April 2016 Birthday Haul

My birth month is done already? That was fast. I dont celebrate my birthdays and never had parties. I just like to get stuff off my wishlist so I did a small haul again. Most items here are gifts from my sister and collaboration with Wishtrend. Let’s start

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SKIN CARE

BELO Tranexamic Kojic Acid Soap
I bought this to lighten my dark spots. I find that it’s too harsh because it has 4 types of acids. I only use it on breakouts. It dries acne fast.

ETUDE HOUSE AC Clinic Spot Patch
An impulse buy and my sister got it for me.

ETUDE HOUSE Wonder Pore Freshner
Another gift from my sis. I’m not yet sure if I will declare it as one of my holy grails.

KLAIRS Midnight Blue Calming Cream
Wishtrend sent this to me. It has lavender which is one of my favorite ingredients. It has ceramide too that’s needed for my dry flakey flare ups. I’ll post my full review next week!

LUSH Mask of Magnaminty
I was praying and asking signs if this mask is available then I should get another tub. If not, it’s time to try a new one from another brand. To my surprise it’s available when I visited their store.

LUSH Fresh Farmacy
My all time favorite cleanser. I took a break from using this for almost a month now. I want to have it on hand just in case I like to go back to it.

SKIN & LAB Dr. Color Effect Red Serum
This is a sample size in my recent Wishtrend package. It’s a raved product in 2014 or last year. Maybe I’ll do a first impression post soon.

SKQIN Dual Sissi Mask Moisturizing & Brightening
These masks were added to Wishtrend’s package as a bonus. I’m so glad they gave us 4 masks. I’m excited to try them out. It’ll be my first time to try a mask that also gives love for our chin area.

MAKE UP

MAYBELLINE Clear Smooth All in One Powder Foundation
I set my concealer with this foundation. It’s so matte and adds coverage to my  makeup. It’s really affordable, 169 pesos (approx. $4)

BODY CARE

GOODAL Cherry Blossom Hand Cream & THE FACE SHOP Kakao Friends Hand Cream Apeach Cherry Blossom
Gifts from my sister again. I’m spoiled. Haha. It’s spring time in Korea and now brands are releasing cherry blossom lotions.

ACCESSORIES

ETUDE HOUSE Lash Curler for Monolid
Another gift from my sister. I actually prefer the silver curler because it’s more affordable. But my sister said this rose gold one looks even better.

There’s not so much in my hauls, right? I’m trying to reduce hoarding or making impulse buys. I’m having a hard time storing them. Haha. Aaaaah, sometimes the beauty world is tiring for me with all the consumerism and hyped up products.

April 2016 Favorites

A lot of things have happened this month. Stressful stuff but I still had time to switch products and use them all up. I’m going through my stash because I dont want to waste anything.

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SKIN CARE

BELO Kojic + Tranexamic Acid
My skin got used to my holy grail cleanser. I took a break from it and tried this soap. My main problem is dark spots and I need to lighten them. I noticed this soap has Salicylic and Lactic acid for antibacterial and exfoliation. It’s too harsh for the whole face. I’m using it on breakouts only. Full review will be up soon!

COSRX AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid
My current spot treatment. It’s effective to turn my cystic acne into a whitehead/that stage when it’s healing and about to dry out. I think its formulation is too strong so I dont use it for big areas on the face.

MAKE UP

THE FACE SHOP Lovely Me:Ex Stick Concealer
I lack sleep these past few weeks and my undereye area became darker. I’m reaching for TFS stick concealer to cover my dark circles. It does the job and it’s not cakey.

ETUDE HOUSE Oh M Eye Line
I think I need a liquid liner with thinner brush. I’m just using it all up. I’m practicing how to do winged liner on my monolid. I’m getting the hang of it. This liner is good for beginners because it’s easy to remove. It crumbles and doesnt smudge when you remove it.

BODY CARE

JERGENS Hydrating Coconut
I love to use this at night. It smells so good and the scent relaxes me. It’s sinks in the skin quickly and doesnt leave sticky/oily feeling.

