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Mar 13, 2015

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown Review

After several months, I finally got around to reviewing the ever popular DipBrow Pomade. Anyway I bought this around August, last year (2014) and I've been using it ever since. Please note that I don't use this everyday. Coz, let's face it... It's not the quickest way to shape and fill-in my brows.

Product Info from Anastasia Beverly Hills
Waterproof brow color ideal for sculpting, defining, and carving perfectly precise brows that won't fade. Smudge-free, creamy formula glides on skin and adheres to hair. Must-have for oily skin and humid climates. Tighten cap to prevent drying.

Retail Price: $18.00
bought mine from 
@cebumakeuponline on Instagram for Php 1,070.00


So far, in the many months I've used this (7 months as of this writing), it hasn't dried yet. I honestly thought it would be similar to my gel eyeliners that usually starts to dry out in just two months. I felt so relieved that it lasted this long because it will take forever to use up the entire pot.

DipBrow Pomade in Dark Brown Swatch


This is how I apply it. I dip my brow brush into the pomade and swipe it at back of my hand. I first draw the shape I wanted for my brows, then simply fill it in to whatever is left on the brush. That way it won't come out too dark since the pomade is very pigmented. Then I brush it with a spoolie. You can stop here if you want to achieve natural looking brows.


I prefer my brows to be tamed and well defined so, I apply my Mac Brow Set in Beguile to make it look a little lighter and also help my brows stay in place. Then I place a tiny bit of concealer in the brow bone area to clean up any mess and make it look more defined at the same time.

 These are the brushes I use for applying the Dipbrow Pomade.
Zoeva Brow Line #322 and the Sigma Small Angle E65

What I like about it...
* Stays all day on me at an office environment. I even tested wearing this at yoga practice, I was amazed that it stayed, except for the tail end of my brows which faded. (I have combination skin)
* It is smudge proof which is perfect for our humid weather. 
* Extremely pigmented, so I only need very little to completely shape and fill-in my brows.
* There's so much product in the jar that it will probably take a couple of years to use it all up.
* There's a hint of citrus scent but barely noticeable
* The product in the jar does not dry up fast. Mine's still creamy even after 7 months of use.

What I don't like...
* a bit expensive and not available locally
* takes a bit of practice to perfect the application
* need time to apply, not something I would use when I'm in a hurry

My rating: 3 / 5

I now understand the hype. The product itself is awesome. It's just that, I could not apply this as fast as possible without making any mistakes. That's why I only ever get to use this when I have a lot of time on my hands, otherwise I still pickup my go-to brow pencil and be done in just a couple of minutes. I would recommend the Anastasia Brow Wiz instead, since it is so much easier to use.

Until next time.

Cheerios!
***Hollie***

Feb 26, 2015

Product Empties: Perfume Edition

If you're not already aware, I've got a little weakness when it comes to perfume. I've used a lot over the years so I thought, why not share with you guys what sort of perfume I've been using. I love citrus scents with just a tiny hint of fruity and floral fragrance in them. Mostly mild scents that are easy on the nose.


These are the perfume bottles I have been using last year and I just finished my last drop of Hot Gold and Be Delicious very recently. Which means, I have another batch of perfume bottles that I intend to finish before I go buying another one. hehe

Here goes from left to right...

DKNY Be Delicious. There are other variants of Be Delicious but I got the original scent. This starts off a little strong for my liking but fades off a really mild, fresh green scent. The top features green notes, violet leaf, apple, grapefruit and magnolia. The middle notes are tuberose, lily of the valley, rose and violet, while the base notes are sandalwood, amber and musk.

Clinique Happy. This is the first perfume bottle I ever fell in love with and this is actually my 5th bottle already! hehe Just goes to show how much I love this. However, this time, I don't have plans of repurchasing it since I have a long list of perfumes that I really want to try. The top notes are fresh apple, plums and bergamot mixed with the fresh-air accord. The middle notes are floral composed of freesia, lily, rose and morning orchid. The base notes are musk and amber.

