth to your eyes you can apply dark brown eyeshadow on the outer corner of your eyes. I have also discovered that applying a light peach shimmer (Perfect storm on Sleek Storm Pallete) under the lower lash line can work wonder on lifting up tired eye droopy eyes.
3. Line your eyes with dark brown eyeliner pen just follow the natural shape of your eye. Apply mascara as usual.
4. For the eyebrows, I’m using a quick technique here. First, brush any strays of eyebrow hair by using an eyebrow spoolie brush with some hairspray. Then start drawing lighty your brow ¼ from where your inner eyebrow starts. Just follow the natural shape of your brows. (1) Once you have filled your eyebrows, brush down the makeup to the inner corner of your eyebrow using the eyebrow spoolie brush. This will create a subtle color on the inner eye brows. (2) Make your eyebrow makeup look more blended by lightly running the spoolie brush  on eyebrows.

Finishing Touches
1. Now let’s make the skin sun-kissed and glowing by applying bronzer (I’m using WetNWild Bronzzer) on the sides on parts of the face where the sun will hit your face.  That will be on forehead, temples, cheeks, bridge of the nose and chin. Apply some bronzer under your chin and jawline and blend it down to your neck, just make sure that your face and neck will not look different.
2. Then apply a pink blush on the apples of your cheeks, the pink blush gives a good contrast to already peachy glow of your face.
3. And lastly, apply orange color lippie that suits your complexion. Here, I’m courageous enough to wear an orange color that has more yellow tones in it. Well life is short to play safe all the time. Who knows what you will discover when you try to be daring sometimes.

Until then, be merry and blessed,

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Classic Vintage Makeup 
I love pin up girls, aside from cat pictures, I love looking at 1950s pin-up girls whenever I take a short break from work. With just a simple flirty lined eyes and red lips you they’re all look like they always have fantastic love life and bright sunny days ahead. So today I’ll recreate that fantastic love life look.

I’m starting with a clean moisturized skin then I apply my favorite foundation, concealer and setting powder. If you want a detailed foundation routine you can click here.

Groom and reshape your brows.  Vintage eyebrows particularly during 40s to 50s have natural thickness and sharp arch. Think of Elizabeth Taylor or Lauren Bacall. If you want my detailed eyebrow tutorial you can click here.
Eye Shadow

1. Apply matte brown eyeshadow to the crease
2. Blend the eyeshadow to create a natural depth to the hollows of the eyes.
3. Next I’m going to highlight the inner corner and the middle lid of the eye by using any shimmery white eyeshadow.
Cat’s eye

1. Using a black eyeliner pen, draw an angled line at the outer corner of the eye.
2. Start at the highest point of the line you have just created and draw a slanted line down to the middle of upper lash line. This will create a little triangle. Fill in this triangle to create a winged look.  
3. Draw a thin line across and close to the lash line. You can thicken your eyeliner later by drawing and tracing the lash line that you created earlier.
White Eyeliner/ Mascara

For that wide awake look, use white eyeliner at you lower lash line. Apply mascara to your lashes. This is optional but you can also wear winged false lashes for more dramatic look.

To create that plump radiant cheeks, choose a peachy blush on color. Wear a smile then sweep the brush from the apple of your cheek up along the cheekbone. Avoid any brush harsh line by gently applying the blush on in small circular motion.

1. A red and well defined lips is the signature of classic vintage look so meticulously line your lips to your desired shape.
2. Apply your favorite lipstick as usual. Here, I’m using a matte red lipstick.
Add Luminizer

For that glowing complexion you can add a little bit of luminizer or highlighter powder at the bridge of your nose, cupids bow, and chin and on top of your cheekbones. And you’re done!
May your inner Marilyn Monroe shine.
Cee HD
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Clear Skin Foundation Makeup Routine
I have been battling with acne for ages, and recently I just get tired exerting so much effort and making a fuss about it all the time. I just stick to simple daily skin care and get daily dose of my omega 3 vitamins and which somehow decently controlled my breakouts. Instead of getting frustrated, I realized this thing is a blessing in disguise as this is the main reason why I learned a lot of things about makeup. If you’re like me who has been battling against acne, a good foundation and concealer makeup routine would play a big role in your daily life. Hope this tutorial will somehow help you to temporarily achieve clear looking skin.
Before putting foundation, prepare skin by applying moisturizer first to a clean face. A pea size is good enough for the whole face, you can add up more to include the neck. A well moisturize face will serve as a smooth canvas for makeup application.  Wait for 10 minutes for the skin to absorb the moisturizer and you’re ready to apply the foundation  

