Diva Entourage

Teaser: Lipstick Queen Entourage vs MAC Diva — Dupes? Which one’s better?

I didn’t expect that stopping and smelling the roses would result in less frequent posting. I should have foreseen that, though.

The more time I took in appreciating and playing with makeup, the less of a “reviewer” I became.

It’s liberating not to have to monitor how long a lipstick lasts or how a particular product compares to something else. I didn’t realize that looking for minute differences between products causes me unnecessary stress. At the end of the day, the differences are too insignificant to matter.

This brings me to: Diva and Entourage.

In the next 5 days, I plan on wearing MAC Diva on one side and Lipstick Queen Entourage on the other. No more hankering to find out which lipstick is better by watching my lips like a hawk. I’ll just check on how my lips look on either side at the end of the day (or after a meal, right before brushing my teeth), will take note of whatever I see or don’t see, and leave it there. This should be fun.

Lipstick Queen Entourage vs MAC Diva Lip Swatch

Can you guess which lipstick I’m wearing on either side?

Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight

Current Favorites (of all Favorites)

In the past few weeks, I’ve been sticking to the same stuff. This rarely happens because, before, I usually just use whatever I end up picking from my makeup thingamabob. The benefit of just keeping the stuff I like: I can do makeup roulette everyday.

When I deliberately try to look for a particular item among the favorites I keep, it’s a big deal.

Let’s get on to them.

NARS Audacious Anna

For most of this year I’ve been wearing either dark or bright-colored lipsticks. Lately I’ve been preferring muted MLBB-type colors and I blame NARS Audacious for this. Since I bought Anna, I don’t want to wear anything else (aside from the next lipstick I’m going to be talking about). I bring it with me everywhere.

Usually, by the end of the week, there’s at least 5 lipsticks in my bag. Now, I’m happy with just one.

Is this the beginning of the end?

Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Tawny Pink

I’ve been gushing over the Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte lipstick line since the start of the year. I still think that it’s THE BEST lipstick formula in the universe. It’s so good that I don’t even have a blog post solely about it. I’m afraid I won’t have enough words to contain my love for the line.

The Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte line is like NARS Audacious in an adrenaline rush. That’s how good it is, considering it’s cheaper by several $$.

Tawny Pink is in the same color family as Anna. It’s a muted mauve brown pink — a less mauve and more brown version of Anna.

Bobbi Brown Tawny Pink Nars Anna

Ellana Minerals Pressed Powder Foundation in Macchiato

After trying out their loose mineral formula, I was decided to turn my back on the whole Ellana Minerals makeup line. I’m happy I didn’t because their pressed foundation is amazing. The powder is not the smoothest and most finely milled, but who cares about powder technicalities? All that’s important to me is that it makes my skin look x-times smoother.


The Struggle is Real

In big life decisions, I follow these rules 75% of the time:

Do not make decisions late at night or in the wee hours of the morning.

Do not make decisions while drunk.

Do not make decisions when bored, sad, angry, or extra-happy.

Uhm… So. Why am I not already doing this to control makeup and sunblock shopping? (Yes, I’m having an epiphany.)

For the first time since I last broke the ban (Oct 18), I feel like I can really do this.

Oh, update, I made 2 exceptions:

  1. Grey-black brow powder (currently just sheering out a smudgy eye liner to work as a brow product). Thinking of getting Anastasia Brow Duo in Granite.
  2. 1 purchase a month is ok. Haven’t bought makeup in November. I think I need this because I’m on the verge of a shopping avalanche. If you want to know what that means, read this: Houston, I think we have a problem.


1 month, yo! 2 more to go.

To know why I’m doing this, click here: Stop and Smell The Flowers.

Swatches 2

My Favorite Drugstore Matte Lipstick Line: Sophie Paris Koshize Satinlips

The Koshize lipstick line is just awesome (not to be mistaken with the regular Sophie lipsticks).

I know it says satinlips but these lipsticks are matte. In case you’re wondering, Sophie Koshize’s satin lipsticks are called nutrilips.

These are probably one of the most underrated drugstore lipsticks in Asia. And it doesn’t help that they’re only available through direct sellers (if you can’t buy it from a drugstore (i.e. watsons), can you still call it a drugstore product?).

Maxi-Peel Fresh and Natural Skin Purifier Bottle

Maxi-Peel Fresh and Natural Skin Purifier: One-Week Use Update

For my experience on Day 1 and 2, please click here: Maxi-Peel Skin Purifier – Kick off.

I skipped on Day 3 because my skin looked dry. There was a thin onion skin-like film on my face and if it were any drier, I’m pretty sure the film would turn into flakes. (more…)

Maxi-Peel Fresh and Natural Skin Purifier Packaging

Maxi-Peel Fresh and Natural Skin Purifier: Skin Care Diary Kick-off

I stumbled upon this when I was looking for testers of the elusive Bobbie Cosmetics makeup line.

I didn’t realize it was a Maxi-Peel product at first. The packaging made it look like an organic-slash-natural product. Anyway, I picked it up because I check out almost anything literally green. After noticing the Maxi-Peel imprint, I wondered why something with tretinoin and hydroquinone would now be labeled Fresh and Natural — this only means one thing: it’s new.

Nars Jane MAC Lady Danger Ever Bilena Hot Summer 2

NARS Audacious Jane Lipstick 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 and now we’re here

Waiting for magic #nars @rustansthebeautysource

A photo posted by Rae Ocampo (@scatterb_rae_n) on

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

I was initially interested in Dominique (because that’s the only shade I remembered). But when I tried it on, it looked grayish lavender against my face — not the type of color that brightens up my olive-yellow skin. The SA agreed with me and suggested Anna which I’m currently having a hard time getting an accurate shot of.

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…)

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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.

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