United Colors of Benetton Hot Gold. I got this late last year from my hubby, but I've been using it so much that it only took me about 2 months to finish the bottle. I really like the mild and slightly fruity scent of this perfume. However this does not last the whole day like the other two above. The top notes are golden apple, bergamot and yellow peaches. The middle notes are star fruit, rose and mimosa. The base notes are golden amber, sandalwood and musk.

Bath and Body Works Fragance Mist in Sweet Pea. This was my go to everyday cologne when I was out for a quick trip to the groceries or when I'm out of the house for just a couple of hours. This one is really fruity but still mild in my opinion. Since this is just a mist, it doesn't last long. Only lasts for about 3 hours on me before it starts to fade. The top notes are a blend of sweet pea blossom with watery pear aromas, rhubarb, violet, plum, red apple and bergamot. The middle notes are cyclamen, blue freesia, raspberry, Madonna lily and orange blossom. It dries down to the base notes of musk, sandalwood and heliotrope.

source from fragrantica.com

I have a few bottles I'm using right now and I'll show it to you soon. hehe How about you ladies what are your favorites?

Until next time.

Cheerios!
***Hollie***

Feb 20, 2015

Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette Review

I'm not that really particular with concealers before, but when I started experiencing breakouts last year, I was left with pimple scars and so my hunt for a good concealer began.

There were so many choices from different brands, but I was looking for something affordable with really great quality. That's when I remembered that Youtube Beauty Guru xteeener really loved the Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette. I've read a lot of good reviews about this concealer palette as well, so I was convinced to give it a try.

Product Info from Sonia Kashuk

This concealer works to minimize the appearance of dark circles, fine lines and skin imperfections while offering an overall smooth and polished finish. Two shades of concealer make it possible to custom-blend your own shade. Rich in treatment ingredients this palette contains: Jojobal Oil, Horse Chestnut Extract and Apricot Oil for smoothing and emollient properties; Vitamins A, C & E protect with anti-oxidant and anti-aging action and the colorless powder smoothes skin and offers hydrating properties for a natural and bright finish.
Award Winner: October 2008 Allure “Best of Beauty Awards”

Place bought: Target.com

Retail Price: $10.49

(photo taken under natural light)

(photo taken with camera flash)

This palette consists of three concealers and one powder. 

I've been using this palette ever since I got it last August 2014. So far, it's been a life saver! I love the consistency and formulation of this palette.

(photo taken under natural light)

Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette in Light Swatches

The consistency is really creamy and smooth which makes it very easy to blend. Contrary to what you expect, it is not as thick as other cream concealers. What's even better is that it has excellent coverage, so I don't need much to cover my pimple marks or my under eye dark circles. It also stays long around 6 hours on me before it starts to fade, but note that I have to set this with a powder foundation in order for it to last.


Here is the Sonia Kashuk Conceler Palette in action. That is my bare face on the left side with all the pimple scars and on the right side, you will notice how my pimple scars were perfectly covered. They will all look even and flawless after I've set them with my powder foundation.

What I like about it...
* inexpensive at only $10.50 approximately Php 472
* has three different concealer shades which you can mix as well
* has a colorless setting powder for dark circles
* has a sleek and convenient packaging, which makes it very easy to travel with
* stays for a good 5 to 6 hours on my before it starts to fade
* has soft, smooth and creamy consistency
* since this has a fine texture, it is very easy to blend and layer
* has a faint scent but barely noticeable
* I did not experience any irritation or allergies with this concealer

What I don't like...
* not easily accessible for us here in PH

My rating: 5 / 5

So my verdict is already obvious, I absolutely love this stuff! Even my besty and fellow freelance Make-up Artist Khymm really likes it. She has seen and experienced how effortless it is to cover blemishes and pimples with this palette. If you are looking for something that is affordable with excellent quality, this would be it. This is Hollie approved and would definitely recommend it.

Until next time.

Cheerios!
***Hollie***

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