Saturday, April 17, 2010

Glam Goodies from Guam

My 13 year old younger brother recently had a youth soccer tournament in Guam so he and Mom got their U.S. Visas and with his high school soccer team, the De La Salle Canlubang 14&under group, they headed for U.S. Territory.  Of course coupled with that was a haul opportunity.  It wasn't a major makeup haul but a really significant one for me since it was the first real one which I intended to write about.

First in line, Lancome Le Lipstique Lipliner/Lip Pencil in Bronzelle.  What I really like about this is that it comes with a lip brush on the other side.  No more reaching elsewhere after drawing in your cupid's bow, simply flip to blend.  Originally I wanted to save for Estee Lauder's Double Wear Spice Lip pencil, but Mom alerted me about the Lancome Sale in Guam, so I happily compromised. :)

Second is Lancome Aquatique Waterproof Eyecolor Base in Nude.  Simply put, it is a waterproof eyelid primer in cream solid form.  I originally asked Mom to hunt for the Ombre Perfecteur lid primer, but according to the Lancome Lady, Ombre Perfecteur has been out of stock for 2 months (good work, Michelle Phan).  According to Mom this was a free sample that came with my Lancome Bronzelle pencil and the lady actually reassured her that this product by Lancome was better than Ombre Perfecteur.  Will have to do an FOTD putting this to the test (wry smile, rubs hands together).  Sorry I forgot to swatch this in the morning light.  Mom came back from Guam with some virus so I had to get this over with tout suite.

Lancome was awfully generous.  Upon purchasing Le Lipstique, Aquatique was not the only sample they were happily able to provide mom with.  We also got 2 sachets of luxurious sunscreen and a travel size bottle of Lancome's gentle eye makeup remover, Bi-Facil, which I prize highly already.

Next item in my cosmetic conga line is Rimmel's highly acclaimed (by the Pixiwoo sisters, Sam and Nic Chapman, thanks for pointing me in this direction) and not so very new Sexy Curves Mascara.  Crowned like royalty it is, too.

The mascara applicator is curvy and wobbly , and I can hardly stop myself from beginning to rave about this mascara at the moment.  I tried it immediately after I opened it, but I guess I'll save my comments for this product in my next FOTD.  All I can say is, it's really, really good.

This is Sam Chapman of Pixiwoo in the video that convinced me I needed to get that awesome drugstore mascara :)

Last,but not the least, is Cover Girl's travel-sized treat, their Shadowblast eyeshadow stick.  I did a few simple swatches on my hand.  I found it funny that the product was somewhat "sweating" inside the tube, the sudden shift in humidity I believe had something to do with that (90% tropical humidity), well, could be worse, it could have been melting.  Don't have solid opinions on this one yet, i'd have to do a look to be able to comment more about this.  All I can say is, it is possibly an on-the-go person's go-to eyeshadow.  That would be someone with no time or tolerance to use brushes or other tools sold separately to achieve a perfectly blended made-up look.  They kind of made me reminisce about my art classes that involved Sakura Oil Pastels.  Ok, that's it for now.  There's actually one more special item I didn't include here, simply because it's extremely special, I hold onto that one till I've tested and documented it :)