Friday, February 17, 2017

KICHO Color Plant Brush Kit Review

In doing makeup it is important to have the right tools and even with a limited number of brushes on hand you can create a full face makeup look. The KICHO Color Plant Brush Kit is a 5 piece brush kit that will help you apply your makeup flawlesslessy.

Beautifully designed in white and silver combination, these synthetic fiber brushes are perfect for travel and to add on to your brush stash.

Powder brush - rounded brush that evenly applies all types of powders (loose, pressed, mineral) with a flawless finish. This is a multi-function brush and on days where I don't use foundation, I would apply concealer on areas where I need it and finish up with a light dusting of powder. This powder brush is so soft and I find that it applies powders flawlessly and doesn't make it look patchy. The shape and roundness of the brush also is perfect for blush application especially if you have a focused area. Bronzing with this brush is also good although not for precise contouring.

Shadow brush - all around eye shadow brush for applying and blending color. This brush is thick and fluffy which is good for all over lid application and blending. I prefer using this kind of brush to apply my brow bone highlight shade or to apply a neutral shade all over the lids for easy blending. You can also use this for nose contouring which I'm very much fond of.

Smudge brush - flat headed brush with tight, short bristles for applying dark powder, cream eye shadows and pencils. An eye brush ideal for smudging. This brush is a little bit disappointing in my opinion. I wish it is a little bit thicker and stubbier. Although it has flat and has short bristles, it is on the thinner than what I would like a smudge brush to be. It has too much "give" and it honestly didn't quite give me a smudged effect when I used it as that, however, I found that I was actually a good brush for lining my eyes. Because it was thin, flat and wide, I was able to line my upper lash line without a problem.

Concealer brush - thin, round lipped brush for precise application of concealer. A very typical concealer brush, great for spot concealing and for carving out brows. Also, this can be used as a flat shader brush for application of shadows.

Eyeliner brush - a slim, finely tapered brush with firm bristles for flawless and precise application of eyeliner. A great eyeliner brush but I discovered that it is great for lip lining as well. It's tapered shape makes it perfect for sculpting the lips especially of you're applying deep shades. You can also use this brush to apply inner eye corner highlight and more spot concealing.

Brushes are not limited to what they are named for. You can definitely experiment on how to use them differently to suit your needs. Since I travel a lot I bring multi-purpose brushes to save space and I like how these KICHO Brushes are so multi-functional.  My favorite is the shadow brush just because I can apply shadow and easily blend them out with it.

Overall very happy with these brushes and it is actually the first time having white brushes that I'm OCD with maintaining them as clean as possible, which is not happening if you're using makeup everyday!

*This product was sent to me for review but as always, my reviews are honest and based on my own opinions and experience.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Chinese New Year 2017 Makeup Look

Celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year on January 28, 2017, I'm bringing to you an easy Chinese makeup look. All you really need is a hot pink or red blush.

I've always been proud of being a Filipino but I also can't deny (and it shows on my facial features) having Chinese and Spanish mix, although one appears more prominent than the other. I can't remember ever attending a Chinese event until I was in college but those were more of partying rather than enjoying Chinese culture. In this blog post I am wearing an old cheongsam of mine from high school which I wore for school activities. I have actually ordered a cheongsam from Amazon for this post but it turned out to be the wrong size and coincidentally my mom is going to a Chinese themed event soon and the cheongsam I ordered fits her so that dress isn't going to waste at all.

Let's get started on the makeup which is easier than it looks. 

  • Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation in Shade 2.25 - Apply a lightweight foundation that is one shade lighter than your skin tone. Asian makeup particularly, Japanese, Chinese and Korean favor a fair skintone for their makeup base. If you are using a lighter or darker foundation, make sure you blend down to the neck for a seamless look. I have a light-medium complexion so I just used my regular foundation instead of using lighter shade.
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Medium and Sand - I always layer Medium and Sand concealers to cancel out my dark circles and to brighten the under eye area. If you have really dark under eye circles,you might want to color correct with a peach or orange shade before you apply your concealer. The Maybelline Fit Me in Medium has a peachy undertone that slightly cancels out the darkness so thats what I use as a color corrector. 

