REVIEW: Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Foundation

I think we can all agree that TikTok has the power to make or break beauty products—especially foundations. And one that I see on my For You page all the time is the Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Foundation. It’s gone viral so, of course, I just had to try it. Here, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on this trending product.

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REVIEW: Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation

I know—I’m extremely late to the party. Estée Lauder’s Double Wear is a product that beauty gurus would rave about when I started my makeup and beauty journey at 18. I never tried it back then and I eventually forgot about it, especially since there have been a lot of foundation releases since then. I also thought, could a foundation formula stand the test of time? Initially, I thought not, but this foundation is still one a ton of makeup artists, beauty editors, and casual makeup consumers swear by, so I finally decided to get myself a bottle a few months ago. And honestly? I’m a little obsessed. Read on to find out what I think about the Double Wear foundation.

The Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation claims to have a fresh matte oil-free formula that’s supposed to wear for 24 hours. It’s supposed to have medium-to-full buildable coverage that’s waterproof, sweat-, humidity-, and transfer-resistant, oil-controlling, and non-caking. It also claims that it won’t settle into fine lines and pores. This foundation has a lot of claims—basically, it’s supposed to be lifeproof while also being comfortable and lightweight. It comes in 55 shades and in a luxurious glass bottle. It doesn’t come with a pump, but you can buy that separately.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation

This foundation launched in 1997 and became a cult classic—and I finally understand why. Let’s talk about its formula first: It has a light, runny consistency that easily blends into the skin. I use a brush to buff it into my face and it doesn’t collect in my pores or streak across my skin. It feels pretty light and yet it delivers full coverage—something I really love about it! I was actually worried that it would feel drying, but it doesn’t at all.

As for its finish, I wouldn’t say it’s completely matte. It looks more satin and natural, which I don’t mind at all. It doesn’t look flat, nor does it look like a mask. It still looks like skin, only so so much better. I think the foundation was reformulated in 2012 or 2013, so I’m not sure how the original Double Wear was, but I’m super into the formula that’s being sold now. I use the shade 2W2 Rattan and it’s a really great match for my skin tone.

I wouldn’t say that the formula is completely transfer-proof. I noticed that it still transfers a bit when I wear a mask, but it doesn’t completely rub off. It also has decent oil-control abilities and I don’t really touch up or blot my face whenever I use it. It plays extremely well with the other makeup products I use, especially creams and liquids. It stays in place when I blend other products into it, so I don’t have to worry about my liquid blushes or highlighters removing the foundation.

Before and after using the Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation

I can’t speak on the 24-hour wear claim, but it does last a solid day of wear, especially when you set it. It also wears nicely and looks fresh even by the end of the day.

Overall, I highly recommend the Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation if you’re looking for a full-coverage, reliable base. I will say that I wish it already came with a pump (I noticed that the only thing that stops me from using the foundation more than I do is that I don’t feel like pouring it out all the time). But if you don’t mind having to pour it from the bottle or spending extra on a pump, then I think you’ll really love how this foundation will look and feel on your skin.

Full face using the Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation

The Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation is available on Lazada for P2,550.

REVIEW: Shiseido Self-Refreshing Skin Tint

2021 was truly the year of skin tints. Brands like Fenty Beauty and Huda Beauty launched their own skin tint ranges and others like Laura Mercier and Issy & Co. re-released their popular tints. One that I had my eye on ever since it was released internationally was the Shiseido Self-Refreshing Skin Tint. I’ve added a lot of Shiseido products to my collection in the past year, and their Radiant Lifting Foundation is actually one of my favorite foundations of all time. The skin tint is a welcome addition and in this post, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on it!

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REVIEW: Pat McGrath Labs MTHRSHP MEGA: Celestial Odyssey Palette

When Pat McGrath Labs launched its MTHRSHP MEGA: Celestial Divinity Palette last year, it was well-received and highly reviewed. The 18-pan palette came at a price point that was way more attainable than the brand’s iconic Mothership palettes. While it didn’t include Mother Pat’s special Blitz Astral formula, it still had rich, pigmented shades that were easy to use and it was a great way to try out the brand without having to shell out a ton of cash on eyeshadows. That’s why it came as no surprise when PMG launched another MTHRSHP MEGA palette for its 2021 Holiday collection: the Celestial Odyssey Palette. I’ve had mine for a while (I ordered it right when it launched on September 23) and I’ve used it a ton since I got it. Here, I’ll be sharing what I think about it.

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REVIEW: Issy & Co. Active Skin Tint And Active Concealer

I don’t think I had ever been more curious about a product than I was with the Issy & Co. Active Skin Tint. I mentioned in my Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint review that I’m not a tint kind of girl, but I always see this one on my feed and a lot of influencers that I trust use it, so I decided to try it out for myself. I got it during the brand’s 10.10 sale along with the Active Concealer, so I’ll be reviewing them both in this post.

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REVIEW: Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint

TBH, I’m not really a skin tint or tinted moisturizer kind of girl. I love full coverage bases. But Fenty Beauty piqued my curiosity when they came out with their Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint. I’ve never not loved a base by Fenty, but I waited to get this so that I could watch and read reviews about it and gauge its coverage level (and also, my shade had been out of stock for the longest time on I’ve finally been able to test it out and I’m ready to share my thoughts!

