Current Loves

These are my most used current favorites :) My opinion on products change like there's no tomorrow, but at the moment - these are the products I reach for the most and really like :)
1. Beauty Credit - Lovely Powder Pact Matt
2. Stila Eye shadow - Wheat (pearlescent beige)
3. OPI - Got a Date To-Knight
4. Sigma large Angled Brush - SS168
5. MAC - Strobe Cream
6. YSL Golden Gloss - 1 Simply Golden
7. MAC Lustre Lipstick - Syrup
8. The Face Shop - Color to cheek PK102 (shine)
10. Lancome Artliner - Precision Point Liner (Noir)
11. IMJU - Fiberwig Mascara


1. Beauty credit lovely powder pact Matt

I never had a problem with this. I usually don't set my foundation because it usually causes crusting and clogging around my big pores (especially on my nose!). But lately, I've been using a big brush to lightly brush the powder on my cheeks and forehead.
I really like the soft satin texture, and it keeps my face pretty matte all day long :D


2. Stile Eyeshadow in Wheat
It is a pearlescent beige (or more like a nudy-lighty taupe color) that adds a nice sheen to my lids without making it look dirty. I like it more than the kitten shadow and it is good for those that want that shimmery, nude e/s look.
It reminds me of nars's cyprus shadow, but stila swatches much more shimmery and pigmented than cyprus.

While talking about cyprus and wheat - I'm going to also include..

9. Dior Eye Show in 622 undressed beige
here's a swatch of nars, stila and dior all next to each other.

As you can see I'm really into nude tones lately :p Cyprus has a weak pigmentation and less shimmer, dior eye show is a creamy non-creasing shadow that has subtle shimmers in it. When applied alone, dior eye show doesn't show up well. It's better to use the dior as a base to make the stila wheat pop.

Here's the synergy effect it has when applied under wheat.
It makes the stila stand out to its max and amplifies the nice colors of the shadow.

I use both of them together as an all-over color on my lid :)


3. OPI Got a date to-knight
OMG!!!!!!!!!! I LOVEEEEEEEE this shade!!
it's such a pretty, girly color, and it's NOT "another pink shade".
The texture is like jelly and it applies really thin. you have to do at least 2-3 coats for the color to thicken up. It really reminds me of MAC's viva glam lady gaga. It has a cool undertone to it and blends really well with my skin color. It's such a girly color, I am definitely willing to buy back-ups over and over again.


4. Sigma Large Angled Brush - SS 168
I take it back about the SS187 brush. That thing started to leak on me again, and I am not very fond of it anymore. Instead this brush has really grown on me. It's the large angled brush and I use it for my blush rather than bronzers.
It's made of goat hair, and it's pretty soft for a goat hair brush. It doesn't give me that itchy feeling and I am really happy how well this brush blends my blush.


5. MAC Strobe Cream

This is the best smelling thing ever! I wish the scent could last a bit longer through out the day - but anyway, it feels euphoric when I apply this to my skin. I use it mostly to make my face dewy. I apply it before my foundation (I usually use medium to light coverage foundation nowadays since it's getting hotter) and it gives me a subtle glow. As you can see on the left swatch, the cream has a pink hue to it. But when it's spread out (like the swatches on the right), he pinkish color disappears and only a nice sheen is left.


6. YSL Golden Gloss - 1.Simply Golden
It's a gold gloss with huge, sparkly gold flecks in it. It doesn't necessarily go well with vibrant lipsticks (like girl about town, fuchsia colors, etc. imo), but it does give a very classy, glamourous gloss when applied on nude shades or bare lips. It's not sticky nor watery. I love the tip too (it's a short synthetic brush). It's firm enough not to flick gloss when a lot of pressure is applied. I usually don't go for golds, browns or that part of the color group, but I am really happy I got this.


