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Gigi Hadid Jetsetter Palette Review

When I first found out that Gigi Hadid was going to launch her own makeup line with Maybelline New York, I was honestly a little bit skeptical. There have already been so many celebrity collabs with makeup brands lately that I wondered if anyone else can top Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line, among others. Here is my first-hand (honest) scoop on her Jetsetter Palette!

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

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The palette itself comes with a holographic sleeve. TheΒ packaging is a nice light blush color with a matte finish. The mirror is really big, but the palette might be a little too bulky to travel with (unless it’s really worth bringing everywhere). The palette color and the brushes that come with it reminds me of Kim Kardashian’s KKW line. I’m personally a fan of the color choice though.

This palette comes with the ff:
2 concealer shades
2 lip balm shades
1 shimmery eye shadow, 3 matte eyeshadows
1 blush, 1 contour shade, 1 highlighter
1 travel-size mascara
1 dual-ended eyeshadow brush, 1 mini powder brush

At first glance all the shades in the palette seem wearable, but I was personally not a fan of the eyeshadow colors in the palette (the colors are either super light or super dark, no in-between crease shades).

SWATCHES

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First up, the CONCEALERS:

It comes with 2 shades – one that is too light for my skin, and the other that’s too dark. I’m an NC35 in MAC and there seemed to be no shade perfect for my tone in the palette. I know that you could mix the shades, but *ain’t nobody got time for that* lol! I’d rather carry 1 perfect shade with me rather than stress myself in mixing two shades all the time.

The concealer itself was really thin – it doesn’t seem to be that good in terms of coverage.

LIP BALMS:

The lip balms came in two shades. I was a little bit excited to try the Nude shade because it looked so pretty, but it turned out too light for my skin. The color of the Pink shade was really nice though.

The formula is not thick at all, so it might moisturize the lips but only for a very short time. I wouldn’t rely on these lip balms alone (Carmex is life).

 

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BRUSHES:

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Don’t even bother with the blush brush. It’s so synthetic that it feels very stiff and horrible on the skin. It doesn’t pick-up product well either.

The dual-ended eyeshadow brush is pretty decent though – especially the blending brush! It’s not bad.

EYESHADOWS:

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The eyeshadows were very chalky apart from the highlighter shade. SO. MUCH. FALLOUT.

The base shade is a very cool-toned pink that didn’t suit my skin (I looked dead). The crease and liner shades might be more complimentary to wider skin tones, and I am more willing to work with these shades than the others.

The highlighter eyeshadow is the best among the four shades. It’s buttery and the pigment is great. Great for topping up the other shadows, or for highlighting the inner corners of the eyes.

BLUSH, BRONZER, HIGHLIGHTER:

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It was a difficult for me to apply the blush shade because the product was so narrowly placed in the palette. I would’ve imagined the blush to take up more space than the highlighter, but it didn’t! It was so easy to accidentally have some contour shade in your brush while trying to get the blush product on.

The blush was too pink for my liking, but the contour shade color is not bad.

In terms of formulas, the blush and contour shades were also very chalky like the eyeshadows. One thing I can say though is that despite being chalky, the shades were very pigmented.Β  A little tap with a brush is already a lot. I’m not 100% confident about its lasting power though. Upon application, the product seems to just sit on top of the skin.

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As for the highlighter – I LOVE IT. I think this is the best product that the palette has. I would totally wear the highlighter because it’s so buttery, and the shade is gorgeous! It’s comparable to Urban Decay’s highlighters (with slightly more visible glitter specks).

FAVES AND HATES?

I was very disappointed with the matte powder products – eyeshadows, blush, and bronzer. Too chalky and not easy to pick-up. Definitely not going to be reaching for those in the palette.

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Look at this fallout!

One thing I love though is the mini Colossal mascara! Will be carrying this around in my bag for mascara touch-ups.

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Another favorite from the palette is the highlighter of course! It gave me the perfect glow to my skin. I applied it with a Real Techniques brush.

But would I really be carrying the whole palette just to use this highlighter? Maybe not. I have a travel-sized Becca that’s 1/8 the size of the palette and does the job for me.

 

FINAL VERDICT:

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So is this palette worth your $29.99?

If you’re a die-hard Gigi Hadid fan who wants to support her new endeavor, maybe yes.

Otherwise, don’t waste your money! The standout products in the palette are not enough to spend almost $30 on.

The packaging gave me slightly higher hopes but I was a little bit disappointed with the products inside. It’s pretty to look at though (and that mirror is huge!).

 

What did you think of this palette? Were you a fan, or did you have the same thoughts as me? Let me know below. πŸ˜‰

 

xx
Hye

Makeup Haul: Jcat

Jcat cosmetics just recently launched in the Philippines, and I was able to get a few things from them in their bazaar last December. They come all the way from The US! Jcat is fairly priced, and they are more known for bolder and crazier makeup fronted by matte lipsticks that come in gorgeous browns, reds, to blues!

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Cute Jcat paperbags ❀

Read on to see which the products I got, the swatches, and the prices of each.

