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Review + Before & After: Maybelline Clear Smooth All in One Oil Control Two-Way Cake

22 Jan

I switched back to my all time favorite powder from Maybelline. I was surprised it’s now a two-way cake. You can use it dry or with a wet sponge. I was bothered at first because my dermatologist told me to stay away from two-way powders as it’s heavy for the skin. I want coverage so I’m still using it anyway.

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Description:
Maybelline Clear Smooth All in One is a shine-free powder foundation that provides good coverage and keeps you looking naturally beautiful.

Ingredients:
Talc, Perlite, Titanium Dioxide [Nano] / Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Dimethicone, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Silica, Methicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Squalane, Parfum / Fragrance, Tocopherol, Linalool, Bht, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnama

I got the lightest shade, 02 Nude Beige

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Pros:
-Affordable, refill is 169 pesos for 9g
-Accessible, you can get it in department stores, drugstores and supermarkets
-Can be used wet or dry
-Has SPF 32
-Has more coverage than the old formula
-Light to medium coverage
-Great for setting makeup
-Didnt cause breakouts

Cons:
-Might get cakey
-Might feel heavy for others
-Need more shades

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It can get cakey depending on the base/foundation you’re using. Use a brush instead if your liquid foundation is already mattifying. Just be careful as it can be “too matte” if applied with the sponge. We know too much matte can suck the life out of our skin. Apply highlighter if needed. It felt heavy the first time I used this Maybelline powder. I got used to it and it doesnt bother me anymore.

I noticed that it gives more coverage than the old formula. Take note that I’m applying it dry with sponge. I just used a wet sponge in this review to test its coverage alone. You can get light to medium coverage. It’s great that they didnt change the price! This variant only has 4 colors until now. Lightest shade is a bit dark on me. More skin tones should have this great stuff. This is still the best powder in my book. Hands down.

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Review: Essence Stay All Day 16h Long-Lasting Makeup

17 Jul

Whew! That’s a long name.πŸ˜… 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?πŸ˜…

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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

image3-1Using it alone slightly covered my mole. Compared to mixing with another foundation.

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.☺

First Impression: Ever Bilena Advance Shine Free Foundation in Almond

17 Jun

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.Β 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.

Wish List: Makeup Edition

19 Dec

I browsed my wish list and most of the products are skin care. I guess I’m obsessed. I have other items on my list aside from that. I suck at many things including makeup. I depend on bloggers and youtubers especially for concealers. I like to see full coverage routine on people who have acne prone skin. They justify if a product gives medium to full coverage.😊

Enough of the ramblings, let’s start~


BB Cream

HOLIKA HOLIKA Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream – approx. P680
This doesn’t provide coverage. I’m planning to use this as my base since it’s feels light on the skin. BB cream gives dewy and glowing look even if it has matte finish. I need it underneath my concealer & foundation to have hint of glow. I have oily skin so I don’t like to overdo it.

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CELETEQUE Brightening Multi-Benefit BB Cream – P325
I love Celeteque’s alcohol-free toner. I think it wouldn’t hurt to try their bb cream. It’s very affordable. I think you can get this at all department stores. It’s only in one shade though. I hope it’ll suit my skin tone.

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Powder Foundation

ELLANA MINERALS Radiant Concealer & Foundation – P499
I’ve never tried mineral makeup before. Ellana is a local brand. It sounds promising because of its dual function. I’m assuming that it will add more coverage. This is specifically for warm tone with dark spots/blemishes. Each tub weighs 6g. It’s quite expensive for me but I’m trying to look for makeup with few ingredients.

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Concealer

Pot/cream concealers usually give medium to full coverage while liquid & stick concealer usually give light to medium coverage.

NYX Concealer Jar – P360
I prefer to use cream/pot concealers because I need medium to full coverage for my dark spots. A blogger said this can be a dupe for MAC’s concealer aside from my all time favorite Tony Moly pot concealer.

