Review + Before & After: Maybelline Clear Smooth All in One Oil Control Two-Way Cake

I switched back to my all time favorite powder from Maybelline. I was surprised it’s now a two-way cake. You can use it dry or with a wet sponge. I was bothered at first because my dermatologist told me to stay away from two-way powders as it’s heavy for the skin. I want coverage so I’m still using it anyway.

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Description:
Maybelline Clear Smooth All in One is a shine-free powder foundation that provides good coverage and keeps you looking naturally beautiful.

Ingredients:
Talc, Perlite, Titanium Dioxide [Nano] / Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Dimethicone, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Silica, Methicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Squalane, Parfum / Fragrance, Tocopherol, Linalool, Bht, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnama

I got the lightest shade, 02 Nude Beige

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Pros:
-Affordable, refill is 169 pesos for 9g
-Accessible, you can get it in department stores, drugstores and supermarkets
-Can be used wet or dry
-Has SPF 32
-Has more coverage than the old formula
-Light to medium coverage
-Great for setting makeup
-Didnt cause breakouts

Cons:
-Might get cakey
-Might feel heavy for others
-Need more shades

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It can get cakey depending on the base/foundation you’re using. Use a brush instead if your liquid foundation is already mattifying. Just be careful as it can be “too matte” if applied with the sponge. We know too much matte can suck the life out of our skin. Apply highlighter if needed. It felt heavy the first time I used this Maybelline powder. I got used to it and it doesnt bother me anymore.

I noticed that it gives more coverage than the old formula. Take note that I’m applying it dry with sponge. I just used a wet sponge in this review to test its coverage alone. You can get light to medium coverage. It’s great that they didnt change the price! This variant only has 4 colors until now. Lightest shade is a bit dark on me. More skin tones should have this great stuff. This is still the best powder in my book. Hands down.

Review + Swatches: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania

Hello everyone. I should’ve posted this last year. But I feel like I didnt use it enough so I decided to schedule it this month. This was an impulse buy. I was in SM Aura and had nothing to do. I went to the department store and did a few swatches. I usually dont wear dark lippies but this shade is always sold out in-stores. I grabbed the opportunity. Hahaha.

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Description:
Now available in twelve more statement-making shades, our velvety smooth Soft Matte Lip Cream delivers a burst of creamy color and sets to a stunning matte finish.

Ingredients:
All shades contain the following unless otherwise noted: Isohexadecane, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone, Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire d’Abeille, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Talc, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Carbonate, Silica, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Rosin/Colophonium/Colophane, Barium Sulfate (CI 77120), Phenoxyethanol, Flavor/Aroma, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410).

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Pros:
– Cruelty-free
– Glides smoothly
– Affordable; 390 pesos
– Feels like butter
– Can last long depending on your drinking and eating habits
– Lightweight once it sets
– Sets to a beautiful matte finish
– Doesnt cause dryness, no chapped lips

Cons:
– Not transfer proof for me

Swatch:

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It has a whipped texture while gliding it on the lips. It’s matte but suprisingly it feels light. My lips are prone to dryness. This didnt cause chapped lips. The only con I have for this is it’s not transfer proof for me. It got on my teeth but that’s just me. I guess my two front teeth are too big. Hahaha. It’s a great color although I’m not confident to wear dark lipsticks. No wonder it’s out of stock most of the time at their local stores and kiosks.

Review + Swatches: POND’S Flawless White BB Cream in Fair

This was a requested post last year. It took a while for me to get one because I wasn’t sure if it’s really worth it. Since holidays are full of reunions, I asked for bb creams with good coverage in a makeup group. Someone said she’s using this. It’s also recommended by other members. I finally decided to go to Mercury Drugstore and get one for myself.

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Description:
Your solution to a brightening foundation cream with UVA and UVB protection. This BB+ Cream covers your spots instantly while reaching deep within your skin to lighten your dark spots and dark circles– resulting in clear, fair and flawless skin.

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Pros:
– Affordable, 299 pesos for 30ml & 149 pesos for 8ml
– Available in-stores and online
– Plastic tube packaging
– Powdery scent like other bb creams
– SPF 30
– Has dewy finish for dry & normal skin
– Doesnt cause breakouts
– Did not trigger my contact dermatitis

Cons:
– Comes in 2 shades only
– Light coverage in my opinion

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The photos above show that it slightly covered my mole. I think this is just your normal bb cream. It has light and dewy finish. I apply a bit more than usual to have a decent coverage. It won’t cover deep hyperpigmentations which is what I have. I always set it with Maybelline’s 2-Way Cake which adds more coverage. Dewy finish tends to wear off so don’t forget to set it with powder even if you have dry skin. I dont like dewy finish for my oily skin. I blot it first before applying concealer and powder.

It’s good enough for 300 pesos if you want natural makeup. They have 8ml tube for 149 pesos at Mercury Drugstore in Glorietta. I’m neutral about it. I dont love it and dont hate it either. This will do for now. I’m planning to use it all up.

