Color Deep Glam Shine Eyeshadow Palette

I’ve thought long and hard about my relationship with Korean eyeshadows while writing this review. To me, Kbeauty shadows can be described as shimmery and trendy in a nutshell. The palettes have that wow factor at first glance, but longevity is a little more elusive when it comes to the more affordable options. Is the Color Deep Glam Shine Palette (PHP 580) from Althea Korea up to the challenge?

Color Deep Laboratories Glam Shine Palette

Quick Specs: 12 x 1.5 g ; made in Korea

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Foundation

Some months ago, there was a conversation with some beauty community friends about formal event makeup and whether or not hiring a makeup artist was necessary for the ladies who pretty much know their way around a beat face. My thoughts: If I ever got to HD-levels with the help of a couple of workshops or YouTube vids, then why not? Then I’d spring for some holy grail pieces to get the job done.

At the time, the prospect of finding that next-level full coverage foundation seemed like a distant dream. But getting my hands on the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Foundation in 2W0 Warm Vanilla (PHP 2,400 / USD 42) takes the vision closer to reality.

Quick Specs: 30 ml ; made in Belgium; waterproof; oil-free

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MAC Studio Waterweight Foundation

After years of trials and errors in the quest to find my perfect foundation shade match, I found myself equipped once more with enough confidence to broaden my horizons by trying out a different brand. What better than to turn to an industry standard? Hello, MAC Studio Waterweight SPF30 Foundation in NC20 (PHP 2,200 / USD 36).

Quick Specs: 30 ml / 1.0 fl oz ; made in Belgium

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Shopee Buy: Acrylic Makeup Brush Organizer

This is a quick post, but I think it’s worth spreading the word: Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of shopping at Shopee (as opposed to anywhere else online). And it’s not necessarily beauty stuff as you’d expect, since I’m on a Low Buy for 2018! I’ve gotten almonds, supplements, stationery, and even a phone case, because they’ve got stackable promotions (purchase points + discount promo code + free shipping for minimum spend). It’s basically whetting the local couponer’s appetite.

In one of my nightly casual browsing sessions, the Acrylic Brush Organizer from Pretty Angel Shoppe went on a flash sale deal for P359 (SRP 500). With my ample brush stash distributed between two old zippered pouches, the move to a see-through, well-protected container felt pretty darn right at the moment. And so I treated myself to this:

Brush Organizer from Shopee

What arrived on my doorstep was a well-packaged product with box and foam stoppers, plus plastic wrap over the actual acrylic box to prevent scratches. The organizer arrived in pristine condition, though I still had to disinfect with a little soapy water and let the thing air dry for a couple of hours.


The shop also sells beads to help the brushes stand, but I was able to find some marbles and beads stashed somewhere that I was able to wash and dry before dumping into the bottom of the container. (Finished product is the top photo.)

It’s been several months, and I like that all my brushes are in one place AND covered. Next to getting a brush tree, this was the smartest purchase I’ve made for my tools. 🙂 I’ve seen similar products go on flash sale at Shopee, so you can patiently wait it out and earn coins to get a great deal on this!

FOTD: Peacock Moment

For the longest time, my deepest darkest beauty desire has been to pull off colorful eyeshadows. And it’s not for lack of trying in the past! I’ve been on the other side of the fence where improper application techniques have resulted in bruised-looking eyes. Isn’t that often the issue with blues, purples, reds, and greens?

After my past two years of neutrals galore, I think I’m ready to step into the light with playful color selections. I’ve gradually built my confidence by working with more and more pigmented shadows. I know from experience that striking shadows CANNOT be half-assed. As they say,
“Go big, or go home!” Hence, my attempt in using peacock colors as my inspiration.

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