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How To Do Your Own Wedding Makeup + Bridal Makeup Ideas

If you really think about it, the classic bridal makeup look doesn’t look that different from a casual, everyday makeup look. Most of the time, they’re pretty indistinguishable—I’ve probably seen people wear more elaborate makeup looks on a night out than in actual weddings. And traditionally, bridal makeup looks are simple, fresh, and natural, so, in theory, a bride who knows how to apply their makeup should be able to do their look on their big day, right?

In spite of this, the bridal makeup industry is one of the most lucrative ones out there. And that’s because makeup artists don’t just know how to apply makeup, they also know how to make sure it lasts, how to make it look good in photos, and how to make a bride feel as confident as possible.

But if you’re thinking about doing your own makeup for your wedding, whether it’s because you want to lessen expenses or because you don’t feel like getting up close and personal with others during a global pandemic, then you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to let you in on some tips us MUAs practice so that you can also create the look you want and make sure it looks amazing on your special day. I’m also going to share with you some bridal makeup ideas that you can easily do yourself.

Practice as much as you can.

This, to me, is the most important advice I can give you. Bridal makeup and hair trials are a thing for a reason, after all. You need to practice to get the look you want for your wedding, and to make sure you’re truly happy with the look you decide on. And if you’re new to things like fake lashes or eyeliner, then you’ll definitely want to practice to get the hang of applying them.

Observe how your makeup wears.

Wear the makeup all day, take tons of photos (with your phone, with your camera, with flash, without flash—basically any possibility!), and take note of how the makeup looks and feels throughout the day. This will help you perfect your look, be quick yet intentional when you do your makeup on the wedding day itself, and add or eliminate products from your roster. Which brings me to my second point…

Experiment with different products.

Sure, a foundation might look good when your first apply it, but it could end up looking greasy or cakey as the day wears on. That’s why it’s important to try out different products when you’re coming up with your wedding makeup look—so you know which products work for you! Try to observe things like eyeshadow creasing, mascara running or getting clumpy, and powders and foundations gathering at lines. These are probably signs that you should switch products or use primers and setting sprays that will help them wear better. Also, try to avoid makeup with SPF. They could reflect light and flashback in photos!

Opt for waterproof makeup.

Waterproof mascaras, liners, and other products will be your best friends on your wedding day, especially if you think you’ll cry, LOL. Waterproof products can also withstand heat, which is especially helpful if you’re having your wedding outdoors or in the summer.

Embrace wear time-extending products.

Make sure you have products like setting sprays, setting powders, lip liners, and primers in your makeup arsenal. They might seem like extra (and unnecessary) steps, but they can make a huge different on how your makeup looks after 5 or 6 hours. On your wedding day, have blotting sheets and your lipstick with you so that you can get rid of shine without disturbing your makeup and reapply your lippie whenever necessary.

If you’re still figuring out the look you want to wear on your wedding, check out these bridal makeup ideas:

Classic Bridal Makeup

This is a look that you might normally see on brides. Defined, shimmery eyes, nude-pink lips, and a lit-from-within glow are just some identifiable features of this look.

Soft Glam Bridal Makeup

This look is similar to classic bridal makeup, but with a bit more oomph. The eyes are a bit darker and more defined and the nude lip takes on a deeper color.

Cat Eye + Red Lip Bridal Makeup

Who said you can’t wear red lipstick on your wedding day? When you pair it with neutral eyeshadow and winged liner, you get a different yet still timeless bridal look.

Natural Bridal Makeup

For those who love no makeup-makeup looks, this one’s for you! It still has fun touches like shimmery shadow and long lashes, but it’s brought down to earth with taupe eyeliner and a MLBB lip color.

Earthy Bridal Makeup

If you want a very low-key pop of color, try khaki green eyeshadow! I tried this on a friend during her bridal makeup trial and it looked really lovely. The best part? The color is still neutral enough to go with any makeup you decide to wear.

Dramatic Bridal Makeup

If you’re someone who likes to stand out, try adding glitter to your eye look (just make sure to use a really good primer and glitter glue)! And who said you can’t wear red lips with a bold eye? The key is to keep the look balanced by going easy on the blush.

These are just some bridal makeup ideas you can try! Feel free to mix and match eye and lip looks and experiment with your complexion. I personally love luminous skin, but you might prefer more matte or satin looks, which is perfectly fine! The right look will make you feel beautiful and confident on your wedding day, whether you’re hiring a makeup artist or doing your makeup yourself. Congratulations and good luck!

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How To Do Winged Liner For Hooded Eyes

Drawing your eyeliner when you have hooded eyes can be a struggle, especially if you don’t want the liner to disappear when you open your eyes. Personally, I often forego liner to make sure that my colorful eyeshadow can be seen, but sometimes, a good cat eye can definitely elevate a look. Read on to find out how I draw my winged liner on my hooded eyes.

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Beauty Roundup: My Top Picks For Bronzers

One step I never miss when I do my makeup is bronzer, and that’s because it can do a lot of things for your face. It can add warmth to your complexion, sculpt your face, and even correct a base that’s too light for you. Seriously, applying bronzer can take your makeup from pale and flat to sun-kissed and dimensional in seconds.

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REVIEW: Rare Beauty Liquid Touch Weightless Foundation

Another day, another Rare Beauty review. And it might be like this for a while since I know a lot of people are curious about the brand (and also because I just purchased a lot of makeup from them hehe). In this post, I’ll be talking about the Rare Beauty Liquid Touch Weightless Foundation. Other than the Stay Vulnerable Melting Blush, I think this foundation is something a lot of people are interested in. Read on to find out my thoughts about this base!

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