Review: SKIN FOOD Yuja Water Whitening Ampoule in Serum

Yuja Water is one of Skin Food’s releases last year. I was looking for a serum that isn’t too strong and can freshen up my face. I have big hopes for this that it won’t trigger my contact dermatitis. I’m using this for two months now. It’s about time to review it.

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Description:
Whitening synergy ampoule. Contains yuja extract and moisturizing yuja oil from uncontaminated Goheung city. Moisturizing whitening synergy ampoule effective for treating freckles. After toner application, massage 1 to 2 drops on the entire face by popping the capsules.

Ingredients:

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Pros:
– Affordable, got it on sale for less than 1000 pesos from a korean-based store
– Available through online shops and at their local branches in PH
– A bottle contains 44ml of product
– Lemon scent
– Watery consistency
– Did not trigger my contact dermatitis
– Gives light hydration
– No stickiness
– Quickly absorbed
– Did not cause breakouts
– Brightening effect for glowing skin

Cons:
– Slow in whitening

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There’s no ingredients list on the label. I just searched it on CosDNA and the photo above is the result. This is in my Best Products of 2016 for many reasons. First, I love serums with watery consistency. It gives my oily skin enough hydration. No sticky film so it’s easy for me to apply makeup after.

Second, it doesnt break me out. Only few moisturizers do not make my skin irritated. Third, it’s a brightening serum which helps me to get that glowing skin. Expect that it’s slower to lighten dark spots. That’s the only con if you’re dealing with hyperpigmentation. It’s confusing because there’s “whitening” in its name but description on their website says it’s for brightening.

I still think it’s one of the best moisturizers I’ve tried. I rarely finish creams and serums but I’m sure with this one. I’ll use it all up because it does not cause breakouts and gives enough hydration for me. I’d recommend it to normal to oily skin.

Where to get Pure Argan Oil in PH

Hello readers! It’s 2017 and I didn’t want to skip the first day of the year without posting anything. I’m so into argan oil lately and it was included in my Best Products of 2016. It is used for moisturizing the skin, hair, body and nails. It has antioxidant and antibacterial properties. It is also used for sensitive skin issues like eczema, dermatitis and acne. I’m using one for almost a month and I love it so much. I thought all pure argan oils were expensive. Surprisingly, there are many local brands that offer this amazing oil for under 1000 pesos.

Let’s discuss first what are the things you should consider when buying pure argan oil.

  1. 100% Pure Argan Oil should be indicated in the ingredients list. No other ingredients/fragrance/perfume should be written on the label.
  2. Its packaging should be in a dark glass/plastic bottle. In this way, you’re sure that you’ll get all the benefits from it
  3. It has a nutty scent in my opinion
  4. It should be absorbed within 4 minutes and wont leave very oily residue

Here are the available brands in the Philippines. You can get them in-stores or online.


ORGANIC ALLEY
Price: Php 499 – 30ml
Php 750 – 50ml
Available at Sesou branches & on their official website

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OIL OF ARGAN 
Price: Php 600 – 30ml
Also available at Sesou branches & on their official website

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BEAUTY BAKERY
Price: Php 850 (original price)
Available on BeautyMNL.com

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LUMIERE ORGANICEUTICALS
Price: Php 880 (original price)
Available on BeautyMNL.com

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V&M NATURALS
Price: Php 925 (original price)
Available at their branches & on BeautyMNL.com

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SNOE BEAUTY
Price: Php 799
Available at their branches, official website and Zalora

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I hope you’ll find this helpful. This is my future reference too. There are only two oils that do not break me out, Maracuja and Argan. I’ll be reviewing the Organic Alley this month. If you know other affordable brands aside from these, please let us know so I can edit this post. 🙂

Best Products I’ve Used in 2016

This is a combined post for skin/body care, makeup and fragrance. I’m posting reviews weekly for 1 year straight. It’s always trial and error. Some are hits and some are misses. It took a while to sort and add them to this list because I’ve used tons of products this year. I selected the ones that gave quick results and ones I kept using.


Skin Care

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SKINLITE Makeup Cleansing Tissues
I keep coming back to this makeup remover. It’s below Php 100 only for 30 sheets. Good for one month. It’s accessible for me too. I get mine in Landmark Makati. You can find it in the Hair and Accessories section. It’s on a shelf with other wet facial tissues and cotton.

LOREAL Refreshing Micellar Water
Loreal’s makeup remover made it in my list. First, it’s affordable too for Php 225. Second, it’s really refreshing. You can feel it instantly in the first swipe. It’s available in-stores at Loreal counters in department stores. You can also get it online on BeautyMNL.

AZTEC SECRET Amazonian Healing Clay
I immediately saw its effectiveness after one use. No kidding. I woke up the next day with majority of my breakouts were reduced and about to be dry. You can get this powerful mask at Healthy Options in the Philippines. It’s around Php 429. You can order it online on Aztec Secret’s official website.

VASELINE Lip Therapy Advanced Healing
This lip product is powerful. Probably because it contains 100% petroleum jelly. It’s in a hygenic tube. You can easily apply it just like a normal lip gloss. There’s no mess and you can bring it anywhere. If I can remember, it costs Php 69.75 in Landmark department store.