ACCESSORIES

ETUDE HOUSE My Beauty Tool Lash Curler for Monolid
I didnt know there’s a curler specifically for monolid. It grabs the lashes easier and curls them up effectively.

BEAUTY BAR Compact Mirror
Im confident to use this mirror because my flaws are not prominent when I look at it. It has two sides, regular and a magnified one. Nope, it’s not like in the department stores. Those mirrors at makeup counters are too magnified that they just show flaws. Haha. It’s their strategy too, I guess.

MUSIC

SS501 – Love Ya
I watched Boys Before Flowers again and finished all episodes in 3 days. I was focused on Gu Jun Pyo before. This time, I was into the character of Kim Hyun Joong, Ji Hoo. I missed his group SS501 after watching the drama. Love Ya is my favorite song. I started listening to it again everyday. Seriously, it’s my LSS. I still support their group despite his issues. I’m glad their sub-group SS301 performed this year.

2NE1 songs
2NE1 is my one and only favorite girl group. They changed the Kpop game to fierce and badass in 2009. The whole fandom of blackjacks were devastated on YG Entertainment’s statement. Minzy didn’t renew her contract and she’s leaving the group. I kept on watching their last performance as 4 members at Mnet Asian Music Awards 2015. We’re waiting for their comeback for too long while the other members are doing side projects. Maknae was kinda left out. No, I’m not blaming the girls. The management should’ve done something. This is the negative side of being an artist/celebrity, income and projects are not fixed.

So that’s it. Sorry this post has too much text. I need to reduce my ramblings.😂

Review: LUSH Charity Pot Hand & Body Lotion

You thought I was taking a break from being a lushie, huh? Naah. I’m back with another Lush review.

They donated for different causes worldwide with the help of Charity Pot Hand & Body Lotion. Everything they earn from it will be donated to the chosen charity. Lush will only get VAT/tax which is a government regulation.

I planned to get a tub of this but I want to know where will the proceeds go. It was for CARA Welfare Philippines. It’s a local animal shelter and clinic. You know how much I love dogs.

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Description:
Now in a self-preserving formula, this is a gorgeous body lotion that does a lot of good – and not just for your skin! With a new, delicately floral perfume of ylang ylang and rosewood oils in a hydrating cocoa butter base, moisturizing with Charity Pot will leave your skin subtly perfumed and touchably soft. This rich and generous cream now contains seven ingredients sourced from our sustainable SLush Fund projects around the world. With every purchase of Charity Pot, we donate 100% of the price (minus the taxes) to small, grassroots organizations working in the areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare and human rights. You end up with velvety, beautifully-scented skin AND you’re doing a world of good with every pot purchased—nicely done

Ingredients:
Water, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Glycerine , Organic Jojoba Oil, Moringa Oil, Fair Trade Cocoa Butter, Stearic Acid, Fresh Aloe Gel , Fair Trade Shea Butter, Triethanolamine, Geranium Oil, Rosewood Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute, Cetearyl Alcohol, *Citronellol, *Coumarin, Geraniol, *Linalool, *Limonene, Fragrance.

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Pros:
-Reasonably priced, Php 495 for 95 grams…
-because it’s packed with natural ingredients like butters and oils
-Powdery and vanilla scent
-Paraben-free
-Best lotion so far. It’s high quality and cannot be compared to drugstore brands
-For a good cause

Cons:
-Can leave sticky film if applied too much

It’s rich and thick lotion so it’s quite sticky, not for a hot and humid weather. It immediately gives moisture. Little goes a long way because this is full of butters and oils. Great for dry skin and for my wrinkly hands. I’m pretty impressed with its ingredients. It’s reasonably priced because of those plus you’re helping an organization.

I highly suggest this in winter season. For us in the PH and other tropical countries, this is great as a night treatment.

