NARS Audacious Lipstick Jane | Review and Swatches

When news first came out that NARS is releasing 40 new lipsticks… I was like:

Are any of them matte?


Hmmmm…. K.

But 3 weeks ago, I found myself at the NARS Audacious launch in Rustans Makati… and now we’re here

I don’t know if it’s because the lipsticks are really THAT good or because I didn’t have high expectations, probably both, but I was so blown away by the formula and pigmentation that I can’t NOT get at least one of them.

I was interested in Dominique (because that’s the only shade that stuck to me). But when I tried it on, it looked grayish lavender against my face — not the type that brightens up my olive-yellow skin. The SA agreed with me and suggested Anna which I’m not going to be talking about in this post because I couldn’t get an accurate shot of the color.

Color and Pigmentation

Anyway, I wasn’t going to get another one until January, but in a moment of weakness, I bought my second tube — Jane, described as terracotta rose. I don’t know what color rose is. Against my skin tone, Jane is medium terracotta, a muted orange with brown and red tones.

Nars Audaciou Jane Bullet

Nars Audacious Jane Lipstick

I don’t think I’ve ever seen this color in a lipstick before. If you want to ease your way into orange, this is definitely a color to try. It’s very wearable and it doesn’t clash with most of my clothes. (more…)

EYEBROWS PART 1: Eyebrow Shaping for The Totally Clueless

I used to get my eyebrows shaped and threaded every two weeks. But I decided that I should just learn how to shape and groom my own brows to save time and money.

The first thing I did was watch hundreds of youtube tutorials and read as many blog posts as possible. After consuming all those resources, I still couldn’t get it.

All I keep hearing was:

“go this way”

“start from this point until you reach that point”

In my head, I’m like “where is THAT way?” and “what POINT is that again?”

I don’t know how to draw and I absolutely do not have any art skills.

My brain doesn’t and can not process information from an art or drawing perspective. So even if I slow-mo a video of someone drawing an eyebrow, I won’t get it.

I had this brilliant idea of looking at it from a math perspective, geometry to be specific. I looked at pictures of good looking pairs of eyebrows and tried to see what they all have in common.

After what seemed like a million pairs of eyebrows, I reached a light bulb moment.

So, if you can relate to not getting it, like I once was, I lovingly dedicate this to you.

If you’re one of the lucky ones who gets it, you might find my technique very silly, please consider not reading through, this is potentially embarrassing. :D

Also, disclaimers:

  • The post is for grooming the hairs only, shading and defining will be discussed in the next installment(s).
  • This is catered more to someone with dense & bushy eyebrows.


You know those angled-arrows guideline from the nostrils? It doesn’t work for my anatomy.

Eyebrow Arrow 2014-09-11 06.30.37

Just imagine if I shave all of my inner brows to follow the nostril line. THE HORROR.

If I do that, my brows would be too far apart making my nose look even wider. From the center of my face, my brow starts here (aligned from the bulb*, not the nostrils):

Eyebrow Arrow 2014-09-11 06.28.20

Also, as you can see from the arrows above, my brows aren’t arched where they say it’s supposed to be arched. I don’t force it anymore. I’ve accepted the fact that I have straight-ish brows and I’ve embraced that. After knowing where to start, the next question is “where should it go”?


2+ years ago, I asked Gellie if I could use her BrowHaus-groomed eyebrow photos for this post. Her BrowHaus entry was written in 2012 (that’s how long this post is overdue).

Anyway, here’s a photo of her un-groomed brows:


There’s a natural shape there. I know you can see it. You just have to remove the stray hairs to make it look a little neater. If you can’t see it. See the photo below:


From the end that is nearest to the nose (let’s call it “head”) — draw an imaginary line towards the direction of the highest part of the brows. It helps if you start with the top line first (line #1) — let’s not deal with “where the arch should be”. The arch will reveal itself — or not.

Our brows have a natural point and you’ll be able to see it. If you don’t have that ‘point’, just draw two straight lines that are somehow parallel to each other (lines #1 and #2) in the direction where your brow goes. Look at the photo immediately above this paragraph, see how lines #1 and #2 are of almost equal width apart… AND, line #1 reaches an “end” where there’s no more hair — there’s your point, the upper arch.


From the highest point of the upper arch, draw a line that goes downwards (line #3) — towards the direction where the eyebrow tail hairs grow.

Draw line #4 starting from the point where hair changes direction or when it starts going downwards — towards the direction where it meets line #3.

Then, remove all the hairs outside the eyebrow shape you created — pluck, shave, or whatever it is that you do, remove them all. Not everyone looks good in Cara Delevingne brows.

The groomed version should look like this:


As you can see, Gel’s brow shape was not dramatically altered. BrowHaus merely cleaned it up.


