Category: Beauty

Guess That Beauty Blogger!

While I usually don’t have anyone specific in mind when I do my makeup, it makes sense that I draw most of my beauty inspiration from my favorite Philippine-based reads. I hardly pick up a magazine anymore so if anyone is teaching me how to do makeup these days, it’s the fifteen or so girls I read regularly.

Last week when I was importing photos into my portable drive, I saw an old FOTD shot and thought, “Oh, this look totally reminds me of _____.” This was not a one-off thought. In fact, noting the subconscious influence of other Filipina beauty bloggers — or even just amusing similarities — in my looks has happened a few times since last year.

It’s interesting how bloggers can be associated with certain styles and techniques. Over time we learn what works and what doesn’t, and hone our looks accordingly. Or, in some cases, poses! Beauty bloggers may not have to contort themselves the way fashion bloggers do, but we definitely keep to our signature angles. By signature angle, I mean that from this angle, I’m Beyonce but two degrees to the left and I’m Danny Devito.

Actually, I bet my “signature” is my chronic bitchface. If you ever want to emulate it, simply look as though someone just dropped a deuce on your shoes.

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to gather what I had and play a little game. Can you guess which look corresponds to which beauty blogger?

I hope this post is taken in the spirit in which it is intended. I’m a fan of all the beauty bloggers ‘featured’ and I hope they’ll appreciate the tribute. For everyone else, it’s time tooooooooooo Guess That Beauty Blogger! 

Blogger 1

Hint

When it comes to rich smokey eyes and pale pink lips, this blogger is a maestro. She’s a fan of Burberry and NARS, and wields a spatula as skillfully as she does a makeup brush. She will cut you with her stare, and has no patience for idiots on Youtube. Or idiots in general.

Blogger 2

Hint

I can’t decide what I want more: this new mom’s gorgeous bone structure or her impeccable style. I guess in her line of business, having an eye for aesthetics is crucial. Lipstick is her weakness, but she can pull off anything (and does).

Blogger 3

Hint

I look forward to seeing her regular FOTDs on Instagram, and it helps that she’s always smiling in them! This blogger rotates her products frequently to showcase daily office looks as well as more glamorous, dramatic styles. Name a red lipstick; she’ll make it work.

Blogger 4

Hint

This blogger is blatantly cheating the system because she doesn’t even need makeup to look good XD. With her emphasis on dewy skin, soft shimmery eye makeup and (as of the moment) nude or MLBB lips, her looks are sweet as honey.

Now for the reveals: 

Blogger 1

romz

It’s Romz of Run Barbie Run! Before reading her I was terrified of wearing lipstick colors lighter than my skin, but she’s taught me that when paired with deep rich browns and dramatic shimmer, they work beautifully. That photo made me think of Romz because of the dark background, too!

Blogger 2

ae

Ae of An Artechoke is my go-to girl for subtle and refined glam. When Ae wears her hair in a low side bun, she looks like she could sweep from the office straight to a dinner party/art show opening. When I wear my hair in a low side bun, my mom asks me if the labandera look is in. (IT IS, MOM).

Blogger 3

juvy

I was hoping the coy pose might give it away, haha! It’s Juvy of Plump Cheeks! Seriously, she can work any lip color, in any finish!

Blogger 4

mariana

Last but not least, Mariana of The Beauty BeeI love how her base always looks lightweight and luminous in all the right places, and she’s taught me that smokey eyes don’t have to be all-out dark to be effective in adding dimension.

How did you do? Did you see any similarities or did I miss the mark completely? There are some more bloggers whose…uh, essences I wanted to emulate (that sounds super creepy and all Hannibal-y, but it’s midnight here and can’t think of a better phrase) but I didn’t have time to sit down and do it properly. Plus, I think it’s more fun when it happens organically! Thank for you indulging me in this randomness.

Revisiting Winged Liner: How to Make Your Eyeballs Fly

It didn’t occur to me until very recently that I was doing winged eyeliner wrong.

