Review + Before & After: Pink Sugar Our Lil Secret Concealer in Light Medium

I wanted to get this concealer for so long. It’s raved by pinay bloggers. They said it’s full coverage and that’s I want. We all know thatΒ full coverage is my thing. I’d love any product that can cover my dark spots . And did I mention, Pink Sugar is a local/Philppine brand?

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Description:
Delivers long-lasting full coverage; soothes and calms inflamed skin with cucumber fruit and chamomile extracts; nourishes with aloe vera and vitamins A, C, and E; applies smoothly and blends silkily

Ingredients:
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Pros:
-Local brand
-Affordable, Php299 (approx. $6)
-Amount of product, 13ml
-Available in stores and online
-Simple packaging, reminds me of lipgloss tube
-Water-based & oil free
-Little goes a long way
-Doesn’t feel heavy on the skin
-Matte finish
-Lasts long
-Medium coverage for me

Cons:
-BHA in it bothered me. Not sure if it caused my recent breakout.
-Sets fast. I find it difficult to dab/blend
-Comes in 4 shades only
-Can be cakey especially on the undereye
-Can accentuate pores

Before & After:imageOh parang tatlong maria lang no? Hahaha.πŸ˜‚

I’m sure it has only a little amount of BHA. I was bothered because I had purging/breakout before while using a BHA toner. Recently, I had a breakout. This concealer and the reformulated powder foundation were the only 2 things I’ve changed in my routine.

I got the 2nd lightest shade. It’s warm tone and realized later that it’s dark on me. Even the cool tone (01) is still dark on me. I didnt pick that because it’s not my undertone. This sets really fast so there’s no chance of mixing both colors.

Sorry if I had to put powder in the after photo. My powder fixes the color a little bit. I can only apply a thin second layer or else it’ll be obvious that it’s dark. So I can’t test it to its maximum coverage.

It’s thicker compared to usual tube concealers. I have oily skin and it can still look cakey on me. I dont use it on the undereye area. It can also accentuate pores. If you have big pores like me, apply a primer first on your forehead or sides of the nose before this. I won’t recommend it on the undereye area. It’s water-based so you might not like it if you have dry skin/patches.

Surprisingly, it doesn’t feel heavy and sticky at all. Looking at the ingredients, I’m assuming it’s oil-free and water based. This is a great concealer. It provides buildable coverage from medium to full. You’ll get 13ml for 299 pesos? I think it’s worth it. Sana lang damihan yung shades.😊

Oh btw, Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!😊❀️

Travel Bucketlist

I’m actually just a homebuddy especially on weekends. Boring, huh? I’ll sleep all day when I have a chance. You know that fixing my life and controlling my acne prone skin are my priorities right now. But I still want travel someday. Here’s a list of the top places/countries I want to visit in the future. Dont get me wrong. I want to travel everywhere but I’m very curious about these places.

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Norway
I want to see the Northern Lights in real life. It must be beautiful, amazing and scary at the same time to witness that.

India
In 2011, we watched 3 Idiots in our Philosophy class. I enjoyed the music and culture I’ve seen from the movie. I became curious about Bollywood too. Anthony Bourdain’s food adventure also made me want to try Indian cuisine! I think the country’s very colorful and has rich culture. I became more interested now that Coldplay (my favorite band) & Beyonce have a collab, Hymn for the Weekend. The music video was taken in India.

Seoul
I wont forget this of course! I think Myeongdong would be a heaven for me. I want to get in touch with the reason of my beauty/skincare addiction.

United Kingdom
I want to see some castles. That would be fun! It’s like a fairytale in real life. Also, I have to visit the world’s biggest Lush store. I’ll try to look for Wayne Goss too. Haha!β€οΈπŸ˜…

Italy
I want to attend the pope’s mass and visit the churches where the Apostles’ remains are kept. Aside from pastas, I have to try the authentic Italian cuisine.

Israel
I’ve heard stories about Israel from our lessons and books while I was studying . From Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Galilee, Dead Sea; I want to see them all in real life. Baptism in the Jordan River? Oh yes.

California
Some of my favorite youtubers are living in California. Most of them are in L.A. like Lily (Superwoman), ThatsHeart, Manny MUA, Yousef (FouseyTube) and Dtrix. It must be awesome to run into them while they’re vlogging. I want to have a small talk with them… And of course a photo with them.😊

Germany
I like to join the Urban Dance Camp. Search it on Youtube. I must say, it’s really the most intensive dance class I’ve watched. Lots of choreographers are teaching in their classes. To name some; Parris Goebel, Koharu Sugawara, Ian Eastwood, Brian Puspos, Keone and Mariel Madrid.

My list is long but I didnt include everything to make this post short. That’s it. If you’ve been here or living in these places, please feel free to recommend activites, foods and tips on how can we save up :) How about you, where do you want to go? Leave a comment below. :)

Review: LUSH Red Fun + Samples

Hi everyone! February is the month of all things sweet. It doesnt have to be all about romantic relationship.