  • NYX Cream Blush in Glow - The main part of this makeup look is the blush. It has been on trend lately in Korean and Japanese makeup to apply blush right below the eyes and higher on top of the cheekbones. As I was researching traditional Chinese makeup looks, this was how traditional Chinese makeup was actually done. I used a bright pink cream blush as a base for the two other blushes. This will make the colors pop and stay on for a longer period of time. Tip: Layering makeup is always the way to go to extend makeup wear.
  • Hikari Blush in Tango - Tango is the brightest pink blush that I own so I layered this on top of Glow. I applied this on the highest point of my cheeks, right below the eyes and blending it towards the back of my cheeks.
  • Becca Cosmetics Blush in Fowerchild - I could actually stop with just using Glow and Tango, but adding Flowerchild right on top and on the front part of the cheeks gives the blush a different dimension and a more blended look because of the peachy undertone that this blush has. 
  • Becca Cosmetics Highlighter in Champagne Pop - a light dusting of highlighter on top of the blush gives it a more glowy look. Also apply this on the tip of the nose.

  • Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette - Using the shade Shadowplay which is the middle contour color, I used it to contour my cheeks ever so lightly. This look doesn't need drastic contour but only to add a little dimension to the face. Using a small blending brush, I used the shade Sombre, which is the contour shade to the left as my nose contour to slim my nose slightly. 

  • Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in Medium Brown - A full, slightly arched brows is beautiful with this makeup look.

  • Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette - The eyes are very simple, I just applied the shade Tempera, a satin cream shade all over the lids and the shade Love Letter, a deep fuchsia pink, on the outer half of the lids. I concentrated Love Letter right by the lash line and just bended it out with a blending brush for a blended look. I also added Cyprus Umber, the chocolate shade on the outer half of my lower lash line to round my eyes more and add dimension. 

  • Sephora Waterproof Eyeliner in Black - I used this eyeliner only on my upper waterline for  fuller looking lashes
  • Kanebo Kate Spider Liner - Line your eyes but only make a small, extended wing. Do not flick upwards to make a cat eye and don't make it too long and dramatic. We want only a small, extended wing.
  • Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes Waterproof Mascara - Curl the lashes and apply a coat of mascara to prep for false lashes!
  • Ardell Demi Pixies - I'm using the Demi Pixies for a spiky looking lashes. We don't want overly dramatic or full lashes with this look but we want a spiky, natural looking lash.

  • MAC Riri Woo Lipstick - If I were to stay true to traditional Chinese makeup look, I would conceal my lips and draw smaller lips and apply a bright red lipstick, but I didn't do that mainly because I am very happy with my lip shape. I could probably make my bottom lips more narrow to stay true to the makeup look but the natural shape of my lips isn't that bad with the makeup look so I just decided to forego entirely drawing my lips and apply a red lipstick.

For the hair, here's my inspiration:

What do you think about this look? You think I nailed it? ^^

I would like to thank Fenny of LadiesJournal for the idea of doing a Chinese New Year makeup look. Please visit her and tell her I sent you! 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Influenster x Marc Jacobs Liquid Lip Creme & (P)outliner Review

For the first blog post of 2017, I', reviewing items thanks to Influenster and Marc Jacobs, I received a complimentary gift of the Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme and their (P)outliner! 

I am gonna start off with the review of the (P)outliner which has already been out released for quite a while now, but was sent as a bonus product with the Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme campaign. 

The packaging is very much in line with the aesthetics of all the other Marc Jacobs beauty products. Silver and black with the shade color at the end of the pencil which makes it easy to distinguish without having to take out the cap.

