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Ellana Multipurpose Mineral Powders

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I want to share with you a collection of multipurpose mineral powders from a local brand  in the Philippines that offers mineral make-up. It’s been upfor a number of years now. It’s none other than Ellana!

Honeybunch – pale brownish peach frost

For me this is more matte than frosted.The shade is very close to my skin color you can barely see it.

Inspiration – golden beige frost

I asked for a neutral e/s that’ll brighten up my eyes. This was the one suggested to me. And well, it really does!

Siren – yellow golden brown shimmer

One of my favorite! The perfect blend of yellow, gold and brown.

Brilliance – pure bronze satin

The description says it all. I don’t know any other way to describe it.

Embrace – golden coffee brown high shimmer

This is a nice brown shade. It is really high in shimmer and I love it!

(swiped only twice)

Ashen –  ash gray frost

Definetly ash-grayish! I swiped too much that’s why it appears darker. There’s also a hint of blue shimmers.

Dream – white frost
Well, it’s white and it’s frosted.

Sensational – iridescent white gold (white shifting to gold) highlighter

This is my first ever Ellana MMP! I love two tones too!

Twinkle – bright sunny gold frost

I first got a hold of this when Ms. Shen of Shen’s Addiction gave me a sample way back last year, even before Twinkle was in catalogues. (Thanks Ms. Shen!) This color spells happy and gay!

Felicity – pale gold with green shimmer

Not as bright as Twinkle. The green shimmers compliment the shade well.

Polished – khaki green shimmer

For me it’s more like a green gold-ish shimmer. A very wearable green shade.


Posh – pale pink shimmer

This is the pink version of Dream.

Adore – iridescent pink frost (white shifting to pink) highlighter
Another favorite of moi! Just look and you’ll see why!

Desire – light coral pink frost

This is a nice everyday color that says, “Hey! My eyes are pretty but they’re prettier with e/s on!”

Crush – flower pink frost

Flower pink with pink frost (Yes, I’m getting redundant. I know… 🙂 )

Belle – baby pink frost

For me it’s like a matte baby pink shade with hint of blue/white shimmers.


Femme
pale plum frost
Just think about your “MyGel pen in Metallic Violet” that you owned in highschool.

Femme – pale plum frost

Just think about your “MyGel pen in Metallic Violet” that you owned in highschool.

Joyful – lavender with pink shimmer

My topmost favorite! It has everything I ever wanted! It’s:

  • lavender
  • pink
  • shimmery
  • two – toned (because of the pink shimmers)

Here’s what I think about Ellana’s Multipurpose Mineral Powders:

Love

  • very pigmented
  • lasts long (if you apply it wet, or with cream e/s as base, or with an e/s primer)
  • a little goes a long way
  • it’s mineral makeup
  • it’s multipurpose
  • it’s great for my very sensitive skin
  • can be also bought online
  • very affordable (more than your money’s worth!)
  • made locally (love pinoy!)

Hate

  • it can get messy since it’s powder
  • unlike pressed eyeshadows, you really need to have a base or primer before using it

Before I forget…

I asked Ms. Coney what their bestselling multipurpose mineral powders are and here’s the list that she gave me:

  1. Ethereal
  2. Raven
  3. Dream
  4. Posh
  5. Honeybunch
  6. Polished

You should come and visit their sales office at Room 402 West City Plaza, 66 West Avenue, Quezon City. It’s just a ride away from SM North EDSA. Their personnel are very kind and accommodating. They will be of great help. You can also check their website here and their facebook account here.

I have some other multipurpose minerals that aren’t included in this post. I will share it next time!

Ellana is L-O-V-E!

NYX Glitterati Glitter Cream Palette

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What NYX says:

Add glitter and shine with NYX Professional Makeup’s multi-purpose, gel-based glitter cream – now available in a gigantic palette! A professional artist’s all-in-one glitter kit. The shades and formula are perfect for sparkle effects anywhere on the face or body.

I got this palette for a while now but I haven’t used it much. There are 21 pretty colors in the palette!

Comes with 2 double ended brushes

From the name itself, it has lots of glitters — chunky glitters. I apply this on my lids in a patting motion. Really tricky to apply and hard to smooth out.  Glitters fall off and scatter on my face after a while. Not as good as other NYX products, I would say.

Here are some swatches (Please click the photos to enlarge):

1st row

1st row

2nd row

2nd row

After brushing my arm

I really would like to know how to use these pretty glitters!

Nymph Aura Loose Powder

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Another product from Etude House’s Nymph Aura line is the Nymph Aura Loose Powder. I bought the Nymph Aura Loose Powder #2 in Brilliant Pink Aura (628php).

Nymph Aura Loose Powder

Nymph Aura Loose Powder box side view

What Etude House says:

Loose powder for both glowing finish and highlighter supplies the radiance and healthy glow to face with oil-absorbing coverage.

You read that right! It has oil-absorbing properties!

The 15 grams of Nymph Aura Loose Powder is in a pretty round pot and comes with a nice, soft puff.