1. Using foundation of your choice, apply it to problem areas. On my part it is on the side of my cheeks, chin and forehead. I wanted to have a good coverage on that blemished area and leaving the healthy skin with less foundation on.  As much as possible I still wanted my face to look natural and not heavily makeup.
2. Using a buffing brush I lightly blend the foundation in circular motion on the problem part and drag the remaining foundation clear area of skin. The circular motion technique is good on when you have large pores as it really covers your pores and make it less noticeable.
3. Don’t forget to apply foundation on your neck as well.
4. With the foundation on, you can now see which areas on face needs more coverage. Using a heavy duty concealer (I’m using Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer in medium); I lightly dot the product using concealer brush on the blemish.

5. Once all the blemishes were concealer dotted, I blend it by gently dabbing the brush on the edges of the dots.
6. Wait for about 5-10 minutes to set the foundation and concealer on your skin.
7. Apply finishing powder, this could be translucent loose powder or just like mine a foundation powder for added coverage. You can either use a sponge or kabuki brush. Lightly dab the brush to the skin so that you will not remove the concealer that you have put on earlier.
8. Viola! Now you have perfect skin. For even more makeup staying power, you can use a makeup setting spray such as Model in a Bottle or Skindinavia. Spray this after you’re done applying all your makeup and it will last for 6-8 hours.

Hope this tutorial helps

PS. Don’t forget to put concealer under your eyes, on the side of your nose and the corners of mouth. If you will notice, I blended my under eye concealer differently by dragging some concealer straightly down to the side of my nose and also extending it right up to my temples. HD
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Sexy Eyebrow Routine
Such a small part of the face but once you’ve groomed and filled it right, it can make a lot of difference in your total makeup look. For me if I have to choose only 2 makeup to put in my face eyebrow would be the 2nd one I’ll choose (heavy duty foundation would be the 1st as I’m suffering with terrible pimple breakouts).
I would suggest that if it’s your first time to primp your eyebrows go to a professional eyebrow shaping salon. They know which shape will look good on your face shape and they can neatly wax those strays of hairs and a lot more, then later on you can just do the plucking or on my part shaving whenever little eyebrow hairs would come out. And you already have a well-groomed eyebrow but needs some more filling up here’s a good tutorial for you:

1. I’ll be using e.l.f. Studio Eyebrow Kit in medium shade. I love this one because it’s super cheap for its good quality.  I usually do my right eyebrow first and the left on so I can easily create an almost identical eyebrow. But as most makeup artist would say eyebrow were sister but not twins so it doesn’t have to be perfectly identical.
2. Brush any strays of eyebrow hair by using an eyebrow spoolie brush that was sprayed with some hairspray. This will help those stubborn hairs to behave in one place. Oh and if ever you don’t have eyebrow spoolie brush a used toothbrush will do.
3. To easily outline your desired eyebrow shape, use a light brown eyebrow pencil. This will serve as your guideline.
4. Start filling in the outline with elf Eyebrow Kit’s eyebrow wax. Starting at the outer corner of the eyebrow this is where the eyebrow wax should be heavier. The brush strokes should get lighter as you get close at the inner corner of the eyebrow.
5. Once you’re done filling in the eyebrow, lightly dab the eyebrow powder to set the eyebrow wax.
6. Clean up the eyebrow edge by using a concealer the same shade as your skin tone or if you want to be dramatic, use a one-tone lighter concealer using a flat brush conceal outside the top and bottom of your brows only, blend it well and your eyebrow will look instantly sharp. Talking about that flatbrush, I bought them at an art supply store.

7. Off course do the same step on the other side of your eyebrows and as strong as your eyebrows, you’re ready to go out and conquer the world! Or better yet continue with your eye makeup and your world will slightly get brighter. Well whatever you prefer may the force be with you.
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Makeup Tip no. 2


This mistletoe season, be prepared by putting on some flavored lip gloss or lip balm for that surprisingly delicious smooch. 