Not wrong, maybe, but not…optimally. I always erred on the side of conservative, ending with a slight curve at the very corner of the eye, yet stupidly wondering why I couldn’t achieve the same “uplifted” look that other girls had.

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Like this but less fierce. Source

As my guru idol Baby Smiley/Glowpinkstah instructs in her iconic Chola tutorial, “The wings of the liner will take you higher.”

My wings were more like uplifted smiles, which is oh-so-lovely and poetic until you realize that smiles don’t get you in the fucking air. I didn’t want smiles on my eyes. I wanted to soar like a goddamn falcon.

Baby wings.

But it was not meant to be, until one morning a few weeks ago when I was midway through a winged line. Amidst other profound thoughts (sandwich flavors ranked by mayo content, fanfiction ideas for obscure fandoms you’ll never know, and how to eliminate odors from trash bins) I decided, on a whim, to end the line sooner, and to flick at the most ridiculous angle I could imagine.

Obviously, my imagination was a bit stunted, because what resulted was a perfectly normal — dare I say, more than passable — winged line.

Now these are wings!

I think the issue is that the shape of my eyes requires the illusion of an uplifting boost, which is why I shouldn’t extend the wing all the way to the edge of the eye. Stopping just before the corner means that the main detail in the look – the flick itself – never sinks lower than the eye.

Also, because my eyelids are hooded, I need to begin with a steep angle so that when my eyes are open the flick “settles” into a more modest angle. I draw the flick at about 90 degrees from the slant of the outer corner, or roughly 45 degrees if based on a horizontal line across the eye.For a less crooked flick, I make a thicker line. It looks a little silly when my lids are lowered, but I’ll take the silliness some times for a decent wing most of the time.

I’ve also taken to “starting” the liner about half a centimeter from the inner corner from the eye. “Starting” is in quotations because I actually start with the flick, then sweep it towards the inner corner to make an outline, then fill in the edge. This is no innovative technique – I think several people do this already. I do it because there’s no point taking it to the inner corners, which are hidden behind the folds of my lids. I also think it lends to the illusion of looking more awake, which is my forever quest.

In this look, I’m using the K-Palette 1 Day Magic Liquid Eyeliner*. This liner lets me exert a huge amount of control and easily draw both thick and thin lines. I love that it’s a strong opaque black too and is pretty long-lasting. I regret not stocking up on this in Manila, as it’s the only thing I can count on at the moment to make these wings!

There’s nothing wrong with the original examples, and I’ll likely use them for other looks, but I’m really enjoying the look of the upturned flick. Also, this look is my current “makeup uniform” — I think I wear winged liner 4-5 days of the week now, with a random selection of Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks for dimension.

What are your tips on drawing a winged line? Are there any workarounds you have to do to accommodate your eye shape?

FOTD: And God Created the Smokey Eye

There are only two palettes I use regularly these days: Urban Decay Naked 2 and NARS And God Created the Woman. These, along with the Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Sticks make up 98% of my eye makeup. Do they make for riveting, adventurous makeup looks? No. Do they suit my current needs to not be insane about makeup? Absolutely.

For now, let us pay tribute to the high priestess of enablement, Carina, for introducing me to the NARS palette a year or so ago. At the time it was a sold-out limited edition item, but when it resurfaced months later around my birthday I saw it as a heavenly sign. Thus prophesied the Sephora shopping cart: “God hath created the woman, and so God shall bestow unto thee the best goddamn smokey eye to ever befall thy beady eyeballs.”

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I’m not going to review the palette, but suffice to say that it’s more than wonderful. There isn’t a single off shade in the palette, and it’s small and self-contained enough to be your sole eye makeup travel item. It’s roughly the size of an iPhone 6 — maybe even a bit shorter!

Compact with a rich shade selection, this is probably the best palette for smokey eyes. And while you can use each shade independently or apply lighter eye looks, I tend to use this palette exclusively for that purpose.