Klairs and COSRX are now available on BeautyMNL

Hi guys. I read an email about this news. This post is late but I hope it’ll still be informative. These brands became popular in the k-beauty world last year. There are so many preorder requests here in the Philippines. You can now get their bestsellers without preordering from Korea.

downloadfileKlairs’ bestsellers on BeautyMNL.com:

  • Supple Preparation Toner
  • Black Sugar Polish
  • Illuminating Blemish Cream (currently sold out)
  • Rich Moist Soothing Serum
  • Rich Moist Soothing Cream

Click here to visit Klairs

+¦+e_¦í++My favorite brand, COSRX is also on the website. 25 products are available there:

  • Acne Pimple Master Patch
  • Snail 92 All In One Cream
  • Advanced Snail Power Essence
  • AHA/BHA Clarifying Toner
  • AHA 7 Whitehead Liquid
  • BHA Blackhead Power Liquid (currently sold out)
  • Summer Pore Minish Serum
  • Blackhead Silk Finger Ball
  • Centella Blemish Ampule
  • Galactomyces Whitening Essence
  • Honey Ceramide Eye Cream
  • Honey Ceramide Full Cream
  • Hyaluronic Acid Foam Cleanser
  • Hyaluronic Acid Essence
  • Hyaluronic Acid Cream
  • BHA Skin Returning A-Sol
  • BHA Skin Returning Emulsion
  • One Step Pimple Clear Pads
  • Propolis Light Ampule
  • Centella Blemish Cream
  • Honey Overnight Mask
  • Rice Overnight Spa Mask
  • Aloe Soothing Sun Cream
  • Good Morning Gel Cleanser
  • Make Me Lovely Cream

Click here to see COSRX

Hope this will help in your future hauls!☺❤

Review: COSRX AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid

I’ve been using this for almost a month now as spot treatment. I can finally talk about it. I won a COSRX planner. It came with lots of samples in the box. Yay! 3 samples per product.☺

I ran out of spot treatment so it’s my chance to use Whitehead Power Liquid.

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Description:
Free your skin from displeasing whiteheads and clogged pores with AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid. This liquid is a premium formulation of apple water, AHA and glycolic acid. This power liquid effectively clarifies the pores and completely eliminate whiteheads. With its AHA content, this also offers gentle exfoliation which removes dead skin that are usually clogging the pores. It reveals new and healthy skin which makes it appear brighter and more evenly toned. Continue reading

First Impression: Etude House AC Clinic Intense Pink Powder Patch

This week’s theme is spot treatment again.

I want my body to heal acne naturally but I’ve been slacking on vegetarian lifestyle. I stopped taking my multivitamins too. So I broke out again, mostly whiteheads.

What a great excuse to try another patch.😂 An impulse buy and a gift from my sis. This is just a first impression post because a whole packet lasted for only 3 nights in my case.

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Description:
Formulated with Pink Spot Powder, direct spot application adhesive patches care with translucent coverage.

Instruction:
Leave on for 8~12 hours. For day or night time application Continue reading

Dupes for Mario Badescu’s Best Sellers

A lot of my blog’s readers are mostly students and those who are on a budget like me. This is a bonus post since it’s my birthday today. I want to share some products which I’m targeting to get. Those shouldnt be kept as secret. Haha.

Mario Badescu is known for their anti-acne treatments. The brand is quite expensive for me. I thought I should share dupes of their best-selling Drying Lotion and Buffering Lotion. These are spot treatments and priced at 1,095 pesos ($23) each based on Rustan’s Website. If you want to save a few bucks, keep on reading.:)

Let’s see their descriptions first

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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion: The Drying Lotion is a fast acting, effective acne spot treatment. Formulated with salicylic acid, calamine and other quick-drying ingredients, this product will shrink ugly whiteheads virtually overnight while you sleep. While other acne spot treatments can irritate and dry delicate or sensitive skin, this product is safe and effective for all skin types.

Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion: Specially formulated for oily, troubled skin, our effective overnight Buffering Lotion helps clear painful, under-the-skin blemishes while preventing further breakouts. Contains gentle ingredients to normalize skin and help reduce the size of blemishes. Continue reading