Review + Swatch: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 25 Medium

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is finally available in the Philippines. Raved by beauty gurus. They say it’s a dupe for Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer and NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. Pinays love it too even if it was only available online before. Finally, I got my hands on it in shade 25. I want to see what’s so good about it.

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Description:
Fit Me® Concealer makeup for flawless, natural coverage. This oil-free concealer matches skin tones to deliver a more even complexion.

Ingredients from Maybelline’s website:

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Swatch and color:
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Pros:
-Affordable, 299 pesos
-Oil free, very important for me
-No scent
-Little goes a long way
-Lightweight
-Did not cause breakouts
-Doesn’t accentuate pores
-Doesnt oxidize
-Hides mild hyperpigmentation
-Effectively covers dark circles

Cons:
-Limited shades especially in the Philippines. I didnt even get the right color for covering dark spots
-Can settle in creases
-Cannot cover severe hyperpigmentation

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My issues with oil free makeup are oxidization and pore enlargement. Luckily, this concealer didnt do any of those. Yes!! It’s great for dark circles. It’s a salmon shade again, known for covering undereye area. It’s creamy and thick but lightweight. It’s oil free but its finish is slightly dewy. Easy to blend and good for highlighting. If you dont like dewy finish like me, let it set for a while and dab a tissue to remove shine before applying powder. As for hyperpigmentation, it can cover mild spots and redness. I couldnt fully test it since I got a shade that isnt for me. It stays long if you set it with powder. I recommend it. A good product to set standards for someone who’s starting with makeup.

What’s your favorite concealer?

I now know what made my pores look bigger

Naturally, people with oily skin have big pores. There are certain products that can make them more noticeable. I found the culprit in my case. It’s my moisturizer! I dont want to say the specific product… but I’ll tell what’s in it.

If you’re starting with skin care and we have the same skin type, you’ll probably buy “oil-control” products, right? I thought the same thing but boy I was wrong. I tried to cut down my routine. I removed the moisturizer and suddenly my pores improved.

The moisturizer had tea tree, salicylic acid and lactic acid which is really good for minimizing breakouts. It’s a hydrating lotion type. Doesnt even feel like it’s bothering my skin. Probably it’s a mix of masking and moisturizing ingredients and strong ones. I guess my skin got confused.

Products can make you oilier especially if they have so much anti-acne ingredients like salicylic acid, tea tree oil and etc. Yes they prevent and treat acne but they can be drying which results to bigger pores.

That’s why my dermatologists didnt prescribe oil control products for my t-zone. I’m still using aquaphor for the areas affected by dermatitis; cheeks, forehead, nose area and chin. So for now after toner, I dont apply anything on my mid-cheek area. But I’m still planning to use a moisturizer that’s mild like pure centella asiatica. Something that wouldn’t affect skin’s oil balance. Just to avoid any dryness and early signs of wrinkles.

Remember, dont go crazy on oil control. Balance is the key. If you’re using a cleanser that’s drying but your skin likes it, follow it up with products that will really.. actually help to balance the ph level, not masking.☺

Review: Essence Stay All Day 16h Long-Lasting Makeup

Whew! That’s a long name.😅 I’ve read good things about this foundation in TMUR PH on Facebook. Most commenters have oily skin. I thought I would like it too. So I bought one last week in 10 Soft Beige. Papatagalin pa ba?😅

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Description:
This long-lasting foundation ensures a smooth and silky complexion all day long. its delicate texture allows a simple and even application. Thanks to the high-quality pump dispenser, it’s easy to find the perfect dosage for an indescribably beautiful look. Dermatologically tested.

Ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Bis-peg/ppg-14/14 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Boron Nitride, Sodium Potassium Aluminum Silicate, Mica, Caprylyl Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Propylene Carbonate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Silica, Parfum (Fragrance), Alpha-isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide)

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Pros:
-Pump-type packaging
-Available locally in department stores
-Affordable, 375 pesos (approx $7)
-Oil-free
-Can cover dark circles
-It does feel light on the skin
-Can cover mild redness and mild hyperpigmentation
-No breakouts

Cons:
-Light coverage
-Limited shades. Only 3 shades are available in the Philippines. Although it comes in 4 shades in other countries, it’s still very limited
-Accentuates my huge pores.
-I dont like the scent. It reminds me of perfumes for a lady in her 40s.