The Look

For this look in November I think I used Kalahari (top right) as a base with my finger, then Galapagos (bottom left) on the outer third of the eye swept up over the crease with a fluffy domed crease brush, but going slightly over the crease as well. This results in Galapagos appearing more like the base shade with the Kalahari shimmer poking beneath.

Then I used a small stiff dome brush to apply Coconut Grove on the outer edge of the eye, blending in towards the lid. I use the same brush to run Coconut Grove over the lower lashline. Add eyeliner and mascara on upper and lower lashes and complete.

I don’t remember exactly what products were used, but I know the following to be true:

  • The blush is Hourglass Diffused Heat
  • Lipstick is NARS Montego Bay
  • There was a lot of Hourglass Ambient Powder action going on – likely a mix of Mood Light and the Ambient Light Palette.
  • I did attempt to contour with Clinique Brow Shaper in Shaping Taupe, with a sweep of Burberry’s Warm Glow beneath for…warmth.

Anyway, the palette is the highlight. I love how easy it is to do this eye look – no thinking required, which is exactly what I need my makeup to be these days.

The JuRo Salon Experience: How Two Stylists Perfected Bespoke Hair

The door to JuRo Salon — or a version of it, anyway — swung open. I looked up, surprised to find the hairstyling power duo Jude Hipolito and Rose Velasco already standing by the door, greeting me warmly. They ushered me to a small dining table, where a light breakfast had been laid out: tea cakes, fruit, and organic coffee slow-brewing in a contraption I wouldn’t pretend to understand. The table was decorated with eye-catching accessories: a coffee mug with a curved mobius-strip handle (left-handers beware), spoons with long spiraling handles, and simple plates with only the slightest decorated touches. Music filled the air.

“So! What are we doing with your hair today?” Jude asked.

It didn’t take all this to know that Jude and Rose were not your typical hairdressers. I was about to try the JuRo Salon experience.

A Hair Philosophy

When you have experienced your fair share of disastrous haircuts, you tend to become particular about where you go.

People have often been shocked at how far I’m willing to go to find the right stylist. It’s not because I’m a snob, or because I equate expensive services with quality. I don’t care about branded salons or big-name stylists. All I want to do is find The One. The One Who Knows. The One Who Understands.

My mother does not agree with my philosophy, but hers has always been “if you can, DIY.” Once, she cut my bangs so short that she later apologized and said I was such a nice girl for not being angry with her (I must have just been in shocked silence).

Left: cut, no color, with a JuRo Salon stylist in February 2013. Right: going blonde with Ms. Rose of JuRo Salon, no cut, in June 2013.

Left: cut, no color, with a JuRo Salon stylist in February 2013. Right: going blonde with Ms. Rose of JuRo Salon, no cut, in June 2013.

My belief stems from a familiar pattern of disappointment, where you tell your hairstylist what you want, they nod and give every impression you’re on the same page — but then a couple hours later you emerge feeling somewhat…underwhelmed. If not downright horrified.

Some of these things you chalk up to an expensive lesson learned: no one told you that by asking for the Rachel, you were subscribing yourself to hair doom. You didn’t know that when the creative director of a recommended salon picked up razor scissors that he would make your thick, frizzy hair resemble a lion’s mane, the frizz so out of control that you would later be called out by some Malaysian hairstylist who himself resembled blond Professor Snape.

I know better next time, you say, waiting patiently for hair to grow, pinning back bangs and tucking in stubborn curls before you do it all over again.

The inevitable truth is, in most cases you are one customer of many. At best, you find someone who knows your hair and exactly how to style it. Otherwise, you find someone who knows how to layer, how to bob, how to flatter your face shape in all the technically correct ways — but they apply the same style to everyone. At worst, you are simply a widget in the assembly line, and the stylist bestows upon you the one cut they know how to do, never accounting for the nuances in hair texture, face shape, or personality.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could guarantee that your hairstyle was designed and crafted just for you?

The Process

Jude assessing what needs to be done.