The holes of the pot are well sealed by a clear, transparent plastic with a “pull-up-here-to-remove-sticker” part.

It’s powder and it’s in a pot but it’s not messy! It dispenses just enough powder on the puff. I use 1 – 2 times of that amount on my face.

It looks like an iridescent white-pink powder. It has a powdery, floral scent similar of that to the Nymph Aura Volumer.

When blended on the skin, it becomes very sheer with an opalescent finish. Not the type of opalescence that elaborates pores, rather, an opalescence that gives a pinkish glow to the skin. I have large pores and I stay away from frost and pearlescent finishes but this product doesn’t enlarge and emphasize pores.

I use this product as a finishing powder after BB cream + Nymph Aura Volumer or on top of an ordinary foundation. It gives a nice finish. Oil-control is surprisingly good! (Etude House wasn’t bluffing!)

To sum things up:

Pros:

  • Gives a pinkish, glowing finish.
  • Color is very sheer and blends well with the skin.
  • Oil-control is good. Took 8-10 hours before I needed to use an oil blotter.
  • The shimmers are very subtle.
  • Does not enlarge pores like how other pearlescent cosmetics do.
  • The quality of the puff is good.
  • It can act as a highlighter too.
  • A little goes a long way.

Cons:

  • I use the puff to put the powder on my face but I still have to use a powder brush for a more even distribution.

Here are other photos of the Nymph Aura Loose Powder on my skin. Please click the photos to enlarge and see the effect of the powder.

If you want something that will give you a pinkish glowing finish or if you’re bored of your plain old oil-control powder, try this!

Nymph Aura Volumer in #2 Brilliant Pink Aura

Nymph Aura Volumer

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The most intriguing product among Etude House’s Nymph Aura line is the Nymph Aura Volumer.

Nymph Aura Volumer in #2 Brilliant Nymph Aura

I tried avoiding it at 1st because of the thought that I might just look like a skinny, oily pig. :p Too much curiosity led me into buying it!

Nymph Aura Volumer comes in 2 shades, #1 Pure Honey and #2 Brilliant Nymph Aura. The #1 Pure Honey gives a moist and dewy finish which, in my opinion, will work best for those with dry skin. I have combination skin so I decided to purchase #2 Brilliant Nymph Aura.

Date manufactured is printed at the bottom of the bottle.

Product description and instructions.

What Etude House says:

Makeup Multi-Cream maximizing the radiance and dewy glow on skin, completing flawless skin with plumped up moisture.

#2 Brilliant Nymph Aura is a light pink fluid with pink shimmers and has a mild floral, powdery scent.

Pure Nymph Aura Volumer #2 on my skin. Notice that the sheen it gives still looks natural.

The volumer’s consistency is a little less thick than a liquid foundation. When blended on the skin, it gives a dewy pinkish glow. It also brightens the skin a little.

Nymph Aura Volumer on skin when hit by light.

The shimmers are hardly noticeable unless hit by light. (Click the photo above to see the shimmers near the thumb.)

Nymph Aura Volumer mixed with BB cream.

Directions:

Apply evenly on skin with 1:3 mix of BB cream or foundation. Use foundation brush or BB brush to get perfect blending. When used for highlighting, apply on the nose, forehead, and cheekbones with the Volumer alone.

It took 8 hours before I oiled up, given that I’m not wearing any primer or oil control powder but  my BB cream has some oil control properties.

The sales associate told me that for oil control and touch ups when using the volumer, the Nymph Aura Loose Powder is your best choice. Using a different powder may conceal the effects of the Volumer.

Thoughts:

This is an interesting product which people may want to try, but it’s not as unique. Mix it with BB cream or foundation to make your skin glow or use it as a highlighter by applying it directly on you skin. It may seem a bit steep for 798php but a little goes a long way.

Because of the shimmers, others may say that it will only accentuate large pores, make your face seem oily, and will be too shimmery if used at daytime. I say, by using just the right amount, it will give you the glowing, pinkish, and dewy skin that you want.

For oil concerns I suggest you use a primer with oil control, or better, use Nymph Aura Loose Powder.

For a die-hard fan of matte-looking-zero-percent-oil, you may not be amazed by this ingenious cute thing but for those who want a glowing, dewy look, this is one of the best ways to achieve it!

Nymph Aura Pink Lips

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Happy December! 25 days to go till Christmas! Have you done your Christmas shopping yet? If not, I suggest that you visit Etude House and check their Nymph Aura and Sweet Propose line! Personally, my favorite among all the brands and all the makeup lines/collections released, is Etude House’s Nymph Aura Line! 😀 The culprit? The Nymph Aura’s lip products!

Nymph Aura Shine Lips and Dear Darling Roll Roll Gloss

Dear Darling Roll Roll Gloss in #17 Pink

My camera captured the exact shade of the lip gloss except for the gold shimmers. 😦

They don’t call it Roll Roll Gloss for nothing! The applicator tip DOES ROLL!

