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Review: Loreal True Match Super-blendable Concealer in Light / Fair Neutral

18 Sep

It feels like I’m slacking off. I haven’t prepared drafts. I usually have 4 drafts which are good for 2 weeks. I’m into writing stuff aside from this. I’ve been creating articles but I want to get back to blogging. Just giving an update.

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Anyway, I’m still looking for great concealers. We went to Loreal’s kiosk and my sister got me this concealer. I chose Light / Fair Neutral N 1-2-3. True Match line is their bestseller. It’s unusual for drugstore brands to offer wide shade range. This line has foundation and liquid concealer. They have colors for neutral (which is what I got), warm and cool undertones.

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Description:
This oil-free concealer is formulated with Opti-Blend Complex to even your skin tone while concealing acne blemishes, imperfections, and dark undereye circles. Vitamin E and Pro-Vitamin B5 are added to nourish, strengthen and revitalize skin cells.

Ingredients: from makeupalley.comscreenshot_2016-09-18-19-38-13-1Pros:
-Available in different colors
-I like the brush applicator instead of doe foot wand
-Semi matte finish
-No oxidization
-It’s easy to blend
-Can brighten up the undereye area
-Not cakey
-Does not break me out

Cons:
-Light coverage in my opinion. It doesnt cover my dark spots

I prefer its brush applicator instead of doe foot wand. It looks like this. It gets a lot of product. I can get the most out of it. I tested it on my dark spots. I’m not satisfied because it has light coverage only.

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But I’m impressed when I used it for dark circles. It’s not cakey. It’s liquidy but not runny that’s why it’s easy to blend. Here’s a before and after photo.

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As for the price, I think I’m neutral. It’s 400 pesos for 5.2ml. I cant argue with that because they have many shades for a drugstore brand especially their foundation. It doesnt oxidize on me which is great! I’m acidic and sometimes I look like cheetos while I’m wearing products with oxides. Do I recommend it? I do but only if you’re dealing with dark circles and mild hyperpigmentation.

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Review + Before & After: NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in 03 Light

3 Sep

I wanted to try this for many years. Just wasnt sure if it was worth it. I was debating if I should get the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer or this one. I was strolling in the department store again. Yup, dakilang tambay ako doon.๐Ÿ˜… Collection’s stall was in another store. I got lazy so I picked this one instead. I expect a lot from cream concealers. Always go for cream concealers if you want better coverage.

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Description:
Obscure imperfections and blur away problem areas with one of our Concealer Jars. Now available in 10 more shades to accommodate an even wider range of skin tones, this creamy formula stands up to the villains of unwelcome imperfections with a vengeance

Ingredients:
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Pros:
-Affordable, 360 pesos
-Has ingredients list on the label
-7g, big compared to other jar concealers
-available in many shades
-Little goes a long way
-Did not break me out
-No oxidization/darkening
-Not as oily as other cream concealers
-Medium coverage for my skin condition

Cons:
-Cakey
-Not good for textures
-Doesnt last the whole day for my oily and sweaty skin

Here are some photos taken using my phone. One without flash and the other was taken with flash.image

It’s medium coverage for me. I have to add a second layer for my dark spots. I can see that it’s cakey even if I also dab the second layer. I always wait for few minutes up to an hour before I go out so it’s settled down. It starts to look like skin when I blot with tissue. It has oxides but I’m glad it didnt oxidize/turn orange on me.๐Ÿ˜ƒimageIt’s not as oily as other cream concealers. Unfortunately it’s not long lasting for me. I dont use primers but I tried other concealers that stayed on the whole day. Its finish leans to semi-matte. As for textured skin; it can emphasize textures like acne, dry patches and acne scars/dents. Wait for it to settle just like what I do if you’re planning to get this. It can look weird on sweaty skin. I’m very sweaty and it can settle to sweat forming like little circles. Be sure to dab tissue right away to avoid it.

It’s not the best concealer for me but it’ll do for now. Do I recommend it? I recommend it for normal to oily skin and if you dont need much coverage.

Have you tried this or any NYX product? My next target is Catrice cream concealer. If you have recommendations, please share it with us.๐Ÿ˜Š

โœจโœจโœจBtw, my international giveaway is still open. You can join until saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 10pm Philippine time! Click here to join.โœจโœจโœจ

July 2016 Haul

29 Jul

I’m back with a small haul. It’s not as “bongga” compared to my other hauls. I changed my shopping behavior and it’s effective. I only buy things that I need. I replenish products when they’re about to run out. I guess my makeup collection wont grow and I’m fine with that.๐Ÿ˜…
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Skin Care

Skinlite Makeup Cleansing Tissues
I bought boxes of this. It’s only 89 pesos for 30 sheets. I prefer this now because EH Every Month Cleansing Tissues are always unavailable in-stores near at our place.

Etude House face masks
These were gifts from my sister. Again, I’m spoiled. Haha. Pearl, Royal Jelly and Tea Tree cost 58 pesos each while Snail is at 78 pesos. We’ll use them once a week.

Klairs Supple Preparation Toner
Wishtrend emailed me again last month for a review opportunity. They want me to start off with their best seller, Klairs toner. I’m using it now for almost a week. So far so good. I’m still observing if there will be any harsh reactions. I’ll do a full review after 2 weeks.

Dr. Color Effect Red Serum
All my Wishtrend packages include a sample of Red Serum, one of their best sellers too. I’m planning to have a first impression post on this. I think the samples I got will be good for 3 weeks.

Makeup

Essence 16h Long Lasting Makeup
I was interested to get this because members of a makeup group on Facebook love this. You should try this if you’re looking for oil-free and cruelty brand. I got it for 378 pesos in SM Department Store. I posted my full review already. Check it out.

Maybelline Clear Smooth All in One Powder Foundation
I’ve been using this for 5 years now. I’m a full coverage and matte freak. This powder sets my makeup and gives additional coverage. It has color that helps to lighten a dark foundation on me. If a face makeup is a little darker on you, use a light powder to adjust everything.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
I wanted to try this since last year. I’ve watched many tutorials on Youtube using this as concealer and highlighter. Do you know how hard it is that a raved product isnt available in your country and it’s used by your favorite gurus? I’m still in search for #20 though. Please inform me if you know a branch with that shade. I need to test it for dark spots.

How did you reward yourself this month? Are you one of those who went crazy on the lipstick sale today? Share them below. ๐Ÿ™‚

Review + Swatch: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 25 Medium

24 Jul

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 Meยฎ 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.ย 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?

April 2016 Favorites

30 Apr

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.๐Ÿ˜‚

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

14 Feb

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 thatย 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.๐Ÿ˜‚

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.๐Ÿ˜Š

Oh btw, Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