Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft Matte Hydrating Foundation: first impression

It’s Matte. It’s Hydrating. No, it’s not a dream. 

Getting the right foundation for your skin type is probably the most difficult struggle a makeup enthusiast has to deal with. When it comes to foundations, it’s always a must to zero in on a few factors-It has to be the right formula, the right finish and most importantly…the right shade!

If you’re like me who has combination type-warm, medium skin tone, you’ve probably also gone through great lengths in the search for your holy grail foundation. I am yet to find mine 😭. Although, I have a couple of favorites in my stash- the MAC studio Fix Foundation and the L’Oreal Infallible ProMatte 24hr foundation– which I have struggled finding the right shade for my skin. It’s always fun to shop for foundation but when you can’t find the right shade for you, all hell breaks loose. πŸ™ˆ

I have recently gotten hold of Maybelline’s Velvet Dream Soft Matte Hydrating Foundation. I know this product was launched more than 6 months ago in the US but it was just released recently in the Philippines; hence, my anticipation 😁. This product has long piqued my interest given the contradiction- it’s matte and hydrating at the same time! How does that work? Well, being the newbie makeup geek that I am, I got crazy curious when the sales clerk handed it to me and I couldn’t wait to test it.

It comes in a 30 ml/ 1 fl.oz size squeeze tube packaging which is so convenient for me. I like that it gives me control over the amount of product I use. Many would have probably preferred it with a pump. However, it’s just easier  this way for me. Given the consistency of this product, the good old pump won’t probably work that well anyway.

This foundation promises a matte finish with a lasting moisturizing effect that leaves your skin flawless and hydrated for that airbrushed look. It’s hard to believe, I know. But you’ve got to, at least, give it a chance πŸ˜. The formula is perfume free and is very creamy; it truly has that velvety mousse texture that feels so lightweight on the skin. The consistency is almost similar to frosting! (The first thing that came to mind!) Yes… CAKE FROSTING! 🍰 It’s thick but so smooth to touch, I almost wanted to take a pinch and taste it!  (Sorry, I just have a thing for frosting.) πŸ˜‚

It has a semi-matte to powdery finish. It blends quite well even without applying primer on the skin. I like how it easily blends with it’s smooth texture. I use my good old damp blending sponge for application. You can use a brush if you want but I personally think that it blends better with a sponge than a foundation brush. It feels so light on the skin but the coverage, I would say, is just light to medium. Although, you can try to put on another layer to build the coverage you want.

Product transfer is minimal.  It doesn’t feel tacky at all and some of you will probably go on with your day without setting it with powder. However, I still prefer setting it with  loose powder (as with any foundation I use) to get that right kind of matte finish that I like. I am not really into the tacky, dewy kind of feel when it comes to foundations. Hey, I’m all for matte πŸ™‹πŸ». You can never go wrong with matte!

What I like about this product is that it doesn’t cling on the dry areas and fine lines of my skin. I have a bit of dry patches on my chin and it really fixed it up quite well. It didn’t, however, do a good job controlling the unwanted oils on my T-zone. I had to blot a few times in the five-slow-hours I’ve worn this foundation in a cool air-conditioned room.


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There are a bunch of shades available for fair to tan skin tones. This is definitely good news for those who lament the always limited shade options  for most foundation brands. I got the shade HONEY BEIGE and it blends quite well with my medium skin tone. It retails for 499.00php-not too bad for drugstore makeup. I got my stash at the Maybelline NY counter at Watson’s SM Mall of Asia in Manila.

If you’re still looking for a matte finish, lightweight foundation with good enough coverage, maybe this Dream Velvet Foundation is just what you need. It’s matte. It’s hydrating. No, it isn’t a dream. Believe and slay your way to glamness.

May your foundation match your neck.

May your concealer be crease free.

May your winged eyeliner be sharp enough to kill.



Etude House Play 101 Stick Contour Duo: First ImpressionΒ 

“Contour. Slay. Repeat.”

To all the makeup geeks out there, Contouring has been a craze for what seems like forever. It has been a worldwide trend in the makeup world made popular by celebrities like the Kardashian-Jenner Sisters. But to those makeup fledglings who are at a loss and never heard about this before, Contouring is the art of enhancing the facial structure using makeup. There are a variety of contouring products out in the market right now and you can choose from many brands. They come in various formulas. You can choose between cream and powder forms depending on your skin type and preference.  If you’re like me, who have a round face and badly needs a hell of a good contour to look somehow structured in photo-ops, you certainly need to invest in a good contour product.

Etude house, a Korean Cosmetic Brand, came up with The Play 101 Stick Contour Duo, a dual ended cream contour and highlighter stick. It’s so compact it’s perfect for girls who like to carry easy-to-use make-up on a daily basis.

The Play 101 Stick Contour Duo comes in this neat cardboard packaging showing the dual colors for the highlighter and the contour shade. It is currently available in one compact size option only.(Net Wt.) 0.05 oz/1.7 g x 2.

Duo Stick Color Systems/ photo credits:

This contour stick comes in two color systems. You can choose one depending on your glam needs. The #01 Highlighter plus Shading is good for that defined highlighting and contoured effect; while the newest option is #02 Light Base and Dark Shading which has more of a natural concealing effect rather than a full on highlighted glow. I chose the #01 contour duo stick because you can never go wrong with that natural highlighted glow! I got my stash from HappyKBeautyy on instagram. (Check them out for more Korean Cosmetics.)

For the girls who are new to makeup, this contour stick is a perfect choice. It is easy to use and very portable, you can bring it anywhere. The stick formula is semi-solid. It has a soft and creamy texture with no essence. It’s blendable and glides smoothly on the skin. 

