Confessions of a Cosmetic Junkie

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Preview: TheBalm Limited Edition Muppets Cast Your Shadow Palette August 25, 2011

I think by now, based on my blog entries, you would have guessed that I had a pretty happy, normal childhood. I played in the streets, scraped my knees and elbows, knew pretty much all of the famous Filipino street games like Tumbang preso, Patintero, shakto (not sure of the spelling), football with a filipino twist – instead of a rubber ball, we use those plastic balls that were made to look like basketball and were a huge pain when you actually get hit by it (dodge ball style).

I grew up forced to take afternoon naps (which I so miss and want to take every single day hahaha) and in the afternoon, I am glued to watching cartoons like Thunder Cats (which now have a completely gross meaning), Street frogs and Karate Cat. Mornings are spent watching Sesame Street and Saturday afternoons are my favorite because The Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock is up. A lot of kids nowadays are no longer familiar of the Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock.

For my generation, let me refresh your memory… For the younger generation, let me introduce you to these magical and very entertaining group of puppets.

FRAGGLE ROCK: They live in caves and are simply a crazy bunch of muppets that love to sing and dance and from time to time get into mischief.

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THE MUPPET SHOW: These are at channel 9 think around 5 or 6pm. It’s a show with different hilarious segments.

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My favorites are the Swedish Chef (i honestly don’t understand everything he says but he is so freakin’ hilarious)

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and the 2 grumpy men on the balcony

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Anyway, I love them. They never cease to remind me that I absolutely had a grand time as a kid. So I do read a lot of tweets and beauty blogs so imagine my excitement when I heard that one of my favorite make-up brands – theBalm (locally available at the Beauty Bar), is actually releasing a make-up palette to commemorate the Muppet Movie being released this year I think.

TheBalm is probably one of the brands that do not get that much attention but are actually releasing very good quality make-up. They are comparable if not better than Urban Decay and MAC on the texture of their shadows, blushes, powders and even lipsticks. Their shadows are very buttery and soft. The color pay-off is very amazing as well. I honestly can’t say anything bad about their products as they are really of good quality. So the next time you visit Beauty Bar, try taking notice of theBalm’s counter so you can see for yourself how great their products are.

Here is a pic tweeted by @cardellino:

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On theBalm site, its described as:

“The perfect cast with the perfect shadows! Our Limited Edition palette contains all of your favorite Muppets in one multi-use face palette. With 16 gorgeous shadows/liners, 2 lip/cheek stains, and 1 lip gloss you’ll be able to create your best looks. With colors such as “Wocka, Wocka” and “Great Gonzo”, you’ll feel the Muppet Frenzy with every look. Complete with mirror and dual-ended brush, this palette has everything you need to get you ready for your starring role.”

Its an awesome, creative palette. You get a ton of product and the packaging is absolutely adorable. The color choices are a good mix of neutrals with a few pops of color thrown in. Muppet + Make-up + TheBalm = Heaven for me. 😀 The palette costs $44.50.

Since it’s a limited edition palette – only 1000 sets will be manufactured. So I’m not quite sure if the muppets palette will actually reach our local beauty bar stores. 😦 I already resigned myself to the fact that I will not get my hands on that palette when I first saw the promo photos.


Thank God for twitter, yesterday, theBalm announced that it is opening 300 sets for pre-order by simply sending an email with your name and how many you plan to purchase (limiting 2 per household). So excited as I was, I immediately sent an email with a prayer that I am part of the first 300.

When I got home from work today, opened my email and there it was… the lovely email confirming that I got in the list (Hurray!!! woohoo!!! back flips several times over). The email gives me a one-time link and when I click on the link, I am led to theBalm page which enabled me to pre-order for the set:

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So I ordered up, paid (after which I semi regretted for ordering just 1 palette… should have ordered 2 so a friend could have gotten her hands on the palette too… got too excited and did not think… dang!)… and now I shall comfortably wait for its delivery by early October.

For those who are not able to pre-order, do not fret as theBalm announced that they are releasing the same palette colors and contents for the holidays and it would be called TheBalm & The Beautiful. 😉 I was after the Muppet theme and packaging, hence, the effort of really ordering and patiently waiting for the delivery. So if you’re interested in the color combinations, you can then wait for the holiday release in December – where Beauty Bar always seem to get a stock of.