7. MAC Lustre lipstick - Syrup
One of the most mentioned in "my favorite lipsticks" videos and it seems to be a staple lipstick for so many people, but for some reason it seems to be a very low-key lipstick. A lot of people know snob, angel, saint germain, hug me, myth and so on, but this shade is barely mentioned compared to how much it's loved.
I guess it's because it is more on the subtle side. On the MAC website, they describe is as a "cloudy pink", and a lot of people say that it is almost identical to Viva Glam VI (s/e). I don't have the VGVI (s/e) to compare, but whatevers.. I really really like this lipstick. When I first bought it I bought it because a lot of people raved about it and I thought it was too dark on me. So I put it aside for a while, and when I was looking for a natural lip color, I gave this lipstick a second chance and after that, this is all I've been using. On top of that, I actually ran out and bought a back up.
The finishing is a Lustre finish and it feels extremely moisturizing compared to other MACs that tend to dry out the lips. Throughout the day if you are talking a lot (or drinking and eating without any touch ups), the sheen will definitely go away, but the color will still remain.
If you need a natural lip color (and nothing crazy that's screaming for attention), this is such a nice shade. A lot of people rave about Viva Glam V being one of those colors, but if you don't like the frostiness and dark brownish tint of the VGV, I would definitely recommend Syrup. That's how much I like this lipstick :D I recommended it! I usually hesitate on aggressively recommending stuff, but I actually really recommend this x)


8. TheFaceShop - Color to cheek PK102 Shine
Usually I buy stuff and use it only a couple of times and then forget about it. This blush was one of those things too. I love pink blushes, but my initial impression was very "blehh" and I didn't like the chalky texture of this. So, I never really reached for it until a while ago.
I was flipping through a magazine and I saw this model using this exact blush. So I dug this out and applied with with the Sigma SS168 brush. It wasn't as chalky as I remembered it - probably because I used it on my cheeks instead of my arm where I have a lot of fur that gets chunked up with the blush.
I do have to say.. it's nothing special. It is just a pink blush - which is a bit more pink and pigmented than MAC's well dressed (one of my favorite blushes). It doesn't have the silver flecks like well dressed, so it gives you that rosy pink look and not the shiny glow look. I think it's a great blush for spring and summer since it makes your face look cooler (than warmer).

...Or maybe I just like pink stuff that have cool undertones to it because it compliments my skin tone :p


and last but not least
10. Lancome Artliner - Noir
I got this because of Lorraine in one of her videos. It is nice. I like how the tip is rigid and spongy at the same time. The formula itself is good too. It dries quickly, and doesn't smudge once it's on there. It seems water resistant, since I had it swatched on my hand all day long and washed my hands a zillion times, and it was still there are night.
The only down fall is, it is like a marker, and not like a pencil or gel liner where the formula mixes with a dark shadow (if applied) and blends. Once the formula is dried, that is it. You can't blend in a shadow on top of it. So if you are like me and you like smudging your liner a bit with a shadow, this isn't going to work. It' more for cat eyes and clean, crisp liners :)

This is a picture of me with..
Beauty Credit pact on top of Hera HD foundation (notice how the cheeks are still quite nice compared to the oily nose); MAC Syrup lipstick; Dior + Stila combo all over the lid; Lancome Artliner (on lid and MUFE aqua eyes on lower) and thefaceshop blush (pk102 - all faded away).

This picture was taken 8 hours after the initial application (with an exception of the lipstick - it was touched up once 3 hours before the picture was taken) with no touch ups. I think the products are held pretty good :)
Like I mentioned, the syrup lipstick has lost its shine (since I was eating, talking and drinking through out the day), but you can see the color still remaining on the lips :D


All right, I think that's about it.
I didn't cover the fiberwig mascara since I've already did a review on it before.

Hope this helped you guys out!

I've tried to film a tutorial today, but miserably failed. I think it just wasn't my day today. Hopefully I will be able to film/edit/upload a tutorial tomorrow.

Catalina