Neutral:
-Oxidizes on me. Not sure if it’s because I’m acidic and have oily skin or it’s the product’s formula

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I recommend it to those who don’t need much coverage and if you want lightweight foundation. It looks like a salmon color to me which is good for covering dark circles. It feels light like I’m not wearing anything. I wouldn’t recommend it if you have fairer skin.

I got 10 Soft Beige and it’s dark for me. I have fair skin with warm/yellow undertone. It turns darker after a few hours. I still want to use it. I mix it with Ever Bilena’s foundation to adjust the shade and minimize oxidizing. I finally found a purpose for that. Haha! My powder helps to adjust the color too.

Water-based makeup is great for my oily skin because it stays longer. Less chance of breakouts too. But all of them turns dark after. I’m so confused. I’ve never experienced that when I use bb cream and oil-based makeup. It accentuates my pores. That’s my other problem with water-base.

Lesson learned:
Swatch the product first then come back in an hour or so and check if it oxidized. Just like buying perfume if a scent changes after a few hours.

What’s your favorite full coverage foundation? Share them below.☺ I badly need one. Preferably cruelty-free. Doesnt matter if it’s drugstore or high-end.☺

My Favorite Youtubers: Skits, vlogs, beauty, lifestyle & health

I used to watch music videos on Youtube in 2006. That was a long time ago. Haha! I found out there are other contents aside from music. I have a lot of favorites but I selected the top on my list.

Skits & Vlogs

Kevjumba / Kevin Wu
My first ever favorite Youtuber. He did skits, rants and vlogs. Probably the first content creator to “vlog”. He’s a realist and discussed real world issues. I like that his dad were in some videos too. We rarely see a parent to participate in those especially if it requires acting. He’s inactive now but at least we can still watch his old videos. I’m following his blog. He’s back in college. I wish him all the best.

Nigahiga / Ryan Higa
A very smart and punny guy. Yes, punny. He consistenly gives quality content. He puts so much effort. His friends do too in making costumes, filming and editing. As with BTS, I think he didnt change even if he’s successful now. It’s like I’m still watching the Ryan Higa in 2006.

TheDominicShow / D-trix
I knew him because of YTF. Friends with Kevjumba, Ryan Higa, Victor King and Andrew Garcia. He does skits, choreography and food challenge. That’s what makes him unique. I like to watch choreos aside from skits and vlogs. He’s a member of Quest Crew. They won Season 3 of America’s Best Dance Crew.

Superwoman / Lily Singh
I saw her in my recommendations. She uploads on a weekly basis too. I love that her jokes are not offensive. I think she’s like outgoing. She spreads so much positivity and I like that personality.

Beauty

Wayne Goss
I found his channel when I searched for acne scar remedy. He said he used to have acne. I can’t tell. He’s just gorge! He’s a pro makeup artist. Most of his reviews are high-end brands. They’re straight to the point. He’s into skin care too. I like that he doesnt follow the instagram makeup.

Patrickstarrr
I watched his “The Power of Makeup”. I instantly liked him because he loves full coverage. Full coverage is my thing. I find it very satisfying when I see him do his foundation routine. He’s a makeup artist. His style is more of drag queen. He does tutorials, transformations and vlogs. He’s Filipino and family oriented. I can see that in his vlogs. It’s refreshing to see guys who like makeup.

Makeup Geek
A makeup brand owner. Marlena knows what she’s talking about. She’s the only youtuber who thoroughly discusses product ingredients. That’s why her brand is easy to trust. In her reviews, she also mentions an ingredient which might not be good for a skin type. She’s honest about her own products too. She says the pros and cons whether it still has a faulty packaging or work in progress. The best thing is she accepts constructive critisms and suggestions to make her brand better.

RealAsianBeauty
I found her blog maybe 5 years ago. She used to have acne. She shared the treatments she has undergone. She’s very patient in answering all my acne-related questions. Yes, all; comment and private message on Youtube, email and blog comments. I felt that she really wanted to help make my skin better too. I think she’s the first Philippine-based creator who reached 500,000 subs.

