Sunday, March 28, 2010

Amen! I won in the Lanolips Contest Giveaway!

I woke up from a nap and checked my email and holy WOW!  I received one of the best facebook messages ever from Lanolips :)

"Lanolips Lip Ointment March 29 at 11:32am

You've won a Lanolips Rhubarb and 101 Ointment set.
Please let us know where to send your prize to. It will be put in the post this week.

Lady Lamb x"

This was my winning entry :

Lady Lamb
143 PuckerPout Rd.
Fleeceville, Lanolips Land... See More

Dearest Lady Lamb,

I have a beauty problem that perhaps someone as pretty as you can help me with. I adore your kissable lips but just can't seem to keep my own as healthy in a frequently air-conditioned environment at work, where I work 18 or sometimes up to 20 hours a day on some occasions as a visual effects compositor/animator. My boyfriend is also in the same department so I like to keep myself pretty and fresh even under pressure.

I have all my beauty essentials and toiletries on hand, because sometimes we stay over at work due to intense projects, and under stress my lips always chap, flake, and bleed. I refrain from putting other products on once my lips have been wounded, because I don't know if they will help heal them or infect them.

But Lo and behold I go online and see your pretty face, with those Garbo-esque eyes and perfect lips and I think you've got something more for me, something I've been needing all these years that is not available in this faraway land.

Please help me, Lady Lamb. Send me your not-so-secret secret, and I will be forever grateful.

Smoochingly sincere,

(26 Manila, Philippines)

Today feels like Christmas.  I'm so thankful Lady Lamb gave me something to blog about today :) I love looking forward to receiving things in the post.  This sooo made my day :)  Here below are some soft lips I digitally painted in Photoshop using my pen tablet from before, I post them as a big thank you to Lanolips, sorry they're not colored yet...

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Michelle Phan's fave - CVS Essence of Beauty brushes

Last week I received a package speedier than I expected from ebay!  Oh my, this is it...the wonder cheapie...

 Oh my goodness, these are the same brushes my idol (YouTube's #1 makeup guru) Michelle Phan uses!

Michelle Phan really made it clear that this is her
favorite blending brush for her base.
This is from her Purple Hazy tutorial
and her costume Geisha Tutorial.

She used this brush in a lot of her videos when she was just starting out as a makeup guru :) Here it is again in her Hippie Princess tutorial

In all their glory

I think what made her like these brushes a lot was that  even when if you consider that Essence of Beauty is a drugstore brand, this set is still made with authentic hair and fibers.

It says on the back of the reusable, resealable pack :)and yesterday I tried it on myself as I gussied up for my friend's bridal shower.  Really nice for blending concealer under the eyes and around the nose...I'm super happy I got this set.  Thanks, Michelle, for all that you share!

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Lip Lovin' Lanolips - My first review

(picture taken from Lanolips' Facebook wall)

Ah! So here I am having promised the people at Addicted 2 Lipbalm, a lip-care specialty store in Australia that I would share a few of my thoughts on my very first online purchases from them: Lanolips lip ointments. Here in the spotlight is Lanolips' highly acclaimed (as featured within the pages of In Style) 101 Ointment - Ultra Medical Grade Lanolin.

So first off, what is Lanolin? According to the online Encyclopedia Britannica, it is:
"a purified form of wool grease or wool wax (sometimes erroneously called wool fat), used either alone or with soft paraffin or lard or other fat as a base for ointments, emollients, skin foods, salves, superfatted soaps, and fur dressing. Lanolin, a translucent, yellowish-white, soft, unctuous, tenacious substance, is readily absorbed by the skin and thus makes an ideal base for medicinal products intended to be absorbed."  A note to some, it would be wise to know whether you are allergic to lanolin or not because a few people are.  It's always good to be safe :)
I heard about Lanolips from acclaimed UK Beauty Blogger Charlotte on her site Lipglossiping.  In ultra medical grade form Lanolin is pure and good as a skin emollient.  I've tried their 101 lip formula and their tinted formula in Dark Honey, which is the sheer shade closest to my lipcolor. 

 (left to right: rose, apples, sunshine, and dark honey)

 I was extremely satisfied with Lanolips especially because I found myself not having to reapply till the end of the day unless of course I ate greasy food.  My lips didn't crack and flake like they usually do, and even if they did bleed like before from excessive dryness, it would've been safe to reapply Lanolips because of its healing properties.  I for one love that it eventually is absorbed by the lip after several minutes upon application and the product doesn't just sit greasy on top of the surface, plus all you need is a tiny bit.  It's highly concentrated.  A little goes a  long way :)

The fine print on the back of Lanolips' 101 formula tube reads:

"Lanolips 101 Ointment

Ingredients: 100% Ultra-refined Medical Grade Lanolin 
  • The purest medical lanolin
  • 100% natural and pure
  • Vegetarian and newborn friendly 
  • Animal cruelty free 
  • Ultra-hygienic and irritant free
  • Holds 200% of its own weight in moisture
  • Major ingredient used in wound-healing and hospitals.
  • Lanolips has 101 uses including chapped lips, nursing nipples, cuticles, 
  • dry nasal passages, severely dry, cracked &itchy skin & more."

I am based in the Philippines, so I was able to obtain my purchase through a family friend who visited Australia for around 2 weeks.  In fact we hit a bump in the road when I gave the guys at Addicted 2 Lipbalm the wrong shipping address ( the house number was wrong by 1 digit) and the package got returned to sender.  Thankfully it did and the store people gave me a chance to fix the error, they were so nice to me as a 1st time customer and resent the package to the right address at no extra cost provided that I give feedback on the products I purchased.  Lanolips is great and Lady Lamb's red pout makes me smile every time I see her face.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Testing posting...

Testing, posting 1, 2, 3

Isa, Dalawa, Tatlo...

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