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.☺

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.

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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What’s In My Makeup Bag?

Today’s topic was requested by Pizzalush. You can check her Instagram here. Thanks for suggesting this!☺❤

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What’s in my makeup bag? Hmm. I’ve never posted one before because there’s not much to see. These are basically the only makeup I own. I switch them depending on my mood for my daily routine. I also gave short reviews below. Let’s start~


FACE

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Pink Sugar Our Lil Secret Concealer in 01
I tried the 02 shade. It matched my skin but it turned dark after a few hours. I switched to the lightest shade. It has medium coverage. It’s matte and long-lasting on my oily skin. It’s 13 ml for 299 pesos. Such a steal. The downside is it can accentuate pores. That’s the problem with water-based foundations and concealers. Full review here

The Face Shop Lovely Me:Ex Concealer Stick
I like to use this on my undereye area. It instantly brightens up the skin without the flashbacks. I’m going to try their best selling Dual Veil Concealer once I used this all up. Full review here

Maybelline Clear Smooth All in One Foundation
I’m using this for almost 4 years now. I use this to set my makeup. It’s super matte and gives additional coverage. It’s so affordable. There’s P99, P169 and P240+. Full review here. Full review here


EYES & BROWS

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Etude House Monolid Eyelash Curler
It’s a gift from my sister. She chose this rose gold/copper-y color which we all know is the trademark colors of beauty v/bloggers😂. She said it’s way cuter than the silver one. I agree with her. It does the job for curling all lashes. Yaaay no more struggles for monolid peeps like me!!!😅

The Face Shop Freshian Big Mascara
Another gift from my sis. I’m spoiled. Hahaha. It lasts all day without giving me the panda look. Of course, it’ll smudge if you rub your lids. The brush separates the lashes really well. No clumps, just natural finish

E.L.F. Professional Eyebrow Pencil
This is a double-ended pencil. Little goes a long way since it’s wax. There’s also a concealer/highlighter to clean up any mess. Its cap has sharpener. I dont do it everyday. I look like Mona Lisa. Haha. I’m trying to grow and shape them in arch. I learned that straight brows are not for me. It makes my forehead larger. I have diamond-shaped face and big forehead. Arched brows will balance that area. Full review here


LIPS

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The Face Shop Black Label Lipstick in 11
My favorite lipstick shade for events, work and job interviews. It has satin finish. I like that it’s moisturizing. I can feel that it hydrates, no chapped lips! Full review here

Tony Moly Easy Touch Auto Lip Liner in 02
It doesnt feel sticky. It’s lightweight. The finish is matte but it has some glitters. It feels like I didnt put anything unlike the heavy feeling while using lipstick. This is not the most affordable lip liner out there. But the brush tip makes it easier for the product to even it out and control the color intensity. Full review here

Wet N Wild Megalast Lipstick
This is a peachy shade. I like it because it brightens up and changes the look for everyday makeup. It’s also perfect for summer. It’s matte and lasts long. It’s affordable and best of all, cruelty free! Wet n Wild has wide range of colors.

Me Now Kissproof Lipstick
It’s so matte and lasts all day for me. No sticky feeling. The only downside is it needs to be sharpened. Ugggh that’s too much work for me. Haha. I think this collection has 17 shades. That’s a lot! All colors are trendy. You can choose from nudes and reds.


I’m planning to collect lipsticks but I’ll definitely get drugstore brands only. The challenge is, I want them all to be cruelty-free. Probably my collection will have Wet N Wild, L.A. Girl, Milani, Nyx, ELF, Human Nature and Pink Sugar.

Slowly making progress until I change all the products in my routines to cruelty-free. Minimize animal testing starting from making small changes.

I have self control now. I’ll only buy a product if the one I’m using is about to run out. Except for skin care. That’s a different thing of course. I’m obsessed with that. Haha!

First Impression: Nlighten Cloud Cream

I always see Nworld’s advertisements on Facebook. They’re everywhere and they have a lot of Filipino resellers. Cloud Cream is one of their best sellers.

My sis got this gift from her friend. She allowed me to try it. We want to give you guys an idea about how it feels on the skin.

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Description
Cloud Cream provides an instant brightening effect making the skin look more healthy and glowing. The extracts of white rice and white milk protein help maintain an even skin tone by protecting it from dark spots. This cloud cream helps limit the over-production of melanin, helps reduce the signs of aging and helps protect from UVA & UVB rays.

Formulated without Paraben, Benzophenone, Triethanolamine, Talc, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Synthetic Pigment and SLS.

Ingredients:
On their website it says “Grapefruit, Ginkgo, Grape, Centella Asiatica, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract and Aloe”. We threw the box. Sorry I couldnt discuss the full list.