Jude assessing what needs to be done, while Rose watches.

Over breakfast, Jude, Rose and I discussed what to do with my hair. If you read some of the recaps of others who had been invited to try JuRo, you’ll find that most girls left the decision up to them, to wonderful and diverse results.

In a more adventurous time, I would have said the same. However at the time I was invited to try their service, I was gearing up for my big move and new start as a graduate student. I was also just coming down from a year as a long-haired blond (which Rose had also done) and really enjoying a lower-maintenance style.

So, I spoke up only about the following: I wanted to maintain the current length just past my shoulders, and have wash-and-wear hair to suit my upcoming get-up-and-go life. I described the cold winds that blew hair everywhere, meaning a high-maintenance style that couldn’t accommodate movement would be destroyed in seconds. Knowing Rose’s talent for color exploration, I also requested a color that could be easily maintained, where regrowth would blend in gradually.

Jude and Rose were game.

Of course, around the time I started shooting, a huge mosquito bite decided to appear. Only during the one time I needed to photograph, of course. >.<

Of course, around the time I started shooting, a huge mosquito bite decided to appear. Only during the one time I needed to photograph, of course. >.<

“Hair should be custom for everyone, a combination of technical skill and talent,” Jude said. They consider every client an individual case, where even “shoulder length layers” can translate to a hundred possibilities. All information the client volunteers is carefully considered: their work and life habits, their hair type, if there’s any severe hair damage, what aspects of their personality they want to enhance.

Now for a confession: prior to my meeting with JuRo, I was quite happy with my hair. I’d just had it darkened from brassy blonde to dark chocolate brown and it was passable for the look I desired. But “passable” is not a word that Jude and Rose believe in.

“I find it a bit bottom heavy,” Rose observed, scooping up strands from below. “What do you think, Jude?” Their process is collaborative and completely in sync — the cut and color must work together, which is why they make styling decisions together. In some cases, Rose will wait until Jude has the initial style in place before mixing her colors.

Cut

The final result: soft, wavy layers.

The finished look that shows off the layers

Jude went to work fixing the cut. He added uneven layers and thinned out the lower half. “Layers should be natural and uneven to mimic hair growth,” he advised. This technique results in hair that grows out wonderfully (as the pictures below will hopefully demonstrate!).

Though this wasn’t my first time at JuRo, it was my first time under Jude’s scissors. The first two cuts were with a stylist in training (an option for those who want a cut at JuRo for a more affordable rate), which I was quite happy with. But Jude, with his years of training under the Vidal Sassoon school of precision, is a different experience altogether. If he makes you stand during your cut don’t be surprised — it’s just to get a precise length.

Color

Tackling the darker regrowth first.

Tackling the darker regrowth first.

While he worked, Rose took strands of hair and flipped them over, checking the color balance and tone. She noted that the top third of my head was darker than the rest of my hair because the fresh growth had been dyed the same as the lighter hair on the bottom (correct). She also noted that the highlights were too light for the dark brown base color (correct again).

To fix this, she decided on a multi-step process using a family of cool ash tones from L’Oreal’s Majirel Cool Cover and INOA brands. She highlighted and fixed the base of the darker regrowth separately, before adding highlights and lightening the base of the lower two thirds of hair. Her attention to detail is unmatched: for example, she captures every bit of flyaway hair, sometimes devoting one foil to a few baby hairs.

To some this might seem like much, but it’s comparable to fine dining: every moment is precise. Nothing is left to chance. The value of a JuRo hair session is akin to the value eating at a high-end restaurant: you pay for precision, consistency, originality, and artwork. You pay for the guarantee.

The result? A lovely medium ash brown color with sophisticated highlights, to perfectly complement Jude’s layers.

Just because, let me show you what Rose originally wanted to do with my hair before I came in with all my pesky requirements:

Ooh la la! Thank you for your faith in me, Miss Rose. I don’t know if I could do ash blonde at this moment…maybe when I’m braver and within driving distance to my stylist!