Hi there friends!
Here is the continuation of my simple eyeshadow techniques tutorial series. If you haven’t seen the first one just click here
Simple Eyeshadow Techniques no.2 : The Light on lid smokey on crease look
This technique is also known as the Banana. This kind of eye makeup creates a larger looking eyes and perfect for hooded or single eyelids as you will emphasize the crease line in your eyes.
1. Apply the highlighter eyeshadow all over the eyelids, also include the inner corners of the eyes 
2. Apply the midtone eyeshadow into the socketline and blend it upward under the brow bone.
3. Apply the contour or darkest eyeshadow to the crease to create more depth to your eye makeup.
4. Blend the contour eyeshadow to create a softer and natural look, and you’re done.
Here are some samples of this look:


Til my next post,
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Hi there friends!
Eyeshadow, the crayola of all makeups. The enormous range of colors, finish and form is so fun and exciting to look at but will surely intimidate makeup newbies. So today I’m going to post a series of simple eye shadow techniques that even makeup newbies can actually quickly and easily do.
Simple Eyeshadow Techniques no.1: The Gradient Effect
This technique is very easy to do and commonly done. It actually gives and instant eyelift for droopy eyes. And it also enhances close set eyes as it creates an illusion of extra space because of its gradient appearance. The light color eyeshadow or highlighter was placed at the inner corner of the eyes, while the darkest shade or the contour was placed on the outer corner of the eyes.
1 Apply the highlighter shadow at the inner corner of the eyes. Most of the highlighter eye shadow can be shimmery finish and the lightest color in palette. It can be white, cream and even gold color.
2 Apply the midtone eyeshadow at the center of the eyelids just past the socket line.
3 Blend the highlighter and midtone eyeshadow together to create a gradual color transition.
4 Accentuate the gradient effect by applying the darkest eyeshadow (contour) shade at the outer corner of the eyes.
5 Blend the dark eyeshadow shade to the midtone eyeshadow. You can actually wing it out to create a cat eye shape by blending it towards the eyebrow.
An you’re done! More eyeshadow techniques to come.
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Makeup Tip no. 1


To open up your eyes, apply cool shades of blue eyeliner on the lower inner rims of the eyes.

image sourceDiane Von Furstenberg Spring 2008

Product Review Beauty Cosmetics Travel Size 13 PCS Brush Set
Part of achieving a flawless make up, brushes plays big role on it. Pores can be refined; face can be seamlessly contoured and smoky eyes looks effortlessly elegant when it was properly blended with a good brush. Investing in a good makeup brush can be hurtful on one’s pocket (think of Mac, Sigma and other good high-end brushes out there); the good thing is, nowadays many there are several local online and physical stores that were producing good quality makeup brushes for inexpensive price.

When Beauty Cosmetics, a local online store announces that they will have a booth at Beauty Fair 2013 (last September) I didn’t pass on the chance to check them out and finally buy my first ever brush set. I have bought a very cheap blending eye shadow brush from them before and I am amused how good the brushes are.

Contents - The set contains 13 travel size makeup brush pieces:

The brushes were enclose in a tribal printed fabric case. I like that each brushes was plastic wrapped, so that the handle is free from scratches and the brush hair is in neat shape.

Price: Php 900     Bought from: Beauty Cosmetics
Let’s have a look at each brush:
Foundation Brush: Personally I use this as a concealer brush or whenever I apply contouring foundation. The hair texture is bristly that it usually leaves brush marks whenever I use this when applying foundation.

Small Slanted Blush Brush (can also serve as contour brush): I usually use this one for applying bronzer and contouring powder, it is a little bit small for applying blush on, which I normally use buffing or powder blush to work on with.

Powder/ Contour/ Blush Brush: This is the biggest brush in the set and one of my favorite. It can be use as brush when applying setting powder, it large enough for applying well blended blush on powder and since its bristle was shaped in oval form this is also a good sculpting brush for well defined cheekbones and jawline.

Buffing Brush: This brush is great for applying cream foundation, it doesn’t leave any brush mark since the bristle is soft.

Concealer Brush: This one has the same bristles from foundation brush. Personally I rarely use this one but whenever I do I usually use it when applying concealer under my eyes or doing some contouring at the side on my nose.