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I’ll be reviewing a sweet scented product from LUSH, the Red Fun! I got this in Santa’s Belly gift set last month. It’ll be expired this April so I have to use it all up. It’s a part of Christmas gift set but its scent is so sweet that I think it’s a Valentines item.

Description:
When those pesky grey clouds begin to roll in, seek refuge with this sunny sudser. Our bright and cheery Red FUN brings sunshine to your tub. We add a perky dose of orange and mandarin oils to each batch. Just one whiff and you’ll be traveling through a sunny mandarin grove! For best results we suggest lathering a piece up in your loofah for a quick pick me up in the shower, or crumble into bath water for an extended orangey soak. Whether you use this at sunrise or sunset your mood will surely be brighter.

Ingredients:
Talc, Cornflour (Zea mays), Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Orange Oil, Mandarin Oil (Citrus nobilis), *Limonene, Fragrance

Pros:
-Affordable, Php 245 ($3)
-fruity scent
-Lathers quickly
-Little goes a long way
-Multifunctional; modeling clay, body soap, shampoo and bubble bar
-Doesnt leave a stain on the body
-Great for kids and kids at heart
-I enjoyed molding it into shapes, like I was in elementary again, seriously

Cons:
-Can be drying
-Has Sodium Laureth Sulfate

The bubbles! Sorry if you have fear of holes. I forgot what it’s called. I had to post it too so others have an idea.image

Here are some samples of my Fun artwork. Please dont judge me. Hahaha. The first pic was supposed to be a pink snowman…. But it came out looking more like a penguin. I didnt create stick arms.πŸ˜…β„οΈimage.jpg

It says in the description that it can also be used on clothes. I wouldnt recommend that especially for anything white. Just to avoid stains.πŸ˜‹

I used it as my body soap. I lather it on my hands first. I like it’s smell in the morning. It wakes me up and boosts my mood. This one’s really nice for kids. Kids can mold it while in the bath. It’s really called Fun for a reason. You can use it for bubble baths as well. 245 pesos for this weird soap in a clay form? I think it’s a good deal.

January 2016 Favorites

I’ve never posted anything like this before. I’ll be doing this every month now. *what a great excuse to buy stuff* haha. I really think favorites make me want to buy more products but nope. I have self control.😊

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SKINCARE

ETUDE HOUSE Lip & Eye Makeup Remover
I’m practicing on winged liner. I’m still not good at it. This product removes eyeliner quickly without pulling the skin. I’m still young and avoiding wrinkles.

MAKEUP

E.L.F Eyebrow Lifter and Filler
I started to use this last month. It’s so easy to use. If you want instant defined brows, this is the product for you

PINK SUGAR Our Lil Secret Concealer
I ran out of my Tony Moly Face Mix Cover Pot Concealer. I started to use this and so far I’m liking it. Review coming soon!

BODY CARE

RUCY’S VANITY Whitening Body Lotion – Acacia
I take shower 2-3 times daily as for someone with O.C.D. My skin’s feeling dry and lotions help to bring back moisture. I realized I’m reaching more for this product since last month. I want to finish all the lotions I have. I like fruity scents lately and this one has that.

LUSH Red Fun
Soap in a clay form. It says on the label that it can be used as a soap, shampoo and you can even wash your clothes with it. Red Fun smells like cherry/strawberry bubblegum. It’s appealing to kids because it’s like a clay and you can mold it into shapes while taking a bath. I was curious about it. I finally got one in Santa’s Belly gift set.

YOUTUBERS

PatrickStarrr & MannyMUA
Is it weird to include a list of people & makeup artists in my favorites? Lately, I’m binge watching their videos. They’re best friends in real life. Their collabs are so funny and I enjoy watching them together. Yes, I watch all their videos from favorites, tutorials and vlogs. Their makeup skills are 100% on point!

Sorry if this post is delayed. We dont have internet/wifi for now. We’ll replace it. I’m just using my phone. If I get a wifi connection, I’ll be posting on weekdays instead of weekends. What was your favorite last month? 😊

January 2016 Haul + LUSH Santa’s Belly Set Unboxing

Most products in this haul are for replenishing my stash. Nagkasabay sabay pa. Lots of expenses this month.😭

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1. SKINLITE Makeup Cleansing Tissues
I was supposed to get Etude House’s Every Month Cleansing Tissue but it’s out of stock! I visited 3 stores and had no luck. Good thing this is a great substitute.

2. ETUDE HOUSE Wonder Pore Freshner
I ran out of Lush Tea Tree Water. I wanted to go back to Wonder Pore because it feels like it gives better hydration although it has alcohol.

3. ETUDE HOUSE AC Clinic Daily Gel Lotion
I still have some left in my first bottle. I cant get the most out of it because of the glass packaging. Why cant they make it in a plastic tube instead so we can squeeze everything out?