Ana Victorino
I immediately subscribed to her channel when I saw her entry for Etude House. Her entry was unique. She uses a lot of local drugstore brands in her tutorials. That’s what I like about her. Her videos make me want to buy more local products. I asked her what brush quality does she recommend for different uses. Synthetic for liquids and fine hair for powder.

Lifestyle & Health

Charles Gross
He’s a perfume and bag collector. He used to sell bags so he definitely knows his thing. He lives in New York and he recommends places to visit there. He has story time about sales associates, customers, experiences and sex. I can tell that he’s naturally classy, not the in-your-face type.

Grav3yardgirl / Bunny
Bunny does makeup tutorials, DIYs, product tests, fashion and other hauls. My favorites are “Does This Thing Really Work” and “Pintertest”. I can tell that she’s real and down to earth. She also has tea vlogs where she talks about experiences, anxiety and etc.

Beckie0 / BeckieJBrown
I watched her Lush hauls. She used to work there. Now she’s a full time vlogger. She has anxiety / OCD. She discusses about it. A big help for me since it’s not talked about in our country.

How about you, who are your favorite content creators? Let us know. Also, please recommend other beauty related creators.☺

Face Masks under ₱500 ($10) for Oily & Acne-Prone Skin

Here’s another list for Under 500. I was looking for masks to try since my favorite is always out of stock. Can you guess what it is?

I prefer masks in tubs. You’ll get the most out of them. Usually they weigh 40-100g. That will last for 2-6 months or even more if used once or twice a week… especially those in powder form.

I selected products that I think have more beneficial ingredients for the skin compared to others. And by that I mean little or no chemicals. The best thing is 4 out of 5 products in this list are from Philippine/local brands.


Snoe White Vitamin C Rich Calamansi Detox Clay Mask (40g) – ₱249

63282272bf96f5135f75ae2413260adbCalamansi is rich in vitamin C and Alpha Hydroxyl Acids (AHA). It is a natural astringent that can eliminate blackheads and can dry up pimples. This mas is made of pure botanicals, herbs and select ingredients like activated bamboo charcoal and kaolin. It absorbs impurities and control excess oil to detoxify and renew your skin from deep within. Revitalize skin and help protect against the appearance of aging.


Nekkid Manila Green Tea & Tea Tree Mud Mask (100g) – ₱400

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The perfect mud mask for oily skin or acne-prone skin! This mud dries up and heals pimples fast without over drying the skin or dehydrating it which can cause more breakouts. Green Clay balances the skin and only attacks acne. What we love about this mask is that you can apply is for bacne (back-acne) as well! Ingredients: French Green Clay, Green Tea Leaves, Baking Soda, Tea Tree Essential Oil


Nekkid Manila Oatmeal & Chamomile Tea Mud Mask (100g) – ₱400

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This is our original mask (and a best seller too!), a blend of colloidal oatmeal mixed with bentonite clay which is very hydrating to the skin. Ingredients: Colloidal Oatmeal, Bentonite Clay, Chamomile Tea Leaves, Chamomile Essential Oil, Chamomile Extract, Vitamin E


Lush Cosmetics Mask of Magnaminty (120g) – ₱425

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I had to include this. Of course it’s my favorite. Makes dirt a distant memory. It isn’t technically a daily ‘facial wash’; it’s actually a deep cleansing face and back mask. China clay and fresh peppermint reach deep down to pull the debris from your pores, giving you that delightful tingly-clean sensation. We add loads of aduki beans to exfoliate flaky or dry skin, vanilla absolute to calm redness and honey to soothe. Our inventors created this to be the ‘ultimate face mask’, intense but not harsh or abrasive on the skin.


Clay What You Want Whitening Detox Drying Mask (40g) – ₱499

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A super-cleansing detox whitening mask that will help clear acne eruptions. This activated bamboo charcoal clay mask dries out existing pimples and oil and helps clarify problematic, acne-prone skin. Contains crown wood fern, moringa and tea tree oil.


Although they wont feel drying, remember they are all clay-based. Clays are very detoxifying. Depending on your skin, use them once or twice a week only even if you dont experience dryness. Just to maintain skin’s ph level while cleansing.