Some people do not have a tail that goes down. So you can either draw a donwards tail or embrace your straight-across brows.

Below is a photo of my brows without the tail drawn:

Eyebrow No Tail

Here’s a photo of my brows with the tail drawn:

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My brows are quite short and bitin so I extend it a little bit downwards (towards the direction of the hair growth).

You can also do it how Ae of An Artechoke does it:

She extends it (just a little) to the side, not downwards. Notice how her brows follow the same concept of being the same-ish width from the “head” to the “arch”, only instead of a downwards tail, they’re tapered on the sides.


You can also make your brows look a little bit more arched by tweaking the technique.


  1. Draw Line #1 first (refer to Gel’s photo) from the head to the arch.
  2. Draw Line #2 but instead of drawing it parallel to Line #1, draw the line at an upward angle slightly approaching the upper arch’s highest point.Do NOT make abrupt curves, else you’ll end up with brows that resemble tadpoles in love.

Look at the lower arrow on the left brow to see what I mean by abrupt curves:


Now look at the right brow — see how the lower arrow moves slightly upwards and towards the arch instead of parallel to the upper arrow line.

A good example of an arched brow that can be achieved using the tweaked technique is Jes’ brow below:

The width of the brow from the head slowly narrows as it approaches the highest point of the brow in a stream-lined fashion. No abrupt curves. No tadpole there, people.


To be honest, I just eyeball it.

The arrow from the nostril kind of works for me, but I don’t think it applies to everyone, esp those with straight brows like Ae. If she follows the arrow-from-nostril guideline, she might end up with strangely long brows.

With my brows, I just imagine how they would encase my eyeshadow. Maybe this is what they mean by the brows being able to “frame” the eyes???

My personal rule is: all the eyeshadow should fit within the brows. If I won’t be wearing eyeshadow, I just make sure that the tail doesn’t end just right above the outer corner of my eye. I extend the tail to the side not going lower than highest point of my eyes to avoid making my eyes look droopy-er.

Eyebrow Bobbi Brown Crushed Plum 2

I don’t know if I made sense there.

Anyway, I really hope I helped at least one person with this. I also listed the links to Ae’s Ultimate Brow Guide:

She’s an architect (maybe that’s why her guide is digestible to me.) I wish she wrote these in 2011. Her brows are two of the AWESOMEst in the universe.


On Hair + Faux Bob

I usually get my haircut from Mr. Shin of The Beauty Brick. I like that he knows how to cut my hair and he doesn’t engage in small talk. During a haircut, I usually prefer not being talked to.

Anyway, I’m not sure if this is accurate, but I noticed that only Mr. Shin does all the cutting. No one else. Which means, I can’t just walk in whenever I want to expecting that a skilled apprentice would at least be available for a quick trim… (more…)

MAC (Limited Edition) Lipstick Dupes

I think I’m getting good at remembering lipstick colors and knowing what other lipsticks they are similar to. Unfortunately, that doesn’t keep me from getting the same thing when I buy stuff online.

I got three new lipsticks several weeks ago that are unfortunately the same with some lipsticks I’ve seen or tried already. Here they are:

Dupe #1: MAC True Love’s Kiss and Lipstick Queen Deep Red Sinner

I hate that there’s not enough swatches for Lipstick Queen Sinner in Deep Red. Had I known that it is as wet as MAC amplified lipsticks, I would have stayed as far away as I can.

In the swatches below Deep Red seems deeper, but trust me they’re the same color. True Love’s Kiss is just a little bit sheerer.

On the lips, I won’t be able to tell them apart if I put one on the right and the other on the left. If you can’t find True Love’s Kiss (Maleficent) anymore, go for Deep Red.

MAC True Loves Kiss Lipstick Queen Sinner Deep Red Dupe Swatch

Dupe #2: MAC Sin and MAC Fixed on Drama

I used to own Fixed on Drama (LE retro matte), so when I got Sin, I thought it looked very VERY familiar — including the formula. I know Sin is supposed to be matte but it is so dry it might as well be a retro matte. I also couldn’t tell them apart if I wore both of them on either side of my lips.


Shopping Ban Musings: Beauty MNL, Nars Audacious, and My Pocket Notebook

When you’re in a shopping ban, it’s like the universe is doing EVERYTHING in its power to tease and taunt you.

Maybe everything just seems more awesome because I can’t have it.

But my mind is all set. I have a good feeling that I’ll be successful because I was going to get at least 4 of the NARS Audacious lipsticks a day before the ban and I stopped myself because cramming purchases right before the ban is cheating. Ok, I did get one because ~y’know, last hurrah. 

I’ll write about this lipstick soon, I promise.

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Also, I stumbled upon a new local shopping site — Beauty MNL. I stumbled upon their instagram first, then I clicked the site. I didn’t break, ok? We’re still good with my no-shopping challenge.