It wasn’t until Rose made her observations that I realized my regular colorist had used the same highlight shades for blonde hair as for dark brown hair. Sure, in the grand scheme of things it’s not the end of the world to have overly contrasting highlights, but for Jude and Rose such things are oversights. They are shortcuts, one-size-fits-all solutions, and — among the worst practitioners — sheer laziness.

It’s a characteristic of the industry they are determined to stamp out.

Why “Bespoke Hairstyles” are Good for the Industry

The finished look of a true JuRo experience, with a cut and color by Jude and Rose!

The finished result of a true JuRo experience, with a cut and color by Jude and Rose

“We’re trying to change the perception of the Philippine hair industry,” Jude said.

Jude grew up in Santa Monica, where he ran a salon for several years before returning to the Philippines. He got into the hairstyling profession in a roundabout way, after pursuing a more corporate profession with his MBA. Rose started off teaching hairstyling students how to color, until a mentor encouraged her to apply her formidable talents to actual clients.

The Philippines is an economy traditionally powered by affiliation. It’s not what you know — it’s who you know. For most hairstylists, prestige is acquired through a star client list. This is not unique to the Philippines by any means, but given the small celebrity pool, the effect is amplified.

So, who are JuRo’s celebrities?

“People ask us [all the time],” Jude said. “We say every client is a celebrity because we work on a style that suits you and only you.”

“If you asked me when I was 25, I probably would have listed all our celebrities!” Rose laughed. “But maybe it’s a sign of maturity that we don’t need to now.”

If you’re dying to know, you can check JuRo’s Instagram to see examples of nearly every client they work on. But true to their word, every client — from the new to the regular — is featured like a celebrity.

“Maybe to legitimize the industry we have to respect ourselves,” Rose added.

This means treating every client as an individual, and hairstyling as an art form. It’s a concept that goes deeper than simply creating elaborate hairstyles at edgy fashion week shows. They seem to be suggesting that when you treat your creative work as an art form — whether it be hairstyling, or writing, or designing — then you will succeed. Artistry drives everything because it’s about the process, not the outcome.

Another angle of the finished look: also I needed to break up the text a little.

Another angle of the finished look: also I needed to break up the text a little.

As an example, Jude and Rose open themselves to new experiences and new inspiration by traveling when their schedule permits. They collect beloved items from abroad and elsewhere in the Philippines: artwork, handcrafted souvenirs, music, good food (but not as important as good coffee!).

If this makes the JuRo team sound unapproachable, on the contrary. Jude and Rose are incredibly kind and modest. They listen with genuine interest and live genuinely interesting lives. Through our discussions, I learned that:

  • They are Broadway fanatics — on their last visit to London, they watched a different Broadway show 5 nights in a row!
  • They are foodies who determine their favorites not by brand or chef name, but by the Hallelujah moment: “It’s got to make you go “HALLELUJAH!”
  • They are most proud when their handiwork is recognized abroad, because it signals a global recognition of homegrown Filipino talent. Once, on a cruise ship, a woman asked Rose for her colorist information; Rose whipped up a custom formulation for her on the spot.
  • Philanthropy is a big part of their lives. JuRo has partnered with a Japanese NGO to teach street children how to cut and style hair. Mostly to equip them with a skill and a future livelihood, but also with the hope that the children will be the next generation of innovative artists — ones who take the sideways path to finding their creative voice, away from formal schools and “cut and paste” methods.
  • Three things that mean most to them: family, advocacy, art. They used to have 2 salons but cut down to 1 in order to spend more time with their kids and more personal interactions with their clients.

“It’s hard but if you work hard, if you’re sincere enough and you’re disciplined enough, you can achieve it,” Rose said while applying the finishing touches. A good philosophy for just about anything you want to put your mind to!

Loved chatting with Ms. Rose about their travels, family, work ethic, and more!

Loved chatting with Ms. Rose about their travels, family, work ethic, and more!