The shade I received is in (Nude)ist. A perfect nude-brown lip color. It is actually only slightly darker than my actual lip color so I enjoy it very much. Having a nude lip liner shade is great to layer on every lipstick color. You definitely can't go wrong.

It is retractable so you don't have to worry about having to bring a sharpener in your makeup bag and sharpening it. 

The (P)outliner is gel based and collagen infused. It is smooth, creamy and glides on easily on the lips. I had no bad thing to say this liner. It is everything that I want in a lip liner. What's even better is that you can wear it on it's own and you're good to go!


Now to the main event, The Marc Jacobs Le Mark Liquid Lip Creme. It is formulated with Brazilian cupuaƧu butter and collagen for a rich and creamy texture that keeps the lips moisturized. It also claims to be an 8-hour wear lip product. 

The Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme is in a black tube with a little peekaboo hole for shade reference. It has a thicker doe foot applicator for good measure! ^^

I received the shade 450 Yours To Try, a nude pale peach shade, reminds me of a creamsicle actually. I personally don't like this shade on me because I overall look sick with this color. It just didn't suit my skin tone. It's such a bummer because the formula is actually pretty good. It is a bit thicker than the other lip creme type lip products that I've tried before. It doesn't dry to a matte finish. It remains creamy, like a creamy, thick gloss if you can't imagine it. It is very pigmented and moisturizing on the lips. Although it claims to be an 8-hour wear product, I don't believe that that is correct since this only lasted a good 3 hours maximum on me and even less with eating and drinking.

I do think that the Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme is quite a good product however, it does not live up to the 8-hour wear claim and the shade I received wasn't suited on my skin. A darker shade would be better suited on me or at least something that matches the (P)outliner in (Nude)ist. The lip liner is amazing though and that is something that I really love!

*This product was sent to me for review but as always, my reviews are honest and based on my own opinions and experience.**

Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 Holiday Glam Makeup Collaboration with Fenny of Ladies Journal

December is almost over and as we're rounding up the last of the holiday season, I decided to do a Holiday Makeup Collaboration with one of the first blogger friends I've ever had, Fenny of Ladies Journal. I am also currently celebrating my 5th Blog Anniversary and if you guys don't know, I'm having a giveaway for this event - you can head over to my Instagram, @urhappybunnie, to join and see this blog post for more details. 

Anyway, as I said, Fenny is one of my first blogger friends and when she asked me to do a collab with her, I immediately said yes! I used to have this series in my blog called Ur Made Up Face, which features bloggers and their Face of the Day and Fenny was kind enough to join me in that endeavor (Fenny UMUF). Over the years, we have kept in contact through Instagram and Facebook. She has done so well with blogging, being a beauty ambassador and a pole enthusiast, that she has made quite a name for herself in those fields in both Indonesia and Singapore. She's one of the ultimate beauty influencers that I know of and look up to. She's a lady in a complete package: beautiful, smart, and very humble. 

Today's holiday glam look is a vibrant, pretty in pink look inspired by this crushed velvet pink top that I'm wearing. Reds and pinks have been quite hot for the beauty community towards the latter half of 2016 so what better way than to pay homage to these shades than to use them for the end-of-the-year makeup look. 

I used quite a lot of products for this makeup look so here it goes.


