Review: Human Nature Tinted Lip Balm in Pink Orchid

I like my first review this year to be from a local brand. Human Nature is a trusted Filipino brand. They have products for skin, body, home and pet care as well as food. I got this as a gift. I wasn’t a fan of balms before so it was just on my cosmetics counter. I didn’t notice it until the recent holiday. I’m using it almost daily and it’s in my makeup bag now! You can tell that I got hooked. It comes in three shades; Flame Tree, Pink Orchid and Island Kiss. By the way, I got the old packaging. The new one is in a white tube.

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Description and Ingredients from their website:
Swipe on a moisturizing sheer tint for quick fixes on the go. Get fab in seconds: no mirror needed! This blend of cocoa butter, beeswax and all-natural plant oils keeps your lips soft and moisturized through the day.

Pink Orchid: Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, Cera alba (beeswax), Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, caprylic/capric triglyceride (vegetable-derived), Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, Mentha piperita (peppermint) leaf essential oil, Mentha arvensis (corn mint) leaf essential oil, tocopherol (Vitamin E), zinc oxide (CI 77497), manganese violet (CI 77742), mica (CI 77019), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxide (CI 77491)

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Pros:
– Affordable, Php 109.75
– Simple sturdy packaging
– Locally made
– Available in-stores and online
– Compliments my natural lip color
– Has cooling effect
– Moisturizes and smoothens lips

Cons:
– None

I like that this shade is so close to my natural lip color. My lips are pale most of the time but it brings back life and color. The peppermint in it gives cooling effect that lasts for a few minutes. It’s moisturizing and smoothening. It doesn’t settle in creases. The tint doesn’t last long when I eat and drink but the moisture stays on. I’m glad that this doesn’t have petroleum jelly. I’m avoiding lip balms that contain petroleum jelly. Yeah sure, PJ gives you that temporary moisturized feeling but it can actually dry out skin with prolonged use.

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The swatch was taken under natural lighting. I layered it three times to match my lip color.  It has a subtle shine. You’ll see tiny glitters in the tube but it’s not noticeable anymore once applied. I don’t mind reapplying since I like the cool feeling it gives. I still like the old packaging better because black is my favorite color. Haha! Overall, I really like this. It makes my lips look healthier and plumper. In fact, I’m going to buy Flame Tree next time which is the darkest one. They’re offering this in 10 + 1 bundle during the holidays. It means it’s a great gift idea and/or a stocking stuffer. Although I’ve only tried a few of HHN products, I’m really proud of this homegrown brand. They’re making high quality yet affordable products.

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Unboxing: Althea Angels Welcome Gift + Haul

In my past haul, I ordered from Althea and shared my shopping experience. If you haven’t heard of them, they’re selling korean cosmetics, ranging from popular to new brands. Did I mention they have different payment options? You guys know that many here in our country are still comfortable paying cash instead of credit/debit cards. You can pay through credit card, Paypal, convenience stores, over the counter (OTC) banks, online bank and cash on delivery (COD) in selected areas. Since I really like my past order from them, I applied to become one of their ambassadors last month. I’m very thankful and I didn’t expect to be selected. Here’s what I got:

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Althea Real Fresh Skin Detoxer Set

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They teamed up with Get It Beauty to create 2-in-1 cleanser packs. That’s new in my skin care vocabulary. There are two variants; Rose and Green Tea. Rose is for balancing out skin’s moisture while Green Tea is for soothing. How to use? Apply on dry skin while massaging then rinse with water. They have subtle foam than can be easily washed off. Since they have real bits of rose and green tea, there might be a slight color change.

Bag, mirror and pouch

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I planned to change my makeup bag and their pouch just came right on time. There’s also a cloth bag included which I’m planning to use daily or as a shopping bag. The mirror is probably one of my favorites. It has a small handle that makes applying makeup easier.


HAUL

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It’s My Angle Foundation Brush
I’ve never had a makeup brush before. This brush was in my wish list. It’s the perfect opportunity to get it. I chose this mainly because I can buff or just simply swipe the foundation with it for a smooth finish. I’m still testing it and observing if there’s a change in the bristles after washing for a couple of times.

The Face Shop Ink Lasting Foundation Slim Fit in N203
I always have a hard time finding the right shade from drugstore brands. I decided to give k-foundations a try again. I chose the darkest shade which is N203. I based the shades from Youtube reviews rather than looking at their photo swatches. It was a bit dark on me when I first swatched it but made it work. Click here for full review.