4. LUSH Fresh Farmacy
Again, I ran out of this soap after 2 months. My HG cleanser and daily essential. Can’t function well without starting my routine using this.

5. LUSH Santa’s Belly Gift Set
The set includes Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly and Red Fun (100g each). Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly was on my wish list. We only have limited stocks here and it’s always sold out. I bought this gift set just to get it. I was on panic mode when they texted me that all christmas items are 25% off. I was so sad to find out everything was 50% off after a few days I bought this. Didnt get anything after because that’s too much. I’m not crazy about the holiday collection. I’ll just wait for their annual sale in 2017.

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6. IN2IT Waterproof Eyeliner Pens
It’s a gift from my sister. We’re both practicing on doing winged liner. Hopefully this pen will make it easier for us.

What was your first haul this year? We’d like to know. Share the link below.😊

All about skin care/cosmetic ingredients

READING INGREDIENTS LIST
Ingredients are listed in order. The ingredients on the top most or those which comes first have the most concentration in a product. The ingredients at the end part have the least concentration/ littlest amount.

For example:Β Lush Vanishing Cream

Linseed Infusion, Water, Rose Water, Lavender Honey Water, Cold Pressed Grapeseed Oil, Honey, Stearic Acid, Cold Pressed Organic Jojoba Oil, Witch Hazel Extract, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Camellia Oil, Lavender Oil, Neroli Oil, Geranium Oil, Glycerine, Tincture of Benzoin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

Linseed is its first ingredient and that’s the most active out of all the rest. Next in the concentration is water and rose water. Then looking at the bottom, it has little amount of parabens.

PARABENS
A lot of cosmetic addicts are avoiding parebens because of “health risks”. I’ve always panicked when I find out that a product I’m using has one. Turns out they didn’t do anything to me. Besides, parabens are usually the last ones in ingredients lists. Meaning, it’s only a little amount. I still avoid it on my underarms though but I dont see it as a big deal anymore for facial products. Here’s a link to find out more about this: Click here

SCIENTIFIC NAMES
I used to avoid ingredients that’s too “scientific” for me or those I can’t even pronounce. I immediately thought of them as chemicals/bad on the skin. Well, not all chemicals / in scientific names are bad. Just like;
-Alpha Hydroxy Acid = Glycolic / Lactic Acid
-Beta Hydroxy Acid = Salicylic Acid
-Retinol = vitamin A
-Ascorbic acid = vitamin C
-Tocopheryl acetate = vitamin E
-Hamamelis virginiana = Witch Hazel
-Vitis vinifera = Grapeseed oil

You just have to translate them and research on the internet about their functions, where they are derived and possible side effects.

NON COMEDOGENIC VS. COMEDOGENIC
Non-comedogenic means that it won’t block pores / wont aggravate acne

While

Comedogenic ingredient is the other way around, they have risks of blocking pores and aggravating acne. (depending on your skin)

NOTE: Brands can easily label their product non-comedogenic even if there are comedogenic ingredients in it. The best way to confirm that is to check every single ingredient listed.

Some people are fine with comedogenic ingredients like coconut oil, sunflower oil, olive oil and avocado oil. For me, everything has risk of irritating the skin no matter how a product is labeled (non comedogenic or not). All products will depend on your skin

HELPFUL LINKS:
Comedogenic ingredients: Click here

Paraben Myths (in case you missed the link above): Click here

I’ve already memorized some comedogenic ingredients. Not all but at least I can remember some and especially the common names so it’s easier for me to shop on the spot. I suggest you do the same or at least save the list on your phone.😊

Review: The Face Shop Herb Day Cotton Perfect Cleansing Wipes with Tea Tree

Wow. That’s a mouthful!πŸ˜‚ I’ve used this all throughout the holidays. The duration was about a month and I’m ready to review it.😊

Cleansing water/oil is good but I’m so lazy. I still keep on reaching for cleansing tissues.πŸ˜…

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Desciption:
A simple cleansing tissue effective in skin trouble care, cleanses impurities deep inside pores. A different type of tissue that has tea tree ingredients purifies polluted skin.

Ingredients:image
Pros:
-50 sheets
-Affordable
-Hard plastic lid
-Didn’t sting
-Didn’t cause redness/irritations
-Didn’t cause breakouts

Cons:
-Leaves film
-Tastes bitter as in super (when used on the lips)
-I don’t feel clean after
-Sheets are small
-Some tissues were a bit dry/not moist enough. I need 2 sheets to completely remove makeup

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It’s a decent makeup remover but I dont like that it leaves film and sticky. I dont feel clean when a product does that especially if it’s a makeup remover.

The good thing is it did not irritate my skin. It didnt sting and didnt cause redness. It has hard plastic lid so you can reopen/close it without worries unlike those resealable sticker covers.

I do my skin care routine immediately after I use this. I recommend doing the same thing for any kind of makeup remover (micellar water, oil, lotion, tissue) whether it does or doesnt leave film.