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Apr 10, 2015

Tory Burch Beauty and Fragrance Collection

Yes, you ladies read that right. Tory Burch Beauty and Fragrance is finally available here in Cebu. It is located at Rustan's, Ayala Center Cebu. I was invited by the Tory Burch PH team a couple of months ago for an intimate launch held at Radisson Blu Hotel.

Tory Burch Beauty Capsule Collection
Natural.Polished.Super Chic

Luminous skin, a hint of cheek color and a simple, pinky nude in super-chic packaging define Tory Burch’s entry into beauty. Inspired by Tory’s love for a natural and polished look, her collection offers a ton of chic with a hint of tomboy. 

The capsule collection helps to create this look, effortlessly, with a few essentials — a lipstick; a lip and cheek tint; a bronzer and blush palette; and a retractable face brush — in colors that flatter a range of skin tones.

The Tory Burch Lip Color  (Php 1,650) in Pas du Tout delivers a sheer veil of color in Tory’s signature shade of pinky nude. It’s the ultimate in streamlined simplicity with its creamy texture, faint shimmer and universally flattering pale neutral pink shade. Following in the tradition of the world’s most exquisitely crafted cosmetics, the lipstick is scented with subtle notes from the fragrance including cassis, grapefruit and mandarin. “Pas du tout” was a phrase often used by Tory’s father, Buddy. It’s part of the original French version of the classic “she loves me, she loves me not” daisy petal-pulling game.

The Tory Burch Lip & Cheek Tint in Cat’s Meow (Php 2,350) is the ultimate versatile product, designed to add a hint of rosy pink color that works with a range of skin tones. The formula blends easily, creating a healthy, natural flush with a sheer, dewy finish. The tint is lightly scented with notes from the fragrance, including cassis, grapefruit and mandarin. “Cat’s meow” is a bygone phrase—loved by Tory and often used on The Tory Blog—for people, places and things that are just generally fantastic.

The Tory Burch Bronzer & Blush in Divine (Php 2,500) features three skin-brightening, luminous shades – in pink, gold and ivory - pressed into one palette. Pink offers a youthful accent, gold gives a healthy glow, and ivory helps to achieve an even tone. With a single quick sweep, a trio of bronzer, blush and highlighter combine to create a healthy, sun-kissed glow year-round. The effect is, in a word, “Divine”—a signature expression of Tory’s mother, Reva. The delicately scented palette is infused with notes of mandarin, tuberose and vetiver.

The Tory Burch Face Brush (Php 3,300) is an effortlessly chic way to apply bronzers, powders and blushes. A makeup bag essential, its extra-soft bristles adapt to the contours of the face for flawless application. Compact and portable, the brush retracts into a polished gold case — the ideal tool.

I was lucky enough to pick my choice of lipstick shade from the line and I got the shade "Knock on Wood". It is the darkest shade from the bunch if you look at the tube. However, this has a sheer formulation so, the color applies just right on my lips.

Tory Burch Lip Color in Knock on Wood Swatch

What I like about it...
* exquisite and one of a kind packaging
* very hydrating and moisturizing on lips
* smells like a citrus flavored candy in my opinion (it is by far the best smelling lipstick I have tried)
* stays for a good 4 hours on my lips before it starts to fade
* leaves a little bit of stain on my lips
* no allergies or irritation experienced

What I don't like...
* a bit pricey, but it actually cost less for a high-end brand
* the whole lipstick line has the same sheer formulation, I hope they come up with matte ones soon.

Introducing Tory Burch, The First Fragrance

Tory Burch’s first fragrance is a modern, colorful interpretation of the collection she has created. Classic and unexpected, the fragrance captures the casual ease and polished optimism that define Tory’s aesthetic.

“Fragrance is part of my personal history — my parents each had their favorite scents that are so tied to my memories. When we decided to create a fragrance, we spent a lot of time thinking about what it should be — a balance of femininity and tomboy, citrus and floral, grounded and graceful,” says Tory.

When creating Tory Burch Eau de Parfum, Tory felt it needed to have something grounded to anchor it, like her father Buddy Robinson’s signature vetiver. Vetiver has a dynamic, earthy quality to it — unfussy and unexpected.

For brightness and optimism, there are citrus and fruit notes like crisp grapefruit and mandarin, sweet bergamot, succulent neroliand tangy cassis.

For a more classically feminine component, florals such as saturated pink peony, lush tuberose, luxurious jasmine sambacand sweet alyssum are included.

Woodsy, warm cedar and sensual sandalwood give it real depth and complexity.

The elegant packaging is a nod to her mother Reva Robinson’s bedroom vanity and the classic perfume bottles and atomizers that graced it. The super-chic glass bottle features many of Tory’s favorite design elements: clean, beveled edges and a signature fretwork top. Fretwork is a recurring design element in Tory’s life, from a pair of Chinese Chippendale chairs in her childhood home to the brass details at the Tory Burch Madison Avenue flagship.

You all know how much I adore citrus scents, so this fragrance is actually one of my current faves. I would highly recommend it to you ladies. I swear you'll love it!

Tory Burch Eau de Parfum, 50 ML retails for Php 4,750 while the 100 ML retials for Php 6,150.

You can find Tory Burch at Greenbelt 5, Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’sShangri-la and Rustan’s Cebu.

Until next time.


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.


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.

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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.


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