Monday, October 25, 2010

Elianto Concealer


Didn't know I'll be bumping into an Elianto booth at Landmark Makati today. I've read so many reviews about their cream concealer and since then, I can't wait to try it. And I'm happy I was able to buy their concealer in No. 2 today. :)

Will post swatches and review about it soon!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Ellana's Retractable Kabuki Brush

This Retractable Kabuki Brush has been a friend to me since summer 2010. I bought it before the start of 2010 classes. At first, I find it very luxurious to buy a P500 worth brush, (I just have to be) but Ellana's Kabuki Brush served me better than I imagined a P500 worth brush would do. It's simply amazing! It's not just skin-friendly, it's pocket-friendly also. :)

Ellana's Retractable Kabuki Brush

The more I wash it, the more it becomes soft!  (I wash it weekly to avoid rashes caused by bacteria accumulated through out the week and no shedding after the first wash)

I'm loving how it serves as my powder brush, blush brush, concealer brush and setting brush! All in a versatile, silver-cased Kabuki Brush. I retract only the upper portion of the bristles when I apply my concealer powder. As for the Foundation, Finishing and Blush, I retract the bristles fully and apply my minerals in a circular motion. :)

After washing

What amazes me more is seeing the same retractable brush in Body Shop (Body Shop's retractable brush is just sleeker and shorter) which costs P1,2++! (I'm not sure If I remembered it's price correctly but the price ranges from 1,100 to 1,900) I just forgot the exact amount.

BS Retractable Brush

Anyways, the exact amount is not important anymore, all I know is I got Ellana's Retractable Kabuki Brush in just half of a one thousand peso. I realized, Ellana brushes are not pricey at all and they're worth more than their prices. :))

Four thumbs up to Ellana and their uber soft brushes!!! Just hope Ellana will manufacture pro brush-sets (12-pc or more) in the future...

Friday, October 15, 2010

Ellana Blushes

So far, these are the blushes from Ellana which I think suit my medium warm-toned skin -- Bliss, Lust and Cupid. The first one I purchased was Bliss.

Bliss is a terracotta reddish brown shade. I thought it would be the best for a medium warm skin tone but the color was too pigmented and I actually don't like my blush to be very loud and noticeable. I want my blush simple yet giving me the glow I need. So, I just use the bliss blush to contour or I control the amount when I use it. It's really very pigmented.

Lust. A Peach Pink shade with a sheer Gold Shimmer. I love this shade. It really has a sheer gold shimmer with it. But the shimmer is subtle and beautiful. It complements my warm/ golden undertone. :)
I use it almost everyday. It's my regular mineral blush. :)

Cupid is a light rose pink shade with a sheer pink shimmer. I like it also. The color is simple and light. Not too loud for me. I wanted to use up my Lust Blush first before using it though. It's my second option aside from Lust. I love it's sheer pink shimmer too. :)

Here are the swatches:

L to R: Bliss, Lust and Cupid
The left parts are brushed and blended swatches along side the darker swatches.

Generally, what I like about Ellana blushes are they glide well on the skin. The colors also are so many that you get a chance to choose the best for your skin tone. I'm so loving Ellana's blushes in Bliss, Lust and Cupid! ;)

Butter Rum Coffee Hiliter

I'm also starting to use Ellana's silk glow hiliter in Butter Rum Coffee. I followed the advise of pro make-up artists to highlight the cheekbones, the brow bone, nose bridge and the upper lip. And I'll be using the hiliter regularly from now on. Practice will do the magic. :)