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KRYOLAN Dermacolor Camouflage Creme Trio Set – $23.30
Em Ford (mypaleskin on youtube) used this a lot in her videos when she still had breakouts. I’m surprised that it really covers her blemishes. This is also Wayne Goss’ best concealer for 2015. I wanted to get the full size pot but I doubt I’ll get my perfect shade. It’s freaking expensive if I get 2 pots. I thought a palette is great so I can mix colors to get my shade. Or I could just get the refills and look for a container. The refill is $5. πŸ˜›

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COLLECTION Lasting Perfection Concealer – P299
Em Ford also used this a lot in her videos before she discovered Kryolan. It’s very affordable and the coverage is good too. I’ve seen a blogger’s swatch and it covers her dark spots. That convinced me.

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INGLOT Cream Concealer – P895
I passed by Inglot’s shop before. I’ve never heard of it. I searched the brand and looked for their concealers. I found a swatch where this concealer can almost cover a tattoo. It’s 10ml for 895 pesos. I think it’s a good deal. They have wide shade selection to choose from.

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PINK SUGAR Our Lil’ Secret Concealer – P299
Another local brand and I assume it’s promising. A lot of pinay bloggers are raving about this so it must be really good. One blogger said it sets like cement…. Cement, sounds good to my oily skin. I have to try it at their counter to know if I wont have a hard time applying it.

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I dont think too much about lips and brows. I can use anything for them. This wish list is full of face products. I focus on coverage because I have A LOT of dark spots. I wish I could go out without makeup but unfortunately I can’t. I would go out bare faced if our society isn’t messed up.

Review: NYX Invincible Fullest Coverage Foundation in Light Medium

11 Oct

Happy Sunday readers! We’ll discuss a makeup product today. This is a collab with my sister. She was looking for a full coverage liquid foundation and she got this. Is it really full coverage? Let’s find out

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Description:
If you have something to hide we have got the perfect solution for you! NYX Invincible Fullest Coverage Foundation offers exceptional coverage with a long-lasting natural-looking finish. The incredibly high-pigment load has the super powers to conquer even the most challenging coverups including skin discolorations and more. The finished look is soft matte beautiful and flawless.
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Review: Maybelline Clear Smooth Shine Free Do-It-All Powder in 03 Natural

23 Aug

Happy Sunday readers! Tonight’s review is about my current powder foundation. I’ve used the old version of this for more than 3 years. I’m pretty sure they just changed the name but the formula and finish are still the same. Let’s find out.

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One thing that I immediately noticed was the embedded logo. It’s much better. The printed logo before fades and it annoyed me. I dont know why. I never bought the original one with the mirror. I have a separate mirror and I like to keep things small in my makeup bag. Refills are fine with me because they are more affordable.

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What is it:
Stay Shine Free & Flawless All Day: Shine Control, Concealing, Sun Protection, Light on Skin, Sweat Control, Coverage With SPF 25 PA++
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Review: Maybelline Clear Smooth All in One Foundation (To Go)

16 Mar

Hello ladies! Summer vacation is finally here. My posts are delayed so Im glad that I already have time to do some blogging. πŸ™‚

I already reviewed the refill type of this. You just might be interested with this one because this is much affordable compared to the original size. I bought the nude beige shade. πŸ™‚

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Here are the directions and ingredients. I see talc, paraben and fragrance which are some of the ingredients that I would like to avoid. :O

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Here’s the packaging. It comes with a small round sponge and a mirror. πŸ™‚

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The coverage can be light to medium. It depends on how you would apply it. If you want light coverage for setting makeup, you can use a brush. But if you want medium coverage, use the sponge included. If you have flaws like me, better use concealer because this won’t do alone. πŸ™‚

Pros:

  • Can be bought at malls, Watsons, SM department stores and SM supermarket
  • It’s really “to go”. It is easy to carry and put inside the bag
  • Affordable. I bought this at Php 99 which is approximately $2.50
  • Comes with a sponge
  • Comes with a mirror unlike the refill type.
  • Can last up to 1-2 months although it’s small
  • Light to medium coverage

Cons:

  • Contains talc, paraben, fragrance
  • Can’t cover dark spots. I still have to use concealer.
  • Feels a bit heavy on the skin

Although there are ingredients that I’m avoiding, I like this one because it fits my needs. It provides enough coverage if paired with my concealer. It’s affordable which is important to students like me. I will repurchase this IF I still can’t find a better and affordable foundation with less harmful ingredients. Have you tried this one?