The Aftermath

I never, ever judge a hairstyle by how it looks fresh out of the salon. Your hair always looks and feels best after a blowdry, but the proof is in how it grows out in the following months. So, here are a few pictures ranging from late September to early December, in somewhat chronological order: all unstyled and air-dried.

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Brushing my hair is the least of my priorities, let alone styling it. I don’t have a hair dryer or curling iron here so wash and wear is really the only option. The most I do these days is dry shampoo for oily roots, or a shine spray to freshen up hair.

I think part of the fun of this haircut is figuring out how it’s going to settle. It does something different every time, and the loose waves totally fit my personality (sleek and polished I am not!). My hair kind of does what it wants, and I’m more than happy to keep letting that happen.

Final Word

Shortly after this Jude had to rush over to the main salon to meet with another client, leaving Ms. Rose and I with girl time (and more coloring)

Shortly after this Jude had to rush over to the main salon to meet with another client, leaving Ms. Rose and I with girl time (and more coloring)

I absolutely love what Jude and Rose have done with my hair. Even my boyfriend, who wailed like a drama queen when I told him I was cutting my hair, admitted that it was a nice haircut. (It’s more than nice, but I’ll take what I can get!)

I really enjoyed this session with the JuRo team, and not just because I came away with an awesome haircut that would rival any of London’s best. Understanding Jude and Rose’s philosophy and mission, and getting to know them personally made me appreciate all the hard work they put into their business and craft. Not to mention finding time for philanthropic work while juggling a growing client list and family! You couldn’t find nicer, more talented people who only want to see Philippine hairstylists take the global industry by storm.

Of course, as alluded to above, the JuRo experience requires a dedicated investment in your hair. To my knowledge, Jude’s cuts begin at P6,500 and the price of color varies depending on what you get. You can also opt to book with a stylist who will no doubt have benefited from Jude and Rose’s expertise. But if you have the means, do spoil yourself this season with perfect holiday hair that you can take into the new year!

For more information about JuRo Salon Exclusif, please visit their website, Twitter, or Instagram (where they are most active). Bookings strongly recommended (they are only in the salon when they have appointments, so do book one in advance!).

Contact Info:

ADDRESS:
Kensington Place, Unit #2D, 1st Avenue corner 29th Street

HOURS:
10 AM to 8 PM daily, by Appointment Only

CONTACT:
(02) 822 5673
+63 999 767 9073

I was invited to experience the services of JuRo Salon. Other than the services outlined, I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own. 

Impressions: Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick *

One of the earlier subheaders of this blog was “matte, not glossy.” Aside from being a borked attempt to sound cool and obscure but still beauty-related, the subheader served as a simple statement about my lipstick preferences.

Basically, all you mofos with juicy, naturally-pigmented lips and good breeding could keep your glosses and sheer, satiny lipsticks. I was perfectly content with my awesome, waxy mattes — the only finish capable of disguising the fact that my lips are the color of old paper. Ah, if that were the only reason! Unfortunately, my hair tends to fly around on even the best days. If all those stray strands touched down on the pool of sticky goop then went back to business, in five minutes I would resemble someone who got into a fight with a kitten — and lost.

Also, frequent snacking and lip gloss do not go together. Ever tried to carry on a conversation with bits of Ritz crackers and god knows what else stuck to your lips? That is, until the gloss is wiped away entirely. Yugh.

However, a few products this year have made me see the error of my ways. First, the Dior Fluid Addict Sticks, which were featured in my Lip Product Addict Tag video and this post. Then, Burberry Lip Cover in Brick Red. I haven’t had the best of luck with other Lip Covers, but Brick Red — used as a stain here —  is something special.

Product

Finally, we come to the Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick rangeI received two shades, Citrus Flirt and Sassy Fuschia, earlier in the summer, when they were part of the new additions to the True Dimensions line. I hadn’t encountered the line before, and the first challenge to figure out was how to open the thing.