Tony Moly Delight Tony Tint in 01 Cherry
I already reviewed their Tony Tint last 2012. That one is watery, sets quickly and pigmented. While Delight Tony Tint has a gel consistency and gives subtle color. I just picked this for my sister because she’s obsessed with tints lately.

Aritaum Full Cover Liquid Concealer 2017 Edition
Aritaum released a new version of their bestselling liquid concealer last year. I reviewed the old version which you can read here. This one’s in a 5g tube with wand applicator. I havent fully tested its strength yet but so far I’m liking it. Full review and coverage test soon!

Royal Skin 24K Gold Snail Soothing Gel
I’m still searching for a moisturizer. I miss using snail products so I picked this soothing gel. I looked for the ingredients and it contains alcohol and fragrance. If ever I’ll use this on the face, I’ll just avoid the areas prone to contact dermatitis. Of course, there will be a full review on this as well.

Have you tried any of these products? Which one got you interested? 🤔

Review + Swatches: Maybelline Lip Flush in RD03

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. So this week is for lip colors. This is perfect if you want to get that kissable lips in time for Feb. 14. Hahaha. I don’t, I just want to add life to my pale lips. Lip Flush is a dupe for Laneige’s Two-Tone Lip Bars. Well, you have to be realistic with these lippies. Color pay off depends on your natural lip color. I’m not into that style but my sister gave this to me so why not?

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Description:
Get just the right touch of sensuous shine with our Lip Flush lipsticks! Get a sensuous sheer pout in 1 swipe! Infused with natural food grade pigments. Ultra creamy formula with shea butter for 12 hours moisture.

How to use:
STEP 1: Start at the center of your upper lips to the outer corners of your mouth.
STEP 2: Finish by gliding across the entire bottom lip.

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Pros:
– Affordable, 299 pesos for 3.9 grams
– Packaging is nice and the lid doesn’t loosen up
– Smells like cherry
– Has natural color selection for everyday use
– Glides smoothly
– Has a bit glossy finish
– Great color payoff

Cons:
– Can accentuate dry lips just like other products
– Doesnt last long depending on your activities

Swatches:
imageI know it claims to have shea butter for moisturizing. Always remember, don’t rely on makeup such as lip sticks/glosses if you have dry lips. That is solved with body hydration and skin care lip balms. It doesnt last long on me because I eat and drink a lot in a day and I have the habit of lip biting.

Now let’s move to the positives. I like the idea of this lipstick. You dont need to apply concealer. Unlike the traditional gradient style where watery lip tint is used. That method is quite messy in my opinion. K-drama fans are looking for this. I think 299 pesos is a steal. The one from Laneige is so expensive.

I like the packaging of Maybelline lipsticks in general. The lids don’t loosen up even if you use them daily. It’s secure in my makeup bag. The colors of this range leans to natural colors. They’re not distracting for everyday use at school or work. It has glossy finish which helps to slightly moisturize my lips.

I dont use this for its purpose. I blend it instead. The darkest color in RD03 gives life to my lips. I observed even women are looking at my lips. Maybe they want to ask what I’m wearing. Hahaha! I highly recommend this for daily use and for k-beauty addicts.

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: Maybelline ColorSensational Creamy Matte Brown Nude Lipsticks

I’m trying to keep up with my scheduled posts. This week is for lip products. Nude colors become a trend again. Thanks to celebrities. Main reason has to be Kylie Jenner. Haha. Of course we want to follow what’s “in”. Luckily, Maybelline made their matte shades. They noe have a separate line for these colors called Creamy Matte Brown Nudes. Some colors in this line are quite difficult to get in-stores. We’re glad we got the ones we liked.

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Description:
Buttery-soft formula applies rich and creamy; delivers vibrant, opaque color payoff; glides onto lips seamlessly for comfortable wear; long-lasting formula with a shine-free, velvety finish
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Pros:
– Accessible
– Affordable, each lipstick is 299 pesos and weighs 4.2g. Sometimes it’s less 50-100 pesos if on sale.
– Silver and sturdy plastic packaging
– Love the shades
– Does not melt easily
– Creamy/buttery
– Glides on smoothly
– Pigmented

Cons:
– Can be drying

Neutral:
– Doesn’t last long in my experience

Here are the swatches on my lips. I softened the photos below to make them smooth because my lips were dry that time.
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Nude Embrace has brownish salmon color. Clay Crush is brownish red just like clay pots. Nude Nuance is dark brown. My favorite has to be Clay Crush. It looks natural in real life. At least for me because it’s the closest to my lip color.