Eyebrow Spoolie Brush: Well the name says it, if you want to soften your brow line or clean up the scattered brow hair this is the tool.

Lipstick Brush: Just like the foundation and concealer brush, the bristles of it is firm and smooth enough to easily apply makeup.

Large Blending Brush: I usually use this one for putting on highlighter on my face. The size of it is good enough for me not to overly apply highlighter.

Small Blending Brush: Aside from buffing brush, this one of the brushes in the set that were constantly washed. I used this when blending eye shadows, or whenever I want to achieve a good wash effect on smokey eye.

Eye Shadow Shader Brush: I find this shader brush too large for my eyes but really good at shading the side of my nose and under my chin and even applying a highlighter on my brow bone and cupid’s bow.

Eye Shadow Slanted Brush: Among eye brushes included in the set this is my favorite. The brush is flexible to use in applying eyeshadow in any part of the eye. I can easily put highlight on the inner corner of the eye or blend a medium shade eyeshadow under my eye. Since this brush is slanted one I can easily make a cat eye makeup effect.

Angled Brow Brush: I actually never get to use this brush until now because I do my eyebrows with eyebrow pencil.

Bent Eyeliner Brush: I like the concept of this brush being bent so you can easily apply the eyeliner cream, which is one of those makeups that I find very hard to apply. I rarely use it though because I prefer slated brush or eyeliner pencil when doing my eyeliner.

Hair: The brush is made of synthetic hairs called taklon. Taklon hair brushes just like this one have this smooth, soft, and somewhat fragile quality. At that time, there are two brush colors that were being sold, the dark haired one and the light colored one. I prefer the later one because I can see right away if the brush needs some cleaning. Talking about brush cleaning I have already washed this brush set for more three time and so far I haven’t seen any hair fall offs and they’re still in good shape. If you want to see how I clean my makeup brush click here.

Handle: I assume that the brush handles were made of wood that is coated with thick acrylic paint. The feel of it were right enough during make-up application. I have some brushes that were too light to handle that I end up applying my makeup heavy handed. Before I forgot, the acrylic coating of this brush is fragile, so be careful not to drop it a lot. I’m always a clumsy person that my day won’t last without dropping or bumping into anything and this brush is the latest victim:

Ferrule: When I hold the ferrule and brush handle it doesn’t loose or spin. It was securely attached to the brush handle. So far I haven’t seen any rust coming out from the ferrule after several times of washing it, so I assume that it is made of stainless steel metal. It is also tough enough that I even squeezed it hard to see if the metal will bend or get a dent but it’s not.

What I like about it:
It is a complete set, from eyebrow brush to contouring brush it’s all in here
It comes with a case
It’s compact so you can bring it easily whenever you travel
The brushes were aesthetically looks good and sosyal
It’s affordable for a promo price of Php 900 you get 13 pcs of good quality makeup brushes
 What I don’t like about
I’m sorry I was completely sold on to this. I really like the brush set that I can’t find anything I don’t like about it as of right now.
All in all this is a good quality and complete makeup brush set that I would recommend for those budding makeup enthusiast. With the right way of cleaning, this brush can last a long time. The brush set is compact enough perfect bring along when you’re traveling. HD
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My late night quickie make up experiment… Practice, practice,practice. I still have to work on blush, eyebrows and lip shaping.  HD
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The foundation adventure of the overly excited makeup enthusiast
Hello Beauties,
I have always been amazed on how great makeup artist and youtube beauty gurus were able to create a well contoured makeup face. Think about the yellow concealer that Kim K were famous for, suddenly her face has this beautiful glow.
I’m so eager to buy several shades of foundations just to practice those looks but I will end up spending a lot for that.  I’ve seen some foundation palettes from Graftonian, Kryolan and RMCA but these were also expensive and for professional use, when all I want is a palette that I can practice on without the guilt of expensive price. So here comes the Jazzy Collection Photo Ready Foundation.

I was really excited when I found out that this foundation palette is 20% off during the Watsons latest sale. It actually comes in 3 palette type, the light, medium and dark. I bought the PR-003 Medium Nude just to be on the safe choice.