I spy grubby fingerprints! The True Dimensions lipsticks open by pushing down from the top of the cover, popping out the tube from beneath. Honestly, if you’ve ever dealt with a tampon you will understand. It’s a cute if somewhat unnecessary mechanism that works with the slim style of the tube. It probably does a better job of protecting the bullet from accidental nicks or scratches.

The lipsticks are shaped into slim, subtly angled bullets much like the NARS Pure Matte Lipstick or Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Color products. Mary Kay describes the formula as “intensely moisturizing [and] exquisitely soothing,” a fragrance-free concoction containing skin-loving ingredients like Vitamin E, jojoba and sunflower oil, and mango butter.

Swatches

I was going to write something boring about how I didn’t expect all that much, predicting an incredibly sheer gloss with a ghost of the color suggested in the tube. However, these swatches say it all. They truly live up to their names, with Citrus Flirt being a juicy pump of pure summery orange and Sassy Fuschia being a cheeky pink with blue-purple undertones.

The left swatch represents one swipe, the right one a layer of three swipes. As you can see there isn’t much difference between the two – you get fairly decent coverage on first swipe. In fact, I’d argue that too much layering tends to push things around a little, and they’re not meant to be piled on heavily.

They do have a satin finish with a slightly slippy feel in the beginning, which then becomes less noticeable once the lipstick settles into your skin. Though the lipsticks are touted as fragrance-free, there is a strong, waxy floral scent you can almost taste on the lips. While it doesn’t really bother me, it’s not the most subtle of fragrances.

Citrus Flirt

This picture is from earlier in the summer. I didn’t take Citrus Flirt with me to London because it seemed like such a perfect warm-weather color, best paired with a summer glow. I love the natural ease of this orange, despite it being such a strong shade. The coverage is semi-sheer – definitely not as intense as the next shade. It reminds me of what I wish the Korres Lip Butter Glaze in Mango could have been – a lightweight butter with some oomph to it.

Citrus Flirt makes my lips look healthy and hydrated with just the right amount of shine. I’m excited to wear it again when I’m back in Manila!

Sassy Fuschia

Sassy Fuschia was definitely a color that would work in the winter, which is why I brought it along. I’d describe it as a “power pink in training” — it doesn’t have that supernatural potency and dark matter opaqueness that you would find in a truly magical pink, but it’s pretty damn close. I’m wearing two swipes here.

Because it is a bolder color, it did require slightly more maintenance. Matt pointed out that some had gotten on my teeth just ten minutes out the door, and fading is more noticeable, but the tube is slim enough to accommodate isolated touch ups. I was worried about being out in the wind, though!

One very important attribute about Sassy Fuschia that I like, but others might not: it has incredible staying — and therefore staining — power. Where Citrus Flirt would be demolished by poorly-aimed bites of Starbucks’ Cinnamon Danish, Sassy Fuschia can power through: a salt-beef bagel, a smoked salmon bagel, a hummus plate, and tea before needing to be reapplied. Since “hydrating” and “satin” tend to be the opposite of “long-lasting,” this served as the best of both worlds.

I believe this has to do with how the pink pigment stains the lips — so much so that a faint remnant still remained the next morning! Because I don’t have pigmented lips, it was a treat to be greeted with somewhat healthy looking lips.

Final Thoughts

I love how the True Dimensions lipstick disguises your sins against lip hydration by making them appear plump and healthy. I wouldn’t consider this a lip treatment replacement – I don’t believe it’s that hydrating or healing, especially in harsher weather.

It’s not necessarily a budget buy: it’s priced well above drugstore lipsticks and near the vicinity of Benefit and Stila. But if you find the perfect color for you, it’s a great lightweight formula that will give you the color payoff you want. I’d be curious to try the more muted and earthy colors, because I never learn.

Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick is priced at P860 and available from your local Mary Kay Beauty Consultant. If you don’t have a Beauty Consultant, you can go to their website and they’ll find one for you! Or if you are a Beauty Consultant, feel free to comment here!

 

*PR Sample. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.