Rustan's Beauty Addict x Sisley

Rustan’s Beauty Addict is one of the beauty events that I look forward to the most each year. It’s just so much fun to be able to drop by each beauty brand in Rustan’s and get to participate in whatever activity they have in store for beauty lovers like myself. I went with Ate Trina and my best friend Alex this year and as you can see from my vlog, we had a great time! Unfortunately, I wasn’t as lucky as I was last year wherein I won most of the games I joined. But it's okay becayse Ate Trina had an incredibly lucky streak. Beginners luck perhaps? HAHA. Anyway, you can check out my vlog about the event below.

And aside from this, I was fortunate enough to be sent a few Sisley products to try out! The first was this Purifying Re-Balancing Lotion, and the second was a mattifying moisturizer. These products were especially made for combination/oily skin like mine and both contain Tropical Resins.

I applied an even layer of the Purifying Re-Balancing Lotion on a cotton pad first and concentrated most of it on my t-zone since this is where I get the most oily. This product promises to purify, resurface, and soften the skin. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was able to deliver even after just a few days of trying it out. My skin felt really soft yet a bit tighter (in a good way!) after application. I allowed this product to fully absorb before moving on to applying the moisturizer.

The only other mattifying moisturizer I own is the Clinique pep-start, which acts more like a makeup primer than an actual moisturizer since it is thicker in consistency to smoothen and fill my pores. I thought this Sisley one would be similar in consistency, but as you can see, it leans more towards an actual moisturizer compared to other mattifying skincare products I'm used to.

This products is oil free and has the same mild slightly floral scent as the lotion. I applied about a pea-sized amount around my whole face and watched as my skin looked a lot more matte and flawless, even without makeup! Since the product is oil free, it didn't feel greasy at all and it was absorbed really well by my skin.

Voila! Here's how my skin looks after applying these 2 products. In this photo I didn't wear any makeup over it to show you guys how great it can make my skin look bare. But upon experimenting, I find that these products do sit well under makeup and keep my face matte for a longer period of time. I often reach for them whenever I know I'll be wearing makeup for the whole day. I have also been loving using these products whenever I have makeup clients that complain about their oily skin. They're real life-savers for events such as outdoor weddings or performances.

A big thank you to Sisley and Rustan's for sending these over!

500 Peso Makeup Challenge

The 500 Peso Makeup Challenge was probably the hardest tutorial I’ve ever had to film. Don't get me wrong, the makeup section of a Department Store is definitely not foreign territory to me. I love shopping from Department Store brands, but over the past few years, I have gotten used to just saving up for more high-end makeup products, especially when I know the payoff of the product is worth the extra bucks. This made it quite difficult to create a full look with the 500 peso budget. Thank God my best friend Alex was there to help me out (and keep me sane).

When it comes to eyeshadows in particular, I'm super picky about how pigmented and blendable they are, which is why I usually stick to brands like Anastasia Beverly Hills. To me, they carry some of the most blendable shadows. This is why you'll see me struggling the most with the eye shadow part of this tutorial, because the palette I chose unfortunately did not agree with me huhuhu.

When it came to the concealer I chose, I wish I had tested it on my actual under eye area instead of my hand. The concealer blended beautifully on my hand, but gave me such a hard time on my face. The struggle was real.

But overall, I feel I was able to make the most of the set of makeup I purchased despite the fact that I needed to blend the makeup a lot more than I'm used to. The main things I've learned from this tutorial:
1. Falsies ALWAYS save the day
2. Taking care of your skin can really save you a lot of money on base makeup
3. Pinkies Lipliners are AMAZING!

Hope you guys enjoy the video! Try not to laugh too much. :)