Friday, May 24, 2013

NYX Slim Lip Pencils

photos copyrighted to Carla Gumin, unless otherwise stated.

NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Nude Pink, Plush Red, Rose, Hot Pink and Bloom

I'm not sure why I'm only posting this now but I have this and been loving it for the past year. For me, price doesn't guarantee quality (ahemMACahem). I have experienced high-end products that doesn't deliver that much for its price and it's dupeable most of the time. The only lip pencil I had where the Nars' and Etude House which, for me, works terribly the same. So when I came across with NYX lipliners, I never came back.

(L-R: Bloom, Plush Red, Hot Pink, Rose and Nude Pink)

For Php100.00 a pop, you can never complain! They're pigmented, they stay and they stop the lipstick/gloss from bleeding serving their purpose. The pencils are hard in terms of texture but not waxy. It glides on smoothly and it's true to color. But it can be drying, so exfoliating the lips and prepping it with lipbalm is a must ... and something I didnt do. *yikes*


Nude Pink
This is my favorite from the bunch! It's the perfect lip base for nude lipsticks. It's warm enough that it didn't wash me out. (NC35 for reference)

A milky kind of pink, a great base for pink lipsticks. Although I dont tend to use this that much because  it's too cool for my taste.

Hot Pink
The photo doesn't give justice on how bright this is! It's really such a bright pink, but not neonish. It's perfect for morena skintones.

Plush Red

If I have to pick among the 5, I will choose Nude Pink and this. It's a staple if you love wearing red lipsticks, it makes the wear so darn lasting. :)

Pardon the excessive pout. This lipliner is soooo pretty! I've been lemming for MAC Rebel for the longest time, but knowing that I wont wear it that much, I kindly pull myself out of it. Since I've been sad about that, I cannot count the times I wear this lipliner alone. I just love it. And I think this is the least dragging from the loot.

What I love:
- Inexpensive but still works
- Now available at online stores such as Digital Traincase
- A huge range of colors! 60 amazing colors.
- Easy to sharpen
- Pigmented

What I dont like:
- Dragging and Drying. but you will expect this with lipliners. because it's their job to prevent feathering.

Will I repurchase? Definitely! I'm getting a backup of Nude Pink because it's nearing its death. :))

Thank you for reading. Till next time
XO, Makeup Mama

Friday, May 17, 2013

MAC False Lashes Mascara in Waterproof

I'm a big fan of MAC, that it's sacrilegious to be because I'm from MUFE (and I barely use MUFE products!! *shame*) This is something to get excited about!! :)

Monday, May 13, 2013

Go on, Highlight Me. TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Review

TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer, The Luminizer

I wish every morning when I wake up, I'll have the best skin ever. But of course not. First, im not made of plastic. Second, I have pores that gets clogged up and Last, I have kids and I work and blog  to make me stay awake at the wee hours. So how will I ever have that "glow-from-within" if the stress is making me look dull and tired?

Fret no more. Because this lady here is going to make you look like you just slept a whole 8 hours.

So what does it do? Well, it highlights. It is a pressed shimmery pigment that will make you look like you have healthy skin. It has 8.5grams of product in it, and a versatile little compact too. You can use it as a highlighter or an eyeshadow. Imagine using this as an eyeshadow, ha. you will have to use it for a lifetime to hit pan on it.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Candy Mag Style Awards 2013

Last friday, I was given a chance to be a part of the Revlon makeup team for Candy Style Awards. Too bad we didnt get to make-over famous bloggers. I was looking forward to seeing Kryz Uy, but I kinda stalked her instagram and found out she's in Hongkong... I think.
Anyways, still the feeling was intense, since I grew up with Candy Mag (as in saving my allowance so I can buy their magazines monthly) and it was nostalgic and awkward at the same time just because it reminds me of my age. Haha

My makeup station

These are the moments that I knew I wanted this for myself because I dont get tired until I arrived at home and literally fell on my feet because im just so tired. The event was held in Rockwell tent, and I'm Santa Rosa Laguna pa, so imagine the travel time, the work time and the travel time again. And oh, did I say I commute? Grabeee. For the love of art, I do these things.

But meeting the head of the Revlon Makeup team was priceless. We didnt have a photo because I'm shy like that. He's so nice and I didnt feel like aloft one bit.

Lord, thank you for the blessings and for the hands that you gave me.
Let me dump photos because I'm talking nonsense again. I promise to be a better blogger in the next coming months (meaning, taking pictures of events and people and overcoming my shyness)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Real Techniques Core Collection

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Real Techniques Core Collection Brush Set

I've put restrains and locks in my wallet because I've been hauling like a bad kitty for the past few weeks just to "cure" my depression. But I think I've gone overboard because I'm now broke as hell and I just cleaned out my traincase and give out so much stuff that I bought but doesn't work or something I didn't use.

But to justify what I have gone through, I found this little gem called Real Techniques. A few weeks back, I got myself the setting brush and swear to get the core collection, and well, I love it.

Also, it is made by one of my favorite youtube beauty guru and pro makeup artist, Sam Chapman of It has 4 brushes. A buffing brush, contour brush, foundation brush and a detailer brush.

Saturday, May 4, 2013


April Favorites.

As I'm not so comfortable with posting hauls (because sometimes, taking photos of one product is time consuming and I'm lazy like dut!), I'm quite happy to share my current favorites for the month! :)

So today I'm sharing these babies that caught my heart. And I kind of notice that all of them are in pencil type. Haha! Cray.

(L-R): Real Techniques Setting Brush, Tony Moly 7 Tatoo Day Eyebrow Pen, Nichido Mineral Kohl Liner in Onyx, Etude House Easy Brow Pencil in No. 2, Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain in Rendezvous and Beauty Blender Sponge

Reviews of these stuff will follow soon. It's just I find putting makeup on tedious lately because it's sooo hot.

'Til next time 
Love, Carla