So I will definitely review as soon as I receive this by early October. :):):)


REVIEW: Lush “It Started with a Kiss” Lip Tint July 14, 2011

Filed under: Lip tint,Lips — karminaaguilar @ 7:47 pm
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When I want the “no-make-up” make-up look, lip tints are my go-to lip products. They last longer (even if you eat and drink a lot), they don’t transfer on your glass, tissue or the cheeks of your man 😉 Given the right shade, you can pull-off a “i-was-born-with-red-lips” quite easily.

A quick lesson on lip tints:
1) As the name implies, its a tint. It’s a sheer wash of color on your lips which has better staying power than lip gloss or lipstick.

2) Lip tints, are not moisturizing. I still use lip balm as I go through the day to keep my lips moisturized and to prevent them from chapping or peeling.

3) When you use a lip tint, make sure you exfoliate your lips (TIP: After brushing your teeth, run your toothbrush across your lips to remove any dead skin) otherwise, the peeling skin (should you have any) are magnified as the tint usually tends to cling more color on them.

I made a review earlier on the Lush lip tint in snow fairy. I was not that happy with the pigmentation of snow fairy as it was too light and did not do much on my slightly pigmented lips.


Lush released another lip tint a few months later – “It Started with a Kiss”. This lip tint is seriously pigmented. It looks scary on the pan as it is bright red. But fear not, it doesn’t go that rich on the lips. With just one sweep, it gives the lips a nice “just bitten” or “just kissed” shade of red. It smells like sweet cinnamon gum… for those sensitive to scents, this might turn you off but personally, as long as it does not have that waxy taste, I am perfectly fine with scents.


I know this is labeled as a lip tint but I also use it as a cheek tint… it works and my very sensitive skin did not react to it at all… it gave me a natural looking blush which lasted me a good 6 hours or so.

notice on my lips, without balm underneath, it shows the lines more prominently as the color goes to every crease or crevice they see :S

@Php325, it’s pretty reasonably priced considering the fact that it can double as a cheek tint.

It’s perfect for those hot days where you want to avoid make-up because of how sticky or oily your face can get. Simply swipe the color on your lips and blend a bit on your cheeks and you’re fresh-faced and ready to go.

These are available at all Lush stores.


REVIEW: Lush Snow Fairy Lip Tint November 6, 2010

Filed under: Lip tint,Lips — karminaaguilar @ 8:47 pm
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The stores are now decking their display shelves with holiday collections.  I am a holiday-loving girl and I like gawking at the pretty holiday displays.  Lush is one of the stores I frequent because I simply love their soaps and shampoos (I am currently addicted to their Curly Wurly shampoo – which is another review altogether :D). So anyway, as I entered the store, the sales people are just un-boxing their holiday stocks and one of the items I was waiting for is the Snow fairy bath gel… I saw them un-boxing a new item – the snow fairy lip tint!!!

I immediately wanted to purchase both but since they were still in the inventory phase, I was asked to come back… but I made sure I already got my snow fairies reserved – both the bath gel and the lip tint… I love the snow fairy bath gel that I just had to try the tint.

Before I make any beauty purchase, I read blogs to somehow help me make a wise purchase (and control my spending to quality finds :P). I was already warned that although the product is good, it does not help much on the “tint” area for pigmented lips.  I turned a blind eye and still pushed through with buying one since it really smelled great and it has this really pretty dark pink shade.

Consistency – it has a creamy consistency not the least bit waxy.  It glides smoothly on the lips.  It’s creamier than the normal Lush lip balms but I’m thinking it’s not supposed to be like a balm since it is supposed to be a lip tint. It is moisturizing and makes my lips feel really soft.

Color pay-off – as you can see on the swatch above, it has a lovely shade of pink and with a little blending, it has a healthy looking pinkish color.  I have read in one of my favorite beauty blogs (Musings of a Muse) that she used it as cheek color and it worked really well.  I tried that and it actually does show a nice hint of color on my cheeks (although it is a lip tint). On my lips however (pic below~on the left is my nude lips and on the right are my lips with snow fairy), it was uneventful and it only looked as if I had lip balm on my pigmented lips.  Maybe on pale-colored lips, this tint would look like a natural flush of color.

Smell – It actually smells like the snow fairy bath gel! 😀 It has a bubble-gummy scent that I like.

Price – Php 325 ~ Roughly $7

Overall, I think this product is ok for pale-colored lips as it would give a nice natural tint. For me, it is currently serving the purpose of both a lip balm and cheek tint since it actually looks nicer on my cheeks :D.  It gives a healthy flushed look.

Tip: Use it on the cheeks as base color then sweep a highlighting powder (i used smashbox soft lights) on top.  You’d get a natural blush with a dewy effect.  Since the lip tint is also moisturizing, it helps hold the highlighting powder.



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