BB Creams under 500 Pesos ($10)

I was looking for an affordable face makeup. I dont spend much on them and if I did I always want them to be priced 500 pesos and below. I searched on different online malls. I decided to make a list for you guys so we have many options. All products in here are available in-stores and in department stores except for Avon.

I’m not sure if I should’ve not included their descriptions because they all work the same. But I did anyway since they differ in SPF, weight and added ingredients.


Below 300 Pesos

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Rucy’s Vanity Gleamy BB Cream (30ml) – ₱200
Has Spf 20. A 5-in-1 BB Cream that perfectly covers skins imperfections giving your skin a natural flawless skin look. Combines as foundation, moisturizer & concealer in one. Reformulated to matte finish. Available in 2 shades.

Ever Bilena Advance BB Cream (50ml) – ₱220
Available in Anti-Wrinkle or Whitening. A whitening, foundation and moisturizing cream all rolled into one. It provides a flawless coverage while concealing blemishes and dark spots and protecting the skin from the harmful rays of the sun.

Pond’s Flawless White BB Cream (25g) –  ₱299
Clinically-proven to lighten blemishes and dark spots with GenActiv™, a combination of Niacinamide and 12HSA, that controls melanin production; brightens and evens-out skin tone; protects skin from harmful rays with SPF30 PA++; helps with oil control; natural light to medium coverage with dewy finish; non-sticky, non-oily formula with light, clean scent. Available in 2 shades.


Below 400 Pesos

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Holika Holika Petite BB Cream (40ml) –  ₱325
Spf 25, 30 & 45. Available in Shimmering (with pearl powder), Bouncing (with caviar components), Clearing (with tea tree oil), Moisturizing (with hyaluronic) and Aqua (with green tea & glacial milk).

Celeteque Brightening Multi-Benefit BB Cream (30ml) – ₱325
BioWhite™ to help reduce wrinkles and lighten dark spots. BioBenefity™ which provides brightening benefits. Laricyl to immediately minimize pores. Silica for absorbing excess sebum. SPF 15 for daily sunscreen protection.

Avon Skin Goodness Moisturizing/Whitening BB Cream (18g) –  ₱349
Has Spf 20. It feature a light to medium coverage and a thin and highly spreadable formula. It also has moisture essence which leaves the skin refreshed and moisturize. Enriched with Vitamins A, C & E

Belo Whitening Kojic Tranexamic BB Cream (50ml) – ₱349.75
Protect your skin from the sun and keep it rosy and smooth using Whitening Kojic Tranexamic BB Cream by Belo. It has tone correcting formula that evens out skin tone and leaves a flawless natural finish, Kojic Acid and Tranexamic Acid which whiten skin deeply and reduces the appearance of stubborn dark spots, and SPF 50 and PA+++ that protects skin.

4U2 Celebrity BB Cream (20g) – ₱384
Specially formulated to deliver bright, even, natural skin tones. Celebrity BB Cream has SPF 35. It acts as a make-up base, foundation and sun screen. Apply all over the face with fingers, sponge or brush applicator.

Holika Holika Sweet Cotton Pore Cover BB Cream (30ml) – ₱385
Has spf 30. Delivers medium to full coverage; helps control sebum with sugar and cotton extracts; melting cotton candy texture leaves a soft, smooth, fresh look; lotus water minimizes the appearance of pores; peony extracts protect skin from environmental pollution; moisturizes, nourishes, and protects skin. Available in 2 shades.

Tony Moly Delight Petite Cotton BB Cream (30g) – ₱398
Covers and conceals imperfections; moisturizes, nourishes, and minimizes the appearance of wrinkles with Hawaiian deep sea water and mild bebe calming complex; formulated with enhanced sebum-control function; brightens and whitens skin to leave it looking radiant, even in tone and texture; protects with SPF 36 PA++.

Maybelline Super BB Cream (30g) – ₱399
Delivers high coverage with a natural-looking finish; formulated with a mineral guard filter and anti-pollution, anti-oxidation properties; protects skin from dirt, dust, and heat; shields against harmful UV rays with SPF50 PA++++; smoothens, brightens, and evens out skin tone; blurs the appearance of large pores, acne scars, and dark blemishes. Available in 2 shades.