The dark shade is used to outline the face after applying your foundation. Apply it on your jawline, on your temple and just below the cheek bones  to add dimension to your face. You can also put a little on the side of the nose to perk up that nose bridge. 

The highlighter end gives you that extra glow on the parts of your face you want to highlight. Apply it on the T-zone, brow bones and the cupid’s bow to give you that highlighted effect where the light naturally hits the skin. This product has a very subtle shimmer upon application. 

You can use a blending sponge or a blending brush to buff out the harsh edges. This formula has a smooth powder finish and is very pigmented, so if you’re going for a natural contoured look and don’t really want that sharp contoured effect ala Kim Kardashian, remember that a little goes a long way. 

I personally like blending using a sponge and slightly damp it with my Nature Republic Soothing Gel Mist in Aloe Vera.(which I’m almost out of.. 😭)

Blending with a damp sponge makes application easier and gives you that flawless smooth finish. It’s ideal to wet a sponge before applying any foundation, concealer or other cream formulas on the skin. It prevents excessive makeup absorption into the blending sponge, making it much easier to blend and allows better product transfer to your skin. If you’ve been having problems with cakey products on your skin, give this makeup tip a try. 

As a starter makeup enthusiast, I have yet to discover other makeup tricks and hacks out there. I’m no pro but knowing the basics of contouring does wonders. 

So, if you happen to be in search of makeup products you can try and add to your beginner collection, start with a good contour kit. Remember, a good contour can transform the barest into a thing of beauty. Go ahead! Contour. Slay. Repeat. 


Dear Self, Thank You!

You work hard in your job. You’ve got money and everything you need is just one decision away from coming to life. But you never go on vacation or a night out. You pull off all-nighters like it’s nothing. You never try things. You never slow down. You say you’re living “The Life”; but does drowning in a pool of your job-related stress really count as living? You’re forgetting something here. Have you thanked yourself for all the hard work? I bet you haven’t. 

Here’s the thing.. You are not a slave. You didn’t come to life and die earning a living to pay bills. You need a break from time to time. You owe yourself a lifetime of paybacks for all the hours spent at work; for all the accomplishments that marked your life. Self appreciation is a lifelong thing. It’s the best and most basic thing you can do for yourself. You owe it to her/him in the first place. Do not allow yourself to be a ticking time bomb of burnout. So, make it a habit and do something your future self will thank you for. You can start with these simple things:

  • Treat yourself to a relaxing day at the spa. Go get an hour’s worth of a much needed body massage. Relieve your stress with a nice foot spa or back rub, your body is screaming for. Do it for the love of a badly needed R&R. 
  • Go get that hair touch up you’ve been putting off for months because you’re too busy to make salon appointments. Try that new hair treatment everybody’s talking about; or those new nail lacquer featured in the magazine this season. We all deserve to feel and look beautiful all the time. This one doesn’t really need much justifying. 
  • Hit the gym. Take that refreshing morning walk to the park. Try those healthy juices everyone’s raving about. Sign up for that yoga class and bust out some moves in your zumba sessions. Sweat it all out. A healthy body yields a happy life. 
  • Buy that gorgeous dress you’ve been admiring behind that shop window for the longest time; or that bronzer from the new makeup line at sephora; or those limited edition shoes you saw online. Don’t let yourself be stricken with guilt. This isn’t an everyday purchase after all. You work hard, so play hard-shop hard from time to time. 
  • Indulge in a hefty delicious meal. Go ahead and satisfy those cravings. Have that extra garlic bread. Go on a steak night. Try that famous buffet restaurant. Drink that margarita you’ve been aching for; or that mouth-watering stuffed crust pizza you’ve been running away from. Give in to your sweet tooth and buy that yummy lava cake for dessert. It’s okay to hold a cheat day every so often. Food is life and life is food.
  • Go somewhere you’ve never been to once in a while. Book a plane ticket to somewhere. Stay in a luxury hotel. Discover things. Go places. Meet people. Experience something you’ve never done before. Travel while you’re able. You are not getting any younger you know.
  • Don’t be afraid to say what you feel. Go ahead and tell someone those three little words- “I love you.”; “I am sorry.”; “I need you.”- It may come in many forms but it’s worth the try. Hushed feelings are the worst killers. They kill you from the inside. Don’t cheat yourself; just make your heart known. Say what you feel and take responsibility for it. You’ll be sleeping better at night.
  • Listen to yourself. Everybody deserves a much needed pause from life every now and then. Your body might be sending signals of reprieve from a hard day’s work; or your heart and mind might be trying to lobby into existence what you, so much deserve in life. Take a breather and listen to yourself. Stop suppressing. Start living. 

Life is not all about work, money and networks. It is not a game and you are not a pawn ready to be sacrificed in return for outcomes. It’s good to work hard. It’s good to earn money. But don’t be those who get stuck in making a living that they forget to have a life. Take the time to look out for yourself. Learn to appreciate your own efforts. Remember that you are worthy of more than just a pat on the back. 

Don’t leave yourself hanging. Only you can really have your back when the tough times roll. Only you can really pick yourself up in the dark. You are only given this life once and surely you don’t wanna be leaving this world thinking, “I should have bought that dress; I should have tried that steak; I should have gone to that cruise”. Your life is yours for the taking so make a hell of a memory out of it. 

So, celebrate yourself and never let an ounce of hesitation stop you from it. Run your life the way you mostly deserve and learn to love it. The world is your platform. Live fully and never look back. Your future self will thank you big time for it.