Lash Primer Battle: Benefit VS JCat

 

Before anything, I want to tell you guys that I. HAVE. NO. LASHES. HAHA

Okay, I’m exaggerating. But really, I barely have any lashes! Putting a mascara alone isn’t enough to open up my eyes, so I swear by a good lash primer.

My holy grail lash primer is Lancome’s Cils Booster XL Super-Enhancing Macara Base ($25.50) . It’s in my May Wishlist. But I always love to try new products (and find more afforadable dupes), so here I am testing two lash primers: the Benefit They’re Real Tinted Lash Primer ($24) VS the JCat Lash Primer Mascara ($5.99 !!!).

I. UPON APPLICATION OF PRIMER

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APPLIED: Benefit They’re Real Primer

On this eye, I applied Benefit’s Lash Primer. Since it’s tinted, it didn’t leave any white fiber on my lashes. It wasn’t clumpy at all. But I couldn’t tell from the primer alone if it was going to volumize my lashes after mascara.

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APPLIED: JCat Primer

On this eye, I applied JCat’s Lash Primer. The product left a pretty clumpy amount of fiber once applied, but it seemed more volumizing than the Benefit one. When it dries, it stays white.

II. UPON APPLICATION OF MASCARA

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Showing you a before and after photo looking at the camera, and looking down. πŸ˜‰
The primer definitely volumized and lengthened my lashes, though it looked a little clumpy after. Nothing a lash comb can’t fix though.

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For the JCat Primer, my mascara applied with almost no clumps! It lengthened my lashes to a great extent. The effect of the primer looked more subtle than the Benefit primer.

III. FINAL LOOK

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Left: Benefit; Right: JCat

The JCat primer was definitely more lengthening, and the Benefit primer was more volumizing.

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Left: Benefit; Right: JCat

You can tell here that the Jcat side is longer than the Benefit side. The JCat side is also less clumpy. Not bad at all for such an affordable price!

Although not that noticeable, the JCat side wasn’t as black as the Benefit side (maybe it’s because of the white cast from the primer). If you like your lashes to be extra BLACK, then this specific JCat primer isn’t for you (they have other non-white primers too though).

REMOVAL:
In terms of removing the mascara and primer, Benefit was easier to take off. The JCat primer was more difficult to remove as it stuck to my lashes more. Also, when you remove the mascara from your JCat primer, there are still white fibers stuck to it! Just use a good oil-based remover to make the process easier.

FINAL VERDICT?

I like the effect of the JCat lash primer more because it’s less clumpy and it makes my lashes look really long!
It retails for $5.99 only so you can’t go wrong with that!

 

What’s YOUR favorite lash primer? Let me know in the comments below!

xxx,
Hye

Beauty Wish List May 2017

I’m sure you’re all familiar with that list of beauty products jotted down on a pad or constantly embedded in your mind, which you always dream of having in your very own vanity. More than being a list to merely go back to, it’s a list that inspires us to work harder (so we can buy them all lol). Here is my beauty wish list for the month of May!

SKINCARE

Sunday Riley Sleeping Night Oil, $105
Okay so I’ve been pretty loyal with my Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum, as it literally changed my life. I wake up in the morning with a radiant and smooth skin. Sometimes I do wonder how Sunday Riley’s Sleeping Night Oil would compare (it’s also just as expensive as the Estee Lauder ANR Serum)

Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream, $30
I don’t suffer from dark circles but I do have puffy eyelids in the morning (asian eyes problems). Would love to try this GinZing cream!

PREP

Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer, $36
Beauty gurus like Tati have been raving about Smashbox primers. Currently trying to finish my Urban Decay Brightening & Tightening Complexion Primer Potion.

FACE

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, $30
My favorite high-end concealer, hands down.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, $13
I’ve been wanting to try this since Zoella mentioned it years ago, but I just haven’t had the chance to find it. (Should’ve ordered it on Amazon while I was in the States!)

NARS One Shocking Moment Blush Palette
Nars One Shocking Moment Blush Palette, $69
All-in-one face palette. Too pretty to look at.

LIPS

Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme in Fawn Over Me, $30
I tried this in my local Sephora while I was in New York. LOVED the formula of it. It was satin-y but not shiny, and there was no weird smell. It’s just a little too pricey for a liquid lipstick (I bought a NYX Lingerie in Ruffled Trim instead… for now(?)).

EYES

Cils Booster XL
Lancome Cils Booster XL lash primer, $25.5
Tried this years ago and haven’t able to repurchase it yet.

BAKED BROWNS
Dose of Colors Baked Browns palette, $32
I blame Kathleen Lights for making me want this palette haha!

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NYX Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette in Warm, $17.99
Yet another warm palette. Surprise, surprise!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette, $42
WHAT. A. BEAUT.

I think this palette is what I want to have the MOST in this entire list. So pretty!!!

Kylie Cosmetics Kyshadow Burgundy Palette, $42
As you can see I may be a little obsessed with warm-toned eyeshadow palettes that have reds and burgundies.

Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette in Ablaze, $29
Just look at those reds!!! *cries*

Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Palette, $53
This is one helluv-an expensive eyeshadow palette but Charlotte Tilbury’s Youtube tutorials are drawing me closer and closer to it.