They glide smoothly like butter. They don’t melt easily despite the consistency/texture. They are also pigmented. Nude Embrace is a light color so I had to apply a second layer. I only did one layer for the rest. A down side for this is it can be drying…. Just like other matte lipsticks. Be sure to moisturize before or overnight which is better. Neutral about the longevity. I eat and drink a lot in a day. But it can last as long as I’m not eating yet and that rarely happens because I’m always hungry. It also depends on habits like lip biting.

This is one of the most affordable trendy lines in the market today. I still know other brands that are cheaper by the way. But go for Maybelline if you’re looking for a brand where you can try on lippies right away.

You can get these at Maybelline counters in department stores or online through BeautyMNL. 🙂

August 2016 Favorites

August is over and you know what that means…. our monthly favorites!😅 There’s not much skin care and cosmetics in this post. I’m saving them for full reviews for the coming weeks. Lately I’m more obsessed with Youtube and music.

Skin and Body Care

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Been using this for the whole month of August. I’m taking a break from my favorite cleanser again. I was wandering at the personal care section in a supermarket. This is decent in my opinion compared to other brands there. I’m going to have a full review on this next week.

Dove Lemon Body Wash
A body wash with lemon-y scent. Perfect in the morning to wake me up and boost my mood. It’s non drying. It doesnt leave film unlike the Dove bar soap. I recommend using citrus scented bath products in the morning.


Makeup

Menow Kiss Proof
This lipstick has been my favorite for many months. I forgot which shade I got but it’s the perfect brown nude for me. It’s matte finish so you better moisturize before applying it. It lasts all day even when I eat and drink. It’s so affordable too. My sister got it for less than 150 pesos ($3). The only downside is it needs to be sharpened.

Catrice Eyebrow Stylist in 030

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An impulse buy because I always feel pressured when a sales associate is near my personal space. Somehow I’m glad that I got one. I go ham on my brows especially if a pencil is waxy like the jumbo eyebrow pencil from E.L.F. This Catrice pencil is made of wax too but the application is light and natural. I’ll post a full review on this soon!


Fragrance

Bench Bambino It’s Safe For Me Cologne

cpc1100b_3It will always be my favorite. I’m using it since 2010 in high school. It has powdery / baby scent. It’s a fresh scent for me like a baby just had bath. I dont know how to describe it exactly so I got the description on their website.  A mixture of powder-floral fragrance with hints of fruits and sweet musky drydown. It lasts all day and it’s only below 200 pesos ($3). My classmates asked me what my perfume was. A friend actually bought one too.


Food

Reese’s Peanutbutter Cups
I eat a cup after dinner in moderation like once a week. It’s little treat. It’s like the Filipino chocnut but in bigger size.☺


Youtubers

Shane Dawson
I’m really into his conspiracy theories and trying out food menu. His conspiracy theories made me curious and sometimes they scare me. I like the 9/11 and Scary Plane Crashes. I like his food videos too because they’re always funny. One thing that really had me cracking up was the French Fry Challenge: link here

SariReanna
I’m still on a hunt for full coverage foundation. Sari Reanna has a lot of first impression videos on them. I like to watch youtubers with acne prone skin like me when it comes to foundation and concealer… because they have honest and accurate opinion. You can see if it has full coverage or not. Unlike those that dont even have a blemish claiming something’s full coverage. Like really?


Music

Green Day

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Yup, their songs are still stuck in my head. Especially this month because they released a new single, Bang Bang. It’s on their Facebook page and Spotify. The rhythm reminds me of American Idiot and their older albums. That’s what I like!!! They have a new album and you can preorder it now. New album. I guess that means they’ll have a world tour…… hopefully Manila will be included. Pleaseeeee.

A1a1
We saw Backstreet Boys and Westlife. Our list is not yet complete but finally ticketnet announced A1 is coming back to Manila. I was waiting for them. I’m a fan since the late 90s. I was in kinder or grade school back then. We already bought tickets. We’re so excited to see them and hear their hits live!☺

The Chainsmokers
imagesWe saw them last August 19 and it’s one of the best out of all the EDM events we went to. What I like about their songs is you can dance and sing along to them. If you’re following me on Instagram, I’m sorry if I fangirled too much and for filling your newsfeed with photos and videos from that night.👍

That is it you guys. Do we have any similar favorite this month?

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Review + Swatch: Tony Moly Easy Touch Auto Lip Liner in 02

Happy Sunday readers! Today’s review is about my first (ever) lip liner. I bought this randomly when I was window shopping. This is on my wish list for a long time now.

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What is it?
Soft applying of creamy texture without stickiness. This helps your to express your lip line clearly and adheres to your lips very greatly. Various colors help you to match various lipsticks. Instead of tough brushm it has soft and delicate nylon brush.
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