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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Mini Haul from E.L.F. Studio

I just thought of sharing some pictures of my brushes from
E.L.F Studio Line:

Thanks to my friend Sep who hosted the pool orders,
so i got myself the following:

Powder Brush
-for full coverage color

-creates a professionally sculpted look

-use for powder or blush for perfect contouring

Complexion Brush
-creates an even and natural finish
-expertly sweeps all types of powder across the entire
and sculpts features beautifully

-use with pressed, loose, or transluscent powders, blush or bronzer.

Eyeshadow "C" Brush
-creates the perfect smokey eye
-the medium size brush gives more control for
specific blending needs

-use with any powder eyeshadow product for color blending

You can save much on ordering any item from ELF Studio Line by using code "5FOR5STUDIO" to avail a whooping 50% discount valid until August 1, 2009. Isn't that great?!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Best Drugstore Shampoos

Best Drugstore Shampoos

Though Pantene dominates this category, it wasn't number one. Guess what brand was?

Shampoo is something TotalBeauty.com readers feel very passionate about, which will become clear as you peruse these glowing reviews of their favorite shampoos. But the icing on the cake is that these products are all from the drugstore -- and many are under five bucks, no joke.

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No. 19: Aussie Sydney Smooth Shampoo, $3.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 9*

"My hair is naturally curly and I've dyed it a lot so it"s pretty dry and frizzy, but with Aussie Sydney Smooth Shampoo... my hair has NO FRIZZ..."

No. 18: Head and Shoulders Citrus Breeze Shampoo, $7.69

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 9*

"[Head and Shoulders] fixed [my dandruff] problem in one wash ... not only does it keep your head moisturized, but it gives your hair tons of shine..."

No. 17: TreSemme Smooth & Silky Shampoo, $3.89

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 9*

"I don't even need to condition anymore," one reader says of its moisturizing quality...

Want to see what's no. 1? Click here!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Product Review: Ocean Mist Cosmetics (MMU)

Hi there! take a look at my haul i got from Ocean Mist Cosmetics:

I bought a full size of their Lightly Tinted Mineral Finish (it's a rice powder, actually)

and samples of the following:


Sea Fan

Finishing Powder:
Silken Perfection

Sea Foam Green Color Corrector

Rose Red
Pretty N Pink
Blue Aquatica

The Lilia shade was the closest match i got, it is a golden fair color as it was described. Coverage is medium to heavy, depending on the application. The finish is somewhat matte, which is not my favorite.. i prefer dewy, and sheen but not "glittery".. I reserve this mmu for occasions that requires me to wear matte and heavy coverage.
The green color corrector is a good product, and helps to cover those areas that need a little extra touch up.
Sea Fan blush is a sunny apricot color with a slight shimmer. It also has warm undertones. This has become one of my favorite blushes so far.

Btw, if you intend to shop at Ocean Mist, they have an ongoing promo for this month-- SAVE 25% off all products from June 1-30, 2009. Just enter the promo code "june" when prompted for the promo code.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Product Review: Milan Minerals

Here are the items i ordered from Milan Minerals months ago. I took advantage of the 30% discount they had via promo code "30off". You know it's hard to resist the urge to shop when there are tempting promos especially huge discounts. ;)

Perfect Presentation- Original Formula/ Untinted
(10gram jar)

Mineral Foundation in Lana shade (25 gram full-sized jar)

and i also got eyeshadows:
Appletini and Teal Me No Lies

They charged me US$5 for shipping, computed by weight. It's not a standard shipping fee you can choose in the usual drop-down menu option. I haven't visited their site recently, so i am not sure if their policy is still the same.

Oh, by the way, if you will only order samples, the shipping is free worldwide. However, samples do not qualify for discounts and there's a limit of 2 shades per sample for every order.

Two extra items (Kiana foundie & Perfect Presentation) for my friend

were included in this package.


Lana Foundation (Medium to Heavy Coverage)

As their website suggests, Lana is recommended for those with yellow skintones (Asians). The shade is comparable to Joppa Minerals' Ginger. I find this Milan shade too yellow that i have to mix it with mineral foundie with olive shades or those lacking with yellow tones. I also like the dewy finish. But like most of the mmu i tried, the shade is forgiving and my skin can adapt to the color even if i chose not to mix it with other shades-- it is by applying just a thin layer of this foundie followed by the Perfect Presentation finpow. ;)

Perfect Presentation (Original Formula)

"Airbrushed look, anyone?" I saw this line on their website and got intrigued. They have three shades to choose from: Light, Dark and the one i chose-- Original Formula (untinted). They can be used as either a primer or as finishing powder. The texture is comparable to Earthen Glow Mineral's High Definition finishing powder. They're almost the same for me. Both control the oilies... i love them both!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Top 14 Makeup Removers

See which products easily stripped off eye makeup (and everything else)

We makeup junkies need a good product to take it all off at the end of the day -- no clogged pores or stained pillowcases for us!

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