That’s about it for my beauty wish list for this month! Will keep referring back to this list to daydream about these products. One day I will get them! πŸ˜‰ Let me know YOUR dream products and if you have tried any of these!

xxx
Hye

*Photos grabbed from Sephora, Cult Beauty, Temptalia, NYX

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!

MAC Lipstick Collection (+ Swatches!)

To be honest with you, I was never really a fan of makeup before modeling. It was one of those things that was pretty to look at, but never something I personally wanted to collect.
Fast forward to today, makeup has literally become my source of happiness. I LOVE looking at it, using it, and collecting it.

Here are my MAC lipsticks which I’ve collected over the years through MAC jobs, personal purchases, and gifts. You will see how the colors look on my lips, and what they look like when swatched on my arms.
*Note that I have an olive skin color with a yellow undertone. πŸ˜‰
Hope this helps you in your future MAC lipstick purchases, and I hope you enjoy!

(I) My Everyday Lipsticks
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These lipsticks are nudes that are easy to wear. Whenever I don’t want to think about what lip color to wear that day, I just pick from one of these. They are fail-proof and they go with almost any (or no) eye makeup!

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Myth (Satin)
Believe it or not, this was the VERY FIRST MAC LIPSTICK I ever owned/bought! I got it because of YouTube’s Elle Fowler (but then I realized I am tan and she is fair, lol). It was when pure nude lipsticks were all the rage. Whenever I put it on alone though, it washes me out so I either mix it with other lipsticks when I want to desaturate a certain color, or I use it as a base for other lipstick colors to pop out more.

Jubilee (Lustre)
Don’t get intimidated by the color on the tube! It looks really brown but when you put it on, it’s a very subtle brown-nude with a slight shine. Lustre lipsticks are always lighter than they look vs. when applied!

Peach Blossom (Cremesheen)
As you can see from the first photo, this lipstick has been so overused it’s almost out. It’s the perfect pinky nude with a sheen. Perfect for everyday.

Shanghai Spice (Cremesheen)
This is a sheen nude with coral tones. Definitely complements warmer skin tones like mine!

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Blankety (Amplified)
Amplified is one of my favorite lipstick formulas because what you see on the tube is literally what you get. This was actually a gift from one of my makeup artist friends (thanks Gery! haha). This is a pale-nude than can look a little gray when I’m darker than usual.

Velvet Teddy (Matte)
My current FAVE! It is a brown-nude lipstick with hints of pink. The formula doesn’t dry my lips out even if it’s matte!

Fast Play (Amplified)
I wear this when I want a more saturated lip color. It is great for both day and night. It’s a very subtle pink-berry that is really pigmented when applied.

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Spirit (Satin)
That perfect 90s-brown lipstick color! Super creamy when applied because of its’ satin formula.

Kinda Sexy (Matte)
Highly-pigmented peachy nude. One of my favorites as well.

Please Me (Matte)
Highly-pigmented pink, but not overwhelmingly bright. It can still be worn for everyday without being too crazy.

(II) Pinks and Brights

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The first few lipsticks I’ll show you are still wearable, but they are more on the pinks and corals, rather than nudes. The latter lipsticks are for when you want to spice up your lip color a little bit!

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Pink Pearl of Pop (Cremesheen)
This is a pink lipstick that’s very light due to the Cremesheen formula.

Sunny Seoul (Cremesheen)
Very similar to Pink Pearl of Pop, it just has more of a peachy-pink tone.

Coral Bliss (Cremesheen)
Another everyday lipstick when you feel like wearing the perfect coral with a sheen.

Lovelorn (Lustre)
Pink with a slight blue/purple undertone.

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Pink Nouveau (Satin)
Highly pigmented pink that is brighter than Please Me.

Snapdragon (Lustre)
Again, the tube looks crazy, but when you put it on it’s a bright pink that is still quite wearable.

Morange (Amplified)
Now this is when you want to rock a very orange lip. Amplified is awesome as always.

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Flat Out Fabulous (Retro Matte)
This is my perfect magenta. It stays in the lips even after so many hours, and it brightens the color of my face.

Lustering (Lustre)
Darker than a pink, but lighter than a red. Perfect for when you can’t decide between the two colors!

Zen Rose (Sheen Supreme)
A magenta with some shine, but still highly pigmented and easier to apply than a Matte lipstick.

(III) Deep and Dark

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D for Danger (Matte)
This is a matte red that has a some berry tones in it. Really great for a night look!

Russian Red (Matte)
I’m sure everyone knows about this shade. This is the perfect red lipstick.

Plumful (Lustre)
I wear this when I want a wearble purple on my lips. Since it’s a Lustre, it’s really easy to apply.

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Up The Amp (Amplified)
This is also one of my favorite lipsticks just because it’s so different. It’s a bright bluish-purple but somehow, it works well on my skin tone.

Diva (Matte)
This is my go-to dark berry color. When I want more red tones, I just choose D for Danger instead.

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So those were all my MAC lipsticks at the moment. Makeup is really a very personal thing. Not all the shades I like will be liked by others, so it’s really important to find the lipsticks that best work for you!
Hit me up if you have any comments or questions.

Thanks for making it this far. Until next time! πŸ˜‰

xxx,
Hye