Celebrity makeup lines… Where do I begin? Long story short, I’m not one to rush to the store (or online) to try a product owned by a celebrity. There was a brief period in time where I was wowed by the Kardashians’ Khroma Beauty palettes. (Remember how that turned out?) But I’ve become more jaded after 6 years and less likely to fall for the hype. Or at least, I hope so.
And since we’re on the subject of dropping truth nuggets, then I will admit that I am not really well-versed in Rihanna either. It’s more of a casual interest in her music. But this isn’t about how much of a fan I am. Nope. This is about the need to have a portable blush stick in my bag, and Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Yacht Lyfe (PHP 1,450 / USD 25) happened to be in the right place at the right time.
Fenty Match Stix in Yacht Lyfe
Quick Specs: 7.1 g / 0.25 oz ; made in USA
Do you prefer a subtle highlighter, a blingy highlighter, or does it depend on the mood? I did a lot of frenzied buying some years back, but cut the whole thing short after I discovered HG goodness of both TheBalm Mary-lou Manizer and Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector. While I still picked up a couple of compacts here and there—I am partial to powder formulas— nothing major stood out until I swatched the Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Blossom Glow (PHP 349 / USD 4.99) at a mall and went gaga for the intense bling.
Quick Specs: 5.4 g / 0.19 oz ; made in China
While I haven’t officially put myself on a spending ban for early 2018, it seems to have crept up and come into effect anyway. Aside from paying only for shipping on some free samples, I’ve actually been spending money on books instead. But this is an excellent opportunity to reassess my collection and work on the review backlog. I’ve had the Zoeva Spring Strobe Spectrum Palette (PHP1,500) for months now, and it’s time to give it the spotlight.
Zoeva Spring Strobe Spectrum Palette
Quick Specs: 4 x 3.8 g / 4x 0.13 oz ; made in Italy
While I was in high school and only starting to learn about makeup, one of the first few luxury brands that I started seeing virtually everywhere was Shu Uemura. I was all about wishlisting their iconic cleansing oils and lash curlers, and I was so stoked to finally get their classic curler some years later. Fast forward to 2017 when the brand has unfortunately left the Philippines, leaving brokenhearted fans in its wake. But before the last of their boutiques closed its doors, I was able to grab the Shu Uemura Stage Performer Glow Creator in Warm Glow (SRP = SGD 62).
Shu Uemura Stage Performer Glow Creator
Quick Specs: 30 ml / 1 fl oz ; made in Japan
Off the top of my head, there are two ways to make an FOTD more distinct: Color and shimmer/sparkle/glitter. The former is something that I’ve only just started to tap into this year, while the latter has been a longtime go-to that started way back when I was a teenager.
From experience, I can safely say that shimmer, sparkle, and glitter can be as subtle or as bold as you want it to be, depending on where they are positioned and how they are diffused. So you can imagine the fun I had when Althea Korea gave me the chance to experience glitter galore with their limited edition Glitter Box (PHP 1,370).
Althea Glitter Box
Discover the contents with me!