Dear Darling Roll Roll Gloss in #17 Pink on my bare lips

This is my first time to have an applicator like this, you roll the applicator on your lips. It gives a shiny wet look. It’s not sticky and has a strong candy-like scent. Compared to Nymph Aura Shine Lips, the shimmers of this gloss are more visible.

Nymph Aura Shine Lips in Aura Pink

It has a very faint candy scent.

It looks bright and pigmented but when swatched, it’s actually sheer. It has hints of gold shimmers which are barely noticeable.

Nymph Aura Shine Lips in Aura Pink on my bare lips

The color is sheer, just enough to give you that healthy looking, pinkish lips! Evens out my lip color and gives a glossy finish. Does not dry my lips,actually, it feels like a lip balm. Doesn’t stay long enough for me though.

So let’s see them together, shall we?

(L) Dear Darling Roll Roll Gloss in #17 Pink and (R) Nymph Aura Shine Lips in Aura Pink

(L) Dear Darling Roll Roll Gloss in #17 Pink and (R) Nymph Aura Shine Lips in Aura Pink

Looks almost the same in terms of color and shade.

Dear Darling Roll Roll Gloss on Nymph Aura Shine Lips

pouty lips! 😀

I like how sheer and subtle the color is, very pretty and natural.

In summary,

Pros

Dear Darling Roll Roll Gloss in #17 Pink:

  • Gives a wet, shiny finish.
  • Smells nice.
  • Has subtle shimmers which gives a nice effect to the lips.
  • The applicator tip is something to try, it’s easy to use too!
  • Very affordable for only php278!

Nymp Aura Shine Lips in Aura Pink:

  • Gives a natural pinkish color to the lips.
  • Evens out my lip color.
  • Very moisturizing.
  • Has a very faint scent.
  • Not bad for php 478.

Cons

Dear Darling Roll Roll Gloss in #17 Pink:

  • Lasting power is average.

Nymp Aura Shine Lips in Aura Pink:

  • Lasting power is a little below average.
  • It is quite sheer so I need to layer a couple of times meaning a lot of product is used in a single application, it will be consumed faster than my regular lip products.

I really don’t mind the cons of these lip products. They go so well together! Next stop, Nymph Aura Volumer! 😀

Majolica Majorca Glass Trick Mascara

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Alas! Majolica Majorca Glass Trick Collection is now available!!! I was very interested in their Lash Beautifying Mascara in Blue Black (Limited Edition). So when it was out in the market, I rushed and bought it at once. Great thing was, they were giving 10% off on all items for that day! So instead of buying it for 795php, I got it for 715.50php!

Lash Beautifying Mascara

Lash Beautifying Mascara

Still with the same MM emblem which is so cute!

What Majolica Majorca says about their Lash Beautifying Mascara in Blue Black (Limited Edition):

Dramatic! A Blue-Black Liquid Lengthening Mascara.

Contains super lengthening liquid base and jet black fibers that provide surprise length. A blue and sparkly pearlescent color subtly appears every time you flutter your eyes.

Can also be used as an eye liner to accentuate mysterious eyes.

Sweat, sebum, tear and water proof.

Still with the saw-toothed and comb-duo type applicator. Can you see the lengthening fibers? 🙂

(Please click to enlarge and see the shimmery effect.)

The Lash Beautifying Mascara is a blue-black mascara with  midnight blue shimmers. Lash Beautifying Mascara is very wearable since the shimmer is very subtle.

(L) Lash Beautifying Mascara (R) Lash Expander Frame Plus

Majolica Majorca’s Lash Beautifying Mascara and Lash Expanding Frame Plus are like identical twins with extremely opposite characteristics. It can be compared to the Lash Expander Frame Plus’ appearance, ability and performance.

They are similar in terms of:

  • Defining and lengthening effect.
  • The brush/applicator.
  • Sweat, sebum, tear and water proof.

The differences:

  • The color. One is blue-black and the other is true black.
  • One has shimmer, the other does not.

Lash Beautifying Mascara on me…

(L) with mascara (R) without mascara

(L) with mascara (R) without mascara

(L) with mascara (R) without mascara

(L) with mascara (R) without mascara

I love my Lash Beautifying Mascara a little more than my Lash Expander Frame Plus (sorry!) because of the subtle shimmer effect it delivers. I’m just having problems removing the mascara on my lashes. Yeah, I have to buy an eye makeup remover. So if you like a little sparkle on your lashes every time you blink and doesn’t care much if your mascara is not the blackest black, you’ll love the Lash Beautifying Mascara!

Let me just make a shout out that Majolica Majorca at SM North EDSA has kind and very accommodating sales associates! The one who texted the promo (Ms. Ciena) also replied to my questions and answered my concerns. The SA (Ms. Kitz) at MM’s counter while I was there gave me a free makeover and was very patient with me. She also gave me a Glass Trick catalog. Here are photos of it:

What do you have from Majolica Majorca’s Glass Trick Collection?

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