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BRUSH

I’ve been wanting a pencil-type of brush for the longest time. The label says it’s a crease brush, but I personally use the tapered end of this brush to apply eyeshadow on my lower lash line. It has synthetic bristles but it’s gentle enough to blend my eyeshadow on my lash line.

Retails for P249.00

EYE PENCIL

This is similar to NYX’ Jumbo Eye Pencil. The formula is super creamy so it’s perfect on the eyelids with or without eyeshadow on top. Currently obsessing over these red/cranberry shades!

Retails for P279.00

THE LIPPIES

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(1) Soft Matte Lip Cooler in Frozen Choco

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Soft Matte Lip Cooler in Frozen Choco

Their Soft Matte Lip Cooler in Frozen Choco is a bright peachy lip creme that resembles NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme’s formula. It really does have a ‘cooling’ effect on the lip once applied. It dries matte with a bit of satin sheen.

Retails for P369.00

(2) Lipfinity Matte Kissproof in LMK 104

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Lipfinity in LMK 104

The Lipfinity liquid lipstick dried completely matte and they are ‘kiss-proof’. You just have to be careful when applying it as it can appear patchy if you don’t apply it evenly on your lips (as do most other liquid lipsticks).
Love the 90s vibe that this lip color gives though!

Retails for P299.00

THE HIGHLIGHTERS

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SO GORGEOUS

OKAY WHERE DO I BEGIN?

These highlighters got me SO EXCITED! The products look so pretty in the packaging alone that you just want to stare at them all day (lol).

(1) You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter in PINK GODDESS

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I mean, look at that texture!

This is a rosy pink-toned highlighter (though it looks somewhat orange-y in the photo) that is SUPER PIGMENTED (be careful) so you don’t need too much on your brush.

Here’s a quick before and after shot. It gives such a beautiful glow to your cheekbones!

Retails for P599.00

(2) You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter in TWILIGHT

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Now this highlighter is more on the bronze-y side. This will look even better if your skin is a bit more tan!

This highlighter will give you a more sun-kissed look.

Retails for P599.00

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Wearing the Lipfinity Matte Kissproof in LMK104!

So far I’m loving everything that I got from Jcat. I might actually try out some of their other products soon. πŸ˜‰

If you want to know more about then and their product range, check out their website.
Hope you enjoyed my little Jcat haul + review!

xxx,
Hye

 

Moisture Touch Lipsticks Review (Cool-toned edition!)

Happy New Year! Hope you all had an amazing holiday break.

What better way to start the year than with another lipstick swatch post (lol I just love lipsticks)?

In the 3-day workshop we had in Seoul with The Face Shop, a professional image consultant helped us find our personal color. Mine happened to be cool-toned (not warm, to my dismay lol), so I brought home with me 6 cool-toned lipsticks to start wearing.

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The Face Shop Moisture Touch Lipsticks

The formula of The Face Shop’s Moisture Touch Lipsticks, are very creamy and opaque. If you want a lighter coverage on the lips, you can slightly dab the lipstick on your lips and blend with your fingers after. For a more opaque finish, you can apply the lipstick straight to your lips even with just one swipe.

These lipsticks are so moisturizing that I don’t feel the need to apply lip balm before it! It’s perfect for those who have dry lips.

Here I’ve swatched the lipsticks on my lips. Mouse over the images to see the specific names of the lipsticks.

Which one do you think looks best on me? I personally love Purple Fantasy! Let me know what you think. πŸ˜‰

 

xxx,
Hye

 

*The Face Shop Moisture Touch lipsticks come in 20 amazing shades. Available in Manila by February 2017!

3 Days in Seoul with The Face Shop

Last December 14, I was luckily flown by The Face Shop Philippines to Seoul, for a 3-day workshop as they introduced their latest product ranges coming this 2017. It was perfect because I really wanted to visit Korea this Christmas but due to some circumstances I couldn’t do so. I haven’t been to Korea in almost 2 years so it almost seemed foreign to me again!

Traveling to the same place always feels new and different because of the changes caused by time and the people you spend it with.

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Christmas lights greeted us at our hotel in Myeong Dong

Day 1: Food and Shopping in Myeong Dong

We arrived early evening on the 14th of December, so we pretty much had the night free to ourselves. Since we were a few minutes’ walk away from Myeong Dong, the busy shopping and food haven of Seoul, we decided to start our shopping and eat lots and lots of street food!

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Yummmm POTATO!
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Amazing view from our hotel room

Day 2: Product Introduction and Make-up Workshops

On the second day, we woke up early as we had a full day ahead. The Face Shop products were introduced to us in the morning, and we had a chance to learn K-beauty makeup techniques from celebrity makeup artist Mr. Kim Seung Won.

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Miracle Cushions
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Moisture Touch Lipsticks, Yehwadam Skincare, Dr. Belmeur Skincare
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My roomie Chelsea! ❀
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Fancy schmancy lunch
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MMM steak!
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Mr. Kim Seung Won teaching us how to achieve that K-beauty look!

For Korean makeup, less is always more. They always try to achieve a more youthful, cute-sy look.