Performance:
The packaging is really nice. It includes a spatula which makes it hygienic. Its tub looks expensive and so is the price (P1,450) for a 30g cream.

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Its consistency is whipped/fluffy just like Pond’s cream. No wonder it’s called “Cloud” cream. Parang kesong puti/cream cheese yung texture. Now I’m hungry. Haha. It glides smoothly and turns liquidy. It has sun protection, for daytime use only and wash off at night.

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It smells like women’s shampoo & Pond’s which I’m not a fan of. But the product itself works great. Glad they reduced the use of harmful ingredients. It reminds me of Secret Key’s Snow White Cream. It instantly brightens up the complexion. You’ll see it right after applying. It does give glowing skin. It has matte finish too.

Good for those who want to quickly brighten up skin without using makeup.

First Impression: Ever Bilena Advance Shine Free Foundation in Almond

We took a break from reviews last week. It’s time to do another one. It’s under First Impression because I only used it for a short period. It’s my second time to post about a local/Filipino brand. I need more!!!☺

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Ever Bilena is known for affordable makeup. We bought this for an event but didnt use it. It was just on the table. I decided to test this foundation. I loved their liquid concealer. I was curious if this will work too.

Description & Ingredients:

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Price:
Php 145 (approx. $3)

Scent:
Reminds me of marshmallow/vanilla

Finish:
Dewy & semi-matte

Consistency:
Runny

Pros:
-Very affordable
-Available at drugstores, watsons and supermarkets
-Simple plastic packaging
-Big enough, 30ml
-Little goes a long way
-Not cakey
-It doesnt feel heavy

Cons:
-has comedogenic ingredients; stearic acid, parabens, mineral oil, dimethicone
-in my opinion, vanilla scent is okay for lipsticks and not for face products

Performance:
It’s in a simple plastic tube which is nice. The only problem is the dispenser/hole is too big. Better be careful on squeezing out the product.

It’s liquidy and not cakey at all. It’s a little dewy, definitely not shine free. It wont be exaggerated if you’re using the right amount. It’s easy to remove so you have to set with powder even for dry skin.

It’s dewy because mineral oil is the second ingredient. Mineral oil can clog pores so I suggest using moisturizer and primer first. That way you have a barrier for your skin and makeup.

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It reminds me of most bb creams. It has sheer/light coverage. For full coverage peeps like me, this is not for us. It can cover mild redness though. It’s slightly sticky but that’ll be gone after setting with powder.

Surprisingly, it’s lightweight and doesnt feel uncomfortable. It’s a good addition if you’re looking for something that adds glow. This is okay for those who dont need coverage, starting with makeup or for no makeup look.

May 2016 Favorites

I’m still going through my stash. I have a long way to go! I told my sister to use them too but she said it’s too much work. Well, it really is when you think about it. But it wouldnt be a problem once you get used to it.

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Skin Care

Clobetasol with Aquaphor Cream
This is a life savior for our eczema/dermatitis. It calms severe flare ups all the time. Severe meaning the skin is red, crusty and wet at the same time. It subsides in just 3 to 5 days. It also takes away the redness.

Hydrocortisone Cream
After a sever flare up, this is the prescribed med by my sister’s dermatologist. It is used for 3 to 5 days too. I actually use this on a daily basis for maintenance. It does a good job.

RUCY’S VANITY Whitening Serum
My face is lighter than the rest of my body including the neck. I’ve been neglecting it so might as well moisturize it twice a day too. I cant use AC Clinic Daily Gel Lotion  for the area because it has alcohol. This serum has the right consistency. It’s very moisturizing without feeling heavy. This is available at selected supermarkets, Rucy’s Vanity kiosks and website [click here].

TONY MOLY Tomatox Massage Pack
Still one of Tony Moly’s bestsellers. You can literally see your skin is brightened after using it. Just a tip, use this continuously to have a long term effect. Little goes a long way so every cent is totally worth it. This is also available on Q-Depot’s website.


Body Care

LUSH New Charity Pot Hand & Body Lotion
I know a lot of you might be tired of seeing Lush products in my posts. I’m sorry. I just couldn’t help it. This lotion is legit! It’s made from butters and oils unlike chemical-based lotions. You’re sure that it’s safe. I like to use this on my hand after washing 10x a day. I use this at night for the whole body as a treat.

THE FACE SHOP Kakao Friends Apeach Hand Cream [Cherry Blossom]
I use this the most as you can see in the photo above. It’s very light and non greasy. I love cherry blossom scent too! It smells sweet, flowery but not overpowering. I like that it’s in a small tube. I might bring another hand cream for our beach trip this month.

I apologize if you think the products in my posts are repetitive. Going through our stash is very important. You’re less likely to hoard if you know what you have. Btw, I’ll be posting a tag tomorrow especially for Filipinos.☺