concealer · Loreal · Make Up

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

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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Brands · concealer · Cosmetics & Skin Care · Make Up · NYX

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

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.πŸ˜… 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.πŸ˜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.😊

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

Brands · Cosmetics & Skin Care · Etude House · Eye · Make Up · Random Stuff

Review: Etude House Lash Perm Proof Mascara – Washable

Yaaay. Im back to blogging every weekend…. for good! Holy week is done. We did some fasting and took a break from things we enjoy the most. That includes the internet!

My sister was on a hunt for a mascara last week. We went to Etude House and she bought Lash Perm Proof Mascara Washable and other impulse buys. Haha. There are two types of this mascara. My sister picked the washable variant because she doesnt like the panda look after removing mascaras.

I’m basing this review on her opinion and mine too. I tried it on my lashes once for a whole day and here’s what we think

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Description:
Formulated with Triple Coating Film. Lash Perm Proof Mascara supplies Precise lash definition and Long lash with its unique waterproof formula that won’t tears or sebum. Volume: 10g Continue reading “Review: Etude House Lash Perm Proof Mascara – Washable”

Brands · concealer · Cosmetics & Skin Care · Make Up · Pink Sugar

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

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 thatΒ 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.πŸ˜‚

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.😊

Oh btw, Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!😊❀️

Brands · Cosmetics & Skin Care · ELF · Eyebrow · Make Up

Review + Swatches: E.L.F. Eyebrow Lifter and Filler in Ivory/Light

When it comes to cruelty-free cosmetics, the first thing that comes to my mind is E.L.F. Cosmetics. I was actually looking for cruelty free brands in the department store where I bought this item. I think I only found 2 brands I’m 100% sure of.

I asked the SA if they have eyebrow pencil just like those retractable ones. She only showed this item. It’s definitely not retractable. My anxiety attacked so I didn’t bother to look at their kiosk. I just grabbed it then paid at the counter.πŸ˜“

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DESCRIPTION:
Create polished and defined brows for a flawless fuller look! The ‘lift’ pencil’s sheer light-reflecting pigments act as an arch support under the brows to enhance and outline the shape for a more youthful and awakened look. While the ‘fill’ pencil shades in the eyebrow to blend in the natural shape, fill in any sparse areas and define the lines

INGREDIENTS:
C10-18 Triglycerides, Petrolatum, Synthetic Beeswax, Ceresin, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Wax, Diethylhexylcyclohexane, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Isopropyl Myristate, Butylparaben, BHT. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742)

SWATCHES:
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PROS:
-Cruelty-free
-Multifunction, I think the lifter can be used as concealer too.
-Easy to use
-Brow pencil glides easily & smoothly
-Brow pencil is easy to blend
-“Lifter” cleans up any mess/mistake on the sides
-Did not cause breakouts

CONS:
-Quite expensive for me, for a brow product Php 259.75 ($5.50)
-The “lifter” is not as smooth as the brow pencil. Its consistency reminds me of stick concealers.
-Limited shades (SA only showed 3 colors)
-Needs to be sharpened

BEFORE & AFTER:
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It’s easy to work with. The brow pencil is so smooth. It glides easily. I can line my brow the way I want to. The lifter works well with it as it creates clean/crisp edges for the brows. It has the same consistency of stick concealer. I’m guessing you can use it for that purpose too.

This is not waterproof that’s why it’s easy to remove if you’ve made a mistake. But, it lasts all day long for me even if I’m oily and sweaty. The downside is it needs to be sharpened. Good thing it comes with a sharpener. The SA showed 3 shades only; one that’s super duper black, mine which is soft dark gray and one that’s light brown. You need to swatch it first.

I’m not a makeup junkee but I really like this one. It was just an impulse buy last month and now I’m glad I bought it.😊

Have you tried anything from E.L.F Cosmetics? If so, did you like it?😊

Body · Brands · Cosmetics & Skin Care · Jergens · Lotion

Review + Before & After: Jergens Hydrating Coconut Moisturiser

Hello readers! Our theme this week is body care. To start off, I’ll be reviewing a product from a trusted brand, Jergens. It’s always recommended by a lot of dermatologists… Including my brother’s doctor. I’m not skeptical to use this because I know we have the same sensitive skin.

I was lucky enough to receive a sample. Oh boy, it’s a full size bottle! ❀️ I’m ready to share my thoughts after using it for quite a while now. 😊✨

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Description:
Jergens Hydrating Coconut Moisturiser helps you reveal deeply luminous, visibly softer skin. This unique formula contains an illuminating HYDRALUCENCE blend. Restore your skin’s deep luminosity to reveal skin that’s never looked so beautiful

Ingredients:
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Pros:
– Affordable
– Simple packaging
– I love its scent! It’s very relaxing & coconut-y
– Quickly absorbed
– Feels light on the skin
– Skin feels silky & smooth
– Softens the skin
– Doesnt feel sticky or oily even when I’m commuting! ❀️
– Gives subtle glowing effect
– Did not cause irritations

Cons:
– Has paraben

Before and After
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My skin is sensitive and this did not cause irritations. I’m very sweaty too. That’s the reason why I dont use lotions during day time. Im glad this one met my expectations. I road tested this, literally. I applied this and went out to observe while I was commuting. It was not sticky nor oily at all. It sinks in the skin and gives complete moisture while feeling light. My skin is still hydrated even if it’s washed off after taking a bath. If you want instant glowing skin, this is for you. It’s also nice on the shoulders, chest and legs while wearing sleeveless top or dress. It’s likeΒ a highlighter but for your body.✨ Overall, I’m impressed and my sensitive skin approves this lotion. 😊

Benefit · Brands · Cosmetics & Skin Care · Make Up

Review + Before & After: BENEFIT POREfessional Pro Balm Primer

Let’s take a break from skincare this week. What I like about makeup is you can tell if it works great even after one use. I got these samples few months ago. How? I read Benefit Philippines’ post and they were giving away samples. You just have to present the screenshot to their SAs. I claimed mine at Rustans Makati. I suggest you like their facebook page because they have random giveaways.

I’ve never tried anything from this brand. Youtubers and bloggers are talking about their Porefessional line and mascara. I grabbed the chance to get some samples. Who knows, I might like them and I’ll buy the full size? πŸ™‚ Let’s start:

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Description & Directions
Quickly minimise the appearance of pores with Benefit The POREfessional PRO Balm Primer! Apply this silky, lightweight balm for translucent pore coverage and smoother-than-smooth skin. Pores… now you see ’em, now you don’t! Benefit The POREfessional PRO Balm Primer complements all skin tones. Can be used under or over makeup. Oil-free for a silky smooth finish..

To use under makeup: Apply Benefit The POREfessional PRO Balm Primer to clean, lightly moisturised skin. Pat on problem areas & blend with fingertips. To use over makeup: Pat on lightly over makeup & blend.

Continue reading “Review + Before & After: BENEFIT POREfessional Pro Balm Primer”