Below 500 Pesos

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Loreal True Match BB Cream (30ml) – ₱400
With Spf 30. True Match BB cream is a smooth milky emulsion with a touch of tint for natural coverage and a luminous satin finish. A super-blendable, true to skin tone BB Cream. Available in 3 shades.

E.L.F. BB Cream (28ml) – ₱450
Mild formula gives an even, flawless finish; formulated with a light pigment that looks natural on skin; primes skin for makeup by minimizing fine lines; nourishes and hydrates skin with Vitamin E, jojoba, aloe, and cucumber; protects against sun damage with SPF 20. Available in 3 shades.

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery BB Cream (33g) – ₱450
2-in-1 formula works as a weightless BB cream while providing long-lasting, double UV block sun protection, SPF 50; breathable and natural-looking coverage conceals lines and pores; Aqua-rich technology allows for blendable application; contains finely milled brightening powder for enhancing facial contours.

Pond’s Age Miracle BB Cream (25g) – ₱499
Formula oxidizes to adapt to all skin tones; sheer, buildable, natural-looking coverage; conceals spots, blemishes, fine lines, and wrinkles; effectively lightens dark pigments with GenActive ingredient; nourishes skin like a moisturizer; provides UVA/UVB protection with SPF30. Available in 2 shades.

Pink Sugar It’s Awesome BB Cream (30g) – ₱499
Available in 4 shades. Delivers medium coverage for a smooth, poreless finish; nourishes skin with green tea extracts, aloe vera, and antioxidants; moisturizes, smoothens, and corrects skin tone; protects against UV rays with SPF 25

Beach Essentials – Boracay 2016

This is a late post for Philippines but summer just started in other countries. I have not posted any beach essential in 6 years of blogging. I’d like to thank my swimwear loving friend, Jessica of Adore Me for suggesting this. Yaaay!☺💖

Luckily, we’re in Boracay for the weekend. It’s my first time here and my first plane ride. Finally, I went out to see the sun. Hahaha. It was my sister’s treat for the family.

Many things to experience; Beach, sunset, food, music and outdoor activities. But we prepared the things we needed before that. We all want smooth and stress free vacation, right?

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Swimsuit, tops and board shorts

I’m not comfortable to wear swimsuits but this time I brought one for swimming… It’s a safe thing to wear to avoid problems with hotel and beach rules. I wear tops and board shorts if we’re just on the shore or going to the mall and restaurants at night. Here are some of the clothes I brought:
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Sunglasses & Cap

I cant live without sunglasses! My eyes are sensitive to light. I always bring one wherever I go. This time we brought four.😅 They avoid early signs of wrinkles too!

I always wear a cap whenever I’m on out of town. My forehead is dark compared to the rest of my face. It’s so weird. I dont want it to become darker

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Waterproof Dry Bag

Beach bags are usually made of cloth. They all look cute but we dont want our things to get wet. We dont need aesthetics. Haha! We bought a dry bag instead. Roll the end 3 times then lock it. Your things are safe and dry even if you go in the water.image2-1

Anklet

Anklets make a difference by adding style. It can also be a bracelet too. We found the old lady who’s a supplier of stores. We saved like 40 to 50 pesos. Thanks to her. Sorry for my hairy and sand-y legs. Haha!

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Sunblock and Skin Care

Fair skin gets burned easily. Dermplus Spf 80 Sunblock for Kids is the cheapest thing we could find in the department store (50ml for P169). The description says it’s for face and body. Please remember, don’t stay too long under the sun even if you’re wearing skin protecting products.

Last but not least, skin care. We need to clean and rehydrate the skin too after a hot day. I followed the rules so I repackaged Wonder Pore (review here) and AC Clinic Gel (review here). I cut a chunk of Fresh Farmacy (review here).

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If I’m asked to recommend something in this post, I’d totally say Dermplus Sunblock and the Dry Bag.💗


By the way, I also included some photos for you to see. The beach at 1pm, me flaunting the dry bag and the sunset. The guides said it’s packed in the afternoon. They were right.😅 Luckily we’re morning persons/people and we already enjoyed the water.

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