Color: PR-003 Medium Nude   Price: Php 550 at Watsons 
The palette contains 3 colors, the yellowish one which serves as a highlighter, the nude one which serves as a base foundation and the dark tan one which is for contouring. I’ve tested it on my wrist and I’m pleased to know that this foundation is pigmented enough, for its cheap price. I was actually expecting that since this is an affordable cream type foundation, I’ll be getting more oil rather than the color, but happy to find out that it’s not. 

As I mentioned earlier this is a cream type foundation, but be aware that when this foundation was exposed to hot environment its creamy consistency becomes somewhat liquid-y. Since this foundation is somewhat silky, I find it easy to blend. After applying this foundation on my face, I gently pat a tissue to blot out the excess oils and set it with pressed powder.
The foundation lasted 2 hours before I turned into a greasy head. Well I expected that since my skin is super oily and I tested it at the peak of humid afternoon. You have to be aware that this is not an everyday wearing type of foundation. I recommend it for photo shoots and probably night makeup. This product has no SPF which is really great for photography since foundations containing SPFs produces ghost face on flash photography. Well, the name says it all Jazzy Collection Photo Ready Foundation.

Interestingly this product is made in France but what amuses me is that this is one of the few makeups that have Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) System Certification SGS which means that it ensures the integrity of the product manufacturing process as well as compliance with its safety regulations. 

What I like about it:
Affordability, you get 3 foundation colors for the price of one.
The color and pigment is reasonable enough for its price
The compact packaging
I find it easy to blend since its consistency is more on the oily side.
Looks great on photograph
Perfect for practicing makeup enthusiast like me since this foundation compact will goes a long long way.
What I didn’t like about it:
I hope there is a spatula included. It is very unhygienic to just dip your brush or fingers on to it.
Personally, it’s too oily for my skin that I still have to blot it out with tissue before applying setting powder on my face
Overall rating 3 out of 5
All in all my love for this product is impartial. This will only serve as my contouring foundation. I don’t think I could use the midtone or the nude color on this palette as foundation base when contouring. I like it for the fact that it is cheap and it goes a long way before it last, that means I could practice my contouring skills a lot. This foundation works great on photography. 

Here is the before and after contoured look courtesy of the Jazzy Collection Photo Ready Foundation:

And this is how it looks like with other makeup on:

Ok never mind my shouting forehead I should have put on more contouring foundation on that part, I just want to show here how my chubby cheeks were reduced and how good the foundation responds on flash photographs.

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Hello Beauties,
Last weekend Watsons have their much awaited sale. And as a normal lady like me there is only one thing at that time that’s going on with my brain. Kikay haul! (a.k.a. product haul) So 1 of the item that I fell in love right away from wrist testing it is the BYS lipstick in Naked Rose color.

BYS lippie were always know for their cheap but good quality product so whenever it is on sale I definitely check their stand for some cool product discovery. For the regular price of Php 300, I was able to buy it at 20% off so I only got it for Php 260.00.

Color: Naked Rose     Price: Php 260.00 discounted at 20% off
The reason I fell in love with this lipstick right away is because of its rose tone color, it looks like a natural lip color of those who are blessed to have natural reddish lips. This is actually the type of color that I could wear every day. I think for some reason, you can never go wrong with rose colored makeup whether it is a lipstick or blush. It is so versatile to work on warm or cool skintone.

It has creamy finish. And compare to the creaminess of some other lipstick local brands, this one is creamy enough to get in to the wrinkles of your lips in just one swept. And I should say I am amused that it’s pigmented enough and not oily or too shiny. Ok, before my OCD totally comes out here let’s get on to the product endurance.

Without eating or smooching (with my hubby off course) this lipstick last for about 3-4 hours. Of course with the help of lip liner and our mother’s biting the tissue technique, this lipstick could last an hour more.
What I like about it:
Its rose color, I consider this one of my everyday lippie. Oh did I say I used it as a cream blush?
Creamy consistency
Affordable price
What I don’t like about it.
The packaging, I am not keen on lipstick where it pops out of its tube by default because I move fast and so clumsy that I end up with damage lipstick whenever I put back the cap on.
All in all I love this product, and I will even planning buying it again once this one is done.
Here is one of my FOTD wearing the BYS – Naked Rose color. 

Ahhh… it compliments my peach cheek color, I feel like 16 again. Hahahah
Cee HD
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