  • J.One Jelly Pack - I have yet to do a full review on this product but as much as it is a skin care item, it is also great to use as a primer for it's pore-smoothing properties. It minimizes the look of pores on your skin and it grips foundation really well for longevity. Just apply it to clean and moisturized face and concentrate on areas where you have more pores. 
  • Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation in Shade 2.25 - This is a recent foundation purchase but I can attest to it's long wearing claims. Also, despite being hydrating, it also has a matte finish. It is also lightweight but very buildable. The Studio Skin Foundation is formulated to make the skin look great in any lighting so it is perfect for the endless photo ops on your holiday parties.
  • Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in Medium and Sand - These concealers have been my go to concealers for the longest time and have been used in a lot of my makeup looks in this blog. Medium is the closest shade to my skin and I apply it first to cancel out the darkness underneath my eyes. After blending, I apply Sand on top for a brighter under eye.
  • Laura Mercier Transluscent Setting Powder - I'm not huge on the baking technique although I use it from time to time. I actually didn't do any baking in this look but you are welcome to do so if it tickles your fancy. I just dusted my whole face using a large powder brush with the setting powder.
  • Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette - Using the shade Shadowplay which is the middle contour color, I used it to contour my cheeks, jaw and temples. Using a small blending brush, I used the shade Sombre, which is the contour shade to the left as my nose contour. 
  • Hikari Blush in Tango - This is the brightest and most pigmented bright pink blush I own. This shade perfectly mimics that "out in the cold" flushed look, which you probably don't need if you live in areas where the temperature has been quite frigid. Apply on the apples of your cheeks and blend it towards the back of your cheek.
  • Becca Cosmetics Champagne Pop Higlighter - Using the famous highlighter from Becca and Jaclyn Hill to top off the festive mood, apply it on the tops of your cheeks, on the bridge of your nose and Cupid's bow. 

Ardell Brow Pomade in Medium Brown - I really haven't done any changes in my brow routine. I am still using this brow pomade since I discovered it's wonders early this year. I used Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Sand to clean up the brows for a more defined look. This is he only step I added in my brow routine. 

The techniques I used for this eye look is very basic although it contains a lot of blending. Always remember that we all have different eye shapes so even if you follow step by step procedure in any makeup tutorial, you wouldn't be able to achieve the exact same feel and look. Being Asian, I have small, slightly hooded eyes. I do have double eyelids but it is very small unlike most people thus, I also have smaller lid space. I used shadows from three palettes, The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette, Juvia's Place Nubian Palette and the Urban Decay Urban Addictions Palette.

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden - Apply all over the lids and blend out. Set this with a transluscent powder or a bone colored eyeshadow. I usually use Lucid or Lyric from the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette just to set this area. You may, of course, skip this step, but it makes blending easier and if you are not the best with blending this is really helpful.

  • ABH Modern Renaissance Palette Burnt Orange and Raw Sienna -  Using a fluffy blending brush and mixing both shades, apply above the crease as a transition and blending color. Blend well.
  • Juvia's Place Palette - Using the bottom third shade from the palette, deepen up the crease with a precise contour or dome brush. Blend well with a blending brush. Use the third shadow from the second row and the second shade from the bottom row to warm up and deepen the crease even more. Use a smaller blending brush to blend everything out.
  • ABH Modern Renaissance Palette Primavera - Use a flat shadow brush and apply this on the blank area of your lid. Pack in the color and use the blending brush you used for the crease to blend Primavera and the crease color seamlessly.
  • Juvia's Place Palette (bottom third shadow) and ABH Modern Renaissance Palette Venetian Red - Apply these two shades on the bottom lash line, leaving the inner third clean. Take a blending brush and blend out the colors to soften it up.

  • Urban Decay Urban Addictions Palette Fireball - This iridescent, peach-pink shift shadow is applied on the inner corner of the eyes with a pencil brush.
  • Sephora Waterproof Eyeliner in Black - Tightline and apply on the waterline
  • Kanebo Kate Spider Liner - Line your eyes  (do your favorite flick!)
  • Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes Waterproof Mascara - Curl the lashes and apply a coat of mascara to prep for false lashes!
  • Red Cherry Lashes in Harley

MAC Lipstick in Riri Woo - This is my perfect red holiday lipstick! 

I hope you like this look holiday glam look.  Don't forget to visit Fenny at Ladies-Journal and see how she created her look! 

You still have time to join my 5th Anniversary Giveaway so hurry on to Instagram @urhappybunnie to join! It ends December 31st and open internationally.

This is my last post for 2016 and I'll see you in 2017 for more blog posts! Happy New Year my loves!