Beta-N Cream
This was prescribe by my dermatologist. I had contact dermatitis caused by using kojic acid soap on my face. This cream gave instant relief and hydrated my irritated flakey skin. My skin started getting back to normal after using this twice a day for 3 days. I used this for 10 days together with antihistamine, an oral medication.

SKIN FOOD Yuja Water Ampoule in Serum
I ordered it straight from Korea. This serum made it on the list because it’s one of the few serums that dont cause breakouts. It contains 30% yuja extract. The highest concentration in the line. No sting and feels light on the skin too. Full review soon!

ORGANIC ALLEY Argan Oil
I had second thoughts if I should include it because I just got it this month. But I like how it makes my skin glow. I apply it twice a day around my eye area, cheek bones and temples. The glow can be seen even under my makeup. No need for highlighters. I’ll do a full review soon. I still have a lot to say about this product.


Makeup

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DETAIL MAKEOVER Mineral Pressed Powder
This beat my all time favorite Maybelline Clear Smooth All in One Powder Foundation when it comes to staying matte. It’s also affordable. 199 pesos for 10g. Aside from that, their Fair shade suits my skin tone perfectly. You can get this at their kiosks or on BeautyMNL.

CATRICE Eyebrow Stylist
I wasnt impressed with this at first. It’s not long lasting for others. But for me, it lasts throughout the day. I can easily shape and fill in my brows with this. I think I’m finally mastering my brows. Haha. It’s 278 pesos, quite expensive for a brow pencil… but it’s longer compared to othets which can last for months.


Fragrance

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BENCH Bambino
I bought this cologne again after a long time. This has been my favorite since I was in high school. It’s affordable and long lasting. A small bottle is around 85 pesos while the big one is 135 pesos.


Body Care

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DOVE Purely Pampering Shea Butter Beauty Bar
I usually dont like Dove products because they leave film. My sister got me hooked with their Shea Butter variant. It smells amazing! It’s been cold lately and my skin needs additional moisture. It’s cheap too. It’s priced at 55 pesos.

December 2016 Haul: Aquaphor, LUSH Cosmetics, Maybelline, Organic Alley & Pond’s

I knew I’m going to add more items after Christmas. I buy gifts for myself throughout the whole year. And because of that, natabunan na ako ng irereview. Hahaha. How about you, what did you get for yourself? 🙂


SKIN CARE

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ORGANIC ALLEY Argan Oil
I was curious about argan oil. It’s non comedogenic compared to other oils. People also say that it absorbs quicker and doesnt leave oily residue. Pure argan oil is quite expensive here. Luckily, I came across a review on Organic Alley’s 100% Argan Oil. You can choose from two sizes. I got 30ml for 499 pesos at Sesou Glorietta. There’s 50ml for 750 pesos. You can also buy 10ml on their online store for 200 pesos. Full review soon!

ORGANIC ALLEY Acne & Scars Be Gone Clarifying Soap
I forgot to take a photo of this soap. I’m currently using it. I read its ingredients list and I think there’s nothing that could irritate  my skin. I can say that it’s one of my few trusted solid facial soaps. This one’s Php 250 for 100g. Full review soon!

AQUAPHOR Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy
I thought my skin was the same with my sister’s. She has sebbhoric dermatitis and her derma prescribed a steriod cream mixed with Aquaphor. I thought this would work but turns out I have contact dermatitis. I’ll try it for its other uses instead. Full review soon!

Contact Dermatitis relief from my derma
– Antihistamine
– Antibiotic astringent
– Beta-N Cream
– Moisturizing soap
All these work well. My skin calmed down after 3 days. Beta-N Cream and the antihistamine are the most effective. Clatidyne (Loratadine) was the medicine I took once a day for 10 days. Although I’m done with the medication, I’m still using the soap and antibiotic astringent.


MAKEUP

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MAYBELLINE Clear Smooth All in One Powder
This is an improved version. I usually dont see a difference when they reformulate this powder. I ran out of my Detail Pressed Powder. I didnt have time to order online so I’m back to my first love.

TONY MOLY Delight Magic Lip Tint in 03
A gift from my sister. She knows I’m into korean cosmetics. I’m not sure about the price. Probably it’s around 200+ pesos. Full review soon!

POND’S Flawless White BB Cream
This was a requested product for review. I finally decided to get one. Pinays love its coverage and price. We’ll see if it will meet my standards. It’s 299 pesos. I saw a small tube too. It’s 8ml for 149 pesos at Mercury Drugs


BODY CARE

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LUSH Maypole Soap & Serendipity Soap
My sister’s gifts. She chose the Maypole soap (225 pesos /100g). It has sweet scent just like Snow Fair Shower Gel. I chose Serendipity because of its lavender scent. I’m a sucker for lavender! It’s 245 pesos per 100g


That’s my hauliday! Tomorrow I’ll post my best products for this year. Hope you can check it out.☺