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.

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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.

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.☺

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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Review + Swatch: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Tokyo

Hello readers! This weekend Im taking a break with korean brands. Hihihi. This is a collab with my sis. I used it too so we combined our opinions. She wanted me to share this review on my blog. Maybe this is her favorite product. Let’s find out. 😉

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Description:
Neither lipstick nor lip gloss this matte lip cream is a new kind of lip color that goes on silky smooth and sets to a matte finish. Soft Matte Lip Cream is surprisingly durable and unlike some matte lipstick formulas also moisturizing.

Ingredients:
Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Dimethicone,Beeswax, Glyceryl Behenate / Eicosadioate, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone /Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Talc, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Silica, Aluminium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Isohexadecane,Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Parfum. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-):CI77019 (Mica) / CI77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI15850 (D&C Red 6 Na.Salt), CI15850 (D&C Red 7 Ca Lake), CI15985:1 (FD&C Yellow 6 AlLake), CI19140:1 (FD&C Yellow 5 Al Lake), CI45410 (D&C Red 28 AlLake), CI77491 (Iron Oxide Red), CI77492 (Iron Oxide Yellow), CI77499(Iron Oxide Black), CI77742 (Manganese Violet), CI77891 (TitaniumDioxide).

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