Instead of layering more makeup, Koreans like to layer skincare and apply as little makeup as possible:
FACE: very light BB cream/foundation, concealer (if needed)
BROWS: no-arch straight eyebrows for a youthful look using minimal eyebrow pencil and brow mascara
EYES: eyeshadow close to the lid (not all over), mascara, liquid liner
CHEEKS: pinky blush on the apples of your cheeks, NO contour
LIPS: gradient lips are still in! Apply BB cushion all over the lips, then apply your lipstick of choice in the center of your lips. Blend outwards to get a natural lip-gradient look

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The finished look!

After the day’s activities we headed over to Itaewon to a restaurant called Maple. Korean barbeque night it was!

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MORE FOOD after the workshops!

Day 3: Finding Our Personal Color, Herb Tea Making, and Soap Making Classes

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Ms. Ji-yeon Lee, professional image consultant

Our third and last day (*sobs*).

All along I thought that I had a warm-toned skin, but upon the professional color-test done by Ms. Ji-yeon on me, she mentioned that I am actually cool-toned!

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Colors that go well with warm-toned skin vs cool-toned skin

This meant that the colors on the right go well against my skin, vs the colors that you see on the left. She says that it’s important to know your personal color to make better color choices that will make you look the best that you can. Choosing your personal color can be applied to the color of your clothes, your hair, and your makeup.

Personally, I still love wearing warm-toned eyeshadows, but maybe I’ll make a little more effort now to try and incorporate cooler-toned makeup once in a while.

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Herb tea-making time as shown by Tea Coordinator Ms. Bo-eun Lim
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How pretty is the set-up for our tea making?

We were taught the proper etiquette of making and serving tea using Korean traditional herbs that were used to make the Yehwadam skincare line! I’m a little too clumsy for this but I tried! haha.

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I call this the Yehwadam mocktail: Milkis soda + cherry blossom syrup + ginseng tea! So good for you!
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Cheers!

Next up: soap making!

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Soap making led by handcraft artist Ms. Ko-woon Lee

Right after making the soap (which was super fun), we had to rush to the airport as we had to catch our evening flight.

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Seoul’s sunset waving goodbye
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Bye Seoul! It’s been real

It’s been such a busy 3 days with The Face Shop but it was great fun!

Thank you again The Face Shop Ph for flying us out to learn the tricks of Korean makeup, have soooo much good food, and see Seoul in a different light!

xxx,
Hye

Slimming Services Review: Big Day Slim

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This is my very first time to try a slimming service so I was quite excited, to be honest!

The Big Day Slim is a non-invasive slimming service company that will help you get ready for your Big Day – be it a wedding, a debut, or a trip to the beach – at the comfort of your own home. They claim to help you lose inches off your waist, thighs, abdomen, and arms.

I’ve tried both their Lipocavitation and Radiofrequency services on my arms and thighs, to see which is better for me. Read on below to see my review! πŸ˜‰

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Lipocavitation Slimming Service

I. LIPOCAVITATION

This service uses ultrasonic waves to melt stubborn fat. They say that the body will continue to burn fat even after the day of the treatment.

Cost: Php 1,700 for abdomen; Php 1,700 for thighsTime: 40 minutes each body part

My Experience:
Apparently, this service melts fat but doesn’t tighten.
They first apply a clear cream on your body, then the pulse starts to beep constantly for 30-40 minutes. I found this slightly irritating to my ears but I was able to complete the session since there was no pain at all.

Result: lost 0.5 in off my waist and thighs, respectively

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Radiofrequency Service (and a little cameo from my dog! haha)

I. RADIOFREQUENCY

This service uses radiofrequency energy to destroy fat cells. It has the added benefit of cellulite reduction and collagen production on top of inches lost. They recommend doing this 2 weeks prior to your big day.

Cost: Php 1,300 for abdomen; Php 1,300 for thighs (cheaper than the Lipocavitation!)

Time: 40 minutes each body part

My Experience:
The therapist will first apply a white cream, and the knob will be massaged in a circular motion against your skin. It it slightly warm to touch in the beginning, but I found it quite relaxing after a few minutes. It may be slightly painful to others but you can always ask the therapist to adjust the pulse frequency according to your preference.
After the treatment, my stomach and legs were slightly red from the vibrations.

Result: lost 0.5 in off my waist. (same as lipocavitation)

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Radiofrequency on my abdomen
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Radiofrequency on my thighs

Along with the slimming treatments, you can bundle pampering services too! I personally included foot spa service to my treatment (I love a good foot spa).

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Overall, I prefer the Radiofrequency treatment, but I can say that both services were effective!

Check out their website at www.bigdayslimteam.com for more info on their services!

Trying Something New

I’ve been pretty active on several social media sites for quite a while now – Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat – you name it. Some people don’t even want to go beyond 2 social media accounts, but for me, a 140-character tweet or a 15-second snap just isn’t enough sometimes (lol).

I’m starting this little blog to elaborate on the things I love – be it sharing my love for makeup, behind-the-scenes moments of a shoot, or a trip abroad with friends. I guess you can call it my digital diary (?) being shared to the world. I love reminiscing through things I loved or places I’ve been to at any time.

Join me as I go along this new-ish path and I hope you enjoy taking a closer peek into my life!

xxx
Hye